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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/1/19)

It’s chaos after Crown Jewel!

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NEW SmackDown Coverage

What surprises will SmackDown have in store?

Sadly, delays exiting Saudi Arabia have sunk certain plans for tonight. But the show must go on! What, and who, will we see on SmackDown this week?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Nikki Cross; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • The Miz VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.
  • Fire & Desire VS Carmella & Dana Brooke Rhea Ripley & Tegan Nox; Ripley & Nox win.
  • NXT Championship: Adam Cole w/ Roderick Strong VS Daniel Bryan; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.

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Brock Lesnar made it to SmackDown!

The Beast and his Advocate have made it to Buffalo, and Lesnar is still the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Paul Heyman, of course, speaks for Lesnar, and wants to shed some light of his brilliance onto the audience’s darkness of ignorance. The only way to describe what happened is to say that Lesnar is “really, really pissed off.” And fans are surely thinking, “How could that possibly be after the most historic moment in combat sports history” when Lesnar CONQUERED Cain Velasquez? But instead of explaining it, Heyman will share the footage. Yes, it is footage from Crown Jewel, Lesnar VS Velasquez.

Lesnar, after 9 LONG years, had what he finally wanted, only for it to be ruined by Rey Mysterio’s wrath. The King of Lucha was not satisfied in the least, and now Lesnar has gone to Vince McMahon, the owner of the company, and so now, Mysterio will pay for using Lesnar as a pinata. But Vince says he couldn’t “serve” Mysterio up for the Beast. Why?! Because of roster exclusivity between the networks! Raw can’t mix with SmackDown, Mysterio can’t face Lesnar! Heyman says Lesnar will just go to Raw looking for Mysterio. And if anyone in the boardroom cares, what are they going to do? Try to stop Lesnar? Suspend him? Ban him? Sue him? No, because Heyman and Lesnar will just sue right back! Therefore, the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion QUITS Friday Night SmackDown and Fox to GO TO Monday Night Raw to go Mysterio hunting! Heyman warns Mysterio in Spanish, then drops the mic. Lesnar is a free agent out of nowhere, and is out for blood! Will Mysterio survive The Beast coming for payback?!

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Nikki Cross!

No more hugs, no more fun, no more taking a backseat! Will Big Bad Bayley beat down her wildest contender yet?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the match begins!

The two tie up, Bayley waistlocks but clubs Nikki on the back. They tie up again and Nikki powers Bayley back. Bayley turns it around to push Nikki in the corner. Nikki pushes back ten rolls Bayley up, TWO! Nikki trips and jackknives, TWO! Arm-drag to La Magistrol, TWO! Bayley gets up and knees Nikki low to then throw her down by her hair! Sasha cheers as Bayley whips Nikki, scoops, but Nikki headscissors out! Nikki wrecks Bayley down then uses the apron for a tornado DDT! Nikki puts Bayley in fast, covers, TWO! The challenger has the champion on the defensive while we go to break.

SmackDown returns and Bayley has Nikki in a chinlock. Nikki fights her way up but Bayley knees low. Bayley whips, Nikki goes up and rolls Bayley, TWO! Bayley LARIATS Nikki down! Cover, TWO! Bayley drags Nikki up but Nikki hits back! Nikki rocks Bayley with right after right and Bayley bails out. Nikki swings a dropkick but Bayley catches her, to wreck her into steel steps! Sasha cheers again as Bayley puts Nikki in to cover, TWO! Bayley toys with Nikki and rams shoulders into the corner. Bayley backs off at the ref’s count, to run in, and get buckles! Nikki jawbreakers, then throws counter forearms! Bayley shoves, Nikki dodges, Nikki crossbodies! Fans fire up with Nikki as she rallies with clotheslines! Nikki fires up and runs in, big corner splash to bulldog!

Nikki heads up top and leaps for another crossbody! Cover, TWO! Sasha is relieved but Nikki is sticking close. She puts Bayley on the ropes but Sasha saves her. Nikki hits Sasha! Bayley knees Nikki! Bayley climbs up top, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!? Nikki survives but Bayley is furious. Bayley puts Nikki in a corner and up on the top rope. Bayley climbs up, fans duel and Nikki pushes Bayley away. Nikki tries but Bayley denies the tornado DDT! Bayley slides, but Nikki catches her in the skirt! Nikki fires off on Bayley, hits Sasha away, then climbs up again. BUt Bayley distracts the ref, Sasha shoves Nikki down! Bayley hammerlocks and headlock DRIVERS! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion

Bayley’s new attitude has a new finishing move, and it helps her get the win! But wait, who is that attacking Sasha Banks!? Shayna Baszler?! She attacks Bayley, and then Nikki! The NXT Women’s Champion is here to take over! She throws Bayley into a post! Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as the Queen of Spades gut wrenches Bayley for a slam! Bayley gets up, to get a KNEE! Shayna puts her jacket back on, goes back to her title, and looks ready for Survivor Series. Will SmackDown and Raw regret letting NXT make Survivor Series a Triple Threat?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Brock Lesnar quit SmackDown and NXT is already invading. What is Sami’s reaction to all this? What a weird night. But Sami also points out how Triple H and HBK were around, and Pat McAfee, maybe NXT is trying to take over. But Sami isn’t pointing fingers, he’s just saying NXT needs to mind their business. If one of them steps to him, then it’ll be… Oh. Keith Lee AND Matt Riddle walk over. Two great stars from NXT! Sami is a big fan of them both, really. Big fan of NXT in general. He used to be the Heart of NXT, y’know. Yeah, it meant so much. Sami is NXT Day One! Look! Wait, there’s nothing NXT on his shirt. Oh he thought he… How embarrassing. He had his NXT shirt earlier, but he didn’t want to make a mess of it. He’ll be right back! Welcome to SmackDown! Just wait right here, he’s going to go get it. But they follow anyway. Well, okay then… Sami takes off, and Riddle and Lee give chase!

They end up on stage! The Bro and the Limitless One chase Sami and catch him at the barriers! They put him in the ring, and fans are fired up as Riddle kicks off the flip-flops! Sami tries to apologize for what he said, but Lee wags his finger. Sami hands Riddle a sandal back, but Riddle doesn’t want it. FINAL FLASH! Gut wrench, BRO DEREK! The Bro wrecks Sami, but that’s not all! Lee drags Sami over to the drop zone and heads up top! Lee MOONSAULTS! Sami is crushed but the fans are thunderous as Lee and Riddle bro fist! Will the WWE Universe all #BaskInHisGlory, bro?

 

SmackDown presents MizTV!

The Hollywood A-Lister doesn’t get to interview the NEW WWE Universal Champion, but he managed to find someone just as impressive for a special guest: HIMSELF! Buffalo appreciates the “Buffalo is Awesome” shirt Miz has for the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. What a wild 24 hours in the WWE! Miz shows us footage of what The Fiend did at Crown Jewel in his Falls Count Anywhere match with Seth Rollins! The red light was back, the Curb Stomps still couldn’t put The Fiend away, and even an explosive crash landing wouldn’t end the nightmare. But scariest of all, The Fiend now reigns as champion! Miz apologizes on behalf of the absence of The Fiend, but does want to bring up the presence of NXT.

The NXT Women’s Champion took out SmackDown Women’s Champion. Riddle and Lee beat down Sami, which Miz is sure Buffalo enjoyed, and is wondering what is up next. Miz doesn’t have to wonder, because TOMMASO CIAMPA is here!! The Blackheart has come to the Blue Brand! Ciampa joins Miz in the ring, and fans are again fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Ciampa says, “This is supposed to be Must-See TV?” Miz is supposed to be the Most Must-See Superstar? Well Ciampa introduces himself, and he happens to be the Greatest Sports Entertainer of ALL TIME. Miz needs a reality check on where he is on the food chain. Miz is everything that is wrong with Raw and SmackDown!

Ciampa is out there breaking his neck in NXT to prove how good he is, Miz is doing what? Playing an actor/talk show host? Miz is playing the part, Ciampa is living it. Miz says he heard the same things over and over, and acting like Miz doesn’t know who Ciampa is. When people talk NXT, they talk Ciampa. But the thing is, fans want to see Miz and Ciampa on the mic, and Miz was hoping Ciampa would be more original. For 15 years now, Miz has heard the same thing. If Miz was acting for 15 years, he deserves an Oscar! But if NXT is here to make a statement, then make that damn statement! Those sound like fighting words to Ciampa. Miz challenges Ciampa to a match, right here, right now! And we’re getting that match, after the break!

 

The Miz VS Tommaso Ciampa!

SmackDown returns and Ciampa circles with Miz. They tie up and Miz arm-drags Ciampa. Fans cheer and Miz soaks it up, but Ciampa just applauds. They tie up again, Miz headlocks and fans duel. Ciampa pries his way out to a headlock of his own, but Miz powers out. Ciampa runs Miz over with a shoulder! Things speed up, Miz hurdles but Ciampa kicks low. Ciampa throws Miz out but Miz stays on the apron. Miz slips under to roll Ciampa up, TWO! Miz kicks low, throws Ciampa out, and Ciampa hits the floor! Fans cheer as Miz dusts off his hands. Miz runs, but his dropkick misses, and Ciampa sends him into barriers! And more barriers! And the LED apron! And then the steel steps! Ciampa hops up on the apron to applaud himself and pat himself on the back.

Ciampa drags Miz up and into the ring, then wraps on a vicious chinlock. Miz gets up but Ciampa wrangles Miz down. Fans rally as Miz endures. Miz gets up and throws body shots and breaks free. Miz counter punches then whips, and gets Ciampa with a kitchen sink knee! Then a knee lift, to the A-List Combination! Cover, TWO! Ciampa gets to the corner but Miz is on him with Yes Kicks, or It Kicks, if you prefer. Miz fires off then runs corner to corner for double knees! And then again! Miz keeps going, into Ciampa’s DISCUS! Miz gets to the corner, only to get the knee wash! Cover, TWO!! Miz lives and Ciampa grows frustrated. Ciampa drags Miz up and into a double underhook, but Miz fights out to get the leg! Ciampa denies the figure four, then ducks the clothesline, but Miz escapes the back suplex to chop block the bad leg!

Miz grabs that leg but Ciampa kicks free. Ciampa is up and kicks low to reel Miz in again. Powerbomb lift but Miz slips free! Miz kicks low, basement DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz has the legs and the Figure Four is on! Ciampa endures, claws at Miz, reaches for ropes, but Miz adds torque. But Ciampa just gets furious! Ciampa goes to turn things over, but Miz resists! Ciampa still turns Miz over! Miz turns it back, but Ciampa gets the ropebreak for it. Miz lets go and hobbles up to pull Ciampa back in. Ciampa cradle counters, TWO! Miz misses his boot, Ciampa rolls him, TWO! Half Crab! Ciampa has Miz now, but Miz powers out, turns it over, and rolls Ciampa up, TWO! Both men catch their breath as fans fire up. Ciampa CHOPS Miz! Miz CHOPS Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS, Miz CHOPS, repeat! Ciampa CHOPS, CHOPS, then shoves. Miz dodges, Ciampa hits buckles! Miz runs in, A-List Lariat! Miz pushes Ciampa aside and climbs up top, to leap into a KNEE!! Underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa wins!!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

As the song says, no one will survive! NXT is taking over little by little, but this was big for the Blackheart! Is NXT going to prove they’re on par with the “main roster”?

 

Daniel Bryan encounters Triple H and Shawn Michaels.

He is surprised to see them here. Well they’re just visiting. And got called out. But HHH was watching Crown Jewel, saw the ad for Survivor Series. Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT. Someone was calling them out, picking a fight. Interesting. Bryan is looking for a fight. So if HHH wants to go to war, why not fight Bryan tonight? Fans want to see that! But HHH says he didn’t bring his gear, and he doesn’t like fighting in a suit. But there is someone else who’d like a fight. Shawn puts his jacket back on, it is way too cold. But the champ will fight. It’s ADAM COLE, BAYBAY! Well, here’s the fight Bryan wants. Then make it for the title. Wow, what an idea! Does that work for Cole? It does. Then let’s get this done. Will Cole still be Undisputed after going against the GOAT?

 

Fire & Desire VS Carmella & Dana Brooke!

Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville are ready to throw down, but where is the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island? She and Dana Brooke are being beat down by Bianca Belair! The EST is showing she can be the fiercest woman in the WWE! Bianca clubs away on Dana, then scoops Carmella to trophy lift and THROW over trunks!! Well, then what happens with the match?

“THIS IS MY BRUTALITY!” Rhea Ripley!? She and Tegan Nox see Mandy and Sonya don’t have opponents anymore. Well they have opponents now! The Mosh Pit Kid and the Shiniest Wizard attack!

The bell rings on this brawl as Mandy gets put in a corner. Sonya hits back on Nox then throws her into barriers! But Rhea clubs Mandy. Mandy hits back but gets shoved to ropes. Mandy kicks out a leg and ROCKS Rhea with a right. But Rhea dropkicks back! Sonya whips Nox but Nox sends Sonya into the commentary! SHINIEST WIZARD! Inverted Cloverleaf! Mandy taps, Rhea and Tegan win!!

Winners: Rhea Ripley & Tegan Nox, Ripley by submission

This wasn’t just NXT, this was NXT UK wrecking SmackDown! All branches of the NXT family are ready to beat down anyone and everyone from the main roster!

 

Triple H and HBK head to commentary!

The Game and Shawn Michaels aren’t alone, Stephanie McMahon is here! Steph waves hi to hubby H, but speaks that the WWE Universe never gets enough credit. The fans have started a movement that has spread all over the world, the Women’s (R)Evolution. Main eventing WrestleMania and now, making history at Crown Jewel! Lacey Evans and Natalya were the first-ever women’s wrestling match in Saudi Arabia! Riyadh praised the progress being made before their very eyes, “This is Awesome!” It was the first, hopefully of many, many more!

 

NXT Championship: Adam Cole w/ Roderick Strong VS Daniel Bryan!

This NXT take over of SmackDown isn’t done yet! The Undisputed Era’s charismatic leader is willing to put his prize on the line against the Planet’s Champion, but will things fall apart at the last moment? Or will Cole stay #DrapedInGold even when off brand?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this surprise main event happens after the break!

SmackDown returns as the bell rings. Fans are dueling already as the two circle. Bryan and Cole tie up, Bryan headlocks fast and gets a takedown. Cole headscissors but Bryan pops out fast. Fans cheer this opening exchange as the two go again. Cole headlocks, gets the takeover, but Bryan headscissors. Now Cole pops out and the two are even. The two circle and tie up again, and Bryan wrenches to a wristlock. Cole rolls, rolls back, then wrenches Bryan in return. Bryan pulls Cole’s hair to put him in a corner, and gives a hard “pat” on the shoulder, then a SLAP to the face! Cole fires back but Bryan hits a European Uppercut! And a kick! Bryan bumps Cole off buckles to then CHOP! Bryan follows and CHOPS Cole in another corner. Cole fires off stomps in return, then headlock takeovers again. Bryan gets up, powers out, but Cole runs him over with a shoulder.

Things speed up, and Bryan KICKS Cole off his feet! Bryan has the arm to hammerlock and STOMP the arm! Cole writhes but Bryan goes after a leg now. Bryan has both legs and hooks up to then go after the arms. Bryan pulls, pulls and lifts Cole into the Mexican Surfboard! Then he lets Cole down, to get the dragon sleeper! Bryan shouts at Cole to tap but Cole endures. Cole fights back so Bryan drops a knee! Bryan looms over Cole and brings him up for EuroUppers! Bryan runs, dodges Cole’s clothesline, then again, but gets a BOOT! Cole covers, TWO! Cole drags Bryan up but Bryan resists the suplex. Bryan goes to suplex, but they end up by the ropes. Bryan gets Cole up but they BOTH go tumbling to the outside! The fans are fired up while both men are down, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again, and Cole struggles with Bryan for control of the backslide. But Bryan swings Cole around, only for Cole to swing him around, jumping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but Cole drops elbows over and over on Bryan, then a knee drop! Cover, TWO! Cole drags Bryan into a headscissor hold and squeezes tight. Bryan endures but fans rally up. HHH and HBK watch closely as Cole squeezes tight. Bryan rolls to the ropebreak! Cole lets go and Bryan catches his breath, but Cole is on Bryan in the corner. Cole stomps and punches then follows Bryan to another corner for more. Bryan fires back and they brawl with big forearms. Bryan ROCKS Cole with the European Uppercut! Bryan drags Cole up to whip corner to corner, but Cole reverses. Bryan goes up and over, Bryan builds speed to hit a flying lariat!

Fans rally with “YES! YES! YES!” as Bryan fires himself up. Cole stands but Bryan whips. Cole kicks Bryan away, but Bryan dumps Cole out hard! Bryan is on the apron, to hit a flying knee! Fans cheer as Bryan goes back to Cole. Bryan drags Cole into the ring then climbs up top. Bryan leaps to missile dropkick! Direct hit and Cole rolls to a corner! Fans cheer “YES! YES! YES!” as Bryan runs in, big dropkick! Bryan puts Cole up top and climbs up, to SUPER STEINER, but Cole sunset flips!! TWO, and Bryan throws EuroUppers! Bryan runs, into another BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Cole is growing frustrated. Fans duel as Cole drags Bryan up. Cole suplexes, but Bryan slips out to waistlock. Cole standing switches but Bryan throws him out in front of HHH and HBK! Bryan DIVES! HHH and HBK get clear, and Cole hits arm chairs! Bryan runs again, and DIVES into an enziguri! Bryan crashes and burns as SmackDown goes to another break!

SmackDown returns once more as Cole trips Bryan up on the top rope! Cole climbs up to join Bryan now, but Bryan resists and slips out to trip Cole in return! HHH and HBK look concerned as Bryan climbs up behind Cole. SPIDER SUPER GERMAN! Bryan shows his core strength as he sits up, and then adjusts on the top rope. Fans are thunderous as Bryan LEAPS! But the falling headbutt FLOPS! Cole drags Bryan up, LAST SHOT 1.0! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Cole is frustrated. But fans know “This is Awesome!” Cole pulls the knee pad down, runs, but Bryan counters the Shining Wizard to a Half Crab! HHH is freaking out as Cole endures! Cole crawls, Bryan drags him away, but Cole turns, only to get caught into a heel hook!

Bryan wrenches hard but Cole manages to roll to the ropebreak! Bryan lets go but damage has been done. Bryan wants Cole to get up, and then he gives a YES Kick to the leg! “You want to be a champion?! Get up!!” Cole does and fires off forearms, but he gets kicks and CHOPS! Bryan fireman’s carries, but Cole pops out to a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO, into the LEBELLE LOCK!! Cole is caught, HHH is freaking out again, but Cole pops out, only to get Danielson Stomps! Bryan then drags Cole back into position, for another LeBelle Lock!! HHH shouts at Cole as Cole endures, and Cole works his way around. Cole reaches, but Bryan grabs the other arm for a Rings of Saturn! Cole uses his legs for the ropebreak! HHH is relieved but still frustrated that his champion is on the defensive.

Fans duel harder as Bryan gives Cole YES Kicks! Kick after kick after kick, but the buzzsaw misses! Cole O’Conner rolls, but Bryan pulls out of it, TWO! BUZZSAW! But Cole gets to a corner while Bryan fires himself up. Bryan is in the opposite corner, runs out, but into a SUPERKICK! Cole hops up, Bryan stands, PANAMA SUNRISE!! But that’s not all, LAST SHOT 2.0!! Cover, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT Champion

That was an incredible match! Roderick Strong and all of the NXT superstars that made the trip head to the ring! Cole celebrates with Strong, Lio Rush, Shayna Baszler and of course, Triple H! “You want to pick a fight with us!? Raw, SmackDown, versus NXT.” If they’re going to have a fight, then HHH will need an army. And what do you do to build an army? You look to your blood, to your family, and you get ready for a fight. “This is our army! This is our fight! This is our ring!” NXT has fired the first shot! Now let’s see what Raw and SmackDown’s got. “Just remember one thing: WE! ARE! N! X! T!” The battle lines have been drawn, and the war for WWE supremacy is on!

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a wild episode, but mostly because it was just as much NXT as it was SmackDown. I thought we were going to get Evolution 2 through tonight’s back-up planning, but instead we got a great way to bring around this Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT Survivor Series. And all of it was amazing, though honestly putting NXT way in the lead. At the same time, it also works out very well for story. The only reason NXT could do all this, like Shayna wrecking Bayley or Riddle and Lee making Sami eat his words, was because there were very few SmackDown stars here to “defend” the brand. It was great to have Bayley VS Cross happen now, and it was a pretty good match. It seems Bayley is now using the headlock driver a la original Dirty Deeds, which seems fine. Bayley2Belly is a good move, but to fit her new attitude, Bayley needs to have a new more. And now, assuming things end up as Triple Threats, we are going to get The Man VS Bad Bayley VS Shayna Baszler! That’s just AMAZING!

What a great surprise that it was Ciampa going against The Miz. Ciampa has needed some more matches to get back into the swing of things, and Miz is a great worker, so this just works out for them both. But I wonder if he doesn’t get the title back at WarGames then. I suppose that fits, he said stuff about “Goldie” having to wait while Ciampa goes “to war.” Bianca Belair’s beat down of Carmella and Dana Brooke was some Lesnar levels of over-the-top, unintentionally funny, and I loved it! I didn’t expect Rhea and Tegan to be a team, but it sounds like Dakota Kai isn’t cleared to compete in reality, or else we might’ve gotten Team Kick on SmackDown. At the same time, Rhea was just too good in that moment, especially on the mic. And then Cole VS Bryan was incredible! I did not expect a clean win for Cole, because obviously the title isn’t changing, and I expected Strong to interfere, but a clean win is incredible for Cole.

HHH had a great promo to close this out, and this is all great for NXT and Survivor Series, I just don’t know what this will do for SmackDown. Fans might expect this again, but Survivor Series season is only until the end of November. Hopefully Fox and SmackDown take some cues from tonight, we need more of this level of action. And then the biggest surprise, but a completely logical way of balancing titles on brands, is that Lesnar “quits” SmackDown! This actually keeps Lesnar moving back to Raw clear of the “blockbuster” trade we got, and is a subtle way of sharing Lesnar between Fox and USA. Lesnar hunting Mysterio will be a good part of Raw, and this surely leads to a world title match on the way. I don’t know how this is also going to factor into Survivor Series, but it would be amazing buzz if Mysterio found a way to win! Mysterio VS Fiend VS I assume Adam Cole as all three brands have their champs fight, that would be a lot better than Lesnar getting to be Lesnar. Though, I wouldn’t mind seeing Fiend survive an F5 like he does EXPLOSIONS.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Prepare for Backlash!

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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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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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