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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/14/23)

Round three, fight!

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BOSJ 30

The three day opening weekend finishes up!

Happy Mother’s Day, it’s MORE Best of the Super Juniors! Will Hiromu Takahashi go up 2-1 or fall to 1-2 in round three of the tournament?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Kevin Knight VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Knight wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: DOUKI VS Taiji Ishimori; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: KUSHIDA VS Titán; Titán wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: YOH VS Dan Moloney; Moloney wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: TJP VS Mike Bailey; Bailey wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: El Desperado VS Master Wato; Desperado wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Lio Rush VS Hiromu Takahashi; Lio wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current A Block standings.

Mike Bailey: 2-0, 4 points
Taiji Ishimori: 2-0, 4 points
Lio Rush: 2-0, 4 points
Titán: 1-1, 2 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-1, 2 points
DOUKI: 1-1, 2 points
TJP: 1-1, 2 points
SHO: 0-2, 0 points
KUSHIDA: 0-2, 0 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-2, 0 points

 

Here are the current B Block standings.

Robbie Eagles: 2-0, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-0, 4 points
Clark Connors: 1-1, 2 points
Dan Moloney: 1-1, 2 points
El Desperado: 1-1, 2 points
YOH: 1-1, 2 points
Master Wato: 1-1, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-1, 2 points
BUSHI: 0-2, 0 points
Kevin Knight: 0-2, 0 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Kevin Knight VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Jet has yet to take flight in the BOSJ, but the Heel Master is off to a strong 2-0 start. Will Knight finally get off the airstrip? Or will Kanemaru pull off a hattrick of tap-outs?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and are in a deadlock. They separate, circle some more, and tie up again. Kanemaru headlocks, Knight powers out, but Kanemaru runs him over! Fans applaud, then things speed up. Knight hurdles but Kanemaru stops to elbow him away. But Knight comes back with a springboard FLYING ARM-DRAG! Kanemaru tumbles out, Knight PLANCHAS, but Kanemaru dodges it! Kanemaru comes back to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru grabs Knight’s leg to SMASH it on the floor! Knight writhes and rolls away but Kanemaru pursues.

Kanemaru puts Knight in the ring, fans applaud, and Kanemaru whips. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out again! Knight writhes and clutches the knee but Kanemaru looms over him. Kanemaru stomps the leg, stomps it some more, then drags Knight around to SMASH the knee on the mat! Fans rally while Kanemaru paces around Knight. Kanemaru gets the leg again, drops an elbow on the knee, and he wraps it in a toehold. Knight endures but Kanemaru pulls back on the foot! Knight crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud, Kanemaru lets off, but he drops a knee on the knee!

Kanemaru kneels on Knight’s knee, the ref reprimands, and Kanemaru lets off at 4. Knight crawls but Kanemaru drags him up and has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! And then steps through for the FIGURE FOUR! Knight endures and fans fire up as Kanemaru thrashes around! Knight crawls, reaches out, drags Kanemaru along, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kanemaru claims he needs help. The ref pries the hold apart and Knight is free to clutch the knees. Kanemaru stomps Knight’s legs, has him on the ropes again, but Knight throws body shots! And a CHOP! Kanemaru kicks the leg out!

Kanemaru brings Knight up, but Knight fights the lift this time! Knight throws elbows over and over on Kanemaru’s neck, but Kanemaru CHOPS the leg! Kanemaru whips, Knight reverses, and Knight DROPKICKS! Fans fire up though that was a touch double-edged given the damage. But Knight fires up and fans rally behind him. Knight stomps and UPPERCUTS Kanemaru in the corner over and over! Knight stomps a mudhole but lets off as the leg bothers him. Knight whips Kanemaru corner to corner, and manages the STINGER SPLASH! Knight says “MO IKAI! <One more time!>” But Kanemaru BOOTS him!

Kanemaru goes up, but Knight LEAPS right up! Kanemaru slips under, but Knight kicks him away! Knight adjusts, to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up, Knight whips and SKY HIGH SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Knight grows frustrated and he pounds the mat. The fans rally behind him again as he aims from a corner. Kanemaru rises, Knight says it’s time, but Kanemaru denies the DDT and throws Knight back! Knight’s leg jams, and then Kanemaru dropkicks it out again! Fans fire up while both men are down! Knight hobbles up, but falls back over! Kanemaru goes to a corner, fans rally again, and Knight stands, for Kanemaru to tilt-o-whirl!

Knight stops the DDT but Kanemaru trips Knight to get the legs! Kanemaru steps through, but Knight cradles! TWO!! Knight runs in but Kanemaru trips him again! Knight kicks Kanemaru away, Kanemaru comes back, but Knight still kicks him away! Knight runs in, but into a BOOT! Kanemaru goes up again, but Knight JUMPING STEINERS! Fans fire up as Knight reaches the “Upper Room!” Knight roars, he aims at Kanemaru as he stands, and Knight runs in to SUPERKICK! And then JET DDT!! Cover, KNIGHT WINS!!

Winner: Kevin Knight, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Jet finally scores by giving Kanemaru his first loss this tournament! Will Knight be able to rise and reach the sky in the BOSJ?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS SHO!

The Funky Weapon has tried to be serious, but has gone 0-2. The Murder Machine has tried to cheat, but has gone 0-2. Something’s gotta give, so who finally gets on the board?

As Taguchi enters the ring, Sho gets the mic and says “You really gotta be serious in this match. Even if I’m your opponent, are you going to be serious? Taguchi, if you’re going to be serious… If you’re going to be serious, then I’m going to be serious!” Fans applaud, and to Taguchi’s surprise, he gives over the wrench! And he’s wearing a main unit shirt!? Everyone is stunned, but Sho respectfully puts the shirt aside. The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. Taguchi shoots in, Sho avoids it, and then Sho shoots in but Taguchi avoids it. They keep circling, they tie up, and it’s a deadlock!

Sho manages to power Taguchi back to ropes, the ref counts, and Sho lets off cleanly. Fans applaud and Sho nods. Taguchi nods, it seems Sho is true to his word. They go again, tie up, and Sho headlocks. Sho grinds Taguchi, Taguchi powers out and they RAM shoulders! Taguchi stays up so Sho runs again. They RAM shoulders, neither falls, so Sho goes again. Another RAM, and now Sho dares Taguchi to try. Taguchi runs, RAMS Sho, and Sho rebounds to RAM Taguchi! They go again, and Taguchi runs Sho over! Fans fire up and things speed up. Taguchi fakes out the hurdle, Sho avoids the hip attack but Taguchi DROPKICKS!

Sho bails out, Taguchi triangle jump PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Taguchi stands up and shakes out his arms before he brings Sho up. Taguchi puts Sho in and fans applaud. Taguchi springboards, Sho avoids the hip, and he BOOTS from a corner! Sho runs, LARIATS, but Taguchi stays up! Sho fires boxing elbows, runs again, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Sho staggers and fans fire up. Taguchi runs, but Sho ducks to waistlock! Taguchi blocks, flails, but Sho still GERMAN SUPLEXES through! Taguchi goes to a corner, comes back, and he LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Sho is hanging tough in this serious fight!

Taguchi brings Sho up, chicken wings, but Sho fights free! Sho switches, Taguchi fights and drop toeholds, OH MY GAH ANKLE! Sho fights up, drags Taguchi down and has the ARMBAR! Taguchi stacks Sho, TWO, but into OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Sho roars, flails, reaches out, but Taguchi drags him back into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives, but OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Sho shouts, flails, and the fans rally up. Taguchi leans on the hold, Sho hops up, but Taguchi drops an elbow on the leg! OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Sho endures, crawls, fights up, and rolls, sending Taguchi into the ref!

And then the lights go out!? So much for playing fair, because when the lights turn on, EVIL is here! The House was just waiting for the right opening! Taguchi and Sho go to their corners while the fans tell Evil to leave. Wait, is Evil being a referee? HE IS!! The Referee of Darkness wants them have at it! Taguchi says alright then! Sho and Taguchi circle, but then Evil says hold on, he wants to check Taguchi. Evil pats Taguchi down, and Sho sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Welp, there goes any sort of fighting fair. Evil gives Sho the wrench, and Sho CLOBBERS Taguchi with it! Evil fetches the ref into the ring and Sho brings Taguchi up.

Sho tucks the arms, lifts Taguchi, SHOCK ARROW! Cover, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)

Who could’ve guessed? Sho cheating finally got him a win. The Young Lions try to stop him and Evil from stomping Taguchi but they get sent right back out! Sho goes under the ring and he brings out SCISSORS! Evil grabs the “King of Strange Style” shirt Taguchi was wearing, and Sho cuts it down the middle! Then they do the same to the main unit shirt! Fans boo as the House of Torture disrespects everyone, but will this be Sho’s only win this tournament?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors w/ Gedo!

The Black Mask has yet to get a win while 100 Proof has gone 1-1. Will Bushi make the Wild Rhino tranquilo? Or will he a take a hard shot with No Chaser?

The bell rings and Connors runs in to CLOBBER Bushi! Connors then drags Bushi up, and RAMS him into the corner! Connors rips Bushi’s shirt away, then CHOKES him with it! The ref reprimands and counts, Connors lets off at 4 and gets in the ref’s face. Connors drags Bushi up, throws him out of the ring, then goes out after him. Connors talks trash on the fans, then POSTS Bushi! Bushi writhes, Connors talks more trash, and Connors kicks Bushi around. The ring count starts, Connors smirks and drags Bushi up. Connors looks to the ring, but POSTS Bushi again! Connors rolls in and lets the ring count climb.

Bushi is down at 7 of 20, but sits up at 9. Fans rally, Bushi stands at 12 and staggers around. Bushi slides in at 13, but Connors drags him up. Connors suplexes high and hard! Connors sits Bushi up to wrap him up in a straitjacket stretch! Bushi endures, kicks around, then fights up to his feet. Bushi throws body shots, runs, but Connors goes the other way to POUNCE Bushi! Bushi doesn’t go far from that glancing blow, but Connors taunts the fans. Bushi goes to a corner, Connors runs in, but Bushi BOOTS him! Connors comes back, but Bushi dropkicks the leg! Connors goes to the apron and clutches the knee!

Connors shakes the bad leg out while the fans rally up. Bushi runs in to BLAST Connors off the apron, then he DIVES! Direct hit and the Young Lions stop them from hitting the fans! Bushi fires up and the fans fire up with him. Bushi puts Connors in, then aims from a corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow! Bushi brings Connors out, Connors swings on Bushi, but Bushi spins him around to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Connors is hanging tough but fans rally up. Bushi brings Connors up, but Connors fights the fisherman. Connors throws body shots and UPPERCUTS, then runs, but into an ENZIGURI!

Bushi gets the leg, FISHERMAN- NO, Connors slips free! Bushi dodges the haymaker but runs into a POWERSLAM! Gedo likes what he sees as Connors drags Bushi back up. Connors suplexes, but Bushi fights it! Bushi wrenches out, spins Connors to a backslide, but Connors slips through! But Bushi avoids the Spear to roll Connors up! TWO, and Connors SPEARS Bushi down! Connors growls, drags Bushi up, and puts one out. NO CHASER! Cover, Connors wins!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

Bushi is 0-3 as Connors is on the rise! Will everyone get a taste of 100 Proof before the BOSJ is over?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: DOUKI VS Taiji Ishimori!

Japones del Mal has a strong 1-1 but The Bone Soldier has a stronger 2-0. Will Douki prove to be even stronger? Or will he tap out like the others?

The bell rings and Taiji rushes in to kick and CLUB Douki! Taiji whips, Douki reverses then drops to roll back and headscissor! Taiji gets back up but Douki springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Douki then DROPKICKS Taiji out, builds speed, but Taiji ducks the slide. Taiji pops Douki up to the apron, Douki rebounds but Taiji catches him! Taiji LAWN DARTS Douki into the post! Douki writhes but the fans rally up. The ref checks Douki, so Taiji unties the blue buckle pad. The Bullet Club Special is in play! Fans rally up as Douki shakes out his bad arm, and the ring count starts. Douki stands at 7 and rolls in at 8, but Taiji stomps him down!

Taiji CLUBS Douki, wrenches his arm, and whips him to WRING the arm out! Taiji then pulls on the arm, but Douki scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Taiji lets go quickly, and the fans rally up. Taiji stands Douki up, Douki throws a forearm, but Taiji ROCKS and CLUBS Douki back. Taiji scoops, Douki slips out to waistlock, but Taiji switches. Douki throws elbows, Taiji reels him back in but Douki breaks free to kick. Taiji ducks the enziguri! Taiji runs, but into the STANDING TOPE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Douki goes to ropes, stands up, but Taiji runs in. Douki BOOTS Taiji, Taiji comes back but Douki dumps him out!

Douki runs to DIVE! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Douki roars and fans fire up more! Douki drags Taiji up, puts him in, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Douki brings Taiji up. Douki scoops and swings, SAHAWARI! Bridging cover, TWO! Taiji escapes but Douki keeps his focus. Douki drags Taiji up, turns him for the Gory Especial, but Taiji fights it! Douki spins Taiji around, knees low, runs, but Taiji redirects him into the POST of the bare corner! Taiji then brings Douki around into a hammerlock, half nelson and scoop, SHOULDER BUSTER! Douki writhes while fans rally up again.

Taiji goes to the corner, he watches Douki rise, and fans rally. Taiji runs in, but Douki spins him around, drops down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taiji scrambles backwards to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go quickly and fans rally as he goes to the apron. Douki aims, slingshots, but Taiji blocks Daybreak to suplex and gut wrench! CIPHER- NO, Douki blocks and wheelbarrows, full nelsons, but Taiji fights that, so Douki puts Taiji in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW RACK! Douki spins around and around and around, before the FACEBUSTER! Ghost pin, TWO!! Taiji escapes, but ends up in ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!

Fans rally as Taiji fights around! Douki pulls on the arms but Taiji keeps moving, so Douki rolls him from the ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Taiji is fading! Taiji sputters, fans rally, but Taiji fights up! Only for Douki to pull on the hold even harder! Taiji reaches out, ROPEBREAK!! Douki lets go in frustration but the fans rally behind him! Douki goes back to the apron, takes aim again, and slingshots, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!!! Taiji survives and no one can believe it! Douki roars and the fans fire up! Douki gets Taiji’s legs, wheelbarrows, but Taiji hits an ARM BREAKER! Both men are down and the fans rally again!

Taiji and Douki rise up, they both roar, and they DOUBLE LARIAT! Neither falls, so they DOUBLE LARIAT again! Douki rebounds to LARIAT but Taiji stays up! Taiji rebounds, Douki dodges, and DOUKI-SAN BOMBER!! Douki drags Taiji up, torture racks, MARI- NO, Taiji tilt-o-whirls, but Douki stops Mystica to drag Taiji down and SEAT- NO, Taiji stops the seatbelt to go for the chicken wing! Douki fights, but he’s in the BONE LOCK!! Douki crawls, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away!! BONE LOCK!! Douki taps, Taiji wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

So close and yet so far, Douki could not survive! Taiji is 3-0, all tap-outs, will he make everyone suffer until #ItsReborn?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Francesco Akira!

The Sniper is still aiming at the top spot, but the Nova Fireball is rolling after taking down The Jet. Will Akira burn Eagles? Or will Eagles hit the bull’s eye a third time in a row?

Robbie makes fun of Akira being Italian with “Mamma mia!” The bell rings and fans rally up for Eagles. Eagles revels in it, then he circles with Akira. They tie up, Eagles headlocks, but Akira rolls to a cover. ONE but Akira gets an armlock. Eagles fights up, Akira wrenches, but Eagles drop toeholds and floats around. Cover, ONE, and the fans applaud the opening exchange. The two go again, Eagles headlocks for a takeover but Akira headscissors. Eagles kips free, but Akira arm-drags Eagles down! Eagles headscissors now but Akira kips free, and Eagles handsprings up! Fans applaud the stand off!

Eagles says, “This is MY block.” Akira calls for a test of strength and Eagles knuckle locks with him, but then Akira kicks low! Akira whips but Eagles blocks by holding the ropes! Akira CHOPS Eagles, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles to RANA! Akira gets up, into the WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up and fans fire up as Akira bails out. Eagles builds speed but Akira runs away, so Eagles springboards to backflip. “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “Robbie!” “OI!” “Robbie!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” Akira gets annoyed and rushes back in!

Eagles trips Akira, pushes him to a knuckle lock cover, TWO as Akira gets an arm up. Eagles pushes that arm back down, TWO as Akira gets the other arm up. Eagles pushes that arm down again, TWO as Akira bridges up! Eagles hops on but Akira stays up! Eagles sweeps the legs, TWO and Akira jumps up to DROPKICK Eagles out! Akira then PLANCHAS to take out Eagles! Fans throw up the crowns with Akira, and he brings Eagles back up. Akira RAMS Eagles into the apron, follows him around the way, and CHOPS! Akira says hey to commentary but Eagles CHOPS back! Akira kicks low, then SMACKS Eagles off the apron!

Akira follows Eagles around the way, puts him in the ring, and drags Eagles back up. Akira whips then CALF KICKS! Cover, ONE! Eagles is hanging tough but Akira mocks the “oi oi oi.” Fans rally, Akira wraps on a chinlock, but Eagles endures. Akira shifts around to have a seated Cobra Twist! Eagles endures more, fights up, and throws body shots. Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira runs, but Eagles avoids the knee to CHOP BLOCK Akira’s leg! Both men are down and the fans rally up. Eagles rises, he sits Akira up, and he KICKS Akira in the chest! And again! And again! But Akira blocks, to then CHOP in return!

Eagles sputters, Akira whips but Eagles reverses to CALF KICK back! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Akira stays in this. Eagles has the leg, he steps through, but Akira kicks with the free leg! Eagles grabs that leg, to spinning toehold it! Eagles goes for another step through, but Akira kicks him to the corner. Eagles comes back to mule kick! Eagles cravats, ASAI- NO, Akira slips free! Eagles waistlocks, but Akira victory rolls! Eagles rolls through to get the legs! EAGLE LOCK!! Akira endures the Ron Miller Special and fans rally up! Akira reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!

Eagles puts pressure on as he lets go, then “apologizes.” Akira goes to a corner, fans rally up and Eagles goes corner to corner, but Akira dodges! Akira tucks Eagles in a la Will Ospreay! But Eagles jumps over Cheeky Nandos to SNAP SAIDO! Eagles knows Ospreay better than Akira! But Akira’s right back up!? And he HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Eagles roars and rises up! Eagles waistlocks, Akira switches, HALF ‘N’ HALF, but Eagles lands on his feet!! Eagles runs in, Akira ducks the roundhouse, but Eagles blocks the superkick! Eagles tucks Akira in, but Akira pops right up, POISON-RANA!! Eagles staggers, and comes back with the BLINDSIDER!!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Akira and Eagles stir, and then crawl towards each other. Eagles throws a forearm, but Akira throws it back. Eagles throws another forearm, but Akira throws it back! They stand, and the forearms keep going back and forth! Akira gets the edge, he ROCKS Eagles again and again, but Eagles knees low! And KICKS Akira to a corner! Fans fire up, Eagles runs corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles rolls back, but Akira SHOTGUNS Eagles away! Akira keeps moving, but Eagles follows! Akira BOOTS Eagles, but Eagles LOW 619s! Eagles roars, but Akira comes back to SUPERKICK!

Akira runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Eagles is still in this and the fans fire up! Akira crawls back over to Eagles, drags him up, and reels him in. Eagles fights off Speedfire! Akira throws knees, but Eagles blocks one! Akira DOUBLE CHOPS Eagles, reels him back in, but Eagles wrenches out! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! Akira dodges the enziguri! NOVA- NO, Eagles ducks the fireball! Eagles grabs the legs to have the EAGLE- NO, Akira turns things around into a ghost pin! TWO!! Eagles escapes, but Akira spins him to a rolling leg cradle! TWO!! Oklahoma Roll! ONE and Eagles La Magistrols!

Akira slips free, hobbles, Eagles SCHOOLBOY BRIDGE! TWO!!! Akira escapes by nanoseconds and fans fire up again! Both men run in, Akira dodges the boot to roll, but Eagles pops Akira around, into a TURBO BACKPACK!! Cover, TWO!! Akira survives and Eagles is shocked! Fans fire up but Eagles takes aim. SUPERKICK! Akira flops to a corner, Eagles runs in, METEORA!! Eagles roars and he pushes Akira into the drop zone! Eagles goes up top, 450 FLOPS as Akira moves! NOVA FIREBALL!!! Cover, Akira wins!!

Winner: Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles falls, and now Akira is the top of the block! Will the Nova Fireball lead the United Empire in conquering the BOSJ?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: KUSHIDA VS Titán!

The Timesplitter is down 0-2 but there’s still time. El Inmortal is also still alive, but will he stay afloat? Or will he be trumped by the Ace of the Junior Division?

Titan eyes the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship belt, perhaps thinking of another prize he can win. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two feel things out, then tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Kushida waistlocks, spins Titan around, and wrenches to a wristlock. Titan rolls, kips and bridges to then spin and handspring and arm-drag! Kushida stands up and the two stand off while fans applaud. They go again, feel out a knuckle lock, and Kushida trips Titan to roll him into a SEATED SURFBOARD! Titan endures, Kushida stands, and Titan rolls through to kip up and arm-drag!

Fans applaud this second stand off, and the two go again. Titan shoots around to a waistlock, but Kushida pries free to a knuckle lock. Titan CHOPS Kushida, goes up and up and tightrope walks to then jump and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Kushida handsprings through it! Things speed up, and Titan RANAS Kushida out! Fans rally, Titan builds speed, but Kushida moves so Titan rolls and flips out of the ring. Kushida’s in No Man’s Land, and the spotlight points him out. Titan pursues, they go all the way around, Kushida uses ring crew and railing to slow Titan down, and then he goes to the other side of the crowd!

The ring count climbs, the chase continues, and Kushida returns to the ring at 9 of 20! Titan slides in, and Kushida PENALTY KICKS the arm! Kushida then traps that arm, to TWIST it! Titan writhes but Kushida drags him up. Titan breaks free to SOBAT! Kushida goes to ropes, BOOTS Titan away while going up and out. Kushida GAMANGIRIS Titan, climbs the corner, and leaps into the COBRA TWIST! Titan endures, Kushida hooks him up in a modified stretch, but Titan walks forward to the ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud and Kushida lets go in frustration. Kushida then returns to DROPKICK the bad arm!

Fans rally and duel as Kushida paces. Kushida grabs the bad arm, CLUBS it, then wrenches it to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida ENZIGURIS the bad leg! Fans rally more as Kushida stalks Titan to ropes. Kushida drags Titan up, but Titan throws a strike fest! Titan whips, Kushida reverses but Titan handsprings, only for Kushida to kick the arms out! Titan writhes and clutches the arm while fans continue to rally. Kushida brings Titan up, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Titan goes up and over, rolls back, and goes Matrix to avoid the fastball! CALF KICK! Fans fire up while Kushida goes to ropes.

Titan runs in but Kushida puts him on the apron. Titan GAMANGIRIS, springboards, and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up, Titan rushes in for another strike fest! Titan powers up, but Kushida ROUNDHOUSES the bad arm! Kushida runs, but Titan follows to TORNADO DDT! Kushida bails out, Titan builds speed, and Titan FLIES! Direct hit right in front of commentary! Titan puts Kushida back in, springboards and DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, Titan wins!!

Winner: Titán, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida is 0-3?! This is unheard of! Is Titan the new Ace of the Junior Division? Or does the Timesplitter still have time to turn it all around?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: YOH VS Dan Moloney!

Direct Drive got a big win in the main event last night, and he’s ready to #StunTheWorld! But will he keep his motor running? Or will #DaDrilla wreck him in the third?

The bell rings and fans rally up as Yoh and Dan stare down. They circle, tie up, and then Yoh CHOPS! Yoh eggs Dan on, then dodges him. Dan swings again but Yoh dodges and even cartwheels. Yoh taunts Dan, “Hit me~!” and then pretends to wave a cape like a matador. Dan rushes in, OLE! Yoh then pocks Dan in the eyes, and tells him kiss this! Dan storms up, Yoh bails out, and Yoh takes a page out of Kushida’s book by going around the crowd! Yoh keeps taunting Dan, they go back to ringside, and then Yoh stops. Dan gets up in Yoh’s face as Yoh dares him to chop. Dan gets mad, rears back, but then Yoh puts a Young Lion in the way!

Dan is even more upset, but he still CHOPS the Young Lion! But then Yoh CANNONBALLS Dan from the apron! Fans fire up and Yoh pretends to be shocked about what happened to the Young Lion. Yoh stomps Dan as payback! Yoh drags Dan up and into the ring, then CHOPS him! Dan snarls, but Yoh CHOPS again! Dan chops but Yoh blocks! Yoh Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! A message in part to Great-O-Khan, but then Yoh adds some Tenzan with the DOWN CHOP! Fans cheer and Yoh stalks Dan to a corner. Yoh wrenches and CHOPS, then he whips corner to corner.

Dan goes up and over, and he ENZIGURIS! Dan reels Yoh in, suplexes high and hard, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dan keeps cool, and he stomps Yoh around. Dan stands Yoh up to CHOP! Yoh goes to a corner, Dan stands him up and CHOPS! Yoh sputters and staggers away, but Dan stalks him to another corner. Dan kicks the legs out, stomps Yoh, but the ref reprimands. Dan apologizes, but then he stomps Yoh again! The ref has Dan back off and Dan “apologizes” again, and the fans rally up. Dan mockingly asks, “Daijobu? <Are you okay?>” Dan says yeah, he’s still gaijin. Fans applaud as Dan puts up the crown.

Dan steps on Yoh, drags him up, and then hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dan says okay, daijobu. Dan sits Yoh up to KICK him in the back, and then he stomps Yoh’s foot. Fans rally as Dan eggs Yoh on now. Dan drags Yoh up, but Yoh CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dan CHOPS Yoh in return! Yoh fires off forearms, runs, and ROCKS Dan! Dan rebounds to CHOP! Yoh rewinds in the ropes, I’LL BE BACK CHOP! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Both men go to ropes, stand up, and Dan runs in, only for Yoh to CLOBBER him! Yoh CLOBBERS Dan again! Yoh whips, Dan reverses, but Yoh FLYING FOREARMS!

Fans fire up with Yoh and he stalks Dan to a corner. Yoh CHOPS Dan, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Shoutout to Kojima! Fans fire up with Yoh more and he whips corner to corner. Yoh runs in to back elbow, and then he shoves Dan down! Yoh even copies Kojima’s catchphrase, “ICCHAUZO BAKAYARO~!” Yoh goes up, but Dan CHOPS him back! Dan climbs up after Yoh, brings him up, but Yoh resists the superplex! Yoh throws body shots, shoves Dan away, and leaps, but Dan gets under! Dan CHOPS Yoh! Dan runs, but Yoh DROPKICKS! Yoh suplexes, for FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Dan is still in this!

Dan sits up but Yoh roars! Yoh brings Dan up, reels him in, underhooks the arms, but Dan breaks free and waistlocks, to ripcord and CHOP! Cover, TWO! Dan goes to a corner, pounds the mat and slashes his throat. Yoh rises while fans rally, and Dan runs in, but Yoh scoops! GOROSHI! Dan flounders, and he kicks Yoh while they’re both down! Yoh goes to ropes, drags himself up, and fires up! Yoh tunes up the band, fans clap along, but Dan blocks the kick! Dan CHOPS and CHOPS and POWER- NO, Yoh ranas through! TWO!! Dan runs in, Yoh gets around but Dan bucks the O’Conner!

Dan runs in, Yoh hurdles over the Gore to JUMP KNEE! Dan rebounds but dodges, to GORE!! Dan drags Yoh up, Canadian Rack, DRILLA KILLA!!! Cover, Dan wins!!

Winner: Dan Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)

The United Empire’s newest recruit scores again! Yoh is going to need to fight harder if he’s going to #StunTheWorld, but will Da Drilla shake the Junior Heavyweight Division to its core?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: TJP VS Mike Bailey!

The Public Enemy is feeling good after getting the best of Kushida, and Speedball overcame Sho stacking the deck. Who keeps their momentum going through the third?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to a hammerlock, then spins Mike around to wristlock. Mike kicks a leg out, wrenches back, and has the wristlock. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, drops down and twisting headscissors! Fans applaud, but Mike reaches up with his feet. TJP denies the headscissors, and he bops Mike on the head. Mike KICKS TJP, headscissors him, but TJP moves around. TJP headstands, fans applaud as he holds it, and then TJP turns Mike over. TJP bridges back, rolls around, BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Mike pops free, covers, TWO! Mike feints a kick, and when TJP lets his guard down, Mike bops TJP on his head.

Fans applaud as Mike smirks and eggs TJP on. TJP and Mike circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. TJP drops, spins, gets a leg, but Mike stays up. Mike hops the leg sweep, and again, but TJP puts him on ropes. The ref calls the break, Mike kicks TJP away, then Mike goes up and over as TJP rushes in! TJP kicks low, headlocks, but Mike powers out. TJP runs Mike over, but Mike kips right up! TJP is too busy throwing up the crown, but when he turns around, Mike mocks the crown! TJP runs in, Mike dodges, and Mike fires off the lightning flurry of kicks! ENZIGURI! TJP flops out of the ring and fans fire up!

Mike builds speed, TJP gets on the apron, and TJP avoids the boot to trip Mike! TJP drags Mike out to RAM him into the apron! TJP gets back in the ring and fans rally. TJP goes to the corner, triangle jump, but Mike avoids the dropkick! TJP lands hard on the apron, and then Mike KICKS him down! Mike drags TJP up, puts him in the ring, and he stalks TJP. TJP sits up, into a CHOP! TJP flounders to ropes, but Mike is on him. Mike wrenches, whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! TJP slides under but Mike catches his legs! TJP holds the ropes, the ref counts, Mike lets off, but then TJP gets Mike in the ropes for a GUILLOTINE!

The ref counts again, TJP lets Mike go, and then revels in the cheers for a moment. TJP goes back in, brings Mike up and scoops to SLAM near the ropes. TJP goes to the apron for a SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! TJP stalks Mike to a corner, and bumps him off buckles. TJP has Mike sit up, fans rally and TJP scrapes his laces off Mike’s face! TJP then goes side to side, to BOOT WASH! Fans cheer and TJP says “MO IKAI!” Fans cheer for that and TJP goes back to Mike. But Mike shoves TJP away, so TJP stomps him down. TJP whips, Mike reverses, TJP dodges a kick but Mike dodges a lariat! Mike goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK!

Fans rally up and Mike powers up. Mike aims, SOBATS, AX KICKS, then BUZZSAWS! Fans fire up more and Mike runs, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! TJP hangs tough but Mike keeps cool. Mike aims as TJP sits up, but TJP blocks the buzzsaw! Mike throws forearms but TJP holds onto the leg! Mike ROCKS TJP, but TJP ROLLING SOBATS Mike! TJP whips, Mike handsprings and avoids the sweep! TJP whips, Mike reverses, TJP goes Spider-Man, then TJP dodges Mike to send him through the ropes. TJP runs in, blocks Mike’s punch and stomps the toes! TJP runs, but Mike jumps over the slide to TOP ROPE QUEBRADA! Direct hit!!

Fans fire up again while both men are down! Mike fires up, the fans rally behind him, and Mike puts TJP in. TJP crawls to a corner, Mike powers up, TATSUMAKI- NO, TJP blocks the kick! TJP puts Mike in a corner but Mike KNEES him back! Mike hops up, ULTIMA- NO, TJP avoids the knees, and he grabs Mike’s leg! Roll back into the stepover, but Mike resists the rest of the hold! TJP still snatches that arm, PINOY STRETCH!! Mike endures, fans rally, and Mike fights his way forward! ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go in frustration while fans cheer. Mike sputters but TJP stands and the fans rally up.

TJP grabs Mike’s arms, drags him up, and wrenches an arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! TJP holds onto the arm, Mike resists as best he can, but TJP still wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Mike swings but TJP kicks low. TJP wrenches, Mike BOOTS, but TJP avoids the kicks to SUPERKICK! TJP wags his finger but Mike THRUST KICKS! Fans fire up while TJP leans against ropes. TJP and Mike both rush in, TJP blocks a kick to CHOP, stomp the toes, slip around and LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and TJP brings Mike back up. TJP fireman’s carries, but Mike sunset flips! TJP rolls through but Mike PENALTY KICKS!

Mike focuses, and STANDING- NO, TJP avoids the knees again, hits a headlock takeover to a lateral press, TWO as Mike ghost pins! TWO!! TJP headlocks, goes up the corner and sunset flips, but Mike stays up! Mike slaps the hands away, to BACKFLIP KNEE DROP!! Fans fire up and Mike drags TJP up. Mike puts TJP on the top rope, ties up the legs and brings him off the corner in a backpack, but TJP slips free to dragon sleeper! Mike drops, victory rolls, TWO!! TJP escapes in time! The fans rally up and TJP goes to a corner. Mike runs in, TJP goes up and over, TORNADO DDT! Then TJP goes to the apron!

Mike stands, TJP springboards, MAMBA DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Mike survives and fans are thunderous! TJP says he’s gonna end this, and he goes up the corner. But Mike springs up to CHOP TJP! TJP throws hands but Mike GAMANGIRIS! Mike goes up but TJP GOURD BUSTERS him away! MAMBA- NO, TJP has to roll through! He turns around into TATSUMAKI SENPUKKU!! And then the leg cross and lift, FLAMINGO DRIVER!! Cover, Mike wins!!

Winner: Mike Bailey, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TJP earns 0)

TJP tried to dunk on Speedball but Speedball dunked TJP! Mike Bailey is 3-0 with six points, will nothing stomp him from becoming the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: El Desperado VS Master Wato!

The Rogue Luchador and Way of the Grandmaster are no strangers to each other, but does either man consider this a rivalry? Perhaps we’ll see as they fight over the difference between 2-1 and 1-2!

The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Desperado and Wato circle, tie up, and Wato headlocks. Desperado powers up but can’t power out as Wato holds tight. Wato grinds Desperado down, but Desperado fights up to throw body shots. Desperado powers out to then headlock Wato, but Wato slips out to headlock back. They switch back and forth on the headlock, again and again, then Desperado shifts to a facelock! Desperado spins Wato, headlocks again, but Wato slips out to get the headlock back. Wato grinds Desperado again, thrashes around, but Desperado fights back up. Desperado pops out to wrench and hammerlock, but Wato switches that onto Desperado.

Desperado goes to the ropes, steps through and steps back in to wrap Wato’s arm around the ropes! Fans applaud, and then Desperado goes back to the headlock. Wato powers out, Desperado runs him over, and fans applaud again. Things speed up, Desperado hobbles a bit, and Wato dropkicks that leg out! Desperado bails out, still recovering from what Kanemaru and Bushi did to the knee. Wato pursues, and he fires forearms! Desperado CHOPS, Wato ROCKS him with more forearms! Desperado CHOPS, but Wato comes back with more forearms! Wato cravats and brings Desperado around for knees!

Wato lets go of Desperado and follows him around the way. Desperado CHOPS back! Wato kicks low, SMACKS Desperado off the apron, and puts him in the ring. Fans fire up with Wato, and he hurries in after Desperado. Desperado blocks the boot, whips Wato to a corner, then runs in, but into BOOTS! Wato BULLDOGS, covers, ONE!! Wato clamps onto Desperado with a chinlock, then spins him to a cravat. Desperado gets the ROPEBREAK, and Wato lets off to stomp Desperado down. Wato brings Desperado up, snapmares and wraps on a headscissors squeeze. Desperado endures but Wato pushes up for pressure.

Desperado kicks around, reaches out, but Wato puts on more pressure. Desperado still gets the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go, Desperado bails out, and Red Shoes checks on Desperado. Wato hurries out after Desperado and stomps him down! Wato brings Desperado up, throws knees, then kicks low! Wato CHOPS and Desperado grits his teeth. Desperado CHOPS, but Wato CHOPS again! They CHOP back and forth, Wato ROCKS Desperado and throws more forearms! Desperado crawls away, and Wato stalks him. Wato puts Desperado in the ring, covers, ONE!! Desperado is hanging tough but Wato keeps cool.

Wato brings Desperado up, CLUBS him on the neck, but Desperado scoops! Wato slips out, headlocks, but Desperado lifts! Wato fights that off with elbows, but then Desperado reels Wato back in for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down. Desperado storms up on Wato, drags him up and whips him to a corner. Desperado runs in, back elbows, then reels Wato in for a high and hard suplex! Cover, TWO! Desperado drags Wato up, but Wato ROCKS Desperado with forearms! Wato rears back but Desperado blocks the kick! Desperado trips Wato to a STRETCH MUFFLER!

Wato flails, reaches out, but Desperado thrashes him around! Wato reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets off, drags Wato up, and Desperado whips, only for Wato to block! Desperado kicks Wato’s legs, whips him, but Wato reverses and CALF KICKS! Both men are down but Desperado bails out. Fans rally up, Wato builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Desperado! Fans fire up with Wato and he hurries to put Desperado in. Wato aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wato is frustrated but he fires back up. Fans rally and Wato drags Desperado up.

Wato ROCKS Desperado with a forearm, but Desperado fights the scoop. Desperado wrenches but Wato ROCKS him with another forearm! Desperado CHOPS back! Wato dodges Desperado, SOBATS, hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO, into VENDAVAL!! Desperado shouts as he endures the hold! Fans rally, Desperado moves around, reaches out, but Wato pulls on the hold! Desperado powers through to the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go and fans fire up. Wato grabs at Desperado but Desperado is dead weight. Wato stomps Desperado, drags him back up, and scoops, but Desperado slips out! But the leg jams!

Wato kicks, Desperado ducks and waistlocks but Wato switches. Desperado spins things around to gut wrench and GUITARRA- NO, Wato slips free! Wato waistlocks, lifts, but Desperado fights! Desperado reaches for the ropes but Wato brings him back. Desperado elbows free, spins around, but Wato blocks the suplex! Fans rally and duel as the two struggle for control! Desperado suplexes but Wato scoops! TTD!! Fans fire up and Wato puts Desperado in a drop zone! Wato goes up top, takes aim, R P P FLOPS! Desperado avoids the hit and fans fire back up! Desperado roars, runs in from the corner, and SPEARS!!

Fans fire up, Desperado drags Wato up, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL!! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and Desperado can’t believe it! Desperado roars, fans fire up with him, and he drags Wato back up. Desperado reels Wato in, underhooks, PINCHE- NO, Wato sunset flips it! TWO!! Desperado prawn holds, TWO!! They roll around, Desperado gets the leg for the STRETCH MUFFLER!! Wato rolls it to a cradle, TWO!! Wato hurries up, takes aim, and BUZZSAWS! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Wato roars, he wants Desperado to get up! Desperado rises, Wato- LOCO MONO!!! Desperado staggers around, but he fires back up!

Desperado drags Wato up, for PINCHE LOCO!!! Cover, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

Rivals or not, that was a powerful showdown! And in the end, the Rogue Luchador is still near the front of the pack! Will he be able to use this momentum to take a spot in the semifinals?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, A Block: Lio Rush VS Hiromu Takahashi!

The Bad Child has been rolling, overcoming Sho’s cheating and taking Taguchi seriously. But now he runs into the Ticking Timebomb, who while 1-1, is still the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and defending BOSJ winner. Will Lio’s win streak blow up in his face? Or will this be Hiromu’s Final Hour?

Hiromu’s picture diary entry for Lio Rush is that he is a “dangerous dragon.” The bell rings and fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” Lio and Hiromu get face to face, and Lio says it won’t go like last time. Then both men run the ropes, but then stop before running into each other. They go to their respective rights, but then stop again. They both go Lio’s left, but then stop to go Hiromu’s left, and then stop again! Fans cheer as these two stand off. Lio and Hiromu decide to circle now, and Lio rallies the fans up with claps. The two then approach, crouch low, and feel things out. They knuckle lock but then Hiromu kicks low.

Hiromu whips, Lio slides to stop, Hiromu rushes in but Lio gets out of the way. Hiromu chases Lio to the other corner, and Red Shoes barely gets out of the way in time as Lio runs to the next corner. Lio slides out of the ring, eggs Hiromu on, then goes around the corner as Hiromu rushes out. Lio slides in, Hiromu pursues, but Lio goes Matrix, then fires off kick after kick and an ENZIGURI! Hiromu bails out and fans rally as Lio builds speed. Hiromu slides back in, but Lio redirects. Hiromu follows, Lio ducks, but Hiromu SHOTGUNS! Lio bails out now and Hiromu rolls out after him. Hiromu brings Lio up and fireman’s carries.

Lio fights free, RAMS Hiromu into the apron, then gets space. Lio comes back, but Hiromu fireman’s carries! Hiromu tells commentary to brace itself! Milano Collection AT and the rest panic but Lio slips off to stop Hiromu. Lio then snap suplexes Hiromu to the floor! Hiromu writhes and Lio grabs the picture diary to hold it up for everyone to see. “That’s a damn good picture.” Lio fetches Hiromu, he asks a fan if he can borrow a chair, and the fan obliges. Lio tells Red Shoes it’s okay, it’s not like that. Lio ROCKS Hiromu, makes him take a seat, and then CHOPS Hiromu! Red Shoes reprimands and tells Lio to get in the ring.

Lio obliges, and he slides into the ring, to then slide back out. Lio rallies the fans again, gets some space, and then he runs all the way around the ring, to come back in, only for Hiromu to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Lio onto the chair! Fans fire up while Lio writhes. Red Shoes checks on Lio but somehow he’s okay to continue. Red Shoes isn’t sure what to do with the busted chair, though. Hiromu kindly asks someone bring a new one for the fan to use. Hiromu then puts Lio in the ring, covers, but Red Shoes says hold on! Hiromu asks why and Red Shoes brings up the chair! Hiromu stalks Lio to a corner, and CHOPS!

Lio staggers away to another corner, but Hiromu CHOPS him there, too. Lio goes to another corner, and Hiromu waits on him to stand up. Hiromu whips corner to corner to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hiromu wraps on a headscissors squeeze! Lio endures, Hiromu pushes up for more pressure, but Lio pushes back. Lio turns things over, Hiromu holds tight, but Lio turns again and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud as Hiromu lets off slowly and cleanly. Hiromu stalks Lio, eggs him on, and Lio throws body shots. Hiromu eggs him on more, Lio throws forearms, but Hiromu DECKS Lio!

Hiromu drags Lio up, whips him to ropes, but Lio reverses. Hiromu holds ropes, BOOTS back, then goes up to get the headscissors! Lio pries the hold open, but Hiromu clamps on again! Red Shoes reprimands Hiromu but Lio keeps prying at the scissors. Hiromu tightens down again, but Lio powers up a third time. Lio dumps Hiromu up and out! Hiromu hits off the apron and clutches a shin. Lio goes out to the apron and KICKS Hiromu! Hiromu staggers, Lio builds speed, and Lio DIVES! Direct hit and they land between Japanese and English commentary! But Lio keeps going, he gets in and DIVES again!

Fans fire up as the Young Lions keep them from falling onto fans. Lio gets back into the ring, he goes again, for another… Wait, Lio rebounds to build even more speed, and then DIVE!! Direct hit and now even the Young Lions fall over! Red Shoes checks everyone, and somehow, both men are okay. The fans rally for “HI-RO-MU!” and a ring count starts. Lio stirs at 5 of 20, crawls his way over, but both men are still down at 10. The count reaches 15, Lio reaches the apron! Lio slides in at 17, Hiromu springs in at 19! Fans cheer and Lio is beside himself. Lio rises up and the fans rally again.

Lio hobbles over, brings Hiromu up, but Hiromu ROCKS him with a forearm! Lio shakes it off, brings Hiromu up, but Hiromu ROCKS him again! Lio tries again, but Hiromu ROCKS him again! Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Lio fights free. Lio fires off a flurry and forearm! But Hiromu roars! Lio dodges, and comes back with a JUMP KNEE! Lio brings Hiromu up, fireman’s carries, and spins around, for a COUNTERCLOCKWISE F5! Would that be a 5F? Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives and Lio grows frustrated. Fans rally, Lio says it is time! Lio waits as Hiromu rises, and then Lio springboards, RUSH- NO, Hiromu catches him to a waistlock!

Hiromu lifts, Lio fights it and slips under! Lio kicks but Hiromu blocks it! Hiromu flips Lio, Lio lands on his feet, but Hiromu fireman’s carries! CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Lio crawls to the apron but Hiromu follows him out there. Hiromu drags Lio up, but Lio SLAPS him! Lio flips Hiromu off, so Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu roars, fireman’s carries, and APRON DEATH VALLEY! Lio flops off the apron and Hiromu has a wild grin on his face. Hiromu roars again, fans fire back up, and Hiromu puts Lio back in the ring. Another fireman’s carry, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO!!

Lio survives and the fans rally up. Lio flounders around but Hiromu crawls after him. Hiromu fires up, runs the ropes, but Lio SUPERKICKS!! Lio hurries to a corner! Lio climbs up, fans fire up, FINAL- NO, Lio has to bail out as Hiromu moves! Lio runs back in, into an OVERHEAD- Wait! Lio lands safe on the ropes! And then mule kicks Hiromu down, to VADER BOMB! And then Lio goes back up top, for a FINAL HOUR onto knees! Hiromu saves himself, rolls to the fireman’s carry, TIME- NO, Lio slips out of the timebomb! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Lio PELES! Hiromu ROLLING ELBOWS! Lio 720 ROLLING ELBOWS!!

Both men wobble, Lio roars and fans fire up! Lio runs, but Hiromu dodges! HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Lio takes it, drops to his knees, but Hiromu fires up more! Hiromu runs again, into SPANISH FLY!! And then a STUNNER!! Hiromu flops into a drop zone and Lio hurries to a corner! Lio goes up, roars, and FINAL- NO, Hiromu is up! CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! The fans are thunderous as Hiromu rises. Hiromu drags Lio up by his hair, fireman’s carries, but Lio pops up to POISON-RANA! Lio roars, runs, springboard and RUSH HOUR!!! Lio hurries to a corner, climbs up, and FINAL HOUR to Hiromu’s back!!

Hiromu writhes, Lio crawls back to cover him, TWO!!! Hiromu survives somehow, but Lio is too tired to be upset. Both men stir as Red Shoes checks them. The fans rally up, Lio hobbles to a corner and climbs back up. Hiromu hurries after him! Hiromu lifts Lio into a fireman’s carry, but Lio throws down elbows! Lio slips down, and he HEADBUTTS Hiromu! And again! And again and again and again!! Lio roars, and gives one last BIG HEADBUTT! Hiromu falls, into FINAL HOUR!!! Cover, LIO WINS!!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion falls in the main event! He’s 1-2, will he have to give Lio a title match no matter what happens in the tournament?

As for Lio, he takes a moment and gets the mic. “NAGOYAAA~!” The fans cheer, and then chant for “LIO! LIO! LIO!” Lio says, “In my eyes, this… was the hardest test that I’ve had to overcome in my life! NAGOYAAAA~! This win means everything to me. This win… means everything to my family. And believe it or not, you guys… are my family!” Fans cheer Lio again and he encourages them to get louder! Lio then says he will leave it at this: “One simple task. One last thing I will leave you all with. The Best of Super Junior 30 Champion will be the Bad Child, Lio Rush!” Fans love the confidence! Will Lio truly be the Man of the Hour in this tournament?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Mike Bailey: 3-0, 6 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-0, 6 points
Lio Rush: 3-0, 6 points
Titán: 2-1, 4 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-2, 2 points
DOUKI: 1-2, 2 points
TJP: 1-2, 2 points
SHO: 1-2, 2 points
KUSHIDA: 0-3, 0 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-3, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Francesco Akira: 2-1, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-1, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-1, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-1, 4 points
Dan Moloney: 2-1, 4 points
El Desperado: 2-1, 4 points
YOH: 1-2, 2 points
Master Wato: 1-2, 2 points
Kevin Knight: 1-2, 2 points
BUSHI: 0-3, 0 points


My Thoughts:

An awesome round here to round out the weekend. I suppose the only real low point was that it was The House of Torture winning against Taguchi instead of Serious Taguchi winning out. But at least there was some creativity, where for that first half, it looked like Sho was gonna be straight up with Taguchi. The shocker is that Kushida is 0-3 right now, because he is both IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion and Kushida. At this point, it feels like Kushida won’t even be a semifinalist because he’d have to win six straight.

I do like that Mike Bailey, Taiji Ishimori and Lio Rush are 3-0. All great matches from each of them, but Lio VS Hiromu was awesome stuff. That was definitely main event worthy, and quite the surprise for Hiromu to be on the downside at this point. As I said for a previous night, Hiromu will owe those who beat him after the tournament, as is NJPW’s use of tradition. Hiromu VS Speedball and Hiromu VS Lio before taking on the tournament winner (assuming it isn’t him for a fourth year in a row) will be awesome rematches, and will make for great summer content.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

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

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

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

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

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

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

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

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

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

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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