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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (9/24/19)

It’s the final SmackDown on USA Network!

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The SmackDown “season finale” is going to be big!

Before moving to Fox, the Blue Brand wants Roman Reigns to clear the air with Daniel Bryan over the Erick Rowan issue. Will Big Dog and Planet’s Champion come to an understanding?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan; Rowan wins.
  • Chad Gable VS Mike Kanellis; Gable wins.
  • Charlotte Flair & Carmella w/ R-Truth VS Sasha Banks & Bayley; Banks & Bayley win.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn; Nakamura wins.
  • The New Day VS The B-Team; The New Day wins.
  • The Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire; The Kabuki Warriors win.

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No one will overlook Erick Rowan ever again.

With his one real friend, Luke Harper, by his side, the Big Redwood wrecked Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan to end SmackDown! Will these two titans continue to dominate and destroy?

 

Erick Rowan is here!

The massive mastermind is in San Francisco but fans boo and jeer. He comments on the “work of art” that he and Harper created last week. Fans still boo and jeer but Rowan says he is more than an artist, he is a creator! He creates violence that demands respect. But San Fran shouts “You Suck! You Suck!” Rowan sees they like to belittle him, and the nickname “Redwood” comes from thinking he is less than human. But that has changed because as the saying goes, Might Makes Right. It doesn’t matter what side you’re on. It matters if you can dominate and destroy. Roman and “Dan” know he’s right, as does the entire SmackDown roster! That is why they’re afraid of Rowan! But wait, here comes Daniel Bryan! Fans are fired up for the Planet’s Champion as he stands on stage with a mic. “You feel disrespected? You think you’re right?” Bryan says if Rowan wants respect, fight him right now! Rowan tosses off his vest, a referee appears, this match is happening!

Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan!

The bell rings, and Bryan runs at Rowan, only to be powered back to a corner. Rowan tosses Bryan across the ring, then reels him in for a BIG clothesline! Rowan runs to drop a big elbow, then runs again to drop the splash! Rowan drags Bryan up to toss him out, and then he hurries out to come around the way, BIG BODY CHECK! The fans boo while Rowan roars and looms over Bryan. Rowan drags Bryan back up to throw him into the post! Rowan refreshes the count at 7 to go after Bryan more. He puts Bryan in the ring as fans rally up. Rowan stomps Bryan down, then drags him up to ram knees in Bryan’s back. Rowan wrenches Bryan’s neck but Bryan fights his way up. Bryan pulls Rowan’s beard but Rowan knees him low. Bryan fights back with punches and uppercuts and kicks! Fans rally as Bryan runs, but into a BIG spinning heel kick! Cover, TWO! Rowan has Bryan on the ropes while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Rowan stalks over to Bryan outside the ring. Rowan rocks Bryan with a big forearm, then refreshes the count again. Rowan drags Bryan up for a powerbomb to the post! Bryan hits the floor and Rowan leaves him behind. The ref checks on Bryan but Rowan wants the count. The ring count begins yet again, but Bryan rises at 7. Bryan drags himself in at 9! Rowan is furious, and he stomps Bryan down! Rowan stomps away over and over but backs off at the ref’s count. Rowan hauls Bryan up to whip corner to corner, then runs in for a big splash! Bryan slumps down, but gets up as Rowan comes back, to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up for Bryan and Bryan fires up in the ring. Bryan and Rowan stand, but Bryan chop blocks Rowan’s leg! And again! Bryan hurries out to drag Rowan over to a corner, and he throws the bad leg into the post! Rowan is writhing but Bryan just swings his leg into the post again! And then dropkicks it! And then swings it into the post!

Fans fire up as Bryan has Rowan reeling. Bryan drags Rowan up for big European Uppercuts and buckle bumps. Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! And then another! Bryan goes a third time, but Rowan pops him up! To a JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and shocks Rowan! Rowan focuses and drags Bryan up for a bearhug, thrashing Bryan about! Bryan endures as Rowan squeezes tight. Fans rally and Bryan fights back with elbows. Bryan is free, and he throws EuroUppers. Rowan kicks low then lifts Bryan again, standing powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! SmackDown goes picture in picture as Rowan argues with the ref. Rowan shouts at the fans but then he laughs it off. He drags Bryan over, because he has an idea how to end this. Rowan whips Bryan at the steel steps! Bryan is down but Rowan refreshes the count to keep on him.

Rowan drags Bryan to the barriers, and throws him face first into them! The front row fans get even closer to the action and cheer Bryan on. But Rowan drags Bryan back up to throw into the ring. Rowan stalks Bryan with a smile on his face. He dares Bryan to stand, and Bryan slowly drags himself up on the ropes. Rowan grins as Bryan makes it to his feet, and he LARIATS Bryan down! Rowan soaks up the heat, and even gets up on the corner for all to see. San Fran boos the Big Red Behemoth as he goes back to Bryan. He steps on Bryan then goes back to boasting on a post. Rowan drags Bryan up and reels him in for another clothesline, then mocks Bryan for ever thinking of him as an equal and not a superior.

SmackDown returns to single picture as fans rally for Bryan. Bryan drags himself up but Rowan brings him in for another lift. Bryan fights out of the bomb to sunset flip! But Rowan hauls Bryan up to whip. Bryan baits Rowan in and dumps him out! Bryan then builds speed, to DIVE! But into Rowan’s arms! Bryan escapes and shoves Rowan into a post! Rowan clutches the bad arm again, but he gets back in the ring. Bryan hurries to climb up top, and he leaps to missile dropkick Rowan in the back! Fans are thunderous for Bryan as he kips up! Bryan gives Rowan Yes Kicks! From both sides, too! Then the buzzsaw hits! Cover, ONE!? Rowan still has so much strength left, but Bryan won’t stop here. Bryan climbs up, and leaps again, but into Rowan’s hands! Choke slam lift, but Bryan pops out for a GUILLOTINE! Bryan brings Rowan down, into the LeBelle Lock!! Rowan scrambles and reaches, and gets the ropebreak. Bryan holds on, until he sees Harper coming! Bryan gets up to dropkick Harper away from the ring! Bryan DIVES to take Harper out!!

But Harper gets right up!? Harper just stares at Bryan, and Rowan drags Bryan back in! IRON CLAW SLAM! And Bryan gets stuck in the ropes at the same time! Harper grins as Rowan smothers and stomps Bryan while the ref tries to free Bryan. Bryan is freed, but that only means Rowan can give him a second IRON CLAW! Cover, Rowan wins!

Winner: Erick Rowan, by pinfall

Luke Harper celebrates with Rowan, by going after Bryan more! Harper smothers Bryan while Rowan clears off the announce desk. But here comes Roman Reigns! The Big Dog heads right down the ramp, and he LEAPS to Superman Punch Harper! Superman Punch for Rowan! Drive-By Dropkick for Harper! But Rowan runs Roman over! Deja vu from last week as Harper and Rowan bring Roman to the desk. But Bryan is up and fighting back! Bryan looks to save Roman, but Harper throws him into the ring. Roman gives Rowan a BIG uppercut! Harper aims at Bryan, but Bryan dodges the discus to give the Planet’s Knee!! Rowan hurries after Bryan, but Roman saves Bryan with a SPEAR!

Fans echo “OOAH~!” as Roman checks on Bryan. It would seem that the enemy of an enemy is a friend, but Bryan refuses to be helped up. Bryan grabs a mic and says, “All I want is a one word answer. Do you want to see me and Roman kick their disrespected asses!?” Fans say “YES! YES!” The fans have spoken, and Bryan might have a new ally against former friends! Will Roman and Bryan be able to overcome the combined might of Harper and Rowan?

 

SmackDown looks back on the legend of The Beast, BROCK LESNAR!

From NCAA Heavyweight Champion to youngest WWE world champion and perhaps the most dominate force in all of WWE history, “you can’t survive Suplex City! You can’t survive the onslaught! You can’t survive the F5!” No one survives BRRROCK! LESNARRR!

 

Michael Cole interviews Kofi Kingston.

The WWE World Champion wants Cole to have some energy. The W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~ is here, baby! Well Cole tried that once, it didn’t work that well. But on to the coming challenge of Brock Lesnar. Lesnar challenged Kofi to a match for the first Fox SmackDown, then gave him an F5. Why did Kofi accept the challenge? Because Kofi is proving he is a fighting champion. So then how is he preparing for The Beast? No one ever really prepares for someone like that, but Kofi feels he’s at the top of his game right now. Kofi beat Samoa Joe, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, some of the greatest around. Kofi feels really good.

But think about how historic that debut will be in Los Angeles. Kingston VS Lesnar for the world title. Does he feel pressure? Kofi always feels that. He wants to be the best champion he can be, but this amazing opportunity for WWE and Fox is great. Everyone thinks Lesnar will have his way again, walk out as champion again, but Kofi’s worked too long and too hard to let go just yet. Kofi feels at the top of his game, feels very confident, and is confident that he will still be our W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, baby. Will Kofi solidify his legacy by overcoming the one and only Brock Lesnar?

 

Chad Gable VS Mike Kanellis!

Another so close and yet so far match with Baron Corbin last night, but the Olympic medalist is still #ReadyWillingAndGable to fight. Will Gable climb his way back up?

Gable speaks, noting how Corbin said Gable will “always come up short.” Haha, good joke. But Gable’s run in the King of the Ring tournament, and how close he came last night on Raw, that was no joke. Corbin knew he was going to lose, so he got disqualified. But the next time Gable crosses paths with him- Mike Kanellis interrupts, telling “Chad, Chad, Chad,” that while he’s “sorry” to cut Gable’s time short, Mike is here to prove to his wife, Maria, that size does matter. Mike laughs at his own jokes, but Gable just laughs it off. The bell rings, Gable throws Mike overhead with a belly2belly! Mike scrambles up, Gable gets Mike with CHAOS THEORY! And the Ankle Lock! Mike taps, Gable wins!

Winner: Chad Gable, by submission

Size does matter, because Mike’s big ego got him in trouble! Gable wins, but will he move on to bigger and better after this?

Elias interrupts Gable’s celebration with a message from the titantron. “Hey, Shorty.” Elias has been following the Gable story and has written a song dedicated to him. “Chad Gable the underdog has everyone inspired. If it were up to me, little people like you would be fired.” Imagine if Gable had won the finals, how would everyone feel, knowing the King of the Ring can’t see over his steering wheel? Women laugh at Gable because he has nothing to give. Randy Newman said it best, short people ain’t got no reason to live. Gable scowls but will he make Elias pay for showing little respect?

 

Charlotte Flair finds R-Truth.

Has he seen Carmella? Carm who? He knows who she means. No he doesn’t. He certainly doesn’t know someone who is the new 48/7, 7/11, European Television Champion. Carmella says it is okay, and she shows herself. Charlotte congratulates Carmella for winning the title, but wants her to focus on Bayley and Banks. Carmella is. She has known Bayley for years, this is not the Bayley she knows. Charlotte says this is exactly the Bayley she’s known. But either way, they’ll be showing Bayley and Banks #WhatsUp. WOO~! Did Truth do that right? Well when Queen and Princess team up, will they beat the Boss & Hug Connection?

 

Charlotte Flair & Carmella w/ R-Truth VS Sasha Banks & Bayley!

While The Boss prepares for Becky Lynch in Hell in a Cell, the FABULOUS 24/7 Champion has to now watch her back. Will either of them be able to focus in this match? Or will it be all on The Queen and the SmackDown Women’s Champion to settle this grudge?

The teams sort out and Carmella starts with Sasha Banks. The two circle and Sasha knees Carmella to throw her down by her hair. Sasha whips Carmella to a corner, but Carmella dodges and moonwalks. Carmella catches Sasha for an atomic drop to a corner boot! Carmella hops up to headscissor and clothesline Sasha down! Cover, TWO! Carmella keeps on Sasha by bringing her up, but Sasha spins out and DECKS her with a right! Sasha throws Carmella out of the ring, and then tags Bayley. Truth keeps the 24/7 Championship safe while Bayley DECKS Carmella! And then throws more forearms! She bounces Carmella off the announce desk! Then she puts Carmella in the ring to cover, TWO! Bayley keeps on Carmella with a rain of rights, shouting, “I’ve changed?” She tags Sasha in, and the two best friends whip and crisscross Carmella to throw her into buckles.

Sasha snapmares, runs and wraps on a chinlock. She grins as she grinds Carmella down. Carmella endures and fans rally up. Carmella fights up but Sasha throws her down again. Tag to Bayley and the best friends mug Carmella. Bayley brings Carmella up but Carmella fights with forearms! Carmella reaches for Charlotte but Bayley pulls her away. Bayley scoops but Carmella slips out to pull Bayley down by her ponytail! Both women are down but Carmella crawls, hot tag to Charlotte! Charlotte rallies on both Bayley and Sasha, and CHOPS away on Bayley! Fans echo the “WOO~!” with each shot! Charlotte gives Bayley a big back suplex! Then an exploder! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up as she runs in at Bayley. Bayley dodges, but runs into the backbreaker! Then a BOOT! Charlotte drags Bayley around, and wants the Figure Four! She gets it! Bayley flails but Sasha attacks with a Meteora!

Sasha saves Bayley and tags in. Sasha goes at Charlotte, but Charlotte blocks the backstabber into a backpack stunner! Charlotte goes for the Figure Four again, but Sasha shoves her away! Charlotte hits buckles, but Carmella tags in. Carmella climbs, and LEAPS for a crossbody! But she bounces off, to FABULOUS Kick! Sasha elbows back, then hops up, but Carmella gets under. FABULOUS KICK again! Cover but Bayley breaks it! Bayley whips but Carmella reverses to send Bayley out. Carmella mule kicks then FABULOUS Kicks! She dodges Sasha to tilt-o-whirl to a roll-up, TWO! CROSSFACE! Sasha has the Bank Statement, Carmella taps, Banks & Bayley win!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley, Sasha by submission

Truth knows what that means for the 24/7 Champion! He gets Carmella out of the ring as the rest of the Women’s Division comes running down the ramp! Will Carmella make it out of the Chase Center with the title?

As for Charlotte, she already couldn’t believe her team lost. Now she can’t believe she’s all alone against Sasha and Bayley. But she still fights with big elbows and forearms! She tackles Bayley to a corner to ram in shoulder.s Sasha gets Charlotte with the backstabber! But here comes Becky! Once again, the Raw Women’s Champion is ready to fight! And she gets Bayley as Sasha runs away! Sasha returns but she gets EuroUppers! Bayley gets a mule kick, Sasha gets a Becksploder! But so does Bayley! Sasha gets caught for the Disarm-Her! Bayley bails Banks out and they both get away. Becky grins, because it’s only a matter of time. Will the Man make The Boss pay for trying to cancel the #StraightFire? Or is Sasha one match away from making the Boss & Hug Connection golden?

 

Shane McMahon discusses Kevin Owens’ lawsuit with his legal team.

It seems they all understand the situation, but will they find something to favor Shane O’Mac? Or is he going to be out a pretty penny and a job when this goes to court?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn!

The Beacon of Light shines bright in the night, but will he make a big impact on the last night SmackDown’s on USA Network? But Sami makes sure everyone shows respect for THE Intercontinental Champion, the King of Strong Style, “SHINSUKEEEE~! NAKAMURAAAA~!” Will Nakamura make good on the beating he gave Ali last week?

The bell rings and Ali approaches Nakamura, only to get a kick in the leg. Nakamura puts Ali in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Nakamura runs in, but Ali goes right up and over him! Ali runs, dodges, and dropkicks Nakamura out! Then DIVES to wipe Nakamura out! He gets right up, too! Ali puts Nakamura in and shakes off the header, to crossbody Nakamura down! Cover, TWO! Ali keeps his eyes on Nakamura as he goes corner to corner, but he’s put on the apron. He punches Nakamura away, but has to swipe at Sami. Nakamura throws Ali into the post! Ali crashes and burns and Sami shouts, “That’s what you get!” as SmackDown goes picture in picture.

Ali is down and out but Nakamura fetches him into the ring. Nakamura puts Ali on the apron, for the guillotine knee drop! Ali writhes but Nakamura covers, TWO! Ali lives but he’s not doing so well with Nakamura driving knees into his head and shoulders. Nakamura paces before going to Ali at the ropes. He brings Ali up in a facelock and wrenches, but Ali endures. Nakamura grinds Ali down to the mat, but Ali fights his way back up. Ali throws body shots but Nakamura knees then snapmares to drop another knee! Cover, TWO! Ali angers Sami and Nakamura, but Nakamura keeps on Ali with swift kicks. Nakamura drives more knees in, but Ali blocks the buzzsaw kick! SmackDown returns to single picture as Ali stands to heel kick Nakamura down!

Fans rally as Ali gets to a corner. Ali dodges Nakamura then roundhouses him away! Ali slingshots and somersaults for the X-factor! But Ali won’t stop there, he aims from the corner. Ali runs corner to corner for double knees! He hoists Nakamura up fast to uppercut and climb. Nakamura fights back and shoves, but Ali flips to land on his feet! Nakamura leaps into Ali’s dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is wincing now and Sami grows concerned. Ali gets up and is on Nakamura, but Nakamura holds ropes to avoid the whip. So Ali throws uppercuts! Ali whips again, but Nakamura reverses. Nakamura swings one but hits the back hell kick! Ali is dazed, but he boots, only to get turned around and kicked back! Sliding German Suplex from Nakamura drops Ali! Sami is enjoying this as Nakamura aims from the corner. “YAO~!” SUPERKICK from Ali! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down but fans rally. Ali hurries to a corner and climbs, but Nakamura hurries over to enziguri! Ali is stuck up top, Top Shelf Knee! Then Inverted Exploder, but Ali lands on his feet! Roll-up, TWO! Uppercut from Ali, he hops up to tornado DDT! Ali hurries up top again, but Sami saves Nakamura! Ali bails out of his flip, but builds speed to FLY over the ref! He takes out Nakamura! Ali puts Nakamura in but he sees Sami talking smack. Ali chases Sami around, then end up in the ring, KINSHASA outta nowhere! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

Big assist to Sami and it is the Rockstar who wins again! Will anyone will be able to dethrone the King of Strong Style if the #ZaynFactor is always present?

 

BREAKING NEWS: A new match has been made for the Hell in a Cell PPV!

Naturally, after Bryan and Roman worked together to run off Rowan & Harper, these four men will collide in a tag team match!

 

The New Day VS The B-Team!

AWWW~ Bay Area~! The New Day is here, so feel~ the power~! But in order to get back at The Revival and those SmackDown Tag Team Championships, can Xavier Woods and Big E win big against Bo Dallas and Curt Axel? Or will the once “undefeated” Raw Tag Team Champions begin their climb back to being the best?

The teams sort out and Axel starts with Woods. Axel kicks Woods low, then flosses. Woods dropkicks Axel back, and swivels his hips. Woods CHOPS Axel then whips him corner to corner. Axel reverses but Woods goes up and over to run, slide and mule kick. Bo steps in but Woods runs him over, only to get run over by Axel. Axel stomps Woods down then tags in Bo. Bo stomps Woods now, then tags in Axel. The B-Team snapmares then drives knees into Woods. Axel wraps on a chinlock but fans rally for Woods. Woods endures and fights his way up, but Axel back suplexes. Woods lands on his feet but is powered to the B-Team corner. Tag to Bo and Bo hits Big E for good measure, before hitting Woods with a corner clothesline. He feeds Woods to Axel’s DDT, cover, TWO! Bo kicks Woods out of the ring and shouts, “B Train!”

The B-Team takes a lap but Big E comes up behind to run Axel over! Then he chases Bo into the ring, for Woods to roll up! TWO, and tag to Big E! Woods boots Bo, Big E scoops, Midnight Hour hits! Cover, The New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning

Big E hugs the 49ers as they celebrate the win! But will the New Day be striking gold of their own as big changes come to SmackDown?

 

Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville celebrate Mandy being on the cover of Maxim.

Everyone in Australia will go insane seeing Mandy live. Mandy passes out copies to everyone, but Sonya says they need to get to their match. Sonya ushers Mandy along, but Otis asks for a selfie. Mandy lets him take a pic, and a copy. Tucker comes by, and approves.

 

The Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire!

Asuka and Kairi Sane return to action! Don’t include them chasing after the 24/7 Championship… But will the Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess get back on track as SmackDown is on the move? Or will Mandy and Sonya have more to celebrate than just Mandy’s Maxim cover shoot?

SmackDown returns as Mandy and Sonya make their entrance. Sonya and Asuka start and Mandy personally signs and gives out copies to commentary. Sonya puts Asuka on the ropes, but Asuka turns around to throw hands. Sonya gets free to waistlock and slam Asuka down, then she kicks her in the back. Asuka catches the second kick to give kicks of her own! Asuka fires up and whips Sonya, but Sonya reverses to kick Asuka’s leg. Sonya headlocks but Asuka fights out to shove Sonya. Sonya bumps Asuka but Asuka runs her over! Fans fire up with Asuka and she tags in Kairi. The joshi royalty double whip and hip toss to then run and dropkick combo on Sonya! Cover, TWO! Kairi brings Sonya up, Sonya dodges the backhand to give a right hand! Sonya tosses Kairi out hard then tags Mandy.

Mandy takes her copy of Maxim back to show it off to everyone, and rub it in Kairi’s face. “You will never look like me.” Kairi takes a closer lock, and kicks the magazine away! Then CHOPS Mandy! Kairi fires off more chops then puts Mandy in the ring. Kairi gets in, runs, dodges, and rebound springboards to headscissor Mandy down! Fans fire up as Kairi marches, then runs corner to corner! Sliding D forearm! Kairi hits Sonya away then hits Mandy. But Mandy plays up the hit for Sonya to trip Kairi up! Mandy DECKS Kairi and covers, TWO! Mandy drags Kairi up to whip her in. Mandy fires off angry forearms, then taunts Asuka. But Kairi fights back! Kairi decks Sonya then headbutts Mandy. Kairi slides but Mandy grabs her leg. Kairi shoves Mandy away, hot tag to Asuka!

Asuka rallies with a dropkick and pop-up knee strike! Asuka goes corner to corner to hip attack Mandy! Then a mule kick to a running cutter! Asuka runs to sliding wizard! Cover but Sonya wizards Asuka off Mandy! Kairi dropkicks Sonya out but Mandy rolls Asuka! TWO, and Asuka tags Kairi. ROUNDHOUSE to Mandy, then CODE BREAKER! Mandy is in the drop zone, anchors aweigh with the InSANE Elbow! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Sane pinning

The Empress and Princess win big and could be heading for those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! Meanwhile, Sonya is a bit upset with Mandy for getting distracted, but they will keep fighting. Who will make it to Bliss-Cross first in this changing WWE landscape?

 

BREAKING NEWS: The SmackDown Fox debut has another major match!

The Four Horsewomen have another tag team match on the first SmackDown on Fox, and the last SmackDown before Hell in a Cell! Who gains last-minute momentum before The Boss and The Man battle inside the Cell?

 

Shane McMahon and his legal team head to the ring.

Kevin Owens’ wrongful termination lawsuit, with its $25 MILLION in damages, hangs over the head of the “BEST in the WOOOOOOOOORLD” but that’s what a team of high-paid attorneys is for. Shane knows Kevin is here, so he gives him an introduction complete with music and titantron. But Kevin doesn’t enter from the stage, but from the crowd! Shane has someone get Kevin a mic while San Fran cheers and chants. Shane introduces Kevin to the WWE legal team, and they’ve been reviewing the “frivolous” lawsuit. They have a proposition for Kevin. Option 1: Shane keeps Kevin in court until Kevin is the one burning through money while unemployed. Fans boo that option as Shane rubs it in that it’ll just ruin Kevin’s family. Or there’s option 2, and Kevin asks what that is. Option 2: Kevin drops this “ridiculous” suit, and Shane will personally reinstate Kevin here and now, and also drops his $100,000 fine from before. So obviously, there’s a smart choice in this, and that is to start with a clean slate.

Fans chant “NO! NO!” as Shane offers a handshake for option 2. Kevin stares long and hard at the hand, and says Shane is “a real idiot.” Shane doesn’t get it. This lawsuit, the courtroom, the lawyers, it all makes Kevin sick. The only thing worse would be Shane still in the locker room, where he doesn’t belong. Kevin can’t stand the thought of still sharing the locker room with Shane. That is what this is about! The money isn’t event he issue, it’s the leverage and what Kevin wants, and what everyone wants: to see Shane get FIRED! So what does Kevin want? One final match! If Shane wins, Kevin drops the lawsuit and stays fired. But if Kevin wins, Shane is GONE from the WWE!

What’s the catch? No catch. Well, the match does need to be something more than just a normal match. It needs to be a match where Kevin can hurt Shane as badly as Shane’s hurt Kevin. For years, the McMahons talk about climbing the corporate ladder. Put that briefcase literally in the balance, for a LADDER MATCH! Shane accepts, and this match is set to happen! Who brings down the briefcase to hold the other man’s fate in their hands?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

The Man is preparing for Sasha Banks in less than two weeks. Sasha has been in the Cell before, but Becky says Sasha better hope she has an advantage in there. “Because what is Sasha without her head start on me?” What is Sasha without Bayley being her backup? Sasha ambushes Becky! Becky throws Sasha into trunks, but Sasha throws Becky into another! They brawl, and Sasha rams Becky again. “You’re a nobody, Becky!” Sasha throws Becky into boards, then into fencing! The same kind of fencing for the Cell! Sasha shouts she’s The Boss, but security pulls her off Becky. But Sasha kicks Becky while she’s down before leaving, a big smile on her face. Will Becky be able to recover before the Fox premiere’s major tag match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This final USA Network SmackDown acts as a go-home to the first Fox SmackDown next week, and it was a rather good one. And it’s fitting, since SmackDown’s debut on Fox is starting to sound like a PPV level event in itself. We got a great start to tonight’s episode with Rowan’s promo and the sudden match with Bryan. The match was pretty good, but naturally Harper comes out to help Rowan, and then Roman comes out to even things up. Bryan and Roman stand tall, and naturally we get their tag team grudge match with Rowan and Harper at Hell in a Cell. This will be a pretty solid tag team match, but could probably go either way since Rowan and Harper are likely to get purposefully disqualified if push comes to shove. Kofi has a good interview promo about his match with Lesnar, but as confident as he sounded, this could still go Lesnar’s way because, well, it’s Lesnar.

It’s fine that Gable squashes Kanellis, Gable’s been red hot thanks to the King of the Ring tournament. The big news out of Mike Kanellis on SmackDown might be that the WWE Draft puts him here to line up with the rumors that 205 Live is going to Fridays now, too. The Cruiserweights that aren’t already moved up and out of 205 Live are probably going to start being SmackDown stars, and that old “Cruiserweights only on Raw” garbage Stephanie McMahon said years ago will be undone. At the same time, 205 Live is becoming more and more the third branch of Triple H’s creative, so Cruiserweights are probably going to be popping up on all brands. Ali VS Nakamura was a great match tonight, but naturally Sami is a factor. Usual Heel fare as far as a corner person distracting, but there’s probably a way for Ali to get around it. And we got a fun little tag match of New Day VS The B-Team, but it was obviously just an easy win for New Day to keep strong before determining SmackDown Tag title contenders.

Well damn, we are getting one last Shane VS Kevin match, but at least it’s not in a Hell in a Cell match. That way we won’t need to see Shane jump off the top of the Cell on Kevin, just off a ladder. But in either case, Kevin is winning to get rid of Shane and get his own job back, the money being all kayfabe. Though, I would love if Kevin followed this story up with kayfabe things he and the family get to do now with the money they won. Maybe there will be actual money involved and given to Connor’s Cure or other cancer fighting organizations, since October will of course be Breast Cancer Awareness Month again.

The Women’s Division was the strong part of tonight. I liked the bit with Charlotte, Carmella and R-Truth backstage, it shows Truth is returning the favor of watching out for the new “747 48/7 7/11 24/7 European Television Champion” the way Carmella did for him. And then we get a pretty good match out of Charlotte, Carmella, Bayley and Sasha, especially with the elements of Carmella questioning Bayley’s character. Bayley and Banks win to keep both Boss & Hug strong in both singles and tag divisions. Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire technically got to main event, so that alone is great. It is also great that Asuka and Kairi Sane won. Kairi also had a funny little part in connection to the 24/7 Championship chase, but I really hope she and Asuka get another and far more serious run at the Women’s Tag titles. Both women deserve more than just being filler, regardless of Paige being around as a manager/spokesperson. The very ending, of Sasha attacking Becky out of nowhere, was good but certainly rushed. It still gives good heat for the Fox debut’s tag match, but that could go either way with Hell in a Cell right around the corner.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/12/24)

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

After weeks of back and forth, Top Flight finally has it out with Shane Taylor Promotions in a Six Man Tag match! Who proves to be the baddest trio in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop; Roddy wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox; Fenix wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions; STP wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!

The Kings of the Black Throne claim they’re not enraged over Buddy Matthews being attacked, and yet they’re on a Rampage! Well, bad puns aside, will they unstoppable from now until they have avenged their Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari make everyone take them serious from now on?

The teams sort out and the fans hoot and bark. Malakai starts against Daivari and the two circle. The fans rally up, the two feel things out, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, grinds, but Daivari powers up and out. Daivari drops, hurdles, but Malakai waits. Daivari ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Malakai blocks the kick. Daivari narrowly avoids the roundhouse! Daivari backs up while Malakai sits down cross-legged. The fans fire up but Daivari tags Nese. Nese runs up, but Malakai ducks under the kick! Malakai kips up so Nese ROCKS him with a forearm! Malakai shoves Nese to ELBOW him down!

Malakai drags Nese over, tags Brody and the fans fire up. Nese scrambles away as the fans bark and hoot. Nese flexes, he isn’t intimidate. Nese CHOPS, but Brody doesn’t flinch! Nese grabs the beard and says Brody is his b*tch now! Brody CHOPS Nese off his feet! Brody barks, the fans join in, and then Brody CHOPS Nese! The fans “WOO~!” and Brody CHOPS Nese again! Brody fires forearms and CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Nese rebounds, into a BIG back drop! Nese staggers up, into a scoop and SLAM! Brody runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, so Brody drags him right up and tags in Malakai.

The House mugs Nese, double whips him corner to corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Nese dodges to then ROCK Malakai! Nese BOOTS Brody, whips Malakai at him, but Malakai rolls off Brody’s back. Nese dodges Brody’s lariat but Malakai BOOTS him into the LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Nese up, drags him back over, and tags Brody. They mug Nese some more, and the fans fire up as Brody pumps up that rm. Brody runs, but Woods DUMPS Brody out! Nese distracted the ref and Malakai protests, but the fans boo. Daivari hurries after Brody but Brody grabs Daivari by the neck! Nese FOSBURY FLOPS Brody down!

The fans boo as The Premier Athletes now mugs Brody! Malakai protests but the ref keeps him back, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

The Premier Athletes let off to high-five with Woods & Sterling, then the ref starts a ring count. Nese catches his breath before he drags big Brody up. Nese puts Brody in the ring, tags Daivari, and they mug Brody more, They both run, to DOUBLE SHOULDER Brody down! Cover, TWO! Daivari hurries to bring Brody around in a facelock, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Daivari CHOKES Brody on ropes, the ref counts, and Daivari lets off. Daivari argues with the ref, so that Sterling can CHOKE Brody! Sterling scurries away like the weasel he is, and then Daivari stands on Brody in the corner!

The ref counts, Daivari lets off and he drags Brody over. Tag to Nese, and Nese stomps Brody while Daivari anchors the legs. Rampage returns to single picture as Nese and Daivari let off. Nese soaks up heat, stalks Brody to the corner, and he grins as he says “All day, baby.” Nese CHOPS but Brody gets mad! Brody fires forearms and elbows, DECKS Nese, then storms up. Nese throat chops! Then Nese runs, but into an URENAGE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, reaches out, hot tags to Malakai and Daivari! Malakai rallies on Daivari with big elbows and then a strike fest! LEG SWEEP!

Nese gets in but Malakai ELBOWS him down! Daivari kicks and whips but Malakai RANAS! Nese is up but the JUMP KNEE knocks him down! Daivari stands and Malakai QUEBRADAS him down! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but the fans rally behind Malakai. Malakai storms around, stands Daivari up and suplexes. Daivari slips free, but Malakai fires a strike fest! Daivari SUPERKICKS first! Tag to Nese but then Malakai DECKS Daivari! Nese leaps in but Malakai dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Nese falls, Woods gets up! Woods ducks a shot, but then Brody SWEEPS the legs! Woods crashes off the apron and fans fire up!

Wait, Daivari sneaks in, armed with Sterling’s clipboard! Malakai turns around, CLIPBOARD SMASH!! The plastic explodes off of Malakai’s head!! Daivari gets outta there, the ref wonders what happened, and then Daivari BOOTS Brody! PLANCHA and down goes Brody! Nese hits a 450 SPLASH! A rough landing but Nese makes the cover, TWO?!? Malakai survives and Sterling is freaking out! Daivari reaches out, Nese crawls over, but Brody YANKS Daivari down! Brody RAMS Daivari into barriers! Brody makes Daivari take a seat so he can forearm and CHOP! Brody barks, Sterling panics, and Brody runs back in, but Sterling gets in the way!

Brody snarls, but then he just SPLASHES Sterling and Daivari! Nese is shocked by what he just saw! Malakai runs up, Nese bucks the O’Conner Roll! Nese runs up, into a KNEE! And then a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER! Malakai hurries up top, but Nese SHORYUKENS! And GAMANGIRIS! Nese drags Malakai down then climbs up. 450 SPLASH onto knees! That’s an even rougher landing than before! Daivari hurries back up but Brody catches him for a SLEEPER! And now, Malakai lifts Nese up, for THE END! Cover, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

Brody DROPS Daivari when the bell rings, The House having completely demolished The Premier Athletes. Will they not be stopped until they have what they want?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

The Savior of the Backbreaker is set for an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match tomorrow night on Collision against Dalton Castle. But in an occasion of turnabout is fair play, The Conglomeration is watching him from commentary! Will the presence of Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy & Mark Briscoe make Roddy better or worse than usual?

The bell rings and Kyle says that while he loves and appreciates Roddy, Taven & Bennett, they’re being more like the Undisputed Cling-dom! Meanwhile, big Ben Bishop stalks some smack on Roddy, and then pretends he can’t see him. Roddy says okay, be that way. They tie up, Cassidy points out just how tall Ben is, and big Ben shoves Roddy down! The fans fire up, Roddy comes right back, but Ben TOSSES him away! Roddy bails out, the fans fire up for Ben, and The Kingdom coaches Roddy up. Roddy runs in, dodges Ben, and kicks at the legs! Ben drops to size so Roddy and CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP!

Roddy kicks the legs, fires boxing elbows, then ELBOWS Ben before he runs and SICK KICKS! Then he hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up with Roddy and the Kingdom, then the STRONG KNEE knocks Ben down! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Conglomeration is in agreement, that was impressive work by Roddy, because Roddy is indeed that good. But Cassidy says it is time to go stare down with them. The Conglomeration stand on stage to stare down The Kingdom, but Roddy needs to focus on tomorrow night. Will Roddy punch his golden ticket to an ROH World Championship match? Or will it be The Peacock that means the Sussex County Chicken in Arlington, Texas?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

The Virtuosa is served a glass of wine, and says we’ve never been formally introduced. We’ve all seen what she can do in the ring, but does anyone know what it means to be THE Virtuosa. “Wrestling isn’t just a sport or an art form, it’s both. And more set to a quickening pace than a staccato beat of bodies slamming, bones cracking, tendons tearing! All building towards a beautiful and violent crescendo.” Deonna likes what AEW has forced her to become. “Because here, actions have consequences.” And Deonna vows to burn the empire to the ground, to remake it in her own image. This is the Age of the Virtuosa.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

On top of the opening match being Ospreay VS MJF for the International Championship, as well as Swerve VS Okada in a Champion VS Champion showdown, Mercedes Mone has issued an Open Challenge to the TBS Championship! Well, mostly open, as she is EXCLUDING Britt Baker! The DMD won’t be happy about this, but who will step up to The CEO?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox!

This is going to be a fast ‘n’ furious match starring men capable of fantastic feats both in the air and on the mat! And with there still being time before All In, who uses this night as a launching pad towards a title opportunity?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The four circle, and then Fenix and Komander stare down. They nod and shake hands, and they go after Fox and Angelico! Fox blocks a kick, Angelico wrenches an arm, and then Fox wrenches Fenix to a cording hold. Komander uses Fenix to wall run and flip out of the armlock! Fenix and Komander each reverse the wrenches, then kick and body shot. Fenix uses Angelico to flip up and over and wrench again, but Angelico headlocks. Komander sends Angelico into Fox, Fenix rolls Angelico up, but Komander rolls Fenix! Fox rolls Komander, TWO! Angelico sweeps Fox to cover, ONE!

All four men stand off and the fans fire up. Angelico does the Bernie Lean! But then he gets TRIPLE BOOTS for it! Fox runs up, Komander & Fenix kick and CHOP him. The luchadores double whip Fox but he reverses to TOSS Fenix out! Komander runs in but Fox mule kicks his leg out! Komander ends up on ropes, Fox runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO, sending Fenix into railing! Fox gest back up to trip Komander and he goes up the corner, to QUEBRADA Fenix! Fox somersaults in to then deadlift ANARCHY SUPLEX on Komander! Cover, Angelico breaks it! Angelico JABS Fox, JABS, then brings him around.

Angelico whips, Fox reverses but Angelico rolls off Fox’s back. Fox jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Fox falls back, Angelico coves, but Fenix slingshots in to SUPERKICK it apart! The fans rally as Fenix kicks Fox out of the ring. Angelico bails out, and now Fenix is alone with Komander. The amigos nod while the fans fire up, and the forearms start flying! Fenix CHOPS, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix staggers back, Komander runs up and FLIPPING RANAS! The fans fire up, Komander runs in at the corner, but Fenix puts him on the apron. Fenix ROCKS Komander, whips him into the POST!

Fenix goes up and tightrope walk PENALTY KICKS! The fans fire up with Fenix while Komander falls. Fenix goes out, and he CHOPS Fox, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Fenix KICKS Angelico, then runs around the way and goes up the railing to KICK Komander back down! The front row fires up with Fenix and he goes back to Fox. Fenix CHOPS Fox, whips him, but Fox reverses to POST Fenix! Fox high-fives fans, but Komander runs up to FLYING CHUCK! Angelico stomps Fenix, then he stomps Komander. Angelico even stomps Fox down! Angelico JABS Komander, ROCKS him, and Komander staggers away. Fox kicks Komander, then kicks Angelico. Fox CLUBS Angelico, then RAMS him into railing! But then Fenix BOOTS Fox down! Fenix puts Angelico in and puts him in a corner.

Fenix CHOPS, and Angelico sputters as he staggers away. Angelico goes to the apron, Fenix goes out to bring Komander around to CLUB him. Fox storms up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix CHOPS Komander, kicks at Fox but Fox blocks. Fox spins Fenix around to CHOP! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fenix ends up folded up and he flops to the floor. Komander KICKS Fox in the leg, puts him in, and kicks him more. Komander puts Fox in a corner to CHOP, and Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and while Fox brings Angelico up, Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Fox! Those three men are down and the fans rally up. Komander is somewhere on the outside, but Fenix brings Angelico up. Fenix KICKS Angelico, then shouts “ANIMO!” Somersault, into a takedown! Short arm scissor and a spin, HALF CRAB ARMLOCK FUSION! But Fox stomps Angelico! Angelico trips Fox, ties the legs up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Angelico has the TRAILER HITCH, but Komander is back! CIELITO LINDO onto Angelico!! Cover, TWO!! Angelico survives but Komander SOBATS Fox! And then TORNADO DDT!

The fans fire up as Komander crawls to the cover, but Fenix springboards in to DOUBLE STOMP it! Memphis is thunderous and Fenix wrenches Komander. Fenix reels Komander in, fireman’s carries, but Komander pops it into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and the fans fire up again! Komander waits on Fenix, Fenix SOBATS first! And KICKS again! Fenix pushes Komander to a corner, to then JUMP SOBAT! Fenix fires up, the fans are with him, and Fenix puts Komander up top. Fenix CHOPS, climbs, and brings Komander around. Komander fires body shots! Fox is back, and he joins in!

Fox CHOPS and CLUBS the luchadores, then climbs up. Fenix CLUBS Fox for it, and the luchadores work together again to SHOVE Fox down! Fox ends up folded, then Komander and Fenix brawl again. Angelico CLUBS Komander right as he CHOPS Fenix! Angelico takes aim, and he waistlocks Komander! Komander clings to ropes for dear life! Fenix BOOTS Angelico down, then he and Komander brawl some more! Komander stands, Fenix SHOVES him, and Komander MOONSAULTS right onto Angelico! Fenix then FROG SPLASHES onto Fox! Cover, TWO?!? Fox survives, so Fenix drags him into a CRUCIFIX COBRA CLUTCH!! Fenix TAPS, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

The Immortal Firebird brings out something new in his arsenal and takes the win! But will Fenix be flying towards golden opportunities as AEW prepares for All In?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Renee Paquette caught up with Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Bryan Keith, and asks what the hell. Yes, she’s seen The Learning Tree do “a ton of horrible other things” throughout his career, but tonight with Samoa Joe crossed a line. What was he thinking? Jericho smiles, the leather belt gifted to him by Martha Hart still wrapped around his hand. He waves to the camera and says, “Hi, guys. And Renee, I don’t know why you’re so surprised. This is exactly what I’ve been saying for a long, long time. If you’ve listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. Look at The Redwood and Bad Apple.

“But if you don’t listen to The Learning Tree, bad things happen. Shibata had a chance, now his arm is hurt. Hook had a chance, we had to burn his face off with a fireball. And Samoa Joke, for years, I’ve been telling you to listen to The Learning Tree, you didn’t, we ran you through a wall, and now you’re in the hospital.” Bill is stifling a laugh this entire time. Jericho says if Joe needs something to help with his inflamed muscles he might have, try ginger and black pepper. It’s really good for you. See, Renee? Lots of lessons to be learned. And even more will be learned on Dynamite 250, with a special edition of TV Time with Chris Jericho. Thanks, guys~…!

Jericho leaves, and Bill says one of the biggest lessons that Jericho has taught them is that the more TV Time, the better. And they want as much TV Time as possible! Because The Learning Tree, The Bad Apple and The Redwood are always maximizing their minutes. She should try it some time. Keith says if you don’t respect Chris Jericho, they will MAKE you respect Chris Jericho. Will everyone in AEW learn the hard way that Jericho isn’t kidding around?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

We heard the Virtuosa speak her mind, but La Mera Mera looks to show, not tell. Will Rosa be more than ready to go another round with Deonna? Or will the Queen of Strong Smile make some bold moves of her own?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Rachael shoves Rosa away, and the two reset. They tie up, Rosa headlocks, but Rachael lifts her! Rachael throws Rosa away but Rosa comes back to DROPKICK! Rachael goes to a corner, Rosa runs in to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Rosa goes corner to corner to ELBOW! Rachael staggers, Rosa KICKS a leg out! Rosa then runs to LARIAT Rachael down! Cover, TWO! Rosa clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts up to an armlock. Rosa CHOPS Rachael, ELBOWS her, then throws down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL elbows! Cover, TWO! Rachael goes to a corner, but Rosa CHOPS her again!

Rachael staggers away but Rosa puts Rachael in another corner, and CHOPS again! Rosa whips, Rachael reverses and Rosa ends up in a corner. Rachael runs in to LARIAT! Rachael keeps moving, and she UPPERCUTS Rosa down! The fans fire up and Rachael says “SWISH!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Rachael keeps on Rosa. Rachael CHOPS Rosa, storms up and CHOPS again. Rachael whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to LARIAT again! Rachael whips Rosa back in, runs in, but Rosa dodges! The fans rally up for Rosa as she LOCO LARIATS! Then she sits Rachael down to SWINGING METEORA!

The fans fire up and Rosa aims as Rachael goes to ropes. BANG and Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rachael sputters, Rosa reels her in, but Rachael bucks the driver! High stack, TWO! Rachael hurries to whip Rosa, but Rosa holds ropes. Rosa BOOTS back, runs up, and wheelbarrows, victory roll into a STOMP 182! Rosa then clamps on and has the COBRA CAMEL CLUTCH! Rachael taps, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

La Mera Mera shows respect to Rachael by helping her up and hugging it out. But then DEONNA runs out there! And she SHOVES Rachael into Rosa! Then she DECKS Rachael for the hell of it before going after Rosa! Rachael drags Deonna off of Rosa, so Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna BOOTS Rosa down! The Virtuosa shows her violent side, but will Rosa make her regret it?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of Strong VS Castle in an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match, and on top of Konosuke Takeshita VS Tommy Billington, The Bang Bang Gang is back in action. Will Juice Robinson & The Gunns keep the momentum going? Plus, Nyla Rose is back, we see Skye Blue VS Harley Cameron 1v1, and in the main event, it will be Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy representing The Conglomeration against THE Kingdom, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett. Could we see some Freshly Squeezed #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships, too? Or will Taven & Bennett secure that night off they’ve been wanting?

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

Willow Nightingale is going to be part of the big NJPW-CMLL crossover tradition, Fantastica Mania! She, Viva Van and Lluvia will compete for the now vacated CMLL Women’s World Championship! The Babe with the Power may not have gone back-to-back in the Owen Hart Cup, but will she return to AEW as a world champion all the same?

 

Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

There have been more words flying back and forth between these trios than anything, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Will The Martin Brothers & The Sight to See show everyone why they’re the Coldest Trio in the Game? Or will Lee Moriarty, Anthony Ogogo & the man himself, Big Bad Shaney T swat them all out of the sky?

The trios sort out and Darius starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Shane talks trash to the fans talking trash while Darius and Lee tie up. Lee waistlocks, full nelsons, but Darius uses his leg for leverage. Darius breaks free, standing switches, then half nelsons to slip around and headlock. Lee powers up and out, but Darius runs him over! Things keep moving, Lee hurdles and runs to then roll over the dropdown. Lee swaggers, kicks Darius, then whips him to a corner. Darius goes up and over Lee, runs back in, but Lee goes up and under! Lee runs in and blocks an elbow to then backslide Darius! ONE, and Lee goes for a leg!

Darius smothers the takedown, rolls Lee to a lateral press, TWO! Darius arm-drags, then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Darius dusts himself off. Lee gets away to tag Ogogo, so Darius tags Dante. Angel Dorado talks smack on the Olympic bronze medalist boxer. They tie up, Ogogo pushes Dante away and says that was easy. Easy! Dante says okay, and they tie up again. Ogogo powers Dante to a corner, but Dante pushes him back. They go again, Dante gets around to then headlock. Ogogo back suplexes, Dante lands out and rolls Ogogo up! TWO, Ogogo swings but Dante dodges! Ogogo blocks a kick but Dante victory rolls, TWO!

Ogogo feints high to kick low, but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to JUMP KNEE! Dante wrenches and YANKS the arm, then tags Action. Action climbs, Dante sets up, Ogogo gets a TABLE TOP BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Action drags Ogogo up. But Ogogo powers him into the STP corner! Tag to Shane and he talks smack on Action. Action dodges the haymaker to fire body shots! Shane takes those shots, KNEES low, then whips Action. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, and PELES! Shane staggers, Action gets moving, and Action rolls to RANA Shane up and out! Action then slingshots back in, but Lee steps in!

Action builds speed, the ref stops Lee, but the ref doesn’t see Ogogo CLOBBER Action! The fans boo and then the ref notices Ogogo, but Ogogo steps away. Shane storms into the ring to drag Action up and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Action over to the STP corner, and he CHOPS Action! Lee exaggerates his shock, and then Shane DECKS Action. Shane drags Action up, tags Lee, and they mug Action. Lee stomps Action, drags him up, bumps him off buckles, and Lee fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Lee stomps a mudhole, but the ref gets in there to stop him. Lee and the ref argue, but STP just applauds. Shane tags in, Action fires hands! Action backs Shane down, but Shane ROCKS Action in return! Action wobbles, drops to his knees, and Shane HEADBUTTS him down. Shane looms over Action, then drags him back up.

Shane back suplexes, Action lands out to tag Dante! Dante fires forearms over and over and over! Dante puts some stank on it, but Shane dodges! So Dante DECKS Lee! Dante kicks but Shane blocks, to KNEE back! Shane then uses both hands to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives, Shane gets mad and Shane brings him around to the corner. Tag to Ogogo and they mug Dante. Ogogo brings Dante out to scoop and SLAM! Ogogo runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ogogo argues with the ref, then he drags Action up. Ogogo RAMS Dante, then BOOTS him down! Ogogo scuffs Dante while staying between him and Top Flight.

Dante fires body shots in return, but Ogogo kicks low! Oogo snap suplexes, covers, TWO as Dante bridges! Lee runs in to BLAST Top Flight, then Ogogo drags Dante up. Ogogo whips Dante hard into the corner, then tags Shane. Rampage returns to single picture as Shane talks smack on Dante. Shane has Lee & Ogogo hold Dante up, but Dante BOOTS back! Dante fights free of the others, BOOTS again, and then goes up and up to FLYING BULLDOG! The fans fire up as Dante crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Darius! Air Wolf rallies on STP with big forearms! UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Lee, then Darius whips.

Lee reverses the whip but Darius catches him to an atomic drop! Darius keeps moving, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! GAMANGIRI! Darius fires up, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives the onslaught but the fans rally up. Darius drags Lee up and fireman’s carries, but Lee fights with elbows! Lee shoves Darius, Action tags in. Lee dodges Darius but Action BOOTS! Then SHOTGUN SNAP GERMAN COMBO! The fans fire up as Darius deadlifts for the BRAINBUSTER! Then Action STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, Ogogo breaks it! Darius runs up but Ogogo kicks him. Ogogo scoops Darius, Darius slips free!

Darius & Action kick Ogogo then double clinch. Ogogo powers out, fires HEABUTTS and elbows! Fireman’s carry for Action, F5 AND A HALF! Action flounders, but Darius BOOTS Ogogo! Darius WALL RUN PELES! Ogogo falls, Shane storms in! Darius dodges, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Shane talks smack, but Dante JUMP KNEES him! Dante runs in to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Lee runs up, Dante BOOTS him! Dante runs but into a FLAPJACK! Lee then hurries to spin Dante around to THE FANG! But Dante flounders out of the ring! All six men are down around ringside and the fans fire up! Lee crawls, hot tag to Shane!

Shane spots Action rising, he and Lee go after Action. They double whip, Action handsprings, but they catch him! DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Dante lands out! Action fires off forearms and elbows, and even CHOPS! Action kicks, Lee blocks, but then Lee ducks so the ENZIGIRI hits Shane! Lee CLUBS Action, Ogogo sends Darius into railing! Lee whips Action, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Ogogo! Action hurries back up, ROCKS Lee, and he springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Action kips up, the fans fire up, but Shane waistlocks. Action fires elbows until he’s free, then tries to fireman’s carry!? Shane is too big and bad!

Shane ELBOWS away on Action, gut wrenches, but Action slips free again! SUPERKICK! And another fireman’s carry!? But the back won’t hold the weight! Shane slips down to HEADBUTT! And then URENAGE! Shane flips Action back up to KNEE him in the face! Ogogo and Lee get in for defense, Shane DECKS Action!! Cover, STP wins!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

That could’ve been a win by knockout with that killer haymaker! But will Shane Taylor Promotions continue to rampage until they prove they prove they’re the elite of All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, and while they shoved five matches onto this card again, they at least did their best to put story behind most of these. Roderick Strong was of course beating Ben Bishop, but they gave us a storyline plug by having The Conglomeration on commentary. And while Thunder Rosa was of course beating Rachael Ellering, they gave us story build with Deonna attacking them both. I feel like this will give us Deonna VS Ellering next, to stretch things out so that the true blowoff of Deonna VS Rosa isn’t until All In, probably in the All In Zero Hour. For that matter, that’s probably where Conglomeration VS Undisputed Kingdom 3v3 happens, too.

Great opening tag from House of Black VS Premier Athletes with Sterling & Woods of course getting involved, but great win for Malakai & Brody in that 4v2 situation. Still banking on them screwing over The Patriarchy during a Unified World Trios Championship match. The Six Man Tag was really good but not sure it was main event material compared to the Fatal 4 Way. Good stuff for the Six Man Tag, everyone got their shine, but that Fatal 4 Way was just incredible. Great win for Fenix to stay hot while all the titles have stories going into All In, but he could get a shot at like, Okada’s Continental Championship to give us a dream match moment before the PPV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/12/24)

Friday Night GrudgeDown!

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Time to settle some scores!

Mia Yim takes on Nia Jax, Legado Del Fantasma goes after Corbin & Crews, and A-Town Down Under get a tag title rematch, all tonight on SmackDown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax VS Mia Yim; Nia wins.
  • Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews; Angel & Berto win.
  • Blair Davenport VS Naomi; Naomi wins.
  • WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under; DIY wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

Worcester, Massachusetts cheers because it’s #TiffyTime! And not only that, the Center of the Universe is the NEW Miss Money in the Bank, so there is no denying she is just biding her time until she can cash-in and snatch up a championship. And Tiff gets a mic to say that this Saturday, it officially became Tiffy Time when she climbed to the Tiffy Top, took down the briefcase, and become the youngest Ms. MITB in HISTORY! The fans do cheer that! And uh, Trish Stratus may’ve been the hometown host, but Tiff was the real star of the show. Trish isn’t here to ruin Tiff’s moment, because it is Tiffy’s Time.

The fans cheer for “TIFFY TIME! TIFFY TIME!” Tiff warns Liv Morgan, Roxanne Perez and Bayley to all keep their heads on a swivel. Their reigns are on Tiffy Time. And very soon, we will all be saying “AND NEW~!” WAIT! The Role Model, the WWE Women’s Champion, Bayley herself, makes her way out to the ring. Bayley tells Tiffy that she will be the first to congratulate her on such a big victory. Bayley knows what it takes. And as someone who has such high praise lately, that must add some pressure, so Bayley is impressed Tiff proved herself right. Tiff asks Bayley why she’s even out here, and to get to the point. Out of everyone, Bayley should know it’s Tiffy Time.

Bayley smiles and says well, she doesn’t care what time it is, she just wanted to give some advice. Bayley did win her own MITB in 2019, but Tiff probably didn’t even know what WWE even was then, right? Tiff says yeah, 2019 was like a million years ago. It is 2024, and just three years into this, and Tiff is the youngest Ms. MITB ever! Meanwhile, Bayley was just home, on her couch, eating chips and all alone. Bayley will give Tiff that, so here’s one last piece of advice: If Tiff even plans to use the briefcase on Bayley, plan on making history again as the first woman to ever fail her cash-in. But wait! Here comes Nia Jax!

The Irresistible Force, the Queen of the Ring, Nia tells Bayley, “What’re you doing out here making empty threats?”  The fans boo and Nia says that’s rude to the Queen. But in case Bayley forgot, Bayley has her match against Nia at SummerSlam, where Nia will be taking that title off her. Oh, is that right? Nia steps into the ring and Bayley isn’t sure who Nia thinks she’s talking to. But this isn’t NXT Hugging Bayley, or even 2017 Bayley that Nia put on the shelf. Yeah, be proud of that, idiot! This Bayley is the GRAND SLAM CHAMPION Bayley! This is the Royal Rumble winning, WWE Women’s Champion Bayley! This is the same Bayley that will embarrass Nia at SummerSlam!

But hey, y’know what? Let’s play a little game here. Devil’s Advocate: Bayley slips on a banana peel and Nia somehow does beat Bayley. What’s Tiff to do then? Is she gonna cash in on her friend, Nia? We know there’s some PTSD from the last time- Tiff says hey, hold on! Nia tells Bayley that yeah, she’s not the hugger that Nia hurt before SummerSlam 2017. But what is she now? BBL Bayley? Nia looks at the tights and says she isn’t sure what Bayley is trying to prove playing Divide & Conquer. Nia has no problems with Tiff, Tiff is like her own personal little Barbie. Tiff smiles, and Nia says Bayley isn’t a toy. Bayley’s a victim.

And at SummerSlam, Nia will victimize her. Bayley winds up, Tiff stops her, so Bayley DECKS Tiff! Only for Nia to CLUB Bayley! Nia puts Bayley on ropes to CHOKE her, and Tiff talks trash. But here comes MIA YIM! Kendo stick SMACK for Nia! Tiff runs before she can get hit! Michin warns Nia AND Tiff, will the Queen & Princess of the Ring learn who’s The Head Baddie in Charge?

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

They’re waiting outside Nick Aldis’ office when Byron Saxton walks over. Chelsea has a fancy neck brace on as she tells “Bryan” she has no time for his stupid questions. Did they not see the BRUTAL MITB match she went through? The whole world is now calling her, “The Mother of Mayhem,” “The Princess of Pain.” So she has no time for this! She is waiting on Sir Nicholas the Prickless so just go away! Byron says Nick- Piper asks if he did not hear her. Just GO! Git! Shoo! As he leaves, we can see Isla Dawn talking with… Blair Davenport? Could their NXT UK connection make Blair an ally against the trios coming after the tag titles?

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings on this match. Nia runs up, Mia dodges to fire off hands! Mia dodges again to CHOP and KICK and KICK! Nia HEADBUTTS Mia down, Mia goes to a corner, and Nia runs in! Mia dodges then fires off forearms! The fans rally up for Mia, but Nia shoves her away. Mia runs in but Nia ELBOWS her! Nia scoops, but Mia slips into a SLEEPER! Nia RAMS Mia into buckles and is free! Bayley is ringside to coach Mia, and Mia leaps to GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Nia endures, powers up and out, but Mia comes back with a strike fest! SOABT and PELE! Mia runs up to TORNADO- NO! Nia tosses Mia away!

Nia runs to ELBOW DROP Mia! Tiff says too easy. Nia covers, ONE!! Mia upsets Nia but Nia puts her on ropes. Nia SITS on Mia to choke her! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Nia lets off. Mia goes to a corner but Nia stomps away! Nia goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! And she rubs it in Mia’s face, literally! The fans are torn, Bayley coaches Mia up, but Nia storms over. Mia runs up to fire off strikes! Mia runs but Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia soaks up the heat as she scuffs Mia around. Nia clamps on a cobra clutch and she leans on Mia. The fans rally, Mia fights up, and Mia fires body shots! Mia SOBATS, runs, redirects, but Nia isn’t so easily tripped!

Nia drags Mia up to TOSS her to a corner! Nia runs in to SPLASH! And then she TOSSES Mia the other way! Nia taunts Bayley, runs in and she SPLASHES Mia in the corner again! Nia says kiss this, runs in, but Mia DUMPS her out! Mia goes to the apron, but Nia blocks the Penalty Kick! Electric Chair and SLAM off the apron! Nia then CLOBBERS Mia, and soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Mia is on Nia with another GUILLOTINE! But Nia powers up to suplex Mia high and hard! The fans rally but Nia rises first. Nia runs but Mia dodges the elbow drop! Mia ELBOWS Nia from a corner, then LARIATS! Nia stays up so Mia DROPKICKS her! Nia staggers, Mia runs in again for more forearms! Mia whips, but Nia blocks! Nia reverses but Mia BOOTS back! Mia goes up to FLYING RANA! The fans fire up and Bayley does, too! Mia SHOTGUNS Nia down! Mia fires up and she runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL in the corner! Cover, TWO! Mia can’t believe it!

Bayley coaches Mia and Mia climbs the corner. But Nia springs up to ROCK Mia first! Mia wobbles, Nia ROCKET LAUNCHES her! Then SENTON FLOPS as Mia moves in time! Tiff gets on the apron, sneaking Mia’s own kendo stick in. The ref is distracted, but Bayley YANKS Tiff down! And she sends Tiff into barriers! Nia has the kendo stick but Mia SHOTGUNS Nia again! Mia reels Nia in, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Mia hurries to cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Mia is losing her mind! Bayley is equally frustrated but Mia KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Nia! Mia hauls Nia up, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP!

Nia drags Mia to a drop zone, and she goes up! A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The HBIC did what she could against the QOTR, but now Bayley goes after Nia! The fans fire up, but Tiff CLOBBERS Bayley with her briefcase! Fans chant “CASH IT IN!” as Nia HEADBUTTS Bayley! Bayley flounders to a corner, Nia runs in to SPLASH! Then feed to Tiff’s SPINEBUSTER! Nia runs to drop a leg, brother! The fans are torn between booing and wanting Tiff to cash in. Tiff pats Nia on the back for the good work, but then temptation creeps in. The fans are getting louder, too, and Tiff calls to the ref! Is she doing it?! Nia gets right in Tiff’s face, and Tiff denies she was ever gonna try it. Tiff high-fives Nia, and they head out.

It seems The Princess will just have to wait her turn, but will she have to wait long with SummerSlam around the corner?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“The Bloodline had all the titles. Both Heavyweight and both Tag Team Titles. It would all be the same if Roman Reigns never went soft. It takes a real Tribal Chief to stay on top of his game. And that’s why I’m here: to build a whole new family. A more powerful family. A hungrier family. A more aggressive family. And this family will rule for decades, as long as I’m the Tribal Chief. And by the end of tonight, everyone will acknowledge me.” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up their ones. What will this furious four look to do to the SmackDown roster next?

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

It was earlier today before the show that Byron Saxton sat down with El Idolo, and spoke on MITB. Many say that was a star making performance by Andrade. Yet here we are a week later, and now those same people are wondering what is next for him. Andrade wonders himself, “What is next?” He has said that his vision in WWE is the same. This is his destiny! That is why Andrade is- interrupted by Carmelo Hayes… And Melo asks Byron why he’s talking to Andrade when he could be talking to the real MVP of MITB, the show stealer, H1M! Andrade tells Melo to tranquilo. Andrade never said anything about being MVP. The people did.

Well, Melo says people are saying Andrade screwed Melo over. Melo should be treated better here. he is a first round draft pick, he pinned Randy Orton, he went toe to toe with Cody Rhodes on his very first night on SmackDown! Andrade tells Melo that if he wants an answer to what is next for Andrade, it’s him. Melo leaves without a word, and Andrade smirks. Will El Idolo look to humble H1M and move on to even bigger and better things?

 

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews!

When Andrade turned them down, Angel took his frustrations out on Apollo. Apollo went for payback, got beat down for it, and of all the unlikely allies, it is the former Lone Wolf that has joined Apollo’s crew. Will they show Legado what it is to be respected? Or will Angel & “Berto” show they don’t show respect nor do they show mercy to those in their way?

SmackDown returns as Crews makes his entrance. Legado then makes their entrance, talking a lot of smack. But then Corbin helps Crews FLY and take them all out! Crews throws Angel aside, throws Berto in for Corbin, and the bell rings! Corbin SPLASHES Berto in the corner! Then he short arm LARIATS! Corbin fires up and so do the fans. Corbin then FLYING LARIATS off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Corbin tags Crews, and Crews whips. Berto reverses and RAMS Crews to then kick, CLUB and GAMANGIRI! Berto stomps away on Crews, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans boo. Berto brings Crews around to whip, but Crew reverses

Crews ELBOWS Berto down, drags him over, and tags Corbin. Crews whips to back drop! Corbin hauls Berto up, suplex and CUTTER! Cover, but Angel storms in! Corbin dodges Angel, Crews fires hands! Berto and Corbin fire hands, Crews LARIATS Angel up and out! Corbin sends Berto to Crews and he TOSES Berto out! Wait, Corbin wants to build speed!? Crews THROWS Corbin out and he takes down Berto & Angel! The fans are all fired up and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Angel reels Corbin into a Gory Especial. Corbin endures being bent, but Berto tags in so he can slingshot and ROLLING CUTTER! Not the cleanest cut but Berto covers, TWO! Corbin stays in there but Berto KICKS him down! Berto rains down fists on Corbin, lets off to taunt Crews, and the fans boo more. Berto grins as he drags Corbin into a motorcycle stretch. Corbin endures and the fans rally up for him. Corbin fights his way around to fireman’s carry, but Berto slips free! Berto springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Corbin is still in this but Berto stays between him and Crews.

Santos says to finish this, and Berto mule kicks. Berto runs bu tinot a fireman’s carry, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The two crawl, reach out, hot tags to Angel and Crews! Crews dodges to mule kick, run and BOOT! Angel staggers, takes a swing, but Crews dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Crews, and he reels Angel in. GERMAN SUPLEX, and Crews holds on! GERMAN SUPLEX again! Crews wants another, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Hattrick complete, and Crews BLASTS Berto to be sure. Crews runs in at the corner, STINGER SPLASH!

Angel staggers away, Crews goes up top! Crews leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, Berto breaks it! Corbin runs up but Berto kicks and forearms first! Berto runs in at the corner but Corbin dodges! Berto goes up and out of the ring! Santos is there to help Berto up but here comes Corbin! The Emperor dares Corbin to hit him. So Corbin does! And then he LARIATS Berto and himself into the timekeeper’s area! Crews ENZIGIRIS Angel, reels him in, gorilla press and SLAM! But Elektra Lopez gets on the apron! She distracts the ref so that Santos can KNEE Crews down! Angel drags Crews up, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Santos says the numbers don’t lie! Crews & Corbin can’t compete when it’s 4v2, will anyone stop Legado from taking over?

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

Piper holds Chelsea’s cup for her so she can sip, and is also reading a book titles… “How to Start a Cult?” Pretty Deadly’s Kit Wilson walks up to Aldis’ door but Chelsea slaps his hand! Elton Prince says excuse them, ladies, but they need to talk with Aldis about approving the budget for Pretty Deadly: The Musical! What? Oh, that clicks. But listen up, sparkle sisters, get to the back of the line. They’ve been waiting. The boys do as told, and then LA Knight walks out of Aldis’ office! Chelsea asks “Mr. Knight” if Mr. Aldis is busy.

Uh, yeah, he is. He said he’ll call Chelsea after he’s through with a couple other things. Just wait a little longer. Chelsea gets all huffy and Knight heads to gorilla, a contract in hand. Could this be what it seems?

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

The Viper says he heard what Solo said. There’s a pretty good chance Cody will find himself in the middle of that ring with a bunch of Samoans. But Orton also knows that Cody doesn’t want him out there. But Orton needs Cody to know that like it or not, if things go sideways, Orton is going out there. Orton will always and forever have Cody’s back. Kevin Owens feels the same, but he isn’t here tonight. That’s on Orton. Kevin loves to fight, but Orton told Kevin to stay home. Kevin’s family needs him more than they do. So if Cody finds Solo in that ring tonight, he better give that big ugly Samoan a piece of his mind.

But in the end, everything eventually comes to an end. So when all this with The Bloodline is finally over, Cody will have a lot of men in this locker room coming after the title. And Orton will have his back then, too. Cody thanks Orton for that, and Orton heads out. Will the legacy of the Undisputed WWE Championship be secure, even after fighting it out with The Bloodline?

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

Worcester fires up for The Mega Star as he brings his contract folder with him. Knight steps in, gets a mic, and while the fans chant his name, he says, “LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight says MITB came and went, and let’s be honest, he won’t stand here and complain, cry or make excuses. It didn’t go his way, he got dumped out onto a ladder, and someone else grabbed that MITB contract. So then Knight thought to himself, “Money in the Bank contract or no,” it doesn’t make a difference! Knight is the walking embodiment of money in the bank! So what that got him doing, rewind a little bit.

Let’s look at the path to MITB for Knight. Here’s some footage to take a look at. Specifically, he means his qualifying match from two weeks ago, where he pinned Logan Paul to win out! Okay, cut back to Knight. You see that, you see what happened, everyone person here right now saw was Knight move on to MITB, right? “YEAH!” But let’s look a little deeper, what we really saw. Yes, Knight went to MITB. But mor importantly, he pinned the United States Champion! And with that in mind, Knight picks up his folder, he has something hot and fresh from Aldis’ office. And well, let’s just say what this has inside was just for Knight. “YEAH!”

What this has in here has Aldis’ signature already on it. “YEAH!” And what this is here, is a contract for a United States Championship match at SummerSLam! The fans fire up for that! Now the only thing missing, he looked, there’s a signature from Aldis. “YEAH!” There’s a signature from Knight himself, “YEAH!” The only thing missing is the signature of “that edgelord,” Logan Paul. So what Knight wants is Logan to come out here and sign his part right now. But don’t get too excited, because that won’t happen. Why? Surprise surprise, roll your eyes, guess who ain’t here? Logan Paul.

But Knight tells Logan Paul that he will get this contract signed. It will be Logan, it will be Knight, and at SummerSlam, Knight will own Logan, own that belt, and there’s nothing Logan can do to stop it. Not cuz Logan’s not good enough, but because Knight won’t let him! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a of life! With everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” The Mega Star is still aiming for the Maverick, when and where will Logan accept the challenge?

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

“Everybody wants to talk about ‘living your truth.’ Truth is, you’re weak. And the reason bad things keep happening to you is because you allow it. You’re not successful because you’re not good enough. So while you cry about not being good enough, Blair Davenport’s already taken your spot. Does that hurt your feelings? Well come and do something about it.” The Ichiban Gaijin is here, but will Naomi learn to beware Blair? Or will Blair just #FeelTheGlow?

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Naomi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Blair headlocks. Naomi powers up and out but Blair runs her over. Blair soaks up the heat, runs, but Naomi drops, then slides under the lariat! Naomi mule kicks, leg sweeps, and then leg drops! Cover, TWO! Naomi keeps moving, and she slides into a chinlock. Blair endures the squeeze, fights up and throws body shots. Blair breaks free, whips corner to corner, but Naomi goes up and catches Blair, for a TWERK ATTACK! Then she BOOTS Blair away! Blair goes to the far side and fans fire up.

Naomi runs in to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up, and fans fire up. SUPER SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi wrenches her to whip. Blair reverses to BOOT! Naomi staggers to ropes, Blair storms up and swings. Naomi blocks to fire forearms. Naomi KICKS and KICKS, then whips Blair to a corner. Naomi runs up but Blair ELBOWS her away! Blair then goes up and up to DOUBLE STOMP Naomi’s arm! Naomi flounders out of the ring but Blair goes out after her! Blair grabs that bad arm, hammerlocks it, and POSTS Naomi shoulder first! Naomi falls while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Blair and Naomi fight for suplex control. They go back and forth, but then Blair WRINGS the bad arm out! Blair SUPERKICKS Naomi down, covers, TWO! The fans rally for Naomi but Blair clamps onto the bad arm. Naomi endures, the fans rally up more, and Naomi fights up to ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi arm-drags Blair away, then goes to a corner. Blair storms over, blocks boots, but Naomi rebounds for the ENZIGIRI! And then the RUNNING JAWBREAKER! And SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi stays cool. Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up and up, but Blair CLUBS her first!

Blair has Naomi in a Tree of Woe, to then just BOOT her down! Cover, TWO! Naomi survives and Blair is losing her cool. Blair drags Naomi up as the fans rally, but Naomi turns suplex into cradle! TWO! Blair runs up to roll Naomi up, TWO! Naomi runs up to sunset flip, TWO and Blair has it! TWO and Naomi stands up. Blair waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Naomi powers her way to an O’Conner, TWO! Blair is getting frustrated, but Naomi KNEES her! BUBBA BOMB! GEDO CLUTCH! Naomi wins!!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

It was a hard fought battle with just one good arm, but Naomi pulls out the victory! Will Naomi find a way to shine in the SmackDown Women’s Division once again?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

The #Big3 cheer their reunion and also Naomi’s win tonight. That is how you stand on business! Naomi did her thing, she looked good out there. Naomi says hey, someone had to teach Blair a lesson. Naomi says she can’t wait for Bianca & Jade to get their tag titles back. Jade says you already know that’s top priority. In fact, they were going to talk with Aldis tonight, but he isn’t even here. Chelsea and the others hear this and are shocked. They all storm off, and Naomi tells Bianca & Jade she’s glad they’re going to teach Alba & Isla a lesson. But they also need to be ready. Jade says they stay ready so they don’t have to get ready.

Bianca says Naomi did her thing. They’re gonna head out, good to see her again. Bye~! Love you~! The StrongEST Duo heads out, will Aldis and/or Pearce be able to arrange such a title rematch? But now Blair walks in. She says she doesn’t want trouble. She just wants to say that the better person won. Blair offers a handshake, and Naomi is wary. Naomi takes it, and Blair heads out. But Chelsea storms back over to say Aldis is not here! Chelsea & Piper pout and head out, and Naomi says she must’ve really gotten hit hard on Saturday. But then BLAIR ATTACKS NAOMI!! So much for sportsmanship!

Blair laughs at Naomi for falling for the trap. Will Blair make everyone beware her wrath?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under!

Don’t worry, you aren’t seeing things. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano only just got these titles last Friday in Toronto. However, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller are “cashing in” their rematch clause, and are hoping to take those titles right back! Will we see a bit of hot potato with the gold? Or will DIY just do it all over again?

SmackDown returns and DIY makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if history repeats itself!

Ciampa and Waller start, and Waller takes a swing! Ciampa dodges to ROCK and CHOP Waller, then whip him. Waller slides out, leads Ciampa on a chase, and Theory is there. Ciampa dodges Theory, gets in the ring, and then Gargano jumps in. ATDU swings but DIY dodges to then DOUBLE DROPKICK! Theory falls out, DIY TOSSES Waller out, and then Ciampa KNEES Waller back down. Ciampa holds the ropes open so Gargano can DIVE into a haymaker! Theory takes out Johnny Wrestling, and Waller jams up Ciampa! Waller POSTS the Sicilian Psycho, Theory RAMS Gargano into barriers!

Waller TORNADO DDTS Ciampa on the apron! ATDU look at the belts, claiming those are coming back home, but the fans boo while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Waller CLOBBERS Ciampa! Th efans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Aaller fires off on Ciampa in a corner. Waller then gets space, runs in, but Ciampa avoids the splash! Waller staggers, Theory tags in, and Theory stomps Ciampa down! Theory mockingly asks where Johnny went, then he goes up. Theory leaps, into a  JUMP KNEE! Theory and Ciampa are down, and Gargano rises! The fans fire up as Ciampa crawls over, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano rallies on ATDU! ENZIGIRI for Theory! Gargano dodges Waller to tilt-o-whirl but Theory runs up! So Gargano COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBOS!

Gargano runs in at Theory but Theory puts him on the apron. Gargano GAMANGIRIS Theory, avoids Waller to MULE KICK, then he SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Gargano brings Theory up. Tag to Ciampa, they whip, but Waller stops Shatter Machine! Theory sunset flips Ciampa, TWO! Theory ROCKS Ciampa, Ciampa ROCKS Theory! They go back and forth with forearms, then Theory ELBOWS Ciampa! Ciampa BOOTS Theory! O’Conner Roll, Waller SOMERSAULT FLATINERS! Theory covers Ciampa, TWO! ATDU is frustrated but Waller helps Theory to the corner.

Theory tags Waller, and now ATDU mocks DIY! They’re at the corners, they aim, but Ciampa ducks! Only kicks meet at the middle, and Ciampa rolls Waller! TWO, and Waller runs up! Ciampa moves, JUMP KNEE hits Theory! Not again! And Waller turns around, into SHATTER MACHINE!! DIY sets up in the corners now and Worcester is thunderous! MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (still WWE Tag Team Champions)

History does repeat itself as DIY wins two weeks in a row! Waller and Theory try to reason out why this happened, but then THE BLOODLINE ATTACKS! Jacob Fatu CLOBBERS Theory, then goes into the ring to YANK Gargano down into a SAMOAN DROP! Ciampa fires off forearm sand BOOTS, then he DDTS Fatu down! But Fatu just rises up! And he SUPERKICKS Ciampa! The Samoan Werewolf runs in to HIP ATTACK Gargano! Then he drags Ciampa up to whip and POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! The fans boo but Solo Sikoa’s Enforcer just dominated the tag champs! And then he DOUBLE JUMP ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS Gargano!!

The fans lose their minds seeing that, but Fatu isn’t done! He hits the BEST MOONSAULT EVER on Ciampa!! Fatu is practically foaming at the mouth, and only now does Solo Sikoa make his way to the ring. Is this part of what Solo meant earlier tonight? What more does “The REAL Tribal Chief” have to say tonight? We’ll find out, after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

Fatu has finally calmed down, and Solo Sikoa has the mic. “Boston, Mass…” No, this is Worcester. But Solo still says, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans boo as The Bloodline lifts up the ones. Solo says, “Need I remind you what happened to those that didn’t acknowledge me?” The fans chant “WE WANT ROMAN!” But Solo says Jimmy Uso, his own brother, his own flesh and blood, did not acknowledge him. And what happened? He’s gone. The Wise Man, Paul Heyman, did not acknowledge Solo. Heyman’s gone, too. And Roman… Reigns… The fans chant for “ROMAN! ROMAN!” but Solo says don’t do that now! They don’t even deserve him! They have Solo now.

And if Roman Reigns decides to come back, he will acknowledge Solo as Tribal Chief. But tonight is about Cody Rhodes. It is Cody’s turn… to acknowledge him! So if Cody’s there- Oh he sure is! The Undisputed WWE Champion, the American Nightmare, makes his way out on stage! The fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and pyro, and Cody stares Solo down. Cody takes off his tie and looses his collar before he steps to the ring. Cody knows it’s 4v1, but he isn’t backing down. Solo has his men stand back, and Cody grabs himself a mic.

The fans cheer Cody on, and he says, “I’ve heard everything that you’re saying. I’m sure you can figure this out. We want the same thing. Now of course, gotta speak to Nick Aldis, but you might as well consider it official. SummerSlam, the Undisputed WWE Championship. BUT…! If it was really up to me, if I could make any decision, I wouldn’t be waiting ’til SummerSlam. I’d wanna do it here and now.” The fans cheer that! Cody drops his mic, but Solo has his men flank the champion. The fans chant for “RANDY! RANDY!” but Cody throws hands first! Cody ROCKS Solo, ROCKS Tama, ROCKS Loa, ROCKS Faut!

Cody catches Solo to a dragon sleeper, but Fatu SUPERKICKS! Tama & Loa mug Cody, then Fatu LARIATS him down! But here comes Randy! Tama goes out, Orton kicks him first! Same for Loa! Orton gets in, and he DUMPS Fatu out! Solo runs up but into a kick! Orton puts Solo in the ropes, drags him out, and hits the DRAPING DDT! Orton helps Cody up but Fatu is back! Fatu runs in, to CLOBBER Orton!! Tama & Loa return to mug Orton, and the fans boo as it is 3v1 on The Viper! Fatu kicks Cody out, Orton fights back against Tama & Loa! But Fatu DIVES onto Orton! Orton hits barriers and Fatu fires up!

Solo has Cody to himself but Cody fights back! Fatu is right on Cody and he fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Solo and Fatu trap Cody with the ropes! They mug Cody, and make him watch as Tama & Loa RAM Orton with steel steps! And RAM him again! Deja vu to when The Usos sidelined Orton for 18 months! Cody says no, take him! They want him, spare Orton! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton! Solo says this is what happens to those who stand against them! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton again! And another SUPERKICK! Tama & Loa clear the desk! Solo says this blood is on Cody’s hands! Fatu & The Guerrillas get Orton up, for the TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!!

Worcester is devastated! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Cody! The fans boo, the ula fala is put on Solo, and The Bloodline stands over their victims while raising the ones. Have they made the Apex Predator extinct? Are they going to end the legacy with their own hands?


My Thoughts:

An incredible SmackDown to bridge us from MITB to SummerSlam. Very good promo segment to start, and very clever of Bayley to point out that if Nia wins, Tiff definitely can’t cash in on her. And while Nia VS Mia was very good, Nia naturally wins to build her momentum. Tiff being tempted was also a good detail, and she might still be tempted along the way to SummerSlam, but I think my scenario of Tiff waiting until Bayley’s somehow survived Nia is the more likely choice. For that matter, there’s even a chance Nia screws Tiff out of her cash-in because Nia is just that selfish. That’d be some good Heel Heat on Nia since there are clearly big time Tiffy fans out there.

Great ongoing bit from Chelsea & Piper tonight, them waiting for Aldis. I wonder if that’s a nod to Chelsea having to wait forever on Vince to hear her out. Naomi VS Blair was a good match but it took a minute to get going. Naomi got a good win, and Blair pulls off a fairly good swerve, because yeah duh she’s a sore loser. I also liked that Easter egg bit of her and Isla Dawn talking. I really do think we’ll be getting Alba, Isla & Blair as a trio now that we’re seeing quite a few of those form up. DMG CTRL, the trio of Zoey, Shayna & Sonya, the #Big3 of Jade, Bianca & Naomi, WWE might be working on factions as a way to maximize the number of women getting screentime together.

Very good tag match of Garza & Carrillo VS Crews & Corbin, and I figured Santos & Lopez would be why Legado won. Now, Andrade is going to be feuding with Melo for a minute, and that’s going to be a great match, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrade circles back to Legado at some point. Naturally, LA Knight and Logan Paul are having their match at SummerSlam, good promo from Knight tonight and we’ll certainly be seeing Logan Paul next week to respond. I would think Logan would have no problem taking this match since he’ll want payback for the MITB qualifier, and is probably cocky enough to think this will be easy.

Great tag title rematch from DIY and A-Town Down Under, though I’m surprised it was so soon. And a little surprised that DIY won again. I almost thought they were gonna hot potato the belts and then the tiebreaker is at SummerSlam. I suppose they can still have DIY VS ATDU round 3 at SummerSlam, but at the same time, HHH loves cards with less matches for more quality. Maybe round 3 is for the SmackDown before SummerSlam like we just got to lead into MITB. And then Fatu wrecking those top teams was wild. As if this new Bloodline wasn’t already brutal, this right here could get Tama & Loa right into the tag title scene.

And of course we’re getting Cody VS Solo for the top title. Orton getting taken out like Heyman was rather wild, too, but maybe he makes a “miraculous” return where he and Kevin help Cody fight off Solo. And maybe, just maybe, Roman Reigns does return to make sure Solo does not win the title, and then getting us started on Solo’s Bloodline VS Roman’s Bloodline to go into the Fall stretch.

My Score: 8.8/10


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