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! (1/21/22)
Moxley is on a Rampage!
AEW continues LIVE in Washington, D.C!
Jon Moxley gets back in action against Ethan Page, and Jade Cargill defends the TBS Championship against Anna Jay!
- Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky; Moxley wins.
- Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy; Trent wins.
- Hook VS Serpentico; Hook wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver; Cargill wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley VS Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky!
The Maniac is back and he’s even more liberated than he was before! Will Moxley use that newfound freedom, and the same old ferocity, to deflate All Ego?
The bell rings and Moxley circles with Ethan. Fans are fired up for Mox as he ties up with Ethan. They go around, Moxley powers Ethan to a corner but Ethan shoves Moxley away. Ethan double guns and grins but Moxley keeps cool. Moxley and Ethan circle, tie up, Moxley waistlocks but Ethan switches to shove Mox away. Ethan blows a kiss but Moxley ties up with him again. They go around, end up on ropes and fans rally as Ethan lets off. Ethan CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on. Ethan CHOPS again, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Ethan kicks low, whips, but Moxley reverses. Things speed up and Moxley CLOBBERS Ethan!
Moxley follows Ethan to a corner, grinds forearms into his face, then climbs up to BITE Ethan’s forehead! Mox did say he drinks blood now… Moxley runs, but into a BOOT! Ethan goes up to ENZIGURI, then runs Moxley over with a shoulder! Moxley tumbles out of the ring and Ethan soaks up the heat. Ethan goes out to fetch Moxley, bumps him off the timekeeper’s table, then throws down hands. The ref starts a ring count but Ethan mugs Moxley and breaks the table! Moxley staggers away, Ethan stalks behind him. Moxley kicks and CHOPS back! And CHOPS more! Moxley whips Ethan into railing! Fans fire up as they get even closer to the action.
Moxley drags Ethan up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up more as Moxley steps in. But Ethan knees Moxley at the ropes, gets the legs caught in the rope, and dropkicks the knee! Fans boo but Ethan drags Moxley up and in through the ropes. Double underhooks, DRAPING BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ethan looms over Moxley, has him on ropes and throws down punches! The ref counts, Ethan lets off, but Ethan drags Moxley up. Moxley rams him into the corner and throws his shoulder in. Moxley whips corner to corner, but Ethan dodges and Moxley POSTS himself!
AEW goes picture in picture as Ethan grins and Moxley flops to the floor. Ethan goes out, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS it! Ethan SLAMS the bad arm against railing, then brings Moxley around to KNEE him low. Ethan TOSSES Moxley over the railing and now the front row is getting a real interactive experience. Ethan talks trash that HE is the face of AEW, not Moxley. Ethan drags Moxley back over the railing to ringside, and then puts him in the ring. Ethan stalks Moxley, drags him up and reels him in, but Moxley fights out of the crucifix as AEW returns to single picture! School boy, TWO!
Ethan swings, Moxley gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And another German Suplex! Moxley gets Ethan up a third time but Ethan elbows free. Ethan runs but Moxley sidesteps for a SNAP GERMAN! Ethan flounders up in a corner, Moxley runs in and forearm smashes! Moxley keeps moving, Ethan ducks and fires a forearm! Moxley forearms back, but Ethan hits back. Moxley ROCKS Ethan, eggs him on, but Ethan throws another forearm. Moxley SLAPS, Ethan SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight! Moxley fires off boxing elbows but Ethan knees low again! Ethan runs, into a knee at the ropes! Moxley runs, into a BOOT!
Moxley ducks the roundhouse to LARIAT Ethan down! Fans fire up as Moxley rises again. Moxley drags Ethan up, underhooks the arms, PARA- NO! Ethan slips out, ROUNDHOUSE! ROLLING ELBOW! Suplex to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Ethan gets a leg and turns Moxley over for a HALF CRAB! Moxley endures, crawls, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ethan lets go at the ref’s count, and he fires off haymakers! Ethan runs in, but Moxley dumps him out! Moxley builds speed despite the knee, and he DIVES! Direct hit and Ethan hits railing! Moxley puts Ethan in, goes to the corner, climbs up, but Ethan ROCKS him first!
Ethan climbs up, brings Moxley onto a shoulder, SUPER POWERSLAM! Ethan has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ghost pin, TWO! Moxley drives hammering elbows into Ethan’s head! Then knees! Then the BULLY CHOKE!! Ethan endures, Moxley cranks way back, Ethan is OUT! Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission
And there it is! Moxley is back, and Ethan can’t even believe it! But Ethan gets in Moxley’s face, so Moxley kicks him and hits PARADIGM SHIFT! Now Ethan’s out cold all over again! Will Moxley do much of the same to the next man put in front of him?
As Moxley makes his exit, Bryan Danielson is there! Bryan applauds Moxley, but is the American Dragon planning on being next up?
AEW hears from Jurassic Express.
Jungle Boy tells Billy Gunn that Billy’s been “a salty old bitch” since they first met. So the fact Billy is upset his sons haven’t just been handed a tag title match doesn’t surprise him. The Gunn Clubs crossed the line going after Christian Cage like that. Christian was right about apples not falling far from the tree. Billy’s little Ass Boys are entitled and sour, just like Billy. The title match should be the least of their concerns, because when Christian comes back, this won’t be about a match. They’ll be coming to stomp Gunn Club’s heads into the ground! Will Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus make Gunn Club extinct?
Nick Jackson w/ Matt Jackson VS Trent Beretta w/ Orange Cassidy!
The Roppongi Vice reunion had to be postponed because of gaddang COVID. But Freshly Squeezed has Trent’s back as he takes on one of the Young Bucks 1v1. Who will have the momentum going into the tag team rivalry’s revival?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Trent powers Nick to ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Trent lets off to pull a page out of Kazuchika Okada’s book: a fake chop, to then pat the shoulders. Nick is annoyed, he kicks Trent low and whips him to ropes. Trent kicks the back drop away, but Nick blocks the punch to knuckle lock, CHOP, and “LUCHA~ LIBRE~!” arm-drag! But Trent gets up and CLOBBERS Nick! Trent storms in at Nick to stomp, CHOP, and stalk Nick to another corner for another CHOP. And then another CHOP! Nick wants to tag Matt but Cutler reminds him this is a singles match.
Nick avoids Trent’s chop, stomps him then reels Trent in. But Trent powers up to TOSS Nick away! Fans fire up and Cassidy double guns on Trent’s behalf. Trent storms over to the apron but Nick hotshots him! Nick slingshots, but Trent blocks the DDT to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, ONE!! rent’s neck might be a concern again, but he gets up to throw forearms on Nick. Trent whips, back drops Nick high and hard, and fans fire up. Trent brings Nick up to throw forearms, wrap on a headlock, but Nick powers out. Things speed up, Trent ducks and dodges but crossbodies into ropes as Nick ducks!
Nick smirks as Trent is on the apron. Nick drags Trent through the ropes for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Trent flops out of the ring, Nick goes out to the apron, PENALTY KICK to the back! Trent goes down, Nick strikes a lounging pose on the apron. Fans rally up as AEW goes picture in picture.
Cutler sprays Nick down so he stays cool, and Nick drags Trent up. Nick puts Trent in the ring, climbs up a corner, and leaps to hit an ax handle to Trent’s back! Nick drags Trent up again, CLUBS him on the neck, then brings him around to run and HOTSHOT BULLDOG! Nick does his Macho Man before he goes into the ring. Nick brings Trent up, heads for the ropes again, but Trent powers out to CLOBBER Nick! Nick bails out, Trent grits his teeth and builds speed, but Nick gets in to SUPERKICK! Trent falls out of the ring, Nick runs and FLIES! Not the best takeoff but Nick still wipes Trent out! Nick gets back in the ring, but Cassidy makes sure Matt doesn’t try something.
Matt eggs Cassidy on, and Cassidy pulls back his fist, but then he avoids Nick’s kick from the apron! Trent trips Nick up and Nick hits apron on the way down! Trent puts Nick back in, hops up the corner, but Nick trips Trent up! Trent hits buckles on the way down! Nick wants Trent to get up but AEW goes to break.
AEW returns and Nick is up top. Trent is in the drop zone, Nick SWANTONS but onto Trent’s knees! Trent saves himself and fans rally up! Trent throws forearms but Nick hits back. They double forearm but neither falls! They double forearm again, they still stay up, and Trent LARIATS Nick down! Trent fires up, waistlocks and deadlifts to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent aims from a corner, runs and BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nick goes to ropes, Trent fires forearms on him. Trent rains them down on Nick but the ref backs him off. Nick gets up, BOOTS Trent back, then handsprings to the apron. Trent runs in, but slides as Nick backflips away!
Trent dodges Nick to SPEAR him down! Fans fire up with Trent as he gets up and puts Nick in the ring. Trent runs in at the corner but into a BOOT! Nick swings but into a SAIDO! Trent gets Nick for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Trent brings Nick up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Trent runs, but Nick uses the ref as a shield! ROUNDHOUSE! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Trent gets right up and gets Nick for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Nick crawls to the apron, shoulders into Trent, then slingshots, but Trent catches him! Trent shoves Nick away, Nick backflips and lands on his feet to ROCK Trent!
Nick slingshots, DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and shocks Nick! Nick rains down fists on Trent, “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Nick brings Trent up but Trent throws a forearm! Nick throws another forearm, but Trent forearms back! Nick ROCKS Trent, but Trent shakes it off and ROCKS Nick! Nick goes to a corner, spins, ROUNDHOUSE! Trent crawls to a corner, Nick runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ROUNDHOUSE, and forearm to a BULLDOG! Nick wants Trent to stand up, but Trent blocks the superkick to whip! Nick flips through, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Nick SUPERKICKS, but Trent LARIATS!
Fans are thunderous as Trent gets Nick back up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Nick survives and Trent can’t believe it! Trent crawls after Nick and they end up on the ramp. Trent reels Nick in, but Nick back drops Trent away! Nick climbs a corner, takes aim, SWANTON on the ramp! Trent rolls into the ring, Nick goes back up top. Nick aims again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Nick can’t believe it and Matt is furious! Nick aims from the corner, Trent slowly rises, SUPERKICK! Nick says he wants another! SUPER- NO! Trent ducks, Alabama lift and tuck, STRONG ZERO! Cover, Trent wins!!
Winner: Trent Beretta, by pinfall
A massive victory for #JustTrent! But will it be even bigger when Rocky Romero returns to reignite Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks?
AEW takes a closer look at Martinez VS Rosa.
“No one knows the reason why I’m here. No one needs to know. All they need to know is that my first priority is taking out Thunder Rosa.” But Rosa reminds Mercedes that she took the TBS Championship away from her. Mercedes asks how it feels to see her dreams of being a champion slip away thanks to the OG Badass? Just cuz Mercedes thinks she’s the OG, doesn’t mean she is an OG. La Mera Mera is ready for anyone, but when and where are we going to see these two tear into each other?
Hook VS Serpentico!
The Handsome Devil is still undefeated, and he hasn’t even broken a sweat yet. Will he continue the streak? Or will SNAKEMAN strike him down?
Serpentico throws his streamers, and Hook CLOBBERS him! The bell rings and Serpentico tries to find his way out of the streamers but Hook just throws knee after knee, then he throws Serpentico! And then a drop sayanagi! STO! Fans sing, “Hook is gonna kill~ you~!” Hook gets Serpentico up, double wristlock takedown but Serpentico scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hook lets off, then runs in, but into a boot! Serpentico runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Hook paces, Serpentico flounders up, into the REDRUM! Serpentico taps, Hook wins!
Winner: Hook, by submission
Hook makes SNAKEMAN pay, but QT Marshall storms out and says this is what he’s been talking about! Hitting before the bell, holding on after! QT says Hook is a delinquent! Hook goes up the ramp but QT won’t let him through. Hook’s tough now, huh? QT says he’s ready for him now! But then Hook TOSSES QT, and walks on him! Will QT learn to just let Hook be Hook?
Mark Henry talks with the main eventers.
Jade Cargill is 24-0 and the TBS Champion. The first-ever, too. How does she feel about her competition tonight? “Anna Banana? Let’s just make this about me. I am undefeated, baby. And I am the first TBS champ. Anna should be elated that she has a spot on the main event.” Anna warns Jade one more time. She has a dark side. That street fight changed Anna, and she chokes people out. Tonight, TBS stands for That Bitch SLAYER. Oh, well Anna better bring the barbed wire! Anna says she doesn’t need it. Mark Henry says there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Number 99 survive the storm that’s coming for her?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ Mark Sterling VS Anna Jay w/ John Silver!
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Jade stays the undefeated inaugural TBS Champion!
Fans rally and duel as Jade flexes while Anna shows the Dark Order claw. They tie up, go around, Jade headlocks. Jade holds on as Anna tries to power out, but Anna gets free on the second try, only for Jade to run her over! Jade dusts herself off, drags Anna up, but Anna JAWBREAKERS! Anna runs, jumps, but into Jade’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Jade kips up and fans fire up as she smirks. “I like money, but I’m That BI-” ROLL UP! TWO, and Jade CLOBBERS Anna! Anna bails out again, Mark Sterling talks smack but John Silver gets in his way. Jade goes out and moves Mark aside to get in Johnny Hungy’s face. They flex their guns at each other, they’re both jacked!
But then Anna roars as she runs in to CLOBBER Jade! “That Bitch SLAYER!” Anna gets back in the ring to refresh the count, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Anna SMACKS Jade off the apron, then does it again! Anna high fives Silver, but Jade hits back with elbows. Jade gets in the ring, Anna follows, and Anna runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Anna climbs up to rain down fists, but only gets 7 before Jade throws her away! Anna runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jade drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Jade shows off by doing push-ups, but Anna throws body shots. Jade CLUBS Anna down, stalks her to a corner, then brings her up for forearms. Jade stomps Anna back down, digs her boot in, and lets off as the ref counts 4. Jade drags Anna back up to RAM a shoulder in!
Jade RAMS Anna again, lets off as the ref reprimands, but Jade fires off more forearms. Jade bumps Anna off buckles, CLUBS her, and CLUBS her again. Jade keeps on Anna, taunts her, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, into an OVERHEAD suplex! Jade kips up, covers, TWO! Jade is annoyed but she drags Anna up to bump her off buckles again. Jade bumps Anna off more buckles, runs corner to corner as she “dribbles,” to DUNK on Anna! AEW returns to single picture as Jade whips Anna corner to corner. Anna dodges the corner attack to HEEL KICK! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Jade HOTSHOTS Anna!
Both women are down, the ref starts a standing count, and fans rally up. Jade sputters as she gets up, and she stands Anna up, only for Anna to ROCK her with a forearm! Anna runs into the corner to back elbow, forearm, roll and DANGEROUS JAY KICK! Anna whips, Jade reverses but Anna wrenches to DANGEROUS JAY KICK again! And then a mule kick, SUPERKICK, and a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna roars and fans fire up with her! Anna drags Jade up, but Mark is on the apron to distract! Anna chases him off, Silver gets Mark by his tie! BRAINBUSTER to the floor! Anna gets around Jade, backslide! TWO!!
Jade BOOTS Anna down! Jade drags Anna back up, hooks the arms, JAD- VICTORY ROLL! To the QUEENSLAYER!!! Jade flails, fights up, and RAMS Anna into buckles! Jade is free, but Anna knocks her down! Anna hops up the corner, drags Jade up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, but Jade pries free! Jade drags Anna out onto her shoulder, but Anna slips off! Anna shoves Jade into a corner, DANGEROUS- NO! Jade catches Anna and powers her up for a POWERBOMB! And then Jade hooks the arms, JADED!! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Anna gave it her all, but it just wasn’t enough! Jade is 25-0, is still the champion, and is still making the big bucks! Will she continue to dominate until she is THE champion in AEW?
A great episode of Rampage, lots of great focus on the matches but there were still good promos, too. Jungle Boy calls out Gunn Club on behalf of Jurassic Express, I’m thinking we’re getting a Six Man Tag before the tag title match. Mercedes Martinez and Thunder Rosa have another good promo to build towards their match, but hopefully it happens sooner rather than later. They can’t keep delaying this just because AEW keeps forgetting to make more time for women’s matches on Dynamite. Moxley VS Ethan was really good stuff, a great opener for sure, and a great return for Moxley. Bryan Danielson being there to applaud Mox was a nice way to branch this to something between them, that is going to be a killer match.
Nick VS Trent was also a killer match. Rocky Romero will definitely be back next week, and having Roppongi Vice VS Young Bucks on the post Beach Break Rampage will be really big. Hook had another great night, especially with him getting to shut QT up. Hook should definitely be considered for a TNT Championship story at some point. And we got a great TBS Championship match. Anna’s promo before was a little shaky but she came really close. But as I figured, Jade wins, and she’s going to build quite the reign before she ever loses.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/21/22)
Acknowledge the history made!
The Tribal Chief is the new Universal Championship standard!
SmackDown, acknowledge that Roman Reigns is the new longest reigning WWE Universal Champion as the Bloodline celebrates!
- Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin; Kofi wins.
- Aliyah VS Natalya; Aliyah wins, by disqualification.
- Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi; Charlotte wins and denies Naomi a title match.
- Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet; Sheamus wins.
- Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos; Rollins & Kevin win, by disqualification, and The Usos are banned from ringside during the Royal Rumble’s Universal Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Usos are in the ring to start off SmackDown!
Jey tells Nashville, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says they’re here for one reason and one reason only! They’re celebrating the longest reigning Universal Champion EVER! At 508 days… That’s 508 consecutive days! There are a few big names who have been Universal Champion, but none held the belt as long as this. Not Kevin Owens, not Seth Freakin’ Rollins, not Brock Lesnar! But there is one. He is the Head of the Table, he is the Tribal Chief, he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in WWE history! Their cousin, ROMAN! REEEIGNS! And here comes Roman! He holds up the belt for one round of pyro on stage, then the second round in the ring.
Jimmy gets Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Nashville! Acknowledge me.” Jimmy says, “Ladies and gentlemen, let’s witness the highlights of the most dominant, decorated WWE champion, Roman Reigns.” The video starts by noting August 30th, 2020, Roman Reigns returned to action and took the title from Braun Strowman. From there, he defeated Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and even John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Big E. “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Back to present, Roman has a big smile on his face while the Usos applaud. That was a good video!
But then SETH ROLLINS appears! “Oooooh, what kind of party would it be without Seth Freakin’ Rollins~?” Hell of a video, and congratulations to the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time. They should celebrate, because that reign will end very, very shortly. But also, celebrate the fact that Roman made an honest man outta Rollins. Last week, Rollins came out, told Roman that he’s not responsible for any of his own success, and Rollins meant that in a meta way. Roman is the chosen one, catered to, but oh, Roman took it so literally. In fact, Roman sent his cousins to Raw to do the dirty work for him. If Roman had a message to send, he could just text.
But since we’re here celebrating, what they should be celebrating is the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions in history, The Usos! They in truth, and Roman knows it, too, are the cornerstones of the Bloodline. They’re the ones who make everything Roman do possible. They hold Roman up now, just like Rollins and Mox did in the Shield! So let’s have a celebration for the Usos! “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Rollins laughs and says it is fun to say that. Roman tells “little brother” Rollins that he makes all the same excuses. Did Cena write that stuff for Rollins? Roman assures Rollins that their match at the Rumble will be 1v1. Rollins has Roman’s word.
Oh, is he gonna add a “Believe that” next? Once upon a time, Roman’s word was as good as gold, but Rollins doesn’t believe him. So Roman should put his money where his mouth is. Rollins can get a partner, beat the Usos, and then bar them from ringside at the Rumble! Rollins even adds a You Can’t See Me. Roman mulls it over, but the Usos say, “Hell yeah! Challenge accepted, Uce!” Then we have a main event! Rollins loves it! Jey says Rollins is trippin’. Ain’t nobody crazy enough to team with Rollins in the first place, so they’re good. Yes, not too many people like Rollins. But uh… Here’s KEVIN OWENS! The Prizefighter and Rollins hug, Kevin shouts HE likes Rollins!
Roman has them cut the “stupid music.” Nothing is final until the Tribal Chief says so! Rollins is a betting man, huh? Then let’s raise the stakes. When Rollins & Kevin lose tonight, that means Rollins loses his match at the Rumble. And Roman can go on vacation until WrestleMania! Deal? Rollins thinks, and says, “You’re on!” What a huge match on the way to the Royal Rumble! Will the Usos clear Roman’s schedule for him? Or will Roman have no choice but to do things all by himself?
Kofi Kingston VS “Mad Cap” Moss w/ “Happy” Corbin!
The Right Hand of the King will not let it stand that the literal fool of SmackDown got the last laugh last week. Before the match, Corbin says they’ve been on a roll! First, they took out Drew McIntyre. Then Moss steamrolled Sir Kofi! As incredible as Kofi is, without King Woods, the Hand of the King is just a disembodied hand. If Kofi started a Garth Brooks cover band, what would he sing? Friends in NO places! But Kofi makes his entrance, and surprise! Big E is here! Even more Raw stars are showing up on SmackDown! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity keep Corbin from helping his hyena sidekick?
The bell rings, Kofi and Moss circle. Kofi dodges Moss to waistlock, headlock, but Moss powers out. Moss runs Kofi over with a shoulder and then gives two thumbs up. Big E coaches Kofi but Moss CLUBS Kofi to the corner. Moss whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! And LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Big E says to make this quick work, and Kofi claps it up. Moss slowly gets up but Corbin distracts. Moss CLOBBERS Kofi from behind! Moss throws haymakers, CLUBS Kofi down, then throws Kofi out of the ring. Moss goes out and Corbin suggests to use the steps.
Moss gets Kofi up, whips him over, but Kofi leaps over the steps to jump back and CLOBBER Moss! And then Big E sends Corbin into the steps! The New Day is all fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Moss has a chinlock. Kofi fights up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Kofi runs, Moss gets him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Corbin is fired up and Moss taunts Kofi. Moss also taunts Big E, then he stomps away on Kofi in a corner! The ref counts, Moss lets off and runs in, but is sent into buckles! Moss staggers up, Kofi rallies with DOUBLE CHOPS! And a dropkick! Kofi runs, but Moss ducks the lariat to kick low. Moss whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi goes up and up and RANAS Moss to another corner! Then STOMPS Moss down! Cover, TWO! Moss survives but Kofi drags him up to whip. Moss reveres, Kofi leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Moss snarls, Corbin tells him to keep on Kofi. Moss says this is it, and he reels Kofi in. Kofi slips out of the gut wrench, dodges to TROUBLE IN PARADISE outta nowhere!! Cover, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Corbin gets in the ring, but Big E gets in, too. Big E dares Corbin to do something, but Corbin bails back out. Moss flounders up, Big E says this is for Corbin. Scoop and BIG ENDING! The New Day owns Corbin’s crony, will they own the Royal Rumble?
Aliyah VS Natalya!
Last time these two faced off, it lasted only 3.17 seconds because the Queen of Harts overestimated herself. Will Natty take Aliyah more seriously and redeem herself? Or will Aliyah still win, even if it takes longer than the blink of an eye?
SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. Nashville’s own Summer Rae is in the crowd and is given a shoutout by the ring announcer. The bell rings, Natty kicks Aliyah then pulls her hair. Aliyah rolls Natty up, ONE! Natty bumps Aliyah off buckles, and stomps her. Natty drags Aliyah out to a snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Natty says Aliyah is gonna learn for disrespecting her, but Aliyah gets a cradle! TWO, and Natty LARIATS Aliyah down! Cover, ONE! Natty drags Aliyah up, whips, but Aliyah reverses. Aliyah runs in but Natty puts her on the apron. Aliyah throws a forearm, and hits a handspring huricanrana! But Natty’s right up, for a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!
Natty is frustrated with Aliyah and drags her up to reel her in. Natty gets a Canadian rack and uses gravity to stretch Aliyah out. Aliyah fights up, sunset flips, TWO! Natty whips Aliyah hard into ropes, then stomps her down! The ref counts, Natty lets off at 4, and she stomps Aliyah in the corner. The ref counts, Natty doesn’t let off, that’s a disqualification!
Winner: Aliyah, by disqualification
Aliyah wins again, but Natty only gets angrier! Natty fires off hands on Aliyah, and even dribbles Aliyah off the mat! But here comes XIA LI! The Protector returns to defend Aliyah from the bully, Natalya! Xia gets in the ring, stares Natty down, and then blocks Natty’s punch! Xia sobats Natty out of the ring, then dares her to try again. Natty leaves it at this, but will Xia make sure Natty learns not to cross the line?
Los Lotharios VS The Viking Raiders!
Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but they can definitely be a speed bump in the road. Will Erik & Ivar stumble against these two studs? Or will they run right through the heartthrobs on their way to the Usos?
SmackDown returns as the Viking Raiders make their entrance. Nashville is ready for the raid, and the teams sort out. Humberto starts against Ivar and they circle. Humberto knees low, CLUBS Ivar, then clamps onto an arm. Ivar powers Humberto back, tags in Erik, and whip. Humberto dodges Ivar but Erik scoops him for a SLAM! Then Erik scoops and SLAMS Ivar onto Humberto! Erik roars, drags Humberto up to whip to ropes, then scoops. Humberto slips out, Garza tags in, and Humberto feeds Erik to Garza’s GAMANGIRI! Garza fires off hands, knees Erik at the ropes, and off come the pants!
Garza throws the pants at Erik, has him against ropes, and tags Carrillo. Garza holds Erik out, they LEAP FROG ATTACK Erik down! Then double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Humberto rains down fists, then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Erik KNEES Humberto down, hot tags to Garza and Ivar! The War Beard rallies on Garza, then hits a BASEMENT SPLASH! Humberto runs in, into a HEEL KICK! Ivar runs at Garza, but Garza dodges. He turns seated senton into POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Tag to Humberto, but Erik sneaks a tag in! Los Lotharios double whip Ivar, but he cartwheels through the double clothesline!
The Viking Raiders scoop a Lothario each, stack them on Erik, POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Then they get Humberto up, THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
Raid successful! But the ultimate challenge will be going after the gold! Will Erik & Ivar get the titles off the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Charlotte Flair VS Naomi!
Adam Pearce stepped in to get past Sonya Deville’s bias, and now Naomi gets another chance! Will Nashville #FeelTheGlow now that things are fair and square against Flair?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. But then Sonya appears outta nowhere and gets in the ring to talk with the ref. She wants to be the special guest referee?! Sonya throws off the jacket and the ref hands over his shirt. Naomi says Sonya can’t do this, but Sonya says she can. The bell rings, Naomi glares at Sonya, and then Charlotte ROCKS Naomi with a forearm! Fans boo but Charlotte stomps away! Sonya doesn’t count as a ref should, and Charlotte dribbles Naomi off the mat! Charlotte mocks the fans, drags Naomi into a headscissor necklock, and she RAMS Naomi into the mat again and again.
Charlotte squeezes tight, Sonya asks if Charlotte is okay, and she says yes. Charlotte TOSSES Naomi, and says this is too easy. She brings Naomi up to CHOP her in the corner. And CHOP! But Naomi kicks, Charlotte blocks, Naomi ENZIGURIS! And then RANA- NO! Charlotte blocks to a BOSTON CRAB! Naomi endures, crawls, Sonya stands in her way of the ropes! But Naomi fights through to kick Charlotte into Sonya! REAR VIEW!! Cover, but Sonya ignores it! Naomi would’ve won twice over by now! Naomi shouts at Sonya but then Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS the leg! FIGURE FOUR! Sonya just rings the bell?!?
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by referee stoppage
And then Charlotte bridges to a FIGURE EIGHT! Charlotte makes Naomi suffer a little longer, and then Sonya mocks Naomi, “How does it feel to be a big loser?” What does Naomi have to do to get Sonya to stop being a tyrant?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins.
Kevin and Seth are in a good mood, even with tonight’s high stakes tag match. Why is Rollins willing to bet his Universal Championship opportunity? Kevin asks if he can take this one. Yeah, have at it. Kevin tells Kayla that if it wasn’t for the Usos, Kevin would be the longest reigning Universal Champion of all time, but they kept that from happening. So the thought of them doing that to his friend, Seth Rollins, it tears Kevin up inside. Rollins says Kevin has become an honest man! And Rollins says that the stakes may be huge, but the risk is worth the reward. Can Rollins beat Roman with the Usos by his side? Maybe.
But 1v1, well, “Death, taxes and Seth Freakin’ Rollins beats Roman Reigns every single time!” HAHAHA! Kevin even has a shirt that says that. The friends head out, but will it be a certainty that they make Roman VS Rollins truly 1v1?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator continues to try and out Jackass the Jackass original, Johnny Knoxville, and we’ll see how he plans to do that, after the break.
SmackDown returns and it’s time for an all-new #InZayn! Sami has a collection of items on a table and he welcomes us to “self defense.” Many may not know this about Knoxville, but before he got famous doing Jackass, he got noticed for testing self-defense weapons on himself. So Sami is going to do the same here tonight! He has some of the most dangerous self-defense weapons on the market, and some not on the market, and will use them on himself! Anything Knoxville can do, Sami can do better! Starting with a cattle prod! The max setting could put down a rhino! So just going with level one, that’s quite a lot of voltage already.
Sami aims at himself, and here goes. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami hobbles around and tries to laugh off the pain. Not great, that wasn’t fun. Sami says it’s no big deal, really. Let’s go to level two! Knoxville was incapacitated for about 15 minutes, but let’s see how a real man handles it. Sami says he’ll even up the ante by putting it to his chest! Everyone, shut up! This is dangerous. One, two, three. ZAP! Sami falls right over into the ropes! Why does it hurt so much!? Sami gets up, but here comes Knoxville! So, Sami, you are so concerned about Knoxville making a mockery of his profession, yet Sami’s doing the same to Knoxville’s? Something seems off here…
Fans rally behind Knoxville and Sami says this is HIS show! Nothing is off! Knoxville snatches the cattle prod, and says this is a legit model. But it’s literally off. Sami never turned it on! Here, Knoxville will fix that. ZAP! And Sami falls right down! Yeah, that’s not good. Knoxville “apologizes” and wants to help Sami up. Sami asks why Knoxville did that, but Knoxville says, “See you at the Rumble.” And then Knoxville TOSSES Sami up and out! Will Sami stop trying to go InZayn and worry more about just wrestling the Rumble?
Adam Pearce talks with Eric Bischoff backstage.
Eric says a pessimist complains about the wind, while an optimist expects the winds to change. A true leader adjusts the sails. Pearce likes that. But in walks Sonya. Perfect timing. Pearce properly introduces them, and hopes Sonya knows of Eric’s history as a decision maker here in the WWE. Of course, and it’s a pleasure to meet him. She didn’t know he was coming, though. Well, Sonya, what you did out there in the ring was completely over the line. Pearce doesn’t know what this issue with Naomi is, but it needs to stop. It is affecting Sonya’s ability to lead. Pearce says he’ll bring it to upper management that Sonya and Naomi should have a match, next week.
Sonya does her best not to explode, and says great. Let her know what they say. Sonya walks back out, and Eric says that was great leadership. Pearce thanks Eric for that, but will Naomi be the one who’s really thankful once she gets her hands on Sonya?
Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland VS Ricochet!
The Fella has his protégé back by his side! Will the damage to the nose be avenged? Or will the One and Only just give Sheamus some of the same?
SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus kicks low and fires off on Ricochet! Sheamus bumps Ricochet off buckles, fires more forearms, and Ridge says to unleash on Ricochet for the nose! Sheamus whips, Ricochet goes up and over then runs to KICK and CHOP and forearm! Ricochet runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Sheamus snarls, drags Ricochet and drives elbows into his shoulders. Sheamus knees Ricochet in the back then wraps on a chinlock. Sheamus thrashes Ricochet, Ricochet fights with fists and body shots to hit a JAWBREAKER!
Ricochet runs, Sheamus scoops but Ricochet slips free to tiger wall kick! And dropkick! Sheamus staggers, Ricochet runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Ridge loves it and Sheamus soaks up the heat. Ricochet goes to the apron, Sheamus drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Sheamus gives Ricochet Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus stops at 9 to go out to the apron and CLOBBER Ricochet back into the ring! Sheamus drags Ricochet up in a motorcycle stretch but Ricochet kangaroo kicks free! Ricochet dodges the boot and Sheamus ends up on the apron! Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Sheamus down!
Ricochet builds speed, and DIVES into a knee! Sheamus takes Ricochet outta the air, then puts him in the ring. Sheamus runs in and BROGUES! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
Ridge celebrates with The Celtic Warrior as he rolls towards the Rumble! Will Sheamus win the Rumble once again to head back to WrestleMania’s main event?
Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs rock out backstage.
Wait, is that Double J? Jeff Jarrett is here! Double J, E, double F, J, A, double R, E, double T! HAHA~! That was good, guys. But Jeff has to say, Boogs plays a mighty fine guitar. What’s his name? Double J wants to know his name? He’s Rick… BOOGS! Well, can he spell it? R I C K- Well, anyway, will we get a duet of Boogs and Jarrett some day?
Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens VS The Usos!
The Visionary and Prizefighter want to keep Jimmy & Jey from helping out the Tribal Chief at the Royal Rumble, but Roman wants a vacation. Will the Bloodline ironically prove Rollins right by doing their cousin’s dirty work? Or will Seth & Kevin be the ones that level the playing field against the Head of the Table?
Roman is watching from his private room as Rollins and Kevin go to the ring. This high stakes main event tag match determines Rollins’ fate, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Rollins starts against Jimmy. Rollins wants Jimmy to acknowledge the fans singing Rollins’ theme. Then Rollins rolls Jimmy up, TWO! Backslide, ONE! Rollins Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Jimmy bails out and Rollins is feeling good. Rollins gives Jimmy time to come back, Jey tags in. Fans want tables already but Jey kicks Rollins low. Jey headlocks to the takeover but Rollins rolls it to a cover, ONE! Another, ONE! A third, TWO! Jey mule kicks hard, then he RAMS Rollins into the corner! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos mug Rollins, and Roman is pleased. Tag back to Jey, they stomp away on Rollins, and then tag back to Jimmy.
The stomping continues, Jimmy fires up but fans are torn. Jimmy drags Rollins up but Rollins powers him to the other corner! Rollins fires off, tags Kevin, and they stomp away on Jimmy in return! Tag back to Rollins, he stomps Jimmy more, then lets off as the ref counts. Kevin gets up to fire up the fans, and Rollins wrenches to kick Jimmy low. Rollins scoops and SLAMS Jimmy, then goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but Jey distracts the ref. Jimmy trips Rollins up! Kevin protests but Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles. Tag to Jey, Jimmy ROCKS Rollins with an uppercut, then holds Rollins still for Jey’s forearm smash!
Jey CLUBS Rollins down, stomps Rollins, and tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rollins, Jimmy bumps Rollins off buckles, then stomps him down. Fans are torn as Jimmy holds up the finger. “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs, but Rollins LARIATS him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Jimmy and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Jimmy with an elbow and adds a SENTON! Kevin DECKS Jey, shouts “SUCK IT!” and runs corner to corner and CANNONBALL into Jimmy! Then Kevin goes up top, only for Jey to rush over. Kevin kicks Jey away, SWANTONS onto Jimmy’s knees!
SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey, and he finds Kevin on the outside to SUPERKICK again! The Usos stand tall as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and both Kevin and Jimmy are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tag to Jey and he goes past Kevin to DECK Rollins! Jey drags Kevin away, the ref keeps Rollins from getting in, and Jey stomps away on Kevin! Roman nods as he watches, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin DECKS Jimmy, CHOPS Jey, but Jey mule kicks! Kevin drops into the corner, Jimmy holds him down and Jey stomps. Tag, and Jimmy stomps Kevin down now. Jimmy rains down fists, the ref counts, Jimmy lets off at 4. Fans rally, Jimmy drags Kevin up but Kevin blocks the kick, and ducks the Dragon Whip to ENZIGURI!
Both men are down again, Kevin crawls, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Rollins rallies on Jey, whips but Jey reverses, only to get a SLINGBLADE! And then a fireman’s carry, to a GUT BUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Jey out of the ring! Jimmy runs in but Rollins sends him out, too! Rollins builds speed and DIVES! He takes out both Usos at once! Nashville fires up as Rollins puts Jey back in. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Rollins drags Jey back up to suplex. Jey slips out, waistlocks, but Rollins switches. Jey switches back, back suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Jey is frustrated, but he gets up and aims from a corner. SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks to kick and reel Jey in! Jey fights the bomb, Jimmy tags in! Rollins runs into an ALLEY-UCE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and the Usos can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Jimmy decks Kevin off the apron to take away a tag! Jimmy goes up top, Rollins stands but he gets under Jimmy! Kevin tags in, ROLLING ELBOW from Rollins! Jey gets in, but gets a PELE! Kevin POP-UP POWERBOMBS Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin hurries to put Jimmy in a drop zone! Kevin goes back up top, fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS him with an uppercut!
Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Kevin, then climbs up after him. Kevin holds ropes, and turns things around, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Kevin crawls to the cover, Jey breaks it! Fans are thunderous as Rollins tags back in! Forearm smash for Jey, then a flurry of fists and feet for Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins! Kevin kicks but no stunner! Kevin blocks Jey’s superkick to STUNNER anyway! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kevin! Rollins SUPERKICKS Jimmy! ROLLING ELBOW, then the DREAM SMASHER! Fans are thunderous and singing Rollins’ theme as he aims at Jimmy, CURB STOMP!! But Roman runs in to SUPERMAN PUNCH!!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by disqualification (The Usos are banned from ringside)
Rollins was going to win, so Roman beat him to it! The Usos are still out of the equation, and the Architect is under the skin of the Tribal Chief! Will Rollins take advantage of Roman’s frustration and take away the Universal Championship?
A pretty good episode of SmackDown, though sadly a lot of it shares the same formula as Raw. The matches weren’t as long as they could’ve or should’ve been, and the promos took priority. I will say, stars from Raw showing up was quite a surprise. Perhaps a ratings grab play, maybe even an indicator that the rosters are combining into one again. But in Xavier Woods’ absence, it’s great that Big E is here to support Kofi. Kofi gets redemption in the rematch with Moss, and turns out we’re getting a tag match, New Day VS Corbin & Moss. That will be a really good match for the go-home as everyone’s going into the Rumble.
Jarrett showing up was random but they could be planting seeds for him and Boogs having something for WrestleMania. Bischoff showing up was cool, and I like that Pearce is putting Sonya in her place. Sonya again screws over Naomi but now she and Naomi are going to have a match. I just hope it lasts longer than five minutes, given how WWE is doing things these days. Aliyah gets another win because Natty loses her cool, but I appreciate that WWE remembered they were building to something with Natty and Xia. Viking Raiders get a quick win over Los Lotharios to stay warm for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, but it doesn’t do much to make me think they’re winning the titles.
Sheamus getting payback on Ricochet for Ridge was rather anticlimactic. It was too short of a match for what we know those two can do. And can’t Ridge get payback for himself? Why is it Boogs gets the push while partnered with Nakamura but Ridge is just around while he’s partnered with Sheamus? They should basically be parallels. And when is Sami getting his title shot? I get Sami wasn’t going to really zap himself with the cattle prod, but they used such a corny zap sound. Even when Knoxville appeared to “really” zap Sami, it was a bad sound effect. Even though Sami’s the Heel, I hope he gets to eliminate Knoxville to get that heat, and then Nakamura eliminates Sami as instant karma.
But as has been the case for SmackDown these last 508 days, the best stuff was with the Bloodline. That really was a well made video to highlight Roman’s reign, and the interplay between Roman and the Usos was great stuff. Rollins and Kevin were great as always, too, and their tag match was a great match. I should’ve figured Roman would throw the match out of frustration. The Usos won’t be part of the main event, so unless someone from Raw who doesn’t like Rollins costs him, this could be the best opportunity to take that title of Roman before 600+ days.
My Score: 8.1/10
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