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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/20/23)

SmackDown makes it Rumble official!



The Tribal Chief and the Prizefighter sign on the dotted line!

Before fighting over the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens meet on SmackDown to sign the contract!


  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament, Opening Round: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Viking Raiders; McIntyre & Sheamus win and advance to the second round.
  • LA Knight VS Brett Jones; Knight wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament, Opening Round: Los Lotharios VS Hit Row; Hit Row wins and advance to the second round.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament, Opening Round: The Brawling Brutes & Imperium; Imperium wins and advance to the second round.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament, Opening Round: Legado del Fantasma VS Maximum Male Models; Legado wins and advance to the second round.


The Bloodline arrives backstage.

Sami Zayn is fired up to be with his dawgs! The Usos, Solo Sikoa, Paul Heyman, and of course, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. Sami secret handshakes with Jimmy, has one with Jey, and offers a fist bump to Roman. Roman leaves Sami hanging, is that a bad sign?


SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament, Opening Round: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Viking Raiders!

Friday is once again Fight Night! The Celtic Connection wanted vengeance on Erik & Ivar for their blindside attack a couple weeks ago, so Adam Pearce is taking care of two birds with one stone! Will McIntyre & Sheamus take down the Vikings? Or will the raid make its way towards the Usos and their titles?

The teams sort out, but the Vikings attack before the bell! Ivar CLOBBERS McIntyre out of the ring while Sheamus and Erik brawl in the ring! The ref reprimands, Sheamus ROCKS Erik in return and the bell rings! Sheamus fires off hands on Erik, Ivar fires off on McIntyre, but Sheamus whips Erik to a corner. Erik elbows back, throws haymakers, then he whips. Sheamus reverses but Erik holds ropes, only for Sheamus to clothesline Erik and himself out of the ring! Ivar CLUBS McIntyre, POSTS him, but Sheamus TOSSES Erik into barriers! Ivar rushes over but Sheamus fires forearms and haymakers on him!

Erik gets up, Sheamus throws hands on him, then TOSSES him into more barriers! Fans fire up, the ring count climbs, but Sheamus puts Erik in the ring. Ivar goes to the apron but Sheamus KNEES him first! Sheamus turns Ivar around, for BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus gest seven before Erik CLUBS him! Erik whips but Sheamus reverses to throw Erik to the apron! Sheamus drags Erik up to ROCK him, then gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Fans fires up and count along, Sheamus goes past TEN, to hit FIFTEEN! Fans fire up while Erik flops down! Sheamus drags Erik up to a fireman’s carry!

Sheamus climbs the corner, but Erik slips free! Ivar runs in, Sheamus elbows him down, but Erik ROCKS Sheamus! Erik throws Sheamus to the floor! Tag to Ivar, and he runs to SPLASH Sheamus against barriers! Detroit boos but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Erik has Sheamus in a chinlock. Sheamus endures, fights up, and fans rally as he stands. But Erik turns Sheamus for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans boo Erik as he looms over Sheamus, but Erik clamps on with a chinbar and armlock. Sheamus endures but Erik throws down elbow after elbow! Erik returns to the chinbar, he grinds Sheamus down, but Detroit rallies as Sheamus endures. Sheamus fights up again, pushes Erik, and he throws body shots! Sheamus EuroUppers but Erik ROCKS him! They go forearm for forearm! Erik kicks low, CLUBS Sheamus down, then tags in Ivar.

Fans boo but Ivar CLUBS Sheamus back down. Ivar keeps Sheamus from McIntyre and gives him a crossface forearm! Tag to Erik, and he stands Sheamus up, only for Sheamus to throw body shots and forearms! Erik shoves, Sheamus KNEES Erik, then gets him for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Detroit fires up as both men crawl! Hot tags to Ivar and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies on the War Beard! McIntyre whips, Ivar reverses and scoops, but McIntyre slips off to shove and CLOBBER Ivar! Erik rushes in but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre doges Ivar to NECKBREAKER! Then he dodges Erik to NECKBREAKER!

McIntyre kips up and Detroit fires up! McIntyre waits on Ivar, brings him in for double underhooks, but Ivar RAMS him into a corner! McIntyre ELBOWS back, Ivar knees low! Ivar runs, but into a scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ivar survives but McIntyre keeps his focus. McIntyre storms up to Ivar, fireman’s carries him, but Ivar fights free! Ivar CLUBS McIntyre, McIntyre runs in, SEATED SENTON! Tag to Erik, Ivar whips him in to clothesline McIntyre! Feed to a LARIAT from Ivar! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is hanging tough but Erik tags Ivar back in. Erik drags McIntyre up but gets a GLASGOW KISS!

McIntyre ROCKS Ivar on the top rope! And CHOPS him! And climbs up after him! Fans fire up as McIntyre brings Ivar to the very top! But Erik trips McIntyre! McIntyre ends up in a Tree of Woe! Sheamus runs in but Erik ROCKS Sheamus! But Sheamus fireman’s carries, WHITE NOISE! And McIntyre sit sup! SPIDER BELLY2BELLY!! All four behemoths are down and Detroit is fired up as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Ivar fires off back elbow after elbow on McIntyre in the corner! Ivar lets off at the ref’s count, and fans boo as Ivar storms around. Ivar storms up, whips McIntyre corner to corner, but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER Ivar! McIntyre spins Ivar around, underhooks, and FUTURE SHOCKS! Kip up and fans fire up with McIntyre! McIntyre is calling for it, and he aims from the corner! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Ivar HEEL KICKS McIntyre down!! Both men fall and fans rally back up! McIntyre and Ivar crawl, hot tags to Erik and Sheamus! Sheamus and Erik brawl with fast and furious fists!

Sheamus gets the edge, but Erik kicks the legs out! Erik runs, but into a scoop! POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with Sheamus and he goes to a corner! Sheamus beats his chest and fans shout along, “BROGUE! BROGUE!” Sheamus aims, Erik stands, “FELLA~!” But Sarah Logan gets on the apron! Erik runs in but Sheamus BOOTS him! But Erik spins Sheamus around, EXPLODER! Tag to Ivar! Ivar goes up top, for a VIKING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Sheamus survives and Ivar is shocked! Detroit is thunderous but Erik tags back in. Erik then tags Ivar back in, and the Vikings stalk Sheamus. Sheamus sees the 2v1, but he just throws hands anyway!

Fans fire up but the 2v1 starts going the Vikings’ way. Erik waistlocks Sheamus, Ivar runs to the ropes, but Sheamus breaks free and KNEES Ivar down! McIntyre gives Erik a CLAYMORE!! Sheamus goes to the corner, fans fire up, and Ivar stands up for a BROGUE!!! Cover, the Celtic Connection wins!!

Winners: Sheamus & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

Valhalla is furious that Ragnarok did not come! Sheamus & McIntyre are heading on, will they earn one more shot against Jimmy & Jey Uso?


Paul Heyman goes over the checklist with Roman Reigns.

Private jet, private cars, and- Before Heyman can continue, Sami Zayn walks in to ask if Roman has a second to talk. Roman says Sami can sit. Sami takes a seat, and he knows tonight is a big night, a great night, but he couldn’t help but notice the “frosty” greeting in the parking lot. Sami just wants to make sure everything is cool between them. Is everything cool? Roman tells Sami that he saw how Sami looked last week. Roman knows Sami is trying to cover up for tonight, but he should just tell the truth. What’s going on? Sami says everything is fine. No, tell him the truth.

Okay, then to be honest, Sami was disappointed last week. He felt it was a big privilege that Roman put him in the position to handle Kevin Owens on his own and he took a lot of pride in carrying his weight for the family. But then, as he was about to put Kevin away, he just didn’t realize the Usos & Solo would be coming out to the ring. He didn’t know it was all a plan. He felt a little slighted. Kevin keeps claiming Sami is being used, and he thought for a second that maybe… Well, who knows. But it’s all fine now.

Roman tells Sami to leave. What? Roman says he’s not gonna do this every single week! Roman doesn’t wanna hear “his” name every single week! Go! Get out! IT blows Roman’s mind. The Tribal Chief has to run his game plan by the Honorary Uce? When did this start? When does Roman have to ask Sami for his approval? Go, get out of here. Go find Kevin, make his own Bloodline or something. Stop using Roman. Then Roman tells Heyman to tell Sami. Sami is flabbergasted but he still leaves. Just what is going on with The Tribal Chief’s treatment of Sami Zayn?


Raquel Rodriguez speaks.

“Everything is bigger in my home state of Texas. And in San Antonio, at my first ever Royal Rumble, I plan on making it the biggest moment in my career. I am counting down the days, the minutes, the seconds, until I rush to that ring.” And in front of her family, friends and fellow Texans, she will earn her way to WrestleMania! Will Big Mami Cool make her homecoming a historic one?


LA Knight VS Brett Jones!

The Mega Star of SmackDown is preparing for something historic of his own at the Royal Rumble in the first-ever Pitch Black Match. All we know is anything goes, but will Knight show he’s ready for anything?

Before the match, Knight of course gets the mic, and he says, “Lemme talk to ya! Can someone help Bray Wyatt figure out what the hell’s going on? One week, he’s not Uncle Howdy. Next week, ‘I am Uncle Howdy! I am him!’ HUH!? Then this lunatic asks LA Knight, ‘Who are you?’ I can tell you exactly who I am! One name says it all! With everybody saying ‘L! A! KNIGHT!’ YEAH! And what that means is I’m the guy at the Royal Rumble who makes you think, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have come back. Maybe I should’ve stayed away. After all, it is LA Knight’s game.

“Because while you’ve been living check to check on past glory, walk on into the LA Knight Bank and find out those checks ain’t worth trash! Because whether it’s pitch black or whether it’s broad daylight, at the Rumble. I will off your on switch just like that! And that is not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! YEAH!” Detroit boos but Knight tells them to shut up. Will Knight back up these words against one of Motor City’s own?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Knight powers Jones to a corner. But then the White Rabbit makes itself known! Knight gets a bit wary and he lets off on Jones. Jones kicks back and fires hands! Jones whips, Knight reverses and CLOBBERS Jones! Knight waits on Jones to stagger up, then he kicks low for the B F T!! Cover, Knight wins!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall

But then wait! Is that the FIREFLY FUN HOUSE?! Knight TOSSES Jones while looking around. The funhouse has seen better days, but Abby the Witch is back! And Mercy the Buzzard! And Huskis the Pig Boy! And Ramblin’ Rabbit! And there’s Bray, fixing the place up! And he even has handyman butt crack showing… “I can see you. Welcome back to the Firefly Fun House! YOWIE WOWIE! Pardon the dust, it’s been awhile, and I know we’re all over the place, I’ll get on that. But I have seriously missed you so much.” “Aww…!” And Bray can’t wait to have lots of fun with his friends once again!

Ramblin’ Rabbit says, “Hey, dudes. Lemme talk to ya. LA Knight seems super cool. Can we invite him to the funhouse to be our friend?” Abby tells Ramblin’ Rabbit to STFU. Ramblin’ Rabbit says he’s worried about the Pitch Black match. LA Knight is cool by him. He’s like The Miz but with muscles. Plus, Ramblin’s just scared of the dark. Huskis says he loves dark chocolate. Bray was thinking, though. What kind of “deranged, damaged Woodstock dingdong names their kid Los Angeles Knight? I mean, he never had a chance!” But Bray will ‘Holler” at Ramblin’.

It’s normal to be afraid of the dark. In the dark, that’s where things like to hide under your bed and come out when you sleep. Things that want to EAT you! Now that Bray thinks about it, people should be scared of the dark. And then UNCLE HOWDY interrupts! He’s laughing, and says, “I told you so. I told you so. I told you so. All you needed was a little push.” Bray says, “I hope you’re satisfied. I hope you understand. You are the one that opened the door. And now, whatever comes through it is your problem. See you at the Royal Rumble. BYE~! Have a nice day!” Bray is back to his old ways, and it’s all Knight’s fault. Will Knight survive walking into the dark?


SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament, Opening Round: Los Lotharios VS Hit Row!

With Sheamus & McIntyre waiting in the second round, we see another grudge settled in this tournament. Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo are still on the Hit Row’s Hit List, will Ashante THEE Adonis & Top Dolla finally settle up with them? Or will we see the Kiss Cam continue towards the tag titles?

The teams sort out, Humberto starts against Adonis. They tie up, Adonis wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Carrillo rolls, handsprings and wrenches. Tag to Garza, the Lethal Lovers double whip, double leap frog, and then double hip toss into a DOUBLE FACEBUSTER and DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cover, ONE!! Adonis is tough but Garza keeps on him. Garza pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Adonis throws his durag at Garza before he hits the AIR-DROP! Adonis drags Garza over, tags in Dolla, and Hit Row stomps Garza. Dolla TOSSES Garza, talks trash, and Garza bails out. Dolla goes out, talks trash on Michael Cole for still talking about that botch!

Dolla dares Cole to take this, and he CHOPS Garza in the chest! Garza slides into the ring, Dolla storms after him, and brings him up for a waistlock. Garza throws elbows, reaches out to Carrillo, but Dolla holds on. Garza throws more elbows, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Hot tag to Carrillo, tag to Adonis! Adonis runs into an UPPERCUT! Carrillo forearms, springboards, sunset flips, but Adonis rolls through! Carrillo ducks the Penalty Kick but Adonis ducks the roundhouse, only for the ENZIGURI to come back! Adonis flops out of the ring, Dolla runs in but Carrillo dodges him! Carrillo comes back and gets a boost, DROPKICK sends Dolla out!

Hit Row regroups on the outside, Los Lotharios build speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit and Hit Row hits the desk! Carrillo says that’s how you do it! Carrillo puts Adonis in, but B-Fab trips Carrillo up! Fans boo but Adonis rolls Carrillo with tights! Hit Row wins!

Winners: Hit Row, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

Fans boo but Hit Row is laughing all the way to the bank! But will they be able to do the same thing to the bangers that are Sheamus & McIntyre?


Cody Rhodes’ comeback continues.

Victorious at Hell in a Cell, but in a bittersweet moment. The surgery was a success, but it also meant there was a long road ahead. The American Nightmare does not heal any faster than anyone else. Two months in, it already felt like six years to Cody. Nine months is the timeline, and he wants to respect that, but only four months in, he was hitting the gym. “This is the place where I can make myself bulletproof.” Brandi confirms Cody has put in the work, and that he looks and feels better than ever. Now it isn’t a question of if, but when can Cody return? Cody has made it clear what he wants, so at the Royal Rumble, HE’S BACK!!


Braun Strowman speaks.

“I’ve made a career out of chucking bodies around. That being said, the Royal Rumble match is absolutely tailor made for the Monster of All Monsters. But heed my warning: anyone that stands in my way on the Road to WrestleMania, is gonna het. These. Hands!” Will Strowman outdo his personal best and win the whole thing?


Charlotte Flair is here!

Detroit fires up as The Queen struts her way to the ring. The SmackDown Women’s Champion gets the mic to say, “Detroit! WOOOO~!” Fans “WOO~” back and she says it is great to be in Motor City. But help her out here. We saw the recap footage, and it seems Sonya Deville has a real problem with Charlotte. She isn’t sure why. Maybe cuz Charlotte beat her two weeks ago? So now Charlotte tells Sonya that if she has a problem with Charlotte, she doesn’t need to go whine to Adam Pearce or attack her from behind. Just say so to her face, woman to woman. Charlotte waits, and she tells Sonya that Detroit would love to see her.

And speak of the Deville! Sonya makes her way out and has a mic to say, “I’m sorry, I’m having a hard time understanding this. Do you think I care what this dirty, disgusting city wants? No! No, no no no no. I care about what I want, what I deserve, and that is a title opportunity. But let me guess: You don’t think I’m worthy, do you?” Fans boo and Sonya tells them to shut up. Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Sonya gets in the ring with Charlotte to continue. “Clearly, you don’t think I’m worthy, and neither do you guys. But let me tell you something: if you’d get off your high horse, you’d all realize that every single time I walk through that curtain, I’m a star!”

Fans boo the star, but Sonya says every single time she opens her mouth and speaks, they should shut theirs and listen. Last week, it took six people to get Sonya off of Charlotte. Is Charlotte that arrogant that she doesn’t see it? Is that what it is? Fans again chant “YOU SUCK!” at Sonya, and Charlotte says Detroit’s made up their mind. But Charlotte does see that. Sonya IS a star. Charlotte has always told Sonya that. But is Sonya saying that the other women in the back aren’t stars? What is it that Sonya thinks she has that makes her more special than everyone else? She comes out demanding matches that she thinks are owed to her.

Maybe Charlotte isn’t the entitled, arrogant one here. But look, Sonya called her shot, she lost, and she tapped out! Fans chant “YOU TAPPED OUT!” So maybe Sonya should do what everyone else is doing and focus on the Rumble rather than jumping to the front of the line. But if Sonya wants a fight, Charlotte will fight her here in Detroit! Oh, Charlotte wants to fight Sonya here and now? What does Detroit say? “YES!” Sonya says “No.” Sonya smirks and asks why she’d fight when there’s nothing in it for her? No thanks. Unless… Charlotte puts the title on the line.

But here comes Adam Pearce to stop this. What is this? Is Sonya serious? Pearce made himself clear last week, but Sonya DECKS Charlotte with a sucker punch! Then she runs off! Sonya shrugs, fans boo, but Charlotte nods, giving Sonya that one. Pearce is again upset, but Sonya just walks to the back. She will do this on her time, but will Pearce make her reschedule?


Roman Reigns is still upset.

He asks Heyman, “Can you believe that guy?” Heyman takes a moment to think, and he then tells the Tribal Chief that he never liked Sami. But he supports Roman’s vision for the Island of Relevancy. Heyman was trying to look at this as a special Counsel, and as the Wise Man. As such, Heyman wants Roman to take into his “ruthless consideration” that it is better, on the night of this contract signing for defending the title against Kevin Owens of all people, that when it comes to Sami Zayn, maybe it’s better to have him in the castle pissing outside, rather than outside the castle, pissing in. AKA keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Will Roman accept this wisdom and bring Sami back into the fold?


Lacey Evans continues her training.

The narrator says, “You are the weapon, and your method of destruction is… The Cobra Clutch! Your opponents have two choices: tap out, or black out. You will break their spirits. You will capture titles. And you will make every woman in WWE tremble in fear at the name, ‘Lacey Evans.’ And that’s an order.” Operation: Cobra Clutch is set to begin, will it succeed in the Royal Rumble?


SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament, Opening Round: The Brawling Brutes & Imperium!

Sheamus fires up Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne as they head out to represent on the other side of the bracket! Will Ridge Da Fridge and “Butch” brutalize Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser once again? Or will the Pride of Italy & the Impeccable German keep the mat sacred?

The teams sort out and Ridge starts against Vinci. They tie up, go around, Ridge headlocks but Vinci hammerlocks to a headlock. Ridge powers out, they RAM shoulders, and Ridge eggs Vinci on. Vinci kicks low, CHOPS, then whips. Ridge reverses and hip tosses! Vinci flounders, Ridge wrenches his arm and tags in Dunne. Dunne goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Dunne whips, Vinci reverses, Ludwig tags in. Vinci drops and Ludwig scoops for a GUTBUSTER! Dunne writhes but Ludwig scrapes his soles off Dunne’s face. Ludwig drags Dunne up, but Dunne fights the butterfly suplex to wrench out and isolate an arm!

Dunne wrangles Ludwig to the mat, and he STMOPS the elbow! Ludwig stands, but Dunne jumps on for a KIMURA! But Ludwig tags Vinci with his free arm! Dunne wrenches Ludwig but Vinci springboards to CROSSBODY Dunne down! Ludwig PENALTY KICKS Dunne while Vinci BLASTS Ridge! Fans boo as Imperium stands together and poses, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Dunne reaches for Ridge, but Ludwig whips him away! Dunne BLASTS Vinci, but Ludwig gets around to back suplex! Dunne lands on his feet, ducks Ludwig, hot tag to Ridge! Fans fire up as Ludwig dodges once, but the LARIAT comes back the next time! And the third time! Ridge drags Ludwig up, scoops and spins, for SNAKE EYES! Ridge runs to SPLASH! Ridge keeps moving, another SPLASH! Ridge scoops again, fans fire up for the POWERSLAM! Ridge roars and he watches Ludwig stand. Ludwig blocks the fireman’s carry, Vinci jumps in and they mug Ridge! But Ridge lifts them both! DOUBLE BACK DROP!

Ridge tags Dunne, and Dunne MOONSAULTS onto Vinci on the outside! Dunne and Ridge coordinate, SPLASH ENZIGURI on Ludwig in the corner! Dunne goes up but Vinci RAMS Ridge into steel steps! Dunne jumps over Ludwig, comes back, but Ludwig waistlocks! O’Conner Roll, TWO and Dunne has an ANKLE LOCK! Ludwig endures, hops up to his feet, and he LCUBS Dunne! Dunne turns that into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Ludwig flails, reaches out, but he has to fight up to his feet again! Dunne keeps his shoulders up, brings Ludwig down, but Ludwig rolls back to tag Vinci! Ludwig drags Dunne over, for Vinci’s TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Vinci can’t believe Dunne survives, but Ludwig gets back in the ring. Ludwig goes up, Vinci brings Dunne in, but Ridge SHOVES Ludwig down! Dunne RANAS the bomb into a cover! TWO!! Vinci escapes and Dunne can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Dunne CHOPS Vinci, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then forearms, but into a clinch! Vinci CHOPS, runs in, but Dunne ROCKS him! Dunne goes up, leaps, TORNADO DDT!! Both men are down and Detroit fires up! Dunne and Vinci crawl, hot tags to Ludwig and Ridge! Ridge blocks a boot but not the second! Ludwig CHOPS, hops up, leaps, but into a HEADBUTT!

Ridge clinches, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Ridge calls to Dunne. Ridge fireman’s carries, Dunne is up top, but Vinci anchors Dunne! Dunne kicks Vinci away but Ludwig slips off to shove Ridge! Ludwig DECKS Ridge, but Dunne GAMANGIRIS Ludwig! Vinci returns but gets a BOOT from Dunne! Dunne tells Vinci off but Ludwig ENZIGURIS! Dunne falls into Vinci’s suplex! BRAINBUSTER to the floor!! Ludwig goes after Ridge but Ridge whips him away. Vinci tags in as Ludwig goes up and over! Ludwig rolls Ridge, Vinci reels Ridge in! Ludwig is up top, Vinci manages to lift Ridge! IMPERIAL BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

The well-oiled machine succeeds in stopping an All Brutes Finals! But who will they face in the semifinals? We’ll find out in the last opening round match!


Sami sulks backstage.

Heyman finds him. Sami stands up, and Heyman says, “Your Tribal Chief would like to see you.” Sami nods, but will Roman have good news?


Shayna Baszler speaks.

“Imagine trying to compete in the Royal Rumble with a fractured ankle. Imagine trying to throw a body over the top rope with a dislocated shoulder, or compete against 29 other women with a broken arm. Yeah, so all those other women in the locker room better stay away. Because as far as I’m concerned, I’m not just gonna eliminate you, I’m gonna tear you apart limb by limb.” Will the Queen of Spades break the field to get her ticket to WrestleMania?


Karrion Kross speaks.

“Scarlett has just brought it to my attention. That in one week, I will be stepping into the ring with Rey Mysterio. Now normally, I get really, really amped up before a fight. But this time, not so much. Because El Rey can’t figure out whether he wants to be a family man or if he wants to be the Greatest Of All Time. And in this business, he can’t be both. That’s not how it works. So now, I’m gonna take him out. Following that, I’m gonna take out all other 29 superstars in the Royal Rumble, because that’s mine, too. Time is running out for everyone. Tick… Tock.” Doomsday is coming, will Mysterio survive? Or will he just be the first victim?


SmackDown Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament, Opening Round: Legado del Fantasma VS Maximum Male Models!

Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde are ready to represent, but according to social medial, Maçé has been MIA for weeks! Will Mansôör have to go it alone? Or will LDF have to put up a fight to earn their spot in the semifinals?

SmackDown returns and Mace IS back! The teams sort out, Zelina Vega is on commentary, and she has three pieces of news! One: Wilde & Del Toro will win this tournament to then beat The Usos and become SmackDown Tag Team Champions. Two: Santos is going to win the Men’s Royal Rumble. And three: Vega is going to win the Women’s Royal Rumble! Anyway, in the match, Mansoor and Wilde start. They tie up, Mansoor headlocks, but Wilde powers out, only for Mansoor to run him over. Mansoor strikes a pose, Maxxine Dupri applauds, and then Mansoor runs the ropes. Wilde drops then jumps, but into an atomic drop!

Mansoor says yawn, and he whips. Wilde reverses, ELBOWS and trips Mansoor, for a TWISTING ELBOW DROP! Mansoor scrambles to ropes, Wilde storms over, but Mansoor dumps him out! Mansoor builds speed, but Cruz rushes in! Mansoor dodges Cruz’s haymaker, and Mace is in to choke grip! Mace SHOVES Cruz to ropes, he and Mansoor dump him out! The models finger boop, then build speed, just to pose! Fans boo and Vega rolls her eyes. LDF regroups with Escobar on the outside. The Emperor of Lucha tells them this tournament and those tag titles are theirs, so they gotta go get what’s theirs!

Wilde & Cruz fire up, rush in, dodge the models and dropkick! Mansoor tumbles out but Mace stays standing! Mace choke grips LDF, but they break free to ENZIGURI SUPERKICK COMBO! Mace flops out of the ring, and LDF builds speed, Wilde FLIES out onto Mansoor! Cruz has to stop as Mace goes around the way. Cruz then redirects and FLIES! Direct hit and Vega is happy to see her team on top. Wilde puts Mansoor in, tags in Cruz, and they mug Mansoor. Cruz wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER, tag to Wilde, and LDF double suplex! Then they combine, Electric Chair SPLASH! Cover, but Mace breaks it!

Mace drags Mansoor to their corner, and Vega complains about what tactics are legal. Mace tags himself in, storms up on Wilde, HEEL KCIK! BOOT for Cruz! Mace Electric Chair Lifts Wilde, Mansoor tags in, and Maxxine says this is the moment! But Wilde slips off to shove Mace into Mansoor! Mansoor lands on his catwalk! Mansoor flops down next to Mace while Wilde tags Cruz! Wilde then runs in, he jumps off Mace to DDT Mansoor! Cruz is up top, he tightrope MISSILE DROPKICKS Mace! LDF then sets Mansoor up, for the LEGADO SLICE! Cover, LDF wins!

Winners: Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

Vega asks, “Was I wrong? Did I lie?” Vega also taunts Maxxine as we will now see Legado take on Imperium! Both teams are about tradition and legacy, but which side will make it through to the tournament finals?


Roman sits and waits in his room.

Heyman looks very worried as Sami walks in again. Sami sits, and takes a deep breath. Roman says, “Look. It’s no secret. I’ve got a temper. But that’s why I put people in place like The Wise Man to counsel that anger.” Heyman smiles. Roman says he wasn’t hearing Sami out. Sami just wanted communication. He wanted to be part of the plan, part of the team. Sami is a perfectionist. He’s like Roman, really. Sami says that’s right. And Roman says you don’t become The GOAT if you don’t think of all the little details. That’s what Sami does, that’s why they get along, that’s why this works! Sami agrees! And he thanks Roman for understanding.

Sami admits, he walked in expecting the worst. But it means so much to him to hear Roman say that. Roman says that is on him. But sometimes, he just expects the same amount of love, respect and loyalty that he gives. No, don’t say that. Sami and the others all love him! He’s the Tribal Chief! The Head of the Table! The one steering the ship! They’re nothing without him. They… Sami will always put what’s best for the Bloodline first. What is best for the family first. Anytime, anything, whatever Roman needs Sami to do, he can just tell Sami, and Sami will do it. Okay.

Then clear cut communication, this is what Roman needs from Sami. Sami needs to go find the Usos. Make sure the SUVs are in place. Make sure the pilots have the jet ready to go. Roman will take Heyman and Solo to the ring, he’ll sign that contract, and then they’ll get outta here. Sami says that’s done! So we’re good? Better than good! Sami thanks Roman again, and offers the fist bump. Roman says he does owe Sami that. They fist bump, Sami smiles and heads out. Heyman then says, “Thank you, my Tribal Chief.” Roman nods, but will business go smoothly with the contract signing up next?


Adam Pearce is in the ring.

He is ready to preside over this contract signing, and here comes the Tribal Chief! As he said, he just has Solo Sikoa and Paul Heyman by his side. Heyman hands over the belts so Roman can raise them up for the pyro. They then continue to the ring, where Roman lifts the belts again for the second round of pyro. Roman takes his seat at the head of the table, putting his feet up on the table. Fans chant for “SAMI USO!” and Roman smiles. But then Kevin shows up from the crowd side!! He drags Solo out of the ring!! Pearce bails out, Kevin gets in and hits a STUNNER on Roman!!! Heyman is speechless but Detroit is thunderous!

Solo gets back up, Kevin SUPERKICKS him back out! The USOS appear, but Kevin fires off on the both of them! The Usos drag Kevin out, they brawl, and Kevin tosses Jey into barriers! SUPERKICK for Jimmy! SUPERKICK for Jey! Kevin drags Jimmy up to RAM him into the steel steps! Then Kevin goes back for Roman! Kevin drags Roman up, brings him around, whip and pop-up POWERBOMB through the table!!! Fans are loving this but Heyman is losing his mind! Pearce can’t believe Kevin did this, and then Kevin looks at Heyman. Heyman begs for mercy, but Kevin just takes the contract to sign his part!

But here comes Sami! Sami tells Kevin to get out of here, but Kevin just tosses the contract to Sami. Sami rushes in but Kevin has gotten away to the crowd! Detroit cheers, but will Kevin #StunTheWorld at the Royal Rumble? Roman comes to, and sees Sami is the only one standing. Will the trust that was just fixed between them be torn down again?

My Thoughts:

A great episode for SmackDown, and what great stuff out of the Bloodline story. Sami Zayn is being toyed with by Roman Reigns and his volitivity, and Heyman’s talk with Roman all but gave away that Roman doesn’t care about Sami, he just can’t afford Sami and Kevin to be united against them. But in the end, because Roman made Sami into his errand boy, Sami wasn’t there when Kevin got the jump on them! That was a great, and really fast, way to do a contract signing segment, and it leaves Sami stuck in a bad situation. We are getting closer and closer to that moment where Sami stands up for himself while standing by Kevin, and that’s going to be great stuff.

Of course LA Knight won a really quick tune up, but the real good stuff was Bray Wyatt reviving the Firefly Fun House! It’s technically a victory for Uncle Howdy since Bray basically “relapses” into one of his old personas, but we could also be seeing an almost Three Faces of Foley scenario for Bray, where he can call upon any of his past selves to take on his opponents. And with the Pitch Black match only being given to us as Anything Goes, but I’m still positive that the lights will be dimmed like in NXT’s Lights Out match. Also, good promos from more Royal Rumble entrants, but they didn’t sway my predictions for who wins.

Good stuff from Charlotte Flair and Sonya Deville, and that sucker punch is totally grounds for a SmackDown Women’s Championship match at the Royal Rumble. And Charlotte is definitely winning, she isn’t going to lose so soon now that she’s Face and 14-time champion. Also good promo from Kross calling out Rey one last time before their match on next week’s go-home. That match could probably go either way with the Rumble just the next day, but with Rey having gotten beat up and talked down to this whole time, it just feels like he should win to prove Kross is wrong about him being over the hill and all that.

And great stuff out of the SmackDown Tag Team Tournament. While McIntyre & Sheamus VS Viking Raiders felt too early on paper, it was also a case where it’d be too easy to say “Oh, they’re going to meet up in the later rounds, these opening round matches are predictable.” Putting such a big match at the very beginning gets a lot of that sentiment out of the way. Sheamus & McIntyre winning was probably the right move, and they’re still a heavy favorite for winning the whole thing. And looking at the brackets, I would think LDF beats Imperium just so we aren’t revisiting Sheamus taking on Imperium. But honestly, between Sheamus & McIntyre, Imperium and LDF, they’re all great choices for taking on The Usos, and by extension, the Bloodline.

My Score: 8.6/10

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Andrew’s TNA Against All Odds Results & Match Ratings: 6.14.2024

Broken Matt attempts to procure the Championship of the World! Joe Hendry faces Frankie Kazarian! Jordynne issues an open challege, all at Against All Odds!



I’ll be honest, since the lead up hasn’t exactly sparked much excitement from me, I can’t really tell what might get relegated to Countdown and what will be on the main show aside from major title stories. So with that being said, I’ll cover the Countdown this time around, because well…who knows what will be on it.

Let’s hope that the bit of momentum with the WWE working relationship and the stories coming out about the locker room being seemingly happy with the direction of things; have to hope that will start to equate to a product that makes some damn sense.


  • Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan: Sami wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/4
  • Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) (c) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay): DeMALISH retain via Steinerizer – ** 3/4
  • Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz): Tri State Exchange wins via Assisted Spin the Block – ****
  • PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis: PCO wins via PCO-SAULT – **
  • TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c): The System retains via Boston Knee Party – ** 3/4
  • Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via Loaded Fist – ** 1/2
  • X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c): Ali retains via Scorpion Deathlock – *** 3/4
  • Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey): ABC wins via The Fold – *** 1/2
  • TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley: Jordynne retains via Juggernaut Driver – *** 1/4
  • BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy: Moose retains via Lights Out – *** 1/2




Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan

Callihan attacks The Octopus on the outside before the bell rings. A few chops around the ring and bounces Gresham’s face off the post twice. Sami goes for the Cactus Driver on the outside, but Gresham rotates all the way through to grab the ropes and counter Sami. Gouges Sami’s face, breaks fingers Pentagon style, and Sami retreats to a different side of the outside of the ring. Octopus chases and keeps working on the hand, but Sami counters and starts going for a few more Knife Edge Chops. Sami tries to Lawn Dart Gresham into the post, but Gresham slips and shoves Sami into the post. Now Octopus back to working on the left hand and arm. Arm Wringers and Uppercuts right into the elbow.

Sami gets some control back, rolls Gresham into the ring and now the match can officially start…OR NOT! Gresham rolls back out and heads under the ring so Sami goes hunting for Octopus. Gresham grabs the left arm from under the ring, uses a chair since the ring obscures the referee’s vision, and then slowly they head back in the ring. Soccer Ball kick to the injured arm, and Gresham continues to try and work on the arm, but Sami is fighting back. Sami tries to Irish Whip, but the sells the left arm! Callihan adjusts his offense and tries to use his legs and only the good right arm. But as soon as he goes for a Cactus Driver, the arm sell happens again.

Gresham rips the mask off the referee, Kushida shows up in a Doc Brown gimmick and with a mask. He attacks Gresham while the ref is distracted to swab out the ink and place it into a vial. Sami connects with the Cactus Driver ’97 and wins.

Insanely gimmicky, extremely stupid. Feels like a dumbass thing that would happen on DDT, not an American program. So they made Gresham talk last night, which ruins the essence of a evil character, and now they have him lose with Kushida trying to do science on what the ink is. I can’t properly express how many brain cells I feel like I lost. 

Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay)

Marti and Alisha start, Marti uses Alisha’s face like a speed bag, tags in Allysin, quick tandem work gives The Hex a nearfall. Alisha manages to run to make the tag, and Masha comes in, but immediately starts dominating Masha. Tandem Snapmare, Fun Splash, Senton, PK, for another near fall from The Hex. Allysin tries to shoot Masha across, Masha gets the Arm Wringer, drives Allysin into her corner, but a Boot stops Masha. Allysin tries to get out and Alisha grabs Allysin by the hair to pull her back.

Alisha gets in a few quick shots, Allysin tries to fight back, but the Eye Rake evens the score. Alisha tags out, Hip Attack from Masha into repeated Snapmares with the hair into a near fall. Short Arm Lariats, Masha connects on two, Allysin counters the third, they both hit the ropes, stereo Clothesline spot into the simultaneous tags. Marti beats on Alisha in the corner, Double Knees into a two count. SAVAT KICK from Masha to level Marti, Allysin takes out Masha, Delish from Alisha, Marti hits The Stroke, and all four are down for a few moments. Rolling Forearm into Saito Suplex for another near fall on Alisha. Hex Marks the…nope Alisha slips the move, Masha gets in things breakdown into a sloppy fight, Alisha tries to shove Allysin into Marti but hits Masha. HEX MARKS THE SPOT, Masha makes the save, barely! Dual spots in corners, Alisha fights off Allysin with the Avalanche Powerbomb, Masha Electric Chairs Marti, STEINERIZER! DeMALISH retain.

Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz)

Rascalz try to utilize their speed and teamwork advantage with a tag out the gates as Trey distracts Santana, Wentz runs in, and they match each other. Counters, dodges, really fun equal footing but different styles opening. Simultaneous tags Trey and Maclin are in, Maclin quickly takes advantage of Trey, tags in Santana and they go for a Dual Suplex, but Wentz catches Trey and then takes out Maclin. Santana gets surprised by Trey, Body Scissors into a Double Stomp, then Trey tags in Wentz and a quick Tandem kick. Santana tries to fight back against Wentz, but Wentz eats a few chops and then turns it around. Tag out to Trey, Trey connects with a low single leg Dropkick for a near fall. Kick Rush from Rascalz, Wentz tries to punctuate with a Stomp on the back of the head but Santana dodges and Double Lariats The Rascalz. Maclin tags in and starts stacking up the Rascalz and beating them like they owe him money. Maclin tries a SCUD but Wentz catches him with a Cutter in the ropes, shortcut double team offense.

The ref was distracted with Santana trying to get in to stop the double team, so Maclin kicks out easily because of a slow start to the count. Trey with a cheap choke, then he tags in, goes for a disrespectful Half Crab and Santana just kicks Trey in the back. Rascalz find interesting ways to keep working over Maclin, Trey goes for a Popping Meteora, but Maclin stop it, turns it into an Electric Chair style counter and tags in Santana. Santana with the hot tag, takes out both Rascalz, stacks them interestingly to pull off a tandem DDT. Maclin and Santana work together, Maclin kicks Santana to send him into his Rolling Buck Fifty, Maclin then connects with a Busaiku Knee, and only 2 since Trey breaks it up! Rascalz finally get the best of things, a tandem Rope Assisted Pedigree with a Swanton from Wentz, but Maclin kicks out.  MACLIN EATS THE CHELSEA GREEN FUCK YOUR FACE IN THE CORNER DROPKICK SPOT!  Rolling Double Stomp! Santana rolls in to make the save, Hot Fire Flame attempt but Maclin gets the knees up. Cradle attempt, but they push off Maclin into Santana. Superkick Party on Maclin, Buckshot Lariat from Santana wipes out Trey, Enzuigiri from Santana. They set each other up, Caught in the Crosshairs , Spin the Block! Santana and Maclin win.

This is the first objectively smart thing TNA has done in the post-Scott era. Maclin and Santana were amazing together. This is a pairing that people will want to see again, and if they double down on it being a “one off”, it will make people want to see it again. Damn good stuff here.

PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis

Swann runs around tries to get frisky, but PCO grab him, Boots him, chucks him into the corner, Hesitation Dropkick to the back of Rich’s head for a near fall. AJ tries to pick the ankle, PCO kinda cares, but then eats a Superkick that does nothing. PCO charges, Rich hits the Low Bridge and PCO crashes to the floor. 450 from the apron, and Rich throws him back in and starts kicking PCO and hits a Bronco Buster.PCO fires back up, levels Rich, drapes him over the bottom rope and hits the Guillotine Leg Drop, driving Swann’s face into the mat. AJ grabs Rich’s foot and puts it on the bottom rope, then faceplants PCO on the apron. Rich takes too long to capitalize, PCO trips Swann, Lungblower from the corner spot, PCO Dives on AJ to try and equal the playing field. PCO-SAULT, 1-2-3, PCO wins.

SDL’s music hits, she walks out smiling and looking like a snack. Asks for the mic, and SDL plays with the crowd about different ways to say yes or no. Her answer is: OUI! 

TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c)

Brian Myers starts with Ryan, Ryan gets a quick advantage, they go for a tandem Arm Wringer/Neckbreaker combo. Myers tags out, Nic tries to throw a Superkick but Lish grabs the foot. WAIT DIRTY DANGO shows up out of nowhere and rats out Alisha?! We haven’t seen him in months since they punked out Oleg Prudius and him against Josh Alexander. So Lish gets ejected but The System jumps on Nic and tries to get in a few quick shots to try and end this quickly now they don’t have insurance.

Belly to Back Suplex from Myers after Eddie uses the ropes for a cheap choke, Eddie officially tags back in, and just quick tags and snappy offense from The System. Myers goes for the Manhattan Drop but Nic gets away from him, tags out to Ryan and a few quick attacks into a Rude Awakening for a near fall. Myers checks Ryan with a Boot to the gut, Eddie tags in, Eddie bounces off the ropes and Body Checks Ryan, while Myers connects with the Spear, but Nic makes the save! Myers shoves Ryan into their corner, Ryan tries to fight out to get to Nic, but a Drop Toe Hold puts a stop on the surge. Ryan counters with a Sunset Flip, but Myers manages to make the tag before falling over, so the pinfall doesn’t count and Eddie starts laying into Ryan. We get an “Ooo fuck Eddie Edwards” chat that pops up. Eddie goads the crowd a bit and tags in Myers. Headlock on Ryan, Ryan tries to Elbow out, but Myers stays in control and the crowd keeps talking shit to Eddie even though he’s not the legal man “fuck your fo-hawk”. Myers poses, Ryan hits a Reverse X Factor, simultaneous tags. Nic is on fire, laying everyone out, Jumping Leg Drop on Eddie for 2. Fame-ASSER! But only another 2 count.

Moose is down at ringside now, Eddie and Myers with their System Overload combo of Backpack Stunner and Elbow Drop for 2! Ryan grabs Eddie to stop Boston Knee Party, Superkick, into their Highway to the Danger Zone finish! 1-2-SOMEONE PULLS THE REF! Moose points at Dango, the ref is confused, Nic dives on Moose, Dango shows his true colors and clocks Ryan Nemeth. Boston Knee Party, The System retains the gold!

Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian

Frankie Kazarian getting compared to Antonio Banderas and then calling him the dad from Spy Kids is fantastic. 

Hendry and Kaz Shoulder Tackle each other, trade a couple shots and then Hendry lifts him for the stalling suplex. Kaz tries to break it with punches to the body, but Hendry holds strong and connects with the Vertical Suplex. Kaz powders to the apron, Hendry tries to collect him but gets caught with the Guillotine Leg Drop. Kaz throws a few moves together, including his Side Russian Leg Sweep for a near fall. Scoop Slam from Kaz, Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop for 2! Kaz tries to cinque in the Body Scissors and Headlock, but Hendry powers through and turns it into a Suplex to break Kaz’s momentum.

Kaz gets whipped into the corner, gets the boot up, tries a Crossbody but Hendry catches him and his the Sack of Shit into the kip up! Kaz tries the Chicken Wing to slow down Hendry trying to keep momentum, a flurry of strikes with a big PK to give Kaz some space. Fade to Black attempt, but nope, Hendry tries a Powerbomb but Kaz slips it and connects with a Back Stabber! Runs the ropes and Kaz gets caught in a Pop-Up Powerbomb for 2! Kaz tries to bait in Hendry to the apron, Hendry grabs a roll of quarters from his tights, Hendry connects with an outside in Belly to Back Suplex, but Kaz pops him with the loaded fist and gets the win!

Post match, Kaz goes for a Chicken Wing to add insult to injury, Ace Steel finally comes all the way out and clocks Kaz. 

X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c)

Trent said the tape machines kept rolling, they show post-interview footage where Mustafa says the X Division title is a prop, he doesn’t even live in Chicago, and just freaking out. Mustafa charges Trent, Trent dodges and Mustafa bounces his face off the buckles, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! 1-2-Kick out! That was nearly a quick loss. Ali slows down Trent a few times, and the crowd is dumb and gives the “we still love you” to Ali. Ali with a Jumping DDT, then a Dive on Trent, but Trent shoves Ali into the apron and then a Dragon Suplex onto the floor. Back in the ring, Trent goes for the Corkscrew Senton but misses everything and grabs his leg.

Shotgun Dropkick into the corner from Ali, Trent absorbs and follows with a Lariat, Ali reverses Trent for another Dropkick, goes for a third but Trent catches him and Powerbombs him into the middle of the ring for a near fall. Birminghammer attempt, but Eye Gouge from Ali, Trent with an open hand Chop but Ali baits him into the corner, Gamegiri into the Rolling DDT for 2. Ali with some hammering Forearms, but Trent with a Flowsion out of nowhere to get some separation. Fighting Spirit spot, Ali does my favorite thing! He doesn’t fall for the Bop and Bang and just Roundhouse Kicks Trent in the face. Too bad Ali falls for it like 2 moves later. Ali DDTs the leg, then tries another Rolling DDT, but Trent connects with a Dragon Suplex into the Sitout Powerbomb for two. X Plex attempt, but Ali shoves Trent and the ref cowers in the corner almost bumped, Low Blow into in a Lariat for a near fall!

Ali heads to the top, Trent cuts him off, Ali flips forward out of it, Superkick rocks Trent, Ali runs up the ropes for a Superplex but AVALANCHE FLOWSION! Only 2. Birminghammer attempt, Eye Gouge again, Birminghammer attempt again, but Ali grabs the ropes, throws off Trent, slips out and then Dragon Screws the leg into the apron. Ali goes to the top, Trent meets him, they fight in the corner, Headbutt from Trent and they both crash down into the apron and bounce off to the outside. 10 Count starts, Ali decides to climb the corner, Trent slides in at 9 and eats a 450 to the back for a 2 count. Ali goes to get his belt, the referee stops him, Trent hits a Low Blow as the ref is putting the belt back, BIRMINGHAMMER! 1-2-NO!

Mustafa tries to bail, grabs the ring apron as Trent pulls him back, Chops him in the back a few times, crotches him in the corner, Avalanche BIRMINGHAMMER? Eye Gouge fights back, kicks out the leg, and then 450 to the injured legs into a Scorpion Deathlock! Trent taps out.

Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey)

Early on we get the typical watered down Japanese tag style of a few fancy counters like La Magistral Cradles and Suplex counters and stuff, but nothing really worth typing about. Which is smart since the last match was pretty hot, so you want to start simple and build. ABC start going for a few higher risk moves with Tandem Shoot Ins for Jumping High Kicks and Back Head Kicks. EY Up and Overs Bey, whips him into the opposite corner and tags in Josh. Josh goes for his locomotion Shoulder Tackles, Bey tries to counter it and go for an Art of Finesse, but Josh catches him and Release German Suplexes him. Teamwork from Josh, Gutbuster and Elbow Drop combination for a 2. Ace tries to get involved and Josh and Bey go for THE OLE DICK TWIST! I’m not really sure what I’m looking at beyond a meme and it’s Chicago…so I’m not surprised. But just…why.

Things break down a little everyone’s doing stuff, Josh perches Ace for the Low Crossbody but Ace dodges it! Then Ace does his Handstand dodge, Josh just grabs his Ankle though. Ace tries to hold onto the ropes to he doesn’t completely fall, Bey dives over Ace and lays out Josh but then EY flies and takes out Bey. Ace posts EY, Josh walks back in the ring and calls Ace in. Josh goes for an Avalanche Death Valley Driver, Ace fights it off, Ace hits the Flipping Outside In Headscissors. Goes for an Overhead Spin Kick, but Josh catches the foot. Ace fights out, ABC try to team up on Josh but a Suplexes both and tags out to EY. Discus Lariat into a Spicolli Driver on Ace! Bey kicks him, Ace tries something, but EY stacks them on his shoulders, they both slip him, Dual Roundhouse Kicks! But only a 2 count.

Everyone doing things in the ring, a cameraman gets taken out literally, the camera looks like scrambled porn in the 90s. Powerbreaker from Josh for 2! Rolling Senton into the Macho Elbow, but Ace makes the save. EY accidentally lays out Josh, EY tries to Piledriver Bey but Ace jumps over the world and hits The Fold on EY! Bey with the Jacknife cover and ABC win!

TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley

Personal concierge shows up after Tatum makes her entrance, ASH by Elegance will show up…to watch the match, as per usual. 

Things start a little slow, Tatum brings that quirky unhinged Hot Topic girl energy, and Jordynne is Thicc Mama Pump. Okay Tatum counters Jordynne’s rope run by very suggestively enticing her to come into full mount. Jordynne manages to grab her foot and get her to stand up to just Reverse Side Slam her and go for the Camel Clutch. Tatum gets out of it with biting her hand, and then heads under the ring. ASH is actually telling her where she is, Jordynne tries to grab her, but Tatum pulls her into the steel ring frame. She tries to Suplex her, but Jordynne blocks a few times, so Tatum just drives her into the post.

Tatum pulls off the old Lance Storm counter into the Half Crab, but Jordynne gets out of it. Back Kick from Jordynne, Jordynne tries the Vader Bomb, but Paxley cuts her off first, tries a Rope Hung Neckbreaker, but Jordynne holds on. Hits two Vader Bombs only for near falls. Juggernaut Driver attempt, but Tatum stops it, Jordynne hits the Rolling Fent Back Elbow. They fight in the corner, Uppercut from Jordynne, KINNIKU BUSTER! We know that won’t finish the match, Tatum tries a slide and we go into a Locomotion Cradles. Paxley connects with a Spear that she rolls through beautifully, but both women have counters for counters for counters. Tatum is perched in the corner, they’re fighting on the middle rope, AVALANCHE LOBOTOMY, 1-2-NOPE! Tatum starts clawing at the ears since she had the stitches after the Roxxane Perez match. Tatum with a Seated Head and Neck Choke, but Jordynne fights through and they start slapping each other. Jordynne goes for a lazy cover, and Tatum tries to surprise her with a Guillotine Choke! Grace stands up, Jackhammer for 2!

Jordynne clubs with a few Vader Hammers, Tatum tries to counter, Grace goes for the Sp inning Backfist but Tatum ducks it the first time, but not the second. Death Valley Driver into Juggernaut Driver, and Jordynne retains!

ASH attacks Jordynne after the match but Jordynne fights her off. Covers ASH in her bottle of champagne, then takes a swig herself and walks off victorious while ASH and concierge are slipping and looking like dorks.

BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy

The Nemeth Fuschnikens show up and take out The System! Only Lish is now left. 

Matt takes advantage of the early distraction, Twist of Fate attempt but Moose spins out but Matt turns it into the DDT. Side Effect from Hardy on the apron, then he hits the Twist of Fate on the outside. Moose sells dead weight well, Matt finally rolls him in, then Moose keeps rolling. Moose and Lish find weapons, and Moose hits Matt with a trash can lid and Baking Sheet. Moose takes one of many chairs, and just lays into Matt a handful of times. Moose barks at the camera that he’s “Gonna end his damn career”, so he fishing out a ladder from under the ring.

Moose smacks Matt with a few more chair shots and then makes a Ladder + Chair ramp contraption. Jacknife attempt from Moose, Hardy drops to his knees and Upper Cuts Moose’s balls! Then Matt starts using a chair of his own. Moose powders, Matt follows and they take this throw the crowd and goes somewhere…the camera work is a little useless. It’s like N.E.W. Indy level of “we can’t see”. I’m just assuming moves were attempt, looks like maybe a Jacknife that Matt counters and goes up high, just to do a Delete chant. I want a Balcony Level Extreme Leg Drop! But they head back to the ring, so at least now we can see, and Matt bounces Moose’s face off the post and rolls Moose in. Vertical Suplex from Matt, then he goes to the second rope, Elbow Drop for 2! Matt sets up for Twist of Fate, Moose pushes off and URANAGE counter! 1-2-kick out! Moose wanders out to find more weapons and drags out a table, as the peasants rejoice.

Propping the table in the corner, we see Moose trying to set up Matt for the Spear. they both dodge attempting to be put through the table, so Moose Sabu’s Matt with a chair. Moose sets up a pile of chairs, grabs Senor Hardy and they go up the turnbuckle Superplex into the chairs, only for 2! Alisha is also yelling at this very audible annoying Chicago fan. Moose goes for a second Chair spot, but Matt slips the Suplex and Avalanche Powerbomb into the chairs! Matt goes for the cover, but Moose kicks out! Hardy goes under the ring for a…. CARDBOARD BOX! A PARCEL OF CHIPBOARD! Moose decks Matt, opens the box and it’s Moose’s throwback Patriots Helmet. Moose puts his old helmet on, charges Matt Hardy and Matt Back Drops him into the Chekov’s Ladder+Chair. Matt goes for a table and another ladder. Is Matt gonna go for another crazy bump? OH Hardy gets a Bears helmet. Now it makes sense why it was a throwback Patriots helmet, because of the 1985 Bears Super Bowl. Matt clocks Moose with the Bears Helmet, the crowd chants “CTE”, Matt puts Moose on the table, EXTREME LEG DROP from the ladder!

Hardy puts the chair around Moose’s head, TWIST OF FATE into the chair! Goes for the cover and Alisha brings out Kendra and lights up Matt. REBY COMES OUT! She takes her earrings off and someone else is holding her baby! Spanish girl serious fighting 101! Reby hits the Twist of Fate on Lish and tries to help out Matt. Moose sees Matt coming and pulls Reby in the way! Matt spears his wife through the table and then Moose hits LIGHTS OUT!


Overall Score: 7.75/10

Well admittedly the first half of the show had a good bit of gimmicky extra bodies overbooking. Kushida, Dango and Jeff Hardy being back is definitely a positive thing with Slammiversary next up. Nic Nemeth hopefully picks up a little more steam, because early splitting time with New Japan stifled his initial impact, now with two title losses in like 4 months of activity is a little silly. Hendry getting a hold over rivalry to slow roll his rise in popularity could be ok. I think they’re not on a large enough scale to benefit more from a slow burn as opposed to cashing in now. But it’s wrestling, you never know. Plus if he gets some shine in NXT, it could be better to ride that exposure wave as well.

The card had overall solid action, even if booking was suspect at moments through the night and the audio for the Ali tape was awful…ruined the intended effect. Jordynne with the opening challenge and an at home annoyance is a good angle. System will probably get into a feud with The Hardys, ya know, while neither is injured. Moose has Hendry looming, but again, not sure how they’re gonna play that card. Also for personal reasons I wanna see if Xia continues to be SDL’s love council bestie type character now that she agreed to date PCO.

So yeah, pretty good show all things considered. The end of the show sends people home happy with Jeff Hardy returning to stand tall with Reby, Matt, Joe Hendry and the Nemeths. There’s a lot to play out. Even if somethings sound super stupid right now (looking at you Octopus and Doc Kushi). But, at least there different levels of storylines to figure out. So when it comes down to the bare bones, the show did its job and was a pretty enjoyable watch.

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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/14/24)

Toni Storm is on a Rampage!



The Leading Lady “rehearses” for The Forbidden Door.

The AEW Women’s World Champion knows Mina Shirakawa wants her spotlight, but Toni Storm must first test her mettle against “Titanium” Alex Windsor!


  • Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor; Storm wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino; Shota wins.
  • Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo; Satnam wins.
  • PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Pac wins.


Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor!

The Leading Lady knows her beloved, budding protege’s past partner is coming for her prized possession, but she is looking to send a message tonight. Will Mina Shirakawa hear that message loud and clear? Or will Titanium Alex be nobody’s tune-up?

Speaking of, Alex doesn’t even wait for the bell, she goes after Toni the moment she’s in a corner! The fans boo but the bell rings and the ref reprimands. Alex fires off haymakers on Storm, then bumps her off buckles. Windsor soaks up the heat, whips Storm back in, then runs up to CHOP! Windsor soaks up more heat, then runs back in, but into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fast hands, then fires up! The fans are with her and Storm gives Windsor a point-blank HIP ATTACK! And then another! And then another! Storm winds up, the fans fire up, and BOOM, another hip attack! Windsor tumbles out while the fans cheer.

Storm runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Windsor off the apron! Storm calls Mariah over, nuzzles her, then goes after Windsor. Storm CLUBS Windsor, drags her up, then reels her in. Windsor fights the suplex, throws body shots, and then swings, but Storm DECKS her first! Storm goes to the ring but Windsor gets her for a wheelbarrow! Windsor SMASHES Storm off the apron! Windsor KICKS Storm, gets her back up, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Storm flounders, Mariah is concerned but Windsor gets in her way. Windsor CLUBS Storm, HAMMERS away, then soaks up the heat. Windsor slides into the ring and Mariah checks on Storm.

Windsor taunts Storm, then goes back out to fetch her. But now Luther stands in Windsor’s way to keep her from getting at Mariah. Windsor drags Storm up, whips her, and POSTS her! Storm staggers around, Windsor runs up to CLUB her again, then throws body shots! Windsor CLUBS Storm, soaks up more heat, but Storm RAMS Windsor into barriers! The fans fire up as Storm rolls into the ring. The fans rally as Windsor drags Storm to a corner, to SLAM the legs into the post! And again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, but Windsor YANKS Storm out to CLUB her down. Windsor rolls into the ring while fans rally behind Storm.

Luther & Mariah check on Storm, but Windsor goes out again. Luther says to stay back, but Windsor SHOVES Luther into Mariah, which sends Mariah into Storm! The fans boo but Windsor stomps away on Storm, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Windsor drags Storm up and ROCKS her with a forearm! Storm sputters and staggers around the way, but Windsor stalks after her. Windsor has Storm against barriers to CLAW the eyes! Windsor puts Storm in the ring, drags her to a cover, TWO! Storm is tougher than that, and Mariah scowls at Windsor. Windsor fires forearms on Storm, ROCKS her, then whips Storm to ropes to run her over! Cover, TWO! Windsor grows frustrated but she drags Storm up for a cravat. Storm endures the neck wrench, but Windsor throws in knee after knee!  Storm throws body shots but Windsor whips her to a corner.

Windsor runs in but Storm dodges! Rampage returns to single picture as Storm blocks boots, puts Windsor in ropes and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Windsor writhes, Storm goes to the far end, and the fans fire up for the close up! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC! And then the fisherman SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm storms around. She drags Windsor up and reels her in, but Windsor wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Storm HEADBUTTS back! Storm runs, but Windsor clothesline at ropes! And again! And then a RIGHT ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and the fans rally up!

Windsor drags Storm up but Storm drags her into a cradle! TWO, SHINING WINDSOR! Cover, TWO!! The fans rally for Storm again but Windsor snarls. Windsor storms up on Storm, drags her up, short arm- NO, Storm dodges the lariat, runs, and smothers the pop-up to STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Storm breaks through Iron Will Windsor, and revels in the praise of her adoring public. She also holds Mariah close, but will she still have both once she passes through The Forbidden Door? Or will the Fighting Gravure Idol steal more than just the spotlight?


Backstage interview with Harley Cameron.

Arkady Aura is with The Outcasts’ crazier component, and says she’s a bit surprised to see Harley without Saraya, considering the big win last week. Yeah, yeah, who cares? Saraya is not here as a form of protest! All these women are all declaring for the Women’s Owen Hart Tournament. Oh~, declaring~! What are we? Royal subjects? Oh, a royal decree from the king! Or maybe we’re more old Southern women, “Oh, I do declare!” The only one who should be declaring anything is Saraya. Because the winner gets a world title shot at All In. And who was it that won last year at Wembley Stadium? Saraya! What a declaration!

And with that said, Saraya’s done it before, and she will do it again. And now Harley declares this interview over, goodbye. Then from Harley’s mouth to the world’s ears, will Saraya make sure she is the one crowned the 2024 Queen of Harts before crowning herself champion once again?


AEW hears from Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo.

La Mera Mera tells “Deonna, you might’ve been a little bit busy, but there were some flashing news. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Collision. And as a tradition, Thunder Rosa always likes to pick a fight. And who else than you?” But The Virtuosa asks back, what does Rosa not understand here? Rosa’s selfishness has forced Deonna to embrace her own. But La Mera Mera isn’t owed anything. From where Deonna comes from, those who want respect must show respect. And those who refuse get respect beaten into them. Saturday Night Collision, Rosa VS Deonna, NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! And Deonna asks what Rosa thinks happens when her head collides with a chair.

Rosa says nothing will stop her from showing Deonna the real respect of a warrior. No disqualifications, no problems. Happy Anniversary, Collision! But who will celebrate by standing over the other’s battered body?


Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have broken away from Swerve’s House to do things their way. So far, so good, for them. But will their opponents wish it’d been another three sent into The Cage of Agony?

The trios sort out, Tupu starts against Kaun, and the two circle. Liona distracts Tupu and Kaun DROPKICKS Tupu into the corner! Kaun CHOPS, then fires off forearms! The ref counts, Kaun bumps Tupu off buckles to then fire off more forearms. Kaun CHOPS, the ref has him back off, and Kaun runs in. Tupu goes up and over, keeps moving, and Gutierrez tags in. Kaun CLOBBERS Tupu but Gutierrez kicks low! Gutierrez whips but Kaun reverses. Gutierrez ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Liona sneaks a tag. Gutierrez hurdles but turns around into a BOOT! Liona CLOBBERS Gutierrez! Liona looms over Gutierrez, drags him up, then BODY SHOTS!

Liona BODY SHOTS again, and again! Gutierrez falls, but Liona drags him up again, to LARIAT! The fans rally as Liona drags Gutierrez over and tags in The Machine. Gutierrez fires haymakers on Liona, but they do nothing! Liona SPINEBUSTERS Gutierrez! Cage smirks, Marston tags in, and Marston ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a BIG back drop! Cage drags Marston up, reels him in, puts one out, an d gives Marston a POWERBOMB! Cage then tags to Kaun, Liona steps in with him. Tupu runs in, dodges The Gates, but Cage SUPERKICKS him! Then the Gates get Tupu up to CLOSE THE GATES!

Cage drags Marston over, and the trio TRIPLE SLAMS him! Kaun covers, The Cage of Agony wins!

Winners: The Cage of Agony, by pinfall

This dangerous trio is only more dangerous now that they’re the ones in charge! Will they be right on the heels of the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions?


Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino!

It’s another Forbidden Door appetizer as Azucar “welcomes” The Roughneck back to AEW! #SHOOTER has learned a lot from Jon Moxley over the past four years, will he show all those lessons have paid off? Or will Rocky make it clear Shota’s still got a lot to learn?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship here. The fans cheer, the two tie up, and Shota wrenches to a wristlock. Rocky rolls, slips around, facelocks and cravats. Shota swim moves to wrench and wrangle Rocky to the mat. Rocky stands, Shota wrenches and wristlocks, but Rocky pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Rocky wrenches through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Shota endures, powers out and throws Rocky down. Shota has the toehold, then digs a knee into the knee. Rocky turns over, stands up, clinches, and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Rocky slowly lets off, and then CHOPS!

Shota just stares Rocky down! The fans fire up, and Shota winds up to CHOPS! Rocky staggers and sputters, Shota fires forearms! Shota spins, Rocky ducks the elbow, but runs into a scoop and DROP! Then a basement dropkick! The fans cheer and Shota does a dance similar to Mercedes Mone’s! Shota stomps Rocky around, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Shota CLUBS Rocky again, but Rocky grits his teeth. Shota ROCKS Rocky against ropes, then has him in a corner. Shota stomps and UPPERCUTS, then he stalks Rocky. Shota stomps Rocky, UPPERCUTS again, then whips to ropes. Rocky holds ropes to BOOT back!

Shota runs up but Rocky DUMPS Shota out! Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Shota’s head hits the desk and the ref checks him out while Rampage goes picture in picture.

It seems Shota is okay so the ref goes back to the ring. Rocky stands, fires up, and gives us some Latino Heat. Rocky puts Shota in the ring, drops a knee into the back, then stomps Shota before dropping a knee on the chest! Cover, TWO! Shota toughs it out but Rocky drags him up. Rocky KICKS the bad arm, wrenches it, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Shota goes to ropes, Rocky puts him through ropes, to KICK again! Rocky goes up a corner, gives some more Latino Heat, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota flounders, Rocky covers, TWO! Rocky argues the count but the count was fair, so Rocky clamps onto Shota with a cobra clutch!

Rocky thrashes Shota around but Shota endures. Shota fights up, throws elbows, but Rocky CLUBS him on the back. Rocky TOSSES Shota out, then aims from the apron! CROSSBODY, but Shota catches him! Shota pops Rocky up but Rocky slips free, so Shota SHOTGUNS him down! Both men are on the floor on the outside and the fans rally up. Shota rises up, fetches Rocky, and puts him in the ring. But Rocky DROPKICKS Shota back! Shota is down in the corner and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Rocky clotheslines Shota in a corner! Rocky keeps going, and clotheslines again! Then he keeps going, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Shota pounds the mat. The fans rally behind Shota and he aims at Rocky at the ropes. Slingshot, APRON DDT! The fans fire up again as Rocky flops to the floor! Shota puts Rocky in, then goes up a corner. Shota aims as Rocky flounders, MISSILE DROPKICK! Shota hurries to clinch, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rocky survives but Shota stays focused. Shota waits on Rocky to rise up, then runs in, IGNIT- NO, Rocky makes it a backslide!

Shota rolls through the cover, blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! Shota staggers to a corner, Rocky runs in. Shota dodges, runs in, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! Rocky goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Rocky pounds the mat, the fans rally behind him now, and he aims from a corner. Shota rises, Rocky runs in, SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and Rocky roars! The fans are torn as Rocky drags Shota up. Rocky fires forearms, but Shota just eggs him on! The fans like that, so Rocky fires more forearms! Shota roars, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! And cravat, for the SLICED- NO, Shota poops free!

Shota POP-KNEES, then IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives but Shota takes aim from the corner now! A shoutout to Ospreay here with his BLAZE BLADE!! And then PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Shota wins!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Roughneck does indeed prove that what he learned from his senpai, his upperclassmen, have indeed made him into a great wrestler! But will he become one of the greatest wrestlers as he continues to battle all around the world?


Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo!

The One in a Billion is a big, big man, but he still has a lot to prove if he wants to be the best of the best. Will he finally start building on a win streak? Or will Rosario overcome this mountain of a man?

The bell rings, and Satnam offers a handshake? Rosario takes it, but Satnam won’t let go! Rosario kicks and kicks and CHPOS and CHOPS, but Satnam’s grip is too strong! And speaking of, he grabs Rosario by the neck, to PO-UP BEARHUG!! Satnam ragdolls Rosario! Rosario is OUT, Satnam wins!

Winner: Satnam Singh, by pinfall

Satnam TOSSES Rosario aside, having made quick work of the mere mortal. Sonjay Dutt gets in the ring with a mic to say, “Hey hey hey hey hey! Bubba (Jay Lethal), tell ’em, what’re you gonna do?” Lethal takes the mic to say ladies and gentlemen, Satnam Singh is on a freakin’ roll! Satnam just squashed Grillo in record time, and Lethal is so impressed that not only will he beat his opponent tonight, but he and Sonjay have a little side bet that Lethal can do it even faster than what Satnam just did. Satnam chuckles and Lethal says he’s done waiting! Bring that poor shmuck out here! Did Lethal not read the match card? Lethal’s up against THE BASTARD!!

Fans fire up as Pac makes his entrance out here. Pac already said he was in a bad mood on Dynamite, and surely Lethal taking him lightly isn’t helping things. Will Pac make sure Sonjay wins that side bet with Lethal?

PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!

The bell rings, Pac dodges Lethal to flying-mare! Pac has the headlock, Lethal puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Pac lets go but Lethal stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Lethal stops and walks it off. Sonjay knows he’s already won the side bet but he still wants Lethal to win the match. Lethal tosses Pac out, but Pac lands on the apron. Pac RAMS into Lethal, slingshots up and over, then comes back, only for Lethal to hip toss! Lethal cartwheels but Pac kips up! Pac SUPERKICKS Lethal, Lethal bails out, so Pac runs to FLY! Direct hit and Pac stares through the camera into the souls of the AEW roster!

Pac drags Lethal up, but he’s wary of Satnam. Pac puts Lethal in, goes up, and fans chant “HE’S OUR BASTARD!” Lethal rises, but Sonjay distracts the ref! Pac hops down, BOOTS Lethal, but Satnam trips Pac! And YANKS him out! The ref saw that one! The fans cheer as the ref EJECTS Satnam! Team Triple J is freaking out, but Lethal rains down fists on Pac. The ref counts, Lethal lets off but the fans sing ‘Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” to Satnam. Lethal whips Pac hard into railing, then RAMS him into the POST! Lethal then runs to DROPKICK Pac down! Sonjay mockingly asks if Pac’s hurt, but the ref tells him to back off!

Lethal tells Sonjay to cool it so he doesn’t get kicked out. Lethal drags Pac up and into the ring while Sonjay mouths off to fans. Lethal drags Pac up, but Pac fires body shots. Lethal TOSSES Pac out, builds speed, and Lethal fakes the dive to Fargo Strut instead. The fans “WOO~” with Lethal and he smiles. Sonjay says Lethal’s the man! Lethal then goes out to fetch Pac, but Pac whips! Lethal reverses, Pac hits steel steps! Sonjay mocks Pac again with a fake apology, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lethal leaves Pac behind, and he counts along with the ring count. Pac is still down at 5 of 10, but he drags himself up with the apron. Pac flounders in at 8, but Lethal stomps him down! Lethal drags Pac up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole. Lethal RAMS Pac into the corner, snapmares him into a chinlock, and he grinds Pac down. Pac endures, pries at the hold, and fights up. The fans rally as Pac breaks free! Pac ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Pac whips Lethal, Lethal reverses then TOSSES Pac out! Lethal wants the ring count again, but that’s just all distraction so Sonjay can stomp away!

The fans boo and try to point Sonjay out, but he scurries away. Lethal gets the ref to finally count, and then joins in. Pac is still down at 5, drags himself over, and Lethal grows anxious. Pac rises up and drags himself in at 9! Lethal runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac survives by a literal foot but Lethal drops elbow after elbow on that leg! Lethal just keeps going with elbow after elbow, then soaks up some heat before dropping a knee on the knee! Cover, TWO! Pac toughs it out but Lethal covers again, TWO! Lethal argues the count, the ref says it is a fair count, so Lethal drags Pac around by the leg.

Lethal stomps away on Pac’s leg, and Rampage returns to single picture as Lethal steps through. Pac kicks but Lethal blocks that, and now Lethal steps through on that leg. Pac kicks again, Lethal blocks again, but then Pac kicks Lethal away! Lethal comes back, trips Pac, and steps through, but into a cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, gets around, back suplex! Pac lands out, so Lethal handsprings, but Pac SHOTGUNS Lethal while he’s upside-down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sonjay coaches Lethal but the fans rally for Pac. A standing count starts, Pac drags himself up with ropes to stand at 5.

Pac storms up, blocks a shot to ROCK Lethal! Pac ROCKS Lethal again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, to SHOTGUN BOOT! Lethal is dazed and Sonjay is worried as Pac goes up a corner. Pac watches like a hawk, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Lethal stays in this and Sonjay coaches him again. The fans rally for Pac as he watches Lethal rise again. Pac waistlocks but Lethal fights the lift. Lethal trips Pac, powers through, but Pac kicks and kicks and kicks! Lethal lets go, but he KICKS Pac’s leg out! Lethal drags Pac up, for a SHIN BREAKER! Then DRAGON SCREW! Then Lethal steps through, for the FIGURE FOUR!!

Pac endures, Sonjay tells him to quit, but the shoulders are down! ONE as Pac tilts to the side! Pac reaches out for ropes but Lethal thrashes and pulls on that leg! Pac fights over to the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go, the ref checks with Pac, but Pac says he’s still in this. Lethal rains down fists, then goes to a corner. The fans boo as Lethal climbs, and Lethal calls his shot. But Pac goes up to get a leg! Lethal CLUBS away on Pac, then drags him up top. Lethal reels Pac in, but Pac fights the lift! Pac back drops Lethal away! The fans fire up and Pac adjusts. Sonjay stresses out as Pac aims, but Sonjay gets on the apron!

Pac hops down, runs up and BOOTS Sonjay down! The fans cheer, but Lethal is lurking! Lethal runs in, Pac dodges, but Lethal switches to SNAP GERMAN! Lethal handsprings, but Pac sidesteps to run! But Lethal still hits a CUTTER! But that wasn’t lethal enough, so Lethal handsprings again! LETHAL- NO, Pac dodges to LARIAT!! And then, BRUTALIZER!! Lethal is caught, he QUITS, Pac wins!!

Winner: Pac, by submission

Pac makes Lethal suffer a few seconds longer before letting go. That’s what Lethal gets for calling The Bastard a shmuck! Pac is going to be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament, will he win it all to go All In for the AEW World Championship?

My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, even with an extra squash match for the fun of it. Cage of Agony are definitely rolling, not sure they’ll be going for the trios titles while a Heel faction like Bang Bang Gang has them, but Cage, Kaun & Liona would definitely be a tough challenge for them. And I really liked that they segued from Satnam’s squash win to Lethal’s great main event with Pac. Great win for Pac to build momentum towards the Owen Hart Cup, I do like the possibility of Pac being in the main event of All In. Whether Pac is facing Ospreay or Swerve for the world title, he’ll give us great promos in the build and an awesome match in Wembley.

Great match from Rocky and Shota, and a great win for Shota. There might be something in the works for Forbidden Door, but I don’t see Shota getting in on title stories in AEW. Really good promo from Deonna and Rosa, and their No DQ match is going to be awesome stuff. That match can really go either way, but something tells me that Deonna wins. As it stands, we’ve got two Face champions in the Women’s Division, and that won’t change after Forbidden Door, so Deonna is a very strong Heel to go after Storm or Mone. And speaking of, great opener out of Storm VS Windsor, which I clearly thought was gonna be the main event but oh well. Still a good showing for Windsor and a good win for Storm, and Storm has momentum going to Forbidden Door, though she surely isn’t losing.

My Score: 8.7/10

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