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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/28/21)

The Usos are back in action together!

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

SmackDown pits two of the best tag teams ever against each other!

While Rey & Dominik Mysterio defend their SmackDown Tag Team Championships against The Dirty Dawgs, the Usos return to tag action against The Street Profits! Are Fridays about to be back in the Uso Penitentiary?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Usos win.
  • Natalya & Tamina VS The Riott Squad; Natalya & Tamina win.
  • Bianca Belair VS Carmella; Belair wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez; Kevin wins, by disqualification.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogz VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Nakamura wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Mysterios win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Usos fire up backstage!

365+ days away, and now they’re ready! Jimmy can’t wait, he has goosebumps! But Roman Reigns walks over, with Paul Heyman. Heyman starts to speak but Roman’s look as him stop. Roman asks if they’re ready. They feel good? Oh yeah. They look it. Jimmy’s been waiting, Uce. Then Roman wants to get something correct. He wants to know the game plan and the intentions. What’s the end game? The end game is to win, go get the gold, the whole family will have the gold and make the family proud! Their titles, his title, they’ll be rocking! Jimmy can’t wait! Sounds like he’s got it figured out, then. Roman’s happy for him. Roman wishes them luck.

Jimmy is even more fired up, and heads out. Roman tells Jey, “You’re gonna need it.” Roman asks what’s wrong. Is Jimmy talking for him now? Jey thinks a moment, and says he might be with Jimmy tonight, he’s still with Roman. Then make sure to tell Jimmy. Is the Tribal Chief sewing seeds of distrust between his own family?

 

The Usos VS The Street Profits!

Jimmy & Jey are back together, but with a year away and Roman manipulating things, will even one of the greatest tag teams in WWE history be able to bring it? Or will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins show that time has passed the Usos by?

Before the match, the Profits get to the mics and they’re fired up. Ford says it is Friday night in the ThunderDome, but if Dawks hasn’t noticed, Ford’s had a pep in his step all week! Because tonight is a night unlike any other! This is the CLASH OF THE TITANS! The Street Profits VS The Usos! #UsoCrazy! But last week, Ford admits they had some fun at the Usos’ expense, saying they’re weepy, moving sleepy, but the Profits be creeping. Jokes aside, when they heard this match with the Usos, the SIX TIME tag team champions, was happening, the Profits felt flattered. Of all the teams in the world, they chose the Profits.

But to be real, the Profits have been done since Day One! Remember when the Usos did the glow paint and the Haka? Dawkins ain’t gonna lie, that still goes hard. It does. But to think of it, those aren’t the Usos they’re getting tonight. It has been one entire calendar year since Jimmy was injured. And to be real, Jey Uso, Roman’s living in his head rent free. And Dawkins thinks Roman’s starting to do the same with Jimmy. But the Usos make their entrance and they’re fired back up kicking through the red Solo cups. The Profits like this energy, but the Usos get the mics to respond!

Ford asks his brother from another mother if his eyes deceive him. It’s the Usos! Jimmy asks Jey if he hears this. Jey does. These boys got jokes. Mario, Luigi, Jimmy’s bad knee, the truth is this, Uce! Jimmy could be on the shelf one year, or ten, the truth is that the best damn tag team is back! YESSIR. Jimmy will remind them that this is the definition of a TRUE tag team! SIX TIME champions! Back to back Tag Team of the Year, soon to be SEVEN TIME W, W, E, Tag Team Champions! Jimmy & Jey, the UUUUUSOOOOOS~! And if you say another word about Roman, Uce, Jey will drop you where you stand! This right here is family business! What you did was stick your noses in it! Now, they got’s to get you!

Profits are all on social media, saying this a dream match? Welcome to a NIGHTMARE! And after tonight, the Usos are just one step closer to those tag titles, Uce! Ooooh, really? You think they’re just stepping stones? Dawks gives them credit. They used to run this. But news flash, fam: the Profits run this division now. Well Mario & Luigi about to drop bricks on ’em tonight to get their coins! You want the smoke? It’s lit now! Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!! Everyone’s fired up now as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns, and Dawkins starts against Jimmy. The bell rings, the two circle while still jawing, and they tie up. Dawks puts Jimmy in a corner but Jimmy turns it around, only for Dawkins to turn it around and headlock. Jimmy powers out, Dawkins runs him over, but things keep moving. Dawkins hurdles and runs Jimmy over again! Tag to Ford, and the Profits combine for a back suplex SPLASH! Cover, ONE! Jimmy gets back to the Uso corner, Dawkins is fired up for Ford on the apron, but Jey tags in. Jey and Ford circle, Jey kicks low then throws haymakers. Ford gets to a corner, Jey brings him up and ROCKS him with an uppercut!

Jey dares Ford to do something, grinds his face into the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Jey brings Ford up, whips him corner to corner, but Ford goes up and over and handsprings to show off! Ford then arm-drags Jey down, makes fun of the Uso chant, but Jey fights his way up. Ford wrenches, tags Dawkins, and the Profits double back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Jey with an armlock, Jey endures and fights around, and gets up to power Dawkins to the Uso corner. Jimmy tags in, slides and runs to ROCK Dawkins! Jimmy CHOPS Dawkins, covers, ONE! Jimmy stays close on Dawkins to drop a headbutt!

Dawkins gets to a corner, Jimmy CHOPS him again, and then wrenches an arm, only for Dawkins to kick low! Jimmy CHOPS again, but runs into an arm-drag! Dawkins has an armlock, Jimmy fights up, powers Dawkins back, and even holds the jersey! Jey tags in, ROCKS Dawkins, then headbutts him down! Jey stomps, tags Jimmy, gets Dawkins up and they mug Dawkins. Jimmy headlocks, Dawkins powers out and arm-drags again! Jimmy gets up, Ford tags in, the Profits whip and dropkick Jimmy down! Jey gets in but he gets a dropkick, too! The Profits unite to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE the Usos out! The Profits pursue, get Jey up and TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area!

Jimmy stagger sup but the Profits toss him over the desk! The Profits are fired up and they want the smoke, as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Dawkins grinds Jimmy’s arm while talking trash. Jimmy fights up but Dawkins drags him over to tag Ford. Ford climbs to drop ax handles! Ford again mocks the Uso chant, but Jimmy headlocks! Ford powers out, Jey tags in, things speed up and Jey trips Ford up to drag him out and RAM him into barriers! The ref counts, Jey dares Ford to talk trash now! Jey goes into the ring to let Ford crawl, but then returns to fetch Ford, and RAM him into barriers again! Jey and Jimmy both talk trash on Ford now, and then Jey puts Ford in the ring. Jey waistlocks and back suplexes Ford high and hard!

Jey paces as he looms over Ford. Jey stomps Ford, tags Jimmy, and Jimmy climbs for a BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Roman is watching backstage as Jimmy covers, TWO! Jimmy keeps on Ford with a chinlock and squeezes tight. Ford endures, Dawkins coaches him up and fans rally on their ThunderDome screens. Ford powers his way over as Jimmy facelocks, and Jimmy CLUBS him down! Jimmy snap suplexes Ford from Dawkins, covers, TWO! Tag to Jey, the Usos split Ford’s wishbone! Jey stares down with Dawkins, then goes back to Ford. Ford throws body shots! Jey CLUBS Ford back down, then drags him back up to run and slide into the chinlock!

Ford flails and reaches but Jey grinds him down. Jey thrashes Ford, Ford fades, but Ford gets a second wind! Ford stands but Jey ROCKS him with an uppercut! Tag to Jimmy, Ford fights the Usos with big haymakers! Ford fires off on Jey and kicks, but Jey blocks to flip him! Ford lands on his feet to ENZIGURI Jey away! Dawkins is fired up but Jimmy drags Ford away! Ford flips to his feet, dodges Jimmy’s haymaker to ENZIGURI! Ford hurries, but Jey trips Dawkins and denies the tag! That’s the veteran instincts of six-time tag team champions! Ford turns around into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Ford survives and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns yet again, and Jey has Ford up top! Ford resists a superplex and throws body shots and clubbing forearms! Jey hops down but ROCKS Ford with an uppercut! Ford flops to the apron, Jey heads over and drags him back up. Ford GAMANGIRIS back! Jey staggers, Ford climbs up, and Ford leaps but Jey dodges! Both men run, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both men down! Their partners return to the corners and the two crawl. Jey tries to anchor Ford at the same time, but Ford fights free to hot tag Dawkins! Dawkins rallies, DECKS Jimmy but Jey mule kicks!

Tag to Jimmy but Jey turns into a FLAPJACK! Jimmy runs but Dawkins dodges to FLYING ELBOW! Dawkins FLAPJACKS Jimmy, covers, TWO! Dawkins gets Jimmy up, scoops, but Jimmy fights to the apron! Jimmy GAMANGIRIS Dawkins! Dawkins staggers, Jimmy climbs, but Dawkins ROCKS him with a right! Ford runs in to FLY over the corner and take out Jey!! Dawkins drags Jimmy into the underhooks but Jimmy wrenches free! Jimmy dodges and SUPERKICKS Dawkins down! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins barely survives and everyone is down all over the place! The ThunderDome screens are fired up as Jimmy goes to a corner.

Jimmy aims as Dawkins goes to the other corner. Jimmy shouts, “UCE! UCE!” but he runs into a BIG shoulder tackle! Dawkins gets Jimmy up, THE CASH OUT! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and Dawkins is shocked! Dawkins shakes his head and says the Profits run this! Dawkins underhooks again, gets Jimmy up, but Jimmy fights out! The superkick is blocked, Dawkins ducks the dragon whip, and Ford tags in before Dawkins gives Jimmy the ANOINTING SPINEBUSTER! Then Ford FROM THE HEAVENS FLOPS as Jey saves Jimmy!! The Usos are still united but Dawkins CLOBBERS Jey!

Jimmy keeps focus on Ford as Ford slowly rises. Jimmy SUPERKICKS!! Cover, The Usos win!!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall

Don’t call it a comeback! The Usos have been here for years, and they’re getting it back in gear! Will they rise right back up to the top and get lucky number seven?

 

Backstage interview with the Dirty Dawgs.

Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode lost at #WrestleManiaBacklash to the Mysterios, even when Dominik was beat up, so why do they think it’ll be different tonight? Good questions, really. Penetrating, insightful, but also rude. But at Backlash, their strategy was flawed. They dumped a couch on Baby Dom so of course Rey’s paternal instincts ignited. Like those stories of a grandma who lifts a car to save a grandchild. Rey saw his baby boy struggling to breath and become as strong as three men. They’ve never seen something like that before. It was like they were in the handicap match!

But tonight will be different because they are pros, they are aces, they are Dirty Dawgs who do what they want, when they want, and they WILL once again be SmackDown Tag Team Champions! Will the Glorious Show-Offs show us what they can do against a healthy Dominik & Rey?

 

Natalya & Tamina VS The Riott Squad!

The Queen of Harts & Daughter of Superfly have put the Queen of Spades & Irresistible Force in their rear view mirrors, but that means moving on to new rivals! Will Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott achieve their #SquadGoals and get a step closer to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

SmackDown returns and the match has already started! Ruby headlocks, Natty throws body shots but Ruby throws her into ropes! Tag to Liv, Ruby chokes Natty on ropes and Liv dropkicks Natty in the back! Natty goes to the corner, Liv mocks Natyt’s pain, then runs in to back body blcok! Tag to Ruby, the Squad combines for a wheelbarrow RAM! Ruby brings Natty out but Natty DECKS her! Natty swings on Liv but misses and Ruby RAMS Natty again! Liv tags in, Ruby feeds Natty to Liv’s waistlock. Liv has the arms, WING SNAPPER to DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Liv grows frustrated.

Natty crawls but Tamina’s apparently been taken out during commercial. Ruby tags in and mule kicks Natty down, then wraps on a chinlock. Natty endures, fights up, and she throws Ruby off, but Ruby elbows her down! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed, but she drags Natty up and over to bump Natty off buckles. Tag to Liv, Liv runs and jumps up to STMOP, but Natty moves! Natty trips Liv, Ruby tags in but Natty trips her, too! DOUBLE- NO! The Squad denies that submission stack, Tamina rushes in and Ruby STO’s Natty! Liv intercepts Tamina but Tamina SHOVES her onto the cover! Natty crawls, and tags in Tamina!

Tamina swings on Ruby, she dodges but tilt-o-whirls into Tamina’s arms! Ruby has a cording hold and fires off forearms! Tamina stops that, CLUBS Ruby into the ropes, and then drags her to a drop zone! Tamina climbs a corner, Liv barks at her but Natty trips Liv up! Ruby goes up but the super arm-drag is blocked! Tamina drags Ruby up to HEADBUTT her down! Ruby’s back in a drop zone, Liv gives Natty the CODE BREAKER! Tamina hits the SUPERFLY!! Cover, Tamina & Natty win!

Winners: Tamina & Natalya, by pinfall

Liv was seconds from saving Ruby, but that was seconds too late! Natty & Tamina survive the Riott, but will their reign live long at this rate?

 

The Usos visit Adam Pearce.

They ask if he saw them out their get that big W. They beat the Profits, showed the doubters, they’re great! Pearce says it is hard to doubt them. Pearce can see the future! Just like they can see themselves becoming seven-time champs! The Usos want the winners of tonight’s tag title match next week! Consider it done. Alright! Thanks, Uce! Jimmy is fired up but Jey seems stressed. Does winning not fix things as easily as they say?

 

Bianca Belair VS Carmella!

The EST is the SmackDown Women’s Champion, among many things, but only Carmella is #UNTOUCHABLE. At least, that’s what Carmella says. Will Bianca show Mella just how untouchable she really is tonight?

SmackDown returns as Carmella finishes preparations, aka puts on her lip gloss. Kayla Braxton asks her about facing the champion, but Mella mocks the “original” idea. She “loves” that olive green, by the way. But Mella agrees with Bayley that Bianca won in a shady way. Yay for Bianca, but enough about her. More about Mella. She won a WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal. She is a two-time Ms. Money in the Bank. And she is a former SmackDown Women’s Champion. Bianca’s career might read like a fairy tale, but Mella is going to end this happily ever after right now! Mella makes her entrance, but will she have to put her money where her mouth is?

But then DING DONG HELLO~! Bayley invades commentary and demands a chair! A chair is given and Bayley “allows” things to continue. The bell rings, Bianca RAMS Mella into a corner and then lets off, but Mella pie faces her! Bianca RAMS Mella into the corner again and again, but lets off as the ref counts. Mella goes to the apron, Bianca drags her up but Mella hotshots her away! Mella runs in, dodges, and tilt-o-whirls for a MELLA-GO-ROUND! Bianca flops out of the ring, Bayley talks trash on “the cheater herself,” and Mella goes out after her. Mella runs in around the way, only for Bianca to run her over! Bianca gets Mella up in a trophy lift to TOSS her into the ring!

Bianca stalks Mella to ropes, gets a leg, but Mella scrambles for the apron again. The ref calls for the ropebreak, pulls Bianca back, but Melal pokes Bianca in the eye! Mella drags Bianca out to an APRON FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bianca survives, Bayley says Michael Cole is fickle, but Mella puts Bianca in a corner. Mella climbs up to grind a hand into Bianca’s face while talking trash. Mella then hops down to throw elbow after elbow! The ref counts, Mella lets off to swagger about, but Bianca hits back. Mella CLUBS Bianca, covers, TWO! Mella keeps on Bianca with a chinlock and squeezes tight. Bianca endures, Bayley brags about herself, and Bianca fights up to throw body shots!

Bianca scoops Mella for a BACKBREAKER! Mella and Bianca slowly rise up, Bianca rallies on Mella! Bianca RAMS Mella into a corner, then bumps her off buckles! And more buckles! Mella blocks to throw elbows back! Mella goes up the corner, leaps, but Bianca rolls through the crossbody to get Mella up, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Bianca kips up, fires up, and handsprings to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mella survives and Bayley mockingly suggests Bianca is going to use her hair as a weapon. Bianca runs in, Mella dodges and Bianca POSTS herself! Now Bayley is enjoying things as Mella goes up for a HANGING NECKLOCK! The ref counts, Mella lets off at 4, and SLAPS Bianca down!

Mella hammers away on Bianca’s back on the apron and Bayley applauds. Mella then hits a FABULOUS KICK to Bianca’s head! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives Mella tries again, TWO! Mella is losing her cool, but Bianca rolls her up and jackknifes, ONE! CODE OF- No, Bianca gets free! Mella mule kicks, gets Bianca up but Bianca whips to reel Mella in, torture rack to KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Bayley is furious, especially because Cole gets the name wrong as “Belanca.” Bayley laughs at Bianca holding onto the title, and says she could beat Mella with her eyes closed! Bayley says Bianca ain’t nothing, but will Bianca get the last laugh with the “Role Model?”

 

Backstage interview with The Mysterios.

Rey & Dom, the first-ever father and son tag team champion ever, know about this “new game plan” from the Dirty Dawgs. They were the ones saying Rey had the ferocity of three men and had never seen anything like it. The Mysterios have a plan, too. It’s different when you’re teaming with family. When Dom gets hurt, Rey hurts, and vice-versa. Their motivation is incomparable. When one hurts, they both hurt. But when they both won, it was euphoria! They’ll never lose, because there’s no team in the world that can top what they have! Will the King and Prince of Lucha Libre prove all of that when they revisit #WrestleManiaBacklash?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Architect, the Savior of SmackDown, and #SethDrippinRollins is here in a new suit, but he has the same bad attitude. What will Rollins have to say about reigniting things with the Swiss Superman last week?

SmackDown returns and Rollins has a mic to say he’s not here to talk, but to fight! “So Cesaro, drag yourself down to this ring and let’s finish this right now!” Rollins paces and demands Cesaro show up because he doesn’t have all night, Rollins’ people have a big party planned so they need to settle this! But then Rollins laughs as he “remembers” that Cesaro isn’t here tonight to swing Rollins and disrespect him or look past him! Cesaro’s not here to ruin “the greatest day of the year, MY BIRTHDAAAAAY~!” So wherever Cesaro may be today, Rollins wants to remind him and the WWE Universe why he isn’t here. Roll footage.

The footage Rollins shows is his blindside attack of Cesaro as Cesaro challenged Roman to a rematch for the Universal Championship. Rollins attacked Cesaro all around ringside, shouting “When are you gonna learn?!” and glaring at him with a deranged look. Back in the present, Rollins knows what we saw is a bit difficult to watch, but that wasn’t even the worst of it. Rollins’ team has obtained exclusive audio from Cesaro’s hospital room. This has to stay between all of us. Please, understand, this is our little secret. The audio is the heart monitor? And then Cesaro groaning? Rollins laughs really hard at his own stupid joke. Rollins thinks Cole and McAfee enjoyed it, too.

Rollins gets serious and says that what happened last week was unfortunate. Cesaro pushed Rollins to a point where the anger got the better of him, he blacked out and isn’t sure what happened, but he was looking at Cesaro and blaming him for what happened. That is entirely fair, Cesaro absolutely deserves the blame for putting himself in such a situation, “life’s not black and white.” Rollins is a man of integrity and responsibility. The truth is, Rollins has to place some of the blame… on the fans. The fans are to blame because they’re the ones who brainwashed Cesaro into thinking he could disrespect Rollins! That he could look through him! That he deserves opportunities he did not earn!

So if Cesaro never steps foot in the ring again, that’s on Cesaro and the fans. Rollins’ hands are clean, but our hands are the dirty, filthy, guilty ones. Happy birthday to Rollins! Rollins sings Happy Birthday to himself then laughs his way out. Will the Swiss Superman be able to come back and finally make Rollins face the consequences for his actions?

 

Kevin Owens VS Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez!

The Prizefighter didn’t win the Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but he wasn’t the one to lose it, either. And while the Pride of Nigeria still has title and bodyguard, will Kevin avoid the Nigerian Nail to punch a new golden ticket?

The bell rings, Kevin rushes and clotheslines Apollo in a corner! Kevin hammers him down then runs to CANNONBALL! Azeez is worried as Kevin goes up top fast! SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives and bails out but Kevin rushes over. Kevin gets Apollo up but Apollo resists the suplex. Apollo throws body shots and hotshots Kevin down! Apollo goes up, checks his face, but Kevin ROCKS him! Apollo hits back, adjusts, and jumps over Kevin. Kevin SUPERKICKS Apollo, then whips him for a POP-UP- NO! Apollo slips out but runs into a STUNNER! Cover, Azeez attacks!!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification

Kevin gets the win but the Nigerian Nail did the damage! Kevin gasps and sputters as Apollo and Azeez get away with the gold. Officials and other referees rush out to check on Kevin. Will Apollo face the consequences for what Azeez has done? Or will there be no way for anyone to take the title from Apollo with the back-up he has?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Roman Reigns.

At his behest, the Right Hand Man has returned. Jey sits with Roman, and Roman says the Usos have a match for next week. That’s what Jey wants? Why not tell him, then? Why did Jey say he was with Roman? What happened to them being the team? Roman wants Jey to think: everything they’ve been through these past few months, all Roman’s wanted is the best for Jey. That’s what matters to Roman. They could figure things out for Jimmy, but he’s #MainEventJeyUso now! When they go to Roman’s plan, what happens? Jey closes SmackDown! As soon as Jimmy shows up, what happens? They’re relegated to an opening match.

Roman sighs, and says he just doesn’t want Jey to go back to a place where people look at him and go, “Which one are you again?” Jey says he didn’t think about it like that. Maybe he should. Because Jimmy isn’t. Roman continues to drive a wedge between the Usos! Is this going to ruin their chances of taking those championships?

 

Rick Boogz rocks out on stage!

Boogz says he came to ROCK with the King of Strong Style, Shinsuke Nakamura! And much to McAfee’s delight, Boogz plays Nakamura’s theme again! Nakamura makes his entrance, crown still on his head, and is ready to take on The Alpha Academy’s professor of pro-wrestling! But will Nakamura be able to rock Chad Gable to the core and roll on towards the Summer? Or will he learn something from the Olympic Silver Medalist?

Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogz VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

SmackDown returns as the Alpha Academy makes their entrance. Gable starts things with Nakamura but Otis hits a POWERSLAM! Nakamura writhes but this isn’t a DQ cuz the bell hasn’t rung. NOW the bell rings, Gable hits a Belly2Belly! He holds on for a second Belly2Belly and covers, TWO! Gable gets Nakamura up for another clinch but Nakamura elbows free! Nakamura dodges, runs and DYNAMIC DROPKICKS! Otis coaches Gable but Nakamura fires off a strike fest! And KICKS! Gable falls over, Otis gets up but Nakamura BOOTS him down! Gable boots back, hops up, but Nakamura runs in. Gable gets him for a HANGING ARMBAR!

Gable lets off at 4, Otis shouts, “FOR THE ACADEMY!” But Gable runs into a sleeper! Gable elbow breakers free, throws Nakamura into buckles, then climbs up top! Gable MOONSAULTS but has to land as Nakamura moves! Gable ducks one kick but not the WHEEL KICK! Corbin shows up and snatches his crown back! Nakamura runs at Gable, Gable dodges the Kinshasa for CHAOS- NO! Nakamura victory rolls! TWO, KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

But he just realizes now that the Wolf King took the crown back! Corbin says no one else is allowed to take the crown that he earned! Nakamura can’t do anything! Corbin puts the crown on his head but Boogz CLOBBERS him! Nakamura picks up the crown, and puts it back on his own head! Boogz makes great back-up, and shreds on his guitar again! When and where will the King of Strong Style settle things with Corbin once and for all?

 

Kevin Owens still sputters in the medic’s room.

He manages to tell Pearce to give him Apollo for the title, with Azeez banned from ringside. Pearce says he’ll get it! Kevin is still gasping but he feels better now. Will he feel even better when he takes the title from Apollo?

 

Rey prays backstage.

Dom lets him know it’s almost time for the main event, and Rey says he needs another moment. Dom lets Rey finish his prayer, but will the Dirty Dawgs make it all for naught?

 

SmackDown returns and Rey is down!

Dom apologizes for leaving his side, but it’s pretty clear who did this. Rey says his ribs are hurting, and he can’t even get up. Dom isn’t sure what to do, but what about the tag match?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Ziggler & Roode pretend to be surprised and concerned about what they just saw, and they get mics to say we shouldn’t look at them. This is the main event of SmackDown, they wanted to fight the Mysterios fair and square! But if the champions don’t come down here, that is a forfeit, right? The titles go back to them, right? Ziggler tells the ref to count and do whatever. The ref says they have to give the Mysterios a chance. Right, okay. Rey got hurt, and that’s heartbreaking. But that’s still not on the Dirty Dawgs. Dom won’t come down here and do what Rey did, right? Ziggler wouldn’t. So this is still a win by forfeit, right?

Speaking of which, Dom tells Adam Pearce and the other officials that Rey stepped up at Backlash, he’ll step up now! So Rey Mysterio Junior Junior is going to fight them? Just count to 10! Too late, as Dominik makes his entrance! The Dawgs don’t want it this way, or so they say, but it’s happening after the break!

SmackDown returns once more, Dom is ready and Ziggler starts for the Dawgs. The bell rings and Dom rushes the Dawgs! He DECKS Roode, ROCKS Ziggler, hammers away on Roode, but turns into Ziggler’s dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is furious already as he gets Dom up. Ziggler headlocks, tags in Roode, and the Dawgs mug Dom. Roode gets Dom around for a suplex, high and hard! Cover, TWO! Roode stalks Dom to a corner, stomps a mudhole in, but lets off as the ref counts. Roode digs his boots in, lets off again, and then stalks Dom to ropes. Roode bumps Dom off buckles, tags Ziggler, and the Dawgs mug Dom more.

Ziggler throws hands but Dom hits back! Ziggler kicks a leg out! Dom writhes, Ziggler mockingly dares Dom to tag, then jackknifes, ONE!! Dom managed to get his shoulders up but Ziggler stomps his hands! Ziggler looms over Dom, scrapes his laces off Dom’s face, then mockingly asks, “Where’d your dad go?” Ziggler drags Dom up and around and back to the corner. Tag to Roode, the Dawgs mug Dom more, and Dom flounders to the Mysterio corner. Roode pie faces Dom down, gets him up and CHOPS him, then looms over him. Roode gives toying kicks and taunts Dom, then drags Dom up to whip to ropes. Dom kicks back! Dom runs, but Roode CLOBBERS him!

Roode stalks Dom, drags him up, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to drop a knee, but misses! Dom reaches for his corner out of instinct but there’s still no one there! Ziggler tags in to CLOBBER Dom! Ziggler mockingly holds the tag rope to reach out to Dom, then stomps Dom down. Ziggler scrapes Dom’s face on the rope, then hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ziggler still talks trash, gets Dom up and puts him in the corner, and Roode talks trash as Ziggler scrapes forearms in Dom’s face. Dom fights back again! He DECKS Roode, fires off on Ziggler, but Ziggler reverses the whip! Dom WRECKS Roode with a dropkick and dumps Ziggler out!

Dom aims and PLANCHAS to take out both Dirty Dawgs! Dom gets Ziggler up and in at 5 of 10, hurries to a corner and climbs up top. Ziggler stands, Dom leaps but Ziggler gets under. Dom rolls, drop toeholds Ziggler to ropes, and dials it up! But Roode is there to trip Dom up! Dom WRECKS Roode again, but Ziggler baits Dom in! Dom still wheelbarrows through to put Ziggler back on ropes! 619 misses and Ziggler hits a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!? Dom survives again and Ziggler can’t believe it! Tag to Roode, the Dawgs get Dom up, and they double whip Dom for a double hip toss to POWEBOMB NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Dom has that Mysterio heart!

Roode gets Dom up, Electric Chair, but here comes Rey!? Rey just distracts long enough for Dom to victory roll! The Mysterios win!!

Winners: The Mysterios, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

But here come the Usos! Jimmy & Jey want their shot, and Roman is watching backstage as they confront the father-son champions! Jimmy is fired up, Jey is stone faced serious, but which bloodline will carry the gold after next week?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode, but I feel like there could’ve been just a bit more in everything. I will say, with how the Usos VS Profits match went, it felt like the WWE is realizing how they’ve let the RawDown Tag Divisions stagnate. That was definitely worthy of a contenders match, even though it wasn’t official. They’re doing a great job tying this in with the Roman Reigns story. This can be another way to make or break Jey’s bond with one over the other. The main event could’ve had a bit more, if it wasn’t just a switch-up from Backlash. I will say that Rey coming out to just be a distraction was clever, but I would’ve preferred a match where we saw Rey and Dom really show their stuff. I suppose that’ll be next week, and we’ll see if Roman accepts his cousins being champions alongside him.

Natty & Tamina VS The Riott Squad was good once cameras came back, but it seems like bad timing for us not to see the Squad go after Tamina. It does make the Squad more aggressive, and this can help the Women’s Tag Division overall as now SmackDown’s side is stepping up. But I literally can’t think of any other women’s teams on SmackDown, so that is definitely a problem. This is why WWE should’ve held onto the IIconics, but they’ll probably just bring over a team from NXT, like The Robert Stone Brand or Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter. To be fair, KC Squared could really liven things up with their acrobatic style, and the fans will like that once WWE is touring again.

Bianca VS Mella was a good match, and Bayley was properly annoying on commentary. Bayley talking just as much trash on Mella as she was on Bianca makes me think we will see Bayley VS Mella before the obvious rematch of Bianca VS Bayley at Hell in a Cell. At the same time, there should come a time when Mella gets a title match with Bianca, and maybe another move from NXT freshens things up. Io Shirai comes to mind, but depending how things go, maybe it’s time for #ToniTime on SmackDown. It’s been a long time since we got Shirai VS Bianca and Storm VS Bianca, doing it again on SmackDown and on the road could really carry things through the summer.

Rollins had another great suit and another great promo, but of course he pulls the usual Heel “it’s the FANS’ fault!” Rollins claiming he blacks out is an interesting detail, I wonder if there comes a time when (in kayfabe) it’s all true and he really does go into a blind rage. Kevin VS Apollo was great for “being cut short” by Azeez, but that just shows Kevin has become a legitimate threat, maybe even more so than Big E. I am a little surprised we didn’t get anything from Big E responding to Aleister’s attack, or anything from Aleister on the reason for the attack. Also surprised we got no Sami Zayn. Maybe we get all of that next week since Kevin is getting his title match, especially in the case of Sami. Sami still claims that’s his belt, he still has his grudge against Kevin, something’s bound to rile him up.

Rick Boogz being back to rock out for Nakamura was great, especially with McAfee getting pumped up by it. I do appreciate that Nakamura beat Gable without Boogz helping out, and then it works that Boogz would keep Corbin from taking back the crown. I am curious as to whether Boogz will ever wrestle on SmackDown. Bugenhagen had barely a handful of matches on NXT, disappeared, resurfaced as “Joseph Average” for the Night Panther Old Spice saga of the 24/7 Championship, but clearly that has stopped for Boogz to be over here on SmackDown.

The obvious move is for Boogz to be Nakamura’s tag partner in a match with Corbin and perhaps Gable or Otis. Perhaps while Nakamura fights Corbin for the crown, maybe Boogz starts something on his own with The Alpha Academy. There’s a lot of great potential but also a lot of confusion here, only time will tell.

My Score: 8.3/10


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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.

I’m a bit torn on the promo from Learning Tree Jericho and crew. The positive is that it was really good. I said for Dynamite that I like how the payoff is Jericho’s gone from condescending to sinister, and even Big Bill is getting into this crazy persona. The negative for me is that they kinda shoved this in here. I know we DO need to hear Jericho’s explanation, but if it was “after Dynamite,” then find a way to make it part of Dynamite. Or just leave it for Saturday Night Collision so that you aren’t already stuffing a one hour program full to the brim.

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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