Who makes history as the first NXT Women’s Breakout winner?
Roxanne Perez or Tiffany Stratton. Only one can be the first to put their name on the NXT Women’s Breakout Championship Contract!
- Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Josh Briggs w/ Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley; Briggs wins.
- Santos Escobar w/ The D’Angelo Familia VS Nathan Frazer; Frazer wins.
- NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Finals: Roxanne Perez VS Tiffany Stratton; Perez wins and earns the NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Championship Contract.
- Chase U VS Pretty Deadly; changed to…
- Handicap Match: Pretty Deadly VS Andre Chase; Pretty Deadly wins.
- Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley; Fyre wins.
- Grayson Waller & Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Solo Sikoa & Apollo Crews; Sikoa & Crews win.
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Welcome the NEW North American Champion, Carmelo Hayes!
The TWO-TIME A Champion heads out with Trick Williams by his side. Melo opens his letterman’s jacket to reveal his belt is back around his waist after defeating and dethroning Cameron Grimes. Trick gets the mic first to say that at least, things are back to normal. Melo is North American Champion, Trick’s baby, Harpy is single, and the Warriors are about to beat the Celtics! C’mon, man, Melo’s from Boston. Is he? He is. Well sorry about that, but the point is everyone needs to make some noise for your two-time North American Champion! Fans boo but Melo treats it like cheering as he thanks them
And first thing’s first, Melo gives credit to Grimes bringing the best version of himself to give Melo one of the toughest matches of his life. But the goal was always getting back to this title, and now he is the goal! Melo doesn’t chase dreams, dreams chase him. He is what everyone else aspires to be! As he looks around at the crowd, seeing the scrubs in the building, they wish they could do what he does. Every time they shoot their shots, they miss! Melo is standing at the top of his accomplishments while you losers are reaching for their goals! Melo said that to say this: “I am the most illustrious NXT North American Champion in history! And let’s be real, y’all, I got right now.”
But speaking of this title, here comes Solo Sikoa! Fans chant for “SO~LO!” and Solo tells Melo, congrats on the win at In Your House. But no one wants to hear all that. Fans know it, Solo says this is 2.0, where it’s less talking and more fighting. But Solo will keep this short and sweet. He’s got next! Trick tells Solo to hold on. That was between Solo and the former champion. That agreement is no longer relevant, brother. And to keep it all real, Solo bet on the wrong one. Solo asks if they see any kind of fear in his eyes. The answer is hell now! Solo has Melo’s number! Melo knows it, Trick knows it, everyone else knows it!
But wait, here comes Grayson Waller! He wants everyone to hold on. Who the hell does Solo think he is? He ain’t famous enough to have Melo’s number. And even if Solo did, Melo would leave him on voicemail! And just so everyone knows, Waller doesn’t care about anyone’s blood type. Doesn’t matter who Solo’s daddy is, who his brothers are, or his cousins, nieces, nephews or aunties! Solo doesn’t get opportunities just because he wants one. Fans want Waller to “Shut the Hell Up!” but Waller says those putting up a finger, that’s just the number of friends you have! And newsflash: mom doesn’t count! No one here has friends, and neither does Solo.
Waller says no one is friends with Solo, that’s why that’s his name. Solo gives Waller a newsflash: “Shut the Hell up!” Fans fire up and Solo tells Waller that he fights alone in the ring, but not tonight, because he has the fans. Fans cheer for that, too! Solo sees Waller wants, and if he wants to fight, then let’s go! Solo DECKS Trick, DECKS Melo, brawls with Waller, but he ends up in a 3v1! Fans boo as Waller and the others all stomp Solo, then Waller gets Solo up for a DDT! Refs rush out and they get Waller, Melo and Trick to leave. Will the Street Champion fight his way up until he gets the North American Champion 1v1?
The Don arrives to the arena.
And because he, Stacks and Two Dimes won, Legado has to be their assistants. Cruz drives, Santos opens the door for Tony, and Joaquin gets the bags. Tony asks if Santos took care of that thing for him, and Santos says the guy promised to have the papers by Friday. Not bad. But what about the other thing? Joaquin says the city hall meeting is this Thursday. But why does Tony want a redistricting- Now, now, you have a lot to learn, kid. But Tony is thinking it is time to get some ring gear on. Santos has a match tonight. Go get ready! Santos is fuming, but he keeps the others from speaking up. They must be men of their word, but will Tony push Legado a little too far?
Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone & Sophia Cromwell VS Josh Briggs w/ Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley!
Vicious Von has wrecked everyone who has stood in his way, or just simply glanced at Sophia Cromwell. He broke Brooks’ hand over a look, but will Briggs break Von in vengeance? Or will even the bar brawler footballer have to admit this is Wagner’s World and he’s just living in it?
The hands start flying before the bell! The ref backs them off just long enough for the bell, and then the hands start flying again! Briggs gets the edge, backs Von to a corner and fire off more shots. Von shoves but Briggs shoves back to fire more hands! Von bumps Briggs off buckles, gives back hands and even knees and shoulders! The ref counts, Von lets off at 4 but Briggs hits back. Von knees and ROCKS Briggs to another corner, then whips. Briggs reverses to ROCK Von, then whip and CLOBBER him! Fans fire up and Briggs slides out to ROCK Von off the ropes! Stone talks trash but Briggs gets in, only for Von to BOOT Briggs down!
Von bumps Briggs off buckles, fires off more hands, then lets off at 4. Von reels Briggs into a knee, then pulls hair to shout, “My World!” Von BOOTS Briggs again but fans boo. Stone taunts Briggs, Von pushes Briggs around, but Briggs throws body shots and hands! Briggs whips Von to a corner but Von dodges to OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Von snarls but he rains down fists on Briggs. Fans rally behind Briggs but Von gets the arm! Briggs fights back, throws body shots, but Von throws knees. Briggs fires off hands and he DECKS Von! Then BOOTS him back! Fans fire up again as Briggs whips, but Von holds ropes.
Briggs rushes in but Von kicks his leg! Von sends Briggs out, goes out after him, and RAMS Briggs into the apron. Von then gets Brooks’ bad hand and SLAMS it on the apron! Fallon is pissed, but that’s just a distraction so Brooks can take of the cast?! Brooks slides it into the ring for Briggs, and we’re going Cowboy Bob Orton !CAST SMACK! And then LARIAT!! Cover, Briggs wins!!
Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall
Stone is furious but his side got suckered in! Briggs avenges Brooks with help from Brooks, will they be turning Wagner’s World upside-down?
Backstage interview with Solo Sikoa.
McKenzie asks how he is doing after that mugging just moments ago. Solo says in the streets, you scrap. Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t. But it ain’t one of those where you catch them down the road next week or next month. Solo wants BOTH Waller and Melo tonight! So is that a Handicap Match? Hell, if someone wants to join in, they’re Solo’s guest. He doesn’t ask for help, but one way or another, he leaves those bitches the way they left him. Will someone join the Street Champion against Waller and the A Champion?
Andre Chase welcomes Thea Hail to Chase U.
On behalf of the university, he presents a 2022-2023 scholarship to NXT’s newest signee! She thanks them all and is so excited to be here to perfect her craft. They take a class picture, but then Pretty Deadly walk in laughing at them all. Asking teacher for a picture is so embarrassing. They’re embarrassing. Bodhi says that’s true. This picture needs something more. It needs star power! More fashion sense! It needs Pretty Deadly! So they can grab their tag titles- Oh wait! Pretty Deadly lost them! Oh haha, just watch yourselves. Pretty Deadly leave, and Chase says they’ll take the pic now. Chase U on three! Will Pretty Deadly end up on the receiving end of a #TeachableMoment soon enough?
Santos Escobar w/ The D’Angelo Familia VS Nathan Frazer!
The Don is making the Emperor of Lucha earn his keep by having a match he is not prepared for! And it’s against the British Prodigy who took Cameron Grimes to his limits! Will Escobar be able to survive this last second showdown? Or will Frazer take flight at Escobar’s expense?
NXT returns and Tony’s crew sees Legado out for this match. But then Tony tells Cruz & Wilde to go to the back, his guys will handle this. Tony even joins commentary while Escobar circles with Frazer. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks but Frazer gets ropes. The ref counts, Escobar lets off, and he resets with Frazer. They tie up, Escobar arm-drags and has the armlock, fans rally for “Both These Guys!” already. Frazer fights up, but Escobar hits a stiff monkey flip! Frazer gets to ropes to slow things down, and they reset again. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks and SLAMS Frazer! Escobar floats around on Frazer, has the legs and half nelson but Frazer moves around.
Frazer fights up, Escobar waistlocks, Tony says this is getting boring, they should do something else. Frazer switches, shoves, things speed up, Frazer redirects and goes up and over with a flip! Not so boring anymore, huh, Tony? Frazer keeps things moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA Escobar to a corner! Fans fire up and Escobar is fuming, glaring at Tony for putting him in this situation. Frazer runs in, Escobar sends him out, and he points at Tony. But then he turns around into Frazer’s missile dropkick! Escobar bails out. Frazer builds speed, but stops when Escobar moves. Tony asks what is going on here! Get in the ring!
Escobar gets in, he scoops Frazer but Frazer slips out to waistlock and O’Conner Roll! TWO, but Frazer rushes in! Escobar puts him out to ENZIGURI him off the apron! Fans fire up and Escobar seethes. Escobar DIVES! Down goes Frazer as the Arrow from Hell hits its mark! Fans are fired up for “LEGADO! LEGADO!” Tony tells Escobar to not do the dive, no one likes that. Fans disagree but NXT goes picture in picture as Escobar argues with his new boss.
Escobar gets in the ring but still glares at Tony. Escobar stomps Frazer, then drops an elbow on Frazer’s back. And another! Escobar drags Frazer up but Frazer throws body shots. Escobar CLUBS, whips and scoops Frazer for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Frazer is showing that toughness, but Escobar gets his legs to turn him over. Escobar sneers as he stares Tony down and drags Frazer to a corner. Escobar wants the legs but Frazer kicks him away. Escobar stomps Frazer down, then drags him up to put him in the corner. Escobar CHOPS Frazer, then brings him around to CLUB in the back.
Escobar goes corner to corner to uppercut Frazer in the back! Frazer writhes and grits his teeth but Escobar stomps him down. Escobar goes out, drags Frazer to the corner and then the ring steps, for a BOSTON CRAB into the post! Frazer endures, the ref counts, and Escobar lets off. Escobar “apologizes” then drags Frazer up and into the ring. Escobar brings Frazer to another corner, and slingshot sentons! Cover, but they’re too close to the ropes! Escobar lets off to pull Frazer into another post! The ref counts, Escobar lets off and “apologizes” again. Escobar gets in to drag Frazer up but Frazer throws body shots.
Escobar CLUBS Frazer, reels him in, but Frazer trips Escobar to jackknife! TWO, and Escobar CLOBBERS Frazer! Escobar kicks Frazer to a corner, brings him up, and then digs his face into buckles. The ref counts, Escobar lets off to CLUB Frazer in the back. NXT is single picture again as Escobar digs Frazer into the buckles again. Escobar lets off, but Frazer starts throwing hands! Frazer backs Escobar down, whips, but Escobar reverses! Frazer tumbles up and down the buckles, then staggers into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Frazer is still in this, and that frustrates Escobar.
Escobar pulls on Frazer’s leg, then brings him around as fans rally up. Escobar hooks up the legs, punches Frazer to get the arms, and then gets Frazer up in the ROMERO SPECIAL! Frazer endures, fans rally, and Frazer gets his arms free! But Escobar throws him down with the legs! Cover, TWO! Escobar grows frustrated but he stalks Frazer. Frazer gets up, runs in, but Escobar tackles him to get the BOSTON CRAB! Frazer endures, fans rally and duel, and Tony wants Escobar to tighten that hold up. Escobar drags Frazer away, sits deep, but Frazer still claws his way forward! ROPEBREAK! Escobar lets go in frustration and Tony is upset again.
Escobar and Tony argue about how Escobar is wrestling, and Escobar fires the fans up with his whistle. Escobar YANKS Frazer from the ropes but Frazer gets to his feet! Frazer slides under, rolls Escobar up, TWO! Frazer runs in, slips off the scoop, waistlocks but Escobar bucks the O’Conner. They both run, Frazer CLOBBERS Escobar with flying forearms! Fans fire up while both men are down! Frazer gets up as fans rally behind him, and Tony says Escobar is embarrassing the family. Frazer kips up and rallies on Escobar with lariats and forearms! QUEBRADA into ELBOW DROP DDT! Frazer then SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO!
Frazer is surprised but he still drags Escobar to a drop zone. Frazer goes up, PHOENIX- NO, he has to roll through as Escobar moves! BIG KNEE from Escobar, fireman’s carries, but Frazer slips off! Escobar dodges and CALF KICKS Frazer out! Then Two Dimes slides him a crowbar? Escobar snarls, he doesn’t want this, and he slides it back! Tony is upset, but Escobar goes over to the ropes. Frazer GAMANGIRIS Escobar and then goes up top! PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Frazer wins!!
Winner: Nathan Frazer, by pinfall
Tony says, “Nice job, moron!” Tony can’t believe Escobar didn’t want to cheat the D’Angelo way. But will this partnership only bring them all down? Or will Escobar bend to do as he’s told?
Backstage interview with Xyon Quinn.
McKenzie asks him about his return last week. But Quinn just says Frazer is another guy carrying a rabbit’s foot wherever he goes. Frazer, Wes Lee, they’re all the same. For seven days straight, Quinn had to watch and listen to Wes Lee’s name be mentioned everywhere. “Wes Lee’s so brave! Wes Lee’s amazing! Did you see Wes Lee’s awesome victory?” Quinn says of that five minute match, Quinn dominated for four minutes and 55 seconds! Those last few seconds were like pulling a rabbit out of a hat, and that’s supposed to be a victory? Not where Quinn’s from. That’s just luck. So when Quinn gets his rematch, it won’t be the same for Cinderella Man.
But hopefully Sanga is there to pick up the pieces, because when Quinn’s down with Wes, he won’t even be conscious. Will Quinn #RunItStraight and break the tie? Or will he end up getting further upset by the Must-See Kid?
Bron Breakker is here!
And he is still NXT Champion after refusing to let Joe Gacy goad him into crossing the line! Fans bark it up as Bron gets the mic. Bron says, “NXT In Your House was a battle. Joe Gacy challenged me mentally, challenged me physically. Hell, he even went after my father, my family, he made things personal! But no matter what Joe Gacy did, he was not taking this NXT Championship away from me!” Bron says that match wasn’t just about him, it was about NXT! This place is special! NXT is special! Fans cheer for that, and Bron says after going through the curtain, he saw the look on everyone’s faces. Everyone wants after the title.
“So the question is… Who’s gonna step up to the challenge?” Bron waits and who do we get? “APOLLO~!” Fans fire up for the return of the most athletic man to cross through NXT, and he is fired up to be back! Apollo gets in the ring with Bron and gets a mic as fans chant, “WELCOME BACK!” Apollo says he wants us to believe him when he says this is the type of energy he has missed! Apollo then tells Bron he wasn’t here on Saturday but he’s here now, for as long as he wants to be. And congratulations on the win. Fans chant “We Missed You!” and Apollo says he missed them, too. But he has to say, he has seen the meteoric rise, and Bron is one of the best not just in NXT but all of WWE!
Apollo says this place IS special, he loves NXT! When he left NXT, it was way too soon, with a lot of things he wanted to do on the table. But he is back to correct history! He is back to change history! Apollo Crews is back to make history! And Bron, Apollo saw that one day, they would make that history together. Until then, see you down the road. Fans cheer as the two shake hands. Will Apollo make sure he gets to the NXT Championship sooner rather than later? Or will he check off some other things first?
Joe Gacy speaks.
“Recognizing you can’t get through this life all alone is not a weakness, but a strength. There are people in this world that need guidance. You two were prime examples. You realized you were not fulfilled, so you cleared your minds and opened your hearts to me.” They’ve made great strides, and there are people that don’t understand they are shaping the world by maximizing their exposure on the platform they have each and every week. Their message is far more important than any possession or symbol. But now, they can focus on their progression.
“Forget what you’ve been called. You are the Dyad, and you will continue to be an extension of me, starting next week when you compete in the ring for the very first time.” Just who are the two under the hoods? And will they be able to fulfill Gacy’s mission of transforming NXT into his image?
NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Finals: Roxanne Perez VS Tiffany Stratton!
In one corner, the Gamer Girl scratched and clawed her way just to get into NXT, and then to get to this moment here tonight. In the other corner, Daddy’s Little Rich Girl popped into NXT on a whim, and then got lucky someone had to drop out. Will the hard work and determination pay off for Roxie? Or will Tiffany blow her a kiss from the winner’s circle?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Fans rally and duel, Tiffany puts Roxie on ropes. The ref counts, Tiffany lets off at 4 and argues, then she shoves Roxie down. Roxie huffs, gets around Tiffany, waistlocks then headlocks. Tiffany pulls hair to pull Roxie back and power out. Tiffany then sweeps the legs and covers, TWO! Roxie sweeps but Tiffany handsprings through and does a curtsy. Roxie says okay, and she blocks a kick to spin Tiffany. Roxie rolls, rolls and headscissirs! Tiffany handsprings through again! But she swaggers into a SHOTGUN! Roxie eggs Tiffany on then drop toeholds! Roxie stomps Tiffany’s fingers!
Roxie does the curtsy, then wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Tiffany endures, reaches for ropes but Roxie keeps her away with a hammerlock. They go around, Tiffany reaches out again but Roxie wrenches through to wristlock. Tiffany rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roxie endures, fans rally, Roxie rolls and goes after the arm but Tiffany wrangles her down. Tiffany digs her knee into Roxie’s head, twists the wrist and bends the fingers! Fans rally and duel, Roxie fights up but Tiffany bends the fingers more! Roxie refuses to give up, she pushes free, but Tiffany wrangles her again!
Tiffany digs her knee in again, but Roxie still endures. Fans rally and duel harder, Roxie fight sup, rolls and handsprings to wrench and WRING Tiffany! Roxie headlocks, Tiffany powers out, but Roxie goes up a corner. Tiffany catches Roxie, but Roxie makes it a rolling arm-drag! Roxie forearm smashes in the corner, whips her but Tiffany reverses. Roxie wrenches through, wristlocks again, then whips Tiffany back to a corner for an uppercut! Roxie whips, wrenches, knuckle locks and CHOPS! Roxie goes up and up, but Tiffany YANKS Roxie down! Roxie hotshots off the ropes and too the floor as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Tiffany is after the bad arm with a Fujiwara Armbar! Roxie endures, fans rally and duel, Roxie makes the armbar a roll-up, TWO! Tiffany WRINGS the arm out! Tiffany loses extensions but she MOONSAULTS the arm! Cover, TWO! Tiffany hurries after the bad arm but Roxie endures again. Roxie moves around, even as Tiffany is practically on the other side of her! Roxie pushes up, rolls, and rolls Tiffany up! TWO, but Roxie uppercuts! And uppercuts! And then whips. Tiffany blocks, pulls hair and puts Roxie in the corner! Tiffany wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Roxie goes to a corner, Tiffany handsprings all the way in for a back elbow!
Tiffany keeps running and she STOMPS Roxie down! Cover, TWO!! Roxie survives and shocks Tiffany! Tiffany hurries to get Roxie up, Canadian Rack, but Roxie arm-drags free again! Roxie runs in at the corner but is put up top! Roxie BOOTS Tiffany, shakes the bad arm, and hits a FLYING THESZ PRESS! Roxie rains down fists, Tiffany gets away and out of the ring. Roxie roars, runs and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and Roxie gets Tiffany in! Roxie hooks Tiffany up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Tiffany is still in this but Roxie stomps her down! Then HANDSPRING SENTONS! But the bad arm bothers her!
Roxie still covers, TWO! GHOST PIN! TWO!! Tiffany hurries to reel Roxie in, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Roxie survives and fans are thunderous! Tiffany is beside herself, but she hurries to get Roxie around. Tiffany goes up but Roxie anchors her foot! Tiffany kicks Roxie away, then goes back up,. MOONSAULT FLOPS as Roxie moves! POP-ROX!! Cover, Roxie wins!!!
Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament Champion)
And Cora Jade is right out here to celebrate with her! Roxie rocks Tiffany and gets her name on that contract! Cora presents Roxie with the contract, but then Toxic Attraction makes their way out. Mandy Rose, still NXT Women’s Champion, “congratulates” Roxanne. “All the sacrifices, the hardships, those long bus rides, it all paid off. Honestly, you should be really proud of yourself. And to top it off, you have your best friend standing beside you to soak it all in. Wow… That’s amazing.” Mandy means it. But she wants Roxie to enjoy this moment. “Because unfortunately, it’s all downhill from here.”
If Roxie thinks she can cash in on Mandy, no no no, honey. She has a better chance of going to Raw or SmackDown, or even just leaving that contract in her closet. If Roxie challenges Mandy, she will fail. Just ask Cora. She had not just one, but two chances, and failed both times. So Mandy’s title isn’t going anywhere any time soon. And as for Cora, if she thinks her stupid skateboarding ass- Roxie DECKS Mandy! And then she and Cora brawl with Gigi & Jacy! Fans fire up, Mandy manages to get up, and she goes after Roxie! The 3v2 of course goes Toxic Attraction’s way, but then here comes INDI! Indi DECKS Jacy, shoves Gigi and DECKS her, too!
Mandy turns Indi around but gets ROCKED! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from Roxie & Cora! Mandy gets on the apron, Indi BOOTS her off! Mandy falls right onto Gigi & Jacy, Toxic Attraction are down for the count! Will Roxie make sure she breaks out and takes gold from Toxic Attraction?
Bodhi Hayward’s been attacked!
Referees and Andre Chase find him clutching his ribs. It was Pretty Deadly! Bodhi wants to still go with Chase to the ring, but Chase says the medics have to take care of him. Chase is furious, but he’s going to the ring to whoop those SOB’s! Will Professor Chase be able to handle both “tasty dishes” on his own? Or will they give him more of the same once the bell rings?
Backstage interview with Wendy Choo.
Sadly, things didn’t go her way at In Your House, but- Wait, Tiffany barges in, whining about losing to Roxie and claiming she cheated. Wendy says, “Excuse me.” But Tiffany says, “You’re excused,” and keeps on whining. Wendy speaks up again and Tiffany asks what? This is her time! Tiffany wants a rematch! Wendy SPLASHES Tiffany! Tiffany freaks out over her hair now, but will she be having an even worse meltdown if she loses to Wendy?
Handicap Match: Pretty Deadly VS Andre Chase!
Kit Wilson & Elton Prince warned Chase U, and then made good on the threat taking out the star pupil. But will they take out the headmaster next? Or will they learn a lesson in humility after already having lost their titles?
Chase doesn’t wait for a bell, he gets in and dodges Prince to DECK Wilson! Then he fires off on Prince and the ref rings the bell! Chase fires off and DECKS Prince, then BOOTS Chase! Prince whips, Chase ducks and dodges to THESZ PRESS! And fast hands! Prince pushes Chase away but Chase CHOPS him to a corner! Chase climbs up to rain down more fists! Wilson gets in but gets AX HANDLES! Chase then back drops Prince! Chase fires up, he clotheslines Wilson out but Prince ROCKS him! Fans rally for Chase but Prince CLUBS and whips him to a corner. Chase comes back to CLOBBER Prince!
Chase runs, Wilson trips him! Prince hits a DDT, then he RAMS Chase into buckles. Tag to Wilson, Pretty Deadly mugs Chase, but the ref counts. Pretty Deadly lets off, Wilson BOOTS Chase down! Wilson ROCKS Chase, tags Prince, fans rally but Prince digs his boots in! The ref counts, Prince lets off and tags Wilson. Prince fireman’s carries Chase to throw him to Wilson’s GUT BUSTER DROP! Pretty Deadly stomp away on Chase, but Bodhi is crawling his way out here!? Bodhi wants to help Chase but Thea says he can’t! He’s too beat up! Bodhi says, “But Chase needs us!” and a lightbulb goes off in Thea’s head! SHE gets on the apron!?
Thea wants this to be a co-ed tag match?! That’s not a thing in NXT, is it? Fans want it to be but Pretty Deadly tells the new girl to calm down. She SLAPS Prince instead! Chase rallies on Pretty Deadly, atomic drop and a whip, but Wilson reverses. Chase reverses back to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Chase stomps and fans spell “CHASE U!” for him! Chase fireman’s carries but Wilson slips off to waistlock. Chase switches but Prince tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Wilson kicks Chase into Prince’s BOOT! Then Prince gets in, SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
Thea tried but the rules wouldn’t let her help Chase. Pretty Deadly gets back up, but will they get back to the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Melo & Trick walk the halls, but spot something.
Trick says these three must be waiting on them. It’s Tony D and his boys! Tony says, “What up, champ?” Congrats, but as you know, you’re not the only one with a victory from In Your House. So if Melo wants his reign to last longer than the first, falling in lone behind The Don might not be a bad idea. Trick says Tony may be the Don, but this is the Sun! Everything revolves around Melo. To put it like this, Melo is good on mentioning his title, but no thanks. Well then stay out of Tony’s way, son. Because if you don’t, this ends in the blink of an eye. But uh, good luck in the main event. Melo wants Tony to put some respect on the name. Will Melo show The Don just who is in charge around here?
Alba Fyre VS Tatum Paxley!
The Scary Queen of Scots has risen from the ashes like a phoenix, and she wants to blaze a trail to the top! The powerlifter stepped up where the baller didn’t, will Tatum be able to put out the Fyre? Or will she just be more wood for the flame to stay alive?
NXT returns and Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Fyre waistlocks but Tatum wrenches out to a hammerlock. Fyre switches that onto Tatum but Tatum hits a fireman’s carry takeover. Tatum has the armlock, Fyre fights up but Tatum wrangles her for a La Magistrol! TWO, Tatum is ready and she waistlocks. Fyre pries free, gets around and SLAMS Tatum! Ghost pin, TWO! Tatum gets back up and resets with Fyre. They tie up, Fyre gets a leg and flips Tatum! Tatum handsprings through to tackle Fyre to a cover, TWO! Tatum picks Fyre up but Fyre sunset flips, only for Tatum to sit down! TWO!
Fyre and Tatum hurry back up, Fyre has the leg again and flips Tatum again, to KNEE her as she shoots in! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Fyre stalks Tatum to a corner. Fyre brings Tatum out, ROCKS her with a right, then whips her to a corner. Tatum reverses, Fyre reverses and Tatum hits buckles hard! Fyre CHOPS Tatum, brings her around, and GOURD BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Fyre stalks Tatum to ropes, fans rally more and Fyre hooks Tatum up in the Gory Especial! GORY BOMB! But Fyre isn’t done, she rises up to the top rope. Tatum rolls away, but Fyre just shrugs. BIG SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Fyre wins!
Winner: Alba Fyre, by pinfall
Fyre still hits the target, she still gets the win! But she shows Tatum respect for stepping up to her. Will this nod of approval mean Tatum is on her way to the top? But then Lash BOOTS Fyre at the stage! Lash talks trash but fans say SHE is trash! Lash is brave when Fyre isn’t ready, but will Fyre make Lash regret ever stepping to her like that?
The Diamond Mine is in the dojo.
And they’re admiring the NXT Tag Team Championships the Creeds just won on Saturday. But Roderick Strong walks in and says he may have given them a hard time, and things were said. They’re all alphas here, especially #BigIve. But on Saturday, the biggest challenge of the Creeds’ careers, and they not only rose to the occasion, they dominated! That was amazing. Strong wants to congratulate them on being the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Bring it in! Diamond Mine Forever! Water under the bridge! They hug it out, but then Malik Blade & Edris Enofe walk in? Edris says great win and Malik says that Brutus Ball from the top was amazing!
Julius, that was picture perfect on the Shooting Star, too. And not to ruin the moment, but uh, maybe Malik & Edris can get a shot? Well, Saturday was a big day. They had to be dialed in and perform in front of friends and family. And even with all that, they still heard these two talking that talk. But they appreciate it! Yeah, man! Nice. So if Malik & Edris want their shot next week, the Creeds would be honored. The deal is in, but Strong isn’t so sure. What are they doing? What? Diamond Mine doesn’t back down. Yeah but this isn’t Christmas! You don’t just hand out a title shot! You make those guys earn things!
Oh but that’s right, they’re new to being champions. But Strong’s been champion countless times! Now that he thinks about it, they did make some mistakes that almost cost them. They’re lucky to be champs! Strong was going to give them one mistake as champions, and they just made it. So much for everyone getting along… Will Strong’s ego be what costs his boys their belts? Or will it just cost him his spot in the group?
NXT receives another message in Italian.
“In this world, luck favors the bold. And his luck never runs out. His fortune is measured not just by his back account, but by his wealth of style, and the flare for the performance. His ability to step out on his own from a dominant circle shows he fears nothing and regrets less. Destined to uncork success at every turn, the time has come to show the world who he is. Prepare for his arrival as NXT will never be the same.” Fabian Aichner IS Giovanni Vinci! And he’s back on NXT next week!
Grayson Waller & Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Solo Sikoa & ???
The 21st Century Success Story and the two-time North American Champion both think the Street Champion of the Island needs to wait in line, not just get things because he’s Bloodline. And while Solo is more than willing to take these two on all alone, he did leave an open invitation to anyone who dislikes Melo and Waller as much as he does. Will someone accept and join Solo’s side? Or will Sikoa really be solo in this fight?
Solo makes his entrance, and he has a mic. “Listen. As bad as I want to kick you two asses right now, I brought somebody with me that can feel the same way.” It’s… APOLLO! Seems Apollo wasn’t going to just settle for reintroducing himself! Will he make a huge impact in this sudden return match?
Solo and Apollo get in, they ROCK and TOSS Trick, then they brawl with Melo and Waller! Solo clotheslines Melo out, Apollo clotheslines Waller out right after! Fans are fired up while Melo and Waller regroup. They get back up as Solo steps up for the team. Melo and Solo stare down, Melo talks trash, but then Melo tags Waller. Fans boo but Waller mocks Solo’s stance. Waller tries testing kicks but then dodges the right to JAB Solo! And HEADBUTT! That doesn’t work out, Solo’s head is way harder than Waller’s! Solo HEADBUTTS Waller down, then tags Apollo. Solo scoop SLAMS Waller, for Apollo’s slingshot senton!
Apollo brings Waller up, suplexes and holds, and then uses just one arm! Apollo keeps Waller up for TWENTY, then for THIRTY before the SLAM! Fans fire up, Apollo swipes at Melo, then he brings Waller up. Tag to Solo, they mug Waller, then Solo whips to CLOBBER Waller. Solo runs for FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Solo wrenches, tags Apollo, Apollo goes up to ax handle. Apollo JABS and whips but Waller holds ropes. Waller elbows Apollo, tags Melo, then rushes Apollo. Apollo whips Waller away, Waller goes up and over but then scurries away. Melo MYSTICOS Apollo! Waller does the drop steps, “passes” the ball and Melo shoots to score.
Melo ROCKS Apollo against ropes, CLUBS away on him, then tags Waller. They mug Apollo, the ref reprimands, but Waller CLUBS Apollo to a corner. Waller stomps a mudhole, the ref counts, Waller lets off at 4. Waller brings Apollo up to snap suplex, then he mocks Apollo’s pain. Waller facelocks to grind Apollo down but fans call him an A-Hole. Waller whips Apollo to the corner, elbows him, and tags Melo. They mug Apollo more, Melo snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Apollo down! Cover, ONE! Melo hurries to keep between Apollo and Solo then he BOOTS Apollo! Melo talks trash on Solo and he facelocks Apollo to keep him down.
Fans rally up, Apollo fight sup and powers forward! Melo CLUBS away on Apollo, but Apollo keeps fighting! Melo CLUBS again, but Apollo shoves free! Melo rolls off Apollo’s back and gets a leg, but Apollo ENZIGURIS Melo away! Fans fire up as Apollo crawls, hot tags to Waller and Solo! Waller runs into Solo’s lariat, elbow and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Solo and he goes corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Apollo tags in, he PLANCHAS Melo and Waller down! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture!
Apollo is wincing, but he says the arm is fine. He goes out to fetch Waller, throwing forearms then smacking Waller off the apron. Apollo puts Waller in, ROCKS him with a forearm, then snapmares into a chinlock. Waller flails as he endures the squeeze, but Apollo leans on the hold. Waller fights up, powers up and out but Apollo runs Waller over! Apollo gets Waller up, tags Solo, and they mug Waller. Solo throws hands, headlocks, and hits the takeover. Waller keeps his shoulders up, headscissors but Solo shrugs that off. Waller fights around, gets up, and throws body shots. Waller powers out but Solo dodges to CLOBBER him!
Fans fire up with Solo again, he covers, TWO! Solo stays in Waller’s way to wrench and headlock. Waller fights around, gets up but Solo snapmares to a chinlock. Waller endures again, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally as Waller fights back up. Waller JAWBREAKERS free, but Solo HEADBUTTS! Solo shoves Waller into Melo, that counts as a tag! Melo is frozen on the apron, so Solo TOSSES him into the ring! Solo rallies on Melo with big shoulder tackles and Melo flounders to a corner. Solo runs in to SPLASH! Melo sits back down, fans fire back up! HIP- NO, Waller gets Melo out and Solo slows up.
Trick gets on the apron to talk trash, but Solo CLOBBERS him! Melo gets in, SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE! Melo DECKS Apollo and he rains down fists on Solo! Melo stomps Solo, drags him over, and tags in Waller. They double whip Solo, Waller trips Solo up and sets him up for Melo to stomp away! The ref counts, Waller lets off then tags back in. Waller stomps Solo while Melo holds him down, and Melo lets off at 4. Fans boo, Waller taunts Apollo but Solo hits Waller! Waller hits an STO! Waller puts Solo in a drop zone and goes to a corner. Waller goes up, walks the ropes, BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Solo survives. Waller drags Solo up to CLUB him down, then steps on Solo’s face. Tag to Melo, he and Waller soak up the heat, but Solo avoids the slingshot elbow! Waller doesn’t realize it until he turns around! Solo DECKS Melo with an uppercut! Melo comes back to BOOT Solo! Melo puts Solo in the corner, he tags Waller, they mug Solo again. Waller CLUBS Solo, cravats for the neck wrench and he even throws some knees. Waller wrangles Solo to the mat, but Solo keeps his shoulders up. Waller shifts to a CROSSFACE! Solo endures and fans rally up. Solo fights around, reaches out, crawls over, and gets the ROPEBREAK!
Waller holds until 4, and he is frustrated with Solo’s toughness. Waller knees Solo in the side, scuffs him, but fans chant “Waller Sucks!” Solo throws a body shot but Waller CLUBS and JABS Solo back. Solo fights out of the corner with big elbows, but Waller waistlocks! Waller keeps Solo from Apollo, but Solo backs Waller into Melo! Melo falls, Solo dodges Waller, tag to Apollo! Apollo rallies on everybody, and he back drops Apollo! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! And another GERMAN SUPLEX! And a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Melo runs in, Apollo dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally for Apollo’s Suplex City and Apollo fires up!
Apollo runs corner to corner at Waller, STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and LEAPING LARIAT! Apollo kips up, to the MOONSAULT! Cover, Melo breaks it! Solo gets in and he stares Melo down. “This is Awesome!” as the brawl is on! Solo fires off haymakers, shoves, but Melo kicks! Solo just roars and SUPERKICKS back! Solo clotheslines Melo and himself out of the ring! Apollo grabs at Waller but Waller HOTSHOTS! SOMERSAULT- NO, no stunner! CREWS MISSILE!! Cover, Apollo & Solo win!!
Winners: Solo Sikoa & Apollo Crews, by pinfall
The homecoming is victorious! Apollo takes down the 21st Century Success Story, and he helps Solo get even with Melo! Will Solo prove he does have the next shot at the North American Championship? Will Apollo end up going for gold on his own?
A great episode for NXT, especially to follow In Your House. For one, great to see them follow on the story of The Don taking over Legado right away, and not in any way that’s too stupid or degrading for Legado. Pretty sure they got some rather interesting political social commentary with that redistricting line, but I don’t know Florida politics. Either way, it was a great move for Tony to force Escobar to have an “impromptu” match with Frazer. Escobar VS Frazer was a great match, Tony criticizing Escobar’s wrestling style was a great detail, and of course Frazer wins because Tony and his guys kept distracting him. This will all lead to Legado losing their cool and uprising against Tony D.
I really liked what they gave us in the tag division tonight. For one, Strong can’t help but create tension between him and the rest of Diamond Mine. He disapproved the Creeds giving Malik & Edris a shot, and he might try to get involved in the match again like he did with Viking Raiders and Pretty Deadly. The Creeds will retain and this thing with Strong will come to a head in time for Great American Bash 2022. Pretty Deadly had a good interaction with Chase U, and of course they’d attack Bodhi to give themselves an advantage. I really liked the bit where Thea wanted to tag in even though it wasn’t co-ed, and there has to be a moment where Thea proves herself in a big match.
Good match from Tatum against Fyre but of course Fyre wins. Fyre hitting that Swanton from corner to center was great stuff. And of course Lash attacks Fyre in a classic Heel move. Fyre VS Lash will be another good match, and I suppose Lash could win with cheating, but Fyre should win to build more momentum towards the title. Roxie VS Tiffany was a great match for the Breakout Tournament finals, and I wish this was the main event just on principle of the historic match being the most important. Roxie wins because duh, all the champions are Heels. And naturally, the champions showed up to talk down to Roxie.
We got a great brawl, and Indi showing up could mean Roxie uses her contract to get her and Cora a tag title match, and Indi gets a fair match with Mandy for the top title. I kinda hope this is where Toxic Attraction loses, so that Indi can join Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez in having the top title and the tag titles in their careers. The only thing Indi doesn’t have that those two do have is a Dusty Cup trophy. Also, an interesting move that Wendy and Tiffany are having another feud after both of them lost the big prizes. Maybe Wendy wins this time since she has the fans behind her much stronger this time.
Bron Breakker had a decent enough promo giving some credit to Gacy, but the big moment was Apollo’s return to NXT, and not having the Nigerian Prince gimmick or even accent. Vince and team really let the ball drop on that one. They moved Apollo & Azeez to Raw but then kinda forgot about them the last few months. Apollo will surely make his way to the top title, but it was great for him to join Solo against Waller and Melo. Great set-up to this with the segment where Melo said Grimes’ promise is null and void, and then we got a great tag team match. Solo and Apollo win, they’ve got momentum towards titles, but it’d be quite the twist if Apollo got in on the North American title match. Apollo VS Melo 1v1 would be awesome stuff, too, but I would think Solo is meant to dethrone Melo.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (2/3/23)
The Elite are on a Rampage!
Is The Elite in for a tune-up or trap game tonight?
Though they plan to defend the AEW World Trios titles on Dynamite, Kenny Omega & the Young Bucks defend the titles against The Firm here on Rampage! Will they overlook Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy and get caught?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy; The Elite win and retain the titles.
- Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr; Swerve wins.
- Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters; Saraya & Storm win.
- Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels; Rush wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Elite VS Ethan Page, Matt Hardy & Isiah Kassidy!
Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks accepted the challenge of the upstart Top Flight & AR Fox, but then they also accepted the challenge of The Firm’s All Ego! Will The Elite’s ego cost them in their very first defense? Or will they still keep their date with Fox, Dante & Darius for Dynamite?
The bell rings and the trios sort out. Dayton chants, “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” Nick Jackson starts against Isiah Kassidy, they circle, and they tie up. Nick wrenches to a wristlock, Kassidy rolls and handsprings to wrench and wristlock back. Nick uses ropes to flip through and wrench back to hit a headlock takeover. Kassidy headscissors, Nick kips free, but Kassidy hits a headlock takeover. Nick headscissors, Kassidy kips free, things speed up and Kassidy wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Kassidy kips up, but Nick blocks the chop to knuckle lock. Nick CHOPS, goes up and up, “LUCHA LIBRE~!” and arm-drags!
Kassidy staggers up into another arm-drag, and Nick has the armlock! Fans cheer but Ethan is furious. Nick wrenches Kassidy, tags Matt, and the Bucks double whip to bait Kassidy into a GUTBUSTER, to the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! Fans fire up with the Bucks, and Matt points to Kenny. Fans fire up, and Matt tags in Omega! Hardy tags in and he circles with Omega. They tie up, break, and then go again. They break, go again, then Hardy headlocks. Omega powers out but Hardy runs him over. Things speed up but Hardy fakes out the hurdle! Hardy kicks low, reels Omega in, TWIST- NO, Omega powers out!
Omega runs in at the corner but Hardy dodges, and the V-Trigger hits buckles! Hardy reels Omega in, but Omega fights the Side Effect! Hardy staggers, Omega runs in but Hardy sends him out! Omega hurries back up but Hardy BLASTS him off the apron! Omega hits railing, Stokely laughs at him, and then Hardy goes up the corner! Omega stands up, but Ethan leaps to CLOBBER Omega! Ethan gives Hardy a thumbs up, he did that so Hardy wouldn’t have to risk himself. Ethan puts Omega in the ring, Ethan apparently snuck a tag that not even Hardy noticed. Ethan drags Omega up to scoop and SLAM him!
Fans boo but Ethan tells the Bucks to kiss this. Ethan drags Omega up, throws haymakers, and then has Omega in the corner. Ethan has Hardy and Kassidy hold Omega in place, then Ethan runs to BLAST the Bucks off the apron! Fans boo more but Ethan runs in, into Omega’s BOOT! Omega is free, he goes up and over Ethan to hot tag Nick! Ethan runs in, Omega dodges and the Bucks DOUBLE GAMANGIRI Ethan back! Nick then tags Matt while Omega RANAS Ethan! The Bucks double kick, Nick runs and Matt gives him the boost to RANA Ethan! Ethan hurries to tag Hardy, he runs in but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS!
Ethan shouts for Kassidy to do something, so Kassidy springboards, but the Bucks get clear to double elbow! They wheelbarrow and lift Kassidy, Omega runs in, WHEELBARROW KOTARO KRUSHER! Kassidy flounders out of the ring while the fans fire up with the Elite. Hardy returns but Omega sets up Ethan and Kassidy. Matt runs in to WRECK Ethan and Kassidy with a dropkick! Matt then holds the ropes for Nick to FLY and take them out! But Matt Hardy kicks Matt Jackson low and reels him in! TWIST- NO, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Matt Jackson starts up the Polar Express, but Ethan saves Hardy!
Ethan swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up with Jackson as he has Hardy for haymakers! And stomps! Jackson runs, Ethan trips him up but Jackson BOOTS Ethan! Hardy catches Jackson for a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson over and tags in Ethan. Ethan stomps Matt Jackson, going after the legs. Ethan talks trash on Dayton then brings Matt around for a BACKBREAKER! Fans boo but Ethan soaks up the heat as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ethan drags Matt up, bumps him off Kassidy’s boot, then tags Kassidy in. Ethan and Kassidy mug Matt, Kassidy stomps away, then lets off as the ref counts. Kassidy drags Matt back up, tags Hardy, and they mug Matt Jackson now. Hardy brings Jackson around to fire forearms and elbows! Then Hardy has Jackson under the bottom rope, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! Kassidy gives thumbs up as Hardy covers, TWO! Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off Ethan’s boot, and then tags Ethan in. Ethan and Hardy mug Jackson, abut Jackson fights back with haymakers! Rampage returns to single picture as Jackson backs Ethan down!
Matt Jackson runs but into a BOOT! Ethan BLASTS Omega and taunts Nick. Fans boo but Ethan drags Matt Jackson over to tag Hardy back in. Hardy drags Jackson up, bumps him off buckles and shouts “DELETE! DELETE!” Fans chant along, and Hardy goes through all three levels! Hardy grabs Jackson’s legs, and YANKS him into a POWERBOMB! Cover, but Nick breaks it! The ref reprimands but Nick backs off. Hardy drags Matt Jackson to the drop zone, goes up the corner, but then Ethan tags in! Fans boo as Ethan ruins Hardy’s good time. Ethan then copies Hardy’s stuff, but leaps into a SUPERKICK!
Fans rally as Ethan and Matt are down! Hot tag to Omega! Fans fire up as Omega goes up top to CROSSBODY Ethan! Kassidy runs in, to get a POLISH HAMMER! POLISH HAMMER for Ethan! Omega spins but Ethan dodges to kick low! Ethan whips, Omega reverses and fireman’s carries! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, and the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Omega drags Ethan up into a half nelson. Ethan fights the full nelson, RAMS Omega into the corner, and Kassidy tags in. Kassidy and Hardy run to BLAST the Bucks while Ethan fires off back elbows on Omega!
Ethan whips Omega corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Kassidy adds a SPLASH, Hardy adds a clothesline! Hardy sets up, Ethan whips Kassidy, FIRM IN MOTION INTO DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Ethan is shocked to see what happened, but he runs into a SNAP DRAGON! Hardy runs in, kicks low, but Omega turns Twist into full nelson! Hardy elbows free, runs, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Nick goes up, but so does Kassidy! STEREO SWANTON BOMBS!! Nick takes out Hardy while Kassidy takes out Omega! Then Kassidy runs in, dodges Nick and goes up to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT!
Matt Jackson shouts “YOU’RE DEAD!” and he SUPERKICKS Kassidy! Ethan runs in, blocks a kick and spins Jackson to ROUNDHOUSE! and then deadlift POWERSLAM! But V-TRIGGER outta nowhere!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count begins, “This is Awesome!” and Omega crawls to hot tag Nick! Nick storms in to CLUB Kassidy. Kassidy throws a forearm, but Nick hits back! They go back and forth with heavy shots, but Kassidy gets the edge! Nick staggers, but he ROUNDHOUSES back! Nick whips, Kassidy reverses and SPIN KICKS! Nick goes to a corner, Kassidy runs in, but Nick dodges!
SHINING WIZARD! GAMANGIRI! FOREARM! BULLDOG! The Elite regroup and they aim at Kassidy, only for Hardy and Ethan to drag Omega and Matt Jackson out! They’re sent into railing hard, and Kassidy runs to hit a DESTROYER!! Nick flounders to a corner, Hardy sets up again! PARTY IN MOTION! Ethan & Kassidy put Nick up top, DOUBLE ICONOCLASM! And then a feed to the TWIST OF FATE!! Kassidy covers, Matt Jackson breaks it!! Ethan storms in, he gets Matt Jackson up, but he slips off the Ego’s Edge and Omega V-TRIGGERS Ethan down! Hardy throws Omega out!
Hardy runs in, Jackson moves, Hardy BLASTS Ethan! Hardy is shocked and he hurries to check on Ethan. Kassidy TOSSES Matt Jackson out, but Nick springboards in! CUTTER?!? Kassidy covers, TWO!!! Kassidy almost wins this on his own because Hardy and Ethan distracted with Ethan’s jaw. Nick tags Omega while Kassidy calls to his team. Hardy hurries over but Omega V-TRIGGERS Kassidy down!! Omega drags Kassidy away, tags Matt in and then Matt tags Nick. Jackson BLASTS Hardy, Omega Electric Chair Lifts Kassidy! ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Into B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, The Elite wins!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
This was no trap game, but this was far more than a tune-up! The Elite are red hot now, will they melt the Coldest Tag Team in the Game this Wednesday?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Lexi Nair is with The Absolute, and she brings up the Jericho Appreciation Society throw down the Garcia-Guevara Gauntlet challenge. Starks sorta got what he asked for, so what’s the plan? Starks says, “I can tell you it wasn’t a plan for us to match here,” in reference to his shirt and her whole ensemble both being a light khaki. But Starks admits he puts his foot in his mouth, something he’s known to do around here. But that’s okay, because if that is how Starks gets at Chris Jericho, then that is what he’s going to do. If that is the way to beat Jericho, to get out of the “Web of Jericho” that he has entangled himself in, that is what Starks will do.
“I am no stranger to having the deck stacked against me, because I always find a way. Parker, Daddy Magic, Sammy, Danny, it doesn’t matter. Because in El Paso, Texas, I am gonna to prove exactly why I am Absolute. And when I do get my way, Chris, I am going to embarrass you. And I am going to beat you, again.” Starks is ready for everything the JAS is going to throw at him, but will that still get him the win?
Team Triple J speaks.
Jay Lethal tells the others, “Right now, we are riding high. But the Screen Actors Guild and AEW, they’re trying to rain on our parade by distorting on the camera Sonjay’s Golden Globe. I tell you what, just like last week, when we embarrassed the Best Friends and Danhausen, we proved that in the ring, we can’t be matched! And I bet right now, Paul Walter Hauser is sitting at home without a Golden Globe, wishing that he had better friends.” Jeff Jarrett says, “I bet Mr. Walter Hauser wishes he never ever stepped foot in the Kia Forum! Because what happened the last time? I bet he’s wishing he never went on The Late Late Show with James Corden!”
But Best Friends respond!
Danhausen is upset that he got smashed in the head with a Grammy! No, it was a Golden Globe. But keep going, this is good energy. Yes! Danhausen was “decimating” their giant, Satnam Singh, and then he was caught off guard by a GOLDEN GLOBE! That was bad. So YOU will be cursed if it happens again! It shouldn’t happen again, right? It shouldn’t. Danhausen says it WON’T happen again! But when and where will we see the sequel to this showdown of friends and enemies?
Swerve Strickland w/ Mogul Affiliates VS Brian Pillman Jr!
For whatever reason, second generation wrestlers get on Swerve’s nerves. He can’t get after The Natural just yet, but he’s settling for #FlyinBrian41 here tonight! Will BPJ use his homefield advantage to stop the Mogul? Or will Dayton be “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
The bell rings and Swerve circles with BPJ. They tie up, go around, and BPJ powers Swerve to a corner. Swerve pushes back and wrenches to a wristlock. BPJ rolls, cartwheels, handsprings and headstands, but Swerve pushes him down to turn BPJ over to a ghost pin! TWO, BPJ gets up but Swerve is after him. BPJ whips Swerve to a corner, Swerve goes up and over and O’Conner Rolls, then Eddy Gordo RANAS, but BPJ rolls through to stand back up. Fans cheer the technical exchange. BPJ and Swerve tie up again, Swerve pulls BPJ’s hair and puts him in the corner. BPJ turns things around, and he swings, only for Swerve to duck.
Swerve whips BPJ but BPJ rolls, handsprings and kangaroo kicks! Swerve checks his nose while fans rally up. Swerve runs in, BPJ dodges, things speed up and BPJ hurdles to drop. Swerve handsprings over, things keep moving, but BPJ steps on Swerve! Fans fire up as BPJ asks, “Whose House?” “BRIAN’S HOUSE!” But Swerve takes off his necklace to wrap around his fist as he ROCKS BPJ with a sucker punch! Fans boo, Swerve whips, but BPJ reverses and DROPKICKS! Swerve bails out, BPJ builds speed, and fans fire up as BPJ WRECKS Swerve with a dropkick! BPJ hurries away from Trench & Boudreaux while Rampage goes picture in picture.
BPJ grins while Swerve is furious. Boudreaux & Trench help Swerve stand up. BPJ talks some smack but Swerve has his guys stand down. Swerve goes up the steps and into the ring, and he ties up with BPJ. Swerve kicks BPJ, ROCKS him with a right, then swings, but misses in the corner! BPJ CHOPS, ROCKS, and wrenches before he whips corner to corner. BPJ runs in to clothesline, CHOP, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! BPJ rallies the fans while Swerve grits his teeth. BPJ storms up but Swerve gets around to JAM the leg! BPJ falls over and clutches the knee while Swerve taunts Dayton.
Swerve stands on BPJ’s leg, throws down fists, then kicks him around. Swerve stands BPJ up, BPJ throws hands, but Swerve KICKS the leg out! Swerve goes to the corner, goes up, and he taunts the fans before the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve swaggers and smirks at all the fans before he goes back to BPJ. Swerve kicks the leg, grinds an arm, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as BJP and Swerve fire forearm after forearm at each other! BPJ CHOPS, CHOPS, then SLAPS! Swerve staggers, BPJ grabs at him, but Swerve brushes that away to ROCK BPJ with a haymaker! BPJ staggers to a corner, Swerve storms over, but he blocks a boot! Swerve brings BPJ out, slips around that leg and hits a BACKBREAKER! BPJ staggers, Swerve SLAPS him, but BPJ SUPERKICKS! And LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but BPJ fires up! Fans rally as BPJ fireman’s carries. Swerve fights free, and he SLAPS away on BPJ’s back. BPJ snapmares, Swerve blocks the superkick and he mule kicks the bad leg!
Swerve aims from the corner as BPJ clutches his knee. BPJ stands but the bad leg gives out! And then the HOUSE CALL!! Cover, TWO!?! BPJ survives and Swerve is fuming! Dayton fires up but Swerve drags BPJ up. Swerve bumps BPJ off buckles, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. BPJ throws body shots in return, then climbs up to HOTSHOT Swerve away! Trench distracts BPJ, BPJ runs him off, and the ref is busy with Trench, allowing Boudreaux to trip BPJ up! Fans boo, but Swerve hurries to go out after BPJ and drag him up! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!
Swerve hurries up a corner and BPJ sits up, for the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall
Mogul Affiliates comes through for their leader, Swerve takes out a second generation star! #HoodiesUp, and the big men stand Swerve up. Trench feeds BPJ to Boudreaux’s LARIAT! Then Swerve brings out the necklace, but here comes DUSTIN RHODES! The Natural has a TURNBUCKLE CROSSBAR! Dustin uses that to run off Mogul Affiliates, but this war has only just begun. Will Dustin prove to Swerve that being second generation doesn’t make him better, but that being better makes him better?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “There was a saying that reads, ‘Assumptions are a poison that create unrealistic expectations.’ And what is the poison that you people created? The assumption that Eddie Kingston was going to join the House. No, the House does not want Eddie, and Eddie does not want The House. The House did what it always does, and what its mission has been since the beginning: prove that every human being on this planet, no matter how true of heart, is corruptible. And it takes the smallest push into the right direction to peel off the layers of virtue and let that venom of hate grow.
“There is no forgiveness for people like you and me, Eddie. And like Cain did to Abel, you do what you can’t help but do, because it is your nature. It is the balance of who you are in this world. Because no man is ever truly…” The Mad King has begun his descent, will there be no going back now that he has begun to #FadeToBlack?
Saraya & Toni Storm VS The Renegade Sisters!
Speaking of a descent, the Revolution and the Lightning have stooped to shocking lows as of late, all in the name of showing the AEW homegrown talent that they, the outsiders, know what is best for business. But will they continue to do whatever they want to the AEW Women’s Division? Or will Charlette & Robyn be just the renegades to fight The Revolution?
The teams sort out and after a rock-paper-scissors game that goes nowhere, Robyn steps up to Storm. Storm doesn’t seem to take Robyn seriously but Robyn eggs her on. Robyn and Storm tie up, go around, and end up against ropes, in a corner, and then to more ropes. Storm lets off to pie face Robyn. Robyn ROCKS Storm! And again, and again, and then she CHOPS! Robyn whips, Storm reverses but Robyn ducks, only to run into Storm’s THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then she drags Robyn up. Storm puts Robyn in the ropes, CHOKES Robyn, then argues with the ref so Saraya can CHOKE Robyn, too!
The fans boo as Saraya fires off knees on Robyn! Storm sucker punches Charlette! Storm runs to HIP ATTACK Robyn off the apron! Fans are torn while Robyn lands on the floor. Storm and Saraya bring Robyn up to RAM her into steel steps! And then into the railing! The ref has to keep Charlette back, and Saraya says Charlette is crazy! Storm drags Robyn up and puts her in the ring to then drag her over. Tag to Saraya, they mug Robyn, and Saraya short arm LARIATS! And again! And again! Fans boo but Saraya smiles and soaks it all up. Saraya drags Robyn up, tells fans to shut up, but Robyn waistlocks.
Saraya elbows free, whips Robyn to a corner, SHINING WIZARD! Fans boo but Saraya just revels in it. Saraya snapmares and SHINING WIZARDS again! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Saraya drags Robyn up. Robyn RAMS Saraya into a corner, but it’s the enemy corner! Storm tags in, she and Saraya mug Robyn, and then Storm snap suplexes Robyn down! Cover, TWO! Robyn is hanging tough but Storm clamps on a full nelson. Fans rally as Robyn endures and fights up. Storm thrashes Robyn around, but Robyn fights up and breaks the nelson! Only for Storm to throw her down by her hair! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Storm just scowls.
Storm kicks Robyn around, toying with her, but Robyn gets mad. Robyn ROCKS Storm! Robyn eggs Storm on so Storm hits back! Robyn ROCKS, CHOPS and repeat! Storm swing, Robyn dodges and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as both women are down! Storm a nd Robyn crawl, hot tag to Charlette! Charlette rallies on Storm and Saraya! SPLASH in the corner! Charlette rallies the fans with “GET! YOU! SOME!” Charlette runs in, but Storm SHOTGUNS her down! Charlette flounders to a corner, Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC! Storm brings Charlette up for Saraya to YAKUZA KICK! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Saraya win!
Winners: Saraya & Toni Storm, by pinfall
The outsiders win, but they’re not done! Saraya brings out cans of spray paint! Toni CLOBBERS Robyn, Saraya chases the ref out of the ring, and they start spraying the Renegades! They put big green L’s on the Renegades, will they continue to hand out those L’s to the AEW Women’s Division?
Adam Cole speaks.
“There is nothing that I love more than professional wrestling. And I have worked harder every single day than I ever have in my entire life. Because for me, I thought my dream was dead. And when your dreams die, your hope dies. I never, ever lost hope, because I refused to let anybody or anything stand in my way of getting back inside that squared circle. And I have no idea who my first opponent will be when I return, but I can promise you this: You are going to get the best damn pro-wrestler on the planet. And his name…” ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! AEW Revolution is the target, will Adam Cole make it all about the boom?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
The World’s Strongest Man says, “Before former ROH Champion, Rush, faces Bryan Danielson this Wednesday, he will face former ROH Champion, Christopher Daniels tonight on Rampage.” The Fallen Angel tells El Toro Blanco, “Your reputation precedes you, but I am not intimidated by reputation. And I’m not a stepping stone for anyone, Rush.” But Rush tells Daniels, “You have never faced anybody like Rush.” Rush continues on in Spanish, then says in English, “Just remember: if you mess with the bull, you get the horns.” Mark Henry then says, “It’s TIME! For the main event!” Will Rush be rolling into El Paso and his battle with the American Dragon? Or will this be the rise of the Fallen Angel?
Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernable VS Christopher Daniels!
The bell rings and fans rally for the Fallen Angel. Daniels and Rush circle, tie up, and Daniels waistlocks. Rush switches, Daniels switches back but Rush sits. Daniels holds on for a moment but Rush switches back. They stand, Daniels shifts to hit a headlock takeover. Rush headscissors, Daniels pries free to trip Rush to a cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Rush and Daniels reset to circle again. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS the arm, then wrenches to CLUB the arm. Rush YANKS the arm but Daniels uses ropes to flip through and arm-drag Rush away! Rush stands up, sidesteps, but Daniels blocks the hip toss!
Daniels tries but now Rush blocks the hip toss. Rush swings but Daniels blocks the haymaker to hit a NECKBREAKER! Daniels then CLOBBERS Rush! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels drags Rush up and CLUBS him. Daniels whips Rush to ropes to calf kick him out! Daniels then builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Daniels drags Rush up and into the ring, hurries up the corner, but Jose distracts! Daniels AX HANDLES Jose down! But Rush DECKS Daniels with a sucker punch! Daniels flops out of the ring and Rush distracts the ref so “Perro Peligroso” can attack! Preston Vance holds up the Ingobernables fist, then he POSTS Daniels! Vance even CHOKES Daniels with the stolen masks of luchadors Vance has beaten outside of AEW! Vance gets away with all this as Rush goes out after Daniels. But then Vance distracts the ref so that Rush can beat down Daniels! Rush drags Daniels around the way to throw him into railing!
Rush throws knee after knee into Daniels against the railing while Jose hurries to get the bright green cable! Rush throws down fists, Jose throws the cable over, and Rush holds it up. Rush then gathers some slack, to LASH Daniels! And then CHOKE him with it! Daniels can only cough and sputter because Vance is still in the ref’s face! Rush lets Daniels go, then drags him up to put him in the ring. Jose gives Rush some water to refresh himself, then Jose shows off just one of the many fat stacks MJF gave LFI on Dynamite. Rush uses the fat stack to fan himself off, then gives it to Vance. Rush then gets in the ring to CHOP Daniels!
Rush whips Daniels corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then he sits Daniels down to rain down forearms! The ref reprimands and counts, Rush lets off at 4. Jose beats the apron like a drum and Rush runs corner to corner, to fake Daniels out on the Bull’s Horns! Daniels lets his guard down, and Rush KICKS him in the face! Daniels clutches his jaw while Rush rolls back to tranquilo. Rush then drags Daniels up to throw him out, and of course Vance is right on Daniels! Vance CHOPS Daniels while Rush distracts the ref. Vance puts Daniels back in, Rush stands on Daniels with a cocky cover, ONE!
Rush is annoyed but he stomps away on Daniels. Rampage returns to single picture as Rush pretends to take Daniels’ head and kicks it into the crowd. But then he KICKS Daniels in the side! Daniels goes to the apron, fans boo, but Rush kicks him to the floor. Rush again distracts the ref, and Vance uses the fat stack of cash to SLAP Daniels! Vance then makes it rain on Daniels, and stands him up to CHOP him down! Fans boo as Jose also makes it rain on Daniels. Vance puts Daniels in the ring, Rush drags Daniels up and throws body shots. Rush tosses Daniels back out, and then “apologizes” to the ref as a way to distract him!
Jose and Vance stand Daniels up, Jose chicken wings Daniels’ arms, and Vance runs in. Daniels moves, the BOOT takes out Jose! Fans fire up, Vance is shocked, and Daniels POSTS Vance! Daniels throws Jose into the ring then goes around the way. Rush is distracted by his assistant being where he shouldn’t be, and Daniels slips in to roll Rush up! TWO!! Rush escapes, but Daniels baits him into the corner. Daniels dodges, ENZIGURIS, and fans fire up! Rush staggers, Daniels runs in and LARIATS Rush! And CHOPS! And wrenches to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Daniels fires back up!
Daniels drags Rush up, CLUBS him again and again, then runs, but Rush follows! CHOP! CHOP! But Daniels swings! Rush dodge to SUPERKICK! Rush roars, swings, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Rush endures, Vance drags Rush’s leg to the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Daniels lets Rush go all the same. Daniels knows it was that damn dog, but Rush rolls Daniels up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Rush swings again, but into the URENAGE! Daniels points to the corner and fans fire up! Daniels goes up, for the BEST MOONSAULT EVER onto knees!!
Rush OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daniels into the corner! Rush makes sure Daniels sits up, and then he stomps away with both feet! Fans boo, Rush stomps around then runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
Though it was a valiant effort, Christopher Daniels fought a 3v1 the entire time, he had no chance of winning out. Will Bryan Danielson also have no chance against those odds? Or will the American Dragon find a way to slay El Toro Blanco?
A really good Rampage here. The trios titles opening was quite the surprise, but it was a great match. The Firm looked good, but of course they also had the story of Ethan stealing the spotlight from his own teammates every chance he could. As such, The Elite win, and now we’re going to get a stacked episode of Dynamite. The trios titles, the tag titles, and eliminator matches for the women’s world title and men’s world title. Of those, I’m fairly confident The Elite retain their titles, that would only be their second defense and they have got to be heading to AEW Revolution with these belts. No idea who they’d face then, though.
Plenty of good promos again. Starks responding to the JAS gauntlet didn’t necessarily add anything, he’s of course going to find his way through. Malakai’s promo was equally good but it effectively established what’s going on with the story of House of Black and Eddie Kingston. Triple J and Best Friends are definitely going to have another match, and as I said before, I hope Paul Walter Hauser gets involved to avenge Triple J stealing his Golden Globe. And great new promo from Cole, though it doesn’t necessarily add anything more. Cole is surely going to be part of the Revolution card, and whoever he faces is going to put Cole over but in a very good match.
Really good match out of Swerve VS BPJ, but of course that as a Heel leading a faction, Swerve wins because his guys help out. But it also made sense for Dustin to show up and run the Mogul Affiliates off. As I sensed on Dynamite, Dustin is surely going to team up with BPJ and Brock Anderson against Mogul Affiliates in a Six Man Tag. And as AEW seems to struggle establishing new team names, I’m assuming Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson are gonna be “Lineage” (stylized LineAGE) as a sort of AEW version of Legacy. I say that cuz LineAGE was on BPJ’s tights. Dustin can also join LineAGE if he wants, and maybe LineAGE can get going in the Trios Division.
The Renegade Sisters got a good showing against Storm & Saraya, but of course they also lost to Storm & Saraya. And I suddenly had inspiration seeing Saraya & Storm spray paint big green L’s on the Renegades. Will Saraya & Storm be like The Outsiders, Nash & Hall, and they get an NWO moment at Revolution? The “third woman” will be someone who is currently Face and seems like they’re on AEW’s side. It probably won’t be Shida, she doesn’t seem to like how Saraya & Storm are going. But with Saraya & Storm wearing green and using green paint, and Ruby Soho having green hair, I wonder if Ruby is pushed to the point where she ends up seeing things Saraya’s way.
Still disappointing that Mark Henry’s segment is being trimmed down more and more, but I’m thinking it’s to give more time to the main event match. But this main event was a great main event, even though I just knew Daniels would lose. Rush VS Bryan will be great stuff, and I am sure Bryan will look close to losing because of Jose and Vance getting involved, but surely Bryan will find a way to win.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/3/23)
What is the State of the Bloodline?
Roman Reigns responds to what happened at the Royal Rumble.
Though he is still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Tribal Chief is without Jey Uso and without the Honorary Uce. What will Roman Reigns do about the Bloodline’s situation?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium; Braun & Ricochet win and will challenge The Usos for the titles next week.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; The Viking Raiders win.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya; Natty wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline arrives.
Kayla Braxton is already on the scene as Jimmy Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman and the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, exit the vehicle. Kayla wants a word on Jey Usos’ status after what we saw on Saturday, but Roman doesn’t give an answer. Heyman, however, says, “What a cold-blooded question from such a warm-hearted lady.” But at this time, the Bloodline will neither confirm nor deny Jey’s status within the group. But thanks for wearing black and red for them. The Wise Man heads out with the Head of the Table, what will Roman himself have to say later on tonight?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Tournament Finals: Braun Strowman & Ricochet VS Imperium w/ GUNTHER!
The Monster of All Monsters and the King of Flight were last minute substitutes, but they made the most of their opportunity! Will they take over that SmackDown Tag Division right as the Usos’ partnership is in question? Or will it be Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci secure victory and make Der Ring General proud?
The teams sort out and Braun starts against the Pride of Italy. They circle, tie up, and Braun shoves Vinci away! Braun flexes and roars but Vinci talks strategy with Ludwig. They tag, Ludwig talks some trash but Vinci rushes in! Braun stays up from the chop block, he shoves Ludwig away, kicks Vinci out of the ring, and then DECKS Ludwig on the return! Imperium regroups outside and Braun dares them to bring it. Gunther talks strategy with his soldiers, a ring count starts, and fans rally up for Braun. Braun tags to Ricochet as Ludwig gets back in and they circle. They tie up, Ricochet waistlocks and headlocks.
Ludwig powers up and out, but Ricochet rolls off his back to dropkick him down! Ricochet throws forearms but Ludwig DECKS Ricochet! Ludwig drags Ricochet back up but Ricochet hits a JAWBREAKER! Ricochet brings Ludwig up but Vinci takes a swipe! Ricochet gets distracted and Ludwig CLOBBERS him with a EuroUpper! Braun is upset, he runs in around the way to CLOBBER Vinci! Braun stares Gunther down and Gunther backs away. Braun dares Gunther to try something now, but Ludwig DIVES! Only for Braun to catch him! Ludwig tries to fight free, but Vinci goes up and up and CROSSBODIES to wipe Braun out!
Fans rally for Braun while Gunther has Imperium regroup. The Monster and the high-flyer are in trouble as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Braun CLUBS Vinci. Braun scoops Vinci, Vinci slips free and POSTS Braun! Ludwig tags in, they have Braun stuck in the corner, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK! They push Braun in to cover, TWO! Gunther is frustrated but Ludwig rains down fists. Tag to Vinci, Imperium mugs Braun, and Vinci CLUBS away on Braun’s back. Vinci facelocks and grinds the hold but Braun fights up! Fans rally as Braun powers his way over a step at a time, and he TOSSES Vinci away! Hot tag to Ricochet, he springboards to CROSSBODY Ludwig! Ricochet runs to RANA Vinci, then he runs to RAM him in the corner!
Ricochet bumps Vinci off buckles, kicks him away, and springboards for a FLYING LARIAT! Ricochet keeps moving, STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Gunther is still worried as Ricochet has the fans rallying behind him. Ricochet brings Vinci up, fireman’s carries, but Vinci slips off to CLUB Ricochet and POST him! Ludwig tags in, they set Ricochet up like Braun, but Ricochet dodges! The dropkicks take Vinci out! Ludwig rushes in, Ricochet dodges to handspring and back elbow! Ludwig flounders to the corner, Braun runs in to BLAST Vinci away! Braun has Ricochet build speed, and gives him a boost to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Imperium!
Fans are thunderous, Ricochet is roaring, and Gunther is furious! Ricochet tells Gunther to back off, this is Imperium’s fight. Gunther shoves Ricochet, and the ref saw it! The ref EJECTS Gunther! Fans love it as now this is a fair fight! Gunther is fuming but Braun dares him to try something more. Ricochet gets in the ring but Vinci grabs at him! Ricochet kicks Vinci away but Ludwig is after him in the ropes! Ricochet shoves Ludwig away, but Ludwig and Vinci HIGH-LOW on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Braun is shocked, too, as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Ludwig brawls with Ricochet! Ricochet gets the edge, runs, but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Ludwig whips, Ricochet reverses to V-TRIGGER! Ludwig wobbles, Ricochet fires off fists, and the ref counts. Ricochet roars as he lets off at 4, but Ludwig turns things around! Vinci tags in and springboards to CROSSBODY! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! DOUBLE DROPKICKS to Braun! Vinci covers Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough and Imperium grows frustrated. Vinci drags Ricochet up, Ludwig tags in then climbs the corner, but Ricochet back drops Vinci! Ricochet drags Ludwig down to GAMANGIRI!
Ricochet brings Ludwig back up and reels him in to suplex but Ludwig slips out. Ludwig whips Ricochet to the corner, runs in, but blocks the kick! Tag to Vinci but Ricochet elbows Vinci away! Ricochet ROCKS Ludwig, ENZIGURIS, and goes up! But Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! ROCKET LAUNCH into the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Braun YANKS Vinci outta the ring! Fans are thunderous and Braun fires up! Ricochet stirs as the fans rally up and Braun reaches out. Vinci crawls in, both men go for their corners, hot tags to Ludwig and Ricochet! Braun rallies on Ludwig with big shoulder tackles! And a TOSS across the way!
Vinci runs in, springboards, but bounces off Braun’s body! Braun rips off his shirt but Ludwig UPPERCUTS! Braun LARIATS on return! “THAT’S IT!” Braun drags Ludwig up, reels him in, and fans fire up for the MONSTER BOMB!! Tag to Ricochet and he goes up onto Braun’s shoulders! MONSTROUS SWANTON!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet, by pinfall (NEW #1 contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)
Imperium belittled them as “sideshow circus freaks,” but these freaks are going to challenge the Usos next week! Will this be the perfect time to strike down the historic reign of Jimmy & Jey?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla is with The Queen, saying the world is buzzing with the Women’s Royal Rumble match winner, Rhea Ripley, choosing her as her WrestleMania opponent. But how does Charlotte feel? Charlotte says Mania will be epic. But tonight, she’s focused on Sonya Deville. “You cannot overlook someone who is as persistent as Sonya.” Sure, she complained to get here, but we’re in Carolina! And- Oh, here comes Sonya now. Sonya says Charlotte must mean they’re in Flair Country! “WOO~!” Yeah? Or more like, Hicksville, No Man’s Land, the middle of nowhere where no one wants to be, including Sonya herself.
But Sonya won’t let that stop her. She’s here for one reason and one reason only: The SmackDown Women’s Championship. And then it’ll be Sonya VS Rhea at Mania. Because Hollywood needs a star, and Sonya is a star! Charlotte chuckles and Sonya asks what’s so funny. Charlotte won’t be laughing when Sonya beats her in the ring. Charlotte says to leave this trash talk for the ring. Sonya says fine, she’ll see her in the ring. Will the Queen still have her crown after taking on the Jersey Deville?
SmackDown shares footage of WWE superstars at the LA Coliseum.
Just last night, in partnership with Fox Sports and NASCAR, The New Day and Rey Mysterio were with Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and the official Clash at the Coliseum branded stock cars. However, The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio, Finn Balor & Damian Priest had to crash the fun. Dom says this isn’t about celebrating Rey again, “hanging out with this old guy in pajamas.” Waltrip got upset but the New Day stepped in. Show some respect to the two-time Daytona winner. Finn says that’s the past! They’re with Ross Chastain, the current NASCAR champion! Waltrip tells Dom to be more respectful, but Dom knows what this is about.
Dom says Rey must want to race like they did back in the day when Dom was beating Rey at go-carts! Rey says if Dom wants to get spanked like when he was a kid, sure! Clint said they had two cars right here, so why not race for real? Get on the track and settle this! Everybody got real hyped for that, so Rey and Dom suited up. Waltrip hyped Rey up, and Chastain hyped Dom up. Rey and Dom got in the driver’s seats, put on the steering wheels and helmets, and Waltrip said, “Gentlemen! And the Judgment Day, I guess. Start! Your! Engines!” BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY, and they’re off! Dom took an early lead but Rey was hot on his tail!
Dom was even talking trash, asking if anyone had a booster seat for Rey! And where’s the NOS? But Rey says Dom’s driving is as fake as his teardrop tattoo! Dom still had the lead, and said he learned this from his cellmate who was a getaway driver. Rey said the only “getaway driving” Dom’s ever done is in video games! Lap after lap, Dom holds onto the lead, until Rey makes a move! “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” They’re neck and neck, but Rey takes it at the checkered flag! And in the end, that’s what matters! The New Day celebrated with Rey, but Dom says Rey had to have cheated! Things got tense, the pit crews had to break this up! Will nothing but a fight settle this family dysfunction?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Sonya Deville!
The Queen reigns again, but the Pride Fighter says that’s an injustice. Will Sonya bring about her own form of justice and equality to SmackDown? Or will this home game in Flair Country be a big win on the Road to WrestleMania for Charlotte?
SmackDown returns and Charlotte makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Rhea faces in Hollywood!
The bell rings and fans rally behind Charlotte already with “WOO~!” after “WOO~!” Sonya and Charlotte circle, feel things out, then tie up. Charlotte arm-drags Sonya, runs her over, then stands over her. Charlotte eggs Sonya on, “Where’s the trash talking now?” Sonya stands up, she and Charlotte tie up, and Charlotte waistlocks to SLAM Sonya down. Charlotte pushes Sonya to a press, ONE! Sonya stands but Charlotte wrenches an arm. Sonya pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Sonya wrenches, wristlocks, but Charlotte cartwheels to wrench back. Charlotte whips, Sonya reverses, but Charlotte goes up and out!
Charlotte BOOTS Sonya from the ropes, goes up top, and fans fire up as Charlotte leaps! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Sonya is out but Charlotte says that was still close. Charlotte runs in but only gets buckles! Sonya runs in but is put on the apron. Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, stands her up, and wrenches, but Sonya throws Charlotte by her hair! Sonya mocks the “WOO~!” but fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Charlotte sits up, into a KICK from Sonya! And another! Sonya mocks the “WOO~” again, fans boo some more, but Sonya runs in, only for Charlotte to roll her up! TWO, and Sonya ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte back down! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Sonya clamps on a chinlock. Sonya thrashes Charlotte around, says she can do this all day, but fans rally as Charlotte endures. Charlotte fights up, snapmares free, and then blocks forearms to give forearms! Sonya ROCKS Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks buckle bump to give buckle bump! Sonya staggers away, Charlotte stomps up, but Sonya kicks out a leg!
Sonya runs, Charlotte ducks the lariat and CLOBBERS Sonya! And again! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHPOS! Fans “WOO~!” but Sonya swings, into a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up! Charlotte runs in at the corner, but blocks boots! Charlotte ROCKS Sonya, climbs up and drops a knee on the knee! Sonya flounders, Charlotte runs to BOOT her down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya survives but Charlotte is actually amused. Sonya goes to ropes, Charlotte storms up and reels her in. Sonya holds ropes, elbows free, then whips, but Charlotte reverses! Sonya tumbles out to the apron, avoids the boot and HOTSHOTS the leg!
Sonya slides in, runs in and BOOTS Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!! Sonya can’t believe it! Sonya fumes while Charlotte crawls to a corner. Charlotte drags herself up, Sonya run sin but into a BACKBREAKER! But Sonya avoids the boot! Sonya KCIKS Charlotte, goes up the corner, and FLYING KNEES Charlotte down! Cover, TWO!!! Sonya is furious, but she drags Charlotte to center. Sonya stomps the leg, grins, and goes ‘WOO~!” Sonya steps through, Charlotte turns figure four into cradle! TWO!?!? Sonya escapes by nanoseconds! Fans boo but Charlotte storms up, only for Sonya to send her into buckles!
Sonya runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Sonya to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the MOONSAULT! Sonya BOOTS her back! And rolls her up! FEET ON THE ROPES! TWO!!! The ref reprimands but Charlotte still escapes! Sonya steps through, Charlotte kicks free of the figure four! Sonya comes back, sunset flips, but charlotte rolls through! Charlotte has the legs, “WOO~!” Figure Four, to FIGURE EIGHT!! Sonya taps, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Sonya was so close and yet so far! But that is how good Charlotte Flair is now that she’s back on top! What will it take for even The Eradicator to take this title off Charlotte at WrestleMania?
The Bloodline sits in their private room.
Roman asks Jimmy, “Where’s your brother?” Jimmy doesn’t know. Jimmy didn’t talk to Jey? Haven’t heard from him. Roman isn’t sure if it’s just him, but don’t you find that disrespectful? Jey not only walks out, but he doesn’t care enough to communicate. It’s one thing to walk away, but to not hear from him for a whole week… Plus, don’t the Usos have a title match next week? “We don’t walk out on our obligations.” Roman can’t understand this. So he asks again: Has Jimmy talked to Jey? And Jimmy will say it again, he hasn’t heard from Jey. But Jey will be there, Jimmy has faith in him. But they all know Jey. He just needs time to cool off.
Roman repeats, “He’ll be there. he’ll be there for you. What about all of us? He gonna be there for the entire Bloodline? Huh? Solo, have you talked to your brother?” Jimmy says if he hasn’t heard from Jey, Jey isn’t talking to nobody, Uce. Nobody has heard from Jey. Roman says they don’t understand the urgency that is needed right now. Roman calls upon the Wise Man. “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Is it not WrestleMania season?” “It is WrestleMania Season, My Tribal Chief.” Then you ain’t gonna find Jey on the couch. Go find him now! Jimmy and Solo get up and head out. Will Main Event Jey be found at all tonight?
The Brawling Brutes VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!
“Butch” and Ridge the Fridge are going to avenge Sheamus against Erik & Ivar! Will the Bruiserweight and Yorkshire Grit be the ones to bring Ragnarök to the Vikings? Or will they end up just like the Celtic Connection?
SmackDown returns and the Vikings make their entrance. The teams sort out and Dunne starts with Ivar. They tie up, Ivar puts Dunne in a corner, but he lets off quickly. Dunne fires forearms but Ivar throws body shots and fast hands! The ref counts, Ivar lets off again, but then Ivar whips Dunne out to send him back into the corner hard! Dunne falls, Ivar drags him to the corner and tags in Erik. Erik whips Dunne into the corner, runs in, but into boots! Dunne brings Erik around, ties him up, and has an abdominal stretch, but he bends the fingers! Dunne powers Erik to the corner, fires forearms, and tags in Ridge.
Ridge runs side to side to forearm smash! Ridge keeps going, and he runs Erik over with a shoulder! Ridge drags Erik up but Erik wrenches out to ROCK him with a forearm! Erik suplexes but Ridge is too big for that! Ridge suplexes Erik up and over! Tag to Dunne, then Ridge clobbers Erik! Dunne BOOTS Ivar, and then the Brutes have Erik for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go to 7 before Dunne just fires off furiously! Erik flops down, Dunne stomps him off the apron, then he PLANCHAS! Erik gets clear, but Dunne stares “Valhalla” Sarah Logan down. Erik RAMS Dunne into barriers, then CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne pries his way out of a sleeper at the ropes! He SNAPS Erik’s fingers! Valhalla is shocked, Erik runs in, but Dunne goes up and over! Tag to Ridge, and he EXPLODERS Erik! Erik is back up, but he swings into another EXPLODER! Ridge blocks haymakers to throw HEADBUTTS, and then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ridge roars, “FIGHT NIGHT!” but runs into a KNEE! Tag to Ivar, Ridge CLOBBERS Erik but Ivar kicks low! Ivar reels Ridge in, lifts him up, but Ridge powers up and Alabama Lifts Ivar! ALABAMA SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Valhalla is relieved as the War Beard survives!
Ridge snarls, he waistlocks Ivar but Ivar backs him into a corner. Ivar fires elbow after elbow, but Dunne tags in to ENZIGURI! Dunne runs in to BOOT Ivar! Erik tags in, he runs but into an ENZIGURI! Dunne runs, but into a LARIAT! ACE TEN MAO! Cover, ONE?!?! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar climbs. Erik hands Dunne off to Ivar, but Ridge drags Erik out! Erik RAMS Ridge into barriers! Dunne fights the slam, rains down elbows, and then SUPER STEINERS Ivar away! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and Valhalla breathes easy again. Dunne goes up top to MOONSAULT! But Ivar catches Dunne!! Ivar deadlifts Dunne, but Dunne slips into a SLEEPER!
Ivar RAMS Dunne into buckles, Erik tags in and Erik CLOBBERS Dunne! Ivar goes out, Ridge runs in, but into a HEEL KICK! Ivar tags back in, the Vikings have Dunne, and Valhalla nods. RAGNARÖK!! Cover, the Vikings win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Brutes could not stop the brutality of Erik & Ivar, the raid continues on! Will the Viking Raiders be waiting on the other side of next week’s tag title showdown?
WAIT! Here comes Drew McIntyre and Sheamus! The Celtic Connection are back on their feet, and they brawl with the Vikings on the stage! Sheamus tackles Erik, McIntyre throws Ivar into railing! The forearms fly, and Sheamus RAMS Erik into a girder! McIntyre runs and RAMS Ivar into the LED screen! Ivar staggers, McIntyre BOOTS him down! Fans fire up as Sheamus & McIntyre stand tall! Will they turn the tides in this battle on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bray Wyatt sits in his rocking chair.
Like us, he was surely watching back the highlights of the Pitch Black Match from the Royal Rumble. But then Uncle Howdy walks over! He and Bray look at the camera together, does this mean they’re on the same side after all?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart VS Shayna Baszler VS Zelina Vega VS Natalya!
As we learned on Raw, there will be a Women’s Elimination Chamber to name Bianca Belair’s WrestleMania opponent! Raquel Rodriguez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross and Asuka are automatically in given their performance in the Women’s Rumble match. Raw will hold its own Fatal 4 on Monday, but who qualifies for the fifth spot here on Friday Night SmackDown?
SmackDown returns and the Queen of Harts makes her entrance, with the Wild Child, Queen of Spades and La Muneca already waiting. The bell rings and Natty rushes Shayna. Natty dodges Shayna’s haymaker, Shotzi ROCKS Shayna with a right, and then Natty fires off on Shayna. Vega rushes Shotzi but gets a kick. Natty bumps Shayna off buckles and stomps a mudhole! Shotzi throws Vega out, then goes after Shayna, even pushing Natty outta the way! Shotzi has her own bone to pick with Shayna, but then Natty throws Shotzi away. Natty stomps Shayna out of the ring, Shotzi rolls Natty up! TWO, Shotzi headlocks but Natty powers out.
Shotzi runs Natty over, fans fire up and Shotzi runs, but Vega trips her up! Vega drags Shotzi out, THROWS her to the barriers, then laughs as she goes into the ring. Vega and Natty tie up, Vega gets around to roll Natty up, TWO! Vega KICKS from below, covers, TWO! We see Liv and Raquel are here watching backstage, already representing SmackDown in the Elimination Chamber. Vega drags Natty up but Natty ROCKS Vega! Natty scoops Vega but Vega slips off and pushes her away. Vega then tilt-o-whirls, and hits a CODE RED! Cover, Shayna kicks it apart! Shayna gut wrenches Vega to a SLAM!
Shotzi returns, Shayna gets around and hooks Shotzi up, BACKBREAKER! Shayna grabs Shotzi’s arm and stands on her head. Shotzi flails, fans boo, but Natty CLUBS Shayna down! Natty drags Shayna up, throws her to the apron, and runs in. Shayna avoids the shoulder to KICK Natty! Vega trips Shayna but Shayna CLOBBERS her for it! Shayna gets back in, and KNEES Natty down! Shayna grins as she covers, TWO!! Natty survives that nasty knee that once broke her nose, and Shayna soaks up the heat from the fans while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Shayna pulls on Shotzi’s arm in a top wristlock. Shotzi fights up and fires body shots but Shayna DECKS her! Shayna stands on Shotzi’s arm, but she avoids the stomp! Roll up, ONE, but Shotzi BOOTS, KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Shayna, to then QUESTION MARK KICK! Shayna ends up on ropes, Shotzi runs to SENTON! Shayna bails out, Shotzi DIVES to take her out at the ramp! Fans fire up but Vega goes up top! Vega SUPER MOONSAULTS onto Shotzi and Shayna! All three are down, Natty hurries out to DECK Vega! Natty puts Shotzi in, runs and trips Shotzi, to the SHARPSHOOTER!
Fans fire up as Shotzi endures, but Vega hits a BULLDOG on Natty! Shotzi chicken wings Vega to TIGER SUPLEX! But Shayna reels Shotzi in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna then drags Vega up into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Vega flails, but she’s fading! Natty runs in, Shayna drops Vega to duck the discus! KIRAFUDA for Natty!! But Natty throws Shayna out of the ring! Natty hurries to get Vega for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Vega taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission (advances to Elimination Chamber)
The Queen of Harts is going to be the hometown hero in Montreal! But will that help her take the golden ticket to Hollywood?
Roman Reigns still waits in his private room.
Heyman apologizes to the Tribal Chief. Jey’s phone goes straight to voicemail. Heyman wants to say more, but he holds his tongue. Jimmy and Solo return, and they also say they got nothing. A big fat zero. Roman sighs. “I just don’t understand. Of all the times of year for this to happen. We were doing so good. No problems, no hiccups.” Roman says they know how much he has on his plate. That they understand “the stress and the burden of this position.” He feels like he’s being pulled in two different directions, and spread too thin. He loves them, and is sorry for speaking tot hem the way he did.
Jimmy says not to worry about it. Roman says he needs them. He needs them to be as strong as they ever were. Because if they’re not, there is no more #WeTheOnes. Wise Man had catering sent to the bus, it’s a whole bunch of sushi, steaks, etc. It’s good stuff. They can go to the bus and eat up while Roman goes to the ring to handle business. He needs them with him. They understand? Yeet. Then enjoy. He’ll catch up with them later. Jimmy says okay, and has Solo tag along. What will Roman say about Sami, Jey and the Bloodline as a whole? We find out, after the break.
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
On top of the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, we will see a Fatal 4 Way match to name a #1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship! Rey Mysterio VS Madcap Moss VS Karrion Kross VS Santos Escobar! Who will win to go after Der Ring General?
Roman Reigns heads to the ring.
Paul Heyman is the only one to accompany the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion as his reign now reaches 887 DAYS! Roman lifts the belts for the pyro, then continues to the ring. As it stands, Roman Reigns will headline WrestleMania against the American Nightmare, the Men’s Rumble Winner, Cody Rhodes, but even that seems to be secondary to what is going on within The Bloodline. Roman and Heyman stand in the ring, and Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Heyman then hands Roman a mic while fans chant, “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman lets that settle down before he says, “Greenville, South Carolina… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!”
Fans are still rather torn between cheers, jeers, and the chant of “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman was going to ask them who they want him to talk about, but it’s obvious. Roman says he’d rather sit here and talk about Cody Rhodes. “Y’know, the guy that won the Royal Rumble, the #1 contender. Someone who actually deserves my attention. But you simple folks have reduced me to talking about the past.” Fans boo, then start up the “SAMI! SAMI!” again. Roman says fine, if they want to hear about Sami, he’ll talk about Sami. “But remember, there’s two sides to every story, so you’re gonna hear mine.” Fans boo, they already don’t like that.
Roman says that in order to hear his side of the story, “we’ve gotta go all the way back to WarGames.” Heyman remembers when Roman looked Sami in his eyes that Roman saw everything he needed to see. “Would you like to know what I saw that night? I saw greed. I saw the same thing that I see in everybody that I ever interact with in my life nowadays. If a restaurant was lucky enough to have me, when I walk in, the hostess, the people in the kitchen, the waitress, the waiter, they all say the same thing. ‘I want this.’ It’s not, ‘Tribal Chief, it’s great to see you.’ No, it’s ‘What can I do for you, like I haven’t already done enough?'”
So Roman does the same thing for Sami, he gives Sami the opportunity of a lifetime, and Sami just uses him, the Bloodline and the Island of Relevancy! “No different than each and every one of you, because you all want, want, want. You can never give back, huh?” BUT THEN SAMI ATTACKS!! Sami came outta the crowd in a hoodie but it’s clear as day that’s him! Sami rains down furious fists and fans are loving it! Sami tears off the hoodie to reveal his new Sami Zayn shirt! Roman staggers up, Sami fires off, but Roman throws knees in return! Roman stomps Sami down, fans boo, but Roman shakes out the stars.
Roman tells Heyman to get a chair, so Heyman gets a chair. Heyman hands the chair to Roman, but Sami is back up! Sami SPEARS Roman?!?! Fans are thunderous as Sami hits Roman with his own move! And then Sami looks down at the chair. Fans are chanting for “SAMI! SAMI!” and Sami swings! Roman avoids the chair shot and retreats up the ramp! Sami shouts in the mic, “ROMAAAN!! You’re wrong about me. I never wanted anything from you. I never wanted anything from you!! Until now. I want something from you now, and I’m gonna take it. Because I am coming after you and the WWE UNDISPUTED UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!”
Fans are going nuts, and Roman is flabbergasted! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sami down! Solo and Jimmy mug Sami! Fans boo but Roman grins as Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo stands Sami up, SAMOAN SPIKE!! Sami sputters but the Bloodline isn’t done with him! They sit Sami in the corner, rain down fists, and then they put the chair around Sami’s head! They’re gonna Riddle him! Solo runs in, but Roman stops him!? Roman looks down on Sami and says, “You want something, huh? You want something from me?” Roman takes the chair away, and fans are chanting “WE WANT JEY! WE WANT JEY!”
Roman tells Sami to listen to that. The fans want Jey, but Roman doesn’t have Jey because Sami broke up the Bloodline. The Right Hand Man isn’t here because of Sami! Sami was given the keys to the kingdom, the invitation to the Promised Land, and Sami repays them by breaking up the family! Sami will get what he wants, but Roman will get what he wants. Sami and Roman will be in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber! Sami broke up Roman’s family, so Roman will break Sami in front of his family! Sami’s parents, wife, kids, friends, relatives, everyone he’s connected to! They will see what happens when you mess with Roman’s family! “I’ll see you soon!”
Sami is still down, fans still chant for him, but then they boo as Roman takes the belts back. If this is what Sami wants, then this is simple to Roman! This isn’t a dream, this is reality! Sami should’ve just stayed in the Bloodline. Roman lifts the titles over Sami, will this be what we see in Montreal in just two weeks?
This was a great SmackDown to follow the Royal Rumble! For one, it flew by, though that could be because of the recap packages and only the four matches. I did like the bit we got out of Bray and Uncle Howdy, though it was rather short. The NASCAR racing segment was cheesy like a lot of pro-wrestling corporate synergy stuff is, but it continues to further the plot point that Dom will just get in Rey’s face anywhere and everywhere. With Rhea wanting after Charlotte, it is obvious that the rest of Judgment Day will move over to SmackDown with her, they will have a new feud with Rey, and New Day might even back Rey up for some really good Six Man Tags.
Speaking of Charlotte, she and Sonya had a decent promo before their match, which logically wasn’t the main event because it was a given Charlotte would win. Even so, Sonya looked strong in that match, just not strong enough. And great move having the Women’s Fatal 4 be the “main event” as far as matches. Shotzi, Shayna, Vega and Natty are all great talents, and it makes sense to give Montreal their hometown hero of Natty in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Personally, I would’ve given the nod to Shayna, she would be just as good in the match, and if she were to move over to Raw, she could still have great matches against Bianca Belair and others past Mania.
The Brutes VS Viking Raiders was a really good tag match, but of course the Vikings were gonna win that. And given that, of course Drew & Sheamus were gonna get after them. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in a Donnybrook or a Viking Rules match, but we need one of those at Elimination Chamber for the blow-off of McIntyre & Sheamus VS Erik & Ivar. They need to go wild and just beat each other down. I also like the news of the Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4. Rey, Moss, Kross and Escobar is a great field, but I can’t be sure who faces Gunther. Well, outside of Moss. I don’t see him pulling out a win there, but at the same time, Rey and Kross might cancel out. Escobar VS Gunther so that we could get Legado Del Fantasma VS Imperium would be really cool.
Speaking of Imperium, great opening tag to finish the SmackDown Tag Title tournament. Braun and Ricochet getting after Gunther to get him ejected was good stuff, and of course Braun & Ricochet as the Faces win. Their story ties into the Bloodline dysfunction, and the promos from The Bloodline was good stuff. Jey is MIA and radio silent, which is still a big part of things. Roman again had to walk back his anger in order to keep Solo and Jimmy on his side, and then Roman had a great promo to close the night, along with Sami’s blindside attack. Sami wanting the titles is a natural move, but I have a feeling Sami loses in Montreal to really put heat on Roman. As much as we all love Sami, as great as Sami truly is, Roman VS Cody got a really good Mania Hollywood graphic, WWE’s not changing that.
My Score: 8.8/10
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