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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania 39 Results & Report! (4/2/23)

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WrestleMania’s in the endgame now.

WrestleMania finishes its epic two part Hollywood adventure! But will Cody Rhodes finish his story? Or will he ACKNOWLEDGE the reigning, defending, undisputed, WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion…! Roman Reigns?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Brock Lesnar VS Omos w/ MVP; Lesnar wins.
  • Women’s WrestleMania Tag Team Showcase Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya VS Raquel Rodriguez & Liv Morgan VS Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler; Ronda & Shayna win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: GUNTHER VS Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus; Gunther wins and retains the title.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Asuka; Bianca wins and retains the title.
  • The Miz VS Shane McMahon Snoop Dogg; Snoop wins.
  • Hell in a Cell: Edge VS Demon Finn Balor; Edge wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman & Solo Sikoa VS Cody Rhodes; Roman wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the WrestleMania Kickoff Show, part 2!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Wade Barrett and Booker T as they discuss, analyze and predict all the action tonight, and react to everything that happened last night!

 

Peter Rosenberg is backstage.

And he finds the golf cart bringing Liv Morgan by. He flags them down and asks how Liv is doing. She’s so excited that she and Raquel Rodriguez “finessed” their way onto the card and that the Women’s Tag Division has been growing so strong. Peter knows Liv is an all-time great finesser. But if he has to make a pick on the match, should he choose her and Raquel? Of course, 1000%! She has had a great year, and have you seen Raquel? The biggest girl in the match, the strong-backed Raquel Rodriguez! Then pinkie swear that this happens. Liv says sure, and she also has all her good luck bracelets. Peter lets Liv go and wishes her luck.

Now, to “gorilla position!” But the thing about SoFi, it is so big that you have to take an elevator to get there. Oh, hey, Stacy Keibler! Peter and the cameraman get in the elevator and they head up. Now, here’s the trip you take to get to your big moment. Don’t stop tog et tacos, but it is an option. Oh, Bronson Reed, so sorry! Bronson tells Pete to watch out backstage. Right, sorry. Bronson is very big. Colossal. Oh, right. Thank you. That could’ve gone worse, luckily it didn’t. We pass by the make-up station for last minute touch-ups, and then down these steps, and whoa! The Street Profits! They won night one, you already know.

But tonight, they are here for the E S T! E S T! E S T! Dawkins, has Braun Strowman landed yet? Nope, he’s still flying from that pounce. Congrats on the win, and there’s the mirror. This is the last chance to touch up before going onto the stage. Pete warms himself up with push-ups, then goes through the gorilla curtain. And here it is! The incredible spot everyone dreams of entering, named for THE Gorilla Monsoon. And now, the curtain that leads to the stage. What a stage this is! Look at this walk the WWE Superstars took yesterday and will take tonight. The lights, the people, and roughly 80 YARDS of ramp to the ring!

Fans cheer seeing Peter, and Peter says he’s glad he doesn’t have to make this walk. Booker T’s done this, Wade’s done this, but not Pete. This will be the path that Cody Rhodes takes to try and take the Universal title from Roman Reigns. Peter is glad to have shared this with everyone, and he’s on his way to the panel. Want any tacos? Yeah, and a Red Bull! Maybe a pint for Wade.

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Cathy Kelly is with the Special Counsel, and asks him about last night, “arguably one of the best tag team matches in WrestleMania history,” when Sami & Kevin defeated the Usos to take the Undisputed Tag Team titles. Does the fall of the Usos mean the fall of Roman Reigns? Heyman says, “That’s… Wow, that’s just direct. It’s a direct question which merits a direct answer. And I’m glad that you asked me about our Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. Because tonight is his night. And it reminds me, it takes me back, I’m very retrospective, I’m almost nostalgic when I walk into the largest grossing WrestleMania of all time.

“And it reminds me of a conversation I had when I was just a little kid in this industry. Just breaking in, just starting. And the big event when I was starting was Starrcade. Nothing close to WrestleMania, but as big as I could get in that moment. And I was tasked with talking into the camera about the enormity of the Starrcade event, and when I came back, there he stood. Majestic as always. As close to a father figure as I’ve had other than my own father, The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. And he said to me, (Heyman doing his best Dusty), ‘Paul E. Dangerously, that was a great promo. But where’s the money?’

“And ever since that moment in my life, every time I articulate, every time I become an orator, every time I hype you on the main event, which is where my clients always are… I think back to, ‘Where’s the money?’ And after all these years, Cathy, I finally have an answer. That question is, ‘Where’s the money?’ Roman Reigns. See how easy that was? And I can prove it to you. This is the largest grossing WrestleMania of all time. Who’s on top? Roman Reigns. This is the hottest the WWE, and therefore sports entertainment, has ever been. Who’s on top? Roman Reigns. It ain’t Cody Rhodes. Nice try.

“He didn’t crumble under the lights., He didn’t crack under the pressure that we put him under. He’s not wilting under the stress. He’s ready for the amin event of WrestleMania! He’s ready to lose to the Tribal Chief. Ready to lose to the Head of the Table. Ready to lose to the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Money,’ Roman… Reigns.” The Wise Man has said his piece, now it all comes down to the match. Will Roman force Cody and the world to ACKNOWLEDGE him?

 

Here to sing America the Beautiful: Jimmie Allen!

 

Tonight, the champ returns.

The coldest cold-opener in the history of cold opens. He is Cold as Balls- Oh, wait, which one is Kevin doing? He’ll smash both. But Kevin Hart says that a rule of Hollywood is that if the first does big numbers, believe they’ll want a sequel. And this time, they’ll want more. “Of everything. More star power. More action. More romance. And of course, more Kevin. It ain’t Hollywood without Hart. Trademark that.” When you’re this big, you don’t need CGI. Everyone lives this. Grab a snack and a cold one, and don’t forget the ice, because WrestleMania Sunday is here. WrestleMania Goes Hollywood, The Sequel. Places, people, the show’s about to start.

Cut! Print! How does Kevin do it? Anyone seen his robe?

 

The Miz and Snoop Dogg are back!

The host of WrestleMania and the Dogg Father are in the ring again, and Miz welcomes us back to WrestleMania! Snoop and Miz are back to kick off another stacked show on night two. Top to bottom, last night was full of surprises! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Rhea Ripley! We have NEW Undisputed Tag Team Champions in Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn! But tonight, THREE titles are on the line! Yes, we’re out here making legends. You heard the Dogg Father. Get out of your seats, we’re getting ready to fire! It! Up!

 

Brock Lesnar VS Omos w/ MVP!

WrestleMania Goes Hollywood Night 2 opens with a real-life kaiju movie! The Beast has been on the defensive the entire time against the Nigerian Giant, but will he finally bring Omos to Suplex City? Or will it all come crumbling down around Lesnar?

The bell rings and fans fire up for Lesnar. Lesnar rushes in! Omos stops the takedown and TOSSES Lesnar away! Lesnar just grins, RAMS Omos, then runs to RAM him again! Omos stays up, Lesnar keeps moving, gets around, but Omos elbows the waistlock away. Omos HEADBUTTS Lesnar, MVP fires up, and Omos scoops to SLAM Lesnar! Fans boo but Omos talks smack on Lesnar. Lesnar staggers up, but he rushes back in! Omos CLUBS Lesnar down, then scoops to SLAM him again! Omos talks more trash, MVP says Omos owns Lesnar, and Lesnar manages to stand again. Omos ROCKS Lesnar in the back! And again!

Omos taunts Lesnar, picks him up, and has a BEARHUG! Lesnar endures the squeeze while fans rally up. MVP says this is done, and Lesnar is turning red! Lesnar fights but Omos RAMS him into a corner! Omos CLUBS Lesnar, ROCKS him in the back again, and soaks up the heat. Lesnar hobbles along the ropes, but Omos scoops him to SLAM him again! Fans boo but Omos soaks up the heat. Lesnar sputters, MVP wants Omos to finish this, and Omos lifts Lesnar for another BEARHUG! Lesnar endures again and again fans rally up. Lesnar fights, throwing elbow after elbow! Lesnar is free to throw hands!

Lesnar runs, but into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Lesnar survives but MVP shouts that Omos has him! Just keep on him! Omos watches Lesnar stand, then whips him hard to a corner. Omos roars, runs in, but Lesnar dodges! Omos gets buckles and staggers, into a GERMAN SUPLEX!! Fans fire up because it has begun! Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Omos staggers up, Lesnar hobbles after him, for a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Lesnar reels Omos in, fireman’s carries, but his back gives out! Omos is too big for how beat up Lesnar is! Omos grabs Lesnar, but Lesnar slips free! To fireman’s carry again! F5!!! Cover, LESNAR WINS!!

Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall

MVP is in shock! The Beast manages to take down the Giant! Will Omos leave it at this? Or will he come back for Lesnar with a vengeance?

 

Women’s WrestleMania Tag Team Showcase Fatal 4 Way: Shotzi Blackheart & Natalya VS Raquel Rodriguez & Liv Morgan VS Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler!

The Wild Child and Queen of Hart. Big Mami Cool and the LIVing End. The Hot Mess and the Pride Fighter. And the Baddest Women on the Planet. One of these teams is not like the other, one of these teams got in on bad reputation alone. But will Rowdy Ronda Rousey & The Submission Magician prove they’re the baddest tag team in the WWE Women’s Division? Or will the odds not be in their favor?

In parallel to the men’s Fatal 4 Way Tag last night, only two teams are legal at one time. The teams sort out, Sonya rushes Liv! Liv dodges, to BACKSTABBER! Liv has Sonya in the corner to back body block, then she rolls, only for Sonya to KNEE her down! Sonya runs in, Liv goes up and over, but Sonya goes up! Sonya leaps, into a CODE BREAKER! Sonya gets away and Natty tags in. Natty catches Liv to rebound and sit her down! Natty steps on Liv, runs and basement dropkicks! Natty drags Liv up but Liv shoves her away. Liv dodges Natty, runs, and RANAS! Natty staggers, tag to Raquel.

Fans rally up as Raquel whips Liv in to back body block! Then Liv whips Raquel in to SPLASH! Raquel brings Natty up, but Natty RANAS! Raquel storms back up, BOOTS the discus, then stares Natty down. Natty says hold on, and she tags Chelsea! Chelsea is not happy about that, but Raquel grabs at her! Chelsea HOTSHOTS Raquel away, goes up, MISSILE- Raquel just deflects it!? Raquel scoops Chelsea, Sonya runs in, but Raquel just catches her. Chelsea throws Raquel down by her hair! Shotzi tags in, BOOTS Chelsea, then springboards to wheelbarrow VICTORY FACEBUSTER! Shotzi runs to SENTON against the ropes! Cover, Shayna breaks it!

Shayna drags Shotzi up to TOSS her out, and Ronda is there to toy with her. But Shayna turns around to see everyone else! TRIPLE KICK! Raquel gets Shayna up, Liv and Natty help SHIELD BOMB her!! Ronda glares at the other three, storms up, but then Sonya & Chelsea attack from behind! They throw the others out, then soak up the heat. But Shotzi’s up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Shotzi DECKS Shayna! Sonya runs in, Shotzi sends her out onto Shayna! Shotzi gets help from Natty with the ropes, and she DIVES onto them both! Chelsea ROCKS Natty, then tells everyone to get the cameras out.

Fans boo but Chelsea sees she’s alone with Raquel! Chelsea SUPER CROSSBODIES just so she doesn’t have to face Raquel! Chelsea wipes the others out, but Liv gets in to get a boost! Raquel THROWS Liv onto everyone!! Fans fire up and Raquel goes out to drag Chelsea into the ring. She also puts Shotzi in, then tags off Chelsea. Raquel catches Shotzi, and blocks the tilt-o-whirl to FALL AWAY SLAM! Then Raquel runs to the corner, TWISTING VADER! Raquel drags Shotzi up, hooks her up, but Sonya tags in off Raquel! Chelsea CHOP BLOCKS Raquel, she and Sonya bring her up. Raquel fights back but Sonya sweeps the legs into Chelsea’s DDT!

Sonya runs, SHINING WIZARD! Chelsea runs to BOOT Raquel out! Fans boo but Shotzi sneaks back in. Shotzi and Natty creep up behind, DOUBLE SLICED BREAD! Natty then drags Sonya up, Shotzi runs, HART ATTACK! Cover, Chelsea breaks it! Shotzi whips but Chelsea reverses to send Shotzi out. But Natty scoops Chelsea to SLAM her onto Sonya! Natty then gets both pairs of legs! Natty steps through, for a DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTER!! Sonya and Chelsea both endure, but Liv SUPER CODE BREAKERS NATTY!! All four women are down, Chelsea and Sonya crawl away. Liv also writhes from that high risk attack.

Fans rally, Liv drags Sonya to a drop zone and tags in off her. Shotzi also tags in, they speed up and Liv kicks, KICKS and- NO, Shotzi ducks the enziguri! TIGER PLEX! Liv flounders, into a KNEE! ROLLING ELBOW! And ROUND- NO, Liv ducks, CODE BREAKER! Then ObLIVion on the ropes! But Shayna snuck a tag! Tag to Ronda, KNEE for Liv! The Baddest Women loom over Shotzi and fans boo. Ronda gets Shotzi’s arm, talks some trash, then laughs before she puts on the ARMBAR!! Shotzi taps, Ronda & Shayna win!

Winners: Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler, by submission

The Baddest Women were also the most opportunistic. They waited for the right moment and took down whoever was there. Will they soon be going after the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

Bobby Lashley is here!

The winner of the 2023 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is ALL MIGHTY! The ninth winner of the trophy that honors the eighth wonder of the world carries that trophy with pride, then heads down to ringside to watch what could be the hardest hitting match of the night!

Xavier Woods and the UpUpDownDown team is back.

He has Nikki Cross, Madcap Moss, Tegan Nox, the Street Profits, Hit Row, and even Greg Miller as they’re about to simulate the Intercontinental Championship. Great entrance graphics, great physicality, great near falls! But with a Claymore, it will be Drew McIntyre 42% of the time, leaving the other 58% to be divided by Sheamus and Gunther. But will WWE 2K23 get it right like it did with Seth Rollins yesterday? NIKKI, NO BITING!!

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat: GUNTHER VS Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus!

Der Ring General wanted just one challenger, but his own actions put him in this match against two! Will he be able to keep the mat sacred when the odds aren’t in his favor? Or will the tension between the Scottish and Celtic Warriors help Gunther survive Hollywood?

Ludwig Kaiser appears on stage to say, “Ladies and gentlemen… I demand all your gratitude and appreciation for YOUR reigning Intercontinental Champion…! Der Ring General…! GUUUNTERRR!!” The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the numbers spell disaster for Gunther at WrestleMania!

The bell rings and fans fire up already as Gunther stares down both challengers. He dares someone to try something, then says they can have it out. McIntyre BOOTS Gunther out of the ring!! McIntyre says if Sheamus wants this, then let’s go! They fire off haymakers and fans fire up! McIntyre gets the edge, whips, but Sheamus reverses. McIntyre KICKS but Sheamus CLOBBERS McIntyre! Sheamus UPPERCUTS McIntyre to a corner, then throws more uppercuts! Sheamus bumps McIntyre off buckles, but McIntyre CHOPS in return! And ROCKS! And whips corner to corner. Sheamus reverses but McIntyre comes back to CLOBBER him!

McIntyre CHOPS Sheamus at the ropes, whips, but Sheamus reverses to reel McIntyre in, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus throws McIntyre out to the apron, but Gunther returns to CLUB Sheamus! Gunther CHOPS Sheamus! And CHOPS McIntyre! Gunther stalks Sheamus but Sheamus CHOPS back! Sheamus fires haymakers, but Gunther gets around to a SLEEPER! Sheamus fireman’s carries! Gunther slips off, has the facelock and turns Sheamus, to CHOP him down! Gunther KICKS Sheamus aside, but McIntyre throws hands on the champ! Gunther whips McIntyre into the POST!

Gunther stalks Sheamus to ropes, then BOOTS him down! Gunther stands Sheamus up to CHOP him! Gunther gets in Sheamus’ face to talk trash, and CHOP again! And again! And BOOT him! Gunther says the mat is sacred!! Fans fire up and Sheamus throws hands in return! And forearms! And elbows! Sheamus headlocks, but Gunther lifts for a BACKBREAKER of his own! Then he has the legs, and turns Sheamus over for a BOSTON CRAB! McIntyre BOOTS Gunther, but Gunther holds onto Sheamus! McIntyre SLAPS Gunther, so Gunther lets Sheamus go. The two start throwing hands, McIntyre gets the edge, but Gunther CHOPS!

McIntyre CHOPS in return! Gunther CHOPS again! McIntyre CHOPS again! Gunther snarls and CHOPS! McIntyre snarls and CHOPS! It is a CHOP WAR! Gunther gets the edge but McIntyre gives those all back! Fans are thunderous as the CHOPS keep going! Gunther kicks low, fans boo, but Gunther has to catch his breath. Sheamus CLOBBERS McIntyre, UPPERCUTS Gunther, repeat! Sheamus keeps on Gunther with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! McIntyre ROCKS Sheamus, CHOPS Gunther, repeat! The punches go all around, McIntyre CHOPS Gunther again! Sheamus and McIntyre brawl again, Gunther throat chops both of them!

Gunther CHOPS McIntyre and BOOTS Sheamus! The fans are thunderous again as all three men take a moment to breathe. Gunther has Sheamus at the apron, but Sheamus HOTSHOTS him! Sheamus and McIntyre alternate on the BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! They go past TEN, and the CHOP on the twelfth knows Gunther down! Then McIntyre DECKS Sheamus! McIntyre gets Sheamus back in the ring, but Sheamus KNEES him in the ropes! Sheamus puts McIntyre on the apron now, and he hooks McIntyre up for BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! Sheamus goes past TEN, all the way to TWENTY-EIGHT, only because McIntyre falls!!

Fans are electric! It is a standing ovation all over SoFi! Sheamus drags McIntyre back in, reels him in, Canadian Rack to a- NO, Gunther BOOTS Sheamus! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES him! Gunther runs in and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! The Fella survives and Gunther is furious! Gunther pie faces Sheamus, then eggs him on. Fans rally, Gunther watches Sheamus rise, and Gunther runs in to LARIAT again!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sheamus survives a clothesline from hell JBL would be proud of! And then McIntyre FLYING LARIATS! McIntyre runs, into a BOOT! Gunther swings, into a NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up, McIntyre sees Sheamus stand, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly onto Gunther in the corner! McIntyre then drags Gunther up, FUTURE SHOCK! And a kip up! McIntyre has Hollywood on his side, no countdown for the CLAY- NO! Gunther dodges to SHOTGUN! Gunther drags McIntyre up, GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? McIntyre survives and Gunther cannot believe it! Gunther hurries to a corner and he climbs! But Sheamus ROCKS him first! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Sheamus goes up, fireman’s carries Gunther, and hits a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! And then the Canadian Rack! CELTIC CROSS!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?

No one can believe it! This is a trio of superhumans! But Sheamus gets the legs, for the CLOVERLEAF!! Gunther gets the ropes but the ref tells hi,, there are no ropebreaks in a Triple Threat! Sheamus drags Gunther away to sit deep! But McIntyre puts a SLEEPER on Sheamus! Sheamus lets Gunther go, and he elbows McIntyre away. McIntyre kicks, underhooks, but Sheamus wrenches out! Sheamus dodges the lariat to KNEE McIntyre! And KNEE Gunther! Fans fire up with Sheamus! Sheamus aims from the corner, beats his chest, and BROGUE!!! Cover, MCINTYRE DRAGS SHEAMUS AWAY!!!

Sheamus is stunned! He had it and McIntyre takes it from him! Much like he accused McIntyre of when it came to starting this journey! The two brawl, Sheamus ROCKS McIntyre, and “This is Awesome!’ as McIntyre is put in the ring. McIntyre BLASTS Sheamus off the apron, and then builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans lose their minds, McIntyre puts Sheamus in and takes aim! Countdown and- BROGUE!!!! Cover, TWO!??!?!? WHAT?!?! Sheamus can’t even react, he’s that stunned! Fans are electric as both men slowly stir. Sheamus brings McIntyre around, but gets a GLASGOW KISS!

Sheamus KNEES back! McIntyre runs, dodges, CLAYMORE!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW!?!? Both men slowly sit up, and McIntyre throws a haymaker. Sheamus gives it back, they go back and forth, and then they stand to throw even more hands! The shots are fast and furious, simultaneous, and then they start throwing LARIATS point-blank! McIntyre, then Sheamus, and back again! McIntyre gets the edge! Sheamus staggers, but he BROGUES!!! Sheamus crawls to reach out and cover! GUNTHER SPLASHES IN!!!! Gunther drags Sheamus up, to GERNERAL BOMB him onto McIntyre!!

And then Gunther just GENERAL BOMBS MCINTYRE!! Cover, GUNTHER WINS!!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Even commentary has to give this a standing ovation! The most incredible match, the most incredible FIGHT, and in the end, Der Ring General comes out on top! After surviving this, will anyone ever be able to stop Gunther?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Asuka!

The strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, the RawEST better hope she is the readiEST she’s ever been, because this is the Empress of Tomorrow she is up against. Though, at the same time, this is a side of Asuka no one has seen in the WWE. Will no one ever be ready for Asuka? Or will Bianca show Asuka’s not ready for her?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if this is still Wr-EST-leMania!

The bell rings and Bianca DROPKICKS Asuka! And DROPKICKS her again! Bianca RAMS Asuka into the corner, again and again, then throws hands. The ref counts, Bianca whips but Asuka reverses. Bianca goes up and over and DROPKICKS again! Bianca kips up and fans fire up as she goes after Asuka in the corner. Bianca rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Bianca then brings Asuka out to suplex high and hard! Then she rolls through, to suplex again! Asuka slips free, goes to a corner, and she ROUNDHOUSES back! Bianca flounders away but she glares at Asuka. Asuka rushes in, gets around, but Bianca fights the lift.

Asuka URAKENS! URAKENS! SOBATS! KICKS! Bianca ducks the backhand but the HEEL KICK hits! Then the BULLDOG! And then the SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Asuka grins while Bianca checks her face. Asuka storms up to KICK Bianca! Fans duel as Asuka KICKS, but then Bianca ducks to shove Asuka way. Asuka kicks low, goes up, but Bianca ROCKS Asuka first! Bianca climbs up to join Asuka, brings her up, but Asuka fights the superplex. Asuka slips under but Bianca holds onto the ropes! Bianca kicks Asuka away, but Asuka goes back to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bianca lands on her feet, to SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!

Bianca keeps cool, she lines up a shot, and runs to handspring MOONSAULT into a TRIANGLE HOLD!! Asuka has Bianca caught but Bianca throws down hands! Asuka uses Bianca’s hair to keep her down! Bianca rolls and rolls Asuka up, TWO! ASUKA LOCK!! Bianca flails, moves around, reaches out, and gets away to the outside. Asuka grins as fans fire up even more. Asuka brings Bianca up to shove her, but Bianca stops from hitting the desk. Bianca elbows Asuka, runs in, but Asuka pops her up! Bianca handsprings off the apron, suplexes, but Asuka turns it to a TAKEDOWN! FUJIWARA!

Bianca fights up, gut wrenches, and lifts Asuka up to POWERBOMB her to the floor!! The ring count is climbing, Bianca drags Asuka up and into the ring at 8! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Bianca is surprised. Asuka grins and shakes her head as she goes to a corner. Bianca runs in, but Asuka dodges, and Bianca POSTS herself! Asuka rolls Bianca up, TWO! Fans continue to duel, “Let’s Go, Asuka!” “E S T!” Asuka brings Bianca up, but Bianca shoves her away. Asuka returns, but swings into the chicken wings! But Asuka victory rolls to a takedown! KNEEBAR!! HEEL HOOK, TOO! Bianca fights back, and she pries Asuka off!

Asuka fights but Bianca still hits the BIG back suplex! Bianca goes to ropes, drags herself back up, and runs to HANDSPRING- INTO A KNEEBAR!! And then an ANKLE LOCK! Bianca rolls, but Asuka holds on! Bianca rolls and throws Asuka at the corner, but Asuka goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this as the toughEST, but Asuka keeps on her. Asuka drags Bianca around, grins as she KICKS and KICKS and KICKS her! Bianca blocks a kick to spin Asuka but Asuka SOBATS! Asuka runs in but Bianca dumps her to the apron. Bianca runs in, but into a KICK!

Bianca is on the apron now, and Asuka grins again. Asuka KICKS Bianca against the ropes! And again! And again! But Bianca blocks another kick! Bianca shakes her head, ROCKS Asuka with a forearm, but Asuka comes back to SHOTGUN Bianca into the post! Bianca flops into the ring and fans fire up again. Asuka watches Bianca sit up, brings her up, and looks to the floor…? Asuka brings Bianca up, she wants to suplex Bianca out of the ring! Bianca blocks, wrenches, and ROCKS Asuka! To then POST her! Asuka slumps down now, but Bianca goes to the corner. Bianca climbs up, and she drags Asuka up to join her! Fans fire up for the deadlift SUPERPLEX!

Both women are down and the fans are thunderous again! Bianca crawls, covers, TWO!! Asuka is still in this, maybe she is the toughest? Fans rally as the two sit up and stare down. Bianca shakes her head and throws a forearm, but Asuka gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, Asuka gets the edge then runs. But Bianca follows to CLOBBER her! Bianca brings Asuka up, runs, but Asuka follows, to spin Bianca around, but Bianca victory rolls! TWO and Asuka has the cover, TWO! Asuka catches Bianca to a backslide, TWO!! Bianca escapes but Asuka BOOTS then BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again!

Asuka drags Bianca up, has the hair and uses it in the chicken wing! Bianca fights off the crossface, drops and throws Asuka into a cover, TWO! Asuka runs in, gets around, fans duel but Bianca bucks the O’Conner. Asuka returns, CODE- NO, Bianca blocks it, throws Asuka and BLOCKBUSTERS! Then the HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!?!?! Asuka survives and Bianca is in disbelief! Fans boo as the camera is long shot. Asuka POP-UP KNEES Bianca, but Bianca CLOBBERS Asuka on the rebound! Bianca stomps Asuka and has her in the drop zone. Bianca climbs up top, but Asuka SHOTEIS!

Asuka climbs up, has Bianca, and fans fire up for the- WAIT, Bianca fireman’s carries!! Asuka fights with elbows and knees, adjusts, but Bianca keeps hammering Asuka. Asuka pulls on the hair! They hop off the corner, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives, still possibly the toughEST. Bianca goes to a corner, Asuka runs in, HIP- NO, Bianca blocks! Bianca chicken wings, for a GlamEST Slam off buckles! Bianca demands Asuka gets back up! Asuka slowly rises, Bianca reels her in to torture rack! But Asuka holds the ropes! Bianca lets go and almost hits the ref! Asuka BLUE MISTS but misses!

Bianca ducks the kick, Asuka ducks the braid, but Bianca blocks the kick to torture rack! But Asuka arm-drags free!! ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!!! Bianca flails, fans freak out, Asuka has that arm all to herself! Bianca moves around, rolls, but Asuka just keeps on it, and the hair! But Bianca powers up to torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

Asuka brought everything in her arsenal, but the EST is still THE EST. What will it take to stop her greatEST reign yet?

 

The Miz and Snoop Dogg are back.

Miz says it has been an incredible two nights here at SoFi for WrestleMania! And tonight’s total attendance is… 81,395! More than last night! That makes a two night total of 161,892! And y’know, Snoop, Miz has to get something off his chest. They’re supposed to be friends as the host and Dogg Father. Yet, Snoop put Miz in an impromptu match against Pat McAfee, while Miz was wearing a $10 THOUSAND suit. So, he wants to do it again? NO! NO NO NO! Fans say “YES! YES! YES!” Miz says what he wants is that Snoop caught him off guard and then George Kittle made things a handicap match. Snoop ruined Miz’s suit and tried to embarrass him!

Snoop just says, “My bad.” Oh, your bad? Is that an apology? Well, it’s not good enough! Miz doesn’t show Snoop how to rap! This is Miz’s city, his ring, his WrestleMania! No, he’s got that all wrong! This is OUR city, and OUR WrestleMania. And when Snoop says “My bad.” He meant, “My bad!” SHANE MCMAHON is back?! Fans can’t believe it, and neither can Miz! Shane O’Mac heads to the ring, shows off his classic footwork, and Snoop says, “Uh-oh. You in trouble~!” Shane has the mic and he says thanks for that ovation. They have no idea what that reception means to him, much love back to you, LA!

Snoop says from one OG to another, could Shane take care of this? Where’s a ref? Miz ain’t running from this!

The Miz VS Shane McMahon!

Miz complains that this suit is more expensive than the last one! He is sick and tired of this! Shane JABS Miz! And again! And then fires off in the corner! Shane whips, Miz hurdles but so does Shane! Miz runs, but then Shane pulled a hammy! Now Miz is all cocky because he has an advantage! A medic gets in the ring, but Snoop DECKS Miz! Snoop asks if Shane is okay. Hold on, hold on. Really? Miz knocks his homeboy down like that? That’s what he gonna do? Snoop DECKS Miz again! Then Snoop sets Miz up like the People’s Champion! Snoop takes off his glasses and tosses ’em, to run side to side, for the DOGG FATHER’S ELBOW!! Cover, SNOOP WINS!!

Winner: Snoop Dogg, by pinfall

Well, there’s no real shame in this. Miz just lost to a WWE Hall of Famer! Snoop dropped Miz like it’s hot, will the Hollywood A-Lister ever live this down?

 

Hell in a Cell: Edge VS Demon Finn Balor!

The Rated R Superstar created a faction in the Judgment Day that was meant to elevate and enable those he felt were being held down. The problem is, it only enabled those superstars to become obnoxious ingrates. But now, both men are willing to take the other to Hell to settle this! Will Edge become the devil himself to destroy what he created? Or will Finn’s demon being the most evil of all?

Slayer plays as we get BROOD Edge! And he rises from under the stage with fire, and a shining disco ball skull mask! Then… “You think you know me.” Are we about to see clearly on this day? But of course, with a swirling vortex and spiked mohawk, here comes DEMON BALOR! The introductions are made, the door is locked shut, and the battle to end it all begins! Edge and Finn stare down, step forward, and fans fire up. Edge ROCKS Finn, but Finn throat chops Edge! Edge ROCKS Finn again, but Finn throat chops again! Neither man backs down as they circle, and then they both go out to look under the ring!

Edge finds a chair, Finn finds a kendo stick. They get in, Edge JAMS Finn first! Then SMACKS him! But Finn doesn’t flinch!? Finn fires off with the kendo stick! Fans fire up as Finn holds it up. Edge stands up, Finn clotheslines him out of the ring! Finn goes around, and he digs Edge’s face into the steel fencing! Finn then stomps and kicks Edge against the wall, and stomps some more. Finn lets off to bring Edge up and whips him into the other wall! Finn puts Edge in the ring, storms up, but Edge trips Finn to rain down fists! Finn kicks Edge away, goes to the apron, but Edge runs to BLAST Finn off! Finn hits the wall on the way down!

Fans rally up and Edge goes out to look for more. Edge brings out another kendo stick, and then a few more, and brings them all around the way. Edge JAMS Finn, SMACKS him, then SMACKS him again! Edge follows Finn around the way to RAM him into the wall! Edge then hurries to get those kendo sticks and bring them around. Fans want tables but Edge SMACKS Finn, then traps him with the kendo sticks! Finn is stuck in the corner, and Edge goes to the apron, MISSILE DROPKICK! Finn can’t even fall over because he’s stuck! But he does scowl and grimace at Edge. Edge HEADBUTTS away on Finn!

Edge gest space while Finn snarls. Edge brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up as Edge maneuvers it around the narrow space. Edge tells the cameraman to move aside so he can put the table up against the wall. Edge then goes back for Finn, and Finn breaks one of the sticks! Edge BOOTS Finn first! Edge free Finn but Finn fires off hands on him! Palm strike after palm strike! Finn whips Edge hard into steel steps! Edge bounces off those into the wall and falls into the corner! Finn drags Edge up, brings him around and CHOPS him against the steel! And again! And again! Finn puts Edge in the ring and stalks him.

Finn runs in, but into a FLAPJACK! Edge and Finn stand, Edge kicks low, IMPALER! But Edge doesn’t cover, and he goes to a corner. Edge takes aim, runs in, but Finn hits a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Finn aims at Edge. Edge is on the apron, Finn SHOTGUNS him off the apron! This time Edge hits the wall and falls to the floor. Finn goes out, grabs the broken kendo stick, but throws it aside. Finn runs in, to SHOTGUN Edge through the table!! Edge is down in the wreckage while fans lose their minds. Fans boo Finn but he grabs a chair. Finn TOSSES the chair at the wreckage! Then another one! Edge takes that in the head!

Finn throws another, but Edge deflects it to BOOT Finn down! Edge puts Finn in the ring, stalks him, and brings him up into an UNPRETTIER! Shoutout to Captain Charisma! Edge snarls, aims from the corner, and Finn rises. Edge runs in, but into a KICK! Cradle, TWO! Finn swings, into an EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, ONE!! Edge doesn’t bother being frustrated, and he goes looking under the ring. Edge brings out a LADDER! Edge says hello to his old friend and puts that in the ring. Edge CHUCKS it at Finn!! Finn goes down in a heap, and then Edge picks the ladder back up. Edge puts that up against the corner while Finn flounders.

The ref wants Edge to hold on to check Finn because Finn is busted open! Finn doesn’t want the medics to touch him, he wants to fight Edge! He grabs at the ref, he grabs at Edge, and Edge decides to give Finn what he wants! Edge goes out and grabs up as many kendo sticks as there are, and he brings out another ladder! And then, the toolbox! Edge moves things aside, such as the steel steps, and he gets back in the ring. Edge takes the first ladder, stands it up near the corner, and the demon rises! Finn grins through blood, but Edge kicks low! But Finn fights the bomb to trip and DOUBLE STOMP!

But Edge staggers up! Into Finn’s ELBOW DROP DDT! Finn snarls and goes up, and smacks himself in the head to show he’s crazy! COUP DE- NO, Edge moves! Edge runs in, SPEAR into the ladder! Roll-up, TWO!! Edge hurries up, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Fans are thunderous while the ref checks both men. Edge flounders his way to ropes, drags himself up in a daze, but Finn rises again! SLINGBLADE! And then a SHOTGUN into the corner! Edge falls, Finn goes up, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Edge survives and shocks the demon! Finn drags Edge closer to the ladder, and then climbs it!

Fans fire up as Finn raises the stakes! But Edge SMACKS him with a kendo stick first! Edge climbs up after Finn, SMACKS him off the top, then brings Finn around, SUPER IMPALER!! Cover, TWO!??! Finn might really not be human after that! Edge goes back outside and he looks at the things he collected. Edge brings out more chairs, and then a TABLE! Finn crawls around while Edge puts that table in the ring. Edge sets this table up, but Finn SMACKS him with a kendo stick! And another! And another! Finn drags Edge up, puts him on the table and CLUBS away! Then SMACKS him with the chair! And again, and again, and again!

Finn then climbs up, and then decides the corner isn’t tall enough. Finn goes to the cage wall and climbs up! COUP DE GRACE but only through the table!! Edge avoids disaster and fans lose their minds! Finn crawls out of the wreckage, Edge aims from the corner, “This is Awesome!” SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! No one can believe it! Edge snarls, pulls at his hair, and he grabs the kendo stick. Edge SMACKS away on Finn until the stick breaks! Edge then gets the chair and SMACKS away on Fin! Fans fire up and Edge gets a sinister idea in his mind. Edge puts Finn’s head on the chair, and fetches a second one!

Edge is bringing back his classic, but also what happened at Extreme Rules! “We could’ve done this together!” CON-CHAIR-TO!!! Cover, EDGE WINS!!

Winner: Edge, by pinfall

The Rated R Superstar slays a demon in the City of Angels! But will this victory truly exorcise Edge of the Judgment Day? Will he be able to use the time he has left to finally achieve the things he wanted all along?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Kayla Braxton is with the RawEST Women’s Champion, and congratulates her on winning. How’d it feel going out there in front of over 80 THOUSAND to defend that title? She can’t put it into words. But this title has meant everything to her this past year. She’s gone up against amazing women, Asuka took her to the limit, and mist aside, Asuka is an incredible fighter. Many times, Bianca felt like she couldn’t get back up, but she had to keep going. She has done it once, twice, and now it’s a threepeat. Kayla says there are many fans happy about that, including the dance troupe that saw her out to the ring! They all cheer the EST, will Bianca keep winning for them?

 

The WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2023 is on stage!

Stacy Keibler, the family of the late, great Andy Kaufman, The Great Muta, the brothers of Warrior Award recipient Tim White, and of course, the headliner, Rey Mysterio!

 

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman & Solo Sikoa VS Cody Rhodes!

And it all comes down to this. The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the reigning, defending Universal Champion of 945 DAYS wants the world to ACKNOWLEDGE him. But the American Nightmare says Roman is going to acknowledge HIM! Will Cody Rhodes #FinishTheStory? Or will there still be some gold on the Island of Relevancy?

Cody has a new jacket for the occasion, and he hugs his wife and daughter ringside. He also gives his weight belt to Brodie Lee Jr, sone of the late, great Brodie Lee/Luke Harper. As for Roman, he has six live pianists playing the opening to his song! Roman has the Wise Man and the Enforcer with him, as he raises the belts for the pyro. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is truly ready to be The Guy!

Roman hears the fans chanting for Cody but he has them all quiet down. Heyman hands over the mic, and Roman grins as he says, “WrestleMania! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Heyman and Solo finally step out of the ring, the bell rings, and fans fire up even more. Roman and Cody step to each other and stare down. Fans are going nuts, and then Roman smirks. Roman and Cody circle, Roman mocks Cody a bit, then they tie up. They go around, Cody headlocks, then spins and hammerlocks. Roman gets the ropebreak, and he grins as he wags his finger. Cody lets off quickly and cleanly while fans boo Roman.

Roman and Cody reset, but Roman is almost swaggering as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks again. Roman powers up and carries Cody, but Cody uses that to hit a takeover! Fans fire up while Cody squeezes tight. Roman fights to his feet, fans rally for Cody, but Roman powers out of the hold. Cody slides under, kicks low, RHODES UPPERCUT! Roman staggers, is furious, and he bails out! Fans boo while Heyman talks with Roman. Heyman says Cody is here because of Roman. Who is the relevant one? The fans paid for Roman to face anyone, it just happens to be Cody, so SMASH him!

Roman takes his time returning, but Cody keeps his focus. The two go again, Roman waistlocks but Cody switches. Roman elbows free, Cody staggers, and Roman whips to CLOBBER Cody! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers as Roman holds up the finger. He the one, and he throws lariats in the corner! Roman goes all the way to TEN, then runs, but Cody dodges the boot to DROPKICK! Cody hurries to cover, ONE!! Roman frowns but Cody clamps onto the armlock. Roman endures as Cody steps over to put on the pressure. Cody then wrenches Roman’s arm, YANKS it, then CLUBS the arm!

Cody YANSK the arm again, headlocks and punches! Cody runs, springboards, but Roman catches him! POWERBOMB! Cody writhes, Roman covers, TWO! Cody’s Beautiful Disaster almost became a disaster, but he and Roman stand again. Roman CLUBS Cody, ROCKS him, then KNEES him down! Roman puts Cody on the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Roman lets off at 4, and he glares at the ref. Fans rally up, Roman brings Cody around to snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Cody surprises Roman now, nut then he grins. Roman drags Cody back up, to snap suplex hard! Cody writhes and Roman waves at Brandi Rhodes.

Roman stalks Cody to a corner, brings him up and around, to TOSS him up and out! But Cody skins the cat! Cody TOSSES Roman out! Then Cody goes to the apron, but Roman blocks the kick! Roman trips Cody and Cody hits the apron hard! Roman brings Cody up off the floor, and TOSSES him up the ramp! Cody writhes on the hardwood, only for Roman to scoop and SLAM him onto it! Roman goes back to the ring to refresh the count, and then he has Solo follow him. The ref restarts the count as Roman toys with Cody. Roman scoops Cody, but Cody slips free to scoop Roman! Cody SLAMS Roman on the ramp!

Fans fire up as Cody stalks Roman. Solo backs off as Cody CLUBS Roman around the way. Cody ROCKS Roman, CLUBS him again, but Roman throws body shots! Roman goes to bump but Cody bumps Roman off the apron instead! Cody refreshes the count, CLUBS Roman and throws down hands! Cody drags Roman up, throws him into the ring, but Solo is lurking! Solo grabs a chair and JAMS Cody!! The ref misses it while checking Roman and the fans boo. Roman pretends to be surprised by that. Roman hurries out, to hit the DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Cody staggers away, Roman puts Cody in the ring. Cover, TWO!

Roman is annoyed again as Cody is still in this. Roman hurries to cravat and grind Cody down. Cody endures the neck wrench and fights up. Cody throws body shots and gets free. Cody ROCKS Roman with a forearm, runs, but Solo trips him up! The ref misses it again! Roman LARIATS Cody inside-out! Cover, TWO! Roman grows further annoyed that Cody is still in this. Cody goes to ropes, drags himself up, and Roman is almost amused now. Roman stalks Cody, brings him around and whips him corner to corner hard! Cody stumbles and falls, clutching his ribs. Fans boo and give thumbs down but Roman just shrugs it off.

Roman brings Cody up, TOSSES him out, and the ref watches Solo closely this time. Roman goes out and he clears off the announce desk! Actually, desks! Both English and Spanish announce desk are cleared, and Roman SMACKS Cody off one. Roman refreshes the ring count and even tells the ref to shut up or else. Roman gets on the desk with Cody, raises the finger, and grins as the fans boo. Roman brings Cody up, but Cody fights the lift! Cody back drops Roman through the English announce desk!! Fans are thunderous while Roman writhes in the wreckage! Heyman is freaking out as Cody refreshes the ring count.

Cody hobbles over and fetches Roman from the wreckage. Cody puts Roman in, but Roman ROCKS Cody! Roman runs, Cody follows, and ROCKS Roman! Kick, RHODES UPPERCUT! Roman runs at Cody, Cody goes up and over in the corner to then POWERSLAM! The fans are thunderous again as Cody springboards, CODY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives but Cody isn’t shocked. He might be frustrated, but he isn’t shocked. Fans rally as Cody stomps Roman around, legs then arms then chest. Roman flops out of the ring, so Cody just builds speed! Cody DIVES! Direct hit into the barriers!

Roman flops down as fans fire up again! Roman crawls, sputters, but Cody brings him up and around, back into the ring. Cody goes to the apron, but Solo WHIPS Cody with his weight belt!! Solo snatched that from Brodie Lee Jr?! But the ref HEARD that, and so he EJECTS Solo!! Fans are thunderous but Solo is furious! Solo throws a fit, but he has no choice but to leave, and that worries Heyman even more! But Roman grabs the weight belt now! Fans boo, the ref tells Roman not to, and they fight over it. Roman has the belt, but Cody SUPERKICKS! And then CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Now Cody might be a bit shocked that Roman survives. Fans sure are, and are rallying up again. Cody brings Roman back up, but Roman is deadweight! Cody forces Roman up, but Roman JAWBREAKERS! And HEADBUTTS! And CLUBS Cody on the neck! And again! Heyman feels a bit better now but he still clutches the lei as he stresses. Roman TOSSES Cody, but Cody again skins the cat! Only for Roman to catch him! But Cody slips free, only for Roman to hit a ROCK BOTTOM!! Cover, TWO!!!! Cody survives Roman’s reference to his other cousin! Roman frowns but nods, understanding Cody is tougher than that.

Roman goes to a corner as the fans boo. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in, SUPERMAN- NO, Cody slips around it! TO underhook and PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives Cody’s shoutout to The Game! Cody is frustrated and he punches himself for not finishing it here. Fans rally back up and Cody is feeding off it! Cody brings Roman up, but Roman shoves him away! Cody ducks, BEAUTIFUL- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Cody still survives and now Roman is beside himself! Heyman thought it was over, but he was wrong. Even so, he tells Roman that this is still all his! Does Roman believe that?

Fans believe “This is Awesome!” but Heyman says Cody is ready to lose now. Roman lets out the battle cry, and he runs in, into a sunset flip! TWO!! Cody tackles Roman, “WOO~!” and FIGURE FOUR!! Roman endures as Cody thrashes the leglock! Roman’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! He’s down again, ONE as he turns to his side! Roman keeps trying, Cody fights to keep it on, but Roman turns it over! Cody hurries and crawls to the ROPEBREAK! The Figure Four is undone but the damage was done. Fans are still thunderous while Roman clutches his legs and Cody goes to the apron.

Cody stands, but Roman ROCKS him! Cody ROCKS Roman back, but Roman ROCKS Cody again! They go back and forth, haymaker for haymaker, the fans on Cody’s side! Cody hits low, throws another haymaker, but Roman runs in! Cody HOTSHOTS Roman away! Cody hurries up top, but Roman gets under the leap! Cody runs, into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Roman is in utter disbelief as Cody survives again! Roman paces, talks to himself, talks some trash on Cody, then he starts raining down fists! Fans boo as the fists turn into forearms! Roman lets off, paces around some more, and he says he’s gonna whoop Cody’s ass.

Roman says it’s done, and he brings Cody up. Into the GUILLOTINE!! Roman squeezes the air out of Cody but fans rally even harder. Cody is still on his feet, but he’s turning red! Cody’s fading! Cody drops to a knee, and the ref checks him. CODY COMES BACK TO LIFE! Roman is shocked as Cody fights up, so Roman jumps to put on the body scissors! Roman has Cody down on the mat! But Cody still pries at the hold! Fans rally as hard as they can, and Cody keeps fighting! Cody powers out of the hold! And he rains down forearms in return!! Fans are electric with every shot, and Heyman is speechless!

Roman shoves Cody away, Cody runs in, the BOOT hits the REF! SUPERMAN PUNCH!! LARIAT!!! Both men are down!! Fans are electric as both men slowly stir. Cody sits up first, still catching his breath. Fans fire up as Cody looks to the heavens. Cody then looks at Roman and tells him to get up. Roman stands, Cody dragon sleepers, but THE USOS DOUBLE SUPERKICK!!! Of course! Jimmy & Jey may not be champions anymore, but they’re gonna help Roman stay champion! ONE AND DONE for Cody!!! But here come Kevin & Sami!! The NEW champions brawl with the Usos, and the fans are going nuts!

Sami CLOBBERS Jey out of the ring, Kevin TOSSES Jimmy! Roman sees he’s alone, he gets a STUNNER! And then, a HELLUVA KICK!! But the Usos return! The brawl is back on, it spills out of the ring and into the crowd! Cody and Roman are both down, but Cody crawls his way to a cover! The ref returns, he starts the count, TWO!?!?!?! Roman is still in this and Hollywood is about to take off into space! Fans rally up behind Cody again as he sits back up. Cody drags Roman up, and throws a haymaker! Roman gives it back! Cody throws another, so Roman HEADBUTTS! Cody ROCKS Roman, Roman ROCKS Cody!

Cody UPPERCUTS Roman! Roman ROCKS Cody! Cody kicks, Roman rebounds, and Roman kicks. Cody ROCKS Roman, Roman ROCKS Cody! They keep going back and forth, Roman UPPERCUTS! Cody ROCKS Roman! Roman UPPERCUTS! Roman reloads, SJUPER- JAB! JAB! JAB! And again and again and again! Cody flips, flops, and BIONIC ELBOWS! RHODES UPPERCUT! And then the dragon sleeper! CROSS RHODES!!! But he holds on!!! CROSS RHODES!!! But he still holds on! Heyman shouts at the ref, the ref tells him to get down, but SOLO RETURNS! Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Cody!! Roman runs to SPEAR!!!! Cover, Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)

That should really be by assist, because without Solo, Roman wouldn’t have even be champion after Clash of the Castle! The Bloodline ruins the story, but they keep themselves on top. Will nothing stop the Tribal Chief from reigning as Head of the Table past 950 Days? Past 1000 days? Past however many days are left in Roman’s career until he retires?


My Thoughts:

An awesome WrestleMania, but could’ve been so much better. For one, they really forced it to get past 11 PM Eastern with some padding and product plugs. It feels like they could’ve given more time to the earlier matches, but oh well. I do appreciate that they wanted to have Miz lose again, but that ended up a partial letdown. Shane getting hurt was rough, but still pretty awesome for Snoop to sub in and win. And I’m a little surprised there were no shenanigans when Lashley appeared. No tease that Bray Wyatt is still after him, no promo from Bronson Reed or LA Knight that they should’ve won, just them showing Lashley off for those who didn’t see SmackDown.

Speaking of giving matches time, I’m surprised Lesnar VS Omos was over so quickly. I’m surprised Omos took German Suplexes, and I’m surprised it took only one F5. Give Omos two F5s before he’s done to keep him looking good in defeat. But Lesnar is Lesnar, duh, he wins. Great Fatal 4 Way from the Women’s Tag Team Showcase, and it was so clear Ronda & Shayna were winning. I thought it was gonna be Chelsea so that at least it was cathartic for the fans, but Shotzi takes the submission because she’s been doing that for the big names for quite some time already. Ronda & Shayna really should move up to the tag titles so Ronda and Becky can revisit their feud.

Actual match of the night, maybe the weekend, maybe all week before and after Mania: Gunther VS McIntyre Sheamus. All those shots, the pace, the tease that Sheamus was gonna get that title, it was just so good. The reactions from commentary were pretty much all legit, how could you NOT react like that seeing that live? But Gunther quite literally uses Sheamus and McIntyre against each other, he retains, and I have no idea who is gonna stop Gunther now. On a flipside of sorts, that’s how things feel about Bianca Belair. She and Asuka had a great match, but the fans were on Asuka’s side by the end. Fitting that Peter Rosenberg called her “Jane Cena” on the kickoff show, because she has now entered that “LOL Cena Wins” space.

Hell in a Cell was great, in part because the cell was the old silver, not the red. Great throwback to Brood Edge, which is apparently the full name of this mode Edge goes into rather than a nickname us fans give it. Demon Balor having purple smoke was cool, and I liked that there were bright purple and red chairs and kendo sticks, and I think even one table was purple. Edge winning was fine, it allows him to move on with a positive note, and the Judgement Day is gonna regroup on SmackDown anyway, surely to focus on the feud of Rey & LWO VS Dominik and Judgment Day so that Backlash or whatever can be that story’s blowoff.

And while I’m kinda trying to avoid talking about it, the main event was another one of those mixed bags only WWE can give us. It was such a great build up to that fever pitch, everyone wanted to see Cody win by the end, but of course the Bloodline is still a factor because Kevin & Sami could only stop the Usos, not Solo. I really thought this Mania was gonna be different with all the other feel good things we got, but I guess that was all just so this one thing would still happen. Roman retains, Cody feels heartbreak, and y’know what’s wild? Day 1000 for Roman’s reign (no pun intended) is Saturday, May 27, 2023. That’s the King & Queen of the Ring event in Saudi Arabia.

Unfortunately, Roman losing to anyone there would overshadow the KQOTR event, so it ain’t happening. Whoever is King of the Ring, hopefully that guy challenges Roman, and hopefully it is someone who can and will beat Roman.

My Score: 8.9/10


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AEW Coverage

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

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

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

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

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

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

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

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Time to settle some scores!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

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

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

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

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

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

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

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

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

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

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

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

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

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

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

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

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

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

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

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

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

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

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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