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!
- 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?!
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?
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?
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
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)
What is the State of the Bloodline?
Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.
Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline arrives.
Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!
The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?
The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.
Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!
Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!
Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!
Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!
Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!
Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.
But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?
SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.
Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.
Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!
Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!
The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!
Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!
Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!
Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!
Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?
The Bloodline sits in their private room.
Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.
Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?
The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!
“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?
SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.
Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!
Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!
Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?
WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.
Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!
As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.
Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!
Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)
The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?
Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.
Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.
Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring.
Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”
Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.
Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”
So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.
Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”
Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”
Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”
Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?
This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.
Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.
The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.
Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.
My Score: 8.8/10
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