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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/17/21)

MVP has a surprise in store for Bobby Lashley!

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Coverage Raw 2021

Will Raw suffer backlash from Backlash?

Rhea Ripley is still Raw Women’s Champion and Bobby Lashley is still the All Mighty WWE World Champion! But who steps up to them as Hell (in a Cell) approaches?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker; Styles wins, by disqualification.
  • Angel Garza VS Drew Gulak; Garza wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Turn, Tables, Turn: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods; Kofi wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Tamina & Natalya VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald; Tamina & Natalya win and retain the titles.
  • Sheamus VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Asuka wins.
  • Lumberjack Match: Damian Priest VS John Morrison; Priest wins.
  • WWE World Championship Open Challenge: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS ???; Kofi Kingston wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bobby Lashley has ladies on his arms.

Is this MVP’s surprise for him? The girls love the gold, and they all head to the ring together. MVP is in the ring waiting as he is honored to present to us the ALL MIGHT WWE WORLD CHAMPION, BOBBY! LASHLEY~! The champion and his procession of beautiful ladies go down the ramp, he helps them up the steps and MVP holds the ropes open for them to enter the ring. Lashley himself looks in pretty good shape for having been thrown around and through things by Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman, but he did have the last laugh. Lashley and MVP high-five and hug, and then Lashley gets a mic.

MVP asks if he came through, and Lashley said he sure did. MVP says it is his honor and pleasure to be standing here with the champion. “What Bobby Lashley did last night was Herculean! HE beat two of the absolute toughest, strongest, meanest competitors on the entire roster! Today, the Monster Among Men is nursing broken ribs, and the Scottish Warrior was so devastated by the match last night, he couldn’t even get out of bed last night, while Lashley was thrown through an LED screen and still had the temerity to make it back and keep his WWE Championship.”

But here’s something you didn’t know: Lashley did that while injured. That fist is hurt from repeatedly hitting the faces of Braun and McIntyre! You don’t know the pain he endured as he maintained his title. But when is this era gonna end? It’ll never end! And we are all here to witness it! Tonight was supposed to be for celebration, a night off, but Lashley doesn’t want to be that kind of champion. So on behalf of Lashley, MVP issues an Open Challenge to ANYONE in the WWE locker room that wants to step- McIntyre is here! Despite what MVP said, the Scottish Warrior is up and walking around!

McIntyre storms right up to the ring and steps inside, and he shuts MVP up to say, “I think that’s a fantastic idea. What a fighting champion! I can’t think of a better way to impress your lovely ladies than Lashley VS McIntyre for the WWE Championship tonight.” Is that not clear enough? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. MVP says being rude and brutish as McIntyre is, he didn’t hear it all. MVP was going to say it was to anyone other than Braun and McIntyre. Back of the line, Drew. But Drew DECKS Lashley! The ladies scream and Lashley staggers away. MVP keeps Lashley from going after McIntyre in a rage, and says McIntyre doesn’t get his shot!

McIntyre dares Lashley to still fight him, but will the All Mighty work the hardest he ever has to avoid this fight?

 

AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Elias w/ Jaxson Ryker!

The Phenomenal One and his colossal compatriot were on the losing end of last week’s 8 Man Tag, and blame the ones who took the loss in the Drifter and his follower. Will Styles be singing his own praises tonight? Or will Elias change Styles’ tune and head for the gold?

The bell rings and Elias circles with Styles. They approach, Elias kicks and fires off CHOPS! Elias ROCKS Styles, runs, but into a dropkick! Styles scowls and brings Elias up for a suplex, but Elias blocks! Elias suplexes, holds Styles up for 5 then SLAMS him down! Styles goes to a corner, Elias runs in but into a boot! Styles fires off haymakers, has Elias in a corner and bumps him off buckles. Styles scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Elias writhes, Styles gets him up and throws forearms. Elias turns things around to RAM Styles into the corner and fire off hands! The ref counts, Elias lets off at 4 but Ryker cheers him on. Elias throws more hands on Styles, then whips corner to corner.

Styles tumbles and hits the post under the bottom rope! Elias WRECKS him with a basement dropkick! Styles hits post and steps on the way down, and Elias paces. Omos is there as Elias goes out to fetch Styles, but the ref warns Omos. Elias puts Styles in at 6 of 10, stomps him down, then drags him back out. Elias lifts Styles to SNAKE EYES on the apron! Omos gets mad and creeps over but Elias puts Styles in. Elias has Ryker watch Omos but Omos says they can’t handle this. Styles clotheslines Elias back out of the ring! And then PLANCHAS! Direct hit with the slingshot forearm, but Ryker steps over. Styles has big back-up, though, so Ryker backs up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Styles hits Elias with body shots and haymakers! Styles runs but into a back drop! Elias hobbles after Styles to get him up and whip to ropes. Elias then hits a SPINEBUSTER, and high stack covers, TWO! Styles is still in this but Elias goes for another cover, TWO! Ryker is frustrated for Elias while Omos is coaching Styles up. Elias wraps on a chinlock and grinds Styles down. Styles endures, fights up, but Elias snapmares to drop a knee! Elias strikes a pose, drops another knee, then covers, TWO! Elias wraps the chinlock back on and Styles endures all over again. Styles fights back up, but Elias drags him back down!

Omos coaches Styles, Styles fights back up, and he throws back elbows. Elias snapmares Styles just to disorient him, but Styles still PELES! Elias is dazed, Styles hits a basement forearm! Elias is even more dazed as he and Styles get up. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Elias ROCKS him first! ANOTHER PELE! Elias staggers into the fireman’s carry, for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Elias survives but Omos says it’s all good. Styles gets up, he brings Elias around, but Elias holds off the clash to shovel Styles up and over! Styles sunset flips, tries for the Clash but Elias kicks free, to then SYMPHO-KNEE! ANARCHY SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!

Omos fires up and cheers Styles on while Elias is frustrated. Elias drags Styles back up and talks trash. “Who do you think you are, AJ?!” Elias Electric Chair lifts but Styles fights free! Styles waistlocks, Elias elbows out and runs in, but into a drop toehold! Elias eats buckles, Ryker shouts at him to get up, and Elias CHOPS Styles away! Styles CHOPS back! Styles runs in, Elias puts him on the apron but Styles ROCKS him! Ryker creeps up to trip Styles up!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by disqualification

Ryker RAMS Styles into barriers, but Omos storms over. Ryker dares Omos to do something, and that leaves Styles alone with Elias! Elias gets Styles up to RAM him into steel steps! Omos realizes what’s happened and he chases Elias off! Elias hides by commentary, but Ryker says the plan worked! Omos is furious, but clearly “divide and conquer” works for Ryker and Elias! Is this the key to taking the titles away from Styles and Omos?

 

Alexa and Lily swing together.

“We are so excited to have the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions, Natalya & Tamina, on the Playground with us.” Alexa’s a big fan and Lily’s been dying to meet them. Will it be anything but fun and games when the Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly come to visit?

 

Matt Riddle meets with The New Day.

They got his letter! Pigeon mail never fails! And how dope was that pigeon sized mail bag? Made it himself. Right… They got his message, at least, but where’s the snake! No, it’s around here somewhere. You’ll see it any minute now. Orton shows up and asks where is Pearce and why are the New Day here. Well, Randall, Riddle said there was a two-headed snake and they can’t go to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not without proof! A two-headed snake? Is that a shot at The Viper? What is going on here, other than Riddle promising Pearce wanted to talk to him? Riddle tricked them in the spirit of friendship. It was such a great time until you know who did you know what.

But then what if this party of two became a party of four? And Riddle wondered, maybe Orton apologizes to the New Day? Orton frowns and Riddle knows apologies are tough. Like when Riddle tried to free a whale from an aquarium- Orton says there is NO apology. A reptile dysfunction, who would’ve thought. Orton isn’t going to say sorry because he’s not! Oh the big bad snake doesn’t know how to apologize! Well even if he did, they wouldn’t accept it! Riddle tries to keep the peace, but Kofi Kingston has known Orton way longer than Riddle. If Riddle isn’t careful, he’ll be getting an RKO, too. Orton tells Kofi if he doesn’t watch himself, he’ll be getting another RKO right here!

Oh is that so? Let’s see if that’s true! Let’s go in the ring, just like old time in 2009! C’mon, Randall! Challenge accepted! Riddle didn’t want it to go down like this, but Orton says to stop right there. Mouth zipped, throw away the key, but will RKBRO be no mo’?

 

Alexa and Lily are still on the playground.

They’re both very excited, because they have new friends! Friday Night SmackDown’s Tamina & Natalya! Congrats on the win! Natty thanks Alexa for that and says it was no easy beating two of the toughest women in all of WWE. But they did it, and they aren’t going to let that go to waste. This is Tamina’s very first women’s title, after all. Super duper nice! Tamina asks if they can go now. Alexa says she hasn’t even asked any tough questions yet. Lily wants to know what their favorite colors are. Uh… Well, pink for Natty. And black ‘n’ blue for Tamina. Those will look nice on Alexa if she tries anything weird. That’s not very nice. You’re lucky Lily likes you.

Lily also liked how they beat up Reggie last week. Was that fun? Yeah, actually. But if that little fly tries anything tonight, Tamina will swat him again. Alexa and Lily love that! Flies buzzing around then you SMACK and it is all super dead and squished! Lily likes collecting bug wings. And fingernails, and hair, and teeth. Alexa doesn’t judge her but- Natty and Tamina left… Was it something they said? Oh well. But good luck in the rematch tonight. Alexa & Lily will be watching~!

 

Angel Garza VS Drew Gulak!

The Lethal Lothario did what he said and used a rose to be more than just a thorn in the Philly Stretcher’s side. But will Gulak make him understand that pain in the rematch?

The bell rings, Garza already removes the pants, but Gulak SHOTGUN dropkicks him! Gulak ROCKS Garza then hits a T-BONE SUPLEX! Gulak is furious, he gets Garza up and wraps him up in a cobra twist! Gulak even has a leg for leverage! Garza powers up, powers out and HEADBUTTS Gulak to then hip toss him down! Garza dares Gulak to get up, and then CLOBBERS him! Garza gets Gulak up to SLAP and CLOBBER again! Garza dragon sleepers, suplexes and slingshots to SLAM Gulak on his face, then basement dropkick him down! Garza is fired up but Gulak throws body shots and haymakers! Garza dodges to ROCK Gulak!

Garza brings Gulak in, underhooks the arms, and gets Gulak up to hold him upside-down, before the BACKBREAKER! Gulak gets to a corner, Garza BOOT WASHES him! Garza pushes Gulak around, drags him back up, and underhooks again, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins again!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall

Another victory for Garza, yet he’s not satisfied. Garza picks his rose back up, thinks about what to do with it, and he shoves it down Gulak’s throat! Another promise kept, will Garza look to go for gold and leave Gulak behind?

 

R-Truth carefully sneaks around the halls.

Kevin Patrick walks over and asks R-Truth what’s going on. Truth says he hasn’t seen himself, his eyes are closed. Kevin assures Truth it’s just him, and Truth is relieved. Sup, K-Peezy! You look shorter than you do at the Raw Talk desk. But Truth heard about the Open Challenge for his title tonight so Truth is a bit wary. No, Truth, Lashley is holding an Open Challenge for his title, the WWE WORLD Championship. Ricky Bobby’s got an Open Challenge? Okay, okay. Truth wonders how Lashley will feel when the turntables- No, wait, when the tables- But Tozawa rolls Truth up!! TOZAWA WINS!!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Tozawa says the tables HAVE turned! And he runs off with Truth’s baby! Turntables, tables turned, Truth is tired of tables! Will Truth find Tozawa before tonight is over?

 

The Eva-Lution continues.

Eva Marie finally feels like she’s made it. She’s seen levels of fame and fortune she never could’ve imagined when she started. She’s not just a supermodel, she’s a super role model. She has everything she could ever want, and wants others to see their dreams come true. But you have to be willing to put in the work. One perfect picture takes 99 bad ones to get there. Life isn’t perfect, but anything’s possible. Get ready for the Eva-Lution.

 

Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!

The Viper and #KofiMania face off again like in days of old, and also 2019, all because the Bro tried to patch things up. Will the only thing good about this be that one team gets closer to the tag titles?

Raw returns and The New Day make their entrance. The bell rings, Kofi and Orton circle, and they tie up. Orton headlocks, grinds, and hits a takeover. Kofi keeps his shoulders up, Riddle cheers Orton on as Kofi gets up. Kofi powers out, Orton runs him over, and things keep moving. Kofi hurdles, leaps, and back body blocks! Orton takes a tumble out and Riddle checks on him. Riddle wants everyone to back up, but Kofi goes out to fetch Orton. Orton kicks Kofi’s leg, scrapes laces on Kofi’s face, then puts Kofi in the ring. Orton stalks up behind Kofi, whips, but Kofi hurdles and arm-drags! And another! Kofi floats to a cover, TWO!

Woods says Kofi is the legend beating the legend killer! Orton gets up, Kofi hooks a leg for a Russian Leg Sweep! Kofi runs to springboard SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Riddle coaches Orton as Kofi gets a double wristlock. Orton endures, fights up, but Kofi wrenches the arm. Orton puts Kofi in a corner, the ref counts, and Orton pokes Kofi in the eyes! Orton gets Kofi up to bump off buckles, throws EuroUppers, and then ROCKS him with a right! Orton chokes Kofi on ropes, the ref counts, and Orton lets off at 4. Kofi sputters back to the corner, Orton stomps his foot! Orton stomps Kofi’s hand, covers, ONE! Orton clamps on with another headlock and grinds Kofi down again.

Riddle likes the squeeze, but Woods coaches Kofi up. The ThunderDome screens rally up, Kofi endures but Orton cranks back harder on the hold. Kofi keeps fighting up, throws elbows, but Orton headbutts him! Orton whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Both men are down, Woods gets the “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” beat going, and Kofi stands. Kofi double CHOPS, and CHOPS and dropkicks! Orton flounders up and dodges Kofi’s leaping lariat for a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Woods gets on his trombone and plays a tune! Orton is annoyed, Kofi rolls Orton up! Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Riddle is just as shocked as Orton, but he tries to keep the Viper from striking back! Riddle tries to reason with all sides, but Orton looks like he’s aiming at Riddle! Orton reconsiders, and storms off. Woods turns Riddle around but Riddle shoves Woods! Is Riddle taking Orton’s side? Is he the only one?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are handling some complaints.

The Ravishing Glow and the #SexyMuscleFriends are all very upset. They don’t understand why Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler are getting rematches for the titles just 72 hours after losing them! And when it comes to Naomi & Lana having title matches, someone interferes. Oh get over it, you two lost! Unlike Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, who actually beat Shayna & Nia in that Six Woman Tag. So therefore, whoever comes out of tonight the champions, they’re up against Mandy & Dana, Sonya. Oh, really? But in walks The Queen. Charlotte Flair says they’ve all had a million chances and blown them all. Kinda like you, Charlotte?

What was that? Nothing. That’s what she thought. But Sonya wants all of them to wait patiently as she and Pearce figure out who the next contenders are, which will be after the title match. If they will excuse them, Charlotte has a “private matter” to discuss with them. The teams leave, the Queen stays, and she says that she feels she should have a 1v1 title match with Rhea Ripley now. But Charlotte didn’t win. She may be disappointed, but why does she think she gets a title match now? Well, she wasn’t the one pinned, so technically she didn’t lose. Sonya sees the logic there, but the decision isn’t just hers. If Charlotte wins against Asuka tonight, then both Sonya and Pearce will consider this request. It’s only fair. That’s not a problem for Charlotte.

Rhea says it might be. Rhea couldn’t care about Charlotte’s problems, though. She’s just here to tell Sonya and Adam that she’s ready for NEW competition. To Rhea, Charlotte’s nothing but yesterday’s news. Woof woof, Cruella. Well here’s a preview of tonight’s headlines: Charlotte beats Asuka! If history repeats itself like it has before, Charlotte will beat Rhea to become champion again. Rhea decides she will watch tonight’s match, to see the Queen fall off her throne. Ultimatums all around, but who makes good on their warning?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Tamina & Natalya VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald!

The statement maker, bone breaker duo of second generation superstars truly became title takers on Friday Night SmackDown! But vindication may only last a weekend as they have to face the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades again already! Will nothing stop Tamina & Natty now that they are living the dream?

Raw returns as the former champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and SmackDown revisited on a Monday sees who are really the alpha females of the division!

Natty and Nia start with the bell, and Nia rushes right in to CLOBBER Natty! Nia talks trash on Tamina, throws Natty to the corner and HIP ATTACKS! Tag to Shayna, she taunts Tamina now, and then runs in to KNEE Natty down! Shayna drags Natty, covers, TWO! Shayna grabs Natty’s arm, wrenches it and has a keylock on the mat. Shayna tortures Natty’s arm, twists the wrist, and stands on Natty’s head before she YANKS the arm back! Natty writhes but refuses to let this stop her, but Shayna is after the arm again. Shayna has another top wristlock but Tamina and the fans rally. Natty arm-drags free, but Shayna comes back to CLOBBER her! Cover, TWO!

Tag to Nia, they drag Natty up and feed her to a BODY CHECK! Nia talks trash, looms over Natty and brings her up. Natty throws hands, but Nia shoves her to a corner. Nia runs in but only gets buckles! Natty throws lariats, then hits a DISCUS! Cover, ONE!! Nia isn’t done so easily but Tamina tags in! Tamina fires off on Nia, Nia HEADBUTTS back! Nia CLUBS Tamina, scoops her, and SLAMS her! Tag to Shayna, and Shayna holds Tamina down while Nia climbs. Tamina kicks Shayna away! And SUPERKICKS Nia down! Reggie hurries to distract the ref! Shayna fires off on Tamina but kicks into a fireman’s carry! But Alexa and Lily watch from the stage as Shayna slips to a KIRAFUDA CLUTCH!

But then WOOSH! Pyro from the post! That’s not Kane, that’s Lily! Tamina is free, she tags Natty, and they hit Shayna with the HART ATTACK! Cover, the champs retain!

Winners: Natalya & Tamina, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

They don’t understand what happened, and Reggie is blinded by the fire’s light! Lily giggles, did she mean to do that?

 

Sheamus VS Ricochet!

The Fella is a fighting champion, but more fighting than defending. That’s because he wants people to earn a title opportunity! The King of Flight surely earned something at Backlash, and Sheamus says, “You think I’m out here playing?!” Ricochet put his dirty filthy hands all over his hat and jacket! So he better bring all that back or Sheamus will make him a stain on the bottom of his boot! Ricochet is smirking backstage and Sarah asks him about the very thing Sheamus is referencing. Ricochet may have lost the match, but he snatched Sheamus’ sweet threads. That was fun, because Ricochet vows to shut Sheamus up forever.

And though Ricochet may have thrown it all back at Sheamus last night, but you know he had to do it to him! He snatched it all back and feels like Ernest the Cat right now. But Ricochet does his best Irish accent to say that after the match, he might have himself a pint. Has he at least earned himself a whole can of whoop ass?

Ricochet makes his entrance, Sheamus storms up the ramp but Ricochet hits a drop toehold! Sheamus hits the deck, Ricochet slips into the ring, and then gets Sheamus with a dropkick on the return! Sheamus is furious, the bell rings, Ricochet dodges Sheamus again to fire off forearms! Ricochet fires off body shots, Sheamus shoves him but Ricochet BOOTS and rolls him up! TWO, Ricochet fires off kicks! Sheamus gets a hand on Ricochet to CLOBBER him! Sheamus CLUBS Ricochet, kicks him around, and stomps him in a corner. Sheamus gets Ricochet up to CLOBBER him! Sheamus looms over Ricochet, throws more body shots, but Ricochet CHOPS and throws hands!

Sheamus DECKS Ricochet, gets him back up, and scoops him to SLAM him! Ricochet grits his teeth and Sheamus starts to smirk. Sheamus kicks Ricochet, Ricochet fires off hands! Sheamus puts Ricochet in a corner, digs his forearms in, and then KNEES low and hard! Sheamus scoops, Ricochet slips out and gets a sleeper hold! Sheamus RAMS Ricochet into buckles, throws him off, and then drags him around to a chinbar and armlock. Ricochet endures, moves around, but Sheamus SLAPS him. Ricochet fights up, reaches for ropes, but Sheamus chinbars! Ricochet JAWBREAKERS free! Sheamus is even angrier now and he CLUBS Ricochet!

Sheamus whips, Ricochet hits a knee smash and ENZIGURI! Sheamus bails out, Ricochet slingshots but Sheamus catches the plancha! Sheamus POSTS Ricochet then TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! Ricochet writhes and Sheamus soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Sheamus again looms over Ricochet. Sheamus stands Ricochet up and throws hands but Ricochet throws forearms back! Sheamus shoves, KNEES low, then kicks Ricochet against the ropes! Ricochet flops out, Sheamus gets him up for Beats of the Bodhrain! Ricochet takes about 7 before the ref gets to 4, but Sheamus drags him back in. Sheamus clamps on, digs his fingers in, but Ricochet fights off the Dublin Smile! Ricochet gets up, throws more forearms, and more forearms, and more forearms! Sheamus is dazed as Ricochet only stops because he was tiring out! Ricochet fires up, runs, but Sheamus gets him for an IRISH CURSE! Cover, TWO!!

Sheamus is seething as Ricochet survives, but Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus climbs, but slowly, and Ricochet ROCKS him with a right! Ricochet climbs, Sheamus knocks him back down! Sheamus adjusts, Ricochet runs and springs right up to get a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives but his leg is in great pain from how he’s writhing and kicking. Sheamus still grabs at Ricochet, but Ricochet kicks back. Ricochet kicks and kicks and Sheamus lets go. Sheamus stands up but Ricochet dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Ricochet runs corner to corner to forearm smash! And then again, only for Sheamus to put him outside.

Sheamus hobbles, Ricochet springboards back in, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus is still in this and Ricochet is a bit frustrated. Ricochet LIONSAULTS onto knees! Cradle from Sheamus, TWO!! Ricochet escapes and he dodges the Brogue! SUPERKICK! To a NECKBREAKER! Sheamus is down, Ricochet drags him into a drop zone! Ricochet climbs, aims, but Sheamus bails out! So Ricochet just smirks and SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and both men go down! Ricochet gets Sheamus up and in, goes back to the corner, and springboards in, for a 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sheamus survives and Ricochet can’t believe it!

Ricochet snarls as he gets Sheamus back up and fireman’s carries. Sheamus fights out, throws more elbows and shoves Ricochet. Ricochet elbows back, springboards, into a PUMP KNEE!! Cover, Shea- TWO!??!?! That was a 2.99!! Sheamus is furious, he wanted this to be over! He tells Ricochet just to stay down, but Ricochet SLAPS him! Sheamus BROGUES Ricochet right back!! Cover, NOW Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The One and Only gave Sheamus one hell of a fight! But Sheamus has everything back, and tells “Rick O’Shea” that he ain’t dancing now, huh? That victory felt great! Sheamus loves the gold, but his other shoulder feels a little empty. Lashley better watch his back, because Sheamus might come around and accept that Open Challenge! Is Sheamus hoping to become #SheamyTwoBelts?

 

T-Bar & Mace speak.

“From the second that we brought our desolation to Monday Night Raw, Bobby Lashley’s WWE title has had an expiration date.” “But don’t mistake the pain we brought as a gift. It was a loan. And tonight, Bobby Lashley pays his debt.” Tonight, they strike! Everything that lives is designed to die. The question is, which one of them ends the legacy of Lashley? That’s as simple as the flip of a coin. “What a terrible night to be Bobby Lashley.” “All Mighty? No. Tonight, Bobby Lashley’s WWE title will be all GONE!” Which of these two titans will make Lashley face retribution?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!

This isn’t an official contender’s match, but management did tell The Queen that if she wins, then maybe she’d get another chance. Will Charlotte repeat history from WrestleMania 34 to repeat history from WrestleMania 36? Or will the Empress of Tomorrow make sure tomorrow belongs to her?

Raw returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They approach, tie up, and go around. Charlotte arm-drags Asuka but she’s right up to avoid the boot. Charlotte avoids kicks, but so does Asuka! Asuka dodges Charlotte again, follows and dropkicks Charlotte down, to then HIP ATTACK her to ropes! Charlotte flounders, Asuka whips but Charlotte blocks! Asuka throws forearms, whips again, but Charlotte reverses. Asuka dodges, but Charlotte CLOBBERS her with a back elbow! Charlotte drags Asuka up, headlocks, but Asuka fights out. Asuka shoves Charlotte to a corner, Charlotte tumbles up and out but shoulders into a knee!

Asuka sweeps the legs, goes out to spin Charlotte around and HIP ATTACK her into the ring! Cover, TWO! Charlotte goes to ropes, Asuka is right after her. Asuka CLUBS Charlotte, clamps onto an arm, but Charlotte wrenches and ROCKS Asuka. Charlotte retreats to the outside, Asuka goes to the apron but her kick is blocked! Charlotte sweeps the legs! And here comes Rhea! The Nightmare is fashionably late to watching these royals wrestle, and Charlotte glares at her as she covers Asuka, TWO! The Queen stares down the champion while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Charlotte thrashes Asuka around with a chinlock. Rhea watches in a seat at ringside as Asuka endures. Asuka fights up, throws elbows, but Charlotte CLUBS her down! Asuka kicks from below but Charlotte stomps her down! Charlotte drags Asuka up for an EXPLODER! Charlotte puts Asuka on ropes and bends her back! The ref counts, Charlotte lets go at 4, and brings Asuka around to ROCK her! And CHOP her! And ROCK, and CHOP! Asuka falls over, Charlotte looms over her. Asuka kicks from below again but Charlotte stomps away on her! Charlotte sits Asuka up to cartwheel and BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte starts to smile because she’s amused that Asuka is still in this. Charlotte scoops, Asuka slips free and fires forearms! Asuka whips, Charlotte reverses but Asuka elbows back! And BOOTS! Asuka runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Rhea is amused as Asuka gets a ghost pin, TWO! Charlotte returns the favor, TWO! Asuka has it back, TWO! Asuka ROCKS Charlotte, runs in but into a BACKBREAKER and ROPE SHOT! Charlotte hits a NECKBREAKER, covers, TWO! Charlotte stops being amused and is annoyed as she stands up. Charlotte says she’s watching Rhea, and she wraps Asuka up in a headscisosr. Charlotte dribbles Asuka’s head off the mat, then squeezes tight!

Asuka endures, fans rally up, but Charlotte turns over to THROW Asuka around! And dribble her, then put the squeeze back on! Asuka still endures, even as Charlotte pushes up for leverage. Charlotte THROWS Asuka, covers, TWO!! Asuka shakes her head, she hasn’t given up! Charlotte says SHE is the division, and she toys with Asuka. Asuka pushes back, rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Asuka spins Charlotte to a backslide, TWO! BUZZSAW! It just got Charlotte and she goes to a corner. Asuka fires up, mule kicks Charlotte, then pop-up KNEES, to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Charlotte flounders about and Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK! BULLDOG!

Asuka aims, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives the onslaught and Asuka is beside herself! Asuka gets Charlotte up in another waistlock but Charlotte elbows free! Charlotte runs but into a BOOT! But she BOOTS Asuka down in return! High stack cover, TWO!! Rhea really likes seeing Charlotte frustrated. Charlotte goes to a corner, takes aim, and NATURAL- NO! Asuka slips through to get the chinbar! Charlotte throws Asuka off, runs back in but the boot misses, only for the ELBOW to hit! Was that Andrade’s move?! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives but Charlotte hoists her up top! Charlotte ROCKS Asuka, climbs up, and brings Asuka up, but Asuka shoves her away!

Asuka steadies herself as Charlotte flops on the mat! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is mildly impressed now as Asuka KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Charlotte! Asuka runs, but the sliding kick misses! Charlotte rolls Asuka, has hold of tights, TWO!! Charlotte waistlocks, Asuka switches but Charlotte elbows free again! Charlotte runs, Asuka follows, wheelbarrow to KNEEBAR!! Charlotte reaches, Asuka drags her back and twists that ankle! Charlotte stands up to pry Asuka off! Asuka fights the suplex to get the arm! Charlotte rolls, but into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Charlotte scrambles to her feet, pushes back, but can’t get a cover!

Charlotte fights up, it’s a cover now, ONE! Into a BOSTON CRAB! Asuka endures, reaches for the ropes, but Charlotte drags her away! Asuka powers out to hit a prawn hold, TWO!! FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Into the ASUKA LOCK!! Charlotte fights, cameras go wonky, Charlotte gets the ROPEBREAK! Charlotte BOOTS Asuka from the ropes, gets a leg and has a HANGING KNEEBAR!! The ref counts, Asuka shouts, and Charlotte lets go at 4.9! Charlotte drags Asuka over and bounces her off the desk! Rhea smiles and tells Charlotte she’s a loser. Asuka runs in but Charlotte blocks the back hand!

Charlotte puts Asuka in the ring, tells Rhea to keep the belt warm, and goes in to get the leg! Asuka kicks Charlotte off the Figure Four, Rhea is on the apron and gets a BOOT! Charlotte is stuck a second, Asuka rolls her up! ONE!! Charlotte gets the legs, but Asuka cradle counters!! ASUKA WINS!!

Winner: Asuka, by pinfall

Charlotte lost her focus and that cost her the title opportunity! Rhea says that’s what she deserves! Will this keep going ’round ‘n’ ’round between the Empress, the Queen and the Nightmare?

 

John Morrison is NOT a zombie!

Kevin Patrick finds him and asks if he can somehow even attempt to explain last night’s Lumberjack match turned horror movie? “Whenever I think about what happened last night, to The Miz, it feels like someone is picking at my brain. Like I’m dead inside. A rotting feeling, y’know? I can still smell those lumberjacks. And I’m no medical expert, but I think those lumberjacks hadn’t showered or visited a dentist in a very long time.” The Miz might never be the same again, which is why Morrison is dedicating this match to him. Wherever Miz is, it is a nicer place. Drip Drip out. Is that a sign that the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century is no more?

Lumberjack Match: Damian Priest VS John Morrison!

The Archer of Infamy has apparently shrugged off the supernatural madness of #WrestleManiaBacklash, and WWE promises this will be an absolutely normal Lumberjack match. Will Priest #LiveForever at the expense of the “most moist-see WWE Superstar?”

Raw returns, and yes, the lumberjacks are normal superstars! Oh hey, Nikki Cross is back, too! Anyway, Morrison makes his entrance, the bell rings, and they circle. Morrison is wary of Priest’s strikes, but the two tie up. Morrison headlocks, Priest powers out, and Morrison rams shoulders only for Priest to rebound and run Morrison over! Things speed up and Priest arm-drags Morrison down! Morrison fights up, Priest wrenches but Morrison ROCKS him! Morrison fires off body shots and elbows in a corner, then some kicks and more forearms! Morrison throws Priest out, T-Bar & Mace go after him, PRIMED Alexander joining in!

The other lumberjacks storm over but Alexander puts Priest in. Morrison gets his shots in, Priest staggers into a KICK! Morrison ROCKS Priest with another forearm, then has him in a corner. Morrison winds up and goes corner to corner, but into a STOMP! Priest catches his breath, Morrison staggers up into a KICK! KICK! And ROLLING ELBOW! Priest powers up but Morrison bails out! Nikki puts him back in! The lumberjacks are fired up for that! They also fire up as Priest throws hands on Morrison! Priest ROCKS Morrison with a straight right hand, then he whips Morrison corner to corner. Morrison bails out, Priest gets buckles and a GAMANGIRI!

Morrison goes Eddy Gordo but Priest PUNCHES the foot! Morrison hobbles, Tozawa wants to put him in but Morrison turns the tables and throws Tozawa into the ring! T-Bar & Mace chase Morrison but he leaps over barriers! Morrison plays parkour to flip up and over Mustafa Ali, and get around Shelton Benjamin! He BOOTS Mansoor, gets in the ring, Priest gets him for the SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! But that was a little too powerful, and Morrison rolls back to the apron! Priest is snarling as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Morrison stomps away on Priest! The lumberjacks are fired up as Priest kicks from below, only for Morrison to block and float through! Morrison throws hands, gets an arm, but Priest turns that to a cover, TWO! Priest keeps hold of Morrison’s arm, OMOPLATA TRIANGLE?! Morrison fights up, flails and reaches out, makes it a cover, TWO! Morrison springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Priest bails out, the Viking Raiders put him back in for the SHINING WIZARD from Morrison! Cover, TWO! Morrison wraps Priest up in a chinlock, grinds him down, and the lumberjacks rally. Morrison knee slow, throws body shots, and runs, into a back elbow!

Priest blocks a punch to fire off fast hands and a BOOT! And then he FLAPJACKS Morrison! Priest brings Morrison around to a Canadian rack, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Morrison survives and Priest takes a breath. Priest stalks Morrison but Morrison throws him out! Alexander, T-Bar and Mace go after him! The Raiders get in Mace’s face but he and T-Bar back them down! Alexander puts Priest back in for Morrison and Morrison grins. Morrison gets Priest up, Priest ROCKS him with a right! And then a left and an uppercut! Priest whips, Morrison reverses, Priest FLIES out onto the lumberjacks!!

Alexander gets in to DIVE onto Benjamin because he wants after him from last week! The lumberjacks break up this fight because that’s not what they’re here for! Morrison puts Priest out, Priest BELL CLAPS! Morrison ROCKS Priest back, climbs up to join him, but Priest changes things on him! SUPERPLEX ONTO THE CROWD!! The lumberjacks are down, but Titus O’Neil and Ivar sort through the wreckage to get Priest and Morrison back in. Nikki coaches Priest up, the ref checks on Morrison, and Priest choke grips! Morrison pushes out and ROCKS Priest in a corner! Morrison runs in but Priest dodges! Morrison goes up, Priest ROCKS him! Priest climbs, for a SUPER STEINER!!

Priest hurries to get Morrison up, and HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

Two nights, two fights, two times Priest conquers the Greatest Tag Team in the 21st Century! Sarah congratulates him at the stage, and he says it feels great! He says in Spanish and then in English that it is time to finally move on. Miz ‘n’ Morrison are the past, and the future is to #LiveForever. Priest is going to create a moment, and maybe he accepts tonight’s Open Challenge! Maybe the next moment is becoming THE WWE World Champion. Will the Archer of Infamy take aim at the target on Lashley’s back?

 

Lashley prepares backstage.

The moment of truth is almost here! Who will the Rocky Mountain Machine look to wreck in Raw’s main event?

 

The Eva-Lution keeps growing.

“Behind the scenes, it takes a team of people to make the vision of a movie happen. I couldn’t be where I am today without the people who guided me down the right path.” Growing up, Eva wanted to be a hero like Angelina Jolie. And now that she is, she doesn’t want to just play a hero, she wants to be a hero. She might be a star, but stars are meant to show others the way. She wants to be the one little girls look up to and says, “I can be that, too!” This is #EvaLution.

 

Backstage interview with Shelton Benjamin.

Last week, he defeated former friend in Cedric Alexander, but we’re not talking about that. That’s a waste of time. Benjamin is going to talk about more important things, like him challenging Lashley for the title. But Alexander walks in with sarcastic applause. Alexander isn’t here to fight, but to give him the applause for Benjamin finally having the guts to challenge Lashley. In Benjamin’s mind, he seems himself as a legend, doesn’t he? Just because he get a fluke over Alexander, that means he can step to Lashley? Benjamin, remember this. There is a reason everyone around him ends up leaving: Benjamin always was and always will be worthless. Benjamin DECKS Alexander! Is that just the warm-up the Gold Standard needs before going for gold?

 

WWE World Championship Open Challenge: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS ???

We thought the All Mighty was going to take a night off, but that’s not the kind of man Lashley is. Granted, he and MVP agreed that this open challenge is only open to those not named Braun Strowman or Drew McIntyre. Will this fresh competition be the perfect thing to celebrate the win at Backlash? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine be more like the Cocky Mountain Machine and get caught underestimating his opponent? Speaking of, who is tonight’s opponent? We find out, after the break!

Raw returns and MVP asks, “Who’s it gonna be? Who’s gonna step up and accept the Open Challenge? Anybody?” Does Lashley think there’ll be anyone? No one walks out yet, but IT’S A NEW DAY, YES IT IS! Is it Kofi? It IS!! Is he still okay after that hard match with The Viper? The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if #KofiMania2 happens on a Monday!

But then MVP says something. He has an announcement? That whole “championship” thing was nice, but did MVP say this was a title match? Lashley didn’t say it! Pearce isn’t here making it one! And Kofi isn’t even worthy of being in the ring, but good luck anyway. MVP pulls the rug out from under us all!!

(Non-title) Open Challenge: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!

Kofi is furious and he fires off on Lashley in a corner! The ref counts, Kofi lets off, and the bell rings to make this a match now! Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley is surprised Kofi survived, and he drags Kofi back up to reel him in. MVP says to finish this, and Lashley suplexes Kofi, holds him up for 5, but Kofi fights free! Kofi dodges Lashley, and dropkicks him to ropes! Lashley comes back but Kofi dodges to SUPERKICK! Lashley tumbles to the apron, and Kofi dropkicks him down! Lashley staggers, Kofi runs and WRECKS him with another dropkick!

Kofi keeps moving and FLIES! Direct hit and DOWN GOES LASHLEY! Woods is in MVP’s face about it, Kofi is fired up and so are the fans, as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again Kofi brawls with Lashley! Lashley blocks a boot to elbow Kofi down! Lashley drags Kofi up and bumps him off buckles! Lashley throws hands, digs his boots in, but lets off at 4. Kofi is in a daze, but Lashley chokes him on the ropes! The ref counts, Lashley lets off at 3, and MVP talks trash. Kofi swipes at MVP, MVP says that should be a disqualification right there! Lashley RAMS Kofi into the corner over and over and over, then runs corner to corner to RAM into Kofi again! MVP talks more trash and Lashley suplexes Kofi to hold him for 10 this time! And with one arm! SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley tries again, TWO!

Kofi gets up but Lashley has a rear bearhug on him! MVP wants Lashley to humiliate Kofi and make him regret ever getting in this ring! Lashley squeezes tight, Kofi endures, and Kofi fights up to throw elbows! Lashley still holds tight, Kofi reaches and gets the ropebreak, while giving Lashley a hotshot! Kofi CHOPS and swings around Lashley to hit a DDT! Both men are down and MVP starts to worry as Kofi crawls to the cover. TWO, but Kofi kicks Lashley down! NEW~ DAY~ BOOM DROP! Lashley grabs at Kofi’s hair and drags him into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Kofi is showing that same heart that made #KofiMania happen the first time!

Lashley stalks Kofi, MVP wants this to be done so they can go party. Lashley puts Kofi up top, climbs up, but Kofi fights back with headbutts! Lashley hits back, climbs up, but Woods uses the trombone! Just like on Orton! Lashley ROCKS Kofi, shouts at Woods, but Kofi LEAPS for an APRON DDT!! Kofi hurries back in, hooks Lashley up, but Lashley turns SOS into gut wrench and DOMINATOR! Lashley says this is because of Woods! Lashley throws Kofi out, follows him, and brings Kofi up to fireman’s carry, and POST him!! Kofi flops to the floor, Lashley gets him up and into the ring, and then throws him back out the other end.

Lashley goes out, drags Kofi up, and fireman’s carries him again. Woods saves Kofi, but the ref ejects him! Lashley puts Kofi in, and sets him up so MVP can aim. But McIntyre is here and he stops MVP from using the cane! Lashley grabs at McIntyre, to get a CANE SHOT!! Kofi rolls Lashley up, and WINS!!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

The Scottish Warrior figures that if he can’t face Lashley, he’ll screw him over! MVP brought this upon himself and the All Mighty, and now Kofi has a win over the All Mighty World Champion! Is#KofiMania2 inevitable?


My Thoughts:

This was a trail mix of quality for a post-PPV Raw. On one hand, I think WWE was trying to invent “Aftermath Syndrome,” which is the sibling to Go Home Syndrome, where there were so many recap packages to fill time and it was never organically introduced. On the other, we got great matches and some surprising developments. Mostly. I’m disappointed that we didn’t get even a hint of Miz ‘n’ Morrison being zombies now after what happened at Backlash. If you’re going to plug a movie just because a legend is in it, why not keep that plug going? Zombie Miz and Morrison would be great stuff, honestly.

But the Lumberjack match was still very good, and technically should’ve been what we got at the PPV. I’m also surprised that after losing the 24/7 title, Truth didn’t go after Tozawa during the Lumberjack match. But maybe that would’ve been one detour too many since we also had Alexander going after Benjamin for the loss last week. Nikki Cross making a very lowkey return in that segment was great, too, she needed to show up somehow. At least, before she more than likely becomes Lily in human form, and then she and Alexa go after the women’s tag titles. Because apparently, forget “Lily’s favorite color is red” being a clue to anything, Alexa is skipping the singles title to go back to the tag division.

Admittedly, all of the Raw Women’s Division needs help in terms of depth. Alexa & Lily joining in is fine, so long as Lily’s human form isn’t as horrifying as the doll. That’ll be way too hard to look at as a full sized person. We got another Charlotte VS Asuka match, which is both good and bad. It’s good because they delivered another awesome match, and there was great ways of using Rhea ringside to give Charlotte comeuppance. But it’s bad because it literally means the title scene is just three women. Nia and Shayna should try to get back in the Raw Women’s title scene, mostly Shayna, so that they (mostly Shayna) can brush off some of the more awkward moments these last few months with some great matches against Asuka, Charlotte and Rhea.

Sheamus VS Ricochet tonight was amazing stuff, but I’m a little unsure about the supposed set up for it tonight. Ricochet said it in his own promo that he gave the jacket and hat back. Did he really need to snatch it all back again just to make Sheamus angrier? We knew this rematch was happening just on how things ended between them on Backlash, so just leave it at that. Was it all just so commentary could argue about the legal ramifications of Ricochet stealing the stuff? I was a bit scared Sheamus got hurt the same was Humberto Carrillo did last week, but it was good to see he walked it off. Sheamus wins again, but I feel like we could get a big match like SmackDown’s set up for the Intercontinental Championship, Sheamus VS Ricochet VS Mansoor VS Mustafa Ali or a returning Carrillo.

Styles VS Elias was a bit of a surprise, and it was a good match, and I feel like it puts Styles & Omos in a tweener position in the Raw Tag Division. It was also clever of them to have Elias & Ryker separate Omos & Styles long enough so they can beat up Styles. That will be the key to defeating them and taking those titles away. I like the set-up to Orton VS Kofi with Riddle pulling one of those “invite them both somewhere without mentioning the other” type moves. Orton VS Kofi was a good match and it’s clever that Kofi wins with help from a distraction so that we’d have reason for New Day VS RKBRO down the line.

But at the same time, that seemed like a misdirect given how the main event turned out. Lashley and MVP having ladies with them to party seemed a bit old days, but at least they were being mostly tasteful about it. I do like the loophole on MVP issuing the open challenge was a valid one, McIntyre “interrupted” too early and then was the one to say “championship match” when that was never the case. Kofi being the one to answer was a great move not just because of the great match, but also because it shows WWE might be working to have story and division overlap. Just because a tag team wrestler wants the tag team titles doesn’t mean they can’t go after the singles title.

Orton and Styles are also good choices on that front, but I like that it’s Kofi. The match tonight was a great sampler, and we’re surely getting more, and I like that McIntyre had a part to play in the ending. Lashley VS Kofi at Hell in a Cell but not in the Cell is going to be great, but I’m fairly certain Lashley wins because of Kofi is also involved in the story with RKBRO. It might not be at HITC, it could be next week or the week after, and Kofi loses because of Orton. McIntyre could and probably should take a detour because it’s starting to feel like the women’s title where there are only two or three people even considered for it. Braun getting a 1v1 chance wouldn’t be so bad, either.

My Score: 8/10


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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; 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?


My Thoughts:

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


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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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