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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/6/23)

ROH’s new era begins a new chapter!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/19/24)

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

Tomohiro Ishii joins The Conglomeration to take on The Undisputed Kingdom! Will this Freshly Squeezed formation tear down Strong, Taven & Bennett?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom; The Conglomeration wins.
  • Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners; Jericho & Bill win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher; Suzuki wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell; Kris wins.
  • The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party; The Lucha Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

While Mark Briscoe will be facing Roderick Strong next Friday for the ROH World Championship, his friends of Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii will be taking on Roddy, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett right here tonight! Will Freshly Squeezed, The Violent Artist & the Stone Pitbull tear The Kingdom down? Or will Rampage in Little Rock be Undisputed?

The trios sort out, Roddy starts against Kyle, and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and go around. They fight for control in the clinch, end up on ropes, but then move around again. Roddy wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Kyle spins and drop toeholds. Kyle floats to a waistlock but Roddy fights up. Roddy wrenches out, headlocks for the takeover, but Kyle rolls to a cover! ONE, but Roddy does not let go of the headlock. Roddy shifts to a clinch, but Kyle trips him up and floats for a leg. Roddy kicks at Kyle but Kyle stays close. Roddy wants a leg but Kyle kneels on Roddy to block. They knuckle lock, and Roddy fights up.

Roddy waistlocks, Kyle arm-drags to throw Roddy down, but Roddy trips Kyle. Kyle uses his leg guard but Roddy cartwheels away, and the fans cheer the stand off! The two reset, but then Cassidy tags in. Taven also tags in, and Cassidy runs up to get around. Cassidy headlocks, Taven powers up and out, then drops down to hurdle over. Cassidy blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Cassidy arm-drags, then he fakes Taven out! Taven is mad but Cassidy DROPKICKS him! Cassidy kips up, is a little wobbly for it, but the fans cheer. Ishii grabs Taven’s hair to keep him cornered while Cassidy storms over.

Cassidy tags Ishii, they double whip and then Ishii runs Taven over! Taven scrambles away, tags Bennett, but Ishii just runs Bennett over! And runs him over again! Taven comes back but gets run over! Roddy runs in and RAMS Ishii, but Ishii rebounds to run Roddy over! The fans fire up but The Kingdom mugs Ishii! The fans boo while The Kingdom reels Ishii in. Ishii fights the double suplex! Ishii tries to double suplex The Kingdom! The Kingdom CLUBS away on Ishii, but Cassidy steps in, as does Kyle! They help Ishii DOUBLE SUPLEX The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Cassidy flexes while he and Kyle stand down.

Ishii dares Roddy to get in, then he goes to Bennett. Ishii bumps Bennett off buckles, tags Kyle, and Kyle tags Cassidy. The Conglomeration has Bennett against ropes so that Kyle can KICK, Ishii can CHOP, and Cassidy can “chop.” KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! CHOP! Now Cassidy’s getting into it! KICK, CHOP, CHOP! Bennett sputters, Kyle & Ishii feed him to Cassidy’s SHOTGUN! Ishii covers, TWO! Bennett flounders around but Ishii stomps him, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Roddy shouts at Ishii but Ishii drags Bennett up and over to bump off buckles. Tag to Cassidy and he brings Bennett up to snapmare. Cassidy “runs” to LAZY ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Cassidy keeps Bennett from The Kingdom and tags in Kyle. They mug Bennett, then Kyle wrenches Bennett to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kyle hammerlocks, spins Bennett and snapmares him into a seated COBRA TWIST! Bennett endures, Cassidy gets in the shot so he can thumbs up, and then Kyle rolls Bennett into a cobra cradle! But Taven & Roddy distract the ref! Kyle lets Bennett go, and he stomps Bennett at the ropes.

Kyle bumps Bennett off Cassidy’s foot, then tags in Ishii. Ishii stalks Bennett, CHOPS him, but Bennett CHOPS back! Ishii doesn’t even flinch! Bennett CHOPS again, and that hurts his hand more than it does Ishii’s chest! Bennett CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS Bennett down! Rampage returns to single picture as Bennett sputters. Ishii CHOPS him again, and again, and again! Taven runs in, Ishii kicks him low, and fires a CHOP! Ishii CHOPS Taven, CHOPS Bennett, repeat! The CHOPS keep going, fans “WOO~!” and then Ishii runs. But Roddy trips Ishii up! The ref reprimands, Ishii BOOTS Roddy, and then Ishii breaks The Kingdom’s double clothesline!

Ishii comes back, he DOUBLE LARIATS The Kingdom, but Roddy DROPKICKS Ishii right after! The fans rally while Ishii and Bennett crawl again. Bennett hot tags Roddy and Roddy scoops Ishii for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy drags Ishii up to push him into the corner. Roddy CHOPS and Ishii sure felt that one! Roddy CHOPS again, then brings him around. Roddy fires forearms and haymakers, but the fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” Tag to Taven, he fires hands on Ishii. Taven snapmares Ishii to then CHOP him! Taven talks smack, then he sucker punches Cassidy! Taven tries to convince Kyle he’s on the wrong side, but Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Taven!

Taven flounders, the fans rally up, hot tag to Kyle! Bennett jumps in but gets a kitchen sink knee for it! Kyle BOOTS Taven, KICKS Bennett, then he KICKS Taven! Roddy steps in, but then steps out when Kyle spots him. So Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy! Kyle fires off strikes on Taven, but Taven avoids the leg sweep! Taven CLAWS Kyle’s eyes, says he doesn’t wanna do this, but then Ishii ROCKS Taven! Kyle reels Taven into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Bennett hurries in but Cassidy CROSSBODIES Bennett down! Taven powers up but Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy again! Taven fights but Ishii tags in.

Ishii takes Taven and suplexes while Kyle aims, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Ishii covers, Bennett breaks it! Bennett ROCKS Kyle, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Bennett stops the DDT! Bennett suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And then AX & SMASH from Kyle! Ishii LARIATS Bennett inside-out! The Conglomeration regroups while the fans fire up! Kyle runs to forearm SMASH Taven in the corner! Cassidy SMASHES, too! Then Ishii corner LARIATS! They hoist Taven up, Ishii climbs, but Roddy & Bennett wipe out Kyle & Cassidy! Roddy goes after Ishii, helps Bennett pick Ishii up as a backpack, and Taven adjusts up top.

The fans boo but Roddy helps Bennett hit the PROTON PACK! And Taven adds the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Ishii survives that onslaught and shocks The Kingdom! The fans fire up while Taven tags Ishii. Roddy drags Ishii up, knees him and CLUBS him, then ROCKS him! Roddy fires more shots but Ishii fires boxing elbows in return! Roddy spins but Ishii SWATS the Strong Knee! But then Roddy KNEES Ishii’s lariat! Roddy fires elbows of his own, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Cassidy tags in and goes up! The Kingdom runs in but Cassidy leaps over them both! Cassidy then baits The Kingdom in and DUMPS The Kingdom out!

Cassidy builds speed to DIVE, but The Kingdom catch him! They RAM him into apron, RAM him into railing, then set him up for Roddy to WRECK him with a dropkick! The Kingdom soaks up the heat while Rampage goes picture in picture again.

Roddy hauls Cassidy up to RAILING BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, Taven ROCKS him, and Roddy puts Cassidy in the ring. Roddy tags Taven in, they stomp Cassidy, and Taven drags Cassidy up. Taven puts Cassidy in the corner but Cassidy fights back with forearms and elbows for everyone! Cassidy slides under Taven, but Taven anchors his legs! Cassidy kicks Taven away, Bennett runs in and he drags Cassidy back. Cassidy BOOTS Bennett away so Roddy anchors him now! Cassidy reaches out, but Roddy drags him back and deadlifts him for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy digs a knee in, pulls Cassidy back with a chinlock, but Cassidy endures.

Roddy grabs an arm, he drags Cassidy back, and he hits a BACKSTABBER! Tag to Bennett and he covers, TWO! Bennett drags Cassidy up to CHOP him back down! Bennett drags Cassidy up again to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bennett keeps on Cassidy with a facelock, tags Taven in, and The Kingdom mugs Cassidy. Taven scoops Cassidy to BACKBREAKER, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Taven stomps a mudhole into Cassidy. Tag to Bennett but Roddy also steps in. Bennett drags Cassidy up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Taven back in. The Kingdom set Cassidy up and run in! Bennett forearm SMASHES, but then Cassidy TOSSES Taven! Roddy runs up to KNEE Cassidy, Taven BOOTS Kyle! Roddy puts Cassidy up, and they try this again! PROTON- NO, Cassidy slips free to shove Bennett into Taven! Taven gets stuck up top, and Cassidy dodges Roddy! Hot tag to Ishii! Roddy kicks Ishii, but Ishii suplexes to BRAINBUSTER Roddy! Ishii catches Bennett, to BRAINBUSTER!

Taven finally sits up but Ishii is after him first! The fans fire up as Ishii gives Taven a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Roddy breaks it! Kyle steps in and he brawls with Roddy! The fans fire up as forearm after forearm fly back and forth! Roddy ROCKS Kyle, Kyle KNEES Roddy! Roddy avoids the ax kick to fire elbow after elbow! Only to run into a KNEE! Snapmare and Ishii SLIDING LARIATS! Taven SUPERKICKS Ishii, Bennett fireman’s carries Kyle! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP of the knee! Ishii ENZIGIRIS Bennett! Cassidy rises, Ishii gives him the tag! Cassidy goes up to leap and sunset flip Taven! Bennett breaks it!

Bennett whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cassidy fires up and the fans are with him! Kyle joins in, they stand Bennett up! FRESHLY SQUEEZED ANNIHILATION! Roddy runs up to BOOT Cassidy! Kyle turns Roddy around but gets a STRONG KNEE for it! Ishii spins Roddy around, Roddy dodges and returns, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Cassidy returns to ORANGE- NO, Taven dodges! But then Cassidy ducks the leg lariat to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, The Conglomeration wins!

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

A powerful trios match opens Rampage, but wait, here comes Don Callis. Why’s this creep here? The fans boo him, but Callis smiles. Cassidy sees Callis and winds up the hand! But Kyle Fletcher attacks from behind! The Aussie Arrow stomps away on Cassidy at the ropes, then rains down fists! The fans boo but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe! The Sussex County Chicken won’t let The Protostar get away with this! He ROCKS and UPPERCUTS Kyle, then LARIATS Kyle up and out! Only for a STRONG KNEE to take Mark down! Roddy stomps Cassidy, then stomps Mark! Roddy holds up the belt and shouts, “This is mine!”

The fans boo but The Undisputed Kingdom stand tall, holding up all three belts. Will nothing stop them from conquering ROH at Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Arkady Aura is with Saraya & Harley Cameron, and says we haven’t seen Saraya wrestle since her first round loss in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Harley speaks up and asks how that’s supposed to be Saraya’s fault. Why point the finger of blame at her? Maybe it is this company’s fault! Because Saraya has been spending this whole time training, getting “Wembley Ready,” and being an unproblematic icon! Saraya says Harley is right, and do you know why? Because AEW is scared of Saraya. The AEW Women’s Division is scared of her! Because she is the living legend, she understands.

Last year at All In, Saraya had the world at her feet! Now, they’re just keeping her off the show. Harley says doing All In Wembley without Saraya is like doing Beverly Hills Cop without Eddie Murphy! Saraya says yeah, that’s why they’re keeping her away. But they can’t do the show without her because she IS the show. All roads lead to Wembley, baby, and it doesn’t matter who she has to step on to get there. Then just who will The Outcasts take out in order to have their moment?

 

Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners!

While The Learning Tree has to defend that “For The World” Championship this Wednesday on Dynamite, he and The Redwood are not shying away from competition. Will Jericho & Bill show the world they’re not afraid of big bad Minoru Suzuki? Or will Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum be the ones to teach The Learning Tree a thing or two?

The teams sort out and Bill starts against Truth. The fans rally, Truth gets around to headlock, but Bill powers up to TOSS Truth away! Truth flounders to his corner, Turbo tags in, and Turbo steps up to Bill. Jericho isn’t even taking this match seriously, he’s checking his phone! Bill knees Turbo low, CLUBS him down, but Truth tags back in. Truth runs and leaps, but Bill catches him! Bill grins, gives a thumbs up, then SLAMS Truth down! Bill says the fans know what’s up. But then Turbo tags in and The Outrunners DOUBLE CLUB Bill! Bill just frowns…! Bill turns around, he runs up, but The Outrunners dodge to DOUBLE DROPKICK!

Bill stays up but The Outrunners fire up. They spin and handshake, while flexing! Bill frowns, Truth sees and warns Turbo. Turbo looks and Bill DECKS him! Bill DECKS Truth, too! Bill then runs to BOOT Truth out of the ring! Turbo staggers up, Jericho keeps checking his phone, but Turbo CHOPS! Bill sighs and Turbo begs for mercy. Bill puts Turbo in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! And he fires off haymaker after haymaker! Bill laughs as he stomps a mudhole into Turbo! The ref counts but Bill keeps going! Bill lets off, laughs some more, and Jericho says look out. Truth CHOPS Bill, but then he begs for forgiveness.

Bill powers Truth to a corner with one hand! Then he runs to SPLASH Turbo! SPLASH for Truth, SPLASH for Turbo! BOOT for Truth, and then Bill choke grips Turbo. SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! And then he tags Jericho! Jericho smirks and waves to the fans. “Hi, guys~!” Cover, Jericho & Bill win!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Bad Apple Keith kicks Truth out of the ring, then he stands tall with his guys. Keith tells the Outrunners to respect Chris Jericho, but he and Bill won’t be around to help Jericho on Wednesday. Will Jericho be able to survive Minoru Suzuki in the shadow of Blood & Guts? Or will Suzuki tear down The Learning Tree #ForTheWorld?

Wait, speaking of Suzuki, here he comes! He has his own match tonight, but he wants to look Jericho in the eye one more time before Dynamite. Will the Meanest Man in the World make an example out of The Butcher?

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

Rampage returns and The Butcher is already in the ring. The bell rings and Butcher talks some smack on Suzuki. Butcher then fires a forearm, but Suzuki comes back with a forearm of his own. Butcher RAMS Suzuki into a corner, the ref counts, but Butcher lets off at 4. Suzuki eggs Butcher on but Butcher pie faces Suzuki. Butcher dares Suzuki to bring it, so Suzuki fires off fast hands and forearms! Suzuki ROCKS Butcher in the corner, then goes corner to corner, so he can BOOT! Butcher staggers, Suzuki snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY- NO! Butcher blocks the kick! Butcher CLUBS the leg, then trips Suzuki.

Butcher has a standing toehold as he traps one of Suzuki’s legs. Suzuki just eggs Butcher on! Butcher stomps the leg, drops an elbow on it, then he drags Suzuki up. Butcher CLUBS Suzuki, but Suzuki just snarls. Butcher CHOPS, but Suzuki isn’t impressed. Butcher CHOPS again, Suzuki eggs him on, so Butcher fires more CHOPS! Suzuki just laughs! Butcher ROCKS Suzuki, kicks low, then kicks again. Butcher reels Suzuki in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Suzuki and he fires body shots on Butcher. Suzuki ROCKS Butcher, but Butcher HEADBUTTS! Butcher vows to break Suzuki’s back!

Butcher half nelsons, but Suzuki slips around to waistlock. Butcher elbows free, runs, but Suzuki follows, drop steps to get around, and has the SLEEPER! Suzuki wrangles Butcher, squeezes tight, but Butcher endures. Suzuki spins Butcher around and reels him in, and the fans fire up for the Gotch Lift! Butcher’s big, but Suzuki still lifts him, holds him up, and then PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, Suzuki wins!

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

A gritty fight for Suzuki and Butcher, and this was in a normal match! What won’t Suzuki do to Jericho when it is FTW Rules?

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

Mark Briscoe says, “For those of you who may or may not have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you are looking at the group that has come to be known as The Conglomeration. You know about my main man with the game plan, OC, and Kyle O’Reilly. Let me introduce to you Tomohiro Ishii, henceforth to be known as Big Time! That’s right! Here in The Conglomeration, there is only two rules. First and foremost, you gotta be down to conglomerate. And secondly, you cannot in any way, shape or form, be a s*it head!” Kyle shrugs and nods, because it’s true.

Mark then says that brings us to the word of the day! The word of the day is… Discombobulation! Kyle asks the country of origin. American! Can he use it in a sentence? In the midst of Mark’s discombobulation, Roderick Strong cracked him in the jaw with a knee, and stood over him, holding up Mark’s ROH World Championship high in the air! Now that done pissed Mark off, Roddy! He’s known Roddy a long time, and Roddy knows better than that! So next week, Death Before Dishonor, Mark has something for Roddy!

But before that, tomorrow night’s Collision, #BigTime Ishii is going to take Roddy on 1v1! No Kingdom, no Conglomeration, and damn sure no Don Callis Family at ringside! Roddy VS Ishii, and we’ll show y’all how we do in The Conglomeration! Because they’re ’bout to RARARARARA!! The Chicken is all fired up, but will the Stone Pitbull be able to take a big bite out of the Savior of the Backbreaker?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor knows The Babe with the Power wants payback on her just as badly as she wants to run Willow’s life. But while Willow went and won the CMLL Women’s World Championship, Kris has just been grumbling and plotting with Big Stoke. Will Kris make an example out of Sydni tonight? Or will the Heart of Hutchinson, Kansas be unbreakable?

The bell rings and Kris DISCUS LARIATS right away! Stoke fires up but the fans are torn as Kris hauls Sydni back up. Kris ROCKS Sydni, CHOPS her, then fires off haymakers in the corner! The ref counts, Kris stomps a mudhole in, then she digs her boots in. The ref counts, Kris gets in his face about it, then goes back to Sydni. Kris drags Sydni up to snap suplex! Sydni flounders but Stokely smiles. Kris runs corner to corner, UPPERCUTS, then goes side to side, but Sydni ELBOWS her! Sydni fires forearm snow and has Kris in a corner! The fans fire up, Sydni fires up, and she whips. Kris reverses to then scoop and pop Sydni around!

Kris tucks Sydni in for STATURDAY NIGHT FEVER!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

As Stokely says, every night is #StaturdayNight, especially when Kris wins like that. She has Stoke stand on her while she does push-ups just to show off, but will Kris be ready when Willow returns with a vengeance?

 

Holo.grm loads up.

Whoever this mysterious masked man is, he is ready, and he promises that tomorrow night on Collision, we will see him debut! Will Holo.grm prove to be more than meets the eye?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Collision is already stacked with Strong VS Ishii, Holo.grm’s debut, and the Unified World Trios Championship match, The Patriarchy VS The Bang Bang Gang, but Skye Blue’s challenge to Hikaru Shida has been answered! Will the Shining Samurai cut through the Chicago Skye to find her way back to the top of the ranks? We’ll also see Darby Allin return to action against The Beast Mortis! Will The Relentless One sharpen his edge for Blood & Guts? Plus, the Lumberjack match has been made official! Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo, with other AEW stars all around ringside, will this be where La Mera Mera and The Virtuosa finally settle the score?

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix are looking to get in on the tag title chase, but so are Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy. While The Acclaimed still have to shoot their shot at The Young Bucks, which team will be waiting for them on the other side?

The teams sort out and Fenix starts against Brother Zay. The fans rally, Zay offers a handshake, and Fenix takes it. But then Fenix ROCKS Zay! Zay ROCKS Fenix back, they fire forearms, and Zay fires forearms again and again. Zay whips, Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY! Fenix kicks, SOBATS, KICKS a leg, then kicks again, but Zay blocks! Zay steps over, GAMANGIRI! Zay runs, but Fenix pops him up, only for Zay to RANA! Zay whips, Fenix reverses but Zay reverses back. Fenix goes up and out to the apron, Zay runs in, Fenix dodges the triangle jump, and then Fenix slingshot SENTONS! Fenix stands Zay up, but Zay fights the underhooks!

Zay RAMS Fenix into the corner, tags Quen, and Quen rolls Fenix up, TWO! Fenix comes back, but gets a pop-up DROPKICK for it! Penta tags in and the fans fire up! Penta blocks, Quen blocks then Quen ROCKS Penta! Quen goes up, brings Penta to the top with him, but Penta CLUBS Quen! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen, then slingshots up to SUPER RANA Quen away! The fans fire up, Quen returns but Penta BOOTS him! Quen tries again, Penta pops him up and SUPERKICKS him while upside-down! Quen flops to the apron then the floor and the fans fire up. Penta builds speed, but Zay CROSSBODIES him!

Fenix MISSILE DROPKICKS Zay! Quen returns to PELE Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Zay and Fenix bail out, Penta and Quen slowly stand up. Penta eggs Quen on, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Quen steps up to Penta, and Penta says uno momento. Penta dramatically takes off his glove, but Quen says no, let him. “SHOTS! SHOTS!” Penta says okay, listen! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Quen, so Quen comes back to say “SHOTS!” “CERO! MIEDO!” “SHOTS!” They go back and forth, taunt for taunt, then Penta CHOPS! Quen is stinging but he composes himself. Quen comes back, CHOPS, but that hurts his hand more than it does Penta’s body! Penta says okay, and he unbuttons Quen’s shirt, to CHOP him down! The fans fire up with Penta as he does a “SHOTS! SHOTS!” dance! So Quen returns to fire forearms!

Quen ROCKS Penta, runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but Quen BOOTS him down! Quen nods, runs up, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, Penta blocks a kick to HEEL KICK, only for Quen to ROUNDHOUSE back! Both men wobble, then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! Both men fall and the fans fire back up! Quen and Penta crawl, hot tags to Zay and Fenix! Fenix ROCKS Zay, Zay ROCKS Fenix, and Fenix fires off a strike fest! Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” But Zay wrenches out to facelock back! But Fenix fights the suplex, wrenches out, and KICKS Zay!

Fenix reels Zay in, but then Zay wrenches out. Zay reels Fenix back in, but Fenix wrenches out to mule kick. Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” but Zay wrenches out to ROCK Fenix! Zay eggs Fenix on, pie faces, and he fires a forearm! Fenix fires back, they go back and forth, and the fans rally up. Fenix and Zay huff ‘n’ puff, and they keep throwing shots! Zay gets the edge, but Fenix returns in kind! Rampage returns to single picture as they both throw forearms at the same time, again and again! It is fast and furious and the fans love it! Penta runs in just to BLAST Quen! The Lucha Bros mug Zay, double whip, but Quen is there for some SILLY STRONG!

Penta flounders out, Quen HOTSHOTS Fenix! Zay brings Fenix around, Quen goes up, AFTER PARTY STOMPS! Quen goes up and up to ESCALARA SENTON onto Penta! Zay SWANTON BOMBS Fenix! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and shocks Zay! The fans rally up and Zay brings Fenix up. Tag to Quen, and Private Party puts Fenix up top. Quen runs up, GIN- NO, Fenix holds onto the corner and Quen tumbles! Penta also waistlocks Zay but Zay fights free with elbows. Penta shoves Zay so that Fenix can tightrope walk PENALTY KICK! Then Penta SLINGBLADES Zay down! Quen gets in, he gets a SLINGBLADE, too!

The fans fire up for “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta brings Quen in but Quen slips free and shoves Penta into Fenix! Fenix lands on his firebird and Quen helps Zay up. GIN & JUICE!! Cover, but Penta returns to break it and hit a DESTROYER on Zay!! Quen is shocked while Little Rock is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as “A E DUB!” gives us this main event. Quen drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix eggs Quen on so Quen stomps away on him! Quen drags Fenix up, reels him in, but Fenix wrenches out to underhook and BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!! Fenix tags Penta and they aim at Zay. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Quen is alone, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Then Penta drags Quen up and Fenix goes up! Tuck and “CERO! MIEDO!” LB PILEDRIVER!! Then Fenix DIVES onto Zay for good measure! Penta covers, Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Private Party put up a fight to be sure, but Penta y Fenix just wanted it that much more! Will the Lucha Brothers be watching Blood & Guts very, very closely?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage here, and even the squash matches served some purpose. Kris crushing Sydni was mostly for momentum, but it felt like that was the first real showing of Kris’ Heel attitude with her trash talking the whole time. Jericho letting Bill do all the work against The Outrunners was naturally how that match was going, but it works perfectly in character and story for them. And Jericho crossing paths with Suzuki before Suzuki puts Butcher away rather quickly was good, too. The go home math is therefore even ahead of their FTW Championship match, but I wonder if Jericho was texting someone who could interfere for him since Keith & Bill can’t. But it can’t be Jeff Cobb, though, he’s locked in for NJPW’s G1 Climax.

Very good promo from The Outcasts, and while Toni Storm VS Mariah May is one title match and Mercedes Mone VS Britt Baker is another, Saraya could end up putting out an open challenge and it is answered by someone big from Stardom or CMLL for a first-time-ever kind of match to make All In even more historic. Great tag team main event from Lucha Brothers VS Private Party, with it mostly being for momentum. Private Party has finally been back on track now that both guys are healthy, but Lucha Bros winning out made sense. Penta & Fenix have been great as a team and as individuals, they’re both primed to take on just about any team or even singles champs if needed.

And great opener from The Conglomeration and The Undisputed Kingdom, even though I’m surprised they did such a Six Man Tag already. The Conglomeration winning could still feed into my idea that Cassidy & Kyle get an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Death Before Dishonor, but it also gives us a reason for Ishii VS Roddy tomorrow night. Great promo from Mark Briscoe in that, too, he continues to be one of the best underappreciated promo guys in all of wrestling today. I feel like Mark is going to retain the title against Roddy given how Shane Taylor is gunning for Mark, but that really depends on if Tony Khan is even paying attention to his own shows.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/19/24)

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

After last week’s brutal attack by The Bloodline, Cody Rhodes will open tonight’s SmackDown to show he is not intimidated by their actions!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes; Andrade wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven; Bianca wins.
  • Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax; Mia wins.
  • Cody Rhodes & Kevin Owens VS A-Town Down Under; Cody & Kevin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

Omaha, Nebraska fires up as The American Nightmare makes his way out. The fans sing along with the song, “WHOA~ OH~!” The pyro goes off, Cody high-fives fans and even gives some autographs as he continues down the ramp. Cody fist-bumps Omaha’s own Terence Crawford, who is preparing for his own boxing championship defense, and then Cody steps into the ring. The fans chant Cody’s name while he grabs a mic. “So, Omaha! What do we wanna talk about? Let’s talk about Randy Orton.” Cody has the distinction and honor of calling Randy Orton a friend. Before that, Randy was a mentor.

Randy chose Cody when he didn’t have to, when he was told to discard Cody. Cody would not be here as Undisputed WWE Champion without Randy Orton. The fans cheer that, and even chant for “Randy! Randy!” Cody says, “So imagine the guilt when a man who has a lovely wife, a beautiful family, five children, a man who came back from what could’ve been a career ending injury and had spinal fusion surgery, imagine my guilt watching this Bloodline put Randy Orton through a table.” The fans boo, and Cody says family is not always blood. How’s the song go? Wrestling has more than one royal family. Randy is Cody’s family. Randy is Cody’s brother!

And if Randy were here, he wouldn’t want Cody to wax poetic or talk about guilt and shame. The difference between the two is the difference of being bad and doing something bad. Cody will instead look directly into the camera, and he will talk right to the man responsible: Solo Sikoa. The fans boo that name. Cody looked Solo in the eyes before WrestleMania 39 even, and told him, “You are not ready.” Then Solo paid Cody back in kind by costing him the title he has now, the title they will fight for in the main event of SummerSlam.

“Solo, with everything you have done trying to erase your time as The Enforcer–that’s a cute nickname, by the way–and instead become the Tribal Chief, how does it feel knowing that I am still standing here in this ring, still champion, and that you are still not-” A-Town Down Under interrupts? The fans boo as Austin Theory & Grayson Waller strut out here, and Theory starts by saying, “Cody, Cody Rhodes. Cody, you’re spending a lot of time talking about The Bloodline, but because of you, Jacob Fatu from The Bloodline attacked me last week.” Look at his face! It’s swollen! Cody thought that was from his own partner hitting him in the face.

Waller says nice try, Cody, trying to deflect from how Cody can’t take responsibility for his own actions. Theory got attacked last week was because of Cody. And the reason Cody’s mentor, hero and friend, Randy Orton, the reason Cody won the title, the reason Randy got hurt is because of Cody. The fans boo but ATDU step into the ring. But Cody fires off on tehm first! The fans fire up but he still gets mugged 2v1! The fans boo again as Theory & Waller stomp Cody down. Waller TOSSES Cody out, but Terence says here, have his chair! Cody uses that chair to JAM Waller and SMACK him down!

Then Cody tosses the chair to Theory so he can DISASTER KICK it into Theory’s face! ATDU bails out and the fans fire up! Cody has chair and championship, will he need both of those to thwart The Bloodline?

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

He has his guy tidy up the edges, and then says there won’t be chants or gimmick BS. He tells Andrade that it’ll be them, “two hoopers,” one on one, going hard in the paint, and the world will be waiting to see who misses first. And it won’t be H1M. Melo heads out, but will he dunk on Andrade? Or will El Idolo show this isn’t Melo’s game, it’s his?

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

Cody says it is a 100% freebie, he wants a match with A-Town Down Under. Aldis says he can do that, but he’ll need a tag team partner. Cody says no, he needs to send a message to The Bloodline. Aldis gets that, but hey, if he sends the WWE Champion out into a Handicap Match, Aldis will have to answer to the Board of Directors. So respectfully, Cody has until the end of tonight to find a partner. The American Nightmare has his mission, will he find someone who wants to take the fight to the former tag team champions?

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

El Idolo has been NXT Champion, just like H1M, but he’s also been WWE United States Champion and is currently WWE Speed Champion. Will Andrade make Melo respect him? Or will no one humble Melo when he hits Nothing But Net?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, the two tie up, and Andrade headlocks. Melo powers up and out but Andrade runs him over. Things keep moving, Melo hurdles then Andrade leaps over. Melo rolls off Andrade’s back, comes back, and tilt-o-whirl RANAS, only for Andrade to handspring through! Melo runs up again, sunset flips, ONE!! Melo grabs at legs but Andrade boots him away. Andrade then trips Melo, steps through, but Melo kicks him away. The fans cheer the standoff while Melo frowns. Andrade runs but he turns Melo’s dropdown into a rolling sunset, TWO! Melo jackknife bridges, TWO!

Both men stand, both men ROCK each other with forearms, then the forearms start flying! Andrade runs but Melo ROCKS him! Melo runs but Andrade BOOTS him! Andrade steadies himself before he runs, but then Melo DROPKICKS him! Melo runs, but Andrade follows! Andrade jumps up onto the ropes with Melo! Melo slips away to trip Andrade up! Andrade is stuck in ropes, Melo still hits a FADE AWAY JUMPER! The fans fire up for that leg drop, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Andrade endures an armlock. The fans rally, Andrade fights up, and he throws body shots. Melo holds onto the armlock, but Andrade fires more shots! Then he JAWBREAKERS free! Melo knees, whips, but Andrade reverses. Andrade then follows, but Melo dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW LARIAT to hit! The fans fire up while both men are down! Melo and Andrade slowly sit up, and fans rally. Melo throws a haymaker, but Andrade eggs him on! Melo fires another, but Andrade SLAPS and SLAPS with palm strikes! Andrade blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Then another DRAGON SCREW!

Melo hobbles up, swings, but misses! Andrade FLYING FOREARMS and both men are down again! The fans rally, Andrade kips up! The fans cheer as Andrade snarls. Andrade calls his shot, the fans rally behind him with “SI! SI! SI!” Andrade gets moving, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives, showing why he was NXT and NXT North American Champion in his career. Andrade brings Melo up, reels him in, but Melo slips free of the suplex! Melo rebounds to LA MYSTICA! Cover, TWO! Andrade stays in this and Melo grows frustrated. Melo drags Andrade up, “This is Awesome!” as Melo puts Andrade in a corner.

Melo hoists Andrade up to the top rope backwards. Melo then climbs up behind Andrade, brings Andrade up, but Andrade fires elbows! Melo falls back and the fans fire up! Andrade adjusts, and he MOONSAULTS! Melo moves but Andrade MOONSAULTS again! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and shocks Andrade! Andrade huffs ‘n’ puffs and brings Melo up. Andrade reels Melo in, back suplexes, but Melo lands out! Melo dodges again, kicks a leg out, then runs up, into a CHOP! Melo returns to KNEE anyway! Melo keeps moving, boot feint and ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives again but Andrade puts him in the drop zone.

Andrade goes to a corner and climbs up. The fans cheer as he reaches the top. Andrade aims, leaps, but into the FIRST 48! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives that half court shot but Melo hurries back to the corner! Melo climbs, aims, and NOTHING BUT- NO! Airball, and Andrade scoops! Melo slips free, only to end up in underhooks! THE MESSAGE!! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

El Idolo called his shot last week, and he hits the mark! But now that Andrade is through with H1M, will he be moving on to bigger and better?

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

The Role Model WWE Women’s Champion and the Irresistible Queen of the Ring are in separate locations as Corey Graves interviews them. He wants to ask Nia about Cleveland but she says just stop. Look at her, and look at Bayley. Start feeling sorry for Bayley right now, because at SummerSlam, Nia beats Bayley, takes her title, and puts her down like an old, sick dog. Nia will put Bayley out of Nia’s misery. Bayley says wow, Nia hasn’t changed in the ten years they’ve known each other. Nia says oh no, she has changed. And before going on too long, Nia is Queen of the Ring, so address her as “Queen Nia.”

Bayley says she’ll address Nia how she wants. And Nia should know what Bayley meant by that. Nia is the same heartless woman she was since day one here. The same big mouth, and the attitude like she owns this place. The same Nia that in 2017, took Bayley out of her SummerSlam match. Oh, we’re going there now? Yes, they are, and let Bayley finish talking. Nia took Bayley out, that changed the trajectory of Bayley’s whole career. But Nia didn’t hurt Bayley because she’s so much bigger and stronger than Bayley or that she’s so vicious. Nia did it because she’s big, clumsy, and reckless. Nia gets pissed now!

Nia says honestly, Bayley, she is pretty content being Queen of the Ring, the Queen of WWE! Nia is on top! She’s coming for that title just because she can take it from Bayley! Well, then, bad news there. Don’t listen to what the fans are saying that Nia is bigger or that she’ll mop the floor with Bayley. No, Bayley wants Nia to look at her now, and if she’s changed so much since 2017, then so has Bayley. Bayley walks into SummerSlam with the championship, and she walks out with the championship! And there is nothing Nia can do to stop her. Bayley smiles but Nia asks if they’re done. Nia throws off her mic and storms off. Who will prove they’re THE top of the division when WWE arrives in The Land?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

But before they can reach the door, Piper Niven & Chelsea Green stand in their way. Sorry, are they lost? They’re here to talk to Mr. Aldis. Uh, girl, nuh-uh. Not before Bianca & Jade do. They need to get that tag title rematch. Aw, they’re gonna complain about losing because they’re big complaining losers? Uh, isn’t that what Chelsea’s about to do? Piper says you don’t talk about Chelsea like that. Yeah, that’s how they’re talking about Bianca & Jade. So scoot on over, because Piper & Chelsea are talking to Aldis first! Jade steps to the door but Bianca says no no, it’s fine. They can talk with Aldis later, because these two are on Bianca’s nerves.

If they can’t decide on who talks with Aldis first, they can decide this in the ring. Jade likes that idea, too. Piper also likes that idea, but Chelsea doesn’t. Bianca & Jade say bye~ and head for gorilla position. Will The EST give Chelsea something to complain to Aldis about? Or can the Hot Mess prove she can back up all that talk?

Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven!

SmackDown returns as Chelsea makes her entrance, accompanied by “Lil’ Miss P.” The bell rings and Chelsea talks trash on Bianca. Then she SLAPS her! So Bianca SLAPS back! Bianca storms up, Chelsea dodges and Bianca runs into buckles! Chelsea then ENZIGIRIS Bianca, reels her in for chicken wings, but Bianca powers out. Bianca runs, gets around, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans fire up while Chelsea flounders. Bianca handsprings but Chelsea avoids the moonsault! Chelsea runs up but Bianca gets under the boot! Torture rack, but Chelsea flails free! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO!! Bianca has Chelsea’s legs, BIANCA WINS!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Chelsea is already complaining and protesting to the ref! But then Jade and Piper step in, only for Chelsea to say time to go. The StrongEST Duo stands tall, but then someone is laughing. Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn are on the tron! And Isla says they’ve heard Bianca & Jade are looking for them. And they just love how the two have been so passionate about their titles. Alba says they get it, when you’re champions, you’ve got all the power! And right now, the power belongs to Alba & Isla. But lucky for Bianca & Jade, they’ll get a tiny glimpse at these belts next week. But when it comes to a rematch…? Well, we’ll see.

Alba & Isla laugh into the night, but will even the wicked witches fall victim to the forces of nature coming for them?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

The SmackDown General Manager says as we all know, SummerSlam is right around the corner. And as GM, it is his responsibility to deliver the biggest and best matches he possibly can. With that in mind, he holds a contract signed by himself and by LA Knight. This match is for the United States Championship, so all that is left is the signature of THE United states Champion. Without further ado, please welcome first, the challenger, LA Knight! Omaha fires up for The Mega Star makes his way to the ring. Knight joins Aldis in the ring, and Aldis says now welcome the champion, Logan Paul!

Many fans boo as The Maverick makes his way out, but there are still some fans who want fist bumps. Logan tells the fans to get louder one way or another as he steps into the ring. Logan is given the mic while fans continue to boo, and others chant for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” Aldis shows Logan the contract, Logan asks Omaha a question. Why would he give “Hillbilly Aladdin,” this Sons of Anarchy extra, this Larry the Lobster guy a shot at the United States Championship? Knight tells the “edge lord” to look at him. Logan talks about no reason for facing Knight, and y’know, maybe he’s right. Maybe Logan can just take a walk and we’ll think about this later.

But the one thing Knight thinks about is, he just thinks the one reason Logan should reconsider is that every time they have been face to face, Knight has owned and cooked Logan. The fans cheer that! So let’s go back just a year ago. Knight walks down that aisle, “YEAH!” He gave Logan a map, “YEAH!” And he said that map gave exact directions. “YEAH!” Those directions were for where Logan could shove each and every bottle of Prime! “YEAH!” That was last year. But since then, Logan became US Champ, congrats to you. Logan thanks Knight for that. Knight admits, if Logan’s holding a title, that makes him the man around here.

But Knight figured to himself, maybe time for Knight’s shot. Knight asks, Logan says no. Knight shows up at Logan’s house, his idiot friends let Knight in and he hops into the pool to make it his toilet. And what does that do? Just got Knight an MITB qualifier, and a pin on Logan right here on this mat! Now that felt damn good, and Knight wants to do it again. But Logan isn’t giving Knight what he wants, and what he wants is a shot at the US title. Knight chases Logan all over the world just to get him to show up! Logan says just listen to yourself, “John,” you sound pathetic! You’re a grown man but look at yourself!

The fact is, Knight needs this match with Logan. Logan doesn’t! The fans boo and Logan says they are not the same. The difference here is Knight’s entire existence is defined by what he does in this ring. Not Logan. Logan can leave this ring to interview former presidents, building multi-billion dollar business, starting a family, and changing the landscape of sports media with his brother! The last name “Paul” echoes through the entire zeitgeist of culture! And that’s not to say that what Knight does isn’t important. It is important. Knight is very good. In fact, Logan likes the catchphrase bodybuilder shtick he’s got.

But the real problem is, Knight wants Logan’s accolades but is not Logan. Knight doesn’t think like him, doesn’t move like him. Knight wants to be champion but is not “him.” And for someone whose entire existence is defined by what they do in this ring, Knight has not had a single defining moment the past 20 years. Knight is a gym bro with a spray tan and catchphrase, pretending to be The Rock! Knight says oh~, cut him, he bleeds! Never heard that before. Leave it to Logan to recycle old material. Low rent, lowbrow, Low T! Low T Logan P! But talk about the US Championship, about frauds, let’s talk about that.

Here is a man parading around as a champion! Here’s a man playing fraud on this entire company, pretending to be US Champion! And meanwhile, Logan won’t sign a contract? Good thing Logan brought up his brother, because the brother is willing to jump into the ring with Mike Tyson. But Logan doesn’t seem to have balls just to step into the ring with Knight! Guess balls don’t run in the family. Logan says if Knight wants the match, fine! He’ll sign, and he’ll give Knight a shot at the title! And after he beats Knight, Knight will have nothing. Logan could say he’d take everything from Knight, but Knight has nothing of value to give!

In fact, how about this? Logan can give Knight something already. On the back of this contract, Logan’s gonna give Knight directions for where he can still his dreams of becoming a champion! YEAH~! The fans boo but then Logan shoves the contract at Knight. Aldis keeps these two from throwing down already, even though the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Logan stands down, the fans boo, but Knight still has the match he wants. But then Logan slides back in to attack! Logan RAMS Knight into a corner, but Knight turns things around to fire off haymakers! Logan knees low, fires body shots, then winds up, but Knight blocks!

Knight cravats but Logan slips away again! Both men say that’s how close the other came! But again, Knight has the shot he wanted, will he use it to shut Logan up once and for all?

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

And he’s confronted by Santos Escobar & Elektra Lopez, who say, “L! A! KNIGHT!” “EW!” Santos says congrats on finally getting that US Championship match. Must be a great feeling, right? Knight pinned Logan Paul in Madison Square Garden. That must feel like sitting on top of the world. What’s with the questions, where’s this going? Santos says relax. Just a friendly reminder that Santos was in the Triple Threat and didn’t get pinned. He knows, Knight knows, Lopez knows, everybody knows~, that if it was 1v1, it would’ve been a different story. Knight says Santos clearly isn’t a student of history, because Knight’s been part of that story and he knows how that went.

But hey, SummerSlam’s still a few weeks away, so Knight has some free time. If Santos wants to get in touch with Knight, his mom has Knight’s number. Santos says Knight sure feels untouchable, huh? Facing Santos so close to that title shot is not the brightest idea. Wouldn’t want him getting hurt. But if Knight wants to squander his opportunity, why stop him? Santos & Lopez head out, but will Knight humble him before going after Logan?

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

As if dealing with The Queen of the Ring wasn’t hard enough, Michin has the Princess all up in her business! Will Mia remind us why she’s The Head Baddie in Charge? Or will no one put an end to #TiffyTime?

SmackDown returns and Mia makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Tiff throws Mia down by her hair! The fans cheer but then Mia catches Tiff for a cradle, TWO! Mia SHOTGUNS Tiff to a corner, runs up to forearm SMASH, then she sits Tiff down. Mia mocks Tiff to then CANNONBALL! High stack cover, ONE!! Tiff toughs it out but Mia KICKS her! Tiff avoids a roundhouse and wants a Tiffy Timeout! Mia chases Tiff but Tiff hides behind Nia. Mia says Nia shouldn’t even be here, but Tiff sucker punches Mia! Then cartwheel and Alabama Lift, for an ALABAMA SLAM to the floor!

Nia pats Tiff on the shoulder and Tiff asks what time it is, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Tiff has a headlock. Fans rally as Mia fights out. Mia runs but Tiff knees her low! Tiff throws Mia down, then goes to the apron, SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Mia stays in this but Nia coaches Tiff. Mia goes to a corner, Tiff runs and handsprings in to back elbow! Tiff then reels Mia in, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tiff grows frustrated but Nia says she’s got this. Tiff waits on Mia to get up, then she runs to cartwheel and Alabama Lift again! But Mia fights to sunset flip it, TWO! Mia stands up, slips under Tiff’s lariat and backslides, TWO! Tiff stands up, but Mia ELBOWS her!

Mia runs up to LARIAT! And then YAKUZA KICK! And then DROPKICK! Tiff flounders back up, into a NECKBREAKER! Tiff staggers to a corner, Mia runs up to CHOP! Mia reels Tiff in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Tiff toughs it out and Mia grows frustrated. Mia drags Tiff up to wrench and EAT DA- NO, Tiff ROCKS Mia first! Mia ROCKS Tiff back! Mia runs up but Tiff YANKS her to ropes! Tiff runs to HIP ATTACK! Tiff keeps moving, TIFFY STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Mia survives and now Tiff is growing frustrated! Tiff drags Mia up, brings her over to a corner, and hauls her up top.

Tiff climbs but Mia fires hands! Tiff staggers back, Mia adjusts and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Tiff tumbles out of teh ring while fans fire up! Mia fires herself up and builds speed, but Nia trips her up! The fans boo while the ref misses that! Mia kicks at Nia, goes back for Tiff, but Tiff ROCKS her first! Tiff then reels Mia in for a ROLLING SENTON! Then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- WAIT! Bayley is here!? Bayley distracts Tiff and pisses off Nia! Nia runs in but Bayley TOSSES her over barriers! Tiff freaks out as Bayley has the briefcase! She SMASHES Nia with it! Bayley then smacks the case against the desk!

The fans fire up as Bayley hits the case off steel steps! She opens it up, dumps the contract out, and STMOPS the briefcase into pieces!! Mia rolls Tiff, MIA WINS!!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

The Role Model helps the HBIC get some payback on Nia and Miss MITB! Then Bayley mockingly says, “Oops.” Bayley puts the contract in what’s left of the case and slide it to Tiff. Will Tiff have to give that briefcase a makeover before she can properly cash it in?

 

The Bloodline speaks.

Solo Sikoa says, “Life is so good when you’re The Tribal Chief on the Island of Relevancy. So good. And it’s also busy. I never have a moment to myself. But when I do, you know what I love the most? A good mystery. Yeah. I’m not talking about a mystery of who’s gonna be Cody Rhodes’ tag team partner. No, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about a mystery of who’s gonna step up and disrespect The Tribal Chief by teaming up with Cody Rhodes tonight. That’s who I’m talking about. Have you seen what we done to Randy Orton last week? Have you? So if you’re on Cody’s side, that means you’re against me.

“If you’re against my family, you’re against my Bloodline, and you’re against The Tribal Chief. So tonight, tonight… tonight better be a Handicap match, or someone will pay the price. Because I am The Tribal Chief, and you will… acknowledge me!” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up the ones. Will anyone be brave enough to defy The Bloodline to help The American Nightmare?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

With #DIY still WWE Tag Team Champions after last week, it is time to find NEW #1 Contenders! It will be a Tag Team Gauntlet match, with The Street Profits, Legado Del Fantasma, Pretty Deadly, The Good Brothers, the new duo of Apollo Crews & Baron Corbin, and even The Bloodline’s Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, all fighting for that shot! Who wins out to then head for Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano?

 

Cody Rhodes & ??? VS A-Town Down Under!

The American Nightmare wanted a response from The Bloodline but got a response from the former WWE Tag Team Champions. They admittedly were collateral damage last week, but this is mostly them taking out their frustrations over losing twice in as many weeks. Will Austin Theory & Grayson Waller tear down the Undisputed WWE Champion? Or will he have back-up after all?

Cody heads to gorilla, and Kevin Owens is there! The Prizefighter says see you out there. Seems Solo forgot there is still someone crazy enough to defy him, because KO’s been doing it all along! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he can’t fight no more?

SmackDown returns and ATDU makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Cody starts against Theory. The fans rally for Cody as the two circle. They tie up, and Theory headlocks. Cody powers up and out, drops down then kitchen sink knees Theory down! Cody drags Theory up, wrenches an arm and tags Kevin. They double wrench to double body shot, then Cody clinches Theory and Kevin runs, they send Theory to BOOT CAMP! Theory sputters, Kevin covers, ONE!! Kevin keeps on Theory with a whip. Kevin ELBOWS Theory down but Theory bails out. Kevin goes out after him to shove him into the Prime bottles!

Kevin CHOPS Theory, SLAPS the big Prime bottle, then pushes Theory into the ring. Waller fixes the display for his bro, Logan, but Kevin RAMS Theory into the corner. Tag to Cody, he reels Theory in but Waller distracts. Cody DECKS Waller, Theory throat chops Cody! Theory LARIATS Cody against ropes, tags Waller, and Waller holds Cody’s arms in the ropes! The fans boo and the ref reprimands as Theory fires haymakers on Cody. Waller lets off at 4 to slide in and CLOBBER Cody! Waller taunts Kevin, KNEES Cody down, then drags Cody up for more knees. The fans chant “WALLER SUCKS!” but Waller knocks Cody down.

Waller brings Cody up to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody dodges Waller and Waller hits buckles! The fans fire up, Cody hurries, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Waller, DECKS Theory, then fires off hands on Waller! The fans fire up more as Kevin stomps Waller against ropes! The ref counts, Kevin lets off and Waller bails out. Kevin roars, goes out the side, and he runs to LARIAT Waller! Then Kevin LARIATS Theory! Omaha is thunderous as Kevin gets back in the ring. Waller runs up but into an atomic drop! ENZIGIRI! Theory gets up but Kevin DECKS him! Waller is in the corner, Kevin says ‘SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS!

Kevin goes up while Waller is down, but Theory anchors him! Kevin HEADBUTTS Theory then aims at Waller. SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Both men are down, Theory tags in to slingshot and SHOTGUN Kevin back down! Theory sucker punches Cody, too! Tag to Waller, Theory brings Kevin up, BACKBREAKER to BALLER ELBOW! Waller sucker punches Cody now! Cover, TWO! Waller taunts Cody while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again, Theory looms over Kevin and soaks up the heat. Tag to Waller, and Theory holds Kevin down so Waller can drop an elbow! Cover, ONE! Waller drops another elbow! Cover, ONE!! Waller clamps on with a cravat and he grinds Kevin down. The fans rally as Kevin endures and fights his way up. Kevin reaches out, but Waller keeps him from Cody. Kevin fires body shots, so Waller fires knee after knee! Kevin staggers to an open corner, Waller stomps him and digs his knee in. The ref counts, Waller lets off and Kevin sputters. Waller brings Kevin around on the apron to CLUB him.

Waller goes out after Kevin but Kevin kicks him! And SMACKS him off steel steps! And pushes the Prime bottle! Kevin hurries back into the ring but Waller trips him up! BIG elbow drop! Waller grinds his forearm in Kevin’s face, then pushes him to a corner. “WALLER SUCKS!” but he throws body shots on Kevin. Waller puts Kevin up top, fires hands, then climbs up. Waller brings Kevin up, but Kevin fires body shots! Kevin ROCKS Waller and Waller falls back, only to come back up! Waller fires forearms, tries again, and goes to the very top! But Kevin throws body shots in return! Kevin and Waller brawl up top!

The fans fire up as Kevin gets the advantage! Kevin HEADBUTTS Waller, Waller holds onto ropes, so Kevin HEADBUTTS again! Waller still holds on so Kevin ELBOWS him down! And then SWANTON BOMB! It hits this time and both men are down! The fans are thunderous as Kevin and Waller crawl! Hot tags to Theory and Cody! The fans fire up as Cody fires off hands on Theory! Cody whips, Theory reverses but Cody CLOBBERS Theory! Cody then goes up and over and hits the SNAP POWERSELAM! Theory stands, but Cody kicks and RHODES UPPERCUTS! Cody JABS, JABS, JABS, flip, flop and fly! BIONIC ELBOW!

The fans are thunderous again as Cody brings Theory around. Cody scoops but Waller makes the save! Tag to Waller, Cody dodges Theory to BLAST Waller! Cody blocks a kick to give a kick and DDT for Theory! Cody stalks Theory but Waller somersaults in to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Waller BOOTS Kevin, then he goes back for Cody. Tag to Theory and they call their shot. Theory fireman’s carries, but Cody slips free! Cody shoves Theory at Waller, but Theory stops short. Cody gets around to waistlock Theory, but Theory elbows free! Waller runs up but Cody moves, and Theory blocks the knee! Cody springboards to CODY CUTTER Theory!!

Waller got free cuz he used Theory again, and now he swings on Cody! Cody dodges, Kevin is there to kick and STUNNER! Waller flops out, Cody reels Theory in! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody & Kevin win!

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under failed to take out their frustrations, but Cody & Kevin sure got theirs out. But here comes The Bloodline! Solo Sikoa leads Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, but where’s Jacob Fatu…? Cody keeps looking around, but then he DIVES onto Solo & Tama first! Loa gets in to throw hands with Kevin! Loa fireman’s carries, but Kevin CLAWS Loa’s face! Kevin tries to rip Loa’s eyes out! Cody has Solo and SMACKS him off the desk! Kevin helps clear the desk while Cody sends Solo into steel steps! The fans are all fired up as Cody and Kevin look to get payback! But THERE is Fatu! He CLOBBERS Cody, SUPERKICKS Kevin, and then RAMS Cody into steel steps!

Kevin comes back to throw hands, but Fatu shoves him back to SUPERKICK! Kevin flops into the ring but the Samoan Werewolf stomps him into a corner. Fatu rains down headbutts, then he goes corner to corner! HIP ATTACK! Fatu shouts at Kevin, “You wanna disrespect my Tribal Chief!? The man that does everything for the family!!” Solo sits Cody up so he can watch as Fatu goes corner to corner again, for another HIP ATTACK! Fatu keeps moving, and he HIP ATTACKS again!! Fatu just keeps moving and he hits a FOURTH!! The fans boo but then Solo HEADBUTTS Cody down!

Fatu drags Kevin to the drop zone, then goes up a corner! Cody is helpless as Fatu hits a DIVING HEADBUTT right on Kevin! Fatu then storms out to join the rest of the Bloodline. They haul Cody up and over to the desk! TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!! The fans boo, but Kevin is still moving?! Solo looms over Kevin, and Tama grabs a chair! Tama puts the chair around Kevin’s head, and says this is what he gets! Tama POSTS Kevin head first!! Fatu presents the ula fala, and The Bloodline gathers around their Tribal Chief. Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and the Bloodline raises their ones to the sky.

Cody sputters but he can’t sit up. Can Cody recover and be ready for SummerSlam? Or is Solo just two weeks away from taking over the WWE?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here to not just build SummerSlam but to follow up last week. Great opening promo from Cody to call out The Bloodline, and I suppose A-Town Down Under calling him out in return was a logical move. Good promo from Solo, and it did foreshadow who would be Cody’s partner in a way. Kevin was of course coming back not just to help Cody but to avenge Randy, and we got a great tag main event for it. Great win for Cody & Kevin, but of course we got another brutal beating from The Bloodline. They’re doing their best to take away all of Cody’s allies, but I have a feeling this only motivates Kevin & Randy being there at SummerSlam to help. And they can even have a moment where, when it seems Cody is about to lose, Heyman returns with Roman to scare Solo.

Melo had a good promo tonight, and he had a great match with Andrade, but I figured Melo was losing. I don’t know how WWE Speed has been going but I don’t think Melo is going to be facing Andrade for the Speed title. I’m still wondering if Andrade circles back to Legado Del Fantasma. That tag team gauntlet is going to be a lot of fun but I would think Tama & Loa win so that The Bloodline gets back in that title story. Speaking of, we naturally got more interaction of Bianca & Jade with Chelsea & Piper. Bianca beating Chelsea so quickly practically makes a case for a Women’s Speed Championship. But at the same time, good promo from Alba & Isla to set up the continued story with Bianca & Jade, even while Raw is heating up with a lot of top level teams.

Very good promo segment from Bayley and Nia, though I did not think Bayley would work-shoot Nia’s early days of being green and “unsafe.” Each of them getting involved in Mia VS Tiff was good stuff, too, as was the destruction of Tiff’s briefcase. That’s also a very clever way to give Tiff a reason to customize the case into something that fits her vibe, aka it’ll be pink and sparkly cuz she’s the Wrestling Barbie. And while Naomi is busy with Blair Davenport in a feud on the side, Mia makes for a good teammate for Bayley to stand up to Nia & Tiff.

And we got a very good, non-traditional contract signing segment. Logan again played his part perfectly, being so arrogant that A) nothing, not even Knight pinning him, earns Knight a title shot and B) rubbing in that he doesn’t even need pro-wrestling, he just does this to show off. Knight took the long way to tell Logan that he should take the match to prove he’s not a coward, which is the same reason I was thinking the whole time. And like any quality arrogant Heel, Logan gets goaded into the match. Knight will definitely make an example of Santos next week, but I feel like the title match itself could go either way. If it were me, I’d have Knight win because he really has been waiting a long time for something, and this feels like the right time.

My Score: 8.8/10


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