Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/21/22)
Fallout from Elimination Chamber!
Raw enters the homestretch to WrestleMania!
The Beast, Brock Lesnar, is the NEW WWE World Champion, heading for Winner Takes All with Roman Reigns! What will he have to say on Raw tonight?
- The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Alpha Academy wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa & Finn Balor VS The Dirty Dawgs; Ciampa & Balor win.
- Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H; Ripley wins.
- Damian Priest VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Cedric Alexander; Priest wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Would Do Anything For Love: Dana Brooke wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Belair wins.
- RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens; Rollins & Kevin win and are added to the Raw Tag Team Championship match.
PLAY BY PLAY
Brock Lesnar is here!
And he is once again WWE World Heavyweight Champion! The University of South Carolina fires up for The Beast as he goes to the ring with belt, cowboy hat and even a sweater. He gets up on the announce desk to hold up the title as the fans all cheer. Lesnar gets the mic as he gets in the ring and fans chant, “Suplex City!” Lesnar says it’s getting hot in here! He takes off the sweater and puts it aside to say, “Now where were ya?” “Suplex City!” Lesnar thanks them for that, and says your NEW WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World is here in South Carolina. But then, “Ladies and gentlemen! My name is-”
Lesnar cuts Paul off. That’s as far as he’ll let Heyman go. Heyman stays on stage and fans chant, “You Suck!” at him. Lesnar even joins in! Heyman says the Special Counsel for the Tribal Chief does not suck. But speaking of, Heyman must say that he is the Special Counsel for the only real Heavyweight Champion in WWE: the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman… Reigns. Now, Heyman came here not to be disrespectful but out of love for their 20 years of business and friendship. Heyman knows Lesnar is so “myopic” thinking of WrestleMania’s Winner Takes All title match. Except, there is a roadblock in the way, farm boy! Lesnar might not even make it to Mania as a champion.
For 20 years, Heyman took care of the small details. Such as… Lesnar has to defend that title on Saturday, March 5th in Madison Square Garden! That means, Mr. Lesnar, “you ain’t gonna make it to WrestleMania as the champion!” So thank you very much. If there is anything else Heyman can help Lesnar with, feel free to let him know. Lesnar tells Heyman, “I can still appreciate you Paul, even though you’re… such a dick.” Heyman wants Lesnar to stop but Lesnar “thanks” Heyman for telling him where he’ll be when he already knows all that.
Then does he knows that it is against Bobby Lashley? Or that Lashley might not even pass concussion protocol? Or that if Lashley doesn’t pass, Heyman will make sure that match is a match worthy of MSG? So BRRROCK, see you at the Garden! Well news flash, Heyman, Lesnar is doing just fine without Heyman. Lesnar also thanks Heyman for telling him where to be. But Lesnar will tell Heyman where he’ll be Friday night. See, Friday, Heyman will be in Hershey, Pennsylvania next to the lil’ Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, demanding acknowledgement. Then guess where Lesnar will be that night! Saskatchewan?
NOPE! This Friday, Lesnar is coming to SmackDown to “introduce” Heyman and Roman to the NEW REIGNING! DEFENDING! WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD~! BRRROCK! LESNARRR! The Beast has made his plans know, what will the Special Counsel plan to counter this move?
Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens talk backstage.
If only Kevin was there on Saturday. Rollins was fighting in the chamber, he threw Theory through the thing, and- Kevin Patrick appears. KO and Seth both seethe as they look over at him. What does he want? Given that we’re just six weeks from WrestleMania, and these two are main event superstars, their path to the Grandest Stage doesn’t seem clear at all. Does Kevin not get it? They have a path! You’re looking at the best tag team on Raw! Do you not remember how they beat RKBRO a couple weeks ago? And then last week, Seth Freakin’ Rollins beat Randy Orton 1v1.
Yes, and that is why Seth & KO went to management. When they win the tag main event tonight, they will be added to the Raw Tag Team Championships match in two weeks! And then, when they win that, they will be Raw Tag Team Champions! And then, the possibilities for Mania are endless! They can challenge the Usos for Champions VS Champions! Title for title for title! How’s that for a path, Patrick!? Seth laughs, KO says that is the whole thing. WrestleMania will be stupendous, because of them! That path is so good, right? KO and his best friend, it is so good, it is bearable now that Mania is in the hellhole called Dallas, Texas.
Will the Architect and Prizefighter have the perfect plan to get into the title picture?
The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!
After the big news from Rollins & Owens, there is a lot more riding on this match than before! Can Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins convince management to add them to things with a win here? Or will Chad Gable & Otis be able to preserve the title scene on their end?
Raw returns as the Raw Tag Team Champions make their entrance. The teams sort out, Dawkins starts with Gable and the two circle. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks but Gable powers out. Dawkins runs Gable over and things speed up. Gable ducks but Dawkins whips him. Gable drops to roll and waistlock, but Dawkins rolls free! They keep going., Dawkins leaps over and then arm-drags Gable for an armlock! Fans fire up, Dawkins brings Gable over and tags in Ford. The Profits whip and dropkick Gable down! Cover, TWO! Ford clamps onto the armlock and grinds the elbow. Gable gets up, Ford wrenches but Gable throat chops!
Tag to Otis, Otis brings Ford out to CLUB him down! Otis flexes but fans boo. Otis brings ford up, whips him to ropes and throws a heavy body shot! Ford gasps, Otis and Dawkins stare down, but Otis brings Ford up. Scoop SLAM, and then Otis just snarls. Otis puts Ford in the corner, tags in Gable, and Gable sucker punches Dawkins! The Academy double whip Ford, Ford holds ropes and dumps Otis out! Gable runs in but Ford TOSSES him out onto Otis! Otis manages to get Gable on his feet, they drag Ford out as Dawkins tags in! Dawkins runs in to FLY!! Direct hit and Dawkins is all fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Otis has Ford in a neck wrench. Ford endures, fights up as the fans rally, but Otis CLUBS him again. Otis whips, Ford goes up and over in the corner, but Otis CLOBBERS him with a left lariat! Tag to Gable, and Gable gushes about Otis while Otis says he hates South Carolina. Gable stomps Ford to the apron but Ford shoulders back in. Ford waves by to Otis to slingshot, into Gable’s NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ford escapes the incredible counter but Gable fires off hands! Gable clamps onto an armlock but Ford endures again. Gable steps over to wrench the arm but fans rally up.
Ford fights to his feet, reaches out for Dawkins but Gable knees low. Gable scoops, Ford slips out and jumps over! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on the Academy, but Gable chops and whips. Dawkins hurdles to FLYING ELBOW! And then EXPLODER! Dawkins spins Gable, underhooks, SILENCER! Dawkins runs corner to corner, CYCLONE SPLASH! Ford tags in, Dawkins gets Gable in an Electric Chair, DOOMSDAY BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, Otis breaks it! Dawkins gets in but Otis throws him out. Otis goes out, he and Dawkins throw hands, then Otis throws Dawkins into barriers!
Ford runs to PENALTY KICK Otis from the apron! Gable ROCKS Ford, brings him in, suplex but Ford slips out! Otis tags in during the waistlock! Gable switches and GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Ford lands on his feet! Ford kicks and throws Gable out, dodges Otis and mule kicks to front kick and ENZIGURI! Otis staggers against ropes, Ford fires up and SCOOPS HIM!? But he falls over with Otis’ weight! Cover, Gable holds Ford’s feet down! The Academy wins!!
Winners: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall
Gable’s a hypocrite! Never cheated? Then what was that?! But that means the Raw Tag Team Champions stay spotless, will they only have to worry about RKBRO in their title match?
Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa.
The Psycho Killer is an NXT Superstar, but does he feel pressure in tonight’s tag match here on Raw? This all started because Dolph Ziggler showed up on Ciampa’s home of NXT and started something. Ciampa doesn’t feel pressure. He’ll gladly take on Ziggler any night of the week. Roode is a bonus. But this is a tag match, and Ciampa knew just the guy to call. In steps FINN BALOR! Balor says Raw is his home, but he will never forget where he came from. And he will never forget stepping in the ring with Tommaso Ciampa. They may have stood toe to toe in the past, but tonight, they’ll start their road to WrestleMania shoulder to shoulder.
The Prince is helping the Pulse of NXT, will they both wipe the floor with those Dirty Dawgs?
Tommaso Ciampa & Finn Balor VS The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. Then the Show-Off & GLORIOUS One make their way out. The teams sort out and Roode starts against Ciampa, but Ziggler does taunt Ciampa. Ciampa and Roode circle, Ziggler is squirrely, so Ciampa swipes at him. Roode kicks Ciampa low, headlocks, but Ciampa powers out. Roode runs Ciampa over but things speed up and Ciampa CLOBBERS Roode! Ciampa dares Ziggler to do something, but brings Roode up to headlock and takeover. Ciampa grinds Roode while eying Ziggler and then he traps an arm. Roode fights up, powers Ciampa back and Ziggler tags in.
The Dawgs mug Ciampa, Ziggler taunts “the kid” and rakes Ciampa’s eyes. Ziggler also taunts Balor, then pie faces Ciampa. “All night long!” But Ciampa ROCKS and CHOPS Ziggler! And again! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Ziggler reverses but Ciampa slides and comes back to CLOBBER Ziggler! Fans cheer and Ciampa covers, TWO! Ciampa wrenches Ziggler, whips him but Ziggler reverses. Balor tags in, Ciampa fakes Ziggler out and KNEES him off the apron! Roode goes after Ciampa but Balor DECKS Roode! The Prince has Ciampa’s back, and Ciampa helps Balor FLY! Direct hit on the Dawgs and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Roode has Ciampa in a facelock. Tag to Ziggler and the Dawgs mug Ciampa again. Ziggler is moving around, taunting Ciampa. Ziggler then kicks Ciampa down, but Ciampa grins as he gets back up. Ziggler rope a dopes, but Ciampa blocks, ROCKS and CHOPS! But Ziggler kicks out the bad leg! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dawgs mug Ciampa some more, and then Roode digs his boot into Ciampa’s head. Roode taunts Balor, tags in Ziggler, and Roode chokes Ciampa on ropes! Fans rally and chant, “We Want Balor!” but Ziggler drags Ciampa up. Ziggler squeezes the facelock tight and Ciampa turns red.
Fans rally more, Ciampa fights up, but Ziggler kicks low! “I say when we’re done!” Ziggler turns Ciampa but Ciampa slips through to shove and LARIAT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tags to Roode and Balor! South Carolina is thunderous as the Prince rallies! Roode reverses the whip but Balor FLYING FOREARMS! Takedown and DOUBLE STOMPS! Balor CHOPS Roode in the corner, whips him corner to corner but Roode reverses and kicks low. Balor slips out to ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ciampa whips but Ziggler reverses to throw Ciampa out! But Balor CLOBBERS Ziggler!
Balor turns around, into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Balor is still in this and Roode can’t believe it! Roode drags Balor up, fisherman, but Balor slips out the suplex to SLINGBLADE! Tag to Ciampa, and he runs in, but into an elbow! Roode hops up, but jumps into a KNEE! Ciampa gets Roode hooked up, but Roode back drops, only for Ciampa to sunset flip and high stack! Ciampa & Balor win!
Winners: Finn Balor & Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
It was their first time teaming up and it is a success! Ziggler is furious, but will he be able to do anything about this tomorrow on NXT? Or will the Show-Off not survive the Black Heart of NXT?
The Miz heads to the ring!
After losing to Rey Mysterio on Saturday, the Hollywood A-Lister promised he’s going to call in an equally famous and handsome global star to help him. He looks to reveal who that is, on an all-new Miz TV! That’s coming up, after the break.
Raw returns and Miz welcomes us back to the most must-see WWE talk show, and before getting to his special guest, he wants to give us the realization he had at Elimination Chamber. Most wont’ ever know what it’s like to fly across the world in a private jet like he has. Or even to leave your small podunk hometown. ANd if he’s really being honest, most don’t even know what it’s like to leave the couch. They all want the success, the family, the wife and the life he has. But for us, it feels unobtainable because it is. So we turn to someone we can relate to, like Rey Mysterio!
Despite the physical differences, Miz and Rey aren’t that different. They both do whatever it takes to get ahead. Yet, because we see ourselves in Rey, we look past all the misconduct, including using his son to cheat and win! That is because we need Rey to succeed. We yearn for his success because it makes us feel better. Rey is everything we despise in Miz! We just choose not to see it! So therefore, Miz realized that we are the ones that cannot be trusted. And Miz has found a new tag team partner going into WrestleMania. Someone he can relate to! Someone he can trust! Someone from a fighting family, a pioneer, and very dashing.
Someone who is an athlete and celebrity! Someone- Interrupted by Rey! Rey tells Miz that to get one thing straight, they’re NOT the same. Rey doesn’t know anyone who would partner with Miz. Rey knows for a fact that the locker room can’t stand Miz! So whoever it is Miz brought, whoever this outsider is, that guy can go right back to where he came from and give his WrestleMania moment to someone who deserves it. Deserves it? Miz says he knows what’s best for the industry. Not Rey, not Dom, and certainly not the fans. See, at Elimination Chamber, it was supposed to be 1v1 but it felt like a handicap match.
Did Miz deserve to lose that match? Fans say, “YES!” Did Rey deserve to win that match? “YES!” Well then, does Dom deserve a WWE contract? Or did Daddy get him one? Dom says Rey brought him in, put him in the front row since he was seven years old. Dom watched the WWE night after night, complete with blood, sweat and tears. Dom knew what it took to become a WWE superstar. Rey brought Dom here, but Dom will do whatever it takes to stay. This is Dom’s blood! This is Dom’s family! This is Dom’s life! This is everything Dom knows. So if Miz says one more thing about Rey, Dom swears to God he’ll show-
Show what? Another outnumbering? Another handicap? No! Miz and his new partner VS the Mysterios at Mania! Now allow Miz to introduce his special guest. Ladies and gentlemen, get up out of your seats for social media megastar, LOGAN PAUL! Fans boo as Logan Paul chugs his protein drink and then goes to the ring. “Oh man, oh man! No disrespect, Rey Mysterio, you’re a WWE legend and all, but uh, I’ve got pool toys bigger than you, bucko.” Dom says if this jackass is Miz’s partner, then they accept! Miz CLOBBERS Dom, Logan Paul gets Rey! Miz stomps Dom while Logan Paul dribbles Rey!
Miz & Logan Paul are fired up but fans boo. Miz & Logan Paul then POST Rey together! And then they go get Dom, to POST him, too! But they’re still not done! Logan Paul brings Rey out, feeds him to Miz, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Logan Paul wants to try something, so Miz gets Dom up and feeds him to a LOGAN PAUL FINALE! Will the biggest, most arrogant pair of jerks actually have a WrestleMania moment together?
Backstage interview with The Alpha Academy.
Kevin Patrick notes their impressive win, but how are they feeling with tonight’s main event impacting- SHOOSH! Gable knows about all that. He has a Master’s Degree and 4.0 GPA. And not from some worthless institution like the University of South Carolina. What’s their mascot again? A gamecock? A chicken!? Bawk bawk. Disgusting. Just like tonight’s main event. At least RKBRO earned a title opportunity. But Seth & KO just complain and they get this? Disgusting!
And not only that, the odds go down from 50% to 33.33 repeating! Otis hates math! But Otis loves winning. So regardless of how many opponents there are, the Academy will win. Will the numbers spell disaster for Gable & Otis after tonight?
Veer Mahaan is still on his way.
“You question because you do not understand. You do not understand because you do not believe. That is why your kingdom is empty. And soon, your kingdom will become mine.”
Rhea Ripley VS Nikki A.S.H!
The Nightmare and the Almost Super “Hero” go another round in their break-up rivalry! Will Rhea finally get past the past? Or will Nikki never leave her alone for “holding her back?”
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings and Nikki starts shouting about Rhea ruined things for her in the Chamber. Nikki SLAPS Rhea, and shouts, “I am a superhero!” Rhea HEADBUTTS Nikki down! Then she TOSSES Nikki to a corner! Rhea runs in and RAMS Nikki with a shoulder, then digs her shoulder in. The ref counts, Rhea lets off and throws body shots. Rhea says lets’ see the superhero fly! She TOSSES Nikki back the other way! Rhea runs in, but Nikki moves. Rhea stops herself, elbows Nikki, then brings her in to suplex. Rhea holds Nikki up for a count of 10 before the SLAM!
Nikki bails out but Rhea just shrugs and shakes her head. Nikki complains to commentary that Rhea’s the villain, but Rhea goes out and SMACKS Nikki off the desk! Rhea says, “I’m the villain apparently.” Rhea puts Nikki in, gets in, but Nikki clubs away on Rhea’s back! Nikki is snarling and seething, then runs into a SUPERKICK! Rhea pump handles, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
Rhea stands tall again, is she finally moving on on the Road to WrestleMania?
The Undertaker is entering the WWE Hall of Fame!
Finally, his legendary career will be given the one honor yet to be given! A truly special superstar, a mythological character in the flesh, a truly larger than life Phenom! A 30 year career, transformation and reinvention again and again, a WrestleMania streak that’ll never be replicated, and the respect of everyone, both wrestlers and fans. A true icon that crossed over into the world of entertainment outside of pro-wrestling, perhaps even the greatest of all time. #ThankYouTaker, #YouDeserveIt!
Damian Priest VS Shelton Benjamin w/ Cedric Alexander!
The Archer of Infamy has been able to keep his rage at bay, as well as keep the WWE United States Championship around his waist. But will the Gold Standard score a big win and get a golden ticket?
Raw returns and the Hurt Business make their entrance. Alexander is even more fired up for this than Benjamin, and the bell rings. Priest and Benjamin circle, Alexander distracts and Benjamin attacks! Benjamin throws hands in the corner but lets off at 4. Priest ROCKS Benjamin with haymakers but Benjamin knees low and punches back. Benjamin whips, Priest reverses and choke grips, but Benjamin slips out to throw Priest out! Alexander stays clear until the ref is busy with Benjamin, PENALTY KICK for Priest! Benjamin fetches Priest into the ring, hauls him up, OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Benjamin rains down hands as Alexander says to hurt him! Benjamin wraps on a chinlock and he has the hometown crowd on his side. Priest fights up, Benjamin knees low and whips. Priest reverses and back elbows Benjamin down! Damian might be creeping out, and he starts firing off KICKS on Benjamin! ROLLING ELBOW, then LARIAT! Benjamin gets to a corner, Priest runs in to back elbow! Priest keeps moving, he ducks and dodges to WHEEL KICK Benjamin down! Alexander distracts but Priest DECKS him! Benjamin runs in to STEP UP KNEE! And T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Priest survives but Benjamin keeps cool. Benjamin waits for Priest to stand, then runs in, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Priest choke grips, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Priest snarls, fires up, and he dragon sleepers for the RECKONING! Cover, Priest wins!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
The Gold Standard didn’t measure up to the champion, but Priest gets on the mic to give credit to Benjamin. He’s one of the few legends out here that’ll fight Priest like a man. But Priest has beaten athletes of his caliber before. In fact, there’s a whole list of former world champions that Priest has also beaten. Serious fighters, serious athletes, Priest has stepped up to their challenges and remained our US Champion. But now, Priest looks to WrestleMania! He wants his next opponent to match that caliber. Next week, Priest is volunteering his US Championship, but against someone of world title caliber.
“I am Damian Priest, the United States Champion! Who’s gonna try to take that from me?” The Archer of Infamy has held the door open, but wait! In walks FINN BALOR! The Prince already has a mic and he says, “You wanna face a serious athlete? You wanna face a serious fighter? You want a world champion level opponent? Sounds like you’re talking about me.” Fans sure like the sound of this! Balor tells Priest to be careful what he wishes for. And see you next week. Will the inaugural Universal Champion look to add one more belt to his resume?
Reggie heads to the ring!
The NEW WWE 24/7 Champion springs in, after having busted out of the Friend Zone when he took this title back. But what will he have to say about the whole thing? And will someone try to take this title away from him while he’s out in the open? We’ll se, after the break.
Raw returns and Reggie has the mic. “So, I just came out here to get something off my chest. And I promise that I won’t be interrupted by any 24/7 shenanigans until I’m done. But I would like to bring out the former 24/7 Champion, Dana Brooke. Dana, could you come out here, please?” Dana does oblige, not really sure what this is about. She gets in the ring, and he wants her to listen. He has been very supportive of her since the beginning. He cared for her, maybe as more than just friends. And he gets it, that’s all she ever wanted to be. And that was fine. But last week, Reggie just… lost sight of what was important.
Reggie saw an opportunity and took it. He couldn’t resist. But then he had this horrible feeling in his stomach. He’s just trying to say, from the bottom of his heart, he’s sorry. And more than that, he wants to show Dana that she means so much more to her. Please, let’s get a ref out here. A ref hurries, and Reggie does a flip and a spin, before he lies down for Dana! Dana is surprised, covers him, TWO! Reggie smirks, he couldn’t help it! He’s just playing. She covers deeper, TWO! He kicks out again! Dana can’t believe he’s playing around. He swears he’s not! Dana covers, and Dana KISSES Reggie! Dana wins!!
Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Talk about a literal lip lock! Dana blows Reggie a kiss, and Reggie can’t help but respect that move. But here come the others! Reggie dropkicks R-Truth away, then Dana shoves Akira Tozawa into Tamina’s arms! Tozawa wants a kiss, Tamina DUMPS him! Tamina runs into the ring, Dana and Reggie head for the hills! They run through the crowd, will the Daughter of Superfly get that belt off Dana?
Bianca Belair is here!
The EST won last week’s gauntlet, and she won the Elimination Chamber match, which means she’s going back to WrestleMania! Bianca is ready to go after the Raw Women’s Championship and Becky Lynch, and we’ll hear her thoughts, after the break.
Raw returns and Bianca has the mic while fans chant “EST!” Yes, your girl is going back to WrestleMania! Last year, history was made when she main evented and won the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And now she’s gonna run it all the way back. Only, this time for the Raw Women’s Championship, and we all know how she feels about “Big Time” Becky Lynch. But before getting into all that, Bianca gives it up to all the other women in the Chamber match. Fans cheer, and Bianca says, “Those are some tough women.” Especially Doudrop, her opponent here tonight. But can there only be one toughEST.
Bianca is the EST, that means she’s the strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the best, but she wants to get this across: she is the hardEST working woman in the WWE! She has been working non-stop just for this moment! So if you think she’s about to let up now, “Girl. Uh-uh.” Just in six weeks, she’ll show Becky exactly why you can’t WrestleMania without the E S T. But speaking of, here comes Becky! Becky holds up her title, still having it after defeating Lita. Becky goes to the ring, gets herself a mic, and she “congratulates” Bianca for making it back to the big time.
And while Bianca doesn’t get any bigger than the only two women to ever win a WrestleMania main event, them going 1v1 in this year’s main event, just don’t forget Bianca got here is because Becky did it first. Oh? Bianca admits, Becky did it first. But Bianca did it better. Oh, you did it better? Okay, well, if Becky remembers correctly, Becky walked out WM35 as #BeckyTwoBelts! One of those titles, the Raw title, has been hers ever since! She hasn’t lost it in three years! And the other, well, gosh. It was just six months ago today, happy anniversary, when Becky won it off Bianca in just 26 seconds.
Bianca was waiting on that. Becky loves bringing it up like we all forget. Oh, Becky knows no one forgets. Bianca uses it to play victim. What? Victim? Well Bianca could’ve tucked away her braid and left so Becky wouldn’t have to worry about her anymore, which is what Becky wanted. But Bianca actually listened to Becky. Becky said to go to the back of the line, which is what happened. Because then, after Survivor Series, Bianca was the Sole Survivor. Bianca then fought her way through and won the Elimination Chamber and didn’t make any excuses. So she isn’t a victim, never claimed to be one-
Right, she’s not! Becky’s the victim! Yes! Listen to the people chant! Before Bianca came along, the people loved Becky! The Man of the People! Bianca raises an eyebrow as Becky says she had a hero’s welcome. But because of Bianca, the people despise Becky. And for that, Becky despises Bianca. At Elimination Chamber, we saw what Becky did to Lita. Lita is someone Becky loved. So imagine what she does to someone she despises. This isn’t Bianca’s redemption story, it’s Becky’s! Well if Becky wants to play victim, how about Bianca just make her one? Off come the earrings! But here comes Doudrop!
Becky points to Piper Niven as she heads down the ramp, knowing Bianca has her hands full. Will the EST get past Doudrop again to give Big Time Becks something to think about?
Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
Raw returns again and the bell rings. Becky’s on commentary as Bianca and Piper approach. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Piper pushes Bianca back a step. Bianca pushes Piper back to a corner, but the ref counts. Bianca lets off, blows kisses to Piper and Becky, but Piper puts Bianca in the corner. Piper digs her hands into Bianca’s face but lets off as the ref counts. Bianca dodges Piper to headlock! Piper powers up and out, Bianca handsprings over and tells Piper to kiss this! Piper runs in, Bianca dodges, hurdles, but Piper counters hip toss to a rolling cradle, ONE! Piper scoops Bianca but Bianca slips off.
Piper blocks the whip, whips Bianca, but Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to then dropkick Piper back! Bianca kips up and fans fire up as Bianca runs in to RAM Piper. Bianca RAMS in again, lets off at 4, and then bumps Piper off buckles. Becky says it isn’t her fault for using sneaky tactics, it is her opponents’ faults for not seeing that coming. Bianca bumps Piper off buckles, but Piper bumps Bianca back. Piper CLUBS Bianca, then throws a heavy body shot. Piper bumps Bianca off more buckles, but Bianca hits back with body shots! Fans rally but Piper DECKS Bianca! Piper looms over Bianca then brings her up.
Piper whips but Bianca stops from hitting buckles. Bianca bumps Piper off buckles, but Piper fights the torture rack! Piper goes to ropes for defense, Bianca is after her, but the ref has Bianca back off. Piper HEADBUTTS Bianca! Bianca just snarls and handsprings to kick Piper down! Bianca then goes out to CROSSBODY Piper down! Bianca tells Becky that the belt’s gonna be hers, but then Piper CROSSBODIES back! Becky laughs at Bianca for that one as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Piper grinds Bianca down in a cobra clutch. Bianca endures, fans rally up for the EST, and Bianca gets up to throw body shots. Bianca is free, but she swings into a SAIDO! Becky says Bianca should focus on Doudrop so that wouldn’t happen. Piper runs corner to corner, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Bianca feeds off the energy! Handspring MOONSAULT! Becky no longer likes what she sees as Bianca gets Piper up. Bianca reels Piper in, suplexes, but Piper powers out and wrenches to whip. Bianca goes up, tells Piper to kiss this, then goes over. Piper runs into a spin, Bianca tries again, but still no suplex!
Piper tries but Bianca blocks. Bianca manages to SNAP SUPLEX Piper down! Becky is seething, claims the jacket is too warm for this arena, but Bianca fires up. Bianca goes after Piper, blocks a buckle bump and elbows free. Bianca goes to boot but Piper blocks it to throw Bianca down hard! Piper runs corner to corner again, CANNONBALL into buckles as Bianca moves! Both women are down and fans fire up! Bianca drags Piper to a cover, TWO! Becky applauds Piper’s toughness but Bianca stomps Piper. Bianca drags Piper up but Piper scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Piper can’t believe Bianca survives, but this is the toughEST, after all! Piper gets up, stomps Bianca, then goes to the corner. But Bianca gets up to bump Piper off buckles! RUNNING POWERBOMB!! The strongEST shocks Becky! Bianca still isn’t done, as she gets Piper up the corner for the torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
And Becky can’t stand it! Becky gets up on the desk to make sure Bianca sees her holding up the belt. But will Becky still be a champion after another WrESTleMania moment?
WWE celebrate Black History Month.
Booker T visited the For Oak Cliff Community Center in the Oak Cliff Dallas area. For Oak Cliff was founded by Taylor Toynes and Xavier Henderson, two young men who grew up in the area and even worked as teachers before founding the organization. They want to build the community up through their four pillars: education, advocacy, community building, and art. They serve all ages, and have served more than 30 THOUSAND community members, and have distributed 1.4 MILLION pounds of food.
EDGE is here!
The Rated R Superstar is fired up and so is South Carolina! Especially for the pyro! Edge goes to the ring, and sits in the chair already waiting for him. “You smell that? C’mon, South Carolina, you gettin’ a whiff of that? I’m not talking about my massively manly pheromones that totally reek of awesomeness. No, that’s the smell of WrestleMania in the air.” Edge wants to take us back a bit: WrestleMania 3! Edge sat beside his uncle’s radio to wait for the match results. Finally, the DJ cuts in, “Hulk Hogan has body slammed Andre the Giant. Not only that, he beat Andre the Giant.” Edge will never forget that.
That’s why his heartrate goes up and everyone else in the locker room understands the physical and emotional toll it takes to get on the Showcase of the Immortals. Edge knows firsthand. The first Mania he was on as a talent was 14, that’s how old he is. Fans cheer and Edge says it’s good to be back. But Edge took two more years to actually get on the show. He finally got his match, he threw caution to the wind and put on the performance to elevate his career. And they did it! But in doing that, Edge understood the stakes. He understood that every year, he’d have to outdo himself.
At Mania 17, against two of the greatest tag teams of all time, in a TLC match, on possibly the greatest show of all time, they stole the show. We’re thinking about you, D-Von! Then at Mania 21, Edge won the first Money in the Bank ladder match. Then at Mania 22, he put Mick Foley through a burning table and stole the show again! Then at Mania 24, Edge main evented against The Undertaker. The world title against the streak, and Edge came that close. Also, congrats to the Deadman’s Hall of Fame induction, you deserve it. But then WrestleMania 27, Edge had what he thought was his last match, where he retired as WHC.
For many, that’d be enough. Not for Edge. So Edge busted his ass for 10 years to get WrestleMania back! Last year, Mania 37, Edge main evented again. For 38 years, WrestleMania has been the stuff of dreams. Some kids dream of the Stanley Cup, the Super Bowl or Broadway, but not Edge. Edge dreams of WrestleMania. And ever year, Edge still dreams that dream. What it’ll feel like to go down the aisle, what it’ll feel like to stand in the ring, and what it’ll feel like to soak in all the energy of the fans so that he can be phenomenal! Because at Mania, Edge makes everyone and everything around him better!
Edge steps up to the challenges. At Mania, you need to throw caution to win, fight your inner demons, and become undeniable. Edge needs WrestleMania. This is supposed to be the most stupendous Mania ever, but you can’t say that without Edge! As much as Edge needs Mania, Mania needs Edge. So Edge is throwing down the gauntlet, laying down a challenge to everyone in the locker room! Someone needs to step up. If you wanna prove yourself, stand across the ring at WrestleMania against a man who is still the best in the industry today! A certifiable legend! Fight Edge at WrestleMania and he’ll make you live forever.
“So step up, boys. I’ll be waiting.” The Rated R Superstar just put out the biggest call to action ever! Will someone answer it? Will more than one answer it?
RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens!
The Stallion & The Viper, the former Raw Tag Team Champions, won the Alpha Academy Academic Challenge and have their tag title rematch. However, the Architect & Prizefighter have politicked their way into an opportunity of their own! Will Seth Freakin’ Owens and Kevin Freakin’ Owens add themselves to that match? Or will RKBRO deny them their path to Wrestle Freakin’ Mania?
Raw returns and KO makes his entrance, followed by Rollins. The teams sort out, and Riddle starts against Rollins. Fans sing Rollins’ theme, but then Kevin and Rollins switch. Kevin and Riddle tie up, Riddle waistlocks and SLAMS Kevin down. Kevin gets up, elbows free and switches the waistlock, then gets a headlock, Riddle powers out but Kevin runs him over! Riddle is right up but he holds back. They tie up. Riddle shoots around to get a SLEEPER! Kevin snapmares free, SENTONS Riddle, then taunts Orton. Kevin stomps Riddle, brings him around, and CHOPS him! Tag to Rollins and Rollins throws hands on Riddle.
Fans rally for Orton, Riddle fireman’s carries! Rollins slips free, runs and SLINGBLADES Riddle down! Rollins struts and the fans sing, “OH~ OH~ OOOOH~!” Rollins brings Riddle up, but Riddle gut wrench suplexes him away! Tag to Orton and fans fire up! Orton stomps Rollins’ legs, then he stomps Rollins’ arms. Orton drags Rollins up to scrape laces on the face, then he tags Riddle in. Snapmare and ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, ONE! Riddle hurries to chinlock and bring Rollins around. Orton tags in to stomp Rollins back down. Orton knees low, whips to ropes, but Rollins kicks him back!
Rollins throws body shots and haymakers, but the ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, but Orton DECKS Kevin before Kevin can hit him! Orton then throws Rollins right out! Orton goes after Rollins, but Kevin saves Rollins from the back suplex! Only for Kevin to take the ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! But Rollins DIVES and blasts Orton over the desk! Fans fire up and Rollins tells Kevin to get up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns once more, and Rollins has Orton in a facelock. Orton reaches for Riddle but Rollins whips him away into the corner, only for Orton to rebound and LARIAT! Both men are down, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin runs over to DECK Riddle! Kevin then stomps Orton while mocking him, and he covers, TWO! Kevin clamps on with a chinlock but fans rally up for “RANDY! RANDY!” Orton fights up, reaches out, but Kevin keeps him form ropes. So Orton shifts to get a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up again as Orton crawls, but Alpha Academy is watching backstage. They don’t like this, hot tags to Rollins and Riddle!
Riddle fires off a flurry of palm strikes, then spins around Rollins to PELE! Riddle kips up, goes side to side to forearm smash in the corner! And then from the other side! But Rollins fights the Brosploder! Only to spin into the BROSPLODER! BROTON on top! And a PENALTY KICK! Then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Riddle keeps his focus. Fans rally, Riddle goes up, but Rollins drags him down. Riddle elbows Rollins away but Kevin trips Riddle up behind the ref’s back! Rollins has Riddle in a Tree of Woe and goes up, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up but Rollins can’t believe it! Tag to Kevin, he brings Riddle up to pump handle, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives again and Kevin is furious! Kevin waits for Riddle to stand, he kicks but no stunner! Kevin still ROCKS Orton, but Riddle gets around. Ripcord, but Kevin breaks free to ENZIGURI! Kevin tags Rollins, then Kevin climbs! SWANTON BOMB! Rollins is right up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Riddle survives again and neither Kevin, Rollins or the fans can believe it! Fans are fired up for “RKBRO!” but Rollins tells them to shut up! Tag back to Kevin and they get Riddle up.
Riddle lands out of the double back suplex! He dodges Rollins, then Kevin, hot tag to Orton! The Viper rallies on the Prizefighter, then dodges to POWERSLAM! Rollins runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Orton gets Rollins up and into the ropes! Orton also has Kevin, but Rollins drops down! Kevin is still stuck, so Kevin gets the DRAPING DDT! Fans are fired up again as Orton hears the voices in his head! RK- NO! But Riddle tags in! Kevin SUPERKICKS Orton, clotheslines him out, but Riddle ROUNDHOUSES again and again! Kevin blocks, STOMPS a toe, and Rollins sneaks around to CURB STOMP Orton on the ramp!!
Kevin runs into a back elbow! Riddle goes up, FLOATING BORO ATTACK! But Rollins tags in! Kevin swings, into a RK- NO!! Rollins catches Riddle for a BUCKLE BOMB! STUNNER from Kevin! CURB STOMP from Rollins!!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!!!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall (added to the Raw Tag Team Championship match)
They freakin’ did it! The Academy is furious, will they no longer be champions after the Triple Threat they’re now in? Or can Chad Gable and his Master’s Degree cook up a way to escape with the gold?
So Raw ended up better than Elimination Chamber, if only by a little bit. Lesnar and Heyman had a very good promo segment to open, and while Lesnar going to SmackDown this week makes all the sense, I’m more surprised they’re trying to add something more to the Road to WrestleMania at the last minute. A “roadblock” at Madison Square Garden, since we’re not getting Fastlane this year, which originally was “Roadblock the PPV.” I hope they put this MSG event on the Peacock, or else what’s the point? And though they kayfabed Lashley’s shoulder injury as a concussion, he’s not going to be cleared to compete and who knows who Lesnar faces. Lesnar is still winning, though, they aren’t going to say Winner Takes All is happening and then make a U-turn on it.
I really liked Edge’s promo teasing no less than three different possibilities. He said “phenomenal” for AJ Styles, “inner demon” for Finn, and “live forever” for Damian Priest. Priest had a decent match with Benjamin, but we all know those guys could do way better than that. I was surprised Priest’s open challenge was answered so soon, but it’s awesome that Finn Balor was the one. Balor hasn’t been US Champion yet, that’d be awesome if he got it. Hell, I would love if all four guys had a match for that title at WrestleMania. Edge has had the US title but only once, way back when it was still called the WCW US Championship. I don’t know if Edge, a part-timer, would win the title, but he’d add something special to the match.
Speaking of Finn, his surprise return actually being part of the tag match with Ciampa was great, too. It was a really good match, but of course Ciampa and Finn win since Finn was back and Ciampa is going to face Ziggler tomorrow on NXT as NXT builds towards Bron Breakker’s next challenger. Ziggler probably finds a way to win so he can then take on Bron. We got a decent Miz TV, and sadly the Logan Paul news leaked, so despite everyone thinking it would be free agent Cody Rhodes, it was not Cody Rhodes. Miz did his best to tease things in his promo, but all just to make Logan Paul the disappointing swerve. The Mysterios are surely winning this, but probably pinning Miz, not Logan Paul.
Rhea VS Nikki happened again because Vince let one too many women wrestlers go, but there’s a chance this feud is far from over. The 24/7 Championship situation has gotten even sadder. I was actually digging that they made it the crux of the relationship between Dana and Reggie, but Reggie regretting what he did and letting Dana have the title back was a bit sad. I hope someone out of Tamina, Tozawa and Truth get that title off Dana and Reggie at Mania, to then leave Dana and Reggie to figure out their kayfabe romance. Hell, why hasn’t this title been on SmackDown and Fox at all? Does Fox just not care about this thing anymore?
Bianca had a great promo segment with Becky, and a great match with Piper. This match tonight from Piper and Bianca should’ve been how their blow-off from their best of three series went last year. But in the end, Bianca is going to build a lot of momentum going towards WrestleMania and we’re going to see an epic match. And then, in quite the twist for the tag titles, Rollins & Kevin just have their contenders opportunity. Alpha Academy have a great match with the Profits to get momentum, and have a good promo to note on Rollins & Kevin getting their chance.
RKBRO VS Rollins & Kevin was great stuff, and naturally Kevin & Rollins find a way to win. That tag title triple threat is going to be great stuff and really could go any which way. And if I recall, Kevin used to have the “Kevin Freakin’ Owens” thing going for him, maybe he should bring that back. Then he and Seth can be the Best Freakin’ Friends!
My Score: 8.3/10
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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.
.@MeanGiaMiller caught up with @FrankieKazarian and #RichSwann to talk about @Walking_Weapon's unfortunate injury and @SteveMaclin replacing him as their partner TONIGHT at #Sacrifice! #CountdownToSacrifice pic.twitter.com/jdnqk6BLN9
— 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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