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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/13/23)

Only the worthy reign!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Will the King of the Ropes become the champion of honor?

Claudio Castagnoli only defends the ROH World Championship against those who are worthy! Will Metalik prove his worth against the Swiss Superman?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mark Briscoe VS Ari Daivari w/ The Varsity Athletes; Briscoe wins.
  • Skye Blue VS Kelly Madan; Skye wins.
  • Mike Bennett w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin; Darius wins, by disqualification.
  • Wheeler Yuta VS Tracy Williams; Yuta wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata & Alex Coughlin VS The Workhorsemen; Shibata & Coughlin win.
  • Willow Nightingale VS Little Mean Kathleen; Willow wins.
  • Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Stu wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Ashley D’Amboise; Athena wins and denies Ashley a title opportunity.
  • ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Metalik; Claudio wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe VS Ari Daivari w/ The Varsity Athletes!

The Sussex County Chicken has been working to clear out Mark Sterling’s stable, and so far, that’s going his way. But will the streak continue as Mark continues to chase destiny? Or will Daivari Dinero be the one going for the gold?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Mark. The two circle, Daivari tells fans to shut up, and he ties up with Mark. Mark headlocks, Daivari powers out but Mark runs him over! Fans fire up, Mark runs in, Daivari drops and things keep moving. Mark drop toeholds and facelocks! Daivari powers Mark to a corner, then RAMS into him! Daivari whips corner to corner, Mark goes up and over and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Daivari goes to a corner, Mark CHOPS him! Mark bumps Daivari off buckles, CHOPS again, and fans fire up more. Mark drags Daivari up to suplex high and hard!

Daivari scrambles away, Josh Woods goes to check on him, but Mark builds speed. But Tony Nese trips Mark and drags him out! Nese sends mark into railing, then back into the ring. Nese plays innocent while Daivari stomps a mudhole into Mark! Fans boo but Daivari whips Mark to ropes. Daivari ELBOWS Mark down then covers, TWO! Daivari wraps on body scissors and a chinlock. Fans duel, “ARI!” “SUCKS!” Mark fights up, throws body shots, and he ROCKS Daivari! Mark runs, Daivari follows and RUNNING NECKBREAKERS! Daivari hurries to wrench, hammerlock and DDT! Cover, TWO!

Mark is hanging tough and Daivari is annoyed. Daivari drags Mark up, throws him out, and distracts the ref. Nese and Woods mug Mark! Fans boo but they put Mark in the ring. Daivari stalks Mark to a corner, stomps him, then hoists him up. Daivari CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Mark reverses, Daivari goes up and out and ROUNDHOUSES back! Daivari climbs, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Daivari grows frustrated, but he drags Mark up to scoop and SLAM! Fans rally up, Daivari goes up the corner, but now fans boo. Daivari FLYING SPLASHES but FLOPS as Mark moves!

Fans fire up with Mark, he CHOPS! CHOPS! And CHOPS! Mark fires off Redneck Kung-Fu palm strikes! Daivari goes to a corner, Mark clotheslines! Mark clinches, for the URENAGE! And then turns Daivari, for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mark calls his shot. Mark fireman’s carries but Daivari fights free. Daivari swings, but into a kick! Mark underhooks the arms but Sterling distracts! Nese & Woods drag Mark out to mug him! And send him into steel steps! But the ref sees that last part! The ref EJECTS the Varsity Athletes! Fans are all fired up! Nese & Woods get up, Mark DECKS each of them!

Daivari rolls Mark up! TWO! Mark kicks low, underhooks, and JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

But then the Varsity Athletes attack! Fans boo as Nese, Woods and even Sterling stomp away! They mug Mark, RAM him into a corner, and throw body shots. Sterling even gets some stomps in! But wait! Here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood fight off Nese and Woods and even Daivari! They KICK Daivari out, CLOBBER Woods, and Sterling is all alone! Sterling wants them all to hold on, and then his team get him outta there! Mark and his friends stand tall, will they tear down the Varsity Athletes together?

 

Eddie Kingston speaks.

“I’ma make this short and sweet. I’ve been dealing with a hernia injury. Well, I found out it was a hernia. I’ve been dealing with an injury since September. I make no excuses. I went into that match at Supercard of Honor with Claudio thinking I could bully that man around like I have in the past. I was wrong. My game plan was, I didn’t stick to it originally. I grabbed the head, I was gonna work the neck. I grabbed a leg, I was gonna hit those skinny legs. And then, y’know… It went back to what I know, which is just to fight.” Eddie felt like Arturo Gatti. Gatti would try to box, then get hit and go back to brawling.

Eddie says he’s not gonna front. Claudio was the better man that night. Claudio put a whooping on Eddie. Eddie is gonna need surgery for the hernia now because Claudio beat him that bad that he couldn’t sleep. Eddie felt like there was fingers pushing in on his balls and up into his gut. All because Claudio was tougher and more violent. Fans used to call Claudio “not aggressive enough,” and Eddie believed it like a mark. He should’ve known better. But Eddie sat there in his hotel room, alone, in pain, discomfort. And he thought about it. He’s still under AEW contract even though he’s in ROH. That’s inside baseball stuff.

But Eddie admits, Claudio was right. Eddie was ready to flip out, blame everyone else and quit. But Eddie remembers giving his heart to AEW. After he beat Cody Rhodes, he learned to win or learn. He forgot and went back to his old self, winning and losing. The only time you lose is when you don’t learn, but Eddie learned. Will he fail? Sure, he’s human. But like Sister Catherine told him, even when he was going through hell, his parents told him, keep going forward, keep fighting. That is the only way to progress. The Mad King is going to go forward. Not for anyone or even himself, but because he has no choice.

 

Skye Blue VS Kelly Madan!

In AEW, Chicago Skye has a fight on her hands against The Outcasts. But in ROH, she’s just moving up the rankings step by step. Will Skye take that next step and be headed for gold? Or will Skye fall and have to pick herself back up?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. They go around, Madan wrenches and wristlocks, but Skye spins and wrenches back. Skye hammerlocks, Kelly spins but Skye spins to keep the hold on her. Kelly keeps trying to escape but Skye keeps with her. Kelly reaches back, flying-mares free, and shakes out the arm. But she narrowly avoids a superkick! Skye mule kicks, Kelly blocks the superkick and spins, then Kelly ducks the buzzsaw! Roll-up, TWO! Kelly kicks Skye low, then hip drops her down! Kelly swivels her hips, brings Skye up and ROCKS her! Kelly CLAWS Skye’s back, whips her to a corner, then kicks and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Kelly grows annoyed but she stalks Skye. Kelly runs in but into an UPPERCUT! Skye BOOTS Kelly, runs in, and she hits a BIG clothesline! Kelly goes to ropes, Skye SHINING WIZARDS! Kelly blocks the superkick again, but this time the spin kick hits! Skye full nelsons, SKYE FALL! Cover, Skye wins!

Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall

Skye snatches the victory and keeps building that streak! Will Skye be next to meet the Fallen Goddess for the title?

 

Mike Bennett w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin!

The Kingdom can’t really settle things with Top Flight after Dante Martin went down with that ankle injury, but Boston Strong Style doesn’t mind beating up on the Air Wolf! Will Darius be able to stand alone? Or will Thy Kingdom Come?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Darius sees the cheap shot coming! Darius spins Mike, ENZIGURIS and follows him to the corner. Darius CHOPS and CHOPS, but Mike turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Darius turns things back around for more CHOPS! Mike returns the favor with more CHOPS! Darius has it turn around again! But then Mike headlocks and he grinds Darius down! Darius fights up, powers out, but Mike RAMS him! Darius rebounds to run Mike over! Things speed up, Darius DROPKICKS Mike out of the ring! Darius builds speed, slides, but Mike gets under!

Mike kicks low, whips, but Darius reverses! Mike hits railing, Darius runs in but Mike sends him out. Darius GAMANGIRIS back, goes up the railing, and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up and Darius puts Mike in the ring. Darius climbs a corner, but Taven distracts! Mike YANKS Darius right down! The Kingdom applauds, and then Mike puts Darius on the apron. Mike drags Darius up, reels him in, but Darius fights back. Mike ROCKS Darius, eggs him on, so Darius CHOPS! Mike CHOPS then talks trash! “FIGHT ME!” Mike CHOPS, Darius CHOPS! Mike SUPERKICKS! Mike fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!

Mike soaks up the heat while Maria mocks Darius’ pain. Mike drags Darius up and puts him in to cover, TWO! Fans rally for Darius but Mike stomps him down. Mike drags Darius up, throws him back out, and then soaks up more heat. Mike goes out but Darius hits back. Mike CLUBS Darius, whips, but Darius reverses. Mike rebounds off ropes, Darius dodges to get in the ring! Darius builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Darius puts Mike in the ring, but Mike ROLLING ELBOWS! Mike runs, but Darius follows and LARIATS! And forearms! And ENZIGURIS! Mikes taggers to a corner!

Darius runs in but Mike dodges. Mike returns, into an ELBOW! Darius goes up and over, keeps moving, whips and STANDING SPANISH FLIES! Cover, TWO!! Mike survives but Darius drags him up again. Darius reels Mike in, but Taven just CLOBBERS Darius!

Winner: Darius Martin, by disqualification

Fans boo as Taven rains down fists on Darius! The Kingdom wasn’t gonna let Top Flight beat them again, even at just 1v1! But wait! Here comes ACTION ANDRETTI! Action runs off The Kingdom and fans fire up! Action helps Darius stand, and we might see this end in tag team action after all! Will the Kingdom fall to this new high-flying force?

 

Wheeler Yuta VS Tracy Williams!

Blackpool Combat Club has been beating up everyone from AEW to ROH, and the Decoder wants to show he’s worthy of getting back to gold. Will Yuta bust Tracy open like BCC did The Elite? Or will the Hot Sauce be too hot to handle?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Yuta and Tracy tie up, and Yuta wrenches to a wristlock. Yuta wrangles Tracy, Tracy gets up, Yuta hammerlocks but Tracy headlocks then turns it around to an armlock. Tracy wrangles Yuta with a top wristlock but Yuta claws at the eyes! Tracy gets a leg to STOMP the foot! Tracy has a toehold but Yuta kicks him away. Yuta leaps but Tracy rolls him up! TWO, Tracy wants the head but Yuta slips free. Yuta gets a leg, Tracy kicks him away, but Yuta springboards. Tracy turns arm-drag into ARMBAR! Yuta clasps hands, but Tracy CLUBS the grip apart! ARMBAR!

Yuta stacks Tracy, and stands on Tracy’s face! Yuta then STOMPS Tracy in return! Yuta snarls, drags Tracy up, but Tracy ROCKS Yuta! Yuta rewinds in the ropes to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta rains down HAMMER FISTS! Fans fire up with Yuta, and Yuta drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tracy goes to a corner, but Yuta storms up. Yuta CHOPS and then gets a leg. Yuta trips Tracy, steps through, and ties up the legs. Yuta taunts Tracy and Tracy CHOSP! Yuta nods and SLAPS Tracy. Tracy ROCKS Yuta, Yuta ROCKS Tracy! Tracy CHOPS Yuta, Yuta ROCKS Tracy! They brawl, then Yuta drops back for the BRIDGING DEATHLOCK!

Tracy endures, fights around, ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets go and soaks up the cheers and jeers. Yuta CHOPS Tracy against ropes, CHOPS him again, then CHOPS again! Tracy snarls, shoves, but Yuta ducks the chop to knee low. Yuta whips but Tracy reverses to CHOP! And then leg capture SAIDO! Fans fire up, Tracy runs in to clothesline Yuta in the corner! Tracy CHOPS, then facelocks. But Yuta RAMS Tracy into the corner! Yuta ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat, but then Tracy ELBOWS him! Tracy goes up, but Yuta GAMANGIRIS! Yuta climbs up, but Tracy gets his head! TOP BUCKLE DDT! And a LARIAT! And a suplex, to BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Tracy has the CROSSFACE!! Yuta endures, reaches out, moves around, rolls Tracy up, TWO! Tracy lets go, and Yuta ROCKS him! Tracy ROCKS Yuta! Yuta ROCKS Tracy! They go back and forth and fans fire up! Tracy gets the edge, but Yuta BITES Tracy’s forehead! Tracy blocks the kick, Yuta ducks the discus to SAIDO! Tracy staggers up, into the OLYMPIC SLAM! And then the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Yuta traps the arms, for the DRAGON SLEEPER! Tracy is caught, he verbally quits! Yuta wins!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by submission

Yuta has a wild look in his eyes as he holds on a little longer! Yuta lets go, and he is all fired up. Will this new level of intensity be what Yuta needs to get back in title contention?

 

Darius Martin & Action Andretti speak.

Darius says “The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. And I’m not crazy.” How many times did The Kingdom think Darius would let things repeat? Darius is a man with a plan and that plan is in Action. Action says the Kingdom thought they could pull a fast one without Dante around. To hell with that! Action has been in that situation, he knows how bad it sucks. So he had to have Darius’ back! And now, they’re challenging The Kingdom! Watch your throne, boys, because there are some new kings in town!

 

Katsuyori Shibata & Alex Coughlin VS The Workhorsemen!

The Wrestler brings along one of his LA Dojo graduates in The Android to show NJPW is strong in the US! Will they be too strong for JD Drake & Anthony Henry?

The Code of Honor is upheld though with some tension. The teams sort out and Shibata starts against Henry. They circle, fans rally for “SHI-BA-TA!” as he and Henry feel this out. Henry drops, but Shibata shifts around him. Henry switches but Shibata switches back, they clinch on the mat, and Shibata stays on top. Shibata gets a leg but Henry goes for one, too. Shibata slips free, now Henry chases. They roll, Henry gets a chinlock but Shibata gets to ropes. Henry doesn’t let go, Shibata slips free and they stand. They feel out the grapple, Shibata waistlocks but Henry wrenches. Shibata rolls and the two stand off!

Fans applaud the exchange as the two reset. Shibata knees low, snapmares and kicks, but Henry ducks it! Henry SOBATS, snapmares, but Shibata blocks the kick! Shibata trips Henry and ties him up in a FIGURE FOUR! Henry endures, JD storms in, KOKESHI! Shoutout to Honma and Henry gets away. Henry tags JD, Shibata tags Coughlin. Fans fire up as the two RAM! JD CHOPS, Coughlin CHOPS, repeat! Then they go to forearms! JD headlocks, Coughlin powers out but JD wrenches and ROCKS Coughlin! JD wrenches, Coughlin rolls and handsprings to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as JD stands!

JD swings, misses, and Coughlin SAIDOS! Henry returns, but into a clinch! Henry BELL CLAPS, but Coughlin ROCKS him! Coughlin runs but JD is there to RAM him! Henry hooks Coughlin up, BOOT LEG SWEEP COMBO! And then KOKESHI! Cover, ONE!! JD drags Coughlin up, ROCKS him, and has him in the corner. JD CHOPS Couglin and tags Henryt. Henry runs in to ROCK and CHOP Coughlin, but Coughlin just gets in Henry’s face. Coughlin CHOPS, but Henry SOBATS! Henry gets a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Henry keeps Coughlin from reaching Shibata, and he tags JD in.

Henry snap suplexes, JD slingshot SENTONS! The Workhorsemen copy Shibata with the cross-leg stance! JD kicks Coughlin around, but Coughlin CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD shoves and SPLASHES Coughlin, to then BELLY2BELLY! And then VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! JD KICKS Coughlin in the back! Tag to Henry, and the Workhorsemen mug Coughlin. Henry snapmares, KICKS him in the back, and taunts Shibata. Henry KICKS and KICKS, and we see Shane Taylor watching. Coughlin CHOPS and CHOPS, but Henry shoves him back. JD gets a cheap shot in, but Coughlin DECKS JD!

Henry shoves Coughlin out of the ring, sucker punches Shibata, and JD pops Coughlin off ropes to DECK him! JD puts Coughlin in and Henry climbs up! Henry DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives, but Henry steps through for a toehold! Then a butterfly deathlock! Henry mocks Shibata with the bridge! Fans rally for Coughlin as he endures! Coughlin reaches out, but Shibata gets in to STOMP Henry! And then he stomps Coughlin?! Shibata is showing his student tough love, or at least stern motivation. Henry swings on Shibata, but ends up in a SLEEPER! Feed to Coughlin for the suplex!

Henry slips free, but Coughlin switches,. Henry throws elbows, Coughlin lifts Henry, but Henry hits a flying mare! Henry has the headlock but Coughlin headscissors. Henry moves around, pops free, and he’s right on the legs again! Henry throws forearms but Coughlin SLAPS! And basement suplexes! Coughlin stands to bring this up! Fans are thunderous for the one-legged SLAM! Hot tag to Shibata! Shibata BOOTS JD! He whips Henry to a corner and BOOTS! Then Shibata rains down forearms! Shibata goes corner to corner and back again, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shane is still watching, looking intrigued.

Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Shibata clamps onto Henry with a chinlock! JD storms in to CHOP Shibata’s back! Shibata lets Henry go, to DECK JD! But Henry trips Shibata into the SLEEPER! Shibata rolls back, to get the SLEEPER! JD is back, Shibata runs in, but gets a BOOT URENAGE COMBO! Cover, Coughlin breaks it! Fans fire up, but JD CHOPS! JD throws Coughlin out, goes to the apron, but Coughlin sweeps the legs! Coughlin gut wrenches to SLAM JD!! Henry is stunned and the fans are thunderous! Henry sees Shibata and swings forearms! Shibata just leans into the shots! Shibata ROKCS Henry, and has the SLEEPER!

Shibata sits Henry down, runs, PENALTY KICK! Cover, Shibata & Coughlin win!!

Winners: Katsuyori Shibata & Alex Coughlin, by pinfall

The #WrestlingAndroids took out the Workhorsemen, and Shibata shows them how to sit cross legged. And then Coughlin shakes hands with his sensei, and says he wants a shot at the Pure Championship! Shibata says challenge accepted! Will Big Bad Shaney T be waiting on the other side of that fight?

 

Willow Nightingale VS Little Mean Kathleen!

Positivity clashes with negativity in a battle of strong forces in the ROH Women’s Division. Will Willow fight her way back up? Or will we all see Kathleen is more than a little mean?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two cirlce. They tie up, Willow waistlocks but LMK fights it. Willow headlocks, LMK stomps a foot and BITES Willow’s fingers! the ref rerpiamnds but Willow scoops to SLAM! Willow can’t even, and she stalks LMK to ropes. Willow whips, LMK reverses but Willow cartwheels. LMK ducks, runs, but into a scoop! LMK slips free, and she CLOBBERS Willow in the corner! LMK fires fast hands, then goes corner to corner. Fans fire up for the FURIOUS STOMPS! LMK has Rhode Island on her side, and she SPLASHES, but onto knees!

LMK goes to the far side, Willow runs in to back body block, then clothesline! Willow BOOTS LMK, and brings down the straps! Fans fire up, Willow scoops LMK, for the OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale

The Code of Honor is still upheld, and Willow is on a roll! Will this momentum help her finally get a title?

 

Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling!

The Dark Order’s Player Number 2 is ready to play! But will this be another victory for the man born and bred for combat? Or will the Premier Athlete take him to the limit?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. Stu chases Nese around the ring but Nese gets in ropes for defense. Nese then sucker punches Stu! Nese whips, Stu reverses, Nese KICKS but Stu RANAS! Stu catches Nese, clinches and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Fans fire up, Stu runs in, but he blocks Nese’s boot! Stu sweeps the leg! No mercy in this dojo! Slingshot SENTON to the apron! Stu warns Sterling then goes back to Nese. Nese runs in, Stu dodges and clotheslines Nese up and out! Stu then FLIES! Direct hit and he even lands on his feet! Fans are thunderous but Sterling can’t even!

Stu drags Nese up, puts him in the ring, and Stu climbs up a corner. Stu leaps to avoid Nese hitting the ropes! Stu ROCKS Nese, jumps up, but Nese BLASTS him away! Stu falls and hits the railing! Uno checks on Stu but Nese goes out and pushes Uno aside! Fans boo, Nese drags Stu up, and Nese RAMS Stu into railing! Nese talks trash on the fans, puts Stu back in the ring, and paces around. Nese clamps on a chinlock and he gives crossface forearms! Nese then wraps on the body scissors! Stu endures the squeeze, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Nese lets go to haul Stu up and ROCK him!

Nese whips corner to corner hard, but runs into an ELBOW! Stu goes up, but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese then adjusts, climbs up, only for Stu to SUPER GOURD BUSTER! Stu FLYING SUNSETS, but Nese rolls through to HEADSHOT SOBAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for “STU! STU! STU!” but Nese mocks Stu. Nese pie faces him, but Stu CHOPS! Nese BOOTS Stu down! Stu CHOPS! Fans chant “TONY SUCKS!” but Nese BOOTS Stu again. Nese soaks up the heat, but Stu CHOPS again! Nese ROCKS Stu! Stu glares at Nese…! Nese throws more forearms, but Stu just backs him down.

Nese SOBATS again! Fans boo, Nese runs, but Stu CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! And URENAGES! Fans fire up and Stu runs to LION-SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but Stu stalks him. Nese holds ropes to stop the lift, but Stu CLUBS him! Stu torture racks, Nese slips off and slides under! Pump handle and scoop, but Stu slips free to fireman’s carry. SWINGING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives and surprises Stu, but Stu takes aim. Stu runs in, but Nese bails out! Fans boo but Stu drags Nese up the ropes by his beard! Sterling complains, Stu suplexes and he holds Nese up!

Nese slips free to throat chop! Nese runs with Stu, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! And then PREMIER TRIANGLE but Stu gets clear! Nese keeps moving, but Stu dodges to waistlock! Nese grabs ropes again and he RAMS Stu into buckles! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO!! Stu escapes and both men hurry up. Stu goes Matrix to dodge! PELE! Nese staggers and fans fire up! Stu roars, builds speed, and he RUNNING KNEES! Stu slashes his throat, time to finish him! Torture rack, for the NIGHTFALL! Cover, Stu wins!

Winner: Stu Grayson, by pinfall

Nese may have an eight pack, but now he has a bad back! Wait, the Righteous are here again! They did this exact thing at Supercard of Honor, and now they’re ruining the Dark Order’s celebration. They are looking right at Stu, and are applauding. Do Dutch & Vincent expect Player 2 to be their third man?

 

The Righteous speak.

“Turn away~, turn away~!” POWER! The Dark Order has power, they’ve been here since the beginning. But it seems like they’ve become a shell of their former selves. Vincent says when Stu left, the Dark Order carried on with a smile on their face. And when Stu wanted to come back, the Dark Order smiled and opened the pearly gates to welcome him back in., But one who is born and bred for combat is just trapped in a cage. Maybe, just maybe, The Righteous have the keys. Dutch knows what Stu is thinking, but he’s wrong. The Righteous doesn’t wanna hurt Stu. They wanna keep Stu! Get what they’re saying?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Ashley D’Amboise!

The Fallen Goddess finds ways to break her opponents and hold onto this title, so that means she needs more challengers! Will the #JackedBarbie be harder to break than the names Athena’s already crossed off the list? Or will the only thing being proven here is that Athena’s mean streak goes on forever?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The clock is ticking as the two tie up. Athena waistlocks, Ashley wrenches free, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Athena wristlocks, Ashley rolls and handsprings and cartwheels to arm-drag! And another arm-drag! And a DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Ashley, but Athena SHOTGUNS her down! Athena SHOTGUNS again, and again! And again! Athena runs to SHOTGUN a fifth time! Athena drags Ashley up but Ashley hits back with body shots. Athena CLUBS Ashley down, KICKS her to the corner, then digs her boot in.

The ref counts, Athena lets off, then brings Ashley onto ropes. Athena CHOKES Ashley, waves to the fans, and fans are torn. The ref counts, Athena lets off at 4 to argue with the ref. Athena drags Ashley up but Ashley fires forearms! Athena SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Athena drags Ashley up, wrenches and traps an arm, and then has a neck wrench. Athena fishhooks Ashley’s mouth! The ref counts, Athena stops that, and Ashley throws elbows into Athena’s legs! Roll-up, TWO! Athena staggers up and she’s mad now. Athena storms up on Ashely, UPPERCUTS, then whips corner to corner.

Athena runs in but Ashley goes up and over! Ashley rolls, staggers, and Athena is on her. Athena wrenches but Ashley kicks! Athena ducks but Ashley hits a LEG LARIAT! And a regular LARIAT! And another! Fans fire up with Ashley, she wrenches and fireman’s carries, for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Ashley climbs, but Athena goes after her! They brawl, and Athena TOSSES Ashley to the apron! Athena then runs to WRECK Ashley with a dropkick! Fans fire up, Athena builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit! Ashley staggers up, Athena DECKS her! Athena RAMS Ashley into railing!

Athena drags Ashley up to TOSS her to the ramp! Ashley goes to steel steps, Athena runs in to KNEE her against them! Athena puts Ashley in the ring, climbs up the corner, and grins as she takes aim. O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies Ashley D’Amboise a title match)

Ashley lasted longer than perhaps even Athena thought, but the champ still wins. Athena then TOSSES Ashley out! No Code of Honor in the end, the Fallen Goddess only respects herself. Will anyone ever end her reign of terror?

 

Backstage interview with Ashley D’Amboise.

Lexi Nair notes Ashley fell short in that Proving Grounds match. Is she at least proud of her efforts? Uh, oui, yes. But Ashley was hoping for more honor. This was more like Ring of Anger. Athena SUCKER PUNCHES Ashley! Lexi calls for help but Athena says this is the level of garbage she gets week after week! Athena is the Goddess, the Alpha and the GATEKEEPER of the ROH Women’s Division! She wants real competition, not these porcelain trash bag hussies! If not, Lexi’s next! Lexi better watch this. Athena brings Ashley over, places the belt on a road case, and SMASHES Ashley’s face on it! Athena laughs, and says, “Welcome to ROH, b*tch.”

Athena may be having fun now, but will someone finally humble her?

 

ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Metalik!

The Swiss Superman, the King of the Ropes, for the first ever! But with the level of ability and brutality Claudio shows, will Metalik stand a chance? Or will no one else be “worthy” of this world title?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a champion beats a king!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Claudio powers Metalik back, and then pushes Metalik around. Metalik pushes back! Fans fire up as Metalik eggs Claudio on! Claudio and Metalik circle, tie up, and Claudio throws Metalik, but Metalik lands on his feet! Claudio shoves Metalik down, then yanks Metalik up by his legs, but Metalik arm-drags Claudio away! Fans fire up as the two stand off! Claudio and Metalik circle, feel things out, knuckle lock, and Claudio goes for an arm. Claudio also facelocks, brings Metalik down, headlocks, but Metalik fights up. Claudio just holds on tighter!

Metalik powers up and powers out, but Claudoi runs him over! Cover, ONE! Claudio digs a knee into Metalik’s head, brings him around and chinlocks. Metalik endures, fans rally up, and Metalik powers out. Things speed up, Metlaik leaps but into Cluadio’s arms! Metalik slips free, rolls and comes back to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Metalik runs in, Claudio pops him up but Metalik FLYING RANAS! Fans fire up as Claudio bails out! Metalik runs in, but goes to the apron as Claudio runs away. Fans cheer as Metalik CANNONBALLS, but Claudio catches him! ALLEY-OOP BOMB onto the apron!

Claudio soaks up the cheers and jeers, and he fetches Metalik. Claudio puts Metalik in the ring, takes his time returning, and drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Claudio clamps onto Metalik with a ground stretch. Claudio chinbars but fans rally up. Metalik fights up, throws hands, but Claudio shoves to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Metalik is still in this but Claudio snarls. Metalik goes to a corner, Claudio runs in to UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps close to Metalik, and he has a top wristlock! Fans rally, Metalik endures and Metalik fights up. Metalik throws hands!

Metalik CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Claudio throws hands! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm! Claudio knees low, whips, but Metalik tilt-o-whirls to CRADLE! TWO!! Claudio BOOTS Metalik to the corner! Claudio stomps a mudhole in, but he lets off as the ref counts. Claudio drags Metalik up, suplexes him high and hard, then covers. TWO, and Claudio grows annoyed. Claudio sits Metalik up to KNEE him in the back! And then he drops a knee on the side! Claudio grabs an arm and bends it back. Metalik endures, but Claudio gets a leg to make it a partial Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Fans rally up, Metalik fights up!

Metalik throws body shots but Claudio knees low! Claudio whips Metalik to a corner, runs in, but Metalik drop toeholds him into buckles! Metalik runs, Claudio puts him on the apron, but Metalik GAMANGIRIS! Metalik springboards in to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Metalik! Metalik rallies with LARIATS, but Claudio stays up! Metalik LARAITS, but Claudio roars! But Metalik blocks the punch! Metalik knuckle locks, CHOPS, but Claudio HEADBUTTS! Claudio knuckle locks, throws Metalik and hits an STO! But Metalik blocks the cover to go up and SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as both men are down!

Both men stir, fans rally up, and Claudio bails out again. Metalik builds speed to ESCALARA!! Fans fire up again and Metalik stands back up. Metalik pushes Claudio into the ring, springboards and SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives but he sputters from that impact. Metalik hurries after Claudio but Claudio fights the fireman’s carry. Claudio bends Metalik’s arm, and HEADBUTTS him! Claudio whips Metalik to a corner, Metalik dodges! Metalik SUPERKICKS! Metalik runs, goes around the corner, and leaps, but Claudio blocks! Claudio brings Metalik up but Metalik sunset flips! TWO!!! Fans fire up as Claudio escapes!

Both men slowly sit up and fans rally. Metalik stomps Claudio to a drop zone and goes up the corner. Metalik MOONSUALTS into boots!! Claudio runs in, to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Metalik survives and shocks Claudio! Claudio drags Metalik up, UPPERCUTS him, then UPPERCUTS again and again, from all sides! Metalik wobbles into more shots! Claudio hoists Metalik up top, ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. Metalik fights back! Claudio still lifts Metalik, but Metalik fights free! Metalik GAMANGIRIS! Claudio wobbles, Metalik goes back up, TIGHTROPE SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Fans can’t believe it but Claudio survives! The fans rally and Metalik goes to a corner again. Metalik climbs, tightrope walks, for the ELBOW into knees!! Claudio saves himself, and he clamps on a CROSSFACE! Metalik crawls, reaches out, but Claudio rolls him away! But Metalik turns it to a cover! TWO, ghost pin! TWO, UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Claudio is furious but the count was fair! Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Metalik is a ragdoll, and Claudio GOTCH NEUTRALIZERS!!! Cover, Claudio wins!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)

Claudio still shakes the hand of The King of the Ropes to keep the Code of Honor. The Swiss Superman continues to determine who is worthy, so who will be next?


My Thoughts:

A really good ROH, but I think this was the shortest episode yet, at around 90 minutes. One thing that was a little weird to me, that they did three times, was having backstage promos from people we just saw in the match segments. In the case of The Righteous, just have Dutch & Vincent say all that on stage with mics. In the case of Darius & Action, have them get mics to call out The Kingdom in the ring. In the case of Athena jumping Ashley, swap the women’s matches so that Proving Grounds is second on the card, and Athena jumping Ashley happens after Skye VS Kelly. Though, at least all the matches were good. Good win for Stu, good win for Darius, good win for Skye and Willow, and good showing for Ashley even in losing to Athena.

Really good match from Mark VS Daivari, good win for Mark, and good save by FTR. Though, thinking about it, why not Lucha Brothers? They have history with The Varsity Athletes, after all. Though, I guess they want to keep the Lucha Brothers out of things so they can have an ROH Tag Team Championship story. We’ll definitely get a Six Man Tag now, and I would think Mark & FTR win and leave The Varsity Athletes behind. Just not sure to what end. Another reason Mark should’ve beat Samoa Joe for the TV title. And good match from Yuta VS Tracy, and I figured Yuta would go over. Maybe he fights his way to a rematch with Shibata.

Speaking of which, great tag match from Shibata & Coughlin VS Workhorsemen. Great showing from JD & Henry, but of course Shibata & Coughlin win. Coughlin politely challenging Shibata to a title match is great, but I also like that Shane Taylor is eyeing Shibata. Coughlin will end up being Shibata’s first defense that Shibata will of course win so that he gets one under his belt. Shibata VS Shane could be some great stuff, a real test for Shibata, and who knows who wins that.

Nice to hear from Eddie Kingston, and a shame to hear about the hernia. Let’s all hope all goes well, that he gets well soon and comes back fast. Claudio VS Metalik was a great main event, fans really got behind Metalik, though they still liked Claudio enough. He and the BCC really play up Heel on AEW but fans still appreciate how great Claudio is in the ring. As such, Claudio of course wins to get another defense under his belt. Who knows who steps up to face him next, but there’s a chance Claudio wins then, too.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

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

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

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

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

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

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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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