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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/29/22)

Who’s going to Stand & Deliver?

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One last North American Championship Ladder Match spot is up for grabs!

Carmelo Hayes wants his NXT North American Championship Ladder Match to have five men, so he’s giving one last chance to Cameron Grimes, Roderick Strong and A-Kid!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: LA Knight & MSK VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Ivy Nile w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Tiffany Stratton; Nile wins.
  • Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Legado del Fantasma w/ Elektra Lopez; Briggs & Brooks win.
  • Bodhi Hayward w/ Andre Chase VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wagner wins.
  • Draco Anthony VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland; Gacy wins.
  • Nikkita Lyons VS Sloane Jacobs; Lyons wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier Triple Threat: Cameron Grimes VS Roderick Strong VS A-Kid; Grimes wins and advances to NXT Stand & Deliver.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: LA Knight & MSK VS Imperium!

The Ring General and the NXT Tag Team Champions- ARE ATTACKED FROM BEHIND! The Megastar, Wes Lee & Nash Carter ain’t waiting for a bell! But will the mat still be sacred after such an ambush?

Gunther and Knight brawl in the ring, then Knight clotheslines Gunther back out! Fabian Aichner jumps in but Knight throws more hands! The bell rings and Knight stomps a mudhole, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight runs corner to corner to KNEE Aichner down! Knight whips Aichner, Aichner reverses and kicks back. Aichner CLUBS Knight, scoops him, but Knight slips off to shove. Things speed up, Aichner duck san dodges then runs Knight over! Aichner headlocks for a takeover and he grinds Knight down. Knight endures, keeps his shoulders up, and fans rally as he gets to his feet.

Knight powers out but Barthel tags in. Barthel arm-drags Knight, then grinds the armlock. Knight endures, fights his way back up, and fans rally again. Knight moves around, pries the hold and wrenches, and he has the wristlock. Knight YANKS and YANKS on the arm, but Barthel throws Knight by his hair! Barthel shouts, “NEIN!” then he clamps onto the armlock again. Knight endures the armlock and chinbar, and fans rally up again. Knight fights up, puts Barthel on ropes, but Barthel whips. Knight hits a NECKBREAKER! Knight tags Carter, and Carter tags Lee. Carter sweeps the legs, Lee Chanceries and Carter basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE!

Carter facelocks Barthel, wrenches and wristlocks. tag to Knight. Knight mugs Barthel, but Barthel uppercuts back. Barthel runs, into a back drop, but he sunset flips! Knight stays up, but misses the knee drop! Tag to Aichner but Knight counter punches with haymakers! Aichner headlocks. Barthel tags in again, Aichner distracts Knight and Barthel CLOBBERS Knight into ropes! Barthel rains down fists and stomps, then scrapes Knight’s face! Barthel taunts MSK, then PENALTY KICKS Knight! Barthel smirks and brings Knight up to throw hands. Tag to Gunther and fans go wild!

Gunther stomps but Knight fires off haymakers! Gunther swings but Knight ducks the chop to throw more hands! Another duck, but Gunther comes back to CHOP! And he kicks Knight around in frustration! Tag to Aichner, he scoops and SLAMS Knight into ropes! Cover, TWO! Aichner is frustrated but he stands Knight up to CLUB him down! Aichner snapmares for a chinlock but Knight endures. Knight fights up as fans rally again, and Knight throws body shots. Aichner shoves and headbutts low! Aichner shakes his head and fires up, then he brings Knight back up. Aichner throws hands and has Knight on ropes.

Aichner CLAWS Knight, SLAPS him, but that only angers Knight! Knight throws more haymakers! He backs Aichner down, Aichner shoves, and gets around, back suplex! Knight lands on his feet, hot tag to Carter! Lee tags in, MSK fires off the strike fest on him! Barthel runs in but is sent right out! Gunther get sin, SUPERKICK from Lee! Carter SUPERKICKS Aichner then DIVES onto Barthel! They crash to the ramp, Lee builds speed to- GET A BOOT! Gunther takes down Lee then eggs on Knight! The ref keeps these two back, Knight’s not legal! Fans are thunderous as NXT goes picture in picture!

Gunther and Knight stand down, but Gunther drags Lee up to CLUB him down! Lee grits his teeth and gets to ropes but Gunther stomps him down! Gunther drags Lee up but Lee throws body shots! SUPERKICK! Gunther wobbles, so Lee SUPERKICKS again! And runs, but gets caught! Gunther SPINEBUSTERS to a BOSTON CRAB! Lee endures, Knight BOOTS Walter down! Knight rains down on Gunther but the ref backs him off. Knight is fired up but Gunther drags Lee away to the corner. Tag to Barthel, he stomps Lee down. Barthel drags Lee up, puts him in a corner, then runs in, and blocks a boot! “NEIN!” GAMANGIRI!

Then a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Barthel goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Barthel taunts Knight but again the ref keeps him back. Barthel stomps Lee, drags him over and tags Gunther. They mug Lee, Gunther stomps Lee’s arm, then stalks him to ropes. Lee kicks back but Gunther stomps him again! Gunther drags Lee up, scoops him and SLAMS him! Gunther drags Lee over, tag to Aichner. They focus on the leg, and Aichner drops an elbow into a toehold. Lee throws hands but Aichner turns him for an STF! Lee endures, Aichner turns him over for a cover, TWO! Aichner is annoyed but he taunts Lee.

Aichner drags Lee up, CLUBS him again, and Lee scrambles to ropes. Aichner drags Lee up again to EuroUpper him back down! Knight and Carter coach Lee as NXT returns to single picture. Aichner shoves Lee, Lee BOOTS back! Lee is in a corner, Aichner blocks the boot but not the ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Lee and Aichner crawl, hot tags to Barthel and Knight! Knight fires off on Barthel, DECKS Gunther, then dodges Barthel for a NECKBREAKER! Scoop and SLAM! Fans spell out his name and he drops the elbow! Cover, Aichner breaks it! Knight throws Aichner out, tag to Carter!

Carter goes corner to corner and gets a boost, RAILGUN DROPKICK to Barthel! Carter goes up but Gunther YANKS him down! Imperium gets away with that one, but Knight goes after Gunther! They brawl outside right by the barriers, and then to the back! Aichner gets to the corner, as does Lee. Barthel tags Aichner in, fans rally up, but Carter jackknifes! Aichner BOOTS Lee while the pin doesn’t count. Barthel anchors Carter for a LARIAT! Aichner covers, Imperium wins!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The chaos was too much for MSKnight, Imperium comes out on top! Will Aichner & Barthel keep the NXT Tag Team Championships sacred this Saturday? But wait, here come the Creed Brothers! Julius & Brutus don’t want anyone to forget them. Will they be the ones to Stand & Deliver in Dallas?

 

NXT hears from Kay Lee Ray & Io Shirai.

KLR brings up how two weeks ago, Mandy Rose said she’d fight any woman in NXT for her title. She genuinely believes she’s the greatest in history. That is why KLR & Shirai knew she’d accept the Fatal 4 Way. There has never been a group like Toxic Attraction. They cost KLR her shot, they took out Zoey Stark, so these two teamed up to get payback. Toxic Attraction will crumble and it’ll be hilarious! KLR & Shirai are no strangers to being champions. Shirai has been both singles and tag champions, and KLR is the NXT UK Women’s Forever Champion! When KLR becomes champ here, she won’t need help like Mandy.

KLR will make sure the title is around the waist of the best in the world! Yeah, it’ll be Shirai. Um… Well okay. Shirai will win, even if it means beating KLR. Then KLR looks forward to seeing her try. Good luck. May the best woman win. These two can agree on that. But will they make sure not to let Mandy slip through their fingers?

 

Dakota Kai is looking for Wendy Choo.

Where is she? Dakota asks around but no one’s seen her. Oh no! Her body pillow is all torn up and her pajamas are here. What happened to Dakota’s sleepy time tag partner?

 

Ivy Nile finds Tatum Paxley in the Diamond Mine dojo.

What is she doing? Tatum was just helping out. Well no one asked her to do this. In Diamond Mine, they kick ass, not kiss ass. Now get out! Tatum still cleans up the mess. But will Diamond Mine accept Tatum one way or another?

 

Ivy Nile w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Tiffany Stratton!

One is tough as nails, the other likes to get her nails done. These two couldn’t be any more different, except in one way: they both want to win. Will Ivy break Tiffany and send her running home to daddy? Or will Tiffany find a way to shine brighter than Diamond Mine?

The bell rings, they knuckle lock and Ivy wrenches the wrists for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Ivy keeps wrist control, Tiffany handsprings around and WRINGS Ivy out! Then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Tiffany brings Ivy up, whips but Ivy blocks the hip toss. Tiffany blocks back, but then Ivy CLOBBERS Tiffany! Fans fire up while Tiffany crawls away. Ivy rushes over but into a knee! Tiffany says it’s her time! Tiffany runs to HIP ATTACK against ropes! Then she drags Ivy to center, jackknife! But Ivy rolls that back, ONE! Tiffany knees low, headlocks, and hits the takeover. Ivy fights up and fans rally.

Tiffany wrenches and wraps Ivy in a MILLION DOLLAR DREAM! Ivy endures, even as Tiffany thrashes her! Tiffany throws Ivy down while fans rally up. Tiffany blows a kiss but Ivy fires off KICK after KICK and then an ENZIGURI! Tiffany goes to a corner, Ivy runs in to forearm smash! Ivy goes around the world, CALF KICK! Ivy gets the legs, ties those up, CLUBS Tiffany and gets the arms, modified surfboard! Tiffany endures, so Ivy STOMPS her down! Tiffany bails out to check her face but Ivy puts her back in! Ivy reels Tiffany in but Tiffany LARIATS! Wait, that smoke! Tiffany knows what that means! IT’S SARRAY!

Tiffany shouts at Sarray that this is what she’ll do to her! But Ivy gets the DRAGON SLEEPER! Tiffany taps, Ivy wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission

Tiffany got bit by karma! The Warrior of the Sun gets back at her and the Diamond Mine’s tiny titan is climbing up the ranks! Will Tiffany have to settle things with Sarray before she can move on and up?

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks.

“For a long time now, this has been my sanctuary. Not as much mine as it is ours. A place for us to connect. So let us connect.” When Ciampa first arrived, he had so much to prove. To his peers, to his fans, to his critics, and perhaps most of all, to himself. Now it’s been a long journey with the highest of highs and lowest of lows, and we’ve all been a part of it all. Something as public as winning the title or needing neck surgery. Something as private as his wife having five miscarriages or the eventual miracle of the birth of his daughter. Every triumph and tragedy, we were Ciampa’s confidants.

“Together, we overcame. Together, we created black ‘n’ gold magic. And now I hear all the whispers. Stand & Deliver just might be the end of an era. Well in Dallas, we will create that magic one final time.” Ciampa gets up a bit more calmly, as he puts the chair up. And on the chair, it reads, “9/9/2015 – 4/2/2022.” Will nearly seven years of NXT history be wrapped up in a bow? Or tarnished with a stain?

 

Dolph Ziggler speaks.

“Intercontinental Champion, United States Champion, tag team champion, Money in the Bank winner, Sole Survivor, world heavyweight champion.” And now, NXT Champion. The Show-Off says this isn’t just NXT 2.0, this is DZ 2.0! He just got back from Raw, and normally takes the car service, makes NXT relevant and jets back. But with Stand & Deliver, he’ll stay an extra half day in Orlando for media. Bron Breakker’s still a kid. He’s like a kid with a first time or a first kid. This is gonna be Ziggler’s 18th time for WrestleMania weekend, he knows what to expect. He is in the zone, and will be doing all the media. They wanna talk to him, not Bron.

To Ziggler, Bron won the title long before he should have. And to say he was champion, everyone should want to talk to Ziggler. Ziggler is associated with NXT, NXT is associated with him, everyone just needs to get on board. Is Bron doing interviews? Ziggler would love to hear what that guy has to say. But uh, no one knows who that kid is outside of Florida so maybe he’s doing local. Then Ziggler will do the others because he can, and because they’re all happy to see him. He did the WWE Bump, After the Bell, pumped up to defend this title at Stand & Deliver. Ziggler does photoshoots, is happy to be in this moment.

Ziggler can only imagine what his career would’ve been like if he had all these teachers and classes. Maybe you wouldn’t have seen golf caddie, Nicky the Cheerleader. Yes, he’s bitter but he wouldn’t have it any other way. And he knows, Breakker lost so the kid’s gonna have his moment at Stand & Deliver. But that’s what you thought at Roadblock. This is just the second genesis of Ziggler’s career. This is the DZ everyone wanted. All Ziggler wants is everyone to leave with shocked looks on their faces. The Show-Off believes he’ll still stand tall, but will Bron deliver the performance of a lifetime in Dallas?

 

Cora Jade speaks.

While looking back at an old journal, with a letter from her younger self to her “future” self, Cora says, “Stand & Deliver means more than just getting revenge. This is about turning a pipedream into a reality. In high school, I was sitting there in math class not taking notes, but writing out my dreams in a WWE journal. I even graduated early so I could focus on becoming a WWE superstar.” When Cora held that belt in her hands, it was like everything stopped. The same title held by Paige, Sasha Banks, Asuka, Bayley, Charlotte Flair- Okay, Cora isn’t a fan of Charlotte’s, but the list goes on and on. Rhea, Shayna, etc.

Mandy doesn’t care about anything but Mandy. The women before her carried the title with dignity. Mandy sure as hell knows Cora is coming for her. Last week, Cora’s climb got harder because she isn’t just against Mandy. Now she has to deal with one of the most dominant women in NXT history in Io Shirai, and THE most dominant woman in NXT UK history in Kay Lee Ray. At Stand & Deliver, Cora will give everything she has. The odds are against her, but that was never really her thing. Cora knows she’s the underdog, but that’ll make it all the sweeter when she becomes the next NXT Women’s Champion!

 

Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley VS Legado del Fantasma w/ Elektra Lopez!

Between the whodunnit on the Creed Brothers and the brawl ringside during Rey VS Escobar, this match was bound to happen! But will the bar brawling good ol’ boys or the henchmen of Legado be the ones standing tall this close to Stand & Deliver?

NXT returns as Briggs & Brooks make their entrance. The teams sort out, Wilde and Brooks start and they tie up. Wilde wants a leg, Brooks headlocks but Wilde throws body shots. Wilde headlocks, Brooks powers out, Wilde ducks and dodges but runs into a FLAPJACK! Brooks BOOTS Wilde down, then has Wilde in a corner. Brooks CHOPS, clotheslines and whips to run and clothesline again! POWERSLAM! Brooks fires up and circles around Wilde. He brings Wilde over, tag to Briggs, and they double scoop SLAM Wilde down! Briggs is fired up now, and he brings Wilde up, only to get a JAWBREAKER!

Tag to Mendoza and he fires off on Briggs. Headlock, but Briggs powers up to power out. Mendoza slides under, tilt-o-whirls and sobats! Briggs blocks the whip to whip Mendoza to a corner, but Mendoza slips out and kicks back! Mendoza springboards up and over, rolls through but returns, into a pop-up BEARHUG! Briggs squeezes tight, RAMS Mendoza into the corner, then tags Brooks! They double whip and double TACKLE Mendoza down! Fans are torn, but Briggs and Brooks slide out, DOUBLE HAYMAKERS! They high-ten, but then Lopez looks Brooks up and down. Brooks waves hi then goes in to whip Mendoza.

Mendoza dropkicks Brooks out! Mendoza then WRECKS Brooks with a dropkick! Wilde laughs at Brooks, the ring count starts. Wilde tags in, he uses the corner for some flag pole and then a SPALSH! Wilde puts Brooks in, pushes him around, then brings him up to bump off buckles. Wilde stomps Brooks, taunts Briggs, then runs in to clothesline! Tag to Mendoza, he also clotheslines and tags! Wilde clotheslines and tags! Mendoza clotheslines and tags! Wilde clotheslines and tags again! Mendoza winds it up, to GAMANGIRI! Tag to Wilde, Legado double suplexes! Wilde keeps Brooks from Briggs, covers, TWO!

Wilde clamps onto Brooks with a chinlock and fans rally. Brooks fights up, powers Wilde to a corner, but then Wilde hops on for a SLEEPER HOLD! Brooks flails, Mendoza runs in but Brooks back drops him! Brooks throws Wilde off, hot tag to Briggs! Briggs runs Wilde over, throws big hands, then BOOTS Wilde down! Mendoza returns, into a SLAM and SPLASH! Briggs is all fired up, and he BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKERS Wilde! Cover, Mendoza breaks it! Mendoza whips but Briggs reverses to toss Mendoza! Briggs runs but Lopez is in his way! Wilde tags Mendoza in, Mendoza goes up to missile dropkick!

Mendoza tags Wilde back in, he goes up, but Fallon CLOBBERS Lopez! The women brawl now and Wilde is distracted. Wilde 450splashes into a choke grip! Briggs BOOTS Mendoza and CHOKE SLAMS Wilde! Tag to Brooks and they coordinate, HIGH LOW! Cover, Briggs & Brooks win!

Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

That was quite the football blitz from these boys, and they take the win! Will they and Fallon celebrate in Dallas just for the hell of it?

 

Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta talk.

They can’t believe Will Smith is still trending. Is Duke’s chest still all cut up from those chops? Uh, no, almost all gone. Persia spent all week rubbing in lotion. Gross. Well Duke will make it up to Persia with a romantic weekend in “The Big D.” That D is for Dexter. Uh, no, Big Duke Energy. Don’t be jelly when #Dusia is the talk of the weekend. Nope, it’ll be the hottest couple, #InDex. Then lets find out once and for all! Okay then. They can get their men and have the WWE universe decide. Deal! Persia says, “See you in Dallas, second best.” Indi says, “We’ll see about that.” Which way with the universe’s poll sway this weekend at Stand & Deliver?

 

Toxic Attraction heads to gorilla.

Mandy Rose leads Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, but what will these three champions have to say this close to Stand & Deliver?

 

Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.

McKenzie asks him how he is feeling ahead of the Last Chance Triple Threat. Usually, he’s pretty confident, cocky even. But tonight, he’s nervous. Nervous because this is the biggest match of his career. A-Kid and Roddy Strong are both excellent competitors. But they don’t need this the way Grimes needs this. he NEEDS Stand & Deliver. This is more than just being on top of the ladder with the North American Championship. This is about delivering on the promise he made to his late father. Grimes heads out, will this finally be Grimes’ big moment?

 

Toxic Attraction heads to the ring.

The NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Champions strut their way out and show off their belts, among their many other assets. They all get mics, and Mandy starts with, “This Saturday, at NXT Stand & Deliver, I was supposed to fight Cora Jade one on one. But instead, Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray got a little win, and they totally took what I said out of context. They manipulated my words! I said I would fight any woman. Not at the same damn time! I mean, but I’m not scared. No no no no no. I am never scared. No, not me. Which reminds me… I think you all need to remember who the hell I am!”

Mandy Rose is the baddest bitch in the game, and she got the greatest back up this entire company has ever seen! Toxic Attraction has been dominating this entire division for the last six months, and will continue to do so. So come this Saturday, Mandy vows to humiliate Cora, rid NXT of Shirai once and for all, and send KLR back under the bridge she came from! After Mandy beats those three, she will cement her legacy of being the greatest NXT Women’s Champion of all time! “But hold on, hold on. Before we witness greatness on Saturday, we got some business to take care of tonight.”

Wendy Choo and Dakota Kai! They did you a favor by taking out the most dangerous team of Cora & Raquel. They practically  handed them the tournament! They just had to beat KLR & Shirai, but they failed. So let’s just say Wendy Choo “apologized” for not getting the job done. Show ’em! They have Wendy’s stuffed animal and favorite drink cup! Fans boo while Toxic Attraction says, “Aww~! We’ve beaten everyone there is to beat! We’ve beaten everyone!” Shirai & KLR even forfeited their shots, and it’s not like Dakota can find poor lil’ Wendy. They literally run this show! Jacy says, “Who’s left? I mean, really?”

Trick question! There is NO ONE left! Toxic Attraction has beaten and embarrassed every team that’s stepped in front of them. And come Saturday, Stand & Deliver, Jacy & Gigi walk in the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and watch Mandy beat three other bimbos at the same damn time! Yeah, believe that! Toxic Attraction walks in with all the gold, and they walk out with all the gold. They’re not just Toxic Attraction, they are THE attraction! The champs hold up their belts, but wait! Here comes Dakota! She wants after them! She dodges Gigi, CLOBBERS Jacy, then gest at Mandy!

Gigi and Jacy beat Dakota down, this is 3v1 and not in Dakota’s favor! But wait! Is that Raquel!? Big Mami Cool is recovered and she HEADBUTTS Jacy! Then CLOBBERS Mandy! Gigi stomps Dakota to keep numbers advantage, but then she has to save Mandy from a scoop! Jacy also tries, but Dakota throws Jacy out! Raquel CLOBBERS Mandy, Toxic Attraction regroups on the outside, and the frenemies are standing tall together? This is quite the turn of events, and fans are liking it! Are we seeing these two make amends? THEY ARE! They hug it out, and even hold up the tag titles! Will Raquel and Dakota clobber Toxic Attraction once and for all at Stand & Deliver?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams.

The North American Champion had a hand in making of these qualifying matches, what does he think of the results so far? Well first, everyone needs to put some respect on his managerial skills. He gave us all these banger “Melo-fication” matches. But in walk Grayson Waller & Sanga. They gonna be on commentary tonight? Maybe Waller & Sanga will be, too. Look how far they’ve all come! From WarGames and Waller jumping off the cage to win the match. Just imagine what he’ll do to win that North American title. Oh, Melo can imagine. He knows what lengths Waller will go to just to get a little bit of attention, when all Melo’s gotta do is be Melo.

And Waller finds out the hard way, that’s just how it is. Okay, Melo can keep lying to himself. That title will be Waller’s soon enough? And Waller’s is bigger than Melo’s. Wait, does he mean comparing Sanga and Trick? Or perhaps egos?

 

Bodhi Hayward w/ Andre Chase VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The star student of Chase University will defend the school’s honor as well as his own against the new Stone Brand’s leading man. But is Bodhi going to ace this test? Or must we all accept that this is Wagner’s World?

But a special surprise is ringside, Jacket Time is standing in as Japanese commentary! Kushida & Ikemen Jiro are fired up to watch this one. The bell rings and Bodhi fires off haymakers! He kicks, throws more hands, and fans are behind him! Wagner shoves him, DECKS him, then takes a breath, But Bodhi gets up to lift Wagner and dump him out of the ring! Fans fire up and Bodhi rushes in to RAM Wagner into steps! Fans fire up even more as Bodhi chases Wagner back in the ring. Bodhi runs, into a BOOT! Jacket Time says that was quite the rally but it sure didn’t last long. Wait, Jiro is distracted by the same lovely lady that’s been around Stone lately.

Wagner STOMPS Bodhi, drags him up, headbutts him down, then paces like a shark. Wagner throws another headbutt, rains down fists, and Kushida gets Jiro to focus on the match, not Ms. Sophia Cromwell. Fans boo but Wagner bumps Bodhi off buckles. Wagner RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Wagner whips Bodhi out to put him in the corner and clothesline down! Fans rally but Wagner suplexes Bodhi across the ring! Bodhi gets to the apron, and he shoulders back in! Then he slingshots up and over to get the cover, TWO! Wagner swings but misses, Bodhi ROCKS him with a right!

Bodhi runs, into Wagner’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Bodhi flounders to a corner, Wagner stomps him. Jiro is still distracted by Sophia and Wagner pulls Bodhi against ropes. The ref counts, Wagner lets off at 4, and the ref reprimands. Bodhi elbows Wagner back! And boots him! And fires forearms! Wagner shoves, but he misses his own boot! Bodhi goes corner to corner as fans rally up, and Bodhi CHOP BLOCKS Wagner’s big leg! Then shoulder tackles him down! And a SPLASH! Wagner flounders. Bodhi fires up, and he does it for the U! Scoop, but Wagner slips out to smack Bodhi off buckles!

Wagner hauls Bodhi up, fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Cover, Wagner wins!

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

Bodhi gets an A+ for effort, but effort isn’t enough. And now Wagner storms over to Jacket Time! He DECKS Kushida and TOSSES Jiro! Wagner puts Jiro in the ring, gets in after him, and fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Fans boo as Wagner rips Jiro’s jacket off him, and then RIPS the jacket! Stone says that’s what Jiro gets! Kushida gets in but Wagner is leaving. Sophia seems rather impressed. Has this convinced her to sign up with the Stone Brand?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“Tommaso Ciampa. See you though tit was a good idea to attack me from behind? Stunad. Big mistake. See on the streets, you start off as a soldier. Earn your stripes, make a name for yourself. But as you climb your way up the food chain, there comes a time when you know what’s best for the family. Which way to steer the ship.” Tony is making a decision. He has to remove Ciampa from his chair. Tony is telling Ciampa, whether he likes it or to, that Stand & Deliver WILL be his last match. And when Tony takes his place at the top of the family, he will control the streets. He will call the shots in the ring. And Tony will control anything and everything as the Don of NXT. He already likes the sound of that, but will there be a Fairy Tale Ending in his future?

 

Draco Anthony VS Joe Gacy w/ Harland!

The hard working, hard fighting loner has had enough of Mr. Inclusion hypocritically acting like he has to live the way he’s told. Will Draco get Gacy to shut up and leave him alone? Or will he be made to see things Gacy’s way?

NXT returns and Draco makes his entrance. Gacy has Harland relax, and then Gacy offers a handshake. Draco slaps it away, then ducks a clothesline! Draco headlocks, Gacy powers out but Draco dodges, only for Gacy to run him over! Gacy apologizes and wants to hug it out. Draco kangaroo kicks instead! Draco fires shots, WRINGS Gacy out, then hip tosses Gacy down! Draco whips Gacy to a corner, Gacy tumbles up but Harland distracts with juts a glare. Gacy is still upside down in the corner, and then tumbles back to dodge Draco! Kick and DDT! Both men are down but Harland glares at Draco.

But wait, is that NXT prospect Quincy Elliot behind Harland? He’s making his own face but Gacy sits Draco up to wrap on a chinbar. Gacy CLUBS Draco, clamps on an armlock and he grinds Draco down. Draco endures, fans fire up, but Gacy digs his forearm in. Draco fight sup, pries free, but Gacy HEADBUTTS! Gacy pats Draco, and he says Draco’s loneliness doesn’t have to be his only friend. Draco knees low, whips, but Gacy reverses and clotheslines in the corner! Then URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Gacy is back on Draco with another chinbar! Draco endures so Gacy shifts to a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally, Draco fights up, and he fireman’s carries!

But Gacy slips off to get Draco in a chinbar half nelson! Draco backs Gacy into buckles, but Gacy holds on! Draco rams him in again, arm-drags free, and he fires off haymakers on Gacy! Draco whips and dodges Gacy to then run him over! Fans fire up with Draco as he runs side to side to back elbow! Gacy flounders, Draco fires up and he reels Gacy in, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Gacy is still in this, but Draco keeps his cool. Draco drags Gacy up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Gacy slips out! He drags Draco up to waistlock, O’Conner Roll, TWO! Gacy handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, Gacy wins!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Harland joins Gacy in the ring as Gacy stands tall! But what of Quincy glaring at them the whole match? Will he have something to say about them getting on Draco’s case?

 

Bron Breakker speaks.

“The entire world is descending upon Dallas, Texas. Stand & Deliver, the main event, Bron Breakker VS the NXT Champion, Dolph Ziggler.” And damn right it’s the biggest match of Bron’s life! His first run as champion was about proving to everyone and to himself that he could be the guy. Bron dreamt of that moment, he was ready to carry the weight of NXT, but the Triple Threat was screwed up by the Dirty Dawgs. Ziggler is a poison. No one is bigger than the brand but Ziggler acts like it. He flies down from Raw on Monday nights to be here on a Tuesday to do his stuff and get out. He takes everything he needs and gives nothing back.

“NXT is my life.” Bron wakes up, comes to the performance center, trains his ass off, works every single day. WrestleMania Weekend is the biggest weekend of the year, and Bron vows that Ziggler will NOT leave champion! There is too much on the line! Bron doesn’t care what Ziggler thinks. The culture of NXT means too much to Bron for Ziggler to be walking around with that belt. Ziggler can’t screw Bron because this isn’t a Triple Threat. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Bron promises to smash Ziggler at Stand & Deliver and take back the brand for everyone who chants “N X T.”

 

Nikkita Lyons VS Sloane Jacobs!

She may want after Lash Legend, but for now she’ll have to settle for an appetizer. Will Lyons roar and be Queen of the Jungle?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Lyons headlocks. Sloane pulls hair and powers out but Lyons runs her over! Lyons arm-drags Sloane around, then scoops her for a SLAM! Lyons roars and fans fire up, and then Lyons hauls Sloane up. Sloane throws body shots but Lyons HEEL KICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Sloane flounders but Lyons hauls her up to a fireman’s carry. Sloane elbows free, and hits an ARM BREAKER! Fans rally for Lyons but Sloane wraps the arm around ropes and kicks away! The ref reprimands and counts., Sloane stops at 4 but Lyons hits back! Lyons ducks Sloane’s kick to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Lyons roars again, fireman’s carries and SAMOAN DROPS! “LET’S GO!” Lyons waits on Sloane to get up to kick, KICK and ROUNDHOUSE! And then, the SPLIT LEG LEG DROP! Cover, Lyons wins!

Winner: Nikkita Lyons, by pinfall

But Lash talks trash on the titantron. That win deserves two snaps and a clap, like a goldfish blowing bubbles. But after Stand & Deliver, these two have business to take care of. Lyons is okay, but she ain’t Lash Legend, okay? Lash will prove she is more talented, more athletic, and most importantly, a bigger star than her. Lash talks a big game, but will stepping into the #LyonsDen only prove why Lash is a talk show host and not a champion?

 

Diamond Mine regroups backstage.

Everyone congratulates Ivy on the win, and then Bivens says, “The craziest thing about NXT today is the fact that all these people here brag about the fact that they can walk these streets alone. But these are the same people who are afraid to fight Diamond Mine one on one. But tonight, we’re gonna solve that problem.” Strong will win the Last Chance Triple Threat and go on to Stand & Deliver to climb that ladder, grab that title, and become a TWO-TIME North American Champion! And that same day, the Creeds will beat two other tag teams to become the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! This is WrestleMania Weekend, it doesn’t get any better than that!

And at the end of it, Malcolm Bivens will have more gold than Mr. T himself. And Bivens pities the fool who wants to get it with Big Nasty. The Creeds see Bivens, Strong and Ivy off, but then Brutus gets a text. A 781 area code is wishing them luck on Saturday, because they’ll be watching. Oh wait, those guys who jumped them! It’s fine. Stand & Deliver is first, then when these guys finally pop up, Julius & Brutus can take their heads off. Julius is levelheaded, but will he and hotheaded Brutus have to worry about their stalkers?

 

NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier Triple Threat: Cameron Grimes VS Roderick Strong VS A-Kid!

The Carolina Caveman wants gold, but before even getting to the ladder match, he must go through a former NXT North American, Cruiserweight and Tag Team Champion, as well as the inaugural NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion! Will Grimes keep his dream going #ToTheMoon? Or will someone else take that fifth and final spot in Melo’s star studded showdown?

NXT returns as the Spanish Sensation, A-Kid, makes his entrance. Then Grimes makes his, and the main event begins! The fans rally up with “To The Moon!” and the three slowly circle. Grimes goes for AK’s legs but he kicks free, only for Strong to waistlock. AK headlocks, Strong powers out and Grimes gets around AK to waistlock. Strong waistlocks Grimes, AK switches all the way to waistlock Strong. Grimes breaks free, AK trips Strong but Grimes pushes AK aside. Grimes wants La Magistrol but AK sunset flips Grimes! Strong ghost pins AK, ONE! Grimes headlocks but Strong powers out, Grimes runs AK over!

Grimes keeps moving, now he runs Strong over! But Strong trips Grimes on the return, but AK gets Strong with a sleeper! Strong snapmares free, but he narrowly avoids the Cave-In! Fans fire up for this triple threat standoff! Grimes tells both AK and Strong to #KissMahGrits! Strong runs in, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! AK runs in, dodges, springboards, and arm-drags Grimes to then dropkick Strong! And then he dropkicks Grimes! Fans fire up but Strong CLOBBERS AK and stomps him in the corner! Strong stomps a mudhole in, then stands AK up to CHOP! Strong goes to Grimes, throws heavy hands, then whips Grimes at AK.

Grimes slows up and monkey flips AK, and AK RANAS Strong! Fans fire up more and AK runs in to alley-oop over Grimes and dropkick Strong! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Melo & Trick finally arrive at commentary, Melo shoots and scores. Grimes gets up and checks his jaw. He swings on AK but AK blocks, knuckle locks and CHOPS! AK goes up and leaps to DOUBLE THROW both Strong and Grimes! Grimes bucks the O’Conner Roll, but AK dodges to DIVE and take out Strong! Melo takes all the credit for this match, and Grimes PENALTY KCIKS AK! Strong gets Grimes for an APRON BACKBREAKER!

All three men are down, and Solo Sikoa shows up on stage! Melo is upset but the fans are fired up, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Strong gets up, he fetches AK into the ring, bit of a wedgie, and he stomps AK around. Strong scoops AK for a BACKBREAKER! AK writhes, Strong fish hooks his face and CLUBS him down. Strong then WRECKS Grimes with a dropkick, goes back to AK, and he fires off knees. AK fires forearms and a BOOT back, but Strong throws hands. AK gets the armbar takedown! Strong hurries to turn it to a cover, TWO! Strong fights out of the Triangle Hold to stomp AK down! Grimes is on the apron so Strong rushes over, but into a shoulder! Grimes slingshots but into a BACKBREAKER! Solo applauds, that was a good one.

Strong gets AK’s legs but AK resists the rollover to get the ropes! But Strong uses that to ROPE GUILLOTINE! AK sputters and Strong soaks up heat. Strong drags AK up, CHOPS him again, and AK drops to his knees! Strong POSTS AK, then drags Grimes up the corner. Strong throws hands, climbs up and brings Grimes to the top. Grimes hits back, so Strong drops down to GAMANGIRI! Strong BOOTS AK out of the ring for good measure! Strong then goes up again, CHOPS Grimes, brings him up, but Grimes resists! Grimes shoves Strong away, but Strong comes back to ROCK Grimes! NXT returns to single picture as Strong SUPERPLEXES Grimes!

AK is up top, he FROG SPLASHES Grimes!! Fans are thunderous and even Melo likes what he sees! But wait, Escobar is up in the perch to watch this, because “This is Awesome!” But then Waller & Sanga ruin the mood by showing up in the cheap seats. Melo is loving what he’s created, but Strong RAMS AK into a corner. Strong then gets Grimes’ legs, but Grimes resists. AK runs in to leap on! Strong resists the takedown and he POWERSBOMBS AK onto Grimes! Then he has a DOUBLE STRONG HOLD!! But he just gets double the kicks! Grimes O’Conner Rolls, TWO, and Grimes uses momentum to ROCK Strong!

Grimes elbows AK, AK swings but ROCKS Strong! Grimes runs to DOUBL ERANA! It wasn’t the cleanest but the fans are thunderous all the same! Grimes rallies on Strong, then runs to CLOBBER AK! Grimes keeps going on AK, BOOTS Strong in the corner, then goes side to side to ENZIGURI AK! AK staggers, Grimes is up top, Strong joins in, CROSSBODY on Strong! AK runs in, but Grimes scoops for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Cover, Strong breaks it! Strong staggers, he drags Grimes to ropes and stands him up. Strong goes side to side for forearms over and over, but Grimes ROUNDHOUSE! COLLISION COURSE!!

AK QUEBRADAS, but Grimes catches him! SWINGING DDT counter from AK! Melo says this fire from the fans is all for him on commentary, but they’re really losing their minds from all three men being down on the mat. Strong flounders up, staggers over, but AK stands. AK CHOPS Strong, Grimes DECKS AK! Strong CHOPS Grimes, CHOPS again, but AK ROCKS Strong! AK CHOPS and forearms Strong, then forearms Grimes. Strong ROCKS AK, CHOPS Grimes, repeat! Strong fires off on Grimes, but AK CHOPS Strong! AK runs, goes up, but Strong blocks arm-drag to a BACKBREAKER! Strong runs, and he CLOBBERS Grimes!

Strong KNEES Grimes in the corner! AK runs in, into a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Strong RAMS AK into Grimes, fireman’s carries Grimes, GUTBUSTER DROP! AK leaps, but into a SLAM onto Grimes! Strong is putting on a clinic as he hauls AK up! But AK slips out the suplex to O’Conner. Strong bucks it, AK leaps, into the STRONG KNEE! And then END OF HEARTACHE!! But Grimes CAVE-IN OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Grimes wins!!!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall (advances to Stand & Deliver)

The End of Heartache is true for Grimes! He has the biggest win in his career yet, but will he get an even bigger win this weekend at Stand & Deliver? Melo gets the mic to congratulate Grimes, and surely Pops is proud of him. But ain’t no way Grimes walks out THE Champion. But Escobar tells Melo to shut up! On Saturday, Escobar takes the title and brings it back to La Familia! But Waller tells Santos, “Mate, family doesn’t matter! And that image of me bringing down the North American title is gonna go viral!” Solo tells everyone to shut their asses up! This is gonna be a fight, and the Street Champion will become the NEW North American Champion!

Grimes says he’ll take the title #ToTheMoon! Then he DECKS Melo! The brawl is on! Grimes is after Melo, Escobar is after Trick, Sanga & Waller are after Solo, Legado rushes out to help their boss, and the fans are going nuts! Just who is even going to make it to Dallas at this rate?!


My Thoughts:

This was a much better go-home than what Raw had last night. Not that it was hard to outdo Recap Night Raw. Great opener in the Six Man, especially with LA Knight & MSK taking the fight to Imperium from the entrances. Imperium gets the win, though we never did see how Gunther and Knight finished their brawl. I feel like Imperium stands tall so that Barthel & Aichner lose the tag titles while Gunther wins over Knight. The Creeds might be the ones to win, so that they can have those titles while feuding with this team that is stalking them. But it seems strange that we were told it was 781 area code when, after looking at all the clues from last week, this might actually be Pretty Deadly from NXT UK showing up.

Ivy Nile gets promo with Tatum to keep it in mind that Tatum might join Diamond Mine, and then Ivy gets a win thanks to Sarray. Sarray VS Tiffany definitely feels like a post WrestleMania NXT level match, and Sarray being “magical girl mode” will definitely beat Tiffany. Draco VS Gacy was good, but it seemed really strange that Xyon Quinn didn’t show up, and instead they’re plugging “Quincy Elliot,” who debuted through NXT Level Up and lost to Gacy. Vince is already inconsistent with his stories, but maybe he’ll have more people join up with Gacy to give Draco a reason to have Quinn and Quincy as his allies.

Are we really going to get #InDex VS #Dusia in a vote of “Who do you guys get turned on by more?” This NXThirst crap is getting outta hand. We did get a good match out of Briggs & Brooks VS Legado, and I figured Briggs & Brooks would win. Wagner of course beats Bodhi, but the match was a vehicle to set up more of the story with Jacket Time, and apparently with Sophia Cromwell. Maybe Sophia sticks to Stone Brand, or maybe Jacket Time impresses her with their heart and fortitude in standing against big bad Von. Naturally, Nikkita crushes her opponent tonight, no pun intended. Lash talks good trash, but Nikkita is getting the push so she’ll win.

We got some great promos out of the bigger singles matches for Stand & Deliver. Ciampa’s was rather simple but very effective, especially with the dates on the chair. Tony D’Angelo’s was in character, but somehow not as effective. Tradition is that the person moving on puts over the other guy, but it just doesn’t feel like Tony deserves it given the differences in who they are and what they’ve done, even just keeping it to 2.0. We got a great couple of vignettes from Ziggler and Bron, and the dynamic differences between these guys actually works. I am still confident Bron wins, but I don’t necessarily disagree with Ziggler saying him getting the title the first time was too soon. But Bron is Mr. 2.0, he’ll become Mr. Two-Time Champion.

We got very good promos out of KLR, Shirai and Cora. Naturally, tension is building between KLR and Shirai, that could mean those two cancel out. Toxic Attraction has a good group promo to talk typical trash, but them bringing up Gigi & Jacy having no one to beat left of course meant someone was stepping up. Them taking out Wendy offscreen, Dakota of course goes after them, but what a great surprise that Raquel is back and that she and Dakota reunite. This could still relate to Gigi not being healthy enough to take on a team like Shirai & KLR, but she still had select parts in the brawl where she didn’t get hit. Will Jacy get squashed to give us two-time tag champs in Raquel & Dakota? Will a fourth Toxic Attraction member show up? Will it be Wendy for some weird reason?

And then we got such an awesome Triple Threat main event. Thankfully there’s such a thing as DVR because that was so hard to keep up with but that made it all the more amazing. Given last week’s promo and this week’s promo,  all in his real voice and not his hyped up voice, Grimes of course was winning tonight. He’s gotten this far, who knows if he’ll get the title, but what a great brawl of all the participants and the sidekicks. Melo might become too powerful if he wins in such a big match, so maybe Grimes fulfills his promise. That would be a great Face moment for Grimes, it’d really make him a star in NXT and maybe even in the eyes of all WWE fans.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/19/24)

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Did you know that challenger in French is still “challenger?”

In a WrestleMania rematch, AJ Styles takes on LA Knight in a #1 contender’s match, to challenge WWE Champion Cody Rhodes at Backlash in France!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Styles wins and will challenge Cody Rhodes for the title at Backlash.
  • SmackDown/WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma; The Profits win and will challenge A-Town Down Under for the titles.
  • Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez; Santos wins.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi; Bayley wins, by disqualification, and retains the title.

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Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

After fighting their way through Triple Threats, the Phenomenal One and the Mega Star meet again, YEAH! It’s a WrestleMania Rematch, the winner moving on to Backlash, YEAH! Will AJ Styles avenge his loss at the biggest WrestleMania ever? Or will everyone from here to France know whose game it is?

The bell rings and the two step to each other. The fans in Pittsburgh “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and Knight lets Styles know it. Styles snarls, they tie up, and they go around. Knight puts Styles in a corner, the ref counts, but Knight lets off slowly. Styles kicks low! The fans boo but Styles headlocks. Knight pulls hair, throws body shots, then headlocks in return. Styles pushes Knight to ropes, powers up and out, then hurdles, drops and DROP- NO, Knight avoids the dropkick to BOOT, and LARIAT! Knight then TOSSES Styles out of the ring, storms out after him, and brings him to commentary. Knight SMACKS Styles off the desk! And again! And again!

The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with every SMACK, then Knight tops it off with one last SMACK! Knight drags Styles up and into the ring, storms in, but Styles KICKS Knight in the ropes! Styles reels Knight in, but Knight back drops Styles up and out! Styles flounders on the floor, Knight runs to WRECK him with a dropkick! Styles hits desk again and Steel City is loving “L! A! KNIGHT, YEAH!” as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles soaks up the heat as he taunts Knight. Styles brings Knight up, but Knight fires haymakers! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight backs Styles down, whips, but Styles ducks ‘n dodges! Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and the fans fire up. Both men slowly sit up, crawl around, and then stand. Styles fires a shot, but Knight gives it back! The haymakers go back and forth, “YEAH! BOO! YEAH!” Styles staggers but he still ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Styles again and again, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Knight ducks the lariat!

Knight JABS, JABS, JABS, and DECKS Styles! Knight stomps a mudhole in at the corner, “YEAH!” Knight then runs corner to corner to KNEE Styles down! The fans fire up, Knight puts Styles up, and Knight ROCKS Styles. Knight climbs, but Styles ROCKS him back! Knight staggers away, but returns to spring right up! SUPER DUPER PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives that crash but both men are down again. The fans rally as Knight rises, and he brings Styles around. Knight reels Styles in, suplexes, but Styles slips free! Styles goes to a corner, ELBOWS Knight away, then goes up to QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Knight stays in this and Styles starts losing his cool. The fans rally for Knight but Styles looms over him. Styles brings Knight up and in, but Knight RAMS him into a corner! Knight then scoops Styles, but Styles slips free to roll up, TWO!! Knight escapes, swings, but Styles dodges to PELE! Knight ends up in a corner, Styles runs in, but Knight puts Styles on the apron! Styles ROCKS Knight, springboards, but Knight gets under! Styles comes back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Then JUMP ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up with with Knight as he storms around. Styles rises, Knight winds up, B F- NO, Styles bails out!

The fans boo but Knight storms over. Knight drags Styles up but Styles HOTSHOTS him! And pokes him in the eyes! Then ROCKS him! And springboards, to PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Undisputed WWE Championship)

Styles bent the rules, but a win is a win! He will get his shot at the American Nightmare in Lyon, France, will this year’s Backlash be phenomenal?

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The car pulls up, Solo Sikoa steps out in a suit, and Paul Heyman is there to greet him. Nice threads, Solo. Tama Tonga walks over and Solo says meet the newest member of The Bloodline, Solo’s MFT. The Wise Man is stunned. But Solo cuts him off to ask if Kevin Owens is here. Heyman hesitates and Solo asks again, is Kevin here? If he is, he’s probably already in the locker room. Then take them to him. Heyman obeys and leads on. There have already been changes to the chain of command, is there about to be a change to the landscape of SmackDown, too?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

In a familiar scene to Monday Night Raw, there is a podium with something under a satin sheet. The SmackDown General Manager welcomes to Pittsburgh the Chief Content Officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque! The fans fire up as The Game makes his way to the ring! HHH joins Aldis in the ring, gets a mic, looks around at the crowd as he revels in the cheers, then says, “On the heels of the biggest, most epic, history making, record breaking, epic, unbelievable WrestleMania of all time, we are here tonight, sold out, 15 thousand strong, Pittsburgh, PA! So let me say, welcome to SmackDown!” The fans cheer that!

HHH wants to take a moment to say that he thinks Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis are both doing great jobs at leading their respective brands into the future. Thank you to both of them. And when we talk about the future, we have to talk about the history made coming into the future. So when history is made, HHH wants it to be represented here befitting of those that make it. So Aldis, if we could, let us bring the… champions out here. Aldis says without further ado, the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller. The fans boo as A-Town Down Under make their way, blue belts in hand.

Theory & Waller join Aldis and HHH in the ring, mics already in hand, and they soak up the heat from Steel City. Waller says this is huge. Monday, we saw the second place champions get new belts. And now A-Town Down Under will be presented new titles! Theory says speaking of truth, didn’t Truth think HHH was a magician? Well, who knows what magic trick HHH has to make these guys look better than they already do, but hey, give it a try. HHH says congratulations on becoming tag team champions, so he will show them what they will wear going forward. From now on, they will be the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Reveal! In the style of the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era belts, the solid gold shines. HHH offers a handshake, but Waller leaves him hanging to shake Theory’s hand! Aldis makes it clear to them. They ever pop off and disrespect HHH like that, here’s a real magic trick: A-Clown Down Under will disappear, permanently! The fans like the sound of that! Aldis snatches the blue belts away since they won’t need them, and speaking of disappearing, there’s a chance one of the following four teams will make their title reign disappear. That #1 contenders match starts right now! The fans fire up, but which team defies the odds to get some golden tickets to France?

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

Kayla Braxton is with The Glow and says last week, she beat Tiffany Stratton to get this title opportunity tonight. Will the friendship with Bayley get in the way of this match? Naomi says no, of course not. Bayley’s her sister, and she needed help against Damage CTRL, so Naomi was more than happy to help. But in no way will friendship get in the way of this opportunity. It has been over two YEARS since Naomi’s last WWE singles championship match, and there is nothing that will get in the way of making the most of this moment. Now last week, Tiffy Time felt the glow, so that same energy keeps going tonight.

Naomi is also looking forward to next week’s WWE Draft, where she will walk in the NEW WWE Women’s Champion. Naomi is ready, but will she be able to best Bayley in Bayley’s first title defense?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma!

SmackDown returns as Legado makes their entrance, followed by Akam & Rezar with the Final Testament. Waller & Theory are on commentary, Waller admitting he wants any team but AOP, and Theory saying these teams are fortunate to have real superstars leading their division. In this form of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are active, so the Big Strong Boi, Tyler Bate, starts against Montez Ford. They circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Bate powers up to pry at the hold but Ford clamps on tighter. Bate powers up and out, drops, but Ford leaps over! The fans cheer, things keep moving, Bate feints high to drop low!

Bate shows knuckle lock, Ford obliges, but Bate wrenches, baits and double pump handles to FLIP Ford! Cover, TWO! Ford gets up to sweep and cover, TWO! Bate steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Ford gets up, dropkicks cancel out, and both men kip up! The fans fire up and the two reset. But then Humberto Carrillo sneaks a tag, before he DECKS Bate with a sucker punch! Ford dodges Humberto but Angel Garza holds the ropes open! Ford tumbles out,  Garza tags in, and Humberto sits Ford up. Garza runs in to KNEE Ford down! The fans boo, Garza drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Garza back suplexes, Ford lands out!

Ford tags Dawkins and he dodges Garza to FLYING ELBOW! Garza tags out to Akam, but then the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, tags in off Dawkins! Rezar tags, Dunne runs up but Akam LARIATS him down! Rezar DECKS Dawkins, then the AOP start clearing the corners! But Ford goes up to leap, but into an URENAGE! The fans boo but the AOP roar and soak up the heat. Waller’s worst case scenario might end up reality, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Ford endures a facelock. Ford fights up, pries at the hold, but Rezar shoves him to ELBOW him down! Rezar talks trash, Waller taunts the Steelers players sitting in the front row that they don’t really know what championships are, and then Rezar sucker punches Dawkins down! Rezar stands Ford up, Canadian Racks and bends him! Ford endures, the fans rally, but Rezar thrashes Ford around! Ford kicks and flails, he gets free, hot tag to Dunne! Bate sneaks a tag, Dunne GAMANGIRIS Akam and then NCR fire off on Rezar! The fans fire up, Humberto runs in, but Dunne dodges to SNAP GERMAN!

Bate & Dunne STOMP Humberto’s hands! Then BASEMENT DROPKICK! Garza runs up, but into the REBOUNDER GERMAN COMBO!! The fans fire up with NCR, but Rezar runs up! He grabs Dunne, but Bate says Bop up, BANG! Bate fireman’s carries Rezar?! But Rezar ELBOWS right free! Dunne GAMANGIRIS, Ford SUPERKICKS, and Dawkins ENZIGIRIS! Rezar wobbles, and everyone helps Bate gets Rezar up! BIG STRONG AIRPLANE SPINE! But then Legado CLOBBER Bate and Rezar! They BOOT Dunne, whip the Profits but the Profits reverse to TOSS Legado out! Ellering coaches Rezar while the Profits regroup.

Bate gets up, Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins brings Bate to the very top, but Dunne CLUBS Dawkins! NCR mug Dawkins but Ford joins in! They brawl, but AOP add on! Humberto finds Rezar to tag in, before the DOUBLE TOWER OF DOOM!! Bate’s the only one left up top, so Legado mug him! They double trophy lift Bate, to DOUBLE ROCKET LAUNCH him onto everyone!! Humberto then finds Bate, sunset flips and rewinds, Garza jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! “This is Awesome!” as all eight men are down around ringside, and Waller says this is gonna be easy pickings for A-Town Down Under now.

Dunne grabs Garza, Bate has Humberto, STEREO ANKLE LOCKS!! Grapevine for Garza! But Humberto BOOTS Bate onto Dunne! Legado is free, Ellering has AOP regroup, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Rezar CLUBS Dawkins down. Rezar soaks up heat, taunts the other teams, then CLUBS Dawkins again. Rezar brings Dawkins up again, but Dawkins fires off body shots! Rezar KNEES low, reels Dawkins in, talks more trash, and lifts Dawkins up, to POWERBOMB! But then Dunne runs up to ROCK Rezar! Akam gets in to scoop Dunne and SLAM him on Dawkins! Cover, TWO! Rezar looks to Ellering and he coaches AOP. Rezar HAMMERS Dawkins, Akam tags, and AOP get NCR up! The fans boo but NCR RANA free to send AOP into each other! Ford jumps in, as does Garza.

All the teams realize, they gotta do something about AOP. So they all mug AOP! The fans fire up as AOP tumble out, but now who strikes first? Dunne runs up but Garza SUPERKICKS him first! Bate waistlocks Garza and Ford winds up, but Garza ducks so the BACKHAND hits Bate! Garza SUPERKICKS Ford, but Dawkins DECKS Garza! Humberto springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!! Theory says if A-Town Down Under were in this match, he’d knock everyone out and Waller could just sneak in to cover. Humberto and Dawkins rise and go to corners. Humberto runs up, but Dawkins POUNCES him away!

Dawkins gets Humberto up, Ford returns and tags in! Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Humberto and Ford climbs! The stars are out for the BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! Another save from the Bruiserweight and Ford is frustrated. Dunne drags Dawkins up to CHOP, but Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins whips Dunne out of the ring, but Dunne grabs the arm! And he pulls off the glove so he can SNAP fingers! The fans fire up, but Ford ENZIGIRIS Dunne down! Ford brings Humberto up, Humberto JAWBREAKERS! Bate tags in off Ford, BOOTS Garza, then runs up, but into a POP-UP! But Bate RANAS Humberto!!

Bate then DUMPS Garza out, goes to the apron, and Dunne lines up targets. Bate and Dunne climb, Ford runs in, NCR DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT while Ford FLIES over the corner post!! Down goes Legado and AOP!! The fans are losing their minds as Bate hurries to get Humberto up. Bate puts Humberto in, reels him in, underhooks, but Humberto fights it! Humberto back drops but Bate lands on his feet! Humberto cradles, TWO! Humberto LARIATS Bate, tag to Garza! Legado gets Bate up, feed to the POP-UP KICK!! #FTY! Humberto then DIVES to take out Dunne! Garza goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT!!

But Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS!! The fans are thunderous as everyone is down again! Bate flounders, Dawkins tags in! Dawkins whips Legado, Ford joins in, THE REVELATION!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships)

Waller & Theory are relieved it isn’t AOP, but they still look a bit annoyed that it is Ford & Dawkins. The Profits are Triple Crown Tag Team Champions from Raw to SmackDown to NXT, but will they soon add the WWE Tag Team Championships to make it a grand slam?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Byron Saxton is with The Role Model, and brings up the emotional moment from Monday Night Raw where Rhea Ripley had to relinquish her title. But let us focus on Bayley’s title, as she defends it for the first time against Naomi. Where is her head at ahead of the main event? Bayley says after seeing Rhea vacate the Women’s World Championship on Raw, Bayley appreciates her reign more. She is focused, and she has realized she’s THE Women’s Champion in WWE right now, something she does not take for granted. Because we all know that with the WWE Draft, things are bound to change.

And as excited as Bayley is to face her friend, Naomi, one thing that won’t change is her as THE WWE Women’s Champion. Bayley is just as confident at Naomi, so something’s gotta give! Will The Role Model #FeelTheGlow? Or will she still be shining with gold after tonight?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

The Wise Man apologizes that they haven’t found Kevin Owens, but he has to be here somewhere. Just look at the time. They will find him, somewhere. Solo stops listening and heads to gorilla. Heyman follows after, but Solo gives him a look. Heyman says he isn’t trying to upset Solo. Please believe him. The last person on this planet Heyman wants to piss off is Solo. But respectfully, Solo is making decisions that are not his to make, yet. One day, these will all be Solo’s decisions. But not now, not here! These are decisions that can only be made by one man. Solo asks Heyman if he’s done talking. Heyman asks if MFT is coming with Solo.

Solo just gives a thumbs up, with that taped thumb. The music hits and Solo makes his entrance, Heyman still following all the way into the ring. What does the Enforcer have planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Heyman has the mic to give his usual introduction. And he doesn’t know if there is a list of the most brilliant backstage maneuvering politicians int he history of the WWE, but if there were, Heyman would have to think that he personally is in the top… Well, permit Heyman, with Solo’s permission, to explain what’s going on right now within The Bloodline, “the premier act in the history of WWE.” The fans chant, “We Want Roman!” but Solo shrugs that off. Heyman assures us that as The Wise Man for… Heyman gets emotional, so Solo just snatches the mic! The fans boo but Solo paces.

Solo tries to talk but the fans boo. Solo says last week, he had to lose a brother! He had to! It was in order for him to find a new one! His MFT, Tama Tonga! And with that, a bloodied Kevin Owens is tossed out, by the Good Bad Guy! Tama shoves Kevin down the ramp, stalks behind him, and referees rush out to stop him from doing anything further! Kevin can’t even sit up, but Tama steps over him to go to the ring. The fans boo as Tama joins Solo in the ring while the refs help Kevin to his feet and to the back. Tama raises his finger to the sky, because he acknowledges Solo! Heyman has no choice but to go along, but wait! Kevin is heading back down the ramp!?

The fans fire up as Kevin shows his grit and defiance! He drags Tama out to fire off hands!! The fans cheer but then Solo whips Kevin into steel steps! Solo drags Kevin back up, puts him in the ring, but now security rushes in! Tama storms in after Kevin but Kevin TACKLES Tama! The security gets Kevin away from Tama, but Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Kevin down!! The fans boo but then Tama SPLASHES Kevin! Tama rains down fists on that bloody wound, then he DECKS guard after guard! Producers try but Tama is a madman! Tama shoves everyone away so he can slip out of the ring, to grab a chair!!

The fans boo as Tama storms back in, but now Aldis steps up! Aldis warns The Bloodline here, and Solo has Tama stand down. Solo takes the chair from Tama to show they’re done here. The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage is done. Solo & Tama are a dangerous duo, will nothing and no one stop them from taking over SmackDown?

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

He’s in shock, but Aldis finds him and pulls him along. Was Heyman aware of this? Aldis shows Heyman the aftermath of one car T-boning another! And in case Heyman can’t guess, the struck car was Kevin’s. The attacking car was Tama’s! Heyman says this wasn’t authorized! No, Heyman, Aldis is speaking now. He gets this is a conflict within The Bloodline, but on his show, things are settle din the ring. Next week is the Draft, a lot of eyeballs on it, and a lot top brass are gonna be here. So Aldis will not tolerate this behavior. So make sure The Bloodline understands. Because, Heyman, if you don’t, the repercussions will be equally savage.

Aldis brings Heyman in close to tell him losing isn’t the only thing that has consequences. Will the Wise Man be able to rein in such an unruly force as Solo and Tama?

 

Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez!

The LWO still doesn’t believe Legado’s claims that they had nothing to do with Dragon Lee going down before WrestleMania, so they’re going to get to the bottom of this one themselves! Will Caribbean Cool make the Emperor of Lucha confess his crimes? Or will Santos prove he was right all along?

The bell rings and the two talk trash. Then they start throwing hands! Carlito backs Santos down but Santos gets around to whisper something in Carlito’s ear. Carlito ELBOWS Santos away, runs up and hits a THESZ PRESS! Carlito then bumps Santos off buckles, fires hands, then has him in another corner. Carlito whips corner to corner, runs up, but Santos BOOTS him! Santos runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Carlito to stay on Santos and he brings Santos up. Carlito ROCKS Santos, whips, but Santos KICKS him! Santos runs, but into a DROPKICK! Carlito kips up and the fans fire up!

Santos is on the outside, the ref won’t let Carlito go after him, but then Carlito WRECKS Santos with a dropkick! Carlito loads up to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Santos and Carlito hoists Vega up to celebrate! The fans cheer the LWO on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Santos whips Carlito hard into buckles. Carlito falls over, Santos soaks up the heat, then Santos HEADBUTTS Carlito to a corner. Santos then CHOPS, gets space and runs in, to DOUBLE KNEE! Carlito slumps in the corner but Santos puts him up top! Santos GAMANGIRIS then climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Carlito flounders, Santos pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vega is relieved but Santos huffs and puffs. Santos rains down fists on Carlito, then clamps on a top wristlock. Carlito endures and Vega coaches him while the fans rally. Carlito rises, throws body shots, then LARIATS!

The fans rally as Carlito starts to rally with more clotheslines, and an ELBOW! Carlito kicks, runs, and KNEE LIFTS! Santos wobbles, Carlito LARIATS again! Cover, TWO! Santos is tougher than that but Carlito says he’s going up! Carlito climbs, but then Lopez gets on the apron! Vega storms right over to YANK her down! The fans fire up as Vega goes up, and RANAS, only for Lopez to block! Lopez SWINGS Vega into barriers! Carlito ROCKS Santos, steps in, but the ref is reprimanding Lopez so he misses Santos KICK ropes to jam Carlito low! Santos reels Carlito in to POST him, then brings him back for the fireman’s carry! PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

La Madrina helps The Emperor steal this victory, them taking down the Caribbean Cool and La Muneca! Whether or not Legado beat down Dragon Lee, will nothing stop them from conquering SmackDown?

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

Kayla is with Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane & Asuka as they sit way up in the back. What made the former WWE Women’s Champion and crew want a special view of this main event? Dakota takes offense for Iyo with the use of “former” there. Is Kayla trying to disrespect them? Iyo will take that title back when they’re good and ready. But for now, they’re here to watch two people they can’t stand tear each other apart! Does Dakota need to remind everyone here that DMG CTRL is still the most dominant force in the WWE!? The fans boo but Dakota says the Kabuki Warriors are STILL the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and that will not change-

WAID! Jade Cargill is here! She makes her entrance from the other skybox, with Bianca Belair alongside her! The strongEST duo argues with DMG CTRL, their own title intentions clear. But for now, it’s time for the main event! Who shines with gold here in the Steel City? We find out, after the break!

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

The American Nightmare is in the UK as part of Raw’s tour, but he still took time to say, “What is the task? Run up the score, leave no doubt, right? Formerly, the task was ‘win the big belt, in the big place.’ We’ve done that. Now, it’s a whole new frontier for us, undiscovered country.” There’s an old expression: the title can make the man, or the man makes the title. Which will it be for Cody? He’s in London tonight, the O2, 16 THOUSAND, then it’s on to Belfast, Ireland. Cody is keeping his promise to bring this title all around the world. Back home, AJ Styles has emerged the #1 contender to this championship.

So then, it will be two Georgia boys duking it out in Lyon, France. The first time ever, at that. Styles has an unprecedented reputation in pro-wrestling. The modern day Excellence of Execution, if you will. Styles rarely misses. But the same goes for Cody. So Backlash in France, Cody looks forward to it. The contract signing is next week, even as the WWE Draft is going on! Will things be explosive when American Nightmare and Phenomenal One meet face to face?

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and either we shine or we glow!

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. The two tie up, go around, and Bayley headlocks. Naomi powers up but Bayley wrenches to wristlock. Naomi slips through, rolls Bayley up, ONE!! The fans rally as the two go again. Naomi waistlocks, Bayley headlocks to hit a takeover, and she makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi fights up to her feet, powers up but Bayley wrenches gain. Naomi waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! Both women get up, Naomi ducks the boot but Bayley arm-drags her around! Bayley has the cording hold, the fans rally up, and Naomi fights to her feet. Naomi whips Bayley away, but Bayley runs her over!

The fans cheer and Bayley tells DMG CTRL she’s watching them, too. Things speed up, Naomi does the splits to duck under, then she comes back to kick from below! She drags Bayley into a cradle, ONE!! Bayley hurries to step over, LA MAGISTROL! ONE!! Naomi and Bayley get up, Naomi trips Bayley to jackknife, ONE!! Ghost pin, TWO! Both women hurry up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans rally while both women are down, evenly matched in this chess game so far. Both women rise, and Naomi SHOTGUNS first! Then she runs up, uses the ropes to slingshot and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Naomi is frustrated but keeps her focus.

Naomi drags Bayley up, Bayley shoves her away. Naomi dodges the lariat to hit REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Naomi lets her know it was that close, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Bayley whips Naomi to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bayley gets up, Naomi runs up, JAWBREAKER! Bayley ends up in a corner now, Naomi runs in, and she forearm SMASHES! Naomi then runs Bayley corner to corner for a BUCKLE BULLDOG! Naomi slips out to the apron while Bayley flounders, and Naomi climbs. The fans duel as Naomi CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Bayley is tougher than that but Naomi knows that. Naomi keeps her focus while DMG CTRL, Bianca & Jade all focus on them. Naomi ROCKS Bayley, tries the ropes again, but Bayley stops the bulldog to SMACK Naomi off buckles!

Bayley then reels Naomi in, SAIDO! High stack, TWO! Naomi is still in this and Bayley remembers Naomi’s tougher than that, too. Bayley drags Naomi into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Bayley aims, to MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bayley writhes, Naomi goes to the apron. Bayley stands, runs up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi slingshots, for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives and Naomi is stunned! Naomi refocuses, goes to the corner, and goes up to SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT onto knees! Bayley returns the favor and both women are down. Bayley shakes out the leg, stands and runs, to KNEE Naomi down!

Bayley hurries to put Naomi back in a drop zone, and then hobbles her way to a corner. Bayley climbs, to MACHO ELBOW!! Direct hit this time and Bayley covers, TWO!! Naomi survives and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley hobbles on the bad leg, leans on ropes while she catches her breath, and the fans duel even more. Bayley stalks Naomi, hooks her up, but Naomi PELES free! Naomi hurries to a corner, Bayley runs up, but Naomi goes up to sunset flip! TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Bayley endures, reaches out with her legs, but then she tucks to a cover, TWO!! Naomi gets up, both women throw forearms!

They both wobble, storm up, and Bayley eggs Naomi on. Naomi wants this, right? So hit her! Naomi fires a forearm, Bayley hits back! Naomi winds up to forearm, Bayley comes back with another! The fans fire up as the forearms go harder and faster! Bayley gets the edge, but Naomi SWATS one, to SCORPION KICK, and then JUMP KNEE! Bayley tumbles out of the ring, Naomi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and a hard one, both women are down on the floor! The ring count starts, Naomi stirs at 3 of 10. Naomi brings Bayley up, but BAYLEY2BELLY onto the desk!! The count is 7! Naomi flounders on the desk, but then TIFFANY ATTACKS BAYLEY!!!

Winner: Bayley, by disqualification (still WWE Women’s Champion)

Tiffany makes herself the center of attention as always as she ruins this main event! She dribbles Naomi off the desk, then RAMS Bayley into steel steps! Then she drags Naomi off the desk to POST her! Tiff storms back over to Bayley, puts her in the ring, then adds Naomi in, too. Tiff says sorry not sorry, but it’s Tiffy Time! Tiffy goes to the corner, for the PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Tiff flexes over both champion and challenger, having upset Bianca & Jade but having entertained DMG CTRL. But will Wrestling Barbie pay for pissing off the Role Model?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that also acted as a WWE Draft go-home. Great match from Styles and Knight to open the night but also follow-up their WrestleMania match. Naturally, Styles wins because then he and Knight are 1-1 in 1v1 matches, and also natural Face VS Heel right there. Good promo from Cody Rhodes, that title match is going to be awesome. Awesome new looks for the WWE Tag Team Championships, though maybe too much gold. Nothing really pops when it’s all the same color, so they should’ve had silver on the WWE logo and the words, “Tag Team Champions,” but it’s still a great redesign.

We also got an awesome Fatal 4 Way tag match, with Theory & Waller decent on commentary. And pieces are falling into place for what I was thinking: Profits win the right to face Theory & Waller, we’ll surely get Lashley wanting the US Championship, we’ll get a good faction feud there as we approach those title matches. Also good continuation of the LWO VS Legado feud with Carlito VS Santos, and distractions of course helped Santos win. There’s gotta come a point where Carlito reveals it was him, Dragon Lee, it was him all along! Now, that would make like the third turn since the start of this rivalry (Santos to Heel, Andrade to Face and Carlito to Heel) but hey, the drama is heightened each time, and maybe Dragon Lee will actually get a win in this feud.

Great stuff in Bayley VS Naomi, as well as all the promos. DMG CTRL watching from the skybox, same as Bianca & Jade, was good stuff. The tag title match is definitely coming for Backlash, that will be great stuff. But I should’ve figured Tiffany would “ruin” the main event so that there won’t really be a choice between Bayley and Naomi. The Draft is coming, hopefully they think to keep all three on the same brand, and probably here on SmackDown, so that those three can have it out. I don’t know the chances of a Triple Threat for Backlash but it still feels possible. Though  at the same time, I don’t think they’d take the title off Bayley after only a month, so she’d probably use Tiffany against Naomi to retain.

And what wild stuff with this new, more vicious Bloodline. Solo is in a suit because he certainly thinks he is Tribal Chief already, given Roman Reigns did give him the nod as “Tribal Heir” a few months ago. And while Tama is the MFT, which everyone is already wondering what that even means, it’s clear he’s also the right hand man and a loose cannon at that. Without the Draft, it’d be pretty wild for Jimmy to come back and help Kevin against this new Bloodline. With the Draft, we could get Jey back on the same brand as his family and then he and Jimmy stand against Solo and Tama. But either way, it’ll be a wild ride in this new chapter and I’m all for it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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