After Supercard of Honor comes the future!
While Athena is still on top, she defends her ROH Women’s World Championship again already! Will Miyu Yamashita dethrone the Fallen Goddess?
- Six Man Tag: Mark Briscoe & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen; Mark & The Lucha Brothers win.
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Christopher Daniels; Shibata wins and retains the title.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Ortiz; Cage wins.
- Darius Martin VS Jay Lethal w/ Team Triple J; Lethal wins.
- La Faccion Ingobernable w/ Preston Vance & Jose VS The Infantry; LFI wins.
- Daniel Garcia VS Tracy Williams; Garcia wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Notorious Mimi; Willow wins.
- The Righteous VS Steve Somerset & Stephen Azure; The Righteous win.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes; Konosuke wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Miyu Yamashita; Athena wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Christopher Daniels speaks.
“This message is brought to you by the Fallen Angel, and it is for you, Katsuyori Shibata. At Supercard of Honor, you became the ROH Pure Champion. Congratulations. But I warn you that championships are on my agenda, sir. And with that in mind, I would like to propose a title match for this Thursday on ROH TV. Now, I know you are well aware of my prowess, Mr. Shibata, because in the past, I have been successful against you each and every time. But I also know that since the last time you and I met in a wrestling ring, you’ve gone through hell, and you’ve come out the other side one of the strongest and best pure wrestlers on this planet. One of the toughest men in the world. I’m well aware of that, but I’m not scared of a challenge.
“And I know that you are a man of honor, and a fighting champion, so I don’t even need to ask this question. Why don’t I just put this out there right now? The Fallen Angel, Christopher Daniels, Katsuyori Shibata, for the ROH Pure Championship.” That challenge has been accepted, and it will happen TONIGHT!
Six Man Tag: Mark Briscoe & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen!
The Sussex County Chicken may not have realized his destiny, but he is more than happy for his amigos in their becoming the NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions! But will they start building up a reputation in the ROH Trios Division? Or will Big Bad Shaney T make it work with JD Drake & Anthony Henry?
The Code of Honor is skipped as the trios sort out and Shane starts against Mark. Fans rally for “DEM BOYS!” as Mark circles with Shane. They tie up, and Shane shoves Mark away. Mark says okay, that’s good stuff. Shane pie faces Mark, then swings! Mark bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off fast hands, but Shane TOSSES him to a corner! Shane swings, Mark dodges and CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Shane swings again, misses, things speed up, but Shane runs Mark over! Fans boo but Shane soaks it up. Shane brings Mark up, but Mark REDNECK KUNG FU UPPERCUTS! And then PELE!
Shane staggers back towards his corner and Henry tags in. Henry says he’s got this, but Mark ducks his kick, jumps the sweep, but Henry avoids Mark’s boot! Henry waistlocks, Mark bucks the O’Conner and BOOTS Henry down! Fans fire up, Mark underhooks but Henry RAMS him into a corner! Henry CHOPS, wrenches and whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and over and runs. Mark BOOTS Henry again, whips him to ropes, but Henry reverses. Fenix tags in and Mark dodges Henry. Mark holds ropes, BOOTS Henry back, and Fenix CHOPS! Henry drops to his knees and fans fire up.
Fenix whips Henry to the corner, somersault FOREARMS, then tags Penta. Fenix fireman’s carries Henry and Penta goes up. DEATH VALLEY DRIVER, and Fenix sets Henry up for QUE PASO! Fans fire up but JD runs in. Fenix SOBATS, Penta LARIATS, then Penta runs and wheelbarrows with Fenix to VICTORY SPLASH! Henry tags Shane, but the Lucha Bros dodge to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! They double mule kick the legs out, and Mark joins in to Uno! Dos! Tres! TRIPLE KICK COMBO! Fans fire up with Mark y Los Lucha Brothers while things sort out again. Shane fumes, he storms up to the apron, then runs in!
Penta dodges, mule kicks, and reels Shane in. “CERO! MIEDO!” But Shane wrenches out, bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Shane storms up, puts Penta in the corner, and runs in to SPLASH! Henry tags in, Shane BLASTS Mark and Fenix while Henry ROCKS Penta! Tag to JD, and Henry snapmares Penta into a NECK TWIST, and then JD slingshot SENTONS! JD mocks Cero Miedo, then drags Penta up. Fans rally, Penta CHOPS, but JD CHOPS back! JD ROCKS Penta, CHOPS him against the ropes, but Penta turns things around to CHOP! JD turns it around to tag Henry and whip Penta to ropes.
Henry drop toeholds, JD runs to BOOT, and Henry covers, TWO! Fans continue to rally for “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta fights up but Henry CLUBS him. Henry CLUBS Penta, eggs on the fans, then he suplexes Penta. Penta blocks, Henry throws body shots, but Penta fights free to CHOP! Henry sputters, swings, but Penta dodges to SLINGBLADE! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tag to Mark! Mark rallies on the Workhorsemen! Forearms and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Henry kicks low, whips, but Mark uses that to BOOT Shane! Henry runs in but Mark dumps him out! Mark TOSSES JD out and the Lucha Bros are on him!
Mark then runs and WRECKS Henry with a dropkick! We see Will Hobbs & QT Marshall in the crowd, keeping an eye on the Lucha Brothers before their ROH World Tag Team title match on Battle of the Belts. Mark then FOLEY ELBOW DROPS Shane! Fans fire up with Mark and he goes back up, to BLOCKBUSTER JD to the floor! Fans are thunderous now as Fenix puts Henry back in. Mark goes up the corner, Henry staggers up, but Henry avoids the flying chop! GAMANGIRI! Penta returns but he gets a mule kick! Henry runs in, Penta dodges so Henry goes up the corner. Penta SUPERKICKS the legs out!
Henry is stuck in the corner, but JD runs in. Penta is up top, he WOE STOMPS Henry, but JD gets a SCRAPBUSTER! Fenix somersaults, but into JD’s arms! Fenix slips free, tiger feint rewinds to HEEL KICK! Shane returns, SWATS the superkick, but Fenix ducks the lariat, only for the SOUTHPAW to hit! Mark is back, he CHOPS Shane! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Mark reels Shane in, but Shane is too big to suplex! So Mark CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Mark tries again, but Shane suplexes him! Rebound into WELCOME TO THE LAND! Shane then sets Mark up for Henry to METEORA!
Henry drags Mark up, back suplex to FACEBUSTER, JD SHINING WIZARDS! Cover, THE LUCHA BROS BREAK IT! Fans fire up, Shane and JD go after the brothers. Shane misses in the corner, gets a SOBAT! Penta ROCKS JD, Fenix SOBATS him and Penta GAMANGIRIS Shane! Fenix sets up, Penta steps up to DESTROYER on JD! JD flops out of the ring but Henry fires off hands on Mark. Mark shoves Henry back, runs in, but Henry boots while skinning the cat! Henry leaps, into a kick! Underhooks, JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark & the Lucha Bros win!
Winners: Mark Briscoe & The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall
A big win for the amigos, but QT & Hobbs don’t seem worried. Will the ROH World Tag Team Championships change hands so soon? Or will Penta y Fenix win the Battle of the Belts?
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Christopher Daniels!
The Wrestler dethroned the Decoder and is back on top as a champion! But he is also a fighting champion, and he heard Daniels’ challenge. Will Shibata continue to be the best technical even after Supercard of Honor? Or will this be the rise of The Fallen Angel?
The judges are BJ Whitmer, Dean Malenko & Jerry Lynn. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly worthy of being called “The Wrestler!”
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. Fans rally up and are thunderous for “SHI-BA-TA!” Daniels nods and applauds, and the two circle. They feel things out, clinch, and Shibata waistlocks. Daniels sits but Shibata goes for a chinlock. Daniels wrenches out, Shibata rolls, but Daniels goes after the arm. Shibata headscissors and squeezes tight. Shibata then hooks up a leg, moves Daniels around, floats to a waistlock but Daniels moves. Shibata keeps with him, but Daniels slips away and the fans cheer. The two reset, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder, and Shibata shoots to waistlock.
Daniels switches, Shibata wrenches out then waistlocks. Daniels sits again but Shibata wants the chinlock. Daniels fights up, fans rally, but Shibata digs his knee into Daniels’ back. Daniels endures, so Shibata pushes him down to scrape his face! The judges discuss, but Shibata facelocks. Daniels wrenches out, to ELBOW BREAKER! Daniels hammerlocks, Shibata slips around to put the hammerlock on Daniels. Shibata snapmares, steps over and right into a FIGURE FOUR! Fans fire up while Daniels is frustrated. Daniels endures, keeps his shoulders up, but Shbiata puts pressure on the hold.
Fans rally, Daniels fights his way around, reaches out, but Shibata drags him back from the ropes! Daniels’ shoulders are down, TWO! Daniels pries at the hold but Shibata puts on more pressure! Daniels fights his way around, but Shibata pulls on a leg to add as much pressure as possible. Daniels still drags himself and Shibata over, to the ROPEBREAK! First robebreak of three, and Shibata lets go. Shibata stomps Daniels’ legs, stomps Daniels’ body, then stomps the knee again. Shibata brings Daniels up, snapmares, and runs, but Daniels ducks! Daniels kicks Shibata’s leg out, then runs to SLIDING LARIAT!
Fans rally up, Daniels brings Shibata up and snapmares for a CHOP to the back! Daniels WRENCHES the neck, CHOPS it again, then WRENCHES the neck again! Daniels brings Shibata up, for an ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Daniels grows further frustrated but Shibata throws body shots. Fans rally, we’re past five minutes, and Shibata swings, into a COMPLETE SHOT! And then KOJI KLUTCH!! Now Shibata endures as Daniels squeezes tight! Shibata fights his way around, but Daniels thrashes him around! Shibata is slowing down but the fans rally up. Shibata gets a second wind, and he reaches out.
Shibata crawls over, but Daniels rolls him back! Shibata makes it a cover, though, ONE! Daniels CLUBS away on Shibata! Daniels runs, but Shibata ROCKS him! Daniels goes to a corner, Shibata fires off on him with forearms and UPPERCUTS! Shibata runs corner to corner but Daniels follows to clothesline! Daniels CHOPS, but he takes a moment to catch his breath. Daniels CHOPS again, then CHOPS again! Shibata nods, and Daniels CHOPS! Shibata leans into the CHOPS! Fans fire up and Shibata ROCKS Daniels again! Daniels falls back to a corner, and Shibata is on him with forearm after forearm!
The ref counts, Shibata lets off to go corner to corner, and HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up again as Shibata hits a HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daniels is still in this but Shibata is right on him for the chinlock. Daniels fights up, reaches out, but Shibata drops back to have body scissors! Daniels is stuck in the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Daniels is turning red, he flails and fights around, and somehow gets the ROPEBREAK! Shibata lets go, but that’s the second, leaving Daniels with just one more. Shibata brings Daniels up, but Daniels JAWBREAKERS! Daniels CLUBS away on Shibata again!
Daniels runs, to LARIAT! Shibata stays up! Shibata ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels comes right back to STO! Daniels roars, but Shibata’s right back up!? And he hits an STO in return! Fans fire up while both men are down, but Shibata sits up! Shibata has Daniels’ arm, brings him up, and he KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Shibata stands Daniels up, to ROCK and ripcord and CHOP! SLEEPER!! Daniels flails but he’s already fading! Shibata lets off, to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
Just ten minutes and six seconds, and Shibata has his first defense in the books! Shibata helps Daniels up to show respect. Both men bow in respect, then sit cross legged as they shake hands to uphold the Code of Honor. Who will be next to step to The Wrestler?
Backstage interview with Claudio Castagnoli.
Dasha Gonzalez congratulates him on retaining the ROH World Championship at Supercard of Honor, but is there anyone else he deems worthy of a title match? Claudio says first of all, he did exactly what he told the whole world he was gonna do, and that is beat Eddie Kingston and that Eddie would implode. And what did Eddie do after losing? He grabbed the mic, cussed and cursed, and still thinks he’s championship material. “You cannot air that anywhere, you cannot print that anywhere, that is not a real representative for what ROH stands for. I am.
“I am here today as the ROH Champion. I’m ready to fight and I’m ready to defend it against anybody that proves himself worthy. That’s the ROH way, that’s my way, that is who I am.” The Swiss Superman has spoken, but who will step up and challenge for his throne?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Ortiz!
Another champion that retained their title was The Machine! Alongside The Gates of Agony, Brian Cage defeated the trio of Blake Christian, AR Fox & Metalik to hold onto the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships. But will the man who is Proud ‘n’ Powerful find a way to bring him down?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle and fans rally up for “ORTIZ! ORTIZ!” Ortiz and Cage approach, Ortiz shoots around to a waistlock but Cage switches and spins Ortiz around. Cage suplexes, Ortiz slips out to waistlock but Cage elbows free. Cage whips Ortiz to a corner, runs in but Ortiz goes up and over! Ortiz trips Cage up, hooks the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO, and Cage kicks, but Ortiz blocks. Ortiz CLUBS the leg but Cage DECKS Ortiz! Cage ROCKS Ortiz to a corner, storms up and RAMS into him! Fans rally but Cage RAMS into Ortiz again, then CHOPS him!
Cage brings Ortiz around, whips him to ropes, but Ortiz springboards to headscissor Cage out! Ortiz goes to the apron, CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Ortiz and he gets them to rally up. Ortiz whips, Cage reverses but Ortiz rolls to come back and SHOTGUN! The ring count climbs and Nana coaches Cage. Ortiz hobbles over, CLAWS Cage’s back, “Rawr!” Ortiz puts Cage in, covers, TWO! Ortiz is annoyed, he and the fans echo, “YYYEAH! YYYEAH!” Cage goes to a corner, Ortiz runs in, but Cage puts him on the apron. Ortiz blocks the punch but Cage ROUNDHOUSES! Cage drags Ortiz up to deadlift SUPERPLEX!
Cage soaks up the heat and flexes. Cage then drags Ortiz up to HEADBUTT! Ortiz staggers about, Cage ROCKS him, but Ortiz CHOPS! Cage ROCKS, Ortiz CHOPS, repeat! Cage JUMP KNEES! Ortiz falls over and Cage says, “Who betta than Cage, huh!?” Fans boo but Cage digs his boots into Ortiz at the ropes. The ref counts, Cage lets off and he brings Ortiz up. Cage wrenches and whips corner to corner hard and Ortiz bounces off buckles. Cage taunts the fans, brings Ortiz up, and Ortiz throws body shots. Cage knees low, whips Ortiz to ropes, but Ortiz ducks and leaps, but into Cage’s arms! Cage uses Ortiz to do curls!
Cage then TOSSES Ortiz up and over his head! “It’s too easy! It’s too easy!” Cage soaks up the heat and Nana cheers. Cover, TWO! Cage clamps onto Ortiz with a chinlock and Ortiz endures. Ortiz fights up, and JAWBREAKERS free! Ortiz CHOPS, ROCKS and repeat! Cage knees low again, then whips Ortiz to the corner. Cage runs in, into BOOTS! But he still clotheslines! Cage slashes his throat, but Ortiz cradles! TWO!! Cage escapes but Ortiz goes to the apron. Cage runs in, misses, Ortiz HOTSHOTS! Ortiz steps in, for a DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ortiz feeds off the “YYYEAH!” and rises up!
Cage stands, Ortiz fires a forearm and a CHOP! Forearm, CHOP, repeat! CHOP, CHOP, CHOP! BODY SHOT! Ortiz fireman’s carries but Cage is too big! Cage CLUBS Ortiz, whips him away, but Ortiz blocks a lariat to JAWBREAKER! Fireman’s carry, DOG BELLY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Ortiz can’t believe it! Fans rally up again, Ortiz brings Cage up, fisherman’s, but Cage powers through! Pump handle and lift, GMSI!! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz survives and Cage can’t believe it! He got his stuff in, but he has to bring Ortiz up again. Cage puts one out, brings Ortiz up, but Ortiz slips free to ENZIGURI!
Cage stays up, spins, but Ortiz ducks the discus to RANA! Cage hits buckles! Ortiz runs in to ELBOW, then HEADBUTT! HEADBUTT! HEADBUTT! Ortiz fires up, runs side to side, but Cage SUPERKICKS! Ortiz flops to the apron, but Cage drags him back up. Cage goes up the ropes, but Ortiz slips in, POEWRBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ortiz hurries to suplex, but Cage turns it around on him! DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
The Machine does not slow down after Supercard, he is still destructive! Nana mockingly shakes Ortiz’s hand, but will anything ever stop The Embassy from reigning over ROH?
Darius Martin VS Jay Lethal w/ Team Triple J!
Top Flight suffered heavy losses at Supercard of Honor. Not only did they fail to bring the tag titles home, but Dante Martin goes down with a horrific ankle injury. Even so, Darius looks to hold it down for his brother. Will he do that against the lethal former world champion? Or will Jay start to make his way up towards that very title?
The Kingdom joins commentary, they apparently aren’t letting things go from their feud with Top Flight. The Code of Honor is upheld, but Lethal gets in Darius’ face. Darius pushes Lethal’s finger out of the way, so Lethal kicks low! The bell rings as Lethal fires off JABS! Lethal whips, Darius reverses and DROPKICKS! Lethal bails out, but Darius builds speed. Darius slides out, Lethal in, but then Darius dodges as Lethal leaps back out. Darius builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on Lethal and fans fire up! Darius puts Lethal in, goes up the corner, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE!! Lethal gets away to a corner.
Darius runs in, Lethal puts him up on the ropes! Darius has a bad landing, and Lethal triangle DROPKICKS Darius to the floor! Lethal builds speed and Lethal DIVES! Direct hit and now Darius hits barriers! Fans fire up, Lethal and Sonjay strut, and even Satnam gets in on it. Lethal tells off the fans, he puts Darius in the ring to cover, ONE!! Lethal is upset but goes to a leg. Lethal stomps the leg, steps through, but Darius kicks him away. Lethal trips Darius, steps through, but Darius cradles! TWO, and Lethal spins, into a SUPERKICK! Lethal comes back but Darius ducks the discus to ENZIGURI!
Lethal falls over, Darius hurries after, but Lethal flops out of the ring! Fans rally, Sonjay coaches Lethal, but Darius steps up. Satnam smirks at Darius, but the ref has him and Sonjay stay back. Lethal gets into the ring, but Darius is after him. Darius brings Lethal to the apron, CLUBS him, but Lethal hits back! They brawl on the edge, Lethal CHOPS, but Darius LARIATS! Lethal CHOPS, Darius LARIATS again, and Lethal ends up in the ring! Lethal hurries up but Darius dodges the enziguri! Lethal flops and flounders, Darius BOOTS him! Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally while Darius huffs and puffs. Darius brings Lethal up, but Lethal ROCKS him with a forearm! Darius comes back, and DECKS Lethal in return! Both men rise, and Lethal ROCKS Darius! Darius UPPERCUTS! Lethal ROCKS Darius! Darius kicks but Lethal blocks to spin and ROCK! Lethal runs, handsprings, but Darius follows to trip him up! Darius then resets on the apron, steps in, into a SUPERKICK! Darius comes back, into a CUTTER, but he handstands out of it! Ghost pin, TWO!! Lethal escapes, runs in, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives again and Taven says someone’s show is untied.
Taven offers to go help and Maria says he’s so nice. Taven makes his way to ringside, Satnam tries to drag Lethal to safety, but Darius DROPKICKS him! Satnam stays up! Darius apologizes, but now Taven is ringside! Taven slides in, Lethal and Darius are both worried since neither of them are friends with Taven. Taven SUPERKICKS Darius! Lethal is a bit surprised, and says alright. LETHAL INJECTION! Cover, Lethal wins!
Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall
Sonjay celebrates with Lethal while The Kingdom acts like it was all him. Lethal says HE built ROH, this is HIS house, and he will do what he pleases! The Kingdom applauds Lethal, and they borrow Satnam’s jacket, since it’s big enough for both of them. Taven and Mike mockingly ask Darius what’s wrong, but will Darius be able to avenge himself and Dante against them both?
La Faccion Ingobernable w/ Preston Vance & Jose VS The Infantry!
Rush y Dralistico may not have brought home the ROH World Tag Team titles, but they’re not letting that get them down. There’s always the chase, but will El Toro Blanco y El Principe de Plata y Oro be golden soon enough? Or will Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo snipe title opportunities from them?
The teams sort out and Dralistico starts against Dean. Dean offers the handshake, but Dralistico shoves him. Dean comes back, things speed up, Dralistico hurdles but Dean leaps over. Dralistico arm-drags, Dean arm-drags, then Darilstoco sweeps to cover, ONE! Dean sweeps and covers, ONE! Both men kip up and fans fire up! Dralistico offers the handshake now, but Dean isn’t so sure. Carlie says don’t, but Jose says do it! Dean accepts, Dralistico raises Dean’s hand in respect, but then SCREW HIGH KICKS! Carlie says he knew it was a trap! Jose laughs at Dean falling for it, and Dralistico stomps him.
Dralistico sends Dean to the corner, Carlie tags in and he gets in Dralistico’s face. Carlie CHOPS, but Dralistico CHOPS back! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster, but Dralistico changes to forearms! Then Dralistico CHOPS, runs, but Carlie shoots around to ROLLING ELBOW! Dralistico staggers, Carlie runs, but into a KICK from Rush! KNEE from Dralistico! Dralistico BLASTS Dean, shoves Carlie to the corner, and CHOPS! Dralistico fires up, he tags Rush, and Rush brings Carlie up to CHOP! And CHOP! And stomp! Rush stomps away, digs his boots in, but lets off to tag Dralistico back in.
LFI drags Carlie up, whips him corner to corner, and then Dralistico SPLASHES! Rush SPLASHES! Dralistico goes side to side to MULE KICK! Rush goes corner to corner to fake Carlie out. Then he BOOTS Carlie! Rush rolls back, LFI tranquilos! But Dean gets in to ROCK Dralistico! Dean swings on Rush but is sent into a GAMANGIRI! GERMAN SUPLEX! Springboard, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Carlie SUPERKICKS Rush! Dralistico spins around Carlie to throw knees, underhook and Canadian Rack, FACEBUSTER! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall
The Infantry falls to the power move, but the LFI isn’t done with them! They put them side by side to stand on them and raise their fists. Will Dralistico take the International Championship from Orange Cassidy on Friday? Will LFI take the tag and trios titles from ROH in the near future?
Daniel Garcia VS Tracy Williams!
At the Supercard of Honor, The Red Death took on The Ace, and the Hot Sauce took on the Imperial Unit. Neither man was successful, so this is all about rebounding. Will the greatest sports… enner-tay-ner be back on top? Or will the professional wrestler bring him back down?
The Code of Honor is not upheld as Garcia kicks Tracy’s hand. The two circle, feel things out, knuckle lock, then back away. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but he shouts back, “Sports Entertainer!” Tracy says he doesn’t care what Garcia is, and they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow! Garcia wrenches, wristlocks, but Tracy chinbars. Garcia wrenches more, but Tracy spins through to snapmare and chinlock. Garcia slips out, hammerlocks and grins, then snapmares again, but Tracy cravats to cradle! TWO, and Tracy shouts, “WRESTLING!” Fans cheer but Garcia mockingly applauds. The two reset and fans again chant, “You’re a Wrestler!”
The two tie up, Tracy powers Garcia to a corner, and the ref counts the break. Tracy lets off, but Garcia turns it around. The ref counts the break again, and Garcia lets off, but knees low! Garcia soaks up the heat, then storms up to whip. Tracy reverses, to then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Float over, “WRESTLING!” Tracy CLUBS away, snapmares and has a GROUND OCTOPUS! Garcia fights, it becomes a ghost pin, TWO! Fans fire up with Tracy, he brings Garcia up but Garcia throat chops! Fans boo but Garcia storms up to ROCK Tracy with a haymaker! And another! And another! Tracy stands, but avoids Garcia’s chop!
Tracy fires off forearms, but Garcia knees low! Garcia CHOPS and Tracy snarls. Garcia whips, Tracy reverses and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then wrenches to HAMMERLOCK SUPLEX! Fans fire up, Tracy runs in, and he clotheslines! Then he brings Garcia into a facelock, but Garcia breaks free and SHOVES Tracy to the floor! Fans boo Garcia but he soaks up all the heat. Tracy crawls back in, but Garcia stomps away on him! The ref counts, Garcia digs his boot in and flexes, but he lets off at 4. Tracy sits up, but Garcia ROCKS him with forearms and UPPERCUTS! Tracy goes to a corner, Garcia runs in, and he clotheslines!
Garcia stomps Tracy, he hears the fans chanting “We Want Tables,” so he goes outside! Garcia looks under the ring, and brings out MIDDLE FINGERS! No tables for them. Fans boo, but Garcia kicks Tracy down. Garcia mockingly encourages the fans to get loud, and they still do. Garcia slingshots over, just to scuff Tracy. Garcia does his dance! Tracy snarls, sits up, but Garcia kicks him around. Garcia eggs on Hot Sauce, and he gets a CHOP for it! And then a single leg! Garcia fights it, Tracy fires forearms and Garcia returns them! Tracy gets the edge but Garcia knees low. Garcia swings, misses, and Tracy SINGLE LEG SAIDOS!
Garcia flounders to a corner and fans are fired up for “HOT SAUCE! HOT SAUCE!” Tracy runs in, but Garcia dodges! Garcia returns, into an ELBOW! Tracy goes up, but Garcia ROCKS him! Garcia soaks up the heat, goes up after Tracy, but Tracy SLAPS him! Then TOP ROPE DDTS!! And DISCUS LARIATS!! High stack, TWO!! CROSSFACE!! Garcia endures, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Tracy lets off quickly, he SLAPS Garcia then drags him up. Tracy waistlocks, Garcia fights it to switch, but Tracy switches. They switch and switch, Garcia HALF HATCH GUTBUSTERS! Cover, Garcia wins!
Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall
Garcia may still say he’s a sports entertainer, but he won that more like a pro-wrestler. Either way, will Garcia fight his way up towards a title as ROH rolls into the next chapter?
Willow Nightingale VS Notorious Mimi!
The powerhouse of positivity has her homecoming on Long Island! But she’s been in a rough patch as of late, will she get back on her feet in her hometown? Or will this match be notorious?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and two circle. They tie up, Willow waistlocks, but Mimi fights the lift. Mimi arm-drags but Willow blocks to do-si-do with her! Mimi isn’t in the mood to dance but Willow whips her to run her over! Fans cheer for Willow, things speed up, and Willow KICKS then DOUBLE CHOPS! Willow scoops and SLAMS Mimi, then SENTONS! Fans fire up while Mimi goes to the corner. Willow runs in to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare, but Mimi blocks the kick to DRAGON THROW! Not quite a dragon screw, but it sets her up for the GEDO CLUTCH! ONE!!
Mimi is annoyed, but Willow blocks the whip. Willow whips Mimi away, runs in, but into an ELBOW! Mimi goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Mimi runs in, Willow shoves her away to then POUNCE!! Fans fire up while the straps come down. Willow is all fired up, and she brings Mimi up to gut wrench and DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall
Mimi gave it her best but there’s no stopping the good vibes! Willow shakes Mimi’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, will Willow look to challenge whoever has the women’s title after the main event?
The Righteous VS Steve Somerset & Stephen Azure!
In quite the shocking moment during the Supercard Zero Hour, Dutch & Vincent arrived in ROH! Former ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, they are back and ready to start again. Will the #EvenStevens and all their argyle not stand a chance against the chilling duo that stands before them?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the Even Stevens get into the groove. But then Dutch DOUBLE LARIATS them down! The bell rings, The Righteous DOUBLE HEADBUTT Somerset, DOUBLE CHOP, double whip and then Dutch CLOBBERS him! Azure stands up, into a SPLASH in the corner! Tag to Vincent, feed to the KNEE and then a LARIAT! Vinnie is having fun, BASEMENT FLATLINER! Dutch drops the leg, brother! Vincent drops an elbow, stands Azure up to CHOP, and then tags Dutch. The Righteous mugs Azure, then Dutch short arm LARIATS! And short arm LARIAT again!
Azure BOOTS, swings, but into a clinch! EXPLODER! Dutch BLASTS Somerset, then he brings Azure up. Tag to Vincent, Dutch whips and SCRAPBUSTERS! Vincent is up top, SWANTON BOMB! Vincent snaps it up, Azure flounders up, and The Righteous is all fired up! AUTUMN SUNSHINE! Cover off the assisted cutter, The Righteous wins!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
Vincent shakes Azure’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, and The Righteous is rolling. Will they soon take over ROH once again?
Konosuke Takeshita VS Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes!
The Future of Wrestling has been catching everyone’s eye, especially Don Callis. But The Premier Athlete doesn’t care unless you have as many abs as he does. Will “Long Island’s Greatest Achievement” prove he should be the one everyone is watching? Or will the international sensation that is Konosuke Takeshita continue to roll towards the top?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though reluctantly on Nese’s end. The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally for Konosuke. Konosuke and Nese feel things out, Nese shoots in and waistlocks, but Konosuke wrenches out to a wristlock. Nese reaches for ropes, Konosuke keeps him away, but Nese rolls and wrenches back. Konosuke endures the wristlock, rolls and pries the hold to wrench back on Nese. Konosuke hammerlocks, Nese backs him into a corner, and lets off. Nese whips, Konosuke reverses but Nese goes up and over. Nese keeps moving, hurdles, then mule kicks! Knee lifts! ROUNDHOUSE! LEG SWEEP!
Nese flexes on Konosuke but the Varsity Athletes are the only ones cheering. Konosuke nods, he offers a handshake again. Nese accepts it and helps Konosuke stand, but he kicks Konosuke low! Fans boo, Nese ROCKS Konosuke, “That’s why I’m the Premier Athlete!” But Konosuke reels Nese in! Konosuke back suplexes, Nese lands on his feet, but Konosuke ELBOWS him! Konosuke runs, blows past the lariat, dodges the elbow and FLYING SHOULDERS! Then Konosuke flexes on Nese! Fans cheer, the Nese is furious, and Nese runs in! Konosuke dodges, fires off boxing elbows, then whips. Nese reverses to throw Konosuke out!
Nese distracts the ref, and Josh Woods anchors Konosuke as he tries to skin the cat! Nese then WRECKS Konosuke with a dropkick! Fans boo but the Varsity Athletes cheer. Nese goes out, “What’s so special about this guy, huh? Nothing! What’s special is how hard he goes into stairs!” And then Nese RAMS Konosuke into the steel steps! Ari Daivari laughs at Konosuke while fans boo. Woods says, “Kick his ass!” as Nese drags Konosuke up. Nese RAMS Konosuke into the apron! Fans boo more but Nese puts Konosuke in the ring. Cover, TWO! Nese clamps onto Konosuke with the body scissors!
Fans rally and Konosuke endures the squeeze. Konosuke moves around, throws elbows into the thighs, and Nese lets go to change to a rear bearhug! Konosuke fights up, throws elbows, but Nese spins him around. Nese suplexes but Konosuke makes it a cradle! TWO, and Konosuke knees low! Konosuke runs, sunset flips, but Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Konosuke flounders while fans boo. Nese storms up to the corner, positions Konosuke and runs side to side, into a LARIAT! Konosuke and Nese are down and fans fire up! Nese crawls to ropes, Konosuke stands and fires up. Konosuke runs corner to corner, to BOOT!
Konosuke keeps going, for another BOOT! Konosuke whips, Nese reverses but Konosuke reverse to fire off boxing elbows, back hand, and ROLLING ELBOW!! Nese goes down and fans are thunderous! Konosuke goes up top, for the SUPER SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives and the Varsity Athletes are relieved. But fans rally with Konosuke as he tunes up the band. Konosuke aims, runs in, but Nese dodges the knee to SUPERKICK! Nese runs, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Konosuke can’t make the cover, but he fires up with the fans! Konosuke whips, runs, but the Varsity Athletes get Nese outta there!
Fans boo but Konosuke just builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on all three men! Fans are thunderous and get high-fives! Konosuke backs Sterling off, and Sterling says if Konosuke touches him, he’ll sue! Konosuke TOSSES Woods into railing! And DECKS Daivari! Konosuke RAMS Nese into steel steps! Konosuke scares Sterling off again, then goes back for Nese. Fans fire up again, Konosuke puts Nese on the apron and then slides in. Konosuke brings Nese up the ropes, to deadlift– NO, Nese blocks! Nese trips Konosuke, slingshots and PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke survives and fans fire up again!
Nese drags Konosuke up, brings him in to pump handle, but Konosuke resists the lift! Konosuke breaks free, elbows Nese, then ROCKS him! Nese ROCKS Konosuke! Konosuke ROCKS Nese! Nese ROCKS Konosuke! Konosuke ROCKS Nese! Nese SOBATS! Knee lifts! But Konosuke blocks the kick to ROCK him! Nese slides under to pump handle, scoop and- Konosuke slips through! Gut wrench, the tuck, BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!!? Nese survives and no one can believe it! The Varsity Athletes are fired up, but Konosuke grits his teeth. Nese rises, Konosuke aims, but Sterling swipes at him!
Konosuke shouts at the Varsity Athletes, but Nese runs in! Konosuke dodges, waistlocks, but Daivari grabs Nese’s hands to block the suplex! The ref SLAPS Daivari’s hands away! GERMAN SUPLEX! But Nese lands on his feet! DOUBLE STOMP! Nese hurries to pump handle and scoop, GUTBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Konosuke survives and fans are thunderous! Konosuke drags himself to a corner but Nese kicks him into position. Nese scrapes Konosuke’s face again and again, then brings down the kneepad! Nese runs, but Konosuke gets around! O’Conner, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Konosuke wins!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
The Varsity Athletes can’t believe it but Konosuke Takeshita just finished the sweep! It’s another reluctant handshake but the Code of Honor is upheld. Will the Future of Wrestling soon be a future champion?
ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Miyu Yamashita!
The Fallen Goddess got more than she expected out of Yuka Sakazaki at Supercard of Honor, but she is still the champion. Though, will she get even more than she expects out of the Peach Pink Striker? Or will Athena keep the Pro-Wrestling EVE Champion from adding to her collection?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is on top of the ROH Women’s Division!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally. Athena tells the fans they don’t get tables so stop asking. Miyu and Athena tie up, go around, and Miyu waistlocks. Athena arm-drags to armlock, but Miyu gets up and wrenches back. Miyu wristlocks, Athena cartwheels to arm-drag then kip up. Fans cheer and Athena laughs, but she narrowly avoids the roundhouse! Athena bails out and says nope! She paces to cool off but Miyu eggs her on. Athena takes her time with the 20 count, and returns at 7. The two reset, each woman avoids a kick, then Athena blocks one. Athena spins and whips Miyu but Miyu triangle jump KICKS out of the corner!
Fans fire up and Miyu runs to PENALTY KICK! Athena sits up, into another KICK! And another KICK! Athena writhes but Miyu waits for her to sit up. KICK! And KICK! Athena snarls and growls, but Miya PUNTS her in the side! Fans rally up, Miyu KICKS away in the corner! The ref counts, Miyu lets off at 4, and she KNEES Athena down! Fans fire up with Miyu and she brings Athena up. Miyu whips corner to corner, Athena reverses, then runs in. Miyu BOOTS Athena, then sweeps! PENALTY KICK! Athena scrambles away to the outside but Miyu stalks her. Athena grabs the apron skirt!
The ref reprimands, Athena kicks Miyu away, then hurries out of the ring. Athena wants a timeout, but there are no timeouts here. Miyu drags Athena up by her hair! Athena trips Miyu, using the apron skirt! The ref reprimands but Athena drags Miyu to the corner. Athena spins Miyu into the post! Athena then CLUBS away on Miyu and YANKS her to the floor. Fans rally and duel but Athena stomps Miyu’s legs. “You wanna kick somebody, huh?!” Athena stomps the leg, then LEG DDTS to the floor! Athena drags Miyu up, Miyu throws body shots but Athena CLUBS her down. The ring count is 9 of 20 as Athena pushes Miyu in.
Athena stalks Miyu, tells the ref to calm down, then she drives knee after knee into the leg! Athena ties up the leg in a modified INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Miyu endures, fans rally, but Athena pulls harder. Miyu fires off forearm after forearm and Athena finally lets go. Miyu staggers to ropes, Athena runs in, but Miyu dumps her out hard! Fans rally up and Miyu goes to the apron. Miyu aims, and PENALTY KICKS! Athena flounders away around the corner, but Miyu just follows her. Another PENALTY KICK! Athena continues to flounder, and Miyu continues to pursue. PENALTY- NO, Athena blocks to fireman’s carry!
Athena brings Miyu around to POST her! And then WASTELAND SLAM to the floor! Athena soaks up the cheers and jeers, then SENTONS onto nothing! Miyu SHINING WIZARDS!! Fans fire up and Miyu is seething! Miyu drags Athena up as the ring count climbs again. Miyu gets Athena in the ring at 8 of 20 and fires up. Fans rally, Miyu climbs, but Athena storms over. Athena blocks the boot to YANK Miyu to the mat! Athena then climbs up, Miyu ROUNDHOUSES her first! Miyu climbs up, CLUBS Athena, then fireman’s carries! SUPER DEATH VALLEY!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Miyu can’t believe it!
Miyu brings Athena up, but Athena is dead weight. Miyu sits her up, to BUZZSAW! Miyu runs, but Athena turns knee into takedown! HALF CRAB!! Athena sits deep on the hold! Miyu crawls, claws, reaches out, but Athena drags her away! ANKLE LOCK!! Athena leans on the hold, but Miyu rolls to put Athena on ropes! Miyu runs, BLINDSIDE BOOT!! And then GERMAN SUPLEX!! Athena grabs at the ref but Miyu takes aim! SKULL- NO, Athena ducks and the ref avoids disaster! Athena bails out while Miyu apologizes for the near call. But Miyu then hurries to pursue Athena at the ramp! Miyu CLOBBERS Athena from behind!
Miyu won’t let Athena use Champion’s Advantage! Miyu stomps Athena, brings her up, but Athena DECKS Miyu! Athena says bye, but Miyu comes back to CLOBBER Athena again! Athena kicks Miyu, CLUBS her on the back, but Miyu hits back! They brawl, the count is climbing, ROUNDHOUSE! The count is 10 of 20, Miyu runs in, but Athena fireman’s carries! But Miyu slips free to fireman’s carry in return! DEATH VALLEY on the stage! Miyu brings Athena up, the count has stopped so we get a proper winner. But then Athena SHOVES Miyu off the stage! Miyu gets back up, but Athena snarls.
Athena roars, aims, leaps, CANNONBALL to the floor! The ref hurries over to check both women. Fans rally for “ROH! ROH!” as both women stir. The count begins again as Athena drags Miyu up. Athena brings Miyu to ringside, determined to finish this now. “You think you’re special? You’re NOTHING!” Athena whips Miyu into the ring, then stalks her. Miyu staggers up, Athena swings, but misses! Roll-up, TWO!! Athena hurries up to her feet, Miyu dodges the dropkick to LION’S BARRAGE!! Cover, TWO!! Miyu roars and fans fire up! Athena sits up, but ducks the Skull Kick! Takedown, into CROSSFACE!!
Miyu endures, reaches out, moves around, and fans are thunderous! But Athena rolls Miyu away!! Miyu endures, but she’s being bent back so far! Miyu flails, reaches out, but Athena puts on more pressure! Miyu is fading, Miyu is OUT! Athena wins!!
Winner: Athena, by stoppage (still ROH Women’s World Champion)
The Fallen Goddess grins, and lets off when she is satisfied! She clutches to her precious, and mockingly shakes Miyu’s hand. Athena fakes us out on stomping Miyu, and says, “Not worth it.” Athena’s reign continues, will it ever end?
A great ROH to follow Supercard of Honor, with quite a bit more than I expected. ROH has shifted to doing very few promos, which helps things go a bit faster for me. Claudio continues to run Eddie Kingston down in his promo, so I think we’re still getting a rematch there at some point. Daniels had a good promo to set up tonight’s Pure title match, and we got a great Pure title match out of Shibata VS Daniels. The match being only 10 minutes is still great stuff because it was constant action. Shibata can take on just about anyone, and I hope we get him facing more and more opponents on the way to the next ROH event.
Great Six Man Tag as the first match. Again, I’m a little confused as to why Mark Briscoe isn’t ROH World TV Champion right now, because then this would’ve been three champions facing off, and being against Shane Taylor would make sense. Shane beat Silas in a battle of former TV Champions, and Shane would make a great challenger to that title. Instead, it’s just a really good Face win that technically puts Mark & Lucha Bros on the Trios Division radar, but mostly just gives momentum to Penta & Fenix before they hopefully defeat QT & Hobbs tomorrow for Battle of the Belts.
Really good match for Ortiz’s return to action, though Cage winning is fine. The ROH Six Man Tag Team Champions are still going strong, they’re gonna have to build up a strong trio to take those titles from the Embassy. Good stuff out of Darius VS Lethal but I’m a bit surprised The Kingdom got involved. I guess their feud with Top Flight will continue, even with Dante out of action. Maybe Darius gets a temporary partner to help him, in the same way Dante had Matt Sydal while Darius was hurt. In fact, maybe Matt Sydal can be that substitute. As for Lethal, I would love if he got in on some title stories, like with Samoa Joe or Claudio.
Good stuff, though rather quick stuff, out of LFI VS Infantry. Of course LFI wins, to build them in the ROH Tag Division but also so that Dralistico has momentum going into BOTB. Pretty sure Cassidy wins that match, though, as he’s been running so strong with the International/All-Atlantic title. Also good stuff out of Garcia VS Tracy. Good win for Garcia, but I really liked the banter between Garcia, Tracy and the fans about sports entertainer VS pro-wrestler. And Willow more or less squashes Mimi, keeping Willow going strong in the Women’s Division. Willow already lost to Athena once, but maybe ROH can build a feud here.
Great stuff out of Konosuke VS Nese, as Nese has always been a really good wrestler, he just doesn’t have “it” to help him get up and over to a major title scene. We saw him get the Cruiserweight title in WWE during the 205 Live era, but it felt a bit forced for the moment in New York, and then nothing else happened for Nese after that. So here in AEW and ROH where you need to have even more of “it” to get anywhere, Nese and the Varsity Athletes will be lucky to be trios champions. And then a great main event out of Athena and Miyu. Athena was certainly going to retain, I’m just not sure who ROH has outside of Willow to be her next challenger. Chances are, it’ll be another crossover match with a joshi wrestler.
My Score: 8.5/10
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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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