SmackDown gears up for WrestleMania WEEK!
After Edge snapped and brutalized Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, SmackDown might be ready to explode! Will the Rated R Superstar face repercussions?
- 8 Man Tag: The Alpha Academy & The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits & The Mysterios; The Alpha Academy & the Dirty Dawgs win.
- Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax & Reginald VS Natalya w/ Tamina; Natalya wins.
- Carmella VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins.
- Street Fight: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with Edge!
The Rated R Superstar goes to the ring, gets a mic, and takes a moment before saying, “What happened at Fastlane, what happened last week here on SmackDown, the chaos, the mayhem, the destruction, it didn’t need to happen. Or maybe it did. Maybe this was all inevitable. Maybe I was being naïve thinking I could travel the Road to WrestleMania without hitting any speedbumps. Or maybe a better analogy is hitting any roadkill, because that is what Daniel Bryan has done by weaseling his way into MY match at WrestleMania!”
Edge thought that if anyone would understand, it was Bryan. Bryan was one of the reasons Edge thought his comeback was possible. The idea of possibly teaming with Bryan at Fastlane was intriguing and exciting, but apparently that wasn’t enough for Bryan. Edge was so focused on Roman Reigns, he didn’t even see Bryan coming, and that’s on Edge. If anyone should see an opportunist coming, it’s Edge.
Edge runs us through the scenarios Bryan gave us. Bryan could’ve waited until after Edge VS Roman to face the winner immediately, how hErOiC~! But no, not good enough. Edge VS Roman on Saturday, winner VS Bryan on Sunday, so bRaVe~! But then after Adam Pearce’s decision, Edge realized he got outplayed. You might think Edge is mad at Bryan, which he is, but Edge is also thankful, because he had time to reflect. Edge looked at himself and finally liked what he saw: the guy who when he his backed into a corner, he comes out fighting, out swinging, and doing whatever he has to do. Edge finally saw THE Rated R Superstar!
Edge wants to throw up the graphic of the Adam Pearce masterpiece! The Universal Championship Triple Threat! Pearce’s validation for his paycheck! But Edge doesn’t think Pearce realizes the ramifications of what he’s done. Roman doesn’t understand, Bryan doesn’t understand. Did Edge snap at Fastlane after getting hit by Bryan? Did he snap after Pearce made this a Triple Threat? “You’re damn right I did! I woke the hell up.” Edge is a man Roman ASPIRES to be! He is a man Bryan ASPIRES to be! A WWE Hall of Fame LEGEND, the Ultimate Opportunist, and he is finally, and once again, THE RATED R SUPERSTAR!
Now last week, when Edge held the cold steel chair in his hands and felt it hit their bodies, “it felt so, so good.” Edge had them both for the ConChairTo. THIS close. And it’ll happen again. When it does, Edge won’t hesitate! THAT Edge is back, but will he be the one to walk out of WrestleMania with the Universal Championship?
Backstage interview with Edge.
Kayla Braxton asks him about his comments and how he didn’t bring up the Street Fight of Bryan VS Jey Uso. Some feel that given the inherent brutality of a Street Fight, Jey is doing it just to take Bryan out before Mania. Edge says if he’s supposed to feel badly that Bryan might get beaten senseless tonight, he doesn’t. But he knows the next question is, “What if Bryan can’t make it to WrestleMania? Will a small part of me feel badly?” No, it won’t. He’ll be overjoyed.
The Alpha Academy is in the ring!
Chad Gable has a mic to say, “Look at Otis! Look at my number one guy!” Over these past few months, Gable has transformed the human bulldozer into a force of nature. Gable unleashed Otis’ inner alpha with the use of his ENORMOUS mental acumen. The Alpha Academy is peaking at just the right time. And when they peak, they peak hard. Tonight, they will outshine their own teammates, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, on their way to next week’s WrestleMania edition SmackDown and completing the journey. They will take the titles for the academy! But speaking of, here come the Dirty Dawgs for this HUGE 8 Man Tag!
8 Man Tag: The Alpha Academy & The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits & The Mysterios!
The teams sort out, Dominik starts with Ziggler, and Ziggler kicks Dom then scrapes him with laces! Ziggler whips, Dom boots back, then hops up to leap and TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler survives, Roode steps in but Rey RANAS him out! Gable runs at the corner, Otis following, but the Profits dump them out! Dom throws Ziggler out to join Roode, Rey LEAPS to Seated Senton Roode, and Dom PLANCHAS Ziggler! Ford FLIES to hit the Alphas! Fans are thunderous on their ThunderDome screens, but is Ford alright? We’ll find out after the break.
SmackDown returns and Rey throws hands, to slide under but Ziggler catches him! Ziggler drags Rey up to back suplex but Rey lands out! Tag to Dawkins and he rallies on the Show-Off! Dawkins ducks and dodges to leaping elbow! Dawkins BLASTS the Alphas then EXPLODERS Ziggler! Gable gets in, to get an EXPLODER! Dawkins fires up, runs at Ziggler but Roode saves him from the Cyclone! Dawkins DECKS Roode, drags Ziggler up but Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins! Ford and the Mysterios protest but Otis gets away with it. Ziggler grapevines a leg, tags to Otis, and Otis stomps Dawkins around. Otis drags Dawkins up, whips, and CLOBBERS him again! Cover, TWO!
Otis drags Dawkins up with a fish hook, whips him to a corner, and Dawkins bounces off buckles hard! Ziggler talks trash, Otis drops an elbow on Dawkins! Otis CLUBS Dawkins in the chest, then tags Roode. Roode drags Dawkins up with a facelock, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Dawkins reaches but Roode drags him away. Roode grinds Dawkins down, tags Ziggler, and Ziggler scrapes Dawkins’ face with laces, too! Ziggler stays between Dawkins and his corner, taunting him the entire time. Dawkins gets up but Ziggler facelocks to grind Dawkins down. Dawkins fights up but Ziggler rakes eyes to tag in Otis. They hand Dawkins off, Otis snapmares and neck wrenches!
Dawkins endures, Otis leans on him, but Dawkins fights up to jawbreaker free! Dawkins ROCKS Otis, dodges him and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take them both down! Otis and Dawkins hurry, hot tags to Ford and Gable! Ford rallies on Gable, BIG back drop then a dropkick for Roode! One for Ziggler, too! Ford throws Gable out just to yank him back in! Ford wrenches to a back suplex SLAM! Ford kips up to standing moonsault! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ziggler hits Rey on his way on, then gut wrenches, only for Rey to slip off and set up on the ropes! Dial it up, but Roode trips him up! Roode whips but Rey reverses for Rood to hit barriers!
Dom gets Ziggler to body scissor him out of the ring! Ford rolls Gable, TWO!! DROPKICK! Ford hurries up top, takes aim, FROM THE HEAV- No! He rolls out as Gable dodges! Otis tags in off CHAOS THEORY! Otis is climbing, Gable sets Ford up, so to speak, DOZER SPLASH!! Cover, Alpha Academy wins for the team!
Winners: The Alpha Academy & The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall
Roode & Ziggler are happy to have won this in part, but they better be worried once it’s a Fatal 4! Will Otis steamroll anyone in his way of taking those SmackDown Tag Team Championships?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are excited seeing that tag match.
This has probably been the best Otis has been in a long time! But Paul Heyman walks in and says hi to Sonya. The Tribal Chief asked Heyman to come here with a “small legality.” An indemnification for tonight. A hold harmless agreement that strips Jey of liability against Bryan. It’s a Street Fight that will shorten Bryan’s career and could remove him from the Mania main event. Pearce figured this was happening, but Sonya sees Heyman’s point and agrees to it. Did Sonya just sign a blank check for Main Event Jey to cash on Bryan’s body?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring.
The purple tie-dye is definitely #SethDrippinRollins tier, but the Architect isn’t here just to show off his fashion sense again. He’s here for a face-to-face with the Swiss Cyborg, and interview with Corey Graves, after the break!
SmackDown returns, Cesaro and Corey are already in the ring, and Corey brings up that we’re just a week away from WrestleMania and the grudge match between these two. Rollins is no stranger to the Grandest Stage of Them All, to which he adds that he is Mr. WrestleMania, but Corey says Cesaro is having his first- Wait, we’re starting with Cesaro? Fine, even though they should start with Rollins, but fine. Corey continues to say that this will be Cesaro’s first 1v1 match at Mania, but Rollins says he squanders his potential. Is this the breakthrough? Cesaro says Rollins has pointed out his shortcomings, and most o fit is true.
But next Saturday at WrestleMania, Cesaro will not and cannot fail. There’s something in the air, he feels it. Something different. Swing is in the air. Haha, nice. Rollins knew they should’ve started with him and not the loser. But speaking of swinging, Rollins got humiliated again. Is that a blemish before Mania? Rollins sees what’s going on here. Singing about swings, trying to get a hot mic moment, it won’t happen. Rollins can’t be shaken and that’s because it’s Mania season! This time of year, Rollins is unshakeable! Look at his track record! The Mega Powers, Rollins VS HHH, Stone Cold VS The Rock is Rollins VS Lesnar, and Hogan slamming Andre is like “The Heist of the Century!”
Well no one is questioning Rollins” abilities. But this IS Mania. Is the pressure on Cesasro? Does he have what it takes to stop Rollins? Cesaro wouldn’t be here if he didn’t know he could beat Rollins. Cesaro knows he can beat Rollins, and embarrass Rollins at Mania. What don’t these numbskulls not understand? Rollins is unshakeable! Cesaro says that’s not the same as unswingable. Rollins seethes, and tells Corey to get out of the ring to stop giving Cesaro false hope! And Rollins is sick of Cesaro getting under his skin. There are LEVELS to the game! Cesaro is down here, Rollins is up here, and that’s how it is!
Rollins vows he will embarrass CESARO so that he can’t even fall back on his potential! And the only one to blame will be Cesaro because of how he’s provoked Rollins again and again and again! Rollins won’t even let this get to Mania! He’ll end the dream here and now! Cesaro dares Rollin to take a swing. Rollins seethes again, but he backs down! The Architect storms off, but will he continue to be thrown for a loop by the Swiss Cyborg?
Carmella encounters Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Reginald backstage.
Reggie points her out to Nia, and Nia says, “You didn’t treat my guy very well, did you?” Wait, her guy? Mella lets that go, and the tag team champions head for gorilla. What business do they have with the SmackDown Women’s Division?
Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax & Reginald VS Natalya w/ Tamina!
The Queen of Spades takes on the Queen of Harts, and there is still some time before WrestleMania! Will Shayna prove Natty isn’t worthy of a tag title opportunity? Or will the #BOAT set sail for the Grandest Stage of Them All?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Natty puts Shayna in a corner, the ref counts and Natty lets off fast to kick and throw hands! Shayna hits back, Natty trips Shayna and steps through, but Shana kicks out of the Sharpshooter to go for her Kirafuda! Natty turns, small packages, TWO and Shayna has it! TWO, and it goes back to Natty’s control! NATTY WINS?!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Mella watches backstage, and is not impressed. But Nia gets in the ring and CLOBBERS Natty! Tamina rushes in to help her partner, and it’s a brawl! Tamina tries to fireman’s carry but Shayna KICKS a leg then BUZZSAWS Tamina down! Nia drops the leg, brother! Shayna KNEES Natty, Nia unleashes hip attacks corner to corner! But The Riott Squad strikes! Liv SHOTGUNS Shayna and Ruby gets a guillotine on Nia! Liv goes up and up to add on a FLYING BULLDOG! Shayna KNEES Liv down, Ruby gets Shayna but Shayna shoves her away to get a Kirafuda! But here come RAW’s Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!
Mandy gives Shayna a KNEE FROM A ROSE! Dana sees Ruby and hits the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Shayna runs back in but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Mandy KNEES Nia, Dana handspring SHOTGUNS! But now Raw’s RAVISHING GLOW, Naomi & Lana, are here! They join in just as the Squad hit DOUBLE STO’S on Dana & Mandy! Lana and Naomi DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE the Squad then throw them out! Shayna returns to get a ROUNDHOUSE, and a CROSSBODY! Nia is up, but Naomi springboards to CROSSBODY! Lana & Naomi give Dana & Mandy DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS! But Tamina SUPERKICKS Naomi, and lifts Lana, Natty joins in, HART ATTACK!
The second generation superstars stand tall as the Women’s Tag Division shows the champions what’s coming for them! And backstage, Billie Kay immediately tries to give Mella her headshot, but immediately gets shot down. Wait, Mella changes her mind. She’ll read Billie’s resumé! Is Billie finding the place where she belongs on SmackDown?
Sami Zayn has the red carpet rolled out for tonight’s “special guest!”
But he’s also upset no one has cleaned it up. There’s dirt on the floor! But a limousine is rolling in! And Logan Paul IS here! Sami is so excited! Logan is thankful for being invited. Will they both enjoy the special premiere of the trailer for Sami’s documentary?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
Even the graphics are a red carpet for him to walk down. Sami and his sparkly gold tux get a mic and he welcomes us to the night the world has been waiting for! This is the release of the trailer for his documentary that will expose WWE’s conspiracy against him! “This will show beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a vast conspiracy against me, with the intent to humiliate me, to undermine me, and to undercut my career at every imaginable turn, at every imaginable level. What you are about to see is gonna shock you.” But it will also be so sweet!
This is made doubly sweet by having his very special guest, a man who took time out of his very, very busy schedule as actor, writer, podcaster, boxer and more importantly, social media influencer with almost 23 MILLION subscribers on YouTube alone! Sami gives to us Mr. Logan Paul! Logan makes his entrance now, joins Sami in the ring, and Sami brings him in for a hug before they sit. Sami again thanks Logan for being here and says he cannot tell us how much joy this brings him. Sami commends Logan on standing in solidarity with the oppressed. By virtue of Logan being here, it will show everyone that this isn’t a theory but reality that you must accept as truth!
Logan says it’s super cool to be in the ThunderDome in a WWE ring. And based on what he’s been told, this is the conspiracy of the century. Sami appreciates that. he is surrounded by narrow-minded corporate drones who refuse to see the truth. So now, as great as these two are getting along, might even be friends, but Sami is formally inviting Logan to be his guest… at WrestleMania! Logan accepts the invitation! Sami is so excited! This night just keeps getting better! Now, Logan gets to see first hand what Sami will do to the backstabbing, willfully ignorant Kevin Owens! But that’s WrestleMania. Tonight, we get what we’re here for! Ladies and gentlemen, the trailer for Sami’s documentary!
Footage plays, rated T for truth, all facts and no fiction. “Veracious Pictures” presents… “Random acts… Aren’t Always Random.” Sami is mostly shouting at cameramen and referees. Sami has a dislike of zebras now. He was accused of being a flat earther? Is that somehow connected? “A Liberating Original Documentary, From Visionary Director Sami Zayn.” Oh, there was that time the Lumberjacks in the Lumberjack Match made sure Sami stuck around to face Big E. That is when Sami started accusing the refs of conspiracy. Then there’s Sami complaining to Kevin, and then accusing a cameraman of being a mole. And then Sami assaulting Kevin. And Sami confronting Pearce.
“I’m not the crazy one.” Sami says everyone is twisting the narrative against him! “Who looks crazy now?!” Justice For Sami, Coming Soon. Sami says bravo to his own work. Logan saw all that, right? As Sami’s guest of honor, he must ask Logan’s thoughts on the masterpiece. “Sheesh. It’s a lot to take in.” Compelling, yes. But… When Sami was in the locker room, Kevin approached Logan and told him that he’s known Sami for over 15 years, Sami is living in an alternate reality and is perhaps delusional and neurotic. W-What is Logan doing? He’s Sami’s guest of honor! He’s not Kevin’s guest, he’s here with Sami! This is to help Sami! Doesn’t Logan get that?!
Sami apologizes for getting upset and offending Logan. he’s just on edge. Tonight was just really important. Sami wants everything to be perfect. Sami knows what Kevin thinks, and he doesn’t care about that! He doesn’t want Kevin poisoning Logan’s mind! Sami cares what Logan Paul thinks. Logan says there’s a lot of effort put into it and- Kevin gets in, turns Sami around and hits a STUNNER! “As long as you keep up with this crazy stuff, this is going to keep happening to you!” Logan is shocked as Kevin says he won’t stop. Kevin will BEAT sense into Sami if he must. See you soon. Logan is stunned silent as Kevin pushes past him. Will Sami find a way to twist this to fit his narrative?
Pearce & Sonya now discuss what we just saw.
Welcome to the WWE, Logan Paul. But now Edge walks in to talk with them. Pearce really has a knack for matchmaking, huh? Last week was the worst decision in the history of the WWE, and that’s saying something, by turning Edge’s match for the Universal Championship into a Triple Threat. But Edge will also say that tonight’s Street Fight of Bryan VS Jey is a good idea. He wants them both to know he will be ringside on commentary. Good? Good. Sonya and Pearce aren’t sure what to say, but will we see what Edge plans to do during the main event?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
He’s pretty sure this is about the Stunner to Sami during his “big moment.” Kevin could tell us that he just likes doing it, which he does, but he was trying to send a message. Not just to Sami but to anyone in the WWE or around the WWE. Kevin can stun anyone at any time- SAMI ATTACKS! Sami is furious and he beats Kevin down! “YOU RUINED EVERYTHING!” Sami says he will see Kevin at Mania, then he scurries off before Kevin can get up. Will the Great Liberator now be the one worrying about retaliation?
Carmella VS Bianca Belair!
The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island is going to take on the EST this close to WrestleMania to try and upstage her! But will Mella be more of an example to The Boss before Bianca takes that SmackDown Women’s Championship?
SmackDown returns, and Kayla interviews Bianca backstage. Bianca is about to face Mella, but is she worried about splitting her focus? Especially given what happened last week. Bianca was wondering when this would happen. When would we see the real Sasha? But after Bianca SLAPPED the soul out of her, Sasha showed up. But this is what Bianca’s been waiting on. The woman who is ruthless and has no apologies. Because now there will be no excuses. But yes, Mella is first, and Bianca hasn’t forgotten. Mella has a chip on her shoulder, and too much attitude to fit inside her knock-off purses. Mella is also the reason we all had that Reggie drama.
But Mella is a former SmackDown Women’s Champion, so Bianca isn’t looking past her. She’ll just run through her! Bianca is going to make history and put the EST in WrestleMania! Bianca makes her entrance, Mella pounces on her! Mella shoves Bianca out, hurries after her and throws her into barriers! Then Mella drags Bianca by her ponytail to club away at the ramp! Mella whips Bianca into steel steps! Mella laughs and claps at Bianca while Bianca clutches a thigh. The ref reprimands, Mella mocks Bianca’s pain, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns, the match is under way, and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella talks trash as she leans on Bianca, but Bianca fights up. Bianca has Mella as a backpack as she RAMS her into buckles again and again! Mella pulls hair, drags Bianca up and has a HANGING NECKLOCK! Bianca endures, the ref counts, but Bianca drags Mella up to spin her around. Mella fights to RANA Bianca away, then runs in to FABULOUS Bronco Buster! Cover, TWO! Mella ties Bianca’s hair around the ropes! Mella stomps Bianca over and over, lets off as the ref counts, and then stomps some more! Mella lets off again, Bianca unties her hair, and Mella says SHE is the EST! Mella runs in, but into a LARIAT!
Bianca staggers up, runs at Mella again and runs her over with shoulders! A dropkick drops Mella, Bianca kips up and says, “Don’t touch my hair!” Bianca hammers away and then stomps Mella, to then fake the hair whip to kick and DECK Mella! Handspring splash flops as Mella moves, to FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO!! Mella is furious that Bianca is still in this and she says, “I’M the best! NOT you!” Mella slaps Bianca and that only angers her. Bianca dodges a kick, torture racks, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
And that’s why Bianca is the EST! But then SASHA shows up! She tries to hit a backstabber but Bianca shrugs that off! Bianca says not today. It’ll be at WrestleMania. Sasha agrees to that and takes her leave. Will WrESTleMania see a new boss take over SmackDown?
Roman Reigns talks with Jey Uso in their private room.
It’s hard to hear what they’re saying, but clearly it has to do with taking Bryan out of the game. Will Jey put the Goat in the Uso Penitentiary?
SmackDown sets the card for next week’s WrestleMania edition!
As was said earlier tonight, there will be a FATAL 4 WAY for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! Will the Dirty Dawgs stay on top against the Profits, the Alphas AND the Mysterios? Or is someone new taking those belts beyond the Showcase of the Immortals? And the WrestleMania tradition returns as the Andre the Giant Battle Royal has stars from both SmackDown AND Raw entering! Who rises up to put their name on the plaque in the honor and memory of the Eighth Wonder of the World?
King Corbin speaks.
“I’m getting real tired of the disrespect that I’m being shown here on SmackDown. I think people forget that I am a king and that I demand respect. I also create my own opportunities, so when I heard Bobby Lashley made an offer for a championship match to anybody that can take out Drew McIntyre on Raw, I took a look at my $45,000 Paddock timepiece and I realized that it is my time now.” So after taking out the Scottish Clown Corbin carried for over a year, he will take that spot against the All Mighty himself. Then everyone will be forced to Bow Down to the Wolf King!
Apollo Crews speaks.
“None of my royal Nigerian ancestors have ever been more disrespected than I was by Big E at Fastlane. And if you think I will stand for that level of deceit you are a bigger idiot than I thought!” This time, it is done the right way: a Nigerian Drum Fight! It is an ancient form of combat created by his ancestors for those who were wronged to have a chance to make it right. NO rules, no limitations, just a beating so loud it sounds like a drum. This is the fate Apollo wishes for Big E. He challenge Big E to such a match at WrestleMania! And then, all of Apollo’s family will drum along with the sound of Big E’s body breaking against Apollo’s fists as Apollo FINALLY becomes WWE Intercontinental Champion!
Heyman talks with Edge.
“We see this the same way, don’t we?” The main event should’ve been just Roman VS Edge for the title, and then that “little bastard” Bryan inserted himself in. A Triple Threat mathematically reduces the chances of Roman defending the title, and of Edge’s chance of winning. Edge cuts Heyman off there. He doesn’t know what Heyman has planned, but Edge is going to commentary. The Rated R Superstar returns to ringside and is ready to watch the Street Fight! But will watching be all that he does?
Street Fight: Daniel Bryan VS Jey Uso!
SmackDown returns once more as Main Event Jey makes his entrance. Jey glares at Edge but then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan rushes the ring to rush Jey and the bell rings as they brawl! Bryan knees and uppercuts, then counter punches! Bryan whips, Jey reverses and elbows Bryan down! Jey is fired up already as he drags Bryan up to uppercut him back down! Jey throws Bryan out of the ring, goes out to follow, and runs into Bryan’s body shots! Bryan CLUBS and ROCKS Jey, brings him to the desk as he punches Jey more, and then throws Jey into barriers! Bryan whips but Jey reverses and Bryan is sent into barriers!
Jey grits his teeth as he drags Bryan back up and whips him into more barriers! Edge talks trash right near Bryan, but tells Jey to stop staring at him. Focus on Bryan! Jey puts Bryan in the ring, grabs a chair and brings it in. Bryan BOOTS Jey out of the ring! Bryan builds speed and DIVES, into the chair! Edge laughs a little at that, because he doesn’t care if Bryan makes it to Mania or not. Jey gets in, looms over Bryan, and SMACKS him on the back! And again! Jey wraps the chair around Bryan’s leg! Jey goes to a corner, climbs up, and leaps, but FLOPS as Bryan moves! Now Bryan uses the chair to SMACK Jey! And SMACK him again! And again!
Jey bails out of the ring, but here comes Roman! The Head of the Table has Heyman wheeling an armchair for him, and all eyes are on Roman as he takes a seat on stage. Roman is going to watch this with his own eyes, but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again as Bryan unleashes YES Kicks in the corner! The fans fire up, Bryan goes corner to corner and dropkicks Jey! And he goes again, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Jey gets the chair back, wedges it in a corner, and then RAMS Bryan into the chair! Edge says not to sleep on Jey, and Jey rains down furious forearms! Jey is under the hold harmless agreement, so he’s looking to harm Bryan a lot! Jey goes out, looks under the ring, and brings out a toolbox! Jey gets a steel chain! Jey brings that chain in to CLOTHESLINE Bryan with it! Roman likes what he sees as Jey wraps the chain around his fist!
Jey dares Bryan to stand, and then hits him with a METAL PUNCH!! Jey puts Bryan in a drop zone, goes up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Bryan survives, Roman is annoyed and Edge says this can’t be possible! Jey shouts at Bryan, “What you doing?! What you doing, DB?!” Jey shoves Bryan out of the ring, drags him up, and bumps him off the apron! Bryan flounders around, Jey brings him up and whips him into steel steps! Edge says he doesn’t fear anyone, and Jey says he should! Jey takes the top part of the steps off and throws them aside so that he can bring Bryan up to bump off the base! Edge keeps saying it doesn’t matter who it is, he beats them plain and simple!
Jey drags Bryan up, takes aim, but Bryan blocks the suplex! Bryan fights back with body shots, then turns things around to suplex Jey off the steps and to the floor! Jey writhes, Bryan seethes, and Bryan glares at Edge to get something under the ring. Bryan brings out another chair and he SMACKS Jey again! And again! And again! Bryan bounces Jey off the announce desk, and again, and again, staring Edge down each time! Bryan puts Jey in, gets on the top rope, and leaps, to missile dropkick Jey down! Bryan fires up, the fans are joining in on their screens, and Bryan gives more YES Kicks to Jey! Jey flounders about as Bryan keeps giving KICKS!
Roman doesn’t like what he sees now as Bryan BUZZSAWS Jey down! Bryan paces, and he picks up the steel chain! Bryan wraps the chain around his arm, brings Jey up, and drives STEEL ELBOWS into Jey’s head!! Roman is furious as Bryan puts Jey in the YES LOCK!! Jey is stuck, he taps! Bryan wins!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission
There’s no undoing Bryan joining the Universal Championship now! And he goes out to KNEE Edge out of the chair!! And then POST him! And again! And again! Even as Edge is on his knees, Bryan POSTS him face first! Bryan looks up at the stage and glares at Roman. Roman gives the title belt to Heyman to hold for him, but is Roman going to get out of his seat to do something about Bryan? Bryan forces the issue as he heads up the ramp! Roman throws the chair, Bryan dodges that! Bryan dodges the punch to then KNEE Roman down the ramp! And he clamps on the YES LOCK!!! Roman is scrambling, panicking, shouting, but he is CAUGHT!!
Bryan shouts, “YOU’RE GOING TO TAP!!” Roman shouts no but Bryan cranks back on the hold! Roman is facing, referees want Bryan to let him go, and even Pearce rushes to the ring! Bryan lets go, Roman is OUT! Bryan storms back to the ring to stand tall! Fans join in on the Yes Fingers, are we going to see YEStleMania 2?!
What an episode! And in a way, it is both go-home and not go-home because of next week’s “WrestleMania edition” SmackDown having big matches (which is going to be tape delayed I believe). We got a very good 8 Man Tag out of the four teams competing for the tag titles, but the Heels winning might suggest a Face team wins to take the titles off Ziggler & Roode. For one, the Alpha Academy probably isn’t winning because they won the match for their quartet. And the champions have been sitting back for a little too long, so it would be a bit disappointing if they retained. Of course, a Fatal 4 Way is a classic way of letting the champs win while keeping other teams strong, i.e. the Profits not taking the loss so that they can circle back at another time.
We finally got what I was hoping for in the RawDown Women’s Tag Division, to a degree. Shayna and Natty had such a surprisingly quick match, it was of course all a set-up so that the teams of Raw and SmackDown could rush out and brawl. It was also a nice touch that Billie offered her partnership to Mella and Mella actually considered it. That’s six teams, including the champions, for what could be a gauntlet or elimination match, something big for these titles to make up for the times Vince just letting them wallow in other stories. Though, that is still happening for Raw, but maybe the WrestleMania edition SmackDown helps figure this out. After all, SmackDown’s still better than Raw.
Mella VS Bianca was really good, too, but of course Bianca won. I like that Bianca thwarted Sasha’s sneak attack, and that they’re leaving this for Mania. Rollins and Cesaro had a good face-to-face, and it was a smart move that Rollins didn’t escalate things, not just for his character but for the story. Similarly to Bianca and Sasha, they’ll be having it out soon enough, the math can stay where it is and it’ll still be rather hard to call. Both of those matches could be show stealers, especially with two nights allowing for some more time for matches to breathe.
Corbin and Apollo both had good promos to hype up what’s coming for each of them. Apollo’s was better, and I am curious to see how WWE handles this “Nigerian Drum Match” concept. But at least it means we’re getting a No Disqualifications match between Apollo and Big E, as we should, and it’s going to be another potential show stealer. Sami’s trailer itself was pretty good, and perhaps was purposefully disconnected. The text was making Sami the victim but the visuals were of course showing Sami out to be a cheater more upset about getting caught than anything. Kevin’s surprise stunner was great, but I hope him nudging Logan Paul doesn’t make Logan help Sami at Mania. Let it just be Kevin VS Sami, another show stealer candidate, something we know these two can do.
Once again, the show’s best was everything relating to the Universal Championship. Edge’s promo was great, and though those cheers were somewhere between piped in and amped up, I have a feeling we were all excited to hear Edge get back to his strongest form again. He was pretty strong putting Pearce on notice and on commentary for that main event, too. Bryan VS Jey was a great match, though obviously not quite as destructive of a Street Fight as it could’ve been because we couldn’t actually have Bryan risking his body before Mania. But given the story, and then Bryan going after Edge and Roman and standing tall, that was the exciting part. Though now, this might doom Bryan to being the fall guy so Roman or Edge will come out the winner without the other being a loser. We’ve talked the scenarios out before, but I am still excited to see which way WWE decides to go with it.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)
What is the State of the Bloodline?
Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.
Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline arrives.
Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!
The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?
The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.
Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!
Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!
Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!
Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!
Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!
Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.
But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?
SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.
Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.
Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!
Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!
The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!
Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!
Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!
Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!
Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?
The Bloodline sits in their private room.
Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.
Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?
The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!
“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?
SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.
Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!
Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!
Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?
WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.
Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!
As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.
Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!
Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)
The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?
Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.
Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.
Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring.
Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”
Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.
Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”
So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.
Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”
Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”
Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”
Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?
This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.
Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.
The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.
Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.
My Score: 8.8/10
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