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Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/9/21)

New Japan Cup, day 4!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2021

Will the New Japan Cup reach a Skull End?

After getting in each other’s faces all week, Tomohiro Ishii and Sanada battle in the New Japan Cup! Will the Stone Pitbull bite off more than he can chew?

NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: FinJuice & HenarACE VS Bullet Club; FinJuice & HenarACE win.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; Chaos wins.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Yuji Nagata VS Yota Tsuji; Nagata wins and advances.
  • 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Tomohiro Ishii VS SANADA; Sanada wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

8 Man Tag: FinJuice & HenarACE VS Bullet Club!

The Flamboyant One wants revenge on the Fang Revived, while David Finlay and Henare prepare to face Chase Owens and Jay White, respectively! Will Hiroshi Tanahashi be the ace in the hole for his team? Or will we Breathe with the Switchblade before he takes on the Hammerhead?

Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans cheer. Bullet Club gets impatient with the checks, then insist the ref keep Taguchi Japan back. Bullet Club Low Sweets, and Henare dares Jay White to stay up. Fans rally as the teams sort out and White does start with Henare, but then shows off his own muscles. The bell rings and Henare fires up as he circles with White. But then White tags Gedo in! Henare dares Gedo to bring it, and the two circle. But then White slips in to distract and Gedo clubs Henare! Henare doesn’t budge, and he DECKS Gedo! But then White gets in to attack and whip Henare! Henare comes back to CLOBBER White!

White bails out, Henare drags Gedo up for headbutts, then tags in Tanahashi! HenarACE mugs Gedo, Tanahashi wrenches Gedo’s arm over and over then twists the wristlock. Finlay tags in and climbs up to drop ax handles on Gedo’s arm! Finlay wrenches Gedo’s arm, tags Juice in and Juice climbs to drop ax handles on the arm! Fans fire up as Juice tells Bullet Club to “Suck it!” But Gedo pulls Juice’s hair, only for Juice to pull Gedo’s beard! Tag to Finlay, and he clubs Gedo’s beard! Finlay brings Gedo up by his beard, wrenches it, and then tags Tanahashi. Tanahashi hops up the rope to drop ax handles on the beard! Gedo clutches his face while Tanahashi air guitars at Bullet Club.

Tanahashi brings Gedo up for strikes, but runs into a cheap shot from White! White gets away but Tanahashi still hits Gedo before the sneak attack. Tanahashi runs but White trips him and drags him out, to throw him into railing! Henare gets in and Gedo “begs” for mercy, and the ref is busy with both of them while White whips Tanahashi into railing! Chase puts Tanahashi in and Gedo tags to White. White drags Tanahashi up, pulls Tanahashi’s hair, then tags in Kenta. Kenta goes up to drop ax handles on Tanahashi’s hair! White and Juice talk trash while Kenta drags Tanahashi up by his hair. Chase tags in, he climbs up and he drops ax handles on the hair!

Taguchi Japan protests but the ref is busy with them while all of Bullet Club chokes Tanahashi on the ropes! Chase drags Tanahashi around to stomp Tanahashi’s leg, then he tags in White. They stomp Tanahashi’s legs, then White stomps the left leg, then the right leg. White mocks the fans clapping for Tanahashi before he gives one leg a KNEE JAMMER! White clamps on with a standing toehold, and Gedo tags in. Gedo digs his fingers into Tanahashi’s face! The ref counts and Gedo lets off at 4 to complain to the ref. Gedo then CHOKES Tanahashi! Tanahashi gets his foot on the rope, White pushes it off, repeat while the ref is busy with an angry Taguchi Japan.

Gedo lets off, tags in Chase, and Chase brings Tanahashi up for a headlock punch! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Chase runs in to forearm smash, then reel Tanahashi into a short arm lariat! Cover, TWO! Chase brings Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off forearms! Chase kicks low, Tanahashi hits back with more forearms, but then Chase kicks again! Tanahashi blocks the Jewel Trigger into a DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally as both men are down, and they both crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Finlay! Finlay whips Chase, Chase reverses, but Finlay goes up and over. Finlay dodges and ducks to elbow smash Chase! Finlay blows up the Bullet Club corner, but Kenta runs in!

Finlay hits Kenta first, he and Juice DOUBLE BULLDOG! Juice fires up, Finlay hits Chase with an uppercut in the corner! Juice scoops Chase for a BACKBREAKER, Finlay hops up and adds his ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay drags Chase up. Chase fights off the exploder with elbows but Finlay knees low. Finlay runs but into Chase’s boot! Chase runs but into Finlay’s elbow! Finlay runs but into Chase’s rebound BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up again as both men crawl, hot tags to White and Henare! Henare fires off forearms and CHOPS on White, whips him but White reverses. Henare ducks and dodges to hit a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE!

Henare gets White up, White slips out of the suplex to kick low, but Henare counters White’s suplex with a suplex! Fans fire up with Henare as he drags White back up. White fights off the exploder, but Henare CHOPS him! Henare runs in to clothesline and fireman’s carry to a RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Henare keeps focus and fires up more. “AOH! AOH!” White staggers up, but Gedo grabs at Henare! Henare kicks Gedo away, White throws a forearm but Henare doesn’t budge! Henare ROCKS White, reels him in, but no Urenage! White slips out, spins around and hits a DDT! Hot tag to Gedo! Gedo drags Henare up to hit a jawbreaker! And a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!

Gedo is furious but fans are thunderous! Gedo crawls over to the corner to grab his brass knuckles! The ref stops Gedo but Chase has his Texas Heavyweight Championship belt! But Finlay dropkicks Chase down! Finlay PLANCHAS out to take Chase down! Juice gets in to intercept Kenta with JAB, JAB, JAB! LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Juice fires up and coaches Henare but Gedo still takes aim with the knuckles! Henare blocks that to HEADBUTT! White gets Henare with a sleeper! Tanahashi gets in to SLINGBLADE White! Henare fires up, drags Gedo up and reels him in, for a fisherman to torture rack, and DEATH VALLEY BOMB!! Cover, Taguchi Japan wins!

Winners: FinJuice & HenarACE, by pinfall

The Hammerhead stares the Switchblade down as his teammates celebrate. Will Henare tear through White in the NJCUP and then face his mentor, Tanahashi? Will Finlay beat the Crown Jewel and maybe even get that Texas Heavyweight title? Or will Bullet Club turn the tables and take over the tournament?

 

Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

Technically we did just see this the other day. But the Stone Pitbull and Cold Skull are battling later tonight, changing the dynamic! Will the Rainmaker and High Voltage help the Fierce Warrior prepare for the Dragon? Or will Shingo Takagi keep on winning with Tetsuya Naito and Bushi by his side?

The teams sort out, and after the LIJ fist bump, Takagi steps up to face Hirooki Goto in a preview of the NJCUP’s second round! Fans rally up as the two circle, and then the two tie up. Goto headlocks, Takagi powers out and they ram shoulders! Neither falls so they run an dram again! Goto forearms, Takagi forearms, repeat back and forth! Fans fire up as they keep going, and Takagi gets the edge! Takagi runs but Goto stays up from the shoulder to ram back! Takagi rebounds to run Goto over! Takagi brings Goto up, tags in Naito, and LIJ mugs Goto. Naito clubs Goto down, drags him back up, and clamps on a cravat. Goto throws body shots, Naito cranks harder, but Goto puts him in the Chaos corner.

Sho tags in and now Naito gets mugged. Sho stomps Naito, he and Goto drag him up to whip him corner to corner, then they double shoulder Naito over for a kick and elbow drop! Chaos hits LIJ’s corner and fans fire up. Okada joins in as they drum away on Naito’s back! Fans cheer and Sho grinds down on Naito’s arm. Naito gets up, Sho wrenches it and hits an elbow breaker! And another! And then another wrench to bend the fingers, for a third elbow breaker! Sho runs, but Naito elbows him away. Sho keeps going but he runs into an atomic drop! Bushi runs in to RANA Sho, Takagi runs in to blast the Chaos corner! Takagi and Bushi go out after Goto and Okada while Naito snapmares Sho.

Takagi POSTS Goto and fans fire up as he and Bushi keep Goto and Okada down. Naito drags Sho up, wrenches his arm and twists the wrist. Fans rally as Sho hits back but Naito hits low. Naito hammerlocks Sho’s arm, tags in Bushi, and Bushi stomps Sho down. Bushi puts Sho in a corner, and wraps Sho’s arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Bushi lets off and stomps Sho. Bushi CHOPS Sho, then CHOPS again! Cover, TWO! Bushi stomps Sho more, drags him up, wrenches the arm and gives him an elbow breaker! Tag to Takagi, Bushi wrenches Sho again and Takagi CLUBS Sho’s arm! Takagi brings Sho up to knee him against the ropes!

Takagi talks smack to Goto before he whips Sho and knees him again! Takagi runs and runs Sho over! Takagi double guns at Goto, covers Sho, TWO! Goto is there but Takagi stares him down. Tag to Naito and Naito drags Sho up to wrench his arm. Bushi climbs to drop ax handles on Sho’s arm! Naito covers, TWO! Chaos coaches Sho up but Naito is on him first. Naito YANKS Sho’s arm, stomps it, and has Sho in a corner. Naito whips Sho corner to corner, runs in and rocket kicks! Leg sweep and COMBINACION CABRON! Naito poses, fans cheer, and Naito covers, TWO! Naito drags Sho up, Sho throws forearms but Naito wrenches the bad arm.

Sho keeps throwing forearms, Naito wrenches the bad arm again. Sho keeps throwing forearms and Naito lets go. Naito goes to hit Sho but Sho hits first! Sho runs, but into Bushi’s cheap shot! Sho DECKS Bushi, but Naito kicks and whips Sho. Sho reverses but Naito reverses back. Naito tornado but no DDT as Sho suplexes him down! Fans rally up, Sho tags in Okada! Okada forearms and whips, Naito reverses, but Okada dodges to CLOBBER Naito with an elbow! Okada fires up, DECKS Takagi, then whips Naito corner to corner. Okada runs in to back elbow Naito, kick low and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans rallying with the clap-clap-clap-stomp as he circles Naito.

Naito gets up but blocks the Alabama lift. Naito clubs Okada, kicks but Okada blocks to forearm back. Okada whips but Naito holds ropes to then boot Okada away. Naito spins Okada around to hit a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Naito and Okada crawl, hot tag to Takagi and he taunts Goto while also kicking Okada around. Okada fights off the Gory Especial to get the MONEY CLIP! Takagi rams Okada into buckles and runs, but into Okada’s boot! Okada hurries and hot tags Goto! Goto rallies on Takagi, DECKS Bushi, then runs corner to corner at Takagi for MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto fireman’s carries Takagi but Takagi slips off.

Goto kicks low, throws forearms then whips Takagi. Takagi reverses and runs in but blocks the boot. Takagi powers through to clothesline Goto! Takagi suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bushi gets in to hit the Chaos corner while Takagi drives elbows into Goto’s shoulder. Takagi runs but Goto dodges the sliding lariat. Goto kicks, runs, LARIATS collide! Neither falls, LARAITS collide again! Takagi fires up, runs, but Goto follows, only to get the elbow, JAB, and- No, Goto LARIATS first! But Takagi is right up to LARIAT Goto back! Both men are down but fans fire up. Takagi and Goto stir, hot tag to Bushi and he DECKS Sho! Bushi brings Goto up, dropkicks a leg out and DDT’s! Cover, TWO!

Bushi keeps his cool as he drags Goto up. Goto reverses the whip but he runs into Bushi’s swing kick! Bushi goes up and leaps to missile dropkick! Bushirooni! Naito joins in and gets Goto up to whip. Naito kicks, Bushi sunset flips and sets Goto up for the basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Naito makes sure Chaos stays down while Bushi drags Goto up. Bushi reels Goto in, wrenches him but Sho KNEES Bushi down first! Naito dropkicks Sho’s legs out, but turns around into Okada’s FLAPJACK! Okada sees Takagi, Takagi blocks the boot to JAB and LARIAT! Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and fans join in.

Takagi and Bushi gets Goto up, double whip, but Goto breaks the clothesline to ROCK Takagi and DISCUS Bushi! Takagi blocks the suplex to suplex back but Goto slips out. Takagi fights off the back suplex with elbows and knees, and Bushi joins in to double whip Goto corner to corner. Bushi runs in, Goto dodges and Goto CLOBBERS Takagi. But Bushi ENZIGURIS Goto and reels him in. No Fisherman Screw, Goto fireman’s carries to an USHIGOROSHI! Goto fires up, dragon sleepers Bushi and tells Takagi this is for him! G T R!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Chaos, by pinfall

The Fierce Warrior gets the better of LIJ, and he stares down with Takagi. Will Goto slay the Dragon in the NJCUP? Or will Takagi take down two pillars of Chaos in a row?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Yuji Nagata VS Yota Tsuji!

Blue Justice never dies, but he has to prove he is still strong! Will he do that going against this very strong Young Lion?

The bell rings and Nagata circles with Tsuji. They feel out the grapple, go around and Nagata gets a headlock. Tsuji slips out the back and waistlocks but Nagata switches to a facelock. Tsuji switches back, Nagata wrenches free, but Tsuji rolls and wrenches again. Nagata rolls and boots Tsuji away! Fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They tie up, Tsuji wrenches to a wristlock, but Nagata wrenches through. Nagata steps through to the wristlock but Tsuji spins and wrenches to a hammerlock then a headlock. Nagata endures the grind but Tsuji hits a takeover. Nagata headscissors back, but Tsuji moves around and powers free.

Tsuji jumps on another headlock, but Nagata fights up to his feet. Tsuji grinds, Nagata throws body shots and powers out, but Tsuji runs him over! Fans cheer Tsuji’s strength and he stomps Nagata. Nagata gets up, Tsuji throws forearms, then Tsuji has Nagata in a corner. Nagata eggs Tsuji on so Tsuji forearms more. Nagata hits back but Tsuji rocks him and stomps away in the corner! Red Shoes counts as Tsuji digs his boots in, so Tsuji lets off at 3. Tsuji brings Nagata up to snapmare into a chinlock. Nagata endures as Tsuji squeezes tight. Tsuji grinds Nagata down, Nagata moves around and gets a ropebreak. Tsuji holds on until Red Shoes counts, and then Tsuji stomps Nagata.

Tsuji scuffs Nagata with his boot but Nagata gets up. Tsuji throws forearms, Nagata eggs him on so Tsuji throws more forearms. Nagata kicks, kicks and KICKS Tsuji in the leg, to then KICK him in the back! Fans cheer as Nagata looms over Tsuji. Nagata brings Tsuji up to wrench the arm and hit an elbow breaker! Tsuji ends up in a corner, Nagata forearms and wrenches him to another elbow breaker! Nagata clamps onto the arm and wants a Fujiwara! Tsuji endures as Nagata pulls back on the arm and fans rally up. Tsuji moves around, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Nagata lets go at Red Shoes’ count then stomps Tsuji down. Nagata keeps stomping but Tsuji gets up.

Tsuji throws forearms but Nagata ROCKS him with a right, then wrenches the arm for another elbow breaker! Tsuji falls over but Nagata watches him sit up. Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the bad arm but Tsuji just powers up! Tsuji dares Nagata to hit harder to Nagata KICKS and KICKS! Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the face, then runs, into Tsuji’s dropkick! Both men are down and fans fire up! Nagata gets up first and goes to a corner. Tsuji stands, fires up and run sin to forearm Nagata! Tsuji scoops and SLAMS Nagata, to then run and somersault senton! Tsuji runs again to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Tsuji keeps his cool as he gets Nagata’s legs, but Nagata kicks him away.

Nagata kicks low, KICKS hard, and KICKS Tsuji to a corner! Nagata KICKS Tsuji down, but brings him back up to whip corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT Tsuji, then reels him in. Tsuji fights off the exploder but Nagata ROCKS him, to then BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Nagata drags Tsuji back up, suplexes him, but Tsuji slips out to roll Nagata up! TWO, and Tsuji gets the legs! BOSTON CRAB, but Nagata powers out! Tsuji holds onto the ropes to jackknife! TWO, and Nagata gets a CROSSFACE! Tsuji pries free but Nagata clubs him back into the hold! Fans rally as Tsuji endures but Nagata pulls him back!

Tsuji crawls and reaches, but Nagata rolls him away from ropes! Tsuji BITES Nagata’s hand! Red Shoes reprimands, Nagata clubs away on Tsuji for that, and then Nagata moves Tsuji around to a Rings of Saturn, Ghost Pin! TWO, and Tsuji has the cover, TWO!! Nagata keeps his cool but fans rally up. Nagata KICKS Tsuji in the chest again, but Tsuji sits back up. Nagata KICKS him down! Tsuji shakes his head and gets back up, so Nagata slaps him around. Tsuji gets around, rolls Nagata up, TWO! Tsuji arm-drags Nagata into TOKEN! Cover, TWO!! Tsuji knees low, whips, but Nagata reverses. Tsuji dodges the boot to SPEAR! Cover, TWO!!

Nagata survives but Tsuji fires up! Tsuji gets the legs and turns Nagata over for a BOSTON CRAB! Tsuji sits deep, Nagata endures, and then Nagata powers up for ropes! Tsuji drags him away and sits deep again! Nagata refuses to give in, and he powers up, but Tsuji adds as much weight as he possibly can! Fans rally harder and Nagata gets up to get the ropebreak! Tsuji lets go, drags Nagata right up, and scoops him, only for Nagata to slip off! Tsuji runs back in, into a KITCHEN SINK KNEE! Both men are down but fans fire up! Nagata gets up, eggs Tsuji on, and Tsuji throws a forearm! Nagata gives it back but so does Tsuji! Tsuji and Nagata stand up tall and start throwing more forearms!

Fans rally as they pick up speed, but Nagata ROCKS Tsuji and he starts to wobble. Tsuji fires up to fire off more forearms, but Nagata ROCKS him back with more! Tsuji steadies himself at the ropes and fans fire up again. Tsuji throws forearm after forearm, but swings into an EXPLODER! Nagata gets up as fans rally and he runs at Tsuji in the corner. SHINING WIZARD, and the SAI- NO! Tsuji gets a takedown and cover, TWO! Tsuji SLAPS Nagata, SLAPS him again, and then SLAPS him again! Tsuji runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! Nagata fires up and he brings Tsuji into the SAIDO! Bridging cover, Nagata wins!

Winner: Yuji Nagata, by pinfall (advances t0 the next round)

Blue Justice continues in the NJCUP! Will he be able to stay strong and continue to the end?

 

2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Tomohiro Ishii VS SANADA!

Tensions have been rising with every encounter between these two. Now it explodes as they battle in the NJCUP! But will the Stone Pitbull bury the Cold Skull? Or will there be a Skull End in the first round?

The bell rings and the two stare down as fans rally up. Sanada and Ishii circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Sanada wrenches to a wristlock, but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii wrenches to a wristlock, clubs Sanada’s arm, then hammerlocks. Sanada slips around to hammerlock back but Ishii slips around. Sanada headlocks but Ishii gets the hammerlock. Sanada gets the hammerlock back, spins Ishii to a snapmare, then chinlocks. But Ishii slips right out to have a hammerlock. Sanada fights up, Ishii wrenches him to a wristlock, but Sanada rolls and handsprings and cartwheels to handspring, wrench, headlock and takeover!

Fans cheer the display of technique and agility, but Ishii fights his way up. Sanada holds on tight but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii powers out, Sanada rams him with a shoulder, and things speed up. Ishii fakes out the hurdle, but Sanada dodges the clothesline. Ishii dodges the boot but Sanada trips him up! Ishii avoids Paradise and fans cheer as the two start shoving. Ishii eggs Sanada on so Sanada throws forearms. Ishii throws them back and fans rally as the two brawl back and forth. Ishii gets the edge, runs, but Sanada boots him! Sanada runs but Ishii runs him over! Sanada bails out, Ishii pursues and puts him right back in. Ishii sits Sanada up to KICK him in the back! And again! And again!

Sanada gets up and gets in Ishii’s face, before he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ishii doesn’t flinch so Sanada CHOPS again. Ishii CHOPS Sanada off his feet! Ishii uses his body to back Sanada into a corner and then he throws forearms. Fans rally as Ishii keeps hitting Sanada, then gives him toying kicks. Red Shoes reprimands, but Ishii mockingly asks Sanada what’s wrong. Sanada gets up and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii doesn’t flinch so Sanada throws forearms. Ishii eggs Sanada on, the forearms keep flying, but Ishii DECKS Sanada with one! Fans cheer while Ishii backs away and Red Shoes checks on Sanada. Sanada is okay to continue and fans rally up, “I-SHI-I!” “SA-NA-DA!”

Ishii drags Sanada up but Sanada blocks the back suplex. Sanada throws elbows, then forearms, but again Ishii just tanks them. Ishii slaps Sanada then forearms. Sanada reverses the whip, Ishii comes back from the corner but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Both men are down, fans rally up, and the two stir. Sanada stands first, drags Ishii up, but Ishii throws forearms! Ishii whips, Sanada reverses then hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! Fans fire up as Ishii bails out. Sanada aims and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Fans rally and Sanada encourages they get louder. Sanada then goes back for Ishii, puts him in the ring, then gets the legs! Sanada ties Ishii up in Paradise!

Sanada stands on Ishii and fans cheer. Sanada again encourages them to get louder, and they get louder and louder! Sanada gets the right volume and runs at Ishii, to dropkick him out of Paradise! But Ishii is just annoyed! Ishii grabs Sanada by the face to CHOP him! And ROCK him with a forearm, then CHOP, forearm, repeat! Fans rally, Red Shoes wants Ishii to let up but Ishii just stands Sanada back up for more! Red Shoes reprimands, Ishii pushes him away and keeps firing off forearms and CHOPS! Red Shoes gets in between them but Ishii headbutts Sanada! Ishii gives a stomp before backing off, and Sanada is right up! Sanada uses his shoulder to bump Ishii around.

Ishii shoves Sanada, throws a forearm, but Sanada is rolling with the punches! Sanada EuroUppers, Ishii fires up but Sanada uppercuts again! Sanada has Ishii in the corner and digs his boots in! Red Shoes counts, fans rally again, “I-NA-I!” “SA-SHI-DA!” (Not in point?) and Sanada lets off at 4. To then shove Red Shoes!? Sanada rains down forearms over and over on Ishii! Red Shoes comes back and has Sanada let off, and fans rally up again. Ishii staggers about as he gets up, and Sanada whips him corner to corner. Ishii reverses, Sanada goes up and out then springboards back in. Ishii avoids that but runs into a back suplex! But Ishii’s right up!?

Sanada swings into Ishii’s back suplex! But Sanada is right up! Ishii avoids the dropkick, Sanada avoids the clothesline, but Ishii back suplexes again! Sanada is right up?! SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Ishii stirs and rolls over towards Sanada, but Sanada sits up first. Sanada stands, drags Ishii up, and whips him to a corner. Ishii reverses, but Sanada boots him away! Ishii gets around Sanada to CORNER GERMAN! Sanada slumps down the buckles and fans rally up again as Ishii stands. Ishii drags Sanada up, hoists him to the top rope, then climbs up to join him.

Sanada resists the suplex, Ishii keeps trying, and Ishii gets Sanada up for a STALLING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up again! Ishii gets up and dares Sanada to stand. Sanada rises, Ishii runs, but Sanada avoids the lariat to spin Ishii to a dragon sleeper! Ishii spins around to dragon sleeper Sanada then shove him to a corner. Ishii runs in, Sanada elbows him away, and Sanada hops up. Ishii blocks the Sanada Quebrada with an Electric Chair lift! Electric Snake Eyes! Ishii runs but into Sanada’s dropkick! Sanada drags Ishii back up as fans rally, and he puts on the dragon sleeper! Ishii resists Skull End by trying to pull Sanada down, but Sanada stays up.

Ishii reaches for ropes, Sanada brings him away and fireman’s carries, TK- NO! Ishii lands on his feet and he has Sanada in a dragon sleeper! Sanada slips through, tries to suplex, but Ishii fights that off. Sanada throws forearms, then spins, into Ishii’s BIG forearm! Fans fire up again as both men fall over! Ishii rises first and he goes back to Sanada. Ishii drags him up, reels him in, and lifts, for a POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Ishii fires up. Ishii aims as Sanada rises, but Sanada blocks the lariat, only for Ishii to spin and LARIAT from the left! Ishii runs and LARIATS from the right! Cover, TWO!! Ishii grows frustrated but he drags Sanada back up.

Fans rally hard as ever as Ishii suplexes. Sanada fights free, but runs into a GERMAN! Sanada lands on his feet to fireman’s carry and TKO! But Sanada can’t make the cover, he’s too tired! Fans rally again as both men stir. Sanada gets to the apron, encourages the fans to get even louder. Sanada aims at Ishii, springboards and missile dropkicks! But Ishii is right up, only to run into Sanada’s LARIAT! Sanada dragon sleepers, Ishii throws hands, and Ishii is free! Ishii runs into Sanada’s cravat, standing Sliced Bread, and DRAGON SLEEPER! Sanada drops back, SKULL END!! Ishii is caught in the body scissors but he fights to move around!

Sanada squeezes tight, Ishii starts to pry free but he also starts to fade! Ishii reaches around, pushes with his legs, but Sanada stays hooked on! Sanada pulls as hard as he can on Ishii’s head! Ishii starts to fade again and Red Shoes checks, Ishii gets a second wind and gets the ropebreak! Sanada lets go and fans cheer. Fans rally up again, Sanada drags Ishii back up, and Sanada hoists Ishii onto the ropes for a MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO! Sanada vows to end this, and he drags Ishii back up. Sanada scoops but Ishii elbows him away. Ishii enziguris but misses, and Sanada goes to body scissor. Ishii slips out the back to waistlock, Sanada switches, but Ishii bucks him off.

Ishii runs in, Sanada full nelsons but Ishii breaks free. Sanada just switches to chicken wings and the TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii narrowly escapes but Sanada heads up top, for a ROUNDING BODY PRESS to Ishii’s back! Sanada goes back up, to ROUND BODY- FLOP!! Ishii avoids disaster and fans are thunderous as they rally again! Sanada and Ishii go to opposite ends, and Sanada stands first. Sanada runs in at Ishii but Ishii boots him! Sanada comes back but into another boot! Ishii runs but Sanada gets around to QUEBRADA, to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back, Ishii rolls through and sits Sanada up! Ishii runs but Sanada avoids the sliding lariat!

Sanada kicks but Ishii blocks so Sanada forearms and sobats! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again! Fans are fired up again and rally, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” Ishii crawls over to Sanada and sits him up. Ishii runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and Ishii is furious! Ishii fires up and fans join in as he drags Sanada up. Ishii suplexes, Sanada fights free and wrenches to a fireman’s carry! Sanada throws Ishii to the dragon sleeper, but Ishii slips around to spin and suplex! Sanada slips out to the dragon sleeper, but Ishii gets free! Sanada follows Ishii and O’Conner BRIDGES! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii narrowly escapes and shocks Sanada!

Fans are thunderous again and both men hurry up. Ishii LARIATS, but Sanada is up! Ishii fires off boxing elbows but Sanada gives them all back! Sanada hits a ROLLING ELBOW, Ishii HEADBUTTS! Sanada staggers back and Ishii falls to a knee, but Ishii fires back up! Ishii runs, but Sanada RANAS! Ishii is right up, into a pop-up CUTTER! Sanada hurries up top, for the ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (advances t0 the next round)

Almost out of nowhere, Sanada gets the win and is moving on! Sanada gets the mic and fans already anticipate what’s coming. “Everyone. I know you guys are doing the thing, but we can’t turn the lights off in here. But why don’t we do it with the lights on for the first time?” Fans don’t mind that. “For this New Japan Cup, I ranked second in the fan vote to win it. I will win this.” And one more thing: “Of all the towns in Japan, I like Okayama the most. OI, Okayama! See you next time!” Though Sanada couldn’t have his romantic lighting, will he shine even brighter against Blue Justice?


My Thoughts:

A very good event, but again I skipped things with Evil’s part of Bullet Club. He of course won again, and then the same for Jeff Cobb getting the win for the United Empire. Those two are going to have a lot of momentum going into their match next round. The 8 Man Tag was fun, but Henare getting the win for his team makes sense, given the math and the tournament. White has to beat Henare to then face Tanahashi, right? Just like I don’t see Cobb VS Khan, and we aren’t getting Goto VS Okada, we’re not getting Henare VS Tanahashi since they’re HenarACE. The Six Man was also good, and I think Goto won here just to keep even with Takagi in momentum. His match with Takagi could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Takagi winning again.

Nagata VS Tsuji was good but of course Nagata won, Tsuji is still a Young Lion. But as I said before for him and the other Young Lions in this crop, they’re getting great showings and stories to make up for not being able to go on excursion right now. Ishii VS Sanada was a great match, and Sanada winning makes a lot of sense. While Ishii is great, Sanada has been building steadily over the years and is just any given moment away from truly being in that uppercard. Beating Ishii, surely beating Nagata in the next round, and then meeting the winner of Ospreay VS ZSJ, Sanada could really go on a tear towards the finals. There are quite a few possibilities still for the NJCUP finals, but EVIL VS SANADA to really cap off the story that was built last year would be strong stuff for Sanada’s rise to the top.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/19/24)

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

Tomohiro Ishii joins The Conglomeration to take on The Undisputed Kingdom! Will this Freshly Squeezed formation tear down Strong, Taven & Bennett?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom; The Conglomeration wins.
  • Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners; Jericho & Bill win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher; Suzuki wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell; Kris wins.
  • The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party; The Lucha Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

While Mark Briscoe will be facing Roderick Strong next Friday for the ROH World Championship, his friends of Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii will be taking on Roddy, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett right here tonight! Will Freshly Squeezed, The Violent Artist & the Stone Pitbull tear The Kingdom down? Or will Rampage in Little Rock be Undisputed?

The trios sort out, Roddy starts against Kyle, and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and go around. They fight for control in the clinch, end up on ropes, but then move around again. Roddy wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Kyle spins and drop toeholds. Kyle floats to a waistlock but Roddy fights up. Roddy wrenches out, headlocks for the takeover, but Kyle rolls to a cover! ONE, but Roddy does not let go of the headlock. Roddy shifts to a clinch, but Kyle trips him up and floats for a leg. Roddy kicks at Kyle but Kyle stays close. Roddy wants a leg but Kyle kneels on Roddy to block. They knuckle lock, and Roddy fights up.

Roddy waistlocks, Kyle arm-drags to throw Roddy down, but Roddy trips Kyle. Kyle uses his leg guard but Roddy cartwheels away, and the fans cheer the stand off! The two reset, but then Cassidy tags in. Taven also tags in, and Cassidy runs up to get around. Cassidy headlocks, Taven powers up and out, then drops down to hurdle over. Cassidy blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Cassidy arm-drags, then he fakes Taven out! Taven is mad but Cassidy DROPKICKS him! Cassidy kips up, is a little wobbly for it, but the fans cheer. Ishii grabs Taven’s hair to keep him cornered while Cassidy storms over.

Cassidy tags Ishii, they double whip and then Ishii runs Taven over! Taven scrambles away, tags Bennett, but Ishii just runs Bennett over! And runs him over again! Taven comes back but gets run over! Roddy runs in and RAMS Ishii, but Ishii rebounds to run Roddy over! The fans fire up but The Kingdom mugs Ishii! The fans boo while The Kingdom reels Ishii in. Ishii fights the double suplex! Ishii tries to double suplex The Kingdom! The Kingdom CLUBS away on Ishii, but Cassidy steps in, as does Kyle! They help Ishii DOUBLE SUPLEX The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Cassidy flexes while he and Kyle stand down.

Ishii dares Roddy to get in, then he goes to Bennett. Ishii bumps Bennett off buckles, tags Kyle, and Kyle tags Cassidy. The Conglomeration has Bennett against ropes so that Kyle can KICK, Ishii can CHOP, and Cassidy can “chop.” KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! CHOP! Now Cassidy’s getting into it! KICK, CHOP, CHOP! Bennett sputters, Kyle & Ishii feed him to Cassidy’s SHOTGUN! Ishii covers, TWO! Bennett flounders around but Ishii stomps him, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Roddy shouts at Ishii but Ishii drags Bennett up and over to bump off buckles. Tag to Cassidy and he brings Bennett up to snapmare. Cassidy “runs” to LAZY ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Cassidy keeps Bennett from The Kingdom and tags in Kyle. They mug Bennett, then Kyle wrenches Bennett to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kyle hammerlocks, spins Bennett and snapmares him into a seated COBRA TWIST! Bennett endures, Cassidy gets in the shot so he can thumbs up, and then Kyle rolls Bennett into a cobra cradle! But Taven & Roddy distract the ref! Kyle lets Bennett go, and he stomps Bennett at the ropes.

Kyle bumps Bennett off Cassidy’s foot, then tags in Ishii. Ishii stalks Bennett, CHOPS him, but Bennett CHOPS back! Ishii doesn’t even flinch! Bennett CHOPS again, and that hurts his hand more than it does Ishii’s chest! Bennett CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS Bennett down! Rampage returns to single picture as Bennett sputters. Ishii CHOPS him again, and again, and again! Taven runs in, Ishii kicks him low, and fires a CHOP! Ishii CHOPS Taven, CHOPS Bennett, repeat! The CHOPS keep going, fans “WOO~!” and then Ishii runs. But Roddy trips Ishii up! The ref reprimands, Ishii BOOTS Roddy, and then Ishii breaks The Kingdom’s double clothesline!

Ishii comes back, he DOUBLE LARIATS The Kingdom, but Roddy DROPKICKS Ishii right after! The fans rally while Ishii and Bennett crawl again. Bennett hot tags Roddy and Roddy scoops Ishii for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy drags Ishii up to push him into the corner. Roddy CHOPS and Ishii sure felt that one! Roddy CHOPS again, then brings him around. Roddy fires forearms and haymakers, but the fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” Tag to Taven, he fires hands on Ishii. Taven snapmares Ishii to then CHOP him! Taven talks smack, then he sucker punches Cassidy! Taven tries to convince Kyle he’s on the wrong side, but Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Taven!

Taven flounders, the fans rally up, hot tag to Kyle! Bennett jumps in but gets a kitchen sink knee for it! Kyle BOOTS Taven, KICKS Bennett, then he KICKS Taven! Roddy steps in, but then steps out when Kyle spots him. So Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy! Kyle fires off strikes on Taven, but Taven avoids the leg sweep! Taven CLAWS Kyle’s eyes, says he doesn’t wanna do this, but then Ishii ROCKS Taven! Kyle reels Taven into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Bennett hurries in but Cassidy CROSSBODIES Bennett down! Taven powers up but Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy again! Taven fights but Ishii tags in.

Ishii takes Taven and suplexes while Kyle aims, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Ishii covers, Bennett breaks it! Bennett ROCKS Kyle, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Bennett stops the DDT! Bennett suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And then AX & SMASH from Kyle! Ishii LARIATS Bennett inside-out! The Conglomeration regroups while the fans fire up! Kyle runs to forearm SMASH Taven in the corner! Cassidy SMASHES, too! Then Ishii corner LARIATS! They hoist Taven up, Ishii climbs, but Roddy & Bennett wipe out Kyle & Cassidy! Roddy goes after Ishii, helps Bennett pick Ishii up as a backpack, and Taven adjusts up top.

The fans boo but Roddy helps Bennett hit the PROTON PACK! And Taven adds the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Ishii survives that onslaught and shocks The Kingdom! The fans fire up while Taven tags Ishii. Roddy drags Ishii up, knees him and CLUBS him, then ROCKS him! Roddy fires more shots but Ishii fires boxing elbows in return! Roddy spins but Ishii SWATS the Strong Knee! But then Roddy KNEES Ishii’s lariat! Roddy fires elbows of his own, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Cassidy tags in and goes up! The Kingdom runs in but Cassidy leaps over them both! Cassidy then baits The Kingdom in and DUMPS The Kingdom out!

Cassidy builds speed to DIVE, but The Kingdom catch him! They RAM him into apron, RAM him into railing, then set him up for Roddy to WRECK him with a dropkick! The Kingdom soaks up the heat while Rampage goes picture in picture again.

Roddy hauls Cassidy up to RAILING BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, Taven ROCKS him, and Roddy puts Cassidy in the ring. Roddy tags Taven in, they stomp Cassidy, and Taven drags Cassidy up. Taven puts Cassidy in the corner but Cassidy fights back with forearms and elbows for everyone! Cassidy slides under Taven, but Taven anchors his legs! Cassidy kicks Taven away, Bennett runs in and he drags Cassidy back. Cassidy BOOTS Bennett away so Roddy anchors him now! Cassidy reaches out, but Roddy drags him back and deadlifts him for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy digs a knee in, pulls Cassidy back with a chinlock, but Cassidy endures.

Roddy grabs an arm, he drags Cassidy back, and he hits a BACKSTABBER! Tag to Bennett and he covers, TWO! Bennett drags Cassidy up to CHOP him back down! Bennett drags Cassidy up again to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bennett keeps on Cassidy with a facelock, tags Taven in, and The Kingdom mugs Cassidy. Taven scoops Cassidy to BACKBREAKER, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Taven stomps a mudhole into Cassidy. Tag to Bennett but Roddy also steps in. Bennett drags Cassidy up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Taven back in. The Kingdom set Cassidy up and run in! Bennett forearm SMASHES, but then Cassidy TOSSES Taven! Roddy runs up to KNEE Cassidy, Taven BOOTS Kyle! Roddy puts Cassidy up, and they try this again! PROTON- NO, Cassidy slips free to shove Bennett into Taven! Taven gets stuck up top, and Cassidy dodges Roddy! Hot tag to Ishii! Roddy kicks Ishii, but Ishii suplexes to BRAINBUSTER Roddy! Ishii catches Bennett, to BRAINBUSTER!

Taven finally sits up but Ishii is after him first! The fans fire up as Ishii gives Taven a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Roddy breaks it! Kyle steps in and he brawls with Roddy! The fans fire up as forearm after forearm fly back and forth! Roddy ROCKS Kyle, Kyle KNEES Roddy! Roddy avoids the ax kick to fire elbow after elbow! Only to run into a KNEE! Snapmare and Ishii SLIDING LARIATS! Taven SUPERKICKS Ishii, Bennett fireman’s carries Kyle! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP of the knee! Ishii ENZIGIRIS Bennett! Cassidy rises, Ishii gives him the tag! Cassidy goes up to leap and sunset flip Taven! Bennett breaks it!

Bennett whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cassidy fires up and the fans are with him! Kyle joins in, they stand Bennett up! FRESHLY SQUEEZED ANNIHILATION! Roddy runs up to BOOT Cassidy! Kyle turns Roddy around but gets a STRONG KNEE for it! Ishii spins Roddy around, Roddy dodges and returns, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Cassidy returns to ORANGE- NO, Taven dodges! But then Cassidy ducks the leg lariat to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, The Conglomeration wins!

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

A powerful trios match opens Rampage, but wait, here comes Don Callis. Why’s this creep here? The fans boo him, but Callis smiles. Cassidy sees Callis and winds up the hand! But Kyle Fletcher attacks from behind! The Aussie Arrow stomps away on Cassidy at the ropes, then rains down fists! The fans boo but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe! The Sussex County Chicken won’t let The Protostar get away with this! He ROCKS and UPPERCUTS Kyle, then LARIATS Kyle up and out! Only for a STRONG KNEE to take Mark down! Roddy stomps Cassidy, then stomps Mark! Roddy holds up the belt and shouts, “This is mine!”

The fans boo but The Undisputed Kingdom stand tall, holding up all three belts. Will nothing stop them from conquering ROH at Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Arkady Aura is with Saraya & Harley Cameron, and says we haven’t seen Saraya wrestle since her first round loss in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Harley speaks up and asks how that’s supposed to be Saraya’s fault. Why point the finger of blame at her? Maybe it is this company’s fault! Because Saraya has been spending this whole time training, getting “Wembley Ready,” and being an unproblematic icon! Saraya says Harley is right, and do you know why? Because AEW is scared of Saraya. The AEW Women’s Division is scared of her! Because she is the living legend, she understands.

Last year at All In, Saraya had the world at her feet! Now, they’re just keeping her off the show. Harley says doing All In Wembley without Saraya is like doing Beverly Hills Cop without Eddie Murphy! Saraya says yeah, that’s why they’re keeping her away. But they can’t do the show without her because she IS the show. All roads lead to Wembley, baby, and it doesn’t matter who she has to step on to get there. Then just who will The Outcasts take out in order to have their moment?

 

Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners!

While The Learning Tree has to defend that “For The World” Championship this Wednesday on Dynamite, he and The Redwood are not shying away from competition. Will Jericho & Bill show the world they’re not afraid of big bad Minoru Suzuki? Or will Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum be the ones to teach The Learning Tree a thing or two?

The teams sort out and Bill starts against Truth. The fans rally, Truth gets around to headlock, but Bill powers up to TOSS Truth away! Truth flounders to his corner, Turbo tags in, and Turbo steps up to Bill. Jericho isn’t even taking this match seriously, he’s checking his phone! Bill knees Turbo low, CLUBS him down, but Truth tags back in. Truth runs and leaps, but Bill catches him! Bill grins, gives a thumbs up, then SLAMS Truth down! Bill says the fans know what’s up. But then Turbo tags in and The Outrunners DOUBLE CLUB Bill! Bill just frowns…! Bill turns around, he runs up, but The Outrunners dodge to DOUBLE DROPKICK!

Bill stays up but The Outrunners fire up. They spin and handshake, while flexing! Bill frowns, Truth sees and warns Turbo. Turbo looks and Bill DECKS him! Bill DECKS Truth, too! Bill then runs to BOOT Truth out of the ring! Turbo staggers up, Jericho keeps checking his phone, but Turbo CHOPS! Bill sighs and Turbo begs for mercy. Bill puts Turbo in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! And he fires off haymaker after haymaker! Bill laughs as he stomps a mudhole into Turbo! The ref counts but Bill keeps going! Bill lets off, laughs some more, and Jericho says look out. Truth CHOPS Bill, but then he begs for forgiveness.

Bill powers Truth to a corner with one hand! Then he runs to SPLASH Turbo! SPLASH for Truth, SPLASH for Turbo! BOOT for Truth, and then Bill choke grips Turbo. SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! And then he tags Jericho! Jericho smirks and waves to the fans. “Hi, guys~!” Cover, Jericho & Bill win!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Bad Apple Keith kicks Truth out of the ring, then he stands tall with his guys. Keith tells the Outrunners to respect Chris Jericho, but he and Bill won’t be around to help Jericho on Wednesday. Will Jericho be able to survive Minoru Suzuki in the shadow of Blood & Guts? Or will Suzuki tear down The Learning Tree #ForTheWorld?

Wait, speaking of Suzuki, here he comes! He has his own match tonight, but he wants to look Jericho in the eye one more time before Dynamite. Will the Meanest Man in the World make an example out of The Butcher?

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

Rampage returns and The Butcher is already in the ring. The bell rings and Butcher talks some smack on Suzuki. Butcher then fires a forearm, but Suzuki comes back with a forearm of his own. Butcher RAMS Suzuki into a corner, the ref counts, but Butcher lets off at 4. Suzuki eggs Butcher on but Butcher pie faces Suzuki. Butcher dares Suzuki to bring it, so Suzuki fires off fast hands and forearms! Suzuki ROCKS Butcher in the corner, then goes corner to corner, so he can BOOT! Butcher staggers, Suzuki snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY- NO! Butcher blocks the kick! Butcher CLUBS the leg, then trips Suzuki.

Butcher has a standing toehold as he traps one of Suzuki’s legs. Suzuki just eggs Butcher on! Butcher stomps the leg, drops an elbow on it, then he drags Suzuki up. Butcher CLUBS Suzuki, but Suzuki just snarls. Butcher CHOPS, but Suzuki isn’t impressed. Butcher CHOPS again, Suzuki eggs him on, so Butcher fires more CHOPS! Suzuki just laughs! Butcher ROCKS Suzuki, kicks low, then kicks again. Butcher reels Suzuki in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Suzuki and he fires body shots on Butcher. Suzuki ROCKS Butcher, but Butcher HEADBUTTS! Butcher vows to break Suzuki’s back!

Butcher half nelsons, but Suzuki slips around to waistlock. Butcher elbows free, runs, but Suzuki follows, drop steps to get around, and has the SLEEPER! Suzuki wrangles Butcher, squeezes tight, but Butcher endures. Suzuki spins Butcher around and reels him in, and the fans fire up for the Gotch Lift! Butcher’s big, but Suzuki still lifts him, holds him up, and then PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, Suzuki wins!

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

A gritty fight for Suzuki and Butcher, and this was in a normal match! What won’t Suzuki do to Jericho when it is FTW Rules?

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

Mark Briscoe says, “For those of you who may or may not have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you are looking at the group that has come to be known as The Conglomeration. You know about my main man with the game plan, OC, and Kyle O’Reilly. Let me introduce to you Tomohiro Ishii, henceforth to be known as Big Time! That’s right! Here in The Conglomeration, there is only two rules. First and foremost, you gotta be down to conglomerate. And secondly, you cannot in any way, shape or form, be a s*it head!” Kyle shrugs and nods, because it’s true.

Mark then says that brings us to the word of the day! The word of the day is… Discombobulation! Kyle asks the country of origin. American! Can he use it in a sentence? In the midst of Mark’s discombobulation, Roderick Strong cracked him in the jaw with a knee, and stood over him, holding up Mark’s ROH World Championship high in the air! Now that done pissed Mark off, Roddy! He’s known Roddy a long time, and Roddy knows better than that! So next week, Death Before Dishonor, Mark has something for Roddy!

But before that, tomorrow night’s Collision, #BigTime Ishii is going to take Roddy on 1v1! No Kingdom, no Conglomeration, and damn sure no Don Callis Family at ringside! Roddy VS Ishii, and we’ll show y’all how we do in The Conglomeration! Because they’re ’bout to RARARARARA!! The Chicken is all fired up, but will the Stone Pitbull be able to take a big bite out of the Savior of the Backbreaker?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor knows The Babe with the Power wants payback on her just as badly as she wants to run Willow’s life. But while Willow went and won the CMLL Women’s World Championship, Kris has just been grumbling and plotting with Big Stoke. Will Kris make an example out of Sydni tonight? Or will the Heart of Hutchinson, Kansas be unbreakable?

The bell rings and Kris DISCUS LARIATS right away! Stoke fires up but the fans are torn as Kris hauls Sydni back up. Kris ROCKS Sydni, CHOPS her, then fires off haymakers in the corner! The ref counts, Kris stomps a mudhole in, then she digs her boots in. The ref counts, Kris gets in his face about it, then goes back to Sydni. Kris drags Sydni up to snap suplex! Sydni flounders but Stokely smiles. Kris runs corner to corner, UPPERCUTS, then goes side to side, but Sydni ELBOWS her! Sydni fires forearm snow and has Kris in a corner! The fans fire up, Sydni fires up, and she whips. Kris reverses to then scoop and pop Sydni around!

Kris tucks Sydni in for STATURDAY NIGHT FEVER!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

As Stokely says, every night is #StaturdayNight, especially when Kris wins like that. She has Stoke stand on her while she does push-ups just to show off, but will Kris be ready when Willow returns with a vengeance?

 

Holo.grm loads up.

Whoever this mysterious masked man is, he is ready, and he promises that tomorrow night on Collision, we will see him debut! Will Holo.grm prove to be more than meets the eye?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Collision is already stacked with Strong VS Ishii, Holo.grm’s debut, and the Unified World Trios Championship match, The Patriarchy VS The Bang Bang Gang, but Skye Blue’s challenge to Hikaru Shida has been answered! Will the Shining Samurai cut through the Chicago Skye to find her way back to the top of the ranks? We’ll also see Darby Allin return to action against The Beast Mortis! Will The Relentless One sharpen his edge for Blood & Guts? Plus, the Lumberjack match has been made official! Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo, with other AEW stars all around ringside, will this be where La Mera Mera and The Virtuosa finally settle the score?

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix are looking to get in on the tag title chase, but so are Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy. While The Acclaimed still have to shoot their shot at The Young Bucks, which team will be waiting for them on the other side?

The teams sort out and Fenix starts against Brother Zay. The fans rally, Zay offers a handshake, and Fenix takes it. But then Fenix ROCKS Zay! Zay ROCKS Fenix back, they fire forearms, and Zay fires forearms again and again. Zay whips, Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY! Fenix kicks, SOBATS, KICKS a leg, then kicks again, but Zay blocks! Zay steps over, GAMANGIRI! Zay runs, but Fenix pops him up, only for Zay to RANA! Zay whips, Fenix reverses but Zay reverses back. Fenix goes up and out to the apron, Zay runs in, Fenix dodges the triangle jump, and then Fenix slingshot SENTONS! Fenix stands Zay up, but Zay fights the underhooks!

Zay RAMS Fenix into the corner, tags Quen, and Quen rolls Fenix up, TWO! Fenix comes back, but gets a pop-up DROPKICK for it! Penta tags in and the fans fire up! Penta blocks, Quen blocks then Quen ROCKS Penta! Quen goes up, brings Penta to the top with him, but Penta CLUBS Quen! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen, then slingshots up to SUPER RANA Quen away! The fans fire up, Quen returns but Penta BOOTS him! Quen tries again, Penta pops him up and SUPERKICKS him while upside-down! Quen flops to the apron then the floor and the fans fire up. Penta builds speed, but Zay CROSSBODIES him!

Fenix MISSILE DROPKICKS Zay! Quen returns to PELE Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Zay and Fenix bail out, Penta and Quen slowly stand up. Penta eggs Quen on, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Quen steps up to Penta, and Penta says uno momento. Penta dramatically takes off his glove, but Quen says no, let him. “SHOTS! SHOTS!” Penta says okay, listen! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Quen, so Quen comes back to say “SHOTS!” “CERO! MIEDO!” “SHOTS!” They go back and forth, taunt for taunt, then Penta CHOPS! Quen is stinging but he composes himself. Quen comes back, CHOPS, but that hurts his hand more than it does Penta’s body! Penta says okay, and he unbuttons Quen’s shirt, to CHOP him down! The fans fire up with Penta as he does a “SHOTS! SHOTS!” dance! So Quen returns to fire forearms!

Quen ROCKS Penta, runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but Quen BOOTS him down! Quen nods, runs up, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, Penta blocks a kick to HEEL KICK, only for Quen to ROUNDHOUSE back! Both men wobble, then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! Both men fall and the fans fire back up! Quen and Penta crawl, hot tags to Zay and Fenix! Fenix ROCKS Zay, Zay ROCKS Fenix, and Fenix fires off a strike fest! Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” But Zay wrenches out to facelock back! But Fenix fights the suplex, wrenches out, and KICKS Zay!

Fenix reels Zay in, but then Zay wrenches out. Zay reels Fenix back in, but Fenix wrenches out to mule kick. Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” but Zay wrenches out to ROCK Fenix! Zay eggs Fenix on, pie faces, and he fires a forearm! Fenix fires back, they go back and forth, and the fans rally up. Fenix and Zay huff ‘n’ puff, and they keep throwing shots! Zay gets the edge, but Fenix returns in kind! Rampage returns to single picture as they both throw forearms at the same time, again and again! It is fast and furious and the fans love it! Penta runs in just to BLAST Quen! The Lucha Bros mug Zay, double whip, but Quen is there for some SILLY STRONG!

Penta flounders out, Quen HOTSHOTS Fenix! Zay brings Fenix around, Quen goes up, AFTER PARTY STOMPS! Quen goes up and up to ESCALARA SENTON onto Penta! Zay SWANTON BOMBS Fenix! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and shocks Zay! The fans rally up and Zay brings Fenix up. Tag to Quen, and Private Party puts Fenix up top. Quen runs up, GIN- NO, Fenix holds onto the corner and Quen tumbles! Penta also waistlocks Zay but Zay fights free with elbows. Penta shoves Zay so that Fenix can tightrope walk PENALTY KICK! Then Penta SLINGBLADES Zay down! Quen gets in, he gets a SLINGBLADE, too!

The fans fire up for “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta brings Quen in but Quen slips free and shoves Penta into Fenix! Fenix lands on his firebird and Quen helps Zay up. GIN & JUICE!! Cover, but Penta returns to break it and hit a DESTROYER on Zay!! Quen is shocked while Little Rock is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as “A E DUB!” gives us this main event. Quen drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix eggs Quen on so Quen stomps away on him! Quen drags Fenix up, reels him in, but Fenix wrenches out to underhook and BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!! Fenix tags Penta and they aim at Zay. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Quen is alone, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Then Penta drags Quen up and Fenix goes up! Tuck and “CERO! MIEDO!” LB PILEDRIVER!! Then Fenix DIVES onto Zay for good measure! Penta covers, Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Private Party put up a fight to be sure, but Penta y Fenix just wanted it that much more! Will the Lucha Brothers be watching Blood & Guts very, very closely?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage here, and even the squash matches served some purpose. Kris crushing Sydni was mostly for momentum, but it felt like that was the first real showing of Kris’ Heel attitude with her trash talking the whole time. Jericho letting Bill do all the work against The Outrunners was naturally how that match was going, but it works perfectly in character and story for them. And Jericho crossing paths with Suzuki before Suzuki puts Butcher away rather quickly was good, too. The go home math is therefore even ahead of their FTW Championship match, but I wonder if Jericho was texting someone who could interfere for him since Keith & Bill can’t. But it can’t be Jeff Cobb, though, he’s locked in for NJPW’s G1 Climax.

Very good promo from The Outcasts, and while Toni Storm VS Mariah May is one title match and Mercedes Mone VS Britt Baker is another, Saraya could end up putting out an open challenge and it is answered by someone big from Stardom or CMLL for a first-time-ever kind of match to make All In even more historic. Great tag team main event from Lucha Brothers VS Private Party, with it mostly being for momentum. Private Party has finally been back on track now that both guys are healthy, but Lucha Bros winning out made sense. Penta & Fenix have been great as a team and as individuals, they’re both primed to take on just about any team or even singles champs if needed.

And great opener from The Conglomeration and The Undisputed Kingdom, even though I’m surprised they did such a Six Man Tag already. The Conglomeration winning could still feed into my idea that Cassidy & Kyle get an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Death Before Dishonor, but it also gives us a reason for Ishii VS Roddy tomorrow night. Great promo from Mark Briscoe in that, too, he continues to be one of the best underappreciated promo guys in all of wrestling today. I feel like Mark is going to retain the title against Roddy given how Shane Taylor is gunning for Mark, but that really depends on if Tony Khan is even paying attention to his own shows.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/19/24)

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

After last week’s brutal attack by The Bloodline, Cody Rhodes will open tonight’s SmackDown to show he is not intimidated by their actions!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes; Andrade wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven; Bianca wins.
  • Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax; Mia wins.
  • Cody Rhodes & Kevin Owens VS A-Town Down Under; Cody & Kevin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

Omaha, Nebraska fires up as The American Nightmare makes his way out. The fans sing along with the song, “WHOA~ OH~!” The pyro goes off, Cody high-fives fans and even gives some autographs as he continues down the ramp. Cody fist-bumps Omaha’s own Terence Crawford, who is preparing for his own boxing championship defense, and then Cody steps into the ring. The fans chant Cody’s name while he grabs a mic. “So, Omaha! What do we wanna talk about? Let’s talk about Randy Orton.” Cody has the distinction and honor of calling Randy Orton a friend. Before that, Randy was a mentor.

Randy chose Cody when he didn’t have to, when he was told to discard Cody. Cody would not be here as Undisputed WWE Champion without Randy Orton. The fans cheer that, and even chant for “Randy! Randy!” Cody says, “So imagine the guilt when a man who has a lovely wife, a beautiful family, five children, a man who came back from what could’ve been a career ending injury and had spinal fusion surgery, imagine my guilt watching this Bloodline put Randy Orton through a table.” The fans boo, and Cody says family is not always blood. How’s the song go? Wrestling has more than one royal family. Randy is Cody’s family. Randy is Cody’s brother!

And if Randy were here, he wouldn’t want Cody to wax poetic or talk about guilt and shame. The difference between the two is the difference of being bad and doing something bad. Cody will instead look directly into the camera, and he will talk right to the man responsible: Solo Sikoa. The fans boo that name. Cody looked Solo in the eyes before WrestleMania 39 even, and told him, “You are not ready.” Then Solo paid Cody back in kind by costing him the title he has now, the title they will fight for in the main event of SummerSlam.

“Solo, with everything you have done trying to erase your time as The Enforcer–that’s a cute nickname, by the way–and instead become the Tribal Chief, how does it feel knowing that I am still standing here in this ring, still champion, and that you are still not-” A-Town Down Under interrupts? The fans boo as Austin Theory & Grayson Waller strut out here, and Theory starts by saying, “Cody, Cody Rhodes. Cody, you’re spending a lot of time talking about The Bloodline, but because of you, Jacob Fatu from The Bloodline attacked me last week.” Look at his face! It’s swollen! Cody thought that was from his own partner hitting him in the face.

Waller says nice try, Cody, trying to deflect from how Cody can’t take responsibility for his own actions. Theory got attacked last week was because of Cody. And the reason Cody’s mentor, hero and friend, Randy Orton, the reason Cody won the title, the reason Randy got hurt is because of Cody. The fans boo but ATDU step into the ring. But Cody fires off on tehm first! The fans fire up but he still gets mugged 2v1! The fans boo again as Theory & Waller stomp Cody down. Waller TOSSES Cody out, but Terence says here, have his chair! Cody uses that chair to JAM Waller and SMACK him down!

Then Cody tosses the chair to Theory so he can DISASTER KICK it into Theory’s face! ATDU bails out and the fans fire up! Cody has chair and championship, will he need both of those to thwart The Bloodline?

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

He has his guy tidy up the edges, and then says there won’t be chants or gimmick BS. He tells Andrade that it’ll be them, “two hoopers,” one on one, going hard in the paint, and the world will be waiting to see who misses first. And it won’t be H1M. Melo heads out, but will he dunk on Andrade? Or will El Idolo show this isn’t Melo’s game, it’s his?

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

Cody says it is a 100% freebie, he wants a match with A-Town Down Under. Aldis says he can do that, but he’ll need a tag team partner. Cody says no, he needs to send a message to The Bloodline. Aldis gets that, but hey, if he sends the WWE Champion out into a Handicap Match, Aldis will have to answer to the Board of Directors. So respectfully, Cody has until the end of tonight to find a partner. The American Nightmare has his mission, will he find someone who wants to take the fight to the former tag team champions?

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

El Idolo has been NXT Champion, just like H1M, but he’s also been WWE United States Champion and is currently WWE Speed Champion. Will Andrade make Melo respect him? Or will no one humble Melo when he hits Nothing But Net?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, the two tie up, and Andrade headlocks. Melo powers up and out but Andrade runs him over. Things keep moving, Melo hurdles then Andrade leaps over. Melo rolls off Andrade’s back, comes back, and tilt-o-whirl RANAS, only for Andrade to handspring through! Melo runs up again, sunset flips, ONE!! Melo grabs at legs but Andrade boots him away. Andrade then trips Melo, steps through, but Melo kicks him away. The fans cheer the standoff while Melo frowns. Andrade runs but he turns Melo’s dropdown into a rolling sunset, TWO! Melo jackknife bridges, TWO!

Both men stand, both men ROCK each other with forearms, then the forearms start flying! Andrade runs but Melo ROCKS him! Melo runs but Andrade BOOTS him! Andrade steadies himself before he runs, but then Melo DROPKICKS him! Melo runs, but Andrade follows! Andrade jumps up onto the ropes with Melo! Melo slips away to trip Andrade up! Andrade is stuck in ropes, Melo still hits a FADE AWAY JUMPER! The fans fire up for that leg drop, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Andrade endures an armlock. The fans rally, Andrade fights up, and he throws body shots. Melo holds onto the armlock, but Andrade fires more shots! Then he JAWBREAKERS free! Melo knees, whips, but Andrade reverses. Andrade then follows, but Melo dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW LARIAT to hit! The fans fire up while both men are down! Melo and Andrade slowly sit up, and fans rally. Melo throws a haymaker, but Andrade eggs him on! Melo fires another, but Andrade SLAPS and SLAPS with palm strikes! Andrade blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Then another DRAGON SCREW!

Melo hobbles up, swings, but misses! Andrade FLYING FOREARMS and both men are down again! The fans rally, Andrade kips up! The fans cheer as Andrade snarls. Andrade calls his shot, the fans rally behind him with “SI! SI! SI!” Andrade gets moving, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives, showing why he was NXT and NXT North American Champion in his career. Andrade brings Melo up, reels him in, but Melo slips free of the suplex! Melo rebounds to LA MYSTICA! Cover, TWO! Andrade stays in this and Melo grows frustrated. Melo drags Andrade up, “This is Awesome!” as Melo puts Andrade in a corner.

Melo hoists Andrade up to the top rope backwards. Melo then climbs up behind Andrade, brings Andrade up, but Andrade fires elbows! Melo falls back and the fans fire up! Andrade adjusts, and he MOONSAULTS! Melo moves but Andrade MOONSAULTS again! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and shocks Andrade! Andrade huffs ‘n’ puffs and brings Melo up. Andrade reels Melo in, back suplexes, but Melo lands out! Melo dodges again, kicks a leg out, then runs up, into a CHOP! Melo returns to KNEE anyway! Melo keeps moving, boot feint and ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives again but Andrade puts him in the drop zone.

Andrade goes to a corner and climbs up. The fans cheer as he reaches the top. Andrade aims, leaps, but into the FIRST 48! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives that half court shot but Melo hurries back to the corner! Melo climbs, aims, and NOTHING BUT- NO! Airball, and Andrade scoops! Melo slips free, only to end up in underhooks! THE MESSAGE!! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

El Idolo called his shot last week, and he hits the mark! But now that Andrade is through with H1M, will he be moving on to bigger and better?

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

The Role Model WWE Women’s Champion and the Irresistible Queen of the Ring are in separate locations as Corey Graves interviews them. He wants to ask Nia about Cleveland but she says just stop. Look at her, and look at Bayley. Start feeling sorry for Bayley right now, because at SummerSlam, Nia beats Bayley, takes her title, and puts her down like an old, sick dog. Nia will put Bayley out of Nia’s misery. Bayley says wow, Nia hasn’t changed in the ten years they’ve known each other. Nia says oh no, she has changed. And before going on too long, Nia is Queen of the Ring, so address her as “Queen Nia.”

Bayley says she’ll address Nia how she wants. And Nia should know what Bayley meant by that. Nia is the same heartless woman she was since day one here. The same big mouth, and the attitude like she owns this place. The same Nia that in 2017, took Bayley out of her SummerSlam match. Oh, we’re going there now? Yes, they are, and let Bayley finish talking. Nia took Bayley out, that changed the trajectory of Bayley’s whole career. But Nia didn’t hurt Bayley because she’s so much bigger and stronger than Bayley or that she’s so vicious. Nia did it because she’s big, clumsy, and reckless. Nia gets pissed now!

Nia says honestly, Bayley, she is pretty content being Queen of the Ring, the Queen of WWE! Nia is on top! She’s coming for that title just because she can take it from Bayley! Well, then, bad news there. Don’t listen to what the fans are saying that Nia is bigger or that she’ll mop the floor with Bayley. No, Bayley wants Nia to look at her now, and if she’s changed so much since 2017, then so has Bayley. Bayley walks into SummerSlam with the championship, and she walks out with the championship! And there is nothing Nia can do to stop her. Bayley smiles but Nia asks if they’re done. Nia throws off her mic and storms off. Who will prove they’re THE top of the division when WWE arrives in The Land?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

But before they can reach the door, Piper Niven & Chelsea Green stand in their way. Sorry, are they lost? They’re here to talk to Mr. Aldis. Uh, girl, nuh-uh. Not before Bianca & Jade do. They need to get that tag title rematch. Aw, they’re gonna complain about losing because they’re big complaining losers? Uh, isn’t that what Chelsea’s about to do? Piper says you don’t talk about Chelsea like that. Yeah, that’s how they’re talking about Bianca & Jade. So scoot on over, because Piper & Chelsea are talking to Aldis first! Jade steps to the door but Bianca says no no, it’s fine. They can talk with Aldis later, because these two are on Bianca’s nerves.

If they can’t decide on who talks with Aldis first, they can decide this in the ring. Jade likes that idea, too. Piper also likes that idea, but Chelsea doesn’t. Bianca & Jade say bye~ and head for gorilla position. Will The EST give Chelsea something to complain to Aldis about? Or can the Hot Mess prove she can back up all that talk?

Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven!

SmackDown returns as Chelsea makes her entrance, accompanied by “Lil’ Miss P.” The bell rings and Chelsea talks trash on Bianca. Then she SLAPS her! So Bianca SLAPS back! Bianca storms up, Chelsea dodges and Bianca runs into buckles! Chelsea then ENZIGIRIS Bianca, reels her in for chicken wings, but Bianca powers out. Bianca runs, gets around, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans fire up while Chelsea flounders. Bianca handsprings but Chelsea avoids the moonsault! Chelsea runs up but Bianca gets under the boot! Torture rack, but Chelsea flails free! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO!! Bianca has Chelsea’s legs, BIANCA WINS!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Chelsea is already complaining and protesting to the ref! But then Jade and Piper step in, only for Chelsea to say time to go. The StrongEST Duo stands tall, but then someone is laughing. Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn are on the tron! And Isla says they’ve heard Bianca & Jade are looking for them. And they just love how the two have been so passionate about their titles. Alba says they get it, when you’re champions, you’ve got all the power! And right now, the power belongs to Alba & Isla. But lucky for Bianca & Jade, they’ll get a tiny glimpse at these belts next week. But when it comes to a rematch…? Well, we’ll see.

Alba & Isla laugh into the night, but will even the wicked witches fall victim to the forces of nature coming for them?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

The SmackDown General Manager says as we all know, SummerSlam is right around the corner. And as GM, it is his responsibility to deliver the biggest and best matches he possibly can. With that in mind, he holds a contract signed by himself and by LA Knight. This match is for the United States Championship, so all that is left is the signature of THE United states Champion. Without further ado, please welcome first, the challenger, LA Knight! Omaha fires up for The Mega Star makes his way to the ring. Knight joins Aldis in the ring, and Aldis says now welcome the champion, Logan Paul!

Many fans boo as The Maverick makes his way out, but there are still some fans who want fist bumps. Logan tells the fans to get louder one way or another as he steps into the ring. Logan is given the mic while fans continue to boo, and others chant for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” Aldis shows Logan the contract, Logan asks Omaha a question. Why would he give “Hillbilly Aladdin,” this Sons of Anarchy extra, this Larry the Lobster guy a shot at the United States Championship? Knight tells the “edge lord” to look at him. Logan talks about no reason for facing Knight, and y’know, maybe he’s right. Maybe Logan can just take a walk and we’ll think about this later.

But the one thing Knight thinks about is, he just thinks the one reason Logan should reconsider is that every time they have been face to face, Knight has owned and cooked Logan. The fans cheer that! So let’s go back just a year ago. Knight walks down that aisle, “YEAH!” He gave Logan a map, “YEAH!” And he said that map gave exact directions. “YEAH!” Those directions were for where Logan could shove each and every bottle of Prime! “YEAH!” That was last year. But since then, Logan became US Champ, congrats to you. Logan thanks Knight for that. Knight admits, if Logan’s holding a title, that makes him the man around here.

But Knight figured to himself, maybe time for Knight’s shot. Knight asks, Logan says no. Knight shows up at Logan’s house, his idiot friends let Knight in and he hops into the pool to make it his toilet. And what does that do? Just got Knight an MITB qualifier, and a pin on Logan right here on this mat! Now that felt damn good, and Knight wants to do it again. But Logan isn’t giving Knight what he wants, and what he wants is a shot at the US title. Knight chases Logan all over the world just to get him to show up! Logan says just listen to yourself, “John,” you sound pathetic! You’re a grown man but look at yourself!

The fact is, Knight needs this match with Logan. Logan doesn’t! The fans boo and Logan says they are not the same. The difference here is Knight’s entire existence is defined by what he does in this ring. Not Logan. Logan can leave this ring to interview former presidents, building multi-billion dollar business, starting a family, and changing the landscape of sports media with his brother! The last name “Paul” echoes through the entire zeitgeist of culture! And that’s not to say that what Knight does isn’t important. It is important. Knight is very good. In fact, Logan likes the catchphrase bodybuilder shtick he’s got.

But the real problem is, Knight wants Logan’s accolades but is not Logan. Knight doesn’t think like him, doesn’t move like him. Knight wants to be champion but is not “him.” And for someone whose entire existence is defined by what they do in this ring, Knight has not had a single defining moment the past 20 years. Knight is a gym bro with a spray tan and catchphrase, pretending to be The Rock! Knight says oh~, cut him, he bleeds! Never heard that before. Leave it to Logan to recycle old material. Low rent, lowbrow, Low T! Low T Logan P! But talk about the US Championship, about frauds, let’s talk about that.

Here is a man parading around as a champion! Here’s a man playing fraud on this entire company, pretending to be US Champion! And meanwhile, Logan won’t sign a contract? Good thing Logan brought up his brother, because the brother is willing to jump into the ring with Mike Tyson. But Logan doesn’t seem to have balls just to step into the ring with Knight! Guess balls don’t run in the family. Logan says if Knight wants the match, fine! He’ll sign, and he’ll give Knight a shot at the title! And after he beats Knight, Knight will have nothing. Logan could say he’d take everything from Knight, but Knight has nothing of value to give!

In fact, how about this? Logan can give Knight something already. On the back of this contract, Logan’s gonna give Knight directions for where he can still his dreams of becoming a champion! YEAH~! The fans boo but then Logan shoves the contract at Knight. Aldis keeps these two from throwing down already, even though the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Logan stands down, the fans boo, but Knight still has the match he wants. But then Logan slides back in to attack! Logan RAMS Knight into a corner, but Knight turns things around to fire off haymakers! Logan knees low, fires body shots, then winds up, but Knight blocks!

Knight cravats but Logan slips away again! Both men say that’s how close the other came! But again, Knight has the shot he wanted, will he use it to shut Logan up once and for all?

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

And he’s confronted by Santos Escobar & Elektra Lopez, who say, “L! A! KNIGHT!” “EW!” Santos says congrats on finally getting that US Championship match. Must be a great feeling, right? Knight pinned Logan Paul in Madison Square Garden. That must feel like sitting on top of the world. What’s with the questions, where’s this going? Santos says relax. Just a friendly reminder that Santos was in the Triple Threat and didn’t get pinned. He knows, Knight knows, Lopez knows, everybody knows~, that if it was 1v1, it would’ve been a different story. Knight says Santos clearly isn’t a student of history, because Knight’s been part of that story and he knows how that went.

But hey, SummerSlam’s still a few weeks away, so Knight has some free time. If Santos wants to get in touch with Knight, his mom has Knight’s number. Santos says Knight sure feels untouchable, huh? Facing Santos so close to that title shot is not the brightest idea. Wouldn’t want him getting hurt. But if Knight wants to squander his opportunity, why stop him? Santos & Lopez head out, but will Knight humble him before going after Logan?

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

As if dealing with The Queen of the Ring wasn’t hard enough, Michin has the Princess all up in her business! Will Mia remind us why she’s The Head Baddie in Charge? Or will no one put an end to #TiffyTime?

SmackDown returns and Mia makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Tiff throws Mia down by her hair! The fans cheer but then Mia catches Tiff for a cradle, TWO! Mia SHOTGUNS Tiff to a corner, runs up to forearm SMASH, then she sits Tiff down. Mia mocks Tiff to then CANNONBALL! High stack cover, ONE!! Tiff toughs it out but Mia KICKS her! Tiff avoids a roundhouse and wants a Tiffy Timeout! Mia chases Tiff but Tiff hides behind Nia. Mia says Nia shouldn’t even be here, but Tiff sucker punches Mia! Then cartwheel and Alabama Lift, for an ALABAMA SLAM to the floor!

Nia pats Tiff on the shoulder and Tiff asks what time it is, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Tiff has a headlock. Fans rally as Mia fights out. Mia runs but Tiff knees her low! Tiff throws Mia down, then goes to the apron, SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Mia stays in this but Nia coaches Tiff. Mia goes to a corner, Tiff runs and handsprings in to back elbow! Tiff then reels Mia in, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tiff grows frustrated but Nia says she’s got this. Tiff waits on Mia to get up, then she runs to cartwheel and Alabama Lift again! But Mia fights to sunset flip it, TWO! Mia stands up, slips under Tiff’s lariat and backslides, TWO! Tiff stands up, but Mia ELBOWS her!

Mia runs up to LARIAT! And then YAKUZA KICK! And then DROPKICK! Tiff flounders back up, into a NECKBREAKER! Tiff staggers to a corner, Mia runs up to CHOP! Mia reels Tiff in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Tiff toughs it out and Mia grows frustrated. Mia drags Tiff up to wrench and EAT DA- NO, Tiff ROCKS Mia first! Mia ROCKS Tiff back! Mia runs up but Tiff YANKS her to ropes! Tiff runs to HIP ATTACK! Tiff keeps moving, TIFFY STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Mia survives and now Tiff is growing frustrated! Tiff drags Mia up, brings her over to a corner, and hauls her up top.

Tiff climbs but Mia fires hands! Tiff staggers back, Mia adjusts and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Tiff tumbles out of teh ring while fans fire up! Mia fires herself up and builds speed, but Nia trips her up! The fans boo while the ref misses that! Mia kicks at Nia, goes back for Tiff, but Tiff ROCKS her first! Tiff then reels Mia in for a ROLLING SENTON! Then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- WAIT! Bayley is here!? Bayley distracts Tiff and pisses off Nia! Nia runs in but Bayley TOSSES her over barriers! Tiff freaks out as Bayley has the briefcase! She SMASHES Nia with it! Bayley then smacks the case against the desk!

The fans fire up as Bayley hits the case off steel steps! She opens it up, dumps the contract out, and STMOPS the briefcase into pieces!! Mia rolls Tiff, MIA WINS!!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

The Role Model helps the HBIC get some payback on Nia and Miss MITB! Then Bayley mockingly says, “Oops.” Bayley puts the contract in what’s left of the case and slide it to Tiff. Will Tiff have to give that briefcase a makeover before she can properly cash it in?

 

The Bloodline speaks.

Solo Sikoa says, “Life is so good when you’re The Tribal Chief on the Island of Relevancy. So good. And it’s also busy. I never have a moment to myself. But when I do, you know what I love the most? A good mystery. Yeah. I’m not talking about a mystery of who’s gonna be Cody Rhodes’ tag team partner. No, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about a mystery of who’s gonna step up and disrespect The Tribal Chief by teaming up with Cody Rhodes tonight. That’s who I’m talking about. Have you seen what we done to Randy Orton last week? Have you? So if you’re on Cody’s side, that means you’re against me.

“If you’re against my family, you’re against my Bloodline, and you’re against The Tribal Chief. So tonight, tonight… tonight better be a Handicap match, or someone will pay the price. Because I am The Tribal Chief, and you will… acknowledge me!” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up the ones. Will anyone be brave enough to defy The Bloodline to help The American Nightmare?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

With #DIY still WWE Tag Team Champions after last week, it is time to find NEW #1 Contenders! It will be a Tag Team Gauntlet match, with The Street Profits, Legado Del Fantasma, Pretty Deadly, The Good Brothers, the new duo of Apollo Crews & Baron Corbin, and even The Bloodline’s Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, all fighting for that shot! Who wins out to then head for Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano?

 

Cody Rhodes & ??? VS A-Town Down Under!

The American Nightmare wanted a response from The Bloodline but got a response from the former WWE Tag Team Champions. They admittedly were collateral damage last week, but this is mostly them taking out their frustrations over losing twice in as many weeks. Will Austin Theory & Grayson Waller tear down the Undisputed WWE Champion? Or will he have back-up after all?

Cody heads to gorilla, and Kevin Owens is there! The Prizefighter says see you out there. Seems Solo forgot there is still someone crazy enough to defy him, because KO’s been doing it all along! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he can’t fight no more?

SmackDown returns and ATDU makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Cody starts against Theory. The fans rally for Cody as the two circle. They tie up, and Theory headlocks. Cody powers up and out, drops down then kitchen sink knees Theory down! Cody drags Theory up, wrenches an arm and tags Kevin. They double wrench to double body shot, then Cody clinches Theory and Kevin runs, they send Theory to BOOT CAMP! Theory sputters, Kevin covers, ONE!! Kevin keeps on Theory with a whip. Kevin ELBOWS Theory down but Theory bails out. Kevin goes out after him to shove him into the Prime bottles!

Kevin CHOPS Theory, SLAPS the big Prime bottle, then pushes Theory into the ring. Waller fixes the display for his bro, Logan, but Kevin RAMS Theory into the corner. Tag to Cody, he reels Theory in but Waller distracts. Cody DECKS Waller, Theory throat chops Cody! Theory LARIATS Cody against ropes, tags Waller, and Waller holds Cody’s arms in the ropes! The fans boo and the ref reprimands as Theory fires haymakers on Cody. Waller lets off at 4 to slide in and CLOBBER Cody! Waller taunts Kevin, KNEES Cody down, then drags Cody up for more knees. The fans chant “WALLER SUCKS!” but Waller knocks Cody down.

Waller brings Cody up to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody dodges Waller and Waller hits buckles! The fans fire up, Cody hurries, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Waller, DECKS Theory, then fires off hands on Waller! The fans fire up more as Kevin stomps Waller against ropes! The ref counts, Kevin lets off and Waller bails out. Kevin roars, goes out the side, and he runs to LARIAT Waller! Then Kevin LARIATS Theory! Omaha is thunderous as Kevin gets back in the ring. Waller runs up but into an atomic drop! ENZIGIRI! Theory gets up but Kevin DECKS him! Waller is in the corner, Kevin says ‘SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS!

Kevin goes up while Waller is down, but Theory anchors him! Kevin HEADBUTTS Theory then aims at Waller. SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Both men are down, Theory tags in to slingshot and SHOTGUN Kevin back down! Theory sucker punches Cody, too! Tag to Waller, Theory brings Kevin up, BACKBREAKER to BALLER ELBOW! Waller sucker punches Cody now! Cover, TWO! Waller taunts Cody while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again, Theory looms over Kevin and soaks up the heat. Tag to Waller, and Theory holds Kevin down so Waller can drop an elbow! Cover, ONE! Waller drops another elbow! Cover, ONE!! Waller clamps on with a cravat and he grinds Kevin down. The fans rally as Kevin endures and fights his way up. Kevin reaches out, but Waller keeps him from Cody. Kevin fires body shots, so Waller fires knee after knee! Kevin staggers to an open corner, Waller stomps him and digs his knee in. The ref counts, Waller lets off and Kevin sputters. Waller brings Kevin around on the apron to CLUB him.

Waller goes out after Kevin but Kevin kicks him! And SMACKS him off steel steps! And pushes the Prime bottle! Kevin hurries back into the ring but Waller trips him up! BIG elbow drop! Waller grinds his forearm in Kevin’s face, then pushes him to a corner. “WALLER SUCKS!” but he throws body shots on Kevin. Waller puts Kevin up top, fires hands, then climbs up. Waller brings Kevin up, but Kevin fires body shots! Kevin ROCKS Waller and Waller falls back, only to come back up! Waller fires forearms, tries again, and goes to the very top! But Kevin throws body shots in return! Kevin and Waller brawl up top!

The fans fire up as Kevin gets the advantage! Kevin HEADBUTTS Waller, Waller holds onto ropes, so Kevin HEADBUTTS again! Waller still holds on so Kevin ELBOWS him down! And then SWANTON BOMB! It hits this time and both men are down! The fans are thunderous as Kevin and Waller crawl! Hot tags to Theory and Cody! The fans fire up as Cody fires off hands on Theory! Cody whips, Theory reverses but Cody CLOBBERS Theory! Cody then goes up and over and hits the SNAP POWERSELAM! Theory stands, but Cody kicks and RHODES UPPERCUTS! Cody JABS, JABS, JABS, flip, flop and fly! BIONIC ELBOW!

The fans are thunderous again as Cody brings Theory around. Cody scoops but Waller makes the save! Tag to Waller, Cody dodges Theory to BLAST Waller! Cody blocks a kick to give a kick and DDT for Theory! Cody stalks Theory but Waller somersaults in to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Waller BOOTS Kevin, then he goes back for Cody. Tag to Theory and they call their shot. Theory fireman’s carries, but Cody slips free! Cody shoves Theory at Waller, but Theory stops short. Cody gets around to waistlock Theory, but Theory elbows free! Waller runs up but Cody moves, and Theory blocks the knee! Cody springboards to CODY CUTTER Theory!!

Waller got free cuz he used Theory again, and now he swings on Cody! Cody dodges, Kevin is there to kick and STUNNER! Waller flops out, Cody reels Theory in! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody & Kevin win!

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under failed to take out their frustrations, but Cody & Kevin sure got theirs out. But here comes The Bloodline! Solo Sikoa leads Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, but where’s Jacob Fatu…? Cody keeps looking around, but then he DIVES onto Solo & Tama first! Loa gets in to throw hands with Kevin! Loa fireman’s carries, but Kevin CLAWS Loa’s face! Kevin tries to rip Loa’s eyes out! Cody has Solo and SMACKS him off the desk! Kevin helps clear the desk while Cody sends Solo into steel steps! The fans are all fired up as Cody and Kevin look to get payback! But THERE is Fatu! He CLOBBERS Cody, SUPERKICKS Kevin, and then RAMS Cody into steel steps!

Kevin comes back to throw hands, but Fatu shoves him back to SUPERKICK! Kevin flops into the ring but the Samoan Werewolf stomps him into a corner. Fatu rains down headbutts, then he goes corner to corner! HIP ATTACK! Fatu shouts at Kevin, “You wanna disrespect my Tribal Chief!? The man that does everything for the family!!” Solo sits Cody up so he can watch as Fatu goes corner to corner again, for another HIP ATTACK! Fatu keeps moving, and he HIP ATTACKS again!! Fatu just keeps moving and he hits a FOURTH!! The fans boo but then Solo HEADBUTTS Cody down!

Fatu drags Kevin to the drop zone, then goes up a corner! Cody is helpless as Fatu hits a DIVING HEADBUTT right on Kevin! Fatu then storms out to join the rest of the Bloodline. They haul Cody up and over to the desk! TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!! The fans boo, but Kevin is still moving?! Solo looms over Kevin, and Tama grabs a chair! Tama puts the chair around Kevin’s head, and says this is what he gets! Tama POSTS Kevin head first!! Fatu presents the ula fala, and The Bloodline gathers around their Tribal Chief. Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and the Bloodline raises their ones to the sky.

Cody sputters but he can’t sit up. Can Cody recover and be ready for SummerSlam? Or is Solo just two weeks away from taking over the WWE?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here to not just build SummerSlam but to follow up last week. Great opening promo from Cody to call out The Bloodline, and I suppose A-Town Down Under calling him out in return was a logical move. Good promo from Solo, and it did foreshadow who would be Cody’s partner in a way. Kevin was of course coming back not just to help Cody but to avenge Randy, and we got a great tag main event for it. Great win for Cody & Kevin, but of course we got another brutal beating from The Bloodline. They’re doing their best to take away all of Cody’s allies, but I have a feeling this only motivates Kevin & Randy being there at SummerSlam to help. And they can even have a moment where, when it seems Cody is about to lose, Heyman returns with Roman to scare Solo.

Melo had a good promo tonight, and he had a great match with Andrade, but I figured Melo was losing. I don’t know how WWE Speed has been going but I don’t think Melo is going to be facing Andrade for the Speed title. I’m still wondering if Andrade circles back to Legado Del Fantasma. That tag team gauntlet is going to be a lot of fun but I would think Tama & Loa win so that The Bloodline gets back in that title story. Speaking of, we naturally got more interaction of Bianca & Jade with Chelsea & Piper. Bianca beating Chelsea so quickly practically makes a case for a Women’s Speed Championship. But at the same time, good promo from Alba & Isla to set up the continued story with Bianca & Jade, even while Raw is heating up with a lot of top level teams.

Very good promo segment from Bayley and Nia, though I did not think Bayley would work-shoot Nia’s early days of being green and “unsafe.” Each of them getting involved in Mia VS Tiff was good stuff, too, as was the destruction of Tiff’s briefcase. That’s also a very clever way to give Tiff a reason to customize the case into something that fits her vibe, aka it’ll be pink and sparkly cuz she’s the Wrestling Barbie. And while Naomi is busy with Blair Davenport in a feud on the side, Mia makes for a good teammate for Bayley to stand up to Nia & Tiff.

And we got a very good, non-traditional contract signing segment. Logan again played his part perfectly, being so arrogant that A) nothing, not even Knight pinning him, earns Knight a title shot and B) rubbing in that he doesn’t even need pro-wrestling, he just does this to show off. Knight took the long way to tell Logan that he should take the match to prove he’s not a coward, which is the same reason I was thinking the whole time. And like any quality arrogant Heel, Logan gets goaded into the match. Knight will definitely make an example of Santos next week, but I feel like the title match itself could go either way. If it were me, I’d have Knight win because he really has been waiting a long time for something, and this feels like the right time.

My Score: 8.8/10


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