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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (2/20/22)

The series ends with this!



NJPW New Years Golden Series

Will NJPW truly be tranquilo?

Tetsuya Naito has struck out Kazuchika Okada all over the New Years Golden Series, but will he fail to get NJPW’s top prize off the Rainmaker?


  • Six Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Ryohei Oiwa VS Taichi & DOUKI; Taichi & Douki win.
  • Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi & Wato win.
  • Satoshi Kojima VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Yuji Nagata & Great Bash Heels; LIJ wins.
  • KOPW 2022 Championship Dog Cage Match: Minoru Suzuki VS Toru Yano; Yano wins and is the new (provisional) Mr. KOPW 2022.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: House of Torture VS Chaos; House of Torture wins and retains the titles.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito; Okada wins and retains the title.


KOPW 2022 Championship Dog Cage Match: Minoru Suzuki VS Toru Yano!

The Meanest Man in the World and the Producer have tried to lock the other up all through this New Years Golden Series, and that’s the way to win this match! You put your opponent in the cage and you’re the top dog! Will Suzuki show Yano is all bark and no bite? Or will Yano bare his fangs and take this trophy home?

Yano makes his entrance, and he reveals he has Tomu-kun, PR mascot of Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, on his side! Yano even gets a “HO-KAI-DO!” clap going. And though this isn’t a handcuff match like he wanted, Suzuki still brings cuffs, and even a leash! The ref checks, and it turns out Yano has quite a few hidden cuff keys. Is that all of them? Yano defends that those three are. The introductions are made, the trophy is raised, and we see which dog has its day.

Fans rally up as Suzuki puts aside his leash and cuffs for the time being. Suzuki and Yano circle, feel out the grapple, and Yano shoots in. Suzuki blocks, gets around, but Yano slips out. They go back and forth with waistlocks on the mat until Suzuki gets the ropebreak. Yano lets off cleanly, and the two reset. They feel things out again, Yano gets a takedown! Suzuki turns it around but Yano uses a leg guard, only for Suzuki to make it a heel hook! Yano gets the ropebreak, and now Suzuki lets off clean. Fans cheer the technical exchange as Yano gets up. Yano and Suzuki talk trash on each other, and then Yano throws a forearm!

Fans rally up as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster! Yano gets the edge but Suzuki laughs it off before he DECKS Yano. Suzuki taunts Yano then drags him up by his ears. Yano breaks free and SLAPS Suzuki over and over on the back! “BAKA ERO!” But Suzuki just stands up with a stone cold look on his face. Suzuki fires off slapping palm strikes! Suzuki SLAPS Yano down, then stomps him out of the ring! Suzuki whips Yano into railing! Yano slumps down but Suzuki brings him up to whip into more railing! And then Suzuki wrenches an arm, hammerlocks it, and brings Yano to the cage!

They go past the cage, and Suzuki throws knees and DECKS Yano. Suzuki goes back to the cage, and he starts pushing it? Fans rally up as he builds up speed, and RAMS Yano with the cage! Yano tumbles further along the ramp, and Suzuki brings the cage back to where it was. Suzuki opens the door and he goes to fetch Yano. Suzuki drags Yano up, ROCKS him with a right, kicks him, then ROCKS him again. They go to the cage, and Suzuki puts Yano in! But then Suzuki gets in with him?! Suzuki rains down forearms then fists. But Yano hits back! They’re brawling inside the cage! Suzuki DECKS Yano again!

Suzuki gets out, slams the door closed, but Yano pushes it open! Suzuki couldn’t fasten the lock and Yano is free! Suzuki kicks Yano, whips, but Yano reverses and Suzuki hits railing hard! Yano gets back in the ring and catches his breath while Suzuki drags himself up. Fans fire up with Yano as he unties a buckle pad! Yano kicks the pad away but Suzuki kicks Yano. Suzuki whips, Yano reverses, but Suzuki stops himself from hitting bare buckles! Yano complains and runs in, but Suzuki moves! Yano hits buckles, then Suzuki BOOTS him! Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Yano down! Fans fire up, and Suzuki gets cuffs!

Suzuki cuffs one of Yano’s hands, but Yano LOW BLOWS! Yano hurries to get a pair of cuffs, and he cuffs one of Suzuki’s hands! Yano stomps Suzuki, and then he cuffs Suzuki’s hands together! Fans fire up and Yano stomps Suzuki more! Yano drags Suzuki up by his hands but Suzuki HEADBUTTS Yano! Suzuki stomps Yano, and then finishes cuffing Yano’s hands! Now both men are restrained! Suzuki’s getting his handcuff match after all! Yano is mad as he and Suzuki circle. Fans rally up and Suzuki DOUBLE CHOPS! Yano DOUBLE CHOPS back! Suzuki DOUBLE CHOPS again, so Yano DOUBLE CHOPS!

It’s a DOUBLE CHOP fight! The fans rally harder and harder, but then Suzuki grabs Yano’s hair to HEADBUTT! Yano rakes the eyes! Yano runs, Suzuki gets around, and Suzuki kicks out a leg to bring Yano to his knees! SLEEPER HOLD! The cuffs are in fact helping now! Fans rally, but Yano reveals he had another set of keys after all! Suzuki stomps Yano and snatches the keys! Suzuki sets himself free and fans fire up again as he goes back to stomping. Suzuki taunts Yano with the keys, plays a little keep-away, and then TOSSES them! Suzuki stomps Yano more and more! Suzuki gets the dog leash! And LASHES Yano with the strap!

Suzuki laughs as he LASHES Yano again! And again! Suzuki drags Yano up, and wraps the strap around Yano’s neck! Suzuki chokes Yano with the strap, then throws Yano over the top rope! Suzuki’s practically hanging Yano!! The fans rally up, “Y T R! Y T R!” and Suzuki lets off as Yano fades. Suzuki then undoes the collar and puts it around Yano’s neck. Then he LASHES Yano with the strap, and stomps him down on the floor. Suzuki even SMACKS Yano with the buckle pad from earlier. Suzuki drags Yano around the way like a bad dog, and chokes him against the railing! Yano is turning purple!

Suzuki gets the bell hammer from the timekeeper and digs it into Yano’s face! Suzuki lets off, drags Yano along again, and they of course return to the dog cage. Suzuki puts Yano inside, but Yano resists as much as he can. Yano keeps his feet out, and somehow he cuffs Suzuki’s hand again! Suzuki struggles, Yano YANKS him inside! Yano gets out of the cage! Suzuki tries, but his cuff is linked to the strap and the strap is linked to the cage!! Yano’s like a magician! Yano throws a Young Lion onto Suzuki! Yano makes sure they’re both in, then he closes the door and LOCKS it! Yano wins!!

Winner: Toru Yano (NEW Provisional Mr. KOPW 2022)

Just call him the Great Yanodini! That was an escape artist level trick and no one can figure it out! Suzuki is pissed either way, but Yano has the trophy! Yano already made has two years under his belt, will he make it a threepeat?


NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: House of Torture VS Chaos!

Evil and Yujiro Takahashi could not take the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships from Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, and now they and Sho must defend these trios titles from Goto, Hashi and Yoh! Is the House of Torture going to look more like a house of cards? Or will Darkness Fall on the Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Direct Drive?

The introductions are barely even made before Evil leads the House of Torture on attacking Chaos! The bell rings to get this on record as Evil throws Goto out, Sho throws Yoh, and Yujiro keeps Hashi in the ring. Yujiro headlocks, punches and CLUBS Hashi down, then stomps him. Yoh sends Sho into railing while Goto POSTS Evil! Yujiro drags Hashi up and knees him low then CHOPS and CHOPS, and whips. Hashi reverses the whip, Goto and Hashi run Yujiro over! They combine, hip toss senton! Yoh then runs in, he does a hip toss senton! Evil gets in but Hashi kicks him and Goto arm-drags him down!

Goto sets up and Yoh leap frogs him to stomp Evil! Goto then sits Evil up to KICK him in the back! Hashi adds a basement SUPERKICK, then Yoh adds a basement dropkick! Sho gets in but Yoh kicks him first. Chaos hammers Sho out of the ring! Chaos then chases after Dick Togo! They get him in the ring, but he bails right out. Only for Ishii to get him! Chaos surrounds Dick and hammers him down! Evil cries for Dick! Hashi gets back in the ring, goes back to Yujiro, but Yujiro powers Hashi to the blue corner, and surprise! Sho moves the pad away and Hashi hits bare buckles! The Bullet Club Special returns!

Evil attacks Yoh, Sho joins in and SMACKS Yoh with a crossbar strap! Yujiro drags Hashi up to throw him out. Yujiro and Dick have chairs and they choke Hashi! The ref is too busy with Evil choking Goto with his staff and Sho smothering Yoh with the crossbar strap! Yujiro gets back in the ring, Evil stands on Hashi’s head while taunting him. Evil drags Hashi up, puts him in the ring for Yujiro, and Yujiro throws down fists! The ref reprimands because of closed fists, so Yujiro stops. Yujiro drags Hashi up, hooks him up, leg sweep FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yujiro drags Hashi over to tag in Evil.

The House of Torture mugs Hashi, then Evil wrenches an arm. Evil brings Hashi around to wrench more and more, then whip him into the bare buckles! Hashi goes down and writhes, Evil drags him from ropes to cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Evil tags Sho. Sho has the crossbar strap and he SMACKS Hashi with it! Sho then digs his boots in at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Fans rally up but Sho kicks at Hashi. Hashi gets up, Sho gives more kicks, but Hashi CHOPS! Sho rakes Hashi’s eyes! The ref reprimands and stops Sho, but Sho tags Evil. Evil throws Hashi out, then gets in Chaos’ face. This is so Dick can JAM a chair into Hashi!

Sho gets Hashi back in, Evil covers, Goto breaks it! Evil tells Goto to get out of the ring, but fans rally up for Hashi. Evil drags Hashi up, but Hashi ROCKS him with a forearm! And another! And another! Evil rakes the eyes again! Evil kicks low, brings Hashi around, and suplexes, only for Hashi to fight it off! They fight for control, fans rally up, but Hashi suplexes Evil up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs but Evil dodges to kick and whip! Goto stops from hitting buckles, he DECKS Yujiro and Sho, then sends Evil into buckles! BIG back suplex and the fans fire up!

Goto waits for Evil to stand, and he KICKS him to a corner! Goto whips corner to corner then MURAMASA! To BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Evil up, fireman’s carries but Evil pulls hair to get free. Goto ROCKS Evil then runs, into Sho’s cheap shot! Sho holds Goto, Evil runs in, but Goto gets away! Evil stops short of hitting Sho, Goto runs back in but both Evil and Sho get clear so Dick can trip Goto! Dick plays innocent while Evil tags Sho. Sho stomps Goto, drags him up and wrenches to a wristlock. Sho knuckle locks to bend the fingers, and then he brings Goto down. Goto blocks the first kick!

Goto stands up but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho runs, Goto follows but Sho dodges. Goto dodges the kick to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down. Goto hurries, hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on Sho with big forearms! Yoh whips, Sho reverses but Yoh ducks and dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up as Yoh also DECKS Evil and Yujiro! Yoh aims at Sho, runs in at the corner, but Sho dodges! Sho rakes eyes again, then runs, only for Yoh to go Matrix! Sho blocks the Superkick but Yoh gets around! Yoh full nelsons, Sho breaks free, but Yoh uses that to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Sho tries to crawl away but Yoh drags Sho up by his waistband. Yoh goes for the full nelson but Sho grabs an arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! Sho KICKS a leg, but then Yoh blocks for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Yoh rolls into the STARGAZER CALF KILLER! Hashi intercepts Yujiro and Goto intercepts Evil, BUTTERFLY LOCK and a SLEEPER HOLD! TRIPLE submissions! And Ishii keeps Dick from slipping in! Evil is tapping but too bad he’s not legal! Yoh pulls Sho back more, Sho gets the ROPEBREAK! The House of Torture is saved, but Goto and Hashi stomp Evil and Yujiro outta the ring.

Fans rally, Sho gets to a corner, and Yoh runs in. Back elbow and then Yoh puts Sho up top! Yoh climbs but Sho slips under! Sho brings Yoh up but Yoh fights free of the bomb! Sho LARIATS, but Yoh basement dropkicks! Yoh runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Then JUMP KNEE to SNAP GERMAN! Sho hurries to get Yoh back up, reels him in, but YOH suplexes for a FALCON ARROW! Both men are down and fans rally up! Yoh and Sho crawl, hot tags to Hashi and Yujiro! Hashi rallies on Yujiro, whips him but Yujiro reverses. Hashi hits buckles but comes back to CHOP Yujiro! And then mule kick to turn, NECK-

NO! Yujiro elbows free of the neckbreaker, but Hashi dodges the clothesline to come back and BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up and Hashi dares Yujiro to get back up. Hashi then throws a strike fest, and runs, but Evil swipes him! Yujiro gets Hashi for a dragon sleeper, but Hashi spins around, only for Yujiro to BITE his hand! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro, but Yujiro blocks the kick to throw Hashi down, sliding dropkick! Evil gets in to DECK Goto, and then Sho gets in. The House of Torture gets Hashi up to double whip him to a corner. Sho runs in to forearm smash! Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Evil runs in to clothesline! Feed to Yujiro’s FISHERMAN BUSTER!

Evil shouts at the ref while he and Sho play defense. Yujiro covers, TWO!! Hashi survives, Goto and Yoh drag Evil and Sho out to RAM them into railing! Ishii stops Dick, but Yujiro gets the pimp cane! The ref sees that and stops Yujiro! Goto gets in to kick Yujiro! Fireman’s carry, but Yujiro slips off! HIDDEN GAP! HEAD BUSTER and SUPERKICK! Yoh stops Sho then PLANCHAS him down! Goto-Hashi are clear, they get Yujiro up, SHOUTO!! Cover, Dick drags the ref out!! Ishi CLOBBERS Dick but Sho CLOBBERS Yoh! Evil uses a chair on Hashi! And on Goto! And even on Ishii!

Evil throws the chair away, Dick gets in. They drag Hashi up, set him up, MAGIC KILLER! Evil hurries to fetch the ref as Yujiro crawls over to Hashi. The ref sees the cover, counts, TWO!!! Hashi survives and Evil is furious! Fans rally up but Evil drags Hashi up. Yoh gets in and SUPERKICKS Evil down! Yoh rallies Hashi but Yujiro throws Yoh into a corner. Yujiro drags Hashi up and ROCKS him with a forearm! Yujiro runs, into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Yoh and Hashi both SUPERKICK! DOUBLE FIERCE FLASH!! Fans are thunderous, and now Goto-Hashi get Yujiro back up. Hashi full nelsons, but Yujiro boots Goto away!

Sho drags Goto out and Evil distracts the ref while Yujiro LOW BLOWS Hashi! Sho CLOBBERS Hashi with the wrench!! Yujiro hurries over, he drags Hashi up, BIG JUICE!! Cover, House of Torture wins!

Winners: House of Torture, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

By hook and by crook, Evil and his boys hold onto these titles! The King of Darkness stays the King of NEVER, will he and the House of Torture ever run out of tricks?


IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Tetsuya Naito!

The Rainmaker has battled the Uncontrollable Charisma in tag matches, trios matches and even 8 Man matches, and he’s zero for all of them! But now, THE top title of NJPW is on the line, and that is where Okada shines. Will Okada finally strike Naito out? Or will this be a home run and a huge title win for the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and of course Naito takes his time with his entrance gear. Okada is patient, and finally the bell rings. Time to see who is truly the best in NJPW!

Fans already applaud and rally as the two stare down. “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” Okada approaches but Naito stays put. Naito starts to circle with Okada, then goes back and forth, forward and back. They tie up, Okada gets around but Naito gets the arm to make the standing switch. Okada drop toeholds and has a waistlock, but Naito moves up. Okada pushes him over and ties up the legs. Naito endures, Okada floats but Naito slips out to have a hammerlock. Okada reaches out with a leg and gets the ropebreak. Red Shoes calls it and Naito lets off with a pat on Okada’s back. Fans cheer while Okada bails out.

Okada takes his time returning, feels out the grapple with Naito, and they knuckle lock. Naito wrenches through to have a top wristlock, and he works to wrangle Okada to the mat. Okada keeps his shoulders up, moves around and gets up, but Naito wrenches to another hammerlock. Okada reaches back to headlock, then gets his arm free. Naito pries free, gets a headlock and takeover, but Okada headscissors. Naito kips free, Okada headlocks to the takeover but Naito headscissors. Okada kips free, Naito goes tranquilo, but Okada basement dropkicks him! Fans cheer, Naito checks his face and Okada brings him up.

Okada ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then CLUBS him with an elbow. Naito leans against ropes, Okada brings him out and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud and Okada wraps on a chinlock. Naito endures, pries at the hold, but Okada cranks and pulls Naito back. Naito kicks forward and gets a ropebreak. Fans applaud as Okada lets off cleanly. Naito bails out, Okada pursues and CLUBS Naito on the back. Okada puts Naito in, kicks and scoops him to SLAM, then Okada goes to the apron. Slingshot, but Naito avoids the senton and Okada rolls through. Things speed up, Naito arm-drags and basement dropkicks Okada down!

Okada grits his teeth and clutches his knee while fans cheer. Okada bails out, Naito goes out the side and fans clap, “NA-I-TO!” “O-KA-DA!” Naito runs in around the way, but Okada avoids the dropkick! But Naito atomic drops, turns Okada and NECKBREAKER to the floor! Both men are down but fans rally up. Naito gets up while Red Shoes checks Okada. Okada’s okay to continue and Naito gets in the ring. Red Shoes starts the ring count while fans continue to clap, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” Okada is up at 11 of 20 and in at 13. Naito stomps Okada at the ropes, focuses on the knee, but then stomps Okada’s back.

Naito brings Okada up for a cravat neck wrench. Okada endures, moves around and gets to the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the ropebreak, so Naito lets off, to kick the bad leg! Okada falls down, but Naito brings him back up. Naito CLUBS away on Okada, and CLUBS him all the way down. Naito brings Okada up, dragon sleeper for BACKBREAKER, into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Okada endures while Naito tranquilos. Fans rally, Okada works to move around, but Naito thrashes the hold. Okada keeps reaching out, but Naito pushes the hold as hard as he can! Naito then drags Okada back!

Okada kicks, but he’s starting to fade! Naito lets him go to cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Naito keeps focus. Naito drags Okada up but Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! Naito grins and eggs Okada on, so Okada ROCKS him again! And again! Naito winds up, but he dropkicks Okada’s leg! Fans cheer the faint, Naito runs in at the corner, but Okada pops him up to an Alabama! Naito fights that off, ROCKS Okada with forearms, then whips Okada to a corner. JUMP KICK and leg sweep, swinging- Alabama catch, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada gets Naito on that one but both men are down as the fans cheer again.

Fans rally, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” Naito and Okada slowly sit up, but Okada stands and throws forearms. Okada whips, Naito reverses but Okada CLOBBERS Naito with a back elbow! Okada drags Naito up, whips him to a corner, then runs in but into boots! Naito runs in, but into the FLAPJACK! And a big one! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps cool and fans rally again. Okada goes to the apron, drags Naito up, kicks him and APRON DDT’s! Naito gets spiked and then flops down! Okada drags Naito out along the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Red Shoes checks on Naito while Okada catches his breath.

Naito clutches his neck but he’s okay to continue. Red Shoes starts a ring count while both men are down on the outside. Okada gets in at 9 of 20, but Naito is still down at 15. Fans rally up harder, Naito crawls over and gets in at 19! Okada brings Naito up, for another DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Okada keeps cool. Okada drags Naito up, wrenches the arm and has the MONEY CLIP! But Naito gets the ropebreak right away! Red Shoes counts, Okada lets off at 4. Okada brings Naito up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs, but Naito gets under the jump! Naito runs in but into a back elbow!

Okada whips, Naito reverses and uses ropes for the TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as things are even! Both men are down again and fans rally. Naito sits up, Okada follows. and the two get up. Naito fires off strikes, whips Okada to ropes, and hip tosses for the basement dropkick! Naito gets Okada right back up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito makes sure his neck is fine before bringing Okada up. Naito kicks the leg then throws back elbow after back elbow. Okada staggers while clutching his neck, and Naito runs in. Naito blocks a boot to fire off more back elbows! Red Shoes counts, Naito keeps throwing elbows then CLUBS Okada down!

Red Shoes gets Naito to let off, and Naito apologizes. Naito brings Okada up and hoists him up the corner backwards. Naito brings Okada into a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada’s still in this and fans rally up. Naito drags Okada up, hammerlocks and half nelsons, but Okada elbows free. Naito throws back elbows again and again! Naito then runs, but Okada BOOTS him down! Fans fire up while Naito and Okada are down again. Naito shakes out the cobwebs while Okada sits up. Okada gets to his feet and brings Naito up. Naito blocks the gut wrench so Okada CLUBS him down!

Okada gut wrenches through, Naito kicks and flails and CLUBS the bad leg! Okada blocks a kick, spins, but Naito blocks, only to swing into the MONEY CLIP! Fans rally as Naito endures, but Okada squeezes the hold tight! Naito stays up and arm-drags free! Naito kicks, whips, but Okada reverses to DROPKICK Naito down! Fans cheer that picture perfect dropkick! Okada gets the arm again, MONEY CLIP! Naito endures and kicks around as fans rally up. Okada cranks the hold, Naito reaches out, but Okada drags him away! Okada squeezes even tighter but Naito refuses to quit! Naito flails, fans rally harder, but he’s fading!

Red Shoes checks, Naito gets a second wind, and he fights his way to the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration while fans fire up. Fans rally again, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” Okada drags Naito up, scoops and SLAMS him again, then goes back to the corner. Okada goes up top, MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up for the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Naito up, ripcords, but Naito arm-drags Okada into the PLUMA BLANCA! Now Okada endures and fans rally again! Okada kicks around but Naito thrashes the hold! “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” Okada powers his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito lets go.

Naito puts Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up while Okada tumbles and Naito gets himself back up. Naito encourages the fans to get louder so they do! Okada slowly gets up, Naito runs in, but into an uppercut! Naito ENZIGURIS, then hops up the corner. Naito reels Okada in, ESPERANZA! Okada is reeling from that rolling cutter and Naito takes aim! Naito runs in, CORRIEN- NO! Back drop to prawn hold cover, TWO!! Naito gets free, but Okada fireman’s carries, T K- DESTINO!! Naito drags Okada back up, wrench and tilt-o-whirl, but no Destino! LARIAT!!

Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Naito and Okada stir but Okada crawls his way over to get Naito’s wrist. Okada drags Naito up as fans again clap, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” Short arm LARIAT! Okada takes a breath, drags Naito up again, and short arm LARIATS! Okada roars and fans fire up behind him! Okada brings Naito up to waistlock, ripcord, but Naito throws a back elbow! And another! Fans rally hard as ever as the two lean on each other. Naito throws again, but into a scoop! TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Naito up, ripcord, RAIN- NO! Naito gets under to hook and LIGHTNING SPIRAL!

Fans are thunderous again as Naito gets up. Naito runs in, tilt-o-whirl, CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Naito is not deterred! Naito drags Okada up, reels him back in and scoops to SLAM him! Naito goes to the corner?! Naito goes up, to STARDUST PRESS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Naito brings back a classic and yet Okada survives!! Fans are electric and Naito gets Okada up. Wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Okada blocks! Okada scoops, Naito turns that around into his scoop, but Okada steals DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives Okada’s take on his move and fans are electric again!

Okada slowly gets up, and he drags Naito back up. Waistlock, ripcord, but Naito ducks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men get up, Okada roars! But Naito hits a ROLLING KICK! Naito whips, Okada reverses, Okada catches the flying forearm to ripcord! Naito ducks the lariat and runs, but into the DROPKICK! Picture perfect again! But Naito’s right back up!? But he runs into a gut wrench! Naito fights free, tilt-o-whirls, MICHINOKU DRIVER from Okada! Okada gets Naito up, ripcord and RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

And in the bottom of the ninth, when it mattered most, the Rainmaker wins! Did Naito’s win streak through the Golden Series only jinx him? And even though he lost and can barely move, he still fist bumps Okada out of respect. With the New Japan Cup coming, will Naito find a way back to this title?

Red Shoes helps Okada put the belt on, and Okada strikes the Rainmaker pose again. Okada then gets the mic to tell Naito, “A worthy opponent, a worthy battle, for the 50th anniversary year! Thank you!” Okada raises the fist, and fans cheer as Naito responds with a raise of the fist back. Okada then thanks all those who came to the show for giving him their passionate support. Okada knows a couple years ago, more people were able to come out and see the show. And, that people were able to cheer loudly for the wrestlers. “That pushed our fight then, but it’s no different today. We were able to have a hot match today because of your enthusiasm. Thank you!”

Fans cheer again and Okada continues with, “Two years ago, right here, I mentioned Inoki’s name. Since then, I’ve been able to speak with him, and he’s sent us video messages. I think NJPW and Inoki are pressing forward, day by day. Even during this pandemic, I can wrestle in front of an audience. Even with masks on, you can root for us. Thanks us moving forward, step by step. That’s why we’re here now. There’s no way of knowing when things will be completely normal again, but let’s take it as it comes.” The fans’ enthusiasm powers the wrestlers’ fight, and hopefully that fight gives fans energy back. So please, continue to support them!

Okada brings up that March 1st is the Anniversary Show. And then right after, on March 2nd, the New Japan Cup begins. “The champ will lead the way, right?” For the 50th Anniversary, the Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight champions will be there. So Okada will be facing the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, El Desperado, won’t he? Fans like the sound of that! It is tradition that they fight, but Okada hopes NJPW still considers him for the New Japan Cup. Fans also like the sound of that!

Okada takes a breath, then says that this may be the 50th year, but it’s still only February. “We’ve still got a long way to go. We’ll do our best to make every match even more exciting for all of you. We won’t let up our fight, so keep rooting for us enthusiastically. Please stick with NJPW. Thank you very much!” Fans cheer again, and Okada finishes with, “I’ll see you all next time we’re back in Sapporo. And I’ll make it rain in Sapporo again!” Fans cheer as Okada still stands tall atop NJPW! Will the Rainmaker really enter the New Japan Cup, win it, and determine his own fate? Or will another in the massive field of FORTY-EIGHT take hold of the future?

My Thoughts:

Another great event and also a great finale to this New Years Golden Series NJPW came up with. As with yesterday, I skipped the non-title matches, but there was an adjustment from the original plan. Since Tenzan couldn’t compete, Kojima left his Six Man Tag to face Great-O-Khan and give Khan another win over a Third Gen veteran. Outside of that, things were pretty much as expected. The KOPW 2022 match was great stuff, and I’m a bit surprised Yano won. Yes, the KOPW trophy is basically Yano’s world, but that was quite truly a magic trick Yano pulled to win. Maybe Suzuki comes back around, maybe Yano has yet another fresh challenger, but we’ll have to wait and see what the New Japan Cup field looks like.

The NEVER Openweight Six Man title match went as I expected. House of Torture won because they’re all a bunch of sneaky bastards. Evil will still be Mr. NEVER, again the New Japan Cup will probably be the priority so he’ll hold onto his titles in the background. And then we got an awesome main event, as expected for Okada, Naito and a world title match. Naito bringing up the streak during the Golden Series was the very moment it was foreshadowed that he’d lose here. You never mock the go-home math. Okada wins, and he gives us a great promo. Okada always seems to know what to say.

As for what’s next, Okada VS Desperado will be a great champions VS champions match at the Anniversary Show. I think it’d be pretty cool if Okada was in the New Japan Cup, but I don’t think he should win it. If anything, he should put over whoever is going to win it in the end, so that they can have a title rematch over the summer.

My Score: 8.8/10

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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!



The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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


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


Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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


Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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


The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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


Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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


Holo.grm loads up.

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


BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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


The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10

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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!



The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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


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


Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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


Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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


Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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


Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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


Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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


Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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


Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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


The Bloodline speaks.

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

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


BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10

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