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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/26/21)

Fallout from Fastlane continues!



Coverage SmackDown 2021

SmackDown turns the corner and heads for WrestleMania!

Fastlane is in the rearview mirror, and SmackDown looks down the Road to WrestleMania! But will Daniel Bryan simply accept what happened last Sunday?


  • Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Rollins wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Big E & The Street Profits VS Apollo Crews & The Alpha Academy; Apollo & The Alpha Academy win.
  • Bianca Belair VS Natalya w/ Tamina; Belair wins.
  • Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio; Rey wins.


Daniel Bryan is here!

The Leader of the Yes Movement didn’t win the Universal Championship, but he has a chair with him as he heads to the ring. That is definitely in reference to what cost him at Fastlane: a chair shot from Edge! Bryan brings the chair to the ring, gets a mic, and says, “So, everyone saw the truth. Everyone saw the reality. Everyone saw something that Roman said would never happen, and has never happened before. Everybody saw Roman tap out.” Roman’s never tapped, ever, in his entire career! And last week, he said he’d rather DIE than tap out to someone like Bryan. Well good ness, WWE Universe, Roman is alive and yet he tapped out to Daniel Bryan!

“Now, in a perfect world, what that would mean is that I would be standing in this ring as the Universal Champion. I would be standing in this ring right now, knowing that I was headed to the main event of WrestleMania. But neither of those things are true.” Why is that? Because as Bryan was making Roman tap out, Edge hit Bryan with a steel chair. Bryan reminds us that Edge told him he wasn’t “doing this the right way.” Bryan should just stand by and let everyone have the dream match of Roman VS Edge.

“But here’s the thing. I’ve had enough. I’m tired of doing it the right way. I’m tired of standing on the sidelines. I’m tired of everyone just having a dream match they didn’t even earn!” Bryan EARNED his Universal Championship match, and EARNED winning and being in the main event of Mania! But Bryan gets it. Bryan is willing to EARN it all again. He’s not asking for anyone to give him the title, or anyone to give him his spot at Mania. He will earn it and here’s how! Bryan wants a rematch with Roman for the title, and he wants that rematch TONIGHT! The fans give Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan says he is not leaving this ring until he gets what he wants.

Daniel Bryan takes a seat with the chair he brought, and waits. It’s the Yes Movement taking over once again! But Bryan waits, and waits, and SmackDown goes to break. Will someone respond to Bryan’s demands?


SmackDown returns and…

Bryan is still patiently waiting. Several more minutes pass, and finally, Adam Pearce walks out. He says he cannot give Bryan a championship rematch tonight. Oh he can’t? Did he not just see the footage? Bryan can play it again! He made Roman tap. No, Pearce saw that. But the referee’s decision is final. Roman Reigns is Universal Champion, and his next defense will be at WrestleMania against Edge. Oh, so the next Universal Championship match is against Edge. Bryan has a solution! How about it’s Edge VS Roman, and then Bryan immediately faces the winner of that match. No, Bryan knows personally how unfair that would be.

Right, so it’s fine for Bryan to fight for 40 MINUTES in the Elimination Chamber, and then immediately fight for the title right after? Isn’t there a double standard? Is that too hard for Edge and Roman. Then how about this? WrestleMania is two nights this year, right? Night One: Edge VS Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. Night Two: Daniel Bryan VS the winner of that match, for the Universal Championship. Isn’t that reasonable? Fans agree! But here comes EDGE to respond! Edge barges right past Pearce to go to the ring and Bryan stands up.

Edge tells Bryan, “For the last month, I’ve sat back and watch you act altruistic, like you’re some knight in shining armor.” But if Bryan wanting to talk this WrestleMania possibly being Bryan’s, EVERY match could be Edge’s last! For ten YEARS, Edge dreamed of getting this back! This WrestleMania will be ten years to the day that he had to announce his retirement! This is HIS dream, everything he’s worked for, and Bryan wants to take that away? And then he wants to face the winner of a match and pick the bones?! How heroic, Bryan!

But here’s the thing, Edge entered the Men’s Rumble number one, and outlasted everyone, Bryan included! Bryan lost twice but Edge won the Rumble. “So here’s the deal: you don’t deserve the match at WrestleMania, you son of a bitch!” Bryan trips Edge and fires off fists! Edge gets up to SPEAR Bryan down! Edge sees the chair, and perhaps the Rated R Superstar of old is coming back. Edge picks the chair up, looms over Bryan, and SMACKS him on the back! The chair is then thrown side, and Edge seethes as he slides out of the ring. Is this the door being slammed shut on Bryan’s return to Mania?


Roman Reigns and company watch the replays in his private room.

The Tribal Chief tells Paul Heyman to get Adam Pearce. “With pleasure.” Heyman heads out, and then Roman tells Jey to go with Heyman, “Use force if you have to.” Is Roman sure? What’re they going to do? Fire him? Jey chuckles and follows after the Special Counsel. What plan is Roman formulating in his head?


Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Architect defeated the King of Strong Style at Fastlane, but his issues with the Swiss Cyborg are far from settled. However, it seems Nakamura isn’t giving up on this, either! Will Nakamura tie things up with the Savior of SmackDown on behalf of Cesaro?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Nakamura shoves Rollins away. Nakamura headlocks, Rollins reverses to a headlock, but Nakamura fights out and knees low! Nakamura bumps Rollins off buckles, fires off forearms and gives Rollins some Good Vibrations! Rollins bails out to the apron, Nakamura storms over but Rollins hotshots him! Rollins climbs, Nakamura kicks him down! TOP SHELF KNEE! Rollins flops down to the apron, Nakamura gets him in position for another KNEE! Nakamura goes to the apron now, for the GUILLOTINE KNEE! Rollins writhes but Nakamura gets him back in the ring as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Rollins keeps Nakamura from ropes with his chinbar and armlock. Nakamura fights back, runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Rollins covers again, TWO! Rollins grows frustrated, but he talks to Nakamura. “You don’t know when to stay down. You didn’t know when to stay down at Fastlane!” Rollins clubs away on Nakamura with forearms, then storms off. Nakamura is in a corner, Rollins whips him corner to corner, but Nakamura comes back with a DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Both men slowly get up, Nakamura fires off a strike fest! He KCIKS and KICKS then knees and stomps Rollins at ropes. Nakamura hangs Rollins out to dry, for an AX KICK!

Nakamura keeps moving, SLIDING WIZARD! Rollins flounders to a corner, Nakamura runs in, but Rollins boots, only to get turned around! KICK then SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Nakamura snarls and brings Rollins up to knee him into a corner. Nakamura puts Rollins on the top again, but Rollins avoids the knee and Nakamura hits buckles! Rollins springboards for the FLYING KNEE! Then he gets the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives and Rollins is frustrated again. Rollins talks trash, kicks Nakamura around and says Nakamura should respect him. “I’ve done more than you ever will!”

Rollins whips, Nakamura reverses, misses one kick but hits the WHEEL KICK! INVERTED EXPLODER, but Rollins lands on his feet! But he runs into a fireman’s carry and the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Nakamura just fires up in the corner! “YAO~!” But Rollins dodges the Kinshasa to ROLLING ELBOW! Rollins and Nakamura both stagger, but Nakamura gets a ROLLING ARMBAR!! Rollins moves around, Nakamura shifts to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins dead lifts to POWERBOMB! And then CURB STOMP!! But Rollins can’t cover right away! He crawls over, covers now, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Two matches become two victories for the Architect over the Artist! But he’s not done with Nakamura! He hammers away on his back, takes aim again, but here comes Cesaro! The Swiss Superman storms the ring, brawls with Rollins and GUT WRENCHES Rollins! Cesaro fires off hammering fists and big EuroUppers, then POP-UP UPPERS! Cesaro dares Rollins to get up, just to trip him up! Rollins scrambles to avoid the swing! Cesaro dares the cowardly Rollins to do something! Cesaro wants to fight Rollins, but when will he get to?


Heyman returns to Roman’s room.

“The End All, Be All, Reigns-ing, Defending…” Heyman’s praising of Roman is halted when Pearce arrives. Heyman introduces them even though they know each other, but that’s to remind everyone that this is the same Pearce that was manipulated into making a bad decision. They thank Pearce for that decision, but then Roman gets up to stare Pearce down. Roman tells Pearce, “We don’t thank you. You thank us. And the reason why you’re here is because I want you to understand that at WrestleMania, you get me for one night. And you only get me for one title defense.” Now Pearce can thank them.

Pearce understands Roman’s point. In fact, he’s inclined to agree. But there are other things to consider, so he will excuse himself. He will have his decision by the end of the night. What is Pearce going to decide when it comes to the Universal Championship’s Road to WrestleMania?


Seth Rollins is furious backstage!

“Did you guys see that?!” Kayla Braxton asks if he was surprised- Surprised by Cesaro trying to swing him?! NO he’s not! He’s sick of it!! He’s sick of the disrespect and humiliation by “that failure, Cesaro!” Rollins told Cesaro if he stepped in his lane again, bad thing were going to happen! Rollins is a man of his word! So he’ll make this right! If Cesaro is man enough to face Rollins, then this is a challenge for a match at WRESTLEMANIA, where Rollins will teach Cesaro a lesson about respect once and for all! What happened tonight will never happen again! Rollins will never be disrespected, embarrassed or swung around again! NEVER!

But then Cesaro RAMS Rollins into road cases! And then Cesaro gets his legs to SWING HIM!! They go around and around and around as referees and officials shout at Cesaro to stop, but Cesaro gets about 15 in before letting Rollins go! Rollins sputters and Cesaro shouts, “Challenge accepted!” Will Rollins stop being dizzy in time for that match?


Six Man Tag: Big E & The Street Profits VS Apollo Crews & The Alpha Academy!

The WWE Intercontinental Championship is still Big E, but Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins want to get the SmackDown Tag Team Championships back! But with the Nigerian Royal, Chad Gable & Otis standing in their way, will this Road to WrestleMania turn into a demolition derby?

SmackDown returns and the Alphas make their entrance, followed by Apollo. The teams sort out, Otis starts against Dawkins and they circle. Big E wants after Apollo but the ref has him stay back. Gable gives Otis some last pointers before he ties up with Dawkins. Dawkins headlocks, Otis powers out and the two ram each other! Dawkins rebounds to hurdle and dropkick! Otis stays up, Ford tags in, the Profits double dropkick! Otis is still up but Ford goes up and over then handsprings around. Ford flexes, Otis runs in but Ford drops, hurdles and leaps, into a POWERSLAM! Otis fires up and he tags in Gable. The Alphas bring Ford up to mug him, then DRAGON SCREW!

Gable hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW, then stalks Ford to ropes. Ford goes to the apron, shoulders back in, then slingshots up, into a NORTHERN LIGHTS?! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gable drags Ford up, tags in Apollo, and they mug Ford. Apollo fires off on Ford, glares at Big E, then brings Ford up to whip and CLOBBER! Cover, TWO! Big E wants after Apollo again but the ref again keeps him back. Apollo brings Ford up, suplexes and holds him up, but Ford slips out to ENZIGURI! Both men are down, Ford hurries for his corner but so does Apollo. Hot tags to Big E and Gable! Big E OVERHEAD suplexes Gable, DECKS Otis, then OVERHEAD suplexes Gable!

Big E gets around, and side Belly2Belly suplexes now! Fans fire up with Big E as he swivels those hips! Big E runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps it up, dares Gable to get up, and then scoops him, but Gable goes after an arm! Gable can’t get Big E down so he throat chops him! Gable runs corner to corner, into the Urenag-E!  Cover, Apollo breaks it! Dawkins DECKS Apollo, but the Dozer rams Dawkins into Gable’s arms! DISCUS GERMAN! Ford gets in, Otis blocks a kick to flip Ford, but Ford lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Otis falls out, Gable back suplexes Ford to the apron! Ford stays up, Gable runs and Apollo tags in.

Gable slides but Ford goes up and in, to come back and FLY!! Direct hit onto the Alphas at the ramp! Big E and Apollo meet again, and Apollo gets Big E for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, Apollo and team win!!

Winners: Apollo Crews & the Alpha Academy, by pinfall

Apollo pins the champion! The Alphas celebrate with Apollo, will all three of these men have titles after WrestleMania?


Adam Pearce crosses paths with Edge backstage.

Edge hopes Pearce isn’t rewarding Bryan for the stuff he’s pulling. What kind of ship is he running here? Edge outlasted 29 other men, including Bryan, and Bryan lost twice. Edge gets Roman 1v1 at Mania! What’s there to even think about? Pearce says his responsibilities are to the WWE, not to him, Roman, or Bryan. His job is to get all the facts, consider all the options, and to make a decision. Tonight, he’ll do just that. Well then let’s hope that’s the right decision. “Or else.” Is Pearce finding himself stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to WrestleMania?


SmackDown presents an all new Kevin Owens Show!

Kevin says these past few weeks, he tried to make it clear to Sami Zayn that even though Kevin doesn’t believe in the conspiracy theories, he is still on Sami’s side. What did he get for that? Sami nearly kicked Kevin’s head off last week. So this week, Kevin has a question, and the only person that can answer it IS Sami! “Sami, get out here and answer my question right now.” And he’s not in a waiting mood. Sami either gets out there or- Well, here he comes! Sami and his camera crew… Sami doesn’t even need to know the question, it’s if he is sorry for last week. And it is a resounding YES. Sami is sorry, truly! He had no business kicking Kevin at all!

But this conspiracy stuff is messing with Sami’s mental state and he crossed a line. So yes, he is sorry. Kevin says that wasn’t actually the answer. Well Sami didn’t finish. He knows Kevin’s real question is, can they still work together on the documentary? And the answer is also YES! Because Sami is about to drop a bombshell piece of news right here on the KO Show! It’s big, really! Next week, Sami is having a red carpet premiere for the release of the trailer for Sami’s documentary! It’s gonna be HUGE! But there’s more! Kevin is probably aware that Sami’s been going back and forth with a certain Logan Paul. As in global YouTube sensation, 23 MILLION subscribers Logan Paul! He’s INTO IT!! Logan will get the word out! The world will see, and Logan will be here at the premiere!! Sami’s guest of honor will be Logan Paul!

See, look? The graphic is a thing! And this will show everyone! Kevin can be part of that, too! Kevin says he doesn’t care about the documentary, Logan Paul, or Sami being sorry. What Kevin wants- Sami mocks Kevin about not caring about this and that. But Kevin owes Sami an apology! Because Kevin acts like he’s on Sami’s side but he’s not! He thinks Sami is crazy! “SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND LISTEN TO ME NOW!” Kevin says the only reason he’s allowed Sami to stand in this ring this long without beating him senseless is because he needs an answer to his real question! And that question is: “Is you, me, one-on-one at WrestleMania. Yes or no?”

Sami is a bit shocked, but he doesn’t want to go about this this way. YES OR NO!? Okay, fine, hold on! Sami’s answer… Is YES. Is Kevin happen now?! This is what Kevin wanted!? Well just as Kevin said, he needed that answer. And now that he has it, time to beat him senseless. Kevin attacks, stomping away on Sami in a corner! Sami wriggles away, Kevin chases him down and CLOBBERS him! Sami staggers back into the ring, comes back but into a STUNNER! Kevin stands tall over Sami, but will he stand tall again on the Grandest Stage of Them All?


Adam Pearce now crosses paths with Daniel Bryan.

Pearce is already frustrated but Bryan says he gets it. Bryan used to be a GM, he knows what he’s going through. Pearce is under pressure from everyone to maintain the status quo. But Bryan knows that Pearce knows deep down what the right decision is. All Pearce has to do is make it. Bryan may not have been aggressive about it, but the pressure is still on from the Yes Movement. Will Pearce make the right decision? Is there a way to know what that is?


Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

What was her reaction to Sasha’s slap? Well Twitter had a field day with it, but she’s bigger and stronger. She could’ve whooped Sasha to next month, but Sasha would miss Mania. And mama always told her to be the bigger person to focus on your business. Bianca did that at Fastlane so she can be the winner at Mania. Sasha is the Boss, the blueprint, the standard, but Bianca’s just a little bit better, and enough to make history and show Sasha what it feels like for a “rookie” to end Sasha’s reign. But now, there is business with Natalya. Everyone watching, keep the kids out of the room cuz nobody should see what she’s about to do!

Bianca Belair VS Natalya w/ Tamina!

The EST wants to sink the #BOAT, Best of All Time, after the Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly tried to run Bianca and Sasha off the Road to WrestleMania! Will the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, and the toughest defeat the winningest woman in WWE history?

The bell rings and Bianca dropkicks Natty right down! Bianca is after her in the corner with shoulder rams, then lets off as the ref counts. Bianca whips Natty but Natty reverses. Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to run Natty over! Natty bails out, regroups with Tamina, and Bianca dares someone to get in. Natty paces, takes her time with the ring count, and gets up to bait Bianca. Bianca gives chase, cuts Natty off and fires off in a corner! The ref counts, Bianca lets off, but Natty runs in to get around and rebound sit Bianca down! Natty steps on Bianca, and basement dropkicks but misses as Bianca moves! Bianca covers, ONE!

Bianca jackknife covers, TWO! Bianca kicks low, reels Natty in to scoop, hold and SLAM! Bianca goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Sasha makes her entrance?! The Boss is doing this just to distract Bianca, but Bianca still DECKS Natty! The ref is distracted by Natty and Tamina DECKS Bianca! Bianca hits the floor, and Sasha mockingly asks what’s wrong as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Natty has Bianca in a floating surfboard! Natty lets Bianca down to kick her to the mat! Sasha has joined commentary to make sure it’s Boss Time. Bianca fires forearms on Natty, whips her to ropes but Natty reverses. Bianca reels Natty in instead, but Natty RANAS! Cover, TWO! Sasha says Bianca thinks she’s better but the rookie needs to learn. Natty rams Bianca into a corner, throws hands, then climbs up. Natty reels Bianca in for a tornado but no DDT! Bianca suplexes Natty hard! Both women are down, Tamina coaches Natty but a standing count begins. Bianca slowly rises, Natty is in a corner, and Natty runs in. Bianca dodges to rally with shoulder tackles!

Bianca dropkicks Natty, kips up, and then claps at Natty but misses in the corner. Bianca elbows Natty away, goes up and over and comes back to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bianca keeps her focus, Sasha is annoyed as Bianca handsprings, but the splash just grazes as Natty moves! Cover, TWO! Sasha says that’s a rookie mistake. Natty gets the legs but Bianca makes that a cradle, TWO! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Tamina is furious on Natty’s behalf as Natty and Bianca get back up. Natty waistlocks, Bianca switches and chicken wings, but Natty victory rolls, only for Bianca to sit on it! TWO!!

Natty trips Bianca again, Bianca boots her away, and both women hit RUNNING FACEBUSTERS! Sasha says this is why Bianca’s a rookie. Sasha hops off commentary to dare Bianca to get up. WrestleMania is coming! Bianca gets up, SLAPS Sasha off her feet, and gets back in the ring! Natty runs in, Bianca catches her to spin and ROCK her, to the torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST dusts off her hands, having shown up the Boss AND the Boat! But then Sasha Banks hits a BACKSTABBER! The Boss always has the last laugh, but will that all change after WrestleMania Weekend?


Edge walks into Roman’s private room!

Jey asks Edge if he’s lost. Edge says if he wanted to, he would’ve hit Jey by now and Jey wouldn’t have ever seen it coming. Roman has Jey stand down, and says it takes balls to come walking in like that. Roman almost respects it. But if Edge doesn’t get to his point, he’ll let “pitbull” Jey off the leash. Edge asks how that worked last time. But Edge says Daniel Bryan is trying to steal their spotlight. Bryan’s done it before, Roman’s seen it. So here’s the deal: if Roman has the stroke he says he’s got, use it! Edge doesn’t have to beat Roman if Bryan is involved in a Triple Threat. Edge leaves Roman to think it over, but are the Chief and the legend conspiring against the Goat?


SmackDown confirms matches for Nights One and Two of WrestleMania Weekend!

After Cesaro accepted Rollins’ challenge, their match will be on Night One, along with Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon, the New Day VS AJ Styles and Omos for the Raw Tag Team Championships, Bad Bunny VS The Miz, Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and Bobby Lashley VS Drew McIntyre for the WWE World Championship!

Then on Night Two, we’ll get Big E VS Apollo Crews for the WWE Intercontinental Champions one last time, Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn, Randy Orton VS The Fiend, Asuka VS Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship, and of course, Roman Reigns VS Edge for the WWE Universal Championship! That is, if it stays that way…


Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio!

The Dirty Dawgs, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, are ready for the title challenge coming from any team that steps up! But the Show-Off is going to take on the King of Lucha Libre 1v1! Will Ziggler prove Rey’s time has passed? Or will the father make his son even prouder as they head for Mania together?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Ziggler gets Mysterio to a corner. The ref counts, Ziggler lets off but stomps Mysterio down! Ziggler throws hands, runs in and SPLASHES! Rey falls and Ziggler mockingly asks how he’s doing. Ziggler digs forearms into Mysterio’s face, then runs in, but misses as Rey moves! Rey runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Ziggler to a corner! Rey whips, Ziggler reverses, Rey slides but Ziggler gets a leg! Ziggler gets Rey up but Rey enziguris! Ziggler ends up on ropes, but he disconnects the call with an elbow! Ziggler reels Rey in, Rey fights the bomb to headscissor Ziggler out of the ring!

Roode coaches Ziggler but Rey leaps! Ziggler blocks the flying rana to POWERBOMB Rey OVER the barriers!! Dom wants to check on his father but Ziggler SUPERKICKS him down!! The Dirty Dawgs get really dirty as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Ziggler has Rey down with an armlock. Ziggler pulls at the mask, Rey fights with body shots but Ziggler throws him down by his head! Ziggler paces, drags Rey up and puts him in the corner to throw body shots. Dom is still sore from that superkick but he coaches Rey up while Ziggler digs boots in. Ziggler taunts Rey as he pulls him against ropes! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off and drags Rey up. Ziggler hoists Rey up top, climbs up to join him, but Rey resists the superplex! Rey throws body shots, headbutts Ziggler and Ziggler falls! Rey steadies himself, Roode coaches Ziggler, and Rey leaps to SEATED SENTON!

Rey whips Ziggler, Ziggler sunset flips but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Roode coaches Ziggler more, Ziggler stirs but Rey is up first. Rey brings Ziggler around, whips him to a corner but Ziggler reverses. Ziggler runs in but into boots! Rey wheelbarrows but Ziggler SLAMS him down, then hits the FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Rey survives but Ziggler is too tired to be frustrated. Ziggler and Rey slowly rise, and Ziggler runs in, but Rey dodges the kick! Rey dropkicks al eg out, Ziggler ends up on ropes! Rey dials it up but Roode gets in?! Dom gets in to DECK Roode! Roode throws Dom out hard, but Rey dropkicks Roode!

Rey aims, slingshots, but Ziggler hits a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Rey survives that extra large Zigzag and Ziggler can’t believe it! “That’s not how this ends!” Ziggler drags Rey up, gut wrench but Rey fights the bomb off to RANA Ziggler to ropes! Dial it up, 6 1 9!! And a slingshot SPLASH! Cover, Rey wins!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

Dom also keeps Roode from doing anything more, and now the Mysterios might just have their golden tickets! Will they be able to cash them in and become champions together at WrestleMania?


WWE is inducting some true giants into the Hall of Fame!

Both the Big Red Machine, KANE, and India’s massive monster, the Great Khali, are both going into the HOF in the 2021 class!


Adam Pearce heads to the ring.

The WWE Official has his decision to make, but Roman Reigns follows him out! The Head of the Table, Special Counsel and Main Event Jey all want to hear this in person. What will Pearce have to say, after the break?

SmackDown returns and Roman glares at Pearce. But wait, are the fans chanting, “You Tapped Out!” at Roman? Roman ignores that, though he is a bit twitchy. And now here comes EDGE to join in the moment! Pearce assures Roman that he didn’t invite Edge out here, this is Edge doing what he wants. Edge paces, but here comes Daniel Bryan! Naturally, Bryan wants to hear Pearce’s decision in person because it all comes down to whether or not Bryan gets what he wants. Bryan stands in the ring with Roman, Edge and Pearce, and Pearce thanks them all for joining him. He understands everyone is concerned, and it makes sense why they can’t have another match this close to Mania.

Pearce knows why Edge and Roman don’t want to compete more than once, even on separate nights. It all makes sense. But that goes for what Bryan said, too. There IS a double standard, and Bryan does deserve another opportunity. Roman is also right, he will only defend his title one time on one night. So the decision is as follows: “At WrestleMania, for that Universal Championship, the three of you will compete in a Triple Threat Match!” Bryan and the Yes Movement are vindicated! Roman is pissed, and Bryan goes after Edge! Edge shoves Bryan, but gets a dropkick! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Bryan down!!

Roman rains down furious forearms on Bryan for getting into his match, and then Jey hurries to get a chair for him! Roman aims for Bryan, but Edge SPEARS Roman down!! Jey gets in, Edge dodges to SPEAR Jey! The Rated R Superstar has a chair, and just like Fastlane, he SMACKS Roman, SMACKS Bryan, repeat! Wait, he has two chairs! He puts a chair under Bryan’s head, then one under Roman’s, and rains down fists! This IS the Rated R Superstar of old, as he gets yet another chair! Edge has two targets but Jey runs in to be the third! Edge SMACKS away on Jey again and again! Roman gets away with Heyman, Bryan crawls to the apron!

Edge storms over Bryan, drags him back inside and drops an elbow on Bryan’s back! Pearce tells Edge not to do this, but Pat Buck gets in to get a SMACK! Jamie Noble gets a SMACK! The officials save Bryan from the Con-Chair-to, but Edge’s anger is still boiling! Will the Triple Threat be what undoes both Edge’s hard work and Roman’s status quo?

My Thoughts:

A very good SmackDown, but seemed a bit slow going at first. I get Bryan was doing a hijacking of the show, but we didn’t need a recap as we came back from commercials, and Pearce could’ve gotten out there a minute sooner. And while everyone’s promos were great, it was rather obvious that we were going right into a Triple Threat. This will definitely allow for the odd man out to stay strong, so Roman or Edge could still come away the winner while Bryan is probably taking the loss. It’s a bit sad that that’s what will happen to Bryan, but there are a lot of moving pieces.

There is still talk that with Bryan’s contract up in September or so, he might not sign with WWE again, and as his story has been going, he might retire from in-ring competition all together. So Bryan will take a curtain call loss, let Roman or Edge carry the belt with their pseudo-part-timer schedule, and let someone else move up to be a challenger, perhaps even give us “dream matches” with Edge. I feel like the only ones that’d be any good would be with Cesaro, Nakamura or Rollins.

Rollins VS Nakamura in a rematch from Fastlane wasn’t very creative, but it was still very entertaining because it’s still Rollins VS Nakamura. Cesaro getting his payback on Rollins was good, and we’re of course getting their match at Mania. The winner of that could tip the scales for Roman and Edge, because Face VS Heel, Cesaro VS Roman or Rollins VS Edge are the likely scenarios. The latter could still happen either way as Rollins VS Edge doesn’t need the title, it has the #EmbraceTheVision to play off of, but Rollins being Edge’s first defense would be pretty cool.

The Six Man Tag was pretty good, but also pretty fast, and it was mostly a filler to help us understand that for the fourth and I would hope last time, we’re getting Big E VS Apollo for the Intercontinental Championship. I think Mania is finally Apollo’s time to win, which makes their Fastlane match a bit more of a shame in hindsight. But many times, it isn’t about the beginning of the middle but the ending, and Apollo standing tall at Mania would definitely be a moment you can point to and say, “He’s a star.” Bianca beating Natty tonight, giving Sasha some of her comeuppance, but not standing tall, those could all be signs that she is winning at Mania for a very similar moment. She’s been going strong for a long time, finishing it off with a win at Mania would be the cherry on top.

Rey VS Ziggler was really good, and as the SmackDown Tag Team Champions haven’t been all that active, it makes sense Rey wins. The champions need challengers, a classic way to get in the title picture is to pin a champion, so here it is. Personally, I hope SmackDown does something big for these titles like they did last year. Last year was meant to be a Triple Threat Tag Ladder but COVID concerns made it a regular Triple Threat. Maybe with things being a little better, we can get a Fatal 4 Way. No one team has been killing it to me, but if you have all four teams at once, that is going to give us tag magic.

Kevin VS Sami being set up was a given, but I like the promo that got us there. Sami thought he had to apologize, that he had to make nice with Kevin, but Kevin is the one who wants a match. That match is going to be great, but I’m a little worried about the reception of Logan Paul showing up next week, assuming he actually is going to show up. Maybe he doesn’t, Sami claims conspiracy again and flips his lid on the go-home to Mania. I mostly just don’t know if Logan Paul needs to be the very poor follow-up in the celebrity department to Bad Bunny, who honestly has been great. Maybe some of this is tongue in cheek but it’s still coming off as the usual cringe WWE manages to dig up.

My Score: 8.5/10

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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!



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!

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



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!


  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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