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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/9/23)

A golden second episode!



ROH Wrestling 2023

Will the landscape of ROH soon change?

On just the SECOND episode back, ROH puts up the Women’s, Television and Pure Championships in three star-studded showdowns! Who will hold the gold in this new era of honor?


  • ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Tony Deppen; Joe wins and retains the title.
  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Marcus Kross, Cody Chhun & Guillermo Rosas; Castle & The Boys win.
  • La Faccion Ingobernable w/ Jose VS Spanish Announce Project w/ Luther; LFI wins.
  • Trish Adora VS Billie Starks; Adora wins.
  • The Trustbusters w/ Mark Sterling VS Jake Crist & Man Scout; The Trustbusters win.
  • ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Timothy Thatcher; Yuta wins and retains the title.
  • Aussie Open VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams; Aussie Open wins.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Ben Dejo; Eddie wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Willow Nightingale; Athena wins and retains the title.


ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Tony Deppen!

While no longer the One True King of Wrestling Television, the Samoan Submission Specialist will not give up his final piece of gold without a fight. Will Joe still have a throne in ROH? Or will Deppen be steppin’ up to become The Czar of Honor?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns in ROH!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” as he circles with Deppen. They tie up, fans sing “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” as Joe puts Deppen on ropes. The ref counts the break, Joe lets off cleanly and smirks as Deppen resets. The two circle, tie up, and Joe puts Deppen in the corner. The ref calls the break again, but Joe CHOPS Deppen as he lets off. Fans rally up for Joe again but Deppen shrugs that off. Deppen and Joe tie up again, go around, and Deppen wrenches to a wristlock. Joe wrenches right back, but Deppen rolls and hooks a leg. Joe twists the wrist but Deppen rolls back, stands up and CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS!

Deppen fires off on Joe in the corner but Joe HEADBUTTS! Then JAB, JAB, JAB! Joe fires off fast hands and a CHOP! Deppen falls and fans fire up! Deppen sits up and gasps, but he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Deppen runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Joe looms over Deppen before he covers, TWO! Deppen goes to ropes but Joe stalks him. Joe JABS again, and again, and again! Joe stomps Deppen to the corner, stomps him more then digs his boot in. The ref counts, Joe lets off, but Deppen shoulders into Joe. Deppen eggs Joe on, so Joe CHOPS and KICKS him down! Joe drags Deppen up, back elbows then JABS, then HEADBUTTS!

Joe stands Deppen up but Deppen throws hands. Deppen backs Joe down, ELBOWS him, then CLUBS him on the back! Deppen whips corner to corner, Joe reverses and runs in to back body block, then PELE! Deppen goes down again and fans fire up! Fans rally behind Joe, and Joe drags Deppen up. Joe hoists Deppen up top as fans sing again. But Deppen fights the tuck to HEADBUTT! Joe CHOPS in return! Joe climbs up, clinches, but Deppen throws body shots! Deppen ROCKS Joe, stands and leaps, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Deppen says Joe is dead, but Joje puts Deppen on the apron. Deppen dodges the haymaker to SLINGSHOT STUNNER!

Joe staggers, Deppen rolls Joe up, TWO!! Joe escapes but Deppen is focused! Deppen runs in, URENAGE and KNEE collide!! Both men fall but Deppen makes the cover, TWO!! Deppen almost had Joe but he isn’t sure what he has to do now. Deppen climbs the corner and fans rally up. DIVING- NO, Joe avoids the stomps! Deppen comes back, the URENAGE hits clean! Joe storms up on Deppen, reels him in, but Deppen drops! Victory roll, TWO!! Joe LARIATS Deppen! Joe then puts Deppen up top, tucks him in, and brings him out, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still ROH World Television Champion)

Down goes Deppen, long live the king! Joe still reigns, and now he wishes to speak. “Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to welcome you to the new Ring Of Honor.” Fans rally for “R O H! R O H!” Joe continues to say that there is much to be celebrated, but one thing that remains true: “When it comes to this ring right here, and when it comes to ROH, and what happens in between these ropes, Samoa Joe always runs things around here. And as of right now, your champion needs contenders. So if anybody in the back wants to come out here and make their case, the champ will see you now.”

“Reach for the sky, boy!” MARK BRISCOE walks out! Fans fire up and Mark tells “Big Joe” that it’s been a long time. “What’s good?” Fans rally for Briscoe, and Joe says if Mark has something to say, he needs to man up and say it. Mark says, “You know just as well as I know what I’m about to say. That TV Championship, my man, that’s my destiny! So what do you say uh me versus uh you?” Fans like it, and Joe says, “Any day I get an opportunity to get in a fist fight with a Briscoe is a good day to me. I accept!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready to fly, will he be the one to dethrone the king?


Dalton Castle speaks.

“The night that those ROH Six Man Tag Team Championships got taken away from me and my Boys, it pained me. It ate me up inside because I thought we were prepared for the challenge that lied in front of us. The Embassy, and that fanny burp of a manager they call Prince Nana. But defeat isn’t something we haven’t tasted before. We’ve been beaten in the past. But my Boys, when they get knocked down, they become Chumba Wumba! We come back stronger than ever! More powerful!” Castle grabs the Boys by their shirts and shake them as he says, “More hungry! More strong! We’ve been moving furniture all weekend! Heavy, dense furniture!”

Castle says they are more ready for a challenge at those Six Man titles than they’ve ever been! “Embassy, I suggest you stay limber. Because you’re in for the fight of your life. Show ’em your teeth, boys.” The Tate Twins growl, will they and the Peacock devour the competition until they get after Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony?

Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Marcus Kross, Cody Chhun & Guillermo Rosas!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out and fans rally for “Dalton Castle!” “And The Boys!” Castle starts against Kross and they circle. Fans fire up with Castle as he says he wants to set this place on fire. Kross fires up with Castle, Castle pats him on the chest, and then Kross CHOPS Castle again and again! Castle runs in, Kross sends him to a corner and CHOPS! Castle shoves Kross away, Kross dodges, but jumps into the Alabama! Kross grabs ropes, gets free, and dumps Castle out! Kross strikes a stance and Castle stands down. Fans rally while the Boys fan Castle off. Castle has the Boys beat on those abs to fire him up!

Castle gets back in the ring, Kross runs in but misses! Castle trips him, waistlocks, and SLAMS him down! Kross flounders away, tag to Rosas. Rosas runs into a waistlock and SLAM! Castle drags Rosas up and fans fire up for The Boys! Tag to Brendan, and he tags Brent. The Boys double whip and double hurdle to double HIP TOSS! They roll Rosas to his feet to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Brent covers, TWO! Brent brings Rosas up, whips him to the corner but Rosas reverses. Brent goes up and over, ducks a boot and dropkicks a leg out! Cover, TWO! Brent brings Rosas up, waistlocks, but Rosas elbows free!

Rosas RAMS Brent into the corner, tag to Chhun! Brent fires back but Chhun CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but Chhun DECKS Brent! Tag back to Rosas, Team C4 coordinate to double whip, and then Chhun whips Rosas in to SPLASH! Chhun adds a SPLASH while Rosas BLASTS Brendan! Then DROPKICK SUPLEX COMBO! Rosas drags Brent back up, tags Kross, and Kross goes up! Kross DIVING- NO, Brent avoids the stomps! Brent wrenches and SLICED-0 NO, Kross slips free, but Brent ENZIGURIS! Both men are down, they crawl for their corners, hot tags to Rosas and Castle! Fans are thunderous as The Peacock rallies on everyone!

Castle scoops Rosas for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Kross swings, into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Chhun runs in, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Castle stands tall! “BRING ME A BOY!” Brendan gets in, Castle TOSSES him onto Chhun! Brent gest in, Castle TOSSES him onto Kross! Brendan returns, and Castle TOSSES him onto Rosas! The fans fire up, the Boys put Rosas in and Castle Alabama Lifts! BANGARANG!! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!

Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall

New era, new intensity, the Peacock and the Twins are ready! Will they get back after The Embassy and avenge their loss?


The Kingdom speaks.

“My name is Maria Kanellis-Bennett, and I am the First Lady of Professional Wrestling. And this right here is Mr. Motivation, Mike Bennett. And this is The Trend, Matt Taven. And we are the OGK.” Taven says “He is I and I am him, I AM Matt Taven, and you Melvins might think my favorite color’s purple. That would make you stupid, because my favorite color is gold! And the trend of us being world tag team champions everywhere we’ve gone is continuing. Whether it’s ROH, whether it’s AEW, it doesn’t matter! You Melvins better get in your cry closets because you’re avoiding the inevitable!”

Mike says it is crazy, because just as Matt said, they’ve literally won gold everywhere they’ve gone! They practically hand titles to The Kingdom. And you think this place will be any different? Are you insane? It will not. But what is really pissing Mike off is that Top Flight ruined their moment at Final Battle! Their return to ROH was ruined! So if they think the business between them is done, they are sorely mistaken! Maria says that they always says diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But gold solidifies legacy. And Maria wants the OGK’s legacy to last forever! They ARE the OGK, but just call them The Kingdom.


La Faccion Ingobernable w/ Jose VS Spanish Announce Project w/ Luther!

Rush & Dralistico are ready to make ROH tranquilo, but they’re going to be off to a chaotic start going up against Angelico and Serpentico. Will the South African Submission Specialist and #SNAKEMAN bring down LFI? Or will El Toro Blanco (The White Bull) y El Principe de Plata y Oro (The Prince of Silver and Gold) be the ones shining bright tonight?

The Code of Honor is not upheld, but the fans rally for “RUSH! RUSH!” Rush is actually a little surprised, and he steps to Angelico. Angelico still offers the handshake, but Rush kicks it away! The bell rings all the same, Rush and Angelico circle. They tie up, Rush wrenches and YANKS an arm, but Angelico spins and steps through to then wrench and arm-drag! Rush gets up in a huff, Angelico sweeps the leg! Cover, ONE! Rush sweeps the leg and covers, ONE! Angelico spins and “HEEHEE!” a la Michael Jackson, but Rush shoves him to ropes. Angelico doesn’t let that kill the vibe, and fans rally up.

Fans duel now, “S A P!” “RUSH!” as the two reset. They tie up, Rush knees low and throws body shots. Rush tells fans to hush, but Angelico blocks the chop to wrangle Rush! Luther wants Angelico to break that arm with that top wristlock, but Rush kips up, knees low, and CHOPS! Angelico sputters and drops to a knee, but Rush eggs him on. Fans chant “One More Time!” and Rush wants Angelico to stand. Angelico asks Serpentico, “You want that one more time?” Serpentico nods, so Angelico tags him in! Serpentico is confused but he has no choice but to step in. Serpentico CHIOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but nothing happens!

Rush choke grips, but Serpentico breaks free to SUPERKICK! Serpentico fires up, only for Rush to CHOP him down! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Rush tags in Dralistico. Rush CHOPS Serpentico, Dralistico springboards to CROSSBODY! Dralistico CHOPS Serpentico now, and fans love that! Dralistico whips, Serpentico reverses, but Dralistico goes up and over and SOBATS, KNEES and HEEL KICKS! Serpentico staggers, into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up and Dralistico drags Serpentico up. Dralistico pushes Serpentico in the corner, tags Rush, and he hushes fans. Dralistico CHOPS Serpentico!

Rush brings Serpentico around to ROCK, throw body shots, and whip corner to corner. Rush whips Dralistico in to SPLASH, then Rush hits a SPLASH! Snapmare and DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Fans fire up while the brothers Munoz raise the fist bump. But Angelico runs in to fire off JABS on each of them! Rush ducks and the ROUNDHOUSE hits Dralistico! Angelico runs, but into a mule kick! Dralistico dropkicks the legs out and Rush runs, to basement dropkick Angelico out of the ring! SAP regroups at the ramp but Dralistico builds speed, Dralistico FLIES! Direct hit on all of SAP!

Fans rally for Rush, Dralistico sets Serpentico up, but Rush just fakes us out to tranquilo! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers, but Dralistico POSTS Serpentico! Rush kicks Angelico, whips him into railing, and Dralistico does the same to Serpentico. They put Serpentico in the ring, fans rally up, and Dralistico goes to the apron. Rush has an extension cord to LASH Angelico with it while Dralistico springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Serpentico! Cover, TWO! Rush LASHES Angelico more, then RAMS him into barriers! Dralistico fires off kicks on Serpentico, stomps a mudhole in, then digs his boot in.

The ref counts, Dralistico lets off, but Rush sends Angelico into more barriers! Dralistico bumps Serpentico off buckles, digs his boot in, and lets go of the ropes. That’s not the problem! Rush gets in, the brothers argue with the ref, and that allows Jose to get a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Jose just swaggers around. Rush storms over but Serpentico kicks back! Rush hoists Serpentico up onto the ropes, fans rally, and Dralistico springboards, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Serpentico! Serpentico stands, he gets Dralistico with CHOP after CHOP! Fans duel, but Dralistico CHOPS!

Dralistico KICKS a leg out, he and Rush both stomp Serpentico! Dralistico takes Serpentico’s “head,” and Rush PUNTS it into the crowd. The kick is good but LFI drag Serpentico up. They double whip Serpentico corner to corner, Rush whips Dralistico in to clothesline! Dralistico KICKS Serpentico, calls to Rush, but Serpentico fights back. Rush CHOPS Serpentinco, LFI double whip to ropes, but Serpentico holds ropes. Dralistico runs in but Serpentico puts him on the apron! Dralistico CHOPS Serpentico and holds him in place, Rush runs in, but Serpentico dodges! Rush BLASTS Dralistico!

Rush freaks out but Serpentico builds speed, and Serpentico FLIES out onto Jose and Dralistico! Fans fire up and Serpentico hurries back up. Rush is fuming but Serpentico springboards, into a HEADBUTT! Rush drags Serpentico into the corner, stomps away on him, then slashes his throat. Rush stomps around, goes to the far corner, runs corner to corner, but Angelico stops him! Rush jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK knocks him down! Dralistico springboards in to FLYING CODE BREAKER! BIG forearm from Rush! Serpentico SUPERKICKS Dralistico, but runs into a waistlock.

Serpentico breaks free, runs, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dralistico SPRINGBOARD DESTROYERS!! Cover, LFI wins!

Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall

But LFI isn’t done! Jose puts Serpentico back in the ring, so that Rush can SNATCH the mask! Rush and Dralistico RIP the mask apart! They even beat up on Luther now! Fans boo as LFI does what they want to who they want, and they even toss the mask pieces to the crowd! Will Rush stampede through ROH until he is champion once again?


Trish Adora VS Billie Starks!

While the women’s title is on the line later tonight, two young and hungry hopefuls are fighting to be one step closer to that goal! Who will be waiting in the wings with a win here tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and they go around. Adora wrenches an arm to a wristlock and digs an elbow into the shoulder. Billie fights up but Adora twists the wrist. Billie rolls but Adora rolls with her! Billie gets the ropebreak, and Adora lets off. They go again, knuckle lock, and then Adora gets around to waistlock and SLAM Billie down. Billie sits up but Adora squeezes tight. Billie fights up, fans rally, and Billie wrenches out. But Adora wrenches back! Adora twists the wrist, Billie spins and arm-drags her away!

Adora goes out to steady herself, but Billie builds speed! Billie DIVES into an UPPERCUT! Billie flops to the floor, Adora scoops her and SLAMS her on the apron! Billie writhes and Adora smiles as she puts Billie in. Adora stalks Billie, grabs an arm and steps over, La Magistrol! TWO!! Billie is still in this but Adora double wristlocks an arm. Adora then waistlocks, lifts, but Billie fights free. Billie slips under, shoves, but Adora avoids the kick. Adora waistlocks and lifts but Billie flails and fights. GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Billie survives but Adora keeps right on her. CATTLE MUTILATION!! Billie endures, but Adora thrashes her around!

Fans rally, Billie fights around, but Adora is bridging deep! Billie reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Adora lets Billie go and Billie crawls to a corner. Adora runs in, but into an ELBOW! Adora shakes that off, comes back, but Billie BOOTS! Billie goes up, but Adora blocks the boot, only for Billie to KICK in return! Billie runs, into a PUMP KICK! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives again and Adora grows frustrated. Fans rally and duel again, Adora runs but has to jump over the dropdown! UPPERCUT! Adora keeps moving but Billie ROCKS her! Billie runs, but Adora reels her in! Adora swings but Billie ducks the blindside lariat!

Billie ROCKS Adora, Adora ROCKS Billie! They go back and forth with big forearms and fans rally up! This gets fast ‘n’ furious and fans love it! Billie shrieks and then fires off! HEEL KICK! But LARIAT TUBMAN OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Cover, Adora wins!!

Winner: Trish Adora, by pinfall

Adora shakes her head, she was not letting Billie get through her. But as aggressive as this got, the two keep the Code of Honor and even hug it out. Will Adora be ready for whoever comes out of tonight’s main event with the gold?


Backstage interview with Christopher Daniels.

Lexi Nair notes that the last time she and the Fallen Angel talked was at AEW Dark, where Daniels mentioned “opportunity.” What opportunities is he looking for in the new era of honor? A good question. This is the new era, but like in the previous, Daniels is in the thick of things. One of Daniels’ proudest achievements was becoming THE ROH World Champion. And in a perfect world, he’d happily give Frankie Kazarian a call in California and have him join Daniels one more time. But circumstances have made that impossible, and Daniels will be a man of his word in ROH.

But after 30 years, Daniels has been very fortunate with many partners by his side, and there just so happens to be another man in the ROH locker room ready for opportunity. That man is… MATT SYDAL! Sydal says there is an opportunity in front of him: them as a team. The answer is the same as the first time, Sydal will team with Daniels. Daniels has been a guiding light in Sydal’s career. He took Sydal from a backyard wrestler to an ROH Tag Team Champion. And since then, they’ve both gotten better, and not by a little but by a lot! They’re both the best in the world, and together, they will be tag team champions. Die flying or die trying.

They shake hands as Daniels thanks Sydal for this. Daniels tells Sydal that they’re gonna go out there and show all the tag teams in ROH “why they should say their prayers.” A reunion in ROH, will Sydal open his third eye to see gold in their future?


The Trustbusters w/ Mark Sterling VS Jake Crist & Man Scout!

Ari Daivari & Slim J split the difference in ROH’s return last week, but maybe together they can both cash in on a win. Will the Trustbusters be rolling in the winner’s purse against The Artist and the “Always Prepared” Jake Manning?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and we start with Daivari Dinero and Man Scout. Seems Scout is still reading his field guide, but there can’t possibly be anything on how to handle the Trustbusters. Fans rally for Man Scout as he prepares to knuckle lock. Daivari snatches the guide! And TOSSES it! Fans boo and Scout gets upset, but Daivari kicks low. Daivari bumps Scout off buckles, bumps him off more buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Daivari lets off and tells off the fans. Fans boo, but Daivari drags Scout up to bump off buckles. Daivari CHOPS, then tags Slim.

Slim ROCKS Scout, fishhooks his mouth, then CLUBS the lip! Slim scoops Scout to SLAM him! Cover, TWO! Tag to Daivari, the Trustbusters mug Scout, then Daivari bumps Scout off buckles. Daivari whips corner to corner, runs in corner to corner, but Scout dodges! Tag to Crist and he fires off on Daivari! Fans rally, Crist whips but Daivari reverses. Daivari runs in into a BOOT, ROUNDHOUSE and mule kick! Crist goes up for a FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up as Crist kips up! Crist runs in but is put on the apron. Crist GAMANGIRIS, goes up top, and he CROSSBODY FLOPS as Daivari moves!

Tag to Scout and he fires off haymakers! Fans rally, Scout whips but Daivari reverses, and Slim kicks him in the back! Daivari then CLOBBERS Scout! Fans boo but Daivari tags Slim and Slim goes up. FLYING REVERSE DDT! And then STF! Scout taps, Trustbusters win!

Winners: The Trustbusters, by pinfall

Jake & Jake could not get it down, and Slim rips his tank top off like a Hulkamaniac! He even rips Daivari’s tank top off just because! But Sterling wants everyone to hold on. His client, “the richest man in pro-wrestling,” Ari Daivari, has something to say. Daivari takes the mic to say, “Last week, I beat Metalik all by myself! I pinned him in the middle of this ring, one two three, fair and square!” Fans boo because he didn’t. But wait, here comes Metalik! But Metalik gets mugged by the Trustbusters! Sterling says this is what he gets! Sterling even joins in! But wait, here comes BLAKE CHRISTIAN! All Heart has a CHAIR!

Blake chases the Trustbusters off and he helps Metalik up. Will Blake and Metalik combine their forces here in ROH like they have in NJPW Strong? Will Daivari put his money where his mouth is and face them?


ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Timothy Thatcher!

The Decoder didn’t want the new era to start without him, so he gave an open challenge to the world last week. And almost immediately, the Professor of Pain answered! Will Thatcher prove he can be just as brutal as a Blackpool Combat Club member? Or will Yuta show that BCC ain’t nothing to mess with?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is truly a technical master!

The Code of Honor is upheld, though Thatcher holds tight as Yuta tries to step back. The bell rings, Thatcher lets Yuta go with a push, and the two circle. Fans rally, the two feel things out, and Thatcher gets the FUJIWARA!! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Thatcher lets go, and that is one of the three Yuta is allowed. Our judges at ringside, Christopher Daniels, BJ Whitmer and BOOM BOOM Colt Cabana, take note. Yuta and Thatcher regroup, Yuta shoots in but Thatcher holds him back. Thatcher turns Yuta around, has a chinlock, and shifts grips as he moves around. Yuta fights up, pries the hold open and pushes on a top wristlock.

Yuta wrangles Thatcher to the mat and fans applaud. Thatcher fights around, bridges, rolls and wrenches. Thatcher hooks a leg, chinbars on top of it, and then has the chinlock again. Fans rally and duel, Yuta fights but Thatcher has both arms! Yuta powers one arm free but Thatcher is after the other. Yuta rolls, Thatcher wrangles him, and Thatcher bends the fingers! Thatcher also pushes the elbow and shoulder, and JAMS the fingers into the mat! Thatcher KNEES Yuta in the back, then scoops and SLAMS! ELBOW DROP! Cover, ONE! Yuta hangs tough but Thatcher scoops and SLAMS, then drops another elbow! Cover, ONE!!

Thatcher smirks as he stalks Yuta. Thatcher stands Yuta up, scoops him again, but Yuta slips free to hook Thatcher up! Yuta hops on, IRON OCTOPUS! Fans fire up as Thatcher endures now! Thatcher fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets go and that is one of three for Thatcher. Yuta stomps a mudhole, lets off and then snapmares. Yuta has the top wristlock and isolates the arm. Yuta talks trash, “How’s it feel, huh!?” But Thatcher avoids the stomp! Thatcher trips Yuta to get the arm, but Yuta turns that around on Thatcher, to STOMP the triceps! Fans applaud while Yuta paces.

Yuta goes after the arm again, digs fingers into the triceps, but Thatcher KICKS Yuta in the back! And KICKS him again! Yuta eggs Thatcher on, Thatcher fights up and digs forearms into Yuta’s face. Yuta SLAPS Thatcher, then wrangles him back down! Yuta keeps on the top wristlock and he bends the fingers in return. Thatcher fights up, fans rally, and Thatcher HEADBUTTS! Yuta goes after the arm, goes up and hits a FLYING ARMBAR DDT! Fans fire up while Thatcher writhes. Yuta drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta looms over Thatcher while fans rally. Yuta paces, drags Thatcher up, and he wrenches to UPPERCUT the arm!

Thatcher UPPERCUTS in return! But Yuta wrenches the bad arm to another UPPERCUT! But Thatcher uses that arm to catch Yuta, and UPPERCUT again! Yuta wrenches to UPPERCUT the arm again! Thatcher grabs at Yuta but Yuta WRINGS his bad arm out! Thatcher writhes, Yuta pushes him to a cover, TWO! Fans rally while Yuta keeps wrist control. Yuta BITES Thatcher’s ear! The ref reprimands, Yuta lets off, and he brings Thatcher up to throw forearms. Thatcher staggers, but he snarls and comes back to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and fans rally up again!

Thatcher and Yuta rise as the fans duel. Thatcher underhooks arms for a butterfly stretch, but Yuta breaks free to UPPERCUT and KNEE the bad arm! Yuta wrangles Thatcher, hammerlocks the arm and chinbars Thatcher! Thatcher moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That’s the second, Thatcher is metaphorically back against the ropes. Yuta toys with Thatcher now, rope a dope and then an elbow drop! Yuta SLAPS Thatcher, but Thatcher still wants a leg. Yuta stomps Thatcher, drags him up and UPPERCUTS! Yuta UPPERCUTS again, and again! Thatcher UPPERCUTS again and again and again!

Yuta goes to a corner, Thatcher is after him and brings him out, but Yuta wrenches the bad arm! Hammerlock and a wrangle, Yuta has Thatcher down again. Yuta leans on the hold but Thatcher endures. Fans rally, Thatcher fights up, but Yuta waistlocks now. Thatcher fights the lift, but Yuta CLUBS him! Thatcher just glares at Yuta! Thatcher UPPERCUTS again and again! Thatcher fires off in the corner, the ref counts, and Thatcher lets off at 4. Fans fire up while Thatcher clutches his bad arm. Thatcher drags Yuta up, puts him on the top rope and CLUBS him on the back! Thatcher then climbs up behind Yuta, but Yuta headlock punches him down!

The ref warns Yuta, that was a closed fist! Yuta just shrugs that off to turn around and leap, FLYING FOREARM! Fans rally and duel, Yuta ripcords to the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, ROPEBREAK! That’s Thatcher’s final ropebreak, Yuta has him right where he wants him! Yuta kicks Thatcher around, taunts Thatcher, and he fires forearms! Yuta eggs Thatcher on, throws more forearms, but Thatcher DECKS him! Yuta rewinds and shoots around, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO, into the KIMURA!! Thatcher pushes on Yuta, Yuta fights around, ROPEBREAK! Yuta uses his second, but Thatcher is getting closer.

Yuta goes to the apron, Thatcher storms over and brings him up to CLUB him in the chest! And CLUBS him again! The ref counts, Thatcher back suplexes Yuta back into the ring! Cover, TWO! Yuta survives but Thatcher drags him up into underhooks! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives again! Thatcher KNEES Yuta in the back! And again! And again! And then into the ribs and sides! Yuta goes to the ROPEBREAK! That’s the last one, this is anyone’s match! But Yuta BOOTS the bad arm! Yuta fires off forearms and CHOPS over and over and over! Yuta ROLLING ELBOWS! Fans fire up with Yuta, but Thatcher SLAPS Yuta down!

Thatcher stomps away on Yuta because neither man can use them as sanctuary! Yuta flops out of the ring but the ref wants Thatcher to stay in the ring. Thatcher pushes the ref away, and Yuta ROCKS Thatcher with a haymaker!! Fans boo but Yuta gets away with the cheat! Yuta gets Thatcher in the ropes, and has the IRON OCTOPUS!!! Thatcher TAPS, Yuta wins!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by submission (still ROH Pure Champion)

Fans boo but The Decoder finds a way to hold onto his gold! Yuta then gets a mic to say, “Hey, hey, hey, I’m hearing a mixed reaction. But I told you, everyone, I told you. I told you that I am a champion. I told you that I roll with three of the greatest of all time. I’m not one of those dudes doing laundry, wearing a $50 tracksuit. Nah, man. I’m on the 96 Bulls! I got Jordan, I got Rodman, I got Pippen, and then you’ve got Wheeler Yuta! I’m tired of talking about mystery people, let’s name names. Let’s talk about these tracksuit boys, these LA Dojo boys.

“It really grinds my gears that you think you’ve accomplished something, because you haven’t. Even your trainer fell short in his biggest moment!” But wait! Here comes CLARK CONNORS! The Wild Rhino of the LA Dojo and a big name in NJPW Strong, he goes right to the ring! Fans fire up as Connors stares Yuta down then snatches his mic away. “Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, cut the music.” Yuta says they already did. Connors says he isn’t sure if anyone remembers him, it’s been awhile since he was in ROH, but he is Clark Connors, and he’s from the LA DOJO!

Fans fire up, and Connors tells Yuta that he had a wonderful match with Thatcher. But man, he grabbed that mic and was about to put the people to sleep! Fans agree with that. So if Yuta is talking dojos and who is the best, with his BCC and “Jeeeeeeon~,” “Claud” and “Bryan.” Everyone of those guys wishes they trained under Katsuyori Shibata, a man Connors trained under for four years with blood, sweat and tears. But if Yuta is really a Pure Champion, then how about Yuta steps up next week. Yuta VS the Wild Rhino! What’s the big dog say? Yuta takes the mic back, but then drops it. Yuta leaves, fans boo, but then Yuta stops at the ramp.

Yuta turns around, stares Connors down, and shouts, “YOU’RE ON!!” Connors fires up and so do the fans! The Pure title will be on the line in back to back weeks, but will Yuta survive back to back defenses?


Aussie Open VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams!

Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are representing the United Empire in AEW and ROH, and still have the FTR seal of approval as the future of tag team wrestling. Will the Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla soon conquer another tag team division? Or will The Professional and the Hot Sauce be too much for even the former NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Fletcher starts against Titus. Titus and Fletcher circle, tie up, and go around, Titus clinches an arm, fireman’s carry takeovers, then has the armlock. Fletcher stands, Titus wrenches and RAMS Fletcher, then tags Tracy. Tracy KNEES the arm, then goes right after it. Fletcher gets free and rolls away, and fans applaud. Tag to Davis, he and Tracy circle. Davis runs in, but into a drop toehold! Tracy gets a facelock but Davis powers up! Tracy cranks the hold and brings Davis back down. Davis wrenches out but Tracy wrenches back to ELBOW BREAKER!

Tag to Titus, Tracy whips and Titus leap frogs to HIP DROP the arm! Titus wrenches the arm, but Davis CLUBS Titus away. Davis goes to the Aussie corner, and he says he’s good. Titus eggs Davis on, the two circle, and Davis BOOTS Titus down! Fletcher runs in to BLAST Tracy! Fans are torn but Aussie Open double whips and DOUBLE CHOPS, to then PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up and Davis pushes Titus to a kneeling cover. ONE, but Davis brings Titus up. Davis CHOPS Titus again! Titus snarls and stays up, but Davis CHOPS him off his feet! Fans fire up for that one!

Davis paces around, drags Titus up, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Fletcher, he stomps Titus. Fletcher brings Titus in, suplexes, and he holds Titus up! Fans rally as Fletcher walks over and Davis tags in. Davis takes the handoff, and he holds Titus up! Fans fire up more, and Davis SLAMS Titus down! Fans fire up while Titus writhes. Titus crawls but Davis drags him away to tag Fletcher back in. Fletcher GAMANGIRIS Tracy, Davis drags Titus up. Aussie Open double whip Titus to a corner, Davis runs in but Titus goes up and over! Davis POSTS himself, and Titus BOOTS Fletcher! Titus skins the cat to the top rope, jumps over Fletcher, hot tag to Hot Sauce!

Tracy blows past Fletcher, BLASTS Davis, then CHOPS Fletcher! Tracy blocks a kick, CHOPS Fletcher, and brings him around for a SAIDO! Fans fire up and Tracy runs in to clothesline in the corner! Tracy runs back in, he blocks Fletcher’s boot and dodges the superkick! Tracy BOOTS, goes up, but Fletcher blocks a kick! Fletcher YANKS Tracy off the corner, but Tracy uses that to hit a FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO! Fletcher survives but Tracy fires up! Fans rally with him, Tracy brings Fletcher up, but Fletcher fights the lift! They go to ropes, and Fletcher back drops Tracy to the apron. Tracy ROCKS Fletcher in return!

But Davis grabs at Tracy’s legs! Titus runs in and BOOTS Davis down! Fletcher runs in but Tracy dumps him out! Tracy eggs Fletcher on, Fletcher stands but he avoids Tracy’s flying knee! Tracy hits railing, Titus still jumps at Davis! But Davis catches Titus, steadies himself, and Fletcher drags Tracy up. SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH! Fans fire up as Aussie Open puts Tracy in the ring. Fireman’s carry, POP UP KICK! Tracy staggers from the Aussie Dental Plan, and Davis scoops him again! Fletcher goes up top, LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!?! Tracy survives and shocks Aussie Open! Fans fire up while Fletcher fumes.

Fans rally, Fletcher tags Davis, and they drag Tracy up. Feed to the scoop, Fletcher aims, but Tracy slips off! Tracy shoves Aussie Open into each other and fires off CHOPS and forearms! But Aussie Open block, double wrench and DOUBLE FOREARM! And then fireman’s carry, POP-UP- NO! Tracy blocks the Dental Plan’s follow-up, and he DRAGON SCREWS Fletcher’s leg! Davis rushes in but into a clinch! Tracy wants the arm, but Davis whips him away. Scoop but Tracy tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTERS! CROSSFACE!! Titus intercepts Fletcher to a HALF CRAB!! Titus sits deep while Tracy pulls back hard!

Aussie Open crawl to each other, Fletcher keeps Davis from tapping! Davis rolls to the ROPEBREAK! Titus and Fletcher also end up in ropes, and Fletcher kicks Titus onto Tracy! Davis is free, all four men are down, and fans rally back up. Aussie Open regroups on their side of the ring and Davis crawls. Hot tags to Fletcher and Titus! Titus runs in, dodges, and KNEES low! Titus runs to KNEE LIFT! Fletcher staggers, Titus runs in to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Titus roars and fans fire up as he runs in. BOOT! Tag to Tracy, Titus goes side to side to BOOT! Whip to the ELBOW! DROPKICK into the DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, Davis breaks it!

Titus clotheslines Davis and himself out! Tracy aims from the apron, to KING KONG KNEE DROP Davis on the floor! Titus goes up, KING KONG KNEE DROP on Fletcher! Tracy is up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Fletcher survives and fans fire up again! Tracy grows frustrated but he just snarls and watches Fletcher flounder. Tracy drags Fletcher up, reels him in, but Fletcher fights the lift! Fletcher back drops Tracy away, sits down to cover, TWO!! Sunset flip, TWO!! Fletcher scoops Tracy for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Titus runs in but Fletcher blocks the kick! And gives it over to Davis!

Fletcher SUPERKICKS Titus, Davis trips him! Davis yanks Titus up by those legs, Close Your Eyes and Count to F@#$!! Fans are thunderous and Aussie Open throws off the elbow pads! Tracy stands into the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH!! And then, double pump handle, COREALIS!!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall

Former NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions defeat former ROH Tag Team Champions, because they are THE future of tag team wrestling. And though a bit sarcastically, they uphold the Code of Honor. Will Aussie Open help the United Empire conquer yet another tag team division?


Eddie Kingston VS Ben Dejo!

Last week, The Mad King shocked the world by quitting AEW, and then immediately shocked us again by showing up in ROH! And bigger than that, he wants after Claudio Castagnoli and the ROH World Championship! Will Eddie fight his way up to force Claudio’s hand? Or will he be the one shocked by the man also sometimes known as Jon Cruz?

Fans are thunderous for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” already. The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two tie up, and Eddie puts Ben in the corner. The ref counts, Eddie lets off, but Ben CHOPS! That does nothing. Eddie turns things around to MACHINE GUN CHOP Ben! And then EXPLODER! Ben flounders up, into the URAKEN!! Cover, Eddie wins!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

And Eddie upholds the Code of Honor. But that Backfist to the Future isn’t done, he wants a mic! Eddie gets the mic to have the music cut, and he says, “HEY! Claudio! ROH World Champion! Come out here now. Do not be scared.” And so, Claudio appears! But then Eddie shouts for them to cut the music again. Eddie wants his shot! Give him his shot at the title! Fans are fired up for it. Claudio has a mic but Eddie dares him to be a champion. “For once in your life, do business correctly and fight me.” Claudio tells “Edward, a man without honor will never be Ring of Honor Champion.” Claudio drops the mic again and Eddie asks where he’s going.

Fans boo and Eddie is not settling for that! Eddie hurries to the back to chase after the Swiss Superman! We cut to Lexi Nair catching Claudio for an interview. She asks what that was about, and Claudio asks, “Did I stutter?” Claudio heads out but Eddie storms up. He thought he was coming here… Lexi, get outta here with the mic. Where’s Claudio? He just left. Oh of course he did! Eddie storms off, and even Lexi has to ask, just what is going on here? Will Claudio continue to duck Eddie? Or will rankings force him to face the Mad King?


Willow Nightingale speaks.

“Why hello there, Miss Athena. You just think I’m so happy to be here. But I am! I am. I’m so happy to be here, but there’s more. There’s more to me. I’m not coming out to the ring just so you can break me like porcelain. Of course I’ve bled, I’ve sweat for professional wrestling. We all do that. But I’ve fallen to my knees, cried. I’ve thrown up, I’ve shook throughout the night, with fear that I’m not good enough to do this.

“But y’know what? I’m in ROH because I am good enough to be here. And I’m gonna prove that to you, I’m gonna prove that to everyone watching at home, I’m gonna prove that to everyone watching in the back. Because I plan on walking out the ROH Women’s World Champion.”

Athena responds.

“Willow, you have the audacity calling my name out. You think you want this? You want my precious ROH championship? But you are in for a world of hurt! I don’t care how many people you’ve beaten, I’ve broken porcelain broad after porcelain garbage, left and right, week after week after week. And if you think that for one second, I’m gonna let you get your grimy little paws on this… Well, you’ve lost your damn marbles.” This is about to get wild, will the Fallen Goddess eclipse the Nightingale?

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Willow Nightingale!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the main event gets hyped!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally as the two circle. Fans are on Willow’s side and Athena gets upset by that. Athena and Willow tie up, Willow wrenches and wristlocks, but Athena handsprings and wrenches to arm-drag! Athena kips up and fans do cheer the ability, and Athena waves mockingly at Willow. The two tie up again, Athena headlocks, but Willow powers out to run Athena over! Fans fire up, Willow flexes, then things speed up. Willow runs Athena over again! Willow keeps moving, she rolls over the dropdown to then bypass, and she even dodges the dropkick! CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE!! Athena is up but Willow is on her.

Athena ROCKS Willow with a forearm! Willow steadies herself, Athena talks trash and slaps her. Willow DECKS her! Willow snap suplexes, rolls, Una Amiga! Another snap suplex, Dos Amigas! And then the FISHER-AMIGA! Bridging cover, TWO! Athena escapes but fans fire up for Willow. Willow storms up on Athena in the corner, puts some stank on it, and she swings, but Athena ducks into the ropes. So Willow CHOPS Athena on the back! Fans fire up and Athena is feeling it! Willow runs in, Athena dodges, but then Willow puts Athena on the apron. Athena HOTSHOTS an arm! Fans boo but Athena stomps Willow down!

Athena snarls as she looms over Willow. Fans rally for Willow but Athena KICKS her in the back! Athena KNEES Willow in the back, covers, TWO! But Athena wraps on a straitjacket! Athena even fishhooks Willow’s mouth! The ref counts, Athena lets off, and fans rally up again. Willow throws body shots but Athena KNEES Willow to a corner. Athena stomps a mudhole into Willow, but she lets off as the ref counts. Willow kicks back from below but Athena FOREARMS Willow! Athena wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! She even digs a boot into Willow’s face! The ref counts and Athena lets off at 4.

Athena storms up on Willow, brings her up to CLUB her down! Fans feel that one, but Athena mocks Willow’s positivity. Fans boo, but then Willow KICKS Athena in the leg! Athena goes after her and dribbles her head into the mat! Athena drops a knee on the bad arm! Athena top wristlocks but Willow endures. Fans rally for Willow as Athena leans on the hard. Willow fights up, throws body shots, but Athena throws her down by her hair! Fans rally for Willow but Athena runs. Willow avoids the senton! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Willow rolls Athena up, TWO! Willow tries again, O’Conner turns into a HOTSHOT! BAYONET FOREARM!

Athena rains down fists while fans boo, but the ref counts. Athena lets off, Willow goes to the apron, but Athena KICKS her down! Willow sputters, Athena runs to baseball slide dropkick Willow to the floor! Athena smiles but then gets upset hearing the fans boo. Athena goes out, brings Willow up but Willow throws body shots. Athena CLUBS away on Willow’s back, then she drags Willow back up. Athena puts Willow on the steel steps, puts the arm in the gap, but Willow fights back! Athena SMACKS Willow off the steps, then puts both arms in the gap! The fans boo, Athena pulls Willow against the post again and again!

The ref reprimands, Athena stops, but then she mocks the fans. And she DROPKICKS the steel steps! Willow falls back and writhes, clutching her arm! The ref reprimands but Athena just plays innocent in the ring. Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” and that upsets Athena. The ring count climbs, Willow stands at 6 of 20, and she drags herself with her one good arm at 8. But Athena DROPKICKS Willow right back out! Athena then goes out to the apron, rallies the fans almost mockingly, and she leaps, but Willow blocks the rana! APRON POWERBOMB!! And then a fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor!!

Both women writhe on the ground and fans are thunderous for “R O H! R O H!” The ring count is up to 5 of 20 again while Willow drags herself around. The count is 7, then 8. Both women sit up at 9, and Willow drags herself along the railing. We’re at 12 of 20 as Athena finally stirs. Athena finds her way to the ring, fans rally as we hit 15! Willow staggers about at 16, Athena flounders at 17. Both women slide in at 19!! Fans fire up as this continues! Athena says Willow ain’t ish! She SLAPS away on Willow, saying she’s fragile porcelain, then she starts pie facing. But Willow DECKS Athena! And back body blocks in the corner! And LARIATS! Snapmare and BOOT!

Fans fire up with Willow, she whips Athena, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Willow roars and the fans are with her! Willow drags Athena back up, reels her in, gut wrenches, but the bad arm gives up! Athena wrenches to ARM CODE BREAKER! And then METEORA! And then CROSSFACE!! Willow endures, fans boo, but Athena pulls back on the hold! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Willow fights, rolls it to a cover, TWO!! Athena lets go in time, and she METEORAS in the corner!! Fans boo but Athena tells them it’s over. She drags Willow up, wants the fans to say bye, and then Canadian Racks, CLIFFHANGER CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Willow shocks Athena but the fans are thunderous again! Athena pulls at her hair, throws a tantrum, but fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Willow stirs, but Athena goes to the corner. Athena wants to finish this with her best shot, but Willow runs in! Athena jumps up and over, but runs into a POUNCE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Now Athena shocks Willow! But fans are electric for Willow as she stalks Athena. Athena grabs at ropes, but Willow YANKS her up. Athena lands on her feet, to SUPERKICK! Athena runs, but Willow CLUBS her at the ropes! Gut wrench, double clutch, BAE BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

Fans are thunderous again as Athena survives! Willow grows frustrated, but the fans rally behind her again. Athena crawls to the outside but Willow snarls. Willow shakes her head and pursues. “This is Wrestling!” but Athena wants to leave? Willow chases her down at the ramp! But Athena CLAWS Willow’s face! Fireman’s carry, and WASTELAND SLAM to the ramp!! Willow rolls all the way to ringside, and Athena RAMS her into steel steps!! Athena puts Willow in the ring, goes up top, THE O-FACE!!! Cover, Athena wins!!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

Willow proved she wasn’t porcelain but tough as nails! However, Athena still managed to bend that iron will and hold onto the gold! Athena then drags Willow up and puts the belt in place. The ref won’t let her do this, but Athena gest in the ref’s face now! The ref tells her to let off, but Athena grabs her belt. She chases after Willow to CLOBBER her with the belt at the ramp!! Fans boo but then Athena METEORAS Willow into the steel steps! Athena shakes Willow’s hand to barely keep the Code of Honor. Will anyone be able to stop the savagery the Fallen Goddess brings to the ring?

My Thoughts:

A great second episode for ROH’s return, and they went big with three title matches on one night. Great opener with the TV title, and of course Joe wins. I like that Mark Briscoe wants after the title next, I remember that being his mission in ROH years ago. Obviously, there’s still the issue of how to handle the ROH Tag titles, but that aside, Joe VS Mark will be a great match and could probably go either way. Great promo from Castle, and really good win for him and The Boys. They’re definitely going to be in the conversation for the ROH World Six Man titles going towards Supercard of Honor at the end of March.

Good promo from The Kingdom, though they’re definitely more likely to get the ROH Tag titles rather than the AEW Tag titles. I feel like LFI is going to be strong in ROH, too, though they didn’t have the smoothest match with the SAP. They might’ve just lost track of what spot was when because of just how fired up the fans were for Rush, a Heel. Aussie Open VS Titus & Tracy was awesome stuff, Aussie Open seems to bring out the best of everybody they face. Fletcher & Davis wins because they’re going to be strong across the board from NJPW and NJPW Strong to AEW and ROH. But somehow, someway, Aussie Open probably won’t get the ROH titles because they’re going all over the place.

Really good showing from Trustbusters VS the Two Jakes, but of course Daivari & Slim win. It was a bit lame for Metalik to show up to immediately flop in his fight against Trustbusters, but cool to see Blake Christian show up. All Heart & The King of Ropes will make a great duo but it feels like they’re just going to be fed to the Trustbusters. I feel like we need confirmation on how the Trustbusters and Varsity Athletes work together more than anything. Daivari runs a faction but is a teammate in another? Just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Great squash from Eddie beating down Ben Dejo, aka Jon Cruz (aka Serpentico so he lost twice tonight). Claudio being smug champion fits with the Heel turn of the BCC, and while Eddie quit AEW, he could still get Moxley involved in this story somehow. Great Pure Championship match from Yuta and Thatcher, but Yuta also shows his Heel turn by getting away with that cheating. Yuta was almost as smug as Claudio to have Connors waiting, but I like that he decided to accept the challenge after all. That’s going to be great stuff, as Connors almost had Zack Sabre Jr. for the NJPW World Television Championship, but I think Yuta cheats some other way next week to retain.

Good match from Adora and Billie, and for being so young, Billie definitely shows all the great potential of a future champion. But because that time isn’t now, Adora wins. And then, great move making the women’s title the main event. Good promos from both Willow and Athena, awesome match, and I was kinda hoping they’d shock us by giving us a new champion on the second episode, they’re clearly waiting until the PPV for anything even remotely like that. Athena has any number of possible contenders, I can’t be sure who they’ll choose but it’ll be great stuff.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/12/24)

Top Flight is on a Rampage!



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?


  • 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.


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

Friday Night GrudgeDown!



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!


  • 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.


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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