The Elimination Chamber will determine the Road to WrestleMania!
Drew McIntyre defends his WWE World Championship inside, while Roman Reigns waits for a challenger to emerge from the Elimination Chamber!
- Kickoff Match – WWE United States Championship Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: John Morrison VS Mustafa Ali VS Ricochet VS Elias; Morrison wins and joins the title match Triple Threat later tonight.
- Elimination Chamber: Kevin Owens VS Daniel Bryan VS Cesaro VS Sami Zayn VS King Corbin VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship tonight.
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Daniel Bryan; Reigns wins and retains the title.
- WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Matt Riddle VS John Morrison; Riddle wins and is the new WWE United States Champion.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus VS Randy Orton VS Kofi Kingston VS Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles; McIntyre wins and retains the title.
- WWE World Championship MITB Cash-In: Drew McIntyre VS The Miz; The Miz wins and is the new WWE World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting the action for tonight, both in and out of the sadistic steel structure!
Keith Lee cannot compete tonight from the injuries suffered at the hands of Bobby Lashley, so there will be a huge Fatal 4 Way in the kickoff show! John Morrison, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet and Elias will compete, but who will join Bobby Lashley and Matt Riddle in the Triple Threat for the US Championship?
Backstage interview with Cesaro!
The Swiss Cyborg has significant momentum, could tonight be a turning point for him? To answer it this way, Cesaro’s favorite drink is espresso. It is simple, reminds him of home, but it’s not just another coffee. It isn’t made, it is extracted. And it takes time and practice to get that just right. Cesaro will have the perfect shot tonight as he wins the Elimination Chamber match and then extract the title from Roman. And it will be oh so sweet, just like the perfect espresso.
MVP joins the panel via video call.
Who does he think will fill Keith Lee’s spot in the US Championship Triple Threat tonight? Or does it matter? To borrow The Rock’s saying, “IT DOESN’T MATTER!” Lashley isn’t just a combat athlete, he’s a force of nature! Lashley is Godzilla! You can call the Defense Force but you should call FIMA to clean up after him. JBL wants Rosenberg to get pumped out talking to MVP, but then Billie Kay offers Mr. MVP her headshot and resume. She has many business qualifications so she could be a great addition to the Hurt Business. Yes, her voice sure does hurt his ears. But he’ll consider her application and keep in touch. Is that just a nice way of saying, “No?”
Sonya Deville joins the panel!
Dapper Deville is back and she’s loving it already. JBL gets on Booker for not doing his dance moves with Bad Bunny but Booker says the check wasn’t big enough. Charly asks Sonya about the Women’s Tag title match tonight. Sonya says first, Shayna & Nia are a well-oiled machine and dominant team, but all that said, Bianca Belair is a rising star, Sasha Banks is a seasoned vet, this is tough to call. However, Sasha doesn’t play well with others. Just look at Bayley. So the advantage of course goes to Shayna-Nia.
Charly brings up the interesting origins of this match. Despite Sasha and Bianca not being a team for much at all, they and Reginald pulled off the win. Reggie the sommelier got a little over his head but he had back-up from Sasha & Bianca, and together they turned the whole thing around on Nia. As great as they could be as a team, Booker doesn’t see Bianca and Sasha thinking that way. Bianca still has a WrestleMania decision, a championship decision, tonight’s match doesn’t even matter. WrestleMania checks are huge! They all agree on Bianca taking on Sasha, but here come the Street Profits!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins say hello to the legends and Rosenberg, and then trying to be polite about business, they ask Sonya about tag titles. They don’t understand why there’s all this dipping and dodging for a rematch. Did they think this was the right time? Well when was the time? Sonya says she has an office now so they should go there. This is rude. And she WAS considering them but why reward this behavior? Well for 312 days, they- Alpha Academy is showing promise. Profits beat them! Oh well, sure but…
The Profits reconsider, this is definitely rude of them. They will visit her during office hours. And a quick compliment to her fashion sense. The Profits head off, but will they get their rematch on the Road to WrestleMania? Sonya makes sure everyone else on SmackDown understands, if you want to talk business with her, respect her authority and step into her office. There are other teams worthy of their shot, she will determine whose turn it is.
Kickoff Match – WWE United States Championship Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: John Morrison VS Mustafa Ali w/ Retribution VS Ricochet VS Elias!
The Guru of Greatness, the leader of Retribution, the One and Only or the Drifter! They all are benefitting from Keith Lee’s misfortune, but who will grab their own golden ticket to join Bobby Lashley and Matt Riddle?
The bell rings and Ricochet dropkicks Ali right away! They still have beef but Morrison and Elias go after Ricochet while Ali bails out. Morrison and Elias mug Ricochet, whip him corner to corner, but Elias runs in only for Ricochet to go up and over and BOOT Morrison! Elias back suplexes but Ricochet lands out to dropkick-flip! Ricochet aims at all his opponents but Ali gets in to yank him down and roll him up! TWO, Ricochet gets a crucifix takedown, TWO! Ricochet trips Ali to fire off fists! Morrison and Elias get in to hit both Ali and Ricochet, then divide into pairs. Ali and Ricochet hit back but so do Elias and Morrison. Then Elias and Morrison trade partners but the brawl goes all over the ring!
Ali CHOPS Ricochet, Elias throws hands on Morrison, Ali hits Elias, Elias knocks him down, COHPS Ricochet and BOOTS Morrison! Elias whips Ali to clobber him with an elbow, then he goes after Ricochet with stomps in a corner! Elias drags Ricochet up, CHOPS him again, then whips him corner to corner. Ricochet reverses, Elias goes up but Ricochet catches him, only for Elias to boot him away! Elias drags Ricochet up for a dragon sleeper, but Morrison reels Elias into one, too! Ali somersaults in to neckbreaker Morrison, and the chain creates DOUBLE INVERTED DDT’S! Ali crawls to cover Ricochet, TWO!!
Ali keeps on Ricochet with Retribution lurking outside. Ali CHOPS Ricochet, CHOPS him again, but Ricochet gets powered up! Ricochet throws haymakers, whips Ali but li reverses. Ricochet sunset flips, Ali rolls through and fakes Ricochet out to kick him low! Ali hits a BIG back suplex, covers deep, TWO!! Elias returns to stomp them both then he drags Ali up. Ali fights back, Elias ROCKS him then whips him to KNEE him down! Cover, but Slapjack drags Elias off! Not a disqualification in a Fatal 4 but Elias probably wishes Jaxson Ryker was here to watch his back. Ricochet rolls Elias up, TWO and Ricochet mule kicks Elias down!
Morrison runs in at Ricochet but is put on the apron for an ENZIGURI! Ricochet turns around into Elias’ SIT OUT CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, but Ali breaks it! Elias shoves Ali out hard, then goes back to Ricochet. Elias drags Ricochet up, reels him in, but Morrison returns with a FLYING CHUCK! Morrison watches Ricochet flounder up, and brings him in, MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives again but Morrison looms over him. Morrison drags Ricochet to a drop zone, STARSHIP PAIN FLOPS! Ricochet and Morrison are both down, as is Elias, but Ali is floundering back in.
Every man has a corner and Ali runs in at Ricochet. Ricochet boots then somersault shotguns Ali down! Ricochet dodges Elias, throws hands, KICKS Ali, KICKS Elias, CHOPS and runs, DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Morrison runs in but gets a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Bridging cover, but both Elias and Ali break it!! Retribution rallies for their leader as all four men slowly stir. Ali elbows Elias then leaps up to hit a TORNADO DDT! But Ricochet 450’s outta nowhere!! He flounders to a cover, but ALL of Retribution saves Ali this time! Ricochet can’t believe it, but he should’ve known from his battles with them. So Ricochet FLIES, but is caught by T-Bar and Mace!!
Ricochet fights but he gets a DOUBLE POST BOMB!! Retribution celebrate but Morrison rolls Ali up!! Morrison wins!!
Winner: John Morrison, by pinfall (joins the WWE US Championship match)
The Sultan of Sexy pulls one over on the horde! Will he be able to do something similar to the Bro and the Rocky Mountain Machine?
“Every journey has its obstacles.”
Distress, doubt, disbelief. Some obstacles are built up to break you down. Whatever fear that’s inside, the hunger to win must overcome. Every thing worth fighting for is on the other side. If you want to continue on the Road to WrestleMania, you must survive this night! Star-studded sets of six step inside the steel structure. They will face that danger, take those risks, and endure the pain to escape so that they can stand atop the mountain! This is ELIMINATION CHAMBER!!
Elimination Chamber: Kevin Owens VS Daniel Bryan VS Cesaro VS Sami Zayn VS King Corbin VS Jey Uso!
This is just the first step for these six men! Whether it be the Prizefighter, the GOAT, the Swiss Cyborg, the Great Liberator, the Wolf King of the Ring, or Roman Reigns’ own cousin, they will still have to battle the WWE Universal Champion later tonight! So who will #JustKeepFighting and say #YESYESYES to a shot at the Reigning, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, Universal Heavyweight Champion of the WWE?
The first ones into the cell are Kevin, Sami (who taunts his long time frenemy but then protests his private camera crew being ejected), Corbin, and Jey, meaning Cesaro and Bryan start this match by default. Will one of these two men pull off an ironman performance in order to prove to the Head of the Table what it means to be a wrestler?
The bell rings and this match finally gets underway! Cesaro and Bryan tie up, Cesaro headlocks but Bryan powers out. Cesaro runs Bryan over, cover, ONE! Cesaro headlocks again, Bryan powers out but Cesaro runs him over again. Cover, ONE, and Cesaro is back on the headlock. Bryan powers out again, drops down, jumps up but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps cool and keeps on Bryan. Cesaro brings Bryan up, throws a hard EuroUpper and Bryan ends up in a corner. Cesaro walks over and stares Corbin down before he whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up, over, runs and dodges to hit the leaping lariat!
Bryan gives Cesaro some Yes Kicks from all sides, then some EuroUppers of his own. Cesaro gives EuroUppers, they brawl like this, but then Bryan sends Cesaro out! Cesaro tries to land on his feet but hits chain wall! Bryan goes up for a FLYING KNEE! Bryan knocks Cesaro down, shakes out his legs, then puts Cesaro back through ropes. Bryan climbs again to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Bryan keeps his cool as Cesaro goes to a corner. Bryan kicks away in the corner, then hoists Cesaro up top. Bryan climbs, but Cesaro denies him the Super Steiner! Cesaro swings Bryan back up but Bryan STEINERS after all!
Bryan aims, runs but into a LARIAT! Both men are down but Cesaro crawls over to Bryan. Cover, TWO! The others are getting antsy in their pods and Kevin is even pointing out a weakness in Bryan’s leg. Cesaro goes after said weakness, drops elbows on the leg and hooks it in a toehold. Bryan endures, counters with a neck wrench then a headscissor to the armbar! Cesaro resists, moves around, makes it a cover, TWO! Cesaro dead lifts Bryan but Bryan spiders around back to the ARMBAR! Bryan is pulling hard but Cesaro fights back up! Cover, ONE, and Cesaro is free! Bryan throws EuroUppers but that only fires Cesaro up. Bryan KICKS, Cesaro glares and gives EuroUppers!
Bryan falls over, Cesaro shakes out his arms, and Cesaro drags Bryan up for another EuroUpper! Bryan falls back down, Cesaro drags him up and suplexes! Cesaro holds Bryan for a count of 10, then walks around for a few more counts, to then SLAM Bryan down! Cover, TWO! The countdown reaches zero, the first pod is released! Joining the match is… CORBIN! Cesaro goes to intercept but Corbin RAMS him into Jey’s pod! Corbin rains down fists, Bryan goes after Corbin with EuroUppers! Corbin ROCKS Bryan and throws him into chains! Corbin digs Bryan’s head into those chains then DECKS him with a haymaker!
Corbin drags Cesaro and Jey eggs him on to “beat his ass.” Corbin TOSSES Cesaro into the ring! Corbin throws more hands on Bryan and gets him in between the ropes, too. Corbin brings Bryan around, whips him into a corner, then runs in, Bryan dodges to dropkick Cesaro! Then dropkick Corbin! Then back to Cesaro, only to miss! Cesaro EuroUppers Corbin! And EuroUppers Bryan! And back to Corbin, then back to Bryan! Cesaro goes back for Corbin but gets a DEEP SIX! And a DEEP SIX for Bryan! Corbin covers Bryan, TWO!! Cover on Cesaro, TWO!! Corbin couldn’t finish these two but he keeps his cool.
Corbin drags Bryan up, throws elbows, then dumps Bryan out of the ring. Corbin drags Bryan up on the outside, hoists him up, and gives him a SHINBREAKER to Sami’s pod! Corbin and Sami talk trash, and Corbin dares Bryan to quit already. Cesaro throws EuroUppers on Corbin but gets RAMMED into Sami’s pod! Sami protests, but Corbin gives Bryan ANOTHER SHINBREAKER to Jey’s pod! Corbin wraps Bryan’s leg around the ring post and pulls! Bryan fights with his good leg but Corbin stands on Bryan’s head! Corbin tells Jey he’s gonna get some of this, too! Corbin RAMS Cesaro into steel chains then throws haymakers, and DECKS Cesaro!
Corbin walks around as he watches Bryan crawl. Bryan gets up but Corbin picks him up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated and now Cesaro returns. Cesaro throws body shots and haymakers, then EuroUppers, but Corbin knees low and hard, until he sends Cesaro back out! Corbin snarls as he drags Bryan up and puts him in a Tree of Woe! The countdown is ticking down, and the second pod is released! It’s… Sami Zayn! And Sami protests already! Corbin storms over but Sami shuts the door on his pod. Sami refuses to take part in this, and Bryan KNEES Corbin into the pod door! Sami taunts Corbin, “That’s what you get!”
But Cesaro comes in from the other side, and that’s open!! Cesaro dribbles Sami all around inside his own pod!! Cesaro throws EuroUppers to stagger Sami, then RAMS him into Jey’s pod! Bryan keeps on Corbin as Sami RAMS Cesaro into Jey’s pod! Bryan KICKS Sami against ropes, then throws him into the chains! And again! And again! And again! Corbin comes around to CLOBBER Bryan! Corbin drags Bryan up just to DECK him, but then Sami shoves Corbin into Plexiglas! Sami crawls after Bryan in the ring, stomps Bryan, then follows him to a corner of the Chamber. Bryan dodges and Sami HELLUVA KICKS pod! Sami clutches his leg and Kevin smirks at his familiar foe.
Bryan goes after Corbin with EuroUppers, throws him into the ring, then climbs up. Corbin hits Bryan first, then climbs up to join him. Corbin SUPERPLEXES Bryan down! Bryan rolls away from Corbin, and Sami gives Cesaro a TORNADO DDT on the outside! Cover, TWO!! Sami is furious and he stomps Bryan and Corbin to vent. Sami then runs at Cesaro, but Cesaro puts him on top of Jey’s pod! Cesaro climbs up after Sami, Sami kicks at Cesaro but Cesaro comes back from the other side. They brawl up top, Cesaro’s EuroUpper rocks Sami, but Sami tries to walk the chain wall! Cesaro throws MORE EuroUppers, Sami climbs onto steel for dear life, and bumps Cesaro off the frame!
Sami retreats along the chains but Cesaro pursues! Cesaro bumps Sami’s face off chains again and again! Cesaro adjusts position, uses the top like monkey bars, and he BOOTS Sami to the floor!! Cesaro shows off by doing some pull-ups with the ceiling, and then climbs down. But Corbin is there to catch him! Corbin RAMS Cesaro into steel chains, then SNAKE EYES and a LARIAT! Bryan leaps at Corbin but into a CHOKE SLAM! Corbin drags Cesaro up but Cesaro throws EuroUppers! Corbin forearms and whips but Cesaro ducks and dodges to springboard, but into a choke grip! Cesaro elbows free and POSTS Corbin! Cesaro climbs, aims, leaps, FLYING EUROUPPER!
Cesaro doesn’t cover, he takes Corbin for a SWING! Cesaro gets about 10 rotations in, steps through and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Corbin TAPS, Cesaro ELIMINATES Corbin! And just in time as another pod is released! This time it’s… Kevin Owens! And he is ready! Sami wants mercy from Kevin, and then… He suggests they team up for old time’s sake?! Sami says “they” don’t want him or Kevin, the anti-poster boys, in this match, so why not do this together? Kevin whips Sami into a pod! And then into another! And back again, to then CLOBBER him! Bryan and Kevin brawl now, Kevin gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!
Cesaro EuroUppers Kevin but Kevin forearms back! They brawl like this, Cesaro fires off fast hands but uppercuts into a backslide! He rolls through but Kevin enziguris! Bryan boots Kevin and hops on for a sleeper hold with body scissors! Kevin holds on to BACKPACK SENTON onto Cesaro! Cover on Cesaro, TWO! Cover on Bryan, TWO! Kevin sees Sami up top and intercepts with a haymaker! Then a CHOP! Kevin climbs up, Sami hits back, and BITES Kevin’s shoulder! Sami headbutts and elbows Kevin but Kevin headbutts back. Sami throws more elbows, Kevin falls down, and Sami leaps! Kevin gets under to SUPERKICK!
Sami flounders to a corner, Bryan and Cesaro are in the others. Kevin sees his targets, and he gives Cesaro a CANNONBALL! Then a CANNONBALL for Bryan! CANNONBALL for Sami! Kevin looks past Sami to tell Jey he better watch this. Kevin runs but Sami boots, only for Kevin to block! Sami gets around to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cesaro POP-UP UPPERS Sami! KNEE PLUS for Cesaro, but Bryan runs into Kevin’s POP-UP BOMB!! All four men are down, fans fire up on their ThunderDome screens, and Kevin manages to stand first. Cesaro is outside on one end, Bryan is outside on the other. Sami begs for mercy but Kevin drag shim up for a HEAD SHOT NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Kevin hauls Bryan up, pump handle USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kevin grows frustrated. Kevin drags Cesaro up, fireman’s carries, and the countdown returns! Cesaro fights free to EuroUpper Kevin and Kevin forearms. Jey is finally in this match, as if by design! And Kevin storms over to him to throw hands! They brawl, Kevin RAMS Jey into steel chains, then does it again! Jey holds his face and Kevin mockingly asks what’s wrong. Kevin digs Jey’s face into the steel! Kevin then whips Jey into the pod! Kevin stalks Jey around the way, and throws him inside a pod! The back wall pops loose as Kevin digs his boot into Jey!
Kevin opens the door, pushes Jey out the other side, and Cesaro brawls with Bryan nearby. Kevin ROCKS Jey, Sami ROCKS Kevin! Sami throws Kevin aside but Cesaro hits Sami. Bryan hits Jey into steel, Jey uppercuts back! Sami brawls with Cesaro but Kevin is climbing a pod?! HUGE MOONSAULT bowls everyone else over!! Kevin fires up and shakes the chains, to give Bryan a STUNNER! And Cesaro gets a STUNNER! Kevin sees Sami coming, dodges the boot to STUNNER!! Cover on Sami, Kevin ELIMINATES Sami! One old foe done, now for the other! Kevin stalks Jey, drags him up, but Jey claws Kevin’s eyes! Kevin is in the doorway, Jey SLAMS the door closed on Kevin’s arm!!
Referees shout at Jey to stop but Jey doesn’t want to! Jey wants to break Kevin’s arm, and he SUPERKICKS and SUPERKICKS and SUPERKICKS! Jey finally lets Kevin’s arm out of the door, then SUPERKICKS Kevin into the ring! Jey climbs up top, USO SPLASH!! Cover, Jey ELIMINATES Kevin!! Now the Head of the Table’s Right Hand Man only has two men left to deal with. Bryan fires off EuroUppers, he blocks a kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Jey CHOP BLOCKS Bryan! Jey paces around, builds speed and FLIEs, into Cesaro’s EuroUpper! Cesaro goes up top, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!!
Cesaro snarls as he watches Jey crawl to the outside. Cesaro SLINGSHOT STOMPS Jey down! Cesaro then gets the legs to swing Jey into the steel! And again and again! Bryan leaps but into Cesaro’s arms! Cesaro FALL AWAY SLAMS Bryan into the ring! Cesaro climbs again, leaps, but into a YES KICK! All three men are down, but Bryan is firing himself up! Bryan and Cesaro sit up and brawl on their knees with EuroUppers! They fight up to their feet as they hit back and forth! Cesaro fires off fast hands, shoves Bryan, and pops him up, but Bryan catches him to a backslide! TWO, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!
Bryan fires up again, gets his bad leg moving, and drags Cesaro by his arm. Cesaro resists so Bryan gives him Danielson Stomps! Bryan hobbles off to aim from a corner and he powers up with the Yes Fingers! Fans do the same on screen, but Bryan runs into the tilt-o-whirl, to a torture rack! Bryan rolls through, TWO, BUZZSAW again! Bryan goes to a corner, climbs up again, but his bad leg slows him down a bit. Cesaro EuroUppers first! Cesaro throws another EuroUpper and Bryan wobbles up top! And then Cesaro fires off EuroUppers from all sides! Cesaro climbs up, fireman’s carries Bryan, and he hits a SUPER GUTBUSTER!!
Cesaro gets the legs, pulls on one for a Half Crab SWING!! Bryan’s bad leg takes all that damage but Jey SUPERKICKS Cesaro down! Jey climbs, USO SPLASH to Cesaro!! Cover, Jey ELIMINATES Cesaro!! One ironman down, another left! USO SPLASH onto Bryan!! Cover, TWO!?! Jey is shocked but Bryan is still in this! Jey climbs up to the top of a pod now! Bryan is still in a drop zone, SUPER USO SPLASH onto knees!! Bryan saves himself and now he fires up! Jey staggers into the KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall (will challenge Roman Reigns later tonight)
Fans give the Yes Fingers because yes, yes, yes, Bryan is getting his shot at the Universal Championship! But can the #IronGOAT recover fast enough to take on the perfectly rested Tribal Chief?
Wait, Roman Reigns is heading to the ring NOW! Well, a few minutes does count as “later” in some respects… Will the Head of the Table just pick the bones of Daniel Bryan?
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Daniel Bryan!
Bryan crawls his way to a corner as Roman hands his belt over to his Special Counsel. The introductions are skipped but Heyman raises the belt. Bryan says to hell with it, let’s do this! The bell rings, and he catches the Spear?!?! YES LOCK!!!! Roman is freaking out at how he got caught!! Roman pries at the hold, gets free of the crossface, and rolls Bryan over just to rain down furious fists! Bryan can’t guard he’s that exhausted from the Chamber match! Roman finally lets off, just to dead lift and POWERBOMB Bryan down! Roman is seething because of how quickly he could’ve lost, and he rains more forearms down on a defenseless Bryan!
The ref wants Roman to let off and Roman glares at him. Roman drags Bryan up, to the GUILLOTINE!! Bryan is already out as it is, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief wins a veritable farce of a title defense! “All night long, huh?! All night long?!” Roman is of course referring to the words Bryan said on Talking Smack just a week ago, and clearly it wasn’t anywhere close to that. Will WrestleMania- WAIT! EDGE SPEARS ROMAN!!! Edge points to the WrestleMania sign as he glares down at Roman! And Edge seems to repeat what Roman told him back to him now! Does this mean the Rated R Superstar has made his decision!? Is it going to be Spear VS Spear for the Universal Championship!?
Sonya Deville talks with Bad Bunny backstage.
First off, congratulations on becoming WWE 24/7 Champion. And he was cracking her up on Saturday Night Live last night. All very impressive. Anything he needs, she’ll- The Miz walks over and says he saw SNL. Congrats. Miz would’ve preferred if he and Morrison were there singing “Hey Hey, Ho Ho,” but what can you do? What’s Bunny doing here? Well, he IS 24/7 Champion so… What is Miz doing here? Is he a champion? Is he even on the card tonight? Miz shoves Bunny, Bunny SLAPS Miz! And Miz turns around, to see Damian Priest by Bunny’s side.
Miz seethes but he stands down. Will Miz worry more about his Money in the Bank plans? Will Priest help Bunny keep that 24/7 belt through the night?
WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Matt Riddle VS John Morrison!
Plans change but the show must go on! The Chief Hurt Officer ended up being why the Limitless One can’t compete here tonight, but joining him and The Bro is the Guru of Greatness! Will Lashley take this change in stride and still come out golden? Or will a Triple Threat still be what spells his downfall?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this slightly adjusted match begins!
Lashley fires off on Riddle and bumps him off buckles while Morrison hangs back. Lashley stomps Riddle, digs his boots in, then lets off just to stomp some more! Morrison sneaks in to get his shots on Riddle, adding forearms and elbows. Lashley doesn’t like someone taking his prey and he tosses Morrison to another corner. Lashley RAMS Morrison, throws more hands and stomps Morrison down! Riddle jumps on Lashley with a sleeper but gets thrown off! Lashley clotheslines Riddle out but Morrison hits a FLYING CHUCK on Lashley! Morrison hits a spinning Eddy Gordo, then runs in at the corner. Lashley puts him on the apron, ROCKS him, then runs to BLAST Morrison to barriers!
Lashley paces as the only man in the ring, then he goes out to fetch Morrison. MVP sings Lashley’s praises as Lashley RAMS Morrison back into barriers! Lashley hauls Morrison up to a torture rack, and then POSTS Morrison! MVP looms over Morrison and high-fives Lashley, but Riddle LEAPS in! Lashley catches him to TOSS him, too! MVP shouts, “Do you think it’s a game?!” Lashley drags Riddle up and puts him in the ring to then run in at the corner, to RAM into Riddle! Lashley drags Riddle out to hit a neckbreaker! Lashley starts to smile as he starts to enjoy this.
Lashley drags Riddle up, suplexes, but Morrison slingshots in to tip that over! Riddle lands on his feet, and together he BOOTS Lashley with Morrison! Lashley still runs Morrison over and CLOBBERS Riddle! Not even working together can they stop Lashley! MVP tells Lashley to keep the game plan in mind, and Lashley waits for someone else to get in. Morrison and Riddle discuss a plan, and they flank Lashley! Morrison fakes Lashley out and Riddle fires off! Morrison adds on and they’re beating Lashley down in the corner! Riddle runs side to side to forearm smash! Morrison goes corner to corner, into the MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley gets Riddle in the DOMINATOR!!
Lashley dares someone to stand up! He runs and RAMS into Riddle in the corner again! MVP applauds and tells Lashley to punish them. Lashley runs at Riddle but gets caught to a headscissors! Riddle Penalty Kicks from the apron, them Morrison FLIES and takes Lashley out! Riddle adds on, SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! But then Morrison POSTS Riddle! No more alliances as Morrison puts Riddle in to cover, TWO! Morrison keeps his cool as he ground ‘n’ pounds Riddle! Morrison brings Riddle up but Riddle throws body shots and forearms of his own! Morrison blocks, wrenches, fireman’s carries, but Riddle slips around!
Riddle gets a takedown, Morrison slips out but Riddle fires off more strikes! Morrison ducks the roundhouse to GERMAN, but Riddle lands on his feet! Riddle ducks a kick to spin Morrison for a PELE! Riddle runs in to forearm smash, then he goes side to side to forearm smash again! BROSPLODER! Riddle runs but Morrison ducks the Penalty Kick and avoids the moonsault! Riddle still hits the BROTON, then finally gets that PENALTY KICK! Riddle drags Morrison up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Lashley returns and he swings, but into Riddle’s ripcord, FINAL FLASH!! Riddle climbs up, for a TRUE FLOATING BRO! But Morrison SHINING WIZARDS!!
Morrison hits STARSHIP PAIN on Lashley!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives two moves and Morrison can’t believe it! MVP talks trash, “You really thought that was going to pin the All Mighty?” Morrison tells MVP to shut up. They both act like the other just acts tough, but Morrison takes MVP’s crutch! MVP wants him to take it easy, but Morrison swings on Lashley! Lashley catches Morrison to a HURT LOCK! Riddle hurries as Morrison endures, and the CRUTCH SMACKS Lashley! And again!! Riddle broke the crutch on Lashley, and he hits Morrison with BRO DEREK! Cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
Riddle just broke the bank and took the title from the Hurt Business! Is this his golden ticket to WrestleMania? Will Lashley find a way to make Riddle pay for this?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair!
Though they have the #RavishingGlow, Lana & Naomi, waiting for them on Raw, and though they want to face Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez on NXT, the Irresistible Force and the Queen of Spades will take on the Boss and EST of SmackDown! Will the most dominant duo in the Women’s Tag Division make it through the SmackDown Women’s Champion and Women’s Royal Rumble Winner to then continue down the Road to WrestleMania?
Kayla Braxton interviews the challengers before they make their entrance! Bianca still has a decision to make on which champion she’ll challenge for WrestleMania, and Sasha is her partner tonight. How will they coexist- Wait, here comes Reginald. Reggie says these two will seize this opportunity and be new tag team champions. After all, Bianca is the EST, and “someone as beautiful as Sasha should be draped with as much gold as possible.” Reggie will get his best bottle and chill it just for them. Bianca says they can toast to Bianca’s decision, too. With that, the #LegitEST duo make their entrances!
The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and this golden showdown begins!
The teams sort out, Nia starts with Bianca and Nia talks some trash. They tie up, are in a dead lock but Nia pushes Bianca away. Bianca sees what Nia’s got, and they tie up again. Bianca wrenches the arm, but Nia scoops Bianca. Bianca slips out and gives Nia a kick to the butt! Nia is offended and rushes Bianca. Bianca dodges, goes up the ropes and tells Nia to kiss this! Bianca then jumps over Nia, dropkicks her, and kips up to tag in Sasha! Sasha fires off on Nia, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Tag to Bianca, Sasha runs but Nia scoops her! Nia military presses and tosses Sasha, but Bianca catches her! Bianca uses Sasha’s boots to ROCK Nia, then they double dropkick Nia!
Shayna tags in but she runs into Bianca’s dropkick! Bianca kips up, handsprings but Shayna dodges! Shayna rolls to trip Bianca up, gets the short arm scissor but wants the armbar! Bianca makes it a cover, ONE, but Bianca runs Shayna over! Tag to Sasha, BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Sasha drags Shayna up, knuckle locks and CHOPS her, then goes up the corner, Shayna trips Sasha up to hotshot her! Tag to Nia and Nia CLOBBERS Sasha on the apron! Nia drags Sasha into the ring, drags her up, and tags in Shayna. They mug The Boss, Shayna wrenches and twists the arm to SLAM Sasha down! Cover, TWO!
Shayna gets a leg, drags Sasha away from Bianca and stands on Sasha to twist the arm even more! Sasha shouts in pain as she endures, but Shayna hammerlocks the arm and stands on it! She STOMPS it! Many women in the WWE know how that feels and now Sasha clutches it as she retreats to a corner. Shayna toys with Sasha, covers her, TWO! Shayna is after Sasha’s arm again, keylocks it high and leans on the arm, but Sasha endures. Bianca coaches Sasha, fans clap on screen, and Sasha manages a jawbreaker! Then a victory roll, TWO! Shayna CLOBBERS Sasha and covers, TWO! Shayna grows annoyed but she goes right back to the arm for even more torture!
Shayna drags Sasha with a keylock, Nia tags in, and they mug Sasha in the corner. Nia reels Sasha in to scoop and SLAM her down! Cover, TWO! Nia keeps on Sasha with a cobra clutch and leans hard on her. Sasha refuses to quit, fights up and throws elbows but Nia shoves her to the corner. Nia runs in but Sasha goes up and over! Nia POSTS herself, but Shayna tags in to stop Sasha’s retreat! Sasha rolls but that sends Shayna into Bianca! Sasha O’Conner rolls, TWO! Sasha goes up and crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps moving, gets around, rolls Shayna again, ONE, but to an Oklahoma Roll! TWO, Sasha gets around to backslide, TWO! Shayna sits up into Sasha’s KNEE!
Sasha drags Shayna back up, Shayna rams her to a corner, but Bianca tags in! Sasha waistlocks, Shayna fights out of that but Bianca gets her to chicken wings. Shayna still boots Sasha down, and then counters the GlamEST to a victory roll! Bianca slips out but Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! Sasha tags in to save Bianca and Bianca throws Shayna off! Bianca gets those chicken wings, Sasha goes up top, GlamEST Slam to the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives and the challengers are a bit shocked! Sasha hurries to drag Shayna over and tag Bianca in. They coordinate, KNEE to torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, but Nia drags Bianca off and out!
Nia tags in, she hurries after Bianca and puts her back in. Bianca kicks Nia back, fires off furious hands, then manages a fireman’s carry!? But not for long as Nia fights out! Nia shoves Bianca, pops her up, to hit a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Sasha breaks it! Shayna whips Sasha but Sasha reverses to send Shayna out! Nia grabs Bianca and hauls her up to a fireman’s carry, but Sasha manages to tag in! SAMOAN DROP for Bianca, but Sasha hits a METEORA on Nia! Cover, TWO!! Another close call and Sasha can’t believe it! Reggie comes out, but he’s early! He cheers Sasha on as she runs and tilt-o-whirls to the CROSSFACE!!
Nia endures, crawls, reaches, ROPEBREAK! Sasha holds on until 4 and lets off. Reggie offers Sasha the bottle to use as a weapon!? Sasha doesn’t do that! The ref takes the bottle, Nia CLOBBERS Sasha! Fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP!! Cover, Nia & Shayna win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Reggie messed Sasha up by throwing off her routine! He tries to apologize but Sasha and Bianca aren’t going to hear it. As for the champions, are they going to be able to run the gauntlet of challengers on their Road to WrestleMania?
MVP is talking backstage with The Miz?
We can’t hear what they’re saying but it looks like Miz is heavily considering what MVP is saying. Is there a deal in the works between the Hurt Business and Mr. Money in the Bank?
WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus VS Randy Orton VS Kofi Kingston VS Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles!
The Scottish Warrior has the worst odds of getting out of this match still THE WWE Champion, but his former friend, the Celtic Warrior has the best! That’s because Sheamus won the right to be THE last man released from his pod on Raw! Will the Fella cash in on those odds or will McIntyre defy them yet again? And what if Miz’s MITB ultimatum?
Perhaps by good fortune, McIntyre is one of the first four out, so that he won’t have to fight the entire time. Along with him and Sheamus, the Phenomenal One and #KofiMania get to be in pods. That means the Charismatic Enigma and the Viper are starting us off! These two are familiar foes in their own right, will either of them make it to the end of tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle. Hardy rallies up fans but Orton kicks him low and clubs him down! Orton scrapes laces off Hardy’s face, gives him stomps all over, then throws him out through the ropes! Orton goes out after Hardy to throw EuroUppers, then he RAMS Hardy into McIntyre’s pod! Orton looms over Hardy, glares at Styles and McIntyre, but Hardy hits back! Hardy throws haymakers, backs Orton down, and has him right in front of Styles’ pod! Styles eggs them both on as Hardy basement dropkicks Orton into the corner! Orton pokes Hardy in the eye! Orton then pushes Hardy into the ropes and the ring.
Orton stalks Hardy, sits him up and wrenches the neck. Hardy endures, Orton wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight, but fans rally on their screens. Hardy fights up, fights back, and fights free! Hardy whips Orton a corner but Orton dodges! Hardy bumps off buckles and falls down! Orton paces around Hardy, gets the legs, and stomps Hardy in the stomach! Orton digs his boot in, walks it off, then covers, TWO! Orton drags Hardy back by his hair and wraps on another chinlock. Hardy endures again as Orton grinds him down. Hardy fights up, fights out again, but Orton knees low!
Orton whips, Hardy forearms Orton down, and then brings him around to atomic drop! Leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick! Hardy splashes down, covers, TWO! Hardy and Orton slowly rise, Hardy clubs Orton then whips him to a corner, but Orton reverses. Orton runs in but into boots! Hardy goes up and leaps, for a another SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The countdown is here, and the first pod is opened! Joining this match as Orton escapes a Twist of Fate is… Drew McIntyre! The WWE Champion goes right after Orton! Orton knees low, whips but McIntyre reverses only for Orton to kick him., McIntyre rallies with big clotheslines on Orton, then an OVERHEAD SUPLEX for Hardy!
McIntyre rams Hardy into Orton then OVERHEAD SUPELXES him again! Orton runs at McIntyre but McIntyre dodges to hit the neckbreaker! McIntyre kips up, brings Orton back up and throws him out of the ring. McIntyre then RAMS Orton into the steel chains! And whips him into them, then digs him into them! Orton can only suffer as McIntyre pushes him down. McIntyre storms after Hardy now, throws him out of the ring, and brings him up to suplex him to the hard chamber floor! McIntyre drags Hardy back up, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS him into Kofi’s pod!! The cameraman almost ends up a casualty and McIntyre says he told him to move.
McIntyre goes to the ring, Orton gets McIntyre in the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool as he grinds and stalks McIntyre to a corner. Orton stomps away on McIntyre, digs his boots in, then lets off to go out after Hardy. Orton digs his boots into Hardy’s neck, Hardy gasps and sputters as Orton lets off. Orton goes back to McIntyre but McIntyre throws haymakers! McIntyre whips, Orton reverses and gets McIntyre with the back2backbreaker! Cover, TWO! McIntyre sputters now and the countdown is here! Orton brings McIntyre through ropes again for another DRAPING DDT! The next man to enter is… Kofi!
Kofi slingshots into Orton and they brawl! Another old rivalry here fires up but Orton knees and CLUBS Kofi down! Orton drags Kofi up but Kofi rolls him with a bridge, KOFI ELIMINATES ORTON!? But Orton RKO’s Kofi out of anger! And RKO to Hardy! AJ Styles wants to capitalize, and Omos RIPS the pod open?! Styles uses the open door to get in as Orton gets out, but this can’t be right! Styles hurries to cover Kofi, TWO!! Styles covers Hardy, TWO!! Orton’s dirty work doesn’t pay off for Styles, so he stomps away on McIntyre! Adam Pearce runs out here and EJECTS Omos! Maybe they should’ve done this earlier?
Styles and Omos are upset but Omos reluctantly accepts Pearce’s orders. Styles turns around into Kofi’s TORNADO DDT to the Chamber floor! McIntyre and Hardy brawl in the ring, then McIntyre CHOPS Hardy to a corner. McIntyre whips Hardy corner to corner, but Hardy elbows him away! Hardy goes up but McIntyre shoves him into a pod! Kofi gets McIntyre with SOS! Cover, TWO!! Styles kicks Kofi, bumps him off buckles, and clubs him on the back. Styles RAMS Kofi into the corner, goes corner to corner to stomp McIntyre, then hauls McIntyre up to toss out of the ring. Styles KICKS Kofi, throws heavy forearms, then brings Kofi around for a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Styles kicks McIntyre, hotshots him on ropes, then goes back to Kofi. Styles whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to headscissor. Styles blocks that to toss Kofi back to the outside! Styles drags Kofi up to aim at steel chain, but Kofi blocks to hit Styles back! Kofi MONKEY FLIPS Styles into steel! Styles is down in a heap, Kofi mule kicks McIntyre and throws forearms. McIntyre hits back, reels Kofi in but Kofi slips around to a guillotine! But McIntyre powers out to suplex and SLAM Kofi down! Sheamus knows his time is coming and he seems to be getting into a different headspace. McIntyre covers, Kofi, TWO, so he brings him outside.
Kofi fights off another suplex but McIntyre throws body shots to suplex Kofi into the chains! Kofi flops to the floor, and McIntyre puts him back in the ring. McIntyre drags Styles up, whips him to ropes and hits a HUGE back drop! Styles writhes while McIntyre seethes. McIntyre finds Hardy and drags him up to SLAM into the steel! And then McIntyre brings Hardy into the ring, turns him, and glares at Sheamus as he hits the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! The final countdown is here and we all know who is next! Sheamus and McIntyre stare down, and then the fists start flying! Things are fast and furious and they go around the ring!
Sheamus gets body shots in, McIntyre clubs and then throws knees! McIntyre CLUBS SHeamus, Sheamus runs to RAM McIntyre! Sheamus runs in and fires off on Mcintyre more! Kofi and Hardy join in and fists fly all over! McIntyre tosses Hardy, Sheamus tosses Kofi, and they go after each other again! McIntyre shoves Sheamus, clotheslines collide but neither falls! Sheamus runs again to run McIntyre over! Sheamus whips McIntyre but McIntyre kicks Sheamus, tot hen clothesline Sheamus and himself out! Kofi goes after Styles and they brawl off to the side! Kofi headbutts Styles then ROCKS him with a haymaker!
Kofi back hands, Styles haymakers, then Styles RAMS Kofi into steel chains. Sheamus digs McIntyre’s head into the steel with his boot! McIntyre can only suffer from the pain in his healed jaw! Styles and Kofi keep throwing hands, Kofi headbutts and forearms back! Styles throws more haymakers, McIntyre CHOPS Sheamus! Kofi goes up a corner to LEAP onto the Celtic & Scottish Warriors! Those three are down, but Kofi gets up to KICK Sheamus! Styles leap sin but Kofi body shots him out of the air! Kofi and Sheamus each kick each other, Sheamus CLUBS Kofi around, then he knees Kofi against ropes! Sheamus throws EuroUppers then whips. Kofi slides out then ENZIGURIS back!
Kofi hurries up top, but Sheamus ROCKS him with a haymaker first! Sheamus climbs up to join Kofi, clubs him some more, but Kofi fights him off! Kofi boots Sheamus off the top, then goes up the pod! Sheamus hurries after Kofi, McIntyre goes after Sheamus! McIntyre anchors Sheamus but Sheamus scuffs him away. McIntyre comes back to trip Sheamus up! Sheamus just landed on his pot o’ gold! McIntyre throws haymakers but Sheamus manages to hit back! McIntyre headbutts Sheamus, Styles hits McIntyre but McIntyre CHOPS Styles off his feet! McIntyre climbs up to join Sheamus and throws haymakers! McIntyre gets Sheamus up, Styles adds on again, and so does Hardy!
Hardy and Styles have McIntyre while McIntyre has Sheamus, TOWER OF DOOM!! The Double Powerbomb Superplex leaves all four men down on the mat! Styles and Hardy cover Sheamus and McIntyre respectively, TWO!! Styles sits up, Hardy hobbles, they both bring up Sheamus and McIntyre, but Kofi is at the top of a pod! Kofi SUPER DUPER TRUST FALLS!! Now all five men are down but Kofi covers Sheamus! TWO! Cover on Hardy, TWO! Cover on McIntyre, ONE?! Styles is too far away so Kofi can’t cover him, he’s run out of options. Kofi drags Sheamus up to CHOP him! Sheamus gives heavy body shots, Kofi CHOPS Sheamus again!
Kofi CHOPS Sheamus to a corner, CHOPS him in the corner, Sheamus shoves him away but Kofi comes back to ROCK him! Kofi whips, Sheamus reverses but Kofi goes out and enziguris back! Kofi goes up, TRUST FALL- But Sheamus catches to back suplex! Kofi lands on his feet, BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus ELIMINATES Kofi! So far the Fella has fulfilled prophecy and he is after Hardy to keep going! Sheamus drags Hardy around, whips him, but Hardy reverses to TWIST OF FATE! TWIST OF FATE for McIntyre! Cover on McIntyre, TWO!! Styles gets Hardy but Hardy gets him with a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws off the shirt and goes up top! To the top of a POD!?
Styles moves so Hardy aims at Sheamus and McIntyre, SUPER WHISPER IN THE WIND!! Hardy hurries to dropkick Styles down and then he goes up top! SWANTON BOMB! But CLAYMORE outta nowhere! Cover on Hardy, McIntyre ELIMINATES Hardy! Sheamus goes after McIntyre and they brawl again! McIntyre kicks low, but no Future Shock as Sheamus thumbs McIntyre in the eye and KNEES him down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus is furious but he just takes it out on McIntyre anyway! Seated Beats of the Bodhrain for McIntyre, stomps for Styles, then back to McIntyre!
Sheamus hauls McIntyre up to a fireman’s carry but McIntyre fights out, GLASGOW KISS! But Sheamus still gives McIntyre WHITE NOISE! Both men are down and Styles takes advantage! SPRINGBOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Styles drags McIntyre to a drop zone and goes back to the outside. Styles springboards again, 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre still lives and Styles is furious! Sheamus CLUBS Styles, drags him up to CLUB him more, then CLUBS him again! The Fella gets in Styles’ face before throwing body shots and then throws him out! Sheamus stands Styles up for Beats of the Bodhrain! Styles flops down and Sheamus RAMS him into steel chains!
Sheamus tosses Styles back into the ring, climbs up top, and leaps for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Sheamus points at McIntyre that he’s next, but first Sheamus aims at Styles. Styles gets up but McIntyre intercepts Sheamus with a FUTURE SHOCK! Now McIntyre fires up and aims at Sheamus. Sheamus stands, McIntyre runs in, BROGUE hits first! But a PHENOMENAL FOREARM hits Sheamus!! Cover, Styles ELIMINATES Sheamus!! The Fella’s prophecy has been foiled by the Phenomenal One! And now it’s just Styles and McIntyre! Styles aims as McIntyre flounders up. The forearm is ready, Styles springboards, but into a CLAYMORE?!? Cover, McIntyre WINS!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)
Styles didn’t finish it off, but that finish was still phenomenal! The Scottish Warrior overcomes the biggest obstacle he’s ever faced, making all of the suffering worth it! But then BOBBY LASHLEY SPEARS McIntyre?!? The former US Champion furiously attacks McIntyre and TOSSES him from the ring!! Lashley then goes out to whip McIntyre into barriers! And keeps on him, POSTS him, and even brings him over to dribble off the announce desk! The Rocky Mountain Machine isn’t done, he puts McIntyre back in the ring to drag McIntyre up for a HARD Complete Shot! And then a dead lift into the HURT LOCK!! McIntyre flails, but Lashley Full Nelson SLAMS McIntyre down!
And then Lashley looks to the ramp. THE MIZ makes his entrance! With a referee! Lashley moves aside, The Miz cashes in!!
WWE World Championship MITB Cash-In: Drew McIntyre VS The Miz!
The ref checks on McIntyre, McIntyre is somehow conscious and able to sit up, but can he even stand? McIntyre flounders to a corner, Miz is raring to go, the bell rings! Miz kicks McIntyre, hits a BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives and Miz is furious! But Miz drags McIntyre back up, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!!! Cover, The Miz wins!!!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)
And so now, the Hollywood A-Lister pulls off the infamous cash-in! Strange how the Rated R Superstar once did a post-Chamber cash-in. Is Miz going to continue to parody Edge in his own Road to WrestleMania?
This was a great WWE PPV, and perhaps the best Elimination Chamber PPV in some time. The card was pretty stacked on paper, and it was wild and even outdid expectations in execution. I was really surprised that the opening Elimination Chamber match was the SmackDown/Universal Championship one, especially with how it all played out. I think it was all obvious that Roman Reigns was going to face the winner immediately after, but the SmackDown Chamber going first at least gives the impression that there might’ve been some reprieve for the winner. Instead, Roman wanting after the winner right away is now a bit of a surprise, and puts that Heel heat back on him.
The SmackDown Chamber match was great, I had a feeling Jey Uso would be the last entry, and it can totally work to think of this as Roman and Heyman pulling strings. And therefore, that is reason why Jey doesn’t take out everyone else, so that someone can actually give Roman a fight. I was saying this whole time it should’ve been Cesaro to also bring in Rollins, but Bryan almost getting Roman with the Yes Lock was still a good move. Of course Roman retains given the situation, we all knew that, but it was a great move to have Edge spear him outta nowhere. Roman VS Edge, Spear VS Spear, is now happening, and though I still felt Raw needed it for ratings, this is still a great choice.
Though the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match was added to the card as a substitution for the Raw Women’s Championship match being canceled, it was all still great action and story. Reggie being why Sasha loses was a fairly good move, because it keeps Sasha and Bianca strong in a situation where we knew the champs were going to retain. Now Nia and Shayna will take on Dakota & Raquel on NXT, 3/3/21, and I am thinking Lana & Naomi at Fastlane, 3/21/21. As for Reggie, Sasha & Bianca, I think this could lead to a twist in the story with Mella where it’s all an act, Reggie and Mella are sabotaging Sasha while pretending to be on the rocks. Drink pun not intended.
I am a little disappointed that, though the match was substituted for, the story of the Raw Women’s Championship wasn’t even included tonight. Asuka should’ve been allowed to react to the fact she doesn’t get to defend her title now. She should be happy for Lacey but disappointed, too. Asuka should come out at some point on Raw and demand a challenger, and then we can get perhaps a call-up like Rhea Ripley, or just a semi-squash against like Peyton Royce. Either way, the CHAMPION shouldn’t just be some vehicle for another superstar’s story, she should be a major player in the story.
On the other hand, I really liked the intertwining of stories for Raw and the two singles titles there. To make up for Keith Lee not making it (because of COVID concern clearance), we got a really good Fatal 4 in the Kickoff Show, and where I thought Ricochet being the one Face in the mix would win to keep the ratio for the Triple Threat, we got quite a great surprise that Morrison snatches the win from Ali. I think that was the reason MVP reached out to Miz later, after Riddle won a great Triple Threat to finally win the title.
The world title Elimination Chamber was a great match, and McIntyre retains but of course The Miz cashes in. Lashley helping out is clearly the deal struck between MVP and Miz: Lashley helps Miz cash in and win, Lashley gets a title shot. Pretty sure Lashley wins that, and then we can get Lashley VS McIntyre at WrestleMania, where McIntyre could possibly become a three-time champion already. Part of how Miz will lose to Lashley could be from that exchange we saw with Bad Bunny and Damian Priest. There’s a lot that can still change in the last month and a half, it’s a bit of a mess, but it might still be a lot of fun.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)
What is the State of the Bloodline?
Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.
Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline arrives.
Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!
The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?
The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.
Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!
Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!
Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!
Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!
Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!
Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.
But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?
SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.
Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.
Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!
Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!
The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!
Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!
Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!
Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!
Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?
The Bloodline sits in their private room.
Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.
Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?
The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!
“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?
SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.
Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!
Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!
Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?
WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.
Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!
As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.
Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!
Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)
The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?
Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.
Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.
Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring.
Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”
Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.
Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”
So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.
Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”
Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”
Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”
Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?
This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.
Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.
The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.
Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.
My Score: 8.8/10
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