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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/29/21)

Monday gets Rated R!

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Coverage Raw 2021

It’s a monumental Monday Night Raw!

The Rated R Superstar, EDGE, returns to Raw on a night filled with gold! Will RKBRO still reign over the tag division? Will Damian Priest hold onto the WWE US Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs; RKBRO wins and retains the titles.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Street Profits win.
  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Apollo Crews w/ Azeez; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business; The Mysterios win.
  • 10 Woman Tag: Team Liv VS Team Becky; Team Liv wins.
  • WWE Championship Contenders Match: Big E VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins, by disqualification, and is added to the title match at WWE Day 1.

PLAY BY PLAY

Finn Balor VS Seth Rollins!

The Prince and The Visionary were supposed to have this match last week, but Rollins saw to it that all Balor got was a beat down! Will Balor return the favor and beat down Rollins to open the night?

Before the match, Rollins has a mic and says, “After last week, you guys might expect me to be in a bad mood. But I’m Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and nobody can keep me down! Not Kevin Owens, not Finn Balor, not Big E, not anybody else!” But there is a special reason Rollins is in a good mood: “I’ve got a secret~!” Some breaking news, even! Wanna hear it? You wanna hear it? The fans do, so give us a drum roll. It is official! At Day One, Atlanta, Georgia, Big E VS Rollins for the WWE Championship! And what a fitting name. It will be the first day of a new year, the first day of a new era, and the first day of Rollins’ next reign!

“A reign that will define the future of Monday nights! Because I am a Visionary! I am a revolutionary! I am Seth! Freakin’! Rollins!” But here comes Balor! And he tackles Rollins! Rollins throws Balor off but Balor DECKS him! Rollins bails out, Balor runs and CLOBBERS Him into the timekeeper’s area! Balor bumps Rollins off the apron, then TOSSES him over the announce desk! Balor kicks Rollins then throws him into the ring! Rollins DECKS Balor, then ruins, to DIVE! Direct hit, even with the jacket on! Rollins throws his jacket off but Balor SLINGBLADES Rollins down! Balor pulls the steel steps apart! And he RAMS Rollins down!

Balor puts Rollins back in the ring, the ref has Balor stand down and Rollins demands they ring the bell. The bell rings, Balor SHOTGUNS Rollins down! Balor climbs, but Rollins bails out. So Balor FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and Balor is fired up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Rollins reverses a whip, only for Balor to reverse it to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Balor grits his teeth and he KICKS Rollins to the ropes. Balor stomps away on Rollins, but Rollins gets up to hotshot Balor back! Rollins springboards but Balor gets under. Balor GAMANGIRIS from the apron, climbs up top, but Rollins trips him up! Rollins climbs up, brings Balor up, but Balor throws body shots. Balor shoves Rollins down, but Rollins comes right back! SUPERPLEX! Roll through and FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Rollins seethes, goes to the apron and climbs up the corner. Rollins FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Cover, TWO!!

Balor trips Rollins to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Balor aims from a corner, Rollins stands, but he avoids the slingblade to shove, run and SLINGBLADE Balor! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins seethes, fans rally up, Rollins rains down forearms and hammer fists! Rollins goes to a corner, fans boo and jeer, but Rollins aims at Balor. Rollins runs in, into a SLINGBLADE! Balor SHOTGUN dropkicks again! Rollins is down, Balor goes up top! COUP DE- NO, Rollins moves! But Balor avoids the stomp to roll up, TWO! Both men forearm each other down! Fans build to a rally, “This is Awesome!” as both men stand.

Rollins and Balor forearm again, then forearm back and forth over and over. Rollins gets the edge, ROLLING ELBOW, but Balor PELES! Balor reels Rollins in but Rollins PELES back! Rollins ripcords but Balor gets around, ELBOW DROP DDT! Dragon sleeper, but Rollins gets Balor in the eye! Rollins runs in, spins Balor, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Architect saves himself and snatches away the win! Will he snatch the title away from Big E on New Year’s Day?

 

Vince McMahon is visited by Austin Theory.

They have a seat and Vince doesn’t need Theory to be all nice. No one really wants to know how Mr. McMahon is doing. It’s all phony. But what wasn’t phony was Theory’s match with Big E last week. Vince is sure Theory was surprised. But he was ready for it. So tonight, guess what’ll happen? Theory will sit here in the office to watch to show with Vince. And they’ll see if there are any surprises tonight. We’ll see if anyone expects the unexpected, and if they do, how they respond. And also, if Theory ever steals from Vince again, he will kill him. Understood.

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man’s come around to Long Island, and she’s ready to put pen to paper. She and Liv Morgan make it official with a Raw Women’s Championship contract signing, after the break.

Raw returns and Sonya Deville is in the ring, along with the table and armchairs. Sonya welcomes us to the contract signing, and says in the ring is the reigning, defending, Raw Women’s Champion, #BigTimeBecks, Becky Lynch! Becky says we can get Lil’ Livvy out here now. Yes, it is the “rebellious” Liv Morgan! Liv makes her entrance, joins the others in the ring, and Becky realizes this is Liv’s first contract signing. Liv can thank Becky for that. Liv looks proud of her sucker punch, huh? First bit of fire out of her. You can thank Becky for that, too. Becky wanted to see if Liv had that fire in her. She has one hell of a right.

But then what? Liv did nothing? She held back like she always does. One punch doesn’t beat Becky, but Liv knows that, too. So what’s gonna happen when it comes to the big fight? Liv gonna hold back again? Gonna prove Becky wrong? Becky knows the answer but that’s on Liv to prove. Becky’s signed her part, but Sonya, go ahead and tell Liv how long she has to decide. Well this match happens next Monday on Raw. Oh, wow, Long Island must be salty. The other place gets the title match, not them. Well, considering the crappy hockey team, the Islanders, hasn’t won a thing, nothing different, huh? But never fear, Big Time Becks-

“Would you please just shut up for once?!” Liv signs her part, while staring Becky down, and then says if she’s not holding back, here goes. Liv got upset last week. But Liv channeled the emotion into her first, instead of becoming a big blubbering mess. Like Becky crying about Charlotte after Survivor Series. Oh, Becky didn’t forget about that, did she? Liv sure didn’t. Liv even has the footage ready, courtesy of WWE’s social media team. Let’s look at the tron. Becky was emotional speaking on how she and Charlotte went through so much. The fact they despise each other now, Becky was ready to rip Charlotte apart. Becky didn’t break Charlotte’s arm, she isn’t sure how to feel about that, but she won.

Wow~! Who knew Big Time Becky could cry like a baby. But guess what else? Becks is the reason why her friend is gone, just like that big fat greedy contract is why Liv’s friends are gone. Becky is nothing but a bully, so tell us. How does it feel knowing that Becky has become everything she once despised? Becky hates Charlotte for making her number tow, but Liv is supposed to be Becky’s? Too bad. Liv’s learned from Becky’s mistakes. This isn’t the Becky Liv once admired and this isn’t the Liv Becky left behind. So if Liv’s punch wasn’t enough to show her that, maybe the next one will! But Sonya keeps the peace!

Becky says that was big emotion after a big match! Liv wouldn’t know anything about that! And some of them deserve to get paid. Now, if Liv would’ve let Becky finish, Becky would’ve shared she has a big opportunity for Liv. If Liv thinks she can be a leader and a champion, well then Becky pitched a little match, a little 5v5, Team Liv VS Team Becks tonight. Put the graphic up! Sonya cues up the teams, and Liv gets Bianca Belair, Dana Brooke, Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. to take on Becky, Tamina, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, and the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega. Liv says Becky is way too selfish to ever be a real leader. Challenge accepted!

Liv drops the mic but Becky raises the belt. Will Liv prove she’s ready in tonight’s 10 Woman Tag?

 

RKBRO meets up backstage.

Matt Riddle scoots up, and asks where Randy Orton’s shorts are. He looks rad as usual, but after last week with Riddle being Randy, he thought Randy would be Riddle. Why in the hell would he do that? Because they totally Freaky Friday’d last week. Imagine if they remade that movie with RKBRO! Plus, Riddle did so great hitting an RKO, and then he saw Orton hit the Bro Derek, and then he “saw the lettuce flowing from your head,” and just thought they’d both be scootering around. Orton gets Riddle to stop right there. They’re defending their tag titles. If Riddle thinks Orton was going to ride his scooter to the ring bare foot, then Riddle’s more brain dead than Orton first thought.

Orton says he does appreciate Riddle, but they don’t need to dress up as each other to keep the titles. They need to be more ruthless than anyone else, and stay ten steps ahead. Got that? Yes, but could Orton do him a favor? He wants Orton to close his eyes. Orton does, and Riddle puts a wig on him! Orton sees himself in the mirror and says Riddle has two seconds to get this off his head. One- Riddle takes the wig away. Don’t ever do that again. Sorry… The music hits and RKBRO heads out. Will the Viper and the Stallion stay golden against the Glorious One and the Show-Off?

Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. The titles are raised and we see if Ziggler & Roode return to title glory.

The bell rings and they attack RKBRO from behind! Orton goes down, Ziggler bumps Riddle off buckles, tag to Roode. POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Roode DECKS Orton, stomps Riddle, then tags Ziggler. Catapult into the SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Riddle with a sleeper and body scissors but fans rally up. Riddle fights up, Ziggler brings him around, but Riddle throws body shots. Riddle reaches out but Ziggler pulls hair to stop the tag! Ziggler has Riddle in an open corner, throws body shots, then haymakers. Ziggler runs but Riddle dodges the splash! Ziggler hits buckles, Riddle crawls over, but Ziggler anchors a foot.

Riddle BOOTS Ziggler, hot tags Orton! The Viper rallies on the Dawgs! He dodges Ziggler to POWERSLAM on the return! Fans fire up, Orton has Ziggler on the apron and through the ropes. But Roode anchors Ziggler’s feet and save shim from the DDT. So Orton drags Roode up! Ziggler drags Orton down, Orton fights the Dawgs off! Orton SMACKS Ziggler off the desk, then back suplexes, but Ziggler lands on his feet! SUPERKICK! Riddle runs over but Roode kicks him down! Roode gives Riddle the DESK BACK SUPLEX! The Dawgs are fired up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ziggler tags in. The Dawgs mug Orton, Ziggler fires body shots in the corner. The ref counts, Ziggler lets off and tags Roode back in. Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler, SPLASH in the corner! Feed to a kick and a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roode does push-ups to show off, then CLUBS Orton down. Roode wraps on a chinlock, fans rally as Orton endures. Orton fights up, but Roode wrangles him down! Roode talks trash while grinding the hold, but Orton fights up. Orton reaches out but Roode keeps him away from Riddle. Orton slips around to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Orton crawls, hot tag to Riddle!

Ziggler tags in but Riddle gets around to ripcord FINAL FLASH! Riddle spins Roode around to PELE! Riddle kips up and forearm smashes Ziggler for a BROSPLODER! Then a forearm smash and BROSPLODER to Roode! BROTON for Roode! BROTON for Ziggler! PENALTY KICK for Ziggler! Roode gets in the ropes but Riddle kicks him! Fans fire up as Riddle copies Orton, DRAPING DDT! Tag to Orton and fans fire up as RKBRO both hear voices, bro! The Dawgs slowly get up, but they deny the double RKO’s. Roode clotheslines Riddle out, Ziggler ZIGZAGS! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler is furious that his best shot doesn’t win it!

Fans are thunderous for “RANDY! RANDY!” as Ziggler aims. Orton rises, but he blocks the superkick and rolls Ziggler, RKO!! Cover, RKBRO wins!

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

The Viper and the Stallion stand tall as another tag team falls! Will they continue to reign into the new year?

 

Kevin Owens finds Seth Rollins backstage.

Rollins stops laughing and asks what Kevin wants. Well an exciting night. Big win tonight, title match at Day 1. But Rollins isn’t the only one with big news. Kevin has something? Yes, and it kinda involves Rollins. If Kevin wins against Big E tonight, he’ll be added to the match at Day 1. Rollins laughs, thinking Kevin is joking. But he’s not. This is the truth. No, there’s no way. This is a lie. It is Rollins’ match. Until Kevin beats Big E. Just go ask Pearce. The bald guy. Rollins will go ask because he doesn’t believe Kevin because Kevin’s a liar. Rollins heads off to find Pearce, will he find out Kevin is actually being honest?

 

Rollins finds Adam Pearce.

Rollins doesn’t want to take up too much time, but what the hell is Kevin talking about? What is he talking about? That Pearce told Kevin that if Kevin wins tonight, he’s added to the match at Day 1. Well Rollins should know not to trust Kevin or anything that comes out of his mouth. Pearce said no such thing, and hasn’t even seen Kevin at all tonight. Of course Kevin was lying. Alright, then it’s just Rollins VS Big E at Day 1. Have a great Raw. Rollins says hey to Sonya on his way out, and she asks Pearce what this was about. Pearce explains about Kevin lying, and then Sonya says that isn’t a bad idea. Did Kevin’s lie just get the ball rolling?

 

Edge heads to the ring!

The Rated R Superstar is back on Raw, and the fans go nuts! But what’s he got planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Edge says this is the best job in the world, he missed the fans. Yes, he’s back. Last time they saw him, he survived a war in Hell in a Cell with Seth Rollins. And now, Rollins is the #1 contender to the WWE Championship. Edge never thought he’d say this, but Rollins deserves it, he’s on a different level right now. But that’s a different story now. Edge is here to talk about how he’s on Raw! And how he’s in #StrongIsland! And there is a whole new set of opponents Edge can sink his teeth into. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Big E. “It’s really exciting, because everything’s wide open.”

But THE MIZ is back!! And he brought Maryse, too! Miz & Mrs are literally shining in silver and crystals after Miz’s run on Dancing with the Stars, and they’re headed right to the ring. They get the mics and Edge is rather confused to see them. “They gave you the big return treatment. They gave you the big press release, ‘Tune into Monday Night Raw! Edge is back!'” But Edge has been gone a month? Is this Edge’s career now? The big comeback? Injured, comeback. Time off, comeback. Retired, just kidding, comeback. Meanwhile, Miz was representing WWE on a weekly basis and showcasing that the WWE superstars are the greatest entertainers in the world!

Miz got hurt, he got carted in a wheelchair. He takes time off to elevate what it is to be a superstar! And yet no big return, no pyro, not even people clambering for him. What irks Miz the most is that tonight, right here and right now, one of the greatest female superstars in the history of this company, his wife, Maryse, is BACK! And yet, Miz hears the list Edge has his eye on and he forgets The Miz. Is Miz not on Edge’s radar? Well Edge thought Miz was still painting himself like a genie and dancing. Maryse says while Edge was busy chopping wood, Miz was busy being the most entertaining, most charismatic and the best dancer on the entire show! Didn’t he come in ninth?

In everyone’s minds, Miz won! The only reason Miz placed where he was, was because the supposed most “devoted and loyal fanbase” forgot to vote for him! Jojo Siwa has a more devoted fanbase! Fans boo, they’re not taking the Blame for this.  And while Miz danced with the stars, Edge danced with an injury riddled body. So, wait, Miz wants to come out and complain because Edge got the press. But Miz could’ve gone to management and waited until they got what they deserve. But they didn’t, so it’s clear to Edge they have a different agenda. They’re interrupting Edge to place themselves in the main event picture.

Edge could take the easy route and get the fans to scream at the top of their lungs that Miz sucks. Y’know, like this. One, two, three. “MIZ SUCKS!” Miz says, “How dare you. How dare all of you!” Miz is an era defining superstar who deserves respect! He’s not here to place himself in the main event picture when he was WWE Champion six months ago! When was the last time Edge held a title? Right, Edge was the opener to Miz’s main event at WrestleMania! Edge was great in the ring, has a career that most superstars only dream of. But Miz surpassed him long ago. And in Miz’s opinion, Edge should’ve just stayed home for good.

Okay, so Miz is verbally attacking Edge to hang it up. That Edge is dancing with a body that can’t hang. And Miz is right. Edge can’t do this for much longer. The window is small. But Edge fought with every fiber of his being to get this window back. Edge is the guy people want to stand across the ring from and test themselves. They respect Edge, Edge respects them, aka mutual respect, something Miz knows nothing about. Something Miz could’ve and still could have, but he just walks out here, bitches and moans that he doesn’t have this or that, “Lil’ Mizzy needs a pat on the back, does he?”

Edge will give the pat on the back and he means all of this. Miz made it here, standing across the ring from Edge through Tough Enough. Miz wrote notes on his hands and made it all the way to facing John Cena at Mania, and beat him. Miz did that. Edge did “jerk the curtain” that same night, yeah. Miz has people on other shows saying his name just to get a cheap reaction! Miz lives rent free in a lot of heads. He’s built an empire, a mansion and a beautiful family. Miz has made it further or higher anyone ever thought he would or could! Except for Miz. Miz thought it, believed it, and made it happen.

“But the big difference between you and I is that I fought with every fiber of my being to get this small window back. Where you, you use this to get notoriety for your next endeavor.” Next reality show, next dance show, while he leaves his friends high and dry to get fired. But the biggest difference is that Miz expects respect while Edge earns it! Take the shades off, stare Edge down, they can go right now. Edge dares Miz to jump! Miz takes off the sunglasses, the headband, and starts to undo the jacket. They wanna see Miz and Edge dance? “NO.” Miz won’t give Edge or the fans the satisfaction of being egged on, but then when will the Awesome One and the Rated R Superstar throw down?

 

AJ Styles and Omos talk backstage.

Sarah walks over, Styles needs to be guided. Does he have any insight as to why the Street Profits used a fire extinguisher on them last week? Insight? Is that a vision joke? Styles knows why! The Profits can’t beat the Phenomenal One and his personal colossus! Styles has glasses because he can’t see! HE couldn’t even see himself in the mirror! Did someone snicker? That’s not funny! Omos had to help with his beard! The doctors aren’t even sure if Styles will ever get his vision back. Those smoke enthusiasts have blinded him! But that’s okay. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! Styles promises the Profits, they’ll get burned. Omos helps guide Styles backstage, will the Profits not see payback coming?

 

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

Speaking of the Profits, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins head out to settle another score. Will they be the ones taking Otis and “Master” Chad Gable to school tonight?

Raw returns and Styles goes to ringside, with Omos helping him down the ramp. As for the match, Ford and Otis start. Otis throws body shots, whips Ford to a corner, but Ford goes up and over, only to get run over! Omos helps Styles get to the announce desk while Otis hotshots Ford off ropes! “For the Academy!” Otis puts Ford in the corner, tags Gable, and whips Gable in for a monkey flip! Otis drops a leg, brother! Gable covers, Dawkins breaks it! Styles asks who is winning. Gables has Ford in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Ford endures, Ford pops to a cover, TWO! Ford hits Otis, shoulders into Gable then slingshots but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Gable DECKS Dawkins, drags Ford up and tags Otis in. Otis brings Ford out to CLUB, but Ford fires off elbows and kicks! Ford CHOPS and CHOPS Otis, but Otis lifts him up! Ford sunset flips but Gable tags in! Ford gets away from Otis but Gable gets the legs. Ford flips to his feet, dodges Gable and tags in Dawkins! Dawkins rallies, but Gable whips. Dawkins hurdles, gets around and HALF NELSON SUPLEXES! Otis gets in but Dawkins dodges to FLYING ELBOW! Dawkins spins Gable to hit the SILENCER! Fans fire up as Dawkins run sin at the corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! Tag to Ford, ANOINTING and Ford goes up! But Otis drags Gable out!

Dawkins goes out, the Academy RAMS Dawkins into barriers! Ford CANNONBALLS the Academy down! Gable gets in the ring, Styles springs up and goes after Ford! Ford kicks him down! Of course Styles was faking the blindness! Gable goes up, Ford headbutts him down! FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

The Profits aren’t shocked Styles was up to something. Will Styles & Omos have to go back to the drawing board on how to get even with them?

 

We check back in with Vince and Theory.

Vince asks Theory what he thought about Styles’ surprise. Theory thought that was pretty good. No, it was horrible. We all saw that coming a mile away. Oh, r-right. Expect the unexpected, but the Profits did. Right, of course. You have to be more attentive. Yes, sir. Theory, look at Vince when he’s talking to you. Right. Theory agrees with Vince. What more will Theory learn watching Raw with Vince by his side?

 

Reggie talks with Dana Brooke backstage.

The former 24/7 Champion is probably giving the current champion some pointers on how to hold that title a long, long time. Will Dana make sure her first title in the WWE is with her 24/7 into the new year?

 

Rollins laughs as he finds Kevin backstage.

“What’d I tell you, liar? LIAR~!” He talked to Pearce, Pearce never said anything about Kevin winning his way into Day 1. Liar liar, pants on fire. But Kevin’s pants are not on fire because he’s not lying. If he wins, he’s getting added to the title match. Sure, okay, Kev. Alright, alright, you’re not lying. Good luck, tonight! Hope you win then. Rollins is laughing, but will the joke be on him before the night is out?

 

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Apollo Crews w/ Azeez!

The Archer of Infamy was willing to have this showdown last week, but the Pride of Nigeria does things on his time. And now that it is time, will Apollo make this his title? Or will he unleash the Damian within Priest?

Raw returns and Apollo makes his entrance, Azeez behind him. The belt is raised and the bell rings. The two circle, Apollo gets a waistlock and SLAMS Priest down. Priest gets up, Apollo gets around but Priest throws him off and arm-drags him down. Priest has an armlock, Apollo fights up and pulls hair. Apollo throws body shots, haymakers, then whips. Priest reverses to run Apollo over! Apollo bails out, Priest goes out after him but Apollo falls back to where Azeez is. Azeez is a distraction so Apollo can leap off the apron for a KNEE! Down goes Priest and Apollo fires up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Priest swings but into a back suplex, CREWS MISSILE to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Apollo is furious that Priest survives! Priest gets up, Crews throws haymakers. Fans rally, Priest counter punches and Apollo wobbles! Apollo fires off fast hands, but Priest throws hands back! JUMPING ROUNDHOUSE! Priest runs and springboards, FLYING LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Priest drags Apollo up while Azeez paces outside. Apollo throws body shots and an ENZIGURI! Priest comes back to LARIAT! Priest drags Apollo up, Canadian rack for a CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO! Apollo survives and Priest grows frustrated.

Apollo bails out, Priest builds speed but Azeez gets Apollo out of the way! Priest stops, bails out, and uses the steps to CANNONBALL Apollo down! Priest drags Apollo up and in, climbs up but Apollo distracts the ref. Azeez YANKS Priest off the corner! The fans boo and the ref suspects what happened! He tells Azeez that he is EJECTED! Fans cheer while Azeez and Apollo are furious! But speaking of fury, Damian rises! He BOOTS Apollo, fires off in the corner, lets off at 4 to BOOT Apollo to the apron! Priest gets Apollo up for a SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Then THE RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!

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

Priest retains with just the right balance of fury and focus! Will Apollo have to try again another time if he’s to take the title from the Archer of Infamy?

 

Sonya and Pearce talk in their office.

Rollins comes laughing back in and says what a night! But he wants to bring this to their attention. Kevin is still spewing these rumors. it is not healthy, it is a bad look for Raw. Well here’s the thing. It raises the stakes, Sonya thought it was a good idea. Really? Pinning this on Sonya? Wait, what? If Kevin wins, he is added to Day 1. WHAT!? No! Big E VS Rollins is the match! They lied to him! They LIED to him! No, Kevin lied. No, Kevin told- Wait. What is going on?!? Rollins storms off, but now the Prizefighter could be joining him and Big E on New Year’s Day!

 

The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business!

Rey & Dominik may have been put way by the Rocky Mountain Machine both separately and together, but can they at least score a win off Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin? Or do the Mysterios have no business taking on the Hurt Business?

Raw returns and the Hurt Business have already entered the ring. Dom starts with Benjamin and the two circle. They tie up, Benjamin waistlock, SLAM Dom down, but Dom moves around to get up. Dom knuckle locks, kicks and forearms, then goes up and hits a flying arm-drag! Benjamin comes back to run Dom over! Alexander mocks Dom’s pain while Benjamin gives him a BACKBREAKER! Benjamin drags Dom up, tags Alexander, snap suplex to slingshot senton! Alexander taunts Rey with Latino Heat before the cover, but they’re in the ropes. Alexander is annoyed but he brings Dom up. Dom cradles, TWO! Alexander CLOBBS Dom for that one!

Alexander snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Tag to Benjamin, he stomps Dom down. Benjamin drags Dom up and taunts Rey before he back suplexes. Dom land son his feet to SUPERKICK! And then leaps over Benjamin to tag in Rey! Rey goes up to SEATED SENTON! Rey runs, Benjamin dodges but Rey tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey goes after Benjamin but Benjamin elbows him back. Tag to Alexander, slingshot sunset flip but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rey DECKS Benjamin, whips Alexander, but Alexander reverses, only for Rey to wheelbarrow victory roll to put Alexander on the ropes!

Tag to Dom, Benjamin gets in but Dom wheelbarrows to put Benjamin on the ropes! Father and son DOUBLE 619!! Benjamin bails out, Dom goes up, Rey SEATED SENTONS Benjamin and Dom FROG SPLASHES! Cover, the Mysterios win!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall

Father and son are back on a winning track! Will the first father-son tag team champions climb their way back up to be the first two-time father-son tag team championship team?

 

10 Woman Tag: Team Liv VS Team Becky!

It may not be Survivor Series, but this one’s going to be big! Will the EST, the 24/7 Champion and #SuperBrutality help the #1 contender get momentum against The Man? Or will the Daughter of Superfly, Doudrop, the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE and the Queen of the Ring help Big Time Becks feel even bigger?

Raw returns and Team Becky makes their entrance. Liv’s team put the hands in and are united, but Mella needs her mask. Her team secures it in place while the rest of the team sorts out. Becky says she’s starting as team captain, so Liv does the same. The teams cheer their leaders on, Becky steps up and Liv ROCKS her! Liv then dodges and dropkicks Becky down! Liv SHINING WIZARDS in the corner then BULLDOGS Becky down! Becky flounders to another corner, dodges the elbow to stomp away! Becky lets off at 4, talks trash, then brings Liv up to CLUB her down. Becky tags Mella in, Mella runs but Liv goes Matrix to roll her up! ONE, but Liv kicks low!

Liv whips Mella to ropes, Mella holds ropes to throw Liv by her hair! Mella gloats about her beauty, mocks Rhea’s rocker life then mockingly asks where the titles went. Liv tags Rhea in and Mella runs away to tag Zelina! The Queen is a bit shocked, but she steps up to Rhea. Zelina gets around, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip but Rhea stays up. Zelina runs away form the stomp, tag to Mella! Mella tags Becky, but Becky tags Piper. Piper tags Tamina and Team Becky surrounds Rhea. Rhea just fights them all! Tamina CLUBS Rhea down and Becky gloats, but Rhea throws body shots back! Rhea fires forearms, runs but Tamina CLOBBERS her!

Tamina paces around Rhea, drags her up and headbutts her down! Tamina mocks the fans cheering for Rhea, then she drags Rhea up for a chinlock. Rhea endures as Tamina thrashes her around. Fans rally up, Rhea fights up and fights back but Tamina CLUBS Rhea, then fireman’s carries. Rhea slips out, shoves Tamina into a corner, then CLOBBERS her on the return! Tag to Nikki! Tag to Dana, and then tag to Liv, and tag to Bianca! Turnabout is fair play, and they surround Tamina! Torture rack from Bianca, but Becky gets in to save Tamina! Team Liv wants after Team Becky but they get away. Bianca and team say “Kiss this!” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Zelina tags Piper so she can mug Nikki. Piper scoops and SLAMS Nikki, then drops an elbow! Piper wraps on a cobra clutch and thrashes Nikki around. Nikki fights up, throws body shots, but Piper ripcords and LARIATS Nikki down! Piper taunts Liv’s team, Liv coaches Nikki. Nikki throws forearms and CHOPS but Piper DECKS her! Piper drags Nikki up, bumps her off buckles, then tags in Becky. Piper scoops and SLAMS Nikki and Becky talks trash before she drops a leg, then another! Becky runs but Nikki avoids the hat trick! Becky tags Mella, and Mella gets Nikki before she can tag out!

Mella throws Nikki by her hair, puts her in a corner then fires off elbows! Mella taunts the others but Nikki hits back! Mella clubs Nikki down, covers, TWO! Mella wraps on a chinlock and leans all her weight on Nikki. Nikki fights up, fans rally, and Nikki JAWBREAKERS free! She dodges and tags in Rhea! Rhea CLOBBERS Mella, Mella clutches her head. The mask saved her from some of that, but Rhea gets her up to dribble her off the mat. Becky runs in, Rhea dodges to dropkick the others! HEADBUTT for Becky, elbow for Piper! Mella gets up but gets cravat knees and a snapmare! Rhea runs but Mella avoids the dropkick! Drop toehold and float over to CODE OF SILENCE!

Dana stomps Mella down to save Rhea, then hits the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Zelina BOOTS Dana! Nikki kicks Zelina for the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Tamian SAMOAN DROPS Nikki, Bianca chicken wings and GlamEST Slams Tamina! Piper HEADBUTTS Bianca and runs to SPLASH! But Liv gets in to bait Piper and dump her out. Becky is in, she gets Liv for the REVERSE DDT! Rhea kicks Becky and throws her out! Rhea pump handles Mella, for the RIP- NO! Mella slips out and stomps the leg! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO!! Team Becky is back on top as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Tamina headbutts Dana to the corner. Tamina runs in but Dana BOOTS her! Dana DECKS Mella, DECKS Zelina, dodges Tamina, but Tamina gets legs. Dana kicks her away, hot tag to Liv! Liv dodges Tamina to DECK Piper, dodge Becky and fire off on Tamina! Liv runs but Tamina SWATS the crossbody! Tamina DECKS Bianca, but Liv hits a LIV BREAKER! Cover, but Becky breaks it! Dana throws Becky out, Nikki CROSSBODIES Becky! Piper runs up to CLOBBER Nikki! Piper scoops Nikki, Dana kicks Piper and Rhea CLUBS Piper down! Dana goes up, Zelina hits her first! Zelina climbs, but Dana resists!

The others gather around as Mella helps Vega and kicks Rhea! Mella shoves Dana onto the others! Everyone but the tag champions are down! Melal then runs at Liv, to get an ENZIGURI! Vega leaps, into Liv’s STO! Liv hurries and DECKS Becky off the apron! But Tamina SUPERKICKS Liv down! Cover, TWO!! Liv survives and shocks Tamina! Tamina drags Liv up, Liv slips off and shoves, to wrench and WING SNAPPER! She puts Tamina on the ropes, for ObLIVion!! Cover, Team Liv wins!!

Winners: Team Liv, by pinfall

But Becky stomps Liv right down! And puts her in a corner to stomp away! Piper CLOBBERS Bianca and hammers away! But Team Liv fights back! Mella RAMS Rhea into a barrier, Bianca shoves Piper, SPINEBUSTER! Rhea RAMS Mella! Dana stomps Tamina, Becky reels Liv in but Liv arm-drags free of the slam! ObLIVion to Becky!! If Liv can do this all over again, she’ll become champion! But will Big Time Becks make sure Liv stays small?

 

We check in with Vince and Theory again.

Team Liv was very impressive. Theory liked the match. Vince insists he look at him when they talk again. That was definitely the unexpected. When it’s a surprise, it really has to be. If it’s not, then it’s not a surprise. But if it is, then you’re screwed. Expect a surprise, then it’s a real surprise. Got it? Yes, sir. Stop looking off into space, Theory! Sorry…

 

WWE takes a closer look at Bobby Lashley.

The now All Mighty Lashley started wrestling when he was in the seventh grader. He was a workhorse, and then it was on in college. He used working out as an outlet, and he won big time in his junior and senior years. Then the Army called him up and he wrestled on their team, and was a silver medalist in the World Military Wrestling tournament. Four time All-American, “credible to the max.” His first run in WWE was truly dominant, maybe even superhuman, as he became WWE United States and ECW Champion. Then his return was just as powerful, becoming WWE Intercontinental, US and World Champion. The All Mighty Era never ends.

 

Backstage interview with Big E.

We know the title is on the line at Day 1, but we found out that if Big E loses in the main event, Kevin is added to the match as  a Triple Threat. Does that put any pressure on Big E here tonight? No. Big E goes to leave, but then he realizes they need more words. Well, Big E puts it like this: He fears no man, and he fears no Kevins. Kevin Patrick here included. But Big E also understands that a Triple Threat with two former world champions would make it more difficult to retain “my baby.” So after Big E wins here tonight and rids himself of “that duplicitous scourge,” it’ll just be Big E VS Rollins, man VS man, at Day 1. And please believe he plans on kicking of 2022 with a bang as he retains his WWE Championship! Now you gotta feel that, SUCKA!

 

We check in with Vince and Theory one more time.

So, did Theory enjoy tonight? Yeah, he had a great time and learned a lot. Really? Like what? When it comes to surprise, you gotta be prepared. Expected the unexpected. Okay then. They stand up and Vince SLAPS Theory. Theory didn’t expect that! He’s still got a lot to learn.

 

WWE Championship Contenders Match: Big E VS Kevin Owens!

Big E has stated the facts, and all he has to do is win to keep things as they are. But if the Prizefighter brings things into existence just as he did tonight, things get even bigger for New Year’s Day! Will KO #StunTheWorld and add himself to that world title match?

Raw returns once again and Big E makes his entrance. But then so does Seth Rollins, in a completely different suit and some interesting sunglasses. The bell rings and Rollins goes to commentary as Big E and Kevin fire off hands! Big E gets the edge, backs Kevin down but Kevin kicks back and throws haymakers. Kevin fires off, kicks Big E down, then runs, but Big E drops, hurdles and CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE! Rollins says he’s a mess but Corey says he looks great. Big E throws body shots, CLUBS Kevin in the corner, but lets off at 4. Kevin kicks but Big E shoves him out! Big E goes out to whip Kevin into barriers!

Big E smacks Kevin off the desk, Rollins even cheers him on! Big E puts Kevin in, stomps him down, CLUBS him, but Kevin rolls Big E up! ONE, and Kevin kicks low again. Kevin kicks a leg, then the other leg. Kevin kicks the leg again, runs and CHOP BLOCKS! Big E is down, Kevin says this is HIS show! Kevin drags Big E around, and drops an elbow onto the leg. Kevin has the toehold, punches away on the knee, but Big E chinbars. Kevin punches the knee to make Big E stop that. Big E endures the toehold, Kevin talks trash. Big E CLUBS Kevin, but Kevin hits a DDT to the foot! Kevin then drops a senton on the leg! Cover, ONE!!

Kevin seethes, Rollins glares at Kevin, but Kevin taunts the fans with, “That’s your champ?!” Kevin CLUBS Big E, throws hands, but Big E fires forearms! Big E whips, Kevin kicks back and dropkicks the legs out! Cover, ONE!! Kevin pushes Big E down to get the leg again, and steps over, only for Big E to kick him out! Rollins cheers for Big E right in Kevin’s face. Kevin SLAPS Rollins! Kevin gets in, Rollins gets on the apron, but Rollins can’t do anything to Kevin because a disqualification would give him the win! Kevin knees Big E, reels him in and LARIATS! Kevin goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Big E goes after him!

Big E and Kevin brawl, Big E winds up and CLOBBERS Kevin to the apron! Big E goes out, CLUBS away on Kevin, then gets up on the apron for the SPLASH! Kevin rolls away but Big E pursues. Big E pulls steps apart and says Rollins should watch. Rollins says he’s on Big E’s side! But Kevin gets Big E for a DDT to the steps! Big E’s got some blood in his mouth as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more, Kevin has Big E down with a chinlock. Big E endures, fights up, and fans rally as he throws body shots. Kevin ROCKS Big E with a forearm, CHOPS him then runs, but Big E CLOBBERS Kevin! Kevin goes to a corner, Big E runs over but is pulled into buckles! Big E sputters, Kevin brings Big E up and CHOPS him in the corner. Kevin CHOPS again, hoists Big E up, then CHOPS him again. Kevin climbs, brings Big E up, but Big E resists! Kevin throws body shots, for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Kevin clamps on another chinlock and he grinds Big E down. Fans rally up, Big E fights up and throws body shots.

Kevin knees Big E low, mocks the applause, then runs, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! Big E baits Kevin in, for the SIDE Belly2Belly! Big E swivels them hips, runs, and SPLASHES onto knees! Kevin goes to a corner, runs and SENTONS onto knees! Big E runs again to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Big E claps and fans chant along, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Big E waits on Kevin to rise, then turns him around. Kevin ROCKS Big E, BOOTS him, but Big E puts Kevin on the apron. Big E runs but into a knee! Kevin runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows frustrated but he pie faces Big E while telling him to stay down.

Big E gets up, SLAPS Kevin, so Kevin SLAPS back. They start throwing forearms, Kevin SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Rollins is feeling the heat while Big E goes to a corner. Kevin runs corner to corner but into the Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Kevin up, scoops him, but Kevin slips out and rolls up, TWO! Big E runs , into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rollins comes out of his chair from that one! But he pretends he’s cool and it’s all good. Kevin brings Big E to a drop zone and goes up top. But then Kevin CLOBBERS Rollins and fires off hands! Kevin took his frustration out on Rollins, then hotshots Big E! Kevin gets in, but still no stunner!

Kevin SUPERKICKS, but Big E comes back to LARIAT! But NOW Rollins gets in! Rollins attacks Kevin!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification (added to the Day 1 WWE Championship match)

Rollins stomps away on Kevin, then he SUPERKICKS Big E! CURB STOMP to Big E!! The Visionary just did what Kevin wanted! Rollins is furious all over again, because now the title match is a Triple Threat! Kevin is feeling great about this! Will he feel even greater when he wins that title off Big E and it being all Rollins’ fault?


My Thoughts:

A fairly good Raw here to set up a lot for the coming weeks. Rollins VS Balor was a really good opener, and I like the ongoing story of the night where Kevin goaded Rollins into just about everything tonight. I was calling for Kevin to get his title shot at some point, and while Kevin VS Big E was a great match on its own, Kevin angering Rollins into giving him the win was quite the twist. That Triple Threat is going to be huge, but I would still think Big E finds a way to win. That is, unless WWE wants to give Kevin Owens reason to stick around and not go to AEW. Giving him another title run would be pretty good incentive.

RKBRO has a really fun tag match against the Dirty Dawgs, but I’m not sure where they go from here as far as challengers. Styles & Omos are continuing things with the Profits, with Styles’ oh so obvious fake blindness trap. I was hoping The Alpha Academy would start building up towards a title match, but maybe the Mysterios can on their end with their win over Hurt Business. Lashley only getting a video package tonight was interesting, and it being a full retrospective on his wrestling journey was also interesting. Something about that felt like they want him to be Face, but he’s been doing so well as a dominant Heel, that wouldn’t make much sense right now.

Priest VS Apollo was a very good title match, but not sure who is next then. Maybe Veer Mahaan? His hype package has been exactly the same this entire time. Edge and Miz have a pretty good promo segment, and I like that Edge gave a nod to AEW’s promo battle of CM Punk and MJF. This wasn’t quite the feud I was expecting for Edge but I suppose it can give us some great promos and a match that will work for Edge. Miz hasn’t been someone who is moving all over the ring, or even that quickly in a closed space. It’ll be methodical and character driven, and definitely a big moment for both Miz and Edge.

Vince hanging out with Theory all night was really strange. I guess this is just the meta of how Vince has taken a liking to Theory already and wants to be an on-screen mentor to him. That was one serious slap, though. Not sure how Vince talking about “expect the unexpected” is going to help Theory, but maybe this is just one of a series of lessons that’ll make Theory a better superstar. Then the contract signing turning into a ready-made 10 Woman Tag was interesting. Liv had her own worked shoot talking about the money for the big names being why WWE is (supposedly) cutting so many people. But Liv’s team, and Liv herself, standing tall tonight ensures Becky wins next week.

Will Becky get Day 1 off? I feel like she’d be a big selling point for that event, so either there’s something screwy in next week’s match that gives Liv a rematch or they get a new contender really quickly.

My Score: 8.2/10


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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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