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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/28/23)

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Jerry “The King” Lawler makes his picks!

NXT Deadline is looming, and there are still spots to fill in the Iron Survivor Challenge! Who did WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler choose?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Tony & Stacks win and retain the titles.
  • Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge Qualifier: Kiana James VS Kelani Jordan; Kelani wins and advances to NXT Deadline.
  • Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge Qualifier: Bron Breakker VS Eddy Thorpe; Bron wins and advances to NXT Deadline.
  • Ilja Dragunov VS Nathan Frazer; Dragunov wins.
  • Karmen Petrovic VS Arianna Grace; Grace wins.
  • Lexis King VS Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley & Josh Briggs; King wins.
  • Dirty Dom’s Fatal 4 Way Challenge: Wes Lee VS Cameron Grimes VS Johnny Gargano VS Bronson Reed; Wes wins and will challenge Dominik Mysterio for the North American Championship at NXT Deadline.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Tag Team Championships: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!

It’s family against family, and this one’s gotten personal! The former Lotharios took the fight to The Don & Stacks in a parking lot, and- WAIT! They’re brawling now! Tony & Stacks are returning fire and fans fire up! Tony RAMS Angel into barriers, Angel RAMS Tony into the apron! So Tony RAMS him again! Carrillo keeps on Stacks but Stacks POSTS Carrillo! But then Garza throws Tony away to then DROPKICK Stacks! The cousins go looking for weapons, but the ref tells them no! And then Stacks FLIES out onto them! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Stacks puts Carrillo in, and the bell rings as Tony starts firing haymakers!

Fans rally up as Stacks CLOBBERS Garza on the outside! Tony DECKS Carrillo, tags Stacks, and then gut wrenches Carrillo. Canadian Rack NECKBREAKER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Stacks fires hands on Carrillo, has him in a corner for more shots, then climbs up. Fans rally up for Stacks and he rains down fists! The ref counts, but the fans also count. Stacks gets to eight but Carrillo shoves him and BOOTS him! Carrillo CLUBS Stacks, back suplexes, but Stacks lands on his feet! Stacks drop toeholds Carrillo onto ropes, tags Tony, and Tony CLUBS Carrillo! Tony throws hands, has Carrillo in a corner, and then hits a BELLY2BELLY!

The fans fire up as Tony ROCKS Carrillo! Then clinches to BELLY2BELLY again! Tony reels Carrillo back in, fires off body shots, and the fans fire up. But Garza saves Carrillo from a suplex! So Tony fires off shots on him! But Carrillo springboards to GAMANGIRI! Fans boo but Carrillo stomps away. Carrillo puts Tony in the corner, tags Garza, and they mug Tony. Garza stomps a mudhole, the ref counts, and Garza lets off. Carrillo gets a cheap shot in, but Garza storms back up. Fans rally for Tony but Garza UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS! Tag to Carrillo, and they set Tony up, but Tony fights free and he TACKLES Carrillo!

Hot tag to Stacks! Stacks rallies on the cousins, DROPKICK for Garza! DROPKICK for Carrillo! Fans fire up as Stacks runs corner to corner, but Garza saves Carrillo again! GAMANGIRI, tag, but Stacks fights back. Garza ROCKS and CHOPS Stacks, then snapmares him for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stacks hangs tough but Garza drags him up. Starks fires body shots while the fans rally but Garza CLUBS him! Tag to Carrillo, the cousins double whip Stacks for a double hip toss, DOUBLE FACEBUSTER! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Stacks survives but Carrillo drags him up. Carrillo ROCKS Stacks, Stacks throws hands back!

Fans fire up but Carrillo headlocks. Stacks powers out, Tony tags in, mule kick and waistlock, UPPERCUT GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Tony and he brings Carrillo around. Tag to Stacks, and then he hoists Carrillo up. They both climb, but Garza trips Stacks! And Carrillo SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS! The cousins combine on Stacks, SUPER ROCKET LAUNCHER! Fans are torn while Stacks writhes, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Carrillo hurries to cover, TWO! Stacks is hanging tough, but Carrillo TOSSES him out. Stacks tumbles, Carrillo storms out after him, and then puts him on the apron, for Garza to BOOT! Stacks dangles off the apron, then flops to the floor. Garza grins as he goes out to fetch Stacks. SNAKE EYES off the apron! Stacks flounders, Garza puts him in, and cover, TWO!! Stacks is showing some real grit but Garza drags Stacks up. Garza throws body shots, haymakers, and then a kick! Garza blocks to slip around, tag to Carrillo. GORY BOMB CUTTER! Chancery basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Stacks is really showing something here!

But then Carrillo snap suplexes Stacks! Uno Amigo! Another suplex, but Stacks fights it to a cradle, TWO!!! Carrillo escapes, and then he BLASTS Tony! Then he BOOTS Stacks! Carrillo CLUBS Stacks, drags him into a seated cobra twist, and Stacks endures the stretch. Fans rally, Stacks fights up, and Stacks throws body shots! Carrillo CLUBS Stacks, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Stacks survives again but Carrillo clamps on with a chinlock. Fans rally again, and Stacks fights up as NXT returns to single picture. But Carrillo CLUBS Stacks down! Fans boo but Carrillo tags Garza.

Carrillo sets Stacks up on the apron again, and Garza says they finish this! Garza runs, but Stacks moves! Carrillo almost gets the knee! Stacks POSTS Garza! Hot tag to Tony! Carrillo tags in but The Don rallies on him! OVERHEAD SUPLEX! And then a GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans are fired up as Tony hits  CORNER EXPLODER! Garza hurries to tag back in, and Tony drags Carrillo up. Tag to Stacks, But Garza GAMANGIRIS Stacks! Carrillo TOSSES Tony, but Tony drags Carrillo out! Stacks rolls Garza, TWO!! Garza is up but into a KNEE! Stacks runs to UPPERCUT Garza into the corner! But Garza BOOTS back and Carrillo tags!

Sunset flip and deadlift to the MISSILE DROPKICK BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! Stacks is looking like a million bucks out there! Carrillo is furious, he tags to Garza, but Tony is back! Tony SPINEBUSTERS Carrillo! But Garza SUPERKICKS Tony! Stacks kicks Garza, DDT, to a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Garza survives and “This is Awesome!” Stacks grits his teeth, thinking of what he has to do now. Stacks talks some smack, Carrillo distracts, and Garza LOW BLOWS!! ANGEL’S WINGS!! Cover, TWO?!?! AND A LOW BLOW!! Stacks learns a thing from the Tribal Chief there! Hot tag to Tony!

Carrillo runs in, Tony TOSSES him! The D’Angelos get Garza up, BADA BOOM! Tony then tells Stacks he loves him and all, but he TOSSES him out onto Carrillo! Cover, The D’Angelos win!

Winners: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

Garza & Carrillo tried to pull one over on The Don, but he and The Underboss get the job done! Will Garza & Carrillo have to go back to the drawing board if they wanna get the titles?

 

Various superstars react to Baron Corbin’s video from last week.

Nathan Frazer says Ilja’s sacrifices are unreal. The pain, the isolation, all for the greater good of his family. That’s admirable. Axiom agrees. And then Corbin just “has everything.” Sure, that’s nice and all, from WrestleMania moments to cars and money and a family that’s around. Now, Frazer wants to be NXT Champion, too, but the Hard Hitting Home Truth is… Corbin’s lifestyle is certainly more desired. But then Dragunov steps in and says that means what Dragunov is doing is not worth it. Is that right, Frazer? No, not at all! Then Dragunov’s son shouldn’t be inspired by his actions? Is that it? No!

Frazer is just saying, you compare the two lives and Corbin’s- Seems so much better, right? Isn’t that what Frazer is saying? Seems like Frazer lacks respect. No, man, they’ve known each other for years. Dragunov knows the respect is there. Oh, well, respect here, respect there, but as soon as Dragunov turns his back, Frazer will say what he really thinks. Okay, first off, Frazer didn’t know Dragunov was lurking in the background. But while he’s here, Frazer will say this: YES, Frazer would prefer Corbin’s lifestyle, as would 99% of the people in NXT. Frazer won’t apologize for that. Well, they’re beyond that point anyway.

Oh, okay, Dragunov is a little tightly wound for Deadline. Frazer understands. Yes, Dragunov is tightly wound. And he knows the solution. Is the Mad Dragon going to rampage all over the Jersey Island Rocket?

 

Jerry “The King” Lawler speaks.

“NXT Universe, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler here, and Shawn Michaels has given me the honor of selecting this week’s Iron Survivor Challenge qualifying matches. Now, let’s start out with the men. First of all, Badass Bron Breakker. He’s powerful, he’s explosive, and if he qualifies, he’s my pick to win at Deadline. Ah, but standing in his way is none other than Eddy Thorpe. Eddy wants to prove he’s ready. Eddy, it is your chance. And now, for the women. Kelani Jordan has really, really impressed me. And Kelani will face Kiana James. Kiana has all the tools to be a future women’s champion. There are my picks, so enjoy watching NXT.”

 

Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley talk backstage.

Jensen says we’ve got the guy right here! Has it sunk in that he’s in the Iron Survivor Challenge? Yeah, he’s going to Deadline! Briggs says yeah, last week was the biggest match of his career. Wow, the biggest match of his career? Well, yeah! He beat a former NXT Champion when no one believed in him. Except y’all, he knows that. They hug it out, but Lexis King walks in. If it isn’t Mr. Iron Survivor Qualifier. With a little help from King, of course. No big deal. Credit where credit is due, Briggs beat Carmelo. JBL put his stamp of approval on him and Briggs knocked it out of the park. And Fallon was selected by Foley.

King offers a handshake but she says ew. The guys chuckle and King asks what’s funny. Last King checked, no one chose Jensen. Wonder why. Jensen wonders why King is stirring the pot. No stirring the pot, just calling it like he sees it. Well he sees nothing! King is a parasite of the spotlight! He wants the spotlight so bad, he and his beard can take center stage tonight. Tonight? Yeah, absolutely! Jensen is gonna show the Hall of Famers why they should’ve chosen him. Then sounds like a party. King heads out, will he end up dethroned by Country Strong?

 

Nikkita Lyons is in the gym!

She shared a video to her Instagram showing her working over a heavy bag. #ThePounceBack is in full effect, when and where will this lioness roar again?

 

Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge Qualifier: Kiana James VS Kelani Jordan!

The King has spoken, and we see The Calculator collide with the Princess of the Gym! With time running out, it’s time we see who wins that final spot in the Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge!

NXT returns as Kiana makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Kiana CLUBS Kelani! Kelani shakes it off, dodges the elbows, and fans rally up. Kelani blocks a kick but Kiana elbows her away. Kiana whips Kelani to a corner, stomps a mudhole and throws body shots. Kiana RAMS into Kelani, handsprings back and runs in to RAM Kelani again! Kiana mocks the rookie, whips her corner to corner, then runs in. Kelani goes up and over and comes back to DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Kelani and she stomps away on Kiana. Kelani RAMS into Kiana, RAMS again, and again!

Fans rally, the ref counts, but Kelani whips. Kiana reverses, Kelani reverses and headlocks to hit a takeover. Kiana fights up, fans rally, and Kiana headscissors. Kelani kicks and kicks but Kiana keeps her down. Kelani moves around, handstands and pops free to then get a headlock again! Kiana kicks around, fights up, and pries fere, but only for a moment. Kelani grinds the headlock, Kiana pries it open, repeat. Kiana pulls hair! Kiana gets the headlock while the ref reprimands and fans boo. Kelani powers out but Kiana runs her over. Things speed up, Kelani drops, hurdles, then rolls back! Kiana rolls over but Kelani runs in, but Kiana blocks the slingshot arm-drag!

Kiana drags Kelani up, but Kelani springboards to arm-drag after all! Kiana bails out, fans fire up, and Kelani slingshots to RANA! Fans fire up with Kelani and she hurries to get Kiana up. Kelani puts Kiana in, but Kiana rolls all the way back out. Kelani storms up but Kiana trips her! Kiana drags Kelani out but Kelani smacks Kiana off the apron! So Kiana ALLEY-OOPS Kelani off the desk! Fans boo but Kiana grins as NXT goes picture in picture.

Kiana drags Kelani up, SMACKS her off the desk, and soaks up the heat. Kiana drags Kelani up to SMACK her off the desk again! The ref’s ring count is climbing so Kiana puts Kelani in and covers, TWO! Kiana is annoyed but she focuses on Kelani. Kiana CLUBS her around, runs in to KNEE her down, and then storms up to stomp away in the corner. Kelani crawls but Kiana hauls her up for another KNEE! Kiana runs, to BOOT Kelani down! Cover, TWO! Kiana seethes but the fans rally behind Kelani. Kiana storms up, drags her up, but Kiana throws body shots. Kiana fires hands, whips, but Kiana KICKS her and CLOBBERS her!

Kiana CLUBs away on Kelani, cover, TWO! Kiana grows frustrated, and she storms up on Kelani again. Kiana HIP DROPS Kelani down, and Kelani flounders to ropes. Kiana CHOKES Kelani, the ref counts, but Kiana lets off. Kelani sputters, Kiana drags her up again and throws her by her hair! Kiana pushes Kelani to a cover, TWO! Kiana clamps on with a chinlock and she grinds Kelani down. Kelani endures, fights up, but Kiana wrangles her back down! Kelani still fights, the fans rally up more, and she fights to her feet again. JAWBREAKER! Kiana staggers away, Kelani goes back to ropes. Kiana runs in, but Kelani CLOBBERS her!

NXT returns to single picture as Kelani starts to rally! Cartwheel back elbow! And a kip up! Fans fire up again and Kelani SOMERSAULT LEG DROPS! Cover, TWO! Kelani drags Kiana up, hooks her up, but Kiana slips free to SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Kiana can’t believe it, and she storms up on Kelani again. Kiana reels Kelani in, fireman’s carries, but Kelani slips free, spins Kiana and ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Kiana wobbles, but she ROCKS Kelani! And ROCKS her again! Kelani ROCKS Kiana and fans rally up! Kiana ROCKS Kelani, but Kelani kicks and hooks, OVERDRIVE! Cover, TWO!!

Kiana survives and Kelani grows frustrated. Fans rally, Kelani watches Kiana go to a corner, and Kelani storms up to fire off body shots! Kelani hoists Kiana up top, climbs up after her, and fans fire up as she brings Kiana up. Kiana fights the superplex with body shots! Kiana throat chops and Kelani falls back! Kiana runs in, 401K!!! But she’s not done, she- Wait, the bell is ringing? Roxie did it! Kiana is furious but then Kelani EDDY GORDO KICKS! Kelani goes up and up, SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, KELANI WINS!

Winner: Kelani Jordan, by pinfall (advances to NXT Deadline)

Karma bites Kiana in the butt as Roxanne Perez returns the favor for the screw job! Now neither is going back to the Iron Survivor Challenge! Will Deadline be Kelani’s own breakout moment?

 

The Alpha Academy speaks.

Chad Gable tells Meta Four that last week, they saw how close Gable was to taking the Heritage Cup home to the trophy case. Akira Tozawa points out Noam Dar DID tap out, the world saw it! Gable says that is right, but rules are rules, it was after the bell. Maxxine says regardless of all that, she wants to get her hands on Meta Four, and especially that Lash Legend! Otis agrees there. Okay, Otis, easy now. But Meta Four is riding high with Dar still champion and Lash going to Deadline. But they’re nothing but a bunch of SAVAGES! IDIOTS! SAVAGES! IDIOTS! And the Academy will prove it!

The Academy will prove Meta Four doesn’t have the style, the strength or the spirit! Next week, Mixed Six Tag! No rules, rounds or interference, and the Academy wants an answer by the end of tonight. A THANK YEW~! Will Dar, Oro and their leading ladies step up? Or will they for once be silent?

 

NXT Anonymous posts a video.

Wait, October 17th, 2023? The night Trick Williams was attacked? Lexis King is lurking, but also on his phone. King stalks Trick through the halls, but we don’t actually see the attack. Is this confirmation that King did attack Trick? Or just a red herring?

 

NXT holds a press conference.

Jacy Jayne and Thea Hail are already on stage as Andre Chase steps in. And we even see Tony’s cousin, Adriana… Chase steps to the podium and says, “Good evening, everyone. Thank you for joining us this evening. My name is Andre Chase, and I’m the founder of Andre Chase University. Before I address this situation, I would first like to thank the investigators for their communication, cooperation, and professionalism throughout this investigation.” Chase also wants to recognize the student body, faculty and staff for carrying on the day-to-day operations and curriculum. “Without the support of the Chase U family, I’m not sure I’m standing here right now.”

As we all know, this is a moment in time that is historic for NXT. And while he wishes we were all here under different circumstances, he just wants to address the news that broke last week about ACU being under investigation. He wants to be as forthcoming and honest as he can be, but understand that this is still an ongoing investigation, so he is limited in what he can share. That said, Chase knows the ACU has found itself in a difficult situation. There are suspicious and illegal activities, such as gambling–glance at Duke Hudson–and the misuse of university funds, which has landed the university into severe debt.

Unfortunately, he stands here today to tell us that this is all true. As the head of ACU, he takes full responsibility for what has put this university that he loves so much into debt. He will work arduously to pay back these obligations and restore Chase U to what it is: an institution that shapes young minds and future sports entertainers. That is all he can share, but he will open the floor to questions. Then how much do they owe, and to who? The amount is not important, but it is significant. What is important is paying it back to restore university activities.

Does he have any ideas how these activities leaked to the public? He has his suspicions, but he cannot speculate at this time. Next question. Is there something he would like to say to the student body? “If this situation isn’t taken care of, everything that we’ve built at Chase U is in jeopardy. As for the student body, I want to publicly apologize to each and every one of you, because my irresponsibility caused this. I will address the students of Chase U at the next assembly. No further questions, thank you for your time.” Chase heads out, the others following. Just what is going to happen to Chase U now that the world knows?

 

Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge Qualifier: Bron Breakker VS Eddy Thorpe!

The Badass is #MeanerThanEvil, but he’s also The King’s number one pick. Will he prove that Deadline is his yard? Or will the Alpha Wolf finally have his own breakout moment?

The bell rings and Bron grins as he sees Eddy’s taped up ribs. Eddy throws some kicks but Bron stays up. They keep circling, fans rally behind Eddy, and the two tie up. Eddy wrenches, wristlocks, but Bron shoves him away. Bron and Eddy reset, tie up, and Eddy waistlocks to a headlock. Eddy wrenches, but Bron scoops to SLAM! Eddy writhes, fans bark, and the two reset again. Bron shoots in, waistlocks, and SLAMS, to then float to a facelock. Bron gator rolls, rolls some more, then he drags Eddy up to suplex. Eddy knees free, waistlocks, but Bron bucks the O’Conner. Eddy dodges the clothesline to DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Bron bails out, and Eddy eggs him on. Bron returns, Eddy sidesteps, hurdles, and CROSSBODIES, but into a POWERSLAM! Fans bark with Bron and he watches Eddy bail out. Bron waits for Eddy, then runs to BLAST Eddy off the apron! Bron goes out to then whip Eddy into barriers! Eddy writhes, fans are torn, but Bron mocks the bad ribs as he stands over Eddy. The ref starts the ring count, so Bron drags Eddy up. Bron puts Eddy into the ring, Eddy throws hands, but Bron knees low! Bron puts Eddy in a corner, RAMS into Eddy again and again, and fans are torn again. Bron hoists Eddy up top but Eddy fires hands!

Bron ROCKS Eddy, then runs up to jump, but Eddy shoves himaw ay! CROSSBODY! But Eddy can’t cover from the pain in his ribs! Fans rally for Eddy as he CHOPS, CHOPS and reels Bron in. But the ribs won’t let him suplex! Bron fireman’s carries Eddy, to GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Eddy hangs tough as NXT goes picture in picture.

Bron huffs and puffs and he CLUBS the bad ribs! Bron rips at the tape, then stomps Eddy down! Eddy crawls, Bron stalks him, and Bron drags Eddy up. Eddy fires forearms! But Bron scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bron does push-ups to show he’s got energy to spare, and he storms up on Eddy. Eddy RAMS into Bron with a shoulder! Eddy fires forearms, then CHOPS! Bron just TACKLES Eddy down! Bron rains down forearms, taunts Eddy, and then bends him back against his knee! Eddy endures the modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow, so Bron KNEES him in the back! Bron bends Eddy more, but Eddy still endures.

Bron KNEES Eddy again, then really pulls on the Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Eddy continues to endure, and he fights his way through the hold. Eddy throws body shots but Bron KNEES low! Bron snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Eddy is still in this but Bron drags him up. Eddy fights the lift so Bron CLUBS him! Bron whips, to CLUB Eddy again! Eddy hobbles, Bron whips him again, and another CLUB on the back! Bron then lifts for a torture rack! NXT returns to single picture as Eddy endures and fans rally up. Bron bends Eddy, but Eddy slips around, sunset flip! TWO, and Eddy dodges a clothesline to CROSSBODY!

Fans fire up while Eddy grits his teeth. Eddy goes to ropes, fans rally again, but Bron throws a haymaker. Eddy throws a forearm, Bron throws another haymaker! Eddy forearms, forearms, KICKS and SOBAT- NO, Bron  blocks and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bron storms around while fans are torn. Bron drags Eddy up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Eddy bounces off buckles! Bron talks trash, then he drags Eddy back up. Bron whips corner to corner hard and Eddy falls back. Bron soaks up the heat as he talks trash on Eddy. Bron says Eddy can’t hang with him, nobody can! Eddy’s an embarrassment!

Eddy fires off CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Bron clinches, Eddy fires elbows! And then another elbow! And a BOOT! Eddy dodges Bron, Bron hits buckles, and then Eddy fires haymakers! Eddy body shots, UPPERCUTS and LARIATS! Fans rally as Eddy hits an STO! Bron flounders to ropes, Eddy hurries after him. Eddy reels Bron in but ducks an elbow, to SAIDO! Bron staggers back up, Eddy SAIDOS again! Fans fire up as Eddy keeps getting back up! Eddy waistlocks again, but Bron holds ropes. Bron throws elbows, he fireman’s carries, but Eddy slips free and shoves, SNAP GERMAN! But Bron brings down the straps to SPEAR!! Cover, Bron wins!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (advances to NXT Deadline)

Just as the fire of Eddy’s fighting spirit was growing, Bron snuffs it out! Bron is headed to the Iron Survivor Challenge, will he make the numbers spell disaster for the rest of the field?

 

Trick Williams is seething.

Melo walks in and asks if Trick saw the NXT Anon video. Yeah, he did! Lexis King is a punk! Melo knew it was that guy! That weirdo following Trick, attacking him, putting all this unnecessary smoke between them! And it was all from behind! And he cost Melo his spot in Iron Survivor! But they’ll get their lick back. Tonight, King’s got a match, so these two are gonna make him pay for messing with the hottest duo in NXT. Is Trick with him? Trick says there’s nothing he wants more to knock King out. It’s what he deserves for keeping Trick down.

But Trick also has to be smart. The Iron Survivor Challenge is in less than two weeks. Nothing or no one is gonna distract him from taking what is his. King will get his. But for now, Trick will keep his eyes on the prize. Melo doesn’t have no prize, because King took that from him. Yeah, but Trick Melo Gang is better than that now! They don’t need to do distraction tactics or jump people from behind. They’re past that now. Melo asks, “We are?” Trick says, “Yeah, we are.” Melo agrees. “Yeah. We are.” They shake hands, and they know King will get his. But when and where will that be?

 

Roxanne Perez storms into the Women’s Locker Room.

And she says that if she isn’t gonna be in the Iron Survivor Challenge, sure as hell Kiana James will. Actually, Ava Raine was talking with HBK, and he said there’s gonna be a Last Chance Match. Wait, really? Yeah, men and women. Those who didn’t qualify get one last shot at getting in. Well, okay then, Roxie still has a chance. Izzi Dame says “Uh, yeah, sure.” But y’know who else has a last chance? Kiana James. So this desperate move just took Roxie from a last chance to no chance! And then Izzi pie faces Roxie! Roxie DECK Izzi! The others get Roxie off Izzi but Kiana CLOBBERS Roxie! Things are getting wild, who wins their way into that final final spot?

 

Ilja Dragunov VS Nathan Frazer!

The Mad Dragon was even angrier after the Jersey Island Rocket simply spoke on the truth, superficial though it may be. But will Dragunov show that his passion runs deeper than the oceans as he prepares to sink Baron Corbin’s ship?

NXT returns as Frazer makes his entrance. The bell rings, and Dragunov BOOTS Frazer down! Fans fire up as Dragunov stomps away on Frazer! Then he rains down forearm after forearm! Dragunov lets off to stand Frazer up and bump him off buckles. Then Dragunov CHOPS Frazer down! Fans fire up again as Dragunov bumps Frazer off more buckles, and CHOPS him again! Dragunov hauls Frazer up, whips him corner to corner hard, then runs in. Frazer BOOTS Dragunov, but Dragunov CHOPS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Frazer sits down, Dragunov CHOPS him one more time!

The fans are all fired up behind Dragunov, and he hauls Frazer up to waistlock. GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, he tells Frazer to show him something. Frazer throws elbows, but Dragunov hits another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up for Suplex City Dragunov style, but Frazer fights with elbows. Frazer pries free, but Dragunov clamps back on, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Frazer goes tumbling and the fans are thunderous! Dragunov hauls Frazer up to CLUB him down! And then he reels Frazer in, gets him up, but Frazer fights with fists! Frazer RANAS Dragunov and then ROCKS him with foraerms and haymakers!

Fans rally as Frazer DECKS Dragunov! Dragunov is up, Frazer dodges and JUMP KNEES! But Dragunov kicks from below! Only for Frazer to PELE!! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Dragunov goes to a corner. Frazer runs in, and he CHOPS! Dragunov goes to another corner, so Frazer CHOPS again! Frazer whips corner to corner, Dragunov reverses but Frazer dodges to GAMANGIRI! And then Frazer springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again! Dragunov and Frazer stir, rise up, and Frazer hauls Dragunov up. Dragunov fights the suplex, wrenches and ROCKS Frazer, to then CHOP him on the back!

Dragunov GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Frazer lands on his feet! Frazer dodges Dragunov, Dragunov dodges back, CONSTANTINE- NO, Frazer dodges to QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives but Frazer goes up! PHOENIX FLOP as Dragunov moves! ENZIGURI, and then a POWERBOMB!! And then the H-BOMB FOREARM!! Cover, TWO because Dragunov lets off?!? H-BOMB FOREARM!! Fans want that “One More Time!” so Dragunov obliges. He powers up to JUMPING H-BOMB FOREARM!!! Cover, Dragunov wins!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall

The NXT Champion unleashed fury like we’ve never seen, and this was on a “friend” who simply spoke his mind. Corbin’s the one stoking the flames, is he going to be the one that gets burned?

Speaking of Corbin, he’s on the tron! He figured he’d make this easier by talking to Dragunov through a screen. That’s how he talks to his family back home, right? Corbin could makes this warm and fuzzy, but Dragunov is the one breathing fire. Look what he just did to a guy he used to call a friend! Dragunov beat the hell out of Frazer all because he said Corbin’s life is better. And the fact is, it is! The only reason Dragunov has to be here is that title on his shoulder, and that title is the one thing Corbin happens to be missing in his life. So at Deadline, Corbin takes the title from Dragunov, and Dragunov will have nothing.

But Corbin, he’ll truly have it all. Dragunov can take his nothing back home to his family, and Corbin will even upgrade Dragunov to first class as an early Christmas gift. Corbin chuckles and sees Dragunov is ready right now. But just wait. Next week, they will be face to face. So enjoy your lonely nights, champ. Corbin smiles, but will he be the one getting nothing for Christmas?

 

Backstage interview with Lyra Valkyria.

McKenzie Mitchell is with the NXT Women’s Champion and congratulates her on the hard fought win over Xia Li. What is next? Well, Deadline, of course! Whoever wins the Iron Survivor Challenge is next in line. There’s Tiffany Stratton, one of the favorites. There’s Lash Legend, who Lyra only measures up to her leg. Then there’s Kelani Jordan now, who is rising up quicker than just about any woman in NXT History. And of course, there’s Blair Davenport. A very dangerous woman, especially if you meet her in the parking lot at night. And now, it’ll be whoever wins the Last Chance Match. Either way, Deadline will be-

Fallon walks over and says that next week, she’s gonna make the most of that Last Chance. And it won’t matter if Fallon enters first or last, she vows to leave Deadline as THE Iron Survivor. Which means the next person Lyra faces will be the #TopShelf of NXT. Oh, Fallon is someone Lyra has never doubted. If Fallon wins, this is a match Lyra looks forward to. But then Tatum Paxley is creeping up behind. It doesn’t matter if Fallon wins, because Lyra will just beat her anyways. Um, is Tatum with Lyra? Nope. But good luck. Thanks! They head out, Tatum waves bye, who makes it in just before the Deadline?

 

Karmen Petrovic speaks.

“In Martial Arts, we’re taught not to think, but to feel. To have a clear and calm mind and be ready to act, you must trust your instincts. And my instinct is that Arianna Grace believes she’s better than everybody else. She never shuts up and makes everything about herself. Arianna may be a decorated beauty queen, but I’m a decorated third degree blackbelt in Karate. And when it’s time to step through those ropes, it’s not about handwaving and sequined gowns, it’s about competition. And with my name repeatedly coming out of Arianna’s mouth, I think it’s time I kicked that mouth shut.” Karmen gets her chance, will she humble the self-proclaimed Miss NXT?

 

Meta Four speaks.

Noam Dar says “Hello, hello, hello. Alpha Academy, you dafties! You’re out here, making demands of us?” Jakara says they’re all crying because they lost. AND STILL, cuz no one is taking this cup from Dar. Dar has gone from the greatest sports entertainer to the purest form of energy! Dar says that’s why Oro is his main man. And Gable, you did run Dar close. But Dar is solid beyond belief! Dar survived because he IS a survivor! And he will be the next Iron Survivor. Just another reason why Meta Four is better than Alpha Academy. The fashion, the passion, the action! And nothing would make them happier than beating a team as world-renowned and beloved as the Academy!

So then, Mr. Gable, Dar, Oro & Lash will see them next week. What a great way to warm-up for Deadline! Challenge accepted, but will the Scottish Supernova and his crew really have that easy of a time against all of the Alpha Academy?

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“Do you even care about me? Or am I jut a quick moment of thought before you moved on, forgetting that I existed? There are people in this world that think that I’m beneath them, that I’m lower than them. So I decided that I needed to get a better perspective.” Wait, he’s under the ring when he filmed this? Gacy wishes he could refrain from caring what other people’s opinions are, or how it is going up there. If this will be a successful victory or agonizing defeat. He knocks on the wood and says good luck up there.

Being beneath them is where he’s wanted, and this internal struggle, this new perspective, is something that he is dealing with. But it is hard. So, so hard. And he wouldn’t wish it on his worse enemy, whoever they are. And maybe he knows who that is, but then again, maybe he doesn’t.

 

Karmen Petrovic VS Arianna Grace!

Two women who are pretty much complete opposites finally have it out in the ring! Will Karmen prove her blackbelt trumps Arianna’s sash and tiara? Or will she just have to learn to lose with Grace?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally up for Karmen as she ties up with Arianna, and they go to ropes. Karmen turns things around on Arianna but Arianna turns it around on her. The ref counts, the fans boo, and Arianna lets off at 4. Arianna tells Karmen to kiss the ring. Karmen slaps the hand away! The fans cheer, Arianna frowns, and the two tie up. Arianna knees low, throws Karmen down by her hair, and then taunts her. Kiss the ring! Karmen scowls, stands, then smiles. She slaps the hand again, then ROCKS Arianna to throw her down by her hair! Karmen’s fighting stance scares Arianna away!

Arianna apologizes? Karmen doesn’t trust that, but then tells Arianna to kiss her hand! Arianna rushes in but Karmen gets the arm! Karmen wrenches, wristlocks, and pushes on the elbow. Arianna moves around, Karmen twists the arm more, and fans rally. Arianna fights up but Karmen steps over to hit an armbar takedown! Arianna hurries to stack Karmen, TWO! Karmen wrenches the arm but Arianna pulls hair! Arianna puts Karmen in the corner, Karmen kicks her away. Arianna run sin to clothesline! Arianna reels Karmen in, but Karmen wrenches out to WRING the arm! And then Oklahoma Roll, TWO!

Fans start to duel as Karmen storms up on Arianna. Karmen CLUBS Arianna, Arianna ROCKS Karmen, then Arianna DECKS her! Arianna stomps away at the ropes, the ref counts, and Arianna lets off. But wait, Gacy gets out from under the ring!? And he takes the ring bell!? What was the point of that?! NXT goes to break while they try to sort this out!

NXT returns and Arianna has Karmen in a chinbar armlock combo. Bell or no bell, this match is still going. Karmen fights up, the fans rally, but Arianna throws her down! Arianna dribbles Karmen off the mat, “apologizes” tot he ref, then covers, TWO! Arianna clamps on a chinlock and half nelson combo now, but Karmen still endures. Fans rally, Karmen fights up, but Arianna knees low! Arianna scoops, Karmen slips free to shove and CLOBBER Arianna! Fans fire up as Karmen rallies, BOOT in the corner! Karmen pushes Arianna down, then takes aim, LION’S BARRAGE! Fans fire up with Karmen and she whips Arianna.

Karmen KICKS Arianna, steps over, HOOK KICKS her, and then covers, TWO! Karmen grows frustrated as Arianna goes to ropes. Karmen whips but Arianna blocks! Arianna kick slow, but Karmen dodges the boot! Karmen hops on for a SLEEPER! Arianna flails, reaches out, but she throws Karmen off. Arianna claims Karmen clawed her eye! The ref keeps the two apart, they pull hair, and then Arianna claws Karmen’s eyes!! Arianna fireman’s carries, WASTELAND SLAM! Cover, Arianna wins!

Winner: Arianna Grace, by pinfall

Gacy rings the bell!! The hecc?! But point is, the Beauty Queen is clearly willing to do anything she has to in order to win. Will she do exactly that to make her way to the top of NXT?

 

Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie is with the Cardiac Kid just moments away from the Fatal 4 Way with him and three other decorated former North American Champions. Wes agrees, this is a big night. They say the man defines the title, not the other way around, but something about the North American title… Wes is attached. It made him! That’s why he has to be the one to win and take that title off Dominik Mysterio. But before he gets there, he has Bronson Reed who floats like a butterfly and hits like a truck, Cameron Grimes who always has a trick up his sleeve, and then one of the greatest in NXT history, Johnny Gargano.

The odds are definitely against Wes, but Dom knows that Wes is willing to do anything to have a chance. Then what if he doesn’t win? He can never challenge Dom again! Well, high risk, high reward. McKenzie wishes him luck but Wes says it’s not about luck, it’s about desire. Wes heads out, but will he make it through to Deadline?

 

Lexis King VS Brooks Jensen w/ Fallon Henley & Josh Briggs!

This King had to rub it in that Jerry “The King” didn’t choose this second generation superstar for the Iron Survivor Challenge, but it’s not like anyone knew about King either. Will Lexis continue to make a name for himself by any means necessary? Or will he wish he hadn’t stirred up trouble?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Jensen puts King in a corner, but King comes back. Jensen blocks the kick to SLAP King! Jensen fires off, whips, but King reverses. Jensen WHEEL KICKS King down! Fans fire up while King flops out of the ring. Jensen pursues, but King kicks low and CHOPS! Jensen ROCKS King, King ROCKS back, they brawl and Jensen DECKS King again! Jensen gets on the apron but King grabs on. Jensen kicks King away, goes up the corner, and SUPER CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up with the country boy as NXT goes picture in picture.

Briggs hypes Jensen up and Jensen CLUBS King. Jensen puts King in the ring, but King runs up, Jensen RAMS into King, reels him in, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jensen keeps cool, drags him up, and fires off hands! King goes to a corner, Jensen whips corner to corner, then CLOBBERS King! Jensen elbows King down, clamps on a chinlock and leans on the hold. King endures, fights up, and throws body shots. King throws a haymaker, Jensen CHOPS him down! Then ELBOWS him in the back! Cover, TWO! King goes to a corner, Jensen runs in but into a headlock and punch! The ref reprimands but King CHOPS and ROCKS Jensen again.

King whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines, then CHOPS! Snapmare and KICK! Cover, TWO! King clamps onto Jensen with a chinlock and grinds him down. Jensen endures, pries at the hold, and fights up. Jensen throws body shots, headlocks, but King powers out, only for Jensen to run him over! Things speed up, Jensen hurdles and NECKBREAKER DROPS! Fans fire up with Jensen while King goes to the apron. Jensen storms over, drags him up, but King swings on him, Jensen counter punches, but then King avoids the shoulder to KICK Jensen down! Slingshot DOUBLE STOMP! Jensen writhes but King soaks up the heat.

King CLUBS Jensen, drags him up, but Jensen throws body shots. King CLUBS Jensen, bumps him off buckles, and kicks low. King ROCKS Jensen, digs both boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. King throws Jensen down while NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally for Jensen but King rains down fists! Trick Melo Gang is watching, they want Jensen to take the fight to King, too. Jensen fights back but King CLUBS him. Melo says he’s gotta go check something and leaves the room. King whips and kitchen sink knees! Then he KICKS Jensen in the back! And KNEES Jensen down! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, King clamps onto Jensen and throws down elbows! The fans rally for Jensen as King throws down more elbows! King clamps on a chinlock, he grinds Jensen down, but Jensen fights up. King snapmares and covers, TWO! King clamps onto Jensen, KICKS him again, and again, but Jensen gets up to CHOP! And SLAP! King BOOTS, snapmares, and clamps the chinlock on again. King leans on Jensen, but Jensen makes him a backpack as he rises up! Fans fire up for Jensen as he RAMS King into buckles! King lets go, but he KNEES in return! King whips, wraps Jensen up, but Jensen hits a BIG back suplex!

Fans fire up while both men are down. They go to opposite ends, Jensen stands but King runs in, into an ELBOW! Jensen rallies with big haymakers, then an atomic drop! SUPERKICK! King flops back, Jensen storms up on him. Jensen whips King to a corner, King reverses, then King runs in. Jensen BOOTS King, then skins the cat to the top rope! MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Jensen crawls to a cover, TWO!! Fans argue the count but Briggs & Fallon tell Jensen to focus. Jensen runs in, but King ELBOWS him! King runs in, into a back drop! Melo runs out here!? Referees hurry after him, and Briggs keeps Melo back!

Jensen runs into a throat chop! Cross arm, STRAITJACKET NECKBREAKER!! Cover, King wins!

Winner: Lexis King, by pinfall

Melo is furious, but he only helped King with this “Coronation!” King smiles, will this only motivate Melo to get his revenge?

 

Dirty Dom’s Fatal 4 Way Challenge: Wes Lee VS Cameron Grimes VS Johnny Gargano VS Bronson Reed!

Speaking of Dom, he’s on commentary for the match he put together. He is so worried he’s going to lose to the Cardiac Kid, he is putting him up against THREE former North American Champions, with only Wes having a chance at challenging Dom for the title! Will Grimes, Gargano & Bronson do Dirty Dom’s dirty work for him? Or will Wes find a way?

The bell rings and fans chant “Welcome Back!” for the NXT alumni. Grimes and Gargano revel in the moment, but then Bronson CLOBBERS Wes! Gargano and Grimes go after Bronson, they double whip but he breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT them! Wes fires off on Bronson, then runs to go up and up and CROSSBODY! Bronson catches him, to hang him out to dry! Bronson then YANKS the ropes to FLING Wes at Gargano and Grimes! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Bronson dusts himself off, then nods, only for Grimes to fire hands! Bronson ROCKS Grimes, then whips him hard into a corner! So hard that Grimes tumbles up and out! Wes fires off on Bronson but Bronson HEADBUTTS him down! Bronson storms up on Wes, but Gargano fires hands! Gargano and Wes both throw hands, but Bronson HEADBUTTS each of them! Bronson then drags Gargano up, whips him hard into a corner, and Gargano falls over. Grimes returns, Bronson throws him back out! Bronson CHOPS Wes in a corner! Wes sputters and sits down, Bronson CLOBBERS Grimes off the apron!

Bronson raises his hands to soak up the cheers and jeers, then he whips Wes corner to corner hard! Wes falls back, and Bronson stands over him. Bronson drags Wes up, TOSSES him out, but Gargano fires hands! Gargano CHOPS and ROCKS Bronson, but Bronson CHOPS Gargano down! Bronson grins, then runs to BLAST Grimes off the apron! Bronson storms back on Gargano, brings him up, and CLUBS him down! Bronson HEADBUTTS Gargano, then runs to ROCK Wes! Wes holds onto ropes to stay on the apron, but Bronson HEADBUTTS him down! Bronson goes back to Gargano as NXT returns to single picture.

Bronson suplexes and holds Gargano up! Gargano throws knees, but Bronson keeps Gargano up to then SLAM him down! Grimes is back, goes for a leg, but Bronson hoists him up! Wes DROPKICKS Bronson! Bronson stays up so Grimes BOOTS him! Bronson still stays up, so Gargano ROCKS him with a forearm! Wes GAMANGIRIS! Gargano DOUBLE KNEES! Grimes clotheslines! Gargano forearms! Then Gargano sets up so Wes can hit POETRY IN MOTION! Grimes adds on! They help Wes RAILGUN DROPKICK Bronson down!! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as the three normal sized men are alone.

Wes gets around, O’Conner but Grimes bucks that. Gargano headlocks, Wes powers out and Grimes runs Gargano over! Dom says Wes is still gonna choke. Things speed up, Wes hurdles and then he and Gargano DOUBLE DROPKICK! Grimes falls out, and fans fire up as Wes and Gargano stare down. They both smile, and Dom says he’s beat both these guys. Gargano and Wes shake hands, tie up, and Wes waistlocks. Wes avoids the elbow, Gargano avoids the elbow, then wrenches an arm. Wes breaks fere but Gargano avoids the superkick. Gargano gets around Wes, schoolboy and kick but Wes ducks it!

Wes aims but Gargano avoids the basement dropkick. Wes avoids another kick and the two stand off. Fans are thunderous again, but Dom acts unimpressed. Bronson is back, Gargano & Wes fire off hands on him first! Bronson ROCKS Wes, dragon sleepers Gargano, and then he catches Wes, URENAGE REVERSE DDT COMBO!! Fans are thunderous, Grimes returns and he KICKS Bronson’s legs! And KICKS! And KICKS! Bronson blocks, to then SPINEBUSTER Grimes down! Bronson scoops to a fireman’s carry, but Grimes fights with elbows and knees! Grimes then QUESTION MARK KICKS! And runs to sunset flip!

Bronson stays up, Wes runs in, but Bronson catches him! Gargano gets Grimes’ legs, CATAPULT into the Colossal Zone! Fans lose their minds and even Dom is hurting from that one! Wes RANAS Bronson out of the ring! “This is Awesome!” as Gargano CHOPS Wes, and then Grimes CLOBBERS Gargano! Grimes atomic drops Wes, KICKS him down, and then atomic drop for Gargano to also KICK! And SOBAT! And SLIDING BOOT! Fans fire up again and Grimes runs up on Wes. Scoop, but Wes slips free. Grimes ELBOWS Wes, and then DOUBLE RANAS Wes and Gargano! The fans are thunderous again!

Grimes pushes Gargano toa corner, runs up to clothesline Wes! And then he runs, but Gargano dodges. Wes dodges Gargano, Grimes dodges Wes, repeat! Grimes goes up so Wes DIVES to take out Bronson! Grimes then goes to the apron, PENALTY KICK for Wes! Gargano GAMANGIRIS Grimes! Fans fire up as Gargano runs to DIVE onto Bronson! Bronson hits the desk! Gargano resets to DIVE onto Wes! The fans are thunderous as Gargano sets up, and he DIVES to take out Grimes! The hattrick is complete and the fans are thunderous for “Johnny Wrestling!” But Grimes ROCKS Gargano, builds speed, but into the SLINGSHOT SPEAR!! Cover, Wes breaks it!!

Fans rally up again as Wes brings Gargano up. Gargano swings, Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire back! Wes KICKS and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Wes uses Gargano as a step so he can METEORA Grimes! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous again and Bronson is back. Bronson runs in, but into BOOTS from Wes! Wes KICKS Bronson, goes up and up and METEO- NO!! Bronson catches Wes, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Grimes runs up to ROCK Bronson, ROCK him again, and fire off hands! Grimes whips but Bronson reverses. Bronson runs in, but blocks a boot, so Grimes ENZIGURIS! And SUPERKICKS!

Grimes goes up and up, and he CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! Dom reminds us that if someone other than Wes wins, they don’t get a shot. “This is Awesome!” as Grimes kicks but Bronson ducks. Bronson shoves Grimes into Wes, but Gargano mule kicks! Gargano kicks Wes and Grimes to hit the TORNADO- NO, Bronson throws him away! SPLASH on Grimes and Wes in the corner! Bronson shoves Grimes aside, puts Wes up top, and then fireman’s carries Grimes. Gargano is up, Bronson scoops him now! And then Bronson goes back to get Wes!? TRIPLE SAMOAN DROP!!! The fans lose their minds again!

Bronson reaches out to cover Grimes, TWO!! Fans rally up while Bronson is annoyed. Gargano flops out of the ring, Grimes goes to a corner, and Bronson storms after Grimes. The fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but there has to be a winner. Bronson climbs up after Grimes, but Grimes BITES Bronson! Grimes CLUBS away, adjusts and SUPER SUNSET- NO, Bronson holds on! Wes CLUBS Bronson’s legs and helps out! Gargano does, too! TRIPLE POWERBOMB!!! Even Dom can’t believe what he just saw! The fans are losing their minds again, and then Wes, Grimes and Gargano rise.

Grimes throws a forearm, Wes gives it back,. Gargano throws a forearm, Grimes gives it back. Wes CHOPS, Gargano ROCKS, Grimes ROCKS, Wes fires hands on everyone! Grimes kicks but Wes ducks, the ROUNDHOUSE hits Gargano! Wes fires hands but Grimes waistlocks. Wes elbows free, runs, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Grimes and Wes rise again, the fans rally up, Wes SUPERKICKS! Wes roars and runs, but into a COLLISION COURSE!! Cover, TWO!! Grimes fire sup and the fans are with him! “TO! THE! MOON~!” But Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano aims, but Grimes ROCKS him first!

Grimes runs, Gargano avoids the Cave-In to LA MYSTICA! GargaNO Escape!! Grimes endures, Wes SESNTONS! Bronson is up! He drags Wes from the cover to BUCKLE BOMB him! And then SENTON on Gargano! SENTON on Grimes! Bronson runs at Wes, but Wes dodges! Wes fires hands, Bronson CLUBS him! Fans chant “TOO MUCH MEAT!” but Wes GAMANGIRIS! Bronson is stuck up top, Wes goes up after him, but then Bronson trophy lifts! SUPER GORILLA PRESS!! Wes wipes out Grimes and Gargano, and Bronson hurries back up top! But then IVAR shows up!? Ivar goes after Bronson as revenge for Raw!!

Fans are thunderous as the Viking Raider and Auszilla brawl! Bronson HEADBUTTS Ivar away, then FLYING SHOULDERS him down!! Ivar staggers away, Bronson pursues, but Ivar hits the HEEL KICK OF DOOM! Ivar runs, but Bronson sends him into barriers! Ivar then RAMS Bronson into more! Dom is speechless, he didn’t think Ivar would do this! The fans cheer on “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” and then Wes RAMS Gargano into Grimes! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Wes gest around Grimes, Crucifix Takedown, TWO! Schoolboy Kick from Gargano! SUPERKICK from Grimes! SUPERKICK from Gargano! CAVE-IN!! CARDIAC KICK!!! Cover, WES WINS!!!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT North American Champion)

Dom is upset that his plan didn’t work out. But for all his big talk, will Dom have to put up or shut up against Wes at Deadline? Are Dirty Dom’s days as champion numbered?

 

Wait, there’s a fight in the parking lot!

It’s Roxie and Kiana! They didn’t wanna stop with the locker room! Security has to rush out there to stop them, Roxie gets Kiana down on the ground! NXT has to wrap, but will this fight not end until next week’s Last Chance Qualifier?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here, great build towards Deadline, and just an awesome main event there. I figured Wes would find a way but I do appreciate Ivar showed up to screw over Bronson. Dom also made a good point to clarify, this was all about Wes winning and Dom could just coast if Wes lost. Dom VS Wes is going to be a great match that could steal the show because of the story. Wes should win, and I would hope HBK plans ahead and bans Judgment Day from ringside. Pro-wrestling promotions really should do that, because how many times in how many years have all the Heel factions out there done that? It’d be a great use of meta self-awareness.

Great tag title match to open, but I’m a little confused as to why Garza & Carrillo repackaged themselves if they’re not tag champs by now. I get that it’s about an attitude change, but c’mon, they’ve lost more than they’ve won even with it. Maybe they should go back to main roster to be Santos Escobar’s new Legado Del Fantasma henchmen, since they’re all multi-generational luchadores. Very good promos from Alpha Academy and Meta Four to set up the Mixed Six, maybe Oro takes the pin so that neither Dar or Lash are hurt going into Deadline. Still would love to see Otis get his shot at the Cup, but I guess we’ll wait and see.

Great choices for the Iron Survivor qualifiers here, with Eddy showing a lot of heart in his loss to Bron, and then Roxie screwing Kiana over. Izzi should know from past examples not to piss Roxie off, but great brawl both in the locker room and to close the show from Kiana and Roxie. They’re definitely going to cancel out in the Last Chance Match, and given the interaction of Fallon and Lyra, it feels like Fallon manages to get in. Not sure her chances of winning, or why Tatum had to insert herself, but something could be brewing there one way or another. And good match from Karmen VS Arianna, with a good cheat win from Arianna, but what was up with Gacy?

Gacy had a great promo last time, but this one was a bit odd. That and impulsively grabbing the bell… Well, grabbing the bell was actually rather clever, I kinda wish we got a promo where he wasn’t under the ring, and then he still took the bell. But something about this feels like Gacy’s trying a little too hard to be Early 2000s depressed teen stereotype. Lexis King is also trying really hard to get a lot of heat, but he and Jensen had a great match. Trick Melo Gang also had a good promo, and then I’m intrigued by Melo going back on his word of not interfering. That with the NXT Anonymous video, perhaps Melo and King conspired to screw over Trick, and now Melo is having to help King win or he’ll use the truth against him.

And wow, what a wild match from Dragunov VS Frazer. I get that Frazer was just trying to say Corbin’s “glamorous” life is the dream and that it doesn’t take anything away from Dragunov’s “sacrifices,” and then Corbin has a point, Dragunov went nuts on a friend. But given this is how wild Dragunov went on a friend, I really hope he just destroys Corbin at Deadline. Well, maybe not, that’d be rough for Corbin. But Dragunov and Corbin are going to bring it, it’s going to be awesome, can’t wait to see it.

My Score: 8.9/10


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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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