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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/31/22)

It’s a Women’s Championship Summit!

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The Toxic Attraction and their challengers meet to sign all the contracts!

Before defending the NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Championships at In Your House, Mandy, Gigi & Jacy must sign on the dotted line! But will they behave themselves sitting across from Wendy Choo & KC Squared?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins.
  • Cora Jade VS Elektra Lopez; Cora wins.
  • Wes Lee VS Xyon Quinn; Lee wins.
  • Solo Sikoa VS Duke Hudson; Solo wins.
  • Grayson Waller VS Josh Briggs w/ Fallon Henley & Brooks Jensen; Waller wins.
  • Ivy Nile VS Kiana James; Nile wins.
  • Cameron Grimes VS Nathan Frazer; Grimes wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Diamond Mine heads to gorilla.

The Creeds and Ivy Nile accompany Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp, but Strong tells them they have the night off. Strong & Kemp can handle Pretty Deadly on their own. What? Diamond Mine doesn’t take nights off! But with no choice, they let Strong & Kemp go to the ring. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker and the Diamond Gopher take the fight to the NXT Tag Team Champions?

Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp VS Pretty Deadly!

The teams sort out and Strong starts with Elton Prince. Kit Wilson distracts and Prince fires off on Strong! Scoop and SLAM, then an elbow drop! Cover, ONE, but Wilson EuroUppers Strong against ropes. And then in the corner! Prince talks trash, ROCKS Strong, and has him in a corner. Prince whips corner to corner hard and Strong falls. Fans taunt “Pretty Ugly!” but tag to Wilson. Pretty Deadly double suplex Strong and then Wilson covers, ONE! Wilson drags Strong up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Strong CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Wilson kicks low, turns Strong, but Strong fights out of the neckbreaker!

Strong ROCKS Wilson, trips him, but Wilson kicks him way. Wilson kicks low, whips, but Strong reverses and CALF KICKS! Fans fire up and Strong drags Wilson by his hair to CLUB away on his chest! Strong shoves Wilson down, pushes him down, and stomps him! Tag to Kemp and Strong brings Wilson up. Wilson scrambles away to his corner, tag to Prince. Kemp waits on Prince and they circle. Kemp shoots in but Prince blocks the takedown, floats around, and slaps him around! “Who’s the wrestler? Who’s the wrestler?” Prince does drop steps to taunt Kemp, and Kemp asks Strong what’s going on. Strong SLAPS Kemp to fire him up!

Kemp runs in at Prince, dodges and clinches to EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kemp suplexes Prince high and hard! Then he RAMS Prince down with a flying shoulder! Fans fire up and Kemp has a chinlock! Kemp grinds Prince down while fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Prince fights up, Kemp drags him over and tags Strong. They mug Prince, CLUB him, and Strong CHOPS Prince to a corner. Then CHOPS him on the back, then CHOPS him on the front! Strong brings Prince out to ROCK, but Prince KNEES low! Prince stomps Strong in the corner, tags Wilson, and Wilson scrapes Strong out of the ring.

Wilson RAMS Strong into the apron, then clamps on with fishhooks to put him in. Wilson CHOPS Strong but Strong throws a forearm! Wilson gives those back, they brawl, but Wilson facelocks! Tag to Prince and they mug Strong. Prince suplexes Strong high and hard, then covers, TWO Prince stares Kemp down then stomps Strong. Tag to Wilson, they mug Strong, and Wilson whips. Strong holds ropes to stop himself, then tags to Kemp! Kemp runs in, shoots around and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then a TWISTING SUPLEX! Kemp keeps going, whips Wilson to a corner and RAMS into him! Fans fire up and Kemp slingshot SPEARS!

Fans fire up with Damon Wrestling, but Prince rushes in! Strong CLOBBERS Prince, and Diamond Mine coordinates. DOUBLE BACKBREAKERS! Fans fire up and Strong fires Kemp up! Fans rally behind them as NXT goes picture in picture.

Pretty Deadly tries to retreat but Strong chases after! Wilson gets back in the ring and Kemp drops down on him! Kemp facelocks to grind Wilson, then sits him up for a chinlock. Wilson endures, Kemp leans on him, and then shifts his position. Kemp almost has a Bully Choke but Wilson still endures. Wilson fights, reaches out, but has to fight up to his feet. Wilson throws Kemp but Kemp holds on! Kemp grinds the headlock but Wilson fights up to a JAWBREAKER! Kemp still gets him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kemp grins and nods but Wilson bails out. Wilson then gets in, tags Prince, and though Kemp gets Wilson, Prince CLOBBERs Kemp!

Prince whips and CLOBBERS Kemp again! Prince stomps away, covers, TWO! Prince clamps onto Kemp and rains down fists on top of Kemp’s head! But Kemp TACKLES Prince in return! Prince headlocks but Kemp make sit a cover, TWO! Prince drops an elbow! Prince hauls Kemp up, powers him to the Pretty Deadly corner, and tags Wilson. They mug Kemp, Prince keeps him trapped and Wilson runs in for the back body block! Kemp flops down and Wilson talks trash. Wilson drops his knees on Kemp, then clamps on with a cobra clutch! Kemp endures, fights up, but Wilson wrangles him down!

NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up. Wilson KNEES Kemp then CLUBS him down! Wilson drives elbows into Kemp’s head, then wraps on another chinlock. Kemp endures, fans rally more, and Kemp fights. Wilson grinds the hold but Kemp moves around. Wilson rakes Kemp’s eyes! Wilson clamps back on, grinds the chinlock, but Kemp fights up. Fans rally, Kemp throws body shots. Wilson ROCKS Kemp, runs in but Kemp tries to get to Strong! Wilson keeps Kemp away with a wristlock but Kemp keeps fighting his way over! Fingertips away but Wilson whips Kemp away. Kemp dodges the back body block!

Prince tags in, gets between Kemp and Strong, but Kemp slides under! Hot tag to Strong! Fans fire up as Strong rallies with big lariats and CHOPS! Strong fires off in the corner, RAMS his shoulder in, then hoists Prince up for a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Then a fireman’s carry and GUT BUSTER DROP! Wilson runs in but gets caught, BACKBREAKER! Strong ROCKS Prince with elbow after elbow, then gets the legs! Wilson runs in but Strong CHOPS him down! Strong CHOPS Wilson, CHOPS Prince, and repeat! Wilson swings, but is sent into Prince! Fans are thunderous and Strong gets Prince hooked up.

Prince holds ropes to fight the lift. Prince elbows Strong, tags Wilson, but Strong throws Prince out. Wilson swings into a BIG back suplex! Prince RAMS Kemp into steel steps! Wilson and Strong DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up and Prince sneaks a belt to Wilson! Prince wants to use his belt, but the ref stops him! The Creeds show up! Brutus gets after Prince, Wilson runs in at Strong, but JULIUS takes the hit!! Strong rolls Wilson up, TWO!! Strong argues with the Creeds, but Prince tags in! SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty deadly wins!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

Strong let his ego as leader get in the way and now he loses it for his team! But will Julius & Brutus be able to sort themselves out in time for In Your House?

 

Solo Sikoa checks in with Cameron Grimes.

Solo says he’s got Grimes’ back so that Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams won’t try anything. Grimes can take care of business tonight, beat Melo at In Your House, and then as they promised, Solo’s got next. But Duke Hudson says  Solo has next in what? This video games at the arcade? Pff, Solo has next. But Duke says that after he beat Bron Breakker, he’s next for the NXT Championship. Grimes laughs that off. Nice haircut, Duke. Solo tells Duke that he beat Bron by DQ, and needed Gacy. That doesn’t count. Well that’s one way to look at it. But Solo is young and inexperienced. Solo wouldn’t get it because he’s not on Duke’s level.

Oh, so if Solo can’t beat Duke, he’s not ready for any title? Now he’s got it. Then let’s find out! Solo wants a match, Duke says he’ll see what he can do. Will the Street Champion of the Island show Duke he’s got more than what it takes to be a contender?

 

Grayson Waller vents to everyone backstage.

Does anyone even understand that Roxanne girl? Is she a fan or a fighter? She has no hope against Tiffany Stratton! Roxie should just sit on the other side of the barricade and learn a thing or two. No, everyone can learn! You can’t just hang around and expect to be handed things! You have to go out there and take the opportunity! Sure, some of you don’t have any athletic ability, or looks, but maybe some of you have a chance. Tiffany ran through that Bogan, Fallon Henley, and it was so good! Bogan? It’s Australian for stupid, unsophisticated American hick!

But Josh Briggs all this as Waller says Tiffany is on her way to the top while Fallon and her hick good ol’ boys are headed back to Hicksville, USA where they belong. But then Briggs walks right up to Waller. Waller says hey and Briggs says if he wants to impress people, go to the ring and take a country ass whooping. Waller tries to fake bravado, but will he just end up having both his foot in his mouth while having Briggs’ foot up his ass?

 

Tony D’Angelo and his good fellas visit Legado del Fantasma.

Just as promised, The Don brings Channing Lorenzo & Troy Donovan to Santos Escobar’s territory. But is this the right place? Has to be, it’s the biggest yacht on the dock. Just watch out, anything can happen. Escobar walks in from the lower deck and Tony says they’re late. Oh, Tony, what’s that saying? When you’re El Jefe, the people wait on you. Captain, take them somewhere nice. They go out to the water, and Escobar says Tony called for this meeting. What is this about? Or is he going to wait for his confidant, AJ Galante? Tony smiles and takes off his hat. A comedian, huh? Well Tony discussed this with AJ. And they all knew this was going to turn into a turf war

Santos has a smug on his face, walking around acting better than everyone. Emperor of his own empire. But Tony doesn’t trust him, doesn’t respect him, and if Escobar was dying of thirst in the desert, Tony wouldn’t give him a drop  of water! Well Escobar isn’t shocked. This coming from Tony D himself, the street kid who made it big by stabbing everyone in the front, and stepping on their backs on the way to the bread store. Escobar knows a snake when he sees one. And this paizon is a cobra. But in the jungle, Escobar is king. He is a python, and he’d love to squeeze every last breath out of Tony and watch him perish.

Then let’s settle this! Brilliant, Don! Shut up, Wilde! Both bosses have their men stand down. What’re they gonna do, El Jefe? Lopez says Escobar already won, what is it in for Legado? Well, senorita, the sun shines on a dog’s behind every once in awhile. But check the tape. Escobar used brass knuckles that time. Escobar laughs and says now Tony wants to play fair? But La Madrina is right. There is nothing in this for Legado. So unless they have something better to offer, see yourselves off the boat. Oh, he wants to raise the stakes? How about this? Since their guys want in, it’ll be a Six Man Tag In Your House!

Now listen to him closely, you prick. If Tony’s family wins, Legado is under the family. And if Legado wins, then Tony’s under Legado’s command. Why make such a dangerous bet that he can’t afford to win but also cannot win? Tony says that when you’re The Don, you make moves no one else can see. Not that Escobar would understand. The only thing Escobar sees is another three members of Legado that will work for him. Tony likes the yacht. He’ll use it for a celebration after they win on Saturday. Stacks says they might need a bigger boat. But after In Your House, the streets will be talking about how The Don’s crew took over Legado and gained some foot soldiers.

So do they have a deal? The bosses stand up, and Escobar says deal. They shake on it, see you at In Your House. Now get off the boat. Who will take over at NXT In Your House?

 

Cora Jade VS Elektra Lopez!

The scrappy skater girl won’t let anyone look down on her after how she went to the limit against Natalya. Will #GenerationJade take La Madrina down a peg? Or is it still too soon to say the future of NXT is now?

NXT returns as Lopez makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Cora shoots in, waistlocks, but Lopez switches and SLAMS her! Lopez tells her she has to stay outta Lopez’s business. Lopez waistlocks, Cora switches but Lopez elbows her away. Lopez waistlocks, Cora slides under then kangaroo kicks! Cora wheelbarrows and drop toeholds, then uppercuts! Cora snapmares and rolls to run and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Lopez gets to a corner, Cora runs in, but Lopez turns wheelbarrow into a SLAM! Lopez dribbles Cora off the mat, kicks her around, then chokes her against the ropes!

The ref counts, Lopez lets off at 4, but Cora throws back elbows! Lopez elbows Cora, TOSSES her, then storms up on her at the ropes. Lopez trips Cora, dribbles her of the mat more, then rains down fists! Fans duel and Lopez drags Cora by her hair! The ref reprimands, Lopez lets off and brings Cora up to scoop and SLAM! Lopez talks trash on Cora, hauls her up again, and scoops. Cora slips off, ROCKS Lopez with forearms, and backs her to a corner. Cora runs in but Lopez dodges the knee to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Lopez gets the legs, YANKS Cora to center, and then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Lopez snarls, she clamps onto Cora and ties up the legs. Lopez uses a modified HALF CRAB to bend Cora’s leg back! Cora reaches for ropes but Lopez dribbles her head again! Lopez ties up the legs for that modified crab again, but Cora gets the ROPEBREAK! Lopez holds on, yanks Cora up but Cora RANAS Lopez out! Fans fire up, Lopez rushes back in, Cora gets up and fires off forearms and elbows. Cora starts to rally, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Lopez to a corner! ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Cora and she grits her teeth to springboard and DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Cora gets Lopez up, but Lopez wrenches and BLUE THUNDER BOMBS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Lopez is shocked, she didn’t realize Cora would survive! Lopez stomps Cora to the apron, drags her up the corner, but Cora fires off forearms! Lopez bumps Cora off a buckle, but Cora RISING KNEES! Lopez is down, Cora is up top! SUPER SENTON! Cover, CORA WINS!!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

It was a gritty fight, but Cora came out on top! Cora is feeling good, but will she feel even better when her friend, Roxanne, wins the Women’s Breakout Tournament?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie asks Wes about giving it his all with Sanga only to challenge Xyon Quinn to their rematch. Why? He’s been wanting this for weeks now. And things haven’t been the best for him, he should take time off, but who knows, Xyon could throw his back out just getting out of bed. Yeah, he lost to Sanga. But as long as Wes can breathe, he’ll keep fighting. Speaking of Sanga, he walks over and says Wes is against Quinn. Fight him like you did Sanga. Wes isn’t ten feet tall, but Sanga knows Wes has a giant heart. Best of luck tonight. Wes doesn’t respond to the wishes, but will he follow through on Sanga’s sage advice?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“Growing up in a small city like Laredo, Texas, it was really hard to dream big.” Roxie got to meet her heroes in the (then) Diva’s Division, like Natalya and Brie Bella. They encouraged her, and despite the health challenges growing up, her family also supported Roxie’s dream. That dream was to be in the WWE! Next week are the finals, a moment she’s been wanting her entire life. While her friends were watching Pretty Little Liars, she watched the WWE. She wants to be like Paige, Nikki Bella and Michelle McCool. She trained with Booker T in the Reality of Wrestling. Booker didn’t care that she was the youngest or smallest, he pushed her to go past what she thought she was capable of.

Roxie missed hanging out at the mall, going to concerts, and even prom, to have wrestling matches. Her friends didn’t get it, but the one person who knew how she felt was Cora Jade. She was doing the exact same thing. They became close pretty quickly, and they’re practically sisters. Tiffany Stratton is twice Roxie’s size and much stronger, but she is NOT more determined. Winning this tournament and that contract would change Roxie’s life. So next week, Roxie fights for her life until she gets that contract!

 

Wes Lee VS Xyon Quinn!

The Must-See Kid finally gets his rematch with the Gentleman Fighter, who was being less of a gentleman and more of a condescending coward. Will Wes bring Quinn down a peg with this one?

The bell rings and Wes rushes right in! Xyon picks him up and puts him in a corner! Xyon TOSSES Wes, but Wes lands on his feet! Fans fire up, Wes gets around, KICKS and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Then DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up, Wes covers, TWO! Wes goes to the apron, he shoulders into Xyon and slingshots. Xyon stays up, Wes goes for a leg, but Xyon drags him right up into a Canadian Rack, to hang Wes out to dry! Fans boo but Xyon YANKS the rope to toss Wes! Xyon smooths his hair, stalks Wes and gets the arm. Wes throws body shots but Xyon stomps him down. Wes throws more shots but Xyon KICKS the legs!

Fans rally for Wes, he kicks from below! Xyon KICKS Wes in the back, stands on Wes’ stomach and pulls the arm! Wes endures, Xyon lets off, and he KICKS Wes again. Xyon drags Wes up to scuff him with his boot. Fans rally, Xyon talks trash but Wes throws more shots! Xyon pulls on the arm while standing on Wes’ face. WEs fights up and throws hands, but Xyon has a hard head! Xyon runs Wes over, whips him to a corner and back elbows! Then Xyon scoops to SLAM Wes down! Fans boo but Xyon covers, TWO! Fans rally, Xyon drag Wes up and RAMS him into a corner! And again! And again! The ref counts, Xyon lets off and then runs back in, into a KNEE!

Wes goes up to KICK Xyon down! Wes QUEBRADAS off the corner, but Xyon catches him! Xyon runs to LAWN DART Wes into buckles! Fans lose their minds, Xyon fires up, and Xyon runs in, but Wes rolls him up! WES WINS!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall

Xyon tried to run it straight through Wes again, but Wes turned it right around on him! Will Xyon be much more eager to get the rematch this time?

 

Roderick Strong chews out the Creeds.

What is their problem?! He told them to stay in the back and clearly they cannot follow orders! They cost Strong the match! Ivy says he is the one who doesn’t get it! Pretty Deadly was going to hit Strong with the belts, and Julius saved him! Is that true? Yeah. It is supposed to be Diamond Mine forever. But it still cost Strong! It would’ve been a DQ! Strong is the leader so when he says to do something, you do it! Strong knows what is best for them, and what is best is that In Your House, the Creeds win. Yeah, they’ll smash ’em, then- No, Brutus, Strong wasn’t done. Ivy, Creeds, right now, failure is not an option! If the Creeds lose at In Your House, they’re OUT of Diamond Mine!

Can Strong do that? He storms off and leaves the others speechless. Will the Creeds give it there all with that Diamond Mine ultimatum?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“How fitting that Saturday is called In Your House. Because it was in Bron Breakker’s house where those first embers of that fire, that anger, was cultivated. As a child, Bron would sit in front of his TV and watch his father blaze a Hall of Fame career, winning multiple championships in multiple companies. One of the greatest ever to step foot inside the ring, all based on uncontrollable power and excessive physicality. And during commercial braeks, Bron and his two brothers would continue where his father left off. Rick would come home, and instead of breaking it up, he would allow it to continue.

“Why not? Brothers fighting was normal for Rick and his brother, Scott. It wasn’t just survival of the fittest in the ring, but also at th ekitchen table. Instead of correcting course of his childhood anger, Bron took that uncontrollable rage onto the grid iron. He was a freight train, running over and through anyone in his way. Bron, you gave a new meaning to the term, ‘Red Zone.’ But you knew your aggression needed a better home. It needed to live in the squared circle, like father like son.” Bron ascended quickly to the NXT Champion and is now a two0time champion. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

But how does Gacy know all this? Gacy learned all of it from spending time with Bron’s hero, his father. When a man is helpless, the walls come down and the truth is revealed. In a family that settles things with fists, it is natural for Bron to lash out. So lash out, Bron! Let it all out at In Your House and be the man you truly are! Be the one everyone loves to watch! Let that anger consume Bron so that Gacy gets what he deserves. It is more important to get even than to win. Bron doesn’t want to just beat Gacy, huh? He needs to go outside the rules to avenge his family. But one way or another, that title is coming home with Gacy!

Bron watches this in the locker room.

McKenzie walks in to ask Bron his reaction. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, huh? Bron’s lost the belt once already, he can’t afford to lose it again. Gacy’s spooky laughter fills Bron’s room and it pisses Bron off! Why not do this right now? Born wants to smash his TV but then he calms down. Bron says maybe Gacy has a point. Bron is predictable, but his anger is not a weakness. It will be his strength! And this Saturday, Bron will rip Gacy apart! But will the anger take over and lose him everything he’s worked to have in NXT?

 

Wade Barrett is in the ring!

He welcomes the fans to the NXT Women’s Championship Summit ahead of In Your House! The champions and challengers are already here, and they’ve already signed the contracts outside of- Gigi wants Wade to hold on, but then Katana Chance tells her to hold on. Toxic Attraction has been talking for eight months, it’s time for someone else. They are all sick of hearing from Toxic Attraction, and sick of seeing them with the gold. They’ve all had a nice run, but on Saturday, KC Squared & Wendy knock Toxic Attraction of the top of the mountain. Kayden Carter adds “PREACH!”

Gigi “loves” this delusional confidence the challenges all have. She does. But you think you’re the first to think you can dethrone them all? There has been a long list already, and some can’t even show themselves in NXT. Either because they left or that time has passed them by. Or maybe they just weren’t talented to begin with. Wendy tells Mandy to just sign her part. Jacy says they understand the nerves, the butterflies in their stomachs. This is their first major event, of course. Better late than ever, though, right?

But seriously, while KC Square were making cringey TikToks and dancing in the clubs, Toxic Attraction was here! They were dominating in this ring and controlling the entire division! Kayden laughs at that! It’s easy to be on top when you barely defend the titles! KC Squared have been through hell and back, they are best friends, and that is more than we can say about Toxic Attraction! Wade wants things to stay civil, but Kayden brings up how KC Squared is the only team that’s ever beaten Gigi & Jacy! There is no way in hell these airheads win again. At In Your House, we’ll see how tight Toxic is without the titles!

Well that’s funny, because KC Squared are here representing the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild~! Wendy groans again, “Just sign the contract…!” Katana dares Jacy to make fun of them again and see fists go through their faces! Mandy finally speaks up, saying she’s heard enough. Toxic attraction are the best because the belts say so. And Saturday, the ones with the most pressure aren’t Bron Breakker, Cameron Grimes or- JUST SIGN THE CONTRACT! Mandy says it’s not even Tony or Legado. it is MANDY! Fans tell her to “SIGN THE CONTRACT!” Mandy says she wants them to quiet down while she talks!

Mandy says she will do whatever it takes so this child is not their next champion! She looks like she should be in Candy Land! Or Wonderland! Or Neverland! This is who they want as the face of the division? She’s in a cow onesie! When Mandy won at Halloween Havoc, they all thought she’d have a short reign. Well how many days has it been? 200 and counting! She’s said it before, will say it again: PUT SOME RESPECT ON MANDY’S NAME! NOW she will sign. Finally…! Mandy signs, everything is official. But Mandy says Wendy can play games, run her mouth, and wear stupid pajamas, but- Wendy just shoots a SPITBALL at Mandy!!

Mandy BOOTS Wendy! The fight is on and Wade bails out! KC Squared toss Gigi & Jacy while fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Katana PLANCHAS Jacy, Kayden SUPER CROSSBODIES Gigi! Mandy fires off on Wendy but gets turned around into a CODE BREAKER and a SUPERKICK! Wendy gets up and KC Squared set up the table! They get Mandy on it! Fans are thunderous, Wendy stands up and SUPER SLEEPY ELBOW through the table!! Toxic Attraction has all just gotten wrecked and the fans are loving it! Wendy, Kayden and Katana hold up the gold, will this be how it goes at In Your House?

 

Kiana James walks up to Ivy Nile.

Is working out all she does? Well, when she’s not competing, she’s training. What does Kiana want? Well, is Ivy going to talk to the Creeds after Saturday? What does that mean? Well after they lose to Pretty Deadly, Diamond Mine will need new members. Oh is that what you think? Ivy says the Creeds will win. Diamond Mine forever! Well according to the math, the Creeds have a less than 12% chance of winning. That’s pretty small. Ivy shoves Kiana up against the locker and asks what the numbers say about Ivy kicking her ass? About the same as they do for her boys. We’ll see about that. Ivy lets Kiana go, is she about to break The Calculator?

 

Solo Sikoa VS Duke Hudson!

The Street Champion’s got next on the North American Championship, but that’s just a verbal promise from Cameron Grimes. Will Duke swoop in and take that opportunity from him? Or will this win only solidify Solo’s place in line?

The bell rings and Duke circles with Solo. They tie up, Duke powers Solo to a corner, and the ref counts. Duke lets off with a pie face, but Solo ROCKS Duke! Solo bumps Duke off buckles, then off more buckles! Then even more buckles! Duke swings back but Solo ROCKS him first! And again, and again! Duke knees low, whips but Solo bounces off buckles to CLOBBER Duke! Fans fire up and Solo snarls, but Duke JABS! And swings, into a HEADBUTT! Solo has Duke in another corner, back body blocks, then goes corner to corner, only for Duke to bail out. Solo bails out of the hip attack, to drag Duke up by his hair!

Duke HOTSHOTS Solo away, RAMS into him, then slingshots up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans boo but Duke rains down fists on Solo! Duke drags Solo up to stomp back down, then he rains down more fists! Duke stomps Solo then has him at the ropes. Solo throws body shots but Duke CLUBS him! Duke whips Solo to ropes, CLOBBERS him, then paces around. Duke clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Duke taunts Solo, brings him up, but Solo throws haymakers! Duke throat chops! Duke hauls Solo up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Duke clamps onto Solo with a neck wrench.

Solo endures, Duke wrenches harder, and fans duel. Solo fights up, Duke CLUBS Solo then reels him in. Solo stops the bomb to RAM Duke into the corner! And again, and again! Solo back drops Duke away, then dodges Duke in the corner. Solo fires off hands, uppercuts, and a boot! SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up as Solo runs corner to corner, SPLASH! And SUPERKICK! Duke sits down, Solo goes corner to corner again, HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Solo goes to the top rope! FLYING SOLO!! Cover, Solo wins!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

Solo wins it all on his own, and now he won’t be denied! But who will he be meeting after In Your House? Will Grimes win to keep his promise? Or will Melo once again be the A Champion?

 

Tiffany Stratton speaks

“Last week, I corrected the biggest injustice in NXT history. Actually, more like history of the universe. How do you have a Women’s Breakout Tournament and not put me in it? But of course, I came to my own rescue and saved the tournament when I took Nikkita’s spot. But now everyone feels bad for Nikkita. Who cares? Good leg, bad leg, it’s not like she would’ve won anyway. Now I’m where I belong: in the finals.” She has a trophy room full of awards from body building, cheerleading and gymnastics. “When you expect greatness to happen to you, success follows you around like a personal assistant.” Tiffany is better than everyone, but average people can’t comprehend that.

But let’s talk about Roxie. Did you hear that story? OMG, eye roll. She’s as exciting as cardboard. Roxie rode a bus ten HOURS to get to Reality of Wrestling. Um, sweetie, there are these things called airplanes invented over a hundred years ago. And why do we care Roxie skipped her prom? She probably didn’t have a date anyway. Tiffany is so over everyone loving Roxie. After the finals, Roxie can go cry on Cora’s shoulder while Tiffany gets the contract and moves on to be the next NXT Women’s Champion.

 

Thea Hail sits down for a press conference.

After graduating from Plum High School with a 4.0 GPA, the youngest superstar in the NXT locker room is ready to reveal her choice for college. She has Norte Dame, Alabama and North Carolina hats on her table. She is going to train at the Performance Center but attend college in the fall. Thea is excited to accept enrollment at Norte- No, something feels off about that after wearing the hat. And neither does Bama or North Carolina. She is attending CHASE UNIVERSITY! Chase and Bodhi are super pumped to hear that news! Will Thea become the valedictorian of NXT with their help?

 

Grayson Waller VS Josh Briggs w/ Fallon Henley & Brooks Jensen!

The 21st Century Success Story stepped in it once again, and now he’s facing big bad Briggs 1v1! Will Waller have to cheer Tiffany on from a wheelchair after tonight? Or will he make this match go viral?

NXT returns and Waller complains about Briggs having Fallon & Brooks in his corner! How about the horse face and Fallon to go backstage so this can be a good ol’ fashioned slobber knocker? Well, Brooks & Fallon are fine with that. Briggs is here all on his own, will that even matter against Waller?

The bell rings, Waller jabs but right into Briggs’ grip! Briggs whips, runs Waller over, and things speed up. Waller hurdles but Briggs CLUBS him! Then runs him over! Briggs fires up, runs and slides, to ROCK Waller with a right! Fans fire up with Briggs, and he gets back in the ring. Waller uses ropes as defense, then he sucker punches Briggs! Waller fires off shots, Briggs shoves him down, but Waller kicks low then EDDY GORDO KICKS! Waller knees Briggs, clamps on a cravat and neck wrench, but Briggs endures. Waller throws shoulders, knees, and he ROCKS Briggs with that last one!

Waller mocks Briggs by sitting on him and whippin’ a lasso. Briggs snarls and CHOPS Waller! Waller ROCKS Briggs, but Briggs GOURD BUSTERS! Waller avoids the elbow drop to stomp Briggs. ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Waller throws down hands and knees, then he bumps Briggs off buckles. Waller throws back elbows, whips corner to corner but Briggs reverses. Waller goes up and over, Briggs hits buckles, Waller SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Waller pushes Briggs down, covers, ONE! Waller huffs and puffs, mocks the two step square dancing, but Briggs fires off hands! Briggs whips corner to corner, Waller goes up but gets caught in a back suplex!

But here come the Robert Stone Brand! Stone and Sophia Cromwell walk out here, Briggs fires off hands on Waller Briggs runs, BOOTS Waller, then runs at him in the corner for a clothesline! Then he POUNCES Waller out of the ring! Fans fire up but VON WAGNER shows up! Briggs BOOTS Von, but turns around into the SOMERSAULT STUNNER! Cover, Waller wins!

Winner: Grayson Waller, by pinfall

Waller gets an assist, and now Von goes after Briggs directly! Von throws down hands, then he drags Briggs to the corner. Von SLAMS Briggs’ arm into the post! Brooks rushes out to run Von off before it can get worse! Sophia tells Von to stand down, he did what he came here to do. But will Brooks & Briggs look to break Von’s face like he did their hands?

 

Ivy Nile VS Kiana James!

Diamond Mine’s Female Titan doesn’t much care for Strong’s attitude lately, but she really doesn’t like someone questioning Diamond Mine. Will Ivy crunch the number cruncher? Or will the Professional Professional Wrestler prove her brain can beat the Diamond Pitbull’s brawn?

The bell rings and the two tie right up! Ivy puts Kiana in a corner, Kiana turns it around, but fans chant, “Ivy’s gonna kill~ you!” Kiana lets off as the ref counts and she shoves Ivy! So Ivy shoves Kiana down! Ivy then clamps on with a chinlock and floats around to keep Kiana down. Kiana gets up, but Ivy fireman’s carry takeovers, then drags Kiana back up to wrench the wristlock. Kiana throws body shots but Ivy KICKS her leg. Kiana rolls, kips up, wrenches and fires a forearm! Ivy stays up to swing, but Kiana gets around to CLUB Ivy on the back! And again! Ivy’s just getting mad! She DECKS Kiana! Kiana scrambles away, then YANKS Ivy into buckles!

Kiana stomps Ivy in the corner but fans still chant for Ivy. Ivy gets up, Kiana RAMS into her! Kiana scoops Ivy to SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kiana clamps onto the shoulders, then the arms. Fans rally for Ivy and she resists. Ivy gets up, arm-drags free, and then sets up to roll and trip Kiana! Ivy runs Kiana over, KICKS away on the legs, the chest, and an ENZIGURI sends Kiana down Fans fire up, Ivy runs around the world to CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Ivy stalks Kiana, brings her up, but Kiana RAMS Ivy to a corner! Kiana runs in, RAMS into Ivy, then tells her, “You can’t learn that in the gym!” Kiana short arm LARIATS, then says brains always beats brawn!

Kiana suplexes but Ivy blocks! Ivy throws shots, and has the dragon sleeper! But Kiana snapmares free and ghost pins, TWO! Ivy gets up, Kiana CLOBBERS her! Kiana drags Ivy up but Ivy CLOBBERS her right back! Ivy rains down fists, Kiana shoves her away, but Ivy KICKS her in the chest! And again! And then a scoop POWERSLAM! Cover, Ivy wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by pinfall

Ivy defied the odds! But wait, here comes Pretty Deadly! And they’re wearing cut up mockeries of the Diamond Mine shirts! “Oh, Ivy. Ivy, well done on your victory tonight. It’s a shame the Creed Brothers can’t share in your jubilation this Saturday at In Your House. Where not only Pretty Deadly are victorious, but we’re the reason they get kicked out of Diamond Mine.” It must break Ivy’s heart, so they ask her: What’re they gonna do when Diamond Mine closes? But the Creeds rush in from the other side! Easy now, easy now. See you on- NOPE, the Creeds hip toss the champs into the ring! They CLOBBER the champs, TOSS and LARIAT the champs back out, and Diamond Mine stands tall! Will the Creeds crush Pretty Deadly under the pressure and be forged in gold?

 

NXT has another message in Italian.

“There are blue chip athletes, and then there is this man. He gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘World-class sportsman.’ Carving through the snow of the Alps with grace and precision, he cascades down the mountain at speeds an ordinary man wouldn’t dare attempt. When everyone feels the need for speed at the movies, he accelerates in real life. Leaving his past in the rearview mirror, he is now behind the wheel of his own destiny. Fine dining for a refined man with a refined palate. Every aspect of his life is exceptional. Style, class and athleticism is coming to NXT. Veni Vidi Vinci.” Giovanni Vinci is on his way to NXT.

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams join commentary!

They want to be ringside for this main event that has the North American Champion in action! But will they simply sit by and watch? Or will they have an influence on the Carolina Cash Money Caveman’s momentum going into In Your House?

Cameron Grimes VS Nathan Frazer!

NXT returns and the British Prodigy makes his entrance. The bell rings and Grimes stares down with Frazer. They circle, fans rally and the two tie up. Grimes waistlocks, SLAMS Frazer, but Frazer has the foot! Grimes gets Frazer’s arm and WRINGS it, but Frazer handsprings through! They circle and Grimes goes for a leg, but Frazer clinches. Grimes wrenches to a wristlock, but Frazer spins and arm-drags, but Grimes holds on to wrangle Frazer. Frazer fight sup, rolls, rolls and handsprings to cartwheel and WRING Grimes! Frazer gets the legs but Grimes kicks him away! Both men kip up and fans cheer the standoff!

Fans cheer, “This is Wrestling!” as the two reset. They tie up, Grimes trips Frazer to cover, but Frazer goes Matrix! Grimes headlocks, Frazer powers up and powers out, but Grimes runs him over! Grimes runs, things speed up and Frazer hurdles to then sidestep and DROPKICK! Grimes bails out and fans fire up as Frazer builds speed. Grimes gets in to EuroUpper! Frazer goes to a corner, Grimes whips corner to corner, but Frazer goes up and over. Frazer handsprings across the ring, elbows back then goes out to shoulder in. Frazer slingshots and runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to RANA! Grimes bails out again, and Frazer builds speed again!

Frazer has to abort the dive as Grimes gets in the ring! Grimes then PENALTY KICKS Frazer from the apron! Down goes Frazer and fans fire up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Grimes stares Melo down a second before he fetches Frazer. Grimes KICKS Frazer against barriers, then brings him around the way to give Frazer a BOOT! Grimes brings Frazer along more, puts him in the ring just to refresh the count, before hitting an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Grimes is fire dup, fans fire up with him, and Grimes gets in to cover. TWO, and Grimes is annoyed. Grimes keeps on Frazer with a top wristlock but Frazer endures. Frazer fights up, throws body shots, then runs, into a KICK! He’s down again and sputtering while Grimes leans on ropes. Grimes storms up on Frazer, pushes him to a cover, TWO!

Grimes is more annoyed, but he brings Frazer up for a double wristlock. Frazer endures, Grimes digs his elbow into the shoulder, and Grimes wrenches. Frazer throws a forearm, and another, but Grimes wrenches to WRING Frazer out this time. Cover, TWO! Frazer is showing his toughness and Grimes is even more annoyed. NXT returns to single picture as Grimes runs in at the corner, only for Frazer to give him a BUCKLE SHOT! Just like mentor Seth Rollins! Frazer drags himself up but Grimes gets his leg! Grimes spins Frazer to a GERMAN SUPLEX, but Frazer lands on his feet! Frazer ducks, dodges, QUEBRADA to ELBOW DROP DDT!

Fans fire up and chants for “NXT! NXT!” for giving us this main event! Grimes and Frazer get up, Frazer throws forearms but Grimes throws a haymaker! Frazer throws more forearms, but Grimes EuroUppers! Grimes whips but Frazer CLOBBERS him! Frazer starts to rally, he spins Grimes around, but Grimes suplexes to GOURD BUSTER! Grimes runs to CLOBBER Frazer! And again! Frazer goes to a corner, Grimes runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Frazer drags himself to a corner. “This is Awesome!” and Frazer RUNNING SHOOTING STARS onto knees! Grimes waistlocks, fans are loving “Both These Guys!” but Frazer victory rolls, TWO!!

Grimes swings, Frazer dodges, but Grimes avoids the Quebrada! Frazer runs into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives and Grimes is beside himself, but the fans are still loving “NXT! NXT!” Melo likes what he’s seeing, too, because this is taking it out of Grimes. Grimes and Frazer throws forearms from their knees, fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” The CHOPS and the forearms and the uppercuts keep going back and forth! Grimes ROCKS Frazer, but Frazer gives it back! Grimes KICKS Frazer down, but Frazer comes back with forearms! Grimes ROCKS Frazer again, but Frazer PELES! Frazer then runs, into a LARIAT!

Grimes gets Frazer up, but Frazer RANAS out of the bomb!! Cover, TWO!! Grimes escapes and fans say that had to be three! But Frazer just shrugs that off, builds speed again and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Melo says Frazer is crazy! Frazer puts Grimes in, then he goes to a corner. Frazer climbs, but Grimes goes up after him! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Grimes sets up, “TO! THE! MOON!” CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!

Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall

Melo is bummed now, but he also gets off commentary! Trick rushes in first, but gets tossed! Melo and Grimes throw hands, Grimes whips but Trick saves Melo from a Cave-In! Grimes is sending Melo running for now, but will Melo be returning home with the title? Or can Grimes stay golden and meet Solo for the summer?


My Thoughts:

What a great go-home for NXT here! Now, on one hand, we didn’t get flooded with recap videos no one needs. On another, it has been some time since we’ve gotten Prime Target video, and I would’ve loved to have gotten one for Bron and Gacy. Might’ve worked to undo some of the cheesy stuff we got tonight. Gacy’s laugh and the flickering of the lights just to “trigger” Bron was so corny, Prime Target profiling Bron and the Steiner family but also Gacy’s journey to this character would’ve been way better. But all that said, it feels like Bron is going to find a way to retain this title, as he’ll expect all the tricks Gacy will use to egg him on. Also I’d love if Gacy’s goons are replaced by the Steiner Brothers so that they swerve Gacy back.

Great opening from Diamond Mine, and Strong is so close to getting himself kicked out of the group. Great booking of the match where the Creeds try to help Strong like he “helped” them, and then Strong gets mad at them for it. Good story integration to have Kiana pick a fight with Ivy over it, and of course Ivy gets a win here. Pretty Deadly dressing up as flamboyant Diamond Mine members was a great part of their promo, and the Creeds going after them was a good response. I have a feeling Pretty Deadly retains, because even though they won the match, the Creeds get the last bit of momentum.

I was hoping the NXT Women’s Breakout Finals were tonight, or at In Your House, but nope. That’ll be next week, so we won’t get the winner cashing in on whoever wins the women’s title matches this Saturday. That’s a mistake to me but I suppose at the same time, Tiffany VS Roxie isn’t TakeOver level. They both had good promo vignettes, especially Tiffany talking trash on Roxie’s. But I have a feeling Roxie wins, given how the Women’s Championship Summit segment went. Good promos from both sides, and the fans loved all the burns KC Squared gave Toxic Attraction. But with Wendy & KC Squared all standing tall and holding onto the belts, they’re doomed to lose. Roxie can then step up to challenge Mandy via her Breakout contract.

Great tie-in for the Breakout story and Waller’s relationship with Tiffany. Waller talking trash and getting himself in trouble was a good way to give him a match with Briggs, and they had a very good match, even with the Robert Stone Brand getting involved. That’s gotta be a Six Person Tag of Von, Stone and Sophia VS Briggs, Brooks & Fallon. Giovanni’s newest vignette all but said this is Fabian Aichner’s new identity, so that’s pretty wild that this is where he’s going after leaving Imperium. And I just knew Thea Hail would choose Chase U. She is going to be a great addition to that stable, we could even see them get in on a Mixed Six Tag at some point.

Wes Lee getting the win on Xyon was a great turnaround of their story. I bet we’ll see their tiebreaker very soon and with Sanga getting in on the story, I bet Sanga saves Wes from Xyon’s sore loser attack to give us Xyon VS Sanga. We got a fairly good promo skit from Legado and The Don’s family, but of course we were getting a Six Man Tag. The stipulation of the losing faction folding, this might go either way, but I feel like fans are going to crap all over Legado folding into Tony’s team. The fans in Florida have loved Legado the entire time, even with them as Heels, they are not gonna be happy with Tony being the boss of them.

Cora VS Lopez was good but felt a little sloppy. Maybe these two needed more time to blend together in the ring but I had a feeling Cora was going to pull off the win. Cora’s story is going to take the long route, and there’s half a chance Roxie uses her Breakout Contract to get the both of them a tag title match. Hell, if Io Shirai & KLR can use the Dusty Cup to get a singles shot, we might as well make up for that by giving the tag champions some challengers. And good stuff from Solo VS Duke. Solo of course wins so he has momentum going into his North American Championship since he’s got next.

And speaking of, what an awesome main event from Grimes VS Frazer. Melo & Trick were on commentary so they could attack after, but they probably wanted to see this for themselves anyway. I said this when he was Ben Carter and had that match with Lee Johnson in AEW, and I’ll say it here again for Nathan Frazer: he is the future of pro-wrestling. So long as WWE doesn’t screw this up royally, at least. Frazer needs to be in a title scene before this year is out, he’d be amazing as North American or even THE NXT Champion.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/12/24)

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

After weeks of back and forth, Top Flight finally has it out with Shane Taylor Promotions in a Six Man Tag match! Who proves to be the baddest trio in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop; Roddy wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox; Fenix wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions; STP wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!

The Kings of the Black Throne claim they’re not enraged over Buddy Matthews being attacked, and yet they’re on a Rampage! Well, bad puns aside, will they unstoppable from now until they have avenged their Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari make everyone take them serious from now on?

The teams sort out and the fans hoot and bark. Malakai starts against Daivari and the two circle. The fans rally up, the two feel things out, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, grinds, but Daivari powers up and out. Daivari drops, hurdles, but Malakai waits. Daivari ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Malakai blocks the kick. Daivari narrowly avoids the roundhouse! Daivari backs up while Malakai sits down cross-legged. The fans fire up but Daivari tags Nese. Nese runs up, but Malakai ducks under the kick! Malakai kips up so Nese ROCKS him with a forearm! Malakai shoves Nese to ELBOW him down!

Malakai drags Nese over, tags Brody and the fans fire up. Nese scrambles away as the fans bark and hoot. Nese flexes, he isn’t intimidate. Nese CHOPS, but Brody doesn’t flinch! Nese grabs the beard and says Brody is his b*tch now! Brody CHOPS Nese off his feet! Brody barks, the fans join in, and then Brody CHOPS Nese! The fans “WOO~!” and Brody CHOPS Nese again! Brody fires forearms and CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Nese rebounds, into a BIG back drop! Nese staggers up, into a scoop and SLAM! Brody runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, so Brody drags him right up and tags in Malakai.

The House mugs Nese, double whips him corner to corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Nese dodges to then ROCK Malakai! Nese BOOTS Brody, whips Malakai at him, but Malakai rolls off Brody’s back. Nese dodges Brody’s lariat but Malakai BOOTS him into the LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Nese up, drags him back over, and tags Brody. They mug Nese some more, and the fans fire up as Brody pumps up that rm. Brody runs, but Woods DUMPS Brody out! Nese distracted the ref and Malakai protests, but the fans boo. Daivari hurries after Brody but Brody grabs Daivari by the neck! Nese FOSBURY FLOPS Brody down!

The fans boo as The Premier Athletes now mugs Brody! Malakai protests but the ref keeps him back, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

The Premier Athletes let off to high-five with Woods & Sterling, then the ref starts a ring count. Nese catches his breath before he drags big Brody up. Nese puts Brody in the ring, tags Daivari, and they mug Brody more, They both run, to DOUBLE SHOULDER Brody down! Cover, TWO! Daivari hurries to bring Brody around in a facelock, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Daivari CHOKES Brody on ropes, the ref counts, and Daivari lets off. Daivari argues with the ref, so that Sterling can CHOKE Brody! Sterling scurries away like the weasel he is, and then Daivari stands on Brody in the corner!

The ref counts, Daivari lets off and he drags Brody over. Tag to Nese, and Nese stomps Brody while Daivari anchors the legs. Rampage returns to single picture as Nese and Daivari let off. Nese soaks up heat, stalks Brody to the corner, and he grins as he says “All day, baby.” Nese CHOPS but Brody gets mad! Brody fires forearms and elbows, DECKS Nese, then storms up. Nese throat chops! Then Nese runs, but into an URENAGE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, reaches out, hot tags to Malakai and Daivari! Malakai rallies on Daivari with big elbows and then a strike fest! LEG SWEEP!

Nese gets in but Malakai ELBOWS him down! Daivari kicks and whips but Malakai RANAS! Nese is up but the JUMP KNEE knocks him down! Daivari stands and Malakai QUEBRADAS him down! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but the fans rally behind Malakai. Malakai storms around, stands Daivari up and suplexes. Daivari slips free, but Malakai fires a strike fest! Daivari SUPERKICKS first! Tag to Nese but then Malakai DECKS Daivari! Nese leaps in but Malakai dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Nese falls, Woods gets up! Woods ducks a shot, but then Brody SWEEPS the legs! Woods crashes off the apron and fans fire up!

Wait, Daivari sneaks in, armed with Sterling’s clipboard! Malakai turns around, CLIPBOARD SMASH!! The plastic explodes off of Malakai’s head!! Daivari gets outta there, the ref wonders what happened, and then Daivari BOOTS Brody! PLANCHA and down goes Brody! Nese hits a 450 SPLASH! A rough landing but Nese makes the cover, TWO?!? Malakai survives and Sterling is freaking out! Daivari reaches out, Nese crawls over, but Brody YANKS Daivari down! Brody RAMS Daivari into barriers! Brody makes Daivari take a seat so he can forearm and CHOP! Brody barks, Sterling panics, and Brody runs back in, but Sterling gets in the way!

Brody snarls, but then he just SPLASHES Sterling and Daivari! Nese is shocked by what he just saw! Malakai runs up, Nese bucks the O’Conner Roll! Nese runs up, into a KNEE! And then a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER! Malakai hurries up top, but Nese SHORYUKENS! And GAMANGIRIS! Nese drags Malakai down then climbs up. 450 SPLASH onto knees! That’s an even rougher landing than before! Daivari hurries back up but Brody catches him for a SLEEPER! And now, Malakai lifts Nese up, for THE END! Cover, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

Brody DROPS Daivari when the bell rings, The House having completely demolished The Premier Athletes. Will they not be stopped until they have what they want?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

The Savior of the Backbreaker is set for an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match tomorrow night on Collision against Dalton Castle. But in an occasion of turnabout is fair play, The Conglomeration is watching him from commentary! Will the presence of Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy & Mark Briscoe make Roddy better or worse than usual?

The bell rings and Kyle says that while he loves and appreciates Roddy, Taven & Bennett, they’re being more like the Undisputed Cling-dom! Meanwhile, big Ben Bishop stalks some smack on Roddy, and then pretends he can’t see him. Roddy says okay, be that way. They tie up, Cassidy points out just how tall Ben is, and big Ben shoves Roddy down! The fans fire up, Roddy comes right back, but Ben TOSSES him away! Roddy bails out, the fans fire up for Ben, and The Kingdom coaches Roddy up. Roddy runs in, dodges Ben, and kicks at the legs! Ben drops to size so Roddy and CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP!

Roddy kicks the legs, fires boxing elbows, then ELBOWS Ben before he runs and SICK KICKS! Then he hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up with Roddy and the Kingdom, then the STRONG KNEE knocks Ben down! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Conglomeration is in agreement, that was impressive work by Roddy, because Roddy is indeed that good. But Cassidy says it is time to go stare down with them. The Conglomeration stand on stage to stare down The Kingdom, but Roddy needs to focus on tomorrow night. Will Roddy punch his golden ticket to an ROH World Championship match? Or will it be The Peacock that means the Sussex County Chicken in Arlington, Texas?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

The Virtuosa is served a glass of wine, and says we’ve never been formally introduced. We’ve all seen what she can do in the ring, but does anyone know what it means to be THE Virtuosa. “Wrestling isn’t just a sport or an art form, it’s both. And more set to a quickening pace than a staccato beat of bodies slamming, bones cracking, tendons tearing! All building towards a beautiful and violent crescendo.” Deonna likes what AEW has forced her to become. “Because here, actions have consequences.” And Deonna vows to burn the empire to the ground, to remake it in her own image. This is the Age of the Virtuosa.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

On top of the opening match being Ospreay VS MJF for the International Championship, as well as Swerve VS Okada in a Champion VS Champion showdown, Mercedes Mone has issued an Open Challenge to the TBS Championship! Well, mostly open, as she is EXCLUDING Britt Baker! The DMD won’t be happy about this, but who will step up to The CEO?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox!

This is going to be a fast ‘n’ furious match starring men capable of fantastic feats both in the air and on the mat! And with there still being time before All In, who uses this night as a launching pad towards a title opportunity?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The four circle, and then Fenix and Komander stare down. They nod and shake hands, and they go after Fox and Angelico! Fox blocks a kick, Angelico wrenches an arm, and then Fox wrenches Fenix to a cording hold. Komander uses Fenix to wall run and flip out of the armlock! Fenix and Komander each reverse the wrenches, then kick and body shot. Fenix uses Angelico to flip up and over and wrench again, but Angelico headlocks. Komander sends Angelico into Fox, Fenix rolls Angelico up, but Komander rolls Fenix! Fox rolls Komander, TWO! Angelico sweeps Fox to cover, ONE!

All four men stand off and the fans fire up. Angelico does the Bernie Lean! But then he gets TRIPLE BOOTS for it! Fox runs up, Komander & Fenix kick and CHOP him. The luchadores double whip Fox but he reverses to TOSS Fenix out! Komander runs in but Fox mule kicks his leg out! Komander ends up on ropes, Fox runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO, sending Fenix into railing! Fox gest back up to trip Komander and he goes up the corner, to QUEBRADA Fenix! Fox somersaults in to then deadlift ANARCHY SUPLEX on Komander! Cover, Angelico breaks it! Angelico JABS Fox, JABS, then brings him around.

Angelico whips, Fox reverses but Angelico rolls off Fox’s back. Fox jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Fox falls back, Angelico coves, but Fenix slingshots in to SUPERKICK it apart! The fans rally as Fenix kicks Fox out of the ring. Angelico bails out, and now Fenix is alone with Komander. The amigos nod while the fans fire up, and the forearms start flying! Fenix CHOPS, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix staggers back, Komander runs up and FLIPPING RANAS! The fans fire up, Komander runs in at the corner, but Fenix puts him on the apron. Fenix ROCKS Komander, whips him into the POST!

Fenix goes up and tightrope walk PENALTY KICKS! The fans fire up with Fenix while Komander falls. Fenix goes out, and he CHOPS Fox, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Fenix KICKS Angelico, then runs around the way and goes up the railing to KICK Komander back down! The front row fires up with Fenix and he goes back to Fox. Fenix CHOPS Fox, whips him, but Fox reverses to POST Fenix! Fox high-fives fans, but Komander runs up to FLYING CHUCK! Angelico stomps Fenix, then he stomps Komander. Angelico even stomps Fox down! Angelico JABS Komander, ROCKS him, and Komander staggers away. Fox kicks Komander, then kicks Angelico. Fox CLUBS Angelico, then RAMS him into railing! But then Fenix BOOTS Fox down! Fenix puts Angelico in and puts him in a corner.

Fenix CHOPS, and Angelico sputters as he staggers away. Angelico goes to the apron, Fenix goes out to bring Komander around to CLUB him. Fox storms up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix CHOPS Komander, kicks at Fox but Fox blocks. Fox spins Fenix around to CHOP! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fenix ends up folded up and he flops to the floor. Komander KICKS Fox in the leg, puts him in, and kicks him more. Komander puts Fox in a corner to CHOP, and Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and while Fox brings Angelico up, Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Fox! Those three men are down and the fans rally up. Komander is somewhere on the outside, but Fenix brings Angelico up. Fenix KICKS Angelico, then shouts “ANIMO!” Somersault, into a takedown! Short arm scissor and a spin, HALF CRAB ARMLOCK FUSION! But Fox stomps Angelico! Angelico trips Fox, ties the legs up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Angelico has the TRAILER HITCH, but Komander is back! CIELITO LINDO onto Angelico!! Cover, TWO!! Angelico survives but Komander SOBATS Fox! And then TORNADO DDT!

The fans fire up as Komander crawls to the cover, but Fenix springboards in to DOUBLE STOMP it! Memphis is thunderous and Fenix wrenches Komander. Fenix reels Komander in, fireman’s carries, but Komander pops it into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and the fans fire up again! Komander waits on Fenix, Fenix SOBATS first! And KICKS again! Fenix pushes Komander to a corner, to then JUMP SOBAT! Fenix fires up, the fans are with him, and Fenix puts Komander up top. Fenix CHOPS, climbs, and brings Komander around. Komander fires body shots! Fox is back, and he joins in!

Fox CHOPS and CLUBS the luchadores, then climbs up. Fenix CLUBS Fox for it, and the luchadores work together again to SHOVE Fox down! Fox ends up folded, then Komander and Fenix brawl again. Angelico CLUBS Komander right as he CHOPS Fenix! Angelico takes aim, and he waistlocks Komander! Komander clings to ropes for dear life! Fenix BOOTS Angelico down, then he and Komander brawl some more! Komander stands, Fenix SHOVES him, and Komander MOONSAULTS right onto Angelico! Fenix then FROG SPLASHES onto Fox! Cover, TWO?!? Fox survives, so Fenix drags him into a CRUCIFIX COBRA CLUTCH!! Fenix TAPS, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

The Immortal Firebird brings out something new in his arsenal and takes the win! But will Fenix be flying towards golden opportunities as AEW prepares for All In?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Renee Paquette caught up with Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Bryan Keith, and asks what the hell. Yes, she’s seen The Learning Tree do “a ton of horrible other things” throughout his career, but tonight with Samoa Joe crossed a line. What was he thinking? Jericho smiles, the leather belt gifted to him by Martha Hart still wrapped around his hand. He waves to the camera and says, “Hi, guys. And Renee, I don’t know why you’re so surprised. This is exactly what I’ve been saying for a long, long time. If you’ve listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. Look at The Redwood and Bad Apple.

“But if you don’t listen to The Learning Tree, bad things happen. Shibata had a chance, now his arm is hurt. Hook had a chance, we had to burn his face off with a fireball. And Samoa Joke, for years, I’ve been telling you to listen to The Learning Tree, you didn’t, we ran you through a wall, and now you’re in the hospital.” Bill is stifling a laugh this entire time. Jericho says if Joe needs something to help with his inflamed muscles he might have, try ginger and black pepper. It’s really good for you. See, Renee? Lots of lessons to be learned. And even more will be learned on Dynamite 250, with a special edition of TV Time with Chris Jericho. Thanks, guys~…!

Jericho leaves, and Bill says one of the biggest lessons that Jericho has taught them is that the more TV Time, the better. And they want as much TV Time as possible! Because The Learning Tree, The Bad Apple and The Redwood are always maximizing their minutes. She should try it some time. Keith says if you don’t respect Chris Jericho, they will MAKE you respect Chris Jericho. Will everyone in AEW learn the hard way that Jericho isn’t kidding around?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

We heard the Virtuosa speak her mind, but La Mera Mera looks to show, not tell. Will Rosa be more than ready to go another round with Deonna? Or will the Queen of Strong Smile make some bold moves of her own?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Rachael shoves Rosa away, and the two reset. They tie up, Rosa headlocks, but Rachael lifts her! Rachael throws Rosa away but Rosa comes back to DROPKICK! Rachael goes to a corner, Rosa runs in to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Rosa goes corner to corner to ELBOW! Rachael staggers, Rosa KICKS a leg out! Rosa then runs to LARIAT Rachael down! Cover, TWO! Rosa clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts up to an armlock. Rosa CHOPS Rachael, ELBOWS her, then throws down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL elbows! Cover, TWO! Rachael goes to a corner, but Rosa CHOPS her again!

Rachael staggers away but Rosa puts Rachael in another corner, and CHOPS again! Rosa whips, Rachael reverses and Rosa ends up in a corner. Rachael runs in to LARIAT! Rachael keeps moving, and she UPPERCUTS Rosa down! The fans fire up and Rachael says “SWISH!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Rachael keeps on Rosa. Rachael CHOPS Rosa, storms up and CHOPS again. Rachael whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to LARIAT again! Rachael whips Rosa back in, runs in, but Rosa dodges! The fans rally up for Rosa as she LOCO LARIATS! Then she sits Rachael down to SWINGING METEORA!

The fans fire up and Rosa aims as Rachael goes to ropes. BANG and Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rachael sputters, Rosa reels her in, but Rachael bucks the driver! High stack, TWO! Rachael hurries to whip Rosa, but Rosa holds ropes. Rosa BOOTS back, runs up, and wheelbarrows, victory roll into a STOMP 182! Rosa then clamps on and has the COBRA CAMEL CLUTCH! Rachael taps, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

La Mera Mera shows respect to Rachael by helping her up and hugging it out. But then DEONNA runs out there! And she SHOVES Rachael into Rosa! Then she DECKS Rachael for the hell of it before going after Rosa! Rachael drags Deonna off of Rosa, so Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna BOOTS Rosa down! The Virtuosa shows her violent side, but will Rosa make her regret it?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of Strong VS Castle in an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match, and on top of Konosuke Takeshita VS Tommy Billington, The Bang Bang Gang is back in action. Will Juice Robinson & The Gunns keep the momentum going? Plus, Nyla Rose is back, we see Skye Blue VS Harley Cameron 1v1, and in the main event, it will be Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy representing The Conglomeration against THE Kingdom, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett. Could we see some Freshly Squeezed #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships, too? Or will Taven & Bennett secure that night off they’ve been wanting?

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

Willow Nightingale is going to be part of the big NJPW-CMLL crossover tradition, Fantastica Mania! She, Viva Van and Lluvia will compete for the now vacated CMLL Women’s World Championship! The Babe with the Power may not have gone back-to-back in the Owen Hart Cup, but will she return to AEW as a world champion all the same?

 

Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

There have been more words flying back and forth between these trios than anything, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Will The Martin Brothers & The Sight to See show everyone why they’re the Coldest Trio in the Game? Or will Lee Moriarty, Anthony Ogogo & the man himself, Big Bad Shaney T swat them all out of the sky?

The trios sort out and Darius starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Shane talks trash to the fans talking trash while Darius and Lee tie up. Lee waistlocks, full nelsons, but Darius uses his leg for leverage. Darius breaks free, standing switches, then half nelsons to slip around and headlock. Lee powers up and out, but Darius runs him over! Things keep moving, Lee hurdles and runs to then roll over the dropdown. Lee swaggers, kicks Darius, then whips him to a corner. Darius goes up and over Lee, runs back in, but Lee goes up and under! Lee runs in and blocks an elbow to then backslide Darius! ONE, and Lee goes for a leg!

Darius smothers the takedown, rolls Lee to a lateral press, TWO! Darius arm-drags, then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Darius dusts himself off. Lee gets away to tag Ogogo, so Darius tags Dante. Angel Dorado talks smack on the Olympic bronze medalist boxer. They tie up, Ogogo pushes Dante away and says that was easy. Easy! Dante says okay, and they tie up again. Ogogo powers Dante to a corner, but Dante pushes him back. They go again, Dante gets around to then headlock. Ogogo back suplexes, Dante lands out and rolls Ogogo up! TWO, Ogogo swings but Dante dodges! Ogogo blocks a kick but Dante victory rolls, TWO!

Ogogo feints high to kick low, but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to JUMP KNEE! Dante wrenches and YANKS the arm, then tags Action. Action climbs, Dante sets up, Ogogo gets a TABLE TOP BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Action drags Ogogo up. But Ogogo powers him into the STP corner! Tag to Shane and he talks smack on Action. Action dodges the haymaker to fire body shots! Shane takes those shots, KNEES low, then whips Action. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, and PELES! Shane staggers, Action gets moving, and Action rolls to RANA Shane up and out! Action then slingshots back in, but Lee steps in!

Action builds speed, the ref stops Lee, but the ref doesn’t see Ogogo CLOBBER Action! The fans boo and then the ref notices Ogogo, but Ogogo steps away. Shane storms into the ring to drag Action up and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Action over to the STP corner, and he CHOPS Action! Lee exaggerates his shock, and then Shane DECKS Action. Shane drags Action up, tags Lee, and they mug Action. Lee stomps Action, drags him up, bumps him off buckles, and Lee fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Lee stomps a mudhole, but the ref gets in there to stop him. Lee and the ref argue, but STP just applauds. Shane tags in, Action fires hands! Action backs Shane down, but Shane ROCKS Action in return! Action wobbles, drops to his knees, and Shane HEADBUTTS him down. Shane looms over Action, then drags him back up.

Shane back suplexes, Action lands out to tag Dante! Dante fires forearms over and over and over! Dante puts some stank on it, but Shane dodges! So Dante DECKS Lee! Dante kicks but Shane blocks, to KNEE back! Shane then uses both hands to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives, Shane gets mad and Shane brings him around to the corner. Tag to Ogogo and they mug Dante. Ogogo brings Dante out to scoop and SLAM! Ogogo runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ogogo argues with the ref, then he drags Action up. Ogogo RAMS Dante, then BOOTS him down! Ogogo scuffs Dante while staying between him and Top Flight.

Dante fires body shots in return, but Ogogo kicks low! Oogo snap suplexes, covers, TWO as Dante bridges! Lee runs in to BLAST Top Flight, then Ogogo drags Dante up. Ogogo whips Dante hard into the corner, then tags Shane. Rampage returns to single picture as Shane talks smack on Dante. Shane has Lee & Ogogo hold Dante up, but Dante BOOTS back! Dante fights free of the others, BOOTS again, and then goes up and up to FLYING BULLDOG! The fans fire up as Dante crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Darius! Air Wolf rallies on STP with big forearms! UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Lee, then Darius whips.

Lee reverses the whip but Darius catches him to an atomic drop! Darius keeps moving, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! GAMANGIRI! Darius fires up, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives the onslaught but the fans rally up. Darius drags Lee up and fireman’s carries, but Lee fights with elbows! Lee shoves Darius, Action tags in. Lee dodges Darius but Action BOOTS! Then SHOTGUN SNAP GERMAN COMBO! The fans fire up as Darius deadlifts for the BRAINBUSTER! Then Action STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, Ogogo breaks it! Darius runs up but Ogogo kicks him. Ogogo scoops Darius, Darius slips free!

Darius & Action kick Ogogo then double clinch. Ogogo powers out, fires HEABUTTS and elbows! Fireman’s carry for Action, F5 AND A HALF! Action flounders, but Darius BOOTS Ogogo! Darius WALL RUN PELES! Ogogo falls, Shane storms in! Darius dodges, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Shane talks smack, but Dante JUMP KNEES him! Dante runs in to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Lee runs up, Dante BOOTS him! Dante runs but into a FLAPJACK! Lee then hurries to spin Dante around to THE FANG! But Dante flounders out of the ring! All six men are down around ringside and the fans fire up! Lee crawls, hot tag to Shane!

Shane spots Action rising, he and Lee go after Action. They double whip, Action handsprings, but they catch him! DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Dante lands out! Action fires off forearms and elbows, and even CHOPS! Action kicks, Lee blocks, but then Lee ducks so the ENZIGIRI hits Shane! Lee CLUBS Action, Ogogo sends Darius into railing! Lee whips Action, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Ogogo! Action hurries back up, ROCKS Lee, and he springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Action kips up, the fans fire up, but Shane waistlocks. Action fires elbows until he’s free, then tries to fireman’s carry!? Shane is too big and bad!

Shane ELBOWS away on Action, gut wrenches, but Action slips free again! SUPERKICK! And another fireman’s carry!? But the back won’t hold the weight! Shane slips down to HEADBUTT! And then URENAGE! Shane flips Action back up to KNEE him in the face! Ogogo and Lee get in for defense, Shane DECKS Action!! Cover, STP wins!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

That could’ve been a win by knockout with that killer haymaker! But will Shane Taylor Promotions continue to rampage until they prove they prove they’re the elite of All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, and while they shoved five matches onto this card again, they at least did their best to put story behind most of these. Roderick Strong was of course beating Ben Bishop, but they gave us a storyline plug by having The Conglomeration on commentary. And while Thunder Rosa was of course beating Rachael Ellering, they gave us story build with Deonna attacking them both. I feel like this will give us Deonna VS Ellering next, to stretch things out so that the true blowoff of Deonna VS Rosa isn’t until All In, probably in the All In Zero Hour. For that matter, that’s probably where Conglomeration VS Undisputed Kingdom 3v3 happens, too.

I’m a bit torn on the promo from Learning Tree Jericho and crew. The positive is that it was really good. I said for Dynamite that I like how the payoff is Jericho’s gone from condescending to sinister, and even Big Bill is getting into this crazy persona. The negative for me is that they kinda shoved this in here. I know we DO need to hear Jericho’s explanation, but if it was “after Dynamite,” then find a way to make it part of Dynamite. Or just leave it for Saturday Night Collision so that you aren’t already stuffing a one hour program full to the brim.

Great opening tag from House of Black VS Premier Athletes with Sterling & Woods of course getting involved, but great win for Malakai & Brody in that 4v2 situation. Still banking on them screwing over The Patriarchy during a Unified World Trios Championship match. The Six Man Tag was really good but not sure it was main event material compared to the Fatal 4 Way. Good stuff for the Six Man Tag, everyone got their shine, but that Fatal 4 Way was just incredible. Great win for Fenix to stay hot while all the titles have stories going into All In, but he could get a shot at like, Okada’s Continental Championship to give us a dream match moment before the PPV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/12/24)

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Time to settle some scores!

Mia Yim takes on Nia Jax, Legado Del Fantasma goes after Corbin & Crews, and A-Town Down Under get a tag title rematch, all tonight on SmackDown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax VS Mia Yim; Nia wins.
  • Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews; Angel & Berto win.
  • Blair Davenport VS Naomi; Naomi wins.
  • WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under; DIY wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

Worcester, Massachusetts cheers because it’s #TiffyTime! And not only that, the Center of the Universe is the NEW Miss Money in the Bank, so there is no denying she is just biding her time until she can cash-in and snatch up a championship. And Tiff gets a mic to say that this Saturday, it officially became Tiffy Time when she climbed to the Tiffy Top, took down the briefcase, and become the youngest Ms. MITB in HISTORY! The fans do cheer that! And uh, Trish Stratus may’ve been the hometown host, but Tiff was the real star of the show. Trish isn’t here to ruin Tiff’s moment, because it is Tiffy’s Time.

The fans cheer for “TIFFY TIME! TIFFY TIME!” Tiff warns Liv Morgan, Roxanne Perez and Bayley to all keep their heads on a swivel. Their reigns are on Tiffy Time. And very soon, we will all be saying “AND NEW~!” WAIT! The Role Model, the WWE Women’s Champion, Bayley herself, makes her way out to the ring. Bayley tells Tiffy that she will be the first to congratulate her on such a big victory. Bayley knows what it takes. And as someone who has such high praise lately, that must add some pressure, so Bayley is impressed Tiff proved herself right. Tiff asks Bayley why she’s even out here, and to get to the point. Out of everyone, Bayley should know it’s Tiffy Time.

Bayley smiles and says well, she doesn’t care what time it is, she just wanted to give some advice. Bayley did win her own MITB in 2019, but Tiff probably didn’t even know what WWE even was then, right? Tiff says yeah, 2019 was like a million years ago. It is 2024, and just three years into this, and Tiff is the youngest Ms. MITB ever! Meanwhile, Bayley was just home, on her couch, eating chips and all alone. Bayley will give Tiff that, so here’s one last piece of advice: If Tiff even plans to use the briefcase on Bayley, plan on making history again as the first woman to ever fail her cash-in. But wait! Here comes Nia Jax!

The Irresistible Force, the Queen of the Ring, Nia tells Bayley, “What’re you doing out here making empty threats?”  The fans boo and Nia says that’s rude to the Queen. But in case Bayley forgot, Bayley has her match against Nia at SummerSlam, where Nia will be taking that title off her. Oh, is that right? Nia steps into the ring and Bayley isn’t sure who Nia thinks she’s talking to. But this isn’t NXT Hugging Bayley, or even 2017 Bayley that Nia put on the shelf. Yeah, be proud of that, idiot! This Bayley is the GRAND SLAM CHAMPION Bayley! This is the Royal Rumble winning, WWE Women’s Champion Bayley! This is the same Bayley that will embarrass Nia at SummerSlam!

But hey, y’know what? Let’s play a little game here. Devil’s Advocate: Bayley slips on a banana peel and Nia somehow does beat Bayley. What’s Tiff to do then? Is she gonna cash in on her friend, Nia? We know there’s some PTSD from the last time- Tiff says hey, hold on! Nia tells Bayley that yeah, she’s not the hugger that Nia hurt before SummerSlam 2017. But what is she now? BBL Bayley? Nia looks at the tights and says she isn’t sure what Bayley is trying to prove playing Divide & Conquer. Nia has no problems with Tiff, Tiff is like her own personal little Barbie. Tiff smiles, and Nia says Bayley isn’t a toy. Bayley’s a victim.

And at SummerSlam, Nia will victimize her. Bayley winds up, Tiff stops her, so Bayley DECKS Tiff! Only for Nia to CLUB Bayley! Nia puts Bayley on ropes to CHOKE her, and Tiff talks trash. But here comes MIA YIM! Kendo stick SMACK for Nia! Tiff runs before she can get hit! Michin warns Nia AND Tiff, will the Queen & Princess of the Ring learn who’s The Head Baddie in Charge?

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

They’re waiting outside Nick Aldis’ office when Byron Saxton walks over. Chelsea has a fancy neck brace on as she tells “Bryan” she has no time for his stupid questions. Did they not see the BRUTAL MITB match she went through? The whole world is now calling her, “The Mother of Mayhem,” “The Princess of Pain.” So she has no time for this! She is waiting on Sir Nicholas the Prickless so just go away! Byron says Nick- Piper asks if he did not hear her. Just GO! Git! Shoo! As he leaves, we can see Isla Dawn talking with… Blair Davenport? Could their NXT UK connection make Blair an ally against the trios coming after the tag titles?

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings on this match. Nia runs up, Mia dodges to fire off hands! Mia dodges again to CHOP and KICK and KICK! Nia HEADBUTTS Mia down, Mia goes to a corner, and Nia runs in! Mia dodges then fires off forearms! The fans rally up for Mia, but Nia shoves her away. Mia runs in but Nia ELBOWS her! Nia scoops, but Mia slips into a SLEEPER! Nia RAMS Mia into buckles and is free! Bayley is ringside to coach Mia, and Mia leaps to GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Nia endures, powers up and out, but Mia comes back with a strike fest! SOABT and PELE! Mia runs up to TORNADO- NO! Nia tosses Mia away!

Nia runs to ELBOW DROP Mia! Tiff says too easy. Nia covers, ONE!! Mia upsets Nia but Nia puts her on ropes. Nia SITS on Mia to choke her! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Nia lets off. Mia goes to a corner but Nia stomps away! Nia goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! And she rubs it in Mia’s face, literally! The fans are torn, Bayley coaches Mia up, but Nia storms over. Mia runs up to fire off strikes! Mia runs but Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia soaks up the heat as she scuffs Mia around. Nia clamps on a cobra clutch and she leans on Mia. The fans rally, Mia fights up, and Mia fires body shots! Mia SOBATS, runs, redirects, but Nia isn’t so easily tripped!

Nia drags Mia up to TOSS her to a corner! Nia runs in to SPLASH! And then she TOSSES Mia the other way! Nia taunts Bayley, runs in and she SPLASHES Mia in the corner again! Nia says kiss this, runs in, but Mia DUMPS her out! Mia goes to the apron, but Nia blocks the Penalty Kick! Electric Chair and SLAM off the apron! Nia then CLOBBERS Mia, and soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Mia is on Nia with another GUILLOTINE! But Nia powers up to suplex Mia high and hard! The fans rally but Nia rises first. Nia runs but Mia dodges the elbow drop! Mia ELBOWS Nia from a corner, then LARIATS! Nia stays up so Mia DROPKICKS her! Nia staggers, Mia runs in again for more forearms! Mia whips, but Nia blocks! Nia reverses but Mia BOOTS back! Mia goes up to FLYING RANA! The fans fire up and Bayley does, too! Mia SHOTGUNS Nia down! Mia fires up and she runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL in the corner! Cover, TWO! Mia can’t believe it!

Bayley coaches Mia and Mia climbs the corner. But Nia springs up to ROCK Mia first! Mia wobbles, Nia ROCKET LAUNCHES her! Then SENTON FLOPS as Mia moves in time! Tiff gets on the apron, sneaking Mia’s own kendo stick in. The ref is distracted, but Bayley YANKS Tiff down! And she sends Tiff into barriers! Nia has the kendo stick but Mia SHOTGUNS Nia again! Mia reels Nia in, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Mia hurries to cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Mia is losing her mind! Bayley is equally frustrated but Mia KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Nia! Mia hauls Nia up, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP!

Nia drags Mia to a drop zone, and she goes up! A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The HBIC did what she could against the QOTR, but now Bayley goes after Nia! The fans fire up, but Tiff CLOBBERS Bayley with her briefcase! Fans chant “CASH IT IN!” as Nia HEADBUTTS Bayley! Bayley flounders to a corner, Nia runs in to SPLASH! Then feed to Tiff’s SPINEBUSTER! Nia runs to drop a leg, brother! The fans are torn between booing and wanting Tiff to cash in. Tiff pats Nia on the back for the good work, but then temptation creeps in. The fans are getting louder, too, and Tiff calls to the ref! Is she doing it?! Nia gets right in Tiff’s face, and Tiff denies she was ever gonna try it. Tiff high-fives Nia, and they head out.

It seems The Princess will just have to wait her turn, but will she have to wait long with SummerSlam around the corner?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“The Bloodline had all the titles. Both Heavyweight and both Tag Team Titles. It would all be the same if Roman Reigns never went soft. It takes a real Tribal Chief to stay on top of his game. And that’s why I’m here: to build a whole new family. A more powerful family. A hungrier family. A more aggressive family. And this family will rule for decades, as long as I’m the Tribal Chief. And by the end of tonight, everyone will acknowledge me.” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up their ones. What will this furious four look to do to the SmackDown roster next?

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

It was earlier today before the show that Byron Saxton sat down with El Idolo, and spoke on MITB. Many say that was a star making performance by Andrade. Yet here we are a week later, and now those same people are wondering what is next for him. Andrade wonders himself, “What is next?” He has said that his vision in WWE is the same. This is his destiny! That is why Andrade is- interrupted by Carmelo Hayes… And Melo asks Byron why he’s talking to Andrade when he could be talking to the real MVP of MITB, the show stealer, H1M! Andrade tells Melo to tranquilo. Andrade never said anything about being MVP. The people did.

Well, Melo says people are saying Andrade screwed Melo over. Melo should be treated better here. he is a first round draft pick, he pinned Randy Orton, he went toe to toe with Cody Rhodes on his very first night on SmackDown! Andrade tells Melo that if he wants an answer to what is next for Andrade, it’s him. Melo leaves without a word, and Andrade smirks. Will El Idolo look to humble H1M and move on to even bigger and better things?

 

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews!

When Andrade turned them down, Angel took his frustrations out on Apollo. Apollo went for payback, got beat down for it, and of all the unlikely allies, it is the former Lone Wolf that has joined Apollo’s crew. Will they show Legado what it is to be respected? Or will Angel & “Berto” show they don’t show respect nor do they show mercy to those in their way?

SmackDown returns as Crews makes his entrance. Legado then makes their entrance, talking a lot of smack. But then Corbin helps Crews FLY and take them all out! Crews throws Angel aside, throws Berto in for Corbin, and the bell rings! Corbin SPLASHES Berto in the corner! Then he short arm LARIATS! Corbin fires up and so do the fans. Corbin then FLYING LARIATS off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Corbin tags Crews, and Crews whips. Berto reverses and RAMS Crews to then kick, CLUB and GAMANGIRI! Berto stomps away on Crews, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans boo. Berto brings Crews around to whip, but Crew reverses

Crews ELBOWS Berto down, drags him over, and tags Corbin. Crews whips to back drop! Corbin hauls Berto up, suplex and CUTTER! Cover, but Angel storms in! Corbin dodges Angel, Crews fires hands! Berto and Corbin fire hands, Crews LARIATS Angel up and out! Corbin sends Berto to Crews and he TOSES Berto out! Wait, Corbin wants to build speed!? Crews THROWS Corbin out and he takes down Berto & Angel! The fans are all fired up and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Angel reels Corbin into a Gory Especial. Corbin endures being bent, but Berto tags in so he can slingshot and ROLLING CUTTER! Not the cleanest cut but Berto covers, TWO! Corbin stays in there but Berto KICKS him down! Berto rains down fists on Corbin, lets off to taunt Crews, and the fans boo more. Berto grins as he drags Corbin into a motorcycle stretch. Corbin endures and the fans rally up for him. Corbin fights his way around to fireman’s carry, but Berto slips free! Berto springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Corbin is still in this but Berto stays between him and Crews.

Santos says to finish this, and Berto mule kicks. Berto runs bu tinot a fireman’s carry, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The two crawl, reach out, hot tags to Angel and Crews! Crews dodges to mule kick, run and BOOT! Angel staggers, takes a swing, but Crews dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Crews, and he reels Angel in. GERMAN SUPLEX, and Crews holds on! GERMAN SUPLEX again! Crews wants another, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Hattrick complete, and Crews BLASTS Berto to be sure. Crews runs in at the corner, STINGER SPLASH!

Angel staggers away, Crews goes up top! Crews leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, Berto breaks it! Corbin runs up but Berto kicks and forearms first! Berto runs in at the corner but Corbin dodges! Berto goes up and out of the ring! Santos is there to help Berto up but here comes Corbin! The Emperor dares Corbin to hit him. So Corbin does! And then he LARIATS Berto and himself into the timekeeper’s area! Crews ENZIGIRIS Angel, reels him in, gorilla press and SLAM! But Elektra Lopez gets on the apron! She distracts the ref so that Santos can KNEE Crews down! Angel drags Crews up, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Santos says the numbers don’t lie! Crews & Corbin can’t compete when it’s 4v2, will anyone stop Legado from taking over?

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

Piper holds Chelsea’s cup for her so she can sip, and is also reading a book titles… “How to Start a Cult?” Pretty Deadly’s Kit Wilson walks up to Aldis’ door but Chelsea slaps his hand! Elton Prince says excuse them, ladies, but they need to talk with Aldis about approving the budget for Pretty Deadly: The Musical! What? Oh, that clicks. But listen up, sparkle sisters, get to the back of the line. They’ve been waiting. The boys do as told, and then LA Knight walks out of Aldis’ office! Chelsea asks “Mr. Knight” if Mr. Aldis is busy.

Uh, yeah, he is. He said he’ll call Chelsea after he’s through with a couple other things. Just wait a little longer. Chelsea gets all huffy and Knight heads to gorilla, a contract in hand. Could this be what it seems?

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

The Viper says he heard what Solo said. There’s a pretty good chance Cody will find himself in the middle of that ring with a bunch of Samoans. But Orton also knows that Cody doesn’t want him out there. But Orton needs Cody to know that like it or not, if things go sideways, Orton is going out there. Orton will always and forever have Cody’s back. Kevin Owens feels the same, but he isn’t here tonight. That’s on Orton. Kevin loves to fight, but Orton told Kevin to stay home. Kevin’s family needs him more than they do. So if Cody finds Solo in that ring tonight, he better give that big ugly Samoan a piece of his mind.

But in the end, everything eventually comes to an end. So when all this with The Bloodline is finally over, Cody will have a lot of men in this locker room coming after the title. And Orton will have his back then, too. Cody thanks Orton for that, and Orton heads out. Will the legacy of the Undisputed WWE Championship be secure, even after fighting it out with The Bloodline?

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

Worcester fires up for The Mega Star as he brings his contract folder with him. Knight steps in, gets a mic, and while the fans chant his name, he says, “LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight says MITB came and went, and let’s be honest, he won’t stand here and complain, cry or make excuses. It didn’t go his way, he got dumped out onto a ladder, and someone else grabbed that MITB contract. So then Knight thought to himself, “Money in the Bank contract or no,” it doesn’t make a difference! Knight is the walking embodiment of money in the bank! So what that got him doing, rewind a little bit.

Let’s look at the path to MITB for Knight. Here’s some footage to take a look at. Specifically, he means his qualifying match from two weeks ago, where he pinned Logan Paul to win out! Okay, cut back to Knight. You see that, you see what happened, everyone person here right now saw was Knight move on to MITB, right? “YEAH!” But let’s look a little deeper, what we really saw. Yes, Knight went to MITB. But mor importantly, he pinned the United States Champion! And with that in mind, Knight picks up his folder, he has something hot and fresh from Aldis’ office. And well, let’s just say what this has inside was just for Knight. “YEAH!”

What this has in here has Aldis’ signature already on it. “YEAH!” And what this is here, is a contract for a United States Championship match at SummerSLam! The fans fire up for that! Now the only thing missing, he looked, there’s a signature from Aldis. “YEAH!” There’s a signature from Knight himself, “YEAH!” The only thing missing is the signature of “that edgelord,” Logan Paul. So what Knight wants is Logan to come out here and sign his part right now. But don’t get too excited, because that won’t happen. Why? Surprise surprise, roll your eyes, guess who ain’t here? Logan Paul.

But Knight tells Logan Paul that he will get this contract signed. It will be Logan, it will be Knight, and at SummerSlam, Knight will own Logan, own that belt, and there’s nothing Logan can do to stop it. Not cuz Logan’s not good enough, but because Knight won’t let him! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a of life! With everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” The Mega Star is still aiming for the Maverick, when and where will Logan accept the challenge?

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

“Everybody wants to talk about ‘living your truth.’ Truth is, you’re weak. And the reason bad things keep happening to you is because you allow it. You’re not successful because you’re not good enough. So while you cry about not being good enough, Blair Davenport’s already taken your spot. Does that hurt your feelings? Well come and do something about it.” The Ichiban Gaijin is here, but will Naomi learn to beware Blair? Or will Blair just #FeelTheGlow?

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Naomi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Blair headlocks. Naomi powers up and out but Blair runs her over. Blair soaks up the heat, runs, but Naomi drops, then slides under the lariat! Naomi mule kicks, leg sweeps, and then leg drops! Cover, TWO! Naomi keeps moving, and she slides into a chinlock. Blair endures the squeeze, fights up and throws body shots. Blair breaks free, whips corner to corner, but Naomi goes up and catches Blair, for a TWERK ATTACK! Then she BOOTS Blair away! Blair goes to the far side and fans fire up.

Naomi runs in to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up, and fans fire up. SUPER SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi wrenches her to whip. Blair reverses to BOOT! Naomi staggers to ropes, Blair storms up and swings. Naomi blocks to fire forearms. Naomi KICKS and KICKS, then whips Blair to a corner. Naomi runs up but Blair ELBOWS her away! Blair then goes up and up to DOUBLE STOMP Naomi’s arm! Naomi flounders out of the ring but Blair goes out after her! Blair grabs that bad arm, hammerlocks it, and POSTS Naomi shoulder first! Naomi falls while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Blair and Naomi fight for suplex control. They go back and forth, but then Blair WRINGS the bad arm out! Blair SUPERKICKS Naomi down, covers, TWO! The fans rally for Naomi but Blair clamps onto the bad arm. Naomi endures, the fans rally up more, and Naomi fights up to ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi arm-drags Blair away, then goes to a corner. Blair storms over, blocks boots, but Naomi rebounds for the ENZIGIRI! And then the RUNNING JAWBREAKER! And SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi stays cool. Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up and up, but Blair CLUBS her first!

Blair has Naomi in a Tree of Woe, to then just BOOT her down! Cover, TWO! Naomi survives and Blair is losing her cool. Blair drags Naomi up as the fans rally, but Naomi turns suplex into cradle! TWO! Blair runs up to roll Naomi up, TWO! Naomi runs up to sunset flip, TWO and Blair has it! TWO and Naomi stands up. Blair waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Naomi powers her way to an O’Conner, TWO! Blair is getting frustrated, but Naomi KNEES her! BUBBA BOMB! GEDO CLUTCH! Naomi wins!!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

It was a hard fought battle with just one good arm, but Naomi pulls out the victory! Will Naomi find a way to shine in the SmackDown Women’s Division once again?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

The #Big3 cheer their reunion and also Naomi’s win tonight. That is how you stand on business! Naomi did her thing, she looked good out there. Naomi says hey, someone had to teach Blair a lesson. Naomi says she can’t wait for Bianca & Jade to get their tag titles back. Jade says you already know that’s top priority. In fact, they were going to talk with Aldis tonight, but he isn’t even here. Chelsea and the others hear this and are shocked. They all storm off, and Naomi tells Bianca & Jade she’s glad they’re going to teach Alba & Isla a lesson. But they also need to be ready. Jade says they stay ready so they don’t have to get ready.

Bianca says Naomi did her thing. They’re gonna head out, good to see her again. Bye~! Love you~! The StrongEST Duo heads out, will Aldis and/or Pearce be able to arrange such a title rematch? But now Blair walks in. She says she doesn’t want trouble. She just wants to say that the better person won. Blair offers a handshake, and Naomi is wary. Naomi takes it, and Blair heads out. But Chelsea storms back over to say Aldis is not here! Chelsea & Piper pout and head out, and Naomi says she must’ve really gotten hit hard on Saturday. But then BLAIR ATTACKS NAOMI!! So much for sportsmanship!

Blair laughs at Naomi for falling for the trap. Will Blair make everyone beware her wrath?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under!

Don’t worry, you aren’t seeing things. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano only just got these titles last Friday in Toronto. However, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller are “cashing in” their rematch clause, and are hoping to take those titles right back! Will we see a bit of hot potato with the gold? Or will DIY just do it all over again?

SmackDown returns and DIY makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if history repeats itself!

Ciampa and Waller start, and Waller takes a swing! Ciampa dodges to ROCK and CHOP Waller, then whip him. Waller slides out, leads Ciampa on a chase, and Theory is there. Ciampa dodges Theory, gets in the ring, and then Gargano jumps in. ATDU swings but DIY dodges to then DOUBLE DROPKICK! Theory falls out, DIY TOSSES Waller out, and then Ciampa KNEES Waller back down. Ciampa holds the ropes open so Gargano can DIVE into a haymaker! Theory takes out Johnny Wrestling, and Waller jams up Ciampa! Waller POSTS the Sicilian Psycho, Theory RAMS Gargano into barriers!

Waller TORNADO DDTS Ciampa on the apron! ATDU look at the belts, claiming those are coming back home, but the fans boo while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Waller CLOBBERS Ciampa! Th efans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Aaller fires off on Ciampa in a corner. Waller then gets space, runs in, but Ciampa avoids the splash! Waller staggers, Theory tags in, and Theory stomps Ciampa down! Theory mockingly asks where Johnny went, then he goes up. Theory leaps, into a  JUMP KNEE! Theory and Ciampa are down, and Gargano rises! The fans fire up as Ciampa crawls over, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano rallies on ATDU! ENZIGIRI for Theory! Gargano dodges Waller to tilt-o-whirl but Theory runs up! So Gargano COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBOS!

Gargano runs in at Theory but Theory puts him on the apron. Gargano GAMANGIRIS Theory, avoids Waller to MULE KICK, then he SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Gargano brings Theory up. Tag to Ciampa, they whip, but Waller stops Shatter Machine! Theory sunset flips Ciampa, TWO! Theory ROCKS Ciampa, Ciampa ROCKS Theory! They go back and forth with forearms, then Theory ELBOWS Ciampa! Ciampa BOOTS Theory! O’Conner Roll, Waller SOMERSAULT FLATINERS! Theory covers Ciampa, TWO! ATDU is frustrated but Waller helps Theory to the corner.

Theory tags Waller, and now ATDU mocks DIY! They’re at the corners, they aim, but Ciampa ducks! Only kicks meet at the middle, and Ciampa rolls Waller! TWO, and Waller runs up! Ciampa moves, JUMP KNEE hits Theory! Not again! And Waller turns around, into SHATTER MACHINE!! DIY sets up in the corners now and Worcester is thunderous! MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (still WWE Tag Team Champions)

History does repeat itself as DIY wins two weeks in a row! Waller and Theory try to reason out why this happened, but then THE BLOODLINE ATTACKS! Jacob Fatu CLOBBERS Theory, then goes into the ring to YANK Gargano down into a SAMOAN DROP! Ciampa fires off forearm sand BOOTS, then he DDTS Fatu down! But Fatu just rises up! And he SUPERKICKS Ciampa! The Samoan Werewolf runs in to HIP ATTACK Gargano! Then he drags Ciampa up to whip and POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! The fans boo but Solo Sikoa’s Enforcer just dominated the tag champs! And then he DOUBLE JUMP ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS Gargano!!

The fans lose their minds seeing that, but Fatu isn’t done! He hits the BEST MOONSAULT EVER on Ciampa!! Fatu is practically foaming at the mouth, and only now does Solo Sikoa make his way to the ring. Is this part of what Solo meant earlier tonight? What more does “The REAL Tribal Chief” have to say tonight? We’ll find out, after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

Fatu has finally calmed down, and Solo Sikoa has the mic. “Boston, Mass…” No, this is Worcester. But Solo still says, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans boo as The Bloodline lifts up the ones. Solo says, “Need I remind you what happened to those that didn’t acknowledge me?” The fans chant “WE WANT ROMAN!” But Solo says Jimmy Uso, his own brother, his own flesh and blood, did not acknowledge him. And what happened? He’s gone. The Wise Man, Paul Heyman, did not acknowledge Solo. Heyman’s gone, too. And Roman… Reigns… The fans chant for “ROMAN! ROMAN!” but Solo says don’t do that now! They don’t even deserve him! They have Solo now.

And if Roman Reigns decides to come back, he will acknowledge Solo as Tribal Chief. But tonight is about Cody Rhodes. It is Cody’s turn… to acknowledge him! So if Cody’s there- Oh he sure is! The Undisputed WWE Champion, the American Nightmare, makes his way out on stage! The fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and pyro, and Cody stares Solo down. Cody takes off his tie and looses his collar before he steps to the ring. Cody knows it’s 4v1, but he isn’t backing down. Solo has his men stand back, and Cody grabs himself a mic.

The fans cheer Cody on, and he says, “I’ve heard everything that you’re saying. I’m sure you can figure this out. We want the same thing. Now of course, gotta speak to Nick Aldis, but you might as well consider it official. SummerSlam, the Undisputed WWE Championship. BUT…! If it was really up to me, if I could make any decision, I wouldn’t be waiting ’til SummerSlam. I’d wanna do it here and now.” The fans cheer that! Cody drops his mic, but Solo has his men flank the champion. The fans chant for “RANDY! RANDY!” but Cody throws hands first! Cody ROCKS Solo, ROCKS Tama, ROCKS Loa, ROCKS Faut!

Cody catches Solo to a dragon sleeper, but Fatu SUPERKICKS! Tama & Loa mug Cody, then Fatu LARIATS him down! But here comes Randy! Tama goes out, Orton kicks him first! Same for Loa! Orton gets in, and he DUMPS Fatu out! Solo runs up but into a kick! Orton puts Solo in the ropes, drags him out, and hits the DRAPING DDT! Orton helps Cody up but Fatu is back! Fatu runs in, to CLOBBER Orton!! Tama & Loa return to mug Orton, and the fans boo as it is 3v1 on The Viper! Fatu kicks Cody out, Orton fights back against Tama & Loa! But Fatu DIVES onto Orton! Orton hits barriers and Fatu fires up!

Solo has Cody to himself but Cody fights back! Fatu is right on Cody and he fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Solo and Fatu trap Cody with the ropes! They mug Cody, and make him watch as Tama & Loa RAM Orton with steel steps! And RAM him again! Deja vu to when The Usos sidelined Orton for 18 months! Cody says no, take him! They want him, spare Orton! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton! Solo says this is what happens to those who stand against them! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton again! And another SUPERKICK! Tama & Loa clear the desk! Solo says this blood is on Cody’s hands! Fatu & The Guerrillas get Orton up, for the TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!!

Worcester is devastated! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Cody! The fans boo, the ula fala is put on Solo, and The Bloodline stands over their victims while raising the ones. Have they made the Apex Predator extinct? Are they going to end the legacy with their own hands?


My Thoughts:

An incredible SmackDown to bridge us from MITB to SummerSlam. Very good promo segment to start, and very clever of Bayley to point out that if Nia wins, Tiff definitely can’t cash in on her. And while Nia VS Mia was very good, Nia naturally wins to build her momentum. Tiff being tempted was also a good detail, and she might still be tempted along the way to SummerSlam, but I think my scenario of Tiff waiting until Bayley’s somehow survived Nia is the more likely choice. For that matter, there’s even a chance Nia screws Tiff out of her cash-in because Nia is just that selfish. That’d be some good Heel Heat on Nia since there are clearly big time Tiffy fans out there.

Great ongoing bit from Chelsea & Piper tonight, them waiting for Aldis. I wonder if that’s a nod to Chelsea having to wait forever on Vince to hear her out. Naomi VS Blair was a good match but it took a minute to get going. Naomi got a good win, and Blair pulls off a fairly good swerve, because yeah duh she’s a sore loser. I also liked that Easter egg bit of her and Isla Dawn talking. I really do think we’ll be getting Alba, Isla & Blair as a trio now that we’re seeing quite a few of those form up. DMG CTRL, the trio of Zoey, Shayna & Sonya, the #Big3 of Jade, Bianca & Naomi, WWE might be working on factions as a way to maximize the number of women getting screentime together.

Very good tag match of Garza & Carrillo VS Crews & Corbin, and I figured Santos & Lopez would be why Legado won. Now, Andrade is going to be feuding with Melo for a minute, and that’s going to be a great match, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrade circles back to Legado at some point. Naturally, LA Knight and Logan Paul are having their match at SummerSlam, good promo from Knight tonight and we’ll certainly be seeing Logan Paul next week to respond. I would think Logan would have no problem taking this match since he’ll want payback for the MITB qualifier, and is probably cocky enough to think this will be easy.

Great tag title rematch from DIY and A-Town Down Under, though I’m surprised it was so soon. And a little surprised that DIY won again. I almost thought they were gonna hot potato the belts and then the tiebreaker is at SummerSlam. I suppose they can still have DIY VS ATDU round 3 at SummerSlam, but at the same time, HHH loves cards with less matches for more quality. Maybe round 3 is for the SmackDown before SummerSlam like we just got to lead into MITB. And then Fatu wrecking those top teams was wild. As if this new Bloodline wasn’t already brutal, this right here could get Tama & Loa right into the tag title scene.

And of course we’re getting Cody VS Solo for the top title. Orton getting taken out like Heyman was rather wild, too, but maybe he makes a “miraculous” return where he and Kevin help Cody fight off Solo. And maybe, just maybe, Roman Reigns does return to make sure Solo does not win the title, and then getting us started on Solo’s Bloodline VS Roman’s Bloodline to go into the Fall stretch.

My Score: 8.8/10


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