Raw sorts out their wins and losses after Survivor Series!
Both the Raw Men’s and even Women’s teams won at Survivor Series, but their champions had tougher times. Will Asuka, the New Day and Drew McIntyre have to watch out for challengers trying to pounce on “vulnerabilities?”
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business; The New Day wins and retains the titles.
- WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus; Riddle wins and advances to next week’s Triple Threat.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Lana; Asuka wins by disqualification, and retains the title.
- Asuka & Lana VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Asuka & Lana win.
- WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Keith Lee VS Bobby Lashley; Lee wins and advances to next week’s Triple Threat.
- Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Randy Orton VS AJ Styles; Styles wins and advances to next week’s Triple Threat.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Raw Men’s team is in the ring!
They and Adam Pearce stand together as Pearce notes we saw one of the greatest main events in Raw history when Drew McIntyre became a two-time world champion against Randy Orton. And then we saw an end of an era at Survivor Series, were we all bid a final farewell to the Phenom, the Undertaker. But we also saw these superstars in the ring defeat SmackDown in a dominant clean sweep! Results like that deserve rewards, so one of these five might be McIntyre’s next challenger. That brings us to tonight. Pearce wanted to give every man of Team Raw a chance to stake their claim to a title match.
Pearce wants “Captain” AJ Styles to start but Sheamus speaks up. Firstly, Styles was not the captain. Secondly, Sheamus congratulates his friend, Drew McIntyre, on becoming a two-time WWE World Champion. They go way back, they’re bets of friends, and as last night goes, Sheamus being the most valuable member of the team- Styles cuts Sheamus off there. Most valuable? Yes, Styles is repeating his words so clearly he heard Sheamus right. Styles says that we all know McIntyre is Sheamus’ buddy, sure, but Styles says this is the “good ol’ boy” system. Not gonna happen! And furthermore, most valuable? N o, that’s the captain, Styles!
Keith Lee speaks up and does NOT hate to interrupt here, because not only did Keith save Styles, he pinned SmackDown’s captain, and so he is the obvious choice of the title opportunity. Styles complains but Riddle speaks up now. “I would like to be WWE Champion, and I think we all did last night was pretty sick.” Last night, Riddle beat King Corbin. That was sweet! Does that make Riddle the King Bro? Does he get a crown? Riddle would like to face McIntyre, win, and become WWE Champion so he could have that dope sword to go with the crown. Sheamus says Riddle is the dope. Fire Face, c’mon, bro. Riddle will win the title, get the sword and the crown, and let him hold them.
Don’t call Sheamus FIRE FACE! Yeah, no more nicknames. Skipper, didn’t you like yours? And so did Bro Lee, right? But Fire Face wasn’t even his first choice anyway. Though, Fire Crotch was already taken. What does Mongoose think? Pearce says “last but not least,” Braun Strowman will have his time to speak. What does Pearce mean by “last?” It is just a saying, Braun. Braun grabs Pearce and shouts “Do you know who I am?! Do you know what I’ve done for this company!?” The team tries to calm Braun down but he HEADBUTTS Pearce!! The team tells Braun that was uncalled for, but he tells them to back off. Will this jeopardize not only Braun’s chances at the title but his chances at being in the WWE?
Raw shares footage of an encounter between The New Day and the Hurt Business.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were filming a video when The Hurt Business walked by. MVP taunts them as “The Worst of the Worst,” for having lost “embarrassingly” to the Street Profits. Shelton Benjamin says the Raw Tag Team Championships are missing prestige, which only gentlemen like the Hurt Business can bring. The Hurt Business want New Day to give them a championship opportunity tonight. Woods says they just did this, and remind him what happened? Cedric Alexander says it was what New Day got at Survivor Series. While the New Day were cosplaying like fools, Alexander was on the sidelines, and he hates being on the sidelines.
The Hurt Business crowds the New Day but Kofi tells them to back up a bit. Alexander says they’re not asking, they’re telling the New Day, they’re having a title match tonight. And then the spotlight will be where it belongs: on Alexander. Kofi says this was their day off, but MVP says there’s no such thing for champions. Woods accepts the challenge! Will the New Day rebound at the expense of the Hurt Business? We find out, next!
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Hurt Business!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised and the Raw after Survivor Series has a golden opener!
The teams sort out and we start with Benjamin and Woods. They tie up, Benjamin puts Woods in the corner but Woods slips away! Woods swivels his hips and smooths his hair but MVP tells Benjamin to be “controlled fury.” Benjamin and Woods circle and feel out the grapple. Benjamin tackles Woods and rains down rights! Benjamin floats all over Woods, brings Woods up with a half nelson but Woods moves around. Benjamin stays on top of Woods, brings him back down then rams a knee into the shoulder! Woods writhes and goes to a corner but Benjamin is after him with a TOSS! Woods ends up in the other corner and Benjamin brings him back up, for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! He tries another cover, ONE, and Benjamin KICKS Woods down.
Benjamin drags Woods up, Woods throws body shots and haymakers, but he runs into a BOOT! Alexander is fired up and Benjamin KNEES Kofi down! MVP says, “I love it when a plan comes together,” and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Woods endures a chinlock. Benjamin leans on Woods as Kofi and the fans rally up. Woods throws body shots and then arm-drags Benjamin away, rolls to dodge, hot tag to Kofi! Kofi springboards to ax handle Benjamin, DECK Alexander, then rally on Benjamin with chops and a dropkick! Kofi runs to leaping lariat! Fans clap and Kofi fires up, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi aims from the corner, claps it up, but Benjamin ducks Trouble to kick and whip! Benjamin runs in, Kofi slips out and kicks back! Kofi goes up top but Benjamin throws haymakers to stop him!
Benjamin climbs up, Kofi fights back and headbutts Benjamin away! The ref is busy with Benjamin, and Alexander ARM-DRAGS Kofi to the apron! Alexander gets away with it but Woods saw that! Woods goes over to check on Kofi as the ring count climbs. Kofi rises as it’s at 8, Benjamin KICKS Kofi down! But the count is 10!! New Day survive!!
MVP is furious but the New Day gets away! MVP thinks his guys won, but that’s not how the rules work! Woods rubs that in on MVP but MVP says this isn’t how it’ll go! MVP wants the ref to restart the match so it won’t end like this. New Day doesn’t want to lose like that, right? The New Day says they gave Hurt Business their shot, but that trash talk doesn’t sit right, so we’re still going!
Fans cheer on their screens while Kofi and Benjamin stare down, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Kofi circles with Benjamin. They tie up and fire off fast hands! Kofi gets around to mule kick, kick and kick and then fire off body shots and haymakers! The ref counts, Benjamin shoves Kofi away. Kofi runs back at Benjamin but gets TOSSED out of the ring! Kofi clutches a leg and Woods hurries over to check on him. Alexander talks trash that Kofi is done, but the ring count is climbing again! Benjamin gets Kofi in before 9 and stomps away. Benjamin tags Alexander, and they feed Kofi to knees! And then a clothesline! Alexander hops up, lines up the shot, and ELBOW DROPS! Cover, ONE!!
Alexander tries another cover, ONE, and Alexander hammers away on Kofi! Alexander gets the leg and gets Kofi in a partial Queen Angelito. Kofi endures, Benjamin tags in, and the knee is the target of Benjamin’s stomps! Benjamin drags Kofi up and around, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Benjamin drags Kofi around, and drops an elbow on the leg! Tag to Alexander and Alexander drops an elbow onto the leg! Alexander has a toehold, Kofi endures as Alexander punches away on the knee, and Alexander even cranks harder on the leg. Alexander has a standing SNAP LOCK! Then a TRAILER HITCH!
Kofi endures, reaches for Woods and Alexander taunts Woods to help Kofi! Alexander drags Kofi away, tags in Benjamin, and Benjamin stomps Kofi down. Benjamin drops knees, drags Kofi around by his leg again and has a standing toehold. Kofi endures but Benjamin drops down for a kneebar! Fans rally, Kofi CHOPS and CHOPS and is free! Benjamin hurries after Kofi, reel shim in and clotheslines him down! Benjamin talks smack and has Kofi in the corner. Benjamin drags Kofi up by his hair and puts him on the ropes. Alexander stands back as the ref watches him, and Benjamin wraps the leg on the ropes. Alexander tags in and he dropkicks the leg! Cover, but the ropes are too close! Kofi gets free but Alexander tries again, TWO!
Alexander has the leg and he turns Kofi for a partial Crab. Alexander drags Kofi around, tag to Benjamin. They mug the leg again and Benjamin drags Kofi up. Benjamin headbutts Kofi to the corner then throws haymakers. Benjamin runs in but Kofi ducks under to shovel Benjamin out! Alexander tags in before Benjamin falls, but Kofi throws him out, too! Kofi crawls but Alexander yanks Woods off the apron! Kofi elbows Benjamin away, and boots with the good leg! He gets Benjamin for SOS! Cover, TWO!! Benjamin and Kofi are both down but Benjamin tags in Alexander. Alexander chop blocks Kofi’s leg! Woods glares as Alexander covers Kofi, TWO! KNEEBAR! Kofi endures as Alexander pulls on the leg!
Fans rally up, Kofi pries free and he brawls with Alexander on the mat! Kofi heads for Woods but Alexander drags him away. Alexander heel hooks but Kofi kicks him away again. Kofi hobbles but gets the hot tag to Woods! Woods rallies on Alexander, leg lariats! He dumps Benjamin out, puts Alexander on ropes, SLIDING WRECKING BALL! Woods rains down right son Benjamin, gets in to trophy lift and DROP Alexander! Cover, TWO!! MVP shouts at Alexander to get up but Woods has him in a corner. Woods runs into an elbow, Alexander uses ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Tag to Benjamin, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, Kofi breaks it!!
Alexander gets in but Kofi kicks and tosses him out. Kofi aims and bounces to SLINGSHOT into Alexander! Benjamin reels Woods in, Woods sunset flips out of the bomb, the NEW DAY WIN!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
Maybe the Hurt Business should’ve just cut their losses, because now they’ve actually LOST! Will New Day prove they’re still the best on Raw, no matter what?
Adam Pearce walks out of the trainer’s room.
Charly Caruso asks how he is doing. The doc told him to take it easy this week. But obviously he has Braun escorted out of the building. He can’t speak to the consequences of Braun’s actions, but if it were Pearce’s call, Braun would be fired. Understandable, but now she asks who he was going to handle the WWE World Championship situation. Before he can answer, Bobby Lashley walks over and asks he wait to talk business. Lashley says he would never have done what Braun did. And second, Lashley was the only champion on this brand to win at Survivor Series. So perhaps they should discuss that before a decision is made. Pearce excuses himself from the interview to do just that. Is the United States Championship about to take over the world… title picture?
Raw returns, and Charly tries to interview Pearce again.
Lashley made a compelling case, but now- Randy Orton walks over…? Pearce needs another minute, Charly. Clearly the Viper wants to add to the conversation.
Backstage interview with Lana.
The Ravishing Russian went from being smashed through a table nine weeks in a row to being Team Raw’s SOLE SURVIVOR! How is she feeling? She is so shocked and happy! That was the greatest moment in her career, she feels on top of the world! Well, the Raw Men’s Team won and are in line for titles, so perhaps Lana will get a rematch with Asuka? She can’t even think about that right now. She wants to live in the moment. If she’s dreaming, don’t wake her up! Will Lana make dreams come true soon enough?
Charly returns again to talk with Pearce.
Pearce has spoken with Lashley and with Orton, what is his decision now? He has come to a solution: everyone has made a claim, that is what he wanted. But this needs to be settled in the ring. Three 1v1 matches will determine the entrants in a Triple Threat #1 Contender’s match, the winner facing Drew McIntyre for the title! And the first one tonight: (Matt) Riddle VS Sheamus, and that is NOW!
WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Matt Riddle VS Sheamus!
“Bro…!” Dopey, the King of Bros, and the “Fire Face” Fella face off for a spot in an epic Triple Threat! Who will be but the first of three in next week’s golden opportunity?
The bell rings and Riddle circles with Sheamus. Riddle still thinks they’re cool from Survivor Series but Sheamus slaps the bro fist away. No more Fire Face nicknames, stupid! Riddle says Sheamus should have respect, but Sheamus shoves him! So Riddle waistlocks and jumps on! Sheamus shakes Riddle off and gets Riddle in a facelock. Sheamus grinds Riddle down, Riddle slips around and jumps on again. Sheamus throws Riddle off this time and Riddle gets up fast. The two circle again and tie up. Sheamus puts Riddle on ropes, the ref calls for a break but Riddle gets around again. They reluctantly honor the ropebreak but the ref reprimands them both.
Sheamus headlocks and throws Riddle down, but Riddle keeps his shoulder up. Sheamus traps an arm, and Riddle endures as Sheamus tortures the fingers. Sheamus keeps on the headlock but Riddle pops out the back to get a hammerlock. Riddle returns the crank, and throws in elbows. Riddle keeps calling Sheamus “Fire Face” as he shifts around for the double wristlock. Sheamus fights up and rams Riddle to a corner! Sheamus KNEES Riddle hard and low then CLUBS him down! Sheamus has the top wristlock now and he bends the arm way back. Riddle endures, Sheamus digs his elbow into Riddle’s eye!
Riddle fights up, Sheamus claws his face, but Riddle throws body shots. Riddle fights free, throws forearms, and more forearms, and a CHOP! And more forearms, and more CHOPS! Riddle seethes but Sheamus CLOBBERS him! Sheamus kicks Riddle while he’s down and Riddle goes to ropes. Sheamus digs his knee into Riddle’s head but the ref counts. Sheamus lets off, argues with the ref, but then he brings Riddle up just to throw him down with the hammerlock. Sheamus headscissor squeezes Riddle but Riddle bridges up. Riddle moves around, gets Sheamus with the ARMBAR! Sheamus scrambles to a ropebreak! The ref counts, Riddle lets off at 3, and Sheamus bails out.
Sheamus tells Riddle to play by the rules, and Riddle says he can stay out then and lose by ring count. Sheamus gets in, they both kick each other, but Riddle fires off forearms. Sheamus throws body shots, knees and then suplexes Riddle up and over! Cover, TWO! Sheamus has a keylock and then shifts to throw elbows into Riddle’s head. Riddle fights up, fireman’s carries, but Sheamus fights free. Riddle fires off hands, Sheamus shoves but Riddle kicks him! Riddle runs but Sheamus clotheslines him out hard! Sheamus goes out to the apron and leaps, into a FINAL FLASH! Riddle gets Sheamus for a BROSPLODER! The ring count climbs but Riddle drags Sheamus up and in at 5!
Riddle aims, runs and BROTONS! Cover, TWO! Riddle grits his teeth while Sheamus sits up. Riddle lines up a shot and KICKS Sheamus in the chest! Sheamus sits up and Riddle KICKS him again! And stomps him! And KICKS him against ropes! Riddle drags Sheamus up, Sheamus throws heavy body shots and he DECKS Riddle with that right! Riddle ends up on the apron, Sheamus brings him up to beat the Bodhrain! Sheamus gets all 10 and then dumps Riddle down. Riddle groans while he stirs and the ring count begins again. Riddle stands at 5, gets in at 7, but Sheamus is right on him with European Uppercuts!
Riddle boots back from a corner, runs but into the IRISH CURSE! Cover, TWO! Sheamus pushes Riddle around but Riddle is still in this. Sheamus drags Riddle up, Riddle holds ropes to avoid the whip, but Sheamus KICKS him low! Sheamus shoves Riddle to a corner then RAMS into him! And then POSTS him! Riddle flounders out, but dodges as Sheamus runs in, and Sheamus POSTS himself! The BRO KICKS return! BRO! BRO! BRO! Riddle lets off as the ref counts, but he and Sheamus catch each other with forearms! Sheamus catches the kick, Alabama lifts for the ALABAMA SLAM! But he can’t make the cover, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Riddle is fighting up out of a chinbar and armlock. Riddle throws body shots, then forearms, but Sheamus shoves to KNEE Riddle down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus can’t believe Riddle survives! Sheamus pushes Riddle away then stands on a hand, to stomp it! Sheamus drags Riddle up, scoops him but Riddle slips off, spins Sheamus and PELES! Sheamus tumbles out of the ring! Riddle gets up, builds speed to the corner, and then goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK! And then FLOATING BROTON! Riddle puts Sheamus in, then climbs up top, for a CROSSBODY, but into Sheamus’ arms! Sheamus hits a SWINGING SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Sheamus is shocked as he stares down at Riddle. He stomps Riddle to the ropes, then drags him back to stomp him more. Sheamus ties up the legs but Riddle resists the Cloverleaf! Sheamus kicks Riddle and turns him over, CLOVERLEAF is in! Riddle endures and drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Sheamus holds until 4, and he has no idea what it’ll take to solve Riddle. Riddle is on the apron, Sheamus brings him back up, but Riddle stops the Bodhrain! Riddle has the arm for a DRAPING KIMURA! The ref counts, Riddle lets go at 4 then he hotshots Sheamus away! Riddle gets in, gets around, Sheamus elbows and switches to drop down and drag Riddle to a HEEL HOOK!
Riddle endures, CHOPS and forearms Sheamus, but Sheamus clubs him back! Sheamus cranks on the leg, Riddle is down, TWO as Riddle sits up. Riddle kicks and kicks with his free leg, and kicks and kicks, until he is free! And he still kicks! Cover, TWO! Riddle grits his teeth again as Sheamus sits up, but Sheamus ducks the PK, only to get a FINAL FLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Sheamus survives and shocks Riddle! Riddle fires himself up, foams at the mouth a bit, and he drags Sheamus to a drop zone. Riddle goes up top but Sheamus clubs him down! Sheamus clubs Riddle more, then climbs up behind him. Sheamus brings Riddle up but Riddle hits back.
Riddle sends Sheamus down, adjusts position but Sheamus hits him again! Sheamus climbs up, throws forearms, then fireman’s carries Riddle! He shifts Riddle around, SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO?!? Riddle survives and Sheamus is beside himself! Sheamus looks at Riddle from the corner, even more unsure how to put Riddle away. Sheamus beats his own chest, firing himself up. Riddle stands but then drops before the Brogue arrives! Sheamus laughs, he thinks Riddle is done. Sheamus brings Riddle up, “You’ll never be tough like me!” Riddle HEADBUTTS! ROUNDHOUSES! But Sheamus ducks the next, to Electric Chair lift! Riddle punches back, rolls through but Sheamus rolls it back! CLOVERLEAF!! Riddle endures, turns it back over, drags Sheamus down to a victory roll! RIDDLE WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat Contender’s Match)
The Fella is FURIOUS that he got beat by the Bro! Who will Riddle be meeting next week in that match?
Asuka finds Lana backstage.
The Empress heard Lana might want to challenge for the title. Oh, no no, she was just interviewed about being the Sole Survivor, and the question came up. Lana was not even thinking about that. Asuka is the best in the world and Raw Women’s Champion! Well that’s okay, Asuka loves challenges. She accepts, and will see Lana in the ring tonight. Who knows? Maybe Lana goes home the new champion! Lana is happy to have her newest opportunity, but is she worried it won’t be as easy as her Survivor Series win?
Raw presents an all new Firefly Fun House!
Bray Wyatt and Alexa Bliss welcome us back! Tonight is about something truly evil! Vile! Disgusting! Repuslive! It’s “friendship.” Ew~! Friends will always let you down! One minute, you’re best buds, playing ball, skipping stones, burning the midnight oil together to solve a puzzle. Then the next minute, they’re burning other things… Wyatt still gets flashes of what Orton did. But trust Bray when he says friends are no good. Just like Alexa’s former friend and tonight’s opponent, Nikki Cross.
Ribbit, pay no attention to this, Bliss. You can’t let a friend like Cross hop away. Who da F is you? This is the Friendship Frog, of course! And he believes friendship lasts forever. Is that so? Indubitably! Well Alexa should show the frog what she’ll do to her “friend,” Nikki. Alexa asks for a little help, and Bray whispers in her ear. Those scary eyes return! This doesn’t seem very friendly. Alexa bashes him with the branding stick! Friendship Frog is now pudding. That’s enough. Now please, join us in a moment of silence for the frog. A video shows the frog growing up from tadpole to pollywog to full fledged frog. He played baseball, graduated from college, and “Always eat what bugs you” was his senior quote in his yearbook. And of course, his debut and final appearance on FFH. He was 40?
Friendship Frog was a fine amphibian. A real shame he… croaked. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Okay, bye~! See you later, Nikki! Um… Will Nikki end up looking like Friendship Frog before the night is over?
WWE Tribute to the Troops returns to television!
Sunday, December 6th on Fox, WWE again thanks the men and women of the US military by putting on a special show! Check local listings for showtimes.
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Lana!
The Empress of Tomorrow may have come up short against The Boss in their Champion VS Champion match, but that’s not going to stop Asuka from reigning over Raw! At least, it shouldn’t. Will the Ravishing Sole Survivor shock the world all over again?
Raw returns and Lana makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, but Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler come out to intimidate Lana. Of course, they pretend that’s not why, and join commentary instead. The bell rings and Asuka ties up with Lana. Lana arm-drags Asuka down and Asuka claps some respect. Asuka and Lana tie up again, Lana headlocks but Asuka powers out. Asuka drops down, tries to pop Lana up but Lana counters to a cover! TWO, and Asuka ducks a kick, to pop-up KNEE Lana down! Asuka has the ref move as she baseball slides at Lana but Lana dodges! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions taunt Asuka for taking even this long to beat Lana, but Asuka splashes them with someone’s water! Nia attacks and that ends the match!
Winner: Asuka, by disqualification (still Raw Women’s Champion)
Whether Asuka egged them on so this would happen or not, Asuka wins the match and retains her title! But now the tag champions are mugging her! Lana watches as they splash Asuka with water now, then drag her to the table. Shayna clears it off for Nia, but Lana saves Asuka! Lana and Asuka get in the ring, then get away as Shayna and Nia storm in! Asuka says it won’t work like that, but Nia grabs the mic. “You started something, get back here an finish it!” Shayna adds on, because she and Nia want a match with them tonight! Lana and Asuka accept! Raw goes to break, will the Ravishing and the Empress take down the Irresistible Force and the Queen of Spades?
R-Truth does a WWE Shop commercial.
After all, this Friday is Black Friday, as in deals, deals, deals! But then a referee shows up. Truth says his title is not for sale, but then Drew Gulak SMACKS Truth with a toy Money in the Bank briefcase! Gulak covers, but the lights start turning off?! The ref bugs out of there, and Truth knows HE is here! He who? THE FIEND!?! Gulak turns around and “YOWIE WOWIE!” Oh it’s just Akira Tozawa in a Fiend mask. he gets himself a free WWE 24/7 Championship pillow. Get that and more now at WWE Shop!
Asuka & Lana VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler!
Raw returns and Lana dodges Shayna’s knee in the corner! Lana fires off knees and kicks of her own, then a heel kick! Lana brings Shayna around, whips but Nia makes the tag! Lana ROUNDHOUSES Shayna but Nia throws Lana by her hair! Nia looms over Lana and taunts Asuka. Nia drags Lana up to TOSS her! Lana gets to a corner and Nia mocks her pain. Nia brings Lana up to TOSS her again! Nia and Asuka shout at each other, but Nia reels Lana in to CLOBBER her! Nia kicks Lana and says Lana got lucky. Nia chokes Lana on the ropes, lets off at the ref’s count, but throws Lana out to the floor.
Tag to Shayna and Shayna stomps Lana on the outside. Shayna puts Lana in the ring at 4, stands on Lana’s foot, and then taunts her to try and tag Asuka. Shayna drags Lana back to drop elbows, then drags her up for a neck wrench. She even ties up Lana’s legs in a pretzel to keep her trapped. Lana endures, Asuka and the fans rally for her, but Shayna knees Lana down. Tag to Nia, Shayna drags Lana over and puts her in the corner. Nia runs in to corner splash! Nia drags Lana by her hair, pushes her back down, then pushes her around “because you suck!” Lana got lucky, and yet she’s the sole survivor?! Nia pushes Lana around more and then drags her up. Lana hits back!
Lana fires off clawing hands and kicks, but Nia RAMS her into the corner! Tag to Shayna, the tag champs mug Lana, then Shayna snapmares Lana to KICK her in the back! Shayna stands on Lana’s head while she pulls on a leg, then the other leg. Shayna bends Lana past a normal Half Crab and even toys with her, before she SLAMS the leg down and KICKS Lana in the side! Lana sits up but Shayna kicks her again! Shayna toys with Lana, but Lana crawls along ropes. Shayna runs in but Lana dodges her slide! Lana kicks Shayna away, hot tag to Asuka!
Asuka SLIDING KICKS Shayna down! Asuka hip attacks Nia! And elbows Shayna! And kicks! Shayna grits her teeth but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES to a CODE BREAKER! Asuka fires up to hip attack in the corner! Shayna fights the waistlock off but not the BACK HAND! Asuka GERMANS Shayna away! And SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Asuka keeps on Shayna with KICKS, but the buzzsaw is blocked to a trip and KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Both women are down, Nia trips Lana off the apron! Nia headbutts Lana away from her corner, then pushes her towards the announce desk. Nia wants number 10! The ref reprimands but Nia scoops Lana up.
Lana fights out to ROUNDHOUSE back! Lana fires off but Nia pushes her away! Nia roars and runs at Lana but Lana ducks, and Nia tumbles over the desk!! Shayna grabs Lana for a KIRAFUDA! The ref says Lana isn’t legal, but Asuka is and she rolls Shayna up! ASUKA AND LANA WIN!
Winners: Asuka & Lana, by pinfall
Lana celebrates, but only as she runs away to the stage so Shayna and Nia can’t get at her! Will Lana’s apparent win streak continue?
Riddle finds MVP backstage.
MVP the OG! “Sup, dude?” No fist bump? Okay. But what’s up with “Big Bobby?” Riddle was hoping to wish him luck tonight. Well Lashley has to get ready for his qualifier. What does Riddle want? Oh that’s right, Lashley is against Keith Lee. Probably one for the ages, bro. But question: Riddle has a million ideas for business investments. Everyone loves what? Pizza. What else does everyone love? Yogurt. So therefore, pizza flavored yogurt. And that is just the tip of the iceberg! Riddle suggests mixing yogurt with “prot” and it’s BROGURT! Riddle has ideas for days!
No, stop. MVP can’t believe Riddle thinks Lashley has time to listen to all this. First thing’s first, stop saying “bro.” Second, MVP appreciates the spirit, so get all those great ideas and maybe come back with them in a couple weeks. Like Shark Tank! Yes, exactly like that. If they like his ideas, maybe they will do business. If they don’t, they’ll do some business. Riddle isn’t what the difference is, but will the All Mighty and the Limitless One tear down the ThunderDome with their qualifier?
WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Keith Lee VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
Braun Strowman’s sudden fit of rage cost him this opportunity, and now another behemoth will cash in. Will next week’s Triple Threat #BaskInHisGlory? Or will it feel the pain at the hands of the Hurt Business CEO?
The bell rings and Lashley gets right in Keith’s face to shove him! Lashley then waistlocks but Keith backs him to a corner. They break with some unease, but Lashley kicks back and facelocks! Keith holds off the suplex, spins out and headlocks. Lashley tries to power out but Keith holds on tight. Lashley spins out and the two fight over the wristlock. Keith powers Lashley back but Lashley gets around to headlock. Keith powers up and lifts Lashley, but Lashley cranks on the headlock! MVP says to keep it up and Lashley holds on as Keith tries to power out. Keith stays up, squeezes Lashley with a bearhug then powers out! Lashley rams him but Keith stays up!
Keith swats Lashley’s punch away, bumps Lashley off buckles and fires off big hands! The ref counts, Keith lets off at 3 but back elbows over and over now! Keith opens Lashley up for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Keith then backs off to run back in, but Lashley dodges! Lashley keeps moving, LARIAT, but Keith stays up! Lashley snarls and Keith grits his teeth, but Lashley gets the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, ONE?! Lashley is furious but he wants Keith to get up! MVP says to lock it in, and Lashley wants the full nelson! Keith fights that off, Lashley pushes him but Keith rolls and ducks to run Lashley over! Lashley flounders up and Keith clotheslines him out!
Keith smirks as he gets an idea. Keith builds speed but MVP is in his way! The ref tells MVP to stay back but MVP claims he hasn’t done anything. Keith goes out to chase MVP! But he doesn’t see Lashley coming and Lashley CLOBBERS Keith! Lashley fires off forearms, the ring count climbs, but Lashley RAMS Keith into barriers at 5! Lashley gets in at 7, but then goes out after Keith again. Lashley fireman’s carries Keith!? And POSTS him!! Lashley manages to take Keith down but almost crumbled underneath him! Raw goes to break, will Keith still be in one piece?
Raw returns and Lashley grinds Keith down with a double wristlock. Keith endures and fans rally on their screens but Lashley cranks harder on the arm. Keith fights his way up, pries the hold apart a finger at a time, but Lashley KNEES low and hard, over and over! MVP says Lashley needs to grind Keith down but Keith fights his way up, Lashley turns Keith for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Lashley has the arm again! The ref says Lashley’s knee is on Keith’s throat so Lashley lets off. MVP protests, that was Keith’s chest, not his neck! Lashley goes back to a chinlock and he grinds Keith down again, but Keith endures and reaches out. Fans rally but Lashley cranks Keith back and away from ropes.
Lashley throws forearms, runs, but Keith ROCKS him with a forearm back! Keith roars and runs, but Lashley hurdles over?! And then comes back to CLOBBER Lashley! Lashley drags Keith up to SUPLEX him!! Lashley stalks Keith and dares him to get up! Keith slowly rises, gets the arms but Keith pushes him away! Keith is in a corner and elbows Lashley away! Lashley staggers but comes back, Keith HURDLES Lashley and Lashley POSTS himself! Keith throws body shots on Lashley then DECKS him with a left! Lashley flounder sup into a corner splash! Keith keeps moving to POUNCE LASHLEY!! Since when has someone done that to Lashley!?
Keith follows Lashley outside to CROSSBODY Lashley down!! Keith puts Lashley in but the ref misses MVP as he POSTS Keith!! The ring count is 7, Keith rolls in slowly at 8, but Lashley demands Keith get up! Lashley gets the arms, but the full nelson can’t even reach across Keith’s broad shoulders! Keith revives, powers out of the nelson, and he backpacks Lashley for a SENTON!! MVP runs in and attacks!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by disqualification (advances to the Triple Threat Contender’s Match)
What is he doing?! Now Lashley DEFINITELY lost this match! Keith DECKS MVP and finally catches his breath. But perhaps that was a business decision to spare Lashley an actual defeat. One way or another, Keith is heading to the #1 contender’s match! Who will join the Limitless Bros in that epic opportunity?
Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross!
Perhaps two of the greatest friends in modern WWE history, with multiple tag title reigns. Nikki wouldn’t know what she’d be without Alexa. But then, when Alexa was without Nikki, The Fiend pounced, and now the Goddess is but a proxy for the madness inside the fun house. Before making her entrance, Nikki tells Sarah not to ask her any questions. Nikki doesn’t give up on friends. Alexa is the one who gave that up. We’ve all seen what’s going on here. Nikki has been trying to help Alexa free herself.
But she’s done trying. Alexa made it clear she no longer wants help, or Nikki. Message received. Alexa can have The Fiend. Nikki is sick and tired of worrying about this. The only thing she cares about now, is beating the FIEND out of Alexa! Will Nikki win this match against the friend she lost?
Raw returns and Alexa makes her entrance, as twisted as it is now. The bell rings and Alexa smirks at Nikki as Nikki shouts “What is wrong with you?!” Nikki grabs at Alexa but Alexa is playing around. Alexa slaps Nikki’s hands away! Hot hands, she wins! Alexa then dodges Nikki and waves at her. Nikki runs in but into a drop toehold! Alexa then bails out and Nikki gives chase! Are they playing tag now? Alexa gets back in and she teases Nikki. Nikki drags Alexa out and headbutts low! And then CLOBBERS her! Nikki seethes as she drags Alexa up and into the ring. Nikki runs corner to corner at the laughing Alexa to stomp away on her! The ref counts, Nikki lets off at 3.
Nikki cools off, only to stomp another mudhole in! She lets off at 4, drags Alexa up and reels her in for a lariat! Nikki drags Alexa by her arm but Alexa laughs as Nikki CLOBBERS her again! Alexa doesn’t seem to take this serious as Nikki THRASHES her about! Nikki lets off because it’s still Alexa, but she shouts, “LISTEN!!” Nikki thrashes Alexa more and that got Alexa to stop laughing. Nikki DROPS down on Alexa, covers, TWO! Alexa scrambles to a corner, Nikki runs in to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Alexa gets up slowly but Nikki fires off forearms! The ref counts, Nikki lets off, and then Nikki throws Alexa down! Alexa starts to cry?! She’s begging Nikki to stop, and seems surprised to be in the ring, wearing what she’s wearing.
Alexa asks Nikki what’s going on, but Nikki is after her again! The ref has Nikki let off, and again Alexa asks what’s happening. Why are they fighting? Why is she in this outfit? Nikki, please, help her! Nikki doesn’t know what to do now that Alexa is sobbing. Nikki comforts her friend, Alexa apologizes, but then hits a COMPLETE SHOT! Was it just an act?! Cover, Alexa wins!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
As if this new Alexa wasn’t twisted enough! She played on the heartstrings of her best friend and took the victory out from under Nikki! Will Alexa continue to toy with Nikki until Nikki breaks?
Raw says #ThankYouTaker
The tribute highlight reel plays again, documenting the 30 years, from 11/22/1990 to just last night at Survivor Series and the #FinalFarewell. There will never be another.
WWE World Championship Contender Qualifier: Randy Orton VS AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin!
Practically a PPV main event in itself, the Viper and the Phenomenal One both want that WWE World Heavyweight Championship back around their waist! Orton only just lost it, will he get one step closer to having it back again? Or will Styles and “O-moss” be the ones joining Riddle and Lee next week?
Raw returns again and Styles makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Styles rolls Orton, ONE! Oklahoma roll, ONE! Orton gets away and Styles backs off with a big grin on his face. Styles and Orton circle again, approach and Orton kicks low! Orton CLUBS Styles, whips him but Styles ducks, slides under but runs into an uppercut! Orton stomps Styles’ leg, scrapes his laces off Styles’ face, and stalks him to a corner. Styles throat chops back! Orton sputters while Styles storms over and rams into him! And again! The ref counts, Styles lets off but brings Orton up to whip to ropes to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Styles keeps his cool as he gets Orton back up. Orton pokes Styles in the eye! Orton smirks as he drags Styles up to throw him out, then stalks behind him. Orton throws more EuroUppers on Styles, then whips him, into Jordan! Jordan keeps Styles from falling, and even pops him up to the apron and Styles sliding KNEES Orton down! Orton staggers, Styles goes out and gives him the back suplex to the desk! Orton’s move is used against him as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Orton is after Styles on the top rope with haymakers! Styles ends up in the ropes an don the second buckle, but Orton drags Styles up to the top! Styles slips through to trip Orton up! Orton hits a buckle and Styles CHOP BLOCKS a leg out! Orton clutches his leg and Styles stomps away on him! Styles hits a knee breaker then goes after the leg with a toehold and wrench! Orton reaches for ropes but Styles drags him away, for another knee breaker! Styles cranks on the leg but Orton pulls hair. The ref counts, Orton has to let go and Styles goes after the leg harder. Styles has the leg bent back even more but Orton CLUBS away on Styles’ chest! Styles lets go of the leg and Orton hobbles up, only for Styles to be right after him again!
Orton throws straight rights and Styles staggers away. Styles gets the leg again and rolls Orton! Orton rolls through to stomp Styles down! Orton drags Styles up by his hair again, hangs Styles out to dry on ropes, and Styles bounces and flops down! Cover, TWO! Orton grows annoyed with Styles but hobbles back up. Orton drags Styles up by hair, reels him in, and suplexes, but Styles slips out to CHOP BLOCK again! Styles fireman’s carries but Orton elbows free to get the BACK2BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Orton grows frustrated but he still looms over Styles. He brings Styles up and puts him through the ropes! Styles escapes that, kicks the leg then catches Orton to roll him!
Orton fights off the Calf Crusher but Styles CRANKS hard back! Orton endures as he reaches, but Styles pulls back harder! Orton grabs ropes and Styles lets go before a count. Styles hobbles, but he runs back at Orton, into the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Orton watches Styles rise on wobbly legs, but Styles denies the RKO! Styles ENZIGURIS Orton down! But Orton flops out of the ring to save himself! Styles aims, slingshots, but Orton avoids the forearm to trip Styles up! Styles bounces off apron, Orton puts him back in, but THE FIEND IS HERE! He pokes his head out but then disappears! Orton hurries back into the ring, looks around again, but runs into a boot from Styles!
Styles prepares his forearm, springboards but Orton trips him up! Orton pulls Styles through, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head, but The Fiend starts turning off lights! And then the lights come on with the red, and The Fiend is right behind Orton!! Orton freaks out, but then the lights go down and The Fiend is gone again! Styles is aimed at Orton, springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (advances to the Triple Threat Contender’s Match)
Orton’s past comes back to haunt him, and cost him! Styles moves on, making the already limitless Triple Threat into a phenomenal one! And Bray laughs at Orton from the shadows. Will Bray make sure Orton pays in full for what he did oh so long ago? As for Styles, will he be able to take advantage of a Triple Threat situation with Keith Lee and (Matt) Riddle?
What a great Raw to follow Survivor Series! Amazing, even! Though, no Retribution was interesting. Maybe they’ll make a big deal of it next week. But we got a great bit with the Hurt Business and New Day. The set-up to the tag title match made sense, as I expected for many of the champions tonight. The match-and-a-half they had was great, too, and it worked out for Hurt Business to have egging on New Day backfire. I’m sure the feud will continue, and I have a feeling TLC, in perhaps a Ladder match will end up being how it ends. For that matter, Lana’s story for the year has to end with her winning a Tables match. She didn’t go through a table tonight, and she really only got an assist in the tag match we ended up with. I feared this about a month ago, but will Lana and Asuka end up a team against Nia and Shayna in a tag title match? Will Lana’s first title will be a tag title alongside Asuka? A bit of a bittersweet thing, I suppose.
The story of Alexa and Nikki went to a new level tonight. That was evil genius for Alexa to “return” as a way to trick Nikki. I am even more adamant about their part in this having a Firefly Fun House match finale. Their past apart in NXT, their past together on Raw and SmackDown, all of it and more needs to be referenced before we get a definitive finish. Then, the story of the night was of course in relation to the world title. I found it very surprising that Strowman did what he did to Pearce, and then he ended up completely OUT of what we got tonight. Lashley and Orton wanting in on the title talk was natural, the miniature tournament was a great idea, and all three matches we got were incredible.
Riddle VS Sheamus was a slugfest, Lee VS Lashley was an incredible heavyweight bout, and of course Orton VS Styles was worthy of a main event. Even Fiend getting involved, freaking Orton out, was good because obviously, we’re getting that feud next. For that matter, assuming Keith doesn’t win next week to revisit his encounters with McIntyre earlier this year, I would think going after the US Championship would be the natural follow-up. I think with Riddle’s Hurt Business “Shark Tank” promo, he’s probably not winning, so both he and Keith will be involved with Hurt Business simultaneously. Therefore, I would think Styles wins, and Jordan will be ringside for an epic match with McIntyre. Hell, McIntyre VS Omogbehin could be something great just on how imposing Omogbehin is naturally.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Moxley is on a Rampage!
AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!
Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!
- Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
- Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
- Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!
The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?
The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!
Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.
Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!
AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!
Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!
Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!
Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission
And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?
As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?
AEW hears from Jurassic Express.
Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?
Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!
The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.
Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!
Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.
Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!
Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!
Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!
Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!
Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall
A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?
AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.
“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?
Hook VS Serpentico!
The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?
Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?
Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.
Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!
Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!
But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!
Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!
Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!
Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?
A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.
Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Acknowledge the history made!
The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!
SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!
- Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
- Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
- Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
- Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
- Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!
Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.
Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!
But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.
But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.
Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!
Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?
Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!
The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?
The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.
Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?
Aliyah VS Natalya!
Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?
SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!
Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!
Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification
Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?
Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!
Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?
SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!
Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!
The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!
Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.
Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage
And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.
Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.
But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.
SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.
Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…
Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?
Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.
Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.
Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?
Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!
The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?
SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!
Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!
Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?
Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.
Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?
Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!
The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?
Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.
The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!
Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!
SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!
Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!
Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)
Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?
A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.
Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.
Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.
But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.
My Score: 8.1/10
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