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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/23/22)

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!

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SmackDown 2022

It’s a Miracle on 34th Street Fight!

Ricochet is NOT Intercontinental Champion, and he wants revenge on Imperium for Christmas! Will he get what he wants on the holiday edition of SmackDown?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Hit Row; The Usos win and retain the titles.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet: Raquel Rodriguez wins and will challenge Ronda Rousey for the title next week.
  • Rey Mysterio VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo; Rey wins.
  • Miracle on 34th Street Fight Tag: Ricochet & Braun Strowman VS Imperium; Ricochet & Strowman win.

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The Bloodline is here!

The Tribal Chief leads Paul Heyman, the Usos, Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn out on stage. They skip the pyro because of all the Christmas trees, and continue to the ring. The belts are raised, and now we get pyro! The Wiseman introduces himself, and says “tonight, I’m here to hype you on two back-to-back historic weeks for the greatest faction, The Bloodline. First, tonight, the longest reigning tag team champions in history, the Usos, will successfully defend their tag team championships against Hit Row, and ladies and gentlemen, that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler.

“Then,  next week, live from the beautiful, warm city of Tampa, Florida, the Enforcer, the Sergeant at Arms, he who imposes the Bloodline’s will upon all others, Solo will take out Sheamus, period, exclamation point, end of discussion. And then, ladies and gentlemen, the biggest televised match of 2022, when Kevin… Owens… and John… Cena…” Fans rally fire up for those names. “… get SMASHED by Sami Zayn, and your Tribal Chief the Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman…! Reigns!” Fans cheer for Sami and Roman smiles.

Roman says that is exactly what he’s thinking! On December 30th, we already know the Tribal Chief will SMASH somebody! And it ain’t no secret that Roman’s made multiple millions of dollars by whooping Cena and Kevin. That’s who he is, and that’s what he does! But he is curious. He wants to know what the Honorary Uce is gonna do. This isn’t the Sami Roman knows. He looks irritated. Sami, get it off your chest. Tell us what’s going to happen. Fans cheer “UCEY! UCEY!” for Sami and he says he should be on top of the world. It’s the holidays, and all he’s ever wanted is what everyone wants: a little respect, and a place to belong.

After all this time, Sami found that! And with the hottest group in all the WWE! The Bloodline! Sami has found family and respect! They love Sami! The fans love Sami! Every city loves Sami! The fans even chant for him now. And you would think that’d put Sami on top of the world, but it doesn’t! Because there is a dark cloud hanging over his head, and it’s called Kevin Owens! Last week, what could’ve been and should’ve been a huge week for Sami was ruined by Kevin! And not even Kevin directly, but by his existence! By the fact his name has been tied to Sami for his entire career and Sami can’t get rid of Kevin!

Kevin says he’s done with Sami, but he’s not done with the Bloodline. Well if he has a problem with the Bloodline, then he has a problem with Sami! And of all things, Kevin wants to bring back Cena?! To try and upstage Sami and the Bloodline? To steal the show? Newsflash! The Bloodline IS the show! Kevin, you listen closely. And Cena, Sami doesn’t care where you’ve been or what you’ve been doing, but hopefully you’re watching. They are going to destroy the two of you! They are going to rip the two of you apart! They are going to leave you mangled! When you step up to the Bloodline, you get SMASHED!

“So prepare next week to do what every other WWE superstar has done, and what this city is about to do, and that is to ACKNOWLEDGE the Tribal Chief!” Roman is pleased, and the Bloodline raises the fingers. Will Roman and Sami be the ones to crush Kevin and Cena? Or will the year end with Kevin and Cena shocking the world?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Hit Row!

With every day that passes, Jimmy & Jey continue to build on their record-setting tag title reign. Will that reign continue into the New Year? Or will Ashante THEE Adonis & Top Dolla turn 500+ days into nada?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Hit Row can go gold!

The teams sort out and Adonis starts against Jey. They circle, tie up, and go around. Jey headlocks, Adonis powers out, things speed up and Adonis hurdles but Jey shoves him. Adonis jumps to do the Gritty dance, and then he arm-drags Jey down! Adonis wrenches the arm, tags Dolla, and then Dolla whips Adonis in to RAM into Jey! Adonis feeds Jey to Dolla’s BOOT! Dolla whips, scoops, but Jey CHOP BLOCKS the bad leg! Jey drags Dolla to the corner and tags in Jimmy. Jimmy stomps Dolla while Jey holds Dolla down. Jimmy CHOKES Dolla on the ropes, the ref counts, and Jimmy lets off so Jey can ROCK Dolla with a cheap shot!

Adonis protests but the ref missed it. Jey tags in and the Usos mug Dolla. B-Fab is frustrated but Sami likes what he sees as Jey stalks Dolla. Dolla ROCKS Jey, ROCKS Jimmy, repeat! Dolla TOSSES Jimmy in but Jey CHOP BLOCKS the leg again! The champions are in control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the Usos mug Dolla with a DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Fans rally behind the Usos as Jey talks trash and drags Dolla up. Jey CLUBS Dolla, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Dolla and Jey crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Adonis! Adonis FLAPJACKS Jimmy! And then AIR DROPS! Adonis SUPERKICKS Jey off the apron, he blocks Jimmy’s kick and trips him up! Adonis rolls Jimmy to BOOT then FLOAT OVER DDT! Adonis kips up, fans fire up, and Adonis goes up to the top. Jimmy stands, Adonis CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Jimmy is still in this and Sami is relieved!

Adonis aims at Jimmy from a corner, he tunes up the band, and Jimmy stands. But Jimmy blocks the superkick to back suplex! Jey is there, Adonis DECKS him! Adonis runs, but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! B-Fab coaches her team but Jimmy and Jey coordinate. They tag, then they raise the fingers. Fans fire up but Dolla drags Jimmy out! Dolla RAMS Jimmy into steps! Adonis rolls Jey up, TWO!! LONG KISS GOODNIGHT!! Tag to Dolla, the fans fire up and Hit Row brings Jey up! HEAVY HITTER!! Cover, Jimmy breaks it in time!! Adonis fires off on Jimmy but Jimmy throws Adonis out and SUPERKICKS him off the apron!

Dolla fireman’s carries Jimmy! But Jey storms in! Dolla scoops him! But the bad leg gives up! Jey SUPERKICKS Dolla down! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK! And then, ONE AND DONE!! Cover, Usos win!

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

Hit Row wasn’t at 100% but they still give the Usos a fight! But in the end, the reign continues! Who, if any team, will dethrone the Usos from atop the WWE Tag Division?

 

Backstage interview with Imperium.

Kayla Braxton brings up tonight’s main event, the Miracle on 34th Street Fight between Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci VS Braun Strowman & Ricochet. Ludwig says that is “an abomination.” This match makes a mockery of what they do. Vinci says Braun & Ricochet are sideshows. A strongman and an acrobat that belong in the circus. Don’t put them on that mat with world class athletes like them. Ludwig says they will not spread holiday cheer. They will restore the honor of their sacred mat. But will the “sideshow” steal the show here tonight?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Gauntlet!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet is so bad, six women are going to compete to be her next challenger! First out is the Aussie with attitude in Emma! Will she be the last woman standing at the end to face Ronda Rousey? Or will another rise up to challenge Rowdy Ronda?

SmackDown returns and Emma’s opponent is… Xia Li! The former “Protector” has become more of an assassin, will she end Emma’s run right out the gate?

Emma VS Xia Li!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Xia puts Emma on ropes. The ref counts, Xia lets off, but then she throat chops! Emma coughs, the ref reprimands but Xia talks trash and whips. Emma ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Xia! Fans rally, Emma wrenches and short arm LARIATS Xia down! Xia staggers up into a kick, Emma underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans rally, Emma runs in at the corner, big forearm smash! Emma runs, rolls, comes back, EMMAMITE SANDWICH! Cover, TWO! Xia survives but Emma drags her back up. Emma scoops but Xia slips free to shove her away.

Xia goes to ropes, Emma storms up, but Xia YANKS her onto ropes! Emma sputters again, Xia SOBATS, then KICKS! Emma staggers Xia, runs in, STEP-UP ELBOW! Emma drops, Xia runs, CYCLONE ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, Xia ELIMINATES Emma! But there’s no time to waste, here comes Tegan Nox! And she’s gonna want revenge for Xia screwing her and Liv Morgan out of the Women’s Tag titles!

Xia Li VS Tegan Nox!

Fans fire up as the Welsh Firecracker slides in, dodges Xia and fires off forearms and CHOPS! Nox UPPERCUTS, then whips Xia to ropes for another UPPERCUT! GOURD BUSTER! Xia flounders, fans rally up and Nox runs in to CANNONBALL! Nox pushes Xia out of the corner and goes up top! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Xia survives again, goes to the apron, but Nox is right on her! Nox CLUBS away on Xia, but Xia shoves Nox away! Xia BOOTS Nox into the post, then JUMP KNEES Nox down! Nox flounders, Xia stalks Nox, and Xia runs to CYCLONE ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, Xia ELIMINATES Nox!! That’s two in quick succession!

But up next is BIG MAMI COOL! Will Raquel Rodriquez run right through Xia to get at Ronda? We find out, after the break!

Xia Li VS Raquel Rodriguez!

SmackDown returns and Xia has Raquel in a chinlock! But Raquel fights up with Xia as a backpack! Xia drops to roll Raquel out of the ring! Raquel writhes on the floor but Xia goes out and PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Raquel clutches the arm, which is in a heavy brace. Xia puts Raquel on the apron and dribbles her off the edge! Fans boo but Xia KNEES Raquel into the ring! Raquel flounders, Xia SLIDING KNEES Raquel in the side! Fans rally for Raquel but Xia storms up on her in the corner. But Raquel SMACKS Xia off buckles! Xia storms up again but into an elbow! And then a BOOOT! Fans fire up as Raquel scoops with the good arm, for a FALL AWAY SLAM!

Raquel runs, goes up and up and TWISTING VADERS! Cover, TWO!! Xia survives again and Raquel grows frustrated. Raquel drags Xia up, Xia breaks free and SOBATS! Xia KICKS Raquel in the chest, then roars! Xia aims again, STEP-UP ELBOW! Xia runs but the cyclone misses! Raquel gest up and under for the TEXANA BOMB! Cover, Raquel ELIMINATES Xia! But here comes Liv!

Liv Morgan VS Raquel Rodriguez!

Liv doesn’t waste time, she rushes Raquel, only for Raquel to RAM her into a corner! Raquel RAMS her more, throws Liv, but Liv lands on her feet! Liv avoids the boot but Raquel blocks the Code Breaker! Raquel throws Liv up but Liv sunset flips! Raquel stays up, stands Liv up but Liv bobs ‘n’ weaves to shove and SHOTGUN! Raquel is in the corner, Liv runs in to back body block! And then SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Raquel, runs and RANAS, but Raquel blocks it! Raquel brings Liv up, but Liv spins around! Liv clubs Raquel into a VICTORY ROLL, TWO!! Liv rolls Raquel up again, TWO!

Raquel scrambles but Liv goes for the bad arm! Liv steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Raquel clutches the arm but Liv jackknife bridges! TWO and Raquel has a sunset flip! TWO, and Liv runs! Raquel scoops Liv but Liv slips around into a SLEEPER! Fans fire up as Liv thrashes Raquel! Raquel endures, drops to a knee, but fans rally up! Raquel fights back up with a second wind! Raquel roars before the BACKPACK SENTON! Both women are down and fans fire up while SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Raquel CLUBS away on Liv on the top rope! Then Raquel hits a SUPERPLEX! Both women are down again and fans fire back up! Raquel and Liv stir while fans rally and the ring count climbs. Raquel stands at 6 of 10, Liv gets to ropes. Raquel runs to ELBOW Liv down! And LARIAT! And then scoop for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Liv crawls to a corner, Raquel runs in to SPLASH! Raquel whips but Liv reverses to CODE BREAKER the bad arm! Raquel flounders to the corner, Liv says sorry about this, and she DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Raquel writhes, Liv goes up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO!

But Liv has a RINGS OF SATURN!! Raquel endures as Liv pulls back on both arms! Liv SLAPS away on Raquel’s face! Raquel refuses to give up, she fights with her legs and one good arm! Raquel manages to stand and fans fire up again! Raquel pops Liv into position to swing her, but Liv CODE BREAKERS! Cover, TWO!! Raquel survives and Liv grows frustrated. Liv CLUBS Raquel, drags her up, but Raquel blocks the whip! Raquel whips Liv, Liv ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Raquel catches the crossbody for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up as Raque runs to the corner, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!!

Fans rally, Liv throws body shots but Raquel throws hands! They go back and forth, Raquel gets the edge! Liv KICKS, runs, but into a BOOT! Raquel drags Liv up, but Liv pops around for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Raquel survives, but she’s ta the ropes! Liv runs in, but Raquel SLAMS her down! Raquel brings Liv up with one arm, but Liv slips off! Liv ENZIGURIS Raquel to ropes! Liv runs in, O- NO! TEXANA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel ELIMINATES Liv! But that just leaves Sonya Deville!

Raquel Rodriguez VS Sonya Deville!

Sonya isn’t in a rush, she has Raquel right where she wants her! Sonya fires off on Raquel and that bad arm! The ref counts, Sonya lets off to fire off body shots, then she lets off. Sonya brings Raquel around but Raquel HEADBUTTS Sonya, then runs her over! Raquel drags Sonya up, scoops her, but The bad arm stops her! Sonya WRINGS that arm out, then runs to KNEE Raquel down! Cover, TWO! Raquel is still in this but Sonya POSTS her! Sonya goes out, talks some trash, and she SLAMS the bad arm against the corner! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, counts, and Sonya stops at 4 to soak up the heat.

Sonya gest in the ring, she drags Raquel up, but Raquel blocks the whip! Raquel RAMS Sonya with that shoulder, and then again! And then a scoop to a SLAM! Raquel shoves Sonya to FLAPJACK on the return! Cover, TWO! Sonya goes to a corner, Raquel runs in but into an elbow! Sonya grabs the bad arm! HANGING WRISTLOCK! The ref counts, Sonya lets off, but then pulls Raquel back up! HANGING WRISTLOCK! The ref counts, Sonya stops again and they argue. But Raquel drags Sonya off the top! TEXANA BOMB!!! Cover, Raquel wins!!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship)

But here comes Ronda! “Cut it, cut it. Cut the music.” Ronda tells Raquel that she can wipe her grin off her face. She hasn’t won anything yet. She has ONE MORE opponent. WHAT?! The fix is in, here comes SHAYNA BASZLER! Since when was the Queen of Spades the seventh competitor!? Seems it doesn’t matter, Shayna’s rushing to the ring!

Raquel Rodriguez VS Shayna Baszler!

The ref has no choice, he watches as Shayna and Raquel throw haymakers! Fans boo as Shayna KICKS and KICKS and goes after the bad arm! Shayna tears the arm brace right off, and she’s right after Raquel’s bad elbow! Shayna stomps away while fans boo! Ronda plays the world’s tiniest violin, aka she doesn’t care. But Raquel rolls Shayna up! RAQUEL WINS!!!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship)

Ronda is furious! Her fix didn’t work!! And now, she has no choice but to face Big Mami Cool! Will the last SmackDown of 2022 be the last SmackDown where Ronda is champion?

 

Bray Wyatt is here!

The fireflies come out as the music plays. The door is there, and the light shines from behind it. The door opens, and he’s here! “Y’all wanna hear something wild, man? And I’m being serious. One of the hardest things in the world for me to do is to walk out here in front you guys and with everyone in the world watching me, man, this is incredibly nerve wracking. It’s a wild, wild feeling, man. And it’s a pretty surreal feeling, man, and I don’t think I’ll ever get used to people being excited to see, man, I don’t get it.” Fans cheer because they are excited to see Bray. Bray guesses he doesn’t look at himself like that.

Bray tries to present the realest Bray he can, but he genuinely doesn’t know if there is a real Bray. But he does know that LA Knight owes him an apology! Nobody listened to Bray. Not Knight, not the fans. Fans boo but Bray wants them to be honest. They all thought that was him, too, right? But Bray says the truth is, he is NOT Uncle Howdy. He never was! And when he thinks about whatever Howdy… Bray apologizes, he lost his train of thought. Fans chant “We Love Bray! We Love Bray!” and Bray focuses. Bray sits on the mat and drops the mic. Then he grabs the cameraman! Bray drags the cameraman around in the MANDIBLE CLAW!!

Bray dribbles the cameraman off the mat! Adam Pearce and officials rush out to stop him! Bray lets the cameraman go and Pearce asks what the hell is wrong with him! Bray has a far-off look in his eyes, just what is going on in his tormented mind?

 

Rey Mysterio VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo!

The King of Lucha Libre is back in action, but he knows Doomsday is coming for him. Will Rey prove to Karrion Kross that this workhorse still has time on the clock? Or will one half of Los Lotharios show just who is in their prime?

The bell rings and we spot Kross and Scarlett in the crowd! They watch along with the fans as Garza and Rey circle. Fans rally for Rey but Garza offers a handshake. Rey accepts, then SLAPS Garza! Rey headlocks, Garza powers out, but things speed up. Garza hurdles, Rey shoves him but Garza sunset flips! Rey rolls through to basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Rey bumps Garza off buckles. Rey climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, and Rey keeps going, even as Garza has him on his shoulders! Rey goes past 10 to get FIFTEEN, then he RANAS Garza away! Fans fire up, Rey whips, Garza reverses. Rey ducks and springboards, but Garza dodges to basement dropkick!

Fans boo but OFF COME THE PANTS! Garza throws those at Rey, brings him around, and double underhooks for a BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Garza clamps onto Rey with a chinlock, but he also claws Rey’s face! The ref reprimands, Garza stops at 4. Rey throws elbows, but Garza CLUBS Rey and whips him hard into a corner! Rey bounces off buckles and into a forearm! Garza whips Rey the other way, Rey bounces off buckles again and into another forearm! Garza tries the Electric Chair one more time, but Rey victory rolls Garza into the POST! Fans fire up as Rey goes up, SEATRED SENTON!

Rey keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Garza ends up on ropes, Rey dials it up, but Humberto bails out his cousin! Only for Rey to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Humberto! Fans fire up but Kross isn’t impressed. Rey says he’s watching Kross, but Garza runs over! Rey GAMANGIRIS, slides under, but Garza uses the tearaway pants as a fake-out to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Kross is amused now. Garza drags Rey up and underhooks, but Garza shouts “SIX! ONE! NINE!” Garza puts Rey on the ropes but Rey fights back! The ref pulls Garza back because of the ropebreak, but Humberto DECKS Rey with a cheap shot!

Fans boo but Rey is stuck on the ropes now. Garza says Rey’s time is over! Garza copies Latino Heat, he runs, but into a RANA! Garza is on the ropes, Rey redials, 619!! Rey slingshots to DDT Garza down! Cover, Rey wins!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

The fans celebrate but Kross is back to being unimpressed. But will that matter when Rey shows Kross in person that this dog isn’t out of the fight yet?

 

Ricochet and Braun Strowman speak.

The One and Only says Imperium is nothing but talk. All Ludwig & Vinci do is talk and talk. They just ride Gunther’s coattails! And did you hear what those clowns had to say about them? That a strongman and an acrobat belong better in the circus. Braun chuckles, and says maybe they do. But then they’ll go out there and show Imperium who runs the big top. Ricochet likes that! The strength and speed of the Monster and the King of Flight are headed for the ring, will they have a holly jolly Christmas while Imperium gets coal?

 

Kross and Scarlett talk backstage.

Scarlett smiles as she thinks about Rey’s face after that match. But then they come across Emma. Emma says, “Who the hell do you guys think you are, disrespecting a legend like Rey Mysterio? And what’s this about you calling Riddick a joker a few weeks ago?” Scarlett says she called Riddick a fool. Oh, right. Emma SLAPS Scarlett! Scarlett steps up but Kross has her stand down. Kross tells Emma, “You have absolutely no idea what you’ve just done.” Will Mr. & Mrs. Doomsday bring an end to Emma’s WWE comeback story?

 

Lacey Evans continues basic training.

And now she gets in the Marine Corps. fight pit! She spars with trainees as the narrator says, “Iron sharpens iron. This is on place for the weak. Or the less-than. Or the second-best. ‘Good enough’ is never good enough. You are a highly trained, finely tuned fighting machine. You wake up, work, and win. And it is your mission to destroy every single woman in WWE.” Will the Model Soldier come back even more dangerous than before?

 

Miracle on 34th Street Fight Tag: Ricochet & Braun Strowman VS Imperium!

A Christmas tradition for the WWE at this point, the King of Flight and the Monster of All Monsters look to deck the halls and roast some chestnuts, all at the expense of the Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy! Will Ricochet & Braun make sure Imperium #GetsTheseHands? Or will Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci protect the honor of Imperium and the sanctity of this great sport, by being a couple o’ Grinches?

SmackDown returns and Imperium makes their entrance. They frown at the decorations all around ringside and then join the others in the ring. The bell rings, and Imperium attacks! Braun CLOBBERS Vinci while Ludwig throws Ricochet out! Braun CLOBBERS Ludwig then clotheslines him out of the ring! Vinci leaps at Braun to fire off haymakers! Braun shoves Vinci to a corner hard, then he UPPERCUTS! Ricochet returns, he gest a boost, RAILGUN DROPKICK on Vinci! Fans fire up, Ricochet covers, but Ludwig drags him out! Ludwig sends Ricochet into steel steps and Vinci attacks Braun!

Ludwig joins in, Imperium mugs Strowman but he shoves them both away! Braun SPLASHES Ludwig but Vinci BOOTS Braun! Vinci leaps, but into Braun’s harms! Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS one leg, Vinci CHOP BLOCKS the other! Imperium mugs Braun again, fans boo, but Imperium soaks up the heat. Ludwig stands Braun up but Braun CHOPS him down! Vinci runs in but Braun dumps him out! Ludwig runs in but Braun TOSSES him up and out onto Vinci! Fans fire up and Ricochet runs to jump off the barriers! FLYING RANA sends Vinci into barriers! Fans fire up with Ricochet and Braun as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Braun scoops Vinci! But Vinci fights free and POSTS Braun! And then he RAMS Braun through a Christmas tree and some presents! Ricochet DIVES to take out Ludwig, but Ludwig turns that around to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vinci uses a kendo stick to SMACK away on Ricochet’s back! Fans boo but Imperium grabs a chair with a nice ribbon on it. Ludwig uses that to SMACK Braun back down, onto the ornaments! Imperium mugs Ricochet, and Ludwig JAMS Ricochet with a chair! Fans boo as Imperium holds up their new favorite toys, but Braun then PUNCHES the chair into Ludwig’s face!

Vinci swings on Braun but Braun catches the stick to take it away and BREAK it! Braun DECKS Vinci, drags him up, and Braun throws hands on Vinci and Ludwig! They go to the stage, Braun THRWOS Vinci into Christmas trees! And then same for Ludwig! Fans fire up for the Christmas tree bowling. Braun then scoops BOTH Ludwig & Vinci! But they both claw the eyes! Imperium mugs Braun, they bring him around, and they DOUBLE SUPLEX Braun to the stage! Fans boo while Vinci & Ludwig stand. Vinci has a bloody eyebrow from hitting trees but he seems in a better mood. But then Ricochet JUMP KNEES Ludwig down!

Vinci and Ricochet brawl their way back down the ramp! Ricochet KNEES Vinci, CLUBS him, and puts him in the ring! But Ludwig anchors Ricochet on the apron! Ricochet kicks Ludwig away, shoulders into Vinci and takes aim, only for Ludwig to SMACK Ricochet on the back with a chair! Ricochet falls to the floor and fans boo again. Ludwig drags Ricochet up and in while the ref checks Vinci’s bloody eyebrow. Imperium hurries to mug Braun as he gets up, and they THROW him into trees and presents! Vinci tips the BIG tree onto Braun! Vinci then wonders what’s in the big gift box. He and Ludwig open one up, and it’s a ballerina!

The ballerina dances out onto the stage? The ballerina then goes to the other box, and that one opens up to reveal THE NEW DAY! They’re tin soldiers! Or maybe gold ones, cuz they have their W, W, E, N, X, T, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONSHIPS~ on! Imperium is baffled, but fans cheer, “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi & Woods freeze in place. Ludwig straightens out Woods’ uniform for him. Vinci pushes down Woods’ arm, and that causes him to LOW BLOW Ludwig! They’re nutcrackers! Kofi does the same! Imperium retreats to ringside, New Day salute Braun as he stands up. Braun runs to run Vinci over!

Braun runs to run Ludwig over! And then he runs Vinci over again! Fans rally as Ludwig gets up to get run over again! Braun then spots Ricochet is down and out. Braun signals to the ring announcer girl and he fetches some MISTLETOE! A Christmas kiss revives Ricochet! Ricochet is all fire dup, he GAMANGIRIS Vinci and then SPRINGBOARD FLYING CLOHTESLINES! Fans fire up, Ricochet LIONSAULTS Vinci while Braun gets Ludwig up! MONSTER BOMB through the table!! And the cookies, too! Ricochet tunes up the band, for a RECOIL!! Vinci staggers, into a scoop! MONSTER SLAM!!

Ricochet is up top, then he climbs onto Braun! MONSTER SPLASH!! Cover, Braun & Ricochet win!

Winners: Ricochet & Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals! The mat may not be sacred, but it’ll still be a happy holiday! Will it be an even better new year for the One and Only and the Monster of All Monsters?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for SmackDown, even for a pretaped holiday episode. No holiday party, which is a bit of a surprise, but that actually made this better because it was all about the action. Good opening promo from The Bloodline where Sami got to fire up and really hype up his match alongside Roman to take on Kevin and Cena. And this is all the more reason I think something big happens towards the story of Sami and Kevin reuniting. And a solid tag match from Usos VS Hit Row, and they made good use of Dolla banging up his leg last week here. Usos retain as expected, who knows who else they’ll face as we wait on Kevin and Sami reuniting to be a team.

Great gauntlet match, but that crowd looked too tired to care about it. That’s disappointing to me. I’ve been tired all day today and I was still excited for Xia getting to look strong, and then Raquel coming in and taking the whole thing. Ronda trying to screw Raquel over was fitting Heel stuff, but that was a rather quick way to fix the fix. I thought Raquel was going to tough it out, but her getting a quick win on Shayna was probably the best way to stick it to Ronda. The title match is next week, so I sadly don’t see Raquel winning. Raquel winning the title on live TV would be great stuff, I just don’t see it happening.

Good match from Rey VS Garza, and I figured Rey would win. Kross and Scarlett watching from the crowd was an interesting change from people usually watching things backstage. I thought Kross and Scarlett would’ve been closer to the ring than they were, but as long as Rey could see them, that was the point. And I liked that Emma confronted Scarlett and Kross, keeping the possibility of a mixed tag of Emma & Moss VS Kross & Scarlett alive. And very good segment from Bray. Him fumbling the promo to then snap and go after a cameraman was good stuff, a different direction than expected, and maybe LA Knight insults Bray over it next week.

Good promos from Imperium and Ricochet-Strowman to hype up the main event. I will say they went a bit more into the sports entertainment for this year’s Christmas themed Street Fight with I believe Ashley D’Amboise as a ballerina and the New Day as nutcracker soldiers. But New Day helping at all makes sense given they were recently feuding with Imperium before going to NXT and taking those tag titles. The mistletoe kiss that revived Ricochet was a bit silly but also kinda cute. Ricochet & Braun winning makes sense, it keeps Imperium from being too powerful and gives fans a reason to be happy at the end of the night.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

WWE goes Down Under!

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Who survives Perth to head for Philadelphia?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!

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

 

The Rock has a message!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Rhea Ripley narrates the intro.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Austin Theory is here?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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