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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/23/21)

Who will Apollo Crews make feel the steel?

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

SmackDown’s champions need challengers!

Apollo Crews puts his WWE Intercontinental Championship on the line, but who in the SmackDown locker room will dare to challenge him? Plus, will Seth Rollins derail Cesaro from challenging the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Daniel Bryan & Cesaro VS Seth Rollins & Jey Uso; Bryan & Cesaro win.
  • Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler & Reginald VS Tamina w/ Natalya; Tamina wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez VS Kevin Owens; Apollo wins and retains the title.
  • Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Alpha Academy; Rey & Dominik win.

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SmackDown opens with Cesaro!

But before he can even speak, Seth Rollins makes his way out! The Architect has a mic and says, “There he is, the man of the hour! ZAZARO! Give it up, ThunderDome!” But in all sincerity, Cesaro, Rollins is here to congratulate him! Cesaro finally did it! He finally fulfilled his potential! And do you know why? He knows, right? If he doesn’t, Rollins will tell him: Cesaro was in the ring at WrestleMania with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, the NEW Mr. WrestleMania! Rollins took Cesaro from waaaay down at the bottom, and brought him up to the match of his life and into the promised land! So where’s Rollins’ thanks? His adulation? Because he hasn’t heard a thing!

What we have heard is that Cesaro wants to move on from Rollins? Cesaro has his sights set on the Universal Championship? Seriously? Rollins said it once, he’ll say it again: “This isn’t over, because nothing is over until I say that it’s over!!” So Rollins will tell Cesaro something about WrestleMania: If Mother Nature and God Himself hadn’t given us a rain delay that threw Rollins way off, Cesaro wouldn’t have stood a chance! All things being fair and equal, Rollins on his worst night and Cesaro on his best, Cesaro couldn’t beat Rollins.

Is that so? Then is Rollins having a good day? Cesaro’s having a great day. And what would make it better is Rollins getting in the ring so Cesaro can prove he can beat him. So that’s a challenge then? Maybe Rollins should use tonight to teach Cesaro a lesson! But here comes Jey Uso first! Jey says Cesaro needs to listen to Rollins. Cesaro challenged the Head of the Table, and got brushed off, because he doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with Roman! Cesaro can’t beat Roman, Jey or Rollins! Jey is gonna do the same to Cesaro! He’ll show Cesaro tonight! But Rollins tells Jey that if he goes in there, Cesaro has the high ground. They can work together, surround Cesaro and strike.

Jey and Rollins are in agreement and Cesaro is ready for a fight. But before the 2v1 gets underway, DANIEL BRYAN appears! The Goat won’t let the Swiss Cyborg fight this alone, especially if it has something to do with Roman Reigns and his crew! Bryan gets a mic and asks where Rollins and Jey are going. Oh, of course They weren’t here for the reasons they said they did. Cesaro is here because he wants a title match with Roman. Rollins came out because he is embarrassed and upset that Cesaro beat him at Mania! And Jey came out probably because Roman told him to. Bryan is here because… OH, right! He’s here to make sure Cesaro finally gets what he deserves!

So there’s a reason Bryan hasn’t done this for Rollins or Jey. Bryan has infinite respect for Cesaro because Cesaro has worked harder than everyone! Harder than Bryan, or Rollins, or Jey, and certainly harder than Roman! The only reason Roman is where he is today is because of family connections and Cesaro hasn’t gotten a single break his entire career for a world title! Oh, does Rollins disagree? Then what now? Are Rollins and Jey going to fight them over the things Bryan said? Is Roman going to accept the challenge from Cesaro?!? Oh, probably not. He doesn’t like to wrestle.

But Bryan has it figured out: Roman will come out and then the three of them will attack Bryan and Cesaro. Well if it’s 3v2, there’s no one he’d rather be beside than Cesaro! Whoever wants to fight, come on out! Rollins claims he has nothing to do with this, but here comes Roman after all! He and Special Counsel, Paul Heyman, walk down the ramp and Jey stands by Roman’s side as the #RightHandMan. Roman gets a mic and he says, “DB, you out here talking about hard work? C’mon, man. You should be talking about that work I put on you at WrestleMania.” And what’s sad is that Roman said what would happen: smash ’em, stack ’em, pin ’em. He says it, it happens, they make a shirt.

And look! Bryan’s on the bottom! That means Bryan is a loser! And the fact that Cesaro is letting a loser talk for him makes Cesaro a loser. But these two aren’t losers to everyone. To fans, they’re legit. But to Roman, they’re top tier losers! Main event losers! Main event at WrestleMania losers. Cesaro is like a casino loser, a loser with bad luck. A stupid loser. Bryan is talking smack when he’s surrounded by people who want to whoop his ass. Good luck with that. Roman takes his leave, so it’s still 2v2! Will Rollins help out Roman’s Right Hand Man after the break?

 

Daniel Bryan & Cesaro VS Seth Rollins & Jey Uso!

SmackDown returns, and playa, we are getting a tag match! Or rather, a brawl! Cesaro is after Rollins, Bryan gives Jey YES Kicks, but Jey hits back! Cesaro throws EuroUppers and chases Rollins out of the ring. The ref gets things sorted out just a bit, and Bryan lets off long enough for the bell! Bryan hits Jey in a corner, snap BUTTERFLY suplexes, then covers, TWO! Bryan wrenches, tags Cesaro, and they double scoop SLAM Jey down! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Cesaro DECKS Rollins off the apron, then drags Jey up. Cesaro suplexes Jey and holds him up for a count of 10! And then 15! Then he slams Jey down! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro grabs at Jey, brings him away from Rollins, but Jey hits back! Rollins tags in but Cesaro knees and EuroUppers! And throws off more hands! The ref counts, Cesaro ROCKS Rollins then whips him corner to corner. Rollins dodges, comes back and SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Rollins clubs Cesaro down, rains down furious fists, then stomps him in the stomach! Rollins gets Cesaro up, bumps him off buckles, and tags Jey in. Jey and Rollins mug Cesaro, then Jey runs in to HIP ATTACK! Cesaro flounders, Jey throws clubbing crossface forearms, then stomps him in the side. Cesaro throws body shots, Jey ROCKS him with haymakers!

Jey drags Cesaro over, tags Rollins in, and Rollins runs to drop a knee onto Cesaro’s head! Rollins keeps Cesaro from Bryan with a chinlock, and he grinds Cesaro down. Cesaro reaches out for Bryan as fans rally on their screens. Cesaro fights up, throws body shots, but Rollins kicks low. Rollins whips, Cesaro reverses but runs into a boot! Rollins goes up but leaps into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Bryan! Bryan goes up top and leaps to missile dropkick! Bryan dropkicks Jey off the apron then unleashes YES Kicks on Rollins from all sides! Bryan powers up, but Rollins ducks the buzzsaw to PELE- Into an ANKLE LOCK!

Rollins flails and reaches but Bryan reels him in, GERMAN SUPELX! Bridging cover, TWO! Bryan keeps his focus and he aims from a corner. Rollins gets up and Bryan takes aim, but Rollins catches the Knee Plus! Jey tags in before the BUCKLE BOMB, and adds on an USO SPLASH! Cover, Cesaro breaks it in time!! Rollins and Jey mug Cesaro, throw him out, and Rollins pursues to keep after him. Jey joins in, and they double suplex Cesaro to the floor! The Architect and “Main Event” Jey have control of this opening match as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Rollins bends Bryan against ropes and apron! Jey talks trash, the ref counts and Rollins CLUBS Bryan in the chest at 4! Rollins drags Bryan back to the apron to run and BOOT him! Cover, TWO! Rollins seethes as he circles Bryan like a vulture. Rollins glares at Cesaro and talks trash, but Cesaro keeps cool. Bryan sits up but Rollins clamps onto his chin and hair. The ref counts, Rollins gets Bryan up for a DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Rollins tries again, TWO! Rollins tags Jey, they mug Bryan with a stiff kick from Jey, and then Jey stomps Bryan’s stomach! And again!

Jey gets Bryan up to ROCK him with an uppercut! Rollins mocks Bryan about his neck, Jey digs his boot into Bryan’s face, and the ref counts. Jey lets off, but Rollins gets his claws in! The ref storms over, Rollins lets off, Bryan throws hands on Jey! Bryan DECKS Rollins, but turns around into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Jey is seething. Jey drags Bryan over and tags in Rollins. They mug Bryan with stomps but the fans rally with “YES! YES!” fingers. Bryan gets up, Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins digs his knee in, the ref counts and Rollins lets off. Rollins says Bryan disrespected him by saying Cesaro works harder than him!

Rollins whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down, they head for their corners, hot tags to Jey and Cesaro! The Swiss Superman flies in with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Cesaro throws body shots, more EuroUppers, and then runs to DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro isn’t deterred! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SPINEBUSTER, and then has the legs! Jey scrambles to get a ropebreak, and he kicks Cesaro away! Cesaro blocks a kick and spins Jey but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Cesaro dodges the clothesline to springboard FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro gets Jey right up, reels him in, but Jey back drops! Cesaro lands on his feet to POP-UP UPPER! Cover, Rollins breaks it! Bryan goes after Rollins but Rollins knees low. Rollins runs in but is tossed out! Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Jey CLOBBERS Cesaro out of the ring! Jey builds speed, but DIVES into an uppercut! Cesaro hurries to the corner and to the top rope, and leaps into a SUPERKICK!! All four men are down and the fans are going nuts as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Cesaro brawls with Rollins! Cesaro gets the edge with a strike fest but Rollins knees low! Rollins turns Cesaro but no Dream Smasher! Cesaro trips Rollins but Rollins twists for a victory roll, TWO! Rollins runs but into another takedown! Cesaro steps through for a SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins endures, Jey gets in and he SUPERKICKS Cesaro from behind! Cesaro is down, Rollins crawls for his corner, hot tag to Jey! Jey climbs a corner while Rollins walks it off, but Cesaro EuroUppers Jey down! Wait, is Rollins just walking away? Jey sees that and Rollins shouts, “I don’t need this! I’m Seth Freakin’ Rollins!” Cesaro gets Jey up for a DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!

Hot tag to Bryan! Bryan aims at Jey, KNEE PLUS! Cover, Bryan & Cesaro win!

Winners: Daniel Bryan & Cesar, by pinfall

Cesaro celebrates with Bryan as they win one hell of a fight! Bryan gets a mic to call out “RO~MAN~! Oh, RO~MAN~!” Didn’t he say something about someone coming to get them and whooping them or whatever? Is Roman going to do the whooping? Is he even here? Jey goes after Cesaro but gets caught for a SWISS SWING! And they said Bryan was stupid? Cesaro spins Jey for at least 15 counts! Maybe 20! 25? 30?! Who knows! But what if this happens to Roman? EUROUPPER! “So here’s the thing, Cesaro, I don’t know if Roman’s coming out to accept your challenge.” Maybe Roman is afraid!

Cesaro gets a mic to say they’re waiting. Guess this shows what kind of champion Roman is! He wouldn’t even save his own cousin! Is he not a family man? Well that shows what kind if man Roman is. Here’s one last test. Swing Jey some more! Then maybe Roman comes out to save him. Will it work? “YES! YES! YES!” Cesaro gets Jey again for another SWISS SWING! Jey goes for another 10, 15, 20, and Bryan says Jey’s saved Roman all this time, why wouldn’t Roman do the same? In total, that’s 60! Aw, Roman didn’t show. “Oh no, Roman. Are you afraid?”

Bryan knows Roman couldn’t beat Kevin Owens without Jey’s help, or beat Bryan without Edge, or Edge without Jey. And that means Roman can’t beat Cesaro! And the reason why Roman won’t come out is because he’s afraid that if Cesaro faced him 1v1 for the Universal Championship, Cesaro will be the NEW Universal Champion!! Fans agree, “YES! YES! YES!” but will Roman say yes to a title match just to prove us all wrong?

 

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.

They’ve never seen this side of Cesaro or Daniel Bryan. And those points are all valid. But Head of the Table is- Apollo Crews and Commander Azeez barge in! Sonya leaves this to Pearce and Apollo asks what this nonsense is! He has to defend his title tonight?! Apollo won at WrestleMania and we all know Big E does not deserve a rematch. Does Pearce think Apollo was kidding last week? If Apollo has to face Big E again, Azeez will give him another Nigerian Nail and send him back to the sidelines. Yes, Big E will eventually get his rematch, either against Apollo or Apollo’s opponent tonight, Kevin Owens. Will the Nigerian Prince make the Prizefighter pay for Pearce’s decision?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Kayla asks how he feels after Rollins ditched him in the tag match, and how Cesaro swung him so many times. He’s about to throw up! He doesn’t care about Rollins or Cesaro, he’s had it with the disrespect! If Cesaro steps up, he’ll get put down!

 

Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler & Reginald VS Tamina w/ Natalya!

The Irresistible Force has her sommelier boy toy back in her corner, and the Queen of Spades isn’t happy about it. But will Shayna be in a better mood when Nia takes care of Tamina and ties the series?

SmackDown returns as the Daughter of Superfly and the Queen of Harts enter. The bell rings and Tamina circles with Nia. They tie up and Nia powers Tamina right to a corner! Nia rams her shoulder in over an dover, then lets off to headbutt! Nia whips Tamina corner to corner, and runs in to corner SPLASH! Tamina flounders, Nia drags her up to headbutt again! Nia pushes Tamina around, talks trash, and says, “I do this for you! You made me come to your show!” Tamina fires off forearms! Nia shoves her, Tamina THESZ PRESS! Tamina rains down furious fists, keeps on her with forearms, and won’t let her get up!

Tamina ROCKS Nia, and Shayna grabs at her! The ref reprimands, Tamina tries to scoop but Nia elbows her away! Tamina shouts at Shayna, then stomps Nia at the ropes! Nia bails out, Tamina is after her and throws her into barriers! Natty glares at Shayna to keep her back, Tamina dares Shayna to do something as she DRIBBLES Nia against barriers! Tamina drags Nia, puts her in, and storms over. Reggie is up on the apron, Tamina swipes at him! Shayna tells Reggie to stop, Tamina KICKS Shayna! Nia CLOBBERS Tamina but Shayna is pissed! Shayna blames Reggie, and he is scared. Reggie falls on the steel steps and Nia is distracted. Nia turns around, into a SUPERKICK!

Tamina rolls Nia up, gets her deep for the cover, and WINS!

Winner: Tamina, by pinfall

Nia is stunned, Shayna is beside herself, and Reggie just wants to make sure Nia is okay. Nia tries not to explode on her team, but Natty says this is what you get when you mess with the bone breaker, title taker, statement maker duo that she and Tamina are! Will Natty & Tamina do all that and more as we head for #WrestleManiaBacklash?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

The Prizefighter could again be WWE Intercontinental Champion, and it’s been years since his last match for this title. He’s been waiting for so long, to say he’s thrilled is an understatement. Kevin will even go so far as to say he’s delighted! And surprised, because he didn’t expect this. He won’t turn it down, because there are a lot of people who want to get the belt of Apollo. Kevin will gladly be the one to knock Apollo off his royal perch. But then Big E come sin and laughs. Big E explains that what Kevin means to say is he is jumping the line, because he is a “habitual line jumper.” Oh, well maybe a couple years ago… Because we all know this is actually Big E’s match, and his title?

OH, because of WrestleMania? Well, Big E might be right. He probably should get this. Probably? Alright, totally. But guess what? The rematch isn’t tonight. Tonight is Kevin’s opportunity! And it’s next! So Kevin is going to go win the belt, and he will have fun because then it’ll be HIS title. Kevin and Big E “share” a laugh, but who will have the last laugh over the Intercontinental Championship?

 

Daniel Bryan meets with Adam Pearce.

Bryan wants Pearce to make the Roman VS Cesaro title match, since we all know Cesaro deserves it. Yes, but we also know it’s not that simple. Pearce doesn’t just snap his fingers and make it happen. But he will try to get Cesaro that match. Do more than “try.” Bryan leaves, but will Pearce pull through for him and Cesaro?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez VS Kevin Owens!

The Nigerian Prince doesn’t like that he must defend this title so soon after winning it, but admittedly this title has been known for workhorses and fighting champions. Will the Prizefighter #StunTheWorld and have this title back after years of being away? Or will he simply feel the steel?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and a prize is on the line between two certified fighters!

Kevin and Apollo circle, tie up, and go around. Apollo puts Kevin in a corner but Kevin turns it around. The ref counts, they move off the ropes and separate. They go again, Kevin trips Apollo and has a standing toehold. Apollo keeps his shoulders up but Kevin drops on him for a headlock. Azeez watches like a hawk as Apollo works on getting up. Kevin says Apollo is grabbing at clothing. He eggs Apollo on, Apollo fights his way up, and Apollo powers up only for Kevin to hit a headlock takeover! Kevin makes it a cover, ONE as Apollo gets his shoulders back up. Kevin grinds Apollo, Apollo works on an escape, and he rolls to a cover, ONE!

Kevin lets Apollo go to kick low and get another headlock! Kevin grinds Apollo again, but Apollo fights back up. Apollo powers out, Kevin rams shoulders but Apollo stays up, so Kevin dropkicks him down! Kevin CHOPS Apollo in a corner, follows him around the way and CHOPS again! Apollo fires a forearm but Kevin gives him five back! The ref counts, Kevin lets off but Apollo kicks low! Apollo headlocks now, Kevin powers out and things speed up. Kevin clobbers Apollo with an elbow then drops a back senton! Azeez doesn’t like this as Kevin clotheslines Apollo out! Kevin builds speed, but Azeez stands in the way! Kevin says if that’s how it’ll be, he’ll step outside. But Apollo trips him!

Apollo gets Kevin in the ring, drags him back up, and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Apollo drops ax handles and drags Kevin up by his beard. Apollo throws down sharp hands into Kevin’s forehead! Kevin gets to ropes, Apollo throws haymakers and stomps him into the corner! The ref counts, Apollo lets off, and Apollo drags Kevin back up. Apollo throws Kevin out of the ring, follows him out, and whips, but Kevin reverses! Apollo goes up to the apron, MOONSAULT! But Kevin gets clear and SUPERKICKS Apollo down! Kevin puts Apollo in the ring, goes up top, SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Apollo lives, and here comes Sami!?

The Great Liberator wants to be the perennial agitator for Kevin as he heads down the ring! Sami might even join commentary, as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns, Kevin has Apollo up top, but the two brawl as Kevin climbs! Kevin ROCKS Apollo, reaches the top, and Sami is on commentary. Sami is claiming conspiracy again because, though he was scheduled to join commentary for this match, he gets the cheap headset and a folding chair. Apollo resists the superplex to throw body shots and a headbutt! Kevin teeters but stays up top to hit back. The brawling continues, Kevin throws an elbow to then get Apollo up! Apollo still resists, throws fast body shots and another headbutt! Kevin stays up a little longer but a third headbutt sends him down! Sami says that’s what Kevin deserves!

Apollo adjusts, Kevin gets up, but Apollo leaps up and over Kevin! Apollo runs back in, but into Kevin’s SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives, Kevin is a bit frustrated, but Kevin goes to a corner. Sami says he doesn’t really like Apollo right now either, because Sami still believes this title rightfully belongs to him. Kevin goes after Apollo with a CHOP, then whips, but Apollo reverses to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Kevin! And LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Apollo is growing angry but he stalks Kevin as he gets up. Apollo reels Kevin in but Kevin throws back elbows. Kevin whips, Apollo holds ropes and BOOTS back! And ENZIGURI!

Apollo hurries to GERMAN SUPLEX! Apollo holds on, Sami cheers him on as he hits another GERMAN SUPLEX! Apollo holds on and hits the third GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Apollo is furious! Apollo sneers and catches his breath to then fire himself up. Kevin is in a corner, Apollo runs in but misses the splash! Kevin comes back to GERMAN SUPLEX Apollo in return! Apollo flounders to a corner, Kevin runs in to CANNONBALL! Azeez grows worried as Kevin hits another CANNONBALL! Kevin drags Apollo to a cover, TWO!! Sami claims that was a fast count. Michael Cole says Sami is back of the line for this title, by the way.

Kevin stalks Apollo, kicks, but no stunner! Apollo lifts but Kevin counters the Olympic Slam with an arm-drag! Kevin kicks, but still no stunner! SUPERKICK! Kevin gets Apollo back up for a POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Apollo survives and Sami says that was another rushed count. Kevin goes to a corner, climbs up top again, but Azeez helps Apollo get out! Apollo is on the floor, so Kevin goes to the apron for the FROG SPLASH!! Azeez panics a bit as Kevin puts Apollo in! Azeez gets on the apron to grab at Kevin, Kevin gets away, but Apollo rolls Kevin up! APOLLO WINS!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Kevin gives Apollo a STUNNER! But Azeez gets Kevin for the NIGERIAN NAIL!! Sami says, “You love to see it!” Sami says that was so good, ignoring that Apollo’s bodyguard helped him retain the title. Will Azeez continue to guard Apollo’s treasure? Sami gets in the ring to dance like a fool over Kevin, but will any of this help Sami get back to “his” title?

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Will Roman accept Cesaro’s challenge tonight? The Special Counsel says Kayla is as probing as she is beautiful. But Roman accepting the challenge? Heyman admits he likes Cesaro, appreciates Cesaro and respects Cesaro, admires Cesaro, and in a purely professional sense, loves Cesaro (despite everything he said last week). How could you not? Cesaro made a name for himself with just one name! Like Drake, Madonna, and Elvis! Cesaro mi bueno amigo, Cesaro ichiban! Of all the Cesaros in the world, WWE’s Cesaro is Heyman’s favorite. So will Roman accept the challenge? Well, customer satisfaction is number one on the Island of Relevancy.

So let’s give a predict- No! Let’s give a spoiler. “By the end of tonight, right here live on SmackDown, everyone in the Tribe will hear from their Chief, and he shall give you all his answer to the challenge, an answer direct from Roman Reigns.” Heyman says he’s proud of Kayla’s work, then heads out. But will the answer to the challenge be to everyone’s liking? Or just to Roman’s?

 

Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.

Megan Morant gets word from him, the very happy Intercontinental Champion. Azeez is cleaning the tears of Kevin Owens off of the royal lance. Apollo asks if WWE vetted Megan, he doesn’t just talk to anyone. But he wants her to listen. That is the sound of his ancestors celebrating Apollo as he sucked the hope out of Kevin Owens and leaving him angled in the ring! Because who knew that hope could be cracked just like a bone? And let that sound stop anyone foolish enough to daydream about the title! But then BIG E attacks! Big E roughs up Apollo and throws him into road cases!

Referees and officials hurry over and drag Big E away, but he shouts, “You thought I was done with your ass?! You think I’m done with you?! I ain’t done with you yet!” Azeez shows up a moment too late, but he is furious over what Big E did to his leader! Will Azeez put one last Nigerian Nail in Big E’s coffin?

 

Aleister Black speaks!

Candles light a darkened room, and Aleister sits in a chair. “Most people aren’t honest with you. So I’m going to open a vein because I want you to know the truth.” Aleister opens a book, Tales of the Dark Father, to the first chapter: The Dragon. “I attended many funerals as a child. Father would bring me to these celebrations of life and death. He could do with me because I was too little to understand. But as I grew older, father became older and more distant. And that’s when it started to become apparent: I was not taught how to defeat the dragon; I was taught how to become the dragon.

“Because father was right, I could never be like you weak-minded fools. You, gawking at the screen right now. You are the monsters, and I am nothing like you. And I would never help you. You are the ones who revealed the true, rotten nature of man. With your lies and your deceit, you transform your own children into bigger monsters than you are. What you do is vile, and it should be condemned. Like rotting crops, you should be scorched from the earth, to make room for more… fertile things.” Will Aleister be the one to burn away the chaff?

 

Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode.

The Dirty Dawgs are still SmackDown Tag Team Champions after going 2v2 with the Street Profits. But tonight, Rey & Dominik Mysterio take on The Alpha Academy, so who do the champs think will win? Rey is one of the greatest of all time, he and Ziggler tore it down for the Intercontinental Championship. But Dom has big shoes to fill. So letting bygones be bygones with Otis, Ziggler votes for the Alphas. Then who is next to face the champions for the titles? It doesn’t matter who’s next, they’ll-

But here come the Profits, and says that you have to hand it to the champs for getting away with underhanded tactics. But when Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins were champs, they kept getting bugged by Ziggler & Roode for shots. So how about the Profits get next? What? This is takeback season, so take your asses to the back of the line! The Profits and the Dawgs get face to face but Bayley interjects here and says they can cut the tension with a knife. Bayley says some people just don’t get it, huh?

The Dawgs and Profits let off and DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley is the ultimate Role Model, longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion, and is here to dish on her opponent at WrestleMania Backlash, “the ungrateful rookie,” Bianca Belair! When Bianca first came to SmackDown, Bayley saw how scared she was and being so sweet, she took Bianca’s hand and gave her the chance to work with her! They took the training wheels off, Bianca made history at WrestleMania, and is now champion! And did Bayley get a thank you? NO! Bianca is rude, selfish, spoiled and will regret ever treating Bayley like that!

At WrestleMania Backlash, Bayley will take back what is hers: the title, and the top spot in the division SHE built! Go tell Bianca that! Well, Ford is right here so he has Bianca on the phone. Bayley is really talking up a storm., Who? Bayley. Y’know, THE Bayley. Oh? Well Bianca will be right there. Bayley’s fine with that. She’ll say all this to Bianca’s face!

 

SmackDown returns and Bianca is here!

So Bayley can say all that to her face now. Oh Bianca doesn’t think she’ll repeat herself? Bayley will. No she won’t. Bayley says she was just saying she wanted to congratulate Bianca on making history at WrestleMania, and she is honored to be her first challenger. Bianca really showed the WWE that Bianca IS the EST. Bayley keeps replaying the match in her mind and how she picked up Sasha and walked up stairs, wow. It will be an honor to face her at WrestleMania Backlash. That’s it. Bianca is surprised by that, but then Bayley adds one more thing: Bayley LAUGHS in Bianca’s face for her even remotely believing her! Will Bianca get the last laugh when she faces the Role Model one more time?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After attacking Apollo Crews backstage, Big E’s title shot is happening NEXT WEEK! Will Big E get his revenge for WrestleMania 37? Or will Apollo crush what is left of Big E’s spirit for the pride of his ancestors?

 

Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Alpha Academy!

Father and son still want to win those SmackDown Tag Team Championships together, but they have a big obstacle in their way! Will they be able to get past Chad Gable and his star pupil, Otis?

The teams sort out, Gable starts with Dom, but Otis wants in! Gable obliges and tags Otis in, and Otis shoves Dom to then bulldoze him over! Otis gets Dom up fast for a scoop and SLAM! Otis runs to then FLOP as Dom moves! Dom throws haymakers, runs, but Otis CLOBBERS him! Otis is fired up and Gable cheers him on as he paces around Dom. Otis drags Dom up, scoops him again, and carries Dom around just to rub it in, before he hits a POWERSLAM! Otis tells “Rey Rey” that Dom’s “gettin’ this load!” Otis goes to a corner, but Rey gets Dom out! Otis bails out and runs around the way to CLOBBER both Mysterios! Gable hurries over to get Rey up for a GUTBUSTER!

Otis puts Dom in the ring, Gable and Otis are fired up, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Gable goes after Dom’s arm again and again! Cover, TWO! Gable gets Dom up, whips him to ropes, but Dom dodges to hit Otis! The ref has to keep Otis back, Dom gets Gable for a victory roll! ONE, and Gable TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Dom escapes but Gable DECKS Rey! Gable gets Dom up, tags Otis, and they mug Dom with body shots! Gable shoves Dom down, Otis glares at Rey, and Otis drags Dom away from Rey to whip and CLOBBER him again! Otis drags Otis up for another fast scoop SLAM! And a big elbow drop! Gable says, “That’s my number one guy!” Otis drags Dom back up, whips him to a corner, then runs in to RAM his shoulder in!

Otis keeps throwing in shoulders, Gable tags in and Gable throws in shoulders! Otis tags in, he taunts Rey, and then runs in to SPLASH Dom down! Gable tags in, covers, TWO! Gable clamps onto Dom’s arm and grinds him down. Fans rally as Dom endures, and Gable grinds the arm. Gable gets Dom up, Dom throws body shots, and then runs. Gable hits a BELLY2BELLY! And rolls through to BELLY2BELLY! Gable keeps going, shifts Dom around to then GERMAN – Dom lands on his feet! Dom FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS Gable down! Both men flounder, Dom tags in Rey! Rey dodges, fires off forearms on Gable, then whips but Gable reverses.

Rey kicks, whips, and follows Gable to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Then he hops on for a SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Rey keeps his cool, gets Gable up and whips him to a corner. Gable reverses, runs in, but Rey drops to send Gable into the POST! Rey gets up top, but Gable throat chops! Gable climbs up, fireman’s carries, and pops Rey up, but Rey SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives, but Rey tags Dom in! The Mysterios get Gabler up to whip and toss to the apron! Rey slides under to trip Gable, Dom runs to slide and SUNSET BOMB Gable into barriers! Dom puts Gable in, tags Rey back in, and Rey DECKS Otis!

Dom and Rey whip Gable again, drop toehold onto ropes! Dom PLANCHAS but Otis catches him! Dom slips off to send Otis into the announce desk! Rey hits 619 on Gable! Rey goes up top and hits a FROG SPLASH! Cover, The Mysterios win!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall

The Alphas are seething, but they got outsmarted by Rey & Dom! And now, Bryan and Cesaro make their way out, one part to congratulate the Mysterios, and the other to hear Roman’s answer in person! Will the Mysterios head for those SmackDown Tag Team Championships? Will Cesaro get his Universal Championship opportunity, too?

 

SmackDown returns once more, with Bryan and Cesaro in the ring.

Cesaro has the mic to say, “Alright, Roman. I’m out here. We’re all waiting to hear your answer.” He and Bryan wait but get impatient. Roman can either come out here and give us the answer, or they can go back there and get their answer. Roman’s choice. Finally, Roman’s music hits again! The Head of the Table walks out with Heyman and Jey by his side again. Roman leads the way down to the ring, and he gets right in Cesaro’s face as he says, “You’re going to challenge me? You? You’re going to challenge me? Who’re you? What do you think you’ve done to be in the ring with me? You don’t deserve it. You hadn’t earned it! I’m the Tribal Chief around here! The Head of the Table!” The answer is no and it will always be no, because Cesaro will never be on Roman’s level.

The Universal Champion issues the challenges around here. And the challenge… is to Daniel Bryan?! Roman doesn’t like Bryan, never has, and will never like him. But he gives Bryan one last shot at this title. Take a hard look because this is as close as Bryan’s ever going to get. Next week on SmackDown, Bryan gets his last opportunity. What does he have to say? Bryan hesitates, but Cesaro says Bryan has to take this! Bryan takes the mic, but Roman says first, Bryan needs to know this. If, or rather when Bryan loses, Roman never wants to see Bryan again. Bryan needs to vanish from Roman’s show ever again. No more floating around SmackDown ever again, understand? Bryan accepts that challenge!

Roman holds the belt up and says they’ll never have this. It will always be his. The Goat either becomes champion, or stops being a SmackDown superstar! Which way does the Tribal Chief’s challenge break on a big fight Friday night?


My Thoughts:

This was a very good episode, with a very interesting way of arranging the matches. I’ll say right now that next week is going to be big with two titles on the line. We got a great promo segment to open SmackDown that transitioned smoothly into an awesome match that then transitioned just as smoothly into a second great promo segment. I am surprised that Cesaro isn’t taking a full detour back to Rollins, but they do have a clever way of delaying Roman VS Cesaro. Roman using his sway as champion to say no to Cesaro and of course give a match to someone he’s already beaten, controversial or not, is of course what he’d do. Roman VS Bryan is going to be an awesome match but naturally Roman will find a way to win again, so that Roman and Cesaro can battle at some point later.

Having the WWE Intercontinental Championship as the main event was a bit of a surprise, too, but it did allow for Apollo and Kevin to have room to breathe and put on a great match. Of course Azeez gets involved in his own way, a bit of a copy-pasta from some of the stuff AJ Styles and Omos have done, but in a vacuum, it was a way for Apollo to win without it really hurting Kevin. Sami doing those obnoxious dance moves over Kevin was hilarious, and I suppose of all the possible (and inevitable) rematches from WrestleMania for Backlash, Kevin VS Sami one more time will be another crowd pleaser. Sami will likely win at Backlash since he’s been on the receiving end of much of his, and they can have yet another rematch at Extreme Rules, perhaps under Extreme Rules.

The Women’s Tag Team Champions and Natty-Tamina are definitely headed for a WrestleMania rematch. It was quite the surprise for Reginald to return in quite a wild looking suit, but they’re oddly back on track for what I was expecting: Reggie is going to drive a wedge between Nia and Shayna, that is why they lose the belts, and they’ll have a big rivalry going while Natty & Tamina give SmackDown a turn with the titles. Too bad Vince let go of some great candidates for teams, like Billie Kay, who could’ve surely found a way to make something of her partnership with Carmella. Maybe someone backstage wizens up and hires some of these free agents back.

We got good stuff in the interview promos, too. the Profits getting in the faces of the Dirty Dawgs keeps their feud alive, but I would really like to see if WrestleMania Backlash gave the tag title opportunity to Rey & Dom, just to see what comes of it. Dom is getting there, being with his dad, Ziggler and Roode can definitely carry him to a big moment. And Bayley being two-faced but then immediately obnoxious to Bianca’s face properly brings back the feud heat they had from before Bianca was challenging Sasha, and their match at Backlash is going to be really good. Bianca solidifying her reign over Bayley is great for her, she could go on one of the greatEST runs since Bayley’s.

My Score: 8.4/10


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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?

 

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!

As the Visionary just said, he is 100% and ready for whoever comes out of this match! The Viper, the Scottish Terminator, the Mega Star, the All Mighty, the Prizefighter and the Maverick are just as ready, but who proves they are worthy by making it through the Chamber?

 


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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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