The legends return for the first Monday Night Raw of the New Year!
As Drew McIntyre defends the WWE World Championship against Keith Lee, Raw welcomes back legend after legend, such as Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan!
- The New Day VS The Miz & John Morrison; The New Day wins.
- AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker; Styles wins.
- Asuka & Charlotte Flair w/ Ric Flair VS Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce; Evans & Royce win.
- Matt Riddle VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Riddle wins.
Mandy RoseDana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler; Brooke wins.
- Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
- Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business; Lucha House Party wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Blame It On The Bogey(Man): Angel Garza VS R-Truth w/ Torrie Wilson & Nikki Cross; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Keith Lee; McIntyre wins and retains the title.
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Hulkamania is running wild!
This isn’t an iPhone you’re looking at, brother! It’s an hPhone! You can go online, go to social media, or even just make a phone call! So what you gonna do when Legend’s Night runs wild on you, brother?!
Miz TV opens Raw!
John Morrison and the once again Mr. Money in the Bank host the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and this is a Legend’s Night edition! Raw is jam-packed as Drew McIntyre defends his WWE Championship, Jeff Hardy faces an old foe in Randy Orton, and a whole lot of legends to celebrate the New Year! Hey, John, who do we have here tonight? Let’s see… There’s the Nature Boy, Ric Flair! Correct! Torrie Wilson, Booker T SUCKA~! And let me tell you something brother, Hulk Hogan! Correct! But Morrison is forgetting someone. The most legendary legend, The Miz, and he is AEWSOME! COOOOORRECT!
But tonight isn’t just Legend’s Night, no! It’s the first Raw of the new year, and Miz is optimistic about 2021, what with WWE Management restoring this MITB briefcase to the rightful owner: MIZ. 2021 will be the Year of Miz ‘n’ Morrison, Hey Hey, Ho Ho! And here is the first guest of the new year, the NEW~ DAY~! Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods head to the ring to join Miz and Morrison and they all take seats. Miz welcomes them to the show, thanks them, but the New Day thank them for being guests on their new show. It is “New! Day Talks!” No way to flip the thing on the mics for that, though.
Kofi is the host, and Xavier is the band leader. Miz TV doesn’t have a band leader. Right, but NDT does! So Kofi gets to business. This is more like a cookout, and these two weren’t invited. But if they want to crash the cookout, Kofi will tell them what they’ve got. Kofi and Woods are gonna have it all~! They know fans are thirsty, so they’ve brought the good tea. Correct! What else? Kofi is vegan but Woods brought the beef! Correct! And? Well this is the first show ever in the history of ever with smell-o-vision, and it is working! COOOOOOOORRECT~! Are they done? Yeah Kofi is lightheaded. Then Miz would like to conduct his-
COOOOOOOOOOOOOORRECT! Oh okay, this is “hosting practice before Xavier bombs on G4.” IN-COOOORRECT. And respect Woods’ authority, he is also a bailiff. Where is Miz’s bailiff? This isn’t Judge Judy. Morrison loves that show. Not helping. Kofi gets to his cards for questions, very official. Like them graphics? Okay, first question. “Do you have any New Year’s Resolucions?” That’s a hard hitting question? Morrison has three. One: graduate from hibachi chef school. Two: Invest in Etheriom. Nice. And three: Take a picture every day so he can make a picture montage at the end. Cool! NOT, HELPING!
Second question! Let’s switch it up. Out of all the legends here tonight, who would they go out to dinner with? Who? Who who who? Miz sighs but Morrison says Tatanka! Miz tells Morrison to stop giving in. This “interview” has gone on long enough. Woods plays the trombone and Kofi says this is the cooking portion of the show! Cooking like Bootiesworthy! Xavier Woods hosts this section. Miz shouts “ENOUGH!!” Miz is sick of them making a joke out of him and his show! Miz thought the new year would mean a new- Wait, is that… TEDDY LONG?! “Hold on a minute there, playas!” It’s been a long time, but Teddy’s back, and he says that Miz ‘n’ Morrison… will face THE UNDERTAKER! WHOA~!!
Adam Pearce hurries out to let Teddy know that Taker retired. Oh, sorry. New solution. Miz ‘n’ Morrison will take on the New Day! And that is next! Another classic from Teddy Long! Will Kofi & Woods show the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century who really knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk?
The New Day VS The Miz & John Morrison!
Raw returns and Morrison starts with Woods at the bell. The two tie up, Morrison headlocks but Woods powers out fast. They circle, Woods gets around to roll up, ONE! Woods mule kicks, puts Morrison in the corner and CHOPS him! Kofi tags in, they double wrench to double CHOP and kick and run to double BULLDOG Morrison down! Kofi covers, TWO! Kofi grins as he brings Morrison up to snapmare, then runs and tags Woods. Penalty Kick, sliding lariat, and rebound SPLASH! Woods drops the fist! Cover, TWO! Woods brings Morrison up but Morrison ROCKS Woods with a forearm! And then KNEES Woods to the corner! Tag to Miz and Miz stomps away on Woods!
Miz paces as he seethes, then brings Woods up for a knee. Miz scuffs Woods, runs, but Woods dodges the boot to roll him up! TWO, and Miz scoops but Woods slips out. Woods shoves Miz to the corner, elbows then tags Kofi. Kofi runs in to forearm, Woods hits the HONOR ROLL! Kofi covers, TWO! Kofi keeps on Miz with a headlock but Miz powers up. Kofi hits the headlock takeover, Miz claws at his face but the ref reprimands. The two stand up, Miz gets ropes and elbows Kofi back! Miz headlocks, Kofi powers out but Miz runs him over! Miz and Morrison start up “Hey hey! Ho ho!”
Things speed up, Miz catches Kofi but Kofi arm-drags out of the full nelson. Kofi spins but Miz blocks Trouble in Paradise to catapult but Kofi goes up, up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps moving and he Penalty Kicks Miz back down! Woods tags in, and he gives Kofi a boost, for a spinning stomp! Cover, TWO! Miz reaches but Woods brings Miz away with a headlock. Miz powers up, pulls Woods’ hair, and gets a headlock of his own. Woods powers out, Morrison tags in and Woods dropkicks Miz only for Morrison to club him, spin and trip, STANDING SHOOTING FLOP! Woods tags in and he holds Morrison in a crossface for Kofi to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Kofi brings Morrison up, whips him corner to corner but Morrison reverses. Morrison runs in but Kofi lands out of the monkey flip! Kofi twerks at Morrison, but still dropkicks him down! Kofi goes in, and he hits a monkey flip with extra heat! Miz runs in but Woods clobbers him! Kofi runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes Miz ‘n’ Morrison at the ramp! Woods get the trombone to play their song as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Morrison whips Kofi only for Kofi to hit a leaping lariat! Kofi fires off strikes on Morrison, and a headbutt! Kofi hits Miz, too, but Morrison wrenches and kicks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE Kofi down! Tag to Miz, and Miz runs to basement BOOT Kofi down! Miz rains down furious fists then drags Kofi up. Miz puts Kofi against ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Miz lets off, but Morrison gets a cheap shot in! Miz drags Kofi back up, puts him in the corner and tags Morrison. They double GUT BUSTER, then Morrison covers, TWO! Morrison keeps on Kofi with a chinlock and grinds him down.
Fans clap on their screens, Kofi fights up and reaches, but he throws body shots to get free! Kofi runs but Morrison picks him up and puts him in the corner. Tag to Miz, Miz mocks Woods with “NEW~ DAY~ SUCKS!” A-List Lariat to Kofi! Cover, TWO! Miz pulls Kofi back against the knee and pulls on the arms. Kofi endures, fights up, turns things around on Miz, then clubs him! Miz keeps Kofi from Woods with a knee to the ribs! Miz gets the leg and steps through but no figure four! Kofi gets Miz for SOS! Both men are down but their partners reach out! Hot tags to Woods and Morrison!
Woods rallies on Morrison with clotheslines and a leg lariat! Miz runs in but Woods throws him out! Morrison kicks Woods, whips but Woods reverses, only for Morrison to DECK him with a right! Morrison brings Woods up, whips again but Woods slides, to ROLLING ELBOW! Morrison is on the ropes, Woods runs, sliding wrecking ball dropkick! Kofi gets Miz with a leaping ax handle! Woods steps in, Morrison blocks the DDT and rolls him up, to use ropes! But Kofi pushes the legs off! Woods trips up Morrison for a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, the New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall
The first win in the new year for the New Day, will they be back on their way to a new tag team championship opportunity? Is 2021 already going to be rough for Miz and Morrison?
Backstage interview with Randy Orton.
After watching a recap video of last week, Charly Caruso asks him what was going through his mind as he held that burning match. Alexa Bliss had dared him to set her on fire the same as he did The Fiend/Bray Wyatt, and drenched herself in gasoline to make it easy, and even though cameras cut away, it is clear he didn’t go through with it. Orton says that as he was holding that match, the voices were telling him to do it. “Drop the match! Set her on fire! Watch her burn!” But Orton couldn’t do it. Orton realized why: because just like everyone who has faced The Fiend, something changed. So because he faced The Fiend, he changed, and actually showed restraint, compassion and mercy. For that, Orton hates himself!
But then Orton realized his new hatred could be molded and sculpted. There are no more boundaries, and he is truly capable of anything and everything! “Can you imagine if I directed that newfound hatred for myself towards someone else?” Charly asks if he thinks The Fiend is coming back. He doesn’t want to think about that. He’s going to go for a walk, find some old friends, some legends, and have a talk to remind them why he is The Legend Killer. Will all of the WWE legends here tonight be very careful not to “catch up” with The Viper?
Raw shares part of the WWE New Year’s TikTok stream.
R-Truth joined The New Day in ringing in the new year, and he was very hopeful for 2020~! They explain that 2020 already happened, and we’re heading into 2021 now. Look at the glasses and decorations. Oh right, duh. That was a test! Truth just got back from Australia- Truth, no, there’s no international travel… Truth says he swam and ran it. But then referee Jon Cone comes in, ready to party! A New Year party popper spooks Truth, and Garza rolls him up!! Garza wins!! And Francesca is a casualty!!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
No! Not like this! Not while it’s still 2020!! Xavier mourns Francesca but Garza shouts “Happy New Year!” before he runs off, ready to truly celebrate 2021! Truth still thinks it’s 2020 and thinks this is a bad start to the year. Can it only get better from here?
Angel Garza meets Alicia Fox!
She’s beautiful, but so is his NEW 24/7 Championship. Alicia asks if he’s seen that guy on the skateboard drinking cranberry juice listening to Fleetwood Mac on TikTok. He hasn’t. Then what does he know about beautiful? She heads off, and Garza meets legends like Tatanka, Sgt. Slaughter and Mickie James! He respectfully says going into the New Year that there couldn’t be any more than he could want! He has his happiness, his health, and the 24/7 title, but now he’s gotten to meet Mickie James! What an honor! He hands her his rose, but Slaughter takes it and calls Garza a maggot. Garza heads off before a legend decides to take his title, will he make it through the night with the belt?
AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker!
The Phenomenal One didn’t have a phenomenal ending to 2020 since The Miz got in the way at TLC, but he did get to beat up on The Drifter. Now we get an encore to start 2021! Will Elias rewrite how this song ends? Or will Styles refuse to #WalkWithElias no matter what year it is?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Elias. Styles headlocks, Elias tries to power out but Styles holds on. Elias goes to a corner, Styles turns that to a rolling headlock! Elias powers up, back suplexes Styles down, but Styles holds on to the headlock! Styles grinds Elias but Elias powers up to power out and elbow Styles down! Styles staggers, Elias runs in and kicks Styles down! Elias fires off with stomps in the corner but the ref counts. Elias lets off at 4, brings Styles up and CHOPS him! Elias whips, Styles hits buckles hard then Elias CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE!! Elias wraps on a chinlock to grind Styles down, but Styles fights up to back Elias into buckles. Styles elbows free, then throws haymakers.
Styles CHOPS Elias, more haymakers, then whips. Elias reverses, Styles kicks Elias away, but Styles runs into a flapjack hotshot! Elias trophy lifts Styles to TOSS him onto the corner! Styles gasps and staggers to the apron, Elias BLASTS him down! Omos glares at Elias while Styles recovers and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Elias has Styles up top. Omos glares as Elias throws hands on Styles, keeps Styles on the top rope, but Styles hits back! Elias ROCKS Styles over and over, the ref reprimands but Elias climbs up. Styles slips under and trips Elias up! Then Styles runs in, but Elias BOOTS back! Styles throws a forearm but Elias gives it back! Styles CHOPS, Elias BOOTS! Styles throws a forearm, Elias knees low and hard then CHOPS! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Elias dodges to hit a SIT-OUT CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Elias is beside himself as Styles survives! Elias drops a knee, then drags Styles around to stomp him.
Elias goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Styles rolls away. Elias hops down and storms over, blocks a boot but not the kick! Styles slips out to the apron, springboards back in, but into a JUMPING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives again and Elias is shocked! Elias throws down furious fists, drags Styles up to Electric Chair lift, but Styles slips around to RANA Elias into buckles! Elias staggers into Styles’ suplex, BRAIN BUSTER! Styles isn’t done there, he drags Elias up and reels him in, for the STYLES CLASH!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
That’s two times in a row now! Styles gets up, but Ryker gets in with Elias’ guitar! Only for Omos to intercept the smash hit with a BOOT! Omos’ glare scares Ryker out of the ring! Ryker and Elias regroup, will they decide to Drift Away from anywhere Omos is?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
As a former Royal Rumble winner, what advice does she give to those already declaring this year? The advice is, “Don’t listen to the critics.” Charlotte wasn’t a favorite to win, and yet she defied the odds and did it. That is why she is already declaring for the 2021 Rumble and will defy the odds again. Will the Queen go back to back and be headed back to WrestleMania?
Matt Riddle encounters The Big Show backstage!
Riddle loves “Weeell~…!” But has he ever considered being #TheBigBRO? Show tries it out, and he has some great pipes on him. But Riddle has his huge match with Bobby Lashley, so they’ll talk later. Sure, sure. Show will see you later. But then Randy Orton comes by. “Must be an interesting feeling, huh?” What’s that? Knowing that Show can never compete in the ring again. Who says that? Well, last time Show was in the ring, it was with Orton and he got hit with the most dangerous letters in sports entertainment, and punted in the head. So Show’s career is over thanks to Orton! How does it feel? Show says he can compete any time he wants! Oh, yeah?
Orton clamps onto Show but Show keeps his cool. Show knows Orton wants him to do something reckless. Orton isn’t in his head. Show isn’t embarrassed being out there with the legends. Isn’t he? Then if it meant something to Show, he’d do something about it! But Big Show doesn’t have the guts anymore, so Orton will be on his way. Will the Viper prey on another legend?
Asuka & Charlotte Flair w/ Ric Flair VS Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce!
The Nature Boy proudly walks his daughter to the ring, as she and the Empress of Tomorrow are going to take on another hopeful women’s tag team! Will the #QueensOfTomorrow make the Sassy Southern Belle and Venus Flytrap bow down before them?
Raw returns as Asuka makes her entrance. Then Peyton makes her entrance, followed by Lacey. The teams sort out and though Lacey says hi to Ric, Peyton starts against Charlotte. They circle, tie up, and Charlotte gets around to a waistlock and she slams Peyton down! Peyton tags to Lacey, she waves to Ric but then Charlotte waistlocks and slams her! Charlotte holds on, Lacey powers up and elbows out! Lacey keeps waving to Ric but Charlotte trips her up! Lacey scrambles to the ropes, Charlotte lets go at 4. Lacey bails out, Charlotte gives chase but tags to Peyton! Peyton swipes at Charlotte but Charlotte DECKS her, only for Lacey to throw her down!
Peyton rains down rights on Charlotte then shouts at Asuka to stop cheering. Peyton throws forearms but Charlotte gives them back! Charlotte whips, Peyton reverses but Charlotte tumbles over and out to shoulder back in! Slingshot and roll up but Peyton rolls through to KICK Charlotte! Peyton sucker punches Asuka and hurries away to tag Lacey! Peyton and Lacey mug Charlotte while the ref is busy with Asuka! Lacy and Peyton double whip, but Charlotte kicks Lacey and forearms Peyton! Lacey runs in but into a backbreaker! Tag to Asuka, and she climbs up to missile dropkick Lacey down! Peyton tags in but Asuka dodges her to hip attack Lacey! Then side-step and shoulder for Peyton!
Peyton gets to a corner, Asuka runs in to hip attack! Asuka kicks Lacey, then hits a BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Cover on Peyton, TWO! Asuka keeps her focus as she drags Peyton up in a waistlock. Peyton fights the suplex off but Asuka kicks and whips. Peyton reverses, Asuka goes up but Peyton DECKS her! Lacey is flirting with Ric but Charlotte glares at her. And then SLAPS her! Charlotte also scolds her dad for encouraging this behavior, but Lacey TACKLES Charlotte down! They scrap on the outside and Ric isn’t sure what to do as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Peyton and Lacey both stomp away on Asuka. The ref counts, they let off and Lacey drags Asuka to step in for a deep cover! ONE, but Lacey gets the arm. Lacey wrenches on the arm, tags in Peyton, and Peyton drags Asuka up to stomp her down. Fans clap on their screens but Peyton tells them and Charlotte to shut up. Peyton stomps Asuka, whips her to a corner hard, then smirks as she slithers over. Peyton drags Asuka up, throws her around, then stalks over to a cover. Peyton bumps Asuka off buckles, digs her boots in, and tags in Lacey. Lacey snapmares, wraps Asuka up in a chinlock, but Charlotte rallies for Asuka.
Asuka fights up, but Lacey dribbles her off the mat! Tag to Peyton, they stomp Asuka around, then Peyton drags Asuka up. Asuka reaches but has to throw hands first. Peyton whips Asuka away but Asuka DECKS Lacey! Asuka ROCKS and ROUNDHOUSES Peyton, to then LARIAT! Both women are down, crawling for their corners, hot tags to Charlotte and Lacey! The Queen rallies with big clotheslines, a BOOT for Peyton, then she dodges as Lacey runs back in. Charlotte blocks Lacey’s boots to ROCK her with a right! Charlotte puts the leg on the ropes to drop a knee on it! Lacey hobbles but Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Charlotte scoops Lacey but Lacey slips out and shoves. Peyton tags in, Charlotte kicks Lacey and hits the EXPLODER! Peyton runs in but into a kick and EXPLODER! Charlotte has the two of them side by side in the drop zone, she climbs as she tags Asuka, MOONSAULT onto both opponents! Asuka uses Lacey as a step to SLIDING KICK Peyton! Cover, TWO!! Peyton survives, but Asuka is right on her! Peyton elbows her away, Charlotte tags back in and Asuka hits a CODEBREAKER! To NATURAL SELECTION!! Cover, Lacey breaks it! Asuka goes after Lacey, throws her out but the hip attack gets a kick and NECKBREAKER!
Lacey flirts with Ric again, pulls him in by his tie, but Charlotte WRECKS Lacey with a dropkick! Charlotte asks what Lacey doesn’t get about leaving Ric alone. But Peyton takes a swing, only Charlotte to duck! The ref is distracted by Lacey, Charlotte runs but Ric trips her!? Peyton rolls Charlotte up, Peyton and Lacey win!!
Winners: Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans, by pinfall
Lacey gives Ric a kiss for that one, but he clearly made a mistake! Charlotte seethes, and Ric apologizes for mistiming the oldest trick in the book, but she tells him to stay out of her business. This isn’t the first time daughter and father have had tension before, but will she be able to forgive Ric this time?
Sheamus finds Drew McIntyre backstage.
“Alright, fella!” Is he ready for tonight? Of course! McIntyre is always ready. And he can show the legends that the world title is in good hands. Good man. But do Sheamus a favor. After Keith Lee put a spanner (that’s wrench for American fans) in the plans, give him an extra kick from Sheamus. McIntyre will, because he will do whatever it takes to defend the title. Sheamus wishes McIntyre luck, but Hogan and Jimmy Hart appear! Hogan wants to tell them something, brothers! He’s the number one fan of both The Fella and the champ! Hogan is so excited for the title match so he will wish him all the luck in the world. Though, just from looking at him, McIntyre’s clearly been training, saying his prayers and taking his vitamins! That’s right!
But even so, Hogan wants to say how proud he is as McIntyre has carried the WWE banner during these crazy times. McIntyre reminds Hogan of Hogan, dude! Well that means the world to McIntyre. Hogan has always had good things to say about McIntyre, and always believed in him, so thanks. And if McIntyre does remind him of himself, is there any chance Sheamus’ big mouth reminds Hogan of Jimmy Hart? Hart can see the resemblance. Sheamus is the Mouth of the South of Ireland. Y’all having a laugh? Well let Sheamus tell you something, brothers! That’s not funny. Just good luck and see you both for drinks later. Not Jimmy, though. Oh lighten up, Sheamus. Stop it, Jimmy!
Hogan has one last thing for McIntyre. Oh he’s way ahead of you, Hogan. WHATCHA GONNA DO, KEITH LEE, when Hulk Hogan and the Hulkamaniacs, AND Drew McIntyre and ClaymoreMania run wild on you, brother?! FLEX! Will McIntyre have even more motivation to win tonight?
Matt Riddle VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
The Bro has a lot of ideas, but it’s up for debate if going after the All Mighty United States Champion is a good or bad one. Will Riddle be too much for even the Rocky Mountain Machine to figure out?
Lashley hands the belt off to MVP, but Riddle is right on him! Riddle fires off forearms and knees, the ref pulls him off, but Riddle finally cools off. The bell hasn’t rung, this isn’t a match yet, but Lashley wants it all the same! They throw hands, Riddle ROUNDHOUSES but Lashley stays up! Riddle gets a waistlock, slips around and goes after the arm, but Lashley pops him up to SLAM him down! Lashley whips Riddle to a corner and stomps then throws hands! Lashley throws big elbows, lets off as the ref counts, but Riddle catches him to a HANGING ARMBAR, and they tumble out of the ring!
Riddle gets up quick to kick, but Lashley yanks him off the apron! Lashley fireman’s carries and POSTS Riddle! Riddle is in a daze as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Lashley is all over Riddle, and hits a straddle attack! And then he drags Riddle back into a stretch, and he twists Riddle’s head and neck with a chinbar! Riddle fights up, Lashley chinlocks, but Riddle fights with body shots and forearms! Riddle runs but Lashley follows, into a kick! Lashley blocks the next kick to spin and elbow, then CLOBBER Riddle! Riddle is a bit dazed again but MVP tells Lashley to finish this. Lashley drags Riddle up by his hair for another chinbar and stretch. Riddle endures, punches at Lashley’s hands, then pries free! Riddle throws body shots, Lsahley whips him into buckles!
Lashley throws more hands, body shots, but Riddle hits back! Lashley elbows Riddle, knees him down, then digs him into the buckle! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and whips Riddle corner to corner. Lashley runs in but Riddle dodges. Lashley stops himself, whips Riddle into more buckles, then bumps him again. Lashley rolls Riddle and runs, but into a spin and PELE! Riddle handsprings and fires up to forearm smash! Then he goes side to side to forearm! Then a BRO- No! Lashley blocks the exploder to gut wrench, and DOMINATOR! But Riddle lands on his feet to PENALTY KICK and BROTON! Cover, ONE?!! FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!?!
MVP talks trash to Riddle but Riddle puts Lashley in a drop zone. Riddle goes up top, MVP distracts and Lashley clubs Riddle! Lashley drags Riddle off the corner to the Canadian rack, DOMINATOR!! Lashley seethes, talks trash on Riddle, and drags him into the HURT LOCK! Riddle endures, pushes off ropes and gets around, he taps but the ref doesn’t see it! Lashley lets go but he and MVP protest! But Riddle rolls Lashley up, and WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Now MVP and Lashley are REALLY angry! Riddle gets lucky, but Lashley did have his insurance policy in MVP. Will things be very different in a rematch?
Ricochet talks with Mark Henry backstage.
The One and Only gets encouragement from the World’s Strongest Man about keeping on as he’s been. Henry sees Ricochet’s heart and knows he can get the job done. Ricochet appreciates the kind words, and says he’s been trying to stay strong, but sometimes it’s hard. This means a lot to Ricochet. But then Orton appears… “Well I’ll be damned, Mark Henry in the flesh.” Orton’s been meaning to catch up to Henry, and he wants to tell Henry that he is entering the 2021 Men’s Rumble. Orton asks if Henry has done the same. Oh, but after all the wear and tear, Henry using a scooter bike to get around, Henry might never compete ever again.
There’s something else Orton thought about. Tonight being Legend’s Night, a lot of legends are of course here tonight, and here is the World’s Strongest Man, on a scooter. How fast does that thing go, anyway? Fast enough to get away from Orton. Orton keeps Henry from scooting off, and wants to reminisce about “the good ol’ days” when Henry put Orton in the Hall of Pain with that World’s Strongest Slam over and over. Orton owes Henry a lot of receipts. Maybe Orton will give Henry a pass on this special occasion, only if he pedals his ass on out of here. Or does Henry want Orton to hit him here and now? GO! GET OUT OF HERE! Pedal and scoot out of ORTON’S arena. Henry has no choice but to take the verbal abuse, but will there be a legend still able to shut Orton up?
MVP has Lashley calm down backstage.
But Charly Caruso asks about the controversy we just saw. MVP says Lashley was ROBBED! Riddle tapped, and what happened after was a travesty! Lashley says Riddle tapped out, but it’ll be okay. Next time Lashley gets his hands on Riddle, he won’t just beat him or hurt him, he will PUNISH his punk ass! MVP says now they’re angry.
Mandy Rose VS Shayna Baszler!
After how she and Dana Brooke were both treated by the Queen of Spades, Mandy wants payback! But- Wait, before she even makes it to the ring, Shayna strikes! Shayna gets Mandy right into the KIRAFUDA, then THROWS her into barriers! And more barriers! And then back the other way! The ref reprimands, Shayna goes into the ring and dares Mandy to get in. Dana hurries out and is pissed at Shayna, but the ref tries to keep this from turning into a fight. Dana says she’ll take Mandy’s place in the match, then! Shayna is fine with that, the ref approves, and so it happens!
Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler!
The bell rings, Dana swings but Shayna dodges to kick and fire off fast hands! Shayna KICKS Dana in the leg, then shouts at her, “How many times do we have to do this?” Shayna throws Dana but Dana throws Shayna out! Dana dares Shayna to get in, and she does, into a fireman’s carry! But Shayna slips out to put on the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Dana snapmares out to a cover! Dana wins!!
Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall
But Shayna STILL has the Kirafuda on! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! The Sexy Muscle Friends regroup, Shayna runs into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Dana and Mandy tell Shayna to back off, but will Shayna simply regroup with her own tag partner?
Ric Flair talks with fellow legends backstage.
But then Orton comes by and ruins the fun. Orton asks how Ric is doing. Here Orton was thinking that for old time’s sake, Ric walk him down to the ring for the match with Jeff Hardy? Of course, Orton won’t let Ric screw his match up like he did Charlotte’s. Ric makes one thing clear. He will NEVER walk down the ramp with Orton again. Ric believed in Orton so much, and all Ric wanted was to be by Orton’s side for that 14th title reign. Remember Evolution? Remember Ric wanting Orton to win RIC’S world title?
Orton remembers plenty! Orton remembers Ric taught him damn near everything! Ric is the Dirtiest Player in the Game, or was! The only thing that makes Ric relevant anymore is that Charlotte is 10 times the competitor he ever was! What’s wrong, Ric? How does your head feel? After that punt just last year, and yet here Ric is again. The thing is, when Orton looks at him, he sees a man that talks and looks like Ric Flair, but is NOT the man that taught Orton everything he knows. Ric is not that man to Orton or anyone else here. He’s just “a pathetic old man.” Orton leaves Ric behind, but is he done running down the legends on Legend’s Night?
Riddle finds Keith Lee backstage.
Bro, huge match tonight! Riddle won his with Lashley, didn’t need too much luck, so he’ll give the rest to Keith. Not that Keith really needs it, he’s a stallion and a beautiful man. But just imagine this! New Year, new champs, bro! Keith has Riddle stop and thanks him for the pep talk. Riddle cheers Keith on, but will the Limitless One truly usher in something new in 2021?
Jeff Hardy VS Randy Orton!
It wasn’t too long ago that the Charismatic Enigma and The Viper were trying to end each other’s legacies, and somehow Hardy survived the Apex Predator. But with how Orton is turning his self-loathing into venom towards others, will Hardy have a chance of surviving this time?
The bell rings and Orton stares Hardy down as they circle. They tie up, go around and Hardy gets Orton in a corner, only for Orton to turn it around. Hardy turns it back, Orton facelocks then pokes Hardy in the eye! The ref reprimands, Hardy staggers but Orton brings him around by his hair to a snapmare. Orton stomps Hardy’s face, then paces about. Orton drags Hardy up, scrapes his laces off Hardy’s face, then stalks him to ropes. Orton drags Hardy up, throws him out, and then pursues. Orton brings Hardy up to bounce off the announce desk hood again and again! Then the BACK SUPLEX to the desk! Hardy flops down while Orton leaves him behind to refresh the count.
Orton drags Hardy along the desk by his hair, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Hardy grits his teeth but Orton looms over him. Orton isolates an arm, twists the wrist and tortures the fingers. Hardy gets the ropebreak but Orton hammerlocks the arm to STOMP it! Orton stalks Hardy to a corner but Hardy kicks back and throws haymakers! Orton knees low, whips Hardy to the corner, but Hardy comes back to LARIAT! Hardy drops ax handles, drags Orton up and bumps him off buckles. Hardy rams in, digs his shoulder in, but the ref counts. Hardy lets off but Orton kicks low then kicks the bad arm!
Orton paces around Hardy again, STOMPS the hand, then grins as he STOMPS the other hand. Hardy holds his fingers but Orton sits him up for a chinlock. Hardy endures as Orton grinds him down, but Hardy fights up to fight out. Fans clap on their screens, Hardy kicks and hits the TWIST OF FURY! Hardy hurries up top, throws his shirt off and takes aim! But Orton bails out so Hardy has to hop down. Hardy LEAPS from the apron to CROSSBODY! The Viper is on the defensive now as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Orton grinds Hardy down with a chinlock. Fans clap on their screens as Hardy endures, fights up and throws elbows, only for Orton to throw Hardy down by his hair! Cover, TWO! Orton drags Hardy back up, wraps him up and claws at his face! The ref counts, Orton lets go of Hardy’s nose to hook the EARLOBE! Orton goes after the gauge hole like he did in his SmackDown feud with Hardy! Hardy endures and the ref counts as Orton pulls on BOTH earlobes!! Hardy claws at Orton but Orton STOMPS him down! And then he STOMPS the legs! And then hits a running knee drop! Cover, TWO! Orton is right back on Hardy with the chinlock!
Orton grinds Hardy back down but Hardy endures again. Hardy fights his way up, reaches and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Orton lets go at 4, and Hardy gasps for air. Orton grins as he stalks up behind Hardy and drags him around. Orton brings Hardy up but Hardy throws body shots and hits a jawbreaker! Hardy pushes Orton back but Orton puts him through ropes! Hardy knows that too well and escapes the DDT to atomic drop! Leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick, and a splash! Cover, TWO! Hardy checks his earlobes before getting up and throwing hands. Orton hits back, knees low, then whips, only for Hardy to clobber him!
Hardy hits a splash in the corner, whips Orton corner to corner but Orton reverses. Hardy elbows Orton away, to hit WHISPER IN THE WINDS! Cover, TWO! Hardy is too tired to be frustrated, he and Orton catch their breath. Hardy is up first, he dares Orton to get up, and then he kicks low. Orton blocks but the spinning back kick sends Orton out! And then Hardy WRECKS Orton with another dropkick! Hardy puts Orton in, hurries up top again, but again Orton rolls away. Hardy hops down but Orton kicks low! Orton puts Hady in ropes, for the DRAPING DDT!
The ref checks on Hardy but Orton hears the voices! Hardy rises and Orton aims, but Hardy rolls him up! TWO!! Kick and Twist- RKO!!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Legend Killer tortured Hardy all over again and has another win! Will the Viper strike everyone down in the 2021 Royal Rumble?
Lucha House Party talks backstage.
But Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik are stopped in their tracks as they spot MELINA! Is she here for Lucha Legend’s Night? Check your breath, carnal. Melina says, “Lucha! Lucha!” Vaminos! The Lucha Locomotive is taking off, but will Lince and Metalik be up for a fiesta after their tag match tonight?
Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business!
Lashely may be livid after losing to Riddle the way he did, but “Prime” Alexander and the Gold Standard look to stay strong. Will the Raw Tag Team Champions pop the balloons and blow out the candles on the Lucha House Party before it gets going?
Raw returns as MVP joins commentary. He is calm and focused on the business at hand, and LHP make their entrance. The teams sort out, and Metalik starts against Shelton Benjamin. They circle, tie up and Benjamin knees low to CLUB Metalik down. Benjamin whips Metalik to run Metalik over! Alexander mocks the lucha chant, Benjamin whips Metalik to a corner, but Benjamin runs into Metalik’s boot! Metalik runs, ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Metalik kicks low, runs and walks the ropes to springboard, but Benjamin blocks the missile dropkick into a POWERBOMB!
Benjamin drags Metalik over, tags in Alexander, and Alexander whips Metalik to CLOBBER him! Cover, ONE! Alexander brings Metalik up but Metalik fights off the lift. Alexander CLUBS Metalik on the back, brings him up but Metalik lands out of the back suplex! Tag to Lince, Metalik boots and Lince gets a boost for the FLYING RANA! Lince keeps moving, but Alexander tilt-o-whirl SLAMS Lince down! Alexander hammers away on Lince, digs his face into the mat, then MVP tells Alexander not to play around but to go to work. Alexander DECKS Lince, whips him, but Lince handsprings to GOLDEN REWIND!
Tag to Benjamin and he KNEES Metalik down to deny the tag! Benjamin shoves Lince, throws hands, but Alexander tags himself in! Benjamin is annoyed but Alexander fires off hands. Benjamin tags himself in and annoys Alexander, and the two argue. Lince SUPERKICKS Benjamin, throws Alexander out, then wheelbarrows to STUNNER, then ghost pin! LUCHA HOUSE PARTY WINS!!
Winners: Lucha House Party, by pinfall
MVP is FURIOUS! Another loss for The Hurt Business is not acceptable! MVP asks Benjamin and Alexander if they’re embarrassed, because he sure is! Whatever is going on with them needs to stop! They’re not on the same page, and even argue about who isn’t working with the other. Alexander says he’s going to win, and he storms off, but MVP is the one keeping Benjamin from giving Alexander a whooping. Will the Hurt Business be able to keep things from falling apart in the new year?
Nikki Cross talks with Torrie Wilson backstage.
But then Garza comes over and offers her a rose. Torrie says she was in a conversation with Nikki. But she has a better idea. Torrie invited Cardi B, Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande to come by, so maybe Garza can go offer them a rose. Go down that hall and through that door. Good luck. Garza follows her directions, asks if Cardi is in here, but wait… That’s not Cardi B! That’s THE BOGEYMAN!! And he’s comin’ to get Garza!! Garza runs for his life, but into R-Truth’s roll-up! TRUTH WINS!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Truth has his baby back, and Garza got boogied! Will Garza learn to keep his eyes on the prize instead of his love life? And Ron Simmons comes by to say, “… DAMN!”
WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Keith Lee!
Finally, the first main event of the new year! And both Scottish Warrior and Limitless One have been wanting this from the moment it was made official! McIntyre has the legendary Hulkster rooting for him, but will the legend of the Leegion begin right here tonight?
Raw returns as Keith makes his entrance, with the legends on stage to cheer him on, too! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, this match will be historic!
The two tie up and go around the ring! They go on the ropes, in a corner, but neither wants to back down! They keep going, McIntyre has Keith on the ropes but lets off. Keith keeps his cool and resets with McIntyre. They tie up again, Keith powers McIntyre to a corner, McIntyre goes up the corner but Keith lets off. McIntyre pushes Keith but Keith again keeps cool. McIntyre gets around Keith to waistlock then half nelsons to get the cravat! Keith stays up with the neck wrench, even as McIntyre cranks harder. Keith THROWS McIntyre off, and the two collide! Neither budges, and things speed up! Keith manages to hurdle, then he drops to run McIntyre over!
McIntyre gets to the ropes and shoves Keith again. Keith shoves back this time and says this is a championship match. McIntyre SLAPS Keith! And CHOPS! And throws haymakers! McIntyre puts Keith in a corner for more hands, then CHOPS him again! McIntyre brings Keith up but Keith blocks the whip to reverse it. McIntyre kicks back but Keith DECKS McIntyre! McIntyre flops out of the ring and checks his jaw, but Keith dares him to come back. The ring count starts, McIntyre takes his time getting in, then he stares Keith down. They approach, tie up with knuckle locks but McIntyre kicks the arms to wrench and CLUB and stomp!
McIntyre gets Keith down but Keith goes to ropes. McIntyre is after Keith, CHOPS him again, then brings him out to whip. Keith reverses again, McIntyre holds ropes but Keith CLOTHESLINES McIntyre out! Keith goes out after McIntyre, but McIntyre BOOTS him! Keith seethes and POUNCES McIntyre OVER barriers! The legends in attendance are amazed as McIntyre crash lands! Keith storms back to the ring as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and McIntyre is throwing hands with Keith! McIntyre hits a JAWBREAKER, and he goes after Keith with a whip. Keith reverses and whips McIntyre hard into buckles! McIntyre hits the mat and gasps for air. Keith is up, scowls as he covers, ONE!! McIntyre is still in a bad way as he goes to the corner but Keith is on him with body shots! Keith gets in McIntyre’s face but McIntyre shoves him away. Keith just RAMS in with his shoulder! Keith throws McIntyre down, McIntyre gets to ropes but Keith is on him again. McIntyre kicks back, throws haymakers, but Keith returns them! Keith ROCKS McIntyre with another body shot!
Keith lets off long enough for McIntyre to breathe, but then he drags McIntyre around to a cover, TWO! Keith keeps cool, brings McIntyre back up, but McIntyre throws body shots of his own! Keith gets angry and he scoops and TOSSES McIntyre down! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre gasps and sputters for air, clutching his ribs, but Keith just scowls again. Keith brings McIntyre up to CLUB him on the back! Keith scoops and SLAMS him again! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre refuses to lose and the legends are loving it! Keith stalks McIntyre, drags McIntyre up, and whips him corner to corner, to then run in, but McIntyre dodges!
McIntyre throws body shots and haymakers to deny Keith his double chop. McIntyre runs, gets around and shoves, to bearhug, but Keith blocks the belly2belly with a headbutt! McIntyre throws more body shots, and uses momentum to try again. Keith denies another belly2belly with KNEES to the gut! Keith scoops McIntyre but McIntyre slips out to shove Keith into buckles! And then he tries again, for the OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Somehow he did it! Both men slowly rise, and McIntyre gets around for a neckbreaker! And he kips up! McIntyre fires up and tunes out the pain as best he can to take aim from the corner. Keith is up, but dodges the Claymore!
McIntyre gets around to sunset flip, TWO! Keith pops McIntyre up for the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and the legends are loving this! McIntyre rolls out of the ring for his own safety, and Keith goes out to pursue him. The ref wants this to stay inside, but McIntyre gets Keith for a POWERBOMB THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Keith is down in the wreckage and McIntyre clutches his ribs as Raw goes to another break!
Raw returns once more, and McIntyre is climbing up top! He leaps for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is beside himself as Keith survives. McIntyre drags Keith up, underhooks the arms, but no Future Shock as Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Keith powers up to CLOBBER McIntyre point-blank! Cover, TWO! Keith seethes again but admits he knew it would take more than this. Keith aims again, runs but McIntyre gets around the lariat! McIntyre wants the backslide but Keith powers it up to his favor! Keith flips McIntyre up and over, but McIntyre hits FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Keith survives and that even shocks the legends!
McIntyre and Keith rise as the legends even chant, “This is Awesome!” McIntyre goes to the corner, climbs up, but Keith HEADBUTTS from below! Keith climbs up, McIntyre throws body shots but Keith clubs away! Keith climbs even higher, brings McIntyre up with him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!?!? Cover, TWO?!?!? How did Keith pull that off?! How did McIntyre survive!? Both men wobble up, Keith reels McIntyre in, but McIntyre resists the bomb, spins out and kicks, to then shove and SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre aims from the corner, Keith rises, CLAY-
NO!! Keith blocks the kick, pulls McIntyre up, and- No, McIntyre slips off, runs and dodges to CLAYMORE!!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)
A standing ovation from the legends says it all! A split second could’ve changed it all, but McIntyre comes out the winner! He and Keith fist bump out of respect, and McIntyre gets a mic to tell Keith-
Wait, what is this? One last legend makes their presence known! It’s GOLD~BERG~!! Goldberg heads to the ring?! McIntyre wants to shake hands but Goldberg wants to say something first. “Drew McIntyre. I was in the back and I was thinking, ‘There couldn’t be a better representative to be the WWE Champion.'” McIntyre has the size, speed and athleticism it takes, but what he doesn’t have… is respect. Goldberg heard what McIntyre said but not what he was thinking.
When he addresses the legends, McIntyre must think they’re all a bunch of washed-up old has-beens, and that he is better in his prime than they ever were in theirs. That none of them would ever be a threat. That’s where McIntyre is wrong, and where Goldberg steps in. “It’s about respect.” Don’t think that Goldberg is here demanding anything. Don’t think Goldberg is posing a threat. No, he IS challenging McIntyre for the world title at the Royal Rumble.
McIntyre says Goldberg is just trying to get in his head. McIntyre is all about respect, but to put it bluntly, think back to 20 years ago, when he was “that big, indestructible monster full of piss and vinegar, taking everybody out.” That’s not Goldberg now. Fighting THIS Goldberg “would be like fighting my own dad, mate!” Goldberg laughs but so does McIntyre. Then Goldberg SHOVES McIntyre down!! And thanks to WWE’s Twitter, we can see that McIntyre gets right up to get in Goldberg’s face! Is McIntyre going to earn Goldberg’s respect when #He’sNext?!
For being given the shtick of “Legend’s Night,” this first Raw of 2021 was actually really good. Orton takes an interesting approach to how The Fiend changed him, but he did have some strong segments with the legends. I expected Alexa Bliss or even a returning Fiend to affect his match with Jeff Hardy, but that perhaps would’ve been too early. We need to see how deep Orton’s new darkness goes first before he and Fiend have it out again. Maybe it happens during the Men’s Rumble. That could be quite the return, since surprises like that are always effective.
Ric Flair being part of story with Charlotte and the tag match was an interesting move, though I really thought Charlotte was going to be a bit more forgiving, to say she was more furious at Lacey and Peyton instead. But I suppose the Women’s Tag Team Champions do need Raw contenders at some point. Now if only there’d be NXT contenders established. Lucha House Party is still part of Raw despite Metalik facing Santos Escobar for the Cruiserweight Championship on Wednesday, which is more of a reason to think Metalik loses that match. But LHP VS Hurt Business was a pretty good match and a great story as Hurt Business is starting to have that dysfunction affect their matches. I still don’t think LHP wins the titles, but that’d be quite the twist.
Riddle VS Lashley was a very good match, and the finish was a very creative way of getting Riddle a win without really hurting Lashley’s power level. The US Championship match should definitely be on the go-home to Royal Rumble since Lashley is in the Men’s Rumble match. Riddle can find a more definitive way to win the title, and then Lashley can be free to go for the world title. Garza’s reign with the 24/7 title wasn’t long, and using legends to spook him into losing was a bit goofy even for this title. Maybe he pursues Truth in the coming weeks and he can hot potato with Truth to get Truth to 50 reigns. I believe Truth is at 44 so that won’t take long.
Miz TV, New Day Talks, that is what should be on the line in an extended New Day VS Miz ‘n’ Morrison feud. They had a great segment together, had a great match together with Teddy Long making his appearance, and this could slowly help Miz and Morrison turn the corner from their being booked as hapless in the ring. Styles had a good rematch with Elias but the big thing was big bad Omos intimidating Ryker. Omos VS Ryker would make a pretty good first match for Omos, and given Omos is already gigantic and a good talker, he could make a very good champion down the line.
And of course, McIntyre VS Lee was a powerful main event for the world title. That was basically a PPV level match put on TV, but it seems Keith just isn’t there yet. It was quite the surprise for Goldberg to appear and call McIntyre out for a match at the Rumble. I would really hope McIntyre wins that match, we don’t need Goldberg burying another younger guy *cough* Fiend */cough* just because. But as far as power levels, McIntyre beating Goldberg would put him on a high level, but he’s already beaten Brock Lesnar, so why not add Goldberg on top? Though, this still brings into question how Miz is supposed to successfully cash-in, if that’s going to happen at all.
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Head of the Table, with Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, is back to open SmackDown, but no Jey Uso? Roman and Heyman are not in a good mood after the bait ‘n’ switch Adam Pearce pulled over on them with Kevin Owens. Heyman hands Roman a mic as fans boo and give thumbs down on their screens. “So KO said he was going to deliver a message today, huh?” Or is he not? No, we’re not going to see Kevin Owens tonight because Roman said so. Now let’s talk about last week and “card subject to change.” Real clever. A lot of people made comments about Pearce getting one past them, outsmarted them.
But let’s make this clear: “That way of thinking is beneath me.” Card subject to change is how losers think. It’s how people who are scared to come to work think. Roman doesn’t miss appearances, he puts in work! Legitimately! It took Roman’ sown health being at risk during a pandemic to keep him away. So he never wants to hear anyone say anything about him missing appearances. But what if Roma started thinking like “a puss” like Pearce, talking about his elbow and shoulder hurting. No one would doubt it because of the work Roman puts in! Roman’s knees hurt, and so does his neck. But what else? His ankles have been bad since college. And his back… Heyman says just the weight of it all is making Roman’s back hurt, because Roman’s been carrying the WWE for YEARS!
But what if Roman’s back continues to hurt until the Royal Rumble? What if he can’t make it because of that? Pearce walks out and says this is going too far. Heyman says Pearce is being rude not even addressing Roman. Pearce says this is spiraling out of control, and Roman can’t believe he wants to talk about control. We know who is in control. But what’s out of control is that Pearce is going against Roman. That Pearce is doing a favor and putting Kevin back into the Universal title picture. And the fact that Pearce is favoring Kevin! This isn’t even really a favor. Pearce is Kevin’s BITCH! And he’s also Roman’s bitch.
But what Roman really can’t stand right now, is Pearce having the audacity coming out here and complaining about how his body feels. Pearce hasn’t been in a match for six YEARS, but he’s talking about how his body hurts. Pearce is next to the thoroughbred of the WWE, a man who does 52 weeks a year, multiple days a week! Roman never complained, never stopped and busts his ass for this place, and that is why Roman is who Roman is! And Pearce is going to complain, whine, MOAN about stuff? “No wonder you never made it to the WWE.” Heyman chuckles at that one.
Pearce asks if this is funny to Heyman. It is. Pearce can take it from Roman but he won’t take it from Heyman. Oh? Well that’s disrespectful. Disrespecting Heyman is disrespecting Roman. Heyman, straighten Pearce out. Heyman is given the mic to speak. Pearce disrespected the Tribal Chief and his family. Heyman’s known his family 15 years. Roman’s family would not be friends with someone who isn’t tough! Do you know what it is like to be a friend of the Anoa’i family? Everyone buys into Heyman’s persona, that he’s “impotent as a man.” Heyman’s from New York, he whoop yo’ ASS for disrespecting the chief. Wanna stare Heyman down?
Heyman may not be a lawyer but he’s from a synagogue full of them. In Florida, a verbal contract is BINDING. So if you want something big for the main event, how about this? Pearce VS PAUL HEYMAN! What?! Heyman offers a handshake, and Pearce TAKES IT! The challenge is accepted!! Pearce will have his first match in six years, against Paul E. Dangerously! Roman says at the end of the night, Pearce gets his ass kicked. #BelieveThat.
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
He has a sign with #JusticeForSami on it, and he brings out cuffs?! Sami is going to cuff himself to the ringside barriers as a form of protest because he is not part of tonight’s Intercontinental Championship! How will WWE officials respond to Sami’s sudden SmackDown sit-in?
SmackDown returns and Sami claims he is being victimized, but he will enter the Royal Rumble to counter it! Sami says he had Apollo Crews beat, though with hands somehow on Apollo’s tights. But then Apollo does the same thing back to him and Apollo wins?! That is not fair! But then the Empress of Tomorrow interrupts Sami with her entrance, followed by The Queen’s! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are here!
Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS The Riott Squad w/ Billie Kay!
The Queens of Tomorrow have a lot going on as individuals on Raw, but they return to SmackDown to focus on their teamwork! Meanwhile, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott haven’t been able to focus with the Femme Fatale frantically interfering. Will Billie be a burden as the Squad has a chance at earning a championship opportunity?
As the teams sort out, Natalya and Tamina are watching from backstage. The bell rings as Charlotte and Ruby start. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Charlotte pushes Ruby to ropes. Ruby pushes back but Charlotte headlocks and throws Ruby down. Ruby keeps her shoulders up, fights to her feet, but Asuka tags in. Charlotte snapmares Ruby, Asuka runs Ruby over with a shoulder! Asuka headlocks Ruby, Ruby fights up but Charlotte tags back in. The Queens of Tomorrow hand Ruby off and Charlotte bumps Ruby off buckles! Charlotte digs her boot into Ruby’s head but lets off at 4. Ruby flounders, Charlotte taunts her to reach for Liv, then CLUBS her down.
Charlotte looms over Ruby, drags her up and whips her to a corner hard! Ruby falls over, Billie protests on the apron but Charlotte runs her off. Ruby rushes at Charlotte but into an elbow! Liv tags in as Billie shouts at Charlotte! Ruby rushes Charlotte but is thrown out, and Charlotte grabs at Billie! Liv apron dropkicks Charlotte back in! Liv hurries up top and leaps to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Billie can’t believe she’s being helpful as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Charlotte blocks a buckle bump to give a buckle bump! Charlotte stomps away on Liv, backs off as the ref counts, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap on their screens, Charlotte scoops Liv but Liv slips out. Liv runs, Ruby tags in, Liv huricanranas and Ruby runs in to tilt-o-whirl! Charlotte blocks the headscissors but Ruby fires off forearms! Ruby goes up and gives Charlotte DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Liv, Sami is still filming his protest, and the Squad double SLAMS Charlotte down! Cover, ONE! Liv tags Ruby back in, they stomp away on Charlotte in a corner, and then tag again.
Ruby and Liv bring Charlotte out, double whip but charlotte stops herself to kick and forearm and CHOP! Charlotte CHOPS away, throws Ruby into buckles then kicks Liv low! EXPLODER! And kip up! Charlotte fires up but misses Liv in the corner. Liv runs into the backbreaker and BUCKLE SHOT! Tag to Asuka, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, Ruby breaks it! Ruby runs but into Charlotte’s BOOT! Liv dropkicks Charlotte and enziguris Asuka! But Asuka has the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv tries to roll through but gets caught to a trapped-leg GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka kicks but misses, Liv rolls her to swing. Asuka blocks, reels Liv in, but Ruby tags!
Asuka lets Liv go to get Ruby, but Billie distracts! The O’Conner roll is rolled over but Billie argues too long! That costs Ruby, she has to kick Asuka! Liv saves Ruby from the hip attack but falls on Billie! Ruby SUPERKICKS but Asuka counters the Riott Kick to the pop-up KNEE! Asuka runs, tags Charlotte, CODE BREAKER to NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, the champions win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Asuka, by pinfall
Billie went from helping to hindering the Squad again! Will this partnership fall apart before Billie’s very eyes?
Billie finds the Squad backstage.
She apologizes for, for… For what, Billie? Stopping Ruby from pinning Asuka? Messing this opportunity up for them?! Yeah… Well for someone who doesn’t mean to, she’s pretty good at it. Maybe that should be put on the resume. Well, all the great teams have overcome obstacles! Billie has good news, though. She talked to Sonya Deville and the Squad is in the Women’s Rumble match! They can practice throwing Billie out over the ropes! Billie can pretend to be Bianca or Mella! No, there is no “us” anymore. The Squad works better when it’s just Ruby and Liv. Sorry. Will Billie ever catch a break?
Daniel Bryan is here!
And he goes past Sami’s new sign, where SAMI is an acronym: Stand Against Moral Injustice. Clever. Bryan goes to the ring and fans join in the “YES!” fingers on their screens. Bryan says a week from this Sunday is one of the most unique and historic traditions in the WWE, the Royal Rumble match. And even saying that, this time of year, a chill goes down Bryan’s spine. It’s a little hard to explain why but Bryan will give it his best shot. “It’s the uncertainty of what number you’re going to. It’s watching the countdown for every superstar that comes out. It’s waiting for that buzzer to hit, for that music to play, for you to run down, nobody knows that you’re coming, and you don’t know who’s coming out next!
“It’s the exhilaration of competing against 29 other superstars that could go over an hour, and it’s every man for themselves.” One of the most challenging, grueling things you can do in the WWE, and that makes Bryan feel alive. Despite all the pain, all the uncertainty, it is absolutely worth it because the winner gets to face the champion of their choosing in the main event of WrestleMania! Bryan is very proud of his career, he’s accomplished a lot. But the one thing he has never done is win a Royal Rumble! Experts, commentary, Michael Cole even, will say- Cesaro interrupts!
Cesaro thought he beat some sense into Bryan last week, but here Bryan is again talking about how he’ll win the Rumble. Cesaro appreciates Bryan explaining the rules, but Cesaro could’ve done it better and in five languages. But that’s besides the point. Bryan is NOT winning this year’s Rumble, Cesaro is. As the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal winner, Cesaro is an expert on this. Bryan didn’t forget about the loss, but instead of talking, how about putting the mics down, and they can fight it out again? Cesaro says no. Cesaro is sick and tired of proving himself week after week doing the same thing over and over! He beat Bryan, and Bryan isn’t dressed for the occasion, Cesaro issues an open challenge! Anyone who has already declared for the Rumble, come on down!
The one to answer the open challenge is… Dolph Ziggler! One half of the SmackDown Tag Team Champions is here asking about the conversation. Ziggler has been in the second most Rumbles ever. Ziggler can go all night long, ask anyone. And aside from himself and his colleague, Robert Roode, there is no one that can go toe-to-toe with Ziggler except maybe Cesaro. No offense to Bryan but it ain’t 2014 anymore. But if we’re talking about a Rumble challenge, Ziggler wants to win to go to Mania and get paid! So Bryan, scoot over, and Cesaro, consider your challenge accepted. Will the Show-Off show up the Swiss Cyborg?
Cesaro VS Dolph Ziggler!
SmackDown returns and Bryan has joined commentary for this great match-up already underway. Ziggler has Cesaro down and has a leg, gets a cover, TWO! Cesaro gets a lateral press but Ziggler keeps his shoulder up. Cesaro pushes him around, gut wrenches and lifts but Ziggler resists by grabbing Cesaro’s leg again. Ziggler shifts, rolls, has a cover, ONE! Cesaro tries a cover, ONE! Cesaro waistlocks but Ziggler gets the ropes. Ziggler elbows Cesaro away then jumps on for a sleeper hold! Cesaro stays up, RAMS Ziggler into buckles and is free. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Ziggler with that EuroUpper! Ziggler flounders into a trip and then a SWISS SWING!
Cesaro brings Ziggler around and around for a count of 10, then maybe 15 even, or 20! Cesaro throws Ziggler, covers, TWO! Ziggler survives the swing, Cesaro stalks him to a corner, then runs in, only to get POST! Ziggler rolls Cesaro up, TWO! Cesaro back drops, Ziggler sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro sits on the cover, TWO! Ziggler sunsets, TWO! Cesaro, TWO! Ziggler, TOW! Cesaro high stacks, TWO! Ziggler pops him to a cover, TWO! SUPER- No, Cesaro blocks but uppercuts into a backslide,. Cesaro slips out, but into a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! And yes, Sami is still protesting. He’s even memeing! “Sami was robbed, change my mind.”
Cesaro and Ziggler slowly rise and Ziggler sleeper holds again! Cesaro gets up, shifts Ziggler from backpack to a front facelock, for a suplex! Ziggler knees free, kicks low then runs, into a pop-up! Ziggler tries to huricanrana, but Cesaro makes it a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Michael Cole points out this is two times in a row that Cesaro has beaten a former world champion! Will Cesaro take the Rumble and be a WrestleMania contender?
Sasha Banks VS Reginald w/ Carmella!
It is very rare for WWE to do co-ed matches like this, and certain against a champion like The Boss against the sommelier in employment of The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island. Will Reginald ruin Sasha’s momentum towards the rematch with Mella?
SmackDown returns and Mella makes her entrance to accompany Reginald to the ring, two other assistants bringing the champagne and drinking glasses to the ring for them. Mella and the champagne join commentary as the bell rings. Sasha tells Reggie it’s time to put up or shut up, but Reggie presents her with an orange rose. Sasha accepts the rose but goes to slap Reggie! He blocks, only for Sasha to SLAP him with the other hand! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and uses the ropes to arm-drag, but Reggie handsprings through! Mella says that’s her Reggie! Reggie waistlocks but Sasha resists the lift and slips out the back to switch. Reggie does the same and rolls right out of the ring!
Reggie plays some cat ‘n’ mouse and does a back flip off the apron! But Sasha wrecks him with a baseball slide dropkick! Sasha whips Reggie at the steel steps but Reggie leaps up and over! Mella applauds the bit of flair, Sasha gives chase, they go in the ring and speed things up with hurdle for hurdle. Reggie shows off with that flip, Sasha goes up and springboards, but Reggie blocks the sunset flip! Reggie wheelbarrows Sasha but she turns that into a BULLDOG! Sasha wants Mella to see why she’s the boss, but Sasha misses the meteora to hit buckles! Sasha avoids Reggie’s elbow drop, Oklahoma roll but Reggie slips out!
Reggie avoids Sasha’s dropkick to bomb lift, but Sasha arm-drags free! Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she knees Reggie away! Sasha goes up, leaps, crossbody but Reggie holds her up! Reggie pops Sasha up but into another arm-drag! Reggie is sent out, Sasha hurries to the apron, METEORA! Sasha slaps the champagne out of Mella’s hand! Sasha goes back into the ring with Reggie, brings him in for a backstabber but he rolls through! Sasha kicks him, and knuckle locks to flip up and into another METEORA! Mella sneers but Sasha tilt-o-whirls and drags Reggie down by his arm! BANK STATEMENT!! Reggie taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
Sasha got her revenge on Reggie, and throws him out to Mella! Will Sasha do the same to the Princess at the Royal Rumble?
Roman Reigns sits in his private room.
Heyman says Roman was brilliant. They got Pearce! “We? What’re you talking about?” Heyman knew what Roman was up to, he fed right into it. Roman simply passed Heyman the mic to do what he does better than anyone, and that is verbally rip someone to shreds. Roman didn’t say Heyman should challenge Pearce to a match. But Heyman has stepped into it, so he has to do this. Roman didn’t hire some punk to be Special Counsel, he hired a man. So Heyman needs to go out there and represent Roman as a man and handle business. “Paul, be a man. Handle your business.” The Special Counsel has no words, will he have no defense against Pearce?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!
Sami Zayn is irate as Big E taunts him with the belt. But Sami is not the champion’s concern, he’s taking on the man in the ring! Big E and Apollo have been in friendly competition, but after what Heyman told both of them over these last few weeks on Talking Smack, will all of that go out the window?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to #ThinkBig or go home!
Apollo rushes Big E but right into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Apollo goes to the apron, Big E follows and stomps him, to then run and APRON SPLASH! Big E is fired up and gets back in to run at Apollo. Apollo elbows back, BOOTS back, then runs, into a scoop! Apollo slips off, and ENZIGURIS! Big E wobbles into a BOOT! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps focus as he stalks Big E. Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES Big E! Apollo holds on to GERMAN again! Big E elbows over and over until he’s free, and he gets Apollo with the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he goes out after Apollo.
Big E and Apollo end up by the announce desk. Big E tells Apollo he’ll never make the mistake of disrespecting him again. Apollo pushes Big E away, then dodges him to go up the apron and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Big E! Apollo gets Big E back in at the ring count of 8 then climbs up top! Big E hits Apollo first then climbs up to join him. Big E throws forearms, stands Apollo up, but Apollo resists the superplex! Apollo throws headbutts as fans clap on their screens! Big E falls back, Apollo adjusts, but Sami uncuffs himself! Sami’s strike is over as Apollo leaps to missile dropkick Big E!
Apollo resets but Sami HELLUVA KICKS him!! SAMI SCREWS APOLLO!
Winner: Apollo Crews by disqualification (Big E is still WWE Intercontinental Championship)
And then Sami HELLUVA KICKS Big E! And Sami has the nerve to talk about injustice! Sami says HE is the champion, but that this is what Big E and Apollo deserve! Will Sami get what he deserves soon enough?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“I showed up to work today, and I was told I couldn’t get into the building because Roman Reigns pulled some strings to make sure I wouldn’t be there. Roman, dude… It’s fine. But just know this: at the Royal Rumble, there’s no more strings for you to pull.” At the Rumble, they will settle this once and for all. And Roman calls Kevin “a cockroach that won’t die,” and tells him to just stop fighting, but Kevin can’t do that. Roman has yet to beat Kevin like the champion he claims to be. Roman did not earn those victories. The family did that for him.
And the other reason Kevin keeps fighting is this. Kevin has a lot of tattoos, and they all have a story behind them. He has his wife’s name on his wrist, his kids’ names on the other side, then one to remind him of his parents. Kevin fights for all of them, but he has tattoos on his knuckles. These are his grandfathers’ initials: M for Melvin, his dad’s dad, and P is for Pierre, his mom’s dad. Those men had Kevin’s back all the way. They were his biggest fans, and nothing made them happier than seeing Kevin in the ring. The biggest regret Kevin will have is that he didn’t make it to the WWE in time for them to see, because they both passed away just before.
But they will always be with Kevin. The mark they left on Kevin will always be there, because both men battled illnesses that should’ve made their lives a lot shorter. Those two men refused to quit, and because of that, Kevin was lucky to have many, many great years with them. So how can Kevin stop fighting? That is why Kevin will not stay away and why he will #JustKeepFighting. That is why come Royal Rumble, Kevin will be the Last Man Standing.
The Street Profits have a basket.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins see Ziggler talking with Sonya, and have a quick question: Are you ready~, ready~? This is a celebratory basket for congratulating Sonya on her new job and office! But don’t jump the gun! They’re not just congratulating her on the new gig. She sits next to Pearce, looking pretty, but they have business. It has been two, two weeks, since the Profits lost the SmackDown Tag Team Championships against Ziggler & Roode, Entertainment Dysfunction. Put that on a t-shirt, it’ll make millions! But that aside, the Profits- Sonya knows they want their rematch. She’s so smart!
Sonya knows they were champions for 312 days, won two Slammy Awards, so yes they deserve a rematch. But Ford is still recovering from the leg injury. If he gets in that ring too soon, gets hurt and is out of action, that hurts SmackDown as a whole. So hear her out: For now, hang out, keep doing your segments to hype the show, and let another team get the opportunity. Then when Ford is 100%, he and Dawkins get back in the game and back in the title picture. Cool with t hat, fam? yeah, that’s cool. Golly, Sonya, thanks for your concern. Enjoy the basket! It’s expensive. But will the long wait really work out in the Profits’ favor?
Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair!
The Role Model wants The EST to prove she’s still got it when it comes to being the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, etc. Therefore, SmackDown is setting up a truly challenging obstacle course for them both to run! Who backs up their words, after the break?
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole presides over this special competition, and gives the introductions for Bianca, then for Bayley. Bayley takes over and says DING DONG, BYE Cole. This is her show now! And look, Bianca, this is what Bayley has for her. America Ninja Warrior ain’t got nothing on UAOCC! This is of course timed, starting right here with the “big ol’ 400 pound tractor tire,” which you only need to flip once. Go down the ramp, take on the short hurdles, climb the trio of military walls. And then Bayley even got advice from Chad Gable and Alpha Academy, he will put you through the full body test, the fireman’s carry!
But that’s not all! The very last challenge is grab the basketball, put it through the net, and time stops at the exact moment the ball exits the bottom of the net! The competitor with the shortest time is of course the winner! Let’s get the clock going, and Bayley wants to go first. Bianca says that’s fine, and we begin… NOW! Bayley flips the tire, hurries down the ramp, though not quite that quickly, and takes on the hop hurdles to go right at the military walls. The short one seems to throw her off, and she just weaves around them?! Is that allowed?
Bayley fireman’s carries Gable, and he seems to be heavier than he looks. Bianca “cheers” Bayley on as she goes from one end to another, then she gets the ball to DUNK- no, wait, there! Bayley finishes at 1:12. But she says she did Bianca a favor. “Let’s EST up this course,” all for Bianca. Oh, the hurdles are now full hurdles, and Bianca wraps her braid. GO! Bianca easily flips the tire, runs down the ramp., leaps the hurdles, leaps the walls, but she isn’t carrying Gable, but OTIS! Bianca has 40 seconds, she carries the 330 pound Otis with ease, then gets the ball and even dares Bayley to play D! She breaks ankles and DUNKS! She had 17 seconds to spare!
Winner: Bianca Belair
Sorry, Bayley, but that’s the power of the EST! Bayley is a sore loser and throws the ball at Bianca! And then hammers away with forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands but Bayley doesn’t care, as she POSTS Bianca and knocks down the basketball hoop! Bayley storms off, perhaps having proven she’s the meanest on the roster.
Rey Mysterio coaches Dominik backstage.
Rey reviews with Dom that Baron Corbin is a former boxer, so he has to watch out for the hands. Dom says Rey can trust him to have this. Dom is comfortable with his skills and has prepared. Okay, then we’ll do it his way. But if something goes wrong, they do it Rey’s way. That’s fair. Dom heads out, will he be able to trump the Wolf King?
Dominik Mysterio VS King Corbin!
SmackDown returns as Corbin is already in the ring. Dominik makes his entrance, leaving Rey backstage so he can handle things. The bell rings and Dom circles with Corbin. They tie up, Corbin powers Dom to a corner but Dom dodges the hands to throw hands of his own! Dom rams his shoulder in but Corbin shoves him away. Dom dropkicks but Corbin stays up. Dom whips, Corbin reverses but Dom wheelbarrows and throws Corbin out of the ring! The ring count climbs but Dom slingshots, only for Corbin to get clear and CLOBBER him! Corbin drags Dom up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Corbin already glares at the ref as he grows annoyed.
Corbin stalks Dom, drags him to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Corbin hops off at 4, then drags Dom up to throw body shots! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4 again, then stands Dom up. Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard! Dom bounces off buckles to hit the mat, and Corbin takes his time bringing Dom back up. Corbin brings Dom around, reel shim in but Dom slips out to dropkick a leg! Corbin ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up but the call is blocked! Corbin drags Dom from ropes, yanks but Dom lands on his feet, only for Corbin to DECK him! Corbin reels Dom in and hits END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Wolf King wins because he did this his way! Will the Mysterios regroup and draw up a winning game plan?
Adam Pearce VS Paul Heyman w/ Roman Reigns!
Scrap Daddy’s switcheroo not only got the better of the Special Counsel last week, it might be why he stuck his foot in his mouth this week! Will Pearce’s return to the ring also get the better of Paul E. Dangerously? Has the Head of the Table truly left Heyman hanging?
Heyman is taping his hands on his way to the ring, but stumbles off the steps? The ref checks on Heyman but he says he’s fine. Give him a minute to walk it off. Heyman fumbles on the steps again and Pearce smells a plot. After all, he let his “bum leg” be why Kevin Owens is back in the title match. And just as he knew, Heyman cites “card subject to change.” This was the trump card Heyman had up his sleeve! Roman did NOT leave the building, he’s heading to the ring! Now that the bait ‘n’ switch is on the other foot, will Scrap Daddy be scrap metal?
Adam Pearce VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Pearce the second he’s in the ring! This isn’t even a match because the bell hasn’t rung! Heyman says he has obviously found a suitable replacement, and Roman is pulling steps apart. Pearce throws a haymaker! Roman glares at Pearce, and LOW BLOW KICKS him! And then throws Pearce OVER the barriers! Roman is snarling as he goes around the way to drag Pearce up and throw him INTO ThunderDome screens! And then he drags Pearce up to throw heavy forearms! And then throws him into stage wall! Fans give thumbs down but that’s not going to save Pearce from Roman’s wrath!
Roman fireman’s carries Pearce and puts him on the upper level, the same place he threw Kevin off of. But speaking of, Kevin runs in and attacks Roman! Kevin saves Pearce as he throws haymakers and bumps Roman off barriers! Roman throws Kevin into screens, throws haymakers of his own, then they brawl to ringside! It’s Royal Rumble come early! Roman puts Kevin in the ring, storms in but into a USUPERKICK! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCH- NO! STUNNER from Kevin!! Kevin dares Roman to get back up! Roman sputters as he gets out of the ring but Kevin whips him into barriers! And clubs away on his back!
Referees rush out to try and stop this, and Kevin backs off to cool off. But then Kevin comes back to STOMP Roman into barriers! Roman flounders back up, referees try to talk Kevin down, and even Pat Buck, Pearce’s coworker. But Kevin gets past them to give Roman another STUNNER! Kevin wants Heyman to say something but Heyman has nothing to say! So Kevin brings Roman over, pops him up, POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Kevin is pulling steel steps apart! The refs keep him from bringing that over to Roman! Kevin says Roman’s lucky the officials are here to stop him, but it won’t happen at the Royal Rumble! Will Kevin truly #StunTheWorld when he is THE Last Man Standing?
A great SmackDown that honestly could’ve been a go-home to the Royal Rumble in some cases. Charlotte & Asuka VS Riott Squad was good, but naturally the champions win, mostly because Billie was too involved. She has been kicked out of the Riott Squad, though she wasn’t really a member to begin with, but I feel like they could’ve gone another week, though. Natty & Tamina were watching backstage, I wouldn’t mind seeing them get a match with Charlotte & Asuka, even if they were to lose. The match of Sasha Banks VS Reginald was pretty good, mostly because Reggie is insanely athletic. Depending on how the story goes of him being Mella’s sommelier, maybe he can split off and get into like 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division to freshen things up a bit.
But of course Sasha wins, she’s the champion. I have a feeling this means the go-home sees Mella standing tall so that Sasha is still the favored to win. The “Ultimate” obstacle course challenge was very clearly going to be won by Bianca, but I commend Bayley for trying to rig it in her favor. Though, shouldn’t she have been penalized or even disqualified for outright skipping those military style walls? Pretty sure we’re getting a match between the two, and Bianca can sell the bad arm to “overcome” it and win, for big momentum going into the Women’s Rumble.
The Profits had a good segment with Sonya, and I like that, at least on the surface, Sonya is being a responsible official and having the Profits wait so they can be healed up. But I wonder if there will even be defenses in that time, as there aren’t many tag teams on SmackDown. It’s mostly the champs, the Profits, Cesaro-Nakamura, and maybe Alpha Academy, aka Gable & Otis. Dom VS Corbin felt like filler just to get things to what Rey was talking about last week, which should’ve just been what we got this week. Unless it was because the person they have in mind (Cain Velasquez) isn’t available right now because of some COVID concerns. That I’d understand.
Sami Zayn “protesting” this episode just so he’d be ringside for the Intercontinental Championship was a pretty good long game for the episode. Sami’s signs were clever, but it does seem a shame for what should’ve been a huge match. Maybe we get another Triple Threat for this title, and that is the way Big E loses. Though, I think it’d work well if Big E won, making his reign feel even bigger from having dealt with two contenders. After that, Big E can face just about anyone else on the roster, such as Nakamura, Cesaro or even Otis. And speaking of, Cesaro had a good promo with Bryan and a really good match with Ziggler, but I feel like all these wins are setting Cesaro up to not win the Rumble. But I said the same thing about Bryan making it his mission to win the reason he won’t, so maybe as far as SmackDown goes, it’s between the two of them as Rumble finalists.
And again, we got a lot of great stuff out of the Roman Reigns story. The opening promo segment was really good, it helped set up the main event, and gave a great tease of Pearce VS Heyman. But Heyman using the fake injury and “card subject to change” back on Pearce was also very clever, and naturally it was Roman who would beat Pearce up to get back at him for everything so far. Kevin had a really good promo, made a great save, and got to stand tall tonight with the table bomb. I’m curious as to Kevin’s part in the go-home next week. I can’t see him standing tall two weeks in a row just to keep the math in Roman’s favor, so maybe Roman turns this around to then defy the math and still retain the title. I’m pretty sure Roman does retain, and we leave it up to the Rumble to decide the rest.
My Score: 8.5/10
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