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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/25/20)

It’s a Very Merry SmackDown!

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Who wins gold this SmackDown Christmas?

It’s a CHAMPIONSHIP Christmas as Sami Zayn defends the Intercontinental title against Big E, Charlotte Flair and Asuka defend against two teams, and the Universal Championship is inside a STEEL CAGE!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Universal Championship Cage Match: Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens; Reigns wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair VS #BAYMELLA; Charlotte & Asuka win and retain the titles.
  • Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Lumberjack Match: Sami Zayn VS Big E; Big E wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

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WWE Universal Championship Cage Match: Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens!

Worthy of a main event on any given night, the Tribal Chief and the Prizefighter could not wait to settle things! Jey Uso helped Roman retain at TLC, but hopefully the steel can keep this to a fair fight! Will Kevin finally #StunTheWorld as he dethrones the Head of the Table?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the door is closed as this prizefight for the holiday begins!

The two start throwing hands, Kevin gets the edge but Roman ROCKS him with an uppercut! Kevin resists in the corner but Roman headbutts. Kevin kicks, Roman headbutts again, and then Roman bumps Kevin off buckles. Roman throws big uppercuts again, then whips Kevin to ropes for a BOOT! Cover, ONE!! Roman is furious and he stomps Kevin down. Roman stalks Kevin to a corner, brings him up and throws him into steel fence! Kevin staggers up, and Roman throws him into steel again! Then fireman’s carries for the SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is again frustrated with Kevin, who is somehow still fighting after everything that happened at TLC.

Roman locks ‘n’ loads, but jumps into a DDT! Both men are down and that’s big for Kevin! Kevin gets up first, gets to the side but doesn’t climb. Kevin throws forearms, Roman throws them back! Kevin kicks, throws haymakers and forearms, then throws Roman into steel! And then he whips, only for Roman to reverse. Kevin kicks back, but Roman uppercuts! Kevin comes back with a LARIAT! And a back senton! Kevin takes a moment to catch his breath, and he runs at Roman in a corner. Kevin blocks the boot to throw haymakers! And stomps! Kevin then runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and Kevin covers, TWO! Heyman is relieved but Kevin keeps his focus.

Kevin drags Roman up, throws haymakers then whips, but Roman counters the pop-up with a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is mad now and he shoves and rolls Kevin to a corner. Roman hoists Kevin up top, throws big haymakers, then climbs up. Kevin hits back with elbows and Roman falls down! Kevin adjusts, leaps, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but is sputtering as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Kevin is throwing haymakers on Roman. Roman ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut but then blocks a superkick! Roman SIT-OUT BOMBS Kevin! Cover, TWO!! Kevin rolls to a corner while Roman seethes. Roman throws point-blank clotheslines over and over, and gives Kevin 9 before letting him flounder. Roman runs but Kevin hits first! Kevin runs into a forearm, but Roman runs into a POP-UP BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Heyman is able to breathe! Kevin keeps his cool somehow and gets back to his feet. Kevin drags Roman up but Roman RAMS him into a corner! And rams in more! And ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Roman brings Kevin up to put him back on the top rope. Roman throws a headbutt before climbing up. Kevin hits back again but Roman throws haymakers. Roman SHOVES Kevin’s head into the steel, then drags him up. Kevin grabs the steel to resist, then shifts things for a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Both men are down but Kevin gets Roman turned over for a cover! TWO!!! Roman survives again and now Kevin is starting to feel frustrated. Kevin stands up again, aims at Roman from a corner, and Roman slowly rises. Kevin kicks but Roman denies the stunner to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!

Roman is growing frustrated, too, but he grits his teeth as he gets back up. Roman starts to talk to himself again, and he rains down furious elbows, then throws Kevin hard into the steel! And again! And then he rains down fists in the ropes until Kevin falls through! Kevin staggers back up and Roman tells him this is it. GUILLOTINE THROUGH THE ROPES! Kevin fades but the ropes alone are keeping him up! Wait, Kevin gets a second wind and uses the ropes to choke Roman back! Roman lets go and both men sputter on the mat! Heyman is worried again as Roman and Kevin slowly rise.

Kevin staggers over and Roman runs in, but into a kick! STUNNER!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives a stunner and Kevin is beside himself as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Kevin climbs the cage! Roman hurries after him but Kevin elbows him away! Kevin climbs more but Roman clubs him on the back! Roman climbs up but Kevin hits back! They brawl, Kevin headbutts, but Roman still throws hands. Kevin throws another elbow, attacks Roman’s hands, and sends him down! Kevin climbs up and reaches the very top! But Roman LEAPS to catch up and anchor a foot! Roman drags Kevin down while climbing back up after him. They’re both on the top rope again as Roman throws more haymakers! Kevin kicks back, Roman throws body shots but Kevin headbutts again!

Kevin goes to a corner to shift and SUPERKICK! Roman falls back down, Kevin SWANTON BOMBS onto knees! And he staggers into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!?! Kevin survives and shocks Roman now! Roman is in disbelief as Kevin, blood coming from his forehead, survives the best move in Roman’s arsenal! Roman wonders what to do next, and he decides to use the door! Heyman moves to greet The Tribal Chief, but Kevin anchors Roman’s foot! Roman drags Kevin along, and grins as he says he admits Kevin is tough. But Roman’s always been better. Kevin grabs the door and SLAMS it on Roman! Kevin shouts Roman is NOT better than Kevin, and he dribbles Roman’s head off steel!!

Roman flops down, Kevin hurries over to the door, but JEY USO slams it shut! Kevin SHOVES it back into Jey! Kevin gets halfway out the door but Roman drags him back in!! Kevin throws a haymaker and a SUPERKICK! Then he whips Roman, for a POP-UP- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Roman clears out the cobwebs as he runs at Kevin, but Kevin dodges to send the spear into steel! STUNNER!! Kevin crawls back towards the door but Jey reaches through the steel to grab Kevin’s hand! Jey is handcuffing Kevin to chain link! Kevin is trapped!! So much for a fair fight! Kevin kicks at the cuffs, reaches at the door, but he can’t touch the floor like this!

Roman gets up, smirks as he sees what happened, and takes his time stalking over to Kevin. Kevin is furious as he works against the cuff, but Roman steps over him with a smile. Kevin is vindicated in what he’s said about Roman, and says the family should be ashamed! Roman say sit doesn’t matter, so long as he’s the Head of the Table. Roman walks down the steel steps and wins!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by escape (still WWE Universal Champion)

Heyman bows as he presents Roman with the title, and Roman holds the belt high over head. Roman taunts Kevin with the fact there’s nothing Kevin can do about this. Is there anything anyone can do to stop Roman’s tyrannical reign?

 

Asuka and Charlotte Flair head to the ring!

For the first time, the Queen and the Empress reign together, and now they’re starting their tour around the WWE! But they’re going to be up against strong competition, all of familiar foes! Will of the SmackDown Women’s Champion and SmackDown’s rising star be the #LEGITEST ever? Or will the Role Model and her other best friend be singing “reunited and it feels so good” for the holidays?

Before the other teams enter, Charlotte gets a mic to say “Well it looks like Christmas came early! The Empress and The Queen have returned to Friday Night SmackDown!” Asuka says that they’re still going to be champions, but DING DONG, hello, Bayley interrupts already! She goes right to the ring, gets herself a mic and says this is impressive. But do you want to know what’s really impressive? Bayley! 2020 may have been a downer for everyone else, it wasn’t for her! She became the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion EVER, holding it for 380 days! But here comes the current SmackDown Women’s Champion!

Sasha Banks struts her stuff to the ring, holding her belt up as she joins the others in the ring. And she has a mic to say, “Oh, Bayley, do you want to talk about who’s the SmackDown Women’s Champion now? Because that’s impressive.” And speaking of impressive, Bianca Belair makes her entrance! The EST joins these great champions past and present and says if we’re talking impressive, just look at her! She is the strongEST, fastEST, roughEST, et cetera, and Bayley’s never seen nothing like it. But here comes the UNTOUCHABLE, and her sommelier, Reginald. Mella gets a mic and Bayley helps her with the ropes.

“Look at all of these witches!” Actually, no, she meant bitches. Everyone just wants to look at Mella, and look at her! Charlotte covers Asuka’s “innocent” eyes. Mella says the impressive one is both naughty and nice, and nice and naughty. Get it? Sasha shoves Mella to shut her up! This is about to blow so let’s have that title match after the break!

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair VS #BAYMELLA!

SmackDown returns and per this style of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active so it is The Queen and the Role Model starting off while the #LEGITEST hang back. Bayley and Charlotte approach, tie up, are in a deadlock but Charlotte throws Bayley down! Bayley comes back to stomp a foot then throws haymakers! Bayley talks trash, but Charlotte blocks the buckle bump to give the buckle bump! And a CHOP! Charlotte pushes Bayley around, drags her over and tags Asuka in. The wrestling royals KICK, CHOP, and repeat on Bayley! Bayley falls over, Asuka KICKS her down again! Cover, TWO!

Asuka argues the count but she keeps on Bayley with a whip. Bayley holds ropes and ROCKS Asuka! Bayley clubs Asuka, throws a CHOP, then drags Asuka over to tag in Mella. BayMella mug Asuka in the corner with CHOPS, but Asuka shoves Mella away. Mella wants a timeout to fix her gear, Charlotte takes a swipe but Mella avoids that, and she dodges Asuka just to hit Sasha! But Asuka KICKS Mella, throws forearms then whips. Mella slows down but Asuka still hip attacks her down! Asuka says she’s just as sexy, but she runs into a boot! Mella drags Asuka into the corner for a HANGING NECKLOCK! Asuka endures, the ref counts and Mella stops at 4.

Mella gets in but Asuka back kicks! Sasha tags in off Asuka to go after Mella! Seated senton and fast hands! Cover, TWO! Sasha brings Mella over, bumps off buckles then hits double knees! Tag to Bianca and Bianca RAMS into Mella! The ref counts, Bianca brings Mella out to suplex but Mella slips out, and tags out to Charlotte! Charlotte and Bianca finally meet again, and we see the Riott Squad is watching this backstage. Bianca is a friend, so maybe they’re cheering her on while studying all these teams. Charlotte and Bianca tie up, Bianca waistlocks but Charlotte headlocks to counter. Bianca powers out, things speed up and Bianca rams Charlotte! Neither falls and they try again!

Charlotte headlocks, Bianca powers out and Charlotte handsprings over and tells Bianca to kiss this! Bianca shrugs that off but runs into a whip. Bianca goes up and over and shows her a better handspring. Bianca does her own dance and tells Charlotte to kiss it. Bianca dodges the boot, the double dropkicks cancel out, and they both kip up! Charlotte kicks low to scoop but Bianca slips out to shove Charlotte into buckles! Bianca runs in but Charlotte sends her into buckles in return! Both women crawl, Charlotte tags in Asuka! Bayley tags in off Bianca, but she and Mella attack from the outside! They and the champs brawl, Charlotte CHOPS away on Mella!

Charlotte stalks Mella around the way, throws more CHOPS, but Sasha hits Charlotte with a METEORA! Mella RAMS Sasha into barriers! Asuka runs in and the hip attack hits Bianca! Asuka and Bayley brawl into the ring, Asuka DECKS Mella to shut her up! Bayley hits BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Bayley clubs away on Asuka to then choke her at the ropes! Bayley stops at 4, whips Asuka but Asuka goes up to come back with a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Bayley clobbers Asuka, drags her away and Mella tags in. Mella stomps Asuka, drags her up and feeds her to her boot! Mella stomps a fabulous mudhole, struts her stuff, then runs in to BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella drags Asuka up by her hair, snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Mella drags Asuka by hair again and tags in Bayley. BayMella mugs Asuka in the corner and stomps away. Mella tags back in to add stomps of her own.

Tag back to Bayley, BayMella dig their boots in, then Bayley gets a cheap shot on Charlotte! The ref keeps Charlotte in but that means BayMella gets away with even more mugging! Bayley taunts Charlotte, Sasha and Bianca as she mocks Asuka with using a hip attack. Asuka hits back, but Bayley puts her in the corner and tags Mella. Asuka hits Mella back but Mella throws her down by her hair! Mella drags Asuka over, tags Bayley, and they mug Asuka more. Mella shoves Charlotte off the apron while Bayley wraps on a chinlock. Asuka endures, fights up and bumps out of the hold to shove, and pop-up KNEE Bayley down!

Bayley flounders, Asuka tags out to Bianca! Bianca rallies on Bayley, then DECKS Mella! Bianca dodges Bayley to dropkick her down! Bianca kips up, claps at Bayley, then rams into the corner! Bianca fires off stomps, talks some trash then drags Bayley up for a suplex! Bianca holds Bayley up, does some squats, then SLAMS Bayley down! Cover but Mella breaks it! Sasha KNEES Mella, Charlotte is in and swings on Sasha! Sasha dodges and jumps, but into Charlotte’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up, into Bianca’s chicken wing, GLAMEST SLAM! Bayley rolls Bianca up, TWO!! Bianca SPINEBUSTERS Bayley and high stacks, TWO!

Sasha tags in, climbs up and aims to FROG SPLASH onto Bayley! Cover, Sasha ELIMINATES BayMella! A two-for-one special on sticking it to old foes! Sasha and Charlotte are now against each other and they circle. Sasha dodges, tilt-o-whirls and drags Charlotte down into the CROSSFACE! Charlotte endures, fights up, pries free, but Sasha blocks the kick! Charlotte blocks the knee but Sasha counters the Figure Four to a roll-up! TWO! Sasha BUZZSAWS right away, but Charlotte comes back to BOOT Sasha down! Charlotte gets a leg, Figure Four! Bridge, but Bianca reaches out!

Sasha moves around to deny Figure Eight, but Bianca uses her long hair as a lifeline! Sasha gets to the ropes that way, and gets the ropebreak! Bianca tags in, and handspring SPLASHES onto Charlotte! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives but Bianca hurries up top! Charlotte BOOTS Bianca and trips her up! Charlotte gets the leg but Bianca inside cradles, TWO! Bianca is up but Charlotte trips her, Figure Four! Sasha METEORAS to break the hold! Asuka calls to Charlotte, hot tag to the Empress! Asuka runs and HIP ATTACKS Sasha off the apron, onto Reginald! They go down in a heap, Asuka stalks Bianca, but Bayley is still lurking! Bianca swipes at the wrong enemy, Asuka rolls her up! TWO!

Asuka KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Bianca! Bianca blocks the buzzsaw to lift her up and POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bianca hurries but Sasha is down! Bayley taunts Bianca with that but Bianca drags Asuka up. Bianca suplexes, Asuka fights free and Charlotte tags in! Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER, to the NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!

Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

BayMella is the happiest of all, mostly because it meant Bianca and Banks failed! But will the EST and the Boss get payback on the Role Model and the Untouchable in the new year? As for Charlotte and Asuka, will we expect to see them many more times here on Friday nights as well as Mondays?

 

The Street Profits are feeling festive.

There’s only one question? Are you ready~, ready~, ready~? Charlotte is backing, doing it with flair, but this Christmas SmackDown is far from over! Dawkins tells us why: this is #Smokemas! Daniel Bryan is going after Jey Uso, Big E is going after Sami Zayn’s Intercontinental title, in a LUMBERJACK MATCH! Speaking of Sami Zayn, he is having another backstage tirade as he runs down one of the WWE SmackDown social media team members. He isn’t accusing her of being the leak, but surely she knows who is behind making tonight’s match a Lumberjack match. Sami wants to know who authorized that, but she has nothing to say. She leaves, and Sami sees the Profits.

Before they start, they need to understand the stress Sami is under. There are going to be sharks around the ring, he has no time for nonsense. Relax, Sami, they just wanted to give him a Christmas present. Whoa, whoa, whoa. A gift? Yeah, it’s the holidays! They got him a gift? Yes, the Profits are great at giving. They felt he could use this tonight. The gift is… a new shirt! “I Was Intercontinental Champion.” Get how it’s “was,” as in past-tense. As in no more! Say good-bye to the title! Hasta la vista! Sami “laughs” with them but then shouts, “YOU’RE NOT FUNNY!” Sami, you mad? Don’t forget your shirt, it was “custom made” for him! Will Sami have to admit the Profits predicted the future later tonight?

 

Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!

Even before seeing what Jey Uso did at TLC and just earlier tonight, this match was made for the YES Movement to get back at Jey for what he’s done to Bryan! Will Bryan have vengance for Christmas?

But oh no! Just as Bryan goes on stage, Jey attacks from behind! Jey is raining down fists, then he drags Bryan up to throw him into Christmas trees and presents! Jey rains down more fists, drags Bryan by a leg and referees hurry to stop him! They get Jey to leave Bryan alone, but Jey comes back to PUNT Bryan down the ramp! Jey shows no mercy as he drags Bryan up, scoops and SLAMS him on the ramp! Has Jey just made this a blue Christmas for Bryan? Will this match even happen now?

SmackDown returns and Bryan is getting up. Pat Buck suggests this be called off, but Bryan refuses! Jey is in the ring waiting, Bryan drags himself up and in, and we have this grudge match for the holidays after all! The bell rings, Jey DECKS Bryan and rains down more fists and even feet! Jey stomps away, lets off and watches Bryan writhe. Jey throws Bryan out, then runs to DIVE! Direct hit sends Bryan into barriers! Jey drags Bryan up, and whips him into steel steps! Jey refreshes the ring count to then bring Bryan up, and throw him into the other steps! The ref reprimands and counts again but Jey just shouts at Bryan, “Why’d you come back?”

Jey puts Bryan in, looms over him, but Bryan sits up in a daze. Jey drags Bryan back up, CHOPS him, and throws his shirt aside as Bryan gets to a corner. Jey stands Bryan up to CHOP him again! Bryan CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Bryan KICKS, whips, but Jey reverses! Bryan goes up and over, keeps moving, dodges and runs, into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Bryan survives and Jey seethes. Jey watches Bryan crawl, stalks him to ropes, and throws haymakers down on Bryan. Bryan gets up but Jey scoops and SLAMS him down! Jey then runs to leap, but Bryan avoids the falling headbutt!

Both men are down but Bryan gets up first! Jey is in a corner, Bryan runs in but Jey dodges! Bryan’s dropkick only gets buckles and he tumbles down! Jey runs in, HIP ATTACK! Jey still seethes and shakes his head because it isn’t enough. Bryan drags himself up, Jey whips Bryan to ropes, but Bryan reverses, only for Jey to kick him! Jey runs in but is tossed out! Jey clutches his ankle, Bryan builds speed and DIVES! But Jey deflects him into the announce desk! Both men are down from different damage, and a ring count begins! Bryan gets up to put Jey in. Bryan climbs up, Jey trips Bryan up! Jey climbs up now, brings Bryan back up, but Bryan slips under to trip Jey in return!

Bryan climbs up behind Jey now, clubs away on the shoulders, then brings Jey up for a SUPER BACK SUPELX! Both men are down again as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again, Bryan runs at Jey and KICKS the legs out! Jey crawls to a corner, Bryan goes corner to corner, and he hits the dropkick! Bryan puts Jey’s bad leg around ropes and pulls, then fires off KICKS in the corner! Bryan runs side to side to dropkick the bad leg! Jey goes down but Bryan brings him up to hoist him up top! Bryan climbs, and hits a SUPER STEINER! Jey tumbles, Bryan hurries to cover, TWO! Bryan fires up and he gives Jey YES Kicks to all sides! Bryan BUZZSAWS Jey back down! But Bryan still fires up because he wants more! Bryan aims from a corner, powers up with the “YES!” chants, and runs, into a SUPERKICK! Jey SUPERKICKS Bryan again!

Jey goes up top, leaps, USO SPLASH!! But the bad leg keeps him from making a cover! Jey crawls back, covers, TWO!! Bryan survives but Jey is too tired to be upset! Jey goes to the apron, gets his bad leg moving, and gets himself back to a corner. Jey climbs up, aims again, USO SPLASH! But Bryan gets KNEES up! Jey lands on them, Bryan turns Jey over, YES LOCK! Jey endures, pries at the bad hand, but Bryan shifts to get the bad leg! HALF CRAB! And it is deep! Jey endures, powers up, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go out of frustration, but he keeps hold of Jey’s legs. Jey kicks Bryan with the good leg and gets free!

Jey rains down ax handles and forearms but Bryan turns him over for fists of his own! They scrap, Jey gets back on top and he rains down hammering headbutts! But Jey can’t cover from his own exhaustion! Bryan is dazed again but works to shake out the stars. Jey aims from a corner, but Bryan dodges the Superkick, to RUNNING KNEE!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall

And the GOAT has a semblance of revenge! But after such a brutal battle, will Bryan be able to move on? Or will things only escalate with The Bloodline?

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan!

Bryan is fired up after that win and Kayla Braxton says that with Jey Uso seemingly behind him, what’s next? Bryan tries to practice a “growth mindset” of finding new things to achieve and new goals to pursue. There is one thing Bryan has never done ever that he is dying to do: “I have never, in my life, won a Royal Rumble.” So here it is, the next thing Bryan is after, the new mountain Bryan is going to put his all into climbing! Bryan hereby announces his entry into the 2021 Royal Rumble match!

But Sami comes along to sarcastically say, “This is perfect.” First, Sami gets ambushed with a jokey gift from the Profits, and now Bryan is here. Mr. “The Intercontinental Championship needs to be defended more often” has had it out for Sami ever since he won the title, just like everyone else. Bryan constantly says the title needs to be defended more, and here we are! Sami defends against Big E, in a Lumberjack match! Sami thinks this is all because of Bryan! Bryan “stooged to management.” If that’s true, Sami isn’t going to do anything, karma will take care of this. Sami will defend successfully, go home and polish his two Sami Awards all night long.

But at the Royal Rumble, karma will make Bryan FAIL! And when Bryan does, Sami will be there to laugh in Bryan’s face! Sami storms off to get ready for his match, and Bryan figures that reaction is because Santa Claus didn’t get Sami a PS5. That is what the kids are into, right? But trends aside, will Bryan be the next Royal Rumble winner and punch his golden ticket to WrestleMania?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship Lumberjack Match: Sami Zayn VS Big E!

The Great Liberator has a great ego and a great temper, and both have gotten him into this mess! Will Sami find himself without a foolproof strategy to escape this scenario with his title? After all, he has friends among the Lumberjacks at ringside!

SmackDown returns as Sami makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised and the Lumberjacks are ready as this golden finale to Christmas begins!

Sami and Big E tie up, go around, and Big E puts Sami in a corner. Sami fights his way out but Big E puts him in another corner. The ref counts, Big E lets off and Sami comes back. Sami waistlocks, Big E goes around to pry free, and he throws Sami over with a hip toss! Cover, TWO! Big E stalks Sami to ropes but Sami kicks back. Sami headlocks, Big E powers out, then things speed up as Big E hurdles and elbows Sami down! Big E runs in at the corner but Sami drop toeholds him into buckles! Baron Corbin applauds as Sami stomps Big E. Sami digs his boots in, lets off at 4, and Big E falls out, for the Dirty Dawgs and Knights of the Lone Wolf to attack!

The ref reprimands but Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode put Big E back in for Sami. Sami rains down rights, and shows Big E the shirt that reads “I AM The Intercontinental Champion!” Sami throws Big E back out and the Knights pounce again! Cutler and Blake put Big E back in, Sami covers, ONE!! Big E shakes out the cobwebs but Sami drags Big E up. Sami suplexes but Big E rolls him up, TWO, so Big E gets the leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Sami endures as Big E cranks the leg but Sami gets the ropebreak! Big E lets off fast and Sami gets out, but now Sami finds himself in enemy waters! Big E drags Sami back in by his hair but Sami hotshots!

Sami bumps Big E off buckles! Sami goes around and brings Big E to another corner but Big E blocks the buckle bump! Big E elbows Sami away then CLOBBERS him! Sami lands on the apron, Big E goes out and stomps him! Big E has Sami down and runs, but Sami moves and the splash becomes a CRASH off the apron! The ref warns the Lumberjacks this time but they still go after Big E! Big E fights the Dawgs and Wolves but Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and he takes out Big E! Sami has his challenger down as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns once again and Sami has Big E on the ropes literally as he chokes him! Sami lets off as the ref counts, but he talks trash as he throws the shirt at him! Sami JABS Big E, and JABS him again! “That’s why I’m the champion and not you!” Sami runs, into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And another! And then the side, but Sami fights it off with elbows! Big E runs in but Sami boots him! Sami goes corner to corner, but into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Big E keeps his cool. Big E stalks Sami, claps it up, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and he scoops Sami.

Sami slips out and bails out, but the Lumberjacks keep him from running away! They put Sami back in but Sami also grabs the apron skirt! The ref is counting, Sami lets go at 4, the ref is busy with the skirt and Sami pokes Big E in the eyes! Sami found his opening! Roll up, TWO!! Sami BOOTS Big E, and Big E staggers about! Sami runs, but Big E sends him to the apron! Big E runs but into a KNEE! Sami hurries to a corner, climbs up with a smirk, but Big E intercepts with haymakers! Big E climbs up but Sami hits back! They brawl up top, the Lumberjacks cheer as Sami hammers away! SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Big E still lives and shocks Sami!

Sami gets up, runs corner to corner, but Big E dodges the Helluva Kick! Sami tumbles out, Big E runs and SPEARS Sami off the apron!! The Lumberjacks swarm, fight each other, but they get Big E back in the ring! Some go for Sami but Sami fights back! Gulak ROCKS Cesaro with a right, but Nakamura BOOTS Gulak! Now the Lumberjacks are brawling with each other! The ref reprimands them all but there’s nothing he can do about that! Sami is sneaking away in the chaos! Apollo Crews realizes it and he CLOBBERS Sami at the ring! Gable, Otis, the Profits and Apollo haul Sami back to the ring!

Big E is waiting as Sami is tossed in with a “Merry Christmas!” Sami swings, but into the BELLY2BELLY! Big E runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big scoop, BIG ENDING!! Cover, Big E WINS!!

Winner: Big E, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)

“I told you! The prophecy is fulfilled!” Corey Graves admits Big E was right all along, and they shake hands. Sami Zayn really will need that shirt from The Profits now, but maybe Big E will be wearing a new one of his own! The celebration begins as confetti flies! Will Big E make all of SmackDown #ThinkBig in 2021?


My Thoughts:

What a fun episode for SmackDown on Christmas! The steel cage match opening was a pretty big giveaway on how a lot of the night was going to go, but mostly that Roman Reigns was retaining. I chuckle every time WWE puts up a cage match, and certainly for main roster. They sell it to us with, “This way, the Heel’s sidekick(s) can’t interfere at all~!” But obviously, the reality is they will interview, and it will most certainly help the Heel win. That is what happened, and that is why Roman is still champion. But it was at least unique, not having the door be the reason why, but a pair of handcuffs through the fence. This cage match was clearly meant as a ratings catcher, and just doubles down on Kevin not being the one to dethrone Roman.

Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso was an incredible match, and honestly meant a bit more to the overall Roman Reigns story than the cage match. Bryan wins, declares for the Rumble, and is surely a candidate from SmackDown for winning. Bryan could challenge Roman, but things could still follow other rumored plans, and only time will tell. There’s also a lot going on with Profits poking fun at Sami, Sami getting in Bryan’s face, and then Sami losing to Big E. The Intercontinental Championship Lumberjack match was really good, as far as Lumberjack matches go. It was a great moment for Big E to win the title to close the last SmackDown of 2020, and that’s just a logical move. Big E can freshen things up in the Intercontinental title scene and maybe Sami has a non-title rivalry with Bryan.

One thing I would think SmackDown could do to keep all this story blending going is circle back to Kevin wanting to team with Bryan. Profits are Kevin’s friends, Kevin wants to be teammates and friends with Bryan, but maybe Sami gets in the mix somehow. I am certainly still hoping Kevin and Sami become a team again and actually get those tag titles together. It’s another “time will tell” situation but honestly, what more is there in the SmackDown Tag Division when WWE isn’t treating either main roster tag division that well?

Speaking of, the Women’s Tag Division still seems to confuse Vince McMahon. I really liked the match we got in the Elimination Triple Threat Tag, as I was hoping Bayley and Carmella would reunite now that they’re both Heels. Sasha and Bianca was a good combination, too, but a lot of that Triple Threat was another ratings grabber. I honestly thought tonight’s match was going to be 2v2, Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad, as Riott Squad was the team that was actually a team and actually winning this whole time. Maybe that’s for the new year, on the way to the Royal Rumble. I just wish there wasn’t the awkwardly arranged promo segment before. Use that time having the challengers alternate entrances and Mella putting all her chips on the “look at how hot I am” angle into having actions speak for all six truly exceptional women.

My Score: 8.3/10


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

Moxley is on a Rampage!

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AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!

Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
  • Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
  • Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!

The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?

The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!

Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.

Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!

AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!

Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!

Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!

Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?

As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?

 

AEW hears from Jurassic Express.

Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?

 

Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.

Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!

Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.

Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!

Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!

Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a  BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!

Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall

A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.

“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?

 

Hook VS Serpentico!

The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?

Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?

 

Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!

Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!

But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!

Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!

Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!

Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.

Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Acknowledge the history made!

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The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!

SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
  • Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
  • Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
  • Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!

Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.

Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!

But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.

But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.

Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!

Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?

 

Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!

The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?

The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.

Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?

 

Aliyah VS Natalya!

Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?

SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!

Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification

Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?

 

Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?

SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!

Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!

The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!

Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.

Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage

And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.

Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.

But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.

SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.

Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…

Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.

Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says  he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.

Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?

 

Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?

SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!

Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!

Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.

Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?

 

Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!

The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?

Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.

The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!

Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!

SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!

Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)

Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.

Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.

Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.

But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.

My Score: 8.1/10


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