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Mitchell’s NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Results & Report! (5/4/21)

Ospreay VS Takagi, ROUND 4!!

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NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2021

Will the Dragon finally slay Ospreay?

Once more, Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi wage war, and it shall be for THE biggest prize in NJPW! Will the Fourth be with the Dragon tonight?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS YOH; postponed.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay VS Shingo Takagi; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

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NJPW released a statement!

One wrestler who was scheduled to appear on today’s Wrestling Dontaku Day 2 card presented with a fever on the morning of the event. This individual is currently undergoing thorough examination and PCR and antibody testing. In addition, another wrestler who has been a part of events since May 1 in Beppu and has since also presented with a fever is also undergoing evaluation.

In an abundance of caution, neither participated in today’s event, and any wrestler who competed with them on recent cards were also removed from the event.

New Japan Pro-Wresting continues to take every step possible to protect wrestlers, staff and fans during the pandemic. All NJPW wrestlers are subject to regular testing, and masks are compulsory during training and backstage. Further, wrestlers keep outside interactions to the barest minimum, with packaged food provided at venues.

We deeply apologize for any inconvenience or concern caused.

Sadly, this means the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match had to be cancelled for Dontaku and rescheduled for another time. Hopefully El Desperado, Yoh, and their teammates will be alright.

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay w/ The United Empire VS Shingo Takagi!

In the Best of the Super Juniors 26 Finals, the Assassin slayed the Dragon. In the G1 Climax 30, the Dragon got even. But in the 2021 New Japan Cup Finals, the future Commonwealth Kingpin defeated Takagi again to then move on and take this title from Kota Ibushi. Four is bad luck in Japan, but will it curse Ospreay’s reign? Or will it keep Takagi from winning the big one once again?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is slain to end Wrestling Dontaku 2021!

Fans fire up with the bell and the two stare down. Fans rally with “TA-KA-GI! TA-KA-GI!” as he and Ospreay slowly start to circle. They approach, feel things out, Ospreay tries a kick but Takagi shrugs that off. Takagi keeps working to get a knuckle lock but Ospreay uses kicks to keep his distance. They circle, tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and are in a deadlock. Takagi powers Ospreay back but Ospreay pulls hair to turn that around. They end up on ropes, go around and Ospreay pulls hair more. Takagi lets off, Ospreay avoids the chop but Takagi avoids the hook kick! Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Takagi headlocks, Ospreay endures the grind and pries at the hold.

Takagi fights the wrench but Ospreay powers through to keylock then headlock. Ospreay grinds now, but Takagi powers out. They ram shoulders and Ospreay stays up. Fans cheer, and the forearms start flying! Takagi fires up and keeps giving forearms back and forth with Ospreay. Ospreay gets the edge, runs and rams, Takagi stays up! Takagi blocks Ospreay’s boot, and DOUBLE CHOPS! But Ospreay kips right up! Ospreay knees, runs, rams and boots but Takagi is up to run Ospreay over! Takagi drops a senton but Ospreay avoids it, only for Takagi to come back. Ospreay hits a headlock takeover, Takagi headscissors and Ospreay kips free!

Takagi gets up but staggers a bit, and fans cheer that fast and furious exchange! Fans rally for “TA-KA-GI! TA-KA-GI!” but maybe some of it is for “WILL OS-PREAY!” Ospreay and Takagi circle, feel out things, but back off a moment. They try again, knuckle lock and test of strength! Ospreay hooks a leg and gets Takagi to kneel! Takagi powers up but Ospreay headbutts! Ospreay wrenches, Takagi blocks the whip but Ospreay kicks and fires off haymakers. Ospreay whips, Takagi reverses and back drops! Fans cheer for the air Ospreay got! Takagi digs a knee into Ospreay’s back as part of a motorcycle stretch. Ospreay fights up, Takagi pulls on the arms, but Ospreay fights.

Takagi CLUBS Ospreay on the back, whips him to ropes and knees him against them! Takagi keeps going and runs Ospreay over! Ospreay doesn’t spring up from that one, and Takagi drops the back senton! Cover, TWO! Takagi keeps Ospreay down with a chinlock. Ospreay throws hands, fights his way up, but Takagi shifts to a facelock. Ospreay throws body shots so Takagi knees him against ropes. Takagi whips, Ospreay holds ropes and kicks back! But Takagi clotheslines Ospreay out of the ring! Fans cheer as Takagi goes out to fetch Ospreay. Takagi gets Ospreay up to ROCK him with a haymaker! Takagi bumps Ospreay off the apron, then whips, but Ospreay reverses!

Takagi hits railing, and Ospreay back suplexes! Takagi fights free, shoves Ospreay away, but Ospreay comes back! Takagi drop toeholds Ospreay into the railing! Takagi chokes Ospreay against the railing but Red Shoes reprimands. Takagi lets off, and POSTS Ospreay! Takagi brings Ospreay around the way and fireman’s carries, to APRON SNAKE EYES! Fans fire up with Takagi while Ospreay staggers around the way. Fans rally for Takagi as Red Shoes makes sure the Empire stays back. Takagi goes to the apron but Ospreay handspring heel kicks him down! Ospreay hurries out after Takagi to RAM him into railing, then APRON BACK SUPLEX!

Takagi flops to the floor and Ospreay catches his breath. Fans rally up still and Ospreay gets upset. Ospreay checks on the belt at the timekeeper’s area, and gives it a kiss. Then Ospreay snatches the table away from the timekeeper! But Takagi’s got a table of his own! Ospreay walks over, Takagi hits table with table and knocks Ospreay down! Fans cheer as Takagi sets the tables up together by a corner. Takagi seems to be planning a flashback to the New Japan Cup! Takagi goes for Ospreay, and Red Shoes warns him not to but Takagi wants to decimate the Kingpin! Fireman’s carry, but Ospreay slips off to ROCK Takagi with a right! Ospreay runs, into a CHOP from Takagi!

Takagi grins and suplexes, but Ospreay fights it off! Ospreay suplexes Takagi up and into the ring! Ospreay goes to the apron, springboards for PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay grows frustrated with Takagi, and he stomps Takagi at the ropes. Ospreay drags Takagi up, throws elbows and CHOPS, then some kicks! Ospreay wrenches, reels Takagi in and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is right after an arm! Takagi clasps hands to block, but Ospreay goes after individual fingers! Ospreay SNAPS the arm back, and lets Takagi go! Takagi writhes and clutches his elbow as he bails out. Red Shoes checks on Takagi but Ospreay goes out to stomp away on Takagi.

Ospreay wraps the bad arm around railing, pulls it, then BOOTS the railing! Takagi staggers away, Ospreay pulls his arm through the corner to POST Takagi! Ospreay wraps Takagi’s arm around the post then SLAMS it into the steel! Takagi staggers away while shaking the arm out, but Ospreay puts Takagi on the apron. Ospreay WRINGS the arm into the apron edge! Fans rally for Takagi but Ospreay gets in the ring. Ospreay stands on the bad arm to then drop a knee on it! Ospreay gets Takagi up, wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Takagi drops to a knee, Ospreay BUZZSAWS the arm! Fans still rally as Takagi gets to ropes but Ospreay kicks him away.

Ospreay has the arm and a chinbar but Takagi is defiant. Ospreay CLUBS the arm, wrenches it again, and hits another elbow breaker! And another! And- No, Takagi turns it into a sleeper! Ospreay backs Takagi into buckles, then bumps him off buckles! Takagi just gets mad! Fans rally up but Ospreay fires off Kowata Kicks! Takagi hulks up! Ospreay kicks low, gives more Kowatas, but Takagi blocks! Ospreay gets free and CHOPS! Takagi staggers, but he still elbows, JABS and YUKON FEINT to the DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Ospreay slowly sits up while Takagi shakes out the bad arm. Takagi runs to run Ospreay over, then scoops him to SLAM!

Takagi whips, Ospreay reverses, Takagi reverses back and spins Ospreay around to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi says he’s just getting started and fans rally up again. Takagi stands Ospreay up, hooks the arms, but Ospreay reverses that. Takagi whips him away, blocks the boot, and powers through to JAB and CHOP Ospreay over and over and over, faster and faster! Takagi JABS and JABS, Ospreay CHOPS back! Ospreay whips, Takagi reverses, but Ospreay stops to put Takagi right up into the Tree of Woe! Ospreay KICKS Takagi in the back! Ospreay grins as he sits in front of Takagi, mocking Takagi’s meditation pose.

Ospreay slaps Takagi around, Red Shoes tells him to let off, but Takagi slaps from below! Takagi reaches up to BITE Ospreay! Ospreay KICKS Takagi out of the Tree! Ospreay drags Takagi back up, dragon sleeper for the SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO! Takagi is still in this and Ospreay grows annoyed. The Empire coaches him and Ospreay gets Takagi back up. Ospreay underhooks but Takagi fights the lift. Takagi powers up to back drop Ospreay again! Fans fire up as both men slowly rise. Ospreay blocks a back hand to KICK. Ospreay kicks again but Takagi blocks, to a DRAGON SCREW! Fans still rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as he gets Ospreay up! Suplex, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!

Ospreay runs around the world to dropkick Takagi’s bad arm! Then Ospreay tilt-o-whirls to get a takedown for a KIMURA! Takagi fights and endures the double wristlock as fans rally! Ospreay keeps cranking the arm and gets the Kimura in deep! Takagi fights, reaches, and has the ropebreak with a foot! Ospreay lets go in frustration, and fans still rally for Takagi. Ospreay drags Takagi up, wrenches the bad arm, but Takagi fires off with the good arm. Ospreay ROLLING ELBOWS Takagi, then calls his shot. Ospreay jumps but Takagi catches him to the torture rack! Ospreay lands on his feet out of Blood Fall! Takagi ducks the Penalty Kick, Ospreay STANDING MOONSAULTS, onto knees!

Takagi shoves Ospreay to a corner, Ospreay bounces off buckles and into the Gory Especial! NOSHIGAMI! Takagi can’t make the cover but fans fire up while both men are down! Takagi reels Ospreay in for a wheelbarrow GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Takagi keeps his cool. Takagi hears the fans rallying and he kicks at Ospreay. Takagi gets Ospreay up but Ospreay throws a forearm. Takagi fires off boxing elbows! The bad arm bothers him, though, and Ospreay KICKS and KICKS! Takagi blocks and he FLIPS Ospreay so hard, Ospreay lands on his back! Fans fire up again while both men are down. Ospreay is in a daze as Takagi runs.

Ospreay avoids the sliding lariat, Takagi avoids the buzzsaw, Ospreay elbows and whips but Takagi reverses. Ospreay handsprings into a GERMAN, but lands on his feet! ENZIGURI but Takagi rebounds! Ospreay slips through the lariat to get Takagi up, only for Takagi to escape the bomb! Takagi whips, Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER! Takagi rebounds to SILDING LARIAT! Fans are thunderous after that newest and most insane exchange yet! Fans rally up as Takagi and Ospreay stir. Ospreay goes to a corner, Takagi shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” Fans follow that and Takagi runs in, but Ospreay boots! Takagi blocks to clothesline through!

Takagi runs but Ospreay follows to BOOT in the corner! Ospreay hoists Takagi up top and tucks him in for CHEEKY NANDOS! Takagi teeters on the ropes and Ospreay climbs. Ospreay grins as he underhooks the arms! Takagi resists the lift again, powers free and throws short headbutts. Ospreay bumps Takagi off buckles, sunset flips, but Takagi punches him down! Ospreay PELES! Ospreay goes back up, has Takagi, but Takagi headbutts him away! Ospreay hops down, but springs right back up! SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and fans are thunderous again! Ospreay gets Takagi up, suplexes to hang him out to dry, and then goes to the corner. GUILLOTINE SHOOTING STAR!!

Ospreay isn’t done there, he goes back up top and aims again! SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives again and the Empire is in disbelief! Fans rally up again as Ospreay and Takagi slowly sit up. Takagi holds onto ropes but Ospreay kicks him to the apron. Takagi is on the tables he set up! Ospreay makes sure Takagi is in the right position, throws hands to keep Takagi down, and then climbs again. Red Shoes warns Ospreay but Ospreay shoves him away. But Takagi gets up to anchor Ospreay! Ospreay throws hands but Takagi drags Ospreay off to a fireman’s carry! Ospreay fights free and wants the underhooks! Takagi turns it around to a Gory Especial!

Ospreay elbows free and HOOK KICKS! Ospreay wants to use the corner, but Takagi trips him up! Takagi brings Ospreay over, pump handle and MADE IN JAPAN THROUGH THE TABLES!!!! Fans are electric over the carnage! Red Shoes checks both men, and somehow they’re both okay! A ring count starts, Takagi shares the cobwebs out and slowly rises. Great-O-Khan coaches Ospreay but we’re already at 10 of 20! Takagi drags himself up at 12 while Khan fans Ospreay off. Ospreay sits up at 14, Takagi is in at 16, and Ospreay is still crawling! Ospreay gets one last burst to get in at 19.9! SLIDING LARIAT outta nowhere!!

Takagi gets Ospreay up, pump handle and MADE IN JAPAN!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? How is that even possible?!? Somehow Ospreay survives, and fans are going nuts! Takagi vows he’ll end this, gets Ospreay up, but then Ospreay falls over before Takagi can build up speed. Takagi stalks Ospreay as he flounders about, and kicks him to a corner. Takagi gets Ospreay up, whips him corner to corner, but Ospreay flops down at three-quarters of the way. Takagi kicks at Ospreay more, the Empire rallies for their leader, but Takagi runs corner to corner. BIG corner clothesline, and Ospreay falls over! Takagi says he’s going to end this, and he drags Ospreay back up.

Takagi fireman’s carries, then climbs the corner! Ospreay fights desperately, Takagi catches the arm, but Ospreay uses the other to fight! Ospreay gets free, balances on the rope, and the two brawl on the edge! Ospreay manages to adjust but Takagi gets his tights! Ospreay fights in a panic, slaps himself to get focus, and SUPER STEIN- NO! Takagi resists and Ospreay falls off alone! Ospreay steadies himself as Takagi adjusts, and Takagi LEAPS, into an OSCUTTER!! Ospreay gets whatever is left in his body to move, and he springboards for another OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!!!? Takagi survives his own miscalculation, but Ospreay stands back up!

Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay turns Takagi, but Takagi elbows free. Ospreay ROCKS Takagi, then CHELSEA GRIN! Ospreay drags Takagi back up, prepares the arm, HIDDEN- NO! Takagi ducked the blindside! Takagi blocks a boot but Ospreay ENZIGURIS! Ospreay goes up and up and SUPER- NO! Takagi blocks the cutter, puts Ospreay in ropes, TAKAGI G T R!! The draping elbow smash leaves both men down but fans are rallying up again! Ospreay stands, Takagi gets to a corner, Takagi runs but Ospreay blocks the lariat, only to get the YUKON LARIAT! Takagi fires up as Ospreay staggers to his feet. Takagi builds speed but Ospreay dodges, but then PUMPING BOMBER!

Ospreay lands on his feet?! Ospreay springboard, Takagi steals the OSCUTTER!?! TakagiCutter this time! Takagi keeps going, MAXIMUM PUMPING BOMBER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?! Is Ospreay superhuman?! Fans are electric again as Takagi roars! Takagi pump handles, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay throws elbows. Takagi powers through but Ospreay slips out. Takagi pops Ospreay up but Ospreay catches him for a crucifix takedown! TWO, Ospreay dodges to ROLLING ELBOW and HOOK KICK! Takagi falls over, Ospreay fires back up, and Ospreay aims, BUZZSAW and HOOK! Underhooks, lift, STORM-

NO! Takagi lands on his feet, pump handle and fireman’s, but Ospreay slips out to POISON-RANA!! Takagi gets up?! POISON RANA FROM TAKAGI?! But HIDDEN BLADE!!! Both men are down in the same corner and the fans are going beyond electric! Ospreay crawls to a cover, ROPEBREAK! Takagi survives by mere inches and Ospreay doesn’t want to believe it! Fans rally as hard as ever as Ospreay drags Takagi back to center. Ospreay underhooks, drags Takagi’s dead weight up, but his back won’t let him lift! Fans still rally for “TA-KA-GI!” but Ospreay stomps Takagi on the head and back. Takagi wakes up! Takagi slowly rises as Ospreay keeps giving him toying kicks.

Takagi glares up at Ospreay but Ospreay gives him kicks. Ospreay throws forearms but Takagi feeds off them! Takagi starts backing Ospreay down by leaning into the shots! Takagi fires off a flurry, then the boxing elbows! LARIAT, then PUMP- NO! Ospreay dodges, but into a pop-up DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Ospreay’s rage gets him back up! They grind foreheads, shove, POINT-BLANK PUMPING! Ospreay wobbles around, into another! Takagi winds up but Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Ospreay runs, Takagi clotheslines at the rope! Takagi runs, into STANDING SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay drags Takagi up fast, underhooks and lift, STORM-

NO! YUKON LARIAT! V-TRIGGER?!? Ospreay takes Takagi down with a different champion’s move and fans are thunderous again! Takagi and Ospreay get forehead to forehead, give each other junkyard dog headbutts, then start throwing SLAP after SLAP! They both pull hair, stand up, and the forearms fly! Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS, Ospreay throws forearm after forearm! Ospreay backs Takagi down but Takagi comes back with boxing elbows! Fans rally as the pace picks up and Takagi ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay comes back to ROCK Takagi! Takagi smiles through it?! Takagi ROCKS Ospreay, Ospreay wobbles but he smiles, too! Ospreay headbutts!

Takagi headbutts, JABS, HEADBUTTS! Ospreay leans back, Takagi fires up! Takagi pump handles, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay fights desperately, CHELSEA GRIN! Takagi grits his teeth and comes back, but Ospreay gets around, to steal RAINMAKER?!? Ospreay takes off the elbow pad and takes aim from a corner! Ospreay demands Takagi rise up, and fans are rallying hard as ever! HIDDEN BLADE but not so hidden!! It gets Takagi right in the faces!! Ospreay underhooks, lifts, STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

The series is 3-1 in favor of Ospreay! Somehow, some way, Ospreay finds a way to slay the Dragon! The Empire help their leader recover, and he stands tall over Takagi once again! Is this it for Takagi and the world title? Or will he fight his way back and find what he needs to defeat perhaps his greatest rival?

The Empire stands with Ospreay as he gets the mic. “Takagi, arigato.” He thanks Takagi for being the stepping stone that is the first defense as THE IWGP World Heavyweigth Champion! Ospreay said it years ago, “this company leans on me way too much. ‘Card subject to change,’ but when Will Ospreay is in the main event, you guys got your tickets worth just seeing me!” All it took was 24 hours and this match being announced, “and this bitch sold out because of Will Ospreay and the United Empire! FACT. And now, it’s time for redemption. At WrestleKingdom, each and every one of you thought that that loss would’ve been my demise, would’ve been the failure of the United Empire.” They’re not failing now, are they?

Fans may not like it, and Okada for damn sure doesn’t like it, but there is a reason Ospreay is IWGP World Heavyweight Champion: DESTINY! Okada is surely disappointed in the man Ospreay has become, and the world is probably disappointed, too. But Ospreay doesn’t care, because the only thing that he cares about is the United Empire, and being IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! Ospreay will right the wrong from WK in Wrestle Grand Slam Tokyo, Ospreay VS Okada!

With that, Khan is given the mic to tell us, “Tonight is your chance for amnesty. Peasants, raise your hands towards us.” Ospreay killed a god and slayed a dragon. “What’s left to conquer? What the Empire always wants: spoils, luxuries, and riches!” In the Tokyo Dome, Ospreay will EXECUTE Okada and NJPW’s treasures shall fall to them! “The peasants’ coins will be ours. Tremble with fear. This is the power of Jeff Cobb, Aaron Henare, Great-O-Khan and the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay! This is the power of the UNITED EMPIRE!!” Will this be the course of history now and forever? Or will the Rainmaker prove there was nothing wrong at WrestleKingdom?


My Thoughts:

I was already going into this planning on just the title matches, but I didn’t expect one to be postponed. At the same time, kudos to NJPW for being careful and responsible with health issues. I probably could’ve covered the Six Man Tag matches they had planned, but we got plenty of Suzuki-Gun and Guerrillas yesterday, and Los Ingobernables de Japon and United Empire have had matches over and over lately. Andrew Balaz has the full event results here, and from his assessment, they weren’t that big of a deal in the end. I did catch the bit in Bullet Club VS Taguchi, Tanahashi & Yano with the hair-pulling gag, so it was a good blend of the serious and the comical there.

The world title main event was INCREDIBLE, a true instant classic if I’ve ever seen one. The story that has built between Takagi and Ospreay in just a couple years came to a climax here. Even knowing the winner faces Okada in a couple weeks, it was still incredible to see Ospreay win here. I’m torn between thinking Takagi is level capped here at strong world title contender, or if this is great pacing so that he can come back around in time for either the G1 Climax or WrestleKingdom’s sweet sixteen. Either way, no one can deny these two are stars. Ospreay VS Okada might be off the charts at this rate.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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; wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS ???
  • Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Christopher Daniels; wins.

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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?

 

 


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)

What is the State of the Bloodline?

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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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