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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/4/21)

Raw wraps up the Draft!

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The 2021 WWE Draft comes to a close!

SmackDown went through half the picks, now Raw finishes things up! Who will stay on Team Red? And who is moved over to the blue brand?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Jeff Hardy; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke; Baszler wins.
  • Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Garza & Carrillo win.
  • Big E & Drew McIntyre VS The Dirty Dawgs; Big E & McIntyre win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Backstage Bamboozle: Reggie retains the 24/7 Championship.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Natalya & Tamina; Rhea & Nikki win and retain the titles.
  • The New Day VS The Hurt Business; The New Day wins.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw shows their first night’s draft picks!

Big E, Edge, RKBRO, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H, Rey & Dominik Mysterio, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, “Bearcat” Keith Lee, Nia Jax, John Morrison, Reggie, Drake Maverick, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Austin Theory, Zelina Vega, T-Bar, the Alpha Academy, Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez are ALL Team Red! How much bigger can things get with night two?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is here, and the Man’s come ’round to Nashville! Big Time Becks gets a mic, and she’s excited to be on Monday Night Raw. It’s been a year and a half since she’s been on this show and it feels good to be back. But she’s about to make a lot of executives unhappy with jumping the gun, but she doesn’t care! She does what she wants! So the first pick for Monday Night Raw tonight is… Fans already guess it, and it’s BECKY! This is her show now! Now she’s still holding the SmackDown title but she was the longest reigning Raw Women’s Championship, and she never actually lost that belt!

And the person holding that belt right now, they’ve gone back and forth. Charlotte hasn’t been the same since the last time Becky beat her. But when Charlotte last beat Becky, Becky’s been better than ever and Charlotte can’t stand it! So Becky thinks it is time to become #BeckyTwoBelts once again! Fans like the sound of that but here comes The Queen! Charlotte struts her way to the ring, but fans chant for “Becky Two Belts!” Charlotte wants to first say hi to her old friend, Becks. But Charlotte says that before Becky won, she was just “Becky Preshow.” Charlotte made Becky famous. And Becky needs to get over her inferiority complex. She’ll always be looking up to the most decorated woman in sports entertainment.

But it’s good Becky is leaving SmackDown, these two have unfinished business. But here comes Bianca Belair! The EST is back on Raw and in her reddEST outfit. Fans chant for “E S T!” as Bianca hears them talking unfinished business. Bianca’s got unfinished business with both of them. They must feel threaten cuz they both took cheap shots at Bianca on Friday during and after the main event. So neither of these two are ready for the EST of the WWE to become the EST of Monday Night Raw. “Cuz I go here now.” Aw how cute, Bianca. But shh, the champions are talking. Hold up, Charlotte. Who you think you talking to? Did you just disrespect Bianca?

Fans chant “Charlotte Sucks! Charlotte Sucks!” and Charlotte counters with “What? What?” Bianca says Charlotte is here, but she don’t even go here! So then, Becky. Get your girl cuz she don’t know Bianca. Whoa, whoa, Charlotte is no one’s girl. And she is not a girl, she is a woman! And she isn’t disrespecting Bianca. Bianca’s done a lot, from winning the Royal Rumble to winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship to main-eventing WrestleMania! She’s done almost as much as Charlotte! But the only thing anyone should be doing is asking for autographs and thanking Charlotte for paving the way.

Becky says that sounds pretty disrespectful. If it was Becks, she’d fight Charlotte right now. But Becky’s beaten Charlotte so many times, there’s nothing to left to prove. But Becky feels these two haven’t fought on Raw. What would happen? Charlotte wants everyone to wait. “Bianca, I only give out opportunities. Not charities.” Becky says she wouldn’t take that, either. Bianca says she can give Charlotte something. The earrings start coming off but Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce come out to stop this. They can make the right opportunity for this in one hell o fa main event. For the first time ever on Raw, Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair!

But there’s more! Natalya & Tamina are having a rematch for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships with Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H! And even bigger, a US Championship match will kick things off! And with that, the Charismatic Enigma heads out! Jeff Hardy is heading to SmackDown, but can he grab the title and bring it along with him?

 

Raw returns with the first round of draft picks.

The cat’s outta the bag, it’s official now, Raw chooses BECKY LYNCH! SmackDown chooses the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Usos! Sounds like Paul Heyman’s negotiations worked out. The Usos are backstage shaking hands and Paul Heyman thanks God for this mercy. Raw now chooses… BOBBY LASHLEY! Mondays stay mighty and Lashley is happy his suit matches the brand. And SmackDown closes the round with… Sasha Banks! The Boss stays on the blue brand, will she make it #LEGIT?

 

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Jeff Hardy!

Raw returns to the ring and the Archer of Infamy makes his entrance. He and Hardy have faced off already, will Priest make sure Hardy doesn’t take this title away to SmackDown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and a critical moment in this Draft happens in the ring!

Hardy and Priest circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Priest wrenches to a hammerlock then a headlock. Hardy powers out, Priest runs him over with a shoulder. Things keep moving, Priest rolls over Hardy’s drop down. Hardy rams shoulders but Priest rebounds to run Hardy over! Cover, TWO! Priest keeps on Hardy but Hardy JAWBREAKERS back! Hardy kicks, throws hands, but Priest counter punches! Priest ROCKS Hardy then ROUNDHOUSES him down! Hardy flops out of the ring, Priest goes out to get him up. Choke grip but Hardy fights free! Hardy is on the apron now, and he LEAPS, only to crash ‘n’ burn as Priest dodges!

Priest gets in the ring and then builds speed, but Hardy moves! Priest slips out the side, goes up the steps, CANNONBALL! Direct hit and Priest fires up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Hardy fights Priest as they’re both up top! Hardy throws headlock punches and then elbows Priest down. Hardy adjusts for a WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps going and he CLUBS Priest at the ropes. Priest reverses the whip, dodges the haymaker and WHEEL KICKS Hardy down! Priest hurries to get Hardy up, dragon sleeper and RECK- NO! Hardy slips out, TWIST- NO! BELL CLAP and a RIPCORD ROUNDHOUSE! Hardy rebounds to SLINGBLADE! Kick and TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws off the shirt and climbs up top! Fans fire up and Hardy SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! And into a ghost pin! Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

The momentum flips in an instant, and the US Championship stays on Raw! Priest shows Hardy respect by helping him up, and Hardy shows it back. Hardy is still frustrated, can he use the move to SmackDown as a way to refresh himself? Sarah interviews Hardy to ask him about that move. Hardy says he loves the fans, and is so good to be in front of them again. He’s been to the highest of highs and crashed back down to reality at times. That said, Hardy going to SmackDown might be the perfect opportunity to see a different side of him. A different ego, if you will. But for the next few weeks, he’s still here so he intends to make the most of it.

Wait, who is this coming out? Austin Theory, Raw’s choice from NXT! Theory doesn’t mean to disrespect Hardy as he introduces himself and says a dream has come true. Theory got put on Raw and he gets to be in the ring with the legendary Jeff Hardy! Hardy motivated and inspired Theory and look where he is today! Theory doesn’t mean to fanboy right now, but could they take a selfie? Fans aren’t sure but Hardy gives Theory that opportunity. They take the pic, Theory saves it, then he CLOBBERS Hardy! Theory fireman’s carries to the A T L!! Hardy is down from the Austin Theory Liftoff, and Theory takes another selfie to rub it in. Is Theory going to use this to make his way up to the top?

 

Backstage interview with RKBRO.

Randy Orton and Matt Riddle are both still on Raw, but they’re going to defend their tag titles at Crown Jewel against AJ Styles & Omos. Riddle is just excited to have Orton back! especially with Ogre Omos choke slamming him. Is that a snake in Orton’s pocket or is he just as happy as Riddle? But hey! They’re back in action, time for sweet revenge. Speaking of, Orton took some sweet time off. He is glowing right now, like a skinless snake sitting in the sun. What? Riddle learned that snakes shed their skin in school. Orton says the useless facts are fine, but is he done? Yes. Okay. Then they have the opportunity to defend their titles and shut Styles & Omos up once and for all.

But that’s not until Crown Jewel. So don’t fret, because it’s a very special night here in Nashville. Orton has a proposition. “Omos. I’m talking to you, big brother. I think that it is time, Omos, that you finally go one on one… with the Legend Killer.” Riddle is in awe! Is the Viper about to bring down the biggest prey he’s ever gone after?

 

Raw returns with more draft picks!

The second round of tonight opens with Raw taking Seth Rollins! A highly logical pick, of course. SmackDown chooses… WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura, and his rockin’ bard, Rick Boogs! The duo is fired up and rocking backstage! Raw then chooses… Damian Priest! The US Championship truly stays on Raw now that the Archer of Infamy is staying! But SmackDown takes SHEAMUS! Will the Fella make Fridays all about the fights?

 

Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke!

The Queen of Spades has been on the meanest of mean streaks and that’s still putting it mildly. But #FlexAppeal is back and she’s stepping up to fight the bully. Will Dana be the one to succeed? Or will she end up sidelined just like Nia Jax and Eva Marie?

Raw returns and Dana is in the ring. The bell rings, Dana dodges Shayna, goes after Shayna’s arm then fires off haymakers. The ref counts, Dana lets off only to tie Shayna up in the ropes. Dana digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, but Shayna gets her arms and brings her around for a BACKBREAKER! Dana writhes and clutches her arms as they were jammed in that move, but Shayna gets her up to whip hard into buckles! Shayna then stands on Dana, isolates the arm and lets down her hair, but Dana turns stomp into roll up! TWO, and Shayna has an ARMBAR! Dana flails, Shayna drags her into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Dana taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

But she isn’t done! She goes out and pursues Dana. The ref tells her to back off, we’ve seen this two weeks in a row already. Shayna wrenches the arm and BOOTS it against the LED apron! Shayna smirks, pulls steel steps apart, then drags Dana over to steps! But here comes DOUDROP! Piper Niven won’t let Shayna bully Dana any longer. Shayna smirks at Piper, but then goes after her from behind! The clubbing forearm didn’t knock Piper over, and now Shayna may have picked on the wrong person. Will Piper be the one to give Shayna a taste of her own medicine?

 

The Usos are fired up backstage.

Heyman finishes a call but Kevin Patrick spooks him. Kevin asks that they must all feel good now that The Bloodline stays together on Raw, all thanks to Heyman’s influence. Well at least Kevin is prettier than Kayla. And yes, this is Heyman’s influence. He isn’t just the Special Counsel, he is the Warden of the Uso Penitentiary. Is that how Heyman managed Brock Lesnar’s free agency? Heyman is speechless and the Usos are in a bad mood again. They leave without him, can Heyman ever set the record straight?

 

Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!

A rematch from a couple weeks ago, the Star of Saudi Arabia and the Beacon see if they can game plan a counter strategy for the lucha libre cousin combo. Will Garza & Carrillo keep their win streak going? Or can Mansoor & Mustafa finally figure teaming up out?

Mansoor starts with Carrillo, and Carrillo knees Mansoor right at the bell! Carrillo CLUBS and stomps Mansoor, then drags him up to whip him to a corner. Corner splash and fast hands! Carrillo CHOPS, stomps, then whips corner to corner. Mansoor returns to tilt-o-whirl inverted DDT! Both men crawl, hot tags to Ali and Garza! Things speed up, Ali calf kicks Garza then bumps him off buckles. Garza reverses the whip but Ali slips out of the corner to ROUNDHOUSE and somersault, into a ROLLING ELBOW! OFF COME THE PANTS! Now Garza matches Carrillo, but Ali wrenches, knees and FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, Carrillo breaks it!

Mansoor throws Carrillo out then PLANCHAS, only to miss! Carrillo CLOBBERS Mansoor and tells him off, but Ali O’Conner Rolls! TWO, and into a buckle Garza digs his boots in, then lets off so Carrillo can POST Ali! Garza covers, he and Carrillo win!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Handsome for sure, but devious to boot! Will these two continue to heat things up in the Raw Tag Division?

Wait, here comes Big E! The Powerhouse of Positivity loves the energy, but what will he have to say about all things WWE Draft 2021? We find out, after the break!

 

Raw returns with the third round of draft picks!

Raw starts this one off with… The Phenomenal AJ Styles and Omos! It only makes sense if they’re to challenge for the Raw Tag Team Championships. But will Omos give Orton his 1v1 match? SmackDown responds with… Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades has a whole new set of superstars to go after now. And Raw takes the relentless Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter is back on Raw! SmackDown closes and selects NXT’s Xia Li! Tian Sha has sharpened her to a razor’s edge, who will she cut down in the near future?

 

Big E is in the ring!

“Nashviiiille~! It feels incredible to be on MY show, Monday Night Raw! But, I’d be lying if I said this past week or so didn’t meet me with some challenges. For one, for the second consecutive year, Kofi & Woods were drafted to a brand that I am not on.” Fans boo that, but then rally up with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Big E thanks them for that and notes the most physically grueling match of his career where he made sure the All Mighty Bobby Lashley fell down to his knees, and he came to show the world that he is indeed our RIGHTFUL WWE World Champion! Nashville chant “E! E! E!”

But in typical WWE fashion, before Big E could even breathe, his very next challenger came and declared himself. “This man is no joke. This man is a two-time WWE Champion. This man is an actual and literal swordsman. This man, is Drew McIntyre.” Big E won’t waste any more time by asking McIntyre to come to the ring and speak his mind. And so, here is the Scottish Warrior! And his sword, Angela, too! McIntyre joins Big E in the ring, Big E tells him to watch where he points the sword. McIntyre raises it up over his head before he sheaths it in the corner. McIntyre then gets a mic to tell Nashville, “It’s a DREW day, yes it is!”

Now McIntyre is going to SmackDown but he has unfinished business on Raw. Many months ago, he was screwed out of the WWE title and he has been biding his time. He’s been waiting for a hero to liberate the title from Lashley, and Big E did it! This is the part where most would antagonize Big E or egg him into a match, but McIntyre tells the truth. Big E deserves to be WWE Champion. Fans cheer that sentiment, and chant, “You Deserve It!” Big E has the love of the fans, of the others in the back, but surely Big E was waiting on social media for a congratulation. But McIntyre does things the old fashioned way and he wants to congratulate Big E face to face.

Fans cheer as the two shake hands, and McIntyre says, “But… Yeah, it was coming. Technically, you did cash-in on an injured Lashley. Although technically, Lashley attacked me from behind and I got cashed in on, so he does deserve it. And technically nobody likes Lashley anyway so you did the world a favor! And technically, it finally, after all this time allows me to do this. E, I challenge you for a match for the WWE Championship.” But wait, the Dirty Dawgs are here? Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler want all of this to wait a moment. Roode & Ziggler were minding their own business, waiting to here where they’re going, but couldn’t help but overhear this beautiful story.

Ziggler says this is all very inspirational. Ziggler’s a huge fan of E’s and is very proud. He even texted Big E but he left it unread and that’s fine. But this is a motivational, inspirational story. Ziggler just wanted to know why Big E was handing out congrats, he forgot Ziggler. Big E is supposed to thank Ziggler? Yeah! Many forget, but Ziggler has a reminder. Footage plays of 2013, when Ziggler was World Heavyweight Champion and Big E was his sidekick. Big E was super strong! They were at WrestleMania and beyond! Surely his mentoring had nothing to do with Big E’s success. But without Ziggler, there is no New Day, no Money in the Bank cash-in. Hell! Woods might not’ve been born! There is no Big E without #DZ!

McIntyre says Ziggler might have a point. But Ziggler reminds McIntyre where he was a few years ago. Ziggler is just bringing it up because McIntyre, another inspirational story of bringing himself back to the WWE, owes it all to Ziggler. 2018, they were a duo, helping each other out, and Ziggler was the one guiding McIntyre, all the while knowing McIntyre would main event against Brock Lesnar! All Ziggler’s ever wanted as a gentleman is a simple, “Thank you.” He did all the work, these guys rode the coattails. So he wants a thanks from them? Yes. Big E and McIntyre huddle up, and clearly Ziggler’s upgraded from them to Roode. Oh ha ha!

Roode says he is twice the friend and twice the tag team partner McIntyre ever was! As for Big E, he was a bodyguard! Bug Roode puts the “body” in bodyguard! Big E? Well this is BIG BOB! No one will ever call him that. Don’t disrespect Big Bob! And this is about Dolph! He was the kingmaker here! He is just asking for a simple thanks! “Because I am the perfect gentleman.” McIntyre and Big E nod, and McIntyre says, “What does Nashville think?” Fans boo Ziggler and Big E says they do owe something. That something is an ASS WHOOPIN’! The two Dirty Dawgs can take on Big E & BIG D! Right here, tonight, and right now!! It’s go time, after the break!

Big E & Drew McIntyre VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and Ziggler starts against McIntyre. The bell rings, they circle, Ziggler fires off hands. McIntyre comes back and CLOBBERS Ziggler! Then he dead lift suplexes and TOSSES Ziggler to the corner! Tag to Big E and he puts Ziggler on the apron. Big E then gives Ziggler an APRON SPLASH! Ziggler flounders and Big E dares Roode to tag in. Roode tags in but things speed up and Big E hurdles to CLOBBER Roode. Big E tags in Drew, he CHOPS Roode then whips. Roode kicks back, swings but misses, NECKBREAKER and a kip up from McIntyre! Tag to Big E, he walks over into Roode’s kick. Roode bumps Big E off buckles, tags Ziggler, and they whip to dropkick! Cover, ONE!!

Big E snarls but Ziggler wraps on a chinlock. Ziggler wants Big E to show “daddy” something. Fans rally up for E and he fights up but into the Dawgs’ corner. Tag to Roode, they mug Big E, then Roode stomps a mudhole. The ref counts, Roode lets off and brings Big E up. Roode suplexes and goes to the corner to hop up. Roode leaps but the knee drop hits nothing but mat! Big E tags in McIntyre and he BOOTS Roode down! McIntyre gets Roode up, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre clinches in the corner, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ziggler runs in but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

McIntyre runs at Roode but Roode dodges and McIntyre hits posts! Roode distracts the ref, Ziggler SUPERKICKS McIntyre down! Fans boo as the Dawgs get away with that one, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Roode grinds McIntyre down with a chinlock. Fans rally as McIntyre endures and fights up to his feet. McIntyre throws body shots then ROCKS Roode with a right! McIntyre ends up in the Dawgs’ corner, he fights his way out, but Roode kicks McIntyre’s leg! Roode whips but McIntyre reverses to GLASGOW KISS! Both men are down from the headbutt and fans fire up! Roode tags Ziggler, hot tag to Big E! Big E gets DZ for an OVERHEAD B3lly2belly of his own! Then another! Then dodge to the side Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Big E swivels them hips. Big E runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps it up and fans join in, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Big E scoops Ziggler, Ziggler claws eyes and slips off, to run and- NO! No DDT as Big E shoves Ziggler. Ziggler runs into the Urenag-E! Cover, Roode breaks it! Roode drags Big E up but is thrown out! Big E runs but into a knee! Ziggler runs up, ZIGZAG!! Cover, McIntyre breaks it in time! Roode clubs McIntyre out of the ring, then leaps, into McIntyre’s arms! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ziggler still rolls Big E, TWO! SUPER- NO! Big E dodges and CLOBBERS Ziggler on the return! Straps come down and Big E drags Ziggler up! McIntyre tags in, which disappoints Big E. McIntyre gives us the countdown, and CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre & Big E win!

Winners: Big E & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Big E is fine with McIntyre doing that, but here comes Roode! Big E intercepts, scoops and hits the BIG ENDING! McIntyre picks up the title and looks at it. Big E takes it from him, and if McIntyre wants it so bad, then it’ll be on at Crown Jewel. McIntyre likes the sound of that! Will Big E be able to keep the title away from McIntyre and SmackDown?

 

Reggie asks Adam Pearce for something.

Someone said Pearce wanted to talk to Reggie in regards to the Draft. Um, that’s news to Pearce. Maybe someone gave him bad info. Huh. Wait, wait, wait. The VIKING RAIDERS block Reggie’s path! R-Truth gets Reggie! Just give up the title! Reggie slips out of his jacket then dodges Truth, dodges Drew Gulak, dodges Jaxson Ryker, and dodges Drake Maverick coming in on a golf cart! Reggie goes up a table, up a crane lift’s arm, then flips off that, only to end up face to face with Apollo Crews & Azeez. Apollo says it is okay. Good to see Reggie again. Right, yeah. Maverick rushes in, Reggie dodges and the chase takes off into the night!

Apollo says he was right, things would get very exciting here on Raw. But will the Pride of Nigeria and his Commander look to take over more than just the 24/7 tier?

 

Kevin Owens is here!

And with him comes the KO Show! What will the Prizefighter say about what’s been happening on SmackDown?

Raw returns and Kevin doesn’t have his set, but he doesn’t have much time to say anything, anyway, as Akira Tozawa barges out! Tozawa apologizes but wants to say, Kevin is here, welcome back to Raw! Fans cheer that, but Tozawa says he isn’t here to fight Kevin. He wants to fight Reggie for the 24/7 Championship! Tozawa waits, but Kevin tosses the mic aside to STUNNER! Tozawa is down, Kevin shrugs and moves on. Will Kevin worry about venting next time?

 

Raw has more draft picks!

To open the fourth round, Raw chooses… The Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins return to Raw, Monday wants the smoke! SmackDown counters by taking the Viking Raiders! Erik & Ivar were once Raw Tag Team Champions, can they raid the SmackDown tag titles soon enough? Raw then selects… The Prince, FINN BALOR! The inaugural Universal Champion is back on the red brand, will he make Mondays Too Sweet? SmackDown closes this round with… The One & Only RICOCHET! Will going to Fridays be a fresh start for the King of Flight?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Natalya & Tamina!

#SuperBrutality is again facing the Queen of Harts & Daughter of Superfly! While they were drafted to Raw, will Rhea & Nikki keep the keys to all brands here tonight? Or will Natty & Tamina once again be statement makers and title takers?

Raw returns and Natalya & Tamina make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the belts stay on the red team or go back to blue.

The teams sort out, Natty starts with Nikki, kicks and bumps her off buckles, then bumps her off more buckles! And more buckles! Natty fires off in the corner, the ref counts and Natty lets off. Natty whips, Nikki goes up and over and keeps moving to dropkick Natty’s legs out. Nikki then basement dropkicks and Natty bails out. Nikki pursues and fires off hands! Natty goes around the way, Nikki chases her into the ring but Tamina tags in. Nikki DECKS Natty but Tamina BOOTS Nikki down! Tamina fires up and she drags Nikki up to bump off buckles. Tamina then TOSSES Nikki across the ring! Tamina stands Nikki up, clotheslines and HEADBUTTS Nikki down!

Tamina and Natty taunt Nashville, then Tamina toys with Nikki. Tamina fireman’s carries but Nikki slips into a SLEEPER! Rhea reaches out but Tamina throws Nikki away! SUPERKICK! Cover, Rhea breaks it in time! Tamina drags Nikki up, tags Natty, and then Natty gets the legs. Natty steps through but Nikki cradles! TWO, Nikki slips off the scoop, tag to Rhea! Rhea and Natty fire off hands, Rhea shoves Natty then dodges to dropkick Tamina! Rhea spins Natty for a short arm LARIAT! And another! Ripcord and HEADBUTT! Then a snapmare to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Rhea and she drags Natty back up. Natty shoves but Rhea heel kicks!

Natty dodges in the corner, uses ropes to rebound Rhea for the sit-down spine jammer! Natty steps on Rhea but Rhea avoids the basement dropkick! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Tamina breaks it! Tamina drags Natty to the corner, tags in, but Rhea BOOTS Tamina out! Natty & Tamina regroup, but Nikki SUPER CROSSBODIES! Nikki is fired up, she and Rhea get Tamina in! Pump handle, RIPTIDE! Tag to Nikki and she gets a boot off Rhea’s shoulders, ELECTRIC CHAIR SPLASH! Cover, Nikki & Rhea win!

Winners: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

That was some BOOM ZIP KAPOW, superhero level action! But we all know Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox are still owed a shot. Will #SuperBrutality have to worry about the tank and the Shiniest Wizard from here on out?

 

Raw returns with the fifth round of draft picks!

Raw opens this round with choosing… Karrion Kross! Doomsday stays on Mondays, who faces the apocalypse next? SmackDown chooses… Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza! We just saw them win tonight, will they keep things going once they move to Fridays? Raw continues and selects… Alexa Bliss! She may be mourning Lilly, but will she be back more twisted than ever? SmackDown closes this round with Cesaro! The Swiss Cyborg stays on the blue brand, will he be able to rebuild towards the top?

 

GOLDBERG is here!

The Hall of Famer issued his final warning to Bobby Lashley, but now he wants a face-to-face to hear Lashley’s response. He gets the mic and shouts out SEC Country! “Bobby Lashley has the audacity to claim that what he did to my son was a ‘misunderstanding.’ It wasn’t. It was intentional! So tonight, I’m inviting Bobby Lashley in this ring so I can intentionally break his frickin’ neck.” And so here comes Lashley! Lashley tells Bill that for the last time, what happened at SummerSlam was a misunderstanding. And Goldberg must be out of his mind thinking Lashley is going to risk this custom made suit just to whoop Goldberg’s ass again. Some people aren’t still dressing like it’s 1998.

Lashley knows Goldberg is angry, but Goldberg needs to understand Lashley’s perspective. This is character assassination, Goldberg owes Lashley an apology. They will have a match, at Crown Jewel, but under one condition! The match is NO HOLDS BARRED. Goldberg is happy for that! He thanks Lashley for that! That match gives Goldberg “license to kill!” Lashley thinks Goldberg is crazy? Well he is! Lashley wants an apology? Here it is: Goldberg will apologize to Lashley’s kids after he leaves Lashley gasping for air in the ring. “Because there’s one thing for sure, Bobby Lashley. You’re next. And, you’re dead!” Does the Rocky Mountain Machine realize what he just gave Goldberg?

But Lashley says Goldberg can’t kill the All Mighty. And the fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree, so let Gage know that if he has the balls to do what he did last time, then it won’t be a misunderstanding this time. So what would Goldberg do if someone came out and jumped on his back? Like right now! THE HURT BUSINESS jump Goldberg from behind! But Goldberg elbows Shelton Benjamin away, throws off Cedric Alexander then KNEES him down! Benjamin swings, Goldberg dodges and SPEARS! Prime Alexander and the Gold Standard just got steamrolled, will far worse happen to Lashley at Crown Jewel?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Visionary sings, “Guess who’s back? Back again! Sethy’s back! Tell your friends!” And guess what? The best part is, Mikey (Kevin), is that Rollins is better than ever! But also drafted to Raw is- No no no, do NOT say his name. This is Rollins’ party! Don’t rain on his parade. Rollins takes care of that business on SmackDown. This is Raw. Rollins doesn’t give a s*it who steps to him! He is a visionary! He is a revolutionary! He is SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Party time! Pints!! Is Rollins going to compartmentalize between the brands the next few weeks?

 

The New Day VS The Hurt Business!

Well, we just saw Cedric & Shelton try to punk out Goldberg only to made into the punks. Will the Power of Positivity only add to their misery here tonight?

Raw returns and Benjamin starts with Kofi. They tie up, Shelton RAMS Kofi into the corner, throws hands, then lets off as the ref counts. Shelton hits Kofi again, whips then back drops! Kofi crashes, Shelton takes a breath then tags in Cedric. They mug Kofi, Cedric CLUBS and stomps Kofi down, then drags him up to tag Shelton back in. Shelton throws hands, then forearms, then whips corner to corner. Kofi goes up and hits a TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tags to Cedric and Woods! Woods rallies on Cedric, dodges and LEG LARIATS! Woods whips, Cedric reverses but Woods tilt-o-whirls to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Woods runs in at the corner but is put out. Woods falls off the apron, but he dodges Shelton. Kofi DOUBLE STOMPS Shelton down, Woods ROCKS and GAMANGIRIS Cedric down! Woods walks the tightrope for the LIMIT BREAKER! Cover, New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

Woods shouts, “CROWN ME! CROWN ME! CROWN ME! ALL HAIL KING WOODS!!” But out come The Street Profits! Nashville chants, “We want the smoke!” but the Profits congratulate the New Day. Congrats on their new movie, too, “Escape the Undertaker.” How did they do it? No, that’s spoilers. But all the chopping up they did on SmackDown, the Profits want to congratulate the New Day on this win. Plus, they wanted to tell the WWE Universe that they are back on Monday Night Raw! And #WeWantTheSmoke! Everyone high fives and share the drinks. Kofi loves it! Will they each love being on their new home brands after Crown Jewel?

 

RKBRO head to the ring!

The Bro scoots alongside The Viper, but will the Mountain of a Main accept the 1v1 challenge? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Orton has a mic. “Omos. I’m here, and I am ready.” We still haven’t gotten a response for the challenge, so it makes Orton wonder… Is Omos AJ Styles’ personal colossus? Or just a big bitch? Styles & Omos head out now, and Styles has the music cut short to say, “Are you kidding me? You want a response?” They were celebrating Styles’ win over Gilligan there. Riddle is Gilligan cuz Styles is Skipper. But anyway, Orton is insignificant. It doesn’t matter if Omos destroys Orton tonight or not, and he would. Because frankly Randy, does Riddle have any brain cells left to stop Styles & Omos from taking the titles at Crown Jewel?

It’s great that they’ve all been drafted to Raw, actually! Because Styles & Omos can gloat week after week that they brought an end to this asinine team known as R K BRO. And as far as the 1v1 goes- Orton DECKS Styles! Omos DECKS Riddle, and these two are 1v1 after all! Orton dodges Omos, to RKO Styles! RKBRO bails out, because this was never about going 1v1 tonight! Can Orton and Riddle make sure Styles and Omos only get beat at Crown Jewel?

 

Raw returns with the last round of the entire draft!

Raw opens this sixth round with choosing… Carmella! The Most Beautiful Woman in ALL of the WWE is here on Mondays, and she is happy to hear it! SmackDown chooses… NXT’s RIDGE HOLLAND! Northern Grit is going to make the blue brand black ‘n’ blue! Raw chooses the NCAA champion and 2020 gold medalist, GABLE STEVESON! And SmackDown closes out the year with the very last pick! SAMI ZAYN! The Great Liberator is staying on SmackDown, will he continue to claim conspiracy now that he’s Mr. Irrelevant?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair!

So the Queen is still Raw Women’s Champion, but she’s going to SmackDown after Crown Jewel. Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch are going to Raw but they’ll be battling for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Crown Jewel. Will the EST defeat one champion before going after the other? Or will Bianca’s return to Raw be ruined before it’s even official?

But wait! Here comes Big Time Becks! She clearly wants to see this up close and personal. But will she have any affect on the outcome like she did on Friday? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns once again and the bell rings. The fans cheer for “E S T! E S T!” but Charlotte keeps her cool. Charlotte and Bianca circle, tie up, and go around. Charlotte headlocks, hits a takeover, but Bianca moves around to headscissor. Bianca squeezes tight but Charlotte kips free, only for Bianca to headlocks. Bianca hits a takeover but Charlotte headscissors. Bianca pries free then kips up and runs in, but Charlotte sweeps. Cover, ONE! Bianca sweeps, covers, ONE! Charlotte kicks low, throws Bianca by her hair, then smirks as she stands over her. Things speed up, Charlotte cartwheels and handsprings, but Bianca returns the favor!

Bianca scoops, Charlotte slips off, things keep moving and Charlotte basement dropkicks! Charlotte kips up again and grins as she has Bianca in a corner. Charlotte bumps Bianca off buckles, whips and bumps Bianca into more buckles, but gets annoyed as fans chant for the EST. Charlotte whips corner to corner, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to a corner to say kiss this. Charlotte runs in, Bianca goes up and over again then dropkicks Charlotte down! Bianca kips up and fans fire up and says kiss this again. But Charlotte rolls it up, TWO! Bianca kicks low, bumps Charlotte off buckles and brings Charlotte around for another buckle bump.

Bianca taunts Charlotte, runs in but Charlotte BOOST her! Charlotte whips Bianca to a corner, Bianca reverses but Charlotte tumbles up then out. Charlotte shoulders into Bianca, ROCKS her with a forearm, then drags Bianca out to the apron. Bianca fights back with body shots, ROCKS Charlotte in return, then reels Charlotte in. Charlotte pulls the ponytail to block the suplex! Charlotte kicks low, turns Bianca around, BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP DDT to the apron! Charlotte drags Bianca down to TOSS her into the timekeeper’s area! Charlotte soaks up the heat and mocks the EST as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more and Charlotte has a dragon sleeper on Bianca! Bianca fights with knees, then uses the corner to go up and over. Bianca runs into a knee from Charlotte, but she dodges the boot to dropkick! Bianca wrenches Charlotte to a suplex and she holds Charlotte up for a count of 10! Cover, TWO! Bianca stomps Charlotte and handsprings to a MOONSAULT onto knees! Charlotte CHOPS Bianca, then CHOPS again! And again! Bianca dodges but she runs into a clothesline from Charlotte! Charlotte rolls Bianca up, TWO! Charlotte dead lifts Bianca to a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte goes to a corner and aims as Bianca rises. Charlotte runs in as fans duel, Bianca slips out of Natural Selection! Bianca wrenches sand suplexes but charlotte slips out to use the ponytail! Bianca ROCKS Charlotte, torture racks, KISS OF- NO! Charlotte lands on her feet, both women dodge the other, SPEAR from Charlotte! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte is furious but she also grins as she stalks Bianca to a corner. Bianca back elbows but Charlotte ROCKS her back. Charlotte has the leg but Bianca avoid the knee drop! SPINEBUSTER! Not the cleanEST but still good! High stack, TWO! Charlotte survives but Bianca puts her in a drop zone!

Bianca climbs up, but Charlotte bumps ropes to trip her up! And then BOOTS her down! Charlotte climbs up as Becky boasts on commentary, MOONSAULT but Bianca moves, SECOND MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte hurries to get a leg, but Bianca turns the Figure Four into and inside cradle! TWO, and Bianca ROCKS Charlotte! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, but Becky drags Bianca out?!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by disqualification

And Becky RAMS her into steps! BECKSPLODER into barriers! And then Becky puts Bianca back in the ring for a MANHANDLE SLAM! But SASHA BANKS is here! And she’s getting revenge on Becky! Mudhole stomps and a METEORA! But then METEORA for Bianca! Sasha stomps Bianca but Becky fires off on Sasha! Sasha gets around to hit a BACKSTABBER! The Legit Boss just sent a message to both the Man and the EST, will she be the one keeping the SmackDown Women’s Championship on Friday Night SmackDown?


My Thoughts:

Another pretty good Raw, even with the Draft. Quite a few of the supplemental picks from after SmackDown surprised me. I thought this was the chance for Nia to go to SmackDown but guess not. And Alpha Academy coming to Raw makes sense after seeing that Gable Stevenson is skipping NXT to be right on Raw. I have a feeling Stevenson interacts with Chase Gable & Otis right away, given Chad is a former Olympiad. But the entire 24/7 “Division” being kept on Raw makes sense. It seems only USA Network cares about this title and the pseudo American Ninja Warrior moments backstage with Reggie and the others.

One thing surprising was that the draft and the countdown to Crown Jewel is clearly putting a finite point on a few of the smaller feuds. Shayna beat Dana quickly but Piper stopped her from breaking Dana, only for Shayna to be drafted to SmackDown. Garza & Carrillo go to SmackDown, which does help that division build up a bit, and puts a pin on the feud with Mansoor & Ali. But only seeing T-Bar and not Mace in the supplemental picks, I wonder if the two of them finally ditch their Retribution gimmicks, as random as that’d be. Tozawa’s newest shtick seems to be similar to what John Morrison’s was a few weeks ago: getting beat up by guys that’re too much for him.

Kevin Owens being split of from Sami Zayn kills my hopes of them feuding with “Happy” Corbin & “Madcap” Moss to then move on to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, and this might even be a sign Kevin is leaving to join his friends in AEW. On the other hand, Raw naturally secures the Raw Tag Team Champions and their challengers so that the titles stay put no matter what, and they can perpetuate that feud forever. The segment between RKBRO and Styles & Omos was alright, but it gets them screen time. But Austin Theory had a great impact his first day back going after Hardy. Also, why the hell is Vince acting like Theory wasn’t here during ThunderDome era?

Rhea & Nikki VS Natty & Tamina was good but obviously filler because who else does WWE even have right now before all these draft picks and call ups take effect? I was most disappointed that Natty & Tamina didn’t break up over this. Tamina should stay on SmackDown, Natty should be a supplemental pick to Raw. Tamina goes Bloodline, Natty at least gets to give more midcard strength to Raw. And as for Shotzi & Tegan still waiting their turn, that better happen on the “season premiere” of SmackDown as an aside to the King of the Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments starting. Plus, it’s been over two months so what the hell are they waiting for?

We got a good segment out of Heyman and the Usos, but it seems almost too easy to just let the pick go the right way. Why not actually show some Heyman wheelin’ ‘n’ dealin’ skills by saying Usos can be traded back to SmackDown? Give Raw the New Day back and certainly fans like myself will be happy! Then there will be more purpose to New Day VS Hurt Business tonight! For that matter, Hurt Business look real weak losing right after failing to beat down Goldberg. Lashley VS Goldberg, No Holds Barred is fine, but feels like more of an excuse to have Hurt Business work as a trio against Goldberg, only for Gage to help out or something.

Big E and Drew McIntyre did have a really good match with the Dirty Dawgs, and naturally we’re getting Big E VS McIntyre at Crown Jewel. McIntyre will lose, move on to SmackDown, and try again with the Universal Championship. Sheamus going to SmackDown makes sense, because I’ve been wanting him to get the Intercontinental Championship for a Grand Slam this whole time. Rollins had a quick but great promo, because it adds to how complex his character is becoming. And we got great stuff out of the women’s title story, with Becky here giving away she is now on Raw, and her stirring up trouble with Charlotte and Bianca.

Charlotte VS Bianca was really good, and Sasha showing up making that big statement works. There is a possibility that Sasha Banks comes away with the SmackDown title at Crown Jewel because she’ll be staying on SmackDown through the draft. It’s either that or as I theorized on SmackDown, the SmackDown title is with someone drafted to Raw, we get a title trade like the New Day and Profits last year.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (11/26/21)

Black Friday is on a Rampage!

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AEW Rampage coverage

Will Riho get a golden ticket tonight?

Tony Khan’s offering a major Black Friday deal and Britt Baker isn’t happy about it! If Riho defeats The Doctor, she gets an AEW Women’s world title match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor; win.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho; Riho wins and earns a future title match against Britt Baker.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0; Kingston wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam Cole & Bobby Fish VS Orange Cassidy & Wheeler Yuta w/ Chuck Taylor!

It’s undisputed that both teams are great friends, but this is about seeing who are the best friends! Will Cole & Fish bring the boom? Or will Freshly Squeezed & The Decoder make Chaos proud here in Chicago?

The teams sort out and Yuta starts with Fish. They circle, feel it out, and then Fish shoots in to waistlock. Yuta switches, gets the ankle pick and the leg but Fish gets a leg back. Fish pushes to a cover, Yuta slips away before a count. They feel things out again, Fish steps in to knee low! Fish throws body shots, KICKS a leg, then ROCKS Yuta with a forearm. Fish whips, Yuta goes up and over but swings into a body shot! Yuta slips under to dropkick Fish down! Yuta wrenches, tags to Cassidy but Fish throws forearms. The Best Friends still double whip and, well Yuta forearms. Both Yuta and Cassidy run, KNEE DROP SPLASH COMBO! Cover, ONE!

Fish gets away and tags Cole. Fans fire up as Cole and Cassidy stare down. Cassidy takes off the sunglasses, but Cole stops him from putting his hands in his pockets. Cole hits the “BAYBAY!” pose, and then takes a bow. Cassidy puts his hands up, but Cole stops him again. Cassidy hammerlocks, spins, and WRINGS Cole out! Cole gets up in a huff as Cassidy spins and holds his hands up. But again Cole stops that with a waistlock! Cassidy switches, Cole switches, Cassidy reaches for legs, but then he puts his hands up. Cole shifts to a full nelson, but Cassidy still wants his pockets! Colle fights to keep those hands up, Cassidy uses his leg to break the nelson!

Cassidy switches, flying-mares, then thumbs up with Cole. Cole flails, Cassidy crucifix covers! TWO, and Cassidy builds up the energy. Cole runs in, Cassidy hurdles over, Yuta ROCKS Cole! Tag to Yuta, Cassidy and Yuta double whip Cole corner to corner. Yuta sends Cassidy but Sloth Style kicks in. Yuta runs to back elbow Cole, then go corner to corner to back elbow again! Cassidy finally arrives to feed Cole to Yuta’s scoop SLAM and SENTON! Cover, Fish drags Yuta off. Fans are fired up as Yuta drags Cole up. Cole JAWBREAKERS then runs in but Yuta elbows him away. Yuta goes up, Fish runs over and then Cole YANKS Yuta down!

Cole drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles, stomps away, then tags in Fish. Fish stomps Yuta down, digs his knee in, but the ref counts. Fish lets off, drags Yuta up and clinches for knees. He bumps Yuta off buckles, fires forearms and body shots, then kicks. Tag to Cole, Cole drags Yuta up and throws more forearms. Yuta throws forearms back, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cole talks trash to Yuta then drags him back as AEW goes picture in picture.

Fish tags in, Cole anchors Yuta while Fish stomps away. Fish drags Yuta up, throws knees, then forearms, then brings Yuta around to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Fish drags Yuta up, throws more knees, then snapmares him to go out and slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! Fish is annoyed but he drags Yuta up to knee him to the corner. Fish throws forearms, wrenches and taunts Cassidy before he back suplexes. Yuta lands on his feet but Fish CLOBBERS him! Yuta ducks the roundhouse, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES knock both men down! AEW returns to single picture as fans rally up. Fish tags Cole, but Yuta sends Cole out! Fish drags Yuta away, Yuta ENZIGURIS free!

Yuta crawls over, but Cole trips Cassidy off the apron! Cole gets in to bump Yuta off the buckle, then stomps away on him. Tag to Fish, he drags Yuta up to BOOT him into the corner. Fish fires off fast hands and another BOOT! Tag to Cole, Fish holds Yuta and Cole runs in but Yuta back drops him! Yuta elbows Fish, elbows Cole, BOOTS Fish, then goes up to double missile dropkick! Cassidy is back, Yuta crawls over as fans rally up! Hot tag to Cassidy! Well, lukewarm with Cassidy’s speed. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets and fires off the “devastating” shin kicks. He dodges the double clotheslines to DOUBLE DRPOKICK! Cassidy kips up to DOUBLE RANA!

Cassidy keeps moving, he uses Cole to kick and tilt-o-whirl to DDT Fish! Cole and Fish bail out, Yuta goes up and Cassidy builds speed! Cassidy DIVES< Yuta CROSSBODIES! Direct hit, Cassidy goes up and Yuta tags in! CROSSBODY then a DIVE onto Fish! Yuta SPLASHES Cole! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Cassidy, he and Yuta get Cole up but Cole fires off forearms! Cole mule kicks Cassidy, BOOTS Yuta, then reels Cassidy in! Yuta rewinds, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jackknife bridge! But Fish breaks it!! Yuta gets up, Fish ROCKS him then mule kicks Cassidy! Fish KICKS Yuta down, then catches Cassidy to EXPLODER him into Yuta!

Fish tags in, he tackles Cassidy to a corner, then he isolates a leg to knee and KICK and DRAGON SCREW! SHINING WIZARD from Cole! Leg clutch cover, TWO!! KNEEBAR! Cole plays defense as Yuta gets in! Yuta then baits Cole and dodges the superkick to clobber Fish! Cole SUPERKICKS Yuta, Cassidy SUPERKICKS Cole! BEACH BREAK!! Cassidy powers up, but Fish TACKLES him to a corner! Fish has the leg, Cassidy breaks free but swings into the EXPLODER into buckles! Yuta tags in and spins Fish for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Yuta STOMPS Fish, hauls him up, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Yuta goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Cole trips him up! The ref reprimands, Cassidy trips Cole! Cassidy takes off the elbow pad but Cole drags Cassidy out to throw him into steel steps! And then again! Fish goes after Yuta on the top rope, brings Yuta up, SUPER FALCON ARROW!! Cover, Fish & Cole win!

Winners: Adam Cole & Bobby Fish, by pinfall

Whether or not Cole & Fish are best friends, they’re the better team here tonight! Will they give everyone a reason to fear them?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Nese.

Tony Schiavone says the Premier Athlete has “mysteriously” been in the stands watching, but Nese stops him right there. There is no mystery to what he’s doing. He’s scouting the competition, because that’s what top athletes do. “We all know that there’s an open challenge for the TNT Championship, so I thought, what perfect way to make my debut on TNT than becoming the TNT Champion?” Based off what Nese has seen, if Ethan Page, Bobby Fish or Jay Lethal would’ve done their homework, Sammy Guevara wouldn’t be champion right now. Nese is 100% unimpressed, but here comes Sammy!

Sammy’s the one unimpressed with Nese! Another new guy talking a lot of mess. Nese wants Sammy to relax. Is Sammy unable to take criticism? Oh he can take criticism, just not from a guy who hasn’t done s*it since he got here. Nese says there’s an open challenge, so he’s challenging Sammy next week. Challenge accepted, see you next week. Yeah you will. But then Nese SUCKER PUNCHES Sammy! Nese says the only reason Sammy has the title is because guys like Nese weren’t available yet. Nese leaves for now, but will he leave next Rampage the new TNT Champion?

 

FTR speaks.

Cash Wheeler starts by saying, “On Thanksgiving Eve in Chicago, we proved once again that we are the living lucha legends, the AAA World Tag Team Champions, and without a doubt the best tag team on the planet.” There’s a reason FTR is 2-0 against the Lucha Bros and the only win the Lucha Bros got was on the illegal man. There is no team on Earth, in this ring or in this business as good as FTR. Dax Harwood says they have a “history” with 2 outta 3 falls matches, so he is begging them that if they wanna prove it was no fluke, go 2 outta 3 falls with FTR. Right now, until they find someone better, write ’em a letter, #TopGuysOut!

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Black Friday Deal: Britt Baker w/ Jamie Hayter & Rebel VS Riho!

The Doctor better take the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion seriously, because if Riho wins here, she’ll get a title match in the near future! Will Riho cash in on this great deal? Or will Britt deny her this huge holiday gift?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Britt wrenches an arm to hammerlock, then spin Riho to a snapmare. Riho slips out to wrench and have the arm. Britt gets up, powers through to spin and snapmare Riho again, but Riho slips out again to have the wristlock. Britt fights up, Riho keeps on the wristlock but Britt clubs free and ROCKS Riho with a right! Britt says, “D M D,” but Riho fires off forearms! Birtt pulls hair to throw Riho down! Cover, TWO as Riho goes Matrix! But Britt rolls her up again, TWO! Britt gets the arm but Riho fights to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Britt lets off but she stomps away on Riho!

The ref counts, Britt lets off, Hayter and Rebel choke Riho! Britt comes back to stand on Riho at the ropes, then lets off at 4. Britt drags Riho up to ROCK her again. Britt whips, Riho handsprings and dropkicks! Riho keeps moving to dropkick again! Britt bails out, Rebel checks on her, but Riho goes up a corner! Riho LEAPS and CROSSBODIES Britt and Rebel down! Fans fire up as Riho gets back up. Hayter checks on Britt but Riho comes back to drag Britt up. Riho puts Britt in, Britt goes to a corner. Riho runs in to forearm smash! Then she goes corner to corner again, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Britt stands on Riho’s head and stomps away!

Britt drags Riho up by her hair, bumps her off buckles again and again, but the ref counts. Britt lets off and Riho flops down as AEW goes to break.

Rampage returns and Britt reels Riho into a suplex. Riho fights it off, wrenches and ROCKS Britt with forearms! Riho runs, Britt follows and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Britt hammers away with forearms, covers, TWO! Britt argues with the ref, then drags Riho up by her hair. The ref reprimands but Britt doesn’t care. Riho throws body shots, Britt clinches and whips Riho to a corner. Britt is annoyed as fans rally and duel, and Britt stomps Riho down! Britt lets off, gives another stomp, then drags RIho up for a forearm. Riho forearms back, fires off many more, but Britt kicks her low! Britt whips Riho to a corner, runs in but into boots! Riho runs and tilt-o-whirl headscissors!

Britt ends up in a corner, Riho goes corner to corner and KNEES Britt right in the head! Riho reels Britt in, but Britt blocks the Northern Lights and CLUBS Riho. Snap suplex into buckles! Britt drags Riho up, Alabama lift but Riho slips out to full nelson and DRAGON SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Riho crawls after Britt. Cover, TWO! Britt is still in this but Riho goes up the corner. Diving stomps but Britt dodges! Britt comes back, spins Riho and ROCKS her with a forearm! Alabama, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Riho survives but Britt slaps her down. Britt runs, Riho dodges the stomp to kick and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Riho goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Britt survives but Riho keeps her focus. Riho run sin but Britt ducks the knees! Riho runs into buckles, but she avoids the swinging fisherman! Rolling cradle, RIHO WINS!!!

Winner: Riho, by pinfall (earns an AEW Women’s World Championship match)

Britt is FURIOUS! Riho snatches victory from the jaws of defeat,

 

BREAKING NEWS!

El Idolo wasn’t done with Cody Rhodes after Dynamite went off the air! A bare concrete Hammerlock DDT may have downed the American Nightmare, but now Cody and Andrade will go 1v1 in an ATLANTA STREET FIGHT! Plus, after the confrontation on Dynamite, Gunn Club’s Colten & Billy Gunn take on Sting & Darby for a grudge match of two undefeated teams!

 

Mark Henry interviews our main eventers!

He starts with Daniel Garcia & 2point0, and how they’ve been attacking whoever, throwing coffee in people’s faces, and are generally out of control. Matt Lee says that’s right, they’re outta control! Eddie Kingston, hopefully you didn’t fill up on turkey, because tonight, you get a taste of Red Death on Black Friday! Great line. Jeff Parker adds that those interruptions weren’t on accident. They know Kingston and he reacted exactly how they thought he would! Garcia adds it’s Black Friday, another sold out arena for another Daniel Garcia main event. He vows to embarrass Kingston, and then Kingston will be the one giving Garcia thanks.

Kingston laughs at these three. He apologizes, but he can’t believe they’re serious. They throw coffee, attack him, say this and that, and Garcia’s acting all big and tough. He’s too light in the ass to mess with Kingston. Kingston will show Garcia what’s what in the ring. And as for his homeboys, they need to do Kingston a favor and shut up. Talk is cheap, partner. Then we’ve had enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will Red Death be the one lucky to survive the Mad King?

Eddie Kingston VS Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0!

The bell rings and the two circle. They test things out, Garcia shoots in to get a leg but Kingston pushes him down to throw hands. Kingston has the arms, puts Garcia in a corner, the ref counts. Kingston won’t let off so the ref brings him back. Garcia shoots in but Kingston smothers him into the mat! Kinston clinches, they end up on the ropes, the ref counts. Kingston CLUBS Garcia before he lets off and fans fire up behind him. Garcia hangs back to get pointers from 2point0 before he approaches Kingston again. Garcia circles but then just bails out. Kingston is annoyed, but he’s ready when Garcia slides back in.

They tie up, Garcia throws a forearm, but Kingston fires off fast palm strikes! Then body strikes in the corner! Kingston stomps away on Garcia but 2point0 gets Garcia out of there! Kingston goes out to throw Matt Lee into railing! And then he SPINEBUSTERS Jeff Parker! Garcia gets in the ring, Kingston goes in but Garcia kicks him! And uppercuts! Garcia throws EuroUppers in the corner, then stomps away. Garcia digs his boots in, the ref counts, Garcia lets off at 4. Garcia paces, drags Kingston up and throws forearms. Garcia whips but Kingston holds ropes to Garcia forearms! Kingston headbutts! Garcia BOOTS, then whips, but Kingston blocks again.

Garcia keeps trying, Kingston CLUBS him down! Kingston CHOPS Garcia to a corner, CHOPS him again, and fires off the MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Garcia dodges to fire off forearms! Kingston pokes Garcia in the eye! The ref reprimands but fans cheer. Garcia crawls to a corner, Kingston runs in but Garcia dodge. Garcia runs in but into an elbow. Kingston goes up, FLYING KNEE! Garcia is down but Kingston gets his legs to loosen up. Garcia goes to ropes but Kingston CHOPS him on the side! Kingston taunts Garcia then CHOPS him. Garcia throat chops back! Garcia CLUBS Kingston, stalks him around the ring and kicks the bad leg!

Garcia EuroUppers, Kingston BITES Garcia’s ear! The ref reprimands, Kingston lets off to stomp Garcia down. Kingston hobbles, drags Garcia up and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Fans rally behind Kingston as he walks off the bad leg. Garcia crawls to a corner as AEW goes picture in picture.

Garcia shoulders into Kingston, throws hands but Kingston CHOPS him down! Kingston drags Garcia up, suplexes but Garcia blocks. Garcia pries free, knees low, and again, and again! Then he snap suplexes Kingston down! Cover, ONE! Garcia goes after an arm but Kingston rolls, only to end up in a triangle hold. Kinston fights free to rain down hammer fists! Garcia kicks back at Kingston but Kingston stands to drag Garcia up. Kingston CHOPS, Garcia staggers back and asks for mercy. Kingston runs in but into an elbow! Garcia pulls on Kingston’s ear and CLUBS it! The ref reprimands but 2point0 talk a lot of trash at the apron.

Garcia straddle attacks Kingston at the ropes! 2point0 is right in Kingston’s face, but then Garcia goes out to CLUB Kingston on the apron. And again! Kingston gets in the ring but Garcia is right after that ear! So Kingston BITES the hand! Garcia knees and CLUBS Kingston, but Kingston staggers around. Kingston almost hits the ref with that haymaker! Garcia whips Kingston but Kingston can barely run, so Garcia CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Cover, ONE!! Another, TWO! Kingston has Garcia by his hear so he can club away on Garcia’s head! Garcia gets loose to stomp Kingston down! Garcia has the bad leg and YANKS back on it!

Kingston crawls, Garcia is on him with a double wristlock. Kingston clasps hands so Garcia clubs the grip. The two struggle, AEW returns to single picture, Garcia uses his knee for leverage. Kingston clubs Garcia but Garcia stomps him down! Garcia sits Kingston up, boots him, but fans rally up. Kingston grits his teeth but Garcia stomps away on him! Garcia drags Kingston up, whips him to the corner but again Kingston can barely run. The ref checks with Kingston but he says he’s not quitting. Garcia runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Garcia rolls to ropes, 2point0 is there to coach him. A standing count climbs, Kingston is up at 4 of 10!

Kingston hobbles over to Garcia, but Garcia headlocks to block the saido! Garcia clubs away on Kingston’s head, then rolls him to a HEEL HOOK! Kingston endures, gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go at 4, fans are thunderous! Garcia gets the leg again for a standing toehold! Then he digs his heel into Kingston’s gut, stomps the bad legs, jackknife! TWO as Kingston rolls and gets Garcia up, POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and fans are fired up! A standing count climbs, 2point0 coaches Garcia up. Fans rally, Kingston drags himself up the ropes and hobbles over to Garcia. He brings Garcia up and CHOPS him o the back!

Garcia blocks the half nelson suplex, switches, but Kingston blocks the German Suplex. Garcia drags Kingston down to the HEEL HOOK! Kingston still gest the ROPEBREK, but Garcia drags him away! Kingston kicks with his free leg but Garcia LCOBBERS Kingston and fires off hammering hands! Fans boo but Garcia soaks up the heat. Garcia drags Kingston up, CHOPS him, but Kingston stays up. Garcia powers up and runs, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Both men are down and fans fire up for Kingston. Garcia flounders at ropes as 2point0 coaches him up again. Garcia crawls over to Kingston, they both stand up and Kingston throws a body shot.

Kingston fire smore body shots, Garcia gives back palm strikes, the fans fire up for the fast hand brawling! Garcia fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Garcia ENZIGURIS! Garcia comes back to LARIAT!! Garcia can’t cover as he catches his breath, but fans are thunderous again. Garcia hobbles up, gets Kingston by the ear, reels him in, but Kingston blocks the lift! So Garcia drops a knee! Kingston SLAPS Garcia! Garcia throat chops, but Kingston SLAPS Garcia again! Garcia fires off BOOTS, then gets Kingston up, only for Kingston to wrench and SAIDO!! Garcia flounders, ducks the Uraken but the URAKEN RETURNS!! Cover, Kingston wins

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

But 2point0 pounce on Kingston! Fans boo as they mug the Mad King, but JERICHO gets off commentary to go to the ring! Jericho CLOBBERS Matt Lee, CLOTHESLINES Jeff Parker, and fans are thunderous for Le Champion! Kingston is still victorious, but will he and Jericho make sure 2point0 and Garcia watch who they pick a fight with from now on?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, and honestly really surprising. I didn’t think Riho was going to win here, but that was a great match and a great win. They’re going to have a great title match, probably at Battle of the Belts, but I am thinking Britt wins there. Cassidy & Yuta had a great showing, but Cole taking out Cassidy so that Yuta would take the loss makes sense. The Not Disputed Era lost to Jurassic Express, but they win here because they gotta stay afloat. I hope Trent Baretta is okay, he’s been gone for what feels like a really longtime.

Nese had a decent promo before Sammy got there, and then things got good. His line about not being available is a great nod to WWE letting him and a tone of their people go, but it would be more legit if one of those other guys said it. Nese will give Sammy a great match but Sammy’s totally winning. Then Kingston VS Garcia was an awesome main event, probably Garcia’s best match in AEW. I figured Kingston would win, but then 2point0 going after him to prompt Jericho to get involved was a nice way to end. Kingston and Jericho teaming up would be pretty cool to see.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/26/21)

The Island of Relevancy awaits.

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

Who will earn their shot at Roman Reigns?

The WWE Universal Champion was SmackDown’s shining Survivor Series win, but it’s back to business. Who wins a battle royal to become #1 contender?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy VS “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss; McIntyre & Hardy win.
  • Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • Thanksgiving Leftovers Throwdown: Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Angel Garza w/ Humbert Carrillo; Garza wins.
  • Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya; Sasha & Naomi win.
  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Sami Zayn wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kayla Braxton is in the ring!

She welcomes us to this post-Thanksgiving edition of Friday Night SmackDown, and says rumors continue to heat up that Brock Lesnar’s indefinite suspension- Roman Reigns interrupts! The Head of the Table, Paul Heyman carrying the Universal Championship for him, stands on stage, then is handed the belt for the pyro. Roman then continues down to the ring, Heyman holing the title up as a banner. And then Roman holds the title up in the ring for more pyro. Heyman allows Kayla to step forward, but has her hand over the mic. “Rumorssss? Rumors about Brrrock. Lesnarrr. That’s the best you got? Rumors? We don’t do rumorsss on the Island of Relevancy.”

That’s Kayla’s problem! She parades around here like she’s a journalist with breaking news about Lesnar’s suspension when she knows it’s personal to Roman and Heyman, but she just wants the spotlight for herself. Heyman tells fans not to boo her, they can’t judge any of them in the ring. Heyman defended Kayla because she’s a coworker but he’s disappointed in her. She needs confirmation, denial, or facts! That’s what Roman deals in. Heyman used to like Kayla because people said she’s pretty. But Kayla is living her life through an Instagram filter. But there is no filter that makes you a legit journalist. Until she is one, this is her cue to leave Roman’s ring. Thank you for your time, good night.

Kayla storms off, but fans chant, “We Want Brock!” Roman gets the mic and asks Heyman, “Do you want to know the problem with rumors? Rumors give loses false hope. And compared to me, everyone’s a loser around here.” Roman’s beaten them all! And Lesnar is the number one loser around here. Roman beat him and it wasn’t even in ideal conditions. Roman flew all around the world and smashed Lesnar. Roman doesn’t care about rumors and that’s the facts. Y’know who else is a loser? Big E, the WWE Champion, is a loser cuz he got smashed at Survivor Series. But they’re just part of a long list! Roman’s beat them all. Roman’s running laps, it’s getting embarrassing!

What did management do? What’s that thing for tonight? A Black Friday Battle Royal to determine a #1 contender for the Head of the Table? C’mon…! Battle royal, elimination match, gauntlet, three way, four way, five way, it don’t matter. Just let three or four of them win and he’ll smash ’em all! Roman can do that because he’s the best of the best, the Universal Champion, the Head of the Table, YOUR Tribal Chief, and the Greatest of All Time. When Roman’s days are down, which could be sooner than later, the whole world will acknowledge him. Roman doesn’t care who wins tonight, but will he take that winner seriously when it’s time to take that person on?

 

Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy VS “Happy” Corbin & “Mad Cap” Moss!

The Scottish Warrior watched the Charismatic Enigma’s back before Survivor Series, and now has his back here against the hyenas. Will Hardy Country also become Claymore Country here in Greensboro? Or will Corbin & Moss become insufferable with a win here tonight?

SmackDown returns as Corbin & Moss make their entrance. The teams sort out but Corbin attacks Hardy from behind! Corbin stomps Hardy, gloats then drags Hardy up to whip him to a corner. Hardy dodges then atomic drops and trips Corbin up for the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick, then a wrench. Corbin clubs and ROCKS Hardy, then tags in Moss. Moss mugs Hardy with knees, then runs and runs to run Hardy over! Moss keeps moving, Hardy hip tosses him down! Cover, ONE! Hardy tags McIntyre in and fans fire up as they double whip Moss to double elbow and fist drop splash combo! Cover, TWO!

McIntyre keeps on Moss and CHOPS him in the corner. Fans fire up, but Moss throat chops McIntyre. Moss whips, McIntyre comes back and CLOBBERS him! McIntyre drags Moss up, wrenches and tags in Hardy. Hardy hops up, double ax handles to Moss’ arm! Hardy wrenches Moss, grinds the shoulder, but Moss powers out. Hardy sends Moss out and wrecks him with a dropkick! Hardy ducks Corbin’s clothesline to hotshot him down! Hardy goes to the apron to FLYING LARIAT Corbin down! But Moss CLOBBERS Hardy into the timekeeper’s area! Moss laughs it up while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin fires off body shots on Hardy in a corner. The ref counts, Corbin lets off and whips Hardy corner to corner. Corbin runs, Hardy dodges, but Corbin slides out then slides in to DECK McIntyre! Corbin puts Hardy in the corner, Moss mugs him while Corbin taunts McIntyre and the ref is busy with him. Moss tags in, but Hardy kicks back! Moss slips out of the Twist, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES bring both men down! Fans fire up, Moss and Hardy crawl, hot tags to Corbin and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies with big lariats, then a whip to an elbow! McIntyre gets Corbin in a corner, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Moss runs in but into a NECKBREAKER!

McIntyre dodges Corbin, Corbin slides out and in but McIntyre dodges to NECKBREAKER! And kip up! Fans fire up with McIntyre as he calls for the countdown! The fans count it down but McIntyre has to hit Moss first! Corbin gets McIntyre for a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious but he drags McIntyre over to tag in Moss. They mug McIntyre, Moss scoops and Corbin goes up. Hardy saves McIntyre and then McIntyre ROCKS Moss! McIntyre dodges Corbin, Corbin jumps into Hardy’s kick! Corbin blocks the Twist and shoves Hardy out! McIntyre clotheslines Corbin out! Moss forearms but McIntyre HEADBUTTS! McIntyre then dodges to CLAYMORE Moss down!

Fans are thunderous and McIntyre tags in Hardy! Hardy throws off the shirt, climbs up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Hardy & McIntyre win!

Winners: Drew McIntyre & Jeff Hardy, by pinfall

Greensboro is red hot for their hometown hero and the Scottish Warrior! But will this be the last either of them has heard from the chuckle headed Corbin and Moss?

 

Aliyah talks with Kayla backstage.

She wants to know as much as anyone about the rumors, but then Heyman walks over. Aliyah hurries off and Heyman asks Kayla if she got any updates on the rumors. See, this is what Kayla needs to do. She needs to get a confirmation or a denial. But the thing is, there are no rumors about Lesnar, because he got himself suspended. He put his hands on Adam Pearce not once but twice to leave the WWE no options. But Lesnar is hiding behind the suspension because he fears Roman Reigns. Think that’s a rumor? Call Lesnar. Oh, wait, Heyman doesn’t have his new number, and neither does Kayla.

And that’s another problem. If Kayla doesn’t have a confirmation or denial by the end of tonight, Kayla’s GONE. Or at least, that’s what Heyman’s pushing for. Or maybe it’s just a rumor. Heyman walks off, but what will Kayla do about his not so veiled threat?

 

Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus VS Cesaro!

Northern Grit made quite the impression on his hero, The Celtic Warrior, in helping Sheamus get the win last week to join Team SmackDown at Survivor Series. Now Holland looks to make an even bigger impression taking the Swiss Cyborg on himself! Will the Fella love what he sees from his brand new protégé?

SmackDown returns and Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Cesaro puts Holland in a corner, lets off as the ref counts, but then he counter punches Holland, fires off body shots and EuroUppers, then whips him corner to corner. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper, then climbs up to rain down fists! Sheamus distracts Cesaro and that allows Holland to trip Cesaro up! Holland runs and POUNCES him! Then he puts Cesaro in the corner, fires off EuroUppers and body shots of his own. Holland reels Cesaro in to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Holland keeps on Cesaro with a seated cobra twist and he thrashes Cesaro all around.

Fans boo, then rally up for Cesaro. Cesaro stands up, Holland ripcords him but Cesaro fires off hands! Holland traps the arms to headbutt then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Holland sits Cesaro up to CLUB him, then clamps on a chinlock. Holland grinds Cesaro down but Cesaro fights up and throws body shots. Holland reverses the whip and tilt-o-whirl POWERSLAMS! Cover, ONE, so Holland rains down forearms and knees, and then drops elbows! Holland gets complimented by Sheamus and Holland pie faces Cesaro. Cesaro drags Holland down into a lateral press, Cesaro wins!!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

Holland’s ego was being fed a little too much and that cost him.

 

Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are visited by Drew McIntyre.

Sonya asks, “Can we help you?” McIntyre says he doesn’t want to be presumptuous, but considering the stakes, he wants to make sure he’s in that “Black Friday Invitational Battle Royal.” Well they don’t have the final list of competitors yet, but when they do, they’ll let him know. Well like he said, he expects an invitation. Pearce would if he were McIntyre, too. McIntyre heads out, but will he be in that contender’s match later tonight?

 

Rick Boogs is here!

And he of course introduces the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke NakamurAAAAA~! The King of Strong Style rocks with Boogs, as does Pat McAfee and the fans. However, it won’t be Nakamura that goes to battle, it’s BOOGS! Will he get his fill against Los Lotharios?

Thanksgiving Leftovers Throwdown: Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Angel Garza w/ Humbert Carrillo!

SmackDown returns and Los Lotharios are already in the ring. Garza takes off his pants, throws them at Boogs and dropkicks him down, the same tactic he used against Nakamura! Garza mugs Boogs at the ropes, then drags him out to aim at the table. Boogs blocks, throws elbows and then lifts Garza! Garza gets to the apron and dropkicks Boogs down! Garza puts Boogs in the ring, clamps on a chinlock and grinds him down with a straitjacket stretch. Fans rally up, Boogs endures, and Boogs powers up, only for Garza to throw him down! Garza stomps Boogs down and wraps the straitjacket back on. Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” while Boogs yells and arm-drags out!

Boogs scoops Garza for a spinning toss! Then he gut wrenches Garza for the shakedown! And then gut wrench suplex! Carrillo gets up but Boogs DECKS him! Garza kicks, Boogs blocks and gut wrenches Garza all around! POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Boogs fires up and gets Garza back up for an abdominal stretch! But Carrillo starts playing Boogs’ guitar! Boogs tells Carrillo to stop, but Nakamura sweeps Carrillo’s legs, and Carrillo falls through the table! All the cranberry sauce and corn gets on him, but Garza SUPERKICKS Boogs, to the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall

While one Lothario is feeling left out like the leftovers, the other gets a win to get even with Nakamura & Boogs. What will it take for these four to settle the score?

 

Adam Pearce looks over the roster.

Kayla Braxton asks if he can reveal who will be in the invitational battle royal. He says that as soon as he gets approval, he’ll post it right outside the door. Then can he also comment on the rumors of the possible reinstatement of Brock Lesnar? She is sure he recalls the events around the suspension… Pearce takes a moment, and he says he hasn’t heard anything about the changes to the indefinite suspension. But stranger things have happened. But when you consider the damage, not just the property damage or the medical bills or the… therapy sessions… “Brock Lesnar is a menace. And I personally would be shocked if that suspension were to be lifted any time soon.” Pearce excuses himself to handle business, is that denial enough to satisfy Heyman?

 

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!

She may not have defeated Big Time Becks, but the Queen is still the SmackDown Women’s Champion, and North Carolina is still Flair Country! But how will she move on from Survivor Series? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Michael Cole joins Charlotte in the ring. He says Charlotte must be very disappointed about her loss to Becky Lynch. Disappointed? No. The only thing she’s disappointed in is the poor officiating in that match. We all saw how Becky won. The only way she could win was by blatantly cheating. But congrats to her, she’s as underhanded as Charlotte knew she was. Becky has a shallow victory. She’s not stronger, just lucky. All that proved is that Becky is everything Charlotte’s said she was. Deep down, they both know Charlotte’s the better woman. Charlotte is the reason for Becky’s success.

Then the question would be, is what is next for Charlotte Flair? Becky can pretend to be big time on Raw and fantasy land, but in reality, Charlotte is still the most dominant woman in sports entertainment. But here comes Toni Storm! Wow, wow, wow. Toni knew Becky got in Charlotte’s head, but this is something. The obsessions with Becky made Charlotte vulnerable, and just as Toni predicted, Becky won. So what happens next? Charlotte goes after Toni for standing up to the high and mighty Charlotte Flair! Toni figured she’d make this easier for Charlotte and come right here to her. Aw, how cute, Toni. You think Charlotte was going after her? Charlotte barely knew Toni existed.

There is a reason Charlotte wipes her boots on the apron before getting in the ring. There are levels to this, and Charlotte is on a different one. So how would Toni like to be embarrassed tonight? Beaten to a pulp? Or more like this? But Toni dodges the sucker punch then throws Charlotte out! Toni then goes out, but gets a PIE to the FACE! That one had a lot of whipped cream on it! Charlotte licks her fingers, but Toni gets back up. Charlotte dares her to bring it, and then just PIES Toni again! Charlotte walks off and leaving Toni steaming. Will Toni get even with the Queen for the holidays?

 

Sonya Deville talks on the phone.

Sasha walks over and interrupts. At Survivor Series, Sasha was the captain, but Sonya sabotaged her with a team full of traitors. Everyone saw what Natty, Shayna and Shotzi did: they screwed her over. This was Sonya’s team, so Sasha blames her. As captain, Sasha should’ve been able to choose her own team. And if Naomi was on the team, they would’ve won. What’s Sonya’s problem with Naomi to begin with? Sonya laughs that off and tells Sasha to watch her tone. Second, this isn’t how things work. You can’t rewrite history. The captain lost and that’s on her. Also, there is no issue with Naomi. Oh is that so? Because Sonya’s voice changes when she lies.

Is Sonya jealous of Naomi? Is it because Naomi is more athletic? More popular? Has a bigger following? Is it because Naomi’s a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion while Sonya’s been downgraded to a suit? Damn right Sonya’s wearing a suit, because she’s the boss. But if Sasha loves Naomi so much, team up with her against Natalya & Shayna. Sonya takes her leave, but will the Boss & The Glow take care of business against the Queen of Harts & Queen of Spades?

 

SmackDown shares another chapter of Xia Li’s story.

“I still remember his deep breath echoing in the empty school hallway. His mouth scrunched into a growl. He has picked on my older brother for weeks. A relentless assault. My pacifist brother. My quiet, kind brother who is too good for this violent world. I hate vultures. Their confidence grows like mold on dirty dishes. If you let it, they will suffocate your spirit. I hate vultures.” Xia Li is The Protector! She sees the wicked and fights them. Who will be first for Xia to battle when she arrives?

 

Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya!

SmackDown returns as the Queen and Queen are already in the ring. But the Boss makes her entrance to join Naomi. The teams sort out while Sonya defends there was no rigged ref last week. Shayna and Sasha start, fans rally up for The Boss but Shayna pie faces her. Sasha SLAPS back! Sasha then gets Shayna to the ropes, shoulders in from the apron and steps in to tilt-o-whirl. Shayna resists the takedown, trips Sasha, turns her and has the ANKLE LOCK! Sasha fights up, but Shayna reels her into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sasha backs Shayna up, Naomi tags in, Sasha snapmares free and Naomi wrenches Shayna to a crucifix takedown.

TWO, but Naomi reels Shayna in for a sunset flip! Shayna stays up and has an arm! Shayna tortures Naomi’s wrist, but Naomi fights up. Shayna bends the elbow, tags Natty, and Natty stomps Naomi. Natty headlocks, hits the takeover, and grinds Naomi down. Naomi headscissors, Natty kips free but Naomi kips up, too! Natty SLAPS Naomi, whips her to a corner but Naomi goes up and over then baits Natty into a dropkick! And another! Natty bails out but Naomi storms over. Shayna gets in the way but Naomi DECKS her! Naomi baseball slides but Natty ducks to get the atomic sit-down! Tag to Shayna and she PENALTY KICKS Naomi down!

Shayna puts Naomi in the ring, then wraps on the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sasha baits Natty, dodges her, then gives Shayna a BACKSTABBER! The Boss helps out Naomi and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Natty has Naomi in a cobra twist, but Naomi hip tosses free! Hot tag to Shayna and she DECKS Sasha before Naomi can get there! Shayna taunts Naomi, CLUBS her, gets a leg and bends it at the knee. Naomi endures the toehold, Natty taunts the fans, but Naomi kicks Shayna with the free leg! Shayna turns Naomi over to STOMP the ankle! Shayna tags Naomi, they drag Naomi up and double snap suplex! Cover, ONE! Naomi is still in this but Natty keeps her down with a chinlock. Natty grabs Naomi’s arm that reaches for Sasha and brings her away. Fans rally up, Naomi throws elbows but Natty throws her down by her hair!

Natty tags Shayna, they both throw Naomi down by her hair! Cover, TWO! Shayna has a standing toehold, Naomi endures, and she stomps at Shayna’s leg! Shayna tags Natty but Naomi fights them both off! DOUBLE BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Naomi hurries over, but Shayna trips Sasha off the apron! Sasha ROCKS Shayna, but gets tripped up again! Shayna whips but Sasha reverses and Shayna hits barriers! METEORA! Naomi dodges Natty, rolls her up, TWO! Natty rolls Naomi, TWO! DISCUS LARIAT! Natty covers again, TWO! Naomi is still in this and she goes to the apron. Natty grabs her legs and drags her back, then drags her up to scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Naomi survives and Sonya is amused. Natty seethes while Naomi crawls to the apron.  Natty drags Naomi up but Naomi ROUNDHOUSES her down! Sunset flip, high stack, Naomi & Sasha win!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Naomi, by pinfall

Sonya applauds the win, but it could just be for appearances. Naomi hops down to stare Sonya down, but is it only a matter of time before Sonya has a new way to mess with The Glow?

 

The list has been posted!

Jeff Hardy, Ricochet, Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Rick Boogs, Happy Corbin, Mansoor, Mad Cap Moss, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Jinder Mahal, Shanky, both Viking Raiders, Drew Gulak, both of Los Lotharios and even MACE are in, but now Drew McIntyre? Well that might not sit well with him. Sheamus tries to tell him, but McIntyre didn’t make the cut. Sheamus then laughs his way out, and McIntyre is seething. Will this snub go unpunished for Adam Pearce?

Black Friday Invitational WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!

The Great Liberator heads out first, followed by Erik & Ivar. In the end, it will be every man for himself, but will the Viking Raiders be able to raid all the way until the end?

SmackDown returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. Everyone else is in the ring already, the match introduction is made, and wait, here comes McIntyre! He doesn’t seem to care that he got left off the lift, he’s getting in on this! And everyone else clears out as he starts swinging Angela the Claymore!! He dares anyone to get back in the ring but then Pearce runs out and shouts at McIntyre. McIntyre says this is on Pearce, and dares them to make him leave! This madness sorts out while SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and the battle royal is on, minus McIntyre. Sheamus fights Los Lotharios, Sami works to be the odd man out in the gaps, but Ivar finds him! Ivar goes after Sami in a corner, Roman and the Bloodline watch backstage. Pearce stays ringside to make sure McIntyre doesn’t return. Hardy and Cesaro ELIMINATE Mahal! Gulak and Sami work together but Cesaro holds on! So Gulak betrays Sami! Cesaro gets in, EuroUpppers Gulak, throws him out but Gulak holds on. Sami runs to HELLUVA KICK and ELIMINATE Gulak! But then Cesaro goes after Sami! Sami fights Cesaro off and bumps him off buckles.

Mansoor jump son Sheamus as a sleeper hold backpack but Holland CLUBS him down! Sheamus and Holland throw Mansoor out but Mansoor skins the cat! But he gets DOUBLE KNEES from Holland & Sheamus, the ELIMINATE him! Happy Corbin is after Ricochet, Mace gets Madcap with both hands! But Moss punches free and fireman’s carries to throw Mace out and ELIMINATE him! Sheamus digs boots into Hardy, Shanky CLUBS Moss! Moss throws body shots then throat chops Shanky back! Sheamus saves Holland from Ivar, Moss dumps Shanky out and ELIMINATES him! But then Cesaro gets Moss up! Sheamus and Holland go after Cesaro!

Boogs helps Cesaro against Sheamus and Holland! Cesaro dumps Holland out and ELIMINATES him! Moss dumps Cesaro and ELIMINATES him! Corbin and Moss high-five, and then Moss goes after Corbin! Just kidding! Moss’ sense of humor pays off, but then Corbin throws Moss out and ELIMINATES him! Corbin says it’s nothing personal, and Moss is able to laugh it off. But will these two be celebrating later? The field is still competitive as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns once more and Hardy works on Sheamus, Ivar brawls with Ricochet, Boogs is after Corbin but Los Lotharios goes after Boogs. Sami hangs back while Corbin and Ivar work on Ricochet. Ricochet fights free, then throws hands and CHOPS in return! Sheamus spots Sami but Sami says they should work together on Hardy. Sheamus seems to agree, but then he kicks and CLUBS away on Sami! Corbin whips Ricochet to a corner, runs in and clobbers Ricochet! Erik and Ivar work together to mug Corbin. Boogs kicks Garza, Humberto kicks him. Humberto springboard ROUNDHOUSES! Garza clotheslines Boogs up and out, they ELIMINATE Boogs!

Los Lotharios go after Erik but Ivar saves him from the double suplex. Ivar throws and ELIMINATES Garza, then the Vikings work together to TOSS Humberto out onto him! The Vikings ELIMINATE Los Lotharios! They give Sami KNEE after KNEE, but Sami flops out under the top rope! Ivar SPLASHES Ricochet in the corner, Erik uses Ivar as a weapon, HIP ATTACK in the corner! The Viking Raiders fight Sheamus, knock him down, then drag him up to aim for ropes! Sheamus fights free, clotheslines Erik out and ELIMINATES him! Ivar runs in but Sheamus dumps him out Sheamus ELIMINATES the Viking Raiders! The final four are Sheamus, Ricochet, Hardy and Corbin!

Ricochet goes after Sheamus, Hardy saves himself against Corbin, Sheamus whips but Ricochet ducks and dodges and springboards to crossbody! Fans fire up as Hardy runs in but Ricochet boot shim away. Somersault SHOTGUN! Ricochet gets up but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Corbin drags Ricochet up, knees low, then takes a moment to stalk Ricochet. Ricochet fires off haymakers, runs but into a choke grip, CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER! Corbin whips, Ricochet goes up but can’t get over! Corbin puts him on the apron but Ricochet shoulders in then springboard missile dropkicks! Ricochet gets Corbin up and to the ropes but Corbin rakes eyes!

Corbin blocks a kick but Ricochet ENZIGURIS! Sheamus BROGUES Ricochet down! Sheamus tosses and ELIMINATES Ricochet! Sheamus fires hands but Corbin fires back! They brawl but Hardy stays a safe distance away. Sheamus throws Corbin at ropes but Corbin holds on! Sheamus throws knees, Corbin elbows back. Hardy runs in and attack sin the corner! Then he hits Corbin in the other corner! Hardy rams his shoulder into Sheamus again and again, then runs, but into a LARIAT! Sheamus drags Hardy up, whips him to a corner, but Hardy elbows back. Hardy goes up the corner, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Down goes Sheamus!

But Corbin gets Hardy up to whip, but Hardy reverses! Corbin is on the ropes, TWIST OF FATE sends him staggering! Sheamus storms over to stomp Hardy down! Corbin shoves Sheamus, Sheamus shoves Corbin, but they agree to go after Hardy. Fans rally for Hardy as he holds on to the ropes! Hardy elbows them away, so Corbin tosses Sheamus out and ELIMINATES him! Hardy tosses Corbin out and- Wait! Sami wasn’t eliminated! He throws Hardy out!! SAMI WINS!!

Winner: Sami Zayn (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship)

Kayla interviews Sami and congratulates him. Sami says it is finally happening, but Kayla is suddenly getting word from the back. BREAKING NEWS! The suspension has been lifted! Brock Lesnar will be on SmackDown NEXT WEEK! Is this true? What does this mean for Sami, Roman and the Universal title?!


My Thoughts:

Not the best SmackDown for after a PPV, but decent stuff to build off what we had both last week and from Survivor Series. I knew McIntyre & Hardy would be in this tag match tonight, and that they’d win. I didn’t expect there to be a battle royal to choose Roman’s next challenger but I suppose it worked within story since, as Roman said in his promo, he’s beaten the best of them. I was hoping that with McIntyre kept out but Hardy put it, Hardy would get his chance. But no, WWE actively makes it so hometown heroes lose instead. I’m a bit surprised it’s Sami who won, then, but with the revelation that Lesnar’s reinstated, maybe Sami’s going to be fed to both Lesnar and Roman in this title match build.

I didn’t put it here but surprise surprise, Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo have lost their last names. Also the themed street fight tonight was lame, not because it was themed but because it was so damn short and barely did anything with the food promos. The only good thing was that the stuff didn’t go to waste. The pies were used in the promo between Charlotte Flair and Toni Storm. That match is definitely happening but I guess this was a clear indication Charlotte ain’t losing if she got to pie Toni twice. Sasha seems to be joining Naomi in this fight against Sonya’s power abuse, I wouldn’t be surprised if Aliyah and Shotzi were thrown in for a Six Woman Tag.

My Score: 8.2/10


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