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- Kairi Sane VS Lacey Evans; Kairi wins.
- Heavy Machinery VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss; no contest.
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NXT TakeOver: New Orleans succeeded in making history!
The North American Championship Ladder Match rocked the Smoothie King Center and the winner was ADAM COLE BAYBAY! Ember Moon brought the war to Shayna Baszler, but her fire was snuffed out by the Queen of Spades’ resilience. The NXT Tag Team Champions are still Undisputed, but with a surprise: Roderick Strong betrayed Pete Dunne to join up! El Idolo would #FadeToBlack, and we have a NEW champion in Aleister Black! But best of all, the Unsanctioned grudge match, while brutal on top of personal, ended with Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling getting back his dream! What does all of this mean for the future of the brand?
Kairi Sane VS Lacey Evans!
The Pirate Princess, the winner of the inaugural Mae Young Classic, sets sail once again to rise up the ranks of the NXT Women’s Division. But against the Model Soldier’s mission to make said division a place of proper, elegant ladies, will Kairi be able to find the treasure she’s after?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Lacey powers Kairi to a corner and grinds in a forearm, but the referee backs her off. Kairi comes out to tie up again, but Lacey gets the waistlock. Fans chant for Kairi as she works to pry her way out. Kairi wrenches Lacey’s arm but Lacey reverses back. Lacey whips but Kairi stops herself on the ropes. Kairi uses an imaginary telescope to tell Lacey she’s got her eyes on her. Lacey swings on Kairi but Kairi slips around for the waistlock. Kairi whips Lacey, runs parallel and evades to springboard up to a headscissors. She dropkicks Lacey down and covers, TWO.
Kairi keeps on Lacey with a whip into a corner, but Lacey gets to the apron to send Kairi into buckles. Lacey drags Kairi down by her hair, then slingshots over for the elbow drop. Cover, TWO, but Lacey keeps her cool while she wrenches Kairi’s arm and kicks her in the ribs. Kairi rolls her up, ONE, Lacey runs Kairi over with a lariat. Cover, TWO, but Lacey keeps on Kairi with a cobra clutch. Fans rally for Kairi while Lacey thrashes her around. Kairi gets up but Lacey brings her down, cover, TWO. Lacey grows frustrated but keeps going as she whips Kairi to a corner. She throws a rough right forearm, then another, mockingly asking, “Are you okay?” Lacey gives Kairi a stiff overhand chop, then stands on her at the ropes. Kairi gets away but Lacey is back on her with the cobra clutch.
Fans rally again while Lacey thrashes Kairi. Kairi stands up but Lacey swings her out for another cover, TWO. Lacey grows frustrated with Kairi, but still has confidence while we go to break.
NXT returns and Lacey stomps a mudhole into Kairi. She runs in, for a wrecking ball bronco boster! Cover, TWO, and the frustration returns. Lacey brings Kairi up, but Kairi chops back. Kairi fires up with double hand chops, then runs, but Lacey catches her into a shoulder breaker! Cover, TWO, and Lacey scowls down at Kairi. She drags Kairi back up, and chops her bluntly in the chest. Lacey prepares another, but Kairi blocks and counters with forearms. Lacey shoves Kairi, but Kairi comes back with the Interceptor!
The fans applaud while both women are down. The fans rally while they stir, and Kairi crawls her way back to Lacey. Lacey and Kairi stand, Kairi blocks a kick into a takedown, ax kick to Lacey’s back. Kairi keeps moving and hits a blockbuster! She’s all fired up while Lacey gets to a corner. Kairi marches the plank, then runs corner to corner for the Sliding D! Lacey stands up, but Kairi hits her with the Flying Kabuki forearm! Cover, TWO, and now Kairi grows frustrated. She goes after Lacey with a take on the Cloverleaf, but Lacey powers out. Lacey drags Kairi up, pumphandle lift, but Kairi silps out to backhand Lacey down! Kairi climbs up and sets sail for the Seven Seas elbow!
Cover, Kairi wins!
Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall
The Lady of NXT did a lot better than you’d expect, but the Pirate Princess was still too good. With wins like this, can Kairi find her way to the X on the map that is the NXT Women’s Championship?
Exclusive interview with the Undisputed Era after TakeOver.
It was a huge night for them, as Adam Cole became the inaugural North American Champion, then they retained the NXT Tag Team Championships, thanks to Roderick Strong. Can they explain what happened? Strong tells Cole something in secret, then all four men of the UE leave. There won’t be an explanation yet, so when will we learn the answer behind “Why, Strong, Why?”
The Authors of Pain debuted on Raw!
Akam & Rezar dominated Heath Slater & Rhyno like they have so many other teams, but surprised even Paul Ellering by saying they’re doing this on their own now. Exclusive footage gives us their explanation, as they tell the WWE Universe, “This is not about Paul. This is about how we just destroyed the world’s first SmackDown Tag Team Champions.” Ellering would appear to confront them on the issue, reminding them he developed the plans behind their dominance. Rezar speaks up, repeating that this is not about Ellering. His chapter ended with NXT, but now they’re on the main roster. The Authors of Pain are writing this next chapter on their own, but will it be the same as the first?
Exclusive interview with Shayna Baszler.
The Queen of Spades is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and she’s ready for the congratulations. But she’s not going to let this be a bandwagon, it’s a “war wagon”. You don’t just jump on or off based on who has the title. She knows who was on her side from the start, and who wasn’t. Then how does it feel to win this the same weekend Ronda Rousey debuts at Wrestlemania? They’re just doing the same things they’ve always done. But it does feel right. What are her plans going forward? “Things are gonna change.” Shayna says the Women’s Division won’t be about who looks good, but who can wrestle. Her mission statement has been issued, who will fall in line with the new regime? And who will just fall?
Meanwhile, Ember Moon debuted on Raw!
The former NXT Women’s Champion would hep out the new Raw Women’s Champion, Nia Jax, in dealing with Alexa Bliss & Mickie James. The War Goddess would Eclipse the Mean Girl Goddess for a major debut victory. Exclusive footage has Ember’s backstage interview alongside the Irresistible Force.
What a great debut for the Prophecy of Flame, she’s excited to have another dream come true. She’s ready to start a new chapter, even though she’s leaving unfinished business behind in NXT. “That monster” is now in charge, but Ember has faith in the strength of the other NXT women and is sure they’ll find a way to overcome Shayna. As for Ember on Raw, will she set it ablaze and rise above the ashes?
More main roster debuts!
The Fighting Fiesta brings his conga line to the main roster, and was victorious in his first match. Meanwhile, Peyton Royce & Billie Kay, the Iconic Duo, debuted on SmackDown! They didn’t have a match, but they made an iconic impact by beating down Charlotte Flair and costing her the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Will either of these superstars find their way to a title in the near future? Will they be swapped via the coming Superstar Shake-Up?
Heavy Machinery VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss!
Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic return from having a round of #Steaks&Weights to have another match with the Blue Chip Boys. With a void in the Tag Team Division left by the Authors of Pain departing, can one of these two teams step up to fill it?
The bell rings and it’s Tucker starting with Tino. Fans chant for “Steaks and Weights!” while they circle and tie up. Tucker powers Tino to a corner but Tino shoves Tucker away. Fans chant “Tino Sucks!” at the pretty boy former NFL player. They tie up again, Tino puts Tucker in the corner now but Tucker shoves him out! Tino is shocked, but he still hits Tucker back with a knee to the stomach. He brings Tucker over and tags in Moss but Tucker gets free and Dozer backs him up. All four men stare down, tension building, and they start brawling!
The referee can’t get them to settle down as Tucker clobbers Moss! Dozer feeds Tino to Tucker’s body shot, then Heavy Machinery marches around him before sandwiching him between their bellies! And they celebrate with belly bumps! Dozer goes back to the corner while Tucker focuses on Moss, but Tino tackles Tucker from behind! Tucker tumbles out to the apron while we go to break.
NXT returns to Tucker fighting back on Moss, ducking the clothesline, and jumping for a crossbody, only for Moss to catch him! Moss throws Tucker with a Fall Away Slam!
Cover, TWO, and Moss grows frustrated. He tags in Tino and then whips Tino in for the forearm smash. Moss adds a shoulder tackle then feeds Tucker to Tino’s dropkick. Tino covers, TWO, but Tino keeps his cool. He hears the fans chant, “Tino Sucks!” but he still grins as he puts Tucker in a corner. Tino whips Tucker corner to corner hard, then taunts Tucker, “Who’s tough now?!” He chokes Tucker on the ropes, then backs off to tag in Moss. Tucker fights out with big forearms and knees, but then Tino leaps and tackles Tucker down! Moss covers, TWO! Moss rains rights down on Tucker, then grinds Tucker with a facelock. Dozer and the fans rally for Tucker and Tucker powers Moss backwards, but Moss knees low then swings on Dozer. Dozer dodges and Tucker rolls Moss, TWO!
Moss grabs Tucker’s foot while Tucker reaches for Dozer. Tino distracts the referee so that he doesn’t see Moss yank Tucker’s hair to bring him down. Moss drags Tucker up and punches him to their corner. Tino tags in and Moss whips him at Tucker, but Tucker boots Tino away! Tucker evades Moss’ tackle, then gets past Tino to tag in Dozer! Dozer rallies on the Blue Chip Boys like a runaway train! He gives corner splash after corner splash, and blocks a boot into an overhead suplex! The fans fire up with Dozer as he runs in for one more splash on Tino. Tino flops down, and Dozer pumps up for the Caterpillar and elbow!
Cover, but Moss breaks it with an elbow of his own. Tucker returns and evades Moss, but they take each other out with clotheslines. All four men are down, and a third team appears!?
It’s Ray Rowe & “War Beard” Hanson! And they carve a warpath on both teams in the ring!
Fans chant “War Machine! War Machine!” as Rowe & Hanson wipe out Dozer, Tucker, Moss and Tino in turn. They go back to mugging Dozer, then wreck Tucker with a corner splash and shotgun knees, and then combine for the Human Weapon: Hanson Spinebuster Hip Attack on Dozer! That’s not all, but these “War Raiders” heel kick Tino and give Moss the Ace Ten Mao! And to top it all off, Rowe picks Tino up while Hanson climbs to the top rope, and hit FALLOUT!!
The void left by Akam & Rezar has been filled, by Rowe & Hanson! They demolish two teams at once tonight, who else will they mow down on their path to the top of the NXT Tag Team Division?
Normally, the first NXT after TakeOver isn’t much of anything, with its recaps, interviews and matches that don’t really mean anything. But I think we all know why this one actually mattered for once. Before that, Kairi VS Lacey was solid, and Lacey really did look good against the more accomplished Kairi, but of course Kairi goes over. Lacey is the Heel and her gimmick is being condescending, so unless she cheats, she isn’t going to win. Heavy Machinery and Sabbatelli-Moss have had a good rivalry and had a good match, and they got everyone pumped up with their match so that when Hanson & Rowe appeared to destroy them all, the fans were at a fever pitch. Debuting like this did away with concerns about the name change, War Raiders will definitely burn a trail right up to the Undisputed Era for a great ROH-in-NXT feud.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/1/23)
Best Friends are on a Rampage!
Will tonight be Very Nice, Very Evil or whatever?
Greetings humans! Danhausen is back in AEW, and to celebrate, he teams with Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta & Hook in a Very Nice, Very BIG 8 Man Tag!
- Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen; win.
- The Don Callis Family VS ???
- Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander; win.
- 8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order; win.
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[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Rampage will begin later tonight]
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/1/23)
SmackDown hears voices!
The Viper is here for The Bloodline!
He returned at WarGames, he returned to Monday Night Raw, and now, The Apex Predator, Randy Orton, returns to Friday Night SmackDown! Will he be able to strike at The Bloodline tonight?
- Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits; Lashley wins.
- Santos Escobar VS Joaquin Wilde; Santos wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Kevin wins.
- Bianca Belair w/ Charlotte Flair & Shotzi Blackheart VS Kairi Sane w/ DMG CTRL; wins.
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Bianca Belair is here!
Brooklyn cheers The EST as she skips to the ring, her team victorious against Damage Control in WarGames! After a recap package, fans chant for Bianca and she gets the mic to say, “Man, it is so cool to be in one of the best boroughs in one of the greatEST cities in the world, Brooklyn!” The fans cheer that! Bianca says DMG CTRL really tried to take them out, but her team did what needed to be done. So shout out to Becky Lynch for coming through, showing up and showing out. Shout out to Shotzi for her guts and passion. And shoutout to Charlotte Flair for being a bigger person and making that call to Becky.
“Now while it feels great to be standing in this ring and celebrating that W from WarGames, my war with DMG CTRL, it ain’t over~! Cuz Iyo Sky, I’m still coming for you, cuz I want my title back!” Fans also cheer that. But speaking of Iyo, here she comes! The Evil Genius leads DMG CTRL out, though where’s Bayley? That aside, Dakota Kai is the one to tell Bianca, “It’s really great how uh, you can get all of these people to cheer for you.” The fans boo her but Dakota tells them to shut up! Dakota says just earlier, Iyo was saying how gross it is here in Brooklyn! It smells! Who would want to live here?!
DMG CTRL slide into the ring, and Dakota says Iyo was also saying that Bianca is in way over her head, dude. Iyo already beat Bianca twice. So… if Bianca wants to get yet another shot, she’ll have to go through all of DMG CTRL. Well that ain’t nothing new. So who wants it first, huh? But wait! Here come Charlotte & Shotzi to back Bianca up! Fans cheer as Charlotte says “Ladies~…! Bianca isn’t the only one coming for you. And I’d love to go through all of DMG CTRL.” Shotzi says it seems to her that there’s enough DMG CTRL to go around. They rush in, and the brawl is on! Fans fire up but Iyo TOSSES Bianca and helps Asuka against Charlotte!
Shotzi and Kairi brawl in a corner, Bianca returns, Charlotte BOOTS Asuka way while Bianca RAMS Iyo into a corner! Bianca stomps Iyo down, Charlotte helps Shotzi with Kairi, and Charlotte sets Kairi up for Shotzi’s BOOT! Iyo ends up isolated, and Bianca hits a SPINEBUSTER! Iyo scrambles out, DMG CTRL regroups, are their days on top numbered?
DMG CTRL regroups backstage.
And Bayley is confused as to what’s going on. Iyo angrily asks where Bayley was but Bayley says no one told her they were going out there! Maybe if she knew, things would’ve been different! The joshi talk in Japanese, Dakota cools it off. What matters is that Kairi is facing Bianca tonight. No one knows Bianca better than Bayley so Kairi would appreciate the help. Kairi says yes, they’re “tomodachi <friends>,” that’d be appreciated. Bayley says okay, but are they really Bayley’s friends?
Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits!
With Sheamus recovering from injury and Ridge Holland just ditching him last week, The Bruiserweight is all alone against The All Mighty! Will Dunne stand a chance against the overwhelming strength of Bobby Lashley?
SmackDown returns and Lashley makes his entrance, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins by his side. But before the bell, Lashley gets a mic to say “Hey, listen, kid. When I told you to make a name for yourself…” The fans chant “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says that’s a name. Does Dunne know what Lashley can do to him? Lashley will break Dunne into pieces! Is Dunne ready for that? Dunne SLAPS Lashley! Fans fire up, Lashley grins, and the bell rings. Dunne then BOOTS Lashley! And BOOTS! And fires off furious fists! Lashley carries Dunne to then TOSS him! Dunne flounders but also snarls. Dunne swipes at the Profits, but Lashley run sin to CLOBBER him!
Lashley whips Dunne hard into buckles, then storms around. The Profits high-five Lashley and Brooklyn is behind him as he stands Dunne up for haymakers! Lashley smothers Dunne in the corner, lets off to whip corner to corner, then storms up on Dunne. Lashley digs hands into Dunne’s face, the ref counts and Lashley lets off. Lashley runs in but Dunne BOOTS again! Dunne runs up to DROPKICK Lashley out of the ring! Fans are torn as Dunne goes out to FLYING KNEE! Lashley staggers back, Dunne sets up to MOONSAULT! Down goes Lashley and Dunne hurries back up! Dunne ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Down goes Lashley and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Lashley clotheslines Dunne in a corner! Lashley then brings Dunne around to snap suplex! Dunne writhes, Lashley paces around him and the fans cheer. Lashley drags Dunne up, suplexes again, and this time he holds Dunne up! Dunne throws knees, gets free, and he runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again and Lashley drags Dunne up. Lashley TOSSES Dunne out, storms out after him, and then drags Dunne up again. Fans cheer as Lashley fireman’s carries Dunne, to then POST Dunne! The Profits say this is an extended Black Friday!
Lashley puts Dunne in, Dunne crawls away but Lashley aims. Lashley runs in, but Dunne sends the Spear into the POST! Lashley staggers back, the Profits coach him up, but Dunne GAMANGIRIS! Dunne runs up to ENZIGURI! Lashley ends up in a corner, Dunne GAMANGIRIS again! And again! Dunne KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then pushes Lashley out so he can go up. Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS an arm! Dunne bends the fingers, isolates the arm, and STOMPS the arm! Lashley grits his teeth but Dunne reels him in. ASAI DDT! Cover, TWO! Lashley is tougher than that but Dunne keep son him with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
But Lashley fights up! Fireman’s carry, then an adjustment, for the OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Lashley is annoyed. Ford says yeah, Dunne’s got heart, but that’s about it. Lashley hauls Dunne up but Dunne SLAPS him! Lashley LARIATS Dunne inside out! Lashley then drags Dunne up, MILE HIGH- ENZIGURI! Dunne gets up, Lashley SPEARS him back down!! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
The Bruiserweight put up a fight, but Lashley is still Lashley. Will The All Mighty soon head for a title as we head for the New Year?
Paul Heyman walks into Nick Aldis’ office.
The Wise Man seems rather indignant looking at the SmackDown General Manager. Heyman then dusts off the New York Jets NFL Legacy belt before speaking. “Did you invite Randy Orton to SmackDown tonight?” Aldis says yes, he did. And Aldis intends to sign Randy to a SmackDown exclusive superstar contract tonight. Heyman looks around and asks if the Tribal Chief knows about this. Aldis says Heyman has forgotten that there are countless memos: All communication to Roman Reigns must go through Paul Heyman. So consider this a communication to Roman: Aldis WILL sign Randy to SmackDown.
And if Aldis has to offer up the entire Bloodline as leverage, so be it. So the question to Heyman is… “What’re you gonna do about it?” Heyman says, “Anything it takes.” Heyman gets on his phone to call Roman Reigns. But is there nothing that can stop The Viper from finally being within striking distance of The Tribal Chief?
Backstage interview with Pete Dunne.
Kayla Braxton says he lost to Lashley, but she wants to talk about last week. Why did Ridge walk out on him? Dunne says he doesn’t know. And he doesn’t care. Because right now isn’t about the Brutes, it’s about Dunne! He is going to focus on himself. He is here to fight, and he will fight anyone! But in walk Pretty Deadly. They say this is so tough. But don’t be sad, use this as a learning opportunity. Sometimes, being abandoned can help you find your own path. Even if that path, like Dunne’s career, hits a dead end. Dunne HITS them! Dunne fires off but that’s 2v1 and Pretty Deadly turns it around! They TOSS Dunne into a road case!
How’s that, Butch?! HUH!? You’re alone! ALONE! And always will be! Elton Prince & Kit Wilson have numbers on their side, but will Dunne still get revenge?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley says given his recent history with the LWO, what can we expect in his match with Joaquin Wilde here? Santos says he’s only trying to finish what Rey started. Rey turned his back on the LWO when he chose Carlito over Santos. And now Santos’ own brothers in arms are blinded by their hero, not seeing that Rey will do the same to them. Cruz is still recovering from the last time he tried standing up to Santos. And if Wilde can’t see the truth, Santos will put him on the shelf, too. The Emperor of Lucha is becoming a tyrant, but will he be unstoppable in destroying what he helped create?
Santos Escobar VS Joaquin Wilde!
SmackDown returns and Wilde makes his entrance. The bell rings and Wilde DROPKICKS Santos! And DROPKICKS again! Then kips up and ROCKS Santos with haymakers! Fans fire up, Wilde whips and ELBOWS Santos down! Then drops an elbow! Santos bails out but Wilde PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up again and Wilde CLUBS Santos. Wilde puts Santos in the ring, then aims again, but Santos bails out! Fans boo but Wilde just goes to the corner! Springboard CANNONBALL! Direct hit and the fans fire up all over again! Wilde snarls and he puts Santos back in. Cover, TWO! Wilde keeps on Santos with a shove.
Wilde then goes up a corner, but Santos sweeps the legs! Wilde tumbles down, Santos stomps away and RAMS Wilde into a corner. Santos puts Wilde in the Tree of Woe, goes to the far side and runs in, DROPKICK! Wilde falls out of the Tree, Santos snapmares to cover, TWO! Santos is annoyed but he CLUBS away on Wilde’s chest! Santos rips up the LWO shirt! Fans boo but Santos throws the shirt away. Santos drags Wilde up, CLUBS him, then clamps onto an arm with a cording hold. Wilde endures, Santos talks trash that HE is the LWO, but the fans rally up. Wilde fights up to his feet, throws knees, but Santos whips Wilde away.
Santos storms up, Wilde ELBOWS him, then bumps Santos off buckles. Wilde fires haymakers again, then whips. Santos reverses but Wilde ducks ‘n ‘dodges to dropkick a leg out! Fans rally up behind Wilde and he runs up to KNEE Santos down! Wilde roars and fans are with him! Wilde runs back in, SOMERSAULT SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Santos survives and Wilde grows frustrated. Wilde hurries back to a corner to aim again. Wilde runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Santos says this is what happens when you cross him! Fireman’s carry, and “This is for YOU, Rey!” PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall
But Santos isn’t done sending his message! He beats down Wilde with fists, the ref tells him to stop, but Santos refuses! So here comes Dragon Lee! The Boy Wonder may have lost at Survivor Series but he won’t let Santos just do what he wants! Santos bails out, he did what he wanted. Wait, he slithers back in! But Dragon is ready and fires haymakers on him! Dragon whips, Santos reverses but Dragon RANAS! Santos ends up in a corner, Dragon JUMP KICKS, leg sweeps, and SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Dragon hits, and fans fire up! Dragon aims again, BULL’S HORNS!! Santos flounders away, is his fight with Dragon far from over?
Nick Aldis greets Logan Paul backstage.
The Maverick is her with his United States Championship, ready to make his first appearance on SmackDown. What will the ImPAULsive Influencer have to say about being United States Champion? We find out, after the break.
Adam Pearce visits Nick Aldis in his office.
And the Raw GM asks the SmackDown GM to tell him the rumor isn’t true. Is Aldis trying to get a Raw Legend out from under Pearce’s nose? Aldis tells Pearce that Randy is a free agent now. But yes, Aldis does intend to sign Orton right here tonight in that ring. Is that so? Yeah, Pearce had his chance on Monday. Don’t worry about what happened on Monday. If Aldis is going to the ring with a contract, Pearce will join him. Pearce also has a contract folder! Nice office, by the way. Pearce heads out, who wins the signature of the Legend Killer?
Logan Paul heads to the ring!
Brooklyn is a little torn on seeing the Maverick in person, though probably because he needed brass knuckles to load his already titanium reinforced hand to beat Rey Mysterio. But Logan gets the mic to say, “To every friend who stabbed me in the back, to every hater who preyed on my downfall, I’ve got a question: WHERE ARE YOU NOW?!” He doesn’t understand. Don’t they get it by n ow? The more they hope he fails, the harder he works. And the harder he works, the more he wins. And the more he wins, the more he gets to stand up here and bark back!
And to all the jealous superstars backstage mad at him because they’ve been doing this their whole life while he’s the fastest rising superstar in history, you want the US Championship? Of course you do! It has been on his junk, just like y’all have since he got here! But a champ is only as good as his challengers, and since Rey is hurt, Logan can’t give him the rematch he was so excited for. So good news! Logan spoke with Aldis, and they have created a tournament to determine his next challenger. It starts next week, featuring eight superstars!
Santos Escobar, Dragon Lee, Karrion Kross, an NXT superstar to still be determined, Bobby Lashley, Grayson Waller, Austin Theory, and of course Kevin Owens. And Logan guarantees whoever wins this will have a nightmare trying to take this title from him. But wait, speaking of! Here comes Kevin Owens! Brooklyn fires up for The Prizefighter as he heads right for the ring. Kevin gets himself a mic and he says if Logan wants to talk about a nightmare, this, Logan Paul in the ring, is a nightmare. The first time Kevin ever saw Logan was 10 years ago on that app, Vine. And back then, it only took Kevin those six seconds to realize Logan is an unbearable jackass.
Fans cheer in agreement, and Kevin says if we’re talking about “junk,” the only junk is that crap drink Logan peddles. And now, guess what? Kevin is here to tell us that if he’s in the tournament, the nightmare will end. Logan’s days as champion will be numbered. That’s funny. Kevin calls himself a prizefighter, but Logan’s been in the ring with the greatest boxers in the world. If these two were to fight, six seconds is five more than Logan needs to KO KO. Kevin will never take this away from Logan: he’s very clever. But the thing is, that’s another world. This ring, the WWE Universe, it’s Kevin’s world, understand?
Logan says we’ll see about that. But then here comes Grayson Waller & Austin Theory! Logan smiles because it’s like looking in a mirror as these two walk down here. And Waller tells Logan he is better than this. He doesn’t need to talk with Kevin, Kevin is a troll looking for attention. He isn’t a forward thinking disruptor like the three of them. They have a lot in common, really. A-Town Down Under get in the ring, and Kevin says he loves punching people in the face. Look who he is in the ring with: Logan Paul is a man who knocks people out. So after Logan is done knocking Kevin out, maybe Kevin’s days of punching people- KEVIN DECKS THEORY!
Fans fire up as Theory tumbles out, and Waller goes to check on his buddy. Logan and Kevin drop their mics, stare down, and fans fire up as Kevin dares Logan to make the first move. Logan says worry about Waller first. Will Kevin give us a preview of the US Championship Contender’s Tournament? We find out after the break!
Kevin Owens VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!
SmackDown returns and Logan is sticking around to be on commentary for this one. Logan says he is like a proud father watching his sons on the playground. The bell rings, Waller bails out and regroups with Theory. Kevin goes out to ROCK Waller! And CHOP him! And then SMACK Waller off the desk! The ring count climbs, Kevin throws hands and he puts Waller in the ring. The ref makes sure Theory stays back, but then Waller stomps away on Kevin. Waller talks trash, UPPERCUTS Kevin, but Kevin CHOPS back! Waller kicks low, CLUBS Kevin on the neck, then cravats him into the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets off.
Waller whips, Kevin reverses and CLOBBERS Waller! Then SENTONS! Fans rally, Kevin runs in at the corner and he clotheslines! Kevin then goes corner to corner, but Waller gets up to BOOT him! Waller LEG LARIATS! Waller rains down fists, then talks trash. Logan isn’t sure how well Kevin is built for this. Waller throws hands again, Logan denies knowing anything about brass knuckles, and Waller goes along the ropes. BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kevin SLAPS Waller! And SLAPS him again! Waller BOOTS Kevin down! Waller snarls, drags Kevin up, but Kevin fights the suplex! The fans rally, Kevin suplexes Waller up and over!
Kevin glares at Logan, then CHOPS Waller! And CHOPS again! Kevin fakes the chop to then poke Waller in the eye! Kevin goes corner to corner, but then Waller bails out! No cannonball here and fans boo. Kevin goes out after Waller but Waller ROCKS him first! And SMACKS Kevin off the desk! Logan holds onto his Prime to make sure it doesn’t spill. Waller gets in the ring, builds speed and slides, but Kevin avoids the lariat to DECK Waller! Kevin gets on the apron, to FROG SPLASH to the floor! Fans fire up with Kevin while the ring count climbs. Kevin goes out after Waller again, but Waller RAMS him into steel steps!
Waller gets in to distract the ref, Theory STOMPS Kevin’s hand on the steps! Theory signals that to Waller and Waller stomps that arm! Waller slides out to then SLAM the arm into the post! Fans boo as A-Town Down Under high-five, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Kevin hits a FROG SPLASH in the ring! Fans fire up again while both men are down. Kevin shakes the bad hand out while Waller goes to the corner. Kevin storms up but Waller hits the bad hand! Then ARMBAR DDT! Waller hammerlocks that arm, then hits a ROLLING SNAP on the arm! Waller traps that arm in a double wristlock but Kevin endures. The fans rally, Kevin fights up, and he throws body shots with the good hand. Fans cheer, Kevin throws Waller out, but Waller grabs at Kevin’s bad hand. HOTSHOT on that arm! SOMERSAULT STUN- NO, atomic drop first! And then a DDT!
Fans fire up as Kevin evens things out. Kevin goes to ropes, drags himself up, but Waller runs up. Kevin blocks to HEADBUTT, CHOP and CHOP! Then a forearm! But that’s the bad arm! Waller runs in, Kevin dodges and SUPERKICKS! Waller is in the corner, Kevin runs in to CANNONBALL! Kevin goes up the corner again, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Waller survives and Theory rubs it in that it was just a two. Kevin keeps his focus, kicks low, but Waller grabs the bad arm to stop the stunner! Waller STOMPS the fingers! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Kevin endures, fights around, but Waller twists the wrist!
Kevin keeps fighting, reaches out, and ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Waller lets go at 4. Waller has Kevin in the corner, puts the bad hand inside a buckle pad, and then runs up to PUNT only buckle! Kevin rolls Waller up, KEVIN WINS!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Logan can’t even! Kevinn pulled off a minor miracle, can he do that all over again in the opening round of this coming tournament?
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