Date: April 29, 2021
Location: Yuengling Center, Tampa, Florida
Commentators: Kevin Patrick, Byron Saxton
We’re back here and believe it or not, there was an actual story on last week’s show. Drew Gulak is now forced to do the Lucha House Party’s laundry. Odds are that is not going to wind up going anywhere, but it was so nice to have something outside of the norm on here for a change. Let’s get to it.
Ricochet vs. Mustafa Ali
Ali wins the early grapple off and takes over on the arm to start. Ricochet fights up and sends him into the corner for a slam. Some chops put Ricochet down again but he’s right back up to kick Ali to the floor. Ali pulls him off the middle rope though, setting up a top rope splash to Ricochet’s back for two.
The chinlock with a bodyscissors is broken up with a drop down onto the back but Ricochet’s ribs are banged up. Ricochet fights up and hammers away, including a heck of a clothesline out of the corner. Ali backs off into the corner but Ricochet pulls him out….and takes Ali’s boot off. The distraction lets Ali grab a rollup and put his feet on the ropes for the pin at 5:50.
Result: Mustafa Ali b. Ricochet – Rollup with feet on the ropes (5:50)
We recap Roman Reigns bragging about retaining the Universal Title until Cesaro interrupted. Then Cesaro beat up Jey Uso until Seth Rollins ran in for the DQ.
Here is Cesaro to open things up, but Seth Rollins interrupts him in a hurry. He can’t believe what happened last week because Cesaro is still very good at what he does. Rollins brought Cesaro up because he is the modern day Mr. Wrestlemania. Cesaro seems ready to fight now but here is Jey Uso to join Rollins. They surround him, which brings out Daniel Bryan for the save.
Bryan can’t believe he is seeing this because someone like Rollins is defending his spot. Bryan grabs his mic and praises Cesaro for working harder than anyone, including Rollins and Bryan himself. Now that Cesaro is here, maybe Roman Reigns can accept the challenge. Or maybe Reigns can come out here and jump them from behind because Reigns really doesn’t like to fight.
Cue Reigns, who finds this amusing after he destroyed Edge and Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania. Reigns even has a picture of the double pin on his shirt. That makes Bryan a loser, and Cesaro following him makes Cesaro a loser too. Reigns finds it interesting that Cesaro and Bryan are talking this much when they are surrounded by people who want to hurt them.
Cesaro/Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins/Jey Uso
Bryan kicks away at Uso to start and a double slam gives Cesaro two. Cesaro hits his delayed vertical suplex for the same but Uso gets over for a tag to Rollins to take over. This time it’s Cesaro being knocked into the corner, setting up Uso’s running Umaga attack. The chinlock goes on but Cesaro powers his way up and grabs a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. That’s enough for the hot tag to Bryan, who starts firing off the kicks.
Rollins’ Pele is countered into an ankle lock into a bridging German suplex for two. Rollins is right back with the Buckle Bomb, allowing Uso to nail the Superfly Splash for two. Cesaro is taken outside for a double suplex and we take a break. Back with Bryan in trouble this time, including Rollins hitting a running kick to the side of the head. Uso stomps away, including a few kicks to put Bryan down in the corner. Bryan kicks Rollins in the face but walks into Uso’s Samoan drop for two.
Rollins comes back in to yell at Bryan for daring to suggest that Cesaro works harder. Bryan manages a kick of his own and stereo crossbodies allowing the hot tag to Cesaro. House is cleaned in a hurry but the Swing is blocked. Instead Cesaro has to hammer Uso down but the Neutralizer is countered with a backdrop. Bryan is back in to clean house again, including a suicide dive to Rollins.
That leaves Cesaro to cut off Jey’s dive and take him back inside. Cesaro’s top rope something is knocked out of the air and we take a rare second break. Back again with Cesaro fighting out of trouble but the Swing is countered with a superkick. Apparently that’s enough for Rollins, who walks out as Cesaro crotches Uso on top, setting up the apron superplex. Bryan is back in and the running knee is good for the pin at 19:07.
Result: Daniel Bryan/Cesaro b. Seth Rollins/Jey Uso – Running knee to Uso (19:07)
Post match, Bryan grabs the mic and calls out Roman Reigns again but Uso tries to jump them. That earns a long form Cesaro Swing, allowing Bryan to mock Reigns for not coming out here to help his family. Bryan thinks Cesaro should swing Uso again, with Cesaro doing it even longer this time as Bryan talks about how this is disrespectful to Reigns’ family and to the Head of the Table. Still no Reigns, which Bryan thinks means Reigns is scared of losing the title to Cesaro, who seems rather pleased.
We recap Charlotte snapping and getting suspended for attacking a referee.
Post break here is Deville in the ring to introduce Charlotte (who was suspended last week). The referee that Charlotte attacked last week is here too and we see a clip of the beatdown. Charlotte apologizes, which is enough for Sonya. She thinks the suspension was a little hasty so we’ll just forget about it. Charlotte has the referee apologize to her (Charlotte: “Good boy.”) and she will be wrestling again tonight with this referee calling the match. Sonya and Charlotte head to the back and run into an angry Adam Pearce, who doesn’t buy Charlotte’s apology.
Charlotte vs. Mandy Rose
Dana Brooke is here too as Mandy flips out of a wristlock to start. Some shoulders in the corner have Charlotte in more trouble but she knees her way out said corner. Mandy is back with a missile dropkick but the referee gets caught in the corner, allowing Charlotte to hit a big boot for two. With Charlotte yelling at the referee about how to count, Mandy hits a knee to the back for two. That’s enough for Charlotte, who hits Natural Selection for the pin at 4:18.
Result: Chalrotte b. Mandy Rose – Natural Selection (4:18)
We get an Aleister Black vignette, with Black, wearing glasses, sitting on in a dark room on a throne, reading from a book called Tales Of The Dark Father. The first tale is about the dragon, featuring animation of the a woman being taken away from the narrator. Black talks about the people watching at home being the monsters and he is nothing like them. The people at home transform their children into even worse monsters. They should be scorched from the earth to make room for better things
Drew Gulak vs. Akira Tozawa
Gulak drives him into the ropes to start and yells in Tozawa’s face but gets reversed into a standing armbar. They go to the mat to fight over arm control until Tozawa kicks his way out of a headscissors. Back up and Gulak hits a running shoulder but gets sent outside for the suicide dive. We take a break and come back with Tozawa kicking him in the face for two. Gulak fights up and hits a hard clothesline to drop Tozawa in a hurry. A basement dropkick gives Gulak two and he pulls Tozawa onto his back for a choke.
With that not lasting long, the chinlock goes on to keep Tozawa in trouble. Tozawa fights up and hits a Shining Wizard into the top rope flying headbutt to a standing Gulak. That doesn’t get Tozawa very far so Gulak pulls him into something like an STF. A roll into the ropes lets Tozawa come back with the Black Widow, followed by a kick to the head. The top rope backsplash is loaded up….but Gulak reverses it into the Gulock for the tap at 11:52.
Result: Drew Gulak b. Akira Tozawa – Gulock (11:52)
We recap Mace/T-Bar attacking Drew McIntyre until Braun Strowman made the save.
Mace/T-Bar vs. Drew McIntyre/Braun Strowman
Before the match, we get an inset promo from Mace/T-Bar, still unmasked but with some streaks painted on their faces, promising to take care of McIntyre/Strowman. In the back, McIntyre and Strowman yell at each other over who is in charge (ignore the production worker walking through the back and dropping down because he isn’t supposed to be in the shot). Strowman says he’s going to show McIntyre how to do this himself so we’ll do that instead.
Mace/T-Bar vs. Braun Strowman
T-Bar is in regular trunks. Strowman throws T-Bar around to start and powers him into the corner but Mace comes in for a running side kick. A fairly awkward exchange of strikes sees Strowman knocked down into the corner and the double stomping begins…and ends the match via DQ at 2:58.
Result: Braun Strowman b. Mace/T-Bar via DQ when they double teamed Strowman in the corner (2:58)
Post match here is McIntyre for the save and house is cleaned in a hurry. Drew asks Strowman for a thank you and we take a break.
Mace/T-Bar vs. Drew McIntyre/Braun Strowman
Joined in progress with T-Bar fighting out of the Futureshock and slapping McIntyre in the face. The Glasgow Kiss gives McIntyre two and it’s off to Mace to power McIntyre down by the arm. Everything breaks down in a hurry and Strowman sends both of them outside for the Strowman Express (now minus noise). Strowman knocks McIntyre over the barricade by mistake though and that’s a countout to give Mace/T-Bar the win at 4:23.
Result: Mace/T-Bar b. Drew McIntyre/Braun Strowman via countout (4:23)
Post match Strowman powerslams McIntyre and shouts about that being how McIntyre repays him for last week.
Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman
If Strowman wins, he’s in the WWE Title match at Backlash. McIntyre hits a running shoulder but Strowman literally brushes his shoulder off. With that not working, McIntyre takes him down by the leg and drops some elbows, only to have Strowman knock him to the floor. The Strowman Express is loaded up but here are Bobby Lashley/MVP to interrupts as we take a break.
Back with McIntyre getting a sleeper on Strowman but he gets driven into the corner. A jumping neckbreaker gives Drew two so MVP gets up for a pep talk. The Claymore is countered into a powerbomb (in a smooth transition) for two but McIntyre blocks the big forearm to the chest.
There’s a spinebuster for two on Strowman, who catches McIntyre going up top. A superplex gets two on McIntyre and now the forearm to the chest connects. The powerslam is loaded up so Lashley gets up for a distraction. MVP makes the save, allowing Strowman to hit the Futureshock. The Claymore is loaded up but here are Mace and T-Bar for the real distraction. The running powerslam gives Strowman the pin at 13:21.
Result: Braun Strowman b. Drew McIntyre – Running powerslam (13:21)
The three way staredown ends the show.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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