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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (8/11/22)

A new chapter begins!

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We’re on the road to a NEW NXT UK Champion!

Ilja Dragunov vacated the title because of his injuries, and now we begin the tournament to crown a NEW NXT UK Champion! Who takes the first steps forward in this new era?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Oliver Carter VS Charlie Dempsey; Carter wins and advances.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Eliza Alexander; Eliza wins.
  • Teoman w/ Rohan Raja VS Sam Gradwell; Gradwell wins.
  • Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Trent Seven VS Wolfgang; Seven wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Oliver Carter VS Charlie Dempsey w/ Die Familie!

This may be a 1v1 match, but this could be two birds with one stone for the Predator Killer. Carter could clear out Die Familie 3-0 while going for the gold, will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun get even hotter? Or will Dempsey get his biggest win in NXT UK yet?

Carter sees Teoman & Rohan Raja have followed Dempsey out, so he goes after them first! The ref has Carter let off on Dempsey, the bell rings, and Carter fires off haymakers! Dempsey knees low, CLUBS him, but Carter throws forearms. Dempsey forearms, Carter CHOPS, Dempsey EuroUpper! Carter ROCKS Dempsey but Dempsey KNEES Low! Dempsey CLUBS Carter, clinches and EuroUppers! Carter gives EuroUPpers back, and fans are fired up for this brawl! Carter ROCKS Dempsey again and again but Dempsey kicks a leg out! Carter elbows low, then PELES Dempsey away! Carter clotheslines Dempsey up and out!

Dempsey staggers up, Carter PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Carter dares Die Familie to do something, then he drags Dempsey up and into the ring. Carter gets in the ring with Dempsey, has him in a corner, and whips him corner to corner. But Dempsey reverses to JAPANESE ARM-DRAG Carter into buckles! Dempsey then drives knee after knee into Carter’s thigh, before he YANKS the leg! Fans boo but Dempsey clamps onto Carter. Carter pushes him away and CLUBS Dempsey back, but Dempsey gets the leg. Dempsey hits a hard takedown and then has a toehold. Carter endures and fans rally up behind him, but Dempsey just pulls on the leg!

Dempsey turns Cater over, even as Carter kicks with his free leg, and Dempsey TWISTS the leg into the deathlock! Carter endures as Dempsey bends leg against leg then CHOPS him on the back. Dempsey hooks the legs but Carter clubs free. Dempsey stomps Carter away, gets the leg again, but Carter fires haymakers! Carter CHOPS, whips, but Dempsey reverses. Carter tries to springboard but the leg gives out! Carter crashes down and Dempsey stomps him more! Dempsey ties up the leg in a standing toehold, but Carter blocks the bridge! So Dempsey stomps him again! Dempsey drags Carter back to tie the legs up again.

Dempsey has the deathlock, and then SNAPS it! Carter cries out in pain but Die Familie is all smiles as Dempsey stands up and SNAPS it again! Carter flounders away to ropes but Dempsey is right on him. Carter throws elbows but Dempsey BOOTS him to a corner. Dempsey brings Carter up to EuroUpper hard! Carter throws haymakers and CLUBS Dempsey down! Carter swings, but into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Carter survives but he’s clutching that damaged leg. Dempsey stomps Carter, grabs the leg again, but Carter kicks with his free leg. Dempsey stands over Carter, then on Carter, but Carter keeps kicking!

Dempsey shifts from leglock to KNEEBAR, but Carter kicks Dempsey’s own legs! Carter gets away but Dempsey storms after him> Dempsey drags Carter back and fans rally up. Dempsey has a modified crab and pushes Carter down to make it a cover, ONE! Dempsey keeps on the leg but Carter throws hands,. Dempsey CHOPS and CHOPS, but Carter SLAPS and SLAPS! Dempsey lets go and fans fire up! Carter fights through the pain but Dempsey hits a headlock takeover! Cover, TWO! Dempsey keeps on the leg with a STRETCH MUFFLER! Carter CLUBS Dempsey, Dempsey shifts around, but Carter drags himself up to fire off forearms!

Carter enziguris but Dempsey ducks it! Dempsey CLUBS the bad leg, reels Carter in, TRAPPED LEG DRAGON SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!! But Dempsey wants the arm! Carter resists the Fujiwara Armbar, fans rally hard as ever, and Carter rolls! But Dempsey gets the leg! Carter slips free, and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! And then again! Dempsey staggers into a back drop! But that was double-edged with the bad leg! Carter tries to run, but Dempsey BOOTS him down! But then Dempsey runs into the BOOKEND!! Cover, TWO!! And then the CROSSFACE! Carter elbows free before Dempsey can lock on, and Carter CHOPS!

Carter whips, SUPER- NO, the bad leg won’t allow Carter to plant for the kick! Dempsey gets the bad leg and pulls it into the HALF CRAB! Carter kicks with his free leg and is free again. Carter staggers, but Dempsey blocks and flips him, ROLLING KICK! Carter pulls one outta nowhere, but he can barely stand! Dempsey sits up, Carter tries to run but he can’t! Dempsey gets the leg, DRAGON SCREW! And then HALF CRAB!!! Carter endures, fans duel, and Dempsey pulls way back! But Carter uses that to roll him up, CARTER WINS!!

Winner: Oliver Carter, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Carter sweeps Die Familie! Carter snatches victory from the jaws of defeat, and now he is heading for the next round! Will Carter be a survivor to be Ready And Forward, Always Forward?

 

NXT UK shares footage from after last week’s episode.

Blair Davenport is furiously demanding to know, “What was that?!” But Amale, Isla Dawn and Eliza Alexander are also storming in after her, and Sid Scala shouts them all down! If they don’t stop this fighting now, there will be NO future opportunities for any of them! Isla stays here, Eliza goes to one end of the hall, Amale the other, and Blair down another direction. Isla reasons with the spirits, or whatever voices are in her head, how will NXT UK settle this title contention issue?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Tyler Bate.

The Big Strong Boy enters but he doesn’t have a match scheduled tonight. Why is he here at BT Sports Studios? Well, there is a match he wants to see, and that is Mr. Trent Seven’s. But Sid walks over and says he is aware of Tyler’s feelings, but this tournament is very important, very prestigious, and Sid just asks Tyler note get involved with Trent’s match tonight. Tyler would never do such a thing. But he is coming for the title regardless, and nothing would get under Trent’s skin more than Tyler walking away NXT UK Champion. Will Tyler stay Zen and let Seven fight Wolfgang undisturbed?

 

Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Eliza Alexander!

Two competitors who aren’t Zen are the hyper and ambitious star recruit of Chase University, and #LizzieEvo who claims the Yanks of NXT 2.0 are just in the way of her opportunities. Will Thea give Eliza a #TeachableMoment that opportunities still have to be earned? Or will Thea flunk this test just like Bodhi Hayward did against Sha Samuels?

The bell rings and Eliza is annoyed that the fans are fired up for Chase U. Eliza CLUBS Thea, CLUBS her against ropes, then whips her to ropes. Thea ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and headscissors! Eliza ends up in a corner, Thea whips her to ropes but Eliza reverses. Thea wheelbarrows to arm-drag! And then DROPKICK! Fans fire up, “CHASE!” “U!” “CHASE!” “U!” “CHASE!” “U!” as Thea ROCKS Eliza with forearms! Thea uppercuts then runs, but Eliza turns wheelbarrow into STUN GUN! Eliza whips Thea to ropes and CLOBBERS her! Fans still rally for Chase U, spelling it out as Eliza circles Thea.

Eliza CLUBS Thea, brings her around and TOSSES her by her hair! The ref reprimands, Bodhi protests and Chase coaches Thea up. Thea throws body shots and haymakers to back Eliza down! Thea whips, Eliza reverses but Thea stops herself and comes back to schoolgirl roll up! TWO, and Eliza knees Thea low! Eliza snap suplexes, then dusts off her hands. The fans spell out Chase U again as Eliza drag Thea up. Eliza slaps Thea around, pushes her around, then drags her into a deep Camel Clutch! Thea endures, fans rally up, but Eliza thrashes Thea around! Thea pries at the chinlock, gets her arms free and powers up, and BACKPACK SENTONS!

Fans fire up as Thea is free and gets to a corner. Eliza staggers up, Thea sidesteps her to ELBOW her! And CLOBBER her! Thea rallies, ENZIGURIS, then runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Thea fires up and STANDING MOONSAULTS onto knees! Eliza runs to BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, Eliza wins!

Winner: Eliza Alexander, by pinfall

That knee sure bashed Thea up there! Will Eliza get what she wants in a future title opportunity? Or will it take more than beating a freshman to go after the Final Boss?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Amale.

But then Nina Samuels interrupts and takes over, making this The Nina Samuels Show. Nina welcomes us to a new episode and she brings up Amale’s spectacular loss to Blair Davenport. She must be so embarrassed to have shown she is no hope for the French people whatsoever! Amale snatches the mic to tell Nina something in French, but Nina asks for a translation. “I said you’re not really the pride of your country, are you?” Amale doesn’t care to be a ratings grab to Nina’s little “show,” and she doesn’t care if it’s Isla, Eliza, Blair or even Nina. Amale will go through anyone to get at the NXT UK Women’s Championship!

Amale storms off and Nina makes a face, but who won’t Amale face if it means facing the Final Boss?

 

Chase U holds a special lecture in the UK Performance Center.

“And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we don’t spell color with the letter U.” But Chase’s lesson is interrupted by Eddie Dennis! Dennis asks what this is, and Chase introduces himself. Dennis slaps away his handshake and says Chase U is a questionable institution! The UK has Oxford and Cambridge, and Dennis is a REAL former headmaster! Chase besmirches the field of academics! Besmirching?! Who the F do you think you are!? Coming into Chase’s classroom, interrupting Chase’s lecture, you stupid SOB! Oh, Chase thinks he’s so impressive just because he taught this Neanderthal, Bodhi, how to brush his hair!

Dennis says none of what Chase has done makes him a teacher. Well, class, we’ve got ourselves a #TeachableMoment! WOO~! Chase says Dennis thinks it’s so easy taking on a protégé, and it’s so easy taking someone under his wing. Why doesn’t Dennis try taking that guy under his wing? Saxon Huxley!? And he’s eating barbeque chicken with his bare hands, double time! Dennis sighs, will he be up for the challenge?

 

Teoman w/ Rohan Raja VS Sam Gradwell!

The Babo couldn’t help his brother in arms advance in the tournament, but maybe he’ll have better luck defending his own honor. The Thunderstorm says Teoman is just a little man who needs his backup to get anything done. Will he be proven right one way or another tonight?

The bell rings and Gradwell circles with Teoman. They tie up, Gradwell headlocks and grinds, but Teoman pries at the hold. Gradwell clamps on tight, but Teoman stomps his foot! Gradwell lets go but gets the headlock right back. Teman throws body shots, powers out but Gradwell runs him over! Teoman gets up, dodges then SLAPS Gradwell! Gradwell DECKS Teoman! And again, and then fires off forearms! Gradwell scoops and SLAMS Teoman, then reels him in! Teoman fights the underhooks, wrenches and pushes Gradwell onto ropes. The ref counts, Teoman tries a cheap shot but Gradwell dodges to clothesline him out of the ring!

Fans fire up as Gradwell goes to the apron. Raja shields Teoman but then moves, so that Teoman can grab a leg! Gradwell CLUBS Teoman but Teoman UYANKS the apron skirt! Gradwell falls, Teoman RAMS him into the apron! And again! Teoman pushes Gradwell into the ring, clamps on to cover, TWO! Teoman is frustrated but he clamps onto Gradwell with a chinlock. Teoman goes for an arm, Gradwell fights it and fights up, but Teoman has the cobra clutch to ripcord and CLUB Gradwell in the back! Teoman laughs and soaks up the heat, then he drags Gradwell up. Teoman clamps on a cobra clutch and he thrashes Gradwell around.

Gradwell endures, fights up, pries at the hold, but Teoman ripcords him again. Gradwell ROCKS Teoman! And again! Teoman goes after the shoulder but Gradwell ROCKS then TOSSES Teoman away! Gradwell storms up to fireman’s carry, but Teoman neck wrenches and rakes the eyes! Gradwell tosses Teoman away and Teoman clutches his leg! Did Teoman have a bad landing? Nope, it’s a distraction so Raja can HOTSHOT Gradwell! SLIDING FOREARM from Teoman!! Cover, TWO!! Gradwell survives and shocks Teoman! Teoman snarls and drags Gradwell up into the dragon sleeper! But Gradwell snapmares free!

Teoman fights the fireman’s carry, but Gradwell power sup. Teoman still fights, so Gradwell shoves him and back drops him! Teoman clutches his ribs, goes to the corner, and he snarls as he storms up on Gradwell. Gradwell counter punches Toeman, then again! Gradwell clamps on to SLAP Teoman and then CLOBBER him! Gradwell starts to rally, and he runs in at the corner to forearm smash! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Both men are down but Gradwell huffs and puffs and goes up the corner. Teoman wants mercy, he again claims an injury, and Raja HOTSHOTS Gradwell again! The ref notices something is off, and he EJECTS Raja!!

Fans cheer and Teoman argues with the ref! “Nana na na, hey hey hey, good bye~!” Teoman storms up on Gradwell, but Gradwell KNEES Teoman away! Gradwell drags Teoman up, fireman’s carry, THUNDERSTORM DRIVER! Cover, Gradwell wins!

Winner: Sam Gradwell, by pinfall

Die Familie get NOTHING this night, and fans are loving it! Gradwell is roaring, will he be rolling towards an opportunity for bigger and better?

 

Sid Scala is with Mark Coffey and NXT UK Media.

The Assistant GM welcomes us all as he personally congratulates the NEW Heritage Cup Champion. Mark says Sid has his word that- Wait, in walks the former Heritage Cup Champion, Noam Dar. Dar hopes Sid has told Mark the news. Um, no, Sid hasn’t. He’s received the thousands of letters, texts and emails from Noam Dar, but he hasn’t made the match. No, those weren’t all from Dar, they were from all of Dar’s fans! The ones who love Supernova 11. But regardless of who sent what, Dar is the greatest Heritage Cup Champion of all time, who deserves a rematch against the so-called current champion.

Mark tells Dar that he gets it. And the way Mark sees it, they’re 1-1 for this cup. So per Heritage Cup rules, it has to be first to two. Mark will give Dar the rematch. Sid says he will make it happen, and Dar says that was easy. Thank you, buh-bye. But after this rematch of the rematch, will Dar have to say good-bye to the Heritage Cup once and for all?

 

Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Trent Seven VS Wolfgang!

Though he calls himself the Savior of British Sports, the Artful Dodger has yet to be on top of NXT UK’s mountain. As for the Last King of Scotland, this Gallus Boy was so close to taking the title off Ilja Dragunov, it’s a given that he’d be in this tournament. Who proves they’re the more worthy of picking up the golden banner and represent this brand proudly?

The bell rings and fans chant at Seven, “YOU SOLD OUT!” Seven and Wolfgang circle, tie up, and Wolfgang puts Seven on the ropes. Seven shouts for the ropebreak, the ref counts it, and Wolfgang lets off. Wolfgang and Seven talk some smack at each other, then tie up again. Wolfgang powers Seven back but Seven turns it around to put Wolfgang on the ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak again, but Wolfgang dodges the cheap shot! Seven hurries away as Wolfgang shows haymaker. Seven rushes Wolfgang but Wolfgang headlocks. Seven powers out but Wolfgang runs him over! Seven clamps onto a leg but Wolfgang CLUBS him!

Things speed up, Wolfgang sees the back drop coming to whip and scoop! Seven slips off, shoves, but the hip toss is countered with a hip toss! Fans fire up as Wolfgang arm-drags Seven and clamps onto the cording hold. Seven scrambles around but Wolfgang holds on. Fans rally, “Let’s Go, Wolfgang!” but Seven throws body shots. Wolfgang RAMS shoulders, CLUBS the arm, uppercuts it, then knuckle locks to straight arm lever! Wolfgang DROPS Seven, then drags him back up. Wolfgang hits another arm-drag and he grinds the arm down. Seven endures, fights up, but Wolfgang wrenches. Seven gets in the ropes and the ref calls the break.

Wolfgang lets off, and Seven gets a cheap shot in! Seven fires off hands and has Wolfgang on ropes! The ref counts, Seven lets off to whip, but Wolfgang holds ropes to block! Seven CLUBS and CHOPS Wolfgang, then whips again. Wolfgang reverses and DROPKICKS! Seven goes down and fans fire up! Seven flounders up, Wolfgang runs in but Seven sends him out. Seven fixes his moustache but Wolfgang drags him out! Wolfgang CHOPS, and CHOPS, and he keeps Seven from getting away, to whip him into barriers! The fans are fire dup, and Wolfgang climbs up! Seven trips Wolfgang! And RAMS him into barriers!

Seven puts Wolfgang in the ring at 8 of 10, then pushes him to CLUB away on the back! Fans cheer and jeer as Seven chinlocks and stretches Wolfgang back. Wolfgang endures and the fans rally up. Seven JAMS his knee in then gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch! Wolfgang endures, fans taunt Seven, Seven shakes his head and Wolfgang fights up. Wolfgang turns things around on Seven, fireman’s carries, but the bad back gives up! Seven hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang survives but Seven stomps him down. Seven drags Wolfgang up and wants the arm but Wolfgang resists. Seven gets Wolfgang up, ripcords, but Wolfgang ducks to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Seven flounders to a corner and Wolfgang snarls. Wolfgang runs in to CROSSBODY! Seven staggers away, Wolfgang goes up and and FLYING AX HANDLES! Seven stagger sup into a scoop and SLAM! Wolfgang runs for the BASEMENT SPALSH! Cover, TWO! Seven survives and Wolfgang seethes while clutching his ribs. Fans rally for “WOLF~GANG!” as he gets back up. Wolfgang drags Seven up, scoops him again, but Seven slips off to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Seven drags Wolfgang up, but Wolfgang hits the CABER TOSS! Cover, TWO!! Seven survives again and Wolfgang is frustrated.

Fans fire up for Wolfgang as he catches his breath. Wolfgang drags himself up and he drags Seven back up. Seven MULE KICKS! Seven runs, but into a LARIAT! Seven staggers up, Wolfgang fireman’s carries and hits a GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Seven is still in this and shakes his head. Wolfgang goes to the corner while fans fire up, and Wolfgang climbs! But Seven CHOPS him down! And CHOPS again! Seven goes up and brings Wolfgang up. Wolfgang throws body shots and a HEADBUTT! Seven falls and Wolfgang rises! THE HOWLER onto knees!! Seven saves himself and he BACKHANDS!

Seven torture racks Wolfgang for the BIRMINGHAMMER!! Cover, Seven wins!!

Winner: Trent Seven, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

He didn’t need to cheat, but he perhaps did get lucky! Seven takes down Wolfgang and will be facing Carter in the next round, will Seven get that lucky again?


My Thoughts:

A great, fast moving episode, and a pretty good job pivoting from all the changes in plans in NXT UK. I’m surprised Sid didn’t just out and say there’d be a Fatal 4 Way #1 contender’s match for the women’s title, that seems like the easiest thing in the world. But maybe they’re weighing that option against a Fatal 4 Elimination or a mini tournament. Good promo from Amale and Nina and a good match between Eliza and Thea to add onto the build. I still haven’t seen anything on why Meiko VS Sarray never happened, but that’ll just be a match we’ll have to hope happens in the future.

I really liked a lot about that confrontation between Andre Chase and Eddie Dennis. For one, the logic of the feud is obvious and perfect. And then Chase daring Dennis to mentor Huxley is clever. It seems with A-Kid in the States, Huxley has reverted so Dennis has his work cut out for him. Another part wasn’t even so much about the promo but about where it was. The room they were in had all the side plates of their former champions lined up on the wall, from the singles, tag and women’s divisions, even those that aren’t with the WWE right now. It shows that no matter where they are, or what their names are now, NXT UK still respects continuity and history.

Good promo from Mark and Dar to set up one more match between them, and who knows who wins that. It’d be great for Mark to hold onto the cup but it’d also be big for Dar to be the first two-time Heritage Cup Champion. Chances are, someone in this Heritage Cup Division could be moving on to NXT 2.0. A-Kid, now Axiom, has already made the move, as has Nathan Frazer, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Dar loses so that he can return to the States, or if Mark loses so that Gallus can all go there. Joe Coffey is still in the NXT UK Championship tournament but I sadly don’t see him getting the belt in the end. And we did just see what happened with Wolfgang.

Speaking of that tournament, great matches for this first part of the first round. Carter sweeping Die Familie was quite the surprise, and Die Familie could even be moving over to NXT 2.0 soon. Even though it was only for pride, Gradwell beat Teoman in a really solid match. Then in the main event, we got a great match out of Wolfgang and Seven, but I figured Seven would win this. As I’ve said already, I fully expect Seven VS Bate to be our finals for the title. But it sounds like they won’t be putting that finals match on Clash at the Castle, which is a damn shame. But maybe it lines up where the finals are the Thursday before Clash at the Castle for just a great week.

My Score: 8.4/10


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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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