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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/20/22)

WWE Tag Title Unification!



SmackDown 2022

Tonight, there can only be ONE!

Raw Tag Team Championships + SmackDown Tag Team Championships = THE UNDISPUTED WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS… But who are the ones?


  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins.
  • GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Drew Gulak; Gunther wins.
  • Raquel Rodriguez VS Shotzi Blackheart; Raquel wins.
  • Xavier Woods VS “Butch” Pete Dunne; Woods wins.
  • Raw & SmackDown Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All Title Unification: RKBRO VS The Usos; The Usos win and are the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.


The Bloodline heads to the ring!

The Tribal Chief leads the way as he, Paul Heyman and The Usos walk out on stage. They raise the belts and the pyro goes off. They then continue down the ramp, Heyman holding up the Universal Championship as a banner. They step through the ropes and raise the belts again for more pyro. Heyman then holds the belts for Roman Reigns before handing over the mic. “Grand Rapids! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans seem pretty torn, but Roman says tonight is special. Tonight, they’re not acknowledging the Tribal Chief, but they’re acknowledging his cousins, the Usos. That means tonight, they acknowledge the Bloodline!

“Wise Man.” “Yes, My Tribal Chief.” “Tell them why.” “Yes, sir. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the single biggest night in the history of tag team wrestling. You see, what we have on the Island of Relevancy is the moment of truth. ROman Reign sis the GOAT, the Undisputed Greatest of All Time. You can take your Bruno Sammartinos, you can take your Hulk Hogans, you can take your Stone Cold Steve Austins, you can take your Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnsons, you can take your Brrrock Lesnars, you can take your John Cenas, you can stack them all up and that’s what would happen if they all stepped into the ring at the same time with the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. They would be stacked up, smashed and pinned by the Undisputed GOAT, the Greatest of All Time, Roman… Reigns!

“And while you sit there with your insecure cheers, here’s something you have to acknowledge. Each and every single night of his life, Roman Reigns defends the position of being the Greatest of All Time. Because that’s what it takes to be the Tribal Chief on the Island of Relevancy! So what does it take for the Usos to be the Greatest Tag Team of All Time? And I say that with a lot of nervousness in my voice, because I stand in the ring with the descendants, the direct descendants, of Afa & Sika. So to claim Greatest Tag Team of All Time would be pretty disrespectful if you don’t do something that not even Afa & Sika, the Wild Samoans, every accomplished.

“What is that accomplishments? Unifying the tag team titles! Don’t just be the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions of all time, be the ONLY tag team ever, EVER, to be SmackDown Tag Team Champions and Raw Tag Team Champions at the very same time. And to do so, the Usos have to defeat Randy Orton & Riddle, RKBRO.” Fans cheer for Orton & Riddle and Heyman will give credit where it is due. They’re the best tag team on Raw, and perhaps the best team in the history of Raw. But the Usos have to earn their spot, have to earn relevancy, and not be last week’s news.

It is not enough to be cousins with the Tribal Chief. “So tonight, ladies and gentlemen, the Usos will come home the Undisputed Tag Team Champions, or they won’t come home to the Island of Relevancy at all. Tonight, the Usos will BEAT RKBRO. Tonight, the Usos will become the Greatest Tag Team of All Time! Tonight, the Usos will be the UNDISPUTED Tag Team Champions of the World! And that’s not just a prediction… That, ladies and gentlemen, is a spoiler.” Roman wants the mic back and Heyman hands the mic over. Roman adds, “USOS! Twins. You know what I want. And I expect you to deliver. The only reason I have these expectations is because I love you.”

The Usos and Roman hug it out, and fans boo. Will Jimmy & Jey do their entire family proud when they take down the Viper & the Stallion and take home both sets of tag titles?


Sami Zayn applauds all this backstage.

The “locker room leader” is still wearing a Bloodline shirt as he looks to do them proud as their proxy. But will he only end up embarrassing himself in tonight’s big rematch?

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The King of Strong Style gives the Bloodline a look as he makes his entrance and they make their exit. Will the King of Strong Style get even with “The Table’s Ass” to then take aim at the Head?

SmackDown returns and Sami makes his entrance. The bell rings, Nakamura and Sami circle and tie up. Sami waistlocks, headlocks, and grinds the hold. Nakamura power sup and out, but Sami runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Sami clamps on a chinlock. Nakamura fights up, Sami shifts to get the arm. Sami wrenches, wristlocks, but Nakamura rolls, kips up and wrenches to cartwheel and WRING Sami out! Fans fire up as Nakamura hammerlocks then headlocks. Sami powers out, Nakamura runs him over now! Fans rally, things speed up, Nakamura fakes Sami out and KICKS him down!

Sami gets up but Nakamura KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Sami blocks but Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Nakamura has Sami in a corner now, for GOOD VIBRATIONS~! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and brings Sami up. Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura stalks Sami to ropes, brings him up and throws a knee. Nakamura whips Sami but Sami reverses to whip and YANK Nakamura by his hair! Fans boo but Sami rains down fists on Nakamura! Sami lets off the ground ‘n’ pound and he brings Nakamura up. Sami ROCKS Nakamura with a haymaker, then he whips Nakamura to ropes for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Sami keeps on Nakamura and puts him on the ropes. Sami chokes Nakamura by digging his knees in! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4, and Sami drags Nakamura to a drop zone. Sami goes up the corner, Nakamura fires off hands! Nakamura climbs up after Sami, fans fire up, but Sami fights back with body shots. Nakamura gives body shots, but Sami CLUBS Nakamura with elbows! Nakamura holds on but Sami scrapes him off the ropes. Sami adjusts, but Nakamura traps him up! Sami lands on his great liberator and falls to the mat! Nakamura aims, runs in, but is sent into the corner! Nakamura elbows Sami away, then hops up the corner.

Sami grabs a leg and TOSSES Nakamura to the floor! Sami grins and fans boo as Nakamura crashes and burns, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Sami clubs away on Nakamura with crossface forearms and even elbows! Fans rally but Sami wraps on a chinlock. Nakamura endures, Grand Rapids is fired up for Nakamura but Sami throws knees. Sami whips, Nakamura ducks and dodges then DYNAMIC DROPKICKS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sami and Nakamura slowly rise, Nakamura fires off a strike fest! Knee and AX KICK! Nakamura runs to SHOTGUN! Sami staggers to a corner, Nakamura runs in but he blocks boots. Nakamura puts Sami in ropes, ROUNDHOUSE and SLIDING GERMAN! Fans fire up as Nakamura climbs up!

Sami stands, Nakamura aims, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sami survives and Nakamura is shocked! Fans fire up as Nakamura brings Sami up. Sami swings, Nakamura ducks, Sami ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Sami flounders to a corner and fans fire up again. Nakamura aims from a corner, “YAO~!” But Sami runs out of the ring! Just like last time. Nakamura goes out the side and comes in around the corner, but into a scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER to the floor! Sami wants to win by count-out again! The count is 5 of 10, then 8! Nakamura springs up at 9 and in at 9.9!! Sami is furious but Nakamura survives!

Fans taunt Sami as “Rusty!” but Sami kicks Nakamura back out. Sami whips but Nakamura reverses and POSTS Sami! Nakamura TOSSES Sami into the timekeeper’s area! A true reversal of last time! Sami flounders, slides in at 9, KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

Nakamura avenges his loss to the “elder statesman” of SmackDown! Will Sami be hoping the Bloodline wasn’t aware of this? Will Nakamura be headed for gold in the near future?


Happy Corbin heads to the ring.

And though he’s hosting another episode of Happy Talk, it’s hard to say he looks all that happy. Could it have something to do with how he tried to cripple Mad Cap Moss? We’ll see how Corbin’s feeling, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin has the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy! Corbin somberly welcomes us to Happy Talk. And though he says this every week, this is the happiest he’s ever been. No one understands how good it feels to be Corbin. He’s tall, handsome, waring a 12 THOUSAND dollar hat, and a 70 THOUSAND dollar watch. But best of all, Corbin rid the WWE of that “mouth breathing moron,” Mad Cap Moss. And he got himself a souvenir, that will look great in his trophy case, alongside the one Corbin already has. Corbin has us watch a recap video showing his brutal attack on Moss, with chair, and the chair vice using the trophy to smash it.

Back to present, Corbin says he got fined a hell of a lot of money for that. Well, a lot of money to most people. But you can’t put a price on art, and that was a masterpiece. And just like every amazing piece of art, you appreciate it more the second time around. Corbin has us watch the video again, specifically when the trophy hits chair vice and Moss writhes in agony. Corbin says the fans should all learn from that. They should appreciate all the things they have, and should show total respect to their bosses. “You should never try to improve your station in life. Mad Cap Moss had it good. He was my protégé, he flew on private jets, he ate Wagyu beef, and I paid for it all.”

But now, if Moss wants to eat steak, his nurse has to chew it for him first. Moss wanted to get out of Corbin’s shadow, become a big star, and rise to the top of the WWE. He was a big shot, but he didn’t appreciate every great thing Corbin did for him. Moss thought Corbin was the butt of all his jokes! He called Corbin “The Big Bald Wolf!” Fans chant that back at Corbin, but Corbin says, “Who’s laughing now?! Maybe, just maybe, I am the Big Bald Wolf, because I huffed, and I puffed, and I put Mad Cap Moss in am ambulance!” Corbin snarls, still not looking all that happy. Corbin then takes the Andre the Giant Trophy and SMASHES it against the steel steps!!

Fans boo as Corbin smashes the rest of the base and plaque, then brings the Andre the Giant statuette itself into the ring to raise as his trophy. Will Corbin prove he’s not so much happy as he is a psychopath?


Ludwig Kaiser speaks on stage.

Ladies and gentlemen, show your utmost respect and honor to Der Ring General… GUNTHER!! Imperium’s dominant and destructive leader is here, ready to teach a lesson to the Philly Stretcher. Will Gulak need a stretcher after this?

GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS Drew Gulak!

SmackDown returns and Gunther is already brutalizing Gulak with knees! Gunther TOSSES Gulak, puts him in a corner, but GUlak avoids the chop! Gulak CLUBS Gunther, then throws haymakers! GUnther eggs Gulak on, Gulak CHOPS him! Gunther BOOTS Gulak down! Gunther drags Gulak up, wrenches and CHOPS again! Gunther has Gulak’s wrist, drags him up with it, and CHOPS again! Gunther still holds the wrist, drags Gulak up again and CHOPS Gulak down! Ludwig enjoys this like fine wine while Gunther reels Gulak in, for DER GENERAL BOMB! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall

But he’s not done! Gunther puts Gulak in a BOSTON CRAB! Ludwig laughs at Gulak’s pain, but here comes RICOCHET! The WWE Intercontinental Champion won’t stand for Gunther bullying Gulak any longer! Gunther und Ludwig leave, having earned the victory. But will the former NXT UK Champion look to take his first piece of gold on SmackDown


Adam Pearce talks with “Max Dupri.”

He’s ready to get to work. Well, okay, then, Mr. Dupri… Dupri lets us know that he is the CEO and owner of the hottest new modeling agency, Maximum Male Models. Tonight, the discovery begins of a new generation of superstars that can headline both Paris fashion week and WrestleMania. Pearce didn’t hear anything about this until now. Really? The person who brought Dupri in assured Dupri that Pearce was excited for this venture. And who said that? Sonya Deville. Well that was when she was still a WWE Official. She just lost her authority a couple weeks ago, so that might make this a bad idea.

Dupri says Pearce is right, this is awkward. But they have a signed contract. Then Pearce will reach out to his people. Who is he again? Max Dupri. Well, nice to meet you Max. NO, no, it’s Max Du-PRI. Uh, okay, sure. Dupri heads out, but will he be turning heads? Or just turning in headshots?


Backstage interview with RKBRO.

Kayla welcomes Orton & Riddle, and asks them their response to the Bloodline’s extreme confidence ahead of tonight’s main event. The Usos are convinced they’re winning, but Riddle says the only thing convincing is that they’re trying to convince themselves that they’ve convinced the WWE Universe that they can beat RKBRO. And to be honest, dude, Riddle’s been beating the Usos one by one week after week, so the Usos can’t beat RKBRO. Y’know why Riddle’s so confident, Kayla? Uh, she has an idea. Because RKBRO 4:20 says we just smoked your asses, bro!

Orton brings up Kayla saying the Usos are extremely confident. Orton disagrees, the Usos are sweating bullets right now. And they were sweating because tonight after all the smoke clears and the dust settles, Roman will look down at the Usos in disappointment and shame while they look up at him without their titles and they’ll tell him just what happened: They got hit with the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment, R K BRO! The Viper & the Stallion are riding high, but will they reach new levels at the end of tonight?


Shotzi and Aliyah watch the Progressive Match Flo recap backstage.

Raquel Rodriguez stepped up to Ronda Rousey’s SmackDown Women’s Championship Open Challenge and gave the Baddest Woman on the Planet one hell of a fight. Ronda is still champion, but Big Mami Cool won her respect. Shotzi frowns and says, “You know what that was?” Aliyah says yeah, that was her opportunity but Shotzi locked her in the locker room! Oh stop whining! Like you would’ve won. And how would Shotzi win? Lock her in a locker room, too? But then Raquel walks in and Shotzi says Raquel shoved her away and stole her moment. Raquel could never beat Ronda, either, because while she has all the physical tools, she has no idea what to do with them.

Raquel is a weak, soft, goodie goodie. She is six feet of disappointment. Shotzi will make the “absurd amazon” pay in this match! Raquel tells Shotzi “Esta muerta.” Translation: YOU’RE DEAD MEAT. Ricky Desperado heads out, will she get a big rebound win off the wild child?

Raquel Rodriguez VS Shotzi Blackheart!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Shotzi talks trash then throws forearms! Raquel picks Shotzi up to RAM her into a corner! And RAMS her shoulder in more and more! The ref counts, Raquel lets off, and then Raquel wrenches to a wristlock. Raquel straight arm levers Shotzi then drops her! Then she reels Shotzi in to run her over! Raquel SLAMS the arm down, then brings Shotzi up. Shotzi fires forearms while Aliyah, Xia Li, Natalya, Shayna Baszler and even Los Lotharios watch backstage. Raquel roars and whips but Shotzi holds ropes to BOOT! Shotzi ENZIGURIS Raquel then runs in at the corner, only for Raquel to pick her up again!

Shotzi sunset flips but Raquel stays up to drag Shotzi up and BUCKLE BOMB her! Shotzi kicks back, and again, going after the leg! Shotzi then grabs Raquel’s hair, reels her in, and has a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, but Raquel drags Shotzi back in with an Electric Chair! But Shotzi slips down to a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Only for Raquel to RAM her into buckles! Shotzi comes back, ROLLING ELBOW and QUESTION MARK KCIK! Then a KNEE! But Raquel just HEADBUTTS back! Shotzi BOOTS from the corner, goes up and leaps, but the rana is blocked! Raquel swings Shotzi back up, pops her around and FALL AWAY SLAMS!

Fans fire up and Raquel storms over to bring Shotzi up. Raquel scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM again! And then the TWISTING VADER! Fans fire up more as Raquel gets Shotzi back up. Deadlift into the CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

This “absurd amazon” just put Shotzi away! Raquel is all smiles, will she be back to the SmackDown Women’s Championship sooner rather than later?


Backstage interview with Xavier Woods.

Kayla says Woods’ opponent, Pete Dunne, won big over Kofi Kingston last week. To be fair, Ridge Holland and Sheamus had parts to play before the Bitter End. Butch then ran off to celebrate for just a moment, proving he does what he wants. Woods says that was the biggest win of Dunne’s SmackDown career. But can he get it done by himself? Or does he need the boys to hold his leash because he’s bush league? Now, Kofi is away on official New Day business, so Woods invites Butch to come down and face him truly 1v1 so we can see what kind of man he really is!

Xavier Woods VS “Butch” Pete Dunne!

King Xavier heads to the ring alone, but how will Dunne respond? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns and “The Brawling Brutes,” Sheamus and Ridge talk with Dunne. They tell Butch to rattle Woods’ teeth and dance on his head. They fist bump, and instead of a high five, Butch SLAPS Sheamus. That shows them he’s ready! Dunne goes out alone, accepting Woods’ challenge. The bell rings and Dunne rushes in! Woods dodges, ducks, slides, and ROLLING ELBOWS! Dunne flops out of the ring, Woods builds speed, and he WRECKS Dunne with a dropkick! Grand Rapids fires up with Woods and Woods drags Dunne up by an ear! Woods puts Dunne in, slides in, but Dunne STOMPS the hands! Dunne then runs to hit a SLIDING FOREARM!

Dunne gives some ground ‘n’ pound but fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Dunne brings Woods up but Woods rolls Dunne, TWO! Dunne floats around, has the arm and hammerlocks it. Dunne stands on Woods’ head, then grabs the other arm. Woods endures as Dunne digs knuckles and elbows into the ribs! Dunne then STOMPS the ribs! Woods grits his teeth but Dunne wraps on a chinlock! It’s almost a Bully Choke with the angle Dunne puts on it. Fans rally and Woods fights up, then Woods throws body shots. Dunne SLAPS Woods and Woods staggers to a corner. Dunne runs in but into a BOOT!

Woods runs, rolls, and hits the HONOR ROLL! Cover, TWO! Dunne survives but checks his teeth. Woods stalks Dunne, has him at ropes and CHOPS him! Dunne staggers away, but he comes back, into Woods’ forearms! Woods fireman’s carries, but Dunne CLAWS Woods’ face! Dunne fish hooks the mouth, the ref reprimands, but Dunne DECKS Woods, BOOTS him, and Woods flops to the apron. Dunne drags Woods up, drags him over the ropes and gives him Kowata Kicks! Dunne then goes to the corner, hops up, and leaps , but Woods avoids the kick! Woods then GAMANGIRIS Dunne back, steps in, but Dunne DECKS him!

Dunne hammers Woods’ head, the ref counts as Dunne pulls Woods’ hair, but Dunne lets off at 4. Dunne comes back, BACK WOODS!! WOODS WINS!!

Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall

Dunne is furious! Woods can’t be stopped when he hits that inside cradle! Dunne storms around ringside while Woods celebrates, and Dunne disappears into the crowd. Just what will happen during this tantrum?

But wait, Sheamus and Ridge walk out on stage behind Woods. Woods is all alone but then Dunne blindsides him! Dunne didn’t go far after all! Ridge drags Dunne away, telling him to leave it at this. Is this far from done between Dunne and the New Day?


Backstage interview with Xavier Woods.

He tells Megan that he is sick and tired of the numbers game garbage. Next week, it ends. Kofi Kingston is back next week, and though Big E is on the mend, the New Day has someone in mind that Sheamus, Ridge & Butch are not going to like. Just who (who who who) is this third man, brother?


The WWE addresses the incident from Monday Night Raw.

Michael Cole says the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Naomi & Sasha Banks, “let us all down” when they walked out on the show before the intended Six Pack Challenge Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match. Naomi & Sasha took their titles into the office of Talent Relations, left the belts there, and walked out of the arena. These actions disappointed millions of fans, as well as their fellow superstars. Because of what they did, Naomi & Sasha have been suspended indefinitely, and there will be a tournament to crown new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.


Raw & SmackDown Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All Title Unification: RKBRO VS The Usos!

What was meant for Backlash is happening now on a Friday night! Orton & Riddle are two-time Raw Tag Team Champions but Jimmy & Jey are the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions ever! Will the Usos continue that historic reign as UNDISPUTED tag team champions? Or will it be RKO 4:20 from Monday to Friday?

The introductions are made, one belt each is raised, and tonight, we see who leaves with them all! History will be made, after the break.

SmackDown returns and we start with Riddle and Jimmy. Grand Rapids is already thunderous as the two tie up. Riddle gets a leg, Jimmy hops but Riddle trips him! Riddle wants the Half Crab but Jimmy scrambles so Riddle drops on him for a sleeper! Jimmy reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Heyman is on commentary as he says he is the Warden of the Uso Penitentiary. Jimmy and Riddle reset, Riddle waistlocks and SLAMS! Then he drags Jimmy up, tags Orton in and they mug Jimmy. Orton CLUBS Jimmy, stomps him around, SLAMS the arm down, and fans rally for “RANDY! RANDY!”

Orton brings Jimmy from ropes, stomps the hand and grinds the fingers! Tag to Riddle, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Cover, ONE! Jimmy crawls but Riddle puts him in a corner. Riddle CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Jimmy reverses. Riddle hits buckles hard, then Jimmy rains down fists! Jimmy clamps onto Riddle with a chinlock but fans rally. Riddle fights up, throws body shots, but Jimmy throws Riddle down by his hair! The ref reprimands, and he checks on Riddle. Orton wants to know what’s going on, and even a medic gets in. Is Riddle okay to continue? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns once again, and Riddle powers Jimmy back, only for Jey to tag in! The Usos double whip Riddle for a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Riddle writhes, clutching his hip. The damage done by those buckles is the bull’s eye for Jey’s stomp! Riddle flounders to ropes but Jey CHOKES him! The ref counts, Jey lets off, but Jimmy sucker punches Riddle down! Heyman compliments Riddle’s resilience for still fighting through the pain, but Jey drags Riddle from Orton. Fans rally for Riddle, Jey tags Jimmy, and they hoist Riddle up to HEADBUTT and CLUB the hip! Jimmy STOMPS the hip and Riddle writhes again.

Jimmy stomps Riddle’s back, then sits Riddle up into a rear bearhug! Riddle endures the squeeze, fans rally up, and Riddle reaches out! Jimmy tries to keep Riddle from Orton, but Riddle keeps fighting. Jimmy hits a back suplex! Jimmy tells fans to hush, then he tags Jey in. Jey stomps Riddle again, “We the ones!” Jey drags Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Fans fire up while both men are down! Riddle and Jey crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Orton! Fans are thunderous as The Viper rallies, dodges, and POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up more, Jey runs in for a POWERSLAM!

Orton has Jimmy on the apron and drags him in through the ropes! Fans are thunderous for the DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up more as Orton hears those voices in his head! Jimmy staggers up, RKO!! Cover, Jey breaks it!! Jey drags Jimmy back to the corner and tags himself in. Jey then hurries after Orton, blocks an RKO, but Riddle tags in! SUPERKICK to Orton, but Riddle manages to jump in, spin around and PELE! Riddle fights through the bad him to kip up! Forearm smash, side to side and forearm smash! BROSPLODER! BROTON onto knees!! Riddle still swings, but into the POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Jey is furious that Riddle survived! “This is Awesome!” but Heyman is stressing out on commentary. Jey drags Riddle up, pushes him to the corner and runs in, but into an elbow! Riddle goes up, but Jey trips him up! Riddle crashes down to the mat! Jey goes up the corner, Heyman just quits commentary, because Riddle springs right up! Riddle cravats, but Jey pulls hair! Riddle rains down elbows, Heyman distracts the ref! ROMAN APPEARS! He anchors Jey to save him from the Super RKO, and Riddle crashes down!! Jey adjusts, USO SPLASH!! Cover, USOS WIN!!!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (UNDISPUTED WWE Tag Team Champions)

And Roman has a big smile on his face. The Tribal Chief and Special Counsel made sure . And then Roman BOOTS Riddle down, fires off hands, and drags him up. Orton gets back up, The Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Orton back down! The Usos RAM Orton with steel steps while Roman hauls Riddle to the desk! Roman uses a GUILLOTINE to choke Riddle out! The Usos RAM Orton again and he finally falls! Roman DECKS Riddle to put him on the desk, and then Jey climbs the corner?! SUPER USO SPLASH THROUGH THE DESK!!! The Bloodline stands tall, having stunned everyone! Referees and officials want them to stop but Roman uses a GUILLOTINE to choke out Orton!!

The Tribal Chief lets Orton go to tell the officials to stop touching him! He’ll smash all y’all! The Bloodline then gather up their titles, and hold them all up in the middle of the ring. Is there absolutely no stopping their reign of terror over the WWE?

My Thoughts:

What a wild episode for SmackDown. First off, while the “controversy” of Roman helping out was expected, I did not think one bit that they’d let the result come through. At the same time, Roman was definitely pissed about that Final Flash outta nowhere so of course he went after Riddle that hard. The Bloodline is draped in gold, they annihilated RKBRO, and they might not even have challengers for Hell in a Cell. In story, they should revel in that, and use their sway as the top champions on both brands to get the night off. Plus, so many singles matches for Hell in a Cell, like Cody VS Seth, can be seen as a contender’s match.

Now in actual controversy, the situation with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships is upsetting. I’ll say right now if this is all a work, it’s a very deep and dedicated one. If it isn’t a work, holy crap what a bunch of BS from the WWE but what else is new? The little statement by Maggle was WWE putting their side forward as the only truth, but I personally feel Sasha & Naomi are at least standing up for the Women’s Tag Division when the company isn’t. And what hilarious nonsense is it to say they’re going to have a tournament when by my count, it’s only Shayna & Natty on SmackDown, Piper & Nikki on Raw, and shit else without calling up NXT teams for this. If WWE gave a damn and had more teams on RawDown before this point, it wouldn’t have come to this.

Sami VS Nakamura was a great first match for the night, a great step up from the match a couple weeks ago, and Sami still wearing a Bloodline shirt is a great continuation of his story with them. I really want to see Sami try and use all this as a reason he should get something in return. Chances are, it’ll be a shot at the Intercontinental Championship, not the Undisputed Universal title. Gunther VS Gulak felt even more one-sided than last time because Gulak didn’t even get an entrance. But as I figured, Ricochet comes out to make the save, definitely setting up Ricochet VS Gunther for the IC title.

Corbin oddly had a very good promo segment because he wasn’t being so jovial. If anything, call this guy “Psycho Corbin” because he goes and smashes the trophy that he said he wanted to keep. Corbin will probably get himself in the Money in the Bank match so he’ll return to Vegas, where he became Happy Corbin in the first place. Then he can lose there because of Moss making a miraculous return, and the Corbin VS Moss feud actually finishes at SummerSlam. But in immediate disappointment, the new name and gimmick for LA Knight makes its debut. Max Dupri, owner of a male modeling agency, long after they cut the Fashion Police, Breezango. Vince and team continue to have bad pacing and timing.

One instance where it isn’t really their fault, though, is with the feud between The New Day and… Sigh… The Brawling Brutes. What a disappointing attempt at a faction name. Why not just call them what I’ve been calling them, The Fight Night Boys! That’s been their entire thing! Pat McAfee shouts “IT’S… FIGHT NIGHT!” And while it’s awesome Woods’ finisher is a cradle, it was pretty clear they were giving us something more next. Woods & Kofi bringing in a sub for Big E is a cool move, I just hope if this is a call-up, we don’t get another weird rename. And then, with this Six Man Tag, we need to see this feud end.

We did get good stuff from the rest of the SmackDown Women’s Division, though. Shotzi picking a fight with Raquel before their match was good Heel stuff, and the way she was talking, she feels more like Judgement Day material than anyone in Judgement Day right now. The match was very good stuff, but I swear if Fox was censoring “Chingona” just because it roughly translates to “badass,” I have another reason to hate this damn WWE on Fox deal. But Raquel winning, she’s going to be a strong Face on this brand, but I have a feeling one of the many Heels on SmackDown get around her to get at Ronda, especially with MITB still on the horizon.

My Score: 8.7/10

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)

Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!



Will the Mad King regret this gamble?

Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?


  • AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
  • The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.


AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!

The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?

But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!

The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.

Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!

Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!

Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.

Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!

Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.

Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!

Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)

A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?


Eddie Kingston speaks.

“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!

And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?


AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.

Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?


NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!

The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!

The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.

Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.

Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.

Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!

Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)

Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?

Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?


Aussie Open speaks.

Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!

The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?


The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!

Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?

The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!

Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall

A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?


Ortiz sits alone in a room.

He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?


Darby Allin speaks.

After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?

Nick Wayne speaks.

He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.

And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?


BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?


Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.

Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.

And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?


AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!

While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!

Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.

Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!

The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!

Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!

They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!

Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!

Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!

Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)

The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?

My Thoughts:

A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.

Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.

Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.

Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.

And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.

My Score: 8.7/10

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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)

King VS Emperor to determine a champion!



One way or another, the US title belongs to the LWO!

Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Championship against friend and protege, Santos Escobar! But will things stay friendly between them?


  • Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson; Jimmy wins.
  • Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes; Theory wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Rey wins and retains the title.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Charlotte wins.


The Bloodline is here!

Fans boo as Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman head to the ring. And Jimmy is definitely hyped over how he and Solo took down AJ Styles and John Cena, putting the tag team match at Fastlane into question. Heyman has the mic to introduce himself, but the fans keep on booing. His name isn’t “Boo,” he’s Paul! Heyman! And tonight, a rare  opportunity that he doesn’t have to do this into the phone but live to the world here from SmackDown, in the hell hole of Sacramento, California. “We ACKNOWLEDGE our Tribal Chief!” The Bloodline throws up the ones, and Heyman says, “And so do each and every single one of you!”

The fans boo, though some do raise the fingers. Heyman asks us why do they acknowledge Roman… Reigns? Because it is in Roman’s name that last week, the second greatest of all time, John Cena, took a beating at the hands of the Bloodline in a way Cena hasn’t taken in at least a decade. And to wit, Heyman calls our attention to the Bloodline version of the Zapruder Film. Heyman plays footage from just last week, where Cena was the only one who signed the contract to have a match for Fastlane. Cena hoped AJ Styles was going to be his partner, but then the Bloodline struck first and hospitalized AJ Styles.

And back to present, fans are booing but Jimmy’s almost cracking up. Heyman says not to get involved in Cena’s business, but a little birdie told Heyman that there are some transportation issues this evening. And while Cena is expected to make it here, you can’t see him because Cena is NOT here. But y’know who else ain’t here? AJ Styles! And why is that? Because he’s lying in a hospital bed, watching them on SmackDown and- Jimmy holds his hand out for the mic? Heyman says he wasn’t done but Jimmy snatches the mic. “Sacramento! The Bloodline is now in your city!” Heyman sighs while Jimmy raises the one.

Jimmy tells the Wise Man, you are too kind. The real reason Cena isn’t here tonight is because he’s scared! Scared of  one JIM USO! Jimmy says if Cena is smart, he’ll stay far, far away. If not, they’ll take care of him like they did the Phenomenal One! The one who built the house, place, face- KARL ANDERSON CLOBBERS SOLO! Then he TACKLES Jimmy! Jimmy gets up but Karl clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Karl as he represents for The OC! Karl says he told Styles not to get in Bloodline business and now Styles is in the hospital. So now, this is OC business! Any one of them, get in the ring with him!

Fans fire up but Heyman has Solo stand down. Heyman whispers things to The Enforcer, and then Solo tells Jimmy to handle this or he’ll do it for him. Jimmy says he’s got this. Solo doesn’t return the high-five, but will Jimmy return fire on the Machine Gun?


Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson!

SmackDown returns and the match is going as Karl bumps Jimmy off buckles! Then CHOPS! And fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Karl lets off but then stomps a mudhole! Karl lets off to tell Heyman & Solo they made this personal. Karl stands Jimmy up but Jimmy swings. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK! Karl says he told Styles not to get involved but too late now. Karl whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Jimmy runs, but Karl gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Heyman is worried but Solo is stoic as Jimmy survives. Karl storms up on Jimmy, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS again!

Karl brings Jimmy up to the top rope, ROCKS him with rights, then climbs. Solo steps forward and that distracts Karl, as well as the ref. Jimmy CLAWS Karl’s eyes! The ref misses it but fans boo as Jimmy rains down fists on Karl. Jimmy snarls, goes to a corner, and he SUPERKICKS Karl down! Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up, and scowls at the booing fans before the USO SPLASH! Cover, Jimmy wins!

Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall

Heyman is relieved and he whispers something more to Solo. Jimmy may be getting himself into trouble, but he’s also getting himself out, will this get Jimmy back in the Bloodline?

Wait, Karl isn’t done! He gets up to throw more hands with Jimmy! Solo storms in to hit the SAMOAN SPIKE! Solo roars as Karl is down, no back-up even possible with both Styles and Gallows hurt. Is the OC no longer a problem for The Bloodline? Wait, Michin is here! She SLAPS Jimmy right down! Fans are thunderous as she storms to the ring. Jimmy asks what the heck! Mia Yim packs a punch, will that knock some sense into Jimmy?


Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.

Cathy Kelley is with The Emperor of Lucha, and says that he faces his mentor and LWO teammate, Rey Mysterio. Where is his mind at tonight? Santos says his mind is focused, but his stomach has butterflies. But this match is about heart. And Santos has already said this is a dream match for him, and he has been working his entire life for it. Now, with the whole world watching, he has a chance to make the dream come true. He never gives up on his dreams, and he will fight for them, so Rey is in for the fight of his life. May the best man win. Will it be Emperor or King of Lucha that reigns as the United States Champion?


The Bloodline regroups backstage.

Jimmy is fuming and he yells at a production staff member just for looking at him. He asks another if they saw what happened, then just shoves the guy down! Jimmy storms off, Solo follows and Heyman has the staff relax. Then he puts in a call to Roman Reigns. What will The Tribal Chief have to say about Jimmy’s attitude?


It’s an all new Grayson Waller Effect.

The Aussie Icon, the Moment Maker, the Dynamite From Down Under is already in the ring on his set, and he says what a wild night already. Cena may be the greatest of all time, but he ain’t the greatest at being on time! Hah! But don’t worry, because Waller is here to save the show. Fans boo but Waller thanks them. Waller’s guests just keep getting bigger, and this is literal given the physical specimen. He has done everything in the WWE as a performer, but not as a talent scout. But that’s alright, he gets what he’s always been missing: the Waller rub! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the All Mighty Bobby Lashley!

Fans cheer as Lashley makes his way out and Waller does some push-ups so he looks at least a little bigger standing next to him. They shake hands and then sit at the desk. Waller says he wasn’t lying when the guests keep getting bigger, right? How does he fit into the suit? But Waller appreciates Lashley being on the show, especially after the week he’s had. His boys, the Street Profits had a devastating loss last week. Lashley says he made a mistake. He was looking for the next big thing, he thought the Profits had what it takes to do whatever they want, but seems not. Back to the drawing board, huh?

Wow, that must be hard for the Profits to hear. But yeah, if you’re looking for a tag team, they need to be willing to do whatever it takes. A team with unbridled charisma! A team that is undefeated! Maybe a team like Austin Theory & Grayson Waller! Lashley’s stare makes Waller slow his roll. Lashley knows all about Theory, that’s a pass. Yeah, but Theory’s changed! If you get to know him, he’s a good bloke! And- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came dressed to match Lashley, and Lashley seems rather upset and confused. The Profits step into the ring, mics in their hands.

Lashley steps to them, and he stops Dawkins before he gets started. No excuses, no reasons. If they want something out of Lashley, they need to prove it. Lashley goes to leave, and then the Profits look to each other. They storm out after Lashley and get up in his face! Lashley says he told them what to do. Now go do it. He keeps on moving, and Waller says how awkward. Hey, light the beam for the 153 million hit man, Austin Theory! Theory makes his entrance, walking past Lashley on the stage, and then continues down the ramp. He smirks at the Profits and goes to the steps, with Waller being the only one cheering.

But will it be A-Town Down as Theory faces Cameron Grimes? Or will SmackDown go TO~ THE~ MOON~?

Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes!

SmackDown returns, Theory is busy looking at NXT’s Dragon Lee watching from the front row, and the bell rings. Theory turns around into a BOOT from Grimes! Grimes fires off KICKS, UPPERCUTS, and then CHOPS! Grimes whips, Theory reverses but Grimes CLOBBERS Theory! Grimes keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Theory again! Atomic drop, then KICK! Then a KICK, run, and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Theory scrambles, Grimes has the leg, and Grimes drags Theory back. Theory kicks free, Waller coaches Theory up and Theory ELBOWS Grimes! And throat chops!

Theory throws down clubbing hands while fans boo, but Theory shouts at everyone. Theory brings Grimes up, talks trash, but Grimes eggs him on! Grimes fires off fists, body shots, then backs Theory to a corner. Grimes whips, Theory reverses, then Theory runs in. Theory blocks a boot but Grimes ENZIGURIS! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Theory hangs tough and Waller relaxes. Grimes aims, and he BUZZ- NO, Theory ducks! So Grimes backflips to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Theory survives but Grimes storms up on him in the corner. Grimes KICKS Theory against ropes!

Grimes runs, then he clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Grimes goes to the apron, and he PENALTY KICKS Theory down! Fans fire up with the Carolina Caveman as he takes it to Mr. ATL. Waller talks trash, though, and Grimes stares him down. Theory POSTS Grimes in the distraction! Waller laughs, Theory drags Grimes up and in, and then Theory slingshots. Somersault SHOTGUN! Grimes staggers into the fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

Waller’s a baller with that assist to his boy, and The Now comes out on top! Will these two look to take over SmackDown one win at a time? Theory also talks some trash on Dragon, then pie faces him! So Dragon hits back! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Theory back. Dragon is here as a guest, but Waller says Dragon can’t do nothing anyway. Will this duo hope Boy Wonder stays away from this brand?


Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

Kayla Braxton is with the US Champion and says earlier tonight, Santos said this wasn’t just a dream match, but the fight of their lives. What is Rey’s response? Rey says LWO is familia and will always be that. But he knows how hard Santos has worked to get here. Heck, Rey grew up watching Santos’ father, El Fantasma. So Rey has nothing but love and respect for Santos. But be careful what you wish for. Every time Rey steps in the ring, he expects the best of his opponent and brings the best in return. So Santos, like they say, this IS the fight of their lives! May the best man win. Rey seems to feel the same way as Santos, but will either man still feel good after taking a loss?


The Bloodline is beating up Ashante THEE Adonis?!

B-Fab shouts for Jimmy to stop but Jimmy stops when he says he’s stopping! Refs and producers rush in and Jimmy says okay, his bad, he’s done now. Adonis crawls away, but Solo is there! Jimmy says finish this, Solo! UREANGE through the table!! Hit Row suffers the wrath of The Bloodline, but when and where will it stop?


WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!

SmackDown returns as Zelina is ringside for both men, and Santos makes his entrance. Santos says hola to Dragon before getting in the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who holds gold for the L W O!

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. They go around, Santos waistlocks but Rey works on an escape. Santos holds tight, they sit down, and Rey moves around. Rey fights up, jumps, but Santos holds on during the flying mare! Santos shifts to go for an abdominal stretch but Rey fights it to have a toehold. Fans rally and duel, Santos chinlocks but Rey pulls on the leg. Santos uses that to body scissor, and he rolls Rey to a cover, ONE! Rey is still stuck in the scissors but he moves around. Rey claws at the hold, Santos shifts and has the back mount to then roll Rey again. Rey slips free and the two stand off.

Fans cheer as Rey and Santos reset. Santos trips Rey, blocks the headscissor, but Rey gets up. Santos wrenches, wristlocks, but Rey flips through! Santos whips, Rey reverses but Santos reverses again. Rey is on the apron but he RAMS into Santos! Rey slingshots but Santos stops the rana to GAMANGIRI! Rey falls, Santos PLANCHAS! Down goes Rey at the ramp and Zelina is worried for both men as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Santos has Rey in a modified stretch. Rey endures, Santos shifts his grip, but Rey fights free. Santos has a hammerlock to keep Rey close, and Santos wrangles Rey down. Rey fights up, fans rally, and Rey jumps to hit that flying-mare! Fans fire up as Santos speeds things up and runs Rey over! Things keep moving, Rey dodges but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rey hangs tough, and Zelina is again torn. She rallies the fans more for the LWO than for either man. Santos waistlocks, Rey switches, but Santos switches back. They go to ropes and Rey bucks the O’Conner.

Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Santos outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed, goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Down goes Santos! Fans fire up with Rey and he hears the ring count. Rey drags Santos up, puts him in at 6 of 10, and then climbs the corner. Santos stands, Rey SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Santos! Both men are down and fans rally up more. But wait, Jimmy and Solo are still wreaking havoc backstage? SAMOAN SPIKE for security! Jimmy says that guy won’t be Cena’s partner, either! Back to the ring, fans rally for “619! 619!” as Rey goes to ropes.

Santos stands, he rushes in to sunset flip, but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Santos is dazed, Rey calls his shot and he drop toeholds Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up as fans go wild, but Santos SUPERKICKS Rey outta the ring! Santos takes aim, builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Rey! Santos catches his breath while he stands back up, and then he goes up the barriers? To MOONSAULT Rey on the ramp! Zelina is worried again but Santos puts Rey back in the ring. Rey staggers and goes to the far side but Santos takes aim. “This is Awesome!” as Santos spells it out, “L! W! O!”

Santos goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Rey wobbles, but Santos puts him back in the corner. Santos goes again, DOUBLE KNEES! Santos hoists Rey up top, climbs up after him, but Rey HEADBUTTS! Rey fires forearms and he knocks Santos down! Santos stands up while Rey steadies himself, but Santos GAMANGIRIS first! Santos climbs up again, goes to the very top, and he whistles for the SUPER STEINER! Zelina couldn’t even watch that, worried for both men. Santos goes to the apron, to SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Santos is a bit surprised as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns yet again and Santos has Rey against ropes. Santos CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as Rey staggers. Santos whips, BOOTS, and then brings Rey around. Santos picks Rey up into a GORY ESPECIAL! Rey endures being bent back, and Santos even pulls on the arms! Fans rally, Rey fights against the hold, and pops free to arm-drag! Fans fire up as REy goes to a corner, and Santos runs in, only to be put on the apron! Santos GAMANGIRIS, Rey staggers, and then Santos fires up! Santos climbs, leaps, but Rey dodges and the crossbody flops! Rey lines up a shot, runs and springboards but then Santos dodges!

Rey and Santos are both down after those belly flops, and fans rally as both men rise up. Santos runs in, scoops Rey and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally as Rey staggers up, but into a tilt-o-whirl torture rack! Santos runs around with Rey, then hits a RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! Zelina is relieved again but Santos is surprised. Rey tells Santos to bring it on, there needs to be a winner. Santos storms up to CHOP! And whip, but Rey KICKS back! Rey runs to RAN- NO, Santos blocks that! Santos swings Rey up but Rey sunset flips! TWO!! Santos escapes and even Zelina is stunned! Fans fire up again, “This is Awesome!”

Rey runs in, Santos puts him on the apron but Rey ROCKS Santos first! Then Rey goes up a corner, brings Santos up to join him, and then adjusts position to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Rey calls the shot, but Santos drags Rey into a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows, then pops up to SUPER RANA!! Fans are thunderous while Santos sits up in a daze! Rey DROPKICKS Santos onto ropes! Dial it up! 6 1 9 BLOCKED! Santos drags Rey into an Alabama Lift! But Rey holds the ropes for dear life! Rey then RANAS Santos back onto ropes, redials, and 619 HITS!!! Rey hurries up top, says hey to Eddie, and hit a FROG- NO!

Santos avoids the splash, CLUBS Rey, covers, TWO into the ghost pin! TWO!!! Both men escape by nanoseconds but Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM- TAKEDOWN! Rey has a spladle! REY WINS!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

And the greatest luchador of all time comes out the champion! Santos is stunned, but Rey offers him a handshake of respect. They are still familiar, aren’t they? WAIT! The Profits attack!! Dawkins & Ford mug Rey & Santos, this must be how they’re proving Lashley wrong! They hit Escobar with a BIG LARIAT! Fans boo but here comes Lashley! The All Mighty says that’s it! That’s what he wanted! But then here comes the rest of the LWO! Lashley CLOBBERS Wilde while Ford & Dawkins mug Cruz! But Dragon Lee wants to get in! Security keeps him back, he’s just here as a guest! So Wilde is fed to the REVELATION!

The fans boo but The All Mighty has his Profits! Will they soon run SmackDown with iron fists?


The LWO regroups.

They’ve all got icepacks in the medical trainer’s room, and Kayla walks in to congratulate Rey on the win. But before the team could celebrate the moment, they got jumped by The Profits. Santos says sorry, excuse him, but the Profits ruined the moment! Rey says they beat the Profits last week, and now Lashley and them act like they run SmackDown! LWO challenges Lashley & The Profits to a match at Fastlane! Let’s see how tough they are when it’s fair and square! What will happen when these factions go to war in Indianapolis?


WWE announces a huge signing!

Former AEW TBS Champion and rising star, JADE CARGILL, is now with WWE! She got 20 MILLION views on a video just for showing up at the Performance Center! Will a storm be coming for the WWE Women’s Division?


John Cena arrives backstage!

He pulls in rather fast and furious, and he storms right into the arena, that tag match contract in his hands! Will Cena find someone Jimmy & Solo haven’t destroyed to sign on the dotted line? Is there even anyone left?


Pretty Deadly has a video message.

“On July 14th, 2023, Elton prince suffered a devastating shoulder injury. Despite all odds, he is on the road to recovery.” It’s another rehab workout montage, but Elton is still in the wheelchair… Elton works on reaching out for hot tags, swinging chairs, ends up rolling downhill during a celebration, and can’t even poke eyes properly. But as he continues to work at it, he has the courage to stand up and tag in Kit! #YESBOY! #EltonStrong.

The Brawling Brutes are watching this.

Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne look at each other, and neither of them can even process this. Dunne feels maybe they should’ve broken Elton’s leg. The idiots. Will Elton & Kit hope they can stay far, far, far away from Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight?


Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!

The Queen did what she could to help The Empress of Tomorrow hold off the Evil Genius and her cohorts, but all that got them was a win for Iyo Sky and this rivalry rematch with the Role Model! Will Bayley make an example out of her fellow Horsewoman? Or will Charlotte make Bayley bow down?

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance, Iyo and Dakota right behind her. But then Charlotte has Bayley hold on so she can get a mic. Charlotte has a question for Bayley: What’s happened to you? Bayley is one of the Four Horsewomen, but now she’s just happy carrying Iyo’s bags. Bayley has become a stepping stone while Charlotte is still the measuring stick. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. Bayley is just in Charlotte’s way. She’ll beat Bayley tonight, and then challenge Iyo for the WWE Women’s Championship at Fastlane! Fans fire up for that, and the bell rings. Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte!

Bayley fires off, all riled up after what Charlotte said. DMG CTRL cheers and high-fives Bayley. Bayley CHOPS Charlotte, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Bayley ROCKS Charlotte, lets off, and brings Charlotte around to whip. But Charlotte reverses to send Bayley into the corner, and she CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Charlotte CHOPS again! Charlotte whips, Bayley reverses but Charlotte goes up and out to BOOT Bayley down! Iyo swipes at Charlotte, then Bayley BLASTS Charlotte down! Bayley goes out to the apron, to then FLYING ELBOW Charlotte down! DMG CTRL is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Charlotte is up top, to CROSSBODY Bayley down! Fans fire up with Charlotte as she storms around. Bayley flounders to ropes, stands up, and Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And then CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Charlotte says one more, then CHOPS Bayley again! Charlotte swings, Bayley dodges but Charlotte scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up again! Charlotte handsprings to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Charlotte knows she’s tough. Bayley bails out to the apron, Charlotte storms over, but Bayley HOTSHOTS!

Bayley slides in, waistlocks, but Charlotte bucks the O’Conner, to then trip Bayley! Bayley scrambles, Charlotte steps over to drop a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley goes to a corner and Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Bayley staggers, but she BOOTS back! But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while the fans rally up. Charlotte steps on Bayley and goes to the corner, then goes up the corner, only for Bayley to YANK her down! Bayley puts Charlotte in the ropes, throw hands, then hits a STOCK DROP! Shoutout to another of the Horsewomen! Bayley then SUNSET BOMBS Charlotte into buckles! Bayley drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO!

Bayley tells fans to shut up, don’t cheer for her! Dakota and Iyo cheer her on, though, and Bayley fires forearms on Charlotte! Bayley mocks the “WOO~!” then CHOPS! Bayley CHOPS Charlotte again and again, runs, but Charlotte SPEARS her down! Cover, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall

DMG CTRL can’t believe it, but their Role Model lost! The Queen is already wearing yellow ‘n’ block to match Fastlane’s logo, will she take that gold off Iyo? Bayley gets a mic to shout, “Cut the music, you idiots!” Bayley won’t let Charlotte just cut the line! Bayley vowed to end Charlotte, and that’s what DMG CTRL is gonna do! The three surround the ring, but here comes ASUKA! The Empress joins the Queen to run off their common enemies! Asuka gets a mic to shout “OI OI OI OI!” What do you idiots think you’re doing?! She won’t let them do whatever they want! Bayley says okay, they want a Triple Threat for the women’s title?! Then they’ve got it!!

Wait, what? Iyo is confused, but Bayley says this is totally what Asuka said. No, Iyo knows what Asuka said and it wasn’t that! But Bayley says this is so they can teach both Asuka and Charlotte a lesson! Bayley sticks her foot in Iyo’s mouth again, will the Evil Genius have to really work hard on a plan to survive Fastlane?


John Cena heads to the ring!

Sacramento fires up as Cena storms out, saying we’re getting serious tonight! Cena slides into the ring, contract still in hand. Cena also gets a mic, and he tells Sacramento, “I hear ya out there!” Sacramento chants for Cena and so he knows they hear him. And he knows that because last week, he said he was back to compete and that he wanted a match. The Bloodline didn’t take too kindly to that, though. They left Cena knocked out, but they also left him with the contract. This is the contract for a match with them at Fastlane. Yeah, a little lukewarm, because there’s a problem: Cena doesn’t have a partner.

Cena says tonight is very important, because now he has a choice to make. He could rip up the contract and act like this didn’t happen. Fans boo that idea. Or he could stand and fight. The fans like that! So what do you think the man who wears the words “Never Give Up” is gonna make? They cheer the second so he says that’s damn right! He will honor this contract! And if he doesn’t find a partner by Fastlane, then he will fight The Bloodline by himself in a 2v1 Handicap! But speaking of, here comes The Bloodline! Jimmy grins as he has the mic again. “Well, look who finally showed up.”

Cena’s out here talking about Fastlane? Did he not just see what The Bloodline’s been doing all night? They were sending messages! If you team with Cena, you get got by The Bloodline! Fans boo, but Jimmy goes to the apron to tell Cena, “You’re not making it to Fastlane!” But then Cena DECKS Jimmy! Solo stares Cena down, fans fire up, and Solo gets in the ring! Cena throws off the shirt because it is go time! Solo swings, misses, and Cena fireman’s carries, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Flashbacks to last week, HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Solo adds a HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Jimmy whips Solo in for another HIP ATTACK!

Fans boo as Cena flops out of the ring. The Bloodline clears off the announce desk! They put Cena on it, and Jimmy raises the one. Jimmy goes up the steps but Solo stops him. Solo wants this one! Jimmy grins and nods and lets Solo climb. But L A KNIGHT is here!! Fans are thunderous as the Mega Star storms down, slides in, and he dodges Jimmy to BLAST Solo! And then he BLASTS Jimmy! Knight stomps a mudhole into Jimmy but Solo stops him! So Knight fires off haymakers! Solo TOSSES Knight, but misses the splash! JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jimmy is up, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up, and they spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop for Jimmy! Cena is back and he TOSSES Solo! Knight TOSSES Jimmy! Mega Star and Greatest of All Time look to each other, and Knight picks up the contract! Fans are electric as Knight signs his name! Cena can’t believe it, either! He has a tag partner for Fastlane? YEAH!! Will Cena and Knight show The Bloodline whose game is it? With EVERYBODY saying… L A KNIGHT, YEAH!!

My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of SmackDown, especially with how fired up the Sacramento crowd was for everything. Great stuff with Bloodline and such, taking logical yet still exciting turns. Karl Anderson going after The Bloodline was good, because as much as Karl didn’t want Styles getting involved, but he also wasn’t going to let The Bloodline get away with this. Though, Karl didn’t really accomplish much as he got cheated in that match. That slap from Mia was great, though. Then Jimmy & Solo going on a rampage backstage was a great way to show how Jimmy is drunk with power all because he thinks Roman will have his back. Roman most certainly won’t now that Jimmy’s actions have brought LA Knight into the story. Great save from Knight, and he will make a great team with Cena.

Great “main event” match from Charlotte VS Bayley, and that black ‘n’ yellow gear is pretty cool stuff from Charlotte. DMG CTRL of course tries to help Bayley but that backfires. And then I actually like that we’re going back to Bayley talking big and putting Iyo on the spot. The Triple Threat title match is going to be great, and is actually some mad genius thinking from Bayley. DMG CTRL can now legally interfere to make sure Iyo wins against Charlotte and Asuka, but I feel like this can also bring in Shotzi or even Bianca to counteract DMG CTRL. Either way, it’ll be some great stuff to really up things in the SmackDown Women’s Division.

Hilarious vignette from Pretty Deadly, and good response from Brawling Brutes. That feud will definitely start up again after Fastlane and give us a SmackDown contender for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Really good stuff out of the Grayson Waller Effect with Lashley putting the pressure on the Profits. Almost thought they were gonna jump Theory since Lashley doesn’t like Theory, but I guess that would make this faction Faces since Theory is Heel. It was nice to see Grimes back, though he does lose to Theory. Dragon Lee being here tonight makes me think he is called up to SmackDown after he screws Dominik Mysterio out of the North American title tomorrow night.

And after just an awesome US Championship match, the Profits instead go after the LWO, a logical move given the back and forth between the factions. LWO wants a Six Man Tag, but does that mean it’ll be Santos, Cruz & Wilde? Or is Rey going to take one of the spots? Either way it’ll be a good time but it feels like the All Mighty Profits are going to take that one to build their momentum towards their own title goals. Lashley VS Rey for the US Championship with Santos helping feels like the move. Maybe there’s tension created as Santos costs Rey, or as Rey says Santos can’t be bending rules just to win. It just feels like something’s going to/has to change in the group dynamic.

My Score: 8.9/10

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