SmackDown settles scores before Survivor Series!
Seth Rollins wants revenge on his former disciple, and Daniel Bryan returns with a vendetta against Jey Uso, all before SmackDown faces Raw on Sunday!
- 8 Man Tag: The New Day & Street Profits VS Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; The New Day & Street Profits win.
- Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier: Natalya VS Tamina; Natalya wins and joins Team SmackDown.
- Seth Rollins VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
- Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Street Profits are in the Champions’ Lounge!
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions asks if you’re ready~, ready~, ready~ for this! They repo’d this from Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro just in time for Survivor Series! It will be a final farewell to the Undertaker! The Dead Man, Big Evil, the Phenom! Taker rolling into the room and rolling those eyes back always got Ford fired up. Wait, what’s going on? Is it… “Rest… In…” Big E! Why is it a sombrero? That’s all they had in props. But speaking of being buried, they’re just two days from- Yeah, they know. Two days from beating The New Day and giving Kofi his Jamaican accent back. S O S! No, that’s never coming back!
Big E says they were two days away from facing a man who won the world title at the Show of Shows, Kofi Kingston, and the most underrated wrestler in the world, Xavier Woods! They are facing the Picassos of Punches. the Monets of Moves. The Basquiat of Beatdowns! But they’re against the team too fine for wine so they went with champagne. The Triple Crown Champs that always put it down! And at this historic Survivor Series, the new day comes to an end, because all Profits do is win, win, win. They’ll break bread with ya bois any other day, but this Sunday, they’re whooping those A double dollar signs. And why? Becaaaause #WeWantTheSmoke!
Well you don’t have to sell it to Big E. Sell it to Kofi and Woods! Because they’re here! AWWW~ Street Profiiits~! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous TEN TIME CHAMPS, and FEEL~ the POWER~! Big E is telling the truth, because the Raw Tag Team Champions are heading to the ring! The Brand to Brand Invitation is in effect as Woods says, “We know we don’t even go here no more, but we were invited. So we said why not?” Come back to see giant fists smashing through glass! Stay in the SmackDown Hotel one more time! Give the WWE on Fox Twitter account something to tweet! But they’re also here because we’re just days away from Survivor Series, and they want to talk with the Profits.
The Profits are talking about passing the torch, but they’re right to want the smoke and ONLY the smoke! They don’t want this fire, because they’d be dead men! Whoa, that’s harsh, Woods. No it was a segue into Taker. Oh right! And as a tribute to Taker, they will recreate his signature SIT UP! That’s a strong sit up! But wait, here comes Sami Zayn! Sami says all anyone can talk about is Taker when we’re headed into one of the biggest PPV of the year! Fun fact that no one knows: The only reason Taker is saying this is his final farewell is because he knows Sami owes him payback for the Madison Square Garden choke slam! WWE is letting Taker take the coward’s way out!
But the one who can’t take that way out is Lashley! And WWE would love to protect “tha United States Champeen,” who looks good in a suit and all that. But Sami will show the world that the Intercontinental Champion is better than the US Champion! Now, New Day, Sami wants to make this clear. He isn’t here to hurt them. He could, but he won’t. Instead of New Day yammering on about Taker, talk about the hottest thing in WWE, talk about the master strategist, the Champion of the People, Sami Zayn! Well, uh, they can try that. Maybe even something nice. Sami’s outfit is great! He looks like a recently divorced dad who got a down payment on a studio apartment! King of the castle of 400 square feet!
But speaking of kings, here comes the King of the Ring! Yes, Woods finally gets his crown! No, that’s not this! Baron Corbin wants Sami to stand up to New Day> It was bad enough for McIntyre to show up, but now these guys? Didn’t they just have their farewell match? First off, Corbin, great crown, that’ll look even better on Woods. Secondly, the farewell was about being SmackDown superstars. They’re now Raw superstars and they’re visiting. Super simple. Well Corbin make it simple: They don’t belong on HIS show! So go! Yeah, their show! Wait, here comes Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode! “Wait a minute, what is this here?” Corbin and Ziggler are bros, but bros before ho-luva kicks. Ziggler doesn’t like Sami being in this situation but that’s for later.
Ziggler says New Day needs to go, or they’ll get fired on their day off. It was real “cute” for them and the Profits to just trade titles, but y’know what? It cost Roode and Ziggler an opportunity >They should be champions, not the New Day! And the New Day knows that if they had another match, the Glorious Show-Offs would be champions, not them! So they want a match, is that it? How about one with a twist? The titles can be defended on a different show, right? But against who? Who who who? Ziggler and Roode are great and all, but y’know who might be better? The King of SmackDown, Your Highness, his name etched in the Hall of Fame! But Corbin is going to let these two stand in his way to immortality? Block his path?
Ziggler says there’s no beef here. Corbin says he and Sami aren’t a team. Sami agrees, but if they did team, they’d beat Roode and Ziggler, no offense. No, Sami would hold him back. Sami argues with Ziggler, but Sami points out they’re not a team. Woods gets it. This is good. These four should have a match right here tonight, and the winners get a shot at the W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONSHIPS~! Kofi says it’s enticing, everyone loves titles, and it looks like the four might start fighting! But then they all go after the New Day! So here come the Street Profits!
The SmackDown champions throw down Roode and Dolph then go after the king and… Sami. Corbin stays up but the New Day double clothesline him out! Ford FLIES to bowl everyone over! But Kofi and Woods wanted to do that. Will they get a chance after this sorts out during break?
8 Man Tag: The New Day & Street Profits VS Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
The Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on common enemies! Will Kofi, Woods, Montez and Dawkins be able to work together when they know they’ll be going 2v2 in two days?
SmackDown returns as Ford fights up out of Ziggler’s sleeper hold. Ziggler throws haymakers and then whips Ford to a corner. Ford goes up and over and shows off with a flip. Things speed up, Ford hurdles and hurdles and dropkicks Ziggler down! Ford drags Ziggler up, wrenches and tags Dawkins before the whip. Dawkins runs Ziggler over, then back suplex splashes Ford down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins brings Ziggler up but Ziggler kicks a leg and dropkicks Dawkins down! “That’s how it’s done!” Tag to Roode but Dawkins dropkicks him down! Dawkins wrenches, tags Kofi, and Kofi wrenches but Roode knees low.
Roode headlocks, Kofi power out and things speed up. Kofi hurdles, hurdles and back elbows! Kofi dropkicks Roode to the corner, has even move aside, “Time to turn up!” Kofi stomps a mudhole, tags Woods, and Woods stomps. The New Day classic stampede gets momentarily disrupted as Ford tags in, but then Kofi tags in to keep it going. Kofi whips Woods in for a basement dropkick to Roode! Cover, TWO! Woods drags Roode up, wrenches but Roode whips him away to elbow him down hard! Roode grimaces as he tags in Corbin. Corbin drags the would be king to throw hands on him! The ref counts, Corbin brings Woods around but Woods throws body shots and CHOPS!
CHOP CHOP CHOP and Woods whips, but Corbin reveres. Woods boots back from the corner, and Honor Rolls into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin seethes as he drags Woods up by his hair and beard. Corbin throws elbows into the head and shoulders but the ref gets him to let off. Sami taunts Woods and Corbin drags Woods up to choke grip. Woods slips out of the chokeslam to sunset flip, TWO! Hot tag to Ford! Ford fires off, mule kicks and front kicks to dropkick! Ford dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover but Roode and Dolph break it! Dawkins and the New Day go after them and Sami!
Kofi runs at Roode, misses in the corner then goes up, but FORD takes it?! Dawkins asks what happened and Kofi says it was a mistake! Kofi tries to figure out how it happened, though, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns, Ford is in another chinlock from Ziggler but is fighting up as fans rally on their screens. Ford is up, throws body shots, but Ziggler throws Ford down! Ziggler drags Ford away, tags in Corbin, but Corbin is upset that A) Sami is barking orders and B) isn’t even considering a tag. Corbin throws hands on Ford but Ford hits back! Ford kicks but Corbin throws Ford into another corner! Corbin throws a knee but Ford throws an elbow! Ford crossbodies but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin clamps onto Ford and then rains down furious fists! Corbin glares at Dawkins and the New Day while he drags Ford up.
Corbin brings Ford over, clubs him in the chest, then tags Ziggler. Ziggler brings Ford out but Ford ROCKS him with a right! Ford ROCKS Ziggler again, but Ziggler shoves him back into the corner! Ford hits whoever but Ziggler punches him down. Ziggler back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet to enziguri! Both men are down again, their teams rally up, hot tags to Roode and Kofi! Kofi rallies on Roode, hits Corbin then clobbers Roode! And again! And a dropkick! Kofi fires up, runs and gives Roode the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi aims from a corner and claps, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Roode is up, but he ducks Trouble to kick low. Kofi slips out of Glorious DDT and runs, woods tags in as Roode throws Kofi out. Woods kicks Roode, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!
Woods watches Roode stir, but Dawkins tags in! Corbin CLOBBERS Woods, Dawkins DECKS Corbin! Dawkins hits the cyclone splash on Roode, but runs into a SPINE BUSTER! Roode tags Sami in! Sami doesn’t want to be in, he has Lashley on Sunday! But he has Dawkins tonight as Dawkins HIP TOSSES, then ANOINTING SPINE BUSTER! Ford tags in, FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, Profits and New Day win!
Winners: The New Day & The Street Profits, by pinfall
Dawkins is upset with Kofi, Woods is upset with Dawkins, but whatever they feel now is second to the match they’ll have this Sunday! Between Raw and SmackDown, who will prove they are #TheBestoftheBest tag team champions today?
Daniel Bryan and Kayla Braxton are on standby backstage.
But before the interview can start, Sami comes in, complaining to a ref and arguing about the result. Sami wasn’t holding a tag rope! That’s not legal! But is this funny to Bryan? Are they all getting a kick out of seeing Sami get screwed over? Does Bryan think he’s better than Sami for getting the big returns? Everyone needs to show him the respect he deserves! Bryan SLAPS Sami down! Sami gets up but says if it weren’t for his match with Lashley, he’d be fighting Bryan now! Sami won’t forget this! Sami storms off and Bryan says he did that for social distancing. Will Bryan take care of his issue with Jey to then worry about Sami?
SmackDown returns with a proper interview of Daniel Bryan.
Bryan’s new haircut is definitely something. But three weeks ago, he lost to Jey Uso in a Team SmackDown qualifier. However, that wasn’t enough. Footage replays of Jey falling in line behind Roman Reigns, and brutalizing Bryan all around ringside with multiple Uso Splashes, one of which being through the announce desk. Even that wasn’t enough as Jey pushed Bryan’s stretcher over to give him one last splash! Knowing what Jey is willing to do now, is Bryan concerned about returning? Bryan understands why they’d think that. But Jey’s interview saying it wasn’t personal, Bryan believes him. Jey has a devil on his shoulder, talking and shouting very loudly, pushing him around. Bryan gets that. Everyone has a devil and an angel, even Bryan.
But right now, as Bryan prepares and sees that footage, which one do you think is reminding Bryan of the injuries, of how he couldn’t hold his daughter and how she cried seeing him? Is Bryan worried about coming back? No. Jey should be worried, though. Because it’s nothing personal.
Adam Pearce talks with Team SmackDown’s fifth man!
It was Pearce’s honor to be the one to decide on who fills out SmackDown’s men’s team. An opportunity everyone wanted, but the story alone is what made Pearce think of this man! This man’s tenacity and ability to bounce back from losing so much is what the team needs! The fifth man is… OTIS! “Ohhh yeah~!” Otis won’t let the team down! And Chad Gable is proud of him! “We did it!” They tapped in to Otis’ inner alpha, and there’s nothing that is impossible. Now they have to prepare for Survivor Series!
Natty runs over and is upset. If Pearce has the power to just select someone to a team, why is she facing Tamina for one of the last spots? Yes, but Pearce only has the power to choose one person for each team. That last person has to be a proven leader and competitor, which is why he chose… Bayley. WHAT?! Does he know who Natty is?! She’s the #BOAT, Best of All Time! What is he doing?! What he’s doing now is saying her match is next. Natty swishes her ponytail into Pearce’s face as she storms off. Will the winningest woman just focus on winning her way onto the team?
Seth Rollins speaks.
“Murphy. Before I took you under my wing, you were nothing. A nobody. And then I saved you.” Rollins gave Murphy new life, and is responsible for everything good Murphy has in that life! Murphy’s burgeoning career, his bright future, and even his beautiful girlfriend. “Because remember, Murphy. If it wasn’t for me and the greater good, you wouldn’t have even met Aalyah.” And what does Murphy do to thank him? STAB HIM IN THE BACK! He gets set up, betrayed! But Rollins wants Murphy to remember that Rollins will no longer suffer for Murphy’s mistake. Murphy will pay for them. And when Rollins teaches him this final lesson, Murphy will go back to being what he was before: nothing.
Survivor Series Women’s Team SmackDown Qualifier: Natalya VS Tamina!
The Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly have tried to qualify before, but this is their last chance! Who joins Bianca Belair, the Riott Squad and now Bayley on Team SmackDown to face Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce, Lana, and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions this Sunday?
Speaking of Team SmackDown, Bianca is on commentary to watch this. Bianca is cut off by BAYLEY joining commentary! Bayley already brags how she was Pearce’s choice, and “wishes” Natty luck. The bell rings and Natty dodges Tamina to throw haymakers! Tamina shoves Natty and SUPERKICKS her down! Natty bails out while Bayley pulls up a chair. Natty checks her jaw but Tamina heads out to grab her and whip her into steps! Bayley says she should’ve been invited to commentary, because “I’M THE CAPTAIN!” Tamina covers Natty, TWO! Bianca says Bayley isn’t captain of anything. Bianca respects what Bayley has done, but Bianca won her way onto this team.
In the ring, Tamina fireman’s carries Natty but Natty fights off to waistlock. Tamina powers Natty into buckles, and the Riott Squad is watching as Tamina throws elbows! Tamina goes corner to corner but Natty dodges and Tamina POSTS her self! Bayley keeps laughing at her own jokes but Natty DISCUS clotheslines Tamina! And then puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Tamina taps, Natty is finally on the team!
Winner: Natalya, by submission (joins Team SmackDown)
Bayley celebrates for the team and wants the rest of the team to join them. The squad walks out and Bayley wants Bianca to join in, too. Bianca doesn’t want to if it’s Bayley’s orders. Natty hugs Bayley but Bayley doesn’t do that anymore. Bayley claps at Bianca, “Join, the, team.” Bianca and the Squad do join Natty and Bayley in the ring and they stand together. Will this fearsome five be enough to take down Team Raw?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
Raw’s WWE World Champion is back, because he and The Tribal Chief are to sign a contract for their Survivor Series match! We’ll see Roman Reigns arrive, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce sits with McIntyre in the ring. Roman makes his entrance, with his Special Counsel by his side. Roman joins McIntyre and Pearce in the ring, but he makes Pearce give up his chair since that’s the head of the table. Roman and McIntyre stare each other down before Pearce thanks them for joining him. This is very simple: they will sign the contract and the match will be official. Roman tells Pearce to sit down, so Pearce takes the open chair. Roman says he knew McIntyre could do it. Roman believed he could. Wanna know why? “I’ve been in your shoes.” All the lessons, Roman’s already learned them. Heyman told Roman something and Roman will tell McIntyre now, “You are the right guy in the right place, at the wrong time.”
McIntyre says he knows what Roman is trying to do. Roman’s trying to get in McIntyre’s head, piss him off, get him to attack. But that won’t happen. McIntyre has the match. He could sit here, talk about how he feels about Roman and how Roman does business. Roman can talk about McIntyre, or about himself which is his obvious preference. McIntyre will just get to the point. “You told me, ‘go out and win a title.’ I won the title. Not for you, but for me.” And then Pearce told McIntyre to be here to sign the contract and make this official, so he will. McIntyre puts pen to paper then passes it all to Roman for his turn. “Your show, your move.” But McIntyre gives Roman some advice: “Please underestimate me. Use these last two days of peace to prepare for war.”
Roman takes the contract, smirks as he takes his time picking up the pen, but Heyman makes sure it is a different pen so he and McIntyre won’t have touched the same thing. But then Roman thinks on how McIntyre was trying to give him advice. The Counsel advises the Chief. This IS Roman’s show, and this is Roman’s company! Roman allows McIntyre to sit under the learning tree with one last lesson. Sunday, McIntyre is not going to like “the brutal truth, but one day you will. And that is, you are… a secondary title holder.” McIntyre is a prop, a stand-in! He’s the guy with the title that they use when Roman’s busy or just doesn’t want to do something. That is who McIntyre is. The whole world knows Roman Reigns.
But Roman will tell McIntyre again: “I’m THE Champion. I’m the face of WWE. I am your Tribal Chief, and I am the head of the table.” One day, years from now, McIntyre will finally have the chance to be the man. McIntyre will finally be the face of the company, the top champion. And when he does, he will look back to this night and thank Roman. One day, McIntyre will see the man that he has always wanted to be, and think back to this moment, and will love Roman for it. And Roman will love McIntyre right back. “Because Drew… You will always be my favorite number two.” Roman finishes signing, Heyman fetches his belt for him, and Roman smirks as he leaves. McIntyre stands up and shakes his head. Will we see who is the top of the mountain in WWE at Survivor Series?
Seth Rollins VS Buddy Murphy!
The Architect’s story with Rey Mysterio may be over, but now he must write the rest of the tale between him and his first, and last, “disciple.” Will Murphy prove Rollins has been a false prophet all along? Or will Murphy be punished for his transgressions against “the greater good?”
SmackDown returns as Murphy makes his entrance, Aalyah and the family by his side! Murphy comes down with a head of steam but Rollins DECKS him off the apron! Murphy gets up, Rollins wants the Mysterios to get back, and Murphy says it’s fine. The bell rings, Rollins dodges the knee and rams Murphy to a corner! Murphy and Rollins scrap, the ref counts but Rollins lets off at 4. Murphy BOOTS and tackles Rollins and the scrapping continues! Rollins gets to a corner, Murphy runs in but misses and knees buckles! Rollins is outside but Murphy goes after him, only for Rollins to TOSS Murphy into barriers! Rollins drags Murphy back up, and POSTS him! Rollins puts Murphy in, glares at Rey and Dominik and dares them to fight him!
Rollins drags Murphy up, whip shim out and CLOBBERS him! Rollins puts Murphy against ropes and taunts him as he grinds him, then traps him in the ropes! The ref reprimands but Rollins says, “You remember this, don’t you?” Rollins slaps Murphy, then hurries out to find a kendo stick! The ref says Rollins can’t, he will be disqualified. Rollin says he doesn’t care about that! But Rey grabs the stick from Rollins! Rollins DECKS Rey for it! And then bounces him off the announce desk! Dom chases Rollins into the ring, Rollins DECKS Dom! Rollins throws Dom into barriers! Murphy frees himself and hurries out to go after Rollins!
Murphy whips Rollins into barriers, into the ring, and climbs up the corner! Rollins shoves Murphy down and Murphy hits barriers! Aalyah hurries over to check on him but Rollins comes out. Rollins stares Aalyah down as she backs away but she trips and falls. Rollins laughs at poor little Aalyah but he lets her be while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Rollins digs his boot into Murphy in the corner. Rollins stops at 4 to whip Murphy corner to corner hard, and Murphy bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Rollins whips him again but Murphy reverses. Murphy runs in but into an elbow. Rollins goes up, Murphy tucks him in but Rollins kicks him away first! Rollins runs to SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO! The Mysterios rally for Murphy but Rollins looms over him. Rollins drags Murphy up and chokes him in front of them! The ref counts, Rollins stops to then climb up in the corner and rain down punches! Rollins gloats but Murphy tuck shim in for CHEEKY NANDOS!
Rollins staggers about, Murphy dodges him and throws him out, to then wreck him with a dropkick! Murphy runs and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Murphy hurries to put Rollins in, kicks him down, then heads up top! Rollins gets up and springs to the top rope! Murphy shoves him away, Rollins comes back again, and SUPERPLEXES, to the roll through, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins seethes as Murphy survives. The Mysterios rally up and fans join in. Rollins stalks Murphy to the apron, brings Murphy up, but Murphy holds onto ropes! Rollins throws body shots and haymakers, but Murphy ROCKS him right back!
Rollins ROCKS Murphy, Murphy ROCKS Rollins! They brawl, Murphy BOOTS, and then KNEE TRIGGERS Rollins down! The Mysterios cheer as Murphy gets Rollins back in the ring. Murphy gets in, but Rollins DRAPING CURB STOMPS him!! Rollins flounders over to drag Murphy in for a cover, ROPEBREAK!! Murphy survives and Rollins can’t believe it! The Mysterios cheer, but Rollins is furious! “I gave you everything!” Rollins drags Murphy up, reels him in, and BUCKLE BOMBS! Murphy flounders and Rollins tells the Mysterios to shut up! Rollins runs, into a KNEE TRIGGER!! Rollins tries again but gets another KNEE TRIGGER! Rollins swings, into MURPHY’S LAW! Murphy crawls to the cover, Murphy wins!!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
Victory over the ruthless Rollins, and Murphy celebrates with the Mysterios! Will this lead him and the family to the promised land?
Sasha Banks heads to the ring!
The Boss is here, ready to meet with the Empress of Tomorrow in a face to face before battling at Survivor Series! We’ll see Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champions meet again, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Asuka makes her entrance. She even has pyro! Michael Cole is in the ring to plug #TheBestoftheBest, and these two here are synonymous with that term. Cole wants to bring up that this isn’t just Champion VS Champion, it is the end of a rather bitter rivalry when Sasha took the Raw Women’s Championship from Asuka over the Summer. “Damn right I did!” Sasha laughs but Asuka says it doesn’t matter what Sasha did in the past. “You are not the Boss of me~!” Is she done? Cole was about to ask something of Sasha. Yes, because at SummerSlam, Asuka beat Sasha to take that title back, and has held it ever since. Does Asuka have Sasha’s number?
Is Cole forgetting what time it is? It is BOSS TIME, all the time! But Sasha is going to take time to give Asuka her props. Asuka is one of the greatest in the world, but as far as SummerSlam goes- “Oh you didn’t know~!” Asuka says Sasha lost! Sasha “laughs” at Asuka’s imitation of Road Dogg. She’s got jokes, but it won’t be a laughing matter when Sasha puts Asuka in the Bank Statement and make her tap out. There is no question that Sasha is Best of the Best. Asuka “laughs” now, and she quotes John Cena, “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” What? Asuka better not wave her hand like that again. Sasha can see Asuka, and for cone she can understand her. If Asuka wants to run her mouth, we don’t have to wait until Sunday. Let’s handle this now.
Sasha throws off the shoes, but Asuka doesn’t move. When you are the star and the standard of the Women’s Division, “you have to know who’s the best of the best, and that is me.” Asuka goes back to her own catchphrase, “You are not ready for Asuka!” Sasha says she’s born ready. But Carmella attacks Sasha! And Asuka doesn’t really care. The Untouchable Carmella feeds Sasha to her boot! And then hoists Sasha up top, to put her in a Tree of Woe and stomp away! And still, Asuka doesn’t care. Carmella pulls Sasha’ into the ropes and says she told her to watch her back! Boss Time is over. Mella hits a FABULOUS KICK to ram Sasha into the post!
Asuka just watches Mella leave and Sasha flop out of the corner. Win or lose at Survivor Series, will Sasha’s time be spent going after the Untouchable?
Backstage interview with Jey Uso
Kayla wants a word on Bryan’s comments. Unless he’s not allowed to talk. Still got jokes, huh? But Jey has the greenlight to speak to her, and to finish what he started with Bryan. Bryan saying Roman a devil ordering Jey around like Jey isn’t responsible for himself? No! Jey put Bryan through a table because he wanted to! He threw Bryan off the stretcher because he wanted to! The only devil talking to Jey is his inner demon, and right now it’s saying to go get ‘im. Will Jey and Bryan put each other through hell in the main event?
Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!
SmackDown returns and Bryan’s in the ring. Jey makes his entrance, and this match begins! Bryan rushes Jey with forearms but Jey gives them back! Jey gest the edge but Bryan fights from below. Jey still clubs Bryan down and to the ropes. Jey whips, Bryan hurdles and kicks! And kicks! Bryan gets the leg, turns Jey over and ties him up in a Queen Angelito! Bryan adds crossface forearms! And drops a knee! Bryan drags Jey up to CHOP him, then CHOP him down! And drop another knee! Jey flounders but Bryan drags him up, only for Jey to uppercut! Jey whips Bryan, elbows Bryan down, and grits his teeth as he shakes out the arms.
Jey throws off wrist tape and tells Bryan it wasn’t personal. This might be, though as Jey pushes Bryan out and then whips him into steps! Jey pulls the desk hood off and clears things away. But Bryan ROCKS Jey with a right and puts him in the ring. Bryan climbs up, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Jey flounders to a corner while Bryan clutches his back. Bryan goes after Jey with Yes Kicks in the corner! And European Uppercuts! Bryan throws body shots, then stomps Jey in the ropes! Jey ROCKS Bryan with a right! Bryan hits back, throws more uppercuts, and Jey flounders again. Bryan whips Jey to ropes but Jey kicks him back! Jey runs in but is dumped out! Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and both men go down!
Jey flounders up, clutching his head. He clipped the desk on the way down, Bryan goes after him with more uppercuts and body shots! Jey shoves Bryan away, then back drops him through the desk! Bryan is down and the count is climbing as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey tells Bryan this isn’t personal, as he STOMPS Bryan’s back! Jey keeps stomping, then rains down furious fists! Jey seethes as he lets off, and continues to insist it isn’t personal. Bryan sits up, Jey drags him up to scoop and SLAM him! Fans thumbs down on their screens but Jey ignores them to KICK Bryan in the ribs! Bryan gets to a corner, Jey CHOPS him! Jey throws body shots, CHOPS Bryan again, then says “It wasn’t supposed to be like that, DB.” Bryan was in the wrong place. Jey headbutts low, but Bryan manages to stay up. Jey scoops Bryan for a BACKBREAKER! Bryan goes to the apron, clutching his back, and Jey says it wasn’t personal.
Jey swings but Bryan counter punches! Bryan throws haymakers, then heads up top. Jey forearms Bryan down, climbs up to join him, and brings Bryan up for a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down, Jey crawls to a cover, TWO! Fans build to a rally for Brayn as he and Jey stir. Jey sits up first, stalks behind Bryan, and drags him up to whip him to ropes. Fireman’s carry, but Bryan crucifix counters the drop! TWO!! Jey hurries up, but into a YES LOCK! Bryan cranks on Jey, claws the eyes even, and goes back to the crossface. Jey rolls around, gets loose and drives elbows over and over into the side! And knees, too! Fans give more thumbs down as Jey stops just to catch his breath.
Jey goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Bryan trips him up! Bryan climbs up behind Jey, brings him up, and SUPER BACK SUPLEXES!! Both men land hard but especially Jey! Bryan fires himself up and fans fire up with him! Bryan aims at Jey, and YES Kicks! And kicks! And then kicks from all sides! Bryan powers up to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Bryan is a bit stunned. Bryan looms over Jey, grabs the wrists, and gives Jey DANIELSON STOMPS! Bryan lets off to aim from a corner, “YES! YES! YES!” Jey is in a corner, Bryan runs in, SUPERKICK! Another SUPERKICK! Jey fires up and says no yes! This is HELL NO, for another SUPERKICK! Jey climbs up top again, leaps, USO- KNEES!! Cradle cover, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall
It wasn’t personal, but it was brutal! Bryan stands tall and Jey is only angrier now! Will he be able to rebound and redeem himself when he and Team SmackDown face Team Raw?
This was a great go-home from SmackDown! Though with some interesting choices here and there. Firstly, the contract signing just for a Champion VS Champion match at Survivor Series. The execution was great, though, with great promos from both McIntyre and Roman. Even the little detail of Roman wanting to sit at the head of the table just to be consistent with one of his many new nicknames was great. That match really could go either way, but will likely be overbooked to keep both men strong. After all, The Miz is Mr. Money in the Bank and could actually target either man with the contract. I don’t think he’ll win, and the cash-in will surely end up cancelled, but using that to cost Drew would be pretty smart for everyone involved.
Sasha and Asuka having their own face-to-face just because was alright. I don’t really get Sasha’s attitude right now. I get she was only just a Heel, but she was the Face against Bayley, and now she feels like a forced Tweener. Asuka quoting iconic catchphrases was just as odd, too, but Asuka has become increasingly quirky in 2020, so let’s chalk it up to that. It was, however, hilarious that she didn’t do a thing to stop Carmella. It makes sense, because it’s not Asuka’s fight. But similarly to Roman and McIntyre, I have a feeling Sasha VS Asuka gets overbooked because Carmella will want to get Sasha to finally pay attention to her.
We got a great blending of the opening segments, between Profits plugging Survivor Series and Big E pretending to be Taker, that was then followed up by New Day having good promos with Sami, Corbin, Roode and Ziggler. The 8 Man was great, especially with Sami not wanting to get involved because he’s worried about facing Lashley. Sami taking the loss for that reason was a great move, as was him and Bryan have a confrontation backstage. Bryan VS Sami is definitely becoming an Intercontinental Championship feud on the road to Royal Rumble. Bryan and Jey had great promos to hype their great and aggressive main event. It works that Bryan won because he’ll be heading after the IC title with momentum, and it puts it on Jey to make up for things at Survivor Series.
Team SmackDown didn’t have nearly as much interaction as Team Raw, and I’m a little surprised it was Otis named to the team and not Big E. But I suppose Big E can do plenty of other things on the way to Royal Rumble, which everyone would love to see him win anyway. Otis has Gable by his side now, and surely Gable will be in Team SmackDown’s corner, as I’m sure AJ Styles will have Jordan Omogbehin. I think that’d be pretty hilarious, and could be a great way to cost Styles or Otis without anyone looking too strong or too weak. Bayley gets put on the women’s team, but that’s basically what I saw coming since she lost to Sasha. Natty finally earns her way onto the team, and we now have some dysfunction as Natty’s the only one on “Captain” Bayley’s side.
Rollins VS Murphy was really good, even with Rey and the family ringside. That much at least shows they’re definitely on Murphy’s side, and Murphy getting that win is great for all of this. Rollins can be in a horrible mood and decide to just disappear, since he has to go be Daddy Seth to his baby with Becky Lynch, not to be seen again until perhaps WrestleMania or something. Murphy and the Mysterios is still a situation that could and probably will fall apart, but for now, I wouldn’t mind going through with the idea of Mysterios and Murphy against Roman and the Usos. There has to be more to Mysterios having Murphy with them than just the drama of him and Aalyah “dating.”
My Score: 8.6/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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