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

Who survived Hell… in a Cell?

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WWE Raw 2022

Ain’t no rest for the weary!

Bianca Belair is still Raw Women’s Champion, and that doesn’t sit well with Becky Lynch! Will the Big Time Comeback continue towards Money in the Bank?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Becky Lynch VS Dana Brooke; transformed into…
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Big Time Interruption: Dana Brooke wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch; Dana wins and retains the title.
  • The Miz w/ Maryse VS Matt Riddle; Riddle wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win and will challenge for the titles.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan; Veer wins, by disqualification.
  • Omos w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander; Omos wins.
  • Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Ezekiel; Ezekiel wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Rhea Ripley VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Rhea wins and will challenge Bianca Belair for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!

Despite a torn pectoral muscle, the American Nightmare fought inside Hell in a Cell with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, and came out the victor! Cody is in a great mood from that victory, but it is clear his arm is still bothering him. Fans fire up as Cody gets to the ring, the pyro going off. The Money in the Bank briefcases hang high overhead but Cody just worries about soaking up the adulation from Green Bay! Cody gets the mic, and welcomes them to the show. Fans chant, “Thank You, Cody!” for last night, and Cody says stuff like that fills his heart. He does love it, but he does want to say this, too. He saw all the comments on social media about his effort, many praising it and loving it.

But Cody wants to say that he doesn’t really believe in that, simply because it is a privilege to do what he does. He loves the fans, they have no clue how much. And he will admit tearing his pectoral off the bone is demoralizing, but he doesn’t want to be sad, doesn’t want to be melancholy or downtrodden. “We talk a lot about the other Rhodes in my family. There is one you haven’t been introduced to yet. For those who don’t know, I have a daughter. And… when she is old enough, I want her to watch what happened last night, and I want her to know that in the darkest of times, in what could’ve been the lowest point in my career, in what could’ve been the absolute worst night, in what was a literal hell, I was not cynical, I was not jaded. I stood and fought!”

Fans cheer for that, and chant Cody’s name. Cody says he fought one of the very best wrestlers in the history of this game in Seth Freakin’ Rollins. The fans boo and Cody says he doesn’t like Rollins, either. But the chapter, the trilogy, it has been written and put in the archives. Cody is officially done with Seth Rollins. “So with that in mind… I wanna talk about what’s above me.” He looks up at the briefcases, and he mentions the MITB contract has eluded him his entire career. And certainly, he is a little banged up. But in four weeks time, if somehow, if someway, he was able to climb the ladder, he was able to grab the briefcase, he was able to cash that sucker in and become the UNDISPUTED WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPION…

But here comes Seth Rollins! Seems the Architect isn’t done with Cody. Rollins hobbles his way to the ring, eyes locked on Cody and the ring. Rollins gets in the ring and gets a mic while fans boo. Rollins tells Cody, “I still do not like you. But after what you put yourself through last night, you have earned my respect. And the world is saying, maybe one of the gutsiest performances in the history of this industry, and that is the truth.” Rollins says Cody is the toughest person he’s been in the ring with. And he may be the last person Cody needs to hear this from, but Rollins says Dusty is very, very proud of his baby boy.

Fans chant for Cody and Cody gets a bit emotional. Rollins says Cody came out after WrestleMania to show Rollins respect, so now Rollins returns the favor. Rollins offers a handshake, and Cody takes it. Rollins pats Cody on the shoulder, then hobbles his way out of the ring. Is this the Visionary letting his obsession with the American Nightmare go? What does Cody’s future look like with his torn pectoral muscle?

Wait, Seth attacks Cody at the stage with a sledgehammer!! The Architect was NOT going to leave Cody be! Rollins rips Cody’s vest and shirt away to expose the already damaged pec, and then pulls on that arm! Referees try but fail to stop Rollins from STOMPING the arm!! Officials come out but Rollins ignores them as he digs the hammer into the arm! Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Rollins but it doesn’t matter, he got the last word on their story. Has Rollins just written Cody’s future off for good?

Raw returns and Cody starts to get up on his own. Fans cheer, Cody hobbles and drops to a knee, but he gets up again. Fans cheer more, and Cody makes his way to the back.

 

Becky Lynch VS Dana Brooke!

The Man isn’t feeling so Big Time after losing the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat. But that doesn’t mean the comeback is over! Will Becky take out the #FlexAppeal and find her new path back to the top?

The bell rings and Becky kicks Dana low, then fires off fists! Becky talks smack on Dana, but wait, the 24/7 Championship chase runs out here! Akira Tozawa has Reggie, R-Truth and Tamina right after him! They corner him, but he goes into the ring! Dana ROCKS Becky, and rolls Tozawa up! Dana wins against Tozawa!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Tozawa and the others are shocked! Dana has her belt back, and Becky says NO NO NO! What the heck is all this? No one is winning titles during her matches except her! So Becky is challenging Dana for the 24/7 Championship right now! And if anyone else interferes, she will smash their faces in! The refs have everyone else leave, and Dana is just fine with that challenge. Will Becky make the Big Time 24/7 after the break?

WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Becky Lynch!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Becky and dana circle, Becky kicks then BECKSPLODERS! Becky kicks Dana around while mockingly congratulating her. Becky then hauls Dana up for another BECKSPLODER! And then another BECKSPLODER! But now Asuka interrupts! She wasn’t included in that ringside ban, right? Becky is furious, she hurries to get Dana up, a forth BECKSPLODER! #SuBECKSCity! Asuka gets on the apron, Becky swipes at her, Dana rolls Becky up! TWO!! Becky CLOBBERS Dana, and if she wasn’t mad before, she is now! Becky runs in at the corner but Dana dodges! Dana then kicks low, KICKS again, and dropkicks Becky to a corner!

Dana fires off forearms, whips corner to corner and handspring back elbows to a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Dana up and she drags Becky to a drop zone. Dana heads up top, SWANTON FLOPS, and Becky BOOTS Dana down! Becky taunts Asuka now, drags Dana up, but Dana trips Becky to jackknife! Asuka holds Becky’s foot down, Dana wins!!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)

And Becky is Big Time FURIOUS! She warns the Empress of Tomorrow that she’ll pay for this, but will Becky still not be ready for Asuka?

 

John Cena is returning to the WWE!

To celebrate 20 YEARS of You Can’t See Me, THE John Cena is going to return to Monday Night Raw on June 27th in Laredo, Texas!

 

The Miz and Maryse are here!

With the season three premiere of Miz & Mrs. later tonight, The It Couple is here together for a very special edition of MizTV. And their special guest? The Stallion, Matt Riddle! What will Riddle have to say about his devastating loss on SmackDown? And what will Miz & Maryse have to say about, well, themselves? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and asks we give a warm welcome to the most gorgeous, sexy, smart, businesswoman and entrepreneur, the love of his life, Maryse! Fans cheer until the It Couple get lovey-dovey. Miz say she loves that MITB is coming up! Did you know that if you cash in, you have an 85% chance of winning a world title? Miz knows this because he’s done it twice! And if he does it again, that would be a record breaking third time, just another thing on his prestigious resume. But that’s then, this is now, welcome to their premiere party! Right after Raw is a DOUBLE EPISODE premiere for Miz & Mrs!

Maryse thanks everyone and she is so excited to talk about their show. But she is not excited to be in Green Bay… She was telling her team this is where she was going, and they didn’t even know where Green Bay was! Fans boo but Maryse continues. This is such a big show, they should go somewhere that matters. Miz does his best to silence the crowd because Maryse is talking! Do not disrespect her! But “Bro…” Riddle makes his entrance without an introduction! Riddle scooters right down the ramp, gets in the ring, and there go the sandals and… kangaroos? Riddle says, “Whoa, what’s with all the harsh vibes? I thought this was a celebration.”

And of course, bonjour, Maryse. Omulette du fromage, mi amo es Riddle. Uh, he kinda mixed languages there… And Maryse goes full French to basically say Riddle got it wrong. He says, “Gesundheit.” Anyway, big shout out to his bro, Randy! Love you, dawg! Come back soon! Unlike his stepdad. Miz shouts at Riddle about interrupting them just to talk about Randy~! Miz will speak very slowly: Randy, Orton’s, career, is OVER! And now Riddle is all alone, and will get his ass whooped week after week by The Bloodline. So excuse them, they have a party to get to. Riddle tells Miz to shut the hell up! Riddle is going to finish what he was saying.

Riddle is tired of fighting Roman’s minions week after week, and he wants to tell Roman that he wants to fight “The Tribal Piece of Trash!” Since Roman thinks it’s cool to take his bro, Randy, out, Riddle will take Roman’s Undisputed Universal Championship!! Fans are fired up but Miz is laughing. Riddle tells Miz there’s a reason why his homie, Cena, is playing Peacemaker and Miz is just a homemaker while his wife drags him around by his tiny little balls! Miz looks down as if anyone can tell. Fans chant, “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” Maryse says Riddle can’t talk to Miz like that! Just so Riddle knows, Miz has average balls.

Maryse, c’mon! No, right, above average! THE GIGANTICAST BALLS IN THE WORLD! Riddle wants Miz to prove it! Fans chant, “PROVE IT! PROVE IT!” What is wrong with these people!? Maryse says if Riddle wants to fight, then he and Miz can fight right here, right now! Well Riddle says RKBRO 4:20 says “I just smoked your ass!” Miz tells everyone to wait! He is in a tux, this is the premiere party! If fans want to see this here and now, then the answer is NO! Riddle and fans are disappointed, but we should’ve known this would happen. But wait! Tommaso Ciampa BLINDSIDES Riddle?! Even Miz is surprised by that one!

“On second thought… Let’s have that match right here, right now!” The A-Lister is a vulture! But will he be picking the bones of The Bro? Or will Riddle be able to get back up and make an example out of Miz?

 

The Miz w/ Maryse VS Matt Riddle!

Raw returns and Miz hits a kitchen sink knee, still in his slacks! Miz clamps onto Riddle with a chinlock but Riddle endures. Fans rally, Riddle fights up, throws body shots, but Miz CLUBS Riddle. Riddle counter punches Miz, fires off palm strikes, then BOOTS Miz into a spin and PELE! Riddle kips up, runs into the corner and forearm smashes! Then he goes side to side to hit another! Miz fights off the Brosploder, but runs into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Riddle puts Miz through the ropes! DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up again as Riddle hears those voices, bro! Miz gets up, and blocks the RKO to then get out!

But Riddle is on the apron! Maryse saves Miz from the Penalty Kick! Riddle chases Miz back to the apron, and he has the pants! Riddle RIPS the pants off Miz! Fans are fired up as Miz has to cover up his balls! Miz elbows Riddle, fans chant “TINY BALLS!” but Maryse slips Miz the purse! Maryse distracts the ref, but Riddle dodges the purse attack! RKO!! Cover, Riddle wins!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

Maryse tried but failed to help her husband, but at least now she can cover up his manhood with that purse. Will Miz ever live this down? Will Riddle rage his way to revenge on Roman and the Bloodline?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits!

Jimmy & Jey retained the titles by damaging Shinsuke Nakamura’s leg and then having “Honorary Uce” Sami Zayn trick everyone into thinking Roman Reigns was making his entrance. Will they use similar tactics to cheat Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins? Or will the Profits be up as they get that smoke?

The teams sort out, Dawkins starts against Jimmy but then Dawkins DECKS Jey! Roll-up on Jimmy, TWO! Backslide, TWO!! Jimmy escapes, Dawkins dodges and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Jimmy up, tags Ford, and they whip Jimmy to then DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Jimmy bails out and regroups with Jey but Ford fires up with Green Bay! Jey and Jimmy refocus, Jimmy gets in at 6 of 10, then tags Jey. Jey and Ford circle now, they approach and Jey kicks low. Jey RAMS Ford into the corner again and again, fires off hands, but lets off as the ref counts 4.

Fans boo but Jey soaks up the heat with finger to the sky. Jey brings Ford up but Ford counter punches! And CHOPS! Ford brings Jey around, whips but Jey reverses, only for Ford to dropkick him down! Ford brings Jey over, tags Dawkins, and they whip Jey to double shoulder tackle! Then BACK SUPLEX SPLASH! Dawkins covers, TWO! Jey bails out and he regroups with Jimmy. Ford taunts the Usos while the ring count climbs. Jey gets in at 6, but he stays back. Dawkins tags Ford back in, Ford and Jey approach. Ford dodges the uppercut to waistlock but Jey fights, only for Ford to back suplex!

Ford whips Jey, Jey holds ropes, but Ford clotheslines Jey out! Ford goes out after Jey and fans fire up! Ford wants Jey to get up, he mocks the finger to the sky, and hits a CANNONBALL off the steps! Fans fire up and Ford even hugs some of them while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Dawkins has Jey in an armlock. Jey power sup, Jimmy tags in, and Jey whips so the Usos can DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Dawkins! Jimmy stomps Dawkins, fans rally, but Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins with an uppercut! Jimmy CHOKES Dawkins on the ropes, lets off, and Jey gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Jey gets away with that. Jimmy dares Dawkins to crawl to Ford, then Jimmy stomps him! Tag to Jey, Jimmy RAMS into Dawkins, and Jey runs in to forearm smash! Dawkins drops, Jey covers, TWO! Jey keeps on Dawkins with ground ‘n’ pound but Dawkins guards his face.

Jey lets off, steps on Dawkins, then says #WeTheOnes! Jey tells Ford to watch this, and he brings Dawkins up to say, “You want the smoke?!” Jey DECKS Dawkins with an uppercut! Tag to Jimmy, the Usos split the wishbone! Dawkins writhes and crawls to ropes but Jimmy taunts him. Jimmy puts Dawkins in a corner and rains down fists! Jimmy backs up and shouts, “UCE! OH!” Jimmy goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Dawkins flounders, reaches out for Ford, but Jimmy stomps the hand! Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins and Dawkins falls to the apron. Jimmy says Dawkins is in the ring with a true tag team!

But Dawkins starts throwing hands! He ROCKS Jimmy, DECKS Jey, but Jimmy DRAGON WHIP KICKS Dawkins down! Jimmy distracts the ref and Jey CLOBBERS Dawkins! Tag to Jey, but both Usos get Dawkins up, to double whip into steel steps! Dawkins is down and Ford is furious as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Jey CLOBBERS Ford! Cover, TWO! Jey is furious but the fans fire up! Jey pushes Ford to the ropes, runs in, but FOrd elbows back! Dawkins sneaks a tag, Jey run sin but is sent out! Ford PLANCHAS and takes out Jey! Jimmy DIVES onto Ford! But Dawkins builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on both Usos and Green Bay is thunderous! Dawkins puts Jey in, tags Ford, then ANOINTING to FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, Jimmy breaks it!! Jimmy saves the match, but Dawkins drags Jimmy out to RAM into the barriers! Ford goes out after Jey and CLUBS him. Ford whips but Jey reverses to POST Ford!

Jey gets Ford up, whips him and Ford flies into the barriers! But the ring count is climbing! Jey aims, SUPER- NO, Ford gets under the kick to dump Jey into the timekeeper’s area! Ford rushes in at 9.9! THE PROFITS WIN!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by count-out (NEW #1 Contenders to the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships)

Two week sin a row, and the Usos get taken for a loss! Riddle comes out to celebrate with his bros, and he says maybe the Usos need watches! The Profits have their golden tickets now, but will they be able to cash in? Or will the Usos make sure to have their back-up with them next time?

 

Bobby Lashley is here!

Green Bay fires up for the All Mighty as he is victorious after taking on Omos and MVP at once! But what will he have to say about what’s next? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Lashley has the mic while fans chant his name. “What’s up, Green Bay? I’ve got a lot to talk about. Y’know, this never had to end like this between MVP and I. I mean, after years and years of grinding, I considering MVP my family. But that’s what he wanted. And then at Hell in a Cell, MVP and Omos had every advantage against me in the book, but that still wasn’t enough to take down the All Mighty. The saying goes, you never interrupt your enemies when they’re making a mistake. And the biggest mistake MVP ever made was to stab me in my back.

“So I was asked, ‘How did it feel when you had MVP wrapped up and he was screaming and begging as I had him in that Hurt Lock? And I can say, it felt damn good. So now that I have MVP and Omos in my rear view mirror, I was just thinking…” (Austin) Theory walks out? He doesn’t know what authority allows Lashley to come out and steal the spotlight, but this is Theory’s time that he deserves, not Lashley’s! But Lashley is here because someone helped him! Theory is here because he won his match all by himself! So with all due respect, get out of Theory’s ring! Oh, selfie first. Lashley tells Theory he does mind. This isn’t Theory’s ring, this is Lashley’s ring!

And while Lashley is thinking about it, let’s settle this like gentlemen and fight about it. Well, okay. But check out the bicep! Theory laughs in Lashley’s face, but Lashley shows off his bicep. IF Theory is being all Mr. Selfie Boy and thinks he can win, then maybe… Put the US Championship on the line! Is that what everyone wants? Fans say “YES!” Theory says Lashley doesn’t deserve it! Sure, Lashley beat Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton, just to name a few, but he hasn’t beaten Theory, “Mr. McMahon’s protégé, the youngest United States Champion in WWE History!” But then Lashley BOOTS Theory out of the ring!

Lashley tells the kid to take a walk then. Theory is furious, but will this goad Theory into giving Lashley a shot at the gold?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio VS Veer Mahaan!

It’s a rematch from when the Lion of India returned to Raw, but with a big change! The King of Lucha will be in his son’s corner and coaching him on, but will that be enough for Dom to avenge himself? Or will he learn firsthand to #FearVeer?

Raw returns and Veer makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dom waistlocks, but Veer pries free and switches. Veer SLAMS Dom down, brings him back up but Dom gets to ropes. The ref counts, Veer brings Dom away from ropes and SLAMS him again! Dom manages to roll free, and he mocks Veer’s Namaste. Veer rushes in but he gets thrown out! Veer is annoyed and he hurries back in. Dom goes out, the cat ‘n’ mouse game begins, going in and out of the ring. Dom gets back in and Veer stops, knowing Dom is just toying with him. But then Dom taunts Veer and Veer rushes back in!

The chase continues Dom gets back in then he dropkicks Veer down! Dom fires off forearms but Veer shoves him down! Fans rally, Dom runs in but Veer pops him up. Dom lands on the apron and KICKS Veer away! And again! Dom then slingshots in and WRECKS Veer with a dropkick! Dom eggs Veer on, Veer gets in, but Dom drops a leg on him! Dom runs, Veer hits the THESZ PRESS! Rey coaches Dom but Veer looms over him. Fans boo but Veer taunts Rey. Veer kicks Dom, drags him up and CLUBS him back down! Veer hauls Dom up, fireman’s carries, but Dom grabs at the ropes! Fans rally, Veer tosses Dom out!

Dom lands on the apron, shoulders in, and again! Veer clamps onto Dom to throw him down on the apron! Fans boo but Veer goes out to fetch Dom. Veer taunts Rey more, then brings Dom up, to throw into Rey! Veer then BOOTS Rey! Veer soaks up the heat from the fans while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Veer clamps onto Dom’s shoulders! Fans rally as Dom endures and fight sup. Dom throws body shots but Veer knees him low. Veer whips Dom to a corner, runs in but Dom dodges! Fans fire up and Dom hobbles away, but Veer runs in again. Dom drop toeholds Veer into buckles! Dom fires off fists, then brings Veer up. Veer reverses the whip, Dom goes up but gets caught! But Dom slips off, only for Veer to elbow him away! Veer ROCKS Dom with shots, then runs in at the corner again. Dom dodges and Veer POSTS himself! Dom runs in, CORNER 619! Veer staggers, falls, Dom goes up, FROG SPLASH! Cover, ONE?!!?

Dom can’t believe Veer survived! Dom hurries to get Veer up, brings him into a corner and goes up. But Veer tosses Dom away, then MILLION DOLLAR LARIATS! Dom flounders but Veer hip drops onto him! But Rey SHOTGUNS Veer!

Winner: Veer Mahaan, by disqualification

Rey SHOTGUNS Veer out of the ring! Then hits a 619!! Veer is staggering again while Rey gets Dom away! But he may have only angered the Lion of India. Will Veer make sure everyone, even the lucha libre legend, fears him?

 

The Judgement Day heads to the ring!

Edge, Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley were victorious against AJ Styles, Finn Balor & Liv Morgan, becoming a well-oiled machine in the Mixed Six Tag. But now, they promise that their trio will become a quartet. Who will be joining them atop the mountain of omnipotence? We see, after the break.

Raw returns and Priest has the mic to tell the fans, “You know what time it is. All rise for The Judgement Day!” Fans boo instead. Rhea says, “Control is an illusion. An illusion that led AJ Styles, Liv Morgan and Finn Balor into thinking that they were going to succeed last night at Hell in a Cell. The Judgement Day was always destined for victory. We cannot be controlled, and our message is spreading like wildfire. Our destiny… has no limitations.” Priest says, “Truth spoken by Rhea Ripley! Our destiny has no limitations. And speaking of limitations, Rhea. Your destiny is to once again become the Raw Women’s Champion!”

Priest says Rhea will be one step closer to omnipotence after winning the Fatal 4 Way tonight, and goes on to defeat Bianca Belair at Money in the Bank! Edge says the adult in the room is speaking, so please be quiet. Edge has been doing this 30 years, so please close your mouths. The Judgement Day did what they vowed to do, and that is stand tall. But before Edge continues, he must tell his two Saints of Fate just how proud he is of them. They’ve grown, they’ve blossomed in a short time under his learning tree. Just look at Rhea Ripley! She is a superstar wrecking machine! Look at Priest and how he stands taller, head held higher, and oozing confidence!

The reason for that is, they listened to Edge. But they were not the only ones. There was another hearing their message. And Edge was right! So without any further ado, he will introduce to all of the fans, the newest member of The Judgement Day! It’s… Finn Balor?! The Prince is joining the trio that defeated him, Liv and Styles?! Edge shakes Finn’s hand and hands him a mic. Last night, Edge saw the look in Finn’s eyes change during the match. So when Rhea and Priest told Edge that Finn reached out, Edge was excited! Finn is one of the most talented men to step in the ring! So please, enlighten everyone here. How did this come to pass?

First of all, thanks for those kind words. The look that Edge saw in Finn’s eyes was of clarity. Clarity that joining them wasn’t a choice but a calling! It was a calling Finn refused to fight any longer! He is tired of pretending to be someone he’s not. Finn finally sees clearly, and needs to extend a debt of gratitude to Priest and Rhea. They fought with more conviction and focus than ever before. And Rhea? Rhea stood between Finn and Edge to shield Edge. Finn should’ve been mad, angry, furious, but he wasn’t! He was impressed and in awe. So much so that Finn reached out to them after. They got talking about this and that, and they realized they have more in common than they knew.

They’ve all grown tired of being told what to do. Priest says Edge is one of the greatest of all time. That is why it was so easy for Priest and Rhea to follow him into the darkness. And now, they’ve all realized that in this short time with Edge, he’s taught them how to get rid of any limitation holding them back. They are ready to shed that last bit of limitation holding them back. Edge smiles, but then Priest says it’s Edge! Priest DECKS Edge!! And then they all stomp away on Edge! He’s been betrayed by those he enlightened! SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Finn is up top, Priest and Rhea put Edge in the drop zone, COUP DE GRACE!!

The Judgement Day has added a new member, and removed their founder and leader! Edge gets to his feet and he fights back! But Priest and Finn mug Edge! Then they bring him out to the announce desk, for a RAZOR’S EDGE through the desk!! Fans are losing their minds as The Prince now stands over the Iconoclast! Edge still has fight in him!? Finn throws down fists and Priest has Rhea fetch something. Priest and Finn drag Edge into the ring, Rhea brings two chairs over! She puts those chairs in the ring, and even brings in another. Because on one, Rhea breaks off the crossbar and hands it to Finn! GLASGOW GRIN CROSSFACE!!

Rhea taunts Edge and Finn asks, “Who’s in control now?!” Priest has Finn let off, and then they set Edge’s head on a chair! Priest has Rhea be guard against the refs and officials! Priest roars and gives Edge a CON-CHAIR-TO!!! Edge suffers at the hands he tried to help! Fans boo but the Judgement Day revels in it! Has Edge fallen to the foot of the mountain of omnipotence? Will he ever get back up?

 

Omos w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander!

The Nigerian Giant is still fuming after PRIMED Alexander helped out Bobby Lashley. Cedric wants to stand on his own two feet, but will he even be able to stand at all after Omos gets his hands on him?

The bell rings and Cedric fires off on Omos! Omos withstands it, picks Cedric up, MOUNTAIN BOMB!! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

That was Omos’ most dominant and shortest match yet! But then wait, the Dirty Dawgs are here? Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler join Kevin Patrick on stage for an interview. Kevin Patrick welcomes them back and Roode says there is no better time to return than now! It’s going to be a Double D Summer cuz the Dirty Dawgs are going for Money in the Bank! But MVP interrupts to tell the Dawgs that they don’t disrespect them! This is wasting camera time on some clowns after Omos- SUPERKICK from Ziggler to MVP! Omos catches MVP from falling off the perch, and now the chase is on! Will the Dawgs end up suffering like Cedric just did?

 

Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Ezekiel!

The Prizefighter, Kevin Owens, defeated Elias’ younger brother but still couldn’t get the truth out of him. Will the Alpha Academy’s tree trunk fall on Zeke and make him speak? Or will Ezekiel rebound and manage to take Otis down?

Raw returns and Zeke makes his entrance. The bell rings, Zeke dodges Otis and CHOPS! Then fires off forearms! Otis blocks the whip, whips Zeke, then rolls to RAM Zeke! Zeke stays up but then Otis CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but Otis CLUBS Zeke. Otis bumps Zeke off buckles, CLUBS him in the chest, then tells Elias to stop lying! Otis RAMS into Zeke, and again, and again! The ref counts, Otis lets off, but then brings Zeke up into an EXPLODER! Zeke flounders and Otis covers, TWO! Otis says he’ll break Zeke’s head off with a neck wrench! Zeke endures, fans rally, and Zeke fights up. Zeke gets to his feet and manages to send Otis into buckles!

Zeke stagger sup, he throws haymakers and CHOPS! Fans rally up as Zeke fires off, then runs to LARIAT! Otis stays up so Zeke runs to LARIAT again! Otis still stays up, Zeke runs, but into a scoop! Zeke slips off, shoves and JUMP KNEES! Then Zeke runs, gets around, crucifix takedown! ZEKE WINS!

Winner: Ezekiel, by pinfall

The Academy is furious that they failed! But Zeke gets a mic to speak! “Kevin Owens! You challenged me to a one-on-one match at Hell in a Cell, and in my short career, it was the most important match of my life, but I feel short.” Maybe he was too #ZekedUp. But he has to keep going. And if there’s one thing he learned from his brother, Elias, it’s that everyone deserves a second chance. So Zeke wants a rematch, next week on Raw! Zeke waits and here comes Kevin! Kevin has a mic to say, “You want a rematch? I already beat you! Y’know what? I’m in such a good mood after beating the hell out of you last night, I’m feeling generous.” If Zeke wants his rematch, he’s got it!

On one condition. If he wants that rematch, Zeke must admit to the world right now that he IS Elias! Fans chant, “That’s Elias!” “No It’s Not!” Kevin tells Zeke to tell the fans that he is Elias! He tells the fans to shut up but Zeke says okay. Kevin has him. Wait, whoa, good start. But that’s not enough. Zeke must admit what? Say it! Look Kevin in the eyes when you do! Zeke admits… That his name… is Elias. Kevin says he knew it! He told all us idiots that he’s not the liar, Zeke is the liar! Kevin is a genius! He wins!! Uh, well, do they have the rematch or not? Yes, Kevin will beat the hell out of Elias again!

Wow, okay! Zeke didn’t think it’d be that easy. Zeke knew Kevin was thickheaded but wow! All Zeke had to do was take a page out of the Kevin Owens Playbook! What? What is he talking about? Uh, well, HE LIED! He’s ZEKE! JUMP KNEE! Down goes Kevin and Zeke bails out before the Academy gets back in! So Zeke tricked Kevin by lying? Will Kevin still keep to his word and give Zeke that rematch?

 

Bianca Belair is here!

The strongEST, fastEST, roughEST, toughEST, quickEST and perhaps cleverEST Raw Women’s Champion is going to be ringside to watch tonight’s main event! Who gets their shot at Bianca at Money in the Bank? We’re all going to see, after the break!

Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Liv Morgan VS Rhea Ripley VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven w/ Nikki A.S.H!

Raw returns and Alexa makes her entrance first. Piper is next, with the Almost Super Hero following her, and then Liv, leaving the Judgement Day’s Eradicator for last. Will Rhea’s brutality continue until she fulfills her golden destiny? Or will another step up to take on the EST at MITB?

Raw returns again and the bell rings. Rhea and Liv brawl, Alexa dodges Piper and jumps on for a SLEEPER! Piper RAMS Alexa into buckles, throws her off, Rhea HEADBUTTS Liv! Rhea and Piper are left in the ring and they talk some trash as they circle. Piper throws a forearm but Rhea give sit back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, and even try LARIATS! Rhea dodges, mule kicks, and tries to fireman’s carry. Piper is too big and strong, she CLUBS Rhea, then scoops her! Rhea slips off and CLUBS away on Piper! Rhea waistlocks but Piper goes to ropes and elbows Rhea away.

Liv and Alexa work together to trip and drag Piper out! They smack her off the apron, then go in after Rhea! Rhea swings, Liv dodges, but Rhea BOOTS Alexa! Rhea throws Liv down, drags her up, but Liv throws body shots! Liv JAWBREAKERS free, then runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Liv rolls, runs in and back body- NO, Rhea waistlocks! Liv elbows but Rhea ripcords and short arm LARIATS! Rhea talks trash but Alexa CHOP BLOCKS! Alexa then kicks and KNEES Rhea! Alexa choke grips Rhea and says this is her show now! But Rhea choke grips back! Rhea knees Alexa low, then smirks as she CLUBS Alexa down.

Rhea says Alexa should try joining The Judgement Day, then she bumps her off buckles! And more buckles! Rhea stomps a mudhole into Alexa, but the ref has her back off so he can check Alexa. Alexa’s okay to continue, and she kicks back! And again! And again! Alexa CLUBS Rhea but Rhea CLUBS Alexa! Rhea shoves Alexa down, then drags her around by her hair. Rhea stomps Alexa in the ribs! Then stands on Alexa’s back! Fans boo but Rhea taunts Bianca. They wave at each other, Rhea hauls Alexa up and suplexes, but Liv kicks Rhea! Liv runs to SHOTGUN Alexa and make her DDT Rhea!

Liv runs at Alexa but Alexa ROCKS her from the apron! Alexa leaps at Rhea, but into her arms! Liv missile dropkicks them down! But Piper SENTONS Liv! Piper is fired up, as is Nikki, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and Piper SLAPS Alexa! Fans rally for Alexa but Piper CLUBS her down. Nikki rallies for Piper and Piper drags Alexa into a cobra clutch. Piper thrashes Alexa around, but Alexa fights up and fans rally. Alexa claws at the hold, throws elbows, but Piper ripcords to short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Even Bianca’s a little surprised by that. Piper brings Alexa up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Piper blows a kiss while Alexa falls out, but Liv gets in to CODE BREAKER! Piper staggers to a corner, but Rhea CLOBBERS Liv! Liv gets up, dodges and SHOTGUNS Rhea! Liv fires off on Rhea, Rhea turns things around and hits back!

Liv BOOTS Rhea, goes up top, and FLYING RANAS! Alexa BOOTS Rhea from the other corner, but Piper POUNCES Liv! Alexa hits SUNSET BOMB on Rhea, but Piper SPLASHES Alexa! Cover, Liv breaks it! Bianca is fired up with the fans as this match continues! Liv gets Piper, kicks and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Piper stays up, swings, but Liv dodges. Piper CLOBBERS Liv at the ropes, reels her in, and SIT-OUT POWERBOMBS! Cover, Alexa breaks it now! Piper snarls but this still isn’t done! Piper HEADBUTTS Alexa, then stomps her in a drop zone. Piper climbs up the corner, but Rhea is there to ROCK her!

Rhea fires off haymakers on Piper, then climbs up after her! Rhea CLUBS Piper, Piper throws body shots back, but Rhea tells Bianca this is for her. But Piper still fights! Liv and Alexa join in, TOWER OF DOOM!! Double Powerbomb Superplex, and Bianca can’t help but wince from watching that crash landing. “This is Awesome!” and Liv hurries to cover Rhea! Alexa covers Piper, too, TWO!! The double covers don’t work out, but Piper and Rhea bail out. Liv rushes in, Alexa rolls her up, ONE! Liv rolls Alexa, TWO! Alexa hits a cradle, TWO!! Liv has it, ONE! Alexa, Liv, they roll and roll and roll! Fans are loving this!

They finally stop rolling, TWO!! Alexa kicks and DDTs Liv! But Alexa doesn’t cover, she drags Liv to a drop zone! Alexa goes up top, TWISTED BLISS onto knees! But Piper gets Alexa and tosses her out! Piper turns around, Liv goes up the ropes to springboard and CODE BREAKER! But Nikki disrupts ObLIVion! Alexa grabs Piper, Nikki goes after Alexa, DOUBLE LARIATS take those two out! Liv dodges Piper in the corner, then goes up top and leaps, into Piper’s arms! Piper MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, Rhea dropkicks it apart! Fans boo as Rhea hauls Piper up, pump handle, but Piper throws elbows. Rhea just uses that for a RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)

Brutality eradicates the competition, and now destiny could just be a month away! And to celebrate with their fellow Saint of Fate, Finn and Priest return to the ring. They all stare Bianca down but she’s the braveEST, too. She raises the belt high, but will she lose that belt at Money in the Bank?


My Thoughts:

Surprisingly, this was a very good after PPV/Premium Live Event episode for Raw. Obviously, they got Cody Rhodes’ pectoral injury issue out of the way. Cody sticking to his Face ways was hoping for a shot at MITB, but obviously that injury is real and there was no way he’d be able to be ready in just one month. Rollins gives us a great swerve and kayfabe reason why Cody will be missing time now, with claiming he respects Cody but then attacks him with the hammer. Now Cody has his kayfabe reason to be gone for no less than six months, Rollins has a lot more heat going towards MITB, and at the very least, Cody can return at the Royal Rumble.

Similarly, we followed up with a great fusion of segments with Becky Lynch and the 24/7 Championship Division. For a moment, I was conflicted. Becky winning to be Big Time 24/7 would’ve been an interesting story, but at the same time, there are many reasons why she doesn’t need that title. Asuka distracting Becky was a great way to keep their feud going, and they will definitely be part of the Women’s MITB match, too. And after what we saw in the main event, it’s pretty clear who else will be fighting in qualifiers.

Speaking of which, what a wild segment with The Judgement Day. I did not expect Finn to join, and seeing it, I thought he was going to swerve Edge by sucker punching him and Styles comes out. Instead, Finn joining isn’t the swerve, it was him and the others betraying Edge! This writes Edge off for a bit, not sure why or for how long, and who knows what Edge does when he returns. Is he going to somehow turn Face again when this is supposed to be the true Edge? Is he oddly going to be proud that his proteges did this because it’s “what he would’ve done?” The latter one makes more sense to me, somehow. I’m just bummed we aren’t getting Styles & Finn as tag champs.

Rhea being the new contender makes sense. Judgement Day has momentum now between the win at HIAC and what they did to Edge tonight, and it also felt like they were wanting to do more Rhea VS Bianca since Elimination Chamber. That match is going to be very good, could probably go either way, and we’ll have to wait and see who wins the MITB briefcase. Heels work better with the cash-in, and I feel like Becky’s story should be becoming Ms. MITB for her comeback. So Bianca can manage to win against Rhea, only for Becky to cash in on her. It would almost be like Becky revisiting SummerSlam 2021 and the quick win, so it’d bring this story full circle.

I legitimately laughed out loud with that MizTV section, especially when Riddle dared Miz & Maryse to prove Miz’s ball size. Riddle also gets a great win off Miz, Riddle will be rolling towards his title match with Roman. Riddle not being in MITB also opens up the way for someone else to be waiting in the back, watching Roman very closely as he competes with Riddle, with whoever is challenging Roman at SummerSlam, and with McIntyre on Clash at the Castle. At this point, Mr. MITB could be Rollins, in the off chance Cody’s return leads him to being the champion, and then Rollins can just ruin it all for him basically a year to the day from when Cody returned to the WWE.

Great tag match out of Usos VS Profits, and I like how they’re booking the Usos’ title reign right now. They can’t win without cheating, but they don’t lose in the ring either. I hope they’ll save this title match for MITB because they should. MITB will be a great event if both Undisputed Universal and Undisputed Tag Team titles were on the show. Lashley had a good promo, and just as I thought he was going to declare a top title challenge or MITB intentions, Theory shows up. Theory VS Lashley for the US title is surely happening, but I don’t see Lashley going back to the midcard title. Sadly, that means he’ll lose to Theory and then enter the MITB match.

Theory might end up confronting John Cena when he shows up on 6/27, too, since Cena also called Theory out in a TikTok Q&A. There is also how Vince apparently said Theory is the next Cena, so Theory VS Cena just seems like a natural move. I have a feeling Theory finds a way to beat Cena, too, just to prove Vince was right to say all that in the first place. Veer VS Dom being disqualified was a strange move, but I honestly don’t know why we didn’t get more out of Rey and Veer sooner. Omos squashing Cedric and then the Dawgs showing up was just very filler. Are the Dawgs the Faces or Heels? They feel like the Heels but then how are Omos and MVP Faces after what we’ve seen these past few months? I suppose Omos & MVP can turn, but this is all just too out of nowhere.

Zeke had a good match with Otis, but I should’ve figured he’d call Kevin out. I loved that clever way for Zeke to get his rematch with Kevin. Zeke saying he’s Elias doesn’t actually prove anything either, because anyone can say whatever words they want. But in the rematch next week, there needs to be some kind of Elias based distraction, and they can play it either way they want. Kevin can get distracted because he’s so obsessed, or Zeke can get distracted because he really is Elias and knows Elias can’t show up. Also, MITB entry should be on the line because why waste time? Two birds, one stone is how to do booking during the MITB build.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

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

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

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

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

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

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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Time to settle some scores!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

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

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

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

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

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

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

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

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

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

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

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

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

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

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

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

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

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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