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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (6/29/23)

Is ROH tranquilo?

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ROH Wrestling 2023

ROH opens its own Forbidden Door!

Post Forbidden Door, ROH welcomes NJPW back with open arms! And Los Ingobernables de Japon challenges The Mogul Embassy for the World Six Man titles!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preston Vance & Dralistico w/ Jose The Assistant VS Mark Wheeler & Vikram Prashar; Vance & Dralistico win.
  • Alex Reynolds & John Silver w/ Evil Uno VS The Righteous w/ Stu Grayson; The Righteous win.
  • Diamante VS Leila Grey w/ Mark Sterling; Diamante wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: El Hijo del Vikingo, Komander & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Gringo Loco, Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen; Vikingo, Komander & The Lucha Brothers win.
  • Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey VS KAROU & TARIQ; Moriarty & Morrissey win.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; The Mogul Embassy wins and retains the titles.
  • El Desperado VS Willie Mack; Desperado wins.
  • Yujiro Takahashi & SHO VS Roppongi Vice; Roppongi Vice wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Christopher Daniels; Action, Darius & Daniels win.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS KC Spinelli; Athena wins and denies Spinelli a title match.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Claudio Castagnoli VS Chuck Taylor; Claudio wins and denies Chuck a title match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Backstage interview with Tony Khan & Stokely Hathaway.

Lexi Nair is with two-thirds of the ROH Board of Directors, and says they have a very exciting card here tonight. Tony thanks Lexi and says yes they do, it will be a great night for ROH. This has been a very special week. They had an amazing Forbidden Door on Sunday, and some of the top stars in NJPW are here in town for a massive show tonight. Multiple ROH champions in action tonight, including the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships on the line! Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony take on Los Ingobernables de Japon! With NJPW here, Tony feels he needs to be backstage all night at gorilla with Jerry Lynn.

Stokely assures Tony that Stokely can handle everything backstage, he’s got his back. Tony appreciates that, so if Stokely needs anything, he knows where to find Tony. Great show tonight, and they throw it over to commentary. Will the ROH X NJPW Forbidden Door adjacent live up to the hype?

 

Preston Vance & Dralistico w/ Jose The Assistant VS Mark Wheeler & Vikram Prashar!

La Faccion Ingobernable is in action again, looking to add to their ROH win streak! Will Perro Peligroso y the Prince of Silver & Gold start heading for some gold?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Vance short arm LARIATS Wheeler while Dralistico SUPERKICKS Prashar! LFI puts Wheeler in a corner, they CHOP and CHOP and double whip corner to corner. Dralistico runs in to SPLASH, Vance hits a clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans are torn but Vance tells ’em up theirs. Dralistico stomps Wheeler, fans chant “PRESTON SUCKS!” Dralistico kicks Wheeler around, taunts him, then brings him up. But Wheeler UPPERCUTS! Dralistico CHOPS! SOBATS! KNEE LIFT! SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans do cheer that, and Dralistico puts Wheeler in the corner.

Dralistico runs side to side, and SUPERKICKS! Dralistico lounges up top, tags in Vance, and LFI drags Wheeler up. Feed to the SPINEBUSTER! Vance stands on Wheeler for a cocky cover, but Prashar breaks it! Vance eggs Prashar on, so Prashar throws a forearm! And another! And a CHOP! Vance dusts himself off, and DECKS Prashar! Vance brings Prashar up for Dralistico to SPRINGBOARD CODE BREAKER! Wheeler returns but gets caught into a ripcord, and KNEE! Then DISCUS LARIAT! Vance drags Prashar over, they stack and cover, LFI wins!

Winners: Preston Vance & Dralistico, by pinfall

La Faccion Ingobernable makes quick work of their opponents tonight and keep the win streak going. Will they soon take over the ROH Tag Division and make it tranquilo?

 

Alex Reynolds & John Silver w/ Evil Uno VS The Righteous w/ Stu Grayson!

The Dark Order has been struggling to keep friends, just look at AEW Dynamite last night. But is there still hope they can get Stu Grayson back? Or are Dutch & Vincent his brothers now?

The Righteous hold out their hands for the Code of Honor, but the Dark Order throws haymakers! The bell rings, the brawl is on, and Reynolds has Dutch while Silver ROCKS Vinnie! Dutch HEADBUTTS Reynolds, runs in, but Reynolds dumps him out to DIVE! Down goes Dutch and fans fire up! Silver keeps on Vinnie with forearms, whips, but Vinnie reverses. Silver ducks ‘n’ dodges to UPPERCUT Vinnie outta the ring! Fans fire up as Silver goes out and brings Vinnie up. But then Stu distracts Silver! Vinnie RAMS Silver into the apron! Vinnie puts Silver in the ring, but then Uno gets at Stu. Fans fire up and Stu wants Uno to get in the ring.

The ref tells Stu to get off the apron, but Uno spots Vinnie with a chair! Uno stops Vinnie but that means Uno now has the chair! The ref sees Uno and Uno tries to explain! But the ref EJECTS Uno! Fans boo as Stu & The Righteous suckered Uno into this! Vinnie grins but Silver grabs him by his hair! But Vinnie HOTSHOTS Silver, and Dutch hits the SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dutch clamps onto Silver, CLUBS him in the chest, and grins. Fans boo but Vinnie soaks it up. Dutch UPPERCUTS Silver to the corner, tags in Vinnie, and Vinnie throws body shots. Stu eggs Silver on and Silver hits Vinnie back with body shots, forearms and kicks!

Silver runs but Vinnie CLOBBERS him! Cover, ONE!! Vinnie rains down fists and then drags Silver up. Vinnie puts Silver in the corner, tags Dutch, and The Righteous mug him. Dutch CLUBS Silver down, then brings him around. Dutch ROCKS Silver, taunts Reynolds and runs in, but Silver BOOTS him! Silver DECKS Vinnie, Dutch knees Silver low! Dutch reels Silver in, but Silver suplexes Dutch! Fans fire up for Silver and he crawls, hot tags to Reynolds and Vinnie! Reynolds TACKLES Vinnie and rains down fists! Fans fire up, Vinnie pushes free, but Reynolds BOOTS Dutch! And then TACKLES Vinnie again!

Vinnie gets away again, but Reynolds is after him in the corner! He fires clotheslines and forearms, and roars as he goes corner to corner. Fans fire up as Reynolds runs in to KNEE Vinnie! Reynolds brings Vinnie up but Vinnie bails out. Reynolds goes out after Vinnie to SMACK him off railing! And RAM him into them! And then whip him into more railing! Dutch storms up to scoop, but Reynolds slips free and POSTS him! Silver BOOTS Dutch from the apron, and Reynolds TORNADO DDTS! Silver DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up for The Dark Order as they get Vinnie in the ring. STUFF PILEDRIVER to BRAINBUSTER!

The Dark Order vow to end this, and they get Vinnie up. “You want us to be more aggressive, huh!?” But Dutch drags Silver out to RAM him into steel steps! Reynolds sees that, and the ref is busy with Vinnie. Vinnie is claiming bad shoulder, but Stu runs in to KNEE Reynolds down!! Stu gets away with it, Vinnie cradles, The Righteous win!

Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall

But they’re not done! Dutch RAMS Silver into barriers! And rains down fists on him! Vinnie rains down fists on Reynolds! Fans boo but Uno returns with that chair! Uno stares Vinnie down, but then Stu gets in and stands between them! Uno hesitates but Stu dares him to hit him! Fans want to see it, too, but Uno can’t bring himself to do it. Stu kicks the chair away, then pushes past him. Stu & The Righteous leave, Stu says Uno needs to show him what he’s got. Even Reynolds says Uno should’ve done it, but will this battle only rage on?

 

Diamante VS Leila Grey w/ Mark Sterling!

Last week, The Cuban Diamond refused to throw the match to split the winner’s purse, and got cheated out of the entire thing! Will she give The Last Baddie Standing a receipt? Or will Leila only double her winnings?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, Leila headlocks but Diamante powers up, only for Leila to hold on tight. Leila grinds the headlock, gives Diamante a noogie, but Diamante rolls her to a cover! ONE, and Leila keeps on the headlock. Diamante fights up, pries free and hammerlocks to a headlock. Leila throws body shots, wrenches out, and wristlocks. Diamante rolls, kips up, breaks free and ELBOWS Leila! Fans fire up as  Diamante arm-drags Leila around! Diamante grinds the armlock, Leila fights up and reaches out, but Diamante wrenches her and whips her to ropes.

Leila holds ropes, bails out, and fans boo. Sterling coaches Leila but Diamante goes out. Diamante CLUBS Leila, and whips her into steel steps! Sterling protests but Diamante tells him to shut up. Diamante puts Leila in the ring, goes up the apron, but Sterling keeps barking. Leila BLASTS Diamante off the apron! Fans boo but she tells them to shut up. Leila goes out to stomp Diamante, puts her in the ring, and hurries after her. Leila CHOKES Diamante on the ropes! The ref counts, Leila lets off at 4, and then she KNEES Diamante in the back! And again! Diamante goes to a corner but Leila brings her up.

Leila snap suplexes, then soaks up the heat before she covers. TWO, and Leila grows annoyed. Leila grabs the arms for a motorcycle stretch, and Diamante endures the knee in her back. Fans rally, Diamante fights up, turns things around, but Leila turns it back around to wrangle Diamante with a chinlock! Diamante endures more, the fans rally up again, and Diamante fights up. Diamante throws body shots, then JAWBREAKERS! Leila staggers away, Diamante ROCKS her with forearms! Diamante dodges Leila’s clothesline to LARIAT! And again! Leila tries again but Diamante waistlocks, O’Conner Roll, CHAOS THEORY!

Fans fire up while Leila flounders to a corner. Diamante locks ‘n’ loads, Sterling shouts and Leila goes to the apron. Diamante is annoyed, grabs at Leila, but Leila HOTSHOTS her away! Leila hurries back in, clinches, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Diamante is still in this and Leila grows frustrated. Leila argues the count then reels Diamante in. Diamante fights the underhooks, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up, Diamante reloads and runs in, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Cover, Sterling helps the ropebreak! Fans boo and Diamante is furious! Diamante drags Sterling up to the apron by his jacket!

Leila rolls Diamante up, Diamante rolls through, CLUBS Leila and dragon sleepers, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Diamante wins!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

And now they’re even! Will Diamante use this win to get up towards the ROH Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Claudio Castagnoli.

Lexi Nair is with the ROH World Champion and says he has beaten challenger after challenger, so what’s next? Claudio says honestly, he has to ask himself that, as well. Not a lot of people seem to mention Claudio on ROH. No one wants to step up. He gets that, look at him and look at everyone else. But in walks Chuck Taylor! He says hi, and says that if Claudio’s looking for challengers, well, Chuck doesn’t like him. And he’s also beaten Claudio before so if Claudio wants a challenge, look right here. Chuck is ready to fight. Stew on that, Chuck will go get out of here, sorry to interrupt you, bud.

Claudio sighs, and says, “Just for the record, I’m not his buddy. Secondly, people like him call me ‘sir.’ Third of all, if he wants a shot, that’s fine. But it’s gonna be an Eliminator and it’s just gonna be a Proving Ground. And we’re gonna scrap that whole time limit thing. Because if you want to earn a shot at this, Chuck Taylor, you will have to beat me!” Will the Kentucky Gentleman regret tugging on the cape of the Swiss Superman?

 

8 Man Tag: El Hijo del Vikingo, Komander & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Gringo Loco, Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen!

The Lucha Amigos ride again! Will the AAA Mega Champion, the Commander and the ROH World Tag Team Champions be standing tall against this fearsome foursome?

The Code of Honor is skipped and the teams sort out. Fans rally between “CERO MIEDO!” and “GRINGO LOCO!” Penta and Loco circle, and then Penta tells Shane to hush. Penta swaggers up, tells Gringo to listen, “CERO! MIEDO!” Pie face! Gringo shoves Penta, fans rally up more, and Penta pulls off the glove. Pass to Alex, perfect catch! Penta then says “CERO! MIEDO!” but Gringo blocks it! Fenix SUPERKICKS Gringo from behind! Anthony Henry CLOBBERS Penta from behind! Fenix kicks Henry, runs, but Henry WHEEL KICKS! Vikingo SCREW HIGH KICKS! Shane DECKS Vikingo! Komander springboards, but Shane catches him!

Shane goes to ropes but Komander RANAS Shane up and out! JD runs in to SHOTGUN BOOT Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS JD down! Gringo SOBATS, runs, but into a half nelson, pump handle, MADE IN MEXICO! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Gringo survives! Penta stalks Gringo, brings him up, and tags in Fenix. Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” but Gringo wrenches out to send Penta into Fenix! Gringo tags in Shane and they mug Fenix. They double whip but Fenix KICKS Gringo. Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT Fenix! Gringo trophy lifts and FACEBUSTERS! Shane SPLASHES down! Cover, Penta breaks it!

Fans fire up as Shane complains. The ref reprimands, Penta backs off, and Shane drags Fenix up. Shane reels Fenix in, says “CERO! F YOU!” But Fenix slips out to SUPERKICK! Tag to Komander and he springboards in, but Shane gets under. Komander ducks one lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Shane tags Henry and Henry tags JD. Tag to Gringo, Henry KNEES Komander! JD CANNONBALLS! The Workhorsemen then get Komander up, FACEBUSTER to SHINING WIZARD! Gringo goes up to BEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, Vikingo breaks it! Henry goes after Vikingo and Gringo tags in JD.

The fans rally up but JD & Gringo mug  Komander. JD keeps Komander from his corner and CHOPS him off his feet! JD drags Komander up but Komander KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! JD DECKS Komander! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but JD brings Komander up to a scoop. Komander fights free, ducks and PELES! JD wobbles, Komander tags Vikingo! Springboard MISSILE DROPKICK for JD! Vikingo dodges Henry to HEEL KICK him! Gringo runs in, Vikingo goes up to stand on Gringo’s shoulders! Then RANA! Fans are thunderous but Shane POUNCES Vikingo away! Fenix tags in, Vikingo BOOTS Shane!

Fenix mule kicks, SUPERKICKS, then SCREW HIGH KICKS Shane down! Tag to Penta and the Lucha Brothers get JD with DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Double mule kicks, then “UNO! DOS! TRES!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! And then wheelbarrow VICTORY SPLASH! Cover, TWO! JD survives but Penta fires up with the fans. Penta drags JD up, and KICKS him in the leg! JD hobbles, fans want “OTRA! OTRA!” So Penta KICKS JD again! “CERO! MIEDO!” Underhooks, but JD wrenches out! Penta dodges the lariat, both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! Fans fire up as they both crawl, hot tags to Fenix and Henry!

Fans rally as Henry and Fenix trade shots! Forearms and CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! Then back to forearms! Fans are thunderous for the scrap, and Fenix ROCKS Henry with shot after shot! Fenix fires up, but Henry bobs ‘n’ weaves to palm strike and ENZIGURI! PENALTY KICK! Fisherman, AOI SHOUDO! Cover, all the luchadores break it! Shane runs in, he swats Komander but Vikingo dumps Shane out! Gringo runs in, Vikingo dodges to SPINNING RANA! Gringo bails out, Vikingo goes up top! Vikingo stands on the very corner post itself, and Komander tightrope walks in! ARIHARA MOONSAULT and SUPER FLYING RANA!!

Fans are thunderous but things speed up in the ring! Fenix Tiger Feint Rewinds to HEEL KICK! Down goes Henry! Tag to Penta, They DOUBLE SUPERKICK JD, and then DOUBLE SUPERKICK Henry! The Lucha Brothers coordinate, “This is Awesome!” “CERO! MIEDO!” DOUBLE STOMP FEAR FACTOR!!! Cover, the luchadores win!

Winners: El Hijo del Vikingo, Komander & The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Another huge win for this incredible quartet, and they dance in celebration! Will there be a fiesta in Chicago? Will anyone be able to stop these champions of lucha?

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

“Hello, Samoa Joe here, your ROH Television Champion. And this week, I take on Roderick Strong in the Owen Hart Cup. Roderick, you are a fantastic athlete, you are a dangerous individual in the ring. But if there’s one thing that’s always been true, Roderick, is that when it comes to facing me, you always come up short. And this week, it will be no different. Thanks to my marvelous benefactor, Tony Khan, I have my brand new championship-” Stokely applauds and says yes, show the gratitude. Tony’s at gorilla, working hard, that is why Stokely “The Big Dog” is here running things. Why not show him that same gratitude?

Oh, Stokely runs things? Yes, sir! Joe can actually get behind that. Can he tell Stokely why? Because when he thinks somebody is gonna handle business, he thinks Stokely Hathaway, “The guy who is gonna take ROH to another level.” Yeah, Stokely likes that. Stokely Hathaway, the big boss. Yeah! Stokely Hathaway, the man who only has to adhere to one rule to get things right. And you know what that one rule is? What is it? Stokely runs things! Yeah, yeah! “And I run you.” Stokely is afraid with Joe’s hand on his head. Joe pats Stokely on the head and says he looks forward to working with him. Has Stokely just signed his life away?

 

Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey VS KAROU & TARIQ!

#TAIGASTYLE and the human tower continue to roll as a duo, looking to take over the ROH Tag Division. Will they build a firm foundation? Or will they end up melting down in the Summer heat?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and Moriarty starts against Karou. They approach, but then Moriarty backs off to tag in Big Bill! Fans fire up as Bill makes Karou look normal! But Karou UPPERCUTS and CLUBS Bill! Bill just stands up, glares at Kaoru and CLUBS him on the back! Karou CLUBS Bill back! Bill CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS Karou, then runs to BOOT Karou down! Bill roars and fans are torn. Tariq tags in, ducks ‘n’ dodges and LARIATS but Bill stays up! Tariq fires hands and kicks and a CHOP, then repeat! And again! Bill stays up, Tariq runs, but into the SCRAPBUSTER!

Fans fire up with Bill and he tags Moriarty in. Ghost pin, TWO!! Tariq escapes but Moriarty brings him up. Tariq JABS Moriarty, but Moriarty gets mad and CLOBBERS Tariq! And then HAMMERS away on him! Bill loves it but the ref has Moriarty let off. Then Moriarty sucker punches Karou! Moriarty drags Tariq up but Tariq fights back. Moriarty gets around to clamp on a cobra twist! Tariq fights it so Moriarty KNEES low! Moriarty whips, Tariq reverses and RANAS! Moriarty stands up and sees Karou glaring at him. Moriarty wants the big guy to calm down, but then he turns around into a CHOP from Tariq!

Tariq tags Karou, Karou runs in to SPLASH! And then he runs to ROCK Bill! Karou roars, runs, but Moriarty dodges! Bill runs in to SPLASH! Tariq tags in before Bill clotheslines Karou out of the ring! Tariq leaps over Bill but Moriarty ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up as Moriarty hooks Tariq up, BOW ‘N’ ARROW SLAM!! BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Tariq endures but he taps, Moriarty & Morrissey win!

Winners: Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Morrissey & Moriarty are all fired up, and Moriarty does his dance. Will these two find themselves aiming at the top soon enough?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

Brian Cage, Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun keep on winning, having all but cleared out ROH. But now NJPW is visiting, and Bushi, Hiromu Takahashi & Shingo Takagi are looking for some action! Will the Black Mask, Ticking Timebomb & Rampaging Dragon be able to take these titles from The Machine & The Gates of Agony? Or will the Embassy be anything but tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if LIJ kicks down the Forbidden Door!

The Code of Honor is skipped and the trios sort out. Bushi starts against Cage, runs in, but Cage runs him over! Fans boo and Bushi gets up to tag Takagi. Takagi runs in to RAM Cage! Cage stays up but Takagi smiles. Takagi runs to RAM Cage again! Takagi dares Cage to try so Cage runs, and they RAM shoulders! Takagi backs off and fans fire up as Hiromu tags in. Hiromu revs up, fans fire up more, and Hiromu runs in, to get run over! Cage whips Hiromu to a corner, runs in but Hiromu dodges. Bushi back elbows! Takagi clotheslines! Snapmare, BASEMENT DROPKICK SANDWICH! Fans fire up, Hiromu covers, ONE!!

Cage has power still so Hiromu hurries to scoop. Cage is too big, he scoops and SLAMS Hiromu! Cage whips Hiromu to a corner but Hiromu dodges. Hiromu runs in but Cage puts him on the apron. Cage blocks a shot to ROUNDHOUSE Hiromu! The Gates BLAST Bushi & Takagi! Cage drags Hiromu up, deadlift SUPERPLEX! Cage drags Hiromu up and over, tags Kaun in, and Kaun puts Hiromu up top. Liona tags in, Kaun has Hiromu for the TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Hiromu ends up on the apron, Liona SENTONS him! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives and Nana argues the count, but Liona clamps a claw into Hiromu’s shoulder!

Hiromu fights up, kicks Liona low, but Liona whips Hiromu to a corner. Liona RAMS into Hiromu, hoists him up top, but Hiromu fires off hands! Hiromu BOOTS Liona, leaps, but into Liona’s arms! Liona swings Hiromu but Hiromu uses that to DDT! Fans fire up while both men crawl. Hiromu and Liona crawl, hot tags to Takagi and Kaun! Takagi knees Kaun, whips him, but Kaun reverses. Takagi dodges Kaun, keeps moving, Kaun dodges the Pumping Bomber but runs into an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi runs in at the corner. Takagi blocks the boot, and clotheslines through!

Takagi fires off shots but Cage gets in to CLUB him! Cage & Kaun double whip, but Takagi ducks, sends Kaun into cage, and DOUBLE LARIATS! Neither man falls, surprising to Takagi. But Takagi still catches Kaun to a clinch, kicks Cage low and reels him in, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Fans fire up again and Takagi drags Kaun up. Suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! But Takagi says it’s time! Fans fire up more and Takagi drags Kaun up. Kaun throws a forearm, Takagi gives it back, they go back and forth! Kaun gets the edge, but Takagi fireman’s carries! Kaun slips free, BACKSTABBER!

Kaun drags Takagi up, underhooks, but Takagi wrenches free. Kaun breaks the wristlock, but Takagi feints lariat to DDT! Fans fire up and Takagi tags in Bushi. Bushi gets the fans fired up even more as he climbs up, MISSILE DROPKICK! Bushirooni! Liona runs in, throws Bushi to the corner, but Bushi dodge! Liona tumbles up and out, and Bushi DROPKICKS Cage! Hiromu joins in, he and Bushi double whip Kaun! Hiromu clotheslines, Bushi back elbows, and Takagi clotheslines! Feed to mule kick, front kick, LARIAT! FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Bushi aims from a corner as Kaun rises.

Bushi runs in, but Kaun denies the Code Breaker to then LARIAT! Nana shouts for Kaun to finish this and Kaun fireman’s carries. But Hiromu dropkicks the legs out! Cage runs in to ROCK Hiromu, fires off shots, but Takagi fires off shots on Cage! Takagi & Hiromu double whip but Cage DOUBLE LARIATS! Cage scoops Takagi but Hiromu goes up to add on! But Cage stays up!? POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO!! Fans are thunderous for the power levels! Cage goes out after Bushi, the ref is there, and Bushi BLACK MISTS Cage!! Nana protests but Liona grabs Bushi! Bushi rakes Liona’s eyes!

Bushi fires off hands, Kaun returns but Bushi fires off shots on him! Bushi fights the Gates of Agony, roars and runs, but into double shoulders! The Gates get Bushi up, DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! Cover, The Embassy wins!

Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships)

LIJ pushed the Embassy better than most, but the Gates still slammed shut on them. Will any team ever be able to dethrone Cage, Kaun & Liona?

 

The United Empire speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says, “Now, you’ve been seeing my beautiful face, Kyle Fletcher & Aussie Open, running both AEW and ROH as of late, but this week is about opening up the Forbidden Door, so I brought two of my beautiful friends from NJPW, TJP and Jeffrey Cobb, baby.” Jeff is a bit confused by hearing his full name, but TJP wants to make this clear to those from ROH stepping to them. “The UE holds the crowns, and boys, you simply couldn’t touch us if this match took place in a phone booth. But perhaps, lucky for you, or maybe not so lucky, big man in here can’t fit in a phone booth.”

Cobb says that to be honest, it doesn’t matter what pairing of the UE it is, what company it is, from ROH to AEW to NJPW, “all pandas having fun,” because at the end of the day, the United Empire runs the world. #CrownsUp.

 

El Desperado VS Willie Mack!

The Rogue Luchador has been busy lately, but he’s more than ready to bring Strong Style to ROH. Will Desperado be rolling into next week’s “Final Death” with Jon Moxley? Or will the Return of the Mack send him packing back to Japan?

The Code of Honor is upheld and fans already chant “This is Awesome!” The bell rings and the two circle. They run in, RAM shoulders, and Mack stays up. Desperado runs, RAMS Mack, but Mack still stays up. Desperado applauds and dares Mack to go. Mack says okay, he runs, but Desperado drops then ELBOWS! Mack stays up against ropes, Desperado runs but Mack hurdles! Desperado leaps over, but runs into a CALF KICK! Fans fire up and Mack nods. Mack covers, TWO! Fans rally, Mack brings Desperado up, and he ROCKS Desperado! Desperado goes to a corner, but he comes back with a CHOP!

Desperado CHOPS and CHOPS but Mack ROCKS him! Mack CHOPS right back! Desperado falls and fans fire up with Mack. Mack pushes Desperado to a cover, ONE! Desperado shakes his head, and fans rally up. Desperado rises, Mack fireman’s carries, but Desperado fights free. Desperado waistlocks but Mack breaks it to switch. Desperado flails and goes to ropes to buck Mack away. Desperado runs in but into a SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally up, and Mack kips up! Not as smooth as Mack wants it, but he adds a bit of the Mack-a-rena to then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Desperado writhes.

Mack stalks Desperado to a corner, then ROCKS him! Fans duel between Desperado and Mack, and Mack whips corner to corner. Mack runs in but Desperado dodges! Mack hits buckles, Desperado comes in but into an ELBOW! Mack winds up, but Desperado dropkicks the legs! Mack staggers, Desperado CHOPS! Desperado puts the and leg on ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Desperado lets off, and he BOOTS the leg! Desperado then gets Mack out of the corner, snapmares, and he grabs the bad leg. Desperado YANKS the leg and Mack clutches the knee. Desperado then SPLASHES the leg! Cover, TWO, but Desperado keeps on the leg.

Desperado steps over to HIP DROP, and then he ties Mack up in the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Fans rally, Mack keeps his shoulders up but Desperado taunts him. Mack ROCKS Desperado, and again! And again! Desperado falls over and puts more pressure on the hold! Mack crawls to the ROPEBREAK! Desperado sits up to undo the hold, and “Oops!” he drops knees on the knee! Fans rally up, Desperado drags Mack up but Mack ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! Desperado KICKS the bad leg! Mack drops to a knee, and Desperado brings him up. Mack ROCKS Desperado again! And again!

Desperado wobbles, Mack powers up, but Desperado KICKS the bad leg again! Desperado puts Mack in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but the leg won’t let Mack get that far. Desperado runs in but Mack pops him up to BLAST him! Fans fire up while both men are down! Mack huffs and puffs and goes to a corner. Desperado goes to the other, fans rally and duel, and Mack runs corner to corner, CANNONBALL! Fans fire up while Mack covers, TWO! Desperado is still in this but Mack shakes the bad leg out. Mack goes up the corner, and FROG FLOPS!! Desperado hurries to get the leg, STRETCH MUFFLER!!

Mack rolls Desperado to a cradle! TWO!! Desperado escapes, kicks the leg out, and then reels Mack in! But Mack fights the underhooks to DECK Desperado! Mack calls his shot, suplexes, but Desperado fights free. Desperado wrenches and dropkicks the leg! Underhooks and PINCHE- NO, Mack fights it, wrenches and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up as Mack hobbles around. Mack drags Desperado up, reels him in, and gets him up, but Desperado fights free! Underhooks and PINCH- NO, Mack powers out with a back drop! Fans fire up as Mack throws off the elbow pads. Mack runs in, but Desperado wrenches, spins, and backslides!

Mack rolls through, but Desperado has the arms! PINCHE LOCO!!! Cover, Desperado wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall

Mack gave Desperado a great fight, and Desperado makes it a great win! Will this help Desperado be NJPW Strong next week against Moxley?

 

Yujiro Takahashi & SHO VS Roppongi Vice!

The Tokyo Pimp and Murder Machine are here representing The House of Torture, and going against a team that knows them, ROH and NJPW very well. Will Yujiro & Sho use every trick in the book to embarrass Trent Beretta & Rocky Romero? Or will Sho’s former mentors humble him once and for all?

RPG Vice wait on Sho & Yujiro for the Code of Honor, but they don’t wanna. Trent & Rocky shake hands then, only for Sho & Yujiro to attack! The bell rings, Sho kicks Rocky to a corner while Yujiro CLUBS Trent to the opposite. Yujiro knees low, Sho climbs up to smother Rocky, but the ref counts. Sho lets off, he and Yujiro whip Trent & Rocky at each other, but RPG Vice dosido and DOUBLE DROPKICK in return! Fans fire up, Rocky whips Sho into Yujiro! Trent whips Rocky into back body block them both! Trent then wheelbarrows Rocky and helps him DOUBLE KNEE Yujiro! Fans fire up as RPG Vice high-five!

Rocky drags Yujiro up to UPPERCUT! Rocky wrenches Yujiro, tags Trent, and they double whip to ropes. Double hip toss, and then Rocky runs to PENALTY KICK! Trent STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Trent drags Yujiro up, but Yujiro kicks low! Yujiro facelocks, suplexes, but Trent fights it! Trent suplexes but Yujiro fights it, and BITES Trent’s hand! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Yujiro whips. Sho gets a cheap shot but Trent DECKS him! Yujiro runs in but Trent tosses him! Fans rally as Trent aims, PLANCHA takes out Tokyo Pimp! Fans fire up with Trent but Sho CLOBBERS him!

Fans boo but Sho drags Trent up. Rocky rushes over but Sho kicks and CLUBS him! Sho RAMS Rocky into barriers! Fans rally for RPG Vice but Sho claws Trent’s eyes. Sho puts Trent in, Yujiro slides in and grins. Yujiro brings Trent up to CLAW the eyes! Sho distracts the ref, Yujiro lets off on his own time, but fans still boo. Yujiro kicks Trent, tags Sho, and Sho goes after Trent. Sho rakes eyes, whips Trent, and back drops him! Cover, ONE!! Trent is tough, Sho is upset, and Sho whips Trent corner to corner. Sho runs in but Trent BOOTS him! Trent CHOPS Sho, then ROCKS him! Sho wrenches the arm to bring Trent to his knees!

Sho KICKS, KICKS and SUPERKICKS! Then deadlift suplex! Cover, TWO! Sho is annoyed and he tags Yujiro in. Fans rally, Yujiro drags Trent up and bumps him off buckles. Yujiro fires forearms and elbows in the corner, then backs up to run in, but Trent dodges! TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Trent and Yujiro crawl, hot tags to Sho and Rocky! Sho swings, Rocky dodges to CHOP and ROCK and repeat! Rocky whips Sho, Sho reverses but Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up with Rocky and he has Sho in a corner. Rocky climbs up to rain down fists! But Yujiro stops Rocky at six!

Yujiro whips Rocky corner to corner, runs in, but Rocky dodges! Rocky clotheslines Sho! Then Yujiro! Then back again! And again! But Sho dodges, only for Rocky to DOUBLE LARIAT the House! Fans rally up, Rocky drags Sho up and tags in Trent. Trent hangs Sho out to dry and Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS Sho down! SLIDING KNEE from Trent! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives, he is a former champion in his own right. But then Trent picks Sho up, Rocky climbs, only for Yujiro to SHOVE Rocky down! Sho turns things around on Trent, but Trent fights the piledriver. Trent gets around HALF ‘N’ HALF!

Sho flounders and fans rally up. Trent snarls while the ref checks Sho, and Yujiro slides in with his pimp cane! Trent blocks the pimp cane, kicks Yujiro low, and takes the cane from Yujiro! But Sho shows the ref what’s going on! The ref takes the cane, Yujiro BOOTS and Sho SPEARS! Fans boo but Sho drags Trent up and reels him in. POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!! Trent survives and Sho is furious! The fans fire up, Sho tags Yujiro and they drag Trent back up. They double whip Trent to a corner, Sho runs in and clotheslines! Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Yujiro puts Trent up top and then climbs up after him. SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!!

Sho blocks Rocky as Yujrio covers, but Rocky powers through to break the cover! Fans fire up again as Rocky CLUBS away on Yujiro! Rocky and Sho throws forearms back and forth, and Rocky roars! Rocky fires off a flurry, but Sho BENDS the fingers! The ref reprimands, Rocky kicks free and runs, but the ref is ushed as a shield! JUMP KNEE! Sho runs, but into DOUBLE JUMP KNEES!! Rocky builds speed to DIVE onto Sho! Trent stands, Yujiro runs in, but into a spin and backslide! Roll through, Alabama Lift! Rocky is up top, STRONG ZERO!! Cover, RPG Vice wins!

Winners: Roppongi Vice, by pinfall

The OG duo pulls it off, they knock down the House of Torture! But then Sho CLOBBERS them both from behind! Fans boo the sore losers as Sho & Yujiro beat down on Trent & Rocky! But wait! Here comes Orange Cassidy! Freshly Squeezed is a friend, so he’s “storming” down to the ring! Yujiro & Sho decide to bail out, they don’t want to deal with the AEW International Champion. Oh, hold on. Cassidy and RPG Vice GROUP HUG! You GOT to- Oh, wait, Excalibur isn’t here. Will Cassidy tip the scales in favor of Chaos? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck like they do in NJPW?

 

Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Christopher Daniels!

Kyle Fletcher, TJP & Jeff Cobb spoke their minds earlier, and now they look to back it all up with action! But will the Aussie Arrow, Public Enemy and Imperial Unit conquer all levels of ROH? Or can the Sight to See, Air Wolf & Fallen Angel lead the resistance?

The Code of Honor is upheld, and the trios sort out. Fans chant “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” but we start with TJP and Action. The two circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. TJP spins and wrangles Action to the mat, but action rolls back. TJP wrenches but Action spins and bridges, then handsprings and wrenches back to a wristlock. Fans cheer the exchange but TJP rolls, cartwheels and headscissors for the twisting headscissors! TJP keeps Action down, but Action headscissors back. TJP headstands, fans rally up, and TJP then slowly pops free to pat Action on the knee. Fans cheer, and then TJP runs in!

Action ducks the kick, rolls TJP up, TWO! TJP kicks, whips but Action reverses. TJP RANAS but Action handsprings through! Action wags his finger, things speed up, and Action RANAS, but then TJP handsprings through! TJP soaks up the cheers and jeers, but turns around into a DROPKICK! Fans rally up as Action runs, springboards, IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO! Action brings TJP over, tags in Darius, and fans rally as the two double whip. TJP ducks ‘n’ dodges and sends Action into Darius! Tag to Kyle and he runs in, but into a CHOP! KICK! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK to a BASEMENT DROPKICK!

Tag to Daniels and he runs in to clothesline Kyle in the corner! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Daniels keeps his cool and fans rally. Daniels brings Kyle up but Kyle scoops to SLAM! Kyle growls, tags in TJP, and TJP runs in but into a hip toss! Daniels CHOPS TJP down! Daniels bumps TJP off buckles, CHOPS him down again, and whips TJP to ropes. TJP ducks ‘n’ dodges then goes Spider-Man in the ropes. Daniels runs in but TJP dumps him out! Daniels gets back up, Kyle runs in but Daniels DECKS him! TJP runs in but Daniels ROCKS him! But Cobb YANKS Daniels off the apron, pops him up, and POSTS him!

Cobb still carries Daniels, puts him in the ring and TJP brings Daniels around. TJP KNEES Daniels in the back, covers, TWO! Fans rally up, chant for “JEFF COBB!” so TJP tags in Cobb. Fans fire up as Cobb brings Daniels around. Daniels throws hands and forearms, but Cobb CLUBS Daniels in the back! Cobb runs Daniels over, GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Daniels survives but Cobb suplexes him up! Cobb carries Daniels over, Kyle tags in, and Kyle takes the handoff! Kyle holds Daniels for a few more seconds, then SLAMS Daniels down! Cover, TWO! Tag to TJP and they mug Daniels.

TJP bumps Daniels off buckles, stomps Daniels down and scrapes laces off Daniels’ face! Fans rally up, the ref counts, and TJP goes side to side. But Daniels avoids the boot wash! Clinch and EXPLODER! TJP flounders, Daniels crawls, hot tag to Darius! Darius rallies on the Empire! CHOP for Kyle, forearm for Cobb, then Darius pops Kyle up for an atomic drop! ENZIGURI, then TORNADO DDT! Cobb gets in to knee low! Cobb runs, but Darius follows to BULLDOG HOTSHOT and GAMANGIRI! Then step-in COMPLETE SHOT! TJP runs in, Darius goes up and over and blocks a kick to kick back.

TJP blocks, slips through, BIG SAIDO! Darius tags Action, he dodges TJP to mule kick, knee lift, TJP ducks the enziguri but not the PELE! Fans fire up and Action whips. TJP reverses but Action handsprings, BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up with Action and he whips. TJP goes Spider-Man again, slides under Action, but Action stays up to deadlift suplex! FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives but Action shakes his head. Fans fire up as Action runs in but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT! Action flounders away to a corner, Kyle runs in to GAMANGIRI! Whip to Cobb’s ATHLETIC PLEX!

Kyle drags Action into position, MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, Darius and Daniels break it! Cobb & Kyle toss them out, then help TJP up. They get Action up, whip him to a corner, and then they send TJP in, but Action dodges! Daniels & Darius drag Kyle & Cobb out of the ring! Action ROCKS TJP, then he and Darius whip Daniels in to forearm smash! Feed to the SWINGING SIDE SLAM!! Cover, Action and team win!!

Winners: Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Christopher Daniels, by pinfall

The United Empire is shocked! Action & Darius pull off another shocking underdog win, when will they stop being seen as underdogs and start being seen as contenders?

 

Backstage interview with Jerry Lynn and The Kingdom.

Lexi is with the other part of the ROH Board of Directors, as well as Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven. Jerry wanted to address a few comments The Kingdom made last week. Like, he didn’t realize they loved Cracker Barrel.  He loves it, too! He and Lance Storm always had Cracker Barrel napkins in their bags. And also, how could they possibly hate ECW? Oh, Mike will tell you a thing about ECW! Maria hushes Mike and Taven steps in. Taven loved ECW! He saw Jerry at Wonderland Ballroom in Boston, and used to stay up to one in the morning to watch him on the Spanish channel.

Jerry’s the man! Former ECW World Champion, and a former ROH World Champion, just like The Trend! And that is the problem. That is why Stokely has a problem with Jerry. Jealousy is a stinky perfume, and Stokely’s smelling like a portapotty popsicle right about now. He is jealous of the legend that is Jerry Lynn! Jerry IS ROH! Mike agrees there, Jerry is the history of ROH. And speaking of history, remember back to December of 2012, ROH Final Battle. Taven wants Mike to stop there but Mike says he’s got this. That was Jerry’s last ROH match, right? Who did Jerry wrestle that night? Who was it? Mike has been looking around for that guy.

Oh right, it was MIKE! Mike retired Jerry in Hammerstein Ballroom. Does Jerry remember that night? Yes, actually. And rather vividly. Didn’t Maria have something to do with that? Maria would never! Jerry says fine, they have made some valid points. He will go over Stokely’s head, and he’ll give the Kingdom a tag match. But not the typical kind of tag match. It will be a Six Person Tag. See how well you do against combat ready soldiers in their prime. That’s right, Mixed Six, Trish Adora & The Infantry VS The Kingdom! Good luck. Jerry leaves, the OGK are confused, and Maria blames Mike. As does Taven. So they’re not going to Cracker Barrel?

Mike’s gonna be on the couch while he’s in the proverbial dog house, but can he, Taven and Maria find a way to defeat the AfroPunk, Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo? Or is the Kingdom about to fall?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS KC Spinelli!

The Fallen Goddess has yet to be stopped, and that includes a win in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament at Forbidden Door. Will Athena continue until she has dominated ROH and AEW? Or can the Maid of Honor prove she is made of honor?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we’re on the clock. Fans rally for KC, she and Athena tie up, and KC hits a headlock takeover. Athena fights up but KC hits another takeover. Athena fights up again, but KC hits yet another takeover! KC grinds Athena and Athena gets frustrated. Athena fights up yet again, powers up and out, but KC runs her over! Fans cheer and KC runs, but Athena gets up, side steps and trips KC! Athena slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Athena is annoyed but she asks, “This the best you got, Canada?” Athena cheers herself on but KC backslides! TWO!

They stay hooked up, KC spins and fireman’s carries to a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! KC CLUBS away on Athena, brings her up and half nelsons then dragon sleepers! KC locks ‘n’ loads but Athena fights out to CLUB KC, KNEE her, and then just CLUB away on her! KC hits back but Athena just HAMMERS KC down to the mat! Fans cheer and jeer, but Athena drags KC up again. Athena whips then UPPERCUTS KC! Athena goes side to side to ROCK KC! Athena snapmares, and tells the “piece of garbage” to get up! KC stands, Athena DECKS her! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies KC Spinelli a title opportunity)

Angel Face goes down, and will probably wake up with a shiner in the morning. But will anyone anywhere be able to stop The Fallen Goddess from adding the Queen of Harts belt to her collection?

Wait, Athena isn’t done with KC, she SHOTGUNS her on the outside! And throws her into the steel steps! “This is MY show!” Athena then runs in to KNEE KC against the steps! Fans boo but Athena says it’s after the bell, the ref can’t do anything! Will management look to finally do something about Athena’s mean streak?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Claudio Castagnoli VS Chuck Taylor!

The Swiss Superman said it himself, if the Kentucky Gentlemen wants his shot at the title, he can’t just last ten minutes, he has to win! Will Chuck still have Claudio’s number in 1v1 competition? Or will Claudio tear Chuck down and prove no one is worthy?

The Code of Honor is upheld but barely, and the bell rings. The two tie up, Claudio puts Chuck in a corner then shoves him. Chuck shoves back, Claudio shoves again, and the forearms start flying! Chuck stomps away in the corner, then climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, and Chuck lets off to throw Claudio out. Chuck then goes out after Claudio and SMACKS him off steel steps! Chuck ROCKS Claudio, Claudio ROCKS Chuck back! Claudio fires body shots and forearms but Chuck returns those! Claudio gets in the ring, knees Chuck low, then whips him to ropes. Chuck reverses to hit SOLE FOOD!

Claudio tumbles out of the ring, Chuck pursues! Chuck brings Claudio around to whip, but Claudio reverses and Chuck hits barriers! Claudio runs in to UPPERCUT Chuck up and over into the timekeeper’s area! Claudio gets in the ring and fans cheer. The ring count climbs, Chuck drags himself back out of the timekeeper’s area, and gets in the ring. But Claudio BOOTS him right back out! The count starts again while Claudio soaks up cheers and jeers. Claudio lets that happen, Chuck gets back up, and Claudio BLASTS him back down! Claudio goes out, drags Chuck up and SMACKS him off the desk! And again! And again!

Claudio brings Chuck around to UPPERCUT him into the crowd! Claudio goes up and over, DDT onto a chair! Claudio hurries back into the ring, he wants the ring count to handle this. Chuck is down at 3 of 0, but wait, Trent & Rocky return. They cheer on their best friend, Chuck drags himself up and over as the count reaches 8 of 10! Chuck hurries up and in at 9! But Claudio runs in, only for Chuck to toss him back out! Fans fire up as Chuck FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Claudio! Fans fire up more and Chuck puts Claudio in the ring. Claudio staggers around, into a COMPLETE SHOT! KOJI KLUTCH!

Fans fire up as Claudio endures and reaches out! ROPEBREAK! Chuck lets go in frustration but he pounds the mat. Fans rally up with Chuck and he brings Claudio up. But Claudio fights the piledriver and UPPERCUTS! Chuck ROCKS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Chuck forearms, Claudio fires off shots! Claudio UPPERCUTS in the corner! Claudio keeps moving, and he UPPERCUTS again! Claudio goes in again, into a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! STUFF PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up for “CHUCKIE T! CHUCKIE T!” Chuck throws hands on Claudio and then runs, but into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!!

Chuck survives but Claudio stays right on him! GOTCH- NO, jackknife bridge! TWO!! Both men run in, Claudio LARIATS Chuck! Then RICOLA BOMB!!! Cover, Claudio wins!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (denies Chuck Taylor a title opportunity)

The time limit wasn’t needed, because Claudio still beat Chuck fast! And he barely keeps the Code of Honor this time, too. The Swiss Superman’s busy in AEW, but will he manage to find time for ROH this Summer?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode for ROH here, especially with the NJPW crossovers. Though, I’m a bit torn on Embassy VS LIJ. It is still impressive for Embassy to be undefeated this long, but I just knew Bushi was gonna take that loss no matter what. I’m not gonna say ROH World Six Man titles have been booked into a corner, but they’re going down a narrow alley where I can’t even figure out who could take those titles. And quite the surprise that the United Empire lost to Action, Darius & Daniels. The UE was running pretty hot, but I suppose they can take one loss. Darius & Action count as Junior Heavyweights, I would love if they got a shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles after Catch 2/2 deals with Bullet Club.

Great stuff from Desperado VS Mack, and good win from Desperado to have momentum going into next week’s NJPW Independence Day events. Desperado & Jun Kasai VS Moxley & Homicide in a No Disqualification tag, and then Desperado VS Moxley in “Final Death,” those matches are going to be wild. And great stuff out of Roppongi Vice VS House of Torture. This is the one time House of Torture didn’t use Evil, Dick Togo and other shenanigans, but that’s cuz Evil & Dick probably didn’t make the trick. Great win for RPG Vice, and great save from Cassidy. I would love to get full House of Torture VS Cassidy, Rocky, Trent & Chuck but Forbidden Door is only an annual thing.

And even the pure ROH material was good stuff. Good win for Diamante in the rematch, good win for Moriarty & Morrissey as well as for LFI taking on new teams, and great win in the 8 Man Tag for Vikingo, Komander & Lucha Bros. Great promo from Samoa Joe to call out Roderick Strong and to intimidate Stokely, and great promo from Kingdom and Jerry Lynn. I just knew the Mixed Six was coming, that is going to be great stuff. I feel like it’d work better in story if Adora & Infantry won here, and maybe the Kingdom can escalate things like they did with Action & Darius. I feel like ROH has to figure out how to do the ROH Tag Team Championship story, Lucha Bros are doing more on AEW than they are here. There’s a tag tournament in AEW, why not do a big tag contender match in ROH?

The Righteous VS Dark Order wasn’t quite what I expected given how they were building things. Where is the No Disqualification Tag match? No Disqualification Trios match? I will say it was still a clever way to sucker Uno like that and that helps Righteous win, but we should get to a blowoff already. Athena of course wins another Proving Grounds match, and commentary keeps it in mind that she and Willow Nightingale are facing off in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Maybe if Willow wins their match, Willow can come back for another shot at the ROH Women’s title at Death Before Dishonor.

And good promo from Claudio and Chuck to set up their own Proving Ground match. I suppose Claudio winning is fine, he’s a lot busier in AEW right now with Blood & Guts set for just days before Death Before Dishonor. There’s also plenty of heat still between Claudio and Eddie Kingston, they could run it back at DBD, but that assumes either guy is in any shape after Blood & Guts. ROH has only been back 18 weeks and it already feels like a mess because there isn’t a hard divide between the ROH roster and the AEW roster. Whoever they get to face Claudio should really beat Claudio and then stay dedicated to ROH so there can be better stories.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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

 

Holo.grm loads up.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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

 

The Bloodline speaks.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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