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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/4/22)

The Raw AFTER Mania!

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WWE Raw 2022

The Most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania hangover, anyone?

Raw has a new Women’s Champion, and we all have a NEW Undisputed WWE Champion, but perhaps biggest of all tonight, VEER MAHAAN RETURNS!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Championship Contenders Match: Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan; Sasha & Naomi win and deny Rhea & Liv a title match.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS The Miz; Miz wins.
  • NXT Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Bron Breakker; Breakker wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
  • Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya; No Contest.
  • Six Man Tag: Finn Balor & RKBRO VS Austin Theory & The Usos; Theory & The Usos win.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; changed to…
  • Texas Tornado Tag: The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Street Profits win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The lights go down.

Fans are already chanting, because yes! “Wrestling has more than one… Royal family.” CODY RHODES opens Monday Night Raw! The American Nightmare returned to the WWE, took on Seth Rollins and won! Fans fire up with Cody as he walks down the ramp and to the ring. And then pyro goes off. Cody gets the mic as fans chant his name, and then fans chant, “Welcome Back!” Cody smiles, soaks in the moment, and then gets fired up! “So, what do you guys wanna talk about?” It has been 47 days from the abrupt news of his free agency, and other than that, he remained silent.

Cody heard stories, whispers and theories that were nonsense. Everyone thinks the decision to return to the WWE was difficult. It was not. It was simple, really. “The star that left them in the dust. The man standing here now having signed a multi-year agreement with World Wrestling Entertainment, and if there was…” Fans chant, “You Deserve It!” and Cody says, “If there was a glimmer of doubt, a shred of trepidation, the moment I rose up in front of 70 something THOUSAND fans, the moment I made the walk at a WrestleMania and defeated one of the best superstar wrestlers in any era, that being Seth Rollins, that doubt was eradicated!”

Cody is an avid reader and he stumbled across a quote. “A man often finds his destiny the path he takes to avoid it.” So if you’ll humor Cody, let’s look at the tron, if you will. Dusty Rhodes holds up the world title in Madison Square Garden on 9/26/77. “Right there is my father, the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. It’s so simple to say, ‘That’s my father.’ But in reality, yeah, he’s a legend. Yeah, he’s a Son of a Plumber, a common man, he’s all those things. To me, he was my hero.” Cody gets a bit choked up and fans cheer for “Dusty! Dusty!” That photo was taken in 1977, MSG, and Dusty is holding what would eventually go to Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, and HBK. Oh, and HHH, too.

Cody has a quick story that makes it all very simple to him. This very photo of his father was on the mantle in his parents’ bedroom until his father’s last day. And as Cody got “hip” to the industry, he worked up the courage to ask, but fumbled the words. “I didn’t know you were a champion like Hulk Hogan.” Dusty looked at him with the same eyes that liberty has, and he said very sternly yet patiently, the champion’s advantage. Dusty had won the match, but because it was by count-out, he did not take home the title. So 8 year old Cody wasn’t sure what to do. Right then and there, at 8 years old, Cody knew not what he wanted but NEEDED to do!

Cody needed to win that title right there! Cody was going to bestow it into the hands of Dusty Rhodes and tell him, no one can take it from Dusty now! Many have followed the journey, but those new to it, that dream died. Right in front of Cody. That opportunity passed. Or did it? Yes, Cody cannot physically put the belt into Dusty’s hands, but he certainly will put it on the waist of the American Nightmare! Fans cheer that on and then chant, “You Can Do It!” Cody says with that in mind, the silence is broken and his intentions are clear. Cody stands before us ready, finally ready, and he will do it. HE will give the distinction that his family has long since been denied!

Cody will do it for us, for himself, for the Rhodes family! He will do it for the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes! But then SETH ROLLINS makes his entrance! The Architect lost but he doesn’t seem in a bad mood at all in his light pink suit with purple and silver sequins. Rollins joins Cody in the ring, swaggers a bit as fans sing his theme, and then he looks Cody in the eye. Cody tosses the mic aside, and Rollins smiles. Cody offers a handshake, fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and Rollins takes it! There is respect here, but will Seth Freakin’ Rollins have something planned to stop Cody’s dream from coming true?

 

Championship Contenders Match: Sasha Banks & Naomi VS Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan!

The NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions made everyone #FeelTheBossGlow in that Fatal 4 Way, but now they take on #Liv4Brutality with a title opportunity on the line! Will Sasha & Naomi prove they’re LEGIT? Or will Rhea & Liv turn this dream come true into a living nightmare?

Raw returns as Liv & Rhea make their entrance. The teams sort out, Rhea starts against Naomi. They stare down as fans rally up, then tie up. Naomi gets around, but Rhea wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Rhea suplexes, carries Naomi around, and Liv counts it out for her. Rhea goes all the way to 10, then 15, then 20! SLAM on 21! Cover, TWO! Rhea still smiles, and she brings Naomi up to whip her to ropes. Naomi ducks with a slide, then elbows back! Naomi mule kicks, tags Sasha, and they DOUBLE BUCKLE BULLDOG! Sasha tags Naomi back in before the VADER BOMB! Naomi SPLIT LEG MOONSAULTS! Cover, Liv breaks it!

Sasha gets in to throw Liv out, then Sasha goes to the apron for a METEORA! Direct hit and down goes Liv! But Rhea goes out to CANNONBALL Sasha down! Naomi PLANCHAS to take out Rhea! Fans fire up, Naomi gets fired up, too, and she checks on Sasha. Naomi hurries back to the ring and gets Rhea in. Fans rally up, Naomi drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Rhea is still in this but Team BAD still has control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Rhea has Naomi down in a body scissors squeeze. Rhea thrashes Naomi around but Naomi pushes back to a cover, TWO! Naomi is free, but Rhea mule kicks her first. Rhea whips, Naomi goes up to springboard FLYING CHUCK! Both women are down and fans fire up! Naomi and Rhea crawl for their corners, going past each other, hot tags to Liv and Sasha! Sasha KNEES Liv, then steps in to RANA her down! Liv ends up in a corner, Sasha runs in, DOUBLE KNEES! She goes again, METEORA! Then side to side, BOOT WASH! Sasha fires up, climbs up, and leaps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Sasha is shocked that Liv still lives! Fans fire up while Sasha shakes her head. Sasha brings Liv up, spins her around, but Liv victory rolls, TWO! Sasha swings but Liv goes Matrix to roll Sasha, TWO! Liv ENZIGURIS and down goes Sasha! Fans fire up as Liv hurries to her corner. Tag to Rhea, and Rhea gets Sasha up for Liv to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Sasha survives and now Rhea is shocked! Tag back to Liv, assisted FLOP as Sasha moves! Naomi ROUNDHOUSES Rhea and tosses her out hard! Tag to Naomi, she and Sasha get Liv up. Wheelbarrow CODE BREAKER! Cover, the champs win!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Naomi, by pinfall

Rhea & Liv have been denied their title shot! Naomi & Sasha head out, who will be coming for them next? Rhea gets back in the ring to check on Liv, and Liv apologizes. But then Rhea walks off? Is Rhea ditching another tag partner?

 

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

The Prizefighter barely waits for Rhea and Liv to leave before he makes his way out. How is feeling after his surprise match with Stone Cold? We’ll hear about it after the break.

Raw returns and Kevin has the mic to say, “Alright. I may have made a mistake. On Saturday night, in the main event of WrestleMania, when I had Stone Cold Steve Austin as my guest on the KO Show, I unveiled my plan to trick him into having one last match, and uh… I think I underestimated Steve a little bit.” Kevin will admit it: The Texas Rattlesnake is still great. You have to in order to beat one of the best in the WWE ever in Kevin Owens! Fans have to admit to that part! And when Kevin tricked Steve into having a match, he might’ve tricked himself. Kevin went into it with a pretty bad back, okay?

No, no! He’s not lying! Watch how he walked down the ramp. You couldn’t see it in his face cuz he’s so tough, but he was limping. He was lifting weight, a lot of weight, and hurt himself! He should’ve just gone home. But he knew the WWE Universe needed Kevin to give them a great WrestleMania moment! He sacrificed his health for us! SO as great as that was for Steve, the win should come with a clarification that it was over someone nowhere near 100%! IT should just be stricken from the records all together! Wait, who is this? Ezekiel? Is that ELIAS?! And he’s interrupting Kevin?!

“Ezekiel” gets a mic and Kevin isn’t even sure but… Elias? Is that him? What the hell is he doing here? Where has he been? And who does he think he is interrupting Kevin’s time?! Elias says he’s not Elias. Fans chant, “Yes You Are! Yes You Are!” But Elias says he is Elias’ brother. Fans call BS! “The name is Ezekiel.” “What?!” Elias is not Elias? No, he knows those eyes! That’s Elias! No, he’s Elias’ brother, Ezekiel! Okay, Kevin may have gotten beer in his eyes, but maybe there’s some in his ears. Because he keeps hearing Elias say he’s not Elias. But he is! So stop the BS! Stop lying! Kevin hates liars!

Oh, well, Kevin must hate himself then. Cuz on Saturday, Kevin lied to Stone Cold, and got stunned. Okay, y’know what? Kevin doesn’t like Elias. Fans chant, “You Got Stunned!” but Kevin ignores this. Kevin used to like Elias- No, that’s a lie. He never liked him! And he likes him even less now! So Elias, Eric, Enrique, whatever you say your name is, the only thing that matter sis that Kevin is telling the truth here and now when he says Elias has 10 seconds to get out of the ring or else! Kevin even counts it down! Fans say “WHAT?” with each number. Kevin gets to one, then Kevin leaves. So that was a lie, too? As for Elias/Ezekiel, what is the truth of this return/debut?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS The Miz!

The father-son lucha tag duo may not have defeated the Most Must-See Tag Team, but Logan Paul didn’t feel like much of a winner, either. The Hollywood A-Lister gave Rey and Logan a Skull Crushing Finale on the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania ever, will he do the same to Dom here tonight?

Raw returns as Miz makes his entrance, still wearing the Pikachu color scheme gear. The bell rings, and Miz rushes at Dom! Dom dodges and fires off shouts, then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Miz staggers, Dom runs to RNA Miz onto ropes! Dom dials it up fast, but Miz hurries to pop Dom up and HOTSHOT him on the ropes! Full nelson, SKULL-CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Miz wins!!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

Did Miz use Agility before getting out here? Because that was super fast! But wait! Is that…? YES! VEER MAHAAN has finally returned! The Lion of India has been unleashed and he storms right down to the ring! Miz bails out, he doesn’t want to suffer at the hands of that Million Dollar Arm! Veer therefore locks onto Dom and BOOTS him down! Rey goes after Veer, runs, but into the MILLION DOLLAR LARIAT! Veer roars, drags Rey up and scoops him for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Veer then looks at Dom again, and drags him back into a BIG hip drop! Veer then has the TWISTING CAMEL CLUTCH! Dom endures, taps, but it doesn’t matter because this isn’t a match!

Veer thrashes Dom as he keeps tapping, and Rey tries to get up to save Dom, but it’s no good! Veer lets Dom go, and stands over both Mysterios. This was only the beginning, who will be next for Veer’s ravenous warpath?

 

Bianca Belair is here!

The newEST Raw Women’s Champion heads to the ring as fans cheer her on. She’ll speak on finally getting even with Big Time Becks, after the break.

Raw returns and fans chant “EST! EST!” as Bianca holds up the belt. Bianca wants to thank everyone for never giving up on her and believing she’d finally be holding this title as her own. Fans cheer “You Deserve It!” and Bianca takes off the glasses to show she has quite the shiner. Bianca says she stands here with one good eye tonight, but she thanks Becky for that. Even back at SummerSlam, without that humiliating moment, a loss in under 30 seconds, Bianca would never have known how much better she could be. Fans cheer that on, too, and Bianca says she will never take for granted where she is. She learned that just like that, it could all be taken away. “And that hurt.”

But y’know what? Bianca didn’t cheat, she didn’t injure someone. She just went through hell and back, from SummerSlam to last Saturday. Becky says Bianca was trying to take everything from her, but Mania proved Becky was the one trying to take from Bianca. Becky came for Bianca’s throat, her hair, and her eye. And yet Bianca caught everything Becky threw at her, fought to the end, and is in front of us here tonight. And Bianca overcame all that because the fans deserved better, so Bianca became better! Bianca will be the best champion she can be! Because not only does she know what it’s like to be at the top, but how hard to stay there.

Bianca knows what it is like to have the title, to have it snatched away and to get it back. She is willing and ready to fight every single woman in the back! No woman is prepared to do what it takes to take this from her! After last Saturday, Bianca is different! She is better. So now that Becky doesn’t have the title, maybe she can take the downtime to figure out who she is without it. Bianca knows who she is! The strongEST, fastEST, the toughEST, the roughEST, the quickEST and the BEST in the WWE, your NEW Raw Women’s Champion! Bianca has been reinvigorated, will she take this title to new heights?

 

NXT Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Bron Breakker!

At Stand & Deliver, the Show-Off managed to survive the son of Rick Steiner, but those GLORIOUS controversies seemed to convince WWE that Bron deserves better. Will Bron finally break Ziggler and get that title back? Or will being on Raw give Ziggler homefield advantage?

Raw returns as Bron makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the NXT title is raised, and someone will Stand & Deliver here on Monday night!

Ziggler SLAPS Bron! And then SLAPS him again! He dares Bron to do something but he has to wait for the bell! The bell rings now, and Bron TACKLES Ziggler to a corner! Bron rams his shoulder in, then DECKS Ziggler! Bron whips Ziggler back into the corner, then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Ziggler bails out, Bron dares the champ to get in. Bron goes out to pursue, but Ziggler gets back in. Bron slides in and Ziggler fires off on Bron! Ziggler rains down elbows, drags Bron back up, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Then he drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Roode coaches Ziggler, Ziggler scrapes laces on Bron’s face.

“This is the big leagues, idiot! You see this?” But then Ziggler claws Bron’s eyes! Ziggler whips, Bron reverses but Ziggler kicks him back! But Bron doesn’t budge! Things speed up as Ziggler dodges, but Bron catches the hurdle for a SPINEBUSTER! Bron seethes, he drags Ziggler up but Ziggler is in the ropes. The ref reprimands, Ziggler cheap shots Bron! Ziggler leaps, but dropkick gets caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler HOTSHOTS off ropes! Bron then hauls Ziggler back up, RAMS him into the corner, then puts Ziggler up top. Bron climbs up after Ziggler, fans fire up but Ziggler trips Bron!

Bron lands rough on the corner, then Ziggler DROPKICKS Bron to the floor! Roode is talking trash the whole time Bron writhes on the floor, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ziggler has Bron in an inverted Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Bron endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Ziggler headlocks but Bron powers out. Ziggler ducks and dodges to DROPKICK again! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives and Ziggler grows frustrated. Fans sing Seven Nation Army and Bron turns Famouser into POWERBOMB! Both men are down again and Roode is frustrated for Ziggler. Roode tries to rally Ziggler up and Ziggler gets Bron with a haymaker. Bron haymakers back, but Ziggler HEADBUTS! Bron denies ZigZag to CLOBBER Ziggler! And again! Bron kicks and catches Ziggler, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Bron drags Ziggler up, fans bark it up, and Bron whips to LARIAT Ziggler! The straps come down and Bron aims from the corner. But Roode gets on the apron! Bron scares him off, Ziggler rolls Bron up! TWO, Bron LARAITS Ziggler, and FLIES out onto Roode! Bron hurries back in the ring but Ziggler has removed a buckle pad! Just like Saturday! RUNNING KICK, and then a FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Bron survives and Ziggler can’t believe it! Ziggler aims from a corner and he starts tuning up the band. But Bron blocks superkick and powers Ziggler around. But Ziggler rakes eyes to get away! Ziggler shoves Bron, but he avoids the bare buckle!

Bron turns around, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Bron won’t let Ziggler get him with that this time! Ziggler is desperately arguing with the ref but the count is the count. Ziggler demands Bron get up, and he retunes the band! Bron stands, and he SPEARS Ziggler inside-out! Bron drags Ziggler up to trophy lift! Fans fire up for the BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron wins!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! And Bron not only did that, but he succeeded! He used his second chance to become a TWO-TIME NXT Champion! Has Bron finally proved he not only belongs, but that he is THE guy in NXT?

 

Raw returns with MVP in the ring.

Montel Vontavius Porter has the mic to say, “They say that actions speak louder than words. And it is my privilege to introduce to you tonight a man whose actions spoke volumes at WrestleMania! A man who single-handedly, without an ounce of help, triumphed over the goliath that has been absolutely terrorizing Raw over the last year, and he didn’t even need me! Ladies and gentlemen, this man breaks the unbreakable, crushes the colossal. Without further ado, I give to you the ALL Mighty, BOBBY LASHLEY!” Lashley makes his way out and fans cheer while the pyro goes off. Lashley goes to the ring, and he’s dressed to compete!

MVP hands Lashley the mic as fans chant “BOBBY! BOBBY!” Lashley says when Omos issued the WrestleMania challenge, he couldn’t resist! Lashley had to see how strong, how powerful, how scary that man really was. And then getting in the ring with him, Lashley thought, “Are you really sure you want to do this?” But when Lashley knocked Omos on his ass, Lashley knew that it could be done. And then at WrestleMania, Lashley can honestly say Omos beat the hell out of him, threw him around, and was the strongest man he’s been in the ring with. It felt almost hopeless.

Lashley knew was his one way to win was if Omos made a mistake. And if he did, it’d be 1-2-3, and that’s what happened! But wait, here comes Omos! He stares Lashley down the entire way from stage to ring, but Lashley isn’t budging. Omos says he wants a freakin’ rematch! Lashley got a fluke! MVP lets people know that Omos wants a rematch! Lashley isn’t leaving the ring, is he going to give Omos that rematch now? Wait, MVP hits Lashley from behind?! And Omos CLUBS Lashley down! MVP has turned on Lashley! MVP rains down furious forearms as he shouts, “You didn’t need me?!” Omos drags Lashley up and MVP SLAPS Lashley!

MVP tells Omos to crush Lashley, so Omos puts Lashley in a corner to CLOBBER him! And again! Fans boo but MVP tells Omos to keep going! Omos hauls Lashley up, runs in and back elbows him again! Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but MVP says Lashley bet he wishes he was still out. MVP then runs in to BOOT Lashley down! Omos then finishes this with a MOUNTAIN TOP SLAM! MVP raises Omos’ massive hand in victory, has the already dominant Omos just become invincible?

 

Liv finds Rhea backstage.

Where’s she been? What was that out there after their loss? Rhea says she was talking with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville, and she convinced management to still give them a title shot. Well, that’s great! Liv thanks Rhea for that. Rhea says it’s fine, they can just go win those belts next week. Well, Liv4Brutality still has a shot, will they be able to redeem themselves on the road to Backlash?

 

Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega VS Shayna Baszler & Natalya!

Byron Saxton gives Corey Graves a hard time on commentary about Mella & Vega being former Women’s Tag Team Champions, but can the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE and the Queen of the Ring redeem themselves here? Or will someone #TapNapOrSnap to the Queen of Spades and Queen of Harts?

Raw returns but Vega snatches the mic. Before any introductions for the opponents, she wants to get one thing straight. “Carmella. You’re the one who cost us our tag team titles at WrestleMania. You’re so preoccupied with yourself and being the most beautiful woman~, and a man who is an absolute fool for marrying you…” However, Graves is a very handsome man. Mella says how dare she! Mella is the most beautiful woman in the WORLD! Yeah, yeah, Vega won the Queen’s Crown. But when Mella first announced this engagement, she thought Vega would be a bridesmaid, but not anymore. Now she can be the flower girl.

Vega DECKS Mella! Mella scrambles away to Graves but Vega wants after her again! Vega throws Mella down and Graves hurries to check on her. Graves has Mella take his seat to catch her breath and calm her down. Mella gives Graves one hell of a kiss, and Byron is ready to barf. But it seems the tag match is off. Will the Queen of the Ring shine brighter all by herself?

 

The Usos find Austin Theory backstage.

They say Theory lookin’ mad, red in the face. Like he lost his dog. But is Jey sad? Nope! Why’s that? Cuz unlike some people they know, the Usos got the W! These tag titles ain’t going nowhere. The Usos gonna show RKBRO why #WeTheOnes, and why The Bloodline runs this whole damn company! Didn’t Vince McMahon say Theory was the newest chosen one? Jimmy’s pretty sure he did. They almost believed the hype. But they’d be embarrassed, too, if they lost to Stone Cold Steve Austin and an EX-NFL punter. Theory says he had McAfee beat! That fool got lucky! And he won’t even talk about Stone Cold!

Theory says Vince never makes a mistake, and Theory is the best investment he ever made. As far as Finn Balor goes tonight, he might as well be McAfee. He’s gonna catch a round, #ATownDown. Usos got Theory all fired up, will they be the ones to take down the Viper, the Stallion and the Prince?

Six Man Tag: Finn Balor & RKBRO VS Austin Theory & The Usos!

The WWE United States and Raw Tag Team Champions team up for the first time ever, but will this killer combo be able to take down Vince’s golden boy, and the boys who still have gold as the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions ever?

Raw returns and Finn makes his entrance. Then Theory makes his entrance, followed by the Usos. The trios sort out, and Balor starts against Jimmy. They circle, tie up, and Jimmy headlocks., Balor powers out, runs Jimmy over, then he DECKS Theory! Balor headlocks Jimmy but Jimmy powers out. Balor runs Jimmy over again, stomps away on Jimmy, then runs Theory off. Jimmy ROCKS Balor with an elbow, whips, but Balor reverses. Jimmy sunset flips but Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Balor wrenches Jimmy’s arm, tags Riddle in, and Riddle KICKS that arm! Riddle waistlocks and SLAMS Jimmy, then facelocks.

Jimmy fights up, powers Riddle to the corner, Jey tags in. Jey run sin to forearm smash! Jey fires off, Theory tags in, and then Theory stomps away. Fans boo while Theory fires up and talks trash. Fans sing Seven Nation Army to remind Theory of McAfee, but Theory snapmares and stomps Riddle down! Cover, ONE! Theory brings Riddle up but Riddle fires off forearms! Theory knees low, CLUBS Riddle, then whips Riddle to the corner. Riddle DECKS the Usos, TOSSES Theory, and goes up and out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Then Riddle springboards, only for Theory to trip Riddle up! Riddle crashes down and clutches a leg while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Jey taunts Riddle before he clamps on a chinlock. Riddle endures, fights up, but Jey keeps him from the corner. Riddle ROCKS Jey, and again, but Jey brings him in, back suplex NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jey is annoyed but he holds up the finger. He then DECKS Balor, swings on Orton, but Orton dodges and is furious! The ref keeps Orton back, but Jey turns around into Riddle’s KNEE! Fans fire up as Riddle crawls over, hot tags to Jimmy and Orton! Fans fire up as The Viper rallies on the Usos, DECKS Theory, and POWRESLAMS Jimmy! Fans are thunderous as Orton has Jimmy in the ropes!

Jey runs in but Orton elbows him down! Theory tags in when Orton isn’t looking! Jimmy gets the DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up and Orton hears the voices, but Theory somersault SHOTGUNS Orton down! Theory gloats, but Balor tags in! GAMANGIRI! Theory is down, Balor goes up, OCUP DE- NO! Theory dodges, fireman’s carries, but Balor slips out to ELBOW DDT! Cover, Jimmy breaks it! Orton RKOS Jimmy!! Jey SUPERKICKS Orton, but Riddle flies in, SUPERKICK for Riddle! SLINGBLADE for Jey! Theory fireman’s carries, ATL!! Cover, Theory and Usos win!

Winners: Austin Theory & The Usos, by pinfall

And of course, Theory has to take a selfie to commemorate the moment. Will Vince McMahon gift wrap a US Championship opportunity for his golden boy? And if so, will Balor make sure to crush that gift with his own hands?

 

Edge heads to the ring!

The Iconoclast and the Phenomenal One went beyond their limits in their first-ever showdown, but there was a certain someone who helped Edge get the edge in the end. What will Edge have to say from atop his “mountain of omniscience?” We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Edge stands in his blue spotlight with the mic. “I am an honest man. I said that AJ Styles would face his judgment day at WrestleMania and he did. What I didn’t expect was for Damian Priest to appear. But it makes sense when you stop and think about it.” For most of us fans, or rather all of us, thinking is hard. But for too long, Priest fought his inner self, just like Edge. For too long, Priest tried to be a fine, upstanding role model for all the sheep, just like Edge. Fans chant, “We Are Sheep!” Very funny, idiots. But without further ado, he demands the fans all rise for the man who respects Edge’s message! The man who will be the punisher of the guilty, Damian Priest!

Priest makes his entrance, in a suit! The Archer of Infamy joins Edge in the ring, they shake hands and smile, and Priest gets himself a mic. Edge asks Priest, what was it about his “pearls of genius” that caused Priest to take things back into his own hands? “It goes without saying how much you have meant to me for a very long time. Weeks leading into WrestleMania, I was lost.” Fans chant, “We Don’t Care!” See, there was a time when that would’ve bothered Priest. Not anymore, losers! Priest tried to please the fans, to please everyone, except himself. But then he heard Edge’s words.

Fans chant, “We Are Losers!” and Priest says, “Thanks for letting us know.” But Priest says that Edge may have been speaking to Styles, but the message felt like it was directly to Priest! That is why it was so easy to make the decision to pledge loyalty to Edge. Edge says it was the best decision of Priest’s life. It was funny, though. The night Edge had his epiphany was also the same night Priest took his power back. What a coincidence! They judged Styles and will judge those who challenges Edge’s message! Their message! Edge knows Styles will keep coming for him. He wanted the Pitbull and got the Pitbull. But Pitbulls only know fight, no flight.

But Styles has to know his best option is flight. He has to think of his family, his children. They need their father. But now Styles makes his way out! Priest hurries to intercept, but Styles dodges to ROCK Priest, and RAM him into barriers! And then TOSS him over! Styles gets in the ring to TACKLE Edge! Styles rains down fists, then POSTS Edge! And then POST him again! Styles goes out to get a chair! Fans fire up as Styles gets another chair, and brings both to the ring! Styles puts Edge’s head on one, and gets the other! But Priest CLOBBERS Styles! Priest fires off, fans boo, but Priest stomps Styles down!

Priest keeps on Styles until Edge calls to him. Priest pushes Styles out of the corner and holds him up, LEG SWEEP SPEAR COMBO! Fans boo but Edge and Priest put Styles’ head on the chair now. And just like weeks ago, Edge gets the other chair. But referees and officials rush out to stop this! Fans chant for Jamie Noble as he checks on Styles, and Edge leaves with Priest. Will this dark message spread its influence through all of Raw?

 

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

RKBRO beat both these teams in that STUPENDOUS Triple Threat, but the chase for gold never stops! Will Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford get back up? Or will Chad Gable & Otis SHOOSH everyone #ForTheAcademy?

Raw returns and the Academy make their entrance. Then they attack the Profits! Otis throws Dawkins out, Gable waistlocks Ford, and hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Otis POSTS Dawkins, then SMACKS him off the apron before he RAMS him into barriers! Gable CLOBBERS Ford, then says, “A thank yew~!” Adam Pearce hurries out and says if they wanted to do it like this, they could’ve just told him. So there don’t need to be tags, there are no disqualifications and no count outs, this is now a TEXAS TORNADO TAG! And it’s right now! Referee, ring the bell! The bell does ring, who stands tall when anything goes?

Texas Tornado Tag: The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

The Profits fire back with haymakers! Dawkins sends Otis out then goes after him with forearms! Gable whips Ford to a corner, runs in but is TOSSED from the ring! Ford builds speed and FLIES over the corner to take everyone out! Fans fire up and Ford finds Gable. Ford and Dawkins get Gable into the ring, fans chant, “We Want Tables!” The Profits double suplex Gable high and hard, then Dawkins covers, ONE! Otis returns and fires off on Ford. Dawkins goes after Otis, they end up in a corner, Dawkins fires off fast hands and ROCKS Otis! Gable goes after Ford, Dawkins stomps a mudhole, Gable GERMANS but Ford land son his feet!

Gable comes back, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Otis has Dawkins and Gable CHOP BLOCKS him! The Academy stomps the Profits now, Otis CLUBS Ford in a corner. Gable fires off on Dawkins and Otis chokes Ford on the ropes! Otis lets off to stand on Ford now, Gable whips Dawkins but Dawkins reverses to TACKLE Gable! Dawkins fires off forearms but Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins! Otis then runs to SPLASH Dawkins! Gable covers, Ford breaks it! Otis drags Ford back up to go after him, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and the Profits whip Otis to a corner. Otis rebounds, he CLOBBERS Ford, Dawkins dodges but Gable CROSSBODIES Dawkins down! The Academy DOUBLE EXPLODER the Profits! Gable goes up top and Otis also goes to a corner, MOONSAULT for Ford! VADER BOMB for Dawkins! Cover on Ford, TWO! Cover on Dawkins, TWO!! Gable tells Otis to get a TABLE! Gable rains down hands on Dawkins and fans fire up as Otis puts the table in the ring! Gable and Otis set the table up, Otis goes up and Gable puts Dawkins on the table! Gable CROSSBODIES Ford and himself out! But Dawkins shoves Otis down!

Dawkins goes outside to POUNCE Otis into steel steps! Ford then goes up the corner, but Gable trips him up! Gable moves the table back a bit before going up after Ford. Ford fights the superplex, Gable throws forearms, but Ford BACK HANDS Gable! Ford shoves Gable, but Gable flips to land on his feet! Dawkins ROCKS Gable, Gable ends up on the table! Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS and through the table!! Cover, the Profits win!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Dawkins & Ford use Gable’s plan against him! Will the Profits get back up and get back to those Raw Tag Team Championships?

 

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the NEW Undisputed WWE Universal Champion… RRROMAN! REEEIGNS!”

Many of the fans here raise their hands to the sky, because who’s the one? ROMAN is the one who stands alone as the now unified world and universal champion! The Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief, #GODMODE, has Paul Heyman carrying both belts for him while the Usos are following right behind. Heyman hands over the belts so that Roman can lift them both up and set off the pyro! Then the Bloodline goes down to the ring, Roman takes a moment to take it all in, and then he holds up both belts again for more pyro. Roman even does a 360 degree so everyone can see that he has both belts.

Heyman has the mic as he admires Roman and Roman hears the fans torn between cheering and jeering. Heyman then hands the mic over for Roman to say, “I know what you want. We all know why you’re here. But we gonna switch things up just a bit. Wise Man.” “Yes, my Tribal Chief.” Why don’t you go ahead and explain The Bloodline’s success? The single longest reigning Tag Team Champions in the history of SmackDown, the Usos! The largest box office receipts in the history of SummerSlam, who was the main event? Roman Reigns! The largest box office receipts in the history of Survivor Series, who was the main event? Roman Reigns!

The FIRST BILLION DOLLAR GROSSING YEAR in the history of sports entertainment and who was on top all 365 days of it? Roman Reigns! The single biggest, largest grossing box office in the history of the Royal Rumble, and who was on top? Roman Reigns! The largest crowds in the history of WrestleMania weekend, 58% increase on Peacock from last year, and the largest grossing facilitator in the history of WrestleMania. Who was on top? ROMAN REIGNS! “Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you your Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the single biggest star in sports entertainment, undisputed, Roman… Reigns.”

Roman gets the mic back and fans start to chant his name. Roman knows Heyman always says this, “What’s good for Roman Reigns is good for WWE.” And it’s no secret that with Roman at the head of this table, those billion dollar deals are coming easy! And that’s because Roman is the last true needle mover, and that is because he is constantly operating in GOD MODE! But see, the Tribal Chief is so much more than that. He’s a man of his word. Roman called his shot, and he delivered! Roman said he was gonna smash Lesnar, and what did he do? “SMASHED ‘EM!” But that’s the past now. Other men would hang their hat on this weekend, but that’s not who Roman is.

Roman is a progressive chief. He is constantly moving forward. So this Friday on SmackDown, he’ll let you all know what the next step is. “But until then… Dallas, Texas. ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The Bloodline raises their fingers because they’re the ones leading the charge. But just what will the next phase be? We’ll just have to wait four more days.


My Thoughts:

Just like with WrestleMania, I don’t know if this was the most STUPENDOUS Raw After Mania, but it was a really good one. Firstly, a great, powerful return-to-WWE promo from Cody. It was a great way to frame Cody’s reasons for returning, and his journey to the title will be great. Hopefully it happens even though Roman still reigns. Then we got a bit of a quick match from Miz and Dom, and a quick return for Veer. I’m probably reading too far into this but Veer’s gear matches Miz’s right now, black ‘n’ yellow, that would imply a team-up. Veer VS Rey is happening, that’s pretty big for Veer’s return, and after WrestleMania Backlash, Veer can move on to the US title.

Sasha & Naomi VS Rhea & Liv was a pretty good match for one of these “championship contenders” matches, but then what is the point of Rhea & Liv still getting the title match even though they lost? As I said the last couple nights, Vince just can’t pace this stuff correctly anymore. Take a week, Liv and Rhea have the exact same segment sometime next week, then they get another opportunity the next week, title match for WM Backlash. Sadly, it seems like they’re teasing Rhea and Liv are breaking up already, I wish they would let some teams stick together. Though on the flipside, I’m glad Vega and Mella finally broke up, that was coming from miles away. Just not sure why Mella and Graves had to make out in front of the whole world…

Another misuse of pacing is Ziggler VS Bron II right here tonight! Bron winning the NXT title back on Raw is purely for ratings, nothing else. Bron could’ve just won at Stand & Deliver to cap that event off the right way, but no. That is crap Vince is just crapping on NXT now that he took it from HHH. But at least it was followed up by a great set-up from MVP to turn on Lashley. Omos has the manager now, they will be a good combo, and clearly we’re getting Omos VS Lashley II at WM Backlash.

We got a good promo out of Usos and Theory, and while the Six Man Tag out of Finn & RKBRO VS Theory & Usos was fun, it was too short for me. Of course Theory gets another win pinning Balor, so of course we’ll get Balor VS Theory for the US Championship, but I really hope Balor retains. It may have been put out there that Vince has given up on Balor, and Vince really only gave Balor the belt to try and prove us wrong, but he’s not fooling us with how things are going in the story. The only way Vince can keep it on the right track is for Balor to win and for kayfabe Vince to question if Theory was the right guy to back.

Bianca had a great promo for her Raw Women’s Championship win, and wow that was quite the black eye. I like that Bianca isn’t just saying she’s the EST, but that she’s still got room to improve. It’s a great idea that while she knows she’s the top of the list, she hasn’t maxed her stats out. She will continue to grow in this new reign, and that’s a great layer to all the stories she’ll be in next. A little surprised we didn’t already get a challenger for her, like Alexa Bliss, or even just someone she’s faced before like Doudrop. But there’s the rest of the build to WM Backlash, Bianca will make the best out of just about anything, and fans are still behind her.

Edge and Priest had a very good moment together, and I found it oddly amusing that the fans were willing to chant self-deprecating things, and then it was great for Styles to rush out there. Edge and Priest end up standing tall, but Styles will take on Priest and perhaps get some momentum back. Styles VS Edge II can be WM Backlash, and we’ll have to see how things go there. And then we got a great Texas Tornado Tag out of Profits VS Academy. Profits get a great win with that table splash spot, and one way or another, it seems like Profits are going to get another title shot.

And then of course, the NEW Undisputed WWE Champion closes us out, with both Roman and Heyman giving us great promos. I know people out there were expecting “IF YA SMELL~” and The Rock showing up, but I don’t know why. Well, okay, I know why: Roman VS Rock for WrestleMania Hollywood is too big of a moment for Vince or anyone to pass up, but we’re an entire year away from that. I’m sure Roman will tease it on SmackDown this week, but there is so much time. Sometimes fans have as bad of a pacing problem as Vince does.

I’d make it where The Rock waits to “ACKNOWLEDGE” Roman even wants this match, then he starts to put pressure on Roman so that SummerSlam feels intense, Survivor Series feels intense, and the Royal Rumble feels intense. And as I’d think Roman retains through all of that, have The Rock return on that night, and he recreates the moment from years ago where Rock held Roman’s hand up and fans booed. That will bring Roman full circle even more than finally beating Brock, and they can spend January to March 2023 building up Roman VS Rock, for the right to be truly called the greatest in WWE and in their family.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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

 

Holo.grm loads up.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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

 

The Bloodline speaks.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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