Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/5/21)
WrestleMania Week Raw isn’t letting up!
The last Raw before WrestleMania is red hot!
WWE begins WrestleMania WEEK with a Raw packed to the brim! Will Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley be rolling into their world title clash of titans?
- Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Woods wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Elias & Jaxson Ryker VS Braun Strowman; Braun wins.
- Asuka & Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin; Lashley wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali; Riddle wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS King Corbin; McIntyre wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
Though he faces the Rocky Mountain Machine at WrestleMania, the Scottish Warrior must make it to WrestleMania, and that’ll be hard with Bobby Lashley throwing others at him. SmackDown’s King Corbin thinks he can cash in on Lashley’s golden offer, but that confrontation will be for later tonight. McIntyre has a mic and says this is the final Raw before Mania. Just five days until WrestleMania night one, and he can’t help but think back to last year and how unique it was. Then fast-forward to now, we’re “back in business” and once again McIntyre is fighting to become WWE Champion.
So much is going through his head. Where to begin? With Corbin? Nah. The All Mighty Lashley, this match is happening. Lashley’s tried to take McIntyre out but it is happening! They’re in for the biggest FIGHT of their lives, and McIntyre can hardly wait. Such similar journeys, really, the two of them. Almost 20 years each, so many ups and downs. What is it that makes them different? “Sacrifice.” How much McIntyre is willing to give up. Lashley’s sacrificed a lot, too, traveling up and down the roads, around the world, missing special moments with the family. But when Lashley goes home, he makes up for lost time. McIntyre never had that luxury.
McIntyre left home at age 22 with one purpose in mind: becoming WWE Champion. Times were hard. There were times he wish he could go home. He remembers sitting ringside when his mother was going through chemo therapy. She told him on Skype that this is Drew’s dream, and if he comes home, she’d kick his ass herself. “Keep pushing forward. Keep sacrificing.” McIntyre did, he kept going, he gave everything to this industry! He got fired, kept going, came back, rose up and became WWE Champion! He fell off Cells, ladders, through Extreme Rules, kept sacrificing! How can Lashley beat a man who is willing to sacrifice everything?! He can’t.
McIntyre promises to run through Corbin tonight, then put a boot through Lashley’s eyes, take the title and END the All Mighty Era! But speaking of, here come Bobby Lashley and MVP! “Are you done yet, Drew?” McIntyre just goes on and on about last year. It took Drew 17 years to get here, but it took Lashley 16. There can only be one man on top. McIntyre’s time is over, and now it’s All Mighty Time. And what’s worse is that everyone is so scared of the Scottish Warrior, but Lashley saw something in McIntyre’s eyes. McIntyre is the one afraid! Lashley got McIntyre in the Hurt Lock and felt him shake, shiver, then fade out. And that’ll happen again at Mania!
Such big words! McIntyre wasn’t afraid, he just went out. But if Lashley wants to talk tough, he sent everyone after him, needed help- Lashley doesn’t need help! Did you see what he did to Shelton Benjamin? Now watch what happens to Cedric Alexander. McIntyre says who cares about waiting, let’s just do this now! MVP says that’s not how this works! WrestleMania Saturday is when this happens, and we all know right where McIntyre will be: the center of the ring, with the All Mighty, where McIntyre will lose his dignity, lose consciousness, and ultimately lose the match.
Well putting it that way, then okay, nevermind. McIntyre’s speech was nothing. Maybe he’ll be an Uber driver, an Amazon driver, or just say “Screw that” and run Lashley down! Lashley and McIntyre shout at each other, but MVP shouts over them both. This is a lot of tough talk, considering McIntyre might not even make it to Mania. Because here comes Corbin! The Wolf King tells McIntyre that he agrees with MVP. McIntyre won’t even make it to Mania so why worry about it? Corbin started something last week, and looks to finish it now! There is NO WrestleMania for McIntyre! There is NO WWE World Championship for him! Tonight, Corbin whoops McIntyre’s “punk ass!” The tough talk continues from all over, but who will be standing when it’s all over?
Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
Don’t worry, this isn’t a replay, it’s a rematch! The Phenomenal One’s colossal tag partner interfered and disqualified the match last week, so now Woods and Styles go another round! Will Styles take care of this himself this week? Or will Woods get that singles series sweep before the Raw Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania?
Before making their entrance, New Day come across Matt Riddle on his scooter. Riddle wants to say that it was messed up what Omos did last week. His power level must be WAY over 9000. And Riddle is pretty sure he’s never seen someone get as high as Kofi. But bro, Omos’ first match ever is this weekend, but do you think he can get both of them that high? Let’s hope no one gets that high this weekend. But in fact, ya bois the NEW~ DAY~ will get down when they retain their W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Championships~! But Riddle has his own match with Sheamus, after getting through Mustafa Ali tonight. How’s Riddle feeling?
Well, Sheamus is a little more diesel and stinky, so he’ll be good, but Ali is more sticky, so Riddle will have to grind him down before he can break him down, know what he’s saying? But Riddle’s off to get ready. Good luck, Woods! Woods and Kofi both wonder if Riddle was talking about what they think he was talking about. Kofi is pretty sure he’s got a craving for some milk ‘n’ cookies right now… But enough about that, the New Day makes their entrance! Will they and Riddle all smoke the competition tonight?
The bell rings, Woods and Styles circle and tie up, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off haymakers in a corner, whips Woods to ropes then hits a big hip toss! Omos and Styles are both fired up, and Styles brings Woods up. Woods fires off hands in return, but Styles shoves him then rolls him for the CALF CRUSHER! Woods is caught already, Omos likes what he sees, but Woods reaches! Kofi talks trash on Omos and then throws the mic at him! IT just bounces off!! Omos storms after Kofi into the ring, and Styles lets off of Woods! Styles chases Kofi out, Omos gets on the apron and the ref is distracted. Woods rolls Styles up with a cradle, Woods wins!!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
GOTTEE! Turnabout is fair play, and the New Day are fired up! Will they use Omos’ inexperience against him and Styles to stay golden?
A Bugatti rolls up.
It’s Bad Bunny and Damian Priest! They’re rolling into Raw in style, but will they be all business this close to the Most Must-See Showdown at WrestleMania?
BRAAAUN~ is here!
Ahead of his Steel Cage match with the mocking and arrogant Shane McMahon, the Monster Among Men has a cage set up with the ring. Shane miscalculated when he let Braun choose the stipulation, and Braun paces about inside. “My whole life, I’ve had to deal with guys like Shane McMahon.” People would bully Braun for his size when they don’t know who he is, what he’s about. Shane tries to make stupid jokes to get under Braun’s skin, but Shane doesn’t get it. Shane doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into. Shane can run his mouth all he wants, but when the cage door closes, “the running ends.” He’ll be locked inside with Braun.
And Braun won’t just whoop Shane’s ass for himself, but for everyone who has ever been made fun of for being stupid, and told that they would never make something of themselves! Braun is fighting for himself and for every one of them! There’s no goods, no running, no hiding, and no games! Shane will be inside a steel cage with the Monster Among Men! “At WrestleMania, Shane, at the end of our match on Saturday, while your corpse lays in the middle of this ring after I’ve ping-ponged it around this entire cage, and I rub your face into this metal and give you a taste of the agony that it puts on people’s souls being called ‘stupid,'” the last thing Shane hears won’t be “here comes the money.” It’ll be “here comes the body bag!” At WrestleMania, Shane will #GetTheseHands!
But speaking of, here comes Shane O’Mac, not at all afraid of Braun. So much anger, Braun. What did Shane ever do to him? And when Shane gave Braun the chance to choose the match, it was a test to see how far Braun’s intellect has come since grade school. But honestly, a steel cage at WrestleMania? That choice was not that stupid. On paper, people think this favors Braun. And it would, if Shane was any other man. But he is a McMahon, and he will outwit, outmaneuver and defeat Braun. And then the next morning, when Braun wakes up and look sin the mirror, he’ll say to himself, “Boy, I am stupid…”
2v1 Handicap Match: Elias & Jaxson Ryker w/ Shane McMahon VS Braun Strowman!
The Drifter and his follower appear to fight on Shane’s behalf days before WrestleMania! And perhaps thanks to Shane’s authority, there will be NO tags needed! Will Elias & Ryker soften up Strowman so Shane will have a fighting chance?
Raw returns and the bell rings, Shane watching from a very safe distance. Braun grabs Ryker but Elias attacks, only for Braun to throw him off. Braun ROCKS Elias with an uppercut, then ROCKS Ryker with a haymaker, to then SHOVE Ryker out of the ring! Braun powers Elias to a corner, clubs away on him, then stalks him as he scrambles. Braun scoops but Ryker saves Elias to RAM into him! Elias KNEES Braun in the head! Braun is against the ropes, Ryker CLOBBERS him with double ax handles! Ryker & Elias hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Ryker drops ax handles, then he and Elias stomp him together!
Elias gets the legs, drags Braun around, rains down rights, and Ryker climbs up. Ryker leaps for a DIVING HEADBUTT! Elias hurries up top while Ryker holds Braun down! Elias hits the MACHO ELBOW! Double cover, TWO!! Braun launches the two but Shane creeps closer. Ryker and Elias stomp away, hammer Braun down, and Shane takes his jacket off. Elias and Ryker throw hands, but Braun explodes out! Shane hurries away as fast as he can! Braun glares at Shane, then kicks Ryker. Braun sends Elias into Ryker and then SPLASHES them both! Braun CLUBS Elias in the chest, scoops Ryker, and hits the MONSTER SLAM!
Elias staggers into a scoop, and he gets a MONSTER SLAM! Braun covers both men, and wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster just mangled two men at once! Shane thinks he still has the upper hand, but will he be broken at the hands of Braun Strowman?
Backstage interview with The Miz & John Morrison.
Kevin Patrick says he wants to ask about their match this Saturday with Bad Bunny, but then notices they have paint cans. Oh, these? Kevin acts like this is odd, but no. They’re artists! You heard of Hey Hey, Hop Hop, but they’re more than just musical artists. Painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and now Miz ‘n’ Morrison. They have a masterpiece to create, using Bunny’s Bugatti!?! Morrison feels bad, this is a $3.6 MILLION car! But there’s a scratch! This is matching paint! In that case, let’s paint! Wait, that’ snot matching, it’s RED on a WHITE car! They write, “Hey Hey, Hop Hop” and then doodle bunnies and then write their names, too!
Miz does finger-painting like his daughters love! This is so good, right? $3.6 MILLION. Imagine what it’s worth now, right? PRICELESS! But will Bunny & Priest make the Hollywood A-Lister and Guru of Greatness pay for this?
Bad Bunny is furious backstage.
He storms his way back to see the vandalism with his own eyes! Now he’s even angrier! But then Miz BLINDSIDES him! Morrison gets Bunny up and the two mug Bunny, before they throw him into the hood of another car! “This is what happens when you disrespect us! This is what happens when you play with us!” Miz drags Bunny by his hair and says he doesn’t respect Bunny! He’ll run Bunny at Mania just like he ruined the car! WWE officials chase Miz & Morrison off, Priest hurries over and asks what happened. Priest realizes just who it was, Pearce shouts for a medic. They check Bunny, but will Priest make sure Miz & Morrison are the ones who’ll need a hospital?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
After the chaotic brawl on last Friday Night SmackDown, there will be two major matches in regards to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! First, on Saturday, it will be a Tag Team Turmoil, Naomi & Lana VS Dana Brooke & Mandy VS The Riott Squad VS Natalya & Tamina! The winner goes on to Sunday to face Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles!
Asuka & Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Aussie Nightmare are going to clash at WrestleMania, but it was the challenger who chose to accept the challenge from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Is Rhea going to use the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades to soften the Raw Women’s Champion up? Or is she planning on using Nia & Shayna to show Asuka what she’s in for?
Raw shares backstage interview footage from earlier tonight. How does Rhea plan on coexisting with Asuka tonight after flipping a table onto her last week? Rhea says she won’t share a thing about her strategies. But the question is, what about Asuka? And coexisting is a given since they’re up against Nia & Shayna. Asuka will just have to wait to rip into Rhea this Sunday at Mania. With that, Rhea makes her entrance to join Asuka. Will there be coexistence or mutually assured destruction when Raw returns from the break?
Raw returns and the tag team champions make their entrances, Reggie still following Nia. But Shayna tells him to stay way behind them. The teams sort out, Shayna starts against Asuka and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna gets an arm and wrenches but Asuka wrenches through to wristlock then headlock. Shayna endures the grind, powers out, but Asuka rams her with a shoulder! They both stay up so they start shoving. Shayna mocks Asuka for losing a tooth, then runs. Shayna gets around Asuka to shove but Asuka runs Shayna over! Asuka stands on Shayna’s head to pull on the arm, then wrenches the arm to yank!
Asuka reaches over, but Rhea doesn’t want to tag! Shayna ROCKS Asuka, now Rhea tags in. Rhea circles with Shayna, they tie up, and Shayna waistlocks. Rhea switches, Shayna blocks the lift, and then wrenches free. Rhea scoops and TOSSES Shayna away! Nia tags in, and Rhea smiles as she welcomes the challenge. Nia shoves, Rhea fires off haymakers! Rhea goes to scoop but Nia fights that off to scoop instead! Rhea slips off, and tags Asuka in with a pat on the head! Asuka is upset more about the way she tagged, but goes in after Nia! Nia shoves her away, fireman’s carries, but Asuka slips off to back kick! Asuka tilt-o-whirls to the IRON OCTOPUS!
Nia endures, stays up and powers out to run Asuka over! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives but Nia drags her up. Nia shoves Asuka to a corner, runs in and splashes! Asuka flops down, crawls, but Nia looms over her. Nia pushes Asuka, Asuka hits back, but Nia drags Asuka up to whip her to a corner. Asuka dodges and Nia hits buckles, then turns around into the CODE BREAKER! Hot tags to Rhea and Shayna! Rhea dodges Shayna and BOOTS her down! Rhea DECKS Nia, Reggie distracts but gets caught! Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Rhea’s leg out! Shayna tags Nia, and Nia brings Rhea to the announce desk, just to RAM Rhea into apron! Rhea writhes as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Shayna keeps Rhea down by standing on a leg, then she STOMPS the ankle! Rhea writhes and even Asuka feels that pain. Shayna kicks Rhea’s leg, then drags her to a cover, ONE! Nia is annoyed, tags in, and the champions work together to whip, scoop and SLAM Rhea down! Nia runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Rhea but Nia drags Rhea over to tag Shayna. They mug Rhea in the corner, Shayna snapmares Rhea to KICK her in the back! Cover, TWO! Shayna drags Rhea by her leg to HEEL HOOK! Rhea endures as Shayna twists the foot around! Rhea fights and kicks with her free leg! Shayna drops an elbow on the bad leg over and over!
Shayna stands on the leg again, drags Rhea away, and tags in Nia. Nia stands on Rhea’s leg now and has a standing toehold! Rhea endures her leg being bent and she swats at Nia, only for Nia to drop a leg on the leg! Nia looms over Rhea as she crawls, then drags her up into a seated cobra clutch! Rhea fights up, fights free with her free arm, and kicks Nia’s legs out to then basement dropkick! Both women crawl, hot tags to Asuka and Shayna! Asuka dropkicks Shayna, dodges Nia and ROUNDHOUSES her! Asuka hits a hip attack on Shayna, then one on Nia! ROUNDHOUSE for Shayna! And a SNAP GERMAN! Asuka runs to SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka stays fired up and she heads up top! But Rhea SHOVES Asuka down?! Rhea doesn’t care about this tag match anymore, she’s just going to destroy her Mania opponent with an atomic FACEBUSTER! Rhea feeds Asuka to Shayna and Shayna hits a KNEE! Cover, the tag champs win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall
The Nightmare shouts, “I’m not ready for what?!” Asuka fell for Rhea’s trap, but will she get even at WrestleMania? Or will the Riptide dethrone the Empress on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Cedric Alexander finds MVP backstage.
MVP asks what he’s doing, and it better not be to beg to get back in. Alexander grabs MVP by his collar, and Benjamin walks over to say he better listen. Alexander tells MVP that his greed will cost him. Last week, MVP had the audacity to tell these two they were an embarrassment! That they’re incompetent! MVP is a parasite who needed the Hurt Business to hold him up now that he’s a “crippled, past-up has-been.” Alexander may not win tonight, but he’ll give Lashley a scar he’ll remember him by. And Alexander will be watching as McIntyre defeats Lashley and exposes MVP for the fraud he is. Alexander lets MVP go, and Benjamin straightens his suit for him. Benjamin looks at the THB necklace they got MVP, and tells him to keep his “crippled ass” out of the ring.
Sarah comes by to ask if MVP is at all concerned about Lashley’s match coming up tonight. No, MVP is never concerned for Lashley. MVP is disappointed in “the arrogant, ungrateful attitude” that Alexander & Benjamin are showing. Let’s not forget that it’s because of MVP that they became tag team champions, have the fancy suits and are even relevant again! Before MVP, Alexander had never been to a five-star steakhouse. Lashley walks over and asks what happened, but MVP say sit’s fine. Lashley vows to break Alexander in half! Will there be anything left of #PRIMED after tonight?
Backstage interview with Nia, Shayna & Reggie.
Congrats on tonight’s win, but are they confident about their title defense at WrestleMania against the Tag Team Turmoil winner? Does Sarah need a drink of water after the longest question ever? Of COURSE these two are confident! So dumb! But The Ravishing Glow, Lana & Naomi walk over and say they can think of a few reasons why the champs should be worried. Oh, right, because these two are really scary. But then Dana & Mandy walk over and ask, “What about us?” What about you? But then SmackDown’s Tamina & Natty storm in! They don’t even go here! Why- But now the Riott Squad gets in on this! Wait, wait, Billie Kay wants in. Does she even have a partner? Carmella is reviewing her resumé so…
NO! All of you have a match on Saturday. The winner faces the champs on Sunday. They don’t have time for this. They head out to let their contenders argue. Who rises up to challenge the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin!
We just saw Alexander get in the face of Montel Vontavius Porter and Lashley not take that lightly. Will the Rocky Mountain Machine pulverize PRIMED as an example to McIntyre?
Raw returns again and the former Hurt Business members are already ringside. MVP is on commentary, Benjamin is in Alexander’s corner, but then he sneaks in to attack Lashley! Benjamin and Alexander mug Lashley 2v1 and the match isn’t even underway! MVP doesn’t mind, he just talks old times with Samoa Joe. Lashley fights back but the 2v1 continues! Lashley shoves Benjamin away, DECKS Alexander and then throws knees on Benjamin! Lashley throws the Gold Standard out and MVP says that’s why he wasn’t worried. The bell rings and now Alexander is 1v1 with Lashley. Alexander throws hands but Lashley DECKS him, then scoop SLAMS him!
Lashley talks trash, bumps Alexander off buckles and RAMS into him over an dover! The ref counts, Lashley brings Alexander out for a NECKBREAKER! Lashley glares at Benjamin on the outside before he drags Alexander up to TOSS him! Lashley paces, drags Alexander up and TOSSES him the other way! Lashley drags Alexander up throws him out and Benjamin checks on him. The ref starts a ring count, Lashley paces but Benjamin gets Alexander up. The count is 6 of 10, Alexander hobbles but Lashley pursues. Alexander gets in and jumps on Lashley as he returns, only for Lashley to TOSS him again! Alexander sputters to a corner, Lashley runs in and RAMS into him!
Lashley drags Alexander around, suplexes and holds him up to SLAM him down! Lashley still glares at Benjamin, then tells MVP this is it. Alexander gets to the apron but Lashley hauls him up to ROCK him! Lashley drags Alexander in just to throw him back out! Then Lashley goes out and grins as he drags Alexander back up. Lashley fireman’s carries Alexander to POST him!! Alexander is down again and Lashley roars as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again, and Lashley leans on Alexander in a neck wrench. Alexander throws hands from below but Lashley just digs his knuckles into Alexander’s head! Alexander fights up but Lashley ROCKS him with a right! Alexander back kicks then front kicks then dropkicks! Lashley stays up and gets Alexander for a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley grows annoyed with Alexander and drags him up to throw him out again! Lashley goes back out, glares at Benjamin, then drags Alexander up to fireman’s carry again. But Benjamin saves Alexander from another post shot! Lashley storms after Benjamin but Alexander sends Lashley into the steps!
Alexander gets in the ring, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lashley hits barriers! Alexander keeps going to DIVE again! Another hit and another collision with barriers! Lashley shoves Alexander into the ring but Alexander handsprings for the NEURALIZER! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron, but he ENZIGURIS back! Alexander climbs, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, ONE?!! Alexander is shocked but MVP says he’s still confident in Lashley. Alexander clubs away on Lashley’s back, but Lashley shoves him away. Alexander ends up on the apron, he BOOTS back then steps in, but into a ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!
Lashley roars again, drags Alexander back up, and gut wrenches to the DOMINATOR!! Lashley isn’t done there, he stalks Alexander as he stirs. Benjamin wants Lashley to stop but MVP mocks Benjamin with the begging and pleading. Lashley says it’ll stop, with this! A whip and another ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!! And then the HURT LOCK!! Alexander is out, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
Benjamin attacks Lashley to get him off Alexander! Lashley catches Benjamin for a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley stands tall as MVP says emotions cloud judgment. Lashley puts Benjamin in the HURT LOCK! MVP says this is all business, not personal, but Lashley sure seems to have a lot of rage. Will that same rage wreck McIntyre at WrestleMania?
Priest talks with Bunny backstage.
Priest and Bunny are going to address what Miz and Morrison did to the Bugatti, but will they be able to keep their cool this close to WrestleMania?
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest go to the ring!
Priest says Miz & Morrison crossed a line! It’s just because Bunny is a Grammy award winning, record smashing entertainment icon while they’re just yesterday’s news. Miz is so obsessed with Bunny that he couldn’t hold the WWE Championship for more than one week. If Miz & Morrison thought Priest & Bunny clowning them before was bad, they haven’t seen anything yet! It’s easy to beat someone down 2v1, so at WrestleMania, Priest wants to even the odds! Let’s make this a full tag team match, 2v2, Miz & Morrison VS Bunny & Priest! Bunny adds that, “I just came here, following my dreams, believing in my dreams, because i love this business. I love and respect every superstar.”
But Bunny remembers when he used to watch Raw, SmackDown and all the PPV’s with his dad and brothers and friends, the whole family. Bunny has a lot of good memories with the WWE, but now… Now Bunny isn’t sure how to feel. He isn’t what to think with this experience. Bunny came here to perform, to do a job, and is happy to have performed his song for Booker T! He loves and respects Booker, just like he does HHH, Stone Cold, the Undertaker, Ric Flair, ALL the legends! He even used to respect The Miz. But Miz doesn’t respect Bunny back, and didn’t from day one. And for no reason! Yes, Bunny did what he did, he isn’t a pro-wrestler, but he’s still man.
Miz broke Bunny’s TV set, he disrespected his DJ who is like a brother, and disrespected Bunny’s career, music and fans! For no reason! Bunny did jump from the top rope at the Royal Rumble, but c’mon! If even fans get that wouldn’t they do what Bunny did given a chance? Bunny translates all this to Spanish, and then says that’s no reason to attack someone with a guitar, paint his car. Who does the Miz think he is? Miz is a legend, Bunny respects that, but Miz doesn’t respect Bunny. “You crossed the line, bro.” Bunny doesn’t know why, and now he doesn’t care. This Saturday, WrestleMania, Bunny will show Miz to respect him as he shuts Miz’s mouth and whips his ass! You know where these two are from!? Bunny says that he will make Miz his bitch!!
Miz and Morrison mockingly applaud the “performance,” but it’s no Hey Hey, Hop Hop. Miz will make this clear: Bunny doesn’t belong here! WWE is THEIR world, Bunny’s overstayed his welcome. Miz promises to embarrass and hurt Bunny so that he’ll go crawling home. They accept the tag team challenge! Now, forget about the Bugatti, this stretch limousine is priceless. Miz and Morrison drive off, but they’ll have no choice but to face a furious Bunny and Archer of Infamy! Will Bunny & Priest #LiveForever when they defeat two of the best at the Showcase of the Immortals?
Sheamus talks with Mustafa Ali backstage.
The Fella knows he’s on his way to his match with The Bro, but there’s something he needs to know. Ali says there’s no need. “That space cadet represents everything that I want to change about Monday Night Raw.” Riddle killed Retribution and Ali isn’t US Champion! Sheamus has his match at Mania, but tonight, Ali owns Riddle! Sheamus tells Ali to relax. Sheamus and Ali don’t have much in common but there is one thing: their complete and utter dislike of the burnout holding onto the US Championship. Sheamus will be ringside rooting for Ali from commentary! But then Riddle flies through with the scooter! Will Ali bring Riddle back down from his high going into Mania?
Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali!
Raw returns as Ali makes his entrance. Sheamus also makes his entrance to go to commentary, and get in Riddle’s head. The bell rings, Ali and Riddle circle, and Riddle goes for a leg. Ali holds him off to get a headlock, but Riddle powers out. They tie up with a test of strength, Ali stands on a hand and wrenches the other. Riddle rolls, drags Ali into a Triangle Hold! ALi makes it a cover, TWO! Ali shoots in to waistlock but Riddle switches. Ali switches, Riddle gets an arm but Ali pulls hair. The ref counts, Ali lets off but ROCKS Riddle in the corner. Riddle tackles Ali, Ali kick shim away but runs into a GUT WRENCH! Riddle drags Ali up but ALi rolls Riddle up, TWO!
Sheamus gets annoyed already but Ali headlocks. Riddle powers out, but Ali dropkicks back! Cover, TWO! Ali clamps right on with a chinlock, but Riddle fights up. Riddle powers up but Ali throws a hand! Ali runs but Riddle tosses him up and out! Riddle then goes to the apron for a PENALTY KICK! Ali is down, Riddle drags him up and puts him in. Riddle takes Sheamus’ hat to put it on and mock Sheamus. But Ali returns to Russian Leg Sweep Riddle to the floor! Sheamus says that’s what Riddle gets, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ali fires off on Riddle in a corner! The ref counts, Ali lets off but digs his boots into Riddle. Ali lets off again, then comes back to do it again. But Riddle fights up as he holds onto the boot, and he sweeps the leg! Riddle fires off fast hands, Ali shoves and ducks a kick to shove Riddle to ropes. Riddle sunset flips, Ali rolls through to stomp Riddle’s foot! Ali aims from a corner and runs to KICK Riddle in the side! Cover, TWO! Riddle still gasps and sputters but Ali drags him up into a body scissor squeeze! Riddle endures, Ali says Riddle doesn’t deserve the US title, but Riddle fights to get up. Ali is a backpack as Riddle RAMS him into buckles! And more buckles!
Riddle runs to BACKPACK BROTON! Both men are down, but Riddle gets to a corner. Riddle runs at Ali to rally with kicks and forearms, then spins Ali for a PELE! Riddle kips up and forearm smashes! Riddle goes side to side to forearm again! BROSPLODER! Kip up and Ali ducks the kick, dodges the moonsault, but the BROTON hits! Sheamus gets frustrated with Ali, but ALi catches Riddle to a KOJI KLUTCH! Ali calls it #LightsOut, but Riddle moves around and slips out to DEADLIFT FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! TRIANGLE! Riddle has Ali now, but Ali scrambles to the ropebreak! Riddle lets off and Sheamus is annoyed.
Sheamus admits, Riddle is great in the ring, but Sheamus is better. Ali throws Riddle into ropes! ALi spins Riddle around to suplex and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Ali is furious! Ali shouts that Riddle is still unworthy, and he SLAPS Riddle around! Riddle boots, runs in but Ali elbows! Ali goes up and leaps, but the tornado is blocked! Riddle glares at Sheamus scoops Ali for the BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Sheamus is furious but Riddle stares him down! WrestleMania, The Bro VS The Fella, only ONE leaves United States Champion!
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Is he threatened by Corbin’s desire to still take Lashley up on the offer and take McIntyre’s place at WrestleMania? “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” You’d think someone with a giant melon head like Corbin’s would have a bigger brain so that he’d realize it’s foolish to go after McIntyre right before Mania and the world championship match. But McIntyre gets it. These are huge stakes. Corbin can take McIntyre out to take his spot in a Mania main event. McIntyre could say all sorts of horrible things about Corbin, but the truth is, Corbin’s big, dangerous and even in a normal match, will do whatever it takes to get the job done. With these stakes, he’d step on his own grandma to win.
But McIntyre says he’ll do the same as every time: Claymore to the eyes, straight through to Mania, him and Lashley, a date with destiny and McIntyre takes the title back! Will the Scottish Warrior slay the Wolf King before doing even worse to the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Drew McIntyre VS King Corbin!
In the main event of the last Raw before WrestleMania 37’s epic weekend event, this could be what makes or breaks the coming clash between McIntyre and Lashley! Will Corbin remove and replace McIntyre from the Showcase of the Immortals? Or will he just help sharpen the Claymore for when it aims at the All Mighty?
Sarah interviews Lashley backstage if a change in the main event changes how he’ll feel about the match? Well, there’s a huge “if” on whether McIntyre survives. McIntyre said he’d give Lashley an all mighty ass whooping, but that won’t be possible once he puts McIntyre in the Hurt Lock and puts him to sleep! Lashley is watching this main event closely, but Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and MVP has joined commentary on behalf of Lashley. The bell rings and the two tie up. Corbin powers McIntyre to ropes but McIntyre turns it around, only for the two of them to go all around the ring. They separate, and both men acknowledge the other’s strength. They tie up again, are in a deadlock now, but Corbin gests around to waistlock. McIntyre pries at the hold but Corbin headlocks him. McIntyre powers out, Corbin runs him over, but McIntyre gets right up. Corbin talks a little smack, MVP mockingly asks if McIntyre is alright, and McIntyre ties up to get a waistlock. McIntyre gets a half nelson, then shifts through to a cravat, then a headlock.
Corbin endures the grind, but can’t power out as McIntyre holds tight! Lashley is still watching as Corbin powers McIntyre to ropes. McIntyre lets go but Corbin throws a cheap shot! Corbin runs but McIntyre follows to run Corbin over! Corbin bails out and McIntyre grins. McIntyre wants MVP to be taking notes for Lashley while Corbin paces. Corbin gets back in, ties up with McIntyre and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws haymakers and body shots, then argues with the ref. McIntyre ROCKS Corbin with haymakers in return! McIntyre whips, runs Corbin over with an elbow then covers, ONE!! Corbin surprises McIntyre just a bit but McIntyre stomps Corbin’s hand!
McIntyre hauls Corbin up, snap suplexes him, then covers, TWO! Corbin took a little longer that time but McIntyre is focused. McIntyre drags Corbin up, CHOPS him, then throws hands in a corner. McIntyre whips corner to corner, Corbin reverses and runs in, but has to slide out. Corbin slides in to LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Now McIntyre surprises Corbin, but Corbin puts McIntyre on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and Corbin looms over McIntyre in a corner. Corbin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Corbin lets off. Corbin rains down rights, then stomps, but the ref counts. Corbin stops and stalks McIntyre around the ring.
Corbin whips McIntyre corner to corner hard and McIntyre bounces off buckles! Corbin smirks and MVP likes what he sees. Corbin looms over McIntyre and MVP tells Corbin to finish it! Corbin talks some trash, drags McIntyre up and back suplexes for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grits his teeth, Corbin brings him up and whips him corner to corner, but McIntyre comes back to rally with clotheslines! McIntyre whips, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Corbin! Then clinches for another OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Corbin swings but into McIntyre’s NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fires up, and glares at MVP. MVP mockingly asks how it’s going.
McIntyre aims as Corbin rises, and kicks low to underhook the arms! Corbin scrambles to deny Future Shock, then bails out. McIntyre pursues but Corbin trips him on the apron! Corbin whips but McIntyre reverses to POST Corbin! McIntyre then whips Corbin into steel steps! McIntyre has a wild look in his eyes as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again as McIntyre fires off on Corbin in a corner! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off to drag Corbin up, for a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Corbin survives as McIntyre shows more of his arsenal. McIntyre SLAPS Corbin, Corbin throws a haymaker and now it’s a brawl! McIntyre windmills haymakers on Corbin, then lets off as they’re on the ropes. Lashley is still watching as McIntyre shoves Corbin. Corbin holds ropes, puts McIntyre on the apron, and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Corbin POSTS McIntyre and McIntyre hits the floor! MVP claps but tells Corbin to stay on McIntyre!
Corbin drags McIntyre up, brings him around and bumps him off the desk! MVP likes this “table service” as Corbin puts McIntyre back in. Corbin drives elbows into McIntyre’s neck and shoulders, but the ref reprimands the hair pulling. Corbin talks trash, McIntyre ROCKS Corbin! Corbin hits back, drags McIntyre up, but McIntyre throws more hands! McIntyre CHOPS then reels Corbin in. Corbin denies the suplex to suplex McIntyre back! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and MVP grows frustrated. Corbin drags McIntyre up, roll shim, and has a Pluma Blanca while throwing down furious elbows!! Corbin lets off and McIntyre clutches his jaw.
MVP says this is Corbin’s chance, and Corbin drags McIntyre back up. McIntyre hits back with haymakers and CHOPS! McIntyre runs but into a choke grip! For a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Corbin seethes as McIntyre survives. McIntyre gets to a corner, Corbin runs in, but McIntyre dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! Corbin survives and McIntyre is just a bit surprised. McIntyre keeps on Corbin with a facelock, and shifts to underhooks, but Corbin RAMS McIntyre into a corner. McIntyre elbows back hard, then runs, but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious but McIntyre still lives!
MVP shouts, “Corbin, do you want to go to WrestleMania?” Corbin reels McIntyre in but gets a GLASGOW KISS! then a FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!?! Corbin survives and McIntyre is beside himself. McIntyre goes to the corner, goes out and climbs up, but Corbin ROCKS him first! Corbin throws more hands, climbs up after him, rains down some rights, and stands McIntyre up. SUPERPLEX! Corbin crawls to a cover, TWO!! McIntyre isn’t done yet and now MVP is speechless. McIntyre rolls away to a corner, Corbin goes to the other. McIntyre grits his teeth, clutches his back, but he glares at Corbin. McIntyre crawls that way, stands up, but Corbin ROCKS him!
McIntyre hits back! Corbin hits again, but McIntyre kicks low! Corbin throws another haymaker but McIntyre kicks, haymakers, CHOPS, and runs into DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! MVP excuses himself from commentary to talk to Corbin. “IT’s not about beating McIntyre! It’s about taking him out! Take him OUT!” MVP hands his cane over, and Corbin nods. Corbin aims at McIntyre, but McIntyre dodges to CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
MVP clearing things up only cost Corbin! The Scottish Warrior slays the Wolf King, and now only has one match to go! Will the next five days be the All Mighty Era’s last? But wait, here comes Lashley! MVP meets Lashley at the stage, and Lashley stares McIntyre down. Who will give more of themselves in order to have the WWE World Championship?
Not a great go-home but not an awful one. This did suffer from the usual go-home problems of just too many recaps and commercial breaks. Just, so much, even for what happened in this episode. We didn’t need to recap what happened to Bunny’s car right before he and Priest talked about it. But now, the info that leaked months ago is finally verified, we’re getting a tag match of Bunny & Priest VS Miz & Morrison, so that it isn’t all on Bunny going against Miz to win. The promos were good, though, and it seems like Miz is being hypocritical. He wasn’t respected for coming in as a reality show guy, but says Bunny doesn’t belong as just a celebrity fan. This should be used as material but it isn’t because Vince doesn’t know what “continuity” means.
The promo before the Woods VS Styles rematch was fun because of Riddle using weed references, but I feel like that all took longer than the match. Woods getting the quick win on Styles thanks to Kofi and Omos distracting Styles surely means that somehow, someway, Omos and Styles win the titles. That’s going to be big for Omos, and means WWE/Vince sees a lot of potential in him, let’s just hope Vince doesn’t get bored and leaves Omos wallowing in the midcard one day. Speaking of Riddle, I like that his other gag is interrupting other people with his scooter fly-by. Sheamus and Ali had a good segment, Ali VS Riddle was a really good match, and Riddle VS Sheamus is going to be great and could go either way.
Braun had a good promo about how he’s doing this for those bullied mentally and emotionally, though he might’ve missed a few things here and there. I still don’t think a steel cage was the best stipulation, but maybe it’s just a way to literally keep the fight contained to the ring rather than having a Last Man Standing type spill out towards fans when we’re supposed to keep social distance and whatnot. No idea who wins this but it’d be a shame if Shane did through his cheating. Braun’s had a decent Mania run, winning the Raw Tag Team Championships and looking strong, so I would hope he wins to stand tall for those he’s representing.
I had a feeling Rhea would make sure Asuka lost the tag match tonight as she’s going Heel for this story, but I didn’t think she’d attack Asuka herself. That was a good twist, as Rhea isn’t the kind to run away and avoid things, so that much still carries over from Face Rhea. Asuka will definitely want revenge and that will add to the intensity of their match, and I personally hope Asuka retains. The tag champions get momentum but the Tag Turmoil to determine their challengers is only slightly what I was expecting. I hope this one time, WWE throws away their Face VS Heel requirement and let Natty & Tamina win so we can get a really great match, each team having a technical type and a powerhouse. Then Natty & Tamina should win when Nia & Shayna fall apart, because neither Natty or Tamina has had anything in quite some time.
The world title story was pretty good tonight, with Lashley settling things with Benjamin & Alexander. It is sad to know that the Hurt Business split was all Vince, but who else’s idea would it have been? Lashley is dominant again, but McIntyre VS Corbin was a great match to be the main event here. They started a bit late on this whole thing of a bounty on McIntyre’s head, it didn’t really feel like McIntyre was ever going to miss Mania, but I suppose they get an A for effort. Lashley VS McIntyre will be really good if it even just matches tonight’s match. It’d be pretty wild for McIntyre if he becomes a 3-time champion in the span of just one year, but it’s hard to say he won’t get this win. You might as well flip a coin because both Lashley and McIntyre have been putting in work, either one is worthy.
My Score: 8/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023
Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?
Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.
Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.
.@MeanGiaMiller caught up with @FrankieKazarian and #RichSwann to talk about @Walking_Weapon's unfortunate injury and @SteveMaclin replacing him as their partner TONIGHT at #Sacrifice! #CountdownToSacrifice pic.twitter.com/jdnqk6BLN9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
- Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
- Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
- X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
- Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
- Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****
Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham
With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.
A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.
Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.
Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.
Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.
Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic.
Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers
Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.
A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!
So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.
Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.
Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.
Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself.
Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO
Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story.
Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.
PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him. PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.
Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.
Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.
Can #RichSwann and @FrankieKazarian trust @SteveMaclin? #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/TcEZ79IWkC
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)
Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey.
Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.
Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.
Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.
IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)
It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.
Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.
Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.
The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.
Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!
Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer
This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt.
Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.
Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.
Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.
Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table.
Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry. Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now!
Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin
Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.
Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.
Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.
Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.
Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.
Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.
Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.
Overall Score: 7/10
Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.
OH CANADA! @ScottDAmore CANADIAN DESTROYERS @TheJasonHotch and Windsor EXPLODES! #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/iqqpiH0tMZ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)
It’s a family feud!
Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.
While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?
- Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
- WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
- “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!
The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!
Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!
Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!
Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!
Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”
Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.
“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.
“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?
Charlotte Flair is here!
Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.
“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”
“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?
Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!
The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.
Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!
Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!
Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.
She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!
Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?
WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!
The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?
The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.
Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!
Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)
Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.
And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.
Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!
McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”
McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.
Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!
Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?
“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!
SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.
Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!
Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!
Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!
Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.
Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?
It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!
And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.
Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?
“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.
Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.
Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!
Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?
A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.
Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.
Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.
Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.
If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.
My Score: 8.8/10
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