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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/13/20)

Friday the 13th Night SmackDown!

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Will things finally be done between Mysterio and Rollins?

Enough is enough! This story has gone from Raw to SmackDown, and to finally put this to rest, the Savior and the King of Lucha Libre battle ONE LAST TIME!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Apollo Crews; Zayn wins and retains the title.
  • Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Otis; Otis wins.
  • No Holds Barred: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
  • Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS ??? VS ???; changed to…
  • Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina VS Chelsea Green; Liv wins and joins Team SmackDown.
  • Unsanctioned Match: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roman Reigns is here!

The Tribal Chief and his Special Counsel again open up SmackDown and head to the ring. Paul Heyman gets the mic to Roman, and Roman asks him what he calls this place again. “The Island of Relevancy.” And why is it called that? Heyman explains that anyone around Roman is relevant. Roman is who makes everyone relevant. The numbers do not lie. You can look at it in the flesh. Take cousin Jey Uso, for example. Before, Jey was just a twin, but now he’s Main Event Jey. Jey put Daniel Bryan out, haven’t seem him since. Jey destroyed Kevin Owens. And now Jey will lead Roman’s team, Team SmackDown, to victory at Survivor Series. Roman will do the same the secondary champion, Randy Orton.

And when you think about Orton, which Roman doesn’t, “he’s the classic example of, you can respect a man’s accomplishments, and still not respect the man himself.” But wait! Is that Drew McIntyre?! The Scottish Stud is on SmackDown?! The Brand 2 Brand Invitation must be part of this! Heyman is stunned but Roman just looks annoyed as McIntyre gets in the ring with a mic of his own. “It’s been a minute. Paul Heyman, did you miss me?” McIntyre was “passing through” and heard Roman. He doesn’t want Roman wasting his time and energy. He was talking about Orton but he won’t be facing Orton at Survivor Series. Raw will have the WWE World Championship, Orton VS McIntyre, and McIntyre will win to make it him against Roman at Survivor Series.

And that made McIntyre think back to the last time they were in the ring together. A lot has changed since. When was that? “Oh yeah! I was eliminating you to win the Royal Rumble earlier this year!” Roman may not have been paying attention, but he can just ask Heyman what happened. McIntyre made Heyman’s client his b*tch, and defeated him at WrestleMania. Roman knows what happened after, right? No, the head of the table just disappeared! Left us all high and dry! Someone had to step up. And that was McIntyre. But it has been a privilege and will continue to be. Roman sees the Top Guy spot as a right, but McIntyre sees it is an honor! McIntyre is so excited to seeing Roman face to face to say MCINTYRE is the man now! And he’ll prove it at Survivor Series!

Roman responds by saying he likes McIntyre, and always has. He respects McIntyre and what McIntyre said is the truth. “But I’m back now.” And ever since coming back, nobody knows who McIntyre is. Roman doesn’t watch Raw and Heyman says he’s not missing much. Well nobody watches Raw, do they? Because they’re watching SmackDown, and they’re watching SmackDown because they’re all watching Roman. And since McIntyre failed his audition here, please tell us “Who is Drew McIntyre?” Who is McIntyre? Roman wants to know? McIntyre is the guy who is going to beat Orton for the world title, then head into Survivor Series, and will show Roman who the secondary champion really is.

Jey rushes out to back Roman up. Jey tasks McIntyre what he’s doing here. This isn’t Monday, it’s Friday! And they run this show! They do this! Roman didn’t invite Drew so what’s he doing here? Being real disrespectful, that’s what! The last one to do that was Daniel Bryan, Jey got him. The last one to do that was Kevin Owens, Jey got him. So it seems like Jey has to get Drew, too! With that said, 1v1 right here tonight! What’s McIntyre’s answer? “Well-” Jey drops the mic on McIntyre! So McIntyre shoves Jey! McIntyre gets in Roman’s face and Roman has Jey stand down. Roman leads Jey and Heyman away, but will this be settled before the night is over?

 

SmackDown returns as Roman yells at Jey.

Don’t say it “we,” “ours,” “us!” ROMAN runs this! This is HIS! Roman calls the shots! Who is the Universal Champion?! Roman never said for Jey to go out and handle his business! No one said for Jey to come out and make a match for himself! Roman calls the shots! Okay, okay, Uce. Jey will handle it. Does this mean Jey is facing Drew after all?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Apollo Crews!

The self-proclaimed Champion of the People is angry! He was told just today, at 7 PM Eastern, only an hour before the show started, that he has to defend this title! And not just against anyone, but against a former US Champion in Apollo Crews! Crews, 235 pound powerhouse, one of the most agile men in the WWE, and Sami only gets one hour notice!? “Tell me that doesn’t reek of sabotage!” WWE is trying to sabotage the Champion of the People! But Sami is used to that and will use this as an opportunity to show everyone, especially Bobby Lashley, the difference between an Intercontinental and a US Champion!

Sami says he has had to jump through more hoops than anyone! He had to defeat two future Hall of Famers just to have the title he never lost! Who else has done that?! But Apollo makes his entrance, the introductions are made, and the belt is raised as we see who is meeting the Rocky Mountain Machine at Survivor Series!

Sami kicks and punches Crews to a corner then fires off with haymakers! The ref counts, Sami lets off and he CHOPS Apollo against ropes. Sami whips but Apollo runs him over! And again! Apollo has Sami in a corner and hits a corner splash! Then he gorilla presses and carries Sami around, to then throw him at the buckles! Sami flounders out of the ring but Apollo hurries and puts him back in. Sami kicks back, reels Apollo in, but Apollo blocks the suplex. Apollo suplexes, gets Sami up and over and brings him down! And then enziguris! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Sami narrowly escapes but Apollo is right after him.

Apollo whips, Sami holds ropes and bails out. Sami grabs the apron skirt and yanks it off! He plays like he didn’t mean to but Apollo stalks over. Sami throws Apollo into the ring frame! Sami sticks a foot through the framing and tightens the ropes! Sami gets in the ring, Apollo is counted out! Sami wins!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by count out (still WWE Intercontinental Championship)

Another sneaky- er, clever way for Sami to come away the winner! And he again repeats that this is the difference between Intercontinental and United States Champion! But will Sami’s brain power matter when up against the All Mighty?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Drew McIntyre.

He wants McIntyre to understand McIntyre being on Raw and Jey being on SmackDown, they can’t officially have a match. However, Pearce can arrange an unsanctioned match. McIntyre thinks about it. He asks Pearce if he’s met McIntyre before. Obviously. Interacted with him before? Certainly. And knows what he is about? Yes. Then the answer is obviously yes. And tell Roman to have a front row seat, he’ll want to see this one! It IS happening, but will the Tribal Chief be happy about it?

 

Backstage interview with The Mysterio Family.

Rey has Dominik, Aalyah and Angie with him to witness the #FinalChapter with Seth Rollins. Ever since Rollins started targeting him, he has endured attacks. Rey stops that talk there. This isn’t about him or Seth or the eye. “Things have changed once he started targeting my family.” Rollins devoted all of his time trying to destroy them with their secrets, text messages, not at all knowing the strength of their bonds. Tonight will be the final chapter. Everything Rollins has done to the Mysterios culminates in this final match. Rollins says he is the Messiah, but he is the devil. So for Rey, his family, the WWE Universe and the powers above, Rey vows to send Rollins “back to that soul crushing hell where he belongs!”

 

Sasha Banks is here!

The Boss struts her way to the ring with the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And we will hear from her after the break!

SmackDown returns and Sasha has a mic to say, “The haters said I could win but I couldn’t retain it. Yet here I am, your SmackDown Women’s Champion, and damn does it feel good.” After the past six months, the highs and the lows, that would’ve been enough to stop anyone else. But not Sasha! She is at the top of her game and on top of the Women’s Division. So everyone else is put on notice. Carmella, Sasha knows you’re watching. Bravo to- Bayley shows up? But Carmella sneaks up behind Sasha and turns her around to SUPERKICK! “Better watch your back, Boss! I’m right here, baby!” Mella drags Sasha up to hit her with a FACEBUSTER! The Untouchable gets the drop on Sasha again! Was Bayley setting Sasha up for her? Or was she just taking advantage of an opening?

 

Otis eats up a storm!

Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode walk up to talk bad on him as if he isn’t there! Eating three plates by himself, all alone, because his one friend betrayed him! And now he doesn’t even have the Money in the Bank contract! Miz has it now! Otis gets angry now. Roode and Ziggler act like they don’t get it, but Otis throws the TABLE at them! Ziggler and Roode get out of there, but will the wrath of Dozer be felt soon enough?

 

Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Otis!

Well it seems that could happen after all! Will the Show-Off be doing anything but laughing after facing an angry Dozer?

The bell rings, Ziggler talks smack and then SLAPS Otis! Otis snarls and rams Ziggler to a corner! Otis TOSSES Ziggler across the way, then fires up as he brings Ziggler up. Otis throws haymakers and clubbing fists from all sides! The ref counts, Otis lets off and then runs in to corner splash! Ziggler is down, Otis pumps up but Roode gets on the apron. Otis DECKS Roode, but gets hit with a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious but he wants Otis to stand. Ziggler tunes up the band, aims but is blocked! Otis spins Ziggler for a POWERSLAM! Otis hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Ziggler is in the corner, Otis goes up but Roode creeps closer. Otis glares at Roode and Roode stops! VADER BOMB!! Cover, Otis wins!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

You can only push Otis so far before he pushes back! Will Otis push through these hard times to be a big winner once again?

 

Rollins talks with Murphy backstage.

Clearly the Architect has plans for tonight’s match. But will Murphy have plans of his own?

 

Otis is fired up backstage!

“I did not lose my way, I stayed focused, I stayed on target!” And Chad Gable comes by to say that is what Otis needs to be doing every single week. Otis could be doing that to anyone. But what he needs is discipline. A mentor, even! Otis needs someone to show him how to unlock his “inner alpha.” Gable is creating the “Alpha Academy” and already has pamphlets! Otis likes this idea! Blue Collar Solid never stops! Otis asks if Gable wants to “clang ‘n’ bang” in the gym, get those reps going. Maybe have some club sodas on the way? Otis heads off, perhaps not taking Gable’s offer seriously. Will Gable make Otis understand?

 

No Holds Barred: Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy VS Rey Mysterio w/ the Mysterio Family!

The Monday Night Messiah turned Savior of SmackDown has been anything but a saving grace for the WWE. Rollins has tried to ruin the lives of those who simply don’t agree with him. And in the midst of it all, there has been a family drama the likes of a top tier telenovela. All the players are here at ringside, will it all truly end here in this #FinalChapter where the only rule is to win?

SmackDown returns and the bell rings, Rollins smirks as he stares Rey down. Rey fires off, goes after legs and he backs Rollins to a corner! Rey rams but Rollins carries Rey all the way to the other corner! Rollins whips corner to corner, Rey goes up and headscissors Rollins down! Rey KICKS Rollins’ leg, clubs and shoves him but Rollins kicks back. Rollins runs, sunset flips but Rey rolls through to kick Rollins down! Rey takes a moment to catch his breath but Rollins bails out. Rey is after Rollins at the apron but Rollins hotshots him back hard! Rollins goes looking under the ring and brings out a chair. Rollins gets in the ring but Rey dropkicks the leg out! Rollins is on the ropes, Rey runs but Rollins bails out before Rey can dial it up!

Rollins gets back on the apron but Rey rams him with a shoulder. Rey CLUBS Rollins, bumps Rollins off buckles, and then goes up and out, only for Rollins to catch him! Rollins laughs as he spins Rey, but Rey APRON DDT’S Rollins down! Rey gets in the ring to rest but comes out after Rollins. Rey shoves Rollins into barriers! And then stalks him around the way to RAM him into the apron! And back into the barriers! Rollins goes rolling but Rey keeps after him. Rey KICKS Rollins, clubs him down, but Rollins shoves Rey into steel steps! Rollins Electric Chairs Rey but Rey fights back! Rey spins and sunset BOMBS Rollins into barriers!

The Mysterio family cheers Rey on as both he and Rollins are down. Murphy stays close but doesn’t really show emotion one way or another. Rey kicks Rollins then KICKS him again! Rey gets back in the ring, builds speed, and slides, but into Rollins’ suplex and FALCON ARROW to the desk! Rey writhes, his mask all offset, as he tries to get back up. Rollins hobbles over and drags Rey back up. Rollins bounces Rey off the desk, and then throws him into barriers! Rollins puts Rey back in the ring, covers, TWO! Rey is still in this and Rollins is annoyed. Rollins drops elbows to Rey’s back, then drags Rey up into a backbreaker!

Rollins stalks Rey to a corner and stands on Rey’s head! Rollins lets off to bring Rey back up, whips him corner to corner hard and Rey bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Dom and the family cheer for Rey to get up but Rollins wedges the chair into the corner. Rollins stalks Rey and CLUBS him on the back! Rollins brings Rey around, scoops him and aims for the corner, but Rey slips out! Rollins avoids hitting the chair and elbows Rey back! Rollins shoves Rey into the corner, but misses his corner splash! Rey goes up and springboards for a seated senton! Rey keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rollins shoves Rey, Rey wheelbarrows back to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Rollins crawls to a corner but the Mysterios cheer Rey on. Rey RAMS into Rollins, and again! Rollins knees him back then whips him and slides him out! Rey hits the floor at the feet of his family! Rollins goes out and the Mysterios move out of the way. Rollins has the steel steps and he RAMS Rey down! Rollins stares at Dom, Aalyah and Angie, and decides to bring the rest of the steps over! Rollins drags Rey up and over. “You wanted the end, the end is coming!” Rollins says “bye bye” to Dom, Angie and even Aalyah, but Rey avoids the curb stomp! Rey kicks Rollins in the leg then trips Rollins up! Rollins hits face first off the steps!

Rey clubs Rollins down, gets in to build speed and SLIDING SPLASH onto the steps!! Rollins clutches his ribs as Rey evens things up, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Rollins has put Rey in the ring. Rollins goes back to under the ring to bring out a table! Rollins puts the table in, stomps Rey down, then sets the table up. Rey kicks back, throws haymakers, but Rollins kicks low and snap suplexes! Wait, Rollins holds on! That was uno amigo! Then he hits dos amigos! Rollins aims for the table but Rey fights out of the third! Rey throws haymakers and forearms, he whips Rollins but Rollins reverses! Rey slides under the table, comes back but Rollins JAMS the table into Rey! Rollins goes around the table to stomp away on Rey! Rollins drags Rey up while he climbs the corner. Rey fights back and the Mysterios rally with the fans! Rey enziguris and Rollins wobbles up top!

Rey throws more hands, climbs up but Rollins fights back. They brawl, Rey throws a headbutt then jumps, but his steiner is blocked! Rollins brings Rey back up, to POWERBOMB Rey through the table!! Rollins crawls to the cover, TWO!! Rey still lives and Rollins is shocked! The Mysterios cheer Rey on while Rollins seethes and shouts. The wreckage is cleared out and Rollins thinks on what to do next. Rollins gets the chair from the corner, and takes off the feet paddings! Rollins aims those for Rey’s GOOD eye! Dom drags Rollins off Rey but Rollins SUPERKICKS him down! Murphy heads over but Rollins says it is okay. Rollins tells them to just watch them. Rollins gets in, has the chair, but Rey dropkicks it into Rollins’ face!

Rollins writhes, Murphy gets in and helps him up! Murphy has the chair, holds it out to Rollins and Rollins takes it. Is Murphy really still Rollins’ disciple? Aalyah is hurt most of all by this, but then Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS Rollins!! This was what he was panning all along!! Rollins gets up in rage but Murphy gets away! Rey runs in but Rollins is moving the ropes too much and the 619 doesn’t connect! Rey gets back in fast to go after Rollins with kicks! Rollins ends up back on the ropes, and Rey redials the 619!! Then he goes up, shout out to Eddie with the FROG SPLASH! Cover, Rey wins!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

The Final Chapter is a happy ending for Rey Mysterio! And how fitting on the 15th anniversary of losing Eddie Guerrero that a frog splash wins it for him! Murphy also has written his last chapter with Rollins as he finally and truly turned against him! But Rey is still wary of Aalyah going to him. Rey goes to Murphy first, and wants Murphy to join him in the ring “like a man.” Murphy does. Is he looking for Rey’s approval? Rey offers a handshake, and Murphy takes it. Aalyah runs to Murphy and they hug. And Dom also accepts Murphy with a handshake of his own. Is the Mysterio family even stronger than before now that they’ve triumphed over Rollins and forgiven Murphy?

 

Natalya talks with Adam Pearce.

He already knows what she wants. She wants to earn her spot on the SmackDown Women’s Team for Survivor Series. He’s already arranged another Triple Threat for that. No, that’s not what she wanted! How hard is it for him to just name her to the team!? She is the #BOAT, Best Of All Time! If SmackDown is going to win, only she can charter that voyage! It is her journey! Why is it that hard?! Sorry, but it is his duty to inform her that the Triple Threat is up next. Natty storms off, and in walks CHELSEA GREEN! The Hot Mess is now officially SmackDown, will she have a spot on Team SmackDown?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

“NOT NOW, ELAINE!” Well so much for that. Rollins demands Pearce get out and talk! If this is about Mysterio- No, this is NOT about Mysterio! Rollins never wants to see the Mysterios again! This is about Murphy! “I created him. That coward. That disgraceful bastard!” Murphy betrayed him!! Rollins demands Pearce give him the opportunity to destroy Murphy! Has one story ended only for another to begin?

 

Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Triple Threat: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina!

The Queen of Harts has tried this two times before, and instead of her, it was Bianca Belair and Ruby Riott who qualified for the team. Will Liv have a chance to join her friends at Survivor Series? Will a different multi-generation superstar be shining in the light? Or will the third time be the charm for the #BOAT?

Wait, the announcement comes down that this Triple Threat is being turned into a FATAL 4 WAY!? And it’s CHELSEA GREEN joining the match! Did she pull some strings to get this opportunity?

Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Liv Morgan VS Tamina VS Chelsea Green!

The bell rings and the four women circle. Tamina finds herself surrounded as the strongest, and Chelsea hits her first! Tamina doesn’t go down so Chelsea gets away! Liv jumps on with a sleeper and Natty rushes head on but Tamina headbutts Natty down! Tamina backs into buckles but Liv holds on. Chelsea runs in but Tamina BOOTS her down! Natty runs in but Tamina BOOTS her, too! Tamina throws Liv off, then goes to boot, but Liv catches that to a KNEE JACKER! Liv goes up and missile dropkicks Tamina down! Chelsea and Natty drag Tamina out to whip her into barriers! Chelsea clubs Natty then DECKS her, but Liv dropkicks Chelsea down!

Liv goes to the apron but Natty RAMS her into the apron! Then puts her in the ring to throws haymakers! Natty whips but Liv reverses to send Natty into buckles, Natty dodges, rebound sit down but Liv rolls through it! Liv ducks the discus for the SPINNING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Liv is surprised! Liv clubs away on Natty, Natty hits back! Cover, TWO! Liv checks her face but Natty has the legs! Natty steps through, Liv kicks the Sharpshooter away. Natty clamps onto Liv with a chinlock but Liv endures. Natty thrashes Liv, Liv fights her way up, Liv arm-drags Natty off and CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!

Liv keeps on Natty but Natty trips her up! Natty steps through but Liv again kicks her away. Liv brings Natty up, whips but Natty reverses, only to take the LIV BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Liv is furious but she sees Tamina coming. Liv runs and hits another LIV BREAKER! Natty bails out as Liv covers Tamina, Liv wins!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall (joins Team SmackDown)

The Riott Squad will not be united on Team SmackDown! And Natty is furious! Is the #BOAT sinking faster and faster? Or can she still keep afloat with spots still left on the team?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

The Scottish Stud is ready to compete, but with the world title match on Raw, is it wise to take on a man who has been on a vicious hot streak like Jey Uso? McIntyre is happy for Jey stepping up. Jey has beaten two former world champions in a row. “Good for him.” And while McIntyre wanted to send a message to Roman, he also gets to send a message to Orton. McIntyre is in a great mood! But there’s also a lot of pent up anger. So a warning to Jey: “It’s a lot more humiliating to get your ass kicked in your own backyard.” Will McIntyre be confident all the way into his rematch with Orton? Or is Jey about to beat a third former world champion in a row?

 

Big E is in the middle of another playground style bet.

This backstage staffer is doing jump rope but he is short of 100! “A sucker is born every day!” Too easy getting that money. The Street Profits roll up with a cart and some pans. Last week, we ended with laughs but the Profits felt they crossed the line wanting a scoop on ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~! So they made the New Day some Guy Fieri worthy apology food. BOOM! Chocolate cake, apple slices and green beans! Nice, nice. But why are they all arranged like… an L… Oh, because ya bois are known for serving pancakes, but the Profits are serving up an L! IF the New Day retains the tag titles against The Hurt Business!

Big E says while the Profits are great athletes and champions, the best they’ll ever be is “New Day Lite. Great Value New Day. Knockoff New Day. Diet New Day!” Because at Survivor Series, the best tag team in the world, and Big E means the whole world, will be clear as day. The NEW~ DAY~! Big E laughs and the Profits join in again, but not for long. Will there be anything but jokes and laughs as we draw closer and closer to the battle between #TheBestoftheBest?

 

Unsanctioned Match: Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso!

Raw VS SmackDown gets started early in this match! Will the Scottish Stud be rolling towards his newest rematch with Randy Orton? Or will Jey make up for stepping out of line by defeating another top tier superstar?

SmackDown returns, the bell rings and McIntyre circles with Jey. They tie up, McIntyre powers Jey to a corner and grinds him into buckles. The ref counts, McIntyre lets off and lets Jey out. Jey and McIntyre circle again, tie up, and Jey waistlocks. Jey shifts to a headlock and thrashes, but McIntyre powers out. McIntyre runs Jey over and then says, “C’mon, Uce!” Jey gets up slow, McIntyre is after him but Jey uppercuts! And again! Jey whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. Jey slides to a stop but runs into a double hand TOSS! McIntyre fires off on Jey, stomps away, then CHOPS him! Jey falls to his knees, his chest stinging, but McIntyre takes his shirt off to CHOP him again! NOW Jey is really stinging!

McIntyre drags Jey back up with a DEAD LIFT SUPLEX! McIntyre grins before he covers, TWO! Jey sputters and crawls but McIntyre stomps a hand! Jey clutches his fingers, McIntyre brings him up to whip him and run him over again! McIntyre dares Jey to get up. “Roman’s watching! Head of the table! Prove yourself!” McIntyre brings Jey up to CHOP him again! And bump him off buckles! Jey jawbreakers back! McIntyre wobbles, Jey whips but McIntyre reverses. Jey goes up but McIntyre kicks him out of the air! But Jey dumps McIntyre out, builds speed but runs into a big haymaker! McIntyre gets in, Jey kicks the ropes! McIntyre stops from being hit in the claymore and then Jey SUPERKICKS him out! Jey catches his breath as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns once more, and now Jey rains down rights on McIntyre! Jey lets off and stalks McIntyre to ropes. McIntyre hits back, throws haymakers and CHOPS him again! McIntyre runs but Jey SAMOAN DROPS him! Cover, TWO! Jey watches McIntyre get to a corner. Jey stomps away on McIntyre but lets off at the ref’s count. Jey goes to the opposite corner, “UCE!” but he runs into a LARIAT! McIntyre rallies and whips to OVERHEAD SUPLEX Jey! Then he gets Jey in a corner, to OVERHEAD SUPLEX him again! Jey flounders about, McIntyre hits a leaping neckbreaker! And kips up! McIntyre drags Jey up, underhooks, but no Future Shock as Jey trips him up! Jackknife cover, TWO!

Jey mule kicks McIntyre, uppercuts him, but McIntyre HEADBUTTS! Jey wobbles from the Glasgow Kiss and McIntyre runs, but Jey follows, but runs into a POP-UP SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives but McIntyre keeps his cool. McIntyre drags Jey up, but Jey breaks free to SUPERKICK him down! Jey heads to a corner and climbs up top! But McIntyre is right up to throw haymakers! McIntyre climbs, brings Jey up, but Jey trips McIntyre up! Jey throws headbutts of his own and McIntyre is in the Tree of Woe! Jey adjusts, McIntyre sits right up to SPIDER SUPLEX him away! McIntyre headstands out of the Tree and aims at Jey! Jey flounders up, but he bails out to deny the Claymore!

McIntyre goes out and brings Jey out to throw him into barriers! And then into the apron! Then into more barriers! Jey flounders and Roman’s music hits! McIntyre puts Jey in the ring and sees Roman heading down the ramp! But Jey POSTS McIntyre in the distraction! And POSTS him again! Jey grabs McIntyre to throw him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Jey drags McIntyre into the ring. Jey says he’ll beat him now, but Roman keeps Jey out of the ring? “I don’t care if you beat him. Make him… understand.” Jey understands what Roman means, and slides in at the count of 8. Jey rains down furious fists over and over, from all sides! McIntyre can only guard himself but Jey lets off, only to turn into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Roman’s motivation wasn’t enough for Jey to beat McIntyre at all! And now McIntyre asks Roman, “Do you understand me now?” Roman says McIntyre still needs a title. Maybe then they’ll talk. Roman leaves without waiting for Jey. But will McIntyre be there on Survivor Series Sunday to “talk” with the Tribal Chief, champion to champion?


My Thoughts:

This was a really good SmackDown, though I hope they haven’t foreshadowed too much about Raw with McIntyre being here. It makes a lot of sense that McIntyre would want Roman to keep in mind it isn’t automatically Roman VS Orton. It was great for Jey to get a little too fired up, for Roman to get angry with him, and then go out to try and affect Jey’s match with McIntyre. A great match even before Roman showed up, naturally McIntyre wins and gets in Roman’s face, but I hope this doesn’t affect McIntyre’s chances of winning the world title. Actually, I suppose it would, because if McIntyre wins, that means we’re getting exactly what was set up tonight in these two battling to show us who is really the top dog in the WWE.

Sami VS Apollo for the Intercontinental Championship was sadly more a formality since a lot of titles have been put on the line before Survivor Series to see if matches change. Sami had another clever way of beating an opponent without having to battle him for too long, but I don’t think tricks like that will work if Lashley has MVP ringside for him. Setting up Otis VS Ziggler was painfully blatant, but Otis needed a win after the things he’s been losing. I’m curious as to Gable wanting to recruit Otis to some kind of self-help academy, but I think it’ll actually benefit them both if this turns into a feud. Gable is becoming the cocky Heel high on his own accomplishments, but surely he’ll be taken down a peg over time.

It was a little funny for Natty to turn Pearce’s expectations around. The winningest woman in WWE history wants to be on the team by default, but she’s starting to become the losingest woman since she keeps striking out. Of course, they are Triple Threats and now a Fatal 4 Way. She’ll probably demand a 1v1 to have a fair chance. I am pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t Chelsea Green just getting in because she was added last minute. The SmackDown women’s team will be far less dysfunctional than Raw’s since the Riott Squad are together and teaming up with someone established as a friend of theirs in Bianca Belair. Of course, that can always change with the last two spots left to fill.

For the story of Rey and Rollins having been dragged out for as long as it was, which is to say perhaps a little too long, with too much melodrama, the “Final Chapter” was a great No Holds Barred match. I’m glad the mind games Murphy was playing with Rollins weren’t dragged out, either. Murphy gets his own revenge on Rollins to help Rey, and while that part of the story is over, I can only imagine how Rollins VS Murphy will go. I also don’t know how the apparent romance of Murphy and Aalyah is going to go, but it’s bound to be a messy end. I hope someone at least comes out a title contender from this. Maybe we get a battle of bloodlines as Roman and Jey take on Rey and Dom, maybe even throw Murphy in should Jimmy “fall in line” with the family. That much would at least make up for some things.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Moxley is on a Rampage!

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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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Acknowledge the history made!

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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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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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