Date: November 21, 2022
Location: MVP Arena in Albany, New York
Show Recap --
(They used to show Edge in the Raw intro when the theme song got to the word “edge” but he has been replaced by Judgment Day which I’m sure is deliberate. He’s still elsewhere in the video.)
Kevin Owens entered to start the show. Owens said he joined the WarGames team opposite of the Bloodline because of someone on their team — but not Sami Zayn who he still considers a brother. The person he was coming for was Roman Reigns. It has been two years since they fought and he wanted to remind Reigns just who the hell he was.
Owens said he would’ve ended Reigns’ title reign if not for the Bloodline so now he was going after all of them because that way there would be nothing in the way of him taking the title. The crowd chanted for Owens.
Owens was on Smackdown thanks to an invitation from some guys so he returned the favour and invited those guys. The Brawling Brutes and Drew McIntyre entered through the crowd. (McIntyre and Sheamus will face the Usos on Smackdown to determine the advantage for their WarGames match.)
Sheamus and his buddies hyped WarGames and Sheamus put over Owens. McIntyre said his team was ready to rip Bloodline apart.
Judgment Day interrupted. Rhea Ripley told Drew to shut up. She said the only thing anyone would be talking about after Saturday was how many women got destroyed in her WarGames match. Damian Priest issued a warning before Dominik Mysterio acted tough too. He told them to say hi to his deadbeat dad on Smackdown.
Finn Bálor was ready to collect on AJ Styles on Saturday. He told the men in the ring that they would get smashed by Bloodline at Survivor Series.
Sheamus said Bálor’s house was only 10 miles from his in Ireland but he considered Bálor to be a “plastic paddy.” Bálor took offence so Sheamus challenged him to a match because he’s always wanted to get his hands on him. (In fact, it looks like Bálor and Sheamus have never had a TV singles match.) Bálor accepted.
The teams brawled but the good guys quickly cleared Judgment Day from the ring.
Owens joined commentary.
Owens joined commentary. He said he’s turned on a lot of people but would never turn on his dad, Terry, the way Dom turned on Rey Mysterio.
Six-man tag match: Sheamus, Ridge Holland & Butch (w/Drew McIntyre) defeated Finn Bálor, Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio (w/Rhea Ripley) (14:20)
Judgment Day controlled through a break. Dom got a lot of heat when he was on offence and the crowd cheered when he was forced to face off with Sheamus. Dom tried to escape but was cut off by the entrance of the OC.
Sheamus sent Dom back into the ring but Priest saved Dom from a beating. Everyone traded moves until Dom put Sheamus in a schoolboy for two. Sheamus followed with a knee strike, ten (twenty) beats of the Bodhrán, and a Brogue Kick for the pinfall win to the delight of the crowd.
(Even though he beat Dominik, Sheamus looked strong in the win and because everyone hates Dom, he got over bigger as a result.)
— Judgment Day attacked after the match but Sheamus fought off Priest before Luke Gallows knocked down Priest with a kick to the head. Owens laid out Bálor with a stunner. The good guys posed.
Cathy Kelley interviewed Johnny Gargano. Basically, Gargano wanted Miz in a match alone tonight with no bells or whistles. He said he wouldn’t get involved in Miz’s match against Dexter Lumis and Lumis wouldn’t get involved tonight.
After Gargano entered, Miz entered wearing a suit. Miz claimed he injured his hand by hitting a cactus while doing a TikTok video so he couldn’t wrestle tonight. However, he found Gargano a suitable replacement.
Omos (w/MVP) defeated Johnny Gargano (3:09)
Miz was on commentary but left to interfere and suddenly his hand was better. Gargano confronted Miz and he backed off.
Gargano avoided a charge by Omos whose head hit the ring post. Gargano hit a few thrust kicks with Omos on his knees and seemed to be leading up to an upset win. However, Gargano went to the top and just sort of fell into Omos’ raised hand and Omos hit a chokeslam for the pinfall win. This was ugly.
Seth Rollins will defend the United States title in a triple threat against Austin Theory and Bobby Lashley at Survivor Series. There was a video package recapping last week’s events.
Seth Rollins interview
Rollins was interviewed by the announcers via satellite. His backdrop was lit with bright green and purple lights. Rollins claimed he felt better than ever (despite what happened last week) and told Corey Graves that he’s the one who asked for a triple threat match. Rollins basically said he knew how to outsmart Lashley and Theory.
He didn’t blame Theory for trying to cash in two weeks ago. In fact, he thought it was a great idea. But Theory was an idiot for what he did last week. He suggested Theory call Cody Rhodes to ask how his rehab is going. Rollins went on for a while before saying he’d retain the title.
(So Rollins is an annoying heel again.)
Theory was watching the interview in the locker room. Theory cut a serious promo and warned Rollins that he wasn’t the same guy he knew before (when they were a team). He suggested that Rollins and Lashley watch what he does to Mustafa Ali tonight.
Austin Theory defeated Mustafa Ali (5:46)
Ali hit a perfectly timed superkick as Theory tired his rolling dropkick. Theory took control until Ali hit a sunset flip powerbomb and 450 splash but Theory rolled to the apron before Ali could go for a cover. Theory knocked Ali off the apron and Ali collided with the barricade before Theory hit A-Town Down for the pinfall win.
(Even though Ali got some offence, this was designed to show off Theory’s “aggressive” side. There was some fortuitous blood as Theory came up bleeding a bit from the forehead. They cleaned it up after a break.)
— It seemed like Theory would attack Ali after the match but Lashley appeared on the screen. Lashley told Theory to stay in the ring because he was coming for him.
After a break, Lashley (back to being a babyface) entered with a microphone. Lashley was surprised that Theory was still in the ring and insulted him for failing his cash-in attempt.
Theory said he’d be the US champion if not for Lashley and reminded Lashley that he lost to Brock Lesnar. Theory told Lashley he wasn’t the same guy as before and he planned on walking out of Survivor Series as champion. Lashley didn’t think Theory would even walk out of tonight’s show.
Lashley suplexed Theory and tossed him around ringside. Theory hit him with a chair but Lashley no-sold it. Theory sprinted to the back and Lashley chased after him.
They cut to Gorilla position where a trainer was checking on Ali. Theory pushed Ali into Lashley and ran off. Ali shoved Lashley so Lashley chucked him out onto the stage, drove him into the video board and put him down with the Hurt Lock. Lashley posed for the crowd.
(Pentagón Jr. was shown giving George Kittle a mask on the Monday Night Football broadcast during this segment.)
Matt Riddle & Elias defeated Alpha Academy (16:00)
They went to commercial twice in the first eight minutes — the second one coming after Chad Gable gave Riddle a German suplex on the apron. Riddle kicked out of a Steinerizer and Elias made a comeback on Gable. Alpha Academy double-teamed him and Gable hit a flying headbutt but Riddle broke up the cover.
Riddle made a blind tag and hit Gable with strikes before wiping out both opponents with a dive. Riddle flipped out of a Chaos Theory suplex and hit a knee strike. Elias hit Drift Away on Gable and Riddle followed with a floating bro for the pinfall win.
(This wound up being quite good and this team seems like a good role for Elias.)
McIntyre approached JBL and Baron Corbin who were playing poker in the locker room. JBL dished out some insults before McIntyre challenged Corbin to a match. Corbin wanted to settle it right now. McIntyre looked at JBL and said he respected his elders — but not Corbin. McIntyre punched Corbin and told him to find him in the ring.
There was a video package for the men’s WarGames match. The announcers ran down the Survivor Series card.
Drew McIntyre defeated Baron Corbin (w/JBL) (17:49)
They went to a break after a double down spot where McIntyre hit a headbutt and Corbin followed with a clothesline. (It seemed like Corbin was going for a cover right as they went to break.)
Corbin hit a superplex off the middle rope for two, McIntyre hit a spinebuster for two, and Corbin hit a chokeslam for two. McIntyre hit a Future Shock DDT but Corbin ducked a Claymore Kick and hit a modified Samoan drop for two.
Corbin got upset and drove McIntyre into the announce table and ring post but McIntyre suplexed him and shoved him back in the ring. McIntyre set up for the Claymore kick but got distracted by JBL who simply walked up the steps behind him. Corbin used the distraction and hit a Deep Six for a nearfall.
As Corbin argued with the referee, Akira Tozawa suddenly appeared at ringside — standing on top of the announce desk. (Tozawa dyed his hair blonde and wore regular wrestling gear instead of his ninja attire.) Tozawa took JBL’s hat and ran off.
The distraction allowed McIntyre to hit the Claymore kick for the pinfall win.
The O.C./Judgment Day segment
Kelley interviewed AJ Styles and the OC backstage. Styles said it was a shame what things have come to because he used to be close with Finn but he’s realized that the OC was his family. Bálor would get the beating he deserves and it would be phenomenal.
Bálor approached Styles. Bálor said, “You think I’m a bad guy? You’re wrong. I’m worse. I’m the devil, and when you dance with the devil, you never dance again.” Judgment Day attacked the OC and the teams brawled.
The brawl spilled into the parking lot where Karl Anderson slammed Dominik onto the hood of an SUV. Officials eventually ran and tried to separate things.
(There were production trucks in the background with pictures of John Cena, Lita, Booker T, and Erick Rowan.)
Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss entered. They hyped the WarGames match before Belair said they would reveal their last partner on Smackdown (which received a smattering of boos.)
Damage CTRL, Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley interrupted. Bayley said some stuff before Asuka told her to shut up. Ripley warned Asuka that tonight would be a repeat of their match at WrestleMania 37. Asuka was ready to fight her right now.
(Perhaps there’s been a miscommunication because the announcers have referred to Mia Yim by that name throughout the show but Belair and Bayley both called her “Michin” as if that was her name.)
Rhea Ripley defeated Asuka (16:21)
This was a really good, physical match.
Asuka clocked the side of Ripley’s head with a running hip attack and Ripley stalled a long time before getting back in the ring. Ripley yanked Asuka down by the hair and clubbed away at the back of her head. They traded submissions until Ripley slammed Asuka face-first against the mat. They smacked each other in the face before Ripley dropkicked Asuka off the top to the outside.
After a break, Asuka dodged a charge and Ripley went shoulder-first into the ring post. Asuka fought back with kicks, back fists, a Codebreaker, and a German suplex for two. Ripley applied a Prism Trap (standing Cloverleaf) but Asuka slipped out of it.
Ripley went to the top but Asuka yanked her down and hit a sliding knee strike for two. Ripley came back with a headbutt and Northern Lights suplex for two. Asuka countered a Riptide but Asuka countered into a submission.
Damage CTRL and Cross appeared at ringside completely out of thin air so Belair and Bliss marched down to ringside.
Ripley was distracted (I think) so Asuka applied an armbar. Ripley countered into a cover for two. They traded counters and Ripley hit Riptide for the clean pinfall win. Ripley’s team gets the advantage at WarGames.
— The teams brawled after the match. Mia Yim (who was taken out in the earlier brawl) eventually joined to go after Ripley. Asuka flew off the top and wiped out everyone (including her own teammates) with a dive.
The announcers ran down the Survivor Series card again before the show ended.