Will the champions of Raw be ready for the rest of Summer?
Bobby Lashley dominated at Money in the Bank, “welcomed” Keith Lee back to Raw last week, but now GOLD~ BERG~ wants his shot! How will the All Mighty respond?
- WWE United States Championship Contender’s Match: Sheamus VS Damian Priest; Priest wins and will have a future WWE United States Championship match.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos VS The Viking Raiders; Styles & Omos win and retain the titles.
- Drew McIntyre VS Veer w/ Jinder Mahal; Veer wins, by disqualification.
- Natalya & Tamina VS Eva Marie & “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Natalya & Tamina win.
- Karrion Kross VS Keith Lee; Kross wins.
- Mustafa Ali & Mansoor VS Mace & T-Bar; Ali & Mansoor win.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins.
- Matt Riddle VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Morrison wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Reginald VS R-Truth; Reginald wins and retains the title.
- Nikki A.S.H. VS Charlotte Flair; Charlotte wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Nikki A.S.H is here!
Almost a Super Hero, DEFINITELY a champion! Nikki was only Ms. Money in the Bank for 24 hours and she cashed in to take the Raw Women’s Championship from Charlotte Flair! And she has a mic now to speak to Kansas City, Missouri as they chant her name. “I’ve always wanted to say this: Welcome to Monday Night Raaaaw~!” Fans cheer and Nikki says she is so happy that they’re all here together as she stands here the NEW Raw Women’s Champion! And this feels like a dream. Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” and Nikki smiles as she says, “I keep pinching myself to make sure I’m awake. But this dream is now real!”
Nikki knows in the past, when she reached for the stars, she just didn’t have the confidence that she needed. She was so afraid to fail. But then one day she realized, if she fails, she fails. It’s not a big deal, because she’s still herself. And when she put on this superhero outfit, it gives her the confidence and reminds her. She wants it to remind all of us that no matter what, if you believe in yourself, you can overcome all of the odds! “It worked for me, it can work for you! We can all almost be superheroes!” But Charlotte Flair shows up to interrupt the celebration. The Queen goes to the ring and insists the champion open the ropes for her. A WWE ringside staffer does that for her instead.
Charlotte gets herself a mic as fans boo and some “WOO~.” “Aww, Nikki Ash. That’s nice. That’s a nice fairy tale you’re telling. Except your fairy tale doesn’t have a happy ending.” Nikki as champion is a DISGRACE! She is supposed to represent the WWE, all dressed up like this? Fans like the costume! Charlotte can see Nikki on NBC Today now, and Al Roker will laugh in her face because not even he can believe she’s champion. Maybe the fans believe, but in Charlotte’s book, you have to work for it to be a champion! She sure doesn’t believe this. But that’s why she’s here: to add her star power and perspective!
So just wait. Before this almost idiot takes another victory lap, let’s take a closer look to what really happened last week. Fans tell Charlotte, “You Suck! You Suck!” Charlotte tells them to hush before she tells them to suck it. But like she was saying, she proved her superiority over Rhea Ripley and retained her Raw Women’s Championship, Rhea couldn’t handle it. Rhea acted out like the spoiled, bratty teenager who had her phone taken, and that’s the only way Nikki could cash in. It is beneath Charlotte to complain, but she wasn’t even on her feet when the match started. Charlotte didn’t stand a chance but that’s how Nikki stole the title!
Fans boo Charlotte but Charlotte says she’ll stand here as The Opportunity while Nikki will play dress-up. Charlotte will get her rematch at SummerSlam, Nikki won’t stand a chance, and we’ll all bow down to the REAL champion! Actually, all this injustice isn’t even Nikki’s fault. It’s all the FANS’ fault! They’ve cheered when Charlotte was victimized and cheated! They’re all jealous of Charlotte! The fans are the same when they see the people at work, at home, at school are more successful than you, you want to drag them down! But here comes Rhea Ripley! The Nightmare goes right to the ring and says, “Yeah, yeah, Charlotte. We’re all so jealous of you.”
Fans cheer for Rhea as she says it’s so hard to be jealous of someone who held the title for one whole day. But look, 11-time champion or not, the only way you can win a title is pinfall or submission. And she got herself disqualified because Charlotte was going to lose! SO RHEA should get the rematch at SummerSlam. Nikki tells them all to hold on. Who said anything about either one of these two winning at SummerSlam? Each of them represented the division wonderfully, but like Nikki’s butterfly represents, “This Women’s Division is ready for a metamorphosis! And I will be leading that change as YOUR new Raw Women’s Champion!”
Charlotte’s had it with the superhero crap. Nikki can won everyone else over with her ripoff outfits, but Charlotte is walking out of SummerSlam as champ! Rhea says the title isn’t Charlotte’s, it’s HERS! But Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce walk out to cool this situation down before it all spins out of control. A lot of good arguments here, but let’s take some time to address them. In light of the highly unusual circumstance is to make a TRIPLE THREAT for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam! Charlotte says that’s ridiculous! Oh, well, hold on. Rhea and Charlotte can both get their opportunity.
But that isn’t what Charlotte wants! Nikki is a fluke, Rhea isn’t worthy, Charlotte wants her match TONIGHT! Then she can prove Nikki will never be in Charlotte’s league. Nikki says, “YOU’RE ON!!” Rhea laughs at Charlotte but Charlotte CLOBBERS her! Charlotte throws Rhea out, rushes at Nikki, and Nikki dodges to dropkick Charlotte out! Will Almost a Super Hero definitely win against Charlotte and prove she’s a true champion?
Damian Priest speaks.
Sheamus doesn’t deserve to be United States Champion. A champion defends his title. Sheamus makes excuses, complains, and attacks people from behind. That’s not a champion, that’s a coward, that’s a bully. He deserves to get his ass kicked.” Priest dares Sheamus to grow a pair and face him head on! Will the Fella be shot down by the Archer of Infamy?
Sheamus VS Damian Priest!
Raw returns and the Celtic Warrior is already in the ring, his metal face brace still on. Priest makes his entrance and if Priest wins, he gets his US Championship match down the line! Can Priest hit the bull’s eye? Or will he end up with a broken bow on account of a Brogue?
The bell rings and the two tie up right away. Sheamus puts Priest on ropes but Priest puts Sheamus in a corner. They go along ropes, break, and then tie up again. Sheamus headlocks, hits a takeover, but Priest fights up. Priest powers out, Sheamus runs him over, and fans fire up as things speed up. Priest jumps to CLOBBER Sheamus! Sheamus gets up into an arm-drag! Sheamus fights back up, puts Priest on ropes, then knees low as the ref counts! Sheamus CLUBS Priest down, CLUBS him more, then brings him to a corner. Priest blocks the buckle bump to fire off heavy hands! Priest whips, Sheamus reverses but Priest kicks back! Priest eggs Sheamus on, then ducks to back elbow!
Sheamus gets up but Priest clotheslines him out! The ref counts, Sheamus gets up but Priest BOOTS him down! Priest runs to go up, and just fake Sheamus out. Priest slips out to run and leap, but into Sheamus’ APRON BACK SUPLEX! “Are you not entertained?!” Fans seem divided on that as Raw goes picture in picture.
Sheamus catches his breath, adjusts his mask, and Priest drags himself into the ring. Sheamus gets up on the apron, stands Priest up then throws haymakers! Priest staggers, stands back up, and Sheamus ROCKS him again! Sheamus soaks up the heat and Priest flops down as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Sheamus CLUBS Priest. Sheamus puts on the Dublin Smile but Priest powers up and pries free! Sheamus CLUBS Priest in the back with forearms, then shoves Priest, only for Priest to LARIAT on the rebound! Both men are down and fans fire up. Priest rises, Sheamus slowly follows, and Priest ROCKS Sheamus with a forearm! And then a flurry of fists, and the BELL CLAP! WHEEL KICK! The face mask comes off!! Fans fire up, Sheamus is in a corner, Priest runs in, into DOUBLE BOOTS! Sheamus skins the cat to the top rope, stands up, but Priest choke grips! For a SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!
Sheamus survives and Kansas City can’t believe it! Priest gets up, drags Sheamus back up by his hair, and reels him in! But Sheamus slips out to Alabama lift, for an ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and now Sheamus is in shock! Sheamus gets up, stomps Priest, then gets his legs. Priest resists the Cloverleaf, pries at the fingers, and gets free to kick away at Sheamus’ chest! Kick after kick after kick then an arm-drag from the floor! Priest gets up, blocks a forearm with a forearm, then fires off more KICKS! ROLLING ELBOW! Sheamus comes back to KNEE! Cover, TWO!!! No one can believe that the Archer of Infamy still lives!
Priest gets himself to ropes, Sheamus hobbles to a corner and Sheamus powers up. Priest is on the apron, though, so Sheamus storms over to club him! Sheamus wants the Bodhrain but Priest fights with elbows! Priest then wrenches and ROUNDHOUSES! Priest gets in, reels Sheamus in, HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship)
That was a reckoning! Sheamus shouts about his nose and demands a doctor check his face! Will the Fella find a way to avoid defending his title, even after all this?
Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos VS The Viking Raiders!
It was a phenomenal defense for the champs at Money in the Bank, but a quick turnaround and now Erik & Ivar get one more chance! Will the raid finally win these tag titles back? Or will Styles & Omos continue to tower over Raw?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Kansas City joins the raid!
Erik starts with Styles but Styles wonders if he should tag Omos. SHOTGUN KNEES! Too slow, Styles! Ivar tags in but Styles dodges, only to get a SEATED SENTON! Tag to Erik, Ivar CLUBS Omos, but he stays up! So Erik picks up Ivar to RAM Omos off the apron! And then Erik DIVES to knock Omos into barriers! But Omos is back up! Styles runs into a HEEL KICK from Ivar! Tag to Erik, they feed Styles to THOR’S HAMMER!!! Cover, Omos drags Erik out and hard! The ref reprimands but Ivar rushes out, only for Omos to KNEE him low! Omos RAMS Ivar into Erik at the barriers! Omos roars and he glares down at the Viking Raiders as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Omos wrenches Erik’s neck! The fans rally up as Erik endures. Erik fights up but Omos throws him down by his head! Tag to Styles, Styles snapmares Erik and wraps on a chinlock. Styles thrashes around, Erik endures and fights up to fight back. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz but Erik DECKS him! Both men are down, crawling, hot tag to Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Styles, then scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! BASEMENT SPLASH! Ivar roars, Styles gets to a corner, but Styles dodges the corner splash and fakes out the seated senton! But Ivar still puts Styles outside, only for Styles to ROKC him! PHENOMENAL-
Cartwheel!? Ivar dodges, runs back in, and LARIATS Styles down!! Fans are fired up as Ivar runs corner to corner but into a SUPERKICK! Styles goes up, leaps, and TORNADO DDT’s Ivar down! Both men are down and Styles crawls to a cover, TWO! Ivar survives but Styles reaches for Omos. Ivar keeps him away, ducks the enziguri and back suplexes, but Styles lands on his feet. Ivar SPLASHES Styles in the corner, tags Erik, and Styles gest fed to KNEES! Ivar goes after Omos, Erik gets Ace Ten Mao! Cover, TWO!! Omos kicks Ivar away and into barriers! Erik sees that and knows he needs to stop Styles! He waistlocks, but Styles breaks free to PELE!!
Styles crawls, and hot tags Omos! Omos runs in to scoop Erik for a MOUNTAIN SIZED SLAM! “This is MY house!” Back elbow into Erik! Ivar returns but runs into a BOOT! Omos throws Ivar out hard! Omos runs in to back elbow Erik again! Erik is down but Omos drags him back up! TWO HAND SLAM! Styles wants in, Omos gives him the tag. Styles aims from the apron, SPRINGBOARD 450 SPLASH! Cover, Styles & Omos win again!
Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
That was definitely phenomenal and colossal! The Viking Raiders could not topple the Mountain of a Man, will anyone ever conquer that summit?
Drew McIntyre VS Veer w/ Jinder Mahal!
After giving Shanky THIRTY-FOUR chair shots to the back last week, he has eliminated one of the Modern Day Maharaja’s minions, and looks to do almost as much to the other! Will Veer regret ever helping Mahal mess up McIntyre at Money in the Bank?
Raw returns as Mahal, Veer and a new associate make their entrance. Mahal says McIntyre is despicable and the fans are disgusting! That assault on Shanky was horrible! But before Veer gives McIntyre what he deserves, Mahal will give him a chance to apologize. McIntyre shakes his head no. Oh well then, Mahal introduces us to his personal attorney! Vivant Gobar Hatasani, Esquire! And they are going to SUE McIntyre! It will take away everything, so this is his last chance. Apologize or else! Let bygones be bygones. “Jinder, shut up! Shut up, shut up, shut up.” McIntyre thinks for a second: Should he apologize? Fans say, “NO! NO! NO!”
Well, sometimes, McIntyre flies off the handle, but the WWE Universe is back so maybe Kansas City can help him. Should McIntyre apologize and buy Mahal a steak dinner? “NO!” Should McIntyre say, “Screw the lawyer,” and beat Veer within an inch of his life? “YES!” Well McIntyre’s with them! But here’s one last word for Mahal. Here’s a chant for the people to chant at Mahal everywhere and anywhere: “Drew is Gonna Kill~ You!” Veer gets in the ring, the bell sounds, and McIntyre turns his focus on the henchmen. They tie up, go around, and Veer puts McIntyre in a corner. Veer backs off to gloat a bit but McIntyre circles with him.
McIntyre and Veer tie up with knuckle locks but McIntyre wrenches to YANK an arm. Veer ROCKS McIntyre with a right, then scoop SLAMS him down! McIntyre gets up, Veer kicks and headlocks, but McIntyre powers up to power out. McIntyre runs and runs Veer over! Then he gets Veer up for a scoop SLAM of his own! McIntyre gets Veer back up, Veer SLAPS McIntyre! That was a mistake. McIntyre ROCKS Veer, shoves him and stomps a mudhole into him! And CHOPS and windmill haymakers! Mahal gets McIntyre’s attention by banging a chair around ringside. McIntyre glares at Mahal but Veer BOOTS McIntyre down! Veer rains down heavy hands from all sides!
Veer lets off, McIntyre gets up, and Veer has McIntyre in a corner. Veer whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Veer runs to CLOBBER McIntyre with a body check! Veer adds a BIG elbow drop! Cover, ONE!! Veer gets McIntyre in a cravat and wrenches the neck. McIntyre endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Veer knees low! Veer whips McIntyre corner to corner, but McIntyre returns to CLOBBER Veer! McIntyre rallies, whips, and CLOBBERS Veer again! McIntyre dares Veer to get up and the fans fire up. Veer flounders about, McIntyre gets him in a clinch for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Veer gets up, McIntyre gets around Veer to NECKBREAKER!
McIntyre kips up and fans fire up again! McIntyre keeps Veer from running away but Veer throat chops! Mahal slips the chair into the ring but McIntyre CLAYMORES it into Veer’s face!
Winner: Veer, by disqualification
A bit of a controversy about that, but as Mahal and Veer run away, McIntyre targets Vivant! The lawyer tries to reason with McIntyre but McIntyre doesn’t care! Fireman’s carry and a TOSS into the ring! McIntyre gets in, fans fire up with the countdown! THREE! TWO! ONE!! CLAYMORE!! McIntyre is still determined to destroy Veer and Mahal, but how can he do so without getting disqualified?
Eva Marie talks with “Doudrop” backstage.
Forget about last week on Alexa’s Playground. After winning tonight, they’ll be a step closer to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. The #EvaLution will not be stopped, so long as Doudrop does her part. Piper Niven keeps quiet as she and Eva head to the ring, but can their teamwork really make the dream work?
Natalya & Tamina VS Eva Marie & “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
Raw returns as the champions make their entrances. The teams sort out and Eva starts with Natty. They circle, they tie up, and Eva gets around to whip her hair at Natty, then throw a forearm! Natty chases Eva to the ropes and Eva shouts for the ropebreak. The ref backs Natty off, fans rally but Eva tags in Piper. Piper and Natty tie up, Natty waistlocks but Piper is too much to lift. Natty headlocks, Piper powers out and runs Natty over! Piper whips her hair, runs, but Natty drops. Piper rolls, taunts Natty then whips, but Natty blocks the hip toss. Piper blocks the counter hip toss to roll and bridge! TWO, Natty has the ghost pin, ONE! Piper gets after Natty but Natty facelocks.
Piper wrenches out, throws Natty down, then whips her hair like Eva. But Natty crawls and tags in Tamina! Tamina and Piper circle now as Eva tries to start a Doudrop chant. Tamina headlocks, hits a takeover, but Piper moves around. Piper pushes back, fights up, but Tamina fireman’s carries! Piper slips off and kicks Tamina down to run and SPLASH! Eva wants in now because her team is winning, so Piper tags. Eva grins as she covers, TWO! Eva wasting time is why Tamina survives. But then a voice says, “Do I have your attention now?” Lilly is parodying Eva Marie! “I am so much more than just a pretty face. I want to inspire others to follow their nightmares. This is Lilly-lution.”
Eva is furious that Alexa’s creepy doll is mocking her! But she turns around into a SUPERKICK! Cover, Tamina & Natty win!
Winners: Natalya & Tamina, by pinfall
So that’s a no on the title shot, by the way. But Natty is hopping on one good foot, is this still a bad omen for the statement makers?
Karrion Kross VS Keith Lee!
The NXT Champion is back, but he can’t settle things with Jeff Hardy as Hardy tested positive for COVID. While we wish Hardy well, the show must go on! And there couldn’t be a better replacement as the Limitless One is back again! Who wins the rematch NXT never got to see?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and fans rally as Kross puts Keith in a corner. Kross tries to lift but Keith clubs him away. Kross throws forearms but Keith clinches for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then he runs Kross over! Kross staggers up, Keith clotheslines him out! Keith waits as the ring count climbs, but he goes out as fans sing “OH~ Bask in his Glory~!” But Kross RAMS Keith into apron, then POSTS him! Kross seethes as he gets Keith up for an EXPLODER! Kross stands over Keith as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kross runs corner to corner to CLOBBER Keith! Kross stands Keith up to run corner to corner again for another clothesline, then a forearm and spinning clothesline! Kross digs his knee into Keith, the ref counts, and Kross lets off at 4. Kross paces and grins but fans rally up for Keith. Keith slowly rises but Kross STOMPS Keith’s fingers! Kross gets Keith up, but Keith throws body shots! Kross kicks low, and hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Kross vows to end this and he watches Keith stir. Kross stalks Keith and wraps on the KROSSJACKET SLEEPER! But fans rally up for Keith as he fights and flails! Keith powers up, pries at the hold, and shocks Kross as he arm-drags him away!
Kross comes back with forearms but Keith CLOBBERS Kross! Keith staggers as he catches his breath. Kross gets up, but Keith ROCKS him again! And again! Kross swings but Keith clubs the clothesline to back elbow, and HEADBUTT! Kross goes to a corner, Keith runs in to SPLASH! Keith keeps going and he POUNCES Kross down! Fans fire up with Keith as he snarls. Keith powers up, the fans give him their energy, but Kross wrenches out to DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross glares from a corner, winds the hands of time, “TICK TOCK!” DOOMSDAY FOREARM! And the KROSSJACKET!! Keith is stuck, Kross catches an arm, Keith reaches but he taps out! Kross wins!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission
A valiant effort from the Limitless One but Kross was determined to make someone pay for Hardy’s transgressions! Will Kross ever get his hands on Hardy to feel fully vindicated? Or will he be satisfied with making everyone else #Fall&Pray?
Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.
Tonight, she accepted a match with Charlotte Flair. What is running through her head as she prepares for this main event? It’s as Nikki said earlier tonight: her confidence has grown and she’s no longer afraid to fail. And it has only worked in her favor. Nikki believed in herself, win or lose, and no one can take that from her. She just wants the little kids of the WEW Universe to know that the hardest challenges are worth fighting for. So tonight, she’ll go out there with her title and super positivity, and know that no matter what, she’ll defend her title at SummerSlam!
But then Rhea walks up and tells Nikki, “I can’t help but respect the unconditional belief you have in yourself. But at SummerSlam, I fully believe that I’m going to be walking out with the Raw Women’s Championship. However, tonight? I hope that you go out there and give Charlotte hell.” Nikki is ready, but will she be able to take the Queen down a peg?
Mustafa Ali & Mansoor VS Mace & T-Bar!
What a turn of affairs this is! The Beacon wanted the menacing monsters across the ring from him to follow his every word to the letter, but that didn’t work out. Mustafa wants the Star of Saudi Arabia to do the same, but it was Mansoor’s idea that they have this match! Will Mustafa face retribution for his actions? Or will he and Mansoor be the ones to #ShutItDown?
Raw returns as Mansoor makes his entrance, followed by Ali’s entrance. Ali is already saying for Mansoor to ignore the WWE Universe and follow his lead. Mansoor is just excited this is all happening. The teams sort out, T-Bar starts against Ali and Ali dropkicks T-Bar right away! Ali fires off, T-Bar shoves him away and CYCLONE KICKS him down! Cover, TWO!! Ali survives but T-Bar stands on his hand! T-Bar gets Ali up, TOSSES him to the corner, then runs in to back elbow! Tag to Mace, and both big men KNEE Ali! Mace throws Ali down, dares him to crawl for Mansoor, then waistlocks and dead lifts to ripcord POWERSLAM! Cover, Mansoor breaks it!
Mace tags T-Bar and T-Bar BOOTS Mansoor! Mace dribbles Ali, then sets him up for T-Bar’s BOOT! The titans roar but fans boo as T-Bar paces. T-Bar covers, TWO! Ali is dazed, T-Bar stays between him and Mansoor, then sucker punches Mansoor! But Ali dodges the Cyclone Kick to WHEEL KICK him down! Fans rally, both men crawl, hot tags to Mansoor and Mace! Mansoor fires off forearms and CHOPS at the ropes! Mansoor whips, Mace reverses but Mansoor ENZIGURIS! Mansoor fires up but Mace whips him away to scoop, only for Mansoor to tilt-o-whirl through to a REVERSE DDT! Cover, T-Bar breaks it! Mansoor tumbles all the way out of the ring!
T-Bar pursues but the ref says he isn’t legal so he can’t attack. Ali DIVES and TORNADO DDT’s T-Bar on the floor! Mansoor says that was awesome! Ali says to watch his back! Mace choke grips Ali but Mansoor kicks the arm away! But Mace just grabs Mansoor! But Mansoor victory rolls the choke slam, Mansoor & Ali win!!
Winners: Mansoor & Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
Mansoor celebrates, but Ali gets Mansoor out of harm’s way as T-Bar and Mace rush him! Mansoor hugs it out with Ali but Ali tells him to stay serious while they’re still ringside. Will these two find a way to make it work as a team?
Bobby Lashley makes his way to the ring!
The All Mighty WWE World Champion, with MVP behind him, is ready to respond to last week’s shocking return of Goldberg, and the challenge Goldberg threw down by simply saying, “I’M NEXT!” MVP has the mic to say, “Please rise to your feet and show the proper amount of respect for your All Mighty WWE Champion!” But not everyone in Kansas City does so. MVP says he understands, because Lashley’s dominance is on par with the great Tom Brady, and they still feels some kinda way about that.
But let us address last week, when Goldberg disrespected the champion! It’s real simple: Everyone’s been talking about All Mighty VS Goldberg, and MVP could see it! The champion VS the iconic Hall of Famer! The thing is, it is all up to Lashley to decide. So is Goldberg next? MVP holds the mic out to Lashley, and Lashley says, “I’m not even going to dignify Goldberg’s challenge with a response!” But Lashley will say this: This is HIS ring! Lashley will NOT be disrespected by anyone. MVP says you heard it here first. But wait, Cedric Alexander is making his way out?
Alexander has a mic to say, “Disrespect? You wanna talk disrespect?” How about how they excommunicated him from the Hurt Business just earlier this year? And Alexander wondered why for so long, but he figured out why: Alexander is better than Lashley! Today, PRIMED Alexander steps up, and he wants his opportunity at the champ! But now Shelton Benjamin appears! Benjamin has a mic to say, “Hey, Bobby. Before you answer that question… Cedric, do you have any idea how annoying the sound of your voice is?” Oh, real funny, Benjamin. But Benjamin isn’t here to cry about the past. Benjamin is here to give Lashley a real challenge.
Alexander says no way, but Benjamin tells the “kid” to wait his turn. MVP asks them both if they see how ridiculous they’re being right now. Lashley has no time for either of them. But Lashley says he’ll take them both on! At the same time! Now get a ref! Alexander and Benjamin can’t believe they’re having to team up again! But the ref arrives and we have a handicap match!
2v1 Handicap Match: Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
The bell rings, Benjamin rushes Lashley but Lashley spins him around for a NECKBREAKER! Alexander wants Lashley to take it easy and he goes to a corner. Lashley goes after Benjamin but Alexander attacks from behind! Lashley shoves him away to then get Alexander for a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley throws Alexander out of the ring then RAMS Benjamin into a corner! Lashley roars, fans boo, but Lashley goes out to get Alexander up to fireman’s carry and POST him! Alexander goes flying and Lashley is grinning! Lashley puts Alexander in, but Benjamin is lurking! Lashley gets Alexander up, but Benjamin fires off haymakers!
Lashley knees Benjamin, whips him to a corner, and runs in, but Alexander anchors a foot! Benjamin KNEES Lashley! Alexander reels Lashley in for a TORNADO DDT! Double cover, TWO!! Lashley shocks both Benjamin and Alexander, and Benjamin hurries to get Lashley up. Lashley fights Benjamin off, then sees Alexander coming, MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Lashley sees Benjamin, breaks through the clothesline to SPEAR him down!! Lashley isn’t done here, he drags Benjamin up to suplex, and JACKHAMMER! A direct message to Goldberg! But Lashley isn’t done, he gets Alexander up for a DOMINATOR onto Benjamin!! Stacked, double cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
MVP puts the belt back on Lashley and raises his hand in victory! Lashley says he doesn’t care about Goldberg, did he just make Goldberg reconsider targeting him?
The Miz is on his phone.
And he suddenly sees something and has to take his sunglasses off. John Morrison comes in and has his Drip Sticks. Miz and Morrison are fired up and ready to get Kansas City wet! But then Omos & Styles walk in. What are they going on about? Wait, it doesn’t matter. Free country, do what you want. But the champs want to talk with them about something that would help Styles & Omos. Unless Miz ‘n’ Morrison aren’t moist with it. No way, bring it in. Omos keeps the cameraman from hearing this, what devious plan is being cooked up between the Phenomenal and the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century? *stare off into distance*
Matt Riddle VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
The Original Bro is about to have a singles rematch with America’s Moist Wanted, but will Styles’ phenomenal plan play into how this ends?
Raw returns as Morrison makes his entrance, Miz rolling with him. Miz squirts Byron Saxton all over, and does get some of the fans right behind him, too. In this heat, surely the fans appreciate it. The bell rings and Riddle circles with Morrison,. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks, Morrison switches to get a leg. Riddle rolls, gets Morrison in a triangle, but Morrison gets a ropebreak. The ref counts, the two let off, and the two go again. Riddle shoots in, fireman’s carries and kneebars! Morrison rolls to shift around to a facelock. Morrison gets an arm, Riddle gets up but Morrison uses that to get both legs. Riddle sunset flips, TWO, to an ANKLE LOCK!
Morrison moves around, Riddle keeps him from ropes, but Miz reloads his drip stick! Morrison rolls and throws Riddle away, and Miz stands down. Morrison bobs ‘n’ weaves, knee slow, but Riddle gets around to waistlock. Morrison switches, shoves Riddle at a corner, but Riddle goes up and over o then get a BROSPLODER! Cover, TWO! Morrison gets to a corner, Miz wants Morrison to getup, but Riddle fires off kicks in the corner! The ref counts, Riddle lets off, runs side to side, into a FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Riddle survives but Miz is confident as he chants, “JOHNNY DRIP DRIP!”
Morrison gets Riddle up, but no Moonlight Drive! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps his cool as fans build to a rally. But Miz sprays Riddle! Morrison rolls him up, TWO! FINAL FLASH!! Riddle goes up and out and PENALTY KICKS Miz! Miz falls right over, chair and all! Riddle mocks Miz being turtled as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Riddle fights against Morrison’s chicken wing crossface by ramming him into buckles! Riddle gets free, throws hands and a boot! Morrison comes back, Riddle spins him to a PELE! Riddle runs in to forearm smash! And then side to side to forearm smash! And then BROSPLODER! Morrison flounders up and Riddle runs in, but Morrison bails out! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK Morrison! And then SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Direct hit at the ramp! Miz is furious as he wheels himself around the way. But coming down the ramp, it’s Styles & Omos! Riddle puts Morrison in the ring and hurries after him, trying to ignore the tag champs.
Morrison blocks the RKO to ROCK and elbow and ROUNDHOUSE Riddle! Morrison whips Riddle to a corner, Riddle bounces off buckles, Morrison CALF KICKS Riddle down! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but Miz assures Styles that the plan will work. Morrison taunts Riddle, tells him to get up, and then reels him in, but Riddle slips out of the suplex to ripcord FINAL FLASH! And POWERBOMB! And then a flip over for another FINAL FLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Morrison survives but Riddle stares down Styles. Riddle gets Morrison to a drop zone and tells Styles & Omos they shouldn’t be out here. Riddle climbs up top but Styles grabs the scooter!
Riddle tells Styles to put the scooter back but Omos grabs it to BREAK it! The handlebars are gone, Morrison gets Riddle for SPINNING SPLASH MOUNTAIN!! And STARSHIP PAIN!! Cover, Morrison wins!!
Winner: John Morrison, by pinfall
The plan was just breaking Riddle’s prized possession!? How petty! Miz loads up the drip stick to do water pyro all over Byron! And then Styles rains down furious fists on Riddle! Styles gets Riddle up, reels him in, STYLES CLASH!! The Bro is down and no Viper to save him. But will this urge Randy Orton to return and help Riddle?
WWE 24/7 Championship: Reginald VS R-Truth!
In another rare occasion, this title that can be taken anywhere, anytime, by anyone, is going to be defended in the ring! Will Truth get his baby back for the fifty-third time? Or will #CirqueduSommelier find a way to get away with the gold?
Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Truth gets impatient with all the flipping Reggie does in his entrance. But that jump right over the top rope was pretty cool, though. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Truth is still mic’d up as the battle for his baby begins! Reggie shows off his agility but Truth keeps clear. “Gimme my baby back, dawg.” Reggie can be like all the great little people in the world: Lil’ Red Riding Hood; the Three Lil’ Pigs; and Lil’ Debbie! Reggie dodges again and smooths his suit out. Reggie wants Truth to understand- Truth grabs the suit! “We can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way, dawg.”
Reggie wriggles out of the jacket! Oh is that how it is? Reggie dodges the jacket attacks! Truth throws the jacket right on Reggie’s face! GOTTEE! Truth does the splits, goes corner to corner, but Reggie flounders out of the way! Truth hits buckles! Reggie gets free of his jacket, and dodges the leg lariat! Truth gets tangled up, staggers around, and he needs the ref to check him. Reggie doesn’t stop, 450 SEATED SENTON! Cover, Reggie wins!
Winner: Reginald, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)
But now the other contenders come running out! But Reggie LEAPS over them all and gets to the ramp! Lince Dorado, Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak and Humberto Carrillo can’t believe it! Will the slippery sommelier be like Captain Jack Sparrow in the 24/7 Championship race?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
The Queen has taken Nikki’s cash-in rather personally, why is that? The only reason Nikki won is because Rhea assaulted Charlotte! And the only reason Nikki dropkicked Charlotte out of the ring tonight is because Charlotte was dealing with that “petulant child.” But now Charlotte has to deal with a delusional WWE Universe that thinks Nikki can be a proper champion. Charlotte is sick and tired of the division being run down by almost superstars. Charlotte built this title as a five-time Raw Women’s Champion, and there wouldn’t be a Women’s Champion if not for her! Tonight, Charlotte proves that to the Almost Super Hero. But will all this confidence cost the Queen’s opportunity?
Nikki A.S.H. VS Charlotte Flair!
Raw returns as Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings and Nikki is fired up but Charlotte is stoic in her corner. Charlotte says she’s going to win, and then circles with Nikki. The fans rally up as Nikki waits on Charlotte. They approach and Charlotte CLOBBERS Nikki! Nikki gets to ropes, Charlotte gets her in a corner and CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! Charlotte then fakes Nikki out to SLAP her! “This is your champion?!” Charlotte pulls at the superhero mask, chokes Nikki on ropes, but lets off at 4. Nikki hits back but Charlotte CLUBS her down! Charlotte throws Nikki out hard, and shouts, “This is who you cheer for?!”
The ring count climbs as Nikki gets up and Nikki is in at 5 of 10, only for Charlotte to stomp away on her! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off, but Nikki hits back again. Charlotte CLUBS Nikki, Nikki hits back! Charlotte mocks the Nikki chants, whips Nikki and CLOBBERS her! Charlotte stands on Nikki, then covers, ONE! Charlotte tries again, ONE! Charlotte mocks the count, taunts Nikki to get up, and then gets her up to pie face her. Nikki throws forearms but Charlotte eggs her on. Nikki hits Charlotte again but Charlotte CLUBS Nikki down! Charlotte kicks Nikki around, puts her back on ropes, and chokes her more! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off, but Nikki comes back with more forearms!
Charlotte kicks Nikki away, runs in and corner splashes Nikki! Nikki gets up to throw throat chops and forearms! Nikki fires off but Charlotte turns it around to fire off forearms of her own! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off and fans rally, “Let’s Go Nikki!” Nikki hits back, Charlotte stomps away on her in the corner! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off, and she gets Nikki up again. Nikki keeps throwing forearms! Charlotte ROCKS Nikki, goes to suplex, but Nikki cradle counters! TWO, and Nikki rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Charlotte gets up, Nikki dodges and tilt-o-whirls to HEADSCISSOR Charlotte out of the ring! Fans fire up as Nikki strikes a pose!
Nikki then runs to WRECK Charlotte with a dropkick! Nikki goes out after Charlotte with clubbing forearms! Charlotte THROWS Nikki over the commentary table! Fans boo as Charlotte goes into the ring. Nikki is down as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once more and Charlotte pulls Nikki against a corner post! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off at 4, and Charlotte goes back in to get Nikki up. Charlotte scoops and EXPLODERS Nikki! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte keeps on Nikki with a thrashing chinlock! Fans rally for Nikki and she endures as Charlotte grinds her down. Charlotte grins but Nikki fights her way up. Fans rally harder for Nikki as she throws elbows, only for Charlotte to throw Nikki down! Nikki rolls away to ropes but Charlotte runs, only for Nikki to dodge the baseball slide! Nikki kicks Charlotte then CROSSBODIES! Nikki fires up and gets back on the apron, to bait Charlotte in!
Charlotte kicks, Nikki dodges and HOTSHOTS the leg! Nikki slingshots to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Nikki keeps moving, dodges and CROSSBODIES again! Nikki rallies with big clotheslines! Sunset flip, but Charlotte stays up. Charlotte drags Nikki up by the hair to toss her into a corner. Charlotte runs in but misses again, Nikki BULLDOGS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Nikki as she pounds the mat! Nikki roars, drags Charlotte up, but Charlotte CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And again, and again, and again! The ref counts the ropebreak in the corner but Charlotte puts Nikki up top. Nikki CLUBS Charlotte back!
Nikki kicks Charlotte, and again, and reels her in for a TORNADO DDT! Nikki hurries back up top and fans fire up! Charlotte stands, Nikki leaps, SUPER CROSSBODY! But Charlotte rolls it over, and wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
The Queen laughs at Nikki and then mocks her tears, because now the Queen got even with the Almost Super Hero. Kevin Patrick hurries into the ring to have an interview with Charlotte. He congratulates her on the win over the new champion, but she asks why. Seriously, why? Why is he here to congratulate her? What did anyone expect? She’s not The Opportunity for nothing! Just putting on a mask and a cape makes you a hero? Look Charlotte in the eyes as she says this: “No one is in my league. No one!” And it’s just the truth. Sorry not sorry. Charlotte gives Kevin the mic back, but Nikki takes it for her own to say, “I said Almost a Super Hero! I can admit, I lost that match. But I showed myself that I almost could’ve won!”
And Nikki has the confidence that she CAN beat Charlotte! So next week, Nikki challenges her to a REMATCH! Charlotte considers this challenge and demands to be given the mic back. Kevin gets it for her, and Charlotte says she could beat Nikki this week, next week and any week. So then, Nikki’s got it! They’ll have a rematch, and Charlotte offers a handshake. Nikki takes it, only for Charlotte to ROCK her with a forearm, and BOOT her down! Charlotte drags Nikki to the apron and out of the ring to put her against the barriers! All the fans are so inspired, but Charlotte CHOPS Nikki down! Charlotte puts Nikki back in the ring, and BOOTS her down again!
Charlotte adds insult to injury, will she just keep beating Nikki down before SummerSlam?
A very good episode, with a lot of good stuff and no real filler, but there are some things I have issue with. First, why is Vince so obsessed with calling these matches, “Championship Contender’s Matches?” He never made a big deal about someone facing a champion in a non-title match before. And it was always on commentary, as well as fans, to put two and two together that if the champion lost, the opponent would get a chance at the title. But now Vince has to make it blatantly obvious to us that everyone facing a champion could get themselves a title opportunity? Is he copying or mocking AEW for their “title eliminator” matches?
My main problem with this is how it made things with the Raw Women’s Championship so disjointed. Was Charlotte facing Nikki for momentum? Or her own chance at the title 1v1 outside of SummerSlam? Charlotte VS Nikki was a great main event, and it seemed the Kansas City fans took a minute to get behind Nikki in this, but they were there. Charlotte winning does work in story, it makes Nikki the underdog champion, and it is better storytelling when the hero is the underdog, super or otherwise. But the Raw Women’s Championship is also the center of another problem I have with Vince’s other new obsession: Triple Threats just because they can.
Triple Threats are a lot of fun, but why is Vince spamming them on RawDown? Sometimes, a 1v1 is perfect for the story. If Rhea had stayed out of it, then Charlotte winning tonight and using the “championship contender match” stipulation would make perfect sense. Charlotte VS Nikki, 1v1 at SummerSlam, there you go. But Rhea being put in just because she lost at MITB and again last week, she’s being shoehorned in. It oddly exposes how they trimmed down the roster in all divisions because it means, in the eyes of WWE, Rhea has no one to feud with on the side, so she has to default to the title. It sucks, because Rhea is probably just taking the pin for Charlotte or Nikki so the other stays strong, and we do this all again for Extreme Rules.
Honestly, why wasn’t Rhea spun off to any of the other women’s stories? What are Shayna & Nia doing now that they dumped Reginald? Shouldn’t they have been the ones to face Eva & Piper to get a title shot at Natty & Tamina? And it wouldn’t have changed the result: Alexa uses Lilly to mock Eva, which was honestly pretty clever; Eva & Piper lose, someone else gets title opportunities. Also, it would’ve kept Natty from getting hurt, her hobbling after was legit and that sucks. But back to Rhea, why not have her interact with Piper, who she knows from NXT UK? Of course, that issue circles back to Vince’s other problem of NOT acknowledging NXT continuity, because even though it’s in his company, he doesn’t treat it as an equal. Y’know, like an insane person would.
Truth VS Reginald, by the way, was pretty fun for Truth being mic’d up the entire time. Reggie’s got a great entrance with that (clearly trampoline assisted) jump into the ring, and as I figured last week, he shows his agility again to avoid the 24/7 Championship chasers. I keep thinking he stands on the stage too long and he could get caught by someone. Hell, let it be a female superstar not doing much because this title hasn’t been with the women in literal months. At this point, Shayna & Nia should be upset that they dump him, and he gets a belt! Shayna and Nia could go after Reggie, one of them gets the title, and the other serves as the bodyguard. They could even hot potato it just so the others can’t take it from them.
Moving on, Mansoor & Mustafa Ali had a good first tag match with Mace & T-Bar, that was a great choice given the story with Retribution. Mansoor & Ali win with some dysfunctional teamwork, and I feel like they could turn into a good combo down the line. Kross VS Keith was a great choice to make up for not getting Kross VS Hardy, but I should’ve known Raw would serve up a really disappointing version of what Kross VS Keith would be. Kross of course had to win here to make up for last week, but it became that meme about fast food never looking as good as it does on the menu picture. NXT showed us what these two can do against each other, Raw screwed it up as they hurried to serve it to us.
We got a very good Raw Tag Team Championship match, and I’m surprised Styles & Omos only got a “Jobber entrance,” but still won. At the same time, I figured they would win to keep going towards SummerSlam and RKBRO. It is very clear now that WWE is thinking that way, too, as Styles & Omos get Miz ‘n’ Morrison to help them rough up Riddle. Morrison VS Riddle was a great match, even with the overbooking, and I almost thought Orton was returning tonight. Maybe he returns next week, or maybe this drags out so that the Raw before SummerSlam, Orton returns to support Riddle and they get that title match at the PPV.
McIntyre VS Veer started off well, but I feel like Vince and his guys had no idea how to keep this going without McIntyre clearing everyone out too soon. He shouldn’t have been disqualified, but WWE has been very fickle about consistently following pro-wrestling convention since Vince acts like WWE is the end all, be all. Also, WWE posted a playlist of every Punjabi Prison Match ever today, is that an ill omen for where McIntyre VS Mahal is going? Last but not least, Lashley had a very good handicap match against Alexander & Benjamin, but Lashley saying “No” to Goldberg is a little copy ‘n’ paste from Roman Reigns saying “No” to John Cena.
Lashley was furious last week, but I guess after a week, he cooled off and realized he shouldn’t play Goldberg’s game and just give the old guy a match. Which is the most worked shoot thing they could do with the story, actually, as I am among those who didn’t want this in the first place. But surely something happens where Goldberg goads Lashley into it, much like Benjamin & Alexander did to get a match with him tonight. Goldberg could show up again next week or the week after that, bring up Lashley using his moves, try and say Goldberg still does those better (even though he doesn’t), and maybe Lashley’s anger gives us the SummerSlam match.
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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