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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/15/21)

Raw has a high stakes gauntlet!

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Coverage Raw 2021

The last Raw before Elimination Chamber throws down the gauntlet!

Before defending his WWE World Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, Drew McIntyre and his challengers will run the gauntlet!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business; Riddle & Lucha House Party win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Interview Interception: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Instant Karma: Akira Tozawa VS Bad Bunny w/ Damian Priest; Bunny wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans w/ Ric Flair; No Contest.
  • WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber Final Spot: Kofi Kingston VS The Miz; Kofi wins and joins the WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber match.
  • Lana w/ Naomi VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Shayna wins.
  • Gauntlet Match: Sheamus wins and enters the WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber match last.

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Raw presents an all new Miz TV!

Mr. Money in the Bank and one of the entrants in tonight’s Gauntlet Match heads to the ring, but John Morrison is conspicuous by his absence. Even so, the Hollywood A-Lister welcomes us back to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show in History, and explains that tonight’s guest defends the WWE World Championship inside the Elimination Chamber! Please welcome the Scottish Warrior, Drew McIntyre! The sword plunges in and sets off the fire before McIntyre goes to the ring. Miz says he’ll let him be, even though he has his MITB contract briefcase on-hand. McIntyre joins Miz in the ring for the rest of the pyro to go off, and Miz asks if he can call Drew “Andy.”

Miz apologizes for Morrison’s absence, Morrison is busy making a Bad Bunny diss track. And this Sunday is Elimination Chamber. McIntyre has beaten the lines of Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, Seth Rollins, and Randy Orton, but this time he will face FIVE former WWE Champions, Miz included, all at the same time. Has McIntyre realized, statistically speaking, his Road to WrestleMania could end Sunday? Miz cuts McIntyre off by saying he’d be panicking! How does McIntyre remain focused when two week sago, his best friend, Sheamus, stopped watching his back and stabbed him in the back!

But Sheamus wasn’t really “Andy’s” best friend, he was waiting for a chance to strike. McIntyre let his guard down, and BAM, BROGUE! But #WhySheamusWhy? That is the mystery, solved by Sheamus challenging McIntyre for a title match! The stage was set, McIntyre VS Sheamus for the WWE World Championship, Elimination Chamber PPV! But then management had different plans, didn’t they? McIntyre goes to speak but Miz says he would be SO upset! He’d be FURIOUS! Miz would want to rip someone’s head off! Not only was McIntyre robbed of proving Sheamus wrong for betraying him, but now he has five challengers chomping at the bits-

McIntyre shouts “WOULD YOU SHUT THE HELL UP!?” Miz apologizes to McIntyre, and was simply setting up how tonight’s Gauntlet- McIntyre tells Miz to shut up. If he interrupts again, Miz will regret it. McIntyre is sick and tired- Miz is sick and tired, too! He just th- GLASGOW KISS! And McIntyre TOSSES the MITB briefcase once again! Clearly, the Scottish Warrior is ready to ear people’s heads off, just as Miz said. But is McIntyre going to do that to his five opponents in the gauntlet?

Miz says a little bit of pressure, and we’re seeing McIntyre start to crack. How can you blame “Andy,” though? He has to defeat FIVE top tier superstars just to get to WrestleMania. But y’know who doesn’t have any pressure on him? The Miz. Because The Miz brings the pressure in the form of his MITB contract! And before he was rudely interrupted, he was going to tell “Andy” that there are so many variables that something could go wrong for McIntyre’s reign. But Miz only needs one thing to go right and he will cash in! Understand that just because Miz is saying he’s going to cash in doe snot mean he will! Miz is thinking on a completely different level than anyone can even fathom because he is a master strategist!

Miz wants every single superstar, vying for either World or Universal Championship, to be on notice and hear his footsteps coming! Miz is adding to the pressure and is in control! And when the dust settles, whether the WWE World or Universal Championship, when Miz cashes in, he will be standing THE champion, “content being awesome!” Edge wants to talk high stakes poker? Here’s a move for you: Miz is removing himself FROM the Elimination Chamber match!! What?! So now there is an opening in that match, just six days away?! Who gets in on this huge opportunity Miz is giving the roster?

 

Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & Lucha House Party VS The Hurt Business!

Before being part of the United States Championship Triple Threat with Keith Lee and champion, Bobby Lashley, The Bro and his amigos take on MVP, Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander together! Will Riddle prove to be a problem rolling into the PPV? Will Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado prove they’re worthy of another Raw Tag Team Championship opportunity? Or will Bobby Lashley’s associates make sure he has one less challenger to worry about this Sunday?

Riddle talks with LHP backstage. What better way to ring in his championship opportunity than to stick it to the Hurt Business tonight? But who is your favorite president? Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter? Or Teddy Bro-sevelt, cuz that stache is sweet. Or, Harrison Ford! He saved Chewbacca! Lince and Metalik say all the presidents are #LuchaLit, but it’s time to get it! #LuchaBroParty go to the ring, the teams sort out and the Golden Lynx starts with the Gold Standard. They tie up, Benjamin kicks low then clubs Lince to whip him to ropes. Benjamin runs him over with a shoulder then stomps him around.

Benjamin puts Lince in the corner, stomps away, then tags in Alexander. Alexander throws haymakers while Lashley watches backstage. Alexander brings Lince up to snap suplex hard, then covers. TWO, but Alexander taunts “kitty cat” and stomps him. Alexander brings Lince up to DECK him, then covers, TWO! MVP says Alexander needs to stay on Lince to wear him out. Alexander throws more forearms, wrenches Lince to a hammerlock, and grinds Lince down. Lince fights up to flying-mare, then he runs. Springboard, and Lince clips Alexander to then dropkick him down! Tag to Metalik, and he gets a boots from Lince for the crossbody!

Metalik drags Alexander up, Alexander mule kicks and whips. Metalik springboards to elbow Alexander out! Benjamin runs in but is also sent out! Riddle kicks at Benjamin but Benjamin blocks to trip him up! Lince DIVES but Benjamin catches him to TOSS him! Alexander ROCKS Metalik and the Hurt Business is in charge as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Alexander dropkicks Metalik! Cover, TWO! Alexander keeps on Metalik as he wrenches and hooks him up for a modified cobra twist. Metalik endures, Alexander makes it a cover, TWO! Alexander drags Metalik over, tags in Benjamin, and Benjamin stomps Metalik. Benjamin whips and shoulder tackles Metalik to send him flying! MVP tags in, he covers, TWO! MVP covers again, TWO! Again, TWO! MVP looms over Metalik, steps over the arm and taunts him by having Metalik reach for his corner. MVP jams the arm, drags Metalik up and tags Alexander in., The Hurt Business mugs Metalik, Alexander snapmares and then tags in Benjamin. They mug Metalik, and Benjamin drags Metalik up to put in the corner.

Benjamin fires off hands, tags in MVP and MVP adds on. The ref reprimands, Alexander tags in to fire off, then he tags Benjamin. Benjamin drags Metalik up, snap suplexes, cover, TWO! Benjamin whips Metalik to a corner, runs in but into a boot! Benjamin runs but Metalik dodges and the splash hits buckles! Metalik rolls back to get up and TORNADO DDT! Lince and Riddle fire up, both men crawl, hot tags to Alexander and Riddle! The Bro fires off, spins Alexander around and PELES! Riddle kips up, forearm smashes Alexander then hits MVP! BROSPLODER for Alexander, followed by a BROTON! PENALTY KICK!

Riddle fires up but MVP tags in. Alexander BOOTS Riddle, Riddle DECKS Alexander but MVP CLOBBERS Riddle! MVP hobbles with a bad leg but he DECKS Riddle! MVP runs, is still BALLIN~, and drops the elbow! Cover, but LHP break it up! LHP stomp MVP, Alexander gives Metalik a LUMBAR CHECK! Lince SUPERKICKS Alexander but Benjamin BOOTS Lince! Benjamin reels Lince in, Riddle FINAL FLASH to Benjamin! Riddle has MVP, Lince FLIES and takes out Benjamin! Riddle ripcords to FINAL FLASH MVP! Riddle goes up, FLOTING BRO! Cover, LHP and Riddle win!

Winners: Matt Riddle & Lucha House Party, by pinfall

The bromigos are rolling! But Lashley storms out and CLOBBESR Riddle! Then he mauls Metalik and TOSSES Lince! Lashley picks up Metalik to TOSS him at Lince!! Down goes LHP, and Lashley looms over Riddle. Lashley hurt Keith Lee, and he puts the HURT LOCK on Riddle again! The ref reprimands but Lashley only thrashes Riddle more! Riddle goes limp, Lashley throws him down! Will any of Lashley’s challengers even make it to Sunday?

 

The Miz complains to Adam Pearce.

His MITB briefcase is all dinged up, and he has a headache from that headbutt! But Miz also wants to thank Pearce for even giving him that opportunity in the Elimination Chamber. Miz understands why: There is no one quite like Miz, the A-Lister! But to be honest, Miz wants to give back. Someone who is deserving should take his spot. A must-see attraction, a young up-and-comer ready to grab the brass ring! The person that should take Miz’s spot is… John Morrison! Well, a compelling argument if nothing else. But Pearce promises to take it unto consideration. They shake on that and Miz leaves. Will things go the way the “master strategist” wants? Or does Pearce already have different plans in mind?

 

Mandy Rose says hi to Bad Bunny.

She has to say, he did great during the Royal Rumble. And she’s repping the new shirt. Does he have one for her friend, Dana Brooke? Yes, he’ll be sure to get one. Thanks! And good luck on SNL! Mandy heads out, and Damian Priest comes by to tease Bunny. Sarah interviews the two now and asks about the last two weeks. What else can they say? Priest debuted at the Rumble, is now on Raw, and is hanging with his friend and musical hit, Bad Bunny. Wait, what’s going on over there? Akira Tozawa tackles R-Truth and covers him! Tozawa wins the 24/7 Championship!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

But Tozawa realizes who he just bumped into! Priest grins, and SLAMS Tozawa off the road case! Priest tells Bunny to hurry! Really!? Well okay…! Bunny covers, and wins!

Winner: Bad Bunny, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Priest just helped his best bud become a champion! Truth tells #DP and Bunny to take care of his baby! And tell Lorne Michaels to stop blocking Truth’s calls! But will Bunny have this belt all the way to Saturday Night Live?

 

The New Day find Pearce backstage.

PLEASE tell them he is NOT actually considering Miz’s “offer” a replacement in the Chamber match in the form of his friend, Morrison! Why would they think that? Well, this was before Pearce’s tenure, but Kofi Kingston does happen to be a former W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! But no, of course Pearce doesn’t get it, because he can’t even give Xavier Woods the last match of his Retribution series, against Reckoning!! So no way does Pearce understand that Kofi had the world title much more recently than four entrants in the Chamber match! How could you overlook Kofi!?

Bottom line: If Miz is out, Kofi wants in! But the Miz comes by and wants to double check. What were Kofi and Woods talking about? Keep on walking, Miz, Kofi is taking that spot in the match! No, that is Miz’s spot, and there is an understanding here. No there isn’t! Morrison hasn’t even been world champion! Well he is a former ECW Heavyweight Champion of the world! That doesn’t change that Miz shouldn’t be picking! Pearce shouts down the arguing and suggests this: Miz VS Kofi; if Miz wins, Morrison is in, but if Kofi wins, he is in.

Aww snap, here we go again. Kofi’s gotta fight his way into a world title opportunity! But that’s okay, all gravy, all Gucci. Kofi gonna do whatever he has to do to take it back! #KofiMania Part Deux! Well sequels suck! Oh? Miz would know, he’s made The Marine 4, 5, and 6. THOSE ARE CLASSICS! WWE Studio just gives you money, don’t they? Miz don’t need that money! He’s got Miz & Mrs, and Cannonball, and- Well anyway, the spot is on the line, will Miz hand it to his best friend? Or will KofiMania 2 be just as big as the original?

 

Charlotte Flair & Asuka VS Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans w/ Ric Flair!

While the Queen has the personal problem with the Sassy Southern Belle spending time with the Nature Boy, it’s going to be the Empress’ problem on Sunday! Asuka will defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Lacey, but will Charlotte make sure to help soften Lacey up first?

As Lacey, Ric and Peyton make their entrance, Lacey has a mic. “Char, I wanna kindly thank you for getting disqualified last week and ensuring that I get exactly what I rightfully deserve: a chance at the Raw Women’s Championship.” And Lacey has been listening to Ric’s “sweet sweet words,” really taking it all in. Ric thinks Lacey’s ready to be champion! But Char-Char, it was so obvious that she was heartbroken, so Lacey and Pey-Pey have a late Valentine’s Day treat: a SweetHearts candy that says, “Bite me.” There were other ones, but Lacey ate those.

Oh and Asuka! They should’ve gotten her a gift. Because after all, come Sunday, Lacey will get the gift of that gold. And Lacey has wanted that for a long, long, long time! With that, the Nature Boy helps the Lady of WWE and Venus Flytrap to the ring, and we go to break!

Raw returns, Asuka and Peyton start the match and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens. They tie up, Asuka hits a headlock takeover but Peyton headscissors. Asuka kips free, roles reverse but Peyton kips out of the headscissors now. Peyton and Asuka reset, circle, and tie up. Peyton pulls hair to put Asuka in a corner, but she lets off as the ref reprimands. Asuka shoves then elbows then kicks Peyton, but Peyton arm-drags back! Asuka fires up and gets in Peyton’s face, to then speed things up and run Peyton over! Asuka drags Peyton up, wrenches the arm and yanks on it, then tags in Charlotte.

The Queens of Tomorrow hand off the wrench, and Charlotte RAMS Peyton into the other corner! She dares Lacey to tag in but Lacey talks to Peyton about something. Peyton tells Charlotte to back off and deal with her instead. They tie up, Charlotte blocks the takedown to step over and roll Peyton up. Peyton rolls free to throw a forearm! Peyton then dodges Charlotte to throw more forearms and a kick. Peyton runs, into a scoop! Charlotte tells Lacey she’ll kick her ass, then she hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up but Lacey hides behind the post! Tag to Asuka, Asuka and Charlotte KICK and CHOP Peyton on repeat! Peyton drops, Asuka dances at Lacey then looms over Peyton.

Peyton drop toeholds but Asuka stays up to chinbar Peyton! Asuka fires off haymakers and body shots, then whips Peyton. Peyton holds ropes to kick and KICK back! Peyton rains down rights on Asuka, then covers deep, TWO! Peyton says she’s doing this for Lacey, and she drags Asuka up to throw clubbing elbows! Asuka kicks back, Peyton hits her, then bumps Asuka off buckles. Peyton stomps away, the ref counts but Peyton stops to snap suplex! Float to a cover, TWO! Peyton grows annoyed but Charlotte coaches Asuka. Peyton pushes Asuka around, Asuka gets mad, and Asuka blocks a kick to get around and waistlock!

Peyton fights free, runs, but Asuka dodges, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them both down! Lacey and Charlotte coach their partners, but only Charlotte reaches. Hot tag to Charlotte, and she throws Peyton down! Charlotte scoops Peyton to an EXPLODER! Peyton flops out of the ring while Lacey talks trash to Charlotte. Charlotte bounces Peyton off the announce desk! And then puts her back in, and Peyton scrambles away! Peyton tags Lacey and Lacey has no choice but to face “Char-Char!” Charlotte dares Lacey to do something, but Lacey is walking away?! Charlotte wants to give chase but the ref keeps her back.

Lacey gets a mic to say Charlotte is NOT putting her hands on Lacey! Because Lacey is PREGNANT?!?! That surprises Ric, but is this to imply Ric’s having another child?!? WHAT!?! The match is thrown out, but just what in the hell is the Sassy Southern Belle playing at?!

No Contest

 

Backstage interview with Sheamus!

The Celtic Warrior will be in the gauntlet match tonight, how would winning tonight help him be the odds on favorite? Well Sheamus shouldn’t even have to fight for the odds. McIntyre agreed to have a match with Sheamus! A fella’s word is his bond! But now things are one-in-six. But what will Sheamus do? WIN! Sheamus will chill in the Chamber and watch the other five “knock the holy hell out of each other.” Then when Sheamus enters, it doesn’t matter who is left standing, they’re going to be ripe for the picking. Sheamus will be fresh as a daisy and Brogue all their heads off. At this stage, McIntyre might already be eliminated, making the victory that much easier. But the outcome would be the same: the NEW WWE World Champion, SHEAMUS!

 

WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber Final Spot: Kofi Kingston VS The Miz!

Two former world champions compete to see who joins that stacked field in the Elimination Chamber! But will #KofiMania2 be debuting this Sunday? Or will the Hollywood A-Lister be casting the Guru of Greatness for that part?

Raw returns and The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and they tie right up! Miz wrenches to a wristlock, Kofi spins through to wrench back and waistlock. Miz moves around, elbows free then switches. Kofi throws Miz over with a wristlock but Miz tries to fight things off. Miz gets up, pulls Kofi’s hair, but Kofi spins Miz around to waistlock. Miz wrenches free, headlocks, but Kofi powers out. Miz runs Kofi over with a shoulder, things speed up, but Kofi hurdles and hurdles to elbow, into a full nelson! Kofi arm-drags free before the Finale, but Miz gets clear of Trouble in Paradise! These two know each other well!

Kofi and Miz tie up again, Miz puts Kofi in a corner but pie faces as he lets off. Kofi SHOVES Miz down! Miz goes to the ropes for defense, then gets around to SLAP Kofi on the back. Miz waistlocks, Kofi pries free, but Miz kicks low. Miz whips, Kofi boots from the corner, and then ROCKS Miz with a forearm! Kofi goes up top and leaps, and ax handles Miz down! Cover, TWO! Miz bails out, Kofi climbs again, but Miz gets far away! Kofi hops down and pursues, there’s some cat ‘n’ mouse, but Kofi avoids the dropkick to BOOT Miz and PENALTY KICK him from the apron! Kofi then goes up and leaps, SUPER AX HANDLES! Kofi is fired up as he puts Miz in, covers, TWO!

Kofi stalks Miz to ropes, drags him up and whips him, but Miz reverses to kitchen sink knee! Miz catches his breath, glares at Kofi and runs, but Kofi ducks the boot to roll Miz up! TWO, and Kofi mule kicks! Kofi whips, Miz reverses, but Kofi goes up and missile dropkicks hard! Cover, TWO! Miz still lives but Kofi sits him up for another PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Kofi stays close, drags Miz up, but Miz jawbreakers free! Miz whips, Kofi kicks back, and Kofi runs again, but Miz side steps! Kofi rebounds to dropkick Miz again! Miz bails out, Kofi runs in but Miz KICKS him at the ropes!

Miz turns Kofi for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER to the apron! And then a DRAPING NECKBREAKER to the floor! Mr. MITB is in control again as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Miz throws haymakers on Kofi. Miz gives Kofi It Kicks, stomps, and more haymakers! Miz fires up and aims, but Kofi blocks the buzzsaw! Kofi trips Miz, jackknife bridge, TWO! Miz kicks the legs out, to hit the BASEMENT DDT with some force! Cover, TWO!! Miz rains down furious fists on Kofi then paces about. Miz drags Kofi up, throws him out hard, then goes out to bounce him off the announce desk! Miz brings Kofi around, and scoops him to throw him into the barrier! Miz puts Kofi in at the count of 6 out of 10, then climbs up top. Miz leaps to drop his own ax handle! Cover, TWO!

Miz still grins as he watches Kofi. Miz clamps on with a cravat, Kofi endures and fights up, but Miz throws knees. Miz grinds the hold, Kofi throws body shots and snapmares free! Miz staggers to a corner, Kofi runs in and throws hands! Kofi runs but misses and only gets POST! Miz BOOTS Kofi, covers, TWO!! Miz looms over Kofi, dares him to get up, and then DECKS him! Fans give thumbs down but Kofi counter punches Miz! Kofi fires off kicks and fists, runs, but into a kick down low! Miz runs but Kofi gets up to DOUBLE STOMP him down! Both men are down, fans fire up on their screens and the two start to rise.

Miz goes to a corner, runs at Kofi but Kofi rallies with CHOPS! Dropkick! Kofi runs, leaping lariat! Kofi fires up, runs, and hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi claps from the corner as he aims at Miz. Miz stands, Kofi spins, but Miz ducks Trouble to roll Kofi up! TWO, Miz runs back in, into SOS! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives but Kofi keeps his focus. Miz goes to a corner, Kofi runs in but Miz dodges. Kofi goes up, and up and CROSSBODIES! But Miz rolls through to cover, TWO!! Kofi slips out, swings but Miz catches the leg! Miz wraps the leg on ropes then HOTSHOTS it! Kofi falls into the ring and clutches his knee while the ref reprimands Miz.

Miz drags Kofi by the leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Kofi endures, flails, keeps his shoulders up, but Miz adds pressure! Kofi drags himself and Miz over to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Miz lets go at 4, but he scowls as he drags Kofi back up. Miz has the full nelson but Kofi victory rolls through! Cover, TWO! Miz swings into TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi wins!!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall (enters the WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber match)

Is it happening?! Is #KofiMania2 building up?! But there’s no time to rest, Kofi will now be part of tonight’s Gauntlet Match! Can Kofi survive that to have the best odds in the Chamber match?

 

Backstage interview with Lana and Naomi!

The #RavishingGlow swept Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler last week! They say Nia and Shayna think they’re the best of all time, but Lana just wants to be her best. Maybe luck helped Lana put Nia through a table, but Lana gave it her all. Lana tries to reach her full potential each week, and winning is just the cherry on top. Plus, Naomi is Lana’s lucky charm, who also keeps her on track, in check, and checks in on her as a friend. Naomi says that after everything Nia put Lana through, Nia deserved to go through that table, and a whole lot more! Lana whole heartedly agrees. Get it? But tonight, they’ll be ravishing, bring the glow, and bring it to the Queen of Spades! Will Lana and Naomi get one more point on the scoreboard before going for gold?

 

Randy Orton speaks.

“After last week, thanks to Sheamus, the business between Drew McIntyre and myself remains unfinished. But that’s okay. That’s okay, because tonight, I am going to win the Gauntlet match and become the final entrant at the Elimination Chamber.” Orton has proven that time and time again, he will do what it takes to get what he wants. The Gauntlet is a daunting task for anyone not named Randy Orton. Orton would walk to the edge of the earth and back! Look at what he did to The Fiend! The Fiend was a problem but Orton lit him on fire and is no more!

But now Orton’s sights are set on something else: the WWE World Championship, and main-eventing WrestleMania! As far as Orton is concerned, tonight or Sunday, Orton will not be in the ring with five opponents, but five victims. Victims of the three most deadly letters in sports entertainment: R, K- Um, wait. Is that the Firefly Fun House? And Alexa Bliss is meditating inside? She’s remembering exactly what Orton is talking about: The Fiend being set on fire. Alexa opens her eyes and they’re stark white. “Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” In the fire, The Fiend was destroyed. But in the future, he will be reborn!

Alexa sits inside a pentagram, and the candles go out, to be replaced by red light! Alexa laughs, but what does this mean!?

 

Lana w/ Naomi VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

Lana looks to continue the payback on the bullies of Raw, but will the Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force stop her momentum already?

Raw returns and Shayna makes her entrance with Nia. The bell rings and Shayna circles with Lana. They tie up, Shayna gets a waistlock and slams Lana down. Shayna shifts around and gets the arm to twist the wrist. Nia mocks Lana’s pain already as Shayna stands on and YANKS the arm! Lana tries to fight with the good arm but Shayna drags her down to get a leg. Shayna pulls the leg back while digging a knee and forearm into Lana’s head. Lana endures, Shayna lets her go to stomp her down! Shayna drags Lana back up to throw elbows, but Lana SLAPS Shayna! Naomi likes that, but then Shayna CLOBBERS Lana! Cover, ONE!

Shayna drags Lana around to throw more elbows, then she ties up the legs to wrench the neck. Lana endures, pulls on Shayna’s fingers and fights her way up. Shayna kicks Lana’s leg, shifts her around, but Lana cradle counters the suplex! TWO, and Lana roundhouses! Shayna blocks and throws Lana down, and Lana checks her nose. Naomi coaches Lana up, Shayna runs in but Lana dodges the knee! Shayna holds off the roll up and drags Lana up by her hair, but Lana drop toeholds Shayna into buckles! Lana hurries up, Shayna runs but into an ax kick! Lana runs but the bulldog is denied and Shayna TOSSES Lana into a corner!

Shayna puts Lana up top, Nia wants her to finish this. Shayna climbs up, but Lana resists the gut wrench! Lana pulls fingers then throws forearms! Shayna falls down, Lana adjusts, and Lana LEAPS for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lana keeps on Shayna but Shayna pushes free. Lana ROUNDHOUSES, Shayna ROUNDHOUSES, and both women are down! Naomi fires up but Nia runs over! Naomi throws hands but Nia RAMS Naomi into the apron then into the barriers! Nia wants Naomi to pay for those jokes, but Naomi slips out of the scoop and dropkicks Nia into the post! Shayna grabs at Naomi but Lana roll Shayna up! TWO, and Shayna KNEES Lana down! Cover, TWO!!

Shayna grabs Lana for the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Lana is caught, she taps out, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

The Queen of Spades makes the Ravishing Russian suffer before letting go! Will Shayna and Nia make Naomi and Lana suffer for putting them through a whole lot of grief?

 

Braun Strowman finds Adam Pearce backstage.

The Monster Among Men is seething and asks why he’s not in the Elimination Chamber match. Pearce says he has no time to talk but Braun asks who he does have to talk to. Shane McMahon is making it seem like Pearce was the one behind all of this, so does Pearce think it’s funny to snub Braun? Does Pearce remember what happened the last time he pissed Braun off? Of course he does and he doesn’t want a repeat. But the Chamber had to have a sixth man and it had to be a former world champion. Well, Braun’s a former Universal Champion, so what the hell?

Pearce understands, point taken, but it isn’t the same. Pearce doesn’t want to be the one to tell him but he is. Well since Pearce is a messenger, send this to Shane: Shane needs to make this right. If Shane doesn’t, Braun promises it’s not going to be pretty. What will Braun do to #GetTheseHands on an opportunity?

 

Gauntlet Match!

A colossal match for a huge opportunity is about to begin, and the first one out is the Phenomenal AJ Styles! And with the massive Omos in his corner, will Styles have a huge advantage securing that precious final entry?

Raw returns and Styles has the mic. “What were we just talking about? Kofi Kingston! Are you kidding me? Is he trying to recreate KofiMania? Or is he trying to create KofiMania 2! Because somehow, someway,” Kofi found- er, no, fought his way into this match. He did beat The Miz. But it’s almost like it’s destiny! Except it isn’t because Styles is going to destroy all of Kofi’s hopes and dreams and fantasies of ever becoming world champion again! It’s just what Styles does! But let’s be positive about this experience. Styles considers this a warm-up, it sharpens his senses and somehow makes him even more… Phenomenal! Exactly, Omos! They’re like PB&J! Grits and M&M’s. Just try it, trust him.

But Styles promises to mow through everyone tonight, and ride that momentum all the way to the title! Because Joseph Parks did some number crunching, and statistically, Styles can’t lose! Styles will be champion, it’s a fact! Not just a fact, not just good, it’s… PHENOMENAL~! They did it again! They’re so synched up! But wait, Styles’ opponent to start IS Kofi Kingston!! Will Kofi prove he is the Iron-Man of Raw and not just beat Miz but five other men in one night?

AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!

The bell rings, the two circle, and Kofi is wary of Omos. Styles gets a leg, Kofi clubs away on him, but Styles puts Kofi in a corner. Kofi knees back and Styles staggers away. Styles hits back from the corner, bumps Kofi off buckles, then throws haymakers. Styles lets off as the ref reprimands, and Styles whips Kofi corner to corner! Styles runs in, Kofi dodges and Styles hits buckles! Kofi mule kicks, throws haymakers, then ROCKS Styles to a corner. Kofi stomps Styles, headbutts him, and then runs back in to BOOT Styles down! Kofi snapmares Styles to a cover, ONE! Kofi keeps on Styles but Styles throat chops!

Styles throws hands, back suplexes high and hard, then paces. Styles drags Kofi up, whips him to the apron, but Kofi hangs on. Kofi shoulders but into Styles’ grip! Styles KICKS Kofi’s sore leg but Kofi ROCKS Styles back! Styles runs in but Kofi dumps him out! Kofi gets up, tells Omos to get his “big ass” out of the way, and then Kofi springboards to TRUST FALL! Down goes Styles, Woods hops up on the announce desk to play his trombone, but Omos choke grips Woods!! Omos holds Woods up with one hand!! Omos is just playing with Woods until he CHOKE SLAMS Woods over the barriers!

Kofi runs out to get in Omos’ face about that but Omos warns him he’ll squash Kofi if he doesn’t back off. The ref EJECTS Omos! Omos just ruined the point of him being out there for Styles, but what about Woods? Styles lets the ref be busy with Omos as he CHOP BLOCKS Kofi!! Does Style still have a phenomenal advantage in this match? Kofi writhes as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Styles is wrenching Kofi’s bad leg! Styles stomps and yanks on the leg but Kofi fights with his good leg! Kofi reaches up to headscissor but Styles counters to a Half Crab! Styles sits deep, but Kofi drags himself over. Kofi slips through, gets Styles in a cradle, TWO! Styles KICKS the bad leg and Kofi falls over! Styles aims at Kofi, but swings into SOS!! But Kofi can’t cover from the bad leg holding him back! Kofi hobbles up, runs at Styles but Styles CHOP BLOCKS the leg out from the front! Kofi clutches his knee all over again as Styles storms over. Styles drags Kofi up and puts Kofi in a corner, then KICKS the leg!

Styles hoists Kofi up top, climbs up to join him, but Kofi fights back with body shots! Kofi GOURD BUSTERS Styles to the mat! Kofi adjusts, Styles gets right up, Kofi SPLASHES Styles back down! Kofi crawls to the cover, TWO!! Styles survives, partially from Kofi’s bad leg bothering him again. Kofi tries to walk it off and he rallies with CHOPS! Kofi can’t run, and his dropkick is caught, to a LEG DDT! Styles goes to the apron, he aims at Kofi and prepares his arm, to springboard and PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles ELIMINATES Kofi!! But look who is next!

AJ Styles VS Drew McIntyre!

The Scottish Warrior is still seething from Miz TV earlier tonight, and now he could make sure one of his biggest threats isn’t in any shape for Sunday! The ref gives the green light and McIntyre runs Styles over! McIntyre bumps Styles off buckles, CHOPS him down, then drags him back up. McIntyre TOSSES Styles corner to corner! Styles stirs, McIntyre drags him back up, and dead lifts him to hang him out to dry on the ropes! Styles goes to the apron, McIntyre BOOTS him down! McIntyre watches Styles sit up in a daze, then BOOTS him again! Styles is a rag doll on the apron as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and McIntyre DECKS Styles in a corner! The ref counts, McIntyre brings Styles out of the corner to DECK him again! McIntyre storms over, Styles drop toeholds McIntyre into the corner! Styles fires off Kicks and CHOPS, then whips, but McIntyre reverses to send Styles into buckles hard! Cover, ROPEBREAK! McIntyre stomps Styles’ hand! And then stomps Styles’ head! Styles bails out, McIntyre pursues but Styles ROCKS him with a haymaker! Styles whips, McIntyre reverses and sends Styles into the steel steps! Styles tumbles over, McIntyre fetches him back into the ring and stalks him to a corner.

McIntyre scoops Styles and hits a BACKBREAKER, but holds on to shift to a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! McIntyre clamps onto Styles to grind him down with a chinbar and armlock. Styles endures, fights up, and gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, McIntyre lets Styles go to stomp him again. McIntyre drags Styles up but Styles throat chops him! Styles CHOPS and throws hands, then puts McIntyre in a corner to ram his shoulder in. The ref counts, Styles whips but McIntyre reverses to hit a back elbow! McIntyre brings Styles up in the inverted Alabama, for the INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM!

McIntyre just glares at Styles as he aims from a corner. Styles slowly stirs and slowly rises, McIntyre runs but into a dropkick! McIntyre staggers, Styles hurries and runs to dropkick McIntyre out of the ring! Styles slingshots to FOREARM McIntyre down! The ref checks on both men, they’re okay to continue, so a ring count begins. Styles stands at 3, hobbles in, but McIntyre gets up at 5. Styles aims again, goes to the apron, and SLIDING KNEES McIntyre down! The ref reprimands while Styles looks down on McIntyre and the ring count begins again. Styles lines up another shot, and FOREARMS McIntyre into the post! McIntyre is down again as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Styles has McIntyre in a chinlock. McIntyre fights up as fans clap on their screens, but Styles throws McIntyre down hard! Styles grinds McIntyre but McIntyre endures and fights up again. McIntyre throws body shots, then CHOPS Styles down! And then rallies with LARIATS! Styles goes to a corner, McIntyre whips him corner to corner, runs in to splash then OVERHEAD SUPLEX Styles away! McIntyre gets up to bring Styles down with a neckbreaker! McIntyre kips up and fires up! He goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps, into an ENZIGURI! Styles takes McIntyre out of the air and both men are down!

McIntyre and Styles slowly stir as fans go nuts on their ThunderDome screens. Styles and McIntyre sit up, but Styles PELES McIntyre down! Cover, TWO! Styles is too sore to be frustrated, but he gets up to hobble over to McIntyre. Styles drags McIntyre up to reel him in, but McIntyre back drops out of the Clash! McIntyre hobbles after Styles, CHOPS him in the corner, then whips him to ropes. Styles tilt-o-whirls through and wants the leg! He drags McIntyre down, McIntyre resists but Styles has the CALF CRUSHER!! McIntyre shouts in pain, endures but Styles keeps pulling back! McIntyre reaches back and HEADBUTTS Styles off the hold!

Styles flounders while McIntyre slowly rises. Styles goes to the apron and aims as McIntyre struggles to stand. Styles springboards but McIntyre gets under! Styles comes back but is thrown into ropes! McIntyre runs and CLAYMORES!! Covers, McIntyre ELIMINATES Styles! But now the Charismatic Enigma is here!

Drew McIntyre VS Jeff Hardy!

Hardy gets the fans fired up and he rushes McIntyre! The ref backs him off, but then lets them go. Hardy haymakers, kicks, runs and clobbers McIntyre! McIntyre gets up, Hardy reels him in but McIntyre scoops. Hardy slips off, waistlocks but McIntyre switches to shove. Hardy elbows McIntyre away, goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! It just gets McIntyre, and Hardy covers, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this but Hardy isn’t frustrated just yet. Hardy gets moving, and he basement dropkicks McIntyre out of the ring. Hardy then swings to WRECK McIntyre with another dropkick! Hardy goes to the apron and LEAPS to clothesline McIntyre down! McIntyre is down again as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns yet again as Hardy keeps on McIntyre with buckle bumps. Hardy has three corners, then the full set of four! McIntyre shoves Hardy away but Hardy hits the spinning back kick! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps cool as he stomps McIntyre down. Hardy stomps McIntyre to the apron but the ref has him back off. McIntyre stands, Hardy hits him with haymakers, then a hotshot! McIntyre flops back into the ring but Hardy brings McIntyre up to jaw- NO! McIntyre knees Hardy then runs him over with short clotheslines! McIntyre whips, and SNAP OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Both men rise slowly, and McIntyre gets Hardy for another OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

McIntyre glares as Hardy rises. McIntyre hits another leaping neckbreaker and another kip up! McIntyre fires up through the pain and he waits for Hardy to rise. Hardy sits up, McIntyre brings him the rest of the way, but Hardy trips McIntyre up! Leg splitting leg drop then basement dropkick! SPLASH, cover, TWO! Hardy gets back up and fires up as McIntyre slowly stands again. Hardy kicks low but No Twist! McIntyre kicks to FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives and McIntyre is beside himself! Hardy flounders up but right out of the ring! McIntyre pursues, fetches Hardy, and suplexes him hard to the floor!

The ref’s ring count is at 5 of 10, McIntyre hauls Hardy back up and in. McIntyre covers, TWO! McIntyre is starting to grow a bit frustrated, maybe a bit desperate. Hardy drags himself away, McIntyre storms over to the corner and he drags Hardy back up. McIntyre bumps Hardy off buckles then hoists him up top. McIntyre CHOPS Hardy, climbs up to join him, but Hardy hits back with body shots! McIntyre throws hands back and they brawl up top! McIntyre headbutts then clubs Hardy, to bring him up for an Orton-esque SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives and McIntyre grits his teeth in frustration!

McIntyre goes to a corner, watches Hardy stir, and takes aim as Hardy stands. Hardy turns around and ducks the Claymore! TWIST OF FATE!! Hardy throws off the jacket and heads up top! SWANTON BOMB onto knees!! McIntyre saves himself, takes aim again, and as Hardy stands up, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre ELIMINATES Hardy! We’re now halfway through the Gauntlet, and McIntyre’s next opponent is… RANDY ORTON!! What horrible timing for the “Unfinished Business” to come back around!

Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton!

The Viper takes his time slithering to the ring, and he stares McIntyre down the entire time! We see if this unfinished business will finally be settled, after the break!

Raw returns once again, and the two start throwing hands! Orton kicks low, throws McIntyre out then pursues. McIntyre kicks back, goes to bump Orton off steps but Orton blocks, kicks and gives that bump instead! Orton whips but McIntyre reverses to send Orton into barriers! And then the lights start changing… The screens play Alexa Bliss laughing! She’s haunting Orton with her words! The ring count is climbing and Orton isn’t hearing it! Orton gets COUNTED OUT AND ELIMINATED!! Orton runs in to argue this, but gets a CLAYMORE! Well, finished or not, business must move on to the last man!

Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus!

But he attacks from the opposite end! Sheamus throws McIntyre out then throws him around into barriers! And more barriers! And still more barriers! Sheamus sends McIntyre over the barriers and pursues to throw hands! Then he throws McIntyre back over! Sheamus POSTS McIntyre! The Celtic Warrior drags the Scottish Warrior up and in to then stomp away at the ropes! The ref counts and backs Sheamus off and fans give thumbs down on their screens. The ref checks on McIntyre but Sheamus knows McIntyre won’t give up because of this. McIntyre does exactly that and demands that this still happen! McIntyre gets up, Sheamus runs in and fires off hands!

Sheamus stomps McIntyre, drags him up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus stomps McIntyre, drops knee son him, then digs his knee into McIntyre’s head! He finally lets off and McIntyre is clutching his jaw. Sheamus stands on McIntyre’s head at the ropes! The ref counts, Sheamus steps off to then whip McIntyre corner to corner hard! Cover, TWO! Sheamus doesn’t let up, and he clubs away on McIntyre’s chest! Sheamus shifts to an armlock and he digs a knee into McIntyre’s head. Sheamus taunts the champ but McIntyre fights up. McIntyre throws body shots, whips him to a corner but Sheamus reverses. McIntyre goes up but gets caught! Sheamus hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!!

Sheamus looms over McIntyre, kicks him while he’s down, and taunts him to get up. McIntyre CHOPS and CHOPS, but Sheamus gives the CHOPS back. McIntyre hits a GLASGOW KISS! Sheamus runs in, but into a FUTURE SHOCK!! But McIntyre is too tired! He can’t cover and both he and Sheamus are down! McIntyre and Sheamus slowly rise, but Sheamus is up first. Sheamus runs but is put on the apron! McIntyre DECKS Sheamus with a forearm! McIntyre goes out after Sheamus to POST him in return! And then POST him again! McIntyre puts Sheamus back in the ring, drags himself in, but Sheamus KICKS McIntyre in the ropes!

Sheamus whips, McIntyre reverses and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Somehow McIntyre still has the power to do that! Sheamus gets up, into another clinch, but he fights off the overhead throw. McIntyre staggers, Sheamus runs in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down again but McIntyre gets up to a corner. McIntyre dares Sheamus to stand, runs in, but Sheamus dodges to BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!!!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (will enter the WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber match last)

The Fella foretold his future and made it come true! Sheamus grabs a mic to shout, “I did it! I just beat Drew McIntyre! I just beat the WWE Champion!” And that makes Sheamus the final entrant into this Sunday’s chamber match! That makes Sheamus the odds on favorite! McIntyre can’t beat Sheamus, never will, and this won’t be a fluke when Sheamus becomes the NEW WWE Champion!! Will the rest of the prophecy come true as Sheamus gets to sit back, relax, and watch the other five superstars demolish each other?


My Thoughts:

A strong episode from Raw, go-home or otherwise, but a lot of that goes to the world title story and the Gauntlet Match. Miz TV was a very effective segment this week, with Miz pissing McIntyre off to no end and paying for it with that headbutt from McIntyre. I thought it very clever of Raw to have The Miz essentially make an emotional decision but play it off like it was logical. Miz does have a good point, though, with how it’s easier for him to cash in with the MITB contract if he isn’t worn out from the Chamber match. And it’s his emotional response to Edge getting in his face last week, so it makes sense if we’re going to get a Miz VS Edge story after Mania. Miz might even cash in on Edge, as an attempt to be better than Edge.

And the continuation of the story, with Kofi wanting in on the open spot was a good move. Kofi is a former WWE World Champion, he should’ve been considered in the first place (in kayfabe), and that match with The Miz was incredible! Kofi wins, he’s back in, but I am really surprised Retribution didn’t even try and mess with him with an entrance fake out. Maybe this can be used to add fuel to the fire and Mustafa Ali goes after Kofi the second he’s outside the chamber. Kofi VS Styles was a great start to the Gauntlet, especially with the moment Omos and Woods had. Maybe Omos’ in-ring debut will now be against the New Day?

McIntyre had a great performance tonight through the Gauntlet, but it was mostly with Styles, Hardy and Sheamus. I do appreciate that Orton’s story with The Fiend and Alexa is why he didn’t even last that long in the Gauntlet, but it was also a little disappointing that it was just a bunch of screens and audio. Orton should’ve at least gotten in the ring to take that Claymore and then be pinned. Sheamus winning the Gauntlet works towards the story he put forward with sitting in the pod and waiting the match out while McIntyre and the other four fight it out. At this point, McIntyre really should be in the match until Sheamus enters, it’s for the story of McIntyre getting back at him, and then we can go either way with it, for the proper 1v1 match at Fastlane.

Riddle & LHP VS Hurt Business had a good Six Man Tag, and from the sound of things, Keith Lee might still not be cleared for Chamber. They’re at least playing it up in kayfabe to cover up that it’s COVID concerns. Lashley still stands tall today, so going by usual go-home math, this has to mean someone else has the US Championship after Elimination Chamber. And of course the 24/7 Championship ends up the celebrity title again as Priest helps Bad Bunny. This will surely bring things to Saturday Night Live for the first time ever, and I am not going to watch that entire show, I’ll wait for WWE or NBC to upload a YouTube video.

The better Women’s Division story tonight was surprisingly the one with Lana in it. She and Naomi have a good interview segment, which logically makes fun of the “MY HOLE!” moment from last week, and they have great stuff with Shayna and Nia in the ring. Now, there is no WWE Women’s Tag title match for Elimination Chamber, but if you factor in NXT TakeOver just determining their own contenders to the titles, what if Fastlane gave us Jax & Baszler VS #RavishingGlow, winners go on to WrestleMania to defend against Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez? I think that’d be the best way to integrate both brands and the stories, as the WWE should be doing.

The rough part of tonight was everything with Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans. For one, Asuka and the Raw Women’s Championship were merely going to be vehicles for telling the story with Charlotte, Lacey and Ric. And now, Lacey Evans is shoot pregnant with her shoot husband, not the Nature Boy, things must change last minute. Congratulations to Lacey but it being worked into the story is just cringe worthy. Chances are a paternity test will also be used to work-shoot the fact it isn’t Ric’s child, letting Ric off the hook and putting heat on Lacey, and then Lacey just goes on maternity leave. Ric could probably become Peyton’s manager just so there’s a reason to keep on the tension between Ric and Charlotte.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will the new wave get payback on the OG?

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Coverage 205 2021

Will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari put their money where their mouths are?

After the back and forth, ambushes and cheating, the 205 Live OG will have to face Jake Atlas & August Grey head-on, 2v2! Will the new wave wash #PremierDinero away and finally take over the Cruiserweight Division?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey; Atlas & Grey win.
  • Mansoor VS Curt Stallion; Mansoor wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Jake Atlas & August Grey!

To think, all of this started because the Premier Athlete made sure the Persian Lion didn’t lose any money in his own “Daivari Dinero Division” challenge series. Things escalated from there, and now we have another showdown of 205 Live OG and Cruiserweight new wave! But will Nese & Daivari wish they’d just footed the bill back when they had the chance?

The teams sort out and #RetroAG starts with Daivari. They tie up, Daivari waistlocks and trips Grey to then step all over him. Daivari laughs but runs away to the corner before Grey rushes him. Grey waits, Daivari comes back but then tags Nese. Nese and Grey circle, Daivari swipes at Grey but Nese rolls Grey up! ONE, Grey wrenches and has a hammerlock. Nese fights up, gets a leg, gets a cover, ONE! Grey has the arm again and is back on the hammerlock! Fans cheer, Grey shifts to a grounded cording hold then facelock. Grey brings Nese up to wrench, but Daivari talks trash and distracts Grey. Nese ROCKS Grey, tags Daivari, and the OG mug AG!

Daivari stomps Grey, talks trash to the fans, then tags Nese back in. The OG double suplex but AG slips out! Hot tag to Atlas! Atlas rallies with double clotheslines, big elbows, then a wrench and neckbreaker for Daivari! Atlas runs at Nese but is put on the apron. Atlas shoulders into Nese, dumps Daivari out and enziguris Nese away! Atlas climbs up, but Daivari hurries over! Atlas mule kicks Daivari away but Nese goes up to grab at him! Atlas shoves Nese away, Nese says he jammed his leg! The ref checks, and in that distraction, Daivari SHOVES Atlas down! Nese’s leg is just fine and he does jumping jacks before he stomps Atlas down.

Nese drags Atlas up to stomp him at ropes, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Daivari, Nese RAMS into Atlas and Daivari fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Daivari lets off but clubs Atlas down. Daivari throws hands, whips Atlas back to the corner, and then runs in, into Atlas’ boots! Atlas elbows Nese, ROCKS Daivari, but Daivari mule kicks! Daivari runs to dropkick Atlas down! Daivari talks more trash to Grey, but he turns around to block Atlas’ boot! Daivari spins Atlas but Atlas spins Daivari for a DISCUS LARIAT! Both men crawl, hot tag to Nese and Nese DECKS Grey! Nese stomps Atlas, drags him up and whips him to ropes to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Nese clamps onto Atlas with a rear bearhug! Fans rally up, Atlas endures and fights his way up. Atlas elbows Nese and breaks free! Atlas ROCKS Nese with forearms, but Nese keeps him from Grey! Atlas and Grey reach, but Atlas sunset flips! Nese rolls through but Atlas avoids the mule kick to boot Nese down! Nese tries to stay in the way but Atlas kangaroo kicks from below! Hot tag to Grey! Grey runs and RANAS Nese! And rallies with elbows! BIG Manhattan Drop! Grey runs, hurdles Nese then CLOBBERS him! Daivari mouths off so Grey DECKS him! Grey hoists Nese up, back suplex with a little extra! Cover, TWO! Grey keeps cool as he looms over Nese.

Daivari gets in, Grey spins him and turns him, for the SO MUCH- No! Daivari feeds Grey to Nese’s PREMIER DRIVER! Cover, but Atlas BOOTS it apart! All four men are down after Atlas puts his all into that kick, but the fans rally up! Daivari gets up, whips Atlas but Atlas reverses to send Daivari out! Atlas builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Daivari! Nese has Grey, runs to ropes, for a BULLDOG HOTSHOT PLANCHA COMBO! Nese then goes back to the ring for a PREMIER TRIANGLE, but Grey dodges! SUPERKICK! Grey goes up top but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese brings Grey down but Grey gets the chicken wings! SO MUCH PRETTIER!! Cover, Grey & Atlas win!!

Winners: August Grey & Jake Atlas, by pinfall

The OG get outmaneuvered, and the new wave rises! Will Atlas and Grey soon be the ones running the purple ‘n’ orange?

 

Backstage interview with Mansoor and Curt Stallion.

Josiah Williams asks these two how they’re feeling after that tag team victory together last week. Stallion can’t complain, and Mansoor thought that was great. Maybe they’ll team again and have a team name! Funny Mansoor should say that, because the Lonestar was thinking #CurtSoor. Well, that’s not bad, but the Star of Saudi Arabia was thinking more #ManStallion. What does Josiah think? He goes with CurtSoor on this one. Well Mansoor doesn’t mind. He does thank Stallion for helping him build his overall record to 40-0. Stallion says that is quite the accomplishment. But none against Stallion.

Josiah moves aside as the tension starts to rise. Is Stallion issuing a challenge? Funny he should ask. How about tonight, they go 40-1. More like 41. But these two shake on it and we have our main event! Will Curt be sore? Or will we be saying, “Man, Stallion is good!”

 

The Bollywood Boyz speak.

It’s ya bois from BOLLY BOLLY BOLLY, Bollywood, and one half of the supergroup known as #BollyRise, Samir & Sunil Singh! And they’re here to remind Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are part of their team. They called a truce, they are all working together, and yet Ever-Rise has the nerve to leave the Singhs out of going to NXT? And then they get jumped by El Legado! But that’s what the deserved! They’re not Bollywood award winners! The key in any relationship is communication. Next time, call them. But will Samir & Sunil be left hanging the next time Ever-Rise rolls into the Capitol Wrestling Center?

 

Mansoor VS Curt Stallion!

Quietly, in the background of the Cruiserweight Division, the Star of Saudi Arabia has remained undefeated. His biggest accomplishment was winning the Greatest Battle Royal in his home country, but will he finally be heading for the Cruiserweight Championship? Or will the Lonestar be the lone loss on Mansoor’s record?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up already. Stallion and Mansoor shake hands to show there is still respect, and then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Mansoor manages to get leverage and push Stallion to ropes. Mansoor gives a shove as he lets off, but Stallion keeps his cool. They tie up, Stallion headlocks and hits a takeover. Mansoor pushes with forearms, Stallion pushes to a cover, ONE! Mansoor headscissors but Stallion kips out to again get a headlock takeover. Mansoor pushes his forearm into Stallion, makes it a cover, TWO! Stallion has the headlock again, but Mansoor slips out to a facelock and drags Stallion down to another cover, TWO!

Mansoor facelocks again but Stallion reverses to his own facelock. Mansoor drops to slip around to a hammerlock. Stallion moves around but Mansoor holds on. Mansoor puts more pressure on the hold but Stallion moves around again. Stallion stands, drop toeholds and gets the headlock. Mansoor fights up, powers out but things speed up. Mansoor hurdles, drops and hurdles again to trip Stallion up! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!! Stallion gets up but Mansoor hits a headlock takeover! Mansoor makes it a cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Stallion fights up and powers his way to his own headlock.

Mansoor powers out, hurdles gain but Stallion is ready for the trip! Stallion waistlocks, rolls and DEAD LIFT GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stallion knows he was close and he gets Mansoor up again. Stallion facelocks, snap suplexes then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Mansoor checks his jaw as he sits up but Stallion facelocks again. Stallion drags Mansoor up, Mansoor throws body shots, then Mansoor powers out. Stallion dodges, Mansoor follows, Stallion stops and Mansoor LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mansoor tries again, TWO! Stallion gets to a corner, Mansoor drags him up and CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Stallion CHOPS back!

Mansoor forearms, whips Stallion corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Facelock and roll, TWO! Mansoor keeps on Stallion with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally and duel as Stallion endures, and Stallion fights up to arm-drag free, only for Mansoor to drag him back down! Mansoor goes back to the chinbar and cording hold but Stallion fights the grip. Stallion fights up, fireman’s carries, but Mansoor sunset flips! Stallion rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down, fans fire up and Stallion glares as Mansoor gets to ropes. Mansoor drags himself up, swings but Stallion counter punches! And again! Then a ROLLING ELBOW!

Mansoor reverses the whip, Stallions tops and Alabama lifts to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Mansoor flounders, Stallion aims from a corner, and Stallion runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Stallion sweeps the legs, KNEES Mansoor, then storms around to run back in! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Stallion fires up and stomps the feet! Stallion yanks Mansoor up, turns him around, and DDT’s to the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Stallion seethes as he covers again, TWO!! Mansoor flounders, Stallion gets the legs and brings him around to a jackknife roll, Alabama lift, but Mansoor fights it!

Stallion resists the piledriver, Mansoor tries a backslide but Stallion flips over, only for Mansoor to underhook him! BUTTERFLY FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor is shocked but the CWC is thunderous! Mansoor drags Stallion up as fans rally and duel hard as ever. Stallion is dead weight, but Mansoor still tries to get him up! Stallion revives to HEADBUTT! Mansoor flops out of the ring! Stallion sees that, takes aim and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Stallion fires up! Stallion puts Mansoor in, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees!! Mansoor saves himself and Stallion is writhing!

Mansoor hurries to the corner and to the top rope! But Stallion anchors a foot! Mansoor fights but Stallion tucks him in, CHEEKY NANDOS HEADBUTT! Stallion climbs up behind Mansoor for the INVERTED SPANISH FLY!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!?! Mansoor’s toe saves his streak! Stallion is seething but fans are fired up! Stallion takes off the elbow pads as Mansoor flounders up. Stallion runs in, Mansoor moves, the flying headbutt gets buckles! Stallion flounders into Mansoor’s SLINGSHOT NECKBREAKER! High stack cover, Mansoor wins!!

Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall

The Saudi Arabia Star’s streak is now 41-0! Stallion manages to stand, and Mansoor shouts to him! Stallion glares at Mansoor as he offers the handshake, but Stallion still takes it! Stallion shows his respect to Mansoor, but when will Stallion ride off into the sunset again? As for Mansoor, between quality and quantity, will his spotless 41 win-loss record be enough to get him a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?


My Thoughts:

A great episode, and though only 32 minutes or so, the main event started to feel more like the days when 205 Live was strongest. Now, I’m a bit surprised the main event wasn’t the tag match, given the long running story. But there’s a chance the story isn’t over, even though Atlas and Grey won with a finisher. At this point, I wanna see another No Disqualification Tag Match, also like in 205 Live’s stronger days. Atlas was starting to get an edge in his story with Tommaso Ciampa, Nese and Daivari have proven they have an edge, and seeing Grey tap into that would be pretty cool, too, given how he had story with Thatcher.

Mansoor VS Stallion coming by way of an interview promo was pretty good, as was the promo. I personally think ManStallion is the better name, by the way. But as I said, their match was reminiscent of when 205 Live had Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy and a few others. Fans can say whatever they want about the Mansoor streak and the deal with Saudi Arabia (Crown Jewel, Super Showdown, etc.) but Mansoor still puts the work in, is confident in his character, and is not sloppy in the ring by any stretch of the imagination. Now, we still need more Cruiserweights doing things on NXT, not just El Legado brutalizing Breezango and Ever-Rise, but if Mansoor is one of the ones being built up on NXT, I could see it being title VS streak, Escobar VS Mansoor for a TakeOver.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/5/21)

Will Bryan get back in the Fastlane?

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

SmackDown grants a rematch but ups the ante!

Daniel Bryan either wins in a rematch with Jey Uso IN A STEEL CAGE and goes to Fastlane, or he will ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin; changed to…
  • Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn; Dawkins wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Dominik wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Belair wins.
  • Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Fastlane.

PLAY BY PLAY

Michael Cole opens SmackDown in the ring!

As it stands, the WrestleMania main event for the Universal Championship will be Roman Reigns VS Edge. But that could change if the man who started the Yes Movement gets his way! Daniel Bryan heads to the ring! Fans cheer with the Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan gets a mic and Cole reminds us Bryan will face Roman’s “unhinged cousin” inside the Steel Cage. And if Bryan wins, he gets another chance at the Universal Championship at Fastlane! That would throw a wrench in the plans WWE had in the works of a tag team match, Bryan & Edge VS Roman & Jey. So then why is Bryan forgoing that tag match? Why has he turned his focus on Roman and the title?

Bryan says Cole is making a lot of assumptions, the biggest being that Bryan was even asked to be in a tag match. Not a single person told Bryan about this “great” idea to fight Roman & Jey at Fastlane. No one ran anything by him because they know Bryan “rolls with the punches,” does whatever is asked of him, shows up and works his ass off. So Bryan understands why no one asked him. Edge is the ultimate opportunist, and Roman doesn’t want to defend his title at Fastlane. But the thing is, Bryan is making a change to not be the old Bryan. Bryan sees there’s the dream match, Roman VS Edge. And Bryan gets it, Attitude Era VS The ThunderDome, everyone wants to see that, except for Bryan. And Bryan will do his damnedest to stop it from happening!

So Bryan takes this from here, and throws a video package for himself. It was the SmackDown Elimination Chamber, where Daniel Bryan ran the marathon and made it from start to finish to earn his opportunity at Roman’s title, only for Roman to pounce right then and there. Bryan came close but couldn’t defeat a fresh Roman, and then Edge pounced on Roman. In the present, Bryan says he has lost a lot in his career, and has gotten beaten up a lot in his career. So you think after winning his third Elimination Chamber match, and fighting valiantly against Roman, that loss wouldn’t be a big deal.

But rolling out of the ring, and Edge rolling in to Spear Roman and point at the WrestleMania sign, “never in my life have I ever felt like such a failure.” Bryan knows not everyone knows this, but he doesn’t have a lot of ambition. WWE did personality tests and they found that Bryan had the lowest ambition score they’d ever seen. How is it possible that Bryan is still successful? He isn’t sure, other than that he LOVES pro-wrestling. And if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, and he’s never had to “work” a day for the last 21 years!

But for the last year, Bryan’s had in the back of his head that he’ll go from wrestler to dad, and put others ahead of him. He let those he saw as the future get opportunities and not him. But Edge hitting Roman and Bryan feeling like an absolute failure is because Bryan failed himself. In that moment, Bryan had a lot more ambition in him than any test could ever show! He looked at the WrestleMania sign and decided HE should be there! Not Roman, not Edge, but BRYAN! Roman and Edge are in the main event because BRYAN loves this! In the last three WEEKS, he’s wrestled more than Edge and Roman in the last three MONTHS!

Bryan wrestles every chance he can because he loves this! And so putting himself on the back burner was a disservice to himself! Bryan knows he can be the absolute BEST! Bryan steps into a steel cage with Jey Uso, and if he wins, eh goes on to Fastlane to face Roman for the Universal Championship! And beating Roman is the only way to main event WrestleMania, and this could be his last chance! But before Bryan can continue his passionate speech, Roman interrupts! Jey and Paul Heyman follow Roman, of course, but the confrontation will be face to face after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and Roman is now in the ring.

Roman has a mic to say, “I’m looking at the same guy. But you don’t sound like the same guy.” The way Bryan is talking is confusing. And if it’s confusing Roman, than it’s confusing the fans. Bryan is ambitious now? Driven now? No. Bryan is the underdog, the “little guy,” the lottery winner. The one who waits on the opportunity and sometimes it works out. Bryan isn’t ambitious. Men like Roman, and they’re rare, they’re ambitious. Roman has been driven since he was a child. If he wanted it, he takes it. Roman loves the business, too. Bryan doesn’t love this, he NEEDS this. Bryan has nothing else, and that’s not love. Love isn’t based off need but off service and what you’ll do for others.

Roman, for example, loves the WWE. Roman doesn’t need it, it’s everyone who needs him! SmackDown needs Roman! The crew and the cameramen need Roman! Heyman needs Roman, Jey needs Roman, Bryan needs Roman. And after Jey whoops Bryan, Bryan will understand that and know it in his heart. And then, Bryan will acknowledge Roman. If Bryan- Jey snatches Bryan’s mic to tell him not to worry about the title. This is as close as Bryan gets to it! Bryan has to get through Jey and that won’t happen! Bryan wanted the cage, but it isn’t locking Roman out, it’s locking Jey in! And tonight, Jey’s gonna get you! Jey tries to sucker punch Bryan but Bryan throws him out!

Bryan stares Roman down, and Roman sighs. Will Bryan be unstoppable as he goes back down the road to WrestleMania?

 

The Street Profits VS Sami Zayn & King Corbin!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are up and they want the smoke! But will this rematch with the Great Liberator and Wolf King be a speedbump on the road to WrestleMania and the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?

SmackDown returns and the Profits have mics as Sami makes his entrance. Sami admits, the Profits pulled off a “fluke” over him and Corbin. But tonight, Sami and Corbin will prove it was just luck. Corbin tells Sami that it’s enough. They’re not tag team partners! They’re not friends! Corbin doesn’t even like Sami! Corbin is a SINGLES competitor, so he’ll take on just one of the Profits. Oh, well, their schedules are free. Roode & Ziggler are dodging them so there is a lot of time. So if that’s what Corbin wants, how about he get in the ring to do that thing? Ford wants Corbin, so Dawkins gets Sami? Yep! Sweet, Dawkins gets to be in Sami’s movie!

Dawkins gives a quick shout-out to his boy, JZH, but Sami tries to sort things out. Is this a set up? Is Corbin in on this or something? Sami agreed to a TAG match, you can’t do this to him at the last second! So then it’s one? Tell ’em, fam! The Profits are up, and they want the smoke! Sami is upset, but the first of the now two singles matches begins!

Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS King Corbin!

Ford and Corbin circle, tie up, and Corbin knees low! Corbin whips Ford to a corner, Ford goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Corbin! And dropkick again! Corbin staggers to ropes., Ford runs in but Corbin gets a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Corbin is upset with the ref but the count is the count. Corbin wants Sami to watch this as he drags Ford up. Corbin puts Ford in the corner, traps his arms and fires off body shots! The ref backs Corbin off, he drags Ford back up to whip corner to corner hard! Ford bounces off buckles, Corbin drags him back up and taunts Dawkins as he ripcord back suplexes for a yoyo SLAM!

Corbin taunts Ford, drags him up, but Ford gets around to hop on and be a sleeper hold backpack! Corbin RAMS Ford into buckles, but Ford holds on tight! Corbin pries free, snapmares but Ford handsprings through to mule kick, front kick and dropkick! Ford has Corbin in a corner, hits a splash, then runs, into a pop-up! But Ford turns that into a DDT! Ford kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he heads for a corner. Ford hops up, Sami shouts at Dawkins but Ford shouts at Sami. Corbin rolls Ford, Ford rolls through to ENZIGURI! But Corbin still gets Ford for the END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!

Winner: King Corbin, by pinfall

Sami tells Corbin he just helped him so now Corbin has to help Sami! Dawkins wants after Sami, Sami gets on the apron, Dawkins BLASTS Sami off and Sami hits Corbin! Corbin gets mad at Sami but Sami explains that was because of Dawkins! Corbin doesn’t care, he’s leaving Sami behind! Will the Champion of the People be able to do this by himself? We’ll find out, after the break!

 

Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Sami Zayn!

SmackDown returns and the match is underway as Dawkins clubs and bumps Sami off buckles and in corners. Sami grabs ropes, Dawkins has a leg but the ref calls for the break. Sami clubs Dawkins, headlocks, but Dawkins powers out to run him over! Dawkins keeps moving, Sami hurdles but Dawkins hurdles back. Dawkins ducks to dropkick Sami down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grabs a leg but Sami still holds ropes. The ref counts, Dawkins lets go and Sami goes out. Dawkins pursues, Sami kicks and elbows Dawkins then bumps him off barriers, then bumps him off the apron. Sami puts Dawkins in, gets in and CLOBBERS Dawkins from behind! Cover, TWO!

Sami keeps his cool as he looms over Dawkins. Sami stomps Dawkins, drags him up and throws haymakers. Sami puts Dawkins on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami taunts Ford, but Sami lets off at 4. “This is what you get!” Sami drags Dawkins up, whips him and CLOBBERS him again! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was the same as the other times. Sami drags Dawkins up, throws more haymakers, then whips Dawkins to ropes again. Dawkins CLOBBERS Sami this time! Ford fires up as Dawkins rallies and hits the LEAPING ELBOW!

Sami ends up in a corner, Dawkins hits the CYCLONE SPLASH! BIG BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Ford coaches Dawkins and he drags Sami up. Dawkins has the hooks but Sami fights the exploder off. Sami swings but into Dawkins’ SILENCER! Cover, TWO! The butterfly corkscrew suplex didn’t work, and Sami gets to the apron. Dawkins pursues but Sami hotshots him! Sami reels Dawkins in, but he can’t get Dawkins up. Dawkins throws elbows, runs in but the cyclone gest buckles! Sami reels Dawkins in for a CORNER EXPLODER!

Dawkins staggers as Sami goes corner to corner, but Ford gets up close on Sami’s camera crew! Sami shouts at Ford to stop that, but Dawkins rolls him up! Dawkins wins!!

Winner: Angelo Dawkins, by pinfall

Did the cameras get that? Sami still cries conspiracy and shouts, “Who’s behind this?!” Sami doesn’t recognize the second guy and asks if he’s a WWE spy! The guy doesn’t know how to answer and Sami throws knees into him! Is the documentary going to start being about Sami’s spiral into madness?

 

Reginald Thompson, the Fabulous sommelier, finds Carmella backstage.

She says he likes playing games, right? Of course he does. This new game is called, “Who’s the Snake?” What? Mella says one of them took a chance on a lowly sommelier and made him a star, while the other betrayed that someone and is siding with Sasha Banks. Reggie says all of that has been for Mella! Well it’s game over. Reggie’s the snake! She slaps the tray out of his hand and FIRES him! What is Reggie going to do now that he’s without a boss?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

To get payback on behalf of his father, Dominik is going to take on the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Dozer ringside, will Dom have to worry more about Rey than Gable?

SmackDown returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings and Dom ties up with Gable. They go around, Gable waistlocks and throws Dom down. Dom gets up but Gable throws him back down, then floats to a facelock. Otis says Dom is alone and that’s why he’ll lose. But Dom runs around to throw Gable out! Gable gets back in but Dom arm-drags him! Dom cranks the arm, Gable gets up but Dom wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to break free and headlock to then spin and spin and drop toehold! Gable has the leg, and SMASHES it into the mat! Dom gets up, Gable gets the leg again and hits a DRAGON SCREW!

Gable jams the knee, does it again, then covers, TWO! Gable keeps on Dom with a standing toehold and he pushes down hard on the leg. Dom endures, Rey coaches him through it and Dom kicks at Gable with the free leg. Fans rally, Gable gets the foot and Dom enziguris! Gable staggers to a corner,. Dom runs in but the monkey flip is turned around. Dom boots from up top, then leaps to huricanrana! Gable is in the other corner, Dom runs in to wheelbarrow throw him into buckles! Dom goes back up, leaps, but no tornado DDT! Gable gets Dom’s arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom escapes and Gable can’t believe it!

Gable gets the legs, drags Dom to a drop zone and goes up top. Gable talks trash to Rey, and MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Gable waistlocks, Dom wheelbarrows to a victory roll but Gable sit son the cover, TWO! Dom reels Gable into a La Magistrol, DOM WINS!

Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

Otis storms onto the apron but Rey WRECKS him with a dropkick! Otis hits announce desk, Rey LEAPS and SEATED SENTONS him onto the desk! The Mysterios regroup and retreat! The Alpha Academy is raging, but are they going to learn a lesson from the King and Prince of Lucha?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!

Kayla Braxton brings up Cesaro’s swing that seemed to last forever, and Rollins says it sure felt that way. And do you want to know why? Because it was forever! But the question is, why? Has Cesaro done that much to anyone else? No, that was rhetorical. But then why did he do it? Because he is afraid of “us.” Cesaro doesn’t want to #EmbraceTheVision because he knows “we” are strong! Cesaro wanted to embarrass Rollins and humiliate him! Rollins promises us that he won’t forget that. And Buddy Murphy is BACK?!

Murphy says he could help Rollins with this problem. Rollins doesn’t want to see Murphy. Murphy needs to leave, now. Is Murphy really trying to be Rollins’ disciple again? Will Rollins do just fine against Cesaro without him?

 

Bianca Belair w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!

A partial rematch from the impromptu Elimination Chamber WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match, the EST and the Queen of Spades match up again 1v1! But will Bianca earn herself and The Boss momentum towards those titles? Or will Shayna do damage to the Women’s Rumble winner before she reaches WrESTleMania?

SmackDown returns as Bianca makes her entrance, followed by Sasha’s. That seems like a surprise to Bianca’s, despite the coming Fastlane match. But another surprise, or perhaps not, is that Reggie follows Sasha out like a stray puppy. The bell rings, Bianca and Shayna tie up, and Shayna gets an arm to wrench it. Bianca scoops Shayna, Shayna slips off and headlocks. Bianca slips through to headlock back, but Shayna powers out. Bianca goes up and over in the corner, handsprings and eggs Shayna on to then run her over! Bianca is fired up and she claps at Shayna to then say kiss this. Things speed up,. Bianca handsprings but Shayna blocks the dropkick to get he foot!

Bianca boots her away, dodges the knee, rolls Shayna up, ONE! Bianca yanks Shayna’s arm, steps over and hooks it to La Magistrol, ONE! Shayna has an arm, wrenches, twists the wrist, but Bianca endures. Bianca powers through to fireman’s carry, but Shayna slips out again to whip. Bianca goes up again but gets caught for a KICK to the arm! Nia cheers Shayna on while Bianca writhes. Sasha checks on her partner and coaches her up, and Bianca gets up in a corner. Shayna runs in to KNEE Bianca down! Shayna drags Bianca to a cover, ONE!! Shayna grows annoyed, she drags Bianca and wrenches the arm to a grounded wristlock. Bianca resists but Shayna twists it all the same.

Shayna stands on Bianca’s head, pulls the arm around, and TWEAKS it! Sasha grows worried but she coaches Bianca up. Shayna runs back in. Bianca dodges! Shayna knees buckles. but hurries after Bianca! Shayna gets the arm, Bianca scoops with the good one to SLAM her down! Shayna gets up but Bianca ROCKS her! Bianca runs in to RAM Shayna into the corner! Bianca rams and rams and fires off with the good arm and even some stomps! Bianca drags Shayna up to a suplex! And a kip up! Bianca shakes out the bad arm, claps at Shayna, then whips her to back drop her! Nia is the one getting upset now as Bianca chicken wings for the Glam-

NO! Shayna victory rolls Bianca out of the ring! Reggie is there and he says no hard feelings, but Bianca shoves him down! Bianca gets in, Shayna KNEES her down! Both women are down and Reggie flounders up near Nia. Nia shoves Reggie at Sasha, and runs over! Reggie moves ,Sasha gets bulldozed! Bianca is distracted, Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! But Bianca powers to the Torture Rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST pulled it off and KOD sealed the deal! But Bianca tells Sasha to handle things with Reggie. Tag titles or not, Bianca and Sasha need to have a fair match at Mania. Reggie helps Sasha up, and she smiles, but then SLAPS Reggie! Sasha told Reggie to stay out of her business! When it rains, it pours. Will Reggie be pouring himself a drink to drown his sorrows?

 

Roman talks with Jey in their suite.

Roman wants Jey to understand that if Jey wins, the Universal Championship is safe until Mania. But if Jey loses, Roman will have to defend it at Fastlane. That part is fine, but Jey losing is an embarrassment to him and the family. Jey cannot embarrass the family. Jey says he’s got this, but will he prove that when caged up with a determined Daniel Bryan?

 

Buddy Murphy VS Cesaro!

The former disciple might be trying to show Rollins what he can do by taking the Swiss Cyborg head-on! Will Cesaro prove that if he can defeat Rollins’ former protégé, he really doesn’t need Rollins’ vision?

But of course Rollins makes his presence known! Rollins goes ringside to watch Cesaro in person, and the bell rings. Cesaro runs at Murphy, waistlocks and SLAMS him, then dead lift gut wrenches Murphy for a suplex! Rollins joins commentary, Cesaro covers Murphy, ONE! Murphy elbows Cesaro away, runs but Cesaro follows. Murphy leaps but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is after Murphy’s legs but he gets to the apron. Murphy then yanks Cesaro out and stomps Cesaro’s hand away! Murphy WRECKS Cesaro with a dropkick, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and Murphy tumbles to the ramp. Murphy puts Cesaro in, climbs up top, and leaps for a METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Murphy grits his teeth and he digs his knee into Cesaro then KICKS him in the back! Cesaro shoves Murphy away but runs into a boot! Murphy hops up again, leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Murphy staggers back, Cesaro catches his breath, and Cesaro grits his teeth. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper again! Cesaro whips, EuroUppers, and repeat! And repeat! Cesaro runs to BOOT Murphy down! Cesaro drags Murphy back up as Rollins vents about the swing, and Cesaro puts Murphy IN THE SWING! Cesaro swings Murphy around and around and around and around and Rollins complains and Cesaro keeps going! Cesaro stops after 20, and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Murphy taps, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by submission

Rollins applauds Cesaro despite all he was just saying. But Cesaro smiles back just as mockingly. Will Cesaro do more than just embarrass and humiliate Rollins when they get in the ring together?

 

Reggie sulks as he packs up his things and heads out.

But he spots Sasha’s private room and decides to knock on the door. Sasha answers, and Reggie tries to apologize, but she says NO! Well, guess that’s that. But then Reggie sees the tag champions and Shayna says, “Smell that?” Reggie reeks of failure! But where’s wine boy going? Thirsty for a fight? Nia says Shayna should chill. Doesn’t she see what Nia sees? Reggie’s kinda cute. Huh? Is the sommelier about to go from bully bosses to boss bullies?

 

Apollo Crews is here!

And he is further representing his Nigerian royal heritage by having bodyguards by his side, and a spear in his hand! Apollo has his guards lead the way into the ring first, then he follows. Apollo fetches a mic and he says everyone is telling him how they don’t like the new Apollo. But the good news is, this isn’t the “new” Apollo, this is the REAL Apollo! This is who he is, how he talks, and he is a descendant of Nigerian royalty! He is a REAL African American! This is his Nigerian Elite Guard, the protector of his family for many generations. Apollo remembers being a young boy hearing stories about these men, about his heritage.

At the time, he was too ashamed to accept his heritage because he would be made fun of. He wanted to fit in, and be just like “you.” But “you” never accepted him! Even his own “friends” just wanted to mock him. “Did you live in a jungle? Did you ride lions to school?” Apollo was ashamed, but the truth is, these stories about his ancestors, some of the most feared and respected men in all of Nigeria, who would dominate and conquer anyone. The more Apollo went into his roots, the more he realized things were repeating themselves. Big E was disrespecting him, and Apollo would hear his ancestors telling him to stand up and claim his birthright. So Apollo did what he had to do.

“Big E, I know you’re at home, nursing your injury. And I know you fear walking in the sight of me.” But Big E is coming back next week, and that makes Apollo happy! Apollo is no longer the man Big E once knew and dismissed. Apollo won’t fit in, he’ll proudly stand out! He will DEMAND a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship!! Big E will fall before Apollo’s feet, and Apollo will leave Big E a broken man for life! And Big E will be hunted for Apollo’s complete and total victory! The Nigerian Prince has issued his ultimatum, but will Big E be coming back only bigger and stronger?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville try to reason with Natalya and Tamina.

They’re clearly upset that Sasha & Bianca are getting a title match over them! Have Pearce & Sonya not seen how dominant Natty & Tamina have been? Of course they have! But that’s not the match that was made. Pearce apologizes and dismisses himself. Sonya says Pearce simply made a different decision. Will the Queen of Harts and the Daughter of Superfly force Pearce to reconsider?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Does he perhaps feel any extra pressure- There’s no pressure! Jey thrives off of this! “DB shouldn’t have popped off on Big Uce!” Now they’re in the Uso Penitentiary! But then Bryan CLOBBERS Jey from behind! Bryan doesn’t say anything, but that was clearly a taste of Jey’s own medicine. Will Jey start to crack under the pressure of defending the family? Will Bryan force Roman to defend his title?

 

SmackDown has a special bonus DING DONG, HELLO~!

Bayley walks in through the door to say that tonight is a special rehearsal for a new segment. Other shows do “Mean Tweets,” but Bayley is loved by everyone so she has something she’s calling Sweet Tweets! RoleModel1452 says “Bayley can truly do it all! They’d never give a talk show to someone like Sasha banks!” Then EllenDegeneres1 says “Forget about Edge and Roman Reigns, the Ding Dong Hello Show should be the main event of WrestleMania!” And lastly, WWESuperfan says “Ding Dong Hello is…” Wait, wait, wait. How did this one get in here? Bayley doesn’t even finish it and throws the card away. She SLAMS the door, but will she have something to say to that supposed superfan?

 

Steel Cage Match: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!

Last week’s count-out was neither win or loss, so a deal was struck on Talking Smack: Bryan and Jey have a rematch, and if Bryan wins, he gets his Fastlane title match; if Bryan loses, he must ACKNOWLEDGE Roman! But it was Bryan who raised the stakes even higher by wanting the steel cage to be the stipulation! Will the Goat’s gamble pay off and get him his golden ticket? Or will Jey leave Bryan in WrestleMania lockdown?

Jey steps inside the cage, but Roman and Heyman make their entrance! The Tribal Chief already put pressure on Jey, but he’s really digging in the screws now. Heyman makes sure to get Roman a chair so that he can have a seat at the ramp. Will Roman be here to personally congratulate his cousin? Or personally accept Bryan’s challenge? We’ll find that out, after the break!

SmackDown returns, the bell rings and Bryan rushes Jey with forearms! Jey hits back and it is a brawl! Bryan ROCKS Jey with a EuroUpper, then KICKS a leg to whip. Jey reverses and RAMS Bryan into the steel! Jey drags Bryan up, clubs him and RAMS Him into the steel again! And again! Jey tells Bryan to acknowledge Roman! He digs Bryan’s face into the steel and Roman is there to stare at Bryan. Bryan refuses to say anything so Jey clubs him down. Roman tells Jey to do more and Jey hauls Roman up to fireman’s carry and LAWN DART Bryan into steel! Jey calls for the door and walks over but Bryan catches him in the ropes!

Jey fires off on Bryan but he goes back in to ROCK Bryan with an uppercut! Jey climbs the side but Bryan pursues! Bryan gets a foot, drags Jey back down and then smashes him off the steel! Jey smashes Bryan again, then hops down to trip Bryan! Bryan is stuck on the top, Jey DECKS him off it! Jey drags Bryan up, RAMS him into the corner, then tells Roman he’s got this as he goes side to side. Bryan blocks to SMASH Jey off the steel, off the buckles, then YANKS him into the wall! Heyman watches Roman closely as Bryan climbs up. Bryan leaps to missile dropkick Jey down! Jey writhes and crawls, he sees the door! Jey heads that way but Bryan PENALTY KICKS an arm!

Bryan wrenches Jey to elbow breakers! And then RAMS Jey into more steel! And then brings Jey around for another elbow breaker, and another RAM into steel! Jey flops down but Bryan drags him up to wrench and whip,. Jey reverses, Bryan goes up and over and dodges to go up again! Bryan heads for the top but Jey hurries to bring him down! Bryan lands on his billy goat again, and Jey stomps away on the knees! Jey winces for a moment before he stomps more. Jey climbs, but Bryan sits up! Bryan anchors Jey, climbs up to join him, and then headbutts him! Bryan headbutts Jey to send him back to the top rope, but Jey fireman’s carries Bryan for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Both men are down as SmackDown goes to another break!

SmackDown returns one more time, and both men are up on top of the cage! They’re brawling with haymakers and headbutts! Bryan rocks Jey, tries to slip to the outside, but Jey holds on with a facelock! Jey drags Bryan back inside and they’re on the top rope. Bryan smashes Jey off steel, and gives him YES KICKS up there! Jey wobbles but he manages to SUPERKICK Bryan down! Jey adjusts to USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Jey is too sore to be frustrated! Jey crawls to the door and it opens for him. Bryan crawls after Jey and anchors a foot. Jey grabs at the frame, gets up, but Bryan spins him around, only to get the DRAGON WHIP KICK!

But Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Jey! Jey SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself, but Roman is like stone as usual. Jey sits up and wants the door to open again, but Bryan GHOST PINS! TWO, and he has Jey caught for endless elbows! And then, a turn to the omoplata, but Jey moves around to ground ‘n’ pound wildly! Jey wants to hurt Bryan more than anything! Jey lets off to catch his breath, and he looks to Roman. Jey grabs Bryan’s legs, and catapults him into steel! Bryan flops down, but Jey again looks to Roman. Jey says he’ll end this, and he goes up the side of the steel. But Bryan pursues again! Bryan catches up to Jey and anchors him as he climbs up again!

Bryan throws headbutts, Jey goes back to the ropes, and Bryan adjusts on top. Bryan is going to the outside, but Jey grabs his head with a cravat! Jey drags Bryan back in but Bryan headbutts Jey again! Bryan has Jey and RAMS him into the steel again and again! Bryan underhooks for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!! Roll through, to the YES LOCK!! Jey endures, flails, crawls, and gets the ropebreak, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER! No ropebreaks or disqualifications in a cage match! Bryan pulls back even harder!! Jey taps, BRYAN WINS!!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission (faces Roman Reigns for the title at Fastlane)

The Universal Championship is taking a detour! Bryan is taking a stand against the establishment again, can he repeat what he did for WrestleMania 30 and make it into YEStleMania?


My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode for SmackDown, but there is a lot I do not like for the build to Fastlane and other stories from this. Firstly, Buddy Murphy trying to reconnect with Rollins. Obviously, the stuff with Aaliyah Mysterio wasn’t working, wasn’t going to work, and was a bit dumb to do in the first place. But you can’t just reset Murphy to before all of that. Don’t have Murphy reach out to Rollins at all, just have him return by surprise here against Cesaro. That match was still okay, because Rollins was on commentary and Cesaro did the swing to get at Rollins and all of that. But I am annoyed that WWE (Vince) is throwing Murphy back in just because they don’t know what else to do with Murphy. Rollins VS Cesaro is just fine on its own, have someone else #EmbraceTheVision instead of Murphy relapsing back to being the disciple.

Then the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship developments are very odd. It’s fine that the champions are defending the belts at all, but announcing that it’s just going to be the Elimination Chamber match-up again is odd. I did appreciate that another team was upset by this, so there might be more story to it than what we got. Pearce sure seems really close to these titles given what we saw on NXT. If this all turns out to be a huge story between all three brands, then I’ll be all for it, but it is hard to see that from where we are. And while Reggie being fired by Mella and rejected by Sasha is following what I expected, I’m not sure how I feel about Nia suddenly taking interest in him. Whenever it is that Shayna and Nia split, I don’t think Nia needs a sidekick, so it’s just odd she’d care about Reggie at all.

The Profits having singles matches was a good way to both fill time but also have more story with Corbin and Sami. Corbin puts a stop to the tag team with Sami, the Profits get to go 1-1 on the night, keeping things a bit even for them as we head for Mania. The SmackDown Tag Team Championships story will certainly have something for Mania, so the slow burn isn’t so bad. Gable VS Dom was good, and it works that Dom gets a quick victory. Another tag match is coming, and though the Profits will protest, I bet Sonya sets up the winner of that against the Dirty Dawgs. That can be for Fastlane, then Profits getting their rematch can be for Mania to make it even bigger.

Apollo’s promo was very good, though I’m surprised he’s got bodyguards now. The spear is cool, though. Big E’s return is in time for Fastlane, so that could be the match for the Intercontinental Championship. And with how this Apollo is, it could go either way. Then the main story, once again the Universal Championship with Roman, is going great. Bryan’s promo to start the night is a bit recycled from Talking Smack but still just as strong and passionate, and then his thwarting Jey’s sneak attack to then come back with one of his own is great stuff. Bryan is taking the fight to the establishment again, and Fastlane is going to be great with Roman VS Bryan fair and square, both guys at 100%. I still feel like Roman wins in the end, because WWE can’t resist Spear VS Spear, but Bryan’s going to make it one hell of a match.

My Score: 8.3/10


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