Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/25/22)
It’s Tag Title Tuesday!
Double double, toil and trouble!
Halloween Havoc has come and gone, but there’re still more tricks and treats to be had! Will Pretty Deadly and KC Squared retain their tag titles? Or will we hear “AND NEW~” twice tonight?
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; Kayden & Katana win and retain the title.
- Shotzi Blackheart VS Lash Legend; Shotzi wins.
- Five Minute Time Limit: Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp; No Contest.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the title.
- Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca; Indi wins.
- Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh; JD wins.
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NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark!
KC Squared fought so hard again and again to get to the titles, and now that they have them, they’re ready to fight even harder! And they just might have to against the towering team they’re up against. Will the party keep on going? Or is this the night the music dies?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we start off with gold!
Kayden and Lyons circle, tie up, and Lyons waistlocks to SLAM Kayden! Kayden fights up, slips out and SPANKS Lyons! Lyons smirks, gets an arm, and wrenches to a wristlock. Kayden rolls, but Lyons does a split out of the wrench! Kayden kicks but Lyons avoids it. The two get in each other’s face, Kayden shoves but Lyons RAMS Kayden into a corner! Tag to Stark, she keeps Kayden from Katana and CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Stark clamps on a chinlock to grind Kayden down. Fans rally and duel, Kayden fights up, but Stark wrenches and snapmares. Stark runs but Kayden ducks to KANGAROO KICK!
Kayden wrenches and brings Stark over to tag Katana. The champs double whip, trip and basement dropkick! Slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps on Stark but Stark lifts her up! Katana fights to keep Stark down, but Stark back drops! Katana sunset flips but Stark drags her up! Stark whips, Katana RANAS, but Stark handsprings through! Fans duel with cheers and jeers, but Katana SHOTGUNS! Katana runs in but into a scoop! She slips out but Stark kicks low. Stark whips, Katana goes up and Kayden is there, SILLY STRING RANA! Fans fire up and Stark tags Lyons! Lyons runs Katana right over!
Lyons drags Katana up, whips her to a corner and runs in to DECK her! Cover, TWO! Lyons drags Katana up, gut wrenches and has the Canadian Rack! Katana endures as Lyons thrashes her around. Fans rally up and Katana reaches out. Katana slips off, ducks and tags Kayden! Kayden dodges, trades kicks with Lyons but Lyons hits a takedown to a toehold! Kayden endures, Lyons drags her from ropes, but Kayden kicks her away. Kayden ducks, tags Katana, then taunts Lyons. Katana hops on, Kayden kicks Lyons, victory roll! TWO! SHOTGUN! Katana tags Kayden back in, they both run and SHOTGUN Lyons out of the ring!
Stark rushes in but is sent out! KC Squared set up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES, get caught! DOUBLE SCOOP SLAMS! Fans are torn as NXT goes picture in picture!
Lyons & Stark are fired up, and Lyons puts Kayden in the ring. Lyons drags Kayden up, drags her over, and tags Stark. They mug Kayden, then Stark scoops to SLAM her. Cover, TWO! Kayden hangs tough but Stark clamps on a chinlock. Stark thrashes Kayden around and leans on the hold. Fans rally up, Kayden fights to her feet and backs Stark into a corner. The ref counts, Kayden fights and Stark lets go, only to turn her around and CHOP! Kayden COHPS back! Stark kicks low, CHOPS again, then tags Lyons. The challengers double whip Kayden to ropes to double ELBOW! Cover, TWO!
Lyons keeps on Kayden with another chinlock. Kayden endures, fans rally up, but Lyons wrangles Kayden back down. Kayden keeps fighting and she throws body shots, but Lyons CLUBS her! Lyons shoves Kayden, Kayden gets around and has an IRON OCTOPUS! Lyons stays up as she endures, but she’s fading! GROUND OCTOPUS CRADLE! TWO!! Lyons escapes but Kayden is right back on her. Lyons powers up, but Kayden digs her elbow in as she pulls on the hold. Lyons powers her way out for a moment but Kayden hooks her with a leg again. They continue to struggle, Lyons stomps her way over to her corner, and NXT returns to single picture.
Fans rally and duel, Lyons swings free but Kayden JAWBREAKERS! Tag to Katana and she slingshot KICKS! Then she goes up to CROSSBODY! Lyons catches her for a swinging SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Katana hangs tough now but Lyons grabs at her. Katana reaches out, Lyons reels her in and back suplexes! But Kayden tags in !Katana slips out, slide sunder, Katana CLOBBERS Lyons then DECKS Stark! Kayden rushes in, Stark returns but gets a dropkick! Kayden back body blocks them both! Then she DROPKICK SPLASHES them both! Kayden whips Lyons to ropes but Lyons reverses, but Kayden victory rolls and SUPERKICKS!
Tag to Katana and KC Squared combine! Wheelbarrow back suplex SPLASH! Cover, Stark barrels in to break it! Fans are thunderous for this opening contest! Katana has Lyons but Lyons TOSSES her! Hot tag to Stark! Stark and Katana brawl, Stark shoves Katana away then pops her up! Katana hits off buckles, Stark comes back to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans fire up and Stark is feeling it! Stark hauls Katana up, Z 3- NO, VICTORY ROLL! Cover, TWO!! Katana tags Kayden before the O’Conner Roll! TWO, Stark LARIATS Kayden out of the ring! Stark skins the cat, dodges Katana and rolls her up, STARK & LYONS WIN!!
Winners: Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
But Katana protests! She made a tag! The ref didn’t see it, so another comes in! The officials discuss it as the announcement is made, and then things are changed! “Due to an unseen tag, the head referee has determined that this match will now restart!” Fans are torn on that, but Stark & Lyons fire back up. They just figure they gotta finish strong! The bell rings and he we go again!
The teams brawl, Lyons with Katana and Kayden with Stark! Katana dodges and Lyons POSTS herself! Kayden RAMS into Stark! The ref counts but Kayden tags Katana in, full view of the ref. They haul Stark up top, Kayden BOOTS Lyons down then SUPER CROSSBODIES! But Stark shoves Katana away! Katana jumps right back up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Stark survives and Katana can’t believe it! Fans argue if it was two or three, but Katana tags Kayden in. Kayden storms up, drags Stark up and fireman’s carries. Stark fights free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down, and Stark crawls to her corner! HOT TAG TO LYONS!
Lyons runs and DECKS Katana! She has Kayden alone, SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! LYONS DEN!! Cover, Katana dropkicks it apart! Stark rushes in but Katana RANAS her out! Kayden has Lyons but Lyons BOOTS and scoops! But Kayden fights out to mule kick and SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK again! Tag to Katana, they set Lyons up, HIGHLIGHT REEL!! Cover, KC SQUARED WIN!
Winners: Katana Chance & Kayden Carter, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
The controversy was dealt with and in the end, the champions retain! KC Squared prove the established team reigns supreme! But with how close that came, will Stark & Lyons come back for another try?
Ilja Dragunov speaks.
“My opportunity to fill the void in my soul that has been there for over three months. I was a fraction of a second away, so close, but yet so far. JD McDonagh stole my destiny. JD McDonah enjoys manipulating my reality. When he was in NXT UK, he was a cancer and a threat until I removed him. NOBODY is safe. Not myself, not Bron Breakker nobody, until he is removed again. And tonight, The Czar will eliminate JD McDonagh once and for all!” Will UNBESIEGBAR avenge himself and protect the future of NXT from the Necessary Evil?
An eerie figure walks in the shadows.
“This second coming isn’t about retribution. It’s about justice.” Then whose justice will be served?
Wes Lee heads to the ring!
The Must-See Kid is the NEW North American Champion and the fans are here for it! Wes gets the mic and fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Wes thanks them for that, and says he’s gonna get emotional again. Just hold on now. “I just wanted to come out here to thank you all for Saturday night. Never did I think I would make it to the WWE, let alone be a champion. And for damn sure, not be one on my own.” Fans cheer, and Wes says, “But the faith and the confidence of everyone here in NXT inspired and motivated me, especially when I was lost in the dark.” Fans cheer that, too!
“Winning this title gave me a sense of validation I have been searching for my entire life. That I belong. Like, there is a place for me. That I am loved for who I am and what I stand for, and for that, I am forever, forever grateful, y’all.” Fans cheer and Wes wants them to hold on again. When he was on top of that ladder and they all chanted he deserved it, that is a feeling that is indescribable. All he can say is thanks. “But look, in all honesty, we don’t deserve the love you all share for us all the time.” Fans chant, “Yes You Do!” Wes says to go with that, he will make sure to continue to exceed- Grayson Waller is here?
Waller tells Wes, “Stop sucking up, lad. You don’t deserve a thing and neither do they. I’m glad you had a good Saturday, cuz I didn’t. I Hate Halloween, it is a stupid, made up holiday.” Wes tells Waller he can’t come out here to rain on a parade cuz he lost. Oh, you think he lost? Sure, Apollo Crews rolled Waller into an inanimate object, but Waller won! What did Wes do? He climbed a ladder! Waller climbs a ladder at Home Depot and gets nothing. As far as Waller is concerned, he’s still up 1-0 on Apollo. But wait! R-TRUTH is here?! Truth has the fans say, “What’s up?” Truth is in a Joker costume as he joins Wes and Waller in the ring.
“Orlando, Florida, make some noise! WHAT’S UP!?” Truth says the mask got him a bit ashy, but ladies and gentlemen, ghouls ‘n’ goblins, welcome to HALLOWEEN HAVOC! Uh, Truth… Uh… But Truth says if you’re all ready for the spookiest night of the year- Waller speaks up. “What’re you doing?” Fans boo but Truth says, “Wait a minute, y’all. Dawg, that’s cool, man. You coming with that British accent!” Fans chant “British Accent!” at Waller, and Truth does his best Brit: “Are you excited about Halloween Havoc, mate? Excuse me, gov’nah.” Waller says news flash: He’s AUSTRALIAN! And Halloween Havoc was THREE DAYS AGO!
Fans boo but Truth laughs. He thinks Waller is tricking him. But Wes admits, it did happen. Wes won the title there. OH SNAP! Congrats! And Truth says, “My bad.” Truth asks how Waller did. Fans chant, “HE LOST! HE LOST!” Wes confirms, Waller lost in a casket match. Oh… Truth ain’t mad, Apollo Crews is nice. He is. But Waller was in the casket by himself? No spiders? It must’ve been dark. Truth would’ve been scared. Waller says he wasn’t scared, he just got rolled. Waller rolled one up? YEAAAH~! Truth’s gonna hang out in NXT more. NO! Waller would love nothing more than to beat Truth in his own house!
But Waller’s mind not in it. He’ll give Truth a week. then we can see what the Grayson Waller Effect really is. That is, if Truth can figure out the right day on the calendar. Oh, what good hospitality. On second thought… Waller takes a swing, but gets pinballed by Wes and Truth! Then Truth hits a CALF KICK! Truth TOSSES Waller and says, “I’ll see you next week! Happy Halloween!” But with next week being November 1st, will there be any treats left over? Or only tricks from the 21st Century Success Story?
Malik Blade & Edris Enofe speak backstage.
Malik admits he’s nervous. This is the biggest night of their careers! They can become champions! Edris says he’s nervous, too, but he knows they’ve got more than a shot. Pretty Deadly will bring it, but tonight, it is THEIR night! If Malik had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you’ve ever wanted, would you capture it? Or just let it slip away? Is Enofe seriously spitting Eminem right now? Man, he’s just trying to get Malik ready! They’ve been day one! And that’s all they need! This is the time! They’ll get the titles and SHOCK THE WORLD! Will the
Quincy Elliot is in the ring!
“Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for everybody’s favorite scream queen, SHOTZI~!” And with that, the wild child and TCB Jr. ride on out! Shotzi’s ready to take care o’ bidness, will Lash learn when to not lash out?
Backstage interview with Apollo Crews.
McKenzie asks him after that big win on Saturday, is it safe to say that Waller is in his rearview? Yes, he is Truth’s problem now. But in all seriousness, Waller is annoying but very talented. Apollo knew the moment he shut Waller in the casket and shut Waller’s mouth that he could move on to what his original focus was. That is becoming THE NXT Champion! His first go, he never got to hold that title. Credit to Waller for taking Apollo off course, but now Apollo’s vision is clear! Apollo’s eyes and ears are locked in next week, because he heard… Maybe this is a spoiler, but Bron will return next week, and Apollo will be very interested in what he has to say. Will Apollo’s future be him holding some gold?
Shotzi Blackheart w/ Quincy Elliot VS Lash Legend!
NXT returns and Lash makes her entrance. The bell rings, Shotzi dodges Lash and waistlocks, but Lash knees free. Lash throws more knees, TOSSES Shotzi across the way, then storms up to drag her up. Lash tosses Shotzi up and out to the apron, but then she soaks up the heat. Shotzi blocks Lash’s forearm to KICK her away! Shotzi gets in to dropkick the legs out, then drop toeholds. Lash stays up to stomp Shotzi down! Lash drags Shotzi up, scoops her but Shotzi slips out! Shotzi kicks Lash, BOOTS her from the corner, then goes up to bring her into a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Fans howl as Shotzi lets go and goes back up top.
But Lash BOOTS Shotzi down! Shotzi hits the floor and Quincy check son her. Lash storms out, tells Quincy to back off, but he blows a kiss and drops it like it’s hot. Lash says nuh-uh, but Shotzi fires off hands! Lash and Shotzi scrap, Shotzi puts Lash in and hurries after her. Shotzi brings Lash up but Lash scoops to SLAM her! Lash stalks Shotzi to ropes, drags her around and wraps a leg around ropes! The ref counts, but Lash stomps the leg! Lash kicks Shotzi and she’s in a Tree of Woe situation! Shotzi frees herself but Lash drags her to a cover, TWO! Lash gets the bad leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER!
Fans rally as Shotzi endures and sits up! Shotzi throws down fists, then gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lash doesn’t let go so Shotzi HOTSHOTS her! And BOOTS her! Shotzi goes to a corner, Lash blocks the boot but not the uppercut! Shotzi runs but Lash RAMS her into the corner! Lash puts Shotzi up top but Shotzi CLUBS Lash right down! Shotzi fires forearms, then fisherman’s a leg, NEVER WAKE UP! Cover, Shotzi wins!
Winner: Shotiz Blackheart, by pinfall
The Super Diva celebrates with the real scream queen, and Lash is silenced, for now. Will this win help Shotzi get up towards some kind of title in the Women’s Division?
Five Minute Time Limit: Brutus Creed w/ Julius Creed VS Damon Kemp!
With the big win on Saturday, Julius kept Diamond Mine together, and he kept his brother here on NXT. And now, Brutus looks to get some semblance of revenge for himself as he gets the Golden Gopher for one quick round. Will Kemp even last five minutes given all the damage done at Halloween Havoc?
Before the match, the Creeds have mics. Julius says they need to bear with him. His hands are all jacked up from that Ambulance match. But even Sunday was hard, getting up in all that pain. But it wouldn’t have compared had Julius lost and cost Brutus his career. Kemp learned that short term decisions have long term consequences. Juilus wrote the sentence but Brutus is going to punctuate it. Brutus says he can’t thank Julius enough for what he did. But Brutus will say, “Thank you, brother. Love you.” But now it’s HIS turn! Brutus tells Kemp that he promised them five minutes, so Kemp needs to get his ass out here so Brutus can beat it and finish what Kemp started!
But Kemp is on the tron! “Are you two dummies still angry? Julius, you got lucky. And Brutus, I got good news for ya. Medical spared you from getting pieced up tonight. I’m not medically cleared. But don’t worry, though. I still got five minutes of hell still waiting for ya. See you then.” Fans boo but Brutus tells Kemp that every day he has to wait, the ass whooping will get worse and worse and worse! Because it is Diamond Mine FOREVER! But then VEER & SANGA attack?! They beat down the Creeds, and fans boo! Sanga seems torn as Veer tells him to do it, but Sanga hesitates. so the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT takes Julius out!
Sanga keep son Brutus, and then he follows through with the CHOKE SLAM!! Fans boo but Indus Sher IS back! And well dressed, at that. Ivy Nile storms out and asks them why, but the damage is done. Will these stylish assassins destroy the whole NXT Tag Team Division?
Pretty Deadly talk backstage.
Elton Prince takes a deep breath and says they need to concentrate. Tonight’s gonna be tough. Kit Wilson says “they” are fast. Elton agrees, those two are like cheetahs running full speed on the Serengeti. And they’re confident! That’s also a problem. But look who they’ve beaten. They’ve taken out every other team in NXT. In Kit’s opinion, they’re the two most athletic guys on the roster. Elton says they’re loved by everyone, too! Total sweethearts and fan favorites. Wait, shouldn’t they be talking about Edris & Malik? NAH! HAHAHA! They were talking about themselves because Malik & Edris have NO shot! Those two couldn’t even lace up Pretty Deadly’s fabulous boots!
The champions set to head out, but then SIDE PLATE CHECK~! Okay, now they’re ready. Will that confidence see Kit & Elton through? Or will it get them caught by the bracket busting underdogs?
Toxic Attraction FaceTimes each other.
Jacy Jayne is in the weight room while Gigi Dolin chills by the pool. Gigi calls Mandy Rose and she asks what everyone’s up to. Gigi says ,”What’s up, champ?” Gigi is getting her tan on, that Vitamin D. Where’s Jacy? She was going to meet Gigi but she’s at the gym. Jacy conference calls in and yes, she’s working out. Jacy getting jacked. Well, she tries. She’s getting buff so the zombies don’t get her? Uh, if Jacy remembers right, Gigi was the one that got stuck in a freezer. Well, be grateful they all got out alive and with Mandy’s title. They beat Alba Fyre at her own game, and karma at its finest. And Gigi hopes Jacy is bringing the cheese and wine.
Wow, thanks for the invite, girls. Uh, Mandy, you said you had a photoshoot. Oh right, she does. The champ is in demand, but so is Toxic Attraction. Mandy says next week, they’re celebrating Mandy’s one year anniversary! You better be ready, because as long as they hold the title, there’s Toxic Attraction, and then there’s everyone else. Just how big will the Toxic Goddess exalt herself and her historic accomplishment?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!
Former NXT UK Tag Team Champions, TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions, and the team that unified those titles at World Collide, it is needless to say Kit & Elton have egos as big as the Atlantic Ocean. But the bigger they are, the harder they fall! Will Malik & Edris SHOCK THE WORLD when they dethrone the “tasty” tag team champions? Or will we all be crying over some Spilt Milk?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we have our second tag title match of the night!
The teams sort out, Malik and Kit start, and Malik DROPKICKS Kit right at the bell! Tag to Edris, Malik goes up for a BLOCKBUSTER! Edris is up top, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Elton breaks it in time! A fast start and a close call! Malik throws Elton out, then he tags back in. The challengers double whip, body shot and trip to a BOOT and LARIAT! Kit bails out but fans fire up with the challengers! Malik & Edris hurry out, they CLOBBER Kit and put him in the ring. Kit runs, Malik speeds it up but Elton tags in. Kit anchors Malik for Elton to DECK him! Fans boo but Elton EuroUppers Malik. Elton kicks Malik, whips, and CLOBBERS him!
Elton stalks Malik, he kicks him to the corner, but swings into a back suplex! Kit tags in before the atomic drop, to then hop up! Elton body shots, Kit victory rolls, TWO! Malik sweeps the leg and drops a knee! Fans rally, Malik tags Edris, and Edris goes up. Malik wrenches the arm, Edris drops an ax handle! Kit elbows Edris but Edris kicks back. Kit whips, Edris sunset flips and stacks, TWO! Kit goes to a corner, he kicks a leg out, and then he throws hands! Kit clinches, EuroUppers Edris down, then stands him back up for another EuroUpper! Tag to Elton but Edris lifts! Kit fights free, the tag is clear this time, and Elton leaps, into a body shot!
Edris wrenches Elton, tags Malik, and Malik goes up to drop ax handles! Malik keeps on Elton with a whip but Elton reverses. Elton scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Elton snarls and he drags Malik up. Elton EuroUppers Malik, tags Kit, and fireman’s carries. Malik slips off, Edris tag sin but Pretty Deadly mugs Malik! they double whip, Malik goes up and over, then under, then baits the champs into the CROSSBODY! Edris & Malik DROPKICK Pretty Deadly! Pretty Deadly get up, to get clotheslined out of the ring! Fans fire up for Malik & Edris as NXT goes picture in picture!
Malik & Edris dare someone to come back and Pretty Deadly regroup. They check each other, they’re both fine, and they talk it out. Kit gets in but slides out to taunt Edris. Edris keeps cool and Kit slides in to kick back! Kit CHOPS Edris in a corner, facelocks, and then CHOPS him again! Edris snarls and Kit wants him to calm down. Edris CHOSP and CHOPS and CHOPS back! Edris keeps on Kit, pumps up and CHOPS! Kit flounders, Edris swipes at Elton, but Kit attacks! Elton tags in, leap frog and DDT! Elton fires up and he kicks Edris around. Elton drags Edris up to suplex high and hard! cover, TWO!
Elton looms over Edris, drags him back up and digs a knee in for the chinlock. Edris endures, fans rally, and Edris fights the chinlock. NXT returns to single picture as Edris throws hands! Edris ROCKS Elton over and over, but Elton keeps him from Malik! Elton scoops and SLAMS him! Then he drops a knee, only to miss! Edris gets out, Kit tags in! Kit reels Edris in, but Edris suplexes Kit to the floor! Edris gets in, Elton gets Kit in to tag! Elton gets Edris’s foot, keeps him from Malik, and reels him in for a LARIAT! He sucker punches Malik, too! Fans boo and Malik scowls, but Elton looms over Edris.
Elton drags Edris by his arm while fans rally. Elton taunts Edris, “Shock the world?” Elton stomps away on Edris, then drags him up. Edris JAWBREAKERS! Elton wobbles but tags Kit! Kit throws Edris out but Edris is on the apron! Edris shoulders in, slingshots over, but Kit stays up! Kit flails and reaches, tag to Elton! But Edris avoids the fist! Hot tag to Malik! Malik rallies on Pretty Deadly and fans fire up! Malik ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up with Malik and he runs to LARIAT Elton at the ropes! Malik goes out and up the corner, but Elton runs away! Fans boo, so Malik drops and runs to FLY over the corner!!
Direct hit on both Pretty Deadly and fans lose their minds! Malik puts Elton up, goes up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Elton survives and Malik can’t believe it! Malik dares Elton to get up, but Elton resists. Malik fireman’s carries but Elton slips off. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Elton tags Kit and BOOTS Malik! Pretty Deadly set up, ASSISTED GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Malik is toughing it out and frustrating Pretty Deadly! Kit tells Malik to stay down but the fans rally for their hometown hero! Malik and Kit throw haymakers back and forth, faster and faster! They stand, Malik gets the edge, but Kit spins him to a backslide!
Malik slips off, tag to Edris! BOOT for Kit, CUTTER COMPLETE SHOT COMBO!! Cover, TWO!!! Kit survives, showing why Pretty Deadly are champs at all! Kit KANGAROO KICKS, but Edris staggers to KNEE! He falls on the cover, Malik intercepts Elton! TWO!! Fans argue that should’ve been it, but Malik tags in. Edris fireman’s carries, Malik runs, but Edris’ legs let out! Malik fires off on Kit, eh fireman’s carries. But Elton CLOBBERS Edris! Kit POSTS Malik! Tag to Elton, Pretty Deadly- SUNSET FLIP! But Elton grabs Malik, only for Malik to victory roll! TWO!?!? Elton escapes by the seat of his fashionable tights!
Kit TRIPS Edris on the apron! Elton CLOBBERS Malik in the distraction! Tag to Kit, Pretty Deadly set up, SPILT MILK!!! Cover, Pretty Deadly win!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Dirty or not, that’s why no one has been able to stop Pretty Deadly. Kit & Elton keep their side plates intact, will Malik & Edris have to climb up from the bottom again?
JD McDonagh speaks.
“I nearly didn’t get out of bed on Sunday morning. Because I wasn’t the NXT Champion. But neither was Ilja Dragunov. So it’s not all bad news, right? And Ilja describes me as a cancer. But he’s the one reoccurring for me. Spreading everywhere I go, like a malignant little growth in the back of my mind. I get called a lot of things, but there’s on nickname that I got recently that I rather like: The Necessary Evil. Because there is a necessary evil, a devil inside me, that I can access that others shy away from.” Ilja’s face on Saturday was priceless.
But there’s another expression JD wants tonight: a look of pain because he won’t be leaving this building on his own strength. Ilja will be incapacitated and damaged beyond repair, wishing he’d never heard JD’s name, and that he never came to NXT. Will the Irish Ace unleash that Necessary Evil to end UNBESIEGBAR?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.
McKenzie knows that was a tough loss, but what is she feeling? Stark says she had it. She had the titles in her hands. Everything she busted her ass for was taken away. Kayden & Katana are the luckiest team right now. Lyons apologizes but Stark tells her that’s not her fault. Things happen in the heat of the moment, and that was just frustrating that the ref didn’t see the tags. But it’s okay. Stark & Lyons will get a rematch, and they will get the gold for sure this time. Can Lyons & Stark keep their cool and finish it off for sure next time?
The Schism heads to the ring.
Joe Gacy, Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed and the mysterious little red riding hood go to the ring, all wearing those yellow smiley masks. Gacy takes his off to say, “Pride and arrogance are commonplace in NXT. Take a good look at these luminaries right here, and reflect on the strength that comes from our humble unity. These pioneers, three of many more to come, understand that togetherness is the greatest accomplishment! Our mission statement is clear: remove your mask, and join the Schism, or… be torn down!”
Fans boo as Rip takes off his mask to say, “NXT is a den of selfishness and greed. Envious of others’ good fortunes, superstars and fans alike put themselves before the greater good of our unity. And we hear your comments towards us, but we understand that it is simply a reflection of your own shortcomings. Only by coming together can the system work. Water the roots, and more roots will grow! But allow them to dry out, and so will all hope.”
Jagger adds, “Wrath is a manipulative emotional state. Uncontrolled negativity affects both the personal and the social well-being. To be truly healthy, you must learn to control it correctly. Anger divides and pain brings pain. But love… Love brings love. And The Schism only builds stronger together as a unit.” Gacy says, “There are people in this world who you would think have everything they could ever want, but are empty and depleted on the inside. Rip Fowler, Jagger Reed, learned that the path to ever lasting unity comes from showing their true selves. Now, the time has come for you to take your next step,” Red.
“To sit under the Schism’s tree, you must do the same and reveal your true self. But remember: there is no going back.” Red steps down and unzips the jacket. The hood comes down, and the mask comes off to reveal… THE ROCK’S DAUGHTER, SIMONE ALEXANDRA JOHNSON!! Simone says, “The love and acceptance the Schism has given me defies any preconceived notions of who I’m supposed to be. This family completes me. I am Ava Raine.” The Schism hug it out! Gacy says, “This collective of hearts beats together in harmony. Four roots, one tree.” Love is blind, grass is greener on the other side, and now will Raine help The Schism reign over NXT?
Backstage interview with Sol Ruca.
McKenzie says this is her second match in NXT, and it’s against Indi Hartwell. How is Sol feeling? Nervous and excited, the same way she does when she’s about to drop in on a wave or flying through the air. Indi is badass, but Sol… Indi walks in. “A bit of advice from someone who’s been here for more than one match: Doing tricks to wow the audience is cool, I’ll give you that; but it’s only gonna get you so far in NXT. It’s all about winning. And you’re about to learn that right now.” Will the Surfer Girl learn a thing or two from #IndiWrestling?
NXT shares a call to the Performance Center.
A receptionist gives a standard message, “You have reached the WWE Performance Center. Please leave your name, number, and a brief message after the beep, and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience. Have a great day.” The person says, “Let go of all your pain, washing away your deepest fears. Listen with your eyes, speaking with your ears. Awaken from the pits you call the dark, opening up to my soliloquy is just the start. Watch as I come and leave my mark, as I plan to rip all of NXT apart. Sincerely, SCRYPTS.” What?
Indi Hartwell VS Sol Ruca!
NXT returns as Sol makes her entrance. The bell rings and Indi scoops Sol to SLAM her! And scoop SLAM her! Indi smirks and whips but Sol reverses. Things speed up, Sol leaps but then goes Matrix to dodge! Sol scoops and carries Indi to SLAM her! And scoop SLAM her again! Cover, ONE! Sol is frustrated, but she handsprings in! Indi dodges but Sol elbows her. Solo whips, Indi holds ropes to avoid the dropkick, and Sol stagger sup into a LARIAT! Indi smirks as she drags Sol back up for another LARIAT! And then another LARIAT! Indi stalks Sol to BLINDSIDE FOREARM! Cover, Indi wins!
Winner: Indi Hartwell, by pinfall
Now that was impressive. The veteran shows the new girl on the block what’s what, is this Indi’s chance to finally- Wait! Elektra Lopez POSTS Indi!! Lopez drags Sol up to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Legado may be gone but Lopez is back and she KICKS Sol while she’s down. “La Madrina is BACK!” Will she take over all on her own now that she’s her own boss?
NXT checks on Chase U.
The students talk before class but Professor Andre gets them to take their seats. Wait, where’s Bodhi Hayward? He said he’d be prepared this week. Duke Hudson apologizes for entering late, but he was looking for Bodhi. He couldn’t find him anywhere. Thea Hail has no idea, either, despite being his roommate. Chase says he is a bit disappointed, as Bodhi was going to give a presentation on the holiday traditions of pro-wrestling. Duke hopes his Granny Smith apple makes up for it. Y’know what they say: A bad apple spoils the bunch. Sit down, Duke. Fair enough. Duke takes Bodhi’s seat next to Thea and we move on.
Next week is November, a big month for the WWE with many big events. They’ll cover a lot of material in a short amount of time, so take great notes. Thea’s pen is out of ink so Duke lends her his. But what’s he gonna write with? Duke will just memorize it all. Oh, are Chase’s words not effin’ important enough to write down? Does he speak to enjoy the sound of his own effin’ voice?! Get a pen and take notes! duke accepts that and promises it won’t happen again. Chase appreciates that.
Now, holiday traditions in WWE include Survivor Series, which has had many historic moments. Wait, Duke sneaks someone else’s pen off their desk! That sly snake! Is Duke going to grift his way through this class? Or will someone call him out on it?
The countdown is coming.
Before the year is over, NXT DEADLINE arrives! Will time run out? And for who?
Roxanne Perez speaks.
“I don’t like the person I became at Halloween Havoc. I can’t even believe that that’s me. Two former best friends did everything they can to destroy each other. I’m not sorry for what I did. Cora wasn’t excited about our potential, she was afraid of mine. Through losing a best friend, I found a whole new level of belief in myself. I can stand on my own. Friends are gonna come and go, but no matter who changes around me, I have to stay true to who I am, and why I’m here.” Will the Breakout Star shine as her best self from here on out?
Malik & Edris regroup backstage.
Malik laments that that could’ve been their last chance. Edris agrees, but they then spot ODYSSEY JONES pulling up with a truckload of ladies! He says they were oh so close to winning, but it’s okay. Tonight, they go out and have the time of their lives! Forget about the match, hope up in the truck, have a bit of fun, and they’ll get it all back on track next week. Edris is for it! He hops on, and Malik jumps IN! They ride out into the night, will a bit of cutting loose help them turn things back around?
Ilja Dragunov VS JD McDonagh!
The Czar and the Irish Ace are about to go around one more time, and this could be the nastiest, most violent round yet! Will Dragunov rid himself and NXT of the “cancer” that is The Irish Ace? Or will the Necessary Evil be an inevitability?
NXT returns as JD makes his entrance. Ilja doesn’t wait for the bell, he drags JD into the ring while he’s on the corner! The ref checks, JD is mad, the bell rings and Ilja GERMAN SUPLEXES! JD throws elbows but can’t get away, Ilja GERMAN SUPLEXES again! JD keeps fighting with elbows but Ilja shifts to a GOTCH LIFT SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! JD survives and shakes his jacket off but Ilja is after him. Ilja CHOPS JD in a corner and JD staggers away! JD goes to another corner, Ilja CHOPS again! Ilja bumps JD off buckles, but JD kicks low and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
JD whips, Ilja reverses then runs in to knee JD! Ilja pushes JD to then BOOT him! Fans fire up with Ilja and he drags JD up. Ilja CLUBS JD right back down! JD flounders to ropes but Ilja brings him around. Ilja CLUBS JD, then waistlocks. Fans rally, Ilja drags JD up, but JD throws back elbows. JD HEADBUTTS the bad ribs! JD throws body shots on that target, then he whips Ilja to kitchen sink knee him down! Ilja sits up and seethes, but JD storms up to snap- NO, Ilja blocks the suplex to scoop and SLAM! Fans rally, Ilja stalks JD and drags him up. Ilja CHOPS JD off his feet, but dares him to get back up!
Fans rally, Ilja waistlocks and he drags JD up. JD fights to a switch, shoves, but Ilja Tiger Feints. The ribs cause him to fall, though! Ilja stands, JD has him at the ropes! JD suplexes but Ilja fights it! Ilja suplexes JD! JD fights that to HOTSHOT Ilja! Fans boo while Ilja flounders on the apron. JD BLASTS Ilja and Ilja hits the desk! JD smirks while fans boo and the ref checks Ilja. JD wants after Ilja but the ref tells him to stay back. The ref has to check Ilja but he says a medic needs to step in. Fans boo as the medical team checks Ilja. Ilja sputters and JD says just name him the winner! Ilja clutches his rib but he doesn’t want this to stop, and NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and JD kicks low! JD suplexes, and he hangs Ilja out to dry! But Ilja flips right over and ends up clipping JD! Both men are down, but JD stands up first to snarl and scowl. JD kicks Ilja around, drags him up, and hits an atomic BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Ilja toughs it out but JD throws knee after knee into the back! Cover, TWO! JD clamps on a rear bearhug and he thrashes Ilja around. Fans rally, Ilja endures, and Ilja fights up to his feet to throw elbows on JD! Ilja is free but JD throws a body shot to the bad ribs! JD waistlocks to SLAM Ilja back down. Fans rally again as Ilja endures the bearhug.
Ilja fights with more elbows, and he has JD wobbling. JD throws another body shot, but Ilja fires a forearm! JD trades those forearms, they go back and forth and fans rally. Ilja fires boxing elbows! JD ROCKS Ilja with one, but JD spins to CHOP! And then he CHOPS a leg! And CHOPS JD from behind! Waistlock, but the ribs stop the suplex! JD ROCKS, Ilja PELES! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Ilja nods and stands back up. Ilja roars and aims from a corner! Ilja runs corner to corner to KNE EJD, then he snapmares JD down. Ilja goes up, KING KONG KNEE DROP! Ilja roars again and goes back up as fans fire up!
Ilja aims again, SUPER SENTON onto knees!! JD saves himself at the last second and deals major damage to Ilja! JD crawls over, drags Ilja by a leg, and then he stomps the bad ribs! JD flounders his way up the corner, fans rally up and Ilja stands to CHOP! Ilja climbs, JD CLUBS away on him, but Ilja still rises! Ilja HEADBUTTS again and again and then stands on the very top! Fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! But then Ilja rolls through and FALLING FOREARMS!! But the bad ribs won’t let Ilja cover! “This is Awesome!” all the same as Ilja makes his way back to a corner. Ilja aims and shouts, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!”
JD stands, Ilja runs in, but the ribs hold him back again! JD laughs at Ilja’s pain, but then Ilja scowls. That scares JD! Ilja runs in, TORPEDO- SLEEPER HOLD!! JD catches Ilja and squeezes the air out of him! Ilja is being twisted but his second wind helps him fight! Ilja pries at the hands and arms, but JD thrashes around! Ilja has blood in his mouth but he’s not giving up! The ref checks, Ilja is OUT!! JD WINS!
Winner: JD McDonagh, by referee stoppage
But JD isn’t letting go!! JD is foaming from the mouth as he lets go of Ilja! Cancer or not, JD is dangerous! Ilja is put on a backboard, then on a stretcher. JD grins as he admires the damage he’s done. Will the Irish Ace be more than just the necessary evil as he looks to get one more shot at gold?
A great NXT to follow up Halloween Havoc and set up some more things, but also some rather curious things. One, that whole “SCRYPTS” thing. I suppose a WWE call center promo is a bit out of the box, but it just sounds like a low tech version of Bray Wyatt’s White Rabbit campaign. No idea who this will be or how this character is supposed to work, but I suppose NXT trying something different is commendable in itself. Another thing was giving us Ilja VS JD here so soon. It was a great match and a brutal finish, but I don’t know how JD winning is supposed to serve a purpose to the title scene. we saw Bron beat him 1v1, we should’ve gotten Bron VS Ilja 1v1 just to see how that goes. Now, I know Apollo stated his claim, but WWE sticks to Face VS Heel, so I don’t see Apollo getting his shot yet.
Speaking of, why is Waller getting into the North American Championship stuff with Wes Lee when Waller lost at Halloween Havoc? Granted, Waller is one of the Heels who can do a lot both on the mic and in the ring, and that segment with Truth was hilarious. Classic Truth forgetting what day it is, and so I hope he forgets next week, too, so that he’ll be in costume again for November 1st. But even if he doesn’t forget things, he and Waller can have a fun match that I’m sure Waller wins to establish he wants after the North American title. Waller will be a good win for Wes to establish his reign, and we can get matches with other Heels after.
We got a decent match out of Shotzi and Lash, mostly for Lash and Shotzi just not quite clicking. To my surprise, Xyon Quinn didn’t show up to go after Quincy so there wasn’t anything further set up there. Maybe they start that next week with a month to build towards NXT Deadline. We also got an interesting swerve on Damon Kemp not taking on Brutus, and then having Indus Sher attack the Creeds. Maybe Veer & Sanga are Kemp’s muscle now? That would make for a good Six Man: Roderick Strong & The Creeds VS Kemp & Indus Sher.
Nice little surprise that after Indi squashes Sol, Lopez returns with force. Lopez will probably get at a title this time now that she isn’t just playing sidekick to male superstars like Escobar and Tony D. And Lopez VS Indi can be a great way to send Indi to main so she can finally join Lumis in his story on Raw. And I like that we got more to the vignette for Dijak’s return to NXT. He got to narrate it this time, so nice play off of “retribution,” and who knows who he’ll wreck when he first shows himself. At this point, throw him right at the top title. Bron can face a guy who is bigger than him, and technically struggle, but we’ll more than likely see Bron overcome that challenge, too.
Of course Toxic Attraction sets up Mandy’s celebration, which I hope gets crashed hard. I was hoping it’d be Roxanne Perez, but her promo basically has her double down on being the nice Face when she should be doubling down on a newfound edge. If not Roxie, then maybe Mandy’s next opponent will be another NXT UK star wanting another shot. But at the same time, there’s a chance Mandy would just bury them 1v1, too. The Chase U segment was good, and it’s establishing more of what Duke is up to. He keeps kissing up to Chase and Thea while more than likely he’s the reason Bodhi didn’t make it to class today.
The tag title matches were both great, with the Women’s Tag titles opening without even entrances. I am a bit torn on how that one went, but it was more out-of-the-box thinking to have a controversial finish that gets resolved in the same moment. Stark & Lyons technically won but they don’t, so that rematch they’re having will be like an unofficial tiebreaker to see which team is really the best. I personally still feel like this can be the moment that sends KC Squared to main so they can go for the WWE Women’s Tag titles next.
The men’s tag team title match was great, too, especially with those promos from both sides. Malik & Edris have shown great growth, going from jobbers to stars, but I guess they’ve still got a ways to go. But great return for Odyssey, he could form a trio with those guys and they can feud with The Schism and other factions. And of course, for how odd and bootleg Bray Wyatt The Schism has been, how amazing is it that Simone, daughter of The Rock, is debuting as a major character already? Ava Raine (I had to double check that spelling) already has a good look with the red hair and red contact lens, and maybe, just maybe, The Schism is allowed to be a faction that goes after all the divisions and actually gets something done.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Champions are on a Rampage!
Four championships on one Friday night!
AEW Rampage hosts FOUR (non AEW) championship matches on one night! Will the champions make it through with their titles?
- AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
- NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
- NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura; Willow wins and retains the title.
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico w/ Jose!
Two of these men teamed up just last night on ROH to win a Six Man Tag, but now they are opponents for the top title in AAA Lucha Libre. Meanwhile, La Faccion Ingobernable’s Prince of Silver and Gold is hungry for gold, will he take it away from Vikingo?
The bell rings and the three circle. Fans rally up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” and “LUCHA LIBRE!” Dralistico swings, Vikingo dodges, but then Komander ducks Vikingo’s kick! Dralistico picks Vikingo up, throws him at Komander, but Komander throws Vikingo back. Vikingo wheelbarrows and arm-drags Dralistico but handsprings through. Vikingo dodges Komander now, shoves him to ropes, but Komander springboards! Vikingo gets under the crossbody, Komander tumbles and rolls but Dralistico jumps over, and then Vikingo jumps over Dralistico. Komander jumps over Vikingo, Dralistico jumps over Komander again, and they cycle continues!
Fans fire up for jump after jump, and then the three stand off. Dralistico raises the LFI fist and the three circle. Dralistico shoves the other two to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! They bail out, Dralistico runs to FLY! Dralistico wipes both men out and fans fire up! Dralistico RAMS Komander into steel steps, and then he runs and RAMS Vikingo into railing! Fans cheer, Jose pats Dralistico on the shoulder and Dralistico goes back to BOOT Komander down. Dralistico puts Komander in, aims and springboards, to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Dralistico wants a faster count but the ref says his count was fair.
Dralistico stomps Komander but fans taunt him. Dralistico bails out, tells the fans he’s done with them, but then they boo. Dralistico goes back to the ring, brings Komander up and tells everyone to hush. Dralistico CHOPS and Komander sits right down! Fans cheer as Dralistico says one more time, and he CHOPS, and CHOPS, and whips Komander. Komander reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Dralistico swings, Komander blocks, and then Komander CHOPS! Komander slingshots up but Dralistico trips him! Dralistico ROCKS Komander, puts him in the ropes, and then goes up the corner.
Fans fire up as Dralistico WOE STOMPS Komander to the apron!! Fans fire up but then Vikingo gets in to go up and up and AIRHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Dralistico and the fans are thunderous! Vikingo gets Dralistico and Komander in the ring, and then runs in at the corner. Dralistico stands up into the GAMANGIRI! Vikingo goes up the corner, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans fire up as Vikingo keeps Dralistico in the ring to then go up the ropes, OUTSIDE-IN PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Fans fire up as this continues, they love “LUCHA! LUCHA!”
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Dralistico, Komander adds a knee, and they double whip corner to corner. Vikingo sends Komander in but Dralistico TOSSES him out! Vikingo and Dralistico step up face to face, and Vikingo CHOPS! Dralistico CHOPS! Vikingo CHOPS again! Dralistico drops to a knee, and fans rally up. Vikingo throws forearms but Dralistico gives them back. Dralistico then SOBATS, KNEES, and runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Dralistico survives and Vikingo is a bit surprised. Fans continue to rally as Vikingo sees Komander on the apron. Vikingo storms up to throw forearms on Komander while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Komander down to the floor, then he fires forearms on Dralistico. Vikingo gets the fans fired up as he whips corner to corner. Dralistico reverses, runs in, but Vikingo puts him on the apron. Dralistico bumps Viking off buckles, ROUNDHOUSES him, then springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vikingo is still in this and Jose is upset. Dralistico drags Vikingo up, pushes him to ropes, then goes out to look under the ring. He brings out a TABLE! Jose helps Dralistico set that up at ringside, then Dralistico goes to fetch Vikingo. Komander is there but Dralistico ROCKS him and RAMS him into railing.
Dralistico CHOKES Vikingo against the railing, Rampage returns to single picture, and Dralistico puts Vikingo in the ring. Fans rally up, Dralistico runs to SUPERKICK Komander in the corner! Dralistico tranquilos on the top rope and fans are torn. Dralistico runs side to side again but Komander avoids the boot wash to GAMANGIRI! Komander springboards and double jumps, FLYING RANA!! Not the cleanest but fans fire up. Vikingo returns, Komander goes Matrix to then arm-drag Vikingo around! And dropkick! Fans fire up again as Vikingo brawls with Dralistico on the outside, and Komander climbs the far corner!
Komander tightrope walks to double jump MOONSAULT! “This is Awesome!” as Komander puts Dralistico in the ring. Komander goes up the corner again, tightrope walks again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but Vikingo DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Fans fire up as Dralistico flops out onto the table. Vikingo whips Komander, Komander reverses, but Vikingo goes up and Komander hits buckles! Vikingo then springboards to FLYING POISON-RANA Komander down!! Vikingo puts Komander out on the table with Dralistico, and then runs the ropes! Fans fire up as Vikingo goes up and 630 SENTONS through the senton!!
“This is Awesome!” but Dralistico avoided disaster! Dralistico puts Vikingo in, slashes his throat, POWER- RANA!! Cover, VIKINGO WINS!!
Winner: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)
Dralistico is furious that victory was snatched away from him in an instant! But this is why you cannot underestimate El Hijo del Vikingo! Will his AAA Mega reign continue through the summer?
Backstage interview with Team Triple J.
Lexi Nair is with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, as well as Jeff & Karen Jarrett, “and the talk all week has been that you, Sonjay Dutt, and your group will be suspended.” WHAT?! Fined? Suspended? The only ones who should be facing that is AEW itself! They backed Triple J into a corner and they came out swinging like any real fighters would! Lethal feels that there should be consequences for Aubrey Edwards! She’s been against Triple J since the dawn of time! Something needs to be done about her! Jeff adds that there’s been enough talk these past five days. Should the heat go on the promotion? Should the heat go on Briscoe? On Aubrey?
The reality of the fact is, these five people are walking, talking, fire-breathing heat! But wait, here comes Mark Briscoe! He wants everyone to simmer down. There will be no suspensions, he assures us that. Mark talked with Tony Khan, Tony promised them there would be no suspensions. Because if Triple J is suspended, then they can’t be here. Because if they aren’t here, then they can’t get the ass whooping they deserve! Lethal wants Mark to hold on but Mark tells Lethal to shut up! We ain’t talking about Lethal! We’re talking about Jeff and KAREN! What?! “We?” Who is “we?!” AUBREY EDWARDS!!
Triple J cannot believe this. Aubrey wants Karen? Then there’s nothing but air and opportunity between them. So then Aubrey CHOKES Karen!! Karen and Aubrey start scrapping and Triple J, other refs and security rush in to stop this! When and where will Double J & the one true Karen have to face off with the Sussex County Chicken and one pissed off zebra?
NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti!
Speaking of just last night on ROH, the Frontman of TMDK just defended this belt against Rocky Romero to prove a point to “Samoan Joseph” about who is the better, harder working Television Champion. And here he is again as part of this championship edition of Rampage! Will the ZSJ Show continue on into the summer block? Or will NJPW have some #LightsCameraAction?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Action gets his 15 minutes of fame!
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The two circle, fans rally, feel things out, and ZSJ shoots in to waistlock and full nelson. Then he spins Action to a cravat, but Action pries at the hold. ZSJ facelocks now, Action wrenches out of that but ZSJ rolls and slips away. Fans cheer this opening exchange and the two reset. Action shoots in but ZSJ avoids him. They tie up with knuckle locks, ZSJ bridges back and wrenches around to then wrangle Action with a top wristlock. Fans cheer and ZSJ digs a knee into the shoulder. Action rolls, cartwheels, arm-drags, but fans cheer as ZSJ holds onto the wrist!
ZSJ twists the wrist, bends the fingers, drags Action up and wrenches the arm to wrangle him again. Action keeps his shoulders up, fans rally, and Action kips up to wrench and MONKEY FLIP! But ZSJ still holds onto the wrist! Fans rally, ZSJ bends the fingers and he tortures Action’s arm. Action fights up but ZSJ keeps after the fingers. ZSJ flexes but Action stands. Action spins, flips and arm-drags free! Action then CHOPS ZSJ, then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! ZSJ flounders up, Action DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!
ZSJ is still in this but he goes to a corner. Action runs in, but ZSJ dodges. Action goes up, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! ZSJ bails out, fans fire up and Action builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans are fired up with Action and he brings ZSJ back up. Action puts ZSJ in, slingshots, but ZSJ shoves him! Action lands safe but swings into body scissors, which ZSJ makes into a HANGING TRIANGLE! ZSJ did this to Rocky last night! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4 and he drags Action back in, to WRING the arm out! Fans sing “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~” as he stalks Action. ZSJ sits on the arm, hammerlocks it, and TWISTS!
Action writhes while fans are torn over the savagery. ZSJ gets Action’s leg, steps over to get the arm, and he STOMPS the arm! “OI! TV Tekkers, mates!” ZSJ stalks Action to a corner, brings him up and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! “This is Awesome!” and ZSJ knuckle locks to wrench Action. Action endures as ZSJ twists the wrist more, and then ZSJ KICKS a leg. Action stays up so ZSJ wrenches and twists the wrist. Action throws body shots and CHOPS! ZSJ jumps on to drag Action down to a DISARMER! Action endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Action kicks around, ZSJ pulls on the arm, but Action gets the ROPEBREAK!
ZSJ lets go in frustration but he storms up to drag Action up. ZSJ has a double wristlock but Action endures. Fans rally, ZSJ jumps on to body scissor! Action stays up but ZSJ keeps on that arm. Action throws body shots, then suplexes high and HARD! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Action roars, runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and fans rally up again. Action brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights the torture rack to wrench and PELE the arm! And then he drop toeholds Action so he can STOMP the arm again! Fans are torn while Action clutches the bad shoulder.
ZSJ drags Action up, but Action blocks the Pele to ENZIGURI! Action puts ZSJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. But ZSJ gets the bad arm to twist it! And YANK it! Action throws body shots, forearms, but ZSJ DECKS Action! ZSJ eggs on the fans, the fans cheer, and Action kips up! PELE!! Action runs corner to corner and jumps up to SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Action can’t believe it! Action drags ZSJ up, torture racks, but ZSJ has a SLEEPER! Action sputters, he starts fading! But Action powers up! ZSJ lets go, slips free, but Action drops to victory roll! TWO!!!
ZSJ KICKS Action in the leg! And then KICKS him in the arm! ZSJ is mad now, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Action goes up, POISON-RANA!! ZSJ flops around, Action runs in again, “This is Awesome!” as Action SHOTGUNS ZSJ down! ZSJ is in the drop zone, Action goes up, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives again but Action goes right to the apron. Action springboards, but flies into a TAKEDOWN! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Action flails around, but ZSJ gets the other arm! Modified Rings of Saturn, into JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!! Action verbally quits, ZSJ wins!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World TV Champion)
Action’s 15 minutes of fame were really just over 10 minutes as The Frontman does it again! But now he moves on to defend this title at NJPW Dominion on Sunday against Jeff Cobb in a highly anticipated rematch. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will ZSJ get crushed by the Imperial Unit?
NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura!
The Babe with the Power, too sweet to be sour, is the very-first NJPW Strong Women’s Champion after a powerful run at Resurgence. But will Willow make it through her first defense? Or will the Queen of Joshi take Willow’s throne already?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we witness a historic first defense!
The bell rings and the two RAM each other! Fans rally up as Emi and Willow RAM shoulders again! And again! Emi eggs Willow on so she says okay! Willow runs, RAMS Emi, but Emi roars! Emi runs, Willow follows and runs Emi over! Fans fire up and Willow waves. Willow brings Emi up to snap suplex! Willow runs up to CHOP Emi in the corner, then follows her along the ropes. Willow CHOPS Emi in the other corner and fans rally up. Willow puts Emi in the third corner, CHOPS, CHOPS and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up but Emi avoids the big chop. Emi runs in but Willow goes out to the apron.
Emi stops from hitting buckles, but Willow still counter punches her! Willow then brings Emi up, and fans fire up as they go up the ropes! Emi fights the suplex, tries to suplex Willow, but Willow fights to try again. But Emi rakes the eyes! Emi runs to BODY CHECK Willow off the apron! Emi goes out, signals to media to move, and laughs before she TOSSES Willow at railing! Fans rally as Emi runs in to SPLASH Willow against the railing! The ring count climbs as Emi drags Willow up and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Emi puts Willow in the ring, taunts the fans a bit, soaks up some heat, and then takes her time going up the steel steps. Willow sits up, Emi steps in, but Willow throws body shots! Emi CHOPS Willow, Willow goes to ropes, and Emi CHOPS her again! Willow goes to a corner, Emi soaks up the heat, and she storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Emi swaggers around, storms back up, but Willow CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Willow CHOPS again! Willow falls, Emi hurries to sit her up into a DRAGON SLEEPER! Willow endures, fights around, but Emi cranks the hold!
Fans rally, Willow fights but Emi pushes her to a cover, TWO! Willow is free of the hold, but Emi CHOPS her! And CHOPS her again! Willow eggs Emi on but Emi pokes her in the eye! The ref reprimands but Emi just grins. Emi brings Willow up to HEADBUTT! Willow staggers but she throws body shots. Emi eggs Willow on and SLAPS her! Emi brings Willow around to reel her in and hook the arms. But Willow fights with body shots! Willow fires off but Emi CLUBS her down as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Willow has Emi in a corner. Willow goes corner to corner to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare to then go up. Emi stands, Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Emi survives, maybe even got Willow’s eyes again, but Willow comes back. Willow fireman’s carries but Emi slips fere to the DRAGON SLEEPER! Emi laughs, to TWISTING DDT! Willow staggers to a corner, Emi grins and runs in, BODY CHECK in the corner! Emi goes up top to TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and Emi is frustrated. Emi reels Willow in, hooks the arms, but Willow fights again!
Willow Alabama Lifts but Emi sunset flips! Willow rolls through to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Willow just runs in, only for Emi to sidestep and roll-up! TWO, but Emi steps over. Willow powers out of La Magistrol, and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Willow fires up, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Willow fires up again, swings, but Emi gets around to CHOP LARIAT!! Both women are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks and both women are still in this. Emi drags Willow up, fans rally, but Emi underhooks the arms. BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER!! Emi fires up, she’s not done here!
Fans are thunderous as Emi waits on Willow to rise. Emi then CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Willow shoves her away. Emi CHOP LARIATS, then whips corner to corner. Willow comes back to POUNCE Emi into the corner! Fans fire up as Willow runs to CANNONBALL! And then she drags Emi out to high stack, TWO!! Emi is still in this and fans fire up! But the straps come down and Willow fires up! Fans fire up with her, she reels Emi in to gut wrench, but Emi fights the lift! Emi slips free to SLAP! SLAP! And SLAP! Emi runs, but Willow CLOBBERS her!
Gut wrench, and BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)
Now that’s a first defense for the history books! How much better will Willow make this inaugural reign if this is just the beginning?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
After their encounter with Dralistico and Preston Vance last Wednesday, #JungleHook reunites for a TEXAS TORNADO TAG MATCH! Will Jack Perry & The FTW Champion tear apart La Faccion Ingobernable?
BIG news for ROH!
On Friday, July 21st in Trenton, New Jersey, ROH returns to PPV with Death Before Dishonor! Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 9th!
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, two technical masters go face to face when Lee Moriarty takes on Shibata for the ROH Pure Championship.” Nigel McGuiness says a competitor like Shibata can pick you apart, one body part by another. But Tony Schiavone and Taz say not enough is said about just how talented Moriarty is for such a young wrestler. It looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty!
The Wrestler defended this title just last night on ROH against his student, Alex “The Android” Coughlin. But now he faces #TAIGASTYLE, who has come close to snatching this title for his own not too long ago. Will tonight be Moriarty’s night? Or will Shibata make it through this Pure Wrestling Double Header?
The introductions are made, our judges are BJ Whitmer, Christopher Daniels & Jerry Lynn, and the belt is raised as we see who is truly THE Wrestler!
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on this 60 minute time limit. The two feel things out, Moriarty shoots in but Shibata holds him off with a sprawl. They clinch on the mat, Shibata slips to a waistlock and then a chinlock. Moriarty slips free but Shibata pushes him to a cover, ONE! Shibata wraps Moriarty up with his own arm and then goes for the armbar! Moriarty clasps hands but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Moriarty falls onto the ROPEBREAK, that is his first of three. Shibata even lets Moriarty know it as they reset. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, clinch, and Moriarty tries for a leg.
Shibata powers Moriarty down, gets around to a waistlock, and they stand up. Moriarty pries the hold, fans cheer this technical exchange, but then Moriarty elbows free! Moriarty stomps Shibata into a corner, the ref counts, but Moriarty digs his boot in. Fans boo, but Shibata powers up to back Moriarty down! Shibata throws the foot down but Shibata ROCKS him! Moriarty runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans boo while Moriarty grits his teeth, and then the fans rally up for Shibata as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Moriarty mocks the applause as he stands over Shibata. Moriarty then says they can stop all that, and he grabs a leg to DDT the foot! Moriarty kips up, air guitars, and he ties up Shibata’s legs into a unique crisscross toehold. Then he sits with it for a modified stump puller! Shibata’s shoulders are down, Moriarty is practically stealing Darby Allin’s Last Supper! TWO as Shibata kicks out and Moriarty argues the count. Moriarty drags Shibata around, stomps a leg, then stomps it more and more before another DDT to the foot! Moriarty mocks the clapping from the fans, and then he drags Shibata around for a spinning toehold!
Shibata endures as Moriarty ties up the legs into another cross toehold. Moriarty puts Shibata into an Indian Deathlock, then he knuckle locks Shibata for a cover. TWO as Shibata gets an arm up! Moriarty pushes the arm back down, TWO as Shibata gets the other arm up! Moriarty pushes that arm down, TWO as Shibata gets both arms up! Moriarty CHOPS Shibata, pushes on the legs, then lets Shibata go. Moriarty gets a leg, hooks it, and ties Shibata up in another cross toehold, only for Shibata to trip him! Shibata gets Moriarty’s legs, steps through, but Moriarty fights the figure four! Shibata powers through to sync it in!
Moriarty endures, reaches out, but his shoulders are down. TWO as Moriarty sits up, Shibata keeps on the pressure, and Moriarty falls back onto his shoulders. TWO as he sits up again! Shibata has the extended leg caught in a heel hook behind his back! Moriarty falls back again, shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! Moriarty endures, reaches out, claws at the hold, and he pries it open. Shibata works to keep it on tight, Moriarty is down again, TWO! Moriarty sits up, Shibata thrashes around, and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans rally, Moriarty drags Shibata along as he reaches back, but Shibata drags him from the ropes!
Moriarty scrambles and goes to the opposite side, ROPEBREAK! That’s his second, he has one left, and we’ve only just past six minutes! Shibata stomps Moriarty’s bad leg, has him in a corner, and he fires off forearms! The ref counts, Shibata fires again and again, but lets off at 4. Shibata runs corner to corner but Moriarty follows to KNEE him in the corner! And then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO as Shibata fights out of the “pancake.” Moriarty HAMMERS away on the back of Shibata’s head! Fans rally, Moriarty suplexes, but Shibata blocks! Shibata powers out but Moriarty kicks low!
Moriarty runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally, Shibata stomps his legs into working, and he storms up on Moriarty. Shibata drags Moriarty up to whip him to a corner and BOOT! And he fires off more forearms! The ref counts, Shibata runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up for that Shibata signature and he drags Moriarty up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is still in this but Shibata clamps right on with a chinlock! Moriarty fights to the ROPEBREAK, but that’s his last! Shibata waistlocks. Moriarty switches to roll up, TWO! But Moriarty rolls with to get the BORDER CITY STRETCH!!
Shibata endures, Moriarty pulls him back, but fans rally up. Shibata rolls things to a cover, TWO! Moriarty ROCKS Shibata, winds up, but Shibata ROCKS Moriarty! And then SLEEPER!! Shibata sits Moriarty down, runs, PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
Just past nine minutes and Shibata finishes things off, but wait! Daniel Garcia is here! The Dragonslayer is a former ROH Pure Champion, and he’s walking out right to the ring! Garcia steps in, he swaggers up to Shibata, and it is clear this is what’s next for Shibata. Shibata raises the belt to signal his accepting the challenge, will The Wrestler put down this sports… enner-tay-ner?
A great Rampage here, though I’m surprised this wasn’t just a Battle of the Belts special. Excalibur said it himself on commentary in the main event, but it was great to start off with the epitome of lucha libre and finish on Strong Style technical wrestling. The AAA Mega Championship was a great opener, and was definitely another instance where I’m grateful we can pause things because they were going fast and furious. Or maybe at Flash speeds, since that’s a Warner Brothers movie they could plug. But as I figured going into this, all the champions retained, since none of these were AEW titles (directly, since ROH is a subsidiary of AEW now).
The NJPW World Television Championship continues to be a great title to watch because of the 15 minute time limit speeding things up. Likewise, ZSJ is always a great wrestler to watch, but so hard to write for cuz he has the biggest collection of named signature moves/holds of any wrestler I’ve seen. I had to double check what he was using to make Action tap, because I keep thinking things are Clarky Cat when they’re not Clarky Cat. ZSJ is setting a very high bar for this title, maybe he retains against Cobb at Dominion or maybe he loses, but it’s going to be hard for the second-ever NJPW World TV Champion to match what ZSJ has done.
Great first title defense for Willow and this title, she and Emi put on a great match. I wonder when Willow has her first defense on NJPW Strong, and who she’ll be facing. And we got a great Pure Championship match to finish, and I’m surprised it was so quick, even compared to the NJPW World TV Championship match. But great win for Shibata, I like that Garcia is stepping up, and that’s going to be an awesome match. I don’t know if they’re going to wait until Death Before Dishonor in July for that match, but knowing AEW and ROH, they can find a way to stretch things out. Especially with Garcia also busy being part of JAS and doing JAS things.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Is the Bloodline finished?
SmackDown celebrates The Tribal Chief!
Roman Reigns celebrates 1000 DAYS as WWE Universal Champion, but what does it matter after Jimmy Uso betrayed him at Night of Champions?
- Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly; Theory & Pretty Deadly win.
- The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab; The Good Brothers win.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans; Vega wins and advances to MITB.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford; Knight wins and advances to MITB.
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Paul Heyman speaks.
“Roman Reigns, your Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, stands at the apex of sports entertainment. Nearly three years ago, Your Tribal Chief reclaimed his Universal Championship. And as time passed, Roman’s title reign has surpassed legends, icons, hall of famers. On the Grandest Stage of Them All, the Head of the Table smashed and stacked his competition. Then humbled a Hall of Famer, and sent a 16-time world champion into the Ocean of Obscurity. Every contender, unable to withstand Roman’s sheer dominance and forced to…” ACKNOWLEDGE him.
“Challenger after challenger, crumble at his feet. And at his second Showcase of the Immortals as your reigning champion, Roman Reigns conquered The Beast, unifying the WWE and Universal titles on his 581st day as the champion in WWE. His power persisted. His Bloodline strengthened. His legacy flourished. Greatness on a different level. And on his 945th day, the greatest champion of any era made history by retaining his championship for the third straight WrestleMania. And now, it’s time to acknowledge the longest reign in over 35 years, over 1000 days. Roman. Reigns…!”
Austin Theory is in the ring.
The Now may not have reached even half of what Roman has achieved, but he is the United States Champion. He welcomes us to Austin Theory Live but the fans boo. Theory says they don’t need to have an attitude. Tonight is a very special night. “Tonight is the celebration of your Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns’ historical title reign. But you know what’s even better than that? If you took Roman’s title reign, and you combined it with the greatest United States Champion of all time… wait for it… Austin Theory’s reign, and you’d have… What is that? A total of 1,209 days! That is impressive. And not only that, it is very inspiring.
“It is almost as inspiring as being the guy who beat John Cena at WrestleMania.” Fans boo but Theory says we should face it. Let’s not be idiots! We all know Theory will have his 1000th day celebration for his title, and a 2000th, and maybe even a 3000th. Probably a 4000th. But if they just keep giving him guys like Sheamus, he’ll be the US Champion forever! “Guys, you really can’t boo me because I’m 25 and I’m the greatest to ever do this. And when you’re this great, everybody wants to gravitate towards you, they wanna be a part of it.” That brings Theory to the guys he wants to bring out.
These two guys did what was right! Theory presents none other than Pretty Deadly! Kit Wilson & Elton Prince make their entrance, and their theme song has a new remix, and they join Theory in the ring. They get mics, and Kit tells Theory, “We came here to tell you, that it was a pleasure destroying those ugly gremlins, the Brawling Brutes.” Elton says that unlike Sheamus, Theory is a champion the people deserve. They wanna show Theory their appreciation for such a good champion, in a way that only they can! “YES BOY~!” And they point to him! Feels good, right? But wait, here come the Brawling Brutes!
Fans fire up as Sheamus leads Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne out to the ring, ready for Fight Night! The ref hurries in to keep the peace, but will Theory & Pretty Deadly be leaving in pieces?
Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly!
The trios sort out, Ridge starts against Elton. Elton headlocks, Ridge powers out and he CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up as Ridge UPPERCUTS Elton, then HEADBUTTS him to a corner. Ridge adds a clothesline, then bumps Elton off the buckle, KICKS him in the back and CLOBBERS him again! Ridge drags Elton up, tags in “Butch,” and they coordinate, suplex dropkick combo! Dunne drags Elton up, wrenches, but Elton throws body shots. Elton RAMS Dunne into the corner, tags in Kit, and Kit runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne clutches his jaw while fans boo. Kit drops elbows, rains down hands, then covers, TWO!
Kit sits Dunne into a chinlock. Dunne endures, fans rally for Sheamus, and Dunne fights up. Dunne powers out, drops then hurdles to then drop and CLOBBER Kit! Fans fire up, Dunne stands on Kit’s hands, then STOMPS them! Kit ducks the buzzsaw and scrambles away. Tag to Theory, fans boo, and Theory tells Dunne he wants Sheamus! Fans fire up because they want that, too! Dunne tags Sheamus in and the Mohegan Sun Arena are fired up! These two circle, but then Theory bails out, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Elton has Dunne down with a top wristlock. Fans rally, Dunne endures and he fights up to his feet. But Elton throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Elton grabs at Dunne. Dunne grabs Elton’s fingers! Dunne bends the fingers, Elton screams, but Elton CLUBS Dunne down! Tag to Theory and he runs to BLAST Ridge! Theory taunts Sheamus, stomps Dunne, then brings Dunne up to CLUB him down. Fans rally for Dunne but Theory flexes on him. Theory drags Dunne over, tags in Kit, but Dunne kicks at Theory. Kit stomps Dunne, stands him up and UPPERCUTS him down!
Tag to Elton and Theory CHOKES Dunne behind the ref’s back! Pretty Deadly stomp while the ref is busy with Sheamus. Elton drags Dunne up but Dunne CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Elton ROCKS Dunne, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Dunne goes up, leaps, FLYING DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Dunne and Elton crawl, hot tags to Theory and Sheamus! The Fella rallies on Theory! And clotheslines in the corner! Whip corner to corner for another clothesline! Scoop and POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Sheamus ROCKS Pretty Deadly and has them both on the ropes!
But Theory rolls Sheamus up! TWO!! Sheamus gets Theory with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then an IRISH CURSE for Kit! And then an IRISH CURSE for Elton! Fans fire up and the Brutes return. Everyone fireman’s carries someone, for a TRIPLE WHITE NOISE! Fans are thunderous and Sheamus has Theory all alone! BROGUE!!! Cover, but Pretty Deadly drag Theory out! Sheamus hurries up top!? Ridge BLASTS Pretty Deadly, Sheamus steadies himself, and he FLYING LARIATS Pretty Deadly back down! Dunne goes up, everyone gathers, ASAI MOONSAULT onto Theory & Pretty Deadly!
Fans are thunderous as the Brutes prove they can fly! Sheamus commends Butch for topping things off, and SmackDown goes to break.
Elton stomps Dunne. Elton brings Dunn up but Dunne gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kit runs in but into an ENZIGURI! ENZIGURI for Theory! GAMANGIRI for Kit in a corner! GAMANGIRI for Elton in a corner! Tag to Ridge and SPLASHES Elton! Then Ridge brings Elton up, Dunne joins in, BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Sheamus tags in and goes up for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Elton survives but Sheamus keeps his cool. Sheamus drags Elton up, reels him in, Canadian rack but Elton fights free of the crucifix! Elton BOOTS Sheamus, tags Kit, then gives Kit the boost, CRY MARTINI!
Theory tags in, drags Sheamus up to ROCK him and torture rack him! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Theory is furious and he rains down fists! Fans boo while Theory seethes and looms over Sheamus. Theory talks trash, brings Sheamus up, but Sheamus blocks a body shot to LARIAT point blank! Elton gets in but Ridge gives him an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge but Dunne ENZIGURIS Kit! Dunne runs at Theory but Theory shovels him up and out! Theory somersaults, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Sheamus is too tired to be upset. Both men crawl and fans rally up.
Sheamus and Theory reach out, hot tags to Elton and Ridge! Kit tags in, but The Fridge picks Elton up! Kit saves Elton, but then Ridge picks them both up! DOUBLE back drop! Fans fire up as Ridge kicks Kit to the apron. Sheamus has Theory, and Dunne has Elton! Fans fire up for the TRIPLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! The Brutes all go to 10, though Dunne gets a little extra. Ridge then scoops for NORTHERN GRIT! Cover, but Theory breaks it! Dunne swings on Theory but into A-TOWN DOWN! Sheamus clotheslines Theory out! Sheamus pursues Theory, but Theory POSTS Sheamus!
Kit and Elton coordinate, they pull a sneaky move by hiding Elton under the apron skirt. The matching outfits make Ridge think that’s still Kit! Ridge drags Elton in, and surprise! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge! Kit tags Elton, they get Ridge up for SPILT MILK!! And tag to Theory so he can cover, Theory & Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
The three of them hurry away before Dunne returns, having pulled another fast one. Will Kit & Elton be heading towards the tag titles? Will anyone be able to take the US Championship from Theory?
Paul Heyman is backstage.
The Wise Man is holding onto both the black WWE Championship and blue Universal Championship belts for the Tribal Chief as he walks up to the private suite. Heyman walks inside, is he going to discuss the celebration plans with Roman Reigns during the break?
SmackDown returns, and Heyman’s talking with Solo Sikoa. The magnitude that has never been accomplished before in the WWE. This needs to be special for the Tribal Chief, especially given what happened at Night of Champions. Heyman wants this to be special for Roman Reigns. And he knows Solo feels the same way. Heyman will go talk with Adam Pearce to make sure that Solo’s brothers, The Usos, are nowhere to be found tonight so that this is the night that we acknowledge Roman… Reigns! Heyman smiles and heads out, how does Solo really feel about what Jimmy did to Roman?
The OC talk backstage.
The Good Brothers are worried but Mia Yim says it’s fine, tonight is his birthday. AJ Styles walks in and they say happy birthday! Yes, it IS his birthday! And he apologizes for losing at Night of Champions, he ruined their night. No, no, it is not his fault. But you take the L, keep it moving. The OC has their back. But did anyone else see the “diss” track by Hit Row? Yeah, but Styles would rather see the Good Brothers drop Hit Row. Too Sweet, baby! And that match is happening next! Will Top Dolla & Ashante THEE Adonis think twice before opening their mouths next time?
The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab!
SmackDown returns as Hit Row makes their entrance. The teams sort out, but Adonis ambushes Karl Anderson! Fans boo and the ref counts while Adonis stomps away, but then he lets off at 4. Adonis whips to CLOBBER Anderson, then he taunts Luke Gallows. Anderson goes to a corner, Adonis drags him out and tags Dolla. Hit Row whip Anderson to a corner, then Dolla whips Adonis in to RAM Anderson! Dolla talks trash on The Machine Gun, then reels him in for an ELBOW! Dolla talks more trash, drags Anderson to the ropes, and he CHOPKES him! The ref counts, Dolla lets off and tags Adonis.
Adonis runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Adonis sits on Anderson while smoothing his hair, but lets off as the ref counts. The ref argues with Adonis and B-Fab sucker punches Anderson! Michin storms up and B-Fab backs off. Adonis covers, TWO, but he clamps onto a chinlock. The ref has Michin and B-Fab back off, and fans rally as Anderson fights up. Anderson throws body shots but Adonis CLUBS him! Adonis whips, Anderson reverses, SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Fans rally, Anderson hot tags Gallows! Doc BOOTS Adonis, BOOTS Dolla, then DECKS Adonis!
Gallows ROUNDHOUSES Adonis to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Then he keeps moving, FLYING UPPERCUT on Adonis! Fans fire up as Gallows scoops to AK 47! Tag to Anderson, the Good Brothers get Adonis up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!
Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall
But Dolla BOOTS Anderson! And CLOBBERS Gallows! But Styles springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Fans fire up as the birthday boy gets him some, and The Hit Row? They don’t want none! Will The OC be too sweet all the way to some gold?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
Yes, he is very excited, this is perhaps one of the biggest nights in SmackDown history. He excuses himself and ends the call as he sees Heyman walking in. Pearce tells Heyman right now that the Usos’ travel was canceled, they were told they weren’t needed tonight. And as requested, should The Usos want to show up, security has been doubled. The Usos are NOT getting inside the building. Heyman smiles and puts a call into Roman Reigns. Will nothing go wrong during the 1000 Day Acknowledgment?
BREAKING NEWS for Raw!
Seth Rollins put out the open challenge for his NEW World Heavyweight Championships on social media and it was quickly accepted by Damian Priest! Will the Judgment Day add more gold when the Punisher brings down The Visionary?
SmackDown presents an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The 21st Century Success Story, “The Dynamite from Down Under, the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon,” gets the big introduction once again as he’s already in the ring. And he says, “What a week it has been here in the WWE, and we’re gonna keep it rolling with the most honest talk show in WWE history.” Waller brings us the biggest and the best, and he’s done it again tonight. So please welcome the NEW Raw Women’s Champion, ASUKA~! The fans do like that as the Empress of Tomorrow walks out with the belt on her shoulder. She joins Waller in the ring and at the desk as he welcomes her to the show.
Waller says, “Congratulations, what an incredible performance against Bianca at Night of Champions. In fact, let’s see exactly how you got it done.” Waller and Asuka look to the tron as we all see a Progressive Match Flo recap video of that match. Asuka used blue mist fingers to finish Bianca, and Waller says wow. Asuka laughs and smiles, and in Japanese, she says “I told you saw! I’m the Raw Women’s Champion!” Waller says he could not have put it better himself! But he can’t help but notice the briefcases above the ring. There’s no shortage of people who think they’re ready for Asuka. They’re gonna climb the ladder, win the briefcase to be Miss MITB, and maybe cash in on her?
Waller says Asuka’s gotta keep her head on a swivel. Nevermind that Bianca’s gonna come looking for a rematch. Asuka is amused there. She reenacts how she spat mist on her finger, got Bianca in the eyes and made Bianca cry. Waller is amused, too! He says that was so true. And so smart! He can’t imagine the pain and suffering Bianca went through. Asuka’s even drooling some blue mist right now. Waller looks a bit worried, but also maybe excited. But then IYO SKY shows up! She tells Asuka in Japanese that she’s nothing special for what she did. And Iyo won’t even need MITB to take that title from! But she’s still gonna win it, and then Iyo will be the new champion!
Asuka laughs, and tells Iyo she’s a child, the way she’s storming up in here. Iyo tells Asuka to shut up, dammit! Asuka calls Iyo an idiot, Iyo calls Asuka a scumbag, and they go back and forth like that. Waller has them stop, this is HIS show, he did not approve a second guest! But wait, here comes BAYLEY! The Role Model says Iyo said that after both Iyo and Bayley qualify for the MITB, one of them is winning the MITB briefcase. Though it is every woman for themselves, and Bayley’s won it before, so either way, DMG CTRL will win the title- Wait! Here comes Shotzi!
Fans fire up as the Wild Child says, “Awww, Bayley! There is NOTHING that I would love more than to crush your dreams with the help of some cold, hard steel! Because, if there is anyone made for the pure chaos of the Money in the Bank Ladder match, it’s me!” Wait, here comes Lacey Evans! The Model Soldier is embodying Sergeant Slaughter and she tells Shotzi to shut up and salute her! Fans boo but Lacey says none of these nasty things are taking the briefcase anywhere, it’s coming home with her. But first, she’ll take her Cobra Clutch, wrap it around that “shrimp,” Zelina Vega, and-
Wait! Here comes Zelina! Fans fire up as La Muneca says there is only one problem with everyone’s plans. They are all underestimating Zelina. And y’know who else did that? Rhea Ripley at Backlash. Because Zelina was this close to becoming champion! So “Shrimp?” Keep that energy, Lacey. Because to be honest, even if Lacey got her hair done, her nails done and traded in those “piss soaked boots” for red bottoms, you still wouldn’t be half the woman Zelina is. So please, underestimate her. Everyone do that. Because it will be that much sweeter when she wins. Because that is how she is going to become Miss MITB!
Bayley laughs and says they’re all idiots. Waller says this is the best day of his life. Bayley asks him what kind of show he’s running here, and he’s hoping for more ladies to show up. Asuka slips away to say, “Hey hey hey hey! NO ONE is ready for Asuka!!” But then Bianca storms up to ROCK Asuka with a forearm! They brawl on the stage and fans fire up! Referees rush out to stop that scrap, only for Bianca to break lose and hit Asuka again! The refs and even some producers get in to separate them again, but fans wanna “Let Them Fight!” Will the angriEST Bianca be coming after the Empress?
Cameron Grimes talks with Adam Pearce backstage.
They watch a replay of Baron Corbin ruining Carmelo Hayes’ moment just last Tuesday on NXT, and Grimes said that’s exactly what Corbin did to him last week. Is Corbin even here? No, and with his free agency status, the next time we see him will be next Tuesday on NXT. Grimes says Melo will handle that. But the next time Corbin shows his face on SmackDown, Grimes will handle that. Pearce nods, will the Carolina Caveman crush Baron Corbin?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans!
Since everyone was already at ringside, this match is happening now! And Vega is already clutching her jaw, it seems the Model Soldier got a cheap shot in while everyone was watching Asuka and Bianca. Will Vega still be able to humble Lacey for underestimating her? Or will another Woman’s Right simply take Vega out?
The bell rings and Lacey stomps Vega into the corner! The ref counts, fans boo, but Lacey lets off at 4. Lacey stands on Vega’s hair and salutes, then lets off to SWINGING BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey pushes Vega around, covers, TWO! Lacey sits Vega up, and clamps on the COBRA CLUTCH! And she SWINGS Vega around! Fans rally for Vega but Lacey TOSSES her away! Lacey dusts off her hands, runs in, but Vega goes up and over and rolls Lacey, Schoolgirl Kick! Cover, TWO! Vega whips, Lacey reverses but Vega KICKS her! Only for Lacey to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Lacey dribbles Vega off the mat, then smirks as fans boo.
Lacey salutes but fans boo, and Vega hits low. Lacey BOOTS Vega, drags her from ropes and stands on her for a cocky cover. The ref says it’s on the throat! Lacey steps off to argue with him, and then Lacey clamps onto Vega with a chinlock. Fans rally but Lacey throws knees into Vega’s side! Vega still endures, fans rally up, and Vega kicks from below! Lacey drags Vega up but Vega RAMS her into a corner! And again! Vega smacks Lacey off buckles, headlocks and springboards for a headlock takeover! Lacey runs in but into the tilt-o-whirl and CODE RED!! Cover, VEGA WINS!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
What did she just say about underestimating her? Because there’s the proof! Lacey toyed with Zelina but got played, will Zelina soon be La Muneca en el Banco?
The LWO celebrates backstage.
They are so proud of Vega! Latinos around the world are going to gather in celebration! And next week, when Escobar wins his qualifier and win the MITB contract, oh he can see it now. She can see it, too. Rey Mysterio can see it, too! It is only a matter of time before the entire locker room refers to them as Santos y Zelina, Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank! Will the LWO soon take over London?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford!
The Mega Star told the Street Profits that if they want the smoke, he’ll be the one to burn ’em! Is that not an insult but just a fact of life? Or will #KingTez be the one saying “YEAH!” on the way to London?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Knight wrenches to a hammerlock, and he slaps Ford around. Fans rally for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” The two circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Knight powers out the back to hammerlock, but Ford switches it onto him. Knight switches back, Ford switches again, Knight switches again. They keep going, Knight gest the ROPEBREAK, but Ford slaps him around now. Fans are a bit torn but Knight gets heated. Knight shoves, Ford shoves, repeat! Fans are on Knight’s side as the two tie up again but Ford headlocks. Knight powers out but Ford runs him over!
Ford actually seems to enjoy upsetting the Knight fans, and things speed up. Knight hurdles, but Ford whips him away to keep things moving. Ford hurdles, Knight hurdles, but Ford DROPKICKS! Fans are salty as Ford clotheslines Knight in the corner. And then in another corner! Ford whips Knight into the corner, runs in but Knight puts Ford on the apron. Ford ROCKS Knight back! But Knight BLASTS Ford! Fans cheer Knight while Ford crawls and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and both men collide! Fans rally up while both men are down, and then Knight stands. Knight throws haymakers but Ford gives them back! They go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford gets the edge, whips, but Knight reverses, only for Ford to LARIAT! Ford rallies on Knight, ducks ‘n’ dodges to LARIAT again! Knight gets up, Ford hits a BIG back suplex! Ford kips up, fans fire up, and Ford flexes to MOONSAULT, but Knight moves! Ford lands on his feet, swings but misses, and Knight torture racks! SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Knight stalks Ford and fans duel. Knight stands Ford up but Ford elbows him! Ford runs in but into an elbow! Ford falls over, Knight tries a springboard, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Ford moves! Ford ENZIGURIS Knight, then fires up to clinch and ROCK BOTTOM! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives and Ford is seething. Fans fire up as Ford drags Knight up. Ford whips, Knight KICKS back! Ford doges the lariat, both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! Fans fire up again while the ref checks both men. Knight and Ford crawl to each other, and Knight throws a haymaker. Ford gives it back!
Fans rally as the hands go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford CHOPS, then DECKS Knight! Knight stands at the ropes, Ford runs in but is put back on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS Knight then goes up a corner! But Knight ROCKS Ford first! Knight climbs, Ford throws body shots then shoves Knight away. Knight returns and springs right up! But Ford shoves him back down! Fans fire up as Ford comes in, FROM THE- NO, Knight moves! Knight kicks low, BF- NO, Ford O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Knight O’Conner Rolls with ropes!! Knight wins!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
The Mega Star snatches that one away from Ford, but the fans still love it! Knight then brings a ladder out and sets it up under the briefcases. Knight climbs, says this is what we’ll see, because whose game is it? Will this really be what happens when LA arrives in the UK?
Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn speak.
“Sanguis rubeus luna et exponentia exitio.” That phrase repeats as we travel through a snow covered forest. Translation: “The perfect moon will spell your doom.” The Unholy Union is here, what will they do to the landscape of SmackDown?
SmackDown sets the rest of the qualifiers!
For the Men’s MITB, Baron Corbin returns from NXT to take on “Butch” Pete Dunne, and Mustafa Ali returns from NXT to take on Santos Escobar! And then, as announced during the Grayson Waller Effect, DMG CTRL is in the mix as Bayley takes on Mia Yim and Iyo Sky takes on Shotzi! Will DMG CTRL look to take control of that briefcase one way or another?
Triple H is here!
Fans fire up for The Game as he heads to the ring! It seems even he is here to celebrate Roman Reigns’ 1000+ days as Universal Champion! What will HHH have to add to the occasion? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and HHH is in the ring with a pedestal and a familiar looking cloth. HHH has the mic to say, “On rare occasions, an athlete comes along that is so dominant that they change the entire face of their chosen sport. And when it happens, they will be talked about for generations to come. In boxing, it was the Great One, Muhammad Ali. In basketball, Michael Jordan. In the WWE, right now, we have the privilege of witnessing that greatness live. Believe me, you will talk about this for generations, so please help me welcome a man who has passed 1000 days as champion. Please help me welcome a man that you will tell your children and your grandchildren about.
“Please help me welcome the Tribal Chief, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.” The Head of the Table makes his entrance with fans torn between boos and throwing up the ones. Roman has Solo and Heyman with him, the brand new “1000 Days” branded jacket and shirt on as he holds up the belts for the pyro. The Bloodline, if this group even still counts as that, continues on into the ring. Roman then shakes HHH’s hand and Heyman fetches a mic. Heyman also shakes HHH’s hand, and then HHH tells Roman, “On behalf of the WWE, and on behalf of the entire WWE Universe, I would like to congratulate you on surpassing 1000 days as champion.”
That is something that hasn’t been accomplished in the WWE in almost forty years! Truly an epic accomplishment. So to congratulate Roman and celebrate this historic achievement, it is HHH’s honor to present him with a brand new Undisputed WWE Universal Championship belt. HHH takes the cover off to reveal the same home base design, but with a GOLDEN face plate! Heyman removes the belt Roman is wearing on his waist so that he can hold up the new belt, for more pyro! HHH then helps Roman put that belt on, then Heyman hands Roman the mic. Roman smiles while fans are torn between cheers and jeers.
Roman says, “Pennsyl- No, no, no. I mean, c’mon! That’s not good enough anymore. The entire universe…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!” Wait, the USOS are here?!? How?! Heyman heard from Pearce that this wasn’t supposed to happen! But Jimmy & Jey do walk out and Roman glares at Heyman. Heyman defends he was assured this wouldn’t happen, but it is! And we see what the Usos are going to do, after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Usos are now in the ring with Roman, Solo & Heyman. And Jimmy’s staring Roman down. He even glances at the brand new Universal Championship blet. Jimmy has the mic, but Roman speaks first, telling Jey to kick Jimmy in the face! Fans boo but Roman says it again, kick Jimmy in the face. He didn’t stutter, do it now! That’s what Jimmy did to Roman. Jimmy took Roman’s tag team titles away from him, so Jey has to fix this. Jey has to kick his brother in the face! Fans boo more, and Jey just paces. Roman is not happy about that, and he tells Jey this is the last time: KICK HIM IN THE FACE AND FIX THIS RIGHT NOW!
Jimmy speaks up to that the only one who needs fixing is ROMAN. Fans cheer that! Roman scowls but Jimmy says Jey can’t fix this. Jimmy kicked Roman in the face, “The Kick Heard Worldwide.” And Jimmy did what he did in Saudi not to be the Tribal Chief, not to lead the Bloodline, but because Jimmy was being a brother. Brothers treat each other with love and respect, and as of lately, you ain’t been such a good brother, Roman. What kind of brother manipulates, betrays and hurts his own family? What kind of brother does that, Uce? Roman has gone crazy! CRAZY! This right here is Jimmy’s brother! It is embedded in Jimmy to protect Jey.
In fact, SOLO is Jimmy’s brother! He’ll protect Solo, and he’s gonna tell Solo right now, that after Roman’s done using you, he’s gonna abuse you, betray you, kick you to the side, and put you in the dirt! Jimmy IS Solo’s brother, that’s why he’s saying this. Fans cheer that, too! Roman tries to laugh it off but Jimmy tells Solo to listen to him. Fans rally for the “USOS! USOS!” and Roman says that’s because of ROMAN! Roman is the Tribal Chief! You see him? Tribal Chief. This here is an imposter! Jimmy talking like he’s the leader, like Solo don’t have a voice. Let’s hear it from Solo who Solo is loyal to!
Roman hands the mic to Solo and fans boo. Solo looks at the mic, thinks about it, and fans chant for “SOLO! SOLO!” Solo says, “I acknowledge you, My Tribal Chief.” Fans boo and Roman smiles. But then Solo says, “But these two right here… They’re my brothers.” UH OH~! Roman is shocked and the Usos smile! Solo hands the mic back, to stand with his brothers!! Roman can’t believe what he’s seeing! Jimmy says hey, hey, so what’s it gonna be, Uce? Does Roman wanna run this thing together with respect? Or just end up on the Island of Relevancy all by himself? Roman tells Jimmy to shut up, but Jimmy pie faces him!!
Heyman is shocked and cowering in the corner! Fans fire up as Jey and Solo are both tense. Roman registers what just happened, then gets up in Jimmy’s face. Jey stops them both, and he wants to keep the peace. It’s not going like this. Jey needs them both, they cannot start fighting! They’re better than that, okay? Jey gets Jimmy to understand, and Jimmy cools off. Stronger together, Uce. But see, Jey is Jimmy’s brother, and Solo is Jimmy’s brother. But so is Roman. Roman’s always been family. So be a brother, have respect, and run this place like they’ve been doing! But TOGETHER! Bloodline, right? Family, right? They are still the ones, right?
Roman wipes sweat from his brow and takes a breath. Fans want Roman to accept what the Usos are saying, but he seems unsure what to do. Roman and Jimmy HUG!! Fans cheer, and Jey is relieved. Roman then says, “No.” WHAT?! Heyman is shocked all over again! Roman lets go and Jey is upset again! How could Roman say that?! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES JIMMY!?!? Jey is even more devastated!! Roman takes his leave, Heyman and Solo following behind. Is the Tribal Chief’s iron grip that powerful? Heyman then asks Roman, “What about Jey?” Roman says Jey will do what he always does and fall in line. Just give it time.
Fans boo as Roman refuses to share love and respect with his family. What will it take for The Usos to change that?
An awesome episode to follow Night of Champions with! Granted, a lot of that comes from the Bloodline story, which once again continues to be the top story. And with this story already having set a high bar, they find a way to raise the bar again. Great video package narrated by Heyman to open the show, good promos backstage to expertly set up what we got in the closing segment. I did appreciate that since they’re not undoing the unification, Roman now just has one actual belt to hold onto and he can just keep the other two at home. Naturally, they just kept the cookie cutter shape they’ve been using, but I like the gold backing on the logo there, it really stands out.
And naturally, the Usos DID show up, and what an amazing emotional rollercoaster there. After all that, we are definitely getting Usos VS Roman & Solo, and that will be the moment of truth where I would think Solo really does side with his brothers. Then it’s on Roman to either “fall in line” and accept his family as family, or he ends up all alone with just Heyman. Either way, this is all great stuff that can carry the story into the Summer, maybe even to SummerSlam. And what would really put a cherry on top: if Roman, no more pawns to get in the way, gets beat by a Mr. MITB cash-in.
Great opening Six Man from Theory & Pretty Deadly VS Brawling Brutes, and I figured the Heels would find a way to win. I would think Pretty Deadly finds a way into the Undisputed Tag Team Championship scene for the summer, as those titles are meant to be on both Raw and SmackDown. And who wouldn’t love seeing a promo between Kevin, Sami and Pretty Deadly? At the same time, The Good Brothers should also get in on some of that, they got a really good win off Hit Row. Happy birthday to AJ Styles, maybe he can find his way to a title match of some kind. Him and Theory wouldn’t be half bad for MITB.
Really good Grayson Waller Effect segment, though not really because of Waller. If this same stuff happened with The Miz and MizTV, it’d amount to about the same great stuff. Asuka and Iyo getting at each other and then arguing in Japanese seems to be their thing, but I would love if we got Iyo to turn Face. Between her and Asuka being longtime rivals, and DMG CTRL about to fall apart at a moment’s notice, Iyo could come out a top Face for the SmackDown Women’s Division. But I also do like that Bianca went after Asuka, that was a logical move. I just wish we got to see the sucker punch from Lacey live and not in a replay.
The MITB qualifiers were both good matches, but Zelina was a very obvious winner given Lacey’s attitude and how Zelina seems to be on a great push. Ford VS Knight was a bit closer, but the fans are just loving Knight, so it makes sense Knight won here. We’re also going to get great stuff out of next week’s matches, and I’m thinking Bayley, Iyo, Escobar and Dunne win. Bayley and Iyo because of the DMG CTRL breakup story they’re giving us, Escobar because the LWO tease they gave us, and Dunne because it won’t be Corbin since he’s got stuff brewing in NXT and Grimes just isn’t gonna let him win.
And what a spooky vignette from Fyre & Dawn. Just as it isn’t clear what they’re planning with having the Smackdown Women’s Championship on Raw and vice-versa, I’m not sure what’s going on with the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships still being up here on main roster. I don’t think they’d unify, nor do I want them to unify, mostly because Fyre & Dawn probably wouldn’t beat Ronda & Shayna. Well, Shayna didn’t do well against spooky given Twisted Alexa during pandemic era, but I still don’t think using supernatural elements would be enough to take out Ronda. Though it would be pretty funny to see.
My Score: 8.8/10
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