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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (5/14/19)

SmackDown London goes BIG before Money in the Bank!

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SmackDown returns to London!

SmackDown matches Raw by having their own Fatal 4 Way! Will Finn Balor, Mustafa Ali, Randy Orton or Andrade Almas gain major momentum for Money in the Bank?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Fatal 4 Way: Finn Balor VS Mustafa Ali VS Randy Orton VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
  • 4v3 Handicap Match: Shane, Elias, Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS Roman Reigns & The Usos; Shane, Elias, Bryan & Rowan win.
  • Fire & Desire VS Kairi Sane & Asuka w/ Paige; Kairi & Asuka win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Big Dog opens SmackDown!

Roman Reigns is on his show and makes London his Yard once again! He was on last night’s Raw per the Wild Card Rule and ended up siding with The Miz against Shane McMahon’s new pals, Elias and Bobby Lashley. Shane let Roman and Miz win the match by interfering, but then Roman and Miz stood tall together thanks to chair shots and Superman Punches. So the O2 gets a double dose and seems happy to have it. Roman speaks, saying there’s still some unfinished business from last night’s Raw. He doesn’t want to wait for MITB, he wants to settle it right now. Elias is a problem but Roman is gonna solve it with some help from… The Miz!

The Wild Card Rule allows the Hollywood A-Lister to be back on the Blue Brand and again stand side-by-side with Roman in the ring. London cheers as Miz changes up the mic flag. Miz thanks Roman for the invite to be back. Today could be the day that Roman and Miz beat Elias through-and-through. Okay, Miz isn’t a very good singer, but neither is Elias. But in just five days, Shane can’t run or hide from Miz. Miz beat Shane all over the stadium at Wrestlemania, but now Miz will have Shane locked inside a steel cage! But speaking of Shane, here Shane comes! And Miz has Elias with him again. Fans boo Shane as he says just because Miz was invited by The Big Dog, that doesn’t make him a Wild Card. Shane will use his privilege to say Miz is banned from SmackDown tonight!

But Roman can stay because Elias has something to say. Roman can make fun of Elias all he wants, but underestimating him will be the biggest mistake of his career. At MITB, Elias will prove why HE is the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history. And then Roman will see what the McMahon Family already knows: WWE means “Walk With Elias.” So let’s see… Roman and Miz might not be agreeable, so if they’re not gonna go willingly, Shane and Elias will make them. But there are some others who hate Miz’s guts, so Shane brings them out. It’s Daniel Bryan and Big Red Rowan! Bryan and Miz are definitely not friends, but Bryan seems to be friends with Shane. Roman and Miz stare down the four men marching down the ramp, even as they’re surrounded on all sides.

Elias, Shane, Bryan and Rowan creep closer as Miz and Roman stand back-to-back. The fight is on! Rowan and Elias have Roman while Shane and Bryan have Miz! London boos but there’s nothing they can do as Shane throws hands on Miz. But here come the Usos! Jimmy & Jey return to SmackDown as Wild Cards to double DIVE onto Shane and his crew! They save Roman and Miz, but Rowan runs them back over! Bryan and Shane put the Usos in the ring and now they’re getting beat down. But Roman returns the favor! As does The Miz! They clear the ring of Shane, Bryan and the rest! Will Miz and the Samoan bloodline be able to make Shane and his cronies regret picking this fight?

 

SmackDown returns as Shane, Bryan, Elias and Rowan regroup backstage.

No one should be allowed to hit the greatest acquisition in SmackDown history in the face! Bryan doesn’t care about this Wild Card Rule! He and Rowan are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions! Shane agrees, and they’ll be hands-on! 4v3 Handicap Match, them VS Roman & The Usos! If Miz even shows up, their cage match at MITB is off! Will Miz be able to control himself for the sake of letting it all out on Sunday?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Finn Balor VS Mustafa Ali VS Randy Orton VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

The four men representing SmackDown in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match will do battle with each other here tonight! Will it be the Extraordinary, the Beacon of Light, the Viper or El Idolo who takes a huge lead towards that golden opportunity?

SmackDown returns as Randy Orton speaks. “This Sunday, I’m going to climb this ladder. I’m going to grab that briefcase, and I’m going to become Mr. Money in the Bank for the second time.” Then the three most dangerous letters will be R K O. Orton drops the mic and the others make their entrance, starting with Almas and Vega. Vega has a mic to tell everyone that they’re too sensitive over spoilers. Whether it’s Game of Thrones or Avengers: Endgame, they don’t care. Here is Almas’ Endgame, and it will spoil MITB for everyone. “Amigo, en cinco dias”, Almas will climb that ladder, take that contract, and become Mr. MITB!

Now Mustafa Ali makes his entrance, and chooses to let actions speak louder than words. The same goes for the WWE Intercontinental Champion! These four all stand in the ring and we finally begin!

SmackDown is picture in picture as the four men start brawling! Almas clubs away on Finn while Orton clubs Ali. Almas knees Finn down then Orton whips Ali. Ali throws Orton out while Finn baits and dumps Almas out of the ring. Ali kicks Orton back out and Finn wrecks Almas with a dropkick. Things speed up as Ali DIVES out onto Orton! Not to be outdone, Finn Penalty Kicks Amlas down from the apron! Now Ali and Finn circle and tie up. Finn wristlocks but Ali rolls and handsprings through to reverse. Finn rolls but Ali keeps hold and wrangles Finn to the mat. Fans rally and Finn fights his way up with a handspring and wrench. Finn headlock takeovers but Ali headscissors. Finn pops out and the two stand off.

The two circle again but Almas and Orton attack! They stomp Ali and Finn down, then Orton throws Ali out. Orton brings Ali to the announce desk to bounce him off the lid then back suplex him on it! Finn fights Almas off but runs into Almas’ dropkick! Orton grabs Finn as he bails out and back suplexes him on the announce desk! Almas then attacks Orton from behind! But Orton hits back and back suplexes Almas onto the desk! Orton gets an insane hat trick! Vega is in shock for Almas, but London fires up behind the Viper. Orton wants another but Almas resists. Orton gives Almas a big European Uppercut! Vega backs off as Orton grabs Ali and bounces him off steel steps. Orton brings Ali into the ring and stomps the limbs as we return to single picture.

Orton keeps stomping Ali from fingers to feet, then scrapes his laces on Ali’s face. Ali scrambles away but Finn returns. Orton has Finn but Ali rolls Orton! TWO and Ali forearms Finn away. Ali keeps on Orton with forearms and CHOPS! Orton reverses the whip to get the powerslam! Orton looms over Ali again as fans chant “RKO! RKO!” He drags Ali up for more EuroUppers. Orton whips but Ali flapjack dropkicks Orton down! Fans rally as Ali rolls to a corner. Orton goes after Ali in the corner but gets a back elbow. Ali hops up and fakes Orton out to then get a tornado DDT! Cover, but Almas just barely breaks it! Vega coaches Almas up as he drags Ali up for CHOPS! Almas whips Ali but Ali goes up and over.

Things speed up, flying headscissors sends Almas into buckles! But Almas clotheslines Ali off his feet! Almas goes after Finn now then after Orton, kicking them both down. Almas throws Ali out, but runs into Finn’s boots! Finn rallies on Almas, Orton and Ali! Takedown to double stomps! Orton runs into the elbow drop DDT! Finn gets Almas but Alms suplexes Finn. Finn slips out then hops to the apron to swing kick Almas down! Fans rally as Finn climbs up high! But Almas trips Finn up! Vega is relieved and Almas calls for them. Almas goes corner to corner for CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Finn lives and Vega is furious. But Almas sees the briefcase. Vega helps him find a ladder, and Amlas brings it out! This isn’t THE MITB match yet but Almas is allowed a ladder in a Fatal 4.

Almas brings the ladder in and uses it to ram Finn in the ribs. And SMACK Orton in the head! But Ali SUPERKICKS Almas out! Ali takes aim and slingshots, but into a ladder!! He crashes and burns while we go to break.

SmackDown returns as Almas whips Finn onto the ladder in a corner! Fans chant “SI! SI!” and Almas runs, but into a Slingblade! Finn shotgun dropkicks ALmas onto the ladder now! Ali slingshot somersaults and facebusters Finn! Ali goes back to a corner and climbs again, 450! But he rolls through as Finn evades, RKO!! Almas springboards, missile dropkick sends Orton out! Finn returns but gets the boot feint to elbow! Almas drags Finn up fast, hammerlock, but Finn cradle counters! TWO, but Finn clotheslines Almas out. Finn builds speed, to FLY! Finn bowls Ali and Orton, but Almas throws Finn into steel steps! Almas puts Finn back in fast, hammerlock DDT, La Sombra!! Cover, Almas wins!

Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall

El Idolo is victorious! But this Fatal 4 Way was just a sampler. Will Almas be able to win when it’s eight superstars, and he has to climb a ladder to grab his prize? Speaking of, Almas climbs a ladder to give us a sample of this, but here comes Ricochet! Another Wild Card is here, and he springboards all the way up to fight with Almas! Ricochet sends Almas crashing down, and HE takes the briefcase! Is this a “spoiler” of who wins and becomes THE Mr. Money in the Bank?

 

Carmella speaks.

“Let’s face it, in the Money in the Bank ladder match, the odds are in my favor.” Carmella has won twice, so it’s time for a three-peat! #MellaIsMoney, but will she hit the hat trick?

 

Xavier Woods surprises Kofi Kingston backstage.

He’ll be on the Kevin Owens Show with Kofi just in case. Kofi isn’t so sure. Xavier is still recovering, so he should take it easy. Kofi can handle business. That’s right! KO Show? No, it’ll be the Kofi Kingston Show! But will Kofi be able to keep his cool around the conniving Kevin Owens?

 

SmackDown returns with The Queen!

Charlotte Flair heads to the ring, feeling good after last night’s double contract signing that turned into a 2v1 beat down of Becky Lynch. Charlotte had Lacey Evans on her side to help powerbomb Becky through a table and stand tall with the SmackDown Women’s Championship. And tonight, she speaks to MITB being a culmination of their storied rivalry. And the story ends with Charlotte victorious once again.

Charlotte cues up a retrospective highlight reel to show the long journey of both her and Becky from NXT to the Women’s (R)Evolution. Becky says Charlotte wanted her to do well, but Charlotte couldn’t handle when she was doing as well as Charlotte. Charlotte didn’t want to be friends, she wanted to be champion. And she certainly wasn’t going to go easy on anyone in her way. It was Summerslam 2018, a SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat, that was the last straw for Becky. But Charlotte was glad to see Becky finally “grow a pair.” Becky was just jealous. But Becky had a cathartic moment punching Charlotte. It was finally Becky’s time to be the best. And from there, it was a rise to the top as the Lass Kicker became The Man.

“There is no ‘man’ without The Queen.” Wrestlemania finally had a women’s championship match main event as it was a Winner Takes All Triple Threat. Becky, Charlotte and Ronda Rousey battled harder than ever before, and it was Becky who came out on top. The Double Champ was born! But Charlotte wouldn’t let it go. Becky didn’t pin Charlotte for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but that’s because Becky was too busy beating the Baddest Woman on the Planet. Charlotte laughs at that explanation. It’s an insult that Becky thinks she’s the face of the Women’s Division. Becky’s been hot for six months, but Charlotte’s been hot for six years. MITB will make or break Becky Two Belts. Who walks out finally and decisively, the SmackDown Women’s Champion?

 

Lacey Evans is backstage on SmackDown.

“Hello? Did y’all forget about me?” Seems everyone’s too busy watching reruns of The Becky & Charlotte Show. The Man has two matches at MITB: Becky VS Charlotte, and Becky VS Lacey Evans. Lacey will teach Becky about a Woman’s Right, and give her a new nickname: Becky Black Eye. And then Lacey will have a new nickname, too: Raw Women’s Champion. Will the Model Soldier’s major claim come true?

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“The bard. Fascinating, huh? For within his words, we find both struggle between ambition and a manner of how one pursues their goals. That appearance is deceptive, and at the end we are left with our own truth. For my opponents who try to get inside my head, I guarantee you that you will not like the place that you try to venture into. And thus, I clothe my naked villainy with old, odd ends stolen from holy riff and seem sane, when most I play Fade to Black.”

 

4v3 Handicap Match: Shane, Elias, Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS Roman Reigns & The Usos!

The BEST in the Wooooooorld~ competes on SmackDown for the first time in a long time, alongside the new “Planet’s Tag Team Champions” and The Drifter. Will these four be able to make the Big Dog and his cousins pay for standing up to them earlier tonight?

SmackDown returns as The Usos make their entrance, followed by Roman! They hit the ring, and the teams sort out. The bell rings as we begin with Bryan and Jimmy.

Bryan goes animal style as he circles with Jimmy. They tie up and Bryan gets a waistlock. He brings Jimmy to the mat but Jimmy gets up to wrench through to a wristlock. Bryan rolls and wrenches back to a headlock. Jimmy powers out but Bryan runs him over. Fans are divided as Bryan’s team cheers for him. Bryan and Jimmy tie up and Jimmy gets the wristlock again. Jimmy wrenches and CHOPS Bryan! And CHOPS! Then he tackles Bryan into the corner and Jey tags in. Jey runs in and forearms Bryan, then snapmares Bryan to a cover. ONE, and Bryan gets Jey’s ankle. Tag to Elias and Elias CHOPS Jey to a corner.

Elias whips Jey corner to corner but Jey reverses. Jey runs in but Elias puts him on the apron. Jey kicks Elias down then climbs up to leap. Elias gets clear of the splash but Jey rolls through. Jey hobbles with a bad leg, Elias clobbers Jey with a clothesline! Elias stomps Jey over to his corner then tags in Shane. Shane mugs Jey then trips Jey up for elbow drops to the leg. Shane knees Jey’s leg then ties Jey up in a deathlock. He slaps Jey around then hooks on a chinlock. Jey endures but Shane shifts to go after the leg again. Fans rally up as Jey endures, but Elias tags in. Elias stomps Jey’s leg then drops knees on it. Elias taunts Roman before bringing Jey to the corner. Bryan tags in and the mugging continues.

Bryan puts Jey’s leg on the rope and pulls! The ref counts but Bryan lets go at 4 to run and dropkick the leg out! Cover but they’re too close to the ropes. Bryan moves Jey to put him on the top rope. Bryan climbs up behind Jey but Jey fights back. Jey elbows Bryan off the top rope and Bryan crashes down. Jey adjusts but has to fight Elias off. Bryan shoves Jey and Jey flies off into barriers! Jimmy checks on his brother while we go to break.

SmackDown returns again, and Rowan whips Jey corner to corner to then squash him against buckles. Rowan steps all over Jey to then drop knees over and over. Rowan runs and splashes down! Cover, TWO! Rowan drags Jey over to tag in Elias. Elias stomps Jey then drags him up for a scoop slam. Elias mocks Roman’s fist before dropping a knee. Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Elias taunts Roman then drags Jey up. He puts Jey in the corner and tags in Shane. Shane mugs Jey with a mule kick, then rope-a-dopes to taunt him. Jey sits up but Shane JABS him! Shane throws more hands but only his team cheers him. Shane stomps Jey, but then Jey kicks and gets the dragon whip! Both men are down but fans rally up! Hot tags to Bryan and Roman!

Roman rallies on Bryan and whips. Bryan reverses but Roman hits the leaping lariat! Roman uppercuts Elias then Rowan, then gives Bryan point-blank lariats in the corner! Roman gets all 10, then boots Bryan down! Shane looks to get in but backs off at Roman’s glare. Roman goes to a corner to lock ‘n’ load, but has to hit Elias first. Roman runs at Bryan but gets a roundhouse! Tag to Rowan, who clobbers Roman from over the ropes! Elias tags in without warning and he throws hands on Roman. The ref counts but Elias lets up at 4 to run and knee Roman down! Cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated but he drags Roman up and over to tag Rowan back in. Rowan mugs Roman then scoop slams him down. Rowan drops elbows then covers, TWO!

Roman sits up but Rowan digs his fists into Roman’s head! Fans rally as Roman endures the vice. Roman powers up and fights out, but Rowan shoves. Roman kicks him away but Rowan runs Roman over! We go picture in picture as Rowan soaks up the heat. Rowan tags in Bryan and Bryan gives Roman the No Kicks. He kicks and kicks and kicks, and hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and shocks Bryan’s team. Bryan keeps on Roman and throws him out of the ring. Roman staggers to his feet but Rowan tags in to throw Roman into barriers! Rowan throws Roman in again! Roman clutches his back while Rowan soaks up more heat. Rowan puts Roman in then stomps away. Tag to Elias, and Elias covers, TWO!

Elias keeps his cool as he circles Roman. We return to single picture as Elias stomps Roman more. Elias drops an elbow then continues to mock the fist. He drags Roman up but Roman counter punches! Elias staggers into more uppercuts! Elias knees low then runs, but into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down and fans rally up. Roman and Elias crawl for their corners, hot tags to Bryan and Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Bryan with haymakers! He whips but Bryan goes up and over. Things speed up and Bryan fakes out the Superkick. Shane runs inn, SUPERKICK! Elias runs in, SUPERKICK! Rowan in, SUPERKICK! Jey tags in and the Usos Double SUPERKICKS Rowan! Bryan leaps into SUPERKICKS! Cover, but Shane breaks it!

Jimmy throws Shane out hard, but Elias knees Jey. Elias gives Jey Drift Away! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Elias, but Bryan hits Jimmy with a Knee Plus! Cover, but Roman breaks it just in time! Rowan grabs Roman for a headbutt and whip. Roman holds ropes but Rowan clotheslines him out. Rowan pursues, but runs into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Elias grabs Roman to throw him into steel steps! Shane climbs up and targets Jey, COAST2COAST!! Cover, Shane and team win!

Winners: Shane McMahon, Elias, Daniel Bryan & Rowan, Shane pinning

Shane O’Mac wins in a Handicap match, but now Miz comes out to eve things up! Miz uses a chair to SMACK Elias! Then jab and SMACK Rowan! Shane runs away as Bryan gets SUPERKICKS! Roman SPEARS Rowan! Shane runs away, again, but now he has even less time before Miz comes for revenge. Will the Best in the World still be so smug after Money in the Bank?

 

SmackDown presents: another new episode of Firefly Fun House!

Bray Wyatt isn’t at the door, silly. No he’s not over there, either. Wait there he is! Yay~! And Rambling Rabbit is back in one piece! But Bray has a secret to share. Shhhh~! Well it better be good. Yeah, Mercy has stuff to do. Guys, c’mon… But it’s time to show the world what he’s really been working on. But he can’t do it alone. He needs all his fireflies to help. So who’s with him? YAY~! That warms Bray’s soul. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of darkness in his noggin. He’s learned to harness it. Control it. So does everyone want to see the secret?

Bray turns to the door, and his puppet pals are all nervous. We enter the dark playroom… “Let me in…!” Twinkle twinkle little star… How we wonder what you are. “Yowie wowie.” Bray has transformed!!

 

SmackDown’s Women’s MITB entrants speak.

“The Shenom is wild, unpredictable and without fear.” Ember Moon will risk it all and win it all, because it is on her to manifest her own greatness. She closes her eyes and sees herself becoming Ms. Money in the Bank.

“The Money in the Bank Ladder match is a chance for me to step out of the shadows and show the whole world what I’ve been capable of.” Bayley isn’t just a Hugger, and she’s no weak link. But will she be THE link this Sunday?

 

Fire & Desire VS Kairi Sane & Asuka w/ Paige!

Mandy Rose will be in the Women’s MITB Ladder Match, but she and Sonya Deville still have WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship aspirations. However, they’ll be facing the fastest and fiercest team the Glampire could possibly bring to SmackDown! Will #JoshiRoyalty take advantage of a distracted Golden Goddess to head for the IIconics and those tag titles?

SmackDown returns to see Peyton Royce & Billie Kay have joined commentary. But Paige says it’s great to be home and has brought some new friends. She properly introduces the world to the #KabukiWarriors! They’re not just the next WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but the future of the entire Women’s Tag Division! The IIconics take offense, that’s based on their catchphrase. But now Mandy and Sonya make their entrance and also have mics to speak.

“Take it down a notch, Paige. You named a tag team, not the royal baby.” It’s not like Megan and Harry did that good, though. Names matter, like “Ms. Money in the Bank,” which is what Mandy will be after Sunday. And then yes, she and Sonya will also go after the Women’s Tag titles. The future isn’t Kabuki Warriors nor IIconic. It is the team that can’t be broken, Fire & Desire. Peyton & Billie don’t take them serious, but they might have to after this match. Sonya and Asuka start for their teams and we begin!

Asuka circles with Sonya but Sonya gets the waistlock. Asuka reverses but Sonya reverses back. Sonya headlocks but Asuka powers out. Things speed up and Asuka hits Sonya with a hip attack! Tag to Kairi and they double whip Sonya. They knee, ax kick and bulldog Sonya to a dropkick! Fans fire up while Sonya bails out. The IIconics are annoyed while Fire & Desire regroup. Kairi takes aim and gives Mandy a Flying Kabuki Elbow! She puts Sonya in and Asuka hip attacks Sonya back down! The IIconic trash talk Sonya & Mandy while we go to break.

SmackDown returns again, and Kairi CHOPS away on Mandy! Kairi whips but Mandy reverses, only for Kairi to crossbody! Cover, ONE! Kairi keeps on Mandy and blocks a boot into a dragon screw! Mandy ends up in a corner and Kairi marches. Kairi runs in but Sonya saves Mandy from the Sliding D! Mandy makes Kairi Kiss the Rose with her knee attack! Cover, TWO! Mandy drags Kairi over and stomps away. Sonya tags in and she stomps away. Fire & Desire back off and Sonya snapmares to sliding wizard! Cover, TWO! Fire & Desire grow frustrated while the IIconics are annoyed. Sonya keeps on Kairi but London rallies. Mandy tags in and she stomps Kairi again. She backs off at 4 then brings Kairi up for a backbreaker. Mandy bends Kairi back but Kairi endures.

Paige and London rally behind Kairi and she fights out against Mandy. Kairi gets up but Mandy throws her down. Mandy drags Kairi up but Kairi reaches for Asuka. Mandy whips Kairi away but Kairi uses that to hit Sonya! Kairi dodges Mandy but Mandy hurries to catch up. Kairi pushes Mandy away but Mandy holds on. But Kairi uses one foot to free the other and gets away form Mandy! Hot tag to Asuka! The Empress rallies on Mandy, pop-up knee! German Suplex! Mandy ends up in a corner again, and Asuka runs in for a hip attack! Roundhouse! Armbar takedown! But Sonya slides in and attacks Asuka. Sonya knees Kairi out then returns to her corner. Mandy crawls and tags Sonya in. Sonya goes after Asuka with kicks! But Asuka blocks to kick back!

Asuka fires off kick after kick, then the buzzsaw is blocked into a big right hand! And a SPINEBUSTER! Mandy wants back in so Sonya tags. Mandy covers, but Asuka counters with a ghost pin! Kabuki Warriors win!!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka pinning

And the IIconics bust up laughing! Mandy’s ego cost them, and now Asuka and Kairi are the ones headed for the tag team titles. Will those titles stop being IIconic and soon belong to the true future of WWE Women’s Tag Team wrestling?

 

Backstage interview with Lars Sullivan.

The Leviathan is truly on SmackDown thanks to the Superstar Shake-Up, but his path of destruction has been on both shows since finally appearing. Kayla Braxton is just able to manage words, to ask Lars to comment on said destruction. He doesn’t, and his glare scares her enough. Will Lars continue to dominate and destroy any and every superstar he sees fit?

 

Kevin Owens speaks.

“We are just moments away from a very special edition of the Kevin Owen’s Show”, with the inspiring WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston! But what about the rest of the New Day? Well Kevin isn’t facing The New Day. Xavier and Big E aren’t the champion, Kofi is. Kevin wants to know: can Kofi stand on his own? Kevin knows the answer, and looks to prove it on Sunday. He wants to break Kofi’s back, a leg, maybe even dislocate a shoulder. But the New Day entrance interrupts! Kofi goes out first, will Kevin keep his cool this close to MITB?

 

SmackDown returns with the Kevin Owens Show…?

Well Kofi received an invitation to this talk show, so here he is! Kofi knows Kevin wants after the WWE Championship, and MITB will be his chance. But what about tonight? Kofi’s on Kevin’s show as a guest, so it’s only fitting that the host appear. Kofi introduces the host to the KO Show, Kevin Owens himself! But where is Kevin? Fans chant “Kofi Show! Kofi Show!” Fine, let’s rename the show, that’s good. Is Kevin shook? No, he couldn’t possibly be, because of all the trash he was talking. Kofi’s here giving Kevin a chance, so-

Kevin interrupts via titantron. Yes, Kofi is out there on his own. His little buddies couldn’t make it? It’s lonely at the top, huh? For the first time in a long time, Kofi’s on his own. And at the worst time possible. Because no one can deny that Kofimania was a dream come true. Kofi shared that moment with his brothers and his family. But did he ever wonder what happens when the dream ends? Reality begins. And the reality is, Kofi’s only champion because of the New Day. In reality, the dream ends at MITB. Kofi faces the most dangerous man in the WWE, and here is proof. Kevin cues up footage.

Kevin made a statement his first night on the main roster by going after John Cena. He didn’t wait for permission, he made his own opportunities. Kevin won title after title after title. And he even betrayed those who were in his way. From Sami Zayn to Chris Jericho, Kevin has always turned on friends when he had to. Kevin would annihilate anyone else, too, like Xavier Woods. An apron powerbomb would damage Xavier. Now Kevin looks to take what’s his. Kofi doesn’t get what the video proves. And he’s just a bit tired of hearing Kevin talk. Kofi clears the ring of the furniture and the flapjacks. If Kevin isn’t gonna face Kofi now- Oh you don’t think Kevin wants to be out there? Kevin leaves the screen, and the music hits! Kevin storms down the ramp and Kofi is ready!

But then Kevin turns back. But then he turns back again. Only to stop short and turn away again. Kofi gets fed up again, and runs after Kevin! They brawl on the ramp! But here comes Sami Zayn! Sami returns the favor for last week and helps his best frenemy beat down Kofi. Kevin shoves Kofi into the apron, then Sami feeds Kofi back to Kevin. But here comes Xavier! Xavier hits Sami then brawls with Kevin! But Kevin throws Xavier into a post! Kofi fights back again, but the numbers aren’t in his favor! London rallies for Kofi but Kofi gets send into steel steps! Kevin puts Kofi in the ring, and both he and Sami stomp Kofi. Kevin puts Kofi in a corner and shouts, “You think that title’s yours?!” Turns out Kevin isn’t on his own, either!

Kevin says he could end Kofi tonight, but he’s going to leave just enough of Kofi that he can go to MITB. Kevin runs in to cannonball, but Kofi dodges! Kofi brawls with Sami and London is on Kofi’s side. Sami runs but Kofi dodges the Helluva Kick! Kofi hits Sami with Trouble in Paradise! London fires up with Kofi while Kevin runs away. Will Kofi keep the dream going through MITB? Or will Kevin bring it all crashing down?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown for London and the go-home! Though, one thing it does expose is that this Wild Card Rule is pretty much exclusively for the Shane crossover story. The Miz and Usos show up to fight Shane and the start of what is basically his new Mean Street Posse. But of course Shane uses his authority to keep Miz out. That is good in that it preserves Shane VS Miz moments for their steel cage match, and then Miz gets to run out right after the match because that isn’t against the rules. I still don’t see this changing the math from last night, so either both Roman and Miz win, or there’s some chicanery that screws both of them over.

That Fatal 4 Way was incredible. It was a great move for Almas to win, he needed it for his SmackDown standings. And it was a great move for Ricochet to be a real Wild Card surprise. However, with Almas winning the Fatal 4 and Ricochet literally taking the briefcase, they’re probably not winning. Hopefully it’s Ali, Finn, or McIntyre. Those three are the ones where it’d make the most impact because we’ve already seen Orton and Corbin use it, one winning and one failing. And Sami’s story is clearly tied to Kevin’s again, even though Sami’s on Raw. Kevin and Sami brawling with Kofi was good, and it gave Kofi a great moment to stand tall. I would think to make a point towards the story, Shane bans Xavier from ringside. Maybe Sami still shows up, only for Big E to surprise us and save Kofi.

The SmackDown Women’s MITB entrants had good promos, and I feel it has to be one of them to win the briefcase given how Raw’s women got to have a great Fatal 4. It’s between Ember or Bayley, and leaning towards Bayley. We got a good video package for Becky and Charlotte, they’re really trying to make this seem final. I wonder if that’s them almost giving away that the SmackDown Women’s Championship changes hands by either Charlotte or a Ms. MITB victory. Good to see the women also main event tonight, as far as matches. Paige is the hometown girl so of course her team gets the spotlight. IIconics did great on commentary, too. But can Vince just not name things anymore? Kabuki Warriors is just above “Viking Experience” in dumb, and possibly even racist. But hey, at least Asuka and Kairi win as they should.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/19/24)

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Did you know that challenger in French is still “challenger?”

In a WrestleMania rematch, AJ Styles takes on LA Knight in a #1 contender’s match, to challenge WWE Champion Cody Rhodes at Backlash in France!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Styles wins and will challenge Cody Rhodes for the title at Backlash.
  • SmackDown/WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma; The Profits win and will challenge A-Town Down Under for the titles.
  • Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez; Santos wins.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi; Bayley wins, by disqualification, and retains the title.

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Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

After fighting their way through Triple Threats, the Phenomenal One and the Mega Star meet again, YEAH! It’s a WrestleMania Rematch, the winner moving on to Backlash, YEAH! Will AJ Styles avenge his loss at the biggest WrestleMania ever? Or will everyone from here to France know whose game it is?

The bell rings and the two step to each other. The fans in Pittsburgh “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and Knight lets Styles know it. Styles snarls, they tie up, and they go around. Knight puts Styles in a corner, the ref counts, but Knight lets off slowly. Styles kicks low! The fans boo but Styles headlocks. Knight pulls hair, throws body shots, then headlocks in return. Styles pushes Knight to ropes, powers up and out, then hurdles, drops and DROP- NO, Knight avoids the dropkick to BOOT, and LARIAT! Knight then TOSSES Styles out of the ring, storms out after him, and brings him to commentary. Knight SMACKS Styles off the desk! And again! And again!

The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with every SMACK, then Knight tops it off with one last SMACK! Knight drags Styles up and into the ring, storms in, but Styles KICKS Knight in the ropes! Styles reels Knight in, but Knight back drops Styles up and out! Styles flounders on the floor, Knight runs to WRECK him with a dropkick! Styles hits desk again and Steel City is loving “L! A! KNIGHT, YEAH!” as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles soaks up the heat as he taunts Knight. Styles brings Knight up, but Knight fires haymakers! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight backs Styles down, whips, but Styles ducks ‘n dodges! Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and the fans fire up. Both men slowly sit up, crawl around, and then stand. Styles fires a shot, but Knight gives it back! The haymakers go back and forth, “YEAH! BOO! YEAH!” Styles staggers but he still ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Styles again and again, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Knight ducks the lariat!

Knight JABS, JABS, JABS, and DECKS Styles! Knight stomps a mudhole in at the corner, “YEAH!” Knight then runs corner to corner to KNEE Styles down! The fans fire up, Knight puts Styles up, and Knight ROCKS Styles. Knight climbs, but Styles ROCKS him back! Knight staggers away, but returns to spring right up! SUPER DUPER PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives that crash but both men are down again. The fans rally as Knight rises, and he brings Styles around. Knight reels Styles in, suplexes, but Styles slips free! Styles goes to a corner, ELBOWS Knight away, then goes up to QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Knight stays in this and Styles starts losing his cool. The fans rally for Knight but Styles looms over him. Styles brings Knight up and in, but Knight RAMS him into a corner! Knight then scoops Styles, but Styles slips free to roll up, TWO!! Knight escapes, swings, but Styles dodges to PELE! Knight ends up in a corner, Styles runs in, but Knight puts Styles on the apron! Styles ROCKS Knight, springboards, but Knight gets under! Styles comes back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Then JUMP ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up with with Knight as he storms around. Styles rises, Knight winds up, B F- NO, Styles bails out!

The fans boo but Knight storms over. Knight drags Styles up but Styles HOTSHOTS him! And pokes him in the eyes! Then ROCKS him! And springboards, to PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Undisputed WWE Championship)

Styles bent the rules, but a win is a win! He will get his shot at the American Nightmare in Lyon, France, will this year’s Backlash be phenomenal?

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The car pulls up, Solo Sikoa steps out in a suit, and Paul Heyman is there to greet him. Nice threads, Solo. Tama Tonga walks over and Solo says meet the newest member of The Bloodline, Solo’s MFT. The Wise Man is stunned. But Solo cuts him off to ask if Kevin Owens is here. Heyman hesitates and Solo asks again, is Kevin here? If he is, he’s probably already in the locker room. Then take them to him. Heyman obeys and leads on. There have already been changes to the chain of command, is there about to be a change to the landscape of SmackDown, too?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

In a familiar scene to Monday Night Raw, there is a podium with something under a satin sheet. The SmackDown General Manager welcomes to Pittsburgh the Chief Content Officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque! The fans fire up as The Game makes his way to the ring! HHH joins Aldis in the ring, gets a mic, looks around at the crowd as he revels in the cheers, then says, “On the heels of the biggest, most epic, history making, record breaking, epic, unbelievable WrestleMania of all time, we are here tonight, sold out, 15 thousand strong, Pittsburgh, PA! So let me say, welcome to SmackDown!” The fans cheer that!

HHH wants to take a moment to say that he thinks Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis are both doing great jobs at leading their respective brands into the future. Thank you to both of them. And when we talk about the future, we have to talk about the history made coming into the future. So when history is made, HHH wants it to be represented here befitting of those that make it. So Aldis, if we could, let us bring the… champions out here. Aldis says without further ado, the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller. The fans boo as A-Town Down Under make their way, blue belts in hand.

Theory & Waller join Aldis and HHH in the ring, mics already in hand, and they soak up the heat from Steel City. Waller says this is huge. Monday, we saw the second place champions get new belts. And now A-Town Down Under will be presented new titles! Theory says speaking of truth, didn’t Truth think HHH was a magician? Well, who knows what magic trick HHH has to make these guys look better than they already do, but hey, give it a try. HHH says congratulations on becoming tag team champions, so he will show them what they will wear going forward. From now on, they will be the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Reveal! In the style of the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era belts, the solid gold shines. HHH offers a handshake, but Waller leaves him hanging to shake Theory’s hand! Aldis makes it clear to them. They ever pop off and disrespect HHH like that, here’s a real magic trick: A-Clown Down Under will disappear, permanently! The fans like the sound of that! Aldis snatches the blue belts away since they won’t need them, and speaking of disappearing, there’s a chance one of the following four teams will make their title reign disappear. That #1 contenders match starts right now! The fans fire up, but which team defies the odds to get some golden tickets to France?

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

Kayla Braxton is with The Glow and says last week, she beat Tiffany Stratton to get this title opportunity tonight. Will the friendship with Bayley get in the way of this match? Naomi says no, of course not. Bayley’s her sister, and she needed help against Damage CTRL, so Naomi was more than happy to help. But in no way will friendship get in the way of this opportunity. It has been over two YEARS since Naomi’s last WWE singles championship match, and there is nothing that will get in the way of making the most of this moment. Now last week, Tiffy Time felt the glow, so that same energy keeps going tonight.

Naomi is also looking forward to next week’s WWE Draft, where she will walk in the NEW WWE Women’s Champion. Naomi is ready, but will she be able to best Bayley in Bayley’s first title defense?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma!

SmackDown returns as Legado makes their entrance, followed by Akam & Rezar with the Final Testament. Waller & Theory are on commentary, Waller admitting he wants any team but AOP, and Theory saying these teams are fortunate to have real superstars leading their division. In this form of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are active, so the Big Strong Boi, Tyler Bate, starts against Montez Ford. They circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Bate powers up to pry at the hold but Ford clamps on tighter. Bate powers up and out, drops, but Ford leaps over! The fans cheer, things keep moving, Bate feints high to drop low!

Bate shows knuckle lock, Ford obliges, but Bate wrenches, baits and double pump handles to FLIP Ford! Cover, TWO! Ford gets up to sweep and cover, TWO! Bate steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Ford gets up, dropkicks cancel out, and both men kip up! The fans fire up and the two reset. But then Humberto Carrillo sneaks a tag, before he DECKS Bate with a sucker punch! Ford dodges Humberto but Angel Garza holds the ropes open! Ford tumbles out,  Garza tags in, and Humberto sits Ford up. Garza runs in to KNEE Ford down! The fans boo, Garza drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Garza back suplexes, Ford lands out!

Ford tags Dawkins and he dodges Garza to FLYING ELBOW! Garza tags out to Akam, but then the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, tags in off Dawkins! Rezar tags, Dunne runs up but Akam LARIATS him down! Rezar DECKS Dawkins, then the AOP start clearing the corners! But Ford goes up to leap, but into an URENAGE! The fans boo but the AOP roar and soak up the heat. Waller’s worst case scenario might end up reality, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Ford endures a facelock. Ford fights up, pries at the hold, but Rezar shoves him to ELBOW him down! Rezar talks trash, Waller taunts the Steelers players sitting in the front row that they don’t really know what championships are, and then Rezar sucker punches Dawkins down! Rezar stands Ford up, Canadian Racks and bends him! Ford endures, the fans rally, but Rezar thrashes Ford around! Ford kicks and flails, he gets free, hot tag to Dunne! Bate sneaks a tag, Dunne GAMANGIRIS Akam and then NCR fire off on Rezar! The fans fire up, Humberto runs in, but Dunne dodges to SNAP GERMAN!

Bate & Dunne STOMP Humberto’s hands! Then BASEMENT DROPKICK! Garza runs up, but into the REBOUNDER GERMAN COMBO!! The fans fire up with NCR, but Rezar runs up! He grabs Dunne, but Bate says Bop up, BANG! Bate fireman’s carries Rezar?! But Rezar ELBOWS right free! Dunne GAMANGIRIS, Ford SUPERKICKS, and Dawkins ENZIGIRIS! Rezar wobbles, and everyone helps Bate gets Rezar up! BIG STRONG AIRPLANE SPINE! But then Legado CLOBBER Bate and Rezar! They BOOT Dunne, whip the Profits but the Profits reverse to TOSS Legado out! Ellering coaches Rezar while the Profits regroup.

Bate gets up, Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins brings Bate to the very top, but Dunne CLUBS Dawkins! NCR mug Dawkins but Ford joins in! They brawl, but AOP add on! Humberto finds Rezar to tag in, before the DOUBLE TOWER OF DOOM!! Bate’s the only one left up top, so Legado mug him! They double trophy lift Bate, to DOUBLE ROCKET LAUNCH him onto everyone!! Humberto then finds Bate, sunset flips and rewinds, Garza jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! “This is Awesome!” as all eight men are down around ringside, and Waller says this is gonna be easy pickings for A-Town Down Under now.

Dunne grabs Garza, Bate has Humberto, STEREO ANKLE LOCKS!! Grapevine for Garza! But Humberto BOOTS Bate onto Dunne! Legado is free, Ellering has AOP regroup, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Rezar CLUBS Dawkins down. Rezar soaks up heat, taunts the other teams, then CLUBS Dawkins again. Rezar brings Dawkins up again, but Dawkins fires off body shots! Rezar KNEES low, reels Dawkins in, talks more trash, and lifts Dawkins up, to POWERBOMB! But then Dunne runs up to ROCK Rezar! Akam gets in to scoop Dunne and SLAM him on Dawkins! Cover, TWO! Rezar looks to Ellering and he coaches AOP. Rezar HAMMERS Dawkins, Akam tags, and AOP get NCR up! The fans boo but NCR RANA free to send AOP into each other! Ford jumps in, as does Garza.

All the teams realize, they gotta do something about AOP. So they all mug AOP! The fans fire up as AOP tumble out, but now who strikes first? Dunne runs up but Garza SUPERKICKS him first! Bate waistlocks Garza and Ford winds up, but Garza ducks so the BACKHAND hits Bate! Garza SUPERKICKS Ford, but Dawkins DECKS Garza! Humberto springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!! Theory says if A-Town Down Under were in this match, he’d knock everyone out and Waller could just sneak in to cover. Humberto and Dawkins rise and go to corners. Humberto runs up, but Dawkins POUNCES him away!

Dawkins gets Humberto up, Ford returns and tags in! Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Humberto and Ford climbs! The stars are out for the BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! Another save from the Bruiserweight and Ford is frustrated. Dunne drags Dawkins up to CHOP, but Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins whips Dunne out of the ring, but Dunne grabs the arm! And he pulls off the glove so he can SNAP fingers! The fans fire up, but Ford ENZIGIRIS Dunne down! Ford brings Humberto up, Humberto JAWBREAKERS! Bate tags in off Ford, BOOTS Garza, then runs up, but into a POP-UP! But Bate RANAS Humberto!!

Bate then DUMPS Garza out, goes to the apron, and Dunne lines up targets. Bate and Dunne climb, Ford runs in, NCR DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT while Ford FLIES over the corner post!! Down goes Legado and AOP!! The fans are losing their minds as Bate hurries to get Humberto up. Bate puts Humberto in, reels him in, underhooks, but Humberto fights it! Humberto back drops but Bate lands on his feet! Humberto cradles, TWO! Humberto LARIATS Bate, tag to Garza! Legado gets Bate up, feed to the POP-UP KICK!! #FTY! Humberto then DIVES to take out Dunne! Garza goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT!!

But Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS!! The fans are thunderous as everyone is down again! Bate flounders, Dawkins tags in! Dawkins whips Legado, Ford joins in, THE REVELATION!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships)

Waller & Theory are relieved it isn’t AOP, but they still look a bit annoyed that it is Ford & Dawkins. The Profits are Triple Crown Tag Team Champions from Raw to SmackDown to NXT, but will they soon add the WWE Tag Team Championships to make it a grand slam?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Byron Saxton is with The Role Model, and brings up the emotional moment from Monday Night Raw where Rhea Ripley had to relinquish her title. But let us focus on Bayley’s title, as she defends it for the first time against Naomi. Where is her head at ahead of the main event? Bayley says after seeing Rhea vacate the Women’s World Championship on Raw, Bayley appreciates her reign more. She is focused, and she has realized she’s THE Women’s Champion in WWE right now, something she does not take for granted. Because we all know that with the WWE Draft, things are bound to change.

And as excited as Bayley is to face her friend, Naomi, one thing that won’t change is her as THE WWE Women’s Champion. Bayley is just as confident at Naomi, so something’s gotta give! Will The Role Model #FeelTheGlow? Or will she still be shining with gold after tonight?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

The Wise Man apologizes that they haven’t found Kevin Owens, but he has to be here somewhere. Just look at the time. They will find him, somewhere. Solo stops listening and heads to gorilla. Heyman follows after, but Solo gives him a look. Heyman says he isn’t trying to upset Solo. Please believe him. The last person on this planet Heyman wants to piss off is Solo. But respectfully, Solo is making decisions that are not his to make, yet. One day, these will all be Solo’s decisions. But not now, not here! These are decisions that can only be made by one man. Solo asks Heyman if he’s done talking. Heyman asks if MFT is coming with Solo.

Solo just gives a thumbs up, with that taped thumb. The music hits and Solo makes his entrance, Heyman still following all the way into the ring. What does the Enforcer have planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Heyman has the mic to give his usual introduction. And he doesn’t know if there is a list of the most brilliant backstage maneuvering politicians int he history of the WWE, but if there were, Heyman would have to think that he personally is in the top… Well, permit Heyman, with Solo’s permission, to explain what’s going on right now within The Bloodline, “the premier act in the history of WWE.” The fans chant, “We Want Roman!” but Solo shrugs that off. Heyman assures us that as The Wise Man for… Heyman gets emotional, so Solo just snatches the mic! The fans boo but Solo paces.

Solo tries to talk but the fans boo. Solo says last week, he had to lose a brother! He had to! It was in order for him to find a new one! His MFT, Tama Tonga! And with that, a bloodied Kevin Owens is tossed out, by the Good Bad Guy! Tama shoves Kevin down the ramp, stalks behind him, and referees rush out to stop him from doing anything further! Kevin can’t even sit up, but Tama steps over him to go to the ring. The fans boo as Tama joins Solo in the ring while the refs help Kevin to his feet and to the back. Tama raises his finger to the sky, because he acknowledges Solo! Heyman has no choice but to go along, but wait! Kevin is heading back down the ramp!?

The fans fire up as Kevin shows his grit and defiance! He drags Tama out to fire off hands!! The fans cheer but then Solo whips Kevin into steel steps! Solo drags Kevin back up, puts him in the ring, but now security rushes in! Tama storms in after Kevin but Kevin TACKLES Tama! The security gets Kevin away from Tama, but Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Kevin down!! The fans boo but then Tama SPLASHES Kevin! Tama rains down fists on that bloody wound, then he DECKS guard after guard! Producers try but Tama is a madman! Tama shoves everyone away so he can slip out of the ring, to grab a chair!!

The fans boo as Tama storms back in, but now Aldis steps up! Aldis warns The Bloodline here, and Solo has Tama stand down. Solo takes the chair from Tama to show they’re done here. The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage is done. Solo & Tama are a dangerous duo, will nothing and no one stop them from taking over SmackDown?

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

He’s in shock, but Aldis finds him and pulls him along. Was Heyman aware of this? Aldis shows Heyman the aftermath of one car T-boning another! And in case Heyman can’t guess, the struck car was Kevin’s. The attacking car was Tama’s! Heyman says this wasn’t authorized! No, Heyman, Aldis is speaking now. He gets this is a conflict within The Bloodline, but on his show, things are settle din the ring. Next week is the Draft, a lot of eyeballs on it, and a lot top brass are gonna be here. So Aldis will not tolerate this behavior. So make sure The Bloodline understands. Because, Heyman, if you don’t, the repercussions will be equally savage.

Aldis brings Heyman in close to tell him losing isn’t the only thing that has consequences. Will the Wise Man be able to rein in such an unruly force as Solo and Tama?

 

Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez!

The LWO still doesn’t believe Legado’s claims that they had nothing to do with Dragon Lee going down before WrestleMania, so they’re going to get to the bottom of this one themselves! Will Caribbean Cool make the Emperor of Lucha confess his crimes? Or will Santos prove he was right all along?

The bell rings and the two talk trash. Then they start throwing hands! Carlito backs Santos down but Santos gets around to whisper something in Carlito’s ear. Carlito ELBOWS Santos away, runs up and hits a THESZ PRESS! Carlito then bumps Santos off buckles, fires hands, then has him in another corner. Carlito whips corner to corner, runs up, but Santos BOOTS him! Santos runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Carlito to stay on Santos and he brings Santos up. Carlito ROCKS Santos, whips, but Santos KICKS him! Santos runs, but into a DROPKICK! Carlito kips up and the fans fire up!

Santos is on the outside, the ref won’t let Carlito go after him, but then Carlito WRECKS Santos with a dropkick! Carlito loads up to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Santos and Carlito hoists Vega up to celebrate! The fans cheer the LWO on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Santos whips Carlito hard into buckles. Carlito falls over, Santos soaks up the heat, then Santos HEADBUTTS Carlito to a corner. Santos then CHOPS, gets space and runs in, to DOUBLE KNEE! Carlito slumps in the corner but Santos puts him up top! Santos GAMANGIRIS then climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Carlito flounders, Santos pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vega is relieved but Santos huffs and puffs. Santos rains down fists on Carlito, then clamps on a top wristlock. Carlito endures and Vega coaches him while the fans rally. Carlito rises, throws body shots, then LARIATS!

The fans rally as Carlito starts to rally with more clotheslines, and an ELBOW! Carlito kicks, runs, and KNEE LIFTS! Santos wobbles, Carlito LARIATS again! Cover, TWO! Santos is tougher than that but Carlito says he’s going up! Carlito climbs, but then Lopez gets on the apron! Vega storms right over to YANK her down! The fans fire up as Vega goes up, and RANAS, only for Lopez to block! Lopez SWINGS Vega into barriers! Carlito ROCKS Santos, steps in, but the ref is reprimanding Lopez so he misses Santos KICK ropes to jam Carlito low! Santos reels Carlito in to POST him, then brings him back for the fireman’s carry! PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

La Madrina helps The Emperor steal this victory, them taking down the Caribbean Cool and La Muneca! Whether or not Legado beat down Dragon Lee, will nothing stop them from conquering SmackDown?

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

Kayla is with Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane & Asuka as they sit way up in the back. What made the former WWE Women’s Champion and crew want a special view of this main event? Dakota takes offense for Iyo with the use of “former” there. Is Kayla trying to disrespect them? Iyo will take that title back when they’re good and ready. But for now, they’re here to watch two people they can’t stand tear each other apart! Does Dakota need to remind everyone here that DMG CTRL is still the most dominant force in the WWE!? The fans boo but Dakota says the Kabuki Warriors are STILL the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and that will not change-

WAID! Jade Cargill is here! She makes her entrance from the other skybox, with Bianca Belair alongside her! The strongEST duo argues with DMG CTRL, their own title intentions clear. But for now, it’s time for the main event! Who shines with gold here in the Steel City? We find out, after the break!

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

The American Nightmare is in the UK as part of Raw’s tour, but he still took time to say, “What is the task? Run up the score, leave no doubt, right? Formerly, the task was ‘win the big belt, in the big place.’ We’ve done that. Now, it’s a whole new frontier for us, undiscovered country.” There’s an old expression: the title can make the man, or the man makes the title. Which will it be for Cody? He’s in London tonight, the O2, 16 THOUSAND, then it’s on to Belfast, Ireland. Cody is keeping his promise to bring this title all around the world. Back home, AJ Styles has emerged the #1 contender to this championship.

So then, it will be two Georgia boys duking it out in Lyon, France. The first time ever, at that. Styles has an unprecedented reputation in pro-wrestling. The modern day Excellence of Execution, if you will. Styles rarely misses. But the same goes for Cody. So Backlash in France, Cody looks forward to it. The contract signing is next week, even as the WWE Draft is going on! Will things be explosive when American Nightmare and Phenomenal One meet face to face?

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and either we shine or we glow!

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. The two tie up, go around, and Bayley headlocks. Naomi powers up but Bayley wrenches to wristlock. Naomi slips through, rolls Bayley up, ONE!! The fans rally as the two go again. Naomi waistlocks, Bayley headlocks to hit a takeover, and she makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi fights up to her feet, powers up but Bayley wrenches gain. Naomi waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! Both women get up, Naomi ducks the boot but Bayley arm-drags her around! Bayley has the cording hold, the fans rally up, and Naomi fights to her feet. Naomi whips Bayley away, but Bayley runs her over!

The fans cheer and Bayley tells DMG CTRL she’s watching them, too. Things speed up, Naomi does the splits to duck under, then she comes back to kick from below! She drags Bayley into a cradle, ONE!! Bayley hurries to step over, LA MAGISTROL! ONE!! Naomi and Bayley get up, Naomi trips Bayley to jackknife, ONE!! Ghost pin, TWO! Both women hurry up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans rally while both women are down, evenly matched in this chess game so far. Both women rise, and Naomi SHOTGUNS first! Then she runs up, uses the ropes to slingshot and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Naomi is frustrated but keeps her focus.

Naomi drags Bayley up, Bayley shoves her away. Naomi dodges the lariat to hit REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Naomi lets her know it was that close, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Bayley whips Naomi to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bayley gets up, Naomi runs up, JAWBREAKER! Bayley ends up in a corner now, Naomi runs in, and she forearm SMASHES! Naomi then runs Bayley corner to corner for a BUCKLE BULLDOG! Naomi slips out to the apron while Bayley flounders, and Naomi climbs. The fans duel as Naomi CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Bayley is tougher than that but Naomi knows that. Naomi keeps her focus while DMG CTRL, Bianca & Jade all focus on them. Naomi ROCKS Bayley, tries the ropes again, but Bayley stops the bulldog to SMACK Naomi off buckles!

Bayley then reels Naomi in, SAIDO! High stack, TWO! Naomi is still in this and Bayley remembers Naomi’s tougher than that, too. Bayley drags Naomi into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Bayley aims, to MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bayley writhes, Naomi goes to the apron. Bayley stands, runs up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi slingshots, for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives and Naomi is stunned! Naomi refocuses, goes to the corner, and goes up to SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT onto knees! Bayley returns the favor and both women are down. Bayley shakes out the leg, stands and runs, to KNEE Naomi down!

Bayley hurries to put Naomi back in a drop zone, and then hobbles her way to a corner. Bayley climbs, to MACHO ELBOW!! Direct hit this time and Bayley covers, TWO!! Naomi survives and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley hobbles on the bad leg, leans on ropes while she catches her breath, and the fans duel even more. Bayley stalks Naomi, hooks her up, but Naomi PELES free! Naomi hurries to a corner, Bayley runs up, but Naomi goes up to sunset flip! TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Bayley endures, reaches out with her legs, but then she tucks to a cover, TWO!! Naomi gets up, both women throw forearms!

They both wobble, storm up, and Bayley eggs Naomi on. Naomi wants this, right? So hit her! Naomi fires a forearm, Bayley hits back! Naomi winds up to forearm, Bayley comes back with another! The fans fire up as the forearms go harder and faster! Bayley gets the edge, but Naomi SWATS one, to SCORPION KICK, and then JUMP KNEE! Bayley tumbles out of the ring, Naomi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and a hard one, both women are down on the floor! The ring count starts, Naomi stirs at 3 of 10. Naomi brings Bayley up, but BAYLEY2BELLY onto the desk!! The count is 7! Naomi flounders on the desk, but then TIFFANY ATTACKS BAYLEY!!!

Winner: Bayley, by disqualification (still WWE Women’s Champion)

Tiffany makes herself the center of attention as always as she ruins this main event! She dribbles Naomi off the desk, then RAMS Bayley into steel steps! Then she drags Naomi off the desk to POST her! Tiff storms back over to Bayley, puts her in the ring, then adds Naomi in, too. Tiff says sorry not sorry, but it’s Tiffy Time! Tiffy goes to the corner, for the PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Tiff flexes over both champion and challenger, having upset Bianca & Jade but having entertained DMG CTRL. But will Wrestling Barbie pay for pissing off the Role Model?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that also acted as a WWE Draft go-home. Great match from Styles and Knight to open the night but also follow-up their WrestleMania match. Naturally, Styles wins because then he and Knight are 1-1 in 1v1 matches, and also natural Face VS Heel right there. Good promo from Cody Rhodes, that title match is going to be awesome. Awesome new looks for the WWE Tag Team Championships, though maybe too much gold. Nothing really pops when it’s all the same color, so they should’ve had silver on the WWE logo and the words, “Tag Team Champions,” but it’s still a great redesign.

We also got an awesome Fatal 4 Way tag match, with Theory & Waller decent on commentary. And pieces are falling into place for what I was thinking: Profits win the right to face Theory & Waller, we’ll surely get Lashley wanting the US Championship, we’ll get a good faction feud there as we approach those title matches. Also good continuation of the LWO VS Legado feud with Carlito VS Santos, and distractions of course helped Santos win. There’s gotta come a point where Carlito reveals it was him, Dragon Lee, it was him all along! Now, that would make like the third turn since the start of this rivalry (Santos to Heel, Andrade to Face and Carlito to Heel) but hey, the drama is heightened each time, and maybe Dragon Lee will actually get a win in this feud.

Great stuff in Bayley VS Naomi, as well as all the promos. DMG CTRL watching from the skybox, same as Bianca & Jade, was good stuff. The tag title match is definitely coming for Backlash, that will be great stuff. But I should’ve figured Tiffany would “ruin” the main event so that there won’t really be a choice between Bayley and Naomi. The Draft is coming, hopefully they think to keep all three on the same brand, and probably here on SmackDown, so that those three can have it out. I don’t know the chances of a Triple Threat for Backlash but it still feels possible. Though  at the same time, I don’t think they’d take the title off Bayley after only a month, so she’d probably use Tiffany against Naomi to retain.

And what wild stuff with this new, more vicious Bloodline. Solo is in a suit because he certainly thinks he is Tribal Chief already, given Roman Reigns did give him the nod as “Tribal Heir” a few months ago. And while Tama is the MFT, which everyone is already wondering what that even means, it’s clear he’s also the right hand man and a loose cannon at that. Without the Draft, it’d be pretty wild for Jimmy to come back and help Kevin against this new Bloodline. With the Draft, we could get Jey back on the same brand as his family and then he and Jimmy stand against Solo and Tama. But either way, it’ll be a wild ride in this new chapter and I’m all for it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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