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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/25/21)

It’s the Raw Season Premiere!

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Coverage Raw 2021

Raw has its new roster!

Big E is still WWE World Champion after Crown Jewel, but there are new stars coming to Raw! Who will be the first to go for his gold?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat Tag: The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs VS The Alpha Academy; The Dirty Dawgs win and will challenge RKBRO for the titles later tonight.
  • Zelina Vega VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Vega wins.
  • Damian Priest VS T-Bar; Priest wins, by disqualification.
  • Carmella VS Liv Morgan; Carmella wins.
  • Keith Lee VS Cedric; Lee wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs; RKBRO wins and retains the titles.
  • WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens; Rollins wins and will challenge Big E for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Big E is here!

Houston is ready to feel the power as the Powerhouse of Positivity walks out, still WWE World Champion! Big E gets the mic and he welcomes, “Ladies and gentlemen, boy sand girls, cats and dogs, welcome to the season premiere of Monday Night Raw! And what better town to host a season premiere than a town that gave us DJ Screw, a town that gave us those incredible Mitchell & Ness Oilers throwbacks, and a town that has a Pappadeaux’s on damn near every corner!” He is talking about HOUSTON, TEXAS~! Fans chant for the Astros and Big E lets them show the love. He wishes the Astros luck, and continues.

Big E would be remiss if he didn’t mention the oh so gracious and brand new KING OF THE RING, Xavier Woods! Big E also tips his cap to Drew McIntyre, “a man who pushed me, a man who sharpened my iron, a man who is the reason that I am better today than I was a week ago.” There is no rest for the weary, though, and there is an influx of talent from SmackDown to Raw. He therefore asks who (Who who who?) Wait! Here comes SETH ROLLINS! The Visionary has his white coat with black trim and swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins gets a mic and has a good laugh, then says, “You already know why I am out here.” Big E says Rollins lost to Edge so…

Rollins shouts, “He’s not here, but I am! And I want that title around your waist as soon as possible!” But, Rollins lost to Edge. That means Rollins is at the back of the line. Rollins says he’s had a long week, going through hell on Thursday. And for the past year on SmackDown, he earned his stripes. But the Universal Champion is too afraid to give Rollins his opportunity, so here he is asking Big E. Does Big E want to be like Roman Reigns? Or does he want to be a fighting champion? C’mon, E! This is the season premiere! What better way to start it off than Big E VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins for the WWE Championship?! C’mon, think about it.

But here comes REY MYSTERIO! Rey tells Rollins, “Clearly your vision is impaired after getting your head bashed in by Edge.” It’s been a minute since they’ve seen eye to eye, but if anyone deserves a title shot, it’s Rey. And Rey believes his resume speaks for itself. A former US Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and a former WWE Champion. Rey is willing to do whatever it takes to win that championship one more time. Rollins wants Big E to ignore Rey, but here coms FINN BALOR!

The Prince says, “Hey, Rey-Rey. You know I’ve got nothing but love for ya. But with all due respect, I am a two-time NXT Champion. I am a two-time Intercontinental Champion. And Seth, I was the first-ever Universal Champion.” But there’s one title he’s yet to hold, and now that he’s here on Raw, he wants the WWE Championship. Rollins wants Big E to understand he is the most qualified, but here comes KEVIN OWENS! “I don’t want to be that guy, but if we’re going to come out here and talk about our accolades, I wanna play, too.” Former NXT Champion, former three-time US Champion, former two-time Intercontinental Champion, and there’s something about the first time that he won that title. Oh yeah! It was right here in Houston!

But wait! Kevin says there’s something coming to him. What else happened in Houston? Oh right! He became Universal Champion in this very building and correct him if he’s wrong, but the person he beat that for was “Cruella Deville,” Seth Rollins! Rollins’ head was about where Big E’s standing, and his legs were where Rey’s standing- Rollins attacks Kevin! And DECKS Rey Then brawls with Balor ! Balor BOOTS back, Kevin kicks but Rollins avoids the Stunner! Kevin chases Rollins tot he stage but Sonya Deville comes out to stop this before it gets too chaotic. If these guys want a shot at the title, they’re in luck! Later on tonight, it’ll be a Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match!

Rollins argues that this shouldn’t happen, and it should just be his opportunity! But Sonya says let’s raise the stakes a bit for the season premiere. Let’s make it a LADDER MATCH!! Rollins is even more upset, but will he be able to take out all his anger on his opponents? Or will someone else “steal” this chance from him again?

 

Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat Tag: The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs VS The Alpha Academy!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are ready to bring the smoke to Houston, but they’re up against some familiar foes. Will they be able to get past, Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Chad Gable and Otis Dozovic to get a shot? Or will another team get their shot at RKBRO?

Raw returns as the Dirty Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Alpha Academy makes their entrance, and in this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active. Ford and Gable start, they tie up, go around, and Gable puts Ford in the open corner. Ford slips away and hits a headlock takeover. Gable headscissors, Ford kips out but Gable hits a headlock takeover. Ford headscissors, Gable kips free, Ford wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Ford grinds the arm, wrenches to a wristlock but Gable rolls, bridges, and handsprings to wrench and headlock then spin and drop toehold! Gable has the armlock and shouts, “For the Academy!”

Gable keeps on the armlock, then shifts to a facelock. Ford fights up, Gable clinches and headlocks but Ford powers out, only for Gable to run him over! Things speed up, Ford hurdles and jumps, but into a waistlock! Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Ford lands on his feet to dropkick Gable down! Ford taunts Otis by dusting off his hands, then he brings Gable up to tag in Dawkins. The Profits whip then run Gable over, but Roode gets in. He gets double hip tosses, then Ziggler runs in to get a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Otis gets in and the Profits go after him! He shoves them away but they double dropkick him out! The Profits are fired up and RKBRO is watching as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Roode suplexes Ford and holds him up for 5 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Roode does push-ups to show off then he stomps Ford. “Big Bob” brings Ford around to whip him into the corner. Ford elbows back, then ROCKS Ziggler! Ford fights the Dawgs, Roode spins Ford but Ford ENZIGURIS! Roode tumbles out, Ford crawls for his corner but Ziggler gets Roode in. Ziggler tags, anchors Ford, and ducks the enziguri! But Ford turns Famouser into a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! But he can’t make the cover! Otis gets in to drag Ziggler to the Academy corner! Otis tags in and he gets Ford to throw him into the Academy corner! Otis runs in but Ford doges and Otis POSTS himself!

Gable tags in, he gets Ford’s legs and drags him back, but Ford kicks him away! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Gable, Roode, but Gable throat chops! Gable whips, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING ELBOWS! Roode gets in but gets a FLAPJACK! Gable gets an EXPLODER! Ziggler gets a T-BONE SUPLEX! Dawkins fire sup, spins Gable, SILENCER! Cover, Roode breaks it! Roode whips but Dawkins reverses to throw Roode out. Dawkins runs at Gable but Otis makes the save! Otis and Gable mug Dawkins, then Otis runs, DISCUS LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Ford FROM THE HEAVENS breaks it!!

Otis runs at Ford but he gets dumped out! Ford ENZIGURIS Otis down, but Roode tags in! Roode attacks Ford, whips him to ropes but Ford dodges to FLY out onto Otis! Dawkins pops Roode up for the ANOINTING! Dawkins crawls towards the Profits’ corner but Ford looks back to see Omos storming up! Ford LEAPS but Omos catches him to THROW him into barriers! Roode and Ziggler coordinate while Omos DECKS Dawkins! GLORIOUS ZIGZAG!! Cover, the Dirty Dawgs win!!

Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall (will challenge RKBRO later tonight)

The Show-Off and the Glorious One get the win thanks to the Mountain of a Man, and now they just have to wait for later tonight. Will the Dawgs be able to win the gold without help? Or will the Viper and the Stallion knock them down, too?

 

The ring crew prepares the red carpet.

After the break, we have our first ever Queen of the Ring coronation! Who will celebrate with Queen Zelina here in Houston?

Raw returns and Zelina Vega makes her entrance.

The first true Queen of the WWE waves to her subjects, already wearing the cape and holding the scepter. But she is already upset with the ring announcer. “How dare you introduce me like that, Mike Rome. I’m not just some superstar, okay? I am the first-ever Queen’s Crown Tournament Winner! You are talking about royalty here. So try it again with some actual bravado, like we rehearsed.” Mike Rome says, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Your Majesty, your one and only official Queen of WWE, QUEEN ZELINA!” She then puts the crown upon her head and sits upon the throne. She is satisfied, and says she is no longer underappreciated for her greatness.

Zelina told us all that she is the only woman fit to be queen. Her ascension to the throne was always her destiny. “None of those other girls in the locker room ever had a chance.” But they’re watching backstage… Zelina says we will all bow down to THE Queen! She thanks them, then says the question still remains. What kind of a queen will she be? A generous queen? A beautiful queen? A cruel queen? A queen to be loved or to be feared? The answer is simple: All of the above! Piper Niven stops watching as Zelina says “If you are not the most powerful woman in the room, then you are nothing.” And Zelina will prove that as she defeats Piper again!

This crown proves she is best of the best! We will talk of her reign as years to come! She will be as iconic like Nefertiti, as ruthless as Cleopatra- No, better! All Hail Queen Zelina! But speaking of, here comes Piper Niven! Will Doudrop overthrow Zelina in a rematch from Crown Jewel?

Zelina Vega VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Zelina wants Piper to bow down and kiss her boot, but Piper takes the scepter and reels Zelina in for a LARIAT! Piper then throws double ax handles and TOSSES Zelinan around! Piper drags Zelina up and TOSSES her again! Zelina flounders to ropes, Piper scoops her and SLAMS her! Piper runs and hits a BACK SENTON! Zelina is gasping and crawling but Piper drags her from ropes. Piper scoops, Zelina slips out and pulls hair to shove Piper. Piper scowls and Zelina wants mercy, but Piper corners her. Zelina throws Piper into buckles then stomps away! The ref counts as she digs boots in and Zelina lets off at 4.

Zelina runs in to JUMP KICK! And then she shoves Piper down, hops up the corner, leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Zelina is shocked and hurries to another corner. She unties a buckle pad! The ref sees that but she’s already undone the pad. The ref goes to put it back but Zelina gets her scepter! Zelina CLOBBERS Piper with it! Cover, Zelina wins!

Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall

The queen defends her honor by resorting to tricks. Will Piper look to get her revenge for this one? Or will another show up La Muneca Reina?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The title swap on SmackDown, tense as it was, has now restored The Man as the Raw Women’s Champion, and she is here to make this season premiere big time! What will the “new” champion have to say now that she’s full-time on Mondays? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Becky has the mic to say, “The Man and the new Raw Women’s Champion and the new face of Monday Night Raw has come around to Houston! Oh, it feels good to have this title back on this shoulder. The title that I never lost. The title that I won at WrestleMania 35 and no one has been able to beat me for since.” And Becky will pick up where she left off. She only came back two months ago but she’s made headlines ever since. In a history making, groundbreaking, earthshaking Triple Threat match, she overcame insurmountable odds to send Sasha Banks off and Bianca Belair packing with her little braid between her legs.

“Because as the Man of the People, I know you don’t want to see Bianca Belair anywhere near this title.” There is a whole new crop of women wanting a taste at the big time. You wanna see Becky beat Rhea Ripley! Liv Morgan! But they will all learn, just like Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair learn, that you can’t always get what you want. Unless you’re Becky, she always gets what she wants. But here comes Bianca after all! Houston cheers for the EST as she swaggers down the ramp and then has a mic of her own. “Becky, with you, it’s always something something very much something.”

Bianca left Crown Jewel with a lot of feelings, but shame wasn’t one of them. Because Becky didn’t pin Bianca. Or should she say, she wasn’t the one Becky cheated? Don’t think Bianca didn’t see the rope trick. But if anyone should be ashamed, it’s Becky. Becky only thinks she gets what she wants because she hasn’t faced adversity. She’s found every single way to slip away, but all of that’s about to change. Bianca beat Sasha at Mania, Bayley at Hell in a Cell, and last week she beat Charlotte Flair. So technically, Bianca has a rematch for the Raw Women’s title, which just so happens to be Becky’s. So that 26 seconds of fame is up and so is the title reign.

But there is one thing Becky’s right about: the NEW Face of Raw has arrived, and that is no one other than the E S T! Well, Becky figured Esther would have something to say so she prepared something. Here is her face after triumph at Crown Jewel. What a lovely face. And here is Bianca’s face after losing at Crown Jewel. Aww, so sad, so grumpy. That’s not the face of Raw but the face of a loser. And not facing adversity? Becky faced it, overcame it and slapped the head off it to become a hero to the people! Bianca, on the other hand, has had a straight shot to the title. She won the Royal Rumble, won in the main event at Mania, beat the best women in the WWE, but only because Becky wasn’t around. And since then, it’s been nothing but disappointment for Bianca.

Bianca says the only thing she’s disappointed is that she hasn’t smacked the goofy smile of Becky’s face to show everyone who she really is. Let’s be real: the only thing Becky’s done since coming back is hiding how hurt her feelings really are. Because Becky really thought everyone would be so happy to see Big Time Becks again that they’d forget about lil’ ol’ Bianca. But they keep rooting for her, and that bothers Becky. Becky might have the title but she still seeks validation. So behind that forced smile, the catchphrases, the ego and the title, Becky has nothing. Having the title is a beautiful thing. But if you’re not enough with it, you’re not enough without it. We all know it

Bianca has shown who she is without the title, she is still the EST. But Becky, at the end of the day, she will never be the storngEST, the fastEST or the smartEST because Bianca sees right through her! SO either shut up or run up because Bianca wants her match for the title right here tonight! Oh she wants to act tough, wants to act like she’s better than Becky? One more time to see who the best woman is? “Well look at my face. It says, ‘Get to the back of the line, b*tch.'” But Bianca ROCKS Becky then stomps away in the corner! Fans fire up and Bianca gives Becky a SPINEBUSTER! Becky bails out, Bianca pursues and TOSSES her over the announce desk!

Bianca is furious but Becky comes back with a kendo stick! But Bianca blocks it, takes it from Becky, and runs her back into the ring! Bianca SMACKS away on Becky’s back! Becky ducks to mule kick then gets the stick again. But Bianca gets Becky’s arm! Torture rack, but Becky claws Bianca’s eyes! Becky gets the stick and uses it in a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Becky holds up the belt then runs off. Becky gets another mic and says, “You want your match? You got it! Just not tonight!” Big Time Becks does things on her time, but when will she and the EST go around one more time?

 

Kevin Owens finds Finn Balor backstage.

Big match, big opportunity. They’ve known each other a long time and there are few people Kevin respects as much as Finn. But Kevin has to win this. Every man for himself. That’s just the way Finn likes it. See you out there. How far will the Prince and the Prizefighter each go to be the one going after Big E and the title?

 

Damian Priest VS T-Bar!

The WWE United States Champion has new music and tron but the same mission: #LiveForever. Will he continue to do that as he defeats the towering T-Bar? Or will he feast his eyes on defeat instead?

Raw returns and T-Bar makes his entrance. The bell rings and T-Bar circles with Priest. They approach, T-Bar kicks low and throws heavy hands. T-Bar whips, Priest wrenches, dodges and BELL CLAPS! Dragon sleeper but T-Bar manages to pick Priest up for SNAKE EYES! T-Bar runs to CYCLONE BOOT! Cover, TWO! T-Bar snarl and stomps Priest, then drags him up. Priest throws body shots, dodges a boot and choke grips, but T-Bar breaks free to BACK ELBOW! Priest fires back with kick after kick, but spins into T-Bar’s choke grip! CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! T-Bar goes to a corner, goes up top, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, ONE?!?

T-Bar drags Priest up by his hear and says he’s taking that title. Priest ROCKS T-Bar with forearm after forearm, then fires off more fast hands! T-Bar goes to a corner, Priest runs corner to corner, BIG leaping elbow! And then the BROKEN ARROW! T-Bar flounders up, Priest runs in to clothesline him out of the ring! T-Bar staggers to the announce desk, Priest goes out after him. T-Bar THROWS the armchair at him!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by disqualification

But Priest doesn’t fall, he’s enraged! He CLOBBERS T-Bar with a lariat! And then SLAMS the armchair down on him! And he rains down furious fists and stomps! Priest hammers away on T-Bar at the announce desk, then RAMS him into the barriers! He drags T-Bar up again and THROWS him at the post! T-Bar tumbles down the steel steps, but Priest drags him back up to put him back in the ring. Priest drags T-Bar up to the dragon sleeper, for the RECKONING! The Archer of Infamy has rage to spare, will all of Raw feel his wrath soon enough?

 

Carmella admires her safety mask.

“The only asset more valuable than this custom designed, diamond coated carbon fiber mask is my beautiful face. I’m like the diamond of WWE. So precious, so rare, so expensive, honey. Which makes me the perfect fit for the red brand.” She can’t help others are insecure around her, like Liv Morgan, a jealous hater following her here from SmackDown to deny the WWE Universe her beauty! But Mella always has a plan. With the mask protecting her money maker, no one can stop her influence over Raw as the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE! But will she back up all her words in one more rematch with Liv Morgan?

Carmella VS Liv Morgan!

Raw returns and Mella’s team has put on the protective mask. Liv makes her entrance and she’s showing off her Chucky inspired Halloween costume already. The bell rings, Mella ROCKS Liv with a forearm! Mella puts Liv in a corner to fire off wild hands, then dares Liv to mess her face up now. Mella throws back elbows, lets off to say, “I’m hot! You’re not!” Then she runs in to FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, ONE! Mella drags Liv up but Liv throws forearms! Liv runs in to back elbow in the corner, then runs, into BOOTS! Mella shoves Liv to a cover, TWO! Mella wraps on a chinlock and grinds Liv down. “You’re so jealous of me!”

Liv fights up, throws elbows but Mella knees her down. Mella says Liv is jealous but Liv kicks and kicks and ENZIGURIS! Mella staggers, Liv runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Liv whips Mella corner to corner but runs into another boot. Mella checks her mask, runs at Liv but Liv puts her in the ropes to CLUB her into a draping position. SPRINGBOARD STOMP! Cover, TWO! Mella bails out, Liv goes out and spins Mella to WING SNAPPER! Mella stops from being sent into the desk and elbows Liv away, but then Liv BULLDOGS Mella off the hood! Liv congratulates Corey on the engagement, though.

Liv puts Mella in the ring, runs at the ropes but Mella dodges to backslide! But Liv rolls through to make it a cradle! TWO! Mella runs and tilt-o-whirls into the FACEBUSTER! Cover, Mella wins!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall

Off comes the mask and the celebration begins! But will anyone ever humble the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE?

 

Keith Lee VS ???

The Limitless Bearcat is ready to tear his way through the roster and towards titles! Who will simply be the next stepping stone on the road to gold?

Raw returns and Keith’s opponent is Cedric Alexander! Shelton Benjamin is in Alexander’s corner, but will the Hurt Business learn what getting hurt really feels like? The bell rings and Keith rushes Alexander, puts him in a corner, then TOSSES him across the way! Alexander bails out, Benjamin checks on him and Keith dares Alexander to get back in the ring. The ring count is climbing, Benjamin has Alexander use up most of it, and then Alexander gets in at 8. Alexander kicks at Keith’s leg but Keith just stands there. Keith swings on Alexander, Alexander gets around but Keith shoves him away! Then runs in, but Alexander slips to the apron to GAMANGIRI!

But Keith is just angry! Alexander springboards into a claw, and Keith STO’s Alexander down hard! Keith drags Alexander up to throw a HEAVY body shot, then clamps on claws to CLOBBER Alexander with a crossface forearm. Alexander flounders to a corner, Keith runs in to SPLASH, then he shoves Alexander back down. Keith smirks as he runs in to the corner, but misses again! Alexander kicks away on the leg, runs, and dropkicks the leg! Keith staggers, Alexander handsprings but Keith follows to POUNCE Alexander down! Keith hauls Alexander up to short arm LARIAT! Keith drags Alexander up, fireman’s carries and growls as he hits the BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

Ferocious dominance from the Bearcat, but Benjamin sneaks in. Keith sees him before he can make a move, so the Gold Standard backs away slowly. Will Benjamin test Keith’s limits soon enough?

 

Dominik helps his father prepare backstage.

He gets Rey some water and asks what else he needs. No, Rey is good. He just has to get in the zone. It’s been a minute since he was in a ladder match and with three opponents. But whoever wins is #1 contender. Dom has trust in his father, but then Austin Theory walk sin asking if they know where the towels are. And then he realizes he’s looking at THE Rey Mysterio, “King of the 619!” Theory says Rey is his hero. Can they get a selfie? Uh, sure. Oh, but uh, maybe Dom can take it for them? No, he isn’t a photographer and this isn’t Theory’s locker room. Then how about they “take a selfie,” in the ring?

Dom accepts the challenge. Rey respects his son’s guts, and Dom says Rey doesn’t have to worry, he’s got this. And that battle of young up and comers is coming up next!

Dominik Mysterio VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings and Dom circles with Theory. They tie up, Theory knees low then throws big forearms. Theory whips Dom corner to corner but Dom reverses. Theory goes up and over to dropkick Dom down! Theory mocks Latino Heat and fans boo! Dom scowls and fans rally up behind him as he circles with Theory. They tie up, Dom knuckle locks, ROCKS Theory with a forearm, then goes up and up and hits a FLYING arm-drag! Dom dropkicks Theory to ropes, and shows the proper way to do Latino Heat! Dom whips, Theory reverses and kicks low. Theory whips but Dom ducks and dodges to RANA!

Theory flounders, Dom storms over but Theory throws hands. Theory suplexes, Dom slips out and wheelbarrows but Theory blocks to a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory mocks Latino Heat again, as well as the fans cheering Dom. The fans boo Theory as he brings Dom up, suplexes, but Dom turns it into a cradle! TWO, and Dom gets to a corner to boot. Theory blocks but Dom ENZIGURIS! Theory runs in, Dom dodges and comes back to back elbow! Dom goes up and reels Theory in, SUPER BULLDOG! Theory stagers, Dom runs in but the monkey flip is made into a FLAPJACK! Then fireman’s carry, ATL! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

And Theory gets his phone for the victory selfie. The ref reprimands but Theory gets one with the ref, too. Theory leaves, but will he be this cocky #AllDay? Or will someone bring him back down to earth?

 

RKBRO talks at gorilla.

C’mon, Randy. So many cool ideas for Halloween! Two-headed Viper! Mario & Luigi! Orton can even be Luigi cuz green makes his eyes pop. Or, they could be those two creepy twins from The Shining. What size dress does he wear? Riddle, take a breath, stop talking, and focus. Tonight, Orton promises they can talk about Halloween until they’re both blue in the face, but they need to retain their titles first. Ziggler & Roode are former champions and are here to prove something. Does Riddle understand? Yes! Let’s clean those Dirty Dawgs up! Get it? Cuz they’re dirty!

Riddle scooters out and the champions make their entrance. But will this oddball stable still have these titles through the holiday season? Or will DZ and “Big Bob” pull off a victorious double duty tonight?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the challengers make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Dirty Dawgs can win twice in one night!

The fans chant for RKBRO already as the teams sort out. Ziggler starts with Riddle and they circle. They feel it out, Riddle gets a leg and picks Ziggler up but Ziggler sunset flips, ONE! Riddle rolls Ziggler to a ghost pin, ONE! Ziggler makes it a press, ONE! Ziggler eggs Riddle on but then tags to Roode. Riddle points to Orton and fans cheer for “RANDY! RANDY!” Riddle tags Orton in and Orton circles with Roode. They tie up, Roode gets a waistlock but Orton pries at the hold and hooks a leg to get the switch. Roode tries the same trick but then he elbows out! Orton goes to a corner, Roode CHOPS him! Roode climbs up and rains down fists! “I’m Big Bob!” Roode flexes, Orton pokes him in the eye!

Orton throws EuroUppers, whips Roode corner to corner but Roode reverses. Orton dodges, but Roode narrowly avoids an RKO! Roode bails out and fans fire up. Orton tells Roode how close that was as fans chant for “RKO! RKO!” Roode takes his time returning, but Orton kicks him low and brings him around for a EuroUpper! Roode falls down so Orton stomps him down. Orton stomps the limbs, tags Riddle, and positions Roode for the Assisted Floating Bro! Cover, TWO! Roode gets to ropes, Riddle storms over and throws forearms and kicks in the corner! The ref counts, Riddle lets off and even Orton applauds.

Roode bails out, Riddle goes up and out, but Roode trips him up! Riddle crashes and burns on the apron and is in a daze as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ziggler has Riddle in a sleeper. Roode distracts the ref and Ziggler pulls hair to keep Riddle from Orton! Tag and Ziggler throws hands. Roode bumps Riddle off buckles and he CHOPS! Roode whips corner to corner and then runs in, but Riddle falls and Roode dropkicks only buckles! Both men are down, fans fire up and Roode anchors Riddle, but he still gets the hot tag to Orton! The Viper rallies, dodges and POWERSLAMS! Orton puts Roode on the apron, drags him through the ropes, but Ziggler distracts Orton. Orton swipes on Ziggler, Roode HOTSHOTS Orton down! Roode drags Orton out to whip him hard into the timekeeper’s area!

A ring count starts, Ziggler tags in and he drags Orton back to the ring. Ziggler puts Orton in at 7 of 10, covers, TWO! Ziggler clamps onto Orton with a Crossface but Orton blocks the grip! Orton powers up, throws elbows but Ziggler CLUBS Orton down. Tag to Roode, the Dawgs mug Orton, then Roode clamps on a sleeper of his own! Orton endures, reaches out but Roode keeps him from Riddle. Orton keeps fighting towards his corner and fans rally up. Orton powers up to back suplex Roode down! Orton and Roode crawl for their corners, hot tags to Riddle and Ziggler! Riddle spins Ziggler and PELES but misses! FINAL FLASH for Ziggler! FINAL FLASH for Roode!

Riddle runs to forearm smash Ziggler then BROSPLODER! Then the same for Roode! BROTON for Ziggler, BROTON for Roode! Riddle keeps moving, PENALTY KICK for Ziggler! Cover, but Roode breaks it! Orton gets in, RKO for Roode! SUPERKICK for Orton! But Riddle clamps on, crucifix takedown, TWO! Ziggler rolls to a cradle, TWO! Ziggler wants a leg but Riddle drags him to a splayed cradle! RKBRO wins!!

Winner: RKBRO, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

It wasn’t an RKO but it was still outta nowhere! The #Splaydle wins it for the Viper and the Stallion, but who will they run into next on the road to Survivor Series?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Kevin Patrick asks about the Fatal 4 Way Ladder match just days after his grueling Hell in a Cell match. Does Rollins have a target on his back? “Of course I have a target on my back! I am without question the biggest threat to the WWE Champion. The champion knows it, and every single person in this Fatal 4 Way ladder match knows it!” Kevin said it but doe she understand what Rollins has been through? Rollins has suffered, and he shouldn’t have to deal with a Fatal 4 Way! But it doesn’t matter. Rollins will put that all behind him, win the match, and why is that, Mike? Because he is the Visionary! He is the revolutionary! He is THE Seth Freakin’ Rollins! And he is your next WWE Champion. Rollins manages to laugh now, but will someone else have the last laugh tonight?

 

Bobby Lashley has a message.

He tweeted out earlier today that when he returns to Raw, “There will be no one more focused, no one more vicious, no one who can TOUCH the All-Mighty!!! This is STILL. MY. SHOW!!!”

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Becky said Bianca would get her match, and now it’s happening next week! Will The Man still be the champ after one more round with The EST?

 

WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens!

Each man said their part but now they have to prove themselves worthy! Will the Visionary, the King of Lucha Libre, the Prince or the Prizefighter literally get their hands on the shot at the top of the WWE?

Kevin, Rey and Finn make their entrances, but Raw goes to break. Raw returns as Rollins makes his entrance. He tempts fate by walking under a ladder before going into the ring. The bell rings, Rey KICKS Rollins in the leg and throws hands. Finn adds on, Rey KICKS Rollins gain, then Kevin wants a Stunner! Rollins bails out again but Kevin pursues to ROCK Rollins wand THROW him into barriers. Finn and Rey brawl, Finn KICKS but Rey KICKS back. Kevin SLAMS Rollins off barriers in the background as Rey sunset flips. Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn goes out to get a ladder while Rollins and Kevin are busy. But Rollins sees Finn and CLUBS him down!

Rollins bumps Finn off barriers, Rey drags Rollins up tot he apron, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Rey down! Kevin throws Rollins back into barriers! Kevin moves the ladder into the ring but Rollins gets another one. Rollins runs at Kevin but Kevin snatches that ladder away to RAM Rollins, RAM Finn, then RAM Rollins again! Rey PLANCHAS but into a LADDER SHOT! Kevin says this is HIS show but Big E is watching backstage. Kevin stands the ladder up but Finn CLUBS Kevin from behind. The ladder falls over, Finn drags Kevin up into a dragon sleeper. Kevin slips around and suplexes but Finn slips out. But Kevin kicks low to POWERBOMB Finn into the ladder!

Rollins leap sin, Kevin dodges and SUPERKICKS! Rollins lands on the ladder, and Kevin goes to a corner! Fans fire up as Kevin climbs, to SWANTON onto only ladder! Rollins avoided disaster and Kevin writhes as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Rollins RAMS Kevin in a corner with the ladder. Then he RAMS Rey down in the other! Finn staggers over but Rollins RAMS him down, too! Rollins aims at Kevin again and RAMS him down! Rollins holds up the ladder triumphantly and says, “I shouldn’t even be in this match!” Finn trips Rollins and DOUBLE STOMPS the ladder into him! Kevin gets Finn but Finn BACK DROPS Kevin onto the ladder and Rollins! Finn drags himself to the taller ladder, stands it up, climbs it, but Rey follows from the other side! Finn has his hands on the contract but Rey grabs his other hand! Rey throws haymakers, but Finn hits back!

Kevin tips the ladder and both men get HOTSHOTS! Kevin GERMAN SUPLEXES Finn then runs at Rey. Rey BOOTS Kevin, leaps, but into Kevin’s arms! Kevin swings Rey and AIR RAID CRASH! Kevin fires up, stands the ladder up and climbs! Fans fire up as he paws at the contract but Rollins drags him down! BUCKLE BOMB! But Kevin SUPERKICKS right back! Kevin steadies himself, goes to the ladder and climbs. Kevin gets his hand on the hook that holds the contract up, but Rey drags him back down! Kevin whips Rey into the ladder! Rey goes down, the ladder falls over, but Kevin goes out after Rey.

Kevin THROWS Rey into barriers! Then RAMS Finn down with another ladder! Kevin RAMS Rey, then goes around the way to RAM Rollins! Fans rally and duel as Kevin goes around the way. Kevin brings out a TABLE! Kevin sets it up but Rollins slithers into the ring. Finn gets Kevin with haymakers, Rollins DIVES out onto them both! Rollins gets back up but so does Rey. They both go into the ring and Rollins throws hands. Rollins whips but Rey wheelbarrows to BULLDOG! Kevin gets back in to whip Rey, but Rey turns bomb into rana and puts Kevin on ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins trips him up! Fans boo Rollins but he gets in to whip. Rey reverses and sends Rollins out!

Kevin stands a ladder up on the outside, Rey 619’s the ladder into him! Rey then climbs up and uses the ladder to FULL METAL SEATED SENTON onto Kevin!! Fans go nuts as Rey puts the ladder on the apron. Rollins stops Rey, they fight over the ladder and then start brawling! Finn runs to FLY out and take them both down! The Prince is fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more and Kevin BOOTS Rollins from a corner. Rollins throws hands, Kevin hits back and fires off forearms! Rollins kicks low to hit a DDT! But Rey is up on the ladder! Rey reaches but Rollins tips the ladder! Rey gets another hotshot! Rollins staggers, folds the ladder up and tells everyone to shut up. Rollins props the ladder up in the corner, kicks Rey out of the ring, then digs his boot into Kevin. Rollins goes after Finn and whips him corner to corner into the ladder! Fans boo but Rollins runs into a SLINGBLADE! Kevin SUPERKICKS Finn, but Finn gets up to SHOTGUN Rollins! Kevin SUPERKICKS again, Finn PELES! Rey leaps in, SEATED SENTON!

Rey keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl but Kevin blocks to a FACEBUSTER! All four men are down and fans are loving this! Rollins throws a fit ringside as he tosses a small ladder aside to get another tall one! This might be the biggest ladder of them all! Finn CLUBS Rollins and throws him into the timekeeper’s area! Finn makes a bridge out of the tall ladder but Rollins comes back to scoop! Finn slips off to SLINGBLADE Rollins down! Finn gets in to stop Rey at the top of the ladder! Finn throws hands, grabs at the contract himself now, but Kevin drags him down! STUNNER!! Kevin hurries and gets Rey for an Electric Chair. But Rey headscissors Kevin out!

Rey aims at the apron, leaps, but Kevin catches him to POWERBOMB him through the table!! Kevin goes back into the ring, climbs up the ladder, he has the hook! But Rollins grabs at Kevin’s foot to drag him down again! Rollins brings Kevin around but Kevin fights the bomb to get Rollins up! Rollins fights free of the bomb to back drop Kevin out onto the ladder bridge!! Kevin goes crashing, but Finn is climbing! Finn’s bad leg slows him down and Rollins drags him down to CURB STOMP! Rollins hurries up the ladder while everyone is down! Rollins unhooks the contract and is the winner!!

Winner: Seth Rollins (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE World Championship)

After going through hell and losing to the Rated R Superstar, Rollins is the one with his shot at the title! And Big E walks out on stage to stare down his next challenger. Big E applauds, Rollins laughs. “All’s fair in love and war.” Rollins says fair is fair and offers a handshake. Big E doesn’t take it so Rollins walks past him. Rollins says his time is coming, but will he be proven wrong in a big way?

Backstage interview with Rollins.

He won a title opportunity on his first night back. “Do you know why I call this show Monday Night Rollins? Because this is MY show! And I’m back, baby, and better than ever!” And more importantly, he is the next WWE Champion, because he is the Visionary, the revolutionary, Seth Freakin’ Rollins!


My Thoughts:

So, a pretty good Raw. Certainly better than the post PPV SmackDown. But at the same time, too many short matches to fill between the opener and the last hour. Couldn’t we have gotten a little bit more out of either woman’s match? This was the umpteenth time Liv and Mella had a match, why can’t they get past three paragraphs? Why couldn’t they be separated by the draft and instead of a team like Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox? I did like Liv mentioned the engagement of Corey Graves and Carmella, but if their feud is to matter, the matches need to be longer than what we’ve gotten. Same goes for Zelina and Piper Niven. I get Zelina cheated to win, but why not give us a match that’s better than their Crown Jewel match before that?

Becky and Bianca had good promo stuff tonight, and they’re getting one more title match next week, but hopefully this is to finish things off and move on. Of course, I have no idea who Becky would move on to next. Zelina is Heel, though I’m sure Becky could find a way to still feud with her, and there’s still the entire WWE Women’s Tag Division debacle where Vince used the Draft to break up all the other teams. It’s a damn train wreck unless they fast track Tegan Nox or Mia Yim. Again I say, Vince is dragging the WWE Women’s Division to before the (R)Evolution. I don’t even know what could force Vince’s hand to doing things better at this point.

Priest VS T-Bar was alright, because at least T-Bar isn’t being forgotten without Mace around. I would’ve liked a better match, but no, Vince is making Priest into the kind of guy with a berserker rage, using his name “Damian Priest” to denote the conflict of good and evil within him. He was doing just fine as The Archer of Infamy but Vince is going to do what Vince is gonna do. I hope Priest VS Keith happens, though. Keith looked great squashing Alexander, Benjamin is obviously next, maybe Lashley is after that so Lashley VS Keith can happen at some point. Dom VS Theory as a short match is alright, it built off the main story of the night, and it’s clearly Theory’s thing to go against the veterans and legends and somehow come out the winner.

We got a great Triple Threat Tag contender’s match, but I was surprised to see Omos interfere at all when it wasn’t going to get him and Styles the title match tonight. Dawgs winning is fine, it was clear RKBRO was going to retain tonight and the Dawgs take all sorts of losses to the bigger names. I would’ve loved if it was Otis & Gable who won tonight, that makes for a unique match-up with RKBRO, but maybe that’ll be part of the Survivor Series build. And the world title story was great stuff. Big E has plenty of contenders, so it was great to see them all interact. The Fatal 4 Way Ladder match was awesome stuff, I just wish there were less commercials, or they used picture in picture.

Rollins winning was of course the plan, Big E is Face and Rollins was the only Heel in that ladder match. Big E VS Rollins will be a lot of fun, both in the build and the match, but I would think Big E retains. Rey will fall back to a story with Theory, Balor could also get in on the US Championship, Kevin… I’m not sure. There’s still talk of Kevin leaving WWE or he could find someone to get along with and go for the tag titles, but I wish it was still Sami Zayn.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)

The Elite are on a Rampage!

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Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?

Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
  • Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
  • Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!

Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?

The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!

Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!

Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!

Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!

Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!

Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!

Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!

Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!

Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!

SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!

Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!

Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)

This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?

 

Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.

Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.

“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?

 

Team Triple J speaks.

Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”

But Best Friends respond!

Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!

For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.

Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.

BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.

Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!

Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!

Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?

 

The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.

“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?

 

Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!

Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?

The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!

The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.

Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.

Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!

Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall

The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Adam Cole speaks.

“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?

 

Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.

The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?

Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!

The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!

Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!

Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!

Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!

Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!

Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!

Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!

Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.

Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.

Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.

The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.

Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)

What is the State of the Bloodline?

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Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.

Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
  • The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline arrives.

Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!

The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?

The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.

Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!

Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!

Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!

Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!

Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!

Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!

Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.

But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?

 

SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.

Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.

Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!

Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!

The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?

SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!

The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!

Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!

Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!

Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!

Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?

 

The Bloodline sits in their private room.

Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.

Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?

 

The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!

“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?

SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.

Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!

Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!

Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?

WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.

Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?

 

Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!

As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?

SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.

Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!

Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!

Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!

Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)

The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?

 

Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.

Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.

Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring.

Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”

Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.

Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”

So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.

Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”

Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”

Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”

Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?


My Thoughts:

This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.

Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.

The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.

Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.

My Score: 8.8/10


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