The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are back on Raw, but will they return to Raw?
Natalya & Tamina won the WWE Women’s Tag titles on SmackDown, but they might lose them on a Raw! Will their reign last more than 10 days?
- WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Drew McIntyre VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods; inconclusive.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Rhea Ripley VS Nikki Cross; Cross wins.
- Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; Charlotte wins.
- Shelton Benjamin VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Xavier Woods; Riddle wins.
- AJ Styles VS Jaxson Ryker; Ryker wins.
- Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo; Sheamus wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald; Natalya & Tamina win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with MVP in the ring!
Montel Vontavius Porter says it is his honor to present to us the Chief Hurt Officer, the All Mighty WWE World Champion, Bobby Lashley! Lashley makes his entrance, accompanied by a new assortment of lovely ladies. The ladies go with Lashley to the ring, and a recap package of last week plays to remind us that it was Drew McIntyre who ruined the celebration at that time. MVP’s open challenge for a match with Lashley was open to anyone not named McIntyre or Braun Strowman. But Kofi Kingston stepped up, only for MVP to correct our assumptions by saying he never said it was a title match. It was still a title caliber showdown, and to get back at MVP, McIntyre helped Kofi get the win!
Back in the present, Lashley’s ladies boo mean ol’ McIntyre and MVP says that they need an energy change. “Can we please have an explosive round of applause for our WWE Champion, the All Mighty, Bobby Lashley?” The ladies oblige and cheer Lashley on. MVP says it is exciting tonight, Lashley looks handsome and the ladies are here. He has exciting news, too! Not only is the champion here, but in July, WWE is leaving the ThunderDome and getting back on the road to be at an arena near you so you can see the WWE Champion up close and personal! The ladies love that, too. Lashley says life is good. As it should be.
But sadly, there is a perennial dark cloud, in the form of that “petty, bitter, crass” Drew McIntyre. We already know how the ladies feel, but Lashley, put your feelings to word. Lashley beat McIntyre at WrestleMania 37. He beat McIntyre AND Braun at #WrestleManiaBacklash. So if it was up to Lashley, that’s a no go for McIntyre. No more Drew. Done with him! And they tried to move on, they really did. They offered a gracious open challenge to anyone with the courage to step up. And to MVP’s surprise, that scrawny, dreadlocked cartoon character, Kofi Kingston, thinks just because he was once a world champion means he could face Bobby Lashley.
And again, the dark cloud, Drew McIntyre- Shows up NOW! McIntyre has a mic to say they shouldn’t look so surprised. We all knew he was going to walk out here eventually because they’re business is his business, and his business is getting the world title back. Oh here we go again. McIntyre says if it wasn’t for MVP, he would’ve won at Mania. If it wasn’t for Braun, McIntyre would’ve won at Backlash. So he wants his 1v1 rematch, and he knows Lashley wants it, too! McIntyre knows what kind of competitor Lashley is. Lashley wants to prove without a doubt that he is the NUMBER ONE on Raw.
But then again, McIntyre could be wrong. Maybe deep down, Lashley knows he can’t measure up to McIntyre! Maybe just maybe, the All Mighty doesn’t have the BALLS! McIntyre will check: Ladies, does he have balls? MVP wants to speak but McIntyre cuts him off by saying Lashley did just lose to Kofi. Lashley didn’t lose to Kofi, McIntyre hit him with a cane! But what’s really pathetic and desperate is that McIntyre had to go to those measures to get a win off Lashley! MVP says that’s the truth. McIntyre only hears excuses. But it’s a New Day, yes it is! Here come Kofi and Xavier Woods!
“Boys, boys, boys…” They’re making great points, they really are. Things move around fast on Raw but let’s not breeze by how last week, Kofi Kingston pinned the WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley! And he’ll say it again for those who didn’t hear him! Kofi Kingston pinned the WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley, BAAAAABYYYYYYY~! Lashley asks Kofi if he thanked McIntyre for that one. McIntyre says “You’re welcome,” but Kofi pretends not to hear anything. What did he say? What did he say? It seems like McIntyre is insinuating that Kofi wouldn’t have won without him. No that’s what you’re saying. Kofi didn’t ask McIntyre to get in his corner, that’s just for ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~!
Kofi doesn’t need McIntyre’s help, but he answered the open challenge because he never got his rematch for the WWE title! And McIntyre knows all about those since he gets rematch after rematch after rematch etc., Kofi wants McIntyre to step his ass aside so he can do what McIntyre hasn’t done in months, and that is pin Bobby Lashley. For once, MVP and Lashley agree with Kofi. McIntyre says Kofi could’ve done it all by himself, but he didn’t. But here comes Adam Pearce! He’s hearing all this and it all makes sense, but there’s an easy way to settle this! Kofi Kingston VS Drew McIntyre, winner moves on to face Bobby Lashley at Hell in a Cell!
MVP likes that idea! That’s a brilliant idea! Ladies, we’ll go to the VIP Lounge on stage and watch this up close and personal! Lashley likes that idea, too! Will McIntyre blow apart #KofiMania2 with a Claymore tonight? Or will there be Trouble in Paradise?
Braun Strowman speaks.
“All aboard the Strowman Express. The WWE is coming home, and the next stop is Texas. I am your Conductor of Destruction, the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman, and I can’t wait to get back to competing on the road, and anyone that gets in my way is gonna get these hands!”
WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Drew McIntyre VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!
Raw returns and the VIP Lounge is indeed set up right on stage, so that Lashley, MVP and the ladies can all relax and watch the match. The bell rings, McIntyre and Kofi circle, and they tie up. McIntyre powers Kofi to a corner, lets off with a pie face, but Kofi keeps cool. They tie up again, McIntyre shoves Kofi to the corner, and then smirks as he waits on Kofi to come back. The two go again, knuckle locks, Kofi kicks a hand and gets a headlock. McIntyre powers up, Kofi shifts to clinch the arms, then get into a waistlock. McIntyre wrenches free and wristlocks to then YANK the arm. Kofi rolls, flips and handsprings to wrench back!
McIntyre powers out, runs Kofi over, and looms over him. McIntyre speeds things up but Kofi hurdles and hurdles to leap, into a waistlock and SLAM! McIntyre stalks Kofi to a corner now, brings him back up, and DECKS him with a right hand! Kofi shakes out the stars floating around his head but McIntyre dead lift suplexes! Kofi knees free and dropkicks back! McIntyre stays up but runs into a waistlock! Kofi holds on and gets a Russian Leg Sweep! Kofi rebounds off ropes to SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Lashley cheers somewhat sarcastically as Kofi gets McIntyre up. McIntyre blocks the Penalty Kick to CHOP back!
McIntyre has Kofi in a corner, brings him out and CHOPS him off his feet! McIntyre paces while even Woods winces from that shot. McIntyre stomps Kofi’s hand! McIntyre gets Kofi up, reels him in and gets Kofi up, but Kofi counters the bomb to RANA McIntyre out of the ring! Woods mockingly asks if McIntyre’s alright, and then Kofi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and MVP pretends to be impressed. Woods gets the “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” rhythm going but McIntyre whips Kofi. Kofi leaps over the steps, comes back to hop on and he throws hands! McIntyre blocks the Poison-Rana to APRON INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! McIntyre refreshes the count, talks trash to Lashley, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns, McIntyre CLUBS and CHOPS Kofi in corners, but Kofi hits back! McIntyre rains down furious fists, then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps his eyes on Kofi as he stalks him to another corner. McIntyre gets Kofi up, then ROCKS him with a right! Kofi ends up in the ropes and McIntyre pulls him back against them with a chinlock! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off at 4, then gets Kofi in a corner for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Kofi flies across the ring and Lashley might actually be impressed. McIntyre kicks Kofi out of the ring, goes out after him, and brings Kofi up to scoop for a SNAKE EYES off the barriers!
McIntyre puts Kofi back in the ring, stomps him down, and brings him around for another dead lift suplex! McIntyre holds Kofi up for a count of 10, points at Lashley and then SLAMS Kofi down! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but McIntyre is right on him with an armlock and chinbar! Kofi endures as McIntyre grinds him down, and MVP leads the ladies in a rallying clap for Kofi. Kofi gets up, throws hands and gets free! McIntyre kicks low, whips him to a corner, but Kofi goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Both men are down and the ThunderDome fans fire up! Kofi CHOPS McIntyre, and CHOPS again! Kofi dropkicks but McIntyre stays up!
Kofi runs, McIntyre dodges but Kofi swings around the clothesline to get a GUILLOTINE! McIntyre powers through to SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives, MVP says it was that close. McIntyre is a bit annoyed, but he TOSSES Kofi to a corner. Kofi STOMPS McIntyre down in return! Cover, TWO! Woods coaches Kofi as he gets back up. Kofi gets McIntyre up, throws forearms and stomps, then rams in his shoulder! Kofi whips corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. Kofi slips out to swing kick back! Kofi climbs, but McIntyre intercepts with haymakers! McIntyre climbs up to join Kofi, gets him up, but Kofi fights back! Kofi headbutts McIntyre down!
McIntyre staggers to his feet, Kofi leaps for a CROSSBODY! But McIntyre rolls through, pops Kofi up, and hits a MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and even Lashley is surprised! McIntyre glares at Lashley, tells him this is it, but Lashley gets upset and throws his jacket off! Lashley storms his way to the ring but MVP tells him to let it resolve! McIntyre is just trying to get on Lashley’s nerves! Lashley gets to the edge of the ramp as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and McIntyre rains down hands on Kofi! Kofi elbows back but McIntyre copies Sheamus with Beats of the Bodhrain before getting Kofi up! SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Both men are down and now Lashley is ringside with MVP to watch. Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives again and McIntyre is at a loss for words, as it were. McIntyre sits Kofi up, but Kofi hits back with haymakers! McIntyre throws hands, Kofi throws body shots, but McIntyre CLUBS Kofi! Kofi throws more body shots but McIntyre CLUBS him more and more! Double underhooks, but the Future Shock is made into a jackknife! TWO, and McIntyre SPINEBUSTERS to his own jackknife, TWO!!
McIntyre dead lifts Kofi for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is beside himself but Woods fires up for Kofi! McIntyre gets up, Kofi slowly goes to the ropes, and McIntyre is right behind him. McIntyre turns Kofi around to whip to ropes, scoop, but Kofi tilt-o-whirls free! Kofi baits McIntyre into a corner and POSTS him! MVP mockingly asks if McIntyre is alright. Kofi goes to the apron, gets to the corner and slowly climbs to the top rope. Kofi aims, leaps, STANDING FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and MVP is a bit surprised. Kofi grits his teeth as he goes to the ropes. Kofi staggers over, McIntyre shoves him but Kofi tosses him out of the ring!
McIntyre staggers back up, sees Lashley in front of him, but turns around into Kofi’s SUPER TRUST FALL! It’s dominos as McIntyre tumbles into Lashley and Lashley falls out of his chair! Kofi puts McIntyre in, follows after, and gets McIntyre for an SOS!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives but Lashley and MVP get in! They both attack McIntyre and Lashley! Woods gets in to get MVP off Kofi but Lashley CLOBBERS Woods! Kofi hits Lashley with a TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Lashley staggers back up into a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre is snarling, but MVP gets Lashley away! With simultaneous attacks, who wins by disqualification!?
Rhea Ripley confronts Charlotte Flair backstage.
She wishes The Queen luck in her match tonight, which she’ll need since she’ll lose to Asuka again. Charlotte says it is so obvious how Rhea is jealous of her. Her trying to get in Charlotte’s head is a sign of how threatened she is by Charlotte’s presence. Rhea wants to be just like Charlotte, the most decorated and most feared woman in WWE history, as a 13-time champion. So deal with it, as it will be Charlotte’s beautiful face she sees inside Hell in a Cell. Actually, Nikki Cross says she could beat both of them! In fact, how about Nikki take on one of them tonight? If Charlotte didn’t have a match with Asuka, she’d beat Nikki in under two minutes. But she’s not even worth Charlotte’s time.
Rhea says people don’t pretend to despise Charlotte, they really don’t like her. And it’s because she talks like that to others. Then maybe Rhea should beat Nikki in under two minutes. Rhea would be happy to. Challenge accepted! Will crazy Cross shock us all against the Raw Women’s Champion? We find out NEXT!
Beat the Clock Challenge: Rhea Ripley VS Nikki Cross!
The Nightmare wants to lead by BRUTALITY, but can she beat a former Women’s Tag Team Champion in 120 seconds or less?
Raw returns, Nikki makes her entrance, and the bell rings to start the two minute countdown. Nikki rushes Rhea but Rhea shoves her down with one hand! Rhea smirks and says the clock is ticking. Nikki gets up, rushes Rhea again and gets a leg. Rhea JAMS Nikki, brushes her leg off, and keeps egging Nikki on. Nikki rushes Rhea, Rhea catches the crossbody, and pops Nikki around, but Nikki slips off! Nikki ROCKS Rhea, but Rhea gets mad. Nikki runs into Rhea’s hands but Nikki jawbreakers free! Nikki goes up top, leaps and CROSSBODEIS! Cover, TWO!! Rhea narrowly escapes but Nikki fires up! Nikki runs in to SPLASH and BULL= NO! Rhea shoves free to DROPKICK Nikki down!
Rhea snarls, gets Nikki up and throws hands! Rhea keeps Nikki cornered, RAMS Nikki into the corner, but lets off to bring Nikki around to bump her off buckles! Rhea fires off hands again and again but we’re under 10 seconds!! TIME RUNS OUT!!
Winner: Nikki Cross by timeout
Did Rhea forget SHE had to win in two minutes or less?! Nikki celebrates her big return win, but here comes Charlotte! The Cruel(la) Queen struts her way down the ramp, has her pyro, and Nikki says neener neener! Charlotte laughs because that’s what Rhea was doing to her last week. But will Charlotte make up for her loss last week in yet another battle with the Empress of Tomorrow?
Damian Priest speaks.
The Archer of Infamy introduces himself in Spanish, then in English, he lets us know that the WWE is heading on the road, and to Texas, and you can come see why he will #LifeForever in person.
Kofi and McIntyre both barge into Adam Pearce’s office.
They both demand he do something about what Lashley and MVP did, but he is just as mad as they are! Then look it! He has a solution: rematch, nothing changes. Winner goes on to HIAC! It’s official! Kofi’s good with that, but keep MVP and Lashley away. Then he’ll have no problem beating McIntyre, and beating Lashley again. Well everyone knows McIntyre is willing to go through everyone, and that includes Kofi. Will we get a fair and square finish to Kofi VS McIntyre on Memorial Monday Night Raw?
Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!
Raw returns again, and Asuka makes her entrance! Will she make sure history repeats itself in another win over The Queen?
The bell rings and the two stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and go around. Charlotte drags Asuka down but Asuka fights back up to throw Charlotte down. Charlotte gets back up, uses leverage to grind Asuka down and get her to a corner. The ref counts, Charlotte lets off and Asuka avoids the sucker punch! Charlotte avoids the heel kick, but Asuka stares her down as they reset. They tie up again, Charlotte waistlocks but Asuka pries free to wrench and switch. Charlotte drop toeholds, floats to a facleock, but Asuka slips around to a hammerlock. Charlotte goes back to a corner and Asuka says it was that close!
The two reset again, Charlotte goes for a leg but Asuka knows that and blocks. Asuka wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte rolls and monkey flips! Asuka gets up fast and comes right back, but into a sweep! Cover, ONE, and Charlotte puts on the headscissor squeeze! Asuka endures, but Charlotte turns Asuka over to THROW her! Charlotte holds on, throw but Asuka pops out this time! Asuka mule kicks, catches her breath, and brings Charlotte to a corner. Charlotte blocks a buckle bump, but so does Asuka! Asuka gets the buckle bump this time, and another! Asuka whips Charlotte to ropes, Charlotte holds the ropes but Asuka HIP ATTACKS! Asuka runs, but Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS!
Charlotte stomps away on the leg! The ref has her let off so he can check on Asuka. Charlotte goes after the leg again, brings Asuka to ropes and then through ropes to have a HANGING KNEEBAR! Asuka shouts, Charlotte lets go as the ref counts, and Charlotte lets out a “WOO~!” while she soaks up heat. Charlotte stalks Asuka, gets the leg and has a standing toehold! Charlotte tortures Asuka’s foot, but Asuka endures and keeps her shoulders up. Asuka rolls but Charlotte SMASHES the knee into the mat! Charlotte now has an ANKLE LOCK! Asuka endures all over again, fights up and rolls to send Charlotte into ropes!
Charlotte tumbles out, Asuka goes to the apron, and leaps, but Charlotte dodges the flying hip attack! Charlotte gets Asuka up and brings her to steps, SHIN BREAKER on steel! Asuka writhes while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and Charlotte kicks Asuka around the ropes! Charlotte is after the leg and has it on ropes, to then drop a knee on the knee! Asuka writhes and flounders, but Charlotte has her at the ropes again. Charlotte puts the leg back on ropes to wrap it around and pull! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off with a dropkick to the leg! Cover, TWO!! Asuka toughs it out and crawls to a corner, but Charlotte drags her around for a toehold! Charlotte even digs a forearm into Asuka’s face! Asuka hits back but Charlotte CLUBS her down! And again! Asuka uses her good leg to pry free but Charlotte gets both legs for a BOSTON CRAB!
Asuka endures, crawls, reaches, but slips through to victory roll! TWO!! Charlotte gets up, blocks a kick and CLUBS the leg! Asuka uses the other leg to get an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Charlotte flails, clasps hands, and reaches for ropes with her legs! Asuka shifts around to an ASUKA LOCK, but Charlotte ropes into the ROPEBREAK! Asuka lets go and KICKS Charlotte in the back! And again! Asuka runs, but the hip attack is caught for a SHIN BREAKER! Asuka falls in a heap, clutching the bad leg! Charlotte stalks Asuka, and stomps away on the bad leg! Charlotte gets Asuka up to the top rope and drags her into the Tree of Woe! Charlotte climbs to stand on the bad leg and stomp it!
The ref counts, Asuka falls out of the Tree at 4, and Charlotte adjusts to MOONSAULT! Asuka moves and gets a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down and fans rally on their screens! Charlotte goes to a corner, Asuka gets the bad leg moving and runs to HIP ATTACK! And KICK! And waistlock! Charlotte elbows free, but walks into a POP-UP KNEE! BACK HAND! HEEL KICK! Asuka aims, runs, BASEMENT HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Asuka is too tired to be frustrated, and she gets her leg going. She avoids Charlotte’s shoulder from the apron but not the HOTSHOT! Charlotte gets in to refresh the count and gets Asuka to a corner! Charlotte SLAMS the leg against post!
Charlotte goes for another but Asuka YANKS her into the post! Asuka hits a SLIDING KNEE from the apron! Charlotte goes to the desk, Asuka hurries over, but Charlotte THROWS Asuka into the desk! Both women are down on the outside as Raw goes to another break!
Raw returns again, and Charlotte CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Asuka dodges, blocks the boot and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! But Asuka has the ARMBAR!! Charlotte hurries to clasp hands again but Asuka rolls her to the ASUKA LOCK!! Charlotte turns over to avoid the full extension, then gets up to RAM Asuka into buckles! Asuka holds on and thrashes Charlotte around! Charlotte goes to ropes and they tumble to the apron! Asuka lets go and falls to the floor! Charlotte kicks Asuka from the floor, and then gets up. The ring count is 5 of 10, then 6 as Asuka and Charlotte get in. Charlotte and Asuka glare at each other, then throw forearms from the mat!
Asuka and Charlotte brawl as they stand back up! Asuka fires off palm strikes, but Charlotte ducks the back hand! BOOT FEINT ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte is shocked that El Idolo’s move didn’t hep! Charlotte drags Asuka around by a leg, puts the leg on the ropes and drops down on it! And then again! Asuka dodges that to roll up and BUZZSAW! Charlotte staggers while Asuka fires up! Asuka runs corner to corner but only gets buckles! Asuka boots back, but Charlotte puts Asuka in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Charlotte scowls while Asuka is in a drop zone. Charlotte climbs up top, MOONSAULT but she again has to land on her feet!
STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Another shout out to Almas but Charlotte is furious! “I’ve already beaten Asuka!!” She doesn’t understand why this is so much harder! Charlotte gets the leg, but Asuka makes it a cradle! Charlotte scrambles free, but into the ASUKA LOCK! Charlotte rolls back to a cover, CHARLOTTE WINS!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
Another instant classic ends in the blink of an eye! Asuka’s bad leg was Charlotte’s ace in the hole! Will the Queen use this as the win that takes her back to the throne?
Lashley and MVP still live it up backstage.
The ladies pamper Lashley but a staffer walks in. MVP makes sure he addresses Lashley as The All Mighty as he tells Lashley that Pearce wants to talk to him. Lashley grumbles, but he reluctantly leaves to attend to business. Will this have anything to do with next week’s rematch of Kofi and McIntyre?
Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke speak.
They’re both so thrilled to be back on the road! It’s been way too long since they’ve been able to jam out to their favorite songs in the car. But Dana misses performing in front of fans the most. Luckily, WWE will be back home before you know it. Then everyone can flex with them in Texas!
Lashley and MVP meet with Pearce.
This better be quick, the All Mighty has some “extracurricular activities” to get back to. Pearce asks them what happened out there. Is this the kind of WWE Champion wants to represent Raw? Lashley says he is the ONLY one who can represent Raw! Does Pearce think McIntyre or Kofi can do as well as WWE Champion? This was to help Pearce! Well let’s see how long that lasts. They’ve surely heard about the rematch Pearce made for next week. They might like that, but they won’t like this: If either of them are even seen ringside, they will be SUSPENDED for 90 DAYS, and without pay! And that’s a whole lot of money for them!
MVP has Lashley stay calm and save it for HIAC. Will this ringside ban be enough to keep Kofi VS McIntyre fair and square?
Shelton Benjamin VS Cedric Alexander!
The Gold Standard is looking to build a win streak, but #PRIME wants to prove he was right all along! Alexander has a mic to taunt Benjamin. He knows Benjamin wants after him but just hold on. Before they get started, Alexander has to get something off his chest. “We had something, man. We were the Raw Tag Team Champions! We were part of The Hurt Business, the best thing in WWE for the past year!” Alexander wants Benjamin to remember when MVP took them in and took them from being obscure nobodies to the to top of the mountain! But then they got kicked out and why is that?! LOOK AT HIM, SHELTON!
The reason is because Shelton is washed up! Alexander is why Shelton was champion again! When they got kicked out, they kicked SHELTON out, and Alexander was collateral damage! But Alexander has years left to make up for that. He’s young, fresh and in his PRIME. But what about Benjamin? How many years does he have left? How many chances was he given? What does Benjamin have to show for his hard work? A couple weeks ago, Benjamin got lucky! Yay for Shelton~! Benjamin is getting impatient as Alexander says this will be different. Alexander learns and evolves. Tonight ends with Alexander’s hand being raised! This is the last time we see Shelton, because Alexander will make him gone for good!
Alexander finally gets in the ring, the bell sounds and Alexander bails out! Benjamin is furious but Alexander is trolling him as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Benjamin finally has Alexander in the ring and fires off hands! Benjamin whips Alexander corner to corner hard! Alexander staggers into haymakers! Benjamin has Alexander in a corner, whips him to ropes, and then CLOBBERS him with a shoulder! Alexander flounders, goes to a corner, and begs for mercy. Benjamin drags Alexander up but Alexander throws body shots. Benjamin ROCKS Alexander, stomps him, and brings him out. Alexander fires off hands, runs but into a back elbow! Alexander flounders again and Benjamin dares him to run his mouth now. Benjamin stomps Alexander at the ropes, drags him up, and throws him out!
Benjamin goes out after Alexander, stomps him against barriers, then gets him up to whip him hard into barriers! Alexander writhes, Benjamin gets Alexander up and puts him back in, and stalks Alexander to ropes. Benjamin drags Alexander up, scoops him but Alexander slips out. Alexander dumps Benjamin out, but Benjamin skins the cat! Benjamin swings, Alexander dodges and mule kicks! Alexander handsprings but no Neuralizer! Benjamin shoves, clinches, but Alexander holds ropes! The ref counts, Benjamin lets go and Alexander KICKS him back! Alexander climbs, Benjamin ROCKS him with a right!
Benjamin headbutts Alexander then climbs up! Benjamin fireman’s carries Alexander, but Alexander fights back! Alexander shifts to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Alexander is furious that Benjamin survives! Alexander rains down furious fists then CHOKES Benjamin! The ref counts, Alexander lets off and KICKS Benjamin in the back! Alexander drops down, headlocks and traps an arm to fire off more fists! Alexander grinds Benjamin while talking trash, but Benjamin endures. Benjamin fights up, throws body shots, then haymakers! Alexander uses the ropes to spring and KNEE! Dropkick, cover, TWO!
Alexander pushes Benjamin around, drives elbows into the ribs and back, then clamps on with a head-and-arm lock. Benjamin endures as Alexander grinds him down. Benjamin fights up but Alexander KICKS him! And KICKS! And talks trash as he KICKS Benjamin more! “Gold Standard, huh!?” Benjamin gets mad and Alexander just keeps taunting him! Benjamin stands, scares Alexander with that glare, then CLOBBERS him!! Benjamin throws hands on Alexander in a corner, whips him corner to corner and hits a clothesline! Benjamin then gets Alexander up for a SPINEBUSTER! Benjamin fires up and the ThunderDome fires up with him!
Alexander staggers up, but avoids Pay Dirt to roll Benjamin! ONE, Alexander cartwheels and blocks a kick, but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Both men are down but Alexander flounders away. Benjamin stalks behind Alexander, gets a leg, but Alexander desperately holds the ropes. Benjamin gets Alexander up, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Benjamin holds on and drags Alexander back up, but Alexander throws elbows. It doesn’t work, GERMAN SUPLEX! Benjamin keeps hold again, Alexander throws more elbows and is free this time. Alexander runs but Benjamin reels him in for an O’Conner Roll! No Chaos Theory as Alexander thumbs Benjamin in the eye! NEURALIZER! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
Alexander shouts, “I told you!!” Alexander wins through some underhanded tactics, but will that matter in the long run? Or will Benjamin still be a survivor and find a way to turn things around?
John Morrison speaks.
“The most moist-see superstar in the WWE, America’s Moist Wanted, the man who is all thrills and no frills, Johnny Drip Drip” is back on the road in front of all the fans! Don’t forget your ponchos, amigos, cuz you’re gonna be in the splash zone!
Matt Riddle VS Xavier Woods!
Bro… You ever have friends who don’t like each other but you try and get them to get along but then it totally blows up in your face? And then you end up taking one friend’s side and get angry at the other? That’s kinda what Riddle is dealing with right now. Can he and Woods still be bros after coming to blows in the ring? Or will Riddle only be rolling with The Viper from now on?
Raw returns as Woods makes his entrance sans Kofi. This will be a true 1v1 and that’s the way Riddle likes it. He also likes the trombone playing Woods does. But things get serious as the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Riddle powers Woods to a corner but Woods turns it around. Riddle turns it back around but so does Woods. The ref has them separate, and the two grin and go again. Riddle powers Woods to the corner, the trombone falls, and Riddle clinches with Woods. They fight for control., Riddle throws Woods down but Woods gets up. Woods puts Riddle in a corner, the ref calls for another ropebreak, and Woods lets off.
Riddle and Woods go again, collar ‘n’ elbow, and Woods waistlocks. Riddle pries free and wrenches an arm but Woods uses a chinbar to get a facelock. They roll, Riddle pops out and has a body scissors! Woods gets a ropebreak with his foot, and Riddle lets him free of the Bromission. The two go again, Woods shoots in to get legs but Riddle makes that a body scissor and GUILLOTINE! Woods pops free, tries to get Riddle down, but Riddle has a triangle hold! Woods again has a foot for the ropebreak, and Riddle lets off again. This is definitely a case of chess in the ring, but Riddle gets a gut wrench suplex! And another!
Woods goes to a corner, Riddle is laser focused as he runs in! Woods dodges, Riddle goes up but Woods SHORYUKENS! Woods gets Riddle for an ELEVATED SUPLEX! Cover, ONE!! Riddle survives that miscalculation but Woods brings him back up. Woods suplexes, slingshots and slams Riddle down, then rolls through! But Riddle wrenches, pops Woods up and gets a TRIANGLE HOLD! Woods fights free, gets to his feet and yanks Riddle up into a suplex!! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives again but is surely shocked at Woods’ own showing of strength! Woods gets Riddle up, reels him in and back suplexes but Riddle lands on his feet to ROCK Woods!
Riddle fires off forearms and kicks in a corner, but Woods CHOPS back! And throws forearms! Riddle ROCKS Woods again, Woods ROCKS Riddle back! DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Both men are down but fans are firing up! Woods stands first, Riddle follows, and Riddle catches Woods to headscissor him out of the ring! Riddle is on the apron, Woods staggers over so Riddle brings him up. They brawl on the apron, Riddle fires off KICKS! Woods blocks, back hands, and fireman’s carries! APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Woods is pulling out all the stops and Riddle is feeling it! Woods might have just solved Riddle as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Riddle hits a PELE on Woods! Woods ends up in a corner, Riddle hits a forearm smash! Riddle goes side-to-side, for another forearm smash! Then a BROSPLODER! Riddle runs, Woods avoids the Penalty Kick and the Standing Moonsault, then gets knees up for the Broton! Riddle writhes, stands up, and staggers into a CHOP! Woods fires off forearms and CHOPS on repeat, faster and faster, against the ropes! Woods whips, Riddle reverses but Woods ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl and headscissor! Riddle gets up, Woods whips then back drops! Woods hops up, leaps and SHOTGUN missile dropkicks! Woods kips up and covers, TWO!!
Woods grits his teeth, gets Riddle back up, but Riddle gets around to ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Gut wrench, but no! Woods reverses, but Riddle reverses back, and then back again! Woods RAMS Riddle into a corner and puts him in the Tree of Woe! Woods stomps Riddle, runs corner to corner and dropkicks Riddle out of the Tree! Riddle staggers up, Woods fires up and trophy lifts! GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Woods doesn’t lose focus, he goes to the corner and climbs back up! But Riddle intercepts Woods with forearms! Riddle climbs, clubs Woods, but Woods knocks him down! Wood kicks from the apron, then steps in, into a FINAL FLASH!
Woods wobbles, Riddle gets him up with a DEAD LIFT SUPER GERMAN!! Cover, TWO?!? Woods lives and Riddle is in shock! Riddle drags Woods to a drop zone, goes up top, FLOATING BRO but Woods moves! Riddle rolls, into the HONOR ROLL! And a mule kick! But Riddle stops the basement DDT, tilt-o-whirl to a gut wrench! Woods slips free, CHOPS Riddle, but Riddle hits an RKO!?!? That really IS outta nowhere! Cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
The Bro just invoked the power of the Viper! Is this a sign that RKBRO is inevitable?!
AJ Styles talks with Omos backstage.
We can’t hear what they’re saying, but Styles and Omos fist bump, and then Styles heads to gorilla alone! Is the Phenomenal One going to prove he can beat the Drifter’s follower without back-up?
Charlotte Flair’s win over Asuka tonight has made it undeniable for management! Charlotte WILL face Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship at Hell in a Cell! But will it be in the Cell? Or just a Nightmare between the ropes for the Queen?
AJ Styles VS Jaxson Ryker!
The Phenomenal One and his tag team partner want to prove they’re on top of the Raw Tag Division, but they’re going one partner at a time. Styles beat the Drifter, but what about the follower in Jaxson Ryker?
In a surprising move, Ryker enters without Elias! This is truly 1v1 as the bell rings, but Ryker runs right into a dropkick! Styles runs and hits a clothesline in a corner, then fireman’s carries for an USHOGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Ryker survives but Styles gets him up. Ryker RAMS Styles into a corner! Ryker ROCKS Styles, Styles BOOTS Ryker! Styles runs but into Ryker’s DOUBLE AX HANDLE! Ryker gets Styles up, suplexes, slingshot and TOSS! Cover, TWO! Ryker keeps on Styles, talks some trash, but Styles KICKS a leg! Ryker gets Styles up for a BEARHUG! Styles endures as Ryker squeezes tight! Styles throws elbow after elbow but Ryker CLUBS him down!
Ryker slingshot suplexes again but Styles lands on his feet! Styles puts Ryker outside, builds speed, and WRECKS Ryker with a dropkick! Styles gets Ryker up and in the ring, but ELIAS attacks outta nowhere! The Sympho-Knee was like the hidden bonus track nobody wanted! Styles stumbles into the ring, and into Ryker’s SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, RYKER WINS!!
Winner: Jaxson Ryker, by pinfall
The follower just pinned a GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! But Omos rushes out and he finds Elias hiding! Omos drags him up, TOSSES him, then chases Elias and Ryker up the ramp! Elias stumbles, and gets BODIED into the LED screens!! Ryker ran, not even waiting for his mostly-fearless leader! Omos goes back to check on Styles, and someone might need to check on Elias! Will Omos and Styles make Ryker and Elias for playing games?
Jeff Hardy speaks.
“Man, it feels like a millennium since I heard the roar of our crowd. I’m ready to traverse the universe and reignite the fire within everyone!” WWE won’t just show up, they’ll take it to the extreme with “HARDY! HARDY! HARDY!”
Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo!
The Fella is ready to settle the fight that never truly finished with the young superstar. Will Sheamus make Carrillo regret coming back for more? Or will this finally be the night Carrillo earns his title shot?
Raw returns as Carrillo makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Sheamus kicks low, CLUBS Carrillo down then throws him out of the ring. They brawl outside the ring now and Sheamus RAMS Carrillo into barriers! Sheamus puts Carrillo in, Carrillo hits back! Carrillo fires off hands, Sheamus kicks low and Sheamus reels Carrillo in for a LARIAT! “You should’ve stayed at home, fella!” Sheamus throws body shots in the corner, then some knees and then CLUBBING forearms! Carrillo writhes, Sheamus talks trash and gets Carrillo up for a suplex SLAM! Sheamus mockingly asks if Carrillo is alright, then he drops knees on Carrillo’s head!
Sheamus chinbars Carrillo and has an arm. Sheamus digs his forearm into Carrillo’s face and then hooks the nose! The ref reprimands, Sheamus lets off but keeps on the chinbar. Carrillo fights up, throws forearms, but runs into Sheamus’ elbow! Sheamus sits Carrillo up for beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus lets off and tells commentary that those were for Corey Graves, in a nice way. Sheamus stomps Carrillo, talks trash again, but Carrillo SLAPS him! And again! Carrillo fires off forearms, CHOPS, and a whip! Sheamus reverses, Carrillo kicks him back! Sheamus is in the ropes and Carrillo WRECKS him with a dropkick! Carrillo builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit into the desk!
Carrillo gets Sheamus up and in, climbs up top and leaps, FLYING BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Carrillo can’t believe how close he was, but he runs and is put on the apron. Carrillo ROUNDHOUSES back, gets in and wheelbarrows, to victory roll, but Sheamus sits on it! Sheamus holds tights in the cover! Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
Sheamus goes after Carrillo, even though he won! Scoop and SLAM, then a CLOVERLEAF! But Ricochet flies in outta nowhere with a missile dropkick! Carrillo gets up to springboard ENZIGURI! Sheamus is down, Ricochet LIONSAULTS! Carrillo is up top, he MOONSAULTS! Ricochet keeps upping the ante, SPRINGBOARD 450!! Sheamus bails out and he has two high-flyers who doesn’t stop fighting! Will one or both Ricochet and Carrillo get their golden opportunity?
Backstage interview with Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Reginald.
How do they intend on recapturing the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships? Well what happened last week was a fluke so it won’t happen again. Shayna says she knows exactly what happened: Nia got distracted, again, because of Reggie. Shayna, don’t be a bully! Reggie is really scared after the flame mishap. He’s seeing triple, and is having nightmares! Oooh~! Who cares!? Shayna & Nia were unstoppable before all this stuff that doesn’t matter, like Reggie. No, they still ARE unstoppable. Then let’s prove it, as JUST Shayna & Nia. Reggie says he is only trying to help.
Yes, and he can do that by staying back here. If Shayna sees Reggie ringside for another one of her matches, she’ll give him a reason to have nightmares! Will being without their sommelier help the Queen of Spades & Irresistible Force get back on track?
Eva Marie speaks.
“Along my journey, I learned that as an athlete, it’s just as important to build yourself up from the inside as much as the outside. Physical strength starts with the right mindset. The weight of the world may tear you down, but discipline and consistency will overcome weakness.” She’s learned to become her own cheerleader, and wants to do the same for others. She trains men and women all over the world to become better versions of themselves. This is the Eva-Lution.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald!
Raw returns once again, and the former champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this rematch of a rematch closes out Raw!
The teams sort out, Nia and Tamina start and Reggie is watching backstage. Nia and Tamina circle, but then Nia tags out to Shayna? Shayna and Tamina circle, but then Shayna bops Natty! Natty wants in so Tamina obliges. Natty and Shayna tie up, go around, and Natalya hits a headlock takeover. Shayna headscissors, Natty kips free and they go again. Shayna wrenches the arm to a wristlock, Natty rolls and handsprings and slips through to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, ONE!! Natty gets up but Shayna kicks low! Shayna headlocks, Natty powers out but Shayna runs her over. Things speed up, Natty hurdles and goes to hip toss but Shayna blocks!
Shayna tries a hip toss, Natty blocks, rolls to a cover, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Natty narrowly escapes but Shayna has the hammerlock! Natty moves around, gets up, and reaches back to slip and drag Shayna down with a heel hook! Shayna fights the grip, stomps Natty, then stands to tie up the legs! Shayna is STEALING the SHARPSHOOTER! Natty powers out, and spins, but no discus! Shayna hits a judo throw, then YANKS Natty’s arm! Nia tags in, swaggers over to Natty, and drags her up. Nia clamps onto the arm, and drops a leg on it! Nia drags Natty up again, throws her into the corner and tags in Shayna.
Shayna and Nia mug Natty, Shayna wrangles Natty down with a keylock, and has the arm stuck! But wait! Is that Reggie walking down the ramp?! Shayna just told him to stay in the back! Natty gets her arm free, gets around Shayna and hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Reggie goes to ringside and asks what happened as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more, and Shayna has Natty’s arm in a keylock. Natty fights up, fights back, but Shayna throws her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna gets the arm right back into the keylock, but Natty endures all over again. Natty fights up, arm-drags free, but Shayna rolls to come back, into a scoop SLAM! Both women are down, crawl for their corners, hot tags to Nia and Tamina! Tamina fires off haymakers on Nia, dodges a clothesline and hits a running headbutt! Tamina uppercuts, but Nia scoops her! Tamina slips through to sunset flip, but Nia rolls through, Tamina SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!!
Reggie panics as Tamina goes to a corner. Tamina climbs, Nia ROCKS her first! Nia fireman’s carries but Tamina fights free! SUPERKICK but it’s sent into ropes! Nia rolls Tamina up, TWO!! Nia drags Tamina back up, RAMS her into the corner, and Shayna tags in! They mug Tamina, Shayna fires off hands, but the ref counts., Shayna lets off at 4, throws more shots, and Nia tags in. Shayna holds Tamina for Nia’s SPLASH! Tag back to Shayna, and she KNEES Tamina in the corner! Shayna snapmares to a cover, TWO! Shayna keeps between Tamina and Natty and kicks Tamina back to the corner. Shayna throws forearms, lets off but Tamina elbows Nia! Then ROCKS Shayna!
Shayna stays up but Tamina ROCKS her again! Shayna runs to swing on Natty! Natty avoids it, Shayna turns around into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Hot tag to Natty! Natty gets Shayna for the catapult into the SUPERKICK!! Cover but Nia breaks it! Nia HEADBUTTS Natty! Tamina THESZ PRESSES Nia! They brawl and fall out of the ring! Reggie stays clear as Tamina ROCKS Nia! Nia shoves Tamina, Tamina runs but is DUMPED over the barriers! Shayna runs at Natty in the corner, but Natty dodges! Shayna hits buckles, Natty hits a DISCUS! Natty hurries to get the legs but Reggie distracts the ref! Shayna gets a cradle but the distraction lasts too long! TWO!!
Shayna KNEES Natty down, but he shouts at Reggie that he shouldn’t be here! She had Natty beat there! She shouts at Reggie to go away and he sheepishly obeys. But then MORE FIRE explodes at the ramp! Reggie freaks out again, Shayna turns around into a CRADLE! Natty & Tamina win!!
Winners: Natalya & Tamina, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
The Queen of Harts has both belts while Tamina is still stuck behind barriers, she’s as shocked as any of us are that things turned out this way! Shayna checks on Reggie, and he says he’s alright. He stands up, Shayna grabs him by his suit jacket! “I am tired of you interfering in my matches! Let’s see how YOU do! You, the Cirque du Soleil sommelier twerp, versus ME next week!” If Reggie has the balls to show up next week, Shayna will make him wish he was IN that explosion!! Will Shayna solve the distraction problem by making Reggie #TapNapOrSnap?
This was a bit of a mixed bag for Raw. For one, it was like the show had Go Home Syndrome, but it wasn’t a go home! There were so many recaps tonight! Do they think NO ONE was watching last week and that we were all new? Though, I suppose some people have dropped Raw because it’s been so copy-and-paste lately. But overly recapping is not the way to recapture those people’s interests. Making it so a match has this forced “go to commercial” spots doesn’t help, either. While getting Kofi VS McIntyre as a contender’s match is a great move, having McIntyre just stop focusing on Kofi so he can stare down Lashley and give us a break in action is just not good for the flow.
The only thing worse than having a match manufacture a spot for a commercial break is having someone drone on about stuff they’ve already said to fill for time. Cedric’s promo just kept going and going with the same things he said about Benjamin before, just angrier. We should’ve gotten action for that same stretch of time to make a really good match even better. Cedric using a cheap tactic to then win is great stuff for him and the story, but he should just trash talk during the match to use time efficiently.
Riddle VS Woods was a good example of that. The recap package took care of any promo that would’ve been given, though even that time could’ve been given to the match, which was still great stuff. Riddle winning was very likely, but the RKO from Riddle was awesome! I have a feeling that, as great as it would be for Kofi to challenge Lashley at HIAC, McIntyre wins so that New Day faces RKBRO at the PPV. I feel like it’d be better for Raw if Kofi won, McIntyre had to figure things out for himself, and we got New Day VS RKBRO on a Raw. Sheamus VS Carrillo was great, Ricochet joining in was great, but I would love if McIntyre circled back to Sheamus and their rivalry circled around the one title McIntyre hasn’t had yet.
The Styles VS Ryker segment was good, though I figured Elias would find a way to cheat and help Ryker win. But Omos showing off his shocking speed was great stuff, too. I suppose this means Ryker & Elias get the tag title shot, and probably on television so HIAC doesn’t get oversaturated. Keeping the PPVS cards short has made them better, and it does help TV out, too. Ryker and Elias can get their shot, lose, and then Styles & Omos move on to face RKBRO at MITB in July, part of the big return to touring. Oh, which reminds me, if we get promos of superstars campaigning for the return to touring every week leading up to July 16th, I’m going to go nuts. We’ve heard the news, anyone who is really paying attention right now already knows it, please let it end here.
Asuka VS Charlotte for the second week in a row was another mixed bag. We got another great match, preceded by a very confusing Beat the Clock Challenge where it looked like Rhea was the one confused on how those work. Rhea’s main roster accomplishments make her one of the better call ups from NXT, but the way Raw is handling her character is actually in the line with one of the weaker ones *cough* Bobby Roode */cough*. It was nice for Nikki to have a positive on her in-ring return, but it was more because Rhea had a brain fart. Charlotte beating Asuka to suddenly have a 1v1 with Rhea at Hell in a Cell is bad pacing. Aren’t Charlotte and Asuka 1v1 in the recent series? Tiebreaker next week for the right to challenge would make more sense.
The women’s tag titles only getting 10 minutes as a match was not nearly what this stuff deserves, but that’s WWE, isn’t it? They struggle with men’s tag team divisions, they struggle with women’s singles divisions, so of course they’re going to struggle with a women’s tag team division. Especially since we got supernatural interference by Alexa Bliss without ever seeing Alexa once tonight. I suppose it’s alright, what more would Alexa herself add other than another promo explaining how creepy Lily is?
Natty & Tamina were of course going to win but because a combination of Alexa and Reggie distracting Shayna. Now the champions can move on to another team, hopefully one from SmackDown. Shayna VS Reggie in a co-ed match will be interesting, though, so that’s a silver-lining in this. I have a feeling this will be the make or break moment for Shayna & Nia as a team. I feel like “break” is more likely. Nia might side with Reggie and fights Shayna, and then they both get back into the singles division, which honestly is best because Rhea will surely be champion through HIAC and will need new opponents on the road to MITB.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)
What is the State of the Bloodline?
Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.
Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline arrives.
Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!
The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?
The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.
Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!
Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!
Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!
Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!
Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!
Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.
But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?
SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.
Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.
Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!
Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!
The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!
Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!
Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!
Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!
Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?
The Bloodline sits in their private room.
Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.
Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?
The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!
“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?
SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.
Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!
Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!
Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?
WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.
Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!
As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.
Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!
Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)
The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?
Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.
Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.
Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring.
Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”
Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.
Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”
So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.
Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”
Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”
Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”
Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?
This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.
Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.
The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.
Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.
My Score: 8.8/10
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