Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (10/7/22)
It’s an EXTREME season premiere!
On the eve of Extreme Rules, there is gold!
Before The Brawling Brutes and Imperium have a Good Ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook at Extreme Rules, Gunther and Sheamus have an Intercontinental title rematch on SmackDown’s season premiere! Will the Celtic Warrior complete his Grand Slam? Or will Der Ring General keep the mat sacred?
- Ricochet VS Solo Sikoa; Solo wins.
- Hit Row VS ???; No Contest.
- Shotzi Blackheart & Raquel Rodriguez VS Sonya Deville & Xia Li; Shotzi & Raquel win.
- Six Man Tag: Sami Zayn & The Usos VS The New Day & ???; The New Day & Braun Strowman win.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Sheamus; Gunther wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Triple H opens the SmackDown Season Premiere!
The Game, the head of creative, is here and fans are fired up for it! HHH has the mic to say, “There will come a time when you believe that everything is finished. But that, that is the beginning! Welcome to Fox! And welcome to the season premiere of Friday Night SmackDoooown~!” But wait! Here comes the BLOODLINE! The Tribal Chief leads the way for Paul Heyman, the Usos, Solo Sikoa and Sami Zayn. Roman and the Usos hold up the belts for the pyro, and they continue to the ring. The Head of the Table doesn’t have to worry about Extreme Rules tomorrow, and he isn’t worried about his match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia against Logan Paul.
The Bloodline stands together in the ring and lifts the belts for the second round of Pyro. Sami jams to the music while Heyman gets the mic. Fans cheer for Sami but Heyman hands the mic to Roman. “Worcester, Mass…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans cheer, but here comes LOGAN PAUL! Very ImPAULsive of him to interrupt before the Bloodline really gets started, and he’s going to the ring to stand in front of them all. Roman says he gets it. There’s a bunch of them. But Logan, this is Roman’s show. That means Logan is Roman’s guest. This is a safe place, so please, enter the ring, they wanna hear what he has to say. It’s also important he hear what they have to say, so please, come on in.
Fans chant “LOGAN SUCKS!” as Logan steps inside. Roman wants to start with this: “They did the same thing to me years ago, and I’m the greatest of all time now. And that’s why I feel like it’s important you come out here, because there’s a lot of things we can teach you. Wise Man.” “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Smarten this boy up, will ya?” “With pleasure, My Tribal Chief.” Heyman takes the mic and says, “As Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief, the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of All Sports Entertainment, Roman… Reigns… I, Paul Heyman, also serve as Wise Man. And sometimes I drop these little pearls of wisdom, like this one.
“My Tribal Chief asked me the other day, ‘Who in the Hell is Logan Paul?’ And it hit Heyman in the head “like Anderson Silver’s gonna hit your brother, Jake Paul, in the head when they fight.” Logan is this generation’s version of Mr. T and Cindy Lauper. Logan’s the “outside celebrity that’s number one on all pop culture platforms that we bring in to bring more eyeballs to our product, which also means millions and millions and tens of millions of more people that end up dropping down to their knees and worshipping at the altar of the Island of Relevancy, which means they all get to acknowledge the Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns.”
Fans cheer as Heyman says they were trying to figure out who at Crown Jewel they make this famous “pseudo-celebrity male Kardashian” that gets to be smashed by Roman. And at first, Heyman thought, “Well, let’s take Jordan Peterson. Cuz Peterson can pontificate on the proliferation of the pessimistic wussification of the pugilistic… Jordan Peterson would never have the balls to fight the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” Heyman then thought about Ben Shapiro. Oy vey! He talks so fast, no one can debate him. But Heyman would love an open mic night with Ben! Ben would atone for his sins, but he’s not a fighter, so he wouldn’t have the balls to fight Roman Reigns.
Then there was Andrew Tate. Yeah, agreed. Less said about that guy, the better, other than Tate would never have the balls to fight the Tribal Chief. So then who did they have? Mr. Big Balls himself, Logan Paul! Jake Paul’s shmuck of a brother! Supermodel Nina’s impotent- Oh, sorry, impulsive boyfriend who somehow has the balls to look for a moment in his life where he can provide all of his YouTube audience with the experience of getting smashed in Riyadh. So for three months while Logan’s in a hospital bed with a breathing tube and catheter, which will hopefully be in the right holes, Logan can have this content saying, “I, Logan Paul, got SMASHED by Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel.” In that moment, Logan Paul will not be offering a prediction. He will be offering a spoiler.
Logan says, “Woo… I can’t argue with that, Paul. You really are a Wise Man. But I do have one question for you, if you don’t mind. When you say that I’m gonna get smashed by the Tribal Chief, do you mean the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns? Or the Tribal Chief, Jey Usos?” Jey is already mad at Logan for implying stuff. Logan says he’s seeing double! Jimmy holds Jey back, fans want to let Jey get at Logan! “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Roman looks at Jey and Jey calms down, but Roman looks mad. Sami takes over to keep things calm. Fans cheer for Sami now and Sami says everyone just needs to take a breath.
Sami says Roman IS the Head of the Table, the Undisputed Universal Champion, the GOAT, and the Tribal Chief. No one here is questioning that. No one is challenging that. No one! This is family. Jey did nothing wrong. The only person doing anything around here is the wannabe, the fake, the pretender, the YouTuber who wants to be a WWE superstar who doesn’t realize that he’ll get smashed worse than anyone has been smashed in history! Logan is smirking and Sami dares him to keep at it, because Sami has a saying from The Bloodline. You the twos, and we the ones. And Logan is the biggest two of them all, dawg!
Yes, Logan is a giant number two! That is how he’ll end up! A number two stain on Roman’s shoe after Crown Jewel. And after that, the Bloodline will still be here, stronger than ever and more united than ever! Because #WeTheOnes!! Sami puts an exclamation point on this, but will Logan still get under the skin of the Bloodline these next four weeks?
Ricochet VS Solo Sikoa!
The One and Only is alone now because the Street Champion turned Mad Cap Moss into roadkill last week. Will Moss be avenged? Or will Solo wreck Ricochet like he did Riddick?
Ricochet makes his entrance, but Solo CLOBBERS him out of the handspring! The ref reprimands but Solo just glares at Ricochet. The ref checks on Ricochet, Ricochet is dazed but he wants this fight even more now! The bell rings and Ricochet fires back on Solo! Solo shoves Ricochet, Ricochet slides under, kicks, but gets flipped. Ricochet lands on his feet but Solo DECKS Ricochet with a right! Solo tells Ricochet to get up, then he runs in, but Ricochet dumps him out! Ricochet builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Ricochet and he puts Solo in. Ricochet aims from a corner, springboards and CROSSBODIES!
Ricochet keeps moving, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Solo bails out but hurries back in with a huff. Ricochet triangle jump dropkicks Solo down! Then Ricochet fakes Solo out to superhero land! Fans fire up with Ricochet and he eggs Solo on. Solo slides in but slides back out to refresh the count. Solo paces while fans boo. Solo slides in again, Ricochet fires off on him, then KNEES Solo out of the ring! Solo is pissed, and he gets a chair! The ref tells him no and Solo smacks the ground. Solo throws the chair away, gets up on the apron and Ricochet goes after him, but Solo HOTSHOTS Ricochet down!
Solo hurries in now, HEADBUTTS Ricochet, and stalks him to a corner. Solo whips corner to corner hard and Ricochet bounces off buckles! Solo puts Ricochet in a corner to CHOP, but Ricochet fires off haymakers! Ricochet whips, runs in, but Solo puts Ricochet on the apron. Ricochet CLUBS Solo, slingshots, but into a HARD haymaker! Ricochet falls down and Solo snarls while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Solo has his claws in Ricochet’s shoulder. Ricochet endures and fights up as the fans rally. Ricochet throws hands but Solo CHOPS him. Ricochet falls into the corner and Solo backs off to the other. Solo runs in corner to corner, but into a SHOTGUN! Solo and Ricochet both rise slowly, and Ricochet fires off forearms and hands! Ricochet KICKS and KICKS, then whips. Solo reverses but Ricochet ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Solo ends up in a corner, Ricochet fires up and the fans are behind him! Ricochet runs in to RAM into Solo, then he goes out to springboard, but Solo gets under!
Ricochet Tiger Wall Kicks and V-TRIGGERS! Then SUPERKICKS! Solo wobbles but stays up, into the SPINNING HEEL KICK! Solo falls and Ricochet goes up top! Fans fire up for Ricochet’s SHOOTING STAR- INTO AN URENAGE!! Cover, Solo wins!
Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall
The Enforcer of the Island was #SpinningSolo and he gets a huge win! Will it only be a matter of time until the Street Champion becomes a champion on SmackDown?
The Bloodline is watching backstage.
Sami Zayn hypes up Solo after that performance. Jimmy agrees as Sami says Solo is an incredible addition to The Bloodline, having him as their Enforcer. Sami this he and Solo have a good thing going. Sami’s taken Solo under his wing- Jey asks what Sami means by that. Sami ain’t Day One. That’s their brother. Alright, dawg, calm down. Don’t be a hothead. Ey, Sami, call Jey a hothead one more time and- Roman gets exasperated. Jey, you are a hothead. You’ve always been a hothead. Sami tries to take back what he said but Roman says no, Sami was right. They’ve dealt with Jey their whole lives. That’s a problem.
Roman doesn’t want it to be his problem anymore, so it won’t. It’ll be Sami’s problem now. What? Is Sami supposed to keep Jey in check? As if things weren’t awkward before.
Hit Row is backstage.
But before they go to gorilla, Top Dolla has them hold up. Drip check. They’re all good. This is SmackDown, Friday Night, this is the flow. It’s the season premiere, right in here, fo’ sho. They gonna get that money money money, more dough. And if you didn’t know, now you know. They’re heading to the ring, what will they have to say with Extreme Rules around the corner?
Sami talks with the Usos as they walk backstage.
Sami didn’t mean for any of that to happen in there. Jimmy says just chill. Sami defends he is chill, but he just… Wait, the New Day walk over. Sami, save it, hush. Grown folks are talking now. But look at the Usos. We go from Main Event Jey Uso to now Sami Zayn is Jey’s boss! Roman was Jey’s daddy and now so is Sami! Jey got two daddies! Sami says the New Day can stop running their mouth to go find a partner, and the six of them can settle this tonight! How’s that? Sorry for the spit but who cares? Woods says everyone loves the New Day, Sami & the Usos are screwed! Then see them in the ring. Well Sami, tell the hothead what to do, STEP DADDY!
The New Day leaves, mocking all the way, and then Jey storms off. Has Sami stepped in it big time tonight?
Hit Row VS ???
Dolla & Adonis have been rolling in the money money money since returning to SmackDown, but- OH NO! Drive-by Dropkick on Adonis at the apron! Wait, then a DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK for Dolla! Is that…!? They’re all wearing luchador masks, they’re mugging Dolla! Dolla grabs the two, but then he gets a DROPKICK from the third! Then a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! B-Fab steps in and asks what the heck, and the luchadors step back, but ZELINA VEGA is here! FLYING RANA! Vega’s blonde now but she KNEES B-Fab down! Adonis returns, but he gets a PHANTOM DRIVER!! And then a GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP for Dolla! And a DOUBLE SPLASH!!
This IS them! It’s LEGADO DEL FANTASMA!! Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro! Vega says she is BACK! And she didn’t come alone. Escobar introduces the faction, and he tells everyone that SmackDown is there! “Be safe.” The Emperor of Lucha and his soldiers have come, will they take over SmackDown by any means necessary?
A white rabbit video game?
The little white rabbit finds an X on the ground and starts digging. And an ERUPTION happens! Monstrous sounds come out, we look down the hole, and it gives us a date, 10/8/22, and in many languages, the phrase, “FEED YOUR HEAD.” Is something coming for Extreme Rules?
Shotzi Blackheart & Raquel Rodriguez VS Sonya Deville & Xia Li!
Riding in on the TCB Tank, the Ballsy and the Badass are ready to take care o’ bidness! Will Shotzi & Raquel steamroll their way to the top of the Women’s Tag Division? Or will the Pride Fighter & The Protector turned hunter take that momentum from them?
The teams sort out and Sonya starts against Shotzi. They circle, Xia distracts and Sonya attacks! Sonya fires off hands and gets Shotzi down. Shotzi hits back but Sonya KNEES Shotzi down! Cover, TWO! Sonya bumps Shotzi off buckles, tags Xia, and they mug Shotzi. Xia then runs in to SHINING WIZARD, ELBOW, and clinch for the EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Xia keeps on Shotzi with a facelock and she brings Shotzi to the corner. Tag to Sonya, they double suplex, but Shotzi slips out to ROCK Sonya! Xia throws Shotzi by her hair! Raquel protests but Sonya BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Raquel rushes in but Xia intercepts!
Xia and Sonya put Raquel on the apron but Shotzi dodges! Hot tag to Raquel! Big Mami Cool rallies and runs Sonya & Xia over! Raquel scoops Sonya for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Then a run and jump, TWISTING VADER! Xia rushes back in but Shotzi gets Xia, assister SLICED BREAD! Raquel ducks the roundhouse from Sonya for a TEXANA BOMB! Cover, Raquel & Shotzi win!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall
Ballsy, badass, and ready for more, will they be on the other side of Extreme Rules looking for a tag title match?
Karrion Kross & Scarlett Bordeaux are here!
Mr. Doomsday and his damsel of darkness head to the ring, just one night removed from the Strap Match Kross has with the Scottish Warrior. BUT MCINTYRE IS RIGHT BEHIND HIM! And he DECKS Kross! McIntyre rains down fists, stomps him down, and he has the strap! McIntyre puts it on, then rains down more fists before he forces the strap onto Kross! Security rushes in to stop this, fans boo, but McIntyre ELBOWS the guards away! But they drag him out! It takes FOUR men to hold McIntyre back, but he just HEADBUTTS free! He throws hands, then throws the guard into steel steps! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes the last one!
But because the strap is in effect, Kross YANKS McIntyre into a post! And again! Kross YANKS McIntyre into the post a third time! Scarlett goes into the ring and cheers Kross on as he hoists McIntyre up again with the strap’s help. Kross gathers up the slack to LASH McIntyre right on the back!! And then Kross stands McIntyre up again, to LASH him again!! Fans boo as Kross drags McIntyre up to POST him again! Scarlett revels in the moment as Kross LASHES away on McIntyre’s back!! Kross finally lets McIntyre fall over so that he can writhe and seethe in pain. But will there be no stopping either of these men when it is finally time to let it all go?
The Viking Raider speak.
“Only the foolish confuse absence with weakness. We have been watching, waiting, and growing stronger.” “When the gods speak, I listen. We obey. Valhalla awaits.” Wait, that second voice… Could it be…? Will Erik be bringing his Valkyrie with him to SmackDown?
Six Man Tag: Sami Zayn & The Usos VS The New Day & ???
Tensions aside, the Honorary Uce and the Undisputed Tag Team Champions can agree that they don’t like Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods! But everyone else does, so who (who who who?) is the third man, brother? BRAAAUN~! The Monster of All Monsters is here, will he and the New Day make sure the Bloodline will #GetTheseHands?
The trios sort out and Sami starts against Woods. They circle, tie up, and Sami headlocks. Woods powers out, Sami runs him over, but Woods gets up. Sami holds up the finger, #WeTheOnes, but fans boo. Woods and Sami circle again, tie up, and Woods headlocks. Sami powers out, Woods runs him over now, and then Woods rolls Sami to whip. Kofi tags in before Sami reverses but Woods reverses back to send Sami into a shoulder! Roll up and CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Sami is still in this and the Usos breathe easier. Kofi whips, Sami ducks ‘n’ dodges then stops himself to tag Jey!
Jey is upset, there was no agreement to that tag. Jey is pissed, but he steps into a DROPKICK! Jimmy rushes in but Woods ROCKS him! Woods throws Jimmy out, fans fire up, and the New Day builds speed! Woods WRECKS Jimmy with a dropkick while Kofi FLIES to take out Jey! The Usos are down, Sami is stepping up but the New Day backs off. The Bloodline regroups but Jey is pissed again as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Jimmy rains down fists on Kofi. Jimmy lets off and fans chant, “We Want Braun!” Jimmy tags Sami in, but then Jey tags himself in. The Usos mug Kofi, then Jey stomps away at the ropes. The ref counts, Jey lets off but comes back to CLOBBER Kofi! Jey shows that short temper as he throws Kofi’s elbow pads away, but then he tags Jimmy. Jey RAMS into Kofi to keep him in the corner, Jimmy taunts Braun and runs in to forearm smash! Cover, ONE!! Kofi is hanging tough but Jimmy stomps his hands. Tag to Sami, he and Jimmy mug Kofi now, and then Sami drags Kofi up to DECK him.
Sami stands Kofi up to DECK him again, then he whips Kofi to ropes for a LARIAT! Jey tags himself in! Sami is upset now, mostly because that one hurt. Jey looms over Kofi, waistlocks and back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jey stalks Kofi, CHOKES him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Jimmy gets a cheap shot in! Woods protests but the damage is done. Jey tags Jimmy, the Usos mock the “New! Day Rocks!” chants. The Usos mug Kofi, Jimmy tags Sami. They mug Kofi, fans do cheer Sami on and Sami offers a tag to Jey. Jey takes it, they mug Kofi now. Sami wants a handshake but Jey’s still not there yet.
Jey drags Kofi over to the corner, Jimmy tags in, and the Usos split the wishbone! Kofi writhes and Sami argues with Jey about the handshake. Jimmy does his best to keep the peace here but he has to hurry to get between Kofi and Woods! Jimmy DECKS Woods, but Kofi hits a DOUBLE STOMP! Fans are thunderous as Kofi and Jimmy crawl! Hot tag to Braun! The Monster rallies on Jimmy, DECKS Jey and Sami, then BOOTS Jimmy! Jimmy scrambles to a corner but Braun SPLASHES him! Braun keeps moving to go corner to corner and SPLASH again! Bruan throws off his shirt, then hauls Jimmy u for a CHOKE SLAM!!
Fans are thunderous but Sami and Jey are still arguing! Braun decides to get on the tracks! He tags Kofi, then goes out to run in around the way and he BLASTS Jey and Sami into the commentary desk! Jey takes out Cole!! Braun holds up the fingers and Jimmy turns around into a scoop! BACKBREAKER to DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, Braun & the New Day win!!
Winners: The New Day & Braun Strowman, by pinfall
And the Undisputed Tag Team Champions have fallen! It’s a good thing this wasn’t for titles, but now the New Day might be back on track to get at those titles! Will Woods & Kofi stop Jimmy & Jey from breaking their longest title reign record? How will Roman Reigns react to this disaster?
Max Dupri has decimated Maximum Male Models!
Maxxine is freaking out! Why did Max do this!? “Max” tells her to NOT call him that again. He gave them all gold and they turned it to trash! You think he’s just gonna hang out here and be something he’s not? NAH NAH! He is NOT Max Durpi. What he is, is L A KNIGHT, YEAH!! The Megastar is back, but what will he do now that he IS back?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Sheamus!
Clash at the Castle saw a clash of titans that is easily a Match of the Year nominee. Then things have only escalated as Imperium returned to full strength with Giovanni Vinci joining Ludwig Kaiser and Der Ring General here on SmackDown. But while the Brawling Brutes, Ridge Holland & “Butch” Pete Dunne, will join The Fella in a Good Ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook at Extreme Rules, this is all about the title and a rematch from Cardiff. Will Sheamus finally complete not only the WWE Grand Slam (world/universal title, US, IC and tag) but also accomplish the first-ever ULTIMATE GRAND SLAM? Or will the mat forever be sacred?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and once again, we stand on the doorstep of wrestling history!
The bell rings and the forearms start flying! Fans fire up and Sheamus gets the edge, but Gunther CHOPS! Sheamus CLOBBERS Gunther! Gunther bails out, Sheamus pursues but Gunther trips him on the apron! Gunther then brings Sheamus around, but Sheamus whips Gunther into barriers first! And then into more barriers! And then into barriers behind commentary! The Fella roars and so does Worcester as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Sheamus CLOBBERS Gunther in the ring! Fans rally up behind Sheamus as he drags Gunther up to whip to ropes. Gunther holds ropes, then he dumps Sheamus out. But Sheamus HOTSHOTS him away! Sheamus goes up top, leaps, and FLYING LARIATS! Fans fire up as Gunther sputters to a corner. Gunther has some blood in his mouth, but he still BOOTS back! Gunther runs, but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Fans fire up again as Sheamus goes to a corner. But Gunther bails out to the apron to avoid the Brogue. So Sheamus gets him for BEATS- NO, Gunther blocks the Bodhrain! Sheamus ROCKS him for it!
Sheamus goes out to join Gunther on the apron and reels him in. Gunther blocks the suplex, and CHOPS! Then he POSTS Sheamus! Gunther steps inside, he drags Sheamus up the corner, and he bumps Sheamus off buckles. Gunther unwraps a crossbar and then steps outside. Gunther YANKS Sheamus into the bar, chest first! Sheamus tumbles to the floor, chest red from the chops. Fans boo as Gunther lets the ring count climb. Sheamus gasps and sits up slowly, the ring count is 5 of 10. Sheamus stands at 6 but Gunther is there to drag him through the ropes! Gunther EuroUppers Sheamus off his feet!
Gunther stands Sheamus up but Sheamus throws body shots. Gunther throws forearms, Sheamus gives them back, but Gunther gets around to a SLEEPER! And body scissors! Sheamus endures, reaches, but Gunther is on top him! Gunther tries to smother Sheamus but Sheamus stands up! Fans fire up but Gunther lets off to CHOP! Sheamus ROCKS Gunther! Gunther CHOPS! Sheamus ROCKS! Sheamus ROCKS, Gunther CHOPS, they just start throwing wild back and forth! Forearms and CHOPS over and over, Sheamus swings but Gunther gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Gunther looms over Sheamus. Fans boo as Gunther sits Sheamus up to ROCK him with a forearm. Gunther has a wristlock to keep Sheamus up, and he stands Sheamus for another forearm! And another! And then a CHOP! Forearm! CHOP! Repeat! Sheamus just takes the shots and eggs Gunther on! Sheamus gives the forearms back and fans are loving it! But Gunther gest around to SLEEPER, only for Sheamus to back Gunther into a corner. The ref counts, but Sheamus fires off elbow after elbow! Sheamus lets off at 4, then kicks and CLUBS away! The ref counts again, Sheamus lets off at 2.
Sheamus catches his breath, chest bright red and starting to bleed from busted skin. Sheamus has Gunther at the ropes, for BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Fans count all the way to TEN, but Sheamus has Gunther on the second rope for MORE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Another TEN, and then the bottom rope gets BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus lets off, THIRTY in total! Gunther goes to a corner, Sheamus runs in to clothesline! And then fireman’s carry! And then Sheamus climbs the corner! SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives and no one can believe it! But Sheamus lets that go to stalk Gunther.
“This is Awesome!” as Sheamus storms up and gets the legs. Gunther SLAPS Sheamus and kicks him away. Sheamus comes back, into the T-REX SHOTGUN! And then the GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans are thunderous that Sheamus is still in this! Gunther is beside himself, but he drags Sheamus to a drop zone. Gunther drops a knee, then uses a NECK TWIST! Gunther goes up the corner, for a GUNTHER SPLASH to the back!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sheamus survives again and Worcester is electric! Gunther and Sheamus go to opposite corners as fans rally up. Sheamus drags himself up and Gunther roars at him!
Gunther runs in, but Sheamus BOOTS the lariat! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! And then the CLOVERLEAF!! Gunther endures now, reaches out, wait is that a tap!? The ref says no, just Gunther clawing the mat! Gunther fights to get the ROPEBREAK!! Fans boo and Sheamus questions it! He saw a double slap of the mat but the ref says no, that was just Gunther fighting and flailing. Sheamus sees Imperium rushing to ringside to rally for Gunther. But then here come the BRUTES! They brawl with Vinci & Ludwig just like on NXT! Ridge sends Vinci into barriers while Dunne punches away on Ludwig at the desk!
Sheamus stands Gunther up, Gunther CHOPS, but Sheamus KNEES him down!! Sheamus goes to a corner and takes aim! But Ludwig slips Gunther a shillelagh!? Sheamus runs in while the ref is watching the brawl, SHILLELAGH LARIAT!! Fans boo as Gunther covers, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
The brawl of Brutes and Imperium continues outside, but the battle was won! Der Ring General wins with very little honor, but he still won. Will anyone ever take that title from Gunther with Vinci & Ludwig watching his back? Will the Donnybrook only be that much more intense with the heat building up?
Another great go-home for WWE this week, even with this one feeding into Crown Jewel on top of Extreme Rules tomorrow. For one, the White Rabbit social media augmented reality campaign finishes up with some direct messaging with that little video game vignette. Extreme Rules tomorrow night, The White Rabbit, whether it is just Bray Wyatt or a whole faction, will show up. And I should’ve made note of it, but there was literally a white rabbit mascot wearing a kilt to tease who is up first: Drew McIntyre. It fits as McIntyre VS Kross is a big time match, Kross was the “White Rabbit” in Lucha Underground, and after that awesome brawl from McIntyre and Kross, we’re going to see an awesome Strap Match, and there’s a big chance the WWE’s White Rabbit affects that outcome.
Great debut for Legado del Fantasma on SmackDown, though I am a bit disappointed and confused as to what happened with Elektra Lopez. Zelina even went blonde and so she looks like a tiny Elektra, but wouldn’t having two females in the faction help? They can go for tag titles together, they can each try for the singles title, and it’s just more bodies for Heel tactics. But I do like that they went after Hit Row, their rivals from NXT, but Vince ruined that with a premature call-up that was just an excuse to let them all go while under bigger None Competes. But now that they’re all here under HHH, we might get to see some of that feud finish here on SmackDown.
Great women’s tag match to also establish some teams in the division. Shotzi & Raquel win to keep momentum in their feud with Damage Control, and I wonder if WWE is planning a big women’s tag title match for Crown Jewel to further add to history being made for pro-wrestling in Saudi Arabia. And while I wanted Max Dupri’s return to being LA Knight to include Mace & Mansoor, I suppose him beating up Mace & Mansoor helps give him a first feud. Of course, Knight could convince them to join him as their real selves by beating them, but we’ll just have to wait and see. And that’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, YEAH!
We got awesome stuff out of the Bloodline tonight, especially in regards to how Sami and Jey are interacting. Good promo from Heyman, though he chose some very, uh, interesting names to name drop. Maybe he’s trying to paint Logan Paul social and politically for the audience. Sami also had a great promo to put Logan in his place more directly, and Roman being fed up with Jey is a nice new detail. We got a great Six Man out of this stuff, Braun keeps building momentum and the fans in Worcester sure loved him. New Day pinning an Uso is great stuff, we definitely will see that match up for the tag titles at Crown Jewel. That event is right on the line of the Usos making it past the New Day’s historic reign, and we’ll definitely get another instant classic.
Ricochet VS Solo was a great match, and wow that tumble out of the ring for Ricochet. He managed to tuck his head, which perhaps saved him. I wonder if he’s been practicing that to have a dramatic looking spot. But Solo winning either way makes sense, he is building up a lot of momentum. And after the Six Man Tag loss, you can beat Sami won’t be going for the midcard title, Solo will be. And speaking of which, a great Intercontinental Championship match, though not as amazing as Clash at the Castle. I did like the three consecutive Beats of the Bodhrain, but I should’ve figured that Imperium would help Gunther cheat. History like what Sheamus is close to definitely should wait for a WrestleMania or similar PPV, but it would’ve been wild to see that tonight.
My Score: 8.8/10
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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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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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