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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/19/23)

Round 7, FIGHT!

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BOSJ 30

Anyone feeling lucky?

We’ve reached the Best of the Super Juniors homestretch, and Master Wato is red hot after a main event win! Will he keep that heat going through this round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current A Block standings.

Mike Bailey: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Titán: 4-2, 8 points
Lio Rush: 4-2, 8 points
TJP: 4-2, 8 points
DOUKI: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
SHO: 2-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the current B Block standings.

Master Wato: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 4-2, 8 points
El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 3-3, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
Dan Moloney: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
BUSHI: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Master Wato VS Clark Connors!

The Way of the Grandmaster won big in last night’s main event, but now he’s leading off. Will Wato be able to hit harder than 100 Proof? Or will things start with No Chaser?

The bell rings and Connors rushes in! Wato SOBATS him, knees low then fires off kicks to the legs. Wato fires up and the fans are with him. Wato whips, Connors reverses but Wato holds ropes. Wato BOOTS Connors, runs in, but Connors TOSSES him away! Connors drags Wato up, CHOPS him back down, and fans rally up. Connors taunts Wato, CHOPS him to a corner, and CHOPS him again! And again! Connors storms around, then he UPPERCUTS Wato. Connors brings him up but Wato throws forearms! Connors UPPERCUTS again! Connors whips Wato hard into a corner! Wato bounces off buckles, Gedo cheers and the fans applaud.

Connors drags Wato up to suplex high and hard! Gedo cheers again and the fans rally for Wato. Connors stomps Wato, mocks the fans cheering for “WATO~!” then drops a BIG elbow! Connors sits Wato up into a chinlock! Wato endures the knee in his back, and Connors talks trash on the fans. Fans rally up, Wato fights up, and Wato throws elbows. Connors CLUBS Wato on the back! Wato KICKS Connors in the chest! And again! And again! Connors swings, Wato dodges and Wato ELBOWS! Wato runs to BOOT! Wato then whips, Connors reverses but Wato ducks ‘n’ dodges, to RANA Connors to a corner!

Fans fire up, Wato runs corner to corner, but Connors puts him on the apron. Wato GAMANGIRIS, fans rally up, and Wato springboards to FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wato fires back up and the fans are with him! Wato brings Connors up, wrenches, reels him in, but Connors fireman’s carries! Wato fights free to waistlock but Connors elbows free of that. Connors runs, but Wato jumps to RANA again! Connors bails out, fans rally up and Wato aims to PLANCHA! But Connors catches him! And POSTS him! Wato falls and Connors snarls. Connors brings Wato up, to whip and POST him again!

A ring count starts as Connors storms over. Connors looms over Wato at 6 of 20, drags him back up, and puts him in at 10. Fans applaud, and Connors drags Wato back up to whip and POWERSLAM! Gedo fires up and the fans do applaud the show of strength. Connors aims from the corner as Wato rises, and Connors runs in to SPEAR! But Connors isn’t done there! He drags Wato up, but Gedo says pour on the pain! Connors says sure, and he runs to SPEAR Wato again! Gedo is loving this, and Connors says he wants one more! Connors waits for Wato to rise, and Wato goes to a corner.

Wato staggers around, Connors runs in, but Wato drop toeholds him to the ropes! Connors staggers back, into TUTENKAKU! Bridging cover, Wato wins!

Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

There was no chaser here, Wato gave Connors a straight shot of his own! Wato’s still heading towards the top, but is 100 Proof all but done?

 

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

Two men out of the running are competing for pride! The Funky Weapon has been trying to fight seriously, will it work out now that the pressure’s off? Or will Japones Del Mal make Taguchi feel even worse?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, enter a deadlock, but Taguchi arm-drags! Fans cheer and the two reset. They circle, tie up and Taguchi arm-drags again! Douki rushes in, Taguchi trips him, and things speed up. Douki hurdles, Taguchi leaps over, keeps moving, springboard FLYING ARM-DRAG! And then a DROPKICK! Douki bails out, Taguchi slingshots, but Douki avoids the plancha! Douki builds speed to slide, but Taguchi gets under! Taguchi pops Douki up but Douki rebounds to DDT Taguchi to the floor! Fans rally, Douki brings Taguchi up and puts him in.

Fans applaud and Douki brings Taguchi up for another DDT! Cover, TWO! Douki clamps onto Taguchi with a chinlock, and he digs his knee into Taguchi’s back. Taguchi endures, kicks forward, but Douki pulls back on the hold! Taguchi scrambles and still gets the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets off, he brings Taguchi up, but Taguchi throws body shots. Taguchi throws more shots but Douki rakes the eyes! Douki turns Taguchi, but Taguchi turns it to a roll-up, TWO! Douki dodges and rams Taguchi, but Taguchi cartwheels to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Douki flops out! Taguchi triangle jump PLANCHAS!

Fans fire up and Taguchi stands. Fans rally, the ring count climbs, but Taguchi puts Douki in at 9 of 20. Taguchi springboards to MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! OH MY GAH ANKLE! Douki scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi holds on until the ref counts. Taguchi brings Douki up, has the leg, and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi then goes to the corner, “ORYA~!” But Douki ducks the bum! And he drags Taguchi into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Taguchi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go as the ref counts 4, and he goes to the apron. Taguchi rises, Douki slingshots, but Taguchi catches Douki! OH MY GAH ANKLE!

Douki flails around and fans fire up! Douki crawls, reaches out, but Taguchi drags him back! Chicken wings and DODON- NO, Douki victory rolls! But Taguchi rolls through that, OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Douki scrambles, but Taguchi brings him back, only for Douki to drag Taguchi into the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Taguchi moves around but he falls over! Douki pulls harder on the hold but Taguchi fights over to the ropes. Douki rolls Taguchi away! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Taguchi keeps fighting! He pushes through, turns Douki over, and OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Now Douki endures!

Douki crawls, but Taguchi drops an elbow on the knee! Douki flails, claws around, reaches out, but Taguchi drags him back! Chicken wings, DODON- NO, Douki pops free! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! But Douki floats, wheelbarrows, full nelson, SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!! Bridging cover, DOUKI WINS!!

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

Serious Taguchi fails to win again! He’s 0-7, will he ever get points this tournament? Douki may not be going for the finals, either, but is this a sign he’s finally reaching that next level?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Kevin Knight VS Robbie Eagles w/ Kosei Fujita!

The Jet is holding onto hope at 3-3, but that bubble could burst. Will the Sniper take out another contender? Or will Knight fly higher than Eagles?

The bell rings and the two circle. Knight uses a very Kushida style low advance, but Eagles keeps his distance. Knight stands, he and Eagles tie up, then Knight gets around to a waistlock. Eagles wrenches free to a wristlock but Knight forces right through to a wrench and snapmare. Knight headlocks but Eagles slips out to hammerlock. Eagles has Knight on the mat, traps the hammerlock then grabs the other arm, to have it clap along! Eagles then shifts to facelock and grind Knight down. Knight fights up, Eagles wrenches to wristlock, but Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches to snapmare. Knight drops a knee on the arm!

Fans applaud the exchange while Knight keeps on the arm. Eagles rolls, gets to his feet and to ropes. Knight goes to whip but Eagles holds onto the ropes. Knight wrenches, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around, but Knight blocks the arm-drag to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO, Knight now sunset flips! TWO, and Knight goes back to the ghost, TWO!! Eagles narrowly escapes, but then Knight scoops, spins and SLAMS! Fans fire up and Knight flexes. But Eagles drags Knight right down to a kneebar, then the EAGLE LOCK! Knight scrambles and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer while Eagles lets go.

Knight gets up, Eagles rushes in, but Knight sends him out! Knight then PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Knight lets out a “WOO!” and the fans echo it. Knight drags Eagles up, puts him in the ring, and fans applaud as Knight stomps Eagles. Knight brings Eagles up to CLUB him on the back, and then he UPPERCUTS! Eagles staggers, Knight whips but Eagles reverses. Knight goes to the ropes but Eagles CHOP BLOCKS him! Knight gets stuck, Eagles goes to the apron, and Eagles DROPKICKS the legs! Fans fire up while Knight falls into the ring. Eagles hurries back in, for a spinning toehold! Eagles pushes Knight down, covers, ONE!

Eagles keeps on Knight with a STUMP PULLER! Knight endures as he’s being folded up, and Eagles twists a foot! Knight fights through to a roll-up, TWO! HEEL HOOK! Knight scrambles around, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Eagles lets off with some kicks. The ref reprimands but Eagles apologizes. Eagles brings Knight up but Knight throws body shots. Knight throws forearms, and UPPERCUTS, but Eagles sweeps the legs! Fans rally and Eagles talks trash. Knight sits up, into a KICK! And another KICK! And another KICK! Eagles runs, but Knight blocks the kick! Eagles SOBATS, whips, but Knight reverses to DROPKICK!

Fans fire up but that was a little double-edged with the bad leg. Knight still goes to a corner, dares Eagles to get up, and he runs in to LARIAT! And ELBOW! Eagles goes to a corner, Knight hops his way to the SPLASH! Knight whips, scoops, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Again a little double-edged, but Knight covers, TWO! Knight scoops Eagles again but Eagles slips off to waistlock. Knight switches, Eagles blocks the superkick, and Eagles hooks Knight up, TURBO- NO, Knight handsprings through the throw! And rebounds to SLIDING SHOULDER! Fans fire up with Knight and he manages the JUMPING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans cheer as Eagles is still in this. Knight pounds the mat, watches Eagles rise, and he runs in, but Eagles dumps him over! Knight sunset flips but Eagles rolls through to a stack! TWO and back to the sunset, TWO! Eagles goes after the legs, Knight kicks him away! Eagles comes back but Knight gets around to ripcord and SKY- NO, Eagles wheelbarrows, victory rolls, and hooks up the legs! Knight drags Eagles down into a cradle! TWO!! Eagles escapes, shoots in, rolls Knight but Knight comes back to roll Eagles! SCHOOLBOY BRIDGE, TWO!! Eagles kicks, Knight ducks and SUPERKICKS!

Eagles is in a corner, Knight fires up and runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans fire up and Knight goes to a corner. Eagles runs in, but Knight puts him on the apron. Eagles ROCKS Knight first, springboards, but Knight gets under! Knight comes back, ROCKS Eagles, ROUNDHOUSES, then roars! Knight puts Eagles up top, says it’s time, and he jumps for the- NO, Eagles lands on his feet from the Steiner! EAGLE LOCK!! Knight endures, reaches out, but Eagles drags him back! Fans rally as Knight keeps fighting, but Eagles drags him back again! Eagles throws knees into the knee, drops down, EAGLE LOCK!!! Knight taps, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

Eagles flies over the Jet, and he keeps pace with the man who just beat him in Wato! Will the Sniper still have a shot at the semifinals?

 

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

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, unlike the Murder Machine. Sho cheated Taiji Ishimori just last round, will he cheat Titan here? Or will things still be tranquilo in the BOSJ?

Evil accompanies Sho out to ringside like yesterday, but as Sho wants to put one out with him, Evil leaves him hanging! And then he sits at the timekeeper’s area instead of standing in the corner! Is Evil still upset that Sho tried to put the blame on him? Sho looks worried, but then he attacks Titan on the ramp! Sho pulls at the mask! The ref reprimands, Sho lets off, and he drags Titan up to bring him around the way. Sho CLUBS Titan, and then asks Evil to help him mug Titan. Evil refuses! Sho frowns and he puts Titan in the ring. The bell rings, Sho kicks Titan around. Sho throws forearms, then runs, but Titan DROPKICKS him!

Fans fire up, Titan finally gets his jacket off, and Titan builds speed! Sho moves so Titan rolls and flips out of the ring! Sho rushes back in, but Titan dodges to RA- NO! Sho blocks to APRON POWERBOMB! Titan flops to the floor and Sho talks some trash. Sho brings Titan up, SMACKS him off the apron, and Titan staggers around the way. Sho stalks Titan, puts him back in the ring, and Evil walks around. Sho stomps Titan, drags him up and puts him on the top rope. Sho climbs and pulls at the mask! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Sho shoves the ref away! Sho has the mask halfway up!

The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, and Titan gets his mask back down. Sho CLUBS Titan into a Tree of Woe, then stomps away! Sho digs his boot in, the ref counts and Sho dumps Titan down. Sho drags Titan up, throws him out, and he distracts the ref. But Evil just stands there! Sho can’t believe it! Why’d Evil even come out here, then? Sho goes out after Titan, puts him back in, and Sho slides in. Sho drags Titan up, but Titan throws a forearm! And a SOBAT! And another forearm! Sho rakes Titan’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Sho whips. Titan holds ropes, BOOTS back, and fans fire up! But Sho ELBOWS Titan!

Sho whips, Titan reverses and TORNADO DDTS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Titan runs, but Sho dumps him to the apron! Sho runs, but Titan slingshots and body scissors Sho out of the ring! Titan fires up, springboards, TOP ROPE QUEBRADA! Evil doesn’t even try to make the save! Fans fire up as Titan roars, and he stomps Sho around. Titan puts Sho in, covers, TWO! Sho is hanging in there but Titan kicks him in the leg. And the other leg! And then a strike fest, and SOBAT! Fans fire up, Titan runs, but Sho shoves the ref in the way! Sho then runs to SPEAR Titan down!

Sho hurries to the corner, he grabs the wrench, and fans boo. Sho aims at Titan as he stands up, but Titan goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Down goes Sho! Cover, the ref is back, TWO!! But Titan has the leg to step over, tie Sho up, and JAVE MORTAL!! Sho endures the Muta Lock, Titan thrashes him around, and NOW Evil gets on the apron! Evil distracts while Sho taps! Fans boo, Titan would’ve won! Titan rushes over but Evil shoves the ref away so he can throw Titan by his mask! But Titan kips up to PELE! Fans fire up and Titan goes to a corner. Sho runs in, Titan KICKS and KICKS and CALF KICKS!

Fans fire up and Titan goes to the corner! Titan skins the cat to the top, aims and DIVING- NO, Sho gets clear! Sho JUMP KNEES, runs, but Titan gets him for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but fans rally behind Titan. Titan roars, he grabs Sho’s leg, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho kicks Titan away and Evil SMACKS Titan with a chair!! Sho rolls Titan up, TWO!!! Titan survives and fans fire up! Sho aims his bow, drags Titan up and tucks him in, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, Sho wins!

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

Evil comes through for Sho in the end, what a “good” friend. And then he and Sho stomp away on Titan! They pull his mask off, too!! Insult to injury and the fans boo! A Young Lion gives his shirt to Titan, but then Evil & Sho mug him, while putting Titan’s mask on the Young Lion! Titan covers the Young Lion, but the House put one out on them both. What a twisted happy ending this is. Sho may not be going to the semifinals, but will the House of Torture only get worse?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 30, B Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Francesco Akira!

The Heel Master is out of the running, and the Nova Fireball is on the bubble. Will Kanemaru put out the fire right here? Or will Akira survive another round?

Changing things up, Akira has the Great-O-Khan with him now to help literally wave the United Empire’s banner. Kanemaru takes a swig, and then he kicks Akira low! Kanemaru CLUBS Akira, has him in a corner, the bell rings, and Kanemaru whips corner to corner. Akira BOOTS Kanemaru but Kanemaru elbows Akira. Kanemaru runs, Akira dodges him, and then Akira comes back to RANA! Kanemaru bails out, fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” and Akira builds speed. But Kanemaru slides in to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru stalks Akira to a corner, brings him up and throws him out. Kanemaru then chases Akira, to get his leg and SHIN BREAKER!

Kanemaru then SWINGS the leg into the post! Akira writhes and clutches his leg while Kanemaru slides into the ring. Akira hobbles up and hops into the ring, but Kanemaru is after the leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the mat! Kanemaru grabs the leg again, drags Akira from ropes, and then YANKS the leg! Fans rally, Kanemaru steps through and has the CROSS HEEL DEATHLOCK! Akira endures, but he keeps his shoulders up. Akira grabs at Kanemaru but Kanemaru pulls on the legs! Akira reaches out, claws his way over, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref counts, and Kanemaru lets off slowly.

Akira crawls but Kanemaru stomps the legs. Kanemaru drags Akira up to get the leg again, SHIN- NO, sunset flip! TWO, and Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips Akira corner to corner but Akira falls before making it there! Kanemaru runs in again but Akira avoids the dropkick! Akira wheelbarrows, victory rolls, and STOMP 182! Fans fire up while both men are down. Akira and Kanemaru go to corners and fans rally up. Akira runs in but into a BOOT! Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls but Akira throws him away! Akira rolls but Kanemaru throws him off! The leg jams, Kanemaru kicks it out, and Kanemaru steps through.

But Akira kicks Kanemaru away! Kanemaru rebounds and Akira trips him! Akira Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Fans cheer and Kanemaru stomps the leg out. Kanemaru brings Akira up, SHIN- NO, Akira sunset flips again! But Kanemaru sits on the cover, TWO!! Akira escapes, hobbles up, and SUPERKICKS! Akira runs, but Kanemaru victory rolls him! TWO, Kanemaru steps through, but Akira drags him to a cradle! AKIRA WINS!

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

Akira defeats a man who’s been wrestling as long as Akira’s been alive! His leg may be hurting, but will Akira be able to fight his way to the top?

 

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

It seems almost unimaginable that the Ace of the Junior Heavyweight Division is 1-5 in the BOSJ, but he is, so he’s out of the running. Can he at least save face by bringing down The Bad Child? Or can not even the Timesplitter avoid the Final Hour?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two approach. Lio offers a handshake, Kushida accepts, and fans cheer the sportsmanship. The two go around, Kushida tries his drop toehold but Lio stays back. Lio tells Kushida to stand up so Kushida obliges and they feel things out. They start to knuckle lock but Lio rolls. Kushida baits Lio in by sitting down and reclining back, but he also has a leg guard ready. Lio copies Kushida, they go feet to feet and feel out a knuckle lock. They fight for control, Kushida grabs one arm with both hands to wristlock! Lio rolls but Kushida rolls with him to hold on!

Lio spins, breaks free, and speeds up! Kushida follows but Lio redirects! Kushida still keeps up, and Lio backs away to a corner. Kushida rushes in but Lio slips under! Lio then mocks Kushida by copying the leg bait. Fans cheer while Kushida tells him to stop. Lio scoots around, he and Kushida knuckle lock, and then Lio lifts Kushida up with his legs! They rock back, Lio jumps up, but Kushida blocks the monkey flip and jackknifes! ONE and Kushida gets moving. Lio avoids the Penalty Kick to the arm, goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline, but Kushida blocks the kick. Kushida flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet!

Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves as Kushida swings on him! Lio then whips, but Kushida reverses. Lio springboards to FLYING RANA! Kushida comes back, Lio dodges to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up and Lio follows Kushida to the apron. Lio brings Kushida up but Kushida KICKS him in the arm! Kushida goes for that arm, he has the double wristlock, but Lio steps through the ropes. Lio turns things around to have the armlock on Kushida! The ref counts, Kushida throws body shots, but Lio goes back to the apron. Lio gets around Kushida, sunset flips but Kushida holds off the bomb! APRON ARMBAR!

The ref counts, Kushida lets go at 4, and fans rally up. Kushida hits the arm with a FLYING KNEE! The fans fire up and Kushida brings Lio around. Kushida puts Lio in, drags him around, goes after the arm and steps through to hammerlock it. Kushida goes for the other arm, steps over, but Lio moves around to fight the pressure. Kushida traps the arm to SNAP LOCK it! Lio flounders to ropes, Kushida is after him again. Kushida wrenches, snapmares and drops a knee on the arm! Kushida chicken wings Lio on the mat, to move into CATTLE MUTILATION! Lio rolls to get out of the hold but ends up in a cover, TWO!

Fans cheer and Lio goes to ropes. Kushida SLIDE KICKS! Lio flounders to a corner, Kushida wrenches the arm and CHOPS! Kushida whips, hip tosses and cartwheels to basement dropkick! Lio bails out, fans fire up, and Kushida goes to the apron. Lio avoids the knee this time, and he mule kicks from the apron! Lio jumps in, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit, but Kushida caught Lio into a KIMURA! Lio fights up, whips free, but Kushida comes back! DOUBLE LARIATS and both men are down on the floor! Fans rally up and the ring count starts! Lio sits up at 4, Kushida follows, and both men stand at 10.

Lio throws hands, goes for the ring, but Kushida yanks him back. Kushida slides in at 13, Lio hurries in, but Kushida PENALTY KICKS the arm! Fans fire up and Kushida says its time! But Lio avoids the Hoverboard! Kushida avoids the superman punch, and he PELES! But Lio blocks the fastball! Kushida avoids the heel kick, DOUBLE LARIATS, DOUBLE BOOTS, and then DOUBLE SHOTEIS take both men down! Fans fire up again and Kushida rises. Lio goes to ropes, swings, but Kushida dodges to KICK and KICK and KICK! Kushida whips, Lio reverses but Kushida handsprings! Lio dodges to run, RUSH- ARMBAR!!

Kushida has Lio but Lio moves around to stack! TWO, and Lio mule kicks! Kushida avoids the heel kick to KICK the bad arm! But then Lio spins to HEEL KICK after all! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Lio goes to a corner, climbs up top, and FINAL- ARMBREAKER!! It was double-edged for Kushida, it ended up more a shoulder tackle from Lio now! Lio hurries back up, and he hits the FINAL HOUR!! Cover, LIO WINS!

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

Kushida tried a last ditch counter but it may have cost him more than just this loss! Will the Bad Child keep this momentum going into the final rounds?

 

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

Direct Drive is on a roll and having a lot of fun while he’s at it. Will he continue to #StunTheWorld? Or will the Black Mask look to spoil that fun?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up and the two approach. Bushi kicks low, CLUBS and whips, but Yoh reverses. Yoh drops, bypasses then drop toeholds. Yoh runs to basemen dropkick! Bushi bails out, Yoh builds speed, but then he rolls back to copy Bushi’s little lounging move. Bushi rushes in but Yoh kicks him first. Yoh stomps Bushi, then stomps a leg. Yoh brings Bushi up to ROCK him to a corner. Yoh stomps a mudhole in, then wrenches and whips corner to corner. Yoh runs in but into a BOOT! Bushi dropkicks a leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down, and Bushi stands first.

Bushi stomps Yoh, drags him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi drags Yoh into a chinlock, digs his knee into Yoh’s back, and pulls back into a headscissor. Yoh kicks around as he endures the squeeze, then kicks his way forward to the ROPEBREAK! Bushi smothers Yoh but lets off as the ref counts 4. Yoh sputters but Bushi stomps him down. Bushi drags Yoh up, but Yoh throws forearms. Bushi ROCKS Yoh back, then ROCKS him again! Bushi whips, Yoh CLOBBERS him in return! Bushi bails out but Yoh goes to the apron. Yoh CANNONBALLS and down goes Bushi!

Fans fire up and Yoh taunts Robbie Eagles now that he’s on commentary. Eagles tells him to focus on Bushi. Yoh drags Bushi up, puts him in at 10 of 20, then drags him up again. Fans rally as Yoh SLAMS Bushi into a drop zone, and then TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Yoh keeps his focus and fans rally up. Yoh drags Bushi up, suplexes, but Bushi slips free! Bushi goes to ropes, Yoh runs in but Bushi dumps him to the apron. Bushi knocks Yoh off the apron, runs, but Yoh slides in to DROPKICK! Yoh then suplexes, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Both men are down and the fans rally back up.

Yoh goes to ropes, shakes his head, and he roars! Yoh tunes up the band, but Bushi blocks the superkick to fire off forearms! Bushi runs, but into an elbow! Yoh runs, but into a DROPKICK! Both men are down again and fans rally back up again. Yoh drags himself up with the ropes, Bushi storms up and blocks a kick. Bushi puts the leg in the ropes to DROPKICK the leg, then he DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! Fans fire up with Bushi and he brings Yoh up. FISHERMAN- NO, Yoh fights it by sprawling! Yoh throws body shots, knees low, and runs, but Bushi ENZIGURIS! Bushi brings Yoh up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!

Yoh is still in this but Bushi calls his shot! Fans fire up and Bushi climbs the corner. Yoh rises, Bushi leaps, M- NO, Yoh gets around to waistlock! O’Conner, but Bushi slips out and backslides! Yoh rolls off, Bushi ducks a kick! Yoh blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri, but not the HEEL KICK! Bushi runs, but into Yoh’s SUPERKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Yoh goes to a corner, he goes up the corner, and he mocks Bushi! MX!?! Yoh hits Bushi’s own move and fans are thunderous! Yoh gets Bushi up to underhook, DIRECT DRIVE! Cover, Yoh wins!!

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

Just when it looked like Yoh wasn’t going to do something wild, he surprises Bushi with his own finisher! Yoh snatches the mask cover as perhaps a trophy, but will Yoh soon have the trophy?

 

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

The Bone Soldier got cheated by Sho, but he said there was no hard feelings. Meanwhile, Mike Bailey is the top of the block at 5-1! Will Speedball build even more momentum? Or will round seven be Too Sweet?

The bell rings and fans rally up. The two slowly circle, but Taiji rushes in to BOOT Mike down! BONELOCK, but Mike rolls free quickly! Taiji bails out to avoid the roundhouse! Fans applaud the stare down, but then Mike rushes out after Taiji. Taiji leads Mike on a cat ‘n’ mouse, and he stomps Mike as he slides in! Taiji wrenches but Mike rolls, handsprings, wrenches back and arm-drags! Taiji comes back but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Mike aims. Mike fires lightning kicks but Taiji bails out! Mike slingshots to the apron, MOONSAULTS but Taiji dodges! Only for Mike continue the lightning kicks! But Taiji ducks the enziguri!

Taiji drags Mike up, wrenches, hammerlocks and POSTS him! Mike writhes, and Taiji tells fans to make room. Taiji whips Mike to BOWL him through chairs! A strike for Taiji and the ref checks on Mike. Taiji then unties the blue buckle pad. The Bullet Club Special comes into play, but the fans rally for Mike. Mike hobbles up, gets in the ring at 4 of 20, but Taiji CLUBS him down. Taiji wrenches, hammerlocks, and RAMS Mike into the bare buckles! Mike shouts in pain while he writhes, and Taiji stalks him. Taiji drags Mike up, wrenches and whips, to WRING the arm! Taiji grabs the arm for a keylock then steps over!

Mike endures and fans rally up. Taiji pulls on the arm but Mike claws his way forward, to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Taiji lets off at 4, and Mike drags himself up. Taiji whips but Mike blocks by holding ropes! Taiji keeps trying, Mike holds on, so Taiji CLUBS him! Taiji whips, Mike handsprings, but Taiji dropkicks the arms out! Taiji grins and he stalks Mike. Taiji taunts Mike, fans rally up, and Taiji brings Mike up. Mike throws forearms, but Taiji ELBOWS Mike in the shoulder! Taiji runs, but into a KICK! Fans fire up and Mike grits his teeth as he gets back up. Taiji rises, Mike SOBATS! AX KICKS! And BUZZSAWS!

Fans fire up with Mike and he SHOOTING STARS! But the bad arm keeps him from making the cover! Fans rally for Mike, he shakes that arm out, and he aims, but Taiji ducks the kick to spin Mike! And POSTS him! Taiji drags Mike out, hammerlocks and scoops, for the SHOULDER BUSTER! Fans rally, Taiji aims from the corner, and Mike slowly rises up. Taiji runs in, tilt-o-whirl, but Mike blocks to roll Taiji with a body scissors cradle! TWO!! Taiji escapes, but Mike ROCKS him! Taiji CLUBS the bad arm! Mike ROCKS Taiji again! Taiji CLUBS the bad arm again! Mike ROCKS Taiji, Taiji fires off on the arm!

Mike CHOPS! Taiji staggers, Mike CHOPS again! But Taiji whips Mike! Mike stops from hitting bare buckles, then he elbows Taiji away! Taiji rushes back in, but into BOOTS! Mike goes up, ULTIMA- NO, Taiji moves! Mike rolls through, comes back, but Taiji ducks the spin kick! But the lightning kicks return! And the ENZIGURI hits! Fans fire up and Taiji flops to the outside. Fans rally up, Mike goes to the corner, but Taiji rolls into the ring! Taiji gets Mike’s arm to wrench, wrap, and runs to the corner! Mike stops the posting, ROCKS Taiji then GAMANGIRIS! Taiji flops back out, and Mike goes up the corner, to TORNILLO!!

Fans are thunderous again and Mike gets Taiji back up. Mike puts Taiji in at 5 of 20, goes back up the corner, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up again but Taiji comes back! Mike BOOTS, HEEL KICKS, then hoists Taiji up top! Mike ties Taiji up, brings him out, but Taiji sunset flips! Mike stays up, to then MOONSAULT KNEE DROP!! Mike then hurries back up top, ULTIMA WEAPON FLOPS as Taiji moves! BONELOCK!! But Mike rolls it to a cover, TWO!! Mike ROUNDHOUSES! And THRUST KICKS! And then TATSUMAKI, into the buckles!! Taiji SLAMS the arm against buckles, then drags Mike back with a dragon sleeper!

Taiji hoists Mike up, 1916!! Cover, TWO!?!? Mike survives, Taiji wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! And the BONELOCK!!!! Mike taps, Taiji wins!!

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

The Bone Soldier is back up and is now the top of the block! Will this win be just what Taiji needed to make sure #ItsReborn?

 

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

The Rogue Luchador beat the Wild Rhino and even survived the attack afterward. Meanwhile, #DaDrilla’s got nothing left to lose since he’s out of the running. Will Moloney conquer Desperado for the United Empire? Or will Strong Style prevail?

The bell rings and the two rush right in to RAM shoulders! Dan eggs Desperado on so Desperado runs. They RAM shoulders again, and then again! Dan says this is too easy, so Desperado dares him to go then. Dan runs, and he runs Desperado over! Fans cheer the show of strength and Dan throws up the crown. Dan drags Desperado up, whips him to ropes, but Desperado avoids the dropkick! Desperado wants a leg but Dan scrambles to the ropes. Desperado lets off, brings Dan up, but Dan suplexes Desperado! GOURD BUSTER, and then Dan gets back in. Desperado swings, but into a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while Desperado bails out. Dan goes out after him, brings him up, and CHOPS Desperado! Desperado staggers away, Dan follows, and he says he’s the man now! And he CHOPS Desperado again! Desperado eggs Dan on so Dan CHOPS him again! Desperado stands to CHOP! Dan CHOPS! Eagles likes this! Dan tells him to shut up and he follows Desperado. Dan stomps Desperado down, digs his boot into Desperado, and Red Shoes reprimands. Dan apologizes, but then he POSTS Desperado! Red Shoes checks Desperado but Dan leaves him behind. The fans rally up and a ring count starts.

Desperado gets in at 3 of 20 but Dan’s right on him, with a CHOP! Desperado goes to a corner, Dan stomps Desperado down. Dan stomps him more, then stands on him! Red Shoes counts, Dan lets off and apologizes. Dan stomps and kicks Desperado around, but Desperado CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Dan CHOPS back and Desperado staggers away. Dan reels Desperado in, but Desperado fights the suplex with body shots! So Dan CHOPS again! Desperado CHOPS again! Dan CHOPS again! Desperado sputters and drops to a knee, and Dan eggs him on. Fans rally, Desperado swings, but Dan dodges!

Dan gets around, waistlocks, ripcords, and CHOPS! Desperado staggers, Dan reels him back in, but Desperado suplexes first! Fans fire up while both men are down again. Desperado snarls at Dan and stalks him to a corner. Desperado whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! And then a big lift, Dan fights back with punches, but Desperado still hits the BIG back suplex! Fans fire up and Desperado SPLASHES a leg! Desperado then puts on the STRETCH MUFFLER! Dan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and Red Shoes counts. Desperado lets off, and stomps the leg! Fans rally while Dan adjusts his kneepad.

Desperado drags Dan up, gut wrenches, but Dan fights off Guitarra! But Desperado kicks the bad leg! Desperado drags Dan up, GUITARRA- NO, Dan slips free, shoves and DROPKICKS! Both men are down and the fans rally up. Dan stands, hobbles over, and he brings Desperado up. Desperado blocks the suplex, but so does Dan. They fight for control, Dan’s leg bothers him, so Desperado kicks it out! Desperado drags Dan up, and suplexes, but Dan fights it! Dan fisherman’s, but Desperado fights that! Dan blocks the cradle counter, to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Desperado hangs tough and fans rally up.

Dan pounds the mat, slashes his throat and throws up the crown. Dan drags Desperado up, but Desperado wrenches out to EL ES CULERO! TWO!! Dan ROCKS Desperado, but Desperado CHOPS! And ROCKS him, and- ENZIGURI from Dan! Dan hurries to bring Desperado up and ripcords, but Desperado SPINEBUSTERS! Fans fire up as Desperado roars! Gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Dan survives but Desperado fires up again! Fans are with him, and Desperado drags Dan up. Desperado underhooks, PINCHE- NO, Dan fights it! Dan back drops, Desperado sunset flips, but Dan stays up to DOUBLE STOMP and then SENTON!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Dan shakes out the bad leg, goes to a corner, and he runs in at Desperado, to GORE!! Cover, TWO!!! Desperado survives and Dan is shocked! Dan says he’s gonna finish this, and he drags Desperado back up. Dan reels Desperado in, throws up the crown, but Desperado sunset flips to the STRETCH MUFFLER! Fans fire up as Dan endures! Dan scrambles around, reaches out, but Desperado drags him back! NUMERO DOS!! Dan taps, Desperado wins!!

Winner: El Desperado, by submission (gains 2 points; Moloney earns 0)

Da Drilla might’ve gotten a little cocky and he got caught! And with this, The Rogue Luchador is 5-2, staying alongside the top of the block! Will Strong Style take Desperado to the semifinals?

 

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

The Ticking Timebomb overcame the Timesplitter but only by count-out. Meanwhile, Public Enemy Number One tapped out Taguchi in a seriously technical battle. Will the United Empire conquer even the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will Hiromu stay strong as the defending BOSJ winner?

Hiromu’s picture diary entry for TJP is TJP with a bloody face, the shot from after he lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. Hiromu then sees Great-O-Khan on commentary, is a bit intimidated, but still gives the book to Milano Collection AT. The bell rings and fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” as he stares TJP down. They slowly circle, there are “T J P!” chants going, and TJP points them out in appreciation. The chants start dueling, but Hiromu’s are stronger. The two tie up, go to ropes, and TJP turns things around. TJP has a Nakamura lean on Hiromu, but he lets off.

Hiromu swings but TJP dodges! TJP swings but Hiromu dodges! The fans cheer as the two stand off. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Hiromu tries to get in deeper but TJP keeps him back. TJP then spins to wrench and wrangle Hiromu to a top wristlock. Fans applaud, Hiromu gets up, and Hiromu wrenches, loops it around TJP and wrenches again. Hiromu has the wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins and slips around to drag Hiromu into the twisting headscissors! Fans applaud while Hiromu kicks around. Hiromu reaches up to headscissor back, but TJP moves and headstands. Fans applaud, and then TJP pops free.

TJP has Hiromu’s legs trapped, but Hiromu clinches to drag TJP into a body scissor. TJP hooks the leg, turns Hiromu over, and the two bridge up to headstand! Hiromu slaps, TJP slaps, and fans fire up for this upside-down slap fight! TJP brings things back to right-side-up, but Hiromu avoids the kick to trip TJP! Cover, ONE, and the fans applaud as the two stand off again. Hiromu and TJP reset, the fans rally up, and the two feel things out. Hiromu kicks low, CLUBS TJP, then whips. TJP goes Spider-Man, but Hiromu stays back to avoid the trap. Fans rally up as Hiromu sits down and dares TJP to come back.

TJP sits down on the apron and dares Hiromu to come on out. Hiromu lies down to lounge, and fans applaud the bravado. TJP also lounges, but then both men spring to their feet! Hiromu rushes in but TJP blocks the forearm! Hiromu blocks the gamangiri! TJP sidesteps the shoulder to get Hiromu in the ropes! ROPE OCTOPUS! Red Shoes counts, TJP lets go at 4, and Hiromu flops to the floor. Fans rally and TJP fetches Hiromu into the ring. TJP scrapes Hiromu’s face, KNEES him in the back, and then traps an arm for the SNAP ARMBAR! Hiromu writhes and TJP smirks. Cover, ONE, but TJP keeps cool.

TJP drags Hiromu up, CHOPS him to a corner, and whips corner to corner. Hiromu comes back to DROPKICK TJP in the shoulder! TJP has the tape on it, so Hiromu has his target! Hiromu brings TJP around but TJP drags him into a cradle! TWO! TJP kicks low, and he shakes out the arm. TJP uses ropes to pull the arm, and then TJP goes to suplex. The bad arm makes that difficult, so TJP shifts to a HALF HATCH! TJP drags Hiromu back up, another HALF HATCH! And then another HALF HATCH! A variation on Three Amigos and TJP covers, TWO! Fans rally up again while TJP backs off.

TJP swings his arm to get it working, and he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! TJP knees low! TJP runs, but Hiromu follows and RANAS! Fans fire up, TJP flounders to a corner, and Hiromu runs corner to corner, to clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick! But TJP bails out! Fans fire up and Hiromu goes to the apron, to JOHN WOO! TJP tumbles and fans fire up with Hiromu! Hiromu catches his breath while Red Shoes checks TJP. TJP is okay to continue so Hiromu brings TJP up. Hiromu puts TJP in, hurries after, and has TJP for a suplex. TJP slips out, swings, but Hiromu spins him around for FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while both men are down. Hiromu drags TJP up, fireman’s carries, but TJP fights free! TJP avoids the backhand to HEADBUTT! Hiromu staggers, comes back, but into a SUPERKICK! Hiromu tries gain, but TJP BOOTS and JUMP SOBATS! Fans fire up while both men are down! TJP shakes out the bad arm, fans rally up as he stands, and TJP brings Hiromu up to whip. Hiromu reverses but TJP springboards to FLYING FOREARM! But because that was the bad arm, it slows TJP down. TJP goes to one corner, Hiromu goes to the other. TJP runs in to back elbow! TJP sits Hiromu down and fans fire up!

TJP gives Hiromu scrapes of the laces! TJP then goes side to side, to BOOT WASH! Fans fire up, and TJP drags Hiromu to center. TJP climbs up and fans rally. MAMBA- NO, he has to bail out as Hiromu move! Hiromu fireman’s carries, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Both men are down and fans fire back up. Hiromu goes to a corner, he runs in and SHOTGUNS TJP! But TJP comes right back to SHOTGUN Hiromu! TJP keeps moving, and he BUSAIKU KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives and TJP is beside himself! Fans rally up, TJP stands and he brings Hiromu up. But Hiromu throws a forearm!

TJP wobbles but stays up. Hiromu ROCKS him with another forearm, and then another! TJP swings, Hiromu blocks and spins to TRIANGLE D!! TJP flails around, reaches out, and fans rally, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu lets go but he staggers back up. Hiromu drags TJP up, fireman’s carries, but TJP slips free and shoves Hiromu away. TJP goes to a corner, Hiromu runs in but only gets buckles! TORNADO- NO, Hiromu throws TJP off! Hiromu runs in, TJP gets around, but Hiromu drops! TJP blocks the victory roll and covers, TWO!! Hiromu escapes, runs in again, but TJP BOOTS him! TJP runs, but into the HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and TJP stir, and Hiromu stands first. Hiromu follows TJP out to the apron, brings him up, and fireman’s carries! TJP fights free, but Hiromu ROCKS him! TJP ROCKS Hiromu, Hiromu ROCKS TJP! TJP ROCKS Hiromu again, but hurts himself since that’s his bad arm! Hiromu fires off a flurry of forearms, then he brings TJP up! Red Shoes says don’t do this, and the fans are worried, too! But TJP fights the suplex! Hiromu keeps trying, but TJP slips out to SUPERKICK! Hiromu is stuck on the top rope, TJP goes up the corner, and TJP MAMBA GUILLOTINES!

Fans fire up and TJP watches Hiromu writhe. Hiromu sits up, into NOVA FIREBALL!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP shouting out his tag partner doesn’t finish this! But TJP puts Hiromu in a drop zone and goes up the corner. MAMBA- TRIANGLE D!!! TJP is caught, he reaches out, then stacks Hiromu to float over, PINOY STRETCH!! Hiromu endures, reaches out, drags TJP with him, but he starts fading! The fans rally up harder, and Hiromu gets a second wind to get the ROPEBREAK!! TJP lets go in frustration and the fans fire up. TJP drags Hiromu up, fireman’s carries, but Hiromu fights it!

Hiromu tries to get away, TJP has the wrist still, so Hiromu BOOTS TJP down! Hiromu drags TJP up, but TJP reels Hiromu in, STRAITJACKET DDT!! TJP runs, but Hiromu avoids the knee! Mule kick, front kick, but TJP ducks the superkick! Hiromu avoids the sobat to SUPERKICK! Hiromu runs, TJP dodges the lariat, but he runs into a fireman’s carry! Hiromu throws TJP to the dragon sleeper, TJP spins around, but Hiromu uses that to suplex! But TJP throws knees! Hiromu stays up with TJP, shifts back tot he fireman’s carry, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again!

Hiromu roars as we pass 20 minutes out of 30! TJP rises, Hiromu runs, but TJP ducks the lariat to dragon sleeper! Hiromu drops but TJP has the ARMBAR! Hiromu stacks TJP, deadlifts and POWERBOMBS! Hiromu runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu then fireman’s carries, for TIMEBOMB!!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TJP earns 0)

The United Empire could not conquer this ungovernable! TJP is on the bubble in the block, will he keep it from bursting next round?

As for Hiromu, after his hand is raised and he’s handed his title and an icepack, he gets the mic. Fans chant for “HI-RO-MU! HI-RO-MU!” and Hiromu says, “I’m tired. So tired. I can’t do this anymore. I can’t stand! Ugh, I hurt all over! It’s impossible! I’m sorry! I can’t do it anymore! I can’t! I can’t! I’m sorry! I’m so sorry! BUT I’M FINE!” Fans cheer but which is it?! Hiromu then lies back down and asks, “Do you mind if I talk from down here? It’s understandable, right? Seven matches in eight days! Anyone would die!” Fans applaud that. Hiromu sits up to say that TJP, “I have to say… You’re too damned handsome!”

Fans laugh and applaud, apparently in agreement. Hiromu continues to tell TJP, “You look a little tool cool for this, don’t you?” A fan shouts, “Hiromu-chan’s cool, too!” Hiromu thanks them for that. “Thank you to the one fan who thinks Hiromu-chan looks handsome, too!” Hiromu sits up now and says the hashtags are #BOSJ30 and #TJPISSUPERHANDSOMEANDCOOL! Make sure to spell that right. Hiromu is sure they all remember what he said at the press conference. If not, remember: He doesn’t want just four in a row, he wants TEN IN A ROW! Fans cheer, but then Hiromu points out not all of them are cheering for him.

Does that mean they don’t want to see Hiromu even get four in a row? More fans cheer but Hiromu wants to take a survey. “Who wants to see me win Best of the Super Juniors four in a row? Clap.” The fans clap! Well in that case, Hiromu doesn’t wanna win four in a row. “It’s just a little too much for me, isn’t it? Who wants me not to win? Yell your favorite food right now!” What? Not everyone says something, and Hiromu goes, “That’s what I thought! Sounds good, except for that one guy who really likes sweet potatoes. Sorry to disappoint, but I will win four in a row!” Fans like the sound of that!

Hiromu says not only will he win four in a row, “and we’ll have more…” The fans echo “MORE!” MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE! MORE…! FUN TOGETHER~! The Ticking Timebomb has his goal in mind, will he accomplish it just to spite the haters?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Taiji Ishimori: 5-2, 10 points
Mike Bailey: 5-2, 10 points
Lio Rush: 5-2, 10 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-2, 10 points
Titán: 4-3, 8 points
TJP: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
SHO: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 0-7, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Master Wato: 5-2, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
YOH: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
Francesco Akira: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-4, 6 points
Dan Moloney: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
BUSHI: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great round for the BOSJ here, these blocks are getting really interesting. As I have written there, four men are out of the running in A Block but only three are out in B Block. Taguchi VS Douki was a match of men already out of the running but that was still a great match because that is what Taguchi has been doing this whole tournament: He brings a great match out of his opponent, and then puts them over. Great stuff for Douki, he can be a strong part of the Junior Heavyweight Division on behalf of Just5Guys. J5G helped Sanada finally reach world title level, Taichi got the KOPW title, why can’t Douki and Kanemaru take over the Junior Heavyweight Division in the summer?

I also like that on the flipside, there are four men at 5-2 in both blocks. Taiji, Bailey, Lio, Hiromu, Wato, Eagles, Yoh and Desperado, that’s a top eight right there that could easily do a traditional tournament. Any two from A Block, and any two from B Block, will make for awesome semifinals, I can’t wait. Also, Hiromu got a great win off TJP in tonight’s main event and he had me laughing out loud for real with his closing promo. Hiromu is comedic genius, he is a wrestling genius, and who knows, he really could get his fourth in a row, fifth overall. At the same time, he could still fall just short since four is bad luck in Japan. Either way, this is really exciting for NJPW.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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

 

Holo.grm loads up.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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

 

The Bloodline speaks.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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