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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/18/20)

Sasha Banks is back already?!

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

Will the SmackDown Women’s Champion face the consequences?

Bayley betrayed and brutalized Sasha Banks, then claimed she was only ever using her friendship as a tool! Will The Boss make the Role Model regret every single one of her actions?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura; Cesaro wins.
  • Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross; Cross wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn; Styles wins.
  • Samoan Street Fight: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sheamus & Baron Corbin; Uso & Reigns win.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown opens with The Dirt Sheet!

The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century welcome us all back to “the scintillating WWE ThunderDome.” John Morrison is the most important part of your complete and balanced breakfast, and The Miz is still the Most Must-See Superstar! Here tonight, it is there honor- Nay, their duty, to keep their loyal fans up to speed on what’s going down in WWE. They will give you the low down, the intel, the 411, “the dirt.” And not just what’s in Otis’ undies. These are the biggest secrets and the biggest stories! Tonight, they expose the truth behind Bayley’s savage attack on Sasha Banks! They expose why WWE management tried to erase the one true WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn, from history! And they dig deep into the Samoan Family secrets that Jey Uso tries to bury! That’s D to the I to the RTY, DIRTY!!

But first, they will talk the biggest story, the hottest of hot gossip: the sudden trade of Mandy Rose! It was so scandalous, that you must see it to believe it! Roll the clip! It’s from Talking Smack! And Miz gave the announcement that Mandy was sent to Monday Night Raw! Now, people accuse Miz of being vindictive, that he and Morrison have a problem with Otis and is trying to break him and Mandy up. To clear the air, he is not playing mind-games. He is not using his influence to get petty revenge. Miz is simply trying to help Otis. As a former Mr. Money in the Bank, Miz knows the pressures of carrying that contract. “You must be on high alert. You have to look for every opportunity possible. And Otis couldn’t possibly do that with his girlfriend, Mandy Rose around,” so Miz made it easier for him. Mandy is gone, Otis can focus on cashing in. Or just hand it over to someone else.

But the point is, Otis should be thankful! Miz sent away the one true obstacle keeping Otis from the top of the WWE! Sure, Otis is heartbroken, but he’ll get over that. And from what Miz hears from his old friends on Raw, Mandy’s already gotten over it. Morrison says there are a lot of guys who want to do more than just smell the roses. Ziggler’s over there! They used to date, right? Otis has had enough, he barges right out and aims for the ring! The Dozer stomps over, Miz and Morrison try to calm him down, but they get run over! Otis CLOBBERS Morrison, then CLOBBERS Miz! Otis throws Morrison out, then throws the chairs around! The fans give thumbs up, and Tucker’s here, too! Tucker feeds Miz to Otis for an EXPLODER!

Tucker also gets Morrison in, and Otis EXPLODERS Morrison back out! Otis corner splashes Miz, Tucker fires him up more, and here comes the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis adds on the VADER BOMB! And when Miz gets up, Otis goes after him again! His rage is not satisfied, as he strips and humiliates Miz! Speaking of undies, Miz is standing in only his tighty whities! The Dozer has demolished the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century, but it won’t bring Mandy back from Raw. What could possibly salvage his relationship with the Golden Goddess before the long distance ruins it?

 

SmackDown returns as Miz and Morrison regroup backstage.

The plan isn’t working! It only pissed Otis off! And Morrison says Otis is like the Incredible Hulk, you don’t like him when he’s angry. Miz says this IS part of the plan. Kayla Braxton comes by to ask if he regrets angering Otis. Miz gets a call and asks, “Was it enough?” Thumbs up! Morrison says the plan is working! But they’re not going to share details about that plan just yet. Is Otis playing right into their hands? Does Miz have spares pants in his luggage?

 

Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura!

Lince Dorado and Kalisto have both been trying to give the King of the Ropes some pointers on how to handle the Swiss Cyborg tonight, but the main point is to win! LHP has their shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Clash of Champions, will Metalik gain major momentum for the team? Or will Cesaro burn these moths drawn to the flame?

The bell rings and Cesaro rushes Metalik but Metalik dodges to roll him up! TWO, Metalik speeds up to tilt-o-whirl around the world and headscissor Cesaro away! Cesaro is wobbled, Metalik goes up top but the others give him mixed ideas. Metalik leaps into Cesaro’s SLAM! Cesaro stomps Metalik while Kalisto and Lince argue, and Cesaro brings Metalik up to throw body shots. Metalik gives body shots back but is pushed into a corner. Cesaro throws a European Uppercut, Metalik’s two coaches clash again but Metalik boots Ceasro away! Metalik leaps for a flying huricanrana! Metalik stomps and punches Cesaro, then whips, but Cesaro reverses to run him over! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO!

LHP keep arguing on the outside as Cesaro clamps onto Metalik’s arm. Cesaro adds a chinbar, but Metalik fights up and throws body shots. Cesaro whips, Metalik dodges in the corner but is put on the apron. Metalik kicks Cesaro back, but now LHP get on the apron? They’re arguing with the ref, too, so the ref EJECTS them! Dorado and Kalisto blame each other but Cesaro BLASTS Metalik off the apron! Cesaro puts Metalik in the ring, Nakamura laughs at LHP but Metalik springboards and SWANTONS onto Cesaro! The King of the Ropes evens things up now that his coaches aren’t overdoing it, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cesaro has Metalik down with a chinlock. Metalik fights up, Cesaro back suplexes but Metalik lands on his feet! Metalik boots Cesaro, runs but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro wraps onto Metalik with a chinlock again, but Metalik fights up and throws body shots. Cesaro throws EuroUppers and hoists Metalik up top. Cesaro throws haymakers then climbs up top, but Metalik fights back with body shots! Metalik adjusts and leaps for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro survives but Metalik is too tired to be upset. Metalik gets back up top, moonsaults, but Cesaro BOOTS him! Cesaro EuroUppers in the corner, then GOTCH NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

The Swiss Cyborg stops Metalik from snagging the win, and is rolling alongside the King of Strong Style! Will they roll right over Lucha House Party at Clash of Champions?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso!

Jey is fired up for tonight as he teams with Roman Reigns in a Samoan Street Fight! But first, let’s review last week’s normal tag match. Jey fight hard against both Sheamus and Baron Corbin without Roman at all! Roman waited until an opportune moment, which seems to be his signature now. Jey still did most of the work after that, Roman would tag in and top it off with his Spear. Their Universal Championship match aside, do Roman’s actions last week affect tonight’s “chemistry?” Jey says, “Do you know what Roman told me- Scratch that, what Paul Heyman told me?” There was miscommunication. Yeah, right.

But Jey and Roman were tuning up fools in the streets since childhood. Tonight won’t be different. The difference for Clash is only one walks out Universal Champion. Roman’s been throwing his weight around since they’ve been little, but they ain’t so little no more. Tonight is Friday Night Lockdown! Sheamus, Corbin, you’re against the Uce with the Juice! Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!

 

SmackDown returns to hear from Matt Riddle.

“People ask me all the time, ‘Why do you say bro so much?'” The answer is simple: Bro is universal. It can convey any emotion or thought. Don’t believe him? “Check this out, bro!” #KnowYourBro. Happy bro. Sad bro. Angry bro. Introspective bro. Scared bro. Confident bro. See? It’s that easy, bro.

 

SmackDown presents A Moment of Bliss!

Alexa Bliss sits on stage in her chair, with her pigtails up in little buns, and welcomes us to this first ever ThunderDome Moment of Bliss. Usually, she has a cohost right by her side, but this week, she needs to be in the hot seat! Please welcome the #1 contender to Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship, Alexa’s best friend, Nikki Cross! Nikki is fired up to be here, as always, and still hugs Alexa, despite that Sister Abigail Nikki took last week. Alexa congratulates Nikki, she is so happy for her. But Nikki knows what this show is about. Alexa asks what we all want to know. Okay, fire away. Alexa’s question is about the plan of action for her rematch with Bayley. We all saw Nikki try and lose before. In fact, Nikki’s yet to beat Bayley since last year.

Wow, she really is going all out. But Nikki is okay. Nikki says this will be different, because there’s no Sasha Banks watching Bayley’s back. Every time Nikki faced Bayley, she needed eyes on the back of her head. Now she just needs to focus on Bayley and giving her that beating Bayley deserves. We saw what Bayley did to Sasha, her best friend, with a steel chair. Nikki can feel that chair on her back, too. Bayley was so proud of herself that night. There was so much contempt. But if Bayley wants to take cheap shots, fine! Come Clash of Champions, Nikki WILL become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Does that answer your question?” It sure does.

Now, Nikki has a question for Alexa. Oh? What’s up? Alexa, what’s going on with you? What does Nikki mean? Well, last week, Alexa used, of all things, Sister Abigail! And then she just left! Alexa isn’t sure how to explain it. But that’s because even Alexa doesn’t understand it. There’s a change inside her, and she has no idea why or how. But here comes Lacey Evans! The Sassy Southern Belle says, “Lord, would you look at them?” Some nasties jaw jackin’ like it’s Dr. Phil. Alexa, she’s going through a the “change,” huh? Are we going to waste time talking about her feelings now? And as for nasty Nikki, she should be on her knees thanking Alexa. When Alexa left the match, which we all remember, she simply threw Lacey off her game. That’s the only reason Nikki won.

Nikki can give all the speeches she wants, but it will not prepare her for Bayley. Because Bayley has what Nikki will never have: a mean streak. Nikki’s too nice, too short, too week and damn sure doesn’t have a backbone. That is why Nikki will never win. Nikki takes Lacey’s handkerchief and blows in it! And throws it back at her! Lacey gets mad now, but Nikki kicks her first! They brawl down the ramp and Lacey gets serious by throwing off the skirt. Lacey storms to the ring, because she and Nikki are having their match next!

 

Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross!

SmackDown returns and this match is ready to begin! Will Nikki prove she’s got a nasty mean streak after all?

Alexa joins commentary as the bell rings. Nikki and Lacey circle but Lacey bails out to get some hand sanitizer. She doesn’t want to have the nasty germs. Nikki gets impatient and dropkicks Lacey down! Lacey throw’s Nikki in the ring, sweeps the legs, then slingshots for the elbow, but Nikki moves! Nikki hops on Lacey with a thrashing sleeper hold! Lacey bumps her into buckles but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki elbows, hops up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps her cool as she reels Lacey in for a lariat! And then she hooks the arm for La Magistrol! TWO, but Nikki doesn’t let up! Lacey blocks the lariat to wring the arm out! Lacey goes after the arm with a knee drop! And another!

Nikki gets to a corner and Alexa is concerned as Lacey digs her forearms in. Lacey wrenches an arm and wraps it around the ropes, and then pulls while hooking a leg on Nikki’s head! The ref counts, Lacey stops at 4, but Nikki hits back. Lacey digs Nikki’s head into buckles, hits her hard in the side, then fixes her hair. Lacey goes after the bad arm again but lets off at the ref’s count. Lacey boots Nikki to a corner then swings in with the bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey seethes while Alexa cheers Nikki on commentary. Lacey drags Nikki up to kick her and wrench the bad arm to kick the arm! Lacey pulls Nikki’s hair and then wraps on a cobra clutch. Nikki swats at Lacey but Lacey digs her fingers in. Nikki fights up, elbows free, but Lacey reels Nikki out for a takedown!

Lacey digs her forearms into Nikki’s face then pulls hard on the arm! Nikki endures, reaches for ropes, but Lacey stomps her head! It’s a cover now, TWO! Nikki kicks and fights up to turn things into a cover on Lacey, TWO! Nikki is free but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Lacey grins as she taunts Nikki while Alexa is still concerned. Nikki headbutts low but Lacey throws her by her hair! Lacey is after that arm again with knees and fists! Nikki kicks back and gets free again. Nikki sits up but Lacey goes after the bad arm with another wringer! Alexa says Nikki’s toughness is what makes her amazing, but Lacey hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lacey is shocked and frustrated while Alexa fans herself.

Lacey grabs the bottle of sanitizer, grabs Nikki’s hair, and squirts a whole bunch of sanitizer in Nikki’s face! Alexa says that’s uncalled for! Lacey smears Nikki’s face but Nikki hits back! Nikki throat chops and uses Lacey’s hair to throw her down! Nikki grits her teeth as Lacey gets to a corner. Nikki roars and runs corner to corner for a corner splash! Nikki fires off furious forearms, the ref backs her off, but Nikki runs to monkey flip Lacey! Lacey rolls to the other corner, Nikki storms over but blocks the drop toehold! She stomps Lacey’s hands! Nikki hops up and reels Lacey in for the TORNADO DDT! She drags Lacey up for the PURGE!! Cover, Nikki wins!

Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall

Alexa says she told us Nikki would win! Is Nikki finally ready to dethrone Bayley? As for Lacey and Alexa, Lacey gets mad at Alexa. “What’re you gonna do? Get the Fiend?!” Lacey is just mad at everyone, but Alexa goes back into that trance-like state as she stalks up and grabs Lacey for SISTER ABIGAIL!! A pattern is forming: Don’t say anything related to The Fiend or Bray Wyatt around Alexa.

 

Backstage, Sasha Banks prepares for a sit-down interview.

The Boss has a neck brace for obvious reasons, but she’ll find a way to tell her side of the story when SmackDown returns.

 

SmackDown returns with a profile of the Samoan Dynasty.

Paul Heyman narrates. “The world of sports entertainment has seen many rich, storied bloodlines.” The Harts, the Hennigs, the Flairs, the Ortons. But none greater than the Anoa’i family. A legacy spanning over 40 years, with “Your Tribal Cheif,” the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion of the World, Roman Reigns as the newest in a “long line of royalty.” The Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika, to Yokozuna and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the late-great Umaga, and Rikishi and his sons, the Usos. Jey Uso will challenge family, but Roman’s dominance is not just his will, it is his birthright. “From the day Roman inherited the torch of his family’s legacy, he has made them proud with victory after championship victory.”

Meanwhile, Jey has done a “respectable” job alongside Jimmy as WWE Tag Team Champions. But these two men have fought their whole loves. Cousins as close as brothers. From the living room to the football field to the squared circle. Clash of Champions’ Gold Rush will see a Battle of the Bloodline fought with honor and pride. But make no mistake. While they all eat at the same table, there is only one at the head of this dynasty: Roman Reigns. Will this glowing review of the Big Dog and mere mention of Jey add any more tension to the ties that bind?

 

Sasha Banks is live from the Performance Center.

Two weeks since the “heinous” attack at the hands of former friend, Bayley, The Boss is back but still very hurt. What is the extent of her injuries? “I’m still here, ain’t I?” But Bayley put all the blame on Sasha, saying Sasha was waiting to strike Bayley first. That for years, Sasha pretended to be Bayley’s friend, and was simply using her. And now she’s nothing to Bayley. “I heard every single word Bayley said last week.” Sasha is filled with emotions as she sits in the Performance Center, “A place that we built. A place that we trained every single day together, talking about our dreams.” They talked about what they wanted to do together. They used to walk these halls together, just to talk about everything they’ve achieved.

This entire summer here at the PC, they showed the world, and told the world, that they were going to take over! But now, when Sasha walks these halls, goes to the locker room, sees all the women that go here now, because of what Sasha and Bayley did together. Their posters, pictures, titles, it’s all here! “We did all of this together. And if these walls could talk…” If the PC could tell us itself… Sasha gets emotional as she explains she came here to answer these questions. Sasha wants to call everyone stupid and naïve. She knows Bayley is watching, and Bayley IS an idiot! Bayley is NOTHING without Sasha! But since Sasha is “useless,” there will come a day when Sasha takes the one thing Bayley loves: the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

But then Bayley attacks from behind with a chair!! Sasha’s already damaged neck is in danger as Bayley tears off the neck brace and puts the chair back around her!! Trainers and prospects rush over to stop this, and Bayley spares Sasha just this once. Will Sasha ever return to exact her revenge on Bayley?

 

AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn!

The Phenomenal One says he should still be Intercontinental Champion because Jeff Hardy “cheated.” The Great Liberator continues to say he is champion because he never lost his title. Sami made sure Styles wouldn’t win the title back off Hardy, but now Styles is ready for him! Will Styles defeat the “real” champion to prove his point?

As he makes his entrance, Sami gets mad at Greg Hamilton again for not mentioning Sami is “the real WWE Intercontinental Champion.” Styles attacks Sami from behind! Styles drags Sami up, takes off the jacket and bounces Sami off the announce desk. Styles puts Sami in the ring, the bell rings and Styles hits a corner splash! And an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles reels Sami into the Clash but Sami bails out! Sami gets around the corner, Styles pursues and clubs away. Styles puts Sami in, Sami gets up and dodges Styles, only to walk into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles grows frustrated with Sami as Sami bails out again. Styles pursues again, bumps Sami off the apron, and he puts Sami back in the ring. But Sami stomps Styles as he gets back in!

Sami kicks away on Styles’ face, then reels him in for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Sami seethes as he sits Styles up for a thrashing chinlock. Styles endures, fans build to a rally judging from the clapping on their screens, but Sami talks trash. Styles fights up, powers Sami back into buckles, then throws elbows! Styles runs but Sami puts him on the apron! Sami counter punches Styles and bumps him off buckles! Sami runs side to side but his boot hits post! Styles DECKS Sami! Sami tumbles down, Styles aims and slingshots for a FOREARM! The “uncrowned” champ and the “real” champ are both down as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Sami fires off on Styles in a corner. Sami hoists Styles up top, climbs up to join him, but Styles resists and slips under! Styles trips Sami and Sami hits buckles! Styles goes to the opposite corner, Sami runs in but Styles boots him away. Styles goes to the apron, forearms Sami away then springboards, but Sami gets under! Sami catches Styles on the return for a stun gun hotshot! Sami drags Styles up, reels him in, but Styles resists the suplex. Sami keeps trying but Styles suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but slowly rise as fans clap. Styles brings Sami up but Sami hits a jawbreaker! Sami throws haymakers but Styles gives them back. They brawl with forearms, Sami gets the edge but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, into a BOOT! PELE! Both men are down again!

Sami flounders while Styles sits up. Styles grabs Sami first, but Sami slips out of the suplex to waistlock. Styles blocks the lift, pries free and elbows Sami away. Styles runs, Sami reels him in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives but Sami is too tired to be surprised. Sami gest to his feet, drags Styles up but Styles catches him for a roll! Sami escapes the Calf Crusher but Styles kicks him away! Styles runs in but is caught for an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami aims from across the way, Styles slowly stands up and Sami run sin, HELLU- NO! Styles spins Sami, Sami rolls Styles but has tights! The ref sees that and stops the count! Sami argues with the ref but Styles rolls Sami! Styles also has tights but the ref DOESN’T see that, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

Sami is furious that he got cheated! Sure, he tried to cheat, but that’s besides the point to him! Sami CLOBBERS Styles and sends him out of the ring! Sami argues with the ref, then tells Greg Hamilton to tell the fans Sami is still champion. But here comes Jeff Hardy! THIS Intercontinental Champion limps but LCOBBERS Styles then DECKS Sami! Hardy throw’s Sami into barriers! And then bounces him off the desk! The Charismatic Enigma is furious over Sami’s attacks on him, and he brings out a TABLE! No, that’s not what he wants. He wants a LADDER!! Hardy RAMS Styles hard with the ladder, then puts the ladder in the ring.

Sami baseball slides but Hardy lifts the ladder up! Sami and Styles are both behind Hardy, so he just backs up to RAM them both! Hardy knows his way around ladders, and he’s fired up! Hardy clubs Sami, puts him in the ring, and gives Sami a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy sets the ladder up over Sami, climbs the rungs, but Sami bails out! Hardy climbs back down, grabs a mic, and says, “I am sick and tired of this Intercontinental title situation. I am sick of being called a cheat! I am tired of being called a fraud!” They need to end this once and for all! At Clash of Champions, it will be a TRIPLE THREAT, but they will “escape normal,” in a LADDER MATCH! Three men, two copies of the Intercontinental Championship belt, but only ONE will be the one true champion!

 

Otis and Tucker talk backstage.

Otis is himself “sick and tired” of what’s going on with Miz, Morrison and his MITB contract. But someone walks in looking for Otis. Well who else looks this dang good? Otis has been served. Served what? Dinner? Buffet style? No. He was served a LAWSUIT. What?! What is Miz up to now?!

SmackDown returns as Tucker goes over the suit. Morrison and Miz are suing Otis for “emotional distress, wanton destruction of personal property, creating an unsafe work environment,” and MITB negligence, if that’s even a thing. But also, The Dirt Sheet somehow counts as a news program, so he violated First Amendment rights. Otis hates news! Yes, but now he needs a lawyer. Otis either forfeits the MITB contract to them, or this goes to court. And he only has one week to decide. Otis says they’re in trouble. Well, mostly Otis is in trouble. But with only until next Friday Night SmackDown to take action, what’s The Dozer to do?!

 

Baron Corbin and Sheamus talk backstage.

Samoan Street Fight! But Corbin has his scepter! It’ll do great damage tonight! But in comes security, the guy Sheamus has been looking for. The guy who helped set Big E up! Now, whatever he needs, Sheamus can sort him out. Well, that’s great, but Sheamus’ car is being towed. What!? Off they go! Sheamus is in the parking lot, but who is this looking at his car? It’s BIG E!! Big E is here for his revenge! Sheamus uses his “guy” as a shield and runs away! Big E tells Sheamus he better ruN! And word on the street, this is the guy who set Big E up. Big E gets his payback on him! He throws the guy into a trunk, the garage door, throws some hands and grinds his forearms in, then stomps a stampede on the man!

But that’s not all, the payback involves another trunk, and a kick to the ribs! “Larry” is getting beat down and put on the car hood! Referees hurry to try and talk Big E down, but Big E is slapping “Larry” around. And gives him a belly2belly to the car windshield!! “I ain’t done yet!” No sleeping on the job, Larry! Big E puts the guy in the trunk, but Adam Pearce comes by. The trunk is closed, Pearce wants Big E to calm down and leave the building. Big E tells Sheamus to keep running! Will Big E make Sheamus ever regret trying to sideline him?

 

SmackDown’s mystery woman continues to strut her stuff.

Heels are on, dress is zipped up, but just who is this? Perhaps we’ll see soon enough.

 

Samoan Street Fight: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sheamus & Baron Corbin!

Blood is thicker than water, but the Samoan Bloodline will still be at odds at Clash of Champions! Can they at least hold it together here to finish off the Celtic Warrior and Wolf King?

Before the match, Heyman hands the mic to Roman. “I came out here first because I don’t want there to be any confusion this week.” Call this place what you want, but this is Roman’s yard, his island, his ring and HIS WWE! “If you want it, come and take it from me.” With that said, Jey makes his entrance to stand side by side with his cousin. This Samoan Street Fight finally begins after the break.

SmackDown returns once again, and Corbin makes his entrance on his palanquin. Sheamus is already there, and the teams stare down. The bell rings and Roman CLOBBERS Sheamus while Jey fires off on Corbin! Roman ROCKS Corbin with an uppercut, Jey uppercuts, then Roman clotheslines Corbin out! Jey LEAPS to take Corbin down! Sheamus drags Roman out, they brawl, and Roman ROCKS Sheamus with rights. Sheamus kicks low, throws hands, but is dumped over the barriers! Sheamus gets back up but Jey SUPERKICKS him down! But Corbin chucks a chair at Roman’s face! Roman staggers away, Jey runs at Corbin but gets a DEEP SIX to the ramp!

Corbin stalks Roman, puts him in the ring, and Corbin fetches his chair. Corbin goes to the ring, Roman BOOTS him down first! Roman takes the chair for his own and SMACKS Corbin on the back! And again! And again! Roman throws the chair away and he looms over Corbin. Roman takes his time going out to fetch things from under the ring. Hardy skipped it earlier but Roman has the table! Sheamus KNEES Roman down first! Sheamus rains rights down on Roman’s head, Corbin hurries over and he gets his shots in. The fans give thumbs down on their screens but Sheamus tells them to shut up. Sheamus and Corbin mug Roman, then toss him over the commentary desk!

Sheamus and Corbin bring the table up and into the ring. Jey is in the ring but Corbin goes right after him with a rain of right hands! Sheamus drags Jey up and to a corner for stomps. Corbin starts setting the table and Sheamus helps. They stand it up but Jey kicks. Sheamus blocks and spins Jey but gets the dragon whip! Jey boots Corbin, climbs up top, but Sheamus and Corbin both trip him up! Jey lands bad on his Uce, but they both pick him up to DOUBLE POWERBOMB him trough the table!! Cover, TWO!?! Jey shocks both Corbin and Sheamus, so Sheamus throws Jey out of the ring. Corbin goes looking for Roman, but Roman tosses an ARMCHAIR into Corbin’s face! Sheamus hurries over and clobbers Roman!

Sheamus clears off the announce desk and bumps Roman off the top. Sheamus drags Roman onto the table, brings him up for a fireman’s carry, but Roman fights free! Roman LOW BLOWS Sheamus, fireman’s carries Sheamus for a SAMOAN DROP on the table! The table doesn’t give and Sheamus flops down, but Corbin BOOTS Roman! Corbin whips but Roman reverses to POST Corbin! Sheamus stands, Roman glares at him and runs over, to SPEAR him through the barriers! Roman has Sheamus down right in front of the WWE Universe’s screens, but Corbin attacks again! Corbin bumps Roman off steel steps and the apron, but Jey DIVES! Corbin catches Jey to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area!

Corbin pushes Roman in the ring, goes to the corner to get his scepter, but Jey uses the Universal Championship for a BELT SHOT! Corbin staggers, Roman SPEARS him down! Jey adds the USO SPLASH! Cover, the Samoan Dynasty wins!!

Winners: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns, by pinfall

Jey turned things around on his cousin this week, but at least they took equal shares of the work this week. Jey is excited but Roman seems a bit shocked. Jey grabs the title belt, looks longingly at it, and jokes that he’s gonna raise it before handing it back to Roman. Roman smirks, perhaps lightening up. They shake hands and hug because they’re still family. But as Jey leaves the ring, Roman’s smile fades. Will the good mood still be around at the end of Clash of Champions?


My Thoughts:

This was another really good SmackDown! The development in the Otis story made a lot of sense, oddly enough. Miz and Morrison egg Otis on, he attacks, and now they have (admittedly loose) ground for a lawsuit that of course is their way of getting at the MITB briefcase. I really hope Otis’ lawyer is David Otunga, it’s been some time since we’ve seen him. And I’m thinking this turns from a lawsuit to a match, winner gets the MITB briefcase. To be honest, I’m surprised Sami didn’t resort to kayfabe lawsuits over the Intercontinental Championship. Styles VS Sami was a really good match, but I felt like they were going easy given this was Sami’s first match in six months and there are still concerns over old injuries. But I’m glad Hardy showed up and put forth the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match I was hoping to see. That match is going to be great, and could go any which way.

A Moment of Bliss was alright this week, they started to explore Alexa’s changes related to The Fiend, but I feel like they didn’t need Lacey to interrupt anything. Lacey also claiming Nikki has no mean streak didn’t really fit. Yes, Nikki’s been Face a long stretch, but there was the moment just before The Fiend chose to go after Alexa that Nikki looked like she was going back to her wild self from NXT. And Nikki always has moments like that during her matches, so it just seemed like a weak way of helping Nikki turn the tide towards her match with Bayley. Sasha did great with her promo tonight, but I just knew Bayley would go after her more. The second attack was not nearly as brutal, but it surely extends how long Sasha is out, since she’s part of Mandalorian Season 2, and a Royal Rumble surprise is way better for this feud.

The Lucha House Party dysfunction is growing, but it’s being done well actually. It doesn’t really cost Metalik but that just means he loses clean to Cesaro. I was hoping there’d be more with Cesaro, Nakamura and the Street Profits but maybe USA and Fox aren’t coming to an agreement on the whole dual brand tag champions idea. Maybe they wait past Survivor Series, so that we can still get a tag champion Triple Threat Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT with whichever teams have the titles by then. Big E returning and wanting revenge on Sheamus was great, even if Big E doesn’t get it yet. Pretty sure a grudge match is coming for the go-home episode to Clash, because I would think Clash of Champions should be a PPV of only the championship matches.

The video package profiling the Anoa’i family was great, but WWE almost always does great with video packages. The Samoan Street Fight was really just a Street Fight since there wasn’t anything themed. Though obviously, that’s for the better, things might get controversial if they tried to make it Samoan themed. But it was still a really good match, and I always like seeing someone throwing the big armchairs commentary has. Jey sniping the victory from Roman was a great turnabout, and there was great character stuff from Roman. Roman was happy they won tonight, but clearly not that happy that Jey used Roman’s title belt. It isn’t so much an “if” but “when” for the moment Roman really turns it up and brutalizes Jey to make it clear even to Jey that Roman is a Heel now.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Results & Report! (2/24/24)

WWE goes Down Under!

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Who survives Perth to head for Philadelphia?

The Road to WrestleMania passes through Perth, Australia, with two massive Elimination Chambers! Who will face Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the titles.
  • Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Becky Lynch VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Naomi VS Liv Morgan VS Bianca Belair VS Tiffany Stratton; Becky wins and will challenge for the title at WrestleMania 40.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne; Finn & Priest win and retain the titles.
  • World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Randy Orton VS Drew McIntyre VS LA Knight VS Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens VS Logan Paul; wins and will challenge for the title at WrestleMania 40.
  • Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!

Join Megan Morant, Sam Roberts & Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action on the golden shores of Perth, Australia!

 

The Rock has a message!

“Oh, I know, everybody wants to know what’s happening down in Perth, Australia. It’s gonna be this weekend, right? Is that right? Yeah, The Rock knows when it’s happening, y’know why? Because they kept asking The Rock, ‘Rock, will you go down to Perth? Will ya come down to Perth, Australia?’ Listen, The Rock can’t be there in Perth, he wishes he could be there in Perth, he’s gonna be there in spirit and that’s all that matters. The People’s Champ’s spirit is gonna be there in Perth. But here’s who else is gonna be there in Perth: Grayson Waller, doing the Waller Effect. It’s that show, it’s a big show.

“It’s a big show here in the states, and it’s an even bigger show down there in Australia? Y’know why? Y’know why, Dumbo? Because Australia is his country, it’s his home country, the people are gonna go crazy for him. But here’s what’s happening. Here’s the BS that’s happening now down in Australia. Cody Rhodes and his little girlfriend, Seth Rollins, are gonna go on the Waller Effect. Here’s the thing, I need you, and you, and this goof holding the camera and this one holding the microphone over here, I need all of you guys to make sure that Perth knows this some BS happening.

“And if those guys, meaning Cody and his little girlfriend, Seth, if they start talking trash, let The Rock know. Tell The Rock. Because here’s what’s gonna happen: The Rock is gonna slap the piss out of both of them, just like that. As a matter of fact, if those two talk trash, The Rock will fly down there to Perth before that interview is over and he’ll do it. Don’t wonder why The Rock can make it that quick, The Rock makes magic happen. Do you understand? All right, that’s all The Rock has to say about Perth. Perth, Australia, get ready because the WWE is coming. Let The Rock know if those two jabronies talk trash. IF YA SA-MELLLL~… what The Rock… is cooking.”

 

Kickoff Show – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

It was just last night on SmackDown that Asuka & Kairi Sane made good on their promise to get Dakota Kai back. But now, they must shift things from personal to business as they take on the Poison Pixie and the hometown hero, #IndiWrestling! Will Damage CTRL return to the US still golden? Or will Candice & Indi find the way to win?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see what it takes to take control!

The teams sort out and Kairi starts against Indi. The fans fire up already as Indi and Kairi circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi headlocks. Indi grinds Kairi down, Kairi throws body shots and powers out, only for Indi to run her over! The fans cheer and Indi smiles, but Kairi scrambles away. Asuka coaches Kairi up and Kairi rests with Indi. Kairi gets around Indi, CLUBS away on her, but fans boo. Kairi headlocks, grinds the hold, but Indi fights up. Indi lifts Kairi and fans cheer as Indi shoves Kairi away. Indi drops down, hurdles, and BOOTS Kairi! The fans fire up again as Indi drags Kairi over and tags Candice.

Indi scoops to SLAM Kairi, then she and Candice combine, inverted wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Candice keeps on Kairi with a wrench but Kairi stomps Candice’s foot! Kairi brings Candice over, tag to Asuka and Kairi feeds Candice to Asuka’s boots! Asuka taunts Candice, taunts the fans, and soaks up the heat. Asuka pie faces, but Candice blocks the kick! Candice spins Asuka to fire off CHOPS and haymakers! The fans fire up with Mrs. Wrestling as she fires off in the corner! Candice runs in to back body block, then snapmare and STEP-UP SENTON! Cover, TWO! Asuka hangs tough but Candice facelocks.

Asuka RAMS Candice into a corner! And again! Asuka backs off to go corner to corner, but Candice ELBOWS her away! Candice goes up, but Asuka runs back in. Candice BOOTS Asuka away again, and Asuka fakes pain to distract the ref. This allows Kairi to SHOVE Candice down! Fans rally for Candice & Indi but Asuka goes out to fetch the Pixie. Asuka CLUBS Candice, puts her in the ring, but Candice crawls for her corner! Asuka CLUBS Candice down, drags her over and tags in Kairi. Kairi TOSSES Candice to an open corner, then she mocks the fans as she walks the plank. Kairi runs in, SLIDING D misses!

Candice and Kairi crawl, hot tag to Asuka! Asuka gets Candice’s foot, ANKLE LOCK! Candice still hops and hops and reaches out! But Asuka reels Candice in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka tells Indi to kiss this, then SLIDING KICK takes Candice down! Tag to Kairi and she climbs. Fans boo, but the FLYING KABUKI ELBOW hits! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in this but Kairi keeps on her with an armlock. The fans rally, Candice fights up and fires forearms! Candice reaches out, Kairi holds on, but Candice still fights. Kairi knees her low! Kairi puts Candice in the corner, tags Asuka, and Asuka HIP ATTACKS Indi down!

Fans boo but the Kabuki Warriors double whip, sidestep, KICK, AX KICK and BULLDOG into the basement DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Asuka calls to Kairi again. They coordinate, Asuka whips Candice in but Candice uses that to BLAST Kairi down! Candice BOOTS Asuka, slips under her, and reaches out! Asuka grabs Candice’s foot to drag her back! But Candice ENZIGIRIS free, hot tag to Indi! The fans go wild as Indi rallies on the Kabuki Warriors! LARIAT after LARIAT, and then she brings them together, for a meeting of the minds! Kairi and Asuka fall back, Indi kicks and CLUBS and JABS Asuka!

Indi whips Asuka, for a SPINEBUSTER! Kairi returns, SPINEBUSTER onto Asuka! Indi covers Asuka, TWO!! Asuka keeps the Kabuki Warriors in this but Indi puts Asuka in the ropes. UPPERCUT and BOOT! Asuka sits on the apron, Indi runs up to CROSSBODY her through the ropes! “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” Indi puts Asuka in, tags Candice, and they get Asuka up. Candice kicks at Kairi while Indi hits the FULL NELSON FACEBUSTER! Candice LIONSAULTS! Cover, Kairi breaks it! Fans boo but Kairi drags Candice up to whip. Candice reverses to send Kairi out! Tag back to Indi and fans fire up!

Candice CROSSBODIES Kairi on the outside! Indi drags Asuka up, but Asuka throws URAKEN after URAKEN! GERMAN SUPLEX! Indi flounders, but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO!! Asuka escapes but Indi runs up to DECK her! Tag to Candice and Candice goes up. Indi gives her some help, but Kairi trips Indi and that trips Candice! Kairi POSTS Indi, then calls to Asuka. Asuka brings Candice over, tag to Kairi! Kairi climbs, Asuka has Candice in position! InSANE DDT!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Candice & Indi tried their hardest, but The Empress of Tomorrow & The Pirate Princess keep their thrones! Will nothing stop DMG CTRL on the Road to WrestleMania? Will Bayley & Dakota Kai be able to change that next Friday Night SmackDown?

 

Rhea Ripley narrates the intro.

“Around here, we have a saying. ‘No worries.’ Well now, you better start worrying.” The most brutal stop on the Road to WrestleMania, the unforgiving, inescapable and yet career-defining Elimination Chamber! “Mami is always on top.” Or is she? Nia Jax looks to put that to the test. Will the Eradicator end up A-Nia-lated?

 

Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Becky Lynch VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Naomi VS Liv Morgan VS Bianca Belair VS Tiffany Stratton!

Before Rhea and Nia battle over the title, this match determines who faces the winner in the most brutal way possible! The Man, Big Mami Cool, The Glow, the LIVing End, the EST and the Wrestling Barbie all want their shot, who survives this sinister structure to take it?

Bianca makes her entrance first, followed by Raquel, Tiffany, and Liv, which leaves Naomi and Becky to start things off. The bell rings and the fans fire up as Becky stares Naomi down. They circle, tie up, and go around. Naomi headlocks to hit a takeover but Becky rolls that into her own headlock. Naomi makes it a cover, ONE, and the two stand up. Naomi powers out but Becky rusn her over! THe fans fire up as Becky flexes, then thigs speed up. Naomi drops, hurdles, then runs, but Becky follows. Naomi redirects her to run her over! Fans fire up as Becky goes to a corner and cools off.

Naomi and Becky reset, circle, and the fans rally behind Becky. Becky waistlocks, Naomi breaks free to switch, then they go to rpoes. O’COnner Roll, ONE and Becky has it! ONE and Naomi rolls Becky up, ONE! Naomi trips Becky, jackknife bridges, TWO as Becky bridges up! They spin around, Becky backslides, TWO! Naomi stands but Becky sweeps! Cover, ONE! Naomi sweeps and covers, ONE as Becky goes Matrix! The fans fire up again, and things keep moving! Naomi follows Becky but Becky arm-drags! Naomi arm-drags back! The two stand off and the fans cheer! Becky applauds, too, and offers a handsahke.

Naomi takes the shake, but they both go to kick! They both block and they argue about who lets go. They agree to go at the same time. They keep that clean, but then they throw forearms! Both stagger back, but Becky runs up, only for Naomi to sidestep. Becky tilt-o-whirls and goes for the arm! Naoim keeps the armbar away and rolls Becky, TWO, into the BUTTERFLY CLUTCH! Becky makes it a cover, TWO! Naoim DROPKICKS Becky down! Becky goes to a corner and fans rally up again. Naomi runs up but Becky BOOTS her! Becky runs up but Naomi blocks the buckle bump to KICK Becky! Then Naoim BUCKLE BULLDOGS!

Becky staggers away, Naoim climbs, and Naomi leaps, only for Becky to get under! Naomi handsprings up, into a DROPKICK! Becky runs up, into a BOOT! Naomi whips, Becky reverses, but Naomi goes up. Becky stops her from going over, puts her outside the ring, but Naoim KICKS Becky in the ropes! Becky elbows back, to JUMP KICK Naom into Liv’s pod! Becky brings Naomi around but Naomi stops from hitting chains. Naomi elbows Becky, then tries the same. Becky also stops that, whips Naomi, but Naoim goes up the chains! Becky grabs at Naomi but Naomi TWERK ATTACKS, then RAMS Becky into chains!

Naomi RAMS Becky in again, and again! Becky falls, the fans fire up, and Naomi twerks a bit more before the SPLIT LEG DROP! Naomi shoves Becky into the ring, covers, TWO! Becky survives but Naomi storms up on her. Becky ELBOWS Naomi, but Naomi blocks the mule kick! Naomi spins Becky, dodges her, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both women are down and the countdown is here! The fans duel for who they want to enter, but the Chamber chooses… Tiffany! The fans fire up for Tiffy Time, oddly, and Tiff bumps Naomi off buckles. Tiff cartwheels to get Becky, BUCKLE SLAM!

Tiff handsprings to back elbow Naomi! Then she handsprings to elbow Becky! Tiff snapmares Becky to sit her by Naomi, and she DOUBLE BASEMNT DROPKICKS! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Naomi, TWO! Tiff is annoyed already but she throws forearms on Naomi. Tiff tosses Naomi aside, drags Becky up, but Becky JAWBREAKERS! Becky clinches, Tiff slips free and whips, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tiff is even more annoyed but she covers again, TWO! Tiff drags Becky up, SMACKS her off the mat, then pushes Becky around. Becky throws body shots! Tiff knees low, and fireman’s carries!

Becky fights free, grabs an arm, but Naomi is up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Double cover, TWO!! Becky and Tiff both survive but Naomi puts them in corners. Naomi runs to SPLASH Becky! Then SPALSH Tiffy! Becky runs up to CLOBBER Naomi! Becky clinches, for a BECKSPLODER on Naomi! But Tiff DISCUS LARIATS Becky! Cover, TWO! Tiff is frustrated but she, Becky and Naomi are all down. Naomi goes to a corner while Becky and Tiff stand. Tiff fireman’s carries Becky, and uses her to SMACK Naomi! Tiff adds Naomi to the stack, but Naomi slips free! Tiff BOOTS Naomi away, ROLLING SENTONS Becky, then SMACKS Naomi!

Tiff fireman’s carries Naomi now, ROLLING SENTON right next to Becky! Tiff goes up and up, but Becky joins her! SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! But Naomi runs to DOUBLE SPLIT LEG DROP! Double cover, TWO!! These three are all down again while the other three wait their turns. Naomi KICKS Tiff, scoops and SLAMS Becky, then SPLIT LEG MOONSAULTS Becky! But Tiff stops the cover right away! Tiff POSTS Naomi, covers Becky, TWO!! Becky is tougher than that, and here comes the countdown! The Chamber chooses… LIV! She’s in her fifth Chamber match, and she goes right after Tiff with a THESZ PRESS!

Liv fires fast hands, then she tosses Tiff to the outside. Liv fires off more shots, then RAMS Tiff into Bianca’s pod! And then into the empty one! And then back into Bianca’s! And then back to the empty one! Tiff falls and Liv says it’s HER time! But Becky runs up, only for Liv to ROCK her! Liv gets around to BACKSTABBER! Liv sees Naomi coming, CODE BREAKER! Liv kips up and the fans fire up for the #ELIVinationChamber! Liv goes corner to corner, back body blocks Naomi, back body blocks Becky, repeat! SHINING WIZARD for Naomi! SHINING WIZARD for Becky! Liv goes up to FLYING CODE BREAKER Becky! Cover, TWO!!

DOUBLE STOMPS from Tiff on Liv! Cover, TWO! Liv survives, Naomi SHOTGUNS Tiff! Tiff goes to the outside, Naomi pursues. Tiff JAWBREAKERS Naomi, then cartwheels to cartwheel again, but Naomi grabs the chains! Naomi climbs again, but Tiff won’t let go! Naomi CLUBS away on Tiff, scuffs her, then Becky hurries out to CLUB Tiff into chains! Becky clinches, BECKSPLODER into chains! Tiff sputters, but Becky isn’t done! STEEL CHAIN DISARM-HER!! The fans are torn as Becky tries to tear Tiff’s arm off! Tiff fights free with her good arm, but then Liv drags Tiff into the ring! Tiff elbows free, but Liv drop toeholds her into buckles!

Tiff staggers up, Liv DOUBLE STOMPS her down! Liv then goes up and up, but Naomi’s on a pod!! SUPER BLOCKBUSTER!!! But Tiff rolls Naomi up!! TIFF ELIMINATES NAOMI!! Naomi is stunned but Tiff just smiles and says, “Sorry.” The fans are torn but the countdown is back! The Chamber chooses… Raquel! Ricky Desperado smiles as she CLOBBERS Becky, ROICKS Tiff then LARIATS! And LARIATS! Raquel scoops Tiff to spin and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel looms over Tiff, stalks her to the outside, but Becky’s up top. Becky leaps, but into Raquel’s arms! Raquel RAMS Becky into chains! And again!

Raquel RAMS Becky into chains again, then FALL AWAY SLAMS her into the ring! Raquel dusts herself off, but Tiff runs up! Raquel stops the rana to bring Tiff around, and SWING her into chains! And again! And again! Raquel dumps Tiff then goes to the ring. She and old friend Liv meet, and Liv fires forearms! Raquel picks Liv up with both hands and TOSSES her to a corner! Then SPLASHES! Then runs in, but she blocks boots to put Liv on the outside. Liv KICKS Raquel in the ropes, runs up, but Raquel blocks the Code Breaker! Raquel SLAMS Liv into chains, then suplexes her to TOSS her into the ring!

Raquel storms up on Liv, drags her back up, and hauls her up, only for Becky to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Liv CODE BREAKERS, Becky fires UPPERCUTS and a SOBAT! Tiff SHOTGUNS, Becky reels Raquel in. Liv joins her for a DOUBLE DDT! Triple cover, TWO!! Raquel still gets out of that, so Tiff, Liv and Becky brawl with each other! Becky fires off on Liv, but Tiff LARIATS Becky! Everyone is down, and the countdown is back! And we all know that Bianca is next! Tiff eggs her on, but Bianca dodges to SLAP Tiff! Bianca throws Tiff around, shoves her in a pod, and then closes the door! Bianca ROCKS Becky, then runs up to run her over!

Bianca rallies on Becky, DROPKICKS her, then scoops Liv for a GUTBUSTER! Becky is back but Bianca suplexes her! And holds her up, marches around, and then SLAMS her down! The fans fire up as Bianca kips up! Tiff is back, she pulls Bianca’s braid! Bianca whips Tiff away, then SPINEBUSTERS her in return! Bianca dusts herself off, fans are torn, but Raquel is back! Bianca is the strongEST, but Raquel is the biggest. Raquel swings, but Bianca ducks to fire off shots! Raquel shoves, Bianca ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Raquel scoops! Bianca slips free, to torture rack! Raquel fights free and BOOTS Bianca! Raquel runs up but Bianca throws her to the outside!

Raquel drags Bianca up and over to join her, then suplexes Bianca to hit the chains! But then Bianca rebounds off ropes to TORNADO DDT!! Bianca drags Raquel to a cover, TWO!! The fans fire up as Bianca waits on Raquel. Raquel stands, Bianca fireman’s carries, but Tiff runs up to ROCK Bianca! Raquel ends up on the top rope, Tiff TOSSES Bianca aside! Tiff CLUBS away on Raquel, but then Liv is up on a pod!? Tiff hurries after her, but Liv leaps to SEATED SENTON Raquel! Becky and Tiff realize they’ve both ended up on the pod together, and they brawl! Becky SMACKS Tiff off Plexiglas, but Tiff fights the clinch!

Tiff SMACKS Becky off Plexiglas, then SHOVES her down onto Raquel! Tiff takes a moment to catch her breath, and the fans fire up as she thinks about how to get down. Tiff says it’s time, and she SUPER SWANTONS onto Raquel, Becky AND Bianca!! All four women are down and the fans lose their minds! Tiff gets in the ring, “This is Awesome!” Tiff and Liv brawl, Liv shoves then dodges but Tiff scoops her! Pop-up and ROLLING SENTON! Tiff goes up and up, but Liv anchors her! Tiff kicks Liv away but Liv goes up, SUPER ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv ELIMINATES Tiff!! The fans are torn but Liv tells Tiff to #CryAboutIt.

Liv crawls to ropes, she sees Raquel and runs up. Raquel ROCKS Liv then BOOTS her! Then she BOOTS Becky! Raquel hauls Bianca up, rebounds off ropes, hits chains then POWERBOMBS Bianca into the ring! Raquel then CHOKE SLAMS Liv! Raquel goes up a corner, and TWISTING VADERS onto Liv! But Becky KICKS Raquel’s arm! DISARM-HER!! Raquel is caught, but she powers up! Becky rolls to bring her down into an ARMBAR!! Raquel clasps hands, fights around and stacks Becky, TWO! Raquel deadlifts Becky, but Becky grabs ropes! Liv runs up, but Raquel has her, too! DOUBLE TEXANAS BOMBS!!!

But Bianca torture racks Raquel! KISS OF DEATH!!! Cover, Bianca ELIMINATES Raquel! The fans fire up as we’re now down to our final three! Bianca is freshEST, but Liv’s been in the most and Becky’s the most determined. Bianca runs up to RAM Liv, runs up but Becky KNEES her! Liv waistlocks but Bianca elbows free! Bianca ROCKS Becky, chicken wings Liv, GlamEST Slam! Becky BOOTS Bianca again, then goes up, but Bianca UPPERCUTS! Bianca trophy lifts Becky to SLAM her onto Liv! They’re side by side, Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT! Double cover, TWO!! Bianca is frustrated but she’s still the only one up.

Bianca runs at Becky, Becky dodges but then Bianca blocks the kick! Bianca torture racks Becky to HOTSHOT her, and RAM her! Becky hits chains, Liv BACKSTABBERS Bianca! Liv goes up the ropes to FLYING- NO, Bianca stops the rana to SWING Liv into chains! Bianca hauls Becky up, smacks her off chains, then does it again! Becky sputters but Bianca eggs her on. Bianca fireman’s carries, then swings at Liv. Liv ducks the KICK, KICK and that sends Becky and Bianca into chains! Liv ENZIGIRIS Bianca down, the fans rally up, and Liv gets around Bianca to motorcycle stretch and BOOT Bianca into the pod!

All three women are down but the fans rally back up. Liv storms after Becky but Becky sends her into chains! And again and again and again! Becky then dragon sleepers Liv, kicks Bianca, and she DOUBLE DDTS! Becky puts Bianca in the ring, goes up a corner, and Becky climbs, only for Bianca to ROCK her first! Bianca ROCKET LAUNCHES Becky! Becky goes to another corner, Bianca RAMS her! Bianca goes up and rains down fists! The fans count along, but Liv stops this at nine! Liv pulls but Bianca holds on. Bianca kicks Liv away but Liv CLUBS away on Bianca’s buns and thigh! Liv then springboards to SUNSET POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!!

Bianca survives but Becky’s up top! Becky aims, MISSILE DROPKICK to Liv! Cover, TWO!! Becky is frustrated but she focuses on game-planning. Becky goes up but Liv trips her up! Liv ROCKS Becky but Becky hits back! They brawl as Liv climbs, and Liv CLUBS away on Becky’s back. Liv brings Becky up for a SUPERPLEX! Bianca is up top! 450 SPLASH onto knees!! Becky saves herself in time and all three women are down again! The fans rally up and Bianca is after Becky. Liv runs up but Bianca ducks the enzigiri! Torture rack, KISS OF- JAWBREAKER!! Liv counters in time, but Bianca tumbles to ropes. Liv aims, but Becky runs up!

MANHANDLE- CODE BREAKER from Liv! Liv still wants someone, but Becky dumps her out of the ring! Bianca runs up, Becky clinches, but Bianca uses the corner to flip up and out of the Manhandle Slam! Bianca then torture racks Becky, KISS OF- NO, Becky lands out, and Liv rolls Bianca up! LIV ELIMINATES BIANCA!! MANHANDLE SLAM for Liv!!! Cover, Becky wins!!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Women’s World Championship)

Bianca and Liv cannot believe it, but The Man runs the gauntlet! WrestleMania 40 is about to enter the Big Time, but who will be the Women’s World Champion after tonight?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne!

The Judgment Day has dominated up and down the card, beating teams like Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso, and most recently #DIY. Will they add the Big Strong Boi & Bruiserweight to that list? Or will the New Catch Republic become the new tag team champions?

The introductions are made, but Dom takes the mic so he can handle the Judgment Day’s introduction. The fans boo the entire time so it’s hard to hear him mention Damian Priest is Mr. Money in the Bank. “ALL RISE for The Judgment Day!” Finn & Priest hold up the belts, but they miss Bate & Dunne CLOBBERING Dom! Dunne then DUMPS Priest out, Bate DROPKICKS Finn, and Dunne ASAI MOONSAULTS Priest! The belt rings, Bate runs to UPPERCUT Finn! EXPLODER! And kip up, to STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Finn kicks Bate, bumps him off buckles then fires off hands!

Finn snapmares Bate, CLUBS him, then paces around. The fans rally as Finn trips Bate, but Bate reaches up, crosses his legs and he brings Finn along to go up the corner! Tag to Dunne before the RANA, then Dunne CLOBBERS Finn! The fans fire up as Dunne grabs an arm, to double knee drop the elbow! Dunne grabs the other arm to twist the wrist and bend the elbow, to then stomp Finn’s ribs! Finn endures as Dunne bends the arm again, isolates it, and stomps it! Finn writhes but Dunne tags Bate. Dunne sets up, Bate hits the KNEE-BOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO! Bate headlocks but Finn endures.

The fans rally, Finn fights up, but Bate smacks him with his boot. Finn powers out, Priest tags in, and Finn drops for Priest to DECK Bate! The fans boo but Priest kicks and kicks and ROCKS Bate! Bate sits back, the fans tell Dom he’s a wanker. Priest suplexes to BROKEN ARROW Bate! Cover, TWO! Bate stays in this but Priest stays on him. Priest tags Finn, they mug Bate, and then Finn CLUBS Bate in the back. Finn clamps on a chinlock, sits Bate down, then he ELBOWS Bate. Finn has the headlock and he grinds Bate in an almost Bully Choke. Bate endures, the fans rally, and Bate fights up. Bate stands but Finn jumps on as a backpack!

Bate stays standing and the fans fire up! Bate RAMS Finn into buckles and is free! Bate reaches out but Finn clamps back on. Finn is again a backpack, but Bate still stays on his feet. Bate RAMS Finn, but into Judgment Day territory! Priest tags in and throws Bate down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Priest stands Bate up. Priest TOSSES Bate to a corner, then ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Priest stomps away, the ref counts, and Priest lets off at 4. The fans boo but Priest soaks up the heat. Dom smiles as Priest CHOKES Bate on ropes, but Priest lets off at 4. Priest argues with the ref, and Dom gets a cheap shot in!

The fans boo more but Dom taunts them and commentary. Dunne storms up but Priest DECKS him! Priest runs up to BACK ELBOW Bate! Priest snapmares Bate, tags Finn, and Finn slingshot STOMPS! Finn scoops Bate, BACKBREAKER! Priest runs to add a LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Dunne runs up but Priest TOSSES him back out! Priest stalks Bate, tags Finn, and they have Bate in the corner. Finn flexes, runs up, but Bate dodges! But there’s no Dunne to tag! Finn CHOPS Bate, whips him back in, but Bate BLASTS Priest! Bate BOOTS Finn, goes up, and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Both men are down and the fans fire up!

Dunne rises, he reaches out, and Bate gives him the hot tag! The fans fire up as Dunne ENZIGIRIS Finn, GAMANGIRIS Priest, then GAMANGIRIS Finn! ENZIGIRI! Dunne keeps going, LEG LARIAT! Finn flops out of the ring, Dom freaks out as Dunne goes up and out and up again, to ASAI MOONSAULT Finn & Priest! The fans fire up and Dunne hurries to get Finn back in. Dunne STOMPS Finn’s hands! And STOMPS them again! Finn ducks the buzzsaw, shoves Dunne away, but Dunne CHOPS Finn! Tag to Bate, then Dunne gets around Finn! REBOUND LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO!! Cover, TWO!!

Finn survives but Bate keeps on him. Dom is worried as Bate UPPERCUTS Finn! And UPPERCUTS again! And again! But Finn tripos Bate to STOMP him down! Tag to Priest, Priest runs at Bate in a corner. Bate dodges and the splash gets buckles! Bate fireman’s carries Priest but Priest slips free, BELL CLAP! ROUNDHOUSE! Then a ROUNDHOUSE for Dunne! Priest hammerlocks and LARIATS Bate! Cover, TWO! Bate survives and Priest is annoyed, but he talks trash. This is what you get for stepping into Judgment Day’s world! Bate URAKENS Priest! Finn tags in, Bate dodges Priest but Finn KICKS low!

Priest and Finn combine, SIDEWALK SLAM REVERSE DDT COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and Finn snarls while the fans rally up. Finn stomps away on Bate at the ropes! The ref counts but Finn stops at 4. Bate rises, Finn runs up, but into a DEEP BLUE THUNDER! Priest runs in, Bate sends him into Dunne’s GAMANGIRI! Bate then fireman’s carries, for the AIRPLANE SPIN! The fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, and around, and around! That’s at least TWENTY rotations by now, but Bate is still going! SPINNING SLAM!! Priest and Bate are both dizzy, but Bate manages the tag to Dunne!

Dunne & Bate give Finn TOP BINS! Then Bate DIVES to take out Priest! Dunne has Finn, BITTER END!!! Cover, DOM gives Finn the ropebreak!! The fans boo but Dom gets away with one! At least, mostly because Bate knows! Bate tells the ref about it, so the ref EJECTS Dom!! The fans fire up but Dom throws a fit! Extra refs come out to usher Dom away and fans say, “Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” Dom is defiant, though, so Bate CLOBBERS him! But then Finn RAMS Dunne into Bate and rolls Dunne up, TWO!! Dunne escapes, but Finn SLINGBLADES! Finn fires up, aims from the corner, and SHOTGUNS Dunne into buckles!

Dunne falls into a drop zone and Finn hurries up top! COUP DE- NO, Dunne dodges! Dunne grabs the arm, to SNAP the fingers!! Finn writhes, Dunne tags Bate! New Catch Republic gets Finn up, DOUBLE TYLER DRIVER!!! Cover, PRIEST yanks Bate out! At least that was more legal than Dom’s move! “This is Awesome!” as Dunne stands on Priest’s fingers! Then STOMPS them! Dunne leaps outside, but Priest catches him, APRON FLATLINER! Priest tosses Bate but Bate rebounds to LARIAT Priest! Bate hurries back in, ducks ‘n’ dodges, COMEBACK- NO, Finn catches Bate for BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, TWO!!

Bate survives and Finn is seething! Finn says time to end this! Tag to Priest, and Priest brings down the straps. Priest soaks up the heat before he hauls Bate up. Finn goes up, Priest lifts Bate, but Bate RANAS out of Razor’s Edge! Priest tumbles into Finn! Finn falls, Bate rolls Priest up! TWO!!! Priest escapes, but Bate tags Dunne! They DOUBLE STOMP Priest’s hands! BUZZSAW! BUZZSAW! But Priest catches both men! DOUBLE SOUTH OF- NO, they both flip free! Double Bops up, DOUBLE BANG!! Then double torture racks?! Shoutout to Mustache Mountain! DOUBLE BIRMINGHAMMER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!

Priest survives and somewhere, Trent Seven is disappointed! The fans are still thunderous, and Dunne tags Bate. They get Priest with furious fists from all sides! The ref reprimands, Dunne lets off but Bate keeps going. Bate fires up, runs side to side and tags Dunne, GAMANGIRI! GAMANGIRI! Then DOUBLE GAMANGIRI!! Dunne roars, he hauls Priest up and Bate joins in. They both climb up to bring Priest up, but Finn anchors Priest’s foot! Priest then grabs each man, Finn tags in before DOUBLE SOUTH OF HEAVEN SLAMS!! Finn goes up, COUP DE GRACE on Dunne!! Judgment Day wins!!

Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

New Catch Republic came as close as any team has in taking these titles away from Finn & Priest, but they just couldn’t get past the numbers game! Will even WrestleMania 40 meet its Judgment Day?

 

Austin Theory is here?

“The 150 Million Hit Man” is in the ring on the set of the Grayson Waller Effect and he welcomes us to Austin Theory Live. The fans boo but Theory says, “G’day, mate!” He wants to talk to Australia about vegemite. It’s DISGUSTING! But that’s just a snack here, right? So then he had a real Australian meal. He had himself a Blooming Onion from Outback Steakhouse! Oh, they don’t like that? Well alright. Then he’ll introduce to us the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon, Australia’s own, his boy, Grayson Waller! The fans cheer Waller as he makes his entrance, and he sees UFC fighter, Tai Tuivasa, in the crowd.

Waller walks up, they shake hands, and they both get the golden shoes for the Shoey! The fans cheer as Tai chugs it all down, then Waller joins Theory in the ring. Waller takes the mic to welcome us to the Grayson Waller Effect. The fans cheer, and Waller says this might be the greatest day of his life! And he wants us to do one thing before the greatest GWE of all time. “Aussie Aussie Aussie!” “OI OI OI!” “Aussie Aussie Aussie!” “OI OI OI!” “Aussie!” “Oi!” “Aussie!” “Oi!” “Aussie Aussie Aussie!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Waller says time to get to it. The biggest story in sports entertainment involve his two guests tonight.

First, the World Heavyweight Champion, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The fans cheer and sing along as the Visionary makes his entrance, wearing a suit that is purposefully baggy, and also has cords on it. Rollins revels in the singing, which bores Theory, but then Rollins takes a bow. Waller says his second guest is the winner of the 2024 Royal Rumble, “the man who can thank the ineffectiveness of the American education system for not being able to finish a story,” The American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes! Cody makes his entrance in a normal suit, and now fans sing with Cody’s song, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets an extra big pyro as he gets in the ring!

Cody and Rollins sit with Waller while the fans chant for Cody. Cody asks Perth, “What do we wanna talk about?” Waller says hold on, this is his show. What HE wants to talk about is to acknowledge their Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. The Tribal Chief appreciates that. But Rollins, Waller doesn’t care about who wins the Chamber, he wants to know who Rollins wants to face. Oh, well, the Chamber is stacked, who knows who wins, but he has a scoop. Oh? Here we go! Yeah, Rollins has an inside track, some secret info. Does Perth wanna know a secret? “YES!” Alright, then. Rollins… is just days away from being medically cleared to compete!

The fans like the sound of that! Rollins says whoever wins the Chamber will get a crack at Rollins’ World Heavyweight Champion. And newsflash: they don’t stand a chance. Because it’s WrestleMania 40, the biggest Mania of all time! The world is gonna sing Rollins’ song, “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” and Rollins will do what only Rollins can, put on a show like nobody else! Because he is a Visionary, he is a Revolutionary, he is SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Big pop. Rollins sits back down and Waller says cool story, bro.

Now, Cody, we had the opportunity to have the biggest Mania main event of all time: Roman Reigns VS The Rock. The fans boo and Rollins sticks out his tongue. Waller asks if Cody was being selfish taking that away from the fans. The fans chant “Rocky Sucks! Rocky Sucks!” Cody doesn’t want it twisted, he is a fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And if The Rock were here, The Rock would probably call Cody a candy ass, prattle on about rooty poo, insult Cody. What is it he calls Cody’s fans again? Waller knows, it’s Cody Crybabies. Theory claps and Cody says yes, Cody Crybabies.

But Cody wants to ask Perth: Are there any Cody Crybabies in here tonight? The fans cheer and Cody wants to double check, the pyro got to his hearing. Are there any Cody Crybabies in here tonight? The fans cheer even louder! Rollins says yes, seems there are. The fans chant for Cody again, and Cody says one thing The Rock wouldn’t wanna talk about is the conversation that led them to this point, why Cody was going to step away from that WrestleMania main event just to step right back in. Waller says hold on, he’s talking about The People’s Champion! Cody does what he’s told. Oh, People’s Champion?

That is a grand and lofty title, one you can’t self-appoint. Maybe at one point, The Rock was The People’s Champ. But to Cody, to be the People’s Champ, you have to actually be around the people! The fans cheer that, and Cody says that while Seth had an announcement, here’s one from Cody. Cody tells The Rock that he indeed slapped Cody across the face. And at WrestleMania 40, Cody faces Roman in the main event. But until then, the card is wide open! So let’s make it official! Cody wants The Rock 1v1, any time, any place!! The fans fire up for that and Rollins stands up to stand with Cody. Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!”

Rollins tells Cody and Perth, let’s cut the head off the snake once and for all! Rollins admires that challenge, but when it comes to The Bloodline, we all know that there is no such thing as 1v1. So if and when The Rock decides to take Cody up on this challenge, just know that Cody won’t be fighting that battle alone. Waller says there you have it! Another scoop on the Grayson Waller Effect, the greatest talk show in WWE! Theory says hold on there. Cody thinks he’s gonna face The Rock? Is that what you think? IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK! Rollins laughs at Theory’s pretty decent Rock imitation.

Yeah, it was good, but here’s more. Finally…! Austin Theory has come to Perth, Australia, to finish his story. Rollins laughs more and says this is good. But hey, does he have the big one? Y’know, the one. Jacket off, show ’em what it’s all about. Theory takes his jacket off, “IF YA SMELLLLL-” Rollins THROWS Theory into the Waller sign! CODY CUTTER! Waller is stunned as Theory is down and out! Waller says okay, fine, and he backs off. Rollins lines up the shot, to CURB STOMP Theory! The Visionary and the American Nightmare show they make a powerful combo, will they be just what the WWE Universe needs to finally The Bloodline’s tyranny?

 

 


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Andrew’s TNA No Surrender Results & Match Ratings: 2.23.2024

lex Shelley gets his contractual rematch against Moose for the World Title, Gisele Shaw cashed in her Ultimate X for the Knockout’s title shot and the best of 3 comes down to a decisive match between The ABC and Grizzled Young Vets!

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We’ve got ourselves an exclusive TNA+ App Event tonight! Alex Shelley gets his contractual rematch against Moose for the World Title, Gisele Shaw cashed in her Ultimate X for the Knockout’s title shot and the best of 3 comes down to a decisive match between The ABC and Grizzled Young Vets.

There are a few other matches worth some note, but let’s just get to predictions and then the show:

  1. Speedball Mountain (Mike Bailey & Trent Seven) vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz) : I see Speedball Mountain winning here purely because its their first official tag match on TNA programming since the Hard to Kill PPV got shifted because of travel issues.
  2. The System (Brian Myers & Eddie Edwards) vs Intergalactic Jet Setters (Kushida & Kevin Knight) : I see The System continuing to establish the faction as a solid force; a little too early for glitches in The System.
  3. X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali : Mustafa winning makes a lot of sense here to me with the fact that he hasn’t been in a TNA ring yet and Sabin holding the title doesn’t really do as much as Mustafa winning. I expect The Good Hands to play a part.
  4. Knockouts Tag Championship: Decay (Rosemary & Havok) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly) : The Knockouts Tags are so irrelevant I don’t really care. I would like MK Ultra to win just because they seem like a more reasonable target for potential tag team threats as opposed to the magical netherworld bullshit of Decay.
  5. Frankie Kazarian vs Eric Young : EY makes the most sense for me here. Kaz is a heel, he can absorb the loss and turn it into maybe joining the system or finding other ways to screw EY down the line to continue the feud.
  6. PCO vs Kon : Another match I don’t care about. I’m gonna say PCO wins only because Kon doesn’t have nearly as much value to me. He’s not imposing, has no real momentum and putting him over PCO lines him up for…what? Ya…nothing, exactly.
  7. Tag Team Title Match: ABC vs GYV : I’ve got the Grizzled Young Vets going over because I feel like pushing an eventual GYV vs Speedball Mountain match is in the tea leaves for 3/4 nostalgia.
  8. Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch : I think Gotch wins here. Josh needs some time away from the main event scene to build up his hunger. So potential shenanigans happen, but I don’t really know what Josh winning would do for anything aside from vaulting him to a main event scene that people would be more excited to see Nemeth in.
  9. Knockouts Title Match: Gisele Shaw vs Jordynne Grace (c) : I think Jordynne retains because the SHAWntorague is an unresolved albatros that will cost Gisele the match and be a fun way to keep the fire burning for a potential Gail Kim match.
  10. No Surrender Match, TNA World Championship: Moose (c) vs Alex Shelley : Like I said before, I expect The System to continue establishing themselves with this show and no glitches just yet.

So let’s see how many I get right!

Ratings:

  • Eric Young vs Frankie Kazarian: EY wins via Crucifix Pinfall – ***
  • Tag Team Title Match: ABC (c) vs GYV : ABC retains via 1-2-Sweet – *** 1/2
  • Kon vs PCO: PCO wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Knockouts Tag Team Titles: Decay (Havok & Rosemary) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly): MK Ultra wins via Russian Death Device – ** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch: Josh wins via C4 Spike – *** 3/4
  • No Surrender Match: TNA World Championship: Moose w/Eddie & Alisha Edwards & Brian Myers (c) vs Alex Shelley w/Kushida & Kevin Knight: Moose retains – ** 3/4
  • Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Gisele Shaw: Jordynne retains via Juggernaut Driver – ****
  • X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali: Ali wins via 450 Splash – **** 1/4

 

Results:

I don’t usually cover pre-show stuff so I’ll say here, Speedball Mountain lost, because Maclin made his presence felt to help get the Rascalz the win. The System is working though, so I got that match right at least. So I’m 1-1 out of the pre-show. 

Eric Young vs Frankie Kazarian

The tie ups are close, aggressive for positioning but nothing crazy, EY with a Jaw Jacker, but Kaz cuts off a rope run with a big Body Block. After a slap in the face, EY returns the favor and returns the slap. So Kaz Kitchen Sinks EY, talks crap, EY Kitch Sinks Kaz. This is very simply an “anything you can I do I can do better” style of open. EY tries to toss Kaz to the corner and pull him out, but Kaz pops to his feet and Back Body Drops EY, transitions into the Side Russian Leg sweep and its a near fall.

Frankie goes for a simple Vertical Suplex and then a cover, which is a little silly. Kaz keeps lording over EY, deliberate strikes, slow building offense, and EY tries to get something going with a Knee Lift, but Kaz Scoop Slams him after and goes for his Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop…but misses! EY fires back with a few lariats! They fight to the top, Kaz wants the Flux Capacitor, but EY clocks him, drops him and goes for the Macho Man Elbow…for 2. Corner charge leads to Kaz countering EY as he slips to the apron, EY tries to duck his head through and catches the Leg Drop for a near fall. EY gets whipped to the corner, does the Flair Flop over the buckle, Kaz quickly Slingshots EY in and lands the Cutter for another 2!

After a few moments to collect himself Kaz goes for Fade to Black, EY counters with a Piledriver attempt, but a little countering and slipping but Kaz manages to get him in another Fade to Black…and connects! 1-2-kickout?!? Kaz argues with the ref, EY takes advantage of the distracted Kaz, and Crucifix Pin for the win!

Tag Team Championships: The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c) vs Grizzled Young Vets (James Drake & Zack Gibson)

ABC doesn’t come out to the classic Bullet Club music. So I guess Anthem didn’t feel like paying for the rights anymore? So they deserve to lose, music sucks now, GYV forever.

Ace and Zack start and Ace is just angry, stomping away on Gibson in the corner. Ace almost doesn’t listen to the referee, but eventually does, Drake makes a blind tag, Baseball Slide trip to Ace, Sliding Kick to the Face and then Poetry in Motion from the GYV connects flush with Bey and he flies off the corner apron. The two on one continues for a minute, before Ace can flip out of a tandem move, fall back into his corner and get some of their own tandem offense going. Assisted Russian Leg Sweep into the Click Click Boom for 2.

Shortcuts allow the GYV to stifle the onslaught, and Gibson does the ole Launcher into the bottom rope followed by stepping on his neck. Classic heel tactics, Outside In Vertical Suplex, Drake tags in, Gibson hangs Bey on the ropes and Drake brings down the Polish Hammer from the corner. Drake sits on Bey with the Front Neck Lock applied, Bey gets to the ropes, tries to get around things with a Sunset Flip but Drake counters that with a simple punch to the throat. Drake traps him in their corner and tags in Gibson. The verbal assault is more effective than the simple offense, but it also seems to fire Bey a little. Quick strikes, and then a reach to Ace, but Gibson pulls him close and lays into the Sleeper Hold.

Bey does the reach spot again, but this time when Gibson pulls him close, Bey slips behind him and hits the School Boy for a 2 and then snaps off a Neckbreaker. Gibson makes a quicker tag so Drake tries to keep Bey isolated, but Bey slips it, dives towards Ace and Hot Tag from Ace. Slingshot Double Dropkick evens the situation, Fosbury Flop onto Gibson on the outside, runs back in and lands a nice kick combination on Drake into his own solo version of Click Click Boom, but Gibson saves the pinfall. Gibson gets dispatched Twisting Moonsault combo for only 2! 1-2-SW-NO Drake grabs Bey with the Body Scissors and Sleeper Hold while Gibson slides in and Shankly Gates gets applied to Ace. GYV try to fire, Ace tries to do his one handed counter to turn things back for them, but Gibson just grabs him and DOOMSDAY DEVICE on the outside!

GYV point at Bey, Bey fires and meets them head on. Bey throws Gibson into Drake and clocks Gibson but Drake tries to grab him and Bey counters it into a Suplex of his own. Springboard FameAsser levels Gibson. Art of Finesse attempt but Gibson counters, Bey goes to the top, Lung Blower from Gibson and he holds him there while Drake hits a Coast to Coast Dropkick…but BEY kicks out! GYV look for something to put away Bey, but Ace is stirring, drops Drake, and they use the GYV scarf as pay back while the referee is focused on Drake. 1-2-SWEET and ABC retain.

Their new music still sucks. 

Kon vs PCO

Kon attacks PCO on the ramp during his entrance and PCO is amenable to the brawl. PCO does go into the ring, so the match officially starts, and its just Heymakers, Clotheslines and slamming faces into the corners. They trade dropping each other and standing back up. PCO throws Kon out, PCO went for the Dive and Kon side steps and connects with a clubbing blow on PCO’s way down. Chokeslam onto the apron, but PC-NO Sell, and attacks Kon. PCO bounces Kon’s face off the apron, they both head back in just to have PCO Lariat them both back to the outside.

PCO posts Kon, drapes him and looks for the Deanimator…and he…MISSES! Kon slides back in and PCO clips the apron. Kon grabs a chair, and hits PCO causing a DQ?

The DQ finish is stupid, I guess it’s gonna lead to another match at Sacrifice. Kon buries PCO under chairs, throws the ring bell guy around, but PCO bursts out of the chairs and attacks. PCO finally gets the best of the Goozle Face off, pushes Kon over the ropes, dives onto him and then lays into him with a chair.

All the extra attacks are just stupid, Kon even Zip Ties PCO to the Entrance Tunnel and goes for the neck snap spot with a chair wrapped around which makes no real sense. This was a bad finish and then just got progressively more stupid. 

Knockouts Tag Team Titles: Decay (Havok & Rosemary) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly)

Donnybrook to kick things off, just an all out brawl, Havok pulls Masha into the ring and I guess that makes them legal. Masha gets sandwiched in the corner, Exploder Suplex from Rosemary. Masha manages to take advantage of a small opening, Kelly gets involved and we get some quick and sadistic offense with Kelly doing some…fun…pin covers. Kelly slaps the taste out of Rosemary’s mouth, but Rosemary just slowly stands up, kinda likes it and ducks the last one to hit a Rainmaker.

Rosemary mounts Kelly, Kelly sits up to get on top of Rosemary, Rosemary returns the favor and they start throwing fists. Masha runs in, talks sense into Kelly and a High/Low style tandem move gives MK Ultra the advantage again. Strike exchange, into a Spinning Back Fist, a few Sambo kicks and Masha looks for the Russian Death Device, but Rosemary slips it into an X-Factor. Simultaneous tags as Masha is resting in the corner, Havok uses her size advantage, throws Kelly into Masha and then a corner Senton kills them both. Assisted Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Masha breaks it up! Masha takes out Havok, catches Rosemary mid Spear and hits the Russian Death Device! Our BDSM Feme Fatal Fever Dream wins!

Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch

Classic chain wrestling style of opening. Josh has a Headlock cinched in, Gotch counters with the Headscissors and tries to find a wrist lock, and they trade similar style counters and mat based maneuvers. Josh gets a near scare of going from the Armbar to an attempt for the early Ankle Lock, but Gotch immediately finds the ropes.

After taking a beat, an old school test of strength into a Headbutt from Gotch and a response from Josh, then they trade Uppercuts. So we get another match that opens with that “anything you can do I can do better” concept. Josh drops Gotch, plays to the crowd a little and then eats a few kicks to the face. Gotch looks for a few Armbars, and when Josh protects the one side, Gotch tries the other. But Josh manages to fight out of that, and hits the Kurt Angle locomotion German Suplexes. After 3 he holds for a 4th, but Gotch grabs the ropes to force a break and then connects with a big front kick to take control again. A few down strikes, Senton, and Gotch takes a beat to collect himself so Josh tries to roll him up, and Gotch kicks out.

Gotch’s offense is consistent but deliberate. Knee Strikes, Front Kicks, Bootwashes, Uppercuts with Chops after…just really calculated attacked. Josh does fire out of the corner with a Dropkick, but he charges and Gotch tosses him over, Slap and Enzuigiri have Josh crumple on the apron. Gotch looks for a Brainbuster, Josh blocks, strike exchange on the apron, kick drops Gotch, Gotch kicks Josh’s foot out from under him. Gotch tries a Senton on the apron but misses! Gotch sells slowly on the apron so Josh gets his spot for the Low Crossbody through the ropes. Both are wiped out on the floor, but get in at 9. Crawl to the middle and Subury blueberry bulldogs hockey fight time! Okay no of course not, we have to do the played out Fighting Spirit spot, how silly of me. Does it look good? Sure, but its becoming stupid that every match has to have one of these.

T-Bone Suplex from Josh for 2! Straps down, C4- nope, Front Kick counter, Gotch Style Piledriver, nope, both roll through and Bulldog Choke with Josh’s headgear! Because of the headgear, Gotch’s grip slips so Josh turns it into the Ankle Lock, roll off it, strikes, Powerbreaker from Josh into the C4 Spike for the win.

No Surrender Match: TNA World Championship: Moose w/Eddie & Alisha Edwards & Brian Myers (c) vs Alex Shelley w/Kushida & Kevin Knight

Shelley starts off aggressive, jamming Moose into the turnbuckles twice, focusing on the left shoulder, which is the side he’s focused on the last month or so. Announce team also points out the announcement that the two teams have different color towels. So that just lines up for the heels to cheat by throwing in the babyface towel since color is all that matters.

While I’m being annoyed at how brain damaged the gimmicks in the match has become, Moose gets tossed out “tweaks” his knee, but manages to power through to Powerbomb Shelley into the apron and then Bow and Arrow him around the post. Shelley goes for the Chop Block on the tweaked knee, then pulls out a chair and plays a little La Parka. Shelley and Moose trade torture spots. Shelley traps Moose’s hand in the buckle chains and uses pliers to squeeze. Moose gets out of it, traps Shelley’s hand twice and cracks him with a chair. Shelley sells the pain into the ring, Moose follows but Shelley hits the Dragon Screw on the tweaked left knee. Shelley then ties up Moose in corner, Dragon Screws, Hamstring kicks, and then Shelley gets a Kendo Stick.

Left knee is the target, and Shelley gets a little sadistic. Cracks the stick into the knee, Kendo Stick assisted Half Crab on the bad leg. Myers distracts Shelley and Eddie grabs the Kendo Stick away. Because it wasn’t direct contact it’s legal, Moose catches Shelley with the Uranage and demands Eddie give him a trash can. Upside Down Trash Can, Moose wants the Superplex, Shelley fights off, bites Moose and slips between the legs and Avalanche Powerbomb into the point of the trash can. Shelley gives a few moments to see if the towel will get thrown, but then goes for the Figure Four. Moose turns it around, but Shelley turns that over. Moose gets handed the Kendo Stick and Moose uses it to break the Figure Four. Moose demands the System get the table and they do so.

Moose tries to Spear Shelley into the table, Shelley dodges and Moose stops himself. Low Blow, Border City Stretch and Moose sells towards the ropes, Myers sees Moose’s extended fingers and slips on Brass Knuckles so Moose can break the hold. Moose ditches the knucks, goes for the Spear into the table again and MISSES! Shelley calls for a chain, Shelley uses the chain for the Border City Stretch, but then all the seconds get involved. Lish tries to take the white towel from Kushida, Shelley grabs it back and hands it to Kushida. Back to Back Lights Out, then Moose wraps the chain around himself and connects with a third Lights Out. Kushida is torn watching, and decides to throw in the towel as Moose lines up the fourth Lights Out.

Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Gisele Shaw

Ash by Elegance comes down to ringside to watch. So will Ash be the one to screw Gisele since their gimmicks are a touch similar?

Gisele tries to powder early and force Jordynne to chase, but she gets caught, bullied a little early and Gisele’s striking gives her a brief moment of offense. Jordynne returns the striking and mobility with some rope maneuvers and a nice tilt-a-whirl side slam for an early pinfall attempt. Jordynne tries to keep the offense going, but Gisele gets a sneaky kick in the way, a Headscissors Driver, and a Corkscrew Splash for 2. The fight out to the apron, Shaw slips Jordynne’s move, tries the Powerbomb, but Jordynne blocks, clocks her, Senton’s Gisele’s face into the apron and starts riding the momentum.

Jordynne looks for the Juggernaut Driver on the apron, Shaw counters with elbows, Spanish Fly from the apron to the floor! Gisele goes for three straight pinfall attempts but Jordynne keeps kicking out. Gisele looks for the Denouement, Jordynne catches it, Spinebuster for 2! Juggernaut Driver attempt 2, Shaw finds the ropes, Shaw Trigger into a Pinfall but Grace grabs the bottom rope. Gisele is slowly snapping as Jordynne is resilient. Quick strikes, both fire and clock the other with Spinning Backfists and Kicks, Gisele goes for a Springboard Cutter, but Jordynne lands on her hands to block. Quick back and forth continues, but the third attempt at the Juggernaut Driver lands! Jordynne retains!

X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali

Simple collar and elbow tie up that runs into the corner break. Nothing fancy, very deliberate. We go into Arm Wringer trade offs chain wrestling before Ali hits a back Elbow to the eye and a headlock to the ground to slow things down. Rope run misses and that stupid Stereo Dropkick spot. At least its out of the way early and I haven’t seen it in a hot minute. Still hate it, but its less annoying I suppose.

Sabin with a Headlock Takeover and then some ground wrestling, a Trailer Hitch, leg pick, pinfall attempt but Ali slides up and dusts his boots off in an arrogant play. Sabin clocks him with a Lariat, but Ali keeps powdering and using classic heel psychology to piss off Sabin. A Headscissors Takedown on the apron is a touch scuffed, but it does enough and everyone is safe. Throws Ali back in, Crossbody from Sabin connects and we see a 2 count. Fighting the corner, the battle up the buckles, Ali gets the best of things and then 450 Splash on the left arm of Sabin as he’s reaching to get back up. Ali STF into a Crippler Crossface and then a Border City Stretch. Ali talks some smack, pins the left arm and then stomps right on the left shoulder. Sabin with a quick fire, both men trade desperation kicks and are laid out.

Getting to his feet first, Sabin fires and connects with a few short Elbows and Lariats, Sole Butt, Ali tries to counter a few things, Sabin shakes off the counters and lands a Tornado DDT from the Middle Rope. Two Roll Up attempts from Sabin, Ali kicks but Sabin floats over into a Crossface. Sabin with a bunch of punches, then tries to climb the buckles and Ali catches him with an Upkick. They fight for the top rope, Sabin shoves Ali off and Ali Backflips and lands on his feet, Dropkick on the flying Sabin connects beautifully. Back in the ring, 450 Splash attempt misses, Ali charges at Sabin but he just does the old ole and Ali’s face bounces off the turnbuckle like he things he’s Bret Hart.

A few strikes exchanged from both, but Ali chops into the throat of Sabin, Sabin keep fighting, Ali tries an Enzuigiri from the outside but Sabin connects with a Rope Assist Gamengiri. Sabin dives, takes out the security, Good Hands show up to give Ali a small opening but it doesn’t lead to anything. Skyler hits the apron to distract and is leveled, Hotch is clocked, Ali School Boy for 2! Clothesline From Hell, Michigan into the Cradle Shock- BUT ALI KICKS OUT! Sabin connects a few stomps, kick to Ali’s face and then crotches him on the top rope. Sabin looking for an Avalanche Cradle Shock…but elbows counter! Sabin eats a Sunset Bomb! Ali pulls himself up and 450 Splash for the win!

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

Well 7-3 in predictions isn’t too bad if I do say so myself. If it’s good enough for Tom Brady, it’s good enough for me. But honestly, this show was a little weird. Having the World Heavyweight title so low…feels insanely disrespectful; the match was so convoluted even Jade had trouble explaining the rules, and using different color towels is just dumb and sets up very easy shenanigans (even though they weren’t used). Hell the fact that it was right there for someone like Myers forcing Kushida to throw in the towel, or bringing a backup white towel and being super heels would’ve at least made the finish fall less flat. But stupid match concept, worse execution, too many cooks in the kitchen. It could’ve been decent if there were so many caveats to idiocy in the match. The Knockouts and X Division were great matches though. Knockouts reminded me of a combination of Stardom High Speed and old 90s AJW wrestling. Fast, dirty, hard hitting, very brutal. X Division was fun, nice to see some new blood in the title scene and while the look of the security guards was a bit laughable, enough of the match hit the right notes to make me happy.

Kon and PCO shouldn’t be lengthened, especially with that moronic ending…but I suppose they need some undercard stupidity for Sacrifice. Really not sure how Kushida will validate his actions, Ash potentially teaming with or facing Gisele could be interesting. So while most of the matches were pretty good, the awkward pot holes were deep and irritating. Kon’s match being a waste of time and the No Surrender being convoluted beyond reason and then not even using the convolution in the finish of the match. The whole set up was like reading a story that was started by one writer, and then finished by another, in a different genre, translated into a different language.

High points were still worth the watch, but some stories need weird explanations and the bad matches are definitely awful beyond true description.


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