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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/17/23)

Welcome home, Sami Zayn!

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OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!

Just 24 hours before facing Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, Sami Zayn returns home to Montreal! Will Sami’s homecoming be a happy one?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler VS Natalya & Shotzi Blackheart; Ronda & Shayna win.
  • Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla; McIntyre & Sheamus win.
  • Asuka VS Liv Morgan; Asuka wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Mad Cap Moss w/ Emma; Gunther wins and retains the title.

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WWE mourns the loss of Jerry Jarrett.

 

Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler VS Natalya & Shotzi Blackheart!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet returned to help the Queen of Spades beat down the Queen of Harts, but then the Wild Child made her own return! Now we see a team-up to settle scores! Will Ronda & Shayna rip Natty apart in Montreal? Or will Shotzi help Natty #TakeCareofBusiness?

The teams sort out and Natty starts with Shayna. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Shayna shoves her away. Natty headlocks again, spins around to roll Shayna up, ONE! Natty waistlocks but Shayna fights up. Shayna pries the hold open to wrench an arm and twist the wrist. But Natty snapmares free and BOOTS Shayna down! Ronda tags in, fans boo, but Ronda just stares Natty down. They circle, tie up, and Natty wrenches an arm. Ronda wrenches back, Natty rolls and handsprings to wrench, only for Ronda to throw Natty down! Natty has the legs, Ronda kicks her away, and the two stand off.

Natty and Ronda stare down, but Ronda tags Shayna. Natty tags Shotzi and fans rally up. Shotzi and Shayna tie up, Shotzi gets around but Shayna wrenches the bad arm! Shotzi arm-drags free, KNEES Shayna, then ROLLING ELBOWS and QUESTION MARK KICKS! Shotzi reels Shayna in but Shayna wrenches the arm again. Tag to Ronda, she runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Shayna tags in, Ronda has a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Ronda lets off at 4, and then Shayna hits a double wristlock takedown! Shayna isolates the bad arm, lets her hair down, and soaks up the heat. But Shotzi rolls back and trips Shayna to a SHOTGUN!

Ronda tags in, Shotzi dodges her but Ronda comes back. Shotzi ducks under, waistlocks to keep Ronda from Shayna, and chicken wings for a TIGER PLEX! Shotzi keeps on those arms, for CATTLE MUTILATION! Ronda endures and fights up, spins Shotzi around and fireman’s carries! Shotzi fights with elbows and waistlocks. Ronda switches, they go to ropes and Shotzi throws Ronda out! Shayna coaches Ronda up but Shotzi runs to DIVE! Direct hit and fans fire up! Shotzi howls, but here comes Shayna! Shotzi dodges, Natty DISCUS LARIATS! Natty sets Shayna and Ronda up, for Shotzi’s SUPER CROSSBODY! Montreal is all fired up for Shotzi & Natty as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Shayna has Shotzi by the bad arm! Shotzi fights up but Shayna throws her down! Shayna pulls on the bad arm, bends the fingers, but Shotzi still endures. Shayna shifts to a cording hold but Shotzi moves around. Natty rallies the fans, Shotzi stands up and throws forearms! Shotzi reaches for Natty, throws more forearms, but Shayna brings her away! Shotzi arm-drags free, runs, but Shayna picks her up to throw her away! Shayna DECKS Natty with a cheap shot, and she storms up to Shotzi. Shayna has her in the corner, tags Ronda, but Shotzi fires off on them both!

Ronda pulls hair but Shotzi throws Shayna out! Ronda drags Shotzi up but Shotzi pulls on Ronda’s hair! Shotzi SLAPS Ronda, then goes to the top rope for an APRON DDT!! Shotzi bringing Ronda back to their title match months ago! Fans fire up and Shotzi gets in the ring, but Shayna throws Ronda in. Shayna tags in and has a leg, but Shotzi ENZIGURIS her away! Hot tag to Natty! Montreal fires up as Natty rallies on Shayna! Spin and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Natty hurries to waistlock but Shayna bucks the O’Conner Roll. Shayna kicks, waistlocks, but Natty elbows and switches to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Natty brings Shayna up, whips her, but Shayna reverses. Shayna runs in but the knee hits buckles! Natty gets under Shayna for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Natty doesn’t let that stop her, she goes for the legs! Shayna kicks her away, gets around, KIRAFUDA- NO, Natty backs her into the corner! Ronda tags in, Natty snapmares free, DISCUS! Ronda is up top, but Natty avoids the crossbody! Ronda tumbles into Shayna, Natty gets the legs! Natty steps through, for the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans are thunderous while Ronda endures! Ronda reaches out, crawls over, but Natty pulls her back! Shayna runs in and Natty goes after her!

Natty tosses Shayna out, goes back to Ronda and brings her over. Tag to Shotzi, she and Natty set Ronda up, HART- NO, Shayna trips Natty and drags her out! Ronda then snap suplexes to the ARMBAR!! Shotzi fights, flails, but taps! Ronda & Shayna win!

Winners: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler, by submission

Fans boo but there’s nothing they can do! Shayna & Ronda snatched that one away from Natty & Shotzi and are looking strong in their return to tag team action. Will the Baddest Women on the Planet be looking for new gold come WrestleMania? Will this not bode well for Natty’s chances inside the Elimination Chamber?

 

WWE looks back at Sami Zayn’s story.

Last April, after WrestleMania crowned Roman Reigns as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, the Great Liberator came to him. Sami had lost again and again, and what he needed more than anything was to regain the respect he is owed. So he had a proposal: if there was a way Sami could help The Bloodline, he promised to be a very valuable ally. And so, Sami helped the Usos, he helped Solo Sikoa, and he helped Roman Reigns. He was accepted as the Honorary Uce, he helped them win WarGames, and he was beside them even when Kevin Owens told him, “You’re not their real blood, and you never will be.”

Kevin planted the seeds of doubt, but Sami refused to hear it. And in the end, Kevin was right. The Tribal Chief’s paranoia and anger turned itself towards Sami, pushed him away, and it got to the point where Roman wanted to execute Sami. Sami was given his “final test” at the Royal Rumble.

 

Hit Row is in the ring!

They have the mics, and they wanna drop the beat! Ashante THEE Adonis says, “Y’all ain’t even real friends yet. We’re about to bust y’all today.” Dolla says Montreal didn’t show them any love, so they better this time. Wait, was that a flash of the White Rabbit? Dolla starts with “Reporting life from Montreal, Quebec. Where we all know the facts: Bret screwed Bret! And I gotta thank the Lord above, because tomorrow, we get to leave Canada!” B-Fab says, “And let’s be real real quick. Canada’s about Toronto, y’all the side chick. It’s cold, and ya team too weak. That’s why we can’t wait ’til we Maple leave.

Dolla dares anyone in the back to- UH OH! The lights go out, and here comes BRAY WYATT!! That flash was foreshadowing! UNCLE HOWDY is on the apron! And Bray in a spooky mask of his own! Fans lose their minds, Hit Row tells Howdy and Bray not to, but they step inside the ring. Adonis swings on Howdy but Howdy DECKS him, and then Bray TOSSES Dolla out of the ring! Adonis stumbles around, into the MANDIBLE CLAW, and feed to the SISTER ABIGAIL! B-Fab panics but Wyatt gets the mic. “You’re welcome, Montreal.” Fans cheer that with “Thank You, Bray!”

Bray continues to say, “Now that I am once again in control of myself, in control of my family, I wanted to be the first one to tell you this. Tomorrow night, Bobby Lashley, Brock Lesnar, whichever one of you walks out alive, whichever one of you is the winner, know: you. Should. Run.” The Eater of Worlds has called out the two biggest behemoths in the WWE! Will either one of them be ready for when Bray comes for them?

 

The Brawling Brutes fire up backstage.

Sheamus asks Drew McIntyre if he’s ready. Because tonight is Fight Night! Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne see them off, the Celtic Connection is ready to settle the score with the Viking Raiders!

 

Mad Cap Moss speaks.

“Nobody expected me to win last week.” Emma says she did. He says that’s right. How’d she know he would? Look at him! No one moves like Moss, no one has a physique like him, and it’s his time to shine. Moss agrees with that. And surely, just as many people will doubt him this week, so let them doubt. They were wrong last week, they’ll still be wrong until they realize Mad Cap Moss is a superstar. Emma has his back, but will Moss get that gold off Gunther?

 

Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Viking Raiders w/ Valhalla!

The Celtic Connection beat Erik & Ivar in the SmackDown Tag Team Tournament, but they didn’t settle for that. Erik & Ivar beat down the Scottish & Celtic Warriors to take them out of the tournament, and now we see these two sides go to war! Will McIntyre & Sheamus survive Ragnarök? Or will this be the end of their battles together?

The teams sort out and Ivar starts against Sheamus. Sheamus runs in, Ivar avoids the Brogue but Sheamus avoids the heel kick. Sheamus RAMS Ivar, he bails out, but Sheamus goes out to FLYING CLOHTESLINE! Sheamus rains down fists on Ivar, McIntyre and Erik brawl! McIntyre RAMS Erik into barriers! Sheamus SMACKS Ivar off the apron, puts him in the ring, and storms in. Ivar kicks low, CLUBS away, then whips. Sheamus dodges to clothesline Ivar up and out! Fans fire up with The Fella while Sarah Logan calms down the Vikings. McIntyre eggs on the Vikings while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Erik gives Sheamus Ace Ten Mao! Cover, TWO! Tag to Ivar, he drags Sheamus up and throws him down by his head! Ivar then clamps on a chinbar and he cranks on Sheamus’ head. The fans rally, Sheamus fights up, and Sheamus throws body shots. Ivar ROCKS Sheamus with a right, then throws elbows in the corner. The ref counts, Ivar brings Sheamus over, tag to Erik. The Vikings mug Sheamus while fans boo. Erik digs his fingers into Sheamus’ face! The ref reprimands, Sheamus endures, but Erik CLUBS him down! Erik drags Sheamus up, puts him on ropes and CHOKES him!

Fans rally for Sheamus and the ref counts. Erik lets off but “Valhalla” taunts Sheamus. Erik CLUBS Sheamus but Sheamus throws hands! Erik ROCKS Sheamus and he staggers to a corner! Tag to Ivar, he runs in and SPLASHES! Then he sucker punches McIntyre! Fans boo but Ivar sneers. Ivar runs in at Sheamus, but into a LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ivar and Sheamus crawl for their corners, hot tags to Erik and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies on Erik, whips him to ropes, and CLOBBERS him! Erik staggers up, goes to a corner, McIntyre SPLASHES, to an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Ivar runs in, to get a NECKBREAKER! Erik is back up, he gets a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and Montreal fires up! McIntyre glares at Erik, kicks low and reels him in, but Erik wrenches out! Erik ROCKS McIntyre, McIntyre ROCKS back, repeat! McIntyre CHOPS, runs, but Erik follows, only to run into a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps cool as he glares at Erik. McIntyre stands Erik up, but Erik throat chops!! Ivar tags in, but runs into a GLASGOW KISS! Sheamus tags in, he HOTSHOTS Ivar, and then hurries in to fire off body shots! Sheamus whips Ivar corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT!

Sheamus falls, Ivar goes up top! Fans boo but then Sheamus ROCKS Ivar! Sheamus throws hands, fans fire up as Sheamus climbs! Sheamus fireman’s carries Ivar for a SUPER ROLLING SENTON!! Both men are down and even McIntyre can’t believe it as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and both Sheamus & McIntyre have the Vikings on the ropes! DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! Fans count along to TEN, and we go past that to TWENTY-TWO!! The Vikings flop down and fans are thunderous! McIntyre drags Ivar up, Ivar shoves him away and elbows back! Ivar runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Sheamus and he goes up top! KING KONG KNEE! Cover, Erik breaks it! Erik drags Ivar over to the corner, tags in, but Sheamus is ready with a scoop and SLAM! “FELLA~!” Fans fire up with Sheamus and he goes to a corner. Sheamus beats his chest, fans fire up for the- NO, Erik picks Sheamus up!

Erik stumbles against ropes, he brings Sheamus back up, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and fans rally back up. Erik snarls goes to a corner and climbs up. Erik leaps, into a KNEE! Hot tag to McIntyre! McIntyre aims from a corner now and here comes the countdown! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Erik bails out with Ivar’s help! So McIntyre just FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Montreal is thunderous again and McIntyre puts Erik back in! McIntyre resets in the corner, but Sarah is on the apron! She shouts at McIntyre, Ivar tags in! McIntyre runs at Erik, into an URENAGE! Erik drags McIntyre up to hand off to Ivar!

Ivar has McIntyre for a SUPER POWERSLAM!! Cover, Sheamus breaks it! Erik POSTS Sheamus! Erik hauls McIntyre up, GLASGOW KISS! HEEL KICK from Ivar!! Ivar goes up top again, for the VIKING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and shocks the Vikings! Ivar roars, he tags Erik, “This is Awesome!” as the Vikings drag McIntyre up. Sarah calls for it, but Sheamus BROGUES Ivar! McIntyre dodges Erik to CLAYMORE!! Cover, Sheamus & McIntyre win!

Winners: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus, by pinfall

Valhalla is seething but the Vikings could not conquer the Celtic Connection! McIntyre & Sheamus are rolling again, will they find their way back to gold before WrestleMania?

 

WWE continues to look back at Sami Zayn’s story.

The Honorary Uce’s final test at the Royal Rumble was whether or not he could beat down Kevin Owens. Roman kept claiming Sami was his family now, but then Sami stopped Roman! Sami said executing Kevin was beneath him, so Roman agreed, and made Sami take the chair. When Sami didn’t, Roman got angry. Sami would then hit Roman with the chair! The fans were ecstatic but the Bloodline was furious! Jimmy beat Sami down, Solo beat Sami down, but Jey couldn’t bring himself to do it. Jey left, and his status within The Bloodline is still in question. Roman claimed Sami was using him all along, but then Sami attacked Roman on SmackDown!

Sami made one thing clear: he didn’t want anything from Roman, until now! Sami wants the WWE Undisputed Universal Championship, and they will battle it out in just 24 hours from now! The Elimination Chamber is coming, and Sami vows to be the one to finally take Roman down. But even without Jey, Roman still has Jimmy and Solo. Will Roman break Sami in mind, body and spirit in front of his hometown crowd? Or will this be the greatest homecoming anyone could dream of?

 

Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

Kayla Braxton says last week, Rey shared a special moment with Santos Escobar. They presented each other with the ultimate signs of respect: the trading of lucha masks. Escobar wants to move out of the shadow of his father’s legacy and of Rey’s, and Rey hopes Escobar starts his own. Rey says in the present that he knows that meant a lot to Escobar, and that it meant the world to him. Competition is always welcomed here, and respect-” Kross cuts Rey off there. “Respect? Y’know something, Rey? Once upon a time, I wanted to be a father. But then, after I saw the lack of respect and the look of disgust in your son’s eyes that he had for you, I thought to myself, ‘Maybe that’s not for me.'”

Kross says unlike Rey, he can walk around here without hiding his face in shame under a mask for being a pathetic excuse of a father. “But then again, that’s just Scarlett’s opinion.” Kross dares Rey to do something about it. Tick-tock. Kross & Scarlett leave, and Rey is fuming. Will Rey take his anger out on Kross in a rematch? Or is there only one way to fix this?

 

Asuka VS Liv Morgan!

The Empress of Tomorrow showed us all on Monday that she is more than ready for all five opponents in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match! She takes on the daredevil willing to do anything to win, but will not even Liv’s new extreme lifestyle be ready for Asuka?

SmackDown returns and Liv makes her entrance while Carmella joins commentary. Mella says Wade Barrett can stomp simping, she’s taken by Corey Graves, “the best color commentator.” The bell rings and Liv ties up with Asuka. Liv headlocks, hits a takeover, but Asuka headscissors. Liv kips free and fans cheer the standoff. Asuka applauds, and offers a handshake. Liv accepts but then Asuka leaves her hanging! Liv swings, misses, but she ducks the backhands and kicks! Liv SLAPS Asuka, but Asuka reels her in! Liv elbows free, both women steady themselves, and Liv fires off! Asuka blocks a kick, gets around and GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Asuka runs to SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Asuka drags Liv around to clamp onto the arm. But here comes Raquel Rodriguez, making for four entrants out here. Raquel says she heard Mella talking crap but Mella says she was just saying how Raquel’s so big and strong and she loves that for her. But then NIKKI CROSS is here?! She snuggles Michael Cole? And then gets on the desk, chanting “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” She wants Raquel and Mella to fight? Asuka is rather confused by what’s going on ringside, but she keeps on Liv. Liv fights up, throws hands, but Asuka CLUBS her! Asuka whips, runs in, but Liv BOOTS her!

Asuka runs back in, Liv goes up and over. Mella says no one cares about any of the others, “everyone is talking about Carmella!” Asuka BOOTS Liv away, she goes up the corner, but Liv ROCKS her! Liv runs up and hits a SUPER CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Nikki is loving it while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Asuka grinds Liv down with an armlock, and even forearms in Liv’s face. Natty has returned ringside, coaching Liv. Liv fights up, throws body shots, but Asuka CLUBS Liv. Asuka whips, Liv reverses, then Liv runs in to back body block! Liv runs back in to SHINING WIZARD! Liv snapmares, runs, springboards but Asuka KNEES her down! Cover, TWO! Nikki is all hyped up on the desk and hopes Cole will be her best friend. Mella says she’s so weird, someone needs to get her outta here. Asuka KICKS Liv, KICKS her again, and KICKS her again! Mella says she’s doing better commentary than Wade!

Liv fires up, BUZZSAW! Liv SLAPS Asuka!! Asuka laughs!? Liv likes it, too! They fire off, URAKEN, URAKEN, SOBAT and KICK, but Liv ducks to ROCK Asuka with haymakers! Liv kicks low, kicks again, then ENZIGURIS! Asuka goes to a corner, Liv runs in, and back body blocks! Liv goes in again, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Asuka down, adjusts and leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Nikki smiles and fans fire up again! Asuka runs in, Liv dodges, and springboards to CODE BREAKER! Asuka staggers to ropes, Liv runs in, but Asuka denies Oblivion to flip Liv! Liv ducks a kick, rolls Asuka up, TWO!! RINGS OF STRETCH!! Liv verbally taps, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

Asuka blows a kiss to all her future opponents, but Mella gets in to FABULOUS KCIK! But Natty DISCUS LARIATS! Nikki kicks Natty low, for THE PURGE! Raquel gets in to give Nikki a TEXANA BOMB!! Raquel looks at Liv in the corner, and she offers her a hand. Liv takes it and Raquel stands her up. Raquel says it’s all good, but may the best woman win. Liv hits a CODE BREAKER! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Raquel out of the ring! Asuka and Liv look up at the Chamber, they’re both ready to go again! Who will survive the Chamber to then face The EST at WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Imperium.

Megan Morant says Gunther is just moments away from defending the Intercontinental Championship against Mad Cap Moss, who said- Gunther stops Megan there. “I could not care less what Moss had to say. He made it this far and that’s very good for him. But one impressive victory and some encouraging words from his girl doesn’t change a thing. Since 250 days, I am dominating. And just like everybody else who challenges me on that sacred mat out there, he will fall to Der Ring General!” Gunther heads out, Vinci & Ludwig by his side. Will Gunther crush Moss’ hopes and dreams in Montreal? Or will Moss make Gunther the butt of the joke?

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Mad Cap Moss w/ Emma!

SmackDown returns and Moss makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Moss can pull off another shocker!

The bell rings and the two feel things out. Moss shoots in, Gunther facelocks and puts Moss in a corner. The ref counts, Gunther lets off but CHOPS! And CHOPS! Gunther talks trash, Moss TACKLES him! Moss rains down fists but Gunther kicks him away. Moss comes back, puts Gunther in the corner and he RAMS in! Moss facelocks, Gunther powers Moss back, powers out and throws body shots. Gunther hits as headlock takeover, but Moss keeps his shoulders up. Moss fights up, throws some shots, then powers out, only for Gunther to run him over! Gunther swings but Moss counter punches!

Moss headlocks, Gunther powers out, they RAM shoulders, and then RAM again! Gunther CHOPS Moss, BOOTS him down, then covers, ONE!! Gunther clamps right onto Moss with a headlock and grinds him down. Moss endures, fights up, but Gunther grinds the headlock. Moss powers up to lift Gunther, but Gunther counters with a headlock takeover! Moss headscissors, Gunther kips free, but Moss dodges the haymaker to RAM Gunther into the corner! Gunther staggers, Moss RAMS him into another corner! Fans are torn but Gunther catches Moss to a facelock! Moss fights up, and he powers Gunther up and throws him away!

Moss dodges ‘n’ ducks, but Gunther leaps, into Moss’ SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moss POUNCES Gunther out of the ring! Fans are torn as Gunther shakes out the stars and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and the hands fly back and forth! Moss ROCKS Gunther, Gunther ROCKS Moss, repeat! Gunther CHOPS, Moss LARIATS, repeat! Gunther CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Moss off his feet! Fans fire up for Gunther as he passes around Moss. Gunther reels Moss in, gets him up, but Moss slips free and turns Gunther. Gunther powers out and then scoops, but Moss slips free! Moss ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a SLEEPER! Moss shifts around, BIG back suplex! Moss keeps moving, builds up speed, and he CLOBBERS Gunther! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives and Emma can’t believe it!

Moss waits on Gunther and fans rally up. Moss reels Gunther in, turns him, but Gunther wrenches out to CHOP! Gunther reels Moss in, suplexes, but Moss fights it off! Moss suplexes but Gunther fights it off! Moss tries again, and he gets Gunther up and over! Moss hurries to stand Gunther up and turn him, PUNCHLINE!! Cover, TWO!?! Gunther survives Moss’ best shot and Moss can’t believe it! Gunther crawls to a corner and fans rally up. Moss runs in to RAM into Gunther! But Gunther pulls Moss’ hair to bring him into the SLEEPER! Moss arm-drags free, scoops Gunther, but Gunther powers free to turn Moss! Gunther CHOPS Moss down!

Gunther goes to the corner, he climbs up top, but Moss ROCKS him first! Moss throws more forearms, he goes up after Gunther, but Gunther CHOPS Moss down! Moss is back in the drop zone, Gunther goes back up top, but Moss returns! Moss clinches, scoops, and SUPER FALL AWAY SLAMS!! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives again and Emma is beside herself! Moss is also stunned, what more does he have to do to win? Moss roars, runs, but Gunther catches him into a SLEEPER! Moss flails, reaches out, but he’s already fading! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” for Sami but he’s not here yet. Gunther turns Moss around, GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, Gunther wins!

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

Moss may not have proved all his doubters wrong, but he lasted a lot longer than even Gunther expected. But then, who is next to step to Der Ring General?

 

Sami Zayn heads to the ring!

Montreal practically explodes for their hometown hero! And he has a new shirt, “The Honourary Hab,” in honor of Montreal’s hockey team. Sami is so pumped up, he almost falls into the ring as he goes up the ropes. Fans chant “SAMI! SAMI!” as he gets the mic, then they sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~! OLE~, OLE~!” Sami soaks it all in, and even gets a little emotional. Sami smiles as the chanting and singing just continues. They even chant, “You Deserve It!” and that brings a tear to Sami’s eye. Sami can’t help but let the fans continue as they return to singing. Sami finally speaks, “I can’t follow that.”

Sami says that every year around this time, people point to the sign. Sami does, and fans cheer. “Year after year, we tell everybody that that is the most important show of the year. And it’s true. But for me, for this city, tomorrow night is ONCE IN A LIFETIME!” Sami talks some smack in French on Roman Reigns and the fans fire up. “Tomorrow night is not just Roman Reigns VS Sami Zayn. Tomorrow night is Roman Reigns VS Sami Zayn and the entire city of Montreal! ROMAN!! YOU ARE GOING DOWN!!” Sami slams the mic down and Montreal is thunderous! With this much fire inside him, will Sami burn down the Island of Relevancy? Or will he burn down with it?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown, especially for a go-home episode. Though, obviously as a go-home, there was a recap package to open it, and there were the “Sami Zayn story” video packages. Now obviously, part of those packages being there was also for how Paul Heyman told Jimmy that the Usos were staying home to see what the fans see. Those packages surely “reveal” to Jimmy that Jey talked with Sami and that there could be collusion between them. If only they had like an “Uso cam” or Uso watch party so we could get their reactions. But at the same time, there’s a chance the Usos show up during Elimination Chamber, if Canada is okay with them showing up.

Great opening tag match from Ronda & Shayna VS Natty & Shotzi. Shotzi took the loss so Ronda & Shayna could be strong in the tag division while Natty isn’t directly hurt going into the Chamber. And we got a great match out of Asuka VS Liv, where of course we saw the other entrants show up. Nikki stole the spotlight from Mella, she’s really bringing that SAnitY persona back. Asuka wins, of course, and she might be able to defy go-home math by still winning the Chamber. You can’t cool off this return to Demon Clown looking Kana style persona, Asuka has to go to WrestleMania, and maybe even win the title.

Great tag match from McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Viking Raiders, though I still wish there was a stipulation here. McIntyre & Sheamus winning again surely means they’re moving on from here, possibly to the Intercontinental title. Moss had a great showing against Gunther but of course he was going to lose. Also, I think they didn’t really time this title defense right. Moss getting booed by Montreal when he’s supposed to be the Face doesn’t work to the story they’re telling. But either way, Gunther could face McIntyre, he could face Sheamus again, he could end up facing both, and either way, we’re getting an awesome match for Mania.

Good promo from Rey and Kross, they’re of course having another 1v1, but somehow, some way, Judgment Day is moving to SmackDown after WrestleMania (probably with Rhea winning the SmackDown Women’s title) and so Rey will have no choice but to have it out with Dom. Good start to a rap promo from Hit Row, but what a surprise that Bray Wyatt & Uncle Howdy showed up. And furthermore, what a surprise that Bray is calling out Lashley and Lesnar. I suppose that does change how things could go for Lashley and Lesnar, with the winner having a great WrestleMania story with Bray. I don’t know which I’d prefer to see, but even if it’s Lesnar, I would hope Bray finds a way to win.

My Score: 8.6/10


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AEW Coverage

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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