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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/19/21)

Can rivals coexist?

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NXT Coverage 2021

There could be chaos before Halloween Havoc!

Before Halloween Havoc and the NXT Championship match, Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker see if they can shut up the Grizzled Young Veterans!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Odyssey Jones VS Andre Chase; Jones wins.
  • The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Cora Jade VS Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma; Jade wins.
  • Triple Threat: Io Shirai VS Persia Pirotta VS Jacy Jayne; Shirai wins and gets the right to spin the wheel.
  • Tony D’Angelo VS Ru Feng; D’Angelo wins.
  • Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Legado del Fantasma; Legado wins.
  • LA Knight VS Grayson Waller; Knight wins and becomes the host of Halloween Havoc II.
  • Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Ciampa & Breakker win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Carmelo Hayes heads to the ring!

The NEW NXT North American Champion and his right hand man, Trick Williams, are feeling good over cashing in on Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and taking away that title! Trick gets Melo the mic and then says, “Hey, hey, hey, Alicia, Alicia. That sounded so nice, I need to hear it twice. Who’s your  new North American Champion?” Alicia Taylor again introduces the NEW NXT North American Champion, Carmelo Hayes! Trick tells Melo they look good, they look like money, and that they have gold now. Just like they said a few weeks ago, there ain’t nothing humble here. Go look up “humble” in the dictionary. It’s after “HEEEEELL No!” It’s a #Melobration tonight!

Fans cheer Melo on and he speaks. “Four and a half months ago, I stepped on the scene, and I brought that same energy. I blew through the competition in the Breakout Tournament and proved that I am the Final Boss.” Melo walked around here like Melo in the Chocolate Factory, waiting for his opportunity. Last week, he pulled a swerve on Swerve himself. Now he’s on top! So he’s telling us that to tell us this: “When I shoot, I don’t miss.” From this point on, Melo is calling the shots! He’s team captain! He’s the leader of the new school! As long as this title is around his waist, it is the A title! It doesn’t matter if Ciampa has a problem, if management has a problem or if fans have a problem.

But wait! Here comes Johnny Gargano! Trick is fired up by someone interrupting the champion, but Gargano asks if they feel the energy in the room changing. Fans chant “Welcome Back!” as Gargano says he and Melo haven’t been formally introduced. Gargano has had his eye on Melo. As someone who has held that title more times than anyone, Johnny Wrestling just wants to say congratulations. This is the Melobration, right? This is fun! this is a good time! Gargano’s been having a lot of fun, too, with the bachelor party and the wedding and the honeymoon. Tons of fun. But now with Austin Theory on Raw, Indi married and Candice at home pregnant, Gargano’s lost his Way.

So Gargano is trying to figure out what’s next. And what’s next is staring him right in the face. He thinks that what’s next is falling back to what he was put on this planet to do. That is entertaining the people in this ring, and taking on guys like Melo! So what does Melo say? When he shoots, he don’t miss? Well there’s a first time for everything. So what does the A Champion say to taking a shot at Gargano? Trick says Gargano needs to worry about his girl, Indi. She’s been shooting in Melo’s DM’s all week! And Trick’s! Oh, really? She shootin’! Wow, so funny, Trick! Melo says that’s his daughter, though. Yeah, and here’s his son in law! DEXTER LUMIS is behind them!

Dexter gets Trick in the SILENCER! Melo gets Trick away but he leaves the belt behind! Gargano dares Melo to come back for it but Melo sends Trick in. Trick turns around and sees Lumis slithering up! Gargano looks at the title belt, and Lumis gives him a thumbs up. Will Gargano make his way back to the “top” title in NXT?

 

Odyssey Jones VS Andre Chase!

#SoundtheAlarm, because we’re about to see a rematch from the Breakout Tournament! Jones gets a high-five from Gargano on his way to the ring, will he school “Professor Chase” tonight?

NXT returns and Chase makes his entrance. The bell rings, fans are on Odyssey’s side as he and Chase tie up, and he throws Chase to the ropes! Chase gets up, ties up again, headlocks, but Jones powers out. Chase kicks back but Jones doesn’t budge! Jones wants Chase to show him something, then blocks a kick to whip. Chase ducks and leaps but the shoulder tackle bounces off Jones! Jones drags Chase up, bumps him off buckles and Chase goes floundering away. Jones drags Chase up, bumps him off more buckles and Chase sits down. Jones runs in but Chase dodges and Jones only hits buckles! Chase goes up and missile dropkicks! Then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! And DOUBLE STOMP again!

Chase drags Jones up to headlock and punch, then a BASEMENT DDT! Cover, ONE!! Jones sends Chase flying and fans fire up! Chase gets Jones up but Jones blocks the punch! Jones DECKS Chase, rallies with big shoulders, then scoops Chase for a SLAM! Jones fires up and fans are with him as he whips Chase to a corner. Jones runs in to SPLASH Chase then throw him down. Jones runs and SOMERSAULT SENTONS! Then he runs to BIG SPLASH! Cover, Jones wins!

Winner: Odyssey Jones, by pinfall

The Chase U fans, not that there are many, are upset but everyone else in the CWC is loving this! Will Jones keep climbing until he’s got his golden opportunity?

 

Malcolm Bivens walks and talks.

“So earlier today, I was doing what I do best, and that is minding my own business and not getting jumped in the parking lot.” People are asking for title opportunities but that’s crazy! Week after week, the Creed Brothers have been winning. No longer will Diamond Mine ask, they will just take! Bivens leads the way to the ring, because Julius & Brutus are in action next!

The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS Imperium!

NXT returns and Imperium has made their entrance. The teams sort out, Brutus starts with Fabian Aichner. They tie up and Brutus gets a fireman’s carry takeover to an armlock. Aichner headscisosrs but Brutus kips out. Aichner headlocks, Brutus powers out and the two ram shoulders. Neither falls, Aichner drop toeholds and headlocks. Brutus powers up but Marcel Barthel tags in. Aichner whips, drops and Barthel hits an arm-drag to an armlock. But Brutus powers up to put Barthel on ropes. Barthel CHOPS away on Brutus’ back but Brutus hits a SPINEBUSTER! Brutus waistlocks, Barthel fights up to arm-drag, and he has the arm for a hammerlock.

Brutus reaches back but Barthel bridges through to keep the hammerlock. Brutus powers up, slips around and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Barthel clutches his head and Brutus mocks the Imperium pose. Barthel CHOPS and CLUBS Brutus in return, but Brutus blocks the butterfly suplex to a fireman’s carry. Barthel slips off, shoves and ROCKS Brutus with an uppercut! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! “NEIN!!” Fans cheer on the Impeccable German while Hachiman coaches Brutus. Brutus RAMS Barthel into the corner, tags Julius, and Julius hits a BIG single leg takedown. But Barthel wrenches back to ROCK Julius with hands!

Julius RAMS Barthel into a corner. Barthel shoves and dodges to GAMANGIRI, to a HALF HATCH! Barthel goes up but Brutus distracts and Roderick Strong anchors Barthel! Aichner chases Strong off, but Barthel jumps into Julius’ EXPLODER! Julius talks trash, kicks Barthel around, then blocks a kick to gut wrench suplex! Julius puts Barthel in the corner, tags in Brutus and feeds Barthel to the fireman’s carry takeover. Brutus feeds Barthel to Julius’ fireman’s carry takeover, then Brutus covers. TWO, but Julius tags in to gut wrench SLAM Brutus on Barthel! Julius covers, TWO! Julius clamps onto Barthel with a chinbar, but Barthel fights up to snapmare free!

Fans rally, Julius gut wrenches Barthel away from Aichner, but Barthel turns the suplex into a roll-up! TWO, and Barthel dodges to hot tag Aichner! Brutus tags in but the Pride of Italy rallies on the brothers! Brutus CLUBS Aichner, whips him but Aichner dodges to catch Brutus in the fireman’s carry! ROLLING SENTON! Fans fire up and Aichner covers, Julius breaks it! Julius drags Brutus to the corner to tag back in. Barthel tags in, Julius blocks a boot but not the KICK! Barthel goes up and leaps, but into a waistlock! Gut wrench POWERBOMB! High stack, Aichner breaks it! Brutus gets in to throw Aichner out and the ref reprimands.

Julius crawls over to Barthel but Kushida and Jiro show up to brawl with everyone! Barthel sets Julius up for an O’Conner Roll! Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

Julius shrugs his loss off to help Diamond Mine brawl with Ikemen Jiro and Kushida, but Imperium now has a way to MSK. Speaking of, MSK comes out to attack! RAILGUN DROPKICK for Barthel! Then the MSK Blitz for Aichner! PUSH-SAULT! This is all payback for Imperium’s attack last week! And then Wes Lee builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Imperium, and the NXT Tag Team Champions stand tall! MSK says they can have their title match next week! “Happy Halloween, bitches!”

 

Kyle O’Reilly joins Von Wagner in the outdoors.

But where’s Von’s bike? No, what they’re doing today, Kyle won’t need his bike. Then what does he have in mind? They hike out into the woods, and Von says that log will do. He carries it, then hands it off to Kyle. They do a woodsman workout, using logs and trees and even a hatchet as their equipment. But there’s one last bit of training to end the day. A couple of 12 ounce curls. Kyle likes that Von’s a little out there. If they can get on the same page, they can cause a lot of damage. What does Von say? “Let’s kick some ass.”

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“Last week was as setback for us. And I know what people have been saying. That maybe NXT 2.0 isn’t such a safe space for us after all.” But the mission stays the same. They don’t need violence, and they won’t be triggered by those who don’t understand. Gacy knows there are those disenfranchised out there, but he will speak for them. As a coalition, they will be stronger than they ever could be as individuals. “Take my hand.” Gunner Harland does! Will Gacy’s ruthless “snowflake” be just what he needs to take over?

 

Legado del Fantasma is in the ring.

Santos Escobar says in Spanish, and then in English, “May God bless you with luck.” Those were the first words he ever heard in this business. He’s always been blessed by them. Except for last week! Carmelo walked out of this ring with the North American Championship. He’s a lucky son of a bitch!! But Escobar says that it just seems Melo’s luck just vanished. When Melo finds his title, Escobar and Senorita Luck will find him. But in the meantime, this is Elektra Lopez! And she will set the record straight for Legado! Elektra speaks, but is interrupted by her opponent!

Cora Jade VS Elektra Lopez w/ Legado del Fantasma!

La Madrina didn’t get her chance to speak her part, but actions do speak louder than words. Will Elektra send a very clear message through #GenerationJade?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Lopez knees low to then throw Cora down! Lopez says Cora must be crazy, and then whips her corner to corner! Cora bounces off buckles, Lopez drags her up and scoops to SLAM her down! Lopez talks trash, drags Cora up again and scoops for another SLAM! Lopez slaps Cora around, Cora throws body shots back. Lopez knees low, CLUBS Cora then bumps her off buckles. Cora flounders, Lopez grabs at her and TOSSES her across the ring! Lopez grins as she stands Cora up, and reels her in, but Cora turns back suplex into sunset flip! TWO, and Lopez CLOBBERS Cora! Lopez drags Cora up but Cora turns it into a cradle! CORA WINS?!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Cora bails out as she snatches one from La Madrina! Is this a sign that Cora’s time is coming? Or will Lopez get her back in the very near future?

 

Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker.

McKenzie brings up their NXT title match and tonight’s tag match. Can they coexist? Breakker’s seen this before. They have their match, Ciampa hits Breakker and says he doesn’t mean it but then Breakker gets pinned. He wants Ciampa to watch himself. Wow, didn’t Breakker just say he was gonna keep Ciampa safe? Ciampa will follow Breakker’s lead on this one. But then, will it be smooth sailing until Halloween Havoc?

 

Io Shirai heads to the ring!

The three teams competing for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships are sending representatives into a 1v1v1 match, and we now know the Evil Genius is stepping up to represent! Who joins her in a match that determines who gets to spin the wheel and make the deal?

 

Superstars speak on Twitter.

Grayson Waller and LA Knight each state their case as why they should be the host for NXT Halloween Havoc II, and so that results in a match later tonight! Who wins the right to be the MC for next week?

 

Triple Threat: Io Shirai VS ??? VS ???

NXT returns and while Persia Pirotta steps up for her and Indi, Jacy Jayne is the one for Toxic Attraction. The bell rings and fans rally behind Shirai. She’s ready for whoever, but Persia stands in the very middle. Jacy pie faces Persia to step up to Shirai and SLAP her! Shirai ROCKS Jacy back, but Persia CLOBBERS them both! Persia SPLASHES Jacy in one corner, SPLASHES Shirai in the other! Jacy dodges and Shirai SHOTGUNS back! Jacy RANAS Persia, Shira dropkicks her down! Shirai covers, ONE! Jacy waistlocks and throws Shirai away. Jacy throws a forearm, Shira hits back, but Jacy KNEES back a la Mandy! But Shirai blocks the suplex! Persia runs in but into double kicks!

Jacy and Shirai call truce to go after the bigger Persia. They try to double suplex but Persia DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Persia fireman’s carries Jacy but Shirai SHOTGUNS them both down! Shirai then tilt-o-whirls to a CROSSFACE! But Persia fights up and SLAMS Shirai down! Persia runs but Shirai dumps her out! Jacy returns to DIVE! The ropes trip her up and she falls on her face! Persia drags Jacy up, Shirai MOONSAULTS them both down! Fans fire up for the champ as NXT goes picture in picture.

Shirai stomps Jacy, then stomps Persia. The ref checks Jacy while Shirai keeps on Persia. Shirai takes a moment to catch her breath then she stomps Persia more. Shirai drags Persia around by her leg for a HALF CRAB! It won’t matter on the outside but this is just to torture the upstart for thinking she’s title ready. Shirai even shifts to a Camel Clutch! Persia endures, Shirai gets bored with that and lets her go, then drags Persia up. Persia blocks the suplex, Shirai blocks Persia’s suplex and snap suplexes her down! Then hits a CODE BREAKER! Shirai puts Persia in the ring, storms up and stomps her down. Persia sputters but Shirai clamps on a dragon sleeper!

Persia endures, Shirai shifts to a regular sleeper, but Persia fights up and Shirai becomes a backpack. Persia powers through to SAMOAN DROP! It hits so hard, Shirai tumbles to ropes! Persia hurries to cover, TWO! Persia drags Shirai up, CLUBS her down, then CLUBS her more. Shirai staggers around, Persia stands Shirai up and wraps on a BEARHUG! Persia thrashes Shirai around as NXT returns to single picture. Shirai CLUBS away on Persia as Jacy is medically not cleared to continue. Persia RAMS Shirai into the corner then BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Shirai gets to ropes while Persia is frustrated.

Persia gets Shirai up to RAM her into the corner again and again! Fans rally for Shirai as Persia whips corner to corner. Persia runs in to SPLASH, and she lets Shirai fall. Cover, TWO! Persia gets Shirai up to snap suplex hard! Persia drags Shirai up again but Shirai blocks this suplex to a cradle! TWO! Persia runs in and CLOBBERS Shirai! cover, TWO! Persia pie faces Shirai around, fans rally for Shirai, and Shirai throws body shots! Shirai throws forearms over and over, runs, and RANA- No! Persia blocks and swings Shirai for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fans are fired up as both women are down!

Shirai rolls to the ropes and flounders but Persia scowls as she sits up. Persia storms over to Shirai, CLUBS her against ropes, then CLUBS her again. Persia stands Shirai up but Shirai throws forearms again! Shirai ROCKS Persia then ROUNDHOUSES her to ropes! Shirai runs in, TIGER FEINT! Direct hit and Shirai adds on with a springboard missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shirai clamps onto Persia with a CROSSFACE! Persia endures, fights up, scoops Shirai, but Shirai fights and waistlocks! GERMAN SUPLEX! Persia is down, Shirai steps on her on her way to the corner! OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (Shirai & Stark will spin the wheel)

And now the champions’ fate are in their own hands! Zoey Stark joins Shirai on stage and Shirai gives the wheel a real good spin. And we get… A SCAREWELL TO HELL! It’s a ladder match, which is right up Shirai’s alley! She loves it, Stark loves it, but Persia & Indi do not. Will this keep Shirai & Stark bonded through gold? Or can Toxic Attraction recover and climb up over everyone to win?

 

Legado jump Trey Baxter!

Lopez kept Jade back with intimidation, but then Briggs & Brooks jumped in to even the numbers! Will #AllHeart and the bar fighting buddies get even with Escobar, Mendoza & Wilde?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“With all of the others gone, I had nothing but my feet and fists to survive. The streets will break you or make you. My scraps don’t last forever, but the pain I drop on yo’ ass does.” He goes from pavement to NXT. The territory changes, but the beatings stay the same! The Street Champion of the Island arrives next week!

 

Ikemen Jiro finds Kushida… in the bathroom?

Jiro is VERY excited to finally fight side by side with his hero. Kushida is excited to beat the crap out of Diamond Mine, too! Jiro is ready to crush! But they are a team, so Kushida wants to get some #StyleStrong. Whoa, no! Kushida is Kushida. No, don’t pour out his luggage in the restroom! But Jiro did find the Marty McFly jacket. He wants Kushida to wear that for the match. Kushida puts it on, and it’s time to go back to the future! The Time Splitter is ready, the Handsome One is ready, but are Diamond Mine ready for this one?

 

Tony D’Angelo VS Ru Feng!

‘Ey, that thing with Lash Legend’s producer? Forget about it! But will Tony make sure no one ever forgets his name?

The bell rings, Tony and Feng circle. Feng strikes a fighting stance, he ties up with Tony and Tony headlocks. Feng powers out, Tony runs him over! Tony talks trash to Feng, then hits a double leg takedown! Tony floats around, slaps Feng around, then hits a headlock takeover. Feng can’t get free and Tony says this is like beating up his little brother, Dominic! Tony gives Feng a noogie, Feng rolls it to a cover, ONE! Tony holds on, knees low and talks more trash. Feng ROCKS Tony, Tony comes back but Feng heel kicks! Feng runs but Tony CLOBBERS him with a back elbow! Tony stomps Feng around, dares him to get up, then wrenches to short arm LARIAT!

Fans fire up and Tony says, “He’s done!” Tony gets Feng up, Northern Lights and roll over to FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, Tony wins!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

Bada boom! Tony gets another win, and Samantha Irvin congratulates him. However, last week, Lashing Out’s producer went missing and there are rumors about Tony’s involvement. Why would you ask Tony that? You sure are nosy. You a snitch? Tony swears on his grandfather’s grave. Maybe that guy just went on vacation. But hey, sweetheart, go get yourself something nice and #ForgetAboutIt! He just slipped Samantha money!? Well, is Tony gonna go all the way to the top with this?

 

NXT checks in on Duke’s Poker Room.

Hudson thinks about his opponent’s hand given how he bet the flop, checked the turn and bet the river. Does he have a flush? Nah, Hudson’s three fives will get this. And it does! Better luck next time, guys. And then the next guy is all in, only to get taken for a ride. Room’s always open. Hudson loves taking someone’s hard earn cash. Call him The House, because the house always wins.

 

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen VS Legado del Fantasma!

Well, they would be having a match, but Legado attacks again! Brooks is down and then Wilde uses a CHAIR SHOT to take out Briggs! Legado goes to the ring, but will they even have to compete with what just happened?

NXT returns and this match is happening as Wilde bumps Brooks off buckles. Wilde throws body shots, CLUBS Brooks on the back, then throws more body shots. The ref counts, Wilde lets off and kicks Brooks low. Wilde taunts Brooks but Brooks turns things around to throw hands! Brooks HIP TOSSES Wilde, drags him up and tags Briggs in. They double whip Wilde to DOUBLE SHOULDER! Briggs snarls, drags Wilde up and scoops for a STANDING SIDEWALK SLAM, to a SPLASH! Wilde bails out, Lopez distracts, Briggs goes out and DECKS Wilde, but Escobar RAMS him into the apron! Wilde then kicks Briggs in return and fires off forearms!

Wilde gets in the ring and Lopez stops distracting. Tag to Mendoza and he WRECKS Briggs! Escobar taunts Briggs, Briggs flounders up and gets in the ring, and Mendoza stomps away. Mendoza keeps Briggs from Brooks, CLUBS him to ropes and then brings him around. Briggs shoves but Mendoza stomps. Tag to Wilde, Wilde stomps Briggs then taunts Brooks, to run in and clothesline! Tag to Mendoza, he clotheslines! Tag to Wilde, he runs in and clotheslines! Mendoza tags, runs in, and clotheslines! Tag to Wilde, Legado double back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wilde stomps Briggs, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza goes up top to DIVING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!

Briggs survives but Mendoza keeps on that back with a chinlock stretch! Briggs endures, fights up, has Mendoza as a backpack and staggers around. Wilde tags in, Briggs throws Mendoza off but Wilde trips Briggs up! Briggs crawls, kicks Wilde away but Wilde gets his foot! Briggs still tags in Brooks! Brooks rallies on Legado, whips Wilde and pops him up for a FLAPJACK! Then a BOOT! Brooks CHOPS LARIATS, then repeat! He whips corner to corner, then gets a POWERSLAM! Escobar distracts but gets away as Brooks swipes at him. Wilde kicks low, reels Brooks in, but Brooks back drops free! Brooks goes out to DECK Escobar just because!

Brooks gets in, ROCKS Wilde, but Wilde elbows back! Mendoza tags in, Wilde dropkicks Briggs down! Tilt-o-whirl into the GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP! Cover, Legado wins!

Winner: Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall

Brooks & Briggs had a lot of heart, but they couldn’t withstand the numbers game! Will Legado get back up towards the tag titles soon enough?

 

NXT looks closer at the coming NXT Women’s Championship match.

Raquel says “What I love most about being NXT Women’s Champion is the element of surprise. Not knowing who is going to come for you next. I feed off of it. Mandy, chiquita, you bit off way more than you can chew.” But Mandy says when people see her, they stop in their tracks in awe. How could someone that looks like her be skipped in line so many times? It wasn’t until Toxic Attraction was born that she realized there are no more lines. The difference between her and Raquel is that she’ll look a hell of a lot better doing the same exact thing. Raquel says that while Mandy is telling us why it took her so long to get this moment, Raquel is putting in the work. While Mandy changes hair colors, Raquel works her ass off to keep the gold.

Spin the wheel make the deal! Mandy’s been called many things: from hot, sexy to eye candy. But she will finally be called champion at Halloween Havoc. Raquel vows to Chigona Bomb the SH*T out of Mandy so that she learns she just isn’t championship material.

 

The mysterious figure continues to dig a grave.

They bury a television, a crutch, some cards, a chair. “Affliction leads to reincarnation.” Who is this mysterious person? And what will they do to NXT when they reveal themselves?

 

Carmelo and Trick search for the NXT North American Championship.

It has to be somewhere in the locker room, right? They find Jiro’s spare jackets, but then this locker has lights in it. It’s all spooky, too. They bring out a paper, and it’s got Lumis’ drawings all over it! He’s inviting them to a Halloween Havoc Open House? Well fine! They’ll get the title back. Trick doesn’t like haunted houses, but Melo doesn’t like getting played. Will it be a trick or treat for Melo ‘n’ Trick next week?

 

LA Knight VS Grayson Waller!

The Million Dollar Megastar always asks, “Whose game is it?” but he also wants to know, “Whose show is it?” He and the 21st Century Success Story both want to host Halloween Havoc, and they battle for that position after the break!

NXT returns and Waller makes his entrance. The bell rings, Knight and Waller talk trash and fans are on Waller’s side. They tie up, Waller waistlocks to a roll-up, TWO!! Knight almost got caught! Knight kicks low, scoops but Waller turns that to a cradle! TWO, and Waller eggs Knight on. Knight and Waller circle, Waller JABS Knight! Knight fights the backslide, Waller dodges the clothesline to run and get a Dragon’s Lair! TWO, Waller clinches and throws knees! Waller whips, Knight reverses but Waller goes up and over! Knight blocks the roll-up to stomp Waller down! Knight stomps Waller around, throws clubbing crossface forearms, then soaks up heat.

Knight puts Waller on ropes, throws hands then shoulders. Knight runs but is put on the apron! Waller wants to hotshot but Knight hits it first! Then he SLINGSHOT SHOULDERS! Cover, TWO! Knight wraps on a chinlock and grinds Waller but fans rally up. Waller fights up and JAWBREAKERS! Waller throws haymakers, counter punches, then spins Knight to ROLLING ELBOW! Waller rallies and LEG LARIATS! Knight stands up into an STO! Fans fire up with Waller and he goes to the corner, walks the ropes, but Knight runs in! Waller dodges, but returns into a BOOT! Fans boo but Knight still hits B F T! Cover, Knight wins!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall (will host Halloween Havoc II)

Whose spotlight is it? L A Knight’s, yeah! But will he be the host with the most? Or just second rate compared to Shotzi Blackheart?

 

Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Grizzled Young Veterans!

The Psycho Killer said he’ll follow the new guy’s lead in this match, but how long will that last? Can they make it through Zack Gibson & James Drake before going against each other at Halloween Havoc?

NXT returns and Breakker makes his entrance. The teams sort out and Drake starts with Bron. They tie up, Drake headlocks but Bron powers out and runs Drake over! Fans are fired up with Bron and Bron dares Drake to run. Drake does, Bron rams shoulders with him then headlocks again. Drake powers up and out but drops, only for Bron to rolling waistlock to a SLAM! And then a deadlift to another SLAM! Drake scrambles away and is furious, but Bron stares him down. Gibson gives Drake advice, Drake gets around and throws body shots! Drake headlocks, Bron powers out and HURDLES! Bron runs, ducks and dodges, then catches Drake for a SLAM!

Fans hoot and holler for Bron, Ciampa reaches out for a tag but Bron tells Ciampa, “See you next week, buddy.” But Ciampa won’t stand for that and he tags himself in! Ciampa storms at Drake, Gibson is a shield, but then Drake sucker punches Ciampa! Drake headlocks, Ciampa powers out but Gibson tags in! Things speed up, Ciampa ducks both GYV and rallies with clotheslines! Corner clothesline for Drake! Corner clothesline for Gibson! Ciampa redirects Drake and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES GYV! Fans are fired up and Gibson flounders to the corner. Ciampa runs in to KNEE Gibson down! Ciampa waves to Bron and drags Gibson as NXT goes picture in picture. Cover, TWO!

Ciampa stays on Gibson with a chinlock, puts him on the mat and stomps him down! Ciampa clamps back on, drives his elbow into Gibson’s forehead, then drags him back up. Gibson throws body shots, wrenches the arm and tags in Drake. Drake gets the hand-off to hammerlock but Ciampa uses that to headlock and hit a takeover! Drake endures the grind as Ciampa also traps an arm. Drake fights up, pulls Ciampa’s beard, and Bron is rather amused by that. Gibson tags in as Drake powers out, and then Gibson trips Ciampa! Gibson drags Ciampa out, Ciampa DECKS Gibson, but Drake DIVES and hits Ciampa into the announce desk!

Bron walks over to see if Ciampa’s okay but Gibson puts Ciampa in to smother with forearms. Ciampa pushes him away, Gibson stomps Ciampa down, and then springboard stomps him on the back. Gibson drags Ciampa up, DECKS him with a right, then drags him up to ROCK him again! Tag to Drake, the GYV mug Ciampa, then Drake covers. TWO, and Drake clamps on with a chinlock. Ciampa endures, NXT returns to single picture and fans fire up. Ciampa fights up, throws body shots, but Drake shoves him to the corner. Ciampa elbows Gibson, BOOTS Drake, but Drake headlocks to keep him from Bron! Ciampa hits a BIG back suplex and both men are down!

Fans rally and duel, Ciampa crawls but Drake anchors the foot. Gibson trips Bron up then runs away! This keeps Bron from being there to tag Ciampa! Drake stomps Ciampa, taunts Bron, then drags Ciampa away. Tag to Gibson, GYV double whip and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Gibson clamps onto an arm, then has a top wristlock for a cover, TWO! Gibson covers again, TWO! Fans chant, “Gibson Sucks!” but Gibson ROCKS Ciampa to the ropes. Gibson uses a cravat to choke Ciampa on ropes. He lets off as the ref counts and stomps Ciampa down. Gibson drags Ciampa up, throws forearms, then chokes Ciampa on ropes again.

Tag to Drake, Gibson hoists Ciampa up and Drake climbs to drop ax handles on Ciampa’s back! Drake drags Ciampa up to throw haymakers, then tags Gibson. Ciampa trips Drake but Gibson chinbars and CLUBS Ciampa down!  Gibson gives Ciampa more clubbing crossface forearms but Ciampa CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Gibson knees low, CLUBS Ciampa down then stomps him to ropes! Gibson digs his boots in, lets off as the ref counts and tags in Drake. Fans rally for Ciampa but GYV give him the MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! To a KOJI KLUTCH! Ciampa endures and moves around, and he pries at Drake’s leg! Ciampa is free and he rains down fists!

But Drake pulls Ciampa’s beard! Drake rains down rights, brings Ciampa up to CLUB him, then turns him, only for Ciampa to slips out! Ripcord and DDT! Fans fire up but Gibson goes after Bron. Bron is ready and he CLOBBERS Gibson! Ciampa gets up and is frustrated with Bron, and SLAPS him for the tag! Ciampa wants Bron to know where the hell he’s been, but then Bron gets in to CLOBBER Drake! And again! And then dodges to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Bron clinches to Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as the straps come down, and Bron reels Drake into the RECLINER! But Gibson gets in to BOOT Bron! Bron just turns his attention to Gibson!

Bron powers Gibson out, clamps onto Drake and tells Ciampa this is him next week! Gorilla press to the POWERSLAM! Cover, Breakker & Ciampa win!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker, by pinfall

Bron gets his hand raised but Ciampa has his hands on Goldie. The new kid did good, but he tells Ciampa to hold onto the belt nice and tight. Ciampa gets back in the ring to stare Bron down. Will Ciampa show how far Bron still has to go in NXT?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode, especially considering it was a go-home to Halloween Havoc. We got a decent pseudo Prime Target for Raquel and Mandy but I feel like they could’ve tried a little harder. There are a few things that I feel could’ve waited until after Halloween Havoc so that we got more of that vignette, and more out of some other matches. Jones VS Chase could’ve happened any time, but Jones winning is logical. We did NOT need Hudson actually playing poker in his poker room and us hearing his thoughts as he wins. So sad that he gets turned into this after getting jumped by Melo & Trick instead of just feuding with Melo & Trick.

Speaking of, Melo & Trick had a good opening segment with Gargano & Lumis, and that “Open House” is definitely going to be the cinematic match like Lumis VS Grimes in the haunted house last year. That will be a lot of fun one way or another, I’m liking that the North American Championship scene is getting full again. Maybe there’s something big in the works for a New Year’s Evil 2 to go with “WWE Day One.” Jade VS Lopez was very short, but I suppose it fits with Lopez being so confident and Jade getting her by surprise. Legado is apparently taking a detour to feud with Baxter, Briggs & Brooks while those other things happen with the North American Championship for a moment. Definitely a step down from their feud with Hit Row, but that’s just me.

Creed Brothers VS Imperium was good but could’ve been a lot better, getting a lot more in before Jiro and Kushida showed up. We knew that match was coming after last week, but I do like that Jiro and Kushida had that bathroom promo to hype it up. And Imperium winning was definitely the right call, and MSK going after them makes sense, even with the CWC fans booing MSK. Of course, the CWC fans still haven’t given MSK a fair chance but the title match having Spin the Wheel attached will make it one to watch. Kyle and Von are definitely a tag team now, pretty sure we see them do some big things starting with November, and they could head to the holidays as contenders.

Knight VS Waller having a match to determine the Halloween Havoc host was alright. It could’ve also been a better match than that, but Knight winning makes sense. He does have the charisma to be a host, but I am betting any number of things happen to “ruin” things for him. Hell, they’re advertising Chucky is going to show up for #CorporateSynergy between the NBC Chucky series and WWE programming, so maybe Chucky scares the crap out of Knight by the end of the show. D’Angelo gets another win, I like that they touched on him kidnapping Lash Legend’s producer, I’m waiting for her to name a proxy. Also Ru Feng should join Tian Sha to give them a men’s tag team with Xia Li moving on to SmackDown.

I do like that they wanted a Triple Threat to determine the wheel spinner for the women’s tag match, but maybe, just maybe, they threw the wrong contenders into this. Jacy went for the tope, it didn’t work out, I’m sure she’ll be okay for next week’s match. Kinda killed things, though, since this was meant to be a Triple Threat. But once it became 1v1, of course Shirai won, and a “scareway to Hell” Ladder match is going to be a great match that parallels Shirai being in a TLC match last year with Candice. This could be the way to get the titles off Shirai & Stark without really hurting either of their power rankings. In that case, now would be the time for Toxic Attraction to win, and then there’s suspense on whether or not Mandy wins against Raquel.

I’m very curious about that vignette with obviously Dakota Kai. A lot of things thrown into the grave were references to male superstars on NXT right now. TV for Bron Breakker, playing cards for Duke Hudson, a crutch for basically both Ciampa and Gargano. Is this a blatant misdirect to try and make us think it isn’t Dakota Kai? Weird. And lastly, we got a very good tag match out of Ciampa, Bron and GYV, but it makes a lot of sense for Bron to get the finish here. They’re pushing him strongly, he is literally Mr. NXT 2.0 cuz his singlet looks like the colors in the new logo, and honestly he is a pretty complete wrestler already. But with this win, I am pretty sure Ciampa wins because he hasn’t had that title, he deserves to have that title, and he can continue to help other 2.0 wrestlers get going.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/19/24)

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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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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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