Who hoists the NXT UK Heritage Cup over their heads?
After two rounds in the tournament, it all comes down to this! Will Trent Seven or A-Kid be the first to put their name on the NXT UK Heritage Cup plaque?
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin VS Amir Jordan; Devlin wins and retains the title.
- Jinny VS Isla Dawn; Jinny wins.
- NXT UK Heritage Cup Finals: A-Kid VS Trent Seven; A-Kid wins and becomes the inaugural Heritage Cup holder.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Heritage Cup is for those who paved the way.
The future of this brand honors the past of British wrestling and its influence around the world. But who will be the one to carry on the tradition into the future? Whose legacy will be cemented with their name on the gold plaque?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Jordan Devlin VS Amir Jordan!
The Irish Ace wants to make it clear: HE is the one true champion of this division, no matter what NXT, WWE or Santos Escobar says! But will it stay that way when the Bhangra Badboy finally takes his shot?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and finally, after EIGHT months, Devlin defends HIS title!
Devlin and Amir circle and tie up. Devlin headlocks, Amir powers out but Devlin rums him over. Devlin hits the headlock takeover but Amir keeps his shoulders up. Amir rolls Devlin to a cover, ONE! Devlin holds on, they get up and Devlin wrenches the bad arm to yank at it. Devlin wrenches again, Amir rolls and handsprings to cartwheel and wrench to wring Devlin out! Amir eggs Devlin on with his dancing, and says “This is the one for me, mate! Yes brother!” Devlin gets up, ties up and knees Amir hard, to then CLUB him down! Devlin drags Amir up, wrenches and whips, then elbows Amir down hard!
Devlin drags Amir back up, chinbars to drive an elbow into Amir’s head, then scoop slams him fast! Devlin drops a knee, covers, TWO! Devlin tries again, TWO! A third time, TWO! Devlin argues the count, but Amir throws body shots. Devlin CLUBS Amir again, then wrenches him to a back suplex! Amir writhes while Devlin seethes. Devlin CHOPS Amir to a corner and then eggs him on. Devlin CHOPS Amir again and Amir staggers away. Devlin CHOPS him again! The ref reprimands about being in the corner but Devlin talks trash. Amir ducks the chop to CHOP back! And again! And again! Amir whips Devlin corner to corner then hits a forearm. Amir runs but into a dropkick!
The BT Studio fans cheer but Devlin rains down rights on Amir. Devlin snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Devlin argues the count again as he brings Amir up. Devlin CLUBS Amir back down but Amir throws body shots! Devlin JABS Amir, and clamps on with a neck wrench. Amir endures, fights against the hold, and fights his way up. Amir throws body shots and CHOPS and Devlin goes to a corner. Amir whips, Devlin reverses but Amir boots him away! Amir runs but into the URENAGE! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Amir survives but Devlin stays clam. Devlin stalks over and throws Amir out hard. The ref reprimands, Devlin fetches Amir and stomps him into the barriers!
The ref starts the ring count and Devlin puts Amir in at 4. Devlin takes his time pacing around the ring and gets in at 7. Devlin goes after Amir with a wrench and he throws Amir down. Devlin stands on Amir’s body, then YANKS the bad arm! Amir clutches his heavily taped shoulder but Devlin wrenches it to an atomic BACKBREAKER! The ref checks on Amir but he says he’s not giving up. Devlin kicks Amir down at the ropes, drags him back up and knees hard and low! Devlin wraps Amir in the cobra twist! Amir endures and Devlin smugly grins and flexes. Devlin digs an elbow into Amir’s ribs then clubs him! Amir fights against the hold, pries free and hip tosses Devlin down! Devlin flounders up and Amir fires off forearms and CHOPS!
Amir whips Devlin, Devlin reverses but Amir LEAPING LARIATS! Devlin flounders to a corner, Amir runs in to splash! Amir whips corner to corner then back drops Devlin! Devlin flounders up, Amir runs in and clotheslines Devlin out! Amir keeps moving and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Amir puts Devlin in, he fires up and BT Sports fires up with him! Amir aims, somersaults and COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO!! Amir is shocked but he keeps his focus. Amir goes up top but Devlin KICKS him! Amir slumps on the top rope, Devlin CHOPS him then climbs up to join him.
Devlin brings Amir up, but Amir fights off the Spanish Fly, to sunset flip! Devlin holds on so Amir shifts to an Electric Chair, and VICTORY BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Amir hurries right back to the top rope! SWANTON, onto knees!! Amir flounders about, Devlin trips him up to get the legs! CLOVERLEAF!! Amir taps, Devlin wins!!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by submission (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The gold stays with the Ace! But will Devlin be able to force NXT to acknowledge he is the one true champion?
NXT UK Media catches up with Rampage Brown in the UK Performance Center.
He has his first win, but what’s next for him here? Well he’s ready for anything this brand has to offer. Rampage hears Saxon Huxley coming. Huxley says, “Nice to see you, Rampage Brown.” Huxley keeps saying Rampage’s name as he heads off, and Rampage finishes his sentence, “no matter how crazy.” Rampage is ready to run wild, but is he going to run into an even wilder road block first?
NXT UK hears from Noam Dar.
“Is it the best being the center of the universe? Obviously. It’s bloody brilliant being me!” And do you know what’s even better? Dar is getting his own talk show! Why should you watch #SupernovaSessions? First reason: Dar. Second reason: Dar does whatever he wants. And he will interview whoever he likes, as the center of the WWE Universe. Supernova Sessions, coming soon.
Eddie Dennis and The Hunt arrive.
NXT UK Media asks about what happened with Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster, but Dennis prefers not to comment. But then South Wales Subculture pounces on Primate and Wild Boar! FMW tackles Boar over a table and Andrews SMACKS Primate with a trash can! Security hurries in to separate these four but this fight is not going to end here! Will The Hunt become the hunted before the year is over?
Jinny VS Isla Dawn!
The Fierce Fashionista interfered in the Falls Count Anywhere NXT UK Women’s Championship match last week, and that is why Kay Lee Ray still reigns. But will the White Witch curse the Spoiled Princess for what she’s done?
The bell rings and Dawn circles with Jinny. They tie up, Dawn headlocks but Jinny pries at the hold. Dawn clamps on tighter but Jinny pulls hair. The ref reprimands but Jinny headlocks back. Dawn powers out, things speed up and Dawn knees low and hard! Dawn snapmares, CHOPS Jinny on the back, KICKS her down then drops knees! Cover, TWO! Dawn drags Jinny up and runs but Jinny ducks the kick to kick back! And then ROLLING LIGER KICKS Dawn to a corner! Jinny stomps a fashionable mudhole but Dawn hits back. Jinny just stomps harder! The ref counts, Jinny stops and Dawn hits back again. Jinny CLUBS Dawn down, pulls hair and CLUBS Dawn again!
Jinny talks trash right in Dawn’s face! “You think you deserve to be in the ring with me?! Do you!?” Dawn shoves Jinny but Jinny wrenches and hooks her up for an IRON OCTOPUS! Dawn endures, stays on her feet and gets her way to the ropebreak! Jinny claws Dawn’s arm before she drags Dawn away to a chinbar! Jinny talks more trash but Dawn pries at the hold. Jinny shifts to a Mouse Trap, TWO! Dawn hits back with body shots but Jinny ROCKS Dawn with a right! Jinny wrenches Dawn to kick away on her face! The kicks turn into stomps, but Jinny brings Dawn back up. Dawn slips through and dodges to ROUNDHOUSE Jinny down! Dawn fires up to KICK Jinny to ropes, and KICK her at the ropes!
The ref counts, Dawn lets off to run, and KNEE Jinny into ropes! Dawn snapmares Jinny for a BASEMENT METEORA! Dawn isn’t done there, she wrenches Jinny up for a SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Jinny survives but Dawn grits her teeth. Dawn drags Jinny up by her hair now, underhooks the arms but Jinny anchors a leg. Jinny gets that leg and throws Dawn into her knee! Dawn flounders from Jinny’s fashionable version of the Head Shot, and then Jinny runs in at the corner. Dawn goes up and around to TARANTULA! Jinny endures and the ref counts, Dawn lets go at 4! Both women are down but the BT Studio fans fire up!
Dawn climbs the corner, Jinny stands and gets under the leap! Dawn rolls through, blocks a kick but not the mule kick! Jinny stands on Dawn’s leg to grab the other for a standing toehold and STOMP! STF! Dawn taps, Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by submission
The new mean(er) streak in Jinny was no lie! Jinny downs Isla Dawn, will the Spoiled Princess rise up to become NXT UK’s queen? Jinny also calls out Piper Niven, “I hope you enjoyed watching that from the hospital, sweetheart.” Will Piper the Viper make sure to respond in kind soon enough?
NXT UK Media interviews Sid Scala.
As we approach the finals of the Heritage Cup, how does Scala feel? He and Johnny Saint are “over the moon.” But then Alexander Wolfe knocks on the door and barges in. Joe Coffey challenged him to a match and Wolfe will give Coffey that. On one condition: The Gallus boys are banned from ringside. Scala accepts those conditions. But to keep it fair, the rest of Imperium is banned from ringside, too. Wolfe stares intensely at Scala, but accepts the terms. Who will win between Iron King and Hatchet Man when things are truly 1v1?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
Wolfe VS Coffey isn’t the only grudge match going down! After the confrontation just earlier tonight, The Hunt and South Wales Subculture will finally have it out in the ring! Will Primate and Wild Boar face the consequences when they finally face the friends they betrayed?
NXT UK Heritage Cup Finals: A-Kid VS Trent Seven!
The Spanish Ace trumped the Modfather and the Scottish Supernova. The Artful Dodger overcame the Chancer and the Bomber. But now, a battle of generations begins! Will A-Kid be the kid to raise the cup? Or will Seven win the big one he so desperately needs to win?
The cup is present, the introductions are made, and whether it takes one round or all six, someone is putting their name down in the history books!
A-Kid and Seven circle as the first three minutes count down. Seven puts AK on the ropes but wrenches. AK gets away and the two reset. They tie up, Seven powers AK to ropes but AK turns it around. AK lets off clean and they reset again. They knuckle lock, AK rolls and wrenches then gets a foot for a takedown. AK headlocks, Seven headscissors but AK pops out. BT Sports Studio cheers as the two reset. AK gets a leg, Seven blocks the takedown to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Seven cartwheels to show off a bit as he and AK reset yet again. AK shoots in again to take Seven down and get a headlock.
Seven keeps his shoulders up, pushes AK with forearms to get the headscissors, and holds tight as AK tries to kick free. AK manages to scuff Seven with his foot, then moves around to turn Seven over. AK ties up the legs but he wants an arm. Seven resists but AK digs his forehead into the back. Cattle Mutilation but we’re under a minute! Seven turns over so AK settles for a motorcycle stretch. Seven endures, powers up, and turns things around on AK at 30 seconds, only for AK to turn it right back around! AK digs his forehead in again but Seven powers against the hold. Ten seconds, AK cartwheels and ties up with Seven again! They go around in a deadlock, but time is up as they drop to the mat!
A-Kid: 0; Seven: 0
The ref keeps them from continuing, but they do show a sign of respect to each other before cooling off in their corners. After the 20 second break, we being round two!
Seven and AK approach and circle. They tie up with knuckle locks, AK tries to trip Seven but Seven stays up. Seven bends AK back but AK bridges through. Cover, TWO as AK brings one arm up. Seven pushes it back down, TWO as AK brings the other arm up. Seven powers it back down, AK bridges! Seven uses his whole body, AK still bridges up! Seven tries to slam down on AK but AK still powers his way up! AK brings Seven down to stand on one foot and then shift to get back into the motorcycle stretch. Seven moves around but AK pulls him down to pull on the arms! Seven keeps his shoulders up, then moves around to turn things around, only for AK to wrangle him back down!
Seven turns AK again, but AK uses his feet to drag Seven back down! A minute left in this round, Seven rolls but he manages to kick AK away from the EuroClutch! The two show respect again, but then tie up. AK rolls Seven to go after a leg! AK has a partial kneebar but Seven pries at AK’s grip! There’s 30 seconds left as Seven turns only to be caught deeper! Seven rolls and rolls but 15 seconds left! Ten seconds, Seven pries at the hold more, but he brings Bop up, to BANG! Time is out before AK can retaliate!
A-Kid: 0; Seven: 0
Seven got away with a last second shot, but now there’s 20 seconds to cool off and reset. AK is watching eagerly, and now we’re into round three!
AK rushes Seven and DROPKICKS, but only gets the water bottle! Seven CHOPS AK, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! AK is in the corner, Seven fires off more CHOPS! AK BOOTS back, throws forearms and CHOPS of his own! Seven blocks to CHOP back! AK KICKS, Seven CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, repeat! Seven eggs AK on as they keep going back and forth! Seven staggers and AK KICKS more! Seven blocks the next, to CLUB the leg and CHOP, but AK PELES! AK and Seven stagger about AK runs in to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! PENALTY KICK AGAIN! Seven is stinging, AK is fired up! AK watches Seven rise, and he DYNAMIC DROPKICKS!! Cover, A-Kid scores!!
A-Kid: 1; Seven: 0
This could make all the difference! We’re halfway through and A-Kid has the lead, will he keep Seven from making a comeback?
Round four stars and AK hits the ENZIGURI he wanted to hit last round! Cover, TWO!! Seven survives and shakes his head but AK wraps up the arms. Seven moves around, AK shifts to a chinlock and grinds him down. AK looks to be working on just tiring Seven out but Seven fights against the hold. Seven refuses to lose, AK throws elbows, but Seven keeps fighting. AK has the arms but Seven powers up with his legs. AK shifts to focus on a FUJIWARA! Seven endures more, rolls around but into a standard ARMBAR! Seven fights rather than clasps hands but AK has the triangle hold now. Seven rolls around, gets free, ripcords but AK ducks the lariat to get a takedown! ARMBAR!
We’re at a minute left already as Seven clasps hands. AK headbutts the grip, pulls on the arms, Seven rolls to a cover, TWO! AK has the triangle again but Seven keeps fighting. Seven dead lifts AK at 30 seconds but AK tries to drag him back down! They rock back and forth at 20 seconds, but Seven powers up for a POWERBOMB! Ten seconds but Seven can’t make the cover! Seven sits up slowly but the round ends!
A-Kid: 1; Seven: 0
AK and Seven won’t let go of each other’s wrists but the ref tells them to break. They finally do, but that means they’ve wasted part of their precious 20 second rest time! They use whatever time is left to reset, and we go to round five!
AK and Seven circle and feel out the grapple. AK gets a leg, drags Seven down but Seven facelocks. AK rolls but Seven holds on! They get into ropes, the ref calls for a break but Seven and AK stand up first. Seven cranks on the facelock but AK pries free to waistlock. Seven uses the ropes to buck AK off but AK kips up. Seven fakes him out, but AK NORTHERN LIGHTS! AK has the wrists, drags Seven up, Seven DDT’s! Cover, TWO!! Seven grows frustrated and there’s only two minutes left. Seven sees AK go to the corner in a daze. Seven gets up, runs in and CLOBBERS AK with that clothesline! AK is stuck on the top rope from the impact, but Seven uses that to torture rack!
AK fights and we have a minute left! AK is on the top rope, he adjusts while Seven staggers, but Seven CHOPS a leg out! Seven climbs up behind AK and CHOPS away on his back! Seven goes up even higher, but AK fights back! Under 20 seconds but Seven CHOPS away! Seven drags AK up, for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX, that AK makes a crossbody!! But the time runs out before the cover count can finish!!
A-Kid: 1; Seven: 0
If there was even one more second on the clock, A-Kid would’ve won in a sweep! But Seven was saved by the bell, with the sixth round as his last hope!
A-Kid and Seven have reset but with barely any time to rest. Seven rushes AK, dodges his kick and rolls up, TWO! AK kicks but misses again, CHOP and SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Seven scoops for EMERALD FLOSION DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Seven is growing frustrated and desperate as he grabs at AK, and AK cradles him! TWO!! Seven gets up, CHOPS AK then reels him in, for the SEVEN STAR LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?! Seven keeps going, pedal to the metal, and he drags AK back up! Torture rack, for the BIRMINGHAMMER!! But Seven crawls to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! AK survives but Seven won’t stop!
Seven drags AK up, but AK is dead weight after taking that torture rack driver! Seven knows time is bleeding away as he demands AK get up! AK kicks out of the lift, but Seven LARIATS again!! But there’s only a minute left as Seven covers, TWO! Seven can’t waste time arguing the count, but he gets caught to an omoplata! Seven rolls around, covers, SEVEN TIES IT UP!!
A-Kid: 1; Seven: 1
We’re tied as round six ends, but that means… OVERTIME!? Trent Seven forces a round seven, now it’s sudden death with NO TIME LIMIT! What does each man even have left as we now start from square one?!
The bell rings and AK SLAPS Seven! So Seven SLAPS AK! They both SLAP each other! AK throws haymakers and KICKS, Seven staggers but AK KICKS again! AK runs into a LARIAT!! Seven crawls for a cover but AK flounders away! AK goes to the apron but Seven slowly pursues. Seven kicks at AK but AK grabs the foot. Seven kicks with the other foot, then both men stand. Seven CHOPS, AK kicks! Seven CHOPS and AK flounders against ropes! AK gets up and BOOTS Seven! Seven holds on to ropes, but AK brings him around, but Seven hits EMERALD FLOSION to the FLOOR! Both men are down and the ref checks on them. The ref calls for them to get in and a count begins.
Seven drags himself up first at 2. The count reaches 5 before Seven stands. BT Sports Studio is buzzing as AK flounders around at 7! Seven is in, AK hears 9 and bolts into the ring! AK is in at 9.9!! Seven grits his teeth in frustration as he sits up. A-Kid is in a daze as Seven stalks up behind him. Seven drags AK up by an arm, and has a half straitjacket! Ripcord to SEVEN STAR LARIAT!!! But Seven says that’s not enough!? Seven drags him back up, AK flounders but Seven torture racks! BIRMING- NO! AK lands and SUPERKICKS!! Seven is against ropes, DYNAMIC DROPKICK hits again!! AK has to crawl to a cover now, but Seven drags HIM into the omoplata!
Seven fights against his own bad arm to get AK’s other arm but AK uses his own leg to block! AK turns things around to omoplata Seven! Seven resists, AK chinbars him into the crossface! Seven elbows back and reaches out, AK grabs at the arm more! AK catches Seven to the RINGS OF SATURN!! Seven endures, refuses to quit but AK uses his leg to hook the arm!! Seven quits, AK WINS!!
Winner: A-Kid, by submission (inaugural winner of the Heritage Cup)
Despite how much Seven’s spirit wanted it, his body wouldn’t let him do it! And now, El Nino Anonimo is the history maker! Sid Scala brings the cup to the ring, and that makes the moment even more real. Seven hobbles over and takes the cup from Scala, so that he can be the one to give it to A-Kid! There is still so much respect between Seven and A-Kid, and that is also what this trophy is about! A-Kid raises the cup as the streamers fly! Is this just the beginning of the legend that is the Spanish Ace?
What a great episode! For one, we got a really good but fairly fast NXT Cruiserweight Championship match. Devlin of course retains but Amir looked strong as singles wrestler there. Between NXT, NXT UK and 205 Live, I am hoping we get a Triple Threat of Escobar, Devlin and current contender Curt Stallion, just so everything is settled at once. Whoever wins is the one true champion of the Cruiserweights. Of course, the way to get to it is by having Escobar and Devlin argue over who is facing Stallion as the challenger, and then Stallion says he’ll face them both, and it is approved by both William Regal and Johnny Saint.
Jinny VS Dawn was a good middle match, but naturally Jinny wins so that she goes strong into a feud with Piper. I was kind of hoping there would be another Triple Threat situation here, since Jinny and KLR weren’t exactly getting along until Piper gave Jinny that Michinoku Driver to a chair. But maybe KLR returns the favor and helps Jinny beat Piper, and then those two face off for the title as a way for KLR to “thank” Jinny for the Falls Count Anywhere match.
We got a lot of great set-up for next week, too, with the true 1v1 of Coffey and Wolfe that will be a slugfest, and then the even bigger battle of The Hunt VS SWSC. Those are both going to be big for contender races, I can feel it. Which probably means Coffey wins, and the Hunt has Dennis help them screw over SWSC. Gallus are all Faces, so a Heel tag team is going to challenge them first. Walter is Heel and he could have a rematch with Coffey just to bide time while someone else is built up *cough* Rampage */cough*.
The Heritage Cup finals was BRILLIANT! That is exactly how the finals of a British Rounds tournament should go. Not just all six rounds but an overtime, and y’know what, for Seven’s story being so strong about needing to win, it obviously means so much for A-Kid to win. If anything, that was the whole point of Seven being in this match. He and A-Kid were incredible together, he made A-Kid look like a million bucks, and obviously put him over to be a historic first holder of the cup. I cannot wait to see who will challenge for this unique prize and how this first reign of sorts goes.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)
And you thought last week was big!
205 Live doubles down on historic matches!
Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.
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205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.
It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.
The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!
How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?
The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!
Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!
Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!
Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!
Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!
The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?
The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!
Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.
Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.
Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!
Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!
Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?
A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.
Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!
SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!
- Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay; Charlotte & Asuka win.
- Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler; Cesaro wins.
- Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella; Sasha wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Crews wins by disqualification, Big E retains the title.
- Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table, with Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, is back to open SmackDown, but no Jey Uso? Roman and Heyman are not in a good mood after the bait ‘n’ switch Adam Pearce pulled over on them with Kevin Owens. Heyman hands Roman a mic as fans boo and give thumbs down on their screens. “So KO said he was going to deliver a message today, huh?” Or is he not? No, we’re not going to see Kevin Owens tonight because Roman said so. Now let’s talk about last week and “card subject to change.” Real clever. A lot of people made comments about Pearce getting one past them, outsmarted them.
But let’s make this clear: “That way of thinking is beneath me.” Card subject to change is how losers think. It’s how people who are scared to come to work think. Roman doesn’t miss appearances, he puts in work! Legitimately! It took Roman’ sown health being at risk during a pandemic to keep him away. So he never wants to hear anyone say anything about him missing appearances. But what if Roma started thinking like “a puss” like Pearce, talking about his elbow and shoulder hurting. No one would doubt it because of the work Roman puts in! Roman’s knees hurt, and so does his neck. But what else? His ankles have been bad since college. And his back… Heyman says just the weight of it all is making Roman’s back hurt, because Roman’s been carrying the WWE for YEARS!
But what if Roman’s back continues to hurt until the Royal Rumble? What if he can’t make it because of that? Pearce walks out and says this is going too far. Heyman says Pearce is being rude not even addressing Roman. Pearce says this is spiraling out of control, and Roman can’t believe he wants to talk about control. We know who is in control. But what’s out of control is that Pearce is going against Roman. That Pearce is doing a favor and putting Kevin back into the Universal title picture. And the fact that Pearce is favoring Kevin! This isn’t even really a favor. Pearce is Kevin’s BITCH! And he’s also Roman’s bitch.
But what Roman really can’t stand right now, is Pearce having the audacity coming out here and complaining about how his body feels. Pearce hasn’t been in a match for six YEARS, but he’s talking about how his body hurts. Pearce is next to the thoroughbred of the WWE, a man who does 52 weeks a year, multiple days a week! Roman never complained, never stopped and busts his ass for this place, and that is why Roman is who Roman is! And Pearce is going to complain, whine, MOAN about stuff? “No wonder you never made it to the WWE.” Heyman chuckles at that one.
Pearce asks if this is funny to Heyman. It is. Pearce can take it from Roman but he won’t take it from Heyman. Oh? Well that’s disrespectful. Disrespecting Heyman is disrespecting Roman. Heyman, straighten Pearce out. Heyman is given the mic to speak. Pearce disrespected the Tribal Chief and his family. Heyman’s known his family 15 years. Roman’s family would not be friends with someone who isn’t tough! Do you know what it is like to be a friend of the Anoa’i family? Everyone buys into Heyman’s persona, that he’s “impotent as a man.” Heyman’s from New York, he whoop yo’ ASS for disrespecting the chief. Wanna stare Heyman down?
Heyman may not be a lawyer but he’s from a synagogue full of them. In Florida, a verbal contract is BINDING. So if you want something big for the main event, how about this? Pearce VS PAUL HEYMAN! What?! Heyman offers a handshake, and Pearce TAKES IT! The challenge is accepted!! Pearce will have his first match in six years, against Paul E. Dangerously! Roman says at the end of the night, Pearce gets his ass kicked. #BelieveThat.
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
He has a sign with #JusticeForSami on it, and he brings out cuffs?! Sami is going to cuff himself to the ringside barriers as a form of protest because he is not part of tonight’s Intercontinental Championship! How will WWE officials respond to Sami’s sudden SmackDown sit-in?
SmackDown returns and Sami claims he is being victimized, but he will enter the Royal Rumble to counter it! Sami says he had Apollo Crews beat, though with hands somehow on Apollo’s tights. But then Apollo does the same thing back to him and Apollo wins?! That is not fair! But then the Empress of Tomorrow interrupts Sami with her entrance, followed by The Queen’s! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here!
Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay!
The Queens of Tomorrow have a lot going on as individuals on Raw, but they return to SmackDown to focus on their teamwork! Meanwhile, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott haven’t been able to focus with the Femme Fatale frantically interfering. Will Billie be a burden as the Squad has a chance at earning a championship opportunity?
As the teams sort out, Natalya and Tamina are watching from backstage. The bell rings as Charlotte and Ruby start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Charlotte pushes Ruby to ropes. Ruby pushes back but Charlotte headlocks and throws Ruby down. Ruby keeps her shoulders up, fights to her feet, but Asuka tags in. Charlotte snapmares Ruby, Asuka runs Ruby over with a shoulder! Asuka headlocks Ruby, Ruby fights up but Charlotte tags back in. The Queens of Tomorrow hand Ruby off and Charlotte bumps Ruby off buckles! Charlotte digs her boot into Ruby’s head but lets off at 4. Ruby flounders, Charlotte taunts her to reach for Liv, then CLUBS her down.
Charlotte looms over Ruby, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Ruby falls over, Billie protests on the apron but Charlotte runs her off. Ruby rushes at Charlotte but into an elbow! Liv tags in as Billie shouts at Charlotte! Ruby rushes Charlotte but is thrown out, and Charlotte grabs at Billie! Liv apron dropkicks Charlotte back in! Liv hurries up top and leaps to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie can’t believe she’s being helpful as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Charlotte blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Charlotte stomps away on Liv, backs off as the ref counts, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap on their screens, Charlotte scoops Liv but Liv slips out. Liv runs, Ruby tags in, Liv huricanranas and Ruby runs in to tilt-o-whirl! Charlotte blocks the headscissors but Ruby fires off forearms! Ruby goes up and gives Charlotte DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, Sami is still filming his protest, and the Squad double SLAMS Charlotte down! Cover, ONE! Liv tags Ruby back in, they stomp away on Charlotte in a corner, and then tag again.
Ruby and Liv bring Charlotte out, double whip but charlotte stops herself to kick and forearm and CHOP! Charlotte CHOPS away, throws Ruby into buckles then kicks Liv low! EXPLODER! And kip up! Charlotte fires up but misses Liv in the corner. Liv runs into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Asuka, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Ruby runs but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Liv dropkicks Charlotte and enziguris Asuka! But Asuka has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv tries to roll through but gets caught to a trapped-leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka kicks but misses, Liv rolls her to swing. Asuka blocks, reels Liv in, but Ruby tags!
Asuka lets Liv go to get Ruby, but Billie distracts! The O’Conner roll is rolled over but Billie argues too long! That costs Ruby, she has to kick Asuka! Liv saves Ruby from the hip attack but falls on Billie! Ruby SUPERKICKS but Asuka counters the Riott Kick to the pop-up KNEE! Asuka runs, tags Charlotte, CODE BREAKER to NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall
Billie went from helping to hindering the Squad again! Will this partnership fall apart before Billie’s very eyes?
Billie finds the Squad backstage.
She apologizes for, for… For what, Billie? Stopping Ruby from pinning Asuka? Messing this opportunity up for them?! Yeah… Well for someone who doesn’t mean to, she’s pretty good at it. Maybe that should be put on the resume. Well, all the great teams have overcome obstacles! Billie has good news, though. She talked to Sonya Deville and the Squad is in the Women’s Rumble match! They can practice throwing Billie out over the ropes! Billie can pretend to be Bianca or Mella! No, there is no “us” anymore. The Squad works better when it’s just Ruby and Liv. Sorry. Will Billie ever catch a break?
Daniel Bryan is here!
And he goes past Sami’s new sign, where SAMI is an acronym: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Clever. Bryan goes to the ring and fans join in the “YES!” fingers on their screens. Bryan says a week from this Sunday is one of the most unique and historic traditions in the WWE, the Royal Rumble match. And even saying that, this time of year, a chill goes down Bryan’s spine. It’s a little hard to explain why but Bryan will give it his best shot. “It’s the uncertainty of what number you’re going to. It’s watching the countdown for every superstar that comes out. It’s waiting for that buzzer to hit, for that music to play, for you to run down, nobody knows that you’re coming, and you don’t know who’s coming out next!
“It’s the exhilaration of competing against 29 other superstars that could go over an hour, and it’s every man for themselves.” One of the most challenging, grueling things you can do in the WWE, and that makes Bryan feel alive. Despite all the pain, all the uncertainty, it is absolutely worth it because the winner gets to face the champion of their choosing in the main event of WrestleMania! Bryan is very proud of his career, he’s accomplished a lot. But the one thing he has never done is win a Royal Rumble! Experts, commentary, Michael Cole even, will say- Cesaro interrupts!
Cesaro thought he beat some sense into Bryan last week, but here Bryan is again talking about how he’ll win the Rumble. Cesaro appreciates Bryan explaining the rules, but Cesaro could’ve done it better and in five languages. But that’s besides the point. Bryan is NOT winning this year’s Rumble, Cesaro is. As the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Cesaro is an expert on this. Bryan didn’t forget about the loss, but instead of talking, how about putting the mics down, and they can fight it out again? Cesaro says no. Cesaro is sick and tired of proving himself week after week doing the same thing over and over! He beat Bryan, and Bryan isn’t dressed for the occasion, Cesaro issues an open challenge! Anyone who has already declared for the Rumble, come on down!
The one to answer the open challenge is… Dolph Ziggler! One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions is here asking about the conversation. Ziggler has been in the second most Rumbles ever. Ziggler can go all night long, ask anyone. And aside from himself and his colleague, Robert Roode, there is no one that can go toe-to-toe with Ziggler except maybe Cesaro. No offense to Bryan but it ain’t 2014 anymore. But if we’re talking about a Rumble challenge, Ziggler wants to win to go to Mania and get paid! So Bryan, scoot over, and Cesaro, consider your challenge accepted. Will the Show-Off show up the Swiss Cyborg?
Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!
SmackDown returns and Bryan has joined commentary for this great match-up already underway. Ziggler has Cesaro down and has a leg, gets a cover, TWO! Cesaro gets a lateral press but Ziggler keeps his shoulder up. Cesaro pushes him around, gut wrenches and lifts but Ziggler resists by grabbing Cesaro’s leg again. Ziggler shifts, rolls, has a cover, ONE! Cesaro tries a cover, ONE! Cesaro waistlocks but Ziggler gets the ropes. Ziggler elbows Cesaro away then jumps on for a sleeper hold! Cesaro stays up, RAMS Ziggler into buckles and is free. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Ziggler with that EuroUpper! Ziggler flounders into a trip and then a SWISS SWING!
Cesaro brings Ziggler around and around for a count of 10, then maybe 15 even, or 20! Cesaro throws Ziggler, covers, TWO! Ziggler survives the swing, Cesaro stalks him to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST! Ziggler rolls Cesaro up, TWO! Cesaro back drops, Ziggler sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro sits on the cover, TWO! Ziggler sunsets, TWO! Cesaro, TWO! Ziggler, TOW! Cesaro high stacks, TWO! Ziggler pops him to a cover, TWO! SUPER- No, Cesaro blocks but uppercuts into a backslide,. Cesaro slips out, but into a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! And yes, Sami is still protesting. He’s even memeing! “Sami was robbed, change my mind.”
Cesaro and Ziggler slowly rise and Ziggler sleeper holds again! Cesaro gets up, shifts Ziggler from backpack to a front facelock, for a suplex! Ziggler knees free, kicks low then runs, into a pop-up! Ziggler tries to huricanrana, but Cesaro makes it a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Michael Cole points out this is two times in a row that Cesaro has beaten a former world champion! Will Cesaro take the Rumble and be a WrestleMania contender?
Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella!
It is very rare for WWE to do co-ed matches like this, and certain against a champion like The Boss against the sommelier in employment of The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island. Will Reginald ruin Sasha’s momentum towards the rematch with Mella?
SmackDown returns and Mella makes her entrance to accompany Reginald to the ring, two other assistants bringing the champagne and drinking glasses to the ring for them. Mella and the champagne join commentary as the bell rings. Sasha tells Reggie it’s time to put up or shut up, but Reggie presents her with an orange rose. Sasha accepts the rose but goes to slap Reggie! He blocks, only for Sasha to SLAP him with the other hand! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and uses the ropes to arm-drag, but Reggie handsprings through! Mella says that’s her Reggie! Reggie waistlocks but Sasha resists the lift and slips out the back to switch. Reggie does the same and rolls right out of the ring!
Reggie plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and does a back flip off the apron! But Sasha wrecks him with a baseball slide dropkick! Sasha whips Reggie at the steel steps but Reggie leaps up and over! Mella applauds the bit of flair, Sasha gives chase, they go in the ring and speed things up with hurdle for hurdle. Reggie shows off with that flip, Sasha goes up and springboards, but Reggie blocks the sunset flip! Reggie wheelbarrows Sasha but she turns that into a BULLDOG! Sasha wants Mella to see why she’s the boss, but Sasha misses the meteora to hit buckles! Sasha avoids Reggie’s elbow drop, Oklahoma roll but Reggie slips out!
Reggie avoids Sasha’s dropkick to bomb lift, but Sasha arm-drags free! Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she knees Reggie away! Sasha goes up, leaps, crossbody but Reggie holds her up! Reggie pops Sasha up but into another arm-drag! Reggie is sent out, Sasha hurries to the apron, METEORA! Sasha slaps the champagne out of Mella’s hand! Sasha goes back into the ring with Reggie, brings him in for a backstabber but he rolls through! Sasha kicks him, and knuckle locks to flip up and into another METEORA! Mella sneers but Sasha tilt-o-whirls and drags Reggie down by his arm! BANK STATEMENT!! Reggie taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
Sasha got her revenge on Reggie, and throws him out to Mella! Will Sasha do the same to the Princess at the Royal Rumble?
Roman Reigns sits in his private room.
Heyman says Roman was brilliant. They got Pearce! “We? What’re you talking about?” Heyman knew what Roman was up to, he fed right into it. Roman simply passed Heyman the mic to do what he does better than anyone, and that is verbally rip someone to shreds. Roman didn’t say Heyman should challenge Pearce to a match. But Heyman has stepped into it, so he has to do this. Roman didn’t hire some punk to be Special Counsel, he hired a man. So Heyman needs to go out there and represent Roman as a man and handle business. “Paul, be a man. Handle your business.” The Special Counsel has no words, will he have no defense against Pearce?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
Sami Zayn is irate as Big E taunts him with the belt. But Sami is not the champion’s concern, he’s taking on the man in the ring! Big E and Apollo have been in friendly competition, but after what Heyman told both of them over these last few weeks on Talking Smack, will all of that go out the window?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to #ThinkBig or go home!
Apollo rushes Big E but right into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Apollo goes to the apron, Big E follows and stomps him, to then run and APRON SPLASH! Big E is fired up and gets back in to run at Apollo. Apollo elbows back, BOOTS back, then runs, into a scoop! Apollo slips off, and ENZIGURIS! Big E wobbles into a BOOT! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps focus as he stalks Big E. Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES Big E! Apollo holds on to GERMAN again! Big E elbows over and over until he’s free, and he gets Apollo with the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he goes out after Apollo.
Big E and Apollo end up by the announce desk. Big E tells Apollo he’ll never make the mistake of disrespecting him again. Apollo pushes Big E away, then dodges him to go up the apron and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! Apollo gets Big E back in at the ring count of 8 then climbs up top! Big E hits Apollo first then climbs up to join him. Big E throws forearms, stands Apollo up, but Apollo resists the superplex! Apollo throws headbutts as fans clap on their screens! Big E falls back, Apollo adjusts, but Sami uncuffs himself! Sami’s strike is over as Apollo leaps to missile dropkick Big E!
Apollo resets but Sami HELLUVA KICKS him!! SAMI SCREWS APOLLO!
Winner: Apollo Crews by disqualification (Big E is still WWE Intercontinental Championship)
And then Sami HELLUVA KICKS Big E! And Sami has the nerve to talk about injustice! Sami says HE is the champion, but that this is what Big E and Apollo deserve! Will Sami get what he deserves soon enough?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“I showed up to work today, and I was told I couldn’t get into the building because Roman Reigns pulled some strings to make sure I wouldn’t be there. Roman, dude… It’s fine. But just know this: at the Royal Rumble, there’s no more strings for you to pull.” At the Rumble, they will settle this once and for all. And Roman calls Kevin “a cockroach that won’t die,” and tells him to just stop fighting, but Kevin can’t do that. Roman has yet to beat Kevin like the champion he claims to be. Roman did not earn those victories. The family did that for him.
And the other reason Kevin keeps fighting is this. Kevin has a lot of tattoos, and they all have a story behind them. He has his wife’s name on his wrist, his kids’ names on the other side, then one to remind him of his parents. Kevin fights for all of them, but he has tattoos on his knuckles. These are his grandfathers’ initials: M for Melvin, his dad’s dad, and P is for Pierre, his mom’s dad. Those men had Kevin’s back all the way. They were his biggest fans, and nothing made them happier than seeing Kevin in the ring. The biggest regret Kevin will have is that he didn’t make it to the WWE in time for them to see, because they both passed away just before.
But they will always be with Kevin. The mark they left on Kevin will always be there, because both men battled illnesses that should’ve made their lives a lot shorter. Those two men refused to quit, and because of that, Kevin was lucky to have many, many great years with them. So how can Kevin stop fighting? That is why Kevin will not stay away and why he will #JustKeepFighting. That is why come Royal Rumble, Kevin will be the Last Man Standing.
The Street Profits have a basket.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins see Ziggler talking with Sonya, and have a quick question: Are you ready~, ready~? This is a celebratory basket for congratulating Sonya on her new job and office! But don’t jump the gun! They’re not just congratulating her on the new gig. She sits next to Pearce, looking pretty, but they have business. It has been two, two weeks, since the Profits lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Ziggler & Roode, Entertainment Dysfunction. Put that on a t-shirt, it’ll make millions! But that aside, the Profits- Sonya knows they want their rematch. She’s so smart!
Sonya knows they were champions for 312 days, won two Slammy Awards, so yes they deserve a rematch. But Ford is still recovering from the leg injury. If he gets in that ring too soon, gets hurt and is out of action, that hurts SmackDown as a whole. So hear her out: For now, hang out, keep doing your segments to hype the show, and let another team get the opportunity. Then when Ford is 100%, he and Dawkins get back in the game and back in the title picture. Cool with t hat, fam? yeah, that’s cool. Golly, Sonya, thanks for your concern. Enjoy the basket! It’s expensive. But will the long wait really work out in the Profits’ favor?
Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
The Role Model wants The EST to prove she’s still got it when it comes to being the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, etc. Therefore, SmackDown is setting up a truly challenging obstacle course for them both to run! Who backs up their words, after the break?
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole presides over this special competition, and gives the introductions for Bianca, then for Bayley. Bayley takes over and says DING DONG, BYE Cole. This is her show now! And look, Bianca, this is what Bayley has for her. America Ninja Warrior ain’t got nothing on UAOCC! This is of course timed, starting right here with the “big ol’ 400 pound tractor tire,” which you only need to flip once. Go down the ramp, take on the short hurdles, climb the trio of military walls. And then Bayley even got advice from Chad Gable and Alpha Academy, he will put you through the full body test, the fireman’s carry!
But that’s not all! The very last challenge is grab the basketball, put it through the net, and time stops at the exact moment the ball exits the bottom of the net! The competitor with the shortest time is of course the winner! Let’s get the clock going, and Bayley wants to go first. Bianca says that’s fine, and we begin… NOW! Bayley flips the tire, hurries down the ramp, though not quite that quickly, and takes on the hop hurdles to go right at the military walls. The short one seems to throw her off, and she just weaves around them?! Is that allowed?
Bayley fireman’s carries Gable, and he seems to be heavier than he looks. Bianca “cheers” Bayley on as she goes from one end to another, then she gets the ball to DUNK- no, wait, there! Bayley finishes at 1:12. But she says she did Bianca a favor. “Let’s EST up this course,” all for Bianca. Oh, the hurdles are now full hurdles, and Bianca wraps her braid. GO! Bianca easily flips the tire, runs down the ramp., leaps the hurdles, leaps the walls, but she isn’t carrying Gable, but OTIS! Bianca has 40 seconds, she carries the 330 pound Otis with ease, then gets the ball and even dares Bayley to play D! She breaks ankles and DUNKS! She had 17 seconds to spare!
Winner: Bianca Belair
Sorry, Bayley, but that’s the power of the EST! Bayley is a sore loser and throws the ball at Bianca! And then hammers away with forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands but Bayley doesn’t care, as she POSTS Bianca and knocks down the basketball hoop! Bayley storms off, perhaps having proven she’s the meanest on the roster.
Rey Mysterio coaches Dominik backstage.
Rey reviews with Dom that Baron Corbin is a former boxer, so he has to watch out for the hands. Dom says Rey can trust him to have this. Dom is comfortable with his skills and has prepared. Okay, then we’ll do it his way. But if something goes wrong, they do it Rey’s way. That’s fair. Dom heads out, will he be able to trump the Wolf King?
Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
SmackDown returns as Corbin is already in the ring. Dominik makes his entrance, leaving Rey backstage so he can handle things. The bell rings and Dom circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Dom to a corner but Dom dodges the hands to throw hands of his own! Dom rams his shoulder in but Corbin shoves him away. Dom dropkicks but Corbin stays up. Dom whips, Corbin reverses but Dom wheelbarrows and throws Corbin out of the ring! The ring count climbs but Dom slingshots, only for Corbin to get clear and CLOBBER him! Corbin drags Dom up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Corbin already glares at the ref as he grows annoyed.
Corbin stalks Dom, drags him to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Corbin hops off at 4, then drags Dom up to throw body shots! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4 again, then stands Dom up. Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard! Dom bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Corbin takes his time bringing Dom back up. Corbin brings Dom around, reel shim in but Dom slips out to dropkick a leg! Corbin ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up but the call is blocked! Corbin drags Dom from ropes, yanks but Dom lands on his feet, only for Corbin to DECK him! Corbin reels Dom in and hits END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King wins because he did this his way! Will the Mysterios regroup and draw up a winning game plan?
Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns!
Scrap Daddy’s switcheroo not only got the better of the Special Counsel last week, it might be why he stuck his foot in his mouth this week! Will Pearce’s return to the ring also get the better of Paul E. Dangerously? Has the Head of the Table truly left Heyman hanging?
Heyman is taping his hands on his way to the ring, but stumbles off the steps? The ref checks on Heyman but he says he’s fine. Give him a minute to walk it off. Heyman fumbles on the steps again and Pearce smells a plot. After all, he let his “bum leg” be why Kevin Owens is back in the title match. And just as he knew, Heyman cites “card subject to change.” This was the trump card Heyman had up his sleeve! Roman did NOT leave the building, he’s heading to the ring! Now that the bait ‘n’ switch is on the other foot, will Scrap Daddy be scrap metal?
Adam Pearce VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Pearce the second he’s in the ring! This isn’t even a match because the bell hasn’t rung! Heyman says he has obviously found a suitable replacement, and Roman is pulling steps apart. Pearce throws a haymaker! Roman glares at Pearce, and LOW BLOW KICKS him! And then throws Pearce OVER the barriers! Roman is snarling as he goes around the way to drag Pearce up and throw him INTO ThunderDome screens! And then he drags Pearce up to throw heavy forearms! And then throws him into stage wall! Fans give thumbs down but that’s not going to save Pearce from Roman’s wrath!
Roman fireman’s carries Pearce and puts him on the upper level, the same place he threw Kevin off of. But speaking of, Kevin runs in and attacks Roman! Kevin saves Pearce as he throws haymakers and bumps Roman off barriers! Roman throws Kevin into screens, throws haymakers of his own, then they brawl to ringside! It’s Royal Rumble come early! Roman puts Kevin in the ring, storms in but into a USUPERKICK! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCH- NO! STUNNER from Kevin!! Kevin dares Roman to get back up! Roman sputters as he gets out of the ring but Kevin whips him into barriers! And clubs away on his back!
Referees rush out to try and stop this, and Kevin backs off to cool off. But then Kevin comes back to STOMP Roman into barriers! Roman flounders back up, referees try to talk Kevin down, and even Pat Buck, Pearce’s coworker. But Kevin gets past them to give Roman another STUNNER! Kevin wants Heyman to say something but Heyman has nothing to say! So Kevin brings Roman over, pops him up, POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Kevin is pulling steel steps apart! The refs keep him from bringing that over to Roman! Kevin says Roman’s lucky the officials are here to stop him, but it won’t happen at the Royal Rumble! Will Kevin truly #StunTheWorld when he is THE Last Man Standing?
A great SmackDown that honestly could’ve been a go-home to the Royal Rumble in some cases. Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad was good, but naturally the champions win, mostly because Billie was too involved. She has been kicked out of the Riott Squad, though she wasn’t really a member to begin with, but I feel like they could’ve gone another week, though. Natty & Tamina were watching backstage, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get a match with Charlotte & Asuka, even if they were to lose. The match of Sasha Banks VS Reginald was pretty good, mostly because Reggie is insanely athletic. Depending on how the story goes of him being Mella’s sommelier, maybe he can split off and get into like 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division to freshen things up a bit.
But of course Sasha wins, she’s the champion. I have a feeling this means the go-home sees Mella standing tall so that Sasha is still the favored to win. The “Ultimate” obstacle course challenge was very clearly going to be won by Bianca, but I commend Bayley for trying to rig it in her favor. Though, shouldn’t she have been penalized or even disqualified for outright skipping those military style walls? Pretty sure we’re getting a match between the two, and Bianca can sell the bad arm to “overcome” it and win, for big momentum going into the Women’s Rumble.
The Profits had a good segment with Sonya, and I like that, at least on the surface, Sonya is being a responsible official and having the Profits wait so they can be healed up. But I wonder if there will even be defenses in that time, as there aren’t many tag teams on SmackDown. It’s mostly the champs, the Profits, Cesaro-Nakamura, and maybe Alpha Academy, aka Gable & Otis. Dom VS Corbin felt like filler just to get things to what Rey was talking about last week, which should’ve just been what we got this week. Unless it was because the person they have in mind (Cain Velasquez) isn’t available right now because of some COVID concerns. That I’d understand.
Sami Zayn “protesting” this episode just so he’d be ringside for the Intercontinental Championship was a pretty good long game for the episode. Sami’s signs were clever, but it does seem a shame for what should’ve been a huge match. Maybe we get another Triple Threat for this title, and that is the way Big E loses. Though, I think it’d work well if Big E won, making his reign feel even bigger from having dealt with two contenders. After that, Big E can face just about anyone else on the roster, such as Nakamura, Cesaro or even Otis. And speaking of, Cesaro had a good promo with Bryan and a really good match with Ziggler, but I feel like all these wins are setting Cesaro up to not win the Rumble. But I said the same thing about Bryan making it his mission to win the reason he won’t, so maybe as far as SmackDown goes, it’s between the two of them as Rumble finalists.
And again, we got a lot of great stuff out of the Roman Reigns story. The opening promo segment was really good, it helped set up the main event, and gave a great tease of Pearce VS Heyman. But Heyman using the fake injury and “card subject to change” back on Pearce was also very clever, and naturally it was Roman who would beat Pearce up to get back at him for everything so far. Kevin had a really good promo, made a great save, and got to stand tall tonight with the table bomb. I’m curious as to Kevin’s part in the go-home next week. I can’t see him standing tall two weeks in a row just to keep the math in Roman’s favor, so maybe Roman turns this around to then defy the math and still retain the title. I’m pretty sure Roman does retain, and we leave it up to the Rumble to decide the rest.
My Score: 8.5/10
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