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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/18/22)

Pick Your Poison!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez send their proxies after each other!

Former friends use former friends to fight their fight! Cora went to Raw, Roxanne went to SmackDown, and now NXT sees the returns of Rhea and Raquel!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Pick Your Poison: Roxanne Perez VS Rhea Ripley w/ The Judgement Day; Rhea wins.
  • Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Shinsuke Nakamura wins.
  • Alba Fyre VS Sonya Deville w/ Toxic Attraction; Fyre wins.
  • Wes Lee & Oro Mensah VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams; Melo & Trick win.
  • Six Man Tag: Cameron Grimes & The Good Brothers VS The Schism; Grimes & The Good Brothers win.
  • Halloween Havoc Co-Host Role: Quincy Elliot VS Xyon Quinn; wins and joins Shotzi as cohost.
  • Pick Your Poison: Cora Jade VS Raquel Rodriguez; Cora wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Pick Your Poison: Roxanne Perez VS Rhea Ripley!

From Raw to NXT, Rhea Ripley brings the Judgement Day with her! The Eradicator accepted Cora Jade’s request to be her proxy against Roxie, will the Breakout Star be able to reach the other side? Or will there even be need for the Weapons Wild match at Halloween Havoc?

The bell rings, fans are thunderous as Rhea and Roxie circle. Rhea and Roxie tie up, they go around, Rhea throws Roxie out hard! Roxie tumbles to the floor and Rhea smirks. Fans sing, “Rhea’s Gonna Kill~ You!” Roxie storms back into the ring and resets with Rhea. They tie up, Roxie gets around to a waistlock, but Rhea throws Roxie her off! Fans rally as “Papi Rhea” grabs Roxie, but Roxie wrenches out and KICKS! But Rhea scoops, only for Roxie to slip out and wrench again! Roxie kicks the leg, and again. Rhea is annoyed now and she pulls hair. The ref reprimands but Rhea whips. Roxie rolls under, rolls back and SWINGS, but Rhea stays up!

Rhea drags Roxie up, but Roxie CHOPS! Rhea snarls but Roxie CHOPS! Rhea HEADBUTTS, KICKS, and KNEE SMASHES! Roxie wobbles into a LARIAT! Fans fire up as Rhea grins again. Rhea puts Roxie in a corner, she RAMS into her, and digs her shoulder in. The ref counts, Rhea lets off at 4, and fans rally. Roxie throws hands but Rhea CLUBS her down. Rhea stalks Roxie, drags her up and grins to whip and CLUB Roxie on the back! Rhea revels in the fans cheering Judgement Day, and Rhea whips Roxie to CLUB her again! Rhea dusts herself off and fans cheer as she drags Roxie up again. Rhea whips, but Roxie ROCKS Rhea!

Roxie ROCKS Rhea again and again but Rhea kicks low! Rhea is frustrated, she drags Roxie up to scoop, but Roxie turns that around to a RANA! Rhea tumbles out now, and Roxie runs, only for Rhea to move. No topes today! But then Roxie swings out and CLUBS Rhea! Roxie goes to the apron, leaps and FLYING- NOPE! Rhea blocks the rana to get Roxie up, Electric Chair SLAM on the apron!! “That’s what you get, little girl, when you mess with the Judgement Day!” Fans fire up as Rhea high fives Priest and NXT goes picture in picture.

Rhea smirks while she relaxes a moment. Rhea drags Roxie up, puts her in, and Rhea stalks Roxie. Rhea CLUBS, Roxie throws body shots, but Rhea knees low! Rhea revels in the fans cheering but Roxie fires forearms! Rhea KNEES low again, then CLUBS her down. Rhea rains down fists, then lets off to stand on Roxie. Cocky cover, TWO! Roxie crawls but Rhea keeps her from ropes, to then put her on ropes and CHOKE her! The ref counts, Rhea lets off and Roxie flounders to a corner. Rhea smirks and storms over to bring Roxie up. Rhea suplexes and holds Roxie up, but Roxie turns that to a cradle! TWO!! Rhea DROPKICKS Roxie down!

Rhea storms about before she covers, TWO! Judgement Day is upset but the ref’s count was fair. Rhea drags Roxie into a grounded cobra twist! Rhea digs a claw into the ribs but Roxie endures. Roxie fights and throws haymakers to get free! Rhea clamps onto her again but Roxie throws more hands! Roxie runs, but into a scoop and TOSS! Rhea storms over, pushes Roxie to a cover, TWO! Roxie is hanging tough but Rhea hauls her right up to SLAM her back down. Rhea then wraps on the body scissors and squeezes! Roxie endures and NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Rhea tells Roxie to give up but Roxie refuses.

Rhea pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Roxie pushes back to a cover! TWO, and Rhea pushes Roxie over for a rear mount. Rhea throws down heavy forearms to the head! Rhea toys with Roxie, talks trash, and then holds Roxie down. Roxie avoids the killer stomp and then the Penalty Kick to then drop toehold Rhea onto ropes! Rhea sputters and staggers, Roxie KICKS away on the leg! Rhea swings, Roxie gets under the boot and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Roxie whips, Rhea blocks! Rhea shakes her head, whips Roxie, but Roxie tilt-o-whirls and RUSSIAN- NO, Rhea powers out of the leg sweep for a gut wrench!

Roxie tries to arm-drag but Rhea blocks that! Rhea drags Roxie up, but Roxie JAWBREAKERS! Roxie fires up and runs in at Rhea, to UPPERCUT! Roxie rolls and comes back, but Rhea dodges! Rhea runs in but Roxie dodges and Rhea POSTS herself! Rhea falls out and Roxie fires up! Roxie builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Roxie roars! Fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Roxie puts Rhea in. Roxie goes up top, Rhea SWATS her! Rhea climbs up, CLUBS away on Roxie, and she brings Roxie up. Roxie CLUBS Rhea back, slips out below, and YANKS Rhea into buckles! Roxie then goes up to grab at Rhea!

Roxie goes up top and SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!! Roxie fires forearms, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires more! She counters a headbutt with a right, and then SHOTGUNS Rhea to a corner! Roxie runs in but Rhea catches her for an atomic SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Roxie survives and fans argue it was three! But the ref’s count was fair, so Rhea drags Roxie up. Pump handle, RIPO- NO, Roxie slips out and SOBATS! Roxie hops on, POP- NO, Rhea pops Roxie off! DOM distracts! The ref reprimands, but Rhea HEADBUTTS! And then pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

Cora chose a powerful poison, and Rhea put Roxie down! Will Cora be able to survive Roxie’s proxy, Raquel Rodriguez? Or will Big Mami Cool have the same luck as “Papi Rhea?”

 

Cameron Grimes meets with The Good Brothers backstage.

Karl Anderson tells “Grimey” that those Schism brothers are some serious stuff. This is a real fight on their hands. Grimes admits The Schism has been giving him some grief these past few months. But that’s alright, Grimes has the hottest tag team in the business! And so good looking! Complete heartthrobs. The OC has the buzz of the business, they’re just TOO SWEET! But why do you think they accepted Grimes’ offer? Cuz he has the PAPER~! MONEY MONEY MONEY! Gallows loves it! They love paper, and they would love to go #ToTheMoon! Will Big LG, the Machine Gun and the Carolina Caveman cut down that tree The Schism goes on about?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.

McKenzie notes Waller is going to face off with Apollo Crews at Halloween Havoc, but Waller is a bi toff his game. Why does she say that? Well, because last week- Right, last week, that wheel spun on its own! The tricks, the visions, end this weekend, because Waller already beat Apollo and Apollo hasn’t had a match since. Who’s really off their game there, huh, Kenz? Well, Waller blinded Apollo. Yes, with his star power! Waller said he is gonna run Apollo outta NXT because no one wants him here, Waller’s just brave enough to say it. And he has the talent to make it happen! Saturday caps off the worst comeback story in the WWE as Waller boots-

CHUCKY is on the TV?! He tells Waller that now that he’s wet his pants, maybe he should shut his trap and listen. Waller VS Apollo will be a Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal! Chucky, no, please! Waller- DON’T interrupt. But life is full of surprises. So many choices, from Ring of Fire to Buried Alive to Casket Match. Don’t fear the wheel, it’s your friend to the end, if you make it that long. Chucky laughs and Waller panics. What will fate decide for Waller’s grudge match with Aopllo?

 

Channing Lorenzo w/ Tony D’Angelo VS ???

Stacks has been letting The Don down, and that is not good for business. But in order for Stacks to prove himself, Tony has an… arrangement, if you will. Tony asks the fans how they’re doing. He says tonight is a big night, and Stacks’ eyes show he’s ready to throw down. Stacks looks strong! Tony asks for help into the ring. Stacks helps Tony given his bum leg, and Tony tells Stacks, “Before I introduce your opponent tonight, remember: this match is about earning respect, proving to everybody who you are. Are you ready?” He is! Who is it? He wants to know, huh? Everyone wants to know, huh? Allow Tony to introduce Stacks’ opponent… After the break! Stacks doesn’t like that, what’s The Don playing at?

NXT returns and Stacks is ready! His opponent… IS SHINSUKE NAKAMURA! The fans are fired up all over again to see the King of Strong Style make a return to the brand! But will Stacks be anything but thrilled about this?

The bell rings and Nakamura circles with Stacks. The fans chant for “NAKAMURA!” and he ties up with Stacks. Stacks kicks low, headbutts, then headlocks for punches! Stacks grinds the hold, but Nakamura powers up as fans sing Nakamura’s song. Nakamura powers out, KNEES low, and AX KICKS! Stacks flounders to a corner but Nakamura is on him with GOOD VIBRATIONS~! Stacks staggers, Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps cool, he brings Stacks up and has a facelock. Tony coaches Stacks but Nakamura suplexes to a GOURD BUSTER! And then he KNEES Stacks while he’s down!

Nakamura throws more knees, he hears the fans cheering him on, and then Nakamura KICKS Stacks around! Stacks grits his teeth as Nakamura KICKS him more and more! Nakamura toys with Stacks, kicks him around, and fans cheer him on. Nakamura KICKS but Stacks blocks! Stacks CLUBS the leg, and again, and again! Stacks throws hands and uppercuts, then he snapmares for a FIST DROP! Cover, ONE!! Stacks clamps on with a chinlock, Tony wants Stacks to rip that head off. Stacks rocks Nakamura, scoops, but Nakamura slips out and dodges to DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Nakamura says, “C’MON~!”

Stacks runs in, into a strike fest! And KICKS! Stacks blocks again but Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Nakamura runs in at the corner, but he blocks boots. Nakamura puts Stacks in the ropes, KICKS and runs, SLIDING GERMAN! Nakamura slides in to cover, TWO! Tony tells Stacks to get up and fight, but Nakamura has a SLEEPER! Stacks flails and he fights the clinch. Stacks CLUBS Nakamura, wrenches and ROCKS him, but then Nakamura slips around to get a FLYING ARMBAR! Nakamura pulls on the arm but Stacks endures! Nakamura CLUBS the grip, has the armbar extended, but Stacks slips free and CLOBBERS Nakamura!

Fans boo as Stacks drags Nakamura up. Stacks wrenches and CLUBS the arm, runs but Nakamura dodges. Stacks ducks a kick but the WHEEL KICK gets him! Nakamura runs in to KINSHASA Stacks out of the ring! Nakamura goes out, fans sing his song, and Nakamura smirks at Tony. Nakamura puts Stacks in the ring, then slides in. Nakamura aims from the corner, unzips a bit, and Stacks eggs him on! So KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall

The King of Strong Style wins big in his return to NXT, but Stacks gave him a run for his money! Did Stacks at least prove himself to The Don? Tony pats Stacks on the shoulder and says he has guts. Stacks is the cornerstone of the family and Tony is proud. Will Stacks’ future be bright after this showing against an icon like Nakamura?

 

Nathan Frazer and Axiom talk backstage.

They’re both impressed by each other after round three of their Best of 3 Series. Each move and counter was amazing, they brought the best out of each other. And Axiom will watch and cheer Frazer in that ladder match to win the North American Championship. Well thanks! Cheers, mate. But then Robert Stone & Von Wagner walk over. Stone tells Von, “Look who it is!” Two guys who made NXT history in a trilogy. And if you don’t believe Stone, just ask social media. But Von says it’s too bad you don’t get titles for being internet darlings. Those three instant classics will amount to nothing, as at Halloween Havoc, no one is stopping Von! Not Melo, the new guy, Wes, or even “soccer boy.”

Oh, soccer boy, huh? Well this soccer boy is gonna kick Von’s face in. Axiom has Frazer keep cool and save it for Saturday. Will it the British Prodigy who climbs to new heights? Or will this really be Wagner’s World?

 

Alba Fyre VS Sonya Deville w/ Toxic Attraction!

The former Forever Champion is ready to light it up at Halloween Havoc against the Toxic Goddess, but she has to get through the Jersey Devil first! Will Fyre burn Sonya for siding with Mandy Rose? Or will Sonya soften her up so she’s easy pickings?

NXT returns as Sonya makes her entrance, Gigi & Jacy of course in her corner. The bell rings and the two tie right up. Fans rally, Sonya puts Fyre in a corner and the ref counts. Sonya talks trash but lets off, to then pie face Fyre! Fyre shoves Sonya! Sonya swings, Fyre dodges, hops the sweep but Sonya dodges the superkick. Fyre blocks the roundhouse to HEADBUTT! Fyre CHOPS Sonya in the corner, whips her corner to corner, and then runs in to forearm smash! Fyre snapmares Sonya, goes up top, but Sonya YANKS her down! Fyre hits buckles, Sonya runs in and BOOTS Fyre down! Cover, TWO!

Sonya clamps onto Fyre with a chinlock, then she drags Fyre up to whip her into the corner hard! Fyre bounces off buckles, but Sonya brings her up to whip. Fyre reverses, Sonya bounces off buckles and Fyre CLOBBERS her! Fyre CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Sonya shoves Fyre, but Fyre comes back to wrench and suplex for the GOURD BUSTER! Sonya flounders, Fyre runs in to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up and Fyre goes up top! But Gigi distracts, so Fyre DECKS her! Jacy distracts to Fyre DECKS her! Fyre DECKS Sonya, hooks Jacy up, but Gigi saves Jacy! So Fyre gets Gigi, but Sonya runs in! Fyre dodges, the BOOT hits Gigi! Fyre rolls Sonya up, FYRE WINS!

Winner: Alba Fyre, by pinfall

But Jacy returns, only for Fyre to BOOT her! Fyre DECKS Gigi, but Sonya SPEARS Fyre! Sonya and Jacy mug Fyre, Gigi joins in, and Sonya gets Fyre’s bat! They hold Fyre in place, and here comes MANDY! The NXT Women’s Champion is back and she tells Fyre, “You made the wrong decision abducting me. Yeah, you got the title match, but not knowing if I’d ever see the light of day again. At Halloween Havoc, I’m fighting Fyre with fire. I’m gonna be more callous, more vicious, and more ruthless-” But as Mandy’s talking trash, Fyre fights off Toxic Attraction! Fyre snapmares free to CLUB Jacy with her bat! And then one for Sonya!

Mandy gets in with her belt, but Fyre backs her down with the bat! Mandy runs away again, and Fyre picks up the belt! Will Fyre be the one who is more callous, vicious and ruthless in this match that’s been a long time coming?

 

Wes Lee and Oro Mensah talk backstage.

The Must-See Kid thanks the Predator Killer for the assist last week. Oro says it’s no big thing, he’s sure Wes would’ve done the same thing for him. And it’s cool tagging with a former NXT Tag Team Champion. Man, c’mon, same thing back around as Oro’s a former NXT UK Tag Team Champion. But then Trick & Melo jump them! The brawl is on already! Will these four even make it to their actual match?!

Wait, they spill out from gorilla to the ramp! Refs rush out to stop this but that’s easier said than done! The teams are separated, and it looks like this one happens next, after the break!

 

Wes Lee & Oro Mensah VS Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams!

NXT returns and YEP, this match is happening now! Wes has Trick down with a headlock and fans rally, but Trick pulls hair. They roll, end up in ropes, but stand up. Trick throws body shots, powers out, pop-up HAYMAKER! Trick soaks up the cheers and jeers, he tags Melo, but Wes tags Oro! Oro springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Then he runs to RANA! Melo staggers, Trick sneaks a tag before the SCISSOR KICK! Oro springboards but Trick trips him up! rick slides in, runs in and LEAPING LARIATS! Trick soaks up the cheers and jeers again, then he stomps away on Oro. Fans chant, “Trick, You Suck!” but Trick drags Oro up.

Trick clinches, Oro fights free, but Trick blocks a kick. Trick flips Oro but Oro ROLLING KICKS! Both men are down, they crawl for their corners, hot tags to Melo and Wes! Wes rallies on Melo, shoots around and fires body shots! Wes backs Melo down, GAMANGIRIS in the corner, but he takes Oro out as collateral! BULLDOG and Wes fires up! Wes goes up top but the ref is busy with Oro. Trick SHOVES Wes down, but Oro runs over to DECK Trick! Then he LEAPS to CLOBBER Trick in front of commentary! Fans fire up, but Trick shoves Oro into the desk! Melo hits a CODE BREAKER on Wes! Melo goes up top, aims, THREE POINTER!! Cover, Melo & Trick win!

Winners: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams, by pinfall

From sucker punches in the back to the divide ‘n’ conquer in the ring, Melo & Trick were always leading the score. And now they add insult to injury by beating down Oro more! They double whip buy Oro holds ropes to KICK back! Oro ROCKS Trick, Wes SUPERKICKS Melo! Then Wes & Oro DOUBLE LARIAT Trick and themselves up and out of the ring! But Melo FLIES out to take them both down! Another shot, another hit! But then Von BOOTS Melo! But Frazer appears up top to SUPER CROSSBODY Von! Fans are losing their minds as all six men are down ringside! Not including Trick, who will rise up to be the NEW North American Champion this Saturday?

 

The Schism speaks.

Joe Gacy tells Cameron Grimes, “For months, you’ve been running away from the open arms of The Schism, and yet in mere days, you ran right into the open arms of a club. HYPROCRISY is running rampant in NXT, and you are the poster boy, Cameron!” The Schism will not be stopped from tearing Grimes down! Gacy leads the Dyad to gorilla, will he lead them to victory? Or will their twisted sense of progress be halted by Grimes & The Good Brothers?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

McKenzie notes that judging by the way things ended last week, Bron thinks Ilja Dragunov meant to hit him. Bron says Ilja started it, so he finished it. If Ilja wants to try again tonight, fine. Bron will Spear him in half again. Bron has two of the very best going after his title. He could go around them, or through them, and we know which choice he’ll make. Then what can we expect in a special edition of the KO Show tonight? Bron says Kevin Owens is someone Bron looks up to. Kevin did so much in NXT for the short amount of time he was here.

Bron has watched The KO Show from the first one to the biggest one with Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania. There’s always something awesome, and tonight won’t be any different. Will the Big Booty Nephew, The Czar or the Irish Ace be the one to throw the first punch?

 

Six Man Tag: Cameron Grimes & The Good Brothers VS The Schism!

The Carolina Caveman chose to be a loner, especially since it meant avoiding the creepy cult Joe Gacy created. But hypocrisy? Maybe Gacy should look in the mirror. Will Grimes and his new pals put The Schism in their place? Or will this be anything but Too Sweet tonight?

The trios sort out and Grimes steps up. Gacy does not, we get Jagger Reed instead. Grimes and Reed circle, tie up, Grimes gets a leg but Reed headlocks. Grimes powers out and drop toeholds to then float and headlock. Reed powers up and out, Grimes runs him over, and then things speed up. Grimes leaps over, Reed comes back but into a kitchen sink knee! Grimes runs to SLIDING BOOT! Reed scrambles away and Rip Fowler tags in. Grimes dodges Rip to throw body shots! Grimes KICKS Rip into a corner, KICKS more and more and more, then lets off at 4. Fans fire up as Grimes whips Rip corner to corner. But Reed is a bumper for Rip to come back and CLOBBER Grimes!

Rip drags Grimes up and tags Reed in. The Dyad stomp away on Grimes, then Reed looks to Gacy. Gacy wants in, but Grimes throws hands on Reed! Reed headlocks, Rip tags in, they do-si-do with Grimes and Grimes shoves Reed into Rip! Grimes then DOUBLE RANAS The Dyad! Fans fire up, Grimes dares Gacy to tag in, but Rip rams Grimes! Grimes brings him to the corner and Karl Anderson tags in! Karl bumps Rip off buckles, CHOPS him, then brings Rip around. Karl whips and CLOBBERS him to cover, ONE! Karl wrenches Rip, tags Gallows, and the Good Brothers mug Rip. Gallows throws hands on Rip! UPPERCUT!

Fans rally for “L G! L G!” and Gallows short arm LARIATS! Then he drops a BIG elbow! And then another! And then another! Cover, TWO! Grimes bumps Rip off buckles, tags Karl, and the Good Brothers mug Rip again. Karl Europpers Rip down and fans rally for the Machinegun. Karl headlocks, Reed tags in and Rip powers out but Karl dodges. Reed KNEES Karl then gets away, Rip KNEES Karl out! Reed DECKS Karl, ROCKS him, and Karl gets into the ring. Reed drags Karl up to DECK him again! Karl goes back out, Reed tags Rip. Rip reels Karl in and Reed slingshots, PLANCHA BACKBREAKER COMBO!

Fans boo but The Schism hugs it out! Grimes coaches Karl up while the ring count climbs. The count is 5 of 10 but Rip puts Karl in. Rip CLUBS Karl, tags Reed, and the Dyad mugs Karl with stomps. Fans rally but Reed throws more hands on Karl. Karl throws body shots, Reed CLUBS Karl, repeat! Reed throws more hands but Karl ROCKS Reed back! They trade shots back and forth now, but Reed gets the edge! ReeD knees low, runs, but into an UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Karl crawls, hot tag to Grimes! Grimes goes up to CROSSBODY Reed! Cover, Rip stomps it apart! But Gallows gets in to ROCK Reed, and Gacy brawls with Karl!

Fans fire up as things break down! Karl clotheslines Gacy out, Grimes TOSSES Reed, and now the Good Brothers stand tall as NXT goes picture in picture!

The Schism regroups and cools off while the ref has Grimes and Gallows back down. But then Grimes & The Good Brothers go out to get at The Schism! The brawling continues in front of commentary! Grimes RAMS Reed into barriers! Fans fire up as Grimes storms after Reed, to back suplex! Gallows RAMS Rip into barriers, Karl DECKS Gacy, and then Gallows drags Gacy up. The Good Brothers mug Gacy while Grimes RAMS Reed into even more barriers! Gallows BOOTS Reed down for good measure, and Karl UPPERCUTS Gacy! Grimes puts Reed in but drags him out to refresh the count, and sends him into barriers again!

The Good Brothers and Grimes say, “TO THE MOON~!” and they RAM the Schism members into each other! Fans fire up and then Grime s& the Good Brothers put The Schism all in the ring. The ref has everyone sort out, but Gacy back suplexes Grimes! Grimes lands on his feet, only for The Dyad to rock him like a baby, into Gacy’s POWERBOMB!! The ref misses it all and the Good Brothers protest! Reed sucker punches Karl! And he sticks his tongue out at Gallows! Reed CHOKES Grimes on the ropes, lets off at the ref’s count, and stalks Grimes to the corner. Tag to Rip, The Dyad mugs Grimes, and then Rip CLUBS Grimes down.

Rip cravats to neck wrench but Grimes endures as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Grimes fights up, but Rip snapmares to stomp Grimes down! Tag to Gacy and Gacy stomps Grimes now. Grimes CLUBS away on Grimes, clamps on a neck wrench, and he shouts at Grimes that he ran away from acceptance! Gacy CLUBS Grimes down, CLUBS him more, and then stomps away at the ropes! Gacy whips, but Grimes CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Gacy grabs Grimes’ leg, drags him away and drops an elbow! Gacy drags Grimes up, puts him in a corner and fires off point-blank lariats until Grimes falls over!

Fans rally, Gacy drags Grimes up and talks more trash about not joining them. Grmes throws hands, Gacy hits back, Grimes gets the edge but Gacy RAMS him into the corner! Gacy SPLASHES, UREN- NO, Grimes arm-drags free! Gacy comes back, into a COLLISION COURSE! Fans fire up as both men are down! Gacy crawls, hot tag to Rip! Rip runs to DECK Karl! Rip taunts Gallows, but Grimes slips under! Rip grabs a leg, Grimes hops, hot tag to Gallows! Gallows CLOBBERS Rip, DECKS Reed, CLOBBERS Rip again! YAKUZA KICK after YAKUZA KICK! BIG back elbow for Rip, and a FLYING SHOULDER! Reed runs in, Gallows fakes him out then BOOTS him!

Gallows ROUNDHOUSES Reed, clamps onto Rip, GALLOWS’ POLE! Tag to Karl, they get Rip up, MAGIC- NO, Reed stops that! Reed gets another BOOT but Rip throat chops Gallows! Grimes SUPERKICKS Rip! Gacy ELBOW BACKBREAKERS Gallows! Karl hits a NECKBREAKER on Gacy! Fans fire up and Karl has Rip in a fireman’s carry! Rip fights free, shoves Karl away, Reed tags in! Karl runs into a clinch and ENZIGURI, into the feed and scoop! But a CAVE-IN hits Rip! PENALTY KICK for Gacy at the apron! Karl fights free to shove Reed! SPINEBUSTER! Hot tag to Gallows and fans fire up for the MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Grimes & Good Brothers win!

Winners: Cameron Grimes & The Good Brothers, by pinfall

That investment paid off! Now Gallows & Anderson can get that paper! Will Grimes finally get past The Schism to go #ToTheMoon?

 

Backstage interview with Veer Mahaan.

McKenzie is pretty sure she is on the same page as the WWE Universe in wanting to know what Veer whispered to Sanga last week. Veer says, “Everyone wants to know everyone else’s business. But you, and the rest of the world, will not get an answer. What I said was just for my brother, Sanga’s ear, and no one else. For the rest of the world-” But then Sanga steps in! Sanga tells Veer that he is ready to listen. Veer knew he would be. They excuse themselves, but what is developing between the reunited Indus Sher?

 

A contract signing happens backstage.

The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, make it official with their newest challengers, Zoey Stark & Nikkita Lyons. Lyons says this is the opportunity she and Stark have been wanting. And Stark adds that KC Squared don’t see them as a real tag team. But they’re gonna prove KC Squared wrong next week when they take the titles away. But Kayden tells the challengers that she and Katana have sat on that side of the table so many times, so they know what it’s like to think it’s their time and be wrong. Katana says it is real easy to be a team when you win. Let’s see what happens after a loss.

Lyons says next week, the better team will win. Kayden says yeah, and that’s the champs. KC Squared head out, but is it only a matter of time before the party is over?

 

NXT interviews Julius Creed and Damon Kemp via video.

As these two cannot be allowed near each other before their Ambulance Match at Halloween Havoc, they’re both in remote locations. Vic Joseph asks how Julius feels, knowing Brutus’ NXT career is on his shoulders this Saturday. Julius says the pressure is a privilege. Brutus’ career is on the line. From the first day Julius could pull himself up to look down at his little brother in the crib, he has watched over and protected Brutus. Yes, Julius is nervous, but their parents raised the Creed Brothers to believe those nerves could be used for good. Julius will use those nerves to crush the clown and send him to the hospital!

Oh, Kemp’s a clown? Yeah, you are, Damon, so shut up! Kemp’s done enough talking, and nothing he says now will matter. Julius has made peace with what he has to do to Kemp. Kemp jumped Roderick Strong, he handcuffed Julius to a cage, and he cost the Creeds the tag titles. Kemp wanted fame, but now his fame gets an expiration date. Is Julius done whining and complaining? Kemp says there is two sides to Julius: the world-class athlete, the former NXT Tag Team Champion; but you also have this arrogant loser who is jealous of Kemp! Jealous? Of what? Everything. No, Kemp is entitled, undisciplined, has been here five months and has nothing to show for it!

Kemp is a thirsty clout chaser unwilling to do the work himself. Oh, Julius is gonna get this work. It’s like talking to a robot! Dummy, on Saturday, this ain’t an amateur wrestling match, this isn’t an MMA fight, this is an Ambulance Match! You have to shut the door on your opponent. Hell, maybe Kemp will just hit Julius ten times like he did Brutus. Julius ain’t gonna just sit there and let it happen, he isn’t that stupid. There are weapons, which means Julius will use them, too. Julius is more vicious and more violent than Kemp, and it’s time for Kemp to come to grips with how Julius is better than him.

Julius was better in college, he won more matches in a month than Kemp did his entire career! Face the sad facts that Kemp peaked in high school. Kemp isn’t even the best in his own damn family! Kemp laughs that off, and asks Julius what happens to him when he loses to the “high school” athlete? C’mon, Captain America! Not enough milk? Didn’t get your morning workout in? Kemp walked in the Diamond Mine Dojo knowing he was better than the Creeds, and they knew it, too! Kemp proves it when he shuts the doors on Julius this Saturday. Julius says it won’t be a match, or even a fight. It’ll be the eradication of a cancer that’s plagued NXT the last five months.

At Halloween Havoc, no remorse, no sympathy. All Julius will feel is the handles of the ambulance doors as he close them. Julius storms off and Kemp says come Saturday, Brutus will be in the unemployment line cuz he’ll need a job! The Golden Gopher is ready to take on the Diamond Mine’s ace, will there be blood this Saturday?

 

Alicia Taylor introduces the host for Halloween Havoc 2022.

It’s SHOTZI!! The wild child is coming back to NXT, and so is her tank! Well, this is TCB Junior, but it and Shotzi are still gonna Take Care o’ Bidness! Fans fire up for Shotzi as she gets the mic. “Surprise~! HAHAHAHA!” Fans chant, “Welcome Home!” and Shotzi says, “If there is one WWE superstar that screams Halloween, it would be Shotzi, baby!” Fans agree with that, and Shotzi says she hosted Halloween Havoc in 2020, “and it was one of the most horrifyingly badass days of my life. So this Saturday, this Saturday, we’ve got to go even more balls to the wall! I get the final piece of my costume this Friday when Raquel and I win the WWE Tag titles off of Damage Control!”

And then…! Shotzi will make this year’s Halloween Havoc the “most terrifying extravaganza in NXT history!” Shotzi howls to the moon, but then Xyon Quinn makes his way out. Xyon welcomes Shotzi back, she is the perfect host ofr Halloween Havoc! BUT if we want Saturday to be box office, make him your co-host. And he knows what she’s thinking: How can someone like Xyon have the time of day to free up in order to do that? NO worries, Xyon will do that so that the X Factor can be part of the show! But wait, here comes QUINCY! Fans fire up for the Super Diva as he tells Shotzi, “Hey girl, hey~!” Quincy is a big fan of the ballsy girl who ain’t afraid of stepping on toes.

Shotzi, as much as Quincy would love to see Xyon in a costume, he’s not co-host material. Shotzi needs a scream queen. Shotzi needs to ride down to the ring with the SUPER DIVA~! Fans like the sound of that! Shotzi says she has a killer idea! Since these two are having a match right now anyway, let’s up the stakes! “Whoever wins gets the ghoulish glory of being my cohost! Let’s do the damn thing!” Fans like that, but Xyon is pissed! He swings on Quincy but gets a back drop for it! Then Quincy clotheslines Xyon out, to then back it up! Will Halloween Havoc get fabulous? We find out, after the break!

Halloween Havoc Co-Host Role: Quincy Elliot VS Xyon Quinn!

NXT returns and this match is already going as the two trade big hands. Xyon CLUBS Quincy, fireman’s carries, but Quincy’s a bit too much. Quincy runs into an elbow, and Xyon LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Shotzi is on commentary and she gives a howl. Xyon clamps onto Quincy with a cobra clutch but fans rally up. Quincy fights up, throws elbows and then haymakers! Fans rally as Quincy ROCKS Xyon over and over! Quincy whips, Xyon reverses but Quincy runs him over! And again! And then he runs through the lariat to FLYING ELBOW! Xyon goes to a corner, Quincy runs in and SPLASHES! Quincy then DECKS Xyon with a big right!

Xyon goes to a corner, Quincy runs in but Xyon BOOTS him down! Xyon grits his teeth, drags Quincy up, and Xyon tries to fireman’s carry again. Xyon gets Quincy up but then he crumbles underneath! Quincy runs to SPLASH but he flops! Xyon avoids the whammy but fans rally for Quincy. Xyon gets to ropes, he snarls and goes out the ring. Xyon grabs a chair, but HANK WALKER stops him! Fans cheer Hank on, so Xyon goes back to the ring, SPLASH! Quincy has the fans all fired up as he climbs up the corner! THIRST DROP! Cover, Quincy wins!

Winner: Quincy Elliot, by pinfall (cohosts Halloween Havoc with Shotzi Blackheart)

Xyon tried to cheat and it backfired! Now Quincy breaks it down with Shotzi, will he drop it like it’s hot this Saturday?

 

Thea Hail feels down.

She can’t believe she lost to Kiana James. She let Robert Stone distract her and let her guard down. Bodhi Hayward says it’s okay, Mr. Chase will get Thea a rematch. Is that true? Thea knows she can win, she can beat Kiana! Let her at her! Thea is shaking her desk and Chase calms her down. They’ll worry about that after class. But now, to their history lesson on Halloween Havoc. This special event dates all the way back to the late 1980s, with a lot of historic moments. Hulk Hogan VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship inside a Steel Cage, DDP VS Goldberg, and even Mandy Rose starting her historic reign.

There was also Dexter Lumis VS Cameron Grimes in the Haunted House of Horrors, and Chase’s personal favorite, one of the earliest match-ups of Rey Mysterio VS Eddie Guerrero. But with the good comes the bad, such as the debut of The Yeti, who was really a mummy, and the Chamber of Horrors match. We’ll skip over that for now, as everyone’s homework is to watch this weekend’s Halloween Havoc. CHUCKY’S ON THE TV! This is the infamous Chase U? More like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. They wouldn’t recognize gruesome if it bit you in the ass.

Bodhi gets heated and tells Chucky, “You listen here, you SOB! This is Andre Chase University, and you do NOT interrupt Mr. Chase’s lecture!” Chase says Bodhi shouldn’t yell at Chucky. Chucky says if Bodhi wants to play, he’ll slash he beeping beep off and beep beep beep beep! Got it!? Now THAT is a teachable moment. Chucky scares the bejeezus out of everyone, and Thea says, “What the BEEEEP?!”

 

Another contract signing happens backstage.

This time, it’s the NXT Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly, and their challengers, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe. Elton Prince welcomes the gents, and hopes they take it all in. You never forget your first… title shot. Kit Wilson agrees, this is big. Malik & Edris impressed Pretty Deadly last week but it takes a whole lot more to take the titles from the TWO-TIME TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions. Malik says when he and Edris first tagged together, it was their goal to shock the world. Next week, they do just that. SHOCK THE WORLD!

Edris says we already know what a day in the life of Pretty Deadly looks like. So enjoy the next seven, because next week, you’re looking at the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Edris & Malik have been bracket busters, will they be reign makers on what’s becoming a Tag Title Tuesday next week?

 

Pick Your Poison: Cora Jade VS Raquel Rodriguez!

We started with Roxie taking on Cora’s proxy, and now we get it the other way around! Will the Generation of Jade be ended right here at the hands of Big Mami Cool? Or can Cora somehow survive her other former tag partner?

NXT returns and Cora makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Raquel steps up but Cora scrambles away to a corner. Cora reclines on the top rope as Raquel backs off. The ref tells Cora to hop down and she does. Cora and Raquel circle, but Cora backs down. Cora talks trash but Raquel says Cora is squandering all the potential she saw in her. Cora kicks low, talks more trash, but Raquel smiles. Raquel BOOTS Cora down, then drags her up to whip corner to corner hard! Cora staggers, Raquel whips her the other way hard! Cora falls over and Raquel drags Cora up to scoop and SNAKE EYES!

Cora flounders out of the ring but Raquel pursues. Raquel puts Cora against the desk, and CHOPS her! Cora sputters, fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” but Cora scrambles away. Raquel drags her back out of the ring, puts her against the desk, but Cora moves! The CHOP hits the desk! Raquel hurries in, Cora stomps away and hammers away on Raquel’s back! Cora snarls, fans boo, but Cora runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Raquel goes to a corner, Cora runs in, but Raquel CLOBBERS her! Raquel stands on Cora, “You didn’t need me, huh?!” Cora crawls for the corner, kicks Raquel away, and gets her kendo stick!

Raquel dares Cora to try it, so Cora swings! Raquel blocks the kendo stick, clamps onto Cora, but Cora SLAPS Raquel! Raquel has the kendo stick, and SMACKS Cora with it!!

Winner: Cora Jade, by disqualification

Raquel doesn’t care about the win or loss, she just SMACKS away on Cora! Cora bails out, Raquel dares her to come back, but Cora laughs. But Roxie CLOBBERS Cora! Fans fire up as these two brawl and Roxie puts Cora in the ring! Cora stands up, Raquel is there to keep her from running, and Roxie SUPERKICKS Cora down! Raquel hands Roxie the kendo stick, and Roxie swings! Cora runs away screaming! Raquel puts Roxie on her shoulders, will Roxie be the one still standing when it’s Weapons Wild?

 

There’s a mixer going on backstage.

“Big Body Javi,” Javier Bernal, talks himself up to Tatum Paxley, Valentina Feroz and a few other prospects, and the Schism’s Little Red Riding Hood passes by. Brooks Jensen has everyone calm down, the KO Show is coming on! Josh Briggs has Jensen cool down, he’s got a drink for him. Briggs wants to do a friendly bet of the over-under on how many times they’re gonna say “Halloween Havoc” during that one segment. Fallon thought it was a drinking game, drink when they say, “This Saturday.” Ah, good one, too. Jensen says bonus points for when Ilja does his arm thing. Yeah, the slapping thing? Or when JD creeps someone out, like this! Briggs gets real close to Jensen.

Indi Hartwell says that would be a lot, since JD is always creepy. BINGO! But then Ikemen Jiro comes in. They’re gonna drink? Yeah! Anytime something real stupid happens, bottoms up! But then in comes Sol Ruca doing a handstand walk! That’s awesome! Jiro is fired up! Everyone, gather ’round for the KO Show! YEAH~!

 

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

Fans fire up to see the Prizefighter, another big return to NXT! Kevin says hey to Booker T and Vic on commentary, but he’s ready to host a special edition of the KO Show! Will Kevin be able to keep the peace between not just two but three combustible elements?

NXT returns as Bron makes his entrance. JD and Ilja are already in the ring and they’ve already taken their seats. Bron joins them and fans rally for “K O! K O!” Kevin welcomes us to this very special NXT edition of the Kevin Owens Show, and says he got a call from Shawn Michaels asking Kevin to host this show with the three men fighting for the NXT Championship on Saturday on Peacock. Peacock? Yes, Peacock. And considering HBK is the reason Kevin is a wrestler in the first place, he wasn’t gonna say no, so here he is. Fans cheer for HBK and Kevin says, “You’re welcome, Shawn.”

But believe it or not, he’s just here to keep the peace to make sure no one “wreaks havoc.” Get it? Halloween Havoc? Anyway, Kevin thought that was good. But to tell the truth, Kevin doesn’t like his odds. Someone in this ring has already been stirring the pot a bit and getting into the other guys’ heads. The guy doing that is nothing more than “a huge, creepy weirdo,” and that’s this guy! JD McDon’tGoogleMe! What’s his deal? Kevin is gonna scoot away… He needs a shower just looking at JD. JD says Kevin can say whatever he wants, because in four days, we’ll be calling him NXT Champion.

JD hasn’t been stirring the pot, he’s been on his best behavior since becoming #1 contender. If memory serves, JD wasn’t the one that laid out Bron last week, that was Ilja. And correct him if he’s wrong, but he didn’t Spear Ilja outta his boots, Bron did. So those two can keep pounding their chest and fight for the title of “toughest guy in NXT,” that’s fine. JD has his eyes on a different tie: THE NXT title, the one on Bron’s shoulder. Ilja says he was aiming for JD. But hitting Bron… well that wasn’t a mistake. Ilja stood over Bron’s prone body, and Bron struggled for air. In that moment, Ilja realized… Bron is human!

Ilja saw the chink in the armor of a great warrior! Bron is beatable! That bullet was meant for Bron at Worlds Collide, but this Saturday, Bron will feel it again! At Halloween Havoc, Ilja recaptures the title that he should have had in the first place! Fans cheer that! Bron shakes his head and says, “Over my dead body.” Bron felt that torpedo. Ilja’s the Czar of Europe. There hasn’t been anything a single opponent has been able to do to keep Ilja down. EXCEPT when Bron Speared his ass last week! And listen, Bron gets it. Ilja had to give up the UK title, that was unfortunate, he feels for Ilja. And from the look in Ilja’s eyes, he wants he title back. TOO DAMN BAD! Wanna friend? Get a dog!

As long as Bron is breathing, this title will be HIS! Fans bark it up for Bron but Kevin calms it down. He’s sorry to get between this, he appreciates the intensity and spirit of competition, but Kevin has something to tell them all. See, Kevin sees what’s going on. Maybe they don’t, but this guy, and he uses that term loosely, is trying to get it to where they tear each other apart so that he can waltz in and easily win that title. As a former NXT Champion, they can’t let that happen! Nobody wants JD as champion! Fans cheer that! Kevin means it when he says nobody! Not him, not any other former NXT Champion, not any of the fans! Fans cheer that, too!

Kevin even talked to JD’s mom! Even SHE doesn’t want him to be champion, and even she’s creeped out by JD. So Bron and Ilja have to make sure JD doesn’t win the title Saturday. JD wants to get something straight. He doesn’t need Kevin’s approval, or any of the fans’ approval. JD doesn’t need friends or dogs. All he needs is one opportunity, DEVLINSIDE, and then by the time Bron and Ilja wake up, JD’s already at his victory party. And Dragunov may have ran JD out of NXT UK, but he has spent every waking moment since thinking of how he could torture Dragunov’s soul. It hit JD recently that it isn’t the physical pain, but the mental anguish of seeing JD with the title that Dragunov will never recover from!

Kevin says this is the creepy part. Who talks like that? No one. JD’s so weird. Ilja agrees! And JD is the leech that hangs on every form of existence that sucks the life out of it! So it doesn’t matter if they’re on another continent, JD will always be a contender but never, EVER a champion! Fans cheer that, but Bron tells Ilja that he’s gonna end up in the same category. Oh, big talk considering the last Triple Threat Bron was in, he LOST. So then, why not try and put Ilja into that category right now?! Fans fire up as Ilja takes his jacket off. Bron is ready, JD gives them space, but Kevin tells HBK, “Sorry, buddy.” Kevin gives them room and gets out of the ring.

Ilja and Bron are ready, and they fire off forearms! Security rushes in to stop this, JD is amused as Bron and Ilja throw people aside! Bron ROCKS Ilja, then he SPEARS a security guard! TORPEDO MOSCOW! But then JD reels Ilja in, but gets a HEADBUTT! And a TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Fans fire up as Ilja holds up the belt! But then AUSTIN THEORY shows up!? The Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Ever is back in NXT, does that briefcase count for this belt, too!? Ilja pays Theory no mind, but will he have no choice but to pay attention at Halloween Havoc?


My Thoughts:

A great go-home to Halloween Havoc, with a lot of great returns from RawDown stars to really hype this one up. I like that we got Pick Your Poison to sandwich the card, and fans really loved seeing Rhea and Raquel back. I had a feeling Rhea was going to beat Roxie, but I like that instead of cheating, Cora just pissed Raquel off into getting herself disqualified. And then Roxie going after Cora was a natural touch, and it obscures the go-home math. But I go back to Cora winning their first match, so I would think Roxie wins this one.

However, I’m really worried about the go-home math on a lot of these. Fyre VS Sonya was a good match, but Fyre stands tall both in the match and in the fight against Toxic Attraction. I have a feeling this means Mandy Rose keeps the title and continues her reign past one year. That’s fine for Mandy, and she’ll be second to Asuka in terms of a single title reign’s length, but I think that’s where it should end. Perhaps someone is about to rise up to take the title Mandy in time for her wedding and honeymoon.

And while The Kevin Owens Show closing segment was great, Dragunov standing tall doesn’t bode well for him. Theory showing up was a wild twist, and I wonder if this is a subtle way to say NXT, while still developmental, can be seen as part of the main roster with the MITB contract good for the NXT Championship as well as the WWE Universal Championship. A Triple Threat is just as wild a situation as the Last Man Standing match Theory tried to cash-in on before, I feel like he’ll end up missing his chance, too. And while Dragunov is the one everyone wants to see as champion, I feel like the only new champion we’re getting is JD.

We got some good contract signing promos backstage, and NXT is going to follow up Halloween Havoc with a BIG tag title match night next week. I can’t be sure the chances of the challengers taking the titles, but I feel like it’s more likely Lyons & Stark win than it is for Malik & Edris. Pretty Deadly really only just got their belts, and they need to build up a bit as champions again before losing. KC Squared, however, has been in NXT a long time, they’ve had their defenses, and they could go from NXT to RawDown to start in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship chase to go against Damage Control. That is, unless Shotzi & Raquel actually do win.

Shotzi returning to NXT to host Halloween Havoc is a great move, fans love Shotzi and she really is perfect for the part. Great stakes added to Quincy VS Xyon, and Quincy is gonna bring some fun energy to Halloween Havoc. I almost thought Chucky was gonna do it again with all the appearances he had tonight, but it’s better to have a real person than a doll. Chucky did have good promos with Waller to set up how his match with Apollo will have a stipulation, and he had a great promo with Chase U to bring out the fire inside Bodhi and Thea. I still feel like Kiana James should get a male sidekick so we can get Chase and Bodhi in on the land grab angle.

Great match out of Nakamura VS Stacks, but of course Nakamura won. I bet Stacks is gonna get a bit of a push on the other side of Halloween Havoc with a new North American Champion being crowned. Great blending of segments for said title with Von running down Frazer and Axiom to Melo & Trick jumping Wes & Oro, and then that great tag match of Melo & Trick VS Wes & Oro. That chaotic bit of spots knocking everyone down helps muddy the math, but I would hope Wes Lee gets it. He’s been running strong, putting in great work, this would be the right time to give him a run to have a lot of fresh match-ups.

Great promo from Veer and Sanga, it is only a matter of time before Indus Sher returns to the NXT Tag Division to start where they left off. And a great Six Man Tag from Grimes & Good Brothers VS The Schism. I figured Grimes & The Good Brothers would win, they can’t hurt the return-push of Gallows & Anderson. But I can’t say this ends things between Grimes and The Schism until Grimes and Gacy can have it out 1v1 in some kind of wild match. Then and only then can they put this away and have one of them move on to something more. If it’s Grimes who wins, maybe Grimes gets one last shot at the top title. If Gacy wins, he moves on to the top title while Grimes goes to RawDown.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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

 

Holo.grm loads up.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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

 

The Bloodline speaks.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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