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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/2/21)

World Tag League, Round 7!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

World Tag League takes another turn!

NJPW hits Saitama and gives World Tag League another turn. Los Ingobernables de Japon only just loss, but will they get lucky in round seven?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe; Honma & Makabe win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Chase & Fale win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • World Tag League 2021: Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; Takahashi & Evil win.
  • World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
  • World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.

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Here are the current World Tag League Standings!

SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-1, 10 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 5-1, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-2, 8 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 4-2, 8 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 4-2, 8 points
The United Empire: 4-2, 8 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-4, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-5, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-6, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-6, 0 points

 

World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe!

There can only be one last place team! Will the Blue Playmaker & Meanest Man in the World or the Great Bash Heels finally get on the board?

The second GBH is in the ring, Suzuki-Gun attacks! Makabe hits back, throws more forearms, then sends Suzuki out, but Taka has Honma in a corner. The bell rings and GBH double whip Taka to run him over! Fans fire up as Honma finally takes off his jacket. Honma CLUBS and stomps Taka, brings him up and ROCKS him with forearms. Taka stays up as Honma keeps throwing forearms, then Taka pokes Honma in the eye! The ref reprimands but Taka rakes Honma’s eyes now! Taka uppercuts, runs, but Honma ducks and runs to run Taka over. Fans fire up as Honma drags Taka up to scoop and SLAM! Honma fires up, runs, but Suzuki gets a cheap shot in!

Honma swings on Suzuki but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref reprimands and counts, Suzuki lets off at 4. Suzuki drags Honma out to whip into railing! Taka DECKS Makabe, then Taka goes after Honma while Suzuki whips Makabe into railing! Taka POSTS Honma and a ring count starts. Suzuki throws forearms into Makabe’s back, Taka puts Honma in at 9 of 20. Taka chokes Honma with a knee, but lets off as the ref counts. Taka sits Honma up to fish hook his face, then scrapes his soles off Honma’s forehead. Fans rally up for “G B H!” but Suzuki tags in. Suzuki stomps Honma, ROCKS him with a forearm, but Honma CHOPS back.

Suzuki and Honma trade forearms and fans rally up. Honma gets the edge but Suzuki grits his teeth as Honma keeps going. Suzuki then DECKS Honma with a forearm in return! Suzuki gets a leg and turns Honma for a HALF CRAB! Taka stands on Honma’s head, the ref counts that and Taka lets off with a quick kick. Suzuki fish hooks Honma’s face, slaps him over and over, then tags to Taka. Taka stomps Honma’s head while fans rally up. Taka lets off and the ref checks on Honma. Taka and Suzuki then both stand on Honma’s head. The ref gets Taka to let off, but Taka distracts the ref so Suzuki can have an APRON ARMBAR!

Suzuki rocks back ‘n’ forth to pull on the arm, then Taka stands on Honma’s head again. The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and Taka drags Honma up. Taka throws knees, then SHINING WIZARDS in the corner. Tag to Suzuki, he drags Honma up while fans rally. Suzuki snapmares Honma to then KICK him. Honma fires up and Suzuki gives him more KICKS! Honma blocks one, but Suzuki SLAPS him, only for Honma to HEADBUTT and DDT Suzuki down! Fans fire up as Honma crawls over, hot tag to Makabe! Makabe rallies on Suzuki and DECKS Taka! Fans fire up as the Rampaging King Kong clotheslines Suzuki in the corner, then climbs up to rain down punches!

Makabe laughs as he reels Suzuki in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Makabe drags Suzuki up, waistlocks, but Suzuki elbows free. Suzuki ROCKS Makabe with a forearm, then runs in and BOOTS him in the corner! Suzuki snapmares Makabe down, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki stomps Makabe. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, Suzuki slaps him around. Makabe gets up and talks some trash, Suzuki throws a forearm. Suzuki eggs Makabe on so Makabe forearms back. The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up as they go faster and faster. Suzuki winds up and DECKS Makabe!

Suzuki stands Makabe up for more forearms, then whips him to ropes. Makabe reverses, Suzuki ducks one lariat but not the LEFT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Honma! Honma CHOPS Suzuki to the corner then whips corner to corner. Honma runs in to back elbow, then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Honma kicks Suzuki around. Honma throws forearms over and over, but runs into a knee! Suzuki drags Honma over in a facelock, tag to Taka, and they whip Honma corner to corner. Taka clotheslines, Suzuki BOOTS, then Suzuki ROCKS Honma with a forearm. Suzuki runs, BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Cover, Makabe breaks it!

Suzuki throws Makabe out, Taka whips but Honma reverses, only for Taka to reverse back, JUST FACELOCK! Honma endures and crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taka lets off, drags Honma up, but Honma fights the scoop to HEADBUTT! Honma fires up, runs and KOKESHI FLOP! La Magistrol! TWO! Taka hurries to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! JUST FACELOCK! Taka pulls back, Makabe shoves Suzuki away and gets in to stomp Taka down. Suzuki returns to kick and whip Makabe, and BOOT him! Suzuki & Taka double whip, but Makabe breaks the double clothesline to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Honma runs in to FLYING HEADBUTT Taka!

Honma runs again, KOKESHI! Honma goes up top, Makabe keeps Suzuki out, DIVING KOKESHI! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!!

Winners: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)

Suzuki & Taka lost again! How is it they’re the team that’s 0-7?! But as for Everyone’s Kokeshi & Rampaging King Kong, have they finally gotten things rolling?

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

TenCozy have lost to the rest of Bullet Club so far, but will they lose to even the Crown Jewel & Rogue General? Or will this be their chance to finally gain some ground?

Bullet Club Low Sweets, then they pounce on TenCozy! Fale is after Tenzan while Chase kicks Kojima. Bullet Club CLUBS away on TenCozy, Chase chokes Kojima in the corner while Fale throws hands on Tenzan. The bell rings to get this on record as Chase stomps a mudhole into Kojima. Tenzan kicks Fale back but Fale chokes him! Bullet Club whips TenCozy at each other, but TenCozy dosido and then ROCK Bullet Club! Chase falls into a corner, TenCozy focuses on Fale. They double whip and double shoulder Fale down! Fans fire up and TenCozy focuses on Chase now. They pinball him between forearms and Mongolian Chops, until Kojima hits the Mongolian Chops!

Fans fire up as Kojima drags Chase up and scoops to SLAM him. TenCozy coordinate, ELBOW DROP HEADBUTT COMBO! Kojima stomps Chase, Tenzan goes to a corner. Kojima CHOPS and forearms Chase against ropes, then CLUBS him down. Kojima whips but Chase holds ropes and boots back. Fale tags in, he runs Kojima over, then he and Chase knock Tenzan off the apron. Fale stomps Kojima, then stomps him to ropes. Fale puts Kojima’s arm around ropes and pulls! Fale CLUBS Kojima, then digs in a knee. The ref counts, Fale lets off. Fale taunts Tenzan and distracts the ref so Chase can drag Kojima out and RAM him into railing.

Kojima flounders, the ring count starts, but Kojima stands at 5 of 20. Kojima staggers and gets in at 7, Fale stomps him down. Tag to Chase, Fale puts Kojima back by the ropes, he and Chase stand on Kojima’s back and salute! The ref counts, Fale and Chase let off. Chase DECKS Tenzan, then drags Koijma up to headlock. Kojima throws body shots but Chase headlock punches Kojima down. Chase drops knees, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up, Chase keeps Kojima down with a chinbar. Chase throws Kojima down, then puts some stank on his Mongolian Chops! Tenzan is upset, but Chase Mongolian Chops Kojima down! Chase drags Kojima up, puts him in a corner and stomps him.

Chase steals the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Chase whips corner to corner, runs in but Kojima dodges to kick and COZY CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima gets up to hot tag Tenzan! Tenzan runs Chase over, DECKS Fale, then gives Chase some real Mongolian Chops! Tenzan stomps Chase in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS and headbutts! Tenzan stands Chase up to stomp then whip corner to corner. Tenzan runs in to clothesline, then TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally for “TEN COZY!” as Chase gets up. Chase throws a forearm, Tenzan gives it back. Chase forearms gain, Tenzan gives it back again.

Chase throws another forearm, Tenzan Mongolian Palm Strikes! Tenzan runs but into a boot! Chase runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Tenzan drags Chase into the ANACONDA VICE! Chase endures, Fale gets in to stomp Tenzan! Tenzan lets go but then gets up to CLUB Fale out of the ring. Tenzan turns around into Chase’s strike fest! Chase runs, into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up as Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima CLUBS and whips Chase for forearms! Chase gets to a corner, Kojima stomps and gives him proper MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima gives him a little extra, too!

Kojima drags Chase up, whips him corner to corner then runs in to forearm smash! Kojima shoves Chase down and fans fire up as he climbs up top. But Fale throws Kojima down! The ref reprimands but Fale tags in. Fale drags Kojima up to throw body shots and then clubbing forearms in the corner. Fale lets off and Kojima falls over, so Fale drops the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fale DECKS Tenzan, then goes back to Kojima. Fale whips Kojima, Chase gets in to forearm smash! Chase goes to the apron to BOOT Tenzan down while Fale SPLASHES Kojima! Fale then fireman’s carries Kojima while Chase climbs, FLYING STOMP DEATH VALLEY COMBO!

PENALTY KICK from Chase, Fale covers, but Tenzan breaks it! Chase CLUBS Tenzan, he and Fale double whip, for the body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Bullet Club has Kojima. Fale runs, Kojima kicks him first! Kojima elbows free of Chase’s waistlock, swats Fale’s lariat away then CLOBBERS Fale from behind! Off comes the armband, and Kojima runs, into the SHI TRIGGER! Chase DECKS Tenzan, Fale hits Kojima with the GRENADE!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TenCozy earn 0)

It doesn’t matter what combination, Bullet Club has TenCozy’s number! Does this put Kojima & Tenzan out of the running? Will the Crown Jewel & Bad Luck Fale find themselves fighting for those trophies?

 

World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS The United Empire!

Just as Team Blue Justice got up, they got knocked back down by the House of Torture. As for the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon, they were the ones who took down Los Ingobernables de Japon! Will Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare grow even stronger conquering these two legends?

The teams sort out, and Nagata starts against Khan. They circle and feel things out. They grapple, break, go again, and Nagata keeps Khan’s attempts at bay to then arm-drag Khan down to a double wristlock. Nagata wrenches, tags in Tiger Mask, and they fire off KICKS at the ropes! Nagata & Tiger double whip to then double shoulder Khan down! Fans cheer, and Tiger Mask stomps Khan. Khan sits up but Tiger forearms him down. Khan gets up, Tiger throws another forearm and another stomp. Tiger runs, but Henare gets a cheap shot in. Then Khan Mongolian Chops Tiger from behind! Khan throws Tiger out, Henare goes after him, and Khan DECKS Nagata!

Khan and Nagata end up brawling on the outside, and Khan Mongolian Chops Nagata down! Khan stands on Nagata’s head while Henare puts Tiger Mask in the ring. Khan covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Khan pretends he can’t hear them. Khan brings Tiger around in a facelock, Henare tags in. The Empire mugs Tiger Mask, Henare throws more body shots and then kicks the legs out! Cover, TWO! Henare and Khan argue the count, then Henare DECKS Nagata! Henare rains down forearms on Tiger. Henare spins around and has a KNEEBAR! Tiger Mask endures, fights around but they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Henare lets go and tags in Khan.

Khan drags Tiger up to Mongolian Chop down! And again! Cover, TWO! Khan paces while fans rally up. Khan drags Tiger up but Tiger throws kicks! Khan blocks a kick and ROCKS Tiger with a forearm. Tiger catches Khan’s clothesline to spin and double underhook, but Khan breaks free, only for Tiger to sobat! Fans rally up, Tiger tags Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Khan, then BOOTS Henare! Fans fire up as Nagata KICKS Khan in the chest again and again! Khan flounders to a corner and Nagata brings him up to whip corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Khan blocks the exploder, Nagata throws forearms then BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!

Nagata drags Khan up, fans rally but Khan blocks the suplex. Khan throws body shots but Nagata blocks the hell stab! And he blocks the iron claw! Nagata and Khan struggle, but Nagata throws the hand away to throw a forearm! Khan throws one back, Nagata throws another. Fans rally up as they pick up speed! Forearm for forearm, back and forth, but then Khan MOngolian Chops! And again! But Nagata blocks the third to kick, KICK and run, but Khan gets around! IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare DECKS Tiger, the Empire mugs Nagata! Mongolian Chop, BUZZSAW, and knee drop! Khan and Nagata are both down but fans rally up. Khan crawls, hot tag to Henare!

Henare stalks Nagata, brings him up and throws forearms and knees. Henare grinds on the facelock but Nagata endures. Nagata puts Henare on the ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Fans fire up, Nagata rolls to hot tag Tiger Mask! Tiger fires off KICKS on Henare, whips but Henare reverses, only for Tiger to block the kick and sweep the leg! Henare staggers up, blocks Tiger’s kick, but gets dragged into a KNEEBAR! Khan gets in to stomp away on Tiger! Khan DECKS Nagata, Henare fireman’s carries Tiger, and Khan runs, only for Nagata to BOOT! Tiger with the crucifix takedown and cover, TWO! DOUBLE FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Nagata gets Khan for the NAGATA LOCK II!

Fans rally as the Empire endures submissions, and Henare crawls to the ropebreak! Tiger lets go, Nagata throws Khan out, and they double whip Henare to a corner. Tiger KICKS, Nagata BOOTS! Nagata hits the EXPLODER, then he stands Henare up for the DOUBLE GIRI! Tiger Mask underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Khan barrels in to break it! Nagata stomps Khan, he and Tiger whip Khan to a corner. Tiger runs in but Khan dodges then BOOTS Nagata! Khan clotheslines Tiger, then puts on the HITSUJIGOROSHI! The ref reprimands, Khan isn’t the legal man! Khan holds Tiger back but Tiger fights free! Nagata runs at Henare but Henare blocks the boot to DECK Nagata!

Henare ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT Tiger! Fireman’s carry, IMPERIAL DROP!! Cover, the United Empire wins!

Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata earn 0)

Blue Justice falls to the dominance of Khan and Henare! Will they establish themselves over all of NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Team Division?

 

World Tag League 2021: Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!

The Tokyo Pimp & King of Darkness broke even at the expense of Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask, and the Guerrillas of Destiny used TenCozy to climb back up. They’ve proven their dominance over #ThirdGen, but will things still be Too Sweet in Bullet Club?

Evil wants to Low Sweet as Bullet Club, but Jado says no, “Don’t trust.” Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa go with the Master Heater on this one. Evil says they can trust him, but Jado says, “Never.” Loa wonders though. “Never?” Fans rally up, they want to see the group Low Sweet. Tama & Loa reconsider, so everyone Low Sweets. But as soon as GoD turns their backs, the House of Torture attacks! The bell rings as Evil throws Tama out, Dick stomps Jado, and Yujiro keeps the Silverback in the ring. Evil brings Tama around the way in a headlock, and RAMS him into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san suffers again! Evil uses the mic cord to CHOKE Tama!

Evil tells Tama to give up but Tama says no! Evil lets go and he puts Tama in the ring. Fans rally up for GoD but Evil drags Tama up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tama throws body shots, but Evil wrenches the arm and tags in Yujiro. They mug the Good Bad Guy, then Yujiro whips Tama into bare buckles! The Bullet Club special comes into play already! Yujiro sits Tama up to punch him down, and then again. Cover, TWO! Tag to Evil, then Evil has the ref pay attention to Loa. Evil drags Tama up to put in the cobra twist, and House of Torture forms the chain! Jado storms over with his kendo stick and the others let go! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Evil claws Tama’s face, then whips him into the bare buckles! Tama hits chest first and falls back, Evil tags Yujiro. Yujiro drags Tama up, snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! The House of Torture is frustrated with the ref but fans rally up for Tama. Yujiro drags Tama away, stomps him down, then has him on ropes. Yujiro brings Tama up but Tama throws body shots and uppercuts! Tama forearms, Yujiro forearms back then BOOTS! Tama is on the ropes, Evil holds him there and Yujiro BOOTS Tama again! Yujiro runs to BOOT Tama a third time, and Tama falls to his knees.

Yujiro brings Tama up, but Tama fights the fisherman buster and throws hands. Yujiro rebounds into a COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down, Tama crawls, hot tag to Loa! Loa rallies on the House of Torture with big shoulders! Loa scoops and SLAMS Yujiro, then scoops and SLAMS Evil! Fans fire up, Loa DECKS Dick off the apron! Loa runs at Yujiro, clothesline and whip, to then clothesline again! EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Loa sets up, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Loa is annoyed but fans still rally behind him. Loa drags Yujiro up, whips him to ropes but Yujiro holds ropes. Yujiro BOOTS Loa, blocks Loa’s boot and throws him down to basement BOOT!

Yujiro drags Loa back up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yujiro gets up, drags Loa up and fireman’s carry, but Loa slips out to waistlock. Yujiro elbows him away, runs to duck and dodge, but Loa SPEARS him down! Fans fire up as both Yujiro and Loa crawl, hot tags to Evil and Tama! Tama dodges to dropkick! And dropkick! And dropkick again! Fans fire up as Evil crawls to a corner and Tama throws off the vest. Tama rallies the fans, runs corner to corner but misses the elbow. Evil fireman’s carries, but Tama fights off. Evil rakes Tama’s eyes! The ref counts, Evil runs but Tama hurdles, hurdles and HAKU CHOPS!

Tama brings Evil around to fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, Yujiro breaks it! Loa gets in to kick Yujiro, CLUB him down, then feed him to Tama. They get Yujiro up, TONGAN TWIST! The Guerrillas focus on Evil, NIGHTFALL! Cover, TWO! Evil survives the back suplex neckbreaker but Jado calls for the finish! Fans fire up, the Guerrillas get Evil up, but Evil fights Magic Killer off! He’s used it himself, after all! Evil shoves Tama into the ref! Dick gets in with the SPOILER CHOKER on Tama! Tama flails, but he pushes Dick back and Jado SMACKS Dick with the kendo stick!

Fans cheer as Jado drags Dick out to RAM him into railing! Tama is up, he blocks Evil’s low blow! Evil begs for mercy but Tama winds up to punch instead! Loa scoops to POWERSLAM Evil! Jado calls for it again, the ref is back up, and the Guerrillas set up. But Evil grabs the ref! CANE SHOT from Yujiro to Loa! GUN STUN from Tama to Yujiro! Evil shoves the ref at Tama but Tama hurdles! Evil blocks Gun Stun to LOW BLOW! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil gets the ref over, covers Tama, the House of Torture wins!!

Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Evil, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Guerrillas of Destiny earn 0)

Seems Jado was right from the start not to trust them! Yujiro & Evil cheated Tama & Loa just like they would any other team! Will the House of Torture face the consequences soon enough? Or will they take the World Tag League trophies long before then?

 

World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!

The Joker & The Ace feel a bit foolish after the Dangerous Tekkers turned the tables on them, but the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter are coming off a great win over the Great Bash Heels. Will Yano & Tanahashi be the ones who #GetBackUp? Or will Goto-Hashi keep their own momentum going?

Yano & Tanahashi crouch and the ref is wary to do his check. Yano tells him to get on with it, and the ref checks them. Tanahashi shows off the muscles and Yano shouts, “SUGOI~! (Amazing!)” Goto-Hashi get impatient now and Yano tells them to hold on. The teams sort out, Goto has Hashi stand down. Yano goes through the selection process, and Tanahashi is chosen. Fans cheer as we start with Tanahashi and Goto. Fans rally up and the two circle. They tie up, Tanahashi waistlocks but Goto wrenches to wristlock. Tanahashi wrenches Goto back to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches Tanahashi back. Goto hammerlocks, Tanahashi slips through to hammerlock then headlock.

Goto powers up and powers out to get the headlock now. Tanahashi powers up and out but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up as Goto runs, but Tanahashi drop toeholds to a headlock then takeover. Goto headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two stand off as fans cheer. Well, Tanahashi squats so not quite a stand off… Fans rally up, Tanahashi and Goto reset, but Yano wants in, so Tanahashi and Goto tag out to Yano and Hashi! Fans fire up as the two circle, but then Yano crouches. Yano eggs Hashi on, Hashi stays cool, and then Hashi crouches to stare Yano down. Yano has the ref come over, and then Goto hops in to help Hashi with his eyes.

Yano protests but then Goto kicks him and Hashi DECKS Tanahashi! Goto-Hashi then double whip Yano, then run him over with double shoulders! Then they coordinate for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up and Hashi brings Yano up. Hashi CLUBS Yano, whips him to ropes, but Yano holds ropes. Yano dodges Hashi then slaps him on the head! Tanahashi gets in, they bring Yano around, but Goto won’t let them steal the hammering! Goto bodies Tanahashi, then he and Hashi hammer away on Yano! Fans fire up, then Goto-Hashi hammer away on Tanahashi! Yano comes back but he gets a second round of hammering!

Hashi stomps Yano, fans rally up, and Hashi brings Yano around to ROCK with a forearm. Hashi stomps away on Yano in the corner, the ref counts, Goto adds on, but then they both let off at 4. Tag to Goto, he stomps Yano, then drags Yano up to snapmare and neck wrench. Yano endures, even as Goto shifts to a chinbar. Yano crawls and reaches out to get the ropebreak! Goto lets off but he stomps Yano down. Goto drags Yano up, CLUBS him on the back, then tags Hashi. They mug Yano, Hashi brings Yano around with a cravat, and fans rally up as Yano endures the neck wrench. Yano throws body shots, pulls hair, but Hashi breaks free to ROCK Yano with a forearm.

Hashi whips, Yano reverses and throws Hashi down by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi rallies on Goto-Hashi, then fires body shots and forearms. Tana whips but Hashi reverses, only to get flying forearms! Goto gets in, Tana blocks the kick to DRAGON SCREW! Tana blocks a kick from Hashi, and DRAGON SCREWS him, too! Fans fire up with The Ace as drags Hashi up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Hashi in a drop zone, then hops up to SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Tanahashi waits on Hashi to rise. Tanahashi runs, but into a CHOP! Tanahashi keeps moving but Hashi CHOPS again!

Tana fires forearms, but Hashi reverses the whip and ducks the clothesline to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up, Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto! Goto drags Tanahashi up to fire off forearms then whip him to a corner. MURAMASA, then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off fast hands! Tanahashi runs, Goto follows but Tanahashi dodges to dropkick a leg out! Fans rally up as both men are down. Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! Yano goes right to the corner and unties the buckle pad! Goto runs in, Yano dodges and throws the pad to him. The ref goes to take the pad from Goto, but Hashi gets in to slap Yano on the head!

Hashi kicks Yano, throws forearms, then whips him to the padded corner. Goto runs in to clothesline! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds Yano to Goto’s kick, and Goto hooks Yano up. Hashi runs but Tana trips him up and drags him out to DECK him! Yano hits an atomic drop to a trip and catapult into Tanahashi’s forearm! Yano rolls Goto up, TWO! Hashi POSTS Tanahashi, and Goto reverses the whip to send Yano at the bare buckles! Yano stops himself, dodges Goto and Goto gets buckles! Roll up, but Hashi breaks it! Hashi stomps Yano, Tana kicks Hashi, but Hashi throws Tana out! Goto-Hashi regroup, they double whip Yano, but Yano gets around to waistlock Goto.

Goto ducks and Hashi SUPERKICKS Yano! Hashi turns Yano, Goto helps out, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives and fans fire up! Goto gets Yano back up, dragon sleeper, and Hashi has the legs. But Tana gets in to CLUB Hashi down! Goto deflects Tana’s kick but Tana ducks the discus to run, into a fireman’s carry! Hashi gets up, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up with Goto-Hashi as they get Yano. Yano says they’re scary but he still reverses Goto’s whip. Yano shoves Hashi into bare buckles, but Goto stops the low blow! Hashi waistlocks, but then avoids Yano’s low blow mule kick!

Goto-Hashi pull Yano’s arm and leg, then turn him for the dragon sleeper and leg lift. SHOUKO!! Cover, Goto-Hashi win!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)

The Joker & the Ace have been trumped once again! Goto-Hashi even crouch over Yano to rub it in, too. The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter continue to rise, will they be the ones to raise those World Tag League trophies in the end?

 

World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Dangerous Tekkers!

Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma meet the Holy Emperor & Submission Master again after their Wrestle Grand Slam showdown over the summer. Will Los Ingobernables de Japon stay tranquilo and rebound from their first defeat? Or will they #JustTapOut and give the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships the top spot in the block?

Naito takes his time with his suit, as usual. Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans cheer. The teams sort out and ZSJ calls Naito out over his history of bad knees. LIJ fist bump and fans cheer as Naito goes forehead to forehead against ZSJ. There’s an argument about the language barrier, ZSJ knowing English and Japanese but refusing to speak in Spanish. Sanada has Naito stand down so that he starts for LIJ, and fans rally as he and ZSJ circle. The two feel out the grapple, tie up with knuckle locks, and then go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. ZSJ rolls back to wrench the knuckles then he wrangles Sanada to a top wristlock. Sanada gets up but ZSJ shifts to a hammerlock.

Sanada reaches back to headlock, but ZSJ slips out the back to hammerlock, shoot the half and cover, ONE! Fans cheer as the two stand off. ZSJ talks a little trash to Naito as he circles with Sanada again. They go back to the knuckle locks, ZSJ brings Sanada to the mat and turns him around for the motorcycle stretch. ZSJ even steps over to lean more on Sanada. Sanada fights up, works to turn the hold around, but ZSJ turns it back. Fans cheer as ZSJ brings Sanada down to his knees and wraps on the straitjacket stretch. Sanada endures the knee in his back, fights up and fights to put the straitjacket onto ZSJ. ZSJ endures now, fights up and turns it, but Sanada turns it back!

Fans cheer, and this looks familiar from their previous match-ups. ZSJ bridges, turns and puts the jacket on Sanada, but Sanada turns it back onto ZSJ. ZSJ fights up, spins and again puts the jacket on Sanada, but Sanada just puts it back on ZSJ. ZSJ drops, rolls back, puts the jacket on Sanada yet again, only for Sanada to wiggle the jacket down. Sanada trips ZSJ, steps through but ZSJ kicks him away. Sanada cartwheels away from the leg trap and dropkicks ZSJ down! Fans cheer while ZSJ falls back to the Tekkers corner. Taichi tags in, he and Sanada circle now. The dancing pecs return and fans cheer. Taichi wants Sanada to join in, so Sanada shows off his dancing pecs.

Taichi gives some applause to that, and the two circle. They feel out the knuckle locks, and Sanada kicks low to CLUB Taichi to the LIJ corner. Tag to Naito and he stomps Taichi down. Naito snapmares and wraps on the PLUMA BLANCA! Taichi endures the leg hook full nelson, reaches for Naito’s face, but Naito keeps him away. Taichi moves around, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Naito lets Taichi go quickly and cleanly to throw big elbows and forearms on him. Naito whips Taichi to a corner, Taichi reverses and chokes Naito into the STO! Red Shoes won’t count that as a cover, so Taichi lets off the choke, only to choke again.

Red Shoes knows better and he counts, but Taichi lets off. Taichi then chokes with both hands! Red Shoes counts again, Taichi lets off. Fans rally up, Taichi chokes but Naito breaks free to choke Taichi! ZSJ runs in but Naito chokes him now! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito lets off, but Taichi blocks Naito’s kick! Taichi CLUBS the leg, traps Naito’s arms, and ZSJ gets the leg to DRAGON SCREW! Talk about something familiar! Sanada gets in, he gets caught for a DRAGON SCREW! LIJ clutch their knees, Sanada bails out. Taichi wraps Naito’s leg around ropes and pulls! ZSJ drags Naito around for a toehold against the apron’s edge! And then a heel hook!

Taichi stands on Naito’s head, Red Shoes counts and the Tekkers let off at 4. Taichi drags Naito around by his leg and has a CALF KILLER! It’s in deep, and Naito endures as Taichi bends him back. Taichi lets go to tag ZSJ, and ZSJ stomps Naito’s legs. ZSJ stands on Naito’s knee, has the leg in a toehold, and pulls way back on the foot! Naito pulls ZSJ’s hair, Red Shoes reprimands, ZSJ lets go of the toehold to YANK the leg! ZSJ drags Naito by his leg, has a standing toehold, but fans rally as ZSJ hits the KNEE JAMMER! Tag to Taichi as ZSJ keeps Naito down with the toehold and headlock. ZSJ lets off, Taichi stands on the bad leg then stomps the knee!

Taichi kicks Naito down, stomps the leg again, but Naito still looks up at him defiantly. Fans rally, Taichi pushes Naito around, kicks at him, but Naito chops! And chops! And CHOPS! Taichi kicks the leg, and again and again, then drags Naito by his leg. Tag to ZSJ, the Tekkers keep on the leg, and ZSJ hits a spinning toehold! ZSJ kicks at the leg but Naito kicks back with his good one. ZSJ just stomps the knee! Fans rally up as ZSJ gives toying kicks to Naito. Naito gets up to throw a forearm! And another! And another! ZSJ kicks the bad leg again! ZSJ gets the leg but Naito fights the shin breaker. ZSJ EuroUppers, runs, but Naito dropkicks the leg out!

Fans rally up while both men are down. ZSJ and Naito crawl, hot tags to Taichi and Sanada! Taichi BOOTS, whips, but Sanada forearms back! Sanada arm-drags, then gets around for a back suplex BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Taichi! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Sanada puts Taichi in the ring. Sanada drags Taichi up, Taichi kicks but Sanada blocks it! Sanada trips Taichi and starts to tie him up, but Taichi fights off Paradise. Sanada kicks, whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans rally up while both men are down.

Taichi gets up first, he brings Sanada up and whips him to corner clothesline! Taichi snapmares and KICKS Sanada, then he drags Sanada up. Sanada fights off Seiteijyujiryou, to fireman’s carry! Taichi slips off, waistlocks, but Sanada switches. Taichi fights the lift and breaks free to PELE! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Taichi stands while Sanada goes to a corner. Taichi runs in, but Sanada elbows him away. Sanada Quebrada but Taichi gets under. Taichi runs into the fireman’s carry, Sanada throws him into the dragon sleeper. ZSJ runs in and EuroUppers Sanada down. Naito gets in, blocks EuroUpper and spins ZSJ for a NECKBREAKER!

Taichi dodges Naito to GAMANGIRI, but Sanada dropkciks Taichi! Taichi comes back, AX BOMBER! All four men are down and the fans fire up! ZSJ bails out, Naito slowly rolls out, and Taichi crawls to the ropes. Sanada stirs and sits up, Taichi runs in to BOOT! Sanada throws a forearm, Taichi KICKS. Sanada forearms, Taichi KICKS. Taichi eggs Sanada on so Sanada forearms again. Sanada eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS again. They go back and forth, fans rally as they pick up speed, but then the two stagger. Sanada EuroUppers, Taichi sobats! Taichi drags Sanada up but Sanada fires off forearms. Taichi ducks the rolling elbow but Sanada holds off the saido! ROLLING ELBOW!

Sanada ducks the Pele to underhook, TIGER DRIVER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Sanada and Taichi stir, hot tag to Naito! Naito DECKS ZSJ, stomps Taichi in a corner then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in, JUMP KICK, leg sweep, but then Naito DECKS ZSJ again before COMBINACION CABRON! Naito drags Taichi up, dragon sleepers for the BACKBREAKER, then basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Naito as he drags Taichi up. Hammerlock and half nelson, but Taichi fights that. Taichi dodges the back elbow to KICK the leg out! Naito and Taichi are down again but fans rally back up. Hot tag to ZSJ!

ZSJ storms over, gets the bad leg and STOMPS down on it! ZSJ STOMPS it again, then hits KNEE JAMMER after KNEE JAMMER! Fans rally up as Naito drags himself up in a corner. ZSJ runs in but Naito dodges and Sanada runs in to back elbow! Feed to back elbow, dropkick and ENZIGURI, to back suplex and running jackknife! Sanada keeps Taichi out but TWO! ZSJ escapes, Sanada goes out after Taichi, and fans fire up for Naito. Naito wrenches but ZSJ mule kicks the bad leg! Naito still throws back elbow after back elbow! Fans fire up as ZSJ goes to a corner. Naito hobbles over, drags ZSJ up, hoists him up top, then climbs up. But ZSJ slips out to trip Naito!

Taichi gets the arms, ZSJ DRAGON SCREWS the leg again! And then DRAGON SCREWS it again! ZSJ steps through to have the DEATHLOCK, and then rolls Naito into Yes I Am a Long Way from Home. Sanada gets in but Taichi catches him for SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! LIJ endures simultaneous submissions while fans rally! ZSJ keeps shifting his grip on the arm but Naito refuses to quit! Naito pulls hair, ZSJ shifts around again to keep on the hold! Fans rally as hard as ever and Naito keeps fighting, to roll to the ROPEBREAK! The Tekkers let go in frustration and all four men are down again. Fans are thunderous as Sanada and Taichi bail out.

ZSJ drags Naito up and gets the leg, but Naito turns shinbreaker into SATELLITE DDT! Fans fire up again as both men are back down! Naito crawls over, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada dropkicks ZSJ down, then brings him up to throw forearms. ZSJ ends up in a corner, Sanada throws more forearms. Sanada whips corner to corner, ZSJ reverses, but Sanada tumbles out and springboards back in. ZSJ dodges, Taichi clotheslines in the corner! ZSJ EuroUppers then feeds to Taichi’s boot! ARM PELE, choke grip, CHOKE SLAM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire back up! Taichi fires himself up, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

ZSJ drags Sanada up as Taichi aims from a corner. Sanada slips out of the suplex to dragon sleeper! Naito dropkicks Taichi’s legs out! Naito gets the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Sanada gives ZSJ the SKULL SWING, into the SKULL END! Now the Tekkers endure submissions, but Taichi drags Naito out to the apron and they fall to the floor! ZSJ is caught in the body scissors but he endures as fans rally up again. “L I J!” “Z S J!” but time is running out! ZSJ reaches out, but he’s fading! Red Shoes checks, Sanada lets ZSJ go and puts him in the drop zone. Sanada goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS, but he has to land on his feet as ZSJ moves!

Taichi gets Sanada for the DANGEROUS SAIDO! But Naito gets Taichi with CORRIENDOSHIKI DESTINO! ZSJ SHOTGUNS Naito down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Naito and Taichi slowly roll out of the ring and fans rally again. ZSJ kicks Naito for good measure while he and Sanada rise. ZSJ grins as he and Sanada get back up. There’s only three minutes left, and Sanada EuroUppers. ZSJ EuroUppers back! Sanada comes back to EuroUpper again, and he eggs ZSJ on. ZSJ EuroUppers, but Sanada comes back to EuroUpper again. Fans rally up as the EuroUppers keep going, back and forth. Sanada EuroUppers and ZSJ falls over!

ZSJ gets back up but Sanada EuroUppers again. Two minute warning, ZSJ EuroUppers! Sanada EuroUppers, ZSJ EuroUppers, Sanada EuroUppers again! And again! ZSJ turns one into a backslide! TWO, but now Sanada backslides ZSJ! TWO, and ZSJ headlocks. Sanada powers out, ZSJ sunset flips, TWO! Sanada prawn hold, TWO! ZSJ sunset flip, TWO! Double cover bridge, TWO!! Last minute!! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws to the dragon sleeper, but ZSJ jumps up and over to trip Sanada and EuroClutch, TWO!!! Fans fire up as ZSJ hooks, spins, scoops, but Sanada slips out! Under 30 seconds, O’Conner BRIDGE-

NO! Feed to a Taichi ROUNDHOUSE! ZSJ scoops, HOLY ZACK DRIVER!! Cover, Tekkers win!!

Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall (gain 2 points; LIJ earns 0)

With literal seconds on the clock, the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions pull it off! And now they lead the block! Will this be the loss that keeps Sanada & Naito out of the finals? As for the Tekkers, they get the mics, but ZSJ still asks in Japanese that the fans give them a moment to catch their breaths. That was a crazy ending, after all. And then ZSJ says, “Oi, Saitama. Buenos bloody noches, dickheads!” Do they understand Spanish? Or only Japanese? Either way, shut up. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that does matter is Dangerous bloody Tekkers! Dangerous T and Zacky Big Tekkers, the WORLD tag team champions! “We’re the bloody champions.”

Where are Sanada & Naito, huh? Crying backstage. GoD, last year’s winners, where are they? “No bloody chance.” The Tekkers are taking everything! They have the titles, now they’ll win the trophies. That is their destiny. ZSJ says his Japanese isn’t good enough, so he’ll hand this off to Taichi now. Taichi “apologizes” that they’re not LIJ. They probably wanted LIJ to win, huh? Then why are they still here? Taichi and Zack are better promo guys anyway. This is their ring, these are their titles, and this is their tournament. The Dangerous Tekkers will reign supreme. You got that, ya bastards? The Tekkers stand alone at the top of the block, will they be the pinnacle of the division?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!

Dangerous Tekkers: 6-1, 12 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-2, 10 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 5-2, 10 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 5-2, 10 points
The United Empire: 5-2, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 4-3, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-3, 8 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-5, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-6, 2 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 1-6, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-7, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for World Tag League, and definitely a surprise that Suzuki & Taka are dead last. They’re basically eliminated at this point, but they could be quite the spoiler in the last few rounds. Of course, Great Bash Heels and Team Blue Justice are basically in the same boat with only being 1-6. House of Torture continues to be the instigators of dysfunction in Bullet Club, I am hoping NJPW will find a way to make the Bullet Club Civil War happen. Goto-Hashi going over Yano & Tanahashi was only a moderate surprise because NJPW is still giving Hashi his due.

LIJ VS Tekkers going as close to the time limit as they did was the big surprise of that match, I almost thought we were going to see a tie. Tekkers going over makes sense, the champions are going to be strong and probably even finalists at this point.

My Score: 9.0/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/12/24)

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

After weeks of back and forth, Top Flight finally has it out with Shane Taylor Promotions in a Six Man Tag match! Who proves to be the baddest trio in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop; Roddy wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox; Fenix wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions; STP wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!

The Kings of the Black Throne claim they’re not enraged over Buddy Matthews being attacked, and yet they’re on a Rampage! Well, bad puns aside, will they unstoppable from now until they have avenged their Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari make everyone take them serious from now on?

The teams sort out and the fans hoot and bark. Malakai starts against Daivari and the two circle. The fans rally up, the two feel things out, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, grinds, but Daivari powers up and out. Daivari drops, hurdles, but Malakai waits. Daivari ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Malakai blocks the kick. Daivari narrowly avoids the roundhouse! Daivari backs up while Malakai sits down cross-legged. The fans fire up but Daivari tags Nese. Nese runs up, but Malakai ducks under the kick! Malakai kips up so Nese ROCKS him with a forearm! Malakai shoves Nese to ELBOW him down!

Malakai drags Nese over, tags Brody and the fans fire up. Nese scrambles away as the fans bark and hoot. Nese flexes, he isn’t intimidate. Nese CHOPS, but Brody doesn’t flinch! Nese grabs the beard and says Brody is his b*tch now! Brody CHOPS Nese off his feet! Brody barks, the fans join in, and then Brody CHOPS Nese! The fans “WOO~!” and Brody CHOPS Nese again! Brody fires forearms and CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Nese rebounds, into a BIG back drop! Nese staggers up, into a scoop and SLAM! Brody runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, so Brody drags him right up and tags in Malakai.

The House mugs Nese, double whips him corner to corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Nese dodges to then ROCK Malakai! Nese BOOTS Brody, whips Malakai at him, but Malakai rolls off Brody’s back. Nese dodges Brody’s lariat but Malakai BOOTS him into the LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Nese up, drags him back over, and tags Brody. They mug Nese some more, and the fans fire up as Brody pumps up that rm. Brody runs, but Woods DUMPS Brody out! Nese distracted the ref and Malakai protests, but the fans boo. Daivari hurries after Brody but Brody grabs Daivari by the neck! Nese FOSBURY FLOPS Brody down!

The fans boo as The Premier Athletes now mugs Brody! Malakai protests but the ref keeps him back, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

The Premier Athletes let off to high-five with Woods & Sterling, then the ref starts a ring count. Nese catches his breath before he drags big Brody up. Nese puts Brody in the ring, tags Daivari, and they mug Brody more, They both run, to DOUBLE SHOULDER Brody down! Cover, TWO! Daivari hurries to bring Brody around in a facelock, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Daivari CHOKES Brody on ropes, the ref counts, and Daivari lets off. Daivari argues with the ref, so that Sterling can CHOKE Brody! Sterling scurries away like the weasel he is, and then Daivari stands on Brody in the corner!

The ref counts, Daivari lets off and he drags Brody over. Tag to Nese, and Nese stomps Brody while Daivari anchors the legs. Rampage returns to single picture as Nese and Daivari let off. Nese soaks up heat, stalks Brody to the corner, and he grins as he says “All day, baby.” Nese CHOPS but Brody gets mad! Brody fires forearms and elbows, DECKS Nese, then storms up. Nese throat chops! Then Nese runs, but into an URENAGE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, reaches out, hot tags to Malakai and Daivari! Malakai rallies on Daivari with big elbows and then a strike fest! LEG SWEEP!

Nese gets in but Malakai ELBOWS him down! Daivari kicks and whips but Malakai RANAS! Nese is up but the JUMP KNEE knocks him down! Daivari stands and Malakai QUEBRADAS him down! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but the fans rally behind Malakai. Malakai storms around, stands Daivari up and suplexes. Daivari slips free, but Malakai fires a strike fest! Daivari SUPERKICKS first! Tag to Nese but then Malakai DECKS Daivari! Nese leaps in but Malakai dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Nese falls, Woods gets up! Woods ducks a shot, but then Brody SWEEPS the legs! Woods crashes off the apron and fans fire up!

Wait, Daivari sneaks in, armed with Sterling’s clipboard! Malakai turns around, CLIPBOARD SMASH!! The plastic explodes off of Malakai’s head!! Daivari gets outta there, the ref wonders what happened, and then Daivari BOOTS Brody! PLANCHA and down goes Brody! Nese hits a 450 SPLASH! A rough landing but Nese makes the cover, TWO?!? Malakai survives and Sterling is freaking out! Daivari reaches out, Nese crawls over, but Brody YANKS Daivari down! Brody RAMS Daivari into barriers! Brody makes Daivari take a seat so he can forearm and CHOP! Brody barks, Sterling panics, and Brody runs back in, but Sterling gets in the way!

Brody snarls, but then he just SPLASHES Sterling and Daivari! Nese is shocked by what he just saw! Malakai runs up, Nese bucks the O’Conner Roll! Nese runs up, into a KNEE! And then a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER! Malakai hurries up top, but Nese SHORYUKENS! And GAMANGIRIS! Nese drags Malakai down then climbs up. 450 SPLASH onto knees! That’s an even rougher landing than before! Daivari hurries back up but Brody catches him for a SLEEPER! And now, Malakai lifts Nese up, for THE END! Cover, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

Brody DROPS Daivari when the bell rings, The House having completely demolished The Premier Athletes. Will they not be stopped until they have what they want?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

The Savior of the Backbreaker is set for an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match tomorrow night on Collision against Dalton Castle. But in an occasion of turnabout is fair play, The Conglomeration is watching him from commentary! Will the presence of Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy & Mark Briscoe make Roddy better or worse than usual?

The bell rings and Kyle says that while he loves and appreciates Roddy, Taven & Bennett, they’re being more like the Undisputed Cling-dom! Meanwhile, big Ben Bishop stalks some smack on Roddy, and then pretends he can’t see him. Roddy says okay, be that way. They tie up, Cassidy points out just how tall Ben is, and big Ben shoves Roddy down! The fans fire up, Roddy comes right back, but Ben TOSSES him away! Roddy bails out, the fans fire up for Ben, and The Kingdom coaches Roddy up. Roddy runs in, dodges Ben, and kicks at the legs! Ben drops to size so Roddy and CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP!

Roddy kicks the legs, fires boxing elbows, then ELBOWS Ben before he runs and SICK KICKS! Then he hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up with Roddy and the Kingdom, then the STRONG KNEE knocks Ben down! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Conglomeration is in agreement, that was impressive work by Roddy, because Roddy is indeed that good. But Cassidy says it is time to go stare down with them. The Conglomeration stand on stage to stare down The Kingdom, but Roddy needs to focus on tomorrow night. Will Roddy punch his golden ticket to an ROH World Championship match? Or will it be The Peacock that means the Sussex County Chicken in Arlington, Texas?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

The Virtuosa is served a glass of wine, and says we’ve never been formally introduced. We’ve all seen what she can do in the ring, but does anyone know what it means to be THE Virtuosa. “Wrestling isn’t just a sport or an art form, it’s both. And more set to a quickening pace than a staccato beat of bodies slamming, bones cracking, tendons tearing! All building towards a beautiful and violent crescendo.” Deonna likes what AEW has forced her to become. “Because here, actions have consequences.” And Deonna vows to burn the empire to the ground, to remake it in her own image. This is the Age of the Virtuosa.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

On top of the opening match being Ospreay VS MJF for the International Championship, as well as Swerve VS Okada in a Champion VS Champion showdown, Mercedes Mone has issued an Open Challenge to the TBS Championship! Well, mostly open, as she is EXCLUDING Britt Baker! The DMD won’t be happy about this, but who will step up to The CEO?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox!

This is going to be a fast ‘n’ furious match starring men capable of fantastic feats both in the air and on the mat! And with there still being time before All In, who uses this night as a launching pad towards a title opportunity?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The four circle, and then Fenix and Komander stare down. They nod and shake hands, and they go after Fox and Angelico! Fox blocks a kick, Angelico wrenches an arm, and then Fox wrenches Fenix to a cording hold. Komander uses Fenix to wall run and flip out of the armlock! Fenix and Komander each reverse the wrenches, then kick and body shot. Fenix uses Angelico to flip up and over and wrench again, but Angelico headlocks. Komander sends Angelico into Fox, Fenix rolls Angelico up, but Komander rolls Fenix! Fox rolls Komander, TWO! Angelico sweeps Fox to cover, ONE!

All four men stand off and the fans fire up. Angelico does the Bernie Lean! But then he gets TRIPLE BOOTS for it! Fox runs up, Komander & Fenix kick and CHOP him. The luchadores double whip Fox but he reverses to TOSS Fenix out! Komander runs in but Fox mule kicks his leg out! Komander ends up on ropes, Fox runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO, sending Fenix into railing! Fox gest back up to trip Komander and he goes up the corner, to QUEBRADA Fenix! Fox somersaults in to then deadlift ANARCHY SUPLEX on Komander! Cover, Angelico breaks it! Angelico JABS Fox, JABS, then brings him around.

Angelico whips, Fox reverses but Angelico rolls off Fox’s back. Fox jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Fox falls back, Angelico coves, but Fenix slingshots in to SUPERKICK it apart! The fans rally as Fenix kicks Fox out of the ring. Angelico bails out, and now Fenix is alone with Komander. The amigos nod while the fans fire up, and the forearms start flying! Fenix CHOPS, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix staggers back, Komander runs up and FLIPPING RANAS! The fans fire up, Komander runs in at the corner, but Fenix puts him on the apron. Fenix ROCKS Komander, whips him into the POST!

Fenix goes up and tightrope walk PENALTY KICKS! The fans fire up with Fenix while Komander falls. Fenix goes out, and he CHOPS Fox, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Fenix KICKS Angelico, then runs around the way and goes up the railing to KICK Komander back down! The front row fires up with Fenix and he goes back to Fox. Fenix CHOPS Fox, whips him, but Fox reverses to POST Fenix! Fox high-fives fans, but Komander runs up to FLYING CHUCK! Angelico stomps Fenix, then he stomps Komander. Angelico even stomps Fox down! Angelico JABS Komander, ROCKS him, and Komander staggers away. Fox kicks Komander, then kicks Angelico. Fox CLUBS Angelico, then RAMS him into railing! But then Fenix BOOTS Fox down! Fenix puts Angelico in and puts him in a corner.

Fenix CHOPS, and Angelico sputters as he staggers away. Angelico goes to the apron, Fenix goes out to bring Komander around to CLUB him. Fox storms up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix CHOPS Komander, kicks at Fox but Fox blocks. Fox spins Fenix around to CHOP! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fenix ends up folded up and he flops to the floor. Komander KICKS Fox in the leg, puts him in, and kicks him more. Komander puts Fox in a corner to CHOP, and Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and while Fox brings Angelico up, Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Fox! Those three men are down and the fans rally up. Komander is somewhere on the outside, but Fenix brings Angelico up. Fenix KICKS Angelico, then shouts “ANIMO!” Somersault, into a takedown! Short arm scissor and a spin, HALF CRAB ARMLOCK FUSION! But Fox stomps Angelico! Angelico trips Fox, ties the legs up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Angelico has the TRAILER HITCH, but Komander is back! CIELITO LINDO onto Angelico!! Cover, TWO!! Angelico survives but Komander SOBATS Fox! And then TORNADO DDT!

The fans fire up as Komander crawls to the cover, but Fenix springboards in to DOUBLE STOMP it! Memphis is thunderous and Fenix wrenches Komander. Fenix reels Komander in, fireman’s carries, but Komander pops it into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and the fans fire up again! Komander waits on Fenix, Fenix SOBATS first! And KICKS again! Fenix pushes Komander to a corner, to then JUMP SOBAT! Fenix fires up, the fans are with him, and Fenix puts Komander up top. Fenix CHOPS, climbs, and brings Komander around. Komander fires body shots! Fox is back, and he joins in!

Fox CHOPS and CLUBS the luchadores, then climbs up. Fenix CLUBS Fox for it, and the luchadores work together again to SHOVE Fox down! Fox ends up folded, then Komander and Fenix brawl again. Angelico CLUBS Komander right as he CHOPS Fenix! Angelico takes aim, and he waistlocks Komander! Komander clings to ropes for dear life! Fenix BOOTS Angelico down, then he and Komander brawl some more! Komander stands, Fenix SHOVES him, and Komander MOONSAULTS right onto Angelico! Fenix then FROG SPLASHES onto Fox! Cover, TWO?!? Fox survives, so Fenix drags him into a CRUCIFIX COBRA CLUTCH!! Fenix TAPS, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

The Immortal Firebird brings out something new in his arsenal and takes the win! But will Fenix be flying towards golden opportunities as AEW prepares for All In?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Renee Paquette caught up with Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Bryan Keith, and asks what the hell. Yes, she’s seen The Learning Tree do “a ton of horrible other things” throughout his career, but tonight with Samoa Joe crossed a line. What was he thinking? Jericho smiles, the leather belt gifted to him by Martha Hart still wrapped around his hand. He waves to the camera and says, “Hi, guys. And Renee, I don’t know why you’re so surprised. This is exactly what I’ve been saying for a long, long time. If you’ve listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. Look at The Redwood and Bad Apple.

“But if you don’t listen to The Learning Tree, bad things happen. Shibata had a chance, now his arm is hurt. Hook had a chance, we had to burn his face off with a fireball. And Samoa Joke, for years, I’ve been telling you to listen to The Learning Tree, you didn’t, we ran you through a wall, and now you’re in the hospital.” Bill is stifling a laugh this entire time. Jericho says if Joe needs something to help with his inflamed muscles he might have, try ginger and black pepper. It’s really good for you. See, Renee? Lots of lessons to be learned. And even more will be learned on Dynamite 250, with a special edition of TV Time with Chris Jericho. Thanks, guys~…!

Jericho leaves, and Bill says one of the biggest lessons that Jericho has taught them is that the more TV Time, the better. And they want as much TV Time as possible! Because The Learning Tree, The Bad Apple and The Redwood are always maximizing their minutes. She should try it some time. Keith says if you don’t respect Chris Jericho, they will MAKE you respect Chris Jericho. Will everyone in AEW learn the hard way that Jericho isn’t kidding around?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

We heard the Virtuosa speak her mind, but La Mera Mera looks to show, not tell. Will Rosa be more than ready to go another round with Deonna? Or will the Queen of Strong Smile make some bold moves of her own?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Rachael shoves Rosa away, and the two reset. They tie up, Rosa headlocks, but Rachael lifts her! Rachael throws Rosa away but Rosa comes back to DROPKICK! Rachael goes to a corner, Rosa runs in to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Rosa goes corner to corner to ELBOW! Rachael staggers, Rosa KICKS a leg out! Rosa then runs to LARIAT Rachael down! Cover, TWO! Rosa clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts up to an armlock. Rosa CHOPS Rachael, ELBOWS her, then throws down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL elbows! Cover, TWO! Rachael goes to a corner, but Rosa CHOPS her again!

Rachael staggers away but Rosa puts Rachael in another corner, and CHOPS again! Rosa whips, Rachael reverses and Rosa ends up in a corner. Rachael runs in to LARIAT! Rachael keeps moving, and she UPPERCUTS Rosa down! The fans fire up and Rachael says “SWISH!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Rachael keeps on Rosa. Rachael CHOPS Rosa, storms up and CHOPS again. Rachael whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to LARIAT again! Rachael whips Rosa back in, runs in, but Rosa dodges! The fans rally up for Rosa as she LOCO LARIATS! Then she sits Rachael down to SWINGING METEORA!

The fans fire up and Rosa aims as Rachael goes to ropes. BANG and Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rachael sputters, Rosa reels her in, but Rachael bucks the driver! High stack, TWO! Rachael hurries to whip Rosa, but Rosa holds ropes. Rosa BOOTS back, runs up, and wheelbarrows, victory roll into a STOMP 182! Rosa then clamps on and has the COBRA CAMEL CLUTCH! Rachael taps, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

La Mera Mera shows respect to Rachael by helping her up and hugging it out. But then DEONNA runs out there! And she SHOVES Rachael into Rosa! Then she DECKS Rachael for the hell of it before going after Rosa! Rachael drags Deonna off of Rosa, so Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna BOOTS Rosa down! The Virtuosa shows her violent side, but will Rosa make her regret it?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of Strong VS Castle in an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match, and on top of Konosuke Takeshita VS Tommy Billington, The Bang Bang Gang is back in action. Will Juice Robinson & The Gunns keep the momentum going? Plus, Nyla Rose is back, we see Skye Blue VS Harley Cameron 1v1, and in the main event, it will be Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy representing The Conglomeration against THE Kingdom, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett. Could we see some Freshly Squeezed #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships, too? Or will Taven & Bennett secure that night off they’ve been wanting?

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

Willow Nightingale is going to be part of the big NJPW-CMLL crossover tradition, Fantastica Mania! She, Viva Van and Lluvia will compete for the now vacated CMLL Women’s World Championship! The Babe with the Power may not have gone back-to-back in the Owen Hart Cup, but will she return to AEW as a world champion all the same?

 

Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

There have been more words flying back and forth between these trios than anything, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Will The Martin Brothers & The Sight to See show everyone why they’re the Coldest Trio in the Game? Or will Lee Moriarty, Anthony Ogogo & the man himself, Big Bad Shaney T swat them all out of the sky?

The trios sort out and Darius starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Shane talks trash to the fans talking trash while Darius and Lee tie up. Lee waistlocks, full nelsons, but Darius uses his leg for leverage. Darius breaks free, standing switches, then half nelsons to slip around and headlock. Lee powers up and out, but Darius runs him over! Things keep moving, Lee hurdles and runs to then roll over the dropdown. Lee swaggers, kicks Darius, then whips him to a corner. Darius goes up and over Lee, runs back in, but Lee goes up and under! Lee runs in and blocks an elbow to then backslide Darius! ONE, and Lee goes for a leg!

Darius smothers the takedown, rolls Lee to a lateral press, TWO! Darius arm-drags, then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Darius dusts himself off. Lee gets away to tag Ogogo, so Darius tags Dante. Angel Dorado talks smack on the Olympic bronze medalist boxer. They tie up, Ogogo pushes Dante away and says that was easy. Easy! Dante says okay, and they tie up again. Ogogo powers Dante to a corner, but Dante pushes him back. They go again, Dante gets around to then headlock. Ogogo back suplexes, Dante lands out and rolls Ogogo up! TWO, Ogogo swings but Dante dodges! Ogogo blocks a kick but Dante victory rolls, TWO!

Ogogo feints high to kick low, but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to JUMP KNEE! Dante wrenches and YANKS the arm, then tags Action. Action climbs, Dante sets up, Ogogo gets a TABLE TOP BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Action drags Ogogo up. But Ogogo powers him into the STP corner! Tag to Shane and he talks smack on Action. Action dodges the haymaker to fire body shots! Shane takes those shots, KNEES low, then whips Action. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, and PELES! Shane staggers, Action gets moving, and Action rolls to RANA Shane up and out! Action then slingshots back in, but Lee steps in!

Action builds speed, the ref stops Lee, but the ref doesn’t see Ogogo CLOBBER Action! The fans boo and then the ref notices Ogogo, but Ogogo steps away. Shane storms into the ring to drag Action up and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Action over to the STP corner, and he CHOPS Action! Lee exaggerates his shock, and then Shane DECKS Action. Shane drags Action up, tags Lee, and they mug Action. Lee stomps Action, drags him up, bumps him off buckles, and Lee fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Lee stomps a mudhole, but the ref gets in there to stop him. Lee and the ref argue, but STP just applauds. Shane tags in, Action fires hands! Action backs Shane down, but Shane ROCKS Action in return! Action wobbles, drops to his knees, and Shane HEADBUTTS him down. Shane looms over Action, then drags him back up.

Shane back suplexes, Action lands out to tag Dante! Dante fires forearms over and over and over! Dante puts some stank on it, but Shane dodges! So Dante DECKS Lee! Dante kicks but Shane blocks, to KNEE back! Shane then uses both hands to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives, Shane gets mad and Shane brings him around to the corner. Tag to Ogogo and they mug Dante. Ogogo brings Dante out to scoop and SLAM! Ogogo runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ogogo argues with the ref, then he drags Action up. Ogogo RAMS Dante, then BOOTS him down! Ogogo scuffs Dante while staying between him and Top Flight.

Dante fires body shots in return, but Ogogo kicks low! Oogo snap suplexes, covers, TWO as Dante bridges! Lee runs in to BLAST Top Flight, then Ogogo drags Dante up. Ogogo whips Dante hard into the corner, then tags Shane. Rampage returns to single picture as Shane talks smack on Dante. Shane has Lee & Ogogo hold Dante up, but Dante BOOTS back! Dante fights free of the others, BOOTS again, and then goes up and up to FLYING BULLDOG! The fans fire up as Dante crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Darius! Air Wolf rallies on STP with big forearms! UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Lee, then Darius whips.

Lee reverses the whip but Darius catches him to an atomic drop! Darius keeps moving, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! GAMANGIRI! Darius fires up, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives the onslaught but the fans rally up. Darius drags Lee up and fireman’s carries, but Lee fights with elbows! Lee shoves Darius, Action tags in. Lee dodges Darius but Action BOOTS! Then SHOTGUN SNAP GERMAN COMBO! The fans fire up as Darius deadlifts for the BRAINBUSTER! Then Action STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, Ogogo breaks it! Darius runs up but Ogogo kicks him. Ogogo scoops Darius, Darius slips free!

Darius & Action kick Ogogo then double clinch. Ogogo powers out, fires HEABUTTS and elbows! Fireman’s carry for Action, F5 AND A HALF! Action flounders, but Darius BOOTS Ogogo! Darius WALL RUN PELES! Ogogo falls, Shane storms in! Darius dodges, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Shane talks smack, but Dante JUMP KNEES him! Dante runs in to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Lee runs up, Dante BOOTS him! Dante runs but into a FLAPJACK! Lee then hurries to spin Dante around to THE FANG! But Dante flounders out of the ring! All six men are down around ringside and the fans fire up! Lee crawls, hot tag to Shane!

Shane spots Action rising, he and Lee go after Action. They double whip, Action handsprings, but they catch him! DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Dante lands out! Action fires off forearms and elbows, and even CHOPS! Action kicks, Lee blocks, but then Lee ducks so the ENZIGIRI hits Shane! Lee CLUBS Action, Ogogo sends Darius into railing! Lee whips Action, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Ogogo! Action hurries back up, ROCKS Lee, and he springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Action kips up, the fans fire up, but Shane waistlocks. Action fires elbows until he’s free, then tries to fireman’s carry!? Shane is too big and bad!

Shane ELBOWS away on Action, gut wrenches, but Action slips free again! SUPERKICK! And another fireman’s carry!? But the back won’t hold the weight! Shane slips down to HEADBUTT! And then URENAGE! Shane flips Action back up to KNEE him in the face! Ogogo and Lee get in for defense, Shane DECKS Action!! Cover, STP wins!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

That could’ve been a win by knockout with that killer haymaker! But will Shane Taylor Promotions continue to rampage until they prove they prove they’re the elite of All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, and while they shoved five matches onto this card again, they at least did their best to put story behind most of these. Roderick Strong was of course beating Ben Bishop, but they gave us a storyline plug by having The Conglomeration on commentary. And while Thunder Rosa was of course beating Rachael Ellering, they gave us story build with Deonna attacking them both. I feel like this will give us Deonna VS Ellering next, to stretch things out so that the true blowoff of Deonna VS Rosa isn’t until All In, probably in the All In Zero Hour. For that matter, that’s probably where Conglomeration VS Undisputed Kingdom 3v3 happens, too.

Great opening tag from House of Black VS Premier Athletes with Sterling & Woods of course getting involved, but great win for Malakai & Brody in that 4v2 situation. Still banking on them screwing over The Patriarchy during a Unified World Trios Championship match. The Six Man Tag was really good but not sure it was main event material compared to the Fatal 4 Way. Good stuff for the Six Man Tag, everyone got their shine, but that Fatal 4 Way was just incredible. Great win for Fenix to stay hot while all the titles have stories going into All In, but he could get a shot at like, Okada’s Continental Championship to give us a dream match moment before the PPV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/12/24)

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Time to settle some scores!

Mia Yim takes on Nia Jax, Legado Del Fantasma goes after Corbin & Crews, and A-Town Down Under get a tag title rematch, all tonight on SmackDown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax VS Mia Yim; Nia wins.
  • Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews; Angel & Berto win.
  • Blair Davenport VS Naomi; Naomi wins.
  • WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under; DIY wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

Worcester, Massachusetts cheers because it’s #TiffyTime! And not only that, the Center of the Universe is the NEW Miss Money in the Bank, so there is no denying she is just biding her time until she can cash-in and snatch up a championship. And Tiff gets a mic to say that this Saturday, it officially became Tiffy Time when she climbed to the Tiffy Top, took down the briefcase, and become the youngest Ms. MITB in HISTORY! The fans do cheer that! And uh, Trish Stratus may’ve been the hometown host, but Tiff was the real star of the show. Trish isn’t here to ruin Tiff’s moment, because it is Tiffy’s Time.

The fans cheer for “TIFFY TIME! TIFFY TIME!” Tiff warns Liv Morgan, Roxanne Perez and Bayley to all keep their heads on a swivel. Their reigns are on Tiffy Time. And very soon, we will all be saying “AND NEW~!” WAIT! The Role Model, the WWE Women’s Champion, Bayley herself, makes her way out to the ring. Bayley tells Tiffy that she will be the first to congratulate her on such a big victory. Bayley knows what it takes. And as someone who has such high praise lately, that must add some pressure, so Bayley is impressed Tiff proved herself right. Tiff asks Bayley why she’s even out here, and to get to the point. Out of everyone, Bayley should know it’s Tiffy Time.

Bayley smiles and says well, she doesn’t care what time it is, she just wanted to give some advice. Bayley did win her own MITB in 2019, but Tiff probably didn’t even know what WWE even was then, right? Tiff says yeah, 2019 was like a million years ago. It is 2024, and just three years into this, and Tiff is the youngest Ms. MITB ever! Meanwhile, Bayley was just home, on her couch, eating chips and all alone. Bayley will give Tiff that, so here’s one last piece of advice: If Tiff even plans to use the briefcase on Bayley, plan on making history again as the first woman to ever fail her cash-in. But wait! Here comes Nia Jax!

The Irresistible Force, the Queen of the Ring, Nia tells Bayley, “What’re you doing out here making empty threats?”  The fans boo and Nia says that’s rude to the Queen. But in case Bayley forgot, Bayley has her match against Nia at SummerSlam, where Nia will be taking that title off her. Oh, is that right? Nia steps into the ring and Bayley isn’t sure who Nia thinks she’s talking to. But this isn’t NXT Hugging Bayley, or even 2017 Bayley that Nia put on the shelf. Yeah, be proud of that, idiot! This Bayley is the GRAND SLAM CHAMPION Bayley! This is the Royal Rumble winning, WWE Women’s Champion Bayley! This is the same Bayley that will embarrass Nia at SummerSlam!

But hey, y’know what? Let’s play a little game here. Devil’s Advocate: Bayley slips on a banana peel and Nia somehow does beat Bayley. What’s Tiff to do then? Is she gonna cash in on her friend, Nia? We know there’s some PTSD from the last time- Tiff says hey, hold on! Nia tells Bayley that yeah, she’s not the hugger that Nia hurt before SummerSlam 2017. But what is she now? BBL Bayley? Nia looks at the tights and says she isn’t sure what Bayley is trying to prove playing Divide & Conquer. Nia has no problems with Tiff, Tiff is like her own personal little Barbie. Tiff smiles, and Nia says Bayley isn’t a toy. Bayley’s a victim.

And at SummerSlam, Nia will victimize her. Bayley winds up, Tiff stops her, so Bayley DECKS Tiff! Only for Nia to CLUB Bayley! Nia puts Bayley on ropes to CHOKE her, and Tiff talks trash. But here comes MIA YIM! Kendo stick SMACK for Nia! Tiff runs before she can get hit! Michin warns Nia AND Tiff, will the Queen & Princess of the Ring learn who’s The Head Baddie in Charge?

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

They’re waiting outside Nick Aldis’ office when Byron Saxton walks over. Chelsea has a fancy neck brace on as she tells “Bryan” she has no time for his stupid questions. Did they not see the BRUTAL MITB match she went through? The whole world is now calling her, “The Mother of Mayhem,” “The Princess of Pain.” So she has no time for this! She is waiting on Sir Nicholas the Prickless so just go away! Byron says Nick- Piper asks if he did not hear her. Just GO! Git! Shoo! As he leaves, we can see Isla Dawn talking with… Blair Davenport? Could their NXT UK connection make Blair an ally against the trios coming after the tag titles?

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings on this match. Nia runs up, Mia dodges to fire off hands! Mia dodges again to CHOP and KICK and KICK! Nia HEADBUTTS Mia down, Mia goes to a corner, and Nia runs in! Mia dodges then fires off forearms! The fans rally up for Mia, but Nia shoves her away. Mia runs in but Nia ELBOWS her! Nia scoops, but Mia slips into a SLEEPER! Nia RAMS Mia into buckles and is free! Bayley is ringside to coach Mia, and Mia leaps to GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Nia endures, powers up and out, but Mia comes back with a strike fest! SOABT and PELE! Mia runs up to TORNADO- NO! Nia tosses Mia away!

Nia runs to ELBOW DROP Mia! Tiff says too easy. Nia covers, ONE!! Mia upsets Nia but Nia puts her on ropes. Nia SITS on Mia to choke her! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Nia lets off. Mia goes to a corner but Nia stomps away! Nia goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! And she rubs it in Mia’s face, literally! The fans are torn, Bayley coaches Mia up, but Nia storms over. Mia runs up to fire off strikes! Mia runs but Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia soaks up the heat as she scuffs Mia around. Nia clamps on a cobra clutch and she leans on Mia. The fans rally, Mia fights up, and Mia fires body shots! Mia SOBATS, runs, redirects, but Nia isn’t so easily tripped!

Nia drags Mia up to TOSS her to a corner! Nia runs in to SPLASH! And then she TOSSES Mia the other way! Nia taunts Bayley, runs in and she SPLASHES Mia in the corner again! Nia says kiss this, runs in, but Mia DUMPS her out! Mia goes to the apron, but Nia blocks the Penalty Kick! Electric Chair and SLAM off the apron! Nia then CLOBBERS Mia, and soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Mia is on Nia with another GUILLOTINE! But Nia powers up to suplex Mia high and hard! The fans rally but Nia rises first. Nia runs but Mia dodges the elbow drop! Mia ELBOWS Nia from a corner, then LARIATS! Nia stays up so Mia DROPKICKS her! Nia staggers, Mia runs in again for more forearms! Mia whips, but Nia blocks! Nia reverses but Mia BOOTS back! Mia goes up to FLYING RANA! The fans fire up and Bayley does, too! Mia SHOTGUNS Nia down! Mia fires up and she runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL in the corner! Cover, TWO! Mia can’t believe it!

Bayley coaches Mia and Mia climbs the corner. But Nia springs up to ROCK Mia first! Mia wobbles, Nia ROCKET LAUNCHES her! Then SENTON FLOPS as Mia moves in time! Tiff gets on the apron, sneaking Mia’s own kendo stick in. The ref is distracted, but Bayley YANKS Tiff down! And she sends Tiff into barriers! Nia has the kendo stick but Mia SHOTGUNS Nia again! Mia reels Nia in, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Mia hurries to cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Mia is losing her mind! Bayley is equally frustrated but Mia KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Nia! Mia hauls Nia up, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP!

Nia drags Mia to a drop zone, and she goes up! A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The HBIC did what she could against the QOTR, but now Bayley goes after Nia! The fans fire up, but Tiff CLOBBERS Bayley with her briefcase! Fans chant “CASH IT IN!” as Nia HEADBUTTS Bayley! Bayley flounders to a corner, Nia runs in to SPLASH! Then feed to Tiff’s SPINEBUSTER! Nia runs to drop a leg, brother! The fans are torn between booing and wanting Tiff to cash in. Tiff pats Nia on the back for the good work, but then temptation creeps in. The fans are getting louder, too, and Tiff calls to the ref! Is she doing it?! Nia gets right in Tiff’s face, and Tiff denies she was ever gonna try it. Tiff high-fives Nia, and they head out.

It seems The Princess will just have to wait her turn, but will she have to wait long with SummerSlam around the corner?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“The Bloodline had all the titles. Both Heavyweight and both Tag Team Titles. It would all be the same if Roman Reigns never went soft. It takes a real Tribal Chief to stay on top of his game. And that’s why I’m here: to build a whole new family. A more powerful family. A hungrier family. A more aggressive family. And this family will rule for decades, as long as I’m the Tribal Chief. And by the end of tonight, everyone will acknowledge me.” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up their ones. What will this furious four look to do to the SmackDown roster next?

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

It was earlier today before the show that Byron Saxton sat down with El Idolo, and spoke on MITB. Many say that was a star making performance by Andrade. Yet here we are a week later, and now those same people are wondering what is next for him. Andrade wonders himself, “What is next?” He has said that his vision in WWE is the same. This is his destiny! That is why Andrade is- interrupted by Carmelo Hayes… And Melo asks Byron why he’s talking to Andrade when he could be talking to the real MVP of MITB, the show stealer, H1M! Andrade tells Melo to tranquilo. Andrade never said anything about being MVP. The people did.

Well, Melo says people are saying Andrade screwed Melo over. Melo should be treated better here. he is a first round draft pick, he pinned Randy Orton, he went toe to toe with Cody Rhodes on his very first night on SmackDown! Andrade tells Melo that if he wants an answer to what is next for Andrade, it’s him. Melo leaves without a word, and Andrade smirks. Will El Idolo look to humble H1M and move on to even bigger and better things?

 

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews!

When Andrade turned them down, Angel took his frustrations out on Apollo. Apollo went for payback, got beat down for it, and of all the unlikely allies, it is the former Lone Wolf that has joined Apollo’s crew. Will they show Legado what it is to be respected? Or will Angel & “Berto” show they don’t show respect nor do they show mercy to those in their way?

SmackDown returns as Crews makes his entrance. Legado then makes their entrance, talking a lot of smack. But then Corbin helps Crews FLY and take them all out! Crews throws Angel aside, throws Berto in for Corbin, and the bell rings! Corbin SPLASHES Berto in the corner! Then he short arm LARIATS! Corbin fires up and so do the fans. Corbin then FLYING LARIATS off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Corbin tags Crews, and Crews whips. Berto reverses and RAMS Crews to then kick, CLUB and GAMANGIRI! Berto stomps away on Crews, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans boo. Berto brings Crews around to whip, but Crew reverses

Crews ELBOWS Berto down, drags him over, and tags Corbin. Crews whips to back drop! Corbin hauls Berto up, suplex and CUTTER! Cover, but Angel storms in! Corbin dodges Angel, Crews fires hands! Berto and Corbin fire hands, Crews LARIATS Angel up and out! Corbin sends Berto to Crews and he TOSES Berto out! Wait, Corbin wants to build speed!? Crews THROWS Corbin out and he takes down Berto & Angel! The fans are all fired up and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Angel reels Corbin into a Gory Especial. Corbin endures being bent, but Berto tags in so he can slingshot and ROLLING CUTTER! Not the cleanest cut but Berto covers, TWO! Corbin stays in there but Berto KICKS him down! Berto rains down fists on Corbin, lets off to taunt Crews, and the fans boo more. Berto grins as he drags Corbin into a motorcycle stretch. Corbin endures and the fans rally up for him. Corbin fights his way around to fireman’s carry, but Berto slips free! Berto springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Corbin is still in this but Berto stays between him and Crews.

Santos says to finish this, and Berto mule kicks. Berto runs bu tinot a fireman’s carry, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The two crawl, reach out, hot tags to Angel and Crews! Crews dodges to mule kick, run and BOOT! Angel staggers, takes a swing, but Crews dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Crews, and he reels Angel in. GERMAN SUPLEX, and Crews holds on! GERMAN SUPLEX again! Crews wants another, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Hattrick complete, and Crews BLASTS Berto to be sure. Crews runs in at the corner, STINGER SPLASH!

Angel staggers away, Crews goes up top! Crews leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, Berto breaks it! Corbin runs up but Berto kicks and forearms first! Berto runs in at the corner but Corbin dodges! Berto goes up and out of the ring! Santos is there to help Berto up but here comes Corbin! The Emperor dares Corbin to hit him. So Corbin does! And then he LARIATS Berto and himself into the timekeeper’s area! Crews ENZIGIRIS Angel, reels him in, gorilla press and SLAM! But Elektra Lopez gets on the apron! She distracts the ref so that Santos can KNEE Crews down! Angel drags Crews up, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Santos says the numbers don’t lie! Crews & Corbin can’t compete when it’s 4v2, will anyone stop Legado from taking over?

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

Piper holds Chelsea’s cup for her so she can sip, and is also reading a book titles… “How to Start a Cult?” Pretty Deadly’s Kit Wilson walks up to Aldis’ door but Chelsea slaps his hand! Elton Prince says excuse them, ladies, but they need to talk with Aldis about approving the budget for Pretty Deadly: The Musical! What? Oh, that clicks. But listen up, sparkle sisters, get to the back of the line. They’ve been waiting. The boys do as told, and then LA Knight walks out of Aldis’ office! Chelsea asks “Mr. Knight” if Mr. Aldis is busy.

Uh, yeah, he is. He said he’ll call Chelsea after he’s through with a couple other things. Just wait a little longer. Chelsea gets all huffy and Knight heads to gorilla, a contract in hand. Could this be what it seems?

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

The Viper says he heard what Solo said. There’s a pretty good chance Cody will find himself in the middle of that ring with a bunch of Samoans. But Orton also knows that Cody doesn’t want him out there. But Orton needs Cody to know that like it or not, if things go sideways, Orton is going out there. Orton will always and forever have Cody’s back. Kevin Owens feels the same, but he isn’t here tonight. That’s on Orton. Kevin loves to fight, but Orton told Kevin to stay home. Kevin’s family needs him more than they do. So if Cody finds Solo in that ring tonight, he better give that big ugly Samoan a piece of his mind.

But in the end, everything eventually comes to an end. So when all this with The Bloodline is finally over, Cody will have a lot of men in this locker room coming after the title. And Orton will have his back then, too. Cody thanks Orton for that, and Orton heads out. Will the legacy of the Undisputed WWE Championship be secure, even after fighting it out with The Bloodline?

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

Worcester fires up for The Mega Star as he brings his contract folder with him. Knight steps in, gets a mic, and while the fans chant his name, he says, “LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight says MITB came and went, and let’s be honest, he won’t stand here and complain, cry or make excuses. It didn’t go his way, he got dumped out onto a ladder, and someone else grabbed that MITB contract. So then Knight thought to himself, “Money in the Bank contract or no,” it doesn’t make a difference! Knight is the walking embodiment of money in the bank! So what that got him doing, rewind a little bit.

Let’s look at the path to MITB for Knight. Here’s some footage to take a look at. Specifically, he means his qualifying match from two weeks ago, where he pinned Logan Paul to win out! Okay, cut back to Knight. You see that, you see what happened, everyone person here right now saw was Knight move on to MITB, right? “YEAH!” But let’s look a little deeper, what we really saw. Yes, Knight went to MITB. But mor importantly, he pinned the United States Champion! And with that in mind, Knight picks up his folder, he has something hot and fresh from Aldis’ office. And well, let’s just say what this has inside was just for Knight. “YEAH!”

What this has in here has Aldis’ signature already on it. “YEAH!” And what this is here, is a contract for a United States Championship match at SummerSLam! The fans fire up for that! Now the only thing missing, he looked, there’s a signature from Aldis. “YEAH!” There’s a signature from Knight himself, “YEAH!” The only thing missing is the signature of “that edgelord,” Logan Paul. So what Knight wants is Logan to come out here and sign his part right now. But don’t get too excited, because that won’t happen. Why? Surprise surprise, roll your eyes, guess who ain’t here? Logan Paul.

But Knight tells Logan Paul that he will get this contract signed. It will be Logan, it will be Knight, and at SummerSlam, Knight will own Logan, own that belt, and there’s nothing Logan can do to stop it. Not cuz Logan’s not good enough, but because Knight won’t let him! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a of life! With everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” The Mega Star is still aiming for the Maverick, when and where will Logan accept the challenge?

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

“Everybody wants to talk about ‘living your truth.’ Truth is, you’re weak. And the reason bad things keep happening to you is because you allow it. You’re not successful because you’re not good enough. So while you cry about not being good enough, Blair Davenport’s already taken your spot. Does that hurt your feelings? Well come and do something about it.” The Ichiban Gaijin is here, but will Naomi learn to beware Blair? Or will Blair just #FeelTheGlow?

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Naomi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Blair headlocks. Naomi powers up and out but Blair runs her over. Blair soaks up the heat, runs, but Naomi drops, then slides under the lariat! Naomi mule kicks, leg sweeps, and then leg drops! Cover, TWO! Naomi keeps moving, and she slides into a chinlock. Blair endures the squeeze, fights up and throws body shots. Blair breaks free, whips corner to corner, but Naomi goes up and catches Blair, for a TWERK ATTACK! Then she BOOTS Blair away! Blair goes to the far side and fans fire up.

Naomi runs in to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up, and fans fire up. SUPER SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi wrenches her to whip. Blair reverses to BOOT! Naomi staggers to ropes, Blair storms up and swings. Naomi blocks to fire forearms. Naomi KICKS and KICKS, then whips Blair to a corner. Naomi runs up but Blair ELBOWS her away! Blair then goes up and up to DOUBLE STOMP Naomi’s arm! Naomi flounders out of the ring but Blair goes out after her! Blair grabs that bad arm, hammerlocks it, and POSTS Naomi shoulder first! Naomi falls while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Blair and Naomi fight for suplex control. They go back and forth, but then Blair WRINGS the bad arm out! Blair SUPERKICKS Naomi down, covers, TWO! The fans rally for Naomi but Blair clamps onto the bad arm. Naomi endures, the fans rally up more, and Naomi fights up to ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi arm-drags Blair away, then goes to a corner. Blair storms over, blocks boots, but Naomi rebounds for the ENZIGIRI! And then the RUNNING JAWBREAKER! And SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi stays cool. Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up and up, but Blair CLUBS her first!

Blair has Naomi in a Tree of Woe, to then just BOOT her down! Cover, TWO! Naomi survives and Blair is losing her cool. Blair drags Naomi up as the fans rally, but Naomi turns suplex into cradle! TWO! Blair runs up to roll Naomi up, TWO! Naomi runs up to sunset flip, TWO and Blair has it! TWO and Naomi stands up. Blair waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Naomi powers her way to an O’Conner, TWO! Blair is getting frustrated, but Naomi KNEES her! BUBBA BOMB! GEDO CLUTCH! Naomi wins!!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

It was a hard fought battle with just one good arm, but Naomi pulls out the victory! Will Naomi find a way to shine in the SmackDown Women’s Division once again?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

The #Big3 cheer their reunion and also Naomi’s win tonight. That is how you stand on business! Naomi did her thing, she looked good out there. Naomi says hey, someone had to teach Blair a lesson. Naomi says she can’t wait for Bianca & Jade to get their tag titles back. Jade says you already know that’s top priority. In fact, they were going to talk with Aldis tonight, but he isn’t even here. Chelsea and the others hear this and are shocked. They all storm off, and Naomi tells Bianca & Jade she’s glad they’re going to teach Alba & Isla a lesson. But they also need to be ready. Jade says they stay ready so they don’t have to get ready.

Bianca says Naomi did her thing. They’re gonna head out, good to see her again. Bye~! Love you~! The StrongEST Duo heads out, will Aldis and/or Pearce be able to arrange such a title rematch? But now Blair walks in. She says she doesn’t want trouble. She just wants to say that the better person won. Blair offers a handshake, and Naomi is wary. Naomi takes it, and Blair heads out. But Chelsea storms back over to say Aldis is not here! Chelsea & Piper pout and head out, and Naomi says she must’ve really gotten hit hard on Saturday. But then BLAIR ATTACKS NAOMI!! So much for sportsmanship!

Blair laughs at Naomi for falling for the trap. Will Blair make everyone beware her wrath?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under!

Don’t worry, you aren’t seeing things. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano only just got these titles last Friday in Toronto. However, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller are “cashing in” their rematch clause, and are hoping to take those titles right back! Will we see a bit of hot potato with the gold? Or will DIY just do it all over again?

SmackDown returns and DIY makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if history repeats itself!

Ciampa and Waller start, and Waller takes a swing! Ciampa dodges to ROCK and CHOP Waller, then whip him. Waller slides out, leads Ciampa on a chase, and Theory is there. Ciampa dodges Theory, gets in the ring, and then Gargano jumps in. ATDU swings but DIY dodges to then DOUBLE DROPKICK! Theory falls out, DIY TOSSES Waller out, and then Ciampa KNEES Waller back down. Ciampa holds the ropes open so Gargano can DIVE into a haymaker! Theory takes out Johnny Wrestling, and Waller jams up Ciampa! Waller POSTS the Sicilian Psycho, Theory RAMS Gargano into barriers!

Waller TORNADO DDTS Ciampa on the apron! ATDU look at the belts, claiming those are coming back home, but the fans boo while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Waller CLOBBERS Ciampa! Th efans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Aaller fires off on Ciampa in a corner. Waller then gets space, runs in, but Ciampa avoids the splash! Waller staggers, Theory tags in, and Theory stomps Ciampa down! Theory mockingly asks where Johnny went, then he goes up. Theory leaps, into a  JUMP KNEE! Theory and Ciampa are down, and Gargano rises! The fans fire up as Ciampa crawls over, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano rallies on ATDU! ENZIGIRI for Theory! Gargano dodges Waller to tilt-o-whirl but Theory runs up! So Gargano COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBOS!

Gargano runs in at Theory but Theory puts him on the apron. Gargano GAMANGIRIS Theory, avoids Waller to MULE KICK, then he SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Gargano brings Theory up. Tag to Ciampa, they whip, but Waller stops Shatter Machine! Theory sunset flips Ciampa, TWO! Theory ROCKS Ciampa, Ciampa ROCKS Theory! They go back and forth with forearms, then Theory ELBOWS Ciampa! Ciampa BOOTS Theory! O’Conner Roll, Waller SOMERSAULT FLATINERS! Theory covers Ciampa, TWO! ATDU is frustrated but Waller helps Theory to the corner.

Theory tags Waller, and now ATDU mocks DIY! They’re at the corners, they aim, but Ciampa ducks! Only kicks meet at the middle, and Ciampa rolls Waller! TWO, and Waller runs up! Ciampa moves, JUMP KNEE hits Theory! Not again! And Waller turns around, into SHATTER MACHINE!! DIY sets up in the corners now and Worcester is thunderous! MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (still WWE Tag Team Champions)

History does repeat itself as DIY wins two weeks in a row! Waller and Theory try to reason out why this happened, but then THE BLOODLINE ATTACKS! Jacob Fatu CLOBBERS Theory, then goes into the ring to YANK Gargano down into a SAMOAN DROP! Ciampa fires off forearm sand BOOTS, then he DDTS Fatu down! But Fatu just rises up! And he SUPERKICKS Ciampa! The Samoan Werewolf runs in to HIP ATTACK Gargano! Then he drags Ciampa up to whip and POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! The fans boo but Solo Sikoa’s Enforcer just dominated the tag champs! And then he DOUBLE JUMP ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS Gargano!!

The fans lose their minds seeing that, but Fatu isn’t done! He hits the BEST MOONSAULT EVER on Ciampa!! Fatu is practically foaming at the mouth, and only now does Solo Sikoa make his way to the ring. Is this part of what Solo meant earlier tonight? What more does “The REAL Tribal Chief” have to say tonight? We’ll find out, after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

Fatu has finally calmed down, and Solo Sikoa has the mic. “Boston, Mass…” No, this is Worcester. But Solo still says, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans boo as The Bloodline lifts up the ones. Solo says, “Need I remind you what happened to those that didn’t acknowledge me?” The fans chant “WE WANT ROMAN!” But Solo says Jimmy Uso, his own brother, his own flesh and blood, did not acknowledge him. And what happened? He’s gone. The Wise Man, Paul Heyman, did not acknowledge Solo. Heyman’s gone, too. And Roman… Reigns… The fans chant for “ROMAN! ROMAN!” but Solo says don’t do that now! They don’t even deserve him! They have Solo now.

And if Roman Reigns decides to come back, he will acknowledge Solo as Tribal Chief. But tonight is about Cody Rhodes. It is Cody’s turn… to acknowledge him! So if Cody’s there- Oh he sure is! The Undisputed WWE Champion, the American Nightmare, makes his way out on stage! The fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and pyro, and Cody stares Solo down. Cody takes off his tie and looses his collar before he steps to the ring. Cody knows it’s 4v1, but he isn’t backing down. Solo has his men stand back, and Cody grabs himself a mic.

The fans cheer Cody on, and he says, “I’ve heard everything that you’re saying. I’m sure you can figure this out. We want the same thing. Now of course, gotta speak to Nick Aldis, but you might as well consider it official. SummerSlam, the Undisputed WWE Championship. BUT…! If it was really up to me, if I could make any decision, I wouldn’t be waiting ’til SummerSlam. I’d wanna do it here and now.” The fans cheer that! Cody drops his mic, but Solo has his men flank the champion. The fans chant for “RANDY! RANDY!” but Cody throws hands first! Cody ROCKS Solo, ROCKS Tama, ROCKS Loa, ROCKS Faut!

Cody catches Solo to a dragon sleeper, but Fatu SUPERKICKS! Tama & Loa mug Cody, then Fatu LARIATS him down! But here comes Randy! Tama goes out, Orton kicks him first! Same for Loa! Orton gets in, and he DUMPS Fatu out! Solo runs up but into a kick! Orton puts Solo in the ropes, drags him out, and hits the DRAPING DDT! Orton helps Cody up but Fatu is back! Fatu runs in, to CLOBBER Orton!! Tama & Loa return to mug Orton, and the fans boo as it is 3v1 on The Viper! Fatu kicks Cody out, Orton fights back against Tama & Loa! But Fatu DIVES onto Orton! Orton hits barriers and Fatu fires up!

Solo has Cody to himself but Cody fights back! Fatu is right on Cody and he fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Solo and Fatu trap Cody with the ropes! They mug Cody, and make him watch as Tama & Loa RAM Orton with steel steps! And RAM him again! Deja vu to when The Usos sidelined Orton for 18 months! Cody says no, take him! They want him, spare Orton! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton! Solo says this is what happens to those who stand against them! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton again! And another SUPERKICK! Tama & Loa clear the desk! Solo says this blood is on Cody’s hands! Fatu & The Guerrillas get Orton up, for the TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!!

Worcester is devastated! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Cody! The fans boo, the ula fala is put on Solo, and The Bloodline stands over their victims while raising the ones. Have they made the Apex Predator extinct? Are they going to end the legacy with their own hands?


My Thoughts:

An incredible SmackDown to bridge us from MITB to SummerSlam. Very good promo segment to start, and very clever of Bayley to point out that if Nia wins, Tiff definitely can’t cash in on her. And while Nia VS Mia was very good, Nia naturally wins to build her momentum. Tiff being tempted was also a good detail, and she might still be tempted along the way to SummerSlam, but I think my scenario of Tiff waiting until Bayley’s somehow survived Nia is the more likely choice. For that matter, there’s even a chance Nia screws Tiff out of her cash-in because Nia is just that selfish. That’d be some good Heel Heat on Nia since there are clearly big time Tiffy fans out there.

Great ongoing bit from Chelsea & Piper tonight, them waiting for Aldis. I wonder if that’s a nod to Chelsea having to wait forever on Vince to hear her out. Naomi VS Blair was a good match but it took a minute to get going. Naomi got a good win, and Blair pulls off a fairly good swerve, because yeah duh she’s a sore loser. I also liked that Easter egg bit of her and Isla Dawn talking. I really do think we’ll be getting Alba, Isla & Blair as a trio now that we’re seeing quite a few of those form up. DMG CTRL, the trio of Zoey, Shayna & Sonya, the #Big3 of Jade, Bianca & Naomi, WWE might be working on factions as a way to maximize the number of women getting screentime together.

Very good tag match of Garza & Carrillo VS Crews & Corbin, and I figured Santos & Lopez would be why Legado won. Now, Andrade is going to be feuding with Melo for a minute, and that’s going to be a great match, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrade circles back to Legado at some point. Naturally, LA Knight and Logan Paul are having their match at SummerSlam, good promo from Knight tonight and we’ll certainly be seeing Logan Paul next week to respond. I would think Logan would have no problem taking this match since he’ll want payback for the MITB qualifier, and is probably cocky enough to think this will be easy.

Great tag title rematch from DIY and A-Town Down Under, though I’m surprised it was so soon. And a little surprised that DIY won again. I almost thought they were gonna hot potato the belts and then the tiebreaker is at SummerSlam. I suppose they can still have DIY VS ATDU round 3 at SummerSlam, but at the same time, HHH loves cards with less matches for more quality. Maybe round 3 is for the SmackDown before SummerSlam like we just got to lead into MITB. And then Fatu wrecking those top teams was wild. As if this new Bloodline wasn’t already brutal, this right here could get Tama & Loa right into the tag title scene.

And of course we’re getting Cody VS Solo for the top title. Orton getting taken out like Heyman was rather wild, too, but maybe he makes a “miraculous” return where he and Kevin help Cody fight off Solo. And maybe, just maybe, Roman Reigns does return to make sure Solo does not win the title, and then getting us started on Solo’s Bloodline VS Roman’s Bloodline to go into the Fall stretch.

My Score: 8.8/10


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