The Bloodline is (not) fine.
Ahead of their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn meet NOT the Usos, Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa face-to-face!
- Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes; Pretty Deadly wins.
- Asuka VS Zelina Vega; Asuka wins.
- The Street Profits VS LA Knight & Rick Boogs; The Profits win.
- Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz; Fyre & Dawn win.
- The Usos VS Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar; Rey & Escobar win.
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Roman Reigns is here!
The Tribal Chief is in Columbia, South Carolina, and he walks out with Paul Heyman, Solo Sikoa, and no Usos! Roman raises the belts for the pyro, the introductions are made and the Bloodline continues to the ring. Roman raises the belts again for more pyro, and then Heyman has the mic. Heyman holds onto the belts, then hands the mic over to Roman. Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Roman just smirks. “That’s not how we start things here, no. Columbia, South Carolina. ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans are torn between cheers and jeers, but here comes Kevin Owens! And of course, Sami Zayn is here, too!
Roman looks to be getting a headache already as the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring. Fans cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” as he and Kevin get mics of their own. Roman says this is perfect! The fans seem excited, and this was Roman’s plan all along. He was going to ask them out here, and there’s really only two things to do, and they can accomplish both right now. “Columbia already did it. Now it’s your turn to acknowledge your Tribal Chief. And when you’re done with that, you can drop off my titles and you can see yourselves out.” Kevin and Sami smirk, and fans rally behind them.
Kevin drops his mic, puts his belts aside, and looks ready to fight. Solo steps up but Sami and Roman have them calm down. Roman says it figures. “Fight Owens, Fight,” that’s all he does. But that’s fine. Roman addresses Sami, but can’t bring himself to say his name. “I’ve had a special career. I mean, I’ve experienced the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. But I only have one regret. And that one regret is wasting my life on you.” Fans boo and Sami smirks again. Sami says that’s funny, because he has one regret: not blasting Roman with a chair sooner! It’s been a long time coming. They haven’t been in the ring together since Montreal and Elimination Chamber.
Sami thought for months, he’d never get this opportunity to stand here, look Roman in the eyes and say everything he’s wanted to say. He’s been dreaming about this for months. And now Roman’s greed has finally led us to this moment. And now that Roman is standing here, Sami has nothing to say. Except, Roman’s whole life, everyone’s told him he’s the best. He’s gotten everything he’s wanted, and now he wants the tag titles. But look at Sami, Roman. “At Night of Champions, you are not going to get them. And do you wanna know why you’re not gonna win the Undisputed Tag Team Championships? It’s because you’re just not as good as us.”
For that matter, Roman’s not as good as the Usos, either. Even Heyman is reeling from that! Roman tries to laugh it off and he says that’s how Sami feels, huh? That’s how Sami feels about the Tribal Chief? Roman says he took it easy on Sami! Roman gave Sami opportunity after opportunity, tried to serve it up, but wait! The Usos run in from behind and attack the champs! Jey takes out Sami, Jimmy has Kevin! Jimmy POSTS Kevin, Jey TOSSES Sami out, and the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Sami over the desk! Roman seems surprised as the Usos join him in the ring. Fans boo and the Usos are fired up, but Roman refuses to celebrate with them.
Roman says this is HIS ring, and he didn’t tell the Usos to do that! It was a simple plan, it was HIS plan, and you don’t ever- Roman stops raging as he bumps into Solo. Roman leaves all by himself as fans boo. Is everything falling apart around the Head of the Table?
The Bloodline regroups in the private suite.
The Usos explain they were just trying to help. Roman says the Usos keep saying “we,” but it sounds like they were just talking about them! Is Roman a twin? Is Roman part of a “we?” This is US, the whole Bloodline! And who is the quarterback here? Roman. So why are the Usos running around doing random stuff? Roman had something he wanted to say! Roman gave a good portion of his life and career to that fool and he had something to say!! Does he get to say it? No. Why? Because the Usos did what they wanted to do. Not what’s been working this whole time, not what’s kept them in the Promised Land. Not just got them here, but kept them here, ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN!!
ROMAN is that guy! ROMAN makes those choices! Get out. NOW. GET OUT! The Usos hurry away, Heyman is clearly worried, is the Island of Relevancy sinking by the second?
Pretty Deadly speak.
Kit Wilson says, “The WWE Universe has been asking us, what’s the recipe for Friday night’s two tastiest snacks in Pretty Deadly? Well, you’re in luck. Grab a bowl, and add in two cups of charisma.” Elton Prince says to add “two tablespoons on unrivaled tag team ingenuity. And then, a dash of good looks. But the most important ingredients are…” One Kit Wilson and one Elton Prince. And that makes the delicious Pretty Deadly.
Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes!
Kit Wilson & Elton Prince may be new to SmackDown via the draft, but they should know better than to rile up big bad bruisers like Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne. Will Pretty Deadly wish they were still sleeping with the fishes on NXT? Or will they say #YesBoy to a big debut win?
Sheamus is on commentary, and he gets to reunite with Barrett. The Fella hasn’t hit the pubs yet, the day only got going. The teams sort out, Dunne starts with Kit. They tie up, Kit headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up. Dunne hurdles, drops, and then CLOBBERS Kit! Fans fire up and Dunne brings Kit up to ROCK him! And again! Dunne wrenches but Kit throws Dunne by his hair! Tag to Elton, Pretty Deadly double kick and double CLUB, then they stomp the hands! They both Scott Hall finger at Dunne, but Dunne grabs all those fingers! Dunne brings them down to STOMP the hands!
Dunne double dropkicks Pretty Deadly, then ROCKS Elton with a forearm. Tag to Ridge, he feeds Elton to a DROPKICK! Sheamus loves it, and Ridge brings Elton back up. Ridge suplexes, but Elton knees back. Ridge keeps Elton up for the SLAM! Ridge drags Elton up, headlocks and grinds, but Kit tags in. Elton powers out and leaps over for Kit to DDT Ridge down! Ridge flops out of the ring while Pretty Deadly poses, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Elton UPPERCUTS Ridge. Tag to Kit, Elton RAMS Ridge and Kit runs to UPPERCUT! Kit then brings Ridge around to tag Elton back in. Kit ROCKS Ridge, but Ridge rebounds to DOUBLE SHOULDER Pretty Deadly! They rebound together to DOUBLE SHOULDER Ridge! “Yes, boy~!” and SPLASH LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Elton CLUBS away on Ridge, covers, ONE!! Ridge hangs tough but Elton pie faces him. Ridge throws body shots, Elton CHOPS but Ridge UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Elton kicks low, whips, Ridge reverses and then POUNCES! Fans fire up and so does Sheamus!
Ridge and Elton crawl, hot tag to Kit! Kit jumps on Ridge for a SLEEPER! Ridge is fading, but fans rally up. Ridge gets a second wind, storms his way forward, hot tag to Dunne! Kit runs back, Elton runs in, Dunne DROPKICKS each of them! Dunne GERMAN SUPLEXES Elton! And then GERMAN SUPLEXES Kit! Dunne GAMANGIRIS Kit in one corner, GAMANGIRIS Elton in the other! Knee drop onto Elton’s arm! STOMPS for Kit’s hands! X PLEX for Kit! Cover, TWO! Sheamus gets a “FIGHT NIGHT!” chant going and Dunne powers up. Dunne storms up but Kit BOOTS him! Kit goes up but Dunne GAMANGIRIS!
Dunne climbs up, throws hands on Kit, but Kit HOTSHOTS Dunne! Ridge tags in, he picks Elton up on the way and RAMS into Kit! Ridge has Pretty Deadly double stacked! DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Ridge CLOBBERS Elton, Dunne has him on the ropes! Ridge sits Kit up, for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Dunne gets some extra shots in, but Kit RAMS Ridge into Dunne! Elton gets free, SPILT MILK! Elton then goes back to being “trapped!” Kit covers, Pretty Deadly wins!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
Kit “frees” Elton and they get away before Sheamus storms into the ring. No sense in crying over Spilt Milk, but will Pretty Deadly get going in the WWE Tag Division?
WWE mourns the loss of “Superstar” Billy Graham.
The Reflection of Perfection, from Paradise Valley, this WWE Hall of Famer was ahead of his time. Another intensity, another level, another color chart brighter than everyone else. He was constantly evolving and defining what was sports entertainment during his era. The man of the hour, man with all the power, too sweet to be sour, THE Superstar! Great physique, great work ethic, and an unrivaled charisma. In 1977, he shocked the world by defeating THE Bruno Sammartino to become WWF Champion. Billy Graham inspired Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes, among others.
Twenty years ahead of his time, the first ever sports entertainer. “What you see is what you get, and what you don’t is better yet.” RIP Superstar, and thank you for everything.
Asuka VS Zelina Vega!
The Empress of Tomorrow fired the first shot on Bianca Belair last week, wanting another shot at the Raw Women’s Championship. She’s got that shot at Night of Champions, but will Asuka be ready for La Muneca?
Vega is backstage, showing off her new LED helmet, and Kayla Braxton brings up this match. Vega knows where this is going. Is Vega ready for Asuka? Well, when Vega received that love and support from her people in Puerto Rico, she realized that she belongs with the top dogs of the Women’s Division. It doesn’t matter how much she is taken for granted, about her size or that she’s underestimated. Nothing matters. When she gave her all against Rhea Ripley, she showed that she can go toe to toe with the best of the best. Now, Asuka will see that Vega is ready! Will Vega prove that all right here and now?
The bell rings, and Vega ducks a roundhouse! She rolls Asuka, Asuka rolls through but Vega KICKS her! Vega brings Asuka up, Asuka shoves her back and pops her up, but Vega blocks knee into a takedown and cover, TWO! Asuka is disoriented and Vega DROPKICKS her to the ropes! Vega runs in, but Asuka ducks the 619! Asuka laughs, enjoying where this is going, and Vega goes out, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka fireman’s carries and SNAKE EYES Vega off the desk! Asuka is having fun as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Asuka throws Vega by her hair! The ref reprimands, Asuka kicks Vega around, and toys with her. Vega blocks a kick, spins Asuka and ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! And again! Vega whips but Asuka blocks. Asuka whips Vega to a corner, runs in, blocks a knee, but Vega reels her in for a shoulder! Vega then SHOTGUNS Asuka down! Vega runs but Asuka dodges. Vega dodges back and drop toeholds Asuka onto ropes! Vega redials, 619! Fans fire up and Vega goes up a corner. Asuka stands, Vega gives us some Latina Heat, to METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Asuka escapes and shocks Vega!
Asuka gets up, swings, but Vega gets around Asuka. Asuka pops the Destroyer away, waistlocks, but Vega victory rolls! Vega has the wrists for a cover, TWO, and Asuka tries to roll back. Vega traps her into the DOUBLE WRIST O’CONNER BRIDGE! TWO!! Asuka has Vega caught now, ASUKA LOCK!! Vega fights around, rolls back to a cover, TWO!! Asuka gets Vega with TRIANGLE HOLD! Then RINGS OF SATURN!! Vega verbally quits, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
But Asuka makes her suffer! Fans boo, but here comes BIANCA! The RawEST Women’s Champion slides in, Asuka slips away, and Bianca helps Vega up. But Asuka comes back! Bianca sees her, almost has her, but Asuka SPRAYS THE MIST! Bianca just avoids getting hit in the eyes like last week, and she glares at Asuka. Will Asuka hit Bianca with a bull’s eye at Night of Champions?
It’s the SmackDown debut of the Grayson Waller Effect!
There’s spotlights all around, and a big introduction by Mike Rome: “Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the most talked about new sensation on Friday Night SmackDown, the man with the triple platinum tongue, the Viral Virtuoso, the Dynamite from Down Under, he is… the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon, your host of the Grayson Waller Effect, Grayson! WALLER!” Waller is in the ring on set and he welcomes us to his show’s debut here on SmackDown. Fans boo but he says this is a treat to finally see this all in person. But right to it, his guest faces Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions. He is the Phenomenal AJ STYLES!
Fans cheer as Styles makes his entrance and goes to the ring. Waller welcomes Styles as he takes a seat, and Waller says this isn’t their first encounter. They crossed paths as Styles visited NXT, and Styles said something to Waller then. “Try being phenomenal for 20-plus years.” Waller thought about that, and Styles is right. All the titles, all the amazing matches all across the globe, Styles is without a doubt a first ballot Hall of Famer. And next week, Night of Champions, Styles VS Rollins, Styles can add one more accolade. What does winning the title mean to Styles?
Styles will first say this. The last couple months, Styles was out with injury. That was the longest he was out of the ring in his career. All Styles could think about was getting back in it. So when he got cleared, all he did was get after it. He trained so hard, you’ve never seen someone train as hard as him. Waller believes it and fans cheer. Styles says he knew at some point that an opportunity would come along, and he’d be the World Heavyweight Champion. Fans cheer that, and Styles says he wanted it more than the air he breathes. Waller has to be honest, he has goosebumps.
Styles says Rollins is on a movie set. Styles is happy for him, that is great. “But surely, he’s exercising, doing a little bit of training, so that he can be ready. Because I assure you, as the heart that is beating in my chest, I am.” Waller says that will be an instant classic! Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles, a stacked night at Night of Champions, but the WHC is the match he’s looking most forward to. Waller is going to be most excited for when the announcer says–and take notes, Mike Rome–“AND NEW…! World, Heavyweight, Champion…! SETH! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS!” Waller looks at Styles right there, and Styles gets up. The 21st Century Success Story is still salty, but is his prediction going to come true?
The LWO talks backstage.
Word on the street, the Usos are the greatest tag team in the world. But Santos Escobar politely disagrees. Fact: Rey Mysterio is a hall of famer. Santos is a future hall of famer. Latinos all around the world need to know what they are all about. Si or no? Cruz Del Toro y Joaquin Wilde agree. Wilde says the Usos are good, but tonight, the LWO proves they’re better. And Cruz wants a favor, please. Tonight, you kick the Usos’ asses! Rey says the Usos will find out what happens when you mess with the L W O! That settles that, right? Will the King and Emperor of Lucha put Jimmy & Jey in their place?
The Street Profits VS LA Knight & Rick Boogs!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins aren’t going to be let out of any tag team discussion, but they’re going to use actions to speak for them. Will the Profits be up? Or will it be a #BoogieKnight on SmackDown instead?
SmackDown returns and The Mega Star makes his entrance. He has the music cut so he can “talk to ya!” Knight told everyone when he walked in the door here, he’s looking for titles! And the tag team titles ain’t safe, either! But then he sees the Profits walk in on his territory, walk into SmackDown, talking all that stupid trash, and Knight thinks, “I can beat them with anybody. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do, courtesy of the man they call The Mega Star, with everybody saying L! A! KNIGHT! I’m gonna lead this team to a W, with this man, Rick Boogs!” Boogs makes his entrance, and he’s already Boogin’ out!
The teams sort out and Boogs starts against Ford. Ford “puffs” himself up, walks around a la Vinnie Mac, then things speed up. Ford LARIATS, but Boogs stays up! Ford runs again, LARIATS, but Boogs is still up! Ford tries again, ducks Boogs’ lariat, but jumps into Boogs’ arms! Boogs says he’s BOOGIN OUT! Trophy lift, and some presses! The fans count along, Boogs gets TEN! He throws Ford, and “OH MY GAWD~! I’m BOOGIN OUT!” Dawkins tags in and says he’ll handle this. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks, but Boogs lifts Dawkins to the ropes! Then he powers out of the headlock, Dawkins hurdles but Boogs runs him over!
Boogs brings Dawkins up, pump handles and carries Dawkins, for some bicep curls! Boogs gets seven, takes a breath, and then FALL AWAY SLAMS! Even Knight is impressed, and then he tags in. Knight says they’re a team, so they double whip. They double shoulder Dawkins, Boogs high-fives Knight, and then Knight brings Dawkins up, only for Dawkins to JAWBREAKER! Dawkins runs in, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with the “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Knight brings Dawkins up, tags in Boogs, and Knight coordinates the team They double back suplex, but Dawkins lands on his feet!
Hot tag to Ford! Ford goes up to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up, Ford dodges Knight to CLOBBER him! Ford swings on Boogs, Boogs back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet! Ford mule kicks, front kicks and ENZIGURIS! Boogs staggers, Knight returns, but Ford dumps him out to ENZIGURI! Boogs runs in, Ford sends him into Knight! Ford clotheslines Boogs out, then FLIES to take them both out! Ford puts Boogs in, Dawkins gives him the ANOINTING! Tag to Ford, and he climbs, to come in FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Knight may have overestimated his ability to gel with Boogs, and the Profits are indeed up! Will Comeback Season get going for the Summer? As for Boogs and Knight, Knight helps Boogs up, they shake hands and hug it out, but then Knight hits BFT!! Knight puts all the blame on Boogs, will Knight try a new partner next time?
Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.
Megan says after the very impressive debut against Baron Corbin last week, what’s going through his mind? Grimes says that a few weeks ago, if you told him his name would be associated with one of the fastest wins in WWE history, he wouldn’t have believed you. But being here on SmackDown, he’s living a dream. He made a huge splash last week with that quick win, but that won’t stop him from being determined, from being focused, and going straight to the top! In fact, do you know where he wants to go? Where? TO THE MOON~! WOO! Grimes is all fired up, will he cause Cave-In after Cave-In until he strikes gold?
Karrion Kross speaks.
“They say justice is blind. Surely, that must be the case. Because I am the imminent threat to justice, and it has absolute no idea. Do you, Alan?” Scarlett plays the next tarot card, and it has AJ Styles on it as “justice.” Tick tock. Will Styles make it to the Night of Champions with Doomsday coming for him?
Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz!
The Unholy Alliance, the wicked witches of NXT, are making a SmackDown in-ring debut, but so are their opponents! Will the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions cast a spell on Friday nights?
The teams sort out, Leon and Fyre start. The two circle, tie up, and Fyre knees low. Fyre throws Leon down by her hair, then drops a knee right on her head! Fyre drags Leon, tags Dawn, and Fyre KNEES Leon before feeding her to Dawn’s TARANTULA! Fyre mule kicks Leon while the ref counts, and Dawn lets Leon go so she can run and METEORA! Dawn taunts Leon, drags her up and slaps her around. Dawn whips, Leon holds ropes and tags Feroz. Dawn BOOTS Leon but Feroz goes up the ropes, only for Dawn to THROW her down! Dawn KNEES Feroz down, tags Fyre in, and the two circle around Feroz.
Fyre drags Feroz up and puts her in the Gory Especial. Dawn joins in, BLACK MAGIC FACEBUSTER! Cover, Fyre & Dawn win!
Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall
Double, double, boil and bubble, the wicked witches and their wicked ways are still strong. Will the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions prove they’re even better than the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions? Speaking of…
BREAKING NEWS regarding the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships!
Liv Morgan wasn’t cleared to compete on Monday, and it seems the injury to her jaw is even worse than that. Therefore, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are for all intents and purposes vacated! And on the Raw after Night of Champions, it will be a Fatal 4 Way to crown NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Bayley & Iyo Sky VS Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler VS Raquel Rodriguez and a partner of her choosing will all battle for the belts! Will Big Mami Cool find someone who can live large like Liv Morgan? Or will there truly be new champions holding onto those titles?
Backstage interview with Raquel Rodriguez.
Kayla Braxton is with the now former champion and Raquel wants to give a shoutout to Liv. Even though they had to give up the titles, the way Liv pulled through in the match last week, there is no denying Liv is still a champion. And handing over the titles is the hardest thing Raquel’s had to do in her career. But she is NOT giving up. Liv is not replaceable, but Raquel will- But DMG CTRL walks in with sarcastic clapping. Bayley sarcastically says that’s so sad. But DMG CTRL give a shoutout to Dakota Kai who also got hurt but with a much more devastating and heartbreaking injury. Bayley blames Raquel for it!
So if Raquel can find that new partner in time for next week’s SmackDown, then Bayley & Sky will be waiting in the ring! Bayley laughs, but Sky seems just as surprised as anyone by this. Will the Role Model & Evil Genius take control no matter who, if anyone, joins Raquel?
Austin Theory is here!
The Now is here, still WWE United States Champion after surviving Backlash. But what does Theory have to say this close to Night of Champions? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Theory welcomes us to “Austin Theory Live!” Fans boo, but Theory says they know, their parents know, and their parents’ parents know who he is! But he has to say, coming to SmackDown last week, it wasn’t what he expected. He expected respect! Look at the list of legends he’s bodied! But what happened last week? Let’s talk about it, and he wants to boo it, too. Theory was “ganged up on” by former world champions in Bobby Lashley and Sheamus. He’s trying to figure it out. Both of those guys know that he would’ve gone on to beat Seth Rollins and become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion! And that’s not a theory, that’s a fact!
But he’s trying to figure it out. Lashley makes sense. Theory was on Raw, Lashley shows up. Theory moves to SmackDown, Lashley follows him. This is like a weird obsession. Lashley is jealous, duh. But Sheamus? Theory doesn’t understand. Theory thought he and Sheamus have something in common: They’re both tough, both strong, and both beat John Cena! The only thing is, Theory did it this year at WrestleMania, and Sheamus did that like 12 years ago. Theory was like 13 at the time. But that’s what he means! He- WAIT, Sheamus makes his way out! The Celtic Warrior storms right up to the ring and up to Theory.
Sheamus stares Theory down, pushes past him to get a mic, and then BROGUES Theory down! Mic drop, and Sheamus takes his leave. Is that Sheamus sending a message the best way he knows how?
The Usos hype up backstage.
They’re ready to show Roman what they can do. But Heyman walks over to say he’s got it under control. The Tribal Chief forgives Jey, and he forgives Jimmy. So he’ll be out there with them? Um… Excuse Heyman’s reach as he takes Jimmy’s hand. Because actually, no, Roman will not. Jimmy pulls his hand away. Heyman wants them to understand, Roman is the Tribal Chief. There’s a lot to go into that burden! The others don’t know what it’s like to have that. Roman has to go to Night of Champions to make a declarative statement. And then, two weeks from tonight on SmackDown, the 1000 DAY REIGN CELEBRATION!
Plus, c’mon! It’s the LWO! The Usos got this! They’re the greatest tag team of all come! They have this. But please, don’t make that a prediction, make that a spoiler. Yeet. Jey heads out first, Jimmy looks Heyman up and down, then says, “Yeet.” The Usos are ready, but will they get back in Roman’s good graces with this main event?
The Usos VS Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar!
SmackDown returns as the Usos make their entrance. The teams sort out and Jey starts against Rey. They circle, but Rey is wary of Jimmy. Jey RAMS Rey into the corner, RAMS in again and again, then tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rey, then Jimmy UPPERCUTS Rey down! Jimmy says, “You know what time it is, Uce!” Jey shouts, “Get the W!” Jimmy stalks Rey to a corner, Jimmy whips him corner to corner hard, and then looms over Rey as he falls over. Jimmy fireman’s carries, but Rey fights free! Jimmy kicks low, runs, but Rey kicks back! Rey runs, tags Escobar and sunset flips to rewind for Escobar’s basement dropkick!
Rey TOSSES Jimmy out, dodges Jey, and Escobar clotheslines Jey out! Then Escobar whips Rey, the Usos narrowly avoid getting a 619! Rey hops onto Escobar’s shoulders, the LWO is in control, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Jimmy taunts Escobar while the fans rally up. Jimmy drags Escobar up, but Escobar throws hands! Escobar DECKS Jey, fires off on Jimmy, but Jimmy keeps Escobar from Rey! Escobar reaches out, Rey reaches out in return, but they’re fingertips away as Jimmy whips Escobar into a corner! Escobar bounces off buckles and falls back into a roll-up, TWO! Jimmy is frustrated, and the rest of the Bloodline is watching backstage. Jimmy stalks Escobar to a corner, throws hands, and the fans rally up. The ref counts, Jimmy talks trash in Escobar’s face, then he CHOPS!
Escobar staggers, Jimmy whips him corner to corner, but Escobar comes back to DROPKICK Jimmy down! Fans fire up, both men crawl, and Jimmy hot tags Jey! Jey hurries past Escobar to UPPERCUT Rey! The ref reprimands but Jey goes back to Escobar. Jey drags Escobar up but Escobar cradles! TWO!! Jey escapes in time, and he UPPERCUTS Escobar down! Jey says right here, cover, TWO! Escobar is still in this and Jey grows frustrated. The fans chant “USOS SUCK!” and Jey throws hands. Escobar counter punches! Escobar throws more hands but Jey shoves him back to CLOBBER him!
Jey holds up the finger, then tags in Jimmy. Jimmy fires off on Escobar in the open corner. Escobar sits down, Jimmy raises the finger now, and says “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in to HIP ATTACK! Jimmy raises the finger again, and he goes corner to corner again. HIP- KNEE! Escobar takes Jimmy down and the fans rally up! Jimmy and Escobar crawl, hot tags to Jey and Rey! Rey fires off on Jey! Rey whips, Jey reverses but Rey tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Jey into ropes! Jey goes to a corner, Rey runs in but Jey puts him outside. Rey ROCKS Jey, goes up top, and SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Rey keeps his cool and brings Jey up, But Jey mule kicks! And UPPERCUTS! And whips, but Rey kicks back! Rey SOBATS, then hops on, SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives but Rey calls the shot. Rey brings Jey up, throws forearms, whips, but Jey reverses. Rey holds ropes to stop himself, and he BOOTS Jey away! Jey distracts the ref and Jimmy ENZIGURI! Rey staggers, Jey brings him up, POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Jimmy can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” but Jey says it’s done. Tag to Jimmy, the Usos drag Rey up, and they double suplex. Rey fights free with knees!
Rey goes to ropes, the Usos run in but he dumps them both out! Hot tag to Escobar! Escobar builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Escobar puts Jimmy in, he blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Jimmy whips, but Escobar JUMP KNEES! Jimmy staggers to a corner, Escobar shouts “L! W! O!” DOUBLE KNEES! Escobar puts Jimmy up top, climbs up after him, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and Escobar can’t believe it! Jimmy crawls to the apron, “This is Awesome!” as Escobar stalks him. Jimmy’s on the apron, Escobar KICKS him and has him in the ropes!
Tag to Rey, Escobar drags Jimmy out, LEG DROP NECKBREAKER COMBO!! Cover, JEY BREAKS IT! Escobar is frustrated, but Jey SUPERKICKS him down! Rey throws Jey out, and he dropkicks Jimmy’s legs! Jimmy’s on the ropes, Rey dials it up, but runs into a SUPERKICK!! Tag to Jey, USO SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! The Usos cannot believe it! Columbia can’t believe it, either! Jey calls to Jimmy, he tags in, and the Usos go up the corners. But here comes Kevin! The Usos are distracts, and Escobar ENZIGURIS Jey! Kevin distracts the ref, SAMI shoves Jimmy off the top! Rey RANAS Jimmy onto ropes!
Tag to Escobar and Rey dials it up! 619!! Escobar goes up while Rey SEATED SENTONS Jey! Escobar FROG SPLASHES! Cover, THE LWO WINS!
Winners: Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar, by pinfall
A huge assist to Kevin & Sami, and the entire Bloodline is upset! But while the Usos are upset with Kevin & Sami for doing this to them, Roman looks upset with The Usos. But as Solo starts to get up, Roman has him stop. Roman says he’ll handle this next week. What does The Tribal Chief have planned for Jimmy & Jey?
A great episode for SmackDown here, and is kinda part one of the go-home for SmackDown since I think they’re going to prerecord next week’s episode because they have to travel to Saudi Arabia next week. That’s why the face to face was tonight. Great opening promo segment, and the Usos attacking without checking in with Roman was a good way of growing the dysfunction in the group. Roman is losing control of his anger just like he is losing control of the faction, and something about him bumping into Solo makes me think it might not even be the Usos but Solo who costs them the title. Solo can choose his brothers over Roman and they overthrow him as Tribal Chief as part of this story’s next chapter.
That is doubled down by how, in a great main event, there was some overbooking so that the Usos get screwed over and lose. Roman and Solo are both upset, but I feel like only Roman wants to punish the Usos. Well, Solo might still beat on The Usos for the greater good of the Bloodline, but Roman says he’ll handle it, so who knows. But this is also great for the LWO, they’ve badly needed wins. Rey & Escobar make a good tag team, but I feel like Cruz & Wilde need to get going so Rey and Escobar can be the singles title guys. Escobar being US Champion would be cool. Theory and Sheamus had a good promo segment, mostly because Sheamus didn’t say anything, he just gave Theory a Brogue. That’ll be a great title match, but I feel like Theory will screw Sheamus over like he has everyone else.
Zelina had a great match with Asuka, but of course Asuka wins. Bianca making the save to almost get misted was a good little bit, and their title match could go either way. WWE still needs to address the whole “Raw title on SmackDown, SmackDown title on Raw” conundrum, and with Rhea still the SmackDown Women’s Champion, it feels like Bianca will retain the Raw title so that Bianca and Rhea can sort things out themselves. NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions on SmackDown as still champions is also something they need to sort out, but Fyre & Dawn get a good win off the quietly called up Feroz & Leon.
A shame about Liv being out of action, that all undercuts what Ronda threatened Raquel with on Raw. The Fatal 4 Way will be great stuff, as well “next week’s” match of Bayley & Sky VS Raquel and… Shotzi? Tegan? Is there another call-up in the women’s division I’m not remembering? I mean, this would be a great way to get someone new going. Pretty Deadly got that with a good promo and a really good match against Brawling Brutes. That was a clever way to cheat when they didn’t really need to, but I feel like Pretty Deadly VS Brawling Brutes could keep happening in the background of the tag title picture until it’s the right time.
The Profits also got a great tag team win, Boogs & Knight were an impressive team, but obviously a new team wasn’t going to beat WWE Triple Crown Tag Team Champions. And LA Knight does to Boogs in one week what was building between Boogs and Elias for months. They team up, they lose, and Knight turns on Boogs. Knight VS Boogs could be a lot of fun, too, winner looking stronger in the midcard title chase. Grimes has a good promo that I was more surprised wasn’t interrupted by Corbin. Maybe that will pick up again in a couple weeks once we’re past Night of Champions and on to Money in the Bank. Grimes in the MITB ladder match would be some great stuff.
And then the Grayson Waller Effect debut here on SmackDown wasn’t quite as, well, Grayson Waller Effective as it is on NXT. They didn’t have him do his Instagram live stream, he didn’t read comments from “fans,” but I did appreciate that he was passive aggressive with Styles given their feud from back in NXT. Styles bringing up Rollins being part of a movie (Marvel’s next Captain America movie) was a surprise, but that was also Styles’ argument against John Cena when they feuded. Now, I would hope just for the sake of story and what WWE has been building, we still get Rollins winning at Night of Champions. Styles & The OC can’t go moving back to Raw, and the new WHC can’t be on SmackDown where Roman is. This role may just be a one-off anyway, so don’t go assuming Rollins is following Cena and The Rock into Hollywood.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Will the Mad King regret this gamble?
Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
- The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!
The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!
The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.
Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!
Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!
Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.
Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!
Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.
Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)
A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!
And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?
AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.
Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?
NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!
The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?
The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.
Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.
Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!
Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)
Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?
Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?
Aussie Open speaks.
Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!
The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?
The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!
Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?
The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?
Ortiz sits alone in a room.
He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?
Darby Allin speaks.
After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?
Nick Wayne speaks.
He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.
And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?
Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.
Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.
And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?
AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!
While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!
Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.
Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!
The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!
Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!
They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!
Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!
Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?
A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.
Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.
Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.
Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.
And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)
King VS Emperor to determine a champion!
One way or another, the US title belongs to the LWO!
Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Championship against friend and protege, Santos Escobar! But will things stay friendly between them?
- Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson; Jimmy wins.
- Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes; Theory wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Rey wins and retains the title.
- Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Charlotte wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline is here!
Fans boo as Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman head to the ring. And Jimmy is definitely hyped over how he and Solo took down AJ Styles and John Cena, putting the tag team match at Fastlane into question. Heyman has the mic to introduce himself, but the fans keep on booing. His name isn’t “Boo,” he’s Paul! Heyman! And tonight, a rare opportunity that he doesn’t have to do this into the phone but live to the world here from SmackDown, in the hell hole of Sacramento, California. “We ACKNOWLEDGE our Tribal Chief!” The Bloodline throws up the ones, and Heyman says, “And so do each and every single one of you!”
The fans boo, though some do raise the fingers. Heyman asks us why do they acknowledge Roman… Reigns? Because it is in Roman’s name that last week, the second greatest of all time, John Cena, took a beating at the hands of the Bloodline in a way Cena hasn’t taken in at least a decade. And to wit, Heyman calls our attention to the Bloodline version of the Zapruder Film. Heyman plays footage from just last week, where Cena was the only one who signed the contract to have a match for Fastlane. Cena hoped AJ Styles was going to be his partner, but then the Bloodline struck first and hospitalized AJ Styles.
And back to present, fans are booing but Jimmy’s almost cracking up. Heyman says not to get involved in Cena’s business, but a little birdie told Heyman that there are some transportation issues this evening. And while Cena is expected to make it here, you can’t see him because Cena is NOT here. But y’know who else ain’t here? AJ Styles! And why is that? Because he’s lying in a hospital bed, watching them on SmackDown and- Jimmy holds his hand out for the mic? Heyman says he wasn’t done but Jimmy snatches the mic. “Sacramento! The Bloodline is now in your city!” Heyman sighs while Jimmy raises the one.
Jimmy tells the Wise Man, you are too kind. The real reason Cena isn’t here tonight is because he’s scared! Scared of one JIM USO! Jimmy says if Cena is smart, he’ll stay far, far away. If not, they’ll take care of him like they did the Phenomenal One! The one who built the house, place, face- KARL ANDERSON CLOBBERS SOLO! Then he TACKLES Jimmy! Jimmy gets up but Karl clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Karl as he represents for The OC! Karl says he told Styles not to get in Bloodline business and now Styles is in the hospital. So now, this is OC business! Any one of them, get in the ring with him!
Fans fire up but Heyman has Solo stand down. Heyman whispers things to The Enforcer, and then Solo tells Jimmy to handle this or he’ll do it for him. Jimmy says he’s got this. Solo doesn’t return the high-five, but will Jimmy return fire on the Machine Gun?
Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson!
SmackDown returns and the match is going as Karl bumps Jimmy off buckles! Then CHOPS! And fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Karl lets off but then stomps a mudhole! Karl lets off to tell Heyman & Solo they made this personal. Karl stands Jimmy up but Jimmy swings. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK! Karl says he told Styles not to get involved but too late now. Karl whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Jimmy runs, but Karl gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Heyman is worried but Solo is stoic as Jimmy survives. Karl storms up on Jimmy, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS again!
Karl brings Jimmy up to the top rope, ROCKS him with rights, then climbs. Solo steps forward and that distracts Karl, as well as the ref. Jimmy CLAWS Karl’s eyes! The ref misses it but fans boo as Jimmy rains down fists on Karl. Jimmy snarls, goes to a corner, and he SUPERKICKS Karl down! Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up, and scowls at the booing fans before the USO SPLASH! Cover, Jimmy wins!
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall
Heyman is relieved and he whispers something more to Solo. Jimmy may be getting himself into trouble, but he’s also getting himself out, will this get Jimmy back in the Bloodline?
Wait, Karl isn’t done! He gets up to throw more hands with Jimmy! Solo storms in to hit the SAMOAN SPIKE! Solo roars as Karl is down, no back-up even possible with both Styles and Gallows hurt. Is the OC no longer a problem for The Bloodline? Wait, Michin is here! She SLAPS Jimmy right down! Fans are thunderous as she storms to the ring. Jimmy asks what the heck! Mia Yim packs a punch, will that knock some sense into Jimmy?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley is with The Emperor of Lucha, and says that he faces his mentor and LWO teammate, Rey Mysterio. Where is his mind at tonight? Santos says his mind is focused, but his stomach has butterflies. But this match is about heart. And Santos has already said this is a dream match for him, and he has been working his entire life for it. Now, with the whole world watching, he has a chance to make the dream come true. He never gives up on his dreams, and he will fight for them, so Rey is in for the fight of his life. May the best man win. Will it be Emperor or King of Lucha that reigns as the United States Champion?
The Bloodline regroups backstage.
Jimmy is fuming and he yells at a production staff member just for looking at him. He asks another if they saw what happened, then just shoves the guy down! Jimmy storms off, Solo follows and Heyman has the staff relax. Then he puts in a call to Roman Reigns. What will The Tribal Chief have to say about Jimmy’s attitude?
It’s an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The Aussie Icon, the Moment Maker, the Dynamite From Down Under is already in the ring on his set, and he says what a wild night already. Cena may be the greatest of all time, but he ain’t the greatest at being on time! Hah! But don’t worry, because Waller is here to save the show. Fans boo but Waller thanks them. Waller’s guests just keep getting bigger, and this is literal given the physical specimen. He has done everything in the WWE as a performer, but not as a talent scout. But that’s alright, he gets what he’s always been missing: the Waller rub! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the All Mighty Bobby Lashley!
Fans cheer as Lashley makes his way out and Waller does some push-ups so he looks at least a little bigger standing next to him. They shake hands and then sit at the desk. Waller says he wasn’t lying when the guests keep getting bigger, right? How does he fit into the suit? But Waller appreciates Lashley being on the show, especially after the week he’s had. His boys, the Street Profits had a devastating loss last week. Lashley says he made a mistake. He was looking for the next big thing, he thought the Profits had what it takes to do whatever they want, but seems not. Back to the drawing board, huh?
Wow, that must be hard for the Profits to hear. But yeah, if you’re looking for a tag team, they need to be willing to do whatever it takes. A team with unbridled charisma! A team that is undefeated! Maybe a team like Austin Theory & Grayson Waller! Lashley’s stare makes Waller slow his roll. Lashley knows all about Theory, that’s a pass. Yeah, but Theory’s changed! If you get to know him, he’s a good bloke! And- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came dressed to match Lashley, and Lashley seems rather upset and confused. The Profits step into the ring, mics in their hands.
Lashley steps to them, and he stops Dawkins before he gets started. No excuses, no reasons. If they want something out of Lashley, they need to prove it. Lashley goes to leave, and then the Profits look to each other. They storm out after Lashley and get up in his face! Lashley says he told them what to do. Now go do it. He keeps on moving, and Waller says how awkward. Hey, light the beam for the 153 million hit man, Austin Theory! Theory makes his entrance, walking past Lashley on the stage, and then continues down the ramp. He smirks at the Profits and goes to the steps, with Waller being the only one cheering.
But will it be A-Town Down as Theory faces Cameron Grimes? Or will SmackDown go TO~ THE~ MOON~?
Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes!
SmackDown returns, Theory is busy looking at NXT’s Dragon Lee watching from the front row, and the bell rings. Theory turns around into a BOOT from Grimes! Grimes fires off KICKS, UPPERCUTS, and then CHOPS! Grimes whips, Theory reverses but Grimes CLOBBERS Theory! Grimes keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Theory again! Atomic drop, then KICK! Then a KICK, run, and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Theory scrambles, Grimes has the leg, and Grimes drags Theory back. Theory kicks free, Waller coaches Theory up and Theory ELBOWS Grimes! And throat chops!
Theory throws down clubbing hands while fans boo, but Theory shouts at everyone. Theory brings Grimes up, talks trash, but Grimes eggs him on! Grimes fires off fists, body shots, then backs Theory to a corner. Grimes whips, Theory reverses, then Theory runs in. Theory blocks a boot but Grimes ENZIGURIS! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Theory hangs tough and Waller relaxes. Grimes aims, and he BUZZ- NO, Theory ducks! So Grimes backflips to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Theory survives but Grimes storms up on him in the corner. Grimes KICKS Theory against ropes!
Grimes runs, then he clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Grimes goes to the apron, and he PENALTY KICKS Theory down! Fans fire up with the Carolina Caveman as he takes it to Mr. ATL. Waller talks trash, though, and Grimes stares him down. Theory POSTS Grimes in the distraction! Waller laughs, Theory drags Grimes up and in, and then Theory slingshots. Somersault SHOTGUN! Grimes staggers into the fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Waller’s a baller with that assist to his boy, and The Now comes out on top! Will these two look to take over SmackDown one win at a time? Theory also talks some trash on Dragon, then pie faces him! So Dragon hits back! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Theory back. Dragon is here as a guest, but Waller says Dragon can’t do nothing anyway. Will this duo hope Boy Wonder stays away from this brand?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton is with the US Champion and says earlier tonight, Santos said this wasn’t just a dream match, but the fight of their lives. What is Rey’s response? Rey says LWO is familia and will always be that. But he knows how hard Santos has worked to get here. Heck, Rey grew up watching Santos’ father, El Fantasma. So Rey has nothing but love and respect for Santos. But be careful what you wish for. Every time Rey steps in the ring, he expects the best of his opponent and brings the best in return. So Santos, like they say, this IS the fight of their lives! May the best man win. Rey seems to feel the same way as Santos, but will either man still feel good after taking a loss?
The Bloodline is beating up Ashante THEE Adonis?!
B-Fab shouts for Jimmy to stop but Jimmy stops when he says he’s stopping! Refs and producers rush in and Jimmy says okay, his bad, he’s done now. Adonis crawls away, but Solo is there! Jimmy says finish this, Solo! UREANGE through the table!! Hit Row suffers the wrath of The Bloodline, but when and where will it stop?
WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!
SmackDown returns as Zelina is ringside for both men, and Santos makes his entrance. Santos says hola to Dragon before getting in the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who holds gold for the L W O!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. They go around, Santos waistlocks but Rey works on an escape. Santos holds tight, they sit down, and Rey moves around. Rey fights up, jumps, but Santos holds on during the flying mare! Santos shifts to go for an abdominal stretch but Rey fights it to have a toehold. Fans rally and duel, Santos chinlocks but Rey pulls on the leg. Santos uses that to body scissor, and he rolls Rey to a cover, ONE! Rey is still stuck in the scissors but he moves around. Rey claws at the hold, Santos shifts and has the back mount to then roll Rey again. Rey slips free and the two stand off.
Fans cheer as Rey and Santos reset. Santos trips Rey, blocks the headscissor, but Rey gets up. Santos wrenches, wristlocks, but Rey flips through! Santos whips, Rey reverses but Santos reverses again. Rey is on the apron but he RAMS into Santos! Rey slingshots but Santos stops the rana to GAMANGIRI! Rey falls, Santos PLANCHAS! Down goes Rey at the ramp and Zelina is worried for both men as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Santos has Rey in a modified stretch. Rey endures, Santos shifts his grip, but Rey fights free. Santos has a hammerlock to keep Rey close, and Santos wrangles Rey down. Rey fights up, fans rally, and Rey jumps to hit that flying-mare! Fans fire up as Santos speeds things up and runs Rey over! Things keep moving, Rey dodges but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rey hangs tough, and Zelina is again torn. She rallies the fans more for the LWO than for either man. Santos waistlocks, Rey switches, but Santos switches back. They go to ropes and Rey bucks the O’Conner.
Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Santos outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed, goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Down goes Santos! Fans fire up with Rey and he hears the ring count. Rey drags Santos up, puts him in at 6 of 10, and then climbs the corner. Santos stands, Rey SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Santos! Both men are down and fans rally up more. But wait, Jimmy and Solo are still wreaking havoc backstage? SAMOAN SPIKE for security! Jimmy says that guy won’t be Cena’s partner, either! Back to the ring, fans rally for “619! 619!” as Rey goes to ropes.
Santos stands, he rushes in to sunset flip, but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Santos is dazed, Rey calls his shot and he drop toeholds Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up as fans go wild, but Santos SUPERKICKS Rey outta the ring! Santos takes aim, builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Rey! Santos catches his breath while he stands back up, and then he goes up the barriers? To MOONSAULT Rey on the ramp! Zelina is worried again but Santos puts Rey back in the ring. Rey staggers and goes to the far side but Santos takes aim. “This is Awesome!” as Santos spells it out, “L! W! O!”
Santos goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Rey wobbles, but Santos puts him back in the corner. Santos goes again, DOUBLE KNEES! Santos hoists Rey up top, climbs up after him, but Rey HEADBUTTS! Rey fires forearms and he knocks Santos down! Santos stands up while Rey steadies himself, but Santos GAMANGIRIS first! Santos climbs up again, goes to the very top, and he whistles for the SUPER STEINER! Zelina couldn’t even watch that, worried for both men. Santos goes to the apron, to SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Santos is a bit surprised as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns yet again and Santos has Rey against ropes. Santos CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as Rey staggers. Santos whips, BOOTS, and then brings Rey around. Santos picks Rey up into a GORY ESPECIAL! Rey endures being bent back, and Santos even pulls on the arms! Fans rally, Rey fights against the hold, and pops free to arm-drag! Fans fire up as REy goes to a corner, and Santos runs in, only to be put on the apron! Santos GAMANGIRIS, Rey staggers, and then Santos fires up! Santos climbs, leaps, but Rey dodges and the crossbody flops! Rey lines up a shot, runs and springboards but then Santos dodges!
Rey and Santos are both down after those belly flops, and fans rally as both men rise up. Santos runs in, scoops Rey and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally as Rey staggers up, but into a tilt-o-whirl torture rack! Santos runs around with Rey, then hits a RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! Zelina is relieved again but Santos is surprised. Rey tells Santos to bring it on, there needs to be a winner. Santos storms up to CHOP! And whip, but Rey KICKS back! Rey runs to RAN- NO, Santos blocks that! Santos swings Rey up but Rey sunset flips! TWO!! Santos escapes and even Zelina is stunned! Fans fire up again, “This is Awesome!”
Rey runs in, Santos puts him on the apron but Rey ROCKS Santos first! Then Rey goes up a corner, brings Santos up to join him, and then adjusts position to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Rey calls the shot, but Santos drags Rey into a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows, then pops up to SUPER RANA!! Fans are thunderous while Santos sits up in a daze! Rey DROPKICKS Santos onto ropes! Dial it up! 6 1 9 BLOCKED! Santos drags Rey into an Alabama Lift! But Rey holds the ropes for dear life! Rey then RANAS Santos back onto ropes, redials, and 619 HITS!!! Rey hurries up top, says hey to Eddie, and hit a FROG- NO!
Santos avoids the splash, CLUBS Rey, covers, TWO into the ghost pin! TWO!!! Both men escape by nanoseconds but Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM- TAKEDOWN! Rey has a spladle! REY WINS!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
And the greatest luchador of all time comes out the champion! Santos is stunned, but Rey offers him a handshake of respect. They are still familiar, aren’t they? WAIT! The Profits attack!! Dawkins & Ford mug Rey & Santos, this must be how they’re proving Lashley wrong! They hit Escobar with a BIG LARIAT! Fans boo but here comes Lashley! The All Mighty says that’s it! That’s what he wanted! But then here comes the rest of the LWO! Lashley CLOBBERS Wilde while Ford & Dawkins mug Cruz! But Dragon Lee wants to get in! Security keeps him back, he’s just here as a guest! So Wilde is fed to the REVELATION!
The fans boo but The All Mighty has his Profits! Will they soon run SmackDown with iron fists?
The LWO regroups.
They’ve all got icepacks in the medical trainer’s room, and Kayla walks in to congratulate Rey on the win. But before the team could celebrate the moment, they got jumped by The Profits. Santos says sorry, excuse him, but the Profits ruined the moment! Rey says they beat the Profits last week, and now Lashley and them act like they run SmackDown! LWO challenges Lashley & The Profits to a match at Fastlane! Let’s see how tough they are when it’s fair and square! What will happen when these factions go to war in Indianapolis?
WWE announces a huge signing!
Former AEW TBS Champion and rising star, JADE CARGILL, is now with WWE! She got 20 MILLION views on a video just for showing up at the Performance Center! Will a storm be coming for the WWE Women’s Division?
John Cena arrives backstage!
He pulls in rather fast and furious, and he storms right into the arena, that tag match contract in his hands! Will Cena find someone Jimmy & Solo haven’t destroyed to sign on the dotted line? Is there even anyone left?
Pretty Deadly has a video message.
“On July 14th, 2023, Elton prince suffered a devastating shoulder injury. Despite all odds, he is on the road to recovery.” It’s another rehab workout montage, but Elton is still in the wheelchair… Elton works on reaching out for hot tags, swinging chairs, ends up rolling downhill during a celebration, and can’t even poke eyes properly. But as he continues to work at it, he has the courage to stand up and tag in Kit! #YESBOY! #EltonStrong.
The Brawling Brutes are watching this.
Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne look at each other, and neither of them can even process this. Dunne feels maybe they should’ve broken Elton’s leg. The idiots. Will Elton & Kit hope they can stay far, far, far away from Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight?
Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!
The Queen did what she could to help The Empress of Tomorrow hold off the Evil Genius and her cohorts, but all that got them was a win for Iyo Sky and this rivalry rematch with the Role Model! Will Bayley make an example out of her fellow Horsewoman? Or will Charlotte make Bayley bow down?
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance, Iyo and Dakota right behind her. But then Charlotte has Bayley hold on so she can get a mic. Charlotte has a question for Bayley: What’s happened to you? Bayley is one of the Four Horsewomen, but now she’s just happy carrying Iyo’s bags. Bayley has become a stepping stone while Charlotte is still the measuring stick. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. Bayley is just in Charlotte’s way. She’ll beat Bayley tonight, and then challenge Iyo for the WWE Women’s Championship at Fastlane! Fans fire up for that, and the bell rings. Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte!
Bayley fires off, all riled up after what Charlotte said. DMG CTRL cheers and high-fives Bayley. Bayley CHOPS Charlotte, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Bayley ROCKS Charlotte, lets off, and brings Charlotte around to whip. But Charlotte reverses to send Bayley into the corner, and she CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Charlotte CHOPS again! Charlotte whips, Bayley reverses but Charlotte goes up and out to BOOT Bayley down! Iyo swipes at Charlotte, then Bayley BLASTS Charlotte down! Bayley goes out to the apron, to then FLYING ELBOW Charlotte down! DMG CTRL is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Charlotte is up top, to CROSSBODY Bayley down! Fans fire up with Charlotte as she storms around. Bayley flounders to ropes, stands up, and Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And then CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Charlotte says one more, then CHOPS Bayley again! Charlotte swings, Bayley dodges but Charlotte scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up again! Charlotte handsprings to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Charlotte knows she’s tough. Bayley bails out to the apron, Charlotte storms over, but Bayley HOTSHOTS!
Bayley slides in, waistlocks, but Charlotte bucks the O’Conner, to then trip Bayley! Bayley scrambles, Charlotte steps over to drop a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley goes to a corner and Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Bayley staggers, but she BOOTS back! But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while the fans rally up. Charlotte steps on Bayley and goes to the corner, then goes up the corner, only for Bayley to YANK her down! Bayley puts Charlotte in the ropes, throw hands, then hits a STOCK DROP! Shoutout to another of the Horsewomen! Bayley then SUNSET BOMBS Charlotte into buckles! Bayley drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO!
Bayley tells fans to shut up, don’t cheer for her! Dakota and Iyo cheer her on, though, and Bayley fires forearms on Charlotte! Bayley mocks the “WOO~!” then CHOPS! Bayley CHOPS Charlotte again and again, runs, but Charlotte SPEARS her down! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
DMG CTRL can’t believe it, but their Role Model lost! The Queen is already wearing yellow ‘n’ block to match Fastlane’s logo, will she take that gold off Iyo? Bayley gets a mic to shout, “Cut the music, you idiots!” Bayley won’t let Charlotte just cut the line! Bayley vowed to end Charlotte, and that’s what DMG CTRL is gonna do! The three surround the ring, but here comes ASUKA! The Empress joins the Queen to run off their common enemies! Asuka gets a mic to shout “OI OI OI OI!” What do you idiots think you’re doing?! She won’t let them do whatever they want! Bayley says okay, they want a Triple Threat for the women’s title?! Then they’ve got it!!
Wait, what? Iyo is confused, but Bayley says this is totally what Asuka said. No, Iyo knows what Asuka said and it wasn’t that! But Bayley says this is so they can teach both Asuka and Charlotte a lesson! Bayley sticks her foot in Iyo’s mouth again, will the Evil Genius have to really work hard on a plan to survive Fastlane?
John Cena heads to the ring!
Sacramento fires up as Cena storms out, saying we’re getting serious tonight! Cena slides into the ring, contract still in hand. Cena also gets a mic, and he tells Sacramento, “I hear ya out there!” Sacramento chants for Cena and so he knows they hear him. And he knows that because last week, he said he was back to compete and that he wanted a match. The Bloodline didn’t take too kindly to that, though. They left Cena knocked out, but they also left him with the contract. This is the contract for a match with them at Fastlane. Yeah, a little lukewarm, because there’s a problem: Cena doesn’t have a partner.
Cena says tonight is very important, because now he has a choice to make. He could rip up the contract and act like this didn’t happen. Fans boo that idea. Or he could stand and fight. The fans like that! So what do you think the man who wears the words “Never Give Up” is gonna make? They cheer the second so he says that’s damn right! He will honor this contract! And if he doesn’t find a partner by Fastlane, then he will fight The Bloodline by himself in a 2v1 Handicap! But speaking of, here comes The Bloodline! Jimmy grins as he has the mic again. “Well, look who finally showed up.”
Cena’s out here talking about Fastlane? Did he not just see what The Bloodline’s been doing all night? They were sending messages! If you team with Cena, you get got by The Bloodline! Fans boo, but Jimmy goes to the apron to tell Cena, “You’re not making it to Fastlane!” But then Cena DECKS Jimmy! Solo stares Cena down, fans fire up, and Solo gets in the ring! Cena throws off the shirt because it is go time! Solo swings, misses, and Cena fireman’s carries, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Flashbacks to last week, HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Solo adds a HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Jimmy whips Solo in for another HIP ATTACK!
Fans boo as Cena flops out of the ring. The Bloodline clears off the announce desk! They put Cena on it, and Jimmy raises the one. Jimmy goes up the steps but Solo stops him. Solo wants this one! Jimmy grins and nods and lets Solo climb. But L A KNIGHT is here!! Fans are thunderous as the Mega Star storms down, slides in, and he dodges Jimmy to BLAST Solo! And then he BLASTS Jimmy! Knight stomps a mudhole into Jimmy but Solo stops him! So Knight fires off haymakers! Solo TOSSES Knight, but misses the splash! JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jimmy is up, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM!
Fans fire up, and they spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop for Jimmy! Cena is back and he TOSSES Solo! Knight TOSSES Jimmy! Mega Star and Greatest of All Time look to each other, and Knight picks up the contract! Fans are electric as Knight signs his name! Cena can’t believe it, either! He has a tag partner for Fastlane? YEAH!! Will Cena and Knight show The Bloodline whose game is it? With EVERYBODY saying… L A KNIGHT, YEAH!!
An awesome episode of SmackDown, especially with how fired up the Sacramento crowd was for everything. Great stuff with Bloodline and such, taking logical yet still exciting turns. Karl Anderson going after The Bloodline was good, because as much as Karl didn’t want Styles getting involved, but he also wasn’t going to let The Bloodline get away with this. Though, Karl didn’t really accomplish much as he got cheated in that match. That slap from Mia was great, though. Then Jimmy & Solo going on a rampage backstage was a great way to show how Jimmy is drunk with power all because he thinks Roman will have his back. Roman most certainly won’t now that Jimmy’s actions have brought LA Knight into the story. Great save from Knight, and he will make a great team with Cena.
Great “main event” match from Charlotte VS Bayley, and that black ‘n’ yellow gear is pretty cool stuff from Charlotte. DMG CTRL of course tries to help Bayley but that backfires. And then I actually like that we’re going back to Bayley talking big and putting Iyo on the spot. The Triple Threat title match is going to be great, and is actually some mad genius thinking from Bayley. DMG CTRL can now legally interfere to make sure Iyo wins against Charlotte and Asuka, but I feel like this can also bring in Shotzi or even Bianca to counteract DMG CTRL. Either way, it’ll be some great stuff to really up things in the SmackDown Women’s Division.
Hilarious vignette from Pretty Deadly, and good response from Brawling Brutes. That feud will definitely start up again after Fastlane and give us a SmackDown contender for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Really good stuff out of the Grayson Waller Effect with Lashley putting the pressure on the Profits. Almost thought they were gonna jump Theory since Lashley doesn’t like Theory, but I guess that would make this faction Faces since Theory is Heel. It was nice to see Grimes back, though he does lose to Theory. Dragon Lee being here tonight makes me think he is called up to SmackDown after he screws Dominik Mysterio out of the North American title tomorrow night.
And after just an awesome US Championship match, the Profits instead go after the LWO, a logical move given the back and forth between the factions. LWO wants a Six Man Tag, but does that mean it’ll be Santos, Cruz & Wilde? Or is Rey going to take one of the spots? Either way it’ll be a good time but it feels like the All Mighty Profits are going to take that one to build their momentum towards their own title goals. Lashley VS Rey for the US Championship with Santos helping feels like the move. Maybe there’s tension created as Santos costs Rey, or as Rey says Santos can’t be bending rules just to win. It just feels like something’s going to/has to change in the group dynamic.
My Score: 8.9/10
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