Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/14/22)
One more Monday before Elimination Chamber!
The Beast is back on Raw to have the last word!
Before Elimination Chamber’s WWE World Championship match, Brock Lesnar is here on Raw to put the other five superstars on notice!
- The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits win.
- WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles; Priest wins and retains the title.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin; Omos wins.
- Women’s Gauntlet Match: Bianca Belair wins and enters the Elimination Chamber match last.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Bad Romance: Reggie wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Alpha Academy VS The Mysterios; The Alpha Academy wins.
- Randy Orton VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
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Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!
The All Mighty WWE World Champion, with MVP behind him, walks on stage, has the pyro fire off, and then continues down the ramp. Lashley has the second round of pyro go off, and he’s all smiles as MVP hands him a mic. “Before I triumphantly walk into WrestleMania your WWE Champion, I have to win one of the most brutal and gruesome matches in all of WWE: The Elimination Chamber.” This match has been known to change lives and destroy careers. But y’know what else does that? The All Mighty Lashley! There’s been so many who have tried to derail, dethrone and defeat him, but they’ve all failed, as he has destroyed every single one of them!
MVP says he sure has. MVP is no mathematician, but he’s figured out that the WWE Champion has a 1/6, or 16% chance, of winning. That doesn’t sound very good, until you factor in one very, very important variable: Seth Freakin’ Rollins, the Phenomenal AJ Styles, Matt Riddle, Austin Theory, and even the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar are not All Mighty. So when you factor that in, by MVP’s calculations, Lashley has a 100% chance of walking out the same way he walks in: WWE World Champion! But here comes Seth Rollins! Rollins swaggers in his shiny snake skin suit and laughs it up. “Oh, I got some good news for you, Bob. You look great!”
But the bad news? Not as great as Rollins. But more good news: as of this moment, Lashley is currently WWE World Champion. But more bad news: Not for much longer. But even more good news: Rollins doesn’t think any of the other men in the Chamber match can beat Lashley. But even more bad news: Rollins knows someone who can. That man is a visionary, a revolutionary, and his name is Seth FREAKIN Rollins! MVP says he’s had a vision just now, too! If Rollins keeps running his mouth, he won’t make it to Elimination Chamber! “Bro…” Here comes Riddle! He scoots out in his toga and asks, “What’s with all the calculations, Bro? I thought the quiz bowl was last Monday.”
Riddle says that’s why he’s wearing this sweet toga. More on that later. Fans chant, “Toga! Toga!” But Riddle gets in the ring, and asks Rollins, “Are you saying that the Elimination Chamber is like one giant quiz bowl?” No he isn’t… Well Riddle hasn’t been in the Elimination Chamber. Last time he was locked in a tight spot was in a gas station bathroom, and it was awful! It smelled, it was brutal. But then, the custodian let Riddle out in the morning. And when Riddle saw the light, he knew he could accomplish anything. That’s why Riddle is confident that HE will win that WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match.
Rollins laughs but Riddle says, “Could you imagine if I was WWE Champion?” And then RKBRO is gonna win back those Raw Tag Teams Championships, and Riddle will be a double champion! That’d be pretty cool. But what’d be even cooler would be if they all came to the RKBROGA party. Maybe not Rollins. That suit would look sick under a toga, but Rollins has to get ready for a match with Riddle’s best friend, Randy Orton! But Lashley doesn’t have a match tonight, and Lashley would look amazing in a toga! Indy, what do you say? Lashley in a toga! Toga! But here comes Austin Theory.
Theory “apologizes” for interrupting the party, but then riddle says the party is later. Theory says Vince McMahon has taught him a lot, like expect the unexpected. And if you can’t beat your opponent one way, find another. And apologies are just weaknesses! Theory will apply all those lessons in the Elimination Chamber match, and being Mr. McMahon’s hands-on prodigy, Theory HAS to win! The fans boo and Theory tells them to shut up. But here comes AJ Styles! Styles asks Theory what he’s talking about. Theory’s lips have been on Vince’s ass for so long, he doesn’t make sense anymore.
Theory isn’t the one to worry about, Styles is! He’s been in this match, it’s hellish and brutal, and we’ve all decided that the odds are in no one’s favor. Styles says you walk out of the Chamber walk out a completely different person, but that’s the price they pay! Styles doesn’t want to look back with regrets about how he could’ve done more. So Lashley, no one, including you, is gonna stop Styles from having a defining WrestleMania moment. And before Riddle even starts, Styles can’t believe he’s saying this, but yeah, that’s a sweet toga. Thanks, AJ! And furthermore, the whole thing about being a double champion, that’s pretty cool.
See, Styles is facing Damian Priest tonight. He could be walking into WrestleMania United States AND World Champion! That would be a Mania moment! Riddle says, “You know what else would be an amazing, even phenomenal, moment? If you came to my RKBROGA party.” Lashley has everyone stop. This is ridiculous. He is the only one here who has even won a Chamber match! Theory is too wet behind the ears. He needs to wait. Seth Rollins, if he were really a Visionary, he’d see that there is no way he’s winning. Then there’s Riddle. If he thinks he’s winning, then come down off the cloud you’re on, bro,
As for Styles, Lashley is sorry but the Phenomenal One is not gonna get that moment he so hoped and dreamed for. And Lesnar, wherever you are, this is the closest you’re ever getting to this title again. Lashley will beat Lesnar up, then walk away and go to WrestleMania as your WWE CHAMPION! But here comes Lesnar! And he’s wearing a cowboy hat! Lesnar gives a tip of the hat before he heads down to the ring. He circles it once, gets in the ring, and puts his jacket and hat on Theory like he’s just a coat rack! Lesnar then stares down with Lashley, but MVP has Lashley stand down. But Theory JUJMPS on Lesnar!
Lesnar throws Theory off, everyone else gets out of the ring, and Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES Theory! Theory flounders while Lesnar stares Lashley down again. Rollins is enjoying this as much as Indianapolis is, and fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar drags Theory up, fireman’s carries, F5! Lashley isn’t intimidated, he raises his belt. But Lesnar aims finger guns at him. And then Lesnar gives Theory a free selfie! Will the Beast turn the Elimination Chamber into Suplex City? Or will he be denied his Winner Takes All with Roman Reigns?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Angelo Dawkins asks if anyone else saw Theory take that F5. Montez Ford says theory has it that Theory is still spinning. But real talk, who they betting on? Well, let’s put it this way: If your name isn’t “Brock Lesnar,” you’re in trouble! But tonight is a very special SyFy edition of Raw, once again with a commercial free first hour! There’s the US Championship match, Priest VS Styles! Then there’s the RKBROGA party! BROGA! BROGA! Wait, hold up, last but not least, The Viper Randy Orton VS Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! Dawkins hears that!
But first, they’ve got business with the Dirty Dawgs. Unlike most teams, they get the dub! Because the Street Profits are up, and we want the smoke! But just a night removed from the Super Bowl, will the Profits be looking like the Rams? Or end up choking like the Bengals?
The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs!
Tommaso Ciampa surprises Dolph Ziggler by being on commentary, given how Ziggler surprised everyone by showing up on NXT last week. The teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Ford, and Ford dropkicks Ziggler at the bell! Ford runs to SPLASH! Cover, Roode breaks it! Ciampa likes what he’s seeing, and notes how long it’s been since he was last on Raw. Roode distracts Ford, Ziggler CHOP BLOCKS Ford, then tags in Roode. The Dawgs mug Ford, the ref reprimands, but Ford counter punches Roode, ROCKS Ziggler, and again! But Roode catches Ford for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!
Ciampa says Ziggler is the one who came into his home and dared to say he wants the NXT Championship, a title synonymous with Ciampa. If Ziggler wants that title, then he has to go through Ciampa. Roode tags Ziggler, and gives him an alley-oop for a FLYING FAMOUSER! Cover, Dawkins breaks it! Ziggler complains but then drags Ford up and claws the eyes! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off at 4, and Ciampa says he doesn’t like how Ziggler glosses over his time in NXT like it’s some minor league. Ziggler drags Ford up, reels him in, but Ford lands on his feet out of the back suplex, to ENZIGURI!
Both men are down, they crawl for their corners as fans rally, hot tags to Roode and Dawkins! Dawkins counter punches Roode, rallies with clotheslines then whips. Roode reverses, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING ELBOWS! Ziggler gets in, tog et an EXPLODER! Dawkins hits a CYCLONE SPLAASH on Roode! Roode avoids the bulldog for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Both Roode and Dawkins are down, and Ciampa gives applause to Ziggler. Ziggler shows Superkick, but Ciampa throws his drink at him! Ciampa asks if Ziggler’s a funny guy. Dawkins gives Roode a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Ford, FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
A big win for Ford & Dawkins, but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Ciampa now! But the Profits put Ziggler in, whip and- NOPE, Ziggler avoids the spinebuster! The Show-Off survives the Profits and riles up the Psycho Killer, will Ciampa get even on NXT Vengeance Day?
The RKBROGA Party is underway backstage!
Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez partake, as do Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega. Zelina says Mella looks gorgeous in her modified toga. Riddle says aloha, how are his brogas and brogettes? They ready to really party? Wait, where’s Randy? No idea, Vega didn’t invite him, because this is her party. What? No it’s not. This is Riddle’s Broga party. BROGA! BROGA! BROGA! The others join in, and Randy is watching from somewhere else. Kevin Patrick asks Orton why he’s avoiding the party. Well, Orton just isn’t the broga kinda guy. Plus, he has a match with Rollins tonight, and Rollins is exactly what Orton told Riddle last week. He’s one of the most crafty superstars around.
There’s a reason Rollins is an Architect. He’s always planning his next move. And Rollins surely has a plan for how to steal the world title at the Elimination Chamber. But that’s Saturday. Tonight is Monday Night Raw. And since it’s Monday, Rollins will get hit with the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment: R K O. Will the Viper strike the Visionary and ruin Rollins’ momentum?
WWE celebrates Black History Month.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson narrates as WWE looks back on the career of his father, Rocky Johnson. “Power and charisma. A Herculean physique with unparalleled athleticism. That was the Soul Man, Rocky Johnson. And that was my dad.” Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas became the Soul Patrol, the first African-American WWF Tag Team Champions. Outside the ring, Rocky married Ata, daughter of Peter Mavia, and then they would have a son, “Dewey.” The Rock’s father trained him in the world of sports entertainment, and he carried on the legacy by entertaining the millions (and millions!) of fans around the world.
In 2008, Rocky Johnson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by The Rock. Rocky was one of the most dynamic performers of all time, and is remembered for paving the road for all athletes, no matter their race, color or creed. His legacy will be remembered for generations to come. “Thank you, Dad, for paving the way. I’ll see you down the road.”
Kevin Owens speaks.
“Look, I’m a realist. I don’t kid myself, I don’t live in delusion. At this point, I don’t think I’ll be in the Elimination Chamber match, which means I probably won’t be at WrestleMania this year. And that… And that really bothers me. But the one good thing about not being on WrestleMania means that I won’t have to compete in Dallas, Texas.” Last week, Kevin had glowing things to say about Texas. And after he did, WWE went on social media to conduct a poll. And the people of Texas called Kevin names! They questioned his integrity! To touch on that, Kevin WAS lying! But now he’s telling us the truth: “I can’t stand Texas anymore than I can stand anyone from Indianapolis.”
Kevin despises Texas and everything about it. he’s from Quebec, Canada, where the populace is informed, intelligent and sophisticated. Unlike Texas, where there are nothing but “redneck morons” with a Southern drawl! To drive this point home, if North America was the human body, Texas would be the ass! “Howdy, pardner!” Kevin laughs at his own mockery, but at least he’s honest. Will Texas have something to say about that soon enough?
WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles!
The Archer of Infamy couldn’t shoot down the Phenomenal One last week, and that’s why they’re having a championship rematch! Will Styles be on the doorstep of becoming the most phenomenal double champion? Or will Priest keep him from bringing this belt into the Elimination Chamber?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Priest wins, or Damian loses his cool!
The two approach, Styles gets around to headlock, but Priest powers up and out. Styles stops himself as Priest drops down, and Styles gets the headlock back. Priest rolls Styles off, then arm-drags Styles around. Priest clamps on with an armlock but fans chant for Styles. Styles fights up, throws forearms, then gets a leg. Priest ROCKS Styles back, then reels him in for knees. Priest runs, but Styles hurdles then CHOPS! And CHOPS! Priest whips to ROCK Styles with uppercut after uppercut, then a HEADBUTT! Priest ROCKS Styles again, throws more hands, then whips corner to corner. Styles reverse to KICK and CHOP and forearm!
Styles whips, Priest blocks! Priest whips Styles back, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Styles is still in this but Priest sits him up to clamp on a chinlock! Fans rally, Styles fights up, then throws body shots. Priest gives back kick after kick then a ROLLING ELBOW! Styles BOOTS, then fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT! Priest flounders to a corner, Styles runs in to clothesline! Snapmare and SLIDING FOREARM! Styles fires up, Indy fires up with him. Styles reels Priest in, but Priest slips out and fireman’s carries for a FLAPJACK! Priest gets Styles up, reels him in to gut wrench, Canadian rack to CLIFFHANGER DDT! Cover, TWO!
Priest snarls, but he keeps his cool. Styles rises as fans rally, and Priest runs in. Styles dodges the kick and clothesline to PELE! Priest falls down but Styles still has to push himself back up. Priest also rises, Styles runs in to clothesline Priest out of the ring! Styles catchesh is breath, then slingshots, but Priest avoids the plancha to trip Styles on the apron! Choke grip, APRON- NO! Styles lands on the apron to PENALTY KICK! Priest avoids the knee to sweep the legs! Styles crashes on the apron, Priest gets in to drag him up. Styles ROCKS Priest back, but Priest dodges, only for Styles to avoid the kick! Styles ROCKS Priest again, but Priest BOOTS him!
Priest steadies himself, runs, he waits on the springboard! Sunset flip, Priest wins!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE US Champion)
Priest saw Styles trying to repeat last week, and he changed the ending! Priest is still champion, and Styles shows him respect with a handshake. Will Styles try again sometime later on this Road to WrestleMania?
Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.
Other than that grocery story incident, last week was really good progress for her. She’s not being aggressive at all, but what about feeling anger? To be honest, for the first time in a long time, Alexa’s life is good. She’s happy. Then she’s entitled to a gift. When she hears the word, “gift,” what would she ask for? For the music to stop. Oh, okay. He turns off the violin music, and says he has another gift for her. He brings out the remnants of the actual Lily! He recovered these, and says it is his gift to her so that she can be at peace. Alexa takes a breath, and smiles. The doctor also presents the substitute Lily again. He has an idea: the substitute has a zipper on its back.
2v1 Handicap Match: Omos VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin!
No one person has beaten the Mountain of a Man yet, but will bumping the number up make the difference? Or will the Hurt Business be the ones feeling the pain?
Benjamin & Alexander flank the ring. Omos pays attention to Benjamin so Alexander rushes in, only to get caught with an iron claw! The bell rings, Omos laughs as he squeezes Alexander’s head! Omos TOSSES Alexander to the corner, and he dares Benjamin to try something. Alexander tags Benjamin in, then bails out real quick. Benjamin talks trash, Alexander swipes at Omos! Benjamin gets in to fire off haymakers! Omos wobbles but he blocks the whip! Omos reels Benjamin in to glare him in the eye. Omos then whips Benjamin into the corner, but Benjamin dodges the splash!
Benjamin steps up to KNEE, then tags in Alexander. Omos shoves Benjamin, catches Alexander’s springboard, and then BOOTS Benjamin before bringing Alexander out for the MOUNTAINTOP SLAM! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Nope, not even two men can stop him! Will anyone be able to stop the walking, taking tower that is Omos?
Dana Brooke & Reggie are on a Valentine’s Day friend date.
They toast and Dana thanks Reggie for bringing her here. The food looks amazing. Reggie says Dana looks amazing. But in walk Tamina and Akira Tozawa. They hurry to sit down at a table nearby. Tozawa asks what she’s gonna have. Shh! They’re not here to eat, remember? They’ve got a plan to take the 24/7 Championship. Will these two be able to get the gold before dessert?
The BROGA Party continues!
And it seems Bros Apollo and Azeez are dominating beer pong! Riddle and Kevin Patrick just can’t catch a break. But don’t sweat it. Kevin looks amazing in his toga. Oh, the Profits are here! Aww yeah~! They took care o’ business with the Dawgs, and hear ye, hear ye, they heard there was a pahty. Who got next? Dawkins do! SCORE! BROGA! BROGA! Apollo and Azeez frown, their winning streak in jeopardy.
Adam Pearce is in the ring.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time for the contract signing to make official the Raw Women’s Championship match at The Elimination Chamber. Without further ado, please join me in welcoming the challenger, WWE Hall of Famer, Lita!” Indy loves Lita and gives her a standing ovation as she makes her way out to the ring. And of course, the champion, “Big Time Becks,” Becky Lynch! The Man comes ’round, but she doesn’t look in any good mood. She’s got baggy plaid pants, a wrinkled denim jacket, frizzled out hair, and big sunglasses to cover up what’re probably puffy eyes. Becky scowls as she sits at the desk with the others.
Pearce says their signatures on the contract make it official. Becky begs Lita that she doesn’t have to do this. She’ll be honest, she hasn’t slept all week thinking about this. Thinking about her teen hero would come for her. Her teen hero assaulting her! But Becky will let it all slide if they tear up the contract and walk away. Lita’s had a great career! One of the best ever! Becky said there’d be no Becky without Lita. What does she have left to prove? Leave now while your legacy is in tact! Lita doesn’t want to fight Becky and Becky doesn’t want to fight Lita! The only ones to see them fight are the demented fans who get off on ruining people’s lives!
When Becky and Lita are happy, the fans are miserable! When Becky and Lita are miserable, the fans are happy! They don’t need to play into the fans’ sick game! The fans don’t decide their fate, they do! What does Lita say? Lita wants to get this right. Should she tear the contract up and walk away? “NO~!” Or sign it up and shut Becky up for good? “YES~!” Lita says she didn’t come this far just to walk away. In fact, she didn’t come here just for one more match. She’s got a whole run left! A championship run. And Lita knows Becky’s trying to talk her out of this because Becky’s scared. She saw Lita still has what it takes.
So Becky doesn’t have to like it, but the match is happening. Lita signs on the dotted line! Becky sys Lita is pushing her to a point that she doesn’t wanna go to or can come back from. Lita has no idea what Becky is capable of doing to keep the title. She has studied Lita’s career closer than anyone, and knows all her weaknesses! Becky isn’t afraid to go for the throat! And then Lita will be the one who made Becky do it. Fans remember Lita now with a smile on her face. But after Becky’s done, they’ll remember Lita with tears in their eyes. Becky signs her part, and Lita says Becky feels there is no Becky without Lita. But if Lita had a hand in creating this, then it’s up to her to finish it.
But the only thing ending on Saturday is the 500+ day title reign when Lita becomes the NEW Raw Women’s Champion. Becky throws the clipboard at Lita, then sulks out of the ring. Is Becky’s mood only going to get worse these last five days? Or is it all mind games before the fight?
Women’s Gauntlet Match!
This match has HUGE implications on how the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber match plays out! The one who survives the gauntlet gets to enter that chamber match LAST! But who is out here first? The Nightmare, Rhea Ripley, and her former friend, Nikki A.S.H! Will Rhea’s brutality crush Nikki long before this Saturday? Or will the Almost Super “Hero” power through to the end?
Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H!
Raw goes picture in picture as these two stare down. The bell rings, the two circle slowly, and then they tie up. Nikki gets around, pulls hair and pushes Rhea, but then runs away to the outside! Rhea says she got that close to catching her. Nikki smiles and makes her way back up to the apron, only to back away when Rhea steps forward. Nikki goes around the ring, slips in then back out, all to troll Rhea. Then Nikki grabs Rhea’s foot! Rhea kicks Nikki away, drags her back up, but Nikki hotshots Rhea! Nikki gets in, but Rhea HEADBUTTS her! Nikki flounders back out, Rhea gets her on the apron and TOSSES her back in!
Nikki wants mercy then bails out again. Rhea sighs and just waits on Nikki. The only way to move on is in the ring, after all. Nikki lurks around the corner, moves around to the other side and gets on the apron, but then scurries around the other corner. Nikki gets in, circles with Rhea, and they tie up. Rhea shoves Nikki down, and then waits on her to get back up. They circle again, Nikki suckers Rhea into a HOTSHOT! Nikki hammers away on Rhea, headlocks then chinlocks, and even gets the arms for a straitjacket stretch. Nikki pulls back but Rhea fights up. Rhea turns but Nikki throws her down by her hair! Cover, ONE!
Nikki tries again, ONE! And again, TWO! Nikki is annoyed, she drags Rhea up, then kicks her low. Nikki puts Rhea on ropes to scrape her against them! the ref reprimands, Nikki lets off to stomp and RAM into Rhea at the corner. Nikki poses, then runs in, but Rhea puts her on the apron. Nikki shoulders in as Raw returns to single picture. Nikki ducks Rhea’s boot, trips Rhea up, and then spins her around to tuck her in the apron skirt! Nikki mugs Rhea, the ref counts and Nikki lets off at 4. Nikki has a devious grin as she then drags Rhea out. Nikki says Rhea is NOT the good guy here! Nikki runs and CLOBBERS Rhea! Cover, TWO!
Nikki keep son Rhea with a top wristlock. Rhea endures, fans rally up, and Rhea fights up, only for Nikki to wrangle her down. Nikki digs a knee into Rhea’s head as she keeps on the armlock. Cover, ONE! Nikki gets the top wristlock back but Rhea still endures. Rhea fights up, snapmares free, and she runs to the corner. Nikki dropkicks the legs out! Nikki then dribbles Rhea off the buckles over and over! The ref counts, Nikki lets off at 4 and snarls. Nikki stomps Rhea’s legs, then stomps Rhea’s head. Nikki scuffs Rhea but Rhea throws body shots! Rhea fights up to fire off forearms, but Nikki kicks the leg out!
Nikki kicks Rhea while she’s down, Rhea tries to hit back, but Nikki keeps her down with a facelock. Nikki cravats, grinds, but fans rally up. Rhea fights up, throws body shots, and breaks free to back suplex, only for Nikki to fight that off. Rhea gives Nikki short arm clotheslines instead! Then a back suplex FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Rhea drags Nikki up. Pump handle, RIP- NO! Nikki pulls hair to get out, and she CLUBS Rhea on the neck! Nikki hurries for a corner, but Rhea chases after! Nikki ROCKS Rhea, goes up the ropes, BOOTS Rhea, then leaps! Rhea catches Nikki and pops her around, pump handle and RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea ELIMINATES Nikki!
But here comes Liv Morgan! Can she capitalize on the damage Nikki did to Rhea? We’ll see, after the break!
Rhea Ripley VS Liv Morgan!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Liv rolls Rhea, TWO! Rhea goes for a leg but Liv blocks and turns Rhea to backslide! TWO, and Liv gets Rhea in a cradle! ONE, Rhea kicks low. Rhea catches her breath, runs in, but Liv goes up to roll Rhea again! ONE, Liv SHOTGUNS Rhea to the corner! Liv runs in, back body blocks and rolls, to SHINING WIZARD! Liv snapmares Rhea, covers, TWO! Liv clamps on with a chinlock and squeezes tight. Rhea endures, fans rally, and Rhea fights up, but Liv wrangles her down. Liv keeps Rhea from ropes, but Rhea fights up again. Liv hops on to be a backpack, but Rhea RAMS her into buckles!
Rhea RAMS Liv in again and again, gets free and she snapmares Liv away. Liv runs in but Rhea dodges! Lia hits buckles. Rhea Electric Chair Lifts for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Liv is still in this but Rhea keeps her cool. Rhea drags Liv up, whips her to ropes, but Liv reverses. Rhea blocks that, but Liv dodges kicks. Rhea SUPERKICKS, but Liv rebounds, rolls, but no rana! Rhea swings Liv back up, but Liv makes it a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rhea is still in this and Liv grows frustrated. Liv watches Rhea get up, then runs in, but no ObLivion! Liv ROCKS Rhea then goes up the ropes, missile dropkick flops!
Rhea gets the legs, PRISM TRAP!! Liv flails, scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Rhea holds on, Liv goes up the ropes to swing and send Rhea into buckles! Liv runs in, DOUBLE- NO! Another Electric Chair Lift! Rhea makes it a fireman’s carry and throws Liv, but Liv handsprings through to land on her feet! Rhea SUPERKICKS again! Liv staggers, Rhea pump handles, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea ELIMINATES Liv! Two down, but here comes Doudrop! Will Rhea’s run end in round three? We see, after the break.
Rhea Ripley VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
Raw returns again and the bell rings on this round. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Piper powers Rhea back, but Rhea manages to power Piper back! Piper pushes Rhea back again but Rhea turns things around to put Piper in the corner. Piper turns it back around, the ref counts, Rhea powers out of the corner, still tie dup with Piper. Piper headlocks, Rhea throws body shots but Piper grinds the hold. Rhea throws more body shots, powers out, but Piper RAMS shoulders with her! Neither falls, Rhea says Piper will have to do better than that. Fans rally behind Rhea, Piper dares her to try.
Rhea runs, RAMS Piper, but Piper stays up and laughs it off. They both talk some smack, Piper fakes the run but Rhea dodges her cheap shot! Rhea rebounds to run Piper over! Rhea dusts herself off, Piper gets up and gets in Rhea’s face. Piper HEADBUTTS, so Rhea HEAEDBUTTS! Rhea swings, into Piper’s SAIDO! Piper runs in, SENTON! Cover, TWO! Piper stays cool and she KICKS Rhea in the side. Piper drags Rhea up, bumps her off buckles, then CLUBS Rhea in the chest in the corner. Rhea sputters as she goes along the ropes, but Piper HEADBUTTS her. Piper wrenches, HEADBUTTS the arm, then does it again!
Rhea throws body shots and forearms, but Piper ROCKS her with one! Piper drags Rhea into the facelock, then scoop SLAMS her! Piper runs, but Rhea dodges the senton! And basement dropkicks in return! Rhea growls, fans fire up, and Rhea drags Piper up. Rhea throws short arm clotheslines but Piper stays up! Piper reels Rhea in for a short arm clothesline of her own! Rhea stays up, they start trading clotheslines with! Rhea then gets around Piper’s to ripcord and DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Rhea drags Piper up, pump handles, but Piper’s too big! Piper elbows free! Piper HEADBUTTS again!
Piper scoops Rhea, but Rhea slips out to waistlock! Rhea can’t lift Piper, Piper elbows free again. Piper runs, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Rhea tries again, pump handle RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea ELIMINATES Piper!! But that just means Rhea has to take on the E S T! She’s the strongEST and toughEST, and with her at 100%, will this be the easiEST round for Bianca?
Rhea Ripley VS Bianca Belair!
Raw goes picture in picture while Bianca gets the fans fired up. The bell rings and these two circle. Bianca’s got so much energy, she’s shaking the ring. They tie up, Bianca gets around to roll up, TWO! Bianca says it was that close. Bianca waits on Rhea, and the two circle again. They tie up, Rhea gets around to roll Bianca, TWO! Bianca says that was good, and the two reset again. They tie up, Bianca waistlocks, but Rhea holds it off. Bianca SLAMS Rhea down, keeps on the waistlock, but Rhea fights up. Rhea pries at the hold, gets free to switch, and she SLAMS Bianca this time! Rhea holds onto the waistlock but Bianca headlocks back.
Rhea squeezes on a rear bearhug, but Bianca fights up to get that headlock. Rhea endures, powers out, but Bianca runs her over! Bianca SLAPS Rhea, then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Bianca keeps cool, but Rhea hits back. Bianca CLUBS Rhea, drags her up, then bumps her off buckles. Bianca gets fans going but Rhea throws a body shot. So Bianca bumps her off another buckle! Bianca whips corner to corner, Rhea reverses and Bianca hits buckles hard! Bianca hits the mat, Rhea catches her breath, and Rhea storms over to Bianca. Bianca shoves her, then dodges her to put her in the corner.
Bianca blocks Rhea’s boots, Raw returns to single picture and Bianca DROPS Rhea! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is still in this, and Rhea gets the ropes. Bianca drags Rhea up, scoops her and SLAMS her! Rhea gets up, Bianca scoops her again, but Rhea slips out! Rhea scoops, Bianca slips out, rolls Rhea up, TWO!! Rhea gets up, but Bianca trips her to a jackknife, TWO! Bianca kicks Rhea low, whips her to a corner, but Rhea reverses again. Rhea runs in, into an elbow! Bianca goes up, tells Rhea to kiss this, then flips up over Rhea! Rhea swings, Bianca catches her and spins her, snap suplex! Roll through, but Rhea blocks the second suplex!
Rhea tries but Bianca blocks now. They fight for suplex control, Bianca gets Rhea up, and marches around before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Rhea survives but Bianca is amused. Bianca drags Rhea up, whips, and catches Rhea to a cobra twist! Rhea endures being bent and stretched, and she grabs the hair! Bianca CLUBS Rhea in the ribs, then digs a claw into the side. Rhea still endures, fans rally and duel, and Rhea powers out! Bianca blocks the hip toss to give a hip toss! Bianca runs in at the corner, but Rhea drop toeholds her into buckles! Rhea gets up, Bianca swings but Rhea spins her, cravat and knees!
Rhea snapmares Bianca, runs and basement dropkicks but misses! Bianca hurries to handspring and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bianca grows frustrated but she drags Rhea back up. Rhea HEADBUTTS! Rhea wobbles, but she gets Bianca up to whip. Bianca goes up and over and handsprings, but runs into BOOTS! Rhea runs but Bianca dodges, DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS! Both women are down, Rhea flounders to the ropes and then the apron. Bianca grits her teeth and pursues as the fans fire up. Bianca gets Rhea up but Rhea sends Bianca into the steel steps! Both women are down on the outside as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again, and Rhea fights the chicken wings. Bianca still gets Rhea up, but Rhea fights free. Bianca stomps her down, then tries the chicken wings again. Rhea still fights, but Bianca hits the GlamEST Slam! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is still in this, Bianca is losing her cool. Bianca stands Rhea up, but Rhea ROUNDHOUSES! Pump handle, RIP- NO! Bianca slips out, torture racks, but Rhea fights off! Rhea boots but Bianca blocks! Bianca dumps Rhea to the outside, but Rhea stops the buckle bump to give the buckle bump! Rhea adjusts, goes up top, but Bianca ROCKS her first! Rhea ROCKS Bianca fast!
Rhea talks trash, Bianca SLAPS her! Rhea SLAPS back! “Bring it!!” Bianca SLAPS, Rhea SLAPS, it’s a SLAP fight!! The ref tells them to stop, but they’re still brawling. Rhea boots Bianca, Bianca dropkicks Rhea! Rhea holds onto the top, and perhaps her top? Bianca trophy lifts to ROCKET LAUNCH Rhea! Fans fire up with Bianca, and she handsprings, onto knees! Rhea saves herself and both women are down! Rhea and Bianca slowly stir as the fans rally up. Rhea goes up the corner, saying she’s gonna end this! Bianca stands, Rhea leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Rhea can’t believe she hasn’t finished this!
Rhea hurries to get the legs! PRISM TRAP!! Bianca endures, rolls, and throws Rhea into ropes! Then she hits a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca hurries to get Rhea up, torture racks, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (has Elimination Chamber advantage)
Bianca won, but she shows respect to Rhea. They fist bump, and Bianca might need to rethink that toughEST part. Rhea proved she can last a bloody long time, but will she have to do it all again this Saturday? Or will we see very much the same thing as we saw here tonight?
The BROGA Party continues, again!
Riddle has a guitar and plays a song. “I gave my love a cherry, that had no stone. I gave my love a story, that had-” The Alpha Academy attacks! They ruin the party and Chad Gable says he’s sick of this crap. He JAMS Riddle with his own guitar! “Party’s over, bro.” Gable laughs as he and Otis leave. Will RKBRO make them pay for this when the Raw Tag Team titles are on the line?
Reggie and Dana are almost done with their meal.
It was all great, but Dana’s still got room for dessert. Reggie says he’s stuffed. The obviously disguised R-Truth walks up and offers them some “tear a me the soo.” Reggie tells Dana to run while he keeps Truth back! Dana runs, but into Tamina! She ducks the haymaker to DECKS Tamina, then she throws Tozawa into Tamina! The chase is on through the restaurant! The ref has some dessert, but Dana pops out from a hiding spot. Her best friend saved her again! Big kiss on the cheek. Reggie asks if Dana would like to take their friendship to another level. Dana apologizes for leading Reggie on. He’ll make some woman happy some day but she doesn’t see him like that.
Oh, alright. Friends it is. And then roll up! The ref comes back in time, Reggie wins!!
Winner: Reggie, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Friendship does have its perks. Reggie leaves Dana behind and Truth says, “Happy Valentine’s Day, Dana! Looks like Cupid don’t like the friend zone!” Now, after Reggie! Dana feels betrayed, but then she gets stuck with the bill. Insult to injury, will Dana get back at Reggie’s rejection?
The Alpha Academy VS The Mysterios!
Gable & Otis just ruined Riddle’s good times, but will they overlook Rey & Dominik and lose on the way to their rematch with RKBRO? Or will Gable teach the father-son team a thing or two about teamwork?
Raw returns as the tag team champions make their entrance. And Gable has Mike Rome “SHOOSH!” Gable says everyone needs to shoosh or they’ll all be put on double secret probation. Well, they are in Indiana, so chances are the fans already are on probation. But now that the Academy ended that BROGA Party, time to get down to brass tax. Less entertainment, more education! And it’s coming at ya in the form of Gable’s first ever Public Assembly! Tonight’s topic: cheaters! Gable’s never cheated! Not to make the Olympics, not to win these tag titles, and not to get his Master’s Degree with a 4.0 GPA! Thank you!
Gable despises cheaters, and the worst of the worst is RKBRO! There is misinformation that RKBRO won fair and square in the Academy Challenge. Those morons hired an Irishman to host the spelling bee! The accent was thicker than Otis’ neck! And then the quiz bowl! Who put cartoons in as a category!? It should’ve been a question on Michelangelo the painter, and here we are talking about the Ninja Turtles! Pathetic. Then there’s “the morons” of the WWE Universe, feeding RKBRO answer after answer, helping them win. Where were the fans when the Academy needed them!? Nowhere to be found!
That’s the problem these days! The fans worship cheaters! It’s disgusting! And so listen up! Especially the Mysterios, and young Dominik. Such an illustrious career, but Dom’s listening to conman Rey that cheating is the way! Just look at footage from last week! Maryse tried to cheat for Miz, but failed. Rey cheats for Miz and gets away with it! Tsk tsk tsk. Disgusting and shameful! But Dom raises Rey’s hand and fans cheer. Gable knew it! They worship cheaters, and it’s gross! But wait, here come the It Couple! Miz & Maryse strut out because they’re going to be on commentary for this match! Raw goes picture in picture as they make their way down.
Miz and Maryse take their seats. the teams sort out and Gable starts against Dom. They circle, Dom goes up the corner to get the fans fired up. Gable raises his hands, the fans boo. The two tie up, Gable wrenches and wristlocks to YANK the arm. Gable grinds the shoulder, Dom moves around, but Gable whips him to ropes. Gable waistlocks, SLAMS Dom down, then holds on tight. Dom fights up, but Gable SLAMS him down again! Roll to a bridge, TWO! They fight up, Dom moves around and throws Gable out! Gable hurries back in, but into an arm-drag! And another! Dom has the armlock now and he grinds Gable.
Rey rallies the fans, Gable fight sup but Rey tags in. The Mysterios double whip then back elbow. Rey and Dom work together, ALLEY-OOP SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Rey gets up, Gable throat chops! Gable whips Rey to the Academy corner but Rey BOOTS back! Rey elbows Otis, sunset flips, but Gable stays up. Otis tags in, Gable rolls back and holds Rey down for Otis’ elbow drop! “For the Academy!” Otis looms over Rey, talks smack on Dom, then drags Rey up. Otis whips Rey to a corner hard, and Rey bounces off buckles face first! Otis pushes Rey to ropes and stands on him! The ref counts, Otis hops off at 4, then soaks up the heat.
Otis stomps away on Rey at the ropes, but backs off as the ref counts. Rey sputters as Raw returns to single picture, but Otis pushes him back down. Otis stands on Rey again! The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4 again and argues with the ref. Otis keeps on Rey while the It Couple is properly introduced now. Miz & Maryse kiss to show us their love. Otis drags Rey up and whips him corner to corner hard! Rey bounces off buckles, then bounces off Otis! “All day long.” Otis runs, and SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! Miz says they are the Academy’s guests out here, and are helping make sure the Mysterios do not cheat again.
Otis drags Rey over, Gable tags in, and Gable brings Rey around. Fans rally for Rey as Gable whips and RAMS Rey into a corner. Gable fireman’s carries, then GUTBUSTERS Rey! Cover, TWO! Gable drags Rey up but Rey throws body shots. Gable ROCKS Rey, whips him back to a corner, but Rey goes up and over, only to get caught! Rey slips out and drop toeholds Gable into buckles! Gable scrambles and tags in Otis! Otis drags Rey by his head and squeezes Rey’s head in a neck wrench! Fans rally up but Otis pushes Rey down then climbs the corner. VADER BOMB FLOPS as Rey moves! Fans fire up and Rey hurries for his corner!
Hot tags to Gable and Dom! Dom rallies on Gable, whips, but Gable reverses. Dom ducks and dodges to RANA Gable away! Gable flounders up, Dom whips again. Dom follows, leaps, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz says this is fine, this is an athletic competition. Dom fire sup with Latino Heat, snap suplex! Uno amigo! Then dos amigos! Gable slips out of the third, to TIGER PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dom survives and Gable argues the count. Gable then whips Dom, Dom kicks back and runs in to wheelbarrow and body scissor throw Gable out! Hot tag to Rey, and he DECKS Otis!
Rey and Dom coordinate, they both run side to side, Dom baseball slides Otis and Rey hits Gable! Then they switch it up, Rey holds ropes open for Dom to DIVE onto Otis! Rey runs to slide and SUNSET BOMB Gable! Fans fire up but Miz protests on the Academy’s behalf! The Mysterios are on top as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Gable has Dom in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Dom pops free to a cover, ONE! Gable keeps Dom from reaching Rey and whips him away, to then Belly2Belly! Gable holds on, and hits another Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Gable climbs up a corner, MOONSAULTS, but has to land on his feet as Dom moves! Roll up, TWO! Gable waistlocks Dom, back suplex but Dom lands on his feet! Dom jumps the chop block, hot tag to Rey! Rey rallies on Gable, whips, but Gable reverses. Rey tilt-o-whirls to headscissor! Rey DECKS Otis, Miz protests, but Gable kicks and sunset flips! Rey rolls through, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!
Miz distracts Rey, Rey whips but Gable reverses. Rey elbows Gable, springboards and wheelbarrows, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gable drags Rey up to an Electric Chair Lift, but Rey throws down fists! Rey spins and wheelbarrows to BULLDOG! Cover, Otis breaks it! Dom gets in, but Otis scoops! Rey saves Dom and the Mysterios POST Otis together! Miz protests again, Gable rolls Rey up! Rey rolls through to ENZIGURI! Gable’s on the ropes, Rey tags Dom! The Mysterios dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Miz is furious as Dom goes up, so Miz gets on the apron! Dom boots Miz, Rey hits a SEATED SENTON!
Dom CROSSBODIES Gable! But Gable rolls through and grips tights!! The Alpha Academy wins!
Winners: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall
Hypocrisy from the Hollywood A-Lister, and then Maryse gets in to be mad about what Rey did to Miz. Miz throws Dom out! Maryse SLAPS Rey, Miz gives Rey a SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! The It Couple gets the last laugh on Valentine’s Day, but will Rey & Dom get their revenge on the Road to WrestleMania?
We check back in with Alexa.
After all the trials and tribulations, the doc is proud to say Alexa has been cured. Well, as much as she’s going to be. But she’ll be fine, so long as she has Lily. Oh, this isn’t “Lily.” She’s gone. Right. But inside the doll is the stuffing of the original. So in a way, her spirit is in there, too. Alexa has her competitive spirit, she will surely have an extraordinary life and career. Just as long as she has Lily by her side. As long as Lily’s with her, she’ll be cured. Well, thanks, Doc. This has been fun. She shakes the doc’s hand, and then has him shake Lily’s hand. Gotta go. People to see, things to do. Y’know. And then Alexa lets the Newton Balls start up again. Hear that, Lily? Alexa’s cured!
Oh wait, isn’t there an opening in that Elimination Chamber match? Well Alexa knows what she’ll be doing this Saturday! Alexa is now part of the Women’s Chamber Match!! Will she twist the Road to WrestleMania into Alexa’s Playground?
After what Miz did during the Mysterios’ tag match, he’ll have to face the consequences! Miz VS Rey has just been added to the Elimination Chamber card!
Randy Orton VS Seth Rollins!
The Viper and the Architect meet again! The Apex Predator has the Raw Tag Team Championships to look forward to, but the Visionary has his eyes set on the WWE World Championship. Will Rollins survive the three most dangerous letters in the WWE? Or will not even he see the RKO coming?
Raw returns and Orton makes his entrance. Raw goes picture in picture as he enters the ring and strikes his iconic pose. Orton hands his vest to a fan in the front row, gives him a fist bump, then goes back to the ring. Orton takes his time wiping his boots before stepping inside, and the bell rings. The two circle, but then Rollins bails out to taunt the fans. Fans are torn, Rollins goes back to the ring, and he circles with Orton again. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Rollins gets around and gets away to strut. Orton keeps cool, Raw returns to single picture, and the two go again. They tie up, go around, and Rollins gets away again, to strut some more.
Orton DECKS Rollins with a right! Orton bumps Rollins off buckles, throws more hands, then stalks Rollins to a corner. Rollins kicks back, but Orton punches back! Orton bumps Rollins off buckles, throws EuroUppers, then climbs up to rain down rights! The fans count along, but Rollins trips Orton up at 7! Rollins stomps a mudhole into Orton, then swaggers some more. Fans are torn again, Rollins puts Orton on the ropes and he chokes him! The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, then swaggers a little more. Rollins runs in corner to corner to forearm smash! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
Rollins stalks Orton to ropes, fish hooks Orton’s mouth, but lets off with a crossface forearm! Orton flops to the apron, Rollins goes out the side. Rollins taunts the fans then CLUBS away on Orton’s back. Rollins swaggers, runs back in, and BOOTS Orton down off the apron! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers but Rollins enjoys all of it. Rollins drags Orton up and into the ring, then goes up the corner. Orton flounders up, Rollins leaps, DOUBLE AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Orton survives but Rollins drags him up into a chinlock. Rollins squeezes tight but Orton endures. Orton has the ropebreak, Rollins lets go at 4.
Orton sputters and gets away to another corner. Rollins storms over, but Orton kicks low! Orton CLUBS Rollins, EuroUppers, then EuroUppers again! Rollins CHOPS, Orton CHOPS! Orton haymakers, Rollins kicks low. Rollins whips Orton into the corner but Orton comes back and rallies with clotheslines! Orton gets around but Rollins avoids the powerslam. Orton avoids the stomp to clothesline Rollins out! Orton goes out after Rollins and they go to the announce desk. Fans fire up because they know what’s next! Back suplex to the desk! Did a monitor just break? Orton puts Rollins in the ring, stalks Rollins, kicks and puts him through ropes!
The fans fire up for another vintage Orton move! But Rollins know this one well and slips out to dump Orton out of the ring! Rollins aims from the apron, FLYING KNEE! Down goes Orton and Rollins leaves him behind. Rollins builds speed in the ring to DIVE! Direct hit and Orton goes over the desk! The Viper is down, the Visionary is laughing, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and the two duel over the suplex. Orton suplexes Rollins up, but Rollins turns it right around to snap suplex Orton! Fans rally and duel, Rollins goes to the corner. Rollins goes up, but Orton trips him! Rollins lands on his architect, but Orton goes up to bring Rollins up. SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men crash down! Orton crawls to a cover, TWO!! Orton is too tired to be frustrated, and both men slowly rise. Orton ROCKS Rollins with a right, but Rollins ROCKS Orton back with one of his own. Orton kicks low, Rollins throat chops! Orton SLAPS Rollins, Rollins forearms, Orton forearms back!
Orton and Rollins keep throwing hands and fans fire up! Orton gets the edge, then EuroUppers! Rollins PELES! Orton wobbles around on noodle legs, he hurries after Rollins, but into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins runs to SLINGBLADE Orton down! Rollins aims from a corner, Orton sits up, Rollins runs in, into the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Orton grits his teeth. Rollins goes to the apron, fans rally up and Orton drags Rollins in through ropes. But again Rollins slips off and he rolls Orton up! TWO, SUPERKICK!! Rollins pushes Orton to a cover, TWO!!
Rollins grows frustrated but Rollins talks trash on Orton, “Your boy, Riddle, tried this on me last week!” Rollins aims, spins, ROLLING ELBOW! Orton wobbles, Rollins reels him in and turns him, for the DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Orton drops and Rollins aims from the corner again. Rollins runs in, but Orton avoids the stomp! Rollins avoids the lariat, kicks and underhooks! But Orton dumps Rollins to the apron! Orton gets Rollins fast, DRAPING DDT! And he hears those voices! RKO!! But the Alpha Academy show up! They won’t let Orton get this, but Riddle won’t let them get Orton!
Riddle attacks the Academy, Orton helps out by throwing Otis in barriers! Orton CLOBBERS Gable, returns to the ring, CURB STOMP outta nowhere!! Fans boo but Rollins laughs it up as he drags Orton to a cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Visionary benefits from the Alpha Academy wanting extra credit. Rollins is heading to the Elimination Chamber with great momentum, but will it help him overcome the odds?
For being a go-home, this was a great episode. I feel like being commercial free on SyFy and having picture in picture again helped, just like last week. And what also really helped was that Women’s Gauntlet Match. That was awesome stuff, especially Rhea being the Ironwoman of the match. Her and Nikki starting things off seemed almost too early but it all worked out that Rhea made it to the end and then lose to Bianca. The only thing is, Bianca winning here and getting to be last into the Elimination Chamber, I feel like that just ensures Bianca loses to whoever is still around by then. It won’t be that heroic of a moment for her to come in, clean up, and go to WrestleMania.
Another bit of a letdown was how they revealed the sixth entry. Alexa Bliss just deciding to be in that match and then being officially approved seems like lazy work from Vince. And even without all that, I feel like they didn’t quite punctuate her finishing her therapy and returning to action. The way the doctor was talking, it was almost like there should’ve been a twist where he was never really there, and Alexa was the one who put the doll back together. Her wardrobe and the match graphic suggests Alexa’s becoming a hybrid of Playhouse and Goddess/Five Foot Fury personas, so it’ll be a matter of time before she returns to Playhouse Bliss.
The 24/7 Championship story’s punchline was actually rather clever. Reggie was fine with letting Dana have the title if he could get a girlfriend, but then he busts outta the friend zone and gets the belt back! I hope they really give us something big for WrestleMania with this belt, something chaotic and hilarious, maybe get some legends in on it. Kevin Owens had a great promo to do a 180 on Texas, and if he doesn’t have a match with Seth Rollins or US Champion Damian Priest, maybe a big name in wrestling who’s from Texas shows up and has a match with Kevin? Maybe not Austin, even though them both using Stunners is something they should reference.
Omos returns to action and squashes The Hurt Business, which is good for Omos. But I’m not sure where Omos is going from here. He’s been so dominant that he hasn’t taken a bump, is he just too tall to take one? Because in order for him to go further, that first singles loss has to happen. We got a pretty good tag match out of Profits VS Dawgs, but the main thing was Ciampa being here, the same way Raw had Grayson Waller on to go after Styles. Ziggler and Ciampa are going to have a really good match on NXT, but the Dirty Dawgs are just spinning their wheels. I don’t think a tag team break-up story will work for those two, so maybe both Dawgs spend some time in NXT?
We got a very good contract signing segment out of Becky and Lita, especially with how Becky came out as a disheveled form of herself. I did like that she was framing this as her being reluctant to hurt Lita and that’s why she was stressed, as if that was going to scare Lita off. No brawling in this contract signing since they did that all last week, so their match is just going to be awesome. Then we got just a lot of great integration of all the other stories together. We got a great opening promo segment with all the Elimination Chamber entries, plugging pretty much everything else in the night, and I loved that Theory got punked by Lesnar.
Priest VS Styles was a great US Championship match, for being rather short in comparison. I figured Priest was going to retain, Styles wasn’t going to go into the Chamber match with a title. Maybe they do revisit this for Mania, maybe not. The BROGA Party was pretty good stuff, I liked seeing Apollo & Azeez loosen up as characters, but I should’ve figured The Alpha Academy would ruin things. Alpha Academy were busy tonight, too, taking on the Mysterios to help Miz set up a match for Elimination Chamber with Rey. Maybe there are bigger plans for each of them for Mania, because this seems like something on a blow-off level.
Orton VS Rollins was a very good main event, but I should’ve figured the Academy would go after Orton after also taking out Riddle. Rollins has a lot of momentum right now, but all the more reason to think he’s not winning. That and Lesnar VS Roman, Winner Takes All being the clear plan in mind. But the Raw Tag Team Championship match could go either way, and who knows if RKBRO survives losing this time.
My Score: 8.4/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023
Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?
Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.
Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.
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— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
- Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
- Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
- X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
- Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
- Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****
Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham
With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.
A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.
Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.
Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.
Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.
Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic.
Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers
Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.
A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!
So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.
Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.
Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.
Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself.
Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO
Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story.
Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.
PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him. PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.
Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.
Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.
Can #RichSwann and @FrankieKazarian trust @SteveMaclin? #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/TcEZ79IWkC
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)
Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey.
Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.
Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.
Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.
IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)
It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.
Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.
Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.
The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.
Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!
Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer
This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt.
Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.
Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.
Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.
Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table.
Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry. Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now!
Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin
Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.
Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.
Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.
Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.
Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.
Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.
Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.
Overall Score: 7/10
Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.
OH CANADA! @ScottDAmore CANADIAN DESTROYERS @TheJasonHotch and Windsor EXPLODES! #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/iqqpiH0tMZ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)
It’s a family feud!
Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.
While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?
- Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
- WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
- “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!
The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!
Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!
Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!
Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!
Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”
Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.
“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.
“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?
Charlotte Flair is here!
Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.
“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”
“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?
Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!
The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.
Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!
Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!
Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.
She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!
Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?
WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!
The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?
The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.
Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!
Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)
Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.
And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.
Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!
McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”
McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.
Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!
Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?
“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!
SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.
Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!
Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!
Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!
Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.
Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?
It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!
And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.
Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?
“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.
Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.
Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!
Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?
A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.
Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.
Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.
Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.
If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.
My Score: 8.8/10
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