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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/1/22)

NXT is GUNTHER!

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Will NXT 2.0 belong to Imperium?

New name, same Ring General! Will GUNTHER and Imperium crush Diamond Mine? Or are the Creed Brothers going to win over the NXT Tag Team Champions?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Imperium VS Diamond Mine; Imperium wins.
  • Cora Jade VS Raquel Gonzalez; Gonzalez wins.
  • Sarray VS Kayla Inlay; Sarray wins.
  • LA Knight VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland; Gacy wins.
  • Wendy Choo VS Amari Miller; Wendy wins.
  • Draco Anthony VS Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward; Chase wins.
  • Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS Legado Del Fantasma; Bron & Ciampa win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Imperium VS Diamond Mine!

NXT opens with Marcel Barthel, Fabian Aichner and GUNTHER! Will they crush the Creed Brothers and Roderick Strong to prove their dominance? Or will Julius, Brutus & Roddy show who runs NXT 2.0?

The trios sort out, but Imperium strikes! They beat down Diamond Mine, Gunther kicks Strong out and Barthel throws out Julius. The bell rings, Brutus and Aichner brawl, Aichner headlocks. Brutus powers out, they ram shoulders, and neither man falls. Brutus waistlocks to SLAM Aichner, then he deadlift gut wrenches for a suplex! Brutus gets Aichner to the corner, tag to Julius and the Creed brothers mug Aichner! Tag back to Brutus, the brothers mug Aichner again, but Aichner kicks Brutus. Aichner CHOPS and CHOPS, then kicks again. Aichner whips, Brutus reverses but Aichner dodges and catches Brutus!

Aichner fireman’s carries for a ROLLING SENTON! Fans fire up, Aichner drags Brutus up but Brutus powers him back. Barthel tags in, Aichner whips Brutus and Barthel arm-drags Brutus down. Barthel grinds the armlock but Brutus endures. Brutus fights up, fans rally, and Brutus arm-drags. Barthel holds on and drags Brutus down. Brutus gets up, picks up Barthel and he hits a SPINEBUSTER! Brutus rains down forearms, then tags Julius. The Creed Brothers surround Barthel, they throw KNEE after KNEE into Barthel, and Bivens likes what he sees. Julius CLUBS Barthel with a crossface forearm, then hauls him up.

Barthel slips off the shoulder, ROCKS Julius and snapmares to run and PENALTY KICK!  Fans fire up as Barthel runs in but into an elbow. Barthel blocks the boot, shouts, “NEIN!” and then GAMANGIRI to a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Barthel goes up to FLYING EUROUPPER! Cover, TWO! Bivens coaches Julius but Barthel brings him to the corner. Gunther tags in, he KNEES and EuroUppers Julius. Fans still chant “WAL~TER! WAL~TER!” Julius throws hands, Gunther CHOPS him down! Gunther CLUBS Julius, clamps on and brings him up to scoop and SLAM! Gunther stomps Julius, tags Barthel, and Barthel covers, TWO!

Barthel clamps on with a cobra clutch and he grinds Julius down. Julius arm-drags free, facelocks and HALF HATCH suplexes! Hot tags to Strong and Aichner! Strong rallies on the Pride of Italy, then catches him for a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Strong DECKS Gunther! Strong fires off big elbows on Aichner, then runs side to side! Forearm after forearm, but he slows down, still shaky from that ambush. Gunther tags in and CLOBBERS Strong! Fans rally for “WAL~TER!” as NXT goes picture in picture.

Strong crawls, Gunther looms over him and dares him to stand. Strong drags himself up the ropes, only for Gunther to stomp him down! Gunther stands on Strong, lets off as the ref counts, then KICKS Strong out of the ring! Gunther goes out to put Strong in and tags Aichner. Aichner covers, TWO! Aichner KNEES Strong in the back, clamps on with a chinlock and he thrashes Strong around. Strong endures, fights his way up, and throws body shots to get free. Strong BOOTS Aichner, but Aichner blocks to reel Strong in for a LARIAT! Aichner looms over Strong, but Strong crawls to ropes. Aichner tags Barthel and they both stomp away on Strong at the ropes!

Barthel gets in, paces and kicks Strong around. Barthel brings Strong up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Barthel keeps Strong down with a chinlock! Tag to Gunther, and he stomps Strong in the ribs. Gunther drags Strong up, digs his elbow into Strong’s forehead then JAMS it in. Gunther wants after Strong but Strong gets to the ropes. Strong drags himself up, Gunther runs in and BOOTS him to the corner! Tag to Aichner, Imperium mugs Strong, and Aichner drags Strong back up. Aichner scoops and SLAMS Strong, then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Aichner is annoyed but he drags Strong back up.

NXT returns to single picture and fans are dueling. Aichner has a facelock but Strong throws body shots. Aichner shoves Strong, blocks his boot, but Strong ducks the lariat to tag in Julius! Julius rallies on Barthel and Aichner, CHOP BLOCK for Barthel, to a SIDE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Brutus, the brothers fire each other up, gut wrench SLAM onto Barthel! Cover, TWO! Brutus looms over Barthel, talks some trash, and brings him up,. Barthel hits a JAWBREAKER! Hot tag to Aichner, he fireman’s carries Brutus, but Brutus fights free. Brutus shoves Aichner, tags Julius, and the brothers DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Gunther CHOPS it apart!

Hot tags to Strong and Gunther! Strong fires off CHOP after CHOP but Gunther KNEES low. Gunther reels Strong in but Strong slips out of the bomb. Gunther catches the knee! Strong dodges the chop, SICK KICK! Fans fire up, hot tag to Brutus! Brutus and Strong CHOP Gunther, but Strong is dragged out and sent into steps! Julius CLOBBERS Barthel, Aichner BOOTS Julius! Brutus CLOBBERS Aichner! Fans are thunderous as big Brutus gets in, swings on Gunther, but into a SLEEPER! Brutus arm-drags free! He ROCKS Gunther, but Gunther swats his lariat away! Brutus still goes for a leg but Gunther just powers him to turn and CLUB him down!

Gunther gets Brutus up, POWERBOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The Ring General is still powerful, no matter his name! And with this victory, will the mat and all of NXT be sacred?

 

LA Knight speaks.

“All right, pipe down, that’s all I need to hear. Let me talk to you. Grayson Waller’s trying to avoid the inevitable. He’s trying to avoid what’s coming to him.” Restraining order, a bodyguard, and an impressive one, too. The guy’s gotta 7 foot tall! But it wouldn’t matter if the guy was 17 feet tall, Knight is coming for Waller. But then Joe Gacy says “Mr. Knight” has a lot of anger in his heart. Harland once had to move on from a restraining order unfairly put on him, too. So if Knight is open to it, Gacy can help Knight grow and move on from this, just like he did for Harland. Wow, Gacy would do that for Knight?

Well Knight has a better idea. They should all move on together to the ring and if they play their cards right, Knight will have more restraining orders, one from Gacy and one from Harland after he stomps their asses. That’s not an insult, that’s a fact of life, YEAH! Gacy says Knight is the troubled one. But will Gacy and Harland have the solution to the problem they perceive is L A Knight?

 

Toxic Attraction heads to the ring!

Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, aka the NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Champions, strut their way out and show off the gold. They all get mics, and Gigi starts by calling out Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta. “Even the most unworthy of people fall into luck sometimes.” Some call last week a fluke, but Gigi thinks of it as a death sentence. Jacy says at Vengeance Day, the tag titles will be on the line. Indi & Persia get their shot, and Toxic Attraction get their vengeance! Unlike- Kay Lee Ray interrupts Mandy, but that’s probably who Mandy was going to say. KLR says it’s Mandy’s turn to give her the title match.

How about no? Well, KLR figured Mandy would say that so… “Let’s have some fun!” How about KLR gets in there and bash their brains. No, put the bat down and the tag champs will leave. KLR puts the bat down, fans chant, “Not the face!” as Gigi & Jacy exit. KLR says she is the longest reigning woman’s champion of the modern era. And if there is anyone deserving, it’s her. But Mandy doesn’t care about that, she wants to talk about herself. Does KLR even know Mandy’s accomplishments before this? Mandy has been the face of multiple international campaigns, flaunted across billboards and magazine covers. Bikini World Champion, and the epitome of what every woman aspires to be and what every single man wishes they could be with.

Is she done? Cuz, all of that doesn’t compare to any in-ring skill. KLR was champion for 649 DAYS! She dominated an entire continent while Mandy was slipping on her ass at WrestleMania and sucking the face off of Otis! Well look at her now! She’s the hottest thing in WWE, and that’s a fact! Unlike all the fugazees that claim to be. This is what the company wants and needs in a champion. And KLR doesn’t really understand so Mandy will be completely transparent in the nicest way possible: “All the talent in the world will never replace this.” She means her figure. KLR tells Mandy that by the end of tonight, she’ll have her title match.

Mandy doubts that, but KLR gives her a SLAP!! And then she gets the bat back to chase off Toxic Attraction! Will the Scary Queen of Scots break into a title match

 

Backstage interview with Cora Jade.

#GenerationJade is moments away from a match with Raquel Gonzalez. Why does she want this match? To prove she is tough enough. They could win the Women’s Dusty Cup, but the only thing in the way is Raquel doubting Cora. Cora might get her ass kicked, but she’ll prove she can hang with the best. Aw, how cute. Raquel walks in and asks if Cora still wants this match. Yes, she does. Then good for her. Raquel heads out first, will she be the only one walking back to the back?

 

Toxic Attraction hurries out of the arena.

They tell NXT Media to hurry up with the questions because they gotta get going with that crazy lady running around the with bat. Is Mandy not going to give KLR her title match? Uh, no! Did you not hear her out there? KLR does not deserve an opportunity. They get in the car, and Mandy says KLR is not even on her level. She doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring with her. So please, get outta the way. But the car door won’t open. KLR already got in the driver seat! KLR says she’ll be back for Mandy later. KLR drives off with Gigi and Jacy!! What is she gonna do to the tag champs!?

 

Cora Jade VS Raquel Gonzalez!

NXT returns and Cora makes her entrance. Big Mami Cool is amused seeing the spunky skater girl running around the ring, but the bell rings and Raquel says this is Cora’s last chance to leave. Cora runs but bounces off Raquel! Is this just to waste Raquel’s time? Cora dodges, kicks but Raquel blocks to CLOBBER Cora! Raquel waistlocks, picks Cora up and throws her around, but Cora slips out the back and kangaroo kicks! Cora dropkicks to put Raquel in a corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Cora runs corner to corner again, but Raquel blocks the monkey flip! Raquel turns it around into a BACK DROP! Raquel drags Cora to a cover, TWO!

Raquel smiles, amused with Cora again. Raquel drags Cora up, Cora throws forearms but Raquel whips her to a corner hard. Cora bumps off buckles, Raquel bumps her off them again. Raquel stomps Cora, throws forearms, and gets in Cora’s face. “You wanna win the Dusty? You gotta show me something!” Raquel brings Cora around, Cora throws body shots and runs, but into a Raquel’s SWINGING SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Cora survives but Raquel stays cool. Raquel drags Cora back up, reels her in and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Raquel clamps onto Cora’s shoulders and squeezes tight!

Cora endures, fights her way up and hits a JAWBREAKER! Raquel staggers, but she BOOTS Cora down! Fans duel but Raquel CLUBS Cora on the back. Raquel tells Cora that the fans want her to do something, and then Raquel gut wrenches Cora to a Canadian rack! Raquel bends Cora’s arms way back! But Cora still endures, so Raquel RAMS her into a corner! Cora ends up on the top rope, Raquel taunts her, and Cora SLAPS Raquel! Cora BOOTS Raquel, leaps, but into Raquel’s arms! Raquel swings Cora gain, but Cora makes it an IRON OCTOPUS! Raquel endures, stays on her feet, and powers her way around to SLAM Cora down!

Raquel climbs up the corner, VADER ELBOW FLOPS as Cora moves! Cora runs in again, but gets caught for another scoop! Raquel runs at a corner, Cora slips off, and she POSTS Raquel! Roll up, TWO!! Cora grits her teeth, takes aim, SUPERKICK! Cora drags Raquel up and throws haymakers! Cora knuckle locks, runs to the corner to go up and up and RANA! Fans fire up with Cora, but Raquel blocks the kick. Cora ENZIGURIS! Cora hurries to get up, runs in at the ropes, but Raquel blocks shining wizard into CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall

Ricky Desperado destroyed Cora, but somehow Cora drags herself to the ropes. Raquel storms up on Cora, and offers a hand! Raquel helps Cora up, and says, “Let’s go win the damn thing!” Is Raquel actually giving Cora a chance? Are they going to enter the Women’s Dusty Cup and win it all?

 

Sarray speaks.

“2021 was my first year in NXT, but everything didn’t go as planned. At one point, I wanted to give up. But at that time, I found my grandma’s necklace. I thought I should never give up, I have something to do here.” Sarray is coming back with renewed passion and energy! The Warrior of the Sun is ready to rise again, and she’s up next!

 

Pete Dunne speaks.

“Hey, Tony! How’s the hand doing? What did you say? You said there’s 16 different ways to hurt somebody with a crowbar? Well with that cricket bat, I only needed one. So as you dip your hand in ice, think about how I took the advice of your cousin, Julio. ‘When you’re taking care of business, you gotta handle it by any means necessary.'” Dunne handled his business. But don’t get it twisted. He can do that with a cricket bat, a steel chair, brass knuckles, just about anything he gets his hands on. So Tony, tell Dunne how he wants to do this. They should settle this where it started: inside a STEEL CAGE!!

 

Sarray VS Kayla Inlay!

From bookish school girl to Warrior of the Sun, the transformation is complete! But will the comeback start here? Or will she be eclipsed right from the start?

The bell rings, Sarray offers a handshake. Kayla slaps it away, so that’s a no. Sarray nods, that’s fine by her. They circle, tie up, and Kayla wrenches to a wristlock. Sarray rolls, wrenches back, fans rally up behind her, but Kayla powers through to wrench back. Sarray headlocks, Kayla powers out, but Sarray handsprings over her to keep moving and arm-drag her down! Fans fire up with Sarray, and she runs corner to corner at Kayla for a back elbow! Sarray wrenches, arm-drags, and then rolls to get Kayla back up! Wrench and arm-drag back the other way! Kayla flounders, she dodges Sarray’s attack and stomps away in the corner!

Kayla brings Sarray around to bump off buckles, then she rams into her with shoulders. Kayla handsprings back, runs in and RAMS into Sarray again! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Fans rally but Kayla clamps onto Sarray with a rear bearhug. Sarray endures as Kayla leans on her. Sarray fights up, throws back elbows and is free to flying-mare! Sarray fires up, runs in and ROCKS Kayla with a forearm! And then another! Kayla staggers about, Sarray ROCKS her again! Sarray whips, follows Kayla then victory rolls to a DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up as Sarray digs her boots into Kayla at the ropes. The ref counts, Sarray runs and SUNRAY DROPKICK!

Sarray drags Kayla up, she’s not done! SUN PLEX! Cover, Sarray wins!

Winner: Sarray, by pinfall

Red hot as she was when she first arrived, the Warrior of the Sun gets back on track! Will she continue to shine all the way to the top?

 

Duke Hudson speaks.

“The only way to get ahead in this place is by striking first. It didn’t matter that it was Dante Chen. I saw an opportunity, so I took it.” Duke was addicted to the felt and the long game, but look where that got him. So now he’s only addicted to one thing: inflicting pain and suffering. Dante, you won the first hand. Duke’s done playing games. “When you control your own destiny, you don’t need to calculate odds. When you take matters into your own hands, you eliminate the luck.” Duke buzzes his hair short again, and says he makes his own luck now. Will the streamlined and sinister Duke Hudson put the hurt on Dante Chen and many, many more superstars?

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks with Bron Breakker backstage.

Bron appreciates the assist last week, though he didn’t ask. But Ciampa says the mountaintop is a very lonely place. You don’t understand it until you get there. Bron is now part of a small circle of men and women who do understand that. This is about respect. And Ciampa wants to make sure Bron remains NXT Champion. Well alright, they’ll handle business tonight. They’ll rip Legado in half! Ready? Yeah. They’re gonna kick some ass. Ciampa and Bron fist bump, will they be standing tall in tonight’s main event?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams head to the ring!

The North American Champion and his right hand man get the mics and Trick says, “Hey, hold on, Melo. Let me get this straight. Last week, Cameron Grimes comes out here and beats a distracted D’Angelo, and now he thinks he’s ready for The A Champion?” He ain’t ready. Grimes was better of wasting time with poker than coming out here with the champ and getting dish ragged up and down the ring. Melo says the old him would verbally put Grimes in a grave. But it is important for him to explain that even though the fans don’t take Grimes serious and see him as a threat, believe it or not, Melo does. He really does. Hard to believe, but he does.

That is why Melo goes harder in the gym, puts more work in the ring, and still finds time for OllieJayy, because that’s what the A Champ does! And Melo IS the standard. He sets the bar on NXT. So even if Melo is looking down on you, he always will. That’s all it is, and that’s- Grimes interrupts! Grimes has a mic, but he wants to make sure he heard Melo right. These people don’t care about Grimes? Well, he could be wrong, but they’re not chanting “A Champ.” Grimes is pretty sure he’s hearing, “TO~ THE~ MOON!” And also “Whoop That Trick!” Trick tells the “low down, raggedy, two-footed bum,” that two things are for certain: Melo don’t miss, and trickin’ ain’t easy.

So Trick is gonna take his boot off and whoop that slimy- Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cameron ain’t slimy, he’s grimy. But if we wanna poke some fun, what about Melo’s hair? Did he go to the barber and ask for the pineapple under the sea? Melo’s looking like SpongeBob’s house! Then that makes Trick Squidward, right? But Grimes caught these clowns on OllieJayy’s Instagram, and they were in awe of her Bikini Bottom. Don’t you bring her into this! Trick says this is how they’ll do this. Trick says Grimes is a bum, his momma’s a gold digger, his daddy’s a boot licker, and if they wanna fight, they can fight! Grimes never been ’bout it ’bout it!

Grimes asks Trick to slow down. He isn’t sure what all that was, but the question back is, “Am I fighting you? Or am I fighting you,” Melo? Melo takes off the glasses to say he’ll put it like this. This is all it’s gone be: at Vengeance Day, Grimes finds out that Melo is him, and he will shoot for the moon and take the stars as casualties. OO-OOO~! Trick & Melo exit the ring, but Grimes says, “Hey, uh, Melo. Yo, Melo. It’s funny you were talking about the stars. Because at Vengeance Day, it’s only gonna be a one star match. And that one star is going TO~ THE~ MOON~!” These two are set to collide in two weeks, who gets the rocket strapped to their backs when they strap the North American title around their waist?

 

Edris Enofe & Malik Blade talk backstage.

They’re doing great in the Dusty Classic, but to keep up with the other teams, they gotta have a tag team name. Edris’ idea is, “Team Edris & Malik.” Yeah, Team Malik & Edris. Uh, no. Wait, they’re both bold, they’re both brave, and they’re both confident! Team BB- OH, no, wait. Well, okay. How about, Mandy Rose? Every week… Hey, if she walked in right now, what would Malik say to her? Uh… “Hey, Mandy. It’s Malik, one half of your favorite tag team, and I was wondering-” Wait, Mandy actually walks in and falls into Malik’s lap!  “Thank you!” Mandy needs help! She’s chasing her! Who?

KLR storms in with her bat! Edris fires up for the girl fight! KLR drags Mandy’s jacket off her but Mandy runs away! KLR pursues, and Edris wants to chase after them both! Malik says he needs a minute. Huh? Oh… Malik is a gentleman, but he’s still a man. Will Malik & Edris be able to calm down and think clearly on a tag team name? And what about the coming Dusty Classic showdown with MSK?

 

Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.

McKenzie knows they struggled with Imperium, but Bivens asks her, “What do you know about struggle?” Without struggle, there is no progression, and they are still moving forward because they will win the Dusty Rhodes Classic. Julius adds that they’ve been champions at every level. The bigger the stage, the better they perform. Brutus agrees, and adds that Diamond Mine strives for perfection. They will face Imperium again, but it’ll be for the tag team titles. But then Grizzled Young Veterans walk in and sarcastically applaud. Isn’t Bivens supposed to be managing these dopes? They’ve got fights right, left, back and front when they should focus on the Dusty Cup.

All this group achieved tonight was making GYV’s journey back to the finals that much easier. See you next week, mates. Pip pip cheerio to you, too, fellas. See you next time, nerds! But is Diamond Mine sssoooon to be kicked out of the Dusty Classic at the hands of Zack Gibson & James Drake?

 

LA Knight VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland!

The Million Dollar Megastar doesn’t much care for playing nice and considering someone else’s feelings. But will he be feeling unstoppable as he goes after Grayson Waller? Or will Mr. Inclusion make sure Knight thinks before he speaks from now on?

NXT returns and Gacy has made his entrance. Harland exits, but Knight is still wary of him. The bell rings, Gacy swings but Knight dodges to fire off haymakers. Knight whips, Gacy reverses but Knight comes back for a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Knight gets Gacy to a corner, stomps a mudhole into him, “YEAH!” but lets off as the ref counts 4. Knight keeps moving to KNEE Gacy down! Fans fire up, Gacy flounders to another corner, but Knight is after him. Gacy sends Knight into the buckles, corner SPLASHES then hits an URENAGE! Gacy stalks Knight, stomps him down, then rains down fists.

Gacy drags Knight up to snapmare and clamps on the arms for a modified armlock and neck wrench. Fans rally, Knight fights up, Harland stares, and Knight fires off hands. Knight whips, Gacy whips the back drop away to then ROCK Knight with a forearm! And then a BIG back suplex! Gacy soaks up the heat, he stomps Knight more, then he digs his forearm into Knight’s face. Gacy elbows Knight down, drags him up, and ROCKS Knight with a right. Gacy throws more hands, then KNEES Knight against ropes. Gacy throws body shots but Knight fires off hands! Gacy kicks Knight in the leg, then KICKS the leg again.

Gacy has Knight in a corner, puts a leg on the ropes, but the ref counts. Gacy KICKS the leg as he lets off. Gacy ROCKS Knight with a EuroUpper, then he whips Knight corner to corner. Gacy runs in but Knight dodges the splash for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Gacy staggers up. Knight dodges to scoop and POWERSLAM Gacy! Knight runs, and drops a BIG elbow! Fans fire up with Knight, he kicks and cravats but no BFT! They CLANK heads, and Knight tumbles out. SANGA appears from the crowd! But that’s just a distraction so Grayson Waller can SOMERSAULT STUNNER Knight down!

The ref doesn’t see any of that, and he starts a ring count! Fans boo Waller as hard as they can while Waller shows off his drop steps. The count is past 5, Knight flounders. The count is 9, Knight is in at 9.99!! But Gacy HANDSPRING LARIATS! Cover, Gacy wins!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Oh the irony! Gacy gets a win thanks to the most obnoxious man in NXT! Waller then shouts, “You think you belong in my ring, LA? You think you belong in my NXT? You don’t belong here! This is MINE now! I own NXT, and there’s nothing you can do about it, YEAH!” But Knight ROCKS Waller! Sanga clamps on with a choke grip for a CHOKE SLAM! Waller says if Knight wants to get his hands on Waller, then next week, he has to take on Sanga! And if he wins, maybe Waller will think about lifting the restraining order on Knight!

 

Wendy Choo wakes up again.

She stretches and heads for the ring, ready for her first singles match! But Tiffany Stratton is watching from the shadows. Does Daddy’s Little Rich Girl have a Mean Girls level plan for NXT’s resident sleepyhead?

 

Robert Stone speaks.

“For the longest time, I was focused on the entertainment side of this business, aligning myself with a group of talent that I thought was going to take me to the top. And then I saw a 6’5″, 255 pound athlete destroying people, and I said, ‘I gotta get connected to that.'” Stone gladly paid Von’s fines, and will gladly pay them again and again in the future, because Von Wagner is the future. A future NXT Champion, a future WWE World and Universal Champion! So who is going to stop them? No one! This is Von Wagner’s world, everyone else is just living in it.

 

Wendy Choo VS Amari Miller!

Two very different personalities meet in the ring, but it seems they have one thing in common: they can’t stand Tiffany Stratton. Tiffany tried to get Miller to agree with her that Wendy is a freak, using a shopping spree as a bribe. Amari said she’d think on it, but that might’ve just been to get Tiffany to leave. Will Amari still win that all expenses paid mall trip? Or will she be caught sleeping on the… eccentric Wendy Choo?

The bell rings and Wendy gets another stretch in. She dodges Amari with a roll, and then lounges on the mat. Fans cheer, Wendy looks ready to nap again. Amari grabs the legs, Wendy kicks her away and then trips Amari up! Wendy grapevines the leg, but more to snuggle with it like a pillow… Amari is annoyed but she can’t kick Wendy away. Wendy says shush, and she snoozes again. Amari kicks Wendy, so Wendy gets a standing toehold. Amari rolls, gets free, but things speed up and Amari blocks a hip toss. Amari spins Wendy around to a backslide, TWO! Wendy dropkicks Amari down and fans fire up!

Wendy runs to the corner and SUPERKICKS Amari! Amari staggers, Wendy stretches and drops a snoozing elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up behind Wendy, she brings Amari up and whips. Amari gets around, sweeps the legs and runs to drop the SENTON! Cover, TWO! Amari clamps on with a cobra clutch but fans rally up. Wendy fights her way up, throws body shots and ripcords for a forearm, KICK and LARIAT! Wendy fires up now, whips Amari to ropes and hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Amari gets to a corner. Wendy handsprings in to SPLASH! EXPLODER! Wendy fires up more and fans are with her!

Wendy says time to go to sleep, but she means Amari! SLEEPER HOLD! Amari endures, snapmares free, and hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tiffany shows up to offer Amari the credit card, and Amari agrees to the deal. But Wendy rolls Amari up, TWO!! Amari hurries up, Wendy hits a RUNNING AX HANDLE! Cover, Wendy wins!

Winner: Wendy Choo, by pinfall

Wendy got the win though she really only just woke up, could she be the sleeper hit of NXT? As for Tiffany, she is very disappointed Amari couldn’t come through on the deal. Give her the credit card back! Wait, where is it? Wendy has it! Tiffany throws a hissy fit, will Wendy get herself a thousand refills on that cup?

 

Persia Pirotta goes through her phone.

Someone looks good to her. But then Indi and Dexter Lumis walk in. Indi is excited because they’re gonna win those tag titles! It’s gonna be Persia’s first and Indi’s second. But who was Persia looking at? Duke Hudson… Whoa, okay, friend to friend, Duke’s trouble. Persia likes trouble. Why’s Indi always on her about this stuff? Dexter, what do you think? Thumbs down? No way, those abs are a thumbs up. But Brooks Jensen walks over and wants to ask them some advice. He wants his relationship with Kayden Carter to just like Dexter’s and Indi’s. Well, okay, not exactly the same, and Brooks isn’t thinking marriage yet, but-

Indi says the biggest piece of advice is that when a guy talks too much, it’s a turn off. Really? Yep. Non-verbal communication is sexy. Watch Dexter. Indi looks at him and she’s all fired up. Whoa, how’d he…? That’s the hot tub look? That’s the hot tub look!! Brooks thinks that’ll work. He tries it on Persia, but Persia says she’s into someone else. W-Well so is he, but he’s trying to get somewhere with Kayden. He’s hoping for the “pickup truck” date but- Okay, Brooks is going motormouth again. Will he figure out how to charm Kayden before someone else does?

 

Draco Anthony speaks.

When everyone else’s day ends, his day begins. He goes to the Performance Center at 2 in the morning, and puts in the work. His drill sergeant said he’d never make it as a Marine, but he proudly served for four years. Tonight, he’ll make his NXT debut. And at the end of the day, when it’s you against the world, Draco will win. But will his actions speak louder than everyone else’s words?

 

Another new superstar is on her way.

“We all come from somewhere, right? Well, Nikkita Lyons comes from the world of entertainment.” Her dad was a bassist, her mom was a beautiful groupie, and Nikkita was the result. She grew up in a van that traveled from New York to California, from down south to the cold north while her dad worked for every cent he ever earned. People looked down on her, saying she learned about life from dirty bars and degenerate musicians. Well, that may be true, but each one of those experiences led to this moment. She’s living her truth, she’s in NXT and the most competitive women’s division in the world. If she attacks the ring like she does the mic, then you better watch out for her roar. Nikkita Lyons is coming soon!

 

Backstage interview with Sarray.

Having powered down back to her everyday self, Sarray dedicates her win tonight to her grandmother. Well the fans want ot know more about this necklace. When Sarray wears this necklace, she can do anything! Oh, how cute! Dakota Kai mocks the return of “the beloved” Sarray. She can tell by the way Sarray holds the necklace that it is important, just like her relationship with her grandma. But the Warrior of the Sun surely knows that no matter how strong a relationship is, the sun always sets on it. Dakota leaves and Sarray is worried, but will Sarray be able to outshine the gloom and doom of #CobraKai?

 

Draco Anthony VS Andre Chase w/ Bodhi Hayward!

The newest star in NXT finally has a match, but Professor Chase wants to make this a #TeachableMoment! Will Chase get through to Draco? Or has Draco already learned more than enough to make it big in NXT?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Draco powers Chase back. Chase turns things around to arm-drag Draco, and he says that was a TEACHABLE MOMENT! Draco shrugs that off as he and Chase circle again. They tie up, Draco headlocks, but Chase pries at the hold. Draco clamps on tighter, Chase pries free again to get a headlock back. Draco powers up, powers out, and jukes Chase to run him over! Things keep moving, Chase hurdles but Draco shoves and leaps, into an atomic drop! And then a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps cool as he looms over Draco.

Chase brings Draco up, whips, but Draco reverses and scoops for a POWERSLAM! Fans cheer Draco’s strength, and he kicks Chase to a corner. Draco drags Chase up, throws big KNEES, then has him in the corner again. Draco runs in, KNEES Chase down, then RAMS into Chase with a shoulder. Draco lets off, whips Chase back into the corner, then hits an EXPLODER off the rebound! Cover, TWO! Chase is still in this as fans duel, but Draco clamps on and knees Chase in the back. Draco has the arms for a motorcycle stretch but Chase endures. Fans continue to duel, Chase fights his way up, and he stomps Draco’s foot!

Chase elbows Draco, runs, slips out of the scoop and rallies with ax handles! Chase whips, Draco reverses but Chase reverses back, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up and the student section spell out “CHASE U” as Chase stomps away. Chase brings Draco up, whips him to a corner, but Draco boots back! Draco gets annoyed and he snatches the Chase U flag away from Bodhi! Draco waves it around before he stomps it! Draco digs his boot into the flag, but Bodhi snatches it back! Chase RAMS into Draco and fires off fast hands! Fans fire up, Chase jukes the ref to ROCK Draco! Chase stomps a mudhole into Draco but lets off at 4!

Chase gets Draco up to bounce him off buckles! Chase wrenches, hammerlocks and COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, Chase wins?!?!

Winner: Andre Chase, by pinfall

What a shocker! Draco’s actions riled up Chase, and Chase says he’s coming for Von Wagner! Will Chase teach vicious Von Wagner something about respect?

 

Mandy Rose is still running away form Kay Lee Ray.

She tells people to get out of her way and stop looking at her. That crazy lady… Where are her girls? Mandy chugs water, but KLR pops up from behind the counter! And she dumps SPAGHETTI on Mandy! Mandy freaks out, KLR gets the cake! CAKE TO THE FACE! Mandy falls over as a hot mess, and she doesn’t understand why KLR is doing this! Oh, you know exactly why! Will KLR humiliate Mandy into giving her the title match she wants?

 

Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS Legado Del Fantasma!

The young NXT Champion may be a second generation wrestler like the Emperor of Lucha, Santos Escobar, but that’s where the similarities end. Escobar has had Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza backing him up but Bron won the title all on his own. And now with the Psycho Killer backing him up, will Bron break Escobar’s pawns to leave him with no one? Or will Wilde & Mendoza do la familia proud?

NXT returns and Bron and Ciampa make their way to the ring. The teams sort out, Wilde starts with Ciampa. They tie up, Ciampa waistlocks and SLAMS Wilde down. Ciampa holds on, Wilde fights up to wrench out and he gets the arm to fireman’s carry. Wilde does his dance but Ciampa applauds before he kicks low. Ciampa headlocks, Wilde powers out, but Ciampa runs Wilde over! Things keep moving, Ciampa fakes Wilde out to CHOP him down! Ciampa does the macarena to mock Wilde, then he drop toeholds to the headlock. Wilde fights up, Mendoza tags in, but Ciampa is ready and gets Mendoza in a headlock.

Mendoza powers out to get the headlock but Ciampa powers out. Mendoza slides under, tilt-o-whirls then kicks low. Mendoza whips, Ciampa reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things keep moving, Mendoza dropkicks Ciampa down! Mendoza stands Ciampa up to CHOP him! And CHOP him again! Mendoza swings but misses, Ciampa CHOPS back and now we have a CHOP fight! Ciampa kicks low, fires off haymakers and then he stomps Mendoza into the corner! The ref counts, Ciampa lets off but fans fire up. Ciampa runs in but Mendoza bails out to avoid the knee! Escobar stares down with Ciampa, but Ciampa backs off.

Mendoza gets back in, Wilde tags in, and Ciampa tags Bron. Bron gets Wilde for a facelock then headlock. Wilde powers out, Bron hurdles, ducks and catches the drop down for a deadlift suplex! Ciampa intercepts Mendoza to also suplex! Dual stalling suplexes, count to ten and SLAM! Fans fire up as both men applaud and pat themselves on the back! Fans are loving this as NXT goes picture in picture.

Ciampa exits the ring, Bron waits on Legado. Bron holds ropes open for whoever wants it, even if it’s Escobar! Escobar laughs that off, Wilde hobbles his way back in, and Wilde stays back. Bron rushes in, Wilde kicks him low and pokes him in the eye! Wilde bumps Bron off buckles, stomps him, then talks trash before he pie faces. Bron turns it around to fire off haymakers! Bron lets off to RAM his shoulder in, and again, and again! Bron lets off, scoops Wilde, carries him around, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Bron drags Wilde over, tags in Ciampa, and they mug Wilde in the corner. Ciampa snapmares to drop a knee on Wilde’s head!

Ciampa drags Wilde back up, whips him to ropes, but Wilde kicks back! Wilde whips Ciampa into the Legado corner, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza stomps away. Mendoza lets off at the ref’s count, JABS Ciampa then whips. Ciampa reverses, Mendoza ducks and CROSSBODIES, but flops as Ciampa ducks! Ciampa whips Mendoza and kitchen sink KNEES him down! Tag to Bron, they mug Mendoza, and Bron stomps Mendoza at ropes. Mendoza kicks back, tag to Wilde, and Wilde brings Bron around. Bron throws body shots, snapmares Wilde, NXT returns to single picture as Bron clamps on a chinlock.

Wilde endures, fans rally and duel, and Wilde fights up. Wilde throws body shots, then knees. Wilde runs, but into a LARIAT from Bron! Bron is fired up and fans bark with him. Escobar is annoyed as Wilde bails out, but he stays away as Bron goes out to fetch Wilde. Bron puts Wilde in the ring, Wilde distracts the ref and Escobar RAMS Bron into steel steps! Ciampa protests but Legado gets away with it as always. Wilde goes out, he puts Bron in the ring and stomps Bron down. Wilde says Bron should’ve stayed outta Legado business. Wilde SLAMS Bron’s arm down, RAMS him into the Legado corner, and Wilde runs in to clothesline!

Mendoza tags, he runs and clotheslines to then tag Wilde. Wilde clotheslines and tags! Mendoza clotheslines and tags! Wilde runs in, clothesline and tag! Mendoza runs in to GAMANGIRI! Tag to Wilde, Legado double suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives the onslaught and Legado is frustrated. Fans rally and bark for Bron but Wilde stomps Bron down. Wilde pie faces Bron, paces around, and Escobar loves it. Wilde stomps Bron, shoves him to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow. Cover, TWO! Wilde clamps on with a facelock and he grinds Bron down. Fans rally, Bron fights up, and he heads for his corner!

Wilde keeps Bron away with knees, but Bron endures the facelock to BACK DROP free! Both men are down and fans fire up! Bron and Wilde crawl, hot tag to Ciampa! The Blackheart rallies on Wilde with clothesline, then he gives some to Mendoza! Corner clothesline for Wilde, corner clothesline for Mendoza! He dodges their double clothesline to give DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Fans fire up with Ciampa, he tags Bron back in! Ciampa whips Wilde, poops him up, to Bron’s SPINEBUSTER! Fans say “This is Awesome!” But Escobar distracts Bron. Wilde tags Mendoza, Mendoza goes up and leaps, missile dropkick!

Mendoza drags Bron to a drop zone, goes up again, PHOENIX SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Escobar is stunned but Mendoza stomps away on Bron. Mendoza whips, Bron reverses, Mendoza slips out to GAMANGIRI! Bron ducks the springboard, runs in and SPEARS Mendoza down! Cover, Wilde breaks it! Ciampa gets in to throw Wilde back out, then he does the same to Mendoza. KNEE in the ropes! Ciampa feds Mendoza to Bron, then he SHOVES Wilde off the top, onto the announce desk! Fans lose their minds as Wilde crashes ‘n’ burns! Bron gives Mendoza the BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Bron & Ciampa win!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker, by pinfall

Escobar is stunned silent, jaw dropped open! He still gets on the apron to stare Bron down, and Bron dares Escobar to get in. Straps are down, Escobar says they still do this on his time. Escobar leaves with Lopez and what’s left of Mendoza & Wilde, but when will he say it’s finally time?

 

Mandy Rose hurries out to ringside!

KLR says Mandy doesn’t look so good. They get in the ring, Mandy still tries to get away but KLR drags her back in! KLR has a mic to say Mandy knows what KLR wants. She wont’ even wait for Vengeance Day! She wants it next week! Mandy says fine! Just put down the bat! Okay, KLR will put down the bat. Then she SUPERKICKS Mandy down! And gets her back up, K L R BOMB!! The match is set, will KLR once again become Forever Champion?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good NXT here that paves the way to Vengeance Day 2022. A very good Six Man Tag opened the night, and if anything says changing Walter’s name was a dumb move, it’s that the fans kept chanting “Walter” during the match. Imperium wins and that puts it on the Creed Brothers to win the tag tournament. GYV had a decent promo to get on Diamond Mine for focusing on other things, but I feel like this is just setting GYV up for a loss. A shame for GYV but it just feels like how things are going. Malik & Edris have a good promo, even though it was more about a team name than game-planning for MSK. This was the one time “NXThirsty” worked out to be entertaining to me. They blended it with Mandy running away from KLR, and the punchline of a boner was clever.

Speaking of, KLR chasing Mandy all night worked out as a good through story. She abducted Gigi & Jacy for the night, scared and humiliated Mandy into giving her a title match, and it isn’t even for the big themed episode. There’s a chance Gigi & Jacy screw that up for KLR, but I would hope Indi & Persia try to counteract that. The women’s tag title match will be very good, and could go either way. I like that the promo of Indi, Persia and Lumis also tied into other NXThirsty stories, like Brooks just being a lovesick puppy dog for Kayden Carter. Persia liking Duke is probably just for character and tension between Persia and Indi, not sure if anything comes of that.

Duke himself is apparently embracing the buzzcut as it represents the new chapter in his character arc. He has a good promo to hype up his grudge match with Dante Chen, that’ll be a good one. We got good interactions between Knight and Gacy, and a pretty good match, but naturally Waller & Sanga screw Knight over. Knight VS Sanga is going to be pretty good, and Knight will find a way to win, but it isn’t an official stipulation that if Knight wins, Waller rips up the restraining order, so totally expect Waller to not rip up the restraining order. Knight has to find a way to get under Waller’s skin to make Waller want the match with Knight.

Grimes has a good promo segment with Melo & Trick, and I like that for as great as Trick is on the mic, everyone’s response is to have no idea what he said. Grimes could even have a proxy match with Trick as the tune-up to the title match and it’ll be a lot of fun. We got a good promo from Robert Stone, with Von punctuating the catchphrase, but this NXT 2.0 version of Lesnar and Heyman is probably the extent of the Robert Stone Brand’s revival. Dunne had a good promo to set up what will surely be his real good-bye match, even though a Steel Cage match is rather cliché. So, it’s actually rather fitting since Vince has seized more control of NXT.

Cora and Raquel had a good match, and of course Raquel won yet still chose to be Cora’s teammate. Those two are going to go far in the Women’s Dusty Cup, and maybe even win it. Sarray got a good return win, and I’m actually a little disappointed WWE didn’t go all in on the magical girl aspect. Where was her transformation sequence before she went out on stage? But anyway, Dakota calling all these teams and other superstars out, I’m waiting for when they figure out who her next feud is with. Dakota VS Sarray would be a really good one, provided they let these two give us all they can give in the ring.

Great to see Women of Wrestling’s Faith the Lioness coming to NXT as “Nikkita Lyons,” but wow, what a way to spell that. Couldn’t they just get away with one K and an I for Lions? But Nikkita showed promise in WOW, she’ll become something really special in NXT. In tonight’s biggest shocker, the debuting Draco Anthony got the jobber non-entrance, and he in fact jobs to Andre Chase! Chase going after Wagner is good stuff, but this is clearly a feud to get Wagner going in the ring. And we got a very good main event tag match, Bron and Ciampa had good chemistry, and what a spot for the newly positioned announce desk. That was rough for Wilde.

I feel like Ciampa and Escobar should have a match to see if Escobar can earn the title match, rather than being handed a match, the very thing Escobar complains happened with Bron. Of course, a Heel is usually a hypocrite, so maybe Escobar won’t care how he gets his match. Either way, Bron VS Escobar is going to be really good, but I’m wondering why Xyon Quinn hasn’t shown up again. Maybe they’re just waiting for the best possible moment for him to screw over Escobar? That would actually be good stuff.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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

 

Holo.grm loads up.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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

 

The Bloodline speaks.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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