Randy Orton is still sorry for what he did to Edge a few weeks ago. Whether you can understand why he attacked the WWE Hall of Famer — he says you can’t, you never could and he didn’t elaborate — he’s still sorry. Kevin Owens isn’t buying it.
The former Universal Champion tore into The Viper as both a Superstar and a fan, blaming him for taking away the chance to face one of his idols. His demands that Orton explain himself went nowhere — “You think you know me?” The Viper cheekily replied — but eventually, Owens hit upon a solution of sorts. Realizing Orton was never going to try to justify his actions, KO simply decided to challenge The Apex Predator to a match, which the former WWE Champion eagerly accepted. All in all, perhaps it’s best Orton has stopped trying to explain himself. Perhaps there’s nothing left to say.
Humberto Carrillo will fight the good fight until the last breath leaves his body, but the last breath may well leave his body before he figures out an answer for Angel Garza.
The suave former NXT Cruiserweight Champion once again outsmarted his do-gooder cousin, pulling ahead at the tail end of a match that was both incredibly crisp and amusingly petty. The two were just as likely to superkick each other as go to the ground in a slap fight like they were play-wrestling on the couch. The bout quickly spiraled into an escalating duel of roll-up attempts, and Garza opted to fight smart rather than hard, grabbing a handful of his cousin’s tights to keep him to the mat. It was a cheap shot tactic that probably worked 100 times when they were kids. Might as well make it 101.
Beating Brock Lesnar will require something of a miracle, but Ricochet is giving a pretty good argument for getting it done yourself these days. With just three days to go until his WWE Title bout with The Beast, the former United States Champion dispatched Luke Gallows to make it two-for-two against The O.C. following last week’s win over Karl Anderson.
As far as dry runs for Lesnar go, you could do worse than Gallows, who is strong, mean and a noted thrower of hambones. But Ricochet provided a solid example of how he might prevail on Thursday, whittling Gallows down with a blitz of superkicks and dropping him with the 1-2 of the Recoil and Shooting Star Press. He has done all he can, and at this rate, Lesnar will be a cinch. Okay, definitely not a cinch. But maybe. Just maybe …
Saying Brock Lesnar is the underdog at WWE Super ShowDown is a stretch, to put it lightly. But even Lesnar zealot/advocate Paul Heyman admitted there’s an unusual amount of pressure with The Beast’s WWE Title defense against Ricochet: If Lesnar loses, The Road to WrestleMania is effectively repaved on the spot.
That is, of course, a big, big “if.” Such a big if, in fact, that Heyman dismissed it as an impossibility, effectively looking past Ricochet to WrestleMania, where Drew McIntyre lies in wait for the WWE Champion. That does, of course, seem like the most likely course of events on paper. Lesnar possesses an advantage over Ricochet in most aspects, plus he owes him one for that below-the-belt uppercut at the Royal Rumble. If everything goes right, Lesnar vs. McIntyre is still the endpoint. And yet the operative word, however unlikely, remains: If.
What can stop Aleister Black? We can cross a sneak attack off the list. Not only did a backstage ambush by The O.C. fail to stop Black from a repeat win over Erick Rowan, it saved the former NXT Champion the trouble of figuring out his next opponent.
Definitely a step slower thanks to the work of the good brothers, Black was forced to play defense and hope Rowan slipped up. He did, in a very unexpected way, accidentally knocking his precious pen off its perch from the ring steps. Rowan understandably tended to the pen, but the distraction allowed Black to regain his footing and catch the big man with a pair of Black Masses for the win. And The Dutch Destroyer didn’t mince words on who he wanted to face next: AJ Styles. Once again, the fight has come to him.
This Thursday, R-Truth and Bobby Lashley will throw their hats into the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy Gauntlet Match. And despite the stiff competition, it’s looking like the match might be Lashley’s to lose.
After an interview with Lashley and Lana on the winter premiere of “Truth TV” went south — The All Mighty didn’t much care to talk about “Sonic the Hedgehog” — a match between the two ended quickly when Lashley countered the scissor kick with a Spear. And yes, Truth once again emulated his childhood hero John Cena in defeat; victory in the Gauntlet Match is looking like a long shot, but one can only hope he makes like his idol and never gives up.
The Women’s Elimination Chamber Match is already setting up to be a powder keg of lingering tensions and simmering rivalries that’s set to explode at any minute. And that’s not even counting Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler.
The contract signing for the Chamber Match set up many of the assorted scores to be settled, but conspicuous by her absence was Baszler, who waited until the very end to make a grand entrance (much to Asuka’s delight). A brawl quickly erupted, which brought out Lynch, who threw hands with the two-time NXT Women’s Champion until a crew of officials separated them. And at this point, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler are going to fight whether the latter wins the Chamber or not, collateral damage be damned.
This Thursday, The Street Profits will challenge Seth Rollins & Murphy for the Raw Tag Team Titles, and they may well get the win. Until then, however, Rollins and his disciples are going to pull out any and every stop they can to keep their momentum intact.
In the first of two bouts splitting the champs and challengers, Angelo Dawkins got the win over Murphy when The Monday Night Messiah interfered, bringing the bout to a disqualification. Murphy never quite got out of the blocks, but Montez Ford didn’t begrudge Rollins for wanting to protect his partner — as he said, “Dawkins hit him so hard last week, they removed his first name.” But it was King Tez’s offer to do the same to Rollins that brought out the fire in the self-styled savior, signaling the beginning of their one-on-one contest in earnest.
With Murphy and Angelo Dawkins ejected from ringside, the second of two singles bouts pitting the Raw Tag Team Champions against their challengers came down to the age-old question of who was the better man: Seth Rollins or Montez Ford. Results aside, we still do not know.
Yes, The Monday Night Messiah got the victory. But Ford, a living fireball of charisma and athletic specimen of the highest order, made him work for it from minute one. King Tez took the Grand Slam Champion to the limit, narrowly dooming himself when his gorgeous Frog Splash missed the mark, allowing Rollins to spring with the Stomp. The win will surely boost Rollins’ ranks as he and Murphy head into their title defense. But this should not necessarily be taken as a harbinger.
It seemed last week like Seth Rollins’ disciples were about to be outnumbered. This week, The Monday Night Messiah’s flock seemingly grew by one, though not perhaps in the way one might expect.
The referee for Kevin Owens’ main event bout with Randy Orton turned out to be a Rollins convert, one who administered a lightning-fast count in the waning seconds of a match that saw a brawl erupt between Rollins’ crew and the opposition of The Viking Raiders and Street Profits. But Rollins (who unsuccessfully tried to get Orton to Con-Chair-To a downed Owens after the match) seemingly disavowed his new follower almost immediately, professing ignorance when KO revealed a hidden “Monday Night Messiah” shirt beneath the zebra stripes.
Not that it saved the official; KO nailed him with a Stunner and drove him through a table in a pointed warning to Rollins and all who follow him, though there is something to be said for the spread of Rollins’ message. Before, Owens could at least tell outright who he was fighting. Now, it could be anyone.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Angel Garza (w/ Zelina Vega) defeated Humberto Carrillo (14:05)
- Ricochet defeated Luke Gallows (4:30)
- Aleister Black defeated Erick Rowan (10:45)
- Bobby Lashley (w/ Lana) defeated R-Truth (1:50)
- Angelo Dawkins (w/ Montez Ford) defeated Murphy (w/ Seth Rollins) by DQ (1:05)
- Seth Rollins (w/ Murphy) defeated Montez Ford (w/ Angelo Dawkins) (15:15)
- Randy Orton defeated Kevin Owens (8:10)
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