Anyone feeling lucky this Friday the 13th?
RKBRO said on Raw that they’re coming back to SmackDown because they want after The Usos and tag title unification! Will the Viper & Stallion make the Bloodline acknowledge them?
- Sami Zayn VS Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton; Riddle wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Raquel Rodriguez; Rousey wins and retains the title.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya; Sasha & Naomi win and retain the titles.
- Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ Sheamus & Ridge Holland; Dunne wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
RKBRO heads to the ring!
Just as they said, The Viper & The Stallion, the Raw Tag Team Champions, return to SmackDown once again! The Tribal Chief may have cancelled the tag title unification match meant for Backlash, but Randy Orton & Matt Riddle are still hungry for that prize! Orton & Riddle get mics as fans chant, “Randy! Randy!” Orton welcomes us to the show, and says they’re very, very, very excited to be here. But they have to also admit, they’re sick and tired of the chase. It is obvious that the Usos don’t have the balls to make a decision for themselves. And it is very obvious to everyone that Roman Reigns is the only one that decides things in the Bloodline.
Riddle gives the Big Dog his props. Riddle thought they had the Six Man Tag in the bag but then Roman hit the Spear and they lost. “My bad, bro.” But Riddle says one of the things he does best is see the patterns. It’s like a sixth or even seventh sense. And one thing Riddle’s noticed is that whenever the Usos can’t handle business, Roman comes in to handle it for them. Orton sees it and they’re sick and tired of it. The fans are tired of it, too, right? The fans cheer in agreement, and Orton says the short ‘n’ sweet of it is that they demand to become Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions of the World!
“So, Big Dog, Tribal Chief, the mountain, moment maker, Roman Reigns, whatever you wanna call yourself. Get your happy ass out to my ring!” Fans fire up but here comes… Sami Zayn? The Master Strategist wears a Bloodline shirt and says, “Boys, c’mon. Do you not understand how things work here on SmackDown? Do you honestly think you can just snap your fingers and get Roman Reigns to come out whenever you summon him? That’s not how it works!” But as the locker room leader, Sami is happy to address this on Roman’s behalf. In fact, Sami speaks for the Bloodline and the SmackDown roster, and even the fans when he says nobody wants to see this tag team title unification match.
Fans boo because Sami is wrong. But Sami says RKBRO doesn’t want this match, because they will lose. Now, look. Sami is just trying to handle this with diplomacy. RKBRO has a good thing going, the fans love it, they’re champions on Raw. Fans chant, “Sami Sucks!” Sami speaks over them and suggests RKBRO just goes back to Raw and never comes back to SmackDown. Orton says he asked for Roman. Is Sami acting as Roman’s errand boy now? Yeah, it’s Samoan Sami! Riddle says Sami is rusty, cuz that’s the color of his hair. “Rusty! Rusty!” Sami says he is NOT Rusty, he is Sami Zayn, the locker room leader.
And look, Sami is not threatening anyone, but he’s just saying, RKBRO should think about how they talk about the Bloodline. The last person who disrespected them was Shinsuke Nakamura. And what happened to him? Last week, Sami took care of it. He did that. Oh, so wait, wait, wait. Sami isn’t an errand boy, he’s actually making some calls. Well, he has no official title but- No no, he’s a shot caller. He basically gets things done and that’s cool to Orton> Well, yeah, it’s kinda cool. Yeah, Sami is a vital part of SmackDown. Yes, Orton gets it! So then, Orton has the perfect solution. Sami is here as a shot caller, a decision maker. So this is perfect. Sami can do this.
Sami can make a match here tonight, Sami VS Riddle, and if Riddle wins, RKBRO gets the tag title unification match! What does he say? C’mon, Sami! Make the call! He could make a lot of people happy. C’mon, Rusty. Sami is kinda stuck, the fans chant “Rusty! Rusty!” and he wants everyone to hold on. But fine, let’s do it! Fans are fired up for that! Sami says, “However…” Sami bails out and says it can’t be tonight. Maybe next week. SmackDown is complicated, you have to run things up the flag pole. Sami can talk to Paul Heyman or- Adam Pearce walks out! Pearce can’t agree with Sami competing on behalf of the Bloodline, we’d all like to see Sami VS Riddle.
Therefore, it is OFFICIAL! Sami VS Riddle is happening, and it’s happening NOW! The elder statesman of SmackDown just put his foot in his mouth again. But will he end up with Riddle’s foot in his face?
Sami Zayn VS Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton!
SmackDown returns and fans rally as Riddle corners Sami. Sami gets to the ropes for defense, Riddle lets off, and fans chant, “Rusty Sucks!” Sami gets around Riddle, headlocks, but Riddle powers out. Sami runs Riddle over, things speed up, and Riddle gets a LEAPING TRIANGLE HOLD! Sami scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Riddle lets go and Sami bails out quickly. Sami sees Orton at ringside and wants him to back off. Orton wasn’t do anything, but Sami still protests. Riddle WRECKS Sami with a dropkick! Riddle gets in, keeps Sami from getting away, but Sami elbows him away! Sami CLUBS Riddle down then rains down fists!
Fans boo and Sami lets off but Riddle gets to ropes. Sami CHOKES Riddle, lets off at 3, then jumps onto Riddle to choke him more! Sami stops at 4, and he tells the fans to respect the locker room leader. Fans boo, Sami CLUBS Riddle with crossface forearms! Riddle sputters but Sami clamps on with a chinlock. Sami traps an arm but Riddle endures. Fans rally, Riddle fights up, and Riddle throws body shots and palm strikes! Riddle adds a BOOT, then a spin for a PELE! Sami flops down and fans fire up! Sami crawls to a corner, Riddle kips up! Riddle runs in to forearm smash! Then side to side for another! Then BROSPLODER!
Fans fire up, Riddle runs but Sami ducks the Penalty Kick and avoids the moonsault! BROTON hits knees! Sami hurries to a corner and aims at Riddle. HELLUVA- BOOT from Riddle! Riddle hops up the corner, but Sami SHOVES him off! Riddle crashes into barriers and Orton checks on him as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sami rains down fists on Riddle. Fans rally for Riddle but Sami drags him to a drop zone. Orton gets the fans fired up more and Sami shakes his head as he climbs. Riddle springs up to get Sami, but Sami fights him with body shots and a forearm! Riddle crashes down, Sami laughs, but then he leaps into a FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and no one can believe it! Sami get sup but Riddle is right on him. Riddle fireman’s carries, but Sami slips off and ducks the roundhouse to BLUE- NO! Riddle fights that off with haymakers! Riddle runs, but into a scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!
Sami is furious and Orton is relieved that Riddle survives. Fans chant, “Rusty Sucks!” to taunt Sami again but he just drags Riddle back up. Sami puts Riddle through ropes and he taunts Orton! DRAPING- NO! Riddle slips off to TOSS Sami out! Riddle then PENALTY KICKS from the apron! And SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BROS! Direct hit and down goes Rusty! Riddle puts Sami in, dodges, and POWERSLAMS! Orton is loving the shout outs from his bro, and Riddle puts Sami through ropes! DRAPING DDT! Mohegan Sun Arena is thunderous as Riddle hears those voices, bro! Sami slowly gets up, but he bails out!
Fans boo as Sami flounders to the desk. Riddle pursues, but Sami POSTS him! Sami then hurries to get Riddle up and TOSS him over barriers into the timekeeper’s area! Sami wants to win this like he did with Nakamura! Orton hears the count, he coaches Riddle up, but we’re at 8 of 10! Riddle is up at 9 and in at 9.9!! Fans fire up and Sami argues with the ref. Sami gets Riddle, Riddle gets Sami! Gut wrench to BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Bro! Riddle just wrecked Rusty, and the Raw Tag Team Champions are rolling! But will they be able to prove themselves worthy of tag title unification with the Usos? Speaking of…
Roman Reigns and the Bloodline watch this backstage.
The Tribal Chief asks the Wise Man why RKBRO is on his show. They smashed RKBRO, they’re done with them. They whooped ’em at Backlash yet they’re still talking trash? And not just about Roman, but about the Usos, too. Saying Jimmy & Jey can’t do anything on their own. They’re the longest reigning tag team champions for a reason! But they’ll do this for the Bloodline, for the family! The whole world will acknowledge their Tribal Chief. Roman promises to give RKBRO an answer. Will it be one Orton & Riddle want to hear?
Backstage, Sami comes across Shinsuke Nakamura.
The King of Strong Style smiles and says, Sami, Roman is the Head of the Table. But you… are the Table’s Ass! Nakamura then leaves and Sami sighs.
Ronda Rousey is here!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet is the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and she’s ready to celebrate after making Charlotte Flair say, “I Quit!” Ronda says Charlotte was a thirteen-time women’s champion. Impressive, but “was” was the keyword because now Ronda has the title! But she has to give it up to Charlotte, she’s one of the toughest competitors ever. Charlotte had to have her arm broken before she said those two words. Ronda would rather die than say those words, but that’s just her. Now, do fans want a fighting champion? Well Ronda wants to be a fighting champion so she is issuing an open challenge for her title right now! Who wants to make history!?
SmackDown Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???
Big Mami Cool is coming to the ring! Raquel’s been NXT Women’s Championship and NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship, can she get another belt already? Ronda gets her game face on and drops her mic. Raquel tells Raquel, “campeona,” she is Rrraquel Rrrodrrriguez, and she accepts! She may be new here, but what better way to get going than be the new champion? And it would be an honor to step into the ring with a legend like Ronda. But tonight, Raquel is the one who makes history! Ronda smirks, clearly looking forward to it. Will Ricky Desperado take Rowdy Ronda Rousey to her limits?
SmackDown returns and the belt is raised on this surprise title match! The bell rings, Ronda and Raquel tie up, Raquel waistlocks and SLAMS Ronda down! Raquel smiles but Ronda gets up. They go again, Ronda waistlocks but Raquel elbows free. Raquel uses both hands to lift Ronda, and TOSSES her to the corner! Ronda JABS back, Raquel swings but Ronda gets under. Raquel KNEES free of the fireman’s carry to LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Raquel keeps on Ronda and lifts her to RAM her into the corner! Raquel digs her shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, then stomps her. Raquel ROCKS Ronda, then scoops for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Ronda flounders but Raquel storms up on her to scoop again, for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Ronda is down, Raquel goes up, VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Raquel keeps cool, brings Ronda up in a gut wrench to a Canadian Rack! Ronda endures being bent on Raquel’s shoulder! Fans rally, Ronda fights free and throws fast hands, Raquel shoves and BOOTS Ronda, then whips her to a corner. Raquel runs in but only gets buckles! Ronda goes for an arm, Raquel fights to stay up! Ronda grinds the arm but Raquel powers up to SIDEWALK SLAM! Raquel shakes out the arm, hurries back to the corner, VADER FLOP as Ronda moves!
Ronda hurries to fireman’s carry but Raquel fights out. Ronda dodges the boot to KNEE Raquel. Ronda elbows from a corner, goes up and reels Raquel in, TORNADO- NO! Raquel blocks the DDT, but Ronda makes it a GUILLOTINE! Raquel powers out to suplex and SLAM Ronda down! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives and Raquel is a bit surprised. Fans rally, Raquel slams Ronda’s arms on the mat then has a top wristlock. Ronda endures, fans rally, and Ronda fights up to throw knees. Ronda fights off the Chingona Bomb with knees, then throws more fast hands! Ronda knees low, but Raquel block the sayanagi throw!
Ronda comes back, JUMP KNEE! ROUNDHOUSE! Ronda fires up and she brings Raquel into the fireman’s carry! But Raquel slips off and torture racks! RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives again but Raquel keeps on her. she drags Ronda up, hooks the leg, CHINGO- NO! Ronda gets the arm! It’s a floating armlock, but Raquel TOSSES Ronda into ropes! Raquel drags Ronda up, but Ronda gets the leg instead! ANKLE LOCK!! Raquel hops on one leg, reaches out, and Raquel turns to kick Ronda away! Ronda comes back, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives again, and Raquel is learning how tough the Baddest Woman really is!
Raquel tries again, but Ronda turns bomb into a RANA! Cover, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Rowdy Ronda is a fighting champion, but she sure got a fight tonight! Big Mami Cool got caught, but Ronda shows her respect. Raquel stands up, and accepts the handshake. Fans cheer the sportsmanship, will Raquel find her way back to this belt in time?
Shotzi Blackheart talks with Adam Pearce backstage.
That shouldn’t have been Raquel! Raquel shoved Shotzi out of the way to steal that opportunity! Well, no one can prove that but… Aliyah then walks in to say Shotzi stuffed her in the locker room and blocked the door! Shotzi says that did not happen, but they start arguing about who is next. Pearce does his best to sort this out, will Shotzi and Aliyah just have to earn an opportunity?
Kayla Braxton is in the ring.
She welcomes us back from break, and welcomes out her guest, the 2022 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner, and the man who beat Happy Corbin at Backlash, MAD CAP MOSS! He gives two big thumbs up to the Andre the Giant trophy, then joins Kayla in the ring. Fans cheer and give two thumbs up in return. Kayla says Moss has been on the roll these last six weeks. He won the battle royal, parted ways with Corbin, and had perhaps the biggest win of his career at Backlash. A recap package shows the Happy Folks Civil War and Moss says that WAS the biggest win of his career!
Moss says Corbin is powerful, physically imposing, and not to mention he can really wear you down… with his terrible personality. If he had just stood six feet away and told another story about his expensive watch, Moss would’ve just tapped out from boredom! It was tough, but Moss persevered. He stifled yawns, looked past the horrible tattoos, and shielded his eyes from the glare off that head and beat the Big Bald Wolf! So where does Moss go from here? Well, his WWE career is just beginning. Moss wants it all! Mixed Tag Team with Sasha Banks, Mad Cap Boss. Climb the ladder and grab the Money in the Bank briefcase! Replace title belts with title suspenders!
But then SMACK! Corbin hits Moss with a chair! And again! And again! This Corbin isn’t Happy, he’s angry! And he again grabs the trophy. But not to steal it? He puts it in the ring, SMACKS Moss with the chair, JAMS him in the back, and then puts the chair around Moss’ head and neck! Corbin lifts the trophy and aims for the chair! HE SMASHES THE CHAIR CLOSED!! Moss writhes and gasps as security and officials rush out! They tell Corbin to go but he was leaving anyway. Corbin smiles as medics bring out a backboard and stretcher. Has Corbin made sure Moss told his last joke?
SmackDown returns as Moss is brought to the back.
But Corbin intercepts him! Corbin asks him, “What do you call the place that tends to you? The MOSS-pital!” Corbin laughs at his own bad joke, but is he going to have the last laugh after all?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya!
The Boss & Glow have been spotless since winning these titles, but they could be in for their toughest test yet. Will the Spades & Hart trump Sasha & Naomi? Or will they #FeeltheGlow on #BossTime?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who shines with the gold in the Mohegan Sun!
Shayna and Naomi start, tie up, and Naomi headlocks. Shayna powers out to wrench and WRING the bad arm! Naomi clutches the shoulder and gets to a corner. Shayna runs in but Naomi elbows her away! Naomi then slides the roundhouse, kangaroo kicks, and tags Sasha. Fans fire up as the champs double wrench and DOUBLE SOLE FOOD! Shayna flops, Sasha covers, TWO! Tag to Natty! Sasha swipes at her but the ref has her back up. Natty kicks and ROCKS Sasha, then bumps her off buckles to stomp away! The ref counts, Natty lets off, but she drags Sasha back up. Natty whips, Sasha reverses and runs in, but Natty puts her on the apron.
Sasha bumps Natty off buckles, goes up and headscissors Natty down! Fans fire up as Sasha hits a BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Sasha drags Natty up but Natty lifts her! Sasha sunset flips, TWO, but Sasha grabs at Natty fast. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Natty rolls Sasha, TWO! BANK STATEMENT! Sasha has the crossface but Shayna coaches Natty to the ropes. Natty crawls all the way over, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Natty gets around Sasha to rebound and sit her down! Shayna tags in before Natty steps on Sasha, but Sasha trips Natty! Sasha goes for the crossface again but Shayna’s the legal one! And Shayna stomps Sasha’s leg!
Naomi protests but the ref keeps her back. Shayna stalks Sasha and CHOP BLOCKS her as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sasha arm-drags Natty off her. Sasha leaps but Natty keeps her from Naomi with a SPINEBUSTER! Natty then DECKS Naomi, and tags Shayna. Shayna hauls Sasha up, Natty runs, HART ATTACK!! Cover, Naomi breaks it in time! Naomi throws Shayna away, Natty gets in but Naomi throws her back out. Fans fire up, but Shayna trips Naomi off the apron! And isolates the arm! But Naomi avoids the stomp! Sasha KNEES Shayna down, tag to Naomi! CROSSBODY from the apron! Naomi rains down fists as fans fire up! Naomi puts Shayna in, runs in, CALF KICK! Naomi DECKS Natty in return, and rallies on Shayna!
RUNNING JAWBREAKER! Naomi kips up, runs in at the corner, but Shayna BOOTS her down! High stack, with feet on ropes! Natty helps, but the ref sees it this time! He reprimands, Shayna lets off and tags Natty. Naomi kicks, Natty blocks, then Natty ducks and the ENZIGURI hits Shayna! Natty rolls Naomi, TWO! Naomi dodges the discus to springboard, FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up as Naomi watches Natty flounder up. Naomi drags her over, tags Sasha, and Sasha hits SWINGING DOUBLE KNEES! Sasha tags Naomi, runs, but Natty breaks free of the full nelson to DISCUS Sasha down! Naomi still tries the BUBBA BOMB!
Naomi uses a body scissor clutch cover, but Shayna PUNTS the bad arm! Shayna drags Naomi up, KIRAFUDA- BACKSTABBER from Sasha! But that sends Naomi into the SHARPSHOOTER! But Naomi makes it a small package! Naomi & Sasha win!!
Winners: Sasha Banks & Naomi, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Spades & Hart busted, they miss out on the gold! Will Sasha & Naomi keep glowing on all brands?
Drew Gulak talks with Ricochet backstage.
Gulak feels like these last few weeks have been a nightmare. Ricochet can relate, but if he’d just given up when times were tough, he wouldn’t be Intercontinental Champion. Ricochet took control of the noise. If Gulak wants to be the best version of himself, the only one who can do that is him. Ricochet’s right. This version of Gulak won’t let Gunther chop him down to size! Next time he sees Gunther, he’ll put him in his place. Alright, then! Ricochet encourages Gulak and he walks down the hall, only to run into Imperium…
What was that about going after the Ring General. Gulak? Gunther RAMS Gulak into a wall, rips his shirt off, and CHOPS him down! Gulak is left sputtering, will the next version of himself know better?
Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS “Butch” Pete Dunne w/ Sheamus & Ridge Holland!
The New Day got quite a surprise when Butch magically appeared from under the ring to cost them the Tables Match last week! Will Kofi get some payback on the Bruiserweight for that here? Or will it just be another Friday for the Fight Night Boys?
SmackDown returns as the Celtic Warrior leads his lads in their entrance. The bell rings and Dunne rushes in, but into a dropkick! Kofi fires off fast hands in a corner but Dunne turns it around< Kofi dodges to fire back on Dunne, then whips corner to corner. Kofi runs in to SPLASH, then he whips back the other way. Dunne CLOBBERS Kofi this time, then he snarls as he drags Kofi from ropes for ground ‘n’ pound! Sheamus & Ridge are fire dup but the fans boo. Dunne gets Kofi’s arm and bends it back, then twists the wrist! Dunne pulls on the fingers, twists the elbow, then stomps the hand!
Dunne scuffs Kofi and Sheamus hopes Pat saw that. Dunne drags Kofi up but Kofi throws body shots! Fans rally but Dunne ROCKS Kofi! Dunne runs in but Kofi TOSSES him out of the ring! Kofi builds speed to slide but Dunne dodges. Sheamus distracts, Dunne grabs Kofi’s hair! Kofi PELES Dunne away! Then Kofi springboards to AX HANDLE! Fans fire up as Dunne bails out and Kofi bounces on the ring to fake him out. Woods plays the trombone, Dunne swipes at him. Woods gets away, Kofi PENALTY KICKS Dunne down! Fans fire up as Woods lifts Kofi and still play the trombone, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Dunne grinds Kofi down with a hammerlock and chinbar combo. Kofi fight sup as fans rally, and Kofi throws body shots to get free! Kofi throws haymakers but Dunne keeps wrist control. Kofi keeps throwing hands, has Dunne on ropes, and fires off more and more! The ref counts, Kofi lets off, and he dodges Dunne to DOUBLE CHOP! And DOUBLE CHOP! And dropkick! Sheamus coaches Dunne up, he dodges the leaping lariat and back elbows! Dunne swings, but into SOS! Cover, TWO! Sheamus and Ridge are relieved as Dunne survives. Kofi drags Dunne up but Dunne pulls on the ears!
The ref counts, Dunne CHOPS Kofi to a corner. Dunne runs in but Kofi slips out to SWING KICK! Dunne staggers back, Kofi springboards in, but into a JUMPING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and the former NXT UK Champion is learning how tough #GrandSlamKofi really is. Fans boo but Sheamus and Ridge rally with “FIGHT! NIGHT! FIGHT! NIGHT!” Dunne runs in, Kofi dodges the boot to mule kick! Dunne ENZIGURIS! Kofi flounders, Dunne aims again, and Dunne runs corner to corner, into a JUMPING DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up and Kofi aims now! Kofi claps it up, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”
Ridge get sup, Kofi ROCKS him and Woods trips Ridge! Sheamus BROGUES Woods, Kofi DECKS Sheamus! Dunne gets Kofi with the BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
And a bitter end, indeed! Ridge and Sheamus want to celebrate with him, but Butch leaves? He goes up the bleachers and into the crowd! Is this how Dunne celebrates now? Will anyone ever understand what’s going on with him?
Sami talks with Heyman backstage.
Sami knows Roman is busy, talking to the Usos and getting them ready to address tag title unification. But Sami just wants Heyman to check if things are okay with the Bloodline after that debacle of Sami maybe overstepping and accepting things on their behalf. Sami just wants Roman to see Sami’s intentions. Sami stood up for SmackDown. No one else! RKBRO came over from Raw, disrespected the Bloodline and the entire locker room, but Sami stood up! And he just wants to be sure that Locker Room Leader and Head of the Table have a synergistic relationship. Sami is simply asking Heyman to give his respects to Roman, and to make sure that Roman isn’t mad.
Heyman tells Sami that the Tribal Chief appreciates him. Heyman then goes into the locker room, without Sami. Sami is very nervous, but does he have nothing to worry about?
The Bloodline heads to the ring!
Roman Reigns’ music plays, because he is accompanying the Usos out here. The belts are raised for the pyro, and then they continue down the ramp. They get in the ring, and of course they raise their belts again for the second round of pyro. Fans are torn between boos and raising fingers but Roman soaks it all in. Heyman hands Roman a mic, and Roman says, “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania… ACKNOWLEDGE ME! Now, we been doing this for a minute. Y’all know the deal. We smash ’em on Sunday, and then we come out the next Friday to tell y’all what’s next.
“Smashed John Cena, came out the next Friday, told y’all what’s next. Smashed Brock Lesnar, came out the next Friday and told y’all what’s next. But you see, this Friday is a little different. Last Sunday, we smashed RKBRO and Drew McIntyre, and Wise Man.” “Yes, My Tribal Chief?” “There ain’t nobody next!” “No there isn’t, My Tribal Chief.” The Bloodline done smashed ’em all! Everyone’s afraid, no one wants to step up to the mountain! “The Tribal Chief is untouchable. But y’see, this is where things get interesting. The Usos, my cousins, my blood, they might have somebody next because there’s a challenge on the table for these boys. And the question is, what’re they gon’ do about it?”
Roman hands the mic to Jimmy, but then RKBRO returns! Roman chuckles as the Raw Tag Team Champions head right into the ring. Orton sees Roman smiling but he didn’t smash John Cena. Cena is TEN TIMES the superstar Roman ever will be. BELIEVE THAT! And Riddle says before going to bed, he likes to turn on the laptop, turn the lights off, set the mood, and reach over into his nightstand- Orton stops Riddle there. Uh, he was going to say he gets his headphones. Okay, Orton had no idea where this was going, so sorry. C’mon, Randy. Get your mind out of the gutter. Riddle watches old matches!
And before going to sleep last night, Riddle rewatched their loss at Backlash. And he was thinking, “We need to make that unification title match happen.” What do the fans think about that? They cheer because they want it! Orton says Jimmy & Jey, both of them combined have one brain, so he’ll say this real slow so they understand: “Riddle and I… want a tag, team, title match. We want that match because we’re going to take your set of titles, and then we’re gonna have both sets of titles! And once we have both sets of titles, then we’re gonna combine both sets of titles, and have one set of titles, and we’re gonna call those titles the UNDISPUTED WWE Tag Team Championships!”
Fans cheer for that as Orton asks, “Do you understand the words coming out of my mouth? I just noticed, I am way taller than you, by the way.” Roman smirks at Orton’s little dig. But what is the answer? Fans rally for RKBRO, and Jimmy says if they want an answer, then they ACCEPT! Fans fire up and Jey says they accept, just not here tonight! Next week on Friday, it’s on, Uce. Then the Usos will be the NEW unified WWE Tag Team Champions. And check this out, RKBRO. There’s gonna be two titles right here on Jimmy, two titles right here on Jey, and two titles on Roman. Roman grins and holds up his belts, but Riddle FINAL FLASH KNEES him in the face!!
Jimmy rushes after RKBRO but the get away! Shots fired on the Bloodline, will they be the ones that lose their belts?
A very good episode of SmackDown to follow up both Backlash and Raw. We got a great opening segment from RKBRO calling out the Usos, but instead getting Sami. Sami’s great at weaseling up to the Bloodline, and I even liked that Pearce didn’t throw the Bloodline into doing something just because of Sami. Sami VS Riddle was still a great match, and of course Riddle wins to get momentum. We got a great closing segment with the Usos actually accepting. And of course, a great way to finish with Riddle’s knee just hitting Roman! I think I laughed out loud at that. Roman is gonna be pissed, and I have a bad feeling he disqualifies the Usos to get revenge, but then we get the true unification match at Hell in a Cell.
I also like that Nakamura got to taunt Sami. It implies we could get a rematch of Sami VS Nakamura at Hell in a Cell or around that time, and Nakamura can win to maybe go back for a top title opportunity. No McIntyre this week was a surprise but the show still flowed without him. Moss getting attacked by Corbin shouldn’t have surprised anyone, but Corbin going that far was definitely a surprise. Corbin should go from Happy to Psycho Corbin or something like that, that was pretty brutal. Moss will be “hurt” until a little closer to Hell in a Cell, or maybe past it so that Moss and Corbin can compete on the road to Money in the Bank, which Moss did mention in his promo.
Gulak getting encouragement from Ricochet was a nice touch to his story, as was getting beat up by Der Ring General. I wonder if this will give us a tag match of Gulak & Ricochet VS Imperium, and through that, Gunther earns himself an Intercontinental Championship match with Ricochet. No former NXT UK Champion has yet to get a RawDown belt and the longest reigning and most dominant NXT UK Champion to date should be the first one to do it. “Butch” might if he gets away from Sheamus & Ridge. Kofi VS Dunne was a great match, and good to know they’re letting Dunne still call his finisher the Bitter End. Dunne ditching Sheamus & Ridge is a good sign to me, maybe he’ll go solo and want the Intercontinental Championship, too.
Great title matches for the Women’s Division tonight. Ronda bringing out the Open Challenge was cool, and it was pretty cool that Raquel Rodriguez not only answered it, but she got to look so strong in this match. I also like the argument promo from Shotzi and Aliyah, with Shotzi claiming Raquel sniped her, and Aliyah saying Shotzi sniped her first. Shotzi VS Aliyah should definitely be a match, both need TV and ring time to get SmackDown’s midcard going. A shame they moved Lacey Evans over to Raw just because of Vince’s whims. Lacey VS Natty would’ve been good with Lacey in the seemingly Face role. Still a dumbass move if they want to make her a Heel after those life story promos.
And we got a pretty good Women’s Tag match from Sasha & Naomi VS Shayna & Natty. I had a feeling Sasha & Naomi would retain, even though there are no other teams on SmackDown and Raw has “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Nikki A.S.H./Cross working on their chemistry. Maybe an NXT team will be called up soon enough because they’ll just have to slap two random choices together again.
My Score: 8.4/10
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!
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
- 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 – *****
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.
Check out what @theraveneffect had to say about @TheMooseNation and @TheSamiCallihan going to war in his creation..The Clockwork Orange House Of Fun Match TOMORROW NIGHT at #AgainstAllOdds!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/VEN90fmA44
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
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!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)
WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!
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?
- Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
- Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
- Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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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