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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (11/4/22)

King of Lucha VS Der Ring General!

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SmackDown 2022

One more stop before Crown Jewel!

Before the WWE returns to Saudi Arabia, SmackDown has Rey Mysterio challenging Gunther for the WWE Intercontinental Championship! Will the King of Lucha Libre reign once again? Or will the mat be kept sacred?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • No Disqualifications: Liv Morgan VS Sonya Deville; Liv wins.
  • LA Knight VS Ricochet; Knight wins.
  • Shayna Baszler w/ Ronda Rousey VS Natalya; Shayna wins.
  • 5v1 Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS ???; No Contest.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Rey Mysterio; Gunther wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

No Disqualifications: Liv Morgan VS Sonya Deville!

Ever since Extreme Rules, the former SmackDown Women’s Champion has been LIVing on the edge! Will she finally go over that edge against the Jersey Devil? Or will this be another big risk, big reward payoff?

The bell rings and the two tie up, for Sonya to DECK Liv! Sonya throws KNEE after KNEE, then a SOBAT! Sonya goes out and looks under the ring. Sonya brings out a kendo stick! But where’d Liv go? Liv LEAPS off the steel steps! The Thesz Press hits, and Liv gets the kendo stick! Liv swings but Sonya blocks! They fight over the stick, Sonya RAMS Liv into the apron, and again, and again! Sonya has the stick but Liv ducks it! Liv BOOTS Sonya, then gets in the ring. Liv grins, builds speed, and she runs into a SMACK! Sonya SMACKS Liv again! And again! Sonya circles around Liv, stands over her, then uses the stick to pull Liv back!

Liv endures, fans rally, but Sonya keeps grinding the stick as part of the camel clutch. Liv crawls, gets the ropebreak, but Sonya is allowed to still hold on! So Liv crawls to pull Sonya into the ropes! Sonya lets go, fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Liv fires off with the kendo stick! Liv goes until the stick breaks! Fans fire up and Liv goes outside. Liv looks under the ring, and she brings out the TABLE! Fans fire up, but Sonya WRECKS Liv with a dropkick! Sonya wags her finger and puts Liv in the ring. Sonya puts the table back under! Fans boo, Sonya goes through the ropes, into a SPIKE-RANA! Sonya flops back and Liv builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit!

Liv hurries to put Sonya in the ring, but Sonya hurries to get away! Liv just builds speed again to DIVE again! Another direct hit and fans fire up! Liv fist bumps fans and drags Sonya back up. Liv brings Sonya around, smacks her off barriers, and then bumps her off the apron. Liv mocks Sonya, fans still want tables, but Liv RAMS Sonya into steel steps! Liv hears the fans, and she brings out the TABLE! Fans fire up even more as Liv sets the table up at ringside. Liv makes sure the table is in just the right spot, but Sonya BOOTS her down! Liv flounders around, makes it back up to the apron, but Sonya hurries after her!

Fans fire up as Sonya waistlocks and tries to bring Liv down! Liv holds onto ropes, Sonya headbutts but Liv throws elbows! Liv grins, and says what the hell. BACKPACK SENTON through the table!! Fans lose their minds and Liv is smiling through the pain as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Sonya has Liv in a chinlock. Liv endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Fans fire up as Liv arm-drags free! Sonya comes back to KNEE Liv down! Liv goes to a corner, Sonya runs in but Liv dodges. Sonya goes up and leaps, FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sonya is frustrated and she goes outside while Liv goes to a corner. Sonya looks under the ring, and she brings out a chair! Sonya throws that one in the ring, then throws in another, and another, and another. Sonya keeps putting chairs in the ring, and fans count along. Sonya brings NINE chairs in, but Liv dodges the one to kick, KICK and ENZIGURI!

Liv roars and Sonya is on the ropes! SHOTGUN knocks Sonya down! Sonya goes to a corner, fans fire up and Liv runs in, back body block! Liv rolls and returns to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and springboard, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sonya is still in this but Liv keeps her focus. Liv takes those nine chairs Sonya threw in and brings Sonya to the corner. Liv bumps Sonya off buckles, puts her up top, and she wants to repeat what she did a few weeks ago! But Sonya holds the superplex off! Sonya throws body shots, then forearms! Liv wobbles, Sonya slips under and POWERBOMBS Liv on the chairs!! High stack, TWO!?!

Sonya can’t believe it but Liv survives! “This is Awesome!” as both women slowly rise. Sonya dribbles Liv off a chair! “Who do you think you are?!” Sonya dribbles Liv off the chairs more and more! Then Sonya drags Liv up into a dragon sleeper, but Liv drops to roll her up! TWO! Sonya stagger sup, Liv dodges the knees to CODE BREAKER! Sonya flounders to ropes, Liv runs in, ObLIVion onto the chairs! Cover, Liv wins!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Liv went to the extreme again, and she came away the winner! Will “Hardcore Barbie” fight her way back to the title?

 

Backstage interview with Emma.

Megan says Emma made a big return to the WWE last week, how does it feel to be back? It’s been five years, and she wasn’t sure this day would ever come. So when she answered Ronda Rousey’s open challenge, she felt the blood pumping in her veins and her heart popping out of her chest. But then, with a sarcastic clap, in walks Xia Li. Good talk, Emma. But we saw you lose. The only thing you proved is that you are weak! Xia grins but Emma says one, that was a match against Ronda Rousey. And two, BAM! Emma decks Xia! Xia snarls and gets back up, who will be the weak one when these two face off?

 

WWE shares a clip from ImPAULsive TV.

Logan Paul and friends talk about the coming showdown with Roman Reigns. His brother, Jake, offered help. Logan could use the support. The Paul Brothers know The Bloodline always rolls deep, so they’re backing each other up! But will one brother be enough to thwart an entire family tree?

 

The Viking Raiders prepare for war.

The war paint is put upon the foreheads, and “Valhalla awaits.” Is it almost time for the raid to return?

 

LA Knight VS Ricochet!

There’s only one Mega Star in the WWE, dummy, but there’s also only one One and Only! Will Ricochet prove to Knight that he’s not nearly as great as he thinks? Or will Ricochet losing not be an insult, but a fact of life, YEAH?!

SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. Knight has a mic to say, “Lemme talk to ya! You got to be kidding me, because now, a once in a generation star, some call him a Mega Star, is walking down the aisle. That means this incel, that incel, y’all’re gonna wanna jump on the gravy train that is L A Knight. But let me handle a little business here, because this little pop tart announcer over just couldn’t happen to get my hometown right a couple weeks ago. And believe me, I understand it. What you were feeling was the undeniable kavorka of LA Knight. You got lost in these baby blues.

“But even though you got it right tonight, that intro you just did? That ain’t good enough for the Mega Star. It might be good enough for this gymnastics jerk up here-” Ricochet DIVES onto Knight! Fans fire up and Ricochet drags Knight up to ROCK him! And again! Knight gets in the ring, Ricochet hurries after, and Ricochet shoulders in. Ricochet slingshots up and over and runs to CLBOBER Knight! The ref wants this to hold on, and then the bell rings. Ricochet CHOPS! And ROCKS! Ricochet says run your mouth now! Snapmare and KICK! Then an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Ricochet stalks Knight, EuroUppers, then whips.

Knight reverses and CLOBBERS Ricochet! Ricochet flounders but Knight stomps away. Knight lets off as the ref counts and he taunts the fans. Knight drags Ricochet up to ROCK him, then whip him to ropes. Ricochet rolls over, slips under and handsprings to headscissor! Ricochet DROPKICKS Knight down and fans fire up! Ricochet aims but Knight anchors a foot. Ricochet JABS Knight to make him let go, and then he drags Knight back up. But Knight HOTSHOTS Ricochet down! Knight elbows Ricochet down, stomps him, but fans rally for Ricochet. Knight shows off his own agility, LIONSAULT but he FLOPS!

Ricochet BOOTS Knight down! Knight bails out but Ricochet builds speed, and he fakes Knight out with a Superhero Landing! Knight snarls but fans fire up, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again, YEAH, and Knight drops knees on Ricochet. Cover, TWO, but Knight keeps on Ricochet with stomps. Knight drags Ricochet up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” The ref counts, Knight lets off, and fans boo. Ricochet ROCKS Knight! And again! And then ROLLING HAYMAKERS! Knight falls over and fans fire up! But then Knight YANKS Ricochet into ropes! Ricochet sputters, Knight goes to the apron, and he KNEES Ricochet back in! Knight then slingshots to SHOULDER TACKLE! Knight fires up and mocks the superhero pose, but fans boo. Cover, TWO!

Knight drags Ricochet around to then have a neck wrench. Knight leans on the hold, fans rally up, and Ricochet fights up. Ricochet throws body shots but Knight knees low. Knight has Ricochet on the ropes, whips him to ropes, but Ricochet ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Knight! Ricochet rains down fists, Knight gets away to a corner, but Ricochet CHOPS! Ricochet whips corner to corner, Knight reverses and Ricochet hits buckles! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is still in this but Knight goes to a corner. Knight drags Ricochet over, hops up and spells his name. But Ricochet grabs at him! Knight BOOTS him, but Ricochet comes back with a RANA! Cover, TWO!!

Knight survives but even he’s shocked! Ricochet throws hands, body shots, then whips. Knight reverses but Ricochet RANAS again! Knight staggers to a corner, Ricochet turns in to RAM into Knight! Ricochet bumps Knight off buckles, ROUNDHOUSES him away, then springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up and Ricochet STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Ricochet puts Knight in a drop zone and he goes up top now. Fans fire up but Knight gets under the jump! Knight scoops but Ricochet slips off to roll up! Knight pulls tights to get the roll-up and holds ropes! Knight wins!!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

Two tricks to get the three count on the One and Only! But that’s just how the one and only LA Knight does it, YEAH! Will he continue to play this game his way until he’s running SmackDown?

 

The Bloodline talks backstage.

Sami Zayn is excited! They’re all rolling! Roman Reigns is going to handle business at Crown Jewel… Yeet. And so will the Usos against the Brawling Brutes… Yeet. And when they all do, The Usos will be on the verge of breaking the all-time record for the longest reigning tag team champions ever! They are there! Jey says they are, and they’re gonna tell the Brutes what’s about to happen. In the ring? Yeah, right now. Uh, no. They talked about this! They were making progress here. Could Jey not? There’s no reason for it. The match is made, they can get a good night’s sleep, and they can beat the Brutes with the record right around the corner. So please, don’t-

Oh, okay, just because he’s Sami Uso, he thinks he’s in charge! This ain’t no Bloodline thing. This a Uso thing. And they’ve been champions before Sami, and they’ll be champions long after Sami’s gone. Jey tells Jimmy to go, and Jimmy says Jey’s got a point. They go, Sami panics, but will things go sideways this close to Crown Jewel?

 

Bray Wyatt speaks.

“I’m not the type of person that likes to share their feelings. In fact, the concept is brand new to me entirely. It makes it even harder for me when people play with me like that. When people interrupt me when I’m trying to do something that’s obviously very hard for me!” But then someone interrupts! Bray storms over to them and tells them, “I know you’re probably just here trying to do your job. I’m just trying to do my job, too. But you know that feeling you get when you’re in traffic and someone cuts you off? He drives right in front of you and he’s smiling at you. And for the next little bit, all you wanna do is fantasize what you would do what you had him for just 30 seconds?

“What would you do if you just had him alone for just 30 seconds? Me? I can’t stand the way I’m thinking about things. It’s wrong, I hate myself right now, you understand that? Because all I wanna do is take your head, run over there, and smash it in that cement wall! And honestly, bro, I can’t handle myself. I am a hair away. So I want you to do something. I want you to do it for me, do it for you, do it for both of us. I need you to reach down and I need you, from the bottom of your soul, look me in the eye, look me in the eyes, and apologize to me and tell me you didn’t mean to bust in! You didn’t mean to come this all up! Tell me you mean it! Tell me you’re sorry!”

But as Bray is losing his cool, Uncle Howdy is getting to him. “It’s all your fault.” The staffer says he’s sorry, he didn’t mean to. Bray calms down, and says he knows. Go, please. The staffer hurries off and Bray takes a breath. Does Uncle Howdy have a point? Is Bray lying to himself?

 

The Usos head to the ring!

Jey & Jimmy go to the ring, just as Jey said. They’re just nine days away from tying the New Day’s record, but they’ve got the Brawling Brutes to face tomorrow. Fans chant “Let’s Get Ucey!” Jey gets the mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says, “Yo, Uce. We on our way, baby.” “To what?” “We on our way, history-making. And it starts tomorrow at Crown Jewel.” They will be the longest reigning tag team champions EVER! Fans like the sound of that, as they chant “UCEY! UCEY!” Jimmy says it starts with the Brutes! “Ey, Brutes!” “You the twos!” And #WeTheOnes! But wait! Here comes the New Day!

Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods want them all to “hold up hold up hold up.” Pump the brakes, slow it down, and take a second. Just STOP! Now yes, at Crown Jewel it’ll be Usos VS Brutes for the tag titles. And to be honest, Kofi & Woods want the Brutes. But if by some Bloodline stroke of luck, the Usos get through the Brutes and retain, then understand one thing: “When you’re on that plane, flying back home, as soon as you touch back down on American soil, you will have THE longest reigning WWE Tag Team Champions waiting to tear you limb from limb to protect our record.”

“In other words, we got next.” “BECAAAAUSE!” “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” The challenge has been made, the Usos raise the belts, but then the Brutes attack from behind! Ridge & Dunne take down the Usos, and Woods tells them they better win. And then all four stomp out the Usos! But here comes Sami & Solo! Solo CLOBBERS the New Day! Sami fires off on Ridge but Dunne jumps on Solo! Solo SLAMS Dunne! And he SUPERKICKS Ridge! Solo TOSSES Dunne out, Jimmy SUPERKICKS Woods! Jey SUPERKICKS Kofi! Sami drags Ridge up, he and Solo feed Ridge to the DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up for “SAMI USO!” but THE Usos go to the corners!

Jey & Jimmy aim at Ridge, for the DOUBLE- NO, Dunne CLOBBERS everyone with a shillelagh! Sami! Then Solo! Then Jimmy and Jey! But Solo SUPERKICKS Dunne back down! Then the SPINNING SOLO! The Bloodline stands tall after all, but will the Usos make it through the Brutes to head for history?

 

Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

Kayla Braxton says Rey is facing Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship. Winning this title could be the fresh start he needs? Rey says he loves competing in the WWE, and he has given his life to wrestling. Everyone knows that that is something Rey always shared with his son. But Rey is haunted by those memories, even now. But Rey will also show his son that even when the worst thing happens to you, you can’t give up, you have to keep fighting. Now Gunther is one hell of an opponent. Rey still feels the pain in his chest from the chop last week.

But Rey will take that pain and turn it into rage and that rage will fuel him up to chop Gunther down to size so he can become the NEW Intercontinental Champion. Rey is ready in mind, body and soul, but will it be enough to stop Der Ring General?

 

Shayna Baszler w/ Ronda Rousey VS Natalya!

The Queen of Spades choked out the Queen of Harts when she mouthed off to the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Will she do so again to keep Natalya from the title? Or will the BOAT sail towards a match with the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

SmackDown returns and Natty makes her entrance. The bell rings, Natty and Shayna circle, then tie up. Natty headlocks, hits the takeover, but Shayna headscissors. Natty moves around, gets free and gets the headlock back. Shayna rolls Natty to a cover, ONE! Natty grinds the hold, Shayna fights up and powers out. Natty runs Shayna over, drags Shayna up, and then wrenches to a wristlock. Natty tells Ronda to shut up but Shayna drags Natty down. Shayna isolates an arm, and she STOMP- NO, Natty rolls her up! TWO, Natty SLAPS Shayna! Natty whips Shayna to a corner, runs in, but Shayna dodges.

Shayna runs in to KNEE Natty in the corner! Shayna stomps a mudhole, lets off as the ref counts and soaks up the heat. Ronda applauds and Shayna drags Natty by the arm. Shayna isolate sit again and STOMPS it! Ronda mocks Natty’s pain while Natty writhes and gets to the ropes. Shayna drags Natty by her bad arm, wraps it around ropes, and pulls! The ref counts, Shayna lets off at 4, and Ronda is loving this as Shayna twists the bad arm around. Natty endures, fights around, gets to her feet, and she throws body shots! Shayna kicks but Natty blocks to throw Shayna down! Natty kicks Shayna, and ROCKS her with haymaker after haymaker!

Natty throws elbows, and Ronda is upset. Natty hits a basement dropkick, TWO! Ronda is annoyed that Shayna is struggling but fans cheer Natty. Natty drags Shayna up, but Shayna blocks the suplex to PANCAKE! Bridging cover, TWO!! Natty escapes but Shayna whips Natty to a corner, Natty dodges the knee, DISCUS!! Cover, TWO! Shayna is still in this but Natty has the legs! Natty glares at Ronda but Shayna throws hands! Shayna BOOTS Natty, then gets the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Natty flails, endures, moves around, rolls it back, TWO!! Shayna has the clutch back! Natty is fading, she is OUT! Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

Ronda is proud but the fans all boo. The killer instinct has returned, but these two MMA Horsewomen decide that’s not enough. Shayna brings down the kneepads, the ref tells her no, but Shayna runs in to KNEE Natty in the mouth!! Ronda applauds as Natty has a bloody nose! Will Ronda & Shayna be the baddest women on the planet?

 

SmackDown returns and MVP is in the ring.

Montel Vontavius Porter has the mic, and he says, “I was particularly pleased when I found out that the Monster of All Monsters would be in action tonight! And so close to his match at Crown Jewel with the 7’3”, 403 lbs. Nigerian Giant, Omos. Well, you guys know that I’m kind of a big deal around here. I used my connections to sort out some competition for Braun Strowman tonight. So I got a few opponents for him. Well, five opponents for Braun Strowman tonight.” And those five men make their way out. But just because this is one more than Omos handled, will that stop them from GETTING THESE HANDS? Because here comes BRAUN!!

5v1 Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS ???

MVP tells them to watch out! But the Strowman Express BLASTS all five men at once!! Fans are thunderous as MVP is stunned silent! Braun storms up to the ring, and MVP says they can just talk this out. Braun steps closer and MVP runs! Braun pursues! MVP manages to make it to the ramp, he swings his cane, but Braun blocks it! Braun takes the cane away, BREAKS it, then drags MVP up to toss him around! And into barriers! Fans fire up as Braun hauls MVP up and puts him in the ring! Braun storms in after MVP, hauls him up, and he carries MVP around before the MONSTER SLAM! MVP writhes but fans want “ONE MORE TIME!”

Braun says why not! He scoops MVP and hits another MONSTER SLAM! Fans fire up more because they want “ONE MORE TIME!” Braun drags MVP up again, scoops him again, and he hits a third MONSTER SLAM! Braun roars, but will Omos get revenge when these titans meet in Riyadh?

 

Backstage interview with Gunther & Imperium.

Kayla starts to ask Gunther something, but Ludwig Kaiser takes the mic and hands it to Gunther. “Tonight, I’m gonna step in the ring and successfully defend my title with dignity, respect and honor. Rey Mysterio has got not honor. That’s why his son turned his back on him. One thing will never change, and that is me being the WWE Intercontinental Champion.” Ludwig hands the mic back to Kayla. Will Gunther back up his words by destroying Rey? Or will Rey manage to dethrone the towering Ring General?

 

SmackDown begins a World Cup Tournament!

That’s right! Starting next week, an eight man tournament will begin and the winner will be the first-ever winner of the SmackDown World Cup! Who will be in? And who will be the first ones out?

 

Legado del Fantasma speaks.

Santos Escobar says, “I always thought he was an intelligent man. But Nakamura’s choice last week leaves me with no choice but to make an example out of him.” Zelina Vega says, “Shinsuke Nakamura, shizukani. The time for talking is done. Because after what happens to you, everyone in WWE will see exactly why Legado del Fantasma’s growing empire cannot be stopped.” Escobar says that is why La Reina, Zelina Vega, and El Emperador, Santos Escobar, make the perfect competition. Vega will drink to that. They all will. LDF toasts, but will the Emperor of Lucha fall to the King of Strong Style?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Rey Mysterio!

Der Ring General has gone from the most dominant NXT UK Champion ever to perhaps one of the most dominant WWE Intercontinental Champions ever. However, the King of Lucha Libre has proven to be one of the greatest underdogs of all time! Will Rey pull off another David VS Goliath level victory? Or will no one, not even a living legend, stop Gunther?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if it and the mat stay sacred!

The bell rings as Gunther and Rey stare down. Rey shoves Gunther, but then Gunther corners him. Rey gets away, then gets away again, but Gunther catches Rey the third time. Gunther swings, misses, and Rey SLAPS Gunther! Rey backs up to BOOT Gunther, then leaps, but into Gunther’s arms! Gunther puts Rey up top to CHOP! Gunther climbs up to STAND On Rey! The ref counts, Gunther lets off and Rey flops to the outside. Fans boo but Gunther goes out to CHOP! And then he YANKS Rey down to the floor! Rey writhes and Gunther looms over him as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Gunther slides Rey out hard to the floor! Rey writhes again, but Gunther goes out, drags him up, and talks trash while smother Rey into the apron! Gunther reels Rey in, brings him up, and APRON POWERBOMBS him! Gunther pushes Rey down, goes into the ring, and he lets the ring count handle this. Rey is down all the way to 5 of 10 but fans rally up. Rey sits up at 7, drags himself up with the apron skirt, and manages to get in at 9.5! Fans fire up but Gunther is right on Rey. Gunther brings Rey around, scoops him, and SLAMS him! Gunther snarls while Rey writhes again.

Gunther dares Rey to get up, then KICKS him in the back! Gunther drags Rey up, scoops and SLAMS him again, and he looms over Rey again. Rey crawls to a corner but Gunther is right on him. Gunther scoops Rey but Rey holds on! Gunther tries again, but Rey blocks again! Gunther throws KNEES, but still Rey holds on! Gunther fireman’s carries, but then Rey tries a crucifix takedown! Gunther holds that off as fans fire up for Rey! Rey gives it one last gas, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Both men are down and fans rally back up. Gunther and Rey rise, Rey KICKS a leg! Rey ROCKS Gunther with haymakers but Gunther shoves him.

Rey rebounds to ROCK, KICK, and KICK again! Gunther shoves Rey again, Rey rebounds to duck and QUEBRADA! Gunther catches Rey, but Rey slips around to a SLEEPER! Gunther flails, pries the hold, but Rey shifts his grip! Gunther is fading, but he THROWS Rey away! Fans rally while Gunther sputters. Rey gets up to go up a corner, and he BOOTS Gunther! Rey hops on for another SLEEPER! Rey squeezes tight as a backpack, but Gunther RAMS Rey into buckles! Rey holds on! Gunther is fading again! Gunther is down to a knee! But Gunther fights back up, to go up the corner!? SUPER BACKPACK SENTON!! Fans fire up while both men are down, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Gunther looms over Rey again. Gunther stomps Rey but fans rally up. Gunther pushes Rey down into a NECK TWIST! Rey writhes and he flounders to the apron. Fans boo but Gunther storms over to drag Rey up. Gunther turns Rey around to fishhook the nose and even pry at the mask! The ref counts, Gunther lets off at 4, and Rey flops into the ring. Gunther KICKS Rey in the side! Gunther gives toying kicks but the ref counts as Rey is in the corner. Gunther stands Rey up to SMOTHER him! The ref counts, Gunther lets off, and Rey SLAPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Gunther CLUBS him down!

Gunther drags Rey up and reels him in, POWER- NO, Rey fights it off with fists! Gunther drops and gets a SEATED SENTON! Rey BOOTS Gunther, springboards to wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Fans fire up for Rey as he and Gunther are both down! Rey SHOTGUNS Gunther to a corner, runs in, but is put on the apron. Rey throws body shots, GAMANGIRIS Gunther away, then goes up top! Rey leaps, FLYING SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Gunther survives but he and Rey both slowly rise. Rey stands first, he runs in and tilt-o-whirl headscissors Gunther onto ropes!

Fans fire up, Rey dials it up, but Gunther stands up! Rey SHOTGUNS Gunther back onto the ropes, and then redials, 619!! Gunther is in a drop zone and Rey hurries to a corner! Rey climbs up but a bit too slowly, and Gunther grabs him! Gunther TOSSES Rey to the mat! And then Gunther climbs! Fans boo but Rey ROCKS Gunther first! And again! Gunther and Rey brawl as Rey climbs up! Rey throws HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, but Gunther shoves him away. Rey comes back to ROCK Gunther, climb up again, and rain down fists! Then SUPER- NO! Gunther blocks the rana, brings Rey up, but Rey SUPER STEINERS!! Cover, TWO!!!

No one can believe it but Gunther survives! “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise again. Rey goes to a corner, he climbs up again, but Gunther stands! Rey leaps, but Gunther catches him! Gunther swings Rey up, but Rey sunset flips! TWO!!! Gunther escapes by nanoseconds! Both men are a bit stunned, but Rey stands again to go back to the apron. Rey shouts out Latino Heat and fans fire up. Rey climbs, leaps, but Gunther moves and the splash FLOPS! Gunther runs in to SHOTGUN Rey! And then Gunther reels Rey in, for the GENERAL BOMB! Cover, TWO!?!? Rey survives and Gunther is furious!

Fans are thunderous for Rey but Gunther storms around. Gunther drags Rey up, but Rey SLAPS him! Gunther CHOPS Rey! Gunther gets Rey up, to- RANA! Gunther is on ropes, Rey redials, but runs into a BOOT!! Gunther RIPCORD LARIATS! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

The King of Lucha put up a fight as big as Gunther himself, but Gunther withstands it! As dominant as he was in NXT UK, will nothing stop Der Ring General as Intercontinental Champion?


My Thoughts:

A really good go-home, but still rather go-home-y. But I suppose it can’t be helped with this being filmed last week so that those on the card could make the trip for Crown Jewel. We did get some well made video packages for the big title matches, namely Roman VS Logan. We still got really good segments from The Bloodline, but of course we also got chants of “UCEY!” I did like that the New Day called the Usos out over the title reign record. And it seems like no matter who makes it out of Crown Jewel as champions, Kofi & Woods get a shot. The Bloodline may have stood tall in that brawl with New Day & Brutes, but I’m pretty sure Usos retain and then face New Day to give us a proper showdown of “titles VS record.”

We got a great No Disqualifications match from Liv and Sonya, and Liv winning big is great stuff for her. I don’t know if she’s going to get back to the title so soon when Ronda is still champion, but she’s clearly having a lot of fun running wild like this, and that’s fun for the fans. Speaking of Ronda, of course Shayna beats Natty, but it was an interesting touch that Ronda suggested Shayna to go the extra mile. I still wonder if there’s a twist and Shayna turns on Ronda to go after the title herself. It’s either that or they try to get in on the Women’s Tag Division and they take on whoever comes out of DMG CTRL VS Team EST. I prefer Shayna turning on Ronda.

Good promo from Emma and Xia to set up a feud there. That Viking Raiders vignette was short but really well maid, I wonder if they’ll be back to then go after the tag titles on the road to Survivor Series. Very good match from LA Knight and Ricochet, but also good promo stuff from Knight. Not enough “YEAH” and “Dummy” but Knight does love calling people incels. Knight cheats to win, of course, so there’ll surely be a rematch. And great stuff from Bray Wyatt, taking a new twist on his already rather unique promos where Bray’s got Howdy haunting him. At some point, I think Bray is going to snap and beat someone up, proving Howdy right.

Good promo from Legado to call out Nakamura, and Nakamura VS Escobar is going to be great stuff, but I feel like they should put that into the “SmackDown World Cup” tournament. And given that that is a SmackDown only tournament, it REEKS of Fox telling SmackDown to do something sports related, since the World Cup is now part of the Fall to Winter season. Nakamura VS Escobar would be a great way to kick the tournament off, and maybe the winner of that takes the whole thing to then, I don’t know, use winning the cup as reason to get a title match.

And speaking of, we got a great Intercontinental Championship match, though it maybe took a bit to really get going there. I was pleasantly surprised that Gunther won clean, but I also figured he would win either way. Gunther adds another big name to the list, maybe he finds a contender through the SmackDown Cup, but the possibilities are pretty open. Solo Sikoa would also be a natural choice given the Bloodline will want even more gold. Solo could also have a good run in the SmackDown Cup, so maybe it’s two birds with one stone, Solo wins the cup and then challenges Gunther for just a badass match.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/19/24)

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

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Naomi.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

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

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

 

Paul Heyman talks with Solo Sikoa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Heyman goes to the parking lot.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

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

 

VIP Skybox interview with Damage CTRL!

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

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

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

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

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

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Naomi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

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

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

LSG vs Joe Hendry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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