Will the Fallen Goddess freeze up?
The ROH Women’s World Champion is still looking for worthy competition, so she takes on Lady Frost in a Proving Grounds match! Who stays ice cold while the heat is on?
- ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Lady Frost; Athena wins and denies Frost a title opportunity.
- Rush & Preston Vance w/ Jose VS The Infantry; Rush & Vance win.
- Best Friends VS Joe Ocasio & Mookie Summers; Best Friends win.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Leon Ruffin; Cage wins.
- The Dark Order VS The Trustbusters; The Dark Order wins.
- Diamante VS Skye Blue; Skye wins.
- Rocky Romero VS Lee Moriarty w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey; Moriarty wins.
- Gringo Loco VS Blake Christian; Blake wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Lady Frost!
The Fallen Goddess keeps knocking down those put in front of her, and she doesn’t look to be stopping any time soon! Will the ten minute time limit be more than enough to eclipse another challenger? Or will her hot streak finally be cooled off by The Coolest Wrestler You’ll Ever Meet?
The Code of Honor is upheld but with tension as Athena is annoyed with the fans. The bell rings and we’re on the clock as the two circle. They approach, Frost gets around to a waistlock but Athena switches to headlock. Fans rally for Frost but Athena hits a headlock takeover. “Frost who?!” Frost still fights to a headscissor but Athena shrugs it off. They stand, Frost powers out, but Athena wrenches and whips. Frost ducks ‘n’ handsprings but Athena dodges. Athena runs but Frost dodges the shotgun! Athena swings, Frost dodges and handsprings again, to headscissor Athena to a corner!
Fans fire up with Frost and she RAMS into Athena! And RAMS in again! Frost whips corner to corner, Athena reverses but Frost goes up, only for Athena to KICK her out of the air! Athena throws Frost into ropes and Frost falls back, Athena SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed and she kicks Frost in the side. Athena digs a knee into Frost’s back and bends her backwards with the chinlock, but Frost endures so Athena throws her down. Athena stomps Frost to the corner while fans boo. Frost pushes Athena but Athena CLUBS her down! Athena pie faces Frost, pushes her around, and laughs at her.
Frost throws body shots! Fans rally as Frost fires off, runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Athena bends Frost with a backbreaker rack but Frost still endures. Frost throws hands but Athena scoops her for a GUTBUSTER! Fans rally for Frost as she crawls to a corner, but Athena storms up. Athena stands Frost up but Frost forearms! Athena forearms back, but Frost gets the edge! Frost kicks a leg out, Athena ducks the buzzsaw but the HEEL KICK gets her on the return! Athena goes to a corner, Frost runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Frost sits Athena down, goes corner to corner, handspring CANNONBALL!
Frost puts Athena in the drop zone, goes up the corner, but Athena gest up to trip her up! Frost falls into a Tree of Woe, and Athena KICKS away on her back! Athena then BENDS Frost against ropes in a Tree of Woe Camel Clutch variant! The ref counts, Athena lets go to argue with the ref. Athena then goes back to Frost, drags her up, and she taunts her. Athena slaps Frost around, but Frost shoves back and SCREW HIGH KICKS! Frost puts Athena back in the drop zone, goes back up top, and fans fire up for the TWISTING MOONSAULT! But Athena flounders to ropes! Frost grabs at Athena as fans rally up!
Athena holds the ropes, Frost YANKS her up, but Athena lands on her feet to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies Frost a title match)
The Fallen Goddess rains down fists on Frost as payback for pushing her so far! Athena runs the ref off, gets the title belt, and SMASHES Frost on it! Athena grins then snarls, her mean streak growing along with her win streak. Will anyone ever stop her reign of terror?
The Kingdom speaks.
Mike Bennett says, “This… This is Ring of Honor. This was built on respect. On honor. Those three letters, they mean something to us.” Matt Taven says, “Final Battle was supposed to be our moment, it was supposed to be our rematch against The Briscoes for the titles that we lost against them in 2001. We finally came back to a new era of honor, and we’re not given what we deserve. Instead, we got Top Flight.” Mike says this is about family and the place THEY built. Mike is “sick and tired of watching these little kids like Top Flight and Action Andretti showing up and using OUR company as a step stool. At every chance they get, they steal OUR moment!”
Taven says instead, they got disrespected! And at Supercard, when it was their moment to show respect to their friend, Top Flight took that from them, too! It was their time to #ReachForTheSky and take back what is theirs, but EVERY team in that match stole that from them. As long as they live, they’ll never get that moment back. Maria says Jay Briscoe gave Maria respect! Jay gave Maria the revival of her career. So for someone to take moments away from The Kingdom, that is something she will NEVER forget. The trend of teaching Melvins lessons is going to continue until they get revenge on every team that was in that ladder match!
They are the Kingdom, and that means something to them. When they built this kingdom, no one respected them. There was no honor for the Kingdom, but they built up brick by brick what they are today. And all the teams they’ve faced along the way, from the Young Bucks to the Briscoes, they’re part of that kingdom. Of Maria’s Kingdom! When you talk about ROH, you’re really talking about something The Kingdom built. So whoever they face in the new era, they will be taught what ROH means. If you don’t give The Kingdom the honor they deserve, the Kingdom will take it! The Kingdom will show you what it means to be part of ROH!
This is the OGK, put respect on the names! Everyone else is a stepping stone in their kingdom! They are OGK, they are The Kingdom, but will they soon be tag team champions?
Rush & Preston Vance w/ Jose VS The Infantry!
El Toro Blanco y Perro Perigroso are representing for La Faccion Ingobernable, looking to make ROH tranquilo. Will they succeed in their mission? Or will Carlie Bravo & Captain Shawn Dean march up the ranks of the ROH Tag Division?
LFI fist bumps, and Vance starts against Carlie. Carlie offers the Code of Honor handshake, but Vance just flips him off and RAMS him into the corner! Vance lets off, to CHOP! Vance mocks the salute, takes a bow, but turns around into CHOP after CHOP from Carlie! ROLLING ELBOW! Carlie runs, but Vance BOOTS him down! Vance again raises the fist for LFI, and fans rally up. Vance bumps Carlie off buckles, CHOPS, then stomps away! Vance whips Carlie corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Then whip the other way, for another clothesline! And then back the other way, but Carlie BOOTS back!
Carlie runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Vance raises the fist again, then sucker punches Dean! Fans boo but Vance just soaks up the heat. Vance drags Carlie up, and into the TOP TEN FULL NELSON! Carlie endures, but Dean trips up Rush! Dean then gets in to RAM Vance! Dean CHOPS! The Infantry DOUBLE CHOP! They double whip, Vance breaks through the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans rally, Vance puts Carlie in a corner and Dean in the other. Vance runs in to clothesline Dean! Vance runs corner to corner to CHOP! Vance raises the fist again, Dean staggers into the DISCUS LARIAT!
Carlie kicks low! Carlie runs, but into the DISCUS LARIAT! Vance covers, but he sits Carlie up!? Vance says his “hermano” Rush is getting his turn! Vance puts Carlie in a corner, tags Rush in, and fans rally up as Rush runs, for the BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: Rush & Preston Vance, by pinfall
Vance proved he is truly a dangerous dog, and he drags Dean in to put beside Carlie. LFI stands tall over them, will LFI hunt down those ROH Tag Team Championships?
Best Friends VS Joe Ocasio & Mookie Summers!
Trent Beretta & Chuck Taylor are trying to get up to some gold to match with Orange Cassidy, and now they’re battling in the ROH Tag Division! Will they find themselves climbing those ranks against The Undeniable and The American Draco?
The Code of Honor is skipped as Trent starts with Joe. They tie up, Trent puts Joe in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Joe sucker punches him! Joe stands Trent up to ROCK him with a right, then fire off body shots! Joe talks trash as he gets in Trent’s face, then wrenches and whips corner to corner. Trent hits buckles but comes back with a BUSAIKU KNEE! Joe staggers up, Trent reels him in, SAIDO! Trent stalks Joe, stands him up, and fires forearms and CHOPS! Trent fires off more forearms, the ref counts as he has Joe on the ropes, and Trent lets off. Fans fire up, Trent runs in and SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring!
Tag to Chuck and Chuck whips Joe into railing! Joe hits hard then flops down, and Chuck puts Joe back in the ring. Chuck then CLOBBERS Joe, and fans fire up as he flexes. Tag to Mookie, he dodges Chuck to ROLLING ELBOW! Mookie runs, into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! The Kentucky Gentleman isn’t gentle at all! Joe runs in to sucker punch Chuck, but Trent gets in to DECK Joe! And then, PILEDRIVER! Joe writhes, Chuck brings him up, for another PILEDRIVER! The Best Friends then focus on Mookie, Electric Chair and Trent climbs, DOOMSDAY KNEE-VICE! Cover, Best Friends win!
Winners: Best Friends, by pinfall
The Code of Honor is upheld in the end as Trent shakes Joe’s hand, then shakes Mookie’s hand. Chuck follows suit, and then Best Friends HUG! You GOT to give- Oh, wait, wrong brand. But will Best Friends get what they want in an ROH Tag Team Championship match?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Leon Ruffin!
The Machine has been on a run, especially as part of the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions. But will he continue to win for the Mogul Embassy? Or can the undeterred underdog find a way to stop the Path of Cage?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Cage RAMS Ruffin right into a corner! Cage RAMS into Ruffin again and again, then CHOPS! Ruffin staggers to a corner and Cage stalks him. Cage whips Ruffin corner to corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Cage wrenches, clinches, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Fans fire up and Cage flexes. Nana says Cage is the man! Cage drags Ruffin up, whips him to ropes, but Ruffin ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ tilt-o-whirls, but Cage blocks! Cage suplexes Ruffin, carries him around, but Ruffin throws knees! Cage still holds Ruffin up so Ruffin keeps throwing knees!
Ruffin finally gets free, waistlocks, but Cage elbows free! Cage whips, Ruffin goes up and out, and Cage runs in, into a GAMANGIRI! Ruffin goes up and up and CROSSBODIES, but Cage catches him with ease! Cage does some bicep curls, before the POWERSLAM! Cage says Ruffin’s done! Cage toys with Ruffin, flexes, and then brings Ruffin back up. Cage fireman’s carries, for the F- DDT!! Ruffin turns things around on Cage and Nana freaks out! Ruffin goes to the apron, Cage runs in, into another GAMANGIRI! Ruffin goes up and around and under, but still gets caught! Ruffin throws elbows, but Cage back suplexes!
Ruffin lands on his feet! Ruffin then leapfrogs over Cage, goes up the corner, to FLYING CUTTER! Fans fire up with Ruffin and Nana is freaking out even more! Ruffin aims at Cage from the corner, runs in, into a LARIAT!! Cage drags Ruffin back up, to POWERBOMB! Deadlift POWER BREAKER!! And then the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Ruffin taps, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by submission
The Machine made the underdog pay for fighting so hard, and Nana mockingly shakes Ruffin’s hand. Will anything stop Cage and the entire Mogul Embassy from ruling ROH?
The Dark Order VS The Trustbusters w/ Slim J!
Evil Uno & Stu Grayson aren’t sweating The Righteous always creeping around, they just want to go for tag title gold. Will they start on that journey in the Steel City? Or will Sonny Kiss & Jeeves Kay make that money for Daivari Dinero?
But wait, speaking of The Righteous, they make their way out now! They have chairs, but just to sit on stage and watch this. Jeeves takes advantage of this distraction and blindsides Uno! The bell rings as Jeeves kicks Uno and stomps away! Stu protests but there’s nothing he can do as Jeeves stands Uno up to UPPERCUT! Jeeves whips, Uno reverses but Jeeves slides to DROPKICK! Jeeves UPPERCUTS in the corner, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Jeeves keeps on Uno with another snapmare, then he tags in Kiss. Kiss slingshots to SPLIT on Uno! Cover, TWO!
Kiss taunts Stu, Stu gives the trash talk back, and Kiss handsprings to SLAP Uno! Tag to Jeeves, Jeeves taunts Stu now, then Jeeves runs in, into a BOOT! Uno ELBOWS Kiss, ROCKS Jeeves, repeat! Uno reaches for Stu but Jeeves holds him back! Uno powers forward, but Kiss runs in to jump on Uno with a SLEEPER! Uno still stays up, SNAP SUPLEX SENTON COMBO! Fans fire up as Uno crawls away from the Trustbusters, hot tag to Stu! Stu rallies on the Trustbusters, spins Kiss to an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly then kips up! Fans fire up, Jeeves CHOPS, but Stu doesn’t flinch. Jeeves CHOPS again, but still nothing!
Stu eggs Jeeves on, and Jeeves throws a forearm! Stu nods and eggs Jeeves on again. Jeeves swings, into the URENAGE! Stu then LION SENTONS! Kiss gets on the apron but backs off as Stu storms up. Stu fireman’s carries Jeeves, but Jeeves slips free to shove Stu! Uno tags in, Stu whips Jeeves then hurdles. Uno reels Jeeves into a suplex, Stu ROUNDHOUSES before the BRAINBUSTER! Kiss returns to ENZIGURI Stu! Uno avoids the heel kick to ROCK Kiss, and then The Dark Order pops Kiss up into the Electric Chair, toss into the POWERBOMB! Fans fire up as Stu goes to the corner and tags back in.
Uno gets Jeeves up, Stu runs in, PENALTY KICK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, the Dark Order wins!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
The Righteous applaud, perhaps more for Stu than for The Dark Order. Stu & Uno storm up to the stage to stare down Dutch & Vincent. Will the Dark Order get the Righteous to back off? Or will Stu end up joining them?
Backstage interview with Christopher Daniels.
Dasha is with the Fallen Angel and says the last few times we’ve heard from him, he’s been on this quest for victories and for championships. What is next for him on said journey? Daniels says he has to be honest, after 30 years in professional wrestling, Daniels knows what it is like to be at the top of the mountain, and at the bottom of the valley. Right now, Daniels is at one of his all-time lows. He hasn’t had his hand raised in victory as often as he’d like. But because this is ROH, he understands that nothing is just handed to him! Nothing comes easy in an ROH ring!
It doesn’t matter that Daniels is the first-ever ROH Grand Slam Champion! It doesn’t matter that he’s been a tag team champion, it doesn’t matter that he’s been a world champion. Daniels has to earn everything that he wants, everything that he desires, in ROH. He understands that. And he’s not starting at the bottom, doing the baby steps. If he’s gonna swing, he swings for the fences. And so he calls out the ROH World Television Champion, Samoa Joe! Joe and Daniels have “a history that is long and drenched in blood,” mostly Daniels’. They’ve been teammates, opponents, and have fought tooth ‘n’ nail for what they’ve wanted.
Right now, what Daniels wants is on Joe’s waist, is on Joe’s shoulder. Daniels has held the TV title before, but if he wants it again, he has to go through one of the toughest SOBs he’s ever stood across the ring from. Look in Daniels’ eyes. Does he look afraid to do that again? Does he look intimidated to put his name in the hat against Joe? NO! Daniels is ready to go. “Beat me if you can. Make me bleed if you can, Joe. Because I want that World Television Championship, Joe. And I know you’re a fighting champion, Joe, so how about you and I, one-on-one, in a ROH ring, for that TV title, next week?” The Fallen Angel wants after the King, but will he take Joe’s throne?
Diamante VS Skye Blue!
The Cuban Diamond has been sharpening her edge in the Dark of AEW, but she’s ready to shine in the light! Will she crush her opponent under the pressure? Or will Skye continue to reach for the sky in her own journey to the top?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Diamante reels Skye in! Skye dodges to kick but Diamante ducks it! Diamante waistlocks, Skye elbows free, and Skye runs. They RAM shoulders, but Diamante stays up. Diamante eggs Skye on, Skye runs, but Diamante follows to then run Skye over! Things speed up, Diamante tilt-o-whirls, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO! Skye sits on Diamante, TWO! Diamante sunset flips again, TWO! Skye sits again, TWO! Diamante sunsets, TWO! Skye sits, TWO! Diamante, TWO! Skye, TWO! Diamante, TWO! Skye, TWO!! The teetertotter stops and fans fire up while Diamante bails out.
Diamante goes to the apron, Skye runs in but Diamante dodges the boot to ROCK Skye! And then NECKBREAKER HOTSHOT! Skye flops to the apron, Diamante runs and WRECKS Skye with a baseball dropkick! Diamante flexes, then goes out to fetch Skye. Diamante RAMS Skye into the apron, pushes her into the ring, and then drops an elbow! Diamante drops knees on Skye’s back, then bends her backwards with a chinlock. Fans rally and Skye fights up to throw body shots. Skye runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Diamante pushes Skye around, stomps her around, then smacks her off the mat! Cover, TWO!
Diamante keeps on Skye with a chinlock and she squeezes tight. Skye endures and fans rally up again. Skye fights up, throws body shots, and she fires forearms! Diamante ROCKS Skye and Skye staggers to a corner. Diamante storms up but Skye ROCKS her! Skye runs up but into a kick! Diamante hops on, Skye pops her off and SHOTGUNS Diamante down! Skye goes corner to corner and runs in, but Diamante puts her on the apron. Skye ROUNDHOUSES Diamante away, goes up top, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Skye grows a bit frustrated, but she runs at the ropes. Diamante dodges, waistlcoks, but Skye elbows free.
Skye switches with Diamante, SHINING WIZARDS and snapmares, but Diamante blocks the superkick. Diamante spins Skye but Skye BASEMENT ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Skye sees Diamante go to the apron. Skye joins her out there, drags her up, and reels her in, but Diamante throws elbows! Skye throws forearms but Diamante throws them back! The fans fire up as they brawl on the edge, and Skye gets the edge! Diamante ROCKS Skye, blocks a superkick and ROCKS her again, to APRON GERMAN SUPLEX! Skye flops into the corner, Diamante runs corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!
Diamante can’t believe Skye survives, but she says this will end it. Diamante suplexes, Skye slips free to full nelson! Diamante drops, but Skye sits on her, SKYE WINS!
Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall
The ROH win streak continues for Skye! But out walks Athena, mocking Skye by wearing a baseball cap. Athena takes it off to then STOMP the hat! Skye dares Athena to step to her if she thinks she’s so tough! Will the Fallen Goddess soon put up her gold against the Blue?
Rocky Romero VS Lee Moriarty w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey!
The King of Sneaky Style takes on The Firm’s innovator of #TAIGASTYLE in a first-time-anywhere showdown! So if styles make fights, will it be Azucar or Pittsburgh’s own that comes out on top?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally for “LEE! LEE! LEE! LEE!” They tie up, Rocky gets around to waistlock but Lee wrenches free. Rocky rolls, trips Lee, and Rocky steps through to the toehold. Lee hooks Rocky to roll him and have the wristlock. Lee wrenches, Rocky wrenches back to an ELBOW BREAKER! Rocky goes up the corner and leaps to drop a KNEE on Lee’s arm! Lee clutches the arm but Rocky CHOPS him! Rocky puts Lee through the ropes, KICKS him, then goes up the corner. Some Latino Heat before the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, ONE!!
Lee is tough but Rocky keeps on him. Rocky wrenches and wrenches and CHOPS! Rocky whips corner to corner, runs in, but Lee puts him on the apron. Rocky shoulders into Lee, takes aim, but he hesitates to springboard as Big Bill creeps up. The ref reprimands but Lee BLASTS Rocky off the apron! Lee goes out, brings Rocky up to wrench and hammerlock, and RAM him into the railing! Lee gets in, does his dance, and the ref reprimands, but misses Big Bill BLINDSIDE Rocky! Lee waits on Rocky, and Rocky stands up to get in the ring. Lee springboard stomps away on Rocky, but lets off as the ref counts.
Lee drags Rocky up, wrenches, then RAMS his shoulder in! Lee then traps that arm, gets the other arm, and he bends the fingers! Rocky endures, but Lee SNAPS the fingers! Lee gets a taste while Rocky writhes. Lee drags Rocky up, wrenches, but Rocky CHOPS! Lee wrenches again, but Rocky CHOPS! Lee wrenches again, but Rocky wrenches back! Lee wrenches, Rocky wrenches, repeat! Rocky KICKS Lee, Lee KICKS Rocky! Lee runs in but into an UPPERCUT! Rocky springboards to FLING DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Big Bill coaches Lee as the standing count begins.
Lee goes to a corner, Rocky runs in to CHOP, CHOP, CHOP and UPPERCUT! Rocky winds up, goes corner to corner, and he clotheslines! The Forever Clotheslines start up! Lee tries to stop it but Rocky dodges him. Lee dodges Rocky, but then Rocky dodges Lee again! Another dodge, and Lee LARIATS Rocky! Fans fire up as Lee suplexes, TAIGA DRIVER 18! Cover, TWO!! But Lee keeps on Rocky with hammer fists! Lee shifts into the BORDER CITY STRETCH! Rocky endures, reaches out, rolls Lee then gets the ARMBAR! Lee fights, turns Rocky over, and back to the BORDER CITY STRETCH!!
Fans fire up as Rocky endures and fights to his feet! Rocky wheelbarrows, victory rolls, TWO! Rocky JUMP KNEES Lee! Lee ROUNDHOUSES Rocky! Rocky KICKS Lee! Lee ROCKS Rocky! And again! Rocky swings, Lee blocks to fire off a strike fest! Rocky bobs ‘n’ weaves, Lee blocks Rocky’s kick, then Lee ducks the enziguri but Rocky HEEL KICKS! Lee flops to ropes and gets out of the ring. Rocky hurries out the side, he runs in around the way, and he leaps off the steps to RANA Lee at the ramp! Fans fire up, Rocky puts Lee in the ring and Rocky runs in, SHIRANUI! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives but Rocky keeps his cool.
Fans rally up and Rocky brings Lee up again, but Lee fights the suplex! Lee wrenches, reels Rocky in, but Rocky fights the bomb! Rocky RANAS Lee and himself out of the ring!! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries back to the apron. Big Bill coaches Lee up, but Rocky MULE KICKS him! Rocky builds speed and DIVES! He hits Bill into the railing! Fans fire up, Rocky hurries back up and he counter punches Lee! Lee distracts the ref, Bill YANKS Rocky down, to APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Bill shoves Rocky in for Lee, Lee takes aim from the corner, RUNNING CALF KICK! Cover, Lee wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by pinfall
Morrissey with a huge assist in this match, The Firm is rolling! But will they survive the coming #FirmDeletion with these kinds of tactics?
Rocky Romero speaks backstage.
“Lee Moriarty, you’re the type of talent that ROH, this company, was built on. You’re the type of talent that could be ROH World Champion. And tonight, you out-sneaked the King of Sneaky Style with your seven-foot insurance policy. But I’m not happy with that. No. Next week: Pure Rules match, Rocky ‘Azucar’ Romero against Lee Moriarty. And you can get a pure ass whooping next week!” Rocky is ready to teach Lee a lesson, will there be no helping #TAIGASTYLE get out of this?
Gringo Loco VS Blake Christian!
Though he lost to the AAA Mega Champion, the #BaseGod impressed everyone. He’s back again this week, will he turn things around? Or will All Heart be too hard to break?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, Loco waistlocks but Blake switches. Loco switches, goes for a full nelson but Blake fights it. Loco spins and SOBATS, then whips. Blake reverses but Loco goes up and over and handsprings away. But then Blake handsprings up to tap him on the shoulder! Fans fire up but Loco gets annoyed. Loco pushes Blake but Blake pushes Loco back. Things speed up, Blake handsprings over Loco but Loco hurdles. Blake wheelbarrows, waistlocks, but Loco avoids the splash! Blake avoids the standing moonsault! Both men back off, Blake runs in!
Loco pops Blake up and Blake lands safe on the ropes! Blake knuckle locks, CHOPS, and tightrope walks to then ARABIAN ARM-DRAG! But Loco handsprings through! Loco wags his finger and fans fire up. Things speed up again, Loco pops Blake up but Blake headscissors Loco away! Loco bails out and fans fire up again. Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! But he lands on his feet as Loco dodges! Loco runs and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up even more! Loco brings Blake up and CHOPS him against the apron. Blake slides into the ring, Loco hurries after and covers, TWO!
Loco rallies the fans, and then Loco brings Blake up. Blake KICKS the legs out, basement dropkicks Loco to the apron, then he goes to the corner! Blake goes up and out and SPEARS Loco on the apron! Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit this time! Fans fire up as Blake high-fives fans, then he stands Loco up. Blake CHOPS Loco, puts him in the ring, and covers, TWO! Blake brings Loco up to snapmare and KICK! Blake then wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Loco down. Fans rally, Loco fights up, and Blake shifts to a waistlock. Blake ripcords and reels Loco in, but Loco blocks the flip!
Loco shoves Blake away, Blake blocks a kick but not the ENZIGURI! The elbow pads come off as Blake rebounds, and Loco puts him on the apron. Blake GAMANGIRIS, then he springboards! Loco gets under but Blake handsprings for the NEURALIZER! Fans fire up with Blake and he builds speed, but Loco SUPERKICKS! Loco whips, Blake handsprings again, but into an Electric Chair, spin and BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Blake survives but the fans fire up again! Loco drags Blake to a drop zone and says this will end it. Loco goes up the corner, but Blake GAMANGIRIS again! Blake then climbs up to join Loco!
Fans rally up, Blake goes to the very top, and he throws hands. Loco throws body shots! Loco stands on the very top now, clinches Blake, and hits a SUPER RACK SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Blake survives, he truly is All Heart! Loco rallies the fans again and Loco brings Blake to a corner. Loco uses the corner to help with the Electric Chair Lift, and then Loco climbs up! Blake throws down hands, shifts around, SUPER SUNSET- Loco lands on his feet?! Loco runs in, into a SPANISH FLY!! Blake goes to the apron, SPRINGBOARD 450!! Cover, BLAKE WINS!!
Winner: Blake Christian, by pinfall
A split second after that three count, Loco kicks out! Loco was so close, but Blake snatches that one away! These two shake hands to uphold the Code of Honor, will we see this one again down the line?
A great ROH, but only just over an hour? That’s rather surprising. Though with AEW wanting to bring out another two hour show in Collision, maybe wrestlers who crossover between AEW and ROH are going to be needed to fill out that programming, leaving less available for ROH tapings, and therefore, ROH has to downsize already. And even then, it felt like they stretched things out to fill the hour. The Kingdom’s promo felt like it was a couple lines too long. They could’ve trimmed it down by what ended up a paragraph in this write-up, and it would’ve flowed better. But at least it was them issuing a warning to all the tag teams from the Supercard of Honor ladder match, helping them move on from Top Flight and closer to the tag titles.
Christopher Daniels also had a good promo but it also felt like he was stretching for time. I thought he was going to call out Claudio, which would’ve made sense after what the BCC did to him on Rampage. But at the same time, Samoa Joe really does need more for his TV title reign, and Joe VS Daniels is going to be great stuff. Still kinda wish Mark Briscoe won that title at Supercard. Anyway, really good Proving Grounds match and good win for Athena. Good match between Diamante and Skye, and Skye’s been going strong so her winning made sense. Athena showing up to warn Skye was a bit of a surprise, as I don’t see Skye ready for the title. Athena will surely win, but I guess Skye will get a great showing even in defeat.
Really good tag match for LFI VS Infantry, but wow, I didn’t think Vance was going to basically solo Dean & Carlie. LFI in whatever combination is a good choice for facing the Lucha Brothers, but I feel like this should build to a contender’s match between LFI, The Kingdom, and at least one other team. The Dark Order has a good match with the Trustbusters, with The Righteous’ presence only a moderate distraction. Dark Order VS The Righteous will be more about where Stu goes than the titles, but Dark Order can definitely win to keep Stu and then go for the titles. But even then, I feel like Lucha Brothers beat whoever because it’ll be their first defense that they should definitely win.
Best Friends squash Joe & Mookie, keeping them going in the ROH Tag Division, and maybe they get in on the title conversation. It feels like they’ll be on that list of crossover wrestlers that will go back to AEW full time once Collision starts up. Brian Cage and Leon Ruffin have a really good match, though still pretty quick because Cage is like three Ruffins put together. Not sure why we’re not seeing the Gates of Agony in action after the Embassy retained the Six Man titles. And if they’re backing up Swerve, can we see them brawl with Keith Lee & Dustin Rhodes already? That’s a feud that’s been building far too slowly, but probably because they started with Parker Boudreaux & “Trench,” who were more meat than henchmen.
Good stuff out of Rocky VS Moriarty, but of course Morrissey makes the difference. Rocky had a good promo to call Moriarty out and challenge him for a Pure Rules match. That’ll be really good stuff, and at this point, I feel like the winner of that can face Shibata for the Pure Championship, after we see Shibata VS Coughlin, of course. And really good main event from Blake Christian VS Gringo Loco. It was a lot like looking at a before and after of high-flying wrestler, and I did not expect Blake to win that. Was it a count botch from the ref? Did Loco just lose count himself? Who knows, but I suppose this could make for good “crisis of confidence” story as Loco struggles to get a win now that he’s reached this level of competition.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Will the Mad King regret this gamble?
Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
- The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.
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AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!
The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!
The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.
Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!
Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!
Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.
Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!
Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.
Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)
A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!
And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?
AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.
Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?
NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!
The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?
The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.
Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.
Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!
Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)
Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?
Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?
Aussie Open speaks.
Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!
The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?
The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!
Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?
The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?
Ortiz sits alone in a room.
He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?
Darby Allin speaks.
After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?
Nick Wayne speaks.
He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.
And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?
Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.
Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.
And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?
AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!
While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!
Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.
Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!
The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!
Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!
They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!
Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!
Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?
A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.
Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.
Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.
Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.
And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)
King VS Emperor to determine a champion!
One way or another, the US title belongs to the LWO!
Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Championship against friend and protege, Santos Escobar! But will things stay friendly between them?
- Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson; Jimmy wins.
- Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes; Theory wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Rey wins and retains the title.
- Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Charlotte wins.
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The Bloodline is here!
Fans boo as Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman head to the ring. And Jimmy is definitely hyped over how he and Solo took down AJ Styles and John Cena, putting the tag team match at Fastlane into question. Heyman has the mic to introduce himself, but the fans keep on booing. His name isn’t “Boo,” he’s Paul! Heyman! And tonight, a rare opportunity that he doesn’t have to do this into the phone but live to the world here from SmackDown, in the hell hole of Sacramento, California. “We ACKNOWLEDGE our Tribal Chief!” The Bloodline throws up the ones, and Heyman says, “And so do each and every single one of you!”
The fans boo, though some do raise the fingers. Heyman asks us why do they acknowledge Roman… Reigns? Because it is in Roman’s name that last week, the second greatest of all time, John Cena, took a beating at the hands of the Bloodline in a way Cena hasn’t taken in at least a decade. And to wit, Heyman calls our attention to the Bloodline version of the Zapruder Film. Heyman plays footage from just last week, where Cena was the only one who signed the contract to have a match for Fastlane. Cena hoped AJ Styles was going to be his partner, but then the Bloodline struck first and hospitalized AJ Styles.
And back to present, fans are booing but Jimmy’s almost cracking up. Heyman says not to get involved in Cena’s business, but a little birdie told Heyman that there are some transportation issues this evening. And while Cena is expected to make it here, you can’t see him because Cena is NOT here. But y’know who else ain’t here? AJ Styles! And why is that? Because he’s lying in a hospital bed, watching them on SmackDown and- Jimmy holds his hand out for the mic? Heyman says he wasn’t done but Jimmy snatches the mic. “Sacramento! The Bloodline is now in your city!” Heyman sighs while Jimmy raises the one.
Jimmy tells the Wise Man, you are too kind. The real reason Cena isn’t here tonight is because he’s scared! Scared of one JIM USO! Jimmy says if Cena is smart, he’ll stay far, far away. If not, they’ll take care of him like they did the Phenomenal One! The one who built the house, place, face- KARL ANDERSON CLOBBERS SOLO! Then he TACKLES Jimmy! Jimmy gets up but Karl clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Karl as he represents for The OC! Karl says he told Styles not to get in Bloodline business and now Styles is in the hospital. So now, this is OC business! Any one of them, get in the ring with him!
Fans fire up but Heyman has Solo stand down. Heyman whispers things to The Enforcer, and then Solo tells Jimmy to handle this or he’ll do it for him. Jimmy says he’s got this. Solo doesn’t return the high-five, but will Jimmy return fire on the Machine Gun?
Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson!
SmackDown returns and the match is going as Karl bumps Jimmy off buckles! Then CHOPS! And fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Karl lets off but then stomps a mudhole! Karl lets off to tell Heyman & Solo they made this personal. Karl stands Jimmy up but Jimmy swings. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK! Karl says he told Styles not to get involved but too late now. Karl whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Jimmy runs, but Karl gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Heyman is worried but Solo is stoic as Jimmy survives. Karl storms up on Jimmy, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS again!
Karl brings Jimmy up to the top rope, ROCKS him with rights, then climbs. Solo steps forward and that distracts Karl, as well as the ref. Jimmy CLAWS Karl’s eyes! The ref misses it but fans boo as Jimmy rains down fists on Karl. Jimmy snarls, goes to a corner, and he SUPERKICKS Karl down! Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up, and scowls at the booing fans before the USO SPLASH! Cover, Jimmy wins!
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall
Heyman is relieved and he whispers something more to Solo. Jimmy may be getting himself into trouble, but he’s also getting himself out, will this get Jimmy back in the Bloodline?
Wait, Karl isn’t done! He gets up to throw more hands with Jimmy! Solo storms in to hit the SAMOAN SPIKE! Solo roars as Karl is down, no back-up even possible with both Styles and Gallows hurt. Is the OC no longer a problem for The Bloodline? Wait, Michin is here! She SLAPS Jimmy right down! Fans are thunderous as she storms to the ring. Jimmy asks what the heck! Mia Yim packs a punch, will that knock some sense into Jimmy?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley is with The Emperor of Lucha, and says that he faces his mentor and LWO teammate, Rey Mysterio. Where is his mind at tonight? Santos says his mind is focused, but his stomach has butterflies. But this match is about heart. And Santos has already said this is a dream match for him, and he has been working his entire life for it. Now, with the whole world watching, he has a chance to make the dream come true. He never gives up on his dreams, and he will fight for them, so Rey is in for the fight of his life. May the best man win. Will it be Emperor or King of Lucha that reigns as the United States Champion?
The Bloodline regroups backstage.
Jimmy is fuming and he yells at a production staff member just for looking at him. He asks another if they saw what happened, then just shoves the guy down! Jimmy storms off, Solo follows and Heyman has the staff relax. Then he puts in a call to Roman Reigns. What will The Tribal Chief have to say about Jimmy’s attitude?
It’s an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The Aussie Icon, the Moment Maker, the Dynamite From Down Under is already in the ring on his set, and he says what a wild night already. Cena may be the greatest of all time, but he ain’t the greatest at being on time! Hah! But don’t worry, because Waller is here to save the show. Fans boo but Waller thanks them. Waller’s guests just keep getting bigger, and this is literal given the physical specimen. He has done everything in the WWE as a performer, but not as a talent scout. But that’s alright, he gets what he’s always been missing: the Waller rub! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the All Mighty Bobby Lashley!
Fans cheer as Lashley makes his way out and Waller does some push-ups so he looks at least a little bigger standing next to him. They shake hands and then sit at the desk. Waller says he wasn’t lying when the guests keep getting bigger, right? How does he fit into the suit? But Waller appreciates Lashley being on the show, especially after the week he’s had. His boys, the Street Profits had a devastating loss last week. Lashley says he made a mistake. He was looking for the next big thing, he thought the Profits had what it takes to do whatever they want, but seems not. Back to the drawing board, huh?
Wow, that must be hard for the Profits to hear. But yeah, if you’re looking for a tag team, they need to be willing to do whatever it takes. A team with unbridled charisma! A team that is undefeated! Maybe a team like Austin Theory & Grayson Waller! Lashley’s stare makes Waller slow his roll. Lashley knows all about Theory, that’s a pass. Yeah, but Theory’s changed! If you get to know him, he’s a good bloke! And- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came dressed to match Lashley, and Lashley seems rather upset and confused. The Profits step into the ring, mics in their hands.
Lashley steps to them, and he stops Dawkins before he gets started. No excuses, no reasons. If they want something out of Lashley, they need to prove it. Lashley goes to leave, and then the Profits look to each other. They storm out after Lashley and get up in his face! Lashley says he told them what to do. Now go do it. He keeps on moving, and Waller says how awkward. Hey, light the beam for the 153 million hit man, Austin Theory! Theory makes his entrance, walking past Lashley on the stage, and then continues down the ramp. He smirks at the Profits and goes to the steps, with Waller being the only one cheering.
But will it be A-Town Down as Theory faces Cameron Grimes? Or will SmackDown go TO~ THE~ MOON~?
Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes!
SmackDown returns, Theory is busy looking at NXT’s Dragon Lee watching from the front row, and the bell rings. Theory turns around into a BOOT from Grimes! Grimes fires off KICKS, UPPERCUTS, and then CHOPS! Grimes whips, Theory reverses but Grimes CLOBBERS Theory! Grimes keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Theory again! Atomic drop, then KICK! Then a KICK, run, and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Theory scrambles, Grimes has the leg, and Grimes drags Theory back. Theory kicks free, Waller coaches Theory up and Theory ELBOWS Grimes! And throat chops!
Theory throws down clubbing hands while fans boo, but Theory shouts at everyone. Theory brings Grimes up, talks trash, but Grimes eggs him on! Grimes fires off fists, body shots, then backs Theory to a corner. Grimes whips, Theory reverses, then Theory runs in. Theory blocks a boot but Grimes ENZIGURIS! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Theory hangs tough and Waller relaxes. Grimes aims, and he BUZZ- NO, Theory ducks! So Grimes backflips to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Theory survives but Grimes storms up on him in the corner. Grimes KICKS Theory against ropes!
Grimes runs, then he clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Grimes goes to the apron, and he PENALTY KICKS Theory down! Fans fire up with the Carolina Caveman as he takes it to Mr. ATL. Waller talks trash, though, and Grimes stares him down. Theory POSTS Grimes in the distraction! Waller laughs, Theory drags Grimes up and in, and then Theory slingshots. Somersault SHOTGUN! Grimes staggers into the fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Waller’s a baller with that assist to his boy, and The Now comes out on top! Will these two look to take over SmackDown one win at a time? Theory also talks some trash on Dragon, then pie faces him! So Dragon hits back! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Theory back. Dragon is here as a guest, but Waller says Dragon can’t do nothing anyway. Will this duo hope Boy Wonder stays away from this brand?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton is with the US Champion and says earlier tonight, Santos said this wasn’t just a dream match, but the fight of their lives. What is Rey’s response? Rey says LWO is familia and will always be that. But he knows how hard Santos has worked to get here. Heck, Rey grew up watching Santos’ father, El Fantasma. So Rey has nothing but love and respect for Santos. But be careful what you wish for. Every time Rey steps in the ring, he expects the best of his opponent and brings the best in return. So Santos, like they say, this IS the fight of their lives! May the best man win. Rey seems to feel the same way as Santos, but will either man still feel good after taking a loss?
The Bloodline is beating up Ashante THEE Adonis?!
B-Fab shouts for Jimmy to stop but Jimmy stops when he says he’s stopping! Refs and producers rush in and Jimmy says okay, his bad, he’s done now. Adonis crawls away, but Solo is there! Jimmy says finish this, Solo! UREANGE through the table!! Hit Row suffers the wrath of The Bloodline, but when and where will it stop?
WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!
SmackDown returns as Zelina is ringside for both men, and Santos makes his entrance. Santos says hola to Dragon before getting in the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who holds gold for the L W O!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. They go around, Santos waistlocks but Rey works on an escape. Santos holds tight, they sit down, and Rey moves around. Rey fights up, jumps, but Santos holds on during the flying mare! Santos shifts to go for an abdominal stretch but Rey fights it to have a toehold. Fans rally and duel, Santos chinlocks but Rey pulls on the leg. Santos uses that to body scissor, and he rolls Rey to a cover, ONE! Rey is still stuck in the scissors but he moves around. Rey claws at the hold, Santos shifts and has the back mount to then roll Rey again. Rey slips free and the two stand off.
Fans cheer as Rey and Santos reset. Santos trips Rey, blocks the headscissor, but Rey gets up. Santos wrenches, wristlocks, but Rey flips through! Santos whips, Rey reverses but Santos reverses again. Rey is on the apron but he RAMS into Santos! Rey slingshots but Santos stops the rana to GAMANGIRI! Rey falls, Santos PLANCHAS! Down goes Rey at the ramp and Zelina is worried for both men as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Santos has Rey in a modified stretch. Rey endures, Santos shifts his grip, but Rey fights free. Santos has a hammerlock to keep Rey close, and Santos wrangles Rey down. Rey fights up, fans rally, and Rey jumps to hit that flying-mare! Fans fire up as Santos speeds things up and runs Rey over! Things keep moving, Rey dodges but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rey hangs tough, and Zelina is again torn. She rallies the fans more for the LWO than for either man. Santos waistlocks, Rey switches, but Santos switches back. They go to ropes and Rey bucks the O’Conner.
Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Santos outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed, goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Down goes Santos! Fans fire up with Rey and he hears the ring count. Rey drags Santos up, puts him in at 6 of 10, and then climbs the corner. Santos stands, Rey SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Santos! Both men are down and fans rally up more. But wait, Jimmy and Solo are still wreaking havoc backstage? SAMOAN SPIKE for security! Jimmy says that guy won’t be Cena’s partner, either! Back to the ring, fans rally for “619! 619!” as Rey goes to ropes.
Santos stands, he rushes in to sunset flip, but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Santos is dazed, Rey calls his shot and he drop toeholds Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up as fans go wild, but Santos SUPERKICKS Rey outta the ring! Santos takes aim, builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Rey! Santos catches his breath while he stands back up, and then he goes up the barriers? To MOONSAULT Rey on the ramp! Zelina is worried again but Santos puts Rey back in the ring. Rey staggers and goes to the far side but Santos takes aim. “This is Awesome!” as Santos spells it out, “L! W! O!”
Santos goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Rey wobbles, but Santos puts him back in the corner. Santos goes again, DOUBLE KNEES! Santos hoists Rey up top, climbs up after him, but Rey HEADBUTTS! Rey fires forearms and he knocks Santos down! Santos stands up while Rey steadies himself, but Santos GAMANGIRIS first! Santos climbs up again, goes to the very top, and he whistles for the SUPER STEINER! Zelina couldn’t even watch that, worried for both men. Santos goes to the apron, to SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Santos is a bit surprised as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns yet again and Santos has Rey against ropes. Santos CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as Rey staggers. Santos whips, BOOTS, and then brings Rey around. Santos picks Rey up into a GORY ESPECIAL! Rey endures being bent back, and Santos even pulls on the arms! Fans rally, Rey fights against the hold, and pops free to arm-drag! Fans fire up as REy goes to a corner, and Santos runs in, only to be put on the apron! Santos GAMANGIRIS, Rey staggers, and then Santos fires up! Santos climbs, leaps, but Rey dodges and the crossbody flops! Rey lines up a shot, runs and springboards but then Santos dodges!
Rey and Santos are both down after those belly flops, and fans rally as both men rise up. Santos runs in, scoops Rey and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally as Rey staggers up, but into a tilt-o-whirl torture rack! Santos runs around with Rey, then hits a RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! Zelina is relieved again but Santos is surprised. Rey tells Santos to bring it on, there needs to be a winner. Santos storms up to CHOP! And whip, but Rey KICKS back! Rey runs to RAN- NO, Santos blocks that! Santos swings Rey up but Rey sunset flips! TWO!! Santos escapes and even Zelina is stunned! Fans fire up again, “This is Awesome!”
Rey runs in, Santos puts him on the apron but Rey ROCKS Santos first! Then Rey goes up a corner, brings Santos up to join him, and then adjusts position to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Rey calls the shot, but Santos drags Rey into a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows, then pops up to SUPER RANA!! Fans are thunderous while Santos sits up in a daze! Rey DROPKICKS Santos onto ropes! Dial it up! 6 1 9 BLOCKED! Santos drags Rey into an Alabama Lift! But Rey holds the ropes for dear life! Rey then RANAS Santos back onto ropes, redials, and 619 HITS!!! Rey hurries up top, says hey to Eddie, and hit a FROG- NO!
Santos avoids the splash, CLUBS Rey, covers, TWO into the ghost pin! TWO!!! Both men escape by nanoseconds but Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM- TAKEDOWN! Rey has a spladle! REY WINS!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
And the greatest luchador of all time comes out the champion! Santos is stunned, but Rey offers him a handshake of respect. They are still familiar, aren’t they? WAIT! The Profits attack!! Dawkins & Ford mug Rey & Santos, this must be how they’re proving Lashley wrong! They hit Escobar with a BIG LARIAT! Fans boo but here comes Lashley! The All Mighty says that’s it! That’s what he wanted! But then here comes the rest of the LWO! Lashley CLOBBERS Wilde while Ford & Dawkins mug Cruz! But Dragon Lee wants to get in! Security keeps him back, he’s just here as a guest! So Wilde is fed to the REVELATION!
The fans boo but The All Mighty has his Profits! Will they soon run SmackDown with iron fists?
The LWO regroups.
They’ve all got icepacks in the medical trainer’s room, and Kayla walks in to congratulate Rey on the win. But before the team could celebrate the moment, they got jumped by The Profits. Santos says sorry, excuse him, but the Profits ruined the moment! Rey says they beat the Profits last week, and now Lashley and them act like they run SmackDown! LWO challenges Lashley & The Profits to a match at Fastlane! Let’s see how tough they are when it’s fair and square! What will happen when these factions go to war in Indianapolis?
WWE announces a huge signing!
Former AEW TBS Champion and rising star, JADE CARGILL, is now with WWE! She got 20 MILLION views on a video just for showing up at the Performance Center! Will a storm be coming for the WWE Women’s Division?
John Cena arrives backstage!
He pulls in rather fast and furious, and he storms right into the arena, that tag match contract in his hands! Will Cena find someone Jimmy & Solo haven’t destroyed to sign on the dotted line? Is there even anyone left?
Pretty Deadly has a video message.
“On July 14th, 2023, Elton prince suffered a devastating shoulder injury. Despite all odds, he is on the road to recovery.” It’s another rehab workout montage, but Elton is still in the wheelchair… Elton works on reaching out for hot tags, swinging chairs, ends up rolling downhill during a celebration, and can’t even poke eyes properly. But as he continues to work at it, he has the courage to stand up and tag in Kit! #YESBOY! #EltonStrong.
The Brawling Brutes are watching this.
Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne look at each other, and neither of them can even process this. Dunne feels maybe they should’ve broken Elton’s leg. The idiots. Will Elton & Kit hope they can stay far, far, far away from Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight?
Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!
The Queen did what she could to help The Empress of Tomorrow hold off the Evil Genius and her cohorts, but all that got them was a win for Iyo Sky and this rivalry rematch with the Role Model! Will Bayley make an example out of her fellow Horsewoman? Or will Charlotte make Bayley bow down?
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance, Iyo and Dakota right behind her. But then Charlotte has Bayley hold on so she can get a mic. Charlotte has a question for Bayley: What’s happened to you? Bayley is one of the Four Horsewomen, but now she’s just happy carrying Iyo’s bags. Bayley has become a stepping stone while Charlotte is still the measuring stick. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. Bayley is just in Charlotte’s way. She’ll beat Bayley tonight, and then challenge Iyo for the WWE Women’s Championship at Fastlane! Fans fire up for that, and the bell rings. Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte!
Bayley fires off, all riled up after what Charlotte said. DMG CTRL cheers and high-fives Bayley. Bayley CHOPS Charlotte, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Bayley ROCKS Charlotte, lets off, and brings Charlotte around to whip. But Charlotte reverses to send Bayley into the corner, and she CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Charlotte CHOPS again! Charlotte whips, Bayley reverses but Charlotte goes up and out to BOOT Bayley down! Iyo swipes at Charlotte, then Bayley BLASTS Charlotte down! Bayley goes out to the apron, to then FLYING ELBOW Charlotte down! DMG CTRL is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Charlotte is up top, to CROSSBODY Bayley down! Fans fire up with Charlotte as she storms around. Bayley flounders to ropes, stands up, and Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And then CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Charlotte says one more, then CHOPS Bayley again! Charlotte swings, Bayley dodges but Charlotte scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up again! Charlotte handsprings to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Charlotte knows she’s tough. Bayley bails out to the apron, Charlotte storms over, but Bayley HOTSHOTS!
Bayley slides in, waistlocks, but Charlotte bucks the O’Conner, to then trip Bayley! Bayley scrambles, Charlotte steps over to drop a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley goes to a corner and Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Bayley staggers, but she BOOTS back! But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while the fans rally up. Charlotte steps on Bayley and goes to the corner, then goes up the corner, only for Bayley to YANK her down! Bayley puts Charlotte in the ropes, throw hands, then hits a STOCK DROP! Shoutout to another of the Horsewomen! Bayley then SUNSET BOMBS Charlotte into buckles! Bayley drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO!
Bayley tells fans to shut up, don’t cheer for her! Dakota and Iyo cheer her on, though, and Bayley fires forearms on Charlotte! Bayley mocks the “WOO~!” then CHOPS! Bayley CHOPS Charlotte again and again, runs, but Charlotte SPEARS her down! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
DMG CTRL can’t believe it, but their Role Model lost! The Queen is already wearing yellow ‘n’ block to match Fastlane’s logo, will she take that gold off Iyo? Bayley gets a mic to shout, “Cut the music, you idiots!” Bayley won’t let Charlotte just cut the line! Bayley vowed to end Charlotte, and that’s what DMG CTRL is gonna do! The three surround the ring, but here comes ASUKA! The Empress joins the Queen to run off their common enemies! Asuka gets a mic to shout “OI OI OI OI!” What do you idiots think you’re doing?! She won’t let them do whatever they want! Bayley says okay, they want a Triple Threat for the women’s title?! Then they’ve got it!!
Wait, what? Iyo is confused, but Bayley says this is totally what Asuka said. No, Iyo knows what Asuka said and it wasn’t that! But Bayley says this is so they can teach both Asuka and Charlotte a lesson! Bayley sticks her foot in Iyo’s mouth again, will the Evil Genius have to really work hard on a plan to survive Fastlane?
John Cena heads to the ring!
Sacramento fires up as Cena storms out, saying we’re getting serious tonight! Cena slides into the ring, contract still in hand. Cena also gets a mic, and he tells Sacramento, “I hear ya out there!” Sacramento chants for Cena and so he knows they hear him. And he knows that because last week, he said he was back to compete and that he wanted a match. The Bloodline didn’t take too kindly to that, though. They left Cena knocked out, but they also left him with the contract. This is the contract for a match with them at Fastlane. Yeah, a little lukewarm, because there’s a problem: Cena doesn’t have a partner.
Cena says tonight is very important, because now he has a choice to make. He could rip up the contract and act like this didn’t happen. Fans boo that idea. Or he could stand and fight. The fans like that! So what do you think the man who wears the words “Never Give Up” is gonna make? They cheer the second so he says that’s damn right! He will honor this contract! And if he doesn’t find a partner by Fastlane, then he will fight The Bloodline by himself in a 2v1 Handicap! But speaking of, here comes The Bloodline! Jimmy grins as he has the mic again. “Well, look who finally showed up.”
Cena’s out here talking about Fastlane? Did he not just see what The Bloodline’s been doing all night? They were sending messages! If you team with Cena, you get got by The Bloodline! Fans boo, but Jimmy goes to the apron to tell Cena, “You’re not making it to Fastlane!” But then Cena DECKS Jimmy! Solo stares Cena down, fans fire up, and Solo gets in the ring! Cena throws off the shirt because it is go time! Solo swings, misses, and Cena fireman’s carries, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Flashbacks to last week, HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Solo adds a HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Jimmy whips Solo in for another HIP ATTACK!
Fans boo as Cena flops out of the ring. The Bloodline clears off the announce desk! They put Cena on it, and Jimmy raises the one. Jimmy goes up the steps but Solo stops him. Solo wants this one! Jimmy grins and nods and lets Solo climb. But L A KNIGHT is here!! Fans are thunderous as the Mega Star storms down, slides in, and he dodges Jimmy to BLAST Solo! And then he BLASTS Jimmy! Knight stomps a mudhole into Jimmy but Solo stops him! So Knight fires off haymakers! Solo TOSSES Knight, but misses the splash! JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jimmy is up, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM!
Fans fire up, and they spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop for Jimmy! Cena is back and he TOSSES Solo! Knight TOSSES Jimmy! Mega Star and Greatest of All Time look to each other, and Knight picks up the contract! Fans are electric as Knight signs his name! Cena can’t believe it, either! He has a tag partner for Fastlane? YEAH!! Will Cena and Knight show The Bloodline whose game is it? With EVERYBODY saying… L A KNIGHT, YEAH!!
An awesome episode of SmackDown, especially with how fired up the Sacramento crowd was for everything. Great stuff with Bloodline and such, taking logical yet still exciting turns. Karl Anderson going after The Bloodline was good, because as much as Karl didn’t want Styles getting involved, but he also wasn’t going to let The Bloodline get away with this. Though, Karl didn’t really accomplish much as he got cheated in that match. That slap from Mia was great, though. Then Jimmy & Solo going on a rampage backstage was a great way to show how Jimmy is drunk with power all because he thinks Roman will have his back. Roman most certainly won’t now that Jimmy’s actions have brought LA Knight into the story. Great save from Knight, and he will make a great team with Cena.
Great “main event” match from Charlotte VS Bayley, and that black ‘n’ yellow gear is pretty cool stuff from Charlotte. DMG CTRL of course tries to help Bayley but that backfires. And then I actually like that we’re going back to Bayley talking big and putting Iyo on the spot. The Triple Threat title match is going to be great, and is actually some mad genius thinking from Bayley. DMG CTRL can now legally interfere to make sure Iyo wins against Charlotte and Asuka, but I feel like this can also bring in Shotzi or even Bianca to counteract DMG CTRL. Either way, it’ll be some great stuff to really up things in the SmackDown Women’s Division.
Hilarious vignette from Pretty Deadly, and good response from Brawling Brutes. That feud will definitely start up again after Fastlane and give us a SmackDown contender for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Really good stuff out of the Grayson Waller Effect with Lashley putting the pressure on the Profits. Almost thought they were gonna jump Theory since Lashley doesn’t like Theory, but I guess that would make this faction Faces since Theory is Heel. It was nice to see Grimes back, though he does lose to Theory. Dragon Lee being here tonight makes me think he is called up to SmackDown after he screws Dominik Mysterio out of the North American title tomorrow night.
And after just an awesome US Championship match, the Profits instead go after the LWO, a logical move given the back and forth between the factions. LWO wants a Six Man Tag, but does that mean it’ll be Santos, Cruz & Wilde? Or is Rey going to take one of the spots? Either way it’ll be a good time but it feels like the All Mighty Profits are going to take that one to build their momentum towards their own title goals. Lashley VS Rey for the US Championship with Santos helping feels like the move. Maybe there’s tension created as Santos costs Rey, or as Rey says Santos can’t be bending rules just to win. It just feels like something’s going to/has to change in the group dynamic.
My Score: 8.9/10
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