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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! (7/12/24)

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

After weeks of back and forth, Top Flight finally has it out with Shane Taylor Promotions in a Six Man Tag match! Who proves to be the baddest trio in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop; Roddy wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox; Fenix wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions; STP wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!

The Kings of the Black Throne claim they’re not enraged over Buddy Matthews being attacked, and yet they’re on a Rampage! Well, bad puns aside, will they unstoppable from now until they have avenged their Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari make everyone take them serious from now on?

The teams sort out and the fans hoot and bark. Malakai starts against Daivari and the two circle. The fans rally up, the two feel things out, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, grinds, but Daivari powers up and out. Daivari drops, hurdles, but Malakai waits. Daivari ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Malakai blocks the kick. Daivari narrowly avoids the roundhouse! Daivari backs up while Malakai sits down cross-legged. The fans fire up but Daivari tags Nese. Nese runs up, but Malakai ducks under the kick! Malakai kips up so Nese ROCKS him with a forearm! Malakai shoves Nese to ELBOW him down!

Malakai drags Nese over, tags Brody and the fans fire up. Nese scrambles away as the fans bark and hoot. Nese flexes, he isn’t intimidate. Nese CHOPS, but Brody doesn’t flinch! Nese grabs the beard and says Brody is his b*tch now! Brody CHOPS Nese off his feet! Brody barks, the fans join in, and then Brody CHOPS Nese! The fans “WOO~!” and Brody CHOPS Nese again! Brody fires forearms and CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Nese rebounds, into a BIG back drop! Nese staggers up, into a scoop and SLAM! Brody runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, so Brody drags him right up and tags in Malakai.

The House mugs Nese, double whips him corner to corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Nese dodges to then ROCK Malakai! Nese BOOTS Brody, whips Malakai at him, but Malakai rolls off Brody’s back. Nese dodges Brody’s lariat but Malakai BOOTS him into the LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Nese up, drags him back over, and tags Brody. They mug Nese some more, and the fans fire up as Brody pumps up that rm. Brody runs, but Woods DUMPS Brody out! Nese distracted the ref and Malakai protests, but the fans boo. Daivari hurries after Brody but Brody grabs Daivari by the neck! Nese FOSBURY FLOPS Brody down!

The fans boo as The Premier Athletes now mugs Brody! Malakai protests but the ref keeps him back, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

The Premier Athletes let off to high-five with Woods & Sterling, then the ref starts a ring count. Nese catches his breath before he drags big Brody up. Nese puts Brody in the ring, tags Daivari, and they mug Brody more, They both run, to DOUBLE SHOULDER Brody down! Cover, TWO! Daivari hurries to bring Brody around in a facelock, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Daivari CHOKES Brody on ropes, the ref counts, and Daivari lets off. Daivari argues with the ref, so that Sterling can CHOKE Brody! Sterling scurries away like the weasel he is, and then Daivari stands on Brody in the corner!

The ref counts, Daivari lets off and he drags Brody over. Tag to Nese, and Nese stomps Brody while Daivari anchors the legs. Rampage returns to single picture as Nese and Daivari let off. Nese soaks up heat, stalks Brody to the corner, and he grins as he says “All day, baby.” Nese CHOPS but Brody gets mad! Brody fires forearms and elbows, DECKS Nese, then storms up. Nese throat chops! Then Nese runs, but into an URENAGE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, reaches out, hot tags to Malakai and Daivari! Malakai rallies on Daivari with big elbows and then a strike fest! LEG SWEEP!

Nese gets in but Malakai ELBOWS him down! Daivari kicks and whips but Malakai RANAS! Nese is up but the JUMP KNEE knocks him down! Daivari stands and Malakai QUEBRADAS him down! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but the fans rally behind Malakai. Malakai storms around, stands Daivari up and suplexes. Daivari slips free, but Malakai fires a strike fest! Daivari SUPERKICKS first! Tag to Nese but then Malakai DECKS Daivari! Nese leaps in but Malakai dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Nese falls, Woods gets up! Woods ducks a shot, but then Brody SWEEPS the legs! Woods crashes off the apron and fans fire up!

Wait, Daivari sneaks in, armed with Sterling’s clipboard! Malakai turns around, CLIPBOARD SMASH!! The plastic explodes off of Malakai’s head!! Daivari gets outta there, the ref wonders what happened, and then Daivari BOOTS Brody! PLANCHA and down goes Brody! Nese hits a 450 SPLASH! A rough landing but Nese makes the cover, TWO?!? Malakai survives and Sterling is freaking out! Daivari reaches out, Nese crawls over, but Brody YANKS Daivari down! Brody RAMS Daivari into barriers! Brody makes Daivari take a seat so he can forearm and CHOP! Brody barks, Sterling panics, and Brody runs back in, but Sterling gets in the way!

Brody snarls, but then he just SPLASHES Sterling and Daivari! Nese is shocked by what he just saw! Malakai runs up, Nese bucks the O’Conner Roll! Nese runs up, into a KNEE! And then a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER! Malakai hurries up top, but Nese SHORYUKENS! And GAMANGIRIS! Nese drags Malakai down then climbs up. 450 SPLASH onto knees! That’s an even rougher landing than before! Daivari hurries back up but Brody catches him for a SLEEPER! And now, Malakai lifts Nese up, for THE END! Cover, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

Brody DROPS Daivari when the bell rings, The House having completely demolished The Premier Athletes. Will they not be stopped until they have what they want?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

The Savior of the Backbreaker is set for an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match tomorrow night on Collision against Dalton Castle. But in an occasion of turnabout is fair play, The Conglomeration is watching him from commentary! Will the presence of Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy & Mark Briscoe make Roddy better or worse than usual?

The bell rings and Kyle says that while he loves and appreciates Roddy, Taven & Bennett, they’re being more like the Undisputed Cling-dom! Meanwhile, big Ben Bishop stalks some smack on Roddy, and then pretends he can’t see him. Roddy says okay, be that way. They tie up, Cassidy points out just how tall Ben is, and big Ben shoves Roddy down! The fans fire up, Roddy comes right back, but Ben TOSSES him away! Roddy bails out, the fans fire up for Ben, and The Kingdom coaches Roddy up. Roddy runs in, dodges Ben, and kicks at the legs! Ben drops to size so Roddy and CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP!

Roddy kicks the legs, fires boxing elbows, then ELBOWS Ben before he runs and SICK KICKS! Then he hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up with Roddy and the Kingdom, then the STRONG KNEE knocks Ben down! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Conglomeration is in agreement, that was impressive work by Roddy, because Roddy is indeed that good. But Cassidy says it is time to go stare down with them. The Conglomeration stand on stage to stare down The Kingdom, but Roddy needs to focus on tomorrow night. Will Roddy punch his golden ticket to an ROH World Championship match? Or will it be The Peacock that means the Sussex County Chicken in Arlington, Texas?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

The Virtuosa is served a glass of wine, and says we’ve never been formally introduced. We’ve all seen what she can do in the ring, but does anyone know what it means to be THE Virtuosa. “Wrestling isn’t just a sport or an art form, it’s both. And more set to a quickening pace than a staccato beat of bodies slamming, bones cracking, tendons tearing! All building towards a beautiful and violent crescendo.” Deonna likes what AEW has forced her to become. “Because here, actions have consequences.” And Deonna vows to burn the empire to the ground, to remake it in her own image. This is the Age of the Virtuosa.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

On top of the opening match being Ospreay VS MJF for the International Championship, as well as Swerve VS Okada in a Champion VS Champion showdown, Mercedes Mone has issued an Open Challenge to the TBS Championship! Well, mostly open, as she is EXCLUDING Britt Baker! The DMD won’t be happy about this, but who will step up to The CEO?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox!

This is going to be a fast ‘n’ furious match starring men capable of fantastic feats both in the air and on the mat! And with there still being time before All In, who uses this night as a launching pad towards a title opportunity?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The four circle, and then Fenix and Komander stare down. They nod and shake hands, and they go after Fox and Angelico! Fox blocks a kick, Angelico wrenches an arm, and then Fox wrenches Fenix to a cording hold. Komander uses Fenix to wall run and flip out of the armlock! Fenix and Komander each reverse the wrenches, then kick and body shot. Fenix uses Angelico to flip up and over and wrench again, but Angelico headlocks. Komander sends Angelico into Fox, Fenix rolls Angelico up, but Komander rolls Fenix! Fox rolls Komander, TWO! Angelico sweeps Fox to cover, ONE!

All four men stand off and the fans fire up. Angelico does the Bernie Lean! But then he gets TRIPLE BOOTS for it! Fox runs up, Komander & Fenix kick and CHOP him. The luchadores double whip Fox but he reverses to TOSS Fenix out! Komander runs in but Fox mule kicks his leg out! Komander ends up on ropes, Fox runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO, sending Fenix into railing! Fox gest back up to trip Komander and he goes up the corner, to QUEBRADA Fenix! Fox somersaults in to then deadlift ANARCHY SUPLEX on Komander! Cover, Angelico breaks it! Angelico JABS Fox, JABS, then brings him around.

Angelico whips, Fox reverses but Angelico rolls off Fox’s back. Fox jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Fox falls back, Angelico coves, but Fenix slingshots in to SUPERKICK it apart! The fans rally as Fenix kicks Fox out of the ring. Angelico bails out, and now Fenix is alone with Komander. The amigos nod while the fans fire up, and the forearms start flying! Fenix CHOPS, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix staggers back, Komander runs up and FLIPPING RANAS! The fans fire up, Komander runs in at the corner, but Fenix puts him on the apron. Fenix ROCKS Komander, whips him into the POST!

Fenix goes up and tightrope walk PENALTY KICKS! The fans fire up with Fenix while Komander falls. Fenix goes out, and he CHOPS Fox, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Fenix KICKS Angelico, then runs around the way and goes up the railing to KICK Komander back down! The front row fires up with Fenix and he goes back to Fox. Fenix CHOPS Fox, whips him, but Fox reverses to POST Fenix! Fox high-fives fans, but Komander runs up to FLYING CHUCK! Angelico stomps Fenix, then he stomps Komander. Angelico even stomps Fox down! Angelico JABS Komander, ROCKS him, and Komander staggers away. Fox kicks Komander, then kicks Angelico. Fox CLUBS Angelico, then RAMS him into railing! But then Fenix BOOTS Fox down! Fenix puts Angelico in and puts him in a corner.

Fenix CHOPS, and Angelico sputters as he staggers away. Angelico goes to the apron, Fenix goes out to bring Komander around to CLUB him. Fox storms up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix CHOPS Komander, kicks at Fox but Fox blocks. Fox spins Fenix around to CHOP! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fenix ends up folded up and he flops to the floor. Komander KICKS Fox in the leg, puts him in, and kicks him more. Komander puts Fox in a corner to CHOP, and Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and while Fox brings Angelico up, Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Fox! Those three men are down and the fans rally up. Komander is somewhere on the outside, but Fenix brings Angelico up. Fenix KICKS Angelico, then shouts “ANIMO!” Somersault, into a takedown! Short arm scissor and a spin, HALF CRAB ARMLOCK FUSION! But Fox stomps Angelico! Angelico trips Fox, ties the legs up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Angelico has the TRAILER HITCH, but Komander is back! CIELITO LINDO onto Angelico!! Cover, TWO!! Angelico survives but Komander SOBATS Fox! And then TORNADO DDT!

The fans fire up as Komander crawls to the cover, but Fenix springboards in to DOUBLE STOMP it! Memphis is thunderous and Fenix wrenches Komander. Fenix reels Komander in, fireman’s carries, but Komander pops it into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and the fans fire up again! Komander waits on Fenix, Fenix SOBATS first! And KICKS again! Fenix pushes Komander to a corner, to then JUMP SOBAT! Fenix fires up, the fans are with him, and Fenix puts Komander up top. Fenix CHOPS, climbs, and brings Komander around. Komander fires body shots! Fox is back, and he joins in!

Fox CHOPS and CLUBS the luchadores, then climbs up. Fenix CLUBS Fox for it, and the luchadores work together again to SHOVE Fox down! Fox ends up folded, then Komander and Fenix brawl again. Angelico CLUBS Komander right as he CHOPS Fenix! Angelico takes aim, and he waistlocks Komander! Komander clings to ropes for dear life! Fenix BOOTS Angelico down, then he and Komander brawl some more! Komander stands, Fenix SHOVES him, and Komander MOONSAULTS right onto Angelico! Fenix then FROG SPLASHES onto Fox! Cover, TWO?!? Fox survives, so Fenix drags him into a CRUCIFIX COBRA CLUTCH!! Fenix TAPS, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

The Immortal Firebird brings out something new in his arsenal and takes the win! But will Fenix be flying towards golden opportunities as AEW prepares for All In?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Renee Paquette caught up with Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Bryan Keith, and asks what the hell. Yes, she’s seen The Learning Tree do “a ton of horrible other things” throughout his career, but tonight with Samoa Joe crossed a line. What was he thinking? Jericho smiles, the leather belt gifted to him by Martha Hart still wrapped around his hand. He waves to the camera and says, “Hi, guys. And Renee, I don’t know why you’re so surprised. This is exactly what I’ve been saying for a long, long time. If you’ve listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. Look at The Redwood and Bad Apple.

“But if you don’t listen to The Learning Tree, bad things happen. Shibata had a chance, now his arm is hurt. Hook had a chance, we had to burn his face off with a fireball. And Samoa Joke, for years, I’ve been telling you to listen to The Learning Tree, you didn’t, we ran you through a wall, and now you’re in the hospital.” Bill is stifling a laugh this entire time. Jericho says if Joe needs something to help with his inflamed muscles he might have, try ginger and black pepper. It’s really good for you. See, Renee? Lots of lessons to be learned. And even more will be learned on Dynamite 250, with a special edition of TV Time with Chris Jericho. Thanks, guys~…!

Jericho leaves, and Bill says one of the biggest lessons that Jericho has taught them is that the more TV Time, the better. And they want as much TV Time as possible! Because The Learning Tree, The Bad Apple and The Redwood are always maximizing their minutes. She should try it some time. Keith says if you don’t respect Chris Jericho, they will MAKE you respect Chris Jericho. Will everyone in AEW learn the hard way that Jericho isn’t kidding around?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

We heard the Virtuosa speak her mind, but La Mera Mera looks to show, not tell. Will Rosa be more than ready to go another round with Deonna? Or will the Queen of Strong Smile make some bold moves of her own?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Rachael shoves Rosa away, and the two reset. They tie up, Rosa headlocks, but Rachael lifts her! Rachael throws Rosa away but Rosa comes back to DROPKICK! Rachael goes to a corner, Rosa runs in to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Rosa goes corner to corner to ELBOW! Rachael staggers, Rosa KICKS a leg out! Rosa then runs to LARIAT Rachael down! Cover, TWO! Rosa clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts up to an armlock. Rosa CHOPS Rachael, ELBOWS her, then throws down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL elbows! Cover, TWO! Rachael goes to a corner, but Rosa CHOPS her again!

Rachael staggers away but Rosa puts Rachael in another corner, and CHOPS again! Rosa whips, Rachael reverses and Rosa ends up in a corner. Rachael runs in to LARIAT! Rachael keeps moving, and she UPPERCUTS Rosa down! The fans fire up and Rachael says “SWISH!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Rachael keeps on Rosa. Rachael CHOPS Rosa, storms up and CHOPS again. Rachael whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to LARIAT again! Rachael whips Rosa back in, runs in, but Rosa dodges! The fans rally up for Rosa as she LOCO LARIATS! Then she sits Rachael down to SWINGING METEORA!

The fans fire up and Rosa aims as Rachael goes to ropes. BANG and Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rachael sputters, Rosa reels her in, but Rachael bucks the driver! High stack, TWO! Rachael hurries to whip Rosa, but Rosa holds ropes. Rosa BOOTS back, runs up, and wheelbarrows, victory roll into a STOMP 182! Rosa then clamps on and has the COBRA CAMEL CLUTCH! Rachael taps, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

La Mera Mera shows respect to Rachael by helping her up and hugging it out. But then DEONNA runs out there! And she SHOVES Rachael into Rosa! Then she DECKS Rachael for the hell of it before going after Rosa! Rachael drags Deonna off of Rosa, so Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna BOOTS Rosa down! The Virtuosa shows her violent side, but will Rosa make her regret it?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of Strong VS Castle in an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match, and on top of Konosuke Takeshita VS Tommy Billington, The Bang Bang Gang is back in action. Will Juice Robinson & The Gunns keep the momentum going? Plus, Nyla Rose is back, we see Skye Blue VS Harley Cameron 1v1, and in the main event, it will be Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy representing The Conglomeration against THE Kingdom, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett. Could we see some Freshly Squeezed #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships, too? Or will Taven & Bennett secure that night off they’ve been wanting?

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

Willow Nightingale is going to be part of the big NJPW-CMLL crossover tradition, Fantastica Mania! She, Viva Van and Lluvia will compete for the now vacated CMLL Women’s World Championship! The Babe with the Power may not have gone back-to-back in the Owen Hart Cup, but will she return to AEW as a world champion all the same?

 

Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

There have been more words flying back and forth between these trios than anything, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Will The Martin Brothers & The Sight to See show everyone why they’re the Coldest Trio in the Game? Or will Lee Moriarty, Anthony Ogogo & the man himself, Big Bad Shaney T swat them all out of the sky?

The trios sort out and Darius starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Shane talks trash to the fans talking trash while Darius and Lee tie up. Lee waistlocks, full nelsons, but Darius uses his leg for leverage. Darius breaks free, standing switches, then half nelsons to slip around and headlock. Lee powers up and out, but Darius runs him over! Things keep moving, Lee hurdles and runs to then roll over the dropdown. Lee swaggers, kicks Darius, then whips him to a corner. Darius goes up and over Lee, runs back in, but Lee goes up and under! Lee runs in and blocks an elbow to then backslide Darius! ONE, and Lee goes for a leg!

Darius smothers the takedown, rolls Lee to a lateral press, TWO! Darius arm-drags, then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Darius dusts himself off. Lee gets away to tag Ogogo, so Darius tags Dante. Angel Dorado talks smack on the Olympic bronze medalist boxer. They tie up, Ogogo pushes Dante away and says that was easy. Easy! Dante says okay, and they tie up again. Ogogo powers Dante to a corner, but Dante pushes him back. They go again, Dante gets around to then headlock. Ogogo back suplexes, Dante lands out and rolls Ogogo up! TWO, Ogogo swings but Dante dodges! Ogogo blocks a kick but Dante victory rolls, TWO!

Ogogo feints high to kick low, but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to JUMP KNEE! Dante wrenches and YANKS the arm, then tags Action. Action climbs, Dante sets up, Ogogo gets a TABLE TOP BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Action drags Ogogo up. But Ogogo powers him into the STP corner! Tag to Shane and he talks smack on Action. Action dodges the haymaker to fire body shots! Shane takes those shots, KNEES low, then whips Action. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, and PELES! Shane staggers, Action gets moving, and Action rolls to RANA Shane up and out! Action then slingshots back in, but Lee steps in!

Action builds speed, the ref stops Lee, but the ref doesn’t see Ogogo CLOBBER Action! The fans boo and then the ref notices Ogogo, but Ogogo steps away. Shane storms into the ring to drag Action up and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Action over to the STP corner, and he CHOPS Action! Lee exaggerates his shock, and then Shane DECKS Action. Shane drags Action up, tags Lee, and they mug Action. Lee stomps Action, drags him up, bumps him off buckles, and Lee fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Lee stomps a mudhole, but the ref gets in there to stop him. Lee and the ref argue, but STP just applauds. Shane tags in, Action fires hands! Action backs Shane down, but Shane ROCKS Action in return! Action wobbles, drops to his knees, and Shane HEADBUTTS him down. Shane looms over Action, then drags him back up.

Shane back suplexes, Action lands out to tag Dante! Dante fires forearms over and over and over! Dante puts some stank on it, but Shane dodges! So Dante DECKS Lee! Dante kicks but Shane blocks, to KNEE back! Shane then uses both hands to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives, Shane gets mad and Shane brings him around to the corner. Tag to Ogogo and they mug Dante. Ogogo brings Dante out to scoop and SLAM! Ogogo runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ogogo argues with the ref, then he drags Action up. Ogogo RAMS Dante, then BOOTS him down! Ogogo scuffs Dante while staying between him and Top Flight.

Dante fires body shots in return, but Ogogo kicks low! Oogo snap suplexes, covers, TWO as Dante bridges! Lee runs in to BLAST Top Flight, then Ogogo drags Dante up. Ogogo whips Dante hard into the corner, then tags Shane. Rampage returns to single picture as Shane talks smack on Dante. Shane has Lee & Ogogo hold Dante up, but Dante BOOTS back! Dante fights free of the others, BOOTS again, and then goes up and up to FLYING BULLDOG! The fans fire up as Dante crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Darius! Air Wolf rallies on STP with big forearms! UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Lee, then Darius whips.

Lee reverses the whip but Darius catches him to an atomic drop! Darius keeps moving, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! GAMANGIRI! Darius fires up, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives the onslaught but the fans rally up. Darius drags Lee up and fireman’s carries, but Lee fights with elbows! Lee shoves Darius, Action tags in. Lee dodges Darius but Action BOOTS! Then SHOTGUN SNAP GERMAN COMBO! The fans fire up as Darius deadlifts for the BRAINBUSTER! Then Action STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, Ogogo breaks it! Darius runs up but Ogogo kicks him. Ogogo scoops Darius, Darius slips free!

Darius & Action kick Ogogo then double clinch. Ogogo powers out, fires HEABUTTS and elbows! Fireman’s carry for Action, F5 AND A HALF! Action flounders, but Darius BOOTS Ogogo! Darius WALL RUN PELES! Ogogo falls, Shane storms in! Darius dodges, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Shane talks smack, but Dante JUMP KNEES him! Dante runs in to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Lee runs up, Dante BOOTS him! Dante runs but into a FLAPJACK! Lee then hurries to spin Dante around to THE FANG! But Dante flounders out of the ring! All six men are down around ringside and the fans fire up! Lee crawls, hot tag to Shane!

Shane spots Action rising, he and Lee go after Action. They double whip, Action handsprings, but they catch him! DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Dante lands out! Action fires off forearms and elbows, and even CHOPS! Action kicks, Lee blocks, but then Lee ducks so the ENZIGIRI hits Shane! Lee CLUBS Action, Ogogo sends Darius into railing! Lee whips Action, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Ogogo! Action hurries back up, ROCKS Lee, and he springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Action kips up, the fans fire up, but Shane waistlocks. Action fires elbows until he’s free, then tries to fireman’s carry!? Shane is too big and bad!

Shane ELBOWS away on Action, gut wrenches, but Action slips free again! SUPERKICK! And another fireman’s carry!? But the back won’t hold the weight! Shane slips down to HEADBUTT! And then URENAGE! Shane flips Action back up to KNEE him in the face! Ogogo and Lee get in for defense, Shane DECKS Action!! Cover, STP wins!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

That could’ve been a win by knockout with that killer haymaker! But will Shane Taylor Promotions continue to rampage until they prove they prove they’re the elite of All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, and while they shoved five matches onto this card again, they at least did their best to put story behind most of these. Roderick Strong was of course beating Ben Bishop, but they gave us a storyline plug by having The Conglomeration on commentary. And while Thunder Rosa was of course beating Rachael Ellering, they gave us story build with Deonna attacking them both. I feel like this will give us Deonna VS Ellering next, to stretch things out so that the true blowoff of Deonna VS Rosa isn’t until All In, probably in the All In Zero Hour. For that matter, that’s probably where Conglomeration VS Undisputed Kingdom 3v3 happens, too.

I’m a bit torn on the promo from Learning Tree Jericho and crew. The positive is that it was really good. I said for Dynamite that I like how the payoff is Jericho’s gone from condescending to sinister, and even Big Bill is getting into this crazy persona. The negative for me is that they kinda shoved this in here. I know we DO need to hear Jericho’s explanation, but if it was “after Dynamite,” then find a way to make it part of Dynamite. Or just leave it for Saturday Night Collision so that you aren’t already stuffing a one hour program full to the brim.

Great opening tag from House of Black VS Premier Athletes with Sterling & Woods of course getting involved, but great win for Malakai & Brody in that 4v2 situation. Still banking on them screwing over The Patriarchy during a Unified World Trios Championship match. The Six Man Tag was really good but not sure it was main event material compared to the Fatal 4 Way. Good stuff for the Six Man Tag, everyone got their shine, but that Fatal 4 Way was just incredible. Great win for Fenix to stay hot while all the titles have stories going into All In, but he could get a shot at like, Okada’s Continental Championship to give us a dream match moment before the PPV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/12/24)

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Time to settle some scores!

Mia Yim takes on Nia Jax, Legado Del Fantasma goes after Corbin & Crews, and A-Town Down Under get a tag title rematch, all tonight on SmackDown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax VS Mia Yim; Nia wins.
  • Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews; Angel & Berto win.
  • Blair Davenport VS Naomi; Naomi wins.
  • WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under; DIY wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

Worcester, Massachusetts cheers because it’s #TiffyTime! And not only that, the Center of the Universe is the NEW Miss Money in the Bank, so there is no denying she is just biding her time until she can cash-in and snatch up a championship. And Tiff gets a mic to say that this Saturday, it officially became Tiffy Time when she climbed to the Tiffy Top, took down the briefcase, and become the youngest Ms. MITB in HISTORY! The fans do cheer that! And uh, Trish Stratus may’ve been the hometown host, but Tiff was the real star of the show. Trish isn’t here to ruin Tiff’s moment, because it is Tiffy’s Time.

The fans cheer for “TIFFY TIME! TIFFY TIME!” Tiff warns Liv Morgan, Roxanne Perez and Bayley to all keep their heads on a swivel. Their reigns are on Tiffy Time. And very soon, we will all be saying “AND NEW~!” WAIT! The Role Model, the WWE Women’s Champion, Bayley herself, makes her way out to the ring. Bayley tells Tiffy that she will be the first to congratulate her on such a big victory. Bayley knows what it takes. And as someone who has such high praise lately, that must add some pressure, so Bayley is impressed Tiff proved herself right. Tiff asks Bayley why she’s even out here, and to get to the point. Out of everyone, Bayley should know it’s Tiffy Time.

Bayley smiles and says well, she doesn’t care what time it is, she just wanted to give some advice. Bayley did win her own MITB in 2019, but Tiff probably didn’t even know what WWE even was then, right? Tiff says yeah, 2019 was like a million years ago. It is 2024, and just three years into this, and Tiff is the youngest Ms. MITB ever! Meanwhile, Bayley was just home, on her couch, eating chips and all alone. Bayley will give Tiff that, so here’s one last piece of advice: If Tiff even plans to use the briefcase on Bayley, plan on making history again as the first woman to ever fail her cash-in. But wait! Here comes Nia Jax!

The Irresistible Force, the Queen of the Ring, Nia tells Bayley, “What’re you doing out here making empty threats?”  The fans boo and Nia says that’s rude to the Queen. But in case Bayley forgot, Bayley has her match against Nia at SummerSlam, where Nia will be taking that title off her. Oh, is that right? Nia steps into the ring and Bayley isn’t sure who Nia thinks she’s talking to. But this isn’t NXT Hugging Bayley, or even 2017 Bayley that Nia put on the shelf. Yeah, be proud of that, idiot! This Bayley is the GRAND SLAM CHAMPION Bayley! This is the Royal Rumble winning, WWE Women’s Champion Bayley! This is the same Bayley that will embarrass Nia at SummerSlam!

But hey, y’know what? Let’s play a little game here. Devil’s Advocate: Bayley slips on a banana peel and Nia somehow does beat Bayley. What’s Tiff to do then? Is she gonna cash in on her friend, Nia? We know there’s some PTSD from the last time- Tiff says hey, hold on! Nia tells Bayley that yeah, she’s not the hugger that Nia hurt before SummerSlam 2017. But what is she now? BBL Bayley? Nia looks at the tights and says she isn’t sure what Bayley is trying to prove playing Divide & Conquer. Nia has no problems with Tiff, Tiff is like her own personal little Barbie. Tiff smiles, and Nia says Bayley isn’t a toy. Bayley’s a victim.

And at SummerSlam, Nia will victimize her. Bayley winds up, Tiff stops her, so Bayley DECKS Tiff! Only for Nia to CLUB Bayley! Nia puts Bayley on ropes to CHOKE her, and Tiff talks trash. But here comes MIA YIM! Kendo stick SMACK for Nia! Tiff runs before she can get hit! Michin warns Nia AND Tiff, will the Queen & Princess of the Ring learn who’s The Head Baddie in Charge?

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

They’re waiting outside Nick Aldis’ office when Byron Saxton walks over. Chelsea has a fancy neck brace on as she tells “Bryan” she has no time for his stupid questions. Did they not see the BRUTAL MITB match she went through? The whole world is now calling her, “The Mother of Mayhem,” “The Princess of Pain.” So she has no time for this! She is waiting on Sir Nicholas the Prickless so just go away! Byron says Nick- Piper asks if he did not hear her. Just GO! Git! Shoo! As he leaves, we can see Isla Dawn talking with… Blair Davenport? Could their NXT UK connection make Blair an ally against the trios coming after the tag titles?

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings on this match. Nia runs up, Mia dodges to fire off hands! Mia dodges again to CHOP and KICK and KICK! Nia HEADBUTTS Mia down, Mia goes to a corner, and Nia runs in! Mia dodges then fires off forearms! The fans rally up for Mia, but Nia shoves her away. Mia runs in but Nia ELBOWS her! Nia scoops, but Mia slips into a SLEEPER! Nia RAMS Mia into buckles and is free! Bayley is ringside to coach Mia, and Mia leaps to GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Nia endures, powers up and out, but Mia comes back with a strike fest! SOABT and PELE! Mia runs up to TORNADO- NO! Nia tosses Mia away!

Nia runs to ELBOW DROP Mia! Tiff says too easy. Nia covers, ONE!! Mia upsets Nia but Nia puts her on ropes. Nia SITS on Mia to choke her! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Nia lets off. Mia goes to a corner but Nia stomps away! Nia goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! And she rubs it in Mia’s face, literally! The fans are torn, Bayley coaches Mia up, but Nia storms over. Mia runs up to fire off strikes! Mia runs but Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia soaks up the heat as she scuffs Mia around. Nia clamps on a cobra clutch and she leans on Mia. The fans rally, Mia fights up, and Mia fires body shots! Mia SOBATS, runs, redirects, but Nia isn’t so easily tripped!

Nia drags Mia up to TOSS her to a corner! Nia runs in to SPLASH! And then she TOSSES Mia the other way! Nia taunts Bayley, runs in and she SPLASHES Mia in the corner again! Nia says kiss this, runs in, but Mia DUMPS her out! Mia goes to the apron, but Nia blocks the Penalty Kick! Electric Chair and SLAM off the apron! Nia then CLOBBERS Mia, and soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Mia is on Nia with another GUILLOTINE! But Nia powers up to suplex Mia high and hard! The fans rally but Nia rises first. Nia runs but Mia dodges the elbow drop! Mia ELBOWS Nia from a corner, then LARIATS! Nia stays up so Mia DROPKICKS her! Nia staggers, Mia runs in again for more forearms! Mia whips, but Nia blocks! Nia reverses but Mia BOOTS back! Mia goes up to FLYING RANA! The fans fire up and Bayley does, too! Mia SHOTGUNS Nia down! Mia fires up and she runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL in the corner! Cover, TWO! Mia can’t believe it!

Bayley coaches Mia and Mia climbs the corner. But Nia springs up to ROCK Mia first! Mia wobbles, Nia ROCKET LAUNCHES her! Then SENTON FLOPS as Mia moves in time! Tiff gets on the apron, sneaking Mia’s own kendo stick in. The ref is distracted, but Bayley YANKS Tiff down! And she sends Tiff into barriers! Nia has the kendo stick but Mia SHOTGUNS Nia again! Mia reels Nia in, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Mia hurries to cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Mia is losing her mind! Bayley is equally frustrated but Mia KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Nia! Mia hauls Nia up, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP!

Nia drags Mia to a drop zone, and she goes up! A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The HBIC did what she could against the QOTR, but now Bayley goes after Nia! The fans fire up, but Tiff CLOBBERS Bayley with her briefcase! Fans chant “CASH IT IN!” as Nia HEADBUTTS Bayley! Bayley flounders to a corner, Nia runs in to SPLASH! Then feed to Tiff’s SPINEBUSTER! Nia runs to drop a leg, brother! The fans are torn between booing and wanting Tiff to cash in. Tiff pats Nia on the back for the good work, but then temptation creeps in. The fans are getting louder, too, and Tiff calls to the ref! Is she doing it?! Nia gets right in Tiff’s face, and Tiff denies she was ever gonna try it. Tiff high-fives Nia, and they head out.

It seems The Princess will just have to wait her turn, but will she have to wait long with SummerSlam around the corner?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“The Bloodline had all the titles. Both Heavyweight and both Tag Team Titles. It would all be the same if Roman Reigns never went soft. It takes a real Tribal Chief to stay on top of his game. And that’s why I’m here: to build a whole new family. A more powerful family. A hungrier family. A more aggressive family. And this family will rule for decades, as long as I’m the Tribal Chief. And by the end of tonight, everyone will acknowledge me.” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up their ones. What will this furious four look to do to the SmackDown roster next?

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

It was earlier today before the show that Byron Saxton sat down with El Idolo, and spoke on MITB. Many say that was a star making performance by Andrade. Yet here we are a week later, and now those same people are wondering what is next for him. Andrade wonders himself, “What is next?” He has said that his vision in WWE is the same. This is his destiny! That is why Andrade is- interrupted by Carmelo Hayes… And Melo asks Byron why he’s talking to Andrade when he could be talking to the real MVP of MITB, the show stealer, H1M! Andrade tells Melo to tranquilo. Andrade never said anything about being MVP. The people did.

Well, Melo says people are saying Andrade screwed Melo over. Melo should be treated better here. he is a first round draft pick, he pinned Randy Orton, he went toe to toe with Cody Rhodes on his very first night on SmackDown! Andrade tells Melo that if he wants an answer to what is next for Andrade, it’s him. Melo leaves without a word, and Andrade smirks. Will El Idolo look to humble H1M and move on to even bigger and better things?

 

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews!

When Andrade turned them down, Angel took his frustrations out on Apollo. Apollo went for payback, got beat down for it, and of all the unlikely allies, it is the former Lone Wolf that has joined Apollo’s crew. Will they show Legado what it is to be respected? Or will Angel & “Berto” show they don’t show respect nor do they show mercy to those in their way?

SmackDown returns as Crews makes his entrance. Legado then makes their entrance, talking a lot of smack. But then Corbin helps Crews FLY and take them all out! Crews throws Angel aside, throws Berto in for Corbin, and the bell rings! Corbin SPLASHES Berto in the corner! Then he short arm LARIATS! Corbin fires up and so do the fans. Corbin then FLYING LARIATS off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Corbin tags Crews, and Crews whips. Berto reverses and RAMS Crews to then kick, CLUB and GAMANGIRI! Berto stomps away on Crews, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans boo. Berto brings Crews around to whip, but Crew reverses

Crews ELBOWS Berto down, drags him over, and tags Corbin. Crews whips to back drop! Corbin hauls Berto up, suplex and CUTTER! Cover, but Angel storms in! Corbin dodges Angel, Crews fires hands! Berto and Corbin fire hands, Crews LARIATS Angel up and out! Corbin sends Berto to Crews and he TOSES Berto out! Wait, Corbin wants to build speed!? Crews THROWS Corbin out and he takes down Berto & Angel! The fans are all fired up and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Angel reels Corbin into a Gory Especial. Corbin endures being bent, but Berto tags in so he can slingshot and ROLLING CUTTER! Not the cleanest cut but Berto covers, TWO! Corbin stays in there but Berto KICKS him down! Berto rains down fists on Corbin, lets off to taunt Crews, and the fans boo more. Berto grins as he drags Corbin into a motorcycle stretch. Corbin endures and the fans rally up for him. Corbin fights his way around to fireman’s carry, but Berto slips free! Berto springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Corbin is still in this but Berto stays between him and Crews.

Santos says to finish this, and Berto mule kicks. Berto runs bu tinot a fireman’s carry, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The two crawl, reach out, hot tags to Angel and Crews! Crews dodges to mule kick, run and BOOT! Angel staggers, takes a swing, but Crews dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Crews, and he reels Angel in. GERMAN SUPLEX, and Crews holds on! GERMAN SUPLEX again! Crews wants another, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Hattrick complete, and Crews BLASTS Berto to be sure. Crews runs in at the corner, STINGER SPLASH!

Angel staggers away, Crews goes up top! Crews leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, Berto breaks it! Corbin runs up but Berto kicks and forearms first! Berto runs in at the corner but Corbin dodges! Berto goes up and out of the ring! Santos is there to help Berto up but here comes Corbin! The Emperor dares Corbin to hit him. So Corbin does! And then he LARIATS Berto and himself into the timekeeper’s area! Crews ENZIGIRIS Angel, reels him in, gorilla press and SLAM! But Elektra Lopez gets on the apron! She distracts the ref so that Santos can KNEE Crews down! Angel drags Crews up, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Santos says the numbers don’t lie! Crews & Corbin can’t compete when it’s 4v2, will anyone stop Legado from taking over?

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

Piper holds Chelsea’s cup for her so she can sip, and is also reading a book titles… “How to Start a Cult?” Pretty Deadly’s Kit Wilson walks up to Aldis’ door but Chelsea slaps his hand! Elton Prince says excuse them, ladies, but they need to talk with Aldis about approving the budget for Pretty Deadly: The Musical! What? Oh, that clicks. But listen up, sparkle sisters, get to the back of the line. They’ve been waiting. The boys do as told, and then LA Knight walks out of Aldis’ office! Chelsea asks “Mr. Knight” if Mr. Aldis is busy.

Uh, yeah, he is. He said he’ll call Chelsea after he’s through with a couple other things. Just wait a little longer. Chelsea gets all huffy and Knight heads to gorilla, a contract in hand. Could this be what it seems?

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

The Viper says he heard what Solo said. There’s a pretty good chance Cody will find himself in the middle of that ring with a bunch of Samoans. But Orton also knows that Cody doesn’t want him out there. But Orton needs Cody to know that like it or not, if things go sideways, Orton is going out there. Orton will always and forever have Cody’s back. Kevin Owens feels the same, but he isn’t here tonight. That’s on Orton. Kevin loves to fight, but Orton told Kevin to stay home. Kevin’s family needs him more than they do. So if Cody finds Solo in that ring tonight, he better give that big ugly Samoan a piece of his mind.

But in the end, everything eventually comes to an end. So when all this with The Bloodline is finally over, Cody will have a lot of men in this locker room coming after the title. And Orton will have his back then, too. Cody thanks Orton for that, and Orton heads out. Will the legacy of the Undisputed WWE Championship be secure, even after fighting it out with The Bloodline?

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

Worcester fires up for The Mega Star as he brings his contract folder with him. Knight steps in, gets a mic, and while the fans chant his name, he says, “LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight says MITB came and went, and let’s be honest, he won’t stand here and complain, cry or make excuses. It didn’t go his way, he got dumped out onto a ladder, and someone else grabbed that MITB contract. So then Knight thought to himself, “Money in the Bank contract or no,” it doesn’t make a difference! Knight is the walking embodiment of money in the bank! So what that got him doing, rewind a little bit.

Let’s look at the path to MITB for Knight. Here’s some footage to take a look at. Specifically, he means his qualifying match from two weeks ago, where he pinned Logan Paul to win out! Okay, cut back to Knight. You see that, you see what happened, everyone person here right now saw was Knight move on to MITB, right? “YEAH!” But let’s look a little deeper, what we really saw. Yes, Knight went to MITB. But mor importantly, he pinned the United States Champion! And with that in mind, Knight picks up his folder, he has something hot and fresh from Aldis’ office. And well, let’s just say what this has inside was just for Knight. “YEAH!”

What this has in here has Aldis’ signature already on it. “YEAH!” And what this is here, is a contract for a United States Championship match at SummerSLam! The fans fire up for that! Now the only thing missing, he looked, there’s a signature from Aldis. “YEAH!” There’s a signature from Knight himself, “YEAH!” The only thing missing is the signature of “that edgelord,” Logan Paul. So what Knight wants is Logan to come out here and sign his part right now. But don’t get too excited, because that won’t happen. Why? Surprise surprise, roll your eyes, guess who ain’t here? Logan Paul.

But Knight tells Logan Paul that he will get this contract signed. It will be Logan, it will be Knight, and at SummerSlam, Knight will own Logan, own that belt, and there’s nothing Logan can do to stop it. Not cuz Logan’s not good enough, but because Knight won’t let him! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a of life! With everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” The Mega Star is still aiming for the Maverick, when and where will Logan accept the challenge?

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

“Everybody wants to talk about ‘living your truth.’ Truth is, you’re weak. And the reason bad things keep happening to you is because you allow it. You’re not successful because you’re not good enough. So while you cry about not being good enough, Blair Davenport’s already taken your spot. Does that hurt your feelings? Well come and do something about it.” The Ichiban Gaijin is here, but will Naomi learn to beware Blair? Or will Blair just #FeelTheGlow?

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Naomi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Blair headlocks. Naomi powers up and out but Blair runs her over. Blair soaks up the heat, runs, but Naomi drops, then slides under the lariat! Naomi mule kicks, leg sweeps, and then leg drops! Cover, TWO! Naomi keeps moving, and she slides into a chinlock. Blair endures the squeeze, fights up and throws body shots. Blair breaks free, whips corner to corner, but Naomi goes up and catches Blair, for a TWERK ATTACK! Then she BOOTS Blair away! Blair goes to the far side and fans fire up.

Naomi runs in to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up, and fans fire up. SUPER SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi wrenches her to whip. Blair reverses to BOOT! Naomi staggers to ropes, Blair storms up and swings. Naomi blocks to fire forearms. Naomi KICKS and KICKS, then whips Blair to a corner. Naomi runs up but Blair ELBOWS her away! Blair then goes up and up to DOUBLE STOMP Naomi’s arm! Naomi flounders out of the ring but Blair goes out after her! Blair grabs that bad arm, hammerlocks it, and POSTS Naomi shoulder first! Naomi falls while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Blair and Naomi fight for suplex control. They go back and forth, but then Blair WRINGS the bad arm out! Blair SUPERKICKS Naomi down, covers, TWO! The fans rally for Naomi but Blair clamps onto the bad arm. Naomi endures, the fans rally up more, and Naomi fights up to ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi arm-drags Blair away, then goes to a corner. Blair storms over, blocks boots, but Naomi rebounds for the ENZIGIRI! And then the RUNNING JAWBREAKER! And SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi stays cool. Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up and up, but Blair CLUBS her first!

Blair has Naomi in a Tree of Woe, to then just BOOT her down! Cover, TWO! Naomi survives and Blair is losing her cool. Blair drags Naomi up as the fans rally, but Naomi turns suplex into cradle! TWO! Blair runs up to roll Naomi up, TWO! Naomi runs up to sunset flip, TWO and Blair has it! TWO and Naomi stands up. Blair waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Naomi powers her way to an O’Conner, TWO! Blair is getting frustrated, but Naomi KNEES her! BUBBA BOMB! GEDO CLUTCH! Naomi wins!!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

It was a hard fought battle with just one good arm, but Naomi pulls out the victory! Will Naomi find a way to shine in the SmackDown Women’s Division once again?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

The #Big3 cheer their reunion and also Naomi’s win tonight. That is how you stand on business! Naomi did her thing, she looked good out there. Naomi says hey, someone had to teach Blair a lesson. Naomi says she can’t wait for Bianca & Jade to get their tag titles back. Jade says you already know that’s top priority. In fact, they were going to talk with Aldis tonight, but he isn’t even here. Chelsea and the others hear this and are shocked. They all storm off, and Naomi tells Bianca & Jade she’s glad they’re going to teach Alba & Isla a lesson. But they also need to be ready. Jade says they stay ready so they don’t have to get ready.

Bianca says Naomi did her thing. They’re gonna head out, good to see her again. Bye~! Love you~! The StrongEST Duo heads out, will Aldis and/or Pearce be able to arrange such a title rematch? But now Blair walks in. She says she doesn’t want trouble. She just wants to say that the better person won. Blair offers a handshake, and Naomi is wary. Naomi takes it, and Blair heads out. But Chelsea storms back over to say Aldis is not here! Chelsea & Piper pout and head out, and Naomi says she must’ve really gotten hit hard on Saturday. But then BLAIR ATTACKS NAOMI!! So much for sportsmanship!

Blair laughs at Naomi for falling for the trap. Will Blair make everyone beware her wrath?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under!

Don’t worry, you aren’t seeing things. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano only just got these titles last Friday in Toronto. However, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller are “cashing in” their rematch clause, and are hoping to take those titles right back! Will we see a bit of hot potato with the gold? Or will DIY just do it all over again?

SmackDown returns and DIY makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if history repeats itself!

Ciampa and Waller start, and Waller takes a swing! Ciampa dodges to ROCK and CHOP Waller, then whip him. Waller slides out, leads Ciampa on a chase, and Theory is there. Ciampa dodges Theory, gets in the ring, and then Gargano jumps in. ATDU swings but DIY dodges to then DOUBLE DROPKICK! Theory falls out, DIY TOSSES Waller out, and then Ciampa KNEES Waller back down. Ciampa holds the ropes open so Gargano can DIVE into a haymaker! Theory takes out Johnny Wrestling, and Waller jams up Ciampa! Waller POSTS the Sicilian Psycho, Theory RAMS Gargano into barriers!

Waller TORNADO DDTS Ciampa on the apron! ATDU look at the belts, claiming those are coming back home, but the fans boo while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Waller CLOBBERS Ciampa! Th efans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Aaller fires off on Ciampa in a corner. Waller then gets space, runs in, but Ciampa avoids the splash! Waller staggers, Theory tags in, and Theory stomps Ciampa down! Theory mockingly asks where Johnny went, then he goes up. Theory leaps, into a  JUMP KNEE! Theory and Ciampa are down, and Gargano rises! The fans fire up as Ciampa crawls over, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano rallies on ATDU! ENZIGIRI for Theory! Gargano dodges Waller to tilt-o-whirl but Theory runs up! So Gargano COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBOS!

Gargano runs in at Theory but Theory puts him on the apron. Gargano GAMANGIRIS Theory, avoids Waller to MULE KICK, then he SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Gargano brings Theory up. Tag to Ciampa, they whip, but Waller stops Shatter Machine! Theory sunset flips Ciampa, TWO! Theory ROCKS Ciampa, Ciampa ROCKS Theory! They go back and forth with forearms, then Theory ELBOWS Ciampa! Ciampa BOOTS Theory! O’Conner Roll, Waller SOMERSAULT FLATINERS! Theory covers Ciampa, TWO! ATDU is frustrated but Waller helps Theory to the corner.

Theory tags Waller, and now ATDU mocks DIY! They’re at the corners, they aim, but Ciampa ducks! Only kicks meet at the middle, and Ciampa rolls Waller! TWO, and Waller runs up! Ciampa moves, JUMP KNEE hits Theory! Not again! And Waller turns around, into SHATTER MACHINE!! DIY sets up in the corners now and Worcester is thunderous! MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (still WWE Tag Team Champions)

History does repeat itself as DIY wins two weeks in a row! Waller and Theory try to reason out why this happened, but then THE BLOODLINE ATTACKS! Jacob Fatu CLOBBERS Theory, then goes into the ring to YANK Gargano down into a SAMOAN DROP! Ciampa fires off forearm sand BOOTS, then he DDTS Fatu down! But Fatu just rises up! And he SUPERKICKS Ciampa! The Samoan Werewolf runs in to HIP ATTACK Gargano! Then he drags Ciampa up to whip and POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! The fans boo but Solo Sikoa’s Enforcer just dominated the tag champs! And then he DOUBLE JUMP ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS Gargano!!

The fans lose their minds seeing that, but Fatu isn’t done! He hits the BEST MOONSAULT EVER on Ciampa!! Fatu is practically foaming at the mouth, and only now does Solo Sikoa make his way to the ring. Is this part of what Solo meant earlier tonight? What more does “The REAL Tribal Chief” have to say tonight? We’ll find out, after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

Fatu has finally calmed down, and Solo Sikoa has the mic. “Boston, Mass…” No, this is Worcester. But Solo still says, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans boo as The Bloodline lifts up the ones. Solo says, “Need I remind you what happened to those that didn’t acknowledge me?” The fans chant “WE WANT ROMAN!” But Solo says Jimmy Uso, his own brother, his own flesh and blood, did not acknowledge him. And what happened? He’s gone. The Wise Man, Paul Heyman, did not acknowledge Solo. Heyman’s gone, too. And Roman… Reigns… The fans chant for “ROMAN! ROMAN!” but Solo says don’t do that now! They don’t even deserve him! They have Solo now.

And if Roman Reigns decides to come back, he will acknowledge Solo as Tribal Chief. But tonight is about Cody Rhodes. It is Cody’s turn… to acknowledge him! So if Cody’s there- Oh he sure is! The Undisputed WWE Champion, the American Nightmare, makes his way out on stage! The fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and pyro, and Cody stares Solo down. Cody takes off his tie and looses his collar before he steps to the ring. Cody knows it’s 4v1, but he isn’t backing down. Solo has his men stand back, and Cody grabs himself a mic.

The fans cheer Cody on, and he says, “I’ve heard everything that you’re saying. I’m sure you can figure this out. We want the same thing. Now of course, gotta speak to Nick Aldis, but you might as well consider it official. SummerSlam, the Undisputed WWE Championship. BUT…! If it was really up to me, if I could make any decision, I wouldn’t be waiting ’til SummerSlam. I’d wanna do it here and now.” The fans cheer that! Cody drops his mic, but Solo has his men flank the champion. The fans chant for “RANDY! RANDY!” but Cody throws hands first! Cody ROCKS Solo, ROCKS Tama, ROCKS Loa, ROCKS Faut!

Cody catches Solo to a dragon sleeper, but Fatu SUPERKICKS! Tama & Loa mug Cody, then Fatu LARIATS him down! But here comes Randy! Tama goes out, Orton kicks him first! Same for Loa! Orton gets in, and he DUMPS Fatu out! Solo runs up but into a kick! Orton puts Solo in the ropes, drags him out, and hits the DRAPING DDT! Orton helps Cody up but Fatu is back! Fatu runs in, to CLOBBER Orton!! Tama & Loa return to mug Orton, and the fans boo as it is 3v1 on The Viper! Fatu kicks Cody out, Orton fights back against Tama & Loa! But Fatu DIVES onto Orton! Orton hits barriers and Fatu fires up!

Solo has Cody to himself but Cody fights back! Fatu is right on Cody and he fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Solo and Fatu trap Cody with the ropes! They mug Cody, and make him watch as Tama & Loa RAM Orton with steel steps! And RAM him again! Deja vu to when The Usos sidelined Orton for 18 months! Cody says no, take him! They want him, spare Orton! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton! Solo says this is what happens to those who stand against them! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton again! And another SUPERKICK! Tama & Loa clear the desk! Solo says this blood is on Cody’s hands! Fatu & The Guerrillas get Orton up, for the TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!!

Worcester is devastated! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Cody! The fans boo, the ula fala is put on Solo, and The Bloodline stands over their victims while raising the ones. Have they made the Apex Predator extinct? Are they going to end the legacy with their own hands?


My Thoughts:

An incredible SmackDown to bridge us from MITB to SummerSlam. Very good promo segment to start, and very clever of Bayley to point out that if Nia wins, Tiff definitely can’t cash in on her. And while Nia VS Mia was very good, Nia naturally wins to build her momentum. Tiff being tempted was also a good detail, and she might still be tempted along the way to SummerSlam, but I think my scenario of Tiff waiting until Bayley’s somehow survived Nia is the more likely choice. For that matter, there’s even a chance Nia screws Tiff out of her cash-in because Nia is just that selfish. That’d be some good Heel Heat on Nia since there are clearly big time Tiffy fans out there.

Great ongoing bit from Chelsea & Piper tonight, them waiting for Aldis. I wonder if that’s a nod to Chelsea having to wait forever on Vince to hear her out. Naomi VS Blair was a good match but it took a minute to get going. Naomi got a good win, and Blair pulls off a fairly good swerve, because yeah duh she’s a sore loser. I also liked that Easter egg bit of her and Isla Dawn talking. I really do think we’ll be getting Alba, Isla & Blair as a trio now that we’re seeing quite a few of those form up. DMG CTRL, the trio of Zoey, Shayna & Sonya, the #Big3 of Jade, Bianca & Naomi, WWE might be working on factions as a way to maximize the number of women getting screentime together.

Very good tag match of Garza & Carrillo VS Crews & Corbin, and I figured Santos & Lopez would be why Legado won. Now, Andrade is going to be feuding with Melo for a minute, and that’s going to be a great match, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrade circles back to Legado at some point. Naturally, LA Knight and Logan Paul are having their match at SummerSlam, good promo from Knight tonight and we’ll certainly be seeing Logan Paul next week to respond. I would think Logan would have no problem taking this match since he’ll want payback for the MITB qualifier, and is probably cocky enough to think this will be easy.

Great tag title rematch from DIY and A-Town Down Under, though I’m surprised it was so soon. And a little surprised that DIY won again. I almost thought they were gonna hot potato the belts and then the tiebreaker is at SummerSlam. I suppose they can still have DIY VS ATDU round 3 at SummerSlam, but at the same time, HHH loves cards with less matches for more quality. Maybe round 3 is for the SmackDown before SummerSlam like we just got to lead into MITB. And then Fatu wrecking those top teams was wild. As if this new Bloodline wasn’t already brutal, this right here could get Tama & Loa right into the tag title scene.

And of course we’re getting Cody VS Solo for the top title. Orton getting taken out like Heyman was rather wild, too, but maybe he makes a “miraculous” return where he and Kevin help Cody fight off Solo. And maybe, just maybe, Roman Reigns does return to make sure Solo does not win the title, and then getting us started on Solo’s Bloodline VS Roman’s Bloodline to go into the Fall stretch.

My Score: 8.8/10


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