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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/2/21)

Who will be the Last Frenemy Standing?

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

Another epic grudge match between Prizefighter and Great Liberator!

SmackDown raises the stakes as we head for Money in the Bank! Will it be Kevin Owens or Sami Zayn as THE Last Man Standing heading for MITB?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big E & Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez; Big E & Nakamura win.
  • Money in the Bank Qualifier Last Man Standing Match: Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Kevin wins and advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Liv Morgan VS Zelina Vega; Morgan wins.
  • Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Angelo Dawkins; Otis wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Edge is here again!

The Rated R Superstar made sure Roman Reigns knew he was back last week with that attack all around ringside, and now he’s in the ThunderDome again as he’s not set to face Roman for the WWE Universal Championship 1v1 at Money in the Bank! Edge gets a mic to say, “WrestleMania was supposed to be the culmination of a 10 year story. Winning the Universal Championship 10 years to the day after being forced to retire as the World Heavyweight Champion would’ve made for a hell of a story, wouldn’t it?” Edge envisioned it so much that he knew it’d happen. But then it didn’t. Edge didn’t see that coming, it wasn’t in his plans.

Full transparency, it rocked him. Edge took time to recover, and thinking it back in his brain, and even watching it back, something he never does. Roman likes to gloss over some key points that happened at Mania. Edge could complain about how his one fear of Daniel Bryan being involved would cost Edge came true. How Bryan stopped Roman from tapping out. How Bryan pulled the ref out after Edge hit a Spear. Roman was practically stapled to the mat, he wasn’t getting up. Edge could complain about Jey Uso stopping a Con-Chair-To. He could, he really could, and would be justified in doing so. 2006 Edge definitely would have.

But 2021 Edge understands that there will always be excuses and obstacles. Edge spent his entire career knocking down obstacles, or he wouldn’t be here right now! “I don’t stop.” But here’s the thing: Now that Edge has been in here with Roman 1v1, he knows he can win. More importantly, Roman knows it. They’re the only ones that know because Roman felt it as Edge felt it. Edge knows Roman won’t admit it, but here’s some proof: the picture of Edge getting Roman in the crossface with the chair crossbar in his mouth! Look at those bugged out, crossed eyes! Those eyes have fear! They’re in deep water, deeper than they’ve ever been in before

Now look at Edge’s face. That’s the look of a man who knows he lives inside the other man’s head! When you can make a man look like Roman does, you live in his head for life! When Roman heard Edge’s music, the look on his face solidified what Edge already knew. Roman knew deep down that no matter what the odds say non paper, Edge has Roman’s number. Edge vows to beat Roman, it’s just a matter of when. This is inevitable. Edge will be WWE Universal Champion! The Rated R Superstar is ready, but will he get revenge and redemption at MITB?

 

Paul Heyman watches this from the private suite.

Jimmy Uso walks over and says everyone obviously just heard that. Everyone knows Edge is talking about having Roman’s number, about how Roman’s gonna lose at MITB. Tell Jimmy Edge ain’t saying all that. Jimmy will tell Roman again that he’s got Roman’s back just like Roman’s got his. When Roman gets here, he and Jimmy will put Edge down and stamp the family flag right in the middle of Edge’s forehead. Heyman just stares at Jimmy, but will he advise Roman to follow Jimmy’s plan?

 

Rick Boogs rocks out!

“Hear ye, hear ye! Welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!” Boogs is here to rock with the one TRUE king of ALLLLL WWE~! #Kingsuke NakamurAAAAAAA~! The theme plays and here comes the King of Strong Style! Shinsuke goes to the ring and his rocking bard follows, and they continue to rock out. But now here comes Big E! The Powerhouse of Positivity is excited to be teaming with The King against their eternal rivals! Will Nakamura be able to #ThinkBig and take down the WWE Intercontinental Champion and the former Wolf King?

Big E & Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez!

SmackDown returns as Apollo makes his entrance, Azeez following behind. Then Corbin makes his entrance, only reminded of his failure by his titantron still reading “King Corbin.” His beard is scruffy and his face is sullen, and then as if adding insult to injury, the ring announcer forgets to change back to announcing him as Baron Corbin. Corbin still joins Apollo at the corner and teams sort out. Apollo starts against #Kingsuke and they circle. They tie up, Nakamura headlocks, but Apollo powers out. They ram shoulders, and Apollo dares Nakamura to try again. Nakamura runs but Apollo reel shim in for a headlock!

Nakamura throws body shots, powers out but Apollo runs him over. Apollo tells Corbin to snap out of it, he needs Corbin in this match. Apollo turns around, ducks one kick but not the other! Nakamura gets Apollo up, whips him to the corner and back elbows! Nakamura hoists Apollo onto the top rope, rolls back and comes in for the TOP SHELF KNEE! Boogs rocks out as Big E wants to tag in. Nakamura gives him the tag, and together, they give Apollo GOOD~ Vibrations! Big E gets Apollo up and goes around with him for an abdominal stretch! Apollo endures, fights out but Big E CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Big E gets Apollo up but Apollo throat chops! Big E runs in, Apollo elbows him away and tags in Corbin! Big E BLASTS Corbin, goes out after Apollo, but Corbin CLOBBERS Big E! Corbin throws Big E up and over the barriers and snarls as he backs off. Corbin’s anger might help him get through his depression while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin rains down elbows on Big E! Corbin puts on a half nelson chinbar and grinds Big E but the ThunderDome rallies up! Big E fights up, throws body shots, and runs, but Corbin elbows him down! Cover, TWO! Corbin drags Big E up, brings him over and tags in Apollo. They mug Big E, Apollo throws haymakers, then wrenches an arm to whip Big E to ropes for a BIG dropkick! Apollo grins and looms over Big E. Apollo wraps on a facelock and grinds Big E down. Big E fights up, powers his way towards his corner, but Apollo shoves him away to ENZIGURI! Big E ends up in the corner, Apollo runs in, but Big E sends Apollo out!

Corbin tags in as Apollo goes flying, and he gets ahead of Big E to whip him into buckles! Corbin DECKS Nakamura, scoops Big E and POWERSLAMS! Cover, Nakamura breaks it! Apollo is in and he GERMAN SUPLEXES Nakamura! Apollo chases Nakamura out, scoops but Nakamura slides off to ENZIGURI Apollo down! Corbin gives more elbows to Big E and has the half nelson chinbar again! Big E endures, but “Ladies and gentlemen, whoever is the rightful owner of a white Mercedes SUV with the license plate KING-CR-BN, it looks like your car’s being towed!” Corbin can’t believe it, but YES! His Mercedes-Benz is being repo’d!!

Corbin is devastated as his world just keeps going down the drain! Big E scoops him for a BIG ENDING! Cover, Big E & Nakamura win!

Winners: Shinsuke Nakamura & Big E, by pinfall

Corbin is hurting in more ways than one right now as the losses keep piling up in and out of the ring. What more can happen to the fallen king before he hits rock bottom?

 

Bayley heads to the ring!

The Role Model is back in a good mood because she pinned the SmackDown Women’s Champion last week! “You’re welcome, ThunderDome!” But will she still be in a good mood after having a face-to-face with Bianca Belair after the break?

SmackDown returns and Bayley has a mic already and says, “I’m not the type of person to come out here and brag and say ‘I told you so,’ but pff, I told you so!” Bianca Belair winning at Hell in a Cell was a fluke, and Bayley proved it winning last week, 1-2-3, ding ding dong! And the best was the look in Bianca’s eyes! A look of loss, despair, defeat, and questioning everything that she did wrong. We all know how strong Bianca is physically, but she’s mentally weak! Bayley made it look easy reigning for 380 days compared to Bianca’s just 80 days, but a loss like that this early is not a good sign! Bianca is clearly crumbling under the weight of our expectations.

Bianca better get her head in the game because in two short weeks, the WWE is back live in front of the fans! And Bayley would be so sad to see Bianca completely fall apart in front of all the little kids who worship her! It could happen. Bayley soaks up the heat from the ThunderDome fans but says, “Bianca ain’t nothing to Bayley! Never has, never will be!” But speaking of, here comes the EST! Bianca joins Bayley in the ring, gets herself a mic, and says, “Girrrl. What you need is a little crack in that mouth!” Bayley may want the title, but Bianca has the title. Bianca keeps beating Bayley over and over and over again but Bayley keeps coming back. It’s like Bayley is obsessed!

And Bayley thinks Bianca is in her head? No, Bayley knows it! Bianca can’t even look her in the eye! Bianca’s shaking in her boots, her nails are clacking together, she’s breathing heavy- Y’know what? Bianca admits Bayley IS in her head. No matter how many times Bianca wins, Bayley has excuses, so Bayley’s voice is always in Bianca’s head. The only way to end this is for Bianca to embarrass her to the point of no return. Bayley tries to laugh that off but Bianca says she is so OVER Bayley. Bianca thinks, and says if the officials will allow it, they will have a title match, in an I QUIT match!! Bayley says that has to be a joke. But Bianca’s serious! Bayley really did get in Bianca’s head!

Bianca knows Bayley well enough that Bayley’s never quit anything in her life! This is what she’s wanted to do her whole life, and she’s here, and has done everything she wanted to, more than anything Bianca ever could do. So if Bianca can make Bayley say “I Quit,” she’d quit SmackDown. No wait, she’d quit the WWE! And wrestling altogether! But hearing Bianca say those words wouldn’t surprise Bayley at all. We all know that Bianca is not the champion she portrays herself to be. Bianca has no chance, so Bayley accepts!

And now Bianca laughs at Bayley! What’s so funny? Bianca thought she was so sick of Bayley running her mouth, but Bianca just realized how excited she is to hear Bayley say those words, “I Quit.” Will Bayley eat her words here tonight after saying those two powerful words at MITB?

 

Heyman paces about in the private suite.

But he smiles as Jimmy returns. Is Roman here yet? It’s cool, because when Roman gets here, Jimmy knows Edge is waiting. Jimmy knows Roman doesn’t care about all that, but what is he waiting on? Wait, Jimmy’s got it! Roman’s waiting on Jimmy to step up! Jimmy says he’ll get this. He’ll go to Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville and tell them to save some space later tonight. #MainEventJimmy will call Edge out, then beat him up all over the place! Heyman smiles and Jimmy heads out. Will this initiative help Jimmy get in the Tribal Chief’s good graces? Will it also keep Edge from making it to MITB?

 

Money in the Bank Qualifier Last Man Standing Match: Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!

For two decades, these two have gone back and forth, from friends to enemies and back again, all over the world and in multiple promotions. But now, this could all end in a referee’s ten count! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting to shut Sami up and go to MITB? Or will the “Champion of the People” triumph over the supposed Anti-Sami conspiracy and get the golden ticket?

SmackDown returns as Sami makes his entrance. The bell rings, Kevin dodges Sami to tackle him! Kevin rains down fists, stomps Sami in the corner, then runs corner to corner for a CANNONBALL! The ref starts a count as Sami flops out of the ring. The count is already 5 of 10 as Sami gets up, but Kevin is right after him! Kevin blocks a kick to kick real low and CHOP real hard! Kevin whips Sami into barriers, then stalks him around the way. Sami staggers towards the announce desk but Kevin whips him into more barriers! Kevin aims as Sami slowly drags himself up. Kevin storms back over to ROCK Sami with a right!

Kevin whips, Sami reverses, and Kevin hits barriers! Sami CLOBBERS Kevin as Kevin staggers over! Kevin stands but Sami fires off hands! Kevin hits back, they brawl against barriers, but Kevin ROCKS Sami! Kevin then tosses Sami up and over the barriers, then hurries after him. Kevin SMACKS Sami off ThunderDome screens! And again! And again! Sami staggers, and kicks Kevin in the throat! Kevin’s throat still can’t be 100% from taking Nigerian Nails, but Kevin headbutts Sami down! Kevin climbs the barrier to SWANTON BOMB to the floor! Sami writhes as the count begins again! Sami claws his way to the announce desk and uses it to stand at 6 of 10.

Kevin bounces Sami off the desk! Kevin sets Sami up on the table, throws hands, then climbs up the barrier again! But Sami gets to him first, to TOSS him onto the announce desk!! The table doesn’t break but Kevin’s back might’ve! Kevin writhes as the count begins again. Kevin drags himself up with the steel steps and stands at 7 of 10! Sami is frustrated but this will continue as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Kevin RAMS into Sami in the corner again and again! And again and again! Sami flops over as Kevin finally lets off and a count begins. Kevin watches Sami as he flounders against ropes. Sami is up at 5 but Kevin brings him to his knees and on the ropes. Kevin kicks the rope to jack Sami’s neck up! Now Sami gasps and sputters as a count begins again. Sami manages to sit up and SLAP Kevin, but Kevin SLAPS Sami back down! Sami gets up, Kevin ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then CHOPS him off his feet! The count begins again but Sami flops out of the ring at 3. Kevin goes out after Sami as Sami stands at 6, and then RAMS Sami into a post!

Kevin gets Sami up to POST Sami crotch first! Sami flops off the post and the count begins again. Kevin tells Sami to stay down but Sami refuses. Sami’s up at 7, but Kevin keeps him from getting to far into the ring. Sami ROCKS Kevin, Kevin ROCKS Sami back! Sami throws a haymaker, Kevin SLAPS him down! Kevin starts looking under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! The ThunderDome likes that and Kevin sets the table up near the corner! Sami stands at 6 of 10, so Kevin gets a SECOND table! Sami flounders about, the count is going again as Kevin sets the second table on the first! Sami is back up at 6 for a second time, but Kevin brings him to the corner!

Kevin gets up top, drags Sami up with him, but Sami fights the suplex! Sami throws body shots, pulls a crossbar’s pad off, and then throws headlock punches! Sami HOTSHOTS Kevin as he jumps down! Kevin sputters again, the damage to his throat coming into play. Sami builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and Sami feels like he’s already won! The count begins and Kevin sits up at 3. Sami shakes his head, wanting Kevin to stay down, but Kevin is up at 5. Sami pursues Kevin into the ring, sits him up and throws crossface forearms! Kevin slaps back, it is a brawl while Kevin is down on the mat! Kevin grabs hair, Sami ROCKS him! Kevin throws haymakers back!

Sami BOOTS Kevin, and gives him a CORNER EXPLODER!! Both men are down so the count is on both of them! The count is 5, Sami staggers up, but Kevin isn’t up until 6. Sami runs in to fire off haymakers, then he hoists Kevin up top. Sami climbs, tries to suplex but Kevin resists! SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! But Kevin may’ve hurt his arm at the same time! The standing count is on both men again but Kevin walks on his knees to ropes. Sami is still down at 5 of 10, but he starts getting up. Sami drags himself up on ropes and is up at 8! Sami gets to a corner, Kevin heads that way, and SUPERKICKS Sami! Sami swings feebly but Kevin SUPERKICKS him again!

Kevin looks at Sami and Sami eggs him on. SUPERKICK number three! Sami stays up using the corner, so Kevin puts him up top. Kevin CHOPS Sami, climbs up to join him, but Sami slips under to SHOVE Kevin over! Kevin crashes through the tables!! The ref checks on Kevin but starts the count. Sami feels like he’s already won but Kevin is stirring at 5! Kevin drags himself to the ring, Sami can’t believe it! Kevin stands at 9.9!! Sami is in shock! Kevin staggers about as Sami argues the count, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Sami is setting up tables of his own! Sami throws the announce desk hood at Kevin’s bad arm and Kevin writhes in pain. Sami moves the hood aside to then drag Kevin up by his hair. Kevin hits back but Sami fires off haymakers! Sami drags Kevin up the steel steps and aims for the table he introduced, but Kevin resists by holding the post! Kevin punches back then SMACKS Sami off the post! Kevin gets some space, storms back over and brings Sami around the way to throw into barriers. Sami boots back and kicks the bad arm! Sami CLUBS Kevin to the apron, Kevin climbs the apron but Sami joins him, only for Kevin to BOOT him!

Kevin kicks but Sami blocks the Stunner! Sami half nelsons, for an APRON HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Kevin flops to the floor but the count is on both men as Sami rolls into the ring. Sami sits up at 4, Kevin stirs at 5, and somehow Kevin is up at 7?! Sami is furious as Kevin gets back in the ring, but Sami runs corner to corner for a HELLUVA KICK!! Kevin flops over, the count begins again and Sami talks trash. Kevin pushes himself up at 5, glares at Sami, and stands at 7 again. Sami runs corner to corner again to HELLUVA KICK! But Sami keeps Kevin up this time, because “this is karma! For everything you’ve ever done!” Sami runs corner to corner again for a THIRD HELLUVA KICK!

Kevin drops, the count begins, and Sami leans on ropes as he catches his breath. The count is 5, Kevin slowly rolls, but Sami thinks he’s already got this. Sami never learns because Kevin rolls out to stand at 9!! Sami argues with the ref but that’s just physics for you! Sami goes out and runs around the way, to DAREDEVIL DIVE into a SUPERKICK! Kevin kicks Sami in midflight, then gets in as the count begins. Kevin drags Sami up because he’s not done, whip and POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Sami is down again for another count, and yet Sami stirs at 5! Sami pushes up at 7, stands at 8, but Kevin hits a STUNNER!! Sami flops to the apron and to the floor!

Kevin goes out after Sami, and Sami begs for mercy! Kevin doesn’t care, he drags Sami up. Sami asks, “How did we get here?” And Kevin says KARMA! POWERBOMB through the announce desk! Then a POWERBOMB through Sami’s table! Then a POWERBOMB to the apron!!! Things are full circle for these two as a new standing count begins! It’s 5, then 7! Sami can’t get up, Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin Owens (advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match)

The Prizefighter finally finishes the Great Liberator, and now he’s going for the briefcase! Will KO #StunTheWorld when he faces a stacked field at MITB?

 

Backstage interview with Edge.

What does he make of Jimmy’s plan to call him out near the end of the night? Megan Morant, is it? Well, Edge knows she’s new here, but even in her time she has to understand there’s some kind of trap set. Yes, it does seem suspicious. Of course it is! Jimmy is putting on a good show saying Roman isn’t here, but Jimmy has it wrong. Roman knows that Edge knows what’s coming. They’re trying to pull one over on the Ultimate Opportunist, which is interesting. Edge could beat up Jimmy, but then the supposed Tribal Chief shows up for a 2v1, but Edge knows that. And he doesn’t care. Edge is tired of Roman, of Roman’s family, and of excuses.

They can set a trap for Edge, because they’ll be facing an “angry, vindictive son of a bitch.” The Rated R Superstar sees through the schemes, but will Roman have something up his sleeve Edge doesn’t see coming?

 

Rick Boogs finds Baron Corbin backstage.

Boogs says he was talking to the guys in the locker room about getting something to eat, and he feels Corbin should join them. They’ll get chicken a la king. Okay, okay, sorry, but Corbin will probably feel a lot better about this after a good night’s sleep. On a king sized bed. Okay, okay, okay, honestly, honestly! Nakamura said the funniest thing last night. They were playing Checkers, and he said… “King me!” Boogs is obviously amused with himself but Corbin isn’t. Is it fun kicking a guy while he’s down? Well here’s what Corbin has to say to him and everyone else: screw you. Will Corbin be able to get past the past and look to a brighter future?

 

Sonya Deville heads to the ring.

After naming Carmella to the Women’s MITB match for SmackDown last week, the WWE official is ready to name a second! Will Liv Morgan’s win last week have made an impression? Or does Sonya have someone else in mind? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Sonya is honored to name the second SmackDown participant. One of the most dynamic and driven WWE superstars today… “Please welcome Zelina Vega!” La Muneca is back and is jumping right into a major opportunity! SmackDown’s field is now halfway filled, and Vega gets a mic to say hi to Sonya. And yes, it is nice to see her. Clearly it IS Sonya’s honor to announce Vega’s return, just like it’ll be Vega’s pleasure to grab the MITB contract and, at the right moment, with whoever the champion is and when they’re vulnerable, that is when Vega will be cashing in HER Ms. MITB Contract to achieve her goal of becoming a Raw, SmackDown or even NXT Women’s Champion!

But wait, here comes Liv Morgan again! “No no no nonono.” What is this? It is bad enough to just put Carmella in the match without her even earning it, but Liv still feels she belongs! Now Sonya is rewarding Vega with a spot? Vega says she’s that good. Oh yeah, she worked so hard, huh? But Vega doesn’t deserve this, she hasn’t competed all year! How is this fair? Vega mocks Liv and says it is fair because Vega has competed in this ring for years! She is one of the most popular female competitors in WWE history! And she can run circles around Liv, embarrass her, and will show how Liv is just an amateur. So that is why Vega is in the MITB match!

Liv SLAPS Vega! “Prove it!” Liv wants to have a match with Vega now! Sonya thinks it over, and says alright. Another match for the determined and hungry Liv Morgan, but will this finally be what convinces Sonya?

Liv Morgan VS Zelina Vega!

SmackDown returns and Vega already has Liv caught in an Iron Octopus! Liv powers out, but Vega throws Liv down by her hair! Vega swaggers about, runs at Liv on the ropes and tiger feints to a DRAPING CRUCIFIX! The ref counts, Vega lets off, and Mella is watching backstage as Vega bulldogs Liv down! Cover, TWO! Vega is annoyed with Liv and she slaps her to a corner! Vega runs, in Liv goes up and over and comes back, but into a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated with Liv now, and she bumps Liv off buckles. Vega gets in Liv’s face before she BOOTS her, then kicks her down! Vega runs to KNEE Liv down! Cover, TWO!

Vega throws a bit of a tantrum, but Liv gets her for a ghost pin! TWO, Vega kicks but Liv blocks to spin and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Vega has the tights! The ref sees that, stops counting, and Liv rolls Vega with tights!! Liv wins!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Turnabout is fair play! Vega is furious about it, but will Sonya give Liv her chance at MITB?

 

Sonya talks with Adam Pearce.

But then Seth Rollins walks in and is very polite as he says hello and introduces himself, then lists off his accomplishments. Pleasure to make their acquaintance. They know who he is, Seth… Yes, right, they do! Because he is sure they’d forgotten since they gave Edge the match at MITB! They promised that match to Seth, remember?! Sonya says they never promised him anything, they were just going to take it under advisement. But they said they were inclined to agree with Seth! Pearce says Edge deserves this opportunity. Yes, yes, Edge deserves it. But do you know who else deserves it? SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!!

Pearce says Seth can’t pretend Edge doesn’t have all the same accomplishments he does. But the difference is that Edge won the 2021 Royal Rumble match, but he did not get his 1v1. Oh is that Rollins’ fault? No it’s not! You nincompoops did that to him! Well, the decision has been made, and Rollins gets his opportunity to win the Men’s MITB ladder match so he can use the contract to cash-in. That is, if Rollins beats Cesaro in a qualifier. Rollins takes a deep breath to keep calm, and then smiles, and even laughs. Is the Architect not taking the Swiss Superman seriously enough given the golden ticket is on the line?

 

Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Angelo Dawkins!

This match was meant to happen a week ago, but the Alpha Academy’s top (and only) student bulldozed Dawkins before the bell ever rang! Will Dawkins bring the #CurseofGreatness down upon Otis and make him pay for what he’s done to the Street Profits? Or will Otis just bulldoze Dawkins after the bell rings this time?

SmackDown returns and Dawkins makes his entrance. The bell rings this time, Dawks fires off haymakers but Otis shoves him. Dawkins dodges and back elbows but Otis stays up! Gable is on the apron, Dawkins DECKS him, but Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins! Otis drags Dawkins up, hammerlocks the bad arm and RAMS it into buckles! Dawkins scrambles away but Otis is on him in the other corner. Otis hammerlocks the arm again for the FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins writhes and flounders while Gable tells Otis to stay on him. Otis throws the headbands away and then gets Dawkins up. Otis whips Dawkins hard into buckles, then CLOBBERS him again!

Gable cheers Otis on as his “Number one guy,” and Otis goes to a corner. Otis climbs, aims, and DOZER SPLASHES!! But Otis doesn’t cover there, he wants to make Dawkins suffer! Otis drags Dawkins closer to the corner, climbs up again, VADER BOMB!! Cover, Otis wins!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

Gable celebrates with Otis, who is truly a human wrecking ball! Will the Alpha Academy soon steamroll their way to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

The last two SmackDown Men’s MITB qualifiers have been made! We already know about Rollins VS Cesaro, but now Nakamura VS Corbin has been added! Will Corbin get a semblance of payback on #Kingsuke by denying him this next prize?

 

Jimmy talks with Heyman at gorilla position.

Where’s Roman? Jimmy heard Edge talking all that about Roman being motivated by fear and stuff. Roman needs to know about this, Uce. Heyman says they both know how Jimmy’s cousin is. The Tribal Chief operates on Tribal Chief time. Everything that Roman does, he does for the family. He does for those who do for him. All Jimmy has to do is go out there and be #MainEventJimmyUso! Jimmy likes the sound of that and says he will! Jimmy will do it for Roman! Jimmy makes his entrance and goes to the ring, but is he the one falling for a trap?

SmackDown returns again and Jimmy asks, “Where you at, Edge? Cuz I’m right here, Uce!” Where’d Edge go? Looks like it’s just them tonight. No Roman here tonight, Edge. To be real, Jimmy doesn’t need Roman. He can handle Edge all by himself! So where you at? Seems to Jimmy that Edge ain’t man enough to get back here and be face to face with him. This isn’t a trap, Jimmy promises. This is just Uce calling Edge out! Let’s go! Jimmy paces, and gets fired up. “Bring yo’ ass out here right now!” Edge makes his entrance, has a mic, and says, “You think you’re smart? All jacked up, acting all bowed up, because you’ve got your cousin waiting in the wings?”

Does Jimmy not see it? Roman is using Jimmy like he uses the entire family! Just look w hat happened to Jey! Roman beat the hell out of Jey until Jey acknowledge Roman as Head of the Table! Jimmy knows, he was there! And then when Roman was done with Jey, he moved on to Jimmy. What happened to Jimmy’s backbone? What happened to #NobodysBitch? Now you are one! And here’s what Jimmy doesn’t realize: Roman laid the perfect trap, but not for Edge. This is a trap for Jimmy. Edge goes to the ring, Jimmy looks around, and no Roman. Jimmy rushes Edge but is sent into a corner! Edge POSTS Jimmy in another corner!

Edge goes out to the apron, drags Jimmy up and POSTS him on yet another corner! Jimmy flops down, Edge pulls steel steps apart and brings the base over, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him down! Jimmy snarls as he gets back up and gets Edge to the steps. Jimmy SMACKS Edge off the steel, puts Edge back in the ring, and then drags him to center. Jimmy rains down furious fists and then looks around. No Roman still, so Jimmy rushes Edge again. Edge BOOTS Jimmy down! Edge returns the ground ‘n’ pound from all sides! Edge drags Jimmy into the CROSSFACE! Jimmy has the same look of shock and fear as Roman did, and he TAPS OUT!

Edge lets Jimmy go, but he’s not done with him! Edge aims from a corner, watches Jimmy gasp and sputter while getting to his feet, and then runs in to SPEAR Jimmy down!! Edge still isn’t done, and he goes out to get chairs! We all know what Edge does with those, but then he breaks off a crossbar! Edge wants to truly recreate WrestleMania 37 with Jimmy in Roman’s place! Crossface with the crossbar!!! Jimmy really does have the same look of fear as Edge shouts, “LOOK, ROMAN!! LOOK IN HIS EYES, ROMAN!!” Jimmy taps but it doesn’t matter as Edge keeps going! “I’M COMING FOR YOU, ROMAN!!!”

Edge finally lets Jimmy go to stare into the camera, and shouts “I. Don’t. STOP!” Will Roman choose to stay away until the last possible moment? Or is Edge playing right into Roman’s heartless game of chess?


My Thoughts:

Another great SmackDown, and it is pretty wild how Roman wasn’t actually on the show tonight, yet the story still had great progress. Edge does make a good point that Jimmy’s sudden flip in character seems a little too quick, but it also still feeds into everything. Jimmy is another pawn, Roman let him take that beating as part of a twisted test of loyalties, while also having Edge get himself so fired up that he might mess up at MITB. At a certain point, this has to push even Jimmy to where he realizes what’s happening and the Usos reunite while standing against Roman. And I still don’t see Edge coming out Universal Champion, even if MITB is the first WWE PPV in front of fans since Mania.

It was obvious with last week’s win that Bayley was going to challenge Bianca for the title again, but an I Quit match is going to make this insane! The live fans are going to eat that up so it is a great choice for MITB. The promo segment setting this up could have been a bit better, something still seems off when Bianca and Belair talk to each other, but it’s a minor thing compared to the action. Seth Rollins had a good segment with Sonya and Pearce to set up his newest rematch with Cesaro, and making it an MITB qualifier on top of it is good. It at least gives us reasons why Rollins doesn’t go after Edge directly, and I wonder if Rollins wins MITB to then try a NEW Heist of the Century.

The Last Man Standing match between Kevin and Sami was incredible! I’m sure they made sure it wasn’t the main event match so that it could have time to breathe, and that made it all the better for it. When was the last time any promotion anywhere gave us a table tower spot? Kevin winning makes all the sense, from how he has to get past Sami to go back after Roman and the Universal Championship, and this fits how Kevin has been telling Paul Heyman on Talking Smack that he’d get the MITB contract so that Roman won’t have a choice in facing him again. However, a lot of that likely means Kevin isn’t winning so that he has to fight his way back.

We got a good tag match out of Big E, Nakamura, Apollo and Corbin, but boy WWE loves to kayfabe dump on Corbin sometimes. His car being towed as a distraction so Nakamura & Big E could win seemed a match too soon. Boogs poking fun at him also seemed too much. Isn’t Corbin still a Heel? I get that bad things happening to bad people is on some level gratifying, but we shouldn’t have someone verbally bullying the Heel and still be a Face. Nakamura VS Corbin again in a qualifier next week is surely so Corbin can get back to winning on some level, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they used it to just pile on him more.

Zelina Vega returning is quite the shock, given all the things that happened between her and WWE. And it’s anyone’s guess if this helps get Aleister Black/Tommy End back. Vega VS Liv was a good match but of course Liv won because she’s going to keep in this until it comes down to the fourth and final spot. Otis getting the last match of the night, essentially the main event, is great for him. He manhandled Dawkins far more than I expected, and at this rate, he might bypass the tag titles to go for the Intercontinental Championship. The Mysterios still need to make a kayfabe physical recovery, but they might not stand a chance in a rematch with this Otis.

My Score: 8.4/10


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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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