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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/26/23)

The Eve of Champions!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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. 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?


My Thoughts:

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


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 6.13.2024

The ultimate Go Home! We are one day away from Against All Odds and The System goes to the Hardy Compound for a face off!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow night, so we see how this Go Home show is structured to get there. We also get a Hardy Compound segment in TNA for the first time in what…6 years? I’m not fact checking time frames, just been a long damn time.

A few matches to set the table for the TNA+ Event and looks like about 3 Knockouts matches. So fans of women’s wrestling should enjoy this episode.

Ratings:

  • Zachary Wentz w/Trey Miguel vs Mike Santana: Santana wins via Spin the Block – ***
  • Masha Slamovich vs Marti Belle w/Allysin Kay: Marti wins via Roll-Up – **
  • Tasha Steelz vs Dani Luna w/Jody Threat & Lars Fredrickson: Dani wins via Luna Landing – ** 1/2
  • ASH by Elegance w/Personal Concierge vs Jada Stone: ASH wins via Rarefied Air – **
  • The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) vs Nemeth Brothers (Nic & Ryan Nemeth): Nemeths win via Maverick – *** 1/4

 

Results:

Zachary Wentz w/Trey Miguel vs Mike Santana

Santana comes out second and immediately double legs Wentz as soon as he hits the ring, bullies him a little and then starts chasing Trey around so Wentz can recover and land a Moonsault on Santana. Codebreaker into a Running Shooting Star for a near fall from Wentz. Wentz slowly things down with the headlock, even though he’s the quicker guy, so that doesn’t make sense. Santana fires back a little but WEntz counters and starts choking him on the ropes. Referee backs him off so Trey gets involved. Wentz with some attempted control moves, standing switches from both leads to both heading to the ropes, Santana shakes off Wentz and hits the Rolling Buck Fifty! Dive takes out both Rascalz after Wentz powders, bullying in the corner, Wentz tries to pop out but Santana catches him in a fluid pop Death Valley Driver and near fall.

Wentz manages to duck the Spin the Block, counter the next move and connect on his strike combo. Swanton Bomb from Wentz, but only 2! Superkick from Wentz, attempted UFO Cutter, but it turns into trading Push Kicks, Enzuigiris and then a Jumping DDT from Wentz! Wentz feigns injury, Trey tries to interfere but Maclin makes the save. Wentz goes for his Back Handspring Jumping Knee but Santana times the Spin the Block perfectly. Levels Wentz and picks up the win!

Tom has an interview with Mustafa Ali and it just cements his delusional politician thing. Not really a ton beyond Ali is ignoring facts and continuing his schtick.

Masha Slamovich vs Marti Belle w/Allysin Kay

Ahh yelling at each other in Spanish and Russian, so no one understand the other and Masha grabs Marti’s head and pulls her down. They start a little chain wrestling with Arm Wringers and World of Sport counters. Bad Drop Toe Hold because Marti slowed down too much and it made the move look fake as hell. But at least the next few moves from both connect a little harder, Marti distracts the ref and Allysin makes her presence felt.

Running Forearm drops Masha in the corner, Hip attack from Marti gives her a near fall. Masha retreats to the corner, Marti tries to go back to the well but Masha has great counters. Slips through her legs, Up Kick, Yakuza Kick, Waterwheel Kick, all beautiful strikes for a near fall. Marti tries to use the ropes in a dirty Roll-Up but the referee sees it, Allysin jumps up, Masha attacks her and then another Roll-Up from Marti with Allysin assisting from the outside for the win.

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Why is Xia so perfect in this adorable supportive friend character? I really hate enjoying this wrinkle from Xia…god dammit.

PCO saw AJ Francis take the rose from SDL, so he jumps them during their interview with Gia. PCO just wants the rose back, very Young Frankenstein vibes, and I’m not mad at this so far. 

Tasha Steelz vs Dani Luna w/Jody Threat & Lars Fredrickson

Collar and Elbow tie up that goes from corner to corner and Tasha leans into the ropes for the break. Rope run, Tasha Leap Frogs Dani and then connects with a Sole Butt. Tasha tries to go for something in the corner, but Dani just throws her halfway across the ring and connects with a Sliding Lariat Ishii style. Tasha connects on a kick, takes entirely too long showboating and Dani counters into a Falcon Arrow for 2.

Dani misses in the corner, Tasha tries to follow up but eats a forearm and retreats to the apron. Dani tries to Suplex her outside in, but Tasha counters, uses the ropes to her advantage and Dani eats a PK to the face. Near fall gets followed up by a Headbutt from Tasha, then she chokes Dani on the ropes, Dani tries to fight back but another Headbutt drops Dani. Dani tries to fight back again, but eats a Codebreaker from Tasha for yet another near fall. Forward rolling Snapmare into PK but Dani grabs her leg and goes for a flash Roll-Up only for 2. Forearm strike exchange, Tasha gets the best of things with a Knee Lift, tries to hit the ropes but Dani lays in a few Lariats and then…I don’t know. Both go for a Single Leg Dropkick and its just…ugly. Dumb spot and the stutter steps telegraphed a goofball spot.

Dani is the first one back up, a few quick strikes and another Single Leg Dropkick gives Dani the advantage but Tasha blocks the follow up, tries a Cradle, but no dice. Powerbomb from Dani for 2. Luna Landing attempt, but the eye rake into the Rope Assisted Bulldog, but Dani counters, Tasha hits the Shiranui, only for 2. Tasha tries the Rings of Saturn, but Dani gets her foot on the ropes. Tasha with chops and headbutt combos, but Dani hits the Rebound Blue Thunder Bomb for a two! Dani tries to psyche up, Luna Landing gets turned into a Frankensteiner from Tasha, but Dani blocks, then blocks the Okurrr, transitions it into the Luna Landing and Dani wins!

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Frankie makes a Megadeth reference now with Kill the King. So I’m not angry now, or angry again.

The Hardy Compound thing…I have no words for it. It was definitely goofier than the previous TNA ones (which is saying something when Rockstar Spud lost a match to a child), but it was kinda fun. 

ASH by Elegance w/Personal Concierge vs Jada Stone

ASH goes back to the kiss the hand aspect of her persona, then stomps into the enhancement talent. Rosemary lurking in the shadows and just watching the match is odd, but ASH is back to getting her character over. ASH gets cocky, eats a quick Dropkick, ASH powders, complains to the Concierge, but when Jada dives…ASH catches her nicely with the Forearm to the face. Two near falls, and then ASH just unloads in frustration.

Cartwheel Back Elbow from ASH, Jada cuts off the next move, tries to string together some offense but ASH say nope. A little struggle, Jada connects on a kick to the face, Moonsault, but ASH gets the knees up, Lariat into Rarefied Air, and ASH wins!

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The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) vs Nemeth Brothers (Nic & Ryan Nemeth)

Bey starts, its a very respectful double Babyface team style of start. Some counter wrestling, then Bey asks for Nic to tag in, and some playing jawing, but nothing seems to be crossing lines. And no offense is really worth discussing, just basic stuff, playful taunts and giving each other space to tag out. When Ace tags in, he’s a bit more business minded, doesn’t toy with taunts and just rolls under a Lariat, kicks the back of the knees, takes Nic down, throws an Arm Wringer into a Hammerlock and tries to stay on top of Nic. Nic with a desperation spin out into the Release Northern Lights counter. Ace tags out, Bey Double Stomps Nic’s back and keep him isolated. Nic tries to fight back a few times but Bey cuts off the comeback, Nic even just tries to scuttle past Bey, but can’t get to Ryan in time.

Headlock Suplex from Ace after Bey tags him in, to continue the isolation. Coordinated tagging in and out from the ABC, keeps Nic completely isolated. When they comeback from the commercial is probably when Nic will make the comeback and tag out. But those 3 minutes…rough isolation days. Rebound Tandem Overhead Arm Drag, into a Double PK from ABC. Nic is connecting with a few Rabbit Punches, but a Dropkick from Bey stifles the attempt at momentum. Bey tags out to Ace, kick to the ribs into a High Angle Backdrop, and then a Headscissors Chokehold. Nic slowly turns through the Headscissors, gets back to his feet, but gets shoved into the ABC corner. Jumping Snap Kick from Ace, into the jump off teammate Flying Uppercut attack. Bey shoves Nic back into the corner, goes for another attack but crashes and burns, a small struggle to stop Nic, but Nic gets free and Ryan with the hot tag.

Flying Shoulder Tackle into a Rude Awakening for 2 on Bey! Nic tags himself back in, tries a Cutter, blocked, Back Slide, but no, Fame ASSER for 2! Arm Wringer control for the Nemeth side now, tags back in Ryan for some Dosie Doe Wringers into a Double Clothesline. Rope runs, both miss and then Double Lariat stereo tags spot. Ace has early control of the stereo tag, Russian Leg Sweep into Click Click Boom. Ryan tries to run interreference but eats a Leaping Bulldog. Nic tries something and then eats a Triangle Kick from Ace for 2! Nic eats a Double Knee to the face, then the Spike Brainbuster, but Ryan breaks up the pinfall! Jumping DDT on Ace, Cutter from Bey on Ryan and then Nic comes to long enough to hit a Superkick as everyone lays on the mat.

Superkick is blocked by Ace, Roll-Up, no, Face Stomp, near fall and Ace keeps searching for how to win. Tags in Bey, 1-2-Sweet, but Ryan picks Ace’s foot from outside. Ace tries a Plancha on Ryan, but Ryan just slides in the ring to avoid the attack. Ryan lands a Jumping Flatliner and Nic with Danger Zone for the win!

 

Overall Score: 5/10

I mean, for all intents and purposes this show did kind of what it was supposed to. It got across some stories, it set things up for tomorrow,  but the show was paced a little slow. The some spots were clunky, some matches felt necessary but unwanted…and the Hardy Compound thing was…interesting. It really depends on your tolerance for campy and silly. This one was more Scooby Doo than the previous ones, Eddie turned into a legit Werewolf, Reby beheaded Alisha, Myers got laid out by a skeleton and Maxell and Broken Matt allowed Moose to regain the power of 69. If you go in expecting references and fun, this was good. If you go in expecting some kind of twisted mystical puzzlebox…you’re gonna have a bad time.

The main event was a pretty damn good TV main event though. Things are set up a little awkwardly for the PPV, but I guess we’ll have to see how it plays out. Also curious if Tatum Paxley is gonna answer Jordynne’s open challenge or if they go a different route.


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (6/13/24)

Go big or go home!

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Four Corner Survival gets SUPER SIZED!

The Bang Bang Gang may have the unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships, but FOUR trios fight to take one step closer to taking their own shot! Who rises up out of this dirty dozen to be the ones?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Women’s World Television Championship Proving Grounds: Billie Starkz VS Sandra Moone; Billie wins and denies Moone a title match.
  • Shane Taylor & Lee Moriarty VS Nick Comoroto & Jacoby Watts; Shane & Lee win.
  • Red Velvet VS Viva Van; Velvet wins.
  • Trios Four Corner Survival: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Dark Order VS Dalton Castle & The Infantry; Action & Top Flight win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Marina Shafir, Alex Windsor & Diamante VS Abadon, Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Shafir, Windsor & Diamante win.
  • Trish Adora VS Harley Cameron; Harley wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships Proving Grounds: The Kingdom VS Bad Dude Tito & Che Cabrera; The Kingdom wins and denies Tito & Che a title match.

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ROH Women’s World Television Championship Proving Grounds: Billie Starkz VS Sandra Moone!

Athena’s Minion is still stacking up wins while stacking up bodies, but now she runs into the Subspace Sweetheart, who was also part of that Women’s World TV title tournament. Will Moone find a way to eclipse the Star(kz)? Or will Billie make her Overlord proud by going 11-0?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally. The two approach, Billie dodges the haymaker to BOOT Moone! Billie grins, whips Moone to a corner, then runs in. Moone dodges, says eat her space dust, and she CROSSBODIES in the corner! Moone goes to the apron, runs Billie side to side to bum her off buckles, then hurries back in. Moone winds up, but Billie gets under the lariat. Billie waistlocks, Moone pries the hold, but Billie pulls hair! The ref reprimands, but Billie cravats to KNEE SMASH! Moone falls over, the fans cheer, and Billie reels Moone in. Billie snap suplexes Moone, covers, TWO!

Billie watches Moone go to a corner, then fires off forearm after forearm! The ref counts, Billie snapmares Moone, then KICKS her in the back! Moone writhes, the fans fire up, and Billie says the kick was good. Billie stalks Moone, kicks her around, taunts her, and brings her up. Moone ROCKS Billie, Billie DECKS Moone! Billie puts Moone in a corner, whips corner to corner, and Moone hits buckles hard! Billie stomps away on Moone, then gets in the ref’s face as he counts at her. Billie storms back after Moone, whips corner to corner, but Moone stops herself! Moone ELBOWS Billie down, then hurries up on her.

Billie trips Moone, rains down furious forearms, but the ref reprimands Billie on how she’s holding Moone down by her neck! Billie tells the ref not to tell her what to do! The fans fire up and Billie snarls as she goes back to Moone. Billie clamps onto Moone for the motorcycle stretch! Moone endures, fights up, arm-drags free, and then blocks a lariat to ELBOW! And ROLLING ELBOW! Moone wrenches, CLUBS away on Billie, and then steps over. Moone says finger licking good, and she MULE KICKS Billie right down! Billie bails out, fans fire up as Moone builds speed, and she DIVES! Not the cleanest but Billie still falls!

Moone puts Billie in, covers, TWO! Moone grows frustrated and pounds the mat. The fans rally behind her, Moone runs corner to corner at Billie, but Billie puts up her boots. Moone blocks, but gets the REBOUND ENZIGIRI! Moone is down, Billie goes up, but Moone rises! SHORYUKEN! Moone climbs up, brings Billie up, but Billie fights with body shots! Billie then SMACKS Moone off the top buckle, reels her in, and gives her a SUPER GOURD BUSTER! Moone is down, Billie grins and adjusts. But then she hops down just to deny the fans their fun! The fans boo but Billie clamps onto Moone with the HALF NELSON CHINBAR! Moone taps, Billie wins!

Winner: Billie Starkz, by submission (denies Sandra Moone a title opportunity)

Moone put up a fight but Starkz still shines as she checks another one off the list. But will Billie be in for a fight when ROH goes to Arlington, Texas for Death Before Dishonor?

 

Shane Taylor & Lee Moriarty VS Nick Comoroto & Jacoby Watts!

Shane Taylor Promotions plans to tear through anyone and everyone in their way to the top of both ROH and AEW. Will they do just that here tonight? Or will HE, Jacoby, finally lead the Wrecking Ball to a victory?

Comoroto starts for his team, as he has before, and offers a handshake for the Code of Honor. Lee Moriarty starts and just gets in Comoroto’s face. Comoroto does his best to smile and shrug that off, and the two circle. They feel things out, but Lee KICKS a leg. Comoroto shrugs that off, too, and the two circle more. Fans chant “S, T, P! S, T, P!” Lee KICKS, applauds, and dares Comoroto to take a swing. Comoroto does, Lee avoids it, but then Comoroto blocks a kick! So Lee KNEES free! Lee fires up, runs, and forearms Comoroto, but Comoroto HEADBUTTS Lee down! Comoroto applauds and the fans join in.

Comoroto trophy lifts Lee, does some quick pumps, then SLAMS Lee down! Tag to Jacoby and this is the first time we’ve seen him do anything in weeks! Jacoby FLAPJACKS Lee off the apron, but then asks for a microphone? Jacoby says, “My friends, my followers, my faithful flock right here in Las Vegas, Nevada, praise be to HE! And HE is ME.” The fans boo instead. Jacoby goes back to Lee, puts him in, and tags Comoroto. Wow, that was all? Comoroto wrenches Lee, Lee kicks free, and he tags in Shane! The fans fire up for Big Bad Shaney T. Boy, and he steps to Comoroto. Shane SLAPS Comoroto!

Fans chant “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” as Shane eggs Comoroto on. Comoroto shoves Shane, Shane shoves back, and they RAM shoulders! Shane nods, runs, and RAMS Comoroto! “MEAT!” Comoroto RAMS back! “MEAT!” Shane JABS, eggs Comoroto on, so Comoroto runs in! Shane throws Comoroto out! Jacoby encourages Comoroto, and the fans fire up, too! Comoroto skins the cat! But then Shane is there, to bob ‘n’ weave and HEADBUTT! And URENAGE! And SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Comoroto is still in this but Shane tags Lee. Lee runs to BOOT Jacoby, but that upsets Comrooto! Comoroto CLOBBERS Lee, BLASTS Shane, then scoops Lee!

Comoroto spins and SLAMS Lee, runs up and JUMP ELBOW DROPS! The fans fire up with Comoroto, and he says “Save us, Jacoby~!” Comoroto runs in at the corner to SPLASH, then Jacoby tags in! POWERSLAM, Jacoby takes the pin, TWO!! Lee survives because Jacoby took too long, and now Jacoby tags Comoroto back in. Lee runs up to SHOTGUN Jacoby! Comoroto is mad again, and he scoops Lee. Lee slips free, tags Shane, and then baits Comoroto in! BUCKLE SHOT! Shane waits on Comoroto to get up, and then KNOCKOUT PUNCH! Cover, STP wins!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

Lee takes Jacoby’s cowboy hat to do a dance, then throws it away. Will ROH soon belong to STP from top to bottom?

 

Johnny TV & Taya Valkyrie speak.

La Wera Loca says over the course of the last year and a half, yes, she has had wins and losses, faced some of the best women in the world, and has nothing but respect for each and every one. But one is just… getting under her skin! Queen Aminata~! Queen? So she gave herself a crown? You can’t do that! Aminata’s not a real queen! Taya earned the iconic title of Reina De Reinas (Queen of Queens), earned the nickname “Ratings Queen,” and earned the nickname, “The Main Character.” Aminata is a fraud! And quite annoying. So it doesn’t matter that Aminata beat Taya in the tournament, this is a warning.

Taya will wipe that smug smile off Aminata’s face, and kick that ass off her throne! Watch your back. Johnny says nice one. Mr. & Mrs. TV are ready, but will Aminata just have to beat Taya again?

 

Trios Four Corner Survival: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Dark Order VS Dalton Castle & The Infantry!

Well, they’re in Las Vegas, so ROH sees last week’s Trios Triple Threat and raises it another trio! It’s a Dirty Dozen in Sin City, but who will hit the jackpot on these 25% odds?

The Peacock argues with the Murderhawk Monster, but then steps down as the teams sort out. In this kind of Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at one time, and it is The Sight to See that starts against Alex Reynolds. The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Alex trips Action at the bell! Things speed up, Action hurdles but Alex leaps over! Things keep moving, Action bypasses, and he handsprings through Alex’s hip toss! Action snapmares Alex, then slides, but Alex ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Action up! ONE, and Action arm-drags Alex! Then JAPANESE ARM-DRAGS, then DROPKICKS! The fans cheer, and Action wrenches Alex’s arm.

Action brings Alex over, tags in Darius, and Darius takes the handoff to wrench. Darius whips, Alex reverses, but Darius turns arm-drag into backslide, ONE! Alex runs up, into the arm-drag! Darius has the armlock, then he wrenches. Tag to Dante, he CLUBS an arm and snapmares Alex down, for Darius to basement dropkick the arm! The fans cheer, Dante covers, ONE! Dante keeps on the arm, tags Action, and Action takes the handoff to snapmare, then ghost pin! TWO, but Action whips. Alex reverses, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Alex ELBOWS Action down! The fans cheer, and Alex bumps Action off buckles to tag Silver.

Silver tags Uno, the fans cheer and Dark Order whips Uno in to SPLASH Action! Uno then feeds Action to a double hip toss, cradle and DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! Alex & Uno get Action up, then Silver hops on! The Dark Order flexes while holding Action down, and then Silver & Reynolds step away for Uno to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Uno keeps on Action, ROCKS him with a right, then whips him to ropes. Action rolls off Uno’s back but Carlie Bravo tags in off him! Action bails out, Bravo runs in, then dodges Uno to JAB! JAB! JAB! Uno shoves, Bravo ducks and gets around, to JAB, JAB, JAB!

Uno shoves again, Bravo gets around again, full nelson and spin, but Uno shouts “STOP~!” Then he ROCKS Bravo with a right! The fans fire up, Uno whips, but Bravo jukes and dodges, mule kick to the leg! Tag to Captain Shawn Dean and he STEP-IN KNEE STRIKES Uno down! Reynolds runs up, The Infantry dodges and Castle is in, to get around and SLAM him! The fans fire up as The Infantry and Castle pose together. But then Archer & The Righteous attack! The ref reprimands but they knock down The Infantry as well as Castle, and even the rest of The Dark Order! Vincent feeds Uno to Dutch for the SCRAPBUSTER!

Top Flight storms in but Archer BOOTS Darius, SLAMS Dante, then sends Darius to the SCRAPBUSTER! Action runs up but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Archer hauls Bravo up into a dragon sleeper but Dean CLUBS him! Archer just frowns, and then he grabs Dean by the neck! CHOKE SLAM DDT COMBO! The fans fire up, and Vinnie snaps his fingers. SLIDING FLATLINER on Uno! Vinnie tags himself in off Uno, then runs up on Dean. Dean fires body shots and forearms, then whips. Vinnie reverses, both men run, and Vinnie CLOBBERS Dean! Vinnie drags Dean up and over, bumps him off buckles and fires body shots!

Tag to Dutch and Dutch UPPERCUTS Dean! Castle protests but Archer smothers Dean! Dutch smiles and snaps his suspenders, before running in, into a BOOT! Dean ELBOWS Vinnie, ELBOWS Archer, dodges Dutch, hot tag to Castle! The fans fire up for The Peacock as he blocks a shot and BACK ELBOWS Dutch! Castle catches Alex to EXPLODER! Castle BLASTS Archer off the apron, catches Dante, and hits an EXPLODER! Darius runs up, into an EXPLODER! Silver runs up, into an EXPLODER! Action runs in, EXPLODER! Vegas is fired up for Castle, Dutch runs up, but into a waistlock. Dutch elbows free, Castle falls back to the corner.

Dutch runs in, Castle dodges, and The Infantry DOUBLE GAMANGIRI! Dutch staggers, Castle BODY SHOTS! Bravo runs up to SCISSOR KICK! Dean is up top, DIVING SPLASH! Castle runs up, builds up power, and then SPLASHES down! Triple cover, but Dante and Alex break it! Dante hurries to his corner, tags in off Dutch, but Alex does the same with Castle. Alex and Dante shove each other, then throw forearms! Darius and Uno get in but they each get a forearm! Then Dante and Alex throw hands again! Silver and Action try, but Dante and Alex DECK them! The brawl is back on, Archer and Dutch get in!

Alex and Dante each hit Archer and Dutch, but they’re much bigger than the others! Archer choke grips Alex, Dutch choke grips Dante! But Uno & Action DOUBLE SUPERKICK Dutch! They DUMP Archer out, but Archer grabs Uno! Action SUPERKICKS Archer down! The Righteous regroups outside, some of the others head that way, and Alex swings on Action. Action dodges, SOBATS, then reels Alex in. Action suplexes, Alex slips free, and Alex waistlocks. Action drops down, slips under, mule kicks then front kicks! Alex ducks the roundhouse but not the ENZIGIRI! But then Silver SUPERKICKS Action!

Silver torture racks and spins, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Dean gets Silver for a full nelson, then ROLLING ELBOW! Darius runs up, blocks a kick and hits a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Castle returns to short arm LARIAT, KNEE and DDT! Darius bails out, Vinnie gets in, SIDE EFFECT! Bravo gets Vinnie in a wrench and clinch, SIDEWINDER! Uno runs up, blocks a boot, and he hands that to the ref so he can NECKBREAKER! The fans are thunderous, Dante gets in, and he hurdles Uno! Uno ends up outside, The Righteous mugs him! Dante WRECKS them all with a dropkick! Dante keeps moving, but Reynolds sends him to a corner!

Silver & Reynolds coordinate, they’re starting up that WOMBO COMBO!! Bridging cover, but Darius COMPLETE SHOTS Alex! Action breaks the pin, then he and Darius get Alex up! DOUBLE URENAGE! Darius covers, TOP FLIGHT WINS!

Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

It was fast ‘n’ furious between all four teams, and the fastest team won out! Will Action, Darius & Dante make good on some golden tickets to Arlington?

 

Six Woman Tag: Marina Shafir, Alex Windsor & Diamante VS Abadon, Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

The Problem is already hard to solve, and now she’s got British Titanium and the Cuban Diamond by her side! Will this trio be unbreakable? Or will they have some trouble with the LEGIT trio standing against them?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though barely, and the trios sort out. Leyla starts against Marina and the fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and Leyla waistlocks to drag Marina down. Marina fights up, Leyla has a leg, but Marina’s sturdy, so Leyla lets off. They reset, knuckle lock, and Marina slips around to trip Leyla. Marina ties the legs up, floats to a headlock, but Leyla slips out the back to a waistlock. They go around, Leyla is a backpack as Marina stands up. Marina leans forward to dump Leyla off, but Leyla holds on to drag Marina down into body scissors! Marina fights free and the fans cheer the technical exchange.

The two reset and go again. Marina trips Leyla to a cover, ONE! Leyla goes to sweep but Marina jumps over! Marina pats little Leyla on the head, but that pisses Leyla off! Leyla trips Marina, rains down forearms, then she gets around to facelock. Leyla brings Marina over, Abadon tags in, and the fans fire up as the two double whip. Drop toehold then SENTON! Abadon hurries to cover, TWO! Abadon keeps Marina from her team and rains down fists! Marina gets free, goes for a leg but Abadon slips away. Abadon goes for an arm, wrenches and wristlocks, but Marina rolls. Abadon wrangles her, Marina fights up and rolls to her feet.

Abadon wrangles Marina again, using power to get the better of the technician. And then Abadon BITES Marina’s arm! The ref reprimands and Marina breaks free! Thankfully Marina’s gear has sleeves. Abadon backs off and Frost tags in. Marina tags Diamante, and these two run up. Frost wheelbarrows to arm-drag, then dodges Diamante to handspring and RANA! Diamante ends up in the corner,. Frost tags Abadon then CHOPS Diamante. Abadon throws hands, brings Diamante around, and ROCKS her with forearm after forearm! Diamante kicks low but Abadon HELL STABS! Abadon whips, Diamante reverses, and Marina gets a cheap shot in!

Abadon shrieks at Marina, but Diamante CLUBS Abadon down! Diamante stomps a mudhole into Abadon, lets off as the ref counts, and then tags Windsor. Windsor fires off hands on Abadon, then brings her around to bump Abadon off buckles. Windsor whips corner to corner, runs up, but into a BOOT! Windsor just huffs ‘n’ puffs and comes back! Windsor blocks boots, puts Abadon in ropes, and DRAPING NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Windsor CLUBS Abadon again and again, then drags her up. Tag to Marina, then snapmare for Abadon. Marina uses Windsor as a weapon, scoop SLAM on the legs!

Abadon writhes, Windsor throws down hands and Marina sucker punches Leyla! The ref keeps Leyla back, letting Windsor and Diamante stomp Abadon! Then Windsor uses Diamante as a weapon, HIP TOSS SENTON! Diamante hurries away before the ref sees, and Windsor tags Marina. Marina tags Diamante, they drag Abadon, and then Marina uses Diamante as a weapon, scoop SLAM on Abadon’s chest! Diamante eggs Leyla & Frost on, but Abadon sits up like a certain Deadman! Abadon checks her neck, dodges Diamante, then tags Frost! Frost fires up as she rallies on Daimante! ELBOW, then a tilt-o-whirl into the sunset flip! ONE, but Frost BUZZSAWS!

The fans fire up with Frost and she runs to the corner. GAMANGIRI! Diamante sits down, Frost goes corner to corner, handspring CANNONBALL! The fans fire up again and Frost covers, TWO! Diamante stays in this but Frost stays on her with a wrench. Tag to Leyla and Frost snapmares Diamante. Diamante ducks the buzzsaw, but not the HEEL KICK! Leyla then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Windsor & Marina break it! Frost ROUNDHOUSES Marina! Frost goes out but Marina SWEEPS the legs! Windsor tags in, Leyla DECKS Marina, but then sees Windsor waiting! Leyla takes a swing, but into the RIGHT ANGLE SLAM!

Windsor hurries to cover, but Abadon breaks it! Diamante SPEARS Abadon! Windsor hauls Leyla up, but Leyla wrenches to SAIDO! Leyla puts Windsor in the drop zone, then goes up, but Diamante distracts the ref so Marina can YANK Leyla down! SHINING WINDSOR! And then the fisherman and a twist, LIBERTINE DRIVER! Cover, Windsor’s team wins!

Winners: Marina Shafir, Alex Windsor & Diamante, by pinfall

Powerful teamwork from this trio, and we know Windsor gets a big match tomorrow night on AEW Rampage against Toni Storm. Will Iron Will Windsor steal the spotlight from the Leading Lady this close to Forbidden Door? Will all three of these women be primed for title opportunities as we head for Death Before Dishonor and beyond?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships Proving Grounds: The Kingdom VS Bad Dude Tito & Che Cabrera!

Matt Taven & Mike Bennett are the only ones in the Undisputed Kingdom still holding gold, and they’ve gotta put in the work to prove they’re still worthy. Will they make sure ROH stays their kingdom? Or will the #WolfZaddies be howling to the moon as they take a bite out of the champs?

The teams sort out, Mike starts against Tito and the Code of Honor is kept. The bell rings, we’re on the clock, and Tito is all fired up. They tie up, Mike headlocks, but Tito squeezes tight before he powers out. Mike RAMS Tito, Tito asks if that’s all he’s got. Mike ROCKS Tito and headlocks him! Tito powers up to lift Mike, then powers out of the headlock. They RAM shoulders again, and Mike says okay. Try this! CHOP! Tito CHOPS back! They CHOP and CHOP and CHOP, and the fans “WOO~!” with each one! Tito CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, then he CHOPS Mike down! The fans fire up, Tito runs, but Mike dropkicks the leg out!

Tag to Taven, he runs to CLOBBER Tito! Taven tells Vegas to shut up, then he CHOPS Tito to a corner. Taven whips, Tito reverses, and he catches Taven as he goes up! Taven fights free, but Tito dodges to CHOP! Tag to Che, and the Zaddies double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! That had some sauce on it! Che covers, TWO! Che keeps cool, brings Taven up, but Taven puts Che in the corner. Taven CHOPS, but Che doesn’t flinch. Taven apologizes, but he kicks low. Taven whips, Che goes up and over, and he keeps moving to then FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Cover, TWO! Taven crawls to ropes, Che storms up, and Che brings Taven up.

Che whips, Taven holds ropes to stop himself, but Che runs in. Mike tags in before Taven DUMPS Che out, then Mike swings on Che! Che gets under, Mike comes back, but into a FLAPJACK to the floor! But Taven WRECKS Che with a dropkick! The fans cheer and Taven helps Mike into the ring. Taven tags back in, and he puts Che in the ring. Che goes to the corner, Taven runs in, but Che dodges the splash! Che grabs at Taven, Taven holds ropes, and the ref counts. Che lets off but Taven sucker punches him! Tag to Bennett, the Kingdom double whips Che to ropes. Taven hurdles, Mike ROCKS Che, then Taven hits the KICK OF THE KING! Mike covers, TWO!

The fans fire up while Mike grows frustrated. Mike drags Che up, puts him in a corner, then CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS! Repeat! Mike then mule kicks Che, snapmares, and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Che stays in this but Mike drags him back up. Tag to Taven, The Kingdom double whips to a corner. Che bounces off buckles, Taven whips again but Che reverses hard! Taven hits buckles and falls, and the fans rally up! Che and Taven crawl, but Mike tags in first! Mike gets Che up, Che hops and LARIATS Mike down! Che crawls, the fans fire up, hot tag to Tito! The Bad Dude dodges Mike to UPPERCUT Taven in the corner!

Tito fires off forearms and CHOPS on Taven, but Mike runs up! Tito ROCKS Mike! Taven swings, Tito wrenches to a SPINEBUSTER! Mike swings, but into a BLUE THUNDER onto Taven! Tito covers Mike, TWO!! Mike survives but Tito hauls him back up. Fireman’s carry, but Mike fires elbows! Tito ELBOWS Mike back, then wrenches to a SKY HIGH! Cover, Taven breaks it! Che gets in and he TOSSES Taven out! Tito brings the straps down, Che goes up! Electric Chair Lift, but Taven SHOVES Che to the apron!! Mike slips free, fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER, and JUST THE TIP of the knee!

Taven goes up, Mike reels Tito in, HAIL MARY PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall (denies the Wolf Zaddies a title opportunity)

Taven says this belt is his girl, he makes love to it every night! No one takes Taven’s girl from him! Mike says it doesn’t matter who you put against them, The Kingdom IS the best tag team in the world! But will there come a time when a tag team does come along and takes these titles away from them? Or will these titles always be undisputed?


My Thoughts:

A very good ROH here with it clocking in at an hour and 11 minutes. Surprisingly little on the promo side, with just Taya calling out Aminata for a match. Taya will definitely lose to build Aminata up towards her title match with Athena, which probably happens at Death Before Dishonor. Billie and Velvet each have momentum going into their inevitable TV title match, and it was great to see Moone back after her tournament appearance. And good Six Woman Tag, real good teamwork from the Heels in getting the win. Also, didn’t realize until double checking on Windsor’s finisher name, she is Will Ospreay’s wife, the “missus” he refers to so often.

Good tag match from Shane Taylor Promotions VS Comoroto & Watts, and of course STP won out. The whole story of Comoroto & Watts is their dysfunction because Watts puts himself above everything. But I do like that Watts is getting more and more involved as the weeks go by, so maybe at some point, Watts actually does do something meaningful in a match. Maybe. I’m a bit surprised Adora lost to Harley but I suppose Harley’s been losing plenty on AEW, she has to get something at some point.

Great stuff in the Trios Fatal 4. Castle joining up with The Infantry was certainly fun, but I was a little surprised Action & Top Flight won. This does help them keep pace with Shane Taylor Promotions as that rivalry gets going via AEW, but I thought Dark Order was gonna be the ones to get going again. Well, there’s still time before Death Before Dishonor, so they can hold many other matches to determine #1 contenders. And while The Wolf Zaddies got a good showing against The Kingdom, of course The Kingdom won the Proving Grounds match. The story, slow moving as it is, will of course be Menard & Parker getting their shot, probably at Death Before Dishonor, and there’s still a good chance The Kingdom retains. Depends on if TK cares about The Undisputed Kingdom’s story where Adam Cole wants Wardlow to protect all their titles. Feels like that moment passed, to be honest.

My Score: 8.6/10


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