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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/3/21)

Will the Prince reign again?

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

The Bloodline has challengers coming for their gold!

While Roman Reigns finally defends his title against Finn Balor, the Usos battle the Street Profits, with a SmackDown Tag title opportunity on the line! Will things drastically change for the Head of the Table and his cousins?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win and have a future title opportunity.
  • Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode; Boogs wins.
  • Cesaro VS Seth Rollins; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn; Zayn wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Finn Balor; Roman wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits!

Jimmy & Jey know their Tribal Chief is taking on the Prince tonight, but they need to still hold it down in the SmackDown Tag Team Division! Will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins turn the tables on the Bloodline to open Memorial Day weekend? Or will the Usos make Roman Reigns proud as he watches intently backstage?

Before the match, the Usos get mics to speak. “The Bloodline is now in your city!” And you know what, Uce? All last week, all Jimmy could think was, “Why the hell would the Street Profits want to stick they nose in some family bidness?” Jey also asks, “Why?” Jimmy says maybe it’s because the Profits are trying to make a name for themselves. Jey still asks, “Why?” Well, maybe the Profits want to prove themselves. Jey says, “No. All they did was disrespect the Head of the Table. What they did was disrespect the Bloodline! If you want to prove yourselves, prove yourselves to the seven-time WWE Tag Team Champions, Jimmy and Jey, the U-SOS!” Because they ARE the ones.

Now the Profits make their entrance! Ford & Dawkins also have mics as the SOLO cups rain down and are just as fired up. But Ford says he and Dawkins feel like fools for embarrassing the champions in front of the Head of the Table~! Aw…! But wait, wait. What are they doing in the ring without their permission slips? Roman didn’t sign anything for them, did he? But the Usos be spittin’ facts. They truly are the ones… about to get their asses whooped here in Jacksonville! DUVAL~! And y’know why? Because the Profits are up, and #WeWanttheSmoke! A lot of shots have been fired, but who hits the mark in this golden opportunity?

The teams sort out, Dawks starts with Jimmy at the bell. Jimmy and Dawkins tie up, go around, and Jimmy headlocks. Dawkins powers out but Jimmy runs him over. The Usos gloat already but Jimmy turns around into a BIG dropkick! Dawkins whips Jimmy to a corner, runs in and hits the CYCLONE! Dawkins talks smack, tags in Ford, and they whip Jimmy for another BIG dropkick! Jey gets in but gets a dropkick, too! Ford is fired up and so is Jacksonville as he builds speed. The Usos save each other, Ford “takes a sip” and then LEAPS! The Usos catch the crossbody and SWING Ford into barriers! The champs are in charge as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Ford fights up as he’s caught in Jey’s chinlock. Jey keeps him from Dawkins by mere fingertips before he CLUBS him down! Jey back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Both men are down, fans fire up and both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Jimmy and he goes past Ford to DECK Dawkins! Jimmy whips Ford to a corner, runs in but Ford goes up so that Jimmy POSTS himself! Ford is still down and Heyman stresses as he watches Roman’s disappointed expression. Dawkins and the fans rally up, hot tags to Dawkins and Jey! Dawkins rallies on Jey, dodges and hurdles but runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Jey covers, TWO!

Jey stalks Dawkins to a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off to HIP ATTACK! Tag to Jimmy and the Usos get Dawkins up top. Jimmy throws hands, he and Jey climb up together, but Dawkins fights back! Dawkins fires off big forearm sand elbows back and forth! Jey falls, Jimmy fights back but Dawkins shoves him away. Dawkins adjusts, leaps over Jimmy, but blocks a superkick! Only to get the DRAGON WHIP! Ford tags in, Dawkins gives Jimmy the THE ANOINTING! Ford is up top, FROM THE HEAVENS! With a turn, even! Cover, Jey breaks it!! Jey fires off hands on Ford, drags him up and POSTS him!

The ref reprimands but Jey just POSTS Ford again! The ref calls for the bell!

Winners: The Street Profits, by disqualification (NEW #1 Contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

Dawkins returns and CLOBBERS Jey! Jey bails out, Dawkins pursues but Jimmy is there! Dawkins is 2v1 against the Usos, the Usos RAM him into steel steps! But then Ford FLIES in!! He wrecks the Usos into the announce desk! Fans lose their minds as Dawkins helps Ford back up, and the Profits stand tall together on the announce desk!

As for Roman, he is not happy with how this went down. Roman refers to Heyman as “Wise man,” and Heyman replies, “Yes, my Tribal Chief?” Roman wants Heyman to fetch his cousins. Heyman nods and heads out. What will Roman have to say to Jimmy & Jey when they’re all face to face again?

Just as Heyman walks out of Roman’s room and whispers something into his phone, Kayla Braxton startles him. She says between the Usos and the Profits, then Roman VS Balor, “there’s a whole lot going on here tonight.” If he may offer some criticism, Kayla needs to enjoy the moment. We’re on worldwide live television, so- Wait, is that ringtone Brock Lesnar’s theme song?! Is Brock calling Heyman?! Kayla points the phone ringing, and Heyman tells “Mistress of the Obvious” that as he was just saying, there comes a time in everyone’s life- Lesnar’s calling again… Heyman checks behind him before he answers.

“Hi, um… Timing’s a little- No no no, I always love- … Yes. Yes. Well, I don’t have a lot of privacy right here right now…” Heyman promises to deliver the message. But then whoever this is, Lesnar or not, hangs up. Kayla says Heyman is so right. She is definitely enjoying this moment. Heyman storms off but bumps into a janitor. If he wants to take out the trash, start with Kayla. Wait it’s Big E! And he’s laughing up a storm as he holds up his Money in the Bank contract! Is Big E going to be laughing all the way to the bank should this Roman-Lesnar situation come to a head?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man is back again, and knows just as everyone does that The EST, Bianca Belair, is coming back for the SmackDown Women’s Championship! But what will she have to say about that? We hear from the Lass Kicker, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Becky has a mic. She takes a few more moments to enjoy fans chanting her name before she says, “The Man has come around to Jacksonville!” Last week, during her return as our champion, she walked out to the ring and didn’t get any “You Deserve It” chants but oh well. Wait, the fans here chant it for her. “That’s what I’m talking about!” Maybe she should’ve waited until this week! And she was going on about SummerSlam until practically the entire women’s roster came out. They all want that Becks Rub, but she wanted to focus her attention on Bianca Belair. Bianca is “one hell of an athlete, probably the most athletic woman we’ve ever had in WWE.”

And yes, Bianca is the only other woman to win the main event of WrestleMania. So just imagine how excited Becky was to go toe-to-toe with her at SummerSlam! But now, somehow, in all of this, Becky’s being painted as the “bad guy?” Fans boo that idea, and Becky wants to explain something to the “Esther.” Becky’s return saved SummerSlam. When Sasha Banks went down at the last minute, “the higher powers” called for the biggest name they had, and they called The Man. Becky has been preparing to get her championship back since the moment she left. Bianca wasn’t ready, and that’s on her, not Becky. No one gets to cry about losing too fast when they weren’t ready and Becky was. Just because Becky hasn’t played the game in awhile, doesn’t mean she’s forgotten how to win!

And Bianca can call herself the EST and pretend she’s the best, but we know that’s a lie. Bianca can fool fans with flips and tricks, but you can’t fake experience, and that is why all it took was one flip of a fist to Bianca’s face to end Bianca’s title reign. But speaking of, here comes Bianca! She gets a mic and the fans chant for the EST, which annoys Becky. Bianca tells Becky, “That championship was more to me than just a title. It was a part of me for 132 days, and it etched my name into the WWE history books. So that moment at SummerSlam, it keeps replaying over and over again in my head. So… Let’s talk about it.”

Bianca had come so far, accomplished so much and lost it in 26 seconds. But y’know what? Bianca isn’t afraid to admit she was embarrassed, because how that all went down was embarrassing. She’s still hurt, but she stands in it, because that’s her truth. What she won’t do is build herself up by bringing another down, and she will never make excuses for herself. Fans cheer that sentiment. Bianca says Becky is talking like she knows Bianca, but #GirlUhUh. Becky doesn’t know Bianca! So Bianca will explain this in a way Becky can fully understand as to why Bianca’s the EST.

Bianca showed she was the strongEST beat three women in one match. While Becky was away, Bianca showed us that she’s the fastEST rising star, and she will bounce back because she’s the toughEST. And when Bianca takes back that title, becoming a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bianca will then be known as the greatEST, and that’s just facts. Becky is amused by this but Bianca continues: Since Becky didn’t give her a rematch, Bianca earned one, just like everything else she’s earned in her career. It isn’t a matter of if but when. So Roman’s defending a title tonight, and Becky is now #BigTime? Then show up, show out and do the same thing tonight!

Fans like that idea! They want to see another title match, and Bianca waits for an answer. Becky looks around, takes a moment to think, and then the fans chant for the EST again. Becky says, “I don’t give a damn what Roman does! NO!” Becky storms off, but she can’t say no forever. The strongEST, toughEST and perhaps greatEST rematch is on the horizon, but will it get extreme?

 

The Dirty Dawgs head out.

Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler talk things out as they get ready for a match, but Ziggler then spots Toni Storm all alone. Ziggler says he’ll meet up with Roode in a moment, and he talks with the new kid. Toni lives life on the wild side, right? Nice. She gonna check out his match? Yeah, of course. Well he has some pull, he can get her a ringside seat for it. She thanks him for that, and says he’s great. But uh… She’s rooting for Boogs. Oh, okay. Yeah, sure, he’s a nice guy. But see you around? Uh-huh. Ziggler heads out and Toni breathes a sigh of relief. Will we see the Show-Off get ROCKED tonight?

Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode!

Speaking of, Boogs introduces himself to Jacksonville, as well as the WWE Intercontinental Champion, King NakamurAAAAAAA~! The rockin’ bard has his first 1v1 match on SmackDown, will having the King of Strong Style in his corner help him win?

SmackDown returns as the Dirty Dawgs make their entrance. Ziggler and Boogs circle at the bell and tie up. Boogs floats to get a leg, Ziggler floats to a waistlock then shifts to a sleeper and body scissors. Boogs fights up, pops Ziggler around to a fireman’s carry and then powers up to a gorilla press! Nakamura and the fans are fired up as Boogs TOSSES Ziggler down! Boogs rocks and air guitars as Ziggler gets up. Boogs kicks, pump handles and scoops, but Ziggler rakes eyes as he slips out! Ziggler jumps for the SATELLITE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is relieved as Boogs survives, but Ziggler goes to a corner and aims. SUPER-

NO! Boogs blocks, spins, pump handles and scoops for a POWERSLAM! Cover, BOOGS WINS!!

Winner: Rick Boogs, by pinfall

Not only did Boogs beat a WWE Grand Slam Champion, he won in fast fashion! Is this just the beginning of the #BoogsCruise to the top?

 

Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce find Becky backstage.

Management tells The Man that since Bianca is the #1 contender, she is going to have a title match. Becky agrees, it’ll just be when The Man is ready, so not tonight. Pearce understands that, so the match is going to happen at Extreme Rules! And just so it’s crystal clear, when SmackDown returns to Madison Square Garden, Becky and Bianca are going to sign the contract to make it official. Becky does her best not to get mad and then storms off. Pearce and Sonya both figured she’d react this way, but will Becky find a way to not sign on the dotted line?

 

Cesaro VS Seth Rollins!

The Swiss Superman and the Savior of SmackDown run it back! Will Rollins be able to move past his loss to Edge by revisiting his past with Cesaro?

SmackDown returns and Kayla interviews Rollins backstage. She asks why Rollins requested this newest match with Cesaro for tonight. Rollins laughs and says because tonight is the perfect opportunity for a new beginning! Rollins watched his match with Edge back at least a million times these last two weeks. Edge is sort of become an inspiration, and Rollins watched every move he made. Heck, Rollins practically watched back Edge’s entire career, and Rollins found what led Edge to victory over Rollins at SummerSlam.

Rollins will use that info to defeat his old nemesis, “Zazaro,” and prove why Rollins IS a visionary, a revolutionary, and like a fine wine he gets better with time~! Rollins will prove again why he is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Rollins makes his entrance and we see if he can get back into the swing of things.

The bell rings, Cesaro catches Rollins off guard but Rollins headlocks. Cesaro shifts to get a headlock of his own but Rollins powers out. Things speed up, Rollins gets caught for a BACKBREAKER! Rollins bails out and Cesaro goes out the side. Cesaro runs in around the way to EUROUPPER Rollins into barriers! Fans fire up with Cesaro and he even gets a high-five before he pursues Rollins. Cesaro bounces Rollins off the barrier, puts him back in the ring, then headlocks again. Rollins powers out again, things speed back up and Rollins dropkicks Cesaro this time! Rollins gloats and struts around in his fancy new tights before he CHOPS Cesaro. Cesaro scowls so Rollins headlocks.

Cesaro powers out, things speed up yet again, and Cesaro dropkicks Rollins now! Rollins staggers up into a takedown! Cesaro wants to swing but Rollins gets ropes! Cesaro yanks Rollins up to his feet, ducks the Pele then EuroUppers again! Rollins holds ropes as a defense and the ref counts. Cesaro lets off but Rollins gets a cheap shot in! Rollins hits an IMPALER?! Rollins literally uses Edge’s move and covers, TWO! Cesaro gets to ropes while Rollins grins, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns, Rollins CHOPS Cesaro in the corner but Cesaro glares at him! Cesaro fires off haymakers, whips Rollins to the corner, but runs into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins hurries to the apron and up top, but Cesaro EuroUppers him again! Cesaro climbs up to join Rollins, Rollins resists the superplex and slips underneath to BUCKLE BOMB Cesaro down! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Rollins is shocked! But Rollins also smiles and nods, knowing he still has to do more. Fans rally up as Rollins stands Cesaro up. Rollins turns Cesaro but Cesaro uses that to hook Rollins’ arms! Rollins flips through the backslide but into a EuroUpper!

Cesaro tries another but swings into an EDGE-O-MATIC! Rollins uses another of the Rated R Superstar’s repertoire, covers, TWO! Rollins still smiles, aims from a corner, and… Is he preparing to Spear? Rollins runs in, but Cesaro pops Rollins up to POWERBOMB him! Both men are down but fans rally up! Cesaro and Rollins stand, the EuroUppers fly! Cesaro hits Rollins from all sides, fires off in the corner, but lets off to whip Rollins corner to corner! Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper, then runs to DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro grows frustrated but then the fans call for it! Cesaro calls for it, he gets Rollins by the legs! But Rollins twists and victory rolls, TWO!!

Rollins is in a corner and he BOOTS Cesaro away. Rollins runs in, but Cesaro turns the Slingblade around to a SWING! The fans count all the way to 20! Step through but Rollins fights and flails! Cesaro still steps over, SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins flails and quickly gets the ropebreak! Cesaro lets go quickly and watches Rollins slowly drag himself up. Rollins again uses ropes for defense so the ref keeps Cesaro back. But Cesaro sees the cheap shot coming this time and DUMPS Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up as Cesaro goes outside again, and runs in, into a  CHAIR SHOT!!

Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification

The Architect doesn’t care anymore, he SMACKS Cesaro on the back, JAMS him in the ribs then SMACKS him on the back again! And POSTS Cesaro before putting him back in the ring! Fans boo but Rollins wants to go Rated R himself! He has another chair, but the refs want him to stay back. Rollins doesn’t care, he runs the refs off! Rollins takes the chair and breaks off the crossbar! Rollins is copying Edge’s newest move, the CROSSBAR CROSSFACE! The “Glasgow Grin” makes Cesaro tap but it doesn’t matter because the match is over! Rollins lets go and looks at the stage with wild eyes. “WHERE YOU AT, EDGE?!”

Rollins aims from a corner like Edge before he CURB STOMPS Cesaro down!! Rollins isn’t done, either, as he gets yet another chair! Rollins gets in the ring, refs keep telling him to stop, but Rollins sets Cesaro’s head on top of the chair. But here comes EDGE! And Edge has his own chair! Edge runs Rollins off but Rollins has a wild grin to match his eyes. Rollins dares Edge to do something while slithering away into the shadows. Will Edge get retribution for Cesaro by stopping the Rated R ripoff Rollins is becoming?

 

Roman talks with the Usos.

Roman needs them all to stick to the script and the game plan. The Usos understand and head out. Heyman sits by Roman and tells his Tribal Chief, “We have a problem.” Roman says there are no problems, he’s about to smash Finn Balor. No, the problem is with Brock Lesnar. Uh, no, Heyman has a Lesnar problem. Roman says he’ll smash Lesnar, too, when the time is right. Heyman says that Lesnar is going to be at Madison Square Garden next Friday for SmackDown. How does Heyman know this? Because Lesnar called Heyman tonight. For the first time in a year, of course, but… Oh so Lesnar’s home watching the show? Apparently! Maybe Fox is big in Saskatchewan!

Wait. How does Heyman know Lesnar’s in Saskatchewan? Heyman doesn’t, maybe Lesnar is in Minnesota. How does Heyman know Lesnar isn’t somewhere here tonight? Oh! Uh… Heyman hurries off to find out, and now Roman is worried about tonight. With Balor in the ring and Big E in the wings, if Lesnar is lurking, does Roman stand no chance of walking out of Jacksonville with his title?

 

A Rolls Royce pulls into the arena.

And the driver is of course “Happy” Corbin! And he assumes Sarah is the valet. He gives her the keys and tells her not to get any scratches on his “new baby.” That’s not… Will Corbin’s ego ever go back down?

 

Backstage interview with Edge.

Kayla asks about how Edge said he was done with Seth Rollins, and Edge says he had hoped this was over. That after the defeat, Rollins would move on. But who are we kidding? Both men have been talking about how alike they are, and if Edge had lost the way Rollins did at SummerSlam, Edge would probably do the same things. That means Edge knows the game Rollins is playing, and it is a dangerous one that needs to stop. Otherwise, what happened to Cesaro will keep happening.

Edge tells Rollins directly that he is challenging him to a match for next week on SmackDown. Edge VS Rollins II, Madison Square Garden! Edge burned Rollins down once. When he does it this time, Rollins will NOT be the same! “I told you, this doesn’t end well.” Are we about to see that ugly end in the greatest arena in the world?

 

Kevin Owens is here!

The KO Show returns to SmackDown, and wouldn’t you know? His guest is Happy Corbin! What will Kevin ask the newly re-wealthy Corbin after the break?

SmackDown returns, Greg Hamilton gives The KO Show its intro, and Kevin says the fans already know that because Kevin’s wearing a tie! That means this is a big deal! Welcome back to the KO Show! And his guest tonight is not someone you’d expect, but there’s a very good reason. So to get to it, welcome out Bar- Er, HAPPY Corbin! Corbin makes his entrance with his new slot machine titantron and dance music, strutting his way to the ring. Corbin hugs Kevin as he enters the ring, which makes Kevin uncomfortable. Corbin gets right on his mic and says he is so excited and happy to be part of the Kevin Owens Show!

Kevin wants Corbin to take a seat and they do. Corbin wants to say thanks to Kevin. Without Kevin, Corbin wouldn’t be where he is today, back in his $3000 suits, wearing a $7000 white gold Rolex, or have even tried to steal the MITB briefcase and then gone to Las Vegas. He’d still be eating spaghetti outta the can instead of “juicy, tender, A5, Japanese Wagyu beef!” Kevin tells Corbin that he is not putting any of this on him. Corbin says he knows Kevin is mad about the $100. Well Corbin left his wallet in his Rolls, but he knows someone who might have it: Corbin’s special guest. Wait, Corbin’s special guest?

Yes, the social media megastar who went the distance with Floyd “Money” Mayweather! It’s LOGAN PAUL! For the second time in WWE history, Logan Paul is here. Corbin and Logan are fired up to see each other, and Logan says it’s great to see the WWE Universe, and thanks Kevin for having him on his show. Kevin says he didn’t invite him, because he wouldn’t dare subject these poor people to this. But since Logan’s here, Kevin might as well ask him some questions. This little dynamic between him and Corbin is interesting, by the way. “Super cool” how they have their boxing secret handshake thing. But what’s weird is, after Corbin lost to Big E, didn’t Logan call Corbin a-

Whoa, whoa, yes, yes, Logan did call Corbin up, they got to talking, and found out they have a lot in common. They’re all good now. And this past weekend, after Jake Paul won his fight, the brothers and Corbin decided to hang out. Corbin even won a lot of money on that fight! Oh, wow, you guys got to hang out? That sounds like the worst. But it makes sense they’d be buddies. They DO have something in common: one is the most self-centered, egotistical, delusional, useless pieces of trash to ever step foot in a WWE ring, and the other is Baron Corbin. Logan does his best to laugh that off, but asks if Kevin really wants to talk like that to someone who can give him $100?

Honestly, the way Kevin looks, he could use this money a lot more than Logan. Kevin does his best to laugh that off, and says he doesn’t need anyone’s money. What he needs from Logan is for him to turn around, get out of the ring, walk out and never come back to the WWE! Logan shoves Kevin, but then Kevin shoves back! Logan turns his hat around, Kevin’s tie comes off, but then Corbin DECKS Kevin! Kevin gets back up but into a CHOKE SLAM! “You’re not that guy, pal,” Logan says as he drops a $100 down. “You’re not that guy.” Birds of a feather flock together, and these two strutting roosters leave Kevin behind. Will Kevin look to fry these turkeys next time he sees them?

 

Attention, WWE Universe.

“The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE,” Carmella, wants you to enjoy her for your viewing pleasure. But then Liv Morgan walks over and says, “Seriously?” Liv starts laughing at how self-centered Mella is, but will anyone ever bring Mella back down to earth?

 

Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn!

This rematch from last week is so Dominik can prove he can fly solo without Rey ringside. However, the Great Liberator is ready to show last week will happen again and again to the son of the lucha legend. Will Dom manage to dial it up and make the right calls against the “master strategist” this time?

The bell rings, Sami rushes Dom and puts him in a corner. Dom avoids the cheap shot and Sami smirks. They go again, Dom blocks a kick to wrench an arm to a wristlock. Sami spins through, wrenches, but Dom counters with a wrench back! Dom has the wristlock but Sami throws him down by his head! Sami knuckle locks for the cover, ONE! Another try, ONE! A third, ONE and Dom goes up and up the corner to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sami comes back to CLOBBER Dom! Sami kicks Dom around, stands him up and throws haymakers. Sami whips, Dom kicks him back, then dodges to RANA! Sami ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up, but Sami bails out!

Sami takes a breather at the ramp, but says, “See you next time, pal.” Sami wants to retreat but Rey is there to keep him contained! And Dom FLIES over the ref to take out Sami! Rey likes that fire and Dom puts Sami in the ring. Dom says he’s fine, so Rey heads to the back. But then Dom turns around into a HELLUVA KICK outta nowhere! Cover, Sami wins!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Sami wins again and he laughs at Rey as he leaves. Rey goes to check on Dom but Dom is again frustrated. Is there something they’re not seeing that’s keeping Dom down?

 

Sonya Deville excitedly talks with someone on the phone.

She’s excited for how big next week’s episode is! The SmackDown Women’s Championship contract signing! The return of Brock Lesnar! But Naomi walks over to try and talk to her. Sonya impatiently asks Naomi what she wants. Naomi says last week, Sonya said she’d think over Naomi’s return to SmackDown, so does she have any plans? Sonya apologizes, it slipped her mind. Let’s try again next week. Sonya goes back to her phone call, but will Naomi make sure SmackDown makes time for the former champion?

 

WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Finn Balor!

Kayla asks The Prince about how he’s just moments away from this big title match. Any final thoughts? For five years, Balor’s been asked the same thing: What would’ve happened if he didn’t get injured in 2016? Tonight, Balor answers that question. Balor takes aim at the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, Universal Heavyweight Champion, does he hit the mark to get back the title he never truly lost?

But before Roman even makes an entrance, the Usos jump Balor! The fans boo as the Usos mug Balor and then RAM him into steel steps! They haul Balor up and RAM him into barriers! The Usos then pull the steps apart to RAM part of it into Balor! And again! And again! Fans boo as the Usos drag Balor up and into the ring for more! Jimmy climbs, Jey keeps an eye on Balor, but here come the Profits! They run the Usos off but the damage is done! The ref checks on Balor but here comes the Tribal Chief to make his lengthy entrance. Roman certainly assumes this is going to still happen, but we find out after the break!

SmackDown returns as Roman is finally in the ring and his second round of pyro goes off. Medics finish checking on Balor as he refuses to let this chance slip by him again. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and though the pawns played their part, we still must see if the king can defeat the prince!

The bell rings and Balor is shielding his ribs. Roman goes right after them and puts Balor in a corner, to then TOSS him across the way! Roman storms over, stomps a mudhole into Roman, but he lets off as the ref counts. Roman intimidates the ref but Balor gets to his feet. Roman returns to throw haymakers then bumps Balor off buckles. Roman brings Balor around to bump off more buckles, and Roman takes a moment to soak up the heat before throwing point-blank lariats! The fans count all the way to 9, the ref counts 4 and Roman lets off. Roman runs but into a dropkick to the legs! Balor grits his teeth while Roman staggers up, and Balor KICKS away on the legs!

Balor KICKS Roman to a corner, gets a leg, but Roman headbutts free! Roman checks his knee, gets Balor up to whip, but Balor SLINGBLADES! Balor aims from a corner but runs into an uppercut! Roman seethes as he stands over Balor. Roman stands Balor up for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Roman is annoyed this isn’t done as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Roman locks ‘n’ loads! Balor staggers up, Roman runs in, but Balor dodges the punch to CHOP! Roman shrugs it off then runs in at the corner. Balor BOOTS Roman, fires forearms then whips Roman to ropes. Roman leaps, Balor gets under but Roman uppercuts again! Balor PELES as he falls! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Fans rally while Heyman stresses and Balor is up first. Balor grits his teeth, moves around to get those ribs right, and he fires off hands on Roman! Roman tries to punch back but Balor punches first! Roman knees low, checks his face, then looms over Balor.

Roman gets Balor right up but Balor slips out of the bomb to takedown and DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up with Balor as he aims from a corner again. Roman sputters as Balor runs in to CHOP! Balor RAMS his shoulder in again and again and again into Roman’s ribs to even things up! Balor goes corner to corner again, dodges Roman to mule kick and whip. Roman reverses and sends Balor out hard! Roman takes a breath before he takes his time pursuing Balor on the outside. Balor trips Roman up and has him caught in the apron skirt! Balor fires off hands, then climbs up to stomp away on Roman!

The ref counts, Balor lets off at 4 and then builds speed! Balor FLIES and takes out Roman! Balor puts Roman in, climbs up top, COUP DE GRACE misses! Roman returns to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Balor defies Roman by surviving and Roman is seething again! Roman starts talking to himself again while Balor checks his jaw. Fans rally up as Roman aims from a corner. Roman says this is going to end it! “OOAH!” But Balor KICKS Roman and cradles! TWO!! Roman escapes and fireman’s carries but Balor slips out! ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO!! Roman narrowly escapes there but Balor is fired up! The fans are thunderous as Balor aims, SHOTGUN DROPKICK!

Balor climbs as Roman is in a drop zone! COUP DE GRACE HITS!! Cover, TWO!?! And Roman does the “inadvertent” low blow, just as he’s done to Kevin Owens and other challengers! Roman rains down furious forearms on Balor and Heyman himself has a bloodlust on his face. Roman drags Balor up into the GUILLOTINE! Balor flails, reaches out, but Roman squeezes ever tighter! Balor is fading, fans are freaking out, the ref calls it!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission (still WWE Universal Champion)

The fix was already in with the Usos doing their part, but the Tribal Chief always finds a way to win. Though Roman notices the lights change red for just a moment, reminding him of Brock Lesnar’s entrance. Will the Head of the Table be able to rest easy knowing The Beast is coming back in seven days?


My Thoughts:

A great episode and a lot of great set-up for the Madison Square Garden “Super” SmackDown we’re getting next week. For one, Vince’s newest obsession of “championship contenders match” returned arbitrarily just to let us know, we’re getting Usos VS Profits for those titles at the next PPV. Which is why, though it was a disqualification, the Usos lost. The Usos were also so obviously going to be a part of the main event, but it was a good move that it was before the match so we can’t actually claim “interference.” Roman VS Balor was still a great main event, but clearly with Lesnar set to come back for the Fall, Roman was going to retain. Balor’s not getting the Universal title back in a WWE still so tightly in the clutches of Vince’s iron fists.

As for the story of Lesnar’s return, Heyman being caught in the middle reached new and even funnier levels with that phone call from Lesnar and Kayla rubbing it in. I fully expect Heyman to kayfabe faint or have a heart attack when Roman and Lesnar are face to face again with him also in the ring. The two monsters he’s made over the last decade and they both expect him to be on their side, that cannot be good for Heyman’s health. Meanwhile, Becky VS Bianca happening at Extreme Rules is going to be great. They had a great promo segment tonight, where Becky is still talking like a Heel but being cheered like a Face, and Bianca is just purely Face. While Cena sniping the SummerSlam contract signing was kinda BS, I fully expect someone to try and pull that here because now a precedent has been set.

I am pleasantly surprised with how Boogs is taking over now with live fans around to cheer him on. He got a lot faster of a win than I expected against Ziggler, but at the same time Ziggler’s been on the “jobber to the stars” downside for a long time lately. Also, uh, Heyman flirting with Sonya Deville and Ziggler flirting with Toni Storm… Is SmackDown doing this as like inside jokes or something? Anyway, not a whole lot out of the women’s division tonight, other than Liv being annoyed by Mella’s narcissism and Sonya again snubbing Naomi. In Naomi’s case, I am totally expecting her to try and use her relationship to The Bloodline to pull some strings and go over Sonya’s head.

Rollins VS Cesaro was a very good rematch, especially with Rollins outright using Edge’s moves. The rematch is happening next week to make MSG SmackDown greater, but I fully expect their blow-off to be Extreme Rules IN the Extreme Rules match at this point. They both had chairs, we can’t get any less than No DQ so why not just go full on with the PPV’s namesake? As for this Happy Corbin stuff, I can’t actually cringe and groan the entire time while still trying to watch, but they’re really trying to make us all do that by bringing in Logan Paul again. Maybe Kevin gets a tag partner for some celebrity match so Kevin can get after both Corbin and Logan at the same time.

I’d suggest Sami but it seems he’s still working with the Mysterios. This is strike two, I’m thinking after a third loss where Dom is accidentally distracted by Rey is when Dom snaps and at least shoves his dad down. It already feels in kayfabe that what Dom needs to do is break free from his dad and be himself, not just “Rey’s son.” Again, kinda hoping they reference Eddie Guerrero here, even with the Guerreros mostly working with AEW, but continuity being what it is, I feel like it’d be worse if Dom doesn’t get to reference that stuff again. Plus, what a way to counter an opportunist like Sami than to reference Latino Heat “Lie, Cheat & Steal” through Dom.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 FINALS Day Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021

Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?

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Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?

So we get a fairly basic card. A few undercard tags, the semi-main contains Shingo and most of the main players not in the Finals. Jeff Cobb goes from a shot in the Finals to the opening match, that’s a big blow to the ego.

There’s a few interesting threads that can be pulled at, but the major draw is the G1 Climax 31 Finals. So let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Kanemaru wins via Boston Crab @8:40 – **
  • United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata: Yano wins via Roll-Up @8:29 – **
  • House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @11:20 – * ½
  • KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @10:41 – ** ½
  • 5 Minute UWF Rules Match::Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr: Time Limit Draw @5:00 – *****
  • TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @12:17 – *** ½
  • G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Referee Stoppage @25:37 – *** ¼

 

Results:

Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Commentary doesn’t even really try to hide the fact that these Young Lions are very early in their careers and have no real chance. They are in this match to learn, build endurance and get experience.

Nothing special in this match, they give the Lions a few flash pinfall attempts but again, we all know better. More just moments of surprise cause the Suzuki-Gun duo were playing with their food. Still far too fresh in their training to show anything more than basics, and all I’ll say is, they didn’t embarrass themselves, so that’s a positive.

United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata

So one of the most successful teams and singles wrestlers this year, against a clown and a veteran. I mean Nagata is no slouch, but he’s not in a position to be upsetting two rising stars. Maybe Yano pulls off some thievery, but I’m not really intrigued.

Early on we see the usual Yano stuff of shenanigans and turnbuckle pads going missing. Nagata gets tagged in and we get some real wrestling. However, Cobb and Nagata square off outside when they aren’t the legal men, and Yano executes the miraculous shot to the Ding-Ding, and Rolls-Up O-Khan for the win!

This does continue the weird story between O-Khan and Yano, so at least there’s a thread of story, but it does definitely leave Cobb in a weird spot.

House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii

Early on SHO starts with the mind games having a CHAOS towel in the ring and wiping his body with it, and being generally mocking. Things start quick, turnbuckle pads are taken off, people get wrapped into ropes and I suppose this is a more tolerable usage of EVIL. House of Torture can torture the 6 man division with bad wrestling and cliché paint by numbers heel work.

Togo uses the garrot on HASHI, but HASHI and Goto manage to hit GYR on EVIL, but Dick Togo of course gets involved to distract the referee. Chairs lay out the CHOAS members, Everything is EVIL on HASHI and yeah yeah, House wins and challenge for the six mans. Ugh.

KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi

So wait, we get all Bullet Club members against the veteran Hontai Squad? I mean Tanahashi has looked extremely mortal lately, and he’s not really bringing a ton of back up. When Makabe is the second best one on your squad, and he’s barely wrestled this year…you gotta wonder.

Makabe starts things off and we can see his back and waist heavily taped. So it looks like Makabe’s part time schedule could have something to do with injuries. Injured or not, Makabe gets the most of Loa, brings in Honma, then Honma eats some offense from Tama, until Honma counters and lands a big suplex. Tiger Mask IV comes in and actually cleans house, it takes a little bit before Tama does the Double Leapfrog Haku Chop to start taking control.

Bullet Club smacks around Tiger Mask until KENTA eats a Tiger Driver (ironic, I’m aware) and then Tanahashi gets tagged in. Tanahashi works to get a measure of revenge on the Bullet Club, but  then we get some spam moments. G.o.D. tries to take out Makabe, but Makabe wipes out G.o.D. easily. Makabe brings in Honma, Honma takes it to Chase Owens, but no avail. A missed Kokeshi, a blocked Brainbuster attempt, and then C Trigger into Package Piledriver gives Chase the win.

Chase looks to be setting up a challenge, but KENTA blindsides Tanahashi with the belt. KENTA and Chase play tug of war a little, Chase tells KENTA he pinned him, KENTA says he doesn’t care, and Chase relents. He says KENTA can get the first shot, but he got next.

5 Minute UWF Rules Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr

This…this is amazing. Shibata gets his first match in 4 years, and it’s against the most perfect wrestler for Shibata to have a technical and safe exhibition match.

Since its UWF this is usually done in a points system like the old IMPACT Grand Championship. But a 1 round exhibition doesn’t allow for anything beyond a Draw, but this is wonderful. It’s a technical marvel with counters, submissions, references to Inoki’s classic on the ground pose that we saw Great-O-Khan reference back to during the G1. This is just a great moment, and hard to do any real play by play, but it’s a technical marvel. Hell, Shibata looks better than he ever has.

WAIT – After the match Shibata says “Next time I’m in the ring, I will be in my ring gear”. He punctuates the line with a hard flat back bump and a kip up. …Shibata is back? SHIBATA IS BACK?!

TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi

Taguchi and Hiromu start off with a good bit of comedy, before everyone not named Tenzan starts doing the Mongolian Chops, much to Tenzan’s chagrin. Wato has some nice spots early before LIJ do their wonderful Bum Rush. BUSHI comes in, uses the shirt and then LIJ starts dominating Wato. Wato manages to get a little space and get Kojima in and we get Machine Gun Chops on SANADA in the corner!

Hiromu tries to block it, gets shoved in the corner for his own chops, BUSHI tries to stop it, and gets put in the corner for the Triple Stacker of Chops. Shingo looks, and then drops off the apron and decides he’s just gonna let them play. Shingo does cut off Kojima before he does his signature Elbow, so Shingo didn’t ignore his team, just decided he wasn’t gonna fall into the dumb spot.

Signature spams, LIJ pain train, signature spam again, and then we get solid call backs. Shingo and Tenzan are the last two, Shingo uses Mongolian Chops, Tenzan responds in his own way. Some haymakers thrown, a Headbutt from Tenzan, the attempted Flying Headbutt, but Shingo cuts him off, Pumping Bomber, and Shingo wins!

G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada

So they feel each other out early, and have the usual fast pace wild swings that get dodged and end in a small rest moment where they just smile and absorb the energy of the match. Before Ibushi can really get anything going, the arrogance of the Rainmaker returns. Very deliberate shots, perfectly rolling through his Slingshot Senton, and his single foot Dropkick. It’s really interesting to see Okada reverting back to his old self. The 2017 form is further exemplified by Shibata’s return since it helps to bring everyone back to “brighter days”.

Okada goes for his corner Hip Attack, but now Ibushi gets to start a comeback. Dropkick, Roundhouse Kicks, Standing Moonsault and Okada powders. After some fighting on the outside, Okada takes control again and hits a DDT on the ramp, which has Ibushi pretty much out. Okada waits in the ring until about 18, before he decides that’s not how he wants to win. Drags Ibushi in, tries the Money Clip, Ibushi won’t go in comfortably, Okada rocks him, whips him into the ropes, hits the Million Dollar Dropkick, and finally gets the Money Clip sunk in. Okada is in a different aggressive form that we haven’t seen since 2018 when his nearly 2 year title reign ended and he went balloon crazy.

Savage Elbow, Rainmaker Pose, Zoom Out…Wind up…Rainmaker misses and Ibushi returns with his own Lariat turning Okada inside out. Now they stand up for the strike exchange. Okada falls into an old Nakamura trap, where he starts winning the exchange, taunts the challenger and gets rocked. Ibushi grins, hits the Frankensteiner sending Okada to Powder. So now it’s Moonsault time for Ibushi, and lands perfectly on Okada.

Going back inside, Ibushi looks for Kamigoye, Okada blocks and then ducks the Round Kick, goes for a Backslide, but Ibushi rolls through and kicks Okada. Okada then eats a V Trigger and a Kamigoye…but it’s only 2! Okada flips Ibushi over when he attempts another Kamigoye, Double Legged Cradle, but ibushi kicks out. They lay each other out, Ibushi crawls to the top rope, Phoenix Splash and…Ibushi lands weird. He immediately grabs his arm, Red Shoes goes over to Ibushi, and after a few moments Red Shoes calls for the bell.

Okada wins the G1 off of Ibushi missing the Phoenix Splash and possibly dislocating his right arm.

Overall Score: 7.25/10

There’s a dark poetry in the ending to this year’s G1. Starting with Naito’s injury and ending with Ibushi’s injury, just makes this a fairly cursed year which plays into the cursed aspect of this World Heavyweight Championship. In a way, this works out for the best since if this tournament was supposed to make a newer wrestler and ended the same way, there would always be an asterisk. But it’s Okada, he’s a proven commodity and no one will really question his victory. I really appreciated the fact that he always loomed close while Ibushi was struggling with the doctor and through his injury. He held his hand many times, even seemed to tell him it’s fine, we’ll do it correctly 1 more time in the future.

Katsuyori Shibata returns, Kazuchika Okada returns to the a level of prominence by winning the G1 Climax 31 and this is a nice way to remind people of the names that many of the current crop of IWC fans know. New Japan grew quickly because of AJ Styles and Kenny Omega’s Bullet Clubs, but in the last few years we’ve seen many of the names we know fall to the back or go to different companies. This could be a return to form finally for New Japan.

Even if it ended off a failed Phoenix Splash, it could help New Japan rise from the ashes of community favor like a Phoenix.


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021

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Bound for Glory is on Saturday! How does IMPACT! hype us up for one of their crowning PPVs of the year?!

We get to see Mickie in an IMPACT ring for the first since 2015, Heath tries to get answers out of Rhino and we’ll probably see a lot of Josh Alexander and Christian Cage fleshing out the last little bits of the World Title match.

Aside from that, do we get anything of note to talk about, or is it just an appetizer for the real show on Saturday?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice: NO CONTEST/Double Pinfall – ***
  • Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – ***
  • Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Mick DDT – *** ¼
  • Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel: Miguel wins via Meteora – ** ¾

 

Results:

The Insiders Stream on YouTube didn’t start until about 9:00pm, I’m not sure why IMPACT constantly has issues, but YouTube is not a hard platform to utilize. These delays are inane and embarrassing.

Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice

Bey and Leo try some trickery early, but Finlay keeps pace. When Leo gets back into the match he starts throwing Finlay around a bit, which opens up opportunity for Bey. Bey looks to get flashy, but Finlay manages to get Juice in and Juice comes in hot. He nearly flips Bey out of the ring, takes Leo off the apron and tags in Finlay for some tandem work.

Leo breaks up the pinfall and then throws out Juice. Finlay grabs Bey in a Backbreaker/STO combination but Bey’s feet bump the referee. Leo chokeslams Finlay, puts Bey on top, but it takes the new referee too long to show up and it’s only a two count. We see Hikuleo trying to finish things, while the new referee tries to wake up the original referee. Leo gets double teamed, Juice Rolls Up Leo and then Bey Rolls Up Finlay, both referees count a 3 count for the different pinfalls. So we get a little call back to Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns if we’re staying within TNA Universe.

This will probably end up a triple threat, unlike the MCMG/Beer Money double pinfall which ended in overtime.

There’s a long segment with Josh Alexander giving us his story. It’s not a bad segment, but the only advantage to the show starting late means I got to rewind for the match and speed through most of this. Alexander is a great story, but I already mostly know it, and would really like to see him win at Bound for Glory. Get the title back on a wrestler on the actual IMPACT roster.

Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve:

This is a Digital Media Championship preliminary match. I find it interesting that there’s 3 men and 3 women. So instead of one or two for “inclusion” it’s actually an even spread. The way the teams are broken apart is interesting too where it’s Power vs Crazy vs Opportunistic.

The gimmicks actually paid off in the match. Jodynne massacred kids, but then things started to get a little messy. Fallah gets a handle on things, squishes the world, and then looks to BAHHnzai Drop on Tenille but Kaleb gets involved. A little more confusion, Steve hits King Kill 33 on Fallah, but Skyler pulls Steve out of the ring. Tenille hits the Spotlight Kick and the Opportunistic team win because well…there was an opportunity.

Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James

Mickie takes a moment to absorb the accolades from the crowd first, and then we see a quick strategy twist. Savannah looks for a few Haymakers and using her reach to her advantage, where Mickie just finds a few quick strikes and interesting angles to land some offense. Mickie looked to be building some momentum, and then Tasha got involved.

Savannah starts to dominate after the assist from her second. Big Bear Hug in the middle has Savannah just ragdolling Mickie until she can land a few choice Forearms. Mickie fights out, Sole Butts, a few nice attacks and Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press, but only a 2 count. Deonna’s music plays as Savannah kicks out, Mickie is distracted and then we see Savannah lay in some big shots. The Full Nelson Bomb only gets Savannah a 2. Mick Kick rocks Mickie and then Mick DDT for the win. Hardcore Country wins the match.

Deonna walks down, mouths off…actually pushes Mickie…so I’m confused about the no contact clause…but then Rehwoldt shows up behind Mickie and wipes her out.

Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel

The Sauce against the other guy who can’t speak but likes to try to use food analogies and sucks at it, aka, Trey Miguel. He’s like a Young Will Ospreay with less ability to talk…so no upside at the moment cause Ospreay was pretty awful up until a year or two ago.

So this is just a lot of counters, blocks, Arm Wringers, not much direct offense, just a lot of choreographed spots. This feels like a much slower paced version of a Ricochet/Ospreay match from 2016. Zayne is a more fluid wrestler, and he just makes everything look good. Miguel does a weird Cradled Octopus but Zayne responds with a Handspring Frankensteiner, as an early highlight spot.

Miguel in Ospreay fashion hits the Cheeky Nandos, into the corner stuck Tiger Feint, Meteora and Trey wins.

Thankfully Maclin attacks Trey after the match so I feel generally better. Bullet Club comes out and take out both Maclin and Trey. El Phantasmo just baby faced himself in my house.

Show ends with the usual talking segment hyping the World Title match. Alexander gets a “You Deserve It” from the crowd and portrays himself as the everyman fighting for his boys. Christian’s music hits and Captain Charisma vacuum shows up to stir a pot that doesn’t need to be stirred.

Christian taking the experienced thrives under pressure condescending veteran angle is…annoying. Like I said a few weeks ago, the boxes they are trying to play in, I don’t love. Alexander does flip the script nicely talking about how people classified him as nothing more than a Tag Team guy, and “sounding familiar” strikes a chord with Christian. Small scuffle as Christian tries to snip back, but it’s fairly paint by numbers.

Overall Score: 5/10

Low key? This was a pretty lame episode for an Impact Go Home. The matches weren’t really anything special, with the most happening during Pick Your Poison, but it effectively being a non-issue. The YouTube delay of course hurt my enjoyment of the show, but even without the delay, I don’t really feel like this would’ve registered much higher on my scale.

I am looking forward to Bound for Glory because of who’s in the matches, but this episode didn’t help sell it. Thankfully it’s already sold out, and most people probably decided if they were purchasing it by now.

When it comes down to it, I’m expecting quite a few title changes, even though I’m figuring that Mickie’s involvement is more of a one off to give the rub to younger talent and cement her dominant reign. Alexander I would love to see win the belt and The IInspiration would do wonders and put an immediate spotlight on a division that has floundered behind a lack of real teams and no real direction.

So I’ll see all of you on Saturday for Bound for Glory!


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