The las SmackDown before TLC will be golden!
Before Tables, Ladders & Chairs, SmackDown will have gold and awards! Will the Street Profits still be tag team champions for the holidays? And who wins at the first-ever SAMI Awards?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; The Street Profits win and retain the titles.
- The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???; The Riott Squad wins.
- Otis Dozovic w/ Chad Gable VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro; Otis wins.
- Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bayley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kevin Owens heads to the ring!
It doesn’t matter that he brawled with Jey Uso and then got blindsided by Roman Reigns, the Prizefighter is still here because he will #JustKeepFighting! Kevin says he has been waiting all week and won’t wait a minute longer! He wants Roman to get out to the ring and have it out! Or is Roman not ready yet? That’s fine, because Kevin needs to say something. Roman sent a message to the Owens family, and Kevin heard that message loud and clear. Kevin did have a talk with his family, but what he told them was not to watch the Universal Championship match at TLC. Not because Kevin is afraid of what will happen to him, but he’s afraid of how the family will think of him after what he does to Roman!
Is Roman still not ready? Speaking of what kids might think, Kevin remembers Roman tell Jey that Roman cares how their sons look at them. Bad news, Roman: If Roman’s kids judge him based on his actions lately, they already know that their dad “is nothing but a hypocrite.” Roman says he’s the head of the table but had to jump Kevin from behind and used Jey as a pawn! “And that is absolutely pathetic.” Kevin knows how Roman looks at himself in the mirror. Roman knows deep down he’s just a coward. Heyman gets on screen instead and tells Kevin to just stop. Are we going to do this dance again? Roman doesn’t come out on Kevin’s time but on his own time.
Heyman confesses that he made a mistake about Kevin. Last week on Talking Smack, Heyman said Kevin should “marinate in the mindset of being mutilated” because Heyman thought Kevin was a masochist. To come back after what happened, he must be! But that’s fine, because Roman is a sadist. Especially when it comes to put a beating on Kevin. But that is what Heyman got wrong. Kevin isn’t a masochist but a martyr, willing to pay any price for the cause of being champion. That makes him very dangerous. So mutilation won’t stop Kevin, which leaves elimination, eradication.
Yeah well none of that is happening! Kevin has had it with the BS coming out of Heyman’s face. If Roman won’t meet Kevin, Kevin is going to go find Roman! The hunt is on again! But will Kevin get the drop on Roman this time? Or will we see a repeat of last week?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is talking and walking with Kevin Owens.
Obviously Pearce on behalf of management doesn’t want Kevin to go after Roman like this. Not this close to TLC. Kevin can just wait two days and have his match! Just think about this, Kevin! Kevin goes to Roman’s door, but it’s locked. And Roman is already heading to the ring! It seems Roman circumvented Kevin completely! Kevin can only scowl at the television screen as the Universal Champion and his Special Counsel stand amidst the tables, ladders and chairs at ringside. Heyman fetches a mic for the Tribal Chief, and he tells “KO, I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want to hurt your family. But you’re running around here, and you’re telling the whole world that I’m a bad guy.”
Roman isn’t a bad guy. He’s just doing what you have to in order to be THE Guy. It’s something above Kevin’s paygrade, so Kevin should just stay in his lane. In fact, Roman will show he’s a good guy by giving Kevin the same chance that he gave his own flesh and blood. “Acknowledge me as your Tribal Chief.” But Kevin storms from the television and back to gorilla! If Kevin acknowledges Roman’s authority, then it’s all good. But if Kevin doesn’t, or just can’t accept that, “I’m going to end you.” Kevin won’t even make it out of the ThunderDome tonight. Kevin needs to get down to the ring and apologize, and say what Roman wants him to say.
Kevin does return and storms down the ring! He doesn’t look like he’s going to apologize. But JEY attacks from behind! Jey and Kevin scrap at the ramp but Roman goes out and knocks Kevin down! The Bloodline stomps Kevin and rains down rights! They keep after him like sharks with blood in the water! Roman digs Kevin’s face into the ramp as he rains down furious forearms! Fans give thumbs down on their ThunderDome screens as Jey taunts Kevin, “Where you going?” Referees and officials hurry out but the mauling continues! Roman and Jey glare at them, then Roman RAMS Kevin into barriers!
Heyman comes over, gives Roman his belt, and Jey says that was just round one. Roman leads the way up the ramp but Kevin flounders after. Kevin can barely stand, but will he even be in one piece after TLC’s TLC match?
The Bloodline talks backstage.
Jey says “If he don’t know, he know now!” Kevin’s getting the message now! Roman says Kevin doesn’t get it yet. “I know his kind. He’s not gonna listen, he’s not gonna stop.” Roman wants Jey to end him so that we never see him again. Jey heads out to do Roman’s bidding, but will it really be so easy?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have lost to the GLORIOUS One and the Show-Off a few times lately, though with controversy. But all the more reason to finally settle this with the titles on the line! Will the “Dirty Dawgs” bring the Profits down and once again be tag team champions?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this title showdown begins!
Roode and Dawkins start, circle, but Ziggler distracts! Roode sucker punches Dawkins then throws more haymakers. Tag to Ziggler, they double whip but Dawkins kicks Ziggler and ROCKS Roode! Tag to Ford and the Profits double dropkick the Dirty Dawgs! Cover on Ziggler, TWO! Ford keeps his eyes on Ziggler and he KICKS him in the side! Ford stalks Ziggler, kicks but misses, and Ziggler rolls him! TWO, Ford ducks a clothesline to get a back suplex! And a kip up to a standing moonsault! But Ford doesn’t cover, he sees Roode creeping! Ford DECKS Roode, then goes to a corner! Ziggler stops him with a haymaker!
Ziggler drags Ford down, drags him onto the ropes and suplexes, but Ford blocks! Ziggler throws haymakers, but Ford KICKS back! Ziggler is down, Ford goes up but Roode SHOVES Ford off! Ford crashes into barriers and clutches his ribs as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Ziggler rolls Ford to a cover, TWO! Ziggler stomps Ford, brings him up and whips him to a corner hard! Tag to Roode and Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler for a SPLASH! Then a feed to the KNEE! Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Roode keeps Ford down with haymakers and stomps! The ref counts as Ford gets to ropes but Roode digs a knee in! The ref counts again, Roode stops at 3, and Ziggler taunts Ford. Roode brings Ford up, CHOPS him in the corner, then bumps him off buckles! Tag to Ziggler, they stomp Ford, then Ziggler taunts Ford to do something. Ford swings wild but misses, and Ziggler dropkicks him in the stomach! Cover, TWO!!
Ziggler wraps Ford in a rear bearhug, and clearly the Dirty Dawgs remember Survivor Series’ match of Profits and New Day. Roll to a cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Ford with the gut wrench bearhug. Ford drags himself towards the Profits’ corner, fans rally on their screens, but Ziggler rakes eyes! Ziggler puts Ford in the corner, tag to Roode! They mug Ford, Roode brings Ford around to suplex and GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated, tags Ziggler, and Ziggler taunts Ford, “Reach for your side!” Ziggler says no one is laughing now as he puts on another bearhug! Another roll to a cover, TWO!
Ziggler keeps Ford close with the bearhug but Ford pries free, only for Ziggler to MULE KICK him in the ribs! Tag to Roode and they whip to whip, but Ford puts Ziggler on the outside! Ziggler falls, Ford dodges Roode! Ford crawls but Roode anchors a foot! Ford kicks Roode away and then hot tags Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Roode, dodges and LEAING ELBOWS! ZIggler runs into a FLAPJACK! Dawkins scoops Roode for an EXPLODER! The Curse of Greatness is on a roll as he CYCLONE SPLASHES Roode! Then one for Ziggler! Dawkins keeps moving, Roode dodges but Dawkins gets him with the BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!!
Dawkins stalks Roode and he gets him in the ANOINT- NO! Roode blocks but no Glorious DDT! Dawkins rams Roode into buckles but Roode BOOTS back! Ziggler tags in, GLORIOUS FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO?!? Dawkins survives and the Dirty Dawgs don’t believe it! Ziggler aims from a corner but Dawkins blocks the kick! Ziggler elbows, runs, but into the ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford and he climbs up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! But the ribs!! Ford drags himself back to a cover, Roode elbows the back to break it! Ziggler floats over Ford to tag Roode, and Roode O’Conner rolls, TWO, to a roll-up! WITH TIGHTS! The Profits win!!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
The gold stays with the Profits! Turnabout’s fair play from when the Dirty Dawgs did them dirty! Ziggler and Roode protest and explain what happened, but the ref says he did his job! Otherwise, these two are suspended! Roode and Ziggler cool off, but will they get revenge?
Once again, Pearce walks and talks with Kevin.
Pearce and a referee try to reason with Kevin. He just has to wait 48 hours and he’ll have Roman in the TLC match! But then Jey SMACKS Kevin from behind with a chair! And then again! Jey tells KO to stay down, or else he’ll have to get ‘im! Jey leaves the chair behind as he storms off, but still Kevin drags himself up to his feet! Pearce again tries to reason with Kevin, but will Kevin stubbornly refuse?
Kayla Braxton interviews Bianca Belair!
The EST faces her biggest challenge in facing Bayley, but Bayley says Bianca is overrated. What will a win tonight against the Role Model mean to Bianca? Is Kayla really going to say “Bayley” and “Role Model” in the same conversation? Uh-uh. A role model is someone you aspire to be. Bayley is someone you intend to beat. But Bianca has wanted to face Bayley since coming to SmackDown because Bayley is a measuring stick. But the thing is, Bayley always has something to say! Bianca will do what she does best, and the EST will S-H-I-N-E!
The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???
Ruby and Liv already beat the Femme Fatale and her previous mystery partner, Natalya. But Billie isn’t leaving it at that! She wants a second try, but who has she recruited to her cause this time? Billie tells Greg Hamilton that she can introduce her tag team partner herself. A second generation superstar, there’s nobody meana than TAMINA! Will the Daughter of Superfly help Billie soar above the Squad?
The teams sort out and Tamina starts with Liv. They go around, Tamina puts Liv in a corner then TOSSES her across the ring! Liv flounders to a corner, Tamina stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Tamina stops at 4, then runs back in. Liv dodges and tags in Ruby! The Squad hit Tamina with a back body block kick combo! Cover, TWO! Ruby wrenches Tamina but Tamina whips her away to then CLOBBER her! Billie is happy to see that as Tamina covers, TWO! Billie doesn’t like seeing that! Ruby throws body shots but Tamina headbutts her down! Tamina taunts Liv, and then mockingly asks Ruby, “Are you good?”
Tamina pushes Ruby around, Billie mocks Ruby but Ruby hits Tamina back! Tamina powers Ruby to a corner, blocks a kick and fireman’s carries! Billie tags in before the SAMOAN DROP! Tamina didn’t know about the tag and has to hurry out as Billie covers, but Liv breaks it! Billie is upset, but she drags Ruby up by her hair. Billie scoops but Ruby slips out and shoves her away! Liv tags in, the Squad dodge Billie to double dropkick Tamina! They catch Billie for a MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, the Riott Squad wins!
Winners: The Riott Squad, by pinfall
Another win for the best friends, and another loss for Billie! Will Billie ever find a combination that can be just as iconic as the original?
Carmella heads to the ring!
Though she won the SmackDown Women’s Championship match last week, she did not win the title itself because Sasha Banks got disqualified. There will be a rematch at TLC as that was the plan all along. Mella says “Tis the season to drink bubbly, falala lala, lala la la.” Her assistant has set up a table and brought champagne so that she may have a toast for her impending victory at TLC! There are those of us sitting at home saying it is too early to celebrate, but that’s why we’re all home sitting on gross futons while she drinks champagne where the price tag has more digits than a phone number.
Was that burn a little too far? Mella doesn’t care, because she’s better than us! And she knows better than us. And she knows Sasha Banks doesn’t have what it takes to be a champion. Physically, sure. Sasha is quick, agile, ferocious. But mentally, where it counts, she is weak. Mella isn’t throwing shade, those are facts! And the fact is, this is the longest Sasha’s ever held a title! She’s in uncharted water! Sasha is so over her head she is drowning. And not in the champagne Mella smashed on her back! Sasha is drowning in the pressures of her own expectations and is lashing out! She felt that title slipping away so she intentionally got disqualified! And that right there is the very reason why Mella knows she already has Sasha beat! And that is why Mella is celebrating tonight!
Sasha’s entire existence is based on being the very best! The Boss, the standard, the blueprint! This is why Sasha HAS to prove she’s better! But she’ll still be so angry, lose control and want to rip Mella apart. Sasha has to fight her instincts while fighting Mella! “And that is a fight no one, not even Sasha Banks, can win.” So on Sunday, when Mella beats Sasha, Sasha will fall into this deep, dark turmoil, she might break. Because who is Sasha if she isn’t The Boss? Who is Sasha if she isn’t the best? And sadly, that’s a question not even Sasha can answer. That is why Sasha comes so unglued around Mella! That is why Sasha is so desperate!
It’s sad, really. Mella needs that pick-me-up, and nothing lifts her spirits better than a fine glass of champagne. She snaps her fingers and is served- Ugh, what is that This is cheap and frantic. Kind of like Sasha! But speaking of, here Sasha comes! The assistant hurries to the ramp to intercept, but Sasha’s coming from the other side of the ring! Sasha has herself a sip, says it’s better than Mella said, and then SPALSHES Mella with the rest! Sasha tackles Mella, hammers away, then puts on a BANK STATEMENT! The assistant returns but Sasha SLAPS him down! But Mella SMASHES another bottle on Sasha’s back!! The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island again gets the better of The Boss, but will Sasha lose everything when she loses the title?
Kevin Owens gets checked by the trainer.
Kevin doesn’t want to be checked, but it’s protocol. And Jey attacks again!! Jey throws hands then RAMS Kevin into a wall! And then SLAMS him through a table! Roman’s orders said to take Kevin out, has Jey finally done just that?
Otis Dozovic w/ Chad Gable VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro!
The Alpha Academy’s first, best (and only) student has much to learn according to Coach Gable, but even losing is a lesson. Will the Blue Collar Brawler use what he has learned to overcome the King of Strong Style?
The bell rings and Otis rushes in but Nakamura waistlocks. Otis powers out and wrenches to a wristlock but Nakamura throws forearms. Nakamura cartwheels, wrenches back to a wristlock, but Gable coaches Otis. Otis scoops and SLAMS Nakamura, then runs for a falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Nakamura gets to the apron, Otis drags him up but Nakamura kicks him down! Nakamura drags Otis to the apron and runs for a KNEE! Cesaro applauds and Nakamura goes in to throw knees into shoulders and ribs! Nakamura scuffs Otis then KICKS him in the chest! But Otis just powers up!
Nakamura kicks more but Otis dares him to keep hitting! Otis then runs Nakamura over and FLAPJACKS him down! Gable cheers Otis on as Otis hits a RUNNING DISCUS! Otis fires up, runs at Nakamura in the corner for a splash! Nakamura is in the drop zone and Otis pumps it up! Gable gets on the apron and says NO Caterpillar! Use a suplex! Cesaro tells Gable to get down, Otis drags Nakamura up but Nakamura cradles! TWO!! Otis blocks the kick to EXPLODER! Now that’s a suplex! Otis goes up the corner for the VADER BOMB! Cover, Otis wins!!
Winner: Otis Dozovic, by pinfall
Gable’s tip actually worked out, sorta! But it could’ve easily gone the wrong way, does Gable really know what he’s doing?
Sami Zayn prepares backstage.
It’s almost time for the first-ever Sami Awards. He checks with a production assistant that they have everything, from the trophies to the envelopes to the sound cues. Wait, are the trophies polished? No… IDIOT! If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself! Sami hurries to get polish, and Big E comes by to do a final check of his own. Is Big E gonna make sure the first-ever Samis go smoothly?
Otis and Gable are fired up backstage!
Gable knew Otis would do it! But he asks why Otis didn’t go through with the Caterpillar when Nakamura was set up? But Otis thought it was another test. It was! Gable quotes a great philosopher as he says, “Don’t do what I say, do what I mean. You know what I mean?” Not really. Otis will. But for now, rehydrate. Training resumes tomorrow, alpha style! Otis likes the sound of that.
SmackDown presents the First Annual Sami Awards!
Sami sets up at his podium with his Intercontinental Championship and a Sami! On further inspection, isn’t that just a Sami Zayn action figure painted gold, and then glued to a tin can painted black? But Sami, hair styled and suit pressed, says the 2020 WWE Slammy Awards are coming on 12/23/2020, on both the WWE Network and all available social networking platforms, but lately the Slammys have taken a dive. Not since Jack Tunney have they mattered. But now the Slammys are just for highlighting corporately selected moments, and that is not what the SAMIS are going to be about. These will be about the will of the people.
Now before getting to the first Sami Award, Sami himself says 2020 has been a “wild” year for all of us, especially the WWE. Let us take a quick look back at WWE’s 2020, “Year in Review!” Narration by Corey Graves says “In a year of turbulence, one man- Nay, one LIBERATOR, thrived.” This is all about Sami!! Sami calling AJ styles a fraud, calling Jeff Hardy a fraud, and then finding a way to cheat them out of the Intercontinental Championship. And then doing the same to Apollo Crews, Big E, and somehow representing the best in humanity. “Oh my goodness, what a year it’s been!”
Now, to the first Sami Award: Comeback of the Year. What stiff competition! Edge, Roman Reigns, and maybe even Sami himself. But the winner is… Drumroll and… “The Sami goes to… SAMI ZAYN~!” What a “surprise” that Sami won the award named for himself. It feels great to be recognized, though, doesn’t it? Thank you, fans, for this honor! But on to the second Sami Award: Match of the Year! The one everyone wants to win in this category! Every week, another contender pops up. And the Sami goes to… SAMI ZAYN, for the Triple Threat Ladder Match at Clash of Champions! OH MY~! Sami will not lie, he wanted that one more than anything.
But on to the third and final, perhaps the truly biggest one. It’s Superstar of the Year! The greatness of what the Samis are all about. And the Sami goes to… BIG E?!? Big E moves Sami aside and shouts, “MAMA, I MADE IT~!” First of all, Big E has to thank his therapist, Marvin Sims. He also needs to thank Notre Dame in advance for covering the spread this weekend. Pull through for E, guys. Sami protests, there was a mix up with the cards! So Big E BODY SHOTS Sami! Big E bumps Sami off the tables! And then throws him down the ramp! Sami reaches all the way to the bottom! Big E says thank you, and takes his Sami, to SPIKE it! Will the real Sami earn actual praise when he gives Big E another match?
Kayla Braxton interviews Bayley.
The Role Model responds to Bianca saying she is just a measuring stick. It was refreshing to hear someone say something nice about her. But Bayley isn’t going to take it easy on Bianca. Bianca is the strongest, fastest and all that, but compared to what? Just because she ran track in college? Bayley did that, too, in Cross Country. And she was the CAPTAIN of her high school basketball team. You don’t see Bayley bragging about the old days. Bianca has all the potential in the world, but if Bayley were her, she’d be more humble. Instead of picking a fight, she’d just be picking Bayley’s brain. But Bayley will put Bianca, on *clap* the *clap* mat. Can Bayley do that with her match with Bianca up next, after the break?
Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The bell rings and Bayley ties up with Bianca, but Bianca scoops her. Bayley slips out, but Bianca is too strong for the roll up! Bianca handsprings back and eggs Bayley on. Bayley stomps a foot! Bayley talks smack but Bianca stomps the foot back! Bayley shoves, wrenches and laces Bianca through ropes! The ref counts, Bayley lets off at 3, and Bianca smirks. Things speed up and Bianca runs Bayley over! Bianca handsprings over Bayley again, eggs her on, then hurdles! Bayley ends up on the apron, and she baits Bianca in to hotshot her! Bayley says to kiss this, but Bianca sweeps the legs! Cover, TWO!
Bianca looms over Bayley, dares her to get up, then brings her up to whip to a corner. Bayley reverses, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings all the way to the other end, tot ell Bayley to kiss this. Bianca then leaps over Bayley to dropkick her down! Bianca kips up, fans cheer on their screens, and Bianca handsprings, but Bayley trips her up! Bayley SLAMS an arm on the apron! Bianca flops out while clutching her arm, and Bayley drags her up to hammerlock and RAM her into barriers! The ring count is climbing while Bayley leaves Bianca behind, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Bayley clubs Bianca to then throw her back out. Bayley goes out to talk some smack again, “I’m the ER! I’m better!” Bianca rams Bayley into steps! The ring count is up at 8 but Bayley gets in at 9! Bianca and Bayley run at each other but they both DECK the other! Bayley flounders up with the ropes but Bianca is after her. Bianca counter punches, fires off forearms and has Bayley in a corner! Bianca rams her shoulder in, the ref counts and Bianca lets off to bring Bayley up! Bianca holds Bayley and does squats before the SLAM! Bianca kips up, says kiss this again, then drags Bayley up to yank on the arm! And again! And again!
Bianca wrenches, wrings Bayley out, then handspring splashes! Cover, TWO! Bayley gets to the apron, slides under Bianca and runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Bianca holds on, carries Bayley around, and GUT BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Bianca goes to a corner and climbs up, but Bayley throws a forearm! Bayley drags Bianca out on ropes, does some squats, but Bianca gets down to snap suplex Bayley away! Bianca runs in but into a flapjack onto buckles! Bayley hobbles, runs back in, but Bianca flapjacks Bayley! Bianca picks Bayley up for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives and Bianca grows frustrated.
Bianca pounds the mat but manages to shrug it off, only to walk into a boot! Bayley trips Bianca, high stack, but the ref sees her put her feet on ropes! Bianca pops Bayley to a cover, TWO!! Bayley kicks low, reels Bianca in, but Bianca blocks! So Bayley rolls Bianca, but Bianca rolls Bayley! TWO, to a high stack, TWO! Bianca DEAD LIFTS Bayley, but Bayley rakes eyes! ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
There is one thing Bayley is more than Bianca: Bayley is the sliest wrestler on SmackDown! But will Bianca learn to be more wary of the Role Model next time?
Roman Reigns returns to the ring!
The Tribal Chief, the Special Counsel, and #MainEventJey are all together, and Roman is going to deliver one final message before TLC! We’ll see and hear what that is, after the break!
SmackDown returns once more, and once more, Heyman fetches a mic for Roman. “For the life of me, I’ve been trying to understand this.” Roman is trying to understand why, if you have the opportunity to be in the ring with Roman, “to be on the Island of Relevancy” in the main event of a PPV and in a championship match, “why would you blow it?” This is the moment your kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids will talk about! A moment that elevates your career to the next level, and to get a payday th- Kevin is back!? Somehow, Kevin is walking his way to the ring! And Jey intercepts! But Kevin grabs a chair to JAM and SMACK Jey down!
Roman rushes Kevin but Kevin throws hands! Roman shoves Kevin, Kevin kicks but Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin before a stunner! Roman runs and SPEARS Kevin down! Jey fetches things for Roman as Roman gives CHAIR SHOTS to Kevin over and over! Jey has put in several more chairs, and a couple tables, as Roman digs the chair into Kevin’s head! Jey sets the tables up for Roman while Roman tells Kevin he should’ve just stayed away. ANOTHER chair shot to the back! And another! The tables are set, Roman drags Kevin up and around, to feed to Jey to SPINEBUSTER through a table! Just like backstage! But there’s one table left, and Roman wants to use that one now.
Jey positions things for Roman, then drags Kevin for him. Roman tells Kevin to just take the payday. It’s not worth all this. Kevin still tries to get up but Roman says Kevin has pissed him off! Fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP through the table!! But that’s not enough! Jey fetches a THIRD table while Roman uses the wreckage of the others to beat Kevin’s body! Wait, Jey also puts in a FOURTH table, and even fetches a ladder! Roman buries Kevin with the wreckage while Jey fetches a second ladder. Roman uses the new tables to bury Kevin, and then SLAMS a ladder onto him! Jey puts chairs onto the pile and Roman SLAMS the second ladder onto Kevin!
Jey adds more chairs, and Roman SMACKS the pile with a chair! Jey joins in, it’s not even clear if they’re hitting Kevin anymore! For all intents and purposes, Roman and Jey leave Kevin dead and buried under the tables, ladders and chairs in the ring. Will the same thing happen again at TLC? Will Kevin even be at TLC?
Kayla asks Roman on his way out for a word. Roman says she gets one question. Wait, Kevin dug himself out?! And is sitting himself up in a chair, with the mic Roman left behind! “ROMAN! Roman…! Nothing you or your family do to me can keep me down. At TLC, I’m going to take the Universal title, or I’m gonna die trying.” Kevin gave his own ultimatum, but will he be able to #StunTheWorld against the Tribal Chief?
What a rather wild go-home from SmackDown! Pretty scant on the matches, but the matches we got did matter towards story. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was very good, and I like that they referenced Survivor Series and how New Day worked on Ford’s midsection. I almost thought that was going to be the reason why “The Dirty Dawgs” were going to win, but Profits giving them a taste of karma was good. I don’t know if they need to schedule a rematch at the last minute for TLC, I think this would be better served as a build towards the Royal Rumble.
Speaking of rematches at TLC, obviously we were getting that for the women’s title but Mella made sure to plug it during her segment. Mella had an okay promo, but I feel like they were trying to play off crowd reaction when it’s just ThunderDome screens and piped in noise, not a good move. Mella stands tall against Sasha tonight so clearly that means Sasha wins at TLC. I was hoping Natty was going to be around ringside for Bayley VS Bianca since she was partially involved in the story. Maybe Natty can circle back around, since Bayley had to cheat to win, but it was still a very good main event for Bayley and Bianca.
Riott Squad VS Billie & Tamina was good, and fits exactly what I thought was going to happen last time. I can’t see this going much longer unless someone new is brought up, or Chelsea Green’s hand is 100% healed. I think Gable is trying to gaslight Otis just to ruin things for him more. But it works that Otis still won despite Gable trying to make him change his style. I’m thinking Gable tries to make training even harder on Otis as a passive aggressive way of punishing him. The Sami Awards were actually pretty good, and of course Sami was going to use them to praise himself. But Big E pulling some hijinks was great, and this clearly means we’re getting Sami VS Big E for the Intercontinental title.
And once again, the Roman Reigns story is the best part of SmackDown, and better than most of Raw. While the show opened with recap, and then a promo segment with Kevin and Heyman that wasn’t even 10 minutes, everything that followed was worth it. Kevin getting tricked, getting jumped, getting the crap kicked out of him, and then literally getting buried, none of it stopped him! Now, I don’t think Kevin is winning the title in the TLC match at TLC, but he is going to give Roman the best fight since Roman returned, and that in itself is a prize.
My Score: 8.5/10
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.
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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.
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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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