Is Jey The Right Hand Man? Or a loyal brother?
Last week, SmackDown saw Roman Reigns reject Jimmy Uso’s proposal to do things as equals. Will Jey stand by his brother? Or with his Tribal Chief?
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Santos Escobar w/ Rey Mysterio VS Mustafa Ali; Escobar wins and advances to MITB.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Bayley w/ Iyo Sky VS Mia Yim; Bayley wins and advances to MITB.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Baron Corbin VS Pete Dunne; Dunne wins and advances to MITB.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Shotzi Blackheart; Iyo wins and advances to MITB.
- WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Jey Uso; Theory wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman are in the ring.
The Enforcer of the Bloodline and the Wise Man are here, and Heyman starts his introductions, until JEY USO makes his entrance! Jey goes to the ring, gets a mic, and fans cheer as he stares down Heyman and Solo. Fans chant “USO! USO!” for Jey and he tells Solo, “I let a lotta things slide, aight? But stabbing our big brother in the back is something you don’t do, Solo! I don’t know if I can forgive you for that, so say what you need to say to me, OG.” Jey throws down his mic and Heyman speaks.
“You got this all wrong. You got this all wrong, and here’s why you got this all wrong. It’s not Solo’s fault, it’s not my fault, it’s not The Tribal Chief’s fault, it’s not your fault. This is all Jimmy’s fault!” Fans boo as Heyman says Jimmy made up his own mind, and not just for himself. Jimmy made up his mind for Jey. Heyman has Solo calm down and take a step back, saying it is okay. Heyman is no physical threat, so Jey needs to understand, Heyman’s opening his heart to him. And here’s why: when Jimmy kicked The Tribal Chief at Night of Champions, did he check with Jey in advance? Was Jey in on that? No!
Jimmy pulled the trigger for himself and for Jey, that’s how he’s always been. Jimmy’s the older brother, the first born! No disrespect to Jimmy, but Jimmy’s always resented Jey and here’s why. Jimmy’s in on something and Jey isn’t. Jimmy’s in on the fact that the Tribal Chief wants to groom Jey, The Right Hand Man, to be the next Tribal Chief. Fans boo, not believing that. Heyman says that is Jey’s destiny, that is who Jey will be. It was never going to be Jimmy, Jimmy’s known that, and he resents Jey for that. Heyman says the fans are booing because they don’t know the truth, but Heyman will prove it to Jey.
Tonight, at the Tribal Chief’s behest, Heyman has made a match to set Jey’s trajectory towards becoming the next Tribal Chief. Jey will bring gold back to the Bloodline. Not tag team gold. Because unfortunately, all because of Jimmy, there is no more tag team in the WWE known as The Usos. Fans boo that now, but Heyman continues. He didn’t want it this way either, but this is what Jimmy caused. Jey will bring home gold because tonight, The Right Hand Man, successor to the throne, will defeat Austin Theory for the United States Championship! Fans cheer that, though. Jey’s path as a singles star, his path to becoming THE World Heavyweight Champion, starts tonight!
And then, Jey, then the Tribal Chief will embrace you and publicly groom you so that some day, when the time is right, Jey Uso will become THE Tribal Chief. But Heyman needs Jey’s answer now. Fans boo that, but Heyman holds out the mic to Jey. Jey takes it, and he tells Heyman, “I’ll take you up on that US challenge, though, OG.” Heyman smiles and offers a handshake now. Jey looks at the hand, looks at Solo, and fans boo. They don’t want him to, but Jey says he’ll get back to Heyman on that. Fans cheer as Jey stands up for himself! At least, for the most part. But will Jey still take that US Championship away from Theory?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Santos Escobar w/ Rey Mysterio VS Mustafa Ali!
El Hijo del Fantasma has been wanting an opportunity to win a title, but so has The Beacon! Will Escobar join Zelina Vega at MITB in London? Or will Ali be showing off this golden ticket when he returns to NXT?
SmackDown returns and Ali makes his entrance. But wait, LA Knight makes his entrance now? The Mega Star is already going to MITB, maybe he just wants to watch this up close. The bell rings, fans cheer for LA Knight but Escobar gets fans on his side. Ali says he’s going to get that briefcase! Ali swings, Escobar blocks and counter punches, and Knight joins commentary. Escobar puts Ali in a corner, Ali turns things around to CHOP, but Escobar turns things around to CHOP back! Ali throws forearms, Escobar throws them back. Escobar whips, Ali reverses but Escobar ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM!
Ali goes to a corner, Escobar has the fans spell out “L! W! O!” Escobar runs in, Ali goes up and over and ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Escobar bails out, fans fire up and Ali eggs Escobar on. Escobar trips Ali, drags him out, and CHOPS him! Knight likes that action, and Ali CHOPS back! Escobar and Ali fires forearms, Ali whips, but Escobar reveres. Ali goes up the steps but Escobar goes up the apron! ENZIGURI, and then Escobar brings Ali to the apron. Ali fights the suplex, throws body shots, and throws knees. Ali throws forearms, Escobar shoves Ali back into the post! Escobar storms up to KICK Ali again!
Escobar FLYING RANAS Ali off the apron! Rey checks Escobar, he also clips the stairs. Escobar is alright, and he gets Ali back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Ali is still in this and he bails out of the ring. Escobar builds speed to DIVE! Arrow from Hell shoots Ali down at the ramp, and Knight says these guys know what this match is about! When you can change your career, you put your life on the line. The ring count starts, Escobar gets in the ring and climbs up a corner! Ali stands, Escobar SUPER CROSSBODIES! Direct hit again and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Escobar is on the apron while Ali is up top. Escobar ROCKS Ali, climbs up, but Ali CLUBS Escobar. They brawl up top, Ali CLUBS Escobar and throws hands. Escobar hits back, but Ali HEADBUTTS Escobar! Ali goes up but Escobar SHOVES him! Ali flips to land on his feet! But Escobar goes up, leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Fans lose their minds as Ali puts Escobar back in and climbs back up. Ali aims, 450 but he has to bail out as Escobar moves! Ali comes back, Escobar RAMS him into buckles! And then POISON-RANAS!! Cover, TWO!! Even Knight is impressed by this!
Fans rally up, both men go to corners, and Ali shakes out the stars. Escobar spells it out, “L! W! O!” DOUBLE KNEES in the corner and Ali staggers, into a fireman’s carry! But Ali slips free! Escobar throws elbows, Ali still O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Ali goes up the corner to leap, FLYING DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Escobar survives and Rey coaches him up. Fans fire up as Ali skins the cat to the top rope! But Escobar GAMANGIRIS! Escobar climbs up after Ali, throws elbows, and then drags him up to a fireman’s carry! Ali fires off elbows to fight it, but Escobar still stands! SUPER PHANTOM DRIVER!!! Cover, Escobar wins!!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
The LWO is sending both Escobar and Zelina now! Rey waves to the rest of the LWO, they all celebrate with Escobar. Knight says this is as close as Escobar’s gonna get to the briefcase, but will Knight be able to put his money where his mega mouth is?
Sami Zayn finds Jey backstage.
Sami says it’s a big night for Jey tonight. Jey has a big decision, Sami knows that. But here’s something Sami never got a chance to say when they were all in the Bloodline together. The time they all had together was some of the best times in Sami’s career, maybe even his whole life. It was certainly the same for Jey. And in another life, they’d both still be in Bloodline. Honorary Uce, Usos, the handshakes, the dance, making them all laugh even when they’re trying not to. But that couldn’t happen because of one man. And it isn’t even Roman Reigns, it’s this “Tribal Chief.”
When The Tribal Chief takes over, bad things happen. When the Tribal Chief takes over, that’s when Heyman’s voice starts kicking in, the paranoia starts and the manipulation starts. He pushes too far and then pushes some more. Sami did it, too. Sami admits he did everything he could to put the family first. He tried to keep things together, just like Jey, and it was never enough. Sami’s loyalty was tested over and over until it came down to him and his own brother, just like Roman’s doing to Jey. So tonight, Jey has a big choice. If Jey wants to roll with Roman and be the next Tribal Chief, fine. Sami gets that, he really does.
And Sami sincerely hopes Jey wins the US title tonight. Because then, they’ll all see that they need Jey more than he needs then. Whatever happens, just know that there are consequences going down that road. It means no more Jimmy & Jey, and no more Usos. That’s Jey’s brother. Do what is in Jey’s heart, not what is being put into your ear. Jey doesn’t say a word as he leaves. One way or another, will Jey be his own man? Or will he just be The Right Hand Man?
Kayla Braxton introduces Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn.
The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions make their way out, getting mics of their own, and Kayla welcomes them to SmackDown, only for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions to show up! Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler also have mics, and Shayna wants some “clarification.” There’s another team wanting to call themselves Women’s Tag Team Champions, huh? Well here’s a question for them: “How much do you know about the history of those titles right there?” Shayna & Ronda join Isla & Alba in the ring, and Shayna says SHE is the reason the NXT Women’s Tag titles are even a thing.
So technically, those “Shayna Baszler Commemorative Tag Titles” are hers. Ronda says she’s been crunching the numbers. They’ve been running through the division so fast, they’re gonna end up hungry soon. It’s true! But that made Ronda realize… Thijs division isn’t big enough for the two of them. Ronda & Shayna want what Alba & Isla have. Isla laughs and says, “How cute. So you two want to face us in a Unification Match? Oh, how exciting!” Alba says titles VS titles, “WE ACCEPT!” And then they DECK Ronda and Shayna! But Ronda throws Alba around in return! Shayna throws Isla out, Ronda isolates an arm, but Isla ROUNDHOSUES Shayna!!
Alba fights free, she and Isla mug Ronda, but then Shayna comes back! Shayna gets mugged, too! And gets a GOURD BUSTER, to a SHINING WIZARD! The Baddest Women on the Planet are in retreat from the Wicked Witches! Will Ronda & Shayna get beat at their own game?
WWE mourns the loss of The Iron Sheik.
Growing up in Iran, The Iron Sheik was as tough as they came. Sheik himself said that his country was known for two things: oil and wrestling. He was a wrestling champion in the Iranian National Army, then made the jump to sports entertainment. He used the political tension to become “one of the most despised villains” of his era. The flag, the clothes, the boots even. An impressive physique and strength, and his Camel Clutch was devastating. And in 1983, Sheik would shock the world by becoming a world champion. Sheik’s ability to get a strong reaction from fans was instrumental to bringing the WWE up in the 1980s.
Sheik’s impact and notoriety are undeniable, and he joined the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. From captivating persona to unparalleled charisma, the Iron Sheik’s legendary career puts him in a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide. Gone but never forgotten!
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Bayley w/ Iyo Sky VS Mia Yim w/ AJ Styles!
The Role Model already promised that Damage CTRL would dominate the Women’s MITB, win that briefcase, and then take a title for their own. Will Bayley be able to lead by example? Or will Michin take control of her own future?
SmackDown returns as Mia makes her entrance. The bell rings and Styles joins commentary, but Bayley throws a shirt at Mia! Bayley fires off with punches, they go out of the ring, and Bayley says she’s a genius! She SMACKS Mia off the desk, puts her in the ring, then mocks Styles’ pose. But then Mia DIVES out to wipe Bayley out! Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Mia puts Bayley back in, Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Another roll-up, ONE! Bayley staggers up, Mia trips her and fires off hands! The fans rally, Mia stacks to a cover, TWO! Mia drags Bayley up to CHOP! And haymaker! And repeat!
Mia has Bayley in a corner, fires off more, but the ref counts. Mia lets off, whips corner to corner, but Bayley reverses. Mia goes up and over and keeps moving, to duck ‘n ‘dodge and redirect to RANA! Bayley tumbles, fans fire up with Mia and she runs in, but Bayley puts her on the apron, Mia blocks, ROCKS, steps in and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Mia brings Bayley up and fires off Kawada Kicks! Bayley clutches her jaw as she goes to ropes, and she crawls to the apron. Mia storms up, the ref has her stay back to check on Bayley. But Bayley grins, she’s faking us out. But Mia BOOTS Bayley down first!
Mia didn’t fall for the tricks, and she has Bayley in the ropes. But Bayley pulls hair to RAM Mia into buckles! Styles protests, the fans boo, but Bayley hooks Mia up for a ROSE PLANT! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
Styles is upset, but Bayley did what she promised to do. Wait, Scarlett Bordeaux is here! And she walks right up to Styles, to blow DUST in his face! Styles reels back, and KARRION KROSS is there! He grabs Styles in the KROSSJACKET!! Styles can only kick and flail. But Mia rushes over! Kross shoves styles down, scoops Scarlett up, and fans boo as Mr. & Mrs. Doomsday get away. Will Styles look for revenge once he can see again?
Bianca Belair paces in Adam Pearce’s office.
She asks him if this is for real. He understands. Bianca wants to get after Asuka, but tonight, she is being presented with a brand new Women’s Championship belt. Oh, that’s cute. But once Bianca gets her hands on Asuka, she’s taking that title. Right, but between that and the women’s tag title unification, there is a lot going on. All he is saying is that he is asking her not to attack Asuka tonight. With respect, that has nothing to do with her. You expect her to do nothing after what Asuka’s done to her? Asuka stole Bianca’s title and tried to blind her! He gets it, he gets it! But she is in line for a rematch, so just for tonight, leave it alone.
Bianca likes that news. Since she’s getting her rematch, cool, she’ll give Asuka her moment. She won’t get involved, because she has her rematch. What will this new title look like? We’re about to see because that is up next, after the break!
Styles regroups with The OC backstage.
Styles is furious at Kross, but the Good Brothers have him calm down. Mia tells Styles they’ll get Kross AND his ratty witch, Scarlett! Styles wonders what Scarlett even used on him! When and where will The OC get revenge?
Adam Pearce is in the ring.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I have the honor of presenting the new WWE Women’s Championship. And so, without further ado, please join me in welcoming the current Raw Women’s Champion, the Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka!” Fans cheer as Asuka makes her way out and Pearce says on behalf of the WWE, it is his pleasure to present the brand new WWE Women’s Championship. And yes, it is white strap with gold face plate to parallel Roman’s Universal Championship. Pearce takes the old belt, and helps Asuka put on this belt. But then CHARLOTTE FLAIR appears?! The Queen returns to step on the Empress’s moment!
Fans go wild as Charlotte struts her way to the ring, Asuka is upset and Pearce looks as if he should’ve known better. Charlotte enters the ring, gets a mic, and Pearce asks, “What’re we doing, Charlotte? Listen, I know what you’re trying to do. At least I think I do.” Charlotte has to get in line. Charlotte asks, “Excuse me? I don’t wait in line! I MADE the line!” Fans cheer that! And Charlotte gives a “WOO~!” Charlotte says hi to Asuka. And she says no one respects Asuka more than her. But she still wants the title, so she’s challenging Asuka for the title! Asuka tells Charlotte in Japanese to bring it on!
Oh really? YES! SHE ACCEPTS!! Fans like that, but Pearce wants everyone to hold no. Charlotte says when he makes this official, he can put the belt around her waist. Charlotte avoids the mist!! She SMACKS Asuka off the podium to then BOOT her down! Asuka bails out, the new belt around her waist, but what is Adam Pearce to do? Charlotte wants a shot, he promised Bianca a shot, and MITB is coming, who is getting their match with Asuka?
Heyman meets with Jey in the locker room.
Heyman says Jey got him. That was really slick. He left Heyman hanging, a cliffhanger makes for good TV. Heyman’s whole life has been a cliffhanger. But what Jey needs to put in Heyman’s hand now are his passport and suit measurements. Heyman planning a wedding or something? Oh, this is much bigger than that. The passport is because Jey is going to fly on the Tribal Chief’s private jet, which will one day be Jey’s private jet, all the way to the UK for MITB with Roman, Heyman and Solo. The measurements is cuz next week, live on SmackDown, they will have a TRIPLE celebration!
One: Roman Reigns will be here live, that is always a celebration. Two: the NEW United States Champion, The Right Hand Man, Jey Uso! And three: a public acknowledgment that Jey Uso shall be groomed by Roman himself as the NEXT Tribal Chief. And now… Jey says he loves it! Next week, big celebration, Main Event Jey is the new US Champion. Yes! Count him in! But OG, why you so happy? Jey pats him on the shoulder as he says that if he’s in the Bloodline, that means Heyman’s out. YEET. Jey heads out, and Heyman scowls. Is this all going to blow up in the Wise Man’s face?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
He explains the situation as best he can, but this opportunity fell right into their laps. If you’re asking him, why not make it the night before MITB? Oh but Bianca walks in… Pearce hangs up and says he’ll figure this out. He better. And just so he knows, when Bianca gets her payback, it’ll be justified. Will the EST have her revenge one way or another?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Baron Corbin VS Pete Dunne!
The Lone Wolf is already acting like the gatekeeper to the main roster with how he’s treating the superstars of NXT, but will he also be a gatekeeper on who gets into the MITB match? Or will the Bruiserweight break Corbin and head for a golden opportunity in his home country?
SmackDown returns and we see Trick Melo Gang is in the front row! Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams have beef with Corbin, so it makes sense they’d be here. Corbin makes his entrance and fans boo, as per usual. Corbin gets a mic and says he hopes Trick Melo Gang are enjoying the show, because he’s about to put on another one when he beats Butch right here and now to go on to win MITB again! And Corbin is surprised they showed up. Melo saw what happened on NXT, right? So stay on the other side of the barrier where it’s safe, because Corbin doesn’t wanna have to drop Melo again. So sit down like the fans they are, and watch as Corbin punches his ticket.
The bell rings, Dunne runs in to ENZIGURI! And GAMANGIRI! Dunne keeps moving, to GAMANGIRI again! And then he shoves Corbin down, goes up, and TORNADO DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is still in this but Dunne goes up top! MOONSAULT, but Dunne rolls through as Corbin moves. Dunne comes back, but into a BACKBREAKER! Corbin rains down fists, then CLUBS away on Dunne. Fans boo but Corbin lets off to glare at Melo. Fans boo more as Corbin whips and scoops, but Dunne slips free to ENZIGURI again! Corbin flops to the apron, Dunne goes after him! Dunne hooks an arm, bends the fingers, but Corbin throws elbows!
Corbin swings but Dunne gets that arm! Dunne bends, then SNAPS the fingers!! Corbin clutches that hand, but he still DECKS Dunne with it! Corbin taunts Melo, Melo taunts him back. Fans boo Corbin as Corbin says this is how the big boys play. Corbin choke grips but Dunne jumps up to drag him down! Dunne traps an arm and hooks a leg for a cradle, DUNNE WINS!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
Corbin is stunned! Dunne snatches this away from him, and Trick Melo Gang tell him that’s what he gets! Will Dunne use this chance to become Mr. MITB? As for Corbin, he gets after Trick Melo Gang, the ref wants them to stay back, but Corbin DECKS Trick! So Melo DECKS Corbin! Corbin runs away, Trick Melo Gang jump the railing! Refs and security stop this from getting worse, but fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Will Corbin return to NXT on Tuesday to finish this with HIM?
Backstage interview with The Brawling Brutes.
Megan Morant congratulates Butch on the big win to get into his first ever MITB ladder match. How is he feeling? Dunne says he’s coming home, and he’s taking that briefcase! Every night they’re in the UK, it’ll be FIGHT NIGHT! FIGHT NIGHT! FIGHT NIGHT! But Corbin storms over and complains that that was not fair! Melo was there, causing problems, but then Cameron Grimes CLOBBERS Corbin! The Lone Wolf has nothing but enemies around him, is it all going to catch up to him?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Shotzi Blackheart!
Bayley made it into the ladder match, now the Evil Genius has her chance! Will DMG CTRL take over the UK? Or will the Wild Child #TCB and move on to MITB?
SmackDown returns as Iyo makes her entrance, Bayley by her side. The bell rings and Bayley distracts Shotzi. The ref reprimands, Shotzi swipes at Bayley, but Iyo CLOBBERS Shotzi! Cover, ONE, but Iyo underhooks. Shotzi slips out of the bomb to KICK Iyo, reel her in, and snap suplex her into a corner! Shotzi runs in but into a BOOT! Iyo goes up, and DOUBLE STOMPS Shotzi’s arm! Iyo wrenches that arm, CLUBS away on it, then wrenches again. Iyo knuckle locks, goes up and up, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Shotzi staggers away, Iyo climbs, and Iyo leaps, but Shotzi avoids the missile dropkick! And then hits a SLING-DOG!
Shotzi runs to KNEE Iyo, ROCK her, QUESTION MARK KICK, and then TIGER PLEX! Iyo flounders to a corner, Shotzi runs in to CANNONBALL! Iyo bails out but Shotzi builds speed. Shotzi DIVES and takes Iyo out at the ramp! Fans fire up and Shotzi puts Iyo back in the ring. Bayley frowns as Shotzi goes up the corner. But then Bayley distracts again! Fans boo but Iyo SHOTEIS! Iyo goes up after Shotzi but Shotzi throws body shots! Shotzi SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Iyo, resets, but Bayley trips her up while the ref is checking Iyo! Fans boo but Iyo upts Shotzi in the drop zone. OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Iyo wins!
Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
Big assist to Bayley, but the question is, did Bayley do that for Iyo? Or did she do that so she has an insurance policy in the ladder match?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
Kayla Braxton is with The Now, and asks him about tonight’s United States Championship match. How is he feeling? Well, that’s the thing. He was the last one to find out about that. Think about that! How disrespectful is that to the champ? But Roman Reigns pulls all the strings, does whatever he wants. Theory doesn’t make excuses. Sure, he had zero time to get ready, but all he gets are victories these days. And as far as tonight goes, Jey will get sent back to the Bloodline the failure that he is. Theory will beat him the same way he beat Cena at WrestleMania. And if Heyman is in need of a new client after tonight, then he’s invited to check out Austin Theory Live.
Kevin Owens meets with Sami backstage.
Kevin asks if Sami talked with Jey. Sami did. And how’d it go? Who knows. We’ll see. Then if that’s done, can they focus on the tag titles? Yes, of course. But then in walk Pretty Deadly. Sorry for interrupting, but Kit Wilson & Elton Prince have a quick question. When they come to SmackDown, have they ever thought about putting effort into how they look? Speaking of, how about defending those titles? Maybe against them? #YesBoy! But wait, Ridge Holland & Sheamus walk in. Pretty Deadly want a shot? Well, the Brawling Brutes think there should be a good ol’ fashioned fight to see who gets it.
Whoa, whoa, did someone mention a fight? Because Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows walk in, and say that the Good Brothers love a fight. Especially if it is for the tag titles. Hey, don’t leave the LWO out. Where’d Cruz & Wilde come from? And then with shout and a clap, in come the Street Profits! Montez Ford says if anyone’s getting a title shot, it’s them! But then Adam Pearce walks in to stop all the arguing. What’s going on here? Kevin explodes and says HE’LL tell Pearce what’s going on! He just wanted to have a chat with Sami, and then these guys showed up, and then them and them and them and everyone! They’re all too close, he can’t take it!!
Sami calms Kevin down, he has to think of his blood pressure. Sami explains that what Kevin’s trying to say is that apparently- EVERYONE WANTS A TITLE MATCH! That. Pearce says okay, let’s try this. Next week, a FIVE team gauntlet match. The winner will face Kevin & Sami for the titles. Everyone cheers, and Kevin says good, now leave them alone! Who from SmackDown will win their shot at the Undisputed Tag Team Championships?
Grayson Waller speaks.
“How does Grayson Waller wanna be remembered? That’s none of my concern, lad. History is nothing more than a set of lies agreed upon. But what I can promise you is I’ll never be untruthful to you. So let me tell you some absolutes. There is no one better in that ring than Grayson Waller. That entire locker room knows that I am the future of this company, and if they say otherwise, that is from fear or insecurity. But somehow, I’m the bad guy. I’m not evil! I’m inevitable. They paint me as a villain, I just autograph the artwork. And that is the Grayson Waller Effect.”
BREAKING NEWS on the various women’s title matches!
In three weeks, when SmackDown is in London, it will be Asuka VS Charlotte Flair for the brand new WWE Women’s Championship! Will the Queen once again take the throne? And in two weeks, the Women’s Tag Team Championship Unification happens! Will Ronda & Shayna or Alba & Isla be the first-ever Undisputed Women’s Tag Team Champions?
WWE United States Championship: Austin Theory VS Jey Uso!
This match may be out of nowhere, and it may only be as a bribe to get The Right Hand Man to stay with the Bloodline, but will #MainEventJey still become a singles champion? Or will Theory stay The Now of the WWE?
SmackDown returns as Theory makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see the future unfold before our eyes!
The bell rings and the two tie right up. Theory headlocks, Jey powers up and out, but Theory runs him over! Theory talks trash, things speed up, and Jey CLOBBERS Theory! Theory goes to ropes, Jey runs in to clothesline Theory up and out! Fans fire up with Jey and chant “USO! USO!” Jey goes out, brings Theory up, and TOSSES him over the desk! Fans fire up more as Jey stands on the desk! Main Event Jey is in control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Theory has Jey in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Jey as he fights up to his feet. Jey throws body shots, then haymakers! Theory throws the haymakers back, he and Jey go back and forth! Fans rally up, the two throw hands faster and faster, then Jey ducks to POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory flounders away to a corner while Jey keeps his cool. Jey says “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner, but Theory drop toeholds him into buckles! Theory then goes to the apron, slingshot somersault SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory is upset but the count was fair.
Fans rally, but Theory brings Jey up. Theory suplexes but Jey wrenches free. Theory dodges to CLUB Jey in the back! Theory torture racks, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Theory is furious! Fans rally for Jey but Theory says it’s time! Fireman’s carry, A-TOWN- NO! Jey slips free, mule kicks and UPPERCUTS! Theory BOOTS in return, then he blocks a kick! But not the DRAGON WHIP! Theory comes back to ROCK Jey, but Jey comes back to SUPERKICK! Theory falls into the ref!! Jey goes up, USO SPLASH! Cover, but no ref! Jey would’ve won twice over by now!
But wait, Pretty Deadly are here! They CLOBBER Jey! Kit & Elton are watching the back of their new pal, but wait! JIMMY is here! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Kit, and brawls with Elton! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Elton! Jimmy watches the back of his brother! But Solo CLOBBERS Jimmy!! The Enforcer still has his mission to get rid of the betrayer! But Jey stops Solo from hitting the spike! Solo shoves Jey away, but then dodges as Jimmy rushes in! The SUPERKICK hits JEY!! Jimmy is stunned, but Solo runs in! Jimmy TOSSES Solo out, then PLANCHAS! The brothers all take each other out, Theory capitalizes! Theory covers, Theory wins!!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
Fans boo as Theory survives again! This already ruins the Tribal Chief’s idea of a triple celebration, but what about everything else? Solo stands with Heyman at the ramp while Jimmy gets in the ring to check on Jey. Jey is frustrated, but Jimmy does his best to apologize. The fans cheer for the Usos, but Jey shoves Jimmy?! Jimmy explains it was all an accident, but Jey storms out of the ring. Jey looks to Heyman who shrugs and says he’s sorry. Jey just moves on past Heyman, but Heyman puts in a call to Roman Reigns. Jey hasn’t made a decision, but are things going according to plan?
Another great SmackDown with a lot set up as we approach MITB. Really good MITB qualifiers, though maybe a little surprising in some ways. I didn’t think Bayley was going to win, if only because I expected another instance where she would be envious of Iyo Sky and passive aggressively cost her. But instead, Bayley wins with some shenanigans and is also in. Scarlett & Kross going after Styles here was a nice touch, and we’re definitely getting Mia going after Scarlett in return. Sky VS Shotzi was also a good match, and so far, Iyo Sky feels like a favorite to win the Women’s MITB. But at the same time, the DMG CTRL break-up feels like it’s coming, so maybe Bayley and Iyo cancel out and someone else wins.
Escobar VS Ali was a great match, and LA Knight was pretty good on commentary. I figured with Ali as an NXT “callback,” it’d be Escobar winning this match. Likewise, with Corbin also hanging around NXT, Dunne winning made sense. I thought Grimes was going to be more involved but it ended up being Corbin getting cocky talking trash to Melo that cost him. I did like that Grimes got at Corbin backstage, so that Grimes and Corbin can feud on SmackDown while Corbin also loses to Melo in NXT. Dunne is going to have that London crowd fired up, but I can’t be sure he wins MITB given all the other great names in the match.
Hilarious promo with all the tag teams of SmackDown. Short tempered Kevin Owens is hilarious, too. But a gauntlet match seems like a letdown to me. Sure, it fills time, but there’s only so much that can happen with that format. And a lot of the time, it feels like the teams that are in the second half are the winners. But of the five teams in that match, Pretty Deadly are the likeliest winners, given how they’re literally the only Heels in that bunch and the champions are Faces. But even then, I don’t see Pretty Deadly winning. Yes, they’re great, but Kevin & Sami are even better and deserve to explore the possibilities on Raw, SmackDown, and maybe even in NXT.
Big stuff is happening with the various women’s titles, too. I had a feeling we’d get an interaction of Ronda & Shayna with Alba & Isla at some point, but having it right now is surprising. Title unification also felt like the logical step, but I don’t know if two weeks gives enough real build. Unless Isla & Alba do spooky scary things on Raw to mess with Ronda & Shayna. As I said before, Shayna has had run-ins with the supernatural, it might get to her, but I feel like Ronda’s gonna no sell that stuff.
What a legit surprise that Asuka is getting THE WWE Women’s Championship without even once confronting or being confronted by Rhea. How’s Rhea gonna respond on Monday? But not big surprise, Charlotte returns to get right into the title scene. Bianca is understandably upset by that, but I suppose she’s getting the winner of Asuka VS Charlotte at some point, like at SummerSlam in Detroit. Asuka VS Charlotte in a few weeks will be awesome, could go either way, but I would prefer Asuka wins so that Charlotte doesn’t just immediately get to her 15th reign. At least, I think it’s 15, I forget how WWE is counting things.
And of course, great stuff in the Bloodline story. Did not think Roman via Heyman would try to bribe Jey. But I liked how Jey was throwing the mind games back at Heyman. Honestly, yeah, if Jey replaces Roman, the day that happens, Jey would just pardon Jimmy and fire Heyman to start things fresh. But anyway, great main event match, and of course it got overbooked. Theory & Pretty Deadly are sticking together since they’re all egomaniacs, and then Jimmy helping Jey backfires, all classic pro-wrestling tropes. I would think Jey still chooses Jimmy, but maybe he can string Roman along next week into thinking Jey’s “fallen in line.” Then surprise! Usos ruin things for Roman on his celebrating of whatever, then tag match of Usos VS Roman & Solo.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Will the Mad King regret this gamble?
Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
- The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!
The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!
The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.
Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!
Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!
Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.
Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!
Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.
Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)
A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!
And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?
AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.
Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?
NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!
The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?
The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.
Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.
Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!
Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)
Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?
Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?
Aussie Open speaks.
Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!
The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?
The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!
Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?
The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?
Ortiz sits alone in a room.
He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?
Darby Allin speaks.
After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?
Nick Wayne speaks.
He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.
And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?
Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.
Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.
And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?
AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!
While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!
Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.
Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!
The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!
Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!
They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!
Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!
Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?
A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.
Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.
Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.
Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.
And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)
King VS Emperor to determine a champion!
One way or another, the US title belongs to the LWO!
Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Championship against friend and protege, Santos Escobar! But will things stay friendly between them?
- Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson; Jimmy wins.
- Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes; Theory wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Rey wins and retains the title.
- Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Charlotte wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline is here!
Fans boo as Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman head to the ring. And Jimmy is definitely hyped over how he and Solo took down AJ Styles and John Cena, putting the tag team match at Fastlane into question. Heyman has the mic to introduce himself, but the fans keep on booing. His name isn’t “Boo,” he’s Paul! Heyman! And tonight, a rare opportunity that he doesn’t have to do this into the phone but live to the world here from SmackDown, in the hell hole of Sacramento, California. “We ACKNOWLEDGE our Tribal Chief!” The Bloodline throws up the ones, and Heyman says, “And so do each and every single one of you!”
The fans boo, though some do raise the fingers. Heyman asks us why do they acknowledge Roman… Reigns? Because it is in Roman’s name that last week, the second greatest of all time, John Cena, took a beating at the hands of the Bloodline in a way Cena hasn’t taken in at least a decade. And to wit, Heyman calls our attention to the Bloodline version of the Zapruder Film. Heyman plays footage from just last week, where Cena was the only one who signed the contract to have a match for Fastlane. Cena hoped AJ Styles was going to be his partner, but then the Bloodline struck first and hospitalized AJ Styles.
And back to present, fans are booing but Jimmy’s almost cracking up. Heyman says not to get involved in Cena’s business, but a little birdie told Heyman that there are some transportation issues this evening. And while Cena is expected to make it here, you can’t see him because Cena is NOT here. But y’know who else ain’t here? AJ Styles! And why is that? Because he’s lying in a hospital bed, watching them on SmackDown and- Jimmy holds his hand out for the mic? Heyman says he wasn’t done but Jimmy snatches the mic. “Sacramento! The Bloodline is now in your city!” Heyman sighs while Jimmy raises the one.
Jimmy tells the Wise Man, you are too kind. The real reason Cena isn’t here tonight is because he’s scared! Scared of one JIM USO! Jimmy says if Cena is smart, he’ll stay far, far away. If not, they’ll take care of him like they did the Phenomenal One! The one who built the house, place, face- KARL ANDERSON CLOBBERS SOLO! Then he TACKLES Jimmy! Jimmy gets up but Karl clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Karl as he represents for The OC! Karl says he told Styles not to get in Bloodline business and now Styles is in the hospital. So now, this is OC business! Any one of them, get in the ring with him!
Fans fire up but Heyman has Solo stand down. Heyman whispers things to The Enforcer, and then Solo tells Jimmy to handle this or he’ll do it for him. Jimmy says he’s got this. Solo doesn’t return the high-five, but will Jimmy return fire on the Machine Gun?
Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson!
SmackDown returns and the match is going as Karl bumps Jimmy off buckles! Then CHOPS! And fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Karl lets off but then stomps a mudhole! Karl lets off to tell Heyman & Solo they made this personal. Karl stands Jimmy up but Jimmy swings. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK! Karl says he told Styles not to get involved but too late now. Karl whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Jimmy runs, but Karl gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Heyman is worried but Solo is stoic as Jimmy survives. Karl storms up on Jimmy, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS again!
Karl brings Jimmy up to the top rope, ROCKS him with rights, then climbs. Solo steps forward and that distracts Karl, as well as the ref. Jimmy CLAWS Karl’s eyes! The ref misses it but fans boo as Jimmy rains down fists on Karl. Jimmy snarls, goes to a corner, and he SUPERKICKS Karl down! Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up, and scowls at the booing fans before the USO SPLASH! Cover, Jimmy wins!
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall
Heyman is relieved and he whispers something more to Solo. Jimmy may be getting himself into trouble, but he’s also getting himself out, will this get Jimmy back in the Bloodline?
Wait, Karl isn’t done! He gets up to throw more hands with Jimmy! Solo storms in to hit the SAMOAN SPIKE! Solo roars as Karl is down, no back-up even possible with both Styles and Gallows hurt. Is the OC no longer a problem for The Bloodline? Wait, Michin is here! She SLAPS Jimmy right down! Fans are thunderous as she storms to the ring. Jimmy asks what the heck! Mia Yim packs a punch, will that knock some sense into Jimmy?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley is with The Emperor of Lucha, and says that he faces his mentor and LWO teammate, Rey Mysterio. Where is his mind at tonight? Santos says his mind is focused, but his stomach has butterflies. But this match is about heart. And Santos has already said this is a dream match for him, and he has been working his entire life for it. Now, with the whole world watching, he has a chance to make the dream come true. He never gives up on his dreams, and he will fight for them, so Rey is in for the fight of his life. May the best man win. Will it be Emperor or King of Lucha that reigns as the United States Champion?
The Bloodline regroups backstage.
Jimmy is fuming and he yells at a production staff member just for looking at him. He asks another if they saw what happened, then just shoves the guy down! Jimmy storms off, Solo follows and Heyman has the staff relax. Then he puts in a call to Roman Reigns. What will The Tribal Chief have to say about Jimmy’s attitude?
It’s an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The Aussie Icon, the Moment Maker, the Dynamite From Down Under is already in the ring on his set, and he says what a wild night already. Cena may be the greatest of all time, but he ain’t the greatest at being on time! Hah! But don’t worry, because Waller is here to save the show. Fans boo but Waller thanks them. Waller’s guests just keep getting bigger, and this is literal given the physical specimen. He has done everything in the WWE as a performer, but not as a talent scout. But that’s alright, he gets what he’s always been missing: the Waller rub! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the All Mighty Bobby Lashley!
Fans cheer as Lashley makes his way out and Waller does some push-ups so he looks at least a little bigger standing next to him. They shake hands and then sit at the desk. Waller says he wasn’t lying when the guests keep getting bigger, right? How does he fit into the suit? But Waller appreciates Lashley being on the show, especially after the week he’s had. His boys, the Street Profits had a devastating loss last week. Lashley says he made a mistake. He was looking for the next big thing, he thought the Profits had what it takes to do whatever they want, but seems not. Back to the drawing board, huh?
Wow, that must be hard for the Profits to hear. But yeah, if you’re looking for a tag team, they need to be willing to do whatever it takes. A team with unbridled charisma! A team that is undefeated! Maybe a team like Austin Theory & Grayson Waller! Lashley’s stare makes Waller slow his roll. Lashley knows all about Theory, that’s a pass. Yeah, but Theory’s changed! If you get to know him, he’s a good bloke! And- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came dressed to match Lashley, and Lashley seems rather upset and confused. The Profits step into the ring, mics in their hands.
Lashley steps to them, and he stops Dawkins before he gets started. No excuses, no reasons. If they want something out of Lashley, they need to prove it. Lashley goes to leave, and then the Profits look to each other. They storm out after Lashley and get up in his face! Lashley says he told them what to do. Now go do it. He keeps on moving, and Waller says how awkward. Hey, light the beam for the 153 million hit man, Austin Theory! Theory makes his entrance, walking past Lashley on the stage, and then continues down the ramp. He smirks at the Profits and goes to the steps, with Waller being the only one cheering.
But will it be A-Town Down as Theory faces Cameron Grimes? Or will SmackDown go TO~ THE~ MOON~?
Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes!
SmackDown returns, Theory is busy looking at NXT’s Dragon Lee watching from the front row, and the bell rings. Theory turns around into a BOOT from Grimes! Grimes fires off KICKS, UPPERCUTS, and then CHOPS! Grimes whips, Theory reverses but Grimes CLOBBERS Theory! Grimes keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Theory again! Atomic drop, then KICK! Then a KICK, run, and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Theory scrambles, Grimes has the leg, and Grimes drags Theory back. Theory kicks free, Waller coaches Theory up and Theory ELBOWS Grimes! And throat chops!
Theory throws down clubbing hands while fans boo, but Theory shouts at everyone. Theory brings Grimes up, talks trash, but Grimes eggs him on! Grimes fires off fists, body shots, then backs Theory to a corner. Grimes whips, Theory reverses, then Theory runs in. Theory blocks a boot but Grimes ENZIGURIS! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Theory hangs tough and Waller relaxes. Grimes aims, and he BUZZ- NO, Theory ducks! So Grimes backflips to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Theory survives but Grimes storms up on him in the corner. Grimes KICKS Theory against ropes!
Grimes runs, then he clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Grimes goes to the apron, and he PENALTY KICKS Theory down! Fans fire up with the Carolina Caveman as he takes it to Mr. ATL. Waller talks trash, though, and Grimes stares him down. Theory POSTS Grimes in the distraction! Waller laughs, Theory drags Grimes up and in, and then Theory slingshots. Somersault SHOTGUN! Grimes staggers into the fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Waller’s a baller with that assist to his boy, and The Now comes out on top! Will these two look to take over SmackDown one win at a time? Theory also talks some trash on Dragon, then pie faces him! So Dragon hits back! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Theory back. Dragon is here as a guest, but Waller says Dragon can’t do nothing anyway. Will this duo hope Boy Wonder stays away from this brand?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton is with the US Champion and says earlier tonight, Santos said this wasn’t just a dream match, but the fight of their lives. What is Rey’s response? Rey says LWO is familia and will always be that. But he knows how hard Santos has worked to get here. Heck, Rey grew up watching Santos’ father, El Fantasma. So Rey has nothing but love and respect for Santos. But be careful what you wish for. Every time Rey steps in the ring, he expects the best of his opponent and brings the best in return. So Santos, like they say, this IS the fight of their lives! May the best man win. Rey seems to feel the same way as Santos, but will either man still feel good after taking a loss?
The Bloodline is beating up Ashante THEE Adonis?!
B-Fab shouts for Jimmy to stop but Jimmy stops when he says he’s stopping! Refs and producers rush in and Jimmy says okay, his bad, he’s done now. Adonis crawls away, but Solo is there! Jimmy says finish this, Solo! UREANGE through the table!! Hit Row suffers the wrath of The Bloodline, but when and where will it stop?
WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!
SmackDown returns as Zelina is ringside for both men, and Santos makes his entrance. Santos says hola to Dragon before getting in the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who holds gold for the L W O!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. They go around, Santos waistlocks but Rey works on an escape. Santos holds tight, they sit down, and Rey moves around. Rey fights up, jumps, but Santos holds on during the flying mare! Santos shifts to go for an abdominal stretch but Rey fights it to have a toehold. Fans rally and duel, Santos chinlocks but Rey pulls on the leg. Santos uses that to body scissor, and he rolls Rey to a cover, ONE! Rey is still stuck in the scissors but he moves around. Rey claws at the hold, Santos shifts and has the back mount to then roll Rey again. Rey slips free and the two stand off.
Fans cheer as Rey and Santos reset. Santos trips Rey, blocks the headscissor, but Rey gets up. Santos wrenches, wristlocks, but Rey flips through! Santos whips, Rey reverses but Santos reverses again. Rey is on the apron but he RAMS into Santos! Rey slingshots but Santos stops the rana to GAMANGIRI! Rey falls, Santos PLANCHAS! Down goes Rey at the ramp and Zelina is worried for both men as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Santos has Rey in a modified stretch. Rey endures, Santos shifts his grip, but Rey fights free. Santos has a hammerlock to keep Rey close, and Santos wrangles Rey down. Rey fights up, fans rally, and Rey jumps to hit that flying-mare! Fans fire up as Santos speeds things up and runs Rey over! Things keep moving, Rey dodges but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rey hangs tough, and Zelina is again torn. She rallies the fans more for the LWO than for either man. Santos waistlocks, Rey switches, but Santos switches back. They go to ropes and Rey bucks the O’Conner.
Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Santos outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed, goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Down goes Santos! Fans fire up with Rey and he hears the ring count. Rey drags Santos up, puts him in at 6 of 10, and then climbs the corner. Santos stands, Rey SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Santos! Both men are down and fans rally up more. But wait, Jimmy and Solo are still wreaking havoc backstage? SAMOAN SPIKE for security! Jimmy says that guy won’t be Cena’s partner, either! Back to the ring, fans rally for “619! 619!” as Rey goes to ropes.
Santos stands, he rushes in to sunset flip, but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Santos is dazed, Rey calls his shot and he drop toeholds Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up as fans go wild, but Santos SUPERKICKS Rey outta the ring! Santos takes aim, builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Rey! Santos catches his breath while he stands back up, and then he goes up the barriers? To MOONSAULT Rey on the ramp! Zelina is worried again but Santos puts Rey back in the ring. Rey staggers and goes to the far side but Santos takes aim. “This is Awesome!” as Santos spells it out, “L! W! O!”
Santos goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Rey wobbles, but Santos puts him back in the corner. Santos goes again, DOUBLE KNEES! Santos hoists Rey up top, climbs up after him, but Rey HEADBUTTS! Rey fires forearms and he knocks Santos down! Santos stands up while Rey steadies himself, but Santos GAMANGIRIS first! Santos climbs up again, goes to the very top, and he whistles for the SUPER STEINER! Zelina couldn’t even watch that, worried for both men. Santos goes to the apron, to SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Santos is a bit surprised as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns yet again and Santos has Rey against ropes. Santos CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as Rey staggers. Santos whips, BOOTS, and then brings Rey around. Santos picks Rey up into a GORY ESPECIAL! Rey endures being bent back, and Santos even pulls on the arms! Fans rally, Rey fights against the hold, and pops free to arm-drag! Fans fire up as REy goes to a corner, and Santos runs in, only to be put on the apron! Santos GAMANGIRIS, Rey staggers, and then Santos fires up! Santos climbs, leaps, but Rey dodges and the crossbody flops! Rey lines up a shot, runs and springboards but then Santos dodges!
Rey and Santos are both down after those belly flops, and fans rally as both men rise up. Santos runs in, scoops Rey and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally as Rey staggers up, but into a tilt-o-whirl torture rack! Santos runs around with Rey, then hits a RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! Zelina is relieved again but Santos is surprised. Rey tells Santos to bring it on, there needs to be a winner. Santos storms up to CHOP! And whip, but Rey KICKS back! Rey runs to RAN- NO, Santos blocks that! Santos swings Rey up but Rey sunset flips! TWO!! Santos escapes and even Zelina is stunned! Fans fire up again, “This is Awesome!”
Rey runs in, Santos puts him on the apron but Rey ROCKS Santos first! Then Rey goes up a corner, brings Santos up to join him, and then adjusts position to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Rey calls the shot, but Santos drags Rey into a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows, then pops up to SUPER RANA!! Fans are thunderous while Santos sits up in a daze! Rey DROPKICKS Santos onto ropes! Dial it up! 6 1 9 BLOCKED! Santos drags Rey into an Alabama Lift! But Rey holds the ropes for dear life! Rey then RANAS Santos back onto ropes, redials, and 619 HITS!!! Rey hurries up top, says hey to Eddie, and hit a FROG- NO!
Santos avoids the splash, CLUBS Rey, covers, TWO into the ghost pin! TWO!!! Both men escape by nanoseconds but Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM- TAKEDOWN! Rey has a spladle! REY WINS!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
And the greatest luchador of all time comes out the champion! Santos is stunned, but Rey offers him a handshake of respect. They are still familiar, aren’t they? WAIT! The Profits attack!! Dawkins & Ford mug Rey & Santos, this must be how they’re proving Lashley wrong! They hit Escobar with a BIG LARIAT! Fans boo but here comes Lashley! The All Mighty says that’s it! That’s what he wanted! But then here comes the rest of the LWO! Lashley CLOBBERS Wilde while Ford & Dawkins mug Cruz! But Dragon Lee wants to get in! Security keeps him back, he’s just here as a guest! So Wilde is fed to the REVELATION!
The fans boo but The All Mighty has his Profits! Will they soon run SmackDown with iron fists?
The LWO regroups.
They’ve all got icepacks in the medical trainer’s room, and Kayla walks in to congratulate Rey on the win. But before the team could celebrate the moment, they got jumped by The Profits. Santos says sorry, excuse him, but the Profits ruined the moment! Rey says they beat the Profits last week, and now Lashley and them act like they run SmackDown! LWO challenges Lashley & The Profits to a match at Fastlane! Let’s see how tough they are when it’s fair and square! What will happen when these factions go to war in Indianapolis?
WWE announces a huge signing!
Former AEW TBS Champion and rising star, JADE CARGILL, is now with WWE! She got 20 MILLION views on a video just for showing up at the Performance Center! Will a storm be coming for the WWE Women’s Division?
John Cena arrives backstage!
He pulls in rather fast and furious, and he storms right into the arena, that tag match contract in his hands! Will Cena find someone Jimmy & Solo haven’t destroyed to sign on the dotted line? Is there even anyone left?
Pretty Deadly has a video message.
“On July 14th, 2023, Elton prince suffered a devastating shoulder injury. Despite all odds, he is on the road to recovery.” It’s another rehab workout montage, but Elton is still in the wheelchair… Elton works on reaching out for hot tags, swinging chairs, ends up rolling downhill during a celebration, and can’t even poke eyes properly. But as he continues to work at it, he has the courage to stand up and tag in Kit! #YESBOY! #EltonStrong.
The Brawling Brutes are watching this.
Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne look at each other, and neither of them can even process this. Dunne feels maybe they should’ve broken Elton’s leg. The idiots. Will Elton & Kit hope they can stay far, far, far away from Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight?
Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!
The Queen did what she could to help The Empress of Tomorrow hold off the Evil Genius and her cohorts, but all that got them was a win for Iyo Sky and this rivalry rematch with the Role Model! Will Bayley make an example out of her fellow Horsewoman? Or will Charlotte make Bayley bow down?
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance, Iyo and Dakota right behind her. But then Charlotte has Bayley hold on so she can get a mic. Charlotte has a question for Bayley: What’s happened to you? Bayley is one of the Four Horsewomen, but now she’s just happy carrying Iyo’s bags. Bayley has become a stepping stone while Charlotte is still the measuring stick. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. Bayley is just in Charlotte’s way. She’ll beat Bayley tonight, and then challenge Iyo for the WWE Women’s Championship at Fastlane! Fans fire up for that, and the bell rings. Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte!
Bayley fires off, all riled up after what Charlotte said. DMG CTRL cheers and high-fives Bayley. Bayley CHOPS Charlotte, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Bayley ROCKS Charlotte, lets off, and brings Charlotte around to whip. But Charlotte reverses to send Bayley into the corner, and she CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Charlotte CHOPS again! Charlotte whips, Bayley reverses but Charlotte goes up and out to BOOT Bayley down! Iyo swipes at Charlotte, then Bayley BLASTS Charlotte down! Bayley goes out to the apron, to then FLYING ELBOW Charlotte down! DMG CTRL is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Charlotte is up top, to CROSSBODY Bayley down! Fans fire up with Charlotte as she storms around. Bayley flounders to ropes, stands up, and Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And then CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Charlotte says one more, then CHOPS Bayley again! Charlotte swings, Bayley dodges but Charlotte scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up again! Charlotte handsprings to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Charlotte knows she’s tough. Bayley bails out to the apron, Charlotte storms over, but Bayley HOTSHOTS!
Bayley slides in, waistlocks, but Charlotte bucks the O’Conner, to then trip Bayley! Bayley scrambles, Charlotte steps over to drop a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley goes to a corner and Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Bayley staggers, but she BOOTS back! But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while the fans rally up. Charlotte steps on Bayley and goes to the corner, then goes up the corner, only for Bayley to YANK her down! Bayley puts Charlotte in the ropes, throw hands, then hits a STOCK DROP! Shoutout to another of the Horsewomen! Bayley then SUNSET BOMBS Charlotte into buckles! Bayley drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO!
Bayley tells fans to shut up, don’t cheer for her! Dakota and Iyo cheer her on, though, and Bayley fires forearms on Charlotte! Bayley mocks the “WOO~!” then CHOPS! Bayley CHOPS Charlotte again and again, runs, but Charlotte SPEARS her down! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
DMG CTRL can’t believe it, but their Role Model lost! The Queen is already wearing yellow ‘n’ block to match Fastlane’s logo, will she take that gold off Iyo? Bayley gets a mic to shout, “Cut the music, you idiots!” Bayley won’t let Charlotte just cut the line! Bayley vowed to end Charlotte, and that’s what DMG CTRL is gonna do! The three surround the ring, but here comes ASUKA! The Empress joins the Queen to run off their common enemies! Asuka gets a mic to shout “OI OI OI OI!” What do you idiots think you’re doing?! She won’t let them do whatever they want! Bayley says okay, they want a Triple Threat for the women’s title?! Then they’ve got it!!
Wait, what? Iyo is confused, but Bayley says this is totally what Asuka said. No, Iyo knows what Asuka said and it wasn’t that! But Bayley says this is so they can teach both Asuka and Charlotte a lesson! Bayley sticks her foot in Iyo’s mouth again, will the Evil Genius have to really work hard on a plan to survive Fastlane?
John Cena heads to the ring!
Sacramento fires up as Cena storms out, saying we’re getting serious tonight! Cena slides into the ring, contract still in hand. Cena also gets a mic, and he tells Sacramento, “I hear ya out there!” Sacramento chants for Cena and so he knows they hear him. And he knows that because last week, he said he was back to compete and that he wanted a match. The Bloodline didn’t take too kindly to that, though. They left Cena knocked out, but they also left him with the contract. This is the contract for a match with them at Fastlane. Yeah, a little lukewarm, because there’s a problem: Cena doesn’t have a partner.
Cena says tonight is very important, because now he has a choice to make. He could rip up the contract and act like this didn’t happen. Fans boo that idea. Or he could stand and fight. The fans like that! So what do you think the man who wears the words “Never Give Up” is gonna make? They cheer the second so he says that’s damn right! He will honor this contract! And if he doesn’t find a partner by Fastlane, then he will fight The Bloodline by himself in a 2v1 Handicap! But speaking of, here comes The Bloodline! Jimmy grins as he has the mic again. “Well, look who finally showed up.”
Cena’s out here talking about Fastlane? Did he not just see what The Bloodline’s been doing all night? They were sending messages! If you team with Cena, you get got by The Bloodline! Fans boo, but Jimmy goes to the apron to tell Cena, “You’re not making it to Fastlane!” But then Cena DECKS Jimmy! Solo stares Cena down, fans fire up, and Solo gets in the ring! Cena throws off the shirt because it is go time! Solo swings, misses, and Cena fireman’s carries, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Flashbacks to last week, HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Solo adds a HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Jimmy whips Solo in for another HIP ATTACK!
Fans boo as Cena flops out of the ring. The Bloodline clears off the announce desk! They put Cena on it, and Jimmy raises the one. Jimmy goes up the steps but Solo stops him. Solo wants this one! Jimmy grins and nods and lets Solo climb. But L A KNIGHT is here!! Fans are thunderous as the Mega Star storms down, slides in, and he dodges Jimmy to BLAST Solo! And then he BLASTS Jimmy! Knight stomps a mudhole into Jimmy but Solo stops him! So Knight fires off haymakers! Solo TOSSES Knight, but misses the splash! JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jimmy is up, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM!
Fans fire up, and they spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop for Jimmy! Cena is back and he TOSSES Solo! Knight TOSSES Jimmy! Mega Star and Greatest of All Time look to each other, and Knight picks up the contract! Fans are electric as Knight signs his name! Cena can’t believe it, either! He has a tag partner for Fastlane? YEAH!! Will Cena and Knight show The Bloodline whose game is it? With EVERYBODY saying… L A KNIGHT, YEAH!!
An awesome episode of SmackDown, especially with how fired up the Sacramento crowd was for everything. Great stuff with Bloodline and such, taking logical yet still exciting turns. Karl Anderson going after The Bloodline was good, because as much as Karl didn’t want Styles getting involved, but he also wasn’t going to let The Bloodline get away with this. Though, Karl didn’t really accomplish much as he got cheated in that match. That slap from Mia was great, though. Then Jimmy & Solo going on a rampage backstage was a great way to show how Jimmy is drunk with power all because he thinks Roman will have his back. Roman most certainly won’t now that Jimmy’s actions have brought LA Knight into the story. Great save from Knight, and he will make a great team with Cena.
Great “main event” match from Charlotte VS Bayley, and that black ‘n’ yellow gear is pretty cool stuff from Charlotte. DMG CTRL of course tries to help Bayley but that backfires. And then I actually like that we’re going back to Bayley talking big and putting Iyo on the spot. The Triple Threat title match is going to be great, and is actually some mad genius thinking from Bayley. DMG CTRL can now legally interfere to make sure Iyo wins against Charlotte and Asuka, but I feel like this can also bring in Shotzi or even Bianca to counteract DMG CTRL. Either way, it’ll be some great stuff to really up things in the SmackDown Women’s Division.
Hilarious vignette from Pretty Deadly, and good response from Brawling Brutes. That feud will definitely start up again after Fastlane and give us a SmackDown contender for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Really good stuff out of the Grayson Waller Effect with Lashley putting the pressure on the Profits. Almost thought they were gonna jump Theory since Lashley doesn’t like Theory, but I guess that would make this faction Faces since Theory is Heel. It was nice to see Grimes back, though he does lose to Theory. Dragon Lee being here tonight makes me think he is called up to SmackDown after he screws Dominik Mysterio out of the North American title tomorrow night.
And after just an awesome US Championship match, the Profits instead go after the LWO, a logical move given the back and forth between the factions. LWO wants a Six Man Tag, but does that mean it’ll be Santos, Cruz & Wilde? Or is Rey going to take one of the spots? Either way it’ll be a good time but it feels like the All Mighty Profits are going to take that one to build their momentum towards their own title goals. Lashley VS Rey for the US Championship with Santos helping feels like the move. Maybe there’s tension created as Santos costs Rey, or as Rey says Santos can’t be bending rules just to win. It just feels like something’s going to/has to change in the group dynamic.
My Score: 8.9/10
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