Raw prepares for Money in the Bank and a return to the road!
Before Raw says hello to Texas, it must say good-bye to the ThunderDome! And they do that with a Women’s Fatal 4 Way, the WWE US Championship and Lashley VS Woods!
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston; Woods wins.
- Fatal 4 Way: Asuka VS Naomi VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki ASH; Nikki wins.
- AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Ivar w/ Erik; Ivar wins.
- Omos w/ AJ Styles VS Erik w/ Ivar; Omos wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo; Sheamus wins and retains the title.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Ricochet VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Ricochet wins.
- Rhea Ripley VS Natalya w/ Tamina; Ripley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE and Raw mourns the loss of “Mr. Wonderful,” Paul Orndoff.
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston!
The All Mighty WWE World Champion may have put a hurting on Woods inside the Cell, but he completely overlooked the ability of The New Day as a team last week! But MVP and the ladies hype Lashley up at gorilla position. MVP is already planning to party in the VIP Lounge after this, but will Woods take advantage of a furious Chief Hurt Officer?
The bell rings and Lashley goes right after Woods! Lashley gets a leg, trips Woods up, then gets him again for a waistlock and SLAM! Lashley taunts Kofi but Woods gets up to waistlock and headlock back. Lashley powers out, Woods slides under and headlocks again. Lashley powers out again, Woods holds ropes and boots him back! Woods runs to kick a leg out, then uses Lashley as a step for a back senton! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps on Lashley with a facelock and he throws in knees. Woods fires off hands, Lashley shoves and scoops Woods to TOSS him out to the floor! Lashley goes out after Woods and stares Kofi down.
Lashley gets Woods up, gorilla press to TOSS at the steel steps! Woods smacks face first off them, and MVP talks trash on Woods while Kofi and Lashley stare down. The Rocky Mountain Machine is rolling as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Lashley fires off hands on Woods in a corner. Lashley RAMS his shoulder in again and again, but lets off as the ref counts 4, so he can run and RAM into Woods again! Woods writhes, the ladies are fired up on the stage, and Lashley puts Woods in another corner. Lashley runs in to RAM Woods again! Woods falls, MVP talks trash and Lashley is fired up, but he runs into buckles! Woods SUPERKICKS Lashley but Lashley stays on his feet! Lashley scoops Woods, but Woods makes it a tornado DDT! Kofi is fired up as Lashley bails out, and Woods grits his teeth as he gets back up. Woods builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Lashley!
Kofi is all fired up with Woods and Woods gets Lashley in the ring. Woods gets Lashley up, Lashley holds ropes and Woods loses grip. Lashley puts Woods on the apron but Woods GAMANGIRIS back! Woods climbs, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! But to a CROSSFACE! The ladies panic but Lashley fights up, and turns crossface to SIDEWALK SLAM! Lashley hobbles and leans against ropes while MVP coaches him up. Lashley snarls as he aims at Woods, and he clamps onto Woods’ face to throw him down! Woods gets up in a daze but Lashley gut wrenches him to a Canadian rack. Woods slips out, but runs into a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!!
Lashley gets Woods up, gut wrench and DOMINATOR! But Lashley won’t end it here, he wants to remind us why he’s leader of the Hurt Business! Lashley hauls Woods up, throws him out, then starts to smile as he brings Woods up again. Fireman’s carry, and Lashley POSTS Woods on the run! Lashley leaves Woods behind just long enough to refresh the count. Lashley puts Woods in the ring, drags him into a corner, and then aims from the other end. Lashley runs in and SPEARS Woods down! But Lashley is still not done making Woods suffer! Lashley looms over Woods as he writhes, drags him back up, but Woods cradle counters, WOODS WINS?!?
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
Lashley’s arrogance and Woods’ resilience get the biggest upset in ThunderDome history! The All Mighty World Champion is in disbelief! Is this proof that Kofi is right? Is Lashley getting soft under MVP’s guidance? Will Kofi make this happen again at Money in the Bank?!
Backstage interview with MVP.
Lashley was seen leaving the building, does MVP have an idea where he’s going? Yes, Lashley has left the building, but it isn’t the big deal they’re making it. Relax, rumor mongers, the champ just needs to blow off some steam. MVP guarantees that Lashley will be back for tonight’s VIP Lounge. Whatever is ailing Lashley can be fixed with some positive vibes and champagne. But is this the night where it all starts to fall apart for the champion?
Jinder Mahal again arrives on his motorcycle.
Veer and Shanky are there to greed the Modern Day Maharaja again, and present him with Drew McIntyre’s claymore sword. But will the Scottish Warrior come looking for them?
Alexa Bliss smiles.
What an exciting night! She’s facing some of her very best friends in tonight’s Fatal 4 Way, but they ALL get to compete in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match live in front of the WWE Universe! And think about how much fun she could have with the MITB contract? But Eva Marie interrupts to say that while Alexa is excited, was she ever going to introduce her- er, both Eva and “Doudrop” tonight? Yeah, sorry, forgot. Where are Alexa’s manners? Eva and Doudrop, welcome to the Playground! That’s a good name, Doudrop. It’s fun to say! Doudrop, Doudrop, Doudrop. She should try it! Piper Niven says, “Doudrop,” and Eva doesn’t like that she’s having fun.
But anyway, if “Doudrop” could summarize her time on Raw in one word, what would it be? Eva says she has this: #EvaLutionary. All thanks to Eva. Just like last week’s 8 Woman Tag: all because of Eva. Well uh… Alexa wasn’t asking Eva, she was asking Doudrop since Alexa invited her not Eva, but Eva was like a bonus! Uh, that is unacceptable. Eva tells Alexa to look at her. She is the star of Monday Night Raw, the headliner, and this will be the last time she ever steps foot in this dingy, grubby little “playground.” Eva gets up and sees why Alexa only wanted Doudrop. Now, they are going to go because the #EvaLution deserves better.
Piper has no choice but to go and Alexa mocks how “silly” Eva is being. Will Eva learn the world doesn’t revolve around her soon enough?
The WWE Best Moment of the Year goes to…
Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair! Their historic SmackDown Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania 37 won an ESPY last night, but will this only be the first of many more accolades for The Boss and the EST?
Jinder Mahal heads to the ring!
The Maharaja has Shanky & Veer with him, and surely they have something to say about McIntyre. Will McIntyre have something to say to them? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Mahal says he has had time to reflect. He may have taken things too far with McIntyre from taking his family heirloom. McIntyre has taken opportunities from Mahal without remorse, and that is okay. But McIntyre probably hasn’t been able to eat, sleep or train after what Mahal did. Mahal will extend an olive branch, he will apologize and shake hands with McIntyre, then give the sword back. McIntyre, Mahal is trying to do the right thing, so please come on out. Mahal and his proteges wait, but McIntyre responds on the titantron! McIntyre waves hi and asks how Mahal is doing. Mahal is a tough bastard, a decorated champion, but he is also a liar, so cut the BS!
Mahal says he is offended that McIntyre isn’t trusting him! Think of what they’ve been through together. But if this is how it has to be, that’s fine. Mahal had Veer & Shanky take the sword and have it refinished. Behold the new and improved claymore! Wait, it’s BROKEN! Oh no something must’ve happened! McIntyre knew it’d be like this. This is Raw, Mahal can’t show up with a real car or sword and not expect it to get destroyed. That sword was just a replica! What?! But this is the real one! McIntyre pulled one over on Mahal, but that’s not all! Mahal’s motorcycle surely can’t be a replica. Looks a little delicate, though.
McIntyre tugs on the tail pipe until it goes off, and then he SMASHES the face of it! And then the rims, the mirrors, and even the side of the chassis! Mahal is furious but McIntyre says no worries. It’s nothing a little elbow grease can’t fix. Then he kicks the motorcycle over! Will Mahal escalate things further with McIntyre or let this end now?
Matt Riddle spots Nikki “Ash” backstage.
Whoa, sweet outfit! It reminds him of this show he used to watch with Randy Orton while having bowls of cereal. It was about a bunch of superheroes who- Wait, is Nikki a superhero? She could just fly up the ladder and win the MITB contract! Nikki says she loves superheroes as much as anyone, but she’s only Almost a Superhero. There’s a difference. So no flying just yet. Oh, Riddle gets it. It’s like this one time, where he wanted to be an astronaut, but they told him he can’t go barefoot in space because no oxygen. And he was like, “Bro, I don’t breathe through my feet.” But the real deal breaker was that he wasn’t at NASA, but at the food court at the mall.
Long story short, he was one happy bro at the end of that field trip, if you know what he means. Not really… But she does know she has her match right now! Time to fly to the ring! Wait, she just said she couldn’t fly. Will Nikki be feeling even higher than Riddle as she looks to take one giant leap towards MITB?
Fatal 4 Way: Asuka VS Naomi VS Alexa Bliss VS Nikki ASH!
Raw returns as Asuka makes her entrance, followed by Naomi, and lastly, Alexa. The bell rings and Naomi dropkicks both Nikki and Asuka out! Naomi RAMS Alexa into a corner, rams her shoulder in more, but Alexa ROCKS her with a forearm! Alexa whips, Naomi reverses but Alexa spiders in the ropes to then CROSSBODY back! Cover, TWO! Asuka gets in to DECK Alexa, but Nikki trips Asuka to a jackknife! TWO, and Naomi whips Nikki. Nikki wheelbarrows to victory roll, TWO! Naomi and Asuka fire off Kicks on Nikki and then double dropkick Nikki out! Naomi and Asuka are friends but they’re ready for every woman for themselves!
Naomi runs, slides under, fires off forearms but Asuka gives them back! Asuka fires off palm strikes and fast hands, but Naomi ducks the backhand! Asuka ducks the kicks, but Naomi ducks one, too! DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES! Both women go down and Alexa slithers back in. But so does Nikki! Nikki and Alexa both look to the briefcase overhead, and Nikki powers up her fighting spirit! Alexa just smiles, but Nikki won’t let Alexa touch the mask! Alexa choke grips but Nikki fights out to throat chop and dropkick! Wait, Eva Marie and Piper Niven have appeared on the ramp. Eva must still be bitter about earlier, will she make her presence felt momentarily?
Nikki turns around into Naomi’s dropkick! Asuka clotheslines Naomi but Alexa kicks and DDT’s Asuka down! Cover, TWO!! The Empress of Tomorrow toughs it out, but Alexa just smiles and waves. Piper waves back and Eva is annoyed. Alexa slithers out of the ring and Eva shoves Piper at her. Piper says that was a good DDT. Alexa pats Piper on the shoulder, goes right past her, and stares Eva down. Eva is afraid for good reason, and then Alexa roars at her! Piper CLUBS Alexa, swats her around, and then fireman’s carries for a RUNNING TOSS over the barriers! Piper says everything is alright now, and Eva looks to check. Wait, Alexa disappeared?! Eva panics again as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Asuka KICKS Nikki and Naomi back and forth! SLIDING WIZARD for Nikki, but Naomi blocks the buzzsaw! Asuka blocks Naomi’s kick, gets around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Naomi ends up in a corner, Asuka hip attacks her down! ROUNDHOUSE for Nikki, then a BULLDOG for Naomi! Cover on Nikki, TWO! Cover on Naomi, TWO! Asuka grits her teeth, keeping her eyes on the two opponents left. Naomi boots but Asuka blocks, only for Naomi to ENZIGURI! And then BUCKLE BULLDOG! Nikki gets up but Naomi fireman’s carries for a TKO! Naomi gets Asuka up to BACK SUPLEX right next to Nikki! Naomi runs to DOUBLE LEGDROP! Cover, TWO!!
Naomi keeps her cool and springboards, only Asuka gets the Flying Chuck! Cover, TWO! Naomi goes after Nikki but Nikki BOOTS her! Nikki goes up, clubs and reels Naomi in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, Asuka breaks it in time! All three women are down, but Nikki rises first. Asuka follows, then Naomi. Nikki dumps Asuka out, dodges Naomi and tilt-o-whirls to a takedown, LA MA- NO! Naomi trips, body scissors, sunsets, TWO! Into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH!! Nikki endures and Asuka gets Naomi with a BUZZSAW! And ARMBAR!! Naomi endures, Nikki jumps and SEATED SENTONS Asuka! All three women are down again as the ThunderDome fires up!
Naomi gets up in one corner, Asuka is in center, and Nikki goes up top! Nikki leaps to CROSSBODY Asuka down! Cover, Naomi breaks it in time! Naomi drags Nikki up, whips, but Nikki reverses. Naomi ends up on the apron but she ROUNDHOUSES Nikki! But Asuka gets Naomi for a DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Nikki gets Asuka in a cradle! Cover, TWO!! Nikki waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO into the ASUKA LOCK!! Nikki scrambles, gets back and out to body scissor and clutch, NIKKI WINS!
Winner: Nikki ASH, by pinfall
She may not be able to fly, but she is rolling towards MITB! Will her fighting spirit be what helps her reach the top and have her golden ticket?
Backstage interview with The Viking Raiders.
Erik & Ivar are ready for their separate 1v1 matches with Styles & Omos, but how are they approaching each of those? Ivar is taking on the arrogant two-time WWE Champion, AJ Styles, who has insulted their way of life! Styles says Vikings are just smelly, barbaric brutes. The truth is, Vikings are some of the most spectacular, rugged and amazing people on the planet! And they have spectacular hygiene. The ladies love Ivar. Tonight, Styles will learn to respect the Viking culture after he gets a phenomenal beating! As for Erik, he has the very, very, very tall task of toppling that colossus, Omos!
Omos would’ve given Bjorn Ironside a fight for the ages, but this is Omos’ first singles match ever! Erik will use this weakness to find a crack in the armor and carve out a victory! Then next week, live in front of the WWE Universe, the Viking Raiders will once again raise those Raw Tag Team Championships above their heads! RAID! RAID! RAID! The battle begins, will Erik & Ivar be rolling into Texas with phenomenal momentum?
AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Ivar w/ Erik!
Raw returns and Styles gets a mic. “Now before the Phenomenal Raw Tag Team Champions put on an absolute clinic, I need to get something off my chest. Ivar, Erik, I said some things about the Vikings that, well, maybe you found offensive. So I wanna apologize. I never should’ve called you guys barbarians. What I should’ve said was that you’re hairy barbarians, uneducated, Salmonella poisoned, infested, never-shoulda-got-off-your-impractical-wooden-boats to come after the Raw Tag Team Champions!”
Styles and Omos like how Styles doubled down, but Styles continues to say, “If you haven’t kept up with what’s going on lately,” well… They’ve been sticking their nose in the champs’ business and cost Styles his chance to be in the MITB match! He was gonna be in it! So tonight, Ivar, Styles will take a leg and break it in the Calf Crusher! Ivar will tap to the Calf Crusher, and after that, Omos will have his first-ever singles match! And Omos will destroy Erik so badly, Erik will wish he never took off that ridiculous horned helmet. And then, at MITB, they will destroy the Viking Raiders limb from limb in their title match, and show everyone why they ARE the Raw Tag Team Champions!
The Viking Raiders finally make their entrance, and the raid begins! The bell rings, Styles fires off on Ivar and whips, but Iva reverses. Styles rolls off Ivar’s back and CHOPS, but Ivar doesn’t flinch! Styles dodges, Ivar rolls off Styles’ back, and styles can’t even understand what happened! Styles kicks but Ivar blocks to ROCK him with uppercuts and haymakers! Ivar has Styles in a corner for more, then lets off as the ref counts. Ivar fires up, goes corner to corner, and BRONCO BUSTERS! Cover, ONE!! Styles gasps but Ivar gets him up to scoop. Styles slips off, waistlocks, but Ivar bucks him away. Ivar runs Styles over with a shoulder!
Ivar runs, but Omos is at the ropes! The ref reprimands, but Styles ENZIGURIS! Styles has Ivar in a corner and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Styles lets off and runs corner to corner, but Ivar dodges! Ivar runs but Styles dodges, Styles runs but blocks a boot. He puts the leg on ropes to KICK it, then DDT’s Ivar down! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but he pulls Ivar up by his hair to put on a chinlock. Ivar endures, fights up, and arm-drags free! Then he BACK DROPS Styles high and hard! Styles gets up, Ivar scoops him and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Ivar runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! The War Beard is fired up and he gets Styles up for a suplex.
Styles slips out, shoves, but Ivar cartwheels to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Styles survives and Ivar grows frustrated, but Erik keeps him focused. Styles goes to a corner, Ivar runs in, but Styles SUPERKICKS! Styles goes out and prepares the arm, but Ivar gets under the springboard so Styles makes it a sunset flip! ONE, and PELE! Ivar falls into a corner, Styles runs back in, but into a SEATED SENTON! Cover, IVAR WINS!
Winner: Ivar, by pinfall
Omos is shocked as much as Styles, and the Viking Raiders go up 1-0! Can Omos uses his first singles match every to tie the series back up? Or are the Viking Raiders going to be rolling into Texas?
Omos w/ AJ Styles VS Erik w/ Ivar!
Raw returns and the bell rings on the second match! Erik is ready and he rushes in for a waistlock. But he can’t even get Omos off the mat! Omos THROWS Erik away, and then just stares him down. Erik keeps cool, gets up and Omos eggs him on. Omos swings but Erik dodges to kick the leg! And again! And then he throws forearms! Omos shoves Erik down, but Erik comes back, only for Omos to BOUNCE him off! Erik gets to ropes, Omos gets him up, and Omos whips Erik to then scoop. Omos says it’s too easy, but Erik slips off! Erik gets around, KICKS the legs again, but Omso stays up! Omos corners Erik, but Erik BOOTS him back! And leaps, but into a BEARHUG!
Omos thrashes Erik around but Erik endures! Erik digs his elbow into Omos’ face! Omos lets Erik go, steadies himself, and staggers after Erik. Omos gets Erik for a TOSS! Erik gets to a corner, Omos roars and runs in, but only into buckles! Erik fires off fast hands, runs and forearm smashes! And again! Erik ducks and dodges to SHOTGUN KNEE! Omos staggers, Erik runs again but into a COLOSSAL LARIAT! Omos seethes and roars again as he looms over Erik. Omos says he told Erik this would happen. Styles tells Omos to finish this and Omos nods. Omos drags Erik up with both hands, for a COLOSSAL SLAM!! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
First singles match ever, first singles win ever! The teams go into MITB tied, but the tag titles will decide it all! Will the champions still be phenomenal? Or will the raid succeed in taking the gold?
Sheamus talks with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville.
He wants them to save the pleasantries. He knows what they’ve been saying on his voicemails. “Defend your title or there will be consequences.” Do they even care about their superstars? Do they care that his face is still smashed to pieces?! Is this a joke, Sonya? Do you want to laugh at him? He’ll explain that his nose is broken but no one cares! They only want to give the man who did this to him a title match! Well, here Sheamus is, ready to fight. Good. So we’re all on the same page? Yeah, they’re on the same page. Sheamus heads out, but will the Masked Fella humble Humberto and get payback for the busted nose?
The New Day is fired up!
And Lucha House Party walks over to congratulate Woods on the win over Lashley. Woods congratulates them over their win against Mace & T-Bar. How is the SummerSlam party coming? They’ve been scouting out great locations, but there’s still work to be done. Good luck at MITB, Kofi! Kofi thanks LHP as they head out, and then Sarah walks in to congratulate Woods on the win over Lashley. Kofi, is this a sign of what’s to come? Kofi rewinds and wants to say it again: Woods just beat the All Mighty WWE Champion, BABYYY~! Speaking of, we heard Lashley has returned to ThunderDome and will go to MVP’s VIP Lounge.
Oh of course he is! Instead of focusing on the upcoming title match, Lashley is going to be with the champagne and ladies. Maybe Kofi should thank MVP for taking Lashley off his A Game! Woods agrees, and can’t understand why Lashley is back after losing to “The video game guy.” But Kofi will beat Lashley to become champion. Kofi doesn’t care what kind of champion Lashley wants to be portrayed as, but this is all mind-blowing! Lashley of all people should know how hard it is to become WWE Champion! It isn’t about the lounges, the parties and all that. It is about being on the best grind, taking on all comers! Kofi did that, because that’s the kind of champ the fans deserve!
Fear not, because those days are about to be upon us again !Kofi is gonna shock the world in front of a live audience when he beats Lashley to become what? A TWO-TIME… W! W! E! World! Heavy! Weight! CHAMPION~! Let’s go! The New Day heads out, but will they be partying even harder after this Sunday?
Sheamus attacks Carrillo backstage!
The Fella doesn’t want to let Carrillo have a chance in their title match, so he’s throwing him all around! He tells security to back off and shut up! Sheamus looms over Carrillo as he’s down in the wreckage. Sheamus mockingly says Carrillo is falling asleep on the job! He has the title match next! The Celtic Warrior leaves Carrillo behind and security calls for medical. Will Carrillo be in any shape to fight Sheamus now?
WWE United States Championship: Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo!
Raw returns as Sheamus makes his entrance to the ring. We check backstage and Carrillo says he NEEDS to compete. Pearce and Sonya don’t question his toughness, but they can push this back a week if they have to. No, Carrillo has been waiting months for this, Sheamus is not going to use this as an excuse! No, he is good enough to stand so he is good enough to fight for the title! Damian Priest helps Carrillo to gorilla but management isn’t so sure. Will Carrillo’s machismo help him make it through?
Carrillo makes it to the ring and the introductions are made. The belt is raised, and though Sheamus has done everything to avoid this, he finally will be a fighting champion!
Carrillo hobbles but falls to his knees! He grits his teeth, gets back up, Sheamus BROGUES him right down!! Cover, Sheamus wins!!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
This was one of the shortest matches ever for this title, but only because Sheamus made sure to win it backstage first! But the Celtic Warrior isn’t satisfied because of his busted nose! Sheamus stomps away on Carrillo, then fish hooks Carrillo’s face! Sheamus says Carrillo broke his nose, so he’ll break Carrillo’s! Sheamus stands over Carrillo, foot at the ready, but here comes Damian Priest! Priest gets in the ring, runs Sheamus out of it, and stares him down! Sheamus still declares himself winner, but will the Archer of Infamy look to shoot him down soon enough?
Riddle scoots up to Ricochet.
“Pardon me, partner. Didn’t see you in the donger.” No, it’s cool. Wait, is The Bro going to go with him to the ring? Darn tootin’! Well, that’s cool, but Ricochet is excited for Sunday. Same! They’re going to Fort Worth for Money in the Bank! Riddle is gonna make his Western Spaghetti Burritos, with real spaghetti! And then he’ll watch his favorite Western movie- Tombstone? No, Toy Story 2! His favorite part is where the cowboy finds a snake in his boot. It reminds Riddle of Randy. Though Randy isn’t really a snake in Riddle’s boot, more like snake in his heart. Miss you, Randy. Yeah, sure. But Ricochet was more excited about the MITB match.
Oh, right! If Riddle wins, he’ll surprise Orton and cash-in on the Raw Tag Team Champions! Can you do that? And Orton would have to be there, anyway. He wouldn’t be that surprised. In that case, Riddle will invite Orton over for WSB’s, tell him about the cash-in then. Even better. But speaking of surprises, Ricochet has surprises for John Morrison tonight! He won’t even see it coming. But surprise, splash holes! Morrison & Miz roll up, and Miz says, “I’m your huckleberry.” SQUIRT SQUIRT! Drip stick drive by! And they even run over Riddle’s bad foot! That Drip Drip is gonna go down at high noon! Will the One and Only get the Guru of Greatness once and for all?
Falls Count Anywhere: Ricochet VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
No more count-outs, this can go wherever the King of Flight and the Mayor of Slam Town want! But how will it end for them with MITB just on the horizon?
Raw returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ricochet circles with Morrison. They approach, Morrison kicks low and headlocks. Ricochet powers out, things speed up, Ricochet hurdles but Morrison leaps over. Ricochet springboards to flying arm-drag! Morrison catches his breath and dumps Ricochet to the apron! Ricochet ROCKS Morrison but Morrison ROUNDHOUSES Ricochet! Morrison goes to the apron, has Ricochet in the ropes, DRAPING APRON NECKBREAKER!! Cover on the floor, TWO! Ricochet survives that nasty attack but Miz talks trash. Ricochet kicks at Miz but Morrison KICKS Ricochet in the side!
Miz laughs at Ricochet’s pain as Morrison gets Ricochet up to backslide! Miz even helps! TWO!! Ricochet escapes but Morrison has him against the barriers to KNEE him down! Morrison wrenches, brings Ricochet over, and snapmares him into barriers for a SOBAT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives again but Morrison fires off body shots. Morrison puts Ricochet in the ring, Ricochet flounders about and Morrison stomps him down! Morrison goes up but Ricochet intercepts Starship Pain with a waistlock! Ricochet gets Morrison off the corner for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Miz grows worried, but Morrison gets up and away from Ricochet.
Morrison is in a corner, Ricochet glares at Miz and goes after Morrison, but Morrison HOOK KICKS him out of the ring! Morrison aims from the apron, KONG FLIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Morrison gets Ricochet up, bumps him off barriers, then follows him around the way. Morrison TOSSES Ricochet over the barriers, jumps the barriers, but Ricochet fires off hands! Ricochet smacks Morrison off the LED screens! Miz says respect the virtual fans, but Ricochet waves to them as he throws Morrison over the barriers. Morrison ROUNDHOUSES back, and gets up on the barrier. Ricochet joins him, and trips him up! Morrison hits the floor, Ricochet uses barriers for a 450 SPALSH!!
Ricochet’s ribs keep him from making an immediate cover but he gets the lateral press, TWO!! Morrison survives but Ricochet puts him in the ring. Ricochet ROCKS Morrison with a right, springboards, but Morrison gets out of the ring! Ricochet lands on his feet, thinks about what he could do, and uses the corner to LAUNCH himself for a SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Direct hit and both men go down! Miz freaks out and wheels over as fast as he can while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again as Morrison brings out a ladder! A preview of MITB as Morrison makes a ladder bridge between ring and announce desk. Morrison kicks Ricochet’s legs, CLUBS him down, then brings him around to whip. Ricochet slides under the ladder, ROCKS Morrison from over it, and then runs to go up and over and FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his cool as he brings Morrison up to throw haymakers. Morrison staggers, Ricochet RAMS him into the apron! Ricochet puts Morrison in the ring, aims from the apron, but Morrison scrambles away. Ricochet pursues but Morrison bails out.
Ricochet builds speed but Miz is used to block the way again! Ricochet still FLIES! He goes right over Miz to take Morrison out at the ramp! Cover, TWO!! Johnny Drip Drip is still in this but Ricochet get shim up to RAM him into barriers! Miz talks trash but Ricochet throws EuroUppers as they go up the ramp. Morrison scrambles to the stage but Ricochet clubs him down. Morrison hits low, brings Ricochet around to scoop, but Ricochet slips off and kicks low! Ricochet aims, reels Morrison in, but Morrison blocks the suplex! Morrison throws knees, tries a suplex, but Ricochet slips out to shove and RANA! Morrison hits pretty flat, Ricochet covers, TWO!
Morrison clutches his leg but Ricochet gets up. Ricochet brings Morrison over to throw at the LED board, but Morrison blocks to kick back! Morrison hurries backstage but Ricochet pursues! Miz does his best to wheel up the ramp but that’s hard. Morrison SUPERKICKS Ricochet from outta nowhere! Morrison talks trash, KICKS Ricochet in the side, and then grabs the chair to set it up. Morrison throws forearms, KICKS Ricochet into having a seat, and then SHINING WIZARDS Him out of it! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives but Morrison sticks ‘n’ moves with forearms. They go back to the stage and Miz laughs at Ricochet as he tumbles down.
Morrison and Miz circle Ricochet like buzzards, but Ricochet BOOTS Morrison down! Ricochet DECKS Morrison and Morrison tumbles down the ramp! Miz tells Ricochet to stop but Ricochet looks at Miz! Ricochet gets Miz’s wheelchair handles, and steers Miz at Morrison! FLYING TACKLE off the back of the wheelchair! Cover, TWO! Ricochet puts Morrison back in the ring, shoulders into him, and bumps him off buckles. Ricochet KICKS Morrison down, and then watches. Miz SQUIRT SQUIRT with the Drip Stick! Morrison rolls Ricochet up, has the ropes, TWO!! Morrison kicks low, MOONLIGHT DRIVE!! Cover, TWO!?!
Morrison can’t believe Ricochet survives, but he hurries to put him in position., But here comes Riddle! Riddle gets Miz’s chair handles, tips him back and back, and sets him down! Miz is stuck like a turtle on his back, and Riddle mocks him. Ricochet runs at Morrison but Morrison elbows him. Morrison springboards, into a RECOIL!! But Ricochet can’t cover, he’s too tired! Riddle keeps playing around with Miz, but Ricochet runs to KNEE Morrison! Morrison sits on the ladder, Ricochet goes up top!? Ricochet aims for a BIG SPLASH through the ladder!!! Riddle is shocked! Ricochet crawls to a cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall
Riddle tells Miz what happened, and he is fired up as much as Ricochet! But with all of this building to the Men’s MITB, what will happen when four more superstars and even more ladders are in the mix?
Tamina and Natalya get fired up backstage.
The Queen of Harts is in the Women’s MITB and she’s taking on the Raw Women’s Champion tonight! Sarah comes over to interview Natty about that very subject, and Natty says she is a standard bearer here. Every day, she wants to be better. She has a foolproof plan to do what no one has ever done in the WWE. She will be Women’s Tag Team Champion, Raw Women’s Champion and SmackDown Women’s Champion at the same time! Because she’ll beat Rhea tonight and earn a shot at that title, and then she’ll cash in THE MITB contract on the other title! Tamina is fired up for Natty, but they also hear Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke around the corner.
Tamina asks those two why they’re laughing so much, and the #SexyMuscleFriends say a plan can’t be foolproof if it came from a fool. No offense, but they don’t love Natty’s chances this Sunday. Or even her odds tonight against Rhea. And when these two challenge Natty & Tamina for the tag titles, they don’t like the odds of the champs retaining. But Mandy loves those odds for the challengers. Tamina says she loves the idea of kicking their teeth down their throats! What’s stopping her? Oh look at D acting all tough. Tamina SHOVES Dana into trunks! Mandy holds Dana back because it is only a matter of time. But whose chances will be looking up after the Queen of Harts takes on the Nightmare?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Now that we know his family heirloom has been safe this whole time, how will McIntyre refocus his attention on MITB? Well, he won’t pat himself on the back. He has bigger things to worry about. This MITB might be his last chance to reach the top of the mountain. Do you know the story of Icarus? Some Greek kid who flew too close to the sun. Imagine McIntyre as “Tricky Icky” and the MITB briefcase is the sun, and him flying like a 6’2″ Scottish fire-breathing dragon that he is. And he’s not made of wax and paper, no! He is made of 100% Grade A Scottish BEEF, brother!
And nothing, and he means absolutely nothing, not the ladders, not 700 other guys, not even the sun, can stop McIntyre from becoming Mr. MITB! Will the Scottish Warrior slay all who get in the way of this final opportunity at a world title?
Rhea Ripley VS Natalya w/ Tamina!
Before she makes her entrance, Sarah asks Rhea why she took this match this close to her match with Charlotte Flair at MITB? Natty challenged Rhea, and Rhea is not one who backs down from a challenge. As for Sunday, Charlotte won’t have a crutch to hide behind because Rhea’s exposed her for the drama queen that she is! When Rhea wins at MITB, she will give Charlotte a reason to need a crutch. The Nightmare heads out, is she about to give us all a sample of her brutality?
Raw returns and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Natty and Rhea tie up, Rhea wrenches an arm to a wristlock then grinds the shoulder. Natty gets up, Rhea keeps on the wrist, but Natty rolls, handsprings and rolls Rhea up! TWO, but Natty waistlocks. Rhea pries free to switch, but Natty bumps, wrenches and wristlocks. Rhea spins, gets in and lifts Natty up but Natty sunset flips! TWO, and Rhea kicks low! Rhea whips Natty to a corner, Natty reverses but Rhea goes up and over. Things speed up, then the two stand off. Tamina cheers Natty on but Rhea says neener neener.
Things speed up again, Natty arm-drags to a cover, TWO to ghost pin! TWO, Natty kicks low and CLUBS Rhea on the back. Natty whips, Rhea slips around to go for a leg but Natty sits on the takedown! TWO, Rhea sunset flips, TWO! Natty has the prawn hold, ONE!! Rhea HEADBUTTS Natty down! Rhea gets Natty up, pump handles, but Natty slips out to roll up! ONE, Natty steps through but Rhea BOOTS her out of the ring! Rhea avoids the Sharpshooter, goes outside, and runs in, but Natty moves! Tamina gets hit with the dropkick! Natty gets Rhea with a DISCUS! Everyone is down on the outside and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Natty fights Rhea up top. Rhea knocks Natty down but Natty comes back! They brawl on the top, Natty gets the edge with CLUBBING forearms, but Rhea HEADBUTTS Natty back! Rhea adjusts, leaps, and missile dropkicks! Both women are down, Natty gets to a corner but Rhea gets up. Rhea runs in, misses and gets buckles, Natty throws more forearms. Natty whips corner to corner, runs in but into BOOTS! Rhea hurries to cover, TWO! Rhea seethes, cravats and throws in knees, but Natty shoves her away. Natty swings but Rhea spins her to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Natty gets out, Rhea pursues and brings her to a corner.
Natty throws hands, bumps Rhea off the POST, and then gets in to RUNNING POWERBOMB Rhea down! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Tamina can’t believe it! Natty keeps her focus, and gets the legs! Rhea boots her away again, but misses in the corner! Natty gets Rhea up, rebound atomic sit-down! Natty runs on Rhea, but Rhea avoids the basement dropkick! Rhea gets Natty’s legs for the PRISM TRAP!! Tamina coaches Natty but Rhea drags her away! Natty victory rolls through, TWO! Natty wheelbarrows to victory roll, then the legs! Natty SLAPS Rhea and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER!! Rhea endures, crawls, Tamina coaches Natty and Natty sits deep!
Rhea powers up and ROLLS Natty into buckles! Natty lets go and Rhea clutches her back. Natty gets up, but Rhea EDDY GORDO KICKS her down! Pump handle and RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
Step one of Natty’s ultimate championship plan does not go as she hoped, and The Nightmare is still strong going into MITB! Will the Queen of Harts have better luck in the Women’s MITB match?
But then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS Rhea outta nowhere! Where did she even come from!? Charlotte puts the leg on ropes to drop a knee on the knee! And then she gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! And she drags Rhea over to the apron for a DRAPING FIGURE FOUR!! Charlotte twists one ankle and bends the other with her high-heeled boots, but lets go to mock Rhea. “What’re you gonna do? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Rhea.” But will the one true Queen once again become Raw Women’s Champion at MITB?
MVP talks with the ladies.
Tonight has not been the best night for Lashley, so this VIP Lounge has to be the best it can be. Smile, dance, make Lashley feel good. Back rubs, constant champagne, the works. MVP leads the ladies to gorilla position, but will the All Mighty’s mood be any better after a little bit of fun?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Was that attack a preview of what’s to come? Sarah, it’s not about the pieces in the game, but the player. And Charlotte learned from the Dirtiest Player in the Game, and we will all see it is game over for Rhea at MITB.
MVP presents the VIP Lounge.
He says it is a very special edition, and says it is bittersweet. This is the last episode of Monday Night Raw from the ThunderDome! The ThunderDome saw the rise of the All mighty, Bobby Lashley, become a champion so dominant that he obliterated everyone! And MVP will fondly recall this place as the Lashley Dome. But more importantly, the Chief Hurt Officer, and the Half Man Half Amazing MVP will be LIVE in front of the WWE Universe next week! So it is his honor and privilege to introduce to us, Bobby Lashley! Uh, where is the music? Where is Lashley? MVP introduces him again but still no Lashley.
Okay, ladies, please help out. He starts up the introduction again, and the ladies join in in saying “BOBBY LASHLEY!” Finally the music plays, Lashley walks out, but his tie is loose and his vest is undone as he barely carries the title in his hand. MVP asks where Lashley’s been, but go ahead, jump right in, the water’s fine. Is Lashley alright? Ladies, help out. Lashley takes the mic to say MVP has said enough. Ladies, please excuse them so they can talk alone. The ladies leave and MVP looks to Lashley with confusion. Lashley says he doesn’t want the ladies here, anyway.
Lashley was thinking about what Kofi has been saying. At first, it seemed like trash talk just to get in Lashley’s head. But as he thought more about it, Kofi was right. Everything he’s said about MVP causing Lashley to lose his edge is right! Look what happened tonight! Lashley lost to Xavier Woods! Lashley should’ve dismantled that twerp, stacked him and Kofi as a pile of broken bones! Lashley is furious, but MVP wants to cheer him up with champagne and women? MVP, Lashley does appreciate everything he’s done for Lashley’s career, but the BS stops now! Back to business! The ONLY enjoyment Lashley wants to have from now on is destroying every single soul that steps for the title!
MVP nods and agrees, and then Lashley starts throwing things out of the lounge! MVP tries to stop him but he just glares at MVP. MVP lets Lashley chuck the tables and the couches, and even the champagne, all out of the ring. Lashley seethes as he looks at MVP, and then he grabs the mic again. “Kofi. I’m gonna do this weekend what I should’ve done weeks ago. I’m gonna tear you in half. I’m gonna go into MITB the All Mighty WWE Champion, and I’m going to leave the All Mighty WWE Champion!” Kofi can bring his family, friends and the entire WWE Universe to be behind him. Because Lashley will dismantle Kofi and do everything that he said he would do!
Lashley hopes Kofi is ready to fight not just for the title, but for his LIFE. Lashley will cave Kofi’s head in, wring his neck, and then fold him into a box and send it to a circus so he can be with the clowns! Yeah, the circus is dead. And after Sunday, so will be Kofi’s career! The wrath of the Rocky Mountain Machine is coming to Fort Worth, will Kofi be able to survive?
A great Raw to be the go-home to MITB and the good-bye to the ThunderDome. There were other things that could’ve made it better, but I would’ve really loved if Bobby Lashley demolished the LED fan screens on top of the VIP Lounge at the end there. But this was a taped episode, and it was taped before they had to film SmackDown live on Friday. They could’ve kayfabe’d it and put things back together before Friday, but oh well. But it was great for story that Woods got the big upset win and made Lashley see that he needed to stop taking this lightly. I am pretty sure the math holds and Lashley wins, but I almost feel like something happens, Kofi wins, and Lashley destroys MVP for it.
The exchange with Mahal and McIntyre was good but it also seemed a bit of a shame. McIntyre having a decoy sword seemed like a cop-out just so McIntyre could get the sword back without having to fight Mahal and put stuff on the line. But McIntyre busting up that sweet motorcycle was pretty standard behavior for Faces getting revenge. Pretty sure this means Mahal, Shanky and Veer attack McIntyre during the Men’s MITB and keep him from winning. McIntyre said this feels like his last chance, so it’d make some sense if Mahal takes this chance from him and then they feud on the way to SummerSlam.
Alexa’s Playground was alright, with Alexa and Piper oddly getting along a nice detail. Eva was a proper pain in the ass, but her wanting to screw Alexa out of the Fatal 4 was a bit backwards given how she wanted nothing to do with her just before. The little disappearing act was a decent way to getting to break there, and it did effectively keep Alexa out of the finish. Nikki getting the win was great for her, but it is hard to pick out a winner for MITB here. I do appreciate Natty wanting to become ultimate champion, and she had a great match with Rhea. But Charlotte’s attack was obvious from a mile away, and it is so obvious that the math is now in Rhea’s favor.
Sheamus attacking Carrillo to screw him over even before the US Championship match seemed very Sheamus. Damian Priest showing up to help Carrillo to the ring and then after the match were clear indicators that he’s next, and Priest can have one hell of a match with Sheamus with them both being bigger, taller and are hard hitting strikers. I do like that, with SmackDown putting their women’s championship on this Friday, the Raw Tag Team Championships get put on MITB. The two singles matches between the Viking Raiders and Styles-Omos were very good. Omos winning his first singles match makes sense, since they’ve obviously been very high on him. I don’t see Styles & Omos losing the belts, we still need to see them take on RKBRO at SummerSlam, it just feels right.
Riddle had good promos with Nikki and Ricochet, and him helping counter Miz during the Falls Count Anywhere was great. The Falls Count Anywhere match itself was awesome, but again it was a case where they could’ve done more with the ThunderDome. They should’ve taken a page out of the Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens Last Man Standing and gone up around the LED fan screens, and even break a couple. But bringing out a ladder in an MITB teaser was very smart, and that ladder spot to end it was crazy! I have a feeling this keeps Ricochet out of the running, but I feel like it isn’t going to be a Raw superstar on the men’s side anyway. The stories for the SmackDown contenders are just so strong, with Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins having their reasons to go after Roman, and Big E finally getting his own chance to break through to the world title scene.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Moxley is on a Rampage!
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!
- 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?
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
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Acknowledge the history made!
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!
- 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?
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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