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What will Regal choose for Cole and Kyle?

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NXT’s journey to TakeOver is moving through rough waters!

After last week’s chaos, the NXT Tag Team Championship have to be VACATED, and William Regal will determine the fate of Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly! What is TakeOver: Stand & Deliver going to look like now?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Kai & Gonzalez win.
  • LA Knight VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
  • Oney Lorcan VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
  • Walter VS Drake Maverick; Walter wins.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS The Robert Stone Brand; Blackheart & Moon win and retain the titles.
  • Jordan Devlin VS KUSHIDA; Devlin wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!

The NXT Women’s Champion and #BigMamiCool will #Stand&Deliver on night one of TakeOver! But before then, Shirai teams with the impressive newcomer while Gonzalez has #CapKota by her side! Where will the momentum be going into that high stakes showdown?

The teams sort out and Stark steps up to Gonzalez. Fans rally as the two circle and tie up. Gonzalez shoves Stark away but Stark keeps her cool. They go again, and Stark manages to power Gonzalez back! Gonzalez gets mad and puts Stark in the corner. Stark comes back but Gonzalez gets her arm and wrenches. Gonzalez cording holds, cranks on Stark’s shoulder, but Stark handsprings through and wrenches back! Fans rally up as Stark yanks on the arm, kicks a leg, but Gonzalez pulls hair. Gonzalez whips, Stark RANAS! Fans fire up with Stark as she runs in to elbow Gonzalez! Stark goes corner to corner but is put on the apron. Stark counters the punch with a knee!

Stark slingshots in to KNEE, then runs, but Gonzalez CLOBBERS her! Tag to Kai and Gonzalez gives her a boost for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Kia brings Stark up to SLAP her! Stark just smirks and SLAPS Kai back! Stark eggs Kai on then hits a Thesz Press! Stark rains down fists, drags Kai up and bumps her off buckles. Tag to Shirai and she CHOPS and forearms Kai, repeat! Shirai scoops but Kai slips off to shove. Shira follows Kai, handsprings then goes Matrix to roll Kai! ONE, but Shirai basement dropkicks Kai down! Kai scrambles, Shirai stomps her in a corner, then sweeps the legs. Shirai digs her boots in, lets off then hits the METEORA!

Gonzalez gets in to argue with Shirai but Kai rolls Shirai up, TWO! Shirai sits on the cover, TWO! Kai ghost pins, TWO! Shirai steps to Magistrol, TWO! Kai waistlocks to an O’Conner Roll, TWO! Kai bumps into ropes, Shirai elbows her in the corner! Tag to Stark and Stark gets in to run side to side for a BIG uppercut! Stark pushes Kai down, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Kai survives but Stark stays on her with a fireman’s carry. Kai fights out, throws Stark down by her hair and tags out to Gonzalez. Gonzalez whips Stark, Stark goes up but gets caught, only to headscissor Gonzalez to ropes! Stark KNEES, KICKS, but Gonzalez blocks!

Gonzalez ducks the enziguri, gets the legs but Stark boots her away! Stark runs, Gonzalez scoops and Kai tag sin! ASSISTED ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!! Kai grows frustrated but NXT goes picture in picture.

Kai drags Stark up to club her down, then drags her in a chinlock to get the camel clutch! Stark endures, pries at the fingers, but Kai dribbles her off the mat! Cover, TWO! Kai grows further frustrated, but she brings Stark up. Stark fires off body shots, rolls Kai up, TWO! Kai BOOTS Stark down! Cover, TWO! Stark is still in this but Kai keeps her from Shirai. Kai bumps Stark off buckles, tags Gonzalez, and Gonzalez RAMS into Stark! She digs her shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, but Stark kicks back! Gonzalez CLUBS Stark down, bumps her off buckles, and talks trash to Shirai before she stomps Stark. Stark shoves back but Gonzalez throws hands.

Gonzalez scoops Stark for a FALLING SLAM! Cover, TWO! Gonzalez is annoyed but she looms over Stark, drags her away, and tags in Kai. Gonzalez drags Stark up, whips her into the corner, and Kai goes corner to corner for the BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kai stomps Stark down, taunts Shirai, but then puts Stark in the corner. Kai stomps away, the ref counts but Kai tags Gonzalez. Gonzalez gets in to drag Stark to a high stack cover, TWO! Gonzalez is on Stark with a chinlock and grinds her down. Stark fights up, Gonzalez knees low, and then reels her in to Canadian rack. Stark endures a backbreaker rack! But she fights out to sunset flip! Gonzalez stays up, drops an elbow, but Stark evades!

NXT returns to single picture as Gonzalez wants Stark’s leg again. Stark enziguris Gonzalez away! Hot tags to Kai and Shirai! Shirai rallies on Kai, dodges but Gonzalez tags in before the FLAPJACK! Shirai runs to victory roll and STMOP Gonzalez! Shirai blocks a kick to send it into Gonzalez, then SHOTEIS Kai! Gonzalez is in a corner, Shirai hits SHINKANSEN! Next stop, Kai! Shirai has Gonzalez in place, dials it up and hits a 619! Stark tags in as Shirai climbs up, and Shirai missile dropkicks Gonzalez down! Stark gets in with a springboard missile dropkick! Gonzalez and Kai end up on the outside, so Stark PLANCHAS! She only gets Gonzalez as Kai runs away!

Kai runs back in, Stark dodges the boot and POSTS Kai! Stark dodges Gonzalez and Gonzalez POSTS herself! Shirai is up top, and she ARIHARA MOONSAULTS Gonzalez down! Stark drags Gonzalez up and in as fans are fired up! Stark climbs up top again, and 450- No! Gonzalez dodges, gets Stark up, DESPERADO BOMB! Both women are down but Gonzalez is rising first. Gonzalez glares at Shirai and tells her this is what’s coming. Gonzalez drags Stark back up, sets her up again, and BOOTS Shirai before hitting ANOTHER DESPERADO BOMB! Cover, Gonzalez wins!

Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall

That was a message to the champion and the entire Women’s Division! If Gonzalez can finish off a tag match like that, will she do even worse to Shirai 1v1? Shirai gets back up and returns the trash talk, but Kai slides in. Shirai DECKS Kai but Gonzalez BOOTS Shirai back down! And Gonzalez isn’t done there, she hauls Shirai right up, for a DESPERADO BOMB on the announce desk!! Is there no strategy the Evil Genius can come up with to deal with the sheer power of Gonzalez?

 

Things have only escalated between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly!

While O’Reilly was training at the Gracie Barracks Brazilian Jiujitsu dojo, Cole stormed in and went right at him! But Cole was not ready for Kyle to tackle him and go after him! The other trainees had to break this up, and this only adds to why William Regal must come up with a solution!

 

Backstage interview with Kyle O’Reilly.

Things have gotten very intense, but what are his thoughts on Regal’s coming decision? Before Kyle can answer, Roderick Strong walks over. Roddy knows Kyle has a lot going on, but after everything Cole did to them, they both need to kick his ass. Kyle appreciates that, but there is no “us VS Cole,” this is just about Cole and Kyle. Strong gets upset at Kyle and says both he and Cole can go to hell. Does that answer the question? Kyle heads out, is he already past the point of no return?

 

NXT, let LA Knight talk to ya!

“Tonight’s~ the night~! Yeah~! Why is that? Because Bronson Reed decided, well, he wanted to go into my locker room, he wanted to invade my personal space and put his hands on my property.” Guess what? Knight’s hands will get on Reed and it won’t be pleasant! Whose game is it? L A Knight’s game! The Ruler is here, and Bronson will find out just like that! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, yeah!

 

Jordan Devlin speaks.

“I’m not sure why I’m even sitting in this chair right now, because I know my match tonight doesn’t need any promoting. I know this is one of the biggest matches in NXT television history. I mean, look at what you’re dealing with here. We’re talking about a world class professional athlete applying his trade around the world. Japan, Europe, America. Universally respected. And tonight, he’s going 1-on-1 with Kushida.” Devlin respects Kushida, maybe even likes him. But he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, because he’s becoming an example to Santos Escobar right before Stand & Deliver. Is the Irish Ace going to trump the Super Junior tonight?

 

LA Knight VS Bronson Reed!

We heard “The Ruler” say his part, but now we’re going to see how he measures up to the Colossal! Will Reed rip up Knight easier than he did Knight’s favorite jacket?

The bell rings and Knight gets in Reed’s face. “You wanna be me? Well you gotta learn!” Knight is poking Reed in the forehead, so Reed CHOPS Knight, then CHOPS him again! Reed breaks through Knight’s clothesline and CLOBBERS him! Reed drags Knight up, whips then back drops Knight high and hard! Knight gets up to a corner, boots Reed back, then hops up to leap, into a POWERSLAM! Reed gives back those forehead pokes and clamps on a neck wrench, then shifts to a chinlock. Reed grinds Knight, Knight fights up, fights back and fights free. Knight runs but Reed CLOBBERS him again! Fans fire up for Reed as he headbutts Knight down!

Reed stalks Knight, throws an elbow into Knight’s head, then stands him against ropes. Reed CHOPS Knight, Knight is stinging as he goes to a corner, but Reed snapmares Knight into a motorcycle stretch. Knight endures the knee in his back and arms being pulled, so Reed clamps on a rear bearhug! Knight fights up, Reed CLUBS him on the back, then Reed brings Knight around to suplex. Knight flails free but Reed elbows him to the apron! Reed pursues, drags Knight up but Knight hotshots Reed! Knight slingshots to SHOULDER Reed down! Knight gets the legs, stomps Reed in the stomach and clubs away on him! Fans boo as Knight paces around.

Knight drops knees on Reed, sits him up and CLUBS him in the chest! “L! A! KNIGHT!” brags about himself again as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Knight grinds Reed down with a seated cobra twist. Reed endures, fans rally, and Reed fights up. Knight throws hands, rams into Reed in the corner over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Knight smirks as he comes back but Reed shoves him away. Reed runs but Knight kicks the legs out! Knight runs to KNEE Reed down! Knight CLUBS Reed, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Knight runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Reed flops, Knight is after him with big haymakers! Reed goes to a corner, Knight storms over but into elbows and forearms! Reed swings a chop but Knight dodges to stomp and JAB!

Knight brings Reed out of the corner to ROCK with a EuroUpper! Knight throws more hands, but Reed eggs him on! Reed then gets under Knight to RAM him into a corner, whip him corner to corner, but Knight dodges the corner splash to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Knight is furious already but then he cools himself off. Fans fire up as Reed stands and Knight runs corner to corner, but Reed CLOBBERS him with another elbow! Knight flounders on ropes, Reed whips him but Knight kicks back! Reed just gets mad! Reed DECKS Knight with forearm after forearm, then brings him around to whip again. Reed BODY BLOCKS Knight and fans fire up!

Reed fires up, Knight goes to a corner, and Reed runs in to SPLASH! Reed choke grips, but Knight pops out to cravat, knee, but swing into a spin! Reed FALLING CHOKE SLAMS! Reed has Knight in a drop zone and fans fire up again! Reed goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Knight trips him up! Knight ROCKS Reed with a haymaker before climbing up top. Knight brings Reed up but Reed fights back. Reed headbutts Knight away! Knight comes back to leap right up, only for Reed to shove him right back down! Reed adjusts for the TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, REED WINS!!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

For all of Knight’s talk, he just got made to look a fool! The Colossal is a big first loss for Knight, will Knight ever recover?

 

The NXT Tag Team Championships are up in the air!

After last week’s NXT and the tag title match against Finn Balor & Karrion Kross, Danny Burch suffered a shoulder injury which turned out to be a separated shoulder. This will keep him out of action for roughly six months, and as such, he and Oney Lorcan must vacate the titles. We hope Burch has a speedy recovery, but now we must know who will be the new champions! As such…

BREAKING NEWS for Stand & Deliver!

On the first night of this year’s NXT TakeOver, the NXT Tag Team Championships will be on the line in a TRIPLE THREAT! MSK are getting their title shot, but joining them are Grizzled Young Veterans and El Legado Del Fantasma! Will Nash Carter & Wes Lee still get what they were owed from winning the 2021 Men’s Dusty Cup? Or will another team snipe that golden rite of passage from them?

 

Oney Lorcan VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!

And speaking of Burch’s injury, it’s natural his tag partner would want revenge on the man responsible! Will the Boston Fury make Mr. Doomsday pay? Or will he just be a tune-up for Kross’ golden opportunity on night two of Stand & Deliver?

The bell rings and Oney fires off on Kross! Kross grabs Oney by his head and puts him in a corner, but Oney dodges to fire off more hands! Kross choke grips, throws Oney to a corner, but again Oney dodges to fire off hands! Kross throws Oney out of the ring hard! Oney steadies himself, Kross goes out and throws him right into Plexiglas boards! The ref starts the ring count, Kross stands Oney up to DECK him! Oney gets in at 5, Kross pursues at 7. Kross grins as he stomps Oney but Oney gets out. Kross pursues again but Oney kicks low! Oney tries to suplex but Kross snap suplexes instead! Kross looms over Oney, stomps him down, and the count is climbing again.

Kross puts Oney in at 7, follows at 8, Scarlett taunts Oney’s pain as Kross RAMS into Oney! Kross stalks Oney but Oney CHOPS him! Kross grits his teeth but Oney CHOPS again! But Kross throws Oney back out! Kross goes out after Oney but Oney RAMS him into the apron! Oney gets back in the ring, Kross pursues, but Oney comes back with a dropkick! Oney keeps moving, corner back elbow! Oney keeps going, but Kross CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Kross is seething but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Kross grinds Oney with a headlock. Oney gets out to a corner but Kross RAMS into him again! Kross rams Oney more, lets off at the ref’s count then digs his boot into Oney’s head! The ref backs Kross off, he drags Oney up, and snap suplexes again! Cover, TWO! Oney is still in this but Kross wants the ARMBAR! Oney gets a leg on ropes, Kross lets go and runs in to clotheslines, elbow and clothesline again! Kross roars in Oney’s face then throws him with an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kross laughs and looms over Oney. Kross dares Oney to get up, and then drags him around to look at Scarlett. “About your boy, Danny? I don’t regret it. In fact, I loved it!”

Oney gets pissed and fires off EuroUppers! Kross shoves Oney to a corner, runs in but Oney moves and POSTS him! Scarlett gets worried now and Oney gets the arm for the ARMBAR DDT! Kross is furious that Oney is going after his arm! Oney CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he grabs Kross by his jaw to slap, slap, SLAP! Kross wings but Oney gets around to chop block! Oney runs to EuroUpper! And then another! Oney keeps moving but Kross dodges the blockbuster to BOOT Oney down! Kross drags Oney up, DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Kross is furious, and he hits the DOOMSDAY FOREARM! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Scarlett keeps Kross calm, but his body shows the marks of this fight with Oney. Will Kross have to do much more to again become NXT Champion against The Prince? Kross gets a mic and says, “I’d like to take a moment right now to address the actions of Mr. Balor from last week.” Kross tells Balor that his actions had malice and intention. Kross actually appreciates that. He was giving respect who didn’t appreciate it. Balor doesn’t deserve it. Despite the fact Balor is champion, when Kross held his little neck in his hands, “it felt just like anybody else’s.” You see, when the fuse is lit, there’s no stopping what’s coming next, which is- Balor interrupting Kross!

Balor has a mic of his own, but he looks down at Oney at the ramp first. “Last week, Kross, you took your best shot. And the Prince is still standing.” Balor literally steps over Oney to get to the ring. “But what you’d really done last week, was you showed me your weakness.” Balor steps into the ring now and says, “When a man’s young, he fights with emotion. Uncontrollable emotion. Some people call it demons, but really, it’s just emotion.” It wasn’t until Balor learned to control his emotions, and be cold, that he became untouchable. Kross still fights with emotion. Everything is a reaction. And in those moments, he’s sloppy. In those moments, he’s vulnerable.

At Stand & Deliver, Balor will push Kross to the point where he’ll only have two options: One, he surprises everyone and masters his emotions; or two, what Balor believes will happen is a repeat of last week, and Kross’ emotions control him. And when they do, Balor drags him into the cold, deep water. And with no emotion, Balor will drown Kross. Will TakeOver end with the Prince having conquered the apocalypse?

 

William Regal speaks.

He has decided who will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship at Stand & Deliver! There is an incredibly talented line-up, so he wants to extended this opportunity to as many as possible. Therefore, there will be a 12 Man Battle Royal, and it will go until only six are left! Those six will then be in a Gauntlet Eliminator, but the battle royal will continue to determine order of entry in the gauntlet! In other words, the last man left will be in the best position to win! And whoever wins the Gauntlet Eliminator will face Gargano at TakeOver!

The 12 men chosen are: Leon Ruff, Austin Theory, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas, Cameron Grimes, Kushida, Bronson Reed, LA Knight, Roderick Strong, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Dexter Lumis and Pete Dunne! Best wishes to them all in the battle royal!

 

Kushida speaks.

“Jordan Devlin, you’re an incredible competitor, and your performances on NXT UK have been very impressive.” Kushida even claps for Devlin. “That’s why I answered your open challenge.” For Kushida, it’s all about competition, and Devlin is one of the best. For the past year, he’s been taking down every NXT superstar that’s stepped in the ring with him. And now Devlin will find out what happens when he faces the best technical wrestler in NXT today! Kushida vows to break Devlin, but will he be the one to bust against the Irish Ace?

 

Walter w/ Imperium VS Drake Maverick!

After Imperium reached out to Killian Dain, the Belfast Beast hasn’t been seen or heard from, and Rockstar Spud confronted them about it! However, that only got him on the Ring General’s radar! Is the NXT UK Champion about to make Maverick into mashed potatoes tonight?

The bell rings and Maverick rushes right at Walter! But Walter scoops and SLAMS him down! Walter looms over Maverick, stalks him to ropes, brings him around and hits the WALTER BOMB! Then he puts on a HALF CRAB!! Maverick isn’t even conscious, the ref calls it!

Winner: Walter, by referee stoppage

Imperium stands over Maverick, but here comes Tommaso Ciampa! Ciampa’s own tag team partner, Timothy Thatcher, disappeared not too long after Imperium showed their interest in him. Ciampa storms up to the ring, unafraid of being outnumbered 3v1. Ciampa has a mic and says, “A couple of weeks ago, I said that you intrigue me. I misspoke. That intrigues me.” Ciampa points at Walter’s UK Championship! So to cut to the chase, Walter knows what Ciampa wants, the fans know what Ciampa wants, so what does Walter say? Walter VS Ciampa, TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, FOR the NXT UK Championship!!

Walter says no. Ciampa hasn’t earned it. So Ciampa CHOPS Walter! Aichner & Barthel go after Ciampa and mug him 2v1! Then they drag him up for Walter, and Walter snatches Ciampa’s necklace away! Ciampa goes after him to get it back, but Imperium mugs him again! Walter CHOPS Ciampa down! Fans boo but Ciampa gets the pendant back. Walter asks if it’s the title Ciampa wants, then he will see him at TakeOver! Is Ciampa going to be what ends Walter’s 720+ day reign? Or will he just be one in a long line of dominant defeats?

 

Pete Dunne speaks.

“Two weeks ago, I said I’m the best technical wrestler in the world and dared anybody step up and prove me wrong. Nobody did, so next week, I’ll show the locker room first hand.” Dunne vows to dominate the battle royal and then get gold again. At Stand & Deliver, the Bruiserweight becomes the NXT North American Champion! But will Dunne even make it to the end of the 12 Man Battle Royal?

 

Robert Stone tried to get an old client back.

He and Aliyah try to recruit Mercedes Martinez back into the group, offering her a shot at the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Jessi Kamea got hurt, so Aliyah needs a partner. Mercedes can team with her tonight and make history! Alright, how much money are we talking, though? They hand over an envelope, and Mercedes says this is now just half. Get the other half after the match. Y-Yeah, perfect! Stone and Aliyah are happy about the partnership but he’s gonna be out of money! Will they at least get the gold to make some of that cash back?

 

Johnny Gargano visits Regal’s office.

But he hesitates a moment before barging in. He then asks what’s going on. Regal isn’t sure, and then asks Gargano back if he wears the title everywhere. Yes, of course! He’s the champion! He wears it everywhere! But please explain to him the situation. So there’s going to be a 12 Man battle royal? Yes. And then the final six guys go to a Gauntlet Eliminator on night one of Stand & Deliver? Yes. And then the winner of that faces Gargano on night two for the title? Yes. Gargano says with all due respect, is Regal cuckoo bananas?! You can’t do that to Gargano! He’ll only have 24 hours to prepare! He needs to game plan, strategize, watch tape! He can’t stay up all night cramming! Johnny TakeOver deserves better!

Well if he’s Johnny TakeOver, then this isn’t a problem. Between then and now, study all the competitors. But that’s like a million people! Gargano storms out and isn’t slamming the door just to stick it to Regal. But will the variables be too much for Gargano to figure out before Stand & Deliver?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS The Robert Stone Brand!

The wild child and evolved Shenom are only the second-ever team to hold these titles, but they got them off the original champions on night one! Will their reign end almost as quick now that mercenary Mercedes is on Stone’s limited payroll? Or will they be howling to the moon and all the way to TakeOver?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the champions can #TCB!

Ember and Mercedes start and they tie up. They go around, Mercedes sweeps the leg then stomps Ember down! Stone likes what he sees as Mercedes whips, but Ember dodges and redirects to tilt-o-whirl to a FACEBUSTER! Tag to Shotzi, Ember clubs Mercedes then feeds her to Shotzi’s hanging headscissor! Ember runs in to CLUB Mercedes down, then Shotzi goes up top and leaps for a SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up but Stone and Aliyah distract! Stone is throwing off his shoes and jacket, but that gives Mercedes time to BOOT Shotzi down! Mercedes drags Shotzi from Ember, ROCKS her with a right, then drags her away again.

Mercedes fireman’s carries, tags Aliyah, and they work together for a GUTBUSTER to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Aliyah is furious already but she brings Shotzi up to RAM her into the corner! Aliyah fires off, shrieks in anger, but Shotzi fires off forearms and elbows to get free! Shotzi hurries for her corner but Aliyah BOOTS Ember first! Aliyah then BOOTS Shotzi down, drags her over by her hair, and tags Mercedes in. Mercedes drags Shotzi into a wheelbarrow, and Aliyah adds a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Mercedes drags Shotzi back up. Shotzi hits a jawbreaker, but Aliyah tags in to drag Shotzi away! Shotzi boots Aliyah, and tags Ember!

Ember dodges Aliyah, DECKS Mercedes then rallies on Aliyah! SUPERKICK to front kick to ENZIGURI! Ember howls and fires up and fans are with her! Ember runs in to back body block then whip, to a pop-up BOMB! High stack but Mercedes KNEES Ember away! Mercedes gets Shotzi into a scoop, but Shotzi spins it to a DDT! Mercedes bails out, Ember puts Aliyah in, and tags! Ember goes up, for the ECLIPSE!! Cover, the champs win!

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The Robert Stone Brand is going bankrupt fast as his mercenary doesn’t pay off! Will Shotzi & Ember continue to bring these titles along to Stand & Deliver and beyond?

 

Cameron Grimes talks with Roderick Strong backstage.

“Tough couple of weeks, man.” Grimes thinks he’s taking it just as bad as Strong is. The Undisputed Era did so much for the business, it’d be a shame for it to end. Y’know what? It doesn’t have to end! All the intellectual property the Era has, if Grimes buys that from him, he can take it to new heights! Think of it! The new shirts, the new logos, the new socks and armbands! Just think of this: Undisputed Grimes, to the moon! Strong DECKS Grimes and storms off. Grimes shouts, “That’s not how you do business, Roddy!!” Will Grimes make Strong pay for that in the battle royal?

 

Backstage interview with Shotzi & Ember.

How does it feel to successfully defend their titles? How do you think it feels? It feels GREAT! They totally #TCB thanks to Ember’s Law! But then The Way’s Indi Hartwell & Candice LeRae walk in, applauding the victory. Congratulations on a title defense. But maybe it was a bit easy since it was just Aliyah & Mercedes. If they want real competition against a real team, look this way. Shotzi laughs and Ember says what she’s trying to say is, they’ve done it before and they’ll do it again. This time, these two are going to show The Way the way to the FIREPIT! Candice says next time, things will go their way, on their time and on their stage. Oh is that how it is? Don’t be jelly~! But will Candice & Indi find a way to take over the NXT Women’s Tag Division?

 

NXT sets the Stand & Deliver schedule!

For night one, it will be: the NXT Women’s Championship, Shirai VS Gonzalez as the main event; the NXT UK Championship, Walter VS Ciampa; the NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, MSK VS GYV VS Legado; and after we see which six last in the battle royal, it will be the NXT North American Championship #1 contender’s Gauntlet Eliminator!

For night two, that of course means it’ll be: THE NXT Championship, Balor VS Kross as the main event; the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Unification, Santos Escobar VS Jordan Devlin; and the North American Championship, Johnny Gargano VS the winner from night one!

 

Jordan Devlin VS KUSHIDA!

The Irish Ace defended his title successfully against the slimmer Trent Seven, and is ready to prove he’s been the rightful Cruiserweight Champion all along! But will the Time Splitter prove he should be in the conversation this close to TakeOver?

The bell rings and fans are fired up already as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Kushida gets a leg and trips Devlin up to have a standing toehold. Devlin endures, rolls, and gets free. They circle, tie up again, and Devlin has the arm to whip. Kushida reverses, Devlin goes up and over and rolls to then dodge and get Kushida for an URENAGE and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kushida gets up but Devlin wrenches and whips to elbow Kushida down! Devlin brings Kushida up as fans duel, and Kushida wrenches to headlock, Delvin powers out, things sped up, Kushida blocks a hip toss to hit a hip toss! Cartwheel and basement dropkick catches Devlin!

Kushida gets Devlin’s arm, hammerlocks it and TWISTS! Devlin clutches the arm, Kushida stalks him to a corner and KICKS him in the back! And KICKS him in the arm! Devlin sits down, Kushida brings him up and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Devlin hits a jawbreaker in return! Devlin scowls, runs but Kushida puts him on the apron! Kushida forearms, runs but Devlin jumps over to MOONSAULT and take Kushida down at the ramp! Fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Both men are down on the outside and the ring count is climbing! Devlin gets up, drags Kushida up and JABS him! Kushida goes around the way, Devlin refreshes the count then RAMS Kushida into the apron! Devlin puts Kushida back in but Kushida CHOPS him! Kushida is after Devlin in a corner with more CHOPS, but Devlin turns it around, only for Kushida to dodge and CHOP! Devlin goes to another corner, Kushida CHOPS him again and again, and Devlin flops down! Kushida drags Devlin up, but Devlin claws Kushida’s eyes! The ref reprimands but the damage is done and Kushida clutches his face.

Devlin drags Kushida up, scoops and slams him, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Devlin gets annoyed, but he drags Kushida back up. Devlin snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Devlin stalks Kushida, clamps on with a chinlock and digs his knee in. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Kushida endures, fans rally up, and Kushida fights up. Kushida fights back, Devlin CLUBS him, but Kushida forearms and enziguris! Both men are down, fans fire up and Kushida fires up, too! Kushida rises, Devlin follows, and Kushida fires a forearm! Devlin gives it back, they go back and forth, but Kushida gets the edge! Kushida whips, Devlin reverses, but Kushida handspring back elbows!

Kushida winds up, FAST BALL! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida clamps on for an armbar BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Kushida takes aim. Devlin slowly rises, Kushida runs in and goes after the arm! Devlin gets the ropes to hold off the wristlock, but Kushida lets off to KICK the arm! Kushida reels Devlin in, hammerlocks, but Devlin blocks and spins out, only for Kushida to jump after the arm! Devlin makes the takedown a cover, TWO!! Kushida lets Devlin go, runs in but misses in the corner! Devlin slingshots in for a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and and Devlin is shocked! Devlin gets his bad arm going as fans rally and duel again.

Devlin drags Kushida up, gives a thumbs down, but the bad arm holds back the ripcord! Devlin storms after Kushida with forearms and then hoists him up top! Devlin forearms, climbs up top, but El Legado stands on the stage to distract him! Kushida slips away and HANDSPRING KICKS Devlin! Devlin sits on the top rope, Kushida climbs up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! But he rolls through for the FALCON ARROW to ARMBAR!! Devlin endures, reaches around, and gets the ropebreak with a foot! The ref counts, but Legado drags Devlin out of the ring! The ref is busy with Kushida, but then sees Wilde & Mendoza! He warns them to stand down but Escobar is also there. Devlin is surrounded, but he dodges to get back in! Kushida runs in but is sent into Legado! O’Conner roll and bridge, Devlin wins!!

Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall

Kushida is upset so he goes after and FLIES onto Legado!! Kushida fires off hands on Wilde and Mendoza, then throw Mendoza into Wilde! Kushida gets space to build speed and FLY off the stage!! Down go Wilde and Mendoza, but Escobar is ready to pick Devlin’s bones by himself. Devlin knows Escobar is here to get at him before TakeOver, but wait! Is that HBK!? Shawn Michaels is here!! But why?! He makes it obvious by bringing out a ladder!! Just as HBK and Razor Ramon did for the Intercontinental Championship, it is clear what HBK is turning the Unification Match into!

Devlin and Escobar accept that and raise up their belts! But who will bring down both titles to be the one true Cruiserweight Champion?!

 

Adam Cole heads to gorilla position.

On his way there, he crosses paths with HBK, who is making his way back from the ring. HBK gives him a nod, is that a sign as to what to expect for Regal’s announcement?

 

NXT returns with Regal, Cole, Kyle, and security all on stage.

Regal presides over what will be a contract signing between the former Undisputed Era brothers-in-arms. “Gentlemen, thank you for joining me here tonight. Now it’s obvious that the situation between the two of you has got out of control, has reached a boiling point. In fact, it got the bloody police involved!” Regal will not have them embarrass this company that so many people have worked so hard to create! What Regal has here is a solution to the situation. This is a contract for Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole in a co-main event of Stand & Deliver Night Two! Kyle is not medically cleared, so this match can only take place with both men have signed, and acknowledge that NXT is NOT liable for what happens! That’s right, it will be an UNSANCTIONED MATCH!!

Cole takes the contract first, takes the mic to say he wants to tell us a little story first. Cole wants us to imagine being born blind, and then one day you wake up and see everything! That’s called a revelation, and Cole had one. Cole realized he didn’t need the Era, the Era was holding him back! And what made him realize that was Kyle! Cole bought into the BS that maybe the Era was about brotherhood! But it was never about that. Cole sat back and watched Kyle challenge for the NXT Championship not once but twice, and fail both times! And then Kyle tries to befriend Balor?! He wanted Balor to join them!? Had Kyle lost his mind?!

But then it made sense. Deep down in Kyle’s core, he is nothing more than a lapdog! Kyle is a sidekick, a person comfortable being on the sidelines, and that is NOT Adam Cole! Cole is the “Greatest NXT Champion there has ever been,” and he is NOTHING like Kyle! Kyle lost sight of what this was and what the Era was. It was never about friendship or brotherhood, but about being the best! And you are lookin g at the best! Kyle should thank Cole for everything! Does Kyle think he would’ve made it to the WWE, let alone be successful in it, without Cole? Does he think the UE works without Cole?

COLE is the one who led the charge! COLE is the one who main-evented! COLE is the one with the legendary title run! COLE is the one who sold the merchandise! Without him, Kyle is NOTHING! Cole cannot wait to fight Kyle at TakeOver, and you wanna know why? Because Cole already knows who wins, and so does the world. The only one who doesn’t is “the pathetic lapdog sitting across this table.” Cole then signs his part, and passes the contract over to Kyle. Kyle gets his mic to respond. “We’ve known each other for a long time. At least I thought we did.” When they first go there, they didn’t care who they stepped on to succeed.

They were “four hungry pitbulls were taking spots at the top of the card where they belonged! You could say they shocked the system, but they were making a statement, and didn’t give a damn who was footing the bill. Cole does realize that the UE will forever have heat with the GM and locker room full of guys, right? Kyle grew up and started to take accountability. “You look a man in the eyes before you kick his teeth in. No more sneak attacks, no more 4v1 beatings or BS. But since coming to NXT, they’ve become better wrestlers, better fighters, champions and stars. But only one of them became a better person. But “Adam Cole is just the same asshole that walked into this place three and a half years ago!”

Kyle keeps forcing himself to really, truly believe that the last three and a half years meant nothing. That the Era meant nothing. Kyle is forcing himself to do that because if any part of him thinks for a second that they could be friends again, that they could go for a beer together, Kyle can’t do what is necessary to put Cole down for good! Kyle sold his soul to the Era but he wants it back! Cole is “an insecure prick that used his best friends, and that is so, so cold and somehow,” Kyle isn’t surprised. But Kyle tells Cole this: “Not one single person is going to be surprised-” LOOK AT HIM, COLE!!!

“Not one single person will be surprised after I beat you into a pulp, and for the first time in damn near four years, I sleep like a baby.” Kyle signs his part, and Cole says “attaboy.” Sign your death warrant. Kyle does, and says he just signed Coles, too! They go right at each other but the security keeps them apart!! Cole and Kyle vow to end the other, but just how will their final battle end?!


My Thoughts:

What a great episode! A lot of stuff set up for TakeOver: Stand & Deliver and it’s all going to be great. We’re getting a big set-up to a North American Championship match with a star-studded battle royal that then leads to an equally star-studded Gauntlet Eliminator at TakeOver, then the title match on night two. I have a feeling with Theory and Lumis in the Battle Royal, Lumis and Theory make it to the Eliminator, and they might be the last two so that it comes down to Lumis breaking through to Theory so that Theory joins him against Gargano. But there are also a lot of other rivalries in that Battle Royal, so the Eliminator will get them all out on TakeOver at the same time.

Knight VS Reed was a good match but the bigger shock was that Reed won! Knight gets his first loss out of the way, but I bet he gets revenge on Reed in the battle royal by eliminating him. Similarly, Grimes trying to buy the rights to the Undisputed Era IP and angering Strong will be hashed out in the battle royal. I’m surprised Dunne didn’t pick up on Kushida calling himself the best technical wrestler, but that can be part of the battle royal and beyond. With so little on Night 2 right now, I hope Kushida VS Dunne is a grudge match opener to it. Mercedes being a mercenary is a good way of reintroducing her, but of course Shotzi & Ember won the tag title match. Shotzi & Ember VS The Way is definitely happening for Night 2, as well, and could go either way.

The opening Women’s Tag was really good, but Gonzalez wins it for her team to get herself great momentum going towards the title match. That match could go either way but it’d be quite the moment for Gonzalez, winning the title in the main event of night one on USA Network. Oney VS Kross was pretty good because Oney still got to do some damage, but of course Kross wins to head strong for TakeOver. Kross and Balor had good promos, and Balor saying the word “demon” probably isn’t a tease about bringing Demon Balor back but more saying without saying it that he doesn’t need Demon Balor anymore. But still, skeleton pirate Demon Balor would be pretty awesome…

And while it sucks for Burch to get hurt legitimately and then lose the titles he and Oney waited so long to have, I like that we’re getting a big match for crowning new champions. MSK VS GYV VS Legado del Fantasma is going to be a strong match, really bringing the NXT Tag Division back to where it was just a couple years ago. At this point, it’s basically just Legado taking the pin so that we can later get MSK VS GYV properly. Walter VS Maverick went even more squash than expected, but that made it even better. I bet Thatcher and Dain being absent along with Wolfe is a sign that they’re being converted to Imperium.

Ciampa going after Walter, and then getting his title match for TakeOver is all great stuff, and that match is going to be about as close to Walter VS Dragunov as NXT USA can give us. But between Walter VS Rampage Brown at NXT UK Prelude, and then Walter VS Ciampa on TakeOver, Walter is going to look like the strongest champion ever, and he basically is. That reign is hitting the two year mark and going beyond until perhaps Ilja Dragunov rises back up. Devlin VS Kushida was great stuff, even with Legado interfering. Kushida taking out Wilde & Mendoza was awesome, I hope Kushida circles back to the Cruiserweight title chase.

HBK suggesting the ladder stipulation was awesome! That makes Escobar VS Devlin way better than before. I just hope it doesn’t help Escobar win because Legado can interfere without it being a disqualification. I get that there are (presumably) more fans that watch NXT USA than NXT UK, but Devlin is a better champion than Escobar. If Devlin can be back in the states, he should be allowed to have the belt and represent the division in both the US and UK and Escobar can do something else. And then, the stipulation for Cole VS Kyle was of course going to be Unsanctioned, but I was hoping they’d add “Loser Leaves NXT” to it. Their promos for the signing were great stuff, that match is going to be amazing, but I feel like it has to go to Kyle so that he can move past Cole and the Era to be a contender again.

My Score: 9.5/10


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

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

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

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

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

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

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

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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Time to settle some scores!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

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

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

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

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

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

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

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

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

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

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

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

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

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

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

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

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

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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