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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/2/21)

Fallout from the Havoc!

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NXT Coverage 2021

Will Carmelo Hayes miss The Way?

Halloween Havoc 2 brought a lot of change to the NXT landscape, but there are some leftovers! Will Melo & Trick get even with Gargano & Lumis for the haunted open house?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Cora Jade; Kai wins.
  • Robert Stone VS Xyon Quinn; Quinn wins.
  • Von Wagner & Kyle O’Reilly VS Legado del Fantasma; Legado wins.
  • Andre Chase VS Bron Breakker; Breakker wins.
  • Solo Sikoa VS Jeet Rama; Sikoa wins.
  • Boa VS Grayson Waller; Boa wins.
  • Duke’s Poker Room: Duke Hudson VS Cameron Grimes; Grimes wins.
  • Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Johnny Gargano & Dexter Lumis; Hayes & Williams win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mandy Rose heads to the ring!

The NEW NXT Women’s Champion has even more swagger in her step as she struts her way out. She holds the belt high and has plenty of fans cheering her on. Mandy gets a mic as she shoulders the belt, and she says, “Damn it feels good! I told you all that I was on a whole ‘nother level.” Fans duel, “You Deserve It!” “No You Don’t!” Mandy knows she deserves it, she doesn’t need anyone’s approval. She told us week after week after week that she’d become champion. And because she’s a woman of her word, she did. She defeated the unbeatable, the unstoppable Raquel Gonzalez to become the NEW NXT Women’s Champion. Most importantly, she’s still the baddest bitch in the whole gaddamn company!

But she has got to say, this title looks so good on her! Better than anyone who has ever worn it before! And you all know it! With this title around her waist, “you guys are following every move I make, and that goes for all of Toxic Attraction, because we had a hell of a Halloween Havoc!” And she knows everyone is watching and having two thoughts. One: Damn Mandy is hot. And two: Where are her friends? Where are they? Video kicks in of Gigi and Jacy beating up Zoey Stark! They went right after her already beat up leg! Referees rush in and get Toxic Attraction to back off and Mandy pretends to be upset.

But Toxic Attraction runs NXT! There ain’t a woman, team or faction that can stop them! But if anyone thinks different- Io Shirai interrupts! “I saw what your girls did! I don’t like Zoey, but I like you even less. So, I want the leader of Toxic Attraction!” Shirai wants Mandy right here, right now! Mandy says to hold on now. Shirai is forgetting that everyone used to be scared of her, but this is Mandy’s world now! If Shirai wants to go, then okay! SUCKER PUNCH! Mandy fires off and CLUBS Shirai down, then throws her out of the ring! Mandy goes out to bump Shirai off the announce desk! “I ain’t scared of you, Io!” Mandy then POSTS Shirai!

Mandy RAMS Shirai into the apron, and then puts her in the ring. Mandy gets in, picks up the mic again and says, “Aw, Io, honey. This ain’t the old NXT, honey. This is NXT 2.0, and you will never look like me!” Shirai trips Mandy up and fires off hands! Fans are fired up but Mandy shoves Shirai away. Shirai comes back, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Mandy ends up in a corner, in comes SHINKANSEN! Mandy is in the drop zone, Shirai steps on her and goes up, but Toxic Attraction get in! They throw Shirai down and mug her like they did Zoey Stark! Shirai fights them off, throwing Gig out and then getting around to drag Jacy down with a sleeper!

Mandy saves Jacy, Gigi returns and they stomp away! But here comes Kayden Cater! FLYING CLOTHESLINE for Gigi! Kacy Catanzaro gets in to brawl with Jacy! Shirai SHOTGUNS Jacy out, Kacy DECKS Mandy! KC Squared stands with the Evil Genius, will Toxic Attraction find they don’t scare anyone?

 

Toxic Attraction regroups backstage.

But they run across Dakota Kai. Dakota tells Mandy she didn’t do it to help Mandy. She did it to end Raquel. The twisted Cobra Kai goes to the ring now, she’s back in action!

 

Duke’s Poker Room is stacked tonight.

That smug smirk is Duke’s poker face, and one player folds before storming off. Easy money. But here comes Cameron Grimes! He takes a seat and is excited to be here. Speaking of easy money. The buy in is $500. No problem for the Cash Money Caveman. Well Grimes might as well save us time and give Duke all his money now. That’ll save Grimes the embarrassment, and save everyone else the embarrassment of watching him strike out with the ladies. Oooh~! Grimes laughs that off and admits he gets flustered when ladies are around. But he isn’t here for love, he’s here to gamble! What’s the game? 21? Grimes has 22, hit ‘im!

No, Grimes, this is Texas Hold ‘Em. Grimes insists, hit him. Deal it! Alright. Duke deals the cards, Grimes laughs it up, and we’ll see how this goes a little later.

 

Dakota Kai VS Cora Jade!

Halloween Havoc saw Dakota Kai make sure Raquel Gonzalez was no longer NXT Women’s Champion. But if Dakota’s buried her past, does that mean she’s finally moving on? Or will #GenerationJade keep her winning streak going to 3-0?

The bell rings and Kai CLOBBERS Jade right away! Kai rains down hands, puts Jade in a corner but Jade hits back. Kai shoves Jade out of the ring, Jade gets back in but into a BOOT! Kai throws hands, snapmares Jade and wraps on a chinlock to then make it a half straitjacket! Jade endures, fans rally, and Jade fights up. Jade powers out and rallies with clotheslines! Jade ducks and dodges to RANA Kai to ropes! Kai flounders up but into a SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Jade keeps on Kai with a facelock then underhooks, but Kai drops to Alabama lift and NORTHERN LIGHTS!

Both women stir as fans rally up. Kai drags Jade up and glares as she fireman’s carries. GO TO- SUNSET FLIP! ONE, Jade hurries but Kai SCORPION KICKS! Jade staggers to a corner, Kai goes Around the World and BOOTS her down! Cover, Kai wins!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

But Kai ain’t done with Jade! She drags her right out of the ring and throws her down! Jade flounders, Kai drags her by her hair! Kai gets Jade to the ramp and dribbles her off the floor! Fans boo but Kai brings out a TABLE! Kai puts the table on Jade, goes to the apron, but then thinks better of it. Kai looks at Jade trapped underneath, and gets Jade’s skateboard. Kai puts the board on Jade and leaves. Will Jade count herself fortunate to be spared Dakota’s darkness?

 

Robert Stone calls out Xyon Quinn.

He didn’t appreciate the choke slam through the table at the Halloween party and is challenging Quinn 1v1, mano a mano, and wants to see if Quinn has the guts to face Suit Man Stone. Will this go as poorly as Stone’s Elvis costume?

 

MSK are bummed out.

Nash Carter can’t believe they lost the NXT Tag Team Championships after 202 days. Now he feels like he’s lacking down low. Wes Lee knows what he means. But maybe they need to feel the lowest of the lows to get to the highest of the highs. But is this going to work out? They’re paying a lot for just advice. Well Carter heard this guy helped millions and millions, and is the one who came up with the legend of MSK. Wait, the man behind the curtain? Tell Lee the story! Okay okay! So it all started when they were just little kids. And a bus gets in the way. After it passes, the story is over. Lee loves this guy even more! He deserves all the money! Oh shoot, that was their bus…

Well, maybe they can just walk there. They’ve got the supplies. Carter gives Lee a piggyback ride, but will we learn who this guru of MSK is?

 

Xyon Quinn goes to the ring!

The gentleman fighter has a nice suit himself, but Stone has the music cut. He called Quinn out for embarrassing him last week. But Stone gets it. Quinn is jealous! Everybody’s jealous of Robert Stone and his purple romp-him! It’s because Stone can do anything. First, he’ll out sing Quinn, then he’ll stomp him, while he’s in the rompa, and then pin Quinn one, two, three! “Franky, this one is for you! Hit the music.” Stone sings along with Franky’s theme song, Bougie Bad, and it is very bad. Stone feels he did awesome but the fans say, “You Suck! You Suck!” But Stone is delusional and thinks the fans love him.

He isn’t sure what’s so funny. Does Quinn think he can do a better job? Quinn snatches the mic, and he’ll be honest, that was… interesting. But Quinn is only here to kick Stone’s ass. Fans chant for Quinn to “Kick his ass!” Stone says Quinn is a chicken, but Quinn figures what the hell. Put something on. It’s HBK’s theme song! Stone tries to make it a fight but Quinn makes it a dance! Stone SLAPS Quinn and now the fun is over. Ring the bell!

Robert Stone VS Xyon Quinn!

The bell rings, Quinn drags Stone back into the ring and gives him a HUGE back suplex! It was almost a toss out of the ring! Quinn takes off his suit to TOSS Stone again, and then uppercut him hard in the corner! Fans are fired up as Quinn fireman’s carries for a SWINGING SLAM! And then, suplex to a JACKHAMMER! Cover, Quinn wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

Just as the song says, Quinn ain’t no boy toy, he’s a manly badass! Will Quinn continue to win?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“The world should be a happy place. But in reality, it’s nothing but a cesspool filled with closed minded individuals. We’re in a world where the goal is to drag people down and hope they fail. Take social media. Designed for people to share ideas, and now it’s full of nothing but negative energy. People make instant judgment based on appearance. That is not inclusion. I hear they call a man a monster. Why? Because he’s tall? Because he has tattoos? Because he has a shaved head? You alienate the man without giving him a chance. Well, that stops now.” Gacy promises Harland that they will change the world together.

 

Legado Del Fantasma come across Xyon Quinn.

Elektra Lopez didn’t know he had that side to him. He has many sides. Well that is something she could work with. Quinn moves on, and Legado heads to the ring. Will Legado take care of business before getting to pleasure?

 

Von Wagner & Kyle O’Reilly VS Legado del Fantasma!

NXT returns as both teams are already in the ring. Joaquin Wilde starts with Kyle and they tie right up. They go around, Wilde waistlocks then wrings Kyle out. Kyle bridges but Wilde headlocks. Kyle makes it a cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel as Kyle headscissors. Wilde kips free but Kyle trips him up and floats around to get a headlock. Wilde fights up but Kyle grinds the headlock. Tag to Raul Mendoza but Kyle headlocks him. Mendoza powers out, Kyle runs him over and things keep moving. Mendoza hurdles, sunset flips but Kyle stays up to get the ARMBAR! Mendoza clasps hands, scrambles around and gets the ropebreak!

Kyle lets Mendoza go to kick him around. Tag to Wagner and he waistlocks to SLAM Mendoza. Wagner h0lds on, SLAMS Mendoza again, but Mendoza elbows out and CHOPS! Wagner reverses the whip but Menozda slips out to elbow and springboard. Wagner gets under, scoops for a BACKBREAKER then a FALL AWAY SLAM! Tag to Kyle, he hangs Mendoza out and Wagner LEAP FROGS! Kyle hammerlocks and drags Mendoza down to knee the arm and elbow the ribs! Kyle floats around to do the same to the other. Kyle runs to knee Mendoza low, then he clamps on a chinlock. Mendoza endures, even as Kyle traps an arm.

Kyle wrenches, hammerlocks, and knees Mendoza to the corner. Tag to Wagner, he and Kyle mug Mendoza with KICKS and HEADBUTTS! Wagner drags Mendoza up, scoops, Mendoza slips out to dropkick! Wagner bumps into Kyle. Mendoza CLUBS Wagner and tags Wilde. Legado double whip but Wagner DOUBLE SHOULDERS! Wagner throws haymakers and elbows but Wilde kicks low. He and Mendoza regroup but Wagner DOUBLE SUPLEXES Legado! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Wagner stalks Wilde, drags him up and CLUBS him down. Wagner drags Wilde over, tags in Kyle, and they mug Wilde. Kyle headbutts Wilde down, drags him up and KICKS him off his feet! Kyle ties up the legs, and puts Wilde in a grounded cobra twist! Wilde endures, fans rally and duel, Kyle makes it a cradle! TWO, but Kyle CLUBS Wilde to the ropes. Tag to Wagner and they double whip Wilde to double elbow him down! Wagner drags Wilde up and gut wrench suplexes! Wilde flounders to the apron, Wagner storms over but Wilde HOTSHOTS him away! Wilde gets up and dumps Wagner out! Wilde then bumps him off the apron before putting Wagner back in.

Wilde tags Mendoza, and Mendoza throws forearms. Snapmare and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Mendoza rains down forearms, tag to Wilde, and they double whip to a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER, and then the split the wishbone! DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Wilde is frustrated but he wraps on a chinlock. Wagner endures, fights but Wilde throws him down to stomp him! Wilde wraps the chinlock back on and squeezes tight. Wagner endures, even as Wilde thrashes him. Wagner fights up, throws elbows but Wilde wrangles him back down. Wilde leans on the hold but Wagner still endures as NXT returns to single picture.

Wagner fights up, fans rally and duel, and Wilde becomes a backpack! Wagner throws Wilde off, but Wilde gets a foot! Wagner kicks at Wilde, gets free, hot tags to Mendoza and Kyle! Kyle dodges Mendoza to BOOT Wilde, then kitchen sink knees Mendoza! Kyle clinches and fires off knees, KICKS and haymakers! Chest kick and leg sweep! Mendoza gets to ropes, Kyle KICKS the legs out! Mendoza clutches his leg, the ref checks and Kyle runs, but Elektra is in his way! Kyle tells her to get down but she just smirks. Mendoza KNEES Kyle down from behind! Mendoza pumps up and runs in, clothesline and tag! Wilde rolls, runs and clotheslines to tag!

Mendoza clotheslines and tags! Wilde clotheslines and tags! The cycle continues until Mendoza GAMANGIRIS! Tag to Wilde, snap suplex for Kyle and then Mendoza dropkicks Wagner! Kyle gets up but Wilde SWANTONS him down! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Mendoza, Legado has Kyle in a corner and double whips. Wilde runs in but into a BOOT! Mendoza runs in but is dumped out! Wilde gets Kyle’s foot but Kyle kicks him away! Hot tag to Wagner! Wagner rallies on Legado! He whips Wilde to KNEE him down! Then BIG Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Wilde survives and Elektra looks worried. Wagner waits for Wilde to get up, Olympic- No, arm-drag from Wilde!

Wilde runs, Wagner pops him up to uppercut, then OLYMPIC SLAM! Tag to Kyle, PENALTY KICK! Cover, Mendoza breaks it! Mendoza whips but Kyle throws Mendoza out! Tag back to Wagner, he and Kyle coordinate, but Mendoza BOOTS Kyle! Wilde rolls Wagner up with tights! Legado wins!

Winners: Legado Del Fantasma, by pinfall

Wagner and Kyle were just getting going and Legado snuffs the fire out quick! Will Legado gets back towards the tag titles with this? Can Kyle and Wagner keep it together and try again?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

McKenzie is corrected, Melo is the A Champion of NXT, and Melo says tonight’s back to business. No playing around, Melo & Trick are back in their court. They don’t miss. No more Scooby-Doo ghost chase! Andre Chase walks in and says Melo IS the A Champion. Whoa, he’s still alive? Chase wishes them luck, not that they need it. But since they had his back at the haunted house, he’ll have their back in tonight’s main event. Whoa, this is crazy! Melo & Trick head out, but McKenzie asks Chase his thoughts on the social media chatter. Chase looked like a coward- What?! Someone’s getting a Andre Chase University sized ass-kicking for that one!

 

NXT checks back in with Duke’s Poker Room.

Not even Duke can figure out how Grimes is still in the game. He’s got the biggest beginner’s luck ever! This is Duke’s poker room, and Grimes isn’t even paying attention. Grimes, c’mon! Yeah, he hears ya. Then let’s play. Alright, alright. Grimes calls. Pair o’ Jacks from the gentleman on Duke’s right. Triple sevens for the man on Duke’s left. “Man, fellas, I think y’all might got me beat. I just got diamonds.” Grimes has a Flush!? Whoa, a flush? That’s good? The other two guys leave and Hudson criticizes the one guy for going all in on just Jacks. Ain’t no jacks beat Grimes> Alright, enough beginner’s luck. Let’s play.

Another hand for just Duke and Grimes, one of the ladies loses it all and Duke wishes her luck next time. Grimes comes away with more and more, but then his lady friend loses to Duke’s Royal Flush. Duke says it’ll be alright, Grimes will join her soon enough. Grimes won’t let Duke talk to her like that. She did great. This is Duke’s Poker Room, and Duke will talk to people however he likes. And Grimes has no shot with her, anyway. Same as he has no shot at beating Duke. We’ll see about that. NXT will come back later to see how this all unfolds.

 

Andre Chase goes to the ring!

And he actually has a student section cheering him on! Chase gets a mic to say… Well, it doesn’t turn on, so he throws it at the ring crew. He gets a mic that does work, and he says he isn’t usually the kind to respond to baseless rumors. But he just got told that after last week in Lumis’ haunted house, people online are calling him a coward?! A coward?! A coward. Normally, he would be furious with anyone who called him that, but then he understands that what we have right now is a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Tonight, you’ll learn that Chase fears NOTHING. As his student sessions will attest, the only thing to fear around here is Andre Chase!

So if there’s anyone in the back that wants a PhD in getting their asses kicked, come on to the ring and get your degree! But the lights start to dim, and here comes BRON BREAKKER! Will Bron school Chase here in a minute?

Andre Chase VS Bron Breakker!

The bell rings, Chase tags a swing but Bron blocks it easily! Bron keeps the arm caught, reels Chase in and hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then Bron clotheslines Chase up and out of the ring! Chase scrambles as Bron goes chasing him down! Chase swings again, misses and Bron CLOBBERS Chase in return! Fans fire up, Bron brings Chase up and into the ring. Chase wants a timeout or at least some mercy, but then he suckers Bron into elbows and CHOPS! Chase throws hands, kicks, and CLUBS Bron to a corner. Chase cravats, neck wrenches, throws short shoulders and knees, then whips. Bron reverses and runs to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE!

Bron clotheslines and Belly2Belly suplexes again! Fans fire up and bark as the straps come down. Bron grabs Chase and trophy lifts him for the POWERSLAM! Cover, Bron wins!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall

Chase just learned that not all men are created equal, and that he didn’t have a 50-50 chance o’ winnin’ here! Bron gets a mic to say, “Last week at Halloween Havoc, I had the biggest match of my life, and I failed. Tommaso Ciampa set trap after trap, and I fell for each and every one of them.” Ciampa took advantage of Bron’s inexperience, so it is only fair that Bron says Ciampa is the man in NXT. BUT! There’s nothing that pisses Bron off more than losing. So Ciampa, if you think this is done, you’re wrong! Bron will get another shot and he will win, or die trying! Will the teachable moment here be that Bron never gives up?

 

Backstage interview with Imperium.

McKenzie congratulates Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner on their win last week, and they have attracted media attention all over Europe. It’s been over a year, how does it feel to hold gold again? Barthel responds in German saying, “You’re welcome, NXT Universe. After our outstanding performance over many years and nothing but pathetic performances of MSK, we are two-time NXT Tag Team Champions.” Aichner adds in Italian, “No one can keep up with us. We are built different and we don’t compromise with American ideals.” Speaking of new tag team champions, Gigi & Jacy walk in to congratulate Imperium. They definitely look the part.

And so do they! They found out they have a Six Woman Tag next week. Maybe Imperium should watch them? Yes, they definitely will. Barthel mutters to Aichner, “The mat is sacred, but America has its benefits.” Aichner nods as they watch Toxic Attraction leave. Will both new tag team champions reign parallel to each other as NXT 2.0 continues on?

 

Lash Legend hypes up tonight’s Lashing Out.

Tonight’s guest is Tony D’Angelo! Don’t move a muscle, because that’s up next, after the break.

 

NXT presents a new Lashing Out.

Lash welcomes us back, and says November is here. But let’s put things in reverse to talk about how legendary Halloween Havoc was. That means getting into the costumes! Von Wagner as Brad Pitt? Really? But for every Wagner, there is an Ikemen Jiro, he is our hero~! Then don’t even get her started on Grayson Waller. There’s only one host in NXT, and we know who that is: this girl~! But this week, there’s a very special guest. Please welcome… Tony D’Angelo. The audience boos as Tony walks in but he doesn’t mind. He asks, “How you doin’?” Uh, no. He approached her producer, Mark, about being on the show and Mark tells him no. Then Mark disappears!

What, is Tony a magician? Mark was busy telling Tony why he couldn’t be on the show. Well Tony’s in for a surprise, because Mark is back in studio! Oh~! Give a big round of applause for Mark! Mark has his arm in a sling as he takes a seat. Tony says Mark is so cute being nervous on TV. Maybe Mark should say hi to his lovely wife, Laurie. Go ahead, Mark, say hi. Hi… Mark’s got it made! Big beautiful house with the tire swing in the front. His sons, Georgie and Baker, must be so proud! Say hi to your kids, Mark! Say. Hi. H-Hi, boys… See? Now tell Lash everything’s alright. It’s fine, nothing happened. Good. Now take a walk. Mark leaves and Tony says he loves that guy.

But Tony’s goals from the beginning are still the same. One: make as much money as he possibly can, and that’s in the process. Sometimes he feels like smacking guys around, like that shmuck Lumis, or that fugazzi, Gargano. Don’t even get Tony started on “the baddest man in NXT,” Pete Dunne. Or one better, the champion, Ciampa. Tony’s cousin, Adriana, is tougher than him. Oooh, shade! Tony wants to wrap this up, he’s gotta go call Vito. Oh no, you don’t tell Lash how to run her show. Honey, get yourself something nice, okay? Tony slips her a pretty good amount of money then heads out. Lash lets it slide, she’s gotta get her lashes done. See you next time!

 

Medical update on Zoey Stark.

She has been taken to the hospital for a full check-up on that leg, and there will be updates on WWE’s official social media outlets.

 

Solo Sikoa VS Jeet Rama!

Solo is the Street Champion of the Island, but this is his first match here on NXT. Will Solo still be champion of the streets when he walks down #JeetStreet?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Solo knees low, throws more knees then big forearms and even headbutts! Solo boots Jeet to a corner then UPPERCUTS him down! Solo drags Jeet up, fans rally and duel and Jeet throws hands in return! Jeet whips, Solo reverses and runs in to back elbow! Jeet sits down, Solo runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up with Solo, and he BUZZSAWS Jeet down! Jeet is dazed, Solo goes to the corner. Solo climbs up, and FLYING SPLASHES! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

Solo doesn’t even care to have his hand raised, he knows what he just did. Will Solo soon make himself a champion in NXT?

 

Boa talks with Mei Ying.

“It’s time!” Boa heads out, Mei Ying stays on her throne. Will Boa defend the honor of Tian Sha on his own?

LA Knight joins commentary!

The Million Dollar Megastar says Boa’s taking on the “waste of space” Grayson Waller up next, yeah!

 

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen are out grilling.

Briggs takes a swig o’ beer, then says, “Look, lot of people are asking me about my story.” Brooks says, “So here it is.” Brooks grew up in Alabama, loves sports, and Briggs says sports were his outlet. Wasn’t always the best, but he was always the meanest. Brooks says the same, cuz that’s how his dad taught him. His dad taught him how to cook a steak, took. He leaves the steak on the grill so long, Briggs says it comes out medium rare. The only way a man should eat steak. Speaking of, the day Briggs became a man, he got in a fight with a guy during a game, and he took his helmet off to beat that other guy down with it. He put that guy in the hospital.

Brooks says sometimes he beats ’em down so bad, he drove them to the hospital himself. He showed them what a real man looks like. Brooks is playing cornhole while Briggs is playing horseshoes. Dad didn’t care he got kicked off the team, just didn’t want him tarnishing the family name. That’s the only thing that brings Brooks happiness. That and kicking the sh*t out of somebody. So whether it’s at the county fair, on the football field or in the ring, they may not always win, but you will second guess getting in the ring with them.

 

Boa VS Grayson Waller!

NXT returns to the ring and Boa makes his entrance. Then baller Waller makes his entrance and Knight talks himself up on commentary. The bell rings and Boa rushes in! Waller dodges the boot, throws some testing jabs but Boa gives back some kicks. Boa KICKS a leg out, Waller ducks the buzzsaw and rolls Boa up, TWO! Boa rushes in but Waller backslides, TWO! They stand up, Waller snapmares and ghost pins, TWO! Waller shows off doing knee steps, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to hit back! Waller shimmies and shakes, whips but Boa reverses. Boa runs in but Waller elbows him away! Waller kicks, Boa blocks and powers Waller back!

Boa puts Waller in the ropes, KICKS him then STOMPS him down! Boa drags Waller up, snapmares and KICKS him, then brings him up. Waller throws hands, Boa throws body shots. Boa drags Waller down and gets a half straitjacket, then the full straitjacket! Waller endures as Boa jams his knee into his back. Waller fights up, arm-drags out and avoids the ax kick! Waller elbows Boa, but Boa clinches again. Waller breaks free to ROCK Boa with a right, then clothesline and LEG LARIAT! Cravat and some knees, then Waller gets around to spin and DECK Boa! Fans rally up, Knight says he’s gonna take a walk. Waller’s on the ropes but Knight distracts him!

Boa trips Waller off the ropes! ROUNDHOUSE!! Cover, Boa wins!

Winner: Boa, by pinfall

Knight shrugs and says, “Shucks,” to mock Waller. Will Knight continue to ruin the good times for Waller?

 

NXT goes back to Duke’s Poker Room.

Duke says he has Grimes right where he wants him. Grimes should just save himself the humiliation and fold. Grimes calls, and it’s all clubs with a 2, 4 and King. Grimes checks, Duke is pretty sure Grimes missed. $500. Oh, Duke’s looking to win big. Call. Uh oh, a 10 of Hearts. Check. $1000. Oh… Man! What’re we here to do? Gamble! So call! Let’s see it! Another King! Check… Duke says Grimes missed everything. Typical Grimes. Coming up short in life, love and in the ring. And now, on the felt. ALL IN. Grimes grins and calls. The biggest pot in Duke’s Poker Room yet! Grimes reveals he has a FULL HOUSE! Did Grimes just win? YEP!

What? Duke had Aces and Grimes called on two more twos?! Two the moon~! HAHA! Drinks on Grimes! Duke is pissed that he just got played! Will he try to get the upper hand back, in the ring?

 

Kay Lee Ray speaks.

“The landscape of NXT is always changing. New superstars, new alliances, new champions. But what about Kay Lee Ray? I didn’t come here just to make up the numbers. I’ve already told you that everybody is going to pay. And next week, I start to rage!” Will the Scary Queen of Scots finally make her mark on NXT in the Fall?

 

Boa returns to Mei Ying.

But she’s gone?! He kneels by the chair, and now HE is the Dragon Emperor! What does this mean for Tian Sha in NXT?

 

Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!

The Psycho Killer is STILL NXT Champion, and still clutching Goldie close to his black heart. Ciampa gets the mic to say, “Halloween Havoc was a changing of the guard here in NXT.” He loves the fans, but there was a shift in NXT. Imperium are the new NXT Tag Team Champions, Mandy Rose is the new NXT Women’s Champion and Toxic Attraction are the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions. Bron Breakker was supposed to be new NXT Campion, but only problem is, nobody told Ciampa! Now while Bron earned respect last week, there was one thing for sure: “Tommaso Ciampa is the GOD of NXT!”

And with the title comes great responsibility, and a target on Ciampa’s back. “Hell, with that said, this is usually the time…” And out comes Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams! Trick wants Ciampa to calm down, and Melo tells Ciampa, “I really hate to be that guy, but let’s keep it real, I am that guy.” Talk that talk! Melo feels like he’s the one that needs to come out here and put Ciampa in check. Ciampa, if you look around, it isn’t about you anymore. There’s a new school on the rise, and Melo is the leader of it. So Melo will tell Tommaso something, and take this with the most disrespect: As long as Melo is here with this title, Ciampa takes a backseat to him.

Because he IS the A Champion of NXT, and that’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Trick backs Melo up but Ciampa has the fans singing, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you~!” Hard to hear Melo over all that. And Ciampa will say this: Melo almost had him, but then he took the glasses off and Ciampa looked into his eyes and thought, “Damn. He don’t believe a word he’s saying, does he?” But if Melo wants to prove himself, if he’s feeling froggy, then jump. Trick says Ciampa’s tripping. Last time they checked, Melo & Trick are the main event! The people are here to see them! But then Ciampa DECKS Trick! Melo isn’t sure what to do but Ciampa says HIS title is the one that matters!

Fans are fired up as the two top champions in NXT stare down, but Melo and Trick stay back. Ciampa heads out, but Gargano makes his way in. Ciampa and Gargano meet again after a long, long time, and the tension is palpable. Will Melo and Trick be able to refocus on Johnny Wrestling and his sinister son in law?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Johnny Gargano & Dexter Lumis!

NXT returns and Lumis makes his entrance now. He and Gargano high-five on the ramp, and then the teams sort out. Gargano wants Lumis to rock-paper-scissors with him, but Lumis just gives a thumbs up. Lumis starts with Trick and the fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” Trick fires himself up but Lumis isn’t even fazed by the posturing and puffing up of his chest. Tag to Melo, Melo does a rope-a-dope, but then he backs off to tag Trick. But Lumis slithers up to him and scares Melo to an open corner! Trick gets in to fire off hands and whip Lumis to ropes. Lumis reverses, Trick ducks and dodges, only for Lumis to THESZ PRESS for fast hands!

Lumis lets off to drag Trick up and wrench. Tag to Gargano, he hops up and drops ax handles on the arm. Gargano wrenches, tags Lumis, and Lumis goes up to drop, and then uppercut Trick! Lumis drags Trick up, wrenches and wristlocks but Trick throws body shots! Tag to Melo, he says he’s got this, but then Lumis blocks the boot! Lumis brings Melo over just like that and tags in Gargano. Melo gets free but Gargano dares him to bring it. Melo shoves, Gargano shoves back. Melo headlocks but Gargano rolls him away to sweep the legs. Melo avoids the cover, Oklahoma Roll but Gargano rolls through to schoolboy. Melo dodges the kick, goes Eddy Gordo but Gargano blocks.

Melo is in a corner, he puts Gargano outside but Gargano slingshot SPEARS Melo down! Fans fire up for Johnny Wrestling and he brings Melo up to CHOP him against the ropes! Gargano tags Lumis, they double whip and double hip toss to TOSS Melo. Trick is there to help Melo, but they run into DOUBL EHIP TOSSES! And double dropkicks! Gargano slithers around with Lumis while Melo wants a breather. Melo and Trick regroup but get spooked by the double slithering! Gargano and Lumis give thumbs up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Lumis goes out and stalks Melo and Trick as they go around the way. Gargnao kicks Trick, Lumis CLUBS Melo and puts him in the ring. Lumis CLUBS Melo again, then brings him around to scoop and SLAM! Then he drops running ax handles! Cover, TWO! Lumis brings Melo up, tags Gargano, and he feeds Melo to Gargano’s boots. Gargano stalks Melo now, brings him up, and whips Melo to ropes. Melo reverss, RTrick gets a cheap shot in! Gargano swipes at Trick, Meloa springboard LARIATS Gargano down! Tag to Trick and he gets to stomp Gargano while talking some smack. Trick gets Gargano up, tags Melo, and they mug Gargano.

Melo throws hands, tags Trick back in, they mug Gargano more, but Gargano kicks back from below. Trick stomps, Gargano kicks, repeat. Trick brings Gargano up and CLUBS him back down. Trick talks trash to the Gargano fans and CLUBS Gargano again. Trick brings Gargano up, tags Melo back in, and they mug Gargano more. Melo throws forearms, tags Trick back in, and NXT returns to single picture as they double whip Gargano to the open corner. Melo runs in but is put out! Trick runs in but misses the splash! Trick staggers, hurries after Gargano and gets a foot! Gargano hops up to ENZIGURI! But Melo trips Lumis!

Fans boo but Trick throws a body shot then an uppercut on Gargano, then hits a LEAPING LARIAT! Tag to Melo, he and Trick double shoulder tackle Gargano down! Trick gives Melo a boost for the springboard leg drop! Cover, TWO! Melo drags Gargano up to throw forearms, then he gives a thumbs down to Lumis. Melo KICKS Gargano to the corner, tags in Trick, and Trick throws hands and RAMS his shoulder into Gargano. Trick taunts Lumis but Gargano BOOTS him! Gargano elbows Melo, runs but Trick catches him! Gargano sunset flips, ONE, Trick gets legs but Gargano rolls through! Hot tags to Melo and Lumis!

Lumis rallies on Melo with big hands! The uppercut sends Melo to a corner, Lumis clotheslines and BULLDOGS! Trick runs in but is sent right back out! Lumis stalks Melo to back suplex! And kip up to drop the leg! Fans fire up for Lumis and “NXT! NXT!” Lumis gets Melo up to suplex and rebound suplex off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Fans argue, “That was Three! That was Three!” Lumis drags Melo around, back suplex but Melo lands on his feet and falls back to tag Trick! Trick BOOTS Lumis but Gargano tags in. Gargano runs into Trick’s forearms! Gargano ducks the kicks to SUPERKICK! Melo boots but Gargano blocks and sends it into Trick!

Tag to Lumis, and Gargano puts on a glove! Stereo UPPERCUTS! And SUPERKICKS! Trick and Melo are down, Lumis goes up to MACHO ELBOW on Trick! Cover, Melo breaks it! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” while Gargano is surprised! Melo gets to the corner, tags in, but so does Gargano. Melo and Gargano stare down and “This is Awesome!” Melo and Gargano step to each other and Melo throws the first forearm! Gargano gives it back! Melo CHOPS, Gargano CHOPS back! Melo wavers, Gargano eggs him on, so Melo THROAT CHOPS! But Gargano come back with furious forearms! Melo rebounds and rolls of Gargano’s back!

Melo blocks the superkick, Gargano blocks the knee, but Melo mule kicks and front kicks to BOOT! Gargano rebounds to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans are thunderous again, tag to Lumis! Lumis reels Melo in, SIDE EFFECT! Trick distracts the ref as Lumis puts on THE SILENCE! Gargano DECKS Trick but that distracts the ref! Trick takes off his shoe to SMACK Lumis with it!! But Gargano DIVES to take Trick down! Melo goes up for the FLYING FAMOUSER!! Cover, Melo & Trick win!!

Winners: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams, by pinfall

Trick proves he can be tricky, and he helps Melo snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Will the leader of the new school make sure Johnny Wrestling doesn’t get back to the A Title of NXT?


My Thoughts:

A really good NXT but also really stuffed full again. There was a lot to that opening segment for the NXT Women’s Division and all the titles. First, I’m pretty sure Gigi & Jacy mugging Zoey Stark is to cover for a legit injury that she’s letting heal up. That one landing she took last week was definitely rough so it’s clever to use story to give her time off. Kacy & Kayden getting to move up to go for the tag titles is great, but I feel like Shirai getting a shot at the singles title could be a way to establish Mandy’s reign while being Shirai’s last shot before perhaps moving her to RawDown. At this point, she might end up teaming with Asuka to repeat the momentary success of Kabuki Warriors and give some strength to the RawDown Women’s Tag Division.

Dakota Kai gets an easy win over Cora Jade, but Jade still needs some work. There were some really awkward sells, this is definitely the developmental part of NXT coming back under 2.0 Era. Dakota spares Jade, pushing a bit of moral conflict within her. Kay Lee Ray has another decent promo video, but I really hoped this was the week she’d show up and just go after someone. Hopefully she does that next week. MSK going on a journey to find the man behind their name is interesting, I wonder who they’re getting for that role. Imperium had a good promo in combination with Toxic Attraction, and I’ll admit, funny stuff having even super serious Imperium taking a liking to Toxic Attraction. I bet Walter shows up to keep these guys focused on the mat.

Stone and Quinn had a hilarious segment. I do like Quinn shows his dimension, having both his serious side and his fun loving side. His interaction with Legado Del Fantasma is intriguing. Speaking of Legado, they had a great match with Wagner & Kyle, but of course Legado wins. Kyle and Wagner have a story of trying to make it work as two guys only now even spending time together. Solo Sikoa gets a quick win for his first match, and I almost thought he was just teasing a splash to shout out the Usos and then he wins with a submission or strike attack. Much like Bron, there’s a lot they can do to tease his connection to his family and yet never namedrop them so it’s just a nice little inside joke kinda thing.

Speaking of Bron, I like that they blended his post-Havoc story with Andre Chase’s. I feel like Bron could’ve brought up his family roots here but he chose to just stick to his own character’s determination. We got a decent Lashing Out, and Tony intimidating Mark the entire time was great stuff. The vignette for Briggs & Brooks was great, but really tricky to do in this kind of written form. Briggs & Brooks drawing parallels between themselves does a bit better for their team story than the origins of “We got in a bar fight and now we’re buds.” Give it time, maybe these two can actually be a top team.

Another good blending of stories, with Knight screwing Waller over and Boa getting that win. I’m just a little disappointed that they seem to be phasing Tian Sha out. They had a chance to make that a strong faction, but they waited a little too long, Xia Li got hurt and then got the nod for going to SmackDown. Boa seems to be taking over, maybe he recruits new members, maybe it ends here and Boa is just Tian Sha in all aspects and Karen Q returns as herself. The Duke’s Poker Room thread throughout the night was good, and of course Grimes wins. This definitely will spur on a match in the ring, and who knows how that goes, but we could get a good feud out of this.

Ciampa had a pretty good promo segment with Melo and Trick, and it could turn into a Champion VS Champion feud at some point. I really loved that Ciampa and Gargano encountered each other on the entryway. Great continuity for us fans still watching after the transition, could even be a hook to make newer fans want to go back and watch the 1.0 days on like Peacock or something. The tag main event was great stuff, and I should’ve figured the Heels would win through some sneaky tactics. Gargano can still get his title match with Melo since Lumis took the loss, and I feel like Gargano loses to help bolster Melo’s reign.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/19/24)

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

Tomohiro Ishii joins The Conglomeration to take on The Undisputed Kingdom! Will this Freshly Squeezed formation tear down Strong, Taven & Bennett?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom; The Conglomeration wins.
  • Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners; Jericho & Bill win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher; Suzuki wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell; Kris wins.
  • The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party; The Lucha Brothers win.

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Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

While Mark Briscoe will be facing Roderick Strong next Friday for the ROH World Championship, his friends of Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii will be taking on Roddy, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett right here tonight! Will Freshly Squeezed, The Violent Artist & the Stone Pitbull tear The Kingdom down? Or will Rampage in Little Rock be Undisputed?

The trios sort out, Roddy starts against Kyle, and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and go around. They fight for control in the clinch, end up on ropes, but then move around again. Roddy wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Kyle spins and drop toeholds. Kyle floats to a waistlock but Roddy fights up. Roddy wrenches out, headlocks for the takeover, but Kyle rolls to a cover! ONE, but Roddy does not let go of the headlock. Roddy shifts to a clinch, but Kyle trips him up and floats for a leg. Roddy kicks at Kyle but Kyle stays close. Roddy wants a leg but Kyle kneels on Roddy to block. They knuckle lock, and Roddy fights up.

Roddy waistlocks, Kyle arm-drags to throw Roddy down, but Roddy trips Kyle. Kyle uses his leg guard but Roddy cartwheels away, and the fans cheer the stand off! The two reset, but then Cassidy tags in. Taven also tags in, and Cassidy runs up to get around. Cassidy headlocks, Taven powers up and out, then drops down to hurdle over. Cassidy blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Cassidy arm-drags, then he fakes Taven out! Taven is mad but Cassidy DROPKICKS him! Cassidy kips up, is a little wobbly for it, but the fans cheer. Ishii grabs Taven’s hair to keep him cornered while Cassidy storms over.

Cassidy tags Ishii, they double whip and then Ishii runs Taven over! Taven scrambles away, tags Bennett, but Ishii just runs Bennett over! And runs him over again! Taven comes back but gets run over! Roddy runs in and RAMS Ishii, but Ishii rebounds to run Roddy over! The fans fire up but The Kingdom mugs Ishii! The fans boo while The Kingdom reels Ishii in. Ishii fights the double suplex! Ishii tries to double suplex The Kingdom! The Kingdom CLUBS away on Ishii, but Cassidy steps in, as does Kyle! They help Ishii DOUBLE SUPLEX The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Cassidy flexes while he and Kyle stand down.

Ishii dares Roddy to get in, then he goes to Bennett. Ishii bumps Bennett off buckles, tags Kyle, and Kyle tags Cassidy. The Conglomeration has Bennett against ropes so that Kyle can KICK, Ishii can CHOP, and Cassidy can “chop.” KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! CHOP! Now Cassidy’s getting into it! KICK, CHOP, CHOP! Bennett sputters, Kyle & Ishii feed him to Cassidy’s SHOTGUN! Ishii covers, TWO! Bennett flounders around but Ishii stomps him, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Roddy shouts at Ishii but Ishii drags Bennett up and over to bump off buckles. Tag to Cassidy and he brings Bennett up to snapmare. Cassidy “runs” to LAZY ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Cassidy keeps Bennett from The Kingdom and tags in Kyle. They mug Bennett, then Kyle wrenches Bennett to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kyle hammerlocks, spins Bennett and snapmares him into a seated COBRA TWIST! Bennett endures, Cassidy gets in the shot so he can thumbs up, and then Kyle rolls Bennett into a cobra cradle! But Taven & Roddy distract the ref! Kyle lets Bennett go, and he stomps Bennett at the ropes.

Kyle bumps Bennett off Cassidy’s foot, then tags in Ishii. Ishii stalks Bennett, CHOPS him, but Bennett CHOPS back! Ishii doesn’t even flinch! Bennett CHOPS again, and that hurts his hand more than it does Ishii’s chest! Bennett CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS Bennett down! Rampage returns to single picture as Bennett sputters. Ishii CHOPS him again, and again, and again! Taven runs in, Ishii kicks him low, and fires a CHOP! Ishii CHOPS Taven, CHOPS Bennett, repeat! The CHOPS keep going, fans “WOO~!” and then Ishii runs. But Roddy trips Ishii up! The ref reprimands, Ishii BOOTS Roddy, and then Ishii breaks The Kingdom’s double clothesline!

Ishii comes back, he DOUBLE LARIATS The Kingdom, but Roddy DROPKICKS Ishii right after! The fans rally while Ishii and Bennett crawl again. Bennett hot tags Roddy and Roddy scoops Ishii for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy drags Ishii up to push him into the corner. Roddy CHOPS and Ishii sure felt that one! Roddy CHOPS again, then brings him around. Roddy fires forearms and haymakers, but the fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” Tag to Taven, he fires hands on Ishii. Taven snapmares Ishii to then CHOP him! Taven talks smack, then he sucker punches Cassidy! Taven tries to convince Kyle he’s on the wrong side, but Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Taven!

Taven flounders, the fans rally up, hot tag to Kyle! Bennett jumps in but gets a kitchen sink knee for it! Kyle BOOTS Taven, KICKS Bennett, then he KICKS Taven! Roddy steps in, but then steps out when Kyle spots him. So Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy! Kyle fires off strikes on Taven, but Taven avoids the leg sweep! Taven CLAWS Kyle’s eyes, says he doesn’t wanna do this, but then Ishii ROCKS Taven! Kyle reels Taven into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Bennett hurries in but Cassidy CROSSBODIES Bennett down! Taven powers up but Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy again! Taven fights but Ishii tags in.

Ishii takes Taven and suplexes while Kyle aims, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Ishii covers, Bennett breaks it! Bennett ROCKS Kyle, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Bennett stops the DDT! Bennett suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And then AX & SMASH from Kyle! Ishii LARIATS Bennett inside-out! The Conglomeration regroups while the fans fire up! Kyle runs to forearm SMASH Taven in the corner! Cassidy SMASHES, too! Then Ishii corner LARIATS! They hoist Taven up, Ishii climbs, but Roddy & Bennett wipe out Kyle & Cassidy! Roddy goes after Ishii, helps Bennett pick Ishii up as a backpack, and Taven adjusts up top.

The fans boo but Roddy helps Bennett hit the PROTON PACK! And Taven adds the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Ishii survives that onslaught and shocks The Kingdom! The fans fire up while Taven tags Ishii. Roddy drags Ishii up, knees him and CLUBS him, then ROCKS him! Roddy fires more shots but Ishii fires boxing elbows in return! Roddy spins but Ishii SWATS the Strong Knee! But then Roddy KNEES Ishii’s lariat! Roddy fires elbows of his own, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Cassidy tags in and goes up! The Kingdom runs in but Cassidy leaps over them both! Cassidy then baits The Kingdom in and DUMPS The Kingdom out!

Cassidy builds speed to DIVE, but The Kingdom catch him! They RAM him into apron, RAM him into railing, then set him up for Roddy to WRECK him with a dropkick! The Kingdom soaks up the heat while Rampage goes picture in picture again.

Roddy hauls Cassidy up to RAILING BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, Taven ROCKS him, and Roddy puts Cassidy in the ring. Roddy tags Taven in, they stomp Cassidy, and Taven drags Cassidy up. Taven puts Cassidy in the corner but Cassidy fights back with forearms and elbows for everyone! Cassidy slides under Taven, but Taven anchors his legs! Cassidy kicks Taven away, Bennett runs in and he drags Cassidy back. Cassidy BOOTS Bennett away so Roddy anchors him now! Cassidy reaches out, but Roddy drags him back and deadlifts him for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy digs a knee in, pulls Cassidy back with a chinlock, but Cassidy endures.

Roddy grabs an arm, he drags Cassidy back, and he hits a BACKSTABBER! Tag to Bennett and he covers, TWO! Bennett drags Cassidy up to CHOP him back down! Bennett drags Cassidy up again to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bennett keeps on Cassidy with a facelock, tags Taven in, and The Kingdom mugs Cassidy. Taven scoops Cassidy to BACKBREAKER, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Taven stomps a mudhole into Cassidy. Tag to Bennett but Roddy also steps in. Bennett drags Cassidy up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Taven back in. The Kingdom set Cassidy up and run in! Bennett forearm SMASHES, but then Cassidy TOSSES Taven! Roddy runs up to KNEE Cassidy, Taven BOOTS Kyle! Roddy puts Cassidy up, and they try this again! PROTON- NO, Cassidy slips free to shove Bennett into Taven! Taven gets stuck up top, and Cassidy dodges Roddy! Hot tag to Ishii! Roddy kicks Ishii, but Ishii suplexes to BRAINBUSTER Roddy! Ishii catches Bennett, to BRAINBUSTER!

Taven finally sits up but Ishii is after him first! The fans fire up as Ishii gives Taven a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Roddy breaks it! Kyle steps in and he brawls with Roddy! The fans fire up as forearm after forearm fly back and forth! Roddy ROCKS Kyle, Kyle KNEES Roddy! Roddy avoids the ax kick to fire elbow after elbow! Only to run into a KNEE! Snapmare and Ishii SLIDING LARIATS! Taven SUPERKICKS Ishii, Bennett fireman’s carries Kyle! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP of the knee! Ishii ENZIGIRIS Bennett! Cassidy rises, Ishii gives him the tag! Cassidy goes up to leap and sunset flip Taven! Bennett breaks it!

Bennett whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cassidy fires up and the fans are with him! Kyle joins in, they stand Bennett up! FRESHLY SQUEEZED ANNIHILATION! Roddy runs up to BOOT Cassidy! Kyle turns Roddy around but gets a STRONG KNEE for it! Ishii spins Roddy around, Roddy dodges and returns, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Cassidy returns to ORANGE- NO, Taven dodges! But then Cassidy ducks the leg lariat to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, The Conglomeration wins!

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

A powerful trios match opens Rampage, but wait, here comes Don Callis. Why’s this creep here? The fans boo him, but Callis smiles. Cassidy sees Callis and winds up the hand! But Kyle Fletcher attacks from behind! The Aussie Arrow stomps away on Cassidy at the ropes, then rains down fists! The fans boo but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe! The Sussex County Chicken won’t let The Protostar get away with this! He ROCKS and UPPERCUTS Kyle, then LARIATS Kyle up and out! Only for a STRONG KNEE to take Mark down! Roddy stomps Cassidy, then stomps Mark! Roddy holds up the belt and shouts, “This is mine!”

The fans boo but The Undisputed Kingdom stand tall, holding up all three belts. Will nothing stop them from conquering ROH at Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Arkady Aura is with Saraya & Harley Cameron, and says we haven’t seen Saraya wrestle since her first round loss in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Harley speaks up and asks how that’s supposed to be Saraya’s fault. Why point the finger of blame at her? Maybe it is this company’s fault! Because Saraya has been spending this whole time training, getting “Wembley Ready,” and being an unproblematic icon! Saraya says Harley is right, and do you know why? Because AEW is scared of Saraya. The AEW Women’s Division is scared of her! Because she is the living legend, she understands.

Last year at All In, Saraya had the world at her feet! Now, they’re just keeping her off the show. Harley says doing All In Wembley without Saraya is like doing Beverly Hills Cop without Eddie Murphy! Saraya says yeah, that’s why they’re keeping her away. But they can’t do the show without her because she IS the show. All roads lead to Wembley, baby, and it doesn’t matter who she has to step on to get there. Then just who will The Outcasts take out in order to have their moment?

 

Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners!

While The Learning Tree has to defend that “For The World” Championship this Wednesday on Dynamite, he and The Redwood are not shying away from competition. Will Jericho & Bill show the world they’re not afraid of big bad Minoru Suzuki? Or will Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum be the ones to teach The Learning Tree a thing or two?

The teams sort out and Bill starts against Truth. The fans rally, Truth gets around to headlock, but Bill powers up to TOSS Truth away! Truth flounders to his corner, Turbo tags in, and Turbo steps up to Bill. Jericho isn’t even taking this match seriously, he’s checking his phone! Bill knees Turbo low, CLUBS him down, but Truth tags back in. Truth runs and leaps, but Bill catches him! Bill grins, gives a thumbs up, then SLAMS Truth down! Bill says the fans know what’s up. But then Turbo tags in and The Outrunners DOUBLE CLUB Bill! Bill just frowns…! Bill turns around, he runs up, but The Outrunners dodge to DOUBLE DROPKICK!

Bill stays up but The Outrunners fire up. They spin and handshake, while flexing! Bill frowns, Truth sees and warns Turbo. Turbo looks and Bill DECKS him! Bill DECKS Truth, too! Bill then runs to BOOT Truth out of the ring! Turbo staggers up, Jericho keeps checking his phone, but Turbo CHOPS! Bill sighs and Turbo begs for mercy. Bill puts Turbo in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! And he fires off haymaker after haymaker! Bill laughs as he stomps a mudhole into Turbo! The ref counts but Bill keeps going! Bill lets off, laughs some more, and Jericho says look out. Truth CHOPS Bill, but then he begs for forgiveness.

Bill powers Truth to a corner with one hand! Then he runs to SPLASH Turbo! SPLASH for Truth, SPLASH for Turbo! BOOT for Truth, and then Bill choke grips Turbo. SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! And then he tags Jericho! Jericho smirks and waves to the fans. “Hi, guys~!” Cover, Jericho & Bill win!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Bad Apple Keith kicks Truth out of the ring, then he stands tall with his guys. Keith tells the Outrunners to respect Chris Jericho, but he and Bill won’t be around to help Jericho on Wednesday. Will Jericho be able to survive Minoru Suzuki in the shadow of Blood & Guts? Or will Suzuki tear down The Learning Tree #ForTheWorld?

Wait, speaking of Suzuki, here he comes! He has his own match tonight, but he wants to look Jericho in the eye one more time before Dynamite. Will the Meanest Man in the World make an example out of The Butcher?

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

Rampage returns and The Butcher is already in the ring. The bell rings and Butcher talks some smack on Suzuki. Butcher then fires a forearm, but Suzuki comes back with a forearm of his own. Butcher RAMS Suzuki into a corner, the ref counts, but Butcher lets off at 4. Suzuki eggs Butcher on but Butcher pie faces Suzuki. Butcher dares Suzuki to bring it, so Suzuki fires off fast hands and forearms! Suzuki ROCKS Butcher in the corner, then goes corner to corner, so he can BOOT! Butcher staggers, Suzuki snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY- NO! Butcher blocks the kick! Butcher CLUBS the leg, then trips Suzuki.

Butcher has a standing toehold as he traps one of Suzuki’s legs. Suzuki just eggs Butcher on! Butcher stomps the leg, drops an elbow on it, then he drags Suzuki up. Butcher CLUBS Suzuki, but Suzuki just snarls. Butcher CHOPS, but Suzuki isn’t impressed. Butcher CHOPS again, Suzuki eggs him on, so Butcher fires more CHOPS! Suzuki just laughs! Butcher ROCKS Suzuki, kicks low, then kicks again. Butcher reels Suzuki in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Suzuki and he fires body shots on Butcher. Suzuki ROCKS Butcher, but Butcher HEADBUTTS! Butcher vows to break Suzuki’s back!

Butcher half nelsons, but Suzuki slips around to waistlock. Butcher elbows free, runs, but Suzuki follows, drop steps to get around, and has the SLEEPER! Suzuki wrangles Butcher, squeezes tight, but Butcher endures. Suzuki spins Butcher around and reels him in, and the fans fire up for the Gotch Lift! Butcher’s big, but Suzuki still lifts him, holds him up, and then PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, Suzuki wins!

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

A gritty fight for Suzuki and Butcher, and this was in a normal match! What won’t Suzuki do to Jericho when it is FTW Rules?

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

Mark Briscoe says, “For those of you who may or may not have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you are looking at the group that has come to be known as The Conglomeration. You know about my main man with the game plan, OC, and Kyle O’Reilly. Let me introduce to you Tomohiro Ishii, henceforth to be known as Big Time! That’s right! Here in The Conglomeration, there is only two rules. First and foremost, you gotta be down to conglomerate. And secondly, you cannot in any way, shape or form, be a s*it head!” Kyle shrugs and nods, because it’s true.

Mark then says that brings us to the word of the day! The word of the day is… Discombobulation! Kyle asks the country of origin. American! Can he use it in a sentence? In the midst of Mark’s discombobulation, Roderick Strong cracked him in the jaw with a knee, and stood over him, holding up Mark’s ROH World Championship high in the air! Now that done pissed Mark off, Roddy! He’s known Roddy a long time, and Roddy knows better than that! So next week, Death Before Dishonor, Mark has something for Roddy!

But before that, tomorrow night’s Collision, #BigTime Ishii is going to take Roddy on 1v1! No Kingdom, no Conglomeration, and damn sure no Don Callis Family at ringside! Roddy VS Ishii, and we’ll show y’all how we do in The Conglomeration! Because they’re ’bout to RARARARARA!! The Chicken is all fired up, but will the Stone Pitbull be able to take a big bite out of the Savior of the Backbreaker?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor knows The Babe with the Power wants payback on her just as badly as she wants to run Willow’s life. But while Willow went and won the CMLL Women’s World Championship, Kris has just been grumbling and plotting with Big Stoke. Will Kris make an example out of Sydni tonight? Or will the Heart of Hutchinson, Kansas be unbreakable?

The bell rings and Kris DISCUS LARIATS right away! Stoke fires up but the fans are torn as Kris hauls Sydni back up. Kris ROCKS Sydni, CHOPS her, then fires off haymakers in the corner! The ref counts, Kris stomps a mudhole in, then she digs her boots in. The ref counts, Kris gets in his face about it, then goes back to Sydni. Kris drags Sydni up to snap suplex! Sydni flounders but Stokely smiles. Kris runs corner to corner, UPPERCUTS, then goes side to side, but Sydni ELBOWS her! Sydni fires forearm snow and has Kris in a corner! The fans fire up, Sydni fires up, and she whips. Kris reverses to then scoop and pop Sydni around!

Kris tucks Sydni in for STATURDAY NIGHT FEVER!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

As Stokely says, every night is #StaturdayNight, especially when Kris wins like that. She has Stoke stand on her while she does push-ups just to show off, but will Kris be ready when Willow returns with a vengeance?

 

Holo.grm loads up.

Whoever this mysterious masked man is, he is ready, and he promises that tomorrow night on Collision, we will see him debut! Will Holo.grm prove to be more than meets the eye?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Collision is already stacked with Strong VS Ishii, Holo.grm’s debut, and the Unified World Trios Championship match, The Patriarchy VS The Bang Bang Gang, but Skye Blue’s challenge to Hikaru Shida has been answered! Will the Shining Samurai cut through the Chicago Skye to find her way back to the top of the ranks? We’ll also see Darby Allin return to action against The Beast Mortis! Will The Relentless One sharpen his edge for Blood & Guts? Plus, the Lumberjack match has been made official! Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo, with other AEW stars all around ringside, will this be where La Mera Mera and The Virtuosa finally settle the score?

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix are looking to get in on the tag title chase, but so are Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy. While The Acclaimed still have to shoot their shot at The Young Bucks, which team will be waiting for them on the other side?

The teams sort out and Fenix starts against Brother Zay. The fans rally, Zay offers a handshake, and Fenix takes it. But then Fenix ROCKS Zay! Zay ROCKS Fenix back, they fire forearms, and Zay fires forearms again and again. Zay whips, Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY! Fenix kicks, SOBATS, KICKS a leg, then kicks again, but Zay blocks! Zay steps over, GAMANGIRI! Zay runs, but Fenix pops him up, only for Zay to RANA! Zay whips, Fenix reverses but Zay reverses back. Fenix goes up and out to the apron, Zay runs in, Fenix dodges the triangle jump, and then Fenix slingshot SENTONS! Fenix stands Zay up, but Zay fights the underhooks!

Zay RAMS Fenix into the corner, tags Quen, and Quen rolls Fenix up, TWO! Fenix comes back, but gets a pop-up DROPKICK for it! Penta tags in and the fans fire up! Penta blocks, Quen blocks then Quen ROCKS Penta! Quen goes up, brings Penta to the top with him, but Penta CLUBS Quen! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen, then slingshots up to SUPER RANA Quen away! The fans fire up, Quen returns but Penta BOOTS him! Quen tries again, Penta pops him up and SUPERKICKS him while upside-down! Quen flops to the apron then the floor and the fans fire up. Penta builds speed, but Zay CROSSBODIES him!

Fenix MISSILE DROPKICKS Zay! Quen returns to PELE Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Zay and Fenix bail out, Penta and Quen slowly stand up. Penta eggs Quen on, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Quen steps up to Penta, and Penta says uno momento. Penta dramatically takes off his glove, but Quen says no, let him. “SHOTS! SHOTS!” Penta says okay, listen! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Quen, so Quen comes back to say “SHOTS!” “CERO! MIEDO!” “SHOTS!” They go back and forth, taunt for taunt, then Penta CHOPS! Quen is stinging but he composes himself. Quen comes back, CHOPS, but that hurts his hand more than it does Penta’s body! Penta says okay, and he unbuttons Quen’s shirt, to CHOP him down! The fans fire up with Penta as he does a “SHOTS! SHOTS!” dance! So Quen returns to fire forearms!

Quen ROCKS Penta, runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but Quen BOOTS him down! Quen nods, runs up, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, Penta blocks a kick to HEEL KICK, only for Quen to ROUNDHOUSE back! Both men wobble, then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! Both men fall and the fans fire back up! Quen and Penta crawl, hot tags to Zay and Fenix! Fenix ROCKS Zay, Zay ROCKS Fenix, and Fenix fires off a strike fest! Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” But Zay wrenches out to facelock back! But Fenix fights the suplex, wrenches out, and KICKS Zay!

Fenix reels Zay in, but then Zay wrenches out. Zay reels Fenix back in, but Fenix wrenches out to mule kick. Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” but Zay wrenches out to ROCK Fenix! Zay eggs Fenix on, pie faces, and he fires a forearm! Fenix fires back, they go back and forth, and the fans rally up. Fenix and Zay huff ‘n’ puff, and they keep throwing shots! Zay gets the edge, but Fenix returns in kind! Rampage returns to single picture as they both throw forearms at the same time, again and again! It is fast and furious and the fans love it! Penta runs in just to BLAST Quen! The Lucha Bros mug Zay, double whip, but Quen is there for some SILLY STRONG!

Penta flounders out, Quen HOTSHOTS Fenix! Zay brings Fenix around, Quen goes up, AFTER PARTY STOMPS! Quen goes up and up to ESCALARA SENTON onto Penta! Zay SWANTON BOMBS Fenix! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and shocks Zay! The fans rally up and Zay brings Fenix up. Tag to Quen, and Private Party puts Fenix up top. Quen runs up, GIN- NO, Fenix holds onto the corner and Quen tumbles! Penta also waistlocks Zay but Zay fights free with elbows. Penta shoves Zay so that Fenix can tightrope walk PENALTY KICK! Then Penta SLINGBLADES Zay down! Quen gets in, he gets a SLINGBLADE, too!

The fans fire up for “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta brings Quen in but Quen slips free and shoves Penta into Fenix! Fenix lands on his firebird and Quen helps Zay up. GIN & JUICE!! Cover, but Penta returns to break it and hit a DESTROYER on Zay!! Quen is shocked while Little Rock is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as “A E DUB!” gives us this main event. Quen drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix eggs Quen on so Quen stomps away on him! Quen drags Fenix up, reels him in, but Fenix wrenches out to underhook and BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!! Fenix tags Penta and they aim at Zay. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Quen is alone, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Then Penta drags Quen up and Fenix goes up! Tuck and “CERO! MIEDO!” LB PILEDRIVER!! Then Fenix DIVES onto Zay for good measure! Penta covers, Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Private Party put up a fight to be sure, but Penta y Fenix just wanted it that much more! Will the Lucha Brothers be watching Blood & Guts very, very closely?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage here, and even the squash matches served some purpose. Kris crushing Sydni was mostly for momentum, but it felt like that was the first real showing of Kris’ Heel attitude with her trash talking the whole time. Jericho letting Bill do all the work against The Outrunners was naturally how that match was going, but it works perfectly in character and story for them. And Jericho crossing paths with Suzuki before Suzuki puts Butcher away rather quickly was good, too. The go home math is therefore even ahead of their FTW Championship match, but I wonder if Jericho was texting someone who could interfere for him since Keith & Bill can’t. But it can’t be Jeff Cobb, though, he’s locked in for NJPW’s G1 Climax.

Very good promo from The Outcasts, and while Toni Storm VS Mariah May is one title match and Mercedes Mone VS Britt Baker is another, Saraya could end up putting out an open challenge and it is answered by someone big from Stardom or CMLL for a first-time-ever kind of match to make All In even more historic. Great tag team main event from Lucha Brothers VS Private Party, with it mostly being for momentum. Private Party has finally been back on track now that both guys are healthy, but Lucha Bros winning out made sense. Penta & Fenix have been great as a team and as individuals, they’re both primed to take on just about any team or even singles champs if needed.

And great opener from The Conglomeration and The Undisputed Kingdom, even though I’m surprised they did such a Six Man Tag already. The Conglomeration winning could still feed into my idea that Cassidy & Kyle get an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Death Before Dishonor, but it also gives us a reason for Ishii VS Roddy tomorrow night. Great promo from Mark Briscoe in that, too, he continues to be one of the best underappreciated promo guys in all of wrestling today. I feel like Mark is going to retain the title against Roddy given how Shane Taylor is gunning for Mark, but that really depends on if Tony Khan is even paying attention to his own shows.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/19/24)

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

After last week’s brutal attack by The Bloodline, Cody Rhodes will open tonight’s SmackDown to show he is not intimidated by their actions!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes; Andrade wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven; Bianca wins.
  • Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax; Mia wins.
  • Cody Rhodes & Kevin Owens VS A-Town Down Under; Cody & Kevin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

Omaha, Nebraska fires up as The American Nightmare makes his way out. The fans sing along with the song, “WHOA~ OH~!” The pyro goes off, Cody high-fives fans and even gives some autographs as he continues down the ramp. Cody fist-bumps Omaha’s own Terence Crawford, who is preparing for his own boxing championship defense, and then Cody steps into the ring. The fans chant Cody’s name while he grabs a mic. “So, Omaha! What do we wanna talk about? Let’s talk about Randy Orton.” Cody has the distinction and honor of calling Randy Orton a friend. Before that, Randy was a mentor.

Randy chose Cody when he didn’t have to, when he was told to discard Cody. Cody would not be here as Undisputed WWE Champion without Randy Orton. The fans cheer that, and even chant for “Randy! Randy!” Cody says, “So imagine the guilt when a man who has a lovely wife, a beautiful family, five children, a man who came back from what could’ve been a career ending injury and had spinal fusion surgery, imagine my guilt watching this Bloodline put Randy Orton through a table.” The fans boo, and Cody says family is not always blood. How’s the song go? Wrestling has more than one royal family. Randy is Cody’s family. Randy is Cody’s brother!

And if Randy were here, he wouldn’t want Cody to wax poetic or talk about guilt and shame. The difference between the two is the difference of being bad and doing something bad. Cody will instead look directly into the camera, and he will talk right to the man responsible: Solo Sikoa. The fans boo that name. Cody looked Solo in the eyes before WrestleMania 39 even, and told him, “You are not ready.” Then Solo paid Cody back in kind by costing him the title he has now, the title they will fight for in the main event of SummerSlam.

“Solo, with everything you have done trying to erase your time as The Enforcer–that’s a cute nickname, by the way–and instead become the Tribal Chief, how does it feel knowing that I am still standing here in this ring, still champion, and that you are still not-” A-Town Down Under interrupts? The fans boo as Austin Theory & Grayson Waller strut out here, and Theory starts by saying, “Cody, Cody Rhodes. Cody, you’re spending a lot of time talking about The Bloodline, but because of you, Jacob Fatu from The Bloodline attacked me last week.” Look at his face! It’s swollen! Cody thought that was from his own partner hitting him in the face.

Waller says nice try, Cody, trying to deflect from how Cody can’t take responsibility for his own actions. Theory got attacked last week was because of Cody. And the reason Cody’s mentor, hero and friend, Randy Orton, the reason Cody won the title, the reason Randy got hurt is because of Cody. The fans boo but ATDU step into the ring. But Cody fires off on tehm first! The fans fire up but he still gets mugged 2v1! The fans boo again as Theory & Waller stomp Cody down. Waller TOSSES Cody out, but Terence says here, have his chair! Cody uses that chair to JAM Waller and SMACK him down!

Then Cody tosses the chair to Theory so he can DISASTER KICK it into Theory’s face! ATDU bails out and the fans fire up! Cody has chair and championship, will he need both of those to thwart The Bloodline?

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

He has his guy tidy up the edges, and then says there won’t be chants or gimmick BS. He tells Andrade that it’ll be them, “two hoopers,” one on one, going hard in the paint, and the world will be waiting to see who misses first. And it won’t be H1M. Melo heads out, but will he dunk on Andrade? Or will El Idolo show this isn’t Melo’s game, it’s his?

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

Cody says it is a 100% freebie, he wants a match with A-Town Down Under. Aldis says he can do that, but he’ll need a tag team partner. Cody says no, he needs to send a message to The Bloodline. Aldis gets that, but hey, if he sends the WWE Champion out into a Handicap Match, Aldis will have to answer to the Board of Directors. So respectfully, Cody has until the end of tonight to find a partner. The American Nightmare has his mission, will he find someone who wants to take the fight to the former tag team champions?

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

El Idolo has been NXT Champion, just like H1M, but he’s also been WWE United States Champion and is currently WWE Speed Champion. Will Andrade make Melo respect him? Or will no one humble Melo when he hits Nothing But Net?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, the two tie up, and Andrade headlocks. Melo powers up and out but Andrade runs him over. Things keep moving, Melo hurdles then Andrade leaps over. Melo rolls off Andrade’s back, comes back, and tilt-o-whirl RANAS, only for Andrade to handspring through! Melo runs up again, sunset flips, ONE!! Melo grabs at legs but Andrade boots him away. Andrade then trips Melo, steps through, but Melo kicks him away. The fans cheer the standoff while Melo frowns. Andrade runs but he turns Melo’s dropdown into a rolling sunset, TWO! Melo jackknife bridges, TWO!

Both men stand, both men ROCK each other with forearms, then the forearms start flying! Andrade runs but Melo ROCKS him! Melo runs but Andrade BOOTS him! Andrade steadies himself before he runs, but then Melo DROPKICKS him! Melo runs, but Andrade follows! Andrade jumps up onto the ropes with Melo! Melo slips away to trip Andrade up! Andrade is stuck in ropes, Melo still hits a FADE AWAY JUMPER! The fans fire up for that leg drop, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Andrade endures an armlock. The fans rally, Andrade fights up, and he throws body shots. Melo holds onto the armlock, but Andrade fires more shots! Then he JAWBREAKERS free! Melo knees, whips, but Andrade reverses. Andrade then follows, but Melo dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW LARIAT to hit! The fans fire up while both men are down! Melo and Andrade slowly sit up, and fans rally. Melo throws a haymaker, but Andrade eggs him on! Melo fires another, but Andrade SLAPS and SLAPS with palm strikes! Andrade blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Then another DRAGON SCREW!

Melo hobbles up, swings, but misses! Andrade FLYING FOREARMS and both men are down again! The fans rally, Andrade kips up! The fans cheer as Andrade snarls. Andrade calls his shot, the fans rally behind him with “SI! SI! SI!” Andrade gets moving, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives, showing why he was NXT and NXT North American Champion in his career. Andrade brings Melo up, reels him in, but Melo slips free of the suplex! Melo rebounds to LA MYSTICA! Cover, TWO! Andrade stays in this and Melo grows frustrated. Melo drags Andrade up, “This is Awesome!” as Melo puts Andrade in a corner.

Melo hoists Andrade up to the top rope backwards. Melo then climbs up behind Andrade, brings Andrade up, but Andrade fires elbows! Melo falls back and the fans fire up! Andrade adjusts, and he MOONSAULTS! Melo moves but Andrade MOONSAULTS again! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and shocks Andrade! Andrade huffs ‘n’ puffs and brings Melo up. Andrade reels Melo in, back suplexes, but Melo lands out! Melo dodges again, kicks a leg out, then runs up, into a CHOP! Melo returns to KNEE anyway! Melo keeps moving, boot feint and ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives again but Andrade puts him in the drop zone.

Andrade goes to a corner and climbs up. The fans cheer as he reaches the top. Andrade aims, leaps, but into the FIRST 48! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives that half court shot but Melo hurries back to the corner! Melo climbs, aims, and NOTHING BUT- NO! Airball, and Andrade scoops! Melo slips free, only to end up in underhooks! THE MESSAGE!! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

El Idolo called his shot last week, and he hits the mark! But now that Andrade is through with H1M, will he be moving on to bigger and better?

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

The Role Model WWE Women’s Champion and the Irresistible Queen of the Ring are in separate locations as Corey Graves interviews them. He wants to ask Nia about Cleveland but she says just stop. Look at her, and look at Bayley. Start feeling sorry for Bayley right now, because at SummerSlam, Nia beats Bayley, takes her title, and puts her down like an old, sick dog. Nia will put Bayley out of Nia’s misery. Bayley says wow, Nia hasn’t changed in the ten years they’ve known each other. Nia says oh no, she has changed. And before going on too long, Nia is Queen of the Ring, so address her as “Queen Nia.”

Bayley says she’ll address Nia how she wants. And Nia should know what Bayley meant by that. Nia is the same heartless woman she was since day one here. The same big mouth, and the attitude like she owns this place. The same Nia that in 2017, took Bayley out of her SummerSlam match. Oh, we’re going there now? Yes, they are, and let Bayley finish talking. Nia took Bayley out, that changed the trajectory of Bayley’s whole career. But Nia didn’t hurt Bayley because she’s so much bigger and stronger than Bayley or that she’s so vicious. Nia did it because she’s big, clumsy, and reckless. Nia gets pissed now!

Nia says honestly, Bayley, she is pretty content being Queen of the Ring, the Queen of WWE! Nia is on top! She’s coming for that title just because she can take it from Bayley! Well, then, bad news there. Don’t listen to what the fans are saying that Nia is bigger or that she’ll mop the floor with Bayley. No, Bayley wants Nia to look at her now, and if she’s changed so much since 2017, then so has Bayley. Bayley walks into SummerSlam with the championship, and she walks out with the championship! And there is nothing Nia can do to stop her. Bayley smiles but Nia asks if they’re done. Nia throws off her mic and storms off. Who will prove they’re THE top of the division when WWE arrives in The Land?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

But before they can reach the door, Piper Niven & Chelsea Green stand in their way. Sorry, are they lost? They’re here to talk to Mr. Aldis. Uh, girl, nuh-uh. Not before Bianca & Jade do. They need to get that tag title rematch. Aw, they’re gonna complain about losing because they’re big complaining losers? Uh, isn’t that what Chelsea’s about to do? Piper says you don’t talk about Chelsea like that. Yeah, that’s how they’re talking about Bianca & Jade. So scoot on over, because Piper & Chelsea are talking to Aldis first! Jade steps to the door but Bianca says no no, it’s fine. They can talk with Aldis later, because these two are on Bianca’s nerves.

If they can’t decide on who talks with Aldis first, they can decide this in the ring. Jade likes that idea, too. Piper also likes that idea, but Chelsea doesn’t. Bianca & Jade say bye~ and head for gorilla position. Will The EST give Chelsea something to complain to Aldis about? Or can the Hot Mess prove she can back up all that talk?

Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven!

SmackDown returns as Chelsea makes her entrance, accompanied by “Lil’ Miss P.” The bell rings and Chelsea talks trash on Bianca. Then she SLAPS her! So Bianca SLAPS back! Bianca storms up, Chelsea dodges and Bianca runs into buckles! Chelsea then ENZIGIRIS Bianca, reels her in for chicken wings, but Bianca powers out. Bianca runs, gets around, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans fire up while Chelsea flounders. Bianca handsprings but Chelsea avoids the moonsault! Chelsea runs up but Bianca gets under the boot! Torture rack, but Chelsea flails free! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO!! Bianca has Chelsea’s legs, BIANCA WINS!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Chelsea is already complaining and protesting to the ref! But then Jade and Piper step in, only for Chelsea to say time to go. The StrongEST Duo stands tall, but then someone is laughing. Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn are on the tron! And Isla says they’ve heard Bianca & Jade are looking for them. And they just love how the two have been so passionate about their titles. Alba says they get it, when you’re champions, you’ve got all the power! And right now, the power belongs to Alba & Isla. But lucky for Bianca & Jade, they’ll get a tiny glimpse at these belts next week. But when it comes to a rematch…? Well, we’ll see.

Alba & Isla laugh into the night, but will even the wicked witches fall victim to the forces of nature coming for them?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

The SmackDown General Manager says as we all know, SummerSlam is right around the corner. And as GM, it is his responsibility to deliver the biggest and best matches he possibly can. With that in mind, he holds a contract signed by himself and by LA Knight. This match is for the United States Championship, so all that is left is the signature of THE United states Champion. Without further ado, please welcome first, the challenger, LA Knight! Omaha fires up for The Mega Star makes his way to the ring. Knight joins Aldis in the ring, and Aldis says now welcome the champion, Logan Paul!

Many fans boo as The Maverick makes his way out, but there are still some fans who want fist bumps. Logan tells the fans to get louder one way or another as he steps into the ring. Logan is given the mic while fans continue to boo, and others chant for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” Aldis shows Logan the contract, Logan asks Omaha a question. Why would he give “Hillbilly Aladdin,” this Sons of Anarchy extra, this Larry the Lobster guy a shot at the United States Championship? Knight tells the “edge lord” to look at him. Logan talks about no reason for facing Knight, and y’know, maybe he’s right. Maybe Logan can just take a walk and we’ll think about this later.

But the one thing Knight thinks about is, he just thinks the one reason Logan should reconsider is that every time they have been face to face, Knight has owned and cooked Logan. The fans cheer that! So let’s go back just a year ago. Knight walks down that aisle, “YEAH!” He gave Logan a map, “YEAH!” And he said that map gave exact directions. “YEAH!” Those directions were for where Logan could shove each and every bottle of Prime! “YEAH!” That was last year. But since then, Logan became US Champ, congrats to you. Logan thanks Knight for that. Knight admits, if Logan’s holding a title, that makes him the man around here.

But Knight figured to himself, maybe time for Knight’s shot. Knight asks, Logan says no. Knight shows up at Logan’s house, his idiot friends let Knight in and he hops into the pool to make it his toilet. And what does that do? Just got Knight an MITB qualifier, and a pin on Logan right here on this mat! Now that felt damn good, and Knight wants to do it again. But Logan isn’t giving Knight what he wants, and what he wants is a shot at the US title. Knight chases Logan all over the world just to get him to show up! Logan says just listen to yourself, “John,” you sound pathetic! You’re a grown man but look at yourself!

The fact is, Knight needs this match with Logan. Logan doesn’t! The fans boo and Logan says they are not the same. The difference here is Knight’s entire existence is defined by what he does in this ring. Not Logan. Logan can leave this ring to interview former presidents, building multi-billion dollar business, starting a family, and changing the landscape of sports media with his brother! The last name “Paul” echoes through the entire zeitgeist of culture! And that’s not to say that what Knight does isn’t important. It is important. Knight is very good. In fact, Logan likes the catchphrase bodybuilder shtick he’s got.

But the real problem is, Knight wants Logan’s accolades but is not Logan. Knight doesn’t think like him, doesn’t move like him. Knight wants to be champion but is not “him.” And for someone whose entire existence is defined by what they do in this ring, Knight has not had a single defining moment the past 20 years. Knight is a gym bro with a spray tan and catchphrase, pretending to be The Rock! Knight says oh~, cut him, he bleeds! Never heard that before. Leave it to Logan to recycle old material. Low rent, lowbrow, Low T! Low T Logan P! But talk about the US Championship, about frauds, let’s talk about that.

Here is a man parading around as a champion! Here’s a man playing fraud on this entire company, pretending to be US Champion! And meanwhile, Logan won’t sign a contract? Good thing Logan brought up his brother, because the brother is willing to jump into the ring with Mike Tyson. But Logan doesn’t seem to have balls just to step into the ring with Knight! Guess balls don’t run in the family. Logan says if Knight wants the match, fine! He’ll sign, and he’ll give Knight a shot at the title! And after he beats Knight, Knight will have nothing. Logan could say he’d take everything from Knight, but Knight has nothing of value to give!

In fact, how about this? Logan can give Knight something already. On the back of this contract, Logan’s gonna give Knight directions for where he can still his dreams of becoming a champion! YEAH~! The fans boo but then Logan shoves the contract at Knight. Aldis keeps these two from throwing down already, even though the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Logan stands down, the fans boo, but Knight still has the match he wants. But then Logan slides back in to attack! Logan RAMS Knight into a corner, but Knight turns things around to fire off haymakers! Logan knees low, fires body shots, then winds up, but Knight blocks!

Knight cravats but Logan slips away again! Both men say that’s how close the other came! But again, Knight has the shot he wanted, will he use it to shut Logan up once and for all?

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

And he’s confronted by Santos Escobar & Elektra Lopez, who say, “L! A! KNIGHT!” “EW!” Santos says congrats on finally getting that US Championship match. Must be a great feeling, right? Knight pinned Logan Paul in Madison Square Garden. That must feel like sitting on top of the world. What’s with the questions, where’s this going? Santos says relax. Just a friendly reminder that Santos was in the Triple Threat and didn’t get pinned. He knows, Knight knows, Lopez knows, everybody knows~, that if it was 1v1, it would’ve been a different story. Knight says Santos clearly isn’t a student of history, because Knight’s been part of that story and he knows how that went.

But hey, SummerSlam’s still a few weeks away, so Knight has some free time. If Santos wants to get in touch with Knight, his mom has Knight’s number. Santos says Knight sure feels untouchable, huh? Facing Santos so close to that title shot is not the brightest idea. Wouldn’t want him getting hurt. But if Knight wants to squander his opportunity, why stop him? Santos & Lopez head out, but will Knight humble him before going after Logan?

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

As if dealing with The Queen of the Ring wasn’t hard enough, Michin has the Princess all up in her business! Will Mia remind us why she’s The Head Baddie in Charge? Or will no one put an end to #TiffyTime?

SmackDown returns and Mia makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Tiff throws Mia down by her hair! The fans cheer but then Mia catches Tiff for a cradle, TWO! Mia SHOTGUNS Tiff to a corner, runs up to forearm SMASH, then she sits Tiff down. Mia mocks Tiff to then CANNONBALL! High stack cover, ONE!! Tiff toughs it out but Mia KICKS her! Tiff avoids a roundhouse and wants a Tiffy Timeout! Mia chases Tiff but Tiff hides behind Nia. Mia says Nia shouldn’t even be here, but Tiff sucker punches Mia! Then cartwheel and Alabama Lift, for an ALABAMA SLAM to the floor!

Nia pats Tiff on the shoulder and Tiff asks what time it is, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Tiff has a headlock. Fans rally as Mia fights out. Mia runs but Tiff knees her low! Tiff throws Mia down, then goes to the apron, SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Mia stays in this but Nia coaches Tiff. Mia goes to a corner, Tiff runs and handsprings in to back elbow! Tiff then reels Mia in, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tiff grows frustrated but Nia says she’s got this. Tiff waits on Mia to get up, then she runs to cartwheel and Alabama Lift again! But Mia fights to sunset flip it, TWO! Mia stands up, slips under Tiff’s lariat and backslides, TWO! Tiff stands up, but Mia ELBOWS her!

Mia runs up to LARIAT! And then YAKUZA KICK! And then DROPKICK! Tiff flounders back up, into a NECKBREAKER! Tiff staggers to a corner, Mia runs up to CHOP! Mia reels Tiff in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Tiff toughs it out and Mia grows frustrated. Mia drags Tiff up to wrench and EAT DA- NO, Tiff ROCKS Mia first! Mia ROCKS Tiff back! Mia runs up but Tiff YANKS her to ropes! Tiff runs to HIP ATTACK! Tiff keeps moving, TIFFY STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Mia survives and now Tiff is growing frustrated! Tiff drags Mia up, brings her over to a corner, and hauls her up top.

Tiff climbs but Mia fires hands! Tiff staggers back, Mia adjusts and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Tiff tumbles out of teh ring while fans fire up! Mia fires herself up and builds speed, but Nia trips her up! The fans boo while the ref misses that! Mia kicks at Nia, goes back for Tiff, but Tiff ROCKS her first! Tiff then reels Mia in for a ROLLING SENTON! Then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- WAIT! Bayley is here!? Bayley distracts Tiff and pisses off Nia! Nia runs in but Bayley TOSSES her over barriers! Tiff freaks out as Bayley has the briefcase! She SMASHES Nia with it! Bayley then smacks the case against the desk!

The fans fire up as Bayley hits the case off steel steps! She opens it up, dumps the contract out, and STMOPS the briefcase into pieces!! Mia rolls Tiff, MIA WINS!!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

The Role Model helps the HBIC get some payback on Nia and Miss MITB! Then Bayley mockingly says, “Oops.” Bayley puts the contract in what’s left of the case and slide it to Tiff. Will Tiff have to give that briefcase a makeover before she can properly cash it in?

 

The Bloodline speaks.

Solo Sikoa says, “Life is so good when you’re The Tribal Chief on the Island of Relevancy. So good. And it’s also busy. I never have a moment to myself. But when I do, you know what I love the most? A good mystery. Yeah. I’m not talking about a mystery of who’s gonna be Cody Rhodes’ tag team partner. No, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about a mystery of who’s gonna step up and disrespect The Tribal Chief by teaming up with Cody Rhodes tonight. That’s who I’m talking about. Have you seen what we done to Randy Orton last week? Have you? So if you’re on Cody’s side, that means you’re against me.

“If you’re against my family, you’re against my Bloodline, and you’re against The Tribal Chief. So tonight, tonight… tonight better be a Handicap match, or someone will pay the price. Because I am The Tribal Chief, and you will… acknowledge me!” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up the ones. Will anyone be brave enough to defy The Bloodline to help The American Nightmare?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

With #DIY still WWE Tag Team Champions after last week, it is time to find NEW #1 Contenders! It will be a Tag Team Gauntlet match, with The Street Profits, Legado Del Fantasma, Pretty Deadly, The Good Brothers, the new duo of Apollo Crews & Baron Corbin, and even The Bloodline’s Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, all fighting for that shot! Who wins out to then head for Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano?

 

Cody Rhodes & ??? VS A-Town Down Under!

The American Nightmare wanted a response from The Bloodline but got a response from the former WWE Tag Team Champions. They admittedly were collateral damage last week, but this is mostly them taking out their frustrations over losing twice in as many weeks. Will Austin Theory & Grayson Waller tear down the Undisputed WWE Champion? Or will he have back-up after all?

Cody heads to gorilla, and Kevin Owens is there! The Prizefighter says see you out there. Seems Solo forgot there is still someone crazy enough to defy him, because KO’s been doing it all along! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he can’t fight no more?

SmackDown returns and ATDU makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Cody starts against Theory. The fans rally for Cody as the two circle. They tie up, and Theory headlocks. Cody powers up and out, drops down then kitchen sink knees Theory down! Cody drags Theory up, wrenches an arm and tags Kevin. They double wrench to double body shot, then Cody clinches Theory and Kevin runs, they send Theory to BOOT CAMP! Theory sputters, Kevin covers, ONE!! Kevin keeps on Theory with a whip. Kevin ELBOWS Theory down but Theory bails out. Kevin goes out after him to shove him into the Prime bottles!

Kevin CHOPS Theory, SLAPS the big Prime bottle, then pushes Theory into the ring. Waller fixes the display for his bro, Logan, but Kevin RAMS Theory into the corner. Tag to Cody, he reels Theory in but Waller distracts. Cody DECKS Waller, Theory throat chops Cody! Theory LARIATS Cody against ropes, tags Waller, and Waller holds Cody’s arms in the ropes! The fans boo and the ref reprimands as Theory fires haymakers on Cody. Waller lets off at 4 to slide in and CLOBBER Cody! Waller taunts Kevin, KNEES Cody down, then drags Cody up for more knees. The fans chant “WALLER SUCKS!” but Waller knocks Cody down.

Waller brings Cody up to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody dodges Waller and Waller hits buckles! The fans fire up, Cody hurries, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Waller, DECKS Theory, then fires off hands on Waller! The fans fire up more as Kevin stomps Waller against ropes! The ref counts, Kevin lets off and Waller bails out. Kevin roars, goes out the side, and he runs to LARIAT Waller! Then Kevin LARIATS Theory! Omaha is thunderous as Kevin gets back in the ring. Waller runs up but into an atomic drop! ENZIGIRI! Theory gets up but Kevin DECKS him! Waller is in the corner, Kevin says ‘SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS!

Kevin goes up while Waller is down, but Theory anchors him! Kevin HEADBUTTS Theory then aims at Waller. SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Both men are down, Theory tags in to slingshot and SHOTGUN Kevin back down! Theory sucker punches Cody, too! Tag to Waller, Theory brings Kevin up, BACKBREAKER to BALLER ELBOW! Waller sucker punches Cody now! Cover, TWO! Waller taunts Cody while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again, Theory looms over Kevin and soaks up the heat. Tag to Waller, and Theory holds Kevin down so Waller can drop an elbow! Cover, ONE! Waller drops another elbow! Cover, ONE!! Waller clamps on with a cravat and he grinds Kevin down. The fans rally as Kevin endures and fights his way up. Kevin reaches out, but Waller keeps him from Cody. Kevin fires body shots, so Waller fires knee after knee! Kevin staggers to an open corner, Waller stomps him and digs his knee in. The ref counts, Waller lets off and Kevin sputters. Waller brings Kevin around on the apron to CLUB him.

Waller goes out after Kevin but Kevin kicks him! And SMACKS him off steel steps! And pushes the Prime bottle! Kevin hurries back into the ring but Waller trips him up! BIG elbow drop! Waller grinds his forearm in Kevin’s face, then pushes him to a corner. “WALLER SUCKS!” but he throws body shots on Kevin. Waller puts Kevin up top, fires hands, then climbs up. Waller brings Kevin up, but Kevin fires body shots! Kevin ROCKS Waller and Waller falls back, only to come back up! Waller fires forearms, tries again, and goes to the very top! But Kevin throws body shots in return! Kevin and Waller brawl up top!

The fans fire up as Kevin gets the advantage! Kevin HEADBUTTS Waller, Waller holds onto ropes, so Kevin HEADBUTTS again! Waller still holds on so Kevin ELBOWS him down! And then SWANTON BOMB! It hits this time and both men are down! The fans are thunderous as Kevin and Waller crawl! Hot tags to Theory and Cody! The fans fire up as Cody fires off hands on Theory! Cody whips, Theory reverses but Cody CLOBBERS Theory! Cody then goes up and over and hits the SNAP POWERSELAM! Theory stands, but Cody kicks and RHODES UPPERCUTS! Cody JABS, JABS, JABS, flip, flop and fly! BIONIC ELBOW!

The fans are thunderous again as Cody brings Theory around. Cody scoops but Waller makes the save! Tag to Waller, Cody dodges Theory to BLAST Waller! Cody blocks a kick to give a kick and DDT for Theory! Cody stalks Theory but Waller somersaults in to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Waller BOOTS Kevin, then he goes back for Cody. Tag to Theory and they call their shot. Theory fireman’s carries, but Cody slips free! Cody shoves Theory at Waller, but Theory stops short. Cody gets around to waistlock Theory, but Theory elbows free! Waller runs up but Cody moves, and Theory blocks the knee! Cody springboards to CODY CUTTER Theory!!

Waller got free cuz he used Theory again, and now he swings on Cody! Cody dodges, Kevin is there to kick and STUNNER! Waller flops out, Cody reels Theory in! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody & Kevin win!

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under failed to take out their frustrations, but Cody & Kevin sure got theirs out. But here comes The Bloodline! Solo Sikoa leads Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, but where’s Jacob Fatu…? Cody keeps looking around, but then he DIVES onto Solo & Tama first! Loa gets in to throw hands with Kevin! Loa fireman’s carries, but Kevin CLAWS Loa’s face! Kevin tries to rip Loa’s eyes out! Cody has Solo and SMACKS him off the desk! Kevin helps clear the desk while Cody sends Solo into steel steps! The fans are all fired up as Cody and Kevin look to get payback! But THERE is Fatu! He CLOBBERS Cody, SUPERKICKS Kevin, and then RAMS Cody into steel steps!

Kevin comes back to throw hands, but Fatu shoves him back to SUPERKICK! Kevin flops into the ring but the Samoan Werewolf stomps him into a corner. Fatu rains down headbutts, then he goes corner to corner! HIP ATTACK! Fatu shouts at Kevin, “You wanna disrespect my Tribal Chief!? The man that does everything for the family!!” Solo sits Cody up so he can watch as Fatu goes corner to corner again, for another HIP ATTACK! Fatu keeps moving, and he HIP ATTACKS again!! Fatu just keeps moving and he hits a FOURTH!! The fans boo but then Solo HEADBUTTS Cody down!

Fatu drags Kevin to the drop zone, then goes up a corner! Cody is helpless as Fatu hits a DIVING HEADBUTT right on Kevin! Fatu then storms out to join the rest of the Bloodline. They haul Cody up and over to the desk! TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!! The fans boo, but Kevin is still moving?! Solo looms over Kevin, and Tama grabs a chair! Tama puts the chair around Kevin’s head, and says this is what he gets! Tama POSTS Kevin head first!! Fatu presents the ula fala, and The Bloodline gathers around their Tribal Chief. Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and the Bloodline raises their ones to the sky.

Cody sputters but he can’t sit up. Can Cody recover and be ready for SummerSlam? Or is Solo just two weeks away from taking over the WWE?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here to not just build SummerSlam but to follow up last week. Great opening promo from Cody to call out The Bloodline, and I suppose A-Town Down Under calling him out in return was a logical move. Good promo from Solo, and it did foreshadow who would be Cody’s partner in a way. Kevin was of course coming back not just to help Cody but to avenge Randy, and we got a great tag main event for it. Great win for Cody & Kevin, but of course we got another brutal beating from The Bloodline. They’re doing their best to take away all of Cody’s allies, but I have a feeling this only motivates Kevin & Randy being there at SummerSlam to help. And they can even have a moment where, when it seems Cody is about to lose, Heyman returns with Roman to scare Solo.

Melo had a good promo tonight, and he had a great match with Andrade, but I figured Melo was losing. I don’t know how WWE Speed has been going but I don’t think Melo is going to be facing Andrade for the Speed title. I’m still wondering if Andrade circles back to Legado Del Fantasma. That tag team gauntlet is going to be a lot of fun but I would think Tama & Loa win so that The Bloodline gets back in that title story. Speaking of, we naturally got more interaction of Bianca & Jade with Chelsea & Piper. Bianca beating Chelsea so quickly practically makes a case for a Women’s Speed Championship. But at the same time, good promo from Alba & Isla to set up the continued story with Bianca & Jade, even while Raw is heating up with a lot of top level teams.

Very good promo segment from Bayley and Nia, though I did not think Bayley would work-shoot Nia’s early days of being green and “unsafe.” Each of them getting involved in Mia VS Tiff was good stuff, too, as was the destruction of Tiff’s briefcase. That’s also a very clever way to give Tiff a reason to customize the case into something that fits her vibe, aka it’ll be pink and sparkly cuz she’s the Wrestling Barbie. And while Naomi is busy with Blair Davenport in a feud on the side, Mia makes for a good teammate for Bayley to stand up to Nia & Tiff.

And we got a very good, non-traditional contract signing segment. Logan again played his part perfectly, being so arrogant that A) nothing, not even Knight pinning him, earns Knight a title shot and B) rubbing in that he doesn’t even need pro-wrestling, he just does this to show off. Knight took the long way to tell Logan that he should take the match to prove he’s not a coward, which is the same reason I was thinking the whole time. And like any quality arrogant Heel, Logan gets goaded into the match. Knight will definitely make an example of Santos next week, but I feel like the title match itself could go either way. If it were me, I’d have Knight win because he really has been waiting a long time for something, and this feels like the right time.

My Score: 8.8/10


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