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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (6/5/18)

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SmackDown GM, champion and challenger!

The Phenomenal One and the King of Strong Style will sign thee contract for their Last Man Standing WWE Championship match at Money in the Bank, with SmackDown GM Paige presiding! Plus, the FABULOUS Carmella promises to reveal all about her opponent, The Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka, before their own title match at Money in the Bank!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2v1 Handicap: Asuka VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville; Asuka wins.
  • Harper w/ Rowan VS Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows; Anderson wins.
  • Mixed Tag: Naomi & Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso VS Lana & Aiden English; Naomi & Jimmy win.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Miz, Rusev & Samoa Joe; The New Day wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The SmackDown Women’s Champion, Carmella, heads to the ring.

The FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island faces the Empress of Tomorrow at Money in the Bank, but the champion doesn’t seem afraid at all. Carmella welcomes Corpus Christi and demands they give her praise. When they boo, she accepts that. This isn’t about her, this is about Asuka. Carmella wants the world to know the truth about Asuka. Asuka is not who we think she is. Carmella shows us the Asuka we do know, that we love yet fear. A highlight reel rolls, covering her career from NXT where she would be the undefeated Woman’s Champion for almost two years, and then shifting to her Streak continuing on Raw. Carmella gives Asuka credit at being incredible, poised and terrifying.

But “let’s remove the mask” and face the truth: “This is the real Asuka.” The highlight reel continues, and Asuka would lose for the first time in the WWE to Charlotte. But then, it continues to show that The IIconics would beat Asuka in a tag team match, and then Sonya Deville would easily ambush Asuka from behind. Mandy Rose would also dominate in her match with Asuka because of it, but it ignores how Asuka still won that match. Carmella says that was all “painful to watch.” But it’s the truth: Asuka’s first loss devastated her. That’s why Carmella isn’t afraid. #MellaIsMoney! But fans boo as Carmella says Asuka’s time is over. Asuka was undefeated but now she’s just defeated. No One is Ready has become Everyone Is Ready. Even the WWE Universe is ready for Asuka! Raise your hand if you’re ready for Asuka!

Speak of Asuka, and here she comes! Carmella stays cool, even as Asuka enters the ring. Asuka herself is still in a good mood. But then Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville appear?

Carmella didn’t need to go through all that trouble. Mandy Rose knows herself that Asuka is a shadow of her former self. Asuka still won, but Mandy is confident she was close to winning. Mandy knows she can beat Asuka tonight! Sonya says Mandy did what she had to: left Asuka for Sonya. Sonya wants her turn to face Asuka! Carmella agrees with them both, so who will it be? The Undefeated Asuka would fight both, but the Defeated Asuka should just call an Uber and get out. But then SmackDown GM Paige appears!

The Glampire in Chief says no one speaks for her. Paige makes matches, not them. Asuka does have unfinished business with Sonya and Mandy. Who does Asuka choose? Asuka grins at them both before snatching the mic from Carmella. “Give me both!!”

In that case, it will be Asuka VS Sonya & Mandy in a Handicap Match, up next! Can the Empress reclaim her glory against the duo formerly known as Absolution?

 

2v1 Handicap: Asuka VS Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville!

SmackDown returns to this match at the bell, and Sonya starts with Asuka. The Gladiator Gal lunges but the Empress avoids. The Princess has joined commentary while Asuka gives a test kick at Sonya. Asuka and Sonya tie up, and Asuka puts Sonya in a corner. Mandy tags in, and fans cheer for God’s Greatest Creation. Mandy trise to power Asuka to the corner but asuka throws her off. Sonya tags back in and she circles with Asuka again. They tie up, Asuka wrenches the arm to a wristlock, but Sonya reverses. Asuka reverses back but Sonya forearms out to then waistlock and throw Asuka down. Asuka reverses to a kneebar, but Sonya ropebreaks. Carmella keeps boasting about herself while Asuka and Sonya tie up again.

Asuka trips Sonya, things speed up and Sonya hip tosses Asuka. Sonya runs but Asuka avoids the sliding knee, and Asuka dropkicks Sonya in return. Asuka is fired up but Mandy distracts. Sonya sucker punches Asuka, then asks “Who do you think you are?!” Fans boo Sonya while cheering Asuka. Sonya throws hands on Asuka then tags Mandy. Mandy stomps a mudhole into Asuka, then embraces the heat. Mandy tags Sonya, and they mug Asuka again. Sonya stalks Asuka at the ropes, then puts her back in the corner to tag in Mandy. Sonya rams in shoulders, then Mandy rams hers in. Mandy throws forearms but backs off at the ref’s count. Mandy snapmares Asuka into a chinlock while fans keep rallying. Carmella is more worried about her hair than what Asuka will do to her.

Asuka endures the chinlock, then fights back, but Mandy throws her down. Cover, TWO, but Mandy goes back to the chinlock. Fans rally while Asuka gets up and fights back again. Asuka powers out and collides with Mandy. Asuka fires up, then speeds up to hip attack Mandy! Mandy gets to a corner but gets another hip attack. Asuka tosses Mandy out to then climb up top. Asuka aims, and hits the missile dropkick! Carmella distracts Asuka, Sonya tags in and then clobbers Asuka! Sonya digs her knee into Asuka while Carmella moonwalks on the announce desk. The champ has handed the match to Sonya while we go picture in picture.

Sonya chokes Asuka at the ropes while Carmella keeps dancing. Sonya drags Asuka up and snapmares her, to then slide into a bodyscissor hold. Asuka endures as Sonya adds a chinlock. Asuka pushes back to a cover, TWO and they separate. Sonya spinebusters Asuka! Cover, TWO, but Sonya keeps her cool. Mandy tags in, and they both stand on Asuka’s chest. Mandy drags Asuka over and hammers away. She drags Asuka into an arm wrench and adds a chinbar for a unique abdominal stretch. Asuka endures, even as Mandy also pulls hair. Asuka fights out, then fires off kicks, but Mandy catches one to throw Asuka with an exploder! Cover, TWO, and Mandy grows frustrated. Mandy toys with Asuka, then rains down more rights.

Mandy stalks Asuka at the ropes, then chokes her at the ropes. She brings Asuka back over and tags Sonya. Mandy stomps away, then Sonya adds kicks. Sonya tags back to Mandy, and Mandy brings Asuka up with the butterfly underhook. Asuka fights her way out then rolls Mandy, TWO, so Asuka hits Sonya then shining wizard to Mandy! Asuka is still catching her breath but she’s not giving up. She and Mandy trade forearms on their knees while we go single picture. They go back and forth as they stand up, but Asuka ducks to then dropkick Mandy! Asuka spins Mandy around for a German Suplex! Carmella is still calm while Mandy elbows Asuka. Sonya tags in but Mandy gets kicked down. Sonya gets the pop-up knee, then the hip attack! Cover, but Mandy breaks it.

Asuka grabs Mandy and tosses her out, but Sonya rolls Asuka up! TWO, and they go roundhouse for roundhouse, double roundhouses!

Both women are down and a ten count begins. Carmella is still not worried, as the count reaches 8! Asuka and Sonya stagger up at 9, but then Sonya runs into a knee! But Sonya fires up and SPEARS Asuka! Cover, TWO! Sonya can’t believe Asuka survived. She covers again, TWO, and now Sonya grows frustrated. Sonya gives knee after knee to Asuka, in return for Asuka’s knee. Sonya runs, but into an arm-lock! She manages to reverse but Asuka reverses, and the Asuka Lock is in! Sonya taps, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

The Empress defeats two opponents at once, yet Carmella is smugly unafraid. Carmella says “enough is enough”, and goes into the ring with Asuka. She holds up her belt but Asuka still grins. Mandy returns, but Asuka back fists her away! Carmella clubs Asuka from behind! Carmella stalks Asuka, and hits the FABULOUS Kick. The Champion is all smiles now, and vows #MellaintheBank will be her PPV. Are her calculations correct? Or will Asuka show Carmella that her math means NOTHING in regards to the Empress?

 

The Miz trains backstage.

But Mr. Bootyworth is there? And so are The New Day! Hokage Miz, they want to apologize for their jerkish behavior. Miz just wanted to know which member enters the MITB match. They are taking this seriously. And it’s because it was thanks to him giving them a Reality Check. The New Day know the truth hurts, and admit it’s been very hard to decide. Therefore, they want Miz to help them reveal their member to the world. What’s the catch? No catch, just names in a hat. Put your hand in the hat and pull out a name. Then “ya bois” will be Misters Money in the Bank. Miz agrees, and reaches in, but they want him to wait. No peeking. Headband down as a blindfold and… Hat swap! It’s not names, it’s pancake batter!

This won’t be so funny when Samoa Joe puts Woods to Sleep, Rusev MACHKA Kicks Kofi, and Miz beats Big E again! Miz then wipes the batter off on Bootyworth’s shirt. Who will get the last laugh in tonight’s Six Man Tag?

 

Harper w/ Rowan VS Karl Anderson w/ Luke Gallows!

These two pairs of brothers in battle will battle 2v2 at MITB for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships in two weeks. As for tonight, it’s 1v1 as the Machine Gun tries his hand against Harper. The bell rings and Harper dropkicks Anderson right away! Harper uppercuts and scrapes Anderson’s face, then puts him in a corner. The fans chant “Too Sweet!” for Anderson but Harper keeps on him with clubbing forearms, and a running elbow into the back. Cover, ONE, but Harper drags Anderson up to uppercut him into a corner. Harper chops Anderson, then stalks him, before standing on Anderson’s head. He rakes the eyes, then uppercuts Anderson again. Anderson gets to ropes, but Harper palm strikes him to a corner. Harper backs Gallows off, then whips Anderson, for the scrapbuster!

Anderson writhes but Harper isn’t done with him. Harper puts Anderson in another corner, but Anderson kicks back! Harper uppercuts again, but misses the superkick. Anderson rolls Harper up, ANDERSON WINS!

Winner: Anderson, by pinfall

The Good Brothers sneak one! The Machine Gun ends the insane win streak Harper has been on since returning. Can Gallows & Anderson combine for another miracle like this and take those titles from the Bludgeon Brothers?

 

Jimmy Uso & Naomi speak.

Lana tried to bust a move and a little bit more last week. That won’t happen at MITB, because Naomi will snatch Lana bald and snatch the contract. As for tonight, this husband-wife combo shows why they’re the ones who really run SmackDown. #WelcometotheUsoPenitentiary.

 

Mixed Tag: Naomi & Jimmy Uso w/ Jey Uso VS Lana & Aiden English!

Corpus Christi, it’s #GlowTime as Naomi and Jimmy bring back their Mixed Match Challenge combination to take on the Ravishing Russian and not her husband. The founding father of Rusev Day is busy with his own tag match later, so MC Artiste takes over. “Our opponents want to glow inside a penitentiary, but they’re about to face the loss of the century.” And when it’s done, everyone know why Lana is the best, Lana number one!

The bell rings and the men start. Jimmy and English circle, then tie up. English gets the headlock, and sings “Rusev Daaay~”. Jimmy powers out but English reverses, only for Jimmy to uppercut him away. English is in fear for his moneymaker throat, and he has Lana help check on him. English is fine, but then they run into double enziguri from Uso & Naomi! They end up outside, so Jimmy holds the ropes for Naomi to FLY!

The #UceGlow is in control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns, and Lana begs Naomi not kick her. Naomi spins Lana, and kicks and kicks, but Lana ducks them each time, so Naomi throws in an knee! Lana goes down, and Naomi steps at English. English panics, but Lana pounces. Lana gives Naomi a kick, then covers, TWO. English coaches Lana on and Lana vows she is number one. Lana chokes Naomi at the ropes, then backs up at 4. She runs and hits double knees, then covers. TWO, and Lana grows frustrated. Lana brings Naomi into her corner for a boot grind, but stops at 4. Fans rally for Naomi as Lana bounces her off the match. Lana puts Naomi in an armlock, adding a chinbar. Naomi endures while fans duel and rally. Naomi sits up but Lana pushes her into buckles! Lana boasts while Naomi recovers. Lana says “Uce! NO!” but Naomi dropkicks her down!

Naomi crawls for Jimmy but Lana tackles her down! Lana drags Naomi away and drops elbows. Cover, TWO, and Lana grows frustrated. Lana puts Naomi back in the armlock and chinbar. Fans rally again and Naomi fights her way up and out. Naomi jawbreakers, but Lana keeps her away from Jimmy. Naomi tugs Lana back and reaches for Jimmy, but Lana grabs hair. Lana gets rolled up, TWO, double clotheslines take them both out! Fans rally again as they crawl, hot tag to Jimmy! The men both come in and Jimmy rallies on English! Jimmy kicks low then uppercuts, and English again worries about his throat. English avoids the Samoan Drop but not the dragon whip kick! Jimmy fires up and hits the hip attack in the corner! Cover, but Lana breaks it just in time. Lana SLAPS Jimmy, but Naomi alley-oops to tackle Lana!

The women roll out of the ring, but English back splashes Jimmy. Jimmy is down in a corner, and English says “RUS-ev Day!” He runs corner to corner but Noami FLIES in to crossbody! Then SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Cover, Uso & Naomi win!

Winners: Uso & Naomi, Jimmy Uso pinning

The husband-wife combo succeeds! This gives Naomi big momentum towards the Women’s MITB match, but will she or Lana be able to overcome a star-studded field of eight?

 

SmackDown GM Paige is backstage for the WWE Championship contract signing.

She thanks the challenger and champion for being present at the table. Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles sit across from each other, with security on hand just in case. Their match will be Last Man Standing, meaning one man wins when the other cannot stand after a count of 10. There will be a winner this time, but are their questions? Styles has more of a statement. Styles and Shinsuke have been warring forever. Shinsuke played his games, drove Styles to the edge, but Styles understands why. “Because you know straight up, you can’t beat me.” It’s why Nakamura plays around and chose such a match type. But every dirty trick Nakamura has won’t work this time. Styles vows to walk and walk out WWE Champion.

Without any further comment, Paige has them sign the contract. Styles signs first. Nakamura claims the pen is out of ink. He wants to borrow Styles’. Styles gives him the pen, and Nakamura examines it. Nakamura claims the pen is broken. Styles gets pissed, he wants Nakamura to sign it already! Nakamura keeps playing his games, but then Styles SLAPS him!

Styles is accompanied out of the room, and Nakamura reveals he had a back-up pen. Nakamura signs, and the match is made. “Last Man Standing”, Nakamura likes the sound of that. But will he like what Styles does to him when there are no rules but to win?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!

While these two are the SmackDown half of the WWE Four Horsewomen, while these two are friends and love having tea time, these two are former SmackDown Women’s Champions and they both want that title back. The first step to that is winning the MITB contract, which both of them also want. The Queen of Flair is up 4-3 in their all-time series, but can the Lass Kicker tie it up here tonight?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Becky arm-drags Charlotte away. Becky grins as they circle and go again. Becky reverses Charlotte’s’ attempt but Charlotte throws Becky out. Charlotte lets Becky return, then gets the takedown. Becky denies the figure four but Charlotte denies the Disarm-her, so Becky settles for a headlock. Charlotte stands up and pries her way out, to put on a headlock. Becky powers out, but Charlotte handsprings over her. Things speed up and Chalrotte headscissors Becky to the ropes. The fans “WOO~!” as the two friend stare down. Charlotte gets a takedown but Becky slips out of the cover to roll Charlotte, TWO. Charlotte tries to roll Becky, but then Becky gets the ropebreak. Fans are dueling, and the friends clink glasses for tea time.

But then they both kick! They both block, too, and tell the other to let go.

They agree to let go together, and they do. The friends back off and fans applaud, but then things start up again, double crossbodies take them both out! Both women are down while we go picture in picture. Charlotte and Becky stand but Charlotte is on Becky first. Becky jawbreakers and dropkicks, then drops the leg. Becky drops the elbow, then runs to drop the other leg, but Charlotte dodges. Charlotte puts Becky in the headscissor hold and rams Becky’s head into the mat over and over. Charlotte squeezes Becky, but Becky endures. Becky stands up but Charlotte throws her around with the headscissors. Charlotte holds on, and grabs at legs for a cover, TWO.

Charlotte keeps on Becky but Becky reverses the whip to arm-drag Charlotte. Becky arm-drags her again and into an armlock, holding Charlotte down. Charlotte endures the stretch as well as that knee in her face. She moves around but Becky shifts to a bridging armbar! Charlotte endures and Becky stops the bridge while we go single picture. Fans duel while Charlotte gets up. Becky keeps the arm but Charlotte throws forearms. Becky responds, then runs, but into Charlotte’s tilt-o-whirl. She slips through but Charlotte denies the arm submission. Charlotte chops and chops away, but then Becky dodges to give a European Uppercut. Becky gives more EuroUppers, but Charlotte backslides. TWO, and Charlotte chops Becky off her feet. Charlotte gives Becky a back suplex and fires up with a kip-up.

Charlotte runs but into Becky’s boot. Becky jump kicks, then climbs up again, but Charlotte stops her. Charlotte drags Becky out for a crucifix backbreaker, cover, TWO. Charlotte goes for but Becky denies the figure four, then Becky clobbers Charlotte with a flying forearm. Becky fires up while climbing up, for a big leg drop! Cover, TWO! Fans keep dueling, and Becky stalks Charlotte. Charlotte rolls up the hold, TWO, and Becky throws forearms. Becky runs, Charlotte follows, SPEAR! Becky rolls out of the ring, but Charlotte slingshots out! Charlotte takes Becky down, “That’s why I’m the Queen!” Charlotte puts Becky back in the ring, then climbs up top… MOONSAULT! But into knees! Becky small package, TWO.

Charlotte takes Becky down but Becky denies her again. Charlotte comes back and gets part, but Becky counters! Becky gets the Disarm-her!! Charlotte taps, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky, by submission

The Lass Kicker ties their series, 4-4! But more importantly, this close to MITB, Charlotte is on the downtrend while Becky’s on fire. Becky helps her friend to her feet, and fans cheer for their sportsmanship. Friendship aside, will Becky or Charlotte be the one to climb the ladder and win the golden opportunity? Or will a woman from Raw ruin their chances?

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.

The Destroyer is in the Men’s MITB, but he wants to know what people see when they look at him. Is he vicious? Is he a rabid dog? Or is he a man with a skewed moral compass? Tonight, The New Day learn that all those things are true. Joe is a bit saddened by his own reputation, because what he really wants people to think is that he is a man who keeps his promises. He promised to put Daniel Bryan to sleep, and he did. But he also promised to climb up and grab the briefcase. Joe did that, as a preview of what he wants to do at MITB. SmackDown’s roster trembled because they witnesses the future. And whoever is unfortunate enough to become WWE Champion will know “what you see is what you get.” And soon, everyone will get it.

 

On-stage interview with Big Cass.

The Human Skyscraper is all smiles as he makes his way out to join Renee Young. Cass will get a rematch with Daniel Bryan at Money in the Bank. What will he do to win this time? “Look at how high up you have to hold up that microphone.” Cass is 7 feet tall, while Bryan is maybe an inch taller than Renee. Big Cass has a little story for Bryan. Backstage at Wrestlemania 30, Cass walked down the hall and into the locker room. He was behind Daniel Bryan, who won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. All Cass could think was, “Seriously?” This little guy is THE WWE Champion? Cass claims Bryan’s win was a fluke, as was the win over Cass at Backlash.

But Cass will give credit, Bryan packs a heck of a punch for such someone so “petite.” “A good big man will beat a good little man.” If no one believes Cass, just look at the footage. Samoa Joe put Bryan to sleep in last week’s triple threat. Then, Cass waited for Bryan to stand, and he booted him back down! Cass almost feels bad about that. Almost. But Bryan asked to get back in the ring, but little did he know, a 7 foot shadow would follow him. Bryan has never been in the ring with someone as big as Cass, as educated as Cass, or as big a star as Cass. Cass guarantees 100% that Bryan has never, ever been int he ring that holds a grudge like Cass.

Cass vows to do everything he can to dismantle, beat and embarrass Bryan! “Daniel Bryan, I’m going to take your scrawny little arms, rip them off your body, and beat you over the head with them”. Then he’ll snap those little legs like twigs so that Bryan can never put submission holds on again. Bryan needs to go do what he does best: playing a little garden gnome on Total Bellas. After MITB, Bryan will be beaten and battered, and then come to a slow realization that “a pathetic little man like him, will never survive in this Big Man’s world.” Cass is confident that size matters, but will Bryan get the better of him in their rematch from Backlash?

 

Backstage interview with Sin Cara.

The luchador from El Paso was snubbed by Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega. Was he wrong about how close he and Almas are? Sin Cara has known Almas since Almas was 14 years old, they were like brothers. But something happened. Something? Vega is not just something, she is the best thing to ever happen to Almas. When he had Sin Cara as a role model, he had nothing. Sin Cara had Almas hide behind a mask. Sin Cara made him weak. Almas learned he doesn’t have to hide, and he doesn’t have to be afraid. Especially not of Sin Cara. Sin Cara says that’s not true, but Vega counters that Almas wants a match with Sin Cara. Almas then clobbers Sin Cara from outta nowhere! Almas throws Sin Cara into a trunk, then calls him a dog. Will El Idolo pay for turning on an amigo like that?

 

Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Miz, Rusev & Samoa Joe!

Awwwww Corpus Christi~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for the world famous four time champs and feel~, the powah~! Positive energy and plenty of pancakes accompany Woods, Kofi & Big E, but they still haven’t told us who–who who who?–will enter the Men’s MITB on behalf of the team. Will the trio keep the secret and keep momentum against the A-Lister, the Bulgarian Brute and the Destroyer?

Miz is very fired up as he starts with Woods, and he throws hands and kicks on Woods in a corner. He taunts fans who want pancakes, then whips Woods corner to corner. Woods goes up and over then speeds things up as he dodges Miz, to then hit Miz with a roaring elbow! Cover, TWO, so Woods keeps on Miz with a EuroUpper. Woods snapmares Miz to then tag in Kofi. Kofi hits the running kick, Woods adds the sliding lariat, then Kofi adds the splash while Woods hops up. Woods hits the elbow drop, then tags Big E, for the Big Splash! Cover, TWO, but The New Day keep their cool. Miz rolls away and tags in Joe, for a first time meeting between truly big superstars. Joe jabs away on Big E, but then runs into Big E’s belly2belly!

Big E tags in Woods to drop hands on Joe. Woods chops, then runs, and hits Miz, but Joe hits Woods with the back elbow and Pele! Joe’s team takes control while we go to break.

SmackDown returns one more time, and Woods is isolated as Miz tags in. Miz snapmares and puts on a chinlock, but fans rally for Woods. Woods stands up and reaches, but Miz wrangles him back down. Miz grins as he squeezes Woods, but fans rally with “New! Day Rocks!” Woods stands up again, and fights out of the hold. Miz whips and hits Woods with the kitchen sink knee. Miz then puts Woods in a corner and hoists him up top. He climbs up to join Woods, but Woods denies the superplex. Woods fights back and knocks Miz down, to then adjust and hit a missile dropkick! Fans rally again, but Miz tags Joe first. Joe swings at Big E, but then Rusev pounces and puts Big E into steel steps!

Woods kicks Joe, then shining wizard! Woods and Joe are down, but crawling for their corners. Joe tags Miz, Woods tags Kofi! Kofi springboards and rallies, hitting Miz with double chops and a dropkick. Kofi keeps moving but Miz dodges to then whip, only for Kofi to use that for a crossbody! Cover, TWO, and Kofi goes for SOS. Miz pushes him away but Kofi rebounds with a leaping lariat! Kofi fires up, and hits the “New Day~” Boom Drop! Fans fire up as Kofi claps. Kofi aims at Miz, but Joe returns. Kofi hits him first, but Miz hits Kofi with the low DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is shocked, but keeps focus as he brings Kofi up. Miz wants the Finale but Kofi arm-drags. Rusev tags in, Kofi dodges Miz, but Rusev suplexes Kofi. Kofi lands on his feet, Big E tags in!

Rusev runs into boots, then Big E’s overhead belly2belly! Big E runs, but into a knee and a roundhouse! Joe tags in, Rusev feeds him to the “Sit down!” Yurinagi! Cover, but Woods breaks it! Rusev goes after Woods but Woods dumps him out. Woods fires up, and FLIES! They go down, but Joe tags Miz. Miz whips Joe, but Kofi and Big E dump him out. Miz goes after E, but Kofi springboards to Trust Fall onto Joe! Big E throws Miz out to DIVE THROUGH HIM!

Big E hurries and puts Miz back in, then brings those straps down. Fans fire up as Kofi tags in, but Joe goes around to trip up Woods! Joe puts on the Coquina, and then MACHKA Kick takes out Kofi! Big E runs into a post, and Miz coordinates with the others. Joe and Rusev come around while Miz gets the pancakes?

Miz’s prediction has been right up to this point, and now he wants to humiliate Big E via pancakes. Kofi fails to make the save, but then Miz throws the pancakes at the wrong people! MACHKA Kick for Miz, and the back senton from Joe! Joe and Rusev ditch Miz, so the New Day regroups. Big E tags back in, he and Kofi hit Miz with the Midnight Hour! Cover, the New Day win!

Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning

We still don’t know who who who joins the Men’s MITB match, but ya bois still have the momentum. Whichever member it is, will they be the one to make the entire team the joint Misters Money in the Bank?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown was MUCH better than Raw last night. Raw may have had entertaining moments, but there were flaws to most of what they did. SmackDown made sure every moment was great and pushed the story along in some way. Granted, Carmella’s opening segment did the same as Raw’s: it made a match happen. But the match that came out of it was more compelling as Asuka uses the duo formerly known as Absolution to build great momentum, yet also helped give Mandy & Sonya more credibility. Carmella is doing great as her falsely confident self, and I’m betting something happens on next week’s go-home to snap her back to reality.

Is Hell freezing over? WWE just let Karl Anderson win, 1v1, and clean. I still don’t think The Club beat The Bludgeon Brothers at MITB, but I hope The Club finally get to bring out more of that real ability. Jimmy & Naomi got to show their ability as a mixed tag team, I wonder if it’d be easier to make a mixed tag division instead of a women’s tag. That WWE Championship contract signing was uniquely done, and it worked out. That slap from Styles was impressive, too. Their match can still go either way, but with how in control Nakamura is, he might be getting a 51% edge. Cass’ promo made his point, and Almas’ attack on Sin Cara was well-planned, they’re both making progress. I’m glad Sin Cara is back on TV, even if it’s for someone else’s benefit in kayfabe.

Charlotte VS Becky was amazing. It was a bit shy of my hoped-for 20 minutes but it was definitely worthy of stars like them. It’d be great for Becky to be the second-ever Ms. MITB, but even if she doesn’t win it, the story of her dealing with another disappointment could be what she needs to reach the title without the contract. In essence, she could go through what Daniel Bryan did: finally win the title, only for the cash-in to take it all away. The Six Man Tag was pretty good, and it helps tie in the New Day’s story of keeping their entrant a secret. I almost thought Miz and team were going to win as Miz predicted, but the fever pitch of that crowd, The New Day had to win.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (7/23/19)

A huge night of crossover between 205 Live and NXT!

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The Cruiserweights of NXT join 205 Live!

In the wake of Raw Reunion, the Cruiserweight Division heats things up by bringing in superstars from NXT! While he didn’t win in the Breakout Tournament, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott did make an impression! Can he do the same in a non-title match with THE Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Lucha House Party VS Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza; Carrillo & Mendoza win.
  • Drew Gulak VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

There is some serious drama in the Cruiserweight Division.

After weeks of her husband dropping the ball,  Maria Kanellis dropped a bomb on him with their second child being on the way. And as he kept losing, she kept piling on the insults and humiliation. But instead of manning up and taking accountability, Mike just dumped it all on Drake Maverick, who was dealing with his own issues. Granted, the 205 Live GM should have left the WWE 24/7 Championship alone and focused on his real job, but at least Maverick owned up to it.

But Mike wouldn’t have any of that. Not only did Mike rip into his opponent last week, but he verbally berated Maverick in the ring and to his face, insulting Maverick’s own wife! Maverick lost his cool and threw hands on Mike, which is a major violation of the rules between a General Manager and a wrestler under his purview. Maverick said after the show that you can only push a man so far. And if Mike wants a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity that badly, he’ll have to earn it, just like everyone else. But for the first time in 205 Live history, it will be a match… with DRAKE MAVERICK!

 

Drake Maverick now speaks tonight.

“I’ve had a week to calm down and think about my actions.” As the GM, his actions were completely uncalled for. But as a man, everyone should agree that Maverick is justified. Too bad Mike isn’t here in person to hear this from Maverick, but as he said last week, Maverick will give Mike what he wants. Mike will get his opportunity for a title match, and he gets a chance to kick Maverick’s ass. Those were his words, weren’t they? But just because Mike has this opportunity doesn’t mean Maverick isn’t going to fight back. Mike won’t be facing Drake Maverick the GM next week. No, next week, won’t even be a match! It’ll be a fight! Because the last order as GM from Maverick is that they get all their anger out, because he is making it… an UNSANCTIONED MATCH! What won’t Maverick and Mike do in order to settle this issue once and for all!?

 

Lucha House Party VS Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza!

The crossover begins with some high-flying lucha libre! Humberto and Raul reunite to take on the triumphantly returning Lucha Dragon and King of the Ropes! But while this is a crossover encounter, can Mendoza make an impact and find a place here in the Cruiserweight Division?

The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Kalisto. The two circle as fans rally up with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Kalisto and Mendoza tie up and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Kalisto cartwheels to reverse the wrench back. Mendoza rolls and wrenches back to headlock Kalisto. Kalisto powers out and scoops Mendoza, but Mendoza escapes the tilt-o-whirl with a grin. Mendoza gets Kalisto in the scoop but Kalisto lands on his feet now. They both go to arm-drag but that cancels out. Kalisto whips and hurdles but Mendoza keeps up. Kalisto handstand walks to headscissor but Mendoza handsprings through! Mendoza huricanranas but Kalisto rolls through to his feet.

The two go again, and Kalisto wristlocks to CHOP Mendoza over and over. Kalisto then goes acrobatic, showing off even, and arm-drags! But Mendoza handsprings through to stay on his feet! Mendoza bats Kalisto into an arm-drag but Kalisto arm-drags back. They both dropkick and handspring, and are now head to head! Miami loves this,a nd the two even shake hands in respect. Fans rally with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” while Mendoza and Kalisto tag out. Carrillo and Metalik show off already as they enter the ring with handsprings. Carrillo and Metalik tie up and Metalik waistlocks. Carrillo pries free to get a wristlock to hammerlock. Metalik headlocks back, but Carrillo spins Metalik around for his own headlock. Metalik powers out and Carrillo shows off his agility again!

Things speed up and Carrillo gets clear of the handspring. Carrillo dodges but Metalik monkey flips him, only for Carrillo to handspring through! Metalik also handsprings, and Miami is still loving this! Another “LUCHA! LUCHA!” chant begins as the two shake hands. But then Metalik kicks low and fireman’s carries Carrillo over. Tag to Kalisto before Metalik dumps Carrillo down. Kalisto then knee-boards to senton! Kalisto drags Carrillo back to tag Metalik, and holds Carrillo down for Metalik’s knee drop onto the arm! Cover, ONE! Metalik keeps on Carrillo with a chinlock, but Carrillo scrambles up. Kalisto tags in and climbs up to hop down and kick the arm. Kalisto tags back to Metalik, and Metalik kicks Carrillo’s arm, too.

Metalik snapmares Carrillo into a chinlock. Carrillo endures and fans rally up. Carrillo fights his way up and out but Metalik throws him down by his hair. Metalik stomps Carrillo then drags him over to tag Kalisto. Kalisto drops ax handles on the arm then covers, ONE! Kalisto keeps on Carrillo with another chinlock. Carrillo endures again as fans build back to a rally. Carrillo fights free a second time, but runs into the heel kick! Cover, TWO! Kalisto grows annoyed, but Carrillo knees him low. Carrillo whips Kalisto to the corner and hits a clothesline, then tags in Mendoza. Mendoza and Carrillo whip Kalisto to double hip toss! Mendoza and Carrillo combine, wheelbarrow victory splash! Cover, TWO! Mendoza keeps on Kalisto with an armlock on the mat. Kalisto endures and fans rally yet again.

Kalisto fights up and out but Mendoza knees low. Mendoza wrenches Kalisto and tags Carrillo. Carrillo returns the favor to Lucha House Party with double stomps to Kalisto’s arm! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps his cool and drags Kalisto up for a wrench. Kalisto endures and fights back as fans rally with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” But Carrillo scoops and slams Kalisto hard! Carrillo smiles, but gets a kick from the mat! And then boots! Tag to Metalik, and Kalisto boosts Metalik for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps Carrillo down with a mounted hammerlock. Carrillo endures and fights up again, throwing body shots. Metalik knees low over and over and brings Carrillo back down. Metalik shifts to a partial camel clutch, but Carrillo still endures.

Carrillo gets up but gets a CHOP, and Metalik whips him corner to corner. Metalik corner clotheslines, then runs the ropes to dropkick Carrillo down! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps in this, but Metalik has him up for more CHOPS! Metalik whips but Carrillo springboards for the flying headbutt! Both men are down but the “LUCHA! LUCHA!” echoes out. Both men crawl, hot tags to Kalisto and Mendoza! Kalisto springboards but Mendoza gets under to lariat and dropkick! Mendoza whips Kalisto but Kalisto reverses. But Kalisto misses in the corner as Mendoza slips out to the apron. Mendoza hurries to climb and walk the ropes to dropkick Kalisto down now! Cover but Metalik breaks it!

Metalik dodges Carrillo once but not the second time! Carrillo swings but misses, Kalisto hits a Neuralizer enziguri! Mendoza runs to springboard enziguri Kalisto! Cover, TWO!! Kalisto still lives and Mendoza is furious! But Miami loves this as Mendoza stalks Kalisto. Mendoza drags Kalisto up but gets a jawbreaker! Kalisto staggers back to tag in Metalik! Mendoza runs in but gets a swing kick from Metalik! Metalik walks into a mule kick, to give a SUPERKICK! Carrillo tags in as Mendoza falls back! Carrillo kicks and whips but Metalik reverses. Metalik runs in but is put on the apron. Metalik kicks Carrillo but Carrillo kicks back! Carrillo uses the corner to rebound out, but Metalik gets under to SUPERKICK him back! Metalik climbs the same corner, but Carrillo clubs him back!

Carrillo climbs to join Metalik but Metailk fights him. Metalik jumps for a SUPER STEINER!! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! Mendoza has Kalisto but Kalisto elbows back. Kalisto runs, Mendoza follows and enziguris Kalisto out! Mendoza runs and FLIES to take out the Lucha Dragon! Metalik kicks Carrillo down! Metalik climbs again, MOONSAULT, to boots! Carrillo hurries to put Metalik in place and climb up himself, for a TWISTING SPALSH! Cover, Carrillo and Mendoza win!!

Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Raul Mendoza, Carrillo pinning

These five luchadores brought the heat in Miami! But in the end, it was Ultimo Ninja and his NXT tag team partner who won out in the end! Will this lead them both to bigger and better things as we head for SummerSlam?

 

The Singh Brothers are seething backstage.

THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa have their Boscar trophy! Those two don’t deserve awards! The Singhs are the best Bollywood actors and the best team in 205 Live. They’ve played Kendrick’s game long enough, but now he and Tozawa must play theirs. It will be a tag team match to settle the score! Both Samir & Sunil promise it will be lights, camera and some Bollywood action. But will the summer blockbuster they hope for end up giving Kendrick and Tozawa the spotlight instead?

 

205 Live takes a closer look at NXT’s Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.

From Evolve Wrestling and beyond, Isaiah Scott brings the swerve. Swerve is confidence and style. That is his advantage over everyone else in the WWE Performance Center, in NXT, and now in 205 Live. The former Evolve Champion is going up against THE Cruiserweight Champion, can Swerve swerve Drew Gulak in their first ever encounter?

 

 


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Who steps up to Kofimania at Summerslam?!

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SmackDown heats up towards SummerSlam!

The W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~ may be preparing for a #Smackville debut, but he wants to have something for the biggest party of the summer! Who is he going to call out on the way to Toronto? Plus, Shawn Michaels returns to SmackDown as a guest commentator for tonight’s action!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Apollo Crews VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins.
  • Ember Moon VS Charlotte Flair; Moon wins.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe; No Contest.
  • Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens, Special Guest Referee: Drew McIntyre; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kevin Owens defies authority!

From calling out Shane McMahon being a glory hog to straight up stunning him in the ring, the KO Show will not be silenced! Even as Shane brings every crony possible, Kevin finds a way to get the best of the Best in the World! But what will the consequences be for Kevin as we head for SummerSlam?

 

SmackDown opens with The New Day!

Big E and Xavier Woods dance on the announce desk in front of Tom Phillips and David Otunga, but then Shane McMahon comes out to ruin the fun. Fans boo as Shane goes to the ring. Even Xavier boos while Big E hands out pancakes. “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~!” gets his proper introduction from Greg Hamilton before he reflects on last night’s Raw Reunion. WWE paid homage to superstars both old and new, but one face Shane was happy not seeing was Kevin Owens. Where was Kevin? Hiding behind social media and yapping, but he did say something interesting: Kevin wants a match with Shane at SummerSlam. And thinking about it, such an event wouldn’t be complete without the Best in the World.

Shane tells Kevin Owens, challenge accepted! But all that other yammering had something else interesting: if Kevin loses to Shane, then Kevin would quit the WWE! Fans let Shane know, “You Can’t Wrestle!” But Shane just says they can ask Roman Reigns about that. However, Kevin said he’d quit before, but then he didn’t actually quit. Shane rolls the footage of such words. August 27th, 2018, Kevin Owens lost to Seth Rollins and, in Toronto, Kevin said, “I quit.” Can you believe Kevin did that? Well Shane will make Kevin quit again! But it has to be in writing! Speak of the Prizefighter, here he comes! Miami goes wild for Kevin as he walks out on stage with a microphone.

Kevin tells Shane, “I’ve said a lot of things about you, but there’s one thing I wouldn’t say and that’s that you’re not smart.” Yes, Kevin hit a low point last year, but that was the “broken down” Kevin who didn’t want to piss anyone off. That Kevin is not this Kevin! Kevin knew if he issued a challenge, Shane would accept. Because Shane wants Kevin gone, and Kevin knows Shane loves the spotlight. And that spotlight is no brighter than SummerSlam in Toronto! The only problem is, Kevin won’t quit. And the reason why is because he’ll beat the hell out of Shane! But why wait?! Kevin wants to fight right now! Shane says if he wants that match at SummerSlam, then he’s not going to do anything right now.

Shane sees the fire in Kevin, and maybe Kevin should fight tonight. Not Shane, of course. But Kevin can fight… Roman Reigns! Shane pits his two biggest enemies dissenters against each other for his own benefit! Will KO get through Roman Reigns to then give the Best in the World the worst beating of his life?

 

Shane meets up with his crew.

Elias and Drew McIntyre love the ideas Shane had. Just when they thought he couldn’t get any more amazing as a leader, pitting Kevin against Roman, it’s beyond brilliant. It’s truly genius. Shane wants to go up even higher! This match needs something special. To make sure nothing happens, there should be a special guest referee. And it’ll be Drew McIntyre! McIntyre is good with that. And it also needs Elias as the special guest timekeeper! And to really, really put this together, the special ring announcer will be, the BEST, in the WOOORLD himself. Shane is definitely smart enough to know how to abuse his power. But how smart will it be to be that close to such combustible elements?

 

Apollo Crews VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The rising star just needs that one moment to finally prove himself, but how will he do against the King of Strong Style?

The bell rings and Apollo circles with Nakamura. They approach but Apollo backs off. Fans duel as they approach again. Nakamura kicks one hand and reels Apollo in for a headlock. Apollo powers up and out to then run Nakamura over. Apollo brings Nakamura up and scoops to slam Nakamura down hard. Then Apollo drops a big leaping elbow! Apollo drags Nakamura up for a suplex, and holds him up there! For over 20 counts! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps his cool as he brings Nakamura up again. Nakamura breaks free to throw a strike fest then whip, but Apollo reverses. Nakamura holds the ropes but Apollo clotheslines him out! Apollo goes to the apron, ASAI MOONSAULT! The New Day are loving this as SmackDown goes picture in picture!

Apollo looms over Nakamura before putting him in the ring. Apollo slingshots and sentons, but Nakamura gets clear. Nakamura sweeps Apollo’s legs to trip him on the apron! Then he turns Apollo sideways for a knee strike, then a knee guillotine! Apollo falls to the floor and Nakamura stomps him out. Nakamura drags Apollo up and puts him back in the ring. He covers, TWO! Nakamura keeps his cool as he stands Apollo up for a cravat. Apollo endures the hold and slowly fights his way up. Nakamura snapmares and drops another knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura grows annoyed with Apollo as he puts him in a corner. He stomps the legs out then gives Apollo some Bad Vibrations! Apollo stops those, but Nakamura punches him down!

Nakamura stomps away on Apollo again and again at the ropes, only stopping when the ref backs him off. Nakamura stands Apollo up again for a SWIFT kick to the chest! Apollo wobbles but stays up, so Nakamura kicks him again! Then Nakamura grinds Apollo down in a facelock. Apollo endures as Nakamura squeezes tight. Apollo fights his way up and gourd busters Nakamura down! And then LARIATS Nakamura inside-out! Both men are down but Apollo catches his breath. SmackDown returns to single picture as he and Nakamura stand. Apollo mule kicks and BOOTS, then leaps to lariat Nakamura down! Kip-up and Apollo fires up! The New Day and Miami are also fired up as Apollo throws Nakamura with a fall away slam! Cover, TWO!

Apollo keeps his cool and says it’s time to raise the roof. He lifts Nakamura but Nakamura slips out to swing a kick. Apollo ducks but gets the left heel! Nakamura aims at Apollo in a corner, runs in, but blocks the boots. He turns Apollo around for the roundhouse, and sliding German! Nakamura unzips his shirt while Apollo is dazed. Nakamura runs in, but gets an enziguri!! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Apollo can’t believe it! The New Day is going nuts on commentary as Apollo plans what’s next. Apollo goes up top, but Nakamura trips him up! Top Shelf Knee! Then he throws Apollo off, only to get a pop-up flapjack! Standing shooting star misses! KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

The WWE Intercontinental Champion shows Apollo what being King of Strong Style really means! What will it take for Apollo to rise up higher?

But to add insult to injury, Nakamura kicks Apollo all around the ring! And out of the ring, and then kicks him while he’s down! Nakamura goes up the ramp and aims, for another KINSHASA! Nakamura caresses the title as he heads out, but will there come a time when someone wants that belt for their own?

 

Mandy Rose surprises Sonya Deville.

Where has she been, though? Don’t worry, she took care of business. She talked to Shane and told about the IIconics making jokes. Now they have a match that could earn them a future tag title match! Sonya is speechless as she’s so proud of her best friend. Will Fire & Desire take the fight to Peyton & Billie when they meet in the ring?

 

SmackDown hears from Mustafa Ali.

“I’ve got to rewrite the story.” He has to take the pen into his hand and rewrite his story! Not a sob story about a kid chasing his dream, who went from being a cop to a wrestler, and had to fight to earn his title shot only for his body to give out on him. Injured, replaced, and forgotten. Ali knows he lost time, but he won’t let that be his story. Ali has his pen, he puts it to paper, and it will read, “Ali becomes a champion.” It doesn’t matter who it is, no one is writing his story! He’ll even use his blood to write the story. Ali will go down in history with his story.

 

SmackDown presents: Miz TV!

The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns again, and Miz fires up Miami for the Miz & Mrs. season premiere! Miz takes a look back at Raw Reunion and all the stars, icons and legends that showed up. It was a lot of fun, but tonight’s guest carries that over. It is none other than the Heartbreak Kid, SHAWN MICHAELS! The New Day sings along as HBK makes his way to the ring. Ironically, HBK was supposed to be where the New Day was, but perhaps things worked out in the end.

Miz and HBK sit but the fans cheer and that gets HBK moving around again. The party keeps on rolling. Miz and others loved having legends back, but others were negative towards it. HBK has been on both sides, from the young guy in the back watching old time- er, Legends, coming around, and thinking “Why don’t they just get out of here?” But at the same time, this is family! It’s hard to turn down such a chance to hang out. And everyone had a blast, right? Fans in Miami sure are having a blast. And DX-Kliq even recruited an honorary member. Miz really “appreciates” it wasn’t him. But Seth Rollins has been a lot to fun watching growing up from the WWE PC and NXT, to another match with Brock Lesnar. In the words of Rollins, HBK hopes Rollins will #BurnItDown.

But to spoil the fun, it’s Dolph Ziggler! “Enough already with these so-called legends limping out tot he ring, ‘happy to be there’.” Ziggler hopes someone puts him out of his misery before he ever gets like that. Miz would be happy to be the one to do it! HBK keeps the peace. Clearly, Ziggler needs to say something, so let him say his piece. Ziggler does! He’s actually happy to see HBK. Ziggler and everyone used to idolize HBK, emphasis on “used to.” HBK could’ve just ridden off into the sunset, but what did he do? Shuffled back out and waved to the crowd, “it was embarrassing!” As bad as Goldberg-Taker! Ziggler tells HBK the truth: when HBK came back in November, he broke Ziggler’s heart. So Ziggler will tell him what no one else has the guts to say: “You were embarrassing.”

Miz looks to HBK for a response. HBK’s response: “I’ll admit it. I’m not going to disagree with you. It was embarrassing. I was embarrassed.” But what’s more embarrassing than that, is working your whole career and giving it your all, and still being left with nothing but being known as “a second-rate, Shawn Michaels wannabe.” Ziggler scowls, and fans pile on. Ziggler will not let HBK say that about him! The only second-rate HBK here is THIS HBK! And real fitting that he and Miz are here together. They ruined their legacies to shake hands, kiss babies, wave like idiots on a parade float! They’re the ones who will be left known for kissing ass while Ziggler-

“Oh just do something already!” Miz has had enough of Ziggler’s bitter whining, “It should’ve been me!” In this industry, you MAKE it you! So do something about it! Ziggler looks to Miz, then to HBK. Fans dare him to “Do Something! Do Something!” Everyone drops mics and tosses off jackets. Miz even leans forward to give Ziggler an easy shot. Ziggler goes to leave, HBK turns him around, but then HBK ducks the sucker punch and it goes into Miz! HBK goes after Ziggler on Miz’s behalf! HBK helps Miz up, but then Ziggler comes back with a SUPERKICK! Ziggler takes HBK down with the move he made famous! Then runs away from Miz before anything more can happen! Will Ziggler pay for such disrespect and cowardice?

 

Ember Moon VS Charlotte Flair!

SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, was allowed to name her challenger for SummerSlam, and after helping her thwart Fire & Desire, she chose the War Goddess! Now Ember looks to prove she’s not only worthy of the match, but capable of beating the champion by beating a former champion. Will the #Shenom be able to Eclipse the Queen of Flair? Or will she find there’s a reason the Queen is #CharlotteNineTime?

The bell rings on this first-time-ever, and Ember circles with Charlotte. Charlotte kicks Ember’s legs out and then whips her to ropes. Ember handsprings through the hip toss to arm-drag Charlotte. CHarlotte comes back and runs Ember over, then stomps away. But here comes Bayley! The Queen is upset, but Bayley just wants a front row seat. Ember rolls Charlotte up, EMBER WINS!!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

Bayley didn’t mean for that to happen, but it did happen. But then Ember puts Bayley in the ring!? Charlotte BOOTS Bayley down, but then Ember ECLIPSES Charlotte! Then she sees Bayley stirring, and grins. Ember climbs again, aims at Bayley, and gives BAYLEY an Eclipse! The War Goddess has declared war on champion and Queen! Will she regret making enemies of two NXT Horsewomen? Or is she going to rise above them all?

 

SmackDown returns to Kofimania!

The WWE World Champion throws pancakes as he makes his way out to the ring and Miami gets hype with positivity! They cheer and chant while he gets a mic. “Miami, BABYYYY~!” Before Kofi gets to his Smackville match with Samoa Joe and Dolph Ziggler, he wants to call out the man he hopes will be his SummerSlam opponent. Hopefully Kofi gets it out before getting attacked outta nowhere, because he’s talking to Randy Orton. Kofi waits, and The Viper appears! Orton himself looks to see if there might be anyone coming up to get after him. But the coast is clear, and Orton takes a mic for his own.

Kofi tells Orton that he wants Orton because of the history between them. Some fans might have forgotten, but Kofi remembers. November 16th, 2009: a sold out Madison Square Garden, and everyone chanting for Kofi. Fans chant for Kofi now. That was the night Kofi whooped Orton in a Falls Count Anywhere! And if Orton doesn’t recall it himself, there’s footage as a refresher. The SUPER BOOM DROP! That moment still gives Kofi goosebumps. That was supposed to be the moment Kofi made it to the main event. But that didn’t happen, now did it? Let’s get to the truth, to the real-life details. Orton used his influence to screw Kofi over. It almost worked, too. Until it didn’t.

Ever since then, Kofi kept on the grind and kept believing himself, and used the very real Power of Positivity to become what Orton never wanted him to be! The W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion~! Orton responds, saying “You think I used my influence to hold you back?” Orton admits it! But it was a favor to Kofi. Kofi wasn’t ready back then. And he’s still not ready now. This reign is a fluke. Kofi brags about his 11 years, but what about Orton’s 18? Orton admits he didn’t have to work hard, because it was so easy just being himself. He didn’t have to fake an accent, throw pancakes or shake his ass. All he had to do was be him, “and it’s worked pretty damn good.” Orton wins, wins and wins, to then main event a Mania.

That reminds Orton of something. Wrestlemania 35’s Kofimania only happened because of Orton. Orton hurt Mustafa Ali, and Kofi took Ali’s spot. What Orton is getting at is Kofi doesn’t deserve the title. And Orton could take it from Kofi whenever he wants. Whenever, huh? Then how about testing that at SummerSlam? Kofi Kingston VS Randy Orton, for the WWE World Championship. If Kofi wants it, he’s got it. But as fair warning, this little fairy tale comes to an end courtesy of the most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling: R K O. Kofi shows no fear, but will he regret inviting a Viper into the ring?

But wait, here comes Samoa Joe! The Samoan Submission Machine doesn’t care about this talk, he wants another fight. Joe wants to show he can get this done even before Smackville’s Triple Threat. And Orton decides to stay and see that, after the break.

 

Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe!

SmackDown returns as this Extreme Rules rematch begins! Kofi and Joe circle while Orton takes a seat ringside. Joe wrenches a wrist but Kofi slips through to wrench back. Kofi wrenches Joe but Joe wrenches right back! Joe has the wristlock, but Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench again. Joe reaches for ropes and gets the ropebreak. Kofi lets up and backs off, daring Joe to bring the fight. Joe and Kofi circle while fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” Kofi waistlocks Joe but Joe pries free to a fireman’s carry takedown. Joe has the armlock and grinds Kofi down. Joe stands on Kofi’s arm and hammerlocks, but Kofi rolls and kicks Joe away.

Kofi is on Joe’s arm again, and keylocks it. Joe powers the hold back and throws Kofi down by his hair. Joe walks around Kofi and drags him back up for a CHOP! Kofi reels back from the stinging in his chest, but Joe keeps on him with headbutts. Kofi kicks back and throws chops of his own! He backs Joe down, but Joe headbutts him right back down. Joe runs but Kofi speeds up with him! Kofi hurdles and back elbows Joe! Kofi dropkicks Joe out of the ring, then builds speed, to FLY! The Trust Fall topples Joe and Kofi is having fun! Fans fire up with Kofi as he puts Joe back in the ring. Joe gets to a corner and Kofi runs in to forearm smash. Kofi climbs up to rain down rights, right where Orton can see him. But then Joe trips Kofi up and Kofi hits buckles!

Joe looms over Kofi as Kofi shakes the cobwebs out. Joe CHOPS Kofi to the corner, then runs in. Kofi dodges and comes back, but Joe throws him with the urenage! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Joe keeps his cool while SmackDown goes picture in picture.

Joe looms over Kofi again and scrapes his soles off Kofi’s face. He drags Kofi back up for the swift jabs, and big haymakers! Kofi wobbles but Joe still CHOPS him at the ropes. Kofi fires back with big haymakers and kicks of his own! Only to run into Joe’s elbow! Joe glares as he stalks Kofi to a corner. Joe drags Kofi up again, pulling hair to bring him in for a headbutt! The ref reprimands Joe but Joe doesn’t care as he drags Kofi up again. Joe snapmares Kofi into a neck wrench. Kofi endures the crank on his head as fans rally up. Kofi fights but Joe leans his weight on him. SmackDown returns to single picture as Joe twists harder.

Fans rally but Orton watches with a stoic stare. Kofi fights his way back up and fights with elbows. Joe knees low, but runs into Kofi’s double chops! Kofi fires off more then dropkicks Joe! Kofi runs and leaps to lariat Joe down! Fans fire up again as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi gets to a corner and takes aim. Fans clap along and Kofi runs out, but Joe gets to a corner. Joe dodges but Kofi goes up and over to crossbody Joe down! But Orton decides to strike! But Kofi denies the RKO and the match is thrown out!

No Contest

Kofi is ready for Orton this time, and Orton throws off his vest. Joe confronts Orton, to get the RKO! Kofi gives Orton Trouble in Paradise! Kofimania runs wild, but will he make it through the Smackville Triple Threat for this rematch to even happen?

 

Finn Balor returns to SmackDown!

The Extraordinary Man was the first victim of The Fiend, but he’s back to show he’s not afraid. What will he have to say after SmackDown returns from break?

SmackDown returns and Kayla Braxton is there to interview Finn. Finn has had a rough couple of weeks, losing the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules, but then being attacked on Raw the next night. Again, it was the shocking and perhaps disturbing debut of Bray Wyatt’s Fiend on live television, in which he attacked Finn and left him down and out in the ring. Finn finally has a chance to respond. He’s not sure how Bray’s mind works. Is this back to settle an old score? Or for something new? But from the puppets to the attack on Mick Foley last night, and The Fiend itself, Finn isn’t sure what to make of any of it.

Is Finn shaken? Bray is even more twisted than ever before, but Finn has stared fear in the face before. Finn didn’t back down then, and he won’t now! So if Bray, The Fiend, or whatever he is today, how about a match at SummerSlam?! And on the titantron, it’s another episode of Firefly Fun House? Happy Bray is there, “Yowie Wowie!” And so are Mercy the Buzzard and Ramblin’ Rabbit. Finn is so brave! It’s inspiring, really. It’s the reason they’re all fans of Finn’s in the fun house. But The Fiend isn’t, no matter how many times they tell the Fiend how “super duper” Finn is! But the challenge has been accepted! Bray does give a warning: Finn is an Extraordinary Man, The Fiend is no man. “The Fiend is an abomination. The Fiend is power. And the Fiend remembers.” #LetMeIn.

The Fiend now has control of the fun house! “Let me in!” Will Finn survive The Fiend at SummerSlam? Will Finn be bringing the WWE Intercontinental Championship with him after Smackville this Saturday?

 

SmackDown returns with a backstage interview with Charlotte Flair!

She shouldn’t have to ask for this interview. That thing with Ember and Bayley is a slap in the face. No wait, being off SummerSlam is a slap in the face. No wait, Bayley choosing Ember just because is a slap in the face. Charlotte is THE woman behind the Women’s (R)Evolution! How do you leave The Queen of All Eras off SummerSlam!? Mark her words: she will be part of SummerSlam, she demands to be SummerSlam, and she’ll have a better opponent than Ember Moon to finally prove she is THE greatest woman wrestler of all time.

 

Roman Reigns VS Kevin Owens, Special Guest Referee: Drew McIntyre!

As if making two of his enemies fight each other, the Best in the World makes sure the Scottish Terminator is the officiator, the Drifter is the timekeeper, and he himself is the ring announcer. This is certainly a stacked deck, but will the Prizefighter still be in good shape to go after Shane O’Mac?

Shane does his ring announcing duties by introducing Elias and McIntyre in turn, and SmackDown takes one more break before this main event finally goes down.

SmackDown returns once more as everyone takes their positions. Kevin makes his entrance, but Shane doesn’t give him an introduction. Roman then makes his entrance, but Shane doesn’t give him an introduction, either. It’s so obvious what Shane is up to with this, but Roman isn’t going to shy away from a fight. He and McIntyre talk trash but then Elias rings the bell. Shane finally gives the introductions, calling Kevin “The Quitter.” Kevin gets out to scare Shane off, then he takes a mic up. Shane thinks eh’s so funny and smart, huh? Kevin has no problem going through everyone to get at Shane! Shane’s getting dropped whether he likes it or not!

Roman takes the mic from Kevin and says Kevin’s not going through him. He’ll whoop everyone’s ass tonight! Shane calls for the real bell, and the bell sounds! Roman and Kevin circle, tie up, and Roman powers Kevin to a corner. McIntyre calls for the break, and Roman gives the break. Fans duel as Roman and Kevin circle again. They tie up again and Kevin headlocks. Roman powers Kevin back to a corner, and McIntyre calls for another break. The break is given, but McIntyre shoves the two a little too much. He says they have to listen to him as the referee. Roman UPPERCUTS McIntyre and throws him out! Kevin hits Elias! Shane scrambles but he’s surrounded! Roman and Kevin have him in the ring, out of the ring, and then back in the ring!

McIntyre saves Shane from Roman but Kevin helps Roman out! Elias attacks with a BIG knee! The brawling continues and Shane gets his cheap shots in on Roman. Shane and his crew stomp Roman all around, and Miami tells them, “You Suck!” McIntyre and Elias hold Roman up and Shane mocks the battle cry, but Kevin trips Shane uP! To throw him into barriers! Roman gets free, Kevin SUPERKICKS McIntyre! SUPERKICK for Elias! Roman SPEARS McIntyre! Kevin gives Elias a STUNNER! Fans are thunderous because Shane isn’t getting away just yet! Roman feeds Shane into the ring, SUPERMAN PUNCH! STUNNER! The Big Dog and KO stand tall, “Aw Hell Yeah!”

Fans want “One More Time!” and so does Roman. Kevin hauls Shane up, for another STUNNER! “You think tonight was good?” Kevin vows to do the impossible: make Shane enjoyable! Because he vows to give Shane the ass whooping of a lifetime! But can Kevin really do this all again in Toronto? Or is Shane going to find yet another way to abuse his power and stack the deck?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty fun and more substantial episode of SmackDown after Raw Reunion being mostly filler. One thing that disappointed was that HBK didn’t join commentary at all tonight. However, the New Day taking his place was a great alternative, Big E and Xavier Woods were so hype it made things feel even more fun. Especially in the Apollo VS Nakamura match. Apollo had a great performance against Nakamura, but to be fair, he’s still not where Nakamura is. Nakamura VS Finn is coming at Smackville, and for the Intercontinental Championship, but I don’t think Nakamura drops it after Ali had such a passionate promo. At the same time, The Fiend VS Finn is happening, so maybe Finn wins the title to lose it to Bray, and Ali jumps in from there.

Ember getting a quick win over Charlotte and then leaving both her and Bayley down and out is great for Ember. She needs a spark to really get going towards this title match. Of course, Charlotte is talking about trying to outshine the title match, but is Charlotte going to have another match with Asuka just for that? Or does she circle back and copy last year’s SummerSlam by becoming part of a Triple Threat? It might be better if she joins the title match, because oddly, I can see Ember winning off her instead of just Bayley, especially if it’s an Eclipse outta nowhere. Then Fire & Desire having a match against the IIconics for a title opportunity, I don’t see that going any better than when the Kabuki Warriors finally got their shot. But perhaps it will work towards a Triple Threat of its own so that the right team comes out on top.

Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton had a great promo showdown to plug their long history against each other. It was rather surprising that Orton admits to politicking but I suppose it works into the story. Kofi VS Joe was pretty good, too, even with Orton interrupting. Smackville is going to be a lot of fun with that Triple Threat for the title, but I’m pretty sure the title doesn’t change hands. Kofi VS Orton is going to be great, or at least it should with story elements. And given Kofi referenced that memorable Boom Drop, I hope they do that again for the match, perhaps through an announce desk. And I would think for story, Kofi has to win at SummerSlam to further build his legacy.

We also got some great development for the Miz VS Ziggler story this time. Throwing HBK into the mix helped, and oof, those stinging comments about wannabes and embarrassments. This is the spark to give us a match to care about, since I expected the match itself was going to be good anyway. Then the story of the night, Shane trying to screw over Kevin and Roman. It was pretty clear this wasn’t going to work out, in order to give Kevin a lead towards their match. Though, saying this match is about Kevin quitting, I wonder if they’ll make it an I Quit match. It would just make sense, because then Kevin really does have to say the words again to lose, and it would also allow Kevin to beat the hell out of Shane since there would be no rules but to win.

My Score: 8.4/10


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