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WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: THE GAUNTLET AND MORE

By Richard Trionfo on 2019-03-19 21:59:00

Match Number Two:  Kofi Kingston's Wrestlemania Fate Gauntlet Match (Featuring Samoa Joe, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Cesaro, and Erick Rowan)

Segment One:  Kofi Kingston versus Sheamus

They lock up and Sheamus backs Kofi into the corner.  They lock up again and Sheamus misses a punch in the corner.  Sheamus goes for the leg but Kofi avoids Sheamus and applies a waist lock.  Sheamus gets to the ropes.  Sheamus with a kick and side head lock take down.  Sheamus gets a near fall.  Kofi with a near fall on a rollup while Sheamus holds on to the side head lock.  Kofi with a hammer lock but Sheamus with a wrist lock.  Sheamus with an arm drag but Kofi holds on to the arm bar and Kofi gets a near fall.  Sheamus with an Irish whip and Kofi floats over and Kofi with an arm drag into an arm bar.

Kofi gets a near fall.  Sheamus with a forearm but Kofi sends Sheamus over the top rope to the floor.  Kofi with a plancha onto Sheamus.  Sheamus with a running knee lift to Kofi when he gets back into the ring.  Sheamus with forearms across the chest and a forearm to the lower back.  Kofi with a crescent kick to Sheamus.  Kofi with kicks but Sheamus sends Kofi into the ropes and Cesaro with a European uppercut to Kofi and Sheamus gets a near fall.

Sheamus with a knee drop for a near fall.  Kofi with an elbow but Sheamus with a back elbow.  

We go to commercial.

We are back and Kofi chops Sheamus.  Sheamus misses a punch and Kofi with more chops.  Kofi with a drop kick and flying clothesline.  Kofi with the Boom Drop.  Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise, but first, he points to the Wrestlemania sign.  Sheamus blocks Trouble in Paradise and Kofi kicks Sheamus away.  Sheamus runs into a boot from Kofi.  Kofi with a double jump cross body for a near fall.  

Kofi pulls Sheamus back into the ring and Sheamus pulls Kofi into the ropes throat first.  Sheamus with a uranage back breaker for a near fall.  Sheamus goes for the Cloverleaf and applies it.  Kofi pulls himself up and gets an inside cradle for a near fall.  Sheamus with a knee for a near fall.  

We see The Usos with Big E and Xavier in the back.  

Sheamus sets for the Brogue Kick and Kofi moves and gets a near fall with a rollup.  Kofi with Trouble in Paradise for the three count.

Sheamus Eliminated

Segment Two:  Kofi Kingston versus Cesaro

Cesaro with a running European uppercut to the back for a near fall.  Cesaro gets another near fall.  Cesaro with punches and a European uppercut.  Cesaro with a gutwrench suplex for a near fall.  Cesaro works on the leg.  Kofi kicks Cesaro away.  Cesaro with an Irish whip but Kofi with boots to a charging Cesaro.  Cesaro with punches.  Kofi with punches from the apron and Kofi goes for a springboard moe but Cesaro catches Kofi and hits a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall.

Cesaro with a back breaker and he keeps Kofi over his knee to add pressure to the back.  Kofi with punches but Cesaro with a European uppercut and then he slams Kofi's throat into the apron.  Cesaro catapults Kofi's throat into the bottom rope.  Cesaro with an elbow drop and he gets a near fall.  Kofi punches Cesaro.  Kofi with a cross body for a near fall.  

More wrestlers join the watching party in the back as Cesaro continues to work on Kofi's back.  Kofi with kicks but Cesaro with a double leg take down and giant swing.  Cesaro with the Cloverleaf on Kofi.  Kofi tries to get to the ropes but Cesaro pulls Kofi into the center of the ring.  Cesaro turns the Cloverleaf into a suplex and Cesaro gets a near fall.  Cesaro tries for a Boston Crab but Kofi blocks it.  Cesaro with a single leg crab with his knee in Kofi's back.  Kofi kicks Cesaro in the head.  Cesaro sets for the Gotch Style Neutralizer but Kofi with a back body drop and Cesaro lands on his feet.  Kofi with SOS for the three count.

Cesaro Eliminated

Segment Number Three:  Erick Rowan versus Kofi Kingston

Rowan with a clothesline and he sends Kofi into the corner and chops Kofi.  Rowan with a splash into the corner and he sends Kofi to the floor.  Rowan follows and hits a running cross body on Kofi.  Rowan Irish whips Kofi into the ringside barrier.  Rowan sends Kofi into the ringside barrier and then he hits Kofi with a steel chair.

Erick Rowan Eliminated (by disqualification)

Rowan with a bear hug on Kofi and he runs Kofi into the ring post.  Rowan sends Kofi over the ringside barrier into the timekeeper's area.  Rowan looks at the announce table and he hits the clawslam through the announce table.

Segment Four:  Kofi Kingston versus Samoa Joe

Joe with a running back elbow.  Joe follows with a head butt.  Joe with jabs in the corner and a forearm to the back of the head.  Joe with a knee but Kofi with a slap and kicks.  Kofi with punches and kicks.  Joe iwth an Irish whip and running back elbow and enzuigiri.  Joe gets a near fall.  Joe works on the neck.  Kofi with punches but Joe with a clothesline.  Joe gets a near fall.  Joe with a chin lock using Kofi's arm for more pressure.  Kofi with a jaw breaker when Joe goes for the Coquina Clutch.  Joe with an STJoe for a near fall.  

Kofi with a forearm and he lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt.  Kofi with a double leg take down.  Joe chops Kofi in the back and Joe puts Kofi on the turnbuckles.  Joe sets for a Muscle Buster but Kofi counters and gets the three count.

Samoa Joe Eliminated

Joe applies the Coquina Clutch on Kofi in the ropes.  Officials finally get Joe to release the hold but Kofi is out in the ring.

Segment Five:  Kofi Kingston versus Randy Orton

Orton sends Kofi into the ringside barrier.  Orton calls Kofi stupid and Kofi Irish whips Orton into the ring steps.  They get back into the ring and Orton sends Kofi into the turnbuckles.  Orton with European uppercuts and punches.  Orton with kicks and he runs the laces of his boots across the eyes.  Orton with a boot to the midsection and then a boot to the leg for a near fall.  Orton with a reverse chin lock.  Kofi with chops.  Orton pushes a drop kick attempt away and Orton with the Garvin Stomp.  Orton sends Kofi into the turnbuckles and Orton climbs the turnbuckles and punches Kofi.

Orton with a European uppercut.  Kofi with an Irish whip and Orton misses a clothesline.  Orton goes for an RKO but Kofi escapes.  Kofi with Trouble in Paradise but he cannot capitalize and Orton rolls to the floor as we go to commercial.

We are back and Orton punches Kofi on the turnbuckles and connects with a European uppercut.  Orton sets for a superplex but Kofi punches Orton and sends him to the mat.  Kofi with a cross body but Orton rolls over and gets a near fall.  Orton with a kick and he sends Kofi to the apron for an IEDDT and Orton hits it.  Orton looks around and he prepares for the RKO.  Kofi with a rollup and he keeps Orton from grabbing the ropes for the three count.

Randy Orton Eliminated

Winner:  Kofi Kingston

After the match, Big E and Xavier Woods come into the ring to celebrate with Kofi..

After the match, Vince McMahon comes out and congratulates Kofi Kingston.  What you have accomplished is miraculous so far.  You are going to Wrestlemania.  Vince says you are going to Wrestlemania as long as you can defeat one last opponent.  Vince tells Xavier and Big E to leave the premises or he will lose this opportunity.  Vince wishes Kofi good luck.

Match Number Three:  Daniel Bryan versus Kofi Kingston in a Non Title Match

Bryan with kicks in the corner.  Kofi with forearms and kicks to Bryan.  Bryan with a knee to the midsection.  Bryan puts Kofi in the tree of woe and Bryan with kicks.  Bryan sets for a belly-to-back superplex and hits it for a near fall.  Bryan tries to apply the LeBell Lock and Kofi gets his foot on the rope to break the hold.  Bryan with kicks to the chest.  Bryan misses the round kick and Kofi with SOS for a near fall.  

Bryan with more kicks in the corner.  Bryan with a running drop kick into the corner and he follows with a second one.  Bryan goes for the third one but Kofi with a rollup for a near fall.  Kofi with a back elbow and he misses the double jump cross body.  Bryan with boots to the head.  Bryan sets for the flying knee and he hits it and gets the three count.

Winner:  Daniel Bryan

 


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