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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/12/20)

TONIGHT, Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles!

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WWE SmackDown Coverage 3.0

SmackDown crowns a NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion!

The Phenomenal One and the Goat collide! Will the new Intercontinental Champion be AJ Styles or Daniel Bryan on the SmackDown before Backlash?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The New Day VS The Artist Collective; The Artist Collective wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles; Styles wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Six Man Tag: Braun Strowman & Heavy Machinery VS Dolph Ziggler, The Miz & John Morrison; Strowman & Heavy Machinery win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Renee Young is in the ring.

Jeff Hardy and Sheamus will have a match for Backlash given all the animosity between them. But before that match can happen, both men must sign on the dotted line. First out is the Celtic Warrior, as well as a physician, security, and a screen. This can only mean one thing. But first, the Charismatic Enigma appears! Renee asks what this is all about. Well the curtain is for discretion, as they wouldn’t want to offend the ladies. Offend how? Hardy knows what this is. He doesn’t give a damn, though, after all that happened. Sheamus hit Elias with a car and tried to frame Hardy for it! Sheamus says Hardy shouldn’t go pointing fingers, because Sheamus had nothing to do with that. Hardy still says Sheamus tried to ruin Hardy’s life and livelihood! “You have no idea what you’ve unleashed at Backlash. Not even you’re little security team’s gonna be able to help you then.”

Wait, you think these guys are here to protect Sheamus? Pff, they’re here for your protection, Hardy. But Sheamus wants some assurances. Hardy was cleared of the car accident, but he’s still a man that can’t be trusted. It could be booze, it could be drugs, but a leopard can’t change its spots. So to ensure everyone’s safety, before signing the contract, Hardy will have to take a urine test. And if Hardy fails it, which he probably will, then he’s in a whole heap of trouble. Hardy won’t get a match between Sheamus is not going to step into the ring with a junkie. The crowd boos because they believe Hardy is innocent and sober, but Sheamus says it’s all true. Hardy admits, “My name is Jeff Hardy, and I’m an alcoholic.” Hi, Jeff. “And if this is what I Have to do to get to you, then fine!”

Hardy is tired of fighting. He goes to meetings every week, talks about how he let his family and his fans and even himself down. Hardy’s demons are starving. And sometimes, all it takes make him want to feed them is to be in the presence of a BASTARD like Sheamus. But Hardy will be a beacon of light for the struggles! So Hardy will agree to this BS, just to get after Sheamus. That’s the spirit! But we all know it takes 24 hours, which Hardy should know from taking many of them. But the doc here has a rapid test that can get almost immediate results. Sheamus is footing the bill because that’s how much he cares. But just to show there are no shenanigans, the doc will supervise the whole thing. Renee, time to skedaddle because Hardy’s got a bit of stage fright.

Hardy goes into the curtained off area and Sheamus gives the WWE Universe a “PSA” of sorts. Kids, if you’re a user, you’re a loser. Don’t end up like Jeff Hardy. Don’t do drugs. Thank you very much. Hardy, hurry up, we don’t have all night. Hardy finishes filling the jar, and Sheamus jokes that someone had quite the happy hour. But before the bad news, does Hardy have any last words? Perhaps an apology? Or a positive message to everyone at home. Like, oh i dunno. “Just Say No.” Good, right? Sheamus wants Hardy to laugh but Hardy says another classic is coming to him. “It’s better to be pissed off than pissed on!” And then Hardy SPLASHES Sheamus with the jar of pee!! Hardy signs his part of the contract while Sheamus gags.

The crowd wants him to “PUKE! PUKE!” but Sheamus manages to hold it in. Hardy leaves while Sheamus throws the table over and tries to get the taste out of his mouth. The crowd taunts Sheamus with, “You Got Pissed On!” but will he be more than pissed off at Backlash?

 

SmackDown finds Sheamus backstage in a restroom.

He’s obviously doing his best to rinse and scrub away the smell, taste and feeling of Hardy’s pee. The doc finds him and lets him know the results came back. Negative for alcohol. Hardy IS sober, the match IS on, and Sheamus IS pissed.

 

The New Day VS The Artist Collective!

AWWW~ people at home~! Clap for your world famous eight-time champs, and FEEL~ the POWER~! But will Kofi Kingston and Big E feel the strength of the Swiss Cyborg and the King of Strong Style?

The teams sort out and Cesaro starts against Kofi. They tie up, go around and Cesaro wrenches to a wristlock. Kofi rolls, handsprings, wrenches back and sweeps the legs to splash down! Cover, ONE, but Kofi headlocks. Cesaro powers out but Kofi reverses the whip. Kofi leaps but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cesaro taunts Kofi while tagging Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura gives Kofi BAD Vibrations, then goes corner to corner, only for Kofi to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Kofi clotheslines Nakamura out then tags in Big E. Big E gives Kofi the boost to FLY out onto Nakamura! But Cesaro BOOTS Kofi down, only for Big E to go out and CLOBBER him! Big E puts Nakamura in but Cesaro anchors his foot. Big E shakes free but Nakamura PELES!

Nakamura distracts the ref and Cesaro BLASTS Big E with a European Uppercut! The Tag Team Champions are down on the outside as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cesaro grinds Big E down with an armlock. The crowd rallies up and Big E fights free, only to be put in the corner. Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper! Tag to Nakamura, Cesaro sets Big E up for the Top Shelf Knee! Nakamura covers, TWO! Tag to Cesaro and he clamps back onto Big E with an armlock. Big E endures as the crowd rallies up. Cesaro whips Big E to a corner but Big E elbows him away. Cesaro keeps Big E from the tag but Big E hits a belly2belly! Both men are down, hot tags to Nakamura and Kofi! Kofi springboards to ax handle! He rallies with CHOPS and a dropkick! Leaping ax handle! Kofi fires up and hits the New~ Day~ Boom Drop! The crowd fires up as Kofi aims from a corner. Cesaro swipes at Kofi but it’s to give Nakamura an opening! Kofi breaks free of the inverted exploder to hit SOS! Cover, Cesaro breaks it!

Cesaro stomps away on Kofi but Big E comes in. Big E dodges to clotheslines himself and Cesaro out! Nakamura runs at Kofi but gets the swing kick in the corner! Kofi climbs but Nakamura joins him. They brawl up top and Kofi gets an edge with clubbing forearms! Kofi adjust, leaps, but into a GUT BUSTER! Cover, Nakamura & Cesaro win!!

Winners: The Artist Collective, by pinfall

They just defeated the SmackDown Tag Team Champions! When and where will they come for those titles to make them their own?

 

Heavy Machinery reunites backstage!

Tucky and Otis are back together and are ready for tonight’s supersized main event! But Tucker wants Otis to learn not to rely on just his eyes. Otis needs all his other senses. He has a blindfold on and the test begins. Sound! That’s a bell. Smell! Those are burgers! Touch! Tucky, Otis appreciates the motivation but- Blindfold off and it’s Mandy! His peach! Mandy wishes the boys good luck, and tells him not to forget the Mr. Money in the Bank briefcase. Oh yes, of course. Thank you, Mandy. A kiss for good luck and she’s gone, but Tucky snaps to focus Otis. Braun Strowman is their tag team partner tonight, but if the opportunity presents itself, then tonight could be THE night. Oh yeah~!

But whoa! A brawl is going on around the corner, and it’s Sheamus and Hardy! The Fella wants to make sure Hardy doesn’t make it to Backlash! He shoves him into ladder after ladder until security and referees rush over. D-Von drags Sheamus away while Jamie Noble keeps Hardy here. The Charismatic Enigma wants to make Sheamus pay, but they’ll both have to wait for Sunday!

 

SmackDown retells the history of the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

“A symbol that has changed through the years, yet remains timeless.” A storied past steeped in tradition for over four decades. Contenders have come and gone but only the most worthy have held it huge overhead. Generations evolved through waves of change, but this title has always been the pillar of excellence. Ultimate Warrior and the yellow belt defeated Hulk Hogan to become DUAL champion! The Miz and the white belt made this title AWESOME again. Triple H and the black belt had a reign of terror! And so many others created a lasting presence with this title around their waist. This title demands the very best from the very best. It is a catalyst of stardom, Hall of Fame careers, and iconic moments. The next chapter is waiting to be written by the victor.

Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles may boast similar accolades, but their journeys set them apart. This couldn’t have been made more clear than when the tournament was sent into disarray a few weeks ago. When Elias and Jeff Hardy were taken out, each man chose a different philosophy. Daniel Bryan wanted the traditional approach of fighting for his spot. He suggested that Styles and himself take on two new opponents, because there are many deserving names on the SmackDown roster. AJ Styles shouted that down as the “dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.” He took a calculated approach so that he’d be in the finals no matter what.

True motivations are revealed when given such a choice. The Phenomenal One took the bye because he’s smarter. Bryan would give others opportunity not because it’s noble, but because he has heart. So who will prove to be better and revel in the prestige of this title? Who joins the lineage of legends to become timeless?

WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals: Daniel Bryan VS AJ Styles!

The Goat has already stamped his name on this title’s history, but it was short lived because of his need to step away. But the Phenomenal One wants to add this title to his legacy. Who writes the future with a victory tonight?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle for glory begins!

The crowd duels even before the bell. Styles and Bryan circle and tie up, Bryan wrenches to a wristlock, then clamps onto the arm to bring Styles to a knee. Styles rolls, wrenches back, but Bryan rolls through. Bryan hooks a leg, hooks Styles’ chin, but Styles spins through to keep the wristlock. Bryan gets up, rolls, bridges, and breaks free to dropkick Styles down! The crowd cheers as Styles gets to a corner. Styles and Bryan circle again then tie up. Styles kicks low then clubs Bryan down only to bring him up for buckle bumps. Styles goes to suplex but Bryan blocks. Styles keeps trying but then Bryan tries to suplex. Styles lets Bryan go to throat chop him! The crowd boos but Bryan sends Styles out of the ring hard. Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit takes both men down and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Bryan grinds Styles’ arm. Bryan hammerlocks to knee the shoulder and back! Bryan cranks back on the other arm and stands on it! It’s a cover, TWO! Styles gets to ropes but Bryan brings him up to wrench and hammerlock again. Styles powers out and hurdles over to then duck down and dropkick Bryan! Bryan is wincing while Styles is seething. Styles brings Bryan up for straight rights and CHOPS! He puts Bryan in a corner to CHOP more. Bryan throws EuroUppers in return and backs Styles down. Bryan snapmares Styles and wraps on a chinlock, but Styles slips out the back to get an armlock of his own. Styles leans on the shoulder then wrenches to a wristlock and wringer! Styles circles Bryan before bringing him up.

Styles kicks away on Bryan’s arm then cranks it to a keylock. Bryan gets around and powers free to speed things up. The kitchen sink knee takes Styles down! Bryan grabs the leg for a standing toehold! He twists the leg, then turns Styles over to hook him up. Bryan pulls on the arms but his bad arm bothers him. So instead of a surfboard, Bryan just stomps the knees! Styles clutches his thigh but Bryan is on him with a modified STF! Styles endures so Bryan shifts to get both legs in a SNAP deathlock! Bryan gets up to do it again! Styles crawls but Bryan sits back to get the arms, surfboard cover! TWO, and Styles scrambles to ropes. The crowd cheers and rallies as Bryan brings Styles up. Bryan throws more EuroUppers in the corner then gives Styles Yes Kicks!

The ref counts, Bryan goes corner to corner, but Styles sunset flips! TWO and Bryan stacks, TWO! Styles has the cover, TWO! Bryan has it back, TWO! Styles has another cover, TWO! Styles headlocks, hits a takeover, but Bryan headscissors. Styles moves around, pops out to a jackknife, TWO and Bryan bridges! Bryan wants a backslide, Styles slips free and dodges, a DOUBLE CROSSBODY collision takes both men down! This evenly fought match continues as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Bryan wrenches Styles to a shoulder breaker! Bryan gives Styles another! He wrenches for another but Styles rolls him up! TWO, and Bryan wants the Yes Lock! Styles scrambles, reaches, but so does Bryan. The two struggle for control, Styles gets the legs to catapult Bryan up and out of the ring! Bryan sits up but Styles keeps his eyes on him. Styles slingshots, the Pescado is caught to a waistlock! Bryan hammerlocks and POSTS Styles shoulder first! Styles falls in a heap and clutches his arm, but Bryan is on him already. Bryan takes the arm, keylocks it on the apron, and STOMPS it!! Styles shouts in pain while Bryan leaves him behind. The ref checks on Styles, and when he’s deemed okay to continue, Bryan is on him again to drag him into the ring.

Bryan wrenches the bad arm with a knuckle lock, then digs knuckles into the elbow. Styles hits back with his good arm, but Bryan wrings Styles out and snap wrenches the arm! Bryan grabs the arm, keylocks again, for another STOMP! Styles clutches his forearm but Bryan is on him with a mounted hammerlock. The crowd duels as Bryan cranks back on the arm! Styles refuses to quit so Bryan chicken wing covers! TWO and Styles gets to the apron. Bryan won’t let up as he drags Styles up and into the ring. Bryan headbutts Styles down, wrenches and whips him corner to corner, then runs corner to corner, only to miss the dropkick! Bryan crashes and burns but both men are down.

The crowd rallies up and Styles uses ropes to get to his feet. Styles KICKS Bryan’s leg, then kicks it again. Styles goes out and has Bryan’s leg for an apron dragon screw! Styles stalks Bryan as he crawls, and he tweaks the leg between his own. Styles drags Bryan to the ropes and wraps the leg up in them. Bryan is stuck as Styles throws him down! The ropes wrench the leg for Styles! The ref tries to free Bryan but Styles kicks away! The ref backs Styles off and Bryan frees himself, but the damage has been done. Styles drags Bryan around but Bryan ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again but the crowd keeps rallying. Bryan clutches his leg but sits up. Styles follows though in a daze. They go to opposite corners, Bryan runs in but Styles boots him away! Styles goes to the apron, springboards, but Bryan trips him up!

Styles topples down but Bryan puts him in a corner. Bryan fires off more Yes Kicks! He hoists Styles up top, climbs up to join him, and leaps for the SUPER STEINER! Styles goes down but the crowd fires up more! Bryan fires himself up and waits for Styles to sit up. Bryan gives more Yes Kicks! Styles ducks the buzzsaw to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz, into a roundhouse! But Styles LARIATS back!! Both men are down again but the energy is still high as SmackDown goes to another break.

SmackDown returns again and Bryan throws more EuroUppers. Styles hits back with haymakers and the two brawl back and forth. Bryan kicks and kicks but Styles CHOPS. Bryan uppercuts, Styles punches, back and forth, fast and furious! Styles kicks the bad leg, but Bryan dumps Styles out again! Bryan tests the leg and builds speed, but he leaps into a PELE! Styles drags himself up on the apron to springboards, but Bryan catches him to underhooks, butterfly suplex to ARMBAR! Styles rolls over but Bryan cranks on the arm. But Styles pops out to get the CALF CRUSHER! Bryan endures, reaches, but Styles drags him back to crank harder! Bryan pops out to get the ARMBAR! Styles shifts, makes it a cover, but then dead lifts! Bryan lets go, trips Styles up, and Penalty Kicks the arm out! BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and the crowd loves it!

The dueling continues as Bryan drags Styles up off the mat. Bryan wrenches, shoulder breakers, then hoists Styles up top backwards. He climbs up to join Styles, but Styles fights back with elbows! Bryan falls, but gets up to club Styles on the back! He climbs back up but again Styles fights him off with elbows. Bryan hits the mat again, Styles stands up, but Bryan stops him again! Bryan clubs away on Styles’ back over and over and over, then brings Styles up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Both men are down again, and SmackDown again goes to break!

SmackDown returns again, and Bryan kicks and uppercuts Styles to a corner. Bryan fires off even more kicks then whips Styles corner to corner. Styles reverses, Bryan goes up and over but the bad leg buckles! Styles moonsaults to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Bryan and Styles are both down again, clutching their limbs. The crowd rallies up and Styles rises. Styles hobbles over, fireman’s carries, but Bryan elbows over and over until he’s free. Bryan swings, but into Styles’ PELE! Styles drags Bryan up for a snap BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Styles and Bryan are exhausted but the crowd has not given up. The crowd rallies as Styles and Bryan slowly rise. Styles gets Bryan first and reels him in. Bryan trips Styles up to jackknife, TWO! Styles dodges, PELE but into an ANKLE LOCK! Styles flails, gets up, but Bryan gets a trapped leg GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!

Bryan still has the waistlock, but Styles standing switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Styles holds onto Bryan but Bryan fires up. Bryan standing switches, to GERMAN! Bridging over, TWO! Bryan clamps onto Styles with a seated cobra stretch, and he elbows over and over and over! Then he rolls Styles to the YES LOCK! Styles endures as Bryan cranks back, but Styles drags himself blindly towards ropes. Styles uses his leg for the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go in frustration but he fires himself up again. The crowd fires up with him as he grabs the wrists. Bryan gives Styles DANIELSON STOMPS!! Bryan fires up and the crowd is at a fever pitch. Bryan demands Styles stand, and he starts up the “YES! YES!” Styles stands, Bryan runs in, but his knee is caught to the STYLES CLASH!! But Styles is too exhausted to cover!!

Styles crawls to ropes, Bryan flounders to his feet and the crowd continues to duel. Styles springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)

That was TRULY phenomenal! Styles joins the legends as he earns this title! Renee Young interviews Styles in the ring and congratulates him on this victory. What does it mean to him to finally capture this title that has eluded him? Styles said it before, and he’ll say it again: “I’m the best WWE champion the WWE Universe has ever seen.” Styles IS Phenomenal. Will Bryan return for another chance? Who will Styles make earn a shot against him?

 

Braun Strowman speaks.

“There’s a lot going on tonight. From in-ring drug testing, to a new Intercontinental Champion. You’ve got Sheamus running around, raising hell, and you’ve still got a main event to come.” Speaking of, The Miz & Morrison are trying to make Strowman’s life a living hell. He can fix a windshield of a car, but there’s nothing that will fix Miz or Morrison after Backlash. And as for Mr. MITB, Strowman likes Otis. They played this game before, and Storwman is in no mood tonight. If Tucker and Otis try something tonight, they should remember “I have no problem obliterating some Heavy Machinery. Will Otis take those words to heart during tonight’s Six Man Tag?

 

Sasha Banks and Bayley head to the ring!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions already had the crew decorate the ring for a championship celebration! The Boss and #BayleyTwoBelts hold their titles up high, and then force Michael Cole to join into a selfie, that doesn’t actually show him anyway. The crowd boos as they go to the ring, but they clearly doesn’t understand any of this. This is their celebration and they have something to say! The booing gets louder but Bayley says they’re lucky to be invited to their party. “You Suck! You Suck!” Bayley doesn’t suck! She’s at the top of her game! When you get to the top, it is lonely. When you’re untouchable, unbeaten and the most dominant SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, it would seem that way. But DING DONG, she’s not lonely! Her best friend, #DaBlueprint is here with her! They are YOUR WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions!!

Sasha says, “We told you so!” No one listened. They are the role models! They are the leaders! They are not liars. Sasha said they’d take the tag titles back when they wanted to, and they did. These titles represent their friendship, and they’re only getting stronger. Together, they are unstoppable! Bayley tells Sasha to shut out the haters, because she has a poem to express how she feels. But before she can get started, Bliss-Cross appears! Alexa and Nikki go right to the ring as Alexa says it’s fine to celebrate. But reciting poetry to each other is where we draw the line. Bayley won’t let them ruin their moment! Nikki says it’s okay. She and Lexi love parties!

The pair of friends argue, but the IIconics are on the titantron! Peyton Royce and Billie Kay have a very special message. So enough of this tacky celebration, because at Backlash, Bayley’s and Sasha’s time ends. Peyton is about to hit us with facts. The IIconics have both beaten Bliss-Cross, and they were the ones to end the “role models'” original reign at WrestleMania. And most recently, left them laying on Raw. If they don’t want the same thing to happen on SmackDown, don’t turn your backs on Bliss-Cross. Too late! Nikki and Alexa DECK Sasha and Bayley, then throw Sasha out to keep on Bayley more. Bliss-Cross throws Bayley out onto Sasha, and the champs are down and out again! The IIconics on one side, the Goddess and loony lass on the other. Do Bayley and Banks stand a chance of keeping this sequel going?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & John Morrison.

Hey hey, ho ho. Kayla Braxton wants to talk about their actions last week. Miz says Kayla getting slimed is no big deal. It’s more like an early birthday present. But since she did get slimed, she was trending backstage. She meant in regards to Strowman. Well, Strowman’s threats are so annoying. Miz & Morrison responded with a new music video! They’ve titled it, “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! The Universal Champion needs to go.” Roll it! MC M I Z and Johnny Drip Drip are now rocking a hip hop power ballad, but it gets interrupted by the #StrowmanExpress! The Monster Among Men wants to #GetTheseHands on the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century and the Show-Off already! Will there even be anything left of Miz & Morrison to challenge in the 2v1 Handicap match? Will Strowman even be the one going into that match as Universal Champion?

 

“Who is Matthew Riddle?”

He’s the stallion that’s about to make a SmackDown debut. He can go from bro-down to throw down at the flip of a hat. He’s been fighting all his life to make it this far, will he completely bro up Friday nights?

 

Six Man Tag: Braun Strowman & Heavy Machinery VS Dolph Ziggler, The Miz & John Morrison!

SmackDown returns as Heavy Machinery finishes their entrance. Ziggler heads out next, and is no stranger to The Dozer. But he is quickly reinforced by the A-Lister and Guru of Greatness. Strowman gets out of the ring to glare at Miz and Morrison over their trash talk. The trios sort out, and Otis starts against Ziggler.

Ziggler keeps on the outside but bails out as Otis draws clear. Miz asks what’s going on but Ziggler tags Miz in. Otis grabs Miz and hip tosses him in! Otis scoops Miz to slam him, then he pumps and thrusts. Tag to Tucker and Heavy Machinery gives us the classic BOOM SHAKA LOO double falling headbutts! Tucker keeps his eyes on Miz and gives him a Junkyard Dog headbutt! Miz tags out to Morrison and he circles with Tucker. Tucker gets the leg but Morrison spin back kicks free. Morrison waistlocks, headlocks, but Tucker powers out to back drop. Morrison lands on his feet! And springboards, but into a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tucker is pumped up and the crowd rallies behind him. Tucker moves towards Strowman but Morrison runs away to tag Ziggler!

Ziggler circles with Tucker, they tie up, and Ziggler waistlocks. Tucker elbows free then tags in Otis. Heavy Machinery bring Ziggler up as Strowman tags in. Miz and Morrison run away from Strowman, but Heavy Machinery double whip him in to corner CRUSH Ziggler! Strowman CLUBS Ziggler down then tags in Tucker. Tucker brings Ziggler up to suplex and hold him! But wait, what is this on the titantron? Baron Corbin has a camera man following him backstage? Tucker drops Ziggler as he and everyone else watches what happens. The Wolf King finds Mandy Rose backstage watching, and Otis goes running!

Corbin wants to talk about last week, when Otis stole the crown and stretched it out. Was that her idea? Oh c’mon, it was just a little fun. Corbin isn’t mad. In fact, he understands. Mandy is fantasizing being with a man with power, status and respect. She’s fantasizing about being with the King of the Ring, Baron Corbin. Before Mandy can answer, Otis bulldozes Corbin into the fencing!! Otis fires off on Corbin for trying to steal his girl, but the referees and security back him off. The Dozer is fuming but what about his match? SmackDown goes to break while things sort out.

SmackDown returns once more as Morrison Shining Wizards Tucker! Miz adds the basement BOOT! Tag to Ziggler and he drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Tucker reaches for Strowman because Otis hasn’t returned from going after Corbin. Ziggler clamps on with a chinlock but the crowd rallies behind “Tucky! Tucky!” Tucker fights up but Ziggler wrangles him back down. Miz and Morrison mock the cheers but Tucker fights up again. Ziggler pulls hair and puts Tucker in the A-Lister corner! Tag to Morrison and Morrison throws hands on Tucker. Morrison gives kicks as Miz starts up the “Hey hey! Ho ho!” Cover, TWO, and Morrison is right on the arm. Tucker fights up, goes around, but Miz tags in. Tucker sends Morrison out but Miz trips him up. Miz wants the Figure Four but is pushed out! Ziggler tags in and grabs the leg! Tucker hops and ENZIGURIS!

The crowd fires up with Strowman, but Miz and Morrison trip him up! FLYING CHUCK and the BASEMENT DDT take him down! Ziggler bumps Tucker off buckles and keeps between him and the corner. BUt Mandy and Otis head to ringside! Otis sees what’s happened to his best buddy, but Ziggler taunts them both. Ziggler aims at Tucker but Tucker SUPERKICKS first! Both men are down, the crowd rallies up, hot tag to Otis! Otis hits Miz and Morrison down then rallies on Ziggler! Mandy likes what shes sees as Otis scoop slams Miz! And flapjacks Morrison! Otis throws Morrison out but Ziggler rises to kick llow. But it only powers The Dozer up! Ziggler keeps hitting but Otis keeps pumping! Otis headbutts, scoops and TOSSES Ziggler out of the ring!

Otis shouts for Strowman to start it up, and the train leaves the station! Strowman BLASTS Miz into barriers! Then BLASTS Morrison into barriers! Strowman throws Ziggler into barriers then into the ring! Otis hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Cover, Heavy Machinery and Strowman win!

Winners: Braun Strowman & Heavy Machinery, by pinfall

Mandy celebrates with Otis, Tucker and Strowman as all three big men stand tall! Will Miz & Morrison be able to recover for Backlash? Will Mr. MITB find an opening to cash in his contract? Or will everyone #GetTheseHands?


My Thoughts:

This was a really good go-home, with only THREE matches! Hardy and Sheamus had an alright final build to their grudge match, but c’mon. The same segment HBK did against the McMahons from years ago? I saw the “pissed on” line coming from the moment Sheamus made his entrance. For anyone who hasn’t been a fan of WWE the last 15 years, HBK went through this same thing with Vince in the lead up to WrestleMania 22 and Backlash 2006. It seems people who don’t learn from history really ARE doomed to repeat it. But Sheamus VS Hardy will be an alright match, and at this point should just be the end of the feud. There’s only down from here.

We got a really good tag team match between The New Day and Cesaro-Nakamura, and without saying much of anything, yes the Forgotten Sons have been moved aside in the SmackDown Tag Division’s story. Again, I didn’t really see that trio reaching titles so soon anyway, as they didn’t even get to do all that much in NXT. Cesaro and Nakamura are going to give the New Day a great match, but it might be too soon to call who wins. We got a good segment with the Women’s Tag Team Championships, with Bayley and Sasha wanting to celebrate but getting the exact opposite. With their contenders standing tall on both Raw and SmackDown, I am very confident that Sasha and Bayley retain to then take the titles to NXT next Wednesday. Yes, the Women’s Tag Division needs to be built and Bayley and Banks will certainly have their own story, but for this stretch, let them have the reign they should’ve had at the start.

The WWE Intercontinental Championship match was exactly what it should’ve been! I just don’t understand why we had so many commercial breaks! There’s that segment where we come back, blah blah super back suplex, and then commercial! And yet BRUCE PRICHARD is the one Vince is putting in charge of both shows?! But that’s a subject for a different article. Styles wins despite Bryan’s passion for making this title the workhorse/television title, but perhaps the story becomes Bryan’s chase for that title through all the other contenders on SmackDown. And perhaps because WWE doesn’t want to be like AEW with Cody’s TNT Championship workhorse schedule.

And we got great stuff from the Universal Championship and MITB stories. Corbin being after Mandy just to get at Otis because of his crown is petty, but at least it’s something to tide Otis over until we can be sure he can cash in. Again I say, Otis cashing in when fans are finally live is the best course of action. I just hope Otis doesn’t run out of steam going against Corbin and others in the meantime.

My Score: 8.4/10


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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

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

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

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

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

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

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

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

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

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

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

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

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

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

LSG vs Joe Hendry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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