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 WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/3/21)
Tag titles are on the line!
Will the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships belong to NXT?
The inaugural Women’s Dusty Cup Winners, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles! But will the NXT alumni show they still dominate the black ‘n’ yellow?
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Lorcan & Burch win.
- Aliyah w/ The Robert Stone Brand VS Ember Moon w/ Shotzi Blackheart; Ember wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- Cameron Grimes VS Bronson Reed; Grimes wins.
- Ever-Rise VS Breezango; No Contest.
- Finn Balor VS Roderick Strong; Balor wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!
The Kings of NXT are probably thanking the Grizzled Young Veterans for taking out MSK last week, but then kicking themselves for mouthing off. They got in the faces of Wes Lee & Nash Carter, but it was the Professor of Pain & Psycho Killer that got in their faces back. No challengers left their cards open, so the NXT Tag Team Champions have to put up or shut up against “Toothless Timmy” & “Old Man Ciampa.” Will the One Two grow a pair and take it to this dangerous duo?
Ciampa walks to gorilla position and Thatcher finishes a conversation with Imperium’s Marcel Barthel. We’ll learn what that’s about later as Ciampa & Thatcher make their entrance. Thatcher and Burch start, circle, tie up, and Burch is after an arm. Thatcher uses that to get Burch back and hits a headlock takeover. Burch rolls to a cover, ONE, and Thatcher has the keylock. Burch scrambles up, gets around, but Thatcher cranks the arm. They end up on ropes, the ref counts and Thatcher lets go. Burch pushes as he lets off, and the two circle again. They tie up, Burch full nelsons, snapmares Thatcher, but Thatcher slips out to get the arm,
Thatcher grinds the arm, drops down on it, then twists it around. Burch clinches with Thatcher and throws EuroUppers. Thatcher throws EuroUppers back, but both men take a step. Ciampa wants in but Thatcher leaves him hanging to go after Burch again. Thatcher EuroUppers, Burch EuroUppers back, but Thatcher facelocks! Now he tags Ciampa and they mug Burch. Ciampa cravats but Burch powers him to the corner. Oney tags in, gets Ciampa’s arm and wrenches it to an armlock. Ciampa fights up, headlocks, but Oney puts him in a corner. The ref counts, Oney lets off but he CHOPS Ciampa! Ciampa shrugs that off, blocks the next chop to give a CHOP!
Oney EuroUppers, Ciampa CHOPS and forearms, but Oney headlocks. Ciampa tries to power out but Oney pulls beard! Ciampa slips around to a waistlock, Oney bucks him off but runs into a headlock takeover! Oney headscissors, Ciampa kicks free and blocks Oney’s headlock takeover! Ciampa waistlocks, Oney switches but Ciampa elbows out hard! Ciampa outs Oney on the apron and KNEES Him down! Burch run sin but Ciampa hits him first! Ciampa puts Burch out but Burch runs away, only for Thatcher to BLAST him! Oney rolls Ciampa up, TWO! Oney throws more EuroUppers, whips but Ciampa LARIATS Oney! Burch gets on the apron, Ciampa BOOTS him, then tags Thatcher!
Ciampa shoves Oney, pops him up, Thatcher EuroUppers Oney down! Cover, TWO! Thatcher clamps onto Oney, grinds him down with the chinlock, but Oney endures. Oney fights up, Thatcher KNEES him in the back then covers, TWO! Thatcher clamps on again, Oney grabs at Thatcher and fish hooks Thatcher’s mouth! The ref reprimands, Thatcher pushes Oney down, but Oney CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Oney tags Burch, brings Thatcher up, but Thatcher fights them off to Belly2Belly Oney! Burch runs in and CLOBBERS Thatcher! Ciampa and Thatcher regroup as Thatcher clutches his neck! The ref checks on Thatcher and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns, Thatcher is okay to continue but Oney has him down with a Half Crab! Thatcher endures, reaches for his corner, but Oney pulls back on the leg. Thatcher powers up but Oney drag shim away, only for Thatcher to kick him away! Burch tags in but no Full Crab, Thatcher boots him to tag in Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Burch, then on Oney! Then he clotheslines Burch in a corner, then hits Oney, then back to Burch! Ciampa isn’t slowing down as he hits endless corner clotheslines! Ciampa dodges the One Two to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans fire up with Ciampa and he throws hands on Burch in the corner!
Thatcher forces the bad arm to move as he tags in and gives EuroUppers to Burch! Tag back to Ciampa and he CHOPS away on Burch! Tag back to Thatcher and he fires off forearms! Thatcher drags Burch out to HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Thatcher grins as he wraps on the chinlock! Burch flails but Oney boots Thatcher! Thatcher just grins at Oney, and Ciampa BOOTS Oney! Ciampa puts Oney in a chinlock, and both men beat away on the One Two with crossface forearms! Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” as Thatcher looms over Burch. Thatcher waistlocks, Oney grabs at Burch to save him! The ref reprimands, Burch lets go to elbow Thatcher away!
Oney tags in, he DECKS Ciampa, then EuroUppers Thatcher! Tag back to Burch, they drag Thatcher up, but Thatcher powers out to shove Burch into Oney! Thatcher grabs Oney but Burch grabs Thatcher! Ciampa returns to BOOT Oney, Burch SLAPS Ciampa but Thatcher DECKS Burch! Oney HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES Thatcher and grows as he grabs Thatcher, but Ciampa SLAPS Oney! Thatcher SLAPS, Ciampa KNEES, Oney falls but Burch HEADBUTTS Ciampa! Thatcher BOOTS Burch and all four men are down! Fans are thunderous but Thatcher’s neck and arm are bothering him again!
Burch and Oney regroup, Thatcher crawls for Ciampa, but Imperium stands on the stage? Thatcher glares at them, Ciampa looks over to see them, too. Burch tags in and Oney BLASTS Ciampa! Oney whips Thatcher at Burch, they combine for LONGDON BRIDGE!! Cover, the tag champs win!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, by pinfall
What is Imperium even doing out here? Does this have to do with the conversation Barthel had with Thatcher? And if this is how the champs won a non-title match, how will they deal with MSK when the belts are finally on the line?
NXT returns with Roderick Strong in the ring.
He throws down his Undisputed Era dog tags and demands Adam Cole get out to the ring NOW! But on surprise that he won’t. “If any single one of us ever meant a thing to you, just a little bit, please get out here right now!” But instead of Cole, it’s Finn Balor! Balor tells Roddy he needs to learn that Cole won’t come out here for him. Do you think Cole is going to offer Strong an explanation? Strong tells Balor, “I find this really funny. Because the Undisputed Era was doing perfectly fine until you showed up!” In Strong’s mind, this whole thing is Balor’s fault!
Oh is it? Balor tells Strong that this isn’t his fault. The reason the “brotherhood” fell apart is because of the NXT Championship. Balor knows how to get Cole out here. “Next week, Adam Cole VS Finn Balor, for the NXT Championship!” As for Roddy, “You’ll never be a leader. You’ll always be a follower. And until you get a little more greedy and a little more selfish, and until you get a killer instinct like The Prince, you’ll never-” Strong DECKS Balor! Strong fires off fists but Balor gives them back!
Referees hurry out to break this up, as do WWE officials, but Balor says they can do this tonight! Strong wants to, too, but the refs tell them not now. Will the Prince and the Savior of the Backbreaker have it out before Cole comes back for the title?
The Way attends family therapy.
They’re at the Central Florida Psychiatric Center, and only now does Austin Theory think this isn’t Chuck E. Cheese like Johnny Gargano promised. Linda Nicoli is used to more one-on-one sessions, but Johnny says Theory needs his “family” here for support. In fact, this Dexter Lumis problem is affecting all of them. Theory says there is no problem. But that is the problem! Theory was kidnapped and acts like nothing happened! It was a vacation! Theory, sweetie, being locked up somewhere for three days isn’t vacation. Indi says that with the right guy, it could be.
Dr. Nicoli says Theory’s friends- er, family, thinks Theory is just in denial. Did something happen that he’s afraid to tell them about? No, nothing bad happened! It was two dudes hanging out, having a good time! Lumis just needs friends, and it is a cold, hard world. Indi would warm Lumis up. Seriously? And what is she even doing with that pad? What is she writing? It’s private. No it’s not, give it! Give it! Johnny snatches it away and sees Indi wrote in very fancy letters, “Mrs. Indi Wrestling-Lumis!?” Gargano says he gave Indi the name ‘”Wrestling” as a Christmas present! She’s ruined Christmas! This is Theory’s fault, he is making things worse for everyone!
Johnny tells Theory to tell Dr. Nicoli that “that FREAK” Lumis locked him in his basement and drew pictures of him and whatever! Lumis should be in jail! Why is he not in jail!? Tell Johnny why! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP! Nicoli tells Mr. Gargano that his hostility towards Lumis is unlocking some deep-rooted issues of his own. Oh no no no! Johnny sees what she’s doing! She’s making this about him, when it’s not! This is not for her to therapy on him! Therapy on Lumis! Nicoli tells Johnny to calm down and he only gets angrier as he insists he IS calm! Johnny is always calm! That’s his middle name: Johnny Calm Gargano! But he’s starting to foam at the mouth.
Dr. Nicoli tells Johnny to get out of her office! Johnny says she should get out, this is HIS office now! He’s North American Champion! Nicoli shouts to GET OUT! Johnny says that was very unprofessional. Johnny is left outside, and the therapying continues without him. Will we get to the root of The Way’s problems? Or did it just get sent out into the hall?
Cameron Grimes counts his money.
“What we’re doing here today is we’re starting on the ground floor. If I’m gonna make some changes in this place, we’ve gotta start with that name.” The CWC? No no, we can do much better. The CGA: The Cameron Grimes Auditorium! Is that approved? It’ll get approved. Grimes has money to approve anything. But then William Regal walks over and asks Grimes to get out of the chair. Sorry, Mr. Regal, Grimes is a little busy right now. Regal tells Grimes to stand up, so Grimes does. Regal says Grimes hit a crew member and now there is a lawsuit. Say no more. How much does he want? 100? 200?
Regal says he can take care of the settlement, the problem is Grimes. Oh, well okay. Regal wants money, but Grimes has #KissMuhGrits money. And everybody has a price. Regal says he has no idea what that means, but he has a contract for a match with Grimes’ name on it. It will be Grimes VS BRONSON REED! Grimes says it’ll just be easier to give him money. DAMN YOU, TED DEBIASE! Will Grimes’ greed cost him against the Colossal Bronson Reed?
BREAKING NEWS: It’s OFFICIAL!
For next week’s episode of NXT, the NXT Championship IS on the line as Finn Balor defends against Adam Cole! But tonight, Balor VS Strong IS happening! Will Balor end up with a nice sweep of the former Undisputed Era members?
Aliyah w/ The Robert Stone Brand VS Ember Moon w/ Shotzi Blackheart!
While Robert Stone himself deals with some PTTSD, Post Tank Trauma Stress Disorder, the Bougie from the Six will have to deal with the Evolved Shenom! Will Ember be howling to the moon as she #TCB, takes care o’ business?
The bell rings, Ember and Aliyah circle, fans rally and duel as the two tie up. Aliyah wristlocks, Ember handsprings and wrenches to an elbow breaker. Ember whips but Aliyah goes up an dover, only for the arm-drag to be blocked! Ember arm-drags Aliyah, then again, then chases her to the ropes. The ref backs Ember off, Stone coaches Aliyah up but Ember headlocks. Aliyah gets a headlock of her own, Ember powers up and out, but Aliyah runs her over. Aliyah fires up and talks some smack, but things speed up and Ember trips her up. Aliyah comes back to ROCK Ember, but Ember just scowls.
Aliyah taunts Ember but Ember gives her a free shot. Aliyah takes Ember up on the offer, but gets caught to a SLAM! Ember drags Aliyah up, wrenches an arm, but Aliyah throws forearms! Ember hits back, whips Aliyah but Aliyah dodges, only for Ember to tackle her! They both fall out of the ring, Ember scowls again as she shoves Aliyah back in. Stone makes an offer to Ember but Shotzi storms over and Stone hides behind Jessi Kamea! Aliyah LEAPS, but Ember catches her! Aliya slips off the scoop and puts Ember in the ring but Ember KICKS back! And then BOOTS Aliyah from the apron! Ember puts Aliyah in the ring, covers, TWO!
Ember keeps on Aliyah in the corner but Aliyah throws her into buckles! Aliyah runs in to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives, Stone coaches Aliyah to keep on her, and Aliyah throws a knee into Ember’s back. Aliyah clamps on with a chinlock, Ember endures, fans rally and Shotzi coaches Ember now. Ember fights up, pries free and arm-drags Aliyah away! Aliyah comes back into a headscissor! Ember rallies with clotheslines, a mule kick and then a SHOTGUN dropkick! Ember roars, fans fire up and Aliyah runs into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Ember climbs up top, Aliyah trips Ember up! Aliyah climbs up, Ember resists and fights back!
Ember hits Aliyah with a GOURD BUSTER! Stone distracts the ref, Kamea goes after Ember but Ember BOOTS her down! Shotzi comes around to LEAP and CLOBBER the Stone Brand! ECLIPSE for Aliyah! Cover, Ember wins!
Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall
And just like that, Ember’s Law takes effect! Will Ember and Shotzi continue to watch each other’s backs and take over the NXT Women’s Division together?
Backstage interview with Ciampa & Thatcher.
What exactly happened with Imperium showing up during their match? Thatcher says we all come from somewhere, and we all have a past. Imperium keeps throwing Thatcher’s in his face. And Ciampa says the past IS the past, and that’s it. We done here? Ciampa and Thatcher head out, but will the past come to haunt them all the same?
NXT profiles the coming collision of Io Shirai and Toni Storm!
“If anybody knows how good Io Shirai is,” it’s Toni Storm. She’s competed with and against Shirai all over the world. But what scares Shirai the most is that she knows how great Storm is! Shirai has put down every champion and challenger, except Storm. Shirai says she is NOT scared of Toni Storm. She respects her as an athlete, but doesn’t like her as a person. Storm stands in the way of Shirai being seen as THE greatest NXT Women’s Champion in history. Storm says next week, the reign of Shirai ends, and #ToniTime begins. Shirai says her toughest challenge is coming, but at the end we will hear, “And still NXT Women’s Champion…!”
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!
The Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades have been dominant tag team champions on Raw and SmackDown, but they’re returning to NXT to complete the sweep! Will they be rolling on the Road to WrestleMania? Or will these titles take a detour into the black ‘n’ yellow and ride with the first-ever Women’s Dusty Cup winners?
The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and this battle that brings up the past and cements the future begins!
Dakota and Shayna begin and then Nia tags in. Nia and Dakota circle, they tie up, and Nia throws Dakota right down. Dakota gets up and in a corner but Nia TOSSES her across the way! Nia runs in to SPLASH Dakota, then tags Shayna back in. Shayna mugs Dakota, drags Dakota up again and bumps her off buckles. Shayna runs in, fakes Dakota out, and then pats her head. Shayna still sees the scared Dakota, and then she waistlocks Dakota to SLAM her! Shayna twists Dakota’s arm, hammerlocks it, and wants to repeat history! Dakota knows that and gets away to SLAP Shayna!
Shayna rushes in but is put in a corner. She dodges, but Dakota elbows back! Dakota goes up and over and rolls Shayna, ONE! Dakota arm-drags Shayna around, then hits a flying-mare! Shayna blocks the kick, trips Dakota up, and drags her up to throw her out! Raquel check son Dakota, Nia and Shayna storm over but the ref wants them to keep this in the ring. Tensions rise as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dakota and Raquel go to their corner, Shayna and Nia go to theirs, and Dakota tags Raquel. Raquel stares down Shayna, they both talk some trash, and Raquel shoves Shayna. Shayna smirks as she ROCKS Raquel with a right! Shayna goes for a leg, Raquel pries her off but Shayna switches. Raquel switches, and throws Shayna around! Shayna goes after the arm, Raquel resists the wrench, but Shayna twists the wrist. Raquel scoops Shayna and Dakota tags in before the SLAM! Dakota gets a boost for DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Dakota keeps on Shayna but Shayna fires off furious strikes! Shayna drags Dakota up for a gut wrench SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Shayna keeps on Dakota’s arm with a keylock and drags her away. Nia tags in, they mug Dakota, and Nia drags Dakota around to shove her down! Dakota crawls, Nia stalks her and chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts, Nia lets off at 4, but then Nia taunts Raquel with a tag to Dakota before she CLUBS Dakota down. Nia drags Dakota up, tags Shayna, and they mug Dakota again. Shayna snapmares Dakota, KICKS her in the back, then covers, TWO! Shayna drags Dakota up with the keylock again, and Dakota endures as Shayna pulls on the arm. Dakota fights up as Raquel and fans rally, and she hits a jawbreaker! Hot tag to Raquel!
Big Mami Cool puts Shayna in a corner and stomps away! Then she clamps onto the arms, throws knees, and CLUBS Shayna! NXT returns to single picture as Dakota tags back in. Raquel whips Shayna in and Dakota BOOT WASHES her down! Shayna bails out, Dakota goes to the apron and kicks, but Shayna catches it to trip and YANKS Dakota down! Shayna drags Dakota back into the ring, drags her around and stomps away on the leg! Dakota clutches her knee, Nia tags in and Nia drags Dakota around to a STRETCH MUFFLER! Dakota can only endure as Nia swings her around! Nia swings harder but Dakota sunset flips! Nia stays up, drags Dakota back up and HEADBUTTS her!
Dakota flounders, Nia brings her around and gets the STRETCH MUFFLER again! She swings Dakota into buckles! Nia drags Dakota to a cover, TWO! Nia is annoyed as Dakota gets to a corner. Dakota boots back, hops up, and leaps, into Nia’s arms! Shayna tags in, Nia pops Dakota up as Shayna DECKS Raquel! Nia SLAMS Dakota down, Shayna KNEES Dakota further down! Cover, but Raquel breaks it! Shayna is frustrated but she drags Dakota up to whip her to the corner. Dakota SCORPION KICKS Nia and BOOTS her down! Dakota dodges Shayna, hobbles, but Shayna gets the leg to bring her back. Dakota mule kicks then SUPERKICKS Shayna!
Fans fire up for Dakota as she crawls to the corner, hot tag to Raquel! And Raquel DRPOKCIKS and CLOBERS Shayna! She scoops and FALL AWAY SLAMS Shayna, to then scoop her for ANOTHER FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel runs in to SPLASH Shayna, fire off elbows, then scoop her again. SWINGING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Shayna sits up in a daze but Raquel drags her back up. Raquel wants the fisherman but Shayna knees free! Tag to Nia and the female titans meet! Fans fire up as Nia shoves, but Raquel throws forearms! They brawl, Nia ROCKS Raquel, but runs into only buckles! Raquel RAMS into Nia over and over, boots her, then ROCKS Shayna!
Nia CLOBBERS Raquel, tags Shayna and Shayna KNEES Raquel down! Cover, TWO! Shayna gets the sleeper! Raquel fights up, and throws Shayna off to BOOT her down! Tag back to Dakota, they coordinate on Shayna, ASSISTED GO TO KICK! Cover, but Nia breaks it! Raquel gets in to brawl with Nia more, but Nia clotheslines Raquel out! Nia exits, leaving Dakota and Shayna alone in the ring. Dakota drags Shayna up, fireman’s carries, but the bad leg gives up! She still dodges Shayna, tries again, and GO TO- NO! Shayna catches the leg, drags Dakota into the KIRAFUDA! Dakota rolls back to a cover, TWO!! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!!
Dakota fades, fights, gets a second wind, and drags herself and Shayna! Nia distracts but the ref deals with her quickly, and she sees the tag to Raquel! Raquel stomps Shayna, BOOTS Nia, but the ref ends up a casualty! Nia drags Raquel out to RAM her into the apron! Raquel RAMS Nia over the announce desk!! They’re both out and now Dakota really IS alone with Shayna! Fans rally up as Dakota and Shayna stir. KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Dakota flails, but wait, is that Adam Pearce?! He throws a new ref in to watch this action! Dakota is OUT, the champions win!
Winners: Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships)
Wait, wait, wait! While yes, Dakota did pass out in the submission, Raquel was the legal superstar! Plus, the Raw backstage official, Adam Pearce, and a Raw referee should NOT be making decisions on NXT! What will WWE management as a whole have to say about this?
We return to The Way’s family therapy.
Dr. Nicoli’s understanding is that Lumis has had his eye on Theory for some time. Does he have an idea why? Lumis probably just gets lonely and could use a friend. Indi would be Lumis’ friend. With benefits. Candice gets a text, then says that Lumis doesn’t want friends, he wants victims. Look at Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish, Cameron Grimes. The list goes on and on. Theory does get why Candice doesn’t like Lumis. He can be a bit weird at times. Indi likes when things get weird. And Lumis did choke Gargano out. Don’t remind her. Another text and, “It friggin’ sucked. My thr-” er uh, Johnny’s throat is still sore!
Another text. “We’re talking about a guy who chops people’s arms off, kidnaps,” are we taking friggin’ crazy pills?! Wait, these texts are from Johnny! No they’re not! Yes they are, he’s eavesdropping and has his phone! He was ordering from Uber Eats… Dr. Nicoli now kicks Candice out for being Johnny’s proxy, and kicks Indi out for her increasingly disturbing comments. Johnny will tag in then. No, he’s still banned. Aw man, c’mon! So no Uber Eats? But now with one-on-one time, Dr. Nicoli wants Theory to know this is a safe space. He trusts her, right? Right. Now, what really happened on those three days with Dexter Lumis? TO BE CONTINUED!
LA Knight is backstage!
LA Knight is in NXT and he is doing it his way, on his time! That time… is after the break!
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is back in the music studio.
He’s back to working on beats and has friends listen to it. Great stuff! Swerve then talks to us and says, “You wanna talk about life opportunities?” It’s funny how Leon Ruff used to just “luck up,” trip, fall into the ring, and end up with the North American Championship. But Swerve has to grind, claw, scratch just to get nothing. Leon thinks this is funny, like a fantasy world or a prep school or something! This is N X T! This is C W C! This is Swerve’s House. Swerve is hunting for opportunities, but Ruff is in his way, so Ruff is going to get handled. “You don’t wanna go to war with somebody who cares less than you do.” And Swerve is dangerous, savage, and different. “And I just don’t care anymore.”
LA Knight heads to the ring!
The fans cheer for the newest signee to the brand, and Knight gets the mic to say, “I have waited entirely too long to step into this very ring, stare straight down the barrel and say, ‘Lemme talk to ya!'” But they don’t understand. He isn’t going to talk childhood dreams. As far as he is concerned, this isn’t a dream. No, this is business! HIS business! And his business involves whipping ass every time someone else walks through these ropes. So you want to talk TakeOver? A one man revolution just rolled in the door and changed the game! You might say, “That guy’s the Tom Brady of Wrestling!” No, Brady wishes he was half the man that is L A Knight!
But like ol’ Tommy, Knight didn’t come in a first round draft pick! He isn’t here as “The guy.” But you bet your bottom dollar that this is the guy setting trends and records! Knight looks around the landscape of NXT, from Johnny Garganos to Kyle O’Reillys to Adam Coles and Finn Balors. Every single one has a fancy kick, flip, dive. Knight is inviting them to bring that to his front door. He isn’t greeting them with flash or pizzazz. He’ll just beat the hell out of you! Knight puts it like this: “I didn’t come here to do anything fancy.”
You may not like the way he does it, but Knight gets the job done! He is the last of a dying breed! Already you’ve got people going, “LA Knight might be the greatest NXT Superstar of all time!” And Knight agrees! But when it comes time for coronation, don’t call him the GOAT. That’s overplayed, overused, thrown around like confetti. Call him one thing that sets him apart and makes him stand head and shoulders above the rest. You just call him LA KNIGHT! Whose game is it? Knight’s! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life!
Cameron Grimes VS Bronson Reed!
The Carolina Caveman still has his #GameStonks and is going #ToTheMoon, but will he be brought back down to Earth the hard way by Colossal Bronson?
The bell rings, Reed is confused as to how Grimes is just throwing his money around. Grimes tries to pay Reed off to skip this match, but Reed DECKS him! Grimes goes at Reed but Reed lifts him up. Grimes slips off to KICK away, but Reed blocks the whip! Reed whips, catches Grimes, then throws him out of the ring! Grimes hurries up and shoulders into Reed, then slingshot sunset flips! Reed stays up to SIT on Grimes! Cover, TWO!! Grimes sputters as he gets out of the ring and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Reed RAMS Grimes into barriers, then puts him back in the ring. Grimes gets up to ROCK Reed, but Reed pushes him away. Grimes ENZIGURIS, then waistlocks, only for Reed to buck him away. Things speed up, and Reed runs into a COLLISION COURSE!! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives and Grimes can’t believe it! But it is hard to believe Grimes even hit that move! Grimes drags Reed around and rains down rights, then lefts. Reed pushes Grimes away, fans rally and duel, and Grimes KNEES Reed down! Grimes clamps on with a chinlock, Reed endures and powers up. Grimes KNEES Reed back down! Grimes STOMPS Reed’s hand! And KICKS him in the chest!
Grimes KICKS Reed more, but Reed just gets mad. Reed shoves Grimes, Grimes KICKS again, but Reed eggs him on! Grimes KICKS, but Reed gets up! Reed SWATS the kick, CHOPS Grimes and rallies with clobbering forearms! Reed whips then CLOBBERS Grimes with a full body attack! Grimes flounders to a corner, fans rally for Reed as he runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES! Reed gets Grimes up but Grimes fights the choke slam to SUPER FOREARM! Reed CLOBBERS Grimes again! Fans fire up for Reed as he stalks Grimes to ropes. Reed drags Grimes, Grimes kicks Reed away then boots from the corner! Grimes is on the apron but Reed is still up!
Grimes says he’s done! He gets his hat, but Reed DIVES?!?! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans lose their minds at that Colossal Tope Suicida! Reed drags Grimes off the floor and into the ring. Reed storms up the steps, but LA Knight returns to return Grimes’ hat to him? That’s odd. Knight goes after Reed and HOTSHOTS him!! Grimes hurries to hit the CAVEIN!! Cover, Grimes wins!!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
The rich get richer, but what is Knight up top with Reed? Does Knight think he can topple the mountain of a man before climbing the NXT mountain?
William Regal is spotted talking with Adam Pearce backstage.
We can’t hear what they’re saying but it is clear Pearce is trying to explain himself to the NXT General Manager.
Backstage interview with Kayden Carter.
We know that last week, Xia Li decimated Kacy Catanzaro’s leg, and Kacy herself posted on social media about the partial LCL tear. Kayden says it sucks, and pisses her off, to see her best friend hurt and out of action. We don’t know when Kacy will be back, but Kayden no longer gives a DAMN about Xia Li! Xia took Kacy out, so Kayden will take Xia out! What happened last week hasn’t scared Kayden off, all Kayden sees is fear! Next week, Xia can come get it! Will KC avenge KC against the sharpened blade forged by Tian Sha?
We again return to The Way’s therapy session.
Are we finally going to learn the truth of what happened for those three days Theory was missing? Theory says it was a great time, really. He was in a really small room, with the windows boarded up, and it was great. Theory got to watch cartoons and each “so much cereal like the whole day.” Lumis is rly just a nice guy. Nicoli asks if Theory really thinks Lumis is nice. Yeah, absolutely! Then does Theory know why Lumis brought him back? Honestly, no. Nicoli says she’s actually spoken with Lumis in preparation for this session. Really!? Lumis talks?! Oh, on the contrary. Lumis couldn’t stop talking to her. What’d he say?
The truth is… Lumis couldn’t wait to get rid of Theory. Lumis said Theory was, “The most obnoxious person he’s ever been around.” Theory’s eating habits are unsightly, his fashion sense is atrocious, and Lumis was rather disgusted by Theory’s infatuation with cutting shirts up so he can show off his “mediocre abdominal section.” Theory cries! He runs out of the room and Johnny asks what the hell just happened! Nicoli is a MONSTER! The Way leaves and Johnny is going to give Nicoli a piece of is mind! Theory still cries, Indi and Candice get him away, and Johnny says Nicoli did great! The bit about kicking him out worked like a charm! She earned every penny! Oh, hold on, need to keep a $100. “Arcade money.” Johnny says they ARE going to Chuck E. Cheese now! Nicoli says they’re all still idiots.
Ever-Rise VS Breezango!
Chase Parker & Matt Marthel take a break from #EverRiseLive and #BollyRise with the Singh Brothers to take on the fashionable former NXT Tag Team Champions! Tyler Breeze & Fandango return as astronauts, only to get MUGGED by El Legado del Fantasma?! Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde toss Breezango down the ramp and then continue to mug them! Ever-Rise has a laugh as Fandango is RAMMED into barriers, and then Breeze gets POSTED crotch first! But Legado isn’t done here, they chase Ever-Rise out of the ring! Parker & Marthel want them to take it easy, but then SANTOS ESCOBAR attacks!
Escobar RAMS Marthel into barriers, fires off fists on Parker and kicks him down! Escobar RAMS Parker into steel steps, then bounces Parker’s head off them over and over! El Legado stands together in the ring, Escobar gets a mic, and cools off before saying, “Do not mistake last week’s events for weakness!” If you do, what happened just now will happen to you! The NXT Cruiserweight Champion tries to save face, but is the clock still ticking on his reign?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
It would seem he and Raw/SmackDown’s Adam Pearce had a heated conversation, but can he offer any clarification on what about? Regal says because of what happened in tonight’s Women’s Tag Team Championship match, he will have an announcement next week that will change the landscape of NXT! Whoa, that definitely sounds big. What will this news be?
Finn Balor VS Roderick Strong!
The Prince has beaten Kyle O’Reilly a couple times, and is set to face Adam Cole once again! But will he get through the Savior of the Backbreaker to check off one more man from the team that was the Undisputed Era?
The bell rings and Strong ties right up with Balor! They go around, end up on ropes but move away from them, Balor waistlocks and drags Strong down. Cover, ONE, Strong turns that around to a cover, ONE! Balor facelocks, shifts to a chinlock but Strong snapmares him over to chinlock back. Balor fights up, Strong ROCKS him then CHOPS him in the corner! Balor trips Strong, covers, ONE, but Balor facelocks again. Strong fights up, Balor moves around to throw Strong over but Strong makes armbar into high stack cover! ONE, and Balor tries a triangle but Strong shifts to get free and goes for legs! Balor trips Strong and gets a headlock!
Strong fights as fans rally up. They stand, Strong pries free of the headlock to half nelson. Balor fights that off to crucifix takedown, TWO! Balor is back to the chinlock and then goes after the arm. Strong endures, Balor pulls on the arm more, but Strong fights up. Balor shifts to a cobra clutch and he grinds Strong down. Strong endures, moves around, but Balor wrangles him back to the mat! Fans rally, Strong pushes Balor’s face and fights up, and Strong puts Balor in the corner. Balor holds on, Strong rams him into buckles, then pries the hold away to arm-drag Balor hard! Balor gets up into a HALF NELSON BACKBREAKER!
NXT goes picture in picture while Balor and Strong catch their breath and steady themselves. Strong stomps Balor down, CLUBS him at ropes, then has him in the ropes to bend him back! The ref counts, Strong kicks Balor in the back as he lets off, but comes back to CHOP! Strong stomps, backs off, but then comes back with forearms. Balor kicks back, Strong CHOPS and knees low, then whips him to ropes. Balor reverses, Strong sunset flips but Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Fans rally as Balor snapmares Strong and clamps onto the arm again. Balor grinds Strong down, cranks the arm to a hammerlock, but Strong endures as he moves around.
Balor hooks the arm up, traps it and SNAP LOCKS it! Strong goes to ropes to shake out the bad arm but Balor storms over. Strong CHOPS, Balor is after the arm again! Balor wrangles Strong back down, clamps onto the arm and grinds the shoulder. Strong endures, NXT returns to single picture and he powers Balor to a corner. Balor holds on, Strong knee slow and bumps Balor off buckles! Strong CHOPS Balor, bumps him off more buckles, then throws forearms! Strong throws more forearms and CHOPS, but Balor wrenches the bad arm to WRING Strong out! Strong writhes and flounders but Balor seethes as he KICKS Strong down!
Balor stomps Strong at ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and he looms over Strong. Balor brings him up to crank the arm, grind it down and twist it again. Strong endures but Balor yanks it! And again! And again! Balor stands to hook the arm up, and SNAP LOCKS it! Strong goes to the apron for shelter but Balor is right after him. Balor drags Strong up, throws uppercuts to the arm, and he clamps onto the shoulder again. Strong endures, fights up and fans rally as he fights back up. Strong scoops and SLAMS Balor with the good arm! Both men are down and fans fire up more! Strong stands, CLUBS Balor, and knees low!
Strong CLUBS, knees, CLUBS, repeat! Strong drags Balor back up, for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Balor endures, Strong and Balor slowly rise. Strong runs at the corner but Balor dodges the knee to arm-drag! Balor drags Strong around, ANACONDA VICE!! Strong flails, kicks, reaches, and gets a ropebreak with a foot! The ref counts, Balor lets go at 4, maybe 4.9! Balor grimaces as he gets up and see Strong in the corner. Balor CHOPS him, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to CHOP again! And then Balor whips Strong the other way to CHOP him again! Balor reminds Strong he’s in here with the champ! He whips Strong again but Strong comes back to CLOBBER him!
Fans fire up as Strong sputters and gets up. Strong throws forearms and CHOPS on Balor, then scoops him for an atomic SLAM! Fans are thunderous, Balor gets up and Strong runs to forearm smash side to side, over and over! Balor wobbles, Strong gets him for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Then the underhooks for a TIGER DRIVER! High stack cover, TWO!! Balor and Strong are slowly stirring as fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Strong stands first but Balor follows. Strong runs but into a SLINGBLADE! Balor goes to a corner, runs and shotguns, into the catch! Strong works to turn Balor, for the STRONG HOLD! Balor endures as Strong digs his knee in!
Balor powers his way around, but Strong drags him from ropes! Balor twists but Strong counters the body scissors to a cover! TWO!! Strong fireman’s carries for a GUT BUST- DOUBLE STOMPS!! Balor turns things around on Strong and both men are down again! Fans are electric, “This is Awesome!” as Balor gets up to fire off on Strong! Strong kicks back, enziguris, but Balor PELES! Strong comes back but leaps into the ELBOW DROP DDT! Balor grits his teeth, takes aim and SHOTGUNS Strong into buckles! Strong is in the drop zone, Balor goes up top and he hits the COUP DE GRACE! Balor keeps going, for 1916!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
The NXT Champion stands tall, even after a strong showing from Roderick Strong! But with only a week to rest, will the Prince really be ready to defend his throne against Adam Cole BAYBAY? Speaking of which, Cole finally shows up and stands on the stage. Balor takes aim at Cole, but will Cole take back that title?
Another great episode for NXT with a lot of really strong progress towards not just WrestleMania season but what appears to be a stacked episode next week. Counter programming AEW’s post PPV episode on 3/10? Maybe, but great material is great material, and we got a really good video package for Storm VS Shirai which can go either way. I feel like it’d be great story if Shirai gets back that loss from the Mae Young Classic, but Storm taking the title would be big shock value that could really set things up for the Mania TakeOver, and the reported change that NXT’s are moving to Tuesdays permanently with the coming of hockey season.
Now, I feel like NXTuesdays would be a strange announcement for Regal to have next week, but there could be something big in store given how we saw Adam Pearce more or less interfere with the Women’s Tag Team Championship match. That match was a lot of fun, and for a moment it just felt like they were putting too much on Raquel and making Dakota look like the weak link. Pearce overstepping his boundaries might imply that with NXT being seen more and more as part of the “main roster,” Regal might no longer be General Manager. Pearce and even Sonya Deville could start stepping in to integrate them into stories, such as with the Women’s Tag Division, and that would be a bummer of an announcement.
We didn’t get a lot of the explanation video on setting up Thatcher & Ciampa VS Oney & Danny, but I guess that’s what social media is supposed to be for. It felt a bit sloppy to also throw in Imperium onto it, but I suppose the Heel tag champs had to win without weakening Ciampa & Thatcher too much. Imperium sure is getting involved in trying to tear other tag teams apart. I like the idea of them recruiting Dain, but I guess they’re trying to get in Thatcher’s head about how Imperium beat Thatcher & Riddle when they were the substitute Broserweights. I don’t know if I want another team being the reason Ciampa & Thatcher split, that should just be old fashioned bitterness between tag partners. But if we get a slobber knocker out of Ciampa & Thatcher VS Barthel & Aichner like tonight’s match, that much I’ll accept.
Ember VS Aliyah was alright as a match but it was mostly just a rebound win. Ember and Shotzi can definitely still work as a tag team, maybe build up and come back around to the titles post Mania, once things with Raquel & Dakota settle, as well as Naomi & Lana. Kayden had a good promo setting things up with Xia Li, and I hope Kayden forces Tian Sha to step up and have a match of her own. Escobar and El Legado beating up two random teams is very much the bullies throwing a fit when they get bullied by someone they can’t bully. I really wish Stallion had won that title thanks to Kross, and I really hope NXT/205 Live finds someone to win the title off Escobar already. If only we could have Worlds Collide and Devlin could just be the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion…
Swerve had a good promo to further his feud with Ruff, and LA Knight had a decent promo to put everyone on notice. I like that not everyone is the indie/high-flying style, but it’s starting to get annoying when someone has to talk down that style and act like they’re better for slugging it out. Just shut up and slug it out then! Knight also interfering in Grimes VS Reed was an interesting move, but maybe Knight sees Reed building momentum towards the North American Championship and thinks he can use that to his own advantage. If Knight beats Reed, maybe he gets his title shot first.
The Way and their therapy session was an amazing set of segments. Johnny continues to thrive as this over the top sitcom/drama dad, Theory does so well as the goofy, dopey one, and while “Indi <3 Lumis” is still a weird choice, she was doing pretty good with those side comments. The plot twist was perfect, Gargano is trying to turn Theory against Lumis in such a great switch on our expectations of things. Maybe Theory has been telling us the truth on him getting to just binge watch cartoons and guzzle down cereal, and it’ll be up to Lumis to break The Way’s hold on Theory in a further subversion of all the tropes and expectations.
And the Undisputed Break-up story is still a great part of the show, though Strong seems to have difficulty verbally conveying the emotions of it compared to Kyle and Cole. Balor making the title match for next week and then giving us a title worthy match tonight was great stuff. Strong has new solo gear and everything else already, I can’t wait to see what Kyle and Fish will have for theirs. Cole will certainly keep a lot of the UE packaging, just without the CFOS logo they came up with for the group. Balor VS Cole is already going to be a great match just on saying it, NXT is definitely going to pick up speed towards WrestleMania.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (3/3/21)
Dynamite’s headed for Revolution!
AEW’s stars meet at the Crossroads!
Before the Revolution returns, AEW Dynamite ignites! And Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet meet Jade Cargill & SHAQUILLE O’NEAL in a stacked crossover Mixed Tag Match!
- Mixed Tag Match: Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet VS Jade Cargill & Shaquille O’Neal; Jade & Shaq win.
- PAC & Rey Fenix VS John Skyler & D3; PAC & Fenix win.
- Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS FTR & Tully Blanchard w/ JJ Dylan; FTR & Blanchard win.
- AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Nyla Rose VS Ryo Mizunami; Mizunami wins and will face Hikaru Shida for the title at AEW Revolution.
- Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Preston Vance VS Max Caster; Caster wins and advances to the Revolution Ladder Match.
- Matt Hardy & Marq Quen VS Hangman Page & John Silver; Hangman & Silver win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mixed Tag Match: Cody Rhodes & Red Velvet w/ Arn Anderson VS Jade Cargill & Shaquille O’Neal!
What a way to open the last Dynamite before Revolution! The American Nightmare’s battle with Shaq has been a long time coming, and it’s finally happening! Will Cody and Velvet stir it up against a duo of debuting giants?
The teams sort out and Cody starts with Shaq! The fans rally already as the two circle. Cody fires himself up and ties up with Shaq. Cody wrenches but Shaq SHOVES him down! Shaq double guns but Cody gets up to his feet. Fans rally and duel, Shaq encourages them to get louder, and things circle. Shaq shows off some rope a dope, then ties up with Cody again. Shaq powers Cody to a corner but Cody slips away to CHOP and CHOP! Shaq just tosses Cody in to CHOP him back! He didn’t even hit that hard and how loud was that?! Shaq CLUBS Cody, whips him and back drops him high and hard! Shaq has Cody in the corner and CHOPS him again! And KNEES him low and hard!
Cody staggers to the other corner, fans rally and duel more, and Shaq CHOPS him again! Cody ends up in the corner, Jade tags in! Velvet steps in, and the two stare down. Jade kicks Velvet low, whips her to a corner, but Velvet goes up and over and builds speed, only to run into a fireman’s carry! Velvet fights out with elbows, waistlocks, but Jade bucks her away. Jade BOOTS Velvet down, then shows off the fight pose. Velvet staggers to a corner, Jade runs in but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves to kick and HEEL KICK! Velvet forearms but Jade ROCLS Velvet, TOSSES her, then chokes her in the corner! The ref counts, Jade lets off, then TOSSES Velvet across the way!
Fans fire up and duel as Jade shows off by doing push-ups. Jade storms over to Velvet, whips her corner to corner hard, then soaks up some heat. Velvet BOOTS Jade from the corner, hops up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! But Jade rolls through to FALL AWAY SLAM, and kip up! Jade fires up, and she pie faces Cody! Cody gets in to KNEE Shaq! Shaq gets up, Austin Gunn SMACKS him with a chair! But Shaq doesn’t flinch! Shaq turns around and CLUBS Austin, and his brother Colten! QT Marshall gets grabbed, the ref tells Shaq to stop! Shaq lets off, but Velvet SUPER MOONSAULTS onto everyone else!! Fans are fired up and Velvet stirs it up!
Jade gets in the ring, Velvet pursues, and she brings Jade up to ROCK her with forearms! Velvet whips, Jade reverses and kicks low to trip Velvet up. Jade hooks up the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Velvet endures as Jade flexes and copies Cody. But Velvet turns it over onto Jade! Jade endures now, powers it back and pushes up, then blows a kiss to Cody. Velvet endures so Jade lets Velvet free to bring her up. Velvet throws body shots but Jade sweeps the legs! Jade goes out side, and starts looking under the ring! Jade brings out a TABLE! But this isn’t No Disqualifications! The ref and Shaq argue, Jade sets the table up, but Arn and the ref shout at her to stop.
Velvet goes out after Jade and clubs her! And bumps her off the table, to then put her in the ring! Velvet moves the table further from the ring, to bring out a second table! Velvet sets this table up, and it seems both women must just want to hurt each other, winning and losing be damned! Velvet goes up but Jade ROCKS her at the apron! Velvet shoulders back in, runs but Jade blocks the boot, only to take the ENZIGURI! Velvet hobbles and tags to Cody! Shaq gets in and he flexes on Cody. Shaq wants a test of strength, but then he switches hands on Cody. Cody still tries, they tie up, and Cody kicks low! But Shaq hits a knee! Shaq shouts out Brodie for a POWERBOMB!
Shaq mocks Cody but Cody BOPS him with the uppercut! And SCOOP SLAMS Shaq!! Cover, TWO!! Cody goes flying off the kick out, he tags to Velvet! Jade gets in but Velvet throws forearms! Jade gives them back and they go back and forth! Velvet CHOPS, Jade CHOPS! Velvet throws a forearm, another, another, but Jade CHOPS again! Velvet SLAPS Jade, Jade knees Velvet! Jade runs into a calf kick! Velvet fires up, runs, but into Jade’s SPINEBUSTER! Jade flexes and covers, Cody pulls her off! Cody hits Shaq, runs, and FLIES! Cody and Shaq crash through the tables!! Fans lose their minds, Jade freaks out, too, and Velvet is waiting! Jade turns around, for a SPEAR! Cover, TWO!!
Arn coaches Velvet to keep on Jade and she brings Jade up. Velvet clinches, scoops, but Jade is too tall! Jade scoops Velvet, but Velvet slips out. Jade blocks the forearm, spins Velvet and chicken wings, for a GLAM SLAM!! Cover, Jade and Shaq win!!
Winners: Jade Cargill & Shaquille O’Neal, by pinfall
Jade stands tall but Shaq looks out cold from crashing through the hardwood! Will Shaq be alright after his AEW debut? Is this win just the first of many for Jade?
AEW medics take care of Shaq.
They get him on a gurney, load him into an ambulance, and take him to local facility. Tony Schiavone wants a quick word, but… Where did Shaq go? Is Shaq magic?!
PAC & Rey Fenix VS John Skyler & D3!
Though they do not have their third point, Penta El Zero M, The Bastard and the Firebird are here to represent the Death Triangle! Will they bring the pain to the Southern Savior & the Prince of Rome?
The teams sort out, Fenix SUPERKICKS D3 off the apron and Pac ROCKS Skyler! Pac kicks and kicks and runs to BOOT Skyler down! Skyler scrambles, Pac tags to Fenix, and Death Triangle double whip to shove and BOOT him, UPPERCUT and SUPERKICK SWEEP COMBO! Fans fire up as Fenix goes up to tightrope KICK D3 back down! Pac FLIES and FOSBURY FLOPS D3 down! Fenix gives Skyler a fireman’s carry to the corner, Pac tags back in, Wasteland Slam to 450 SPLASH! Tag back to Fenix, Skyler is fed to the FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, Death Triangle wins!
Winners: PAC & Rey Fenix, by pinfall
Deadly as ever, Pac and Fenix make fast work of their opponents tonight! Will they only be more dangerous once Pentagon returns?
The Inner Circle heads to the ring!
The dastardly duo of Chris Jericho & MJF are here for a press conference to supposedly answer for everything they did to the Young Bucks’ father last week. Fans sing Judas for Jericho and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Dasha is at the official podium as MJF and Jericho take their seats. The first question is from Barstool Sports, and is about what the AEW World Tag Team Championships mean to Y2MJF. Jericho says that everyone knows he is LE CHAMPION! That isn’t just a nickname, t’s the truth! But it’s been one year since he lost the AEW World Championship, so it’s time he has a title again! But with all the accolades he has, the greatness he has, he is a seven-time world tag team champion! SEVEN! With some of the biggest names in the industry, including Dwayne Johnson and Paul Wight! But none of them are better than MJF! And it is time for them to beat the hell out of the Young Bucks, just like they did to their stupid father!!
The second question is from Conrad Thompson of Grilling JR. The fighting is over, what are the odds of letting Sammy Guevara back into the Inner Circle? MJF can’t believe “turkey tits” here just asked that. Jericho said he never wanted to hear that name again, so get out of here! Go back to Nebraska! Next question! Brandon Walker of Barstool Sports ask why they attacked Papa Buck. Why? MJF is so sick of the shmucks out there making Papa Buck out to be a martyr! He attacked Jericho first! He did! So what they did was self-defense! But the worst part is that “that old worthless sack of crap” got his blood on MJF’s custom suit!
MJF knows most people can’t comprehend how expensive that is, but to put it in ways they can, he doesn’t shop at Target and Baby Gap! And if you thought what they did to Papa was bad, just wait until they get their hands on “Malnourished Matt” and “Not so Slick, I wish my hair was way more thick Nick!” But hey, it wasn’t their idea to attack Papa Buck, no. Did the Bucks think it was that smart to bring their bitch-ass pops down here? Especially knowing there isn’t a line that the Inner Circle wouldn’t cross? The Bucks need to do better. NEXT!
And it’s Eric Bischoff from 83 Weeks. His question is two parts, and he’ll direct the first part to Jericho. Do they know the condition of Papa Buck? And in Jericho’s list of stupid ideas, where does motivating the Bucks to come at you with a vengeance rank? Just curious. Jericho tells “Eric B” to shut his mouth! And second, they don’t know the condition of Papa Buck and they don’t care! As far as Matt & Nick go- They’re here! Matt & Nick step out on stage and glare at the Inner Circle. Nick knew that once this got started, the Inner Circle “pricks” would hurt their friends. But hurting their father makes this thing personal!
Matt says that their dad is the greatest dad in the world! He taught them everything they needed to know to be the men they are today! Being compassionate, have faith, love your family! They love their family! Papa Buck did everything that MJF’s and Jericho’s dads apparently failed at with them! Papa Buck taught them to dream big, and when he couldn’t afford to put them through college, he built them their own wrestling ring with his bare hands! Papa Buck taught them not to just stand idly by and let someone else do the work. You do it yourself! That DIY spirit is what created the Young Bucks, Being the Elite, and ALL ELITE WRESTLING! Without Papa Buck, there would be no Young Bucks or an AEW!
Laugh now, but do you know what that means? Then that means MJF is still at home, unemployed, on call with the Rosie O’Donnell Show! And for Jericho, let’s be honest! He’d be jerking the curtain at “the Performance Center.” Because Papa Buck taught them empathy, faith, family and one other thing! Stand up for yourselves and maybe kick some ass! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for tY2MJF! Things bust off with the Inner Circle but Brandon Cutler gets in! Referees rush out to stop this but that’s easier said than done! Wardlow tackles Cutler, Matt SUPERKICKS Santana and Nick tosses Ortiz! The Good Brothers are here to help out! They have tables set up and Nick ROCKS Ortiz!
Matt heads over, dares someone else to come get them, and Nick puts Ortiz on a table. Karl Anderson keeps Ortiz down while Nick climbs up! Nick aims from above the tunnel, and Matt has Santana off the stage! 450 AND MACHO ELBOWS through tables!! The Bucks are fired up and Y2MJF look worried, as they should! Will Matt & Nick teach Jericho & MJF what happens when real men fight back?
AEW profiles what it means to have an “Exploding Barbed Wire Death Match.”
America hasn’t seen something like this in 25 years! Once you hit the barbed wire ropes and trigger the switches, there WILL be explosions! Not only that, but the barbed wire will cut you up mercilessly! This will be something to remember for a long, long time because of the violence, the unknown, and the two men in it. Atsuhi Onita says the rules here are fitting for Moxley and Omega. It is unpredictable, dangerous, and painful. But Moxley’s honor won’t let him do any less to take Omega out or be forced into retirement trying. Will the Maniac take back what the Cleaner stole from him? Or will he give up everything in return?
Six Man Tag: Jurassic Express VS FTR & Tully Blanchard w/ JJ Dylan!
Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are more than honored to have a legendary tag team wrestler come out of retirement for one night and join them in battle! But will it also be the end of them as Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus & Marko Stunt are coming #ForTheirRevenge?
AEW returns and Jurassic Express make their entrance. The trios sort out, Tully starts with Stunt and they tie up. Tully puts Stun in the corner, fires off body shots and knees, then tags in Dax. Stunt slips away, Jurassic Express back him up, and they stare FTullyR down! Stunt swipes at Cash but everyone cools off. Jungle Boy tags in, he and Dax tie up as a return from their great singles showdown. Dax puts JB in a corner, the ref calls for a break but Dax throws body shots and CHOPS! Dax throws EuroUppers, pulls hair, but JB elbows Dax, hits Cash, repeat! JB CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, whips, but Dax runs him over!
Things speed up, JB hurdles, drops, hurdles and dropkicks! Cash runs in but gets a dropkick! Tully distracts JB, Dax shoves him but JB rebound LARIATS! JB GERMAN SUPELXES Cash, trips up Dax, and gest the SNARE TRAP! Cash gets in to drag JB off the hold! JB trips Cash up and puts CASH in the Snare Trap! It’s on the outside so Cash tapping doesn’t matter! Dax gets something from Dillon! Tully talks with the ref about JB holding onto his hold, JB goes in and Dax SMACKS JB with a shoe!! Cover, TWO!! JB survives the classic SHOE screw job! Fans fire up, Dax bumps JB off buckles and tags in Tully. They mug JB, Tully CHOPS JB and JB bails out.
FTR hold the rope and Tully builds speed, to Fargo Strut instead. Tag to Dax, he drags JB up and throws him hard into railing! Fans rally and duel as AEW goes picture in picture.
Dax THROWS JB into more railing, then pulls up floor mats! Dax scoops and SLAMS JB on the bare concrete! JB writhes, Dax talks trash, then he drags JB up and ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! Tag to Cash, Cash fetches JB and toys with him. Cash puts JB in, drags JB up and whips him for a HARD shoulder at the ropes! Cash DECKS JB with a EuroUpper! FTR soak up the heat as Cash stomps JB down! Tag to Tully and he stomps JB around. Tully drags JB up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Dax. Dax drags JB by his hair, CLUBS him on his back, then paces about. Tully stands on JB’s hair out of the ref’s sight!
Dax drags JB up, snapmares him and wraps on a chinlock. Dax grinds JB down and thrashes him around into a stretch. Dax fish hooks JB’s face, the ref reprimands, so Dax jams an elbow into JB”s face! Dax clamps onto JB’s face again with a smothering chinlock! JB endures as Dax grinds his forearm in over an dover, but the ref reprimands. Dax lets off, taunts Stunt, but the ref keeps Stunt out. Dax puts JB in a corner and CHOPS him! AEW returns to single picture as the CHOPS fly, and JB hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, fans rally up, Cash tags in to intercept JB! Cash scoops and RAMS JB into a corner, to then SLAM him down!
Cash hops up and leaps, but the Vader Bomb gets BOOTS! JB is down, as is Cash, and fans rally as they crawl! Hot tags to Dax and LUCHASAURUS! Luchasaurus runs FTR over, throws big hands and CHOPS, then BOOTS Cash and mule kicks Dax! Luchasaurus fires off on Cash in a corner and Tully starts slipping in. Stunt becomes Luchasaurus’ weapon to CROSSBODY Tully down! Luchasaurus choke grips FTR, but they both kick low! Cash DECKS Stunt, then FTR whips Luchasaurus corner to corner! Luchasaurus powers through their double clothesline to waistlock Cash! Cash grabs at Dax, Luchasaurus GERMAN SUPLEXES them both!! AND KIPS UP!
Fans are thunderous for Luchasaurus as he choke grips Dax. Dax slips out of the lift, baits Luchasaurus into a corner and POSTS him! Dax climbs up, JB runs over to go up and SUPER STEINER Dax into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Luchasaurus is surprised but he tags JB in. Cash drags Luchasaurus out to TORNADO DDT him to the floor! JB WRECKS Cash with a dropkick, Dax runs in but JB elbows and ECKS him! JB DECKS Tully, climbs up top, but Cash returns to anchor JB! Dax climbs, Cash tags in! SUPERPLEX and FROG SPLASH! The Power and Glory! Cover, TWO!! Cash GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! SNAP DRAGON! Bridging cover, STUNT SPLASHES IN!
Tully goes after Stunt to slingshot BRAINBUSTER!!! Fans can’t believe they’re seeing it again! But Tully turns around and Luchasaurus is there! Tully eggs him on, Luchasaurus choke grips, but Luchasaurus has a heart, so he just TAIL WHIPS Tully instead! JB tags Luchasaurus in, they focus on Cash, JURASSIC EXPRESS! Cover off the back suplex bomb, TWO!?!? Cash survives but barely! JB builds speed to DIVE, but who was that in the beanie?! He took the shot for JB, and Dax gets Luchasaurus so the same mystery man can CLOBBER Luchasaurus! Tag to Cash, then to Tully! They combine for a DOUBLE SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, FTullyRwins!!
Winners: FTR & Tully Blanchard, by pinfall
One way or another, the returning legend gets a win alongside the self-professed best tag team ever! And speaking of all that controversy, the man in the beanie was SHAWN SPEARS! The Chair Man returns, and is now on the team! Coach Arn is watching from the tunnel, and says he’s seeing this foursome. Is this a revival of the Horsemen?
Tony Schiavone is on stage with big news!
AEW is expanding and now has a third show of in-ring programming: Dark Elevation! And his cohost for that will be… THE GIANT, PAUL WIGHT! #NoMoreBS, but definitely big things for AEW! Schiavone is glad to have “G” here, and the fans are loving this! Did anyone see this turn coming? But that aside, Schiavone’s known Wight since he had long hair and a bright future. Wight is so happy to be in AEW. Fans chant “Welcome Home!” and Wight is definitely glad to be back on TNT. He is looking forward to working with the talent in AEW, and cohosting Elevation with Schiavone. There, Wight can do color commentary on the amazing and young talent!
But don’t worry, Wight will take this job seriously, too. He has a scoop! The biggest scoop EVER! Oh? This Sunday, AEW Revolution, they will hire and put under contract a Hall of Fame talent that will be a HUGE asset to AEW! But it’s not who you think. You’ll find out and Wight wants us to know you heard it here first! Who could Wight be suggesting?
AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament Finals: Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Ryo Mizunami!
Two hard hitting wrestlers had hard fought roads to this moment! The Native Beast beat the Brazilian Blackbelt, the Doctor and the former NWA Women’s World Champion, while Aneki defeated “Fallen Idol” Maki Itoh, THE Aja Kong, and “Magical Girl” Yuka Sakazaki! The Full Metal Warrior, Hikaru Shida, is watching this one very closely, but which familiar foe will she be facing at Revolution?
The bell rings and the two circle as fans fire up. Ryo is fired up already but Nyla just doesn’t seem to get what’s going on with her. They tie up, Ryo tries to power Nyla back but Vickie shouts for Nyla to push her back. Nyla does push Ryo to ropes, but the ref counts and Nyla lets off. Nyla swings, Ryo dodges to fire off forearms! Ryo runs, rams Nyla, but Nyla stays up. Ryo powers up and runs, but Nyla stays up again. Nyla ROCKS Ryo with a right but Ryo hits back! They go back and forth with forearms, faster and faster! Ryo gets the edge, whips, but Nyla reverses. Ryo dodges but Nyla runs her over! Nyla mocks Aneki’s dance moves before stomps Ryo down.
Nyla drags Ryo up, reels her in, but Ryo back drops her away! Aneki unleashes the real dance moves, runs in and forearm smashes Nyla! Ryo shoulders, CHOPS, CHOPS and machine gun CHOPS away! Kojima would be proud! Ryo apologizes to the ref, fires up some more, and CHOPS again! Nyla sputters, Ryo fires up, does some miming, and runs in to CLOBBER Nyla! Cover, ONE!! Nyla gets up but Ryo keeps focus. Ryo powers up but Vickie distracts her! Nyla BOOTS Ryo down then hits a SOMERSAULT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Vickie is furious but Nyla chokes Ryo at the ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off, and Ryo is in more pain from Vickie’s shrieking than anything.
Nyla whips Ryo, scoops her and POWERSLAMS her! Cover, TWO! Nyla grows annoyed as AEW goes picture in picture.
Nyla drags Ryo up, chokes her on ropes again, and Vickie is again in Ryo’s face! Nyla lets off as the ref counts, Vickie keeps screeching at Ryo, and Nyla stalks Ryo to a corner. Ryo hits back but Nyla stomps her down. Nyla drags Ryo up, bumps her off buckles, then stands on her! The ref counts, Nyla lets off at 4, and then goes out to drag Ryo to the outside. Nyla RAMS Ryo into railing! Nyla makes sure Shida is watching as she drags Ryo up and makes her way to the fans. Nyla CLUBS Ryo down, drags her over, and RAMS her into railing again! Ryo sputters, staggers up, and Nyla gets in Shida’s face about the cup and the belt.
Nyla goes back to Ryo but Ryo hits body shots! Nyla CLUBS Ryo, puts her in the ring, then follows to stomp away! Nyla drags Ryo around into a chinlock stretch but Ryo endures. Nyla slowly hooks Ryo up into a camel clutch but still Ryo endures. Fans rally, Ryo reaches and powers up, but Nyla CLUBS her down! Nyla drags Ryo up, whips her to the corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Nyla keeps moving but Ryo follows to clothesline! AEW returns to single picture as Ryo reels Nyla in. Nyla is too big to scoop, and she scoops Ryo to SLAM her instead! Fans boo as Nyla steps on Ryo on the way to the corner. Nyla climbs up, leaps, but her Swanton FLOPS!
Ryo fires up again and fans are rallying with her! Ryo slaps some sense into herself, Nyla runs in but Ryo dumps her out! Ryo runs and RAMS Nyla off the apron! Aneki’s fire is back as Ryo drags Nyla up and reels her in. Nyla bumps Ryo off the apron first! Nyla climbs up, Vickie is shriller than ever, but Ryo SWEEPS THE LEGS! Nyla hits apron, Ryo climbs up fast, and APRON LEG DROPS!! Nyla staggers and sputters then falls over! The ring count climbs, Ryo waits in the ring and fans rally for “A E DUB!” Nyla slowly rises at 5 of 10, Vickie is freaking out, but Ryo sees Nyla won’t stay down forever! Ryo climbs, Nyla gets back in, and Ryo LEAPS for another leg drop! Cover, TWO!!
Ryo grows frustrated but she drags Nyla up to fire off forearms from all sides! Ryo has Nyla wobbling but Nyla stays up! Nyla ROCKS Ryo right back! Ryo gets up again, throws a forearm, but Nyla throws a clothesline! They keep hitting back and forth, Nyla ROCKS Ryo again, then runs, but Ryo swats the lariat away! Ryo fires off lariats point blank! Nyla stays up, Ryo runs but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Nyla drags Ryo up fast, fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!?! Ryo survives and fans are fired up! “This is Awesome!” but Nyla isn’t done yet! She hangs Ryo out to dry, then goes to the corner! Nyla climbs, leaps, GUILLOTINE KNEE!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Vickie is shrieking like the banshee she is as Nyla drags Ryo around. Fans are fired up for Ryo as Ryo resists the bomb lift! Ryo throws body shots and palm strikes, then hits an EXPLODER!! Nyla is in a drop zone, Ryo hurries up top! Nyla hurries up, too, and ROCKS Ryo with a haymaker! Nyla climbs, brings Ryo up, and hits a SUPERPLEX!! Nyla slowly crawls to the cover, TWO!! Ryo gets a waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Ryo fires up again, Nyla stands, Ryo SPEARS!! Ryo drags Nyla back to a drop zone, goes back up top, and Vickie is losing her mind as Ryo hits the SUPER LEG DROP!! Cover, RYO WINS!!
Winner: Ryo Mizunami, by pinfall (wins the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament)
Shida commends Ryo on that fight, and hands her the Women’s Eliminator Cup. Ryo thanks her and shakes her hand, to then SUCKER PUNCH her! Ryo eggs her on and Shida hits back! They brawl, Shida DECKS her challenger, and picks up her belt again. What a way to say hi to an old rival! Imagine what that title match is going to be like!
AEW returns with Schiavone back in the ring.
The Street Fight at Revolution is coming, so Schiavone introduces… STIIIIING~! The snow, the crow and the Icon! Sting walks out and fans are fired up to see him. Schiavone says Sting came back with Darby Allin last week to take the fight back to Team Taz. Sting has never looked better, and Sting says it’s great Schiavone says that. It evolves every single week, but then Sting found out a couple weeks ago he wasn’t when he got powerbomb’d by Cage! But Sting thanks The Machine for shaking off that rust! Sting feels like he’s ready for that Street Fight!
But then Ricky Starks comes out to tell “Stinger Man” to pump the brakes. He’s here on his own, so don’t worry about an attack. Starks is sick of the “Budding romance.” We’ve seen things go back and forth, but Sting showed something Starks hadn’t seen. Sting tore it up, and Starks is man enough to admit he saw something he hadn’t seen, and that was the fire! Sting’s still got it! But even so, Starks still doesn’t see the Icon. He SLAPS Sting, so Sting DECKS Starks! Sting rips Starks’ shirt off and whips him out of his shoes to CLOBBER him! Starks flounders, Sting is on him for another whip! STINGER SPLASH! Starks flops down, Sting gets the legs! SCORPION DEATHLOCK!!
Starks endures, taps, but here comes Team Taz! Hook gets Sting in a sleeper! Sting SMACKS Hook away, but Will Hobbs gets Starks out and Cage attacks Sting! But here comes DARBY ALLIN! No zipline this time, he just jumps on Cage’s back! Cage rams him into buckles but Darby holds on! Sting runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Darby goes up top, to missile dropkick! The Icon and the Relentless run off Team Taz, but what happens when things are finally unleashed for the Street Fight!?
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match Qualifier: Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Max Caster!
Number 10 surely heard Platinum’s diss track just for him, and now it’s time for him to respond directly! Scorpio Sky also watches from commentary to see who joins him, Cody Rhodes, Lance Archer and, if he is medically cleared, Penta El Zero M at Revolution! But first, Platinum gives us a special bonus track on Preston! “Listen! Listen! This guy’s big but a small talker. I shoot you up like Lady Gaga’s dog walker! This dude is mad soft, there is no future if you take your mask off! His names 10 but a 5 in the looks department. Like the fireball just hit Ronnie Garvin! Now you gettin’ burnt up! Platinum Max, I got this place turnt up!”
He ain’t done spittin’! Negative One ’bout to catch a butt whippin’! See Max in the streets- Negative One is fired up and Vance holds him back. Caster skips the rest and that was for the best, but who will get this won and head for Revolution?
The bell rings, Caster and Vance circle as fans rally. They tie up, Vance rolls Caster up, TWO! Caster scrambles away and tries to mock Vance still. Caster calls for a test of strength but kicks low. Caster clamps onto an arm, Vance powers out but Caster runs Vance over! Scorpio runs both guys down as being less skilled wrestlers, Caster runs but Vance goes to hip toss. Caster blocks but Vance blocks back to CLOBBER Caster! Cover, TWO! Vance drags Caster up, headlocks, but Caster powers out. Vance runs Caster over, things speed up, and Vance crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Vance keeps on Caster and hauls Caster up, but Caster gets away to a corner.
Vance CHOPS Caster, keeps him close and climbs up to rain down punches! Fans count and Vance gets only 4 before Caster slips out. Caster runs, only gets buckles, and Vance finishes the punches to get 10! Vance has fans fired up, runs in and CLOBBERS Caster out of the ring! Fans rally while Scorpio continues to talk trash on even Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer. Vance bumps Caster off the apron, then again, then runs in, only for Caster to POST him! Caster runs in to dropkick Vance into barriers!
AEW goes picture in picture as Caster mugs Vance and puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Caster grows annoyed, but he clamps onto an arm to grind Vance down. Vance fights up but Caster wrangles him down with a wristlock! Vance grinds forearms in Caster’s face but Caster holds on to drag Vance up again. Caster wrenches, yanks the arm, then whips Vance, only for Vance to reverse. Caster slips off the spinebuster and CLUBS Vance down! Caster pulls on the arm, hammerlocks it, and locks it down to taunt and KNEE Vance! Vance gets to a corner, Caster wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Caster lets off at 4, and he goes after Vance in another corner.
Vance fires body shots back, but Caster wrenches and YANKS the arm again! Caster clamps on with smothering chinlock and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and both men rise, but Vance rallies with big clotheslines! Vance whips Caster, and back drops him high and hard! Caster goes to a corner, Vance runs in but Caster elbows him away! Caster runs but into the SPINEBUSTER! Scorpio puts his hoodie over more than these two, but Caster puts Vance on the apron. Vance SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Caster survives but fans rally with Vance as he aims from a corner. Caster staggers up, Vance runs in, but Caster hits a takedown! Caster has SHANKLY GATES! Vance endures the keylock stretch and gets the ropebreak with feet!
Caster lets off just long enough to SNAP BRAINBUSTER Vance! Caster goes up top as Scorpio says that’s dumb, and Vance avoids the Mic Drop Elbow! Vance and Caster slowly rise again, and Vance runs in at the corner! Caster boots Vance, hops up, but Caster’s rana is blocked to a BOMB! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Caster survives and Vance can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Vance drags Caster. Caster kicks Vance away, then yanks him into ropes! Caster distracts the ref, and is that Jack Evans with Anthony Bowens’ boombox?! Evans CRACKS Vance with it!! Evans slithers under the ring, Caster covers Vance, Caster wins!!
Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall (advances to the Face of the Revolution Ladder Match)
Scorpio says Caster will just be disappointed now because he’s going to lose that Ladder match! But wait, Evans did that favor to Caster as a way to get paid by #BigMoneyMatt! A whopping $4200 for taking out Number 10 of the Dark Order! This is all because Hardy hates Hangman for pulling one over on him! Caster is fine with that, but will he benefit from all 4200 reasons he just won?
AEW has big things for Revolution Weekend!
First of all, AEW Dark has a special airing on Saturday to fit in all the action before the PPV! Then, a Buy-In match has been made! Britt Baker & Rebel will face Thunder Rosa & Riho! Will The Doctor and her assistant be able to beat a former NWA Women’s Champion and a former AEW Women’s Champion in one match?
The Best Man gave “Charles” Taylor a week, but he couldn’t even face Miro like a man! Miro is just trying to protect Chuck but now he has to hurt him! The people will now get what they want: DESTRUCTION! Miro is going to stop playing games, and it will be GAME OVER for Chuck!! Will the Best Man and Kip “Superbad” Sabian put a stop to all the fun the Best Friends are having?
Matt Hardy & Marq Quen VS Hangman Page & John Silver!
Before the Big Money bet, Hardy and his other Private Party protégé will take on the Cowboy and Number 3! But after what we just saw Hardy pay Evans to do to Number 10, will Hangman & Johnny Hungy eat Hardy and Quen alive?
The teams sort out, Silver and Quen start and circle. Fans rally, Silver shoots in to TOSS Quen, then he clamps on with a headlock. Quen gets the ropebreak, Silver lets up, and Quen powers Silver to the corner. Hardy steps back as Quen lets off for the new ropebreak, and Hardy gets a cheap shot in! Quen clubs away on Silver, kicks him to a corner, then wrenches him to tag Hardy in. Hardy Party mugs Silver, Hardy wrenches but Silver ROCKS him! Silver headlocks, Hardy throws body shots, and powers out. Hangman tags in, Hardy shoves Silver at him! Hangman and Silver hug it out and Hardy eggs Hangman on, only to tag Quen back in.
Quen and Hangman circle, Hangman dodges the clothesline to fire off haymakers! AEW goes picture in picture as Hangman stomps away in the corner!
The ref counts, Hangman lets off, and Hangman is fired up as he scrapes Quen on the ropes! Hangman whips, back drops Quen high and hard, then swings on Hardy! Hardy gets away, Hangman goes back to Quen and drags him up. Tag to Silver, they mug Quen, and Silver whips Quen to back drop him high and hard, too! Silver’s friggin’ jacked, baby! Silver drags Quen up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Hangman, they double whip Quen but Quen kicks them back! Quen throws hands, runs, but into a DOUBLE BACK DROP that sends him flipping through the air! Quen flops to the apron and Hangman stalks over to bring him back in.
Hangman drags Quen up, CHOPS him off his feet, then drags him back up. Hangman snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Quen hurries to ropes but Hangman drags him back up. Tag to Silver, they mug Quen at ropes, and Silver throws big haymakers! Quen ends up in a corner, Silver fires off more shots, then he TOSSES Quen across the way! Silver flexes on Hardy, looms over Quen, and brings him up for forearms. AEW returns to single picture as Silver military presses Quen. Quen slips off and shoves Silver to the apron and fires off! Quen chokes Silver on the ropes, the ref counts, Quen lets off but Hardy hits an APRON SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo but Hardy gets away with that one.
Quen tags Hardy, Hardy drags Silver up and ROCKS him with a haymaker. Hardy bumps Silver off the apron, puts him back in and then covers, TWO! Hardy rains down rights, drags Silver up and puts him back in the corner. Quen tags in, they mug Silver with knees to his back, then stomps to his front! Quen digs his boots in, the ref counts and Quen lets off. Quen flexes now then drags Silver up to scoop and SLAM! Tag to Hardy, he hops up and soaks up the heat before he jumps, into Silver’s KICK! Both Silver and Hardy are down, crawling, and Hardy tries to keep Silver from Hangman. Silver BOOTS Hardy away, and reaches out!
Hardy drags Silver away again, but Silver gets around to hit a STANDING SLICED BREAD! Hot tags to Hangman and Quen! Hangman rallies on Quen with big forearms! Hangman whips, Quen dodges but Quen runs into a POP-UP SPINEBSUTER! Hangman runs at Hardy but Hardy avoids the boot! Hangman drags Quen up, Quen kicks a leg and whips Hangman to the corner! Hardy holds Hangman but Hangman gets away as Quen runs in, and the BOOT hits Hardy! Hangman scoops Quen for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up and PLANCHAS Hardy down! Hangman rains down rights, puts Hardy in the ring, but Quen is after Hangman with stomps!
Fans boo but Quen pie faces Hangman, only to run into a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Quen back up and throws him to the corner. Hangman dares Hardy to man up and tag in, but Quen bails out to regroup with Hardy instead. Hardy puts Quen back in, but Hangman kicks and suplexes him. Quen slips out to dropkick Hangman’s leg! NOW Hardy wants in, so Quen tags him! Hardy hits Hangman with a neckbreaker! Hardy calls for his finish, kicks but Hangman slips out to back suplex! Quen runs in but Hangman dumps him out! Silver tags in and he SPEARS Hardy!
Silver fires off furious fists, but Hardy hits a Twist, only for Silver to backslide! Hardy rolls off, but Silver kicks, KICKS, SUPERKICKS and BRAINBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Silver’s Beaver Boy Blitz couldn’t finish this! Quen trips Hangman off the apron, hotshots Silver, and Hardy hits a back suplex! Tag to Quen, Quen climbs up, Silver stands up to get the MISSILE DROPKICK! Quen gets up, runs in but Silver OBOTS! Hangman tags in, Silver is the decoy and he KICKS Quen to send into Hangman’s ROLLING ELBOW! Silver ENZIGURIS, Hangman POP-UP POWERBOMBS Quen!
Silver reels Quen in to wheelbarrow, GERMAN SUPLEX, to the BUCK SHOT!! Hangman stares Hardy down and Hardy backs off! Cover, Hangman & Silver win!
Winners: Hangman Page & John Silver
But Hardy is a sore loser and he assaults the winners with a mic! Hardy tells Hangman that he hates him, and in their Big Money Match, Hardy will take everything from Hangman! This was all just a trap! Hardy is going to make it so Hangman won’t even make it to Revolution! But here comes the rest of the Dark Order to attack Hardy! Maybe Hardy is the one who won’t make it to the PPV! But here come the Casino Battle Royal field! Butcher and Blade, Chaos Project, Cezar Bononi & “Pretty” Peter Avalon attack the Dark Order, but then they’re countered by Bear Country, the Varsity Blondes, the Natural Nightmares, the Sydal Brothers and SCU!! It is tag team turmoil in the ring to say the least, and Negative One is just reveling in it from the stage!
BUT HERE COMES DEATH TRIANGLE!! PAC & Fenix are last minute entries in that match and they want to get their shots in! Hardy tries to run away but Negative One tells him he’s in for a bad time on Sunday! Will Hangman be the one to bankrupt Big Money Matt after the Revolution?
An awesome episode for AEW, and even a great go-home. I didn’t think we’d open with the Mixed Tag, but Shaq was great, of course Jade was good, and though Shaq took that table spot, it makes sense for his team to win. Jade has been waiting a long time for this debut so it makes sense for her to win and start her career off strong. Shaq’s disappearing act was interesting, I have no idea what that could mean. We got a great Six Man out of FTR and Jurassic Express, but I should’ve figured FTR finds a way to cheat and win. Shawn Spears being part of that is a natural move, and it just makes sense that he is part of their faction now. I don’t know if “FTR” will be the name that applies to the group or if they’ll have some new name, but it’s about time this happened.
Nyla VS Ryo was a great match, and I am happily surprised that Ryo won. As great in story it would’ve been for Nyla and Shida to have a rematch from Double or Nothing, I feel like it is much better for everyone watching to see Shida VS Ryo, which we certainly haven’t seen in AEW and hasn’t happened in some time. With that match up, I feel like the title match could go either way. If Ryo wins, that’d freshen up some things, even though Shida hasn’t faced everyone yet. Nyla is still considered top ranked contender, so she could still face the winner from Revolution over the Summer, and we could even work our way to Shida VS Nyla at Double or Nothing 2021, almost one year after the previous match-up.
Sting and Darby had another short spot with Team Taz, but I have no idea if it adds anything to what we’ve already seen. We got a great segment with the Inner Circle and Young Bucks, where another AEW press conference of course has Eric Bischoff for last. The Bucks had a great response promo and then a great double table spot. Maybe a little risky, but what else is new for these two? I feel like standing tall here could mean the Bucks lose, and that could also suggest who is coming out of the Casino Tag Battle Royal. PAC & Fenix win fast and then get in on the tag brawl at the end of the night. I don’t see them winning, but them getting in makes sense with Penta in the ladder match.
Speaking of, Caster VS Vance was a great match, but it makes a lot of sense in story for Vance to get screwed over by Hardy and Evans. I had a feeling the other night with Dark that Caster was going to win since Archer is already the powerhouse in that match. There is still one spot left, so either the bonus Dark gives us that qualifier, or that sixth person is the person Paul Wight introduces. That latter possibility would actually be pretty big, because Wight promises that will be a (WWE) Hall of Famer, someone everyone knows yet “not who we’d expect.” No idea who that could be, but I’d love to see them show up and do big things in the ladder match.
Meanwhile, Hardy loses the tag match tonight, but doesn’t stand tall even after he attacks, so the math makes me think Hangman loses his Q1 earnings. I feel like that’d work in story, because then Hangman can #JoinDarkOrder and lean on them for support. Hangman’s struggles have been great pacing in his AEW career, and maybe even his career as a whole, so giving up money to find the friendships that will really build him back up is a great element to that. With this, Hangman can totally become AEW World Champion come All Out 2021 or so.
My Score: 9.6/10
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