Date: February 20, 2020
Location: Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, Washington:
Commentators: Byron Saxton, Mickie James
The Wrestlemania build is in full swing and that means things are going to get interesting in a hurry. There are a lot of things going on at once, though that also includes the builds towards Super ShowDown and Elimination Chamber. We heard a bit about both shows this week so a recap could be useful. Let’s get to it.
Zack Ryder/Curt Hawkins vs. Shelton Benjamin/Eric Young
Shelton knocks Hawkins off the apron to start and drives Ryder down for an early two. Young comes in for the stomps and the fans seem happy to see him. It’s already back to Shelton as the formula is on in a hurry. The chinlock doesn’t last long for Shelton so he knocks Ryder to the floor without much effort. Young’s top rope elbow gets two but Shelton’s running knee only hits corner. The hot tag brings in Hawkins to start cleaning house and a Michinoku Driver gets two on Young. Hawkins gets knocked off the top but slips out of a Death Valley Driver, setting up the Bro Island Express to finish Young at 4:22.
Result: Zack Ryder/Curt Hawkins b. Shelton Benjamin/Eric Young – Bro Island Express to Young (4:22)
Miz/John Morrison vs. Roman Reigns/???
Before the match, Miz asks why the Usos are already missing after being back a month. Morrison has been back for a month and he’s right here. Reigns has a mystery partner and that would be….Daniel Bryan. Hang on though as here’s King Corbin, who was banned from wrestling tonight, with a ticket to have a seat. Joined in progress with Bryan kicking at Morrison, knocking Miz off the apron, and then hitting him with a suicide dive.
The missile dropkick plants Morrison and Bryan gets in the early nipup. The YES Kicks have Morrison in more trouble and there’s a hurricanrana to put him down again. Morrison knocks him outside though and Miz sends Bryan into the barricade. Reigns hits a huge dive over the top onto everyone though and we take a break with Corbin being annoyed. Back with Bryan in trouble as Morrison gets two off a slingshot elbow.
The chinlock doesn’t last long so Morrison kicks him in the head and brings Miz back in. Miz crotches Bryan on top but Bryan ties him in the Tree of Woe. Being smart though, Morrison tags himself in and knees Bryan in the face for two. Morrison misses a 450 and the hot tag brings in Roman for the house cleaning. Roman’s jumping clothesline misses, though the camera is fast enough to switch to cover it well enough.
The Superman Punch misses Miz and Morrison gets two off the Flying Chuck. Starship Pain is countered into a rollup and Reigns Superman Punches Morrison out of the air. The spear is cut off as well and Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale for two with Bryan having to make a save. Miz takes way too long to load up the running knee and gets Superman Punched (with the camera possibly showing it not coming close, though it might have grazed him) down. The spear gives Reigns the pin at 13:47.
Result: Roman Reigns/Daniel Bryan b. Miz/John Morrison – Spear to Miz (13:47)
Now that’s a partner:
Post match Corbin gets in a shot with the scepter to end the show.
We look at Charlotte accepting Rhea Ripley’s Wrestlemania challenge.
Akira Tozawa vs. Cedric Alexander
Cedric takes him into the corner to start and we get a clean break, plus a nice round of applause from the crowd. Tozawa jumps over a legsweep attempt and grabs a headlock takeover, earning himself a chop up against the ropes. The fans want to see it again but have to settle for Tozawa rolling him up for two instead. They go outside with Cedric dropping him back first onto the apron as we take a break.
Back with Cedric getting caught in a hurricanrana to the floor, setting up the suicide dive. They head back inside with Tozawa’s missile dropkick getting two and the Octopus keeps Cedric in trouble. Tozawa plants him again for two but Cedric rolls away from another dropkick. The Neuralizer into the Lumbar Check finishes Tozawa at 7:18.
Result: Cedric Alexander b. Akira Tozawa – Lumbar Check (7:18)
Here are Murphy and the AOP to introduce Seth Rollins for a sermon. He even has a pulpit to make it look a little more official. Rollins didn’t come up with the name sermon because that was bestowed on them by the powers that be, but it seems appropriate as what he has to say is divine. We are here to celebrate progress and movement into the future in Rollins’ vision. Last week was the end of phase one because the four of them showed that through the power of faith you can believe whatever you set your mind to.
Now the real work begins though because Rollins takes being the Monday Night Messiah very seriously. Now it is time to find the flaws in the system and rehabilitate them the best they can, or eradicate them if they must. This is the gospel and if you stand in their way….and here are the Viking Raiders. Rollins bails as they beat up Murphy and the AOP but here’s Kevin Owens to Stun Rollins on the stage.
Sounds like a fight to me:
From later in the night.
Viking Raiders/Kevin Owens vs. Murphy/AOP
Owens dropkicks Murphy at the bell and hands it off to Ivar for a knee to the face. Owens keeps Murphy in the corner and the Vikings take turns beating Murphy up. Ivar slams Erik onto Murphy for two but allows the tag to Akam so we can have a fight. That means Erik can slug away but Akam grabs a powerslam to take over.
A toss into the knee from Rezar gets two and it’s Erik getting choked in the corner. Murphy grabs the chinlock but Erik fights up and knees Rezar in the face. The hot tag brings in Owens to clean house as we take a break. Back with Owens fighting up and scoring with a superkick to Murphy, only to get driven back into the corner.
Owens wins a slugout with Murphy and makes the tag to Ivar to fight the AOP at the same time. The low crossbody crushes Akam and there’s the spinning kick to Murphy’s face. Everything breaks down and Erik knees Rezar into the corner. Ivar drives Erik into Rezar for a bonus and Owen’s Swanton gets two. The Vikings and AOP fight to the floor, leaving Murphy to get Stunned. Cue Rollins for the DQ at 15:24.
Result: Kevin Owens/Viking Raiders b. Murphy/AOP via DQ when Seth Rollins interfered (15:24)
Post match Rollins says Owens has crucified him since day one so now it is time to crucify him. Cue the Street Profits for the save but Rollins gets away. The Profits and the Vikings wreck Murphy and the AOP, with Ivar and Ford hitting top rope splashes to end the show.
And now, the fight:
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