Mathew brings us more Stardom coverage! This will catch you up nicely if you planned on going to their American Dream show April 5th in Queens, NY!
Welcome back to Stardom! This is their last big show before they head on over to the United States for WrestleMania Weekend, Dream Slam.
The show is stacked with five championship matches, a retirement ceremony, and some great matches on top of it. This will also be my last Stardom show to cover as of right now until All Japan’s Champion Carnival is all done with at the end of April.
We got a lot to cover and no time to waste as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Hina vs. Rina vs. Leo Onozaki vs. Jungle Kyona vs. Hanan vs. Saya Iida vs. Natsu Sumire
Review: Our first match is a battle royal with some of the rookies like Hanan, Hina, Rina, Leo Onozaki, and Saya Iida while we have some vets like Jungle Kyona and Natsu Sumire in the match. Originally Hana Kimura was supposed to be in this match but due to her having a health issue, she was pulled from the match. The rookies have a lot to prove in this match if they wanna move forward with their progression. Which one of these seven will win?
All of them are circling around the ring until six of them would face Natsu as the rookies would charge as her while she gave them all a hip toss, except for Jungle who would power out of it. This one was a little bit all over the place but they did have some cool combinations with all of them doing a Figure-Four Choke Hold with Sumire at the end as Nao Yamaguchi would go to the bottom of it to flip them all over like a Boston Crab which almost worked, but Nao tripped once she turned them over. After this though is when eliminations would start to happen as Leo was first eliminated when Hana flipped her over into a pin with help from her sisters, but Hina and Rina get her with a Gedo Clutch and a bridge to eliminate her as well. Hina and Rina would start to fight Jungle and had her down for a pin but she kicked out and applies the Boston Crab on both of them to make them tap out as we’re now down to three. Sumire would have some help from Nao again as Jungle got flipped over and Nao held her still while Sumire Dropkicked her to eliminate Kyona. Saya is the last one left and tries to knock Sumire down with Dropkicks but she wouldn’t budge. Sumire would hold Saya in place as Nao attempts to go for the Ax Bomber but Saya ducked and hits Sumire by accident, leading to Saya rolling Sumire up for the pin as she gets the surprise victory! What a win for Iida.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) March 29, 2019
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Queen’s Quest (AZM, Bea Priestley, Konami, & Viper) vs. STARS (Arisa Hoshiki, Saki Kashima, Starlight Kid, & Tam Nakano)
Review: Our next match is an eight-man tag match with Queen’s Quest members, AZM, Bea Priestley, Konami, and Viper taking on STARS members, Arisa Hoshiki, Saki Kashima, Starlight Kid, and Tam Nakano. Viper has recently signed to the WWE as apart of the NXT UK Division, so it makes sense why she lost her titles recently and this could be apart of her farewell tour before she leaves for good. Gonna miss her in Stardom, but people move on and get experience elsewhere. Will she be able to get her team win or will STARS get the victory?
Viper and Starlight start it off as Starlight would try to tag in her teammates but no avail as they wanted nothing to do with Viper. She did hold her off fairly well when she could though, so I will give her that. I thought the match was rather sloppy at the beginning with some of them having no sense of direction and Saki botching a little bit with the Hurricanrana onto Bea where she almost fell before it landed. After that though, it was much more crisp with everything being coherent. Arisa and Tam seem to be having a little bit of an issue with each other as Tam kicked Arisa and slammed her on top of Bea and stood on them to dance, Arisa didn’t like that so she decided to do the same to Tam and didn’t fall over this time, even did a Springboard Knee Drop onto Bea for good measure, good girl. AZM and Starlight are in the ring and they once again make magic with them going back and forth in the ring and she would give AZM a 619, which Tam topped with a German Suplex hold as Starlight flipped over them to hold the pinfall as Viper broke the count. STARS would try to hit the Dropkick onto their opponents but they got up and Dropkicked them back and had them into the turnbuckles so Viper could hit them with a Cannonball. AZM hits Starlight with a Suplex, Konami hits a PK, and AZM is on the top rope to hit a Double Stomp as AZM kicked out. AZM would apply a Fujiwara Armbar as Starlight rolled her for the pin and AZM kicked out, but AZM looked like she was gonna do the La Magistral but pinned her before she rolled and gets the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
– Shiki Shibusawa was in the ring now as she has announced that she was leaving professional wrestling. She was out of action after their Goddesses of Stardom Tag League with a minor injury but during that time, she would be met with some criticism from the fans as they would bully her about her ability in the ring while some did defend her. It looked like it was too much since she started to doubt herself and lead to where we are now and her retirement. Unfortunately, some wrestlers get attacked by fans online and some can take it and even bark back at them, but there are some that can’t handle it. Wrestling is a hard business to get into as not everyone is going to like you and some will but it’s also not for everyone either. Everyone on the roster would come in to give her flowers, hug her, take a picture with her, and just wish her luck in her next journey. She would thank everyone for a great three years and knows that she’ll always be family in Stardom. All I can say to you Shiki is good luck to whatever it is you do next.
SWA Undisputed World Women’s Title Match
Utami Hayashishita (c) vs. Rebel Kel
Review: Now that the exhibition matches are out of the way, it’s time for our title matches for the remainder of the show as Utami Hayashishita is up first to defend her SWA Undisputed World Women’s Championship against Rebel Kel. This match is fairly new as Rebel made the challenge on March 21st to fight Utami for one of the four belts she has under her waist. Will Utami will have all her belts or will Rebel win her first title?
Rebel…I have nothing to say that is anything positive…maybe that she’s tall, but that’s really it. Nothing that she has done in this match was anything exciting or good. Her hits were super light and very noticeable that you think it was Great Khali hitting you or something, also anything she would execute overall was just half-assed. Utami is literally the only saving grace in this match as she tried so hard to make it work or even tolerable but no matter how good Utami is in the ring, she wasn’t even able to save the match and that’s a bad sign when one of your top stars can’t make someone else look good. I really don’t know why Rebel got this match but she didn’t deserve it. Rebel would give her an average Chokeslam as Utami would kick out of it and when she picked her up, Utami would get her for the Torture Rack Bomb and she pinned her to retain the title. Just skip this one, save the eight minutes for a better match. I would rather watch Kelly Klein and Mayu Iwatani fight again.
Rating: Vince Russo and a half
High Speed Title Match
Hazuki (c) vs. Xia Brookside
Review: Our next title match is Hazuki defending the High Speed Championship against Xia Brookside. This will be Hazuki’s fourth title defense during this reign and while she has a heated rivalry with Arisa Hoshiki, she’s gonna put that to the side so she can focus on her match. Xia is also someone that has signed a WWE deal and will also be apart of the NXT UK Division as well with Viper, so this will actually be her final match with Stardom. Will it be better than the last title match? Will Hazuki retain or will Xia take the belt with her?
Xia really has come a long way since I’ve first started following her about a year ago and the progress she has made since then shows. She was able to surprisingly match up with Hazuki pretty well here and Hazuki is someone who can work with almost anybody too. I loved the little exchange where Hazuki would try a Lung Blower as Xia caught her and tried to do it back to her but Hazuki caught her and had Xia by the ropes as Xia would turn it into a DDT. The match may be about four minutes, but it was enough to keep the fans very satisfied with their performances here. Xia would have her up on her shoulders but Hazuki would get off her to only eat a Neckbreaker right away. The two would go back and forth with the Sunset Flip and counter to break the hold to try and pin each other as it would only be less than one count for the majority of it. Hazuki would have her in the Hazukistral and got the win to retain her title. Good luck to you, Xia as I wish you the best in your next chapter.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) March 30, 2019
Rating: Eric Bischoff
ROH Women of Honor World Title Match
Mayu Iwatani (c) vs. Natsuko Tora
Review: Up next is another title match with a division that I despise and the company that is called a major turn-off these days. We have Mayu Iwatani defending the ROH Women of Honor World Championship against Natsuko Tora. While ROH did a terrible job with their WOH Division and how they booked the title, Stardom has done a better job with it when they made Mayu the champion. The winner of this match would be going to Madison Square Garden to defend the title at the G1 Supercard, so one of these women will walk into the legendary arena as the champion, but the question is who?
It appears as if Mayu’s knee is a bit bandaged up and Natsuko notices that as she would use that as her opening target for the match. It’s probably just me and I’m sure it’s nothing, but it did seem like Mayu’s selling was a little bit off at the beginning of the match and it’s weird because she’s a fantastic seller. There were times where she would either no sell her leg getting hurt by Natsuko or do it very little but she does start doing it more as the match goes on but again, still a bit weird. Me personally, I was hoping for Jungle Kyona to be the one involved in this match since she’s better than Natsuko but at the same time, I wouldn’t wanna give her another big loss since she was defeated by both Kagetsu and Momo already and this would’ve been a little too much to take three big losses in a row. Natsuko did still do the job she had to do with giving Mayu someone easy to work with before the Garden.
Mayu did pull off some neat maneuvers in the match like her Missle Dropkick being a thing of beauty alone and then a nice Crossbody to the outside as she gets some air. Mayu went for a Diving Moonsault as Natsuko would roll out of the way to hit a Shining Wizard as Mayu sold it like a champ. Natsuko would hit a very poor Dragon Suplex to mock Mayu a little bit and does a Frog Splash off the top rope and tops it off by climbing again for a Double Stomp and Mayu kicked out of it at two. Natsuko would pick her up again and hits the Swinging Side Slam and Mayu was still able to kick out of it, but Natsuko gets to the top rope and Leg Drops her injured knee for good measure. Mayu would eventually hit the Diving Moonsault which looks beautiful and hits her Dragon Suplex Hold to retain her title. Mayu will be defending the title at Madison Square Garden against…Kelly Klein..damn, ROH really doesn’t have anyone else to use? Either way, I’m happy to see Mayu getting a chance to shine on the big stage despite wishing she fought someone better as she’s earned this.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
World of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Goya Kong
Review: Our next match is the World of Stardom Championship, who is not main eventing again as Kagetsu defends the belt against Goya Kong. oya made her Stardom debut on the March 9th show and after the main event, she would make her challenge to Kagetsu for the title but Kagetsu would first decline the challenge. However, she would have a change of heart when she figured Stardom’s President, Rossy Owaga thought it was a good idea to bring her to Stardom for a big match, so she would give in and accept the challenge. Kagetsu has had a rather odd title run thus far and a win here would make her the champion leading to their show in NYC. Will Kagetsu retain the belt or will it be Goya that takes it?
Okay Stardom, I understand that Momo Watanabe is your new ace of the company and I fully support that decision, but could you maybe throw Kagetsu a bone and start giving her more credible opponents? I mean, I know you occasionally give her some big matches but she does deserve to fight bigger and better names at this point as well instead of just random scraps. Anyway, I will say that I was not fully invested in Goya Kong but still not Rebel Kel bad, so that’s a plus. One thing that irked me a little bit was that this didn’t feel like a World of Stardom Championship match and just another random exhibition, so it made it hard to care about it fully. Kagetsu did try her best and would do what she could to pull some stops such as the red mist at the beginning and trying to take out her leg to make her tap out, which is smart since that’s what you wanna do to someone that is bigger than you.
Kagetsu would hit the first Oedo Coaster but Goya would kick out of it, leaving our Prime Minister shocked and would try to pick her up for the Michinoku Driver but was unable to lift her up and Goya would have her in a Wheel Barrel position to German Suplex her and that actually looked good, not gonna lie. Goya goes to the top ropes and Kagetsu would push the referee into the corner so she could spit green mist into her eyes to blind her as she was finally able to pick her up for a Samoan Drop. Instead of pinning her, she would go up to hit the Oedo Coaster but wait, she goes up top to hit it a second time and then a third! Three Oedo Coasters in a row and she pins her to retain the title. Mediocre match but a nice ending to give it some points.
After the match, Kagetsu would talk to the crowd and would ask them why she won today but she answered that it’s because they were in Japan, which is her home along with Stardom. She did give Goy some credit and said she would like to do it again in Mexico as the two shook hands before Goya left the ring. She would then call Nao Yamaguchi to the ring and would give her some praise for dealing with Oedo for almost a year now as the other members came into the ring with her now as they gave her flowers while thanking her for everything. So why are they doing this you ask? Well, while Shiki has announced her retirement, it’s also the end of Nao’s career in wrestling as this was her last day in the company as well. She still hasn’t fully recovered from her concussion from what I’ve heard and it looks like she wants to move on, which I can respect since concussions are no joke and her body wasn’t able to keep up with the wrestling. Whatever you do, Nao, I wish you the best of luck and going to miss you.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Wonder of Stardom Title Match
Momo Watanabe (c) vs. Andras Miyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Momo Watanabe will defend her title against Oedo Tai’s, Andras Miyagi. On March 9th, their respective units were in a tag team match where Andras would actually pin the champion and she would officially make a challenge for both the Goddesses of Stardom and Wonder of Stardom Championships. Andras would fail to capture the Goddesses of Stardom Championship with Natsu Sumire when they fought both Momo and Utami Hayashishita on the March 21st show, but Andras has a chance to defeat Momo to take her white belt this time around. This is known to be Momo’s toughest challenge as she fights the former star of Sendai Girls. Will Momo overcome the odds or will someone finally put her reign to an end?
How does Andras get the top part of her hair to stay up and keep it that way until the very end of the match, I’ll never know. Momo giving Andras the disrespect when she spits water into her face but don’t worry, she would eventually do it back to her once they fought on the outside of the ring. Andras is a great choice to fight Momo since she has wrestled from another company as a lot of experience that she can share with Momo to help get her to that next level and she does that quite well for herself. Andras doing great work on working Momo’s neck since it’s taped up and would manipulate it as much as she could, even making her headbang like a rock star is still enough to move the neck around to make it more uncomfortable for her. Momo would catch Andras when she tried to springboard from the ropes as she tried to hit the Package Driver but Andras would wrap her legs around her neck to choke her down and the champion is stunned.
Momo would give Andras a Roundhouse Kick to the face and would get her down for the Package Driver to hit it this time around and then gives her one more kick to the head for good measure as the two are both laying on the mat. The two were going blow for blow once they got up and Momo would win that battle when she gets Andras to the ropes but wait, Andras drags the referee in front of Momo and hits her with a chair when the ref wasn’t looking! Andras has her right where she wants her now as she goes to the top rope to hit a Swanton Bomb and it looks like we have a new champion but Momo kicked out at two! Andras would pick her up for the Piledriver but would drop her down Tombstone style and this could be it but Momo still kicked out of it. Momo would somehow find a way to roll her up for a two count and would quickly hit a Tequila Sunrise to stun her. Momo picked her back up to hit the Peach Sunrise as it connects and gets the pinfall to retain the title!
I thought this would’ve been the right time for Momo to drop the title as Momo already broke the record for most title defenses with the Wonder of Stardom Championship and could go feud with Kagetsu next to get the top title while Andras gets fresh new opponents while being the new champion. However, it looks like they still plan on Momo still being the top of the company with the second tier belt which has a lot more prestige now. After the match, Momo would call her partner, Utami Hayashishita into the ring and now challenges her as her next opponent. Utami would accept it as this match will be the main event of their show when they come to New York on Friday! Very interesting to see them do this now since now is the time for Momo to drop the title, I feel like Utami winning a fifth belt so early will also be a bit too much. We’ll see how this plays out and I’m excited about it either way.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) March 31, 2019
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Overall: I honestly thought the show was pretty weak except for the main event being the only saving grace of the show with two of the title matches being lackluster. Not all shows are going to be winners and I’m excited for when they come to New York on Friday, be sure to watch it on FITE.
Favorite Match: Momo Watanabe vs. Andras Miyagi
Least Favorite Match: Utami Hayashishita vs. Rebel Kel
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?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
CM Punk will show up on Friday Night SmackDown in Providence, Rhode Island! What more will the returning Best in the World have to say about “coming home” to the WWE?
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