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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (12/4/21)

World Tag League, Round 8!

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NJPW WTL X BOSJ 2021

Will the Dangerous Tekkers be cheated by the House of Torture?

The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions lead the World Tag League, but that could change in an instant. Will Darkness Fall on Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current 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

 

World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!

Team Blue Justice are on the edge, can they hold on to their long shot? Or will the Crown Jewel & Rogue General take that away as they head for the top?

The teams sort out, Tiger Mask starts against Chase, and the two circle. Chase then sucker punches Nagata, and Fale gets in to go after Tiger! The ref keeps Fale back while Chase whips Nagata into railing! Chase gets back in, tags Fale, and Fale corners Tiger. Fans rally up for Tiger Mask and he dodges Fale. Tiger and Fale circle, Fale rushes in but Tiger dodges again. Tiger leaps to bump shoulders but Fale doesn’t even budge! Fans rally up as Tiger dodges then bails out. But Chase rushes over to throw Tiger back in! Tiger dodges Fale but Chase attacks from behind! Chase CLUBS Tiger, Fale stomps him down. Fale tags Chase back in, Chase stomps Tiger more.

The fans rally as Chase digs his boots in, but he lets off as the ref counts. Chase drags Tiger up but Tiger throws body shots. Chase kicks and CLUBS Tiger down, then hits a KNEE JAMMER! Cover, TWO! Chase clamps on the chinlock and grinds Tiger down. Tiger endures, so Chase lets off to tag in Fale. They put Tiger at the ropes and stand on his back for the Bullet Club “massage!” The ref counts, Bullet Club steps away and salutes. Fale drags Tiger up, throws heavy body shots, then bumps him off Chase’s boot. Tag to Chase, he wrenches and scoops Tiger for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Chase taunts Nagata on the outside, then kicks Tiger around.

Chase drags Tiger up, Tiger throws body shots and kicks! Chase RAMS Tiger into the corner, tag to Fale. Bullet Club mugs Tiger, Fale throws more heavy body shots. Fale has Tiger in the open corner, and starts clubbing away with big forearms! Tiger sits down but Fale stands him back up. Fale gets space but Tiger dodges! Fale hits only buckles, but then Chase traps Tiger in the other corner! Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale pushes Tiger down then drops the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Chase BOOTS Nagata down! Bullet Club drags Tiger Mask back up, waistlock and Fale runs, but Tiger fights free! Tiger dodges, Fale LARIATS Chase down! Tiger drop toeholds and Fale falls onto Chase!

Tiger then steps all over them to tag Nagata in! Nagata BOOTS Fale, ducks his lariat and kicks away at the leg! Nagata whips, Fale reverses but Nagata rolls and feints to dropkick a leg out! Nagata powers up to KICK Fale in the chest! And again! And again! Nagata brings Fale up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Nagata runs but Fale runs him over! Fans fire up, Fale gets up and hurries over to tag in Chase. Chase walks into body shots and forearms! Nagata whips, Chase reverses and forearm smashes to a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps cool and catches his breath as he brings Nagata up. Nagata fires a forearm, Chase gives it back.

They go back and forth, then Nagata ROCKS Chase! Chase fires off a strike fest! Tiger Mask goes up top, CROSSBODY! Tiger runs at Fale but gets caught! Chase runs in, Tiger ducks and Chase DECKS Fale! Nagata kicks Chase, he and Tiger whip Chase to a corner! Tiger KICKS then Nagata BOOTS! EXPLODER! They get Chase back up, DOUBLE GIRI! Tiger underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER! Nagata covers, TWO!! Into NAGATA LOCK II!! Chase endures the crossface, but Fale gets in to stomp Nagata down! BIG ELBOW DROP! Tiger throws Fale out and stomps Chase while fans fire up. Tiger goes to the corner but Fale is after him!

Tiger kicks Fale away, then hops down to CROSSBODY! But Fale catches him and POSTS him! Chase gets up, runs in but into a BOOT! Nagata reels Chase in but Chase fights the saido. Chase tucks the arms but Nagata back drops free! Nagata KICKS Chase, and again! SHI TIGGER! Chase tucks Nagata in, PACKAGE DRIVER! Cover, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tiger Mask & Nagata earn 0)

Team Blue Justice is shot down, the Crown Jewel & Rogue General keep on going! Will Bullet Club look to make the tournament finals just Too Sweet?

 

World Tag League 2021: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki!

The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter are still in the running, and doing far better than the Blue Playmaker & Meanest Man in the World. But will Suzuki-Gun look to be spoilers from here on out?

Suzuki-Gun pounces during introductions! Suzuki throws Goto out while Taka rakes Hashi’s eyes! The bell rings to get this on record as Taka digs his boot into Hashi! Suzuki whips Goto but Goto reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Taka knees Hashi, rakes his eyes again, but the ref reprimands. Hashi blocks a kick, CLUBS the leg, then CHOPS and CLUBS Taka down. Goto gets in, Goto-Hashi double whip and double shoulder Taka down! Then hip toss senton combo! Fans fire up as Hashi brings Taka up and CLUBS him on the back. Hashi ROCKS Taka with forearms, then CHOPS him down! Fans rally as Hashi CLUBS Taka more, then runs, but into Suzuki’s cheap shot!

Suzuki baits Hashi into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref reprimands but Taka goes after Goto! Suzuki lets Hashi go to drag him out and whips him into railing! Hashi falls in a heap, Suzuki drags him back up to wrap the arm around railing! Suzuki pulls that arm, then pulls Hashi’s hair. Suzuki BOOTS the railing to jam the arm! Meanwhile, Taka is choking Goto! The ref reprimands, Taka stops, but Suzuki gets a chair! Suzuki JAMS Hashi with the chair, then SMACKS him on the back! Fans rally up as Suzuki drags Hashi and wrenches the arm. Suzuki digs the arm into the apron, Taka stands on Hashi’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki backs off but Taka bends Hashi’s arm and fingers!

The ref is done with Suzuki and sees Taka. The ref reprimands, Taka lets off and Hashi flops to the floor. Tag to Suzuki, Taka fetches Hashi and puts him in the ring. Suzuki looms over Hashi, drags him up and snapmares for a chinlock. Then Suzuki shifts right to a motorcycle stretch, step over and trapped hammerlock so Suzuki can pull on the other arm. Hashi endures, fights up but Suzuki steps over to keep on the arm. Suzuki twists the wrist, bends fingers, then bends the elbow. Hashi gets a foot for the ropebreak! Taka tags in and stomps Hashi down. Taka wrenches the arm to ELBOW BREAKER!

Taka drags Hashi up to wrench again, move the arm around and ELBOW BREAKER! Taka has Hashi in the ropes, Suzuki kicks at him, then they each pull an arm against the ropes! The ref keeps Goto back while Hashi endures, and then the ref reprimands. Suzuki-Gun lets off, Taka drags Hashi up and Suzuki tags in. Suzuki-Gun mugs Hashi, Suzuki throws a forearm but Hashi throws forearms back. Suzuki wrenches to KICK the arm! Suzuki goes corner to corner and BOOTS Hashi, then snapmares, runs and PENALTY- NO! Hashi blocks the kick! Suzuki throws forearms, whips Hashi, but Hashi dropkicks the leg out!

Fans fire up while both men are down, and Hashi crawls to hot tag Goto! Taka gets in to intercept, and he whips Goto to the corner, only for Goto to rebound and run Taka over! Goto runs at Suzuki in the corner, MURAMASA to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto grimaces, drags Suzuki up and fireman’s carries but Suzuki fights out to spin Goto and ROCK him with a right! Suzuki brings Goto up to fire more forearms, but Goto forearms back! Suzuki forearms, Goto forearms, repeat, and fans rally up as they pick up speed. Suzuki eggs Goto on, Goto fires off more forearms. Suzuki ROCKS Goto with one, but Goto comes back to ROCK Suzuki!

Goto runs, Suzuki follows and shoots around to SLEEPER! Then spin, but Goto back drops out of the piledriver! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs in at Suzuki to CHOP! Then a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hashi drags Suzuki up, Suzuki gets Hashi’s arm! Tag to Taka, Suzuki-Gun mugs then double whips Hashi. Taka clotheslines, Suzuki BOOTS! Suzuki ROCKS Hashi with a forearm, then runs, BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Cover, Goto breaks it! Suzuki drags Goto up and throws him out, Taka brings Hashi up. Taka goes to scoop but Hashi fights that.

Hashi ROCKS Taka, runs, Taka follows and dodges to get the headlock! Taka drags Hashi down to JUST FACELOCK! Hashi endures, crawls over, and reaches for ropes. Taka rolls him away, gets the arm and La Magistrol! TWO, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Taka vows to end this! Taka drags Hashi up, scoops, but Hashi fights free. Taka pokes Hashi in the eyes, but runs into a CHOP! Hashi scoops, Taka slips out and feeds to Suzuki’s SLEEPER! Taka runs but Goto DECKS him! Goto gets Suzuki in the fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Goto fireman’s carries Taka, Taka slips off but Hashi SUPERKICKS him!

Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHI, but dragon sleeper for the leg lift! SHOUKO!! Cover, Chaos wins!

Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)

Another loss and Suzuki is furious again! Suzuki swings his chair at the railing by commentary! Is there any hope for Suzuki & Taka to get even one win before the end? As for Goto-Hashi, are they just a few wins away from the World Tag League trophies?

 

World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS The United Empire!

The Great Bash Heels are another long shot, but they could start that run right here and now! Will the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon crush that revolution before it begins?

The teams sort out, and Henare calls out the Rampaging King Kong. Makabe accepts and the two circle with the bell. Fans rally up as they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Makabe powers Henare back to the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but Henare throws a cheap shot knee! Henare forearms, headlocks, but Makabe powers out. The two ram shoulders but neither falls. Makabe eggs Henare on, Henare runs, they arm shoulders again. Henare fires off forearms, then runs, ducks the clothesline but Makabe runs him over! Makabe drags Henare over, tags in Honma, and GBH double whip to double shoulder Henare down.

Honma stomps Henare, CLUBS him, then scoops and SLAMS! Honma fires up but Khan grabs him at the ropes with an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare DECKS Makabe while the ref reprimands Khan, and Khan gets in to keep on the sleeper. The Empire mugs Honma, Mongolian Chop and buzzsaw! Khan drops knees on Honma’s head! Fans fire up as Khan roars, then Henare covers. TWO, Henare rains down forearms on Honma. The ref saw the closed fist at the end, though! Henare drags Honma up, throws body shots, then KNEES Honma in the corner. Khan holds Honma in place for Henare to throw more body shots. The ref keeps Makabe back, Khan kicks Honma down.

Henare uses a knee to cover, TWO! Fans rally for Honma but Khan tags in. Khan taunts Honma, then sucker punches Makabe! Honma gets up and kicks back but Khan blocks to back elbow. Khan bumps Honma off buckles, then climbs up to sit on Honma’s head! The ref reprimands while Khan taunts Makabe. Khan pulls Honma’s arms back, but lets off as the ref counts. Khan brings Honma around and prepares the claw. Honma rises, fans rally up, and Honma blocks the iron claw! Honma powers Khan back and kicks low to DDT! Khan flounders, fans rally up, and Honma hot tags Makabe!

Makabe rallies on Khan, DECKS Henare, then runs at Khan in the corner to clothesline! Makabe climbs up, rains down fists, and laughs as he gets all 10. Khan blocks the suplex, clubs and knees him, then runs, only to get run over! Cover, TWO! Makabe drags Khan up in a waistlock, but Khan resists the lift and stomps Makabe’s foot. Khan throws Makabe with a drop sayanagi! Fans fire up, Khan hot tags Henare! Henare throws forearms and body shots in the corner, then goes up to rain down punches of his own! Henare gets 10 and laughs, but Makabe carries Henare! Henare fights off to ROCK Makabe. Henare runs, ducks the right but not the LEFT!

Fans fire up and Makabe crawls to his corner, hot tag to Honma! Honma runs and runs Henare over! Fans fire up, Honma CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Henare to a corner! Honma whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows, then BULLDOGS! Fans fire up with Honma, KOKESHI FLOPS! Khan gets in and drags Honma up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare DECKS Makabe, Khan gives Honma a BACKBREAKER! Khan makes it a rack, Henare STOMPS Honma down! Fans rally up while Henare drags Honma up. Fireman’s carry, and Khan runs, but Makabe gets in to CLOBBER Khan! Henare kicks Makabe and throws body shots.

The Empire mugs Makabe, double whips him, but Makabe breaks through the line, only to get double kicks. The Emipre runs, but Makabe follows, and he DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES them! Honma and Makabe coordinate, CLOTHESLINE SANDWICH for Henare! Ax handle and LARIAT! Honma runs, KOKESHI! Cover, TWO! Henare survives but GBH coordinate again. Makabe whips Henare into the RUNNING HEADBUTT! Cover, Khan breaks it in time! Makabe stomps Khan, throws him out, but Honma brings Henare up. Honma scoops and SLAMS, then goes up the corner as fans fire up! DIVING KOKESHI FLOPS!!

Khan gets in to Mongolian Chop Honma again and again in the corner! Khan whips Honma corner to corner, runs in to clothesline, then Henare runs in to SHINING WIZARD! BOOT ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Makabe returns but gets caught into HITSUJIGOROSHI! Henare gets the heel hooks! FUBUKI, then MARINE! The Empire fires up and drags Honma up. Fireman’s carry, Khan runs, but Honma slips out and shoves them into each other! Honma catches them for the COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Fans fire up with Honma as he drags Henare up. BASEMENT KOKESHI!! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and Honma can’t believe it!

Fans are thunderous as Honma drags Henare up. Henare blocks the suplex, throws body shots, but Honma throws a forearm. Henare ELBOW JABS, but Honma HEADBUTTS! Henare HEEL KICKS and HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO!! Honma is still in this and fans fire up! Henare powers up and calls to Khan. Henare fireman’s carries, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Cover, the Empire wins!

Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Great Bash Heels earn 0)

Another team bites the dust! Will Khan & Henare continue to show the power of the United Empire and take the trophies?

 

World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS SANADA & Tetsuya Naito!

TenCozy won’t let their record get them down, they want to make this 30th year a special one! But will it be a Skull End at the hands of Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma? Or do these veterans still got one more run in them?

Naito takes his time with his suit, but Naito taunts Tenzan the bull by shaking his red pants at him. LIJ fist bumps, and Kojima starts against Sanada. They stare down then circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Sanada gets an arm then waistlocks, but Kojima wrenches out. Kojima hammerlocks, headlocks, but Sanada endures the grind. Sanada wrenches out to get the headlock now. Kojima throws body shots, powers out, but Sanada runs him over! Fans fire up as Sanada shows off the dancing pecs. Things speed up, Kojima hip tosses Sanada then runs Sanada over! Kojima shows off the dancing pecs! Sanada gets away to tag in Naito, and he again taunts Tenzna.

Tenzan tags in but then Naito bails out. Tenzan pursues but then Naito gets back in. Naito still taunts Tenzan, Tenzan gets in and Naito attacks! Naito CLUBS Tenzan, then goes back to taunting, then CLUBS him more. Tenzan gets mad but Naito kicks low. Naito runs, but into a headbutt! Tenzan fires off Mongolian Chops! Naito falls and fans fire up, but Sanada gets in, only to get Mongolian Chops! Kojima gets in, he and Tenzan pinball Sanada with forearms and Mongolian Chops until Kojima Mongolian Chops! Kojima throws Sanada out, TenCozy goes after Naito. They CLUB Naito then Kojima scoops and SLAMS!

TenCozy coordinates, but Naito avoids the falling headbutt while Sanada trips Kojima off the apron! Naito drags Tenzan up by his mullet! The ref reprimands, Naito lets go at 4 to have a chinlock. Naito rakes eyes then stalks Tenzan to a corner. Sanada keeps on Kojima on the outside while Naito CLUBS Tenzan! Naito whips Tenzan corner to corner, jump kicks and leg sweeps, COMBINACION CABRON! Naito poses, then uses a knee for a cover, TWO! Naito drags Tenzan up by his hair, tags in Sanada, and Sanada CLUBS Tenzan down. Sanada drags Tenzan up, CLUBS him again, but Tenzan hits Naito! And headbutts! And headbutts again!

Sanada gets Tenzan with a eye rake and throws him down. Sanada stomps Tenzan, drags him up and tags Naito back in. LIJ mugs Tenzan, then Naito CLUBS Tenzan against the ropes. Sanada gets in, LIJ double whip and double back elbow! Then they split the wishbone and double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “TEN COZY!” “L I J!” as Naito kicks Tenzan around. Tenzan throws body shots and CHOPS, but Naito rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito steals the Mongolian Chops! And again! Naito gives an wind up, but it’s all to fake Tenzan out so he can kick low! Naito runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Tenzan crawls then rolls, hot tag to Kojima!

Kojima rallies on LIJ, but Naito kicks and whips. Kojima reverses to CLOBBER Naito! Fans fire up with Kojima and he stomps Naito to a corner. Kojima fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Sanada rushes over but he gets added to the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS Sanada down then fires off more MACHINE GUN CHOPS on Naito! Kojima whips Naito corner to corner, runs in and forearm smashes! Kojima shoves Naito down but Sanada kicks and clubs Kojima back. LIJ double whip Kojima to ropes, but he gets around the shove Naito into Sanada! Then kick and DDT for Naito! Kojima powers up and fans rally. Kojima drags Naito up, but Naito blocks the cutter!

Naito throws body shots, then gets a full nelson. Kojima breaks free, switches and full nelsons Naito, but Naito arm-drags free! Naito back elbows Kojima down then adds the basement dropkick! Fans rally up, Naito tags Sanada! Sanada brings Kojima up for forearms, but Kojima kicks back and fires forearms of his own. Kojima spins but Sanada fireman’s carries, only for Kojima to fight free. Kojima swats Sanada’s clothesline to COZY CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Kojima gets up, hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on LIJ, then Mongolian Chops Sanada to a corner! Tenzan headbutts, CHOPS, then whips corner to corner.

Tenzan runs in to corner clothesline! TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Tenzan stomps Sanada. Sanada gets up, fires forearms but Tenzan gives them back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, but Tenzan headbutts. Sanada blocks the Mongolian Chops to steal the Mongolian Chops! Sanada runs, into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Kojima intercepts Naito and throws him out. Tenzan covers, TWO! Tenzan gets the ANACONDA VICE! Sanada flails but Naito gets in to stomp Tenzan down. Naito kicks Kojima, then fires off forearms on TenCozy. Naito runs, into TENCOZY CUTTER!

Fans fire up as Kojima stomps Naito outside the ring and Tenzan drags Sanada back up. Tenzan scoops, but Sanada slips out, waistlocks, O’Conner BRIDGE! LIJ wins!

Winners: Sanada & Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TenCozy earns 0)

Los Ingobernables de Japon rebound from last round! And Naito borrows Shingo Takagi’s LIJ towel to still taunt Tenzan. Will LIJ still be able to take World Tag League in a snap as Sanada promised?

 

World Tag League 2021: Dangerous Tekkers & Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

This may not be the main event but it could be the most important match of the night! Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr. lead the block, but that only means they have to be extra careful against the House of Torture. Will Tokyo Pimp & the King of Darkness prove Everything is Evil? Or will they #JustTapOut to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?

The Tekkers crowd the House of Torture, but they do have a right to be wary of Dick Togo. Bullet Club Low Sweets, Taichi shows off the dancing pecs, then teams sort out. Yujiro starts against ZSJ, and fans rally up as the two circle. They both go low as they feel out the grapple, and then Yujiro SLAPS ZSJ! ZSJ runs into a corner, Yujiro throws forearms. Yujiro runs to boot but ZSJ blocks to trip Yujiro, spinning toehold and BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! ZSJ even stands but Evil grabs ZSJ by the hair. ZSJ grabs Evil’s arm for a hammerlock! ZSJ has the House of Torture tied up all by himself! The ref counts, Taichi throws Dick into the ring!

ZSJ lets go of Yujiro and Evil, and the Tekkers focus on Dick. Dick wants mercy, and even be friends. ZSJ knows he’s lying but he still takes the handshake, to BEND the fingers! Dick taps, gets to ropes, and ZSJ lets him go. Evil checks on Dick but Taichi stomps Yujiro. ZSJ drags Yujiro over, has the toehold, and tags Taichi in. Taichi stomps Yujiro, drags him up and gives him Kowata Kicks. Taichi snapmares and KICKS Yujiro in the back! Yujiro writhes, Taichi drags Yujiro up, but Yujiro BITES Taichi’s hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro whips Taichi to the corner, and surprise! The blue buckle pad is gone! Taichi hits bare buckles as the Bullet Club special comes into play!

ZSJ rushes in but Yujiro intercepts him with a kick. Yujiro whips ZSJ into the bare buckles! Evil drags ZSJ out to whip him into railing! Then Evil brings Taichi up to RAM into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san suffers again! Evil gets the mic while Yujiro stomps ZSJ. Evil chokes Taichi and talks trash. Taichi tells him to shut up! Evil lets go, drags Taichi up and puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro covers, TWO! Fans rally up but the House of Torture argues the count. Yujiro stands Taichi up to knee low, and again. Taichi falls over, Yujiro digs his knee into him at the ropes. Evil digs his heels in, but the ref counts. They let off at 4 and Evil tags in.

Evil drags Yujiro up, throws him out, and then distracts the ref so Dick can DECK Taichi! Dick puts Taichi in and Evil grabs at him. Taichi wants after Dick but Evil stomps Taichi’s leg. Tag to Yujiro, Yujiro drags Taichi back up. Yujiro runs in to BOOT Taichi in the corner! Taichi falls, Yujiro covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro drags Taichi up to throw knees low. Yujiro forearms Taichi in the corner but Taichi eggs him on. Yujiro CHOPS then whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Yujiro goes corner to corner again but Taichi boots now! Yujiro comes back but is put in the corner for a GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Hot tag to ZSJ!

ZSJ runs in at Yujiro to boot, then runs corner to corner to EuroUpper! ZSJ hammerlocks but Yujiro resists the Northern Lights so ZSJ WRINGS him out! ZSJ then BOOTS Evil and Evil crashes into railing! ZSJ goes back to wrench Yujiro, but Yujiro throws forearms. Yujiro whips, ZSJ reverses to wrench and wrangle Yujiro down. ZSJ STOMPS the arm! ZSJ drags Yujiro up, waistlocks, full nelsons but Yujiro breaks that. ZSJ has the waistlock, ducks the elbow and NORTHERN LIGHTS, float to the KIMURA! Yujiro endures, so ZSJ shifts to an ARMBAR! Yujiro reaches out, ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go and fans rally up. ZSJ BOOTS Yujiro, then BOOTS him again.

Yujiro blocks the third kick to throw ZSJ down! Yujiro runs but ZSJ avoids the basement dropkick, only for Yujiro to block the Penalty Kick! Yujiro fireman’s carries but ZSJ slips out to GUILLOTINE! Yujiro endures, and BITES the hand! Yujiro reels ZSJ in, but ZSJ fights the fisherman to PELE the arm! ZSJ wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, then wrenches again, but Yujiro reels him in for an INCOLLE SLAM! Tag to Evil and he stands on ZSJ’s head. Evil scuffs ZSJ then drags him up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks, gives it to the ref, but ZSJ catches the kick for an ANKLE LOCK! Evil endures, hops around, and claws ZSJ’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil stops to run, but into a boot!

Evil ducks the high kick but ZSJ sweeps the legs! Fans fire up as ZSJ crawls over, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi scowls as he drags Evil up but Evil rakes Taichi’s eyes! Taichi CHOKES Evil! The ref reprimands, Yujiro pulls hair, so Taichi CHOKES Yujiro! The ref reprimands again, Taichi lets go of Yujiro to choke Evil! Taichi drives Evil down, lets off as the ref reprimands, then CHOKES Dick on the apron! Fans fire up as Taichi takes care of the distraction. Taichi drags Evil up, and whips him to the bare corner! The Bullet Club special bites Evil in the butt! Taichi wrenches Evil’s arm to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up as Taichi wants Evil to rise.

Evil sits up, ducks the buzzsaw but Taichi elbows the waistlock away. Taichi runs but Yujiro and his pimp cane are there! Evil waistlocks but Taichi resists the lift to PELE Evil in the back! Fans fire up again as Taichi rises. Taichi runs, Evil grabs the ref and Dick trips Taichi up! Yujiro BOOTS ZSJ down, he and Evil get Taichi in the corner. They double whip corner to corner,Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Evil runs in to clothesline! Evil brings Taichi out, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Evil grows frustrated but the fans rally for Taichi. ZSJ whips Yujiro into railing! Evil fireman’s carries but Taichi fights free to get the arms!

ZSJ gets in, DRAGON SCREW! And then DRAGON SCREW the other way! Fans fire up as ZSJ PENALTY KICKS Evil down, then sits him up for the BUZZSAW! Taichi covers, Yujiro breaks it! ZSJ wrenches to PELE Yujiro’s arm, AX BOMBER takes him down! Fans fire up for the Tekkers as they go after Evil. Taichi drags Evil up, Evil goes for the eyes but Taichi choke grips first! ZSJ joins in, CHOKE SLAM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but the Tekkers keep focus. OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Dick grabs a leg! Evil fights ZSJ off then shoves him into Taichi! Evil shoves the ref to LOW- NO! ZSJ traps the arm with his legs and TWISTS!

Fans fire up but Yujiro gets in. ZSJ blocks his low blow, too, for another ARM TWIST! ZSJ gets Yujiro for a cobra twist, Taichi gets Evil for SEITEIJYUJIRYOU!! The House of Torture endures stereo submissions, and Taichi cranks way back on the stretch plum! Evil endures, then pushes the ref down! Yujiro grabs the ref, so that he doesn’t see Evil tapping out!! And Dick SPOILER CHOKERS ZSJ!! ZSJ lets Yujiro go and then Yujiro CLUBS Taichi! Evil is free, Yujiro mule kicks then SUPERKICKS Taichi! Yujiro sits Taichi back up, PIMP- NO! Taichi fights free, but Yujiro BOOTS! Taichi fires up to three point stance and RUNNING FOREARM!

Fans fire up and Taichi aims from the corner. Evil gets up, Taichi sets up in the three point stance again, but Evil LAUNCHES the ref at Taichi! Taichi gets clear, but runs into EVERYTHING- NO! Taichi slips out to DANGEROUS SAIDO!! But the ref is down, the cover isn’t being counted! Again, the Tekkers would’ve won this! SPOILER CHOKER!! But Taichi fights up! Only for Dick to squeeze tighter! Feed to EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, House of Torture wins!!

Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Evil, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Dangerous Tekkers earn 0)

The champions fall to the treachery of the House of Torture! Dick shoves ZSJ in and drags him up, so Evil can BELT SHOT with his NEVER Openweight Six Man title! Then they grab the IWGP Heavyweight Tag belts and hold them up. Will this be the reality we see in the near future?

 

World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!

The Joker & The Ace are just on the outside, same as the Good Bad Guy & Silverback, and both teams lost just last round. Who rebounds from bad luck in round seven to be great in round 8?

Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa have done their hair up in Mohawks to mock the pompadours on Yano & Tanahashi. Tama wants Red Shoes to be very careful with his hawk, too. Bullet Club Low Sweets, Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and Yano says, “SUGOI~!” The teams sort out, Yano & Tanahashi squat while Tama & Loa strike poses. And then GoD attack! The bell rings as GoD CLUBS Yano & Tanahashi, then Loa messes up Tanahashi’s hair! GoD whip Yano & Tanahashi but they both hold ropes to taunt back. They then both dodge and SLAP GoD on the head! GoD rush in, Yano & Tanahashi get around to waistlock and then shove them into each other!

Yano throws Tama out, then he and Tanahashi double whip Loa to double shoulder him down! Fans fire up and Yano does his best to get his pompadour back. Yano & Tanahashi go out, Yano CLUBS Tama then bumps him off the apron. Tanahashi CLUBS Loa and brings him around. Yano whips Tama but Tama reverses to send Yano into railing! Loa does the same to Tanahashi on the other side! Tama stomps Yano, Loa stomps Tanahashi! Loa RAMS Tanahashi into railing, Tama leaves Yano behind. Red Shoes starts a ring count, Loa drags Tanahashi up and the Guerrillas mug him. The count is 15 of 20, Loa puts Tanahashi in and fans cheer. Cover, TWO!

Loa drags Tanahashi up, tags Tama in, and Loa snapmares Tanahashi for Tama’s slingshot senton! Tama makes sure his hawk is still up, then he tags Loa back in. Loa drags Tanahashi up as fans rally. Tanahashi fires off body shots but Loa headbutts! Loa brings Tanahashi up to scoop, but Tanahashi fights free and shoves Loa into the corner! Loa turns around, Tanahashi dropkicks the leg out! Fans rally up, hot tag to Yano! Yano has Red Shoes move aside so he can untie a buckle pad. Loa runs in but Yano dodges so Loa hits buckles! Tama gets in but Yano throws the pad at him. Red Shoes wants to confiscate the buckle pad but Tama won’t let him.

Tama shoves Red Shoes down, Yano grabs Tama by the hair! Loa grabs Yano by the hair! Loa whips Yano into Tama’s PAD SMACK! Tama SMACKS Tanahashi, too! Tama stomps Yano while making sure his hawk is good. Loa goes after Tanahashi on the outside, fans rally up, and Yano goes to the apron. Loa brings Yano down and stomps him on the floor. Loa steps on Yano, drags him back up and puts him in the ring. Loa drags Yano up, then RAMS him into the corner! Loa RAMS his shoulder in again and again then lets off to tag Tama. Tama punches Yano down, then talks trash to Tanahashi. Tama drags Yano up as fans rally.

Tama CLUBS Yano, drags him up, and snapmares to then CLUB away on Yano’s chest! Tama warns Tanahashi, then sucker punches him anyway! Tama rains down fists on Yano, then chokes him! Red Shoes reprimands, Tama lets off. Tama brings Yano up in a corner to punch him down again. Red Shoes reprimands about the closed fist so Tama stomps away on Yano instead! Tama lets off and takes off the vest! Tama fires up and fans rally as he runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tama warns Tanahashi but Yano grabs Tama’s hair! Tama breaks free, but Yano grabs hair with the other hand! And again, and again, until Tama pulls Yano’s hair!

Tama CLUBS Yano, fixes his hawk then whips, but Yano reverse to throw Tama down by the hawk! Fans fire up, Tama’s hawk is lopsided, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi fires off fast hands, whips but Tama reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi DECKS Loa, scoops Tama and SLAMS him down! Fans fire up as Tanahashi goes up but Loa goes after Tanahashi with forearms! Loa brings Tanahashi down to CLUB him, then GoD regroups. They double whip Tanahashi to ropes but he kicks Tama down! Tanahashi blocks Loa’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Then he blocks Tama’s kick to DRAGON SCREW!

Tanahashi gets the legs, ties them up, and he turns Tama for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Tama endures, crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, stomps Tama, and fans fire up as Tanahashi runs. But Tama avoids the slingblade, only for Tanahashi to avoid the super punch! Tanahashi fires off fast hands, runs, but into Tama’s DROPKICK! Tama crawls, hot tag to Loa! Loa runs in at Tanahashi in the corner to clothesline! Loa then whips Tanahashi into bare buckles and adds another clothesline! EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Loa drags Tanahashi up, suplexes, but Tanahashi fights to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!

Fans fire up more as Tanahashi and Loa are down again! Hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Loa up, whips him, but Loa reverses! Yano stops from hitting bare buckles, but Loa kicks him and whips him to ropes. Yano holds ropes to taunt Loa, then he dodges Loa to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up, Yano brings Loa back up. Loa headbutts low then runs, but Yano atomic drops to a trip! Yano catapults Loa into Tama! Tanahashi gets in, they double whip Loa to a corner, Tanahashi runs in to splash! Yano runs in to back elbow! Yano shoves Loa, Tanahashi fires up and runs, but Loa avoids slingblade to shove Tanahashi into Yano! Loa fires off kicks and an ENZIGURI!

Tanahashi falls, Loa gets up but Yano kicks him back. Yano runs, Tama gets in, body shot, uppercut and NECKBREAKER! GoD gets Yano up, NIGHTFALL! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives and fans fire up! Jado calls the shot, Loa gets Yano back up. Feed to Tama, MAGIC- No! Tanahashi kicks Loa down then fires off forearms on them both! Loa kicks, Tanahashi blocks, but Tama grabs Tanahashi! Loa gets the legs, TONGAN TWIST! Tanahashi flops out of the ring, Loa drags Yano back up. Feed to Tama but Yano gets around to shove Tama at Loa! Tama bounces off Loa’s shoulder, Yano ducks Loa’s clothesline to drag him down, M U!!

TWO, Yano shoves Red Shoes at Loa but Loa moves Red Shoes aside, Yano LOW BLOWS! Roll up, TWO!! Loa escapes and Yano argues with Red Shoes! Tama gets in, Yano turns around into GUN STUN!! Tama helps Loa up, Jado wants to see it! GoD get Yano up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, GoD wins!!

Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)

The Ace & The Joker fall again, but they’re still not out of the running! Can they recover and be just fine in round nine? As for GoD, they get the mics and Loa starts. “Oh, Yamanashi. Just a quick reminder of who we are. We are the seven-time tag team heavyweight champions. We were the 2020 World Tag League champions. Do not forget that. This year, we will repeat as World Tag League champions. And if you already know, we are G O suck on that mother… D!”

Tama takes the mic now to say, “Hey, champion.” He’s calling out Shingo Takagi, and says, partially in Japanese, “This is Bullet Club Nation! We are the greatest tag team in NJPW! And this year, World Tag League 2021 will be ours because we are the Guerrillas of Destiny!” Low Sweet to top it off, will Tama & Loa go back-to-back to take the Heavyweight Tag Division back?

 

Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!

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


My Thoughts:

A great round, but pretty clear that the bottom four would be mathematically eliminated here. I can see why Yano & Tanahashi VS Guerrillas were the main event and not the Tekkers. Both Yano-Tanahashi and GoD were 4-3 here, this puts GoD up and just on the outside of things while The Ace & The Joker are the next ones on the bubble. I thought we were going to get a bit more out of Yano & Tanahashi but I suppose they’re here to give good matches for the other contenders. Should’ve figured House of Torture would cheat the Tekkers, they’re also just on the outside. That is quite the block at 6-2, this could still be anyone’s tournament.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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