Last night on SmackDown it was announced that Kofi Kingston of The New Day would replace the injured Mustafa Ali in the WWE Championship match this Sunday at Elimination Chamber. Kingston was revealed at the beginning of the gauntlet match main event to decide who would enter the chamber last at the PPV. and lasted over an hour, instantly raising his profile and giving him a whole lot of momentum going into the title match. The gauntlet was won by Randy Orton with an RKO out of nowhere which was dumb but overall it was a great match. Seriously if you didn’t catch last night’s SmackDown I highly suggest you do. Of course I recapped it but it’s a match worth actually seeing with your own eyeballs. It’s easy to forget just HOW GOOD Kofi is when given the chance, and he reminded me for sure by the end of the episode.
Elimination Chamber takes place this Sunday and will air live on the WWE Network at 7pm/6pm Central. If you’re a glutton for punishment the Kickoff Show starts at 6pm/5pm Central.
Date: July 15, 2018 Venue: PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA) Commentators: Various
This year’s Extreme Rules features a potential for the biggest RUSEV DAY of all as Rusev challenges AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Also on the show Seth Rollins tries to regain his Intercontinental Championship by taking on Dolph Ziggler in a 30 Minute Iron Man Match, Braun Strowman faces Kevin Owens in a Cage Match, and Team Hell No reunites to challenge The Bludgeon Brothers for the SMACKDOWN Tag Team Championship. All that plus a whole lot more, because this show is probably going 4 hours.
WWE Champion: ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles
WWE Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
WWE Intercontinental Champion: Dolph Ziggler
WWE United States Champion: Jeff Hardy
RAW Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss
SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Carmella
RAW Tag Team Champions: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper & Rowan)
Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt [c] vs. The B-Team for the RAW Tag Team Championship (**1/2)
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin (**1/4)
Ellsworth in a Shark Cage:Carmella [c] vs. Asuka for the SMACKDOWN Women’s Championship (*3/4)
Jeff Hardy [c] vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (NR)
Steel Cage Match:Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (**1/2)
The Bludgeon Brothers [c] vs. Team Hell No for the SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*)
Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley (***)
Extreme Rules:Alexa Bliss [c] vs. Nia Jax for the RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
AJ Styles [c] vs. Rusev for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
30 Minute Iron Man Match:Dolph Ziggler [c] vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
Venue: Huntington Center (Toledo, OH) Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, & Byron Saxton
It’s the last SmackDown Live before the Elimination Chamber; can they do a better job than their big brother did last night by giving the PPV some sort of energy? Fingers Crossed. Apparently ‘McMiz TV’ is debuting so that’s…something. ANYWAY join along with me for up to date recaps, results, random thoughts, and funny(?) jokes.
WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
WWE United States Champion: R-Truth
SMACKDOWN Women’s Champion: Asuka
SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions: The Miz & Shane McMahon
Naomi & Carmella vs. The IIconics vs. Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose (*1/2)
Gauntlet Match:Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy vs. ??? (****)
Date: February 18, 1996 Venue: Louisville Gardens (Louisville, KY) Commentators: Vince McMahon & Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler
The 6th installment of In Your House features the baby blue cage of doom as Bret Hart defends the WWF Championship against the man he defeated for it back at Survivor Series, and soon to be WCW-bound, Diesel. Also on the show Shawn Michaels puts his WrestleMania XII title shot on the line against Owen Hart,the feud between former best friends Razor Ramon and The 1-2-3 Kid ends with a friggin’ Crybaby Match, and Yokozuna…speaks?!?
WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
WWF Intercontinental Champion: Goldust
WWF World Tag Team Champions: VACANT
The (Televised) Lineup
Crybaby Match:Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid (**1/2)
Duke Droese vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (**)
Yokozuna vs. Davey Boy Smith (1/4*)
Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (***3/4)
Steel Cage Match:Bret Hart [c] vs. Diesel for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
Sad news to report as Pedro Morales, one of the biggest stars for the then-WWWF in the 70s and early-80s, has passed away at the age of 76. Born in Puerto Rico, Morales began wrestling in 1959 and in short order became one of the industry’s biggest stars, unseating Ivan Koloff to win the WWWF World Championship. Morales defended the title against all comers for over two years, selling out the famed Madison Square Garden on multiple occasions, before losing it to Stan Stasiak. Morales would go on to win the Intercontinental Championship two times and the Tag Team Championship with Bob Backlund one time, making him the company’s first-ever Triple Crown Champion. Morales would hang around the now-WWF into the 1980s, putting over new stars, until retiring from the ring in 1987. He transitioned over to color commentary for both the WWF and later WCW’s Spanish announce team and was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995. Morales had been battling advanced Parkinson’s Disease in his final years.
Morales was before my time but I’ve always respected his contributions to pro wrestling and his legacy as the first man to win all three championships in the WWWF. Time to hit the Network and see what I’ve been missing. Rest in Peace.
After what seems like forever, The Revival have finally struck main roster gold last night on RAW by defeating Bobby Roode & Chad Gable for the brand’s Tag Team Championship. The match started off slow with a dead crowd but picked up in short order, and by the end they had the crowd screaming and chanting ‘THIS IS AWESOME’ as each team did everything they could to put the other way. In the end The Revival countered a crossbody from Gable into the Shatter Machine and finally ascended to the top of the tag team mountain (for one brand at least).
After winning over fans in droves during their time on NXT. including two reigns as the Tag Team Champions, The Revival was drafted to RAW in 2017 but due to injuries and other factors have never reached the same heights. Congrats to The Revival on a title long deserved…and may you actually get a real reign with it instead of losing it in like a week or something.
Last night’s episode of RAW ended in controversy when Mr. McMahon came out and announced that not only was Becky Lynch suspended for the next 60 days, but she was being replaced in the WrestleMania main event by longtime rival Charlotte Flair.
Earlier in the show Becky had been given an ultimatum: apologize to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for her actions the week prior or forfeit her match against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania she earned by winning the Royal Rumble. After THREE HOURS of deliberation, in which everyone from mentor Finn Balor to sh*t-stirrer Alexa Bliss weighed on what she should do, Becky decided to quickly apologize, getting her suspension lifted and making her WrestleMania main event a go…until the head of the McMahon family, the true Authority in WWE, decided otherwise.
A lot of people clowned on WWE for this but I dig the story they’re telling; it gives Charlotte a ton of heat and also plays into the fans’ very justified fear they’re going to make Ronda/Becky into a triple threat match. I’m pretty sure WWE knows better and will keep it Becky/Ronda, with Becky fighting her way back into the spot closer to WrestleMania, but I don’t blame people for thinking otherwise. Either way this good fodder for a Charlotte promo tonight on SmackDown and I hope we get it.