Is Grayson Waller the most hated man in NXT?
After attacking the Rebel Heart, Johnny Gargano, on his last night in NXT, will someone, anyone, make Grayson Waller suffer the consequences?
- No Holds Barred: Cameron Grimes VS Duke Hudson; Grimes wins.
- Ivy Nile w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Amari Miller; Nile wins.
- Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS Guru Raaj; Harland wins.
- Cora Jade VS Dakota Kai; Cora wins.
- Tony D’Angelo VS Andre Chase; D’Angelo wins.
- Boa VS Endris Enofe; Boa wins.
- Jacket Time VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Jacket Time win(s).
- Bron Breakker VS Roderick Strong w/ Malcolm Bivens; Breakker wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Grayson Waller arrives.
And he’s already being called names as he enters the building. He just records it for his social media and soaks up the heat.
No Holds Barred: Cameron Grimes VS Duke Hudson!
The Carolina Cash Money Caveman and The Smug are going to open this one with a hardcore throw down! Grimes brings out a trash can full of kendo sticks and other goodies from under the ring to set the stage. Will Grimes beat that bleached blonde possum of a wig off Hudson’s head? Or will Hudson finally break even for the losses he’s suffered at Grimes’ hands?
Grimes DECKS Hudson off the apron before the bell! Hudson blocks the penalty kick but Grimes puts the trash can over him! Grimes KICKS the can and knocks Hudson down! Grimes grins as he gets the trash can lid, and he SMACKS Hudson on the back! Fans fire up with Grimes as he swings and SMACKS Hudson again! Hudson sputters, Grimes puts him in the ring. Fans want that “One More Time!” and Grimes gets in, only for Hudson to throw body shots. Hudson SMACKS Grimes with the lid, then stomps away in the corner! Fans boo as Hudson lets off, but Grimes BOOTS back and QUEBRADAS! Cover, TWO!
Hudson bails out again, Grimes goes out after him. Grimes grabs Hudson’s “hair” and brings him around to SMACK him off the steps! Hudson shakes out the stars, Grimes gets the chair! Hudson kicks Grimes down first, then puts him back in the ring. Hudson throws the chair away, and the kendo stick, too. Grimes grab at the “hair” and fans want him to “Rip the Wig Off!” Hudson hotshots Grimes then adjusts the wig and headgear. Hudson slingshots and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Grimes flounders to the far side while Hudson adjusts the straps on his headgear. Grimes flops out of the ring and Hudson heads over that way.
Fans rally for Grimes, Hudson looks under the ring and brings out a chair. Grimes kicks the chair out of Hudson’s hands and fires off forearms! Hudson pokes Grimes in the eye! Fans boo, Grimes staggers around blindly, and Hudson reels him in to crucifix and RAZOR- NO! Grimes RANAS out and sends Hudson into Plexiglas! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Grimes puts Hudson in the ring. Grimes has the chair now, stands it up and gets himself the trash can lid. Grimes THROWS the lid at Hudson, then LAUNCHES off the chair, into Hudson’s arm! URENAGE onto the chair!! Cover, TWO!! Grimes survives and Hudson seethes as NXT goes picture in picture.
Hudson keeps his headgear nice and tight while Grimes writhes. Hudson makes sure the wig is in place, too, and then he stops Grimes from getting a kendo stick. Hudson stomps Grimes down, throws him out, then paces while adjusting his headgear. Grimes slowly gets up, Hudson goes out after him, and Hudson bumps Grimes off the apron before an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Grimes flops down to the floor and writhes in pain while Hudson paces. Hudson mutters to himself as he goes around the way. The ref checks on Grimes but he’s okay to continue. Wait, Hudson brings out a POKER TABLE form under the ring!
Hudson gets the poker table into the ring, but Grimes drop toeholds him onto the chair! Hudson flounders, but he still gets Grimes for a BACKBREAKER! Hudson checks his nose, then sets up the poker table. Hudson stands the table up, drags Grimes over to the corner and hoists him up top. Hudson throws big forearms and Grimes sways as he manages to stay up top. Hudson climbs up after Grimes, Grimes throws body shots and Hudson hops down. Hudson BOPS Grimes right in the face! Hudson climbs again as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up as Grimes fights the superplex! Grimes headbutts Hudson away, then adjusts to LEAP over and CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Grimes throws KICKS into Hudson, but Hudson deflects to roll up, with tights! TWO!! Hudson can’t pull one over on Grimes, and Grimes victory rolls, TWO! Hudson flounders up, runs into a BOOT, and Grimes goes up, only for Hudson to trip him up! Grimes lands on his bitcoins and Hudson gets him for a crucifix carry. Grimes slips off and ROUNDHOUSES, then SUPERKICKS! Fans call out, “TO~ THE~ MOON~!” but Grimes runs into a POWERBOMB through the poker table!! Hudson drags Grimes off the wreckage to cover, TWO!!! Grimes survives and Hudson can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous for Grimes but Hudson goes out to look under the ring again.
Hudson finds the electric razor! He wants revenge for WarGames! He takes a seat by Grimes, sits him up and has a handful of hair! But Grimes BOOTS Hudson away! Then gets around to POISON-RANA!! Hudson takes a seat, CAVE-IN through the chair!! Cover, Grimes wins again!!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
It doesn’t matter if it’s at the poker table or in the squared circle, Grimes has Hudson’s number! And now he has the WIG! Bald Hudson is real! Will Hudson ever live down this humiliation? Is Grimes on to bigger and better after taking Hudson to the cleaners?
Backstage interview with Cora Jade.
The winner at WarGames still has unfinished business with Dakota Kai. Cora is excited to be medically cleared, but then Dakota walks in and says, “This is what she does. She’s done it before with me and she’s doing it to you now.” Dakota claims Raquel is latching on to Cora to stay relevant. Cora does the work, Raquel gets the glory. Maybe they’ll become a tag team and win the Dusty Cup! Cora says, “Thanks, mom, but I don’t need the advice.” Cora says after tonight, she’ll be one step closer to facing Mandy Rose for the title. M-Mom?! Dakota has a bit of a freak out, but will she be ready to take on the young and hungry #GenerationJade?
Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen get ready for the double date.
Brooks is ready! They’re going to a country concert and they have a fine ass truck. Where’re the girls? Kacy & Kayden roll up in an even better truck! The four go to the country music fest, do some square dancing in the field, and even some slow dancing for a minute. The boys are speechless, will there be a second date in their future?
Grayson Waller goes to the ring.
Fans boo the 21st Century Success Story, they definitely did not like what he did last week. Fans still call him an A-Hole for that attack on Johnny Wrestling. Waller gets a mic and says, “I love it. I love it! A wise man once said, ‘You can never fail if you bet on yourself.’ What a beautiful speech. I nearly had a tear in my eye last week. But that wise man overstayed his welcome!” Gargano wants to talk about his wife and his future, and he for whatever reason thanked all the fans! Like the fans have done anything for anyone! Last week, Waller, by himself, did what he said he was gonna do! He had all the views! He was trending all over! But that’s what happens when you bet on yourself.
Waller decides he’ll shut up after all, because he wants to watch the footage. Waller’s Instagram video had him rubbing his own attack in everyone’s face. Waller gets chills watching it back. Oh, no one else liked that? Well let’s be realistic. Last week, Waller cemented himself as THE NXT superstar! He went from jumping off the cage to winning WarGames to ending the career of a legend! Then Waller partied with the biggest celebrities in the world! What’d fans do for the weekend? Complained about someone more successful than them! But Waller is a good guy, he’ll give the fans some clout! He shows off all sorts of tweets. Even Wade Barrett called Waller a POS.
But here’s some bad news, Barrett! This ain’t 2010! He could care less what Barrett thinks. And Vic Joseph… Fans chant for them to “Kick His Ass!” but Waller says he did that to Vic’s best friend, in front of him, and Vic didn’t do a single thing! Remember that. It shows what kind of man you are, Vic. Waller says he doesn’t need friends, family or fans! “The only thing that I need to go to the top of this industry is Grayson Waller.” Waller drops the mic and swaggers his way out.
Malcolm Bivens speaks.
“Diamond Mine is all about the big money matches. And it doesn’t get much bigger than you, Bron Breakker. Yeah, I know you are the breakout superstar, but you are not the workhorse of NXT, and you certainly not THE champion of NXT. That distinction belongs to Roderick Strong. And I cannot wait for him to put you in your place.” Strong adds on that Diamond Mine will divide and conquer. Ivy Nile will handle her business, the Creed Brothers will handle their business, and Strong will handle Bron all by himself. Is Nile ready? Hell yeah! She’s gonna bust some skulls! Even her fist bump is strong! Will Diamond Mine’s personal titan steamroll another superstar?
NXT presents an all new Lashing Out.
Lash Legend welcomes us back, and she doesn’t have just one but TWO special guests tonight! It’s Jacket Time, Kushida & Ikemen Jiro! But then there’s also a random sighting of snoozy Karen Q. Anyway, Jiro & Kushida are big fans of Lash, so they’re happy to be here. She says they’re always dressed to impress. But what is the secret? #STYLESTRONG! Oh, she likes the sound of that. She’s got some Style Strong, too! But what we really want to know is what’s going on with them and Grizzled Young Veterans. Very sensitive operation. GYV attacked them first, but Jacket Time is not to be taken lightly.
Kushida calls out GYV in Japanese, “Just like Grayson Waller, you have NO respect for the ring!” Jiro agrees, and also says in Japanese, “We are the ultimate team! We always have smiles on our faces! Tonight, we will wipe the floor with yours!” Lash is shocked by such fire, but doesn’t really understand what they said. It’s jacket time! Okay! Well that’s all the time they have. Kushida & Jiro, they are Lash’s heroes, but will they take the fight to Zack Gibson & James Drake? Or will GYV find another cheeky way to cheat and win?
Ivy Nile w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Amari Miller!
Diamond Mine has forged Ivy Nile into a solid steel weapon, is she about to break the spirit of St. Louis?
The bell rings and fans sing, “Ivy’s gonna kill~ you!” Ivy headlocks, hits a takeover and grinds Amari down. Amari headscissors, pushes up, thrashes Ivy around, but Ivy endures to move around and headstand out! Fans cheer that and Bivens is very happy to see it. They tie up, Ivy waistlocks and throws Amari down to then facelock. Amari slips out and fans cheer the exchange again. They tie up, Ivy trips Amari but Amari slips away again. They tie up, Amari wrenches but Ivy blocks the whip. Amari steps over but Ivy slips out to springboard and DECK Amari! Ivy bumps Amari off buckles, hops up the corner and has a necklock! Ivy uses Amari as a weight for her triceps workout!
The ref counts, Ivy lets Amari down and CLOBBERS her! Ivy does push-ups on Amari’s back, she lets off as the ref counts 4. Ivy stalks Amari, drags her up and snap suplexes! Fans fire up as Ivy scoops but Amari slips out. Amari rolls up, TWO but Amari gets a ghost pin! TWO, roll to a sunset flip! TWO, and Ivy headbutts low! Ivy rushes in but Amari turns it to a backslide! Ivy rolls off, Amari CLUBS her back! And CHOPS her low! Amari throws forearms, HEEL KICKS then snapmares too mule kick Ivy down! Fans rally up, Amari basement dropkicks Ivy down! Cover, ONE!! Amari fires up, but Ivy ducks the heel kick and comes back to SPINEBUSTER!
Ivy gets to a corner, runs back out and dropkicks Amari down! Ivy then O’Conner Rolls, rolls through to the DRAGON SLEEPER! Amari taps, Ivy wins!!
Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission
Ivy crushes another opponent! Will this Diamond Mine product soon strike gold?
Backstage interview with Xyon Quinn.
A tough loss to Santos Escobar, but what does he think Elektra Lopez was pulling last week? It all worked in Escobar’s favor, so it doesn’t really matter what her intentions were. Quinn tells Lopez that now that he knows the rules of the game, game on. Robert Stone is also taking notes. He won’t let this go back to Vic and Wade, though! He is sick of the disrespect from everyone in NXT! “Moving forward, Robert Stone is going to be taken serious!” Von Wagner barges in and says last week was just the first body to break. This week, it continues! He’ll smash and beat whoever into the ground. Why? Because he can! If you have a problem with that, say it to his face. Stone stays quiet.
Joe Gacy talks with Harland.
“You have waited so long for this. This is your time. Don’t be afraid to be who you are.” Does that mean what it sounds like? Who will be Harland’s first victim in the ring?
Shaman Riddle speaks with MSK.
He knows they’ve come a long way in their journey, but Shaman Bro needs to know what else is in the bag. Scissors, glasses, batteries, and one ear bud? Is that all? Dig deeper. Riddle goes ALL the way in, and brings out a baseball bat! Wow, where’d they get that? And then… A safety cone! Bro! And Nash Carter’s favorite, the Thuganomics spinner belt from when John Cena was US Champion! But all this stuff, that’s just clutter in their lives. If they want to be tag team champions again, they gotta focus on one thing and one thing only: regaining those titles. Well, how do they clear their minds and learn to let go? Just give Riddle one second. Riddle reaches back in and…
He brings out a scooter!? How’d that get in there? To find what you’re really looking for, bros, you gotta dig deep. Like, really deep. Carter and Lee bring out a scooter for each of them, and these stallions ride! Will the Way of the Bro lead MSK back to the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Harland w/ Joe Gacy VS Guru Raaj!
It’s hard to be sure what to make of Harland with that same stoic stony expression. The bell rings, he circles with Raaj, they tie up and Harland SLAMS Raaj down! And then dribbles him off the mat! And then digs Raaj’s face into the mat while grinding his forearm into Raaj’s head! Harland lets off to drag Raaj up. Raaj throws body shots, but Harland KNEES low, CLUBS then back suplex POWERSLAMS! Cover, Harland wins!
Winner: Harland, by pinfall
A fast win that probably would’ve been even faster if Harland didn’t toy with Raaj. Gacy asks if Harland feels better. Harland shakes his head, so Gacy tells him to be happy. Harland dribbles Raaj off the mat again! Refs and security rush out to stop this, but only Gacy gets Harland to spare Raaj. Gacy leads the way out, will he and Harland lead a path of destruction through NXT?
LA Knight arrives.
He’s had his own issues with Waller, but he isn’t going to have NXT Media ask about him. He’s gonna talk to ya! “Talking about the guy who did one halfway cool move at WarGames, with help, and all of a sudden, he thinks he’s special.” Then he gets all butthurt just cuz some fine chickadee was feeling the vibe of one LA Knight, YEAH. So what does he do? He throws a hissy fit like the incel he is! So someone go find Waller, tell him to go find Knight if Knight doesn’t find his ass first, YEAH!
NXT watches security ushering Harland and Gacy out.
They don’t want “the freak” causing any more problems. But that word triggers Harland and he TOSSES THE Brian Kendrick down the stairs!! OH NO! BRIAN! Is he okay?! Will Harland and Gacy suffer the consequences for this?
Cora Jade VS Dakota Kai!
Mandy Rose is waiting for Cora as she makes her entrance, and joins commentary to keep a close eye on her. Will Cora be able to focus on #CobraKai with the NXT Women’s Champion nearby?
NXT returns as Dakota makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two rush each other and Dakota BOOTS Cora down! Dakota clubs away on Cora, whips her to a corner but Cora goes up and over and uppercuts back! Fans fire up as Cora whips Dakota, but Dakota reverses. Cora wrenches and whips to then follow and tilt-o-whirl headscissor Dakota down! Cora dropkicks Dakota down, then gets around to backslide! TWO, Cora kicks Dakota down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as Cora goes to a corner. Cora climbs up slowly, Dakota BOOTS her down! Dakota then climbs up, but Cora bumps Dakota off buckles!
Cora drags Dakota up but Dakota YANKS Cora into the crossbars! Cora clutches the bad arm, and she hops down off the apron. Dakota smirks as she aims from the other side, and she PENALTY KICKS Cora! Mandy sarcastically cringes seeing that, and Dakota covers, TWO! Dakota clamps onto Cora’s arm and forces it into the top wristlock! Cora endures, fans rally up, but Dakota throws Cora down! Cover, TWO! Dakota CLUBS Cora on the bad arm, steps over and JAMS the arm! Mandy says Cora doesn’t have nearly enough experience to measure up to her. Dakota clamps onto the arm, grinds it down, but Cora fights. Dakota turns Cora over to PULL the arm!
Cora bridges to try and relieve pressure but Dakota keeps pulling! Dakota shifts to a short arm scissor! Cora fights, Dakota laughs, Cora powers to a cover, TWO! Cora is free, she ducks and dodges to fire forearms with the good arm! Dakota claws the bad arm! Dakota whips Cora to a corner, Dakota runs around the world but Cora dodges the boot and dumps Dakota out! Mandy disrespects Cora’s skateboarding, but Cora gets her bad arm moving. Dakota gets in, Cora rallies with lariats and elbows! Cora runs, Dakota dodges but Cora RANAS! Cora fires up, runs into the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Cora shoves Dakota down, then climbs up and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Cora drags Dakota up but Dakota SCORPION KICKS, and then hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dakota is losing her cool as Cora is proving her toughness! Dakota runs corner to corner, and BOOTS Cora down! Then side to side, BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO!! Cora is still in this and Dakota is beside herself. Dakota catches Cora for a TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO! Mandy is not impressed, but that could just be her arrogance. Dakota goes out, looks under the ring, and brings out THE SHOVEL! She’s gonna bury Cora! The ref stops that, then Cora rolls Dakota up! Cora wins!!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Mandy says Cora keeps getting lucky, but then Dakota BOOTS Cora down! Dakota gets her shovel back, but here comes Raquel! Raquel dodges and BOOTS Dakota! Dakota bails out but Raquel chases after to club away on Dakota! They go out the back, but here comes the rest of Toxic Attraction! Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne strut out to the ring as Mandy says this is what real women look like. But it’s MANDY who attacks first, and with her belt! She may look like a real woman, but she plays things like a real snake as she hits an ARMBAR DDT on Cora’s bad shoulder! Cora writhes in pain, but is this all a sign that Toxic Attraction fears #GenerationJade?
Waller brags backstage.
He looked good out there, didn’t he? He checks his phone, and then Tiffany Stratton walks up to say, “My daddy says you’re a terrible person.” Io Shirai insults Waller in Japanese! He takes a seat to listen to her vent. “I guess she likes me.” Waller is a bit delusional, but will Knight find him and slap some sense into him?
Raquel Gonzalez is going after Dakota Kai in the parking lot!
Refs and security do what they can to keep Raquel and her kendo stick from hitting Dakota! Dakota throws a chair, even! What will it take to put the past in the past for these two?
Tony D’Angelo VS Andre Chase!
NXT’s resident Wise Guy shows off the mouthpiece he took from Pete Dunne as he goes to the ring. Will he look to take something from Andre Chase to add to the collection? Or will this be a #TeachableMoment courtesy of Professor Chase?
NXT returns and Chase has made his entrance. The bell rings, Chase talks trash to Tony and bops him with the papers. Tony DECKS Chase, then gets around to waistlock and SLAM Chase down! Tony holds onto the waistlock, drags Chase up but Chase gets ropes. The ref counts, Tony lets off and Chase back elbows! Chase brings Tony to a corner but Tony bumps him off buckles! And then more buckles! And then again and again in the corner closest to the Chase U student section! Tony lets off on Chase, then gets him for a Belly2Belly! Chase bails out, Tony drags him up to the apron and hip tosses him back in!
Chase crawls to ropes, Tony talks trash and whips him to ropes. Chase reverses to headlock, then he throws Tony down by his hair! The students advise Chase on the next play, and Chase hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Chase rains down fists, fans boo but the Chase U students cheers. Chase has them spell out his name as he stomps Tony! “C! H! A! S! E! U!” Chase U is going wild but Tony throws body shots! Tony whips but Chase gets him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Chase clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Tony around. Tony endures, the CWC is on his side and he fights up. Tony moves around, and he uses momentum to throw Chase into a corner!
Tony gets Chase for a BACK DROP! Tony kicks low, pulls Chase’s sweater over his head and has himself a hockey fight! Then a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tony TACKLES Chase! Tony says he’s doneski! NORTHERN LIGHTS and roll through, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, Tony wins!
Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall
Tony, learn something from Chase? Forgedaboutit! Tony knows how to win, and that’s what matters! Tony gets a mic to say, “In the words of my immortal paizon, Tony Bennett, Tony D’s got the world on a string.” And ever since he’s gotten here, he’s backed up everything he said he’d do! He took care of Chase, so he’s head of the class now. And he said he’d smack the tea ‘n’ crumpet goof, Pete Dunne, right in the mouth- Here comes Pete Dunne! The Bruiserweight has a mic, and he tells Tony that he’s done a lot of talking for a geezer with no track record. Dunne is gonna get in the ring, we’ll see if Tony holds that same energy face to face.
Tony says whoa! Dunne’s got quite the mouth on him. Dunne’s got a face only a mother would love. But he’s missing something, huh? Look over there. There’s the mouthpiece. Bet Dunne wants that back, right? Dunne wants to fight, huh? Well he isn’t here to talk! Tony says he has business, but next week they can figure it out. Until then, Tony’s gotta talk to a guy about some things. But he tries a sucker punch! Dunne gets the arm and BENDS The fingers! And SNAPS ’em! Tony bails out, and they both look to the corner! Dunne gets there first and Tony backs off. Dunne STOMPS the box open and has his mouthpiece!
Waller walks into the locker room.
Bron Breakker is getting warmed up. Waller wants to fist bump over WarGames. But Bron says Waller isn’t welcome here. The other guys agree. Alright, fine. Waller takes his things, but a real superstar has his own room anyway! Waller is trying to spin being ostracized, will he find it’s lonely at the top?
WWE Medical checks on THE Brian Kendrick.
He needs a neck brace, but who knows what the extent of the damage is after Harland threw him down those stairs.
Boa VS Endris Enofe!
The power of Tian Sha grows within Boa. Will he show the Excellence of Execution his full power in their first 1v1 match-up?
NXT returns and Enofe makes his entrance. The bell rings, Boa and Enofe circle, then Enofe throws kicks! Enofe fires off CHOPS and haymakers but Boa shove shim back. Enofe dodges, EuroUppers, then fires off hands against the ropes! Enofe whips, Boa reverses and KICKS Enofe in the chest! Boa fires up, hoists Enofe up with a SINGLE LEG SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Boa KICKS Enofe while he’s down, then he clamps on a chinlock. Boa gets a cobra clutch, and we see Solo Sikoa watching backstage. Enofe fights up, throws body shots, but Boa ripcords and KNEES Enofe! Boa throws more knees, whips him to ropes then knees him again! And again!
Boa then wrenches to underhook and BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Boa wraps on a chinlock, Enofe fights up. Boa CLUBS him on the back, Enofe throws body shots but Boa whips him to a corner. Boa runs in, Enofe elbows him away! Enofe ducks a kick, fires off forearms and CHOPS! boa BOOTS back, Enofe dropkicks Boa! Enofe brings Boa into a fisherman BUSTER! Bridging cover, TWO! Enofe goes up a corner, takes aim and leaps, into a KICK! Boa drags Enofe up, and HELL STABS! He squeezes the air out of Enofe then HEEL KICKS him down! Cover, Boa wins!
Winner: Boa, by pinfall
It was practically win by knockout! Is Boa’s power only growing with every moment?
Raquel says this needs to end!
“I look back on our friendship as a positive. But the reality is, I need to end you, Dakota!” Her friend, her enemy! They’ll finish this how it all started: in a STREET FIGHT! Will Dakota take Raquel up on that challenge?
NXT Media catches up with Waller.
It seems no one likes him anymore, but he says that’s the “Grayson Waller Effect.” Wait, is he leaving with Tiffany Stratton in LA Knight’s car? What did Knight say last week about views? Knight’s gonna love this view! Waller pulls away, and Knight is down and out on the ground! What won’t Waller do to be the most infamous man in NXT?
Jacket Time VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
Ikemen Jiro & Kushida say it’s time! But will they SSSSOOOON be recognized as the duo that Zack Gibson & James Drake cheated out of a win?
NXT returns and GYV are in the ring. The teams sort out, Kushida starts against Mr. Mayhem. Drake avoids the takedowns, gets a facelock, but Kushida turns it around on him. Kushida rolls with Drake as he tries to escape, then Kushida floats all over Drake to slap him around! Fans cheer but Drake is furious! Gibson calms Drake down, and Drake ties up with Kushida. Drake throws body shots but Kushida kicks away on the leg! Kushida ducks a haymaker to arm-drag Drake to an armlock! Kushida wrenches the arm, tags in Jiro, and Jiro goes up to ax handle the arm! Jiro wrenches, tags Kushida, and Kushida wrenches to chinbar and wrangle Drake down.
Kushida traps the arm to TWIST! Fans cheer, Kushida and Gibson talk trash, Drake powers Kushida to ropes. Gibson tags in, trips Kushida up, and then sets Kushida up, Drake DIVES! Tope Russian Leg Sweep combo! Fans chant, “You Still Suck!” Gibson talks trash, drags Kushida up and into the ring, then he stays between Kushida and Jiro. Gibson ROCKS Kushida with a forearm, then another one. Kushida fights out of the GYV corner, leaps but Gibson catches him! Kushida sunset flips but Drake tags in! Drake stomps Kushida down, drags Kushida up and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!!
Drake wraps on a chinlock, Kushida endures, but here come the Creed Brothers! Julius & Brutus are no fans of Jacket Time, but they watch as Kushida fights up and Drake whips him away. Drake run sin but into BOOTS! Kushida elbows Gibson, CHOPS Drake, but Drake shoves Kushida. Kushida comes back, leaps, hot tag to Jiro! Jiro springboards to ax handle Drake! He DECKS Gibson, then WHEEL KICKS Drake! Fans fire up and Jiro JACKET PUNCHES Drake over and over in the corner! And then ROLLING JACKET PUNCH! Jiro whips, Drake reverses, but Jiro goes up and over to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Jiro shows off that jacket!
Drake DECKS Jiro, tags Gibson, and GYV double whip. Jiro ducks the clothesline, shoves GYV into each other, JACKET PUNCH to Drake! Springboard CROSSBODY takes out both GYV! Tag to Kushida, Jacket Time double whip and double hip toss to double basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Gibson flounders and Kushida leaps on! HOVERBOARD ARMLOCK! Gibson endures, RAMS Kushida into a corner, and Drake DROPKICKS Kushida! Gibson hits HELTER SKELTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Kushida survives, but Gibson brings him over and tags Drake. Feed to Drake’s scoop, but Kushida sips out to shove Drake into Gibson!
FAST BALL for Drake! GYV are both out, but her come the Creeds! GYV want them to stand down, but Jacket Time QUEBRADA TOPE COMBO! Direct hit on them both, then hot tag to Jiro! SWANTON DDT COMBO! Cover, Jacket Time wins!!
Winners: Jacket Time, by pinfall
The Creeds gave GYV payback for the mishap last week, but it’s every team for themselves in NXT! Who moves up first to
Bivens talks up Strong.
Bivens says Strong is THE champion in NXT and he’ll teach Bron a lesson. But then Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams walk over. They see Strong is a champion in NXT, but not THE A CHAMPION. Bivens says these two might need something. There’s a picture as drawn by Lumis of Trick running away! Melo says not to worry about that. They head out, but clearly Lumis wants to #WhoopThatTrick! Will the Tortured Artist make Trick his next masterpiece?
Bron Breakker VS Roderick Strong w/ Malcolm Bivens!
The “Big Booty Nephew” still wants after “Daddy Ciampa” and THE NXT Championship, but he’s more than willing to sharpen his skills against the NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Will Bron be able to break through Diamond Mine’s fearless leader? Or will Strong be the one breaking Bron with all those backbreakers?
The bell rings, they circle, and Strong goes for a leg. Bron throws him right off! Strong gets up, he and Bron circle and Strong avoids Bron’s shoot in for the leg. Bron laughs it off, they go again. Strong gets a leg, trips Bron and has a facelock. Bron fights as Strong mocks the barking. Bron powers up to toss Strong away, and Strong sees Melo & Trick are up in the perch to watch this. Bron ignores those guys, but Strong knees him low. Strong headlocks, Bron powers out and runs Strong over! Bron runs, gator rolls to get Strong up for a stalling suplex! Bron holds Strong for about 12 before the SLAM! Bron kips up and fans bark as he goes out after Strong.
Strong RAMS Bron into the desk, then DESK BACK SUPLEXES Bron down! Strong stares Melo down as NXT goes picture in picture.
Strong talks some trash to Melo, puts Bron in the ring and stomps Bron down. Strong stomps Bron at the ropes, the ref counts and Bron lets off. Melo says that’s not god enough so Strong CHOPS Bron in the corner. Bron DECKS Strong with a forearm in return! Strong gets up to knee Bron low, then put him in a corner. Strong RAMS his shoulder in, the ref counts, and Strong lets off at 4. Strong throws hands to knock Bron down, then stomps Bron to bring him up. Strong scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Strong keeps Bron down with a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Bron endures, fights his way up, and he ROCKS Strong with forearms!
Bron runs but into a dropkick! Strong shakes out the cobwebs, gets a high stack, TWO! Bron is still in this but Strong CLUBS him down! Strong clamps on to get an arm and a chinlock, but Bron resists the camel clutch. Bron endures as Strong bends him back and fish hooks his face! The ref counts, Strong lets off, and NXT returns to single picture. Strong keeps Bron down with a facelock, but Bron fights up. Fans rally up, Bron breaks free and ROCKS Strong with forearm after forearm! Bron whips Strong to a corner, then gets him on the rebound, only for Strong to CLUB away on Bron! Strong fireman’s carries to GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally up again as Strong has Bron’s legs! Strong turns Bron over for the STRONG HOLD! Bron endures, fans duel, but Bron powers up to turn back over and kick Strong out of the ring! Fans fire up, Bron dodges Strong’s return to get him for a POWERSLAM! Fans bark it up for Bron, he dodges Strong’s knee and CLOBBERS him with a shoulder! And a lariat! And a FLAPJACK! Bron whips Strong to ropes and FRANKENSTEINERS! Fans rally up, Bron Belly2Belly suplexes! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives, but Bron drags Strong up in a deadlift! Strong slips out, Bron RAMS him into a corner! Bron RAMS his shoulder in more, then brings Strong out.
Strong elbows Bron hard, then CHOPS him against ropes! And CHOPS him again! Strong starts unleashing the side to side forearms, and then the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives and Strong grows frustrated. Strong drags Bron up, brings him around to a corner and throws forearms. Strong hoists Bron up top, climbs up to join him, and throws body shots. Strong gets Bron on the very top, for a SUPERPLEX! And then roll through to TIGER DRIVER!! High stack, TWO!!? Bron survives and Bivens is furious but the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Strong drags Bron up, suplexes, but Bron blocks to TOSS Strong! “This is Awesome!” as Strong BOOTS and ENZIGURIS!
Bron staggers, but he catches the knee for a POWERSLAM! Bron brings down the straps and fans bark! Bron gets Strong up, trophy lifts, and POWERSLAMS!! Cover, Bron wins!!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall
Bron just pinned a former NXT Tag Team, North American and current Cruiserweight Champion! Is this proof that Bron But then Ciampa shows up outta nowhere to get Bron in the ropes! WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa says Bron won the battle at WarGames. The title is the war! “Welcome back to the deep end. Just remember, Bron. Sharks swim here.” Ciampa gives Bron a kiss goodnight, will Goldie be staying with daddy?
A great episode of NXT here, and Waller is definitely top Heel now. They even kayfabed that he has heat with the locker room! And while I was hoping we’d shift gears for a moment and have Ciampa or Lumis go after Waller, all the stories seem to be continuing as they are. Waller goes after Knight to jack his car and his date, so they’ll surely have a grudge match soon. Lumis is after Trick, and surely will go after Melo after that for a North American Championship match. And Melo is still focusing on Strong just because Bivens says Strong is THE champion in NXT. Strong puts Bron over for Ciampa to go after him to end the night, we’re definitely getting another NXT Championship match there.
I really liked that they opened with the No Holds Barred match. Grimes and Hudson had time to do all sorts of stuff, and I’m a little surprised Grimes won again. Grimes has completely swept Hudson, which seems a bit of a shame for the story, or at least for Hudson, but Grimes is a fan favorite so no one is complaining. We got some pretty quick matches to follow, though, with Nile crushing Amari and Harland mauling Raaj. What was great was Harland “injuring” THE Brian Kendrick, because they filmed it so perfectly. I almost want THE Brian Kendrick to have one more match against Harland to help show more of Harland’s in-ring skill.
Great stuff out of the tag division, with a fairly funny promo from Riddle and MSK and the classic “bottomless bag” trick. This is the kind of stuff I figured they’d do with Riddle and MSK, and I can’t wait to see what more we get. Briggs & Brooks had an okay concert date vignette with Kacy & Kayden, but NXT 2.0 needs to dial it back on the dating stuff. Let Briggs & Brooks be the good ol’ boys with their redneck lifestyles, then have them kick ass in the ring. Von Wagner’s fired up, too, I almost feel like he, Briggs & Brooks should be a trio because they’re all big, strong outdoorsy types. They can even take on El Legado all at once.
Speaking of, good promo from Quinn to say this is just the beginning with Legado. Jacket Time VS GYV was a good match, and I find it interesting that the Creed Brothers helped out Kushida & Jiro to stick it to Gibson & Drake. The NXT Tag Division is getting full but I don’t know about stacked like in the past. NXT 2.0 needs to take a week to give matches the same breathing room we used to see in 1.0. Kushida & Jiro VS GYV could have been even better if it was given more time. At the very least, there should be a big tag team match to determine contenders for Imperium while MSK is on their journey with Riddle. Maybe another of those Fatal 4 Ways like we got a month or so ago.
We got great story blending from the women’s division, with Cora getting a great win over Dakota Kai while Mandy was talking trash on commentary. I knew Mandy would be the one to attack while Gigi & Jacy distracted Cora, too. That is definitely a nod to Cora getting her title match for New Year’s Evil. As for Raquel and Dakota, their Street Fight next week is going to be wild stuff, can’t wait to see it.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/27/22)
Who’s the third man, brother?
Just who (who who who) is joining The New Day?
The Brawling Brutes have been beating the New Day SmackDown after SmackDown, but now Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston even the odds! But with who?
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Ronda Rousey VS Raquel Rodriguez; No Contest.
- Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez VS Natalya & Shayna Baszler; Ronda & Raquel win.
- Los Lotharios VS Jinder Mahal & Shanky; Los Lotharios win.
- Ricochet & Drew Gulak VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day & Drew McIntyre VS The Brawling Brutes; New Day & McIntyre win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions!
Jimmy & Jey Uso walk out, the 312 day SmackDown Tag Team Champions, but also THE tag team champions of the WWE! They get the mics while shouldering the belts, and Jey welcomes Little Rock to the show! Jimmy says before getting the celebration on, everyone put their fingers up to thank the Tribal Chief, the Needle Mover, the Head of the Table, and the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, their cousin, Roman Reigns! Jey also thanks Big Uce to allow them to beat RKBRO all on their own. Thank you, Roman. Fans boo that bold faced lie, but Jey says he’ll get real and off script.
Those rocking with the Usos since day one, you know that two days ago marks 12 YEARS in the WWE. Fans do applaud that, that is a triumph. 12 years ago, the Usos walked out and never in a million years would Jey have thought they’d still be here after all that. For 12 years, the fans have cheered them, booed them, seen the ups and the downs. But that means that for 12 years, y’all watched these two grow up. That means for 12 years, all these plane rides, the miles on the road, the time being away from family, you know who was there for the Uso? Fans cheer because they know, it was all of us fans! Real talk.
But check this out. The world is crazy these days. Jey loves coming to the WWE and entertaining the fans. So from the bottom of their hearts, for their family, the Usos want to say thank you to the fans. Fans cheer that in thanks back. Jimmy takes a breath as the fans chant, “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jimmy then says, “For the past 12 years, we’ve also realized that… We absolutely needed NOBODY~!” GOTTEE! All they needed were each other! They didn’t need you, you, or you! The Bloodline is drippin’ in all the gold! Look upon your undisputed! Unified! WWE Tag Team Champions!! Don’t boo them! Boo Randy for not being here!
Where is Randy? Home! He got bodied by the Usos! And Little Bro, got his ass crying like the kids last week. Riddle is looking at the true tag team! He the two, and #WeTheOnes! But here comes SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! He tells the Usos that he and his partners challenges them to a match for those tag titles! HE wanted to get them by himself but Nakamura asked to join. What? Well where is his partner? Peg Leg Pete, the dude who got busted? Rick, BOOOGS~? No, it’s THE BRO! Matt Riddle is teaming with the King of Strong Style! Will they get revenge on the Usos together? They rush the ring, and they brawl at the ropes!
Fans fire up, Jimmy sends Riddle down, Jey sends Nakamura down, but Riddle rushes right back in! He fights them both, but they throw him out! Nakamura gets back in, but he gets mugged, too! Riddle returns with a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Fans fire up as Riddle and Nakamura get the Usos up! Nakamura throws Jimmy out, ROUNDHOUSE! Riddle DECKS Jey! The Usos grab up their gold and get outta there! Will the Usos be able to handle the #BrosOfStrongStyle?
SmackDown returns as Riddle and Nakamura talk backstage.
The Bro wonders what they should call themselves. Nakamura Bro? Kayla says they did look good out there, but how would Randy feel about this? Actually, this was Randy’s idea. and Nakamura is pleased. He may not be B0ogs, but Riddle and Nakamura will dominate. And Nakamura may not be Randy, but there’s potential for greatness here. Will these two becoming the ultimate
SmackDown Women’s Championship Contender’s Match: Ronda Rousey VS Raquel Rodriguez!
Last time was for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but this to see if Big Mami Cool can earn another shot! Of course, backstage, we see Shotzi, Xia Li, Aliyah, Natalya and Shayna Baszler watching from the locker room. Shotzi complains that Raquel is getting another match with Ronda when she choked! Why are all of them getting passed over? Xia is undefeated in the WWE, so why isn’t she out there? Xia thinks about that, then storms out. Aliyah may be annoying but she has the fastest win in WWE at 3.16 seconds. Even she deserves a shot. Aliyah tells Shotzi to just shut up, then she storms out.
But Natty has more wins than any woman in WWE history! She is a living legend! If she had the same opportunities as Raquel, she’d be champion now! And Shayna, straight up, you’re a killer. Raquel has zero killer instincts. They are the best in the world yet here they are, letting another opportunity pass them by. So then, what’re they gonna do about it? Spades & Hart look at each other, is there an understanding between them and the wild card? Will they do something about this while Raquel faces Ronda?
SmackDown returns and Ronda makes her entrance. And now Shotzi, Natty & Shayna decide to go out there to stop this! Shayna & Natty go first, Shotzi has to get her helmet. But then the door is locked!? Shotzi gets shut out of her plan! By Aliyah! Payback! Back tot he ring, though, the match begins and Ronda dodges Raquel. Then she fires hands, but Raquel waistlocks and SLAMS Ronda! Raquel drags Ronda up but Ronda elbows free and throws kicks. Ronda goes up but Raquel holds her up! Only to end up in a HANGING ARMBAR! But Raquel drags Ronda up, only for Ronda to cradle! TWO, and Raquel kicks low.
Raquel gut wrenches Ronda up to a Canadian Rack! And then she BENDS Ronda’s arms! But Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Raquel down!
Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by disqualification
Shayna & Natty mug Raquel but Ronda goes after Natty! They brawl, Shayna runs in but Raquel blocks a knee! Raquel dumps Shayna out, Ronda BOOTS Natty out! Fans fire up as the baddest and the biggest women on SmackDown are standing tall! But will there be something more after the break, playa?
Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez VS Natalya & Shayna Baszler!
SmackDown returns and holla holla, we have a tag match! Natty stomps Raquel’s leg, tags Shayna, and Shayna puts the leg in a toehold. Raquel endures while fans rally for her and Ronda. Raquel kicks at Shayna with the free leg, but Shayna turns her over to isolate the foot and STOMP it! Raquel gets to a neutral corner, Shayna blocks the kick and JAMS the bad leg! Shayna puts Raquel in the corner but Raquel BOOTS her away! Raquel swipes at Natty but Shayna KICKS away on the bad leg! Shayna puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP- NO! Raquel boots Shayna out! Raquel crawls but Natty gets Shayna in.
Natty tags in, drags Raquel back, and steps through! But Raquel fights out of the Sharpshooter! Hot tag to Ronda! Fans fire up as Ronda rallies on Natty! Drop sayanagi after sayanagi, and Ronda fires up! Ronda boots but Natty blocks to trip her! Natty steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Ronda endures, reaches out, crawls over, but Natty drags her away! Natty sits deep but Ronda still fights! Ronda reaches out, Raquel tags back in! Raquel CLUBS Natty down! Natty tags Shayna but Raquel rallies on her! Raquel swings, CLOBBERS Shayna, and fires up to fight through the bad leg! The bad leg gives up on the bomb, but Raquel HEADBUTTS Shayna down!
Raquel goes up the corner, TWISTING VADER! Cover, Natty breaks it! Ronda goes after Natty but Natty hits her first. But Ronda throws Natty out! Raquel shoves Shayna into Ronda, and Ronda snarls at her old pal. But then Natty drags Ronda out! Natty and Ronda trade hands, Raquel gets Shayna up for the TEXANA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel & Ronda win!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall
A huge win for Rowdy Ronda and Ricky Desperado! But will this keep back the tide of those coming for them both?
Backstage interview with The New Day.
Megan asks Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods who their partner will be in tonight’s match. Uh, does Netflix give away the ending to Stranger things? Does Bad Bunny give away all the songs before the album drops? The point is, errybody, and they mean errybody, has been blowin’ up the phones of the NEW~ DAY~ Because they wanna fight the Brawling Brutes. With Big E out, this could be anyone joining them! Even Moon Knight! Or Max Moon! Or Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic. Or a fantastic beast. Or some dude off the streets! It could be anyone. Even Megan.
But what ya bois have is the element of surprise. They won’t go out there outnumbered. Tonight, they will take on and defeat those Brawling Brutes. BECAAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS!
Mad Cap Moss posts a message to Happy Corbin.
“You spit in the face of Andre’s legacy. You tried to end my career. But you didn’t, cuz Mad Cap is built different. Corbin, get ready to see a side of me you’ve neve seen before. No jokes. No cap. Next week on SmackDown, I’m coming to WHOOP YOUR ASS!” Will Corbin wish he’d never even brought Moss up to SmackDown?
Los Lotharios VS Jinder Mahal & Shanky!
The Lethal Lovers are back in action, and also bring the Kiss Cam with them. They spot a lovely lady in the front row and give her kisses on the cheeks. But will Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo be kissing the mat against the Modern Day Maharaja and his towering sidekick? Or will they be blowing kisses to everyone with a win tonight?
SmackDown returns as Jinder & Shanky make their entrance. Or, maybe not? The music hits but Jinder is looking for Shanky. Shanky is jamming out to the theme song, but he should be going to gorilla! Well, the Lotharios flirty with ring announcer Samantha while they wait. Now Jinder & Shanky make their entrance, and Shanky is still jamming out. The teams sort out, and Carrillo starts with Shanky. They tie up, Shanky powers Carrillo to a corner but Carrillo goes up the ropes. The ref counts, Shanky lets go, and Carrillo leaps! But Shanky catches him, shoves him, but Carrillo ducks, only to get a BOOT!
Shanky roars and fans fire up! Shanky gets Carrillo up, tags in Jinder, and they mug Carrillo. Jinder CLUBS Carrillo, whips him to ropes but Carrillo RANAS! Carrillo dropkicks Jinder, tags Garza, and they set up for the LEAP FROG ATTACK! They then DOUBLE CHOP Jinder, and Garza fires off haymakers! Jinder throws body shots back but Garza headlocks. Jinder powers up, Carrillo tags in and Garza reverses. Jinder KICKS Garza, back drops Carrillo, but Garza dumps him out! Garza WRECKS Jinder with a dropkick! Jinder hits the desk, Garza puts him back in. Garza then grins at Samantha and OFF COME THE PANTS!
But Shanky creeps up on Garza while he swivels, and he shows off his dance moves. Shanky CLUBS Garza, then SUPERKICKS! But Carrillo SUPERKICKS Jinder! Cover, Los Lotharios win!
Winners: Los Lotharios, by pinfall
So much for Shanky’s good time! Garza & Carrillo snatch that win, and Jinder is upset with Shanky losing focus! They lost again because Shanky was too busy dancing! Shanky tells Jinder no more! Jinder storms off, and Shanky looks at Samantha. She smiles and the fans chant for “Shanky! Shanky!” as he does his Bollywood best! Is Shanky going to be his own man from now on?
Adam Pearce is visited by Max Dupri.
Max hopes Mr. Pearce has reached out to his legal team and verified the contract so that Maximum Male Models can begin recruiting. Isn’t it about time SmackDown unleashed Max Du-PRI? Well, yes, turns out it is legal and binding, Max is onboard. Say it right, they did this last week. Max Du-PRI! Well, Max can teach everyone how to say the name because he is officially on SmackDown. Oh, y’know what this means? That means the process of Maximum Male Models finding their first client is on. And by the way, Pearce doesn’t make the cut. Max heads out, but just who will he say is a fit for MMM?
Kevin Owens is here!
It’s a very special edition of The KO Show! Kevin promises a member of The Bloodline as his special guest! Will it be the Usos? Paul Heyman? The Tribal Chief himself? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kevin has his own custom KO mic. Kevin welcomes us to this special edition of HIS show! And for the last few months, Kevin has been seeking the truth and dealing with a liar by the name of ELIAS! NOT EZEKIEL! ELIAS! At Hell in a Cell, Elias will regret showing his stupid, beardless face in the WWE! That brings Kevin to his guest tonight. There is a special reason why this is Kevin’s guest. It’s the locker room leader and close personal confidant of the Bloodline, SAMI ZAYN! Of course it’s Sami… Fans boo because now who is lying? But Sami and Kevin reunite after a long time apart, with a BIG hug!
Kevin and Sami are so happy to see each other, they look great. Sami’s flowing locks are amazing! Sami says last time, they had some bad blood, but they’re always up and down. They don’t even remember what it was about. But Sami’s been killing it here! He is the leader they sorely need. And what he’s doing for the Bloodline, it’s unbelievable. Oh, don’t sell yourself short. Kevin is doing great on Raw! Elias? Ezekiel? Uh, clearly the same person! C’mon! How does no one see it? They hug again because Kevin is touched that Sami understands. Is he crying? N-No… Just finally good to hear someone say it!
Everyone knows it’s Elias! But everyone plays along and it’s horrible! But these two always have each other’s back! Always. Well not always. No, always. But tonight, this is why Sami is Kevin’s guest. Kevin needs Sami to kinda drop what he’s doing on Smackdown to go to Raw so he and Kevin can call out all the liars! That starts with Elias. Let’s go. C’mon. Uh, look, Kev. Sami’s always got your back, but now is not a good time. He has a lot on hips plate leading SmackDown. They need him, the Bloodline needs him, it’s just not a good time, Uce. Uce? Did you just say, “Uce?” Did he? Yes. That’s weird. He’s been hanging out with the Usos so much, they’re rubbing off on each other.
This is the side Kevin forgot about Sami. He’s naïve. No he’ snot! Ye she is! Uce?! Sami is not actually in the Bloodline. Yes, but he’s an associate. No, no, you’re not. Frankly, Kevin is sorry to say this, but Sami is praising them, wearing their merch, he looks like a moron. Let’s just cut it out and listen to your real friend. Oh, real friend, huh? Moron, huh? Sami was being nice. Sami says Elias and Ezekiel are clearly different people. Brothers who don’t look like, there’s photos that prove it. Who is the moron? NO, SAMI IS MORON! They’re not different people! Kevin is a liar! Well Sami’s a moron! Liar! Moron! Liar liar pants on fire! TOO FAR! They’re not on fire!
Sami needs to snap out of it! If he’s so tight with the Usos, why did they leave him high ‘n’ dry on Raw? Sami is like this with them, right Then Kevin can call them out, and they won’t leave Sami high and dry. Ladies and gentlemen, the Bloodline! … Well, give them a sec. Then Kevin will say it louder. Ladies and gentlemen, THE BLOODLINE!! Still nothing. Kevin tells Sami that the reason they’re not coming out is because the Bloodline couldn’t care less about Sami. He’s sorry but that’s true. Sami looks around and says “Whatever, man. You don’t know what you’re talking about.” Sami leaves, but Kevin chases after. Forget them, come to Raw!
Sami SHOVES Kevin! Sami tells Kevin to leave him alone and go back to Raw without him. Sami has a locker room to lead! Kevin is speechless, and ring staff already pack up his set. Kevin gets mad at the staff and gives one a STUNNER! Kevin glares at the other guy and the other guy says to calm down. Kevin says he’s right. Then STUNNER! Kevin leaves the ring, but will he be able to forget what happened between him and Sami?
Ricochet & Drew Gulak VS Imperium!
The King of Flight and the Philly Stretcher team up to take on Der Ring General and Ludwig Kaiser! But will they get payback on GUNTHER together? Or will SmackDown and the mat become sacred?
SmackDown returns and Ludwig has the mic. “Ladies and gentlemen… The mat is sacred! Only one gives the rightful respect it truly deserves. DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!” With that, Imperium makes their entrance and go to the ring. The teams sort out and Ludwig starts with Gulak. They tie up, Ludwig arm-drags, brings Gulak around and has the armlock. Ludwig grinds the shoulder but Gulak headlocks back. They end up on ropes, Ludwig turns things around to cravat and choke Gulak! The ref counts, Ludwig lets off and Gunther BOOTS Gulak down! Ludwig fires off stomps and hands, then tags Gunther!
Gunther brings Gulak up to TOSS Gulak out of the ring! Gunther shows no mercy while Ricochet checks on Gulak, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther ha Gulak in a motorcycle stretch! Gulak fights up, but Gunther CHOPS him down! Gunther then stares down the Intercontinental Champion, then he stomps Gulak down. Tag to Ludwig and he waistlocks. Gulak reaches out for Ricochet, throws elbows, and fans fire up as he reaches again! Ludwig holds on, swings, but Gulak dodges! Ludwig scoops, Gulak escapes, tag to Ricochet! Ricochet fires off on Ludwig, whips, Ludwig reverses but Ricochet RANAS! Then he dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Gunther gets in and the ref tells him to go back. But that was just to distract, Ludwig rolls Ricochet up, TWO!
Ricochet JUMPING KNEES Ludwig! Ricochet stares Gunther down now, fireman’s carries, but Ludwig rakes eyes! Gulak tags in before Ludwig tosses Ricochet! Gulak fires off, Ludwig THROAT CHOPS! But Gulak boots! Ludwig blocks, “NEIN!” He ROCKS Gulak then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Ludwig grinds, drags Gulak up, fans boo but Ludwig runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall
Ricochet gets back in to keep them from doing any more to Gulak, but he should worry about himself! Gunther BOOTS Ricochet out, Ludwig PENALTY KICKS Gulak again! Will Imperium soon reign over SmackDown?
Sami apologizes to the Usos.
He is sorry but he just feels Kevin said some truths. He isn’t sure he’s getting respect for what he’s putting in. They can tell him the truth. What do they think of Sami? What is he to them? Cuz here’s what he’s thinking. What if Sami joined the group? Not by blood or anything, but like an honorary member. Sure, honorary Uce works. Yeah, there we go! Sami says they’re smart, this is the right choice. Now, if they need anything, he’s got them. And if he needs anything, they have him. Got you, Uce! Peace! Sami is fired up, but is he just being strung along?
For Memorial Day Monday, Riddle & Nakamura get a Championship Contenders Match against The Usos! If The Bro & The King of Strong Style can take down Jimmy & Jey, they’ll get their shot at the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships!
SmackDown celebrates Memorial Day early.
“They didn’t volunteer to die. They volunteered to defend values which make up what we call civilization.” – Ronald Regan
“What doe sit mean to be selfless? To have the courage to put all else first for a greater cause? In every generation, there are those who put everything before themselves. And this weekend, we honor them.” The men and women who fought for our freedom, from World War I to Desert Storm, Normandy to Afghanistan. Look back at the moments, the events, that defined America’s history. The struggles, the battles. Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Ronald Regan said that we honor their memory so that their pledges and sacrifices will be remembered.
We show our gratitude to those who shaped us, who guided us, and who ensured our values and freedom would live forever. We show reverence and respect. On this weekend, we say, “Thank you.”
Six Man Tag: The New Day & ??? VS The Brawling Brutes!
The numbers game has been in the favor of the Fight Night Boys after Big E’s horrible accident, but Woods & Kofi have found a way to turn things back around! But just who (who who who) is the third man, brother? We’ll find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Sheamus has a mic. “What’s the story? Now let me make one thing perfectly clear, yeah? It’s FIGHT! NIGHT! FIGHT! NIGHT! Every night!” But the New Day don’t want a fair fight! They won’t tell us who the mystery partner is, but Sheamus doesn’t care. They could bring out King Kong, Godzilla or Moby Dick. It won’t matter, because they’ll get a severe beatin’ from these Brawlin’ Brutes! It could be anyone in the world and they’d still lay out all three. And they’ll all be on bed rest right next to Big E. Ain’t that right, Ridge? Too bloody right! It won’t matter how big and tall they are, they’ll cut ’em root to stem, Right, Butch? Butch goes wild!
Sheamus says the truth is, these are two of the toughest brutes Sheamus has ever seen. New Day finds out they don’t rock, “NEW! DAY SUCKS!” But here come the New Day! Woods wants everyone to hold up a sec. Brawlin’ Brutes? Who are they? Off-brand Wrestle Buddies? Who is this dick they speak of? But Sheamus is right about one thing. Tonight IS fight night! But not 2v3, because Sheamus is right about something else: This will be an unfair fight. The New Day found a real physical specimen. They found a true freak of nature! A man who will steal Ridge’s girl, AND Butch’s Auntie at the same damn time!
So then, brutes, this man will not have any problem kicking Sheamus right in that ugly mug he calls a face. Good accent, Woods. No, don’t lie to him. He was more Blackbeard than anything. Then arrrr ya ready? So who (who who who) is it? It’s… DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Warrior knows Sheamus all too well and vice-versa! Will “Big D” McIntyre help Kofi & Woods layeth the smack DOWN on these brutes?
SmackDown returns once again and Woods starts with Butch! They rush each other, Dunne CLOBBERS Woods, DECKS Kofi, but just swipes at McIntyre. Woods whips but Dunne runs him over! Things keep moving, Woods hurdles then mule kicks! Woods CLUBS Dunne, runs, Kofi tags in and Woods hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Kofi PENALTY KICKS, Woods SLIDING LARITS Kofi IMPLODER SPLASH! LEG DROP to FIST DROP to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Kofi brings Dunne right up, wrenches, tag back to Woods. Dunne gets away but the New Day dodges him to DOUBLE BULLDOG!
Woods rains down rights on Dunne, then brings him up. Dunne fishhooks Woods’ face! Dunne ROCKS Woods with a right, tags Sheamus, and Sheamus CLUBS Woods down. Sheamus stomps Woods, brings him up and gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus goes all the way to nine, then tags Dunne so he can give Woods way m ore shots! Ridge then tags in, he drags Woods around and suplexes him into the ring! Cover, TWO! Ridge drags Woods up, whips him to ropes, but Woods ducks and dodges, Kofi tags in before the slide! ROLLIGN ELBOW, then FLYING AX HANDLE! Fans fire up with Kofi and he whips Ridge to a corner.
Ridge reverses, Kofi goes up and missile dropkicks! Dunne misses his chance to swipe at Kofi, and Kofi stomps Ridge! Tag to Woods, he stomps and it’s the good ol’ stampede! Dunne runs in but is sent right back out! And now the tag to McIntyre! Little Rock fires up as McIntyre joins in on the stampede! Tag to Kofi, McIntyre DECKS Dunne, and McIntyre whips Kofi in for a basement dropkick! Kofi claps it up, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” But Ridge pushes Kofi to a corner. Kofi boots back, Sheamus distracts, Dunne sucker punches Kofi! Ridge POUNCES Kofi, roars “FIGHT NIGHT!” and the brute shave control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne keeps Kofi from the corner! Kofi throws hands, Dunne holds on and whips Kofi into the brute corner! Forearm smash then tag to Ridge, but Ridge keeps Dunne from going after McIntyre. Ridge RAMS Dunne into Kofi, tag to Sheamus! POWERSLAM and Sheamus is up top, KING KONG KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sheamus tags Ridge back, they get Kofi up and Ridge ROCKS Kofi with a forearm. Tag to Dunne, they mug Kofi but Kofi fights back! Sheamus gets in, IRISH- NO! Kofi slips out to DDT! Fans fire up as Kofi and all the brutes are down! Kofi crawls, but Dunne trips Woods off the apron! Ridge trips McIntyre!
Ridge RAMS McIntyre into steps! Sheamus CLOBBERS Kofi, Alabama Lifts, ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Sheamus is shocked! Sheamus fishhooks Kofi’s face for the Dublin Smile, but Kofi fights up with body shots! Sheamus swings, into SOS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Kofi crawls, and McIntyre rises! Fans fire up for the hot tags to Ridge and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies on Ridge! McIntyre whips, CLOBBERS Ridge, then clinches in a corner for the OVEREHAD Belly2Belly! Dunne laps in, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Dunne flounders out, McIntyre dodges Ridge to NECKBREAKER!
McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre grins and waits on Ridge, but Dunne leaps on for a SLEEPER! McIntyre tosses Dunne out of the ring! Woods gets in, builds speed and he RWECKS Dunne with a dropkick! But Sheamus BROGES Woods! Kofi FLIES and takes out Sheamus! Fans are thunderous as McIntyre has Ridge! Ridge throat chops! Ridge scoops, but McIntyre fights free and shoves, to GLASGOW KISS! Then from the corner, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAYMORE!! McIntyre tags to Woods so he can finish this! Woods goes up, tightrope walks, LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, #DrewDay WINS!
Winners: The New Day & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Vengeance and vindication here in Little Rock! But New Day wants McIntyre to stick around to celebrate! Woods plays the trombone and Kofi gets the hips into it. They want McIntyre to take a turn! Fans fire up for it, and McIntyre figures why not. He does a strut, a shoulder shimmy, and a little spin around! #DrewDay roar in victory, have they all dealt with those Brawling Brutes once and for all?
This was actually a really fun episode of SmackDown here, though not without its strange choices. I feel like the meta of Shotzi’s promo escaped the writers. Why have Ronda VS Raquel so soon already after their previous match? Why not have Raquel go against the Heels who criticized the booking? And of course it leads to an “impromptu” tag match, Raquel & Ronda getting a great win over Shayna & Natty. I do like that we got interaction between Ronda and Shayna. Maybe Shayna can step up and get her shot to feud with Ronda for a stretch? A little late to set anything up for Hell in a Cell, but maybe something for Money in the Bank? Ironically, that might’ve helped ticket sales but oh well.
I liked the opening segment of Usos giving us a work shoot of their heartfelt feelings that then raise their Heel heat. And I like that while Nakamura is without Boogs and while Riddle is without Randy, we’ll get these two trying for the tag titles together. We have already heard Roman is not defending his title(s) at Hell in a Cell, but maybe if Bros of Strong Style win on Monday, we get a last minute addition to Hell in a Cell for those tag titles. We also got a hilarious and amazing segment from Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn where they build both their stories of being delusional at the same time. That segment shows why those two should reunite and go for those tag titles very soon.
Moss has a good social media post promo, his return next week is going to be great. Max Du-PRI has a good segment with Pearce, and now that MMM is getting going, can’t wait to see who Max brings in and see how this goes. It’ll probably be a bit goofy but I suppose if it gives people screen time, there should be no complaints. I like that we got Imperium taking on Gulak and Ricochet. Gulak of course takes the loss but it was cool that Ludwig got the pin. He finally gets going on SmackDown, and there’s still ways for Gunther to get at the Intercontinental Championship. Too bad it’s not in time for Hell in a Cell. Maybe MITB will have one because duh, this title needs to be on a PPV again, and it sounds like this PPV needs more to it.
And of course, great stuff from The New Day. Great interview promo, good pre-match promos from them and The Brawling Brutes (I still hate how lazy Vince and team are in naming them), and naturally, it was McIntyre. We didn’t get as much between McIntyre and Sheamus as I was hoping for but that’s because Dunne being frantic and all over the place seems to take the focus of the match and the story. Naturally, #DrewDay wins because New Day needed to get even with the Brutes, and McIntyre needed to get going again here. But I feel like this feud is going to keep going. Maybe we get McIntyre VS Dunne? That’d be awesome stuff, at least.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (5/27/22)
The Young Bucks are on a Rampage!
Time to pregame before the SUPERKICK, PARTAAAY~!
Before going Double or Nothing with the Hardy Boyz in Las Vegas, The Young Bucks are in action on another early edition of Rampage!
- Bryan Danielson VS Matt Sydal; Bryan wins.
- The Young Bucks VS Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust; The Young Bucks wins.
- Max Caster VS Dante Martin; Dante wins.
- Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander; Soho wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson VS Matt Sydal!
The American Dragon had a scary spill just last week, but he looks just fine now. Will he kick Sydal’s head in to prove to the Jericho Appreciation Society he’s more than ready for Anarchy in the Arena? Or will Sydal’s third eye see an opening to exploit?
The bell rings and fans are already thunderous for “A E DUB!” as the two men stare down. Bryan and Sydal circle, they tie up, and Bryan arm-drags Sydal. Fans fire up more as Regal on commentary assures us, Bryan is in great shape. Bryan and Sydal tie up with knuckle locks, they go shoulder to shoulder, but Bryan gets a forearm shot in! Bryan then drops back, gets the arm, spins Sydal to a headlock, and he grinds Sydal down. Sydal endures, but Bryan throws a palm strike! Sydal endures as Bryan shifts to a cravat, Bryan snapmares and drops a knee on his head! Fans fire up and Bryan backs off.
Sydal and Bryan circle again, the two feel things out, and fans rally up. Sydal shoot sin, cravats but Bryan shove shim away. Sydal comes back for a flying-mare! Bryan stays back and shakes his head. Bryan hops up to his feet and the two circle again. They tie up, Bryan waistlocks, full nelsons and he drags Sydal down. Sydal endures, fights up and fans rally again. Sydal pries free but Bryan gets him for a BACKBREAKER! Sydal goes to ropes but Bryan brings him up to EuroUpper! Bryan has Sydal in the corner, brings him out to EuroUpper again! And again! Bryan gets the leg, turns Sydal over, and he hooks up the legs.
Sydal reaches out but Bryan grabs as the shoulders. Sydal resists so Bryan fishhooks his face! The ref counts, Bryan lets go, and rolls forward to get the head! Bryan fires off forearms then lets off, “Who’s the best?!” Fans fire up because it’s him! Bryan headlocks, but Sydal endures. Sydal powers out but Bryan runs him over! Fans fire up as things sped up, Sydal hurdles and WHEEL KICKS! Fans fire up more as Sydal stomps and STANDING MARIPOSAS! Rampage goes picture in picture as Sydal covers, TWO! Sydal keeps cool and he KICKS Bryan in the side. Bryan gets up but Sydal throws knees. Bryan throws knees back!
Bryan has Sydal on the ropes, ROCKS him with forearms and uppercuts, then brings Sydal around to hang him out to dry! Sydal is stuck up top, Bryan KICKS him for good measure. Bryan goes to the corner, climbs up, and he FLYING KNEE DROPS! Bryan paces around Sydal then clamps on a cravat. Sydal endures, Rampage returns to single picture, but Bryan snapmares him down to drop another knee! Cover, TWO! Sydal growls but Bryan clamps onto him for another snapmare. Sydal handsprings through to JUMP KNEE! And SOBAT! Fans fire up while both men are down, Regal says Sydal should capitalize!
But too late, Bryan gives back more EuroUppers! Sydal KICKS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Sydal fires off forearms, whips, but Bryan reverses. Sydal WHEEL- NO, Bryan catches the kick to pop Sydal up, but Sydal RANAS! Cover, TWO! Sydal fires up and so do the fans, Sydal KICKS Bryan’s leg, then KICKS it again! Bryan shoves Sydal, but Sydal QUESTION MARK KICKS! Cover, TWO! Sydal hurries up top as fans rally, but Bryan ROCKS him first! Bryan gets up after Sydal and underhooks the arms. Sydal fights free, throws forearm sand he sends Bryan down! METEORA!! But into a HALF CRAB!! Bryan has the leg, Sydal endures, but Bryan steps over to get a deep angle!
Sydal still endures and he fights around! Bryan shifts to HEEL HOOK! But Sydal scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Sydal is let go, and Bryan snarls. Bryan KICKS Sydal, and KICKS again! KICK after KICK and Sydal flounders. Fans fire up and Bryan soaks it in. Bryan has Sydal in a corner, HEADBUTTS him, then hoists him up top backwards. Bryan climbs up behind Sydal, fans fire up as he brings Sydal up, but Sydal throws down elbows. Bryan CLUBS Sydal back, brings Sydal back up, but Sydal SUPER SUNET POWERBOMBS! DEEP stack, TWO!!! Bryan narrowly escapes and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!”
Sydal and Bryan throws shots back and forth, Sydal gets the edge, but Bryan EuroUppers again and again! Sydal spins one to a backslide, TWO! JUMP KNEE! Bryan wobbles, but he ducks the next kick to BUSAIKU KNEE! Bryan then sits Sydal up, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Bryan hits Sydal again and again then gets the DRAGON GUILLOTINE!! Sydal is OUT, Bryan wins!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Regal thanks commentary for having him again, and the American Dragon is on fire! Will he, Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz all get their revenge on the Jericho Appreciation Society?
The Hardy Boyz are- Wait.
That’s not Matt & Jeff, that’s Matt and Nick! The Young Bucks are taking that comment about being Hardy Boyz cosplayers to heart! And then they bring out Gangrel!? Sadly, Brandon Cutler is stuck as Lita.
The Young Bucks VS ???
Matt & Nick Jackson are taking on Matt & Jeff Hardy for Double or Nothing in a battle of brothers as well as generation defining tag teams. But will the Bucks be able to take this all seriously while mocking the Hardys? Or will Jon Cruz & Taylor Rust be the ones with the last laugh tonight?
The teams sort out and Nick starts against Cruz. They circle, tie up, and Nick headlocks. Cruz powers out, Nick runs him over, then mocks Jeff’s dance. Things speed up, Cruz leaps but into an atomic drop! Nick triops Cruz and uses the leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Tag to Matt, Nick DECKS Rust, and Matt puts Cruz in the corner. The Bucks set up, POETRY IN MOTION! Fans fire up for the picture perfect recreation! Matt scoop SLAMS Cruz, goes up top, and with the V1 fingers, Matt goes to the second rope. Tag to Nick, he gets Cruz up and now the V1 fingers! Elbow drop! Nick tags Matt back in and they bring Cruz up.
Double back suplex but Cruz lands out! Tag to Rust! Rust dropkicks Nick, dodges Matt and kitchen sink knees! Sobat and SCISSOR KICK on Matt! Rust runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Bucks show their true colors, but Cruz tags in! He punches the Bucks, goes up top, but the Bucks get clear to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Matt gets Cruz up, and he hits a TWIST OF FATE! Tag to Nick, he throws off the shirt and goes up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, the Bucks win!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall
It seems anything the Hardys can do, the Bucks can do better! But then they attack Gangrel! Seems he is part of them making an example to the Hardys! They get Gangrel down, but the REAL Hardys appear! “DELETE! DELETE!” The Bucks stand their ground as they stare down the Hardys, but they run into kicks! Cutler attacks! But then they turn their attention to him. Gangrel kicks Cutler and hits the IMPALER! And then a TWIST OF FATE from the real Matt Hardy! SWANTON BOMB for the real Jeff Hardy! Gangrel makes up with his old friends, but will the Hardys be able to DELETE the Elite?
Darby Allin speaks.
“It wasn’t Adam Cole, it wasn’t Bobby Fish. It wasn’t the Young Bucks, it was you, Kyle O’Reilly. It was you who took out sting.” Darby wants a fight at Double or Nothing with Kyle, or else he’ll interfere with Cole’s match, the Young Bucks’ match, and he’ll just make that night a living hell. So let’s make it official: Darby Allin VS Kyle O’Reilly, Double or Nothing. Will #KillerKyle accept the Relentless One’s challenge?
Max Caster w Gunn Club VS Dante Martin!
Platinum Max and Angel Dorado faced off on the very first episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, and now here, just after AEW turns three years old, they meet again! But will it be a repeat of history? Or will Dante show how much he’s improved since that day? Caster has a rap, of course. “Acclaimed ‘n’ the Gunns, we the new hot thing. Dante’s out of the break, already in the ring. I’ma bend your knees like the shmoney dance. Man, you couldn’t get laid at the bunny ranch! Your girl told me that you such a bitch. I’ma put you on the shelf like your brother is! Top Flight’s ’bout to crash, boy! You getting beat by Acclaimed and the Ass Boys!”
Austin says they talked about this, don’t use that name. “LOS ANGELES!” No, VEGAS, stupid! Oh, right. LAS ANGE- NO!! Bowens gets the mic and says, LAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! But Dante springboards and takes out Caster & said Ass Boys! But then Billy Gunn CLOBBERS Dante and RAMS him into the steps! Billy then helps Caster get in the ring so this match can start. The ref reprimands and EJECTS rest of the club! Bowens can’t believe it, and Dante rolls Caster up! TWO!! Dante springs up but Caster KICKS the leg out! Caster stomps the leg again and again, then covers. ONE, but Caster hurries to get Dante back up.
Caster has the leg, Dante CLUBS him down, throws forearms then KICKS! Dante whips, Caster reverses and CLOBBERS Dante, to then GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Cover, ONE!! Rampage goes picture in picture as Caster stalks Dante. Caster drags Dante up but Dante throws body shots. Caster grabs hair! Dante knees low, runs up the corner, and leaps, but into Caster’s arms! Caster SLAMS Dante down, gets the leg and ties him up, FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! Dante endures and reaches out, fans rally up, and Dante works to turn it over! Dante turns the leglock! Caster endures, but he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref undoes the hold, Dante storms over but Caster trips him! Caster SMASHES the knee into the mat, then wraps Dante up with a leg inside the chinlock!
Dante endures so Caster shifts to focus on an arm. Dante fights up, Caster CLUBS him down. Caster whips Dante to the apron but Dante ROCKS him back. Dante springboards, but Caster BOOTS him down! Caster drags Dante in and snap suplexes! Caster covers, ONE, and Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns, Cater back hands then back suplexes Dante! Caster goes up the corner fast, aims and MIC- NOPE! Caster has to land on his feet as Dante moves! Dante elbows Caster, sunset flips, TWO! Caster gets the leg, steps through again but Dante kicks him away to O’Conner Roll on the rebound! TWO, and Dante springs up and over! Dante jumps over again, CLOBBERS Caster, and starts to rally! Fans fire up and Dante runs at the corner, but is put on the apron. Dante KICKS Caster, goes up top, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dante hurries to the apron, fans fire up but Caster blocks the gamangiri. Dante HOTSHOTS, then resets! NOSEDIVE!! Cover, Dante wins!
Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall
Dante avenges his loss on Elevation! Will this help Dante fly to the top of the ranks in the near future?
AEW looks closely at the Owen Hart Cup Men’s Finals.
Samoa Joe says that when it comes to facing someone like Adam Cole, you must take everything into account. Cole says he is in the finals with a man he truly admires. People look at the legacy Joe has left on this great sport and Cole finds himself where he has to beat that legacy. Cole says he is a world-class pro-wrestler, he ill be a franchise player for AEW for years to come, and it all starts with these finals! After Cole beats Joe and wins the Owen Hart Tournament, the world will remember Adam Cole BAYBAY. But Joe says as the ROH World Television Champion, Cole’s time is near.
The Men of the Year and Dan Lambert are in the ring.
Lambert says we live in crazy times, and there are very few things we can count on in this world. Death, taxes, and if you have bad acne, and a girlfriend whose CM Punk merch shirt is two sizes bigger than yours, you’re an AEW fan! If you need anything in the world of combat sports, come see Dynamite Dan. That’s what Scorpio did when he needed a new TNT Championship belt. These usually take six months to handcraft, but Dan called his buddy Ron at Red Leather Belts, and not only did he put this together in less than a week, but this is a masterpiece truly worthy of Scorpio Sky, LA’s favorite champion.
Ethan does the honors, and it is a GOLD strap with purple ribbon! The TNT Champion honors the Black Mamba, and Ethan says that now that Sky has a belt to match his talent, we can all finally be finished with the trash known as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti! But speaking of, they and Frankie Kazarian are back on the tron. They hate to interrupt the celebration, but here is breaking news! A break in at the American Top Team HQ! Luckily, they’re on the scene! They bust in, keep people from calling authorities, and they see the trophies. They’ll take some of those. Oh hey, the “participation trophy” TNT belt! Kaz wants that belt!
Sammy says hold on, there’s something better. The BMF Championship! That is one of a kind and beautiful. You thinking what he’s thinking? Kaz sure hopes not. SamTay say they’ll “celebrate” with this belt. Sammy SMASHES the case open and they grab the BMF belt! And a few other belts, too. If Men of the Year want all these back, they’ll be in Vegas on Sunday. And bring VanZant, too. BMF: Be Mad, Fellas. Scorpio is FURIOUS! This has gone on way too long! If they want their mixed trios match, then those three scumbags against the Men of the Year & PAIGE VANZANT is happening!
But here’s the kicker: If MOTY win, then Sammy and Frankie are BARRED from challenging for the TNT Championship! They’ve been begging for this ass kicking a long time, and they’ll get it at Double or Nothing! And after that, they are DONE! But now that SamTay & the Heavy Metal Rebel have the match they wanted, will they get the revenge they wanted, too?
Mark Henry speaks tonight’s main eventers.
He starts with Ruby about what this tournament means to her. These last couple of months, Ruby’s been doubting herself, second guessing herself, losing the confidence she had when she arrived in AEW. Then she earned her shot in this tournament. This could be a turning point in her career, even if she has to beat her friend and whatever version of herself she’s bringing to the ring. Kris says that it seems everyone “needs” to win this. But Ruby needs to understand Kris has been here since day one, and what does she have to shown for it? No title, a blown out knee, and a back-up plan to the prestigious tournament. And all her friends have turned on her.
So Ruby needs to understand Kris isn’t letting this get away from her like all the other opportunities. No one, not friend or enemy, can stop her! Then there’s been enough talk. It’s time for the main event! Will the Runaway’s destination be Double or Nothing? Or will Statlander’s new form take the form of an Owen Hart Cup finalist?
Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament: Ruby Soho VS Kris Statlander!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle and tie up. Kris headlocks, hits the takeover, but Ruby keeps her shoulders up. Ruby headscissors, squeezes tight, but Kris kips free. Ruby sweeps, Kris kips up and sweeps back! Ruby rushes after the bad leg but Kris has the ropes. The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and fans are dueling hard. The two tie up, Kris headlocks but Ruby powers up to power out. Kris runs Ruby over and fans fire up. Kris runs, Ruby drops then shoots in to waistlock. Kris throws Ruby off and flexes! Things speed up again, Kris runs Ruby over, covers, ONE! Kris drags Ruby up to wrench and whip to the corner.
Ruby goes up and over, shows a punch, but she pulls it back! Kris gets in Ruby’s face about literally pulling punches, and the two tie up again. Kris monkey flips but Ruby comes back to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Ruby runs in at the corner, Kris dodges but Ruby FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Kris blocks the next arm-drag to ROCK Ruby with a forearm! Ruby KICKS the leg, Kris CLOBBERS Ruby! Fans fire up while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Kris glares at Ruby, drags her up, and suplexes. Kris holds Ruby up for a count of 10, then 20, before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kris drags Ruby up, wraps on a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch! Ruby endures, fights up, throws body shots, and runs, into Kris’ arms! Kris SLAMS Ruby down, then SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Kris grows annoyed but she rallies the fans up. Kris drags Ruby up, scoops, but Ruby slips out to roll Kris up! TWO, and Kris scoops Ruby to SLAM her again! Kris drags Ruby up, brings her around, but Ruby turns back suplex into CROSSBODY! Ruby bounces off and the ref starts a standing count.
Kris sits up at 3, Ruby follows at 4, and they go after each other at 5 with forearms. Ruby ROCKS Kris, Kris ROCKS Ruby, and back again! They stand, throw more forearms, then Ruby HEADBUTTS! Ruby runs, but the monkey flip is bounced off the ropes! Ruby tries a DDT but Kris throws her off! Ruby comes back, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rampage returns to single picture as fans rally up. Kris whips Ruby to a corner and uppercuts! Kris then fireman’s carries Ruby up the ropes! Ruby fights with elbows, slips around and SUPER STEINERS! Kris flounders, Ruby runs, but into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!!
Kris can’t believe it! Ruby survives and she gets to ropes while fans fire up! Kris runs in at the corner but Ruby dodges! Kris’ bad arm hits buckles! She still fireman’s carries, “This is Awesome!” but the bad arm holds the trophy lift back! NO FUTURE! But Kris tumbles out of the ring! Ruby hurries to get Kris up but Kris is almost dead weight. Ruby gets Kris on her feet but Kris shoves her away. Kris puts Ruby on the apron but Ruby FLYING RANAS back! Ruby puts Kris in, hurries up the corner, but Kris rushes in! Ruby ROCKS Kris first, reels her in by the arm, TORNADO ARMBAR DDT!! Then KIMURA!!
Kris endures as Ruby cranks on the arm, and Kris reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Ruby drags Kris up again, turns her, but no neckbreaker as Kris pushes free. Ruby goes up, but no Deadly Nightshade! Kris has the Electric Chair, but Ruby tries to bend back. No Poison-Rana, WHIPLASH INTO BUCKLES! O’Conner Roll, CHAOS THEORY!! And then the fisherman, DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ruby survives and no one can believe it! Kris snarls, she drags Ruby up, and she CLOBBERS her point blank! Kris gets the legs and the arms, SPIDE- NO! Ruby kicks and kicks and kicks! Kris staggers, Ruby sweeps the legs! Oklahoma Roll, RUBY WINS!!
Winner: Ruby Soho, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tony Schiavone gets in the ring to interview the winner, but Britt Baker shows up first! She has a mic but Ruby tells everyone to cut the music. Britt can put the mic down. Everyone’s listened to Britt over and over, no one wants to listen to her anymore! Ruby gets it, the fans are upset she win. She did what she had to do to win the match. But Ruby needs to tell Britt something. Kris is Ruby’s friend, she loves and respects her, but look what she did. And Ruby hates Britt, so she’s gonna hurt her. Ruby has been telling Britt since Grand Slam that Britt has a receipt coming. Ruby’s cashing it in at Double or Nothing! Britt just smiles, but will she still be smiling after the Owen Hart Cup Women’s Finals?
A great episode here for Rampage, especially as a go-home. Great opening contest out of Bryan VS Sydal, wild to think that these guys only faced off once in ROH and missed each other in WWE, because this felt like they’d been going back and forth for years. Bryan wins, of course, for the momentum going into the Anarchy in the Arena 10 Man. Could be a sign that someone on Blackpool Combat Club & Friends is taking the loss to JAS. Great cosplay by the Bucks, that was a really fun match of them squashing Cruz and Rust. Also good to see Rust somewhere after WWE cut him way too soon, too. Great to see Gangrel, and of course the Hardys get their own bit. Bucks VS Hardys at Double or Nothing could go either way but I’m leaning towards Hardys.
They didn’t advertise Caster VS Dante but this was a great surprise. Obviously good stuff within the Acclaimed Gunn Club faction, and we got a very good match. Caster won the Elevation match they highlighted, Dante wins this one, maybe they’ll give this a tiebreaker match down the line. Scorpio Sky having a purple ‘n’ gold TNT belt is a great choice, and then an honestly genius move from SamTay & Kaz to steal some of the belts American Top Team “can’t replace.” A Mixed Trios is actually better than just 2v2, and I do like the stipulation of blocking Kaz and Sammy as contenders. It does give it away just a little that SamTay & Kaz win, but I bet Ethan takes the loss. PVZ isn’t being brought in to take the pin and no one is going to pin the TNT Champion unless it’s for the belt.
Great promo vignette from Cole and Joe, and I’m still leaning towards Cole winning. Great promos from Ruby and Kris going into their match, it really added to the fire in that main event, which was a great main event. Ruby using what Velvet told her was good story stuff, but I didn’t expect fans to boo it as hard as they did. Kris is a fan favorite, so maybe she comes around to get a title shot, like the TBS Championship after Jade beats Jay. I did like Ruby’s promo to end the show, shutting Britt up before she can begin. But Ruby being so adamant about getting that fire back, pretty sure she’s losing to Britt.
My Score: 8.6/10
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