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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/17/21)

An EST Homecoming!

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

SmackDown is in Knoxville and celebrates the EST!

Before battling for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Bianca Belair is back home in Knoxville, Tennessee! Will it be the greatEST homecoming ever? Or will The Man come ’round and rain on the parade?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big E & Finn Balor VS The Usos; Big E & Balor win.
  • Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler; Boogs wins.
  • Kevin Owens VS “Happy” Corbin; No Contest.
  • Zelina Vega & Carmella VS Toni Storm & Liv Morgan; Storm & Morgan win.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn; Zayn wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Roman Reigns starts off SmackDown!

The Tribal Chief leads the Bloodline and Paul Heyman out as always, and they hold up the titles for the pyro. SmackDown recaps last week, with Heyman finding himself stuck between a Brock and a hard place as the Beast wants his shot at the WWE Universal Championship. The Bloodline saved their Wiseman but the Usos got brutalized for it, and to add to Roman’s stress levels, Finn Balor resurrected THE DEMON! And as was announced earlier today, should the Head of the Table exorcise the Demon at Extreme Rules, he’ll be defending his title against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel!

But that is all Roman’s future. In the present, hem Heyman and the Usos have made it to the ring and they raise the belts for another round of pyro. The University of Tennessee is divided between cheers and jeers, but Roman asks Knoxville to #AcknowledgeMe. Then Roman has “Wiseman” educate the Volunteers on how to do that. “Ladies and gentlemen, I have acknowledged this man’s greatness since he was just a little boy. And even I am in awe at the greatness that stands before me.” For Roman takes no Sabbath day off, does not duck any man, and defends his title and his position as Head of the Table every single day, week, month and mega event after mega event! Ever microsecond of every day, Roman Reigns defends his position of being YOUR Tribal Chief!

And do you know why? Because Roman fears no man, no Beast and no Demon! “But they all fear Roman Reigns!” And don’t boo that when you all know it’s true! Balor fears Roman! If he didn’t, then why did he tap into his “inner demons” to challenge Roman for the Universal Heavyweight Championship? BRRROCK! LESNARRR! Fears Roman Reigns! Heyman has known Lesnar intimately and professionally even more than his own family these last 20 years and Heyman has never seen fear in Lesnar’s eyes. Not in the WWE ring, not in the #Brocktagon, not in the operating room. But last week in Madison Square Garden, Heyman saw- BIG E!?

Big E is back on SmackDown, even after cashing in on Raw and becoming the NEW WWE World Champion! Knoxville is fired up and so is Big E! Especially with him wearing Vols orange, white and black! Roman is amused, though, as Big E runs around and shows off his top title. Big E slides into the ring, holds his belt up, and then he smiles at Roman. Roman is handed his belt, fans chant “You Deserve It!” for Big E, but Roman holds the Universal title up. Big E nods and says, “All day.” But before the Usos can step, here comes Finn Balor! He’s the Prince for right now, but he’s still got eyes locked on The Tribal Chief as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and holla holla, we have a tag match!

Big E & Finn Balor VS The Usos!

The teams sort out and Balor starts against Jimmy. They circle, tie up, and Jimmy puts Balor in a corner. The ref counts, Jimmy lets off but Balor dodges to ram his shoulder in again and again! The ref counts, Finn lets off and he wraps a leg around the ropes. Finn pulls, lets off as the ref counts, but he sees Jey sneaking in. Jey backs off but Jimmy kicks low. Jimmy CHOPS then whips but Finn reverses. Jimmy sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Finn rains down rights! Big E wants in, Finn wrenches Jimmy and tags Big E in! Fans fire up as Big E CLUBS Jimmy’s arm, then wrenches to reel him.

Jimmy elbows the cobra twist away, then headbutts! Tag to Jey, but Big E is ready and hurdles to back elbow! Fans fire up as Big E drags Jey to the apron. Big E CLUBS away on Jey’s chest, lets off to get on the apron, and fans fire up for the APRON SPLASH! Jey writhes and sputters, Big E puts Jey in to cover, TWO! Big E brings Jey up but Jey powers Big E into the corner! Tag to Jimmy and the Usos mug Big E! Fans boo and the ref counts, but Jey lets off and Jimmy ROCKS Big E with an uppercut! Jimmy digs his knee into Big E to choke him on the ropes, but lets off so Jey can get a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Jimmy says #WeTheOnes!

Tag to Jey, the Usos double suplex Big E! Cover, ONE!! Big E is still strong but Jey CLUBS him down then stomps him. Fans rally up for Big E as he rises, and Big E throws hands! Jey RAMS Big E into the corner, Jimmy tags in and the Usos mug Big E again. Jimmy stalks Big E to an open corner and ROCKS him with a right! Jimmy mocks the finger guns then runs at Big E, but only gets POST! Tag to Balor, Big E elbows Jimmy then Balor GAMANGIRIS! Balor trips Jimmy to DOUBLE STMOP! Finn DECKS Jey, CHOPS and whips Jimmy to CHOP again! Jey tags in before the whip, Jimmy reverses and Jey trips Finn up to drag him out!

Jey RAMS Balor into barriers, Jimmy DIVES and takes Balor down! The Usos are back in charge as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Jimmy keeps Balor away from Big E with a shove. Jimmy runs in but gets BOOTS! Balor then runs but into a fireman’s carry! Balor fights it but Jimmy RAMS Balor into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Balor survives but Jimmy wraps on a chinlock. Jimmy grinds Balor down but fans rally up behind Balor. Balor fights up to JAWBREAKER! Jimmy still keeps Balor from Big E but Balor throws forearms! Balor tries again, Jimmy forearms him, but Balor PELES! Both men are down, fans rally up with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” on behalf of Big E! Hot tags to E and Jey! And Big E OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes Jey all around!

Big E has Jey down, he swivels once and runs for the BIG- SAMOAN DROP! Jey was ready and he fires up now! Big E is in a corner, Jey runs into the Urenag-E! Jimmy runs into a LARIAT! Big E runs to BIG SPLASH Jimmy! Big E throws Jimmy out and sees Jey on the outside. Jey gets on the apron, Big E runs, into a BOOT! Jey climbs up and leaps, but Big E gets under! Big E runs back in, into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself but he tags Jimmy. The Usos coordinate and aim, but Balor returns! Jimmy runs at him but gets POSTED! SLINGBLADE for Jey! Balor goes up top, Big E scoops Jimmy! COUP DE GRACE AND BIG ENDING!! Cover, Big E & Balor win!

Winners: Big E & Finn Balor, by pinfall

The new WWE World Champion gets another big win on SmackDown alongside the Prince! But after Extreme Rules, will Balor be Universal Champion, set on a Survivor Series collision course with Big E?

 

Roman Reigns watches backstage, and is disappointed.

Roman asks Heyman to sit with him. “Is there something you want to tell me?” Heyman says, “No, sir.” Is he sure that there’s nothing Roman needs to know? No, nothing. Then how about Roman knows that something. Heyman will just tell him again. Heyman says this with all the respect in his heart. Heyman knows what Roman is getting at, and Heyman defends he did NOT know Lesnar was coming to SummerSlam. Lesnar fears Roman, because why else would he make up such a preposterous false narrative? It is all a cover! A mask! For the first time in his life, Lesnar is dealing with fear, and he does that by lying about Heyman knowing! That is how Heyman knows Lesnar fears Roman.

Roman thinks on that, and asks if Lesnar will show up at Extreme Rules. Heyman says no, but how does he know? Heyman sputters as he says he is under the impression if Lesnar fears Roman, then he wouldn’t dare show up then. Roman doesn’t pay Heyman to be “under the impression.” Roman pays Heyman to know in advance. Then is Roman asking Heyman to talk to Brock Lesnar?

 

Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler!

The rockin’ bard still gives the King of Strong Style his rockin’ entrance, but it’ll be all on Boogs to defeat the GLORIOUS One tonight. Will Boogs sweep the Dirty Dawgs in back to back weeks? Or will he be the one getting rocked?

SmackDown returns as Roode is already in the ring. The bell rings and Boogs circles with Roode but Ziggler swipes at him. Roode CLUBS Boogs from behind, chokes him on the ropes then claws Boogs’ face! Ziggler talks trash as Roode lets off, then Roode knees Boogs in the corner. Roode bumps Boogs off buckles, CHOPS then throws haymakers and stomps. The ref counts, Roode lets off and he whips Boogs corner to corner. Boogs reverses, runs in but Roode BOOTS him! Roode hops up for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is annoyed but Roode dares Boogs to get up. Boogs stands, Roode kicks low but Boogs denies the DDT with a fireman’s carry!

Fans fire up as Boogs hits a squat to a SAMOAN DROP! Then Boogs clinches Roode for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly, then gets him again for an EXPLODER! Roode is in the corner, Boogs clotheslines then BULLDOGS! Boogs rocks and kicks Roode to pump handle. Boogs gets Rood up for the POWERSLAM! Cover, Boogs wins!

Winner: Rock Boogs, by pinfall

Nakamura and Boogs join the commentary desk and Pat McAfee rocks out with the champion and the undefeated Boogs! But then BLAM, Commander Azeez blindsides Nakamura! And he choke grips Boogs to throw Boogs into the steps! Apollo trophy lifts Nakamura to DROP him on the table! But he and Azeez aren’t done, they RAM Nakamura into the side of the table! Apollo picks up the Intercontinental Championship, looks at it, then drops it on Nakamura. It is very clear what the Nigerian Prince wants, but Azeez gives him a mic to speak. “Is this your king? King Nakamura, huh!? You have made a mockery of the Intercontinental Championship, and I am here to demand a rematch!”

Nakamura snarls as he sits up and looks at Apollo. Will the King of Strong Style give Apollo what he wants? Or just what he deserves?

 

Kevin Owens VS “Happy” Corbin!

Before heading out, Megan interviews Kevin about Corbin, but he stops her right there. He can’t stand another word about that guy. Kevin isn’t happy, he’s mad! He’ll even go so far to say he’s furious. A few weeks ago, Corbin was on Kevin’s show, invited his idiot friend and then got Kevin with a cheap shot. And Kevin hasn’t forgotten about that, or about how he was trying to help that trash. That all backfired, but Kevin will use that anger as fuel to beat the hell out of Happy Corbin. And that will turn Kevin’s frown upside down, and it’ll turn Corbin’s smile upside-down.

But what’s a good rhyme for smile? Eh, it doesn’t matter. After tonight, we’ll have something better than Happy Corbin: Happy Kevin! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until Corbin’s humbled?

But as Kevin makes his entrance, Corbin ambushes Kevin on the ramp! Corbin rams him into barriers, then throws him into the LED apron! But Kevin hits back with forearms! Corbin knees low, choke grips and APRON CHOKE SLAMS Kevin down! Corbin dusts off his hat, grins and takes his leave, not caring about the match. Kevin gets up to his feet, when and where will he finally get even?

 

Paul Heyman walks around backstage.

Kayla Braxton again spooks him as she walks up and asks for a moment. He wants her to stop doing that, but she says sources are saying the WWE Draft could see Lesnar going to Raw. Is Lesnar aware of these rumors? And what are his thoughts if he is? Heyman isn’t sure what’s more laughable: Kayla thinking that he’s still Brock Lesnar’s Advocate, or the notion that she has legitimate sources! Did the sources tell her he’s NOT Lesnar’s Advocate anymore? Kayla has no sources! What she has is this sapiosexual lust in her heart for an old man like Heyman. Well she can’t be with The Wiseman so stop flirting! Stop poking and trolling him! LEAVE HIM ALONE!

But then Big E is there as Heyman turns around. Big E shows Heyman the world title, and Heyman says, “Congratulations. Of all people on the SmackDown brand to become the WWE Campion, you sir, are the one. And I applaud you, because you made the smartest decision of your entire life by realizing you would never have successfully cashed that briefcase in, that contract in, on Roman Reigns, and you went after a champion you knew would be vulnerable. Congratulations, Big E.” Big E says we’ll see when Big E faces Roman at Survivor Series. But, will Heyman’s guy be Roman, or Brrrrock, Lesnarrr? Or maybe, will the Demon ruin all the best laid plans because he was overlooked?

Big E laughs, but turns around into SUPERKICKS from the Usos! The Usos mug Big E, gets him up and THROW him into trunks! Then they go after him more! The mugging continues, talk trash, “You playing with the wrong ones!” WHAM into another trunk! The Usos continue to beat Big E down and then continue to bark at him. Roman then walks in as Big E sputters and writhes, and he leads the Usos away. Will Big E’s rage only build from now until November, waiting for the chance to get at the Tribal Chief?

 

Seth Rollins is here!

Despite being “conflicted” about what he did to the Rated R Superstar, he seems in a much better mood tonight in his all metallic silver suit and matching shoes. But will the Savior of SmackDown have any answers for what happened last week? Or will he simply answer for his actions?

SmackDown returns to the ring and Rollins has a mic. Rollins says that was unfortunate for Big E there, someone should’ve helped him. But on a more important note, last week, Rollins had one of the greatest matches of his career when he defeated WWE Hall of Famer, Edge, in Madison Square Garden. We’ve had time to process our feelings in regards to how it ended and if Rollins is being honest, that was all unfortunate, unsettling and even scary. What happened at the end to Edge was scary, when Rollins’ boot came down right around here, across the back of Edge’s neck. Rollins heard a pop, and he felt a crunch, and he isn’t sure how to describe that.

“Do you guys know when you step on a cockroach, and you’re not exactly sure what you stepped on, but you can feel it’s body break and you can hear that crunch underneath your boot? And you know when you pick up your shoe, there’s gonna be a lifeless body underneath?” A rather morbid visual… But Rollins wants us to watch the footage. The recap package shows Rollins cheating to get the low blow, and then hitting Edge with Superkick after Superkick until the Rated R Superstar was in position for the vicious and final Curb Stomp, as well as how distraught the MSG audience was seeing Edge be stretchered to the back and to an ambulance.

Back in the present, Rollins himself seems a bit unsettled. “Now I know that’s difficult to watch. It’s difficult for me to watch, as well. And I understand why you guys are booing, I really do.” But Rollins has a question that he’s been asking himself all week, and it’s very simple. “What did you think was going to happen?!” Seriously, what did we think!? Someone give Rollins an answer! That was one of the greatest wins in Rollins’ career, and he didn’t have even a second to enjoy it! The moment he’s backstage, everyone’s looking at him. He sees social media calling him a monster and going #WhySethWhy? This company even said what Rollins did was “unconscionable” and that he went too far!

Rollins asks the fans, did he go too far? “YES!” Oh, really? Because what Rollins did was use a legal move in a legal match and won it the same way he’s won matches for the majority of his career! So did he go too far? “YES!” No, the one who went too far was EDGE! EDGE went too far as a family man. Edge knew the risks and the consequences and still got in the ring! So who’s really to blame? Fans say “YOU! YOU!” but Rollins tells them to look around. Rollins says the FANS are to blame! This entire time, the fans goaded Edge into goading Rollins. If you don’t believe him, remember when Edge called Rollins “Edge Lite?” And what did the fans do? The fans CHEERED it!

What about when Edge dumped black gunk on Rollins’ head and ruined his suit? What’d they do then? Don’t be shy! You laughed at Rollins! Or what about when Edge beat Rollins at SummerSlam? What’d they do then? Cheer! So Rollins didn’t do anything wrong! If anything’s wrong, it’s everyone in this place and watching at home! But Rollins is the villain, oooh~! Well if you didn’t like that, you won’t like this. Rollins isn’t done with Edge, either! Not by a long shot. And here’s why: A few nights ago on NXT, Edge’s wife, Beth Phoenix, said that Edge was at home recuperating.

“So Edge, if you’re at home recuperating, I imagine you are watching right now. And I know what you’re thinking, because I would be thinking the exact same thing.” So Rollins asks Edge this question: “Are you physically capable of getting back in this ring? More importantly, are you emotionally capable of getting back in this ring?” Rollins saw the look in Edge’s eyes when he got loaded onto the stretcher and into the ambulance. And that look was fear. For just one second, just one single, solitary second… Rollins actually felt SORRY for him!! And that feeling is eating Rollins alive, and he cannot live with himself feeling sorry for someone like Edge! Rollins has to move on!

But Rollins can’t do that until he finishes Edge. So either Edge holes up in his cabin and Rollins storms over there to beat the life out of him in front of the family, or Edge crawls his way back into the ring and they go one more time. “For my own sanity, I have to finish you, one way or another.” The Architect has designs for the true ending of Edge’s comeback, but will he heartlessly dismantle the Hall of Famer in or out of the ring?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

The Man, the SmackDown Women’s Champion, is asked about Bianca Belair’s homecoming celebration and if it might give Bianca some momentum going into their title match. “So, momentum is a tricky thing, because it’ll keep going until it meets an opposing force.” Bianca had a lot of momentum before meeting Becky at SummerSlam, and the outcome at Extreme Rules will be the same. But tonight is Bianca’s night. Though, Becky’s never been to a homecoming. She might check it out. Is that the Man putting the EST on notice?

 

Zelina Vega & Carmella VS Toni Storm & Liv Morgan!

La Muneca and the (self-proclaimed) Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE seem to be sticking together as a duo. But will they both be struck down by the Lightning From Down Under and the LIVing End?

SmackDown returns as Liv and Toni are already in the ring. The teams sort out and Toni starts with Mella. The two circle, Mella sucker punches Liv and laughs! Liv is furious but the ref keeps her back. Mella talks trash on Liv but then she dodges Toni’s haymaker! Tag to Vega and she shoves Toni. Toni kicks but Vega blocks to CHOP! Vega dodges now but Toni BOOTS her this time! Toni runs at the corner but Mella distracts. Toni stops and Vega JUMP KICKS then shoves Toni down to KNEE her down! Cover, TWO! Vega brings Toni up, hammerlocks and hops on but Toni endures the hoverboard to throw body shots. Toni powers up to suplex Vega high and hard!

Vega crawls, tags to Mella, but Toni tags Liv! Fans fire up as Liv fires off forearms on Mella! Liv has Mella in a corner, whips her corner to corner but Mella reverses. Liv boots back, then wrenches to WING SNAPPER into the BUCKLES! Mella claims her nose is broken and shrieks as Vega checks it for her. The ring count is climbing, but Mella refuses to get in. But we don’t even see any blood! Mella is just giving up and the other team wins!

Winners: Toni Storm & Liv Morgan, by count-out

Liv is not satisfied and says, “Wow~, really? Oh my gosh, Carmella sweetie!” Did she do that? But y’know what? Liv isn’t sorry at all! And it’s because she’s tired of Mella running her mouth to then run away. Liv challenges Mella to a match at Extreme Rules! And if Mella accepts, then Liv will make Mella look as hideous on the outside as she is on the inside. Will Mella accept the challenge for this malicious makeover?

 

The Street Profits are fired up!

But why? Because they’re in Knoxville, Tennessee! The EST is H O M E so tonight they celebrate~! Everyone will be on the guest list for the after party! Shotzi & Tegan are even bringing the tank, big bank! But while they gonna eat good tonight, what they’re really hungry for is the gold. Because the Usos~ are scared. Running scared from the scary Profits. They distracted from the fact that they ’bout to lose their titles. Because the Profits are UP, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins burn the Usos down and make their seventh title reign go up in smoke?

 

WWE Medical checks on Mella’s nose.

Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are there as she finally pulls her hands away. No blood, not even a dislocation, and Vega assures Mella, she’s just as beautiful as ever. Mella is still upset that “that little lowlife” tried to turn her into a 5 outta 10 like her. It’s one thing to be jealous, but it’s another to try and deface the most beautiful woman. So at Extreme Rules, Mella accepts that challenge! Even more so, Vega will take Liv on first. Will Liv gladly break The Doll before getting at the bratty Barbie on PPV?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

“Everyone wants to know where The Demon comes from. You see, unlike Roman, I wasn’t born into a wrestling family. I don’t have a bloodline. I was born into a family of railroad workers. I’m not supposed to be here. But this is what I chose. And I scratched and I clawed and I fought, and here I am. The Demon comes from inside. The Demon is a manifestation of everyone that’s ever told me no, or doubted me, or disrespected me. The Demon unlocks a rage inside of me that cannot be controlled. I don’t summon the Demon. The Demon summons me. Now Roman and his cousins, their disrespect is just adding fuel to the fire.

“But Roman will see that the fire that burns inside of me burns much brighter than the fires that burn all around me. You are looking at the face of Finn Balor, the challenger. At Extreme Rules, you will see the face of The Demon, the Universal Champion.” Things heat up and Balor transforms before our very eyes. Will Balor finally have vindication as he dethrones the Head of the Table?

 

Sonya Deville is on the phone, arguing with someone.

She wants Karen to notify her as soon as- Wait, Naomi walks over and demands Sonya get off the phone. Sonya hangs up and asks Naomi what’s wrong. Naomi has been more than patient and more than respectful, so where is her match? Sonya says there just isn’t that much time. They’ll try again next week. Naomi isn’t sure what this issue with her is, and she doesn’t care what it is, because she’s had it. Naomi has been here longer than Sonya, accomplished way more than Sonya, and feels Sonya acting like Naomi doesn’t belong is rather bizarre. Naomi is a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion, and one thing Sonya doesn’t know is that Naomi never quits.

So mark her words, one way or another, Naomi will get her match. Does Sonya feel that? Sonya stays quiet and Naomi walks away. Will SmackDown #FeelTheGlow in a whole new light?

 

Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn!

The King of Lucha Libre promised his son to not be in his corner for this third chance, but Rey does show up for commentary. Will Rey respect his son’s wishes and simply watch as we see round three of Dominik VS Zayn?

SmackDown returns as The Great Liberator makes his way to the ring. The bell rings and Sami goes right out to get at Rey on commentary. Rey tells Sami to focus on his son. Dom falls for the cat ‘n’ mouse game and gets stomped as they go back into the ring. Rey says this is the stuff that Dom has to learn for himself, the things that are hard to teach. Sami whips and CLOBBERS Dom, covers, TWO! Sami throws crossface forearms as Rey defends that he isn’t being a “little league dad,” as Michael Cole puts it. Rey knows Dom will be even better than him one day, but Sami keeps on Dom. Dom blocks the bomb to wrench and forearm! And forearm again! And again!

Dom goes up and up and springboards to RANA Sami away! Sami gets to a corner, Dom runs in but into a BOOT! Rey stresses as Sami gets Dom up, knuckle locks and SLAPOS him! Sami goes up and up but Dom trips him up! Sami going lucha backfires and Dom dropkicks him down! Dom goes up and TRIANGLE CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and Rey fires up! Dom has control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Sami throws hands on Dom. Sami brings Dom up but Dom blocks the back suplex. Dom elbows away on Sami’s head! Fans fire up for Dom as he runs, but Sami reels him in to BLUE THUNDER- RANA!! Dom counters and Rey is fired up! Cover, TWO!! Dom is in a corner, Sami runs in but into an elbow. Dom goes up to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dom feels how close he is and he brings Sami back up. Dom dodges a clothesline to ENIZIGURI! Dropkick to put Sami on the ropes! Rey shouts GO, Dom dials it up to 619!! Dom hurries up top and Rey wants him to go faster! FROG SPLASH but onto knees! Cover, Sami wins!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

The master strategist rubs it in that he is 3-0 against Rey’s son. “He’s not on my level. He’s not ready, Rey. You’re not the coach that you thought you were.” Rey may have to swallow his pride, but what will it take for Dom to finally get another win on his own?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Because of Naomi’s intimidation of Sonya, management is fining her under “insubordination.” Further details are available on WWE’s official website.

Plus, after the attacks seen tonight, some major matches are made! For next week, the WWE Intercontinental Championship will be on the line as Nakamura accepts Apollo’s challenge! Will the King of Strong Style still reign as a champion? And with the rising animosity between the Bloodline and Big E, Monday Night Raw will have a HUGE Six Man Tag! Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods ride again as the 100% New Day against Roman Reigns & The Usos! Will the Power of Positivity get payback on the Universal & SmackDown Tag Team Champions?

 

SmackDown shares footage from Bianca’s return to Knoxville.

The EST says this was a whirlwind day, but in a good way. Knoxville’s her pride, her home, where she feels safe and loved. Plus, it was great for her to go back to her high school while it’s homecoming week for them, too. The students were excited to see her, she is proud to be a #Knoxvillian, and that is who she will continue to be.

 

KANE is here!!

Well, he’s Glenn Jacobs right now, but that’s the same thing! And on top of all this, he gets to preside over the EST Homecoming, after the break!

SmackDown returns and Kane gives us one more flame burst from the ring for old time’s sake! Kane then has the mic to say, “That never gets old.” Fans cheer but as Mayor of Knox County, Kane says it is his honor to welcome back to her hometown, Bianca Belair! Bianca makes her entrance and Knoxville is thunderous for the EST Lady Vol! And of course, her family is right up front for it, too! Bianca is already emotional as Kane asks her how it feels to be back. It’s amazing~! There is no place like home and she’s so happy to see her family and friends here tonight. But they say that everything that happens in the past shapes your future. Knoxville made The EST.

It was right here with Daddy Belair that he told her that if someone starts something with you, you finish it. And Becky caught Bianca off guard at SummerSlam. Bianca’s always fought her way right back up to the top, so Extreme Rules will be where Bianca takes back that SmackDown Women’s Championship. Kane says, “Here’s the deal.” After Bianca wins that title back, she better come back to Knoxville for a HUGE celebration in her honor! But speaking of honors, it is Kane’s honor to also present Bianca with a Key to the County! Fans cheer and Bianca hugs Kane. She picks up the biggEST Key and fans chant “EST! EST!”

Bianca thanks them all so much. From her family to Austin East High to her alma mater, the University of Tennessee, she is proud to be Knoxville made! But enough about her. Time to celebrate Knoxville itself! And there’s only one way to do it: sing some Rocky Top! Here we go! One, two, three! Rocky Top~, you’ll always be, home sweet home to me~. But here comes Becky! She sings her own take on Rocky Top and says this is so awesome. Congratulations to Bianca for this, but uh, Kane’s lying to everyone thinking Bianca’s gonna take the title. But at least she can be Knoxville’s Champion. Not THE champion, but a champion.

Aw, these pictures are nice. So fast, so smart. Becky’s never been to a homecoming. Oh, and she got a key? Well Becky’s got the title on lock, so… Girl, Uh-Uh. Why you even here? Becky is standing here and she don’t even go here~! Fans chant that for Bianca, and Becky knows she doesn’t go here! She isn’t here to steal anyone’s thunder. But Bianca’s getting a lot of attention in Becky’s shadow. But hey, SummerSlam was Becky’s night. Extreme Rules will be Becky’s night, too. But tonight is Bianca’s night. She wanted to show Bianca some respect. Becky offers a handshake, points out all the kiddies looking up to Bianca, but she isn’t gonna shake The Man’s hand? Becky’s trying to be the “bigger man” here.

Bianca smiles, fans don’t trust this from Becky, but Bianca shakes. And then she’s the one who keeps Becky where she is! Becky takes a swing, but swings into a torture rack! Becky fights free, reels Bianca in, MANHANDLE SLAM! Becky smirks and takes her title with her as she leaves. Fans boo but Bianca gets back up. Will Becky be able to keep Bianca down a second time? Or will Bianca make this the extremEST match of Becky’s career?


My Thoughts:

This was a good SmackDown but things just felt backwards as far as the match card. All the excitement was in the first part, with Big E getting to essentially have his farewell to SmackDown match alongside Balor, in a really good tag match with The Usos. Big E and Balor win to get some momentum, both Big E as the new world champion and Balor as the next immediate challenger to Roman. And it’s pretty big that Raw is going to give us a Six Man Tag, The New Day VS The Bloodline, even though that totally uses up the idea I had for Survivor Series. I suppose this could be a sampler for separate World VS Universal Champion and Raw VS SmackDown Tag Team Champion matches at Survivor Series, though.

Now obviously, there’s a lot being set up for Roman all at once, with Balor at Extreme Rules, Lesnar already slated for Crown Jewel, and of course Champion VS Champion at Survivor Series. Balor’s backstage promo was alright, but I feel like his newest explanation of The Demon flies in the face of past ones. But whatever, Vince doesn’t expect any of us to remember that, since Vince doesn’t think continuity is important. And obviously there are many reasons, both socially and financially, as to why Crown Jewel wants the Tribal Chief VS The Beast over anything else, so we basically have the roadmap all figured out for us for the next eight weeks.

But at least Heyman’s part is still a lot of fun, with him almost getting heart attacks from Kayla surprising him, and his loyalties still being questioned. Still hoping Heyman just gives up working for either Roman or Lesnar and returns to being a sort of king maker and choosing the next Paul Heyman Guy as opposed to being bossed around. Then there was still some general excitement for Boogs having his match with Roode. Boogs wins quick again, but again the Dirty Dawgs are kinda the chumps of SmackDown right now, and then we get that title match set up. I’m thinking Nakamura retains and this is one last go of it for Apollo before the Draft moves him and Azeez to Raw.

Corbin making the match a No Contest is another clear sign that we’re getting something at Extreme Rules, and that probably includes Logan Paul being back for that. Sami’s beat Dom three times, can he move on from that and join Kevin in this so we can at least get Kevin & Sami back as a team again? Speaking of Dom, is he going to ever snap on his dad pressuring him? We need Rey grilling Dom on his mistakes as a promo, with it leading to Dom shouting and storming off. Dom isn’t going to get anywhere in kayfabe or with the fans if he doesn’t take a real stand and start to define himself. If they don’t want to make him Dom Guerrero, fine, but we just need to see who Dominik is.

I swear Vince trying to drag all his brands back into the past. Vega & Mella VS Liv & Toni felt like we were traveling back in time to the Land Before #GiveDivasAChance cuz that match was short, rusty and had a sad ending. Mella VS Liv is probably also going to be sad as a match they’re just throwing onto Extreme Rules with such a half-assed build where there was barely any fire or venom. Where are Shotzi & Tegan when it comes to being in the ring? Aren’t they SmackDown’s contenders for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships? I said this on Raw, I’ll say it here: those two need to roll up to whoever are champs after Natty & Tamina VS Rhea & Nikki and literally shoot their shot.

One of the better things tonight was Naomi getting in Sonya’s face. She gets a kayfabe fine for it, but I really expect The Bloodline’s influence to start kicking in here. If Jimmy finally came into the fold, so can Naomi. Whoever is champion after Extreme Rules, I can see Naomi being backed by the Bloodline going after the title. And speaking of that title, you can see that Bianca is a star in even the WWE’s eyes with them giving her the homecoming segment. Bianca is definitely someone who is worthy of the “You Deserve It!” chants, so this was truly a great moment overall. But of course, Vince doesn’t let hometown heroes stand tall in their hometowns, Becky gets her with the slam. But this could also be a way to get the math in Bianca’s favor so that Extreme Rules is a big victory for her. Maybe.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/20/24)

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Will the American Dragon make it to Dynasty?

Before his dream match at AEW Dynasty against Will Ospreay, Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli take on the Don Callis Family, in a BUNKHOUSE BRAWL!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Adam “Edge” Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston VS Top Flight; Edge, Mark & Eddie win.
  • “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Don Callis VS CJ Esparza; Hobbs wins.
  • The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS The Gunns w/ Jay White; The Gunns win.
  • Bunkhouse Brawl: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita; win.
  • Skye Blue VS Leyla Hirsch; wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS PAC & FTR; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Adam “Edge” Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston VS Top Flight!

The Rated R Chickenhawks or whatever you want to call them are getting ready for their battle with The House of Black at Dynasty! But will they be able to bring some momentum into St. Louis? Or will Action Andretti and the Martin brothers be too fast for them to keep up with?

The trios sort out and Action starts against Mark. Action does a crane stance to mock redneck kung-fu, but Mark strikes his stance. Action kicks, Mark blocks then flips Action to arm-drag him down! Mark has the cording hold to grind Action down, but action fights up. Mark wrenches the wristlock, but Action spins, bridges, and handsprings through and wrenches back. Action headlocks, Mark powers up and out, but Action sunset flips! Mark rolls through to headlock back. The fans rally as Action fights up, powers up and power out, then hurdles. Action runs, handsprings through the hip toss, then whips. Mark reverses but Action goes up and over.

Action keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RANA! Then DROPKICK! The fans fire up while Action watches Mark. Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! Mark goes to the corner, Action storms up to whip corner to corner, but Mark goes up to FLYING FOREARM! The fans fire up with Mark and he drags Action up. Mark CHOPS Action to the corner, then ROCKS him again. Tag to Edge and the fans fire up! They double whip Action to then DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! The fans fire up and Edge brings Action around. Edge reels Action in to suplex, but Action slips free to KICK a leg!

Action runs up to body shot, KICK, and CHOP! Action whips, Edge reverses but Action handsprings to back elbow! Both men are down, the fans rally up, and Action tags Darius. Darius wrenches to CLUB away on Edge’s arm, then he cording holds. Edge ROCKS Darius, whips, but Darius catches him to a backslide! TWO, but Darius hooks Edge up again for a high stack, TWO! Edge rises, but into a DROPKICK! Darius tags Dante and they double whip Edge to a corner. Dante sends Darius in but Edge puts Darius on the apron. Darius CHOPS Edge, Dante A-LIST LARIATS! Then Darius snap suplexes, Dante slingshot SENTONS!

The fans are torn as Dante stays between Edge and Eddie. Dante is a little surprised, but he ROCKS Edge to a corner. Dante runs in, but Edge dodges the elbow! Edge runs in, Dante dodges to then go up and around, only to get caught! POWERSLAM! Edge brings Dante over, tag to Eddie, and the fans fire up as Eddie HEADBUTTS away on Dante! Eddie CHOPS Dante in a corner and Dante sputters as he falls! Eddie taunts Darius and Action, then he whips Dante. Dante goes up and out to ROCK Eddie from the apron. Dante springboards to CANNONBALL! The fans fire up as both men stand, and Eddie knees low!

Eddie CLUBS Dante in the chest! The fans fire up behind Eddie as he stalks Dante, and he ROCKS Dante while Collision goes picture in picture.

Eddie drags Dante back up, puts him in the corner, and smothers him while he tags Mark. Mark then CHOPS Dante, brings him around, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Dante stays in this but Mark stays on him with a back suplex! Tag to Edge, they mug Dante, then Edge brings Dante around to whip at the corner hard! Edge runs up to clothesline, then he fires point-blank clotheslines again and again! The ref counts, Edge still goes all the way to TEN, then he BOOTS Dante down! Edge stalks Dante, drags him up, and tags Eddie. They mug Dante, and Eddie suplexes Dante to hold him up! Dante endures but Eddie SLAMS him down!

Eddie fishhooks Dante to bring him around, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Eddie rains fists down on Dante, but Dante pushes him back. Dante fires body shots, Eddie eggs him on, then Eddie CHOPS Dante to a corner. Eddie gets in Dante’s faceot CHOP again! Collision returns as Eddie CHOPS Dante, sits him down, then taunts Darius and Action before the BOOT WASH! The fans rally behind Eddie as he waits on Dante. Dante stands, but he ducks the backhand to then jump and RANA! Eddie stagger sup, into a JUMP KNEE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Hot tags to Darius and Mark!

The fans rally but Darius is the one that rallies on Mark and Edge! ENZIGIRI for Mark, but Edge dodges the splash! Darius BOOTS Edge, reels him in, and TORNADO DOUBLE DDTS! Cover, TWO! Darius keeps his focus, Action goes up to ARABIAN PRESS SAULT Edge! Dante DIVES onto Eddie! Darius tags Action, they whip Mark, but Mark catches Darius, ELBOWS Action, EXPLODER for Darius! EXPLODER for Action! Mark tags Eddie, then runs at Darius. Darius puts Mark on the apron, but Mark ROCKS Darius! Dante gets in, dodges Eddie, then uses Darius as a step, POETRY IN MOTION onto Mark!

Darius swings on Eddie, he dodges to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS Dante, swings again, but Dante dodges! Darius gives Dante the boost to go up and over, then they TORNADO DDT Eddie! Action adds a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Edge breaks it! The fans fire up as the trios regroup. “This is Awesome!” as all six men run in, SEXTUPLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous, all six men slowly sit up, and Action fires hands on Eddie! Eddie eggs Action on so Action throws more body shots! Eddie CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Action blocks, Eddie ducks the kick, but not the ENZIGIRI! Action runs, into a LARIAT!

Dante SUPERKICKS Eddie! Dante goes up, flips up and over Edge but his leg jams, so Edge gives him an IMPALER! Darius mule kicks Edge but Mark ROCKS Darius and wrenches, to the JAY DRILLER! Action runs up, into an URAKEN and SPEAR!! Then Mark goes up, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, Rated R Chickenhawks win!

Winners: Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

This trio is ready! They also show respect to Top Flight, but wait! The lights go down! And we all know that means House of Black! Buddy Matthews sarcastically claps from the tron as he says that was impressive. But take a moment to look each other in the eyes, so they can thank each other. Because in 24 hours, the House of Black eradicates all their dreams at Dynasty. Malakai Black steps forward to say they will dig deep. So deep that they reach their deepest, darkest fears. So deep, that Edge will wonder if he’s close to Hell. It will oddly feel familiar. Because let’s face it, for people like Malakai and Edge, Hell is where the heart is.

The lights come back up, but neither edge, Eddie or Mark sweat that warning. Will the AEW TNT Champion, the ROH World Champion and the NJPW Strong Openweight Champion be too good of a hand for the full House to stop?

 

“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs w/ Don Callis VS CJ Esparza!

The Don Callis Family is all in action tonight, and it starts with Hobbs warming up for his showdown on Dynamite. The NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Jon Moxley, called Hobbs out, will Hobbs send him a message back through the #FlippinSweet Mr. CJE?

The bell rings, Hobbs almost laughs at CJE for being less than half his size. CJE fires hands, but Hobbs shoves and CLOBBERS CJE right down! Hobbs drags CJE up, and whips him right out of the ring! Hobbs goes out after CJE, Callis is on commentary to tell us that Hobbs has done things we can’t even talk about on TV. And that’s about to happen to CJE! POWERSLAM on the apron, another POWERSLAM, and then another POWERSLAM! Hobbs puts CJE in, for the TORTURE RACK!! CJE taps, Hobbs wins!

Winner: Will Hobbs, by submission

Callis joins his Powerhouse in the ring, with a mic, to say he has something important to say. The fans boo as Callis says the Don Callis Family is the talk of the pro-wrestling world! They have the Bunkhouse Brawl tonight, so out of concern for his own personal safety, Callis will NOT be at ringside. But everyone is talking about Hobbs VS Moxley for Dynamite. That is what you know, but he’ll tell us what we don’t know. Everyone knows that Callis was directly responsible in 2017 for Kenny Omega to win the then IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Everyone knows the biggest match in the history of Japanese wrestling was Omega VS Jericho in the Tokyo Dome in 2018!

Omega VS Jericho was signed, sealed and delivered by “Don BAH GAWD Callis,” and it was a match that set NJPW on a new course of success that they enjoy to this day. And they thank him for the favor, or “onkei,” he promised he’d come back to ask for that favor. And in Japanese culture, everyone honors those commitments. Callis waited six years to cash in that chip, and he’s been burning up the phonelines to cash in ALL his chips. So he is happy to announce here tonight, that Moxley VS Hobbs on Dynamite is now for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! Once again, that IWGP world title will come home to the Don Callis Family!

The fans boo at Callis pulling strings, but now Hobbs has the biggest match of his career! Will the Powerhouse add some gold to the Book of Hobbs’ next chapter?

 

Chris Jericho speaks.

“Hey, everybody. Um, first of all, I just want to apologize to Hook, to Taz, and to all of you watching for my conduct this past Wednesday night. I lost my temper and I pushed Taz to the mat, which made Hook lose his cool, and he came at me. Listen, I don’t blame Hook for that at all. I mean, if somebody put their hands on a person that means as much to me as Taz does to Hook, I would’ve done the exact same thing. And when you had me in the corner, Hook, you said to me, ‘I’m gonna show you just how good I am, any place, anywhere.’ And unfortunately, I’m gonna take you up on that.”

Jericho reveals he went to Tony Khan and asked for an FTW Championship match, and that request was granted. The real unfortunate part is this: The Learning Tree is gonna teach Hook one of the hardest lessons he’s ever gonna learn, and it’s a lesson in humility. A lesson about how hard it is to lose something that means so much to him. But the Learning Tree will make sure Hook is learning not just in-ring lessons but life lessons, as well. Jericho wants to make Hook a better wrestler and a better person. So keep this in mind: Jericho will beat Hook for the FTW Championship, but it will hurt Jericho a lot more than it will Hook.

The Ocho is looking to humble the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, but will he be the one that gets humbled instead?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

In the homecoming of AEW, the post-Dynasty Dynamite will be live coast-to-coast! No delays for the West Coast, watch it at 5 PM Pacific while East watches it at 8 so we can all celebrate AEW together!

 

The Acclaimed w/ Billy Gunn VS The Gunns w/ Jay White!

Ahead of putting all the trios gold on the line, we get a remix of the… “classic” feud between these teams! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to humble Austin & Colten like they did over a year ago, but will this be where the Ass Boys graduate to being men? Caster has a track on deck! “It’s 420, Bowens is all about that incense. They legalized weed, but y’all legalized incest. Damn, guys, y’all progressive with the foreplay, but I’m a kill y’all like that cancer killed OJ. Damn, think you hotter than the North Face? I’m a put you to sleep like Trump at his court date! Back tot he trash, boys. We do it big, y’all’re just the little ass boys!”

The fans fire up as Bowens says, “PEEEOREAAA~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! But before things get going, Tony Schiavone gets on a mic to make an announcement. Gunns, get in the ring. If you walk out on this match- White wants Schiavone to shut up but Schiavone says no, Tony Khan is putting this out. If the Gunns run away from this match, they don’t get their match at Dynasty! Austin says they can just leave now then. Schiavone asks if he even heard a word that was said. But then Bowens TOSSES Colten & Austin in, the bell rings, and it’s on! The Acclaimed fire off hands and stomps!

The fans fire up as Caster & Bowens whip the Gunns into each other! Caster TOSSES Colten, Bowens DECKS Austin, and they get Austin set up for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Austin flounders away, but Colten runs in! Caster dodges to send Colten into buckles! Bowens and Austin brawl while Caster rains down fists on Colten! The fans count along, but Austin trips Caster up! Colten flapjacks Caster off buckles, then Austin TOSSES Bowens over barriers! Billie is furious but Colten stomps a mudhole into Caster while Collision goes picture in picture.

Colten snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Austin frowns as the fans taunt him, but Colten tags him in. Austin stomps away on Caster, soaks up the heat, and Colten CHOKES Caster behind the ref’s back! Caster flails, White dares Billy to do something, while holding the golden bat. Austin TOSSES Caster out, Billy watches White closely, but Colten CLUBS Caster. Austin drags Caster up and in, bumps him off buckles, then taunts Billy & Bowens. Colten joins in on that, and Austin ROCKS Caster! And ROCKS him again! Tag to Colten, he stomps a mudhole into Caster then drags him up. But Caster throws body shots!

Caster backs Colten down, but Colten knees low as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Colten has Caster down in a HALF CRAB! Tag to Austin, and he gets the other leg, DOUBLE HALF CRAB! The ref counts, Colten lets go at 4, but Austin still has his half crab. Caster endures, Colten tags in and he gets the half crab back! The fans rally, Caster crawls, and now Colten is out of reach! Colten turns Caster over but Caster BOOTS him away! Austin tags in, grabs lets, but Caster kicks him away! And kicks him again! Austin still tries but Caster BOOTS him! Tag back to Colten, he stays between Acclaimed, only for Caster to send Colten into Austin! Hot tag to Bowens and he rallies on the Gunns!

The fans fire up as the Five Tool Player ROLLING ELBOWS Colten, then ROCKS Austin! “EVERYONE! LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Colten runs up, into the kick, mule kick and FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Colten survives but Bowens pounds the mat. The fans rally, Colten rises, and Bowens runs up to fireman’s carry! Colten flails, grabs ropes, and Austin holds Colten, too! Bowens breaks that, DECKS Austin then gets around Colten. Colten switches, Bowens switches, but Colten again grabs ropes. Austin again holds Colten, but Caster runs up to DECK Austin! Bowens rolls Colten up, TWO and Bowens is sent into Caster!

Colten rolls Caster, feet on ropes, but the ref sees! The fans cheer as the Gunns get caught! White is furious, but then Bowens fireman’s carries Colten! USHIGOROSHI! And a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, but Austin breaks it! The fans boo but neither man has someone to tag, so they rally up behind Bowens. Bowens runs up but Colten puts him on the apron. Bowens ROCKS Colten, Colten gets in the ref’s face, and Austin anchors Bowens! Bowens kicks Austin away, but Colten runs up to FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Bowens survives and White protests the count! Colten is frustrated, but he tags in Austin and the Gunns bring Bowens up.

The Gunns double whip, then run to BULLDOG! Bowens staggers up, into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Bowens survives again and Billy laughs at White. Austin calls the shot and tags Colten in. But Bowens BOOTS Colten! Then BOOT to Austin! Caster sneaks a tag, Bowens baits Austin in and Austin clotheslines him up and out! Caster leaps in, Colten gets under, only to run into a fireman’s carry! Colten CLAWS Caster’s eyes then DECKS him! White says finish it, and Colten loads up. Colten underhooks but Caster wrenches out to then BACKHAND! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BOMB! The fans fire up with Caster and he goes to the corner!

But Austin runs up to trip Caster up! The fans boo, but Bowens CLOBBERS Austin into the ring! Bowens fires off Rock Paper Scissors SUPERKICK on Colten! SUPERKICK for Austin! Bowens roars, the fans fire up again, and he runs in at Austin! Austin goes up and over, Colten gets in place, 3:10 TO YUMA!! But MIC DROP on Austin!! Colten rolls Caster up, TWO!! Caster escapes, runs back in, but is put on the apron. Caster RAMS into Colten, slingshot sunset flips, but Colten sits on it! White reaches out the bat for Colten to hold onto!! THE GUNNS WIN!!

Winners: The Gunns, by pinfall

The Bang Bang Gang didn’t run away from this fight, but they did steal the victory! Will the Bullet Club pull off an even biggest heist tomorrow night in Dynasty’s Zero Hour?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Danielson.

Lexi Nair is with the American Dragon and notes that the Don Callis Family has been relentless. Last time we saw Bryan, he was laid out by a brainbuster to the ramp. Tonight, it is a Bunkhouse Brawl against Takeshita & Fletcher, right before Dynasty’s match with Will Ospreay. How is Bryan feeling? Bryan says it sounds like a lot on his plate. Yet here he is! He feels alive! And it does seem like the DCF is up to something. What could that be? Does Don Callis not have the faith in Ospreay he says he does? Another reason Bryan feels alive is because Takeshita dropped him on his head, on the ramp, and yet Bryan gets his revenge tonight!

Then tomorrow, Bryan will test himself against Will Ospreay, a man many people call the best in the world today, and Bryan will test that for himself. But then in walks Ospreay, wanting to apologize. He had nothing to do with what went down on Dynamite or Collision this past week, so he just wants there to be no excuses on either side. He has nothing to do with this stuff. Bryan says sure he doesn’t. Bryan leaves, Ospreay wants to defend his innocence, but will it matter when it’s all said and done?

 

 


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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

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

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

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

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

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

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

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

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

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

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

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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