JP's WWE Experience 27th-31st December
It's the last WWE Experience of 2021, let's find out what JP had to say about it...
Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages! It’s JP here back with another week of WWE programming. This is the final week before the Day One PPV, which has already happened at the time of writing this, so look out for Simon’s review of that in the coming days! So without rambling on any further, let’s go!
WWE Raw 27th December
Rk-Bro were out to kick off this week's show, which was to be the last Raw of 2021. Riddle hyped up the coming year and stated the tag champions had huge plans going into 2022. Orton talked up their feud with Alpha Academy, whilst playing footage from the events of last week. Because it is the start of a WWE weekly show and they heard their names, Otis and Gable made their way to the ring.
Gable hyped up Otis, stating that Orton would be limping into his match at Day One after their match tonight. Riddle interrupted this and challenged Gable to a match, he accepted. Both these matches would follow after a short break.
We began with Riddle facing off against Gable. You’ve already guessed what’s coming! Welcome back to:
This week's thought: how did the first people who invented the clock know exactly what time it was? Mind=blown!
Moving on from that mind-fuckery, the match began and Gable was dominating early as he focused on the knee Riddle seemed to injure on the ropes at the beginning of the match. Gable had an ankle lock locked in to capitalize on the injury, however Riddle used his strength to get out of it, but he was only met with a big suplex upon returning to his feet.
Gable tried to hit a big dive, but Riddle magnificently reversed this into a triangle hold. Brilliant counter! Riddle used this to build momentum before hitting the floating bro for the victory. After the match, Otis took out Riddle, transitioning into the next match between Orton and Otis.
This match began at a very fast pace, and Orton immediately went for the RKO. This was countered by Otis, who then managed to hit a big splash onto the viper. A hurt Otis took his time on the apron following an irish whip over the top rope, and the apex predator seized this opportunity and hit a huge draping DDT. Randy set up for the big finish and yet again went for another RKO, but this was reversed with another big slam. Otis then went for the finish himself as he set up for the frog splash, but he missed as Orton rolled out the way. This allowed Orton to finally hit the RKO and get the win, third time’s a charm as they say!
After the match, Riddle said he had a present for Randy which was a hug. Orton seemed sceptical but he assured the viper no one would know before Orton finally accepted and the two hugged it out. Awwww! How cute! However, someone should tell Riddle thousands are watching in live attendance and millions from around the world on their TV screens, so I doubt that nobody will ever see that hug!
A Priest destroyed my poor Ziggle Wiggle!
No, don’t worry this is not how it sounds, even though it seems almost perfectly set up for a rude joke one may say! Resist JP, resist!
Damien Priest was defending his United States Championship next against the seemingly forgotten of late, Dolph Ziggler.
Okay I can’t resist, week by week I try to refrain from the Priest jokes, but I can’t go any longer! Welcome to: Priest Puns Presented Personally by JP! This week’s joke: What do you call a priest who becomes a lawyer? Father-in-Law! It feels good to finally let some of them flow!
Anyway, on with the match! Ziggler started strong but this came to no end, as he got kicked in the face, took an elbow and was tossed to the outside... (Editor's note: RESIST JP!!!)
Ziggler was tossed, nope not making that mistake again, thrown, into the timekeepers area where chairs were somehow perfectly stacked like it was planned beforehand! Ziggle Wiggle continued to be another victim to the Priest, before he started to fight back, locking in a guillotine. Dolph used this spell of control to taunt before slapping Damien in the face, big mistake! Priest became unhinged and unloaded (hehe!) on Ziggler. Priest kept attacking Ziggler despite numerous warnings from the referee, but he disobeyed to the point the match was called off and Ziggler won by DQ, but Priest kept his belt… which usually isn’t the case. That’s usually off quicker than them when they’ve finished. Okay let’s move on very swiftly...
Bitch-off between the Miz and Edge!
A title with wordplay, what can be any better? Eric Bishoff (now you see why the bitch-off line was so clever!) made a surprise appearance to officiate the wedding vows between the Miz and Maryse. The Miz took this opportunity to trash-talk the audience and rant on about how he’s going to beat Edge at Day One.
Maryse was first to recite her vows, and added that Edge will lose to her husband at the Day One PPV, which definitely boosted his ego and probably raised certain parts of his body! Miz then said his vows in ‘French’ before Maryse pointed out how bad his frenching actually was, which seemed like a fairly sexual reference with the looks and winks they exchanged. Awkward! The Miz resorted back to English for the rest of his vows, smart!
After this, Bishoff asked if anyone had any objections and if so to voice them now. Obviously, this prompted Edge to make his way to the squared circle. He stated he was disgusted by the couple and the Miz stated he knew the Rated-R superstar would show. Edge said before he beat the Miz, he would embarrass him first, and that’s what he did.
Edge asked if the Miz wanted a ‘white wedding’ before the lights went red and the Brood music started, alongside Edge’s sadistic laugh. Miz and Maryse got the broodbath before both fell, bringing the show to a close.
That brought us to the end of the final Raw before the Day One PPV, and the final Raw of 2021. It’s been a crazy year for the red brand, there’s been plenty of ups and downs to put it nicely! Let’s hope 2022 is better! But overall, it built a few feuds and matches for Day One so it did the job. Find a full list of results below:
- Riddle DEF Chad Gable
- Randy Orton DEF Otis
- Dana Brooke & Reggie DEF Tamina & R-Truth
- The Street Profits DEF Rey & Dominik Mysterio to face RK-Bro for the Raw tag team titles at Day One
- AJ Styles DEF Apollo Crews
- Kevin Owens DEF Cedric Alexander
- Dolph Ziggler DEF Damien Priest Via DQ, Therefore Damien Priest retained the United States Championship
WWE Main Event 27th December
- T-Bar DEF Sal Sergio
- Veer Mahaan DEF Shelton Benjamin
WWE Smackdown 31st December
This episode of Smackdown was a NYE special recap show of 2021. We were introduced by Michael Cole and Pat McAfee, and we were shown a highlight reel of the top 10 moments of the year. No live action tonight folks! Must be saving the talent for the Day One PPV due to it being only a day later. Anyway, let me briefly run you through the top ten!
10) RK-Bro defeat AJ Styles and Omos at Wrestlemania to win the Raw tag team titles
9) Logan Paul gets knocked out by Kevin Owens at Wrestlemania
8) Bobby Lashley beats Goldberg at Summerslam
7) Charlotte Flair beats Nikki A.S.H and Rhea Ripley at Summerslam to win the Raw women’s title
6) Bad Bunny debuts at Wrestlemania in a tag team match alongside Damien Priest to defeat Miz and Morrison
5) Edge defeats Seth Rollins in a Hell in a Cell at the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View
4) Bianca Belair defeats Sasha Banks at Wrestlemania to win the Smackdown women’s championship
3) Becky Lynch returns and Defeats Bianca Belair at Summerslam to win the Smackdown women’s title
2) Big E cashes in the Money in the Bank briefcase on Bobby Lashley on Raw to win the WWE championship
1) Brock Lesnar returns at Summerslam
And that was all for the last episode of the year for WWE, and despite there being no live action, a recap of the best moments was a nice feel good watch, however if you were expecting there to be a normal episode with more build for Day One, you were mistaken.
205 Live 31st December
- Edris Enofe DEF Guru Raaj
- Amari Miller DEF Nikkita Lyons
- Dante Chen DEF Draco Anthony
And that brings us to the end of the last week of WWE programming for 2021. There was some good build for the Day One PPV on Raw, and a nice summary of the year on Smackdown that gave the wrestlers a break before the big Day One event. It’s been a crazy year for WWE, and a very tough one at that with new rival promotions growing. However, despite how much I love to rip on WWE, they’ve still done an excellent job in many aspects, such as the return of live crowds after the COVID pandemic saw crowds absent for the majority of 2020. Wrestlemania being the show live crowds returned on was perfect! But that’s all from me in 2021, thanks for continuously reading these in my first year here at Real Rasslin and I can’t wait for many more to come! I’ll see you next year for the first review of 2022!!!