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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/6/22)

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SmackDown 2022

One more stop before Backlash!

One more SmackDown before WrestleMania Backlash, and the Bloodline has one last face-to-face with RKBRO and Drew McIntyre!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Charlotte Flair VS Aliyah; No Contest.
  • Sasha Banks w/ Naomi VS Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya; Shayna wins.
  • Drew Gulak VS GUNTHER w/ Ludwig Kaiser; Gunther wins.
  • Tag Team Tables Match: The New Day VS Sheamus & Ridge Holland; Sheamus & Ridge win.
  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Charlotte Flair VS Aliyah!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion couldn’t put #Aliyah316 away in 1:41 and she is not happy about it! Charlotte beat up Drew Gulak for the loss last week, but will she get even with Aliyah this close to Backlash? Or will Aliyah just frustrate her even more?

Before the match, Charlotte gets the mic. “Long Island, New York, what is up? Look at all these people who paid their hard earned money to come see me! Thank you, thank you.” Charlotte doesn’t get why this is the “armpit of New York,” but she can empathize with those saying she was humiliated after losing the Beat the Clock Challenge. She was not, she was screwed! Aliyah clearly tapped out and said she quit before the time was up. And that moron, Gulak, what’s his problem? Time was going more up than down and that messed with Charlotte. Charlotte says the only one being humiliated is Ronda Rousey when she says she quits!

Charlotte says Ronda will cry like a baby, wah wah wah! Hell, when Ronda says she quits, she might quit WWE altogether! Bye, Ronda! Nana nana, hey hey hey, good-bye~! As for Aliyah, everyone say hi. Fans cheer and she waves. Charlotte asks Aliyah if she’s enjoying her 15 seconds of fame in the ring with Charlotte. Because we’re going to get a preview of what’ll happen at Backlash! Y’know what? Charlotte will even pretend Aliyah is Ronda now. “C’mere, Ronda, c’mere.” Closer, then SUCKER PUNCH! Then a LARIAT! Charlotte throws off her robe to stomp Aliyah then rain down fists, all while fans boo!

Charlotte wants Aliyah to say she quits as she pulls Aliyah’s hair. Charlotte drags Aliyah up to DECK her again! Then Charlotte soaks up the heat, only for Ronda to rush out here! Charlotte’s ready for it, and she kicks at the ropes. Ronda avoids that to drag Charlotte out! They brawl with fast hands and fans are going nuts! Charlotte RAMS Ronda into the apron, and again, but Ronda throws knees! Ronda POSTS Charlotte, then stalks her around the way. Ronda whips but Charlotte reverses to send Ronda into barriers! Charlotte steadies herself but fans rally for Ronda. Charlotte gets in the ring but Ronda pursues!

Ronda rushes in, but Charlotte TACKLES her! Charlotte gives some ground ‘n’ pound, but Ronda gets up to BOOT Charlotte. But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Charlotte RAMS her shoulders into Ronda, but Ronda gets a clutch! Refs and officials rush in to stop this brawl, but Charlotte starts shoving them! But then she BOOTS the official as Ronda ducked! The scrap continues, more knees and forearms, the refs keep trying and reinforcements rush out! Ronda keeps Charlotte from getting away, and she throws down elbows! The refs and officials force these two apart, but the animosity is still palpable! Ronda busts free to SPEAR Charlotte!

Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” as the refs and officials keep trying to stop this. Charlotte gets away but then shoves Jamie Noble away. Charlotte shouts that this is HER show, but will the SmackDown Women’s Championship still be her title?

 

Sasha Banks w/ Naomi VS Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are preparing to take on Spades & Hart, and now the Boss steps up to the Submission Magician! Will #BossTime turn into quitting time against Shayna? Or will Sasha avoid having to #TapNapOrSnap?

SmackDown returns as Shayna and Natty make their entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Sasha goes after Shayna but Shayna backs her down. Sasha BOOTS Shayna, goes up, METEORA! Sasha rains down fists then covers, TWO! Sasha gets Shayna’s arm and wants to give it back for Naomi! But Shayna avoids the stomp, only for Sasha to dodge the boot. Sasha tilt-o-whirls and hits an ARM CODE BREAKER! Sasha isolates that arm again, then gets the other arm! Sasha bends the fingers and twists the wrist, doing just what Shayna would do! But Shayna KICKS Sasha, then drags her down!

Sasha resists the armbar and moves around but Shayna uses her legs to keep Sasha down. Sasha pushes to stack Shayna, TWO! Shayna clubs the arms but Sasha keeps her grip. Fans rally, Sasha moves around and fights free of the legs, but Shayna thrashes her around! Sasha headscissors to a victory roll, TWO! Shayna rushes in but Sasha catches her arm! Natty distracts, Sasha swipes at her! Shayna gut wrenches and SLAMS Sasha down! Natty cheers but fans boo while Shayna shakes out the bad arm. Shayna stalks Sasha to a corner and stomps away! Long Island is on Sasha’s side as the ref counts.

Shayna lets off to then whips but Sasha reverses. Shayna dodges, but then Sasha dodges, and Shayna hits buckles. Sasha throws fast hands, then whips corner to corner. Shayna reverses but Sasha goes up to headscissor, into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Natty applauds as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sasha rolls Shayna, TWO! Shayna BOOTS and CLUBS Sasha, then has the double wristlock! Sasha endures, Shayna taunts Naomi with it, and fans rally. Shayna hammerlocks as Sasha fights up, and Sasha runs around to toss Shayna out! Shayna gets in, but Sasha throws her out the other side! Sasha builds speed while Naomi taunts back, and she baseball slides Shayna down! Sasha SMACKS Shayna’s arm off the desk again and again! Naomi is fired up with Sasha and Sasha puts Shayna back in. Sasha hurries to run, and BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO!

Sasha is shocked Shayna survived but she keeps focus. Natty coaches Shayna but Sasha is after the arm. Sasha wrenches, Shayna body shots and KICKS, but Sasha pushes Shayna to the ropes. Shayna puts Sasha on the apron but Sasha shoulders into her. Sasha blocks the kick to KNEE Shayna, then she rolls in to wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Sash then RANAS Natty to keep her away! Sasha hurries back in, but Shayna gets up to KNEE Sasha! Shayna drags Sasha into a fisherman bridge, TWO! Sasha gets around to backslide, TWO! Sasha tries to facelock, Shayna cradles, Natty helps Shayna keep feet on the ropes! SHAYNA WINS!

Winner: Shayna Baszler

But to be sore winners, Natty & Shayna beat up Naomi & Sasha! Natty full nelsons Naomi while Shayna gets the arm! Naomi still BOOTS Shayna down! And JAWBREAKERS Natty! Naomi and Sasha get Natty up, DOUBLE SOLE FOOD! Spades & Hart back down, but will they tear Sasha & Naomi apart to get those titles?

 

Backstage interview with The Usos.

Jimmy & Jey team up with Roman Reigns at Backlash to take on Drew McIntyre 7 RKBRO. Any final thoughts before tonight’s faceoff? NO! Because the time for talk is done. That fool Riddle talks too much anyway, always putting his foot in his moth. And The Viper ain’t scaring nobody! The Usos have the antidote to that poison. They’re gonna have some fresh snake skin Air Force Ones! Because they the twos, and #WeTheOnes!

 

Backstage interview with RKBRO.

Randy Orton & Matt Riddle surely heard the Usos just a moment ago. They sure did. To be honest, Riddle is confused. Do the Usos think he puts his foot in his mouth? That’s gross. But who is he to judge about what people put in their mouths? Orton has Riddle stop there. Wrong time, wrong place. But yes, Usos yapped yapped yapped but they’ve been doing that for weeks. Here it is loud and clear: at Backlash, the Usos don’t need to worry about their shoes, they need to worry about being in the ring with the three most dangerous letters in sports entertainment: R K BRO! Yeah!

 

Happy Corbin heads to the ring.

It’s another edition of Happy Talk just days before Backlash and the grudge match between Corbin and Mad Cap Moss. What will the host with the least have to say about that? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin has the mic. A highlight reel plays of Moss taking back the Andre the Giant trophy after getting the drop on Corbin. “If you think that bothers me, you’re crazy.” Corbin is so happy thinking about what he’ll do to Moss at Backlash this Sunday. But then Moss interrupts on the tron. No one wants to hear Corbin talk, man! They want to hear Moss make jokes. He’ll make us happy. Did Corbin wanna start singing? Because he looks like a Pitbull cover artist. Moss says in all seriousness, Corbin does a lot of charity work. For years, he’s let tattoo artists do all their worst ideas on him.

Moss doesn’t want to alarm Corbin, but it looks like Hot Topic threw up on his chest. And Corbin has many names- Corbin interrupts Moss. Moss feels safe in the back, hiding in some dark corner telling these lame jokes. But Corbin gets it. Moss doesn’t have the guts to come out and say all this to Corbin’s face. Funny Corbin should mention that. Moss walks off screen, to come out on stage! He wasn’t hiding all that far away at all! And again, Moss got the better of Corbin here. Moss gets in the ring and gets himself a mic. “Okay then, Corbin, to your face it is.” Corbin’s gone through a lot of phases: Baron; Constable; King; Broke Ass; Happy. Maybe next will be Entertaining Corbin.

Corbin could go back to being a Lone Wolf, but wolves have hair. Moss figures Corbin could be the Big Bald Wolf. Give it up, Long Island, for the Big Bald Wolf! Fans chant along with Moss, and he laughs it up. Corbin frowns and storms off. Is Corbin going to go from Happy to Angry Corbin after facing Moss at Backlash?

 

Drew Gulak VS ???

After being competitor, interviewer, assistant to Adam Pearce, and timekeeper, what can Gulak possibly be? Well, back to competitor, of course! But who will he face in his first match back in months? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Gulak’s opponent is… Wait, the lights go down. And Ludwig Kaiser addresses the fans. “Ladies and gentlemen. Der Ring General! GUNTHER!!” Can Gulak switch out with someone else real quick? No? Well, nice knowing you, Gulak…

The bell rings and fans chant, “U S A!” for Gulak. Gulak circles with Gunther, they tie up, and Gunther gets the arm to wrench to a wristlock. Gunther grinds Gulak’s shoulder, stands on the arm, but Gulak fights and rolls and wrenches. Gulak wrenches, but Gunther facelocks to turn Gulak and CLUB him down! Gulak gets to a corner but Gunther is right after him. Gunther brings Gulak out but Gulak ROCKS Gunther! So Gunther BOOTS Gulak! Gunther then stands Gulak up to CHOP! Gulak flounders, Gunther bumps him off buckles. Gunther puts Gulak on the top rope to CHOP him, then stand on him!

Gulak endures, the ref counts, Gunther lets off at 4. Gulak flops to the mat and Ludwig has goosebumps. Gunther drags Gulak in with a SLEEPER HOLD! Gulak flails but Gunther thrashes him around! Gulak fades, but Gunther hits a GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

Gulak should’ve said nein but Gunther didn’t give him time to think. Will Gulak decide to take a sabbatical? Ludwig officially announces Gunther’s victory, but will it only be a matter of time before Ludwig announces Gunther’s championship victory?

 

Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

The Bloodline has a huge target on their backs with McIntyre & RKBRO, but Nakamura has his own bone to pick. The Bloodline hurt his tag partner and friend, Rick Boogs. Then they tried to hurt Nakamura. He hasn’t forgotten that. One day soon, when the time is right, Nakamura gets a piece of Roman Reigns, and then Roman will never forget the King of Strong Style. But Sami Zayn is creeping again! Is he gonna tattle on Nakamura to Roman like he did McIntyre?

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

The Scottish Warrior has heard the trash talk from The Bloodline. Everyone knows they’d rather talk trash than throw hands. But that won’t happen on McIntyre’s watch. Especially when it comes to Roman Reigns. Backlash, Six Man Tag, Bloodline VS Drew & RKBRO, or RKMCBRO. But that’s then, this is now. Tonight, the fans deserve to see something special. Maybe a sneak peak? The Head of the Table getting his head kicked off! McIntyre likes that idea.

 

Tag Team Tables Match: The New Day VS Sheamus & Ridge Holland!

Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods are going to settle things with the Fight Night Boys one way or another! And one way or another, someone’s going through a table! Who will be the team picking splinters out of their sides after this one?

SmackDown returns and the New Day makes their entrance. The brawl is on with the ring! Ridge is after Kofi, Sheamus has Woods. Woods CHOPS Sheamus, then he dodges Sheamus’ haymaker to mule kick. Kofi and Ridge brawl outside the ring, Woods whips but Sheamus reverses. Woods goes up but gets caught, only to hit a TORNADO TAG! Woods hits a forearm smash, Ridge CLUBS Kofi, but Kofi hits back. Woods rain down fists in the corner, but Sheamus hits an atomic drop! Woods ducks the lariat to mule kick the legs out! Woods runs to SLIDING KNEE! Sheamus goes out but Ridge gets in to CLOBBER Woods!

Ridge throws crossface forearms then he drags Woods up to back suplex. Woods lands on his feet, Kofi leaps in with a FLYING AX HANDLE! Fans fire up as Kofi and Woods KICK away on Ridge’s legs! Then his chest! Then they DOUBLE BULLDOG! Sheamus drags Kofi out but Woods WRECKS Sheamus with a dropkick! Fans fire up as the New Day get a table! They don’t set it up, they run and RAM Sheamus with it! Fans fire up as New Day want Sheamus to get up again. Sheamus does, and the New Day RAMS him down again! The table is then put in the ring and Woods starts setting it up.

Kofi kicks Ridge down, throws forearms and haymakers, then the New Day coordinate. Sheamus tips the table but Ridge still takes the double suplex! Sheamus CLUBS Woods and Kofi down, then he brings Kofi up for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus goes out to get himself a table, and he starts setting it up already. Sheamus drags Kofi over, gets Kofi up, but Woods tips the bomb over! Ridge CLOBBERS Woods! Ridge brings Woods around to ROCK him with forearms, then he runs, only to be sent into steel steps! Sheamus hurries back in the ring but Woods is there. Sheamus throws heavy body shots then fireman’s carries!

Kofi saves Woods from White Noise, then SUPERKICKS Sheamus! Sheamus avoids the table, but Kofi goes up for a SUPER CROSSBODY through the barriers!! Long Island is loving this as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Sheamus drags Woods up. Sheamus CLUBS Woods down while Ridge fetches something. Sheamus has Woods against ropes for Beats of the Bodhrain! Ridge CLUBS Kofi at the same time! The count hits 9 then Sheamus winds up for 10! Then he lets Ridge carry Woods to POST him! Ridge and Sheamus soak up the heat before putting Kofi in. Ridge and Sheamus hoist Kofi up and aim at the table in the corner. Kofi wriggles free and then BOOTS Sheamus! Ridge swings but into SOS! Sheamus rushes in but Kofi dumps him out! Kofi then gives Sheamus Beats of the Bodhrain!

Sheamus elbows free at 5, hoists Kofi up, APRON WHITE NOISE!! Kofi flops down but Woods WRECKS Sheamus with another dropkick! Woods gets in, dodges Ridge, then slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Woods kicks, SOBATS and down goes Ridge! But Sheamus gets up, only for Woods to DECK him !Woods gets around Ridge, and again, sunset flip and roll, to a LEG LARIAT! Fans fire up and Woods rearranges the table in the ring. Woods has it at center, Ridge hurries after Woods! They tug-o-war, Ridge HEADBUTTS Woods! Ridge then runs at the corner but only gets buckles! Woods SUPERKICKS Ridge onto the table!

Woods makes sure Ridge is in place and then he goes to the corner! Woods climbs up, fans fire up, but Sheamus trips Woods up! Ridge gets off the table, Sheamus drags Woods up and he bumps Woods off buckles. Sheamus drags Woods up and suplexes, but Kofi dropkicks Sheamus down! Kofi FLIES and takes Sheamus out! Kofi fires up and he clears off the announce table! Kofi brings Sheamus up but Sheamus Alabama lifts! Kofi kicks and sunset flips to DOUBLE STMOP! Sheamus flounders, TROUBLE IN PARADISE puts Sheamus on the desk! Woods aims from the top again, but BUTCH APPEARS!!

Pete Dunne emerges from under the ring and he attacks Kofi! Woods sees that and attacks Dunne! They brawl, Dunne ROCKS Woods and Ridge holds Woods for a BROGUE!! Dunne KNEES Kofi down! Sheamus hauls Woods up and puts him in for Ridge! Ridge and Sheamus get Woods up, DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM through the table! The Fight Night Boys win!!

Winners: Sheamus & Ridge Holland

Pete goes after Woods in the wreckage! Sheamus and Ridge pull him off but he goes back for more! They stop him again, and are all smiles thanks to that huge assist.

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Kayla mentions McIntyre wanting to kick the head of the Head of the Table. The Special Counsel to the Tribal Chief asks, “Are you flirting with me?” Trying to get a rise out of him? Or to take her for pizza in Long Island? Sami hurries over and wants a moment. NO! But Sami has something to tell Heyman! He is a confidant to the Bloodline, just like Heyman. And as a locker room leader, he heard Nakamura talking about Roman and the Usos. Nakamura wants payback, not letting this go. Sami knows Roman has a busy night, but Heyman can tell Roman that Sami will take care of Nakamura on Roman’s behalf. Just make sure Roman knows that.

Heyman has news for Sami he shouldn’t repeat, but… Roman appreciates that initiative. Yes! This is how Sami can get his respect back. Sami wants Roman to know what’s happening. Heyman promises to handle this. Sami accepts that. Heyman is a good man. Heyman thanks Sami and Sami thanks Heyman. Will Sami handle the King of Strong Style on the Tribal Chief’s behalf? Or will he just run away when the going gets tough?

 

Sami Zayn visits Adam Pearce.

Sami wants Pearce to know that on behalf of The Bloodline, Sami is requesting a match with Nakamura for next week. Not to get into the details but this is important for his credibility. Pearce will do Sami one better: do it tonight. N-now? As in, right now? Well, a few minutes to get ready. Sami is upset but he says fine. Sami heads out, will he regret taking on the Tribal Chief’s business?

 

Lacey Evans speaks.

“My father lost his battle with mental health and addition, and he overdosed two months before my WWE tryout. I had one family member attempt suicide in the same timeframe, and by the time I found them, they were gasping for air, and tried to apologize as I tried to stop the bleeding.” Then before her first match in NXT, another member of her family overdosed in a parking lot not too far from the show. Her knees got weak and she couldn’t be sure how much more she could take. That was the day she decided to do what was best for her family and her mental health. She’s tried to make her family proud and break the cycle and motivate them to succeed.

But instead, what should’ve been the happiest moment of her life, the most important moment in her career, and instead of excitement, she was wrecked. But it was also the first time she didn’t drop everything and go. She stayed, washed up and put on her first match, her daughter watching with the world’s biggest smile. Then after the show, Lacey went to the hospital to face the inevitable. For years, Lacey carried the weight of her family’s pain. She has been put through the worst by those who should’ve been there for her. But this is her time. She will show the world  and her daughters the power you have to break the cycle.

Lacey will show everyone that you have the power to defy where you come from. When you feel so broken, you can keep fighting. And as for the superstars, she has one question: What can they do to stop her? What can they do that life hasn’t already done? What she went through has made her the motivated, careful, confident, ready for anything mother, daughter, wife, sister, US Marine and WWE superstar. And soon to be SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Announcer Samantha Irvin says this has been quite the story. And before we introduce the true Lacey Evans, let us show the proper respect. Ladies and gentlemen, Lacey Evans! Lacey makes her way out in camouflage and sheer as she high-fives all the fans and celebrates with Long Island! Will Lacey shine and make her way to the top of SmackDown?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Usos said Riddle sticks his foot in his mouth, but clearly they forgot about the Master Strategist. Will Sami at least be able to not have Nakamura’s knee in his mouth? Or can he actually come through on the promise he made to the Bloodline?

SmackDown returns and Nakamura makes his entrance. Pat McAfee says it isn’t quite the same without Boogs, but this is still good. The bell rings and Sami tells Nakamura not to talk bad about the Bloodline. Nakamura swings a kick but Sami gets clear. They circle, tie up, and Sami gets around to headlock. Sami gets an arm, wrenches, and grinds Nakamura’s shoulder. Fans rally but Sami scuffs Nakamura’s head. Nakamura gets up, rolls, kips up and cartwheels to WRING Sami out. Nakamura kicks Sami around, wrenches to wristlock and then snapmares for a knee drop! Cover, TWO! Sami hurries to ropes but Nakamura keeps him from running.

Sami elbows Nakamura away, CLUBS him down then stomps him. Nakamura crawls, Sami stalks him and brings him up to ROCK him with a haymaker. Sami puts Nakamura on ropes to choke him, but lets off as the ref counts. Sami brings Nakamura up, wrenches and whips but Nakamura reverse to kitchen sink knee! And SLIDING BOOT! Then Nakamura KICKS Sami again and again. Sami blocks one but Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Sami staggers away, Nakamura blocks his boot and puts him in ropes. ROUNDHOUSE to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans fire up as Nakamura gets back in and takes aim from the corner.

Sami staggers up, but he catches the Kinshasa to a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives but rolls away as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sami rains down fists on Nakamura’s head, then shifts to crossface forearms! Sami clamps on a chinlock but Nakamura endures as fans rally up. Nakamura fights up, powers Sami to a corner, but Sami holds on! Nakamura RAMS Sami in again and gets free! But Sami hops up to leap, and AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Sami argues with the ref but the ref says it was fair. Sami then goes to another corner and hops up again. Sami waits on Nakamura, and leaps, into a KICK! Nakamura and Sami get up, Nakamura KNEES and AX KICKS! Then he aims from a corner, Sami grabs one leg but Nakamura BOOTS him over and over and over!

Sami finally lets go, Nakamura hops up and leaps, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this and Nakamura grows frustrated! Fans rally, Nakamura brings Sami up but Sami throws a haymaker! Nakamura KICKS, Sami throws a punch, repeat! Nakamura gets the edge with kicks, then a strike fest. Sami dodges the haymaker but runs into a ROLLING ARMBAR! Sami clasps hands, Nakamura breaks the grip! ARMBAR! Sami flails, reaches, sits up, stacks Nakamura, TWO!! Nakamura gets up but Sami ducks one kick, but not the LEFT! Sami goes to a corner, Nakamura goes to the other!

Nakamura fires up and so do the fans! “YAO~!” Nakamura runs, but Sami bails out! Is this a repeat from fighting McIntyre? Nakamura goes out after him, DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Both men are down, Sami crawls but Nakamura pursues around the announce desk. Sami shoves Nakamura, HELLUVA KICK! The ring count is 9! Sami rushes in, and wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by count-out

And Sami celebrates like he did something! But will Nakamura now focus on Sami before going after the Bloodline?

 

RKBRO heads to the ring!

The Raw Tag Team Champions head out, but they won’t be alone for long! Will the faceoff before Backlash turn into another brawl? We’ll find out, after the break!

SmackDown returns once more and McIntyre makes his entrance to join Orton & Riddle. Then McIntyre addresses, “Strong Island, ACKNOWLEDGE-” Whoa, whoa, Drew. Before the Bloodline and all that jazz, what do these bros acknowledge? Riddle acknowledges that Orton is his best friend! Acknowledged. Orton acknowledges that he still has McIntyre’s handprint on his chest from when Orton beat him for the WWE World Championship two years ago. Oh, okay. Acknowledged. McIntyre acknowledges that Orton kicked him four times when McIntyre won back that title. Acknowledge. But also, also, acknowledge that bygones are bygones. Acknowledged.

Riddle also acknowledges that Orton has the most muscular legs in the WWE. Acknowledged…? Riddle knows McIntyre’s are bigger, but Orton’s are more cut and vascular. Acknowledged. Orton acknowledges that the sky is blue and grass is green and that the Usos have had their lips permanently attached to Roman’s ass for the last few years! BIG acknowledgement! McIntyre acknowledges that he has all kinds of ideas of what he can do to the Bloodline. But they’re a team, they’ll do a game plan. It’s a joint decision. Acknowledged, bro! “ACK-NOW-LEDGE! ACK-NOW-LEDGE!” And they all acknowledge that Roman is the biggest piece of crap walking the earth!!

But here comes the Bloodline! Oh, what a shocker, all that worked to get them out here. Roman wears the World title, Heyman carries the Universal title, and the Usos have their SmackDown Tag Team Championships. They raise the belts and the pyro fires off. Roman has a mic already, but he ditches that to then give Heyman both belts. Roman leads the way down to the ring and the Usos follow. #RKMcBro is ready, and the Bloodline stares them down at the ropes. The Bloodline gets in, fans are thunderous, and the brawl is on! Roman and McIntyre, Orton and Jimmy, Riddle and Jey! Jey POSTS Riddle, Jimmy tosses Orton, but McIntyre fights them both off!

Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre down! The Usos regroup, they hold McIntyre up for Roman to mug! Roman talks trash, but Riddle gets in to RKO Jey! Then FINAL FLASH Jimmy into an RKO from Orton! Roman runs in, Orton dodges, and Roman turns around into a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre kips up while Roman is dazed! The Bloodline just got dropped, but will this happen all over again at Backlash?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode for SmackDown, especially as the go-home to Backlash. It didn’t have that much of go-home syndrome, thankfully, with not quite as many recaps and just a lot more action. Opening with Charlotte and Ronda was a good move, especially when Charlotte took care of talking and then she and Ronda brawled. There was no standing tall here so it’s still anyone’s guess as to who wins. But, with Lacey Evans punctuating her life story with wanting to become SmackDown Women’s Champion, maybe Charlotte wins to be Heel Champion to Lacey’s Face Challenger. It would also be a good way to make up for the awkward and interrupted feud between them from Raw.

Good segment from Corbin and Moss, though not too much affect on the go-home math. Moss makes fun of Corbin and Corbin leaves, but I would hope Moss wins so he can use that momentum to go for something bigger. Drew Gulak having a match this week was a bit of a surprise. I thought there’d be one more week where some male Heel mocked him and Gulak snapped, setting up a match for next week. Instead, Gulak gets slaughtered by Gunther. That’s good stuff for Gunther but I don’t know where Gulak goes from here.

We got a mostly great table tag match, but a little disappointing that “Butch” went missing just so he can screw New Day over. If not for Big E’s legitimately broken neck, he’d be back and we’d finally get their Six Man, but maybe New Day can get a third man to help them. We got a great match out of Sasha VS Shayna, and it was a very clever use of the Heel cheat with Natty helping Shayna keep the cradle. The Women’s Tag Title match is next week and that hopefully is a PPV level match because that is what this RawDown Women’s Tag Division needs and deserves. But with Natty also busy in NXT, pretty sure Naomi & Sasha retain.

Sami had a good bit trying to weasel into the Bloodline’s favor, and Pearce making him face Nakamura tonight rather than next week or even at the Backlash kickoff show was a good move from him. Did not think Sami would be able to pull off the count-out switcheroo, and honestly feels like something he should’ve tried during his series with McIntyre, but whatever. Maybe Nakamura and Sami have a rematch and then Nakamura can win to have momentum as he goes after the Bloodline.

And of course, great stuff out of the Bloodline and #RKMcBro, from the promos to the brawl to close out the night. Even though the Faces stand tall tonight, the Six Man Tag means the Bloodline could lose and it not be on Roman. If anything, McIntyre, Orton or Riddle pinning an Uso would be great to build towards those title feuds. RKBRO VS Usos, Tag Title Unification should still happen to parallel Roman getting the top titles, and then McIntyre or Nakamura, or even both, can get after Roman for the summer.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

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

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

LSG vs Joe Hendry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; Keith wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Jon Cruz, Savion Truitt & Damian Chambers; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; Lee wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; Abadon wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; The Infantry wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; Kiera, Leyla & Adora win.
  • The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; Mortos wins.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; Frost wins.
  • The Dark Order VS Zak Patterson & Frank Milano; The Dark Order wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; Mark wins and denies Griff a title match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo!

The Bounty Hunter is still looking for a prize, but he’ll gladly fight to earn his shot. Will Keith be heading for a golden opportunity on the other side of Dynasty? Or will Solo shoot first?

The Code of Honor is upheld with sarcastic enthusiasm by Solo, and Keith shoves him away. The bell rings and Solo SLAPS Keith! Keith TACKLES Solo and rains down fists! The fans  fire up, Solo gets away then knees Keith low. Solo ROCKS Keith, whips him to a corner, but Keith comes back to run Solo over! Keith scoops to SLAM Solo, then stands on Solo’s face! The fans fire up for the KNEE DROP! Keith then SLAPS Solo! The fans rally for “BK! BK!” Solo storms up but Keith kicks low. Keith reels Solo in, suplexes, and he holds Solo up! Keith marches around, then SLAMS Solo down! Solo bails out and the fans fire up as Keith aims.

Keith builds speed, slides, but Solo ducks! Solo sends Keith into steel steps! The fans boo as Solo leaves Keith behind. The ring count starts, fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” Solo counts along but wants it to go faster. Keith stands at 8 of 20, slides in, but Solo stomps and HAMMERS away! The fans boo more, but Solo stands Keith up to bump him off buckles. Keith CHOPS in return! Then CHOPS again! The fans “WOO~,” then Keith ROCKS Solo with a forearm. Keith CHOPS in the corner, but then Solo dodges. Solo tries but Keith dodges the chop to CHOP Solo down! The fans fire up while Solo is stinging.

Keith whips Solo, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Keith! Cover, TWO! Keith grits his teeth but Solo knees him in the back! And again! The fans rally, Solo taunts them, and then ELBOWS Keith in the head. Solo stalks Keith to a corner, digs his boots in, but again the fans chant “SOLO SUCKS!” Solo stomps away on Keith, digs his boots in again, but Keith fights up! The fans fire up as Keith fires forearms! Keith fires forearms again and again and again, winds up, but Solo dodges! Solo comes back, but Keith ROCKS him after all! The fans fire up as Keith runs in to BOOT! Solo sputters, Keith runs, but then Solo SUPERKICKS! Keith just roars!

Solo swings, but into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Keith keeps calm. Keith waits on Solo as fans rally behind him. Solo staggers into a fireman’s carry, but he fights free! Solo shoves, goes to a corner, but then Keith comes back. Solo ELBOWS Keith, whips, but Keith reverses! Solo goes up but gets caught, for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up again as Keith slashes his throat and aims his finger gun! Keith underhooks, but Solo fights the lift! Solo back drops, Keith sunset flips but Solo stays up to DOUBLE STOMP! Solo then runs up, catches Keith and hits a T-BONE! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up but Solo hurries to a corner. Solo climbs fast, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Keith survives that coup de grace and Solo isn’t sure what to do. Solo kicks Keith around, drags him up and reels him in to underhook. Keith fight that lift, Solo CLUBS away on him, but Keith Alabama Lifts! Solo grabs ropes so Keith lets him down, and ENZIGIRIS! But Solo SCREW HIGH KICKS! Solo goes up top, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he climbs! Keith reels Solo in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

A big win for BK! And he gives back that sarcastic handshake. Will the Bounty Hunter be hot on the trail of a championship after AEW & ROH pass through the Gateway City?

 

Mark Sterling speaks.

“If you ask AI to create the perfect professional wrestler, it wouldn’t even come close to you. If wrestling is a body business, then you’re a multinational corporation. Biology defying symmetry, no fat, all muscle, no waste. As functional as you are aesthetic. High-flying? You got it. Ground ‘n’ pound? You got that, too. Striking, brawling, submission, technical, there is not a single style you have not perfected. For the last 20 years, you’ve been one of the most consistent and proficient wrestling specimens for any company that’s been willing to throw money at you and begged you to stay. And now, it’s time for them to beg for mercy.

“You are Tony Nese, and you are a Premier Athlete.”

Now Mark Sterling & The Premier Athletes are here in person.

They stand backstage, Sterling’s guys in matching tracksuits, and he says the last time he looked into the camera, he told everyone he had a plan. The very next day, they enacted that plan. Sterling took them off the road, they entered a professional fight camp. They got the best coaches, best trainers, best doctors, and these three started to do what they do best: go to work. Supercard of Honor, against two former ROH TV Champions, PA got an impressive victory. Fruits of their labor. Ariya Daivari is back better than ever. Josh Woods is bigger and better than he was when he won the National Championship. And Tony Nese is in the best shape of his life, which is saying something.

In fact, what’re we even talking about? These three are the most underappreciated athletes in the company. They walk like stars, they move like stars, they present themselves like stars, and by the end of this year, they will be champions. Supercard was just phase one of this plan. Phase two… starts tonight. Then just what happens when the Premier Athletes start making moves?

 

Lee Johnson VS JD Drake!

Even though he lost at Supercard, Big Shotty stays positive! He got close to the ROH World Television Championship, will he get back there for another shot? Or will Scrap Metal be another speedbump in Lee’s momentum?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, JD HIP TOSSES, and Lee scrambles to ropes. JD flexes and fans cheer, which surprises JD. Lee gets up, he and JD reset. They tie up, JD arm-drags, but Lee gets up. Lee keeps calm while JD talks some smack. They circle, tie up again, and JD scoops! JD carries Lee around, with one arm! Then SLAM! JD dusts off his hands and the fans fire up more. Lee is a bit frustrated, but he fires himself up. The fans rally with him, he and JD circle to tie up. Lee goes to hip toss, but JD blocks! JD tells Lee he knows that’s not gonna work!

JD goes to hip toss but now Lee blocks! Lee arm-drags, then he goes to feint, but JD blocks with a headlock. Lee shoves JD, tries another arm-drag, but JD blocks that. JD whips Lee, Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags again! The fans fire up as Lee tries to scoop, but JD’s too hefty! JD SLAPS Lee, ROCKS him, then whips him to ropes. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges again, shoves JD and hurdles! Lee drops, then DROPKICKS! JD staggers to a corner, Lee fires up, and the fans fire up with him! Lee runs up on JD in a corner to CHOP! JD barely flinches! JD puts his arms back and dares Lee to try again. Lee CHOPS, but JD puts Lee in the corner!

JD swings, Lee dodges and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lee whips, JD reverses but Lee ELBOWS back! Lee runs up but into a lift, and FLAPJACK off buckles! Lee falls, the fans rally up, and JD dusts himself off. JD storms back up on Lee, brings him up, and the fans rally. JD ROCKS Lee, stands him up in the corner, and CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Lee sputters. The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Lee up. JD winds up, to JAB! The fans boo JD trolling them, but JD stands Lee up to CHOP him after all! Lee is stinging, but JD brings him up. Lee throws body shots but JD ROCKS Lee!

JD whips, Lee sunset flips! JD stays up, but Lee avoids the hip drop! Ghost pin, TWO! JD gets up, kicks low and whips, to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lee stays in this and the fans rally up. JD sits Lee up, KICKS him in the back, then paces around. The fans rally for Lee but JD pie faces him around. Lee rises, JD brings him up and Lee CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! JD throat chops! The ref reprimands, JD claims he jabbed to the chest. JD then scoops and SLAMS Lee, to then FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but JD CHOKES him! The ref counts, JD lets off, claiming he was just checking the pulse.

JD clamps on a chinlock, digging his knee into Lee’s back. Lee endures, the fans rally up, and Lee fights to his feet. Lee throws body shots, but JD knees low! JD suplexes but Lee slips free! Lee ROCKS JD, ROCKS him again, but JD CHOPS! JD runs, but Lee SUPERKICKS! JD flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! The fans rally as Lee builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up even more! Lee puts JD in, climbs a corner, and JD stands. JD staggers around, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this but then bails back out. Lee thinks on what he has to do and the fans rally up.

Lee runs, to slide, but JD gets under! JD pops Lee up to CLOBBER him! JD puts Lee in, aims from a corner, and Lee goes to the opposite end. JD runs up, but Lee moves, CANNONBALL hits buckles! Lee hurries up while JD is down! The fans cheer as Lee aims, FROG SPLASH, but JD moves! Lee rolls through, runs back at JD but JD puts him on the apron. JD ROCKS Lee, goes up, and he brings Lee around. The fans fire up as JD brings Lee up, but Lee fires body shots! Lee GAMANGIRIS, then climbs! Lee sunset flips for the POWERBOMB! The fans fire up and Lee climbs back up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lee wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Big Shotty’s got range, and he hit the mark! Will Lee take this momentum and turn it into another chance at a championship?

 

Abadon VS Allysin Kay!

Speaking of second chances, The Living Dead Girl got screwed out of the ROH Women’s World Television Championship when Mercedes Martinez & Diamante conspired against her. And while AK Don’t Play, she knows the OG Badass well. Can Abadon prepare for revenge by taking down Martinez’s greatest rival?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Abadon holds on, to BITE Allysin’s arm! Abadon then laughs, dodges Allysin to HEADBUTT low, HELL STAB, then mule kick! Abadon runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Allysin goes to a corner while the fans rally up and Abadon shrieks! But Allysin BOOTS Abadon down! Allysin rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Abadon sits up but Allysin brings her around to fireman’s carry. SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up, Allysin drags Abadon up to TOSS her to a corner! Allysin fires body shots, then she CHOPS! Allysin whips corner to corner hard and Abadon bounces off buckles!

Allysin takes a bow, puts pinkies up, and SPLASHES in the corner! Allysin CHOPS, whips, and runs up again, but Abadon BOOTS her! Abadon runs to BULLDOG! The fans rally as Abadon slithers out to the apron then climbs up the corner. Allysin crawls, Abadon aims, CROSSBODY! Abadon runs to KNEE Allysin back down! Abadon storms up on Allysin, reels her in, BLACK DAHLIA! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Abadon smiles, then shrieks into the night! Will Mercedes Martinez make sure to stay far, far away from the frightening Living Dead Girl?

 

Backstage interview with Taya Valkyrie.

Lexi Nair is with La Wera Loca and brings up her trios match alongside Diamante and Leila Grey. But this is also the first time we’ve seen her since Supercard, where Johnny TV lost to Dalton Castle. The question is: where is Johnny? Uh, recovering from that vicious attack by Dalton Castle and his “special boy,” Paul Walter-Whatever! Taya is gonna call up Fran Dreischer to file a complaint! For someone so TV Ready, Castle and Paul sure don’t look it. So yes, Johnny is rehabbing. Wait he’s in rehab? Ew, no, who do you think they are? Johnny is rehabbing the abs! This is an aesthetics business so he has to look amazing!

So tonight, Taya will carry the weight of the TV Family in trios action. So run along, Lexi, Taya has things to do. Uh, this is Lexi’s interview space. Oh, well, her apologies. Taya bumps Lexi on the way out, but will Taya’s team win some major points in the title chase tonight?

 

The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo may not be the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they are not deterred. Will they get through the jacked ‘n’ juicy juggernauts to go after The Undisputed Kingdom once again?

The teams sort out, #BadNewsAndTattoos starts against Beefcake Boulder, and they keep the Code of Honor. They tie up, Bravo tries but can’t push Boulder back, but Boulder pushes Bravo back! Bravo resets with Boulder, beefs up, and they tie up. Bravo wrenches to wristlock, but Boulder WRINGS Bravo out! Boulder talks smack on Dean and Bravo, but Bravo pie faces. Boulder scoops Bravo, but Bravo slips free to DROPKICK! Boulder stays up, runs up, but Dean is there to GAMANGIRI! Bravo tags Dean while Boulder throws a fit, but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send him reeling! Bulk Bronson tags but runs into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The fans fire up as the Infantry crisscross and SPLIT the wishbone! Bravo gets fans going with “OORAH!” Dean runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Bronson bails out, Boulder is there to help him, and Dean builds speed, only for Jacked Jameson to stand in the way! He wants Dean to sip the Savage Sauce! Dean says no thanks, but in comes Bronson! EXPLODER! Bravo protests but Bronson drags Dean to a cover. The ref is busy arguing, he finally sees the pin, TWO! Bronson is annoyed, but he mocks Bravo’s air machine gun. Bravo then tags Boulder before he brings Dean up. The fans rally but the Savages still hit a SHOULDER TACKLE SUPLEX COMBO!

Bronson flexes, Boulder taunts Bravo, and then Boulder whips Dean to the corner. Boulder wraps Dean’s arms around ropes to HEADBUTT again and again and again! Tag to Bronson, he brings Dean around, and they visit #TIDDYCITY! But Dean reverses, it’s Bronson who dives in! Boulder panics, runs up, but Dean DUMPS him! Bronson swings, misses, hot tag to Bravo! Bravo rallies on Bronson with big forearms! Bravo whips, Bronson reverses, but the CARLIE CROSSOVER takes Bronson down! Boulder gets up, Bravo fakes him out to SCISSOR KICK! Bravo then kicks Bronson, and manages a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Bravo pounds the mat, but now Jameson wants Bravo to sip! Bravo says no, get outta here! Bronson runs up again, Bravo dodges, and Bronson barely avoids hitting Jameson! Bravo aims, Bronson dodges, the SUPERKICK hits Jameson! Jameson spews sauce! Boulder catches Jameson, Dean goes up, and Dean CROSSBODIES to wipe them both out! But Bronson rolls Bravo up! TWO, and Bronson grabs Bravo, only for Bravo to kick low! Bravo reels Bronson in, tags Dean, and TORNADO- NO, Bronson stops the DDT! Dean gets in, Bronson scoops, but Dean slips free! Feed to a SUPERKICK!

The Infantry coordinate, for BOOT CAMP! Cover, Infantry wins!

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

Dean & Bravo redeem themselves from Supercard and are ready to get back on track! But wait, The Premier Athletes make their way out here! Is this what Smart Mark was talking about for phase two? Daivari & Nese rush the ring and start throwing hands with The Infantry! Woods tips the scales as he DECKS Dean, then DECKS Bravo! But wait! Here comes Dalton Castle! The Peacock won’t stand for there to be bullies, and he takes off his sandals to weaponize them! The Premier Athletes dare him to, but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe, Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson! They run The Premier Athletes off!

Sterling shouts, “Who do you think you are?!” but he’s shouting at THE ROH World Champion and many other big names around here! Will The Peacock, the Chicken and the rest of ROH humble Sterling’s stable once and for all?

 

Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora!

The Cuban Diamond has staked her claim at challenging for the ROH Women’s World Television Championship, but so has The Hottest Flame. But let’s not forget The Last Baddie Standing, La Wera Loca, the LEGIT One and The AfroPunk! Billie Starkz still sees herself above all six of these women, but which trio takes the lead in the title chase with a win tonight?

The teams sort out, Taya starts against Kiera and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Kiera gets around to waistlock. Taya pries the hold, backs Kiera into a corner and throws elbows! Taya stomps away on Kiera, then says who’s the hottest now? Taya snapmares, covers, ONE!! Taya drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, but Kiera holds ropes to BOOT back! Taya runs up again but Kiera drop toeholds her onto ropes! HIP ATTACK! Taya flounders, Kiera runs to step-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she brings Taya up, but Taya ROCKS Kiera then throws her by her hair!

Taya tags Diamante, they stomp Kiera, then Diamante sucker punches Leyla! Diamante runs in to DROPKICK Kiera, then drags her to a high stack cover, ONE!! Kiera is tougher than that but Diamante says it’s just a matter of time. Diamante runs, PLANKING SPLASH flops as Kiera moves! Hot tag to Leyla! Leyla gut wrenches Diamante to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Tag to Adora, then Leyla wrenches so she can hand it off to Adora. Adora WRINGS Diamante’s arm, drags her up and wrenches again, but Diamante ROCKS her! Adora swings, Diamante dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Diamante snarls and pushes Adora down to rain down fists!

Diamante storms around, brings Adora up and CHOPS her on the back! Tag to Grey and she NECK SNAPPERS Adora! Cover, TWO! Adora is tougher than that but Grey rains down fists! Grey drags Adora up, bumps her off buckles, then tags Taya. Taya and Grey dig their boots in, then Taya stomps a mudhole. Taya sits Adora down to METEORA! Tag to Diamante and she stomps a mudhole! The ref reprimands but Diamante tags Taya back in. Taya steps over Adora and mockingly has Adora reach out to her corner. The ref has to keep Hirsch back so Grey gets shots in, then Taya drags Adora up.

Taya again mockingly holds out Adora’s hand but the fans rally up. Adora fights up, but Taya pulls her into the motorcycle stretch! Adora endures the knee in her back, fights up to her feet, and then arm-drags Taya away! Taya gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges and mule kicks! But Adora ducks the buzzsaw to BASEMENT GERMAN! The fans fire up while both women are down! Adora and Taya crawl, hot tags to Kiera and Diamante! Kiera rallies on Diamante with big forearms, then a SUPERKICK! Turn and NECKBREAKER! Kiera goes up a corner while Diamante flounders around. Diamante stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK!

Diamante flounders, Grey tags in but Kiera dodges to fire off forearms! Grey shoves back, but Kiera returns to SHOTGUN! Grey flounders, Kiera fires up, and says kiss this! HIP ATTACK in the corner! She sits Grey back down to run and BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Grey to a cover, Diamante breaks it! Diamante gets Grey outta there, and Taya tags in. Taya runs up to mule kick, KNEE LIFT and wrench Kiera, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Leyla also gets in, she pushes Taya around. Leyla drags Taya up but Diamante runs in. Leyla gets around to SAIDO! Taya gets Kiera up but Kiera SUPERKICKS!

Kiera brings Taya over, tags Adora, and they feed Taya to the BUBBA BOMB! Body scissor and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Hot tag to Grey, she runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Grey is frustrated but she gets Adora up. Underhooks, but Adora breaks that to fireman’s carry! Adora storms over, tags Hirsch, but Grey slips free! Leyla dodges Leila and feeds her to Adora’s BOOT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Hirsch tags Kiera. Kiera runs, but Taya trips her up! Diamante distracts so the ref misses that! But then Leyla DIVES onto Taya! Diamante CANNONBALLS Leyla!

LARIAT TUBMAN from Adora to Diamante! Kiera dodges Grey to ROUNDHOUSE! And then “That’s all, PERIODT!” FACE THE MUSIC!! Bridging cover, Team Kiera wins!

Winners: Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora, by pinfall

It was fast ‘n’ furious in the end there, but the Hottest Flame burns it down! Will she be first up to strike a match with Billie Starkz?

 

Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter.

Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling and her baby boys, the Diamond in the Rough wearing the stolen mask from Serpentico. Lexi congratulates them on their win over Spanish Announce Project at Supercard, but it seems there might be some unfinished business. Are they ever going to give Seprentico his masks back? Karter takes the mask off to say hell no! Griff says Serpentico’s masks mean a lot to him and his lucha libre culture. But uh, they don’t care! It got them the attention that they deserve, and those wins have been a stepping stone in this company.

If Serpentico wants his masks back, he doesn’t need to trick them into a match. They’re happy to beat the crap outta him anytime, anywhere! Maria loves the confidence, and says Griff will need it in his Proving Grounds match against THE ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe. Griff is all fired up, will the Ivy League MVP pass the test with flying colors? Or will he fail to #ManUp?

 

The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto!

Black Taurus has evolved into something even more menacing than before, and he is looking to stampede all the way to the top of ROH! But Mr. Freak Beast has changed a lot about himself, too, in hopes of finding success. Whose transformation will prove to be for the better as these behemoths collide?

The Code of Honor is upheld reluctantly, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The two tie up, go around, and Comoroto shoves Mortos down! Mortos gets up in a huff, gets in Comoroto’s face, but Comoroto pie faces him. So Mortos SLAPS Comoroto! Comoroto runs up, Mortos dodges, and they RAM shoulders! Mortos ducks ‘n’ dodges and jumps to RANA! Comoroto goes to a corner but Mortos runs in to UPPERCUT, CLOTHESLINE, and GAMANGIRI! Mortos wrenches and hits an ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Comoroto staggers, but he blocks the whip! Comoroto shoves Mortos, runs up, but Mortos dodges to then roll off Comoroto’s back!

Mortos tries to hip toss but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto LARIATS Mortos down then rains down fists! Fans are torn as Comoroto huffs ‘n’ puffs and stomps Mortos around. Comoroto digs his boot into Mortos’ face, lets off to soak up heat, then he drags Mortos up. Comoroto scoops to SLAM, then he runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Mortos pounds the mat in frustration. Comoroto slashes his throat, but Mortos throws body shots. Comoroto CLUBS Mortos, Alabama Lifts, but Mortos sunset flips! Comoroto stays up, hauls Mortos up, but Mortos JAWBREKAERS, KNEES and ROCKS Comoroto!

Mortos goes to suplex but Comoroto’s a big guy, too! Comoroto suplexes Mortos, but Mortos knees free! Mortos goes to a corner, Comoroto runs in but Mortos dropkicks the legs out! Comoroto hits buckles, then Mortos runs in, CORNER 619! Comoroto staggers away and Mortos climbs, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Comoroto still has power to spare and he storms up on Mortos. Mortos UPPERCUTS first! Mortos goes to whip but Comoroto blocks again! Comoroto whips Mortos to a corner, runs up, but Mortos slips out to the apron! Comoroto hits buckles, Mortos goes up, and the fans rally! MORTOS TWISTER! Cover, Mortos wins!

Winner: The Beast Mortos, by pinfall

Comoroto is big and bad but this is a beast of a different breed! Will nothing stop the modern day minotaur from making ROH his domain? Will Jacoby Watts’ teachings ever pay off for Comoroto?

 

Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

Lexi is with Mr. Freakbeast as he returns backstage, and she asks him what his strategy will be moving forward after this tough loss. Jacoby Watts walks in to say, “Turn the page. Start a new chapter. Nothing changes if nothing changes, Nick. It’s a harsh reality. But I am your answer. Your beacon of hope in the darkness. Follow me and I will lead you into the light! For I am Jacoby Watts, the one and only, praise be to he, and he is me.” Watts waxes poetic while making himself the focus, but will Comoroto accept his guidance?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis!

The Sussex County Chicken won this title after a war with Eddie Kingston at Supercard, and those two are still going to be friends taking on The House of Black this Sunday! But will Mark be able to focus on tonight with Dynasty on the horizon? Or is this where Maria’s baby boys start building their kingdom?

Mark shows off the belt and its new camouflage patterned leather! The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans cheer on Mark as he circles with Griff. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Griff sunset flips, but Mark rolls through to drop on the headlock! Griff moves around, fights up, and powers up, but Mark holds tight! Mark hits the takeover, Griff headscissors, but Mark kips free. Roles reverse as Griff headlocks for the takeover, and Mark headscissors. Griff kips free, but Mark shows Redneck Kung-Fu stance and Griff scrambles away! The fans cheer but Maria coaches Griff back up.

Griff cools off, he and Mark reset, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock but Griff kicks low. Griff UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS again, then whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and out, SWATS the haymaker to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! Then Mark gets in to BOOT Griff down! Griff is on ropes, Mark runs in to BOOT WASH him right outta the ring! The fans fire up as Mark builds speed, and he DIVES onto Griff! Not the cleanest landing but Mark borrows a hat to put it on! The fans fire up with Mark, he gives the hat back, then drags Griff up to DECK him! Mark drags Griff up again, to scoop and SLAM!

Griff sputters, Mark goes to the apron, and the fans fire up as Mark takes aim. But then Karter and Maria stand in the way! The fans boo, Mark sighs and steps inside, and Maria coaches Griff up. Griff flounders up, the fans rally behind Mark but then Karter and Maria each get on the apron! The ref is busy arguing with Maria but Karter distracts Mark. Griff sneaks in to CLOBBER Mark! Griff fires forearms while the fans boo, but then Griff stomps a mudhole into Mark. The ref counts as Griff digs his boots in, but Griff lets off at 4. But then that lets Karter CHOKE Mark behind the ref’s back!

The fans boo as Karter gets away with one, and Griff drags Mark up. Griff UPPERCUTS, but Mark CHOPS! Griff sputters, Mark CHOPS again! Griff knees low, whips Mark to a corner, but runs into an ELBOW! Mark runs up, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps onto Mark with a chinlock and he grinds Mark down. The fans rally as Mark endures and fights up. Mark throws body shots, then fires up to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Mark runs, but into the ROLLING ELBOW! Griff then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Mark survives and Griff is frustrated but Maria coaches him up.

The fans continue to rally behind Mark as Griff aims again. Griff goes up but Mark REDNECK UPPERCUTS! Griff gets caught up in ropes, Mark lets him loose so he can fall to the floor. Karter hurries over, but Mark goes up to PLANCHA both baby boys! The fans are thunderous, and Mark cracks open a can of WOOOOO Energy! Mark chugs it, bangs the can against his head, then gets Griff in the ring. The fans fire up as Mark runs corner to corner, but Griff BOOTS him! Mark comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up, Mark reels Griff in, but Griff wrenches out, only for Mark to LARIAT! Mark hauls Griff up again for underhooks!

Mark lifts, for the JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall (denies Griff Garrison a title opportunity)

Maria is upset but there’s nothing she can do, her baby boy wasn’t man enough to stop the NEW ROH World Champion! Will Mark continue to carry on his brother’s legacy and become one of the best champions in ROH history?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH for being 92 minutes. I still skipped some very clear filler, but Marti Belle got a good showing in her loss to Frost and The Dark Order got a good match out of Zak & Frank. Cruz, Damian & Savion got an okay showing but c’mon, they were against Archer & The Righteous, those guys have been running through everyone. It hasn’t really led them to anything yet, but maybe after we get undisputed AEW & ROH World Trios Champions after Dynasty, Archer & Righteous challenge the winners. And real good wins for Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson, each guy looking good towards midcard titles at some point.

Really good match from Infantry VS Savages, with the Savages being a bit more Heelish this time. Good win for Infantry, but I didn’t think The Premier Athletes would be going after them first. And I didn’t expect Faces like Keith, Lee and Briscoe to run out to get at them. Maybe the Premier Athletes can also position themselves to go after the trios titles after Dynasty. If The Acclaimed win, they’ll need Heel opponents. Archer & Righteous can play either side, but fans really like Archer so I kinda want him and Righteous to be Faces when facing Bang Bang Gang.

Good match and good win for Abadon over Allysin. Good win for Kiera, Leyla & Adora, though things got a little sloppy in the middle, Leyla’s timing wasn’t quite there. Athena & Billie are both Heels, so while Queen Aminata is in the mix, the champion she doesn’t choose still needs a good Face challenger so you can take your pick of the winners from tonight. Really good match from Mortos and Comoroto, and Mortos winning also helped serve Comoroto’s story with Watts. Watts keeps insisting he’s the answer, but this has to lead to Comoroto breaking free and beating Watts up for his arrogance.

Good promo from Maria, Griff & Karter, and they just kinda copy-pasted Mark Briscoe’s promo from Collision that same Saturday. Really good match for Griff against Mark but of course Mark wins. Mark getting involved with Premier Athletes, maybe Woods or Nese get a shot at Mark only to lose and be Mark’s solid first defense. Not sure who could be a more prolonged feud with Mark, but there are plenty of possibilities, and I’m just happy to see him showing up on ROH TV as the ROH World Champion should.

My Score: 8.5/10


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