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Andrew’s IMPACT Against All Odds Results & Match Review: 7.1.2022

Impact presents Against All Odds! AMW back together! Raven’s Clockwork Orange House of Fun! Joe Doering gets a title shot! How’d it all play out?

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Since this is a little delayed, I figured I’d include the Countdown to IMPACT portion as well, which I don’t usually do.

We get the first Clockwork Orange House of Fun match in over 10 years, AMW is back together after more than 15 years as well as two big title defenses. Speedball Mike Bailey gets a chance to defend his X Division title and avenge his only pinfall loss against Trey Miguel. Then the main event is the unpinned/unsubmitted VBD monster Joe Doering, challenging for the IMPACT World Championship.

There’s more to be had, those are just the highlights, so let’s see how Against All Odds hits this year!

Ratings:

  • Black Taurus w/Crazzy Steve vs Laredo Kid: Taurus wins via Powerbull – ***
  • Dot COMbat – Digital Media Championship: Rich Swann (c) vs Brian Myers: Myers wins via Roster Cut – *** ¼ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • Chris Bey & Ace Austin vs Motor City Machine Guns: MCMG win via Tandem One Winged Angel – *** ¾
  • Chelsea Green & Deonna Purrazzo vs Mia Yim & Mickie James: Chelsea & Deonna win via Backstabber/Spinebuster Tandem – ** ¾
  • X Division Championship: Trey Miguel vs Speedball Mike Bailey (c): Bailey retains via Flamingo Driver – ****
  • Knockouts Tag Team Championships: Ragnarok (Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary) (c) vs Gisele Shaw & Tenille Dashwood w/Madison Rayne: Taya retains via Small Package – ** ½
  • Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Kenny King, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett & PCO) vs AMW, The Good Brothers & Heath: AMW wins via Death Sentence – *** ¼
  • Clockwork Orange House of Fun: Moose vs Sami Callihan: Moose wins via Lights Out – ****
  • Knockouts World Championship: Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Jordynne Grace (c):  Grace retains by Grace Driver – **
  • IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Joe Doering w/Deaner vs Josh Alexander (c): Josh retains via C4 Spike – **** ½

 

Results:

Black Taurus w/Crazzy Steve vs Laredo Kid

A little lucha on lucha violence to kick off the Countdown. A bit of an early stalemate, Laredo goes for a few Mexican style Armdrags, but Taurus blocks showing off his strength advantage. The speed of Laredo gets used against him when Taurus sidesteps in the corner and then Double Knee Arm Breaker followed by a Lung Blower from Taurus.

Laredo fights out of the corner, a bit of back and forth until Taurus slows things down after connecting with a Sling Blade. When they recover, Taurus tries to charge the corner, Laredo fights off, Back Body Drops Taurus onto the top rope and then hits the Outside/In Slingshot Cutter for a near fall. More trades, Taurus has Laredo in a Torture Rack, Laredo turns it into a Crucifix Bomb for 2. Laredo tries the Oscutter but Taurus Spears him mid move and it looks pretty cool/brutal. Taurus tries to continue the advantage, Laredo drops him to the outside, hits a Moonsault and tries to fire back up. Rolls Taurus back in, Moonsault number 2, but Taurus gets the knees up. Pop-Up Samoan Drop only for a near fall.

Taurus takes direction from Steve to head to the top rope, but Laredo cuts him off, Laredo tries the Laredo Fly, but Taurus hits the Avalanche Hammerlock DDT into Powerbull for the win!

Dot COMbat – Digital Media Championship: Rich Swann (c) vs Brian Myers

Myers grabs the belt before the bell and tries to take Rich’s head off but Rich ducks and starts rocking Myers. Myers utilizes some of the computer based weaponry, keyboards, ring lights, mouse chords, but Swann fights back a bit before the style of match assists Myers in being able to even the score. Myers starts choking Rich with a Tripod, Rich hits the Jawbreaker to try and get space, but Myers does his Sliding Trip to stay in control.

Using a Ring Light and 6 Strip, Myers ties Rich to the top rope and then starts taking open shots since Rich is mostly defenseless in this position. But finally Rich fights back with his feet, pushing Myers back, kink in the Jimmies and then he uses his teeth to take apart the knot. Rich starts stringing together multiple strikes, kicks, punches, backfists, all the nice flashy combinations for a near fall. Rich creates a little pile of technology in the corner with 2 Keyboards, a tripod and a monitor, but he took too much time and Myers fights off the attempted offense. Roster Cut countered into a Death Valley Driver into the pile of stuff Rich set up, only for 2.

The crowd is pretty hot for the match and really seem to enjoy Monitor involved combat. Myers shoves Rich’s head through a monitor, but only a 2 count again. Myers gets frustrated, jaws a bit and then the slugfest ensues, they slug it out up the ramp, Myers tries to shoot Rich back down, but Lethal Injection from Rich gives him the advantage now. Rich throws Myers in, walks up the ramp, wants a big dive but Myers swings for the fences and clocks Rich with a Keyboard sending the keys everywhere, Roster Cut, Myers is the new champion! He finally officially has gold in IMPACT (he won the tags with Trevor Lee under the TNA banner, so I’m not wrong by specifying IMPACT, trust me, I know this company)!

Chris Bey & Ace Austin vs Motor City Machine Guns

Shelley is back on his aggressive game. Early on throwing his necklace as Bey and Ace, then during a rope run spot, Bey drops down and Shelley turns it into an STF immediately. Bey gets to the ropes, Shelley is slow to break the hold, but when the break happens Bey retreats to tag in Ace and Shelley allows Sabin to come in. Sabin and Ace start very evenly but Ace actually takes the match to the ground and has a small advantage until a blind tag allows for a tandem move to take Ace down.

Abdominal Stretch, tag to Sabin and a few Tandem Stretch/Rib Kicks work over Ace. Tandem attacks continue with frequent tags, Ace keeps eating a lot of offense until Bey finally tries to break it up. Bey wipes out Sabin, tries to Skin the Cat, but Shelley with the Baseball Slide into Bey’s face sends him to the floor. Ace sends Shelley over, starts getting the best of the two Guns, then we finally see some double team work from the Bullet Club junior heavyweights.

Ace has Shelley in the Fujiwara with the ref on the wrong side, playing card paper cut between the fingers and then Bey gets tagged in. Bey and Ace go for ELP’s over sell ridiculous Back Rake spot. Since Shelley has been cut off so long, it doesn’t look completely stupid, but at least they’re smart and only do one each. Bey does take out Sabin before Shelley can lunge to his corner. Ace tags in, John Woo ‘s Shelley into his own corner, they work him over, Shelley tries to find an opening but Bey rips Sabin off the apron just in time to stop the tag. Misdirection from Shelley causes Ace to kick Bey and Shelley can finally tag in Sabin.

Hot tag, house of fire, taking it to both at once. Ace and Bey are stacked, Yakuza Kick into KENTA style Hestiation Dropkick. Sabin…CHAOS THEORY FISHERMAN SUPLEX for only 2. But I love the shout out to Doug Williams. Missile Dropkick/Double Flatliner combo for another near fall. The Guns try something else, but Ace puts a stop to it and drops out Shelley. Combination strikes from the BC boys, near fall on Sabin. Shelley takes out Ace, Bey misses his move, Shelley tries to block Ace, Cradle Shock but Ace pushes Shelley into the pile to stop the pinfall.

High Speed Dirt gives the Guns the advantage, Tandem One Winged Angel gets MCMG the win.

Chelsea Green & Deonna Purrazzo vs Mia Yim & Mickie James

OKAY, they actually do a mashup of Hardcore Country and Mia’s new theme. And surprisingly, it works really well, I kinda hope they team together again since the song feels a little too good to throw away after just one show.

All four jaw at each other, the heels attack before the bell, but Mia and Mickie turn it around pretty quickly. After the faces mollywop the heels, Mia rolls in Deonna for herself, the bell finally rings and then Chelsea runs into give the heels the advantage again as they keep Mia in their corner. Typical heel isolation and Referee distraction, but it looks good. Mia tries to fight back, Chelsea and Deonna stop her once, but the John Woo hitting both heels allows Mia to get Mickie in.

Mickie goes for the Mick-DT on Deonna, but Chelsea catches her feet in a pseudo Magic Killer, but Deonna just pushes out of the DDT, dropping Mickie like a trash bag of clothes. Pump Kick from Deonna to Mickie and then a Curb Stomp makes the focus very obvious of Mickie’s neck. Deonna and Chelsea take a similar strategy with Mickie they had earlier with Mia. The complete isolation and attacks on the neck has things looking bleak for the babyfaces. Bow and Arrow from Deonna keeps pressure on that Upper Shoulder/Neck area. Chelsea and Deonna go for a combo, Mickie counters and crawls to Mia for the tag. Mia is kicking the crap out of Chelsea.

Few good kicks, Middle Rope Tornado DDT for 2 as Deonna breaks it up. Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press to take out Deonna, Protect Ya Neck gets stopped, Mickie gets tagged in, Mia gets wiped out, Thesz Press misses, Deonna grabs Mickie in a Bear Hug, Chelsea flies in for some tandem Spinebuster/Backstabber. Chelsea and Deonna win.

X Division Championship: Trey Miguel vs Speedball Mike Bailey (c)

Bailey offers the handshake and Trey screams at him like a complete moron spazz and tries to look extremely too intense, which looks laughably stupid. He looks like a 5 year old trying to go Super Saiyan. Thankfully Bailey cuts off Trey’s stupidity drops him back out and hits the Triangle Moonsault to swing things back in his favor.

Trey cuts off Bailey’s offense with a Low Dropkick and Bailey sells that it did real damage. So Trey goes back the leg, and puts together a few strikes and Leg Lock that he rolls through to keep the torque up. Bailey returns the favor a little in the corner with a rope hang Dragon Screw as he then pulls off a quick and frenetic Reverse Figure Four. Each strike from Bailey though causes a sell on the leg. He was selling the bad leg and took too long to pull off the Corkscrew Shooting Star Press, misses and gives Trey a chance to respond and sell HIS leg a little.

This counter…is stupid. Bailey does his Moonsault Double Knees, and Trey lifts up his knees, so Knees crash down on knees. I guess we’re supposed to be setting up essentially for a cripple fight where they both sell their similar injuries to give off some dumb idea of “still being equally injured”. That counter still seems moronic. Gimps kicks with selling and limping, both hit a Dragon Screw eventually then we go into a strike exchange. Bailey hits the PK, sells, feints the Double Knees again, but Bailey expected it, turns Trey and hits the Double Knees on the small of the back. Which seems like a call back, but there’s too much nonsensical movement in the exchange. Tornado Kick in the corner gets countered by Trey and he looks for Meteora.

Bailey moves so Trey lands on the bad leg, cripple fight continues. Inside Out Frankensteiner from Trey takes Bailey from the Apron to the floor. Strike exchange on the apron, both look for suplexes, they both counter, Bailey trips Trey on the apron, Double Knee Backflip on the apron, Tornado Kick back in the ring lands, Ultima Weapon misses, Trey goes for a Cradle, kick out, Running Meteora…Bailey kicks out. Trey sells but looks for the top rope Meteora.

The cut off happens, but then Trey counters and drops Bailey off the rope. Bailey stops Trey with upkicks, FLAMINGO DRIVER from Bailey for the retention!

If a few spots weren’t as stupid and Trey knew how to sell, not like moronic child, this would’ve been a nearly 5 star match.

Knockouts Tag Team Championships: Ragnarok (Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary) (c) vs Gisele Shaw & Tenille Dashwood w/Madison Rayne

Gisele and Taya start off, a little early games from Taya keep Gisele off balance, Gisele tries to go after Rosemary, Taya throws her onto the Middle Rope, hits the Sliding German and Rosemary keeps up the offense. Gisele needs to gauge the eyes to get a chance to tag in Tenille. Tenille gets in a quick shot but never really gets the momentum against Rosemary. Rosemary tags in Taya and Tenille is getting rocked.

It takes a small shortcut for Tenille to get a chance and tags in Gisele. Corkscrew Brainbuster from Gisele and now Taya is getting handled. Tenille comes back in, uses the top rope and a handful of hair to bend Taya backwards as Rosemary yells at the ref causing the distraction. Rope assisted neckbreaker only for 2. Gisele and Taya get into a small chop battle, but Gisele ramps up the intensity with a few different Uppercut variations. Tornado DDT attempt, blocked by Taya, Vertical Suplex, we get the simultaneous tag spot. Rosemary is Slingblading and dropping Tenille left and right, Exploder Suplex for the near fall.

Tenille fights off a little but then gets stuck in the Upside Down. Ref checks on Tenille, Gisele drops Rosemary, Taste of Tenille in the corner, Tenille wipes out Taya, Gisele hits the Corkscrew Splash on Rosemary’s legs. Road to Valhalla/X Factor combination from Ragnarok but Gisele makes the save. Madison trips Taya, Tenille wants Gisele to come in for The Collab, but Gisele wasn’t expecting that. So the delay allows for Rosemary to take out Gisele, Taya small package on Tenille and Ragnarok retains.

Influence beatdown after, as the heels walk away happy with their work, Masha comes out and hands Tenille the envelope. Tenille is Masha’s next victim, Masha freaks out and they all scatter to the back.

Honor No More (Eddie Edwards, Kenny King, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett & PCO) vs AMW, The Good Brothers & Heath

Karl and Eddie start off, LG gets tagged in, Eddie is eating a lot of offense until Taven gets tagged in and dropped over LG’s head and Honor No More continue to eat offense. Heath comes in, flying around a bit looking solid against Taven. A few corner Splashes into the 10 Count punches and Taven is dying. Thankfully for Taven he drives Heath into his corner, hits a Spinning Headlock Driver and then tags in Mike, so OGK strings together some offense to give Honor No More some life.

Kenny King continues to work over Heath, Eddie comes back in and Heath tries to fire up. Telegraphing the Body Drop allows Eddie to kick him, run back in for the attack, but Heath hits the Powerslam. Jimmy James Storm comes in and starts kicking the tar out of Eddie. Kenny tries to come in, gets dropped, James tags Chris Harris against Mike, Hart Attack, throws Taven into Mike, knocks down PCO and then Chris tags James back in but PCO trips James and starts beating on him on the floor. Everyone in Honor No More poses when they have the momentum, away from PCO, PCO tags himself in and they are still jawing at PCO.

PCO hits the Reverse DDT, PCO goes to their corner for a rope move, but Taven tags himself in. Taven misses his Frog Splash, but they still manage to keep James in the ring. PCO gets tagged back in to knock down the TNA squad, and keep on James. PCO uses Karl Anderson as a weapon, looks for the PCO mid rope dive, and Eddie tags himself in causing a “You Suck” chant. This is great heel work from Honor No More since the crowd loves PCO, so cutting him off and treating him bad gets a “smart” crowd to react the way they should be to the heels.

James tags in Wildcat, he levels everyone with big hamhocks, Stalling Suplex for 2 and now signature spam. Spinebusters for everyone! Death Sentence set up, but Taven breaks it up. Wake up Call, Gun Stun, Meltdown and DDT from the faces to keep Honor No More down. Kenny King hits a great Blockbuster, Kenny tells PCO to hit the PCO Sault..but PCO falls of the top rope! Last Call Super Kick, Death Sentence set up….DEATH SENTENCE!

Now did PCO fall on purpose? We getting that Babyface Frankenstein?

Clockwork Orange House of Fun: Moose vs Sami Callihan

Raven is at commentary to watch all of the FUN.

VERY SMART START. Moose’s music plays, he’s dressed in all black, as soon as the lights come back up, Moose is already in the ring, LIGHTS OUT spear connects on Sami. Moose is pissed and he has every right to be. He sets up a table between the ring and the barricade, wants to Uranage Sami, but Sami fights it off. Sami Sabus a chair into Moose’s face and Moose Pump Kicks him for his trouble. Raven calls Moose Bullwinkle…that’s pretty great.

Moose is bouncing a Garbage Can lid off Sami’s head as Sami retreats to the ropes, Moose charges and gets Back Body Dropped through the table he set up earlier. Sami starts redecorating the ring with gates and wooden doors as Moose is selling going through the table. Raven’s Zoloft tone dad jokes during this match is actually wonderful. Almost makes me want to see if his Raven Effect Podcast is still a thing (was never the same after Busby left). Spicolli Driver on the Gate after bouncing Moose’s head off the door. Moose did try to moke the Thumbs Up Thumbs Down, but a Low Blow kept Sami in control.

Sami tries to put Moose in another trash can, but there’s a bottle in it and Moose breaks the bottle over Sami’s face and Moose smiles. Then he carves Sami’s face with the broken glass. Moose sets up the door between two chairs (sounds like a British TV Show), Moose sets up for a Superplex, Sami bites him, Moose hits Go To Hell through the door! Moose breaks the door in half and gives Sami half. You’ve heard of Door Dash? This is Door Duel! Moose wins the duel, and shatters the half over Sami. Tries to run the ropes but Sami hits a desperation Lariat.

Sami wants the Cactus Driver through two chairs, but Moose grabbed a Staple Gun and Staples his foot to counter the move. In the corner, 10 Count Punches turns into Staples in the forehead and Sami Powerbomb’s Moose through the two chairs. Sami goes to retrieve the Staple Gun and then hits Moose with the patented Staple to the Dick! A “You Sick Fuck” chant kicks up. Both men open their boxes of fun, so WHAT’S IN THE BOX! Moose has Legos and Sami has – broken glass! Legos and Broken Glass…we go from a British TV Show to a Pantera song that never made it all the way to the album. Legos to the eyes from Sami, Cactus Driver into the Legos and Moose kicks out! Raven sounds like he’s getting some respect for Bullwinkle Moose.

Grabbing a piece of glass, Sami slices himself and then hits another Cactus Driver into the glass, while Sami points to the Barbed Wire Bat. Camera man in the ring, is Steve Maclin! He low blows Sami and runs him over with the Barbed Wire Bat! Moose recovers enough, hits another Lights Out Spear thanks to Maclin, and Bullwinkle wins!

Knockouts World Championship: Tasha Steelz w/Savannah Evans vs Jordynne Grace (c)

Before the bell Tasha goes for Grace’s legs with a Chop Block and starts stomping the knee. Been a few too many “ambush” spots in this show, but it’s a smart strategy. Grace levels Tasha, Wrecking Ball Dropkick on Savannah, Skins the Cat back up and keeps up the pressure on Tasha. Spinebuster…2 count.

Honestly Tasha just eats a lot of offense, tries to just pick a spot here or there to maybe stick and move, but never really gets anything convincing. Aja Kong Back Fist, into Torture Rack into Torture Rack Bomb gives Grace a near fall. Tasha moves from getting squashed in the corner, opportunistic attacks, counters a power move into the Startusfaction only for 2. Tasha tries a Shiranui for 2 into the Half Crab on the leg she’s targeted a little, but I can’t help but be extremely unconvinced. Grace fights off, trips Tasha and goes for the Rear Naked Choke. Muscle Buster on Tasha but Savannah is on the apron distracting the official. O-Kurrr from Tasha, for 2. Things go to the top rope, Grace counters Tasha into an Avalanche Stalling Superplex. Grace sends Tasha into Savannah, counters the cutter into the Grace Driver.

Meh

IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Joe Doering w/Deaner vs Josh Alexander (c)

Doering is trying to keep the early match claustrophobic. Not giving Alexander an inch and just trying to smother him. Alexander powders, then runs Doering around a bit, so when they get back in Alexander tries to stay a step ahead. He ducks the Fun Splash, lands his own Low Crossbody on the Apron, and Alexander does the dumb thing by pandering a little and gets run over by Doering. Alexander is trying to stick and move, but Doering has been able to keep up and catch Alexander when his other opponents would usually be laid out or questioning an attack. Doering returns 3 of Alexander’s Chops with 1 to drop Alexander and then hits that Rebound Elbow for a near fall.

When Alexander gets knocked to the outside you can hear Deaner yelling at him “Is that all you got!?” – Deaner is being a great Hyena. Alexander slips out of a Running Powerslam, tries to string things together but Deaner trips up Alexander and Doering takes control back. Low Rope Elbow Drop for another near fall, with Doering staying on him. A wild punch rocks Doering and Alexander manages to hit a King Kong Knee Drop on the doubled over Doering. Doering is rocked while Alexander has found a second wind. German Suplex attempt is a no, sidesteps Doering, he bounces off the ropes, Rebound German. Alexander tries another, Doering fights and turns it into a Northern Lights Suplex with the bridge, but Doering kicks out. Ankle Lock attempt but Doering kicks him off through the ropes to the apron. Exchange on the apron that Doering gets most of the best of. Doering Lariats him back into the ring and then heads to the top rope but he’s hindered by the damaged ankle.

Avalanche Superplex, C4 Sp- nope Deaner hits the apron from the distraction. Double Axe handle attempt but Chokebomb counter from Doering, Standing Elbow Drop for 2. Revolution Bomb hint, but Alexander counters. German Suplex attempt, blocked once, but then Alexander gets moving, executes the trilogy of Germans but Doering dodges the kick and just a big Vader Hammer drops Alexander. Chain of Sorrow attempt from Doering, Alexander avoids the lariat, hits one of his own, they both run, FUN SPLASH kills Alexander from three quarters of the way across the ring. Near fall, Chain of Sorrow hits…another near fall. Revolution Bomb…but Alexander slips it, Ankle Lock, Grapevine – Doering stands up through the Ankle Lock and Vader Hammer for 2. Revolu-Alexander slips again, Low Dropkick to the bad leg and he drops Alexander with another lariat. Doering Rainmaker and he looks for something else. Strikes, Vader Hammers bully Alexander into the corner. Alexander slips away, Doering swings wildly, Alexander catches him, C4 Spike for the pinfall!

Overall Score: 7.75/10

Now this was pretty damn good. The pre-show was surprisingly good, but I also don’t usually watch it, so I don’t really have any precedent for it. As for the minuses, Knockouts Tag was alright, but the Masha wrinkle at the end makes the story moving forward interesting, yet doesn’t help that match. HOPEFULLY Tasha is out of the singles picture for a while now. She’s really just not believable because of her size and her generally lame moveset. Sure, HBK needed an enforcer, but he also looked impressive on his own (similar to how IMPACT built up Ace Austin), Tasha looks worthless without help; just keep her in the tag division.

PCO’s story in Honor No More could be fun since PCO has been over everywhere Impact has gone. Steve Maclin getting involved with Sami and Moose helps to elevate him to main event players and freshen up that rivalry or move away from it. X Division is in a good position, but with Speedball’s occasional propensity for dumb spots or hit/miss selling, Trey’s selling is god awful. Speedball I can tolerate, and really enjoy him pulling out the Flamingo Driver, Trey needs to stay away from the main picture for the rest of the year until he figures out how to speak and sell. Lastly, the main event was amazing. A nice combination of Japanese King’s Road style, Alexander’s mat based advantage and just hard hits and great grit. Alexander continues to be a MoTY machine.

Awesome show, only really dragged down by the spots that we all expected to drag.


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/19/24)

Prepare for Backlash!

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Did you know that challenger in French is still “challenger?”

In a WrestleMania rematch, AJ Styles takes on LA Knight in a #1 contender’s match, to challenge WWE Champion Cody Rhodes at Backlash in France!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Styles wins and will challenge Cody Rhodes for the title at Backlash.
  • SmackDown/WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma; The Profits win and will challenge A-Town Down Under for the titles.
  • Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez; Santos wins.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi; Bayley wins, by disqualification, and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Undisputed WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

After fighting their way through Triple Threats, the Phenomenal One and the Mega Star meet again, YEAH! It’s a WrestleMania Rematch, the winner moving on to Backlash, YEAH! Will AJ Styles avenge his loss at the biggest WrestleMania ever? Or will everyone from here to France know whose game it is?

The bell rings and the two step to each other. The fans in Pittsburgh “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and Knight lets Styles know it. Styles snarls, they tie up, and they go around. Knight puts Styles in a corner, the ref counts, but Knight lets off slowly. Styles kicks low! The fans boo but Styles headlocks. Knight pulls hair, throws body shots, then headlocks in return. Styles pushes Knight to ropes, powers up and out, then hurdles, drops and DROP- NO, Knight avoids the dropkick to BOOT, and LARIAT! Knight then TOSSES Styles out of the ring, storms out after him, and brings him to commentary. Knight SMACKS Styles off the desk! And again! And again!

The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with every SMACK, then Knight tops it off with one last SMACK! Knight drags Styles up and into the ring, storms in, but Styles KICKS Knight in the ropes! Styles reels Knight in, but Knight back drops Styles up and out! Styles flounders on the floor, Knight runs to WRECK him with a dropkick! Styles hits desk again and Steel City is loving “L! A! KNIGHT, YEAH!” as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Styles soaks up the heat as he taunts Knight. Styles brings Knight up, but Knight fires haymakers! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight backs Styles down, whips, but Styles ducks ‘n dodges! Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down and the fans fire up. Both men slowly sit up, crawl around, and then stand. Styles fires a shot, but Knight gives it back! The haymakers go back and forth, “YEAH! BOO! YEAH!” Styles staggers but he still ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Styles again and again, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but Knight ducks the lariat!

Knight JABS, JABS, JABS, and DECKS Styles! Knight stomps a mudhole in at the corner, “YEAH!” Knight then runs corner to corner to KNEE Styles down! The fans fire up, Knight puts Styles up, and Knight ROCKS Styles. Knight climbs, but Styles ROCKS him back! Knight staggers away, but returns to spring right up! SUPER DUPER PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives that crash but both men are down again. The fans rally as Knight rises, and he brings Styles around. Knight reels Styles in, suplexes, but Styles slips free! Styles goes to a corner, ELBOWS Knight away, then goes up to QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Knight stays in this and Styles starts losing his cool. The fans rally for Knight but Styles looms over him. Styles brings Knight up and in, but Knight RAMS him into a corner! Knight then scoops Styles, but Styles slips free to roll up, TWO!! Knight escapes, swings, but Styles dodges to PELE! Knight ends up in a corner, Styles runs in, but Knight puts Styles on the apron! Styles ROCKS Knight, springboards, but Knight gets under! Styles comes back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Then JUMP ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up with with Knight as he storms around. Styles rises, Knight winds up, B F- NO, Styles bails out!

The fans boo but Knight storms over. Knight drags Styles up but Styles HOTSHOTS him! And pokes him in the eyes! Then ROCKS him! And springboards, to PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Undisputed WWE Championship)

Styles bent the rules, but a win is a win! He will get his shot at the American Nightmare in Lyon, France, will this year’s Backlash be phenomenal?

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The car pulls up, Solo Sikoa steps out in a suit, and Paul Heyman is there to greet him. Nice threads, Solo. Tama Tonga walks over and Solo says meet the newest member of The Bloodline, Solo’s MFT. The Wise Man is stunned. But Solo cuts him off to ask if Kevin Owens is here. Heyman hesitates and Solo asks again, is Kevin here? If he is, he’s probably already in the locker room. Then take them to him. Heyman obeys and leads on. There have already been changes to the chain of command, is there about to be a change to the landscape of SmackDown, too?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

In a familiar scene to Monday Night Raw, there is a podium with something under a satin sheet. The SmackDown General Manager welcomes to Pittsburgh the Chief Content Officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque! The fans fire up as The Game makes his way to the ring! HHH joins Aldis in the ring, gets a mic, looks around at the crowd as he revels in the cheers, then says, “On the heels of the biggest, most epic, history making, record breaking, epic, unbelievable WrestleMania of all time, we are here tonight, sold out, 15 thousand strong, Pittsburgh, PA! So let me say, welcome to SmackDown!” The fans cheer that!

HHH wants to take a moment to say that he thinks Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis are both doing great jobs at leading their respective brands into the future. Thank you to both of them. And when we talk about the future, we have to talk about the history made coming into the future. So when history is made, HHH wants it to be represented here befitting of those that make it. So Aldis, if we could, let us bring the… champions out here. Aldis says without further ado, the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller. The fans boo as A-Town Down Under make their way, blue belts in hand.

Theory & Waller join Aldis and HHH in the ring, mics already in hand, and they soak up the heat from Steel City. Waller says this is huge. Monday, we saw the second place champions get new belts. And now A-Town Down Under will be presented new titles! Theory says speaking of truth, didn’t Truth think HHH was a magician? Well, who knows what magic trick HHH has to make these guys look better than they already do, but hey, give it a try. HHH says congratulations on becoming tag team champions, so he will show them what they will wear going forward. From now on, they will be the WWE Tag Team Champions.

Reveal! In the style of the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era belts, the solid gold shines. HHH offers a handshake, but Waller leaves him hanging to shake Theory’s hand! Aldis makes it clear to them. They ever pop off and disrespect HHH like that, here’s a real magic trick: A-Clown Down Under will disappear, permanently! The fans like the sound of that! Aldis snatches the blue belts away since they won’t need them, and speaking of disappearing, there’s a chance one of the following four teams will make their title reign disappear. That #1 contenders match starts right now! The fans fire up, but which team defies the odds to get some golden tickets to France?

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

Kayla Braxton is with The Glow and says last week, she beat Tiffany Stratton to get this title opportunity tonight. Will the friendship with Bayley get in the way of this match? Naomi says no, of course not. Bayley’s her sister, and she needed help against Damage CTRL, so Naomi was more than happy to help. But in no way will friendship get in the way of this opportunity. It has been over two YEARS since Naomi’s last WWE singles championship match, and there is nothing that will get in the way of making the most of this moment. Now last week, Tiffy Time felt the glow, so that same energy keeps going tonight.

Naomi is also looking forward to next week’s WWE Draft, where she will walk in the NEW WWE Women’s Champion. Naomi is ready, but will she be able to best Bayley in Bayley’s first title defense?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The Street Profits VS New Catch Republic VS The Authors of Pain VS Legado Del Fantasma!

SmackDown returns as Legado makes their entrance, followed by Akam & Rezar with the Final Testament. Waller & Theory are on commentary, Waller admitting he wants any team but AOP, and Theory saying these teams are fortunate to have real superstars leading their division. In this form of Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are active, so the Big Strong Boi, Tyler Bate, starts against Montez Ford. They circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Bate powers up to pry at the hold but Ford clamps on tighter. Bate powers up and out, drops, but Ford leaps over! The fans cheer, things keep moving, Bate feints high to drop low!

Bate shows knuckle lock, Ford obliges, but Bate wrenches, baits and double pump handles to FLIP Ford! Cover, TWO! Ford gets up to sweep and cover, TWO! Bate steps over, La Magistrol, TWO! Ford gets up, dropkicks cancel out, and both men kip up! The fans fire up and the two reset. But then Humberto Carrillo sneaks a tag, before he DECKS Bate with a sucker punch! Ford dodges Humberto but Angel Garza holds the ropes open! Ford tumbles out,  Garza tags in, and Humberto sits Ford up. Garza runs in to KNEE Ford down! The fans boo, Garza drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Garza back suplexes, Ford lands out!

Ford tags Dawkins and he dodges Garza to FLYING ELBOW! Garza tags out to Akam, but then the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, tags in off Dawkins! Rezar tags, Dunne runs up but Akam LARIATS him down! Rezar DECKS Dawkins, then the AOP start clearing the corners! But Ford goes up to leap, but into an URENAGE! The fans boo but the AOP roar and soak up the heat. Waller’s worst case scenario might end up reality, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Ford endures a facelock. Ford fights up, pries at the hold, but Rezar shoves him to ELBOW him down! Rezar talks trash, Waller taunts the Steelers players sitting in the front row that they don’t really know what championships are, and then Rezar sucker punches Dawkins down! Rezar stands Ford up, Canadian Racks and bends him! Ford endures, the fans rally, but Rezar thrashes Ford around! Ford kicks and flails, he gets free, hot tag to Dunne! Bate sneaks a tag, Dunne GAMANGIRIS Akam and then NCR fire off on Rezar! The fans fire up, Humberto runs in, but Dunne dodges to SNAP GERMAN!

Bate & Dunne STOMP Humberto’s hands! Then BASEMENT DROPKICK! Garza runs up, but into the REBOUNDER GERMAN COMBO!! The fans fire up with NCR, but Rezar runs up! He grabs Dunne, but Bate says Bop up, BANG! Bate fireman’s carries Rezar?! But Rezar ELBOWS right free! Dunne GAMANGIRIS, Ford SUPERKICKS, and Dawkins ENZIGIRIS! Rezar wobbles, and everyone helps Bate gets Rezar up! BIG STRONG AIRPLANE SPINE! But then Legado CLOBBER Bate and Rezar! They BOOT Dunne, whip the Profits but the Profits reverse to TOSS Legado out! Ellering coaches Rezar while the Profits regroup.

Bate gets up, Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins brings Bate to the very top, but Dunne CLUBS Dawkins! NCR mug Dawkins but Ford joins in! They brawl, but AOP add on! Humberto finds Rezar to tag in, before the DOUBLE TOWER OF DOOM!! Bate’s the only one left up top, so Legado mug him! They double trophy lift Bate, to DOUBLE ROCKET LAUNCH him onto everyone!! Humberto then finds Bate, sunset flips and rewinds, Garza jumps, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! “This is Awesome!” as all eight men are down around ringside, and Waller says this is gonna be easy pickings for A-Town Down Under now.

Dunne grabs Garza, Bate has Humberto, STEREO ANKLE LOCKS!! Grapevine for Garza! But Humberto BOOTS Bate onto Dunne! Legado is free, Ellering has AOP regroup, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Rezar CLUBS Dawkins down. Rezar soaks up heat, taunts the other teams, then CLUBS Dawkins again. Rezar brings Dawkins up again, but Dawkins fires off body shots! Rezar KNEES low, reels Dawkins in, talks more trash, and lifts Dawkins up, to POWERBOMB! But then Dunne runs up to ROCK Rezar! Akam gets in to scoop Dunne and SLAM him on Dawkins! Cover, TWO! Rezar looks to Ellering and he coaches AOP. Rezar HAMMERS Dawkins, Akam tags, and AOP get NCR up! The fans boo but NCR RANA free to send AOP into each other! Ford jumps in, as does Garza.

All the teams realize, they gotta do something about AOP. So they all mug AOP! The fans fire up as AOP tumble out, but now who strikes first? Dunne runs up but Garza SUPERKICKS him first! Bate waistlocks Garza and Ford winds up, but Garza ducks so the BACKHAND hits Bate! Garza SUPERKICKS Ford, but Dawkins DECKS Garza! Humberto springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!! Theory says if A-Town Down Under were in this match, he’d knock everyone out and Waller could just sneak in to cover. Humberto and Dawkins rise and go to corners. Humberto runs up, but Dawkins POUNCES him away!

Dawkins gets Humberto up, Ford returns and tags in! Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Humberto and Ford climbs! The stars are out for the BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY! Cover, DUNNE BREAKS IT! Another save from the Bruiserweight and Ford is frustrated. Dunne drags Dawkins up to CHOP, but Dawkins ROCKS him! Dawkins whips Dunne out of the ring, but Dunne grabs the arm! And he pulls off the glove so he can SNAP fingers! The fans fire up, but Ford ENZIGIRIS Dunne down! Ford brings Humberto up, Humberto JAWBREAKERS! Bate tags in off Ford, BOOTS Garza, then runs up, but into a POP-UP! But Bate RANAS Humberto!!

Bate then DUMPS Garza out, goes to the apron, and Dunne lines up targets. Bate and Dunne climb, Ford runs in, NCR DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT while Ford FLIES over the corner post!! Down goes Legado and AOP!! The fans are losing their minds as Bate hurries to get Humberto up. Bate puts Humberto in, reels him in, underhooks, but Humberto fights it! Humberto back drops but Bate lands on his feet! Humberto cradles, TWO! Humberto LARIATS Bate, tag to Garza! Legado gets Bate up, feed to the POP-UP KICK!! #FTY! Humberto then DIVES to take out Dunne! Garza goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT!!

But Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS!! The fans are thunderous as everyone is down again! Bate flounders, Dawkins tags in! Dawkins whips Legado, Ford joins in, THE REVELATION!! Cover, PROFITS WIN!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships)

Waller & Theory are relieved it isn’t AOP, but they still look a bit annoyed that it is Ford & Dawkins. The Profits are Triple Crown Tag Team Champions from Raw to SmackDown to NXT, but will they soon add the WWE Tag Team Championships to make it a grand slam?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Byron Saxton is with The Role Model, and brings up the emotional moment from Monday Night Raw where Rhea Ripley had to relinquish her title. But let us focus on Bayley’s title, as she defends it for the first time against Naomi. Where is her head at ahead of the main event? Bayley says after seeing Rhea vacate the Women’s World Championship on Raw, Bayley appreciates her reign more. She is focused, and she has realized she’s THE Women’s Champion in WWE right now, something she does not take for granted. Because we all know that with the WWE Draft, things are bound to change.

And as excited as Bayley is to face her friend, Naomi, one thing that won’t change is her as THE WWE Women’s Champion. Bayley is just as confident at Naomi, so something’s gotta give! Will The Role Model #FeelTheGlow? Or will she still be shining with gold after tonight?

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

The Wise Man apologizes that they haven’t found Kevin Owens, but he has to be here somewhere. Just look at the time. They will find him, somewhere. Solo stops listening and heads to gorilla. Heyman follows after, but Solo gives him a look. Heyman says he isn’t trying to upset Solo. Please believe him. The last person on this planet Heyman wants to piss off is Solo. But respectfully, Solo is making decisions that are not his to make, yet. One day, these will all be Solo’s decisions. But not now, not here! These are decisions that can only be made by one man. Solo asks Heyman if he’s done talking. Heyman asks if MFT is coming with Solo.

Solo just gives a thumbs up, with that taped thumb. The music hits and Solo makes his entrance, Heyman still following all the way into the ring. What does the Enforcer have planned? We’ll find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Heyman has the mic to give his usual introduction. And he doesn’t know if there is a list of the most brilliant backstage maneuvering politicians int he history of the WWE, but if there were, Heyman would have to think that he personally is in the top… Well, permit Heyman, with Solo’s permission, to explain what’s going on right now within The Bloodline, “the premier act in the history of WWE.” The fans chant, “We Want Roman!” but Solo shrugs that off. Heyman assures us that as The Wise Man for… Heyman gets emotional, so Solo just snatches the mic! The fans boo but Solo paces.

Solo tries to talk but the fans boo. Solo says last week, he had to lose a brother! He had to! It was in order for him to find a new one! His MFT, Tama Tonga! And with that, a bloodied Kevin Owens is tossed out, by the Good Bad Guy! Tama shoves Kevin down the ramp, stalks behind him, and referees rush out to stop him from doing anything further! Kevin can’t even sit up, but Tama steps over him to go to the ring. The fans boo as Tama joins Solo in the ring while the refs help Kevin to his feet and to the back. Tama raises his finger to the sky, because he acknowledges Solo! Heyman has no choice but to go along, but wait! Kevin is heading back down the ramp!?

The fans fire up as Kevin shows his grit and defiance! He drags Tama out to fire off hands!! The fans cheer but then Solo whips Kevin into steel steps! Solo drags Kevin back up, puts him in the ring, but now security rushes in! Tama storms in after Kevin but Kevin TACKLES Tama! The security gets Kevin away from Tama, but Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Kevin down!! The fans boo but then Tama SPLASHES Kevin! Tama rains down fists on that bloody wound, then he DECKS guard after guard! Producers try but Tama is a madman! Tama shoves everyone away so he can slip out of the ring, to grab a chair!!

The fans boo as Tama storms back in, but now Aldis steps up! Aldis warns The Bloodline here, and Solo has Tama stand down. Solo takes the chair from Tama to show they’re done here. The fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but the damage is done. Solo & Tama are a dangerous duo, will nothing and no one stop them from taking over SmackDown?

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

He’s in shock, but Aldis finds him and pulls him along. Was Heyman aware of this? Aldis shows Heyman the aftermath of one car T-boning another! And in case Heyman can’t guess, the struck car was Kevin’s. The attacking car was Tama’s! Heyman says this wasn’t authorized! No, Heyman, Aldis is speaking now. He gets this is a conflict within The Bloodline, but on his show, things are settle din the ring. Next week is the Draft, a lot of eyeballs on it, and a lot top brass are gonna be here. So Aldis will not tolerate this behavior. So make sure The Bloodline understands. Because, Heyman, if you don’t, the repercussions will be equally savage.

Aldis brings Heyman in close to tell him losing isn’t the only thing that has consequences. Will the Wise Man be able to rein in such an unruly force as Solo and Tama?

 

Carlito w/ Zelina Vega VS Santos Escobar w/ Elektra Lopez!

The LWO still doesn’t believe Legado’s claims that they had nothing to do with Dragon Lee going down before WrestleMania, so they’re going to get to the bottom of this one themselves! Will Caribbean Cool make the Emperor of Lucha confess his crimes? Or will Santos prove he was right all along?

The bell rings and the two talk trash. Then they start throwing hands! Carlito backs Santos down but Santos gets around to whisper something in Carlito’s ear. Carlito ELBOWS Santos away, runs up and hits a THESZ PRESS! Carlito then bumps Santos off buckles, fires hands, then has him in another corner. Carlito whips corner to corner, runs up, but Santos BOOTS him! Santos runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Carlito to stay on Santos and he brings Santos up. Carlito ROCKS Santos, whips, but Santos KICKS him! Santos runs, but into a DROPKICK! Carlito kips up and the fans fire up!

Santos is on the outside, the ref won’t let Carlito go after him, but then Carlito WRECKS Santos with a dropkick! Carlito loads up to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Santos and Carlito hoists Vega up to celebrate! The fans cheer the LWO on as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Santos whips Carlito hard into buckles. Carlito falls over, Santos soaks up the heat, then Santos HEADBUTTS Carlito to a corner. Santos then CHOPS, gets space and runs in, to DOUBLE KNEE! Carlito slumps in the corner but Santos puts him up top! Santos GAMANGIRIS then climbs up! SUPER STEINER! Carlito flounders, Santos pushes him to a cover, TWO! Vega is relieved but Santos huffs and puffs. Santos rains down fists on Carlito, then clamps on a top wristlock. Carlito endures and Vega coaches him while the fans rally. Carlito rises, throws body shots, then LARIATS!

The fans rally as Carlito starts to rally with more clotheslines, and an ELBOW! Carlito kicks, runs, and KNEE LIFTS! Santos wobbles, Carlito LARIATS again! Cover, TWO! Santos is tougher than that but Carlito says he’s going up! Carlito climbs, but then Lopez gets on the apron! Vega storms right over to YANK her down! The fans fire up as Vega goes up, and RANAS, only for Lopez to block! Lopez SWINGS Vega into barriers! Carlito ROCKS Santos, steps in, but the ref is reprimanding Lopez so he misses Santos KICK ropes to jam Carlito low! Santos reels Carlito in to POST him, then brings him back for the fireman’s carry! PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

La Madrina helps The Emperor steal this victory, them taking down the Caribbean Cool and La Muneca! Whether or not Legado beat down Dragon Lee, will nothing stop them from conquering SmackDown?

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

Kayla is with Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Kairi Sane & Asuka as they sit way up in the back. What made the former WWE Women’s Champion and crew want a special view of this main event? Dakota takes offense for Iyo with the use of “former” there. Is Kayla trying to disrespect them? Iyo will take that title back when they’re good and ready. But for now, they’re here to watch two people they can’t stand tear each other apart! Does Dakota need to remind everyone here that DMG CTRL is still the most dominant force in the WWE!? The fans boo but Dakota says the Kabuki Warriors are STILL the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and that will not change-

WAID! Jade Cargill is here! She makes her entrance from the other skybox, with Bianca Belair alongside her! The strongEST duo argues with DMG CTRL, their own title intentions clear. But for now, it’s time for the main event! Who shines with gold here in the Steel City? We find out, after the break!

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

The American Nightmare is in the UK as part of Raw’s tour, but he still took time to say, “What is the task? Run up the score, leave no doubt, right? Formerly, the task was ‘win the big belt, in the big place.’ We’ve done that. Now, it’s a whole new frontier for us, undiscovered country.” There’s an old expression: the title can make the man, or the man makes the title. Which will it be for Cody? He’s in London tonight, the O2, 16 THOUSAND, then it’s on to Belfast, Ireland. Cody is keeping his promise to bring this title all around the world. Back home, AJ Styles has emerged the #1 contender to this championship.

So then, it will be two Georgia boys duking it out in Lyon, France. The first time ever, at that. Styles has an unprecedented reputation in pro-wrestling. The modern day Excellence of Execution, if you will. Styles rarely misses. But the same goes for Cody. So Backlash in France, Cody looks forward to it. The contract signing is next week, even as the WWE Draft is going on! Will things be explosive when American Nightmare and Phenomenal One meet face to face?

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and either we shine or we glow!

The bell rings, the fans rally, and the two circle. The two tie up, go around, and Bayley headlocks. Naomi powers up but Bayley wrenches to wristlock. Naomi slips through, rolls Bayley up, ONE!! The fans rally as the two go again. Naomi waistlocks, Bayley headlocks to hit a takeover, and she makes it a cover, TWO! Naomi fights up to her feet, powers up but Bayley wrenches gain. Naomi waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, ONE! Both women get up, Naomi ducks the boot but Bayley arm-drags her around! Bayley has the cording hold, the fans rally up, and Naomi fights to her feet. Naomi whips Bayley away, but Bayley runs her over!

The fans cheer and Bayley tells DMG CTRL she’s watching them, too. Things speed up, Naomi does the splits to duck under, then she comes back to kick from below! She drags Bayley into a cradle, ONE!! Bayley hurries to step over, LA MAGISTROL! ONE!! Naomi and Bayley get up, Naomi trips Bayley to jackknife, ONE!! Ghost pin, TWO! Both women hurry up, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans rally while both women are down, evenly matched in this chess game so far. Both women rise, and Naomi SHOTGUNS first! Then she runs up, uses the ropes to slingshot and BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Naomi is frustrated but keeps her focus.

Naomi drags Bayley up, Bayley shoves her away. Naomi dodges the lariat to hit REAR VIEW! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives but Naomi lets her know it was that close, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Bayley whips Naomi to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! Bayley gets up, Naomi runs up, JAWBREAKER! Bayley ends up in a corner now, Naomi runs in, and she forearm SMASHES! Naomi then runs Bayley corner to corner for a BUCKLE BULLDOG! Naomi slips out to the apron while Bayley flounders, and Naomi climbs. The fans duel as Naomi CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Bayley is tougher than that but Naomi knows that. Naomi keeps her focus while DMG CTRL, Bianca & Jade all focus on them. Naomi ROCKS Bayley, tries the ropes again, but Bayley stops the bulldog to SMACK Naomi off buckles!

Bayley then reels Naomi in, SAIDO! High stack, TWO! Naomi is still in this and Bayley remembers Naomi’s tougher than that, too. Bayley drags Naomi into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Bayley aims, to MACHO ELBOW onto knees! Bayley writhes, Naomi goes to the apron. Bayley stands, runs up, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi slingshots, for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives and Naomi is stunned! Naomi refocuses, goes to the corner, and goes up to SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT onto knees! Bayley returns the favor and both women are down. Bayley shakes out the leg, stands and runs, to KNEE Naomi down!

Bayley hurries to put Naomi back in a drop zone, and then hobbles her way to a corner. Bayley climbs, to MACHO ELBOW!! Direct hit this time and Bayley covers, TWO!! Naomi survives and Bayley is frustrated. Bayley hobbles on the bad leg, leans on ropes while she catches her breath, and the fans duel even more. Bayley stalks Naomi, hooks her up, but Naomi PELES free! Naomi hurries to a corner, Bayley runs up, but Naomi goes up to sunset flip! TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Bayley endures, reaches out with her legs, but then she tucks to a cover, TWO!! Naomi gets up, both women throw forearms!

They both wobble, storm up, and Bayley eggs Naomi on. Naomi wants this, right? So hit her! Naomi fires a forearm, Bayley hits back! Naomi winds up to forearm, Bayley comes back with another! The fans fire up as the forearms go harder and faster! Bayley gets the edge, but Naomi SWATS one, to SCORPION KICK, and then JUMP KNEE! Bayley tumbles out of the ring, Naomi PLANCHAS! Direct hit and a hard one, both women are down on the floor! The ring count starts, Naomi stirs at 3 of 10. Naomi brings Bayley up, but BAYLEY2BELLY onto the desk!! The count is 7! Naomi flounders on the desk, but then TIFFANY ATTACKS BAYLEY!!!

Winner: Bayley, by disqualification (still WWE Women’s Champion)

Tiffany makes herself the center of attention as always as she ruins this main event! She dribbles Naomi off the desk, then RAMS Bayley into steel steps! Then she drags Naomi off the desk to POST her! Tiff storms back over to Bayley, puts her in the ring, then adds Naomi in, too. Tiff says sorry not sorry, but it’s Tiffy Time! Tiffy goes to the corner, for the PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Tiff flexes over both champion and challenger, having upset Bianca & Jade but having entertained DMG CTRL. But will Wrestling Barbie pay for pissing off the Role Model?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown that also acted as a WWE Draft go-home. Great match from Styles and Knight to open the night but also follow-up their WrestleMania match. Naturally, Styles wins because then he and Knight are 1-1 in 1v1 matches, and also natural Face VS Heel right there. Good promo from Cody Rhodes, that title match is going to be awesome. Awesome new looks for the WWE Tag Team Championships, though maybe too much gold. Nothing really pops when it’s all the same color, so they should’ve had silver on the WWE logo and the words, “Tag Team Champions,” but it’s still a great redesign.

We also got an awesome Fatal 4 Way tag match, with Theory & Waller decent on commentary. And pieces are falling into place for what I was thinking: Profits win the right to face Theory & Waller, we’ll surely get Lashley wanting the US Championship, we’ll get a good faction feud there as we approach those title matches. Also good continuation of the LWO VS Legado feud with Carlito VS Santos, and distractions of course helped Santos win. There’s gotta come a point where Carlito reveals it was him, Dragon Lee, it was him all along! Now, that would make like the third turn since the start of this rivalry (Santos to Heel, Andrade to Face and Carlito to Heel) but hey, the drama is heightened each time, and maybe Dragon Lee will actually get a win in this feud.

Great stuff in Bayley VS Naomi, as well as all the promos. DMG CTRL watching from the skybox, same as Bianca & Jade, was good stuff. The tag title match is definitely coming for Backlash, that will be great stuff. But I should’ve figured Tiffany would “ruin” the main event so that there won’t really be a choice between Bayley and Naomi. The Draft is coming, hopefully they think to keep all three on the same brand, and probably here on SmackDown, so that those three can have it out. I don’t know the chances of a Triple Threat for Backlash but it still feels possible. Though  at the same time, I don’t think they’d take the title off Bayley after only a month, so she’d probably use Tiffany against Naomi to retain.

And what wild stuff with this new, more vicious Bloodline. Solo is in a suit because he certainly thinks he is Tribal Chief already, given Roman Reigns did give him the nod as “Tribal Heir” a few months ago. And while Tama is the MFT, which everyone is already wondering what that even means, it’s clear he’s also the right hand man and a loose cannon at that. Without the Draft, it’d be pretty wild for Jimmy to come back and help Kevin against this new Bloodline. With the Draft, we could get Jey back on the same brand as his family and then he and Jimmy stand against Solo and Tama. But either way, it’ll be a wild ride in this new chapter and I’m all for it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

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

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

LSG vs Joe Hendry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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