Match Number One: Finn Balor and Damian Priest (with Rhea Ripley) versus Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford for the WWE Men’s Tag Team Championship
Dawkins and Priest start things off and Priest with a kick and forearm. Priest with a leaping back elbow and he bows in front of Ford. Finn tags in and he punches Dawkins in the midsection. Dawkins with a punch and Ford tags in. Ford with a drop kick and Ford bows to Priest. Dawkins tags in and they hit a double flap jack for a near fall. Ford runs into a boot from Balor and Priest tags in.
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Ford with a kick and he clotheslines Priest over the top rope to the floor. Finn has a kick blocked and he is sent to the floor. Ford with a pescado onto Finn. Priest with a POUNCE that sends Ford over the announce table.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ford punches Priest and Priest with a rolling elbow. Priest with a jumping kick and Ford falls to the mat and goes into the corner. Priest misses a leaping elbow into the corner and hits the ring post. Finn tags in and hits an elbow to the back of the head. Ford lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex and Dawkins tags in and connects with a clothesline to Finn and he punches Priest off the apron. Dawkins with a forearm and a flying back elbow. Dawkins with a twisting splash into the corner. Dawkins with a twisting butterfly neck breaker. Ford goes up top and hits a blockbuster while Dawkins hits the Electric Chair drop. Ford gets a near fall. Ford kicks Balor from the apron and he goes up top and leaps over Finn and rolls through. Finn with sling blade and a back breaker. Priest with a leg drop and Priest gets a near fall. Dawkins sends Finn to the floor.
Priest with a forearm and he sets for South of Heaven on Ford but Ford escapes. Ford and Dawkins hit Revelation but Finn breaks it up. Dawkins misses a shoulder in the corner and hits the ring post. Ford with a super kick and he goes up top. Rhea gets on the apron and distracts the referee long enough to allow Balor to kick Ford. Priest hits a tombstone slam and Finn with Coup de Grace for the three count.
Winners: Damian Priest and Finn Balor (retain championship)
After the match, Rhea taunts Ford.
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We cut backstage as the Judgment Day enter the arena. Priest asks why JD is with them and Rhea tells him that she asked for him to be here and we cut to the ring.
We see the Bloodline backstage and Heyman telling Jimmy that he can’t authorize the match with Roman. Jimmy tells him that Roman is never here. The Bloodline enter their locker room and see the Judgment Day sitting down. Jimmy tells them they are in the wrong locker room as Finn tells him they are exactly where they are supposed to be.
Back from commercial, the Judgment Day and the Bloodline are face to face. Rhea tells everyone to get out as she and Heyman need to talk. Damian Priest and Solo Sikoa remain face to face as Rhea tells Priest that she will be fine. Priest leaves the room as Heyman tells Solo that he can leave.
Rhea and Heyman are face to face as she tells him to talk.
We cut backstage and Rhea tells Heyman that he is the wise man and to make the wise decision. She tells him they are stronger together. The Judgment Day and the Bloodline. He tells her he likes it, he thinks it is brilliant and he is kind of upset that he didn’t think of it himself. He says this is really good and if she will excuse him, he will make a phone call and get it authorized. Rhea lowers his cell phone. He says he needs to get it authorized by his Tribal Chief. She says she understands and that it is authorized. He says for the Judgment Day, not the Bloodline. She tells him to acknowledge her. Heyman looks around and he tells her that she is in the wrong locker room to say something like that. Rhea tells him that he will acknowledge her just like his old boy Jey Uso acknowledged her. If not, we will find out who is stronger, the Judgment Day or the Bloodline. She tells him he is authorized to make his phone call and she walks away.
We cut backstage and see Rhea Ripley talking to Jimmy Uso.We cut backstage and see Rhea Ripley talking to Jimmy Uso.
Jimmy Uso with Paul Heyman vs. LA Knight
The bell rings and we are under way. LA Knight with a kick and a head lock. LA Knight to the ropes and he knocks Jimmy down with a shoulder tackle. A kick and a head lock by Jimmy as he runs to the ropes and knocks LA Knight down with a shoulder tackle. A kick to the face by Jimmy as he runs towards LA Knight but LA Knight hits him with a powerslam. He goes for the cover but Jimmy kicks out. LA Knight throws Jimmy to the ropes but Jimmy with a kick. He goes for a super kick but LA Knight moves out of the way. LA Knight goes for the BFT but Jimmy rolls out of the ring. LA Knight to the outside and he throws Jimmy back into the ring. LA Knight gets in the ring and Jimmy hits him with a kick to the side of the head and LA Knight falls to the outside. Jimmy to the outside and he hits LA Knight with a super kick.
Back from commercial, LA Knight with a bodyslam in the middle of the ring. He runs to the ropes and hits an elbow onto Jimmy. Solo gets in the ring and attacks Solo from behind as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: By disqualification, LA Knight
John Cena’s music hits as he runs down to the ring. He grabs Solo and throws him to the outside. Solo and Jimmy are on the outside as the fans chant “Cena”. The Judgment Day’s music hits and they walk down to the ring.
The Judgment Day and the Bloodline are face to face at ringside. Heyman extends his hand and tells Rhea authorized as they shake hands. LA Knight and John Cena stand in the ring as the fans chant “Cody”. The Bloodline and the Judgment Day get on the ring apron as “Uso” hits and out comes Jey Uso. He gets in the ring and stands alongside Cena and LA Knight. Cody’s music hits and Cody runs down to the ring and stands alongside Cena, LA Knight and Jey.
Heyman tells Solo to step down as he walks down the ring steps but a fight breaks out. Jey, Cody and Cena clean house. Cody hits a suicide dive onto the outside. Jey jumps over the top rope and lands on the Judgment Day. Cena stands in the ring and in comes Solo as both men are face to face. The fans chant “Cena” and Cena with a right hand but Solo with a super kick. In comes LA Knight. Solo goes for the spike but LA Knight ducks and he clotheslines Solo to the outside. JD McDonagh gets in the ring and LA Knight hits him wit the the BFT. Jey hits him with the super kick and Cena slams him onto the mat. Cena with the five knuckle shuffle. He hits JD McDonagh with the AA. Cody hits JD with the Cross Rhodes as all four men stand in the ring and SmackDown goes off the air.
We see how Dominik Mysterio won the NXT North American Title on Tuesday night. Kayla Braxton is backstage with Dominik and WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley now. Dominik knocks his father Rey Mysterio and says if he goes on to win the WWE United States Title, that will be nothing compared to him as he will only be champion of the USA while Dominik is champion of North America, 23 countries. Butch shows up to congratulate Dominik. He says we’re in the home of NXT tonight and it feels like Fight Night, so how about a match? Dominik makes excuses and says plus there’s no one from NXT to make the match. WWE Hall of Famer & Senior Vice President of Talent Development Creative shows up and says Butch vs. Dominik sounds like a wonderful idea. Shawn is headed to Adam Pearce’s office to get the match made.
NXT North American Title Match: Butch vs. Dominik Mysterio (c)
We go back to the ring and out comes NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio with WWE Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and we see how Ridge Holland injured Elton Prince last week in Pretty Deadly’s match against Holland and Sheamus. Butch makes his way to the ring now. The bell rings and they lock up. Dominik takes Butch down. They run the ropes and Butch decks Dominik, then grounds him and starts bending the fingers while Ripley looks on.
Butch stomps Dominik’s elbow. Dominik tries to fight but Butch takes him back down and works on the fingers. Dominik gets the rope to break it. Dominik drops Butch over the top rope to stun him.
Ripley runs over and places a steel chain in Dominik’s hand. Ripley distracts the referee but Holland runs down and prevents Dominik from using it. Butch nails the enziguri for a close 2 count as we go back to commercial.AD
Back from the break and Dominik launches himself in from the apron for 2. Dominik mounts Butch with punches, then applies a headlock. Pretty Deadly comes out now with Kit Wilson pushing Prince in a wheelchair, which is odd as he has a shoulder injury. Butch unloads on Dominik with offense now. Butch with a big right and a stiff kick. Butch misses a stomp. Dominik goes for 619 but Butch side-steps and hits a German suplex. Butch with more offense for 2.
Wilson with a cheap shot but Holland gets involved. Kit backs away as Holland and Butch stare him down at the bottom of the ramp. Prince then jumps out of his wheelchair and runs away with Holland chasing them. Butch goes back to the apron but Dominik kicks him.
Dominik distracts the referee, allowing Ripley to clip Butch’s knee from behind. Dominik then rams Butch into the ring post head-first, and dumps him back into the ring for the pin to win and retain.
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
After the match, Mysterio and Ripley celebrate as we go to replays.
We go right to the ring and out comes The LWO to a big pop – 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde and Zelina Vega. We see what happened at today’s Backlash press conference with Rey, Vega, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley.
Rey asks how everyone is doing tonight, and says he’s proud The LWO can represent for all Hispanic people. Rey says Bad Bunny will defeat Damian Priest in the Street Fight at Backlash tomorrow. Rey says he then wants to introduce the next SmackDown Women’s Champion. Vega gets a bit emotional at the reaction. Vega goes to speak but the music interrupts and out comes The Judgment Day – Dominik, Ripley, Priest and Finn Balor.
Dominik stops and rips a LWO t-shirt as the boos pick up. They hit the ring and Dominik speaks some in Spanish, and calls his dad a deadbeat. Rey speaks back in Spanish and tells him to shut up. They go on in Spanish and the crowd is loving it. Rey proposes a WrestleMania 39 rematch but Ripley gets in his way. She has a better idea – how about Rey fights her. Vega steps up to Ripley as fans pop.
Dominik says how about you fight the both of us. Rey responds and apparently says they’re on. Fans chant “si!” now. Ripley says they’re on. She tosses the mic and Balor hands her title back. The Judgment Day goes to leave but Dominik decks his dad with a cheap shot slap. Dominik quickly retreats as Cole wonders if Adam Pearce will make the mixed tag team match official.
Rey Mysterio and Zelina Vega vs. Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley
We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes The LWO’s Zelina Vega and 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio. They hit the corners to pose as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns will be back next week. We go back to the ring for the main event and out comes The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley with Finn Balor. Ripley and Vega start things off with Vega ducking a big boot, then unloading.
Vega rocks Ripley in the mouth. Ripley grabs her and lifts her but Vega escapes and dodges a stomp. Vega ducks Ripley and Ripley runs into a big boot. Vega with a hurricanrana takedown off the middle rope. Vega taunts Ripley now as they both regroup in opposite corners.
Rey tags in now, then Dominik comes in to big boos. Dominik with a cheap kick to take control. Rey goes to run the ropes but Dominik kicks him in the gut again. Rey turns it around but Rhea hits him in the back with a cheap shot. Dominik with an arm drag. Vega comes in as Rey helps drop Dominik into position for 619.
Rey exits the ring and Vega goes for 619 on Dominik but Ripley rushes over and levels Vega with a big boot to cut her off. We go to commercial with Ripley standing tall and Vega recovering on the floor.
Back from the break and Ripley is dominating Vega. Veg counters with a Crucifix pin for 2. Vega looks to tag but Dominik pulls Rey off the apron to the floor. Balor congratulates Dominik. Rhea grounds Vega in the middle of the ring now. Ripley plays to the crowd with the taunt made famous by WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero. Vega takes advantage of Ripley wasting time and avoids a powerbomb. They tangle and Ripley hits the ring post shoulder-first when Vega moves out of the way.
Rey rallies for the tag as Balor tries to get Ripley back on her feet. Vega kicks Ripley away and in comes Rey, and then Dominik. Rey unloads and drops his son, then hits a big middle rope springboard crossbody. Rey drops Dominik into the middle turnbuckle face-first, then mounts him in the corner with punches as fans count along.
Dominik has his father on his shoulders but Rey keeps delivering punches. Dominik drops Rey face-first into the top turnbuckle, then hits a Michinoku Driver for 2 as Vega breaks it up just in time. Ripley sends Vega to the floor. Rey drops Dominik into position for the 619 as fans cheer. Ripley distracts Rey from the apron but Vega knocks her to the floor, then sends her into the barrier.
Rey nails 619 on his son. Rey goes to climb up but he has to stop and knock Balor off the apron to the floor. Dominik takes over and nails a vertical suplex to his dad. Dominik holds the suplex and goes for Three Amigos like Eddie, but Rey holds him down after the suplex and keeps him down for the three count.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and Zelina Vega
After the bell, the music hits but Balor and Dominik immediately attack Rey, stomping away to keep him down as fans boo. Rey fights back but they keep him down, then Damian Priest runs in to make it a triple team attack. The music finally hits and out comes Bad Bunny to a huge pop. Bunny carries a kendo stick and he has The LWO’s Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde with him. The LWO hits the ring and attacks Balor and Dominik, running right past Priest, who is just standing at the ropes, staring out at Bunny and waiting to fight. The LWO fights Balor and Dominik to the floor. Santos flies off the top to the floor to take Balor down. Priest is still staring Bunny down. Bunny is fired up at ringside as Priest invites him into the ring to fight. Bunny comes in with the kendo tick. Dominik charges from out of nowhere but Bunny knocks him in mid-air with the kendo stick, but this allows Priest to retreat to the floor. The Judgment Day looks on from ringside as The LWO joins Bunny in the ring while his music plays. Rey presents Bunny with a Puerto Rico flag LWO t-shirt and he puts it on to a big pop. The final SmackDown before WWE Backlash goes off the air with The LWO celebrating with Bunny in the ring as The Judgment Day seethes from ringside.
Zelina Vega vs. Sonya Deville
We go back to the ring and Sonya Deville waits as Zelina Vega makes her way out. Chelsea Green is out with Deville. Cole hypes Vega vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley at WWE Backlash.
The bell rings and they lock up. Deville slams Vega to the mat with ease. Deville trash talks and drops Vega with ease again to prevent a lock-up. Vega with a takedown but Deville blocks the next attempt.
Deville unloads with body blows in the corner. Vega uses the ropes for an arm bar but she’s forced to break. Vega ends up on the floor, arguing with Green, which allows Deville to drop her from behind. Deville brings it back in for a 2 count.
Deville unloads with kicks in the corner now. Deville takes Vega down and rag-dolls her with a headlock. Vega fights up and out but Deville quickly cuts her off and drops her for 2. Deville unloads in the corner again as the referee warns her. Deville goes for a long vertical suplex but Vega counters.
Vega looks to mount offense but she runs into an elbow and goes down. They tangle again and Vega rolls Deville up for the pin to win out of nowhere.
Winner: Zelina Vega
After the match, Vega stands tall as the music hits. Ripley suddenly attacks Vega and lays her out. Deville goes for Ripley but Ripley nails a headbutt. Green gets on the apron but she jumps off when Ripley stares her down. Ripley goes for Vega again to deliver Riptide, but Vega counters and spikes her with a DDT. Ripley sits up in the corner, clutching her title, and she’s furious as Vega runs away to the back.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley now. She mentions how Zelina Vega embarrassed Ripley last week. Ripley is not happy. Priest talks about Santos Escobar and WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio, and how their friends should not be in the business. Priest says he will address Bad Bunny in the ring. Priest walks off while Rhea stares Braxton down. Dominik and Rhea follow Priest now.
We go back to the ring and out comes The Judgment Day – Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Priest takes the mic and mentions Bad Bunny hosting WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico. He says if Bunny wants to attend and sit in the front row, that’s fine, but if he puts hands on his family again… we see recent happenings with Bunny on RAW, where Priest slammed him through the announce table two weeks ago. Priest knows it was bad. He plays it in slow motion again. Ripley, Mysterio and Priest all laugh but The LWO’s music interrupts and out comes Zelina Vega by herself. Ripley exits the ring to wait for Vega, but Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde rush into the ring from behind, hitting Priest and Mysterio with a sneak attack. The LWO regroups at ringside as fans cheer and a furious Priest looks on. Back to commercial.
Damian Priest vs. Santos Escobar
Back from the break and Santos Escobar hits a crossbody on Damian Priest, then sends him to the floor as fans pop. Dominik Mysterio and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley are at ringside, as are Zelina Vega, Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde.AD
Escobar goes for a dive but puts the brakes on as Priest moves. Escobar flies out anyway but Priest rocks him in mid-air. Priest brings it back in and splashes Escobar in the corner, then hits a Falcon Arrow for a close 2 count.
Escobar fights back with chops but Priest unloads with kicks. Escobar mounts offense with now as Priest misses. Escobar with a big dropkick for 2. Escobar with double knees in the corner, and again. Escobar mounts Priest in the next corner with right hands as fans count along. Priest cuts him off but Escobar blocks a chokeslam.
Priest knocks Escobar to the floor as The LWO looks on. Priest runs and leaps off the steel steps, dropping Escobar with an axe handle. Priest stands tall and poses as fans boo. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Priest is pounding on Escobar in the corner. Escobar fights back but Priest slams him face-first into the mat for a close 2 count. Escobar with a jawbreaker. Escobar runs into a big boot in the corner and goes down.
The Judgment Day taunts the crowd to boos now. Priest has Escobar on the middle rope but Escobar fights back and climbs up for a super hurricanrana for a big pop. Escobar is slow to crawl over and Priest kicks out just in time. Escobar rallies now. They get up and trade big strikes as fans go along with each one. Priest unloads but Escobar hits a jumping knee, then two takedowns and another hurricanrana takedown.AD
Escobar gets sent to the apron when he charges in with double knees. Escobar blocks a right hand and nails an enziguri from the apron. Escobar goes to the top for the moonsault but Priest kicks out just in time. Ripley and Mysterio can’t believe it. Fans chant for Escobar now. Ripley distracts the referee from the apron, allowing Dominik to nail a cheap shot to Escobar. This allows Priest to drop Escobar with a big shot.
Wilde and Del Toro attack Dominik at ringside but Priest saves him, shoving them both into the timekeeper’s area by their throats. Escobar with a suicide dive to send Priest onto the announce table.
Escobar brings it back in but Ripley holds his foot, allowing Priest time to recover. Vega runs over and launches Ripley face-first into the barrier with a head-scissors. Escobar walks into a big kick from Priest, then the South of Heaven chokeslam for the pin to win.
Winner: Damian Priest
After the match, the music hits as The Judgment Day stands tall. We go to replays. Priest goes out and prepares to put Escobar through the announce table but the music of 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio hits. Rey flies into Priest at ringside to take him down. Rey then goes for his son in the ring, and prepares to hit 619, but he’s pulled to safety by Priest. The LWO re-groups in the middle of the ring while The Judgment Day does the same on the ramp.
We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Chief Content Officer Triple H to a big pop.
Triple H hits the corners to pose as his music plays and fans cheer him on. Cole says he’s an all-time great but now he’s running this place. Triple H says as long as he has breath in his body, that will never get old. He knows everyone has been here for a while, but welcome to SmackDown. He goes on about how there’s nothing like WrestleMania. He says WrestleMania 39 exceeded all expectations, then touts some of the broken records from the weekend.AD
Triple H says as great as WrestleMania as, it’s now behind us and we look to the future, which is why he’s out here – to talk about the future. Are you ready? He said… are you ready? He says in just a few short weeks it’s once again time for the WWE Draft, a night that changes the future and destiny of every WWE Superstar in the back. This year it will be bigger than ever with every single Superstar eligible, and he promises when it’s all said and done, the 2023 Draft will truly change the game.
Speaking of changing the game, Triple H introduces someone who is doing just that. Fresh off her win over the legendary Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania, here is new SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. The music hits and out comes The Judgment Day – Ripley, Finn Balor, Damian Priest, and Dominik Mysterio. Triple H greets Ripley and shakes her hand, then does the same with the others before they march to the ring. Ripley takes the mic and says sports entertainment changed forever at WrestleMania 39 because she did the impossible – she destroyed and dethroned Flair.
Ripley calls on everyone to rise for her. Fans cheer, and she calls on them to do it again. Ripley laughs. Balor brings up WWE Hall of Famer Edge and says he’s some kind of sicko for splitting open his head to get a win. He says who’s the real winner as even though he needed 14 staples, Edge is nowhere to bee seen while Balor is still standing. Fans boo and cheer. Dominik begins speaking to huge heat. He says he decided to not show aggression to his dad at WrestleMania. Fans chant “you suck!” and Dominik says his father sucks for putting hands on him. Dominik says he pulled back on his punches and he couldn’t hurt his dad because he loves him, but he can’t say the same for his dad as he saw the anger in his eyes.
Dominik says the fans and his family can go to hell, and take Bad Bunny and friends with you. We see how Bunny got involved at WrestleMania 39, then again on Monday’s RAW. Cole says Bunny is not doing good. Priest takes the mic and speaks in Spanish to Bunny, then says he hopes Bunny can find it in his heart to forgive Priest because Priest forgives Bunny for making him do what he did to him on RAW. Fans boo louder.
Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar vs. Damian Priest and Dominik MysterioAD
The music interrupts and out comes the Latino World Order – 2023 WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar with Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde and Zelina Vega. They head to the ring as Dominik Mysterio, Damian Priest, Finn Balor and SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley look on. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Dominik faces off with his dad but he tags in Priest to start as fans boo. Priest beats Rey into the corner and drops him to boos as the referee warns him. Priest holds Rey as Dominik tags in and beats his father down to more boos as Ripley laughs.
Dominik whips Rey into the turnbuckles and he goes down. Dominik mounts Rey with right hands now. Dominik with more offense, then a suplex for a 2 count. Dominik runs into boots in the corner now. Dominik blocks the tag but Rey counters and in comes Escobar. Escobar rocks Dominik then stuns Priest on the apron. Escobar rocks Dominik with an enziguri, then hits a top rope crossbody. Santos with a backbreaker to Dominik, then another backbreaker version.
Santos launches Rey into Dominik to block a sneak attack, and Rey sends his son to the floor. Rey and Santos take out their opponents at ringside again, then return to the ring to cheers. Santos hoists Rey up in the air as fans cheer them on. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Priest grounds Santos to dominate him now. Rey rallies the crowd. Santos fights back but Priest hits the Bell Clap. Priest drops Santos for 2. Dominik tags back in to take over on Santos, grounding him on the mat. Santos fights for a tag but Dominik knees him in the gut.AD
Santos with a back-drop to make the tag. Rey unloads and knocks Priest off the apron. Rey drops Dominik. They run the ropes and Dominik catches Rey in a Michinoku Driver for a close 2 count. Fans chant “619!” now. Rey rolls through with a basement dropkick, then knocks Priest off the apron. Rey with a springboard moonsault to Dominik for 2.
Rey dropkicks Dominik, then goes for 619 but Ripley saves Dominik. Vega leaps off the apron to take Rhea down at ringside. Vega tells her to bring it. Rhea chases Vega around and into the crowd, but then stops. Priest tags in as Rey drops Dominik into position for 619. Santos tags in as Rey hits 619 to his son. Priest ends up hitting South of Heaven on Santos for the pin to win.
Winners: The Judgment Day
After the match, Priest stands tall over Santos but Rey comes in and dropkicks him away. Rey checks on Santos.
We see Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley walking backstage. We go to commercial.AD
Santos Escobar and Zelina Vega vs. Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley
We go back to the ring for mixed tag team action as The Judgment Day’s Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley are out first. We see how The Judgment Day beat Legado del Fantasma in six-man action last week. Out next comes Legado’s Santos Escobar and Zelina Vega, and they are ready to fight.
The bell rings and Dominik dropkicks Santos from the side, then mounts him with punches. Escobar fights back with flying forearms, and right hands of his own. Ripley runs in and Escobar catches her kick. Vega tags in and leaps off the top with a plancha while Escobar holds Ripley.
Vega plants Ripley face-first into the mat with a hurricanrana. They go to the floor but Escobar takes Dominik out at ringside. Vega climbs up and hits a moonsault to Ripley on the floor. Legado returns to the ring and Vega poses on top of Escobar’s shoulders. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Dominik unloads on Escobar in the corner. Escobar fights back but Dominik drops him and nails the senton from the apron for a 2 count.AD
Dominik mounts Escobar with rights now. They run the ropes and Escobar nails a dropkick. Escobar with the leg drop backbreaker for 2 as Ripley makes the save. Ripley slams Dominik on top of Escobar for 2 as Vega breaks the pin up just in time.
Dominik works Escobar over, but stops to taunt Vega. They go at it again and collide in the middle of the ring. Vega and Ripley tag in at the same time and they go at it. Vega counters with a big tornado DDT for 2 as Dominik pulls Vega off Ripley to boos. Escobar with a big jumping knee to Dominik. Ripley sends Vega to the floor. Escobar has Dominik up top but Ripley assists for the big slam to the mat.
Vega comes back in and nails a crossbody to Ripley, then a knee to the face. Vega goes to the middle rope and hits a hurricanrana on Dominik. Ripley comes from behind and slams Vega with Riptide for the pin to win.
Winners: Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley and Dominik stand tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Dominik takes the mic but boos drown him out. He says your WWE Hall of Famer is nothing but a disrespectful deadbeat of a father, who was never there for his son. We see Rey Mysterio on the big screen now, walking backstage. Fans pop and chant “Rey!” as we go back to commercial with Dominik looking on as Ripley hypes him up.AD
Back from the break and out comes Rey Mysterio to his music. Dominik comments on how Rey showed up this time but he missed so many nights at home in the past. Rey asks Ripley if he can have a moment with his son, and she leaves the ring. Dominik goes on and says Rey took his WrestleMania moment because he’s nothing but a scared failed attempt at a father. Dominik goes to call Rey a piece of shit but Rey interrupts.
Rey admits he wasn’t the best father, he missed a lot of things, but that doesn’t take away his love. Rey says he still loves Dominik and whether Dominik believes it or not, he is Rey”s world, but soon, pretty soon, Dominik will find out how selfish this business is and how Rey made sacrifices so that Dominik, his mom and sister could have the life Rey only dreamed of. All the fancy cars, the brand names, you name it – Dominik had it. Every time Dominik got into trouble, his last name bailed him out. Rey gets choked up and says he’s having a hard time coping with his. Rey says he’s being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and he’d love nothing more than to have Dominik at his side on the stage.
Fans chant “you deserve it!” now. Rey says his biggest regret is what Dominik has become. He says if some ungrateful, disrespectful, pathetic, punk ass kid called him out, at WrestleMania, he’d gladly whoop their ass. Fans pop and chant “kick his ass!” now. Rey says unfortunately… Dominik slaps his hand away. Rey says unfortunately, Dominik is his son and fighting him would be the biggest disgrace as a father. Rey says Dominik isn’t worth it, he won’t fight him now or any other time, and he won’t fight him at WrestleMania either. Rey drops the mic and exits the ring. Dominik taunts Rey for running away again, from his own son. Dominik calls Rey a scared little man and keeps taunting him. Rey stops on the stage and bows his head.
We see the war of words between Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair on last week’s show.
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We go back to the ring and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair to a big pop and pyro. Back to commercial.AD
Back from the break and Flair has the mic. She points up at the WrestleMania 39 sign and says the more things change, the more they stay the same. She recalls being a kid and this business was built on Rhodes as a challenger, and Flair as a champion. Here we are years later and WrestleMania 39 is built on the same thing.
Flair goes on about how she’s been a star in all her WrestleMania matches. She says Rhea Ripley can’t be the star or champion until she goes through Flair, which she couldn’t do three years ago, and which she can’t do now because the more things change, the more they stay the same. The music interrupts and out comes Ripley with Dominik Mysterio. Ripley says Flair is right, she chose Flair, not RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. She has reasons for not picking Belair and she will get back to that. Ripley goes on about how male and female Superstars fear her… except for Flair. That pisses Ripley off. Ripley praises Flair some and says she’s been champion all these times because she’s a Superstar.
Ripley could give her all the credit in the world but the title around her waist… Ripley wants and needs it, she doesn’t just want to be a star, she needs to be a star and after WrestleMania, once all is done and dusted, Flair will learn to call Ripley champion, and she will learn to fear Ripley. Dominik steps in Flair’s face and taunts her. Ripley drops Flair with a cheap shot. Ripley says she will see Flair at WrestleMania.
Fans boo as Ripley and Dominik exit the ring. Flair gets up, runs around the ring and clotheslines Ripley, then rams her into the barrier and beats on her. Ripley fights back as officials rush down to try and restore order. Flair hits the ring post hard and clutches her nose, but then she sends Ripley into the barrier. They brawl back on the floor, then to their feet. Flair decks a security guard, then nails a running big boot to Ripley. Ripley keeps fighting and tosses Flair over the announce table. Security holds Ripley back but Flair leaps off the announce table and takes them all down. The brawl continues against the barrier as officials try to restore order. They tumble over the barrier into the crowd now. They’re finally kept apart but still taunting each other as fans pop. Flair stands in the ring and raises her title in the air. Ripley looks up at her and smiles, then licks her lips.
We see Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio walking backstage. Back to commercial.
Liv Morgan vs. Rhea Ripley
Back from the break and out comes Rhea Ripley with Dominik Mysterio. Liv Morgan is out next as we see how she challenged Ripley to this match in a post-show interview with Megan Morant last Friday.
The bell rings and Liv unloads into the corner. Ripley grabs her but Liv nails a kick. They tangle some more and Liv hits a hip toss. Liv goes on until Ripley drops her while Dominik rallies at ringside.
Ripley stands over Liv and taunts her while talking some trash about SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. Ripley pounds on Liv but misses in the corner. Liv with a back splash and a high knee in the corner. Liv with a missile dropkick from the middle rope to send Ripley to the floor.
Liv runs the ropes for a suicide dive but Ripley is waiting on her at ringside. Ripley side-steps and swats Liv to the floor. Ripley stands tall over Liv at ringside as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Ripley continues to dominate. Liv gets a small opening and stuns Ripley. Liv with a kick and a hurricanrana from the middle rope. Liv goes on and nails Ripley with double knees. Liv mounts more offense and flies off the middle turnbuckle with a super Codebreaker to the face but Ripley kicks out just in time. Liv can’t believe it.
Ripley blocks the Ob-Livion. Liv blocks Riptide. Liv with a step-up enziguri, then a high knee in the corner to put Ripley down as a worried Dominik looks on. Liv goes to the top but Ripley catches her for a powerbomb.
Ripley keeps fighting and nails Riptide in the middle of the ring, but she’s not done yet. Ripley then applies the inverted Cloverleaf in the middle of the ring and Liv taps out for the submission win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley stands tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Dominik joins Ripley as Liv tries to recover.
We see Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley walking backstage now. Santos Escobar interrupts and Dominik asks if there’s a problem. Escobar says Rey Mysterio should’ve punched Dominik in the face last week but he understands why Rey couldn’t, but Santos can. He says Adam Pearce agrees with him, so he’s going to teach Dominik a lesson in respect tonight. Escobar says he’s going to the ring right now and if Dominik is half the man he says he is, he will meet Escobar out there, hombre-to-hombre. Escobar blows a kiss at Ripley and walks off. Ripley looks concerned at Dominik as we go to commercial.
Santos Escobar vs. Dominik Mysterio
We go back to the ring and out comes Santos Escobar. He is wearing his lucha mask, but also carrying the mask he was recently given by Rey Mysterio. Escobar takes Rey’s mask and places it on the top turnbuckle. Out next comes Dominik Mysterio with Rhea Ripley. Cole points to how Mysterio didn’t come out by himself.
The bell rings and Escobar charges into the corner but Dominik stalls to boos. Escobar backs off and Dominik charges with a cheap shot. Dominik with a headlock now as Ripley cheers him on. Escobar turns it around in the corner, mounting Dominik from behind and making him look at the Rey mask, screaming about how this is Dominik’s legacy.
Escobar drops Dominik on the mat now and applies the Surfboard submission to a pop. Dominik ends up getting out of the hold as Ripley rallies for him. Dominik goes on and sends Escobar to the floor, then nails a suicide dive. Dominik and Ripley show off at ringside as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Dominik is mounting Escobar in the corner with right hands as Ripley taunts the crowd to boos. Dominik drops Escobar into position for 619, but instead he nails a knee to the back of the head. Escobar snaps and charges, taking Dominik down and unloading on him to a pop. Escobar goes on but Dominik jabs him in the eye.
Dominik with a running corner clothesline, then some trash talking in the corner while forcing Escobar to look at the Rey mask. Dominik puts Escobar back down on the mat and poses to boos. Dominik talks more trash and slaps Escobar. Escobar counters a move and runs the ropes, ducking Dominik and hitting a flying elbow. Escobar mounts offense and nails a leg drop for 2. Escobar goes on working Dominik over. They collide in mid-air with headbutts, and both go down now.
More back and forth. Dominik has brass knuckles now, which has the referee distracted with him in the corner. This allows Ripley to pull Escobar to ringside for a Riptide on the floor. She rolls Escobar back in and Dominik goes to the top for the big Frogsplash to get the pin to win.
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
After the match, Dominik stands tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Dominik and Ripley exit the ring now with Dominik taunting Escobar with the stolen Rey mask. Escobar seethes from the ring as fans boo Dominik. The music interrupts and out comes Rey. Dominik taunts him with the mask, and says he will give it to his father if Rey hits him. Rey refuses but wants the mask. Dominik drops the mask and goes to walk away. Rey leans over to pick the mask up but Dominik shoves him over. The boos get louder as Dominik stands with Ripley. Rey sits up now and looks at the mask in his hands, and he’s a bit emotional.
Kayla is in the back and she is with Rey Mysterio. Rey says he will make sure he puts an end to Karrion Kross once…
Santos Escobar shows up and he says there is one thing that Legado del Fantasma and his familia believe in is respect. He got a mask from Rey Mysterio and he wants to show how much he respects Rey. Rey says the feeling is mutual.
Dominik Mysterio and Rhea Ripley show up and Dom asks how long will Santos kiss Rey’s ass. Santos says he will teach Dom respect. Dom says in prison, those who didn’t back up what they say get dealt with. Dom wishes Rey luck. Santos tells Rey he knows who he is. Rey says that is his son and he walks away.
We go to commercial.
Tonight’s Progressive Match Flo looks at how Rhea Ripley won the Women’s Royal Rumble and then challenged SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair for WrestleMania 39. We also see their recent sitdown interviews. Still to come, Flair and Ripley will face-off. Back to commercial.
In the Arena:
Back from the break and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair as the announcers hype her WrestleMania 39 title defense against Rhea Ripley.
Flair says she knows Ripley likes to run her mouth on RAW, so she can’t wait to hear what Ripley says to her face. Flair calls Ripley out but she’s not coming. Flair smells hesitation. She asks if Ripley is scared after remembering the last time they were in the ring together. Dominik Mysterio comes out to boos. Dominik isn’t going to let Flair run down his mami. Flair knocks him and tells him to go get Ripley and tell her to face her like a real woman instead of hiding behind a boy toy.
Dominik is in the ring now. He says Flair sounds jealous and bitter because she knows Ripley is the hottest thing in WWE right now, and no other woman has entered the Royal Rumble at #1 and won it all. Flair smiles and Dominik says she’s beautiful, she should smile more. He goes on about how Ripley is dominant and strong, so strong she almost breaks his back when she hugs him, and when she… Flair interrupts and says she has a real Latino man at home who calls her mami, referring to AEW’s Andrade El Idolo, and his accent is much thicker. Fans pop.
Dominik brings up some of the similarities he has with Flair being generational Superstars. Fans boo. Dominik just knows his father was worse, and that really messed him up. He says when Ripley wins at WrestleMania, Flair will know her dad was right – she’s just not good enough. Flair says unlike Dominik, she loves her dad and he’s 74 tomorrow, so happy early birthday. Fans “Wooo!” again. Flair says her dad can still go and if he was here, he’d kick Dominik’s butt but since he’s not here… Flair steps to Dominik as fans pop. Dominik backs away. The music interrupts and out comes Ripley.
Ripley marches to the ring and faces off with Flair, laughing at her. Dominik pulls Ripley away and they exit the ring. Flair picks up the title belt and raises it in the air. Ripley rushes back in and gets in Flair’s face. They have a few words and taunt each other as Dominik gets Ripley to exit the ring again, while Flair keeps the title in the air.