Raw’s Money in the Bank field meets and it is must-see!
On top of MizTV having Raw’s field for the Men’s Money in the Bank match as guests, Ricochet and John Morrison will settle things from last week!
- Ricochet VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Morrison wins, by count-out.
- 8 Woman Tag: Asuka, Naomi, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Eva Marie, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald; Eva, Piper, Shayna & Nia win.
- Mustafa Ali VS Mansoor; Ali wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Jinder Mahal w/ Shanky & Veer; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
- Mace & T-Bar VS Lucha House Party; LHP wins.
- Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Riddle wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Random Run-Through: Akira Tozawa retains the title.
- Cedric Alexander & Elias VS R-Truth & Jaxson Ryker; Truth & Ryker win.
- The New Day VS Bobby Lashley & MVP; The New Day wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
MizTV opens the night!
The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century is already in the ring, and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show and his very special Money in the Bank edition! His guests are Raw’s representatives for that match. And as a winner of the MITB contract twice and successfully having cashed in twice, Miz is an MITB master! And therefore, his first guest, his best friend and partner in crime is going to win! He’s talking about Johnny Drip Drip! Morrison says that’s right, the D R I P is gonna rain pain on the fools! America’s Moist Wanted is gonna climb that ladder like a water spout, take that contract and pour it out, and give all the “aquaholics” what they want: Morrison as El Senor Dinero en de Banko!
Miz says COOOORRECT! But their next guest is the man Miz cashed in on just earlier this year, Drew McIntyre! The Scottish Warrior makes his entrance and admits Miz is right. Miz is why McIntyre has a love-hate relationship with the MITB contract. Miz did cash in, after McIntyre defeated five of the bets in the Elimination Chamber, and after Bobby Lashley attacked from behind. But ever since, McIntyre has been fighting his way back to the top. It won’t stop until McIntyre wins and cashes in on whatever champion of whatever brand he chooses! But since we’re going to Texas, let’s talk about the Alamo! Did you know that McIntyre’s a distant relative of Davey Crockett?
What? Really? Yes, through his great, great, great great grandma, Miriam McIntyre IV! McIntyre and Crockett are known for legendary stories. McIntyre will make a legendary story at MITB. If Miz wheels himself out to the ring, the legend will be of when McIntyre shove Morrison’s head up Miz’s ass! And just like Davey, McIntyre would rather die in Texas than surrender! Well look here splash hole! You can kick the ocean, but all you’re gonna get is wet! But without an introduction, here comes the One and Only! Ricochet struts to the ring and Miz is annoyed. Ricochet is as rude as he is reckless. What Ricochet did last week was awe inspiring but also irresponsible.
And for those who missed it, Miz cues up the replay. Ricochet springboards from ring to barrier to crossbody Morrison to the floor! Miz says Ricochet got lucky it was a double count-out. That could’ve cost both men their careers! Explain yourself, Ricochet! Ricochet says he’s here to admit he’s still a bit shook, but he knows so is Morrison. That last week was a taste of what Ricochet is willing to do to get the MITB contract. He’ll even use Miz’s wheelchair as a battering ram if he has to. Because Ricochet is the R I C O C H E T, and he breaks it down with a dance. Powerful words, dry one. But can you back those words up against the Flood Stud?
Bro… Here comes Matt Riddle! His busted foot is still wrapped up but he scoots to the ring and kicks off the sandals before climbing. Miz says maybe Riddle can enlighten them with his notable yet doomed attempt to compete on Randy Orton’s behalf. Wait, what is he doing up at the top of the ladder? What, isn’t this what everyone’s supposed to be doing? Isn’t this the MITB edition of Miz TV? And whoa, Riddle’s really high right now. And sad, too. His foot’s better, but he let his bro down. Riddle is dedicating his win at the PPV to his bro, Randy Orton! He’ll make Orton proud, wherever he is. And then they’ll go for some ‘ritos and play games-
SHUT UP! Why hasn’t Orton kicked Riddle in the head yet?! Why would he? They’re best buds. McIntyre respects Riddle ,but Miz says not to enable and encourage him! Miz can’t wait Jinder Mahal rag doll McIntyre tonight and send him- Wait, now AJ Styles & Omos head out there? Styles says as a matter of fact, Miz doesn’t speak for everyone! Styles was robbed of his chance in MITB! ROBBED! Orton dropped out of the Last Chance match, and therefore, it shouldn’t have been a Triple Threat. It should’ve been 1v1, McIntyre VS Styles! But no no no, had to have a Triple Threat! A match with Riddle and McIntyre that Styles was not pinned in! So if anyone deserves to be in this match still, it’s Styles.
And it was Riddle who got pinned, so this is all Riddle’s fault! Riddle says hey to Skipper. He looks cute and little down there, like a rabbit. And Omos is almost as tall as Riddle on the ladder. High five? Nope, Omos shoves the ladder over! Riddle lands on the bad foot! Then Omos folds the ladder and TOSSES it out of the ring! Styles has Omos stand down, Morrison moves Miz to a corner, and then Styles KICKS Riddle in the foot! Ricochet gets in Styles’ face, as does McIntyre. Omos steps up to McIntyre, Morrison sucker punches Ricochet! Morrison whips but Ricochet reverses to send Morrison out! McIntyre helps Riddle up, Omos comes back in, McIntyre CLOBBERS Omos!
Miz can’t believe what’s going on as Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Morrison! Ricochet grabs a Drip Stick and BREAKS it! Miz is furious but Morrison will be the one to settle things with Ricochet, after the break!
Ricochet VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
Raw returns and we run it back for the King of Flight and the Moist Must-See! Will there be a true winner this time as MITB draws closer?
The bell rings and the hands fly! Ricochet ROCKS Morrison, body shots and CHOPS, then DECKS him with a right! Ricochet whips Morrison to a corner, runs in to hit a clotheslines, and Morrison falls! Ricochet drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Ricochet facelocks, brings Morrison up and throws haymakers. Morrison ends up in a corner and Ricochet stomps him. Ricochet whips Morrison to another corner and hits another clothesline! Ricochet keeps on Morrison with a scoop and SLAM, then another elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Miz coaches Morrison but Ricochet tells him to shut it. Ricochet throws a forearm, then digs a knee into Morrison while putting on the chinlock.
Morrison endures, fights up, pries the hold but Ricochet CLUBS him down! Ricochet brings Morrison back up but Morrison DECKS him with a right of his own! Morrison stomps Ricochet to a corner, lets off as the ref counts, but CLUBS him back down! Morrison brings Ricochet around by his legs, to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Ricochet gasps and sputters as he scrambles away, but Morrison wraps on a headlock. Morrison grinds Ricochet down, hooks an arm and drives in elbows. Miz cheers Morrison on as he leans on Ricochet. Ricochet endures, even as Morrison shifts to an inverted cravat. The ThunderDome rallies as Ricochet fights back but Morrison KICKS Ricochet down!
Morrison KICKS Ricochet to a corner, brings him around but Ricochet throws forearms and CHOPS! Morrison mule kicks, turns Ricochet and hits a NECKBREAKER! Morrison grins at the camera as he covers, TWO! Morrison keeps on Ricochet with another chinlock but Ricochet endures. Ricochet reaches for ropes but Morrison wraps him up in a half straitjacket stretch! Ricochet fights up, throws elbows but Morrison throws knees! Morrison ROCKS Ricochet with a right, brings him around and whips to ropes. Ricochet reverses, breaks free and then RANAS Morrison out of the ring! Morrison regroups with Miz, Ricochet builds speed, but Morrison and Miz get out of the way!
Morrison takes a Drip Stick, Ricochet avoids the spray, and uses the wheelchair to handspring over Miz! Morrison blocks the rana to BARRIER BOMB Ricochet! Miz says that’s what Ricochet gets as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Morrison fires off kicks and fast hands on Ricochet in the corner. The ref counts, Morrison lets off at 4, but Ricochet ROCKS him right back! Ricochet throws hands, Morrison shoves then trips him up to float around to do some ground ‘n’ pound and then a double stomp! Miz applauds but he’s the only one. Ricochet ducks the knee to roll Morrison up, TWO! Ricochet waistlocks to an O’Conner Roll, TWO! Ricochet CHOPS Morrison, throws hands, then whips Morrison to ropes. Morrison reverses but Ricochet hits a KNEE SMASH! But he swings into a STANDING SPANISH FLY!? Cover, TWO!!
Miz is furious but Morrison keeps on Ricochet with elbows! Morrison rolls through to turn Ricochet over and trap his arms! Morrison grins as he twists Ricochet up with a hammerlock and half nelson. Morrison throws forearms into ribs, but Ricochet manages to kick from below! Ricochet is free, gets up, but Morrison RAMS him into a corner! Morrison fires off shots, lets off as the ref counts, and then runs corner to corner. Morrison blocks a boot but not the second one! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls, and TORNADO DDT’s! Both men are down and Miz panics! Miz coaches Morrison up but Ricochet rises first!
Ricochet throws forearms, elbows, body shots, and a DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Morrison is still in this but Miz panics! Ricochet aims from a corner but Miz sprays him! The ref reprimands Miz, Ricochet kicks but Morrison blocks to wrench and drag Ricochet down to a Dragon’s Lair cradle! TWO!! Ricochet narrowly escapes, but Morrison gets him with an Eddy Gordo kick! Morrison snapmares Ricochet to KICK him in the back, then runs in to KNEE Ricochet against the ropes! Ricochet is stuck, Morrison slingshots, but Ricochet gets away! Morrison elbow drops the apron and staggers back up. Ricochet runs in and FLIES for a FALLING CROSSBODY!!
Miz can’t believe what he saw but it seems Morrison turned that around into his own move! Morrison crawls to the ring, Miz is blocking Ricochet! The count is 10, Morrison wins!!
Winner: John Morrison, by count-out
The Miz was a roadblock and that helps Johnny Drip Drip win! Will the “master” of the MITB use tactics like this and more to help Morrison be dripping with gold?
Jinder Mahal arrives by motorcycle.
The Modern Maharaja impresses his compatriots, Shanky & Veer, and Kevin Patrick interviews Mahal about his match with McIntyre. Mahal and McIntyre were close. They were tag partners and even friends. McIntyre was even there when Mahal bought this lovely motorcycle to celebrate his world title defense. Mahal texted McIntyre about going for a ride together on their motorcycles, but McIntyre took three days to reply, and simply said, “Sorry, bro, 2 busy.” McIntyre did not have the decency to write out “T O O,” he just used the number two! McIntyre thinks Mahal is better than him!
Mahal knows McIntyre has already qualified, but Mahal should’ve been included in the MITB race. That is why Mahal demanded this match! Mahal has always been better than McIntyre, and he will prove that tonight! Will Mahal get back at McIntyre for the apparent slights and disrespect?
Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Reginald talk backstage.
They’re all in agreement that they shouldn’t have to have this tag match alongside Eva Marie and “Doudrop,” but Reggie says Alexa Bliss is in the shadows! They turn around, and she’s gone? Shayna has had it up to here with this! Reggie is a fully- Well, mostly grown man, and he’s scared of shadows? Get it together! Nia says Shayna should stop. Reggie’s been through enough. They just need to get through the match. But as they leave, Alexa returns! Will Alexa and the other entries in the Women’s MITB match be any more united in this epic 8 Woman Tag?
Nikki Cross talks with Naomi and Asuka at gorilla position.
Naomi loves Nikki’s new look, name and everything! This is a #GlowUp! Asuka’s always wanted to team with a superhero! Nikki thanks them for that, but points out that she’s not a hero like Black Widow. She’s Almost a Superhero! But she’s finally started believing in herself and has never been more successful! Now, she has her chance to win the MITB Ladder Match! Nikki knows there are those who don’t always have confidence in their abilities, but if they believe in themselves, who knows what they can do? Naomi is glad for Nikki’s new confidence, but Ash needs to not get her hopes up. Naomi is winning! No, Asuka says for the second year in a row, SHE is winning!
Tension is rising between them, but Nikki’s music hits! Nikki feels like she’s coming to save the day! See you ladies out there! Wonder Woman spin and away~! But then Alexa walks in and says they all better lower their expectations for MITB. Is that a subtle threat to her teammates?
8 Woman Tag: Asuka, Naomi, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss VS Eva Marie, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald!
The Empress, the Glow, the Almost Superhero and the very Twisted Ms. Bliss are going to take on some of the most formidable women in WWE today, and the #EvaLution. But with everything going on between teammates, which team falls apart first?
Raw returns as the duo formerly known as #BlissCross are joined by their teammates. Then the Queen of Spades, Irresistible Force, and their sommelier make their entrance together, followed by Eva and “Doudrop.” Piper reluctantly takes Eva’s robe for her as they join the others in the ring. The teams sort out and Piper starts with Naomi. They circle, but then Eva tags herself in. Dysfunction already as Eva warms up and ties up with Naomi. Eva puts Naomi in a corner, but Naomi shoves her away. Naomi stares down with Piper but Eva sucker punches Naomi! Naomi gets up in a huff and Eva hurries to tag out to Piper!
Piper gets in, Naomi dropkicks her out of the ring! Naomi scares off the others, and PLANCHAS onto Nia and Shayna! Asuka comes in around the way. Eva moves and Piper takes the HPI ATTACK! Nikki flies in, Eva dodges and Piper takes the crossbody! Eva blows kisses o the fans, but turns around into a SCREAMING Alexa! Eva falls out of the ring in fear and Alexa smiles. Will the role model be able to compose herself while Raw goes to break?
Raw returns again and Piper blocks kicks but Alexa throws forearms. Piper ROCKS Alexa, whips her to ropes, but Alexa dodges and is a spider on the ropes! Nikki tags in and rushes Piper, but Pier turns wheelbarrow into a TOSS! Piper drags Nikki up but Nikki jawbreakers and dropkicks back! Tag to Asuka and Asuka KICKS away on Piper! Piper blocks a kick to HEADBUTT Asuka down! Piper staggers, reaches for her corner, and tags in Nia. Piper stands Asuka up, Piper and Nia run, and they SANDWICH Asuka with their body attacks! Cover, ONE!! Asuka survives, but Nia whips her to a corner. Nia runs corner to corner to SPLASH Asuka and shove her down!
Nia runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives again but Nia drags her up. Nia tags in Shayna and they mug Asuka. The ref counts, Shayna lets off to bring Asuka to a cover, ONE! Asuka shakes her head but Shayna rains down rights! Shayna lets off but Asuka kicks from below. Shayna grabs a foot to twist the ankle! Asuka endures but Shayna GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! Shayna keeps her eyes from looking at Alexa as she taunts Naomi and Nikki. Shayna gets Asuka up, Eva tags herself in! Eva gets Asuka up for stomps in the corner, then she tags out to Nia. Nia stands Asuka up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives but Nia clamps on a cobra clutch!
Nia thrashes Asuka around but Asuka endures. Asuka’s team rallies up, and she stands to throw hips and a jawbreaker! Nia staggers, but she DECKS Nikki and swings on Naomi! Nia stands Asuka up but Asuka fires off body shots! Nia HEADBUTTS Asuka down! Wait, Alexa is hypnotizing Reggie! Shayna can’t snap him out of it and he gravitates towards Alexa. So Shayna trips Alexa off the apron and throws her into barriers! That worked! Meanwhile, Nia and Asuka brawl, and Nia CLOBBERS Asuka with a clothesline! Reggie gets himself back to the friendly corner as Nia gets Asuka up. Nia whips Asuka over but Asuka DECKS Piper!
Asuka swings on Shayna, dodges Nia, and Nia POSTS herself! Eva tags in and stomps Asuka down! Eva gets Asuka up but Asuka fires off hands! Eva ducks, and tags out to Shayna! Shayna rushes in but Asuka hits an armbar takedown! Shayna clasps hands, turns things around and gets an ARMBAR! Asuka clasps hands, makes it a cover, TWO! Hot tag to Naomi! Asuka gets Shayna around, Naomi springboards, FLYING CHUCK to GERMAN SUPELX! Asuka plays defense but Piper manages to knock her down onto the cover! Piper saves the day, then CANNONBALLS into Naomi in the corner! Nikki tags in as Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER on Piper!
Shayna KNEES Asuka but Nikki CROSSBODIES! Cover, but Eva breaks it! Eva drags Nikki up but Nikki saves Eva out! Nia tags in, Nikki gets Shayna for the tilt-o-whirl La Magistrol, but the ref points out who is legal! Nia drags Nikki up, fireman’s carries, but Nikki fights free with forearms! Nia shoves Nikki, Nikki dodges and comes in, but Nia catches crossbody to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Nia and team win!
Winners: Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Piper Niven & Eva Marie, by pinfall
But again, Eva Marie takes all the credit! Nia wants to hurt Eva, Shayna wants to let her, and Piper wants to wash her hands of this. Will anything ever deflate the ego of the #EvaLution?
Bobby Lashley, MVP and the ladies still party.
But Kevin Patrick walks in and asks MVP and Lashley why they changed the match of Lashley VS Woods into a tag match to take on The New Day? MVP can’t understand how Kevin keeps getting in here! The next time Kevin wants to talk with Lashley, make an appointment! But to answer the question, it is that Woods doesn’t deserve to be 1v1 with the WWE Champion! The last time it happened, it didn’t go that well for Woods, anyway. Now to make this very clear, MVP has had one of the highest honors in his career to stand in Lashley’s corner. But he is not one to be disrespected, either! MVP simply wanted to talk with Kofi last week, and Kofi assaulted him!
Worse than that, Kofi disrespected the All Mighty Lashley. Lashley says he eviscerated McIntyre and Woods in back to back HIAC matches, so he took his vacation. But tonight, he sends the New Day on a permanent vacation! Kofi called Lashley soft!? There’s not a soft bone on Lashley’s body! It is ridiculous that Kofi thinks he’ll win at MITB, so Lashley is going to take all those words and shove them down Kofi’s throat! He’s ending the pipe dream and he’s hurting Kofi, because this is STILL the Hurt Business, and that is what they do! The ladies mockingly say “bye~” to Kevin as he leaves, but will they be saying bye to Lashley should things not go their way?
Mustafa Ali VS Mansoor!
The Beacon of Light has been trying to guide the young Star of Saudi Arabia, but he’s doing it with backhanded tactics. Will Mansoor give Mustafa a backhand of his own as they finally go 1v1 tonight?
Raw returns as Mansoor makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Mustafa avoids a leg trip, wrenches and wristlocks, but Mansoor handsprings and wrenches back! Mustafa rolls, slips through, armlocks and arm-drags Mansoor to a grounded hold. Mansoor fights up, rolls back, but Mustafa headlocks. Mansoor puts Mustafa in a corner, lets off at 4, and is ready for Mustafa to come back. Mustafa pulls hair and puts Mansoor in the corner! The ref counts, Mustafa trips Mansoor and then says, “You cut every corner that you can!” Mansoor says he won’t be embarrassed, and he ties up with Mustafa again.
Mustafa headlocks, Mansoor powers out, but Mustafa runs him over. Cover, ONE, and Mansoor avoids a takedown! But Mustafa arm-drags from below to get a chinlock! Mustafa says you don’t let someone up off the mat. Mansoor fights up, endures the grind, throws body shots, and powers out to CLOBBER Mustafa with an elbow! Mansoor shouts at Mustafa to get up so Mansoor can teach him a lesson! Mustafa seems to like the fire in Mansoor, and he does get up. Mansoor blocks the clothesline, swings Mustafa alone to CLOBBER and CHOP him! Mansoor whips then atomic drops to a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Mansoor seethes but he’s after Mustafa right away with a whip. Mustafa kicks Mansoor but Mansoor ENZIGURIS! Mustafa falls, his foot gets stuck in the ropes! The ref and Mansoor work to free Mustafa, and they get him out. Mustafa clutches the leg, but it’s a fake-out! He rolls Mansoor up and WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
“I told you! The high road only gets you so far!” Mansoor is furious with Mustafa but Mustafa says to stop listening to the heart and think with your mind! Which will Mansoor listen to when it comes to his path as a WWE superstar?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
How does McIntyre respond to Mahal claiming McIntyre took his opportunity in the MITB ladder match? Oh, Mahal’s opportunity, huh? Yeah, well, McIntyre heard about the complaints regarding their text messages, and McIntyre has opinions on that, too. But at least Mahal is willing to fight McIntyre in the ring. Nothing is given here, everything is taken! Now take his claymore sword, for example. It is a family heirloom and it means the world to him. But did you know the true story of this sword? McIntyre says this sword was in fact made from the tooth of the Loch Ness Monster!
Once upon a time, Nessie terrorized a village, would eat up their fisherman, and was just an all around “salty bitch.” But a brave Scottish Warrior stepped up to the edge of the Loch, cracked his neck and shrugged his shoulders, knowing it was going to go down! He felt it from head to plums, and he dove in and swam to come fact to face with the beast! The warrior did the biggest go-behind, got a rear naked choke, worked up that long neck and shouted, “WHOA, NESSIE!” He saw an opportunity and Claymore kicked the tooth right out of Nessie’s mouth! And then the two were friends and respected each other.
Nessie left the town alone, and told that warrior in her thick yet angelic and feminine Scottish accent, “Lad, if you take this here tooth and make a sword out of it, you’ll live a very successful life, and grow a manly, manly beard. And one day, you will defeat Jinder Mahal on this very day, and go on to Fort Worth, Texas, and win the Money in the Bank ladder match!” McIntyre smiles at his cleverness and then heads to the ring! Will McIntyre slay the Maharaja the way he did The Beast here in the ThunderDome?
Drew McIntyre VS Jinder Mahal w/ Shanky & Veer!
Raw returns as Mahal and his men make their way to the ring. The bell rings and McIntyre circles with Mahal. They tie up, go around, and McIntyre puts Mahal on ropes but Mahal puts McIntyre in a corner. McIntyre turns it around, the ref has them separate, and then they go again. Mahal waistlocks, headlocks, but McIntyre powers out. Mahal rams shoulders, McIntyre comes back to run Mahal over! McIntyre demands Mahal get up and Mahal says McIntyre isn’t better than him. Mahal resets, they tie up and McIntyre headlocks now. Mahal powers out, McIntyre ducks and dodges then follows to run Mahal over again!
McIntyre stalks Mahal but Mahal kicks low and elbows him back! Mahal bumps McIntyre off buckles, stomps him down, throws haymakers an clubbing shots, but stops as the ref counts. McIntyre stands, Mahal whips him corner to corner, but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Mahal! Veer & Shanky are worried as McIntyre fires off hands and CHOPS on Mahal! McIntyre brings Mahal out to SLAP him, but Mahal knees low! Mahal CLUBS McIntyre, SLAPS him back, but McIntyre knees and fires off haymakers! The ref has to back off the windmill but Mahal is dazed. McIntyre gets Mahal up but Mahal blocks a suplex to give a suplex!
Both men are down but Mahal gets up first. Mahal kicks McIntyre right in the head! And then again! McIntyre staggers up, Mahal runs, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Mahal falls out of the ring but McIntyre pursues! Veer & Shanky stand in his way, and Mahal throat chops McIntyre! Mahal suplexes McIntyre onto the announce desk! McIntyre writhes while Mahal leaves him behind, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Mahal grinds McIntyre down in the ring with a chinlock. McIntyre fights but Mahal CLUBS and KNEES him down! Mahal wraps the chinlock on again but McIntyre still fights up. McIntyre throws body shots, CHOPS free, and then CHOPS again! McIntyre whips Mahal to ropes but Mahal reverses, only for McIntyre to kick him! McIntyre runs but into a JUMPING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Mahal is furious as McIntyre survives, but Mahal brings him up to CLUB him! Mahal chokes McIntyre on the ropes, but he lets off as the ref counts 4. McIntyre sputters, Mahal kicks him down! Mahal has McIntyre in a corner, CLUBS and digs his knee in, but again lets off at 4.
Mahal grins as he brings McIntyre up to CLUB him again. Mahal ROCKS McIntyre with rights, whips him corner to corner hard, and McIntyre bounces off the buckles. Mahal CLUBS McIntyre again and again, then taunts him as he throws hands. McIntyre gives Mahal a GLASGOW KISS! Mahal falls over and McIntyre seethes as he stands back up. McIntyre rallies on Mahal with big clotheslines! McIntyre whips then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Mahal again! And AGAIN! Mahal writhes but McIntyre fires up! McIntyre watches Mahal stand, gets around and NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and wants to finish this! Kick and underhooks, but Mahal wrenches free!
Mahal wants the clutch but McIntyre elbows free! McIntyre spins Mahal around to a FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre smirks as Mahal is dazed! McIntyre goes to a corner, counts it down, but Veer is on the apron! McIntyre DECKS him, SHANKY attacks!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification
McIntyre fights off Mahal’s henchmen but they mug him 2v1 in a corner! McIntyre DECKS Veer, elbows Shanky, but Mahal SUPERKICKS McIntyre down!! Veer & Shanky get McIntyre up to POST him! Mahal grins and he has them get McIntyre back up. They feed McIntyre to Mahal’s KALLAS!! The Maharaja and his men stand over McIntyre, but will this be enough to take McIntyre out of the MITB match?
Wait, Mahal takes McIntyre’s sword! Mahal says this is only fair for McIntyre taking away his MITB opportunity! What Will McIntyre do to not only get his revenge, but get his family’s greatest heirloom back?
Backstage interview with the New Day.
Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston are here and “K-Peezy” brings up how the Hurt Business is hell bent on sending them a message. How do they plan on adjusting from the planned singles match to the now tag team match? Adjust? Why would they adjust? Kevin said it, they are the 11-time world tag team champions! WWE.com even named them THE greatest tag team of all time! They don’t need to adjust! When there is a tag match challenge, of course they accept! That is what they do! But MVP & Bob are overcompensating for the truth bombs that were dropped! Kofi threw them on the BBQ and roasted them!
Now, MVP was talking last week about not being medically cleared, but this week he’s magical healed? WOW~! And Bob is back from vacay early, so what Kofi said hit a little close to home. Ouchies! Woods says that MVP wouldn’t think Woods would be showing up. But guess what? Woods went to hell and back and here he is! And MVP says Kofi won’t win at MITB? But wrong again! Once they’re live in front of fans and we can see the pleasure they have of seeing the match, we all see Kofi walk out the NEW WWE Champion! And another truth nugget: when Kofi was champ, Kofi proved that Kevin Garnet was right when he said, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE~!”
Kofi is about to do this again at MITB in front of live, human flesh! Kofi’s been putting in the work while Lashley’s been resting on his all mighty laurels. MVP & Lashley can do all the vacay they want to after MITB and take their ladies with them! Because Lashley’s services will no longer be required. And all of those championship responsibilities will belong to the new, future, TWO-TIME, W! W! E! WORLD! HEAVY! WEIGHT! CHAMPION~! But not done there! BAAAAAAAAAYBEEEEEEEEEEEE~! It’s fittin’ to be a breeze, hah! The New Day is ready, but will they be able to bring the hurt to the Hurt Business?
Mace & T-Bar VS Lucha House Party!
These two teams have been wanting to settle things since the Raw Tag Team contenders battle royal, and they finally get that time! But will this be the extinction of the Golden Lynx & King of the Ropes? Or will the destructive duo learn you can’t extinguish a team this #LuchaLit?
The teams sort out and T-Bar starts with Lince “Kane” DOrado. They circle, Lince fires off kicks but T-Bar puts him in a corner. Lince dodges and CHOPS! Then runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor T-Bar down! Lince stomps T-Bar, brings him up, and whips him to ropes. T-Bar reverses to mule kick and CLUB Lince down! T-Bar stalks Lince to a corner but Lince boots back! Lince goes up and leaps, but into T-Bar’s arms! T-Bar snarls as he gives Lince knees in the side, then TOSSES him out of the ring! Then he cyclone BOOTS Gran Metalik down! Tag to Mace, he fetches Lince, and bounces him off the announce desk!
“This is how you do it!” Mace smacks Lince off the desk more! Mace puts Lince in the ring, drags Lince around and stomps him, to dribble him off the mat! T-Bar tags in, runs, Mace gets Lince up for a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Lince still lives but T-Bar rains down fists! T-Bar tags Mace back in, Mace drags Lince around and stomps him more! Mace drags Lince to ropes and springboards for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Lince is still in this, and he kicks Mace away! Lince kangaroo kicks then dropkicks, but Mace catches his jump! Mace TOSSES Lince, DECKS Metalik and LEG LARIATS Lince! Tag to T-Bar, they both get Lince up, for HIGH-
No! Metalik dropkicks Mace in the back! Metalik dumps Mace out, but T-Bar stomps and whips Metalik! Metalik FLIES to take out Mace! Lince rolls and SPIKE-RANAS T-Bar! Cover, LUCHA HOUSE PARTY WINS!!
Winners: Lucha House Party, by pinfall
What a shocker! Lince & Metalik proved you can’t overlook anyone, least of all them! Will LHP get back up and head for the tag titles soon enough?
Matt Riddle checks his foot.
Bending each toe in turn, the pain is still bad. But Damian Priest checks in with him, and they have their own secret handshake. What’s Priest up to? Not much but what about Riddle? That fall was nasty. Riddle has fallen from further up. His cousin has this house with a sick roof, and Riddle jumped off to dive into the pool, but when he woke up, he was in the hospital. Worst summer ever. Yeah, alright… But look, Riddle has to be easy. A match with Styles could jeopardize his chances in the MITB match, and that’d be really lame. Well, see, Riddle wasn’t quite done with his story. Next summer, with adrenaline pumping, Riddle did the jump again. And then he landed in the deep end!
Riddle isn’t afraid of heights, ladders or Styles! And Riddle will show everyone, and Randy wherever he is, that Riddle can do this with the three most dangerous letters in the WWE: R K BRO! Technically that’s five letters… Well, all that aside, will Riddle prove that he can overcome anything? Or will this be phenomenal redemption for Styles?
Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
Raw returns as Riddle scooters back out to the ring. He couldn’t quite kick the sandals off this time, but he isn’t letting that bother him. The bell rings and Styles says Riddle must be crazy. They circle, feel things out, and Styles corners Riddle. Riddle gets away from the leg shoot, and Styles grins as Riddle gingerly steps on that bad foot. They circle, Riddle avoids kicks to the bad foot, and then goes in for a leg. Styles blocks, gets around, but Riddle uses his legs to get the arm! Styles uses his legs to get a ropebreak, but Riddle gets away from Styles before Styles can get the foot. They go again, Riddle is cornered and Styles KICKS the leg!
Styles CLUBS Riddle, stomps the bad leg, and Riddle scrambles to a corner! The ref has Styles back off but Styles comes back to get the leg! SHIN BREAKER! Styles holds on to try another but Riddle sunset flips! TWO, and Riddle KICKS Styles to a corner! Riddle fires off hands but Styles kicks the bad leg out! Styles KICKS the leg again in the hamstring! Riddle crawls but Styles gets the foot for a trip and elbow to the knee! Styles pulls with a toehold and Riddle screams in pain! Riddle sits up, tries a chinbar but Styles pushes back harder! Riddle clubs Styles, gets free, but Styles seethes as Riddle gets away. Styles fakes Riddle out to kick low, then whips.
Riddle holds ropes, Styles kicks him again, then whips. Riddle can’t run on the foot and he falls over! Styles grins but Riddle gets up to body scissor Styles up and out! Riddle gets back in the ring as Styles hurries up to the apron, but Riddle KICKS him in the ropes! Riddle drags Styles in like Orton would, but Styles has to leg to hotshot it! Riddle falls over again, Styles takes his time returning, and Styles is in at 5 of 10. Riddle tries the Crane Stance! Karate Kid vibes, anyone? Styles can’t believe this! Styles is about to laugh but The CRANE KICK hits!! Riddle fires off hands, has Styles in a corner, but lets off as the ref counts.
Riddle hobbles back, brings Styles up and GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, ONE!! Styles survives, but Riddle PENALTY KICKS him! That’s double-edged because of the bad foot! Styles gets up, kicks the bad foot, fires off a Phenomenal Blitz, but swings into an arm-drag! Riddle KICKS with the bad leg again, but he powers through. Styles blocks the next kick to DRAGON SCREW! Styles kicks away on the bad leg, stomps Riddle, stomps the bad leg, but lets off as the ref counts. Riddle hobbles up again, but Omos sweeps the legs through the ropes! There’s no mercy in the ThunderDome, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Styles has a toehold. Riddle kicks back with his good leg, and then fires off hands on Styles! Riddle kicks, Styles ducks to CHOP BLOCK the bad leg! Omos nods as Styles drags Riddle around to an ANKLE LOCK! Styles shouts out the Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle, and leans on the hold! Riddle fights up, rolls and throws Styles off, then runs in, only for Styles to roll him back! Riddle slips out of the Calf Crusher to FINAL FLASH point-blank! Both men are down as Riddle clutches his leg. Riddle fights back up to drop a BROTON! Cover, TWO! Riddle watches Styles slowly get up, and runs in at the corner, but Styles BOOTS him!
Styles goes up, out, but Riddle trips up the springboard! Styles tumbles to the apron, Riddle drags him up through the ropes and #WWROD? What would Randy Orton do? DRAPING DDT! Riddle glares at Omos, gets his bad foot moving, and goes up the corner! With one leg, Riddle reaches the top, to FLOATING BRO! But Styles moves, Riddle lands on his feet, and Riddle hobbles up. Styles runs in, Riddle fireman’s carries, but that’s too much for the foot! Styles gets Riddle in the modified torture rack, PHENOMENAL BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!?! Riddle lives and Styles is furious! Styles snarls but he brings Riddle up again.
Styles reels Riddle in for the Clash, but wait, is that Ivar? He’s glaring at Omos from behind the barrier, but Omos doesn’t see Erik creeping up from the other side! Styles tells Omos to watch out, but Riddle rolls Styles! RIDDLE WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
That was some smart thinking from the “stinky barbarians,” as Styles says the Viking Raiders are. Erik & Ivar help Riddle away and Riddle says this was for Randy! Will Riddle be able to make it through MITB on behalf of The Viper? Or will it be too hard to climb a ladder with only one leg?
Charlotte Flair is here!
And after the chop block from Rhea Ripley last week, she isn’t walking with swagger, but with a crutch! The Queen has a mic to say, “I know. It’s shocking to see me like this. After Rhea took my knee out after I won the Six Woman Tag match, with my own move…” Charlotte knows the NBA is in turmoil after top stars like Anthony Davis and James Harden go down, the Playoffs are ruined. But what’s bigger than that is that Charlotte might miss MITB! “Because the Nightmare is so scared to lose her Raw Women’s Championship to the Queen, she’s resorted to using my own moves.”
Charlotte doesn’t blame Rhea. Charlotte would be scared to defend a title against Charlotte, too. And the only way for Rhea to hold onto the title is if she takes Charlotte out completely! Honestly, Charlotte couldn’t have done it any better, and Rhea is learning pretty well. Rhea knows if she hurts Charlotte, she won’t have to face Charlotte and she won’t be exposed as someone who can’t beat Charlotte. It’s what Charlotte would do. If there was someone better than Charlotte, what would Charlotte do? “Except nobody is better than Charlotte Flair!” But Rhea makes her entrance to respond! And Rhea is mocking Charlotte by walking out with a crutch of her own!
Rhea grimaces as she hobbles down the ramp. Rhea “struggles” up the steel steps and to the apron, but needs help through the ropes. Charlotte claims Rhea is just stealing her entrance now, too. Rhea says she needs a mic and the staffer gets her one. “You’re right, Charlotte. I did exactly what you would’ve done. Which is exactly what I’m doing right now.” Rhea sees right through Charlotte, and can play her game way better. That’s why Rhea knows Charlotte is just being a little drama queen! The crutches go flying and both women walk well after all. Rhea was right, and now the belts and heels are put aside. They each pick up a crutch, and they circle as they talk trash.
Charlotte swings first, Rhea dodges, but then Charlotte dodges! Crutches clash, each woman dodges, but Rhea is disarmed! Charlotte smirks as she has the advantage now, but Rhea dodges and gets her crutch back! Now Rhea disarms Charlotte! And JABS her! Charlotte bails out before Rhea can swing again! Rhea smashes the crutch against the mat, showing how dangerous that would’ve been! Rhea holds up her belt, will Rhea make sure Charlotte isn’t just acting next time?
Cedric Alexander & Elias VS R-Truth & Jaxson Ryker!
PRIMED has been working on clearing out the “antiques” in WWE, and he’s willing to #WalkWithElias to do it. But will they be able to deny the Truth and the Forgotten Son?
The teams sort out and wait, Akira Tozawa is here? He’s running from someone as 24/7 Champion, and he ends up in the ring! He bumps into Ryker but Truth rolls him up! TWO!?! Tozawa gets up, and here comes Drew Gulak, Humberto Carrillo, Angel Garza and even Shelton Benjamin! They storm right through the ring as Tozawa goes out the other side! They go around ringside, Truth says he’s gotta go?! Ryker is alone as Truth chases after his “baby!” Alexander laughs as he starts for his team, and the bell rings! Does Ryker stand a chance now that he stands alone?
The bell rings, Alexander fires off hands but so does Ryker! Ryker shoves Alexander out but Alexander BOOTS him! Alexander talks smack, steps in, but Ryker catches him for an URENAGE! Ryker seethes as he drags Alexander back up and then throws him to Elias. Ryker dares Elias to tag in, but Elias is afraid of Ryker so he backs away! Now things are even again as Alexander is left alone! Ryker calls Elias a coward, and promises this isn’t over by a long shot. Alexander rushes Ryker, and runs into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Ryker wins for his team!!
Winners: Jaxson Ryker & R-Truth, by pinfall
The wrath of Ryker is meant for the Drifter, but it all hit Alexander like a truck! Will Ryker run Elias down as WWE gets back on the road?
Bobby Lashley warms up with chin-ups.
MVP hypes him up by saying, “No one disrespects the Hurt Business.” The New Day is nuts for thinking they can get away with this. Kevin Patrick returns but MVP shuts him up already. “Does that look like a man that’s lost his edge to you?” Lashley stops warming up and is ready! Will the Chief Hurt Officer put the hurt on the New Day to end the night?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Raw!
First, Sheamus finally defends his WWE United States Championship against Humberto Carrillo, who has been scratching and clawing and getting in the Fella’s face for weeks! Will the Celtic Warrior finally prove he is a fighting champion? Plus, Styles & Omos square off in separate singles matches with Ivar & Erik, respectively, because in TWO weeks, the first Raw back in front of a live audience will see them defend those Raw Tag Team Championships! Who gets the last bit of momentum before going back on the road?
The New Day VS Bobby Lashley & MVP!
THE greatest tag team in WWE history will need to be great if they are to take down the Rocky Mountain Machine and Montel Vontavius Porter! Will it be just that easy as Kofi heads to MITB? Or is Lashley going to show just how hard it is to survive the wrath of the All Mighty World Champion?
Raw returns as the Hurt Business make their entrance. The teams sort out and Woods dares Lashley to start to continue where they left off. MVP says he’s got this, and MVP circles with Woods. They tie up, MVP gets an arm and wrenches to CLUB away on the shoulder. MVP wrenches gain, Woods wrenches through to give all the clubbing forearms back! Woods wristlocks, MVP fights through, and he throws uppercuts to the arm. Woods wrenches back, clubs the arm but MVP shoves him down! MVP talks smack but Woods gets up. They circle, tie up, and MVP knees Woods low! Woods clutches the ribs but MVP ROCKS him with a right!
MVP whips, Woods ducks and dodges to clip MVP’s leg! MVP clutches his bad knee and Woods rains down rights! Woods stares Lashley down then goes back to MVP. Woods wrenches the arm, MVP gets away but not very far! Woods drags MVP back, tags in Kofi, and Kofi climbs for a DIVING STOMP onto the bad leg! Cover, ONE!! Kofi keeps MVP down with a hammerlock. MVP fights up, elbows Kofi back, then brings him over to throw him down by his hair. Lashley wants in, so MVP tags him in. Lashley drags Kofi up and whips him to ropes, to then run him over with a shoulder! Lashley gets Kofi back up to put him in a corner and fire off hands!
The ref counts, Lashley lets off to then RAM his shoulder in again and again! The ref counts but Lashley lets off at 5, to then bring Kofi out for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Lashley gets Kofi back up, gut wrenches but Kofi slips out of the Dominator and lands on his feet to PENALTY KICK Lashley! Kofi CLUBS Lashley, headlocks, but Lashley powers up and SLAMS Kofi down! Lashley drags Kofi up by his beard, puts him in the corner, and stomps him down! Lashley CLUBS Kofi, tags in MVP, and MVP throws body shots. MVP brings Kofi up for forearms, then stares Woods down as he suplexes Kofi up! Kofi knees free and dropkicks MVP into the corner!
Kofi stomps MVP, Woods tags in and he stomps away! The Unicorn Stampede is short this time as Woods whips Kofi in to dropkick MVP! Kofi drags MVP up to headbutt him down! Woods taunts Lashley from across the way, but MVP bails out. Lashley goes over that way but Woods WRECKS him with a dropkick! Kofi builds speed, Woods holds down the ropes, and Kofi FLIES out to take down Lashley! The New Day are fire dup and standing tall in the ring as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and Woods rains down rights on Lashley in a corner! Woods gets about 8, Lashley shoves him but Woods gets around. Lashley powers out of the DDT but Woods waistlocks. Lashley bucks Woods off this time to CLOBBER him! Woods writhes as Lashley looms over him. MVP dares Woods to talk now, and Lashley gets Woods up for a SNAP suplex! Cover, ONE, but Lashley has an armlock! Lashley grinds Woods but Woods gets a ropebreak. Lashley lets off but stays between him and Kofi. Lashley knocks Woods down with a straddle attack, then glares at Kofi. Lashley drags Woods by his hair, digs a knee into his head, then gets him up.
Tag to MVP, the Hurt Business mugs Woods, then MVP looms over him. MVP puts Woods on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, MVP lets off, but MVP brings Woods up again. Woods throws hands, MVP throat chops him! Then DECKS him! MVP soaks up the heat and skips the run to drop the BALLIN’ elbow! Cover, TWO! MVP keeps on Woods with a chinbar and armlock. Woods fights up, throws body shot after body shot, and then JAWBREAKER! MVP grabs Woods, Woods boots him away! Hot tag to Kofi! Springboard ax handle for MVP! Ax handle for Lashley! Kofi mule kicks, but MVP body shots! MVP back suplexes, Kofi lands on his feet to BULLDOG!
Kofi hurries to a cover, TWO! Kofi mule kicks MVP down, DECKS Lashley, then runs for the NEW~ DAY, BALLIN’ BOOM DROP! Kofi fires up and aims from a corner! Lashley goes after him but gets a SUPERKICK for it! Kofi turns around into MVP’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! MVP is frustrated but he goes after Kofi. MVP checks to see where Lashley went, and Lashley gets up to tag in. MVP BOOTS Kofi in the corner, and Kofi staggers into Lashley’s MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Woods breaks it in time! Lashley is furious and he throws Woods out hard! Lashley tags MVP back in, gets Kofi up, but Kofi gives Lashley TROUBLE IN PARADISE!
MVP throws hands on Kofi, but Woods LEAPS to take Lashley down! MVP CLUBS Kofi, gets Kofi up, but no Playmaker! Kofi slips out, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, The New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall
MVP sits up in a daze as the New Day gets away! Lashley is furious but he should’ve known the 11-time tag champions would pull this one off! Will he have a better business plan for when it’s 1v1 with Kofi at MITB?
This was another very good Raw, especially for the second-to-last one in the ThunderDome and before the PPV. The only real weak spot was the quite clearly filler of R-Truth & Ryker VS Alexander & Elias. Truth being there of course meant the 24/7 Championship would get a spot, and just as it seems Ryker would be in a bad situation, Elias chickens out and Alexander is left alone. Ryker’s push is definitely all Vince, it is going to be quite interesting to see live audiences around America react to Ryker even just showing up. Lucha House Party winning over Mace & T-Bar was also a bit filler, but I did like Mace talking trash at Byron, who replaced Dio Maddin on commentary.
MizTV was a really good opening moment, though perhaps a little awkward when Ricochet interacted with Miz and Morrison directly. Riddle was great, though, and then Styles & Omos showing up was also great. It works for Styles to pick on Riddle, that keeps the feud of Styles & Omos VS RKBRO alive. Styles VS Riddle was a great match, it perfectly used the foot injury angle. I like that Viking Raiders showed up to mess with Omos & Styles and that helped Riddle win, and now we’re getting quite a lot of great stuff next week. Next week being the go-home to the PPV and the good-bye to the ThunderDome, those singles matches and the US Championship match are going to really punctuate that intersection of moments.
Getting Mustafa VS Mansoor tonight was a good move, and it was a great move that Mustafa tricked Mansoor to get the win. It might be a bit derivative of THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa in the early days of 205 Live, but it’s not like that many fans watching Raw watched 205 Live so this will be some fresh material for the mainstream to have fun with. Charlotte was of course faking the bad leg, perhaps as a ploy to delay her match with Rhea or lure her into a trap, but whatever the plan was, it gets a bit trampled by Rhea copying Charlotte. Rhea and Charlotte having a chair fight was pretty good, but Rhea technically stands tall so who knows what this means for MITB.
The promos from the Women’s Division before the 8 Woman Tag were pretty good. The match itself was pretty fun, and it works for the Heels (and Piper) to win. The women in the MITB are all even, and then Eva gets to build her Heel heat, even with the others. After Nia and Piper did that double body attack together, I almost want those two to be a tag team after Piper ditches Eva. Of course, that’d require perhaps Shayna breaking it off with Nia because she just can’t stand Reggie any longer, but that could probably happen easily enough.
McIntyre’s promos aren’t bad, they’re just getting rather odd. He’s executing them perfectly but him pretending they’re historical stories and legends and then making them about himself seem a bit obnoxious for his character. He and Mahal had a really good match, though, even with Shanky & Veer attacking McIntyre and “ruining” things. Mahal taking the sword was a good detail, though. Maybe next week, we get another match so McIntyre can take the sword back and go into MITB strong, so that the math takes him out of the running. Then after MITB, McIntyre can feud with Mahal more, build both guys up, and see if the US Championship gets included in it.
We got good promos from the Hurt Business and the New Day, and we got a very good match in the main event. MVP being in this was definitely so he could take the loss, keeping the math essentially neutral between Kofi and Lashley, even with Kofi getting the win. There will surely be one last segment between them in the go-home, and that will be a bit more telling, but I still don’t see Kofi winning at MITB, as great as that would be.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)
What is the State of the Bloodline?
Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.
Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline arrives.
Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!
The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?
The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.
Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!
Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!
Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!
Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!
Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!
Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.
But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?
SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.
Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.
Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!
Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!
The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!
Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!
Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!
Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!
Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?
The Bloodline sits in their private room.
Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.
Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?
The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!
“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?
SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.
Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!
Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!
Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?
WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.
Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!
As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.
Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!
Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)
The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?
Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.
Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.
Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring.
Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”
Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.
Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”
So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.
Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”
Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”
Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”
Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?
This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.
Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.
The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.
Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.
My Score: 8.8/10
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