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Mitchell’s NJPW WrestleKingdom 17 Results & Report! (1/21/23)

NJPW VS NOAH, the rematch!

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Yokohama hosts the massive crossover’s sequel!

As NJPW heads for year 51, they once again invite Pro-Wrestling NOAH for a star-studded showdown in Yokohama Arena! It’s WrestleKingdom 17, part 2!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kosei Fujita & Ryohei Oiwa VS Taishi Ozawa & Yasutaka Yano; Fujita & Oiwa win.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Oskar Leube VS Daiki Inaba & Masa Kitamiya; Inaba & Kitamiya win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura VS KENTA, El Phantasmo, Gedo & Naomichi Marufuji; Tanahashi, Yano, Kojima & Sugiura win.
  • El Desperado VS YO-HEY; Desperado wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & Tiger Mask VS Alejandro, Junta Miyawaki & AMAKUSA; Alejandro, Miyawaki & Amakusa win.
  • Kazuchika Okada & Togi Makabe VS Yoshiki Inamura & Kaito Kiyomiya; No Contest.
  • BUSHI VS Tadasuke; Tadasuke wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS Hajime Ohara; Hiromu wins.
  • SANADA VS Manabu Soya; Soya wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Katsuhiko Nakajima; Takagi wins.
  • Tetsuya Naito VS Kenoh; Naito wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

BUSHI VS Tadasuke!

Leading off this Best of 5 series of Los Ingobernables de Japon VS KONGO, it’s the Black Mask and The Out Cast! Will Bushi hit a homer? Or will Tadasuke strike him out?

Speaking of striking, Bushi strikes first with a SHOTGUN dropkick before the bell! The ref reprimands but the bell rings as Bushi fires off forearms! Bushi CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Bushi brings Tadasuke around, messes with Tadasuke’s hair, then wipes his hands off on the ref. Fans rally up, Bushi drags Tadasuke up to throw him out, and goes out to CLUB Tadasuke on the back. Bushi whips Tadasuke hard into railing! Bushi kicks Tadasuke around, brings him and whips him hard into more railing! Fans fire up and Bushi dusts off his hands. Bushi drags Tadasuke up and whips him, only for Tadasuke to reverse and send Bushi into railing!

Bushi comes back and fires off forearms! Bushi whips, Tadasuke reverses, and Bushi hits railing again! Tadasuke BOOTS Bushi down! The ref reprimands, Tadasuke tells him to hold on, and he grins as he looms over Bushi. Tadasuke drags Bushi up, puts him in the ring, and fans applaud. Tadasuke stomps away on Bushi, then laughs as he runs and stomps Bushi down again! Bushi goes to ropes, Tadasuke drags him up and puts him on other ropes. Tadasuke goes to the apron to stand on Bushi, and then he shouts as he runs to GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Bushi flounders back while fans applaud.

Tadasuke goes into the ring, covers, TWO! Tadasuke keeps on Bushi with a stretch plum! Bushi endures, Tadasuke throws down elbows and keeps on the plum! Bushi endures, crawls around with just his legs, but Tadasuke puts on the pressure! Bushi reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Tadasuke lets go and fans applaud. Tadasuke looms over Bushi, and he rips off the shirt! “C’MON, BABY!” Fans boo as Tadasuke flexes, but Bushi gets up to fire off forearms! Bushi ROCKS Tadasuke, but Tadasuke CHOPS! Bushi CHOPS, Tadasuke CHOPS, repeat! Tadasuke CHOPS Bushi off his feet! Fans fire up while Tadasuke dusts himself up.

Fans chant for Bushi but Tadasuke shrugs that off. Tadasuke stands Bushi up to HEADBUTT! Tadasuke whips Bushi to a corner, runs in corner to corner, but Bushi BOOTS him back! Bushi then RANAS Tadasuke down! Fans rally up, Bushi stands and he brings Tadasuke up. Tadasuke fires off forearms but Bushi SLAPS him! Bushi snapmares and KICKS Tadasuke in the back! And KICKS him again! Bushi throws Tadasuke out and builds speed, DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans fire up with Bushi and the ring count starts. Bushi takes his time, stomps Tadasuke at 6 of 20, then drags him up at 9. Bushi puts Tadasuke in at 12 and fans applaud.

Bushi climbs a corner and fans rally. Tadasuke stands, Bushi MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans cheer for the Bushirooni! Bushi drags Tadasuke up but Tadasuke swings on him! Bushi blocks, spins Tadasuke, but Tadasuke wrenches back, gets around, and atomic drops! Tadasuke then fakes a punch to hit a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Bushi but Tadasuke uses that to fire himself up. Tadasuke runs, but Bushi blocks the lariat! ARM BREAKER! BACKSTABBER! Tadasuke staggers around, Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Fans fire up as Bushi goes up top and calls his shot! M- LARIAT! Tadasuke counters Bushi’s best shot and both men are down!

Fans rally back up as Bushi and Tadasuke stir. Tadasuke drags himself to ropes, but his arms don’t have the strength to drag himself up. Tadasuke goes to Bushi and throws a forearm. Bushi throws a forearm back! Tadasuke throws another forearm, so Bushi throws another one back! They stand, fans rally, and Tadasuke throws another forearm! Bushi returns it, and the brawl is on! Bushi gets the edge but Tadasuke gives those all back! Bushi SLAPS, Tadasuke LARIATS! Tadasuke stands Bushi up to LARIAT again! Fans fire up, Tadasuke runs, Bushi LARIATS! Both men are down and fans rally for Bushi!

Tadasuke bails out and flounders around. Bushi goes out but is also sore. Bushi storms up to Tadasuke, whips him, but Tadasuke reverses! Bushi hits railing hard, and both men are down again. The ref checks both men, they’re okay to continue, and Tadasuke fires up! Tadasuke talks some trash, drags Bushi up, and he whips Bushi, only for Bushi to reverse! Tadasuke hits railings hard! Bushi kicks the gate open and brings Tadasuke to No Man’s Land. Bushi brings Tadasuke around, NECKBREAKER on the railing! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Bushi stands, he drags Tadasuke back around and puts him in the ring.

Fans rally as Bushi brings Tadasuke through the ropes, DRAPING DDT to the apron! Bushi goes into the ring, drags Tadasuke back in, FISHERMAN- NO, Tadasuke slips free to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Tadasuke fires himself up but the fans rally for Bushi. Tadasuke torture racks, Bushi slips free and shoves Tadasuke at the ref! Tadasuke stops himself, but turns around into BLACK MIST!! Bushi reels Tadasuke in for a backslide! But Tadasuke rolls through to ghost pin! TADASUKE WINS!!

Winner: Tadasuke (KONGO 1-0)

Bushi can’t believe it! His trick backfired and he suffers loss! But then he goes after Tadasuke! Tensions were already high between the factions and now we have a brawl! They throw haymakers and then grapple! Young Lions from both sides rush in and separate the two, and Tadasuke staggers his way up the ramp, still a bit blind. KONGO takes the lead, will this win be all the difference in the series?

 

Hiromu Takahashi VS Hajime Ohara!

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, the Best of the Super Juniors, has his work cut out for him. With LIJ down 0-1, will Hiromu be able to turn things around? Or will the Dark Dragon cause the Ticking Timebomb to self-destruct?

The bell rings and fans rally for “HI-RO-MU!” already. Hiromu and Ohara both rush in but Ohara avoids the dropkick! Ohara facelocks Hiromu, and rolls with him as Hiromu tries to get free. Ohara floats around to headlock, but Hiromu slips out to headlock back. Ohara powers up, slips free and headlocks Hiromu again. Hiromu powers up to power out, but Ohara runs him over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down but Ohara uses that to float and headlock again. Fans applaud this opening exchange, and Hiromu fights up. Hiromu pries the hold open, slips around and he headlocks Ohara in return.

Ohara rolls, pops free, and he has a headlock on the mat. Fans applaud, but Hiromu hooks with a leg. Ohara shrugs the headscissor, shifts to a facelock, and he snapmares Hiromu into a chinlock. Ohara thrashes around but Hiromu endures. Fans rally, Hiromu fights up, throws elbows, and Hiromu runs. Ohara catches Hiromu to a chinlock! Fans rally, but Ohara hits a BACK2BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ohara tries again, TWO! And again, TWO! A deep hook, TWO!! Hiromu escapes and bails out of the ring but Ohara pursues! Ohara puts Hiromu back in quickly, and he stomps Hiromu down. Fans rally but Ohara brings Hiromu up.

Ohara wrenches, whips corner to corner, and runs in, but Hiromu dodges! Hiromu comes back, and shouts at “Hao!” as he clotheslines! Hiromu snapmares Ohara, runs, but Ohara leaps to drag Hiromu down! Ohara gets an arm and a leg, for the MUY BIEN! Hiromu endures the modified Half Crab, and then Ohara shifts to just the Half Crab! Hiromu crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Ohara lets go cleanly and Hiromu bails out again. Ohara follows, he brings Hiromu up and puts him back in the ring. Ohara looms over Hiromu, fans rally up but Ohara clamps on for a motorcycle stretch. Hiromu reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Ohara lets off cleanly again, and he brings Hiromu up to wrench. Hiromu fights the lift, throws down elbows, and then he CHOPS! Hiromu whips, Ohara reverses, but Hiromu RANAS on the return! Fans fire up as Ohara goes to a corner. Hiromu runs in to clothesline! Snapmare again, and SHOTGUN! Ohara bails out and Hiromu follows now. Hiromu is on the apron, FLYING SHOTGUN, but Ohara dodges! Hiromu crashes down and Ohara wags his finger. Ohara stands on Hiromu’s neck, the ref reprimands, but Ohara lets off. Ohara drags Hiromu up, and RAMS him into railing! And again and again and again!

The ref reprimands, Ohara lets off, and he brings Hiromu up. Ohara whips Hiromu hard into railing! Hiromu writhes at the ramp but Ohara storms over. Ohara drags Hiromu up, puts him in the ring and covers, TWO! Ohara keeps cool, he brings Hiromu back up, and wrenches to pump handle and lift! BACKBREAKER! Hiromu writhes, Ohara covers, TWO! Fans rally for Hiromu but Ohara looms over him. Ohara drags Hiromu up, fireman’s carries, but Hiromu fights free! Hiromu swings but Ohara dodges to waistlock. Hiromu switches, Ohara wrenches out and hooks Hiromu to bring him down! Hiromu slips free and fireman’s carries, CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Ohara stir, and Hiromu stands up at the ropes. Hiromu drags Ohara up, fireman’s carries again, but the back gives up! Ohara wrenches, forearms, and hits a BACKBREAKER to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Ohara rolls Hiromu over, traps a leg and has the over-the-shoulder! TRES FLUERS! But Hiromu scrambles forward to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Ohara lets off, and fans fire up again. Ohara drags Hiromu up, reels him in, Canadian Rack, but Hiromu fights free! Hiromu swings but Ohara dodges, only to come back into the HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!

Both men are down again and fans fire up! Ohara stands first, but Hiromu ELBOWS! Ohara ducks the superkick, knees low, but runs in to a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Hiromu drags Ohara up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu writhes from the pain in his back but both men are down again. Fans rally up, and the dueling begins as “O-HA-RA!” has fans in the crowd now. Hiromu drags Ohara up, but Ohara ROCKS Hiromu! Hiromu ROCKS Ohara! Ohara ROCKS Hiromu again! Hiromu goes to ropes, but he comes back to ROCK Ohara! Ohara staggers to ropes, but he fires up to ROCK Hiromu again!

Hiromu staggers, leans on the ropes, fires up and comes back to ROCK Ohara! Ohara ROCKS Hiromu! They go forehead to forehead, the forearms fly faster and faster now! Fans rally, the two slow down, and Hiromu staggers around. Ohara eggs Hiromu on and Hiromu fires back up, actually calling him “OHARA!” Hiromu throws a forearm! Ohara drops to a knee, and Hiromu drags him up. Ohara shouts, “TAKAHASHI HIROMU!” and he fires off fast hands! Ohara runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Hiromu roars and runs, into a tilt-o-whirl DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Ohara now as he drags Hiromu into the hammerlock! MUY BIEN!!

Hiromu endures, fans fire up, and Hiromu drags himself around! Ohara grabs that free arm but Hiromu fights free! Hiromu reaches, but Ohara traps that arm!! But Hiromu keeps fighting! Hiromu kicks around, and they both fall into the ROPEBREAK! Fans are thunderous as Ohara lets go. Ohara waits on Hiromu to sit up, then runs, but Hiromu blocks the chop! SUPERKICK! Ohara just glares at Hiromu! Ohara fires off forearms! Ohara runs, Hiromu follows, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu drags Ohara back up, suplexes, VICTORY ROYALE! Cover, TWO!! Ohara survives and fans are thunderous!

Hiromu pounds the mat, fans clap along, and Hiromu powers up! Hiromu drags Ohara up into the dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, TIMEBOMB- NO, Ohara fights and flails! But Hiromu keeps Ohara up, for TIMEBOMB MK II!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (series tied 1-1)

Hiromu thought that as the Best of the Super Juniors, he was going to have an easy time with the former GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion. Ohara still lost, but he surely won Hiromu’s respect. And now with things all tied up, it’s anyone’s game!

 

SANADA VS Manabu Soya!

The middle of the series ends up being a critical moment, and it’s between former AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champions! Will the tiebreaker go to the Cold Skull or the Power Booster?

The bell rings and fans rally up for Sanada as he stares down with Soya. They circle, feel things out, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Soya finds a point of leverage. Sanada turns things around to have Soya on the ropes, but he lets off cleanly. Fans applaud and the two reset. They feel out another grapple, Soya shoots in but Sanada gets around to waistlock. Soya sits and slips out to hammerlock. Soya then headlocks, but Sanada slips out to wristlock. Soya stands up, wrenches, and wristlocks back. Sanada rolls, handsprings, and cartwheels to handspring and wrench back! Sanada headlocks, spins, headlocks for a takeover, but Soya headscissors!

Sanada kips free, Soya CHOPS him! Fans applaud as Sanada stays up. Soya whips him to ropes, but Sanada holds ropes. Soya runs in, Sanada BOOTS him, but Soya comes back to clothesline Sanada up and out of the ring! Fans rally up while Sanada clutches his arm. Soya goes out after him, brings him up, and whips Sanada hard into railing! Soya keeps on Sanada to whip him into more railing! Soya goes after Sanada again to whip him into more railing! The railing sure is getting a workout tonight. Soya drags Sanada up and puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE! Soya keeps cool and fans rally up. Soya drags Sanada up but Sanada CHOPS!

Soya stares Sanada down so Sanada CHOPS again! Soya CHOPS Sanada, Sanada CHOPS again! They go CHOP for CHOP, Soya CHOPS Sanada to the corner! Soya whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Soya then headlocks for the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Sanada but Soya drags him back up. Soya deadlift suplexes Sanada! But Sanada fights it and turns things around to a snap suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Soya stirs, and Sanada kips up! Sanada brings Soya up, but Soya knees low. Soya whips, Sanada reverses and hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS!

Soya bails out but Sanada aims, for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder and they oblige. They cheer for “SA-NA-DA!” and Sanada brings Soya back up. Sanada puts Soya in the ring, then he springboards, but Soya catches him! But Sanada fights the fireman’s carry to waistlock. Soya switches, lifts, but Sanada fights with elbows. Sanada runs, into a SPEAR! Fans fire up while Soya snarls. Sanada crawls to a corner, Soya runs in, and he clotheslines! Soya then reels Sanada in, Canadian Racks, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives #WildScrap but Soya keeps cool.

Soya rallies up the fans, Sanada stands, and Soya runs. WILD- NO, Sanada gets around, shoves Soya to a corner, but Soya boots Sanada back. Sanada runs back in, Soya dodges, but Sanada tumbles up and out. Sanada springboards back in for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Sanada drags Soya back up, fireman’s carries, and T K O! Cover, TWO! Soya is still in this and Sanada is a bit annoyed. But the fans rally back up and Sanada brings Soya into the dragon sleeper. But Soya lifts Sanada! Sanada fights the lawn dart to SKULL- NO, Soya rolls through, deadlifts, and hits a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Sanada survives and fans rally back up.

Soya waits on Sanada to stand, then he runs, but into a DROPKICK! Soya stays up and roars! Soya swings, but Sanada catches him to spin him around, suplex and MAGIC SCREW! Soya flounders and fans rally for Sanada. Sanada climbs, ROUNDING BODY PRESS to the back! Sanada goes up top again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Knees for Sanada’s ribs, but also knees for Soya’s face! Both men are down from that double-edged save! Soya snarls through the pain and he dares Sanada to get up. Sanada stands, Soya runs in, DOUBLE CHOPS! Sanada ROCKS Soya with a forearm, but Soya DOUBLE CHOPS again!

Fans rally up and Sanada grits his teeth. Sanada ROCKS Soya, but Soya grits his teeth. Soya DOUBLE CHOPS, Sanada forearms, Soya goes to a single CHOP! They go back and forth, forearm for CHOP, and then Soya fires DOUBLE CHOP after DOUBLE CHOP! Soya eggs Sanada on as his chest is stinging! Sanada grits his teeth, he EuroUppers Soya! Soya drops to a knee and fans fire up again! Sanada drags Soya up, but Soya breaks free! Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS, runs, spins, but into a LARIAT! Soya fireman’s carries, for the PERFECT DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Soya is all fired up!

Soya aims from the corner as Sanada flounders back up. WILD- NO, Sanada dodges, O’Conner Rolls deep! TWO!!! Soya escapes, runs in, but into an elbow! Sanada QUEBRADA, to the SKULL END!! But Soya fights it, turns around, suplexes, but Sanada tries to cradle! Soya fights that off, to deadlift Sanada for a BRAINBUSTER! Soya isn’t done there, he stands Sanada up and reels him back in. JUMPING DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Sanada survives and fans are thunderous! Soya snarls, pounds a buckle pad, and then aims at Sanada again. Sanada rises up as fans rally, and Soya runs in, but Sanada gets around! But Soya bucks the O’Conner!

Soya runs in, into a RANA! Cover, TWO!?! Soya escapes, he comes in, WILD BOMBER!! Cover, ONE?!?! Sanada survives Soya’s best shot, but Soya isn’t deterred! DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Soya roars, runs in, WILD BOMBER!!! Cover, SOYA WINS!

Winner: Manabu Soya, by pinfall (KONGO leads 2-1)

The Power Booster busts through and he not only breaks the tie in this series, he ties the personal series between him and Sanada! Will this win over the Cold Skull be just what Soya needs to fire up in 2023?

 

Shingo Takagi VS Katsuhiko Nakajima!

The Rampaging Dragon has a lot on the horizon, but he isn’t going to look past this battle for his team. Will the KOPW Provisional Champion be rolling into the New Beginning? Or will the Mad Wolf secure the series for his side?

The bell rings and fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” Takagi and Nakajima approach, feel things out, then back up. They approach again, feel things out again, but again they back off. Fans rally, Takagi wants knuckle locks but Nakajima swiftly kicks him in the leg. Takagi backs off again and Nakajima smirks. Takagi comes back, tests the waters with jabs, then he rushes in to clinch. They end up in a corner, the ref calls for the break, but Takagi gives short headbutts, then elbows, then fires off and CHOPS! Takagi runs, but Nakajima catches, suplexes, only for Takagi to fight free. Fans applaud as the two stare down.

Fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” again as he and Nakajima reset. They circle, feel things out, and they knuckle lock. Nakajima kicks low, snapmares and KICKS! Takagi stands up to shove Nakajima. Takagi fires a forearm, Nakajima gives it back, and they go back and forth! Fans rally as they go faster and faster, Nakajima answering right after Takagi hits him. Takagi knees low, headlocks, but Nakajima powers out to BOOT! Nakajima runs to BOOT again, but Takagi comes back to run Nakajima over! Fans fire up and Takagi steadies himself. Nakajima goes to a corner, Takagi runs in and he blocks the boot! To LARIAT!

Takagi brings Nakajima out and suplexes him high and hard! Fans rally, and Takagi gives Nakajima toying kicks. Nakajima stands up but Takagi reels him in. Nakajima fights the lift with a headlock, but Takagi pops free to ROCK Nakajima with a forearm. Takagi runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally but Takagi sputters while Nakajima paces around. Nakajima smirks as he lines up a shot, and he runs to PENALTY KICK Takagi right in the stomach! Takagi clutches his side and crawls out of the ring! Fans rally for Takagi but Nakajima lets him writhe while checking kick pads. Takagi stands, but Nakajima goes to the apron, PENALTY KICK!

Takagi falls down and fans rally up again. The ring count starts while Nakajima sits cross-legged in the ring. Fans boo as Nakajima mocks Takagi’s hands-together pose. Takagi sits up at 10 of 20, forces himself to stand at 14, and he hobbles over and in at 16. Fans applaud the toughness, but Nakajima runs in corner to corner to BOOT! Nakajima sits Takagi down to dig his boots in! Nakajima grins while the ref counts, and Nakajima lets off at 4. Fans rally for Takagi more but Nakajima stomps again. Nakajima digs his boots in again, and grins as the fans boo. The ref counts again, Nakajima lets off at 3. Nakajima now gives those toying kicks.

Takagi gets up to throw a forearm but Nakajima gives it back. Nakajima KICKS Takagi, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to BOOT again! And Nakajima grinds his boots in again! Fans boo, the ref counts, and Nakajima lets off. Nakajima gives Takagi fast kicks again and again, but he’s still toying with Takagi. Nakajima digs his knee in, throws down forearms, then digs his boots back in. The ref counts, Nakajima lets off, and Takagi gets mad. Nakajima brings Takagi up, but he ducks a chop to KICK again! Takagi snarls, and Nakajima dares him to hit back. But then Nakajima dodges to KICK again! Nakajima reels Takagi in but Takagi blocks the lift!

Takagi CLUBS Nakajima, but Nakajima SOBATS! Nakajima runs, but into an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as Takagi turns things around! Takagi still needs to catch his breath from the pain in his ribs. Nakajima crawls to ropes, Takagi storms up on him and throws knees into the stomach! Takagi ROCKS Nakajima with a right, then whips him to ropes, for a KNEE! And then a DDT! Takagi keeps moving, SLIDING LARIAT! But that proves to be double-edged with Takagi’s stomach and ribs bothering him. Takagi drags Nakajima up, suplexes, but Nakajima fights it, so Takagi hits another DDT!

Fans rally up, and Takagi tells them all, “IT’S TIME!” Nakajima goes to a corner, Takagi runs in to clothesline! Fans fire up, Takagi drags Nakajima up and puts him up top. Takagi climbs up after Nakajima, fires off headbutt after headbutt, then brings Nakajima to the very top. SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! Takagi crawls to the cover, TWO! Nakajima hangs tough but fans rally for Takagi. Takagi shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” and fans shout along. Takagi brings Nakajima up, pump handles, but Nakajima fights the lift. Takagi knees low, shifts his grip, but Nakajima KNEES him! Nakajima clamps on a COBRA TWIST!

Takagi endures, Nakajima shifts to an IRON OCTOPUS! Takagi endures, pops free, and throws Nakajima away! Takagi then KICKS Nakajima in the back! Nakajima grins as he stands up. Takagi throws a forearm, but Nakajima throws one back. Takagi says he likes that! Takagi ROCKS Nakajima, and Nakajima just keeps grinning. Nakajima ROCKS Takagi, Takagi ROCKS Nakajima, repeat! They go faster and faster and fans rally up. Nakajima gets the edge and Takagi wobbles. But Takagi fires back with boxing elbows! Takagi ROCKS Nakajima! Nakajima staggers, and KICKS! Takagi wobbles and goes to ropes!

Takagi comes back, and puts some stank on the CHOP! Nakajima dusts himself off, and KICKS in return! Fans rally, Takagi LARIATS! Nakajima staggers but stays standing. Takagi eggs him on, so Nakajima KICKS again! Takagi LARIATS! Nakajima KICKS! Takagi throws another but he’s on fumes! Nakajima KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Takagi falls to the mat! Nakajima brings him up, runs, but Takagi LARIATS! And SAIDOS! Takagi has new life, and he runs, but Nakajima ducks to ROUNDHOUSE!! Takagi goes down in a heap! The ref checks Takagi while Nakajima also falls to the mat! Fans are thunderous for Takagi, and he’s somehow still in this!

Takagi and Nakajima head for each other, and Nakajima brings Takagi up. Nakajima grins as he reels Takagi in, but Takagi fights the suplex. Nakajima throws a KNEE, then suplexes, but Takagi fights that! Takagi wrenches, but Nakajima DECKS Takagi with a palm strike! Nakajima pushes the ref aside and he brings Takagi back up. Nakajima wants to end this, suplex and VERTICAL SPIKE!! Cover, TWO!??! Takagi survives and shocks everyone! Nakajima is no longer grinning while the fans are thunderous for Takagi! Nakajima storms over to Takagi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Takagi fights that off with elbows!

Takagi rains down more elbows, Nakajima staggers away. Nakajima comes back, but Takagi blocks the kick! Nakajima fires off fists, but swings into MADE IN JAPAN!! But Takagi can’t make the cover!! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Takagi goes to the corner, he headbutts the buckles and fans rally hard as ever! Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER!!! Cover, TWO?!!? Nakajima just returned the favor! Fans rally up again and Takagi headbutts the mat! Takagi drags Nakajima up, Nakajima breaks free, but Takagi JABS! And HEADBUTTS! Nakajima swings, into a half nelson! HALF ‘N’ HALF!

Takagi SLIDING FOREARMS!! Then he drags Nakajima up, pump handles and torture racks, LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (series tied 2-2)

The Dragon slays the Mad Wolf! Takagi keeps LIJ alive in this Best of 5, but he also keeps himself going towards his marathon month! Will Takagi be able to do the same to Great-O-Khan tomorrow in the New Beginning?

 

Tetsuya Naito VS Kenoh!

And in the end, it all comes down to this! LIJ and KONGO have battled hard from the start, and we’re tied going into the final round! Will the Uncontrollable Charisma make WrestleKingdom 17 in Yokohama tranquilo? Or will the Rouge Fist win this for not just his faction, but for all of NOAH?

As always, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire. Kenoh gets annoyed and tells Naito to hurry up, but that only makes Naito take longer. Naito finishes, fans rally up, and the bell rings. Red Shoes notes the fans are definitely in favor of “NA-I-TO!” Kenoh shrugs that off and circles with Naito. They approach, but then Naito backs off. Kenoh dares him to bring it, but Naito keeps things at his pace. They circle and approach again, but again Naito backs away. So Kenoh goes after Naito! Kenoh puts Naito on the ropes but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenoh gets in Naito’s face while the fans boo.

Red Shoes counts, Kenoh lets off but then wrenches Naito’s arm and brings him around. Naito grabs the other ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, and Kenoh lets go at 4. Naito bails out to shake out his arm, and then he goes around the way. Fans rally up for Naito but Kenoh dares Naito to get in the ring. Naito slides in, but then slides right back out. Naito smirks and goes around the way. Red Shoes starts the ring count, Naito watches Kenoh and approaches the ring. Naito rolls in, only to roll right back out. Fans applaud as Naito trolls Kenoh, but Kenoh holds the ropes open for him. Naito ignores that and goes around the way.

KONGO has regrouped in Kenoh’s corner but Naito ignores them, too. Naito slides in again, and fans applaud as he stays in this time. Kenoh and Naito reset while fans still rally for Naito. They tie up, Naito gets an arm and wrenches it. Naito wristlocks but Kenoh rolls and wrenches back. Naito drops, drop toeholds, and headlocks. Fans applaud while Kenoh endures. Kenoh fights up, pulls hair, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenoh lets go and pries the hold open. Naito tries to put it back on but Kenoh spins him around to headlock. Now Naito pulls hair and Red Shoes reprimands him. Naito lets go, and Kenoh grinds the headlock.

Naito chinbars Kenoh, then claws at Kenoh’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Kenoh pulls on the headlock, but Naito fights up and powers out, to then waistlock and full nelson. Kenoh switches, full nelsons back, but Naito breaks free to arm-drag! Naito baits Kenoh in to BOOT him, and then BOOT again! Naito RANAS and Kenoh bails out! Fans fire up, Naito builds speed, but just to fake Kenoh out! Naito rolls and tranquilos, only for Kenoh to rush in and DOUBLE STOMP him! Fans boo but Kenoh mocks Naito’s other pose. Kenoh drags Naito up, throws him out, then goes out after him. Kenoh KICKS Naito against the railing, then scoops and SLAMS him to the floor!

Naito writhes, Kenoh stomps him, and then Kenoh brings Naito up. Kenoh whips Naito hard into railing! Naito gets hung up, and then he tumbles out into No Man’s Land! Kenoh goes back into the ring and Red Shoes checks Naito. Naito is okay to continue, somehow, and fans rally up. Red Shoes starts the ring count, and Naito sits up at 6 of 20. Naito drags himself up and stands at 13. Fans rally, Naito hobbles his way over at 15, and slides in at 17! Kenoh stomps away on Naito, then drags him up. Kenoh bumps Naito off buckles, whips Naito corner to corner, then he runs to BOOT him! Kenoh KICKS Naito over and over again!

Kenoh snapmares Naito, talks some trash, but Naito fires off haymakers! Kenoh eggs him on, so Naito ROCKS him and runs. But Kenoh KICKS Naito down! Kenoh pushes Naito down, to drop DOUBLE KNEES! Kenoh is getting cocky now and he looms over Naito. Kenoh mocks Naito’s wide-eyed pose again, to drop another DOUBLE KNEE! Cover, TWO! Kenoh wraps on body scissors! Naito endures the squeeze and fans rally up. Naito kicks and reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kenoh lets off, then he stands on Naito. Kenoh talks more trash and the fans boo. Kenoh kicks at Naito toyingly and eggs him on.

Naito sits up, and Kenoh KICKS him in the back! And again! Kenoh talks more trash, KICKS Naito more, but Naito throws a body shot! And another! Kenoh dusts those off so Naito throws forearms! Kenoh keeps egging Naito on, Naito throws more shots, but Kenoh SOBATS! Kenoh again mocks Naito by holding his eyes open wide. Kenoh aims, but Naito blocks the kick and spins him around! Naito waistlocks, Kenoh elbows free, and Kenoh runs, into an ELBOW! Naito comes back, Kenoh rushes him, but into an atomic drop! Naito runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Kenoh shakes out his leg while Naito slowly rises. Naito stands Kenoh up to throw forearms and kicks! Naito whips, hip tosses, and then runs to basement dropkick from behind! Kenoh clutches his head but Naito stands him up. Naito whips Kenoh to a corner, runs in and JUMP KCIKS! Leg sweep! Swinging dropkick! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito shows Kenoh how to do the pose right. Naito walks over to Kenoh, brings him up, and reels him in for a BACKBREAKER, into the leg hook full nelson! Kenoh endures and fans rally up. Kenoh kicks around, reaches out, but Naito drags him away from the ropes!

Naito tranquilos as Kenoh endures and fans fire up again. Kenoh still reaches out, still fights his way over, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts but Naito says he needs help. Red Shoes reprimands, but he still undoes the hold for Naito. Naito says he couldn’t help it. Kenoh sputters, and Naito stomps him down. Kenoh grits his teeth, but Naito brings him up for a cravat neck wrench. Kenoh endures, pries at the hold, and throws body shots. Naito CLUBS Kenoh over and over and has him down on the mat! Naito stands on Kenoh’s head, then drags Kenoh back up. Naito swings but Kenoh ducks the elbow!

Kenoh sweeps the legs, and DOUBLE STOMPS Naito’s back! Kenoh runs, to BLINDSIDE KNEE! Both men are down and fans rally up again! Kenoh crawls to a cover, TWO, but Kenoh gets the ANKLE LOCK! Naito flails and crawls, ROPEBREAK! Kenoh lets go cleanly, but fans still rally for Naito. Naito sits up and Kenoh KICKS him in the chest! Naito sits up again, Kenoh KICKS him again! Kenoh wants Naito to get up, and Naito does, so Kenoh KICKS him again! And again! Kenoh wants Naito to get up again, and Naito does, so Kenoh KICKS him back down! Fans rally as Naito sputters, but he sits back up, for Kenoh to KICK him again!

Naito wobbles, Kenoh KICKS him! Naito stands, Kenoh KICKS him! Naito goes to the corner, Kenoh runs in, but Naito dodges the boot! Naito comes back, blocks boots and puts Kenoh in the ropes, DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Then NECKBREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up! Naito looms over Kenoh, drags him up, and throws those heavy elbows! Kenoh drops to the mat, but Naito looms over him. Naito stands Kenoh up for more elbows! Kenoh staggers and Naito smirks. Naito SPITS at KONGO in their corner, but goes back to Kenoh. Naito throws another round of those hard elbows!

Kenoh goes to a corner, Naito puts him up top and climbs up to join him! SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up while Kenoh writhes around. Naito storms over, drags Kenoh up and goes up the corner. ESPERANZA! Fans fire up while Naito takes aim from the corner. Kenoh slowly rises, then he runs in, but into a mule kick! SLAP! Kenoh suplexes, for the FALLING FALCON ARROW! Kenoh roars, picks Naito up, DRAGON SUPLEX! But he can’t make the cover! Fans rally up for Naito while KONGO coaches Kenoh. Kenoh crawls to the cover, TWO! Kenoh goes right to a corner and climbs up top! DOUBLE- NO, Naito avoids the stomps!

Naito kicks low, reels Kenoh in, and runs to the ropes, TORNADO DDT! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Kenoh and Naito slowly rise, and Naito CLUBS Kenoh back down. They both rise again, and now Kenoh hits Naito with a forearm. Naito smirks and hits Kenoh back. Kenoh stands to KICK! Naito still smirks, and he throws another forearm! Kenoh snarls, and he KICKS! Naito ROCKS Kenoh with a forearm! Kenoh KICKS! Naito forearms! Naito CLUBS away on Kenoh, ROCKS him again, but Kenoh shoots to get the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Naito endures and reaches out! But Kenoh drags him away from the ropes!

Kenoh cranks that foot and fans rally harder than before! Naito fights up, reaches out again, but Kenoh drags him back and leans on that hold! Naito endures, but Kenoh stands him up to KICK him in the ribs! Kenoh then sits Naito up, runs the ropes, and KEBOU PENALTY KICKS!! Cover, TWO!! Kenoh grows frustrated, but he goes back to the corner. Kenoh climbs up, jumps, P F S!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives the #ProfessionalFootStomps and fans are thunderous! Kenoh drags Naito back up, scoops and SLAMS him, and fires up! Kenoh goes back to the corner, climbs back up, RING OF- NO, Naito avoids the moonsault stomps!

Kenoh rushes back in, Naito pops him up for a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Kenoh and Naito go to opposite corners and time is running out as we reach 25 minutes. Kenoh stands up, he runs in corner to corner, but into an ALLEY-OOP onto the buckles! Naito drags Kenoh back up, and throws more of those heavy elbows! Naito grins, wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but Kenoh slips free! BOOT! But Naito ENZIGURIS! Kenoh PELES! Naito ROLLING KICKS! Kenoh PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as Kenoh roars! Kenoh drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito scoops!

Kenoh fights free, Naito ducks a kick but not the HEEL KICK! Kenoh suplexes, DESTINO OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, TWO?!!? Kenoh staggers away, but Naito kicks him and lifts him! VALENCIA!! Naito isn’t done, he drags Kenoh back up! Wrench and tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (LIJ wins the series 3-2)

LIJ kept it close and strikes at the final moment to take the series! KONGO wants to check on their leader but Naito wants them to stay back a moment. Naito tells Kenoh something while helping him sit up. Naito offer a fist bump! Kenoh seems to have at least won Naito’s respect. Kenoh looks at his own hand, and he leaves instead. Whether Naito was genuine or not, Kenoh doesn’t care. KONGO and NOAH leave, defeated, will we see this series go again sometime down the road?

As for Naito, he gets the mic to say, “BUENAS NOCHES, YOKOHAMA ARENA~!” Naito thanks everyone for coming out to WrestleKingdom 17 Part 2 here in Yokohama, and says it’s a little unfortunate that LIJ didn’t win every match against KONGO in tonight’s singles series. But in the end, they won 3-2, and Naito wants Kenoh and KONGO to know that any time they want, LIJ and NJPW will be happy to have them. “We’ll always be there to pick up this fight where we left off, cabron!” And also, seeing as how Naito won in the main event, let’s close out WrestleKingdom 17 in Yokohama Arena the only way they can!

Fans get to shout along with the roll call! “Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” Fans cheer as Naito’s music plays and Naito tranquilos. 2023 is still getting going, will this be the Year of the Ungovernable?

Wait, as Naito takes his leave, KEIJI MUTOH is getting in the ring! Fans are going nuts as Mutoh gets the mic to call Naito out! He wants his true, final opponent in his career to be NAITO! FEBRUARY 21st, IN THE TOKYO DOME!! Hearing this, Naito heads back to the ring. Naito gets a mic of his own to say that of course! But tranquilo! Assen na yo. But if they’re going to do this, Naito will have to clear his schedule. Naito wants Mutoh to enjoy staring him down here and now. The Stardust Genius VS The Wrestling Genius, one last time!


My Thoughts:

A great event here for WrestleKingdom 17 and its NJPW VS NOAH series. And it’s a good thing I skimmed through the other matches, I would’ve felt bad having missed that great brawl between Okada and Kaito. That felt almost like it was a shoot, but I’m pretty sure it was just a work. At the same time, Kaito wants to be like Okada, and he sure looks like an Okada doppelganger, so maybe they used some of that actual feeling in the brawl. It seems like they want to set up Okada VS Kaito while both are still the top champions in their promotions. In fact, it seems like there might be a lot of possibilities for Champion(s) VS Champion(s) here, but Okada VS Kaito would be the biggest.

And the LIJ VS KONGO series was great stuff, but went about how I expected. It alternated to keep Hiromu and Takagi strong while they’re still champions, so Bushi and Sanada had to take the hit for the team. And in the end, Naito VS Kenoh was a great main event, with Naito of course winning. But what a great surprise in Mutoh not only speaking to close the show, but to challenge Naito to his true, final match on this retirement tour! Naito is going to be part of NOAH’s show in the Tokyo Dome on February 21st, which means I’ll have to track that one down and at least get that match. That should be an awesome match, but per tradition, you’d think Mutoh loses and Naito gets that rub.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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

 

Holo.grm loads up.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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

 

The Bloodline speaks.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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