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Mitchell’s NJPW Sakura Genesis Results & Report! (4/8/23)

It is a golden Spring!

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Will the landscape of NJPW change forever?

After changing allegiances and winning the New Japan Cup, Sanada gets another shot at Kazuchika Okada and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will the Cold Skull once again be a gold skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Shinnichi Champion Grand Prix Celebration Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, El Desperado & YOH VS Great-O-Khan, Toru Yano & Minoru Suzuki; Khan, Yano & Suzuki win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The House of Torture; The United Empire wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables VS Taichi, DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taichi, Douki & Kanemaru win.
  • Six Man Tag: Tama Tonga, Hikuleo & Master Wato VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • IWGP Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Mercedes Moné VS AZM VS Hazuki; Mone wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW World TV Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Shota Umino; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Bishamon VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins and become the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi VS Robbie Eagles; Hiromu wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Sanada wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

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The G1 Climax is gonna be hot all Summer!

Starting from Saturday, July 15th, in Hokkaido, all the way to Sunday, August 13 in Ryogoku, the classic red robin tradition returns for its 33rd year! Who will be in and who will win a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship?

 

IWGP Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Mercedes Moné VS AZM VS Hazuki!

The WWE Women’s Grand Slam Champion dethroned the Pirate Princess in San Jose, but now she’s willing to take on a huge challenge! Will Mone still be money? Or will the High Speed Bomb Girl and the Wildheart take the gold away?

The introductions are made, the IWGP belt is raised, and we see if the numbers spell disaster for Mone at Sakura Genesis!

The bell rings and fans rally up already. The three ladies circle, Mone wary of both opponents. Hazuki & AZM both approach Mone but she stands her ground. They triple knuckle lock, but then Mone kicks Hazuki and AZM! She reels them both in for headlocks! But they throw body shots, double whip, and both drop. Mone hops over each of them, is sent through, but then stops herself by holding ropes. Mone BOOTS AZM, arm-drags Hazuki, but AZM keeps moving to springboard arm-drag Mone! AZM keeps it going to a cover but Hazuki pushes them both over, only for Mone to roll Hazuki! TWO and AZM rolls Mone, TWO! Fans fire up as all three ladies stand off!

Mone, Hazuki and AZM catch their breaths and circle again. Hazuki and AZM shake hands, then offer to Mone. Fans applaud, Mone ignores Hazuki to offer to AZM, but AZM says she’s not “A Z M.” She’s A-ZU-MI! Mone gets it right, and shakes hands with Azumi! Then they both kick Hazuki low! Mone & AZM double whip but Hazuki crisscrosses them into each other! Hazuki runs into double hip tosses but bounces off the ropes to DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up, Hazuki DOUBLE SHOTGUNS! AZM goes to the apron, Hazuki stands on Mone at the ropes. Hazuki boots, boots and boots, then BOOT WASHES!

Fans fire up with Hazuki and she brings Mone up. Hazuki full nelson SLAMS Mone, to then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “HA-ZU-KI!’ as she brings Mone up. Hazuki suplexes, AZM runs in, but Mone BOOTS AZM and slips around Hazuki to Gory Especial. AZM returns, Hazuki BOOTS her now, and Hazuki slips free. Mone reels her in, Hazuk blocks the suplex, but then Mone blocks! They fight for control, Mone trips Hazuki to a jackknife bridge, but AZM DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Fans fire up and AZM brings Hazuki up. Hazuki breaks free, but AZM ducks the kick! Hazuki also ducks a kick, jumps the sweep, and she rolls AZM.

Hazuki whips, AZM reverses but Hazuki uses that to DIVE onto Mone! Fans fire up with Hazuki, she CLUBS Mone down, but AZM is taking aim now! AZM goes up and up and SUPER CROSSBODIES! She wipes out Mone, Hazuki and even the Young Lionesses! Fans are thunderous for “A-ZU-MI!” as she puts Hazuki in. AZM kicks Hazuki to a drop zone, goes up the corner, and fans rally again. AZM DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Hazuki survives but AZM keeps her focus. AZM drags Hazuki up, runs, but Hazuki slips free of the tilt-o-whirl to a SLEEPER! AZM fights around, but she sits down!

Hazuki leans on AZM, but Mone is back to METEORA them both! And she puts on a DOUBLE BANK STATEMENT! Hazuki and AZM endure, AZM slips free, and she puts Mone in a CROSSFACE! But then so does Hazuki! Mone endures DOUBLE CROSSFACES, but who would get credit?! Mone pries at the holds, she BITES fingers!! Both Hazuki and AZM let go, and Mone hits DOUBLE BULLDOGS! AZM and Hazuki go to opposite corners, Mone runs in to DOUBLE KNEE Hazuki! And then she runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE AZM! Then back again, METEORA for Hazuki! METEORA for AZM!

Mone goes side to side to BOOT WASH AZM! Then Mone goes around the world to BOOT WASH Hazuki! Fans fire up for Mone and she goes up the corner. Hazuki gets under Mone’s leap, but AZM runs in! Mone slips around to Gory Especial! But Hazuki runs in, CODE BREAKER on Mone! AZM sunset flips, but Hazuki breaks it!! Fans fire up, AZM shouts at Hazuki! Hazuki stands, AZM runs in, but into a takedown! CROSSFACE!! Hazuki pushes back, AZM fights around, but she’s caught! Fans rally and duel, “A-ZU-MI!” “HA-ZU-KI!” AZM scrambles around, Hazuki rolls her back, but AZM slips out to the FUJIWARA!

AZM shifts, NUMERO UNO!! But Mone barrels into her! They roll, and AZM gets Mone into the RINGS OF SATURN!! But Hazuki tackles AZM! They both stand, AZM runs and tilt-o-whirls on Hazuki to transfer to Mone for LA MISTICA!! Hazuki runs in, AZM drop toeholds her onto Mone! DOUBLE FUJIWARA!! And then, DOUBLE NUMERO UNO!!! But both Hazuki and Mone roll back, TWO!!! Fans fire up and AZM stomps away on Mone and Hazuki! AZM goes up the corner and fans rally again. But Mone and Hazuki both go after her! They climb up, fans fire up, but AZM fights them off!

AZM pushes Mone back, she ends up in the ropes! AZM does the same to Hazuki, she’s also in the ropes! AZM stands up, but Hazuki trips her up! Mone gets out of the Tree of Woe while Hazuki climbs back up. Hazuki HEADBUTTS AZM! But Mone adds on! TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans are thunderous for the Sunset Bomb Superplex! The fans rally while all three women are down. They all approach center, Hazuki CLUBS Mone but AZM CLUBS Hazuki. Both Hauzki and Mone ROCK AZM! Then Hazuki ROCKS Mone! AZM ROCKS Mone! Mone ROCKS Hazuki! Hazuki and Mone brawl as they stand up!

Hazuki gets the edge, but Mone spins her to a BACKSTABBER! AZM runs in, but also into a BACKSTABBER! Mone goes to a corner, goes up, and fans fire up for the METEORA! Cover, TWO!!! AZM survives and shocks Mone! Mone refocuses, takes off her armband, and says she’s gonna finish this! Mone brings AZM up, BACKSTABBER, but AZM rolls through to DOUBLE STOMP! And then AZM SUSHI! Cover, TWO!! Mone stands, ROCKS AZM, but AZM ROCKS Mone! They brawl, forearm for forearm, and fans fire up! But Hazuki springboards in to DOUBLE MISSLE DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Hazuki BOOTS Mone! Cover, TWO!!!

Hazuki snarls and she drags Mone back up! Mone ROCKS Hazuki! Mone fires off shots from all sides but Hazuki just fires off a flurry! She has Mone down and keeps raining in shots!! Mone is all but out and Hazuki roars! Fans are thunderous, and Hazuki brings Mone up. Hazuki runs, Mone follows and slips around to KNEE Hazuki from the apron! Mone hurries back in, hurries back up, but Hazuki kicks the legs out! DRAPING CODE BREAKER!! Fans fire up and Hazuki climbs. Hazuki leaps, to FLYING CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, AZM BREAKS IT! Hazuki throws AZM out, then drags Mone back up.

Mone shoves free, but Hazuki boots! Mone blocks, KNEES and Gory Especials! But Hazuki fights free, drags her down, HAZUKI STAR! Cover, AZM breaks it! AZM SUSHI! TWO, AZM SUSHI RETURNS! Mone breaks it!!! Fans are thunderous as all three are down again! Mone drags Hazuki up, “I’m the CEO!” She SLAPS Hazuki! Mone runs, into a scoop and SLAM! Hazuki fires up again, brings Mone in, and she suplexes, but AZM hops on! O’Conner Roll, but Mone uses that to get AZM in the Gory Especial! MONEY MAKER onto Hazuki!! Cover on AZM, Mone wins!!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by pinfall (still IWGP Women’s Champion)

As fast and furious as that was, Mone is still the one with the checkered flag! And now, Mercedes Mone will take this title to Stardom’s All-Star Grand Queendom! And speaking of, here comes her challenger, Mayu Iwatani! Mayu steps into the ring and gets a mic to speak. “NJPW, and everyone here, good evening!” Mayu congrats Mone on her title defense, but reminds her that on April 23rd, Stardom in Yokohama Arena, Mone’s belt will belong to Mayu! Mone shakes her head and raises the title high. Mone gets the mic to say, “Try it, b*tch!” And then she SLAPS Mayu down! Mone takes her leave, but will she leave Yokohama still in charge?

 

NJPW World TV Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Kosei Fujita VS Shota Umino!

The Front Man of TMDK is still rolling with this title, but he is up against the Roughneck who beat him in the New Japan Cup! Will #SHOOTER do it again, only faster? Or will the ZSJ Show continue?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if there’s a new star of the show!

The bell rings and we’re on the clock. Shota rushes in, sunset flips, TWO! ZSJ sits on it, TWO! Shota sunsets again, ONE! ZSJ sits again, ONE! Shota sunsets, ONE! ZSJ sits, TWO! Shota sunsets, TWO!! ZSJ stacks, TWO!! Shota has ZSJ in the sunset again, TWO!!! ZSJ escapes by nanoseconds and the ref assures Shota, it was still just two. ZSJ applauds but fans rally and duel. “SHO-TA!” “ZA-KU!” ZSJ dares Shota to try something, and they feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shota rolls and wrenches but ZSJ wrenches back and top wristlocks. Shota headlocks, wrenches to a wristlock, but ZSJ drops to trip him to a standing toehold.

Shota rolls and gets free and fans applaud again. Shota and ZSJ reset, fans continue to duel, and the two feel things out. ZSJ kicks, UPPERCUTS, but Shota just frowns. They circle, ZSJ talks trash, but Shota UPPERCUTS in return! ZSJ shakes it off, circles with Shota, and ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Shota UPPERCUTS, and ZSJ wobbles. ZSJ nods, then UPPERCUTS again! ZSJ flexes, fans applaud, but Shota comes back. Shota UPPERCUTS, ZSJ UPPERCUTS, they go faster and faster! Fans rally, Shota gets the edge and UPPERCUTS ZSJ down! Fans fire up while ZSJ checks his chin. Shota stomps ZSJ, then brings ZSJ up.

ZSJ fights the lift, CLUBS Shota and runs, but Shota dropkicks the leg! Shota runs in, blocks a boot, and brings ZSJ out to dropkick the leg again! ZSJ hobbles, Shota has the leg, SHIN BREAKER! And then a takedown, into a roll and KNEEBAR!! ZSJ flails and gets the ROPEBREAK! Shota thrashes, but lets off at 4. Fans applaud while ZSJ checks his leg. Shota stomps ZSJ, gives some toying kicks, then stomps again! ZSJ hobbles up, Shota CLUBS him, then Shota paces around ZSJ. Shota UPPERCUTS and ZSJ drops to his knees. Shota stands ZSJ up to UPPERCUT again! Shota then scoops to DROP ZSJ, run and UPPER- NO, ARMBAR!!

ZSJ pulls on the arm, Shota kicks and flails to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, we pass five minutes, and ZSJ lets go. Fans rally up, ZSJ kicks Shota around, but Shota sits up in a corner. ZSJ KICKS Shota on the back! ZSJ stands Shota up to UPPERCUT! ZSJ wrenches, wrenches, and wrenches again to a wristlock. ZSJ taunts Shota that he’s holding him off with one hand. ZSJ twists the elbow, wrangles and isolates the arm, to STOMP it! Shota clutches the arm but ZSJ eggs him on. ZSJ waits on Shota, and Shota throws a forearm! But that’s the bad arm! ZSJ eggs Shota on, Shota throws another forearm, but it hurts!

ZSJ SLAPS Shota to egg him on! Shota ROCKS ZSJ through the pain! Shota runs, ZSJ avoids the dropkick and KICKS Shota in the back! Shota fires up, but swings into an ELBOW BREAKER! ZSJ runs, into the scoop and DROP! RUNNING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Shota gets to his feet. Shota whips ZSJ to the corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then Shota FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, “SHO-TA!” “ZA-KU!” Shota dragon sleepers, inverted suplexes, but ZSJ slips out to Cobra Twist! Shota endures, fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK!

Shota throws ZSJ on the apron, but ZSJ shoulders in! ZSJ slingshots to sunset flip, but Shota rolls through. Shota YANKS ZSJ up, but ZSJ uses it to get a GUILLOTINE! ZSJ has the body scissors, but Shota stays on his feet! Shota powers through to suplex! ZSJ slips out, to a SLEEPER! Shota reaches out but ZSJ squeezes tight! The ref checks Shota, he’s starting to fade, but then he comes back to life! Shota slips out to dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES! Shota holds on, he drags ZSJ back up! Inverted suplex, SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! But Shota aims from the corner! Shota runs in, but ZSJ slips out of the swing!

ZSJ throws Shota to the ARMBAR, but Shota clasps hands! Shota fights to a stack, TWO!! ARMBAR!! ZSJ pulls hard but Shota endures! Shota kicks around, ZSJ puts as much pressure as he can, but Shota turns over! But into a DISARMER! Then ZSJ shifts his grip, SOUTH MIMMS SERVICES!! Shota is even more stuck being under ZSJ! Fans rally, but ZSJ pulls way back! Shota uses that rotation to ROPEBREAK!! ZSJ lets go and we’re at ten minutes passed! ZSJ tells Shota to give up but Shota drags himself up the ropes. ZSJ KICKS Shota in the chest! ZSJ runs, but Shota dodges to roll him up! TWO!!

Shota hurries to La Magistrol! TWO!! ZSJ scrambles up, but Shota kicks the bad leg! ZSJ ducks the enziguri, body scissors, to EURO- NO, Shota rolls through to O’CONNER BRIDGE! TWO!! ZSJ escapes in time! Shota rises, ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Shota roars, ZSJ uppercuts but into arm hooks! ZSJ spins Shota around to UPPERCUT again! ZSJ runs, into a POP UP UPPERCUT! Shota goes from the corner, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shota keeps focused while the fans fire up! The three minute warning hits, Shota kicks low but ZSJ wrenches out of the underhooks! ZSJ UPPERCUTS but Shota kicks the bad leg!

Shota ROCKS ZSJ, spins, but into a SLAP! Shota blocks the roundhouse to ENZIGURI! ZSJ wobbles to a corner, but comes back to PENALTY KICK! Cover, ONE?!?! ZSJ is shocked but time is still on his side. ZSJ shouts at Shota, runs in again, but into a Gory Especial! Backslide, roll through, underhooks! ZSJ wrenches out to PELE the arm! ZSJ runs in but Shota dodges to TORNADO DDT! Roll back to drag ZSJ up, DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? ZSJ survives and no one can believe it! And we’re at the two minute warning! Shota drags ZSJ up, lifts him, HANGMAN DDT! Fans are thunderous, and Shota brings ZSJ up again!

But ZSJ slips out to backslide! Jackknife bridge, into a deep prawn hold, ZSJ WINS!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (still NJPW World TV Champion)

The Front Man snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! Shota can’t believe it, either! Does the paradigm shift Shota promises still need something more? Will anyone ever snatch this title off of ZSJ?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Bishamon VS Aussie Open w/ The United Empire!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi went back and forth with Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis in the New Japan Cup, but those wins earned the young tag team this shot! Will the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla conquer the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter? Or will it be Lights Out for the future of tag team wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the United Empire conquers Chaos!

The teams sort out, and the Empire throw the crowns up before Fletcher starts with Hashi. Fans rally up as these two meet again from the New Japan Cup. They tie up, Fletcher wrenches, wristlocks, but Hashi reverses to wristlock. Fletcher reverses back, tag to Davis, but Hashi gets away. Hashi has Aussie Open back off, and Davis circles with Hashi. Davis swings, Hashi dodges and headlocks, but Davis powers out. They RAM shoulders, Davis swings but misses and Hashi mule kicks. Hashi headlocks, Davis powers out and Davis runs Hashi over! Davis brings Hashi up, wrenches, and tags Fletcher.

Aussie Open double whip but Hashi holds ropes. Davis rushes in but Hashi dumps him out! Fletcher scoops, Hashi slips off but Fletcher kicks low. Fletcher whips but Goto tags in before Hashi reverses. Bishamon then double shoulder Fletcher over! Hashi runs, for the ZENMAI! Davis returns, but into a kick! And the GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Fans fire up and Hashi runs at Fletcher. Fletcher throws Hashi out, Goto blocks Fletcher’s boot but Fletcher SUPERKICKS! Davis storms over to throw Goto out! Fans fire up and Davis DIVES! Direct hit and Hashi hits railing! Fletcher goes up, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!

Fans are fired up but Fletcher landed pretty hard. The Empire checks Fletcher while fans rally up behind Aussie Open. The ref also checks but somehow Fletcher is still in this. Fletcher puts Goto in the ring, but Fletcher feels his own blood on the side of his head. Fletcher tags Davis, Aussie Open double whips and double CHOPS, then PENALTY KICKS to SENTON! Fans fire up, Fletcher gets checked while Davis covers, TWO! Davis KICKS Goto in the back, and again. Davis drags Goto up but Goto throws hands! Goto CHOPS and CHOPS but Davis knees low! Davis whips, Goto reverses and runs in, but into a boot!

Davis runs, Goto follows, Davis dodges but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Goto crawls to tag Hashi and fans rally up. Hashi RAMS Davis but Davis roars! Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Hashi whips Davis but Davis reverses. But Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hsahi mule kicks, turns Davis, but Davis elbows free! Hashi keeps moving, and he BLOCKBUSTERS! Fletcher, all taped up, storms in to kick and whip Hashi to ropes. Hashi holds ropes to stop himself, Fletcher runs in but Hashi FLAPJACKS him onto the top rope! Fletcher is stuck, Hashi DROPKICKS him out to the floor!

Fans fire up and Hashi runs at Davis in the corner, to clothesline! Hashi turns Davis, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Davis snarls and stands. Hashi mule kicks but Davis blocks. Davis lifts, Hashi fights free, but Davis swats the lariat to CHOP! And then BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi goes to an open corner, Davis crawls to his corner, tag to Fletcher! Fans fire up for Fletcher’s guts as he runs in at Hashi to GAMANGIRI! Hashi falls and the Empire fires up! Fletcher snarls, fights through the pain, and he brings Hashi up. Fletcher reels Hashi in to suplex, but Hashi blocks!

Fletcher fires forearms, but Hashi CHOPS! Hashi full nelsons, Fletcher breaks and switches but so does Hashi. They goa round more, Fletcher suplexes, but Hashi fights fere! Hashi swings, but into Fletcher’s HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans fire up and rally as Fletcher tags Davis back in. Aussie Open drags Hashi up, feed and fireman’s carry, AUSSIE DENTAL PLAN! Fletcher BLASTS Goto, goes up, Davis scoops Hashi, LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi is still in this but Aussie Open keeps focus. Fans duel, Davis tags Fletcher back in, and they each aim at Hashi. Hashi slowly rises, Aussie Open runs in, but Hashi dodges! The lariats collide!

Goto calls, Fletcher whips Hashi to Davis, AUSSIE- NO, Hashi blocks the dental work this time! And he sends that kick into Davis! Davis staggers away, Hashi hits a CODE BREAKER on Fletcher! All three men are down and Goto shouts to Hashi! Hashi crawls, fans rally up, hot tag to Goto! Fans fire up as Goto ROCKS Fletcher, clotheslines Davis, then blocks Fletcher’s boot! But Fletcher DECKS Goto! Davis storms up, Aussie Open whips Goto to a corner. Fletcher runs in but Goto dodges to LARIAT Davis! Fletcher returns, he and Goto fire forearms! Fans rally with every shot, things speed up, and Fletcher gets the edge!

Fletcher roars, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT Fletcher inside-out! Fans rally for “GO-TO! GO-TO!” as Fletcher crawls to a corner. Goto runs in, to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher is still in this, the white bandages turning more and more red. Goto fireman’s carries but Fletcher fights it! Fletcher spins, but Goto DECKS him! Goto roars, drags Fletcher up, and fireman’s carries, but Fletcher fights free! Fletcher waistlocks, Goto backs him into the corner, and Hashi runs in to clothesline Fletcher in the corner! Feed to Goto, but Fletcher SHOTGUN KICKS Goto down!

Hashi SUPERKICKS Fletcher! Davis BOOTS Hashi! Goto LARIATS Davis! Fletcher returns to kick, run, but into the fireman’s carry! FIERCE FLASH!! Fans fire up with Bishamon and they drag Fletcher up. Dragon sleeper, leg capture, but Fletcher kicks Hashi away! Davis drags Hashi out, Fletcher victory rolls Goto, cover, TWO!!! Goto escapes by nanoseconds, but Fletcher runs in. Goto puts him on the apron, but Fletcher ROCKS Goto! Fletcher shoulders in but Goto drags him out! DRAPING G T R!!! Hashi sends Davis into railing! Fans are thunderous and the Empire is worried!

Goto fires up and aims at Fletcher. BUZZSAW! Goto drags Fletcher back up, fireman’s carries, Ushi throw, G Y W!!! Cover, DAVIS BREAKS IT! Davis drags Goto up, but Hashi is back! Fans duel, Davis fires off on Hashi and Goto! Davis CHOPS Hashi, roars, but runs into the HIDDEN GAP!! Goto runs to clothesline Davis up and out! Bishamon focuses on Fletcher, full nelson and leg capture, but Fletcher BOOTS free! Hashi still DRAGON SUPLEXES! But Fletcher rises!? Fletcher runs in, gets around Hashi, but Hashi fights the German Suplex! Hashi switches, and holds Fletcher up for Goto’s BLINDSIDE LARIAT!

Hashi rolls Fletcher back and Goto dragon sleepers! Leg capture, but Fletcher just fights free again! But he’s sent into the HIDDEN GAP! Leg capture, but Davis ENZIGURIS Hashi! Fletcher feeds Goto to a BIG forearm! Underhooks and BUTTERFLY BOMB!!! Cover, HASHI BREAKS IT!! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! The teams regroup, Davis aims at Hashi and BOOTS! Hashi wobbles, into a SUPERKICK! Hashi roars and fires off forearms and CHOPS! But he gets a BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO!! Aussie Open aims from opposite corners, Goto crawls to Hashi, Bishamon gets the LARIAT SANDWICH!

Aussie Open TOSSES Hashi, Davis stomps around and fans are with them! Goto staggers up, into the LARIAT SANDWICH!! Pump handles, COREALIS!!!! Cover, AUSSIE OPEN WINS!!!

Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

As Kevin Kelly says on commentary, “To be the best, you have got to beat the best, and Aussie Open just did it!” Literal blood, sweat and tears were shed in this match, and now the Empire has complete IWGP tag team dominance! Will there be no stopping Will Ospreay’s army from taking over NJPW now?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi VS Robbie Eagles w/ TMDK!

The Ticking Timebomb made it through the Final Hour against Lio Rush, but now he takes on TMDK’s newest recruit! Will Hiromu survive the Sniper of the Skies? Or will Robbie prove that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the more lethal weapon!

The bell rings and both men rush in! Eagles wheelbarrows to victory roll, wants the legs, but Hiromu kicks him away! Hiromu bails out to cool off and fans rally up. Eagles rushes out, Hiromu hurries in, but Eagles springboards! Hiromu ducks under, whips Eagles, but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! Things speed up, Eagles RANAS but Hiromu blocks! Hiromu deadlifts Eagles to fireman’s carry, swing and- NO, Eagles sunset flips the Timebomb, only for Hiromu to stay up and step through! RON MILLER SPECIAL!? Eagles scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Hiromu puts on the pressure but lets off as Red Shoes counts.

Fans rally for “HI-RO-MU!” as Eagles bails out. Hiromu smirks and waits on Eagles. Eagles hurries up but Hiromu ROCKS him! Hiromu runs and SUNSET FLIPS, but the bad leg won’t let him finish! Eagles FLYING CHOP BLOCKS! Fans rally up, Eagles drags Hiromu’s leg through railing! Eagles bends the leg, then DROPKICKS the railing! Eagles then uses the railing in a RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Hiromu flails, Red Shoes reprimands, and the ring count starts. Eagles thrashes Hiromu around as the count reaches 10 of 20. Eagles finally lets Hiromu go, and he drags Hiromu up and into the ring at 17!

Eagles steps through again, Hiromu scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu escapes to the outside again but Eagles pursues. Eagles KICKS Hiromu against the railing! Eagles whips but Hiromu reverses and Eagles hits railing hard! But Eagles just roars as he comes back! Only for Hiromu to KICK him down! Hiromu puts Eagles in the ring, then slides in, but Eagles slingshots to YANK Hiromu’s leg on the apron! Innovative savagery from the Sniper! Hiromu writhes while fans rally up, but Eagles SLAMS the bad leg on the apron edge! Eagles pushes Hiromu in, and gets the fans going with “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!”

Eagles has the standing toehold the entire time the fans call and respond, and then Eagles SNAP LOCKS it! Eagles mocks Hiromu with a wave, then kicks him down. Eagles drags Hiromu up and SLAPS the bad leg. Eagles puts Hiromu in the corner, CHOPS, then whips him corner to corner. Hiromu barely makes it, and he BOOTS back! Hiromu runs, RANAS, but Eagles drops Hiromu down to tie up the legs, and STOMP them! Eagles rips at the tape around the knee! Fans are shocked as Eagles rips it away to drop a KNEE on the knee! Red Shoes reprimands but Eagles lets off. Fans duel, but Eagles grabs the leg.

Eagles takes aim, and FIELD GOALS the leg! The kick is good but Hiromu is clutching his leg. Eagles mockingly encourages Hiromu, then brings him up. Hiromu CHOPS, but Eagles just shrugs it off. Hiromu CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Eagles CHOPS! Eagles CHOPS Hiromu again, fires up, but Hiromu BOOTS him! Hiromu hops up to headscissor, only for Eagles to Electric Chair and DUMP! And CHOP BLOCK! And BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! But into the KNEEBAR!! Eagles pulls on the leg and ZSJ coaches him, but Hiromu still scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go but ZSJ says he’s got this.

Fans rally and duel, “HI-RO-MU!” “ROB-BI-E!” Eagles kicks Hiromu around, but Hiromu just gets mad. Eagles mocks Hiromu’s pain while kicking the bad leg. Hiromu stands up to ROCK Eagles with forearm after forearm! Eagles knees low! Eagles KICKS Hiromu right down! Eagles mocks Hiromu to get up, then KICKS him again! And again! And again! Eagles runs, but Hiromub locks the Penalty Kick! Hiromu fights up, traps an arm but Eagles ROCKS Hiromu with a left! Eagles runs, Hiromu dodges and runs to RANA! Fans fire up as Hiromu is back in this! Eagles goes to a corner as the fans rally again.

Hiromu hobbles up, roars and runs through the pain, to clothesline and snapmare! Then Hiromu runs, but into a CHOP BLOCK!! Hiromu tumbles out, Eagles runs to DIVE! Direct hit and both men hit the railing! But Eagles still fires up! Fans rally, Eagles apologizes to the fans, and he puts Hiromu in. Eagles aims, springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK to the legs! Eagles then steps through, but Hiromu boots him away! Eagles hits buckles, comes back, and Hiromu runs in to SUPER- NO, Eagles blocks, clinches, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Eagles thrashes and Hiromu endures!

Fans rally, duel, and Hiromu reaches out. Hiromu claws over but Eagles drags him away! Eagles puts on more pressure, but Hiromu fights around. Eagles puts on as much pressure as he possibly can, but Hiromu refuses to quit! Hiromu crawls his way forward, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go in frustration to drag Hiromu up and cravat. STANDING SLICED BREAD! Eagles puts Hiromu in the drop zone, goes up top, and 450 SPLASH onto knees!! Hiromu saves himself but that was double-edged! Fans rally as both men writhe on the mat. Eagles sits up but he sputters as he goes back for Hiromu.

Eagles drags Hiromu by his bad leg but Hiromu kicks him with the other. Hiromu keeps kicking, but Eagles KICKS the bad leg! Step through, but Hiromu BOOTS Eagles! Fans rally up, both men stand, SUPER- NO, Eagles blocks again, another clinch, but Hiromu slips free to suplex! Eagles lands out, but Hiromu fireman’s carries! Dragon sleeper, spin around, VICTORY ROYALE! Fans rally up while Hiromu writhes and clutches the knee. Eagles sits up first and heads over to Hiromu. Hiromu ROCKS Eagles, but Eagles keeps coming. Hiromu ROCKS him again, and again, but Eagles keeps trying.

Hiromu ROCKS Eagles with another forearm, and another, and another! Hiromu just keeps throwing shots, but Eagles backs off. Eagles takes off the bandana, stands Hiromu up, and SLAPS him! Hiromu spins, misses, SNAP SAIDO! But Hiromu’s back?! GERMAN SUPELX! Eagles is back, SNAP SAIDO! Hiromu is back, SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up as Eagles just comes back again! Hiromu switches, GERMAN, but Eagles lands on his feet! Eagles runs, into a fireman’s carry! CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu holds on, spins, TIMEBOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Eagles barely gets the arm up, and we’re only at 15 minutes!

Fans rally up, Hiromu snarls, and he forces himself to stand! Hiromu runs, into a SUPERKICK! Eagles gives another SUPERKICK! But Hiromu ducks the enziguri to SUPERKICK back! Eagles returns, into the HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! But Eagles stands up again! Eagles dodges the lariat to run, into the HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Fans fire up with Hiromu! Hiromu drags Eagles up in the dragon sleeper. Inverted suplex, but Eagles fights! They end up in a corner and Eagles skins the cat to the top rope. But Hiromu CHOPS Eagles! Eagles wobbles, and Hiromu climbs up. Fans rally as Eagles punches the bad leg!

Eagles cravats! But Hiromu fights with body shots! Hiromu fireman’s carries!? Eagles fights with elbows, pops up, SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Eagles hurries up top, to 450 SPLASH the legs!! Step through, but Hiromu cradles! TWO!!! RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!! Hiromu shouts and flails but ZSJ says this is it! Eagles puts on all the pressure, fans are thunderous, and Eagles drags Hiromu away from the ropes!! Hiromu pulls at his own hair, flails and reaches out, grabs at Red Shoes desperately but he still has to fight! The fans are thunderous as he fights forward, but Eagles drags him away again!! Hiromu is losing his mind!!

Hiromu fights up, pushes back, cradles, TWO!!! Hiromu still hasn’t put this away, but Eagles runs in! Eagles blocks the kick, spins around, uppercut and elbow, but Hiromu fights the clinch! Pump handle, HIROMU-CHAN ROLL! TWO!!! Eagles runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down and ZSJ shouts to Eagles. Fans are electric as we hit 20 minutes! Hiromu roars, but Eagles SWEEPS the leg! Eagles roars, steps through, but Hiromu fireman’s carry takeovers! And then fireman’s carry lift, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu is furious but he beats his bad leg into working.

Hiromu roars, runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, TIMEBOMB MK II!!! Cover, HIROMU WINS!!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

Somehow, someway, the Timebomb finds a way to win! Hiromu is still the Best of the Super Juniors, but Eagles came close. Will the return of the BOSJ tournament be where Eagles earns another shot? Will Hiromu even survive to that point?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA w/ Just5Guys!

The Rainmaker considers the Cold Skull his rival, and the feeling is mutual. But both men have changed since the last time they battled. Will Okada’s new edge cut down Sanada? Or will Sanada show that he doesn’t need to be tranquilo to be the best?

Sanada’s got a new attitude, and now he’s got a new theme song and new gear! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly the best in NJPW today!

The bell rings and fans are dueling already, “O-KA-DA!” “SA-NA-DA!” The rivals stare down, circle, feel things out, and then back away. They circle again, tie up, and are in a deadlock. The deadlock lasts quite a long time, but then Okada shoots to a waistlock. Sanada switches, but Okada hammerlocks. Sanada reaches around, headlocks, and grinds. Okada powers up and puts Sanada on the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Okada lets off slowly, but then throws a forearm! No playing around this time! They tie up again, go around, and Sanada puts Okada on the ropes. Red Shoes wants the break, Sanada lets off, but Okada wants to get hit!

Sanada just pats Okada on the shoulder like Okada would, but then he kicks low! And then CLUBS Okada! Sanada whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges and ELBOWS! Fans fire up, Okada brings Sanada up, and he throws Sanada out. Okada pursues, whips, and Sanada hits railing hard! Okada storms up, brings Sanada back up, and wrenches to whip Sanada hard into more railing! Okada runs in to BOOT Sanada into the crowd! Fans rally up, Okada drags Sanada back up, and he drags him out along the railing, but Sanada fights! Sanada turns things around on Okada, MAGIC SCREW to the bare concrete!

Red Shoes checks on Okada as Okada clutches his neck. Just5Guys chill with Sanada but Okada is somehow okay to continue. Sanada leaves Okada behind as the ring count starts. Okada is still down at 8 of 20, crawls at 10 and hobbles at 12. Okada makes it back in at 15, but Sanada stomps him down. Sanada drags Okada up, CLUBS him on the neck, and then paces around. Sanada CLUBS Okada again then stalks him to the corner. Sanada cravats to wrench the neck, but Okada endures. Sanada CLUBS Okada, brings him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while Sanada watches Okada writhe.

Sanada sits Okada up in a chinlock. Fans rally up, Okada endures, but Sanada thrashes around. Okada fights his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Sanada lets off, and he looms over Okada. Sanada drops an elbow! Cover, ONE!! Okada snarls and fans fire up again. Sanada drags Okada up, but Okada ROCKS Sanada again and again! Sanada knees low, whips, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but Sanada dodges, to back suplex! Okada lands on his feet, then FLAPJACKS! Fans fire up while both men are down! The fans duel, “O-KA-DA!” “SA-NA-DA!” Both men rise, Okada snarls and he watches Sanada.

Okada runs in to DECK Sanada! And ELBOW! And whip, but Sanada reverses. Sanada dodges Okada’s elbow but runs into the BOOT! Fans rally, Okada scowls, and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada whips Sanada corner to corner, runs in, and elbows! Sanada staggers into a kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, the “SA-NA-DA!” side getting stronger than the “O-KA-DA!” Okada waits on Sanada again, Alabama Lifts, but Sanada kicks free! Sanada CLUBS Okada, but Okada ROCKS Sanada! Okada whips Sanada, runs in, but Sanada elbows! Sanada goes up, but Okada DROPKICKS him to the outside!

Fans rally and we’re only past 10 minutes. Okada goes out to fetch Sanada, telling Just5Guys to back off. Okada pulls up floor mats! Okada wants to return the favor from the Road to Sakura Genesis! Okada brings Sanada over, DDT to the concrete!! Sanada clutches his forehead while Okada leaves him behind. Just5Guys check Sanada but he’s somehow okay to continue. The ring count begins and Okada patiently waits in the ring. Sanada slowly stirs at 12 of 20, sits up at 14, and springs in at 15! But Okada is right on him, wrench and MONEY CLIP! Sanada endures, reaches out, and fights his way to the ROPEBREAK!

Okada holds until Red Shoes counts. Okada brings Sanada around, scoops and SLAMS, then he goes to the corner. Okada climbs, but Sanada springs up! Okada leaps over him, returns, but runs into the fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, whips Sanada to a corner, but Sanada goes up and out and springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans rally, “SA-NA-DA!” “O-KA-DA!” Sanada goes to a corner, Okada to the other. Sanada runs corner to corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Sanada runs back in, into another BOOT! Okada runs, but Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS!

Okada bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada and Just5Guys encourage them to get louder, and the fans get louder! Sanada goes back to Okada, drags him up, and puts Okada back in the ring. Fans applaud and Sanada stalks Okada. Sanada brings Okada up, hoists him onto the ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool, the fans continue to duel, but Sanada dragon sleepers! Okada fights from below, arm-drags free, then catches Sanada for the MONEY CLIP! Sanada arm-drags free of that! Both men run in, Sanada fireman’s carries, Ushi throw, dragon sleeper!

Sanada drops but Okada rolls back and drags Sanada to gut wrench! Sanada slips free, Okada elbows and runs, but into the fireman’s carry! TKO! And then dragon sleeper, SKULL END!! Okada is caught in the body scissors! Okada pops free of the sleeper, pries the scissors open, but Sanada wants the sleeper again! Okada fights but gets caught! Okada again slips free but Sanada catches Okada again! SKULL END!! Okada is fading, and Sanada puts him in the drop zone! Sanada goes up top, ROUNDING BODY PRESS into knees!! Okada saves himself there but both men are down! Fans rally up, Just5Guys coach Sanada up.

Okada rises first, he hobbles over and drags Sanada up. Okada wraps on the MONEY CLIP!! Sanada endures, Okada puts on the pressure, but Sanada powers him back. Okada puts Sanada in the corner first, runs back in, but into a BOOT! Sanada runs, but spins into a HIGH GERMAN SUPLEX! Okada holds on, ripcords, but Sanada BOOTS! Okada still has the wrist, and he glares at Sanada. Sanada BOOTS, but Okada still holds on. Sanada BOOTS, Okada short arm LARIATS! Okada scowls, drags Sanada up, and short arm LARIATS! MONEY CLIP!! Sanada kicks and flails and reaches out!

Okada puts on the pressure, grits his teeth, but fans rally harder! Sanada still reaches out, so Okada drags Sanada from the ropes! Sanada is turning red! He’s fading! Red Shoes checks Sanada, we past 20 minutes, and Sanada stays awake. So Okada copies Sanada by putting him in the drop zone and goes up the corner, MACHO ELBOW! Okada gives us the Rainmaker Pose! Fans fire up, Okada brings Sanada up, but Sanada elbows away! Okada scowls, Sanada runs, but Okada DROPKICKS! Okada brings Sanada up, gut wrenches, but Sanada fights, and he has the dragon sleeper! But Okada still hits LANDSLIDE!

Ripcord! RAIN- NO, Sanada ducks to ripcord and steal the RAINMAKER!!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Okada and Sanada stir as the fans duel! Just5Guys coaches Sanada, and he slowly sits up. Okada is dazed, but he still pushes himself up. Okada and Sanada crawl towards each other, and Okada’s rage is in his eyes. Sanada throws a forearm, Okada gives it back! The fans duel harder as Sanada forearms again! Okada throws another! Sanada forearms! Okada forearms! Both men steady themselves, stand up, and Sanada ROCKS Okada! But Okada comes back to ROCK Sanada!

Sanada ROCKS Okada! Okada ROCKS Sanada! Sanada, Okada, repeat, faster and faster! Okada ROCKS Sanada and he staggers, but Sanada shakes his head. Sanada UPPERCUTS! Okada drops to a knee, but he huffs and puffs. Okada runs in to BOOT Sanada down, but Sanada’s right back up! Okada SHOTGUNS, but Sanada’s right back up! Sanda fires forearms, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada ripcords, but Sanada POP-UP CUTTERS!! Fans are thunderous, the “SA-NA-DA!” is stronger than “O-KA-DA!” Sanada goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS to Okada’s back! And then ROUNDING BODY PRESS to the front! Cover, TWO!?!?

Okada survives but Sanada shakes his head. Just5Guys coach him up as we pass 25 minutes! Sanada drags Okada up, reels him in, SIDE- NO! Okada slips out to ENZIGURI! Sanada drops to his knees, and Okada brings Sanada up. Gut wrench, but Sanada slips free to O’Conner Roll BRIDGE!! TWO!??!? Even Okada has to check with Red Shoes! Sanada runs in to tilt-o-whirl! But Okada blocks! Sanada fights with the dragon sleeper! Okada is turning red, but he manages to arm-drag free! SHINING WIZARD!!! Shoutout to The Great Muta!! Sanada hauls Okada up, DEAD- NO, Okada slips free to gut wrench, COBRA FLOWSION!!!

Okada ripcords again, RAIN- CLINCH! DEAD FALL!!!! Cover, Sanada wins!!!!!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Just5Guys are ecstatic! They celebrate with their guy, who is now THE guy! Okada falls to his rival, what will become of him now?

As for Sanada, he is presented with the belt, and Just5Guys help put it on him. Sanada has the New Japan Cup trophy, the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, and now the mic. “Finally, finally! I’m the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion!” The fans cheer that! Sanada tells Okada, “You and I are the same age, we’ve been through so much, and I thank you. Now, I’m in the position where I can say to you, ‘Let’s do it again.'” Fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” and the stars are already coming out. Wait, Hiromu hobbles his way back out here? Sanada’s former friend in LIJ hops into the ring?!

Fans rally, Hiromu gets the mic and tells Sanada, “You won the New Japan Cup. You won the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Congratulations. You left LIJ and changed the world, proving everything you said. So, it might be a bit sudden, but can I challenge you for the world title?” Fans are excited for that idea! They chant for “HI-RO-MU!” now! Sanada tells Hiromu that he can, but there’s someone he has to deal with first. Sanada looks to Just5Guys, and he gives the mic to the Heel Master!

Yoshinobu Kanemaru tells Hiromu, “You’ve brought up my name before. Before you challenge Sanada, let me challenge you for your title! Oi, you don’t have the right to decide. I WILL challenge you next!” Hiromu tells Sanada that before their match, he’ll take on Kanemaru with the belt on the line. “That sounds like a prize to me! What a trial! So I will beat Kanemaru, retain my title, and live my dream of becoming IWGP World and Junior Heavyweight Champion! You will then see the power and strength of LIJ!” Fans fire up for Hiromu, and a series of challenges has been set! Will the Timebomb survive?

Sanada tells Hiromu that now that business is done, Sanada is going to wrap the show, so please, get outta here. Hiromu takes his leave, and congratulates Just5Guys one more time. Sanada then asks the fans if they want to do “that.” The lights go down, the stars are out in full, and Sanada continues. “I want to say that this is my gift to you. But this is in truth your gift to me. Thank you. Did I make myself clear? Now, let me just do one thing. I love the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship more than anything. OI, RYOGOKU! See you next time!” Will Just5Guys  have even more gold the next time they are in town?


My Thoughts:

An awesome event for NJPW here, and it’s been a minute since we’ve had a Sakura Genesis. I did skip a bit, but I really should’ve gotten that Six Man of Tama, Hikuleo & Wato VS Bullet Club, because the biggest development wasn’t even Bullet Club winning. It was that El Phantasmo tried to stop David Finlay & Kenta from beating them all down! And that in turn got ELP kicked out of the Club! There was already tension with how Finlay went after Jay White and it blew over here. Though it was a little messed up they swerved us multiple times, with Kenta and Taiji Ishimori, ELP’s tag partner, turning on him. There won’t be a Bullet Club Civil War, but there could be ELP teaming with the Guerrillas of Destiny to go after Finlay’s Bullet Club.

The IWGP Women’s Championship Triple Threat was awesome stuff, especially for the pace of it. Mone winning made sense to help hook American fans for the Stardom show in a couple weeks, and Mayu Iwatani is a fitting choice, she’s been a big name in Stardom for a long time. No idea who wins, though, but that’ll be a really good match. ZSJ VS Shota was awesome stuff, and it came really close to that 15 minute limit. I was actually a little surprised Shota didn’t get it, but ZSJ snatching the win with that quick pin was a good way to keep Shota strong in losing. ZSJ still has tons of possibilities for challengers as he’s still just the inaugural champion.

Bishamon VS Aussie Open was also amazing, especially given how Fletcher kept fighting even after getting a pretty good cut on the side of his head. Aussie Open are the champions now and the Empire adds more gold to the collection. Great-O-Khan has the Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship, Francesco Akira & TJP still have the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, and Aussie Open has the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Ospreay is hurt but he’ll be back, probably going for the world title. Henare missed out on the KOPW title, and Cobb lost against Kenny Omega for the US Championship, but they could try for the NJPW World TV or NEVER Openweight Championship.

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight was also an awesome match, with Hiromu’s leg being a great part of story. But given the BOSJ is on the horizon, and Eagles only just returning, it makes sense Hiromu retained. Okada VS Sanada was also just an awesome match, lots of brutality from both guys to show how they’ve changed from before. I said on Monday that one, Sanada has proven himself worthy, and two, we could really explore this “Bully Okada” persona if he lost the title, and then we get Sanada winning! Sanada finally reaches the top and I’m very happy for him. And Hiromu VS Kanemaru before Hiromu VS Sanada, that is quite the set-up, can’t wait to see how that goes.

My Score: 9.1/10


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

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

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

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

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

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

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

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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Time to settle some scores!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

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

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

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

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

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

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

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

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

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

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

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

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

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

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

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

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

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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