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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/13/22)

Happy 2.0 Anniversary!

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NXT celebrates one year in the new era!

It has been one year of NXT 2.0, and there are big surprises planned tonight! Who will Carmelo Hayes defend the North American Championship against?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships Steel Cage Match: Pretty Deadly VS The Creed Brothers; Pretty Deadly wins and retains the titles.
  • Fallon Henley VS Lash Legend; Fallon wins.
  • Quincy Elliot VS Sean Gallagher; Quincy wins.
  • Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo VS Cameron Grimes & ???; Grimes & Gacy win.
  • Kiana James & Arianna Grace VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark; Lyons & Stark win.
  • Javier Bernal VS Hank Walker; Hank wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Solo Sikoa; Sikoa wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Tag Team Championships Steel Cage Match: Pretty Deadly VS The Creed Brothers!

As announced last night on Raw, these two teams will be sealed inside the steel structure so that no one can interfere! Will Kit Wilson & Elton Prince prove to the world that they can win big on their own? Or will Julius & Brutus make them pay for Damon Kemp’s betrayal?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised and the cage is up! Will there be any escape for the champions against the Creeds?

The brawl is on at the bell and fans fire up! Julius keeps Elton from running away and Brutus keeps Kit from doing the same. Pretty Deadly keeps trying but the Creeds keep bringing them down. Kit goes for the door! Brutus waistlocks and drags him back in! Kit throws elbows, but Brutus and Julius tackle them both down! The Creeds CATAPULT them both, but Pretty Deadly uses that to get up the walls! Julius and Brutus hurry to stop them! They all climb up, Brutus SMASHES Kit on the top of the cage! Julius grabs Elton’s arm to keep him from dropping to the floor! Julius drags Elton back up and in while Brutus throws hands on Kit.

Elton gets a HOTSHOT off the ropes! Brutus suplexes Kit up and over! Julius RAMS Elton into a corner but Elton hammers away on him! Pretty Deadly now whip and send the Creeds at the walls! The Creeds stop themselves, and then send Pretty Deadly into the steel! The cage is shaking but they just RAM Pretty Deadly into steel again! Kit flounders around, Brutus RAMS him into more steel! Julius CLUBS Elton, KNEES him in the side, and Brutus KNEES him back. They pinball Elton but Kit CLOBBERS Brutus! Julius ROCKS Kit with big forearms, then he hurries after Elton.

Elton elbows Julius away and Kit goes up to join him! FLYING CODE BREAKER!! Cover on Julius, TWO! Brutus grabs Elton to keep him from going to the top! Brutus brings Elton down for a RUNNING POWERBOMB into the steel! Fans lose their minds over that one! Brutus then drags Kit up and fireman’s carries, only for Kit to slip off. Kit BOOTS Brutus from a corner, goes up the wall, but Brutus pursues! Brutus grabs at Kit and they’re both up top again! Kit and Brutus throw hands, fans fire up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS cause both men to slump back into the ring. Elton is up top now as Brutus and Kit SMASH each other!

Julius dribbles Elton into the wall! “Hey, Wade, watch this!” SUPER SPANISH FLY, and Julius lands on his feet!! Fans are thunderous as NXT goes picture in picture!

Julius is all fired up and he drags Elton into a cover, TWO! Julius swings on Kit but is sent into the wall! Brutus gets up but Kit kicks him in the leg. Kit CLUBS away on Brutus then climbs up on top of him! Kit uses Brutus to get to the door! The door opens, but Brutus hurries to crawl under Kit and SLAM the door closed! All four men are down and fans fire up! Elton DROPKICKS Brutus! And DROPKICKS Julius! Kit DROPKICKS Brutus! Elton CLOBBERS Julius in the corner! Then he hold Julius in for Kit to BACK ELBOW! Kit runs at Brutus, RAMS him into the corner, and Elton BACK ELBOWS him now!

Julius TACKLES Elton! But Kit CLOBBERS Julius! Pretty Deadly mugs Julius until Brutus RAMS into Elton! Brutus has a BEARHUG! Elton CLUBS away and hits a DDT! Elton drags Julius up to CLUB him back down and stomp him down. And drop a leg! Kit soaks up the heat while Elton drags Julius up. Pretty Deadly mugs Julius, then Elton digs Brutus into the steel! Julius runs at Kit but only gets buckles! Pretty Deadly mugs Julius more, and Kit has a SLEEPER on Julius! Elton goes up the corner, but Julius arm-drags free! Julius hurries up after Elton! Julius CLUBS Elton, NXT returns to single picture, and Kit CLUBS Julius!

Julius keeps after Elton as he reaches the top but Kit climbs up. Kit CHOPS Julius, then CHOPS him again! Julius keeps fighting but that’s 2v1 up there! Kit CHOPS again, then Elton facelocks. Julius throws body shots but Kit gets Julius up top. Pretty Deadly mugs Julius but fans rally for the Creeds. Pretty Deadly gives Julius a SUPER DUPER PLEX!!! Fans lose their minds as Julius flounders and writhes! “This is Awesome!” as all four men stir. Pretty Deadly sit up, the Creeds stand. Brutus CLOBBERS Elton, CLBOBERS Kit, then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Elton! Brutus KNEES and CLUBS Kit then gut wrench suplexes him!

Kit goes to a corner, Brutus runs and SPLASHES! Brutus then climbs, but Kit ROCKS him first! Kit climbs up to get Brutus but Brutus fights. Elton joins in, but then Julius gets Pretty Deadly in a double Electric Chair! Brutus goes up, DOUBLE BUTTER BALL DOOMSDAY!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Fans are loving “NXT!” but Damon Kemp runs in! He jumps up the cage, and he has handcuffs!? Julius intercepts Kemp, fires off hands, kicks at Kemp’s legs, and he makes Kemp back off! Kemp climbs down to get away. But wait! Julius is CUFFED! Kemp’s plan was a success after all!

Brutus CLOBBERS Pretty Deadly at the same time! He RAMS Kit into the wall! He RAMS Elton into a wall! Brutus POUNCES Kit, POUNCES Elton, then OVERHEAD suplexes Kit! Fans fire up and Brutus sees Julius’ arm is cuffed. Brutus hurries to help his brother, they start kicking at the wall to try and bust it loose! But Pretty Deadly goes for the door! Julius tells Brutus to hurry! Brutus FLYING CANNOBALLS them both down!! Cover on Kit, TWO!! Elton is crawling! Brutus gets the legs! Brutus drags Elton back in! Elton clings to the steps and the frame, but then Kit goes after Brutus! But Julius grabs Kit! The Creeds drag Pretty Deadly back in!

Brutus has Elton in an ANLKLE LOCK! But Kit gets free to RAM Brutus into the wall! SPILT MILK!!! Cover, TWO!?! Brutus survives and shocks everyone! Julius shouts to Brutus but Kit stomps Brutus down! Pretty Deadly stomps Brutus against the wall, then they haul Brutus up. They RAM Brutus into the wall, then the other wall! Julius is still cuffed to the cage, but Pretty Deadly KNEE Brutus into steel! And RAM him into more steel! They SMASH Brutus into the steel again and again! Julius furiously tries to get the cuff to break but SPILT MILK spills again! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

Did Kemp help them win last time? #YESBOY! Did Kemp help them win this time? #YESBOY! But will Pretty Deadly ever admit to it? NOPE! Will Kemp face the consequences of his actions soon enough?

 

NXT goes backstage to Wes Lee, Von Wagner & Joe Gacy.

McKenzie Mitchell stands with these three, as they are the options for facing Carmelo Hayes tonight. Who did the fans decide should face Melo for his title? WES LEE! Von is pissed but Wes is fired up! The Must-See Kid is very grateful to the fans voting him in. But it comes with a great responsibility that he has to walk out as the NEW North American Champion. Gacy congratulates Wes and accepts the result of this vote. Oh, okay. Thanks, Gacy. They shake hands, and Wes heads to his locker room to get ready. Gacy says it is okay. There is more important work to be done tonight. What did Gacy mean by that? And will Wes be able to dethrone Melo as The A Champion?

 

Fallon Henley VS Lash Legend!

These two have been trying to settle the score for a long time, and what better time to end this than on the one year anniversary episode of NXT 2.0! Will the Cowgirl finally ride off into the sunset? Or will Lash grow her legend to finally fit her ego?

Accompanying Fallon is not just the good ol’ boys, Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, but one of the Connor’s Cure Thrivers, Mason “The Night Howler” Ramirez! The bell rings and Lash rushes in to knee Fallon down! Lash CHOPS Fallon, brings her around and whips her to ropes, but Fallon dropkicks back! Fallon dropkicks again and Lash goes to a corner! Fans fire up and Fallon runs in, but is put on the apron. Fallon CHOPS back! Fans fire up more, but Lash BOOTS Fallon down! Lash talks trash while Fallon gets up. Lash goes out to POST Fallon, then drags her up to RAM her into the apron!

Lash puts Fallon in the ring, KNEES Her low again, but fans rally up. Lash KNEES Fallon, whips her to ropes, and KNEES Fallon down! Lash drags Fallon up, gut wrenches her to a Canadian rack, and thrashes Fallon around. Fallon kicks and pushes off the corner to get free! Then she kicks Lash’s leg out! And KICKS her from below! Lash staggers, but she runs at Fallon, Fallon dodges, ROCKS Lash with forearms, then roars and runs in to back elbow! Fallon runs, ducks the boot and springboards to wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Fans fire up more and Fallon aims from a corner, RUNNING GAMANGIRI! High stack, Fallon wins!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Fallon stepped it up and she took down the Legend! Will Fallon fight as strong as the kids at Connor’s Cure fight cancer?

 

Yulisa Leon comes back from the trainer’s room.

She torn her knee. She’ll be out nine months. Valentina Feroz comforts Yulisa, and Sanga says he is very sorry this happened. But now they must turn this negative into a positive. This is now Feroz’s time to shine as a singles wrestler. Leon agrees, but then Robert Stone walks in to say this is depressing. They’re upset, Von’s upset. Von should be the challenger to Melo’s title tonight! That’s damn- Watch your language around a lady? What the hell was that, Sanga? Sanga won’t tell Von again. Stone tells Von to save it. Will the Giant Gentleman teach Von that this isn’t his world?

 

Fallon, Briggs & Jensen are fired up!

Big win for Fallon, but then OMG Toxic Attraction! Jensen takes off his hat as he tells Mandy Rose he saw her Instagram post last week. She looked amazing. Her tit- TITLES! Those looked amazing! He was looking at her titles. Wow, in your dreams, kid. Wait, how does she know she’s been in his dreams? Uh, okay, enough show ‘n’ tell, Jensen. Keep dreaming. Fallon says that’s enough from Mandy. Uh, excuse you? You don’t talk to the champ like that! Well you don’t talk to Jensen like that. It doesn’t matter who you are or how long you’ve been champion, Fallon ain’t afraid. Oooh~! Aw, Mandy remembers how she felt after her first win, too.

Oh yeah?! Well yeehaw, bitch!! The boys keep Fallon from firing off on Toxic Attraction, but will Fallon get her chance to humble the champ? As for Toxic Attraction, they’re headed for gorilla.

 

NXT returns with Toxic Attraction in the ring.

Fans are torn as the three have a mic, and Mandy starts with, “I’m back from vacation, feeling good and looking even better. And at Worlds Collide, I called my shot. I said I would unify the titles, and that is exactly what I did. I took out the two best women in NXT UK history. And y’know what? When NXT Europe begins, if I choose to, I’ll run that, too.” Jacy says it’s so fitting that on the one-year anniversary of NXT 2.0, the three biggest stars on the brand are right here! Because they ARE the super group of all super groups! Gigi says when you think of NXT, you think of Toxic Attraction. No vote needed to decide that!

Jacy & Gigi elevated the Women’s Tag Titles to be the most important tag titles in the entire industry! “Kayden & Katana, those titles are on a loan to you. You’re welcome.” As for Ivy & Tatum, they can pop-off on social media all they want, but Toxic Attraction will prove to them what they have proved to everyone the past year: There’s Toxic Attraction, and then there’s everybody else. Mandy says they said they are the baddest bitches in the room. And in 365 days, they’ve proven that! Two-time and soon to be three-time NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions in Gigi & Jacy, and Mandy is on her way to becoming the longest reigning Women’s Champion in NXT history!

And y’know what? Bron and Melo are great, but they haven’t been carrying a title as long as Mandy. If there is one thing people should’ve learned this past year, it’s to put some damn respect on Mandy’s name! Wait! ALBA FYRE heads to the ring! And she tells Mandy Rose, “You may have unified both titles, but you know nothing about where I come from. Y’see, in Scotland, we don’t brag on and on just because we like the sound of our own voice. We let our hard work do the talking for us. And Mandy, when you look into my eyes, you see a battle tested warrior, spawned from generations of fire keepers. You see your demise.

“And most importantly, you see the NEW NXT Women’s Champion!” Alba backs Mandy down with her bat, but then CRACKS Gigi and Jacy with it! Mandy swings the belt, misses, and gets a SUPERKICK for it! And then a Gory Especial, to the GORY BOMB! Fans fire up with Fyre as she climbs the corner! But Gigi & Jacy get Mandy to safety before the Swanton. Toxic Attraction retreat, but will there be no running from the fire inside Alba?

 

“I didn’t change, you just never knew me.” – Cora Jade.

Cora Jade says the last year wat about her finding herself. She came to NXT wanting to make an impact, she was obsessed with impressing people and making them like her. She wanted fans to go, “Damn, Cora Jade is the next big superstar here in NXT!” Natalya said Cora was the future, “but the future is bleak.” Cora let that get in her head and it cost her the title. But that match with Natty made it all click. Cora lost, but she left that ring with Natty’s respect. And Cora said, “Screw what people think, I’m a star!” And her best friend was coming into NXT. But Cora won’t waste time on that trash. You all know the story.

Everyone loves Roxie, even though she proved she’s a loser. Back to the more important things here, like Cora. Cora’s living her best life, not needing anyone’s approval, and especially not the fans. Have you heard these fans? They have the brains of second graders. As for the locker room, Cora doesn’t care what Zoey Stark thinks. Cora’s shoes have more personality than Stark. Nikkita Lyons is way too cocky, and she ain’t that good. Lash is annoying, Indi is lost, Alba’s just weird, and Toxic Attraction… Cora still doesn’t like them, but at least now, she understands them. And Wendy Choo? She makes Cora laugh.

Wendy’s like a human stuffed animal. It’s sad. She doesn’t belong in the ring. She belongs in the corner of a baby’s play room. Okay, thanks, guys. Can’t wait to do this again next year, because the Generation of Jade is only going to get bigger, she’ll only shine brighter, and this time next year, she will be the number one woman in the industry. Cora is cocky, but will someone come along and humble her?

 

Backstage interview with Wendy Choo.

McKenzie asks Wendy’s reaction to what Cora just said. To Wendy, Jade is jealous. Who lives in the Generation of Jade anyway? Not Wendy. Wendy is in an apartment. She might live in Cora’s world if it were rent free. Nah, Cora’s so jelly that she’s iced everyone else out. But see, Wendy may dress like this, but she smart person. Lash says no no no. Did we not see what happened to Lash in her match? Wendy says wait a minute. Lash is NOT going to interrupt her interview. Excuse me? No, excuse you! She is Lash- the one and only, you can’t clone me, WE KNOW. The last time a bimbo came up at Wendy, she turned her lights OUT! OKAY~!?

Wendy leaves and leaves Lash speechless. How will Lash respond should these two meet in the ring?

 

Quincy Elliot VS Sean Gallagher!

The Super Diva arrives and fans are already fired up. Will Quincy drop it like it’s hot right on his opponent in his NXT 2.0 debut?

The bell rings and Quincy swaggers, then hits the Nae Nae! Gallagher isn’t sure what to make of that, but he wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Quincy uses that to get down, roll, break free, then blow a kiss! Gallagher swings a haymaker, but Quincy shrugs that off to fire off his own haymakers! Quincy runs and CLOBBERS Gallagher! Fans fire up with Quincy and he gets Gallagher’s arms. Quincy drags Gallagher to the corner, climbs up, and fans chant “SUPER DIVA!” as he gives us a deep breath and a BANZAI DROP! Cover, Quincy wins!

Winner: Quincy Elliot, by pinfall

Quincy even gives the ref a spin and a dip! Is this just the beginning of a new legend in NXT?

 

Trick Williams finds Wes Lee backstage.

Trick says Wes should just give up now. The people may have voted Wes in, but they both know Wes has no chance. Trick, if you don’t get your- Melo BOOTS Wes down! Trick SLAMS Wes into lockers! They both stomp and kick Wes around, then Trick puts Wes in a locker. Melo SLAMS the door shut!! Refs finally get in here but Melo SLAMS the door again! Did Melo just make sure he has no challenger here tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.

McKenzie wants to know who Grimes’ partner will be against Tony D’Angelo & Stacks. Grimes says this isn’t the first time his mouth’s gotten him in trouble, and it won’t be the last. But a few weeks ago, Grimes told Gacy he didn’t need The Schism. So why would Tony D think Grimes needed him? Grimes’ partner is the one man he can trust out there, and that’s himself! Whether he’s a man down or a man up, he is the man that’s going #ToTheMoon! Will Grimes come to regret trying to take on The Don all alone?

Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo VS Cameron Grimes & ???

NXT returns as Grimes makes his entrance, and he starts against Stacks. Grimes and Stacks circle, tie up, and go around. Stacks powers Grimes back, but Grimes switches around to waistlock and SLAM Stacks! Stacks gets Grimes’ leg but Grimes headlocks. Stacks powers out but Grimes runs him over! Things speed up, Grimes slides under and kitchen sink knees Stacks down! SLIDING BOOT! Stacks scrambles away and tags in Tony. Fans boo but Grimes ties up with Tony. Tony CLUBS Grimes down while fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at him. Tony fires off hands, whips Grimes corner to corner, but Grimes goes up and over to KICK Tony!

Grimes KICKS again and again in the corner, and fans fire up! But Tony smacks Grimes off buckles! Tony whips Grimes, Grimes sunset flips! Fans rally but Stacks tags in! Grimes finishes the sunset on Tony but Stacks KICKS him in the back! Stacks KICKS Grimes down, then stomps him to the corner. The ref counts, Tony counts in and he stomps away. Stacks tags in, he drives knees into Grimes! Fans boo but Tony tags in. Tony & Stacks double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW Grimes down! Tony scoops Grimes to SLAM him! Tony talks trash, but here come The Schism! Gacy says he’s going to be Grimes’ tag partner?

Tony stomps Grimes in the corner, tags Stacks, and Stacks drags Grimes up to EuroUpper! Grimes wobbles, Stacks CLUBS him in the corner! Stacks talks smack to Gacy but Grimes BOOTS him! Grimes back drops Stacks away! Grimes sees Gacy and fans want him to tag! But Tony tags in and he mugs Grimes with the facelock and body shots. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Tony smirks while Grimes clutches his back. Tony taunts Grimes to taunt Gacy, and Gacy holds his hand out. Fans rally and Grimes throws hands. But Tony RAMS Grimes into the corner. Stacks tags in, he and Tony double whip, but Grimes ducks, shoves Stacks into Tony, then DOUBLE RANAS!

Fans fire up as Grimes has a clear path! But will he tag Gacy? Fans fire up as Grimes gets up and looks that way. Stacks gets around to CLUB Grimes down! Stacks back suplexes, Grimes lands on his feet, and Gacy tags himself in! Gacy rallies on the D’Angelo Family! URENAGE for Stacks! Gacy rolls and DROPKICKS Tony! Gacy runs in to SPLASH Stacks, for another URENAGE! Fans fire up with Gacy but Grimes gets in to ask Gacy what he’s doing out here! Grimes doesn’t need help! But then Tony drags Grimes out of the ring! Stacks clamps on a SLEEPER! Grimes chases Tony into the ring, he gives Stacks a COLLISION COURSE! And Tony gets a CAVE IN!

Gacy handsprings to LARIAT Stacks! Cover, Gacy & Grimes win!!

Winners: Cameron Grimes & Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Grimes didn’t want it, but Gacy’s help did win him the match. Gacy hugs Grimes but Grimes pushes him away. Grimes says he doesn’t need them! He doesn’t want them! Gacy says it’s okay, they can hug this out. Grimes says he’s not going to accept them, so The Dyad CLOBBERS Grimes! Fans boo, but They give Grimes a TICKET TO MAYHEM! Then they stand Grimes up and Gacy says that was his last chance. HANDSPRING LARIAT! Fans boo as Gacy puts a smiley face sticker on Grimes’ chest. Will Grimes survive with enemies on all sides?

 

JD McDonagh speaks.

“Find me a young gentlemen and I will show you an excellent skincare routine. Personal grooming for me isn’t just a luxury, it’s an absolute necessary. Hygiene and the cleansing process is of paramount importance. Isn’t that right, Gabe?” JD’s personal barber says yes, sir. Good man, Gabe. Now look at the NXT Championship scene. JD “cleansed” it of Tyler Bate, and it is no longer tainted by the imperfections of the Big Strong Boy. Gabe cuts a little close and apologizes as he draws blood. JD says that brings him to Bron. Bron thinks JD is scared but he is sadly mistaken. This cat ‘n’ mouse game of theirs is coming to an end real soon.

JD dismisses Gabe, and looks at the blood on his hand. It may be his blood now, but will JD have someone else’s blood on his hands when he finally takes the NXT title for his own?

 

Vic Joseph has a sit-down interview with Bron Breakker.

To get right to it, Vic says it was one year ago that Bron had the very first match on NXT 2.0, just a year removed from college. What was going through his mind? Bron admits, he was scared sh*tless. All these emotions were running wild, but as soon as he got in front of the fans, Bron felt it was right. Fast forward to Bron VS Ciampa at Halloween Havoc and the NXT Championship. Everyone thought Bron would win, and so did Bron. Maybe Ciampa thought Bron was going to win. But it didn’t happen. And that was the best thing for Bron because it taught him how to deal with adversity and failure. Who knows if his title run would’ve been as good as it’s been if he’d won it then.

Fast forward again to New Year’s Evil to when Bron won the title. What was it like to have the gold around his waist? It was unbelievable. That was a great moment for Bron and for his family as his father, Rick Steiner, got to be there live to see it. That was the first time a member of their family held a WWE singles championship. Bron got to induct his dad and uncle, the Steiner Brothers, into the WWE Hall of Fame. What was that like for the entire family? That Friday night, Bron inducted the Steiners, it was surreal. And then the next day, Stand & Deliver, Bron lost the title to Dolph Ziggler. It hurt, really.

But then during WrestleMania, Bron sits thinking to himself, “I can’t leave Texas without the NXT Championship.” The Raw after Mania, Bron has his rematch with Ziggler, and he wins the belt back. Bron flies home late at night, it’s time for NXT, he has a war with Gunther. Bron survived, but he proved he can be the leader of NXT. Then there was Joe Gacy. It wasn’t a battle of strength and power but of mind games and emotion. That taught Bron how to handle himself mentally and physically. Bron’s been growing, from facing Grimes, JD and the historic unification match with Tyler Bate. Did Bron think a year ago he’d be here as a history maker?

Bron isn’t sure what the future holds, but he’s very much in the present. He doesn’t look six months, nine months ahead. As champion, his job is to uphold the standard set before him night in and night out. Then we all look forward to what’s next for Bron Breakker.

 

Backstage interview with Tyler Bate.

McKenzie notes Tyler asked for this time to speak, what is on his mind? “Bron Breakker has had an incredible first year here in NXT. Don’t get me wrong, but respectfully, I’m looking for a rematch. Now the NXT title remains for me an adventure untook, and no adventure is complete without its obstacles. A familiar face in JD McDonagh stands between myself and my divine purpose. Now we have history in the UK, which he reignited last week. And if he wants a shot at the NXT title, he’s gotta get through me first. Peace.” Will the Big Strong Boy and the Irish Ace throw down to see just who is next for Bron Breakker?

 

Kiana James & Arianna Grace VS Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark!

The Calculator has criticized how her opponents present themselves, and she went as far as to recruit the Pageant Queen to her mission. But will the brains and beauty really be able to beat the power and the heart of Nikkita & Zoey?

The teams sort out, Stark starts against Kiana. They circle, tie up, and Stark hits a headlock and takeover. Kiana headscissors but Stark kips free to headlock again. Kiana tries to pry free but she slips out the back to get Stark in a headlock. Stark powers Kiana down and wrenches out. Stark whips, Kiana reverses but Stark goes up and over to arm-drag Kiana around! Stark has the armlock, then she tags Lyons in! Fans fire up as Lyons headlocks Kiana, spins around and hammerlocks to headlock again. Fans rally, Kiana powers out but Lyons blocks the hip toss to body shot and FISHERMAN BUSTER! And then kip up!

Kiana bails out and is furious! She grabs her bag, Grace stops her from throwing it at Lyons, and the ref does his best to keep the peace while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Grace has Lyons down with a double wristlock. Fans rally and Lyons fights up. Lyons fireman’s carries and SAMOAN DROPS! Fans fire up and Lyons rolls to CLOBBER Grace in the corner! Lyons shoves Grace out then CLOBBERS her again! And BOOTS her! Cover, TWO!! Grace survives but Lyons clamps on with a facelock. Lyons drags Grace over, tag to Stark, and Stark wrenches to DECK Grace! And again! And then SUPERKICK! Grace staggers into the HALF NELSON TOSS! Fans fire up again but Grace backs away to tag Kiana! Kiana can’t even but Starks smirks. Kiana wants Stark to understand it was just business.

Stark CHOPS Kiana! And CHOPS again! And then CLOBBERS her! And DECKS her with that running forearm! Fans fire up but Kiana bails out. Stark hurries after but Kiana CLOBBERS Stark at the ramp! Kiana taunts Lyons, then drags Stark up and into the ring. Kiana stomps Stark, covers, TWO! Kiana clamps on a chinlock and she thrashes Stark around. Stark fights up, throws body shots, and then ROCKS Kiana. Kiana KNEES low, whips Stark and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! High stack cover, TWO! Kiana drags Stark from Lyons, then DECKS Lyons! Kiana runs in, but into a back drop! Fans fire up while both women are down!

Hot tag to Grace and she brings Stark up to whip. Stark holds ropes, KICKS Grace back and CLOBBERS her! And again! And then ROCKS, ELBOWS and MULE KICKS! Fans fire up with Stark and she runs, SLIDING KNEE! Stark SUPERKICKS Kiana off the apron, but Grace BOOTS Stark! Cover, TWO! Grace hurries to drag Stark up but Stark flips her, Z 360!! Tag to Lyons and she SPIN KICKS Grace back down! LYONS DEN! Cover, Lyons & Stark win!

Winners: Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark, by pinfall

No wonder this duo was originally mean to enter the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament! Is NXT seeing a new top tier team in the making?

 

Edris Enofe & Malik Blade are in the parking lot.

They’re telling the guy in the red hoodie that no, Joe Gacy is not the 2.0 Superstar of the Year. Even if you voted for him 1000 times, he won’t win! Schism talks about being inclusive but after what they just did to Grimes, that goes against everything they preach! Bur The Dyad storms in to say that Grimes brought that upon himself. This world needs change, and if you don’t see that, they’ll show you! THEY BRAWL! Security rushes in to stop this, and Hank wants to help, but he has his match to worry about. Will Edris & Malik show The Dyad they don’t need the kind of change Gacy speaks of?

 

NXT, get ready for the freshest flavor!

Once known as Oliver Carter, the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun in NXT UK is coming to NXT 2.0 as “Oro Mensah!” Will he still be just as hot and just as fresh now that he’s made the move?

 

It’s time to announce the Superstar of the Year!

But Grayson Waller interrupts McKenzie’s announcement to accept the award. Well, he could be the winner. But the final four are: Toxic Attraction as a faction, Carmelo Hayes, Nikkita Lyons and… GRAYSON WALLER! Thank you for making him a finalist! We did it! No, it’s Bron Breakker. He is among the final four, Waller is eliminated. Oh, Waller’s eliminated? Then fine! Fans suck! They don’t know what it’s like to see real talent! They got excited for Apollo Crews coming back, and probably that new guy, Oro. But Waller is the face of NXT! Bron’s been ducking Waller all year because he knows when Waller gets his shot, HE becomes NXT Champion!!

 

Javier Bernal VS Hank Walker!

“Big Body Javi” has been more like a jackass since moving up from Level Up to 2.0. Will he be humbled by big boss Hank?

The bell rings and fans are fired up for “HANK! HANK! HANK!” Hank and Javi circle, but Javi calls for a knuckle lock. Hank takes it, but Javi wrenches to a wristlock. Hank breaks free but Javi smirks. Javi and Hank circle, then Javi waistlocks to SLAP Hank. Fans boo as Javi eggs Hank on. Hank runs in but into a headlock. Javi grinds the hold but Hank endures and powers up! Hank carries Javi, and puts him in a corner! The ref counts, Hank lets off slowly, but Javi SLAPS him! Hank is pissed now! Hank grabs Javi around the face and TOSSES him into the corner! And then TOSSES him across the ring!

Fans fire up as Hank eggs Javi on now. Javi gets up, Hank runs in but into a dropkick! Hank staggers, fans chant “JAVI SUCKS!” as Javi KICKS Hank in the leg. And again! Hank ROCKS Javi! Javi dropkicks the leg again! Hank clutches the knee, but Javi grinds him down with a facelock. Hank fights up, and he TOSSES Javi away! Javi sputters to the corner, Hank runs in but into an elbow! Javi goes to bump but Hank blocks! Hank SMACKS Javi off buckles! And then scoops him, only for Javi to slip off into a SLEEPER! Hank endures and fans fire up. Hank throws body shots but Javi knees low. Javi whips, Hank reverses and hits a THESZ PRESS to fast hands!

Hank throws off the shirt! Fans fire up as Hank runs in to SPLASH at the corner! Whip and SPALSH again! Hank runs to CLOBBER Javi! Cover, HANK WINS!

Winner: Hank Walker, by pinfall

Big bad Hank just won in his NXT in-ring debut! Did Hank just earn himself a spot on the roster with this one?

 

Sol Ruca speaks.

“I live moment to moment, wave to wave. I enjoy fun in the sun, but I’m not afraid to test my limits. I don’t take life too seriously, but when I get to NXT, I can promise the Women’s Division it won’t be another day at the beach.” Sol Ruca is coming in, will she ride a wave of momentum to the top?

 

BREAKING NEWS for NXT next week!

Not only will we see Wendy Choo face Cora Jade 1v1, but we will see Tyler Bate VS JD McDonagh in an NXT Championship #1 Contender’s match! Who proves themselves worthy of the next title opportunities in 2.0?

 

The results are in!

Who is THE Superstar of the Year? It’s BRON BREAKKER! Another accolade for the Big Booty Nephew, what more historic moments will be heaped onto his shoulders?

 

Carmelo & Trick speak.

After a highlight reel of big entrances in NXT, Melo wants to talk about Wes making an entrance off that medical table. Trick says Wes’ head is probably still ringing. Melo says you can’t buy greatness. This ain’t a game, and you gonna find out! But then, if Wes can’t compete, who will step up to the A Champion in the main event?

NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS ???

NXT returns as Melo makes his entrance with Trick by his side. They get the mics to say this is the one year anniversary of 2.0, and the same things they said a year ago still stand today. They are too good to be this humble! That’s why Trick & Melo are still at center stage. Melo says let’s get to it. Wes Lee ain’t gonna make it out here. But to be honest, Melo did Wes a favor. Melo knows guys like Wes. Wes can’t handle this! Wes ain’t built to be The A Champion. Everyone in the back is praying for Melo’s downfall. They don’t wanna see him win. There are people from other brands coming trying to take what Melo built.

“Heavy lies the head that wears the crown, and Melo has the biggest crown and heaviest head in NXT.” That’s all it is, that’s all it’s- WAIT! Is that SOLO SIKOA?! The Street Champion has returned from SmackDown to take this spot! Fans are fired up but Melo is beside himself. Melo says Solo doesn’t go here anymore, he should go away! But fans chant, “HE’S GOT NEXT!” Solo tells Melo that like he said before, “I got next!” And then he DECKS Melo! And he TOSSES Trick! Fans fire up as the ref gets in! No need for introductions are raising the belt, we see if The Bloodline runs all the brands!

The bell rings, Melo rushes Solo but Solo DECKS him! And ROCKS him again and again and again! Solo fires off at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts and whips, to then back drop Melo high! Melo flounders, drop toeholds, but Solo stays up! Melo throws hands, CHOPS, but Solo snarls. Melo whips but Solo blocks! Solo whips Melo then CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Solo whips Melo to a corner. Solo runs in to clothesline! Melo sits down, fans chant “UCE! OH!” and Solo runs in! Melo bails out, but Solo is there to SLINGSHOT in him back in! And then he TOSSES him out onto Trick! Fans fire up and NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo flounders and Solo holds up the finger, #HetheOne! Melo gets in, but then bails out again with a fresh ring count. Solo is patient and he wants on Melo. Melo goes around the way, paces as he cools off, and slides in again, to slide back out. Solo gets annoyed and slides out after Melo. Melo is too busy talking trash, but Solo turns him around to ROCK him! Solo SMACKS Melo off the steps, then again! Melo staggers away but Solo keeps after him! Melo hurries but can’t get away! Solo smacks him off the other steps! Solo puts Melo in the ring, but Melo CLOBBERS Solo! Melo rains down fists then kicks Solo around.

Melo runs and KICKS Solo in the side! Melo paces around, clamps onto Solo with a facelock, and he stands Solo up to CHOP him! And CHOP! Solo kicks back, HEADBUTTS Melo down, then sits Melo up to KICK him in the back! Melo grits his teeth but Solo clamps on as NXT returns to single picture. Melo endures the claws in his shoulders, and fans fire up. Melo fights up to his feet and he throws body shots. Melo BOOTS Solo, then runs, into a HEADBUTT! Melo is dazed and fans fire up! Trick is stressing out as Melo bails out. Solo pursues, and he turns Melo around to ROCK him with an uppercut!

Melo staggers, Solo puts Melo in, but Trick gets the bad leg! Trick SLAMS the leg on the apron! Fans boo but Melo springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Melo gets the legs, stomps the bad knee and CLUBS it, then KICKS it! Melo checks his face but he’s fine, and he gives the bad leg a DDT! Melo drags Solo up, Trick mocks #WeTheOnes, but Solo throws body shots on Melo! Solo shoves, Melo rolls off Solo’s back and CHOP BLOCKS! Melo drags Solo to a cover, TWO! Melo keeps hold of the leg to pull on the knee! Solo endures the modified heel hook and fans rally behind him. Melo CLUBS the leg and pulls, but Solo hammers Melo’s other leg.

Melo kicks the bad leg, turns Solo over and has a HALF CRAB! Melo sits deep but Solo punches his own face to ignore the pain! Solo reaches out, but Melo drags Solo from ropes to stomp away on the leg! Melo turns Solo back over for more HALF CRAB! Solo endures and fans rally hard as ever, and Solo gets the ROPEBREAK! Melo lets go at 4, fans rally for “UCE! OH!” as Melo grabs the legs. Solo BOOTS Melo away! Both men are down, fans fire up, and Solo stands. Melo runs in, but no Code Breaker! Solo tosses Melo away, blocks a haymaker to ROCK Melo! And again! And again! And body shot after body shot!

Solo whips to SUPERKICK Melo, then SAMOAN DROP! Melo goes to a corner and Solo fire sup! The fans chant again, “UCE! OH!” HIP ATTACK! Solo fights through the pain in his leg to drag Melo right up to a fireman’s carry! Trick distracts and Solo drops Melo to glare. But he turns around into a CODE BREAKER! Solo stays up, Melo runs, into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Melo survives! Trick is on the apron but the ref tells him to get down. Solo watches Melo writhe, Solo SUPERKICKS Trick down! Melo springboards, into an URENAGE!! Solo turns things around and he heads up top!

Fans are thunderous as Solo aims, FLYING SOLO!! Cover, SOLO WINS!!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)

Fans are electric! The 2.0 Anniversary ends with a NEW A Champion!! From the Tribal Chief to Solo’s own brothers, Jimmy & Jey Uso, and now The Street Champion of the Island! The Bloodline has gold in their veins and around their waists! Is their dominance in the WWE inevitable?

 

HBK closes the episode with this message.

“NXT has been and always will be about developing the superstars of tomorrow. But we will always reflect and acknowledge the past. NXT is constantly evolving, with a focus on the future. Superstars develop and move on, but our message to our passionate fans will never change. We Are N X T.” A bright, shiny new take on the logo is the closing shot, is this 2.0 no more? Is this JUST the new era of NXT?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, but because this was the “anniversary” show, they did a lot of retrospective packages that I didn’t bother with. Still all well-made, but whatever. Opening with the tag title match was great, and while I have no idea what the other options were, they made the steel cage stipulation work well. And of course Kemp was going to get involved, so they did it in a clever way by having him handcuff Julius to the top of the cage. I almost thought the Creeds were going to break off that cage wall but they can’t do that with fans so close. But because Kemp interfered, of course Pretty Deadly retains and will move on to another team for Halloween Havoc or something.

Great little moment for Fallon to have a Connor’s Cure kid in her corner, and great win for her off Lash Legend. Then we got a good interaction between Fallon and her boys with Toxic Attraction, and while I don’t see Fallon taking the title from Mandy, if they could build her up to be a title contender, that could be really good stuff. At the same time, Alba Fyre got in Toxic Attraction’s face, she might be Mandy’s Halloween Havoc opponent. I’m hoping Alba takes the title off Mandy, but I have a bad feeling she won’t. At the same time, why shouldn’t someone beat Mandy at Halloween Havoc, where Mandy won the belt in the first place?

Good promo from Cora to hype herself up, and good response from Wendy Choo. But while Wendy and Cora are having the match, I have a feeling Lash goes after Wendy after their interaction. On the flipside, Roxie can go after Cora, we could end up with a tag match. We got a very good tag match from Lyons & Stark VS Kiana & Grace, and I figured Lyons & Stark would win. Maybe they’ll build up towards the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships so that it isn’t just Toxic Attraction going right after KC Squared. And good debut win for Quincy Elliot. He has Goldust meets Viscera vibes, and the live fans clearly love the Super Diva, so Quincy’s going to go far.

Also a great debut win for Hank Walker, because certainly in kayfabe, you wouldn’t expect him to win when he’s “just a security guard.” I did appreciate Wade Barrett on commentary blending work and shoot, where Hank is a prospect but he’s in security to pay his dues. Javi will surely want payback for this loss, he and Hank can have a good feud as we get to know Hank. Sol Ruca had a good vignette promo to show her moves both on land and in water, I wonder if she’ll clash with Tiffany Stratton as they’re both athletes from one sport who moved into pro-wrestling. And a shame to hear about Yulisa Leon, but it will be interesting to see Feroz on her own. Also, that segment worked to set up Sanga VS Von, and that should be great, too.

Good to see Oliver Carter making the move to NXT now that NXT UK has shut down. Of course he gets a WWE name, even though “Oliver Carter” wasn’t his legal name. But “Oro Mensah” isn’t the worst name, and “Mensah” is common and recognizable surname from Ghana, so it is a way for Oliver/Oro to reference his heritage. And of course Waller gets upset that A) he isn’t the NXT Superstar of the Year, and B) there is another new name coming to the brand. Waller VS Mensah will be some good stuff, and this will be an extension of the Oliver Carter story from NXT UK where he is finding out how to be a solo star without Ashton Smith by his side.

Good stuff from Grimes, Gacy, The Dyad and even Edris & Malik. Grimes wanting to take Tony D & Stacks on alone was a bit surprising but of course he went and did it. Gacy joining in was great because it was like the greatest Face turn tease we could’ve gotten. Grimes doubles down on not being interested in joining The Schism, so The Schism loses interest in him. The Dyad also gets in the faces of Edris & Malik to help bring them back into this story, I expect a Six Man Tag of Grimes, Edris & Malik VS The Schism, and who knows if or how Tony D & Stacks get involved. Maybe Tony gets a new third man to replace Two Dimes so we can get a huge WAR GAMES blow-off.

Good promos from JD McDonagh, Tyler Bate and Bron Breakker. Bron’s was a retrospective disguised as an interview, but it just shows me how quickly they pushed Bron to the top. Bron’s really good, but I still doubt he should’ve been the two-time NXT Champion that then became Undisputed NXT Champion. I do appreciate that we’re getting JD VS Bate in a contender’s match, and then that winner will face Bron at, again I would think, Halloween Havoc. And whether we get Bron VS JD II or Bron VS Bate II, I really feel like the time’s come for Bron to drop the title and then move on to RawDown.

And of course, great stuff for the North American Championship story. I had a feeling Wes Lee was going to win that poll, but what a twist that Melo & Trick beat the crap out of Wes to deny him the title match. But then a great twist back that Solo returned despite being on SmackDown with The Bloodline. Solo continues his story here on NXT by finally taking Melo on 1v1 and finally taking the title! What a great move, and it really adds some depths to the dynamic of The Bloodline. Solo comes off as Heel against McIntyre, but he’s clearly Face here. It could be seen as Solo isn’t really a Heel on SmackDown, since he is just defending his family.

I bet on Friday, we see Solo raise the North American Championship alongside Roman and the Usos, and that will only add to things going on with The Bloodline and Sami Zayn. Sami will feel the pressure of needing a title, and if he doesn’t get the Intercontinental Championship soon, he’ll get kicked out of the group.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/19/24)

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

Tomohiro Ishii joins The Conglomeration to take on The Undisputed Kingdom! Will this Freshly Squeezed formation tear down Strong, Taven & Bennett?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom; The Conglomeration wins.
  • Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners; Jericho & Bill win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher; Suzuki wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell; Kris wins.
  • The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party; The Lucha Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

While Mark Briscoe will be facing Roderick Strong next Friday for the ROH World Championship, his friends of Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii will be taking on Roddy, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett right here tonight! Will Freshly Squeezed, The Violent Artist & the Stone Pitbull tear The Kingdom down? Or will Rampage in Little Rock be Undisputed?

The trios sort out, Roddy starts against Kyle, and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and go around. They fight for control in the clinch, end up on ropes, but then move around again. Roddy wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Kyle spins and drop toeholds. Kyle floats to a waistlock but Roddy fights up. Roddy wrenches out, headlocks for the takeover, but Kyle rolls to a cover! ONE, but Roddy does not let go of the headlock. Roddy shifts to a clinch, but Kyle trips him up and floats for a leg. Roddy kicks at Kyle but Kyle stays close. Roddy wants a leg but Kyle kneels on Roddy to block. They knuckle lock, and Roddy fights up.

Roddy waistlocks, Kyle arm-drags to throw Roddy down, but Roddy trips Kyle. Kyle uses his leg guard but Roddy cartwheels away, and the fans cheer the stand off! The two reset, but then Cassidy tags in. Taven also tags in, and Cassidy runs up to get around. Cassidy headlocks, Taven powers up and out, then drops down to hurdle over. Cassidy blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Cassidy arm-drags, then he fakes Taven out! Taven is mad but Cassidy DROPKICKS him! Cassidy kips up, is a little wobbly for it, but the fans cheer. Ishii grabs Taven’s hair to keep him cornered while Cassidy storms over.

Cassidy tags Ishii, they double whip and then Ishii runs Taven over! Taven scrambles away, tags Bennett, but Ishii just runs Bennett over! And runs him over again! Taven comes back but gets run over! Roddy runs in and RAMS Ishii, but Ishii rebounds to run Roddy over! The fans fire up but The Kingdom mugs Ishii! The fans boo while The Kingdom reels Ishii in. Ishii fights the double suplex! Ishii tries to double suplex The Kingdom! The Kingdom CLUBS away on Ishii, but Cassidy steps in, as does Kyle! They help Ishii DOUBLE SUPLEX The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Cassidy flexes while he and Kyle stand down.

Ishii dares Roddy to get in, then he goes to Bennett. Ishii bumps Bennett off buckles, tags Kyle, and Kyle tags Cassidy. The Conglomeration has Bennett against ropes so that Kyle can KICK, Ishii can CHOP, and Cassidy can “chop.” KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! CHOP! Now Cassidy’s getting into it! KICK, CHOP, CHOP! Bennett sputters, Kyle & Ishii feed him to Cassidy’s SHOTGUN! Ishii covers, TWO! Bennett flounders around but Ishii stomps him, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Roddy shouts at Ishii but Ishii drags Bennett up and over to bump off buckles. Tag to Cassidy and he brings Bennett up to snapmare. Cassidy “runs” to LAZY ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Cassidy keeps Bennett from The Kingdom and tags in Kyle. They mug Bennett, then Kyle wrenches Bennett to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kyle hammerlocks, spins Bennett and snapmares him into a seated COBRA TWIST! Bennett endures, Cassidy gets in the shot so he can thumbs up, and then Kyle rolls Bennett into a cobra cradle! But Taven & Roddy distract the ref! Kyle lets Bennett go, and he stomps Bennett at the ropes.

Kyle bumps Bennett off Cassidy’s foot, then tags in Ishii. Ishii stalks Bennett, CHOPS him, but Bennett CHOPS back! Ishii doesn’t even flinch! Bennett CHOPS again, and that hurts his hand more than it does Ishii’s chest! Bennett CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS Bennett down! Rampage returns to single picture as Bennett sputters. Ishii CHOPS him again, and again, and again! Taven runs in, Ishii kicks him low, and fires a CHOP! Ishii CHOPS Taven, CHOPS Bennett, repeat! The CHOPS keep going, fans “WOO~!” and then Ishii runs. But Roddy trips Ishii up! The ref reprimands, Ishii BOOTS Roddy, and then Ishii breaks The Kingdom’s double clothesline!

Ishii comes back, he DOUBLE LARIATS The Kingdom, but Roddy DROPKICKS Ishii right after! The fans rally while Ishii and Bennett crawl again. Bennett hot tags Roddy and Roddy scoops Ishii for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy drags Ishii up to push him into the corner. Roddy CHOPS and Ishii sure felt that one! Roddy CHOPS again, then brings him around. Roddy fires forearms and haymakers, but the fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” Tag to Taven, he fires hands on Ishii. Taven snapmares Ishii to then CHOP him! Taven talks smack, then he sucker punches Cassidy! Taven tries to convince Kyle he’s on the wrong side, but Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Taven!

Taven flounders, the fans rally up, hot tag to Kyle! Bennett jumps in but gets a kitchen sink knee for it! Kyle BOOTS Taven, KICKS Bennett, then he KICKS Taven! Roddy steps in, but then steps out when Kyle spots him. So Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy! Kyle fires off strikes on Taven, but Taven avoids the leg sweep! Taven CLAWS Kyle’s eyes, says he doesn’t wanna do this, but then Ishii ROCKS Taven! Kyle reels Taven into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Bennett hurries in but Cassidy CROSSBODIES Bennett down! Taven powers up but Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy again! Taven fights but Ishii tags in.

Ishii takes Taven and suplexes while Kyle aims, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Ishii covers, Bennett breaks it! Bennett ROCKS Kyle, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Bennett stops the DDT! Bennett suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And then AX & SMASH from Kyle! Ishii LARIATS Bennett inside-out! The Conglomeration regroups while the fans fire up! Kyle runs to forearm SMASH Taven in the corner! Cassidy SMASHES, too! Then Ishii corner LARIATS! They hoist Taven up, Ishii climbs, but Roddy & Bennett wipe out Kyle & Cassidy! Roddy goes after Ishii, helps Bennett pick Ishii up as a backpack, and Taven adjusts up top.

The fans boo but Roddy helps Bennett hit the PROTON PACK! And Taven adds the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Ishii survives that onslaught and shocks The Kingdom! The fans fire up while Taven tags Ishii. Roddy drags Ishii up, knees him and CLUBS him, then ROCKS him! Roddy fires more shots but Ishii fires boxing elbows in return! Roddy spins but Ishii SWATS the Strong Knee! But then Roddy KNEES Ishii’s lariat! Roddy fires elbows of his own, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Cassidy tags in and goes up! The Kingdom runs in but Cassidy leaps over them both! Cassidy then baits The Kingdom in and DUMPS The Kingdom out!

Cassidy builds speed to DIVE, but The Kingdom catch him! They RAM him into apron, RAM him into railing, then set him up for Roddy to WRECK him with a dropkick! The Kingdom soaks up the heat while Rampage goes picture in picture again.

Roddy hauls Cassidy up to RAILING BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, Taven ROCKS him, and Roddy puts Cassidy in the ring. Roddy tags Taven in, they stomp Cassidy, and Taven drags Cassidy up. Taven puts Cassidy in the corner but Cassidy fights back with forearms and elbows for everyone! Cassidy slides under Taven, but Taven anchors his legs! Cassidy kicks Taven away, Bennett runs in and he drags Cassidy back. Cassidy BOOTS Bennett away so Roddy anchors him now! Cassidy reaches out, but Roddy drags him back and deadlifts him for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy digs a knee in, pulls Cassidy back with a chinlock, but Cassidy endures.

Roddy grabs an arm, he drags Cassidy back, and he hits a BACKSTABBER! Tag to Bennett and he covers, TWO! Bennett drags Cassidy up to CHOP him back down! Bennett drags Cassidy up again to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bennett keeps on Cassidy with a facelock, tags Taven in, and The Kingdom mugs Cassidy. Taven scoops Cassidy to BACKBREAKER, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Taven stomps a mudhole into Cassidy. Tag to Bennett but Roddy also steps in. Bennett drags Cassidy up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Taven back in. The Kingdom set Cassidy up and run in! Bennett forearm SMASHES, but then Cassidy TOSSES Taven! Roddy runs up to KNEE Cassidy, Taven BOOTS Kyle! Roddy puts Cassidy up, and they try this again! PROTON- NO, Cassidy slips free to shove Bennett into Taven! Taven gets stuck up top, and Cassidy dodges Roddy! Hot tag to Ishii! Roddy kicks Ishii, but Ishii suplexes to BRAINBUSTER Roddy! Ishii catches Bennett, to BRAINBUSTER!

Taven finally sits up but Ishii is after him first! The fans fire up as Ishii gives Taven a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Roddy breaks it! Kyle steps in and he brawls with Roddy! The fans fire up as forearm after forearm fly back and forth! Roddy ROCKS Kyle, Kyle KNEES Roddy! Roddy avoids the ax kick to fire elbow after elbow! Only to run into a KNEE! Snapmare and Ishii SLIDING LARIATS! Taven SUPERKICKS Ishii, Bennett fireman’s carries Kyle! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP of the knee! Ishii ENZIGIRIS Bennett! Cassidy rises, Ishii gives him the tag! Cassidy goes up to leap and sunset flip Taven! Bennett breaks it!

Bennett whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cassidy fires up and the fans are with him! Kyle joins in, they stand Bennett up! FRESHLY SQUEEZED ANNIHILATION! Roddy runs up to BOOT Cassidy! Kyle turns Roddy around but gets a STRONG KNEE for it! Ishii spins Roddy around, Roddy dodges and returns, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Cassidy returns to ORANGE- NO, Taven dodges! But then Cassidy ducks the leg lariat to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, The Conglomeration wins!

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

A powerful trios match opens Rampage, but wait, here comes Don Callis. Why’s this creep here? The fans boo him, but Callis smiles. Cassidy sees Callis and winds up the hand! But Kyle Fletcher attacks from behind! The Aussie Arrow stomps away on Cassidy at the ropes, then rains down fists! The fans boo but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe! The Sussex County Chicken won’t let The Protostar get away with this! He ROCKS and UPPERCUTS Kyle, then LARIATS Kyle up and out! Only for a STRONG KNEE to take Mark down! Roddy stomps Cassidy, then stomps Mark! Roddy holds up the belt and shouts, “This is mine!”

The fans boo but The Undisputed Kingdom stand tall, holding up all three belts. Will nothing stop them from conquering ROH at Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Arkady Aura is with Saraya & Harley Cameron, and says we haven’t seen Saraya wrestle since her first round loss in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Harley speaks up and asks how that’s supposed to be Saraya’s fault. Why point the finger of blame at her? Maybe it is this company’s fault! Because Saraya has been spending this whole time training, getting “Wembley Ready,” and being an unproblematic icon! Saraya says Harley is right, and do you know why? Because AEW is scared of Saraya. The AEW Women’s Division is scared of her! Because she is the living legend, she understands.

Last year at All In, Saraya had the world at her feet! Now, they’re just keeping her off the show. Harley says doing All In Wembley without Saraya is like doing Beverly Hills Cop without Eddie Murphy! Saraya says yeah, that’s why they’re keeping her away. But they can’t do the show without her because she IS the show. All roads lead to Wembley, baby, and it doesn’t matter who she has to step on to get there. Then just who will The Outcasts take out in order to have their moment?

 

Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners!

While The Learning Tree has to defend that “For The World” Championship this Wednesday on Dynamite, he and The Redwood are not shying away from competition. Will Jericho & Bill show the world they’re not afraid of big bad Minoru Suzuki? Or will Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum be the ones to teach The Learning Tree a thing or two?

The teams sort out and Bill starts against Truth. The fans rally, Truth gets around to headlock, but Bill powers up to TOSS Truth away! Truth flounders to his corner, Turbo tags in, and Turbo steps up to Bill. Jericho isn’t even taking this match seriously, he’s checking his phone! Bill knees Turbo low, CLUBS him down, but Truth tags back in. Truth runs and leaps, but Bill catches him! Bill grins, gives a thumbs up, then SLAMS Truth down! Bill says the fans know what’s up. But then Turbo tags in and The Outrunners DOUBLE CLUB Bill! Bill just frowns…! Bill turns around, he runs up, but The Outrunners dodge to DOUBLE DROPKICK!

Bill stays up but The Outrunners fire up. They spin and handshake, while flexing! Bill frowns, Truth sees and warns Turbo. Turbo looks and Bill DECKS him! Bill DECKS Truth, too! Bill then runs to BOOT Truth out of the ring! Turbo staggers up, Jericho keeps checking his phone, but Turbo CHOPS! Bill sighs and Turbo begs for mercy. Bill puts Turbo in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! And he fires off haymaker after haymaker! Bill laughs as he stomps a mudhole into Turbo! The ref counts but Bill keeps going! Bill lets off, laughs some more, and Jericho says look out. Truth CHOPS Bill, but then he begs for forgiveness.

Bill powers Truth to a corner with one hand! Then he runs to SPLASH Turbo! SPLASH for Truth, SPLASH for Turbo! BOOT for Truth, and then Bill choke grips Turbo. SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! And then he tags Jericho! Jericho smirks and waves to the fans. “Hi, guys~!” Cover, Jericho & Bill win!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Bad Apple Keith kicks Truth out of the ring, then he stands tall with his guys. Keith tells the Outrunners to respect Chris Jericho, but he and Bill won’t be around to help Jericho on Wednesday. Will Jericho be able to survive Minoru Suzuki in the shadow of Blood & Guts? Or will Suzuki tear down The Learning Tree #ForTheWorld?

Wait, speaking of Suzuki, here he comes! He has his own match tonight, but he wants to look Jericho in the eye one more time before Dynamite. Will the Meanest Man in the World make an example out of The Butcher?

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

Rampage returns and The Butcher is already in the ring. The bell rings and Butcher talks some smack on Suzuki. Butcher then fires a forearm, but Suzuki comes back with a forearm of his own. Butcher RAMS Suzuki into a corner, the ref counts, but Butcher lets off at 4. Suzuki eggs Butcher on but Butcher pie faces Suzuki. Butcher dares Suzuki to bring it, so Suzuki fires off fast hands and forearms! Suzuki ROCKS Butcher in the corner, then goes corner to corner, so he can BOOT! Butcher staggers, Suzuki snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY- NO! Butcher blocks the kick! Butcher CLUBS the leg, then trips Suzuki.

Butcher has a standing toehold as he traps one of Suzuki’s legs. Suzuki just eggs Butcher on! Butcher stomps the leg, drops an elbow on it, then he drags Suzuki up. Butcher CLUBS Suzuki, but Suzuki just snarls. Butcher CHOPS, but Suzuki isn’t impressed. Butcher CHOPS again, Suzuki eggs him on, so Butcher fires more CHOPS! Suzuki just laughs! Butcher ROCKS Suzuki, kicks low, then kicks again. Butcher reels Suzuki in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Suzuki and he fires body shots on Butcher. Suzuki ROCKS Butcher, but Butcher HEADBUTTS! Butcher vows to break Suzuki’s back!

Butcher half nelsons, but Suzuki slips around to waistlock. Butcher elbows free, runs, but Suzuki follows, drop steps to get around, and has the SLEEPER! Suzuki wrangles Butcher, squeezes tight, but Butcher endures. Suzuki spins Butcher around and reels him in, and the fans fire up for the Gotch Lift! Butcher’s big, but Suzuki still lifts him, holds him up, and then PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, Suzuki wins!

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

A gritty fight for Suzuki and Butcher, and this was in a normal match! What won’t Suzuki do to Jericho when it is FTW Rules?

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

Mark Briscoe says, “For those of you who may or may not have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you are looking at the group that has come to be known as The Conglomeration. You know about my main man with the game plan, OC, and Kyle O’Reilly. Let me introduce to you Tomohiro Ishii, henceforth to be known as Big Time! That’s right! Here in The Conglomeration, there is only two rules. First and foremost, you gotta be down to conglomerate. And secondly, you cannot in any way, shape or form, be a s*it head!” Kyle shrugs and nods, because it’s true.

Mark then says that brings us to the word of the day! The word of the day is… Discombobulation! Kyle asks the country of origin. American! Can he use it in a sentence? In the midst of Mark’s discombobulation, Roderick Strong cracked him in the jaw with a knee, and stood over him, holding up Mark’s ROH World Championship high in the air! Now that done pissed Mark off, Roddy! He’s known Roddy a long time, and Roddy knows better than that! So next week, Death Before Dishonor, Mark has something for Roddy!

But before that, tomorrow night’s Collision, #BigTime Ishii is going to take Roddy on 1v1! No Kingdom, no Conglomeration, and damn sure no Don Callis Family at ringside! Roddy VS Ishii, and we’ll show y’all how we do in The Conglomeration! Because they’re ’bout to RARARARARA!! The Chicken is all fired up, but will the Stone Pitbull be able to take a big bite out of the Savior of the Backbreaker?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor knows The Babe with the Power wants payback on her just as badly as she wants to run Willow’s life. But while Willow went and won the CMLL Women’s World Championship, Kris has just been grumbling and plotting with Big Stoke. Will Kris make an example out of Sydni tonight? Or will the Heart of Hutchinson, Kansas be unbreakable?

The bell rings and Kris DISCUS LARIATS right away! Stoke fires up but the fans are torn as Kris hauls Sydni back up. Kris ROCKS Sydni, CHOPS her, then fires off haymakers in the corner! The ref counts, Kris stomps a mudhole in, then she digs her boots in. The ref counts, Kris gets in his face about it, then goes back to Sydni. Kris drags Sydni up to snap suplex! Sydni flounders but Stokely smiles. Kris runs corner to corner, UPPERCUTS, then goes side to side, but Sydni ELBOWS her! Sydni fires forearm snow and has Kris in a corner! The fans fire up, Sydni fires up, and she whips. Kris reverses to then scoop and pop Sydni around!

Kris tucks Sydni in for STATURDAY NIGHT FEVER!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

As Stokely says, every night is #StaturdayNight, especially when Kris wins like that. She has Stoke stand on her while she does push-ups just to show off, but will Kris be ready when Willow returns with a vengeance?

 

Holo.grm loads up.

Whoever this mysterious masked man is, he is ready, and he promises that tomorrow night on Collision, we will see him debut! Will Holo.grm prove to be more than meets the eye?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Collision is already stacked with Strong VS Ishii, Holo.grm’s debut, and the Unified World Trios Championship match, The Patriarchy VS The Bang Bang Gang, but Skye Blue’s challenge to Hikaru Shida has been answered! Will the Shining Samurai cut through the Chicago Skye to find her way back to the top of the ranks? We’ll also see Darby Allin return to action against The Beast Mortis! Will The Relentless One sharpen his edge for Blood & Guts? Plus, the Lumberjack match has been made official! Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo, with other AEW stars all around ringside, will this be where La Mera Mera and The Virtuosa finally settle the score?

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix are looking to get in on the tag title chase, but so are Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy. While The Acclaimed still have to shoot their shot at The Young Bucks, which team will be waiting for them on the other side?

The teams sort out and Fenix starts against Brother Zay. The fans rally, Zay offers a handshake, and Fenix takes it. But then Fenix ROCKS Zay! Zay ROCKS Fenix back, they fire forearms, and Zay fires forearms again and again. Zay whips, Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY! Fenix kicks, SOBATS, KICKS a leg, then kicks again, but Zay blocks! Zay steps over, GAMANGIRI! Zay runs, but Fenix pops him up, only for Zay to RANA! Zay whips, Fenix reverses but Zay reverses back. Fenix goes up and out to the apron, Zay runs in, Fenix dodges the triangle jump, and then Fenix slingshot SENTONS! Fenix stands Zay up, but Zay fights the underhooks!

Zay RAMS Fenix into the corner, tags Quen, and Quen rolls Fenix up, TWO! Fenix comes back, but gets a pop-up DROPKICK for it! Penta tags in and the fans fire up! Penta blocks, Quen blocks then Quen ROCKS Penta! Quen goes up, brings Penta to the top with him, but Penta CLUBS Quen! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen, then slingshots up to SUPER RANA Quen away! The fans fire up, Quen returns but Penta BOOTS him! Quen tries again, Penta pops him up and SUPERKICKS him while upside-down! Quen flops to the apron then the floor and the fans fire up. Penta builds speed, but Zay CROSSBODIES him!

Fenix MISSILE DROPKICKS Zay! Quen returns to PELE Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Zay and Fenix bail out, Penta and Quen slowly stand up. Penta eggs Quen on, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Quen steps up to Penta, and Penta says uno momento. Penta dramatically takes off his glove, but Quen says no, let him. “SHOTS! SHOTS!” Penta says okay, listen! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Quen, so Quen comes back to say “SHOTS!” “CERO! MIEDO!” “SHOTS!” They go back and forth, taunt for taunt, then Penta CHOPS! Quen is stinging but he composes himself. Quen comes back, CHOPS, but that hurts his hand more than it does Penta’s body! Penta says okay, and he unbuttons Quen’s shirt, to CHOP him down! The fans fire up with Penta as he does a “SHOTS! SHOTS!” dance! So Quen returns to fire forearms!

Quen ROCKS Penta, runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but Quen BOOTS him down! Quen nods, runs up, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, Penta blocks a kick to HEEL KICK, only for Quen to ROUNDHOUSE back! Both men wobble, then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! Both men fall and the fans fire back up! Quen and Penta crawl, hot tags to Zay and Fenix! Fenix ROCKS Zay, Zay ROCKS Fenix, and Fenix fires off a strike fest! Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” But Zay wrenches out to facelock back! But Fenix fights the suplex, wrenches out, and KICKS Zay!

Fenix reels Zay in, but then Zay wrenches out. Zay reels Fenix back in, but Fenix wrenches out to mule kick. Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” but Zay wrenches out to ROCK Fenix! Zay eggs Fenix on, pie faces, and he fires a forearm! Fenix fires back, they go back and forth, and the fans rally up. Fenix and Zay huff ‘n’ puff, and they keep throwing shots! Zay gets the edge, but Fenix returns in kind! Rampage returns to single picture as they both throw forearms at the same time, again and again! It is fast and furious and the fans love it! Penta runs in just to BLAST Quen! The Lucha Bros mug Zay, double whip, but Quen is there for some SILLY STRONG!

Penta flounders out, Quen HOTSHOTS Fenix! Zay brings Fenix around, Quen goes up, AFTER PARTY STOMPS! Quen goes up and up to ESCALARA SENTON onto Penta! Zay SWANTON BOMBS Fenix! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and shocks Zay! The fans rally up and Zay brings Fenix up. Tag to Quen, and Private Party puts Fenix up top. Quen runs up, GIN- NO, Fenix holds onto the corner and Quen tumbles! Penta also waistlocks Zay but Zay fights free with elbows. Penta shoves Zay so that Fenix can tightrope walk PENALTY KICK! Then Penta SLINGBLADES Zay down! Quen gets in, he gets a SLINGBLADE, too!

The fans fire up for “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta brings Quen in but Quen slips free and shoves Penta into Fenix! Fenix lands on his firebird and Quen helps Zay up. GIN & JUICE!! Cover, but Penta returns to break it and hit a DESTROYER on Zay!! Quen is shocked while Little Rock is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as “A E DUB!” gives us this main event. Quen drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix eggs Quen on so Quen stomps away on him! Quen drags Fenix up, reels him in, but Fenix wrenches out to underhook and BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!! Fenix tags Penta and they aim at Zay. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Quen is alone, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Then Penta drags Quen up and Fenix goes up! Tuck and “CERO! MIEDO!” LB PILEDRIVER!! Then Fenix DIVES onto Zay for good measure! Penta covers, Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Private Party put up a fight to be sure, but Penta y Fenix just wanted it that much more! Will the Lucha Brothers be watching Blood & Guts very, very closely?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage here, and even the squash matches served some purpose. Kris crushing Sydni was mostly for momentum, but it felt like that was the first real showing of Kris’ Heel attitude with her trash talking the whole time. Jericho letting Bill do all the work against The Outrunners was naturally how that match was going, but it works perfectly in character and story for them. And Jericho crossing paths with Suzuki before Suzuki puts Butcher away rather quickly was good, too. The go home math is therefore even ahead of their FTW Championship match, but I wonder if Jericho was texting someone who could interfere for him since Keith & Bill can’t. But it can’t be Jeff Cobb, though, he’s locked in for NJPW’s G1 Climax.

Very good promo from The Outcasts, and while Toni Storm VS Mariah May is one title match and Mercedes Mone VS Britt Baker is another, Saraya could end up putting out an open challenge and it is answered by someone big from Stardom or CMLL for a first-time-ever kind of match to make All In even more historic. Great tag team main event from Lucha Brothers VS Private Party, with it mostly being for momentum. Private Party has finally been back on track now that both guys are healthy, but Lucha Bros winning out made sense. Penta & Fenix have been great as a team and as individuals, they’re both primed to take on just about any team or even singles champs if needed.

And great opener from The Conglomeration and The Undisputed Kingdom, even though I’m surprised they did such a Six Man Tag already. The Conglomeration winning could still feed into my idea that Cassidy & Kyle get an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Death Before Dishonor, but it also gives us a reason for Ishii VS Roddy tomorrow night. Great promo from Mark Briscoe in that, too, he continues to be one of the best underappreciated promo guys in all of wrestling today. I feel like Mark is going to retain the title against Roddy given how Shane Taylor is gunning for Mark, but that really depends on if Tony Khan is even paying attention to his own shows.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/19/24)

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

After last week’s brutal attack by The Bloodline, Cody Rhodes will open tonight’s SmackDown to show he is not intimidated by their actions!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes; Andrade wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven; Bianca wins.
  • Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax; Mia wins.
  • Cody Rhodes & Kevin Owens VS A-Town Down Under; Cody & Kevin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

Omaha, Nebraska fires up as The American Nightmare makes his way out. The fans sing along with the song, “WHOA~ OH~!” The pyro goes off, Cody high-fives fans and even gives some autographs as he continues down the ramp. Cody fist-bumps Omaha’s own Terence Crawford, who is preparing for his own boxing championship defense, and then Cody steps into the ring. The fans chant Cody’s name while he grabs a mic. “So, Omaha! What do we wanna talk about? Let’s talk about Randy Orton.” Cody has the distinction and honor of calling Randy Orton a friend. Before that, Randy was a mentor.

Randy chose Cody when he didn’t have to, when he was told to discard Cody. Cody would not be here as Undisputed WWE Champion without Randy Orton. The fans cheer that, and even chant for “Randy! Randy!” Cody says, “So imagine the guilt when a man who has a lovely wife, a beautiful family, five children, a man who came back from what could’ve been a career ending injury and had spinal fusion surgery, imagine my guilt watching this Bloodline put Randy Orton through a table.” The fans boo, and Cody says family is not always blood. How’s the song go? Wrestling has more than one royal family. Randy is Cody’s family. Randy is Cody’s brother!

And if Randy were here, he wouldn’t want Cody to wax poetic or talk about guilt and shame. The difference between the two is the difference of being bad and doing something bad. Cody will instead look directly into the camera, and he will talk right to the man responsible: Solo Sikoa. The fans boo that name. Cody looked Solo in the eyes before WrestleMania 39 even, and told him, “You are not ready.” Then Solo paid Cody back in kind by costing him the title he has now, the title they will fight for in the main event of SummerSlam.

“Solo, with everything you have done trying to erase your time as The Enforcer–that’s a cute nickname, by the way–and instead become the Tribal Chief, how does it feel knowing that I am still standing here in this ring, still champion, and that you are still not-” A-Town Down Under interrupts? The fans boo as Austin Theory & Grayson Waller strut out here, and Theory starts by saying, “Cody, Cody Rhodes. Cody, you’re spending a lot of time talking about The Bloodline, but because of you, Jacob Fatu from The Bloodline attacked me last week.” Look at his face! It’s swollen! Cody thought that was from his own partner hitting him in the face.

Waller says nice try, Cody, trying to deflect from how Cody can’t take responsibility for his own actions. Theory got attacked last week was because of Cody. And the reason Cody’s mentor, hero and friend, Randy Orton, the reason Cody won the title, the reason Randy got hurt is because of Cody. The fans boo but ATDU step into the ring. But Cody fires off on tehm first! The fans fire up but he still gets mugged 2v1! The fans boo again as Theory & Waller stomp Cody down. Waller TOSSES Cody out, but Terence says here, have his chair! Cody uses that chair to JAM Waller and SMACK him down!

Then Cody tosses the chair to Theory so he can DISASTER KICK it into Theory’s face! ATDU bails out and the fans fire up! Cody has chair and championship, will he need both of those to thwart The Bloodline?

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

He has his guy tidy up the edges, and then says there won’t be chants or gimmick BS. He tells Andrade that it’ll be them, “two hoopers,” one on one, going hard in the paint, and the world will be waiting to see who misses first. And it won’t be H1M. Melo heads out, but will he dunk on Andrade? Or will El Idolo show this isn’t Melo’s game, it’s his?

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

Cody says it is a 100% freebie, he wants a match with A-Town Down Under. Aldis says he can do that, but he’ll need a tag team partner. Cody says no, he needs to send a message to The Bloodline. Aldis gets that, but hey, if he sends the WWE Champion out into a Handicap Match, Aldis will have to answer to the Board of Directors. So respectfully, Cody has until the end of tonight to find a partner. The American Nightmare has his mission, will he find someone who wants to take the fight to the former tag team champions?

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

El Idolo has been NXT Champion, just like H1M, but he’s also been WWE United States Champion and is currently WWE Speed Champion. Will Andrade make Melo respect him? Or will no one humble Melo when he hits Nothing But Net?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, the two tie up, and Andrade headlocks. Melo powers up and out but Andrade runs him over. Things keep moving, Melo hurdles then Andrade leaps over. Melo rolls off Andrade’s back, comes back, and tilt-o-whirl RANAS, only for Andrade to handspring through! Melo runs up again, sunset flips, ONE!! Melo grabs at legs but Andrade boots him away. Andrade then trips Melo, steps through, but Melo kicks him away. The fans cheer the standoff while Melo frowns. Andrade runs but he turns Melo’s dropdown into a rolling sunset, TWO! Melo jackknife bridges, TWO!

Both men stand, both men ROCK each other with forearms, then the forearms start flying! Andrade runs but Melo ROCKS him! Melo runs but Andrade BOOTS him! Andrade steadies himself before he runs, but then Melo DROPKICKS him! Melo runs, but Andrade follows! Andrade jumps up onto the ropes with Melo! Melo slips away to trip Andrade up! Andrade is stuck in ropes, Melo still hits a FADE AWAY JUMPER! The fans fire up for that leg drop, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Andrade endures an armlock. The fans rally, Andrade fights up, and he throws body shots. Melo holds onto the armlock, but Andrade fires more shots! Then he JAWBREAKERS free! Melo knees, whips, but Andrade reverses. Andrade then follows, but Melo dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW LARIAT to hit! The fans fire up while both men are down! Melo and Andrade slowly sit up, and fans rally. Melo throws a haymaker, but Andrade eggs him on! Melo fires another, but Andrade SLAPS and SLAPS with palm strikes! Andrade blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Then another DRAGON SCREW!

Melo hobbles up, swings, but misses! Andrade FLYING FOREARMS and both men are down again! The fans rally, Andrade kips up! The fans cheer as Andrade snarls. Andrade calls his shot, the fans rally behind him with “SI! SI! SI!” Andrade gets moving, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives, showing why he was NXT and NXT North American Champion in his career. Andrade brings Melo up, reels him in, but Melo slips free of the suplex! Melo rebounds to LA MYSTICA! Cover, TWO! Andrade stays in this and Melo grows frustrated. Melo drags Andrade up, “This is Awesome!” as Melo puts Andrade in a corner.

Melo hoists Andrade up to the top rope backwards. Melo then climbs up behind Andrade, brings Andrade up, but Andrade fires elbows! Melo falls back and the fans fire up! Andrade adjusts, and he MOONSAULTS! Melo moves but Andrade MOONSAULTS again! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and shocks Andrade! Andrade huffs ‘n’ puffs and brings Melo up. Andrade reels Melo in, back suplexes, but Melo lands out! Melo dodges again, kicks a leg out, then runs up, into a CHOP! Melo returns to KNEE anyway! Melo keeps moving, boot feint and ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives again but Andrade puts him in the drop zone.

Andrade goes to a corner and climbs up. The fans cheer as he reaches the top. Andrade aims, leaps, but into the FIRST 48! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives that half court shot but Melo hurries back to the corner! Melo climbs, aims, and NOTHING BUT- NO! Airball, and Andrade scoops! Melo slips free, only to end up in underhooks! THE MESSAGE!! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

El Idolo called his shot last week, and he hits the mark! But now that Andrade is through with H1M, will he be moving on to bigger and better?

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

The Role Model WWE Women’s Champion and the Irresistible Queen of the Ring are in separate locations as Corey Graves interviews them. He wants to ask Nia about Cleveland but she says just stop. Look at her, and look at Bayley. Start feeling sorry for Bayley right now, because at SummerSlam, Nia beats Bayley, takes her title, and puts her down like an old, sick dog. Nia will put Bayley out of Nia’s misery. Bayley says wow, Nia hasn’t changed in the ten years they’ve known each other. Nia says oh no, she has changed. And before going on too long, Nia is Queen of the Ring, so address her as “Queen Nia.”

Bayley says she’ll address Nia how she wants. And Nia should know what Bayley meant by that. Nia is the same heartless woman she was since day one here. The same big mouth, and the attitude like she owns this place. The same Nia that in 2017, took Bayley out of her SummerSlam match. Oh, we’re going there now? Yes, they are, and let Bayley finish talking. Nia took Bayley out, that changed the trajectory of Bayley’s whole career. But Nia didn’t hurt Bayley because she’s so much bigger and stronger than Bayley or that she’s so vicious. Nia did it because she’s big, clumsy, and reckless. Nia gets pissed now!

Nia says honestly, Bayley, she is pretty content being Queen of the Ring, the Queen of WWE! Nia is on top! She’s coming for that title just because she can take it from Bayley! Well, then, bad news there. Don’t listen to what the fans are saying that Nia is bigger or that she’ll mop the floor with Bayley. No, Bayley wants Nia to look at her now, and if she’s changed so much since 2017, then so has Bayley. Bayley walks into SummerSlam with the championship, and she walks out with the championship! And there is nothing Nia can do to stop her. Bayley smiles but Nia asks if they’re done. Nia throws off her mic and storms off. Who will prove they’re THE top of the division when WWE arrives in The Land?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

But before they can reach the door, Piper Niven & Chelsea Green stand in their way. Sorry, are they lost? They’re here to talk to Mr. Aldis. Uh, girl, nuh-uh. Not before Bianca & Jade do. They need to get that tag title rematch. Aw, they’re gonna complain about losing because they’re big complaining losers? Uh, isn’t that what Chelsea’s about to do? Piper says you don’t talk about Chelsea like that. Yeah, that’s how they’re talking about Bianca & Jade. So scoot on over, because Piper & Chelsea are talking to Aldis first! Jade steps to the door but Bianca says no no, it’s fine. They can talk with Aldis later, because these two are on Bianca’s nerves.

If they can’t decide on who talks with Aldis first, they can decide this in the ring. Jade likes that idea, too. Piper also likes that idea, but Chelsea doesn’t. Bianca & Jade say bye~ and head for gorilla position. Will The EST give Chelsea something to complain to Aldis about? Or can the Hot Mess prove she can back up all that talk?

Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven!

SmackDown returns as Chelsea makes her entrance, accompanied by “Lil’ Miss P.” The bell rings and Chelsea talks trash on Bianca. Then she SLAPS her! So Bianca SLAPS back! Bianca storms up, Chelsea dodges and Bianca runs into buckles! Chelsea then ENZIGIRIS Bianca, reels her in for chicken wings, but Bianca powers out. Bianca runs, gets around, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans fire up while Chelsea flounders. Bianca handsprings but Chelsea avoids the moonsault! Chelsea runs up but Bianca gets under the boot! Torture rack, but Chelsea flails free! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO!! Bianca has Chelsea’s legs, BIANCA WINS!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Chelsea is already complaining and protesting to the ref! But then Jade and Piper step in, only for Chelsea to say time to go. The StrongEST Duo stands tall, but then someone is laughing. Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn are on the tron! And Isla says they’ve heard Bianca & Jade are looking for them. And they just love how the two have been so passionate about their titles. Alba says they get it, when you’re champions, you’ve got all the power! And right now, the power belongs to Alba & Isla. But lucky for Bianca & Jade, they’ll get a tiny glimpse at these belts next week. But when it comes to a rematch…? Well, we’ll see.

Alba & Isla laugh into the night, but will even the wicked witches fall victim to the forces of nature coming for them?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

The SmackDown General Manager says as we all know, SummerSlam is right around the corner. And as GM, it is his responsibility to deliver the biggest and best matches he possibly can. With that in mind, he holds a contract signed by himself and by LA Knight. This match is for the United States Championship, so all that is left is the signature of THE United states Champion. Without further ado, please welcome first, the challenger, LA Knight! Omaha fires up for The Mega Star makes his way to the ring. Knight joins Aldis in the ring, and Aldis says now welcome the champion, Logan Paul!

Many fans boo as The Maverick makes his way out, but there are still some fans who want fist bumps. Logan tells the fans to get louder one way or another as he steps into the ring. Logan is given the mic while fans continue to boo, and others chant for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” Aldis shows Logan the contract, Logan asks Omaha a question. Why would he give “Hillbilly Aladdin,” this Sons of Anarchy extra, this Larry the Lobster guy a shot at the United States Championship? Knight tells the “edge lord” to look at him. Logan talks about no reason for facing Knight, and y’know, maybe he’s right. Maybe Logan can just take a walk and we’ll think about this later.

But the one thing Knight thinks about is, he just thinks the one reason Logan should reconsider is that every time they have been face to face, Knight has owned and cooked Logan. The fans cheer that! So let’s go back just a year ago. Knight walks down that aisle, “YEAH!” He gave Logan a map, “YEAH!” And he said that map gave exact directions. “YEAH!” Those directions were for where Logan could shove each and every bottle of Prime! “YEAH!” That was last year. But since then, Logan became US Champ, congrats to you. Logan thanks Knight for that. Knight admits, if Logan’s holding a title, that makes him the man around here.

But Knight figured to himself, maybe time for Knight’s shot. Knight asks, Logan says no. Knight shows up at Logan’s house, his idiot friends let Knight in and he hops into the pool to make it his toilet. And what does that do? Just got Knight an MITB qualifier, and a pin on Logan right here on this mat! Now that felt damn good, and Knight wants to do it again. But Logan isn’t giving Knight what he wants, and what he wants is a shot at the US title. Knight chases Logan all over the world just to get him to show up! Logan says just listen to yourself, “John,” you sound pathetic! You’re a grown man but look at yourself!

The fact is, Knight needs this match with Logan. Logan doesn’t! The fans boo and Logan says they are not the same. The difference here is Knight’s entire existence is defined by what he does in this ring. Not Logan. Logan can leave this ring to interview former presidents, building multi-billion dollar business, starting a family, and changing the landscape of sports media with his brother! The last name “Paul” echoes through the entire zeitgeist of culture! And that’s not to say that what Knight does isn’t important. It is important. Knight is very good. In fact, Logan likes the catchphrase bodybuilder shtick he’s got.

But the real problem is, Knight wants Logan’s accolades but is not Logan. Knight doesn’t think like him, doesn’t move like him. Knight wants to be champion but is not “him.” And for someone whose entire existence is defined by what they do in this ring, Knight has not had a single defining moment the past 20 years. Knight is a gym bro with a spray tan and catchphrase, pretending to be The Rock! Knight says oh~, cut him, he bleeds! Never heard that before. Leave it to Logan to recycle old material. Low rent, lowbrow, Low T! Low T Logan P! But talk about the US Championship, about frauds, let’s talk about that.

Here is a man parading around as a champion! Here’s a man playing fraud on this entire company, pretending to be US Champion! And meanwhile, Logan won’t sign a contract? Good thing Logan brought up his brother, because the brother is willing to jump into the ring with Mike Tyson. But Logan doesn’t seem to have balls just to step into the ring with Knight! Guess balls don’t run in the family. Logan says if Knight wants the match, fine! He’ll sign, and he’ll give Knight a shot at the title! And after he beats Knight, Knight will have nothing. Logan could say he’d take everything from Knight, but Knight has nothing of value to give!

In fact, how about this? Logan can give Knight something already. On the back of this contract, Logan’s gonna give Knight directions for where he can still his dreams of becoming a champion! YEAH~! The fans boo but then Logan shoves the contract at Knight. Aldis keeps these two from throwing down already, even though the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Logan stands down, the fans boo, but Knight still has the match he wants. But then Logan slides back in to attack! Logan RAMS Knight into a corner, but Knight turns things around to fire off haymakers! Logan knees low, fires body shots, then winds up, but Knight blocks!

Knight cravats but Logan slips away again! Both men say that’s how close the other came! But again, Knight has the shot he wanted, will he use it to shut Logan up once and for all?

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

And he’s confronted by Santos Escobar & Elektra Lopez, who say, “L! A! KNIGHT!” “EW!” Santos says congrats on finally getting that US Championship match. Must be a great feeling, right? Knight pinned Logan Paul in Madison Square Garden. That must feel like sitting on top of the world. What’s with the questions, where’s this going? Santos says relax. Just a friendly reminder that Santos was in the Triple Threat and didn’t get pinned. He knows, Knight knows, Lopez knows, everybody knows~, that if it was 1v1, it would’ve been a different story. Knight says Santos clearly isn’t a student of history, because Knight’s been part of that story and he knows how that went.

But hey, SummerSlam’s still a few weeks away, so Knight has some free time. If Santos wants to get in touch with Knight, his mom has Knight’s number. Santos says Knight sure feels untouchable, huh? Facing Santos so close to that title shot is not the brightest idea. Wouldn’t want him getting hurt. But if Knight wants to squander his opportunity, why stop him? Santos & Lopez head out, but will Knight humble him before going after Logan?

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

As if dealing with The Queen of the Ring wasn’t hard enough, Michin has the Princess all up in her business! Will Mia remind us why she’s The Head Baddie in Charge? Or will no one put an end to #TiffyTime?

SmackDown returns and Mia makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Tiff throws Mia down by her hair! The fans cheer but then Mia catches Tiff for a cradle, TWO! Mia SHOTGUNS Tiff to a corner, runs up to forearm SMASH, then she sits Tiff down. Mia mocks Tiff to then CANNONBALL! High stack cover, ONE!! Tiff toughs it out but Mia KICKS her! Tiff avoids a roundhouse and wants a Tiffy Timeout! Mia chases Tiff but Tiff hides behind Nia. Mia says Nia shouldn’t even be here, but Tiff sucker punches Mia! Then cartwheel and Alabama Lift, for an ALABAMA SLAM to the floor!

Nia pats Tiff on the shoulder and Tiff asks what time it is, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Tiff has a headlock. Fans rally as Mia fights out. Mia runs but Tiff knees her low! Tiff throws Mia down, then goes to the apron, SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Mia stays in this but Nia coaches Tiff. Mia goes to a corner, Tiff runs and handsprings in to back elbow! Tiff then reels Mia in, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tiff grows frustrated but Nia says she’s got this. Tiff waits on Mia to get up, then she runs to cartwheel and Alabama Lift again! But Mia fights to sunset flip it, TWO! Mia stands up, slips under Tiff’s lariat and backslides, TWO! Tiff stands up, but Mia ELBOWS her!

Mia runs up to LARIAT! And then YAKUZA KICK! And then DROPKICK! Tiff flounders back up, into a NECKBREAKER! Tiff staggers to a corner, Mia runs up to CHOP! Mia reels Tiff in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Tiff toughs it out and Mia grows frustrated. Mia drags Tiff up to wrench and EAT DA- NO, Tiff ROCKS Mia first! Mia ROCKS Tiff back! Mia runs up but Tiff YANKS her to ropes! Tiff runs to HIP ATTACK! Tiff keeps moving, TIFFY STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Mia survives and now Tiff is growing frustrated! Tiff drags Mia up, brings her over to a corner, and hauls her up top.

Tiff climbs but Mia fires hands! Tiff staggers back, Mia adjusts and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Tiff tumbles out of teh ring while fans fire up! Mia fires herself up and builds speed, but Nia trips her up! The fans boo while the ref misses that! Mia kicks at Nia, goes back for Tiff, but Tiff ROCKS her first! Tiff then reels Mia in for a ROLLING SENTON! Then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- WAIT! Bayley is here!? Bayley distracts Tiff and pisses off Nia! Nia runs in but Bayley TOSSES her over barriers! Tiff freaks out as Bayley has the briefcase! She SMASHES Nia with it! Bayley then smacks the case against the desk!

The fans fire up as Bayley hits the case off steel steps! She opens it up, dumps the contract out, and STMOPS the briefcase into pieces!! Mia rolls Tiff, MIA WINS!!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

The Role Model helps the HBIC get some payback on Nia and Miss MITB! Then Bayley mockingly says, “Oops.” Bayley puts the contract in what’s left of the case and slide it to Tiff. Will Tiff have to give that briefcase a makeover before she can properly cash it in?

 

The Bloodline speaks.

Solo Sikoa says, “Life is so good when you’re The Tribal Chief on the Island of Relevancy. So good. And it’s also busy. I never have a moment to myself. But when I do, you know what I love the most? A good mystery. Yeah. I’m not talking about a mystery of who’s gonna be Cody Rhodes’ tag team partner. No, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about a mystery of who’s gonna step up and disrespect The Tribal Chief by teaming up with Cody Rhodes tonight. That’s who I’m talking about. Have you seen what we done to Randy Orton last week? Have you? So if you’re on Cody’s side, that means you’re against me.

“If you’re against my family, you’re against my Bloodline, and you’re against The Tribal Chief. So tonight, tonight… tonight better be a Handicap match, or someone will pay the price. Because I am The Tribal Chief, and you will… acknowledge me!” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up the ones. Will anyone be brave enough to defy The Bloodline to help The American Nightmare?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

With #DIY still WWE Tag Team Champions after last week, it is time to find NEW #1 Contenders! It will be a Tag Team Gauntlet match, with The Street Profits, Legado Del Fantasma, Pretty Deadly, The Good Brothers, the new duo of Apollo Crews & Baron Corbin, and even The Bloodline’s Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, all fighting for that shot! Who wins out to then head for Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano?

 

Cody Rhodes & ??? VS A-Town Down Under!

The American Nightmare wanted a response from The Bloodline but got a response from the former WWE Tag Team Champions. They admittedly were collateral damage last week, but this is mostly them taking out their frustrations over losing twice in as many weeks. Will Austin Theory & Grayson Waller tear down the Undisputed WWE Champion? Or will he have back-up after all?

Cody heads to gorilla, and Kevin Owens is there! The Prizefighter says see you out there. Seems Solo forgot there is still someone crazy enough to defy him, because KO’s been doing it all along! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he can’t fight no more?

SmackDown returns and ATDU makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Cody starts against Theory. The fans rally for Cody as the two circle. They tie up, and Theory headlocks. Cody powers up and out, drops down then kitchen sink knees Theory down! Cody drags Theory up, wrenches an arm and tags Kevin. They double wrench to double body shot, then Cody clinches Theory and Kevin runs, they send Theory to BOOT CAMP! Theory sputters, Kevin covers, ONE!! Kevin keeps on Theory with a whip. Kevin ELBOWS Theory down but Theory bails out. Kevin goes out after him to shove him into the Prime bottles!

Kevin CHOPS Theory, SLAPS the big Prime bottle, then pushes Theory into the ring. Waller fixes the display for his bro, Logan, but Kevin RAMS Theory into the corner. Tag to Cody, he reels Theory in but Waller distracts. Cody DECKS Waller, Theory throat chops Cody! Theory LARIATS Cody against ropes, tags Waller, and Waller holds Cody’s arms in the ropes! The fans boo and the ref reprimands as Theory fires haymakers on Cody. Waller lets off at 4 to slide in and CLOBBER Cody! Waller taunts Kevin, KNEES Cody down, then drags Cody up for more knees. The fans chant “WALLER SUCKS!” but Waller knocks Cody down.

Waller brings Cody up to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody dodges Waller and Waller hits buckles! The fans fire up, Cody hurries, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Waller, DECKS Theory, then fires off hands on Waller! The fans fire up more as Kevin stomps Waller against ropes! The ref counts, Kevin lets off and Waller bails out. Kevin roars, goes out the side, and he runs to LARIAT Waller! Then Kevin LARIATS Theory! Omaha is thunderous as Kevin gets back in the ring. Waller runs up but into an atomic drop! ENZIGIRI! Theory gets up but Kevin DECKS him! Waller is in the corner, Kevin says ‘SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS!

Kevin goes up while Waller is down, but Theory anchors him! Kevin HEADBUTTS Theory then aims at Waller. SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Both men are down, Theory tags in to slingshot and SHOTGUN Kevin back down! Theory sucker punches Cody, too! Tag to Waller, Theory brings Kevin up, BACKBREAKER to BALLER ELBOW! Waller sucker punches Cody now! Cover, TWO! Waller taunts Cody while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again, Theory looms over Kevin and soaks up the heat. Tag to Waller, and Theory holds Kevin down so Waller can drop an elbow! Cover, ONE! Waller drops another elbow! Cover, ONE!! Waller clamps on with a cravat and he grinds Kevin down. The fans rally as Kevin endures and fights his way up. Kevin reaches out, but Waller keeps him from Cody. Kevin fires body shots, so Waller fires knee after knee! Kevin staggers to an open corner, Waller stomps him and digs his knee in. The ref counts, Waller lets off and Kevin sputters. Waller brings Kevin around on the apron to CLUB him.

Waller goes out after Kevin but Kevin kicks him! And SMACKS him off steel steps! And pushes the Prime bottle! Kevin hurries back into the ring but Waller trips him up! BIG elbow drop! Waller grinds his forearm in Kevin’s face, then pushes him to a corner. “WALLER SUCKS!” but he throws body shots on Kevin. Waller puts Kevin up top, fires hands, then climbs up. Waller brings Kevin up, but Kevin fires body shots! Kevin ROCKS Waller and Waller falls back, only to come back up! Waller fires forearms, tries again, and goes to the very top! But Kevin throws body shots in return! Kevin and Waller brawl up top!

The fans fire up as Kevin gets the advantage! Kevin HEADBUTTS Waller, Waller holds onto ropes, so Kevin HEADBUTTS again! Waller still holds on so Kevin ELBOWS him down! And then SWANTON BOMB! It hits this time and both men are down! The fans are thunderous as Kevin and Waller crawl! Hot tags to Theory and Cody! The fans fire up as Cody fires off hands on Theory! Cody whips, Theory reverses but Cody CLOBBERS Theory! Cody then goes up and over and hits the SNAP POWERSELAM! Theory stands, but Cody kicks and RHODES UPPERCUTS! Cody JABS, JABS, JABS, flip, flop and fly! BIONIC ELBOW!

The fans are thunderous again as Cody brings Theory around. Cody scoops but Waller makes the save! Tag to Waller, Cody dodges Theory to BLAST Waller! Cody blocks a kick to give a kick and DDT for Theory! Cody stalks Theory but Waller somersaults in to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Waller BOOTS Kevin, then he goes back for Cody. Tag to Theory and they call their shot. Theory fireman’s carries, but Cody slips free! Cody shoves Theory at Waller, but Theory stops short. Cody gets around to waistlock Theory, but Theory elbows free! Waller runs up but Cody moves, and Theory blocks the knee! Cody springboards to CODY CUTTER Theory!!

Waller got free cuz he used Theory again, and now he swings on Cody! Cody dodges, Kevin is there to kick and STUNNER! Waller flops out, Cody reels Theory in! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody & Kevin win!

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under failed to take out their frustrations, but Cody & Kevin sure got theirs out. But here comes The Bloodline! Solo Sikoa leads Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, but where’s Jacob Fatu…? Cody keeps looking around, but then he DIVES onto Solo & Tama first! Loa gets in to throw hands with Kevin! Loa fireman’s carries, but Kevin CLAWS Loa’s face! Kevin tries to rip Loa’s eyes out! Cody has Solo and SMACKS him off the desk! Kevin helps clear the desk while Cody sends Solo into steel steps! The fans are all fired up as Cody and Kevin look to get payback! But THERE is Fatu! He CLOBBERS Cody, SUPERKICKS Kevin, and then RAMS Cody into steel steps!

Kevin comes back to throw hands, but Fatu shoves him back to SUPERKICK! Kevin flops into the ring but the Samoan Werewolf stomps him into a corner. Fatu rains down headbutts, then he goes corner to corner! HIP ATTACK! Fatu shouts at Kevin, “You wanna disrespect my Tribal Chief!? The man that does everything for the family!!” Solo sits Cody up so he can watch as Fatu goes corner to corner again, for another HIP ATTACK! Fatu keeps moving, and he HIP ATTACKS again!! Fatu just keeps moving and he hits a FOURTH!! The fans boo but then Solo HEADBUTTS Cody down!

Fatu drags Kevin to the drop zone, then goes up a corner! Cody is helpless as Fatu hits a DIVING HEADBUTT right on Kevin! Fatu then storms out to join the rest of the Bloodline. They haul Cody up and over to the desk! TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!! The fans boo, but Kevin is still moving?! Solo looms over Kevin, and Tama grabs a chair! Tama puts the chair around Kevin’s head, and says this is what he gets! Tama POSTS Kevin head first!! Fatu presents the ula fala, and The Bloodline gathers around their Tribal Chief. Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and the Bloodline raises their ones to the sky.

Cody sputters but he can’t sit up. Can Cody recover and be ready for SummerSlam? Or is Solo just two weeks away from taking over the WWE?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here to not just build SummerSlam but to follow up last week. Great opening promo from Cody to call out The Bloodline, and I suppose A-Town Down Under calling him out in return was a logical move. Good promo from Solo, and it did foreshadow who would be Cody’s partner in a way. Kevin was of course coming back not just to help Cody but to avenge Randy, and we got a great tag main event for it. Great win for Cody & Kevin, but of course we got another brutal beating from The Bloodline. They’re doing their best to take away all of Cody’s allies, but I have a feeling this only motivates Kevin & Randy being there at SummerSlam to help. And they can even have a moment where, when it seems Cody is about to lose, Heyman returns with Roman to scare Solo.

Melo had a good promo tonight, and he had a great match with Andrade, but I figured Melo was losing. I don’t know how WWE Speed has been going but I don’t think Melo is going to be facing Andrade for the Speed title. I’m still wondering if Andrade circles back to Legado Del Fantasma. That tag team gauntlet is going to be a lot of fun but I would think Tama & Loa win so that The Bloodline gets back in that title story. Speaking of, we naturally got more interaction of Bianca & Jade with Chelsea & Piper. Bianca beating Chelsea so quickly practically makes a case for a Women’s Speed Championship. But at the same time, good promo from Alba & Isla to set up the continued story with Bianca & Jade, even while Raw is heating up with a lot of top level teams.

Very good promo segment from Bayley and Nia, though I did not think Bayley would work-shoot Nia’s early days of being green and “unsafe.” Each of them getting involved in Mia VS Tiff was good stuff, too, as was the destruction of Tiff’s briefcase. That’s also a very clever way to give Tiff a reason to customize the case into something that fits her vibe, aka it’ll be pink and sparkly cuz she’s the Wrestling Barbie. And while Naomi is busy with Blair Davenport in a feud on the side, Mia makes for a good teammate for Bayley to stand up to Nia & Tiff.

And we got a very good, non-traditional contract signing segment. Logan again played his part perfectly, being so arrogant that A) nothing, not even Knight pinning him, earns Knight a title shot and B) rubbing in that he doesn’t even need pro-wrestling, he just does this to show off. Knight took the long way to tell Logan that he should take the match to prove he’s not a coward, which is the same reason I was thinking the whole time. And like any quality arrogant Heel, Logan gets goaded into the match. Knight will definitely make an example of Santos next week, but I feel like the title match itself could go either way. If it were me, I’d have Knight win because he really has been waiting a long time for something, and this feels like the right time.

My Score: 8.8/10


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