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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (4/21/22)

It takes two to make things go right!

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The score will finally be settled!

To prove who is truly the best team on the brand, Moustache Mountain and Smith & Carter go Best 2 outta 3 for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Back Alley Brawl: Sam Gradwell VS Kenny Williams; Gradwell wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Stevie Turner; McKenzie wins.
  • NXT UK Tag Team Championships Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: Moustache Mountain VS Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter; Moustache Mountain wins and retains the titles.

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Back Alley Brawl: Sam Gradwell VS Kenny Williams!

Well, it may be happening in BT Sports Studio, but just trust the match name. This is going to be a gritty, knockdown, drag out, and all around brutal fight! Wil the Thunderstorm finally shut Kenny up? Or will the Scum of the Earth survive in the scummiest way possible?

Gradwell doesn’t even wait for Kenny to get in the ring, he goes after him at the ramp! Gradwell DECKS Kenny, RAMS him into the apron, CLUBS him down, then drags him up to TOSS him into the barriers! Fans fire up as Gradwell rips Kenny’s jacket off him and CLUBS him again. Gradwell CLUBS Kenny more, then goes looking under the ring! Gradwell finds a trash can, but Kenny kicks him low! Kenny scrambles into the ring but Gradwell drags him out! Gradwell CLUBS Kenny but Kenny RAMS Gradwell into the apron! Then Kenny RAMS Gradwell into the steel steps! Kenny steps on Gradwell to then get on the steps and mock him.

Gradwell gets up, but someone in a mask is watching Kenny. Kenny isn’t sure who that even is, but he CLAWS Gradwell! Gradwell gets in the ring, Kenny follows, and the bell finally wrings! Kenny CLUBS Gradwell but Gradwell trips Kenny! Gradwell rains down rights, then he drags Kenny up to DECK him! Gradwell drags Kenny up to DECK him again! Then Gradwell scoops and SLAMS him! Kenny writhes but Gradwell stands him up to whip into the corner! Kenny rebounds into a back drop! Kenny writhes more but Gradwell TOSSES him out! Gradwell goes out after Kenny, TOSSES him over the barriers, and then stalks him.

Kenny wants mercy but Gradwell just rains down hands! Gradwell wants Kenny to tell his son where his hair’s gone! Gradwell then dumps trash on Kenny, before he SMASHES the can on him! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Gradwell drags Kenny up to TOSS him along the way. Gradwell drags Kenny up again, “You will regret this!” But then Kenny RAMS Gradwell into barriers! Gradwell tumbles over, but that masked man shows himself again. Kenny tries to see if he’s seeing things. Kenny leaps, but Gradwell watches him! Gradwell pops Kenny around but Kenny slips off to POST him!

Gradwell clutches his shoulder while Kenny crawls away. Kenny goes under the ring but Gradwell hurries after him. Gradwell drags Kenny out, but Kenny BLASTS Gradwell with a fire extinguisher! Fans boo while Gradwell tries to clear his eyes. Kenny SMASHES Gradwell with the extinguisher itself! And then JAMS him with a chair! And BOOTS him onto the steps! Kenny stands on Gradwell’s back with the chair, then jumps and jumps and jumps to stomp the chair into Gradwell! Kenny drags Gradwell off the steps and hurries to grab some things. The trash can isn’t good enough, Kenny finds a toolbox!

Kenny opens the box, but there was nothing in it. The fans laugh, but Kenny swings on Gradwell with the box itself! Gradwell ducks that, then scoops Kenny to SLAM Kenny on the trash can! Fans fire up while Kenny writhes and crawls. Gradwell stalks Kenny, drags him up and RAMS him into the barriers! Gradwell stomps Kenny, drags him along the way, and fans chant, “Mess him up, Gradwell, mess him up!” Gradwell brings out a TABLE! Fans are fired up as Gradwell sets the table up by the ring. Gradwell drags Kenny up but Kenny rakes eyes! Kenny has a chair and he JAMS Gradwell, and SMACKS him down!

Kenny grinds but Gradwell growls. Kenny stands on Gradwell’s head, puts him in the ring, then brings the chair with him. Kenny wedges the chair into the corner, then drags Gradwell up. Kenny ROCKS Gradwell with a right, but Gradwell blocks the whip to whip Kenny hard into buckles! And then Gradwell RAMS Kenny into the chair in the corner! Gradwell drags Kenny to center and covers, TWO!! Kenny survives but Gradwell sees him go to the corner. Gradwell runs in to CLOBBER him, snapmare and then ROLLING- CHOP BLOCK! Kenny goes after the bad leg! Gradwell is down and fans rally back up.

Kenny drags Gradwell up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kenny stomps Gradwell down, and he tells Gradwell he doesn’t have killer instinct. Kenny takes off his leather belt, but Gradwell avoids the lashing! Gradwell uses the belt to reel Kenny in for a LARIAT! And now Gradwell has the belt! So he LASHES Kenny on the back, over and over! Kenny writhes as the leather keeps SLAPPING off his skin! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Kenny kicks the bad leg! Kenny then YANKS Gradwell out to the apron! The table is nearby, so Kenny goes after Gradwell! Gradwell ROCKS Kenny first, then brings him up!

Gradwell suplexes but Kenny fights that off! Kenny HOTSHOTS but Gradwell stays up! Gradwell stands but runs into the triangle jump back elbow! Gradwell leans against the table, Kenny climbs up the corner, but that masked man is back again! Gradwell CLUBS Kenny, brings him off the top, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER through the table! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Gradwell drags Kenny from the wreckage. Cover, Gradwell wins!

Winner: Sam Gradwell, by pinfall

The Thunderstorm is victorious! But it is clear that there’s still someone else who wants Kenny to suffer. And that man jumps into the ring! Kenny runs away but this mystery man is stalking him! Who is this man in the mask? And what grudge does he have against Kenny Cockroach?

 

Eddie Dennis speaks.

“Wild animals need to be broken in before they can be of any use. And that’s exactly what we were doing, ’til you came along.” Mark Andrews stuck his nose in Symbiosis business again. But anyway, Dennis wants Wild Boar and his new ally to take on Symbiosis in a tag team match. “They will run your vehicle clean off its road to revenge before you ever meet your destination.” Will T-Bone & Primate wreck Wild Boar & Andrews once and for all?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Stevie Turner!

Meiko Satomura’s protégé didn’t take kindly to the Fourth Dimensional Star implying the Final Boss is just trying to keep her down. Will #SuplexMillie prove that it’s still much better to be second place than last?

The bell rings and fans sing for Millie. Millie and Turner tie up, go around, and Millie puts Turner in a corner. The ref counts, Millie lets off and Turner slowly returns. Fans rally as the two go again. They go around, Millie powers Turner back but Turner pulls hair to put Millie in the corner. Millie shoves Turner away but they tie up again. Millie gets around to a waistlock but Turner stomps a foot! Turner headlocks, Millie fights out, but Turner runs her over! Turner laughs at Millie, runs, but Millie keeps up and sidesteps to hip toss! Millie then SHOTGUNS Turner down! Millie gets Turner up, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Millie CLUBS Turner, then Millie ROCKS Turner against ropes. Millie CLUBS Turner, stomps her, then whips but Turner reverses. Turner BOOTS Millie down, then covers, TWO! Fans rally but Turner scuffs Millie with a boot. Turner kicks Millie around, CLUBS her and kicks her again. Fans rally, Millie gets to ropes but Turner runs to BOOT WASH her down! Fans boo as Turner pushes Millie around to the cover, TWO! Turner grows frustrated but she drags Millie up to clamp on a chinlock. Millie endures as Turner bends her back against a knee. Millie fights while fans rally up, and Millie gets to her feet.

Millie arm-drags free, Turner comes back but Millie CLOBBERS her! And again! Millie then reels Turner in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Millie grows a bit frustrated but fans still rally behind her. Millie hauls Turner up again but Turner fights the lift! Turner elbows free and gets under the arm for a SIDE EFFECT! Deep stack cover, TWO!! Turner is beside herself but she looms over Millie. Turner drags Millie up, turns her, but no neckbreaker! GERMAN SUPLEX! Then a SPEAR! Cover, Millie wins!

Winner: Emilia McKenzie, by pinfall

The win streak continues! Will Millie build the momentum needed to prove she’s worthy of an NXT UK Women’s Championship match?

 

Isla Dawn speaks.

“Meiko guided the way, and Meiko.” But what happens when the light is extinguished? Isla looks forward to welcoming Meiko into the world of darkness! And when they leave, Isla will be the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion! “Dusk will fall, but Dawn will not break.” This match happens in two weeks! But just what is a World of Darkness match?

 

NXT has sent quite a few names to NXT UK!

In the wake of Roderick Strong visiting BT Sports Studio and both A-Kid and Nathan Frazer making their way stateside, Ivy Nile, Lash Legend, Von Wagner and Damon Kemp all arrived in London! What can we expect from this batch of Americans? Well, as for Von Wagner, he chose not to sign autographs, and even got in Saxon Huxley’s way. The Divine Beast called Von a “big stupid man,” but will he soon be in Wagner’s World?

 

Xia Brookside and Eliza Alexander speak.

Xia is SO happy because so many amazing things happened! Eliza told us all someone would get battered, and that’s what happened. So next week, Xia will be in action, and someone will get BATTERED! Did she say that right? Yes, just about. But will Daddy’s Girl really be able to deal out damage just like her new friend?

 

Dragunov VS Devlin II is in the works!

The Czar and the Irish Ace tore each other up in their Empty Arena Match, but just imagine what they’ll do on the historic 200th episode! That will be in three weeks, but next week is the contract signing! What happens when combustible elements meet face to face once again?

 

NXT UK Tag Team Championships Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: Moustache Mountain VS Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter!

Trent Seven’s controversial way of helping Tyler Bate win sparked two singles matches that then split 50-50. But to settle the score, one team must score twice! Will the Artful Dodger have another way to bend the rules in favor of himself and the Big Strong Boy? Or will the Hottest Tag Team Under the Sun become the Freshest Tag Team Champions in NXT UK?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who can get it done when it takes more than one!

Bate and Smith start and they circle as fans rally and duel. They tie up, Bate wrenches to a wristlock, but Smith spins through and goes for the wristlock. Bate wrangles Smith down and keeps wrist control but Smith fights up. Smith rolls, arm-drags, but Bate holds on! Bate cranks the wrist, but Smith pushes through to wristlock back. Smith wrangles Bate now, but fans rally and sing. Bate get sup, goes up and over, then runs to ram Smith! They speed things up, Smith hurdles but Bate blocks hip toss into cobra twist! Smith endures the stretch, pries a leg free and hip tosses Bate down!

Bate get sup, Smith scoops but Bate slips off to O’Conner Roll, TOW! Smith body scissor clutches, TWO! Smith runs in but into an arm-drag, and Bate has the wristlock again. Fans duel, Bate rams shoulders then tags Seven. The champs whip and run Smith over, then work together, only for Smith to roll Seven up! TWO, but Seven clinches. Smith wrenches out, back drops, then SNAPS the omoplata! Seven clutches that arm but Smith brings him up. Smith whips and WRINGS Seven, tags Carter, and give shim a boost for the FLYING SHOULDER! Fans fire up with Carter as he covers, TWO!

Carter keeps on Seven with a wrench of the arm, then he CLUBS the shoulder. Another wrench then a takedown and Carter has a grounded cording hold. Fans rally, Seven fights up and wrenches, but Carter rolls and kicks from below! Carter headlocks, Seven powers out, but Carter runs him over! Seven anchors a foot but Carter stomps free. Things speed up again, Carter whips Seven but Seven CROSSBODIES! Seven hip tosses, Carter flips through! Carter swings, Seven ducks to scoop and SLAM, then drop the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Fans sing for “Trent Seven Army” but Seven tags Bate. Seven Wasteland Slams Carter, Bate knee-board sentons! Cover, TWO!

Bate wrenches Carter, tags Seven back in, but Smith saves Carter from the double suplex! They double dropkick but both miss! But then Moustache Mountain misses the double elbows! Smith & Carter hit the double dropkicks after all! Fans fire up and duel again as Moustache Mountain bail out. Bate & Seven regroup, Bate tags in and he ties up with Carter. Bate full nelsons, spins and EuroUppers Carter. Bate whips, Carter holds ropes and tags Smith! Bate’s dropkick hits the floor, Carter catapults Bate into a scoop, SNAKE EYES onto Carter’s boots! Smith runs, into an ENZIGURI from Bate! Cover, TWO!

Bate checks his neck, drags Smith up and brings him over. Snapmare and a tag to Seven. Bate drops an elbow, Seven drops an elbow, cover, ROPEBREAK! Seven snapmares Smith to KICK him, then cover, TWO! Seven clamps onto Smith with a half nelson as fans rally and duel. Smith endures, Seven wants the full nelson but Smith pries free! Seven CHOPS Smith and snapmares him down again. BASEMENT CHOP! Cover, TWO! Tag to Bate, Moustache Mountain double back suplex but Smith lands on his feet! Smith dodges Bate, ducks Seven, hot tag to Carter! Carter missile dropkicks the champs down!

Fans fire up with Carter again and he rallies on Bate! Bate kicks but Carter blocks and spins him to a LARIAT! Carter aims form a corner, runs in to TIGER WALL KICK, then Seven runs in !Carter sends him into Bate, WHEEL KICK! Bate fights Carter’s clinch, whips Carter way, but Carter QUEBRADS! Bate dodges, rebounds, but into Carter’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans are fired up and Carter tags Smith back in. Smiths Electric Chairs but Bate BOPS Carter! Victory roll, TWO!! Bate RANAS Smith to a corner! Tag to Seven, Smith runs in but into a KNEE! Seven and Bate coordinate, ASSISTED POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!!

Smith escapes and fans continue to duel. Seven wrenches, CHOPS, then CLUBS, then CHOPS again! Seven reaches out but Smith keeps him from Bate! So Seven swings! Smith dodges, elbows Seven away, but Bate climbs up. Smith shoves Bate down, shoulders and short arm LARIATS Seven! Tag to Carter, he runs in but misses the shining wizard! He BOOMERANGS Seven, Smith BOOTS him! Bate runs in, SUPERKICK and LARIAT! Seven sees that but runs into a BOOK END! Tag to Smith, PENALTY KICK and ASSISTED MOONSAULT! Smith covers, they get the first fall!!

MM: 0; S&C: 1

The all important first point is scored, but the action keeps going! Carter tags in, PENALTY KCIK! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! Carter is frustrated but he drags Seven up to EuroUpper! Carter CHOPS Seven, tags Smith back in, and Smith EuroUppers! Seven flops against Smith but then fires shots, only for Smith to DECK him with another EuroUpper! Smith drags Seven back up, reels him in to scoop and SLAM, then he tags Carter. Carter and Smith coordinate, SILLY STRING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Seven survives and fans rally and duel. Carter kicks Seven against ropes then puts him in the corner.

Seven fights back with elbows and boots and forearms! But then he ducks, Carter BOOTS Smith, and Seven POWERBOMBS Carter! BACK HAND for Smith! Fans rally up, Seven crawls, Carter gets a leg and ducks the enziguri! Carter DECKS Bate, but Seven blocks the kick. Seven throws Carter but Carter HEEL KICKS! Tag to Smith and he hurries to get Seven up! ALLEY-OOP BOMB! Carter SCISSOR KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as Seven survives again! Carter keeps shouting that they just need one more fall! Smith drags Seven up but Seven fakes him out with a chop to DDT!

Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as hot tags to Bate and Carter! Big Strong Boy rallies on Predator Killer! Fireman’s carry but Carter slips off. Carter whips, Bate BOPS Smith then ducks Carter. Knuckle locks, wrench, leap frog, slide under, leg bait and roll-up! TWO! Bate CLOBBERS Carter! Bate drags Carter up to whip but Carter reverses. Carter blocks a boot but the KNEE hits! Smith saves Carter from the FLYING UPPERCUT! Bate still gets Carter in a clinch and EXPLODER! Bate kips up and STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Carter is dazed but he got out of that all the same. Bate brings him in, underhooks, but Carter wrenches out to SUPERKICK!

Tag to Smith, he rushes in to BOOT! Bate rebounds to DOUBLE ROLLING KICK! Hot tag back to Seven! Seven and Bate duck clotheslines, DOUBLE BANG! Underhooks, DOUBLE TYLER DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!! Smith survives and no one can believe it! Seven tags Bate back in, full nelson and Bate rebounds, LARIAT DRAGON SUPLEX!! Cover, Moustache Mountain tie it up!

MM: 1; S&C: 1

And now it comes down to this! Fans chant for “UK! UK!” as Moustache Mountain regroups. Bate waits on Smith to get up, then he runs in, to dropkick Carter! Bate fires off hands, UPPERCUTS Smith, then tags Seven. Feed to then full nelson, Bate runs but Carter dumps him out! Smith hits a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Seven is still in this for his team and fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this main event! Smith tags Carter, hooks up, but Bate saves Seven from the moonsault! Carter explains, Smith goes to the ropes, SUPER ASSISTED MOONSAULT! Carter hits both champions and he puts Seven in!

Smith goes up top as Carter sets Seven up, FLYING LEG LARIAT!! Cover, but Bate FLYING KNEES it apart! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Smith regroups with Carter and Bate bails out. Carter keeps Seven down, he tags Smith in. Smith and Carter work together again, BACK DROP 450 SPLASH onto knees! Seven cradles Smith, TWO!! Seven ROCKS Smith, Smith ROCKS Seven! Seven CHOPS, wristlocks, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Seven springs to life, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! And EMERALD FLOWSION!! Cover, TWO!!! Smith survives and shocks everyone all over again!

“This is Awesome!” as Seven tags Bate back in. Seven torture racks, FLYING KNEE BIRMINGHAMMER!! Cover, Carter jumps over Seven to break it!! All four men are down again and fans are thunderous all over again! Bate kicks Carter out, hurries and tags Seven in. They get Smith up in a double torture rack! But Carter saves Smith and sends Bate out! Carter sends Seven into Bate! Smith rolls Seven up in a deep stack, TWO!?!! Seven escapes, he CHOPS Smith! Tag to Carter, he SUPERKICKS Seven! Carter drags Seven back up, gives him to Smith, but Seven back crops Smith outta the ring!

Smith manages to skin the cat but Carter is sent into him! Seven rolls Carter up, with feet on the ropes! And Bate sees it all! But Moustache Mountain still wins!!

Winners: Moustache Mountain, by pinfall, 2-1 (still NXT UK Tag Team Champions)

Seven’s been saying that a win is a win, but this is a hard pill to swallow for Bate. They’re still on top, but is Moustache Mountain going to fall apart all on its own?


My Thoughts:

What a great episode for NXT UK! Though, the one disappointing thing was that the “Back Alley Brawl” was not in a back alley. Though, I suppose a “Street Fight” is never really in a street so I can’t really criticize it. But I was hoping we were going to get an NXT UK cinematic match on a set that looks like a grungy back alley. As a Street Fight type goes, this was pretty good stuff, and it makes sense Gradwell wins. Clearly the real main attraction was the man in the orange mask. The mask looks cool, and I am betting Amir Jordan is the one wearing it. Amir taking on a persona to exact his revenge on Kenny is exactly what I was hoping for, that’ll be a great next chapter for Kenny.

Good match out of Millie and Turner, and naturally Millie wins because she is still on that slow burn towards the title. Good promos and vignettes for all the other stuff. I was hoping Dennis was going to make it a Dog Collar Tag Match, but clearly the collar is being saved for Dennis VS Boar in the blow-off. Good promo from Isla Dawn to basically make it official, the “World of Darkness” is the stipulation. Maybe this will be more cinematic? Devlin VS Dragunov II is happening, and wow I forgot we were approaching 200 episodes. That match is going to be awesome, as all NXT UK title matches are. Being it’s the 200th, that title match could go either way.

Xia is very excited to “batter” someone like Eliza did, but I have a feeling she won’t batter anyone. Eliza might help Xia cheat to win and then Xia will just look like she did something. We’re getting even more talent exchanges between NXT UK and NXT USA, which is cool, but also feels like this is the brand split that WWE is ending. NXT UK is about to get 2.0’d, aka screwed up all to hell, and that is going to be very sad. But at least we got an amazing tag title main event. That match went as I expected in all the right ways, and maybe even beyond my expectations. It was very fitting that Moustache Mountain had to make the comeback, and that Seven had to cheat again. I can’t be sure which way they go. Bate VS Seven would be pretty awesome, though…

My Score: 8.6/10


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

Prepare for Backlash!

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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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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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