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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/12/21)

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

SmackDown picks up speed towards Fastlane!

Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns sign a contract, SmackDown Women’s Champion and challenger are guests on the KO Show, and more as WWE continues down the Road to WrestleMania!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS The Dirty Dawgs & The Alpha Academy; The Profits & Mysterios win.
  • Cesaro VS Buddy Murphy; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
  • Tamina & Natalya VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair; Tamina & Natalya win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Sami Zayn; Big E wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Edge returns to SmackDown!

The Rated R Superstar is back again because he knows that while he has a Universal Championship match at WrestleMania, he doesn’t know who he’s facing! “Big contract signing tonight between Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, but there are some things that I need to address.” There are quite a few people who keep talking about him, starting with Roman. Roman said a man like Edge shouldn’t face a man like Roman. Edge has a family, kids, but those are excuses for Roman. But Edge finds that amusing. Edge picked up on something that everyone else missed: Roman and Paul Heyman are spin doctors.

For weeks, Roman wanted Edge to acknowledge him as the main event of WrestleMania. Then Edge makes his choice and does pick Roman. Then Roman felt what Edge brings to the table. Roman is the Head of the Table but Edge is the carpenter of that table! But Roman starts backtracking, and takes a detour down Daniel Bryan Boulevard, and Roman got played. That brings Edge to Daniel Bryan. Last week, Bryan came out and said he deserves to be at WrestleMania more than Edge, because Bryan loves wrestling. Because Bryan’s wrestled more than Edge in the last few months. But Edge will remind Roman, Bryan and the younger fans just who Edge is.

Because back in the day, while Bryan wrestled maybe once a week, Edge was here, in the WWE, wrestling 5, 6, 7 times a day against guys like The Undertaker, John Cena, Dave Bautista, Randy Orton, Eddie Guerrero, Mr. Perfect, the British Bulldog, Terry Funk, over the timeframe of four DECADES. Edge is back here not because he has to be, but because he loves this! So don’t base a hypothesis off love or work rate. But like everyone else, Edge just has to wait until Fastlane to find out who he faces at Mania. But then Daniel Bryan makes his way out! Fans give the Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan gets a mic and stands with Edge in the ring.

“Wow. Uh, you talk about Roman Reigns getting sucked in. I think you got sucked in.” Honestly, that wasn’t even Bryan’s intention. As the Ultimate Opportunist, Edge would respect Bryan “going into business for myself.” But to set things straight, Bryan has infinite amounts of respect for what Edge has done and who he has faced. Bryan sees how hard Edge has worked for this and how much he loves this, and how hard he fought to get back to this. But let Bryan be completely honest, when Bryan wanted to challenge Roman for the title, it wasn’t about Edge. Bryan is down at Elimination Chamber, watching Edge point at the sign, and it demoralized him.

But it was not about the work rate, but because Bryan allowed himself to go into his last WrestleMania on the back burner. And that is when Bryan decided to throw his one last shot! If this is his last shot, then Bryan is going to give it everything he’s got to make it! Edge has his spot, so this isn’t about him. For Bryan, if he wants to main event Mania, he has to go through Fastlane, face Roman and take the title, so that is why Bryan went into business for himself. Oh, so the air quotes cancels things out? Edge will make this clear: Roman beat Bryan at Elimination Chamber. Yes, it was right after another match, but a win is a win.

And talking about wins, Edge won the Rumble by outlasting 29 others, as #1, and Bryan was in there with him! Edge also has respect for Bryan, but he doesn’t like how Bryan did this. Bryan is better than this, but not better than Edge. Edge drops the mic and takes his leave. But will Edge have no choice but to face Bryan down the line?

 

8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS The Dirty Dawgs & The Alpha Academy!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are fired up to be teaming up with Rey & Dominik as they all try to get after the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, as well as Chad Gable and the Blue Collar bulldozer! But as they make their entrances, they all get blindsided by Roode, Dolph, Gable and Otis! Otis THROWS Dom into the LED apron, the Dawgs throw Dawkins into barriers! Will Ford, Dawkins and the Mysterios be able to regroup while SmackDown goes to break?

SmackDown returns and the teams have sorted out, Roode starts with Dawkins, and at the bell, Roode rushes Dawkins but he dodges to DECK Ziggler! Roode headlocks, Dawkins powers out, hurdles and hurdles to dodge and BULLDOG! Dawkins dropkicks Roode, Gable gets in to get a dropkick, too! Tag to Ford and the Profits whip Dawkins. Dropkick, then a tag to Dom, who combines with Ford for a wheelbarrow leg drop! Cover, TWO! Dom drags Roode up, Roode knees him low! Roode drags Dom over, tags in Gable, and they mug Dom. Gable wrenches an arm, whips Dom to ropes, but Dom ducks and comes back to RANA Gable!

Otis tags in and hits Dom with a hard body shot! Otis whips Dom, Dom goes up but Otis catches him! Dom slips to the outside and forearms Otis away, to then springboard, but Otis CLOBBERS him out of the air! Otis tags Gable and the Academy mugs Dom. Gable taunts Dom as he looms over him, then drags him up to whip to a corner. Dom bounces off buckles into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX with bridge! Cover, TWO! Tag to Roode, Gable YANKS Dom’s leg then Roode drops an elbow on it! Roode pulls back on a deep toehold, then drops knees on Dom’s knee! Roode paces around Dom, Rey and the Profits coach Dom up, but Roode drags Dom up for a suplex!

Dom fights free with knees, then gets a headlock for a TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, Roode shakes out the stars flying around his head and crawls to his corner. Dom also crawls, hot tags to Ziggler and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Ziggler, hits Gable, then goes back to FLYING ELBOW Ziggler! Dawkins scoops Ziggler for an EXPLODER! Dawkins DECK Otis, but runs into a stiff elbow from Ziggler! Ziggler runs, into the ANOINTING! The spinebuster takes Ziggler down, Ford climbs up, but Gable distracts and Roode shoves Ford down! Ford crashes to the floor and Rey is furious, but the Dawgs and Alphas have the advantage again as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Ziggler has Ford trapped with a chinlock. Ziggler pushes up to add leverage but Ford powers up to stand. Ford throws body shots, is free, but Ziggler shoves him to dropkick him down! Ziggler pushes Ford to the corner, but Ford fights out! Ford throws hands on Ziggler, but Ziggler dodges the enziguri! Ziggler hops on for a sleeper hold! Ford spins around but Ziggler is on him as a backpack! Ford stays standing and heads for his corner, but he starts to fade! Ziggler squeezes tight and Ford drops to his elbows but he powers up! Ford gets his second wind to reach, but Roode runs in! The ref doesn’t see the tag!!

The ref keeps Dawkins back, Ziggler drags Ford over and Ford gets mugged by the Dirty Dawgs and Alpha! Roode tags in with the ref watching and he stomps Ford down. Roode drags Ford up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler talks trash, Roode tags in Otis and they mug Ford more. Otis drags Ford up, whips him to a corner hard, and Ford bounces off buckles! Otis runs in but Ford dodges and Otis hits buckles even harder! Gable tags in, he hits Dawkins, then drags Ford up for a GERMAN! Ford lands on his feet, leaps over Gable, hot tag to Rey! Rey rallies on Gable, whips but Gable reverses, only for Rey to tilt-o-whirl headscissor!

Rey DECKS the Dawgs then whips Gable. Gable reverses, Rey goes up and over and keeps moving to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, but Otis breaks it! Dom climbs up as Otis hauls Rey up into a gut wrench. Rey escapes, Dom LEAPS, but Otis catches Dom! Rey goes up to SEATED SENTON! Otis goes down, Rey goes up and around to rana Gable onto ropes! But Roode tags in to give Rey a SPNEBUSTER! Cover but Ford breaks it! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Ford! Dawkins gives Ziggler the SILENCER! Roode throws Dawkins out hard, Dom and Roode talk trash, but Rey dropkicks Roode onto ropes! DOUBLE 619!!

Dom LEAPS onto Gable, Rey tags to Ford so he can LEAP onto Otis! Ford FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!

Winners: The Street Profits & Mysterios, by pinfall

Ford covers Roode, and the Profits could be in line for that long-awaited tag title rematch! But will they be given that by Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce?

 

WWE announces the first inductee to the 2021 Hall of Fame!

It was The Bump that had Shane “hurricane” Helms on, and he got to tell Mighty Molly Holly that she was the one! Molly Holly is so honored, and everyone feels #YouDeserveIt!

 

Jey Uso walks up to Roman Reigns’ room.

Jey says hey to Paul Heyman, and Heyman asks where he’s going. Jey was gonna holler at Big Uce. Well, has he talked with him lately? As far as Jey knew, it seemed like things were cool just a few days ago. Heyman says that they know how Fridays can be. There’s certain pressures and tensions. Jey tapping out to Bryan in the cage… Oh, well, uh, Jey’s gotta handle stuff anyway so he’ll come back around. Heyman is sure Roman will be in a better mood by then. Jey leaves, and Heyman looks more stressed than anyone. Are things (not) okay with the Tribal Chief?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Ever since his return to SmackDown, Cesaro has been the thorn in Rollins’ side, but Kayla Braxton cues up a replay of Cesaro swinging Rollins around. Rollins asks why this is still an issue. Everyone forgets Rollins was trying to help Cesaro, a guy with all the potential in the world. Cesaro has had some success in the WWE. Not as much as Rollins, but still. But Cesaro hasn’t been a leading man, and Rollins wanted to help him. But Rollins was embarrassed, disrespected and mocked! So Rollins is down with Cesaro, the biggest waste of potential in the WWE.

Kayla says it seemed like Cesaro lived up to his potential in is match with Buddy Murphy last week. He also might impress again in his rematch tonight. A rematch, you say? Rollins is oddly interested in that now, and then heads off. Will Rollins try to force his vision on the Swiss Cyborg later tonight?

 

Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler take Reginald shopping.

Nia knows Reggie has had a hard time lately, but she’s got him. He can have whatever he wants in the store. Reggie starts a fashion montage as he tries out new suits. Nia even helps him with the collar. Reggie can even still move smoothly in these suits. Shayna is bored. Nia likes the red so she gets some quick pics. This is GQ worthy. But Nia really likes the spikey gold slip-ons. Shayna, stop looking at your phone. The montage keeps going, and the winner is the grey plaid. Reggie sits on Nia’s lap and says in French, but then in English, that this is all wonderful, so what could he possibly do to repay her? Nia gets a big smile, and she seems to have an idea.

 

Cesaro VS Buddy Murphy!

The Swiss Cyborg may seem like a waste of potential to Rollins, but he’s far from that, and will prove it as many times as he has to! But will the former disciple prove himself worthy in tonight’s rematch?

SmackDown returns and Murphy has already entered the ring. But now, Rollins makes his entrance to take a seat on stage. The bell rings, Murphy rushes in but Cesaro dodges the knee to fire off EuroUppers and body shots! Cesaro lets off as the ref counts, but Murphy rams Cesaro into the other corner! Murphy fires off, the ref backs him off, and Cesaro DECKS him with a EuroUpper! And another! Cesaro keeps Murphy down for a moment before he bumps him off buckles. Murphy hits back, Cesaro BOOTS him out of the ring! Cesaro goes to the corner and drags Murphy up from the apron, only for Murphy to shove him away and get to the barriers.

Cesaro goes out, runs in but Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS Cesaro down! The ref counts, Murphy puts Cesaro in at 4, then climbs up top. Cesaro dropkicks him down first! Cesaro hurries back up, drags Murphy up and DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEXES! Rollins is only mildly impressed, but that could just be his bias. Cesaro EuroUppers, whips Murphy corner to corner and EuroUppers again! Then back the other way, but Murphy boots and enziguris! Murphy hops up, leaps, but into a capture! For a SWING! Rollins runs in and attacks Cesaro!!

Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification

Rollins rains down furious fists and stomps for being made fun of by Cesaro! Rollins throws off his jacket, runs and CURB STOMPS Cesaro down! “You think you’re better than me?! You want to embarrass me?! You want to disrespect me?!” Cesaro thinks he’s on Rollins’ level!? Stand up, Cesaro! Rollins calls Cesaro a coward, but Cesaro gets up, only for Rollins to kick him down and CURB STOMP him again! Rollins says Cesaro will never be on his level, and then he goes to get another chair! Rollins puts the chair in as he tells Cesaro has continued to embarrass him.

Rollins puts the chair around Cesaro’s head, hammers him on the back, then shouts, “NOBODY EMBARRASSES ME!” Rollins wants to make sure Cesaro never embarrasses him again, but referees and even backstage official, Jamie Noble, get out to stop him! Cesaro gets free of the chair and tries to stand up, but he can barely sit up!

But backstage, Rollins encounters Shinsuke Nakamura! The King of Strong Style is not happy about what just happened to his friend and tag partner. Will he avenge Cesaro?

 

Kevin Owens is backstage, and crosses paths with Sami Zayn.

Just the man Sami was looking for! Oh, really? And the camera crew, too? Sami has been thinking, and Kevin’s known him for the longest, and Kevin knows all about how the WWE has conspired against him. For years! So Sami has decided he wants Kevin to be part of the documentary. Oh really? Well he has his talk show to do first so… Sami says Kevin is blowing him off. Kevin will want to be a part of this! They’re going to blow the lid off all of this, and post it everywhere and do massive numbers! Logan Paul numbers!

Kevin says he’ll consider it, but he has to do his show first. Keep this blank index card, Kevin doesn’t need it. Kevin considering it is good enough for Sami, but will Kevin really help Sami “expose WWE’s conspiracy?”

 

Jey Uso encounters Edge backstage.

Edge just wants to talk. They’ve known each other for a long time. Edge knew Jey when he was 10 and they’d all get in the ring and just bounce around. So talking man to man, what is Jey doing? In 2015, while Edge was mourning his career like it was dead, he saw the Usos. That woke Edge back up. Jey was part of that, but now he’s part of this, head down and shoulders slouched like a subordinate. What does Jey’s dad think about this? Being lap dog to the Big Dog?

Jey doesn’t want Edge talking like he knows him. The family runs the show so fall in line. In fact, go home to enjoy your own family. Because when Roman gets him at Mania, Edge won’t be enjoying anything. That’s real talk. Edge tried real talk, but Jey didn’t listen. Can anyone get through to Jey about how Roman really is?

 

SmackDown presents the Kevin Owens Show!

KO is in the ring and welcomes us to his show. It feels great to be back and many have wondered why he was gone. The last few months have been very rough both physically and mentally. A real roller coaster ride. He thought he was at the top but came crashing down tot he bottom. But he’s not done because as he says, he will #JustKeepFighting. But enough about him, tonight’s guests are the two women fighting for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania, and will be teaming back up at Fastlane to try and take the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships from Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler!

First up, the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble winner, The EST, Bianca Belair! Bianca makes her entrance, and then the Legit Boss, Sasha Banks, makes her entrance! The belt tries to do things its way but Sasha keeps it close. Kevin digs the pyro. Kevin thanks Sasha for being here and getting him a paycheck. And he knows these two are going to be opponents at Mania, but they could make things even bigger because they could walk in as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! And the only two people that did that before were John Cena and Shawn Michaels! Two of the best ever! So if these two do that, that goes a long way to cement their legacies as two of the best ever.

But of course, that means beating Nia and Shayna at Fastlane, which they didn’t do at Elimination Chamber. Sorry, but maybe that’s just because of tension they haven’t addressed. There is obviously respect between them but they’re both very proud women and want to prove they’re each the absolute best. So given how Chamber went, there could also be the thing with Reggie and- No no no. Kevin, Sasha can’t help that she looks this good and that Reggie has a crush> Bianca says that right there is what it is. Reggie isn’t good for her, she doesn’t want him but she keeps entertaining him and that is why he keeps coming back. He is going to be a problem for them in their match.

Sasha says Bianca doesn’t need to worry about the match. Sasha has won many titles. She’s like the Michael Jordan of the Women’s Division! So maybe one day, Bianca will be the LeBron. But do you think the EST could achieve so  much if it weren’t for the road the B E S T paved? Uh-uh. Bianca corrects Sasha: It’s “Girl, uh-uh.” Second, Bianca respects her accomplishments and that is why she chose Sasha for Mania. But Bianca’s accomplishments are her own. Sasha wasn’t in the gym with Bianca. Sasha wasn’t there helping Bianca win the Rumble. Only because Sasha wasn’t in the match. And if she was, she would’ve stopped Bianca. Oh is that what Sasha thinks? No. Sasha knows so.

Sasha says what she’s worried about, or no, what she isn’t, is that Sasha is walking in and out as #TwoBeltsBanks when she beats Shayna & Nia. Sasha holds up her title but Bianca says, “Good! Good, good, great.” IT’s good to have their eyes on the prize. And Bianca might be walking the road Sasha paved, but she’s in her own lane. But here come Nia & Shayna! Kevin says he did not invite them. Oh, Reggie is with Nia & Shayna in that new suit they bought him. The tag champs and Reggie walk down the ramp, but then here comes Natalya & Tamina! Because there’s a match already set for tonight!

Tamina & Natalya VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair!

Given what we just saw starting to develop, the tension between Boss and EST might start to create cracks in the foundation! The tag team champions join commentary to watch the second generation stars take on Sasha and Bianca, will the Road to WrestleMania get very bumpy for the #LegitEST duo?

SmackDown returns and Sasha starts against Tamina. They circle and tie up, and Tamina throws Sasha into the corner> Tamia fires off, tags Natty, and Natty whips Sasha to ropes. Sasha reverses, drops then hurdles, but Natty leaps over and comes back, for Sasha to CHOP her! Sasha knuckle locks, goes up and up and arm-drags Natty out! Natty cools off as the ring count climbs, but Sasha baseball slide dropkicks Natty down! Sasha glares at the champs on commentary, gets back in, but Natty CLOBBERS her! Natty puts Sasha in the corner, throws hands and tags in Tamina.

Reggie struts for the cameras and Nia says she had to do the best for her “babe,” but then backtracks on if she and Reggie are an item. Tamina tags Natty in, Natty stomps Sasha, then drags her around for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps Sasha down with a chinlock but Sasha fights up to jawbreaker! Shayna is annoyed about the Reggie antics while Natty drags Sasha away! Sasha kicks Natty away then tags in Bianca! Bianca rallies on Natty with dropkicks, then whips Natty to a corner. natty reverses, Bianca goes up and baits Natty in to jump over. Bianca gets Natty up to SPINEBUSTER! Reggie distracts the ref while Bianca covers!!

Bianca is upset with the ref but then Natty gets up. Bianca stomps Natty in the corner, Natty boots her away, and hits a DISCUS LARIAT! Reggie struts his stuff again, Tamina tags in, but Sasha storms over! Sasha and Reggie are both on the announce desk, but the chase is on! They end up in the ring as Tamina fireman’s carries Bianca! Bianca sunset flips but the ref is busy with Sasha and Reggie, and Natty CLOBBERS Sasha! Bianca DEKCS Natty but Tamina rolls Bianca! Tamina and Natty win!!

Winners: Tamina & Natalya, by pinfall

Nia pretends to be shocked, but this was the plan all along! Bianca is upset with Sasha, and says this is her fault because she keeps leading Reggie along. Nia and Shayna applaud Natty & Tamina, but will this all lead to the Boss and Bianca falling apart at Fastlane?

 

Bianca and Sasha argue backstage.

Bianca doesn’t want any part of Reggie’s trifling, but Sasha says Reggie is being petty because Bianca told her to get rid of him. Well she didn’t tell Sasha to slap Reggie or slam doors in his face! Sasha says she is not taking the blame for the rookie losing. Sasha storms off, and Bianca is beside herself. Will the EST make sure Sasha doesn’t get any of the credit when it comes time to face Nia & Shayna?

 

Big E returns!

But he’s in a neck brace, sling and walks with a crutch… But then he throws them all away because he doesn’t need them! The Intercontinental Champion is fired up to be back because the damage done by Apollo Crews is no more! Big E gets a mic to say, “As I laid up in a medical facility because of you, Apollo, and those steps, I had plenty of time to think.” Big E hopes and prays that Apollo knows what he did. Because Apollo crossed the Rubicon! He opened Pandora’s box, and there is no going back. There is no “sorry” that fixes this! “You can’t put the genie back in the bottle, because you… You, Apollo… You made me go biblical! I gotta go Old Testament on you!”

Because now, Big E vows it is eye for an eye! Take one of his, he takes two of yours! Apollo wanted to hurt Big E, so Big E is going to maim him! Apollo steps on Big E’s lawn, Big E will bulldoze Apollo’s house! Big E, pitying Apollo? No, that’s not enough. Now Big E has to END Apollo!! “You want what I worked for. You want what’s mine. Fine, good. Because now, now I’m ready to give it to you.” Big E is going to give Apollo what he deserves. And there’s no need to wait at all! Right here, right now, Apollo can get his ass out to Big E and get what he’s been wanting. Big E waits but Apollo doesn’t come out. Big E shouts that if Apollo wants it, he has to come get it now!

Still no response, and Big E isn’t surprised. But Big E has all dressed up to defend this title, and that is what he is going to do. So if Apollo ain’t gonna get his, let’s officially extend an OPEN CHALLENGE to whoever wants it. Big E throws down the gauntlet, but who picks it up? King Corbin! Corbin tells Big E to calm down, he’s acting crazy. But if Big E is opening up a challenge, Corbin sadly isn’t dressed to fight, but has no problem tearing up a $10,000 suit- Sami Zayn accepts!! Sami skips Corbin in line because Corbin didn’t actually completely accept. This isn’t about Corbin, this is what Sami has been owed for months, and it works perfectly for his documentary! You snooze, you lose!

Big E tells these “fools” that whoever gets in the ring first gets the match. Sami bolts into the ring, and there you have it!

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Sami Zayn!

“Sorry, Corbin! Not today!” But then Big E fires off on Sami with haymakers! Sami dodges only to run into a BELLY2BELLY! Sami bails out and Corbin tells Sami that’s what he deserves. Will Sami recover from that opening salvo while SmackDown goes to break?

SmackDown returns and the belt is officially raised as this match officially begins. Sami and Big E tie up, Big E powers Sami to a corner, but the ref counts. Big E lets off at 3 but dares Sami to come back. Sami claims hair pulling, but he comes back to tie up with Sami. Big E blocks the hip toss to throw knees, then brings Sami around for even more knees. Sami goes to a corner, Big E storm sin but Sami kicks low. Sami headlocks, grinds Big E down, but Big E powers out. Things speed up, Big E hurdles and elbows Sami down! Cover, TWO! Big E stalks Sami to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Sami bounces off buckles to hit the mat!

Big E fires up as he shouts for Apollo to keep playing games. Big E runs in but Sami knees him away, then clobbers him from behind! Sami rains down fists but lets off to catch his breath. Sami puts Big E on the ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Sami lets off and Big E sputters to a corner. Sami drags Big E up, brings him around and bumps him off buckles! Sami pushes Big E away to hop up and then leap, for a flying elbow! Cover, TWO! Sami argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Sami goes up the corner again, and leaps again, into a BELLY2BELLY! And then another! Sami knows a third is coming so he bails out!

Big E chases him down, throws him into the apron, and then shouts, “Apollo~!” Big E CLUBS Sami, goes to the apron, refreshes the count and shouts for Apollo again. Big E runs but Sami moves, Big E CRASHES onto the apron! Sami has turned things around and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Sami is up top, but Big E stops him! Sami throws hands as Big E climbs, then clubs away on Big E’s back! Sami adjusts, sunset flips to SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Cover, TWO!? Sami again argues the count but the ref says that was fair. Sami drags Big E up, tells him that Big E is still not the real champion! Sami SLAPS Big E, and SLAPS him again! “YOU FRAUD! Give me back what’s mine!” Sami fires off more slaps, then drags Big E up to whip, but Big E breaks through the clothesline to CLOBBER Sami! Big E scoops Sami for a BIG ENDING!! Cover, Big E wins!!

Winner: Big E, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

And he is still shouting for Apollo! But here he comes! But Big E is wary that it could be an ambush. It is, but not from where Big E expected! Apollo came from the ThunderDome screen side and CLOBBERS Big E, hammers away, and then hits an OLYMPIC SLAM!! Apollo dares Big E to stand up now, but drags him up to hit ANOTHER OLYMPIC SLAM! Apollo says this is what Big E wanted. But the only thing that will happen is continued beatings! Apollo goes back to get the steel steps! Apollo puts the steps in the ring, and demands Big E stand again! Big E slowly rises, only for Apollo to RAM him with the steel!

Big E flops out of the ring, clutching the arm. Apollo stands tall on the steps, but will he stand atop the WWE with the gold soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Reginald and Nia Jax.

Nia tells Kayla she’s being rude, they were in the middle of a conversation. “Who raised you?” But her bae looks so good. And it was funny to see Sasha and Bianca all upset. And then Sasha thinking she’ll be a double champion. Reggie says Nia should challenge Sasha next week for the SmackDown Women’s Championship so that Nia can be double champion? Nia loves that idea! Nia shoos Kayla, but will Nia get that shot and become the #IrresistibleDoubleChampion?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

Paul Heyman and Jey Uso accompany him as always, and it is time for the contract signing! Will things stay civil between the Head of the Table and the man challenging him at Fastlane?

SmackDown returns and Bryan makes his entrance again. Adam Pearce presides over this contract signing, and we all know why we’re here. He has the contract for the Universal Championship match of Roman Reigns VS Daniel Bryan at Fastlane. It has been looked over and there are no complaints, so who would like to sign first? Roman insists he again sit at the literal head of the table, so Pearce moves aside and lets Roman take a seat. Roman looks at Bryan and says, “You don’t want to do this. I get it. You did everything you were supposed to do.” But then last week and Talking Smack, all that, Roman agreed to it. This week, Roman isn’t feeling it. This is a no, he isn’t signing this because Bryan doesn’t deserve it.

Well, okay. But Bryan is excited about this so he’s signing. Now who would’ve thought Roman wasn’t a man of his word? The Head of the Table, afraid to fight Bryan? Oh but it makes sense after last week! Because for years, everyone thought Bryan was better than Roman. Bryan did, too. But Roman didn’t, because he had confidence. Yet Bryan proved it because he did something Roman never could: make Jey quit. Does that “stick in your craw,” Roman? Does that make Roman doubt himself? Make him afraid? Is Roman afraid? That can’t be if Roman’s Head of the Table. Maybe Bryan should be the Head of the Table! Shut up. Bryan goes on and on, but Roman asks for a pen.

Heyman hands one over, and Roman signs! Bryan can’t believe it! Maybe Roman isn’t afraid! The contract is handed to Pearce and Bryan says that’s good, because now he has a message: “I’m gonna tap you out just like I tapped out Jey Uso.” Uso TOSSES the table and gets in Bryan’s face! “Enough with the disrespect!” Jey tells Pearce that this match needs a special guest enforcer to make sure this is fair and square! And that person will be JEY!! Roman tells Bryan this is what he gets, but here comes EDGE! Edge says that is a great idea! But next week, for the first time in 11 years, Edge has a match on SmackDown! Edge VS Jey, winner is the special enforcer!

Pearce likes that idea, and makes it official right now! The spot of enforcer will be up for grabs next week on SmackDown! Edge gets in, tosses his mic to Roman, and then he and Bryan attack the Bloodline! Bryan fires off on Jey, Roman and Edge brawl, but then Bryan throws Jey out! Bryan goes after Roman but Edge pushes him aside! Roman runs away, Edge turns around into Bryan’s KNEE PLUS!! Bryan told Edge this isn’t about him, but is it about to be about all three of them at Fastlane?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for SmackDown this week, and it really upped the ante towards Fastlane. The 8 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and the Faces winning works for story. The Street Profits are heading for a SmackDown Tag Team Championship rematch, Mysterios are heading for a blow-off with the Alpha Academy, and both of those matches could go either way. Cesaro VS Murphy was almost a good match but Rollins got in there after him. Rollins’ attack was very strong, gets good Heel Heat, and oddly enough Murphy wasn’t as much of a factor tonight, but surely he’ll try to talk with Rollins next week.

Nakamura glaring at Rollins was good, we definitely need Rollins VS Nakamura 1v1 in a great match before Cesaro even remotely gets involved with it. Then we can get Cesaro & Nakamura VS Rollins & Murphy in a tag match before the Cesaro VS Rollins blow-off. And please don’t make it Nakamura who turns on Cesaro, Nakamura was going strong as a Face so let him stay that way. Sami reaching out to Kevin was a natural move in Sami’s story of conspiracy and instability, and at the very least, we’ll be getting another awesome feud of Sami VS Kevin. I also like that Sami and Corbin were both trying to answer the same open challenge. We don’t get that enough, it all comes off to civil, like everyone just agrees, whoever gets their entrance first is the challenger.

Big E had a powerful promo, Big E VS Sami was a really good match, and it was a good detail that Big E was being distracted by his own anger towards Apollo. Apollo coming out from a less common spot was a good twist on the ambush, and naturally Apollo uses the steel steps again to attack Big E. Their match is going to be incredible stuff, and I almost feel like it should be No Disqualification so Apollo could use the steps but Big E can turn that around on him. The KO Show was very good with it stirring up things with Sasha and Bianca, and their back and forth was also really good stuff. Reggie’s shopping trip with Nia and Shayna, however, was… ugh…

But Sasha & Bianca VS Natty & Tamina was good stuff, even with the one-too-many cuts to Reggie strutting his stuff for Nia. But Reggie being a distraction to Sasha and costing her team the match was a good detail, as it is driving a further wedge between Bianca and Sasha. Their post match promo backstage was also good, and Bianca’s reaction to Sasha calling her “rookie” was great. It seemed pretty clear before that Bianca and Sasha weren’t winning the tag titles, but it’s even clearer now. As for setting up Sasha VS Nia for the SmackDown Women’s title next week, that is quite the twist. I don’t see Sasha losing that, but there could be some good antics that help Sasha win. I could go on about how WWE could’ve had a big Women’s Tag title match, but that’s just crying over spilled milk now.

And once again, the Universal Championship story is some strong stuff. Edge and Bryan had a great interaction to open the show, as did Edge and Jey backstage. Bryan goading Roman was a great detail in the contract signing, and it seems to be Bryan’s thing lately. Bryan likes stirring up trouble now that he’s going for what he wants, and he had a good shot with that line about making Jey give up. Jey putting forward the “enforcer” stipulation, then Edge pouncing on it, is all sadly stacking things against Bryan. If Jey is the enforcer, then Roman is definitely getting a sneaky win on Bryan.

But since Edge is going to face Jey in a match, Edge is totally winning, becoming the enforcer, and after that knee Bryan gave him, Edge could totally sway things in a way where Bryan loses. Or better yet for Edge, he attacks Roman so that Bryan wins, the title stays with Roman, and Roman VS Edge still happens for Mania. Either way, it doesn’t seem like Bryan is going to get YEStleMania 2 at WrestleMania 37, but I’d be pleasantly surprised if WWE figures out a way so that Bryan still gets his chance.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.11.2021

Day 3 of the Champion Carnival had video on demand issues, so it wasn’t uploaded until the 12th. Hopefully Day 3 continues the positive momentum the first two days have already created!

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Hard to say I wasn’t a little annoyed the VOD took so long to post, but better late than never; especially when the next event isn’t until the 17th.

Anyway though! Zeus looks to topple the current Triple Crown champion and continue his undefeated Carnival streak and Ashino has to do something to get off the bubble; but Kento is a big ask. We could be looking at a quick favorite to win as well as the walking dead.

Let’s hope nothing too drastic happens! Check it out!

Match Ratings:

  • Jake Lee vs Koji Doi: Jake wins via D4C @8:10 – **
  • Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi: Ishikawa wins via Single Leg Cradle @11:13 – ***
  • Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino: Ashino wins via Grapevine Ankle Lock @12:11 – *** ½
  • Zeus vs Suwama: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @19:52 – *** ¾

 

Results:

Jake Lee vs Koji Doi

Total Eclipse inner faction fighting! Since Jake is the leader, he starts off in typical heel leader fashion telling Koji to lie down and eat the pin. Koji lies down; Jake drapes himself in a cocky cover, so Koji goes for the crucifix at the 2 count. Jake snaps up and he looks shocked that Koji went against an order, but then we get to a match.

Koji does a solid job keeping Jake off balance with power attacks, Shoulder Tackles and an interesting Football Tackle with the lift and slam. Jake eats a decent amount of offense, including a few short arm Lariats, before he starts stabilizing with Knee Lifts and Yakuza Kicks.

Lucky for Jake, even though Koji countered the D4C once, after Giant Killing, Koji wasn’t countering anything. Jake hits D4C and gets his second win of the tournament! Not a flashy match honestly felt a little silly at points with how quiet and echoed the arena made the match feel. Hopefully the setting doesn’t continue to plague the atmosphere of the matches.

Shuji Ishikawa vs Yuma Aoyagi

Now this was decent, though the hollow quiet atmosphere of venue is really detracting from the matches. Yuma was trying to find openings, but Shuji continued to run him over and abuse him with power early. And it was during these slower spots, the deafening silence of the venue made for weird watching.

Even though Shuji hit a Scoop Slam into the corner of the arpon, multiple Tsunamis and a flashing Scoop Fire/Thunder Driver, Yuma stayed resilient. Yuma nearly made the bigger man tap in End Game, but Shuji was able to find the ropes. Yuma hits an O’Connor Roll into the Japanese Leg Clutch, Shuji manages to get out of that, goes for a Tsunami, Yuma slides and tries to scoop Shuji for a Roll-Up, but at two Shuji manages to reverse the Roll-Up, grab a single leg and keep Yuma down for a three count!

Even though I have yet to be convinced by Yuma, the fact he got a finish that still made him look strong while putting up a good fight against a decorated opponent like Ishikawa; that says a lot about his potential rise on the card.

Kento Miyahara vs Shotaro Ashino

Ashino is in the unenviable position of last place after two days. With a 0-2 record, he really REALLY needs this…and he of course has Kento as his roadblock. They’ve traded wins in the past, and come off as rivals who don’t really like one another.

The match starts quick with Ashino shooting the half, grabbing a leg and searching for the Ankle Lock early. Kento fights out, but Kento is surprised and Ashino stays on him. Ashino pulls Kento to the ring post and wraps Kento’s left leg against the post a few times. Kento fires and Snake Eyes lands Ashino into the corner of the apron.  This gives Kento plenty of time to walk off the early ankle damage and play into his cocky arrogance, all while messing with the referee and his opponent.

Whenever Ashino managed to get back in the ring, he was greeted by Blackouts to the front and back of his head. It wasn’t really until Kento went for the Shutdown Suplex, that Ashino hit a second wind. Both men trade German Suplexes, Ashino continues with a Deadlift Overhead suplex and he starts building momentum back.

He teases a German from the apron to the floor, but Kento blocks, fights off and Piledrives Ashino instead. Kento fires off Blackouts as Ashino once again barely beats the count out, but after landing his ninth Blackout of the fight, Ashino grabs the left leg, rolls through and goes for the Ankle Lock. Kento tries to fight off, but Ashino refuses to let go, readjusting, rolling through, pulling Kento back into the center away from the ropes; eventually dropping down into the Grapevine. Kento has no other option but to submit!

Ashino finally gets on the board, and Kento joins him in the 1-2 portion of the standings! I wonder how much the ankle will play into the rest of Kento’s carnival.

Zeus vs Suwama

Last year during Zeus’ carnival winning run, he had a match with Suwama which resulted in Suwama sustaining an arm injury. Thanks to this knowledge, and the sting of a failed challenge when Suwama recovered, Zeus came out attacking the arm and trying to replicate some of his success from last year.

The beauty in Zeus’ arm attacks, is not only were the Key Lock and Arm Bars effective to play on the old injury, they also inhibited Suwama from executing the Last Ride Powerbomb. Zeus’ attack really did great, as well as giving him the power advantage against someone who can usually match him in that department. Zeus lifted out of Boston Crabs, met Suwama head on with Biceps Explosions and even broke out the Frog Splash a few times.

In a nice reference, Suwama was able to fight out of the Arm Trap Facelock this time, but Zeus had too much of an advantage. Zeus peppered in Chokeslams, Lariats, another Frog Splash and eventually ended the match with an impactful Jackhammer. This was a solid struggle throughout, injured only by the awkward venue setting.

Who will be the first person to hang a Carnival loss on Zeus since 2019?

Overall Score: 6.75/10

While there wasn’t really a lot to complain about in terms of action, I really hated the venue. With the Japanese crowd rules of not being able to scream and having to just clap or stomp, it was very noticeably irritating in this event.  Slower moments felt empty and stupid, almost back to the empty Quarantine times, which definitely impact smaller events and smaller companies.

Aside from that, we got a lot of really great finishes. Ashino finally getting on the scoreboard AND over Kento is great. Zeus continuing his streak from last year, Jake well…doing Jake things and Shuji looking strong as a current title holder should. Otani and Sato were missed a little today, but let’s check out the standings!

 Standings:

  1. Zeus: 3-0 – (6 Points)
  2. Shuji Ishikawa: 2-1 – (4 Points)
  3. Jake Lee: 2-1 – (4 Points)
  4. Shinjiro Otani: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  5. Kohei Sato: 1-1 – (2 Points)
  6. Shotaro Ashino: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  7. Kento Miyahara: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  8. Suwama: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  9. Koji Doi: 1-2 – (2 Points)
  10. Yuma Aoyagi: 1-2 – (2 Points)


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