WWE Survivor Series returns to the classic Raw VS SmackDown!
WWE looks to see who is the #BestoftheBest between Raw and SmackDown! Champions face champions and the 5v5 teams battle to the last ones standing!
- Kickoff – WWE 24/7 Championship Turkey Trot: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa w/ ninjas VS Gobbledy Gooker; Gobbledy wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Kickoff – Dual Brand Battle Royal; The Miz wins.
- Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; Team Raw wins.
- The New Day VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Sami Zayn; Lashley wins.
- Asuka VS Sasha Banks; Banks wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Wile E. Ways: Gobbledy Gooker VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Wile E. Ways II: Akira Tozawa VS Gobbledy Gooker VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; Team Raw wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman; Reigns wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Survivor Series Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Booker T, John Bradshaw Layfield and Pete Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting the action as Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head once again!
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
On Talking Smack, he accused WWE of “false advertising,” saying this isn’t Champion VS Champion for Roman VS McIntyre but Champion VS Title Holder. Kayla wants to give him a chance to retract that statement. Is this her flirting? NO, he is not going to retract the statement. he will double down! Roman is THE Champion, “T H E E,” from Raw to SmackDown to NXT to all of sports entertainment.
To Heyman, McIntyre is a prop. McIntyre is the guy to sub in for promotional material. He is a temporary placeholder in Raw’s history, and a babysitter to that belt. Roman makes the championship. Roman brings the Universal Championship honor, prestige and legacy that no other man can. Tonight, the winner of tonight’s match is the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman… Reigns… Heyman goes into Roman’s private locker room, but will he be completely proven wrong tonight?
Bianca Belair joins the panel.
The EST replaces Rosenberg and JBL says the panel just won. Charly asks what Bianca brings to the table. Bianca says she is so excited to get in there and to again show us why she is The EST. She’s excited to win alongside her friends, Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan, and even with Natalya and even Bayley. But is this just a one night thing? Speaking of Natty, she joins in. And speaking of Bayley, she’s not the captain but neither is Bianca. Bayley is trying to find her relevance again. Well who is the leader, though? Well Natty is, she’s the #BOAT, the Best of All Time. No the first person to qualify should be in charge, and that was Bianca. Natty doesn’t want to be political but there were many reasons why Natty didn’t qualify first.
The experience Natty brings is the most valuable, because she’s had the most matches, the most wins, and the most matches at Survivor Series. She isn’t just the leader, but the BOAT. Oh, but what’s the most famous boat ever? Titanic, for sinking! Okay, thanks, Debbie Downer. The Titanic movie made tons of money! Well the BOAT better not sink tonight. Natty claps at Bianca and Bianca says, “Girl, uh-uh!” The name’s not even cute. Booker says “The Boat” isn’t so bad. Bianca claps back and Charly hopes they keep it civil. Natty claims Team SmackDown is just fine, unlike Team Raw. So long as Bianca behaves. Natty and Bianca head out, will Team SmackDown sink or swim here tonight?
Sami Zayn joins the panel.
He likes the mostly star-studded panel. One of these things is not like the other, *cough* Rosenberg. Sami doesn’t ask for much as a man of principle, and he just wants respect. They respect Sami. Booker likes Sami, he’s top 5 for sure. King asks Sami why his title is more prestigious than Lashley’s. Because the Intercontinental Championship represents all the countries, while the US Championship represents just one, and it’s rather depressing to say. Does Sami have something against the USA? Not the point. Sami is about the people, not the countries. The Intercontinental Championship has a work ethic that is respected by those who are in the working class. Booker says they need to cut away but Sami says that’s them cutting him off! Sami will not be disrespected, and he will win that respect when he beats Lashley tonight. But will he really?
R-Truth joins the panel!
Charly makes sure he knows this isn’t Raw Talk. Truth knows that. He wants to talk WWE celebrating the 30th anniversary of the “no doubt” Hall of Famer. So Truth took it upon himself to make his own tribute to this phenom. Roll tape! Wait, this is from Survivor Series 1990, but it’s the Gobbledy Gooker! “A superstar of superstars! The phenom!” Hall of Fame written all over that! King wants Truth to understand, this is about the Undertaker. That was the same night, but we’re talking about Taker. The undead, not dead on arrival. Well tell him that yourselves. What? Truth calls in GOBBLEDY! He’s still here?! And he does the dance with Truth. Truth almost dropped the action figure of his childhood hero, John Cena, when he saw this. Not that you could see it. But then Akira Tozawa and his ninjas are here! They spook Truth but Gobbledy rolls Truth up! GOBBLEDY WINS!!
Winner: The Gobbledy Gooker, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
“Gobble, gobble, baby~!” Gobbledy sounds a lot like Drew Gulak. Either way, the giant man turkey STOMPS Tozawa on his way out! Truth shouts, “When I catch you, I’m making you extra crispy!” And the chase is on! Will Truth get his baby back before Thanksgiving?
Dual Brand Battle Royal!
Raw’s Elias, Jeff Hardy, Ricochet, Angel Garza, Humberto Carrillo, Cedric Alexander, Shelton Benjamin, John Morrison and Mr. Money in the Bank, The Miz. SmackDown’s Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Kalisto, Chad Gable, Shinsuke Nakamura, Apollo Crews, Buddy Murphy, and both Rey and Dominik Mysterio. But only ONE can represent! Whose brand stands tall at the end?
The bell rings and it’s chaos! Hardy was actually clever to start on the outside for the sake of space. Dominik dodges Miz and Morrison, then clotheslines Morrison out to ELIMINATE him!! Dominik eliminates the Guru of Greatness and stuns the Hollywood A-Lister! Then Dom drags Miz up to dump him to the apron. Miz holds on and fights his way back in. Rey and Kalisto go luchador to luchador, Kalisto handsprings out of the spike-rana! Kalisto runs, handsprings and headscissors! Rey and Kalisto stare down, but the Hurt Business clobbers them both! Alexander drags Kalisto up and Benjamin stomps Rey down. Kalisto ends up on the apron and Alexander enziguris him down to ELIMINATE him! Roode clubs Rey, Garza clubs Murphy, Carrillo CHOPS Garza!
Alexander and Apollo struggle at ropes, Elias is of course after Hardy but so is Gable. Rey gets away and dropkicks Ziggler onto ropes! Roode grabs Rey, brings him up but Rey headscissors him to ropes. Rey dials it up into a SUPERKICK! Ziggler drags Rey up to throw him out and ELIMINATE him! Murphy clubs ZIggler but Roode goes after Murphy. Murphy fights them both off. Garza and Carrillo brawl cousin to cousin, Carrillo knuckle locks, CHOPS and goes up the ropes! Garza trips him up, Carrillo holds on but is blasted off! Garza ELIMINATES Carrillo! Roode and Ziggler are after Miz, and Ziggler even bites Miz’s fingers! Miz holds on for dear life, and meanwhile the Hurt Business work together to toss and ELIMINATE Garza!
Nakamura and Gable fight while the Hurt Business go after The Miz. Apollo and Murphy go muscle for muscle but the Hurt Business goes after them both. Ricochet goes after the Hurt Business with boots and elbows! Alexander tosses Ricochet out but Ricochet hits back. Ricochet shoulders into Benjamin, kicks Murphy away, then dumps Alexander out! They’re both on the apron, they brawl, Alexander ROUNDHOUSES but Ricochet blocks the superkick! HALF ‘N’ HALF, Ricochet ELIMINATES Alexander! But Benjamin KNEES Ricochet to ELIMINATE him! Apollo dumps Benjamin to ELIMINATE him!
Murphy rams Miz, Elias goes after Gable, Murphy throws Ziggler out. Ziggler holds on, brings Murphy out to join him, and both men skin the cat. Murphy ROCKS Ziggler and he flounders, Ziggler hits back. They brawl, Roode swings but misses! Murphy enziguris Roode, trips Ziggler, but Ziggler holds on! Roode BLASTS and ELIMINATES Murphy! Dominik blasts and ELIMINATES Roode! Ziggler is dragging Dom out while Gable ROLLING KICKS Elias down! Hardy and Gable go after Elias while Ziggler eggs Dom on. Dom and Ziggler brawl, Ziggler flounders. Nakamura stomps Miz, Dom DECKS Ziggler! Ziggler holds on and claws Dom’s eyes!
Ziggler gets up, and POSTS Dominik! Ziggler then runs side to side, but Dom dodges! Ziggler posts himself, Dominik dropkicks and ELIMINATES Ziggler! Miz bumps Nakamura, Elias CHOPS Miz, Apollo throws forearms. They pinball Miz between them, then they DOUBLE DECK Miz! Gable RAMS into Dom, Apollo clubs Nakamura and whips him to a corner. Nakamura knees back, puts Apollo up top and gives him a Top Shelf- No! Apollo moves and drags Nakamura up with a suplex! Nakamura fights that off, Elias runs over but into an elbow! Elias anchors Apollo, KINSHASA ELIMINATES Apollo! Hardy dropkicks Elias! And dropkicks Nakamura! Gable and Dom brawl in a corner while Hardy fights off the waistlock from Nakamura.
Hardy blocks a boot, puts Nakamura out but Nakamura roundhouses! Hardy jawbreakers, dropkicks and ELIMINATES Nakamura! Elias puts Hardy up top but Hardy fights back! Elias throws haymakers while Gable stomps Hardy. Elias Electric Chair lifts but Hardy fights out to fireman’s carry. Hardy puts Elias on the apron, he and Elias brawl, spin back kick ELIMINATES Elias! The final four are Hardy, Miz, Dominik and Gable, and Gable is stalking Hardy! Hardy sees him coming, and Gable sees Miz. Dom is up and everyone takes a corner. Raw and Raw, SmackDown and SmackDown, they brawl 2v2!
Miz knees low but Gable KNEES Hardy! Gable clotheslines and ELIMINATES Hardy! Miz gets Dom with the full nelson but Dom rolls out! Miz is on ropes, but he gets up to BOOT Dom! And BOOT Gable! Miz sees the fans giving thumbs down, but he doesn’t care. Miz says he is the Face of USA! And as Dom sits up, Miz gives him an IT Kick! And another! And another! And many, many more! Then powers up to BUZZSAW! Miz drags Dom up and smiles as he aims for ropes, but Dom reverses to throw Miz to the apron! Dom fires off haymakers, stomps away, and Miz stays up. Dom runs, but Miz rolls in just before the baseball slide! Miz goes out but he’s still in the match! Dom whips Gable but Gable reverses to put Dom on the apron!
Gable runs in but Dom shoulders back in. Dom slingshots up and over, builds speed but into a BELLY2BELLY! Gable holds on for another! And then a GERMAN! Dom hits hard, flounders about and Gable hurries after him. Gable hoists Dom up but Dom holds on! Dom throws body shots but Gable throws forearms. Gable whips, Dom goes up and over but Gable puts him on the apron. Dom ROCKS Gable, springboards and arm-drags! Gable ends up on ropes, Dom runs but the 619 is ducked! Gable waistlocks, Dom pushes off to disrupt Chaos Theory! Gable ends up on ropes again, Dom 619! Dom hurries to get Gable up and throw him out to ELIMINATE him! Dom thinks he’s won but he doesn’t know about Miz’s loophole! Miz throws Dom out and WINS!!
Winner: The Miz
The Face of USA finds a way to win for Raw! “Welcome to the big leagues, kid!” Miz wins one for the red brand, but will he be waiting in the shadows during the World VS Universal Champion match?
Baron Corbin talks with Kevin Owens backstage.
Real nice of him to finally show up. He could’ve showed up against The New Day. Is Kevin Team Blue or what? The team is a mess because Jey is a mess, Corbin isn’t going to trust Otis, and Seth Rollins just lost. So it’s really up to Corbin and Kevin to carry this team. So if Kevin works with Corbin, the king can get him opportunities, whatever he wants. So Kevin just has to follow Corbin’s lead? Well he’ll think about it. Oh thought about it. NOPE!
Billie Kay gives Corbin another resume. If he wants someone to help with mind games and strategy, call her because she studied psychology. Corbin’s silence is “No” enough for her. But will Team SmackDown work together well at all?
The best of the best will battle.
Champions take on champions. Stars take on stars. If you want to be the best of the best, you gotta walk the walk, talk the talk, and go against the best. The Boss and the Empress. The Scottish Stud and the Tribal Chief. Being the best means beating the best, even if that means putting aside egos. Tonight, the survivors will win, but there can only be one that lives forever. When it comes to Best of the Best, we honor THE best over the last THIRTY years! One last time, #ThankYouTaker.
Men’s Survivor Series 5v5 Elimination Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!
“Captain” AJ Styles leads the way for his phenomenal team of Braun Strowman, Sheamus, Keith Lee, and (Matt) Riddle! He takes the mic to say he is the “undisputed team captain,” and that he will not apologize for the victory they will have! “Bro…” Riddle makes his entrance, cutting off the rest of Styles’ speech. Then the Limitless One enters with his new theme song, followed by “BRAAAUN!” and the Celtic Warrior. Team SmackDown enters with Jey Uso first, then Kevin Owens, Otis, Seth Rollins, and King Corbin. The tension mounts between the teams, who comes out the strongest in this Survivor Series tradition?
The teams sort out, Strowman says Styles still isn’t captain, but we start with Jey and Styles. Jey and Styles circle, tie up, and Jey powers Styles to a corner. The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and Styles comes back. The two circle and tie up again, Jey headlocks but Styles powers up and powers out. Styles hurdles, drops down then dropkicks Jey down! Team Raw likes that as Styles whips Jey corner to corner. Jey stops himself to uppercut back! Jey throws another uppercut and Heyman likes what he sees backstage. Styles counters the superkick with a spin and also ducks the dragon whip kick, which Heyman doesn’t like. Styles waistlocks, Jey slips out and avoids the Pele! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!
Styles reaches up to huricanrana Jey down! Styles runs, but into a pop-up SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey drags Styles up, pushes him to the corner and tags in Corbin. Jey feeds Styles to Corbin’s clothesline! Corbin drags Styles up to ROCK him, then put him in a corner. Corbin whips Styles corner to corner, Styles goes out and Corbin gets buckles. Styles shoulders in, slingshots up but Corbin DECKS him! Tag to Otis and Otis runs in, only for Styles to dodge! Tag to Riddle and Riddle leaps on for a headlock. Otis powers up and out then runs him over! “Oh yeah~, bro!” Otis runs but Riddle leaps, into Otis’ arms!
Riddle goes after the arm for the double wristlock, but Otis powers out of that to suplex! Riddle slips around to get a sleeper backpack! Otis throws Riddle off, but Riddle KICKS! Otis just uses that to power up! Riddle KICKS again, Otis jiggles and gyrates! Riddle KICKS and KICKS but Otis blocks! Otis flips Riddle around! Then runs to drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Otis drags Riddle up and tags Kevin in. Kevin stomps Riddle’s legs, especially the bare feet! Riddle scramlbes away but Kevin drags him back to drop elbows and knees on the foot! Kevin drops a leg on the leg! Riddle flounders but Kevin grabs the foot for a toehold, literally! Kevin even headbutts the heel! Riddle gets the ropebreak, Kevin throws the foot down.
Kevin drags Riddle over but Riddle hits back. Riddle gets away and tags Sheamus in! Rollins barks at Kevin and says he wants in. Kevin tags Rollins, and Rollins stares Sheamus down. But then Rollins says this is for the greater good. He kneels before Sheamus?! His team doesn’t understand as Rollins shouts at Sheamus, “Do your part!” Sheamus fires up and BROGUES Rollins down!! cover, Sheamus ELIMINATES Rollins! Rollins just gave Raw the edge! Styles tags in but Team SmackDown regroups. Kevin says he should’ve known Rollins would be selfish trash. The team talks things out while Riddle tags back in. Sheamus and Styles argue with that, but SmackDown is arguing, too. Strowman tags in, goes around the way and the Express BLASTS Team SmackDown!
Strowman puts Corbin in, says they need to get on the same page and work as a team! Riddle tags in and KICKS away on Corbin! Corbin blocks to DECK Riddle! Tag to Keith and Corbin tags out to Otis. Keith likes this match up already! Otis and Keith circle, but Otis does a lot more jiggling and shaking. Keith and Otis tie up, go around in a deadlock, each pushing the other back a step. Otis gets Keith in a corner, Keith brings Otis out to headlock, but Otis endures the grind. Otis powers out, Keith rams Otis but Otis stays up! They collide again and again but neither man falls! Otis and Keith circle again as their teams fire up. Keith and Otis go again. Keith sends Otis to a corner but Otis dodges! Otis throws heavy hands, and blocks the Grizzly Magnum! Otis belly bumps and Keith isn’t amused.
Keith swings but into Otis’ arms. Keith powers out of the bearhug to fireman’s carry! But Otis slips off, to LIFT Keith! Keith fights out of that and he DECKS Otis! Tag to Braun, and the Raw behemoths work together to CLOBBER Otis! Strowman stares SmackDown down, headbutts Otis to the corner and fires off! The ref counts, Strowman CLUBS Otis down! Strowman brings Otis up but Otis ROCKS Strowman! Strowman rebounds to SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Tag to Styles and Styles brings Otis up. Otis jawbreakers free! Hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Styles to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Kevin whips, Styles kicks him back, but Kevin LARIATS! Kevin whips and back drops Styles high and hard!
Styles gets to a corner, Kevin tells Raw to “SUCK IT!” Kevin CHOPS Styles, whips him corner to corner but runs into a boot! Styles runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kevin hits Team Raw one member at a time before going back to Styles. Kevin whips styles, pops him up but Styles slips out! Styles boots and goes to the apron but Kevin DECKS him! Kevin runs but has to dodge Keith! STUNNER for Keith! STUNNER for Sheamus! And a STUNNER for Riddle! Styles hits the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles ELIMINATES Kevin! Raw is up 5-3 but Corbin reels Styles in, END OF DAYS! Cover, but Team Raw breaks it!
Sheamus decks Jey but Corbin throws hands on everyone! Sheamus gets a DEEP SIX! Corbin drags Styles up, reels him in but Styles slips out this time! Styles kicks and PELES! Tag to Riddle and he goes up top! FLOATING BRO! Cover, Riddle ELIMINATES Corbin! Raw is up 5-2 and that’s insane! But Jey goes after Riddle and they brawl! Riddle fires forearms, ROCKS Jey but Jey shoves him. Riddle roundhouses but Jey ducks it. Jey shoves Riddle to a corner, Riddle boots! Sheamus tags in to KNEE Jey down! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives but Sheamus has him on the apron. Sheamus brings Jey up, rips off the shirt and starts beating the Bodhrain! Jey flops down, Sheamus brings him back and he starts bragging and arguing. Jey ROCKS Sheamus with an uppercut, kicks, DRAGON WHIP!
Sheamus flounders and Jey crawls, hot tag to Otis! Otis runs Sheamus over! Otis blasts the corner, picks Styles up to EXPLODER! Otis gets Riddle with a DISCUS! Otis sees Keith coming and gives HIM an EXPLODER?! Sheamus is up top, but leaps into an EXPLODER! “OH YEAH~!” Strowman tags in and now Monster meets Dozer! They circle, run, ram shoulders and then again! Strowman BOOTS Otis down but Otis gets right up!? Strowman runs but misses, Otis scoops him!? For a SLAM! Otis pumps it up and hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis goes up the corner now, but Riddle anchors him! Otis shoves Riddle away, Strowman scoops Otis for the MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Otis!!
Jey SUPERKICKS Strowman, SUPERKICKS Sheamus, and SUPERKICKS Keith! Riddle leaps up and over Jey, to FINAL FLASH! SUPERKICK from Jey! SmackDown’s last man FLIES out to bowl Team Raw over!! Heyman is actually impressed as Jey rams Riddle into steel steps! And then SUPERKICKS Sheamus! And SUPERKICKS Keith! The ring count is climbing but Jey gets in at 8. Jey aims at Strowman in the corner and fires himself up! “UCE! OH!” But Jey runs into Strowman’s scoop! Jey slips out to POST Strowman! Styles tags in, Jey dodges to SUPERKICK! Jey heads for the corner, climbs up top, but Jordan drags Styles away! The Usos Splash flops but Jey SUPERKICKS Strowman!
Styles forearms Jey away, springboards again, but into a SUPERKICK! Keith tags in before Styles flops down! Jey goes to a corner again, but Keith catches Jey out of the air!! BIG BANG, SPIRIT BOMB!! Team Raw wins!!
Winners: Team Raw, by pinfall, 5-0
A clean sweep and Heyman is in fear for his life! Styles and the team celebrate, and even Strowman and Sheamus laugh and hug it out! The team poses together, will they go down as one of the best teams in Survivor Series history?
The New Day VS The Street Profits!
AWWWW~ ThunderDooome~! Big E is still giving ya bois, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, an introduction despite being on different brands! He and the Raw Tag Team Champions also have their Gears of War armor as they make their entrance! But will this prepare them for the war they’re about to have with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins? Or will there be a new #BestoftheBest in the WWE Tag Division?
The Profits are backstage with a remix of the funeral dirge. Ford turns up to then say 30 years ago today, one of the greatest legacies ever was born at Survivor Series! It was THE UNDERTAKER! For three decades, the Deadman dug holes and took souls against some of the other greatest names ever! Mankind, the Heartbreak Kid, Diesel and even Triple H! Oh and even Taker’s own brother, Kane. But tonight, on this historic night, the Profits are starting their own legacy against the New Day! For more than half a decade, they were the BEST OF THE BEST OF THE BEST in the tag team division! TEN tag title reigns, hosts of WrestleMania, and Kofi even won his first world title AT Mania. Hell, they even made a time machine!
But they know that tonight, the Profits aren’t here to play games or get some Booty O’s. The New Day doesn’t need to hand over the torch, the Profits are taking it. The Profits are up, but this is Survivor Series. “WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!” The Profits make their entrance as fired up as ever, and we finally have our first Raw VS SmackDown champions match!
The teams sort out and Dawkins starts with Woods. They circle and tie up, go around, and then break. Ford is fired up for Dawkins as he and Woods go again. Woods wrenches, tags Kofi but Dawkins gets away fast. Kofi and Dawkins circle now, tie up, and Dawkins wrenches. Tag to Ford but Kofi gets away now. Kofi and Ford circle now, tie up and Kofi waistlocks. Ford wrenches to a wristlock, headlocks, but Kofi endures the grind. Kofi powers up and powers out, Ford runs him over! Ford goes MJ and then runs, but Kofi stays down then hurdles up and up, but into a waistlock! Ford back suplexes, Kofi lands on his feet and dodges but now Ford hurdles, hurdles, only to dropkick into a takedown! Ford boots Kofi out, Kofi hurries back in, but into an ENZIGURI!
Ford puts Kofi in the corner, tag to Dawkins, Profits double whip and double FLAPJACK! Dawkins runs to BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Kofi with an armlock. Kofi fights his way up, Dawkins wrenches to a wristlock, tag to Ford. Dawkins whips, Ford drops and Dawkins runs Kofi over! Back suplex splash but Kofi BOOTS! Kofi dumps Dawkins out, Ford runs in but is sent out! Kofi builds speed and FLIES to take out Ford! Dawkins got clear but Woods crossbodies him down! Woods says the Profits are down! Woods says they are not prepared for the New Day beating! Kofi puts Ford in, wrenches and clubs him to the corner and he fires off hands! Woods tags in, the New Day mug Ford with those body shots! Woods drags Ford up, throws more body shots, then Kofi tags in.
The mugging continues with even more body shots! Kofi drags Ford up, RAMS his shoulder in, and then again! Kofi tags Woods, feeds Ford to a mule kick, then another! Then a kitchen sink knee! Woods pump handles for the GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ford grits his teeth but Woods throws clubbing crossfaces. Woods digs a knee into Ford’s side for this modified camel clutch! Ford sees Kofi grab the red Solo cup to mock him with it! Kofi KICKS the cup! Ford fights his way up, throws body shots but Woods headlocks. Wood shoves Ford to rolling elbow to the stomach! Woods kicks Ford to the ropes, tags in Kofi, and the New Day stand on Ford’s back like a skateboard! Kofi stomps Ford down, covers, TWO!
Kofi wraps Ford up in a bearhug but Ford endures. Dawkins coaches Ford up, Ford reaches for him as he fights up. Kofi keeps Ford away, kicks the ribs again, then taunts Dawkins. Kofi throws haymakers, kicks, but then Ford dodges! Kofi grabs Ford quick, Ford keeps reaching, but Ford spins to SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but the fans rally up on their screens. Hot tags to Woods and Dawkins! The Curse of Greatness unloads on Woods, big flying elbow! FLAPJACK for Kofi, EXPLODER for Woods! Kofi runs in to an EXPLODER, too! Dawkins gives Woods a cyclone splash! Dawkins gives Kofi one, too! Dawkins spins Woods to underhook, ANARCHY BUTTERFLY! Cover, TWO!
Dawkins keeps on Woods and tags in Ford. Dawkins whips Ford in but Woods puts Ford out. Woods boots Dawkins, rolls, but the Honor Roll is turned into a pop-up GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Dawkins, they whip Woods to the corner, cyclone splash from Dawkins, and one from Ford! ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives and Dawkins is shocked! Dawkins drags Woods up, brings him over and tags in Ford. Ford scoops Woods and Dawkins climbs. Woods shoves Ford into Dawkins and Dawkins lands on his greatness. Tag to Kofi and the New Day show them how it’s done! MIDNIGHT HOUR!! Cover, TWO!?! Perhaps that’s the difference of having Big E be part of that move!
Kofi stomps Ford then hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! And another! And then a Penalty Kick, for a THIRD Boom Drop! Kofi aims from the corner, claps it up, and waits as Ford stands. Dawkins anchors a foot and Ford shotgun dropkicks! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits coordinate, ANOINTMENT, FROM THE HEAVENS! But the bad ribs keep Ford from making a cover! Cover, TWO!! The New Day knew what they were doing with those attacks on his stomach! Ford has wild eyes as he drags Kofi up. Kofi hits SOS!! Cover, Dawkins breaks it! Woods leaps in to missile dropkick Dawkins down! Kofi grits his teeth as he tags Woods back in.
Kofi aims at Ford, but Ford ducks Trouble to STEAL Trouble in Paradise! But Woods pops Ford up for a GUT BUSTER DROP!! Cover, TWO!!! Ford survives and Woods grits his teeth! Woods grabs Ford, Ford pushes him away, but Woods stalks up behind him. Woods CHOPS Ford to the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up to join him. Ford resists the superplex, throws body shots, and Dawkins tags in as Ford shoves Woods! Woods goes back up, Dawkins gets him for an Electric Chair! BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY!! Cover, the Profits win!!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Is it true?! Have the young Tag Team Triple Crown champions just added another crowning achievement to the resume? The Profits just beat the New Day! Is the proverbial torch now in their hands?! Whatever is to come, there is still respect between these men. Will we see this match again down the line?
The SmackDown Women’s Team is arguing.
Bayley has a “Captain” armband but it seems she went and did that on her own. They don’t like that, but they all still agree to putting their hands in. Sorta. Meanwhile, Nia Jax tells Team Raw to NOT tag Lana, no matter what! Will one of these teams be able to hold it together for the sake of the brand?
Bobby Lashley w/ The Hurt Business VS Sami Zayn!
The Hurt Business has heard what “the Champion of the People” has said about the differences between the United States Championship and the Intercontinental Championship. Sami likes to think he represents all the people of the world while the Rocky Mountain Machine only represents one nation. But who will best represent their brands as they go head to head?
The bell rings and Sami uses the ropes as defense. The ref has Lashley stay back and Sami says Hurt Business at ringside doesn’t scare him. Sami is wary of Lashley, though, as he stays by ropes. Sami even swipes at Alexander but that doesn’t bother Alexander. Lashley keeps Sami cornered so Sami bails out. Sami dares the Hurt Business to do something. They’re not getting in his head, but Lashley clobbers Sami from behind! Lashley puts Sami in, Sami stomps away! Sami throws haymakers, jabs, and then whips. Lashley runs through Sami’s clothesline to LARIAT Sami down! Lashley bumps Sami off buckles, brings him up and bumps him off buckles again.
Lashley stalks Sami to a corner, throws elbows, then whips Sami corner to corner hard! Sami bounces off buckles and hits the mat! Lashley drags Sami up and TOSSES him across the way! Sami bails out, staggers around and he wants his belt back so he can leave. The Hurt Business refuses to move, so Lashley drags Sami up by his hair! Sami hotshots then clobbers Lashley from behind! Sami has Lashley on the ropes and he chokes Lashley! Sami taunts MVP but MVP says Sami is only making this worse for himself. Sami hops up to leap and elbow Lashley down! Cover, ONE! Sami drags Lashley up, throws haymakers, then goes back to the corner. Sami leaps, into Lashley’s arms for an EXPLODER!
Lashley stalks up behind Sami as Sami flounders to a corner. Lashley RAMS Sami over and over! Lashley runs to RAM even deeper in! Lashley turns Sami and hits a neckbreaker! Sami drags himself to a corner. MVP tells Lashley to make Sami pay for the trash talk. Lashley runs in, but Sami BOOTS him! Sami kicks and facelocks, but Lashley suplexes him first! And holds Sami up for a count of 10 before dropping him! Sami flounders to ropes, Lashley steps closer but Sami says he has vertigo! But it’s to fake Lashley out and roll him up! TWO, and Lashley hits a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT!
Sami flounders out and the Hurt Business is there to talk trash to Sami. Sami dares them to do more than talk, and he shoves Alexander! Benjamin keeps Alexander back and Lashley CLOBBERS Sami! Lashley RAMS Sami into barriers! The ref has the Hurt Business back away, and Lashley puts Sami in. Sami gets back out but MVP is in his way. Sami flounders up and over the barriers but Lashley drags him back to ringside! Lashley throws Sami into barriers! Lashley hoists Sami up to then fireman’s carry, but Sami slips off to POST him! MVP fans Lashley off but Sami gets in the ring at 7! Lashley is in at 9.5! Sami is beside himself, but he drags Lashley up to throw him out!
Sami goes after a corner crossbar but Benjamin and Alexander stop him. Benjamin tries to fix the bar but the ref has him stay back. Sami runs at Lashley, but into a MILE HIGH SPINE BUSTER! Lashley drags Sami up to whip, but Sami holds ropes to bail out! Sami thinks he has a clear path to the ramp but MVP is there. Sami falls over and says MVP tripped him! The ref is too busy with Lashley to figure out who is telling the truth, but MVP puts Sami in the ring! Sami is furious, but Lashley puts him in the HURT LOCK!! Sami taps, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
United States, around the world, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, strength is strength! And Lashley was too strong for Sami to beat one way or another! Will the Hurt Business prove they are the best in WWE today?
The Usos talk backstage as Heyman walks over.
Roman follows Heyman out and Jey says his teammates weren’t listening. Roman didn’t ask for excuses. You still lost. Jimmy wants Roman to cut Jey a break. Roman didn’t ask Jimmy to be here. Jimmy says he and Jey should just go. Roman says Jey isn’t going anyway. Jimmy can leave, but Jey will stay. Jey stays, and Roman says Jey lost because he can’t control a team. Jey can’t control a team because they don’t fear him. And they don’t fear Jey because they don’t respect Jey. If they don’t respect Jey, they disrespect Roman. If they don’t respect Roman, they don’t respect the family. And if Jey can’t make them respect the family, then Jey has no place at the table. Roman tells Jey to leave. Go be with Jimmy and get out of the arena. Roman has no time for losers tonight. Heyman closes the door behind them, is Jey truly on the outside looking in?
Asuka VS Sasha Banks!
Not only is this the Raw Women’s Champion VS the SmackDown Women’s Champion, this is a battle of Women’s Grand Slam winners! Will the Boss be ready for the Empress? Or is it as it has always been? Is NO ONE ready for Asuka?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Asuka spins through to get a top wristlock. Sasha spins through to arm-drag then armlock. Asuka headscissors and squeezes, but Sasha rolls to get a headlock. Asuka fights up, throws body shots and powers out. Sasha rams Asuka but Asuka stays up. The two fire up, Sasha shoves and Asuka shoves back! Sasha avoids the pop-up to hip toss, cover, ONE! Sasha stays on Asuka with a chinlock, Asuka pries at part of the hold but Sasha stays on the arm. Sasha wrenches, has a top wristlock of her own, but Asuka slips through to go for a fireman’s. Sasha stays up, rolls Asuka through and wants the armbar!
Asuka clasps hands to resist so Sasha changes to a short arm scissor. Asuka endures, Sasha rolls but Asuka rolls her, repeat! They roll and roll, BANK STATEMENT! But Asuka pries the crossface apart already, only for Sasha to ghost pin! TWO, another try, TWO! Sasha clamps right on but Asuka uses the fireman’s carry takedown! Asuka has the chicken wing but Sasha resists the takedown! Sasha scrambles, wrenches the arm and tortures fingers! ELBOW BREAKER! Asuka bumps Sasha off the backstabber but Sasha tilt-o-whirls to BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Asuka rolls away and bails out to catch her breath. Sasha brags this is why she’s the standard in WWE.
Sasha holds the ropes but Asuka goes under. Sasha tries to drop elbows but Asuka keeps rolling. Asuka kicks Sasha back from the mat, then sidesteps Sasha to follow and hip attack! Now Sasha bails out, and Asuka tells her to kiss this! Asuka holds the ropes open for Sasha now as the ring count climbs. Sasha swipes at Asuka but Asuka gets away. Asuka dances around and Sasha gets in at 6. Sasha runs at Asuka, Asuka waistlocks but Sasha bucks her away. Sasha runs but into a roll, into an ANKLE LOCK! Sasha rolls but can’t get away! Asuka brings Sasha up to KICK, KICK, and SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Sasha survives but Asuka goes after the arm again.
Sasha endures, fights her way up and Asuka throws elbows. Asuka stomps away on Sasha’s shoulder then grinds on the armlock again. Sasha fights her way up, throws forearms, but Asuka throws them back! Asuka pops Sasha up to the KNEE! Cover, TWO! Asuka smirks as she looms over Sasha. Asuka KICKS, and KICKS and then runs, but Sasha catches the sliding kick to turn Asuka over! Sasha goes after an arm in a deep clutch! Asuka fights up, Sasha shifts to a cobra twist! Asuka continues to fight up, hip tosses Sasha off and then Sasha tilt-o-whirls back into the twist! Sasha changes it to an OCTOPUS! Asuka powers her way to ram Sasha into buckles! Asuka runs back in but Sasha BOOTS!
Sasha runs, Asuka follows but Sasha dodges to rebound and headscissor Asuka out! Asuka sits up, Sasha runs but into a kick! Sasha blocks it! Sasha goes to the apron to join Asuka, and knees, only for Asuka to block! ANKLE LOCK! Then trapped leg, but Sasha elbows free of the waistlock! Asuka BOOTS Sasha down! Sasha gets up, Asuka hip attacks her off! Asuka takes a moment to catch her breath before going after Sasha. Asuka puts Sasha in the ring but Sasha swings to kick Asuka back! The ring count is 6 but Sasha baseball slide dropkicks Asuka down! The count resets as Sasha goes to suplex. Asuka blocks, puts Sasha on barriers but Sasha boots back! Sasha leaps into a CODE BREAKER! Both women are down with the count passing 5! Asuka stirs, Sasha stands, both women are in at 9!!
Asuka hurries after Sasha to cover, TWO! Sasha covers Asuka, TWO! Both women go to opposite ends and Sasha goes to the apron. Asuka gets up, runs over and hip attacks, but misses! Sasha enziguris, then hits a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and flounders to a corner! Sasha can’t believe it, but she gets up and runs, to BOOT WASH! Sasha goes corner to corner to METEORA! Sasha goes up top now, leaps, but she sees Asuka’s knees coming and blocks them! Sasha rolls Asuka back to drop down for the BANK STATEMENT! Asuka endures the crossface, claws and reaches around, and powers up to pry free! Asuka has a chicken wing and Sasha flails!
Sasha gets up, spins around and ends up on the apron. Asuka KICKS and DRAPING CODE BREAKERS! Cover, TWO!?! Asuka can’t believe Sasha survives! Sasha rolls away, Asuka fires herself back up and brings Sasha out to slam her, then roll to an ANKLE LOCK! Sasha rolls, Asuka sits, ONE! Sasha sits on Asuka, TWO! Sunset flip from Sasha, TWO! Asuka has the prawn, TWO! Sasha has the sunset, TWO!! Sasha blocks a kick to KNEE! But then swings into a backslide!! TWO, BUZZSAW! Asuka runs, Sasha throws her down to a cover! SASHA WINS!!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by pinfall
The Boss takes The Empress by surprise and takes the victory! Asuka can’t believe it, but is she really not the best women’s champion in WWE today?
WWE Media catches up with Gobbledy Gooker.
The new 24/7 Champion finds a trail of bird seed leading to a big pile. Gobbledy figures he’s won a free meal on top of that title. Gobbledy throws the seed all over, Tozawa pops out of a trunk! Roll up, Tozawa wins!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Tozawa celebrates but R-Truth sneaks up and SMASHES a whole bag of bird seed on Tozawa’s head! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Truth clicks his heels in celebration, and then shouts to Gobbledy, “Happy 30th Anniversary!” Truth runs off into the night, a FORTY-FIVE time champion! Will Truth have this title all the way to the holidays?
Women’s Survivor Series 5v5 Elimination Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions “lead” the Sassy Southern Bell, the Venus Flytrap and the Ravishing Russian against “Captain” Bayley, the #BOAT Natalya, the EST Bianca Belair, and both members of the Riott Squad. But given how Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler treated their original teammates, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke, will Raw fall apart like a house of cards?
The teams sort out and Bayley starts against Lacey. Lacey mocks Bayley not having a title anymore, but Bayley says Lacey has never even had one so whatever. They tie up, Bayley fires off body shots but Lacey puts her in a corner to stomp away. Lacey wipes off with her handkerchief then throws it at Bayley. Bayley kicks back then bumps Lacey off buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty stomps Lacey. Natty hits a headlock takeover but Lacey headscissors. Natty pops out but Lacey kips up. Natty whips, Lacey reverses to send her to an open corner. Lacey runs in but Natty dodges to then bring Lacey up, rebound and sit her down! Natty walks all over Natty, comes back and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Lacey tags in Peyton but Natty rolls her up! TWO, Natty drags Peyton over to tag in Bianca. Bianca and Natty double suplex and hold Peyton up to do double squats! They drop Peyton down, Bianca kips up and runs to handspring and splash! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv Morgan, who blocks a kick, ducks a kick by going Matrix, then rolls Peyton up! TWO, Liv scoops but Peyton slips off. Peyton swings, Liv dodges, double clotheslines take them both down! Liv and Peyton crawl, tag to Ruby Riott! Peyton drop toeholds Ruby and tags in Shayna! Ruby gets a waistlock but Shayna sweeps the legs. Ruby fake Shayna out to kick low and run, but into a a swinging BACKBREAKER!
Shayna KICKS Ruby, and again! And again, almost taking Ruby’s head off! Ruby ducks the next one to roll Shayna up, TWO! Shayna swings, Ruby dodges but runs into a tilt-o-whirl, to turn that into a cording hold and furious forearms! Nia tags in and Ruby is wary. Ruby backs up, Bayley tags in, and the entire team mugs Nia! Nia pushes Bayley and Liv away, scoops Liv up but Liv slips to a sleeper! Nia throws her off, and LANA tags herself in!! Liv dodges Lana, kicks low but Lana trips Liv! Jackknife, Liv bridges out and spins Lana, but Lana slips out of the backslide to ROUNDHOUSE! Natty tags in before Lana can follow up.
Natty and Lana have beef from the last time they were both on Raw, and they tie up! Natty headlocks, Lana powers out but Natty runs her over! Natty runs, Lana stays down but then hurdles and comes back. Natty blocks the hip toss but so does Lana! Dragon’s lair, TWO! Ghost pin, ONE! Lana kicks low, pushes Natty to a corner and fires off knees! Lana snapmares Natty and KICKS her! Lana runs, and BOOTS Natty down! Cover, TWO! Lana drags Natty back up, brings her over, and holds a hand out. Lacey doesn’t want to tag Lana but Nia tags in. Nia and Shayna tell Lana to stay on the steps and not even be available to tag. Lana is doing her best not to cry from being bullied by her entire team.
Peyton tags in now and she circles with Bayley. Bayley points out how Raw sucks and SmackDown rules just on how united they are. Peyton seems to mock their cheering, then she ties up with Bayley. Bayley knees low and fires off clubbing forearms! Peyton pushes Bayley away but Bayley bumps her off buckles. Bayley stomps a mudhole into Peyton but lets off as the ref counts. The team seems to let Bayley say she’s captain and she snap suplexes Peyton down. Cover, TWO, but Bayley pushes Peyton around. Bayley brings Peyton up but Peyton ENZIGURIS! Peyton throws Bayley to the apron, and gets her in a Motorcycle Stretch in the ropes! Peyton lets off at 4, but Bayley picks Peyton up to put in a corner!
Tag to Bianca, Bianca trophy lifts Peyton and carries her around, before hitting snake eyes! Tag to Bayley, she goes up top, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Lacey breaks it! Natty DISCUS LARIATS Lacey! Shayna BOOTS Natty, Bianca SPINE BUSTERS Shayna! Nia runs Bianca and shoves her out of the ring, but Ruby enziguris! Nia whips Ruby away, Liv leaps! Nia pops Liv up but Ruby saves Liv. Nia shoves the squad down, but Bayley chop blocks Nia then KNEES her out! Eveyrone else is outside except for Bayley and Lana. Bayley laughs at Lana as she says, “Watch this!” Bayley climbs up but Peyton HEEL KICKS her first! The teams are scrapping, Peyton drags Bayley up top! SUPERPLEX onto the cluster!! The only one left standing is Lana because she wasn’t anywhere close!
Peyton flounders up, drags Bayley up and into the ring at 7, and then reels Bayley in for DEJA VU!! Cover, Peyton ELIMINATES Bayley! SmackDown is without its captain! Lana cheers her team on, Natty swings on Peyton but Peyton rolls her up! TWO, Peyton knees Natty! Peyton whips Natty but Natty reverses, only for Peyton to reverse! Peyton elbows, kicks and kicks, then HEEL KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives, Peyton grits her teeth and pushes Natty to a corner. Natty dodges, puts Peyton in the atomic sit down! But Peyton rolls Natty out of the dropkick to a HALF CRAB! Natty endures, crawls, and Bianca reaches for her! The team gets the ropebreak!
Peyton kicks at Bianca but Natty CLUBS Peyton! Natty gets Peyton’s legs for a modified deathlock! And then the arms, Surfboard roll, STOMP! SHARPSHOOTER! Peyton taps, Natty ELIMINATES her! SmackDown and Raw are even now at 4-4! But Lacey gets in to kick and bump Natty then stomp away! Lacey whips, Natty reverses but Lacey LARIATS! Lacey puts Natty in a drop zone, goes up, SASSIEST MOONSAULT- FLOPS!! Natty has the legs again, Lacey flails and Shayna runs in! Natty gets Shayna now, but the WOMAN’S RIGHT gets Natty!! Cover, Lacey ELIMINATES Natty! Raw leads 4-3, no captain or boat for SmackDown!
Bianca throws Lacey down, dodges a sweep but Lacey kicks and clotheslines! Lacey blasts the Squad but Bianca rolls her up! TWO, Bianca dodges the right to chicken wing, for a GlamEST Slam! Bianca goes up top now, but Shayna distracts! Lacey trips Bianca up, she and Bianca brawl, and Lacey bounces Bianca off the post! Lacey brings Bianca up, for a SASSY SPANISH FLY!! Cover, the Squad breaks it!! Lacey crawls to her corner but so does Bianca. HOt tags to Nia and Ruby! Ruby throws forearms but Nia just shoves her away. Tag to Liv, she dodges but can’t roll Nia up! Nia throws Liv to the corner, Ruby tags back in! Ruby’s crossbody gets SWATTED, Liv tags in! Nia doesn’t get this, but Liv headlocks.
Ruby tags in, Liv chop blocks and Ruby KNEES! Liv runs, shotgun dropkick! Ruby headlocks, Liv tags back in, and the Squad mugs Nia! Tag back to Ruby, the Squad whips Ruby in but Ruby’s put on the apron. Liv body blocks, Ruby tags back in, wrench and LIV BREAKER to RIOTT KICK! Tag to Shayna, Ruby gets around her but Shayna powers out to power Ruby to the open corner! Shayna fires off, and KNEES Ruby down! Liv talks trash, Shayna sliding KICKS Ruby! Cover, TWO! Shayna gets the arm and lets her hair down! Ruby avoids being crushed, Shayna BOOTS Liv! Ruby rolls Shayna, TWO!!
Ruby elbows Shayna away, kicks her then hops up! Ruby leaps, but into the KIRAFUDA! Liv reaches but that’s too far away! Nia yanks Liv down, but Ruby rolls to a cover! She would’ve eliminated Shayna by now!! The ref finally sees it, TWO! Ruby is OUT from the submission, Shayna covers her, Shayna ELIMINATES Ruby! Raw leads 4-2 and Shayna smirks. Liv gets in with a lot of fire but Lacey tags in. Lacey runs into a drop toehold Liv dribbles Lacey’s head off the mat! Liv shrieks before she ENZIGURIS! Liv runs at Lacey in a corner, back body block! And then a step-up STOMP! Bianca is back and fired up for Liv as she stomps away on Lacey!
Liv goes up, leaps, missile dropkick! Lacey gets up, Liv hops on, CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, Liv ELIMINATES Lacey! Lana wants to step up but Nia and Shayna tell her NO! So now we’re 3-2, but the tag champs get face to face with Liv and Bianca. Bianca and Shayna back off, and Liv shouts at Nia, “BRING IT, BITCH!” Liv fires off forearms, Nia shove her so Liv DECKS Shayna! Nia scoops, Liv slips out and kicks a leg! Liv runs, to spin around and DDT! Nia wobbles, Liv keeps moving to enziguri! Nia still stays up, Liv jumps up but the breaker is blocked! SAMOAN DROP!! Cover while Shayna trips up Bianca, Nia ELIMINATES Liv! Bianca sees she is now the loneliEST woman in this match.
Shayna and Nia surround Bianca, and Bianca slowly stands up. Bianca DECKS Shayna, hurdles over Nia and RAMS into her! Bianca rams Nia again and again, whips but Nia reverses. Bianca goes up and over, handsprings and leaps, and Nia can’t keep up! Bianca dropkicks, kips up and throws forearm after forearm! Bianca runs, splashes but onto knees! Nia scoops Bianca, and SLAMS her down! Nia runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO!?! Bianca survives and Nia is shocked! Nia drags Bianca up by her ponytail and brings her to the corner. Nia goes up the ropes, Bianca gets up and dropkicks her down! Shayna tags in, but Bianca gets her in the GlamEST-
No! Shayna victory rolls, drags Bianca back but Bianca remembers their days together in NXT! Bianca gets out of the Kirafuda to back suplex! Bianca handsprings but into another KIRAFUDA!! Bianca flails, reaches, powers up and lifts Shayna as a backpack! Shayna holds on as tight as she can but Bianca powers her way to a ROPEBREAK! Shayna won’t let go because she says Bianca is out, but she goes to 5! Shayna is DISQUALIFIED and ELIMINATED!! Bianca is in this match but she looks out cold, just as Shayna says!
Nia clears off the table and drags Bianca over! Bianca revives in time to RAM Nia into steps! The count is at 5, Nia throws Bianca into barriers but Bianca is back up! Bianca dumps Nia out at 9, but they’re BOTH counted out!! They’re BOTH eliminated!!
Winners: Team Raw, by count-out; 5-4
Lana is the SOLE SURVIVOR?! The Ravishing Russian lucks out by being told NOT to get in the match! Well, this match will certainly go down in history for Survivor Series one way or another! Will Lana use this “win” to finally be respected?
Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
The Scottish Stud made sure to change The Tribal Chief’s plans for this night when he went after Randy Orton one more time for the WWE World Championship. But even after beating The Viper in No Holds Barred, the Universal Champion’s opinion about McIntyre did not change. Roman is the top of the mountain, the head of the table, and THE champion in the WWE, as far as he is concerned. But will McIntyre completely upend everything by proving he is the right guy in the right place at the wrong time for Roman?
The top two champions stare down and raise their belts at each other. Roman nods, seeing McIntyre is not backing down and perhaps respecting that on some level. The belts are put aside, McIntyre takes off his entrance attire, and the bell rings on this battle of alphas!
McIntyre circles with Roman and fans clap on their screens already. They tie up, McIntyre powers Roman back but Roman powers up to push McIntyre back. They break up, McIntyre smirks but Roman shakes his head. Roman and McIntyre circle, tie up again, and Roman waistlocks. McIntyre switches, Roman gets to ropes, and McIntyre lets off clean. McIntyre smirks again as he and Roman circle. Roman grins as McIntyre tries to throw him off with a drop step. They tie up, are in another deadlock, and Roman headlocks. McIntyre powers up but Roman hits the takeover. McIntyre bridges to keep his shoulders up, then rolls up to his feet. Roman holds on tight, McIntyre breaks through to get a headlock of his own. McIntyre hits the headlock takeover and grinds tight.
Roman endures, keeps his shoulders off the mat, and powers his way up. Roman powers out, McIntyre runs Roman over, and then stares him down. Things speed up, Roman waistlocks but McIntyre switches fast, only for Roman to elbow out. Roman runs, McIntyre follows and runs Roman over again! Roman gets out of the ring to steady himself and the ref has McIntyre stay in the ring. McIntyre waits patiently while Roman takes his time. The ring count climbs past 5 but Roman still takes his time returning. Roman goes in at 8, circles with McIntyre again, and then he kicks low! Roman throws a haymaker, then an uppercut! McIntyre ends up in a corner, Roman brings him to another corner for a buckle bump!
Roman throws haymakers and stomps, the ref counts but Roman intimidates him. McIntyre throws haymakers, bumps Roman off buckles, and fires off in the corner! McIntyre CHOPS and Roman felt it! Roman headbutts and uppercuts back! Roman throws fast hands and the ref counts again. The ref pulls Roman away but Roman glares at him. McIntyre grits his teeth and grabs Roman by his beard to put him in the corner! McIntyre fires off now, lets off at the ref’s count and whips Roman corner to corner! Roman puts McIntyre on the apron and hotshots him! And uppercuts him! Roman bumps Roman off the post! McIntyre tumbles down and clutches an arm.
Roman seethes as the ring count climbs. Roman goes out, takes his time fetching McIntyre, and bumps him off the apron. The ring count is 5 but Roman refreshes it. Roman whips McIntyre into steel steps! McIntyre is down in a heap and the ring count climbs again. Roman puts McIntyre in at 7, covers, TWO! Roman grabs McIntyre by his hair and drags him into a chinlock. McIntyre fights as fans rally up, and McIntyre gets to his feet. Roman cravats to throw knees over and over then he snap suplexes McIntyre down! Cover, TWO! Roman grows annoyed with McIntyre but he stalks up behind to rain down rights! Heyman is starting to feel uneasy watching this ground ‘n’ pound of elbows! Cover, TWO!
Roman drags McIntyre back into a chinlock and McIntyre endures. Fans rally on their screens as McIntyre fights up, only for Roman to throw him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Roman gets in the ref’s face. Roman goes back but McIntyre throws haymakers! McIntyre whips, Roman returns with the LEAPING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Roman is growing more annoyed but he drags McIntyre up into a chinbar half nelson. McIntyre endures as Roman cranks on his neck and still healing jaw. McIntyre fights up, breaks free and throws haymakers! Roman gives them back, and the two brawl back and forth!
Roman kicks low, McIntyre goes to a corner and Roman whips him corner to corner. McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Roman! McIntyre rallies, whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Roman gets up, McIntyre baits him in and hits a neckbreaker! Then McIntyre kips up! McIntyre aims from the corner and watches Roman rise! McIntyre drags Roman up the rest of the way, underhooks, but no Future Shock as Roman spins out! Roman fireman’s carries but McIntyre slips off. Roman pushes McIntyre to a corner, McIntyre elbows back and runs, into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Heyman does not look worried for his Tribal Chief.
Roman sits up and shakes his head, refusing to acknowledge McIntyre. Roman stands but McIntyre follows. Roman talks to himself in the corner while McIntyre stumbles in the other. Roman locks and loads, runs but misses! McIntyre SPINE BUSTERS! Jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre and Roman are down again but McIntyre sits up first. Roman gets to the apron, McIntyre follows him out to throw him into barriers! And into the post! McIntyre keeps going, and he whips Roman into the steel steps now! McIntyre drags Roman up, the ring count is 6 but McIntyre puts Roman in. Roman kicks the ropes to jam McIntyre low! Roman DECKS McIntyre with an uppercut!
Roman mutters something about “this is why I am the MAN around here!” McIntyre gets up slowly but Roman says this is the “fourth quarter,” when you put in the work and prove yourself. Roman stands McIntyre up to get a GLASGOW KISS! Roman boots, McIntyre boots, Roman runs, but the superman punch misses, FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!?! McIntyre can’t believe how close and yet how far he was from defeating Roman! Heyman is now a bit worried for Roman as McIntyre stands. Roman is still down as McIntyre goes to the corner. McIntyre wants Roman to stand, and Roman does, to SUPERMAN PUNCH!
McIntyre is punch drunk, Roman reels him in for the GUILLOTINE! But McIntyre rams Roman into buckles and SUPLEXES him away! McIntyre aims again, runs, but into a BOOT! Roman POSTS McIntyre, and McIntyre flops down to the mat. Roman mutters to himself again, but he has to catch his breath as he goes to a corner. McIntyre slowly stands, Roman runs, but the Spear is countered! TO A KIMURA!! McIntyre is using a Brock Lesnar move!! Roman endures, McIntyre cranks harder on the arm, but Roman reaches to get the ropebreak! McIntyre lets go at 4, and the damage has been done! Heyman is stressing out as McIntyre rests on the apron. Roman bails out the other side and McIntyre comes around the way, only for Roman to SAMOAN DROP him onto the announce desk!
The desk doesn’t give way, so Roman drags McIntyre off just to SAMOAN DROP him again! Now the table falls apart and both men are down in the wreckage! Roman gets into the ring at 8, but he just goes right back out! The ref wants this to be in the ring, but Roman sees McIntyre is moving! McIntyre rises from the wreck and Roman just glares at him. Roman SPEARS McIntyre through barriers!! Roman puts McIntyre in, covers, TWO!?!? McIntyre survives and no one can believe it! Roman tries to put it together and think how he can end this, but McIntyre is still stirring. Fans clap and cheer because “This is Awesome!”
Roman watches McIntyre rise, he runs back in, but into a kick! McIntyre runs, into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!??! And again, no one can believe this! Roman seethes while McIntyre sputters. Roman says this isn’t the McIntyre he’s beaten before. The Tribal Chief says we’ve seen this before, though, as he gets back to a corner. “OOOAH~!” McIntyre is up and he CLAYMORES Roman, but into the ref!! Everyone is down, and here comes JEY! Jey is on the apron but McIntyre DECKS him! McIntyre won’t let Jey help his cousin, and McIntyre looms over Roman. McIntyre drags Roman up but Roman LOW BLOWS!
Jey SUPERKICKS! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! And then the GUILLOTINE!! McIntyre stays on his feet but he is fading! Another ref is hurrying to the ring, just as McIntyre gets a second wind! But that is quickly taken from him, too! Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission
The Universal Champion won, but given what it took to win, there is no way the World Champion is just a secondary champion or a “babysitter for a belt!” Of course, Roman notices Jey on the ramp. Jey is celebrating for his family, but how does Roman feel about this? Roman stares Jey in the eye, and Jey is prepared for whatever Roman is going to do or say. Roman brings Jey in for a hug, proud of what his own did for him. Is the family going to rule over all of the WWE at this rate?
Mike Rome presides over the Undertaker’s Final Farewell!
“Please welcome those who are here to pay homage to the Phenom!” First, it’s Shane McMahon! Then, the Big Show, JBL, Jeff Hardy, Mick Foley, The Godfather, the Godwins, Savio Vega, Rikishi, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Triple H, and of course, KANE! A video package plays to recap Taker’s amazing 30 years, from his debut on November 22nd, 1990, to all of his WrestleMania victories, to even Kane’s debut. Casket Matches, Buried Alive, Inferno, his Ministry of Darkness, Brothers of Destruction, and everything in between. The epitome of WrestleMania, the constant refreshing of himself and the longevity that came with it, we are all fortunate for having seen such a true phenom with our own eyes. There will never be another, #ThankYouTaker!
And last but not least, the chairman of WWE, Vince McMahon, is here! “Thirty years. Thirty long, arduous years.” For those three decades, one man, not withstanding hardships and injuries, struck terror into the hearts of his opponents, and entertained the world, from WWF to WWE. “Tonight marks the end of an ear.” The most storied career that will never be duplicated. Tonight, we all say good-bye. They say nothing lasts forever, but that’s not true. Taker’s legacy will live on. So now, the Dead Man of the hour, it is THE UNDERTAKER!! One last time, the fires burn and the lightning strikes. The tesla coils play Undertaker’s theme! And the bell tolls! From the swirling fog and eerie light emerges the familiar silhouette.
One last time, Taker walks up the steps, but for the first time ever, the steps RAISE Taker up! But one last time, Taker enters through the ropes and stands in the center of the ring. After taking a moment to let this moment soak in, Taker has the mic to speak. “For 30 long years, I’ve made that slow walk to this ring, and have laid people to rest time and time again. And now, my time has come. My time has come to let the Undertaker rest… in… peace…!” With a deep, solemn breath, Taker strikes his iconic pose one last time! The spirit of Paul Bearer is here, “Oooh yeees~!” Taker rolls his eyes back into his head one last time, before bowing his head in the dark spotlight. The bell gongs ten times before Taker rises and the other lights come up.
Taker’s music plays and he gives one last throat slash for the thunderstorm! Taker then makes the long walk back up the ramp one last time, and once on stage, he gives one final glance back, before he gives one last raise of his fist to the sky. #ThankYouTaker, for everything.
A great event for Survivor Series, even though it went back down to just Raw VS SmackDown. I believe the final tally is 4-3 in favor of Raw. Miz wins the Dual Brand Battle Royal for Raw that didn’t have Cesaro or Big E in it for SmackDown, so clearly Miz is right in saying he is the Face of USA Network and they made WWE give him that win. I think it would’ve made more sense if he lost, since he didn’t even tease a cash-in tonight when he easily could have. Team Raw wins both 5v5 matches, but in very different ways. I did not expect a sweep in the men’s match, but the match was pretty great. Rollins “sacrificing” himself was a surprise, but this has to be how they write him off. I wonder if there are plans on Raw for the team finally uniting and winning this big turning into a bigger story on the way to the Royal Rumble.
On the women’s side, I think we all felt Lana was somehow going to win this for Raw. I don’t think any of us saw it happening because she wasn’t even allowed to participate at a certain point. I almost thought she was going to get eliminated immediately, but that would’ve made it seem like she really was being punished for Miro/Rusev joining AEW. Lana can now hold this over Nia’s head, but I don’t know if it’ll ever really turn in her favor. Can she finally get someone on her side and they’ll be a team and they’ll take the tag titles somehow? Still probably not happening.
Asuka VS Sasha was an incredible match, and with it being very hard to call it, I suppose a quick pin victory like that was for the best. Sasha comes away with a win that she probably needed given Carmella kept jumping her the last few weeks, and she can at least throw that in Carmella’s face for a minute. Asuka on the other hand is in need of challengers anyway, so having her look “vulnerable” will certainly get someone to step up so that she can crush them. The tag team match was also incredible, and I was even more surprised Profits won. That is awesome for Ford and Dawkins, who have already climbed up in the ranks since they are only the second team in WWE history to be Triple Crown winners, and the only ones WWE will talk about since The Revival is FTR and they left.
Truth bringing in Gobbledy Gooker was hilarious, and I love that now Gobbledy is in the 24/7 Championship history. However, I wish they tried to get SmackDown superstars involved, even with quite a few of them already in the battle royal. Even if they wouldn’t keep it by the end of the night, let them be involved! Then with the US VS Intercontinental Champion, I like that the Hurt Business was ringside to counter any and all of Sami’s attempts to cheat Lashley, such as the plan with the crossbar and buckle. And with Sami’s schemes neutralized, of course Lashley wins as this machine of a man.
McIntyre VS Roman was an incredible match and main event. Not nearly as overbooked as I was expecting, but maybe that was for the better. Roman winning because of the cheating and the assist is great stuff for both him and McIntyre. McIntyre isn’t weakened necessarily, but he is in a similar boat to Asuka. He needs challengers to step up, and they might be emboldened to do so because he lost this match. As for Roman, it shows the growing Heel qualities he and Jey have now as he wasn’t upset at all about what Jey did. That combined with how Roman was upset the men’s team “disrespected” Jey and the family, I sense someone on tonight’s team, such as Kevin Owens, will be singled out for the Universal Championship story on the way to Royal Rumble.
And of course, what is there to say about the #FinalFarewell for Taker? The moment itself was definitely phenomenal, but I do question having the legends come out, then just disappear for Vince’s part. Did they edit together Vince saying that? It’d make sense, though, COVID concerns and how he’s very old now. But still, all great stuff in honor of a great man who will go down as perhaps the actual best of the best in WWE history.
My Score: 8.9/10
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
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