Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/7/22)
Syfy gets Raw!
Will RKBRO earn a Raw Tag Team title match?
Raw may be on Syfy, but this isn’t science fiction! Either Randy Orton & Matt Riddle win the quiz bowl, or they lose their chance at the tag titles!
- The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Final Round: Quiz Bowl – The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO; RKBRO wins and are going to challenge The Alpha Academy for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
- The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Alpha Academy wins.
- WWE United States Championship Contender’s Match: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles; Styles wins and earns a future title match.
- Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS The Miz w/ Maryse; Dominik wins.
- Bianca Belair VS Nikki A.S.H; Belair wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Friend Zoning Permits: Dana Brooke retains the title.
- Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory; Kevin wins.
- Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Niven wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins; Riddle wins, by disqualification.
- RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens; Rollins & Kevin win.
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Raw is on SyFy!
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The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, Final Round: Quiz Bowl – The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO!
This is it! The final round of Chad Gable’s challenge, and it’s for all the marbles! Either Randy Orton & Matt Riddle win here and have a tag title match on the horizon, or “Master” Gable and Otis the tree trunk deny them. Kevin Patrick welcomes us to the show and introduces the teams. Kevin explains that this is must-win for RKBRO, and revisits the last two round with a video package. Gable arrogantly failed the spelling bee, but then had Otis be a massive speedbump for Riddle in the scooter race. Now, Kevin will explain- SHOOOOSH! Gable can handle this. He’ll explain it in a way even the mouth breathers of Denver can understand.
This is a quiz bowl. They will be given categories and multiple choice questions. A correct answer gets one point, but an incorrect answer, which will of course come from RKBRO, the other team has a chance to steal. First to five wins! Kev, hit us with the categories! They are: Greek Mythology; Film & Literature; Cartoons; Biology; Metric Conversions; Geography; US Presidents; Sports; and Pop Culture. Since Alpha Academy won last round, they get to go first. Gable says US Presidents! Which US President was first to be elected with a college degree? Was it: A) George Washington; B) Abraham Lincoln; C) Thomas Jefferson; or D) John Adams?
Gable says this is a cake walk. He knows college degrees cuz he has his Master’s Degree with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Don’t boo education, guys. Education is why we’re here tonight. Washington led the revolution but that dummy didn’t go to college. This is D, John Adams. Correct! Now, RKBRO’s turn. Riddle wants something he’s good at: Biology. “An octopus may have 8 arms, but how many hearts does it have?” A) 1; B) 2; C) 5; or D) 3. Hmm… Riddle’s cousin is a marine biologist and they went to Maui and they dissected an octopus, so Riddle says D, 3. Correct! Orton is proud of Riddle but Gable says that was all luck.
Gable goes with Greek Mythology! “Who flew too close to the sun and fell to his death when his wax wings melted?” A) Apollo; B) Helios; C) Icarus; or D) Pegasus. Yawn. Was that really the question? Gable is snoozing with these softballs. It’s C, Icarus! Correct! RKBRO’s turn. Orton says they’ll go with something even easier. Cartoons! Fans like the sound of that. “Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle used a pair of nunchucks to fight Shredder?” A) Leonardo; B) Donatello; C) Michelangelo; or D) Raphael. Fans know this one, too! Riddle says, “Cowabunga, dude!” C, Mikey! Correct! And Gable can’t believe this! How did this get in the challenge?
Orton tells Gable to shut up and let his partner, Otis, answer something. That’s not a bad idea. Gable’s been training Otis, he’s ready. Otis goes for… Geography. “Which of these states is largest of the 48 continental United States?” A) Texas; B) California; C) Montana; or D) Colorado. Otis says if this was about lowest IQ, it’s Colorado. Fans boo again, but Otis tells ’em to shut up! Everything is bigger in A, Texas. Gable is super proud of Otis because that is correct. RKBRO’s turn again. Riddle says Pop Culture! In 2018, global superstar Justin Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin, who is the daughter of which famous Baldwin brother? A) Stephen; B) Alec; C) Billy; or D) Daniel?
Riddle takes a moment to talk with Orton. Orton has no idea about this one. Riddle wants to use a lifeline, and he’ll call Justin Bieber. What? There’s no life lines in this game. Orton takes a stab, Alec. WRONG. The Alpha Academy gets a chance to steal. Gable says this man happens to be in one of his favorite films, Biodome, it is A! Stephen! Correct! They’re ahead 4-2, and could finish this off! Gable is gonna enjoy this. With all the downtime RKBRO will have, they can go read a book and learn something. Kev, give Gable Film & Literature. Which Shakespeare play has been adapted into the most movies? A) Romeo & Juliet; B) Hamlet; C) Othello; or D) Macbeth?
Otis gets fired up hearing about ham but Gable has him calm down. It is the greatest love story of all time, but Otis wants to talk about ham. Shoosh, Otis. Just like that kiss being the kiss of death, kiss the titles good bye! Romeo & Juliet! WRONG! Wait, what?! That buzzer startled Gable. To be, or not to be, that is the question, Randy. Does Riddle know it? Yes. It is HAMLET! Otis was gonna say it! So Otis wasn’t just talking about ham? RKBRO, you must get this one correct or Alpha Academy can win it. Fans are shouting categories, but Orton says sports. Fans like that choice.
“Which quarterback has the most wins in Denver Broncos history?” Fans really like this question! A) Peyton Manning; B) Jake Plummer; C) Jay Cutler; or D) John Elway. Fans are cheering the answer and Orton asks them for help. Is it A? “NO!” Is it B? “NO!” Is it C? “NO!” So is it JOHN FREAKIN’ ELWAY!? YES!! Final answer, D! CORRECT! Gable says the fans can’t help! That’s against the rules! But now here comes what could be the last question. Gable wants fans to shoosh and that buzzer turned down so he can think. Fans refuse to shoosh, so Gable nervously asks for the only category not yet chosen: Metric Conversions.
“How many grams are in an ounce?” A) 16; B) 32; C) 28; or D) 12. SHOOSH! Gable needs to think! SHOOSH! Gable panics and can’t decide! Final answer, 12! WRONG! Gable gets startled again. And Orton smiles because he knows Riddle knows. “So the other day when I was calibrating my scale…” Orton says he can take this. Really? How does Orton know? You think Riddle’s the only one that bakes, bro? It is exactly, precisely 28. CORRECT! RKBRO wins!
Winners: RKBRO (NEW #1 Contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championships)
Gable says that wasn’t a question in the approved cards! Riddle says SHOOSH! And Gable, you just got outsmarted by the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment! R K BRO! Gable blames the fans but then the buzzer keeps messing with him. Will the Viper & The Stallion add on to the misery when they take the tag titles back?
But then the Street Profits appear! Montez Ford has a question for Angelo Dawkins: Who just lost the quiz bowl? Alpha Academy! CORRECT! Bonus question: Guess who now owes RKBRO a tag title match? The… Alpha Academy! CORRECT! Gable asks if they think they’re funny. Here’s a brain buster for them! Who’s about to get their asses kicked by the Alpha Academy? Oh, is that a challenge? Well this is the Mile High City, so let’s get high tonight! The Street Profits are up, and WE WANT THE SMOKE! But then Otis CLOBBERS Ford! Will Dawkins make sure the tree trunk gets chopped down? Or will the Alpha Academy instantly redeem themselves?
The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!
The teams sort out, Ford starts with Gable, but Ford dropkicks Otis right at the bell! Gable waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ford lands on his feet! Ford KICKS, CHOPS, hurdles, follows and LARIATS Gable down! Ford keeps moving, PENALTY KICK puts Gable in the Profits corner. Tag to Dawkins, they whip Gable, run him over, then Dawkins covers, TWO. Dawkins headlocks, Gable powers out, but Dawkins runs him over again. Dawkins keeps moving, Gable drops but Dawkins hurdles and whips. Gable drops to gator roll, but Dawkins rolls free. Things keep moving, Gable hurdles, Dawkins handsprings!
Gable arm-drags, Dawkins arm-drags! Dawkins dropkicks and fans fire up! Tag to Ford, Dawkins whips him in but Gable puts him on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS, but Otis trips Ford up! Fans boo, Ford drags himself in, and Gable tags Otis in. Otis storms over to drag Ford up, CLUB him down, and then whip him to the corner. Ford goes up and over, but Otis CLOBBERS Ford! Otis stalks Ford to ropes, drags him up, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to SPLASH! Fans boo but Otis stalks Ford to ropes again. Otis drags Ford up, whips him to ropes, and throws a heavy body shot. Fans rally but Otis snapmares Ford down.
Otis clamps onto a neck wrench and leans on Ford. Ford endures, fans rally up, and Ford fights up. Otis CLUBS Ford down, then ROCKS him to a corner. Otis runs in to SPLASH, then goes corner to corner again. Ford dodges, Otis POSTS himself! Ford crawls, but Gable gets Otis out of the corner. Otis brings Ford up, Ford ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dawkins! Gable tags in but Dawkins rallies on him! Gable spins Dawkins around to ROCK him, then he whips. Dawkins hurdles again, FLYING ELBOW! EXPLODER! Dawkins drags Gable up to whip to a corner, and hits the CYCLONE SPLASH!
Dawkins keeps moving, and moving, but Gable throat chops him! OVERHEAD Belly2Bell! Cover, TWO! Gable snarls and goes up the corner, to MOONSAULT! He lands on his feet as Dawkins moves, Dawkins JABS! Double underooks, SILENCER! Cover, Otis breaks it! Otis throws Ford, Ford kicks back but Otis blocks. Ford ENZIGURIS again, then dumps Otis out! Ford builds speed to FLY! Direct hit with that superman tope! Dawkins rolls Gable up, TWO!! Gable swings, Dawkins spins him, but no Silencer that time! Leg pick, ANKLE LOCK!! Dawkins rolls, but Gable sits on it! The Alpha Academy wins!
Winners: The Alpha Academy, by pinfall
Gable snatches one away #ForTheAcademy! But will Gable & Otis have to study hard to be ready for their rematch with RKBRO?
MVP is in the ring!
“Ladies and gentlemen of the WWE Universe. It is my privilege, my honor, as a matter of fact, everyone please rise.” Not just because this man is from Denver, but because this is the Beast Slaying, Brock Breaking, title taking, All Might, TWO-TIME REIGNING! DEFENDING! UNDISPUTED! WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD! Bobby! Lashley!! The Rocky Mountain Machine makes his way out, another nice suit to go with the world title around his waist. Lashley has a big smile, too, as his hometown cheers him on. MVP says last week, they should’ve had a proper celebration because Lashley won “The collision with consequences.”
A match built up for decades, two Leviathans going head to head, Lashley VS Lesnar, and Lashley slayed The Beast and took back HIS WWE World Championship! Now, there are some out there saying that Lashley only one because Roman Reigns interfered. But Lahsley didn’t see or no about that. Lesnar would’ve still done the same exact things. Lashley could’ve seen things and still capitalized because in the end, he pinned Lesnar and stood victorious! Last week, there should’ve been a ticker tape parade, a marching band, show girls and champagne! Last week should’ve been Bobby Lashley Day!
But instead, what did we get? Adam Pearce telling Lashley that he’d have to defend this title in the Elimination Chamber match against five other superstars. And that brings us back to Lesnar. Lesnar won the Royal Rumble match, no question about that. A very impressive feat. Evne more, considering two hours before, Lashley left him laying. But Lesnar earned a match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. However, Lesnar entering the Chamber and taking the All Mighty’s title to make it Winner Takes All at Mania? Pure fantasy! Lashley will leave the Chamber the same way he did the Rumble: WWE World Champion!
That’s not to disparage the other five superstars in the match. AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, former champions and two of the best to have ever done it. There’s also Matt Riddle and Austin Theory, the future of this company. All stellar stars. But they’re just men. When you talk about Lashley and Lesnar, those are monsters! And MVP’s associate, Lashley, is the biggest, baddest monster of them all! Lashley says, “The champ lives here!” Lesnar has disrespected Lashley for the last time. Lesnar showed up in his MMA gear, all pumped up, demanding a rematch. You don’t make demands of the All Mighty.
“Brock Lesnar came in, saying this and saying that, demanding everything that he never worked for. Brock Lesnar… When was the last time Brock Lesnar defended the WWE title? More importantly, when was the last time Brock Lesnar had a match on Raw?” Lashley truly hopes that it comes down to him and Lesnar in the Chamber, just so Lashley can pin Lesnar once again! Lashley isn’t locked inside the Chamber with Lesnar, it’ll be Lesnar locked inside the Chamber with Lashley! Fans cheer, and Lashley takes a moment to enjoy it.
So Lashley will say this: When Lesnar wakes up, shaking at the mere sound of “Bobby Lashley,” the so-called Beast can challenge for the Universal Championship. Meanwhile, Lashley will defend HIS title in the main event of WrestleMania! Will the Rocky Mountain Machine write the final chapter with Brock Lesnar? Will the Beast turn the Chamber into Suplex City? Or will one of the other four entrants surprise everyone in Saudi Arabia?
Alexa Bliss continues her therapy.
The doctor can’t deny how well she looks with the substitute Lily. Separation from something she loves can be difficult, but he wants to prove she can do it. Remember, this has been a replica. So then, please hand it back. He holds out a hand, Alexa hands it over. See? It’ll be okay. She gets emotional again, perhaps progress is more difficult to make than expected.
WWE United States Championship Contender’s Match: Damian Priest VS AJ Styles!
The Archer of Infamy is still US Champion, and the Phenomenal One is going for the world title in the Elimination Chamber match, but that doesn’t mean this title can’t be on the agenda. Will Styles avoid waking Damian to pin Priest and set up another title match?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Priest. They tie up, Styles gets around to CHOP! Priest TOSSES Styles to a corner, Styles dodge and CHOPS again. Styles whips but Priest blocks so Styles CHOPS again. Styles runs, into a FLYING ELBOW! Styles gest to the ropes, Priest rushes over but Styles dumps him out! Priest stands, Styles SLINGSHOT FOREARMS Priest down! Styles gets Priest up and in, Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Styles keeps close and clamps on a chinlock. Priest powers up to RAM Styles in a corner, then he FLAPJACKS Styles down! Priest runs to BACK ELBOW in the corner!
Styles slips out of Broken Arrow but Priest bucks the waistlock to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Priest sits Styles up to clamp onto the arm, but Styles gets to a corner. The ref counts, Priest lets off with an uppercut! Priest hoists Styles up top, climbs up to join him, and stands Styles up. Styles resists the superplex, slips under and trips Priest up! Priest hits buckles, Styles fireman’s carries! Priest fights off, dragon sleeper, but Styles slips to turn it around! Priest fights free, Styles kicks and reels him in! Priest fights out of the Clash, Styles ducks the heel kick! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!
Priest gets to a corner, Styles runs in, but Priest dodges! Styles hits buckles, but he elbows Priest away. QUEBRADA, but Priest gets clear! HEEL KICK! Down goes Styles, but Priest drags him up to HEADLOCK DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Styles is still in this and Priest is frustrated. Priest drags Styles up, fans rally, and Styles ROCKS Priest with a forearm! Priest ROCKS Styles back, Styles fires off more forearms. Priest kicks and KICKS and KICKS! Styles blocks the rolling elbow, PHENOMENAL BLITZ! Priest dodges the lariat to JUMP KICK! Styles PELES! But Priest falls onto the cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as both men are down. Priest crawls to a corner, gets himself up to his feet, but Styles runs in. Priest puts Styles on the apron but Styles ROCKS Priest! Styles springboards, into a HARD right! Priest stands Styles up to HEADBUTT! Priest runs, into a PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship)
Styles just got himself a future United States Championship match! Will Priest be able to keep his cool the next time he faces the Phenomenal One?
To determine a challenger at WrestleMania for the Raw Women’s Championship, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber match! Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley, “Doudrop” Piper Nivens, Bianca Belair, Nikki A.S.H, and a competitor to still be determined will battle to get a golden ticket to Dallas! Who will be the sixth and final entrant?
Seth Rollins talks with Kevin Owens backstage.
The Visionary cheers on “K O! K O! K O!” Rollins knows Kevin is getting ready for his match with Theory, but Rollins just wants to say, “I can’t believe you’re not in the Chamber match with me!” The nerve of Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville making Kevin fight for a spot. Kevin never did like Pearce. Rollins never did, either. But no need to be sad or upset, because here’s the thing. With Rollins’ “influence” and support, and Kevin’s determination and popularity, Kevin has a good feeling that after he beats Theory, management will have no choice but to put Kevin in and take Theory out. Then they’re both in!
That’s a great idea! Not sure if that’s how it works, but Rollins likes the enthusiasm. Rollins has Kevin’s back and is rooting for him. He’s not just saying that, is he? He’s not… lying, right? Rollins laughs that off. Rollins is many things, but a liar is not one of them. Good luck! Will the Prizefighter #JustKeepFighting until he’s in the Chamber at Theory’s expense?
The Miz & Maryse head to the ring!
The It Couple is back, ready to host an all new Miz TV! Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and before things get started, Miz wants everyone to get up on their feet, show the respect his wife deserves! Such guts, such determination! Show your love for the most beautiful, gorgeous, sexy and intelligent woman, Miz’s wife, MARYSE! She is his queen! Miz says, speaking of royalty, these are lucha royalty! Welcome the man Miz defeated in Dominik, and his legendary father, Rey Mysterio! The Mysterios make their way out, Miz and Maryse “dance” to the theme song, and Miz welcomes the Mysterios to take a seat.
Miz knows they’re curious as to why he invited them on the show. When he senses conflict, he faces it head on. He noticed some hostility last week. Just in case anyone was wondering what he means, he plays footage from last week. Miz pretended that Rey tripped him, so that he could sucker Dom into a Skull-Crushing Finale. Miz says he looks at that and sees nothing wrong. Rey goes, “Really?” So Rey has a problem? If Miz means using underhanded tactics to beat Dom, then yes, Rey has a problem. Underhanded? Miz? Is Rey saying Miz is a cheater? Fans chant, “YES!” Miz raises his hand and hopes they know what it means.
“When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!” Miz is NOT a cheater! Look no further than Edge & Beth Phoenix at the Royal Rumble! Beth punched and kicked Miz, illegally! It’s amazing that when Beth or Rey or Edge or Eddie Guerrero use underhanded tactics, they’re cheered. Yet Miz gets booed and called a cheater! Miz isn’t a cheater, he just outsmarted them. Dom, here’s advice. Miz has been here a long time, so you know what he’s getting. If you lose, that’s on you. MIZ was cheated out of being in the Elimination Chamber and the WWE World Championship, a position he should be in!
But who got that instead? Rey Mysterio! Even though Miz has been on a tear since winning the Money in the Bank contract! That he cheated to win. Uh, Miz beat Drew McIntyre when McIntyre was unstoppable. With Lashley’s help. But he became WWE Champion! Fans still call Miz a cheater and he gets mad now. Miz isn’t a cheater! He’s the biggest star in this company! Miz was on Dancing with the Stars!! Miz is the ONLY two-time Grand Slam Champion in the HISTORY of the WWE! But is he on posters? Is he on the trucks? Is he on WWE 2K22? NOPE! But y’know whose face is? It’s REY! Available worldwide on March 11th.
Surprise, surprise! BOOYAKA BOOYAKA! What does Rey have that Miz doesn’t? What does Rey have that Maryse doesn’t? She should be on WWE 2K games! Did you see her at the Rumble? She was tremendous! Maryse says Rey could learn a thing or two from him. He could become Rey Maryse-sterio! Yes, that’s actually pretty clever. But no thanks. Miz is just asking for a little respect here. Where is HIS appreciation? The cheers?! The respect?! Dom says, “Exactly.” Where is Miz’s respect? Dom gets up, and says Miz should show REY some respect. Oh, is this how things are now? Rey hides behind his son? Does Dom want to put his big boy pants on?
Miz says if Dom wants a rematch, then it’ll happen tonight! Rey isn’t sure but Dom says it’s all good. “You’re on!” Miz never noticed. Dom is a lot taller than his dad. Are we sure he’s not Eddie’s son? Rey wants to go after Miz now, but Dom keeps him back. Dom says he’ll handle this. And he shoves Miz down! Miz scrambles out of the ring and Dom is fired up now! Will the Hollywood A-Lister be able to compose himself? Raw goes picture in picture as the ring is prepped for the match! In fact, Dom helps by throwing the chairs out at The Miz!
Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS The Miz w/ Maryse!
Miz riles up the fans as he stands on the announce desk. Dom waits on Miz in the ring, Miz and Maryse pace around the ring, and Miz whispers something to Maryse. Perhaps the It Couple is planning their newest underhanded tactic. Dom wants after Miz as soon as he’s on the apron but Miz shouts for him to stay back. Miz finally gets in, the ref checks with each man, and the bell rings. Miz bails right out! Miz acts like that’s something to be proud off but fans are booing and giving thumbs down. Miz gets back in, grins as he trolls Dom and just exits the ring again. Dom is getting annoyed but Miz whispers things to Maryse again.
The It Couple have a long, long kiss, Dom gets up to Viva La Raza! Fans fire up for that more than the kiss. Miz gets back on the apron, the ref has the ring count going, but Miz climbs up the corner to taunt Dom. Miz gets back in, Dom gets the fans to cheer. Raw returns to single picture, these two finally tie up! They go around, Dom powers Miz back but Miz turns it around to put Dom in the corner. Miz soaks up more heat, taunts Rey with is rope a dope, but Dom comes back to circle with Miz. They tie up, Miz wrenches, wristlocks, but Dom rolls and rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Dom puts Miz in the corner and now Dom shows off his dance moves!
Miz is upset, but Dom baits him into a drop toehold! Dom runs, but Maryse legit trips Dom! The ref saw that in plain sight! He EJECTS Maryse! So much for the It Couple’s master plan! Miz runs, basement BOOTS Dom, then complains to the ref. Miz runs, Rey legit trips Maryse! But the ref missed it! Miz is furious that things aren’t going his way, Dom rolls Miz up! High stack, Dom wins!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
Payback sucks, doesn’t it? The Mysterios celebrate while the It Couple is beside itself! With things 1-1, will Miz be willing to give Dom a tiebreaker?
Bianca Belair VS Nikki A.S.H!
Denver, the highEST city in the USA, welcomes the EST of the WWE! But will Bianca be able to get some momentum towards the Women’s Elimination Chamber match against the Almost SuperHero? Or will Nikki be the one flying high in the Rocky Mountains?
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance. The bell rings, Bianca and Nikki tie up, and Bianca headlocks. Nikki powers out but Bianca runs her over! Bianca says to kiss this, then she runs. Nikki drops, Bianca handsprings and dropkicks Nikki out of the ring! Bianca waits on Nikki, drags her up from the apron, but she avoids Nikki’s skirt trap! Bianca steps onto the apron, but Nikki YANKS the skirt! Nikki still had a trick! She fires off on Bianca in the ring, and she roars as she strikes her hero pose. Nikki has a leg, stomps it, then drags Bianca around into a HALF CRAB! Nikki sits deep on the leg but Bianca endures!
Bianca reaches out, powers up, and clubs Nikki’s legs. Bianca turns over to kick Nikki away! Bianca hobbles up, Nikki dropkicks a leg out! Nikki runs, but Bianca catches her crossbody for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Nikki writhes and Bianca slaps feeling into her leg. Bianca kips up, but she hops on one good leg. Bianca manages to scoop and SLAM Nikki! And then scoops and SLAMS her again! ToughEST, strongEST, but Nikki slips out of the third! Bianca elbows back from the corner, goes up top and leaps, but Nikki dodges. Bianca rolls, wrenches Nikki and reels her in, snap suplex! Roll through, stalling suplex! Cover, TWO!
Nikki hurries to a corner and begs for mercy. Bianca says nope, but Nikki YANKS her into buckles! Nikki goes up, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives and Nikki is furious! Nikki sees Bianca go to a corner, runs in, but Bianca slips out! Nikki POSTS herself, then Bianca BOOTS her into the post! Bianca gets in, torture racks, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST powers through the pain and gets a big win! If this happens in the Elimination Chamber, will we see WrESTleMania’s sequel?
The 24/7 Championship chase is on backstage!
R-Truth, Akira Tozawa and Tamina are scrambling around backstage. Truth says he knows where they are! He leads them on, but they just miss Reggie and Dana Brooke. Dana thanks Reggie for having her back. And also, just being a nice guy. She’s a better champion cuz of him. Dana gives Reggie a kiss on the cheek and Reggie asks her something. She says all these nice things about him, and then the kiss… What does this mean? It means that they’re friends. Like, really good friends. Hopefully that never changes. They hug it out, but then they back away. The awkward tension is cut by Truth and the others coming back!
“Y’all can run, but ya can’t hide!” Truth, they’re doing both. Truth say sit’s a matter of time. He’ll get his bay back! Now, this way! No, Truth, they went the other way… With Dana’s title on defense around the clock, will there ever be time for more than that?
Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory!
The Prizefighter gets his rematch with the All Day Superstar, but will he succeed in his plan to replace him? Or will Theory make Vince proud by building more momentum towards the Elimination Chamber?
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings, Kevin dodges Theory to fire off on him in a corner! Kevin lets off at the ref’s count of 4, Theory goes to the apron. Kevin storms over, into a HOTSHOT! Theory slingshots to SHOTGUN dropkick Kevin from behind! Cover, TWO! Theory drags Kevin up, puts him in a corner and fires off hands and stomps of his own. Theory talks trash but Kevin hits back! Kevin CHOPS, Theory kicks and ROCKS Kevin. Kevin CHOPS again, Theory stomps Kevin into the corner. Theory whips corner to corner hard and Kevin bounces off buckles! Cover, ONE!!
Kevin ROCKS Theory! Theory tackles Kevin and rains down fists! Theory is furious but fans rally up for Kevin. Theory drags Kevin up in a facelock, whips him to a corner, but Kevin comes back with a LARIAT! Kevin drops a SENTON! Kevin is fuming, he runs corner to corner, but Theory dodges and Kevin POSTS himself! Kevin flops to the apron, Theory gets up and goes out after him. Theory brings Kevin around, but Kevin shoves him away to SMACK Theory off the steps! The ring count is climbing, Kevin goes up the steps, CANNONBALL! Kevin roars and Denver is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture.
Kevin puts Theory in the ring, paces around, and Kevin stands Theory up to throw out of the ring. Theory lands hard, Kevin goes out after him and scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM into barriers! Kevin gets back in the ring as the ring count climbs past 5 of 10. Theory crawls, and gets in at 9! Kevin is on Theory with CHOPS in the corner. Kevin taunts Theory but Theory turns it around. Kevin blocks the chop to DECK Theory! Kevin tells Theory to SUCK IT! Theory goes to ropes, Kevin CHOPS him down. Theory gets to a corner, Kevin taunts him more. Kevin CHOPS Theory again, climbs up, and rains down fists!
Theory slips out before five to trip Kevin up! Theory THROWS Kevin down out of the Tree of Woe! Theory gets Kevin up on the apron, throws more haymakers, then CLUBS Kevin on the back. Kevin ROCKS Theory back! Kevin suplexes Theory but Theory blocks. Theory fights back with body shots, CLOBBERS Kevin, and covers, TWO! Theory grows frustrated so he stomps away on Kevin. Theory talks trash, seethes, and fires hands on Kevin in a corner, Theory whips corner to corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Kevin goes up, reels Theory in, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, but Kevin gets himself up and to a corner.
Theory stands up, Kevin storms up to fire forearms. Theory gives them back so Kevin CHOPS. Theory throws haymakers, Kevin gives them back. Kevin gets the edge as Raw returns to single picture, but Theory knees low. Theory whips, Kevin reverses and clotheslines! Kevin keeps moving, CANNONBALL! Theory flounders, Kevin storms over but Theory bails out of the ring. Kevin goes out the side, is on the apron again, FROG SPLASH to the floor! The count restarts, Kevin puts Theory in the ring and hurries to cover. TWO, and Kevin is annoyed. Kevin stalks Theory, whips him to ropes, POP-UP-
NO! Theory slips out and ROCKS Kevin! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Kevin slips free, kicks, but no stunner! BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Theory drags Kevin up and throws big knees and forearms in the corner. Theory puts Kevin up top, climbs up to join him, but Kevin fights back with body shots. Kevin fisherman’s but Theory slips free! Theory ROCKS Kevin, springs right up, but Kevin fireman’s carries! SUPER ROLLING SENTON!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Denver can’t believe it! Kevin drags Theory to a drop zone, climbs up top, SWANTON onto knees! Theory saves himself, and he gets to the apron.
Theory slingshots and somersaults, into a SUPERKICK! Theory staggers into a kick and STUNNER! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
The Prizefighter just got a win over Vince’s pet project! Will the rest of his plan work out? Or will management refuse to rewrite the Elimination Chamber card?
RKBRO talks backstage.
Riddle says they just won the big bowl, and now they’ll win back the Raw Tag Team Championships! Orton wants Riddle to focus, though. He has another big opportunity in front of himself, too. The Elimination Chamber for the WWE World Championship. Orton’s been in a handful of those, and that is an unforgiving structure. But if Riddle wins, he’ll main event WrestleMania! But before that, Riddle needs to focus on tonight and Seth Rollins. Take it from Orton again, do not take this lightly. There’s a reason Rollins is the Architect. Rollins will do whatever he has to in order to win, so just focus. Got it, Randy!
Riddle heads out, but then he comes back to say, all he has to do is win the Chamber. Then if they win back the tag titles, Riddle will be a double champion! How sweet will that be? And in honor of tonight’s quiz bowl win, Riddle’s gonna throw an RKBROGA party next week. Like Animal House, bro. Can Orton make it? Orton says to focus on tonight. Right, right, focus on Seth. Riddle heads out again, but will he make it through to his own toga party?
Lita is here!
The extreme icon and WWE Hall of Famer is back, ready for her Raw Women’s Championship match at the Elimination Chamber. But what will she have to say about her first title match in years? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and Lita has a mic while the fans cheer. “I had no idea I would be on Monday Night Raw in Denver a couple weeks ago. What? I dunno, though, after being in the Royal Rumble with some of the top stars, it started to feel like I was home.” She was in there with Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey, Bianca Belair, “The Nightmare” Rhea Ripley! But one person conspicuous by her absence, a woman at the top of her game and is smashing through all the glass ceilings. Lita came to Raw, took her shot and challenged Becky Lynch! They go back a long way, she’s wanted this for a long time.
But wait! The Man comes ’round! Becky says, “Wow. Wow, wow, guys. Do you have any idea how incredible it is to come out here and hear Lita say such amazing things about me?” For real! It is one thing for Becky to come out here to prove she’s the best so much so that Ronnie’s runnin’ scared, but it is a whole different thing to hear this from your teenage idol. Now, last week, Lita came out here and issued a challenge. Becky first said no, and she’ll explain why. She grew up worshipping Lita, because Lita showed us what was possible for a woman in the WWE. When Becky finally made it here, many people turned their noses up at her.
But not Lita. Lita saw something in Becky, supported her, and for that, Becky is eternally grateful. Becky would go as far as to say that without Lita, there would be no Becky. But now that there is a Becky, there can be no Lita! Becky asks Lita, “Do you have any idea how hurtful it is to have the one person you looked up to more than anyone try to take everything away form you?” This title is the most important thing in Becky’s life, during the most important time of the year with WrestleMania season! Becky’s had to get rid of everything to be champion! Friends? No problem! The fans? No problem! And Becky will get rid of Lita no problem!
Because Becky is in the prime of her career! She’s beaten everyone in her way. Lita may have helped bring Becky up, but Becky will have no problem putting Lita down. Lita says Becky’s right. She’s at the top of her game, beating woman after woman, night after night. But odds are, Becky is the odds on favorite. That’s why Lita is here. Lita has no problem being the underdog. She was just some punk rock dumpster diver who chased a dream. But it was the fans that helped her become a four-time champion. It is the fans that chanted her name from the first day and helped her live those dreams.
So Becks, it may be true that Lita hasn’t had a shot in 15 years, there’s something that hasn’t changed: The WWE Universe still supports Lita to this day! And as long as the fans are here, there’s still a Lita! She’s okay with her odds. What Becky has to get right is how she’ll feel when Lita walks out of Elimination Chamber a FIVE-TIME women’s champion! Okay, okay, Becky will leave Lita with the people. They’re all she’ll ever have! Lita sees the sucker punch coming! But Becky gets out of the Twist of Fate to DECK Lita! Becky rains down rights, then stomps away! Lita gets to a corner, Becky grabs her belt.
Becky holds the belt up, but she won’t leave Lita alone! But Lita fights the Manhandle Slam! TWIST OF FATE!! Lita isn’t done with Becky now! Lita goes up top, MOONSAULT!! Picture perfect! Will Lita hit that on Becky again to take that title on the Road to WrestleMania?
Adam Pearce talks with Sonya Deville in their office.
How is her arm feeling after what Ronda did to it? It’s in a sling, but Sonya says it’s fine. That’s for SmackDown, and she’ll handle that. Right now, in walks Kevin Owens. Just the people he was hoping to see. They look great, especially Sonya’s suit. But just to check with them, they surely saw what he did to Theory. Pretty awesome, right? He’s gonna be in the Chamber, right? Sorry, no. What? The qualifying matches were final. Aw c’mon, they gotta be kidding! Kevin’s been nothing but genuine and honest and this is what he gets? They’re going to deprive the fans of seeing Kevin in the Elimination Chamber and win to go to WrestleMania?
Well, yeah. To be honest, Kevin might not even be on WrestleMania. W-What? No, they can’t do this! They can’t do this to him, and to the people of Texas. Texas loves Kevin almost as much as he loves Texas! If you do this, there will be a riot! Deep in the heart of Texas, deep in the heart of Kevin! Kevin has had so many moments in Texas! He became Universal Champion, eh became Intercontinental Champion, his first WrestleMania was in Dallas! Kevin loves Texas, from the cowboy hats, to the cowboy boots to the rodeo and the bulls! He has to be there! The people need him! He knows they think he’s lying, but he’s not. Please, just think about it.
Kevin leaves, but will Pearce and Sonya buy any of that? Is KOMania not returning to Texas?
Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
Another two of the Women’s Elimination Chamber entrants compete against each other! Will Liv prove she still belongs in the spotlight? Or will Piper force Liv to give up on her dreams?
Raw returns and Piper makes her entrance. The bell rings, they tie up, and Piper pushes Liv down. Piper grins but Liv manages to laugh it off. They tie up again, Piper SLAMS Liv down now, and Piper smirks. “No chance!” Piper hauls Liv up, scoops, but Liv slips around to a SLEEPER! Piper stays up, even with Liv as a backpack, and she RAMS Liv into buckles! Liv holds on, Piper keeps RAMMING back, and Piper gets free. Piper runs in, but Liv dodges! Piper hits buckles, Liv back body blocks! Liv runs in to body block again! But then Piper CROSSBODIES Liv down! Liv writhes while Raw goes picture in picture.
Piper taunts Liv, Liv hits back from below. Piper KICKS Liv, stalks her to ropes, then whips her to TOSS her out of the ring! Liv tumbles to the floor, Piper dusts off her hands and lets the ring count climb. Liv drags herself up and into the ring at 5 of 10, Piper DECKS her! Piper looms over Liv, drags her back up, and whips her into buckles. Piper talks some trash, ROCKS Liv with a forearm, then paces around. Liv goes along ropes, Piper bumps her off buckles! Piper goes corner to corner but Liv goes up and over! Liv comes back, but Piper CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Piper is annoyed but she keeps cool.
Piper stalks Liv more, has her at the ropes and HEADBUTTS her down! Liv is dazed, Piper stands her up. Liv pushes Piper, ROCKS her with forearms, then BOOST her! Piper swings, Liv gets around and waistlocks, but Piper bucks the roll-up to run Liv over! Cover, TWO! Piper is further annoyed, but she clamps onto Liv with a cobra clutch. Liv endures as Piper leans on the hold, and Liv fights up to throw body shots. Piper ripcords, ROCKS Liv, then scoops her. Liv slips off, runs, but her lariat bounces off Piper! Liv can’t believe it, she runs and SHOTGUNS! Piper still stays up! Liv runs and crossbodies, but into Piper’s arms!
Piper POWERSLAMS Liv down! Piper runs, Raw returns to single picture, SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Liv is still in this and Piper is frustrated. Piper clamps on with another cobra clutch and again Liv endures. Piper thrashes Liv around, fans rally up, and Liv fights up. Liv throws body shots, Piper ripcords but Liv dodges to KICK and KICK and KICK! Piper blocks the whip, whips Liv to a corner, then runs in, into boots! Liv goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Piper falls but Liv is down, too! Fans rally up and a standing count starts. Piper slowly stands at 7 of 10, but Liv kips up! Liv roars and fires off forearm after forearm!
Piper shoves Liv, Liv ENZIGURIS back! Liv has Piper on the ropes to dropkick her in the back! Piper goes to a corner, Liv hits a SHINING WIZARD! Piper staggers, Liv runs and springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives but Liv keeps her cool. Liv gets Piper up, Piper shoves Liv away, and Piper blocks rana into an Electric Chair FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Liv still lives! Piper pulls her hair in frustration, but she drags Liv up. Piper hauls Liv to the top rope, but Liv fires a forearm! Liv boots Piper, but Piper YANKS Liv off the top! Piper hurries up, VADER BOMB!! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: “Doudrop” Piper Niven, by pinfall
Liv has been flattened, Piper is rising! Will the Elimination Chamber be Piper’s to win and get back to the Raw Women’s Championship?
We check back in with Alexa.
She may have cried giving back the fake Lily, but she did not lash out. That is good. Has Alexa had any emotional outbursts lately? Well, she was driving along and this car cut her off, almost hit her, and Alexa thought that was going to ruin her day. But she took a deep breath, cooled off, and went to the mall. But then another car cuts her off to take her parking spot. Alexa wanted to confront them, but she took a breath, cooled off, and found a new spot. Excellent! Dare he say, progress. And then, Alexa was at the grocery store, in a real long line, and “this evil creature” of a woman cut her off in line!
Who was this? She had rainbow hair, big button eyes, really deep red lipsticks, and her teeth were like… little skulls. Uh… Did that make Alexa angry? Well… Alexa threw her into aisle three and hit her with bread. But then she took a deep breath, controlled her anger, and left the store. Okay… We still have some work to do.
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Before his match with Riddle, will he elaborate on what it’ll take to win the Elimination Chamber? Kevin Patrick, do you even know who you’re talking to? No offense to the other five, it is no fault of theirs, but they are simply not Seth. His resume speaks for itself! The one thing Rollins has yet to do is headline WrestleMania as WWE World Champion! But that changes this year, because it is Rollins’ time! It doesn’t matter if your Lesnar, Lashley, Styles, Theory or Riddle! It just means you’re not Seth.
So does Kevin Patrick know who he is talking to? He is talking to the visionary, the revolutionary, to the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber and next WWE World Champion: Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! Rollins heads out, will he make The Bro the first to accept that truth?
Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins!
Raw returns and Riddle makes his entrance. The bell rings and these two tie up. Riddle headlocks, Rollins powers out and things speed up. Rollins hurdles, redirects and SLINGBLADES Riddle down! Rollins swaggers about and laughs at Riddle, but Riddle gets him for an ARMBAR! Rollins gets the ropebreak, Riddle lets off quick, and Rollins fires off in frustration! Rollins fires haymakers at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Rollins’ swagger returns. Riddle gets Rollins with a headscissor to throw Rollins out! And then PENALTY- NO! Rollins drags Riddle off the apron to BARRIER BOMB! Rollins laughs and Raw goes picture in picture.
Riddle is down, Rollins swaggers about, and then Rollins gets Riddle up and into the ring. Rollins covers, TWO! Rollins paces about, stands Riddle up and ROCKS him with a right. Rollins wrenches and whips Riddle hard into a corner! Riddle bounces off buckles, Rollins continues to swagger about. Rollins runs in to forearm smash and snapmare, for a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins just laughs while Riddle sputters. Rollins clamps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Riddle endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Riddle runs, Rollins knees low! Rollins whips, KNEES Riddle again, then fireman’s carries for a GUT BUSTER!
Riddle writhes while Rollins swaggers about again. Rollins looms over Riddle, drops a knee on Riddle’s head, then drags Riddle out onto the apron. Rollins CLUBS Riddle over and over, then swaggers about, before he BOOTS Riddle down! Rollins drags Riddle up and puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on another chinlock and he squeezes tight. Riddle endures, fans rally up and Riddle fights as Raw returns to single picture. Riddle throws body shots, Rollins knees low then knees him again. Rollins shoves Riddle to a corner, runs in but Riddle back elbows! Riddle goes up, but Rollins trips him up!
Rollins CLUBS Riddle into a Tree of Woe then fires off more! The ref backs Rollins off, but Rollins goes to the apron. Rollins climbs up the corner and WOE STOMPS Riddle down! Cover, TWO! Riddle is still in this but Rollins is amused. Riddle flounders to a corner, Rollins swaggers about yet again, and then Rollins runs corner to corner. Riddle dodges, Rollins goes up and comes back to back suplex. Riddle lands on his feet, spins Rollins around, PELE! Both men drop and Rollins checks his eye. Riddle handsprings up to forearm smash in the corner! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm!
Rollins fights the Exploder, but spins into the BROSPLODER! Riddle gets up, BROTON onto knees! Riddle and Rollins each go to ropes, Rollins runs in but is sent out of the ring! Riddle goes up and to the apron again, PENALTY KICK! Springboard, FLOATING BRO! Direct hit and down goes Rollins! Fans fire up with Riddle as he gets back up, but KEVIN OWENS attacks!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by disqualification
Kevin saves his best friend! But here comes Orton! The Viper gets in, dodges Kevin, and hits an RKO! But Rollins gets in and stares Orton down! They argue, is this going to escalate after the break?
RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens!
Holla, holla! The Prizefighter ruined Riddle’s first match against Rollins, so now the Stallion & The Viper are going after both him and the Visionary! Will Orton & Riddle have even more of a reason to celebrate next week? Or will Kevin & Rollins #JustKeepFighting until they #BurnItDown?
This match is already underway as Orton bumps Rollins off buckles and throws EuroUppers. Adam Pearce is ringside to make sure there is a winner. Rollins kicks low, CHOPS back, fires haymakers, then whips. Orton comes back from the corner to LARIAT Rollins! Fans fire up, Orton drags Rollins back up. Rollins JAWBREAKERS back! Rollins clotheslines Orton out of the ring, Orton stumbles to the desk, and Rollins hurries out to get Kevin up. Kevin says his neck hurts, he got an RKO earlier. Rollins storms after Orton, but into an announce desk back suplex! Rollins staggers, Orton puts him in the ring.
Orton tags Riddle, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps cool as he poses, then gets Rollins up. Rollins headlocks, Kevin tags in as Riddle powers out. Riddle LARIATS Rollins, Kevin SUPERKICKS Riddle! Kevin rains down fists then drops a SENTON! Kevin SLAPS Riddle down, shouts at Orton, “You think it’s funny? It’s not funny!” Kevin throws more hands on Riddle, then reels him in for a short arm clothesline! Kevin goes up and up MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kevin mocks Orton’s pose, then dares Orton to do something. Kevin stomps Riddle, tags Rollins, and Kevin sets Riddle up for Rollins’ ax handle!
“And that’s why this is OUR show!” Rollins stomps Riddle’s hand, stomps the other hand, then claws Riddle’s face! The ref counts, Rollins lets off to drop an ax handle on Riddle’s head. Rollins grins as he slaps Riddle around. Riddle CHOPS, fires off forearms, then runs, but into an elbow from Rollins! Rollins drags Riddle over, tags Kevin, and Rollins holds Riddle down for Kevin’s DOUBLE STOMPS! Kevin gets Riddle’s leg and kicks the foot! Then he SLAMS the leg on the mat, and has a toehold! Riddle endures, fans fire up and Riddle hops up. Kevin reels Riddle in for a short arm clothesline!
Kevin taunts Orton, stomps Riddle’s bare feet, then drops a leg on the leg! Cover, TWO! Kevin KICKS Riddle down, drags him over, and bumps him off buckles. Kevin CHOPS Riddle, Rollins pie faces Riddle, Riddle fires off on both of them! Riddle fires off on Rollins but Kevin kicks the bad leg! Tag to Rollins, Rollins stomps a mudhole into Riddle. The ref pulls Rollins away, Kevin gets a cheap shot in! Orton protests but Rollins drags Riddle with a facelock. Kevin holds the tag rope to show he’s playing fair. Fans rally, Riddle fights up, but Rollins knees him low. Rollins sucker punches Orton! And SUPERKICKS Riddle!
Rollins goes up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Riddle moves! Kevin panics, reaches out, Rollins tags him in! Kevin gets Riddle in a waistlock but Riddle throws elbows. Kevin BOOTS Riddle, Riddle KNEES Kevin down! Both men are down, fans fire up for Orton! Hot tags to Rollins and Orton! The Viper rallies on the Visionary! Duck and POWERSLAM! Orton sees Kevin coming, POWERSLAM! Orton has Rollins on the apron, drags him up through the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up more as Orton hears the voices! Rollins stagger sup, but he denies the RKO! Riddle tags in, Orton blocks Rollins’ superkick but Kevin SUPERKICKS Orton!
Riddle KNEES Kevin down! Rollins kicks, misses, Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Rollins! Ripcord, but Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! Then a turn and DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins runs in, CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!
Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall
The Visionary has momentum for the Chamber after all! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Kevin again! Rollins laughs it off, does he only care about himself on the Road to WrestleMania? Can RKBRO get back on a winning track with all these title matches coming?
A really good Raw, and one that moved very quickly. A commercial free first hour (though with WWE’s own ads used in their place) and resurrecting picture in picture certainly helped with that. The quiz bowl opening the night was a good move, and it was a hilarious segment, especially with it coming down to the grams to ounces question. RKBRO gets their tag title match, can’t wait to see how that goes. RKBRO getting into action as Kevin “ruins” Riddle VS Rollins was quite the surprise, and quite the way to keep RKBRO’s momentum at 50-50. Rollins is very confident going into Elimination Chamber, Kevin is left in the lurch, those two are certainly turning on each other before Mania.
I will say, Kevin had a great match with Theory. Vince is surely going to have a talk with Theory in next week’s episode, and Theory could become desperate to get something for WrestleMania. The debacle with Shane McMahon is a shame because Theory VS Shane would’ve made for an interesting story. But at the same time, it probably would’ve ended up a horrible time vampire that made Raw worse since Shane just doesn’t have it in terms of character. Maybe Theory will pick a fight with Edge or some other legend. Actually, something about Theory going after Edge works in a similar vein to how Miz went after Edge.
Speaking of The Miz, his story with the Mysterios is building, as I expected from last week. Getting Maryse in on it was good, but how could they do the horrible “Maryse-sterio” joke when Mizsterio works so much better? Miz gets his comeuppance against Dominik, and I’m actually interested in seeing their tiebreaker. I feel like Miz wins that so he can go after Rey next, setting up a WrestleMania match. If only WWE didn’t get rid of John Morrison, I would love to see the Mysterios VS The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century *look off into distance* and what goofy music video diss they could come up with on Rey & Dom.
MVP and Lashley have a pretty good promo to hype up Lashley’s part in Elimination Chamber. I feel like the best way for Lashley to come out of Chamber is to be one of the final two with Lesnar. Lesnar is surely winning to give us Winner Takes All with Roman, but Lashley deserves to be given something. Of course, the shocking thing would be if Lesnar was in there with anyone else at the end, where Lashley is eliminated somewhere in the middle. AJ Styles getting a match with Damian Priest and winning to become a US Championship contender was an interesting move. Styles is getting that title match next week as his go-home match, I honestly feel like it could go either way.
This week’s 24/7 Championship segment was rather awkward, but I’m pretty sure this is setting up a Valentine’s Day segment for next week. Reggie expected more, Dana is giving him mixed signals, and if this doesn’t end with Reggie taking the title off Dana, I’m going to be disappointed. Alexa’s continuing her therapy, so she’s definitely coming back closer to WrestleMania. No idea where it’ll go once she does appear, maybe they’ll give her a feud with Nikki A.S.H. to revisit their history. There’s no title for her to go right after since the Raw Women’s Championship is going to have a contender out of the Women’s Chamber match.
And speaking of which, we got good matches out of that news. Bianca VS Nikki wasn’t a long match but it was a very competitive match and was a strong win for Bianca. Liv VS Piper was also very good, and it seems the Vader Bomb is going to be Piper’s finisher now, not the Michinoku Driver. There are many other roster members to be the mystery entry, but I don’t see Mella and Vega fighting each other while still Women’s Tag Team Champions. We can only hope WWE brings back Asuka, she hasn’t had anything to do in a long time. At the same time, the Elimination Chamber feels like Bianca’s way back to Mania and a match with Becky.
Lita and Becky had a very good promo segment together, and Lita gets the better of Becky again. Lita surprised me with that moonsault. She’s going to look even better in a full match with Becky, but Becky is still going to retain. Then we’ll get Becky VS Bianca for Mania and that’ll be an all time match right there.
My Score: 8.4/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Sacrifice Results & Match Ratings: 3.24.2023
Well damn, 24 hours changes everything! Josh is injured and has to vacate the World title! Mickie is also injured but she’s making her announcement during the show. How does IMPACT salvage their two main title pictures at Sacrifice?
Well hot damn, a lot of news popped up in less than 24 hours. So Josh Alexander tore his triceps; so he has to vacate the World Title and he’s being replaced by Steve Maclin in the 6 man match. Mickie James apparently also has an injury, but they are going to turn it into a segment on the show instead of a straight up vacating.
Now from a story perspective this sucks since I loved the Maclin/Alexander segment last night. That’s just me being selfish since I wanted to see that build and Maclin get the big win he deserves. Now he’ll be facing Kushida for the vacated title at Rebellion, and even if Maclin wins it will feel a little flat. Here’s to hoping that when Josh returns from injury they can find a way to bridge the time lost and keep the story going eventually.
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— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham: Bailey wins via Reverse Figure Four – *** 3/4
- Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers: Hendry retains via Standing Ovation – ***
- Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Venus de Milo – *** 1/4
- Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO: PCO wins via Straight Right Chair Punch – *** 1/4
- X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c): Trey retains via Cradle – *
- IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c): Bullet Club retains via ABC 1-2-Sweet – ****
- Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer: Bully wins – ** 1/2
- Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – ****
Speedball Mike Bailey vs Jonathan Gresham
With the injuries in the main event, I could definitely see one, or both of these guys; fast tracked into the title scene after Rebellion. And I don’t think anyone would really be mad at that.
A quick tit for tat start, no one really gets any advantage. Just a few quick counters and takeover attempts. They both pause to take in chants from the crowd and then lock up again. Collar and Elbow tie up, they don’t release and both roll one another under the rope and out of the ring. There is an early moment where while he’s against the ropes he pokes Speedball in the eye and then apologizes. So things go back to a technical face vs face, but it could be a precursor.
Technical catch wrestling continues. Wrestling one another down, trying to get positions for small submission picks or limb attacks, but nothing is sticking yet. Gresham does manage to an Indian Deathlock, and then a Reverse Figure Four that Gresham conveniently can’t untangle so the referee has to do it and Bailey is pissed. Gresham tries to explain it, but Bailey lights him up, Gresham falls out of the ring, Golden Triangle Moonsault and now the aggression is starting to pick up. Hamstring Kicks and Chops from Bailey, but Gresham baits the attack and trips up Bailey before attacking the left knee with a grin on his face. Bailey is grounded for a while and Gresham keeps trying to twist off his leg. Eventually some Up Kicks break the submission attempt but Gresham wrestles him down again into a Bow and Arrow Trailer Hitch kind of move. Since Bailey has Tanahashi next week, Gresham must be trying to make Bailey’s knees equal. Good Guy Gresham.
Bailey starts stringing some offense together, but a few Low Dropkicks ruins Bailey’s base and causes him to face plant and the offense is going nowhere. Gresham even goes for the pinfall by trying to hyper extend the leg he’s been working on. Strikes continue to trade, Gresham tries to shoot the half but Bailey kicks off, Hamstring Kick again, Gresham Kips Up but clutches the leg a little, a chance for Speedball but Gresham cradles him to the ground and locks in a Figure Four. Speedball eventually rolls to the apron, Gresham tries to continue the stretching but Bailey kicks him into the post, sweeps the leg and Moonsault Double Knees right on Gresham’s head; Bailey went full Billy Kidman with his offense.
Bailey and Gresham continue to jockey for position on the outside, it looks like it might be a double count out. Gresham gets in at 9, Bailey gets in right at the 10 and the referee allows the match to continue. Some quick offense, Tornado Kicks to the corner, Ultima Weapon misses, Gresham goes for the Figure Four again but Speedball reverses it and Gresham taps pretty quick.
Backstage segment with Brian Myers, Moose joins and says he’ll help him beat Hendry – but then Santino shows up! He tells Moose he’s dumb and just stooged himself out, so he’s banning him from ringside. Who would’ve thunk it, the comedy character brings the logic.
Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs Brian Myers
Myers powders after a few early bumps and then Hendry follows him. Hendry is definitely not fighting with “champion’s advantage”, as is the way for babyfaces. Myers tries to fight back on the floor but a Scoop Slam leaves Myers on the receiving end. Hendry has to roll in to reset the 10 count and Myers catches him.
A few quick attacks, Roster Cut attempt but Hendry gets the goozle on. Standing Ovation attempt but Myers slips it, Chop Block, and continues to hammer down on Hendry. Myers with a Falcon Arrow and a bunch of slightly arrogant offense until he goes for the Crossbody, gets caught again, Sack of Shit, and Hendry is back on the offensive. Pop Up Power – no, slips and a Running Spear from Myers for a 2 count. Myers hits the top rope but Hendry cuts him off, Myers pushes him off, launches and Hendry hits the RKO mid move! Throws Myers into the ropes, Standing Ovation, and Hendry retains!
So Mickie addresses her injury, it seems she broke a rib during the tag match. They are allowing Mickie to hold on to the title until Rebellion. Either she defends it in a 3 way versus Jordynne and the winner of the 4 Way at the Multiverse United show or Jordynne will face the winner of the 4 Way for the vacated title.
Gisele Shaw w/Jai Vidal & Savannah Evans vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna starts off angry, Gisele is getting rocked early, they go through a few rope running counter cradles and slides but its just early counter wrestling. Gisele manages to surprise Deonna going for an Armbar, but Deonna counters it, tries the Venus de Milo but Shaw powders. Deonna hits the Baseball Slide, starts beating on Gisele but she slides back in to distract the referee while Savannah clocks Deonna.
Triplicate European Uppercuts from Gisele keep her very comfortably in control. Another distraction to the ref and Savannah swings and connects with Deonna again. Deonna tries to fight from the corner, Gisele grabs Deonna’s feet drapes her across the ropes and drops both knees on Deonna. Gisele drives her knee into Deonna’s shoulder blades and goes for the Chin Lock. Deonna tries to power out, Gisele stifles it a little, but Deonna catches her with a Twisting Neckbreaker. Slow start to the strike exchange but it slowly picks up, Deonna with a beautiful spot of a no look Back Kick right to Gisele’s stomach, Running Knee Lift into the Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Deonna Pump Kick, Gisele Superkick, Deonna bounces off the ropes, Flatliner into Koji Clutch, but Gisele slides back a little to turn it into a pinfall to break the submission.
Both women have wrist control and just swing at each other. Deonna gets the best, one big swing but Gisele ducks it, catches Deonna in Shock and Awe (Backbreaker into Flatliner). Denouement attempt, Deonna grabs at the arm for the Fujiwara attempt but Gisele fights it off. Venus de Milo gets locked in and Deonna holds it a little longer to make a point.
Savannah attacks Deonna afterwards, but Tasha Steelz music hits. Tasha tries to play nice like she’s here to help Savannah, then cheap shots her, fights off Jai with a Tornado DDT kicking off of Savannah. Okurr on Jai and Tasha cleans house and babyfaces herself.
Kenny King w/Eddie Edwards vs PCO
Kenny comes out in an Honor No More shirt, which is a nice way to play into the story.
Eddie tries to get PCO’s attention and then Kenny attacks him right as the bell rings. PCO turns things around shortly, Eddie keeps trying to find angles to give Kenny ambush spots but PCO keeps fighting back. PCO stalks Eddie on the outside and Kenny hits a beautiful Tornillo, then a Scoop Slam as he mocks the whole Frankenstein gimmick. PCO rolls in and Kenny John Woo’s him into the corner and starts Bootwashing his face to talk smack. PCO fires, goozle and just throws Kenny out of the ring.
PCO kicks Kenny from getting back in the ring, looks to do his Senton but “short circuits”. So PCO does a Senton to the wrong side of the ring, crashing but popping right back up, and it apparently helped correct the issue. So Senton onto Kenny, throws him back in, Kenny tries the Eddy Gordo kick but PCO just barrels over him. PCO drapes Kenny in the corner, Codebreaker, into the back of the head Guillotine Leg Drop and now PCO pulls him to the apron.
Here we go, Deanimator attempt – but Eddie cuts him off, PCO kicks him back into the cameras, Kenny gets up and an Iconoclasm bouncing off the apron of the ring! Kenny throws him into the steps, rolls in, things he’s all but won…yet PCO beats the 10 count. “He’s Not Human” chant starts, Frog Splash from Kenny and PCO kicks out and fires at 2. Eddie throws a Kendo stick in the ring to distract the referee from Kenny using a chair. Kenny hits PCO once, PCO shakes it off and has a gameplan. So he actually helps keep the referee distracted to bait in Kenny for another chairshot attempt, but PCO just punches through the chair and knocks out Kenny.
Maclin, Kaz and Rich have a backstage segment. It perfectly shows the story beats of Maclin being annoyed that he put in all this prep and recon on Josh just for the opponent to be flipped. Typical tumultuous team members vibe, but Maclin gets his story beats across beautifully.
Can #RichSwann and @FrankieKazarian trust @SteveMaclin? #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/TcEZ79IWkC
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
X Division Championship: Lince Dorado vs Trey Miguel (c)
Okay Lince comes out in a bathrobe with some cringe ass “Lucha Lit” gimmick. I…hate it. This is probably the first time ever that I want Trey to win. Cause Dorado is cringe as hell. In a game of them both sucking, I’ll pick the style of trash that I can tolerate more…which is Trey.
Lucha counter wrestling with flips over trips and that stupid ass Mirrored Dropkick Spot. I also don’t love the Lince doing the cat mannerisms, but Puma King and a few others have done that…so I guess its more tolerated in Lucha. This whole match has been a little paint by numbers boring Lucha where the moves are done just to pop the crowd but not to actually accomplish anything.
Diving whatever moves they accomplish nothing. Its really hard for me to care about flippy trash matches. Lince hits 2 of the 3 step Moonsaults, but Trey of course no sells and dodges the third, Tiger Wall Kick, but Trey stumbles a little for the Enzuigiri, Trey also hits a sloppy Outside In Tiger Feint…its just sloppy spots for spots sake. I would probably be more entertained if I had Runescape fired up on a different tab. This is just a waste of space, much like both “wrestlers”.
Lince hits a Avalanche Frankensteiner, into a Shooting Star Press but Trey powders. Lince tries that bounce off the corner with his legs spot, but its sloppy. Another sloppy Tiger Feint from Trey, Slingshot Sunset Bomb for 2. These are just stupid moves for stupid sake. Lince tries to cut off Trey from a rope run with a Big Boot but mostly misses, makes the whole cut off exchange look stupid. Trey with a flash cradle during the cut offs for pinfall. Eww…this was garbage.
IMPACT Tag Team Titles: TMDK (Shane Haste & Bad Dude Tito) vs Bullet Club (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c)
It is nice to see a variation of TMDK back together. I also enjoyed Tito called Ace and Bey the “Mini Bullet Club” since they’re the juniors heavyweights.
Tito and Bey start off, Bey is trying to show off his speed, Tito gets across the power though. Tito kinda looks like a young Scott Steiner, and he literally tosses Bey back into his corner. Ace tags in, tries to do something but Tito is just too strong. Haste gets tagged in for some flashy yet effective offense. Ace finds something with the Triangle Victory Roll, Bey blind tag, cheap shot on Tito, Russian Leg Sweep + Low Sweep combination into some Click Click Boom. So Bullet Club is showing very nice Junior style synergy. Haste is very loud and animated, so he’s a great one to have eating the offense. Especially when they do their Back Rake goof spot.
Haste finally maneuvers things to tag Tito in, and Haste hands off Ace to Tito and Tito hits a Standing Blue Thunder Bomb. Tree of Woe, Bey tries to come in to break up the spot but the referee is distract, Tito steps up and stands on the groin, nice homage to Petey Williams. We are in Canada. Announce team almost sets up too much meme fodder, and then Rehwoldt steers into it. Rehwoldt said Bey was trying to rush into to get Tito off…paused for a second, which you know Hannifan gave him a look. So then they just pivot to everyone in TMDK being like Australian Sex Pistols. Very clever misdirection.
The match is fun, Bey gets the hot tag, clocks everyone, Haste tries a Lariat, Bey ducks that, flies onto Tito on the outside, comes back in, Tornado Fameasser for 2. Bullet Club goes for a Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combo, but Haste gets out of it. Tito gets tagged in and he start to look like Steve Williams with the Doctor Bomb for 2. Tito hits a big battering ram Dive on Bey to clear him out. Haste Falcon Arrow, Tito Froggy Splash, but Bey breaks it up.
Tito starts getting ping ponged between the two Juniors, Torture Rack/Triangle Kick combination, for 1-2-3? – no Haste comes in the referee says it was in time to stop the 3 count. Tito charges and a beautifully times Superkick + Spinning Back Heel Kick on Tito. He’s dazed, ABC 1-2-Sweet! Bullet Club retain!
Busted Open Match: Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer
This is a First Blood Match for anyone who doesn’t know, and Dreamer comes out with an ECW Championship Belt.
Chair duel to start things, ECW replica belt to the face of Bully Ray. Dreamer grabs a soda from a fan, Muta mist on Bully, tries to shove the can into his skull for early blood but no. Bully crotches Dreamer on the guardrail and then picks a fight with Darren McCarty who’s in the crowd. Darren McCarty was the enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings, so its very old school letting the ex sports guy play. Bully also has a great spot where he pulls out a step ladder, then asks the referee to hold it, does the Jimmy Snuka pose and goes for a Splash and misses. Bully gets to rile up AEW and WWF fans all in one spot. Good old school heat. Corny, but good.
Dreamer gets a bag of tacks, Bully fights off the Piledriver, gets the cheese grater but Dreamer hits the Bionic Elbow as a counter. Cheese grater with Dreamer, Dreamer charges, Bully pulls the referee in the corner, so ref bump. Dreamer eventually makes contact with the cheese grater, but there’s no referee and Bully has his back to the camera, so it slow rolls the result nicely. Good Hands hit the ring, on with a towel to see if he can blot the bleeding before the ref comes to.
Bully hits Tommy with pocket tacks instead of pocket sand. Tries to drive Dreamer’s face into the tacks and then Elbow it further down but Dreamer moves. Dreamer grabs the grater again, Bully tries to beg off, screams he’s sorry and now tries to guilt Tommy with his family is going to see this. Dreamer actually stops and then Bully hits him in the balls. Bully busts open Tommy with the tacks, the Good Hands slide in Tommy as the referee comes to, so the referee only sees Dreamer bleeding. Its a solid old school Hardcore match but it was definitely a little too plodding and corny.
Yuya Uemura tries to make the save, then Darren McCarty jumps the railing. This really has turned into ECW, Bully gets a mic, asks him if he really wants to fight and tells security to let him go. LOL – a literal Hockey Fight. McCarty gets the best of things, Good Hands mug him from behind. Triple Powerbomb McCarty through the table.
Scott D’Amore’s music hits! Scott starts stripping like he’s Ric Flair. Bully calls down Scott, but Scott has backup. He calls Rino, Heath, Gresham, Baily and Joe Hendry. Good Hands try to attack Scott…Scott stops him…and HITS A CANADIAN DESTROYER! Can this lead to a Lethal Lockdown match? Team D’Amore versus Team Bully? Give me that…give me some Lethal Lockdown now!
Time Machine (Kushida, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs Rich Swann, Frankie Kazarian & Steve Maclin
Shelley and Swann start off, and its just a bit of chain wrestling. They both have Hammerlocks, Headlocks, and just twist around to try and find an angle. Shelley speeds things up a little, Shoulder Tackle, rope run, Swann goes down and Shelley puts on the brakes to sink in a quick STF but Rich grabs the rope. Kaz and Sabin tag in and we get some Battle of the Futures nostalgia.
Back and forth, Up and Over, Sabin with the Arm Drag into the Top Wristlock. Kaz fights through, a little more quick counters and fun stalemate spots as they are all having fun with each other. Kushida tags in and points to Maclin. Kaz slaps Maclin’s chest and we all know Maclin isn’t a fun loving babyface like Kaz and Swann, so the tone should start to change. Kushida starts by starting Grounded ala Inoki vs Ali, then manages to trip up Maclin and keep the mat wrestling going, but Maclin finally gets back to hit feet and can finally use his size and power to his advantage. Shelley blind tag, Time Splitters PK to the Arm combo.
Shelley keeps on the arm that got kicks with the Arm Wringer and then a few quick shots to the damaged arm. Kaz makes the blind tag after Maclin uses the middle rope into Shelley’s throat. Kaz and Rich with a little Hip Toss tandem stuff for a near fall on Shelley. But the tone of Rich and Kaz is definitely much different. Shelley fights his way out of the enemy corner, Time Machine triple team, Single Leg Crab, Camel Clutch, Sliding Dropkick from Sabin onto Rich. Kaz is trying to police too much of Maclin’s motion, typical team that doesn’t get along stuff. Rich driven into Kaz in the corner, triple Dropkicks from all of Time Machine.
Kushida tags in, stares down Maclin and then Maclin picks up and throws Rich to Time Machine because you can tell he’s frustrated getting policed with all of his moves. MCMG hold Rich, Kushida hits the Baseball Slide on the restrained wrestler and Kushida does the little Liger spin around pose/taunt and stares down Maclin. Shelley starts with the joint manipulation, and Swann is just getting torn apart. Swann in the Tree of Woe, Sliding Dropkick to Swann’s face, and then the Triple Baseball Slide. Sabin tags in with the Octopus Hold on Rich which he rolls into a pinfall, but Rich kicks out. You hear Maclin say “All you have to do is tag me bitch” – which proves that Maclin is trying to be a team player in his own way.
Rich fights out of the triple team, and chooses to tag in Kaz. Kaz hot tag, exchanges with Sabin which turns into the Guillotine Leg Drop through the ropes, Kaz is taking out everyone right now. Two Springboard Leg Drops…and now a third as all of the Time Machine offense is stopped. Sabin blind tag though gives Time Machine some momentum. Rich tries to come in, gets rocked, Maclin charges, Sabin grabs him and Tornado DDT sends Maclin to powder. Missile Dropkick/Flatliner on Kaz for 2.
Cradle Shock counter, rolling tag to Rich. Avalanche Headscissors, Rich goes to the top rope, Maclin tags himself in, but Time Machine gets rolling. Dragon Screw from Kushida with the Mutoh pose afterwards. Maclin and Shelley are legal, and going back and forth. Double Arm Breaker from Shelley after Kaz tries to get involved. Maclin gets some offense back in, Caught in the Crosshairs form Maclin, Maclin tags in Kaz, Kaz tags Rich, tandem attacks, Cutter form Rich into a 450…1-2-Kushida Kicks out! Swann goes for Phoenix Splash but misses. Flying Armbar from Kushida, triple Submission spot, but Maclin gets out of his and breaks Kushida’s submission. Maclin stares down Time Machine, hits the ropes and gets eaten alive by tandem attacks.
Time Machine goes for a Double Shiranui Tower, but it gets broken up. Outatime lands on Kaz. Sliced Bread lands on Swann. Tanaka Punch blocked, Maclin eats Shell Shock, Sabin gives Kushida a rolling start to throw him onto Maclin like a Spider Monkey and sink in the Hoverboard Lock. Maclin taps relatively quick, which is strategic to not risk injury.
Overall Score: 7/10
Talk about a show that no one knew what the hell to expect! Josh vacating the belt means that things had to change with fairly short notice. Mickie’s implications of either a Triple threat or she’ll hand over the belt to the winner if she’s not cleared is something you don’t see too often. But when it comes down to the card, the show was relatively good. Trey & Lince was hot garbage, and Busted Open was what we all kind of expected. Was it a bit more entertaining with some of the ECW nods? Sure. But it was just a spectacle and honestly Scott D’Amore hitting the Canadian Destroyer made that all worth it.
OH CANADA! @ScottDAmore CANADIAN DESTROYERS @TheJasonHotch and Windsor EXPLODES! #Sacrifice pic.twitter.com/iqqpiH0tMZ
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 25, 2023
The tag and six man matches were the best stuff on the card, and sets the stage decently well for storylines into Rebellion. I’m not joking though, if we don’t get Team D’Amore vs Team Bully in a Lethal Lockdown…the salt will pour. Don’t let the Canadian Destroyer spot be for naught! Oh – and put the damn belt on Maclin!
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/24/23)
It’s a family feud!
Wrestling really does have more than one royal family.
While Cody Rhodes is back on SmackDown to take on Ludwig Kaiser, Dominik Mysterio plans on confronting in his entire family in Las Vegas! Will Rey finally snap on his son?
- Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci; Cody wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight; Knight wins.
- WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya; Shotzi & Natalya win and advance to WrestleMania.
- “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER; Gunther wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cody Rhodes VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Giovanni Vinci!
The American Nightmare is back on SmackDown, looking to stay razor sharp for his match with the Tribal Chief. But will he get more than just a tune-up from the Impeccable German? Or will Kaiser keep the mat sacred?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for “CODY! CODY!” Ludwig eggs Cody on, they tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Cody powers Ludwig to a corner but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig lets off, but throws a body shot! Ludwig whips, Cody reverses and reels Ludwig in to suplex! Fans fire up as Cody keeps Ludwig in the air, before the GOURD BUSTER! But wait, here comes Paul Heyman. Cody is distracted by the Wise Man, Ludwig waistlocks, but Cody trips Ludwig to then SHINING WIZARD! Ludwig bails out while Cody glances back at Heyman. Fans continue to rally for Cody while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cody staggers over to Ludwig. Ludwig UPPERCUTS then COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Ludwig scowls, and he rains down fists in a headlock! Fans boo but Ludwig lets off. Ludwig clamps onto Cody with a chinlock, then CLUBS him down. Fans boo as Ludwig goes outside to drag Cody to the corner, but Cody YANKS Ludwig into the post! Cody goes out to CHOP Ludwig, ROCKS him, and then CHOPS him against the announce desk! Cody rains down fists and fans fire up! Cody puts Ludwig back in the ring, runs and springboards, but Ludwig trips him up and YANKS him down!
Heyman is stoic as Ludwig sits Cody up to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody scowls but Ludwig looms over him. Ludwig pie faces Cody, drags him up but Cody ROCKS Ludwig and JABS and throws a body shot. Ludwig throat chops in return! Ludwig CHOKES Cody on the ropes, the ref counts and Ludwig lets off. Fans boo, but Vinci gets a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ludwig clamps back on with a chinlock. Cody endures, fans rally up, and Cody fights up to his feet. Ludwig throws Cody down by his hair! Fans boo more as Ludwig paces around and taunts Cody. Ludwig rains down more fists, then scrapes Cody’s face!
Ludwig runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Heyman is still stoic as Cody drags himself to ropes. Ludwig kicks the ropes to jam Cody’s arm! Ludwig drags Cody up to UPPERCUT! Cody ROCKS Ludwig with forearm after forearm! Ludwig JAWBREAKERS! Ludwig throws body shots and stomps in the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron! Cody ROCKS Ludwig, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICKS Ludwig down! Fans fire up and Heyman is upset now. Ludwig staggers up into a kick, and Cody reels Ludwig in! Cody hooks the arms, but now SOLO SIKOA appears!
Fans boo as the Bloodline approaches, but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Cody’s leg! Solo and Heyman stay at the ramp as Ludwig goes out. Cody throws hands, whips, but Ludwig reverses and sends Cody crashing into steel steps! Fans boo but Cody drags himself up, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Cody throws hands on Ludwig. Ludwig headlocks, Cody powers out and things speed up, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Solo & Heyman are now ringside as fans rally up. Vinci coaches Ludwig but Cody sits up first. They stand, Cody throws a body shot but Ludwig throws a haymaker. Cody throws a forearm, Ludwig gives it back, they go shot for shot, back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up! Ludwig kicks low, whips, but Cody reverses to then follow and CLOBBER Ludwig! Cody kicks, RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then baits Ludwig, goes up and over in a corner, and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO!
Solo is stoic, Heyman smiles, but then Vinci throws in his track jacket. The ref gets that out of the way, but misses the HIGH LOW COMBO from Imperium! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Ludwig is surprised. Ludwig shouts “NEIN!” and runs in to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI and HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig goes up top, leaps, but into a dragon sleeper! But Ludwig drops to victory roll! TWO, and Cody dodges Ludwig to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up as Cody stares down Heyman & Solo! Cody waits on Ludwig, reels him back in, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
The Impeccable German was less than perfect, and he loses to the American Nightmare! But Cody watches Solo get up on the apron and Heyman has the mic. Heyman has Solo stand down, and then tells Cody, “You’re owed an apology. And since I’m the Wise Man of the Bloodline, may I? I am going to be the one to deliver that apology to you.” The ring announcer did a lousy job. She must be from Vegas. Fans boo and Heyman acts surprised. But Heyman will do the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen! Your winner… and still challenger for the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns… Cody! RRRRHODES!”
Fans are torn but Heyman says this is the very same Cody Rhodes that sees his Road to WrestleMania with a giant pothole in front of him that happens this Monday Night Raw, when Cody goes one versus one against… SOLO! And if, and isn’t that a big “if,” IF Cody survives Solo, then it’s not the Road to WrestleMania. All roads lead to Roman Reigns, who will be here live on SmackDown next Friday to see Cody one final time face to face. Heyman tosses the mic to Cody and he catches it. “Is that what we’re doing, Mr. Heyman? Are you moving the goal posts for me? Another thing you did, you interrupted them while they were singing the song.
“And now, you wanna move the goal posts and move ’em right here, huh? Am I expected to say ‘No?’ Oh, it’s six days out from the biggest match in the history of my family, I should probably say no, right? WELL, I probably shouldn’t have wrestled with half my body hanging off, and I still beat Seth Rollins! So when it comes to you,” he says as he points at Solo, “undefeated and as good as you are, like I said last week. You’re. Not. Ready!” Fans chant that, then Cody continues.
“And as for the champion, Roman Reigns. After Solo finds out that he’s not ready, at WrestleMania on April 2nd, your boy, Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, will find out the same thing. He is not ready, either!” Cody throws the mic back and Heyman misses it! Will everything about this homestretch to Hollywood be a nightmare for The Bloodline?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
The very first match of night one on Saturday, April 1st will be… AUSTIN THEORY VS JOHN CENA! The United States Championship will set the pace for the weekend, will The Now find that he’s not ready, either?
Charlotte Flair is here!
Vegas fires up as The Queen heads to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion has her pyro then gets the mic to tell Las Vegas, “We are just eight days away from WrestleMania! Fourteen times. Fourteen time world champion. And I can tell you, that was not built on fear, insecurities or nepotism. The same three things have been used against me by everyone, and I mean everyone, since I started in this business.
“Fear. What is fear? Fear is a lack of understanding. It’s ignorance. This business wasn’t built on fear. This business was built on respect! Rhea Ripley, I don’t fear you. I respect you! The only thing that I fear is my own potential. I respected Nikki and Brie. I respect Sasha, Bayley, Becky, Trish, Ronda, Asuka, Natty! I respected all of them! Insecurities. Damn right I have insecurities! Are you really ‘whatting’ me? This is important to me so listen. Insecurities, damn right I have them. And I have built this house on every brick that all of you have thrown at me! For the last seven YEARS! Lastly, nepotism.” Fans “WOO~!”
“That’s right, Vegas. I love my dad. And I will never apologize for continuing the greatest legacy in sports entertainment! And whether you like it or don’t like it, you better learn to love it, because diamonds are forever, and so is Charlotte Flair. WOO~!” The Queen is fired up, but will she be able to hold her throne at WrestleMania?
Rey Mysterio VS LA Knight!
The King of Lucha Libre, the headliner of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class, has been pushed and pushed and pushed by his punk of a son, and the Mega Star was one big mouth too far! Will Rey be able to shut up the obnoxious jerk that isn’t Dominik? Or will things only get worse for Rey on the Road to WrestleMania Weekend?
SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Knight chases Rey but Rey dodges and fires off hands! Knight shoves Rey away, but Rey slides under and dropkicks Knight to a corner. Rey runs in but Knight fights off the monkey flip. But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey runs in, and now he MONKEY FLIPS! Knight staggers up,. Rey KICKS Knight to a corner, and then rains down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, then Rey gives us some Latino Heat. Rey runs, but Knight FLAPJACKS him down! Knight stomps Rey, stomps him to ropes, but the ref counts.
Knight lets off, “YEAH!” Then he bumps Rey off a buckle. Knight throws hands, JABS Rey, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Knight lets off at 4, and Knight brings Rey up. Knight shoves Rey into the corner, Rey bounces off buckles, and into the NECKBREAKER! Knight spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed and he throws fists down. Knight keeps on Rey, throws hands, then he bumps Rey off buckles. Fans rally and duel, but Knight whips Rey to ropes. Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges then tilt-o-whirls to RANA! Knight flounders out of the ring and fans fire up!
Rey runs, WRECKS Knight with a dropkick, then he builds speed. Rey SLIDES to SPLASH! Fans fire up for that one, and Rey stalks Knight to CLUB him! Rey puts Knight in the ring, climbs up and shoulders in! Then he GAMANGIRIS Knight away, climbs the corner, but here comes Dom! Dom said he’d ruin the fun, and Knight trips Rey up! Rey tumbles to the mat, but Dom doesn’t care. Fans boo as Dom walks down the ramp while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Knight stomps away on Rey again. Knight drags Rey up but Rey throws hands! Rey fires off but Knight knees low! Knight scoops, Rey slips off and rolls Knight up, to then dropkick! Fans fire up while Knight scrambles around. Knight goes after Rey, Rey slips under and runs, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dom paces at ringside, and Knight sits Rey up to KNEE him in the back! Knight drags Rey up, back suplexes high and hard, then dusts off his hands. “YEAH!” Knight grins as he stands over Rey, then he pulls on the mask. The ref reprimands, Knight whips Rey to ropes, but Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges!
Rey CROSSBODIES, but Knight catches him for a POWERSLAM! Dom smirks while Knight spells it out again. “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Rey avoids the elbow drop! Rey and Knight slowly stand up, Rey goes to ropes and Knight storms over, but into an elbow! Rey springboards, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Dom is annoyed but Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, SEATED SENTONS! And Rey keeps moving, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Rey brings him up to whip him to ropes. Knight reverses, kicks low and back suplexes, but Rey lands on his feet! Tilt-o-whirl, but Knight blocks to a BACKPACK SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Knight grows frustrated but he drags Rey back up. Fans rally for “619! 619!” as Knight scoops, but Rey turns slam into DDT! Rey then dropkicks Knight onto the ropes! Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, 619 BLOCKED by Knight! Knight grins, lifts Rey up, but Rey RANAS free! Rey redials, but Dom trips him up!! Fans boo and Rey is furious! He can’t believe Dom is doing this now, but Knight rolls Rey up! KNIGHT WINS!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Dom smiles because he just screwed his dad over. Dom gets the mic and tells, “Jefe… You gonna give me what I want? Huh? C’mon. C’mon Or are you gonna run away? Or are you gonna finally be a man and face me at WrestleMania?” Dom pushes Rey, and Rey brings down the straps. To wag his finger, “No.” Dom says, “That’s right. Walk away like you always do. Hey, mom. How does it feel to be married to such a pathetic loser? A coward who can’t even stand up to his own son?” Fans boo but then Dom points out the rest of the family. He asks if mom knew she married a deadbeat.
She did, because here’s why. She sat there every night while Rey abandoned Dom, sot hat makes her no better! His sister steps up now, and Dom asks Aalyah what she’s gonna do about it. She’s too stupid to understand this. Mom Angie snatches the mic from Dom but Dom snatches it back to tell her to shut up! Rey storms back over and fans fire up! Dom dares Rey to do something, and Rey DECKS Dom!! Dom is shocked but Vegas is thunderous! Rey tells Dom that Dom pushed him to do this. Rey doesn’t wanna do this but Dom gave him no choice! You do not disrespect your mother like that! That is Rey’s wife!
Dom wanted a fight at Mania? Then he’s on!! Fans are thunderous again as Rey says, “I’ll see you at WrestleMania, son.” Dom scurries away, having gotten what he wanted like the brat he is. But will Dom come to regret everything he’s done these past few months?
WrestleMania Women’s Tag Team Showcase Qualifier: Lacey Evans & Xia Li VS Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya!
The Model Soldier teams with The Predator to take on the Wild Child and the Queen of Harts! Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez are watching ringside, who will they see join them in this Fatal 4 Way tag team showcase?
The teams sort out, Shotzi and Lacey start. Fans rally as Shotzi and Lacey circle, then Shotzi gets around to a waistlock. Shotzi ripcords, wrenches and wristlocks but Lacey throws Shotzi by her hair! Cover, TWO! Lacey drags Shotzi up and fans rally as Lacey whips her to the corner. Lacey RAMS into Shotzi, tags Xia, and then mocks the fans. Xia stomps Shotzi, brings her up to CHOP, then taunts Natty. Xia runs in to KNEE and ELBOW Shotzi, then reels her in for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Natty rallies the fans behind Shotzi but Lacey tells them to shut up. Xia bumps Shotzi off buckles and tags in Lacey.
Lacey mocks the fans, then runs to headstand and BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Shotzi up, snapmares and then dribbles Shotzi’s face off the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Lacey drags Shotzi up. Shotzi throws hands, kicks but Lacey blocks to trip her up! Lacey then sucker punches Natty! Fans boo but Shotzi rolls Lacey up! TWO and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Lacey down! But Natty is still off the corner so Shotzi has to BOOT Lacey away! Shotzi runs but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Lacey tags Xia. Lacey & Xia drag Shotzi up, double whip but Shotzi KICKS Xia and JAWBREAKERS Lacey!
Xia waistlocks Shotzi, Lacey storms up, but Shotzi slips free and the WOMAN’S RIGHT takes out Xia!! Lacey is furious, but Shotzi whips her out of the ring! Shotzi swings on Lacey, Lacey counter punches, but Natty is back! Natty BOOTS Lacey, then Shotzi DIVES to take Lacey down! Fans fire up as Shotzi hurries back in and tags Natty! HART ATTACK! And then the SHARPSHOOTER! Xia taps, Natty & Shotzi win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya, by pinfall (advance to WrestleMania)
Two hearts and a lot of fire, these two make it through! But wait, here come Ronda & Shayna! Shayna says, “Look at all the history in the ring right now! I mean, each single one of those women has a reason to want to get revenge on us, right? Let’s look. Broken hand, broken nose, broken arm, broken spirit. What do you say we uh… Give them the opportunity tonight?” Fans fire up as the Baddest Women on the Planet step up, but then Ronda says, “Wait, Shay-Bayz. I’ve got a question for you. How many times have we sold out this exact arena?” A couple times. And what about this entire town? A couple more times.
And how much did they appreciate it? ZERO TIMES! These two have given Vegas more than it deserves, so never again! And certainly not tonight. Shayna agrees with that. But lucky for the others, or maybe unlucky, these two are here to let them know, they’re in the tag team showcase! WrestleMania may be taking place in Hollywood, but the stakes just got raised like here in Vegas! Who wins when the odds are not in their favor?
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.
Vegas fires up as the Scottish Warrior, Celtic Warrior and Der Ring General are about to converge for a contract signing! The Triple Threat for the Intercontinental Championship isn’t until WrestleMania, but will things break down on SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is in the ring to welcome us to this contract signing. But before he can introduce McIntyre, Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes make their way out! “Las Vegas, what’s the crack?” Sheamus says everyone’s been asking why he’s so mad at McIntyre. Imagine this: imagine working 15 YEARS of your life to achieve a particular goal; now imagine telling your best friend about that goal, only for him to go behind your back to try and steal it away from you. Imagine that friend being someone you let sleep and live on your couch, that you brought to his first training session in this business!
McIntyre rolls his eyes as Sheamus has said a lot of this before. Sheamus says, “Now imagine getting the opportunity to smash that person’s face in on the Grandest Stage of Them All, because they’re nothing but a backstabbing-” McIntyre says, “Imagine shutting up for a second. Every week, you run your mouth, you try to give me this guilt trip, trying to make me feel bad. And if it’s not on SmackDown, it’s on social medial with your little gifs and memes you create, blow up my Twitter like a teenage girl. It’s embarrassing, mate!”
McIntyre says last week, they were in this ring, proving why they are the most physical superstars in the WWE! They beat the hell out of each other! And afterwards, they should’ve been in the bar, laughing about it. That’s what they did in the old times. But now, Sheamus is so sensitive, he has this temper, that Sheamus can’t separate personal and business. Sheamus says McIntyre made this personal! McIntyre has a lot he’d love to say but he’ll stick to facts. And the facts are: McIntyre has beaten Sheamus, and he KNOWS he can beat Gunther. And history has shown that Sheamus can’t. Fans fire up as the two stare down.
Pearce has both men stand down because in order to get to WrestleMania, he needs three signatures on the contract. So how about we get the first two taken care of now? McIntyre takes the pen, signs his part, and then hands things over to Sheamus. Sheamus takes another pen, he signs his part, and then McIntyre throws his pen to the crowd as a free souvenir. And here comes GUNTHER! Gunther storms right into the ring, he gets right in Pearce’s face, and he tells Pearce to justify this decision. Justify why Gunther is in a match where the other two can pin or submit the other and Gunther still loses his title. Justify it! JUSTIFY IT!!
Pearce has Gunther calm down now, and Gunther signs his part. Is Pearce happy now? Whatever he has to do to defend HIS title at WrestleMania will be justified. Gunther will beat McIntyre. He will beat Sheamus. And if he has to, he’ll beat up Ridge and- What is Dunne looking at him like that for? DUNNE JUMPS THE TABLE TO GET AT GUNTHER!! Fans go wild as Butch goes wild! Ridge drags Dunne away, Gunther TOSSES the table! Gunther gets in Pearce’s face and Gunther wants a match! Pearce says okay, just calm down! Is Der Ring General about to break the Bruiserweight?
“Butch” Pete Dunne w/ The Brawling Brutes VS GUNTER!
SmackDown returns, and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Dunne pulls on Gunther’s ears! Then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dunne runs, but into a BOOT! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops and SLAMS him, then sits him up to PENALTY KICK! Dunne kicks back from below! Dunne forearms, CHOPS, SLAPS and then jumps on for a a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Gunther throws body shots and then shifts Dunne around into a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up while Gunther paces around Dunne. Gunther kicks Dunne in the side, he taunts Sheamus, then he stomps Dunne down.
Gunther brings Dunne up but Dunne throws body shots! Dunne forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Even McIntyre is feeling that one. Gunther drags Dunne up, and CHOPS him right back down! But Gunther holds onto the wrist and he brings Dunne up again. Gunther CHOPS Dunne inside-out! Gunther still holds the wrist and he gives toying kicks to Dunne while taunting Sheamus. Gunther ripcords, but Dunne uses that for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Gunther CHOPS Dunne down, into a BOSTON CRAB! Dunne endures, Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne, and Dunne fights, only for Gunther to shift to an STF!
Dunne still endures, even as Gunther bends him back. Dunne pries free, wrenches the arm and bends the fingers! Gunther pulls hair, then CHOPS Dunne down! Gunther drags Dunne back up but Dunne ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Gunther wobbles, blocks the third enziguri and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Dunne goes to a corner, Gunther hauls him up onto the top rope to CHOP! Gunther climbs up and he STANDS on Dunne! Dunne endures and the ref counts, Gunther lets off and Dunne tumbles to the floor! Sheamus checks on Dunne, Gunther stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther has Dunne on the ropes. Gunther taunts Sheamus, but Dunne catches his Beats of the Bodhrain! Fans fire up as Dunne bends the fingers, and SNAPS them!! Gunther staggers away, Dunne runs in to fire forearms! GAMANGIRI! Gunther staggers, Dunne goes up and fans chant for the “BRUISERWEIGHT! BRUISERWEIGHT!” as Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Dunne waistlocks, but Gunther switches and puts on a SLEEPER! Dunne drops down, but powers up and he pries at the hold! Gunther holds on tight, Dunne reaches for ropes, and fans rally up, ROPEBREAK!
Gunther SLAPS the arms down, GERMAN SUPLEXEs, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Gunther bails out and McIntyre smirks. Dunne goes to the apron but Gunther avoids the moonsault! Gunther CHOPS Dunne, and Dunne tumbles onto the desk! Gunther turns around to see Sheamus and McIntyre, but Dunne runs in! Gunther sends him into McIntyre! Gunther BOOTS Dunne into the ring! But Dunne STOMPS the hands and BUZZSAWS Gunther! Fans fire up, but McIntyre is on the apron! Sheamus drags McIntyre down! GLASGOW KISS from McIntyre! Ridge goes after McIntyre but McIntyre POSTS him!
Sheamus KNEES McIntyre down! Dunne runs in at Gunther, into a LARIAT!! Gunther drags Dunne up, scoops for the LAST SYMPHONY!! Cover, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
Der Ring General used his enemies against each other, but The Fella stands back up. They both look at the WrestleMania sign, but Sheamus gets out of the way! CLAYMORE hits Gunther!! Fans fire up as Sheamus and McIntyre stare down now, will either of these men come away the NEW Intercontinental Champion in Hollywood? Or will Gunther use them against each other then like he did tonight?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Montez Ford says that Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat is bound to be a banger. But he says there’s one thing bigger than that. Angelo Dawkins asks what, and Ford says THEIR tag team showcase. Alpha Academy, Viking Raiders, Braun Strowman & Ricochet, but wait. What do they have in common? Ford motions to the top of the head. Oh, right. They’re “smooth operators~.” But then Braun & Ricochet walk in. Real funny, guys. Y’all got jokes, huh? They got a problem with bald men? They don’t have a lot of room to talk, Dawkins is thinning up top. Whoa, fam, c’mon. Just jokes! Just playing. Well no one’s laughing.
Dawkins is just saying, Braun & Ricochet aren’t much of a tag team. Oh, well, we’ll see who’s playing when Ricochet & Braun show up and the other three teams fool around and find out. They want ALL that smoke. Well, okay, okay. Everyone is fired up for WrestleMania, but who wins the tag team showcase at the Showcase of the Immortals?
It’s the SmackDown return of the Kevin Owens Show!
And as such, Kevin Owens himself is headed to the ring. His guest will be Sami Zayn, but what will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator have to say about their coming Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns one more time and Kevin has his set and his mic. He thanks the ring announcer for the introduction, and then welcomes us back to the KO Show. Now please welcome his guest, tag team partner, friend and brother, the one and only Sami Zayn! Sami makes his entrance and the fans fire up again. Sami gets a mic and Kevin says, “Yeah, so I did it right? The way you wanted. It worked out?” Sami asks what Kevin means. Well, he brought Sami out with the big introduction like he wanted. It was good, right? Sami says he didn’t want a big introduction, this is Kevin’s show, and Sami’s the guest.
Yeah, but earlier, Kevin suggested they come out as co-hosts but Sami said they should make separate entrances so the fans can hear both of their songs and cheer for both of them. Which really means Sami wanted his own pop. Sami says he did not, but Kevin says it’s fine, the fans love him! Kevin gets it. Fans do cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” Kevin sits, Sami asks if they need to spill more backstage secrets, or can they just get to business? Yeah, of course. Sami says more than anyone, he’s been going non-stop about taking down Roman, the Usos, the Bloodline. And even Sami has lost sight of the fact that, does Kevin realize what they’re on the verge of doing?
“After all these years, from where we started, from nothing, staring together in Montreal all those years ago, we are on the verge of winning the WWE Undisputed Tag Team Championships! We are on the verge of doing that together, at WrestleMania! And not just any WrestleMania. This year, I don’t know what it is, but WrestleMania feels different this year.” Kevin says that’s right. And it isn’t lost on him. He knows what they can accomplish. But Sami is right, WrestleMania does feel different this year. Which is why Kevin brought Sami out here. Kevin has something for Sami.
Now, remember a few months ago, after Roman gave Sami that Honorary Uce shirt, that Kevin said Sami needed a new one. Kevin has one, it’s a KO-Mania Goes Hollywood shirt. That’s great! Well yes, but this is the back of it. Kevin does KO-Mania every year. But this year is different. This year isn’t about KO-Mania. “This year, there is only one person who took WWE by storm, who caught fire like no one else. There’s only one person that people can look at and say, ‘That guy has been the MVP of the WWE for the last 12 months,’ and that person is you,” Sami. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” and Sami is rather touched.
Kevin says this year, it isn’t KO-Mania. It’s about the other side of the shirt. Kevin hands it over, Sami turns it around, and he sees… WrestleZAYNIA!! Sami’s all fired up now! Kevin shows that he’s been wearing one the whole time! Sami loves it! He throws off his shirt to put on the new shirt! Sami wants a hug but Kevin says no, one hug a year. Aw what the heck? THEY HUG! But then THE USOS attack!! They blindside KO & Sami from the crowd side, and then Jimmy rains down fists on Kevin while Jey rains down fists on Sami! Fans boo while the Usos clear the ring of the chairs. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Kevin!
Jey drags Sami up, whips him to ropes, and the Usos hit ONE AND DONE!! The fans boo more but Kevin gets up with a steel chair! The Usos run for it, telling KO & Sami that they’re going down! Kevin beats an armchair with the steel chair, but Sami tells the Usos that they’re not getting away with this one. Will Jimmy & Jey ruin the first ever WrestleZaynia? Or will KO & Sami be the ones to finally stop the ones?
A great episode for SmackDown here, especially with the story developments. For one, great closing moment we just saw with a great KO Show. I love that we got a positive swerve where Kevin gave Sami a shirt that had a WrestleZaynia logo on it. But I should’ve figured the Bloodline would do something, and the Usos technically stand tall here. That math would suggest the Usos are losing at WrestleMania, and we finally get so much in that moment, from vindication for Sami to the WWE Grand Slam for Kevin. We also got a really good match out of Cody VS Ludwig that Cody of course wins, and a really good promo segment right after for Cody and Heyman. The Bloodline is definitely desperate to hold onto everything, but that could be what brings them down.
Fairly big news with Theory VS Cena opening WrestleMania Night One. I’ve said before that it just feels like Theory is gonna win, since Cena doesn’t need the US title, and isn’t gonna be sticking around long enough to do anything with the US title. So if Theory wins the first match of the weekend, I could see him boasting, bragging and partying the entire weekend until he is just insufferable and annoys someone into challenging him for that title on the Raw After Mania. And then a pretty good promo from Charlotte, and I did like her calling out the “WHAT” chants here. Stone Cold Steve Austin is timeless, but lemming fans throwing out “WHAT” just to throw out ‘WHAT” are what? Stupid, that’s what. A) Show respect and pay attention. B) Come up with something of your own.
Really good match from Rey VS Knight, but of course Dom distracts to cost Rey. But biggest of all from that segment, the moment fans have wanted for the last few weeks now: REY DECKS DOM! And now we’ll get Rey VS Dom, and Dom sold all the emotion after that perfectly. He was upset, but there was also the fear and realization that comes with seeing something he thought would never happen actually happening. His dad is gonna whoop him, because Dom will only have Priest by his side while Finn prepares for Edge and Rhea prepares for Charlotte. And Legado can make a heroic move by countering Priest so that Rey VS Dom has a fair finish.
Good promo from Profits, Braun & Ricochet to put some tension between those teams going into the men’s Fatal 4. Good tag match qualifier for the women’s Fatal 4, and it was good weaving of stories that Shotzi & Natty win. Shayna & Ronda get that “first round bye” right into the match, but it does work because all four Faces want payback on them. It might not even matter who the fourth team is (though I’m sure it’ll be a team from Raw), Ronda & Shayna are probably gonna tear into them all to win and essentially be #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
And there was just so much great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship contract signing. Sheamus brought back the same stuff he said when he and McIntyre had their 1v1 feud last year but that makes sense, it is how people can be when they argue with friends and family. I feel like McIntyre was tempted to Steiner Math because this is a Triple Threat, and he knows he can beat Sheamus. Gunther was also great, and I love that “Butch” Dunne went right after Gunther over their NXT UK past. Gunther VS Dunne was great stuff to have just for the hell of it, but of course there was the usual misunderstanding shenanigans that helped Gunther win.
If Gunther somehow retains at Mania, can we have HHH get Trent Seven back in WWE so we can have British Strong Style VS Imperium for the Summer? There were fans in Vegas who remembered Dunne for being Dunne and not for being a sidekick, and all fans deserve to see that Dunne alongside Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.
My Score: 8.8/10
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