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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/23/22)

Will the Brutes strike gold?

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SmackDown 2022

The Usos defend their titles against some UK grit!

Roman Reigns is back on SmackDown, just in time to see The Usos defend their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against the Brawling Brutes!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans; Liv wins.
  • The New Day VS Maximum Male Models w/ Max & Maxxine Dupri; The New Day wins.
  • Braun Strowman VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Braun wins.
  • Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Brawling Brutes; The Usos win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline is here!

Roman Reigns leads the way for Paul Heyman, The Usos, Solo Sikoa and the Honorary Uce, Sami Zayn! Sami’s the only one who didn’t get the brand new “We The Ones” shirt, apparently. The belts are raised and the pyro goes off, then the Bloodline continues down to the ring. Then the belts are raised again for the second round of pyro. Heyman takes hold of Roman’s belts to then hand over the mic. Fans are torn as Roman says, “Salt Lake City… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” There are plenty of fingers raised to the skies and Heyman gets the mic back.

“Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman.” And what do we call people from Utah? Utans? Utonians? Utobies? U? Let’s settle for, “Salt Lake Citians.” Fans don’t think that’s good enough. Uh, don’t boo the Wise Man. There are a lot of items on the checklist tonight. Number one: as you notice, STILL the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of All Sports Entertainment, the Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns. And everyone says, “Oh, poor Drew McIntyre. It was his time, it was his turn, it was his moment, it was his home turf.” WRONG. Neither Wales, Scotland or anywhere on the planet is McIntyre’s home turf.

The entire planet, the entire universe, the entire multiverse, the entire Metaverse belongs to the Island of Relevancy. And sitting on the throne is the Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns! So now that McIntyre has another bridge to cross, let’s talk about Solo Sikoa. “Oh, how I wish I could brag that this was the Wise Man’s most brilliant coup, but it wasn’t my idea. It wasn’t the Tribal Chief’s idea. And while some people might like to take credit for being their idea…” Heyman looks at Sami. “No, the idea for Solo is that Solo was sent by the Elders of the Samoan Dynasty.

“Solo was sent because Brock Lesnar took out The Wise Man. Because the Usos have enough on their plate. And SOMEONE has to stop these conspiracies against YOUR Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman… Reigns. And if you thought the Bloodline was unstoppable before, and we were, now there is an enforcer to ensure Roman’s reign on the throne of the Island of Relevancy, and that enforce is Solo! Which opens up Jimmy & Jey Uso to concentrate on their pursuit of greatness, on their pursuit of history. It opens up the Usos and their pursuit of immortality.”

Jimmy says it’s the Usos VS the Brutes, and tonight, he guarantees you’ll hear “STILL Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions!” Jey says, “All day! Cuz you the twos! And WE! THE…” “ONES!” Jey stops short, and hands the mic back to Roman. Fans cheer Roman on as he thinks of what to say. “Solo.” Solo steps up. Roman looks at his youngest cousin, and says The Elders may have sent him, but Solo answers to Roman now. #AcknowledgeMe. Solo takes the mic to say, “I acknowledge you, My Tribal Chief.” Fans are torn on that but Sami and Heyman are happy as Solo and Roman hug it out. Their power, their dominance, and their loyalty runs deep.

But wait, Sami wants to say something now? He just wants a moment, sorry. Jey is upset but fans cheer Sami on. Sami knows he’s not blood, but the way they took him in like a family, he just wants to show his gratitude. And also, Sami wants to publicly acknowledge his Tribal Chief. Sami hands the mic over to Roman, and then calls for something. Heyman calls for another mic and hands it to Sami. Fans cheer Sami and Roman smirks. “I like you, Sami. But what’re you talking for right now? Why’re you saying anything right now? I get it, I’m seeing what’s happening her, but like… Why do you have our shirt on?”

Roman asks why Sami has a Bloodline shirt. Why is Sami tagging along with them? What does Sami want? Here’s what Roman wants. Sami needs to take the shirt off. Fans boo but Jey says, “TAKE THE SHIRT OFF!” Sami says he isn’t sure if Roman’s kidding or not. If this is about what happened with Logan Paul, Sami can explain. Just don’t be rash. Roman says last week, when Sami disrespected Heyman, right? “Sami, I’m not gonna tell you again. Take our shirt off. Now.” Jey says yeah! Take the shirt off! Fans boo and Sami is dejected, but then Jey RIPS the shirt off!

This is what Roman was talking about. Sami needs to listen for once. Sami should never wear that shirt ever again. Sami ain’t ever wearing another Bloodline shirt ever again. And that’s cuz they got him a new one. Roman throws Sami his own HONORARY UCE SHIRT! Now Jey’s upset. Fans cheer for Sami as he puts on the official merch! Sami does the handshake with Jimmy and he hugs Solo. Roman asks if there’s anything Sami wants to say now. Yes! There is, actually! Sami ACKNOWLEDGES the Tribal Chief! And then he hugs Roman! Roman is unsure but still amused, and he hugs Sami back. So again, their power, their dominance, and their loyalty runs deep. Will this be just the thing that keeps The Bloodline on top of the WWE?

 

Liv Morgan VS Lacey Evans!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is once defending her title against Ronda Rousey, and is once again the underdog. However, she’s counteracting that by making their match an EXTREME RULES MATCH! Will taking on the Model Soldier be a great tune-up for that brutal battle? Or will Lacey use her Woman’s Right to prove Liv’s not ready?

The bell rings and Liv ties right up with Lacey. Lacey puts Liv in a corner, pie faces her and talks trash, but Liv SLAPS Lacey back! Lacey shoves Liv, kicks her, wrenches and whips but Liv reverses. Lacey jumps over the drop down and blocks a kick to trip Liv and throw a body shot! Lacey talks more trash, rolls Liv to her feet, but Liv dodges the elbow to whip. Things speed up but Lacey BOOTS Liv out of the air! Lacey says Liv ain’t extreme. Lacey drags Liv up, says she’s weak, and then bumps her off buckles. Lacey GRINDS Liv’s face off the ropes! The ref counts, the fans boo, but Lacey bumps Liv off buckles.

Lacey goes again but Liv blocks! Lacey throws Liv but Liv SHOTGUNS Lacey to the corner! Liv whips corner to corner, runs in and SHINING WIZARDS! Liv runs and returns but Lacey slips out! Liv hits buckles, Lacey ROCKS Liv and sweeps the leg! Lacey soaks up the heat from Salt Lake City, stalks Liv and snapmares her down. Lacey clamps on a half nelson and shifts to a cobra clutch. Liv endures, even as Lacey digs her chin into Liv’s forehead. Liv fights up as fans rally, but Lacey drags Liv through ropes for a KNEE! Liv swings but Lacey counter punches and sweeps the legs again! Fans boo but Lacey mocks “Extreme Liv.”

Lacey slingshots but Liv avoids the stomp! Lacey blocks the knee to shoulder into Liv! Lacey then POSTS Liv and Liv falls to the floor! Fans boo but Lacey grins while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Lacey has Liv down with a chinlock. Lacey headstands to put all her weight on Liv, then drops the knees into Liv’s side! Lacey then returns to the cobra clutch. Liv SLAPS Lacey, so Lacey hammers down forearms! Lacey drags Liv up to TOSS her to a corner! Liv sits up and Lacey drags her back up. Lacey TOSSES Liv again! Lacey says Liv will never be extreme! But Liv eggs Lacey on! So Lacey BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Lacey looms over Liv, drags her up and puts her in the corner. Lacey climbs up and uses a leg hook to crank Liv’s neck! Then she headscissors to a takedown, and does push-ups to show off!

Liv endures and fans boo, but Lacey pushes up to crank the hold, before driving Liv back down! Liv starts kicking Lacey! Lacey scrambles away to the corner and slips out of the ring to shake out the cobwebs. Lacey’s mad now, but she goes looking under the ring. Lacey grins as she brings out a broom! No, not good enough. She finds a kendo stick! Lacey says it’s time to get extreme! The ref says no, this is no disqualifications. Liv stands, ducks the swing and hits a CODE BREAKER! Lacey staggers, into ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv wins!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Lacey’s ego definitely went to extremes, and it cost her! Liv holds up the title, but then she sees the kendo stick. Liv grabs it, looms over Lacey, but she throws it down. Only to then pick it up and SMACK away on Lacey! Lacey bails out but Liv gives chase! Liv SMACKS Lacey, then uses the stick to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP Lacey into barriers! Liv shows she has that edge, and goes looking for something more. She brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up seeing that! Liv sets the table up, goes back for Lacey, and she puts Lacey on top of the wood. Liv SLAPS Lacey down then climbs up the corner! Liv aims, for a SUPER SENTON through the table!!!

“I’m ready for you, Ronda! Let’s get extreme!!” Liv is ready to live on the edge, will she use that to cut down the Baddest Woman on the Planet? Or will she take too big a risk and lose it all?

 

Hit Row has a party backstage.

This is how it should be. Almost. Because it’ll be a VIP watch party to watch the tag title match! Who y’all got? Whoever it is, Hit Row wants next. That’s right! They’ll toast their success and get that money money money money! They put their glasses in for the toast, but Montez Ford puts in his red Solo cup! Make sure to save some for the Street Profits! Heeeey! This is a great party, and the Profits are always ready~ ready~! But speaking of big nights, there’s also Otis VS Braun, so what’re y’all on? Hmm… What about you, Shinsuke? He votes BRAUN! HEEEEY! Everyone gets the bubbly, but who gets the buzz?

 

Sami Zayn reprimands the caterer.

The Honorary Uce doesn’t understand. If he asks for a vegan meal, get him a vegan meal! What’s this guy good for? Go, get outta here. Ugh. But then Sami turns around to see Ricochet and Riddick Moss. They say Sami has changed. Has he? Yeah. Before he was obnoxious and unbearable, and now he’s… Well, he’s still all that, but even more. Moss gets it, though. This is what happens when you take your head and shove it up Roman’s- Hey! Be careful what you say. You disrespect Sami, fine. But from now on, you’re not just disrespecting Sami, you’re disrespecting the ENTIRE Bloodline. Sami, c’mon. You think you’re an Honorary Uce, when in reality, you’re nothing more than-

BLAM! Solo Sikoa clobbers both of ’em! What you say?! HUH!? Solo dribbles Ricochet off the garage door! Then he rains hands on Moss! Sami has Solo let off, they understand now. Right, guys? You’re dealing with The Bloodline now! Good job, Uce. Sami was just about to get them. Sami and Solo head out, will Moss & Ricochet be more careful about making jokes?

 

Paul Heyman narrates on an Uso retrospective.

“For over a decade, Jimmy & Jey Uso have run roughshod over the competition. But it is their current championship reign that has cemented them as the greatest tag team in the world. It was 432 days ago when the Usos ended the father-son happiness of Rey & Dominik Mysterio, and in the process became the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. And then went on to decimate RKBRO to become the first-ever Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. The Usos have carved a path of historical dominance like never before.

“Now, the Usos stand on the precipice of history. Their epic championship reign has endured longer than some of the most legendary tag teams in WWE history. Longer than the Hart Foundation, longer than the Road Warriors, longer than the New Age Outlaws, longer than the Dudley boys. Only two teams remain: Demolition, and the New Day. And soon, the Usos will surpass them to become the longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions of all time. And then, the halls of tag team immortality will ring out only one name…” “UUUU-SO~!”

 

The New Day VS Maximum Male Models w/ Max & Maxxine Dupri!

Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston may not have won the #1 contenders Fatal 4 Way, but THE longest reigning tag team knows how to climb the mountain. Will they do so again at the expense of Maçé & Mansôör? Or will MMM titillate even the juices of the New Day’s guilty pleasures?

The teams sort out and Woods starts against Mansoor. They tie up Mansoor headlocks, but Woods powers up and out. Mansoor just struts all over Woods and poses. But Woods waistlocks! Mace tags in before the O’Conner Roll, and Mace LEG LARIATS Woods down! Cover, TWO! Maxxine gets the camera and takes pics as Mace CLUBS and ROCKS Woods! Mace puts Woods in the corner, tags Mansoor, and they mug Woods. They double whip Woods, double elbow him down, then strike a pose! Fans boo but Mansoor drops an elbow! Mansoor clamps on a chinlock and grinds Woods down. Fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Woods fights up, Mansoor CLUBS him and whips him, but Woods ROCKS Mace! And TOSSES Mansoor! Woods hurries for his corner but Max helps Mansoor up and in! Mace tags, he runs and KNEES Kofi down! Mace then scoops Woods and carries him around for the POWERSLAM! Mace climbs up to then ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Mace tags Mansoor, Maxxine wants a pose! They pose, she takes pics, but even Max says no, now is not the time for this. Kofi DROPKICKS Mace, proving Max right! Woods gets the BACKWOODS on Mansoor, the New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

Max is upset with Mace & Mansoor and even Maxxine! They’re making a joke out of what he’s built! He throws off his jacket to whip it against the apron! Max storms off, leaving Maxxine and their clients stunned. Will MMM make a recovery from this embarrassment?

 

Hit Row & The Profits continue to party.

Drew Gulak’s even stopped by! And Natalya, Xia Li and Sonya Deville. But Los Lotharios interrupt the conversation Sonya and B-Fab were having just to flirt. But Dolla & Adonis walk over to stop Angel & Humberto right there. Angel & Humberto head out, and Dolla can’t believe what we’re about to see next!

 

Braun Strowman VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!

The ring crew has reinforced the ring because we’re about to see a clash of the titans! Will this match be proof that the Monster Among Men is truly back? Or will he fail the test put forward by the Alpha Academy’s number one student?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two behemoths stare down. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock! Braun backs Otis down but then Otis backs Strowman down. Braun knees Otis then JABS him! Otis goes to a corner, Braun CHOPS! Braun TOSSES Otis across the ring! Otis stands up, and Braun SHOTGUNS Otis out of the ring!! Fans fire up and Braun sees Gable checking on Otis. Braun goes out, comes in around the way, but Gable ducks to be a speedbump! Braun glares at Gable, but Otis CLOBBERS Braun from behind! And RAMS him into barriers! The barriers move back! Otis then drags Braun up to POST him!

Gable says, “A THANK YEW~!” but fans boo. The ring count climbs, Otis puts Braun in at 6 of 10. Otis builds speed to DISCUS LARIAT Braun down! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up and Gable coaches Otis to stay on Braun. Braun goes to a corner, Otis runs in, and Otis SPLASHES! Braun falls to his knees, and Otis CLUBS Braun down! Braun sits up but Otis CLUBS him down! Fans rally behind Braun and he stands, but Otis CLUBS him back down! Otis snarls, runs, but Braun hits a SPINEBUSTER! Both monsters are down but Otis rolls to the apron. Braun crawls after Otis but Otis slips away. Otis leans against the desk while Gable checks him.

Braun tries again, coming in from the other side! The Strowman Express POUNCES Otis onto the desk!! Fans are thunderous as the Academy is down! Braun drags Otis up, puts him in the ring, but Gable anchors a foot! Braun drags Gable up to TOSS him over barriers! Braun gets in the ring, he scoops Otis! Otis slips off, shoves Braun into a corner, and then Otis scoops Braun! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Braun survives and Otis is furious! Otis goes up the corner, fans boo, but Otis jumps, VADER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Braun survives again and Otis can’t believe it! Fans rally for Braun while Otis tries to figure out what to do next.

Otis goes to another corner and he climbs up again. Braun is at center, Otis LEAPS but FLOPS!! Braun fires up and fans fire up with him! Braun reels Otis in, and Salt Lake City comes alive for the MONSTER BOMB!! Cover, Braun wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

Monster Among Men no more, he’s the Monster of ALL MONSTERS! Braun is sore but he’s standing tall! Will he bulldoze his way all the way to the top of the mountain?

 

Backstage interview with The Brawling Brutes.

Sheamus is with Ridge Holland and “Butch” Pete Dunne, and they’re all excited for the main event tonight. Dunne says Friday Night SmackDown is FIGHT NIGHT! Ridge says tonight, they’ll batter the Usos and become the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! Sheamus says that’s right, and as far as they’re concerned, the Usos face an uphill battle tonight. Them Brutes are made of sterner stuff. They love a good fight. Just ask Gunther after Sheamus dragged Gunther into the “belly of the red dragon.”

And in two week’s time, on the “season premiere” of SmackDown, it will be Sheamus VS Gunther, ROUND TWO! Absolute war in Worcester! And Sheamus vows to drag that Intercontinental Championship off Gunther’s cold, dead hands. But tonight, it’s not about Sheamy. It’s about Ridge & Butch becoming the tag team champions! Everyone knows when the Brutes step into the ring, they’ll get banger after banger after banger! The chant keeps going, but  banger or not, will Ridge the Fridge and the Bruiserweight be the ones to defeat the ones?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

Salt Lake City fires up as the Scottish Warrior makes his way out, and instead of Angela the sword, he’s got something rolled up in that hand of his. McIntyre goes to the ring, gets the mic, and he says, “Salt Lake City, let me hear ya scream!” The fans scream and shout for McIntyre and chant “DREW! DREW! DREW!” McIntyre says after all these years, we should all know him pretty well. And we should know he doesn’t like playing games, and if you’ve got an issue with him, just step in the ring and they can figure it out. But it seems Karrion Kross never got that memo. Besides the fact that Kross loves playing games, he’s not willing to face McIntyre like a man.

Kross keeps jumping McIntyre again and again, thinking there’s no repercussions. Well, McIntyre’s got news for Kross! McIntyre went straight to the top, and there’s good news for Kross, Kross is gonna have his first big match! It’ll be at Extreme Rules. Against Drew McIntyre. And it’s no ordinary match. You’re all wondering what McIntyre’s holding on to. Their match will be designed so that Kross can’t run away from McIntyre. “A match designed to inflict maximum pain.” McIntyre unrolls the item, and he says it is McIntyre VS Kross in a LEATHER STRAP MATCH!

But now Kross makes his entrance, Scarlett Bordeaux leading the way as always. But McIntyre knows what’s really going on, and he turns around to hit Kross first! They brawl, fans fire up, and McIntyre HEADBUTTS Kross, to then POST him! McIntyre gets that strap, he gets Kross’s wrist, and then wraps up his own wrist! Kross realizes what just happened, and McIntyre reels him in for a BOOT! And then he gathers up the slack to LASH Kross on the back! And again! Kross tries to retreat but McIntyre uses the strap to reel him in and LASH him again! Then he reels Kross in for a LARIAT! Fans fire up as McIntyre gathers even more slack.

But Scarlett shields Kross! McIntyre is many things but he doesn’t hit a lady. And then Scarlett throws her FIREBALL! Kross fires off hands but McIntyre still hits Kross, and whips him for a SPINEBUSTER! So Scarlett LOW BLOWS McIntyre! Fans boo but Kross smirks as he sits back up. Kross gets free of the strap and he steps over McIntyre. Mr. Doomsday goes to the ropes, but then changes his mind. KROSSJACKET!! McIntyre falls back, he’s fading out again! Kross says, “I’ll see you at Extreme Rules! I accept! This is exactly what we wanted, and you fell for it! Let it go. Let it go, Drew!” Will Kross keep his word and keep McIntyre in that time loop of torment?

 

Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and their Role Model, Bayley, are back to prove that they don’t just run Raw, they run the whole company! But will #CobraKai end up snake bit facing her old frenemy? Or can Dakota defeat Big Mami Cool and check a contender off the list?

The bell rings and Dakota rushes in, only for Raquel to RAM her into a corner! And again, and again! Raquel lets off, then scoops Dakota to SNAKE EYES her off buckles! Dakota flops down, Raquel is after her legs but Dakota kicks her away. Dakota BOOTS, but the scorpion kick is blocked into a STRETCH MUFFLER! Sky gets on the apron to shout at Raquel, but Raquel almost hits her with Dakota! Bayley distracts now, Raquel drops Dakota to chase Bayley off. SCPRION KICK! Raquel is down, Dakota BOOT WASHES her! Dakota digs her boot in, the ref counts, and Dakota lets off. But Bayley sucker punches Raquel!

HERE COMES SHOTZI! The Wild Child hits a THESZ PRESS on Bayley! Sky rushes in but Shotzi tackles her, too! Dakota is freaking out but Raquel rolls Dakota up! Raquel wins!!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

But then DMG CTRL mugs Shotzi! And Dakota keeps Raquel from helping as they RAM Shotzi into barriers! DMG CTRL then mug Raquel 3v1 while fans boo! Shotzi gets back in and she catches Bayley for the FISHERMAN DDT! Raquel BOOTS Dakota, Shotzi and Sky scrap! Shotzi tosses Sky out, and she stands with Raquel! The Ballsy & The Badass might be a new combo, but will they take those tag titles off Kai & Sky?

 

Hit Row’s party continues.

They like what they saw out of Raquel & Shotzi. Natty keeps bragging about herself. But then B-Fab spots Los Lotharios sneaking back in. She told them to- OH NO! Humberto CLOBBERS Adonis, and then they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Top Dolla! Los Lotharios run off but the Profits keep Dolla from chasing them down. Dolla says that’s the worst decision Los Lotharios ever made! Will Hit Row put Angel & Humberto on the top of their hit list?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos w/ Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn VS The Brawling Brutes w/ Sheamus!

Jimmy & Jey may not agree on Sami Zayn’s place in the Bloodline, but they do agree that they are THE tag team in the WWE. Will they win like they have now, then and forever: together? Or will The Fella’s fellas, Ridge “The Fridge” and “Butch” Dunne end their reign once and for all?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Brutes can cash in those golden tickets!

SmackDown returns, the teams sort out, and Dunne starts against Jey. Jey holds up the finger, #WeTheOnes, but Dunne ROCKS him at the bell! Dunne fires off in the corner, the ref counts, and Dunne lets off at 4. Jey gets up but runs into a drop toehold! Dunne hammerlocks an arm, stands on Jey’s head and then gets the other arm to bend the fingers! Jey endures as Dunne tortures his digits! Dunne isolates that arm, and he STOMPS it! Jey writhes but Dunne goes after the other arm. Tag to Ridge, Ridge and Dunne DOUBLE KNEE DROP the arms! Ridge whips, Jey reverses but Ridge holds ropes to BOOT back!

But then Jey distracts the ref so that Jimmy can ENZIGURI Ridge! Jey DECKS Ridge, fans are torn but Sami is fired up. Jey tags Jimmy, the Usos mug Ridge, and Jimmy CHOPS Ridge in the corner. And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ridge flounders but Jimmy RAMS him into the corner. Tag to Jey, Jey taunts Dunne to then forearm smash Ridge! Jey runs but Ridge kitchen sink knees him! Ridge wrenches Jey’s arm, tags Dunne, and Dunne climbs up to KNEE DROP the bad arm! Dunne ROCKS Jimmy, brings him around, and with Ridge’s help, they throw down BEATS OF TEH BODHRAIN! Dunne then runs to BLAST Jimmy off the apron!

Fans are torn, Sami checks on Jimmy, but Dunne tags Ridge. Ridge CLUBS Jey’s arm, wrenches it again and tags Dunne back in. Jey ROCKS Ridge, then DECKS Dunne! But Ridge scoops Jey, only for Jey to slip off and shove Ridge out! Jimmy gets Dunne, pops him into the ring for Jey, but maybe too much as Dunne tumbles over and out the other side! Sami is fired up all the same but Sheamus backs him down. Jimmy & Jey fetch Dunne, but even Jey wants Sami to back up. Jey drags Dunne up to whip him hard into barriers! Sami dances on Dunne but again backs off as Jey storms over. Jey drags Dunne back up, puts him in the ring, and tags Jimmy.

The Usos double whip Dunne, then double SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives, that’s the toughness of a former NXT UK and Tag Team Champion. But even so, the Usos have control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Jimmy whips Dunne to the Uso corner. Dunne BOOTS Jimmy, fires off hands on Jey, then also hits Jimmy! Fans are fired up as Dunne blocks a kick, spins Jimmy, but Jimmy DRAGON WHIPS! Cover, TWO! Dunne is still in this and the Usos are growing frustrated. Jimmy tags Jey, he drags Dunne up on the apron to DECK him! Dunne goes to the floor, Jey distracts the ref, and Sami does the dirty work, but is too slow! The ref sees him and has him back off. Sheamus warns Sami to not even. Jey is upset with Sami for not doing it right, and he drags Dunne up to put him in the ring.

Jey tells Sami needs to do better, but Dunne ENZIGURIS Jey! Jey flops against the ropes and both men are down! They both crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Ridge! Ridge rallies with big shoulders and elbows! Jey runs in, Ridge blocks the punches to HEABUTT him! But Jimmy MULE KICKS and UPPPERCUTS! Jimmy whips, Ridge reverses to scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives, that’s the power of an Undisputed Tag Team Champion! Fans rally, Ridge runs in, but into an UPPERCUT! Dunne tags in before the SAMOAN DROP! SHINING WIZARD for Jimmy!! Cover, TWO!! Sami coaches the Usos but Dunne snarls at Jimmy.

Fans rally, Dunne drags Jimmy up, but Jimmy ROCKS Dunne! Dunne staggers, but he dumps Jimmy out! Jey tags in, but Dunne GAMANGIRIS him first! Dunne then ASAI MOONSAULTS Jimmy! Dunne gets back in the ring, he dodges Jey to SNAP GERMAN! And STOMPS the hands! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!! Sami is freaking out but he coaches Jey. Jey is dazed, Sheamus is stressed but Dunne STOMPS Jey’s leg! Jey staggers, Jimmy tags in, Dunne runs, into a GAMANGIRI! SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Ridge! Dunne BOOTS Jey! Dunne goes up, he MOONSAULTS, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Cover, TWO?!?!

Sami is furious! He argues with the ref, but Sheamus is loving this! Dunne stirs, drags himself over, and Salt Lake City is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as the Usos regroup. They double whip Dunne, but he turns pop-up into a DDT!! Dunne hurries, Jey grabs a leg but Dunne grabs the fingers! Dunne wrenches, bends and SNAPS the fingers!! Hot tag to Ridge! Ridge Alabama Lifts but Jimmy tags in! Jimmy then BOOTS Ridge, Jey sunset flips, and the Usos regroup to DOUBLE- NO! Ridge gets under the kicks to lift them both!! DOUBLE BACK DROPS! Tag to Dunne, Ridge scoops Jimmy! Dunne ROUNDHOUSES into NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, Jey breaks it in time!!!

Fans are losing their minds, and so is Sami! Sami hurries around to a spot at ringside, and he grabs a chair! But Sheamus grabs that from him! Solo steps up to back Sami up, but then IMPERIUM attacks! Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci are doing the dirty work for Der Ring General! Sheamus fights them off, but Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down himself! Imperium retreat as Ridge & Dunne rush out, but the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK them from the sides!! Jimmy puts Dunne in, tags Jey, and Jey reels Dunne in, ONE AND DONE!!! Cover, The Usos win!!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

An assist to Sami, Solo and even Imperium here! But all the same, Jimmy & Jey continue their reign past 432 days! Will they continue until they surpass even the New Day’s 482 days? Will Sheamus avenge his Brutes when he goes after Gunther’s gold?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of SmackDown here with a lot of great stuff set up on this road to Extreme Rules. For one, Liv VS Lacey was a really good first match for tonight, and Liv really got to show some aggression. That super senton table spot was wild, I did not see that coming. But I feel like Liv just gave away her ace, and she will probably lose the title at Extreme Rules in the Extreme Rules match now. We got good segments out of Hit Row and their backstage party, and it of course helped set up a match between Hit Row and Los Lotharios. That will be a lot of fun, and at this point, it could go either way.

New Day VS MMM was okay, but of course New Day won that. I did like that part of what cost MMM was Maxxine wanting to take pics at the wrong time. Max getting mad at them all is also an interesting move, and I’m really hoping this means we’re getting closer and closer to Max returning to L A Knight, YEAH! Great match out of Strowman and Otis, but of course Strowman wins. I guess Strowman is just in a holding pattern until a singles title story opens up. Otherwise, he would’ve been the one to call out Roman for a title match by now, not this “Roman’s gonna face Logan Paul at Crown Jewel” thing.

We got a quick match out of Dakota and Raquel, but that’s because it was all to set up Shotzi as Raquel’s new partner while Aliyah is out hurt. There’s also good story potential that Aliyah returns soon and Raquel will have to decide if she’s still Aliyah’s partner or will challenge DMG CTRL with Shotzi by her side. Maybe they’ll be a trio to have a Six Woman Tag here on SmackDown to parallel what we’ve seen on Raw. Either way, it’ll be good stuff. And we got great stuff out of McIntyre, Kross and Scarlett. A strap match is an awesome choice, and we got a sampler of that tonight. Kross still stands tall thanks to Scarlett’s tricks, who knows how the PPV match actually goes.

And of course, we got awesome stuff out of The Bloodline at all levels. Great opening segment, Heyman of course giving another great speech. The shirt swerve with Sami was genius stuff, we got to see Jey play up both feeling vindicated by Roman’s treatment of Sami, and then his frustration when Roman was actually supportive of Sami. Sami and Solo also have a good segment with Moss and Ricochet to set up a match or two there. Solo against Ricochet or Moss solo would be great stuff, as would a tag match.

And of course, we got an awesome main event. Imperium interfering for their own interests was good story blending, and I figured Usos would retain anyway. The Brutes got to look excellent, even in defeat, and there’s a lot of heat going towards the Intercontinental Championship rematch of Sheamus and Gunther. The Usos now have a clean card for Extreme Rules, if the WWE chooses to give them a match. Not sure who would step up next, but I feel like Usos are going to be within days of breaking the record when they lose the belts. Fifty days can go by quickly in pro-wrestling, but that does make things line up with Crown Jewel on November 5th. If Usos retain past then, they’ll be the new #1 longest reigning champions ever.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 2.29.2024

Not a lot of lead time til Sacrifice, so let’s find out if there’s just obvious rematches or any wrinkles to flesh out the PPV card!

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Coming out of No Surrender we get two tapings before Sacrifice! Curious how many rematches and build offs we’ll see since 2 weeks isn’t exactly a lot of time to propagate a fresh feud. The System is in the main event again, Mustafa Ali has his inauguration event, AJ Francis makes his in-ring debut and there’s some Hammerstone buzz that might pay off tonight.

So as I’ve already said once, we don’t have a ton of time til Sacrifice, so let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven: Maclin wins via KIA – ***
  • Laredo Kid vs Jake Something: Jake wins via Into the Void – **
  • AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – ** 3/4
  • Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside: DOUBLE COUNT OUT – **
  • The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young: System with a Trios Tandem Backpack Stunner, Yakuza Kick + Machoman Elbow – ***

 

Results:

Steve Maclin w/The Rascalz vs Speedball Mike Bailey w/Trent Seven

Bailey comes down favoring the leg that Maclin clipped at No Surrender, so Bailey will most likely eat another loss here with injury excuse.

Maclin shoots for the injured leg but Bailey defends back into the corner and manages to hit his Kick Flurry before the leg flares up. Maclin then powders, Bailey follows and its just a Fighting Spirit spot on the outside that resolves in classic NJPW way where both hear the officials count at the same time, stare at each other and slide in simultaneously. Maclin Lariats Bailey back out after the count is broken, Maclin distracts the ref and The Rascalz go after Bailey and the bad leg.

Bailey is now getting dissected, there’s a small comedy spot where Bailey lifts his Left Leg to dodge the offense and adopts the Karate Kid Crane Kick pose, but Maclin front kicks the plant leg out to cause Speedball to land in a split, then Maclin keeps up offense. Tree of Woe, Caught in the Crosshair, but Bailey sits up! Maclin posts himself, eats some offense, powders out and Bailey with a gorgeous Corkscrew Moonsault. Bailey brings Maclin to the apron to try and bring him back, but they start fighting on the apron, Bailey kicks with the bad leg and sells for a second while Maclin Lariats him back into the ring. Speedball with a Sweep, tries the Backflip Knees but misses and crashes on the apron. Maclin hits his SCUD missile Dive, then throws Bailey back in, Jarhead Butt attempt missed, Mayhem for All gets hit by Maclin but only for 2.

Trent causes a small distraction so Bailey manages a Crane Kick, Superkick combo, aims for the Tornado Kick but gets intercepted. Buckle Bomb connects, Powerbomb two is countered by a Poison Rana, Bailey heads to the top for Ultima Weapon and misses hard. KIA ends the match in a win for Steve.

If the name sticks, I do like Maclin and the Rascalz being known as the HIGHerarchy. 

Laredo Kid vs Jake Something

Laredo tries a dumb tie up and gets chucked backwards. Then he tries for a few Low Kicks to compromise Jake’s base, but it takes a Headscissor to cause Jake to roll to the outside. Laredo goes for a Plancha into a Rana, but Jake rolls through it and into a Powerbomb on the outside. Both head back in, early pinfall attempt only gets two, but Laredo is reeling after the Powerbomb.

Vader Hammer style strike into an Into the Void attempt but Laredo counters and then starts a little ducking and weaving. Jake goes for a charge and eats turnbuckle as Laredo is floating between ropes, Jake tries to fire but eats a Code Red DDT for a near fall. BME from Laredo Kid for another near fall. Satellite Takedown into a Cradle for another close call for Laredo…but as he goes for his next move attempt Jake just catches him with Into the Void and wins!

Thanks I hate it.

AJ Francis & Deaner vs Joe Hendry & Rich Swann

Do we get a heel turn from Swann, does he go 0-5 in the new TNA rebrand or does he finally end up on the winning end? Yeah, the first two are the most likely.

AJ Francis points at Hendry, says he wants Hendry but Rich doesn’t oblige for AJ takes a cheap shot at Joe and then tags Deaner in so Swann and Deaner can finally start the match. Swann rolls early, knocks Deaner to the outside, goes for a Dive but AJ gets in the way to tell Swann he should be with him and not against him. This gives Deaner and opening, he sends Rich reeling, then when he goes for the rope run Joe is there to cut him off. Deaner mouths off to Joe, Joe pulls the Bugs Bunny and points behind Deaner, and Swann is just biding his time with a little dancey dance into a Superkick.

Joe comes in, throws Deaner around a little and then tags back out to Rich, and Rich loses the advantage. Stiff Strike from Deaner into a the hard Irish Whip to the corner, Deaner goes for a second but Swann pulls the Uno Reverse and connects with the Crossbody into some quick offense and then tags out to Hendry. Hendry then initiates the We Believe Chest Chops into a Stalling Vertical Suplex. Hendry hits the kip up and plays to the crowd before hitting his own cheap shot on AJ. Receipts are fun, but that costs Joe the advantage.

AJ tags in and starts manhandling Hendry. Hits his Tennessee Whiskey Knee Strike as Deaner hits the blind tag and Hendry is stuck in the opponents corner. Quick tags between Deaner and AJ keeps Hendry isolated and getting throttled. Francis goes for a Leg Lariat while Hendry is draped on the middle rope, Hendry dodges, AJ crotches himself and Hendry tries some offense. A Dropkick careens AJ back to Joe, Joe goes for the Trust Fall but AJ is too big. AJ goes for a Chokeslam, but Joe counters it into a DDT. Simultaneous tags, Deaner gets lit up, Rolling Thunder for 2. Francis gets in the ring, tries to send a message to Swann but Swann just smacks him. AJ charges, low bridge into Swann hitting a Senton off the apron to wipe out AJ. Lethal Injection from Swann, tags in Hendry, Standing Ovation for the win!

-Wait- Swann finally won a match in new TNA? Color me surprised. After the match, Hendry hogs the limelight a little in the victory and Swann’s face looks like he’s buying AJ’s pitch a bit more. The heel turn seems very much in the works, now just a matter of time.

DDIWAPSEA will be fire. I look forward to the DDIWAPSEA Heavyweight Title.

We get Ali’s inauguration speech next, and its what you would expect. The Good Hands act like typical mooks, Ali’s bland presence is the right level of cringe lameness for a political gimmick and it gets cut off by Chris Sabin of course.  Fight breaks out of course, Intergalatic Pizza Cats or whatever the bad name is make the save and Ali makes a very calm exit flanked by his security (this part is actually great). 

After the inaugural melee, ASH by Elegance cuts off everything before the Xia and Tasha match. The “major announcement” is just that she’s going to have a match next week, but she comes out like a super model and not in an evening gown…so I actually really liked her look tonight. Plus her and Iceman are so delusional and hilarious I can’t help but love this gimmick. 

Tasha Steelz vs Xia Brookside

The rubber match no one wanted gets a stipulation of “winner gets a Knockouts title shot at Sacrifice”. This promises to be miserable and make the Sacrifice card kinda trash. 

Lame strikes, Xia screams like 10 seconds into the match to “fire up” for no reason, completely whiffs a Dropkick so Tasha slams Xia into the corner and brings her out by hitting a Jackhammer for 2. Bad Headscissors into a weak looking Dropkick from Xia and a Running Crossbody for 2. Xia tries to lift Tasha, Tasha goes to the eyes and then a few strikes into a bottom turnbuckle foot choke cause their both like 4 foot 10 instead of 7 feet like Kevin Nash.

Xia tries to fight out of the corner but Tasha stays on top of her with clubbing Axehandles into a kneeling Sleeper. Xia Snapmare to break the Sleeper, Flying Lariat, another Flying Headscissors, too much Screaming out of nowhere, Broken Wings to the corner, Cutter attempt is countered, Brooksie Bomb is countered by Tasha. Gamengiri from Xia knocks Tasha to the ground, Xia with a Baseball Slide into Tasha and then a Running Neckbreaker on the outside.

Both cut the other one off trying to get back into the ring, and the count continues, 10 count happens and Double Count Out is declared. Jordynne will probably just accept both of them as opponents.

Look Jordynne comes out and does what was obvious. The concerning part here is that one on one neither could believably beat Jordynne…but as a Three Way Dance, shenanigans are nearly guaranteed.

The System (Eddie Edwards, Moose & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards vs ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) & Eric Young

As we’ve established, TNA 6 mans are very Japanese, so the opening salvos are kinda inconsequential. A few mind games, but everyone gets a chance to shine and hit low to mid tier moves to keep things moving. The System side keeps up with quick tags, Back Rakes, Arm Wringers, Headbutts and just general strategy to keep Bey eating offense. Bey flips out of the move from Myers, tags in Ace and sends Myers reeling. Myers powders, Alisha is trying to fan him down, but Ace comes around the corner. Nice little wrinkle for when Ace was the XXX Division Champion and was trying to bang Eddie’s wife, but Eddie is the heel now. Those interactions are always a bit fun.

Lish does a good job at distracting the referee though and allowing System to eventually stop Ace’s momentum and take back over. Lish gets involved a bit by choking Ace on the bottom rope while the ref is distracted and Ace has had no offense in a few minutes. Myers works him over, tags in Moose and Moose is dissecting him with Garvin Style Stomps. EY and Bey are getting frustrated, but Ace is paying the price and getting manipulated. Quick tags keep Ace rocked, but finally a foot up stops Moose, he fights out of the corner, connects on a Roundhouse Kick and uses the momentum of his jump to tilt Moose backwards to tag in Bey…but the referee didn’t see it!

A few moves delayed, but EY takes the hot tag and starts finding offense, there’s a tornado moment that gets sloppy and looks a bit bad after Moose crotches himself on the top rope. 1-2-SWEET landed on Moose, but Eddie breaks up the pin.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Since we’ve got Sacrifice on March 8th, the logic for stories had to be very quick and dirty. The System potentially in line to get a tag title match after the 6 Man makes sense, Knockouts World title picture is messy but could lend to a weird way in getting the belt off Jordynne, Dango being relevant to the show but not really in any major angle keeps him on people’s radar, Kaz’s threat to Santino can lead to things and Maclin versus Nemeth is happening much earlier than I expected.

Honestly, the only match that is bound to be disappointing is the Knockouts Three Way Dance unless Jordynne really kicks it into overdrive to cover both her opponents weaknesses. Oh yeah, and Alexander Hammerstone officially getting signed it the best news to come out of tonight. So now Hammerman just needs to win at Sacrifice and we’ll start some nice momentum to potentially get him a title shot by Slammiversary or Bound For Glory. Hell if Hammerstone takes the belt off Moose at some point and then Nemeth challenges Hammerstone at something like Bound For Glory; that’s pretty box office when all things are said and done.

 


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (2/29/24)

Is The Peacock TV Ready?

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Dalton Castle will do it for The Boys!

After weeks of obsessing, and after being faced with a tough decision. Dalton Castle gets his match with Johnny TV, with The Boys on the line! Will Castle SMASH Johnny’s face in once and for all?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Quarterfinal: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Queen Aminata; Aminata wins and advances.
  • Lee Johnson VS Mike Sydal; Johnson wins.
  • Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Blake Christian; Komander wins.
  • Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts; Taiji wins.
  • Custody of The Boys: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie; Johnny wins and takes custody of The Boys.

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ROH Women’s World Television Championship Tournament, Quarterfinal: Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Queen Aminata!

La Wera Loca says this tournament and that title belong to her, but she’s up against the Queen of Guinea! Will the One and Only African Woman Wrestler in ROH & AEW take one step closer to history? Or will nothing stop Mrs. TV from being TV Champion?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. Taya taunts Aminata as they get face to face, but then Aminata stands tall to be head, shoulders and chest above! The fans fire up, Aminata reels Taya into a headlock, then hits a takeover. Taya moves around, fights up to her feet, and slips out to hammerlock then headlock and takeover. Aminata headscissors, Taya moves around, and Taya pops free to then get a headlock back. Aminata fights up, powers out the back and steps over to twerk attack! Aminata then wrenches, headlocks and grinds. Taya puts Aminata in a corner, the ref counts, and Taya lets off.

Taya swings but Aminata ducks! Aminata then ROCKS Taya in the corner! And CHOPS! And ROCKS her again! And CHOPS her again! Aminata ROCKS Taya one more time, but Taya avoids the double chop to CHOP! Taya eggs Aminata on but Aminata dodges, fakes the chop and body shots! Aminata whips corner to corner, runs up and hip attacks! Taya sits down, the fans fire up and Aminata twerks into the HIP- NO, Taya dodges and says hecc no! Johnny says Taya’s too smart for that. Aminata storms out after Taya, Taya slides in and Johnny distracts Aminata. Taya DECKS Aminata and Johnny catches her!

Taya is confused, and then both Johnny and Aminata freak out. They tell the other not to touch them, but Taya WRECKS Aminata with a dropkick! Aminata falls, Taya stomps away and says do not touch her man! Taya and Johnny then kiss, and Taya drags Aminata up. Taya brings Aminata around to whip her into railing hard! Aminata sits down and Johnny starts a “Taya! Taya!” chant. Taya slides into the ring but slides out to refresh the count. Taya runs in, but Aminata dodges to send Taya into railing! Aminata storms back up but Taya kicks low. Taya snap suplexes Aminata to the floor!

Aminata writhes while Taya mockingly chants for her. Taya then brings Aminata up and brings her around, to CHOP her against the apron! Taya pushes Aminata in the ring, stomps her, then pushes her around to grab the legs. Taya ties up the legs, pulls hair, but then shifts to the QUEEN ANGELITO! The fans rally for Aminata as she endures and reaches out. Aminata claws her way forward to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Taya lets go, and Aminata grits her teeth as she rises up. Taya runs up but into an elbow! Taya tries again but Aminata ELBOWS again! Taya tries a third time, Aminata goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO!

Taya stands and SPEARS Aminata down! Cover, TWO!! Aminata survives and the fans fire up! Taya has a wild grin but she’s frustrated. “This is your queen?” The fans cheer but Taya mocks them. Taya SPANKS Aminata, drags her up, and the fans chant “She’s Our Queen!” Taya CLUBS Aminata, reels her in, but Aminata fights around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up while both women are down! Johnny coaches Taya as a standing count starts. Both women rise, stand at 5 of 10, and Taya throws a forearm! Aminata hits back! Taya throws another, so Aminata ROCKS her right back!

Taya fires a flurry of forearms, then winds up, but Aminata wrenches and snap suplexes! Then LARIATS! Then clinches, spins, snapmares and runs, PENALTY KICK! The fans fire up with Aminata while Taya flounders to a corner. Aminata runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Aminata goes corner to corner now, for the HIP ATTACK! The fans fire up again, Aminata covers, TWO!! Taya survives and Aminata grows frustrated. Johnny coaches Taya but the fans rally for Aminata. Aminata drags Taya up, fisherman, but Taya slips free to kick, KICK and LARIAT! Taya roars and Aminata rises. Aminata swings, Taya gets under, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Aminata is still in this but Taya still has that wild look in her eyes. Taya gets the legs but Aminata kicks her away! Aminata runs up but Taya BOOTS her! Taya reels Aminata in to underhook, lift and BUTTERFLY BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Taya is shocked that Aminata survives but the fans are thunderous! Aminata goes to ropes, Taya runs in, but into a BOOT! Aminata ROCKS Taya with a forearm, rolls her up, TWO! Aminata hurries to HEADBUTT!! Cover, AMINATA WINS!!

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Aminata just brought down a former champion and is in the Final Four! Will Aminata continue to knock people out of this tournament to finally have her crowning moment?

 

Lexi Nair is on stage.

She says, “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please. Your ROH Women’s World Champion, Athena, and Billie Starkz have called an emergency MEM (Minion Empowerment Meeting).” And now, Athena & Billie walk out on stage. The fans cheer and Athena smiles as she still has the title around her waist. Athena says, “Hello, Minions.” “Hi~, Athena.” “I said HELLO~ Minions~!” The fans cheer, and Athena says it is very important we start off with this bit of information. She’s read the comments online, everything they had to say about MIT, the Athena family, and how they are falling apart.

Athena thinks it is finally time to address the problem. Lexi Nair! Huh!? Athena says if Lexi doesn’t stop chasing Dalton Castle and every hack around the back, she will take her fist and… Y’know what? Lexi’s place is next to Billie, next to Athena, does she understand? Y-Yes! Athena then smiles and says to business. Last week, Athena was in a historic Best 2 Outta 3 Falls Tables match for her ROH Women’s World Championship. And to be honest, Nyla Rose took Athena to the limit, she presented challenges that Athena didn’t know she’d have to deal with. Nyla was the embodiment of chaos, and showed us why she is a former AEW Women’s World Champion.

The fans do applaud but Athena says also last week, Athena YEETED that hussy right through a table! Didn’t she? The fans applaud and Billie adds, “But what about me last week? I won my first round match last week against Robyn.” The fans do cheer and Athena says yeah, but Robyn Renegade isn’t what Athena would really call… competition. Y-Yeah, but Billie also gets Diamante in the second round. Right… And Billie thinks she can beat “Diabla” without Athena motivating her? Yeah, Billie’s gonna win by herself! The fans cheer and Athena asks Lexi if she thinks Billie can do this.

Lexi nervously says yeah, duh! Athena asks the “Minion Mafia,” do they think Billie can win it all? “YES!” Well then, Billie. You better win the ROH Women’s World TV Championship, or else. Because this is THEIR year, this is the Year of MIT, of Minion Bestie, of Minion 400,237 and three-quarters! And most of all, this is the Year of the Fallen Goddess, the ROH Gatekeeper, the Minion Overlord, the American Joshi, and most of all the inspiration for every woman’s division! This right here is HER show! With HER rules! And if you don’t like that, you can step up, or step out. Mic drop moment and the family heads out. Will Billie bring home the gold to stand beside Athena?

 

Taiji Ishimori VS Jacoby Watts!

It’s a great surprise return to ROH for the Bone Soldier Reborn! Will Taiji prove that Bullet Club is still Too Sweet even as ROH is reborn?

The Code of Honor is skipped as Taiji kicks Jacoby’s hand away. Jacoby takes a swing, Taiji dodges and claws the eyes! The ref reprimands, Taiji whips but Jacoby reverses! Taiji goes out, slides under, slips around and RAMS into Jacoby. Taiji then springboards to SEATED SENTON! The fans fire up with Taiji as he looms over Jacoby. Taiji fist drops Jacoby, then NECK TWISTS him! Jacoby writhes, the fans rally behind “Bone Soldier! Bone Soldier!” Taiji drags Jacoby up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jacoby stays in this but Taiji keeps cool. The fans cheer as Taiji paces around. Taiji goes to a corner then climbs up.

Jacoby stands, Taiji leaps at him, CROSSBODY but Jacoby catches him! Swing and END OF DAYS! Taiji flounders to a corner, Jacoby runs up to fire off haymakers! The ref counts, Jacoby lets off, and then Jacoby whips corner to corner. Jacoby winds up and runs in place, then runs in to clothesline! Jacoby keeps moving and LARIATS Taiji down! Cover, TWO! Taiji survives and the fans rally up. Jacoby stomps Taiji, drags him up, but Taiji kicks low. Taiji claws eyes, whips, but Jacoby reverses. Taiji handsprings to NEURALIZER! Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Taiji goes to ropes and he takes aim, BANG!

Taiji reels Jacoby in but Jacoby fights out of the half hatch. Taiji UPPERCUTS, runs, but Jacoby scoops! Taiji claws eyes and slips free to then wrench, tilt-o-whirl and LA MYSTICA, into BONE LOCK!! Jacoby taps, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission

The Bone Soldier brings down Jacoby and has his first win back in ROH. Will he stick around to see if it turns into a title opportunity?

 

Queen Aminata speaks.

“Listen, guys. I told you The Queen would beat Taya, and I actually beat Taya. Y’know, I have to say, that wasn’t easy. My neck is sore, my back feels like crap right now, I don’t feel very juicy. But at the end of the day, this tournament started with 16 women, and I know it will end with only one woman. And that one woman will be the one and only Queen Aminata.” The Queen is ready to win it all now that she got past Mrs. TV, will Aminata soon be the Queen of TV?

 

Custody of The Boys: Dalton Castle VS Johnny TV w/ Taya Valkyrie!

The Peacock has been so obsessed with revenge on the Guru of Greatness for ruining his shot at the ROH World Television Championship, he was ready to do anything to get this chance. Sadly, Johnny used that, and now he wants to take away the two things that mean more to Castle than anything in the world! Will Brandon & Brent have no choice but to leave their Castle? Or will Castle prove once and for all he is more than TV Ready?

Wait, The Iron Savages are here? And Jacked Jameson says they’ve got a little something to help. It’s the Savage Sauce! We all saw how that stuff pepped The Peacock up a month or so ago, and he can definitely use the pick-up! Castle chugs the sauce and he is ALL fired up! “Let’s go break some hearts!” Castle has wanted nothing more in his entire life to SMASH Johnny TV! He gives the Boys a sample of the sauce, and now Castle is feeling the magma flowing through his veins! Castle is back to his old self for the time being, but will he be able to hold onto his Boys?

The introductions are made, the Boys’ hands are raised, and we see who brings ’em home!

The Code of Honor is skipped and the bell rings. Castle and Johnny circle, Johnny ends up in a corner but he dodges Castle’s lunge. Johnny rolls, resets and circles with Castle again. Castle corners Johnny this time, but then Johnny escapes. Johnny lounges on the corner, Castle runs in but Johnny gets away again. Johnny says he can do this all day. But then Castle gets a leg and trips him! Johnny scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but Castle waistlocks Johnny to a corner. The ref pries Castle away and Johnny bails out. Taya protests, that sauce should count as an illegal performance enhancer!

Taya whispers something to Johnny before he slides back in. Johnny and Castle circle, Johnny kicks but Castle blocks, so Johnny pokes him in the eye! Johnny then shoots around to CLUB Castle on the back! Castle bails out, The Boys fans him off, and Taya taunts them all. Castle scowls at Taya but storms back up the steps. Taya tells him, “Get in the ring, loser!” But Castle hops down and he gets the fans fired up! Castle then gets back in, he blocks a punch to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Castle whips corner to corner, Johnny reverses and runs in, but Castle pops him up! Johnny holds ropes to stop the Bangarang!

Castle lets Johnny go but then Johnny DUMPS him out! The Boys fan Castle but Johnny goes out to SHINING WIZARD! Johnny hopes they caught that on camera. Then he tells The Boys to come this way. Johnny forces the Boys to back up, and Taya takes a new family selfie! The ref reprimands, this is not the time! The ref takes Taya’s phone away and says they’re not a real family so stop it. But then Johnny sends The Boys at Castle! The Boys stop from colliding with Castle, and Castle gets in. Johnny runs in, handsprings, but into an EXPLODER! The fans fire up as Castle KNEES Johnny down!

Johnny staggers up, Castle bumps him off buckles! And then off more buckles! Castle reels Johnny in for a DDT! The fans fire up with Castle as he rises up. Castle drags Johnny up, reels him in, but Johnny shoves him away. Castle runs back up but Johnny ducks the lariat, only for Castle to LARIAT on return! The fans chant “For The Boys!” while Johnny bails out. Castle pursues but Taya blocks the way! And then Johnny RAMS Castle into railing! The fans rally for Castle while Johnny mockingly pats him on the head. Castle ROCKS Johnny! Taya again stands in the way and says kiss this! Johnny then uses that to POMMEL HORSE KICK Castle!

Taya laughs at Castle while fans boo, but Johnny grins as he tells the Boys, go ahead, fan Castle while they can. Then Johnny whips Castle into steel steps! Taya mockingly asks Castle what’s wrong while Johnny refreshes the count. Johnny KICKS Castle low! And FLAPJACKS Castle off barriers! The fans boo while Johnny shoves Castle in. Johnny brings Castle up, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Johnny grins, strikes a pose, but the fans still rally behind Castle. Johnny cravats for a neck wrench and The Boys keep the fans going. Castle endures, fights up, and he throws body shots! Johnny CLUBS Castle down!

Johnny winds up, aims, but Castle blocks the haymaker to BACK ELBOW! And LARIAT! The fans fire up again and Castle shoots in to clinch and EXPLODER! Johnny staggers back up, into another EXPLODER! Castle has Johnny again, EXPLODER! The hattrick is complete, and the fans rally as Castle clinches for a fourth! The Suplex Peacock is unleashed, and he watches Johnny flounder around. Castle BOOTS Johnny, then GERMAN SUPLEXES! High stack cover, TWO! Johnny survives being thrown around and the fans rally up again. Castle gets around Johnny and hooks an arm so he can throw ELBOWS into the ribs!

Johnny sputters, Castle drags him up, and says time to smash his face! Castle fireman’s carries but Johnny slips free! MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO!! Castle survives and the fans fire up! Johnny is frustrated, Taya coaches him up, and he drags Castle up with a waistlock. Castle slips out the back, waistlocks, but Johnny RAMS him into the corner! Johnny ELBOWS Castle, but Castle BOOTS him back! Castle back suplexes Johnny onto the ropes! Johnny lands on his Mr. Belvedere! The fans chant “No More Babies!” and Castle SAIDOS Johnny off the ropes! Cover, TWO!! Johnny survives and Castle cannot believe it!

Castle drags Johnny up but Johnny ROCKS him with a forearm! Johnny crawls away but Castle grabs a leg! Johnny throws an elbow to get free, but Castle keeps pursuing. Johnny kicks Castle away, drags himself up the ropes, but Castle runs in. Johnny BOOTS him, goes up the corner, and he brings Castle in, but Castle UPPERCUTS him! Castle has Johnny in the crucifix, for a BLACKOUT DRIVER?!? Taya freaks out and throws a Boy into the ring! The ref is busy with, uh, Brent perhaps, while Castle covers! Castle would’ve won by now!! The fans boo and the ref sees it now! Cover, TWO!! Johnny survives because of the delay!

Taya shouts for Johnny to get up, and he flounders up on the apron. Castle storms up but Johnny kicks him low! Johnny laughs, climbs, but Castle kicks out his legs! Castle goes to the adjacent corner and the apron. Castle runs in, but Johnny avoid the boot! Johnny swings, Castle counter punches! But Taya anchors Castle while Johnny distracts the ref ! “This is Awesome!” even as Johnny grabs at Castle over the corner! Johnny drags Castle up using a chinlock, and they go to the top rope. But Castle DECKS Johnny onto the Boys! The ref is again distracted and Taya SHOVES Castle down!! Castle flounders up, into a GAMANGIRI!

Johnny goes to the corner, for the STARSHIP PAIN!! Cover, Johnny wins!!

Winner: Johnny TV, by pinfall (acquires custody of The Boys)

The decision should really say Johnny AND Taya won, because they worked together to screw Castle over! For the second time in his life, Castle must give up The Boys to another! The Last Real Man used The Boys against Castle, will Mr. & Mrs. TV do the same in the 2024 remake no one wanted?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of ROH here, mostly because it was only a little over an hour. I probably could’ve done all the matches because of that, but oh well. Still good to see Mike Sydal back in action, though good win for Lee Johnson off him. And Komander VS Blake turned out to be some great stuff, too. But I got the important tournament match, and how great for Aminata to win, she’s definitely going to be a finalist. And after the really good promo from Athena, Billie & Lexi, Billie is of course going to be the other. Athena adding that “or else” was a nice touch, and oddly makes me think Billie loses so that we get Athena VS Billie 2 down the line, and that is where Billie wins the world title so Athena can move up/over to AEW.

Great to see Taiji in ROH, though of course he was gonna squash Jacoby. Not sure what more this is about other than maybe just a stop over while Taiji also (probably?) visits NJPW Strong. And great main event out of Castle VS Johnny. I had a feeling Johnny was going to win because that would be the more intriguing story. Johnny & Taya are going to force The Boys to adopt a more “TV Ready” style, like sunglasses and fur coats. I expect Castle to be even more distraught and out of it than he was the whole time during this story build, and maybe there’s a rematch to get The Boys back for Supercard of Honor in April. That would be a big moment for ROH’s answer to WrestleMania Weekend.

My Score: 8.7/10


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