SmackDown is once again The Kevin Owens Show!
At least, for tonight as Kevin & Sami have Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa as their guests! Will there be more than words thrown just 18 hours before their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match?
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Sheamus; Theory wins and retains the title.
- Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart VS Bayley & Iyo Sky; Raquel & Shotzi win.
- Cameron Grimes VS Ashante THEE Adonis w/ Hit Row; Grimes wins.
- LA Knight VS Rick Boogs; Knight wins.
- AJ Styles VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Styles wins.
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WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Sheamus w/ The Brawling Brutes!
The United States Champion is The Now, but he’s going up against The Celtic Warrior! Will Theory no longer be the Now and be the former? Or will he survive Fight Night?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is really the greatest US Champion today!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sheamus puts Theory in a corner, but the ref counts. Sheamus and Theory hand fight, Sheamus facelocks and brings Theory around. Theory gets to a waistlock but Sheamus swings. Theory avoids it, headlocks, but Sheamus powers out to then run Theory over! Fans fire up while Theory gets up in a huff. Theory and Sheamus tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder. Theory kicks low, whips, but Sheamus reverses. Theory blocks a hip toss but Sheamus blocks a hip toss to then CLOBBER Theory! Fans fire up and Sheamus UPPERCUTS Theory!
Fans rally, Sheamus brings Theory up to UPPERCUT again! Theory drop toeholds Sheamus into buckles! Theory goes out, slingshots in, and somersault SHOTGUNS! Sheamus ends up on the apron now, and Theory goes after him. Theory has Sheamus against ropes, and he wants to steal the Bodhrain! But Sheamus stops him at one! And throws elbows on Theory! Fans fire up as Sheamus fireman’s carries! Theory fights free, POSTS Sheamus, and then APRON BACK SUPLEXES him! Fans boo but Theory pushes Sheamus to the floor. The Now is in control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Theory throws hands on Sheamus in the corner! The fans boo as Theory CLUBS away on Sheamus’ back! Sheamus shoves Theory away but Theory stomps him down! Cover, ONE, and Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus elbows Theory away, then mule kicks him down! Sheamus staggers, he whips Theory but Theory reverses to CLOBBER him! Cover, ONE!! Sheamus hangs tough but Theory wraps on a chinlock. Fans fire up as Sheamus fights to his feet, and Sheamus throws body shots. Sheamus whips Theory to a corner, runs in but he blocks a boot. Theory ROCKS Sheamus with a forearm!
Sheamus somersaults for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Theory is furious that Sheamus survives. Fans fire up as Theory stalks Sheamus, but then boo as Theory pie faces Sheamus. Theory talks trash, Sheamus glares at Theory and stands up. Sheamus HEADBUTTS Theory! And ROCKS him with haymakers! Fans fire up, Sheamus whips but Theory reverses. Sheamus KICKS Theory, then CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! Sheamus clotheslines in a corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline again! Fireman’s carry, but Theory fights free! Theory kicks low, but Sheamus wrenches back, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and Sheamus watches Theory crawl. The fans cheer Sheamus on as he Alabama Lifts Theory. But Theory fights to a sunset flip, TWO! Theory hurries up but into an UPPERCUT! And then a scoop for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is annoyed but keeps his focus. Theory stirs and sputters but Sheamus drags him up. Sheamus fireman’s carries Theory, climbs up the corner, and fans fire up, but Theory fights free again! Theory CLUBS Sheamus on the back, climbs up behind him, CLUBS away on him some more, and then torture racks! For a TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Sheamus shocks Theory and fans are thunderous! The Brawling Brutes pound the apron and the fans rally with them. Theory goes to the apron, slingshots in again, but Sheamus KNEES him back! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Sheamus is a bit exasperated. Theory goes to the apron, and Sheamus has him on the ropes! Fans fire up but Theory breaks free to BOOT Sheamus away! Theory grabs a CHAIR! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but the Brutes snatch that chair from Theory! Theory is furious, but Sheamus has him again! BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus goes past ten to get TWENTY-FIVE!!
Fans are thunderous again and Sheamus aims from the corner! But then PRETTY DEADLY attack the Brutes! Fans boo as Elton Prince TOSSES Dunne and then helps Kit Wilson RAM Ridge into steps! Sheamus DECKS Elton, then catches Kit! BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN for Kit! But Theory rolls Sheamus up with tights!! THEORY WINS!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
Fans boo as The Now gets away with this thanks to Elton & Kit! But then Pretty Deadly is on the run from a furious Fella! Will the Brawling Brutes make sure Pretty Deadly ends up very dead?
The Bloodline sits in their private suite.
Roman Reigns asks The Wise Man to “let ’em know.” Paul Heyman tells The Usos, “Your Tribal Chief feels guilty that you won’t be joining us tomorrow at Night of Champions, and Your Tribal Chief wants to make it up to you. So you are both personally invited by Your Tribal Chief to join us next week in the ring for the 1000 Day Celebration of the greatest title reign of all time.” Roman says it is going to be huge, so he wants the whole family there. The Usos like that, but then Roman adds, “Especially you, Jey.” Wait, what? Jimmy says this is what he was saying. He has no idea what Roman’s problem is right now.
Jimmy says he’s hungry anyway so he’s gonna go. Oh? Where’s he going? Sit down. Jimmy looks at his brothers, and then sighs. Roman tells him to sit down, but he doesn’t. Roman stands up now and steps closer. “Do something. You standing up on me. You make a good tough guy, Uce, so do something. Go on, prove it.” Jimmy stares Roman down as Roman eggs him on, and Roman says ain’t nothing changed. Think back to when they were kids. Roman whooped Jimmy then, he’d whoop Jimmy now. Jimmy’s gonna respect Roman, he’s gonna obey Roman, and he’s gonna acknowledge Roman.
Jey stands up to tell Jimmy to just calm down. Jey says The Usos will see Roman next week at the celebration. The Usos take their leave, but is Roman going to push Jimmy too far one of these days?
Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi Blackheart VS Bayley & Iyo Sky!
The Ballsy and the Badass are reunited, and it will feel good if they can win those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships this Monday! Will they fire the first salvo before that Fatal 4 Way? Or will the Role Model & Evil Genius look to take control?
SmackDown returns and DMG CTRL make their entrance. The teams sort out and Raquel starts against Bayley. They circle, Bayley talks trash and then pie faces Raquel. Raquel rushes after Bayley, puts her in a corner, but Bayley avoids the splash. They reset, Bayley calls Sky in but Raquel swipes at her. Bayley attacks, Sky tags in, and DMG CTRL mugs Raquel. Raquel powers them both away! Raquel bodies Sky to tag in Shotzi! Fans fire up as the teams stare down, and then brawl! Shotzi has Sky, Raquel has Bayley. They toss DMG CTRL out, then Raquel holds the ropes open for Shotzi to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp!
Fans fire up with the Wild Child as she puts Sky in. Cover, TWO! Shotzi tags Raquel in and they bring Sky up to wrench and CLUB the arm. Raquel runs Sky over with a shoulder, then runs her over again. Raquel whips, Sky tilt-o-whirls, but Raquel throws her away. Tag to Bayley before Raquel grabs Sky again. Bayley CLUBS Raquel, Sky SHOTGUNS Raquel into the roll-up! TWO, and DMG CTRL has control for now while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Bayley CHOKES Raquel on the ropes! The ref counts, Bayley lets off, but then CHOKES Raquel more! The ref counts, Sky tags in, and she dropkicks Raquel in the back! Raquel falls over, Sky brings her up and wrenches an arm. Sky wrenches again, fans rally up, and Raquel reaches out. Sky keeps her away to tag in Bayley, but Raquel ELBOWS Bayley and DECKS Sky! Bayley anchors Raquel but Raquel BOOTS Sky, then KICKS Bayley away! Hot tag to Shotzi! Shotzi rallies on DMG CTRL, sends Bayley into Sky then SPLASHES Bayley! Shotzi snapmares to SLING-DOG!
Fans fire up as Shotzi KNEES Bayley, ROLLING ELBOWS Bayley, and then QUESTION MARK KICKS Bayley! Shotzi suplexes Bayley into the ropes! Fans fire up as Shotzi keeps moving, BALLPIT! Cover, TWO! Sky slides in but the ref tells her to get out. This allows Bayley to rake Shotzi’s eyes! Tag to Sky, she and Bayley coordinate, DOUBLE BOOT takes Shotzi down! Cover, Raquel breaks it! Bayley ROCKS Raquel and kicks her out of the ring. Shotzi kicks but Sky dodges, to then stomp a foot! Shotzi blocks the buzzsaw but Sky rolls through to BASEMENT ENZIGURI! Sky brings Shotzi up, underhooks, TIGER-
NO, Shotzi slips out! Shotzi waistlocks, gets the arms, TIGER PLEX! Bridging cover, Bayley breaks it! The ref reprimands but Raquel drags Bayley right out! Shotzi brings Sky up, Raquel tags in. Raquel hoists Sky up and Shotzi climbs, but Sky victory rolls! Bayley BLASTS Shotzi off the corner, but Raquel hoists Sky back up! Sky turns that into a BULLDOG into buckles! Fans fire up as Sky brings Raquel up but Raquel RAMS her into the corner! Bayley sneaks a tag, Sky SHOTEIS! Bayley climbs, as does Sky! SUNSET FLIP, but Raquel stays up! Shotzi returns, Sky MISSILE DROPKICKS Shotzi and SENTONS Raquel!
But Raquel ends up on top of Bayley! Cover, Shotzi & Raquel win!!
Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall
Sky and Bayley can’t believe it! Who was to blame for the miscommunication? Can they fix things before Monday so this doesn’t happen again? Or will The Wild Child help Big Mami Cool become a THREE-TIME WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion?
Cameron Grimes VS Ashante THEE Adonis w/ Hit Row!
The Carolina Caveman may not be quite as cash money as he was in NXT, but he still looks to go #ToTheMoon! Will Grimes grind until he’s gotten some gold? Or will he get taken for all he’s worth by Hit Row?
SmackDown returns and Grimes makes his entrance. The bell rings, Adonis throws his jacket but Grimes dodges! Grimes headlocks, Adonis powers out but Grimes runs him over. Things speed up, Grimes RANAS roughly and fans fire up. Grimes KICKS Adonis back down, then runs to SHOOTING STAR! Cover, ONE!! Adonis is still in this, and Grimes brings him up. Adonis RAMS him into the corner! Adonis fires off hands, the ref counts, and Adonis lets off. Adonis whips corner to corner, but Grimes goes up and over! Adonis hits buckles, Grimes runs, but Dolla trips him up! Fans boo but Adonis CLOBBERS Grimes!
Adonis throws down fists, B-Fab and Dolla taunt Grimes, and Adonis throws in knees! Adonis drags Grimes up, puts him in a corner, and then whips corner to corner hard! AIR DROP on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Adonis storms up on Grimes. Adonis drags Grimes up, but Grimes throws body shots. Adonis CLUBS Grimes, back suplexes, but Grimes lands on his feet! Grimes dodges to CLOBBER Adonis! And then again! And then a RANA! Another rough tumble but Grimes aims from the corner. Fans fire up and echo “TO! THE! MOON!” CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
This wasn’t as fast as when Grimes beat Corbin, but it was definitely furious! But speaking of furious, Corbin CLOBBERS Grimes on the ramp! Corbin shouts, “How’s that feel, huh!?” Fans boo Sore Loser Corbin but Corbin leaves Grimes down and out. Will Corbin bring Grimes back down to Earth by any means necessary?
Bianca Belair is here!
Fans cheer as the RawEST Women’s Champion heads to the ring on the eve of her title match. What will she have about Asuka and maybe even to Asuka before that match? We’ll see, after the break.
SmackDown returns and fans chant for the “E S T! E S T!” Bianca has the mic to say, “Tomorrow, at Night of Champions, I’m gonna step into the ring and defend my Raw Women’s Championship against Asuka. Now, this is not the same Asuka that I remember from WrestleMania. Now that Asuka, I actually respected, because that Asuka wanted this title. Now, I can actually respect that because I know how good it feels to be your Raw Women’s Champion.” Fans cheer that, and Bianca says, “But this Asuka… This Asuka is different. This Asuka wants more than just my title.
“But you know what? If Asuka wanted a rematch, all she had to do was ask! But no, she had to wait until I got into my hometown, where I was celebrating my historic title reign to come in there and mist me and humiliate me in front of my entire family and friends!” Fans boo that, and Bianca says if once wasn’t bad enough, Asuka did it twice when Bianca tried to help Zelina Vega. Now Bianca is standing here, hands still green, eyes still burning, vision still blurred, but… Her mind has never been more clear. So if Asuka wants a rematch, SAY LESS. But Bianca isn’t just giving Asuka a rematch, this is a fight!
Bianca will fight Asuka at Night of Champions until she stands here still your Raw Women’s Champion! But wait, here comes Asuka! But from behind! Fans boo as Asuka ambushes Bianca, and has an ARMBAR!! Bianca kicks and flails, but Asuka is after that arm with bloodthirst in her eyes! Refs and management rush out and get Asuka back from Bianca, but Asuka then rushes in! Bianca gets the torture rack! KISS OF- NO, the officials cushion Asuka’s fall! Asuka gets away and laughs it up, but will she have the last laugh when the title is on the line?
LA Knight VS Rick Boogs!
These two were doing well last week against the Street Profits, but just because they lost, Knight turns on Boogs! Will The Mega Star continue to put the blame on Boogs? Or will he be buried underneath the Meat Mountain?
SmackDown returns and Boogs makes his entrance. But then The Profits make their entrance? Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins bring the red Solo cups, then they head to ringside. The bell rings and Boogs runs Knight over! Boogs TOSSES Knight across the way, the Profits join commentary, and Boogs chases after Knight on the outside. Knight wants mercy, but Boogs sees the sucker punch coming to counter punch! Boogs scoops Knight, trophy lifts him, and then SLAMS him on the desk! The Profits love it! He’s BOOGIN’ OUT!! Boogs puts Knight in the ring, but then Knight stomps Boogs as he slides in!
Knight CLUBS Boogs, fires hands, but Boogs hits back. Boogs TOSSES Knight into the corner, clotheslines him, and then whips corner to corner. Boogs runs in but Knight dodges and Boogs POSTS himself! The Profits meanwhile are upset that Roman Reigns insists on adding more belts to his collection. Knight stomps Boogs in the corner, “YEAH! YEAH!” Knight runs corner to corner, to KNEE Boogs! “YEAH!” Knight digs his boot into Boogs but the ref counts. Knight lets off at 4, but Boogs ELBOWS him back! Boogs whips, Knight throws Boogs by his hair! The ref reprimands but Knight runs, only to miss his knee drop!
Knight hurries to facelock Boogs while Ford mocks the pain. Dawkins says don’t try power VS power with Boogs. Boogs TOSSES Knight to prove Dawkins’ point! Knight goes up the corner, leaps, but into a BACK DROP! Boogs powers up and the fans rally! Knight staggers over, ROCKS Boogs, “YEAH!” And ROCKS him again, “YEAH!” Knight whips but Boogs blocks! Knight kicks low, kicks, and kicks, but Boogs whips Knight! FLAPJACK! Boogs gut wrenches and carries Knight around before the SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Boogs and Boogs pump handles and half nelsons. Knight rakes the eyes to escape!
The Profits protest but Knight hits BFT!! Cover, Knight wins!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
“YEAH!” Knight won and has the music cut. He knows the Profits were talking trash the whole time! They keep talking, he’ll make change outta both their $5 asses! He’ll put it like this: What he just showed us is Knight taking out the trash. And the Profits better know, their time’s coming. They want the smoke? NAH NAH! They ain’t getting the smoke, they’re getting smoked! Whose game is it? L A KNIGHT, YEAH! The Mega Star throws the mic at commentary after throwing down the gauntlet, but is his mouth writing checks his body can’t cash?
Karrion Kross speaks.
While Scarlett holds up the AJ Styles Justice tarot card, Mr. Doomsday says, “A stubborn man only sees one path before him. And when a man becomes consumed by one singular goal, he fails to see all of the danger around him lying in wait. AJ Styles, you shouldn’t be asking yourself right now, ‘Do I have what it takes to beat Seth Rollins?’ No, you should be asking yourself, ‘What sort of condition am I going to be in after I am victimized by Karrion Kross?'” Will the apocalypse doom The Phenomenal One’s chances at Night of Champions here tonight?
AJ Styles VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
SmackDown returns as Kross makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Kross kicks low, throws hands, and he puts Styles in a corner. Kross then RAMS Styles into the buckles, face first! Styles staggers up, Kross runs in to clothesline, ELBOW, and ROLLING ELBOW! Scarlett loves it as Kross hoists Styles up, for an EXPLODER! Styles writhes and Kross watches him go to the far corner. Fans rally for Styles but Kross runs in, only to miss and get buckles! Styles DROPKICKS Kross, then brings him around for haymakers and CHOPS! Fans fire up, Styles fires off more shots in the corner, forearm and CHOP on repeat!
The ref backs styles off and Styles shouts, “I’ll eat him alive!” But Kross shoves Styles, only for styles to DROPKICK again! Styles whips, Kross reverses but he runs into an ELBOW! Kross comes back again but into a BOOT! Styles goes up and out, but Kross distracts the ref so Scarlett can anchor Styles’ foot! Styles kicks her away and fans boo Mrs. Doomsday, but Kross SUPERKICKS Styles! And then BOOTS him down! Fans boo but here comes MICHIN! Mia Yim isn’t gonna let Scarlett affect this! She chases Scarlett off, Kross is now upset, but things are going to be truly 1v1 now, after the break.
SmackDown returns again and Kross digs his boots into Styles at the corner! The ref counts, Kross lets off, and fans rally up for Styles. Kross stomps Styles, lets off at the ref’s count again, and soaks up the heat. Fans boo but Kross brings Styles up. Styles throws hands and CHOPS in return! And CHOPS again! Styles runs, but Kross ELBOWS him down! Kross smirks and shakes his head as he tells the fans it isn’t so easy. Cover, ONE!! Styles has fight in him but Kross clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Kross squeezes Styles’ head. Styles fights up, reaches out, but throws body shots. Styles gets free and throws haymakers, a CHOP and an ENZIGURI!
Kross staggers away to a corner and fans rally again. Styles stands, runs in, and clotheslines! Then a fireman’s carry, but Kross fights free. Styles dodges to PELE! Kross falls over, Styles gets moving, SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up, Styles fireman’s carries again, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Kross is hanging tough but Styles keeps his focus. Styles brings Kross to the corner, climbs up and brings Kross in, but Kross denies the tornado DDT! And makes it a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, to a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Kross grows frustrated but he tells Styles, “Okay then.”
Kross winds up his arm, Styles rises, KROSS- NO, Styles ducks the forearm to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! Kross blocks the clothesline but Styles KICKS a leg! Kross wobbles, Styles mule kicks the leg out! Styles brings Kross in, fans fire up, but Kross pushes Styles away. Kross goes to a corner, Styles runs in but is put on the apron. Styles ROCKS Kross, fans fire up, and Styles springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
A tough fight but Styles stops the doomsday clock from striking midnight on him! Will Styles become a phenomenal World Heavyweight Champion on the Night of Champions? Or will the new champion be The Visionary, the Revolutionary, Seth Freakin’ Rollins?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
Kayla Braxton catches Styles as he returns through gorilla. She congratulates him on the win here, but did this give him the momentum he’ll need to face Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship? Styles says, “What’d Seth say? That he was invincible? He can be unstoppable? He can be Seth Freakin’ Rollins. But he can’t be phenomenal. I am phenomenal. And I am gonna put a phenomenal beating on him tomorrow night, in route to becoming the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion.” Styles heads out, will he live up to that promise in just over 15 hours?
The Money in the Bank Qualifiers begin next week!
And SmackDown is already planning two big matches for it! First, Montez Ford and LA Knight look to see just who gets smoked as they go 1v1 for a spot in the Men’s MITB, while Lacey Evans makes her return to face Zelina Vega for a spot in the Women’s MITB! Will the Profits be up? Will La Muneca be ready to play?
Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens head to the ring!
Fans cheer for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions as they’re about to host a special edition of The Kevin Owens Show! What will they have to say to Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa this close to their title match? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Kevin welcomes us back to the Kevin Owens Show! It has been awhile since Kevin said that, he likes it. Sami thought they were gonna say it together as the Kevin & Sami- Kevin shouts, “The Kevin & Sami Show!” Okay there it is. Fans cheer and Kevin says tomorrow at Night of Champions, they defend their tag titles against Solo Sikoa & Roman Reigns. Fans boo the Bloodline, but Kevin says before all that, there are some things they need to get off their chests. So without further ado, welcome their “guests” for tonight, Solo Sikoa & The Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns.
But of course Paul Heyman has to come out and make his introduction first. Kevin & Sami knew it’d come to this as Heyman shoulders the belts. Heyman says, “It amazes me how you still won’t get the plot around here. Your Tribal Chief does not come out when you want The Tribal Chief to come out.” The fans boo but Heyman says, “There’s no booing when The Wise Man has the microphone.” This just makes the fans boo more. Heyman frowns and continues by saying “Your Tribal Chief comes out when Your Tribal Chief decides he wants to come out.” But then the USOS appear?! That wasn’t part of the plan!
Jimmy & Jey storm out, mics of their own in hand. And they go to the ring ahead of Heyman! “Yeah, yeah! Look at ’em! Y’all out here talking like it’s all good! Like we went and forget what y’all did to us last week! Y’all so worried about tomorrow night, when real talk, you got a bigger problem standing right in the front of your face, Sami!” Sami smirks and says he has to be honest, he can’t believe they’re out here. Kevin wants Sami to calm down because he’ll handle this. Kevin tells The Usos and Heyman that as a “spoiler,” Kevin knew Roman wouldn’t come out. Because the Usos are the ones Kevin wanted to really talk to.
Kevin says that for months now, Sami has been telling Kevin they needed to help the Usos. Kevin didn’t get it, he said who cares? After everything they’ve done to each other back and forth, Sami still thinks The Usos deserve better, but Kevin again couldn’t care less. But since Sami’s been saying this for months and it hasn’t gotten through to the Usos, maybe if Kevin says it, they’ll hear it. Kevin wants them to acknowledge this: Sami has been right about everything the whole time. Fans cheer that! Sami’s been right about how Roman treats the Bloodline, and how the Usos deserve better.
“Because y’know what? Roman Reigns, this narcissistic, delusional, just… Ugh! He walks around here, calls himself ‘The Head of the Table,’ right? Well as far as I’m concerned, he can call himself The Head of the Table all he wants, I’m looking at the Heart of that Table right in front of me!” The fans cheer that, too! Kevin asks the Usos what they think The Bloodline would be without them. But that’s not how Roman treats them, right? He treats them like they’re the Appendix of the Table, disposable, unnecessary. Just look at them! Roman USES the Usos! The Usos don’t do anything unless Roman tells them to! They know it’s the truth, right?
What do the Usos think when they look in the mirrors? What goes through their heads? What do they feel when they realize they went from being one of the greatest- no, scratch that, from being THE GREATEST tag team in the history of the WWE, to being nothing more than Roman Reigns’ little errand boys!? The Usos get riled up and Jimmy says that’s cute, KO. Check this out, Sami, open up your years. Standing right in front of you is the best damn tag team in the WORLD! So when it comes to the Usos, when it comes to the Day Ones, hey, JIMMY IS THE TRIBAL CHIEF! Whoa…!! Heyman is shocked by that!
But speaking of, here comes Roman Reigns!! Heyman seems to fear what is about to happen as Roman Reigns heads down the ramp and to the ring. The Usos look like they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, or whatever snack and container kids have today. Roman takes the mics from them and throws them aside. Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Roman but Sami tells Roman, “You know it’s over, right? You know that, right? You know the Bloodline is collapsing, and it’s all your fault.” Roman SLAPS the mic out of Sami’s hand! But then Kevin hits a STUNNER!! The brawl is on with the Usos!
Fans are thunderous as Sami throws hand with Jey, and then Kevin drags Jimmy out to SMACK him off the desk! Jey SUPERKICKS Sami, Kevin rains down fists on Jimmy! Jey sets Sami up again, but Sami hits a CORNER EXPLODER! But Solo Sikoa SAMOAN SPIKES Sami! Kevin runs in, but Solo SAMOAN SPIKES him, too!! The Enforcer of The Island is here and Roman shouts, “PICK ‘EM UP!!” Solo drags Sami up while Roman SMASHES an armchair, another armchair, and then lets out the battle cry. SPEAR!!! Fans boo as The Bloodline stands tall, but is it even really “The Bloodline” anymore?
The Usos grab the tag titles and pick them up, but then Roman stares at them. Jey offers belts to Solo, but what about Jimmy? Jimmy looks at the belts, then looks at Roman. Fans say “NO! NO! NO!” and Jimmy is hesitant. Roman tells him to hand them over, and Heyman encourages him to, but then Jey has Jimmy step back. Jey wants to hand them over? Jimmy doesn’t let go, at first. Jey then presents Roman with the belts and fans boo. Roman and Solo stand side by side and raise the belts, the Usos behind them. Only Jey puts up the finger, though. Forget Kevin & Sami, is the Bloodline going to survive the Night of Champions?
This was still a very Go Home Syndrome go-home episode, with video recap packages I didn’t bother getting, as well as video hype packages for the NXT call-ups I also didn’t bother getting. But everything new was great stuff, such as the United States Championship match opening the night. I should’ve known Theory would survive through shenanigans, though, and who else but Pretty Deadly would bring shenanigans? I would love for a Six Man Tag of The Brawling Brutes VS Theory & Pretty Deadly. Awesome tag team match from Raquel & Shotzi VS DMG CTRL, and good win for Shotzi & Raquel here as I don’t think they’re winning on Raw anyway with Ronda & Shayna in there.
Really good but fairly quick match from Grimes VS Adonis, and of course Grimes wins, but also of course Baron Corbin attacks Grimes after. I hope Corbin VS Grimes is a MITB qualifier like Ford VS Knight and Lacey VS Zelina next week. Or if not, that they’re both in the match so they can have it out as part of MITB. Speaking of Ford and Knight, Knight VS Boogs was rather quick in a disappointing way. But Knight cuts a good promo after the match, and Ford VS Knight is going to be great. Lacey Evans making her return for MITB is fine, since SmackDown just needs bodies for these qualifiers. But I would think Zelina wins here to help the LWO get something.
Good promo from Bianca, and of course Asuka attacks again. I don’t know how this really affects the go home math, though, since Bianca’s finisher got foiled by refs and producers. But as with Rhea looking like the obvious choice, I would think Bianca finds a way to beat Asuka again, and then they finally do something about Rhea and Bianca having the titles of the wrong shows. Honestly, with MITB coming up, find a way to have it be Rhea VS Bianca in what is meant to be a unification match, but then maybe Miss MITB cashes in on one of them and tada, that person is on the “right” brand with the “right” belt.
Styles VS Kross was really good, but felt truncated for what we know these two can do. Styles of course wins to have momentum, and his promo after was good, but this still has to be Rollins winning at Night of Champions, right? I’ve said it a few times already during this WHC Tournament arc that a Raw superstar (or an unattached SmackDown superstar) has to win because Roman is Universal Champion here on SmackDown.
And speaking of Roman, The Bloodline story is once again the best thing of the night. Great promo in the private suite with Roman being passive aggressive towards Jimmy, which then makes Jimmy slightly less passive and slightly more aggressive in his promo at the end there. I loved every second of that reaction from Heyman and Roman. Great brawl that of course The Bloodline stands tall in, but even the Usos handing the belts over was a great bit to add further tension. The Usos better cost Roman & Solo, it’s the only logical move. At this point, it almost feels like Jimmy and Jey are gonna fight each other since one is resisting Roman and the other is still falling in line.
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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