Is the Rated R Superstar going to challenge the Tribal Chief?
The SmackDown After Royal Rumble will have the Rated R Superstar, EDGE!! Will he put Roman Reigns on notice for a WrestleMania challenge?
- King Corbin VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio; Dominik wins.
- Daniel Bryan VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ Liv Morgan; Bayley wins.
- Chad Gable & Otis VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; Roode & Ziggler win.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: Big E VS Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn; Big E wins and retains the title.
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WWE and SmackDown mourn the loss of “The Natural,” Butcher Reed.
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, and still WWE Universal Champion has Paul Heyman and Jey Uso with him again after outlasting Kevin Owens in the Last Man Standing match at the Royal Rumble. Heyman fetches Roman a mic while fans give thumbs down on their ThunderDome screens. Roman says he’s not “big on the past,” or a fan of recapping. But if you didn’t see The Rumble, Roman beat Kevin. Just like he said he would, because he’s a man of his word. But enough about the past. Let’s talk the future. Apparently, the future could be Edge. Winning the Royal Rumble match gets you a first class ticket to WrestleMania. And last time Roman checked, he’s the main event.
“Which brings me to my issues. I have two issues here. Me, the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the best of the best, THE WWE Universal Champion, the main event. Why in the hell are you going to visit Monday Night Raw? Why are you going to waste your time on Wednesday going to NXT, when you already know you should bring your ass right here, to SmackDown, Roman Reigns’ show. You should grovel at my feet, beg me, sell me, on why I should allow you on the Island of Relevancy.”
And that brings Roman to his second issue. Why the hell is he out here first? Where the hell is Edge? Roman says Edge makes the mistake of disrespecting him all week long, but Roman is a gentleman, and will let that slide. But now Edge is making Roman wait? The Head of the Table has to wait? He’s here, isn’t it? Then get his ass out here, Paul. Heyman tells them to play Edge’s music, with the pyro and everything. But the crew says Edge isn’t here yet. Heyman relays this to Roman and Roman is noticeably annoyed. “Edge isn’t here?”
So then Edge must think Roman’s a fool. Is Roman a fool? Does he look like a fool? Does he look like a man who wants to wait and play games? Why is Edge playing games with Roman?! “The last man that played games with me… His name was Kevin Owens. And he’s no longer here anymore, because I whooped his ass. He’s history, he’s gone, you’ll never see him again.” Fans give thumbs down even harder now at that idea. Roman tells Edge “nicely” that Edge needs to understand this. This is Edge’s only chance. “You’re going to give me your decision by the end of the night.” Roman repeats that to make a point. But will he have no choice but to play things the ultimate opportunist’s way?
King Corbin VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio!
Is the third time the charm? We’ll find out as the Son of Mysterio tries to battle the Wolf King yet again! But wait, Corbin attacks during Dom’s entrance! He CLOBBERS Dom, then hits Rey! Corbin goes to throw Rey but Rey blocks, so Corbin knees him low! Corbin TOSSES Rey off the stage, and Rey hits spare boxes on the way down! Corbin KICKS Dom in the side, then leaves him behind. Will Dom be able to have this match after what just happened?
SmackDown returns and Dom IS going to have this match! The bell rings, Corbin runs in but Dom drop toeholds him into buckles! Then dodges again! Corbin slides out, in, but into a dropkick! Dom goes after Corbin at the rope but is thrown out. Dom gets right back up to shoulder in then slingshot and roll up for another dropkick! Cover, TWO! Corbin is after Dom by a leg, drags him up and SPINEBUSTERS him! Corbin rains down fists, lets off as the ref checks on Dom, but then hits Dom again. Corbin puts Dom in the corner to choke on the ropes! The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and we see medics are checking on Rey.
Corbin whips Dom corner to corner hard, then runs in to corner splash! Cover, TWO! Corbin sneers as he stalks Dom and drags him up. Corbin throws elbows into Dom’s shoulder, then clamps on with a chinbar and half nelson combo! Dom endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free! Dom runs, but into an elbow from Corbin! Corbin mockingly applauds as he looms over Dom. “I thought daddy’s been training you!” Corbin sits Dom up to DECK him! Corbin digs his knees into Dom’s face while pulling on the arm! Dom endures, fights up again, and throws body shots. Corbin knees low, whips Dom to ropes, but Dom kicks back! Dom baits Corbin in to dump him out!
Dom aims, springboards, and CROSSBODIES! Both men are down, and Rey finally stands! Rey hobbles over to coach Dom and Dom stands as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Dom is fighting Corbin off from the corner. Dom leaps, but Corbin catches him, to then pop Dom up. Dom fights out of the suplex and hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Dom grows a little frustrated but Rey coaches him. Corbin choke grips, but Dom slips out of the slam to roll Corbin up again! TWO, and Dom dodges Corbin to send him into ropes! Dom dials it up, but Corbin blocks the 619 with a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Dom survives and Corbin is frustrated now. Corbin drags Dom up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in.
Dom dodges, Corbin only gets buckles, but Corbin blocks the monkey flip! But Dom body scissors to throw Corbin out! Dom builds speed, DIVES and sends Corbin into the desk! Dom hurries back in, but where did Rey go? He pops out to anchor Corbin! The ring count climbs, Dom hits a 619!! Corbin is in, Dom climbs up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, DOM WINS!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
That was a very Latino Heat way to win! But one win might not be enough, can Dom find a way to keep Corbin down on his own?
Backstage interview with Big E!
The Powerhouse of Positivity has to face both Apollo Crews and Sami Zayn in a Triple Threat, how has he prepared for this? “All my life I had to fight! And that’s exactly what I signed up for when I won THE Intercontinental Championship.” Much like Lady Liberty, Big E wants them to bring him your hungry, your tired, your poor, your bearded and your bald! Sami and Apollo are those last two. But tonight, for the prize, they’ll do just that! They’ll FIGHT! But they ain’t ready~! Will Big E be ready in tonight’s big title bout?
Daniel Bryan VS Cesaro!
Though neither won the Men’s Royal Rumble, the YES Movement still owes the Swiss Cyborg for their match a few weeks ago! Will Bryan say yes to a win in this Road to Rumble rematch?
SmackDown returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and both men rush the other to tie right up! Cesaro powers Bryan to a corner, Bryan dodges the chop to give KICKS! Cesaro throws body shots, Bryan gives EuroUppers but Cesaro gives those back! Bryan drop toeholds Cesaro and PENALTY KICKS an arm! Bryan is after that arm with a wrench, elbow breaker and whip. Cesaro reverses the whip but Bryan kicks back! Cesaro runs at Bryan but Bryan tosses him out! Bryan climbs up, aims and leaps, and CROSSBODIES Cesaro down! Bryan gets Cesaro back in the ring, then climbs up again. Cesaro turns around into the missile dropkick!
Bryan fires up, fans clap on their screens, even give Yes Fingers, and Bryan gives Cesaro Yes Kicks! Bryan wrenches, Cesaro claws at him but Bryan hits another elbow breaker. Bryan waistlocks, Cesaro switches and back suplexes, but Bryan lands on his feet. Bryan runs into a pop-up but he catches the EuroUpper to a backslide! TWO, and Cesaro BLASTS Bryan with another EuroUpper! Shinsuke Nakamura is watching from backstage as his teammate, Cesaro, and rival, Bryan, are battling. Cesaro brings Bryan up to throw more EuroUppers! Bryan catches one to throw Cesaro down! Cesaro holds off the armbar but gets caught into an omoplata!
Bryan wants the crossface, Cesaro fights the YES Lock off, and gets free to roll Bryan around! Cesaro powers Bryan onto his stomach to throw knees into his side! Cesaro drags Bryan up, Gotch holds, but Bryan back drops! Cesaro lands on his feet, runs and springboards, into a YES KICK! Bryan aims and powers up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he has blood from the side of his head! Bryan shakes his head as he looms over Cesaro. Bryan drags Cesaro around by his wrists, for DANIELSON STOMPS!
Bryan aims from a corner now, powers up with Yes Fingers, but Cesaro catches the running knee to a tilt-o-whirl and TORTURE RACK! Then a BACKBREAKER DROP! And the Swiss Swing!! Bryan goes for roughly 20 rotations, Cesaro steps through and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures, reaches, Cesaro sits deeper! Bryan TAPS, Cesaro wins!!
Winner: Cesaro, by submission
Two times these two have battled in just the last month, and two times Cesaro has won! Is the Swiss Cyborg finally breaking through to be at the top of the WWE? Cesaro even shows respect to Bryan with a fist bump! What will this mean for Bryan as he personally feels his in-ring career is winding down?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair!
The EST is the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble winner, and she’s gotten so much support and congratulations from the WWE Universe. Most of all, her parents were on Instagram through Bianca’s account, and they were literally jumping with joy! Her dad even fell over the couch! Bianca says her family has been there for her in the good and the bad, so she wants to make them proud. They might not be there at WrestleMania in person, they will be there in spirit. But then who is she going for at WrestleMania? Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka? Or SmackDown Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks?
Bianca knew that question was coming. But this is the biggest decision of her life! Many have told her to take her time, think it over, but this is WRE-STLE-MA-NI-A!! If she was listening to those who told her what she should do, she wouldn’t be here! So the EST is going to be put in WrestleMania her way, so expect her decision very soon.
The Savior of SmackDown is going to return!
He returned in this year’s Royal Rumble match, and the greater good is still on the horizon. Next week, he returns!
Bayley heads to the ring!
The Role Model is clearly upset that not only is she not the Women’s Rumble Winner, but also that it is BIANCA who won! But she’s going to stake her own claim, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Bayley is in action! Will this be the first step on the road to redemption?
Bayley VS Ruby Riott w/ Liv Morgan!
Billie Kay is also on commentary even though she is “allegedly” out of the Riott Squad. The bell rings, Bayley ties up with Ruby and they go around. Bayley puts Ruby in a corner, brings her back out and just shoves her back in. “I’m strong as hell, that’s why I eliminated you!” Bayley rubs that part of the Women’s Rumble match in and she throws Ruby down again. DING DONG, Ruby ROCKS Bayley! Ruby wrenches and RIOTT KICKS!! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives and shocks Ruby but Ruby clubs away on Bayley’s back. Bayley shoves Ruby away, Ruby drags her up and whips, but Bayley reverses to send Ruby into a corner!
Ruby elbows back, hops up, but no Deadly Nightshade! Bayley has Ruby on her shoulder to LAWN DART Ruby back into the corner! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives, Bayley snarls, and Billie is very concerned. Bayley stomps Ruby, grabs Ruby’s legs and drags her to an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Bayley is after Ruby’s bad arm and clamps on. Bayley grinds the shoulder, pulls on the arm, but Ruby endures. Ruby fights up, rams Bayley into buckles, and then gets space. Ruby runs back in but Bayley dodges. Bayley turns around into DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby hoists Bayley up top, Bayley hits her away, but Ruby goes up and hits a SUPER ARM-DRAG!!
Both women stagger up, Ruby runs but Bayley catches her! Ruby slips out to roll Bayley up, TWO! Bayley ROCKS Ruby then throws her right into ropes! Ruby sputters, gets to the apron, and Bayley slides out! This is the move Bayley used to eliminate Ruby but Ruby fights it off! Ruby mule kicks Bayley away, but Bayley HOTSHOTS Ruby back! Billie thinks Liv needs to do something, but Bayley put son a KEYLOCK CLUTCH! Billie distracts the ref with her antics, Liv argues with Billie about it, but Ruby throws Bayley down to cover! TWO, and Ruby wrenches. Bayley steps over, ROSE PLANT! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
Billie says that’s not her fault, she was genuinely trying to help. But then Billie bandwagons and asks if Bayley will consider her as a partner. Will Billie ever find the place she belongs?
Bianca Belair is headed to gorilla position!
She said she’d give us her decision soon, is it this soon?! We find out after the break!
Edge finally arrives!
The Rated R Superstar says hey to Sonya Deville on his way through. Will the Ultimate Opportunist take Roman’s ultimatum seriously?
Bianca Belair heads to the ring!
The EST is perhaps the happiest person in the world right now given her Rumble win. She gets the mic, takes a breath to calm the nerves, and says, “When I won the Rumble, my whole life changed overnight. And ever since Sunday, I’ve been doing press nonstop, my phone’s been blowing up,” and she’s had to just respond, “New number, who dis?” But choosing an opponent for WrestleMania is a huge decision. Asuka from Raw, her undefeated streak and her other championships. Not just the Empress of Tomorrow but the empress of all day, every day! And of course, SmackDown Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks! A Grand Slam Boss, whooping bounty hunters in a galaxy far, far away! There’s a reason Bianca is so excited every time she’s teamed with Sasha.
But if Bianca wants to put the EST in WrestleMania, then she has to- Wait, who is this interrupting? Reginald is here to say before making a decision, here’s some advice. If Bianca chooses Asuka, he can see that, and understand it. He is quite certain Bianca could defeat Asuka. But if Bianca says Sasha Banks, well… Reggie doesn’t see it. To put it this way, as he slides right into the ring, “You know damn well you can’t beat Sasha. You can’t even beat Carmella!” Speaking of, here comes the FABULOUS Princess! Mella says her sommelier is a wise man. Even when he gets a little overexcited.
Mella says let’s not forget about how Mella beat Sasha in her very first match against her! That means Mella beat Sasha TWICE! And despite all of Bianca’s hype, Mella is certain she can do the same thing to her. But speaking of, here comes the champion! Sasha Banks stands on stage with a mic of her own to say, “Carmella… With all due respect, I’m gonna stop looking in my rear view, and start focusing on the road that’s ahead.” And for Bianca, she has Sasha’s attention. Sasha has seen Bianca has been in two Women’s Rumbles and setting records each time! And she lasted nearly and HOUR to stake her claim in the main event of WrestleMania!
Sasha’s been watching closely. Bianca picked up Otis, so she IS the StrongEST. She chased down and beat Bayley so she IS the FastEST. But the BEST? Sasha doesn’t see it. So if Bianca is going to choose Sasha, then choose her. Because Bianca has it all, but not the title. Sasha holds the belt up, Mella just rolls her eyes, but Bianca nods. Reggie steps in on Mella’s behalf and says Bianca got lucky in the Rumble. If she does choose Sasha, she will lose. Bianca about to pop off and even Mella thinks Reggie should just move along. Bianca LASHES Reggie with her hair whip! Be gone, fool! Even Mella thought that was funny. But will it be no joke when the EST finally does choose a champion to challenge?
Roman Reigns talks with Jey Uso in their VIP room.
Paul Heyman comes by to say, “It’s confirmed this time. Edge is finally here.” Will the Head of the Table make moves to force Edge’s hand in this game?
Backstage interview with Sami Zayn!
Kayla says Sami has been the “thorn in the side” of Big E, and Sami cuts her off to call her a corporate shill! Now she’s twisting the narrative to make him a bad guy! Ever since his title was robbed from him in a Lumberjack Match he never agreed to, there have been countless injustices! He can’t even list them all! He has his film crew here capturing it all, and tonight we’ll finally get a happy scene! Sami will reclaim HIS title and become the UNDISPUTED Champion of the People!
Chad Gable & Otis VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!
The Alpha Academy is still going strong, and are ready to show the Dirty Dawgs that they are good champions, but they will be tested like never before! #GetTheseHIPS! But with a new theme, are the SmackDown Tag Team Champions going to be… GLORIOUS?!
The teams sort out, Gable starts with Ziggler, but the Street Profits get in on this by being special commentary via video! Ziggler and Gable circle, goes after a leg, but the Profits heckle Ziggler for trying that on an Olympian! Gable blocks, rolls to a press, ONE as Ziggler gets a rear mount. Gable fights up, Ziggler uses a facelock and fisherman, ONE! Gable facelocks again, Ziggler wrenches and gets a wristlock, but Gable rolls and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Gable headlocks, flips and drop toeholds! Ziggler scrambles to ropes and Gable lets off. Ziggler kicks out of the ropebreak, then shoves Gable to the champions’ corner.
Gable fights out but Ziggler DROPKICKS him down! Ziggler drags Gable to a cover, TWO! Tag to Roode and Ziggler feeds Gable to Roode’s knees! Roode drags Gable up, whips and KNEES him, then reels him in for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Roode clamps on with Gable as Profits say that’s some 8K confidence right there. Hi-definition, no commission. Roode keeps on Gable with a clinch but Gable throws body shots. Roode knees low, whips Gable to ropes but Gable sunset flips! TWO, to an ANKLE LOCK! But Roode powers free, hot tag to Otis! Otis rallies with big elbows and shoulders! And an EXPLODER! ZIggler runs in, for a FLAPJACK!
Otis runs and DISCUS LARIATS! The Profits are fired up as Otis corner splashes Roode! Roode is down, Gable coaches Otis, for the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Tag to Gable, but Ziggler POSTS Otis! Ziggler gets in to superkick but Gable blocks to CHAOS THEORY! But Roode hits Gable with a GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, the Dirty Dawgs win!
Winners: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall
The Profits admit that was good and applaud. But the Dawgs are dodging the Profits, but you can’t dodge forever! Roode & Ziggler get away from an angry Otis, but will they only have so much time left to avoid Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins?
Hulk Hogan looks back on The Main Event, 2/5/1988!
33 years ago, 33 million watched The Immortal Hulkster take on the rotten, cheating Andre the Giant! That makes Hogan think on Edge going after either Drew McIntyre or Roman Reigns! Both men are in big trouble, because Edge has the love of the millions of Hulkamaniacs! So what’re they gonna do when Edge picks one of them, and Edge-O-Mania runs wild on them?!
Edge talks with Shinsuke Nakamura backstage.
Is the Rated R Superstar getting advice from the King of Strong Style on who to choose?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: Big E VS Apollo Crews VS Sami Zayn!
It’s time to #ThinkBig and fight hard because the Powerhouse of Positivity is up against both his rival and his antagonizer in one match! Will Big E still be the champ when there’s no champion’s advantage and no knowing what’ll happen?
SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance, with his camera crew following behind. The introductions are finally made, Big E’s legs are splayed until the belt is raised, and the stakes are higher than usual as the bell rings!
Sami talks trash but Big E chases him off! Apollo rushes in but Big E elbows him away. Apollo still gets a roll up, TWO! Apollo headlocks, Big E powers out and things speed up. Big E hurdles then elbows Apollo down, and now Sami strikes! Sami throws hands, CHOPS, and whips. Big E reverses, and then back drops Sami hard! Sami bails out, Apollo runs in again and headbutts Big E! Apollo GERMAN SUPLEXES but holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Apollo hits a third and covers, TWO! Sami CLUBS Apollo down then throws hands. Sami whips, Apollo reverses to CLOBBER Sami! Sami scrambles away, Apollo glares at Big E and runs in to SPLASH!
Apollo goes the other way, to SPLASH! Big E dodges to SPLASH back! Then Big E CLOBBERS Sami! Big E runs into Apollo’s mule kick! Apollo whips but Big E throws him out! Big E sees Apollo on the apron, runs, but Sami trips him up! Sami drags Big E out, throws haymakers, but Big E blocks a bump to bump Sami back! And again, and again! But Apollo FLIES to take Big E out! All three men are on the outside but Apollo hurries to bring Big E around. Apollo goes to the apron, takes aim, and SUPER MOONSAULTS Big E to the floor! Apollo staggers up and Sami CLOBBERS him! The “Champion of the People” is fired up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Sami clubs away on Big E in the ring! Sami pushes Big E onto ropes and chokes him! The ref can only reprimand because there are no disqualifications. Apollo gets up but Sami knocks him off the apron! Big E runs in but Sami drop toeholds Big E into buckles! Sami drags Big E up, Big E blocks the lift and Apollo gets in. Big E fights Sami, dodges and the missile dropkick gets Sami! Apollo runs at Big E but Big E dodges to OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And again! And then the SIDE BELLY2BELLY! Big E swivels the hips but Sami gets in to jump on! Sami has a sleeper hold but Big E throws him down beside Apollo! Big E runs for a DOUBLE BIG SPLASH!
Big E claps it up as Apollo is alone with him in the ring. Big E spins Apollo around but Apollo ENZIGURIS! Apollo runs at Big E in the corner, but gets put out hard on the apron! Sami runs in, into the Urenage-E! Cover, TWO! Sami survives but Big E keeps his cool. Big E stalks Sami to the apron, stands on him for a moment to then stomp away! Big E takes aim, smiles as he runs back, to APRON SPLASH! But Apollo SHOTGUN DROPKICKS Big E down! Apollo pushes Sami to a drop zone, goes up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Apollo is frustrated! Sami sputters, Apollo seethes, and Big E is somewhere on the outside stirring.
Apollo fires up as Sami goes to a corner. Apollo runs in but into an elbow! Sami boots but it’s blocked! Big E adds on, GERMAN SUPLEX EXPLODER!! All three men are down and the fans are rallying on their ThunderDome screens! Apollo crawls to the apron to save himself from a cover, so Big E looks at Sami. Sami also goes to the apron, Big E builds speed, but Sami KNEES Big E away! Sami realizes he has an opening, sees Big E in a corner, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, but Apollo drags him off! Sami is furious, that should’ve been three! Sami fires off fists on Apollo and then he argues with the ref! But there’s nothing that can be done, Apollo goes after Sami!
Sami begs for mercy, but Apollo ROCKS him with haymakers! Apollo military presses Sami to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area!! And Apollo goes back to Big E in the ring! Big E scoops him, BIG ENDING!! Cover, Big E wins!!
Winner: Big E, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
Did Sami cost Apollo? Who can say! But in the end, it was a big win for Big E and he is still the big man on campus! Will Apollo figure out what it is that isn’t working?
Edge heads to gorilla position!
The Rated R Superstar has had all night to think, is he going to answer Roman’s request, or rather, demand for a decision regarding WrestleMania?
SmackDown returns, and Edge heads to the ring!
Finally, after waiting all night, the Rated R Superstar is in the ThunderDome for Friday Night SmackDown! “You can’t accomplish something you’ve never dreamed of.” While grinding through rehab, Edge was dreaming. Every mile that he logged, he was dreaming. Edge dreamed of coming back here. Coming back home. Of winning the Royal Rumble and main-eventing WrestleMania! Of taking back something that he never lost and should be his! So at the Rumble, he came in at number 1 and outlasted 29 of the world’s best today! And now, Edge finds himself on the precipice of the main event t Wrestlemania.
Which begs the question: Who does he choose? It is an embarrassment of riches! Does he choose Drew McIntyre and the world title? Does he choose Finn Balor and the NXT title? Or does he choose Roman Reigns and the Universal title? Edge asked his family and gets one answer. He asks friends and gets another answer. On his way here, Edge saw some dude, asked him and he gave a different answer! By the way, that guy was named “John,” a real nice guy. At the end of the day- Roman Reigns interrupts. Edge watches the Tribal Chief, with cousin and counsel by his side, head down the ramp.
Roman and Heyman go to the steel steps, but Edge is wary of Roman’s hitman, Jey. The Bloodline enters the ring now, and Edge keeps his distance. Heyman again fetches Roman a mic so that Roman may speak. Edge asks why he had to bring back-up. Is Roman already sweating Edge? Because Edge is out here alone. Roman says man to man, Roman gives Edge his word. Without Roman’s blessing, Heyman will not make a move. Roman smirks because he thinks that’s funny. Edge says he’s already in Roman’s head. He can see it on Roman’s face. That’s why Jey’s here. Roman tells Jey they’ll regroup at the buss, Roman has this.
Heyman and Jey leave the ring, so now it’s just champion and possible challenger. That is Edge’s one pass. Edge disrespected Roman so he disrespected the family. Roman will only say this once: “Acknowledge me.” As both the main event of WrestleMania and as THE champion of choice. “Say my name. You understand me? Say my name.” That is Edge’s cue to say his line, so go. Edge smirks back, and then Kevin Owens shows up outta nowhere! STUNNER!! The Prizefighter has the last word tonight as Edge just drops his mic and walk away. Will Edge choose his opponent on his time? And what will Roman’s response be to the defiant Kevin Owens?
This was a really good episode to follow the Royal Rumble, and even the rest of the programming from the week. It was a great move for Roman to actually be upset that Edge isn’t outright choosing him and is going to Raw and NXT first. It brings NXT up, as WWE should because there shouldn’t be this “main roster” line drawn between the three brands, even with NXT still having a tie to the developmental aspects of WWE. Edge’s promo before being interrupted also did that by saying Edge isn’t just choosing between Drew and Roman, but Drew, Finn and Roman. Roman interrupting and demanding, only to be shut up by Kevin, was also a great detail. It’s just good story-telling to keep things up in the air like this, even with reports coming out that a decision has been made backstage.
The only cheap part of the decision-making angle was Hogan. He was hyped up as reminiscing on The Main Event from back in 1988, and how he would suggest or predict Edge’s choice, only to do none of that. He barely touched on the Main Event match because they played a really fast moving video package, and then he rambled on more about how HIS fans are now Edge’s fans. Ugh. Bianca’s side of things were played a bit better. She has a great interview with Kayla, her part in the promo segment with Sasha, Mella and Reggie was good, and I’m glad she brought back the hair whip. Mella isn’t going away so maybe she and Sasha have one last go around, winner faces Bianca at Mania.
I like that the Dirty Dawgs, Roode & Ziggler, have a new theme that blends their themes together. It makes them more of a tag team now. Profits doing their own commentary was great, and of course Roode & Ziggler defeat Otis & Gable. Obviously the story is that Profits will rest up, be right back and have their rematch, for an awesome match at whatever PPV it ends up being, hopefully Mania. Bryan VS Cesaro was a great match, and it is great that Cesaro won. Nakamura watching backstage is also curious. This surely foreshadows Nakamura VS Cesaro at some point, and I would actually like if their first match is before a tag team break up. It should be sold first as friendly competition, maybe it turns, and then we get a more intense rematch closer to Mania.
A rematch we didn’t really need was Dominik VS Corbin. I like that Dominik won because Rey helped him cheat, and I hope they circle back and say the person Rey and Dom needed to go see was Eddie Guerrero, and they did it through footage of Eddie’s career. It could even be done as a plug for the WWE Network going to Peacock, as much as I personally don’t like that particular business decision. Point being, Rey should have Dom learn from his kayfabe “real father” in Eddie, so that Dom can become the best of both the Guerrero and Mysterio styles. That is how this story can be redeemed since there apparently won’t be any more Knights of Wolf King involvement with the release of Steve Cutler.
Bayley VS Ruby was a good match, even with Billie getting involved like she did. I like the idea that maybe, just maybe, Billie teams up with Bayley. It could work as a quick tag title story going towards Mania, and it can be a great way to get those titles showing up on SmackDown again. I feel like with WrestleMania being two nights again this year, we need to have a Triple Threat for the Women’s Tag titles, with Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler representing Raw, Billie & Bayley representing SmackDown, and then the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic winners representing NXT. Billie might even cost Bayley somehow, and then they feud post-Mania. Either way, it’s a big move up for Billie, which she is proving she deserves in my opinion.
The Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat as the main event match was a great move. It was such a good match, with not so much story since Sami didn’t try a sneaky trick, but it did instead give us some progress for Apollo. He getting rid of Sami only to be the one that loses adds to his frustration, and I am definitely looking forward to Heel Apollo happening as he snaps on Big E and just goes nuts.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.27.2022
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?
This was their first show from the most recent tapings. We know the Guerrillas of Destiny will be here, Jay White is also supposed to be around…plus everything keeping Ring of Honor relevant we’ve got a lot to try and fit into two hours.
Any more crazy debuts, returns, or what have you? Let’s get to it!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
- Chris Bey vs Jake Something: Something wins via Into the Void – *** ¼
- The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration: Cassie Lee wins via Code Red Cradle Counter – ***
- Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree: Cassidy wins via BQE – N/A
- Johnny Swinger vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
- Chris Sabin vs PCO: PCO wins via Bubba Bomb – *** ¼
We see they are still selling the D’lo is injured angle, so we get 205 Live flashbacks! Tom is on commentary with Matthew Rehwoldt!
Chris Bey vs Jake Something
Bey starts things off quickly but Jake puts a stop to that with a big right hand that dazes Bey. Bey powders, Jake follows, but it set up Bey to hit an Apron Tiger Feint. He goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Jake catches him and hits Snake Eyes on the apron. Bey bounces to the post, Jake charges and Bey moves to have Jake crash himself into the pole.
We get more of the clash of styles where Bey goes for a few quick shots or high flying haymakers, but Jake seems to return 3 or 4 of Bey’s moves just with one big power move. There’s a tenacious spot with Bey clinging to Jake with the Rear Naked choke and refusing to let go regardless of being driven into the corner and even flat on the mat.
Jake powers through and manages to drop Bey to break the Sleeper. The action is quick and could go either way. Bey counters Jake’s corner spear, he counters Jake’s Blackhole Slam and we see a beautiful Spinning Heel Kick. Huricanrana, but Jake holds on and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb. Bey keeps everything moving quickly, he baits Jake into the corner, goes to the top rope and Jake catches him out of mid-air. A small pause for the cause, and Jake creates the momentum for Into the Void himself.
Post-Match G.o.D. run down beat the hell out of Jake, Speedball Mike Bailey makes a save until Jay White comes down and Bailey sells the involvement hilariously. G.o.D. tell us exactly why they’re here and we all knew, Good Brothers gonna fall victim to the Firing Squad.
.@ScottDAmore just made it official!
"You win, you stay! You lose don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!"
Honor No More VS IMPACT WRESTLING at No Surrender! pic.twitter.com/6q7v4lfGso
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration
This is a little stupid but it keeps the story moving. The IInspiration missed the first title match because of covid stopping them from going to Hard to Kill. Now Tenille isn’t available for these tapings I guess, so this is a non-title match.
Madison starts off with Cassie and Madison gets out-wrestled. So Madison tags in Kaleb and Cassie immediately starts making a joke of the situation and Cassie feigns an old Jimmy tap. Cassie again out-wrestles Kaleb and tags in Jessie. Jessie and Kaleb have a weird moment where he pulls her up from a failed Sunset Flip and they have a pause where it almost looks like they’re gonna kiss or something.
The hiccup in the action gives The Influence and opening and a big Superkick from Kaleb connects on Cassie. Madison controls the match and tags in Kaleb. He comes off the middle rope Jerry Lawler style but Cassie counters the move with a Manhattan Drop. Then she retreats to the ropes, he charges, and crotches himself on the middle rope. Madison tags back in since Kaleb has been having issues.
Jessie hits the Shades of Kay which causes Madison to DDT Kaleb. After some shenanigans, a blind tag from Kaleb gives The Influence a close call. But a Code Red kind of counter to a Powerbomb gives Cassie the victory. Watching Kaleb and Madison throw tantrums over the loss is pretty hilarious.
AHH Gisele Shaw is the Quintessential Diva! She’s been on AXS TV before when she was Azteca during WOW from a few years ago. She’s been in the business for a while and isn’t terrible in the ring. I’m looking forward to her honestly.
Something says that did not go the way @The_Ace_Austin planned…@gailkimITSME loved the idea of @FultonWorld/@The_Ace_Austin/@SpeedballBailey & @JakeSomething_ vs The Bullet Club and made it official for next week on #IMPACTonAXSTV!#IMPACTWRESTLING pic.twitter.com/nxZ5Eu9N3x
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 28, 2022
Mickie holds a State of the Knockouts and it’s just a big hype session for the Royal Rumble, to help set the stage that Chelsea Green is still somewhat relevant in the title picture even though Tasha Steelz is the rightful number one contender. It was fine, but went a bit long.
We get about 10 seconds of Jordynne Grace defending the Digital Media title against Kiera Hogan, then she officially accepts Zack, erhm…Matt Cardona’s challenge. And Brian Myers adds like nine guys to the Learning Tree just to throw numbers at Massive Cassidy as he joins commentary.
Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree
Tom calls Zicky Dice “If the State of Florida were a person”; super accurate. This is a hilarious Squash match and the commentary makes it fantastic. BQE wins the match for Cassidy.
Brian Myers squares up to Cassidy, and Moose comes down to attack his next challenger. Morrissey fights them off mostly, gets buried under the Learning Tree and goes full Super Shredder but Moose cuts him in half with Lights Out! Myers is amused and Moose poses victorious and looking sharp as hell.
Johnny Swinger vs Jonah
Swingman gonna be a dead man. Jonah gonna take em to the morgue. We do see apparently Dan Lambert is in the crowd. So this could be a return of Dan Lambert to IMPACT. Yeah Tsunami wins, anyone surprised? Jonah tosses out Swinger and looks like he might do more damage, but Decay’s music hits and they seem to have an interest in Swinger. So Jonah allows them to have their fun and do what they will.
Chris Sabin vs PCO
Definitely NOT a match I expected in 2022, especially with the faction seconds around the ring. PCO makes sure the pace is slow and works on Sabin’s left arm. Driving it into the turnbuckles, wrenching over the ropes, dropping hammers into his elbow and of course Arm Wringers. Sabin needs to do a little Junior stylings to roll with the Wringer and now tries the rope runs. Frankenstein doesn’t go down until Sabin goes for the low Dropkick, then a Flying Shoulder Tackle.
Sabin is moving nicely, but PCO calls the refs attention and Honor No More trips up Sabin running the ropes. Eddie Edwards tries to return it in kind, but the referee is staring right at him. Stupid good guy Eddie tries to cheat and he’s just bad at it. Commercial break takes us to Sabin having PCO in the corner for 10 count punches. Springboard Flatliner attempt but PCO grabs him out of the sky and sends him to the outside. Brings him back in just to crush him over the top rope with a car crash lariat. Middle Ropes PCO Senton through the ropes to the outside onto Sabin.
PCO throws Sabin into the steps and just rocks him. Then we see the top corner Senton onto Sabin as he’s draped on the apron. PCO doing those moves you’re not expecting from someone his age or size, but it’s been his bread and butter with his PCO resurgence the last 5 years or so. PCO SAULT – MISSES! Sabin has been getting destroyed and now finally has a second to put things together.
Missile Dropkick, Yakuza Kick and then a Missile Dropkick to the back of the head sending PCO to the outside. Suicide Dive sends PCO reeling into the guardrail! Top Rope Crossbody from Sabin for 2. Cradle Shock attempt but no, Crucifix Cradle near fall and then a big clubbing lariat from PCO and Sabin’s momentum is stunted. Vader Bomb from PCO, Sabin gets the Knees up, kick, running Enzuigiri, Cradle Shock but Honor No More starts making their presence known. PCO is still selling so Sabin attacks all of them, Maria distracts the referee, and the numbers catch up with Sabin. PCO hits the Bubba Bomb and folds up Sabin for the victory!
Overall Score: 7/10
They set up the main event during the show, made it feel like a big deal, and it wasn’t really over booked given all the people being involved. Massive Cassidy dismantling the Learning Tree was comedic and great given the commentary and the way the segment ended with Myers and Moose having their moments.
Bullet Club opened things and made it all feel important, I mean let’s just put it this way. There were a lot of factions being involved, but no one felt lost, it all felt kinda cool and big and even the throw together group of Ace/Fulton/Jake/Speedball felt logical and of course a little campy, but works for the IMPACT presentation. Gisele Shaw being shown and named as the Quintessential Diva could be great since she’s not a WWE hand me down, but she does have a little bit of stroke given her other work. The personality they gave her in the promo makes me feel like she’ll fit into Inspiration/Tenille kind of style, but when they recently added Lady Frost and Masha Slammovich; it’s really great to see a bunch of different women in the division.
Also not gonna lie, I’m a little curious what Dan Lambert will be doing. Given the fact that like 2018 ATT was positioned against Moose, I wonder if there will be any of that animosity or if Moose will align with them since 2018 Moose is not 2022 Moose. Fun threads in this show!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)
Grudge match after grudge match!
Will the Irish Ace strike gold again?
Ilja Dragunov defends the NXT UK Championship against Jordan Devlin, in an EMPTY ARENA MATCH! Will Devlin celebrate all by himself tonight?
- Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie; Die Familie wins.
- Amale VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
- NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie!
Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers are a firm and a family, but The Babo still says he, Rohan Raja & Charles Dempsey have a stronger bond. These bonds will be tested as these six finally have it out! What happens on this full contact family feud?
The trios sort out, Teoman starts against Joe Coffey and fans sing for Gallus right away. The Iron King talks trash with Teoman as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Joe puts Teoman in the corner. Teoman BOOTS but Joe ROCKS Teoman with haymakers! Teoman kicks and fires off forearms, but then Joe gives more haymakers. Tag to Mark, and the brothers double wrench to lift and CHOP Teoman down! Mark gets Teoman up to punch, arm-drag, and armlock. Mark puts on a cobra clutch, drags Teoman up and Wolfgang tags in. Ripcord to a shoulder and a forearm! Teoman crawls, kicks Wolfie’s leg, and Raja tags in!
But Wolfgang hip tosses Raja down! Then arm-drags him up and over for an armlock. Wolfgang tags Mark back in, they coordinate to takedown and DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! Raja hits ropes on the way to a corner, Mark runs in to back body block! Mark goes up, Dempsey distracts him! Raja YANKS Mark down to then DECK him, BOOT him, and stomp him around! Raja drags Mark up, tags in Teoman, and they mug Mark. Teoman wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then uppercuts it. Teoman has a wristlock and he wrangles Mark down. Teoman bends the fingers and then the elbow! Mark fights back but Teoman hits him in return.
Mark gets up, throws big forearm after forearm, then rams Teoman into an open corner. Mark throws body shots but Teoman BOOTS and elbows Mark away! Teoman goes up, blindside missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Teoman is annoyed but he keeps Mark down with an armlock. Mark endures, Gallus and the fans rally up, and Mark fights up. Teoman tags Dempsey, they mug Mark, and Dempsey drags Mark up to facelock. Mark endures but Dempsey RAMPS him into the corner! And then again! Dempsey keeps on the grovit but Mark throws body shots. Mark gets free, he EuroUppers, but Dempsey gives it back!
They go back and forth, Mark catches the arms for a backslide! ONE, Dempsey headbutts low, ROCKS Mark then clinches. Dempsey CHOPS Mark off his feet, covers, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Mark with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Fans sing for Gallus but Dempsey moves around to grind the shoulder and twist it through! Mark tries to fight, Dempsey mounts for a cover, ONE as Mark sunsets! Dempsey rolls through, lateral press, ONE but Dempsey has a double wristlock. Mark fights up as Dempsey cranks the hold! Raja tags in, Dempsey feeds Mark to a BIG forearm! Raja covers, TWO!
Raja stomps Mark, drags Mark up and over, and Dempsey tags back in. They whip Mark, knee low, then KNEE lift Mark down! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Dempsey glares at Joe, but turns around into big forearms and CHOPS from Mark! Dempsey knees Mark low, elbows Joe down, then swings, into a back suplex! Dempsey tags Raja, Mark crawls for his corner but Raja gets the legs. Mark kicks Raja away, Teoman tags in! Teoman goes around to swing on Wolfgang, but turns around into a back drop! Mark crawls, hot tag to Wolfgang! Fans rally as Wolfgang CLOBBERS Teoman, SPLASHES Raja, then goes up to AX HANDLE Teoman!
Wolfgang DECKS Dempsey, fires off hands on Teoman, then whips to KNEE low! BASEMENT SPLASH! Wolfgang drags Teoman up, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Teoman is still in this for Die Familie, and he kicks Wolfgang away to get to his corner. Wolfgang SPLASHES, but Raja tags in! Wolfgang SLAPS Raja down, Wolfgang runs in, but Raja gets Teoman out of the way! Teoman hits a SLIDING FOREARM, then Raja drags Wolfgang up, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and Raja is furious! Fans rally up, Teoman swings on Joe! Raja goes after Wolfgang, but backstabber is denied! Tag to Joe!
Joe rallies on Raja, DECKS Teoman, CLOBBERS Raja, and pop-up UPPERCUTS Teoman! Raja sidesteps Joe but Joe breaks through the clothesline to FLYING SHOULDER! Joe shoves, clinches and OVERHEAD suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Joe as he drags Raja back up. Joe whips Raja to a corner, Raja reverses, but Joe goes up and ROCKS Raja. Joe goes up and up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe goes to the corner, runs in, but Raja dodges the sendoff! BACKSTABBER! Joe flounders and both men are down! Raja crawls over to the corner, hot tag to Dempsey! Dempsey knees low, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!
Dempsey drags Joe up into a FULL NELSON! Joe fights the suplex and THROWS Dempsey off! GLASGOW SENDOFF! Tag to Mark! The Coffey Brothers get Dempsey up, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Teoman throws Joe out, goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! Mark swings on Teoman, then DOUBLE CHOPS Dempsey! Tag to Wolfgang and they get Dempsey up. Feed to the scoop, but Raja drags Mark out! Teoman gets in, to CHOP BLOCK Wolfgang’s leg! Dempsey has the STF!! Wolfgang endures, and taps! DIE FAMILIE WINS!
Winners: Die Familie, by submission
Though not blood, these brothers in arms found a way to keep down the Gallus boys! Is NXT UK going to be their kingdom soon enough?
NXT UK hears from Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, as well as Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff.
The finals are coming! And that means one step closer to becoming the next NXT UK Tag Team Champions! But Jack & Dave are no joke. They’re good, but they’re only a team of two months. Smith & Carter have been a team of two years. Jack is more like Dave’s apprentice. This is their time.
Dave Mastiff says the #1 contendership is close. And he knows Tyler Bate & Trent Seven pretty well. But they can’t underestimate Carter & Smith. Yeah, they’ve had things to say about Mastiff & Starz, and two years together is impressive. But how about a 20 year career? That’s impressive. Two years is a drop in the ocean to The Bomber. Everything Smith learned about tag matches, he learned from Mastiff. Starz will take care of Carter, and Mastiff knows Smith like the back of his hand.
Smith says he’s learned more on his own than what Mastiff taught him, he and Carter are ready. Carter says they’re the hottest tag team under the sun and the freshest flavor on the brand. If there’s any team more serious, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team more supreme, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team winning the match, it’s Smith & Carter. Ready and Forward, Always Forward! Starz says to bring their A Games, and everything they’ve got, because no one is stopping him and Mastiff from taking those NXT UK Tag Team Championships! All four men are fired up, but which duo burns brighter in this #1 contender’s tag?
Amale VS Jinny!
Similar backgrounds, similar career paths, but completely different outlooks on life; that is why the French Hope and the Spoiled Princess of Knightsbridge can’t stand each other. But now that things have come to blows, will Amale’s positivity negate Jinny’s negativity? Or does Jinny have that much more fury and fire to win out?
The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Jinny knees low! Jinny headlocks, Amale powers out but Jinny pulls hair to CLUB Amale down. Jinny hits a headlock takeover, Amale headscissors, but Jinny kips free. Amale clinches, headlocks for the takeover, but Jinny goes for the headscissors. Amale shrugs that off, Jinny fights up, and Jinny pulls hair. Jinny powers out but Amale runs her over! Jinny kicks low, but Amale throws body shots! And forearms! Jinny gives those back, clamps onto an arm, but Amale gets to ropes. The ref counts but Jinny wraps the arm around ropes to throw knee after knee!
Jinny stops as the ref counts 4, but Amale fires forearms in return! Jinny kicks low, scowls and whips, but Amale reverses to then duck, dodge, and scoop SLAM! Jinny flounders, Amale hits a somersault senton, to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Amale grits her teeth as she follows Jinny. Amale waistlocks, Jinny holds ropes, and then Jinny HOTSHOTS Amale off the top! Jinny WRINGS Amale’s arm out, stomps Amale around, then grabs an arm to drop a knee on it! Then she does the same to the other arm! Cover, TWO! Jinny grabs hair but fans rally up. Jinny drags Amale up but Amale throws haymakers! Jinny wrenches to wrangle Amale down!
Amale endures the armlock but Jinny CLAWS the arm from wrist to shoulder! Amale keeps Jinny from getting the other arm, then gets up to throw body shots and forearms. Jinny shoves Amale, but Amale sunset flips! TWO! Jinny rushes in, ducks and dodges to throw Amale by her hair! Fans boo but Jinny KNEES Amale down! And KNEES Her in the side! And again! And again! Jinny drags Amale up, tucks the arm, and throws elbows down before putting on the IRON OCTOPUS! Amale endures but Jinny pulls the arm way back! Amale stays on her feet, powers up, and is free to hip toss Jinny down!
Fans rally, Jinny gets up but she knees Amale low! Jinny whips Amale to a corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Amale goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Jinny down! Amale runs corner to corner to LARIAT Jinny! And then another lariat! Fans fire up with Amale and she brings Jinny up. Jinny throws body shots and low kicks, but Amale reverses the whip, corner clothesline! Amale roars, Jinny is rocked, Amale whips her into a buckle! Amale runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale drags Jinny out for a waistlock, but Jinny throws back elbows! Amale turns that around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Amale grows frustrated, but she keeps on Jinny. Amale hooks the leg but Amale pulls hair! Jinny throws elbows, brings Amale to a corner, and trips her up to high stack! Legs on the ropes! JINNY WINS!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
Jinny snatches that win by waiting until the last second to get the leverage! Amale is furious, but will she be able to get her revenge?
To up the ante from their first time around, Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport face off for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, in a Japanese Street Fight! Blair brutalized Meiko after losing, will she brutalize her again before winning? Or will Meiko make Blair regret showing her that disrespect?
NXT UK Media catches up with Nathan Frazer.
The British Prodigy comes off a big loss against Ring General, Walter/Gunther. How is he feeling now? Considering literally no one thought he was going to win, he feels great with how well he did. But then barging in to celebrate their victory is Die Familie. They already have champagne ready, but they ask Frazer what he’s doing in their locker room. Oh so this is their room now? Well, congrats, boys, you must be so proud of yourselves. Teoman tells Frazer that Die Familie doesn’t need anything from a loser like him. Oh, Die Familie? Cute nickname. You really think you’re family? Teoman just keeps the others around so he isn’t a loser himself. It’s so blatantly obvious.
Raja gets in Frazer’s face about those comments, and Teoman says to get out of the room. Fine, enjoy your little party. Will Frazer prove who the real loser is soon enough?
NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin!
Oh the irony. Just as we got fans back, now they have to leave! The Irish Ace says the fans are the real source of the Czar’s power. But when it’s No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere, will Devlin be able to stand all on his own? Or will UNBESIEGBAR still have the power to break him as the fans cheer him on from outside the arena?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who can stand on their own two feet!
Devlin HEADBUTTS Dragunov before the bell! Then he rains down forearms! The ref wants Delvin to stop, the bell hasn’t rung! Devlin picks up the title and says it is coming home with him! The ref asks Dragunov if he still wants to fight, and of course he does! The bell rings, Devlin swings the belt at Dragunov, but Dragunov dodges and gets around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, talks trash back in Russian to GERMAN SUPLEX Devlin again! Dragunov holds on, gets Devlin up again, but Devlin grabs ropes! No ropebreaks in this match, so Devlin MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov down, ROCKS him with a forearm, then keeps on him with more heavy shots. Devlin ties Dragunov up in the ropes! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov, and says he’s stronger, faster and smarter than Dragunov! Devlin goes out to get the timekeeper’s chair! Devlin says Dragunov’s family will have to live with this. Dragunov eggs Devlin on, then boots him! Devlin is annoyed, he fires off haymakers on Dragunov’s head! Devlin goes back outside, and he brings in a screwdriver?! Devlin gets in, wanting to go HHH on Ric Flair that one time. Dragunov BOOTS Devlin down, and is free of the ropes!
Devlin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov ENZIGURIS Devlin! Both men get up, Dragunov runs in to clothesline Devlin and himself out of the ring! Dragunov and Devlin get up again, Dragunov CHOPS Devlin against barriers. And CHOPS again! Dragunov hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then a scoop and SLAM to the floor! Dragunov seethes while Devlin writhes on the mat. Dragunov drags Devlin up, brings him around with a headlock to bump him off the apron. And then off the barriers! Dragunov waistlocks, Devlin holds the barriers, and he elbows free of the waistlock. Dragunov staggers, but he swings. Devlin ducks but Dragunov uses the left to LARIAT!
Dragunov chases after Devlin, stands him up, and CHOPS him against barriers. Dragunov brings Devlin along and whips him into barriers! Dragunov takes a moment, still shaking out cobwebs from those shots Devlin gave him while tied up in the ropes. Dragunov gets Devlin up but Devlin uses the barriers to block! Dragunov clutches one side of his head, perhaps still feeling that headbutt. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, brings him around, and RAMS him into steel steps! Dragunov clutches an arm and cries out in pain! Devlin gets the top half of the steps and lifts it up into the ring. Devlin then goes back for Dragunov, only for Dragunov to TORPEDO MOSCOW him through barriers!!
Both men writhe and groan where fans would’ve been sitting otherwise. Dragunov flounders to lean against a chair while Devlin manages to sit up. Devlin falls against a chair, but Dragunov is after him again! Dragunov BOWLS Devlin through the chairs! Dragunov tosses some folding chairs into the ring, all the while telling Devlin in Russian what’s coming. Dragunov holds onto the last few chairs to SMACK Devlin on the back! Devlin screams in pain, Dragunov sets the tables down in a nice little pile. Devlin tries to get away and he tumbles over the barriers. Dragunov drags him back up, CLUBS away on him, but and suplexes him up and over, onto the chairs!
Devlin writhes, Dragunov pushes him down to cover, TWO!! Devlin survives that hard landing, but Dragunov stalks him as they go towards the staging area. Devlin sits in a chair and wants mercy, but Dragunov just CHOPS him out of his seat! They continue down the way, Dragunov dares Devlin to talk about his family now! Dragunov drags Devlin up to TOSS him into a nearby table! All the computers and things on it go flying off! Devlin is stuck on the table, Dragunov pushes him off it. Dragunov drags Devlin up, waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Devlin rakes eyes! Devlin goes to suplex but Dragunov slips out to CLOBBER Devlin!
Devlin leans on the table again. Dragunov gets space, and he runs in, TORPEDO MOSCOW but Devlin gets clear! Only Dragunov crashes through the table!! Devlin covers, TWO!! Dragunov survives, and Devlin can’t believe it! Devlin drags Dragunov from the wreckage and SMACKS him off a road case! Did he leave a dent in it? Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off it again, then gets a smaller case! Devlin shoves the case in, ROAD CASE SANDWICH! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov down, stands him back up, and CLUBS him on the back. Dragunov flounders, Devlin drags him up, but Dragunov resists the suplex.
Devlin CLUBS Dragunov, but it’s Dragunov who suplexes! Devlin knees free, stands on top of the road case, and RAKES Dragunov’s eyes! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off the edge of the case! MOONSAULT OFF THE CASE! Direct hit and both men fall on the concrete! Both men are down as Devlin can’t get the cover! Devlin manages to sit up first, and he brings Dragunov back up. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, they go back around the staging, and Devlin ROCKS Dragunov. Dragunov staggers through the chairs, Devlin throws down fists! Devlin brings Dragunov up to TOSS him over the barriers! They’re back at ringside as Dragunov groans and writhes.
Devlin hobbles his way around and he starts looking under the ring. Fans may not be here to chant it, but Devlin wants a table! Dragunov CLUBS him and CHOPS him first! Dragunov puts Devlin in the ring, and Dragunov decides he wants the table. Dragunov puts the table in the ring, but Devlin has a chair! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov the second he’s in the ring! Devlin takes the table back for his own, sets it up in a corner, and then goes back for Dragunov. Devlin stands Dragunov up, ROCKS him with a right, and Dragunov wobbles. Dragunov blocks the ripcord to body scissors! Dragunov rains down elbows over and over on Devlin!!
Dragunov is furious, and he drags Devlin back up, traps the arms in the Gotch lift, POWERSLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!!? Devlin survives but Dragunov has no energy to be frustrated! Dragunov instead makes his way to a corner and climbs up top. Devlin JAMS Dragunov’s knee with a chair! Fireman’s carry, SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin is furious that Dragunov survives! Devlin gives thumbs down to say this is over. He has the arm, but Dragunov again blocks the ripcord. Dragunov gets up to reel Devlin into a fireman’s carry! Devlin elbows over and over but Dragunov won’t let him down!
Devlin rakes eyes, but Dragunov still CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS through the table!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Devlin survives and surely somewhere, the BT Sports Studio crowd is losing its mind! Dragunov aims from a corner as Devlin flounders his way to the far side. Dragunov still shouts out, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But his head starts hurting! Devlin says Dragunov can’t win when there’s no fans! Devlin eggs Dragunov on to do it for Constantin! Dragunov staggers, HEADBUTT!!! Devlin suplexes for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Devlin is beside himself, how is Dragunov doing this?!
Devlin storms his way back out of the ring and he thinks of what he has to do. He finds the zip ties used for the cables. He brings those into the ring, LASHES Dragunov with them, then KICKS him down! Devlin zip ties one of Dragunov’s arms, hammers away on his shoulder and then gets the other. Dragunov is defiant to the end as he talks trash in Russian, but his arms are now zip tied to each other! Devlin rains down fists over and over, Dragunov unable to guard his head. Devlin says he told Dragunov this was coming. Dragunov could have walked away, but now he’ll be rolled out of here without the title! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov’s leg!
Devlin says this was Dragunov’s choice. Dragunov still kicks from below! Devlin brings him to the steel steps and digs his head into the steel! Devlin has the chair! But Devlin avoids the steel step con-chair-to! Dragunov BOOTS Devlin, and Devlin staggers in a daze! Dragunov jumps off the steps, TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! He crawls to the cover, Dragunov wins!!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)
The Irish Ace gave Dragunov his most sadistic fight yet, and yet Dragunov still comes out the winner! If not even this could stop him, will anything ever stop The Czar? Or is UNBESIEGBAR eternal?
What an episode! Gallus VS Die Familie was a very good opener, but I had figured Die Familie was winning. I said as much last week that Gallus could be in the next wave of NXT UK transfers to NXT 2.0. Joe Coffey isn’t looking like NXT UK Champion material so maybe Gallus joins Imperium, and perhaps Joe Coffey has a repeat run where he gives the singles champs great matches but never gets those belts. Die Familie having a confrontation with Nathan Frazer nods towards what’s next for them, but I feel like Frazer’s gonna need an ally to take them on. No idea who, but maybe we could get an equally eclectic counter faction to take on Die Familie. Frazer, Gradwell and Huxley for some reason seem like the most logically illogical trio to make.
We got a really good promo vignette out of the tag team finalists. Carter & Smith VS Mastiff & Starz, that match could go any which way since it’s Faces VS Faces with Face tag team champions right now. And also, Meiko VS Blair in a Japanese Street Fight is going to be awesome, but it makes me wonder what will make it stand out from any standard Street Fight. Honestly, when WWE does a Street Fight, the only theme is holiday. When another place like AEW does a Street Fight named for a location, they try to bring items specific to that location. So seeing what NXT UK comes up with will be reason enough to watch.
Amale VS Jinny was really good, really aggressive, but of course Jinny cheats to win. These two are definitely going to have a series of matches, and the final winner (probably Amale) will be primed for a title match. And there’s a chance Jinny moves on to NXT 2.0 since they don’t seem to see her as NXT UK Women’s Championship material at this point. I am curious to see Jinny interact with Toxic Attraction. And then that main event, what an awesome match! Match of the week, even match of the month. I again point out the irony of Devlin saying Dragunov can’t win without fans, but going Empty Arena was great as they could fully use the BT Sports Studio arena area.
Great creativity in how vicious Devlin was, but Dragunov wins out and gains some major power levels. And just as I’ve said about Joe Coffey and Jinny, if Devlin isn’t seen as NXT UK Champion material at this point, he’s probably going to NXT 2.0 to try for the North American Championship. Between COVID and Vince McMahon, Devlin’s Cruiserweight title reign was killed, and he could end up following Balor’s footsteps by Vince “losing faith” in him as a top champion. But Devlin can still do a lot as someone who pushes the new kids to their limits.
My Score: 8.8/10
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