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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/22/22)

Time to run it back!

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SmackDown 2022

Rematches and remixes, all on a Friday night!

Matt Riddle beat Jimmy last week, now he looks to beat Jey this week! Will the Stallion on a win over both SmackDown Tag Team Champions this close to Backlash?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ Ridge Holland & Sheamus; Woods wins.
  • GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Teddy Goodz; Gunther wins.
  • Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso; Riddle wins.
  • Mad Cap Moss VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo; Moss wins.
  • Lumberjack Match: Sami Zayn VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Adam Pearce is in the ring.

And he welcomes Albany, New York to SmackDown. He welcomes “perhaps the most dominant female in sports entertainment,” the game changer, the opportunity, and the SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair! Charlotte makes her way to the ring, and she soaks up all the heat. Then Pearce welcomes Charlotte’s challenger, “a legend in her own right, and the Baddest Woman on the Planet, Rowdy Ronda Rousey!” Fans cheer as Ronda heads to the ring, and they sit at the table. This contract signing is for their WrestleMania Backlash match, so they just need to sign on… Wait, where IS the contract?

Drew Gulak appears, he’s apparently Pearce’s new intern. Gulak hands the contract over and then tells “Mr. Pearce” that he is very pumped for this opportunity and he is taking it seriously. In fact, Gulak has prepared a PowerPoint presentation to break down and analyze the rules of an I Quit match! Charlotte tells Gulak to shut up. Or does he want to make her quit his new job before he even begins? Ronda says that’s real tough of Charlotte to pick on an intern. Charlotte tells Ronda, “Guess what? I beat you at WrestleMania! But if you want to hear the rules so bad, I’ll explain them.”

Fans taunt Charlotte with “You Tapped Out!” But Charlotte says she was fixing her bra! But she gets to the rules of the I Quit match: “There are no rules. No disqualifications, no count outs, no pinfalls.” The only way to win is for the opponent to say, “I Quit.” And Charlotte’s been fantasizing about how she’ll make Ronda quit. Maybe a boot to her face? No, too easy. Maybe a Figure Four? No, the Figure Eight! So painful, but also predictable. How else to make her quit? Maybe just a good ol’ fashioned beating. But it won’t matter, because Charlotte always finds a way to win. So at Backlash, Ronda will say two of the most beautiful words in the English language. Say them with her: I, quit.

Charlotte then takes the contract and signs on the dotted line. Then she passes it to Ronda and fans cheer her name. Charlotte says, “I beat her at WrestleMania. Uh-ohhh.” But Ronda says just so Charlotte knows what she’s getting into, that means there’s no ref to spare her embarrassment. What embarrassment? She won at Mania. She tapped out. No, she won at Mania. Fans still chant, “You Tapped Out!” Charlotte says she is still champion. Well, this time, no ref is going to pull Ronda off Charlotte or save Charlotte. Charlotte will say Ronda is better than her. Charlotte will abandon her baby, that title, and not spared the humiliation when she says, “I Quit.”

But then Charlotte tosses the table! And she had a kendo stick under it! She SMACKS away, but Ronda blocks it to throw Charlotte down! Ronda has the stick and she SMACKS away! Gulak tries to save Charlotte and he does get the kendo stick, only for Ronda to throw him with the PIPER’S PIT! And then she drags Gulak by his arm. He hands over the contract, and a pen, and she puts on the ARMBAR while she signs! Ronda proves she can multitask, and she teases Charlotte for being sore. Will Ronda multitask at Backlash when she rips Charlotte’s arm off and makes her say those dreaded words?

 

Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ Ridge Holland & Sheamus!

King Woods may have won their first match-up, but then Butch attacked backstage completely unprovoked! Will Woods just get Dunne with another roll-up? Or will the Bruiserweight break Woods and tie things up?

SmackDown returns and the Fight Night Boys make their entrance. The bell rings and Dunne goes right for Woods! Woods O’Conner Rolls him, TWO! Another roll-up, TWO! Woods CHOPS Dunne, ROCKS him with haymakers and CHOPS again. Dunne goes to ropes, Woods CHOPS him again and Kofi says Woods is taking Dunne to town. Woods whips, Dunne reverses but Woods dodges. Woods JABS and JABS and body shots! Woods knees Dunne then LARIATS! Ridge and Sheamus coach while Woods covers, TWO! Woods stands Dunne up but Dunne DECKS him! Dunne rains down hammering hands, then isolates an arm. Dunne drops knees on the elbow!

Dunne keeps on the arm, bends it back, and even twists the wrist. Woods endures, fans rally, but Dunne bends the fingers! Dunne isolates the arm to STOMP it! Dunne scowls and stalks Woods to a corner, then brings him up for a back suplex. Woods lands on his feet to waistlock, but Dunne elbows him away. Dunne whips, Woods reverses but Dunne reverses back. Woods goes up and over, but Dunne fish hooks his mouth! Dunne RAMS Woods into buckles, then sits Woods back up. Dunne digs knuckles into Woods’ face, smothers Woods, but the ref counts. Dunne lets off, runs, but Woods sends him out!

Dunne staggers up, Woods runs and WRECKS him with a dropkick! Dunne ends up on the announce desk, then flounders off it! Woods fires up but Ridge and Sheamus shield Dunne. Kofi backs Woods up, Dunne LEAPS to CLOBBER Woods! Dunne wants to start stuff with Kofi but Sheamus keeps him back, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Dunne has Woods down with a chinbar. Woods fights up, moves around, but Dunne keeps his chin and arm hooked. Dunne wrangles Woods down and cranks on the hold, but Woods still endures. Dunne grabs the far arm, twists it, bends fingers, then bends Woods’ arm back to stomp the ribs! Woods writhes and crawls away but Dunne gets his arm. Dunne cranks the armlock, grinds the shoulder, but Woods fights up. Fans rally, Woods throws forearms, but Dunne holds onto the wrist! Woods breaks free to CHOP and ROCK and CHOP again! Woods keeps on Dunne over and over on the ropes!

The ref counts, Dunne whips but Woods ducks and dodges to slide and ROLLING ELBOW! Fans fire up, Dunne ducks a kick but not the leg sweep! SENTON! Fans fire up with Woods and he fireman’s carries. Dunne pulls an ear to get free! Dunne SLAPS Woods, Woods goes to a corner and Dunne runs in to GAMANGIRI! Dunne brings Woods out, X-PLEX! Cover, TWO! Woods survives and Sheamus can’t believe it! Sheamus and Ridge coach Dunne and Dunne follows Woods to ropes. Woods goes to the apron but Dunne kicks away at him through the ropes! The ref counts, Dunne lets off but then drags Woods in through ropes.

Woods breaks free to STEP-IN DDT! Cradle, WOODS WINS AGAIN!

Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall

Butch got lost in the Back Woods again! Sheamus and Ridge want Dunne to keep it calm, but he just starts punching a turnbuckle! The straps are down and Dunne storms off into the crowd, to get a security guard! Dunne TOSSES that guy before leaving the arena! Sheamus and Ridge have no idea what to do about this, will Dunne ever come back?

 

Aliyah talks with Ricochet.

She tells him the match with Jinder Mahal last week was incredible! Jinder’s so big but Ricochet flew around like nobody’s business. So far, he’s beaten Jinder, Sami, and both Los Lotharios! What’s next? This is just the beginning. It is truly an honor to hold this title. Some of the best ever have held the Intercontinental Championship, and that is his plan: to become one of the best ever. Jinder laughs at that. Ricochet, an all-time great? That was a fluke! If Ricochet is a fighting champion, he’ll defend his title again! That’s exactly what Ricochet wants. He’ll take on anybody at any time. Then Shanky wants a shot! Alright, Ricochet’s up for that.

Jinder is a bit surprised, but will Shanky do what not even the Modern Day Maharaja could do? Or will the One and Only become One of the Greats?

 

Ludwig Kaiser stands on stage.

In German, and then in English, he says, “Ladies and gentlemen. What you’re about to witness is dignified domination, executed by unprecedented precision. A diabolical athlete who will stop at nothing to uphold the integrity and honor of this great sport. DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTAAA!” That is to say, Gunther is here! Who will he grind into the mat to make sure that the mat is sacred?

GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS ???

SmackDown returns and Gunther’s opponent is Teddy Goodz. The bell rings, Gunther and Goodz stare down. They tie up, Gunther wrenches, wristlocks, knuckle locks, and straight arm levers for a SLAM! Fans chant “WAL~TER!” as Goodz endures the wristlock. Gunther cranks the wrist, Goodz kips up but his dropkick whiffs as Gunther moves. Gunther then BOOTS Goodz down! Kaiser enjoys it like a symphony as Gunther EuroUppers Goodz to a corner. Gunther puts Goodz up top to CHOP, then climbs up to STAND on Goodz! The ref counts, Gunther lets off and Goodz flops to the apron. Gunther suplexes Goodz up and into the ring!

Gunther circles like a shark, then CHOPS Goodz off his feet. Kaiser applauds as Gunther stomps Goodz all around. And then CHOPS him down again! Gunther then drags Goodz up, scoops and SLAMS him, and then CHOPS him on the back! SLEEPER HOLD!! Goodz flails, but Gunther turns him around for a POWERBOMB! High stack, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

That did not feel good for Goodz, but Imperium’s leader continues to conquer. How long until Der Ring General is seen worthy of challenging for a championship?

 

RKBRO talks backstage.

Matt Riddle says last week was so awesome with that sick pop-up RKO on Jimmy. He is getting that same feeling because he’ll hit Jey with something even sicker. Riddle always loves visiting SmackDown, too, because he gets to see his best buds from the blue brand. Speak of the devil, it’s Drew McIntyre! Oh, wait, okay, Riddle knows things were a little “weird” in the past between Drew and Randy, but Riddle has an idea for a fresh start. RKBRO are gonna be lumberjacks in Drew’s match with Sami! And don’t worry, Randy, you don’t have to wear flannel. Right, Drew?

Drew says he saw last week. As far as he’s concerned, anyone who stands up to the Bloodline’s BS is good in his book. Orton looks at Riddle and Riddle nods. Orton says he and Drew are good. Then Orton heads off and Riddle says they’ll see him out there. But wait, Sami is lurking. Is the Master Strategist thinking he can take advantage of this?

 

Xia Li speaks.

She was the Protector. But no one is worthy of protection! Now, she protects only herself.

 

Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso!

The Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions are set for a collision course at Backlash, so the name of the game is momentum! But will the Stallion add Jey’s name to the list of Usos he’s beaten? Or will the Right Hand Man make Roman Reigns proud by getting one on Riddle?

SmackDown returns and the Usos make their entrance. Roman and Heyman are watching from the private suite, so the pressure is on. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks and slams Jey, then wraps on a sleeper! Jey scrambles to the ropebreak and Riddle lets off quickly. Riddle and Jey reset, they tie up, and Jey headlocks. Riddle throws body shots, powers out of the hold, but Jey runs him over! Things speed up, Riddle leaps to get the SLEEPER! Jey manages to throw Riddle away, then he ROCKS Riddle with an uppercut! Jey rains down rights against the ropes but lets off as the ref counts.

Jey paces, then brings Riddle up to whip corner to corner. Riddle goes up and over to ROUNDHOUSE Jey down! Even Jimmy felt that one. Riddle gut wrench suplexes Jey away, then has Jey on ropes. Riddle fires forearms, fans rally behind him, but Jey reverses the whip to CLOBBER Riddle with an elbow! Riddle sputters but Jey stomps him down. Riddle gets to ropes, Jey throws more forearms. Jey CHOPS Riddle against ropes, then CHOPS again. Jey whips Riddle to ropes, but Riddle kicks back! Jey falls, Riddle runs but Jey dodges the Penalty Kick! Jey bails out but Riddle builds speed and DIVES into a haymaker!

Jey drags Riddle out, then whips him into steel steps! Orton paces while Riddle writhes, but Jey drags him back up to copy Orton’s ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! Riddle writhes more while the Usos taunt him, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Jey has Riddle in a chinlock. Riddle endures and fights his way up, throws body shots, but then blocks a kick only for Jey to DRAGON WHIP! Jey hushes the crowd as he and Jimmy raise their fingers, #WeTheOnes. Jey then watches Riddle crawl around, brings him up, and ROCKS Riddle with a forearm! Riddle ROCKS Jey back! Jey ROCKS Riddle again, but Riddle ROCKS Jey back again. Riddle eggs Jey on so Jey ROCKS him again. Riddle ROCKS Jey, so Jey uppercuts! Riddle CHOPS, Jey uppercuts again! Riddle fires off forearms and Albany fires up! Jey shoves Riddle but Riddle BOOTS him!

Riddle spins Jey around, PELE! Jey goes to a corner, Riddle runs in to forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm! Then a BROSPLODER! Orton and the fans fire up and Riddle runs, PEN- NO! Jey ducks that, dodges the standing moonsault, and even avoids the Broton! Riddle crashes down, Roman is watching and seems a little upset Jey isn’t capitalizing. Jey gets up, fans rally and duel, and Orton coaches Riddle. Jey snarls, waistlocks Riddle, back suplex, but Riddle land son his feet! Ripcord and FINAL FLASH KNEE! Riddle drags Jey to a drop zone, he goes up, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!!

Jey survives and Riddle is shocked but Jimmy fires up! Riddle drags Jey up and fireman’s carries, but Jey slips off to roll-up! TWO, Riddle sends Jey out and through ropes! Riddle still wants to shout out Orton, DRAPING DDT! Fans are fired up again, but Jimmy gets on the apron! Riddle rushes over but Jimmy gets away. Jimmy is taunting Riddle but Orton gets behind him, ANNOUNCE DESK BACK SUPLEX! Jimmy is writhing, Riddle aims at Jey! Riddle hears the voices, Jey staggers up, RK- NO! Push and pop-up, into a waistlock! POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle barely survives and Albany is fired up!

Jey and Riddle crawl to opposite ends, fans are dueling again, and Orton fires everyone up. Jey says Riddle ain’t getting this one! “UCE!” “OH!” and Jey runs in, into a BUSAIKU KNEE! But Jey rebounds to SUPERKICK! Jey climbs, Roman actually looks excited, USO SPLASH onto knees!! Cover, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

And Roman’s excitement becomes disbelief! The Usos have lost back-to-back to the Stallion! Will this momentum help RKBRO blaze right through Jimmy & Jey and become undisputed tag team champions?

 

Sasha Banks & Naomi are here!

The Boss & Glow are still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and now Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley aren’t even a team anymore! What will the champs have to say about their next chapter? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Kayla Braxton interviews Sasha & Naomi in the ring. It was two months ago that Naomi called the shot and that we would see new tag team champions. At WrestleMania 38, Naomi & Sasha won and have been unstoppable. Has this reign been everything they hoped? Oh, they are just getting started! Fans cheer, “You Deserve It!” Naomi says she called her shot because she knew what she and Sasha could do with the opportunity. They backed it up, they’re dominating the tag division, and glowing while they’re doing it. Sasha says that is right. They are trailblazers, history makers, and more than just a team. They are a sisterhood. UNITY~!

Naomi has had Sasha’s back since day one and she will always have Naomi’s. Just look at their style! They flow together so well in and out of the ring, that is why the Boss & Glow have no competition! Oh, yes. They sent Mella packing on her honeymoon, caused Rhea & Liv to self-destruct, and it doesn’t matter who is coming next. But wait, here comes Natalya & Shayna Baszler! Natty says sorry to bring this up, but Sasha forgot the two women that weren’t beat at Mania. Oh, right, they were there. But they were stuck watching Sasha & Naomi win. Natty sarcastically says Sasha is adorable, but talking about history makers, Natty is a THREE-TIME Guinness World Record Holder!

For what? Posting the worst dances or loving cats? Shayna keeps Natty back, and says it’s good to see the champs having fun now. Because Spades & Hart are going to stretch and snap every bone in their bodies, limb by limb, then take the titles. Then the fun is over. What we’re looking at are the NEXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Shayna then shoves Sasha down! Naomi has to keep Sasha back now, and the champs show off the belts. Try and take ’em! Shayna’s called her shot for her team, will they hit it out of the park just like Naomi & Sasha did?

 

Mad Cap Moss gets in some stretches.

But Happy Corbin walks over to ruin the mood. Corbin was “happy” to see Moss get his win last week. Really, congrats. Obviously, Corbin’s mentoring paid off. But look. It’s time. Moss made his point. They both said some harsh things, so Corbin will be the bigger man. He is willing to forgive Moss. So, will Moss come back? Moss says they did share some good laughs. But Moss going back to being Corbin’s sidekick? There’s as much chance of that happening as Corbin has of growing back a full head of hair. That ship sailed! Moss laughs it up, and then gets “serious” as Corbin stares at him. Corbin leaves and Moss keeps laughing, will Moss prove he never needed Corbin?

 

SmackDown looks closer at Raquel Rodriguez.

“No one can compare to Raquel.” Big Mami Cool conquered NXT, she is the brick wall no one can get through. Former NXT Women’s Champion, former TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion, she has never ducked or dodged a fight, and she will knock everyone down. Ricky Desperado finally has a match on SmackDown next week!

 

Mad Cap Moss VS Angel Garza w/ Humberto Carrillo!

Speaking of not needing Corbin’s help, Moss did just fine on his own against uno Lothario. Will Moss do even better against the other? Or will the cousins craft a way to turn the joke back on Moss?

SmackDown returns, the Lethal Lovers make their entrance, and that of course means they bring out the kiss cam. As always, there’s a lovely lady up front that they find and they kiss her on both cheeks. Moss still dares them to try his cheeks, but they pass. The bell rings and Moss ties up with Garza. Moss puts Garza in a corner, lets off, and Garza sucker punches him! Moss stays up and laughs that off. They tie up, Moss ROCKS Garza! And then waistlock SLAMS him! Garza goes for a leg, Moss CLUBS away on him! Moss knees Garza low, then blows him a kiss. Garza blocks that, but Moss ducks the clothesline, hurdles, ducks and CLOBBERS Garza!

Fans fire up and Moss blows that kiss now. Carrillo distracts, Moss swipes at him, and Garza runs in! Moss TOSSES Garza out onto Carrillo! Moss says kiss this, then he puts Garza in. Carrillo anchors a leg! Garza basement dropkicks Moss! Garza fires off on Moss, puts him on the ropes, and then Garza CHOPS! Garza whips, Moss holds ropes, so Garza CHOPS again. Garza whips, Moss reverses and he catches Garza’s crossbody for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Moss fires off haymakers in the corner, stomps and punches, but whips corner to corner at 4. Moss RAMS into Garza, clotheslines Carrillo out of the ring, then Moss CLOBBERS Garza!

Fans fire up with Moss and he gives thumbs up. Moss reels Garza in, turns him, PUNCHLINE! Cover, Moss wins!

Winner: Mad Cap Moss, by pinfall

Moss is all fired up for another big win! He’s swept Los Lotharios, will he continue to clean up and- Corbin attacks! Happy isn’t so happy as he punches and stomps Moss in a corner! Corbin is angry with the fans booing him, but then he reels Moss in for END OF DAYS! And then Corbin goes out to look at the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy. Corbin STEALS the trophy! Corbin’s name is technically on it, but will Moss have to fight Corbin to get back what’s rightfully his?

 

Sami Zayn is in a good mood backstage.

He goes to Roman Reigns’ room? Sami thinks of how to introduce himself. Is he going to talk with the Tribal Chief? We’ll have to wait and see, after the break.

SmackDown returns, and Roman is talking with the Usos. Jey says he was gonna get Riddle, he swears. Jey promises it won’t happen again. Heyman walks over to say they have a guest who wants to see Roman. It’s Sami… Roman looks over and Sami walks in. How’re they doing? First and foremost, Sami acknowledges Roman. He’s a big fan. All the smashing and punching, it is great. There is no dispute, Roman is Head of the Table. Sometimes people forget that on top of Master Strategist, Sami is a locker room leader. Roman doesn’t have to worry about that stuff since he has his own locker room, but Sami hears and sees everything that’s going on.

Sami just wants to give Roman an example. Earlier, he saw McIntyre getting real chummy with RKBRO, the very team the Usos have that tag title unification match with. So now, RKBRO is going to be part of the lumberjacks during Sami’s match and uh, that’s really unbelievable. Sami would never snitch, he’s not a rat, but he also heard them say some very disrespectful things about the entire Bloodline. Sami kneels as he says this just brings him to a proposal. Sami’s name and reputation has taken hit after hit, and now it’s even worse because people think he is afraid of McIntyre! He’s not, by the way.

But what he needs right now, more than anything, is to beat McIntyre and regain that respect he is owed. Sami needs to win. So if you can guess what he’s getting at, if there was some way that he could maybe get some help out there, Sami would be more than happy to help the Bloodline in return. Trust Sami when he says he can be a very, very valuable ally. Sami acknowledges Roman, so Roman needs to recognize him out of that acknowledgement. Roman doesn’t respond, he just stares at Sami. Good talk. Sami’s gotta go get ready.

Sami leaves, and Roman is believing him when he talks about people running their mouths. “Take my name out their mouths. Understand?” Is that Roman saying the Usos are to join that Lumberjack Match in Sami’s corner?

 

Lacey Evans shares more of her life story.

“Growing up, if we weren’t living in tents, we were in trailers with holes in the floor, or small houses covered in mold. And the more money my dad did bring in, uh, the more drugs and anger came with it.” Lacey grew up in her most important years of her life without a mom. She wasn’t there to teach Lacey how to do hair, make-up, or get ready for prom. Lacey didn’t have mom as a shoulder to cry on, and was left sobbing in a pile of dirty clothes. Lacey does her own make-up before shows because at such a young age, she learned that if you want something done right, you do it yourself. Lacey taught herself what beauty and confidence were.

By the time she was 15 years old, Lacey competed in wrestling. Undefeated at #1 in the entire state of Florida, ninth in the nation. With the lack of support from home, it was up to Lacey to push herself to succeed. When you don’t have anyone to rely on and nothing to lose, you realize how unstoppable and strong you can be. But even with all that work, just imagine walking two miles, in the rain, all the way home, soaked to the bone and tired from juggling both job and school and wrestling and doing the best you can, only to find your father high and passed out on the couch, burning cigarette falling out of his mouth.

“It makes you hungry for something better out of life.” And Lacey learned how unbreakable she was, and how sorry she feels for those who have never been scared to death. What she’s been through has created the woman she is today. Motivated, ready for anything, careful, confident, mother, wife, sister, daughter, United States Marine, and WWE Superstar. “I am no better than the other superstars. But they damn sure ain’t better than me.”

 

Lumberjacks head to the ring!

Mansoor, the Viking Raiders, Shinsuke Nakamura, the New Day, RKBRO, Jinder, Shanky, Ridge and Sheamus all head down, all ready to surround that ring. Will they be able to keep Sami from running off? Or will Sami find a way to use them against McIntyre?

Lumberjack Match: Sami Zayn VS Drew McIntyre!

SmackDown returns and McIntyre makes his entrance first. Then Sami makes his entrance, and then so do the Usos! Sami is happy to see that, but RKBRO isn’t. The bell rings, Sami bails out, but to the wrong side. The New Day and Nakamura force Sami to get back in the ring. Sami circles around McIntyre, bails out again, but can’t get past the lumberjacks! The New Day and Nakamura pick Sami up to throw him in the ring! McIntyre then grabs Sami to TOSS him to a corner! McIntyre fires haymakers and CHOPS, and he follows Sami to another corner for another CHOP! Sami flops down but McIntyre stands him up.

McIntyre whips, Sami holds ropes, then he dumps McIntyre out! McIntyre gets up and is face-to-face with Sheamus. These two have history, but Ridge CLUBS McIntyre! Sheamus adds on, then RAMS McIntyre into steps! Sheamus puts McIntyre in, the Viking Raiders storm over but the Usos stand in their way. Ridge stares down Nakamura, Mansoor and the New Day, but it’s a standoff in and out of the ring while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sami stands on McIntyre’s back to choke him on the ropes. The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and he taunts the lumberjacks on Drew’s side. Sami scrapes McIntyre out of the ring, Sheamus and Ridge are right there to CLUB away on McIntyre again! Then they put McIntyre back in while taunting the others. Sami brings McIntyre up, McIntyre GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Everyone’s feeling that one while McIntyre and Sami are down. Fans rally, McIntyre glare at Sheamus, Ridge and the Usos, but he gets Sami for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then ANOTHER! Sami swings but into a NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up with McIntyre’s kip up! Sami sits up in a daze and drags himself to a corner. McIntyre wants the countdown, but Sami drops out of the ring! RKBRO is there, but the Usos SUPERKICK Orton! Then they mug Riddle, and POST him! The Usos did their job, they leave ringside. Then Sheamus and Ridge brawl with the New Day! Nakamura and Mansoor help on New Day’s behalf, then the Viking Raiders! Sami uses this as a chance to escape! But McIntyre catches him at the barriers! McIntyre ROCKS Sami, fireman’s carries him back to the ring and shoves him in. But Jinder attacks McIntyre!

Shanky and Sheamus also go after McIntyre, but Mansoor and Nakamura rush over! The lumberjacks brawl again while Jinder puts McIntyre in the ring for Sami. The Viking Raiders help out again, as do the New Day. McIntyre gets up but Sami bails out. Sami can’t get past the cluster, so McIntyre FLIES onto everyone!! Fans are fired up, and Sami has reappeared on the far side! Sami realizes he has a chance! Sami runs away!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by forfeit

McIntyre snarls, but Adam Pearce comes out here! “Sami, Sami, Sami. Never in all my years would I think it possible for someone to actually run from a Lumberjack match. But then again, I should’ve known it’s you.” Pearce tells Sami that next week, there will be NO running, it will be Sami VS McIntyre in a STEEL CAGE! Fans like the sound of that! Sami is furious, but then Jinder goes after McIntyre! Jinder stomps away, drags McIntyre up and Shanky adds on! They stomp and stomp, then haul Jinder up. McIntyre fights off the Kallas! GLASGOW KISS for Jinder! Then one for Shanky! McIntyre gives us the countdown, THREE! TWO! ONE! CLAYMORE for Jinder!

Sami sees all this and is shocked! Will Sami finally face the wrath of the Scottish Warrior and #KneeltotheSteel?


My Thoughts:

A good episode of SmackDown, but only barely. We got a decent opening segment out of that contract signing. Ronda still doesn’t do that well and Charlotte just came off as annoying with her always having to say she won at WrestleMania. The good stuff was the brawl, and kendo sticks always seem to be part of this feud. I don’t think this really adds much of anything, though, other than Gulak just gets turned into the punching bag. But hey, look! WWE remembered Xia Li! But her promo was really sad. She basically told us she’s turning Heel because WWE dropped the gaddam ball on her story with Natalya and they have just nothing else to do with her.

WWE also remembered Aliyah, and they really only used her to help establish Ricochet VS Shanky for a title match. Can WWE also remember they have Shotzi and make her Face again, tank and all? Why not make Shotzi and Xia Li a team of protectors so WWE has more RawDown teams? I mean, I knew Shayna & Natty were next up for Sasha & Naomi, but you gotta have more teams to follow after that. We got a decent promo showdown out of Shayna, Natty, Sasha and Naomi, and we’ll get a very good match out of them, but WWE is just sucking at this whole thing. At least Raquel got a good vignette to hype up her first match. She’ll probably dominate a local indie talent.

Speaking of which, Gunther/Walter did that again. It’s fine that he did, but something about it already feels tired. If Shanky fails to beat Ricochet, can Gunther just step up to him next? Ricochet VS Gunther can be an amazing match for the Intercontinental Championship, and we wouldn’t have to feel so bad about Ricochet losing if Gunther gets another belt in WWE. We got a good match out of the Woods VS Dunne rematch, but I’m a little surprised Dunne loses here. Dunne storming off from Sheamus & Ridge was fine, but again this all feels like bad Vince pacing. But perhaps the sooner Dunne gets away from “Butch” the better.

Moss and Corbin had a good promo, foreshadowing what was gonna happen tonight. Moss VS Garza was pretty good, and of course Moss wins. Corbin attacking Moss was expected, but I didn’t think he’d steal the Andre the Giant trophy. That will definitely be the crux of their WM Backlash blow-off, and I would think Moss wins. Good blending of stories with the Bloodline, though. RKBRO and McIntyre have a good promo together, and Sami using this to sucker the Bloodline into what happened tonight was clever. Riddle VS Jey was great stuff, best match of the night, though it wasn’t that hard.

The Bloodline believing Sami was quite the twist. But I suppose a part of Roman’s Tribal Chief persona has been his paranoia and hate of disrespect. Sami used that to his advantage, Usos only went after RKBRO in the Lumberjack match, but how disappointing that Sami ran away again. And how disappointing that it was the point of the story they’re telling. Both lumberjack and cage match stipulations should’ve been used sooner than this, but whatever. That cage match will be good stuff, and unless Pearce adds a No Escape clause, Sami will actually be able to win by running away, which is really stupid. So, I guess they’re going to let that be what happens.

My Score: 8/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.

Ratings:

  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****

 

Results:

Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?

 

Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10


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