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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/8/21)

It’s a GOLDEN SmackDown!

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

Will SmackDown see new champions so soon in the new year?

The Street Profits take on Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler while Big E takes on Apollo Crews! Who walks away winners on this golden edition of SmackDown?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; Big E wins and retains the title.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; Roode & Ziggler win and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match: Adam Pearce wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the title at the Royal Rumble.

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Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

The Head of the Table leads his Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, and cousin, Jey Uso, into the ThunderDome. He is stoically confident while Jey chirps up a storm about what they did to Kevin Owens last week to start 2021. Fans give thumbs down on their screens while Heyman again fetches the mic for Roman. “A lot of talk about last week. A lot of discussion about what we did to KO. Let me just start by saying, I like Kevin Owens. He’s a pain in my ass, yes he is, but I respect someone as ambitious as Kevin Owens. Someone who won’t lay down, who won’t give up.”

But Roman never wanted any thing bad to happen to Kevin. Kevin just put Roman in a “tough spot,” backed Roman against the wall and Roman did what he had to do. But Roman wants the same thing for everyone in that locker room. Roman loves the SmackDown roster. In order to lead someone, you have to care about them. Roman cares about everyone here, and their families. Why do you think he does what he does? Roman is putting food on everyone’s tables, but Kevin doesn’t have a chance to come to work anymore. Not because of Roman, so don’t blame Roman and say Roman’s the bad guy. There’s someone to blame, and it’s WWE official, Adam Pearce.

Roman cuts to the chase and tells Adam Pearce to get his ass out there. Heyman tells someone to call Pearce because Roman Reigns is calling. This makes for lousy television waiting on Pearce! Can commentary do something? Corey Graves asks on behalf of Roman to get Adam Pearce to the stage. Pearce walks out and goes to the ring. Pearce asks Roman what he can do for him. “What can you do for me? As a matter of fact, why don’t you watch this clip right here?”

It’s a recap package of two weeks ago, the Steel Cage Match, that Jey Uso cheated Kevin out of. And then it’s Pearce giving Kevin his grudge match with Jey for New Year’s SmackDown. And of Roman being upset that it was made. And Heyman telling Roman it was Pearce. And then it’s of Kevin calling Roman out while beating up Jey. And of course, of Roman retaliating and ganging up on Kevin with Jey, which ends with Roman throwing Kevin off the top of the ThunderDome set, and down through tables.

Back in the present, Roman shakes his head while Jey glares at Pearce. “What do you have to say for yourself?” Pearce doesn’t know what he’s supposed to say. What does anyone want him to say? Roman wants Pearce to be a man and take responsibilities. We have witnesses! What did Roman say about Kevin? “It was done! We were moving on.” Roman won’t let Pearce talk because he’s already done enough. Roman said he was done with Kevin but what happened? Kevin asked a favor of his old friend. And you would think someone who has known someone else that long, they’d care about their wellbeing and make the right choices for them.

What does Pearce even do around here anyway? Roman says Pearce doesn’t need to answer that, he already knows because he knows everything because of who he is. That is why Roman has Heyman. They do their jobs, just look at the stats and analytics. But what does Pearce do? He manages the talent and makes the right decisions for them. But he threw Kevin into the deep end! And then what happened? Well Kevin’s not here now and now he can’t provide for his family. And Pearce is to blame. But because Roman is a good guy, Roman will give Pearce his chance to redeem himself.

But what does Pearce do? Book a gauntlet match! WWE official Pearce is making choices for the Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief, THE Universal Champion! Like Roman can’t just pick his own opponent! Like Roman hasn’t done enough work around here! Like he hasn’t carried the WWE for YEARS! And yet he can’t choose for himself? Like he’s not good enough! Does Pearce think Roman isn’t good enough? No one is saying that! Pearce just wants to line up the best challengers for Roman. That’s what Pearce is doing, that is Pearce’s job. Oh give him a round of applause~! What’s next? Pearce gonna get in on the match? That is a conflict of interest and ridiculous.

Roman says the conflict of interest here is… It’s starting to sound like people think Roman is stupid. No one said that. No it sounds like you think he’s a fool. Is he a fool? Is he stupid? Pearce would never say that. Then what is he saying? Is Pearce stupid? Pearce asks what’s this all about. Well if neither of them are stupid, then who? Vince McMahon? Is he stupid? Pearce is saying Vince is stupid, is that it? Pearce asks Heyman what’s going on but Roman continues. If Pearce isn’t stupid and if Vince isn’t stupid, then he must be saying Roman is stupid!

“And that is where the problem lies, because if you think I’m stupid, then you’re insulting me. And if you’re insulting me, that means you don’t respect me. And if you don’t respect me, then you don’t respect my family. And when people around here don’t respect me, my family, our bloodline, there’s consequences!” Roman grabs Pearce, Pearce asks him to stop and even Heyman tries to reason with Roman. Pearce has total respect for Roman. Heyman gives a suggestion to handle this calmly. Roman cools off and smooths out Pearce’s suit jacket for him.

Roman takes the title belt and puts it on his shoulder. “My mistake.” Maybe no one here is stupid. And maybe right not, Pearce is safe. With that, Roman leads Heyman and Jey back out of the arena. Was that a veiled threat to Pearce’s job security?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews!

The Powerhouse of Positivity is ready to make SmackDown #ThinkBig, but his first challenger is no small threat! Will Apollo be too much for Big E to handle? Or will three not be enough, will he need five?

The bell rings and Apollo dropkicks Big E down! Then BOOTS him! Cover, TWO! Apollo is starting fast and furious and he drags Big E to a drop zone. Apollo goes up, leaps, but has to roll through as Big E moves! Big E CLOBBERS Apollo with an elbow! Big E smirks and nods as he drags Apollo to the apron. He stands on Apollo then lines up a shot. Big E runs over to APRON SPLASH! The ref counts, Big E gets in at 3, and he watches Apollo get up. Big E waistlocks, lifts but Apollo lands on his feet! Apollo boots back from the ropes, then rallies with clotheslines! Apollo rams Big E into a corner, rams in more, then runs corner to corner at Big E, to SPLASH back!

Apollo waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! But he holds on to GERMAN SUPLEX again! And AGAIN! Cover off the hat trick, TWO! Big E survives but Apollo watches him roll out. Apollo slingshots but Big E moves. Apollo lands, mule kicks and MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Big E! The ring count starts, Apollo puts Big E in at 6, covers, TWO! Apollo keeps cool and puts Big E in the corner. Apollo hoists Big E up top, climbs up to join him, but Big E fights back with body shots! Apollo still brings Big E up to SUPERPLEX! But it’s a cradle cover! But for who!? The ref counts three, but who won!?! Apollo thinks he did, but so does Big E! SmackDown goes to break as this sorts out!

SmackDown returns and the officials are still reviewing the confusing cradle cover. Both men had shoulders down as legs hooked up, so the ref says it was a double pinfall draw. Draws go to the champion, but Apollo isn’t satisfied. Big E says rules are rules, but Apollo gets mad and SLAPS Big E! Apollo wants his second try right now, and Big E agrees to it! The match restarts with the bell, and Big E gets Apollo for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And another! And then the side Belly2Belly! Big E is fired up, runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps it up, scoops Apollo, but Apollo slips out and bails out!

Big E runs but into Apollo’s knee! Apollo hurries up top, leaps, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Big E survives and Apollo is furious! Apollo drags Big E up, military press but Big E slips off. Big E runs but Apollo gets around. Big E fights the backslide, Apollo runs and rolls him up, TWO! SUPERKICK! Apollo runs to BOOT, and then SPINEBUSTER! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Apollo continues to grow frustrated and even mutters, “What do I have to do?!” Apollo drags Big E up, reels him in, but Big E rolls Apollo, TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER!

Apollo fights free with the free leg and Big E staggers. Apollo runs, Big E scoops but Apollo slips out to ENZIGURI! Waistlock and lift, but Big E flying mares out of the bomb! Apollo runs, into the Urenag-E! Big E hurries to scoop Apollo, for the BIG ENDING! Cover, Big E wins!

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

Apollo wanted the fight, he brought the fight, but he lost the fight! Big E says he respects Apollo, but you don’t slap Big E and you don’t play around, either! Will Big E make 2021 the biggest year of his career?

 

Adam Pearce talks with someone.

He tells them we all heard what Roman said. Right now, Pearce is “damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” But he needs to call them back because in walks Sonya Deville! It seems they are going to be working together. But to think she’d want an officiating job. Well, considering her own 2020, as crazy as it was, she isn’t proud of what she’s done. But she will put the past behind her. She isn’t bitter about her former best friend beating her in a Loser Leaves WWE match and then goes off the Raw to join someone else in a team, leaving Sonya in shambles. She is grateful to learn and help Pearce here. And he needs it with Raw and SmackDown and getting in a match tonight.

What? No, Pearce is not in any match. Oh, why not? Well he hasn’t had a match in over six months, so he isn’t confident enough to beat a referee, let alone Roman. No more matches for Pearce. But he welcomes Sonya to the team, will she be able to lighten the burden of running the brand?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair!

The EST has just declared for the Women’s Rumble, but DING DONG, HELLO~! It’s Bayley. Bianca eliminated 8 women last year but not Bayley. Well, Bayley wasn’t in that match. Right, duh. Bayley was too busy adding to her historic reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion! But Bayley will be in the match this year, and vows to win it. So Bianca can eliminate as many as she wants, but she won’t win. But even if she does, she’ll just squander the opportunity!

Bianca says they’ll wait and see. If she had won last year, she would’ve been “honored” to have challenged a champion like Bayley. But she can’t do that this year because Bayley isn’t champion now! Maybe it was Bayley who squandered her reign. Bianca walks off, but will the Rumble settle all scores?

 

Carmella speaks.

She has some champagne and says it is very sweet. “Just like the feeling of pinning Sasha Banks last week. I did do that. After all, Sasha has worked so hard, making sacrifice after sacrifice to bring her WWE dream to fruition.” But Mella will commend her on that, and on becoming Sports Illustrated’s 2020 Superstar of the Year. That was the year Mella took a vacation, though. But Sasha can keep doing what she does. Things just come to others more naturally. All the hard work in the world doesn’t matter when the raw talent is just that much better. And when it comes to talent, Mella is untouchable. Will Mella be toasting herself as she continues to go after the SmackDown Women’s Championship?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins like making jokes and having fun, but there’s no more of that this week! The “Dirty Dawgs” did the champions dirty on New Year’s SmackDown, but will the Profits still be up after settling the score?

SmackDown returns as the challengers make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Dawkins starts with Ziggler. They circle, Ziggler goes after a leg, but Dawkins waistlocks. They go to a corner and Ziggler walks up the ropes to elbow Dawkins away. Ziggler comes back with a headlock, Dawkins wrenches out and gets a headlock of his own. Ziggler powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things speed up, Dawkins hurdles then whips Ziggler to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins brings Ziggler up, wrenches, and tags in Ford. The Profits whip and double shoulder Ziggler down! Roode protests but the Profits hit the back suplex splash! Cover, TWO!

Ford makes sure his leg is alright, after what the Dirty Dawgs did last week. Ziggler ROCKS Ford with a haymaker, tags in Roode, and they mug Ford in the corner! The ref counts, Roode lets off to taunt Dawkins. Roode goes over to Ford, elbows him, then chokes him on the ropes! And rakes the eyes! The ref counts, Roode stops at 4, then brings Ford up to bump him off buckles. Roode throws hands but Ford counter punches! Ford rocks Roode, throws hammering fists and even stomps! Roode hits back and kicks the bad leg! Ford falls and scrambles but Roode runs in, only to be put on the apron. Roode forearms but Ford DECKS him!

Ziggler runs in but is sent out, and elbowed down! Ford builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on the Dirty Dawgs at the ramp! But the leg gives out as he gets up! Dawkins checks on Ford but this is looking bad as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Dawkins is stomping away on Roode in a corner! Ford works to walk off the pain in his leg but Roode elbows Dawkins. Dawkins blocks a suplex but so does Roode. Dawkins still gets Roode up and over! Roode writhes but Dawkins gets him for an EXPLODER! Dawkins watches Roode rise, runs in the corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! And a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Roode up, Ford forces himself to climb to the apron, but Roode throws body shots! Dawkins rocks Roode back, headlocks, but Ziggler tags in as Roode powers out, and Ziggler dropkicks Dawkins down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler taunts the Profits and claws at Dawkins’ eyes!

Ziggler stalks Dawkins to ropes, drags him up and say she follows the rules, as he rakes Dawkins’ eyes again! The ref backs Ziggler off but Roode gets a cheap shot in! Ziggler stalks Dawkins, clamps onto his neck then wraps on a facelock. Dawkins endures, Ziggler pushes up to add leverage, but Ford reaches out for Dawkins. Ziggler gator rolls Dawkins away from Ford, but Dawkins crawls his way back! Ziggler claws Dawkins’ face again! Roode tags in as the ref reprimands, and Roode stomps Dawkins! Roode clubs Dawkins, turns him, and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Roode taunts Ford and asks about the leg, then he stomps Dawkins more.

Roode stalks Dawkins, Ziggler talks some trash, and Roode throws hands. Dawkins gets up, Roode whips him hard into the corner! Tag to Ziggler, and Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler, Dawkins dodges! Ziggler only gets buckles, and Dawkins throws Roode out! Dawkins sees Ford wants in, and he crawls over, but Roode trips Ford off the apron! Ford ROCKS Roode with a haymaker then RAMS Roode into the barrier! Ford drinks what’s left in his cup and is fired up! Ziggler anchors Dawkins but Dawkins kicks him away! Hot tag to Ford! Ford fires up and rallies with big clotheslines! Mule kick, front kick, then a feint to CLUB Ziggler, and BACK HAND him!

Roode runs in, Ford back drops him! Ford hobbles, dodges Ziggler and back suplexes. Ziggler lands on his feet but runs into a DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ford fires up as he crawls to a corner. Ford drags himself up top, takes aim but his leg bugs him. And Roode grabs on, only for Ford to kick him away. Ziggler springs up, SUPER FACEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Ford is built Ford tough as he survives that! Ziggler takes aim and does his best HBK, but Ford SUPERKICKS first!! Cover, Roode breaks it! Dawkins gets in, Roode kicks him first but Dawkins throws Roode out! Dawkins coaches Ford as Ford crawls over!

Ziggler crawls after Ford, Roode is back up but Dawkins throws hands! Roode falls, but Ziggler BLASTS Dawkins off the apron! Ziggler back suplex, Ford sunset flips! TWO!! CHOP BLOCK to the bad leg! Tag to Roode, fisherman hook, GLORIOUS PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO!?! Roode cannot believe it! But Roode drags Ford up, reels him in, but no DDT! Ford ENZIGURIS! Ziggler tags back in, storms over, shove and GLORIOUS ZIGZAG!! Cover, the Dirty Dawgs win!!

Winners: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler (NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

The Profits put up a fight but the bad leg was a disadvantage they couldn’t overcome! And then to add insult to injury, Ziggler and Roode CLOBBER the Profits out of the ring! Will these “aces” ride high in 2021?

 

Pearce and Sonya are excited to see that match.

Anything can happen, but now what? A new challenger? A rematch? Maybe bring some legends back? But first, Heyman walks in. Heyman says hello to Sonya and she lets Heyman talk with Pearce. Pearce says if this is about the gauntlet match, just save it. Heyman just shrugs. Heyman says he likes Pearce and doesn’t want hostilities. Heyman says he was being the reasonable one tonight. And not for concern of Roman’s actions leading him to what happened to Braun Strowman, i.e. suspension, but what Roman’s actions were leading to for Pearce.

Heyman knows Pearce won’t believe him, but their paths moving forward will demonstrate Heyman is saying the truth. Heyman greatly admires Pearce. You’re right, Pearce doesn’t believe that. Then Heyman will prove it to Pearce. How many people know both of their histories? How they got here? How many people understand the legend of “Scrap Daddy,” Adam Pearce? Where would Pearce have been if he’d been managed by “Paul E. Dangerously?” Heyman knows Pearce’s accomplishments and why he was chosen for this job. But let’s be honest, we all know he didn’t dream of this job. This wasn’t what he envisioned. Pearce wanted to be “THE champion” in WWE.

That is why when Heyman’s boss, and your Tribal Chief, instructed Heyman to pull the right strings, well let’s just cut to the chase. The gauntlet match tonight? Heyman pulled strings. Pearce IS in the gauntlet match, and could pursue the dream he’s had since he was a little baby. And that is all thanks to the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. Personally and professionally, Heyman is so happy for and so proud of Pearce. “A pleasure doing business with you.” So now instead of five, it’s SIX men in the match! But when the other five are King Corbin, Rey Mysterio, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura and Daniel Bryan, will Scrap Daddy just be scrap iron?

 

Billie Kay finds The Riott Squad backstage.

Hello there! Billie has been reveling in their win from last week, and wants to take the Riott duo and make it a full squad again! Official squad, yeah? No, sorry, Billie, thanks but no thanks. Oh. Okay… Billie starts crying because of how no one wants her around. 2021 is supposed to be better than 2020 but it’s not! Liv says it’s not that they don’t want her- Billie cheers right up and says she knew they’d come around. She can be “punk rock” and “edgy!” She’s been listening to Blink 1-8-2 recently, and she has studied up on mosh pitting. “This is going to be great!” Billie goes off before Ruby can say anything, and now Ruby just looks to Liv. What was Liv supposed to say!? Wow, she actually put “mosh pitting” on her resume… Is Billie going to (not) fit in just fine with the Squad?

 

WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet Match!

The Tribal Chief took offense to this match being made, but perhaps passive aggressively, he is using it to his advantage. Will Scrap Daddy Pearce stand a chance of even just getting through one round? Well, fortunately for him, Rey Mysterio starts this match first, accompanied by Dominik! And who he faces is… Sami Zayn! Sami has a film crew with him to document what’s going on. “When I first got wind of this gauntlet match, wherein the winner gets an opportunity for the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View, I demanded that WWE Management put me in the match.” To Sami’s surprise, he was granted that request!

But wouldn’t you know, he’s one of the first entrants in the match! The starting position, the position with the least statistical probability of winning! What a “coincidence.” And there seem to have been a string of “coincidences” that have cost Sami these last few months. But then you realize these aren’t coincidences, but part of a MASSIVE CONSPIRACY targeting Sami Zayn! Yes, it is! Sami has been saying this for months but no one believes him. And therefore, Sami has his film crew. And not the WWE corporate drones but “unbiased documentarians.” They are here to make a documentary about the anti-Sami conspiracy! The very thing that cost Sami his Intercontinental Championship!

When this all comes to light, the world will see Sami is the rightful champion! Sami is and remains THE CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE!! But he isn’t one to complain or feel sorry about himself, he is here to fight injustice. That starts with Rey Mysterio! Sami will beat Rey, and the rest of the field, because “Sami Zayn is undeniable!” He finally puts the mic away, and the bell rings to start the match!

Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik VS Sami Zayn!

Sami talks to his crew to make sure they get a good shot of this, and Mysterio dropkicks him onto the ropes! Rey dials it up, 6 1 9!! And then a FROG SPLASH! Cover, Rey ELIMINATES Sami!! And yes, Sami’s camera crew DID get a good shot of that! The Great Liberator is done already, but here comes the King of Strong Style! Will he defeat the King of Lucha Libre to then take on the rest of the gauntlet?

Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

SmackDown returns as the bell rings on round two, and these two kings of wrestling circle. They tie up, Nakamura headlocks but Mysterio fights and powers out. Things speed up, Nakamura runs Rey over! Nakamura dusts himself off, brings Mysterio up and scoops but Mysterio slips out and shoves. Nakamura sunset flips but Mysterio rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, ONE!! Mysterio keeps cool as Dominik cheers him on. Nakamura throws hands on Mysterio, knees low then whips but Mysterio reverses and runs to RANA! Nakamura bails out, Mysterio builds speed but slides into a spin and KNEE! Nakamura goes up to jump, but Mysterio avoids the guillotine knee!

Mysterio runs from the corner, slides and SUNSET FLIPS, but Nakamura rolls through to KINSHASA! Nakamura puts Mysterio in, covers, TWO!! Mysterio survives but Nakamura keeps his cool as he looms over Mysterio. Nakamura drags Mysterio up and into a corner for Bad Vibrations! The ref counts, Nakamura swaggers corner to corner, then runs in to DYNAMIC DROPKICK Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! Mysterio is still in this and Nakamura grows a bit annoyed. Nakamura drags Mysterio up, snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura kicks Mysterio around and grins as he brings him up.

Nakamura puts Mysterio on the top rope, throws forearms then climbs, and brings Mysterio up, only for Mysterio to resist! Mysterio throws body shots then headbutts Nakamura down! Mysterio adjusts, leaps, SEATED SENTON! And BASEMENT SEATED SENTON! Nakamura flounders, Mysterio wheelbarrows and victory rolls, TWO!! Nakamura gets to ropes but Mysterio runs in, only to be put on the apron. Nakamura KICKS Mysterio down, but Mysterio blocks the buckle bump to headbutt and forearm back! Mysterio slingshots but Nakamura catches him to reel him in, but Mysterio RANAS free! Mysterio runs to hit the 619!!

Mysterio hurries up top, leaps, FROG SPLASH onto knees!! Nakamura wants the ARMBAR! Mysterio can’t hold on, Mysterio taps and Nakamura ELIMINATES him! And King Corbin attacks Dominik! The Wolf King shows no mercy for his enemies, and he POSTS Nakamura before he CHOKE SLAMS Mysterio into buckles! And then CHOKE SLAMS Mysterio to the mat! Clearly he is next, but will the Wolf King get through the King of Strong Style?

Shinsuke Nakamura VS King Corbin!

SmackDown returns and Corbin CLOBBERS and covers Nakamura, TWO! Corbin seethes as Nakamura survives but he drags Nakamura up to put him in a corner. Corbin puts Nakamura’s arms behind his back and throws body shots over and over! The ref counts, Corbin lets off at 4, then he bumps Nakamura off buckles. Corbin again traps the arms and unleashes body shots, then runs corner to corner. Nakamura dodges and Corbin POSTS himself! Nakamura swings one kick, Corbin ducks it, but he hits the WINDMILL! Corbin bails out, Nakamura leaps but Corbin catches him, and POSTS him in return! Corbin puts Nakamura in, covers, TWO!

Corbin argues with the ref but the count is the count. He looms over Nakamura and taunts him, to then throw haymakers! Corbin brings Nakamura up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious and argues again, but the ref tells him the count is fair. Corbin looms over Nakamura, drags him up and reels him in to suplex, but Nakamura slips out! Nakamura dodges and DYNAMIC DROPKICKS! Corbin gets up first but Nakamura fires up as he fires off kicks! Corbin blocks one but Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Nakamura has Corbin in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Corbin reverses. Corbin runs in but only gets buckles, then a ROUNDHOUES!

Nakamura hops up as Corbin flounders, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura powers up in a corner, runs in but into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives, this is why he is the King of Strong Style! Corbin grabs Nakamura but Nakamura drags him into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Corbin stays up, dead lifts, and POWERBOMBS Nakamura down! Corbin flounders up and runs back in, but Nakamura dodges. Corbin slides put, slides in, into a KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura ELIMINATES Corbin!! Nakamura has trumped the King of Lucha and the Wolf King, is he the strongest king in WWE?

But here comes The GOAT, Daniel Bryan! These two have wanted to face each other 1v1 for so long, and here it is! Who wins this dream match come to life?!

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Daniel Bryan!

SmackDown returns, the bell rings and the two rush each other! Bryan dropkicks Nakamura down, brings him up for EuroUppers and KICKS! Bryan whips, Nakamura kicks back but Bryan throws Nakamura out! Bryan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends Nakamura into the announce desk! Bryan puts Nakamura in, heads to a corner and climbs up, to hit a missile- NO! Nakamura dropkicks Bryan out of the air! Nakamura drags Bryan up, INVERTED EXPLODER! Bryan sits up slowly, Nakamura takes aim, KINSHASA into a Half Crab!! Bryan has the leg, sits deep on the hold, but Nakamura endures! Nakamura crawls, Bryan drags him away and shifts to an ANKLE LOCK!

Nakamura gets up, Bryan reels him in with the leg, and GERMAN SUPLEXES Bridging cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives but Bryan keeps his focus. Bryan watches Nakamura rise, and gives him a YES KICK! And then more kicks, hitting Nakamura from all sides! Nakamura flounders as Bryan kicks him around, and even kicks as he’s curled up! BUZZSAW, but it misses! Nakamura boots, then catches the clothesline into an ARMBAR! Bryan clasps hands, Nakamura gets them apart but Bryan rolls to is own ARMBAR! Nakamura clasps hands, rolls, but into the YES LOCK!! Bryan pulls Nakamura back, Nakamura moves around as he endures, refuses to give up, and reaches with a leg!

But Bryan makes it a RINGS OF SATURN!! But Nakamura gets the ropebreak with a leg! Bryan lets go in frustration, but he drags Nakamura back up. Bryan wrenches, elbow breaker to the arm! More YES Kicks, then another wrench to the arm. Nakamura is in the corner, Bryan just gives him more elbow breakers! And another KICK! Bryan hoists Nakamura up top, climbs up, but the Super Steiner is pushed away! Nakamura FLYING KNEES Bryan down! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura throws knees into Bryan over and over! Bryan rolls as Nakamura powers up and takes aim. BUZZSAW, but Bryan ducks it!

Bryan kicks a leg but Nakamura ducks the roundhouse! Roll-up, to the ARMBAR! Bryan makes it a cover, TWO!! Nakamura and Bryan both slowly rise, having exhausted themselves in this round. Bryan KICKS, Nakamura KICKS, then they throw forearms and haymakers! Bryan fires off fast hands, backs Nakamura to a corner, then KICKS away again! Bryan aims, to ROUNDHOUSE Nakamura down! Bryan fires up, runs corner to corner, and hits a dropkick! He keeps moving, another dropkick! A third trip, but a KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura ELIMINATES Daniel Bryan!!

Even after taking on Mysterio and Corbin, Nakamura gets through Bryan to make it to the final round! And Bryan shows respect by shaking Nakamura’s hand! Will we see these two battle 1v1 again later on down the road? But Roman Reigns heads back out? He, Heyman and Jey return to ringside to watch this final round closely. And we obviously know Nakamura’s last opponent is SCRAP DADDY! Will everyone get what they want after the break?

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Adam Pearce!

SmackDown returns and Roman is still on stage. Heyman calls for the entrance, and Pearce reluctantly walks out. Pearce nervously passes by Roman but Roman and the others follow behind to make sure he goes to the ring. Pearce still isn’t sure why he has to do this, but Jey goes into the ring instead? Jey gets in Nakamura’s face and says he’s about to get this work. Roman also steps inside the ring, and Jey DECKS Nakamura! Jey goes after Nakamura and so does Roman! The Bloodline is softening up Nakamura for Pearce?! Roman headbutts, Jey CLUBS and they both stomp Nakamura down! The ref reprimands but Roman looks to Pearce.

Jey SUPERKICKS Nakamura, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES him! Jey goes up to USO SPLASH Nakamura!! Roman smirks as he goes out and Pearce asks what’s going on. “This is what you need to understand. I do what I wanna do. This is my show. I employ you. Now do your job!” Roman shoves Pearce in, and Jey SUPERKICKS Pearce down!! Roman tells the timekeeper to ring the bell, and the bell does ring. This round is officially happening, but what is Pearce supposed to do now? Jey just drags him on top of Nakamura, and that counts as a cover! The ref is made to count, and Pearce wins!!

Winner: Adam Pearce, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship)

Roman said he’s able to pick his own challenger, and he just did! He has made ADAM PEARCE his opponent for the Royal Rumble!! Will everyone learn to fall in line behind the Tribal Chief?


My Thoughts:

This was a great episode! No filler, all progress in stories, and a lot of great action. The Intercontinental Championship match having that spot of controversy in the middle was actually very clever, as it also worked out as a commercial break. Naturally, Big E wins to keep his reign going, and I hope he gives a lot of people opportunities for matches. Big E should be the workhorse champion as neither Raw or SmackDown has that right now. To be fair, neither does NXT right now, but all the more reason. Big E should be a fighting champion, he should rack up wins and make this reign feel big.

Bayley and Bianca had a good promo section, and that will be a strong thread of the Women’s Rumble to parallel Charlotte Flair and Shayna Baszler on the Raw side of things. Mella had a good promo, and it’s just a matter of saying she and Sasha Banks are having a title match for the Rumble PPV. The SmackDown Tag title match was great. The story of Ford selling his leg really upped the match, really added to Ford’s toughness, and was actually a very good way of having the Profits lose. Sonya’s return being as management, not as a wrestler, is an interesting take on this, but I do think her mic skills will lend well to this. She can handle the Women’s Division here on SmackDown, maybe even start showing up on Raw, and something starts up with that.

And obviously, what can compare to the story with Roman Reigns. I like that he confronts Adam Pearce, pins the blame on Adam Pearce, then uses his and Heyman’s influence to force Adam Pearce into a situation Pearce can’t actually win. The gauntlet match was incredible, as most WWE gauntlet matches are, and I am actually surprised Nakamura was the one that made it to the end. I thought with things being three Heels and two Faces, and then Bryan wanting to win the Rumble so badly, that left it to Mysterio. But between Corbin attacking everyone, the incredible 1v1 of Nakamura VS Bryan, and Nakamura being the one Roman and Jey beat up, it seems Nakamura might be returning to Face? I like that, especially if Cesaro joins him because who wouldn’t love to cheer Cesaro as a Face?

But Pearce is made the pawn in Roman’s game, and now Pearce has a title shot at the Royal Rumble! Roman was surely going to win at the Rumble before, but now it’s guaranteed. Pearce can still put up a good fight, and maybe Jey won’t help Roman win this time, but Roman is still going to win so that it’s about facing the Rumble winner. I’m thinking Bryan wins the Rumble to check that off his career wish list, but maybe the PPV before Mania is about Roman VS Nakamura after what we got tonight. I would love Roman VS Nakamura for a tiny chance we get Nakamura VS Bryan at Mania for the title. But even Roman VS Bryan is a great story and match, so either way, SmackDown is winning!

My Score: 8.9/10


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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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