San Juan, are you ready?
Just 24 hours before Backlash, SmackDown is in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Bad Bunny returns home, will he have a run in with The Judgment Day before his Street Fight with Damian Priest?
- The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS The Viking Raiders w/ “Valhalla” Sarah Logan; The Good Brothers win.
- The Street Profits VS Imperium; The Profits win.
- Shinsuke Nakamura VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Nakamura wins.
- Mixed Tag: Rey Mysterio & Zelina Vega VS Dominik Mysterio & Rhea Ripley w/ Finn Balor; Rey & Vega win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Rey Mysterio & The Latino World Order are here!
San Juan is all fired up for the King of Lucha Libre as he leads the way for Santos Escobar, Zelina Vega, Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde. It’s already been a big day for them as we had the WWE Backlash Press Conference this afternoon, but now it’s a party! Rey asks everyone how they’re doing, and says for him and the LWO, they are happy to be bringing such a big event to Latin America. But also, tomorrow, Bad Bunny is going to beat down Damian Priest! And Zelina Vega is going to be the future SmackDown Women’s Champion! Fans cheer for Zelina and she is a bit emotional for this homecoming.
But then the JUDGMENT DAY shows up to ruin everything! Rhea Ripley, Finn Balor & Dominik Mysterio walk to the ring, wearing Damian Priest’s new shirt to rep for the Punisher. Dominik even snatches an LWO shirt from a fan to RIP IT UP! Fans boo as Dom throws the shirt down and steps on it! The Judgment Day then steps into the ring with the LWO, and Dom has the mic. Fans boo even harder, and they tell Dom off. Dom starts to talk, and the fans get even louder! Dom does his best to talk, but the booing just keeps going. Dom tells Rey off by saying he’ll always be the same “deadbeat dad” he’s always been.
As for Mami Rhea- Rey cuts Dom off there, because he just talks and talks and talks, but no balls to back it up! Maybe he needs Mami to change him. And Rey says tonight, they have their WrestleMania rematch! Fans chant “SI! SI! SI! SI!” Rey puts it in English to make it official, but Rhea steps between Dom and Rey. Rhea has a better idea. How about Rey fights her? Fans are surprised but then Vega steps up to Rhea! Dom says maybe Rey fights them both, 2v2. Rey says maybe challenge accepted! Tonight, a Mixed Tag Match of Dommy & Mami VS Rey & Vega! But then Dom SLAPS Rey before he runs away!
Fans boo but Dom and the Judgment Day laugh all the way to the back. Will Rey give Dom that one tenfold tonight?
The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS The Viking Raiders w/ “Valhalla” Sarah Logan!
The OC handled business last week as they made their return to SmackDown, but that didn’t sit well with Erik & Ivar. Will Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson handle business all over again? Or will Ragnarök come to Puerto Rico?
SmackDown returns and the Viking Raiders make their entrance. AJ Styles joins commentary and he says he’s glad to be back in the House that AJ Styles Built. The teams sort out, Erik starts with Machine Gun Karl, but Erik puts him in a corner. Tag to Ivar and the Vikings mug Karl! The ref counts, the Vikings let off, and then Erik tags back in. Erik brings Karl up to ROCK him to a corner, then he throws body shots. Erik swings but Karl blocks to fire back! Fans fire up but Erik whips him into the corner. Karl dodges to CHOP, ROCK and CHOP! Erik shoves Karl away, things speed up and Karl dropkicks the legs out!
Erik hobbles and fans fire up for Karl. Erik gets away to his corner, though, and tags Ivar. Gallows tags in and the big men step up. Ivar kicks low, throws hands, and he rams Gallows into a corner. Ivar fires off back elbow after back elbow! Ivar then whips corner to corner hard and Gallows sputters. Fans boo but Ivar runs in, into a BOOT! Gallows has Ivar in the corner, runs in and ELBOWS! Gallows fires off heavy hands, UPPERCUTS then tags Karl. The Good Brothers set Ivar up, BOOT LEG SWEEP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Styles lets us know, that’s the “Brother Me Softly.” Karl puts Ivar in a corner and uppercuts!
Karl throws hands, then climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count all the way to seis but Ivar shoves Karl away to kick low. Ivar whips Karl to a corner, runs in but Karl BOOTS him! Karl goes up but Sarah distracts! Ivar SHOVES Karl to the floor! Fans boo but then Michin shouts at Valhalla. The two lethal ladies stare down and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and fans rally as Erik has Karl in a chinlock. Karl fights up to his feet and throws body shots. Erik whips Karl to the corner but Karl uses that to BLAST Ivar! Karl then dodges Erik to hot tag Gallows! Big Doc LG rallies on the Vikings! He CLOBBERS Erik, UPPERCUTS, and then runs in to back body block! Gallows keeps moving, and he SHOULDER TACKLES Erik down! Fans are fired up as Gallows grabs Erik with both hands! But Erik breaks free, ROCKS Gallows, and tags Ivar! Ivar runs in, but into hands! GALLOWS POLE! Cover, TWO!! Ivar gets to ropes, ELBOWS Gallows and tags Erik!
Erik runs but into haymakers! He throws them back, fans rally, Erik ROCKS Gallows but Gallows kicks, but into the POWERBOMB! Styles is worried as Ivar tags back in! Ivar goes up the corner, Gallows is in the drop zone, for the WAR BEARD SPLASH! Cover, Karl breaks it! Karl dodges Erik and ROCKET KICKS him in the corner! Ivar SEATED SETNONS Karl! Gallows UPPERCUTS Ivar! gallows runs but Sarah swipes at him! Ivar CLUBS Gallows, reels him in, but Mia SHOTGUNS Sarah! Fans fire up and Ivar is distracted. Gallows wrenches out to YAKUZA KICK! Tag to Karl, and Karl UPPERCUTS Erik down!
The Good Brothers bring Ivar up, MAGIC KILLER! Cover, The Good Brothers win!
Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall
Styles celebrates with his guys, and The OC is rolling as they roll into the SmackDown roster! The Viking Raiders now sail away with a loss, will they be able to rebuild the raid on Raw?
BREAKING NEWS on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
There will be a tournament! On Monday Night Raw, and even next week on SmackDown, there will be two Triple Threats as the opening round. The winners of each Triple Threat then face each other the same night. The winners of those matches will be the finalists, and then those superstars face off at Night of Champions to crown the champion! Who will make the cut? And who will make it to the gold?
Bianca Belair is here!
The RawEST Women’s Champion is going to be on SmackDown starting next week, but she’s going to be defending her title tomorrow night at Backlash. She’s so close to being the longEST reigning women’s champion, what will she say this close to the PPV? We find out after the break.
SmackDown returns and Bianca has the mic. And she says we all saw the love from the fans on the UK tour, and those crowds were amazing. Bianca can’t wait to go back, but she’s also so hype to be drafted back to SmackDown and here in Puerto Rico! Bianca says we know the blue brand holds as special place in her heart, because she made history when she won the SmackDown Women’s Championship. But tonight is the eve of her title defense against Iyo Sky. Iyo Sky is one of a kind, dangerous, unpredictable, but… Bianca’s faced the best of the best. Bianca’s flown all around the world defending her title.
So Bianca has proven that no matter where she goes or what show she’s on, she will always show up and show out! Fans chant for the EST, and Bianca says with a win tomorrow, she will tie the record for the longEST title reign. That means after Backlash, and the clock strikes midnight, the EST will be the longest reigning women’s champion of the modern era! Fans love the sound of that! So every time she steps in this ring, Bianca will- be interrupted by Damage CTRL… Bayley says, “DING DONG~! Hello, SmackDown. Uh, Bianca, don’t tell me that you’re out here talking about how this show holds such a special place in your heart, and you’re not even gonna tell these idiots why.”
But it’s because Bayley MADE Bianca on this show! Boo all you want but it’s true. Bayley isn’t surprised Bianca is bragging about how many days she’s been champion. Same ol’ conceded Bianca. But what Bianca should be talking about is Iyo Sky and how she’s going to end that reign tomorrow night! Iyo will put an end to the party! And when that happens, that big ol’ head of Bianca can get out of THEIR ring when Iyo is the NEW Women’s Champion, and then Bayley & Kai become the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions, so that SmackDown “and that idiot Michael Cole” will belong to DMG CTRL!
And then DMG CTRL flanks Bianca in the ring! Bianca DECKS Bayley, DECKS Kai, but Sky is there! The two stand off and fans fire up. But then DMG CTRL shoves Bianca into Sky! Bianca gets up to DECK Kai, torture rack Bayley, but Sky springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Bianca! DMG CTRL then stomp away on Bianca! But here come those WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Liv & Raquel! They slide in, and CLOBBER Bayley & Kai! And then CLOBBER Sky! DMG CTRL is in retreat as the champions stand tall! Will Bianca refuse to lose so close to a historic goal? Or will the Evil Genius of the Sky fly away with the gold?
Karrion Kross speaks.
“When someone has every single thing they need, everything is all in the right places, they are so sure of who they think they really are. Right up until the point that when you take away one little thing, all of the formalities, the little charade the put on for everybody, that begins to crumble real fast. Tonight, I plant another seed to be reaped. Mr. Nakamura, how much is your honor really worth to you? Tick-tock.” The King of Strong Style is on Kross’ clock, will he be able to survive doomsday?
Solo Sikoa is taping up his thumb.
The Usos come in and are all fired up. They know why they’re here: to handle business! Big Six Man Tag at Backlash! Jimmy says he’s with it! Is Solo with it? Is Jey with it? Jey is so with it! Then let’s go! Jey looks at Solo, but Solo doesn’t look back. Jey says Jimmy asked him a question. Solo says he heard. Solo finishes taping up, and says tomorrow, he does his part. All he knows is, they better do theirs. Solo heads out and Jimmy gets on Jey for saying something. Are the brothers being torn apart by the pressure Roman is putting on them?
The Street Profits VS Imperium!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins bring the red Solo cups to San Juan for that Cinco de Mayo fiesta! But will they be celebrating as they send Imperium off to Raw? Or will this swan song be a victorious one for Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser?
SmackDown returns and Imperium make their entrance. Ludwig starts against Ford, but then Ludwig sneaks a tag to Vinci before he attacks Ford! Vinci CLOBBERS Dawkins, goes out after him and Ludwig headlocks Ford. Ford powers out, Ludwig reverses, then ELBOWS, UPPERCUTS, and ENZIGURIS! Ford falls over, the ref reprimands because Ludwig tagged out. Ludwig says okay, and he sends Ford out, so that Vinci can go up and up and SUPER CROSSBODY the Profits! Imperium puts Ford in, Vinci ROLLING SENTONS, and then goes up the corner to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Vinci keeps on Ford, he tags Ludwig, and Ludwig drags Ford up. Ludwig UPPERCUTS, has Ford on ropes then KICKS the ropes. Ludwig whips Ford to a corner, runs in, but he blocks a boot! “NEIN!” GAMANGIRI! And then another UPPERCUT! And a HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Ludwig has Ford on ropes again, brings him around, but Ford fires body shots! Ford CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ludwig kicks low! CLUB and haymaker, but Ford ducks to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl, hot tags to Dawkins and Vinci! Dawkins rallies on Vinci and fans fire up!
Dawkins whips, Vinci reveres but Dawkins hurdles and SPINNING ELBOWS! Ludwig gets up but Dawkins DECKS him! Dawkins runs at Vinci, CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI! Tag to Ford, ANOINTING and FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
And the party continues! SmackDown has the Profits and the Profits are up, will they get that smoke?
Cody Rhodes is here!
San Juan fires up for the American Nightmare and sing along with his song. Cody gets multiple rounds of pyro as he makes his way down the ring, then he gets the mic. Cody says, “So, San Juan, Puerto Rico… De qué quieres hablar?” Fans cheer Cody’s Spanish, and he says The Beast, the Next Big Thing, the most decorated sports combat athlete, “cowboy,” and coward. There are many nicknames you can attach to his upcoming opponent, Brrrock, Lesnar… But when Cody thinks about Lesnar, a different name comes to mind: Gatekeeper.
Cody’s old coach, “Double A” Arn Anderson, would say that you know you’ve made it as a top guy in this industry, when you were a star today, tomorrow and yesterday, you would’ve reached “The Kingdom.” And Lesnar is the one standing in the way, looming in front of that gate to The Kingdom. Newsflash: if you work for the WWE, you never have to fight against Brock Lesnar. You never have to compete against Brock Lensar. You can go on the road, you can call yourself a WWE Superstar, make a good living, and never have to fight Brock Lesnar.
But Brock Lesnar picked a fight with Cody. And he has yet to explain why. Maybe tomorrow when Cody beats it out of him, we’ll hear why! Fans cheer that! Cody says he saw the same beautiful video package the fans all did, and in it, Cody admitted he was afraid of Lesnar. And it is still true here and now. Everyone should be afraid of Lesnar. But the difference is, at Backlash, Cody has no time to be afraid of Lesnar! Because tomorrow, Cody brings the pain to Lesnar! Tomorrow, it’s a fair fight, Brock Lesnar! Tomorrow, Cody leaves the lovely island with it etched it into his heart because this is where he got back on the road to finish his story of claiming HIS kingdom, and all by defeating BROCK LESNAR!!
Fans are as fired up as Cody is now! Will Suplex City be torn down as Cody heads for his happily ever after?
Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.
Kayla Braxton is with the King of Strong Style at gorilla position and says we are moments away from his match with Karrion Kross. After Kross’ attacks on Nakamura, what are his thoughts? Nakamura says he has one thing to say to Kross: “C’MON!!” The King is ready, will he use all his experience and ability to thwart the apocalypse?
Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Matt Riddle are backstage.
The Original Bro says there is more drama within the Bloodline than on that show, Succession. And Riddle is stoked for the Six Man tomorrow, and while he has a lot on his mind, they have the Bloodline right where they want ’em. Sami & Kevin beat them at WrestleMania, took the tag titles, and then proved it wasn’t a fluke by beating them again last week. Riddle beat Jimmy, they’ve all had each other’s back, and there’s one thing left to do: beat them all at once at Backlash! And when Roman Reigns finally comes back, there won’t even be a Bloodline to come back to.
Riddle then asks Sami & Kevin if he’s talking too much, and if they have anything they’d like to add. What’s good? No, no, bro, everything you just said is great. There’s just nothing left to say. It’s time. Yeah, it’s time. Riddle nods, Sami & Kevin head out, and these three are on the same page. Will they be able to write the end to this story on Saturday?
Shinsuke Nakamura VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
SmackDown returns and Kross makes his entrance, Scarlett leading the way as his harbinger of doom. The bell rings and the two rush in! Kross knees low, fires off haymakers, then BOOTS Nakamura to a corner. Nakamura dodges to fire off knees and kicks! The ref counts, but Nakamura gives Kross GOOD VIBRATIONS! Kross powers his way out, and he ROCKS Nakamura! Kross pushes Nakamura toa corner, whips him corner to corner, but Nakamura comes back with a DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Kross bails out and Nakamura goes out the side. Scarlett hurries out of the way as Nakamura runs in, but Kross knees low!
Fans boo as Kross hauls Nakamura up to POST BOMB! Nakamura writhes and Kross seethes as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Kross has Nakamura down in a chinlock, but Nakamura gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kross lets off, and Kross kicks Nakamura. Kross taunts Nakamura as “trash,” but Nakamura gets up to get in Kross’ face. Then he KICKS! Kross BOOTS! And HEADBUTTS! Kross scoops, but Nakamura slips free to run and DYNAMIC DROPKICK again! Fans fire up with Nakamura, and he says, “C’MON!!” Nakamura fires off on Kross, KICK and KICK and KICK! Then another kick, but Kross blocks, only for Nakamura to ENZIGURI! Kross goes to a corner, Nakamura whips but Kross reverses.
Kross runs in, Nakamura dodges to ENZIGURI! Nakamura then puts Kross on the top rope, to run in for a TOP SHELF KNEE! Nakamura dumps Kross down, pushes him to a cover, TWO! Nakamura gives Kross some toying kicks now, but Scarlett shouts at him. Nakamura goes to run but she’s in the way! Nakamura and the ref tell her to get down, but Kross gets Nakamura with a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives, but Kross stalks him. Kross reels Nakamura in, KROSSJACKET!! But Nakamura snapmares free, slips around, ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up as Kross endures now!
Kross powers up, wags his finger, stack, TWO! But Kross deadlifts Nakamura! Only for Nakamura to shift to a GUILLOTINE!! Fans fire up again, but Kross powers out to suplex! Nakamura knees free, Kross ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Nakamura aims from a corner! Kross stands, but he LARIATS first!! Scarlett loves it! Kross crawls to a cover, TWO!! Nakamura is still in this and Kross can’t believe it! Fans rally, Kross drags Nakamura up, and Kross reels him in, but Nakamura body scissors and rolls to a cradle, TWO! Kross stands and KNEES Nakamura down!
Kross drags Nakamura up into a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!!! Nakamura is still in this! San Juan is thunderous but Kross takes off the elbow pad. Kross winds the hands of time, fans rally for Nakamura as he rises, KROSS- ENZIGURI! BUZZSAW! And KINSHASA!!! Cover, Nakamura wins!!
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall
Scarlett is furious, but the King of Strong Style defies the tarot cards! Nakamura is headed to Raw, will this win prove him worthy of the World Heavyweight Championship tournament?
Adam Pearce meets with Cameron Grimes.
Pearce officially welcomes Grimes to SmackDown and Grimes says he wants to thank Pearce for this opportunity to show the world what Grimes is all about! But then Baron Corbin walks in and pats Pearce on the shoulder. “My man! How’s it feel to see the hottest free agent-” Uh, Corbin, Pearce was kinda in the middle of something with Cameron Grimes. Who? Oh, right, this guy! The last pick in the Draft. Corbin is sure Grimes’ friends are all real proud that he’s Mr. Irrelevant. Funny that Corbin brings that up, Grimes being the last pick. Almost like it’s somehow worse than not being picked at all.
Grimes laughs but Corbin wants Pearce to “explain to the new kid, who has no respect at all, obviously,” that Corbin as hot a commodity as Brock Lesnar. Raw and SmackDown weren’t able to agree on who wanted him more, so here he is as a Free Agent. Uh, that’s not how Pearce remembers things, but sure. Then how does he remember? So Pearce is telling Corbin that Grimes was worth more than Corbin? Corbin says the last pick is “Mr. Irrelevant” because that is what Grimes’ career will be: irrelevant! Well, how about this. Grimes VS Corbin, and we see who is irrelevant. Pearce says that’s a good idea! Next week on SmackDown, Grimes VS Corbin!
Corbin heads out, but will Grimes use Corbin as a launchpad to go #ToTheMoon?
WWE shares footage from the Backlash Press Conference.
For those wondering why Damian Priest wasn’t with the Judgment Day earlier, the reason is because in his stare down with Bad Bunny, Priest SHOVES Bunny down! HHH did his best to keep the peace, but Bunny got up to SLAP Priest! Fans are on Bunito’s side, but will Bunny face his punishment in tomorrow night’s Street Fight?
Mixed Tag: Rey Mysterio & Zelina Vega VS Dominik Mysterio & Rhea Ripley w/ Finn Balor!
The King of Lucha called for a WrestleMania rematch, but the Prodigal Son raised the ante. Will Rey bust out La Chancla on Dom? Will La Muneca get one up on Mami? Or will there be no stopping the Judgment Day?
SmackDown returns as Dommy & Mami make their entrance, The Prince by their side. The teams sort out and it’s ladies first. Fans fire up already as Rhea runs in, but Vega dodges! Vega KICKS, KICKS, bobs ‘n’ weaves then SLAPS Rhea! Rhea snarls and choke grips Vega! But Vega wheelbarrows and slips to a sunset flip! Rhea breaks that, but Vega avoids the stomp. Vega runs around, goes to a corner, and BOOTS Rhea away! Vega goes up to FLYING RANA Rhea to her corner! Fans fire up as Rhea has to steady herself. Rey tags in, so Rhea has to back out. Dom steps up to his dad and fans boo him already.
Dom and Rey feel out knuckle locks, but then Dom kicks low. Dom wrenches to a wristlock but Rey rolls, kips, wrenches and whips! Things speed up, but Dom kicks low! Dom whips but Rey KICKS him! Rey runs, but Dom distracts the ref and Rhea gets a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Dom reels Rey in, only for Rey to arm-drag! Tag to Vega, Rey KICKS Dom, then gives Vega a boost to RANA Dom onto the ropes! Fans fire up as Vega dials it up! But Rhea intercepts with a BOOT! Rhea gets in Rey’s face, but Vega bails out and Rey regroups with her as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns once more as Rhea drags Vega up to CLUB her down. Fans insult Dom while Rhea shoves and ROCKS Vega. Rhea whips Vega again and ROCKS her again! Rhea taunts Rey, whips Vega, but Vega ROCKS Rhea! Vega gest around, crucifix takedown, TWO! Vega KICKS Rhea, but Dom TRIPS Rey off the apron! Rhea SLAMS Vega down, grins, and applauds her Dom. Rhea then hauls Vega up to wrap on a chinlock! Fans rally, Vega endures and fights up, and Vega elbows Rhea, only for Rhea to SLAM Vega down! Rhea stays between Rey and Vega and grins as she brings Vega up.
Rhea reels Vega in, gives us some Latina Heat, but Vega fights the bomb! Vega slips free, JAWBREAKERS, and Rhea staggers! Vega crawls under but Rhea grabs a foot! Rhea hauls Vega up, back suplex, but Vega lands out of it! Vega goes to a corner, Rhea runs in, but Vega dodges! Rhea POSTS herself!! Fans fire up as Vega crawls, but Rhea gets a foot! Vega BOOTS Rhea away, hot tag to Rey! Dom has no choice but to get in, and Rey fires off haymakers! Rey whips, Dom reverses, but Rey ducks and springboards to CROSSBODY! Fans are thunderous, Rey RANAS Dom into buckles! Dom staggers up, Rey climbs, and Rey rains down fists!
Fans count along, but Dom dodges before Uno! Rey still punches so fans count, and Rey gets all the way to ocho before a SLAM off buckles! Dom then scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Vega breaks it! Rhea TOSSES Vega out, goes out after her, and Dom pushes Rey. Rey tilt-o-whirls to put Dom on ropes! Fans fire up, but Rhea blocks Rey’s path! Only for Vega to trip Rhea! And RAM her into barriers! Rey hits the 619!! And then Rey goes up top, but Finn rushes up! Rey DECKS Finn, finishes climbing, but Dom trips Rey up! Dom drags Rey off the top with a suplex! UNO AMIGO! Fans boo as Dom gives Latino Heat! Then DOS AMIGOS!
But Rey cradles Dom!! REY & VEGA WIN!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio & Zelina Vega, by pinfall
But Finn attacks right away! The Judgment Day beats Rey down in the corner, then they soak up the heat. But Rey fights back! Rey DECKS Finn, TACKLES Dom, but Finn pulls at Rey’s mask! Rey trips Finn to rain down fists! Dom tackles Rey off of Finn, and PRIEST slides in! Now all three men of the Judgment Day are beating Rey down! Rey can’t defend himself, but HERE COMES BAD BUNNY!! And the rest of the LWO at that! Bunny has Escobar and the boys go first, they go after Finn and Dom! Priest stays completely still as he stares Bunny down! Finn and Dom bail out, Cruz and Wilde go after them!
Escobar goes up top, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES Dom & Finn down! Bunny aims his kendo stick at Priest, the fans are thunderous, and then Bunny gets in the ring! Priest puts up his dukes, but Dom gets in! Bunny SMACKS Dom down! Priest runs for it! The Judgment Day regroup at the ramp, but there won’t be any running at Backlash! Will Rhea hold onto her gold against Vega? Will Priest hold onto his teeth in that San Juan Street Fight? Wait, Rey gives Bunny a shirt! Bunny is LWO por vida!
A really good SmackDown, especially for a go-home show. Though, as great as the Cody VS Lesnar recap video was, it felt redundant with Cody also giving a promo. Cody gave another great promo, but honestly, how much more confident can they make us about him winning? And I’m pretty sure Cody gets in that World Heavyweight Championship tournament. Though, the one thing that’s a little confusing about said tournament is that they’re including both Raw and SmackDown when this title will be Raw exclusive. At the same time, if a SmackDown star were “somehow” to win, that’d force said superstar to move to Raw.
And now that it’s ending up this way, Rollins VS Cody can’t be the finals, but only the semifinals. Honestly, Raw is so stacked after the Draft, they really could’ve just let it be all Raw and it’d still be awesome. At the same time, there are still great singles wrestlers on SmackDown who are worthy of being a world champion but they’d be up against Roman here on SmackDown, so this could be their way out of being squashed by him. Riddle comes to mind, but we got a great promo from him, Sami and Kevin. We also got a really good promo out of Solo & The Usos to capture the tension in the faction in one move. That Six Man Tag can go either way, and it’s going to be great stuff.
Really good promo from Grimes, Pearce and Corbin, and of course Corbin is the one getting attitude with Grimes. And as such, Grimes is going to beat Corbin to get himself going on SmackDown. Really good promo segment from Bianca and DMG CTRL that of course turned into a brawl. Good save from Liv & Raquel, and it doesn’t feel like DMG CTRL is gonna win much of anything. Sky won’t get the women’s title, Bianca will be the one to do the stupid title swap, and then Bayley & Kai will fail to get the tag titles. Sky and maybe even Kai will get mad at Bayley, seeing Bianca was right, and then DMG CTRL breaks up.
Real good tag matches tonight. Good Brothers get a real good win off The Viking Raiders to quickly end that feud, and then sadly, Imperium looks really weak because the Profits squash ’em. Great for Profits, though, but not sure to what end. There has to be something that happens with the tag titles, too, since Sami & Kevin aren’t going to change their stance on the Saudi Arabia shows. We got really good promos from Kross and Nakamura, and a great match from them. Nakamura winning makes sense, it would’ve happened even if both guys were staying on the same brand. Nakamura definitely needs to get in on the World Heavyweight Championship tournament.
And of course, great stuff out of Judgment Day and LWO. Great opening promo between them, though I’m not the best with Spanish. But obviously it was great stuff because the audience was eating it up. Great Mixed Tag Match, and with Rey in the match, LWO finally got a win. Bunny also had a great moment as he scares off the Judgment Day and officially joins LWO.
But between the go-home math and the stupid situation the Draft has put us in once again, Vega is NOT winning the title. Rhea keeps the SmackDown Women’s Championship though she’s on Raw, and more than likely, Bianca keeps the Raw Women’s Champion though she’s on SmackDown, and then once again, they just trade belts. I’ve said in the past that wrestling is more fun when you can’t really be sure what’s gonna happen, and a certain someone *cough* Vince */cough* ruined the fun.
My Score: 8.8/10
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.
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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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