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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/20/21)

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Could destiny dethrone Ricky Desperado?

With all the moving parts between brands, Xia Li’s path has been cleared! But can she fulfill her destiny by taking the NXT Women’s Championship from Raquel Gonzalez?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • KUSHIDA & Bobby Fish VS Roderick Strong & Tyler Rust w/ Diamond Mine; Kushida & Fish win.
  • Franky Monet w/ Jessi Kamea VS Jacy Jayne; Monet wins.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Austin Theory; Kyle wins.
  • NXT Breakout Tournament 2021 Opening Round: Odyssey Jones VS Andre Chase; Jones wins and advances to the next round.
  • LA Knight w/ Cameron Grimes VS Drake Maverick; Maverick wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha; Gonzalez wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Samoa Joe heads to the ring!

William Regal’s enforcer is not in a good mood given last week’s more than brutal confrontation with Karrion Kross. Joe gets a mic to say, “Tick-tock, tick-tock. Guess who’s come to smash your clock?” But speaking of Regal, he rushes out and says this isn’t what Joe’s role is about! Joe cannot be calling out superstars! But Joe says incorrect! He can because “if I was provoked!” So consider him provoked! Regal understands that, but Joe entered as a referee. Kross put his hands on Joe the ref, not Joe the management. Semantics! Regal of all people is explaining the ridiculousness of this? Kors sis out of control and needs to be put down! Didn’t you notice Kross’ field trip to Raw?

Joe says he is here to put Kross back under control! Regal wants Joe to understand something: Kross is on his way here. And when he gets here, all hell will NOT break loose! This will be solved peacefully! Understood? And don’t say another word unless it’s the right words. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but Joe says out of his deeply held respect for Regal, he promises tonight is the end of this. “But I can’t guarantee it’ll end peacefully. And I guarantee that somebody tonight is going to sleep!” Will it be a battle of sleeper holds the moment the NXT Champion returns to the CWC?

 

Xia Li speaks.

“Finally, I have been waiting for this moment. The is the most important match in my entire life. I will be the NEW NXT Women’s Champion! Raquel Gonzalez, I plan on doing to you the same thing I did to Mercedes Martinez. I will make history and leave tonight as the first Chinese NXT Women’s Champion!” The mission is clear and the target is in her sights! Will Tian Sha’s living weapon cut down Big Mami Cool?

 

KUSHIDA & Bobby Fish VS Roderick Strong & Tyler Rust w/ Diamond Mine!

The Time Splitter became a target, and the Infamous One wanted his former friend to face him head on. The Savior of the Backbreaker used his new protégé as a decoy, but now he has no choice but to step up! Will the Diamond Mine crack under the pressure?

Wait, as they make their entrance, Rust and Strong are jumped from behind! Kushida throws Rust in the ring then out of the ring, and Fish feeds Strong to Kushida’s haymakers! Fish adds on, Kushida feeds Strong to a KICK! Rust gets up but gets CLOBBERED by both Fish and Kushida! Then Strong is thrown out on top of Rust! Fans are thunderous as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and the match is under way as Fish stomps Strong in a corner! Fish lets off, Strong knees low and throws boxing elbows! Strong runs but Fish drop toeholds him into buckles! Fish gets Strong up, clubs him with crossface forearms, then gets him to ropes to club him more. Tag to Kushida, they double wrench and double elbow breaker! They double whip and double KICK Strong down! Kushida covers, ONE! Kushida keeps on Strong with an armlock and grinds the shoulder. Fans rally behind him as Kushida hammerlocks the arm with a leg. Kushida gets the far arm, steps through and SNAPS the armlocks back!

Tag to Fish, Fish stalks Strong but Strong boots him! Tag to Rust but Fish fires off! Rust hits back, they brawl, Fish ROCKS Rust. Fish knees Rust in the corner, brings him around to give him more knees, then snapmares him at the ropes. Fish goes up and out and in with the slingshot senton! Cover, ONE! Tag to Kushida and Fish anchors Rust. Kushida picks Rust up but Rust powers him to the corner. Strong tags in and mugs Kushida. Kushida blocks a suplex, throws body shots and KICKS Strong in the arm! And again! Strong swings back but into a clinch, ARMBAR BULL- BACKBREAKER! Strong drags Kushida away from Fish to tag Rust, and Rust stomps Kushida down!

Rust gets Kushida up, back suplexes high and hard, then covers again, ONE!! Kushida writhes but Rust pulls on his top knot to KICK him in the back! Rust drags Kushida over, tags in Strong and they mug Kushida more. Strong CHOPS Kushida, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS again. Strong gets in Kushida’s face as he eggs him on, and fans boo as Strong paces about. Kushida throws body shots, Strong gets him in a facelock then a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Strong hammers Kushida, wraps on a chinlock, and fans fire up as Kushida fights up. Kushida throws body shots but Rust tags in. Kushida fights off Diamond Mine!

But Rust hits hard and low! Diamond Mine double whips but Kushida handsprings to double back elbow! Tag to Fish and Fish rallies on Rust! Fish runs in to KNEE Rust at the corner! Fish dodges Strong, ROCKS him with a right then mule kicks Rust. SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rust survives but Fish keeps focus. Fish drags Rust up, Rust throws body shots but Fish clinches for more knees. Strong gets on the apron to grab and help Rust, but Fish throws more hands! Fish swipes at Strong, Strong gets away and Rust CLOBBERS Fish from behind! Tag to Strong and he gets Fish up to APRON BACK SUPLEX! Bivens is fired up as Fish flounders and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns again and Fish throws Strong down to a cover, ONE! Strong KNEES Fish right down, then throws down hands. Strong lets off to tag Rust, and Diamond Mine gets Fish up. They KNEE low, Rust runs to SCISSOR KICK! Cover, TWO! Bivens is still pleased as Rust clamps on with a chinlock. Fish fights up, Rust throws forearms but Fish clubs a leg! Rust SLAPS Fish, Fish throws hands! SLAP, haymakers! Rust trips Fish, and GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! Rust gets the leg, drags Fish away, and tags in Strong. Fish kicks Rust away but Strong stomps and drops knees on Fish. Strong digs his knee into Fish but Fish tries to chinbar back.

Fish fights up, Strong clinches but Fish throws body shots. Strong and Fish fight for grapple control, Fish throws knees, and fans fire up as he heads for Kushida! Strong sweeps the leg! Cover, TWO! Strong fires off furious knees, then grinds Fish down with a chinlock. Strong tags Rust and Diamond Mine gets Fish up. Fish fights back but Rust gives KICKS! Fish staggers, Rust wrenches and hooks Fish up for a modified Octopus Stretch! Fish endures but Rust fish hooks his face! The ref counts, Rust lets off and goes for a chinbar. Fish endures, pries the hold apart, and throws body shots! Fish throws forearms but Rust ROCKS him back!

Rust glares at Kushida, but Fish SPINEBUSTERS Rust! Both men are down, fans are thunderous again! Fish and Rust crawl, hot tags to Strong and Kushida! Kushida fires off SHOTEI after SHOTEI, then atomic drops to a whip and hip toss! Cartwheel basement dropkick! Fans are thunderous as Strong dodges fast ball and sunset flips, but he gets a BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Kushida wrenches Strong’s arm for the ARMBAR BULLDOG! Strong avoids the Penalty Kick, tag to Rust! Rust BOOTS and fires off forearms, then gut wrench SLAMS Kushida down! Fans boo but Rust is fired up. Kushida gets up, ducks the buzzsaw to ENZIGURI!

Rust wobbles, but he gets around to O’Conner Roll and ANKLE LOCK! Kushida rolls to throw Rust into buckles! Kushida ROCKS Rust, Rust ROCKS Kushida! They go back and forth, FAST- NO! Rust blocks, ROLLING CRAVAT! Cover, Fish breaks it! Then Fish CLOBBERS Strong and falls out to the floor with him! Kushida gets to a corner, he spots Rust stagger, FLYING KNEE to the arm! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Rust BOOTS, runs, but into the takedown! HOVERBOARD!! Rust taps, Kushida & Fish win!

Winners: Kushida & Bobby Fish, by submission

The Diamond Mine could not crush the Cruiserweight Champion or his friendly rival! Fish says it is only a matter of time, will he and Kushida close the mine down?

 

LA Knight and Cameron Grimes arrive.

Grimes being the butler, he is driving the nice white Corvette but Knight is bickering about something. Knight says they would’ve gotten here sooner if Grimes was listening to him and not to the GPS. Grimes says they would’ve gotten here faster in Grimes’ Rolls Royce. Knight tells the butler to get his bags. Yes, sir, Mr. Knight. Grimes laughs and goes to the trunk. Whoa, all of these? No problem. Grimes would carry bags back in the day! Does he have a story for everything? Yep, almost as many as Knight has bags! Whoops, dropped one. Drake Maverick helps but Grimes says it’s fine, it’s a whole thing.

Knight tells Maverick to stop, and then sends Grimes spinning away with the bags. This isn’t for Maverick, he should just mind his business. Maverick says he was just helping. Well Maverick’s gonna need help if he doesn’t stop now. Is it Bring Your Idiot to Work Day? Who even brought Maverick here? Hope daddy signed the permission slip, because tonight, Maverick gets Knight in the ring! Maverick’s up for that. Grimes apologizes but Knight makes him close the trunk. But that makes Grimes drop the bags. Grimes says he’s fine, he’s got this. Will Maverick use tonight to show up and shut up L, A, Knight?

 

Mark August 22, 2021 down on your calendars!

It’s going to be TAKEOVER 36!! The party may be in Las Vegas, but the fight is right here in the Capital Wrestling Center! Are you ready?

 

Odyssey Jones speaks.

“What up, WWE Universe? It’s ya boi, Odyssey Jones here, and I’m from Chrome, New York.” This is his opportunity to show us it is his time! Jones says he’s broken records in the weight room, broken jaws in the ring, and is about to break through in the tournament!

 

Samoa Joe watches the front door.

Kross is bound to arrive, and Joe wants to be the first one to meet him! Will those two tear the house down literally tonight?

 

Franky Monet w/ Jessi Kamea VS Jacy Jayne!

La Wera Loca is back in the ring, and now by her side is Robert Stone’s former client! Is this new take on #BougieBad going to start taking over NXT?

The bell rings and Franky circles with Jacy. They tie up, Stone hurries out to be with “his” team as Franky pie faces Jacy. That distracts Franky, Jacy throws a forearm and runs, but into Franky’s elbow! Franky snapmares and runs to slide, but Jacy ducks the kick! Jacy rolls Franky, TWO! Jacy dodges again to ENZIGURI! ANd BOOT! Franky ends up in a corner, Jacy roars and runs, but Franky moves! Jacy hits buckles, Franky comes back with the METEORA! Franky grins, stomps Jacy, and fires up again. Franky drags Jacy to center, but Jacy kicks back! Franky rolls and uses very Johnny Drip Drip like ground ‘n’ pound! Jacy shoves Franky away but Franky STOMPS her down!

Franky wraps on a chinlock but Mandy Rose appears at ringside! Mandy watches as Jacy fights out of the hold! Franky CLUBS Jacy while Mandy lounges on the announce desk. Franky runs in, Jacy elbows her away, and that pisses Franky off! Franky fires off hands, fireman’s carries, but Jacy fights free! Jacy runs, Franky dodges but Jacy RANAS! Jacy runs in to BOOT Franky down! Jacy sees Mandy, too, and is unsure what’s going on. But sh egoes back to Franky, ROCKS her, then roars as she hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Franky survives and is getting mad while Jacy hurries to fire off hammering hands!

Jacy gets Franky up, but Franky blocks the whip. Frank breaks free, mule kicks and then baits Jacy in for a spin and GLAM SLAM! Cover, Franky wins!

Winner: Franky Monet, by pinfall

Whatever reason the Golden Goddess came out here for doesn’t matter to Monet, she just gets her money! Will bougie bad stay undefeated? And will Stone understand who’s really in charge any time soon?

 

Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory.

McKenzie knows things didn’t go Johnny’s way last week, but how has he been dealing with it. He’s been better. Maybe. Theory hasn’t slept in weeks but it doesn’t really have anything to do with this. But Kyle O’Reilly comes in and says, “I heard what you said about me.” Johnny didn’t say anything about Kyle. He knows that, he was talking to “this bonehead right here.” Theory? Theory said Kyle was sitting and crying, but it’s not really important. What is important is Kyle is in a fighting mood, so maybe Theory wants to square off with him. Oh is that a challenge? Yes, you thick-headed dork. Then Kyle’s one! Then Kyle will get his dancing shoes.

Gargano says Theory got himself in this one, he has to get himself out. Just like Johnny with Kross, he was all alone. If Theory wants to be like “Papa John,” he’s on his own. Good luck, sport! Theory is a bit surprised by that, but can he find a way to keep #CoolKyle from kicking his ass?

 

NXT moves to Syfy (for just two weeks).

While USA Network brings us back the Olympics and the gold medals, Brother Syfy will bring us the black ‘n’ gold brand! July 27th and August 3rd, make sure to check your guide!

 

Wade Barrett interviews Bronson Reed.

Barrett asks the Colossal Reed how losing the North American Championship has affected him. Reed knew that would come up, and says that winning the title was a big moment for him, his family, friends and wife, who all believed in him for 14 YEARS. And then losing it crushed them all. But Reed can’t live in the past, he has to push forward and fight even harder. So he wants to do that against Adam Cole next week! Cole is one of the greatest in NXT ever, is that wise? Reed says it’s very wise. Everyone considers Cole the best, so why not fight the best?

And we saw what happened: Cole ran his mouth, Reed shut him down. It’ll happen again next time, but Reed will finish the job. Will Cole have to brace for a Tsunami coming his way?

 

Kyle O’Reilly VS Austin Theory!

Kyle didn’t cry, sob, shed a tear, or any of that, but he might make The Way’s protégé do just that here! Will there be no way out of a heel hook?

The bell rings and Theory circles with Kyle. They tie up, go around, and Theory puts Kyle in a corner. The ref counts, Theory lets off and eggs Kyle on. They go again, tie up, Kyle wrenches an arm then gets a leg. Theory avoids the sweep, powers out, but Kyle waistlocks. Theory switches, slams Kyle, and makes the Way W at Kyle. They circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and Kyle rolls to get a leg. Theory gets to ropes but Kyle KICKS his leg! Theory hobbles, but he ROCKS Kyle with a right! Theory waistlocks, Kyle switches, Theory switches back but Kyle pries free to a wristlock! Theory powers Kyle back in, into a snap suplex!

Kyle gets up slowly, Theory is after him with forearms. Kyle forearms, Theory kicks, forearms and knees back! Theory snapmares and stomps Kyle, then eggs him on. Kyle knees back! Kyle throws forearms but Theory gets away to RAM Kyle into a corner! Theory hits a headlock takeover, grinds Kyle down and eggs him on. Fans rally and duel, Theory shrugs off the headscissor hold, “I told you, you’re a crybaby!” Kyle fights back, rolls to a cover, ONE! Kyle headscissors, Theory kips free, Kyle goes after legs but Theory kick shim away. Kyle shoots in, Theory blocks to get a headlock back, and Theory holds on as Kyle tires to power out.

Kyle tries again, Theory spins to make it a suplex! Kyle lands on his feet but Theory elbows him! Theory runs, but into Kyle’s KNEE! Kyle runs as Theory sits up, and Kyle fakes him out to SLAP him! Theory seethes, fans fire up but Theory ducks a kick! Theory rolls Kyle, runs in but is put on the apron! Kyle runs to KICK Theory off the apron! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Theory paces and seethes while Kyle waits in the ring. Theory takes his time returning, and then resets with Kyle. They feel out a grapple, Theory kicks low and scoops Kyle for a BACKBREAKER! Theory talks some trash on Kyle’s fans before he scuffs Kyle. Kyle gets him for a sunset flip! TWO, and Theory CLOBBERS Kyle! Cover, TWO! Theory grows annoyed, and he stomps Kyle to a corner. Kyle trips Theory up, has the foot and turns Theory over to CLUB him on the back. Kyle drives in knees, more clubbing elbows, and more knees. Kyle runs to drop a knee on Theory’s back! Kyle fish hooks Theory’s nose! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and Theory scrambles away.

Kyle gets an arm, grinds the shoulder down, but Theory endures. Theory fights up, Kyle YANKS the arm, the wrenches. Theory kicks low, scoops and BACKBREAKERS again! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Kyle down. Kyle endures as Theory digs his knee into Kyle’s back. Kyle fights up but Theory knee shim low. NXT returns to single picture as Kyle wrenches free, but Theory shoves him, Kyle comes back with kick after kick and fast hands! Kyle KICKS a leg out, and Theory gets to a corner. Kyle runs corner to corner but blocks a boot. Theory ROCKS Kyle with a left, then somersault BLOCKBUSTERS! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and duel as Theory gets to a corner. Theory hobbles over, stomps Kyle then rains down forearms. He tops it off with another stomp, then paces. Kyle comes back with a forearm but Theory kicks low. Theory ROCKS Kyle, brings him up and reels him in but Kyle slips under! Kyle waistlocks, Theory bucks him and somersaults, but Kyle catches the dropkick! HEEL HOOK! Theory rolls fast to get the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kyle lets go and Theory gets to the apron. Kyle brings Theory up, Kyle goes to buckle bump but Theory blocks to give Kyle the bump! Theory throws Kyle down to slingshot stomp and RIPCORD SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!

Kyle is still in this as Theory clamps on with a chicken wing and chinbar. Kyle endures, fights up, and fans rally again as Kyle throws body shots. Theory knees low, whips Kyle to ropes but Kyle reverses to kitchen sink knee! Theory sputters while Kyle catches his breath in a corner. Kyle gets Theory up for knee after knee, then a KICK to the leg! Palm strike, knee, KICK and leg sweep! Fans fire up as Kyle grits his teeth, Kyle runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Wrench and ELBOW BREAKR, to a KNEE in the corner! Kyle keeps moving, BOOT, to HALF HATCH and ARMBAR! Theory flails, clasps hands, but Kyle gets the leg! ANKLE LOCK!

Theory endures, reaches, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle KNEES Theory’s arm down! Theory writhes, sits up, Kyle KICKS him in the arm! Fans duel hard as ever as Kyle gets the bad arm. Kyle wrenches, Theory breaks out, Kyle ducks one punch but the ELBOW gets him! Theory gets Kyle up but Kyle slips out of the bomb to ROCK Theory! Kyle runs in at the corner but Theory dodges the shining wizard CLUBBING forearm, torture rack, TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! No one can believe Kyle survived, but Theory hurries to get Kyle up! AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!!! Theory doesn’t understand why this isn’t working!

Kyle bails out, Theory goes out after him. Theory pulls steel steps apart! The ref has the ring count going and reprimands Theory, but Kyle gets up with fury in his eyes! KICK, smack off steps, into the boards, repeat! Kyle chases Theory into the ring, Theory ROCKS him but Kyle stays up! Kyle gets a takedown, ground ‘n’ pound with palm strikes, then Kowata Kicks! Fans are going nuts as Kyle hits AX and SMASH!! And a BIG knee into Kyle! Kyle goes to a corner, climbs up, KING KNOG KNEE DROP to the leg! HEEL HOOK!! Theory taps, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

But Kyle has lost his cool, he’s not letting go! The ref pries Kyle off the hold and Theory finally gets away. Kyle said he felt there was something he needed to do to get back to the Kyle that won the tag titles. This might be that thing! Will this Kyle be the one to finally get THE NXT Championship?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai.

Huge title match tonight, but Xia vowed she’s walking out champion. Raquel’s response? Everyone says the same thing. Wasn’t McKenzie who asked if Ember hits the Eclipse? And what happened/ Raquel won! As for Xia and her “destiny,” not tonight, chica. Dakota says after beating Ember, Xia stole their spotlight. Now Raquel will destroy Xia for it. That kick doesn’t scare Raquel. Boa the bodyguard doesn’t scare Raquel. And her little friend who sits on her weird throne doesn’t scare Raquel. After putting Xia down, there will be no one left! Raquel and Dakota head out, but will they be eating all these words tonight?

 

Legado del Fantasma goes to the ring.

And judging from the mariachi guitarists in the ring waiting for them, there’s a musical performance in store. Santos Escobar wants everyone to stop, and dismisses the mariachis? Escobar says he was going to give us a taste of the best musical heritage in the world, but he changed his mind. He’s not going to lower himself to entertain the masses. Why? Because the fans ain’t worth it! Escobar won’t do the “Hit Row thing,” come out here and vomit some lines, embarrass himself and his people. Is this the battle of styles or something? Escobar will tell us what his style is: being the true and real CAMPEON, El Mero Mero!

So Hit Row, Escobar will take that North American Championship and put it up here, with blood, tradition, heritage, family and legacy! But here comes Hit Row themselves! Adonis has the music cut so he can say Escobar is talking real spicy. B-Fab, putting on notice. Like, really, Escobar? Que es esto? Your mariachi music was gonna be trash anyway. But wait, she gets what this is now. And what’s that? They’re celebrating their Quinceañera, thrown by Daddy Santos! Facts. We all know he’s their sugar daddy. But Mendoza & Wilde probably just call him “Papi Rico.” Check it. Top Falla says “You’re Escobar like Santos. I’m Escobar like Pablo! Plata promo, tatted on me, that’s how I go!” But when they see you, you and you, all he smells is guano! Who hotta than Top Dolla? Not nada!

Now look, Legado would never talk that tough talk to his face. And like Beyoncé say, that’s cuz it stay. To this day! All y’all stacked on top of each other, that’s like six eighths! Top Dolla was bigger than all y’all in sixth grade! And that wasn’t a bar, that was a fact. Then, now, forever, Hit Row runs the present, and that’s a wrap! Swerve wraps it up by giving us a history lesson: In 2020, it took all of Legado to stop him from getting Escobar’s title. That’s cool and all, cuz Swerve got a group of his own. So consider this payback! Thinking of it, Swerve hasn’t seen no one kidnapped in the back of a parking lot and returned right back.

So Legado, family is everything, right? Fruits of the Fantasma labors are beautiful to see. That is, until Swerve make Santos his bitch! And in 10 years, the apple won’t far from the tree. Oh yeah, keep doing that lame nursery rhyming all night. Legado will take the title and bring it back to Mexico, cabron! Bingo, we’ve got action! Hit Row steps up, Legado welcomes them, and fans are fired up as they duel between the two. And then it fires off! Wilde goes after Adonis, Mendoza is after Dolla, but Dolla puts Mendoza up top while Adonis drags Wilde down! And now it’s just Escobar and Swerve! Escobar takes off the jacket, Swerve takes off the title belt, and Swerve gets the first shot in!

Swerve fires off on Escobar but Escobar jams him in the eye! Escobar sees a guitar was left behind, and he grabs it! Swerve gets up but B-Fab stops the smash hit! Swerve DECKS Escobar and B-Fab wants him to go acoustic. Swerve gets the guitar but Escobar wants him to take it easy. Swerve says this is what Escobar’s owed, but Escobar bails out! Wilde gets in but Dolla warns Swerve. Wilde puts on the brakes but now he’s alone! Escobar isn’t coming back for him, either. Swerve steps, Wilde freaks out, and gets the LONG KISS GOODNIGHT from Adonis! Wilde is down, Dolla taunts Escobar with the belt, and Swerve says this is what Escobar’s gonna get. SMASH HIT!!

Fans go nuts as Wilde falls out of the ring and at Escobar’s feet. Legado may have targeted the wrong man this time. And if you didn’t know, now you know!

 

The Way talks backstage.

Gargano wants everyone to calm down. He’s the one not calm. What is going on? It has been awful lately! Candice & Indi lost the Women’s Tag titles, Gargano couldn’t get THE title, and why is Theory starting fights with people? Indi tells Candice to stop being so hard on everyone! If he wants to kiss Dexter, let him kiss Dexter! What? Theory doesn’t wanna kiss Dexter. Candice wants the therapist! Gargano says no, they don’t need the therapist. But Indi is projecting onto the others. Gargano is trying to keep the peace but Theory says the family is falling apart.

Theory reaches out for the high five but Papa John and Mama Candice are too concerned about #InDex. Theory walks out of the room, is The Way hitting a dead end?

 

Regal finds Joe still at the front door.

Regal wants Joe to know Kross has promised he’ll be here. So for everyone’s sake, Joe needs to calm down. Joe says Regal keeps getting this confused. This isn’t an issue of respect between the two of them, but Joe respects Regal. But Regal knows Joe will be the first man to “greet” Kross. Regal wants it to be peaceful, but the way Joe looks, it is going to be anything but.

 

NXT Breakout Tournament 2021 Opening Round: Odyssey Jones VS Andre Chase!

Two more new faces to NXT are ready to break out, but while Odyssey Jones has been waiting in the wings, Andre Chase says he is the number one seed in this tournament. Will Jones #SoundTheAlarm when he busts Chase’s bracket?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and fans are behind Jones as he shoves Chase to the corner. Chase comes back, goes for a leg, but Jones gets him right up to a Canadian rack! Chase slips off to headlock but Jones powers out. Chase clotheslines but it does nothing! Jones grins but Chase fires off on the legs! Chase gets Jones down to a knee and BOOTS him! Jones stays up and Chase runs, into a big shoulder tackle! Jones fires up, runs, things speed up, but Jones catches Chase out of the air! Chase fights, Jones pops him away and clotheslines him out of the ring! Fans fire up with Jones as he pursues Chase. Chase gets back in and WRECKS Jones with a dropkick!

Chase PLANCHAS and takes Jones down! Chase almost hurts himself there, but he gets Jones up to throw forearms. Jones scoops to SNAKE EYES Chase off the desk! Jones runs but is sent into the girder! And then the post! Fans boo as Chase puts Jones in and covers, TWO! Jones gets up but Chase is on him with forearms. Chase whips but Jones blocks! Jones reverses, but Chase drop toeholds him into buckles! And KICKS him into the ring, for a SLINGHSOT STUNNER! Jones staggers, Chase climbs, and Chase MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and a cover, TWO!! Jones shakes out the cobwebs but Chase is after his arm!

Fans rally for Jones and he RAMS Chase into a corner. Chase runs but Jones CLOBBERS him! Jones starts to rally and hits a BODY CHECK! Jones fires up again, runs in to back body block, then rolls to come back and SPLASH! Chase flounders, Jones gets him up to whip and scoop, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Jones wins!

Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

And the Odyssey begins! Bracket busted or not, will Jones be the new number one when he wins the whole thing?

 

Backstage interview with MSK.

Wes Lee & Nash Carter still have momentum, but what’s next? Well they’re ride the wave, it’s nice. And they look forward to whoever is stepping up next. They welcome any and all challengers. MSK All- Wait, what does that stand for? They didn’t tell you? Picture this. Dayton, Ohio, the year 2015.

But wait, Imperium interrupts with a video message! Marcel Barthel remembers being 3 years old when his father sat him down and told him, “You must love, respect and honor this business with every fiber of your being. Because we’re different. To us, the mat is sacred.” Fabian Aichner asks, “What happened to our sport?” Just looking at the NXT Tag Team Division, from top to bottom all see are lucha libre losers, rappers who wanna be famous, hand signs all over, and immature champions with a meaningless reign. But this ends with Imperium! they are protecting the purity of this sport, by any means necessary.

And that’s why they’re MSK. It all makes sense now! So they had no idea what just happened? Will they not see Barthel & Aichner coming after them and those titles?

 

Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan speak.

The Bruiserweight says, “For months now, I’ve been begging anyone that thinks they’re badder than me, anyone that thinks they’re a better technician than me, to prove it. And last week, finally, Thatcher & Ciampa stepped up.” But if those two think they’re badder and better, then let’s scrap! Oney’s down for a fight. Ciampa & Thatcher must think they’re real tough guys. But next week, we see how tough they really are. Who will survive when four of the grittiest men in NXT today throw down?

 

LA Knight w/ Cameron Grimes VS Drake Maverick!

The Million Dollar Megastar didn’t want anyone lightening the load on his Carolina Cavemanservant, and now he’s sending a message to the good Samaritan that came along. Will Knight make million dollar mashed potatoes out of Rockstar Spud?

The bell rings, Grimes holds onto the Million Dollar Championship for Knight and holds it up high, and then Knight turns around into haymakers! Maverick fires off, Knight shoves him away, but Maverick dropkicks al eg out! Then he redirects Knight to dropkick him down again! Knight gets to a corner, kicks back and ROCKS Maverick! Knight back suplexes high and hard, then paces as Maverick writhes. Fans still chants “TO THE MOON!” for Grimes and Knight gets annoyed. Knight goes out and tells Grimes to stay over by commentary now, while still holding the belt up. Grimes does his job, Knight gets in the ring, and Maverick slips under to back elbow!

Maverick goes up, Knight Electric Chair lifts, but Maverick spins to RANA! Knight flounders, Maverick goes up the corner and Grimes cheers him on as Maverick CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Maverick fires off hands, runs, but has to dodge a clothesline. He comes back but Knight scoops Maverick with one arm, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Knight grins but he doesn’t like the fans chanting for Grimes. Grimes, hold the belt up! Grimes gets his arms up and Knight warns him to take this seriously. But Maverick dropkicks Knight into the belt! Maverick rolls Knight up, and WINS!

Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall

Grimes says that was awesome, but tells Maverick to get out of here fast! Maverick hurries but Knight CLOBBERS him! And rains down fists! The Million Dollar Megastar says this is on Grimes, and he stomps a million dollar mudhole into Maverick! Grimes pulls Knight off Maverick!? Grimes says this isn’t necessary, the match was over. No it’s not over! Knight says it’s GRIMES’ turn! Knight orders his butler to beat up Maverick! Knight gets Maverick up but Grimes walks away. Knight brings Grimes back into the ring, and says if Grimes is a man of his word, then he has to beat up Maverick! Knight stands Maverick up and orders Grimes to punch Maverick in the mouth.

Fans say, “NO! NO! NO!” and Grimes grimaces, but he DECKS Maverick! Grimes still compromises his character but Knight gloats in the control he has over Grimes! Knight tells Grimes to follow him out, and Grimes apologizes to Maverick. Will Grimes be pushed to a breaking point being under Knight’s thumb?

 

Karrion Kross finally arrives.

And Joe is right at the car door! But he drags out a staff member?! The guy says Kross paid him to park the car, Kross is already in the building! Joe shoves the guy down and storms back inside! Will Joe find Kross and make him pay for playing games?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Xia Li!

Big Mami Cool defeated the Nightmare, dethroned the Evil Genius, and extinguished the Prophecy of Flames already in her reign. But Mei Ying has molded the once spicy Xia into a razor sharp steel blade. And surprisingly, Boa and Mei Ying stayed away for this one! Will Xia prove to Raquel that this is destiny when she does this all on her own? Or will the insurance policy known as #CapKota come into play?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see the difference between destiny and reality play out before our eyes!

The two tie up, Raquel powers Xia right into a corner but Xia slips away. Xia dodges, waistlocks, headlocks, but Raquel powers up. Raquel powers out, Xia comes back but Raquel runs her over! “I’M your champion! You WILL respect me!” But Xia kips up to stare her down! Xia KICKS a leg, jumps on and has a SLEEPER! Raquel flails, pries the hold, and throws Xia off! Raquel then double knuckle locks and brings Xia up, but Xia kicks and jumps up! Xia sunset flips but Raquel stays up. Raquel drags Xia up to throw into a corner! The ref almost didn’t get out of the way but Xia boots back! Raquel runs in but only gets buckles!

Raquel gets Xia again to put her back in a corner, but Xia kicks her. Xia leaps up and over, rolls, comes back but into a BOOT! Xia isn’t the only one with lethal feet! Raquel eggs Xia on but Xia bails out. Raquel follows, “This is what you wanted!” Raquel scoops Xia, to LAWN DART her into the post! Raquel puts Xia in, Xia flops back out. Dakota keeps her distance and Raquel says this won’t end on count out! She runs in but Xia moves! Raquel gets stuck in the corner and Xia SLAMS the leg against post! Raquel grabs at hair but Xia SLAMS the leg into post again! And again! Raquel shoves her away and gets free, but she hobbles away. Xia SHOVES her into steel steps!

Xia gets in the ring as NXT goes picture in picture! She fires up, Raquel gets in, and Xia KICKS her bad leg! Raquel hobbles, Xia KICKS her again! Xia fires off more kicks, Raquel shoves her but Xia dropkicks the leg out. Xia roars, tastes the victory coming, and KNEES Raquel in the side. Cover, TWO! Xia is furious but she just goes after Raquel at the ropes. Raquel shoves her away but Xia kicks her more! Xia fires off hands, stomps away in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Xia brings Raquel around, Raquel shoves her away but Xia just comes back for more! Xia has the bad leg, clubs it over an dover, then DRAGON SCREWS Raquel down!

Raquel writhes, Xia is after her again! Xia CLUBS her down, says this is her destiny, and then chokes Raquel on ropes! The ref counts, Xia lets off and then throws body shots. Raquel gets to a corner, Xia cravats but Raquel SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO! Xia KICKS the bad leg again! Xia drags Raquel from ropes, has hold of the foot, and drops down to a HEEL HOOK! Raquel endures, slaps at Xia’s leg, pries at the hold, but Xia stays clamped on. Raquel stomps with her free leg and gets free, then hurries to a corner. NXT returns to single picture as Xia runs in to knee! And again! Xia climbs up to rain down elbows, but Raquel shoves her away.

Xia comes back to get the leg on the rope and she dropkicks the knee! And again! Raquel tries to get free but the third dropkick knocks her down! Cover, TWO! Dakota is relieved but Xia is back on the foot. Xia tries to turn Raquel, and she does, for a HALF CRAB! Raquel endures, grits her teeth, powers up, and rolls to throw Xia down! Xia gets up and runs in, but into Raquel’s arms for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Xia flounders up, ducks a lariat but not the second! Raquel fires up and CLOBBERS Xia again! And manages a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Raquel is growing frustrated and she clutches the bad leg. Raquel gets Xia up as fans rally, but Xia fights off the fisherman!

Xia runs to wheelbarrow and victory roll to a EuroClutch! TWO, but Xia gets a jackknife on the return! TWO, and Xia stands right up to KICK Raquel in the back! Raquel flounders with the bad leg, and Xia runs to FALLING ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO!! Raquel survives and Xia grows frustrated! Dakota panics as Xia gets Raquel up for SLAPS! Raquel blocks, gets the leg, and then pops Xia up for a SPINEBUSTER! Raquel goes to a corner, climbs up and VADER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Xia survives again and Raquel is beside herself. The ref checks on Xia while Raquel works on her bad leg. Raquel says Xia wanted this, she will end it!

Xia is being checked on the medic, Dakota coaches Raquel on this, and fans rally up in hopes this continues. Raquel grits her teeth as she stays fired up but Xia might be hurt. Somehow, Xia is okay to continue, so Raquel gets her up! CHINGONA BOMB! Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Xia might’ve rather taken the technical knockout, because in the end, there was a difference between destiny and reality: Raquel Gonzalez. Raquel and Dakota head out right as Joe storms in! Joe has a mic to call out “KARRION KROOOSS~! COME OUT TO PLAAAAY~!” Joe goes right to the ring and asks where, oh where, is our young champion, the man who refuses to learn?! Tonight, Kross learns there WILL be a reckoning! Kross, get your ass out here so Joe can stomp it all over the arena! But Kross talks via titantron that this isn’t the same world Joe walked away from on top. This is Kross’ world now.

Kross is the new beginning, and the NXT Championship means he can go wherever he wants. Kross can do whatever he wants, and he can hurt anyone he wants. For example… WILLIAM REGAL is down?! Joe hurries to the back, and Kross asks if Joe still feel sin control. “Who provoked who?” Kross leaves Regal down and out as he goes back to his car and pulls away just as Joe returns to the parking lot! Joe is furious but his wrath goes unsatisfied! What must Joe do to make Kross #FallAndPray?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT but I feel like they’re still having to find themselves while Vince is screwing around. For one, there is still the uncertainty of what’s going on with Mandy Rose after she got “traded” to NXT. She was scouting during Franky’s match, and Jacy Jayne got to look pretty good because of the distractions. Is she going to recruit Gigi Dolin and/or Jacy Jayne in a weird copycat of the Robert Stone Brand? And ironically, it is funny that Stone doesn’t realize Franky is taking over his stable, I can’t wait to see the moment he finally puts it together.

They could’ve done more to announce the next TakeOver, and since NXT isn’t touring, it is a shame it’ll just be generically named “TakeOver 36,” but at least it’s happening. A lot of groundwork is already set for various titles, but after a great women’s title match that had a bit of a rough ending, Raquel’s card is wide open. I do like Xia’s promo working the flush heel kick to Mercedes Martinez into things, and Raquel had a good response. And Dakota’s subtle frown at Raquel acting like there will be no one left to challenge her is a good detail, too. Dakota of course would want her own chance at the title but maybe Raquel doesn’t see her ally as a contender out of friendship. Maybe Dakota will turn on Raquel the way she did on Tegan and that gives us a big title match for TK36.

We got a very good tag match between Diamond Mine and Kushida-Fish, with good teamwork from both sides. Kushida and Fish win, but don’t be surprised if Kushida still gives Rust or Strong a Cruiserweight Championship match. I’m leaning towards Rust getting a title match so that Fish and Strong can have their grudge match, winner getting perhaps their own Cruiserweight title match down the line. I feel like the Diamond Mine as a faction needs to do more recruiting promo segments where they’re looking for a third fighter since the Nick Prick Khan releases took away Arturo Ruas and even Marina Shafir. *Cough* 205 Live */cough*

I like the interplay of MSK and Imperium, with the Imperium promo video completely overlapping MSK’s origin story. Obviously, Imperium is just stepping right up to the titles since there’s no Breezango to still feud with and the other teams are busy. Speaking of, we got a decent promo from Dunne & Oney, but Oney’s last line felt like an incomplete thought. I feel like he should’ve upped the ante by saying their match with Ciampa & Thatcher should just straight up be a special type of tag match. With these four, why not a Submission Tag, or Elimination Tag to see who is the last partner standing. Their match happening next week could mean we still get a tag contender’s match before TK36, Imperium VS I would assume Ciampa & Thatcher.

Kyle VS Theory was a great match that was in response to Theory’s social media video promo, but also worked out to propel both men’s stories. Kyle brings out that aggression and gets a great win, he is building momentum towards his tiebreaker with Adam Cole, and then Theory is feeling like the forgotten little brother in all of big sister Indi’s drama. Theory has really come into his own thanks to being with The Way, I just hope Vince doesn’t notice and take him away. And that’s not a pun, that’s legit, I hope Theory gets to see this through. And speaking of the drama within The Way, Candice is coming off a tad awkward but Indi is nailing the #InDex Freudian slips. I hope we finally get a big moment between her and Dexter at TK36.

With Maverick having absolutely no one anymore, with wife Renee Michelle working under AEW, and both his buddies, EC3 and Killian Dain, being released without WWE really trying with them, I am glad he’s even moderately involved in the Million Dollar Legacy story. Maverick tries to be a good guy, but no good deed goes unpunished, and while he wins against Knight in a great way, Knight makes Grimes do his dirty work here. I almost thought Grimes was going to refuse, but he doesn’t want to welsh on the bet so he hit Maverick. I hope Maverick brings up how pinning the champ should get him a title opportunity, since that is obviously WWE’s new policy, and maybe Grimes helps Maverick win to get out of being Knight’s butler.

I like that we were teased a parody of Hit Row’s cypher celebration, and then Escobar refuses to do it because he doesn’t want to pander to fans. That much I can respect, even if they’re dissing an honestly good bit of rap. Hit Row did a good job shooting back, and they had a great brawl. Swerve bringing up when Legado kept screwing him over was a natural move, and now maybe Hit Row will do that back to Escobar. But also, that Six Man Tag needs to happen first. Then we got a very good Breakout Tournament match, I am very happy to see Odyssey Jones win. They still haven’t given us a full bracket, but with Josh Briggs and Joe Gacy facing Carmelo Hayes and Trey Baxter, respectively, I feel like this Breakout Tournament is turning into Big Hoss Tournament.

Bronson Reed had a good interview promo with Wade Barrett, but I feel like there’s some bad news in Reed’s future. He’s aiming big with Adam Cole but I feel like Cole wins to build towards the tiebreaker with Kyle. At the same time, Reed seems to be on Vince’s radar so maybe the loser who leaves NXT will be Reed, not Cole. And of course, we got great stuff out Joe and Kross. I like that Joe references Kross being on Raw for no real reason, and then Kross acting like it’s because he can do whatever he wants. Though maybe Kross should’ve chosen to not go to Raw if he knew he’d be used as the poster boy for Vince dissing NXT.

Anyway, Joe never gets to get at Kross and Kross gets some real serious Heel heat going after Regal directly. Joe has to destroy Kross at this point and send him and Scarlett off to Raw. Maybe then Vince gives Mr. & Mrs. Doomsday a fair shake.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Moxley is on a Rampage!

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AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!

Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
  • Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
  • Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!

The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?

The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!

Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.

Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!

AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!

Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!

Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!

Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission

And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?

As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?

 

AEW hears from Jurassic Express.

Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?

 

Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!

The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?

The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.

Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!

Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.

Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.

Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.

AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!

Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!

Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a  BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!

Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!

Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall

A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?

 

AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.

“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?

 

Hook VS Serpentico!

The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?

Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!

Winner: Hook, by submission

Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?

 

Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.

Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?

AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!

Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!

But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!

Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!

Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!

Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.

Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)

Acknowledge the history made!

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SmackDown 2022

The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!

SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
  • Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
  • Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
  • Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
  • Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!

Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.

Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!

But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.

But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.

Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!

Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?

 

Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!

The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?

The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.

Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?

 

Aliyah VS Natalya!

Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?

SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!

Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!

Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification

Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?

 

Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?

SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!

Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!

The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!

Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.

Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage

And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.

Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.

But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.

SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.

Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…

Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?

 

Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.

Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says  he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.

Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?

 

Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!

The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?

SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!

Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!

Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.

Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?

 

Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!

The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?

Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.

The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!

Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!

SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!

Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)

Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.

Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.

Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.

But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.

My Score: 8.1/10


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