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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/16/22)

Who’s next for the Usos?

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SmackDown 2022

Who will be the ones to challenge “the ones?”

SmackDown holds the rematch of the #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way for the Usos’ Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships! Will there be no destructive interruptions this time?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ricochet w/ Logan Paul VS Sami Zayn w/ The Bloodline; Ricochet wins.
  • Bayley w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez; Bayley wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Solo Sikoa VS Mad Cap Moss; wins and
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The New Day VS The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy VS Los Lotharios VS The Brawling Brutes VS Hit Row VS Imperium; The Brawling Brutes win and will challenge the Usos for the titles next week.

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Logan Paul is here!

Anaheim is about to get #ImPAULsive as the social media mogul heads to the ring. Logan had Roman Reigns on the ImPAULsive podcast and dared to say he could take The Tribal Chief in a match. And through social media, Roman retorted back, “I bless the world and bring the Island of Relevancy to your show. You and your boys acknowledge me and as soon as I’m gone, you run your mouth?! Wiseman, handle him.” And Paul Heyman replied, “My #TribalChief, please consider this HANDLED!” Logan has the mic in the present to say, “Well, well, well, well. Ladies and gentlemen, I think I did it again. Whoops.”

Logan says he has a habit of opening his mouth and saying some stupid stuff. This past week, he had someone they might know. He goes by the name “Roman Reigns.” The Tribal Chief left, Logan said if he wrestled Roman, it’d be his match. “What?” “I’ll tell you what!” “What?” “I’ll tell you what! I once opened my mouth about the great Floyd Mayweather, and not even him, the greatest boxer of all time, could put me down. Or pay me. We’re still working on it.” So Logan simply issued a challenge to Roman, and guess what? Logan’s taken the liberty of setting up a press conference in Las Vegas. If Roman’s man enough, he’ll meet Logan there face-to-face.

“Ladies and gentlemen…!” Fans fire up because look who’s back! And with the Bloodline’s Usos, Solo Sikoa, and even Honorary Uce, Sami Zayn, with him! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I swerve as the Special Counsel, and the Wiseman, to YOUR Tribal Chief, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! Universal Heavyweight Champion… Roman. Reigns.” Heyman tells the rest that he’s got this, but the Usos, Solo and Sami still flank the ring. Fans rally for Heyman as he steps into the ring with Logan. Heyman shakes Logan’s hand to complete the formal introductions, and then Heyman says he’ll “handle” Logan.

“There he is! Logan Paul.” Fans boo and Heyman’s gotta say, if there was ever anyone from outside of the WWE who could’ve been a Paul Heyman Guy, it’s Logan Paul. “This man, this athlete, this global sensation, stepped up and fought the greatest boxer of all time, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. And never went down! Not once! Held your own! Went the distance like Rocky. Now, then again, fighting Floyd Mayweather at 6’2″ when Floyd Mayweather at standing up comes to me, headbutting me in the testicles, it’s alright. I wouldn’t fight Floyd Mayweather.” Logan says of course not, it’s Floyd Mayweather. Heyman probably wouldn’t fight anyone, where’s he going with this?

Heyman says he knows we’re in Anaheim, but don’t be Mickey Mouse, Logan. Don’t “Ooo~” me. Logan’s brother, Jake, picks a fight with the greatest MMA striker in Anderson Silva, who’s gonna knock Jake out, no disrespect. Fans cheer that one! Heyman says he wouldn’t fight Jake, he wouldn’t fight Logan, and Logan shouldn’t open his mouth about the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. Heyman doesn’t care about ambitions or athletic backgrounds or that the Paul Brothers have changed the fight game. All Heyman cares about is right now, right here, in this moment, Logan makes the smart decision of picking a fight with someone else.

Logan says c’mon! Heyman’s a promoter, he should get how this works! And Logan knows Heyman knows how great this could be. And it’ll just be a press conference! What’re they so afraid of? Logan sees a lot of Samoans, a Sami Zayn and a Paul Heyman, but he can’t understand why they’re afraid. Are they afraid that at the press conference, Logan would challenge Roman? And that said challenge would be for the title? Assuming that, you then assume Roman would smash Logan. And you’re probably right. “But what if he doesn’t? What if I land that one lucky shot on Roman Reigns? Cuz that’s all it takes: One lucky shot, and I drop your Tribal Chief like a sack of potatoes!

“And what if I beat Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Championship?” Fans boo that and Sami keeps the Usos calm. Heyman says “If” Jake’s brother had balls, he’d be Logan’s sister, but he doesn’t, so he’s not. Heyman doesn’t like “If” or the scenario, and quite bluntly, he doesn’t like Logan, either. Logan says Heyman’s a funny guy. Heyman steps closer to say, “Now, I have to handle you. SOLO!” The NEW North American Champion steps up into the ring! Logan says y’know what? Let’s make a bet. Logan bets he can knock Heyman out and be out of the ring before Solo gets to him. Take the bet!

Sami says take it easy! Solo, it’s alright. Fans cheer Sami as he gets in the ring. Sami says he’s got this, Uce. You’re good. Solo steps down and Sami tells Heyman that he knows the Honorary Uce has nothing but respect. But maybe Heyman’s just not the right man for this job. Maybe Roman Reigns should’ve let Sami handle Logan. Heyman tosses his mic and leaves. Fine! Handle it! Okay, a little diplomacy goes a long way! And Logan! Friend! Logan, you’re not from this world so Sami will explain something to him. Logan DECKS Sami! How do things work around here, Sami? Logan would like to know. The Usos & Solo rush in but Logan gets away!

And here comes Ricochet! The One & Only isn’t here to help Logan but he still shakes his hand. Ricochet’s got business with the Honorary Uce, will he take advantage of Logan’s haymaker?

 

Ricochet w/ Logan Paul VS Sami Zayn w/ The Bloodline!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Ricochet and Sami circle, feel things out, and tie up. Sami headlocks, grinds the hold, but Ricochet powers up and out, only for Sami to run him over! The Bloodline holds up the fingers, #WeTheOnes. Ricochet gets up and says okay. They go again, feeling out the knuckle lock. Ricochet waistlocks but Sami wrenches the arm to a wristlock. Sami wrangles Ricochet down and grinds the arm, but Ricochet handsprings up and flips around to wrench back! Ricochet has the wristlock, he grinds the arm, but Sami fights up to knee low. Sami headlocks but Ricochet powers up and out.

Things speed up, Sami runs Ricochet over! Cover, ONE, but Sami clamps onto Ricochet with a chinlock. Ricochet endures, fights up, and he powers out. Things speed up again, Ricochet hurdles and then rolls off Sami’s back. Ricochet then rolls under to handspring and RANA! Then a DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Ricochet and he ROCKS Sami. And ROCKS him again! Ricochet CHOPS Sami, whips him to ropes, but Sami holds ropes to bail out! Sami glares at Logan and Logan asks how the chin feels. Sami says Logan’s pretty tough after a sucker punch. But then Ricochet WRECKS Sami with a dropkick!

Ricochet puts Sami in the ring, he shoulders in then slingshots but Sami trips him up! Ricochet sputters but Sami rains down fists! Sami lets off while the Usos cheer him on. Sami drags Ricochet up, bumps him off buckles, then pushes him down. Sami goes up the corner, talks trash to Logan, then leaps for an AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Sami argues the count, brings Ricochet up and whips him to ropes to then CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Sami clamps onto Ricochet with a chinlock and leans on him. Ricochet fights up, throws body shots, and fires haymakers! Ricochet runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl RANAS!

Fans fire up with Ricochet again as Sami goes to a corner. Ricochet runs in but misses! Ricochet elbows back to go up, but Sami SHOVES Ricochet down! Ricochet hits barriers and The Bloodline cheers while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Sami has Ricochet down in the ring now. Sami goes up top but Ricochet springs up after him! They fight up top, Sami HEADBUTTS Ricochet down! Sami adjusts, leaps, but into Ricochet’s DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ricochet and Sami stir and get to their feet. Sami swings but Ricochet counter punches! And again! And then Ricochet KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Ricochet whips, Sami reverses but Ricochet RANAS! Logan fires up with Ricochet and Ricochet runs in to RAM into Sami! Sami staggers, Ricochet springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up and Ricochet aims from the corner. Ricochet runs in but no Recoil! Sami elbows Ricochet, whips him to ropes, but Ricochet reverses to sweep the legs! STANDING MOONSAULT onto knees! Sami cradles, TWO!! Ricochet escapes and Heyman is beside himself! Heyman hits the desk hard enough to spill Michael Cole’s soda, which he points out, so Heyman just shakes the already empty cup all around! As for Sami, he drags Ricochet up, reels him in, but Ricochet fights the lift. Sami CLUBS Ricochet, back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet! Tiger Wall Kick and SUPERKICK! Sami is down and Ricochet raises his finger to the sky!

Ricochet goes up top, but Jimmy Uso distracts the ref! Ricochet hops down and runs Jimmy off, but Sami reels Ricochet in! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, but Logan distracts with his protest! Turnabout is fair play, the ref is late to the cover, TWO!! Logan grins then shrugs at Sami. Sami scowls, he sits Ricochet up and he throws haymakers! Sami runs, but into another RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet hurries to stand Sami up and fireman’s carry! but Jey gets up now, so Ricochet DECKS him! Sami rolls Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet runs to V-TRIGGER! Jey tries again but he gets a triangle jump DROPKICK!

Sami reels Ricochet in, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, Jey wants in but the ref keeps him out! This is costing Sami!! The ref returns to count, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it! He looks at Jey who seethes about Logan, but Jey says Sami just has to handle his business. Sami storms out of the ring to get in Jey’s face! Jimmy keeps the peace but Ricochet FLIES in!! Direct hit on Sami AND the Usos! Ricochet puts Sami in, hurries up top, and fans fire up for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS!! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

Logan celebrates with Ricochet, but now the Usos and Solo storm up to the apron. But wait! Here comes MAD CAP MOSS! And he has a chair! Riddick is ready for Solo and his shot at the North American Championship, is Solo ready for Riddick?

 

Karrion Kross & Scarlett Bordeaux speak.

“The hands of time decide the judgement. And last week, for The Chosen One, Mr. McIntyre, he was publicly executed by the newly appointed People’s Executioner. And how rightfully so. It is appropriate considering he made those pitiful noises with my arm wrapped around his neck.” Scarlett adds, “Aw, poor baby.” The two laugh, and Kross says, “What did you do then, Mr. McIntyre? I mean, you fought back, but then you did what everybody always does: you let it go. And that is the biggest difference between you and I, and it always will be. Because I don’t let anything go. I change the timelines. I rewrite history.

“And as for you, you are going to remain on an endless loop of suffering that I control. And I’m going to make sure,  Mr. McIntyre, that you never get out. Tick-tock.” Will Mr. Doomsday make McIntyre relive his worst moments? Or will the Scottish Warrior smash Kross’ hourglass to pieces?

 

Please welcome Max and Maxxine Dupri.

The founders of Maximum Male Models stand in the ring and Max welcomes us back to SmackDown in Anaheim. “Only a stone’s flow away from LA.” Maxxine tells him not to focus on that. Right, they’re not here for Hollywood. They’re here to introduce the MMM Back to School collection. Maçé and Mansôör look like Steve Buscemi pretending to be a high school student… But here comes BRAUN!! The Monster Among Men BULLDOZES the male models! He RAMS Mace into the barriers! And then he drags Mansoor up to TOSS him down the ramp! Mace crawls away but Braun lets him go to drag Mansoor up and TOSS into the ring!

Braun steps up into the ring, grabs Mansoor again, and Mansoor begs for mercy! He doesn’t get mercy, he GETS THESE HANDS! Fans are thunderous as Braun drags Mansoor up, reels him in, and hits a POWERBOMB! But “SHOOSH! Shoosh please!” Chad Gable heads out? He’s telling Braun to shoosh, but where is Otis? Otis gets in and CLOBBERS Braun from behind! But Braun CLOBBERS Otis right back! Gable gets in to fire off hands but Braun CLUBS him down! Braun scoops Gable but Otis RAMS into Braun! Otis fires off haymakers! Otis runs to SPLASH, then he gets going to SPLASH again!

Braun staggers and Otis scoops for the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Braun sits up!?! Otis is leaving, thinking he’s conquered the Monster, but Braun just glares at him! Braun says Otis has hell to pay now! Gable tells Otis to stand down before this really gets wild. Will the Alpha Academy be able to plan a strategy to take down a furious Monster Among Men?

 

Damage Control is here!

Bayley and the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky, can be on any brand they want now, so they’re here on SmackDown with Bayley ready to get in the ring! Bayley, Kai & Sky get mics and Bayley says, “Guess who’s back? Back again? YES! I’m back on SmackDown! Your Role Model, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion in history. Uh, ding dong, hello.” Fans are torn but Bayley continues, “And in case you’ve been living under a rock, this is Dakota Kai and this is Iyo Sky, your NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions!” Fans are torn here, too.

Dakota says that means they can go to any brand, any time, and do anything they want! Iyo says SmackDown is now THEIR show! Bayley says that’s right! They destroyed Raquel and put poor little Aliyah on the shelf. This is what greatness looks right, alright? This is what it looks like when you do what you said you were gonna do, instead of wait for someone else to do it for you! What DMG CTRL has is something fans all crave but will never get, cuz you suck, and that’s POWER. The power to win titles! The power to determine the future! The power to plow through- Raquel is here! Big Mami Cool has a mic to say, “I don’t see greatness at all.”

What Raquel sees is three bullies that hurt her tag partner, and are powerless to stop her from getting revenge! Raquel storms in, DMG CTRL bails out, and Bayley is upset with Maggle. But Bayley has no choice but to face Raquel 1v1, after the break.

Bayley w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez!

SmackDown returns, the bell rings, and Bayley is wary of Raquel. They circle, Bayley ends up cornered, so she has no choice but to tie up. Raquel TOSSES Bayley to a corner, but Bayley dodges and SLAPS Raquel. Raquel grins and chases Bayley out of the ring! Bayley hurries away to where Kai & Sky are, and they keep Raquel back. The ref reprimands them all, but Raquel POUNCES Sky into Kai! That happens a lot. Raquel chases Bayley back into the ring but Bayley kicks her away. Bayley goes to dropkick but Raquel blocks and ROCKS Bayley! Raquel gets in the ring to POUNCE Bayley! Then she SPLASHES in the corner!

Raquel scoops Bayley to then LAWN DART her off a corner! And then scoops again for a SPIN-OUT POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel keeps her coo, and she sees Bayley go to the apron. Raquel runs to the corner to go up and out, but Bayley avoids the stomp! Bayley gets Raquel in the ropes, HOTSHOT STUNNER, and then a BOOT! Raquel falls to the floor, Kai & Sky taunt her, and the ring count climbs. Raquel gets in at 5 of 10 but Bayley’s right on her! Bayley hammers and stomps then CLUBS Raquel. Kai & Sky cheer Bayley but fans boo. Bayley whips but Raquel blocks and reverses. Bayley ducks ‘n’ dodges but runs into a scoop!

Bayley slips off this time and Raquel ends up in the corner. Bayley RAMS into Raquel, but Raquel uses that to TOSS Bayley away! Raquel BOOTS Bayley down, then drags her to a drop zone! Raquel goes up but Kai & Sky distract. Bayley gets up and trips Raquel up! Raquel is in the ropes, Bayley elbows her into a Tree of Woe, and then she KNEES Raquel’s leg! Cover, TWO!! Raquel is still in this but Bayley stalks Raquel. Bayley CLUBS Raquel down, DRAGON SCREWS the leg and covers, TWO! Raquel crawls to a corner but Bayley is after her. Bayley stomps the bad leg but lets off as the ref counts.

Bayley puts the bad leg in the ropes but the ref reprimands. Bayley pulls on the leg but lets off at 4. Fans boo but Kai & Sky cheer. Raquel hobbles away but Bayley gets the bad leg again. Bayley trips Raquel but Raquel kicks away at her! Bayley goes for the leg again but Raquel tries to backslide. Bayley mule kicks the bad leg! And BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! DMG CTRL keeps cool as Raquel goes to a corner. Bayley storms up and fires off body shots. Kai & Sky mock Raquel while Bayley ROCKS her. Bayley backs off to run in, but into both Raquel’s hands! Raquel lifts Bayley to BUCKLE BOMB her!

Raquel fires off hands, then drags Bayley out to HEABUTT her down! Bayley gets up but Raquel runs her over with shoulders and lariats! Fans fire up with Raquel and she hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Raquel hurries after Bayley to scoop again, for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Bayle is in the drop zone, Raquel goes up, but Sky distracts while Kai saves Bayley. Raquel BOOTS Sky, and drags Kai into the ring! Bayley gets in but Raquel BOOTS her down! And then she SLAMS Kai onto Bayley! Raquel goes up now, for a TWISTING VADER! A two-for-one but now the ref is busy with Kai! Sky RAKES Raquel’s eyes!!

Bayley hurries to hit the ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

Huge assists from Kai & Sky, but now DMG CTRL mugs Raquel! But here comes SHOTZI!! The wild child may not like Aliyah or Raquel, but she doesn’t like any of these three, either! Shotzi YANKS Kai out, DECKS Sky and chases off Bayley! Fans fire up as an unlikely ally comes to Raquel’s rescue! Will DMG CTRL lose control soon enough?

 

Kayla Braxton has a sit-down interview with Ronda Rousey.

The Baddest Woman on the Planet is the #1 contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship, getting a rematch with Liv Morgan at Extreme Rules on October 8th. Last time, things ended in a controversial fashion, so surely Ronda hopes Extreme Rules is a different story. “Well, with all due respect, there’s not going to be any controversy this time. Speak of the devil.” Liv Morgan walks in! She asks to take over for Kayla and Kayla obliges. Liv sits down with Ronda now and Liv says she’s never met anyone that says words that mean nothing more than Ronda. Ronda said, “With all due respect,” but we know Ronda doesn’t respect Liv.

Ronda says she said “with all due respect” even though Liv is due none. Liv says she is literally the only person on the planet to defeat Ronda twice, so if there’s anyone she should respect, it’s her. But no, instead Ronda says the same things Liv’s heard her entire career. Liv isn’t good enough. Liv doesn’t deserve to be champion. But last time Liv checked, both times, Ronda’s shoulders were on the mat, Liv’s arm was raised, and this title was put on Liv’s waist. But Liv knows nothing she says will make Ronda respect her, so Liv will do what she’s done her entire career: she’ll earn that respect. The only way to do that is to beat Ronda again.

So when Liv defends her title at Extreme Rules, she wants Ronda in an EXTREME RULES MATCH!! Ronda takes Liv seriously this time. They both lean in close, and Ronda smirks. Liv wants Extreme Rules with Ronda? “It’s your funeral.” Ronda leaves while Liv sits back. Is Liv crazy for wanting this match? Or is she crazy like a fox?

 

Drew McIntyre gets up on the commentary table!

The Scottish Warrior appears from the crowd to surprise everyone, and he says, “Congratulations, Karrion Kross. You finally got my attention. I’ve been waiting for ya backstage all day long, but it seems if you’re not jumping me from behind, you don’t have the balls to face me like a man! So I’m gonna ask you: do me a favor, do yourself a favor. Finally grow a set, step up to Drew McIntyre, and I’m gonna make you a promise right now. You talk about your tick-tock, you’re so obsessed with time, time is running out for you! And the only countdown you need to worry about is three. Two. One! Lights out!” McIntyre has put Kross on notice, is Kross wishing he hadn’t taken up any of McIntyre’s time?

 

The Usos and Sami talk with Solo backstage.

It’s Solo’s time! Time to represent the Bloodline, but he already knows that. Always! Solo’s gonna go out there and handle business! They’ll be there to have his back! Let’s go get it, Uce! Solo has them hold on. He’s got this. Jey’s off his game today, Solo’s gonna bring Sami. Oh, well! Let’s go, Uce! Sami accompanies Solo, will the Honorary Uce make sure Solo handles Mad Cap?

NXT North American Championship: Solo Sikoa VS Mad Cap Moss!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Solo defends the NXT gold on the Island of Relevancy!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings. Solo and Moss square up and circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Moss uses his height as leverage. The two break, and fans rally up. Solo and Moss circle again, tie up, and are in another deadlock. They break again, and Moss shoves Solo. Solo snarls, swings, but into Moss’s waistlock. Solo resists the lift, pries at the hold, and he throws a back elbow. Solo gets free, but Moss ROCKS him with a forearm! Moss knees low, knees him again, then runs, only for Solo to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up as Solo PENALTY KICKS Moss down! Solo snarls and pushes Moss down to run and FALLING HEADBUTT!

Solo talks smack on Moss, fans are torn, but Moss throws body shots. Solo HEADBUTTS Moss, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Moss ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Solo! Moss runs again to clothesline Solo up and out! Solo lands on his feet but he staggers around. Sami checks on Solo while Moss eggs Solo on. Moss goes out to fetch Solo, and he smacks Solo off the desk! Moss backs Sami down, but Solo CLOBBERS Moss! Sami talks some smack now, and Solo drags Moss up to RAM him into barriers! Solo drags Moss up as Sami cheers him on. Solo gets in the ring, runs up and WHEEL KICKS Moss down!

Solo looms over Moss while fans rally up. Solo grabs Moss’s legs and stomps him in the stomach! #WeTheOnes but fans boo. Solo throws down hands then stomps Moss around. Sami rallies for Solo while fans are still torn. Cover, TWO, but Solo keeps cool. Solo CHOPS Moss on the back, then clamps on claws into the shoulders. Moss endures while fans rally and duel. Moss fights up and throws body shots. Solo knees low, then ROCKS Moss with haymakers. Solo whips Moss corner to corner hard, then gets a BELLY2BELLY on the return! Moss flounders away and Solo smirks as he nods to Sami.

Solo watches Moss go to the corner and fans chant, “UCE! OH!” Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Moss is still in this but Solo keeps focus. “This is it?” But Moss ROCKS Solo! And again! And again! Solo ROCKS Moss with an uppercut! Moss staggers away and Solo fires off in the corner! The ref counts as Solo stomps the mudhole in, but Solo lets off at 4. Sami talks trash on Moss and Solo goes corner to corner again. “UCE! OH!” Solo runs in but Moss CHOP BLOCKS Solo! Both men are down but Moss pushes up. Solo throws hands but Moss counter punches! And again and again and again!

Moss whips, Solo reverses but Moss CLOBBERS Solo! And again! Moss ducks a haymaker to FLAPJACK Solo down! Moss fires up and Sami freaks out, but Moss runs corner to corner to RAM into Solo! And he keeps moving to RAM into Solo again! Moss turns Solo but Solo powers out of the Punchline to SUPER- NO! Moss blocks the kick to POP-UP SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Solo survives and Sami can breath again! Moss grits his teeth while fans rally up. Moss brings Solo up and tries to suplex, but Solo wrenches out to ELBOW and HEADBUTT! Moss wobbles, Solo fireman’s carries him, but Moss fights free!

Moss fires off elbows, then RAMS Solo into a corner! Moss keeps moving, but he runs into the SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives but Sami coaches Solo on. Solo stomps Moss again and again, then he drags Moss up again. Solo reels Moss in, but Moss fights the Urenage to a roll-up! TWO!! Moss runs in, but into an elbow! Solo runs, but into Moss’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up with Moss and he runs corner to corner, but Sami saves Solo! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Moss rushes out to run Sami off! They go around the ring, into the ring, and Solo SUPERKICKS! Moss wobbles, Solo hits the URENAGE! Cover, Solo wins!

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

The Honorary Uce does his part, and he helps Solo stay golden! Will The Bloodline continue to run all the brands with this kind of support system?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: The New Day VS The Brawling Brutes VS Hit Row VS Imperium!

Well, wait, except for The New Day, these are all different teams than the match-up we saw last week. Perhaps the damage done by the Monster Among Men has something to do with it. Will we see this match actually finish and give one team the golden tickets to the tag title match?

The teams sort out, and in this type of Fatal 4 Way Tag, two teams are legal at any time, so we start with the Impeccable German, Ludwig Kaiser, and the Bruiserweight, “Butch” Pete Dunne! They’re raring to go and fire off at the bell! Fans fire up for the haymakers and forearms going back and forth! Dunne ROCKS Ludwig, blocks the kick to ENZIGURI Ludwig out! Dunne just rushes out after him! Dunne has a guillotine, but the Pride of Italy, Giovanni Vinci, rushes over! Vinci CLOBBERS Dunne, but big Ridge Holland CLOBBERS him back! That brings the leaders of Imperium and the Brawling Brutes over, Gunther and Sheamus stare down!

Woods tries to keep the peace but thinks better of it seeing the look in both men’s eyes. Meanwhile, Hit Row takes the initiative! Top Dolla picks up Ashante THEE Adonis to TOSS him onto the Brutes and Imperium! Fans fire up and Dolla wants it! Dolla builds speed, but Vinci CHOP BLOCKS him! Xavier Woods gets in to BOOT Vinci, then Woods builds speed! Woods FLIES onto the Brutes and Ludwig! And yet, Sheamus and Gunther are still staring down. Kofi uses Dolla as a booster to FLY onto the Brutes and Ludwig, too! The New Day is all fired up and fans clap along, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Dunne bends Ludwig’s fingers as he gets out of the chinlock! Fans rally, Ludwig kicks low and throws Dunne into the ropes! Then he PENALTY KICKS Dunne down! Cover, ONE!! Dunne is tough but Ludwig clamps on with a chinlock. Ludwig also traps an arm but Dunne fights with fists! Dunne stands up, he powers up and out, things speed up and Dunne hurdles to drop and CLOBBER Ludwig! Gunther is upset but Dunne drags Ludwig around. Dunne hammerlocks an arm, grabs the other, and he grins as he bends the fingers back! Everyone is wincing from that! Dunne isolates the bad arm to then STOMP it!

Ridge and Sheamus are loving this, and Dunne basement dropkicks Ludwig! Ludwig gets up, Dunne ROCKS him! Ridge tags in, Dunne feeds Ludwig to Ridge’s double underhooks! SHOTGUN BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Ridge drags Ludwig up, but Ludwig ROCKS him! Ridge choke grips back! Ludwig pushes Ridge to the ropes and claws at his eyes! The ref backs Ludwig down, and that allows Vinci a cheap shot! Ludwig tags Vinci and whips Ridge, and Vinci arm-drags Ridge to an armlock! Fans boo Vinci but Ridge headscissors. Vinci pops free to roll Ridge to his feet, and then Vinci EuroUppers!

Vinci CHOPS Ridge, and CHOPS him again! Vinci whips, Ridge reverses, but Vinci blocks the hip toss! However, Ridge blocks Vinci’s hip toss in return, and then traps both arms! Ridge HEADBUTTS Vinci, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Dolla tags off Vinci and now the biggest men in this match stare down! Fans fire up, Ridge runs and RAMS Dolla, but Dolla stays up! They RAM again, but still Dolla stays standing. So Ridge throws EuroUppers! Ridge tries to suplex but Dolla is too big! Dolla suplexes Ridge up and over instead! Tag to Adonis, he runs the ropes and Dolla gives him a boost, FLAPJACK SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Adonis rains down fists on Ridge, clamps on a chinlock, but Ridge fights up! Ridge throws a body shot, back suplexes, but Adonis slips off to AIR DROP! Kofi tags in off Ridge! Dunne doesn’t like how sharp that tag was but Woods stares him down. Fans fire up as Kofi and Adonis circle. Kofi dodges the haymaker to run and LEAPING LARIAT! Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ BOOM DROP! Fans fire up more but Ludwig tags in off Adonis! Ludwig grabs Kofi by his hair, and POSTS him! Tag to Vinci and they stick Kofi in the ropes. Vinci slides out while Ludwig goes side to side, they meet at the corner with the DOUBLE DROPKICKS!

Vinci and Ludwig strike the Imperium pose while fans boo, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Ludwig has Kofi down in a cobra twist. Fans rally as Kofi endures and fights up. Ludwig facelocks but Kofi fires body shots! Ludwig CLUBS Kofi down! Ludwig puts Kofi in the corner, then goes side to side again, but Kofi fights out! Kofi dumps Ludwig AND Vinci out of the ring! Kofi hurries for the New Day corner, but Ludwig intercepts! Kofi back drops Ludwig! Hot tags to Woods and Vinci! Woods rallies on Vinci, whips him to ropes but Vinci reverses, only for Woods to duck, dodge, slide and ROLLING ELBOW! Ludwig returns but Woods BOOTS him from the corner! HONOR ROLL!

Adonis runs in but into a mule kick! Dunne goes up top, leaps in, but Woods gets him, too! COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO!! Vinci waistlocks to back suplex but Woods lands on his feet! Woods tilt-o-whirls and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Woods kips up and fans fire up! Woods fireman’s carries Vinci for a LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Woods fires up more and he CHOPS Vinci! And scoops, but Vinci slips off. Vinci blocks the kick, and short arm LARIATS Woods down! Sheamus rallies the Brutes and Dunne tags in off Vinci! Dunne dropkicks Woods, GAMANGIRIS Adonis, GAMANGIRIS Dolla, then KNEE DROPS Woods!

Dunne goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT on Imperium! Dunne keeps on moving and he gets back on the apron, FLYING KNEE for Kofi! Adonis tags in off Woods but he runs into a SNAP GERMAN from Dunne! Sheamus rallies behind Dunne and he STOMPS the hands! Then BUZZSAWS Adonis down! Dunne glares as Dolla gets in, and fans fire up! Dolla is big but Dunne is mean! Dunne CHOPS, but Dolla shoves and BOOTS him! Kofi runs in, but Dolla pops him to a fireman’s carry! Dolla SMACKS Dunne with Kofi’s boots, then double stacks them! Woods runs in, he jumps into Dolla’s arms! Dolla carries three men around!

Dolla DUMPS Dunne then POWERSLAMS Woods and Kofi! Fans fire up but Ridge tags in! Ridge LARIATS, then scoops Dolla! But Dolla slips off and reels Ridge in! But Ridge resists the lift to Alabama Lift Dolla! ALABAMA SLAMA!! Cover, TWO!! Dolla survives and no one can believe it! Woods tags in off Ridge, Adonis runs in, and they fire off forearms! “This is Awesome!” as Adonis runs, but Woods ROCKS him! Adonis runs but into a SUPERKICK! Woods reels Adonis in, Kofi tags in and Kofi DIVES to send Dolla over the desk!! Woods hits a FALCON ARROW and Kofi is up top! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Dunne breaks it!!

Woods tosses Dunne out then PLANCHAS to take him out! Vinci tags off Adonis while Ludwig RAMS Woods into steps! Vinci waistlocks Kofi for an O’Conner Roll, TWO! Kofi has it now, TWO!! Vinci escapes, scurries away but Ludwig anchors Kofi. Vinci CLOBBERS Kofi, whips him and SPINEBUSTERS! PENALTY KICK from Ludwig! Imperium sets Kofi up, Ludwig tags as he climbs up. But Ridge sneaks a tag in before the IMPERIAL BOMB!! Ridge then TOSSES Ludwig out! Ridge covers, the BRUTES WIN!!

Winners: The Brawling Brutes, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships)

Sheamus celebrates with his fellas as they now have those golden tickets! Their opportunity is next week, will Ridge the Fridge and “Butchy” cash in and take those titles from The Usos?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown to keep things moving towards Extreme Rules. For one, a pretty good “interview turned confrontation” promo from Ronda and Liv. While WWE’s been doing their best to show Ronda as the anti-establishment Face, and is slowly morphing Liv into some kind of Heel, I feel like they both came off rather equally here. You could say either one is the Face and either one is the Heel, and I think it’d be believable. But Liv calling for the Extreme Rules is definitely so that she can use every weapon she can think of on Ronda. Now, I fear that will end up with Ronda being booked as invincible, where nothing Liv does can stop her. At the same time, I can’t see Liv winning against Ronda three times in the same year, so I suppose Ronda has to win here.

Meanwhile, WWE is also clearly planning ahead for Crown Jewel. Logan Paul would not be my choice, but perhaps the Saudi princes want Roman Reigns, one of the biggest names in pro-wrestling, against one of the biggest, most sensationalized names outside of pro-wrestling in Logan Paul. And I will say, Logan had a great segment with the Bloodline, and it did get me to want to see Roman VS Logan, so that we can see Roman SMASH Logan! Ricochet also had a great match against Sami Zayn, and how that turned out helped influence Solo VS Moss, which was also a great match. Solo choosing Sami over both his actual brothers is a nice twist in the story, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

But speaking of what happens next, we got an awesome Fatal 4 Way main event, but I’m very surprised by the audible they called. Instead of the exact rematch we were promised, we ended up with three completely different teams, and The New Day. For those wondering why The Viking Raiders, after beating The New Day in that Viking Rules Match, weren’t in this at all, Erik injured his foot during said Viking Rules Match so he and Ivar are sidelined again. They have had some really rough luck in the WWE, honestly. Neither Los Lotharios and Street Profits being involved is confusing, though.

But I suppose since they changed this from “winners face Usos at Extreme Rules” to “winners face Usos next Friday,” it makes sense now that the Brawling Brutes get an opportunistic win. The Brutes are definitely not winning against The Usos, even with the bit of dysfunction going on in The Bloodline. This then saves a few ideas for Extreme Rules and beyond. The Alpha Academy apparently shifted gears last minute to feuding with Braun exclusively, so that’s why they weren’t part of this. Though, Otis VS Braun is going to be some great stuff so it’s not so bad. Braun blasting the Maximum Male Models was great, too, actually, and I really liked the subtle lingering on “LA” for Max Dupri, AKA LA Knight.

Good stuff from DMG CTRL and Raquel, but of course Bayley won with help from Kai & Sky. Shotzi turning Face here is great, I always felt she was better as Face. There can be a moment of uncertainty for Raquel and Aliyah in accepting Shotzi as an ally, but this gives them a third woman for a 3v3 match against DMG CTRL on the SmackDown end. DMG CTRL clearly wants to show that the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are “traveling titles” once again, so between NXT stars occasionally showing up on RawDown and RawDown stars occasionally visiting NXT, I would love to see DMG CTRL get real busy with title defenses.

And we got good promos from Kross and McIntyre to add some hype to their coming match. It was rather standard stuff, the Heel saying he’ll doom the Face and the Face calling out the Heel for being a chicken. Maybe next week, Kross accepts the dare and confronts McIntyre head-on. Then Extreme Rules can have a badass grudge match more or less on the level of Sheamus VS Gunther, which will be great for both men. Kross hasn’t been doing a lot of wrestling since his return, he’s clearly a big attraction type, so he really needs to start making up for Vince sabotaging him last time.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

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

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

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

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

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

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

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

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

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

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

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

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

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

LSG vs Joe Hendry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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