Raw starts their journey to crowning royalty!
While Big E and Drew McIntyre have a face-to-face, Raw’s half of both the King of the Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments begin!
- King of the Ring Opening Round: Xavier Woods VS Ricochet; Woods wins and advances to the next round.
- Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS The Hurt Business; The Hurt Business wins.
- Queen’s Crown Opening Round: Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke; Baszler wins and advances to the next round.
- Matt Riddle VS Omos w/ AJ Styles; Omos wins.
- Jeff Hardy VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- King of the Ring Opening Round: Kofi Kingston VS Jinder Mahal; Mahal wins and advances to the next round.
- Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair; No Contest.
- Queen’s Crown Opening Round: “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Natalya; Piper wins and advances to the next round.
- Big E & Drew McIntyre VS The Usos; The Usos win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
The Scottish Warrior has his claymore, Angela, as always as he walks down the ramp. San Francisco is fired up for the former WWE World Champion as he sheaths the sword and gets the mic. “Now it seems appropriate the the Scottish Warrior is kicking things off in the home of the Warriors.” And since he won’t get to do this for some time, he gives us an introduction to Monday Night Raw! We all know Crown Jewel is coming, the thrones are on the stage, there’s Roman VS Lesnar and a No Holds Barred in Goldberg VS Lashley, and then the match everyone will be talking about, McIntyre VS Big E. And why will they talk about it? Because McIntyre will once again become champion!
McIntyre tells Big E that he has waited months for this last opportunity at the title, and he won’t let it slip through his fingers. McIntyre has a story from earlier today, but Big E’s entrance cuts it off! Big E goes to the ring and San Fran is fired up again as he gets himself a mic. Big E tells Drew that he gets it. He understands why McIntyre wants to be WWE Champion so badly. Big E has tasted the spoils and oh are they sweet. So sweet that he lets the juices of that nectar drip down his chin to his neck and “betwixt my nipples.” Drew is a specimen! Incredibly accomplished! But he will never take the title from Big E.
Big E tells Drew’s train has left the station and he has two options. He can either jump onboard, “or your big sword wielding ass can stay on those railroad tracks and get run smooth over.” McIntyre says Big E talks about the spoils, the nectar, his nipples… That rush he feels every night, how he felt when he won the title and the fans went nuts, even when he walked out here just now! Remember that feeling? Feels damn good, doesn’t it. McIntyre is a two-time WWE Champion, of course Big E’s on cloud nine. McIntyre held the title for 300 days and yet, he still doesn’t know that great feeling.
McIntyre is damn proud of his time as champion, he led the WWE through uncertain times and loved every minute but he is still chasing his moment. That moment will be Crown Jewel. And just like McIntyre defeated Lesnar, Orton and Goldberg, he will run through Big E and win back HIS title, and there’s not a damn thing Big E can do about it! Big e and McIntyre talk trash without the mics, but here come the Usos?! Jimmy & Jey are still on SmackDown and are still SmackDown Tag Team Champions, but they want to watch this. Jimmy is pumped for this match! Who’s Jey got? Jey is rolling with Big E! Jimmy isn’t sure. If Drew Mac hits the Claymore, it might be a rap.
McIntyre asks, “Why the hell are you two even here?” They’re doing what they want cuz they roll with the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Uce! The Bloodline got drafted to SmackDown, but they are now in your city! So tonight, there are warning shots! Check it, Uce. They and they mama knows that Roman beats Lesnar at Crown Jewel, 100! But what’s going on here is, who (Who who who) is gonna be WWE World Champion. Is it Big E? Or is it Drew McIntyre? Jey tells McIntyre to be careful, or else he’ll end up in the crosshairs of the Tribal Chief on SmackDown. He might add the world title to the trophy case.
As for Big E, the Usos already have plans for his bois, Kofi & Woods, once they’re on SmackDown. So if at Crown Jewel, Big E wins, it’s him and Roman at Survivor Series. And if that’s the case, Tribal Chief already said, he’s got the same death wish as the NEW~ DAY~ are facing. #WeTheOnes, Uce. Read the shirts. But Big E says no no no no. These two can’t come out bumping their gums and just walk away. Big E is sure he speaks on behalf of Drew- No, Big E cannot speak on behalf of Drew. Well damn, they’ll speak on behalf of the Tribal Chief. McIntyre & Big E VS The Usos, tonight! Big E and McIntyre both accept the challenge, but then they get jumped! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!
Fans are fired up as the Usos leave Big E and McIntyre in the ring! The Scottish Warrior and Powerhouse of Positivity get up, both angry at the Usos but angry at each other. If they’re to have their match tonight, can champion and challenger get along long enough to win?
Backstage interview with the New Day.
Kevin Patrick asks how they feel about both having matches in the King of the Ring Tournament, and how they could end up facing each other in the semifinals. Kofi and Woods just laugh it off and the music hits. They say bye and we will see how the answer unfolds!
King of the Ring Opening Round: Xavier Woods VS Ricochet!
Woods looks longingly at the throne and crown, but he has to take out the King of Flight first! Will Woods ground the One and Only? Or will his dream of being crowned end already?
Raw returns as Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two fist bump then circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks but Woods wants after an arm, only for Ricochet to get away. They reset, tie up, and now Ricochet wrenches the arm. Ricochet YANKS the arm, wristlocks, but Woods spins and wrenches back. Ricochet handsprings, wrenches, but Woods rolls and handsprings to wrench and whip. Ricochet reverses, Woods runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Woods clamps onto the arm. Woods throws elbows into the shoulder, then wrenches to a back suplex. Ricochet lands on his feet, waistlocks, but Woods switches.
Ricochet fights the lift, switches back but Woods elbows. Woods runs, but into a dropkick! Cover, ONE! Ricochet facelocks and then CLUBS Woods down. Ricochet KICKS Woods around, but Woods ROCKS Ricochet with a forearm! Ricochet comes back to ROCK Woods, KICK away on a leg, but Woods block the kick to forearm and CHOP! Ricochet snarls and comes back but is put on the apron. Ricochet shoulders in, slingshots but Woods disrupts that by hitting the arms! Ricochet crashes to the apron, Woods goes up the corner but Ricochet CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ricochet climbs up and brings Woods around. Woods fights the superplex to CLUB away on Ricochet!
Ricochet drops to the apron, but he springboards back up to the top! SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Ricochet whips Woods to ropes to then CLOBBER him with a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his cool and Woods sits up. Ricochet KICKS Woods in the back, taunts him, then brings him up for a EuroUpper. Ricochet snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Woods gets to ropes while Ricochet keeps his cool. Ricochet stalks Woods, throws haymakers, but Woods blocks the suplex. Woods turns things around to hang Ricochet out to dry! Woods goes up the corner to DOUBLE STOMP Ricochet down! Woods hurries back up top and fans fire up for the SECOND ROPE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!
Woods grits his teeth and drags Ricochet up by his wrists. Woods uses that to dead lift into a suplex, for a GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Woods is frustrated! Fans fire up and Woods aims as Ricochet rises, Ricochet ducks the knee to ROUNDHOUSE Woods down! Ricochet catches his breath, to roll into the facelock and fireman’s carry! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, to a PENALTY KICK! Woods crawls to the apron for safety, but Ricochet goes to the corner. Ricochet grins and runs to FLY over the corner! Direct hit and down goes Woods! Ricochet hurries to get back in and keep the count fresh, to then DIVE! Direct hit and Woods goes into barriers!
Ricochet just keeps moving, he’s feeling it here and he DIVES into a SLAM! Woods deflects the tope into the floor and Woods gets Ricochet into the ring! Woods pushes Ricochet around, goes to a corner and he tightrope walks, LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
The semifinals will have the power of positivity, but will it be overflowing with it? Will Kofi or Jinder meet Woods in the next round?
RKBRO talk backstage.
Matt Riddle has news that is sure to blow Randy Orton’s mind. Someone challenged Omos to a 1v1 match tonight. Here’s some hints as to who it is. One: he has a sweet head of lettuce. Two: he loves Lunchables. Did Riddle challenge Omos? After the plan went so well last week, Riddle had to follow in Orton’s footsteps like a baby viper. Riddle looks up to Orton like this cool uncle. But with all this momentum going into Crown Jewel, what’s the plan? Riddle wants to know how they’re gonna get the better of AJ Styles & Omos this week. Riddle remembers in history class, learning about this guy named Jack who led a trail of beans to trap a giant!
Riddle, there is no plan and there was no plan. That was a one time thing last week. And in no way should Riddle have challenged Omos. “Bro, you’re on your own.” Wait… “No plan,” just like how they’re “not” getting matching snakeskin speedos! No, shouldn’t have brought that up. See you out there later, Randy! Is the Viper gonna have to bail the Stallion out of being thrown off the mountain known as Omos?
Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS The Hurt Business!
The Star of Saudi Arabia and The Beacon are still working on this tag team thing, but they’re going against the newly reunited Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin. Have PRIMED Alexander and the Gold Standard patched things up from their time as enemies? Or can Mansoor & Mustafa take advantage of any leftover dysfunction?
Raw returns and The Hurt Business is already in the ring. Benjamin starts with Ali, and Benjamin sucker punches Mansoor! Ali rushes in to dropkick Benjamin then fire off hands. Ali whips, Benjamin reverses and then pops Ali up for a FLAPJACK! Tag to Alexander, he brings Ali around and back suplexes. Ali lands on his feet, slides under Alexander and tags Mansoor in! Mansoor CLOBBERS Alexander, whips and atomic drops to a BOOT and ENZIGURI! Alexander wobbles, Mansoor runs to clothesline him in the corner. Tag to Ali, he climbs up, DOUBLE STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Ali dropkicks Benjamin down then Mansoor DIVES out to hit him down!
Ali goes up while Alexander is still down, 450 but he has to roll through! He turns around, into a scoop MICHINOKU! Cover, Benjamin keeps Mansoor out, the Hurt Business wins!
Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall
No dysfunction at all between Alexander & Benjamin! Mansoor goes to Ali’s aid but then Ali shoves him down! Ali is getting sick of this, and he storms off. Is their own dysfunctional duo already done?
Queen’s Crown Opening Round: Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke!
The Queen of Spades has been getting the upper hand and breaking the arms of her opponents, but the Flex Appeal was one woman spared thanks to the courage of “Doudrop” Piper Niven. Will Shayna simply finish what she started while heading for the crown?
Raw returns, Dana is already in the ring, and the match begins. Dana rushes Shayna but Shayna sends her into buckles. Shayna fires off hands, body shots, but lets off as the ref counts. Shayna runs in but Dana dodges the knee! Dana goes to buckle bump but Shayna blocks that and elbows her away. Shayna whips but Dana reverses and fires off on Shayna now! The ref counts, Dana lets off and then bumps Shayna off buckles. Fans fire up as Dana goes corner to corner, but handsprings into a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Dana drops down, victory rolls, TWO! Dana tries an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Dana gets the arm, but Shayna trips her and rolls to an ANKLE LOCK!
Dana endures, rolls and sends Shayna into ropes! Roll up, but Shayna rolls through to KNEE Dana down! Cover, Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
And just like that, Shayna’s ready for the semifinals! But she wants to go after Dana more! Dana gets away and the ref reprimands Shayna. Will Shayna continues to do what she wants, all the way to being crowned queen?
Charlotte Flair is backstage.
“Who cares about Shayna Baszler?” And whatever happened between Bianca Belair, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch doesn’t interest her, either. They can rip each other apart at Crown Jewel but Charlotte only cares about herself. Those three are already beneath her as the most decorated female in sports entertainment history, and is already wrestling royalty. Bianca is fiery, but she doesn’t have the killer instinct to go for the throat. Becky talks the talks but never walks the walk. She just likes riding other people’s momentum.
As for Sasha, how many times as Charlotte beaten her? Charlotte actually hopes Sasha wins the title so that Charlotte can slap that stupid smirk off her face and then become a DOUBLE CHAMPION! The UNDENIABLE champion, melding the titles together! Will Charlotte have no choice but to care when she’s in the ring with the EST, The Man and The Boss?
Matt Riddle VS Omos w/ AJ Styles!
The Bro may have just stepped in it this time. The Viper is staying in the back, will this be a major step backwards on the road to the coming Raw Tag Team Championship match?
Raw returns and AJ Styles makes his entrance to lead the way for Omos. Riddle gets a mic to tell Omos, “Whoa, man! Before we get started, Omos, there’s a couple of things I want to say.” Riddle’s been doing a lot of thinking. He thinks all the time. Remember #Brogurt? And surely Omos knows about #Brotein, look how swole he is! Way more than Skipper Styles! Riddle claims he forgot what he was talking about, but clearly he’s stalling. RANDY, NOW! Nothing. Classic Randy, he’s just super busy and waiting for a secret code word. Riddle starts singing Voices, but then tries, “pissed off!”
Styles gets the mic and says this is ridiculous. Riddle is stalling, everyone sees it. Even San Francisco, and they’re not even that smart! Riddle is having his head removed from his shoulders, it’s happening! Let’s ring the bell and get this over with! Riddle starts a “Randy! Randy!” chant but Styles hops off the apron. The bell rings and Riddle dodges Omos to then go after Styles! Omos drags Riddle up by his hair then TOSSES him into the ring! Omos sees Riddle go to a corner, he runs in and SPLASHES! Riddle flounders around, manages to stand up leaning against Omos, but Omos grabs him in a choke grip, for a CHOKE SLAM!
Omos uses one foot to cover but Styles wants this to keep going! They can legally beat the crap out of him for as long as they want, so here’s what they’ll do. Remember that karate lesson from third grade? Styles wants to see Omos roundhouse, so Omos waits. Riddle gets up, ROUNDHOUSE!! Styles wants to see that on instant replay! The titantron has it and Styles loves it as much the second time. What’s even better than that? Riddle isn’t getting up so why not watch it in SLOW MOTION! Fans want Randy but Styles tells them to shut up. Instant replay in slow-mo is just as good for Styles as the first time. Now, time to get rid of Riddle with the TWO HAND SLAM!! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Styles says Omos is done with Riddle, but Styles isn’t! Styles drags Riddle up, reels him in, but here comes Orton! But not from the ramp side! Styles turns around but wait, no crowd side, either? Styles tells Omos they should be ready for that anyway and he sends Omos out. Omos and Styles dare Orton to show himself from somewhere, but Orton slithers up from under the ring! Orton gets in and RKO’s Styles down! Then he gets Riddle out of the ring and RKBRO again get the drop on the Phenomenal One and the Mountain of a Man! But will they be dropped as soon as Omos gets at them in the title match?
McIntyre confronts Big E backstage.
Clearly he’s still upset about how things went with the Usos earlier, but Big E says the two of them will beat the brakes off each other at Crown Jewel. But if they don’t figure this thing out tonight, it’ll be a long night. The Usos are SEVEN time tag champs for a reason. So for tonight, let bygones be bygones. McIntyre says those are good points, and the Usos are here with Roman’s permission since they don’t even get to wipe their asses without it. So then the Head of the Table is scared of the both of them. As he should be! Plus, beating the Usos would be a good win for them. Yeah, and Big E did see McIntyre’s dimples talking about nectar and nipples. Freaky boy.
But that said, the two shake hands a la the Mega Powers. Will they get to savagely hulk out on both Jimmy & Jey? Or will they still be put in the Uso Penitentiary?
Bobby Lashley is here!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is dressed to impress, but what does he have to say about his coming Crown Jewel grudge match? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Lashley has the mic. “Unbelievable. A lot of people ask me why I decided to challenge Goldberg to a No Holds Barred match.” But before answering that, did anyone see Goldberg stand in this ring and talk about ending Lashley’s life? Goldberg said verbatim, “I’m not only next, but that No Holds Barred match gives him license to kill and that I’m dead!” That is not befitting of a WWE superstar, of a WWE Hall of Famer, and not befitting of a father. Who do you have here? Someone standing in front of you, dressed like a million bucks and who defend his WWE Championship the entire year? Or do you have that man who came with cut off sleeves, foaming at the mouth and screaming about murder?
Fans start up a “GOLD~ BERG!” chant, and Lashley sarcastically says that is classy. But that is why he challenged Goldberg to No Holds Barred. Lashley can’t go into a match, a fight, with a man screaming and frothing at the mouth like a rabid animal. “The icon of Goldberg has been reduced to a rabid dog!” And though Goldberg has a strong bite, that dog needs to be put down. At Crown Jewel, with no rules in No Holds Barred, Lashley will finally end Goldberg’s career! No longer will Goldberg be running into Raw, prancing in here and beat someone up, then ride off into the sunset. No, not again. Lashley says that there will be no misunderstandings.
Fans keep up the “GOLD~BERG!” chants but Lashley tells Goldberg that he can’t beat The All Mighty. You can’t hurt the All Mighty! Goldberg damn sure can’t KILL the All Mighty! The wrath of All Mighty Lashley is set to collide with the rage of Goldberg, with either man even survive?
Sasha Banks speaks.
“Ever since Charlotte’s been drafted to SmackDown, her entitlement really has her feeling like she’s in charge. When in reality, the woman who holds the SmackDown Women’s Championship calls the shots.” Right now, The Man is clutching to the title for dear life. Tonight, Sasha is supposed to trust the woman who lost said title in less than 30 seconds in Bianca Belair. Bianca needs to sit back and follow The Boss’ lead. Sasha is the standard, the blueprint, and none of them compare. Tonight, after Becky and Charlotte implode, Sasha will beat them. Then in 10 days, in that Triple Threat, Sasha will beat Bianca & Becky to become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion. The Boss is all smiles, but will tonight be anything but #LEGIT?
Jeff Hardy VS Austin Theory!
It’s no mystery here, the Charismatic Enigma wants payback on The Way’s prodigal son! Will Hardy get extreme #AllDay? Or will Theory take flight using Hardy as his launching pad?
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings, Hardy doges Theory then fires off hands. Hardy bumps Theory off buckles, Theory elbows back then throws forearms. Fans rally for Hardy as Theory whips him to a corner., Hardy elbows Theory down, hops up and leaps for ax handles! Theory staggers into a kick but denies the Twist! Standing switch but Theory bucks the O’Conner to slingshot, somersault and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps onto Hardy with an armlock, but wait, is that Reggie? He’s being chased by Team Maverick! Reggie LEAPS over Theory, the others get in the ring but Reggie dodges Gulak, sending Gulak tumbling!
Reggie plays cat ‘n’ mouse with Akira Tozawa, and then goes out of the ring and into the crowd! R-Truth is last but Theory has him stop. “Do you know who I am?” Truth dodges theory to go out after Reggie, Hardy gets Theory for an atomic drop! Leg splitting leg drop! TWIST OF FATE! Hardy goes up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! But it FLOPS as Theory moves! Roll up with tights, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Just as it seemed the 24/7 Championship chase turned things in Hardy’s favor, Theory turned it right back around! Will Theory use this wild momentum to climb higher and faster on Raw?
Bianca Belair speaks.
“I know we come from different backgrounds, but Charlotte Flair and I clearly have a different idea of what it takes to be a winner. In my life, I was fortunate enough to win with strength, with character, with heart. Charlotte Flair, she thinks that being ruthless is what it takes to be a winner, but for her, that usually just means cheating.” The EST doesn’t have to cheat and she’ll prove that when she takes the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Crown Jewel. And Sasha wants Bianca to follow her lead? Bianca doesn’t ever remember Sasha being the fastEST, but she does remember Sasha losing at WrestleMania.
And Bianca will never forget what Becky did to her at SummerSlam. But it’ll only take 30 seconds for Bianca to send Becky back to being #BeckyNOBelts. Friday, there were no issues with dropping them both through the table. A double pin could be in the future. Or maybe that’s for tonight. This is Raw, and Bianca goes here now. The EST is certainly the readiEST, but will she be able to keep things together with Sasha long enough to win?
King of the Ring Opening Round: Kofi Kingston VS Jinder Mahal w/ Veer & Shanky!
We know Woods is waiting, but will the semifinals be a battle of ya bois, the NEW~ DAY? Or will the Modern Day Maharaja’s boys make sure he is headed for the throne?
Raw returns as Woods hypes Kofi up. Kevin Patrick returns to ask how they’d feel about facing each other next week. Who would win? Who who who who? The music hits again and it’s time to do work! Kofi makes his entrance, Woods staying ringside to counteract Veer & Shanky. The bell rings, Kofi and Mahal circle. They tie up, Mahal waistlocks, SLAMS Kofi down, then gloats. Kofi gets up, he and Mahal tie up, and Mahal headlocks to a takeover. Kofi fights back up, fans rally and Kofi powers out. Mahal runs Kofi with a shoulder and he grins as things speed up. Kofi hurdles, Mahal fakes out the second then runs Kofi over again!
Mahal soaks up the heat then brings Kofi up to put him in a corner. Mahal ROCKS Kofi with a forearm, throws body shots, then stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Mahal lets off at 4 and then he whips Kofi corner to corner. Kofi goes up to missile dropkick! Then runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Kofi fires off, whips, but Mahal reverses. Kofi hold ropes to BOOT back, then runs to RANA! Mahal bails out, Kofi aims and slingshots. Mahal dodges so Kofi lands on the apron to PENALTY KICK! Kofi goes up the corner, SUPER TRUST FALL! Fans fire up and Kofi gets in the ring! Veer & Shanky head over to help Mahal while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Mahal has Kofi in a cobra twist. Fans rally as Kofi endures and Kofi works on an escape. Kofi pries at the leg hook, then gets free to SOS! It wasn’t very clean as Mahal was fighting the whole way. Woods and the fans rally up again, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” as Kofi gets to the ropes. Kofi DOUBLE COHPS, DOUBLE CHOPS then dropkicks! Kofi runs, Mahal dodges the leaping lariat to kick and whip. But Kofi goes up and up to CORSSBODY! TWO!! Woods coaches Kofi but Mahal shoves him away to fireman’s carry. GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Veer & Shanky cheer Mahal on. Mahal drags Kofi up in the corner to throw knees down low.
Mahal hoists Kofi up top and throws haymakers. Kofi hits back, throws fast hands and a headbutt! Mahal drops down, Kofi adjusts, SPLASH to Mahal’s back! Cover, TWO! Kofi hurries and PENALTY KICKS! Mahal is down, Kofi fires up and the fans join in! NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi goes to a corner, fans fire up as Kofi claps along, but Shanky distracts! Woods LEAPS over to hit him! But Veer CLOBBERS Woods with the Million Dollar Arm! Kofi WRECKS Veer, Mahal ghost pins him! TWO!! Kofi goes to a corner, slips out and swing kicks! Kofi goes up, leaps, but into a KALLAS!! Cover, Mahal wins!
Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
Well, now we don’t have to worry about who wins in Kofi VS Woods, because Mahal is taking that semifinal spot! And he even goes to the throne to sit down and wear the crown! Will Woods avenge his New Day brethren as he fights towards the finals?
Becky Lynch speaks.
“For someone who likes to talk a lot, I don’t have too much more to say. Sasha, Charlotte, Bianca, they all said their little piece about The Man while I was out of earshot. It doesn’t matter, I beat them all.” Becky’s done everything she said she’d do and then raised the bar even higher. There’s a reason she was the longest reigning Raw Women’s Champion: she’s always five steps ahead. Teaming with Charlotte is as repulsive as the smell of piss in a downtown alley, but it doesn’t matter. Becky will lead her team to victory because winning is what she does. Unlike Bianca, who she beat in 26 seconds. Unlike Sasha, who runs home and cries every time she loses.
Well bring on the tears, because The Man walks out of Crown Jewel the same way she walks in: as SmackDown Women’s Champion. All four have shared their thoughts on tonight’s tag match, and that match is NEXT!
Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair!
The Boss heads out first and is feeling herself. But will she and Bianca be able to be the #LegitEST duo once again? Or will they simply fall apart even faster than the frenemies across the ring from them?
Raw returns as Bianca makes her entrance. She and Sasha are already at each other with Bianca parodying Sasha’s pose, but now out comes Raw Women’s Champion and her Infinity Gauntlet robe! And of course, last but not least, the SmackDown Women’s Champion makes her entrance. The teams sort out, more in that Sasha pushes Bianca to the corner, but then Bianca returns the favor. Sasha pushes Bianca aside again as Becky is more than happy to start. Bianca has Sasha move back again, but then Sasha pulls the ponytail! Bianca is getting heated now and she whips Sasha into the corner! Becky attacks them both! Charlotte just goes out, but then Becky is sent into her!
Bianca and Becky brawl, Sasha goes after her, Charlotte comes back and tackles Sasha! Bianca has Becky in a corner, extra refs rush in to stop this! Charlotte stomps Sasha, Becky fires off on Bianca, but Sasha and Bianca turn it around on them! Charlotte throws Sasha into buckles, Bianca RAMS into Becky! Charlotte throws Sasha out, she and Becky work together, BECKSPLODER for Bianca! But then Charlotte BOOTS Becky! There are no allegiances anywhere, and Charlotte rushes to the corner as Becky bails out! Charlotte goes up, but Sasha stops her with haymakers! Becky yanks Charlotte down, they throw hands, and Sasha goes up! Only for Bianca to get her!
Bianca THROWS Sasha onto The Queen and The Man!! Fans fire up for The EST but now management and security rush out to stop this! Fans boo but Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville come out now. Pearce says these four had the opportunity to show the entire world what the greatest women competitors could do and this is what they choose? No! Not tonight! Sonya says these four can get back in the ring for this to restart! But Sasha and Bianca are fighting each other! Then Becky and Charlotte get involved, fighting each other again! Sasha and Bianca get in the ring, they brawl, and Raw goes to break! How is any tag match supposed to happen at this point?!
Raw returns and somehow, the teams have sorted out. Sasha and Charlotte start and the bell rings. The two slowly circle then tie up. Charlotte waistlocks, they go around, Sasha resists the lift to switch. Charlotte elbows out hard, then drags Sasha by a leg. Sasha turns Figure Four into O’Conner Roll, TWO! Charlotte kips up but Sasha RANAS her away! Sasha then wheelbarrows and victory rolls! ONE, but Sasha blocks the boot to KNEE back! Charlotte comes back to catch Sasha for a BACKBREAKER and SLAM! Charlotte drags Sasha up, bumps her off buckles, then snapmares her down to step on her. Becky tags in and Charlotte seethes, but she lets it be.
Becky runs but Sasha avoids the leg drop! Sasha runs to BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Sasha argues the count but she brings Becky up to wrench and YANK the arm. Sasha tags Bianca in with some sauce, but Bianca wrenches Becky. Bianca tags Sasha, Sasha takes the hand-off and wrenches to YANK. Another saucy tag, Bianca hops up to ax handle, but Becky breaks free to fire off hands! Becky gets Bianca in the corner, then sends Sasha in. Bianca dumps Sasha out, brings Becky around and snap suplexes! Roll through to a dead lift and stalling SLAM! Then a running SPLASH! Cover, TWO!
Becky sputters, Charlotte taunts Bianca but Bianca whips Becky. Becky reverses, Bianca goes up and tells The Man to kiss this, but Sasha tags in and dumps Bianca down! Sasha KNEES Becky, rolls her around, BANK STATE- NO, Becky slips out! DISARM- NO, Charlotte tags in! Sasha throws Becky away, Becky CLOBBERS Her, then Charlotte tells Becky to get her ass out. Becky says that’s real cute from Charlie, but then Sasha hits a BACKSTABBER! Becky and Sasha start swinging on each other again! Becky EuroUppers, Sasha blocks a kick to KNEE! Becky blocks backstabber and Bianca throws Sasha down!
Bianca then spins Sasha around for double chicken wings! GlamEST SNAKE EYES! The ref rings the bell, this is getting to be too much again!
Becky gives Bianca a BECKSPLODER! And then clamps onto the arm! Bianca resists, powers up to a torture rack, but Becky holds ropes! Sasha hits a BACKSTABBER on Bianca! Becky sobats, but Sasha turns backslide around! Becky fights the backstabber, Sasha fights the urenage! Becky bucks the backstabber to sobat and MANHANDLE SLAM!! Big Time Becks stands tall, making the real statement! But will this be how Crown Jewel goes for The Man? Or will someone take the title away from #BigTimeBecks to change the power dynamic in the women’s division?
The Usos talk with Roman Reigns on the phone.
Jimmy assures “Big Uce” that everything’s on lock. They the ones! Jimmy tells Jey that Roman wants them to complete the mission. Big E and McIntyre are going to be at each other’s throats by the end of the night! Will the Usos make sure no one in Roman’s way stands a chance?
Queen’s Crown Opening Round: “Doudrop” Piper Niven VS Natalya!
The inaugural tournament’s opening round closes with Piper the Viper and the statement maker, bone breaker, title taker! Will Piper trump the Queen of Harts to then go after the Queen of Spades?
Raw returns as Natty makes her entrance. The bell rings, Natty stares at the happy-go-lucky Piper doing her little dance. Natty says Piper needs to take this serious, this is something the Hart family paved the way for. Then she SLAPS Piper across the face! Piper gets serious and ties up with Natty. They go around, Natty fires off in a corner but the ref counts. Natty lets off but then comes back with heavy body shots! Piper shoves her away, Natty headlocks and throws away Piper’s flower hairclip. Piper blocks the takeover, powers up and out of the headlock, then drops. Natty rolls, Piper gets up and Natty CHOPS her! Then SLAPS her!
Natty whips, Piper comes back to run her over! Piper still does her dance then talks some trash to Natty. Piper runs but Natty avoids the back senton! Natty runs, steps on Piper then dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Natty tells the ref to do his job better, then she drags Piper up. Natty CLUBS Piper then wraps her up in the cobra twist! Shayna watches backstage while Piper endures and Natty pulls hair. Natty CHOPS and even SPANKS Piper, but Piper still endures. Piper fights with elbows to the leg, then she HIP TOSSES Natty down! Natty goes to a corner, Piper runs in and SPLASHES! Natty sits down, fans fire up with Piper as she runs corner to corner.
But Natty avoid the CANNONBALL! DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Piper’s still in this but Natty gets mad. Natty gets the legs, stomps Piper, then ties up the legs. Piper SLAPS Natty away, then rolls her up! Piper wins!!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
Piper celebrates, but Shayna looks eager to get after her. Will Piper get to bully the bully? Or will Shayna find a way to break Piper’s bubbly spirit before breaking one of her arms?
John Morrison meditates backstage.
But Rhea Ripley asks him what he’s doing. He looks over to see her and Nikki A.S.H. Isn’t it obvious? He’s tapping into his chi so he can share his innermost thoughts with the world. There is a lot going on. Well that’s great. Everyone should follow their dreams. Rhea has Nikki move on from the Guru of Greatness, and then asks if she understand what he was even talking about. Nope! Will #SuperBrutality worry more about their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships than chi and tranquility?
Austin Theory snatches a selfie with Big E.
Big E lets that slide, he has bigger fish to fry. Will he and the Scottish Warrior be serving up a juicy L to the Usos?
Backstage interview with Mansoor.
Kevin Patrick asks about what happened with him and Mustafa Ali, but Mansoor says he isn’t sure what’s going on. Ali storms over and shouts, “You still don’t know?!” Then let him explain: Mansoor is nothing more than a giant waste of time! Ali wants Mansoor to listen. Ali wants to show Mansoor how to survive this place, but all Mansoor wants is to dance around and make friends. He doesn’t deserve to be here! Mansoor tells Ali to get it all off his chest. Ali says Mansoor is his ONLY lifeline! The only one watching his back! Without Ali, Mansoor gets eaten alive.
But in a way, this is Ali’s fault. Ali should’ve just said this to Mansoor’s face: “You’re a loser. You’re worthless. You. Are. NOTHING.” And when Mansoor doesn’t react, Ali says, “That’s what I thought.” Ali leaves, only to come back and attack! “You still don’t get it, do you?!” Ali throws Mansoor into road cases! And then rains down rights! He wants Mansoor to listen to him, even as he beats him up! “You are NOTHING!” Ali throws Mansoor down again, and then actually leaves. Has Ali just snuffed out the Star of Saudi Arabia’s light?
Big E & Drew McIntyre VS The Usos!
The WWE World Champion and his challenger agree that their common enemy is The Tribal Chief. Therefore, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions will have to be the next best thing until each man has their turn taking on Roman Reigns. Will the Powerhouse and the Warrior be able to show Roman what he has to look forward to through his cousins? Or will they be welcomed to the Uso Penitentiary?
Raw returns and the teams sort out. Big E starts against Jimmy, they tie up at the bell, and then Big E throws Jimmy down. Big E gets Jimmy up, reels him in for back elbow after back elbow, then he puts Jimmy in the corner. Tag to McIntyre, and he stomps away! He’s staring up the stampede! Tag to Big E, he stomps, McIntyre tags in and he stomps! These Scottish Unicorns keep going, then Big E whips McIntyre in to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! McIntyre wrenches an arm and has a chinbar. Jimmy endures, fights up but McIntyre wrenches. Jimmy headbutts free then rams McIntyre into the corner. Tag to Jey, he runs in and forearm smashes!
Jey RAMS McIntyre into another corner, whips corner to corner, but McIntyre reverses. Jey goe sup but McIntyre BOOTS him out of the air! McIntyre drags Jey up, reels him in, suplexes then covers, TWO! Big E wants the tag, McIntyre drags Jey up to wrench, then he tags Big E in. They mug Jey, Big E brings Jey up again and wraps him up in the cobra twist! Big E clubs Jey to the beat, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” then Big E shoves Jey to ropes. Jey ducks, Jimmy tags in, Big E dodges but Jimmy GAMANGIRIS! Jey ROCKS Big E with an uppercut, then Jimmy stomps away on Big E! Tag to Jey, Jey stomps away on Big E! Jimmy tags in and they give back all those stomps!
Tag back to Jey, he tops things off with one more stomp, then tag back to Jimmy. They both drag Big E out and split the wishbone! Cover, ONE, but Jimmy wraps on a chinlock. Big E endures, San Francisco is behind the Usos as hometown heroes, and Jimmy headbutts Big E back to the corner. Jimmy throws more headbutts, tags in Jey, then Jimmy tops it off with one more headbutt. The Usos point to the sky, Jey drags Big E by his legs and stomps him in the gut! And again! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos bring Big E up and they mug Big E. Cover, ONE!! Big E’s still hanging tough but Jimmy keeps Big E down with a chinlock.
Big E fights up as fans rally and Big E throws body shots. Jimmy CLUBS Big E, Big E shoves him away, but Jey tags in before Jimmy gets an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jey gets Big E up to fireman’s carry, but Big E goes to the apron! Big E dumps Jey out, then aims at Jimmy, APRON SPLASH only gets apron as Jimmy moves! The Usos get Big E up to RAM him into steel steps! McIntyre storms over but the ref has him stay back as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Jimmy has Big E down with a neck wrench. Fans rally and duel as Big E fights up to JAWBREAKER! Jimmy staggers, comes back to kick but Big E blocks. Big E spins Jimmy but gets a DRAGON WHIP! Jimmy tags Jey, they double whip Big E for a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Jey covers, TWO! McIntyre coaches Big E and fans fire up as Jey argues the count. Big E crawls to an open corner, Jey shouts “UCE!” and fans shout “OH!” Jey runs in to HIP ATTACK in the corner! Big E is dazed, Jey points a finger to the sky and goes corner to corner again, and he lets out another “UCE!” “OH!” Jey runs but Big E moves, Jey hits only buckles!
Big E gets up to get Jey for a Belly2Belly! Both men are down and fans fire up! Jey and Big E crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and McIntyre! The Scottish Warrior rallies on Jimmy as fans rally and duel again! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jimmy swings but then rolls McIntyre up, TWO! McIntyre gives Jimmy a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife, TWO! McIntyre snarls, drags Jimmy back up, underhooks the arms, but Jimmy slips out, to get a GLASGOW KISS! Jey tags in and gets in as McIntyre goes after Jimmy, SUPERKICK! The Usos regroup, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Down goes McIntyre! Cover, TWO!!
Jey rains down rights on McIntyre then drags him up to a fireman’s carry. But McIntyre fights out and then ducks the clothesline to NECKBREAKER! McIntyre dodges Jimmy to NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up an d fires up and he wants the countdown! Three, two, one, and Big E tags in! Big E is turning things around from last time but McIntyre is reluctant to leave. Big E turns around into a SUPERKICK! And then another SUPERKICK! Cover, McIntyre doesn’t even flinch, TWO!! Big E survives but Jey watches McIntyre. Jey climbs up the corner, leaps, but Big E moves! Jey comes back into a scoop! Jimmy anchors McIntyre’s feet, Jey shoves Big E into McIntyre!
Jey runs in, into the Urenag-E! Cover, McIntyre drags Big E off!! Big E asks if McIntyre lost his mind! That bump was an accident. But these shoves aren’t! McIntyre ROCKS Big E, Big E fires back! They’re brawling, just like the Usos wanted! Big E smacks McIntyre off steel steps! And then off barriers! The count is climbing on Big E as the brawl continues! McIntyre POSTS Big E, then throws him over the desk! The count is 10, the Usos wins!!
Winners: The Usos, by count-out
But Big E hits McIntyre back and bumps him off apron! The Usos DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They take McIntyre and Big E out, then THROW Big E over the announce desk! Then they throw McIntyre into the barriers! The Usos clear off the announce desk, throw chairs out of the way then bring Big E around to throw into barriers! They TIP the desk over, but Big E OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Jey! Big E shoves Jimmy to McIntyre’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E and McIntyre get back in the ring and fans fire up as they throw hands again! Big E shoves, scoops, but McIntyre slips out! CLAYMORE OUTTA NOWHERE!!
The Scottish Warrior, a bloody, busted welt over his eyebrow, roars and stands tall! But will he end Big E’s reign at Crown Jewel to begin his third? Or will the Powerhouse of Positivity show him what he can do when he’s angry?
A pretty good Raw, but with the same problem as on SmackDown: The Queen’s Crown tournament has been booked in the most disappointing way it could be. Now, in a vacuum, Shayna Baszler should have dominated just as she did tonight. But when it follows up a pair of stupidly short matches on SmackDown, it just feels bad. Piper VS Natty was the longest of the four matches but it was still under 10 minutes. The semifinal matches better be mind-blowing or it’ll just emphasize how Team Vince just doesn’t care about the women’s midcard. The top of the card, aka the titles, got a good showing going into the tag match.
Charlotte, Sasha, Bianca and Becky all delivered good promos, but I would’ve gone in a different direction with the tag match. After it turned into chaos, I would’ve just made it a Fatal 4 Way, maybe even for the Raw Women’s Championship. I know they want Becky going into Crown Jewel with the momentum because with her and Charlotte switching brands while still champions, someone has to lose a belt. Becky VS Sasha for the “Supersized” SmackDown that’s an extra half hour longer will tell a lot about Crown Jewel, but something also needs to happen on next week’s Raw go-home to see how Charlotte loses the Raw Women’s Championship.
Speaking of go-home, tonight had a lot of Go Home Syndrome. Too many commercial breaks on top of recaps and short matches. The Hurt Business is back but Ali and Mansoor are done as a team, can’t Vince just let them all stay? More teams for the tag champions to face, but no. This week’s RKBRO segment was alright, Omos of course wins but Orton still gets the last laugh. Horrible camera direction, though. I basically just assumed he came out from under the ring because we didn’t get even a replay to see Orton appear. I feel like at this point, math would dictate Styles & Omos win, but there is now one more Heel team than Face, so RKBRO has more possibilities with Hurt Business as contenders.
Lashley had a decent promo, not really the smoothest, but he does make a good point: even in pro-wrestling, how is Goldberg getting away with threatening Lashley’s life? Well whatever, the No Holds Barred match is going to be the best way for Lashley to carry Goldberg through that match. Hardy VS Theory was a disappointing match only in that it had the 24/7 Championship division pass through just because. Hardy VS Theory could’ve been a better match if it was just a match, but nope. Maybe Theory’s drive-by selfie with Big E is a tease at what’s coming next.
The King of the Ring matches were very good, with Woods having a great one with Ricochet. Kofi VS Mahal was good, but I suppose it makes more sense for Mahal to win as WWE keeps things as Face VS Heel. I suppose while WWE doesn’t mind separating New Day, they won’t make them fight each other. Pretty sure this means Woods beats Mahal to go to the finals, then. We got great stuff out of McIntyre, Big E and the Usos, and that Mega Powers handshake was a great little bit. Great match out of McIntyre & Big E VS Usos, and that count-out finish was the best move for this, given Big E and McIntyre stand tall over the Usos and then McIntyre stands tall over all. With McIntyre going to SmackDown, it’s pretty clear Big E retains and keeps the world title on Raw.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)
Black Friday is on a Rampage!
Will Riho get a golden ticket tonight?
Tony Khan’s offering a major Black Friday deal and Britt Baker isn’t happy about it! If Riho defeats The Doctor, she gets an AEW Women’s world title match!
- Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor; win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho; Riho wins and earns a future title match against Britt Baker.
- Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0; Kingston wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor!
It’s undisputed that both teams are great friends, but this is about seeing who are the best friends! Will Cole & Fish bring the boom? Or will Freshly Squeezed & The Decoder make Chaos proud here in Chicago?
The teams sort out and Yuta starts with Fish. They circle, feel it out, and then Fish shoots in to waistlock. Yuta switches, gets the ankle pick and the leg but Fish gets a leg back. Fish pushes to a cover, Yuta slips away before a count. They feel things out again, Fish steps in to knee low! Fish throws body shots, KICKS a leg, then ROCKS Yuta with a forearm. Fish whips, Yuta goes up and over but swings into a body shot! Yuta slips under to dropkick Fish down! Yuta wrenches, tags to Cassidy but Fish throws forearms. The Best Friends still double whip and, well Yuta forearms. Both Yuta and Cassidy run, KNEE DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!
Fish gets away and tags Cole. Fans fire up as Cole and Cassidy stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, but Cole stops him from putting his hands in his pockets. Cole hits the “BAYBAY!” pose, and then takes a bow. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Cole stops him again. Cassidy hammerlocks, spins, and WRINGS Cole out! Cole gets up in a huff as Cassidy spins and holds his hands up. But again Cole stops that with a waistlock! Cassidy switches, Cole switches, Cassidy reaches for legs, but then he puts his hands up. Cole shifts to a full nelson, but Cassidy still wants his pockets! Colle fights to keep those hands up, Cassidy uses his leg to break the nelson!
Cassidy switches, flying-mares, then thumbs up with Cole. Cole flails, Cassidy crucifix covers! TWO, and Cassidy builds up the energy. Cole runs in, Cassidy hurdles over, Yuta ROCKS Cole! Tag to Yuta, Cassidy and Yuta double whip Cole corner to corner. Yuta sends Cassidy but Sloth Style kicks in. Yuta runs to back elbow Cole, then go corner to corner to back elbow again! Cassidy finally arrives to feed Cole to Yuta’s scoop SLAM and SENTON! Cover, Fish drags Yuta off. Fans are fired up as Yuta drags Cole up. Cole JAWBREAKERS then runs in but Yuta elbows him away. Yuta goes up, Fish runs over and then Cole YANKS Yuta down!
Cole drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles, stomps away, then tags in Fish. Fish stomps Yuta down, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Fish lets off, drags Yuta up and clinches for knees. He bumps Yuta off buckles, fires forearms and body shots, then kicks. Tag to Cole, Cole drags Yuta up and throws more forearms. Yuta throws forearms back, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cole talks trash to Yuta then drags him back as AEW goes picture in picture.
Fish tags in, Cole anchors Yuta while Fish stomps away. Fish drags Yuta up, throws knees, then forearms, then brings Yuta around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Yuta up, throws more knees, then snapmares him to go out and slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish is annoyed but he drags Yuta up to knee him to the corner. Fish throws forearms, wrenches and taunts Cassidy before he back suplexes. Yuta lands on his feet but Fish CLOBBERS him! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up. Fish tags Cole, but Yuta sends Cole out! Fish drags Yuta away, Yuta ENZIGURIS free!
Yuta crawls over, but Cole trips Cassidy off the apron! Cole gets in to bump Yuta off the buckle, then stomps away on him. Tag to Fish, he drags Yuta up to BOOT him into the corner. Fish fires off fast hands and another BOOT! Tag to Cole, Fish holds Yuta and Cole runs in but Yuta back drops him! Yuta elbows Fish, elbows Cole, BOOTS Fish, then goes up to double missile dropkick! Cassidy is back, Yuta crawls over as fans rally up! Hot tag to Cassidy! Well, lukewarm with Cassidy’s speed. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and fires off the “devastating” shin kicks. He dodges the double clotheslines to DOUBLE DRPOKICK! Cassidy kips up to DOUBLE RANA!
Cassidy keeps moving, he uses Cole to kick and tilt-o-whirl to DDT Fish! Cole and Fish bail out, Yuta goes up and Cassidy builds speed! Cassidy DIVES< Yuta CROSSBODIES! Direct hit, Cassidy goes up and Yuta tags in! CROSSBODY then a DIVE onto Fish! Yuta SPLASHES Cole! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Cassidy, he and Yuta get Cole up but Cole fires off forearms! Cole mule kicks Cassidy, BOOTS Yuta, then reels Cassidy in! Yuta rewinds, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife bridge! But Fish breaks it!! Yuta gets up, Fish ROCKS him then mule kicks Cassidy! Fish KICKS Yuta down, then catches Cassidy to EXPLODER him into Yuta!
Fish tags in, he tackles Cassidy to a corner, then he isolates a leg to knee and KICK and DRAGON SCREW! SHINING WIZARD from Cole! Leg clutch cover, TWO!! KNEEBAR! Cole plays defense as Yuta gets in! Yuta then baits Cole and dodges the superkick to clobber Fish! Cole SUPERKICKS Yuta, Cassidy SUPERKICKS Cole! BEACH BREAK!! Cassidy powers up, but Fish TACKLES him to a corner! Fish has the leg, Cassidy breaks free but swings into the EXPLODER into buckles! Yuta tags in and spins Fish for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Yuta STOMPS Fish, hauls him up, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Yuta goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Cole trips him up! The ref reprimands, Cassidy trips Cole! Cassidy takes off the elbow pad but Cole drags Cassidy out to throw him into steel steps! And then again! Fish goes after Yuta on the top rope, brings Yuta up, SUPER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, Fish & Cole win!
Winners: Adam Cole & Bobby Fish, by pinfall
Whether or not Cole & Fish are best friends, they’re the better team here tonight! Will they give everyone a reason to fear them?
Backstage interview with Tony Nese.
Tony Schiavone says the Premier Athlete has “mysteriously” been in the stands watching, but Nese stops him right there. There is no mystery to what he’s doing. He’s scouting the competition, because that’s what top athletes do. “We all know that there’s an open challenge for the TNT Championship, so I thought, what perfect way to make my debut on TNT than becoming the TNT Champion?” Based off what Nese has seen, if Ethan Page, Bobby Fish or Jay Lethal would’ve done their homework, Sammy Guevara wouldn’t be champion right now. Nese is 100% unimpressed, but here comes Sammy!
Sammy’s the one unimpressed with Nese! Another new guy talking a lot of mess. Nese wants Sammy to relax. Is Sammy unable to take criticism? Oh he can take criticism, just not from a guy who hasn’t done s*it since he got here. Nese says there’s an open challenge, so he’s challenging Sammy next week. Challenge accepted, see you next week. Yeah you will. But then Nese SUCKER PUNCHES Sammy! Nese says the only reason Sammy has the title is because guys like Nese weren’t available yet. Nese leaves for now, but will he leave next Rampage the new TNT Champion?
Cash Wheeler starts by saying, “On Thanksgiving Eve in Chicago, we proved once again that we are the living lucha legends, the AAA World Tag Team Champions, and without a doubt the best tag team on the planet.” There’s a reason FTR is 2-0 against the Lucha Bros and the only win the Lucha Bros got was on the illegal man. There is no team on Earth, in this ring or in this business as good as FTR. Dax Harwood says they have a “history” with 2 outta 3 falls matches, so he is begging them that if they wanna prove it was no fluke, go 2 outta 3 falls with FTR. Right now, until they find someone better, write ’em a letter, #TopGuysOut!
AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho!
The Doctor better take the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion seriously, because if Riho wins here, she’ll get a title match in the near future! Will Riho cash in on this great deal? Or will Britt deny her this huge holiday gift?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Britt wrenches an arm to hammerlock, then spin Riho to a snapmare. Riho slips out to wrench and have the arm. Britt gets up, powers through to spin and snapmare Riho again, but Riho slips out again to have the wristlock. Britt fights up, Riho keeps on the wristlock but Britt clubs free and ROCKS Riho with a right! Britt says, “D M D,” but Riho fires off forearms! Birtt pulls hair to throw Riho down! Cover, TWO as Riho goes Matrix! But Britt rolls her up again, TWO! Britt gets the arm but Riho fights to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Britt lets off but she stomps away on Riho!
The ref counts, Britt lets off, Hayter and Rebel choke Riho! Britt comes back to stand on Riho at the ropes, then lets off at 4. Britt drags Riho up to ROCK her again. Britt whips, Riho handsprings and dropkicks! Riho keeps moving to dropkick again! Britt bails out, Rebel checks on her, but Riho goes up a corner! Riho LEAPS and CROSSBODIES Britt and Rebel down! Fans fire up as Riho gets back up. Hayter checks on Britt but Riho comes back to drag Britt up. Riho puts Britt in, Britt goes to a corner. Riho runs in to forearm smash! Then she goes corner to corner again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Britt stands on Riho’s head and stomps away!
Britt drags Riho up by her hair, bumps her off buckles again and again, but the ref counts. Britt lets off and Riho flops down as AEW goes to break.
Rampage returns and Britt reels Riho into a suplex. Riho fights it off, wrenches and ROCKS Britt with forearms! Riho runs, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt hammers away with forearms, covers, TWO! Britt argues with the ref, then drags Riho up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Britt doesn’t care. Riho throws body shots, Britt clinches and whips Riho to a corner. Britt is annoyed as fans rally and duel, and Britt stomps Riho down! Britt lets off, gives another stomp, then drags RIho up for a forearm. Riho forearms back, fires off many more, but Britt kicks her low! Britt whips Riho to a corner, runs in but into boots! Riho runs and tilt-o-whirl headscissors!
Britt ends up in a corner, Riho goes corner to corner and KNEES Britt right in the head! Riho reels Britt in, but Britt blocks the Northern Lights and CLUBS Riho. Snap suplex into buckles! Britt drags Riho up, Alabama lift but Riho slips out to full nelson and DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Riho crawls after Britt. Cover, TWO! Britt is still in this but Riho goes up the corner. Diving stomps but Britt dodges! Britt comes back, spins Riho and ROCKS her with a forearm! Alabama, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives but Britt slaps her down. Britt runs, Riho dodges the stomp to kick and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Riho goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but Riho keeps her focus. Riho run sin but Britt ducks the knees! Riho runs into buckles, but she avoids the swinging fisherman! Rolling cradle, RIHO WINS!!!
Winner: Riho, by pinfall (earns an AEW Women’s World Championship match)
Britt is FURIOUS! Riho snatches victory from the jaws of defeat,
El Idolo wasn’t done with Cody Rhodes after Dynamite went off the air! A bare concrete Hammerlock DDT may have downed the American Nightmare, but now Cody and Andrade will go 1v1 in an ATLANTA STREET FIGHT! Plus, after the confrontation on Dynamite, Gunn Club’s Colten & Billy Gunn take on Sting & Darby for a grudge match of two undefeated teams!
Mark Henry interviews our main eventers!
He starts with Daniel Garcia & 2point0, and how they’ve been attacking whoever, throwing coffee in people’s faces, and are generally out of control. Matt Lee says that’s right, they’re outta control! Eddie Kingston, hopefully you didn’t fill up on turkey, because tonight, you get a taste of Red Death on Black Friday! Great line. Jeff Parker adds that those interruptions weren’t on accident. They know Kingston and he reacted exactly how they thought he would! Garcia adds it’s Black Friday, another sold out arena for another Daniel Garcia main event. He vows to embarrass Kingston, and then Kingston will be the one giving Garcia thanks.
Kingston laughs at these three. He apologizes, but he can’t believe they’re serious. They throw coffee, attack him, say this and that, and Garcia’s acting all big and tough. He’s too light in the ass to mess with Kingston. Kingston will show Garcia what’s what in the ring. And as for his homeboys, they need to do Kingston a favor and shut up. Talk is cheap, partner. Then we’ve had enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Red Death be the one lucky to survive the Mad King?
Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0!
The bell rings and the two circle. They test things out, Garcia shoots in to get a leg but Kingston pushes him down to throw hands. Kingston has the arms, puts Garcia in a corner, the ref counts. Kingston won’t let off so the ref brings him back. Garcia shoots in but Kingston smothers him into the mat! Kinston clinches, they end up on the ropes, the ref counts. Kingston CLUBS Garcia before he lets off and fans fire up behind him. Garcia hangs back to get pointers from 2point0 before he approaches Kingston again. Garcia circles but then just bails out. Kingston is annoyed, but he’s ready when Garcia slides back in.
They tie up, Garcia throws a forearm, but Kingston fires off fast palm strikes! Then body strikes in the corner! Kingston stomps away on Garcia but 2point0 gets Garcia out of there! Kingston goes out to throw Matt Lee into railing! And then he SPINEBUSTERS Jeff Parker! Garcia gets in the ring, Kingston goes in but Garcia kicks him! And uppercuts! Garcia throws EuroUppers in the corner, then stomps away. Garcia digs his boots in, the ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4. Garcia paces, drags Kingston up and throws forearms. Garcia whips but Kingston holds ropes to Garcia forearms! Kingston headbutts! Garcia BOOTS, then whips, but Kingston blocks again.
Garcia keeps trying, Kingston CLUBS him down! Kingston CHOPS Garcia to a corner, CHOPS him again, and fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Garcia dodges to fire off forearms! Kingston pokes Garcia in the eye! The ref reprimands but fans cheer. Garcia crawls to a corner, Kingston runs in but Garcia dodge. Garcia runs in but into an elbow. Kingston goes up, FLYING KNEE! Garcia is down but Kingston gets his legs to loosen up. Garcia goes to ropes but Kingston CHOPS him on the side! Kingston taunts Garcia then CHOPS him. Garcia throat chops back! Garcia CLUBS Kingston, stalks him around the ring and kicks the bad leg!
Garcia EuroUppers, Kingston BITES Garcia’s ear! The ref reprimands, Kingston lets off to stomp Garcia down. Kingston hobbles, drags Garcia up and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Fans rally behind Kingston as he walks off the bad leg. Garcia crawls to a corner as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia shoulders into Kingston, throws hands but Kingston CHOPS him down! Kingston drags Garcia up, suplexes but Garcia blocks. Garcia pries free, knees low, and again, and again! Then he snap suplexes Kingston down! Cover, ONE! Garcia goes after an arm but Kingston rolls, only to end up in a triangle hold. Kinston fights free to rain down hammer fists! Garcia kicks back at Kingston but Kingston stands to drag Garcia up. Kingston CHOPS, Garcia staggers back and asks for mercy. Kingston runs in but into an elbow! Garcia pulls on Kingston’s ear and CLUBS it! The ref reprimands but 2point0 talk a lot of trash at the apron.
Garcia straddle attacks Kingston at the ropes! 2point0 is right in Kingston’s face, but then Garcia goes out to CLUB Kingston on the apron. And again! Kingston gets in the ring but Garcia is right after that ear! So Kingston BITES the hand! Garcia knees and CLUBS Kingston, but Kingston staggers around. Kingston almost hits the ref with that haymaker! Garcia whips Kingston but Kingston can barely run, so Garcia CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Cover, ONE!! Another, TWO! Kingston has Garcia by his hear so he can club away on Garcia’s head! Garcia gets loose to stomp Kingston down! Garcia has the bad leg and YANKS back on it!
Kingston crawls, Garcia is on him with a double wristlock. Kingston clasps hands so Garcia clubs the grip. The two struggle, AEW returns to single picture, Garcia uses his knee for leverage. Kingston clubs Garcia but Garcia stomps him down! Garcia sits Kingston up, boots him, but fans rally up. Kingston grits his teeth but Garcia stomps away on him! Garcia drags Kingston up, whips him to the corner but again Kingston can barely run. The ref checks with Kingston but he says he’s not quitting. Garcia runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Garcia rolls to ropes, 2point0 is there to coach him. A standing count climbs, Kingston is up at 4 of 10!
Kingston hobbles over to Garcia, but Garcia headlocks to block the saido! Garcia clubs away on Kingston’s head, then rolls him to a HEEL HOOK! Kingston endures, gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go at 4, fans are thunderous! Garcia gets the leg again for a standing toehold! Then he digs his heel into Kingston’s gut, stomps the bad legs, jackknife! TWO as Kingston rolls and gets Garcia up, POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! A standing count climbs, 2point0 coaches Garcia up. Fans rally, Kingston drags himself up the ropes and hobbles over to Garcia. He brings Garcia up and CHOPS him o the back!
Garcia blocks the half nelson suplex, switches, but Kingston blocks the German Suplex. Garcia drags Kingston down to the HEEL HOOK! Kingston still gest the ROPEBREK, but Garcia drags him away! Kingston kicks with his free leg but Garcia LCOBBERS Kingston and fires off hammering hands! Fans boo but Garcia soaks up the heat. Garcia drags Kingston up, CHOPS him, but Kingston stays up. Garcia powers up and runs, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Both men are down and fans fire up for Kingston. Garcia flounders at ropes as 2point0 coaches him up again. Garcia crawls over to Kingston, they both stand up and Kingston throws a body shot.
Kingston fire smore body shots, Garcia gives back palm strikes, the fans fire up for the fast hand brawling! Garcia fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Garcia ENZIGURIS! Garcia comes back to LARIAT!! Garcia can’t cover as he catches his breath, but fans are thunderous again. Garcia hobbles up, gets Kingston by the ear, reels him in, but Kingston blocks the lift! So Garcia drops a knee! Kingston SLAPS Garcia! Garcia throat chops, but Kingston SLAPS Garcia again! Garcia fires off BOOTS, then gets Kingston up, only for Kingston to wrench and SAIDO!! Garcia flounders, ducks the Uraken but the URAKEN RETURNS!! Cover, Kingston wins
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
But 2point0 pounce on Kingston! Fans boo as they mug the Mad King, but JERICHO gets off commentary to go to the ring! Jericho CLOBBERS Matt Lee, CLOTHESLINES Jeff Parker, and fans are thunderous for Le Champion! Kingston is still victorious, but will he and Jericho make sure 2point0 and Garcia watch who they pick a fight with from now on?
A great Rampage, and honestly really surprising. I didn’t think Riho was going to win here, but that was a great match and a great win. They’re going to have a great title match, probably at Battle of the Belts, but I am thinking Britt wins there. Cassidy & Yuta had a great showing, but Cole taking out Cassidy so that Yuta would take the loss makes sense. The Not Disputed Era lost to Jurassic Express, but they win here because they gotta stay afloat. I hope Trent Baretta is okay, he’s been gone for what feels like a really longtime.
Nese had a decent promo before Sammy got there, and then things got good. His line about not being available is a great nod to WWE letting him and a tone of their people go, but it would be more legit if one of those other guys said it. Nese will give Sammy a great match but Sammy’s totally winning. Then Kingston VS Garcia was an awesome main event, probably Garcia’s best match in AEW. I figured Kingston would win, but then 2point0 going after him to prompt Jericho to get involved was a nice way to end. Kingston and Jericho teaming up would be pretty cool to see.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/26/21)
The Island of Relevancy awaits.
Who will earn their shot at Roman Reigns?
The WWE Universal Champion was SmackDown’s shining Survivor Series win, but it’s back to business. Who wins a battle royal to become #1 contender?
- Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy VS “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss; McIntyre & Hardy win.
- Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- Thanksgiving Leftovers Throwdown: Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Angel Garza w/ Humbert Carrillo; Garza wins.
- Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya; Sasha & Naomi win.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Sami Zayn wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kayla Braxton is in the ring!
She welcomes us to this post-Thanksgiving edition of Friday Night SmackDown, and says rumors continue to heat up that Brock Lesnar’s indefinite suspension- Roman Reigns interrupts! The Head of the Table, Paul Heyman carrying the Universal Championship for him, stands on stage, then is handed the belt for the pyro. Roman then continues down to the ring, Heyman holing the title up as a banner. And then Roman holds the title up in the ring for more pyro. Heyman allows Kayla to step forward, but has her hand over the mic. “Rumorssss? Rumors about Brrrock. Lesnarrr. That’s the best you got? Rumors? We don’t do rumorsss on the Island of Relevancy.”
That’s Kayla’s problem! She parades around here like she’s a journalist with breaking news about Lesnar’s suspension when she knows it’s personal to Roman and Heyman, but she just wants the spotlight for herself. Heyman tells fans not to boo her, they can’t judge any of them in the ring. Heyman defended Kayla because she’s a coworker but he’s disappointed in her. She needs confirmation, denial, or facts! That’s what Roman deals in. Heyman used to like Kayla because people said she’s pretty. But Kayla is living her life through an Instagram filter. But there is no filter that makes you a legit journalist. Until she is one, this is her cue to leave Roman’s ring. Thank you for your time, good night.
Kayla storms off, but fans chant, “We Want Brock!” Roman gets the mic and asks Heyman, “Do you want to know the problem with rumors? Rumors give loses false hope. And compared to me, everyone’s a loser around here.” Roman’s beaten them all! And Lesnar is the number one loser around here. Roman beat him and it wasn’t even in ideal conditions. Roman flew all around the world and smashed Lesnar. Roman doesn’t care about rumors and that’s the facts. Y’know who else is a loser? Big E, the WWE Champion, is a loser cuz he got smashed at Survivor Series. But they’re just part of a long list! Roman’s beat them all. Roman’s running laps, it’s getting embarrassing!
What did management do? What’s that thing for tonight? A Black Friday Battle Royal to determine a #1 contender for the Head of the Table? C’mon…! Battle royal, elimination match, gauntlet, three way, four way, five way, it don’t matter. Just let three or four of them win and he’ll smash ’em all! Roman can do that because he’s the best of the best, the Universal Champion, the Head of the Table, YOUR Tribal Chief, and the Greatest of All Time. When Roman’s days are down, which could be sooner than later, the whole world will acknowledge him. Roman doesn’t care who wins tonight, but will he take that winner seriously when it’s time to take that person on?
Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy VS “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss!
The Scottish Warrior watched the Charismatic Enigma’s back before Survivor Series, and now has his back here against the hyenas. Will Hardy Country also become Claymore Country here in Greensboro? Or will Corbin & Moss become insufferable with a win here tonight?
SmackDown returns as Corbin & Moss make their entrance. The teams sort out but Corbin attacks Hardy from behind! Corbin stomps Hardy, gloats then drags Hardy up to whip him to a corner. Hardy dodges then atomic drops and trips Corbin up for the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick, then a wrench. Corbin clubs and ROCKS Hardy, then tags in Moss. Moss mugs Hardy with knees, then runs and runs to run Hardy over! Moss keeps moving, Hardy hip tosses him down! Cover, ONE! Hardy tags McIntyre in and fans fire up as they double whip Moss to double elbow and fist drop splash combo! Cover, TWO!
McIntyre keeps on Moss and CHOPS him in the corner. Fans fire up, but Moss throat chops McIntyre. Moss whips, McIntyre comes back and CLOBBERS him! McIntyre drags Moss up, wrenches and tags in Hardy. Hardy hops up, double ax handles to Moss’ arm! Hardy wrenches Moss, grinds the shoulder, but Moss powers out. Hardy sends Moss out and wrecks him with a dropkick! Hardy ducks Corbin’s clothesline to hotshot him down! Hardy goes to the apron to FLYING LARIAT Corbin down! But Moss CLOBBERS Hardy into the timekeeper’s area! Moss laughs it up while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Corbin fires off body shots on Hardy in a corner. The ref counts, Corbin lets off and whips Hardy corner to corner. Corbin runs, Hardy dodges, but Corbin slides out then slides in to DECK McIntyre! Corbin puts Hardy in the corner, Moss mugs him while Corbin taunts McIntyre and the ref is busy with him. Moss tags in, but Hardy kicks back! Moss slips out of the Twist, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES bring both men down! Fans fire up, Moss and Hardy crawl, hot tags to Corbin and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies with big lariats, then a whip to an elbow! McIntyre gets Corbin in a corner, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Moss runs in but into a NECKBREAKER!
McIntyre dodges Corbin, Corbin slides out and in but McIntyre dodges to NECKBREAKER! And kip up! Fans fire up with McIntyre as he calls for the countdown! The fans count it down but McIntyre has to hit Moss first! Corbin gets McIntyre for a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious but he drags McIntyre over to tag in Moss. They mug McIntyre, Moss scoops and Corbin goes up. Hardy saves McIntyre and then McIntyre ROCKS Moss! McIntyre dodges Corbin, Corbin jumps into Hardy’s kick! Corbin blocks the Twist and shoves Hardy out! McIntyre clotheslines Corbin out! Moss forearms but McIntyre HEADBUTTS! McIntyre then dodges to CLAYMORE Moss down!
Fans are thunderous and McIntyre tags in Hardy! Hardy throws off the shirt, climbs up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Hardy & McIntyre win!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy, by pinfall
Greensboro is red hot for their hometown hero and the Scottish Warrior! But will this be the last either of them has heard from the chuckle headed Corbin and Moss?
Aliyah talks with Kayla backstage.
She wants to know as much as anyone about the rumors, but then Heyman walks over. Aliyah hurries off and Heyman asks Kayla if she got any updates on the rumors. See, this is what Kayla needs to do. She needs to get a confirmation or a denial. But the thing is, there are no rumors about Lesnar, because he got himself suspended. He put his hands on Adam Pearce not once but twice to leave the WWE no options. But Lesnar is hiding behind the suspension because he fears Roman Reigns. Think that’s a rumor? Call Lesnar. Oh, wait, Heyman doesn’t have his new number, and neither does Kayla.
And that’s another problem. If Kayla doesn’t have a confirmation or denial by the end of tonight, Kayla’s GONE. Or at least, that’s what Heyman’s pushing for. Or maybe it’s just a rumor. Heyman walks off, but what will Kayla do about his not so veiled threat?
Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus VS Cesaro!
Northern Grit made quite the impression on his hero, The Celtic Warrior, in helping Sheamus get the win last week to join Team SmackDown at Survivor Series. Now Holland looks to make an even bigger impression taking the Swiss Cyborg on himself! Will the Fella love what he sees from his brand new protégé?
SmackDown returns and Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Cesaro puts Holland in a corner, lets off as the ref counts, but then he counter punches Holland, fires off body shots and EuroUppers, then whips him corner to corner. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper, then climbs up to rain down fists! Sheamus distracts Cesaro and that allows Holland to trip Cesaro up! Holland runs and POUNCES him! Then he puts Cesaro in the corner, fires off EuroUppers and body shots of his own. Holland reels Cesaro in to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Holland keeps on Cesaro with a seated cobra twist and he thrashes Cesaro all around.
Fans boo, then rally up for Cesaro. Cesaro stands up, Holland ripcords him but Cesaro fires off hands! Holland traps the arms to headbutt then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Holland sits Cesaro up to CLUB him, then clamps on a chinlock. Holland grinds Cesaro down but Cesaro fights up and throws body shots. Holland reverses the whip and tilt-o-whirl POWERSLAMS! Cover, ONE, so Holland rains down forearms and knees, and then drops elbows! Holland gets complimented by Sheamus and Holland pie faces Cesaro. Cesaro drags Holland down into a lateral press, Cesaro wins!!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
Holland’s ego was being fed a little too much and that cost him.
Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are visited by Drew McIntyre.
Sonya asks, “Can we help you?” McIntyre says he doesn’t want to be presumptuous, but considering the stakes, he wants to make sure he’s in that “Black Friday Invitational Battle Royal.” Well they don’t have the final list of competitors yet, but when they do, they’ll let him know. Well like he said, he expects an invitation. Pearce would if he were McIntyre, too. McIntyre heads out, but will he be in that contender’s match later tonight?
Rick Boogs is here!
And he of course introduces the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke NakamurAAAAA~! The King of Strong Style rocks with Boogs, as does Pat McAfee and the fans. However, it won’t be Nakamura that goes to battle, it’s BOOGS! Will he get his fill against Los Lotharios?
Thanksgiving Leftovers Throwdown: Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Angel Garza w/ Humbert Carrillo!
SmackDown returns and Los Lotharios are already in the ring. Garza takes off his pants, throws them at Boogs and dropkicks him down, the same tactic he used against Nakamura! Garza mugs Boogs at the ropes, then drags him out to aim at the table. Boogs blocks, throws elbows and then lifts Garza! Garza gets to the apron and dropkicks Boogs down! Garza puts Boogs in the ring, clamps on a chinlock and grinds him down with a straitjacket stretch. Fans rally up, Boogs endures, and Boogs powers up, only for Garza to throw him down! Garza stomps Boogs down and wraps the straitjacket back on. Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” while Boogs yells and arm-drags out!
Boogs scoops Garza for a spinning toss! Then he gut wrenches Garza for the shakedown! And then gut wrench suplex! Carrillo gets up but Boogs DECKS him! Garza kicks, Boogs blocks and gut wrenches Garza all around! POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Boogs fires up and gets Garza back up for an abdominal stretch! But Carrillo starts playing Boogs’ guitar! Boogs tells Carrillo to stop, but Nakamura sweeps Carrillo’s legs, and Carrillo falls through the table! All the cranberry sauce and corn gets on him, but Garza SUPERKICKS Boogs, to the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall
While one Lothario is feeling left out like the leftovers, the other gets a win to get even with Nakamura & Boogs. What will it take for these four to settle the score?
Adam Pearce looks over the roster.
Kayla Braxton asks if he can reveal who will be in the invitational battle royal. He says that as soon as he gets approval, he’ll post it right outside the door. Then can he also comment on the rumors of the possible reinstatement of Brock Lesnar? She is sure he recalls the events around the suspension… Pearce takes a moment, and he says he hasn’t heard anything about the changes to the indefinite suspension. But stranger things have happened. But when you consider the damage, not just the property damage or the medical bills or the… therapy sessions… “Brock Lesnar is a menace. And I personally would be shocked if that suspension were to be lifted any time soon.” Pearce excuses himself to handle business, is that denial enough to satisfy Heyman?
Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!
She may not have defeated Big Time Becks, but the Queen is still the SmackDown Women’s Champion, and North Carolina is still Flair Country! But how will she move on from Survivor Series? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Michael Cole joins Charlotte in the ring. He says Charlotte must be very disappointed about her loss to Becky Lynch. Disappointed? No. The only thing she’s disappointed in is the poor officiating in that match. We all saw how Becky won. The only way she could win was by blatantly cheating. But congrats to her, she’s as underhanded as Charlotte knew she was. Becky has a shallow victory. She’s not stronger, just lucky. All that proved is that Becky is everything Charlotte’s said she was. Deep down, they both know Charlotte’s the better woman. Charlotte is the reason for Becky’s success.
Then the question would be, is what is next for Charlotte Flair? Becky can pretend to be big time on Raw and fantasy land, but in reality, Charlotte is still the most dominant woman in sports entertainment. But here comes Toni Storm! Wow, wow, wow. Toni knew Becky got in Charlotte’s head, but this is something. The obsessions with Becky made Charlotte vulnerable, and just as Toni predicted, Becky won. So what happens next? Charlotte goes after Toni for standing up to the high and mighty Charlotte Flair! Toni figured she’d make this easier for Charlotte and come right here to her. Aw, how cute, Toni. You think Charlotte was going after her? Charlotte barely knew Toni existed.
There is a reason Charlotte wipes her boots on the apron before getting in the ring. There are levels to this, and Charlotte is on a different one. So how would Toni like to be embarrassed tonight? Beaten to a pulp? Or more like this? But Toni dodges the sucker punch then throws Charlotte out! Toni then goes out, but gets a PIE to the FACE! That one had a lot of whipped cream on it! Charlotte licks her fingers, but Toni gets back up. Charlotte dares her to bring it, and then just PIES Toni again! Charlotte walks off and leaving Toni steaming. Will Toni get even with the Queen for the holidays?
Sonya Deville talks on the phone.
Sasha walks over and interrupts. At Survivor Series, Sasha was the captain, but Sonya sabotaged her with a team full of traitors. Everyone saw what Natty, Shayna and Shotzi did: they screwed her over. This was Sonya’s team, so Sasha blames her. As captain, Sasha should’ve been able to choose her own team. And if Naomi was on the team, they would’ve won. What’s Sonya’s problem with Naomi to begin with? Sonya laughs that off and tells Sasha to watch her tone. Second, this isn’t how things work. You can’t rewrite history. The captain lost and that’s on her. Also, there is no issue with Naomi. Oh is that so? Because Sonya’s voice changes when she lies.
Is Sonya jealous of Naomi? Is it because Naomi is more athletic? More popular? Has a bigger following? Is it because Naomi’s a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion while Sonya’s been downgraded to a suit? Damn right Sonya’s wearing a suit, because she’s the boss. But if Sasha loves Naomi so much, team up with her against Natalya & Shayna. Sonya takes her leave, but will the Boss & The Glow take care of business against the Queen of Harts & Queen of Spades?
SmackDown shares another chapter of Xia Li’s story.
“I still remember his deep breath echoing in the empty school hallway. His mouth scrunched into a growl. He has picked on my older brother for weeks. A relentless assault. My pacifist brother. My quiet, kind brother who is too good for this violent world. I hate vultures. Their confidence grows like mold on dirty dishes. If you let it, they will suffocate your spirit. I hate vultures.” Xia Li is The Protector! She sees the wicked and fights them. Who will be first for Xia to battle when she arrives?
Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya!
SmackDown returns as the Queen and Queen are already in the ring. But the Boss makes her entrance to join Naomi. The teams sort out while Sonya defends there was no rigged ref last week. Shayna and Sasha start, fans rally up for The Boss but Shayna pie faces her. Sasha SLAPS back! Sasha then gets Shayna to the ropes, shoulders in from the apron and steps in to tilt-o-whirl. Shayna resists the takedown, trips Sasha, turns her and has the ANKLE LOCK! Sasha fights up, but Shayna reels her into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sasha backs Shayna up, Naomi tags in, Sasha snapmares free and Naomi wrenches Shayna to a crucifix takedown.
TWO, but Naomi reels Shayna in for a sunset flip! Shayna stays up and has an arm! Shayna tortures Naomi’s wrist, but Naomi fights up. Shayna bends the elbow, tags Natty, and Natty stomps Naomi. Natty headlocks, hits the takeover, and grinds Naomi down. Naomi headscissors, Natty kips free but Naomi kips up, too! Natty SLAPS Naomi, whips her to a corner but Naomi goes up and over then baits Natty into a dropkick! And another! Natty bails out but Naomi storms over. Shayna gets in the way but Naomi DECKS her! Naomi baseball slides but Natty ducks to get the atomic sit-down! Tag to Shayna and she PENALTY KICKS Naomi down!
Shayna puts Naomi in the ring, then wraps on the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sasha baits Natty, dodges her, then gives Shayna a BACKSTABBER! The Boss helps out Naomi and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Natty has Naomi in a cobra twist, but Naomi hip tosses free! Hot tag to Shayna and she DECKS Sasha before Naomi can get there! Shayna taunts Naomi, CLUBS her, gets a leg and bends it at the knee. Naomi endures the toehold, Natty taunts the fans, but Naomi kicks Shayna with the free leg! Shayna turns Naomi over to STOMP the ankle! Shayna tags Naomi, they drag Naomi up and double snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Naomi is still in this but Natty keeps her down with a chinlock. Natty grabs Naomi’s arm that reaches for Sasha and brings her away. Fans rally up, Naomi throws elbows but Natty throws her down by her hair!
Natty tags Shayna, they both throw Naomi down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Shayna has a standing toehold, Naomi endures, and she stomps at Shayna’s leg! Shayna tags Natty but Naomi fights them both off! DOUBLE BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Naomi hurries over, but Shayna trips Sasha off the apron! Sasha ROCKS Shayna, but gets tripped up again! Shayna whips but Sasha reverses and Shayna hits barriers! METEORA! Naomi dodges Natty, rolls her up, TWO! Natty rolls Naomi, TWO! DISCUS LARIAT! Natty covers again, TWO! Naomi is still in this and she goes to the apron. Natty grabs her legs and drags her back, then drags her up to scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Naomi survives and Sonya is amused. Natty seethes while Naomi crawls to the apron. Natty drags Naomi up but Naomi ROUNDHOUSES her down! Sunset flip, high stack, Naomi & Sasha win!
Winners: Sasha Banks & Naomi, by pinfall
Sonya applauds the win, but it could just be for appearances. Naomi hops down to stare Sonya down, but is it only a matter of time before Sonya has a new way to mess with The Glow?
The list has been posted!
Jeff Hardy, Ricochet, Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Rick Boogs, Happy Corbin, Mansoor, Mad Cap Moss, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Jinder Mahal, Shanky, both Viking Raiders, Drew Gulak, both of Los Lotharios and even MACE are in, but now Drew McIntyre? Well that might not sit well with him. Sheamus tries to tell him, but McIntyre didn’t make the cut. Sheamus then laughs his way out, and McIntyre is seething. Will this snub go unpunished for Adam Pearce?
Black Friday Invitational WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
The Great Liberator heads out first, followed by Erik & Ivar. In the end, it will be every man for himself, but will the Viking Raiders be able to raid all the way until the end?
SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. Everyone else is in the ring already, the match introduction is made, and wait, here comes McIntyre! He doesn’t seem to care that he got left off the lift, he’s getting in on this! And everyone else clears out as he starts swinging Angela the Claymore!! He dares anyone to get back in the ring but then Pearce runs out and shouts at McIntyre. McIntyre says this is on Pearce, and dares them to make him leave! This madness sorts out while SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and the battle royal is on, minus McIntyre. Sheamus fights Los Lotharios, Sami works to be the odd man out in the gaps, but Ivar finds him! Ivar goes after Sami in a corner, Roman and the Bloodline watch backstage. Pearce stays ringside to make sure McIntyre doesn’t return. Hardy and Cesaro ELIMINATE Mahal! Gulak and Sami work together but Cesaro holds on! So Gulak betrays Sami! Cesaro gets in, EuroUpppers Gulak, throws him out but Gulak holds on. Sami runs to HELLUVA KICK and ELIMINATE Gulak! But then Cesaro goes after Sami! Sami fights Cesaro off and bumps him off buckles.
Mansoor jump son Sheamus as a sleeper hold backpack but Holland CLUBS him down! Sheamus and Holland throw Mansoor out but Mansoor skins the cat! But he gets DOUBLE KNEES from Holland & Sheamus, the ELIMINATE him! Happy Corbin is after Ricochet, Mace gets Madcap with both hands! But Moss punches free and fireman’s carries to throw Mace out and ELIMINATE him! Sheamus digs boots into Hardy, Shanky CLUBS Moss! Moss throws body shots then throat chops Shanky back! Sheamus saves Holland from Ivar, Moss dumps Shanky out and ELIMINATES him! But then Cesaro gets Moss up! Sheamus and Holland go after Cesaro!
Boogs helps Cesaro against Sheamus and Holland! Cesaro dumps Holland out and ELIMINATES him! Moss dumps Cesaro and ELIMINATES him! Corbin and Moss high-five, and then Moss goes after Corbin! Just kidding! Moss’ sense of humor pays off, but then Corbin throws Moss out and ELIMINATES him! Corbin says it’s nothing personal, and Moss is able to laugh it off. But will these two be celebrating later? The field is still competitive as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns once more and Hardy works on Sheamus, Ivar brawls with Ricochet, Boogs is after Corbin but Los Lotharios goes after Boogs. Sami hangs back while Corbin and Ivar work on Ricochet. Ricochet fights free, then throws hands and CHOPS in return! Sheamus spots Sami but Sami says they should work together on Hardy. Sheamus seems to agree, but then he kicks and CLUBS away on Sami! Corbin whips Ricochet to a corner, runs in and clobbers Ricochet! Erik and Ivar work together to mug Corbin. Boogs kicks Garza, Humberto kicks him. Humberto springboard ROUNDHOUSES! Garza clotheslines Boogs up and out, they ELIMINATE Boogs!
Los Lotharios go after Erik but Ivar saves him from the double suplex. Ivar throws and ELIMINATES Garza, then the Vikings work together to TOSS Humberto out onto him! The Vikings ELIMINATE Los Lotharios! They give Sami KNEE after KNEE, but Sami flops out under the top rope! Ivar SPLASHES Ricochet in the corner, Erik uses Ivar as a weapon, HIP ATTACK in the corner! The Viking Raiders fight Sheamus, knock him down, then drag him up to aim for ropes! Sheamus fights free, clotheslines Erik out and ELIMINATES him! Ivar runs in but Sheamus dumps him out Sheamus ELIMINATES the Viking Raiders! The final four are Sheamus, Ricochet, Hardy and Corbin!
Ricochet goes after Sheamus, Hardy saves himself against Corbin, Sheamus whips but Ricochet ducks and dodges and springboards to crossbody! Fans fire up as Hardy runs in but Ricochet boot shim away. Somersault SHOTGUN! Ricochet gets up but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Corbin drags Ricochet up, knees low, then takes a moment to stalk Ricochet. Ricochet fires off haymakers, runs but into a choke grip, CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER! Corbin whips, Ricochet goes up but can’t get over! Corbin puts him on the apron but Ricochet shoulders in then springboard missile dropkicks! Ricochet gets Corbin up and to the ropes but Corbin rakes eyes!
Corbin blocks a kick but Ricochet ENZIGURIS! Sheamus BROGUES Ricochet down! Sheamus tosses and ELIMINATES Ricochet! Sheamus fires hands but Corbin fires back! They brawl but Hardy stays a safe distance away. Sheamus throws Corbin at ropes but Corbin holds on! Sheamus throws knees, Corbin elbows back. Hardy runs in and attack sin the corner! Then he hits Corbin in the other corner! Hardy rams his shoulder into Sheamus again and again, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Sheamus drags Hardy up, whips him to a corner, but Hardy elbows back. Hardy goes up the corner, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Down goes Sheamus!
But Corbin gets Hardy up to whip, but Hardy reverses! Corbin is on the ropes, TWIST OF FATE sends him staggering! Sheamus storms over to stomp Hardy down! Corbin shoves Sheamus, Sheamus shoves Corbin, but they agree to go after Hardy. Fans rally for Hardy as he holds on to the ropes! Hardy elbows them away, so Corbin tosses Sheamus out and ELIMINATES him! Hardy tosses Corbin out and- Wait! Sami wasn’t eliminated! He throws Hardy out!! SAMI WINS!!
Winner: Sami Zayn (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship)
Kayla interviews Sami and congratulates him. Sami says it is finally happening, but Kayla is suddenly getting word from the back. BREAKING NEWS! The suspension has been lifted! Brock Lesnar will be on SmackDown NEXT WEEK! Is this true? What does this mean for Sami, Roman and the Universal title?!
Not the best SmackDown for after a PPV, but decent stuff to build off what we had both last week and from Survivor Series. I knew McIntyre & Hardy would be in this tag match tonight, and that they’d win. I didn’t expect there to be a battle royal to choose Roman’s next challenger but I suppose it worked within story since, as Roman said in his promo, he’s beaten the best of them. I was hoping that with McIntyre kept out but Hardy put it, Hardy would get his chance. But no, WWE actively makes it so hometown heroes lose instead. I’m a bit surprised it’s Sami who won, then, but with the revelation that Lesnar’s reinstated, maybe Sami’s going to be fed to both Lesnar and Roman in this title match build.
I didn’t put it here but surprise surprise, Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo have lost their last names. Also the themed street fight tonight was lame, not because it was themed but because it was so damn short and barely did anything with the food promos. The only good thing was that the stuff didn’t go to waste. The pies were used in the promo between Charlotte Flair and Toni Storm. That match is definitely happening but I guess this was a clear indication Charlotte ain’t losing if she got to pie Toni twice. Sasha seems to be joining Naomi in this fight against Sonya’s power abuse, I wouldn’t be surprised if Aliyah and Shotzi were thrown in for a Six Woman Tag.
My Score: 8.2/10
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