It’s the SmackDown After Survivor Series!
Survivor Series was not good for Team SmackDown, but the champions dominated! Will there even be challenges for them as the year nears its end?
- Otis VS King Corbin; No Contest.
- Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS The Street Profits; Roode & Ziggler win.
- Sami Zayn VS Daniel Bryan; Sami wins.
- Natalya VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins.
- Buddy Murphy w/ the Mysterio Family VS King Corbin; Murphy wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso; Kevin wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jey Uso heads to the ring!
The last week hasn’t gone well for #MainEventJey, from losing to Daniel Bryan going into Survivor Series, to being part of the swept team at Survivor Series. But after Survivor Series, we are talking about the #FinalFarewell to The Undertaker, when we should talk about the man who represented when he went toe-to-toe with Drew McIntyre! McIntyre ain’t no pushover, having beaten Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar. But he didn’t beat Jey’s cousin! Drew will always be Number 2, but this man is Number 1! #BestoftheBest, Jey’s cousin- Roman Reigns makes his entrance to cut Jey off. Roman and Paul Heyman make their way to the ring and Jey is all smiles.
Once the #HeadoftheTable and the Special Counsel join Jey between the ropes, Jey claps but the fans on the ThunderDome screens give thumbs down. Jey hands the mic to Heyman, who then hands it to Roman, and Roman says, “Play it.” The footage plays from Sunday, after Team SmackDown lost. Roman says the team lost because they didn’t respect Jey, and they didn’t respect Roman. “If you can’t make them respect you, you have no place in the family.” But of course, Jey had his part to play in helping his Tribal Chief beat the Scottish Warrior in the epic Universal VS World Champion main event. At the time, Roman accepted Jey. But now…?
Back in the present, Roman asks Jey what he was told after the Survivor Series 5v5. Jey was told to leave, but he didn’t. Did Roman say he needed help with Drew? No, he didn’t. So Roman asks Jey now, “Why do you think you, and my team, Team SmackDown, lost at Survivor Series?” Jey says they didn’t want to listen. Why does he think that is? Because they don’t fear Jey. They don’t fear him because they don’t respect him. And like Roman said before, if they don’t respect Jey, they don’t respect the family. And if they don’t respect the family, then who are they?
“If I’m not the Head of the Table, then you must think I’m some wannabe b*tch in the locker room, begging for leftovers.” If that’s who Roman is, then who is Jey? How does the rest of the family look at Jey? Is that how Jey looks at Roman? Is that who Roman is to Jey? Someone begging? Is that how Jey feels about Roman? Because that’s how Jey’s failures make Roman feel. And Roman doesn’t like that feeling. Roman drops the mic and heads off, having heaped everything on to Jey. What will Jey do to get rid of those feelings?
Otis VS King Corbin!
The Blue Collar Solid and the Wolf King were part of that Survivor Series team that lost. But before these two can have out their issues, Jey ATTACKS OTIS WITH A CHAIR! Jey is going to make Otis fear him! CHAIR SHOT after CHAIR SHOT to Otis! Jey is not showing mercy! He digs the chair into Otis’ chest then rains down fists! “You wanna get this damn work, I’mma get you!” ANOTHER chair shot! And another! Referees finally rush out to stop Jey, but Jey is clearly far from through! What happens after SmackDown goes to break?
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS The Street Profits!
The Glorious Show-Offs mock Otis, “He finally waked up from that Thanksgiving nap to be knocked into a long winter’s sleep.” Roode says Ziggler should take it easy on Otis. He’s got a lot on his plate. Like at Thanksgiving! But no more wasting time with dumb jokes. These two are aces, two true pros, two “dirty dogs” that have laser focus on The Street Profits! “Cuz guess what, fam? DZ and Roode are up!” “And we, want the SmackDown Tag Team Championships!” But Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins show up. They don’t like the parody, but they’re alright. They have a lot to be thankful for. Like facing the #BestoftheBest, the NEW~ DAY~! The Profits took the torch, but the Power of Positivity is forever.
They’re also thankful for being against Robert Roode and… HBK? No that’s not him. It has to be! Look how he dresses! And his dangerous superkick! No that’s Dolph. He’s just a big fan of HBK. But Dawkins ins fortunate to be compared to the less fortunate, like Roode. Roode can only grow facial hair in one spot. But he’s got two 007’s right here. But the Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Will the SmackDown Tag Team Champions keep rolling from defeating the 10-time W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS~ at Survivor Series?
The teams sort out and Ziggler starts with Dawks. They circle, approach, and Dawkins avoids a leg shoot to get a headlock. Tag to Ford, the Profits whip and dropkick Ziggler down! Roode jumps in but Ford doges, Dawkins ROCKS Roode! Ford and Dawkins double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Dawkins clotheslines Roode out but Ziggler clotheslines Dawkins! Ziggler builds speed but runs into a RIGHT! Dawkins hurries in, tags Ford back in and Ford goes up top already! But Roode yanks Dawkins down and anchors Ford. Ford boots Roode, leaps, but FLOPS! And that stomach still hurts from what the New Day did to him all match! The champs are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Ford fights up out of a chinlock, but Ziggler dropkicks him in the stomach! Tag to Roode, Roode whips Ziggler in for a splash! Then they feed Ford to a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Roode stomps the stomach, adding on to what New Day did. Roode gets Ford into a low cobra twist and clamps onto the abs! Ford endures as Roode digs an elbow in to the ribs. Fans rally up on their screens, Ford fights up to hip toss free! Both men are down and crawling for their corners. Ziggler tags in and he hits a FAMOUSER! Cover, Dawkins breaks it! The ref gets Dawkins back and Ziggler gets away with clawing Ford’s eyes!
Ziggler has Ford in the corner, talks some trash, and then dares Ford to do something. Ford counter punches! Ford fights out, ROCKS Ziggler and elbows Roode. But Ziggler kicks low and down goes Ford! Ziggler puts Ford in a corner hard, then runs in, but misses the splash! Ziggler is stuck, Ford crawls for his corner! Ziggler tags Roode, Ford tags Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Roode and hits a flying back elbow! FLAPJACK for Ziggler! EXPLODER for Roode! CYCLONE SPLASH on Roode, one on Ziggler! Then a BULLDOG for Roode! Ziggler swings into the butterfly ANARCHY! Roode boots back, runs in, but into the ANOINTING!
Ford tags in and goes back up! FROM THE HEAVENS!! It hits this time, but the ribs! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Dawkins goes after Ziggler but Ziggler SUPERKICKS! Ford blocks a kick, spins Ziggler and enziguris! Roode rolls Ford up, holds TIGHTS, Roode and Ziggler win!!
Winners: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall
Ford is shocked but that was a GLORIOUS way to cheat! Will Roode-Dolph get themselves golden gifts for the holidays?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.
In a few moments, he can be one step closer to making his plans for the Intercontinental Championship a reality. So what is his strategy for Sami Zayn? Acceptance and Zen. Bryan was made to accept Jey is more vicious than ever before. Bryan has to accept that Sami is delusional. Sami sees himself as a master strategist! Perhaps the best champion ever! But it’s all delusion. What Sami does is exploit loopholes and escape. So tonight, Bryan breaks the delusions. There’s this other delusion that everyone is out to get Sami. Bryan isn’t after Sami. He’s after the title. And when Bryan beats Sami tonight, he’ll get that much closer to the title.
Backstage interview with the Mysterio Family and Buddy Muprhy.
A turbulent few months for everyone here, but do they believe this story with Seth Rollins is over? To be part of an amazing family, all together here, Rey says what Rollins did can’t be paid back in full. The Mysterios are thankful for many things, especially right now. Dominik’s career has kicked off, Aalyah is a mature, confident woman, and now we’re thankful that Murphy realized Rollins was garbage. Murphy is no one’s mindless disciple.
But then Baron Corbin comes in and doesn’t believe this “joke.” Rey is a joke, too. Because he couldn’t pass his talent on to his boy. But he did pass on his bad judgment in character. Do they think Murphy will be here next year? Or is he riding the coattails of the Mysterio name while it’s still worth something? Murphy keeps his cool as Corbin walks off, but will this heat up soon enough?
SmackDown says #ThankYouTaker
The tribute highlight reel plays again, documenting the 30 years, from 11/22/1990 to 11/22/2020 at Survivor Series and the #FinalFarewell. There will never be another.
Sami Zayn VS Daniel Bryan!
The “Champion of All People” couldn’t back up his talk when he was up against the Rocky Mountain Machine, Bobby Lashley. Sure, the Hurt Business was ringside, but that was to make sure his “master strategies” were foiled at every turn. Will Sami rebound and show why he is the WWE Intercontinental Championship? Or is the YES Movement about to earn a title shot the old fashioned way?
SmackDown returns and Sami says “One day after a national American holiday, I’m supposed to fight?” Sami doesn’t care for Thanksgiving because it celebrates “the atrocities” committed against Native Americans, by being gluttonous with factory-farmed turkey! Not for this champion! The only person that should be thankful is Daniel Bryan! After months of scheming, he gets the match he wants. After undermining Sami’s reign, with “I would do this, I would do that,” Bryan had his chance at WrestleMania! Bryan didn’t win, Sami did! Bryan did nothing yet WWE Management rolls out the red carpet for him, because they’re sticking it to Sami! They’re sabotaging Sami! But Bryan makes his entrance to shut Sami up. The bell rings, and this WrestleMania rematch, as Sami pointed out, begins!
Sami and Bryan circle, tie up but break. Sami stays in a corner but Bryan waits for Sami to return. They circle again, tie up again, and Bryan drags Sami down to wrench to a wristlock. Bryan wrangles Sami down and STOMPS the arm! Sami scrambles to ropes and checks his arm. Bryan waits as Sami complains about standing on hair. They tie up again, Bryan headlocks, wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches again. Sami powers out, drops but Bryan runs him over! Sami goes to the apron again and Bryan is a little annoyed. Bryan smirks as Sami shakes out his arms before coming back.
Bryan and Sami circle, approach, tie up, and Bryan rolls to wrench and then trip Sami to get the legs. Bryan ties the legs up, knees Sami in the back, then adds an arm to it. Sami endures the mounted hammerlock, and Bryan adds torque on it. Sami fights up, throws elbows and is free. Sami runs, but Bryan drops to then dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Bryan is right back on that arm to wrench and whip. Sami kicks back, throws Bryan out of the ring hard, then takes a moment to catch his breath. Sami wants the count out but Bryan is up at 5. Bryan watches Sami closely as he gets in, but Sami still stomps him down! Sami stands on Bryan until the ref counts, then he drags Bryan up.
Sami throws Bryan out again but follows this time. He throws Bryan into barriers, then into the ring, then climbs up top. Bryan sees Sami and trips him up! Bryan climbs to join Sami now, brings Sami up, but Sami fights back. Sami headbutts Bryan away, adjusts, but Bryan returns to dropkick Sami to the floor! Bryan then climbs up and aims, for a FLYING CROSSBODY, into barriers! Sami turns Bryan’s momentum against him quite literally, and SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again, and Sami has Bryan down in a chinlock. Bryan fights up as fans rally, but Sami puts Bryan in a corner. The ref counts, Sami throws body shots and haymakers! The ref counts again, Sami lets off at 4. Bryan staggers up but Sami whips him to ropes, to then clobber him with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Cover again, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami grows annoyed with the count but he stalks Bryan to a corner. Sami throws more hands, taunts Bryan and then whips him corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, dodges Sami and hits a leaping lariat! Both men are down but fans rally on their screens.
Bryan goes to one corner, Sami goes to another, and Bryan runs in to dropkick! Bryan throws fast hands of his own and adds kicks! Bryan puts Sami up top, climbs up to join him, and hits a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Sami survives but Bryan keeps his cool. Bryan goes back to Sami and wrenches the arm to an elbow breaker! Then he KICKS! Wrench, ELBOW BREAKER, and KICK! Sami falls to his knees but he gets away from the buzzsaw! Sami goes to the apron, Bryan goes out after him, to wrench, but Sami rakes eyes! Sami POSTS Bryan, then brings him back for an APRON BRAIN BUSTER!! Bryan slumps to the floor but Sami’s down, too!
A ring count starts and both men stir. Sami is standing at 5 and in, but Bryan gets up at 7. Bryan flounders at 8, stands at 9 and is in! Sami drags Bryan up and to the BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Sami is beside himself. Sami thinks on what to do, and he stalks Bryan. Sami talks trash as he kicks Bryan. This is what he wanted, right? “You’re not better than me!” Sami pulls Bryan’s hair and reels him in, but Bryan slips out of the back suplex to get an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Sami clasps hands, Bryan turns him around, to the YES LOCK! Sami is caught and Bryan cranks back! Bryan adds clubbing forearms, but Sami scoots around! ROPEBREAK!
Bryan lets Sami go and Sami bails out of the ring. Sami goes around the way, Bryan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Sami hits announce desk! Bryan puts Sami back in the ring, but Sami gets right back out. So Bryan DIVES again! Direct hit to the ramp! Bryan chases Sami up the ramp, to the stage, but Sami throws haymakers! The ring count is climbing and Sami is retreating! Bryan pursues, but the count- Wait, Sami returns! The count is ten, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by count-out
The Intercontinental Champion outsmarted Bryan, but that’s not the only reason Bryan got lost backstage! JEY USO is attacking him!! Kevin Owens rushes over to save Bryan, but then Jey gets after him, too! The refs get in to stop this but Jey tells Kevin, “You know where I’ll be!” Kevin wants the refs to watch Bryan, because he’s going after Jey! Will Kevin make sure to KO Uso?
SmackDown returns as Jey talks with Roman.
“I’m doing what you said to do, Uce.” Jey is making them fear and respect him. But Kevin comes by and says he’s had it with the family issues affecting SmackDown. If Roman wants to go on an ego trip, fine. But he’s getting in Jey’s head. Roman says family’s so important, but Roman sure treats his like trash. Roman tells Jey that he needs to take pride in how his sons look at him. Kevin does not look at them with fear. “Fix that.”
Natalya VS Bianca Belair!
The Queen of Harts, the #BOAT, Best of All Time, may be the winningest woman in the WWE, but she’s about to face the EST. Will Bianca show Natty just how she’s the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the new best woman on SmackDown?
But first, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion (former) is here! Bayley comes out to see her former teammates do battle, from commentary! The bell rings and Natty ties right up with Bianca. Natty headlocks., Bianca powers out and things speed up. Bianca hurdles, hurdles and wheelbarrows Natty, but Natty rolls through. ONE, Bianca has the cover, ONE! Bianca whips Natty corner to corner but Natty reverses. Bianca goes up an dover and handsprings, but Natty moves and Bianca POSTS herself! Natty throws furious forearms but lets off, to then stomp away! The ref counts, Natty backs off, and she pushes Bianca back into the corner!
Bianca pushes Natty away, Natty comes back to snap suplex, and then kicks Bianca! Natty drags Bianca up, Bianca blocks the suplex to cradle, TWO! Bianca stands, but the DISCUS takes her down! Cover, TWO! Natty grows frustrated as she drags Bianca around to stomp the legs. Natty gets the legs, then the arms, for the surfboard! Bianca endures the Romero Special but Natty gets a cover, TWO! Bianca gets to ropes, Natty brings her around but Bianca shoves her to a corner! Bianca handsprings and RAMS into Natty! And again and again and again! Bianca fires off with fury, then runs, only for Natty to elbow her away!
Natty runs, discus, but Bianca caches her! GlamEST- No, Natty slips out and tumbles to the floor! Bianca pursues, Bayley says this isn’t smart. Or she’ll get counted out again. Bianca claps back but Natty swings. Bianca dodges, Natty stops herself from hitting Bayley, but then she dodges and Bianca definitely hits Bayley! Natty CLUBS Bianca from behind, puts her in the ring, and stalks behind her. Bayley storms in and wants after Bianca, but Bianca boots Natty into her! Roll up, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST just sank the #BOAT, but she’s also on the Role Model’s radar. Bayley dares Bianca to bring it on, and Bianca claps back again. Will these two throw down to prove who is really headed to the top of SmackDown?
Heyman is found talking with Adam Pearce.
The Special Counsel knows Pearce is in charge around here, but what is it he wants the official to do for him?
Buddy Murphy w/ the Mysterio Family VS King Corbin!
After the Wolf King disrespected la familia, the freed disciple is going to defend their honor! Will Murphy remind us all why he was and still is the Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Corbin make him bend the knee?
SmackDown returns as Corbin makes his entrance. The bell rings and Murphy circles with Corbin. They tie up, Murphy gets around to waistlock but Corbin backs Murphy to the corner. Corbin throws elbows but Dom gets mad. Corbin and the ref tell Dom to stay back, and Murphy headlocks. Corbin powers out, then runs him over with a shoulder. Rey gets on the apron now and the ref tells Rey to stay back now. Murphy dodges Corbin, rolls him up, TWO! Corbin throws hands but Murphy fires off! Corbin dodges the knee to CLOBBER Murphy! Rey still gets on the apron, and then Dom starts stuff, and Corbin gets annoyed.
Corbin drags Murphy up, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs corner to corner, only for Murphy to go up! Corbin slides out but Aalyah is in the way! Corbin is furious with this, but Murphy WRECKS him with a dropkick! Then slingshots, fakes Corbin out and moves to PENALTY KICK! Corbin staggers, Murphy lines up a shot, but leaps into a choke grip! Corbin shoves Murphy but Murphy stops himself, and baits Corbin into steel steps! Murphy goes up top fast, leaps back in, but Corbin gets under! Murphy rolls, dodges, but runs into DEEP SIX! Rey gets in the ring?! Then right out! Corbin is pissed and shouts at Rey but Rey just taunts Corbin back.
Murphy gets up as Dom and Aalyah coach him up. Corbin drags Murphy up to rain down fists. Corbin rains down even more right hands but Dom again gets on the apron. Corbin backs Dom down, goes back to Murphy and drags him up to put him on the ropes. Corbin throws haymakers on Murphy, the ref counts and Corbin lets off. Corbin tells the ref to tell the Mysterios the rules, then eh tosses Murphy to a corner. Corbin runs in but Murphy dodges to send him into buckles! Murphy dodges Corbin, Dom swipes at legs! Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS! Cover, and Dom makes sure there’s no ropebreaks! Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The family that fights together wins together! But Corbin is furious! He gets a mic then shouts at the Mysterios, “This is outrageous! It wasn’t one-on-one, man to man!” But what would he expect from the Mysterios! They’re spineless cowards! But next week, Corbin wants a rematch with Murphy, and he’ll be “prepared.” What does he mean by that?
The reason Heyman was talking with Pearce? Because we’re getting a match of Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso! Will the Prizefighter pay for getting in the Tribal Chief’s face?
SmackDown returns and Big E is playing Apollo Crews in trash can basketball.
Apollo gets ready to make his move, he shoots but it misses! That’s a foul! No, no, that was clean. But Sami Zayn comes over and says he has an interview but the ring is behind them. He is clearly going to talk about his win over the future Hall of Famer, Daniel Bryan. For most people, it takes three seconds to win, Sami beat Bryan for 10. That was how he beat Apollo that way so he should know. Big E keeps Apollo back, Apollo will head out and see Sami later. Big E says Sami has built a rickety house with no foundation. Count outs, loose buckles, vertigo! Not funny, it’s a medical condition.
Big E’s point is that Sami’s margin for error is razor thin. He’s in a house of cards, because all it takes is a gust of wind, and it all comes tumbling down. Sami tells E that he’s disappointed. Sami thought he was different, but no. Big E is diminishing Sami. It’s sour grapes to Sami. Sami is in the middle of a historic reign, and the last time Big E had this belt was… Many, many moons ago, that was largely forgettable. So instead of tearing Sami down, applaud him! Big E says Sami is right. Ten seconds is impressive. They shake hands, but Big E holds on strong, for 10! Sami clutches his hand. Big E is “so proud” of Sami. Kayla asks if Sami still wants the interview but he shouts no! Will Sami’s reign not last much longer the way he’s going?
Billie Kay crashes commentary!
She asks “Mr. Cole” to consider her head shots and resume. If they are unable to find the words to describe what’s happened, Billie has an extensive background in talking. She’ll take it from here if they want. No, thanks, Billie. Will Billie ever find her place in SmackDown?
“You know by now what I’m here to do, what I’ve done. How embarrassing for a SmackDown Women’s Champion to fall so easily.” But she’s glad to see the middle school games are over, because now we’ll all see who the most dominant woman on SmackDown really is. It’s funny how Carmella was where Sasha is now. She had the title, the spotlight, the fans. And then she did things for them. What fans wanted her to do. Catering to their whims. And in losing herself, she lost it all. So believe her when she says she isn’t doing anything for anyone else anymore! She calls the shots! And everyone else jumps for her. She snaps her fingers, but whoever it is is late. Wait, that’s… SASHA! And she splashes Mella with her drink and throws hands on her!
Sasha gets even with Mella and puts on the BANK STATEMENT! Security pulls them apart but Sasha tells Mella to find her face to face, “like a real woman!” Will The Boss remind Mella who is really in charge here?
Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso!
It’s time to #FightOwensFight! Will he show Jey who should really be respected around here?
SmackDown returns as Jey makes his entrance. The bell rings and Roman is watching backstage as Jey and Kevin go right at each other! They tie up, Jey puts Kevin in a corner but Kevin dodges to CHOP and throw haymakers! Kevin CHOPS Jey more, throws more fists, and has Jey on ropes. Kevin whips, Jey holds the ropes and bails out! Jey paces but Kevin goes out to ROCK him with a right! Then throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Jey in, stomps away, then puts Jey in a corner with more haymakers! The ref counts, Kevin lets off and Roman doesn’t look happy. Kevin throws Jey out hard, pursues again, and whips Jey, only for Jey to reverse and send Kevin into steel steps!
Kevin gets up and in the ring but Jey follows. Heyman keeps his eyes on Roman as Roman watches Jey rain down rights on Kevin. Jey double ax handles before he lets off. Jey paces while Kevin gets to ropes. Jey storms over, wraps an arm around the rope and pulls! The ref counts, Kevin claws Jey’s face but Jey YANKS the arm before letting off. Jey stalks Kevin, but Kevin throws hands! Jey rocks Kevin with an uppercut, then throws forearms. Kevin hits back, Jey hits again, Kevin rebounds to LARIAT! BACK SENTON! Both men writhe for different reasons, and Kevin goes after Jey, only for Jey to POST him!
Jey sees Kevin bail out again, and he builds speed, to DIVE! But Kevin catches Jey, trips him up and catapults him into the POST! Jey flounders into a SUPERKICK! Jey flounders more and Kevin SUPERKICKS him over the barriers! Kevin has Jey reeling while SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey is down on the outside, as Kevin APRON CANNONBALLS! Kevin puts Jey back in the ring, covers, TWO! Jey survives and gets to the apron, but Kevin drags him up. Jey hotshots the arm! Kevin staggers away, Jey wrenches and ARM CODE BREAKERS! Kevin writhes but Jey slams the bad arm on the mat! And again! Jey seethes as he drops a knee on the arm! Jey drags Kevin up to go after the arm with a top wristlock. Roman is still stoic as Jey wrenches on the arm. Fans rally, Kevin fights up, but Jey throws Kevin down by his head! Jey glares as Kevin writhes and gets to the corner. Jey says Kevin stuck his nose in the wrong family business. “UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner but Kevin dodges to SUPERKICK!
Both men are down again and fans rally on their screens! Kevin drags himself up with his good arm, dodges to CHOP and CHOP and haymaker on Jey! Kevin can only hit with the good arm, and he whips Jey, for a POP- NO! The arm limits Kevin! SUPERKICK from Jey! Cover, TWO!! Jey keeps his cool as he looks down at Kevin. Jey climbs up top, Kevin gets up to throw a forearm and a CHOP! Kevin climbs up with one good arm but Jey headbutts the bad arm! Jey shoves Kevin, adjusts and leaps, USO SPLASH onto knees! Kevin reels Jey in, pump handles and USHIGOROSHIS! Cover, TWO!?! Jey survives that modified package driver meets neckbreaker, but Kevin keeps his focus!
Kevin aims, kicks and- No, no stunner as Jey shoves Kevin into buckles! And then POSTS Kevin to the other corner! Jey goes out and brings a chair into this! Jey doesn’t care about the win, he wants to hurt Kevin! He SMACKS Kevin in the back!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification
Jey roars as he SMACKS Kevin again! Heyman smiles, but Roman isn’t showing anything yet. Jey clears off the announce desk as his rage boils over! Jey goes back to Kevin, and- Kevin kicks to STUNNER!! Heyman’s smile fades as Jey flops out of the ring. Kevin goes out, drags Jey up and throws him over the desk! Jey tumbles down, Kevin goes looking and finds a chair for himself! Kevin gives Jey the CHAIR SHOT! And another! “You watching, Roman?!” Kevin’s been watching! CHAIR SHOT for Jey! Where’s Roman?! Where is he for his family!? This is because of Roman! “You want people to fear you? I fear no one!” MORE chair shots for Jey until the chair is bent!! “Including you!”
Kevin tells Roman that if he has a problem, “come say it to my face.” Kevin gets on the desk and shouts, “I’m the head of this table!” Then he drags Jey into the ring, brings him around, and dares Roman to do something. STUNNER! But Roman doesn’t move from where he’s watching. Kevin sits at the “head” of the announce desk, and asks where Roman is. Wherever he is, Kevin will be waiting. Kevin has sent a message to Roman that is loud and clear! But how will the Tribal Chief respond?
This was a very good SmackDown to follow Survivor Series and head for TLC. For one, the entire story thread of Jey Uso, Roman Reigns, and Kevin Owens. Jey going after the Face members of Team SmackDown with the whole idea of making them fear and respect him, Roman and the family, was expected, but it was done so expertly! Roman has done incredible character work but so has Jey, and that continued tonight with Kevin in the mix. I also like that Jey included Bryan in the mix given their match just last week. I did not see Kevin being the next challenger for Roman, but it’s actually a great choice. Kevin of course is a master of character work, too, so him battling Roman is going to be a great feud. Bryan and Otis might even get involved because of Jey. Maybe that’s the Six Man Tag we get when/if Jimmy returns and joins up. It could even be reluctantly, because Jimmy is fighting to help Jey, not Roman.
Speaking of Bryan, he had a great match with Sami, even with the count-out finish, because it tied into a story. Sami bragging and then Big E showing him up is clearly the start of an Intercontinental Championship feud. Big E becoming IC Champion again isn’t so bad, but obviously many of us were hoping he’d head for the Universal Championship. Maybe he can do both? Though I was almost hoping for a Big E VS Apollo thing, even if it was just for a match, because that’d just be a great match. The Mysterio family story is taking an interesting turn. I like that Murphy VS Corbin is the lead, but I just don’t know how to feel about the Mysterios helping Murphy win. It’s karma on Corbin but it makes Murphy look weak. But Corbin “being prepared” next week makes me think he’s getting new lackeys, who I really hope are NXT “call-ups” of some kind.
Roode-Dolph VS Profits was a really good match, and naturally the Heels use a quick cheat to get the win. This will naturally set up a title match, but I feel like they’re going to stretch this out towards TLC. That’s fine, gives TLC something big, like perhaps a tag team table or ladder match. Bianca VS Natty with Bayley on commentary was good stuff, and while Bianca VS Bayley could be the main story, I feel like there could be so much more done with The EST VS The #BOAT with the “est” being the focus. Natty says she’s winningest, but Bianca could easily counter that by saying Natty is only that because she’s been around for so long. And of course, Sasha gets back at Carmella and we truly begin on their title match build, which will/should also be for TLC.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)
And you thought last week was big!
205 Live doubles down on historic matches!
Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.
PLAY BY PLAY
205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.
It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.
The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!
How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?
The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!
Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!
Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!
Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!
Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!
The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?
The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!
Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.
Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.
Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!
Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!
Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?
A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.
Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!
SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!
- Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay; Charlotte & Asuka win.
- Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler; Cesaro wins.
- Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella; Sasha wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Crews wins by disqualification, Big E retains the title.
- Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns; No Contest.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table, with Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, is back to open SmackDown, but no Jey Uso? Roman and Heyman are not in a good mood after the bait ‘n’ switch Adam Pearce pulled over on them with Kevin Owens. Heyman hands Roman a mic as fans boo and give thumbs down on their screens. “So KO said he was going to deliver a message today, huh?” Or is he not? No, we’re not going to see Kevin Owens tonight because Roman said so. Now let’s talk about last week and “card subject to change.” Real clever. A lot of people made comments about Pearce getting one past them, outsmarted them.
But let’s make this clear: “That way of thinking is beneath me.” Card subject to change is how losers think. It’s how people who are scared to come to work think. Roman doesn’t miss appearances, he puts in work! Legitimately! It took Roman’ sown health being at risk during a pandemic to keep him away. So he never wants to hear anyone say anything about him missing appearances. But what if Roma started thinking like “a puss” like Pearce, talking about his elbow and shoulder hurting. No one would doubt it because of the work Roman puts in! Roman’s knees hurt, and so does his neck. But what else? His ankles have been bad since college. And his back… Heyman says just the weight of it all is making Roman’s back hurt, because Roman’s been carrying the WWE for YEARS!
But what if Roman’s back continues to hurt until the Royal Rumble? What if he can’t make it because of that? Pearce walks out and says this is going too far. Heyman says Pearce is being rude not even addressing Roman. Pearce says this is spiraling out of control, and Roman can’t believe he wants to talk about control. We know who is in control. But what’s out of control is that Pearce is going against Roman. That Pearce is doing a favor and putting Kevin back into the Universal title picture. And the fact that Pearce is favoring Kevin! This isn’t even really a favor. Pearce is Kevin’s BITCH! And he’s also Roman’s bitch.
But what Roman really can’t stand right now, is Pearce having the audacity coming out here and complaining about how his body feels. Pearce hasn’t been in a match for six YEARS, but he’s talking about how his body hurts. Pearce is next to the thoroughbred of the WWE, a man who does 52 weeks a year, multiple days a week! Roman never complained, never stopped and busts his ass for this place, and that is why Roman is who Roman is! And Pearce is going to complain, whine, MOAN about stuff? “No wonder you never made it to the WWE.” Heyman chuckles at that one.
Pearce asks if this is funny to Heyman. It is. Pearce can take it from Roman but he won’t take it from Heyman. Oh? Well that’s disrespectful. Disrespecting Heyman is disrespecting Roman. Heyman, straighten Pearce out. Heyman is given the mic to speak. Pearce disrespected the Tribal Chief and his family. Heyman’s known his family 15 years. Roman’s family would not be friends with someone who isn’t tough! Do you know what it is like to be a friend of the Anoa’i family? Everyone buys into Heyman’s persona, that he’s “impotent as a man.” Heyman’s from New York, he whoop yo’ ASS for disrespecting the chief. Wanna stare Heyman down?
Heyman may not be a lawyer but he’s from a synagogue full of them. In Florida, a verbal contract is BINDING. So if you want something big for the main event, how about this? Pearce VS PAUL HEYMAN! What?! Heyman offers a handshake, and Pearce TAKES IT! The challenge is accepted!! Pearce will have his first match in six years, against Paul E. Dangerously! Roman says at the end of the night, Pearce gets his ass kicked. #BelieveThat.
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
He has a sign with #JusticeForSami on it, and he brings out cuffs?! Sami is going to cuff himself to the ringside barriers as a form of protest because he is not part of tonight’s Intercontinental Championship! How will WWE officials respond to Sami’s sudden SmackDown sit-in?
SmackDown returns and Sami claims he is being victimized, but he will enter the Royal Rumble to counter it! Sami says he had Apollo Crews beat, though with hands somehow on Apollo’s tights. But then Apollo does the same thing back to him and Apollo wins?! That is not fair! But then the Empress of Tomorrow interrupts Sami with her entrance, followed by The Queen’s! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here!
Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay!
The Queens of Tomorrow have a lot going on as individuals on Raw, but they return to SmackDown to focus on their teamwork! Meanwhile, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott haven’t been able to focus with the Femme Fatale frantically interfering. Will Billie be a burden as the Squad has a chance at earning a championship opportunity?
As the teams sort out, Natalya and Tamina are watching from backstage. The bell rings as Charlotte and Ruby start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Charlotte pushes Ruby to ropes. Ruby pushes back but Charlotte headlocks and throws Ruby down. Ruby keeps her shoulders up, fights to her feet, but Asuka tags in. Charlotte snapmares Ruby, Asuka runs Ruby over with a shoulder! Asuka headlocks Ruby, Ruby fights up but Charlotte tags back in. The Queens of Tomorrow hand Ruby off and Charlotte bumps Ruby off buckles! Charlotte digs her boot into Ruby’s head but lets off at 4. Ruby flounders, Charlotte taunts her to reach for Liv, then CLUBS her down.
Charlotte looms over Ruby, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Ruby falls over, Billie protests on the apron but Charlotte runs her off. Ruby rushes at Charlotte but into an elbow! Liv tags in as Billie shouts at Charlotte! Ruby rushes Charlotte but is thrown out, and Charlotte grabs at Billie! Liv apron dropkicks Charlotte back in! Liv hurries up top and leaps to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie can’t believe she’s being helpful as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Charlotte blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Charlotte stomps away on Liv, backs off as the ref counts, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap on their screens, Charlotte scoops Liv but Liv slips out. Liv runs, Ruby tags in, Liv huricanranas and Ruby runs in to tilt-o-whirl! Charlotte blocks the headscissors but Ruby fires off forearms! Ruby goes up and gives Charlotte DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, Sami is still filming his protest, and the Squad double SLAMS Charlotte down! Cover, ONE! Liv tags Ruby back in, they stomp away on Charlotte in a corner, and then tag again.
Ruby and Liv bring Charlotte out, double whip but charlotte stops herself to kick and forearm and CHOP! Charlotte CHOPS away, throws Ruby into buckles then kicks Liv low! EXPLODER! And kip up! Charlotte fires up but misses Liv in the corner. Liv runs into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Asuka, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Ruby runs but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Liv dropkicks Charlotte and enziguris Asuka! But Asuka has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv tries to roll through but gets caught to a trapped-leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka kicks but misses, Liv rolls her to swing. Asuka blocks, reels Liv in, but Ruby tags!
Asuka lets Liv go to get Ruby, but Billie distracts! The O’Conner roll is rolled over but Billie argues too long! That costs Ruby, she has to kick Asuka! Liv saves Ruby from the hip attack but falls on Billie! Ruby SUPERKICKS but Asuka counters the Riott Kick to the pop-up KNEE! Asuka runs, tags Charlotte, CODE BREAKER to NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall
Billie went from helping to hindering the Squad again! Will this partnership fall apart before Billie’s very eyes?
Billie finds the Squad backstage.
She apologizes for, for… For what, Billie? Stopping Ruby from pinning Asuka? Messing this opportunity up for them?! Yeah… Well for someone who doesn’t mean to, she’s pretty good at it. Maybe that should be put on the resume. Well, all the great teams have overcome obstacles! Billie has good news, though. She talked to Sonya Deville and the Squad is in the Women’s Rumble match! They can practice throwing Billie out over the ropes! Billie can pretend to be Bianca or Mella! No, there is no “us” anymore. The Squad works better when it’s just Ruby and Liv. Sorry. Will Billie ever catch a break?
Daniel Bryan is here!
And he goes past Sami’s new sign, where SAMI is an acronym: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Clever. Bryan goes to the ring and fans join in the “YES!” fingers on their screens. Bryan says a week from this Sunday is one of the most unique and historic traditions in the WWE, the Royal Rumble match. And even saying that, this time of year, a chill goes down Bryan’s spine. It’s a little hard to explain why but Bryan will give it his best shot. “It’s the uncertainty of what number you’re going to. It’s watching the countdown for every superstar that comes out. It’s waiting for that buzzer to hit, for that music to play, for you to run down, nobody knows that you’re coming, and you don’t know who’s coming out next!
“It’s the exhilaration of competing against 29 other superstars that could go over an hour, and it’s every man for themselves.” One of the most challenging, grueling things you can do in the WWE, and that makes Bryan feel alive. Despite all the pain, all the uncertainty, it is absolutely worth it because the winner gets to face the champion of their choosing in the main event of WrestleMania! Bryan is very proud of his career, he’s accomplished a lot. But the one thing he has never done is win a Royal Rumble! Experts, commentary, Michael Cole even, will say- Cesaro interrupts!
Cesaro thought he beat some sense into Bryan last week, but here Bryan is again talking about how he’ll win the Rumble. Cesaro appreciates Bryan explaining the rules, but Cesaro could’ve done it better and in five languages. But that’s besides the point. Bryan is NOT winning this year’s Rumble, Cesaro is. As the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Cesaro is an expert on this. Bryan didn’t forget about the loss, but instead of talking, how about putting the mics down, and they can fight it out again? Cesaro says no. Cesaro is sick and tired of proving himself week after week doing the same thing over and over! He beat Bryan, and Bryan isn’t dressed for the occasion, Cesaro issues an open challenge! Anyone who has already declared for the Rumble, come on down!
The one to answer the open challenge is… Dolph Ziggler! One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions is here asking about the conversation. Ziggler has been in the second most Rumbles ever. Ziggler can go all night long, ask anyone. And aside from himself and his colleague, Robert Roode, there is no one that can go toe-to-toe with Ziggler except maybe Cesaro. No offense to Bryan but it ain’t 2014 anymore. But if we’re talking about a Rumble challenge, Ziggler wants to win to go to Mania and get paid! So Bryan, scoot over, and Cesaro, consider your challenge accepted. Will the Show-Off show up the Swiss Cyborg?
Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!
SmackDown returns and Bryan has joined commentary for this great match-up already underway. Ziggler has Cesaro down and has a leg, gets a cover, TWO! Cesaro gets a lateral press but Ziggler keeps his shoulder up. Cesaro pushes him around, gut wrenches and lifts but Ziggler resists by grabbing Cesaro’s leg again. Ziggler shifts, rolls, has a cover, ONE! Cesaro tries a cover, ONE! Cesaro waistlocks but Ziggler gets the ropes. Ziggler elbows Cesaro away then jumps on for a sleeper hold! Cesaro stays up, RAMS Ziggler into buckles and is free. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Ziggler with that EuroUpper! Ziggler flounders into a trip and then a SWISS SWING!
Cesaro brings Ziggler around and around for a count of 10, then maybe 15 even, or 20! Cesaro throws Ziggler, covers, TWO! Ziggler survives the swing, Cesaro stalks him to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST! Ziggler rolls Cesaro up, TWO! Cesaro back drops, Ziggler sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro sits on the cover, TWO! Ziggler sunsets, TWO! Cesaro, TWO! Ziggler, TOW! Cesaro high stacks, TWO! Ziggler pops him to a cover, TWO! SUPER- No, Cesaro blocks but uppercuts into a backslide,. Cesaro slips out, but into a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! And yes, Sami is still protesting. He’s even memeing! “Sami was robbed, change my mind.”
Cesaro and Ziggler slowly rise and Ziggler sleeper holds again! Cesaro gets up, shifts Ziggler from backpack to a front facelock, for a suplex! Ziggler knees free, kicks low then runs, into a pop-up! Ziggler tries to huricanrana, but Cesaro makes it a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Michael Cole points out this is two times in a row that Cesaro has beaten a former world champion! Will Cesaro take the Rumble and be a WrestleMania contender?
Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella!
It is very rare for WWE to do co-ed matches like this, and certain against a champion like The Boss against the sommelier in employment of The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island. Will Reginald ruin Sasha’s momentum towards the rematch with Mella?
SmackDown returns and Mella makes her entrance to accompany Reginald to the ring, two other assistants bringing the champagne and drinking glasses to the ring for them. Mella and the champagne join commentary as the bell rings. Sasha tells Reggie it’s time to put up or shut up, but Reggie presents her with an orange rose. Sasha accepts the rose but goes to slap Reggie! He blocks, only for Sasha to SLAP him with the other hand! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and uses the ropes to arm-drag, but Reggie handsprings through! Mella says that’s her Reggie! Reggie waistlocks but Sasha resists the lift and slips out the back to switch. Reggie does the same and rolls right out of the ring!
Reggie plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and does a back flip off the apron! But Sasha wrecks him with a baseball slide dropkick! Sasha whips Reggie at the steel steps but Reggie leaps up and over! Mella applauds the bit of flair, Sasha gives chase, they go in the ring and speed things up with hurdle for hurdle. Reggie shows off with that flip, Sasha goes up and springboards, but Reggie blocks the sunset flip! Reggie wheelbarrows Sasha but she turns that into a BULLDOG! Sasha wants Mella to see why she’s the boss, but Sasha misses the meteora to hit buckles! Sasha avoids Reggie’s elbow drop, Oklahoma roll but Reggie slips out!
Reggie avoids Sasha’s dropkick to bomb lift, but Sasha arm-drags free! Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she knees Reggie away! Sasha goes up, leaps, crossbody but Reggie holds her up! Reggie pops Sasha up but into another arm-drag! Reggie is sent out, Sasha hurries to the apron, METEORA! Sasha slaps the champagne out of Mella’s hand! Sasha goes back into the ring with Reggie, brings him in for a backstabber but he rolls through! Sasha kicks him, and knuckle locks to flip up and into another METEORA! Mella sneers but Sasha tilt-o-whirls and drags Reggie down by his arm! BANK STATEMENT!! Reggie taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
Sasha got her revenge on Reggie, and throws him out to Mella! Will Sasha do the same to the Princess at the Royal Rumble?
Roman Reigns sits in his private room.
Heyman says Roman was brilliant. They got Pearce! “We? What’re you talking about?” Heyman knew what Roman was up to, he fed right into it. Roman simply passed Heyman the mic to do what he does better than anyone, and that is verbally rip someone to shreds. Roman didn’t say Heyman should challenge Pearce to a match. But Heyman has stepped into it, so he has to do this. Roman didn’t hire some punk to be Special Counsel, he hired a man. So Heyman needs to go out there and represent Roman as a man and handle business. “Paul, be a man. Handle your business.” The Special Counsel has no words, will he have no defense against Pearce?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
Sami Zayn is irate as Big E taunts him with the belt. But Sami is not the champion’s concern, he’s taking on the man in the ring! Big E and Apollo have been in friendly competition, but after what Heyman told both of them over these last few weeks on Talking Smack, will all of that go out the window?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to #ThinkBig or go home!
Apollo rushes Big E but right into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Apollo goes to the apron, Big E follows and stomps him, to then run and APRON SPLASH! Big E is fired up and gets back in to run at Apollo. Apollo elbows back, BOOTS back, then runs, into a scoop! Apollo slips off, and ENZIGURIS! Big E wobbles into a BOOT! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps focus as he stalks Big E. Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES Big E! Apollo holds on to GERMAN again! Big E elbows over and over until he’s free, and he gets Apollo with the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he goes out after Apollo.
Big E and Apollo end up by the announce desk. Big E tells Apollo he’ll never make the mistake of disrespecting him again. Apollo pushes Big E away, then dodges him to go up the apron and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! Apollo gets Big E back in at the ring count of 8 then climbs up top! Big E hits Apollo first then climbs up to join him. Big E throws forearms, stands Apollo up, but Apollo resists the superplex! Apollo throws headbutts as fans clap on their screens! Big E falls back, Apollo adjusts, but Sami uncuffs himself! Sami’s strike is over as Apollo leaps to missile dropkick Big E!
Apollo resets but Sami HELLUVA KICKS him!! SAMI SCREWS APOLLO!
Winner: Apollo Crews by disqualification (Big E is still WWE Intercontinental Championship)
And then Sami HELLUVA KICKS Big E! And Sami has the nerve to talk about injustice! Sami says HE is the champion, but that this is what Big E and Apollo deserve! Will Sami get what he deserves soon enough?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“I showed up to work today, and I was told I couldn’t get into the building because Roman Reigns pulled some strings to make sure I wouldn’t be there. Roman, dude… It’s fine. But just know this: at the Royal Rumble, there’s no more strings for you to pull.” At the Rumble, they will settle this once and for all. And Roman calls Kevin “a cockroach that won’t die,” and tells him to just stop fighting, but Kevin can’t do that. Roman has yet to beat Kevin like the champion he claims to be. Roman did not earn those victories. The family did that for him.
And the other reason Kevin keeps fighting is this. Kevin has a lot of tattoos, and they all have a story behind them. He has his wife’s name on his wrist, his kids’ names on the other side, then one to remind him of his parents. Kevin fights for all of them, but he has tattoos on his knuckles. These are his grandfathers’ initials: M for Melvin, his dad’s dad, and P is for Pierre, his mom’s dad. Those men had Kevin’s back all the way. They were his biggest fans, and nothing made them happier than seeing Kevin in the ring. The biggest regret Kevin will have is that he didn’t make it to the WWE in time for them to see, because they both passed away just before.
But they will always be with Kevin. The mark they left on Kevin will always be there, because both men battled illnesses that should’ve made their lives a lot shorter. Those two men refused to quit, and because of that, Kevin was lucky to have many, many great years with them. So how can Kevin stop fighting? That is why Kevin will not stay away and why he will #JustKeepFighting. That is why come Royal Rumble, Kevin will be the Last Man Standing.
The Street Profits have a basket.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins see Ziggler talking with Sonya, and have a quick question: Are you ready~, ready~? This is a celebratory basket for congratulating Sonya on her new job and office! But don’t jump the gun! They’re not just congratulating her on the new gig. She sits next to Pearce, looking pretty, but they have business. It has been two, two weeks, since the Profits lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Ziggler & Roode, Entertainment Dysfunction. Put that on a t-shirt, it’ll make millions! But that aside, the Profits- Sonya knows they want their rematch. She’s so smart!
Sonya knows they were champions for 312 days, won two Slammy Awards, so yes they deserve a rematch. But Ford is still recovering from the leg injury. If he gets in that ring too soon, gets hurt and is out of action, that hurts SmackDown as a whole. So hear her out: For now, hang out, keep doing your segments to hype the show, and let another team get the opportunity. Then when Ford is 100%, he and Dawkins get back in the game and back in the title picture. Cool with t hat, fam? yeah, that’s cool. Golly, Sonya, thanks for your concern. Enjoy the basket! It’s expensive. But will the long wait really work out in the Profits’ favor?
Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
The Role Model wants The EST to prove she’s still got it when it comes to being the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, etc. Therefore, SmackDown is setting up a truly challenging obstacle course for them both to run! Who backs up their words, after the break?
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole presides over this special competition, and gives the introductions for Bianca, then for Bayley. Bayley takes over and says DING DONG, BYE Cole. This is her show now! And look, Bianca, this is what Bayley has for her. America Ninja Warrior ain’t got nothing on UAOCC! This is of course timed, starting right here with the “big ol’ 400 pound tractor tire,” which you only need to flip once. Go down the ramp, take on the short hurdles, climb the trio of military walls. And then Bayley even got advice from Chad Gable and Alpha Academy, he will put you through the full body test, the fireman’s carry!
But that’s not all! The very last challenge is grab the basketball, put it through the net, and time stops at the exact moment the ball exits the bottom of the net! The competitor with the shortest time is of course the winner! Let’s get the clock going, and Bayley wants to go first. Bianca says that’s fine, and we begin… NOW! Bayley flips the tire, hurries down the ramp, though not quite that quickly, and takes on the hop hurdles to go right at the military walls. The short one seems to throw her off, and she just weaves around them?! Is that allowed?
Bayley fireman’s carries Gable, and he seems to be heavier than he looks. Bianca “cheers” Bayley on as she goes from one end to another, then she gets the ball to DUNK- no, wait, there! Bayley finishes at 1:12. But she says she did Bianca a favor. “Let’s EST up this course,” all for Bianca. Oh, the hurdles are now full hurdles, and Bianca wraps her braid. GO! Bianca easily flips the tire, runs down the ramp., leaps the hurdles, leaps the walls, but she isn’t carrying Gable, but OTIS! Bianca has 40 seconds, she carries the 330 pound Otis with ease, then gets the ball and even dares Bayley to play D! She breaks ankles and DUNKS! She had 17 seconds to spare!
Winner: Bianca Belair
Sorry, Bayley, but that’s the power of the EST! Bayley is a sore loser and throws the ball at Bianca! And then hammers away with forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands but Bayley doesn’t care, as she POSTS Bianca and knocks down the basketball hoop! Bayley storms off, perhaps having proven she’s the meanest on the roster.
Rey Mysterio coaches Dominik backstage.
Rey reviews with Dom that Baron Corbin is a former boxer, so he has to watch out for the hands. Dom says Rey can trust him to have this. Dom is comfortable with his skills and has prepared. Okay, then we’ll do it his way. But if something goes wrong, they do it Rey’s way. That’s fair. Dom heads out, will he be able to trump the Wolf King?
Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
SmackDown returns as Corbin is already in the ring. Dominik makes his entrance, leaving Rey backstage so he can handle things. The bell rings and Dom circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Dom to a corner but Dom dodges the hands to throw hands of his own! Dom rams his shoulder in but Corbin shoves him away. Dom dropkicks but Corbin stays up. Dom whips, Corbin reverses but Dom wheelbarrows and throws Corbin out of the ring! The ring count climbs but Dom slingshots, only for Corbin to get clear and CLOBBER him! Corbin drags Dom up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Corbin already glares at the ref as he grows annoyed.
Corbin stalks Dom, drags him to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Corbin hops off at 4, then drags Dom up to throw body shots! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4 again, then stands Dom up. Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard! Dom bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Corbin takes his time bringing Dom back up. Corbin brings Dom around, reel shim in but Dom slips out to dropkick a leg! Corbin ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up but the call is blocked! Corbin drags Dom from ropes, yanks but Dom lands on his feet, only for Corbin to DECK him! Corbin reels Dom in and hits END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King wins because he did this his way! Will the Mysterios regroup and draw up a winning game plan?
Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns!
Scrap Daddy’s switcheroo not only got the better of the Special Counsel last week, it might be why he stuck his foot in his mouth this week! Will Pearce’s return to the ring also get the better of Paul E. Dangerously? Has the Head of the Table truly left Heyman hanging?
Heyman is taping his hands on his way to the ring, but stumbles off the steps? The ref checks on Heyman but he says he’s fine. Give him a minute to walk it off. Heyman fumbles on the steps again and Pearce smells a plot. After all, he let his “bum leg” be why Kevin Owens is back in the title match. And just as he knew, Heyman cites “card subject to change.” This was the trump card Heyman had up his sleeve! Roman did NOT leave the building, he’s heading to the ring! Now that the bait ‘n’ switch is on the other foot, will Scrap Daddy be scrap metal?
Adam Pearce VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Pearce the second he’s in the ring! This isn’t even a match because the bell hasn’t rung! Heyman says he has obviously found a suitable replacement, and Roman is pulling steps apart. Pearce throws a haymaker! Roman glares at Pearce, and LOW BLOW KICKS him! And then throws Pearce OVER the barriers! Roman is snarling as he goes around the way to drag Pearce up and throw him INTO ThunderDome screens! And then he drags Pearce up to throw heavy forearms! And then throws him into stage wall! Fans give thumbs down but that’s not going to save Pearce from Roman’s wrath!
Roman fireman’s carries Pearce and puts him on the upper level, the same place he threw Kevin off of. But speaking of, Kevin runs in and attacks Roman! Kevin saves Pearce as he throws haymakers and bumps Roman off barriers! Roman throws Kevin into screens, throws haymakers of his own, then they brawl to ringside! It’s Royal Rumble come early! Roman puts Kevin in the ring, storms in but into a USUPERKICK! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCH- NO! STUNNER from Kevin!! Kevin dares Roman to get back up! Roman sputters as he gets out of the ring but Kevin whips him into barriers! And clubs away on his back!
Referees rush out to try and stop this, and Kevin backs off to cool off. But then Kevin comes back to STOMP Roman into barriers! Roman flounders back up, referees try to talk Kevin down, and even Pat Buck, Pearce’s coworker. But Kevin gets past them to give Roman another STUNNER! Kevin wants Heyman to say something but Heyman has nothing to say! So Kevin brings Roman over, pops him up, POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Kevin is pulling steel steps apart! The refs keep him from bringing that over to Roman! Kevin says Roman’s lucky the officials are here to stop him, but it won’t happen at the Royal Rumble! Will Kevin truly #StunTheWorld when he is THE Last Man Standing?
A great SmackDown that honestly could’ve been a go-home to the Royal Rumble in some cases. Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad was good, but naturally the champions win, mostly because Billie was too involved. She has been kicked out of the Riott Squad, though she wasn’t really a member to begin with, but I feel like they could’ve gone another week, though. Natty & Tamina were watching backstage, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get a match with Charlotte & Asuka, even if they were to lose. The match of Sasha Banks VS Reginald was pretty good, mostly because Reggie is insanely athletic. Depending on how the story goes of him being Mella’s sommelier, maybe he can split off and get into like 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division to freshen things up a bit.
But of course Sasha wins, she’s the champion. I have a feeling this means the go-home sees Mella standing tall so that Sasha is still the favored to win. The “Ultimate” obstacle course challenge was very clearly going to be won by Bianca, but I commend Bayley for trying to rig it in her favor. Though, shouldn’t she have been penalized or even disqualified for outright skipping those military style walls? Pretty sure we’re getting a match between the two, and Bianca can sell the bad arm to “overcome” it and win, for big momentum going into the Women’s Rumble.
The Profits had a good segment with Sonya, and I like that, at least on the surface, Sonya is being a responsible official and having the Profits wait so they can be healed up. But I wonder if there will even be defenses in that time, as there aren’t many tag teams on SmackDown. It’s mostly the champs, the Profits, Cesaro-Nakamura, and maybe Alpha Academy, aka Gable & Otis. Dom VS Corbin felt like filler just to get things to what Rey was talking about last week, which should’ve just been what we got this week. Unless it was because the person they have in mind (Cain Velasquez) isn’t available right now because of some COVID concerns. That I’d understand.
Sami Zayn “protesting” this episode just so he’d be ringside for the Intercontinental Championship was a pretty good long game for the episode. Sami’s signs were clever, but it does seem a shame for what should’ve been a huge match. Maybe we get another Triple Threat for this title, and that is the way Big E loses. Though, I think it’d work well if Big E won, making his reign feel even bigger from having dealt with two contenders. After that, Big E can face just about anyone else on the roster, such as Nakamura, Cesaro or even Otis. And speaking of, Cesaro had a good promo with Bryan and a really good match with Ziggler, but I feel like all these wins are setting Cesaro up to not win the Rumble. But I said the same thing about Bryan making it his mission to win the reason he won’t, so maybe as far as SmackDown goes, it’s between the two of them as Rumble finalists.
And again, we got a lot of great stuff out of the Roman Reigns story. The opening promo segment was really good, it helped set up the main event, and gave a great tease of Pearce VS Heyman. But Heyman using the fake injury and “card subject to change” back on Pearce was also very clever, and naturally it was Roman who would beat Pearce up to get back at him for everything so far. Kevin had a really good promo, made a great save, and got to stand tall tonight with the table bomb. I’m curious as to Kevin’s part in the go-home next week. I can’t see him standing tall two weeks in a row just to keep the math in Roman’s favor, so maybe Roman turns this around to then defy the math and still retain the title. I’m pretty sure Roman does retain, and we leave it up to the Rumble to decide the rest.
My Score: 8.5/10
Cook: Breaking Down The 2021 NFL Conference Championship Games
This weekend is Conference Championship Sunday in the NFL, and Steve Cook is here to break it down and tell...
Chairshot Radio: NFL Conference Championships 
Platt and Balaz are back to give you their thoughts on everything NFL Playoffs.
Chairshot Picks: 2020-2021 NFL Conference Championship Picks
The NFL is down to their final four, and our crack staff here at The Chairshot has picks --who will...
Chairshot Radio: NFL Playoffs, UFC 257 McGregor vs Poirier 
PC Tunney gets you ready for this weekend's UFC 257 McGregor v Poirier and the NFL Conference Championships.
Texans or Eagles: Which NFL Head Coaching Vacancy Would You Take?
As NFL coaching vacancies get filled, two remain open, and Greg DeMarco decides which one he'd actually want to take...
Chairshot Radio: VH1 Behind The Soundbites Pt. 1 
Greg fuels his soundbite addiction with a special "Behind The Soundbites" edition of Chairshot Radio!
Bandwagon Nerds #62 – WandaVision is Here!
The Nerds review the debut of WandaVision, discuss some casting news in the MCU, and break down Netflix's announcement to...
BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies! (2018)
The Nerds start sliding back in the timeline again as we see them tackle Teen Titans Go! To the Movies!...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (1/14/21)
There's more in store for the Triforce Tournament!
Chairshot Radio: Motivation to Discipline 
Greg DeMarco uses his own personal fitness success story tp help you with the concept of Motivation to Discipline.
Mitchell’s Talking Smack Report! (1/23/21)
DING DONG, HELLO~! Talking Smack!
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)
And you thought last week was big!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
DWI Podcast #259: Circle the Wagons
PC, DP & AJ give their thoughts on the NFL Championship Games, WWE's Mania announcement and more Royal Rumble trivia.
POD is WAR: Kayfabe Princess
The truculent trio is back to discuss WWE's WrestleMania announcement, Hard To Kill and Brooklyn's 'Big 3".
Mtichell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/21/21)
Who is NXT UK's one true queen?
The #Miranda Show: Billie Kay’s Resume, Hard To Kill, WrestleMania and more!
How amazing are Billie Kay's resume & networking skills? Miranda uses her experience to discuss, plus Hard To Kill and...
BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: WarGames (1983)
The Nerds tackle WarGames! The movie from 1983, not the wrestling match. Global Thermonuclear War sounds like a fun game!...
Badlands Wrestling Mount Rushmores #68: REACH for the Stars
Omega Luke joins the show to discuss his wrestling career, and discusses a couple of Mount Rushmores!
Chairshot Radio: Ranking Bullet Club 
Rey Ca$h and Mags bring you #HeadTrauma Thursdays, as they rank all of the current Bullet Club members.