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Mitchell’s WWE Survivor Series Results & Report! (11/25/23)

OH LORD, YEAH!

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Generals gathered in their masses!

WarGames returns, and the battlelines are drawn! But will Drew McIntyre regret teaming with The Judgment Day just for revenge on Jey Uso?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Women’s WarGames: Damage CTRL VS Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, Shotzi Blackheart & Becky Lynch;  Bianca, Charlotte, Shotzi & Becky win.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS The Miz; Gunther wins and retains the title.
  • Santos Escobar VS Dragon Lee; Santos wins.
  • WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Zoey Stark; Rhea wins and retains the title.
  • Men’s WarGames: Drew McIntyre & The Judgment Day VS Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins & Randy Orton; Cody, Jey, Sami, Rollins & Orton win.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Survivor Series Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Jackie Redmond, Booker T, Wade Barrett & Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action about to happen in the Windy City!

 

Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.

Byron Saxton says that Santos is still scheduled for a match tonight, but now against Dragon Lee, who stepped in after Santos attacked Carlito. Santos has attacked Carlito, attacked Rey Mysterio- Attacked? What a small word for what he did. Santos “delivered justice” for all the time he spent in Rey’s shadow. For all the time Rey overshadowed other talents with his so-called legacy. They call themselves mentors but they’re really gatekeepers/ As for Dragon, he is just the next chapter in the same old story. Dragon has spirit, but spirit doesn’t win titles. And talent without the will to do what it takes gets you nothing.

Santos can go the distance. santos will do whatever it takes. And when Dragon looks in Santos’ eyes, he will realize he made the biggest mistake of his career! After tonight, Dragon will be a cautionary tale. An example of what happens when you turn on Santos. Santos says this is all about him, because HE is the Legado Del Fantasma. But will Santos see that he isn’t the top second generation luchador in WWE?

 

The Ruffles Women’s WarGames Advantage poll numbers are in!

And the winners are… TEAM EST! Bianca, Charlotte, Shotzi & Becky will now be the first ones in, will this help them finally bring down Damage CTRL?

 

“On this day, 25 November…”

“Two sides converge upon a city to play a game. But not just any game. A game of strategy and skill. Of temperance and cunning. Primitive brutality. Sophisticated cleverness. So gather the masses now. For without these games, there is no survival.” Ozzy sings out as the battlelines are drawn! Two rings, one GIANT cage, “time will tell them they are power mad, making war just for fun,” but this will be anything but for the men and women that enter! “Is the message clear?” “OH LORD, YEAH!!” They have no choice but to band together and fight. “Let the WarGames begin!”

 

Women’s WarGames: Damage CTRL VS Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, Shotzi Blackheart & Becky Lynch!

The sirens howl as these eight alluring and lethal ladies prepare to tear each other apart like harpies! As always, two start, members will be released every few minutes, and this can only end once all eight are in! Team EST has the advantage, will that help them tare down Bayley, Iyo Sky, Asuka & Kairi Sane? Or will the Role Model, Evil Genius, Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess be a far more cohesive unit?

But who will be the first two in? Well going by entrances, The Man comes around last, so she’ll enter for Team EST. She’s oddly also the only one not wearing hot pink anywhere… And from DMG CTRL, they’re all coming out together and in kabuki masks to show their solidarity. This keeps Team EST guessing, but it’s Bayley stepping up first. Bayley has a lot of swagger given she & DMG CTRL also won last night on SmackDown against Becky & Charlotte. The doors close, the bell rings, and we’re on the clock! Fans fire up as the two circle then tie up. Becky fires off hands, bumps Bayley off buckles, then off more buckles! And even more buckles!

Becky digs Bayley into the cage but Bayley turns things around. Becky fights back, and she goes for a corner. Bayley fights back and she smacks Becky off buckles! Fans boo, Bayley tells them to shut up, and she ROCKS Becky! Bayley ROCKS Becky again, runs, but Becky follows to CLOBBER Bayley! Fans fire up with Becky and she runs in at a corner. But Bayley puts Becky in the gap! Becky ROCKS Bayley, climbs, but Bayley ROCKS Becky back! Bayley climbs, Becky throws hands, and she shoves Bayley away. Becky adjusts to leap but Bayley gets under. Bayley then kicks low, CLUBS Becky, but Becky ROCKS Bayley!

They continue to throw forearms back and forth, and Chicago is on Becky’s side with every shot! Becky gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS, SOBATS and runs! But Bayley swings, only for Becky to dodge and CLOBBER Bayley! Fans cheer as Bayley goes to a corner. Becky runs in to forearm smash, and BECKSPLODER! Fans rally as Becky storms around and she drags Bayley up. Becky whips, Bayley reverses and sends Becky into steel! Bayley snarls, she drags Becky up and throws her into more steel! Becky writhes, fans boo, but Bayley just soaks it all up. Bayley then drags Becky up to CLUB her and TOSS her to the bridge between rings.

Bayley storms after Becky, fans duel, and Bayley suplexes. Becky fights, throws body shots, and we’re under two minutes. Bayley suplexes Becky onto the steel! Both women writhe into the ring on the right, and Bayley drags Becky up. Bayley CLUBS Becky, ROCKS her with a forearm, and then taunts Maggle. Bayley headlocks, but Becky throws body shots. Bayley CLUBS away on Becky, whips, but Becky reverses to send Bayley into steel! And she runs to DROPKICK Bayley into steel! Fans fire up as Becky keeps going, another DROPKICK! Becky has a DISARM-HER int he ropes! Bayley can’t tap, the match can’t end yet!

Wait! Dakota Kai is here! She JABS Becky with a kendo stick! Becky snarls, and she grabs the stick! But Bayley CLUBS Becky! Bayley fires off on Becky, Becky DECKS Bayley, but then Bayley drop toeholds Becky into the kendo stick! Fans want tables but we’re at 15 seconds left. Bayley has the kendo stick, she SMACKS Becky! And SMACKS! And SMACKS! Time’s up, and first out for Team EST is SHOTZI! The Wild Child runs down the ramp, but Bayley slams the door shut! She won’t let Shotzi get in, but Shotzi takes the door to SMACK Bayley with it! And then Shotzi finds CHAIRS! SO many chairs!

But then Shotzi digs deeper, and finds a trash can! Shotzi tosses all those in, but Chicago still wants a table! Shotzi storms into the ring, but Bayley has a chair! Shotzi BOOTS it into Bayley! Shotzi then runs up, Bayley puts her on the corner, but Shotzi BOOTS and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up as Shotzi wheelbarrows to victory roll FACEBUSTER! Bayley flounders and Shotzi gets a chair! Shotzi sits it up, gets the trash can out of the way so she can run and use the chair to FLYING CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Shotzi and she has a crazy grin. Bayley goes to the east ring, Shotzi runs to DIVE through ropes, but into a CUTTER!

Fans rally, Bayley and Becky fight over the kendo stick! Becky kicks low, then SMACKS Bayley! And SMACKS her again! Bayley is caught between a kendo stick and a steel chair! She goes up a corner, but gets SMACKED from all sides! She still manages to climb, so Shotzi & Becky go after her! Bayley has to remember, leaving the cage is a forfeit! She makes it to the top, but Becky & Shotzi drag her back down! We’re under a minute on the clock, Bayley fights desperately, but Shotzi & Becky dribble her off steel! But she hits them back! But Becky SMACKS Bayley off steel and she falls back! Becky & Shotzi see Bayley in position, and they coordinate.

Bayley flounders back to her feet, into a DOUBLE DOUBLE AX HANDLE! The countdown is back, DMG CTRL sets out the WWE Women’s Champion, Iyo Sky! Iyo hurries around, looks under the ring, and she brings out steel chains! Fans still want tables but Iyo SMACKS Becky and SMACKS Shotzi, then she wraps up Shotzi to TOSS her! Iyo does the same to Becky to TOSS her! But Becky lands on her feet and reels Iyo in to ROCK her! But Iyo HOTSHOTS Becky back! Becky & Shotzi go to the east ring, Iyo springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Iyo as she has targets in opposite corners.

Iyo runs to METEORA Shotzi! METEORA for Becky! And then she calls to Bayley. They get the trash can, and everyone knows what Iyo has done with one of those before! Iyo goes up, Bayley hands off the can but Becky goes after Bayley! They brawl, Iyo sets the can down to help Bayley mug Becky. They put Becky up top and fire off hands. But Becky hits back! Bayley UPPERCUTS Becky, she and Iyo climb, but Becky fights them both! DMG CTRL mugs Becky, and they DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! But while Bayley & Iyo grin and stalk Shotzi, time is ticking away. DMG CTRL mugs Shotzi and bring her to the west ring.

Bayley fires off on Shotzi while Iyo gets the trash can. Bayley sits Shotzi down, coordinates with Iyo, and they hoist her up top. But we’re at 15 seconds! Bayley & Iyo climb up after Shotzi but Shotzi fights back! Time’s up, here comes Bianca Belair! The EST goes right in, she has two braids to SMACK both Bayley & Iyo! She LASHES each of them, fires off more shots on Iyo, and the fans fire up! Bianca drags Iyo up, whips her to a corner, but Iyo reverse! Bianca avoids the trash can to elbow Iyo! Bianca then hoists Iyo up, ALLEY-OOP onto the trash can! Fans fire up as Bianca and Bayley go chair vs hair! Bianca sends Bayley into buckles, then hits a SPINEBUSTER!

Bianca has Iyo in a corner and she climbs up to rain down fists! The fans fire up but Bayley stops Bianca from going to ten! They use the braids against her! DMG CTRL YANKIS Bianca down but Bianca backflips through! Bianca reels them in, to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Shotzi then takes aim from up top! As does Becky! SUPER SPLASH and a MAN’S LEG DROP! Team EST stands tall and the fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” and now the clock runs out! DMG CTRL sends Kairi! She almost frolics her way down, and she decides to go looking for goodies. Fans cheer for tables, but Kairi has to go down deep to bring out… a trash can lid!

Kairi nods, brings the lid in, and she dodges Shotzi to BAKCHAND SMACK her with it! Then she gives the lid to Becky to DROPKICK it into her! Kairi and Bianca throw hands, Bianca whips but Kairi goes up and RANAS! And a SHOTGUN! Fans fire up for Kairi and she runs side to side, SLIDING D into the steel! Fans rally as Kairi marches, and Iyo scoops Shotzi to SLAM! Kairi joins the others as Bayley & Iyo bury Shotzi in steel chairs! They mug Becky, SMACK her with that trash can lid, and then Kairi runs to get a boost from Iyo! FULL METAL ELBOW DROP onto Shotzi! Kairi salutes and soaks up the heat while Shotzi writhes.

DMG CTRL mugs Bianca, Kairi keeping her in the east ring. Kairi goes up but Bianca ROCKS her! Kairi hits back, they brawl, and fans anticipate what’s coming with the clock counting down. But then Bianca lifts Kairi to TOSS her onto Bayley & Iyo! Fans rally for EST as all of DMG CTRL is down! Bianca gets herself a chair, as does Becky, and they just SMACK whoever sits up! Kairi hits Becky in return, then so does Iyo! Bayley turns things around on Bianca to SMACK her, DMG CTRL is taking control! But we’re under 15 seconds, and the fans “WOO~!” Last in for Team EST is The Queen! Charlotte hurries right in and she BOOTS Kairi!

Charlotte catches Bayley into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT! Then she catches Iyo to FALL AWAY SLAM her into Bayley! Kairi gets up but Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS away on Iyo now! Kairi returns, Charlotte scoops her, and fans fire up for the FALL AWAY SLAM into the steel! Fans fire up but Iyo BOOTS Charlotte! And FLYING- NO, Charlotte turns rana into BOMB into the steel!! Kairi & Bayley attack Charlotte together, and TOSS her to the east ring. They storm in after her, and Iyo even gets the chains. Fans still want tables but Charlotte is sent to a corner. Charlotte goes up and to the bridge to then BOOT everyone back!

Charlotte hurries up a corner, and she DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTERS! Fans fire up as Charlotte and Becky stare down! They’re on the same team, though! But then Iyo & Kairi shove them into each other! Iyo hits them with the chain, but Becky fires off on Kairi! Charlotte fireman’s carries Iyo, and she goes up a corner as Becky fights Kairi and Bayley! Dakota panics as Charlotte goes up with Iyo, and Bianca RAMS Bayley into buckles! Charlotte wants to go to the very top!? Iyo fights using the chain! Iyo sends Charlotte down, then finishes climbing to the very top! Fans fire up and Iyo lets the chain down so Dakota can grab it!

Wait, that chain has a hook on it! Dakota hooks it up to a trash can! Iyo drags the can up to the top to join her! Fans fire up as Iyo looks to recreate her signature WarGames moment! Iyo stands on the very top, puts the trash can on like it’s armor, and she SUPER TRASH CROSSBODIES EVERYONE!!! The fans are thunderously losing their minds, and the countdown is under 15 seconds! Last but certainly not least, it’s ASUKA!! And truly, no one is ready! Asuka says chotto matte, and she looks under the ring. KENDO STICKS! Fans are disappointed, those aren’t tables. But wait! MORE kendo sticks. Chicago doesn’t like this trolling.

But then wait! A TABLE!!! Dakota helps load the table in and Chicago is finally happy! Oh, and a fire extinguisher for good measure. And then the bell rings again, because now, “Let the WarGames begin!!” The kendo sticks are handed out to DMG CTRL, and they’re like hyenas looking at easy prey. DMG CTRL storms in and they fire off! “This is Awesome!” as Team EST can only take the shots! Becky still hits back but Asuka CLUBS her down! Iyo uses that chain to wrap Becky and Bianca up together! Asuka & Kairi are very excited for this as DMG CTRL all take corners. Ichi, ni, san, SHI NE!! QUADRUPLE DROPKICKS!!

Fans are stunned as DMG CTRL unties Becky & Bianca and then put Becky in what’s left of that trash can. Fans rally up as Asuka goes up, but Shotzi is after her! Asuka BLUE MISTS Shotzi!! Shotzi falls and Asuka gets even more fired up! TRASH CAN MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!! Becky survives and Bayley can’t believe it! But then DMG CTRL keeps everyone down with clubbing shots. Fans want that table to come into play, so the Kabuki Warriors say okay! They set that up, Bayley supervising. Iyo SMACKS Team EST with the kendo sticks while the table is standing. DMG CTRL then pick out someone from Team EST to bring over.

Iyo & Bayley haul Charlotte onto a corner, Kairi SMACKS Becky but Becky hits back! Bianca DECKS Asuka! Becky & Bianca help Charlotte by getting Bayley & Iyo for DOUBLE POWERBOMBS! Fans fire up and Charlotte thinks a moment. Charlotte goes up top!! Fans are thunderous as Charlotte SUPER ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!! Down goes everyone!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!! Charlotte is a bit surprised but fans are still losing their minds over what she just did! Charlotte drags Bayley up but Bayley fires forearms! Becky fires off on Bayley and then Charlotte BOOTS Bayley! They get Iyo together, to DOUBLE SUPLEX!

Fans fire up as they also get Kairi! DOUBLE POWERBOMB! The Man & The Queen are fired up, and they HUG!! Dakota panics, but then Iyo & Asuka roll them up! TWO, and then HIP TOSS into an ARMBAR! FIGURE FOUR on Iyo!! Then FIGURE EIGHT!!! DMG CTRL endures, but Kairi is up top! Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Charlotte, Kairi InSANE ELBOW, onto knees!! Becky has a DISARM-HER!! But Bayley KNEES Becky down!! Bianca ROCKS Bayley, and Electric Chair Lifts Asuka! Shotzi is up top, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, Bayley breaks it! All eight women are down and the fans fire up again!

Becky and her team hurry to the west ring, and Bianca finds that extinguisher. Becky and Kairi brawl, Becky ducks the uraken to ROCK and REVERSE DDT! But Bayley kicks low, ROSE PLANT!! But Shotzi BOOTS Bayley, and cravats, SLICED BREAD! Shotzi ducks the blue mist, Bianca BLASTS Asuka with the extinguisher smoke! But Iyo SMACKS Bianca down! Shotzi TIGER PLEXES Iyo! Kairi TRASH CAN LID URAKENS Shotzi! Charlotte BOOTS Kairi! Charlotte aims, runs in, but Bayley takes the SPEAR for Kairi!! But Shotzi is back up top! SUPER SENTON onto Bayley! Bianca torture racks her, and Becky is up top!

The table is put in position while Bianca hits a KISS OF DEATH!! And then Bianca hands Bayley off to Becky! SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Team EST wins!!!

Winners: Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, Shotzi Blackheart & Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Now THAT was Big Time revenge!! The EST, the Queen, the Wild Child & The Man all stood together, united against DMG CTRL, and they stand tall in the end! Is this the end of DMG CTRL once and for all? Will this be just the start of big things for Bianca, Charlotte, Shotzi & Becky?

 

The Alpha Academy, Chelsea Green & Piper Niven are in the lounge.

They’re enjoying Ruffles, and Chelsea tells Piper that Chicago would’ve loved her. Uh them, Chelsea. Them. But #YESBOY! Pretty Deadly walk in and ask if those are Cheddar & Sour Cream crisps. What did they say? Crisps. These are chips. Crisps. Chips. Crisps! CHIPS! Guys, relax! Oh no, they spill the chips/crisps! And then R-Truth is there? Where’s he been? He’s been here the whole time, dawg. Listening to this argument about chips and crisps. They ain’t neither! These are Ruffles! And they’re good, y’all. You can taste the meat in ’em! Now, let’s all just get along. Come together right now, and watch Tozawa do that Ruffle Shuffle!

RUFFLE SHUFFLE~! Oh, that’s naaaaaaaasty! But whatever you call them, and whatever flavor you like, go get you some and enjoy the show!

 

Jey Uso and Sami Zayn talk backstage.

Is he good? Yeah, Sami’s good. How about Jey? Yeah, he’s good. But Sami is nervous. Randy Orton isn’t here yet. Jey knew this would happen! Why WOULD Orton be here? Why would he team with Jey? Jey put him on the shelf, why would he come back? It’s all Jey’s fault. Sami says no, none of this is Jey’s fault. Orton or no Orton, there is history here, right? Last year, Jey & Sami were in WarGames together, came out stronger on the other side. No matter what, they go to war together! No matter what, Sami has Jey’s back. Jey thanks Sami, and says he’ll go check with Cody. YEET. But will The Viper still make it in time to help the team? Or is this his revenge in and of itself?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS The Miz!

Der Ring General is the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion in history, but The Hollywood A-Lister is one of the most decorated Intercontinental Champions in history! And while they represent completely different ends of the professional wrestling spectrum, we’re about to see who is truly the best Intercontinental Champion in WWE today! Will it be the stern and serious wrestler that has dominated for over 533 consecutive days? Or will it be the adaptable and charismatic entertainer who has been here for 20 YEARS?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see the definition of “best” put to the test!

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, and then Miz kicks Gunther’s leg! Gunther stays up, they still circle, and they feel things out. Miz KICKS and KICKS and Gunther backs away. Gunther frowns but Miz eggs him on. They feel things out, Gunther powers Miz to a corner, and the ref counts. Gunther lets off at 4, but Miz avoids the chop! Miz CHOPS, but Gunther just scowls. Miz and Gunther circle, they feel things out, and Miz kicks but Gunther catches it! Gunther CHOPS Miz down! Miz sputters but Gunther gets a leg! Miz BOOTS Gunther away and CHOPS again! And CHOPS and CHOPS and fires hands in the corner!

Miz climbs up to rain down furious fists but Gunther shoves him away. Miz kicks and fires off more shots, but Gunther shoves him away. Gunther storms up but Miz SLAPS him! Gunther glares at Miz, but Miz bails out! Gunther pursues, Miz gets a leg! Miz pulls on the leg, the ref counts, but Miz lets off to SLAM the other leg! And then he SLAMS that left leg! Then Miz brings Gunther to the corner, to SLAM a leg into the post! Fans fire up while Gunther writhes! Miz claws at Gunther’s face, then he has the legs tied up around the corner! “WOO~!” into the DRAPING FIGURE FOUR! Gunther endures, the ref counts, and Miz lets go at 4!

Miz grins as he’s learned from his “sports entertainer” role models. Miz then springboards, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther scowls as he storms up on Miz. Gunther stands Miz up to CHOP him down! Gunther drags Miz up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him again! And CHOPS! And BOOTS! Miz leans against ropes to stay standing, but he is clearly dazed. Gunther grins and soaks up the heat from Chicago. Gunther taunts Miz, storms back up on him, but Miz kicks a leg out! And then fires off kicks and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Miz KICKS but Gunther CHOPS and Miz falls again! Gunther then scoops and SLAMS!

Gunther paces around, taunts Miz and kicks him around. Gunther pie faces Miz, talks trash in German, and fans boo again. Gunther stands Miz up, but Miz fires haymakers! Fans fire up with Miz but Gunther gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Miz flounders and writhes but Gunther stalks him to ropes. Gunther stomps Miz, has him on ropes, and then brings him around. Gunther runs up to BOOT Miz down again! Fans boo but Gunther just soaks it up. Gunther taunts the fans, taunts Miz, but Miz crawls to ropes. Gunther storms up, he drags Miz to his feet, and then brings him around to talk more trash. Gunther then reels Miz in, but Miz fights with fists!

Miz RANAS Gunther! Fans fire up as Gunther flounders! Gunther gets to his feet, but Miz kicks the knee! And again! Gunther hobbles, Miz mule kicks! Miz ducks a chop to KICK and fire off hands! Gunther CLUBS Miz, runs up, but Miz blocks the boot to put it on ropes! Knee drop to the knee! Another Nature Boy trick and fans fire up. Gunther hobbles, Miz storms up on him and KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! KICK! KICK! KICK! Miz KICKS the legs out from under Gunther! Miz waits on Gunther to rise back up, and he BUZZSAWS! Gunther sputters, Miz KICKS him again! And again! And again! Miz fires off in the corner!

The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4 and he goes to the far side. Fans fire up as Miz runs back in, to KICK! But Gunther CHOPS in return! Gunther swings, Miz ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to DDT! Cover, TWO! Gunther survives but Miz keeps his cool. Fans rally, Miz stands to shout, “MASSIVE! BALLS!” But Gunther arm-drags free of the full nelson! And he SHOTGUNS Miz down! Then GUNTHER BOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Miz survives and shocks Gunther! Gunther slaps Miz around, stomps him, and then he drags Miz back into a SLEEPER! Miz flails, reaches out, but Gunther keeps him from ropes!

Miz reaches, fades, but the fans rally as hard as they can! ROPEBREAK! Gunther pulls on Miz but Miz takes a buckle pad with him! The ref reprimands, takes the pad, LOW BLOW from Miz! And then another LOW BLOW as the ref is busy with the pad! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans can’t believe it and neither can Miz! But the fans want that “One More Time!” Miz stalks Gunther, “MASSIVE! BALLS!!” But Gunther gets around to SLEEPER!! So Miz RAMS Gunther into bare buckles! But Gunther still holds the sleeper! Miz rolls back, TWO!!! Gunther stands, Miz kicks and kicks and kicks!

Miz fires hands, Gunther SLAPS him back! Miz BOOTS Gunther! Gunther LARIATS Miz!! Gunther goes to a corner and climbs up. GUNTHER SPLASH onto Miz’s back! Gunther then turns Miz over, BOSTON CRAB!! Miz endures, shakes his head, and he powers back up! Fans fire up for Miz but Gunther drags him away, into a LION TAMER!! Miz taps, Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by submission (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Miz tried all the tricks in the book he learned from past Intercontinental Champions and past sports entertainers, but it was a move from a particular past Intercontinental Champion that finished Miz off! Gunther keeps Miz at ocho, will Gunther not stop until he has surpassed even the total combined day record held by Pedro Morales?

 

The Judgment Day talks backstage.

They’re loving all these firsts for them. First WarGames, first PLE main event. But then Dirty Dom says The Viper won’t even be here. Well, he either no-shows and it’s 5v4, or Orton does show and just poisons his team from the inside. Either way, Judgment Day injects the venom. Priest will go tell Drew McIntyre the good news, and also about that other thing. Priest heads out, Finn says cream always rises to the top! Will this be the night Judgment Day truly takes over the WWE?

 

Santos Escobar VS Dragon Lee!

The Emperor of Lucha betrayed and injured Rey Mysterio, and by proxy betrayed and damaged the LWO. Then he attacked Carlito to keep him from even being able to compete tonight! However, the Boy Wonder won’t let him get away with it! Will Dragon Lee beat respect into Santos? Or will El Hijo Del Fantasma grow his legacy by slaying Dragon?

The bell rings and Dragon runs up! Escobar dodges to fire off forearms! He DECKS Dragon, stomps away on him, then stands him back up. Fans boo as Santos stomps away in the corner. The ref counts, Santos lets off, but then goes back for more stomps. Santos drags Dragon up, whips him to ropes, and then scoops to BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Dragon hangs tough but Santos stomps him to another corner. Santos drags Dragon up with a grin, and scoops him into the Tree of Woe. Fans boo, the ref counts, but Santos stomps away. Santos lets off to go corner to corner, and he DROPKICKS Dragon out of the Tree! Cover, TWO!

Santos just grins as he stalks Dragon and KICKS him to a corner. Santos soaks up the heat from Chicago, and he runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Santos then TOSSES Dragon, goes out after him, and then RAMS him into steel steps! The ref reprimands, Santos hauls Dragon up, and he wants to do him like he did Rey! Dragon’s leg is stuck in the steps, but he fights with elbows! Dragon gets free of the steps, then runs along the apron to PENALTY KICK! Santos staggers away and Dragon gets in the ring. Santos hurries onto the apron, but Dragon FLYING RANAS! Fans fire up as Santos hits the floor! Dragon gets in the ring, and he builds speed!

Dragon FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up again! Dragon puts Santos in, fans are behind him as he aims and runs in, V-TRIGGER on Santos! Cover, TWO! Santos is still in this but Dragon keeps his cool. Dragon drags Santos up, fireman’s carries, and he WASTELAND SLAMS! Santos is in the drop zone and Dragon goes up. Santos hurries but Dragon counter punches and GAMANGIRIS! Dragon then climbs, but Santos rushes up! Dragon throws hands, but Santos GAMANGIRIS! Santos drags Dragon back up, climbs up after him, and he tells Dragon this is what he gets for siding with Rey! SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!!

Dragon survives and Santos is stunned! Santos argues the count but the ref says it was still two. Fans rally, Santos stomps Dragon, and then Santos pulls at the mask! Santos snapmares Dragon, pulls at the mask, but the ref reprimands. Ultimate disrespect, especially for someone who comes from a masked luchador family! Chicago tells Santos off in Spanish, but Santos stomps away on Dragon! Santos puts Dragon in the ropes, “This is who you’re cheering for?!” Santos throws elbows, then drags Dragon to a corner. Santos drags Dragon to the top again, but fans tell Santos off again. Santos has Dragon up but Dragon throws body shots!

Dragon trips Santos up and now Santos is in the Tree! Dragon hits WOE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Santos survives and Dragon is frustrated. Fans rally as Dragon runs corner to corner, but Santos SUPERKICKS first! Both men are down and a standing count starts. Santos rises at 7 of 10, and he throws hands on Dragon! Dragon hits back, they go back and forth with forearms, and fans rally behind Dragon. Santos gets the edge, but Dragon roars to V-TRIGGER! But Santos returns it! Santos runs in, Dragon slips through the lariat to get Santos up! SIT OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Santos survives and Dragon can’t believe it!

Dragon aims from a corner, the fans are behind him, and he runs in, but Santos stops Destino! Santos hits a DESTROYER!! Dragon wobbles, Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM DRIVER!!! Cover, Santos wins!!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

Santos has a sinister smile on his face and he says that was for Rey. Fans boo but there’s nothing to be done, will Santos continue to disrespect the legacies of everyone else in lucha libre?

 

A car arrives backstage?

It’s The NEW DAY! And they’re in the Slim Jim Mobile! Just look at this ride, bro! Look at them! Snap into a Slim Jim! How many can they eat in one night? We about to find out! OOOH YEAH!

 

WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Zoey Stark!

Though she made it through four opponents at Crown Jewel, The Eradicator doesn’t seem as dominant as she should be to The Hunter. And now that they’re 1v1, Zoey feels she can focus completely on Rhea while Rhea’s too busy worrying about her boys. Will Zoey be proven right on all fronts? Or will we see that Mami is always on top?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the hunter and who is the prey!

There’s some trash talking, and then the bell rings. The trash talk continues, and Rhea SLAPS Zoey! So Zoey SLAPS Rhea! Rhea is furious and then Zoey TACKLES her! They throw hands, fans fire up for Rhea as she gets the edge! Zoey gets free, gets around and then dodges again to DROPKICK! Rhea tumbles out and Zoey grins. Zoey goes to the corner, goes up and up and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Zoey sends Rhea back into the ring, and springboards to MISSLE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Rhea goes to a corner but Zoey runs in, only for Rhea to put her on the apron. Zoey ROCKS Rhea first, then slingshots, but into a HEADBUTT!

Rhea scowls, storms out to the apron and she drags Zoey up. Fans fire up for “MAMI! MAMI!” as she suplexes, but Zoey fights it! Zoey throws hands, kicks low, and APRON DDTS! Rhea flops back into the ring and Zoey pushes her to a drop zone. Zoey slingshots to ARABIAN CORKSCREW SENTON! Cover, TWO! Rhea bails out, Chicago cheers her on, but Zoey is on the apron! PENALTY KICK! And a FLYING- NO, Rhea gets under the knee, then ducks the roundhouse to Electric Chair Lift! Rhea SLAMS Zoey on the apron! And then POSTS her! Zoey writhes but Rhea grins as she shouts, “You want me to focus?!”

Rhea puts Zoey in the ring, CLUBS away on her, rains down more shots, then HEADBUTTS her! Rhea says this is HER division, and Zoey ain’t nothing! Rhea reels Zoey in, tucks the arms, and flips Zoey up into the suplex! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is frustrated but she throws KNEE after KNEE into Zoey’s side. Rhea CLUBS her then chicken wings Zoey. Zoey fights but Rhea has the motorcycle stretch. Zoey endures, fans rally and duel, and Rhea digs her knee in. Zoey fights up but Rhea wrangles her back down to then stand on Zoey, and STOMP her down! Rhea then has the arms again, for another STOMP!

Rhea gets the arms a third time, sits Zoey up, and she BOOTS Zoey down! And basement dropkicks her! Fans fire up as Rhea stalks Zoey, and Rhea stands her up. Rhea talks trash but Zoey throws body shots! And a JAWBREAKER! Zoey ROUNDHOUSES from a corner, runs in but Rhea kick slow! And STOMP a foot, and SMASH the face! Clothesline in the corner! Fans fire up as Rhea puts Zoey up top. Rhea throws hands, climbs up, but Zoey hits back! Rhea fires off haymakers and CHOPS, then finishes climbing up. Fans fire up as Rhea brings Zoey up, but Zoey throws hands! They brawl up top, Rhea throwing some slapping shots!

Rhea choke grips Zoey, to SUPER CHOKE SLAM! Zoey tries to spin out of that, and they’re both on their feet! HEEL KICK from Zoey!! Cover, TWO!!! Zoey shouts, “This is what you wanted, huh?!” But Rhea avoids the knee! Wheelbarrow, but Zoey victory rolls it! TWO, and Rhea kicks! Zoey ducks, BOOTS from below, then waistlocks. Rhea fights, elbows free, and Zoey staggers. Zoey comes back, into an EDDY GORDO KICK from Rhea! Rhea drags Zoey up and atomic FACEBUSTER! Then a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rhea is furious and she talks trash. Rhea pie faces Zoey but Zoey shouts, “Is that all you got?!”

Rhea BUZZSAWS Zoey, then pump handles! RIP- NO, Zoey slips free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Rhea flounders up, into a SLIDING KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Rhea survives and Zoey is beside herself! Zoey gets Rhea up, Z 3- NO!! Rhea blocks, throws ELBOW after ELBOW, but Zoey ROUNDHOUSES! Rhea HEADBUTTS! Pump handle and RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s World Champion)

Mami looks sensational as she stays on top in one hell of a fight! But as close as this one was, will Rhea continue to eradicate her challengers?

 

Seth Rollins paces around backstage.

Jey & Sami talk with him about the issue. Rollins hasn’t heard anything! Randy still ain’t here! Jey again says this is on him! Cody says don’t worry about it, this isn’t Jey’s fault. Randy will be here! But they’re up next! Cody knows that, but he promises Randy will be here. Just trust him. Rollins says time for war, fellas. He heads out, followed by Jey. Sami says he trusts Cody, then heads out. But even the American Nightmare looks worried. Is the Legend Killer going to make it in time? Is he even coming?

 

Men’s WarGames: Drew McIntyre & The Judgment Day VS Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins & Randy Orton!

The Scottish Warrior isn’t in The Judgment Day, but he stands with them because they all want to tear down Main Event Jey Uso. And everything The Judgment Day has done has more than united The American Nightmare, Main Event Jey, the Great Liberator and the Visionary against them. But as we just saw, there’s a big concern that The Viper isn’t going to join in. This on top of Judgment Day having the WarGames Advantage, is there any hope for Cody’s team to survive?

Naturally, McIntyre makes his entrance separate from Judgment Day, but it is Finn Balor who steps up. Tensions are still high between McIntyre and Priest, though… And then from the other side, Cody’s entrance is first, “WHOA OH~!” followed by Jey. Chicago is bouncing along with Jey as he stands on top of the shark cage. Sami makes his way out now, “LET’S GO!” And then Rollins makes his way out, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” and it would seem he is the one to start. Fans fire up as we get The Visionary and The Prince reigniting their rivalry! Rollins FLIES Over the ropes to get at Finn and the bell rings!

Finn and Rollins scrap, then stand to throw hands! Rollins CHOPS and ROCKS on repeat! Finn knees low, storms up and whips but Rollins stops himself! Rollins elbows Finn, whips him into steel, and Chicago of course chants for CM Punk. Rollins TOSSES Finn into more steel, and then TOSSES him into more steel! Fans chant for Randy, sing Rollins’ song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” and Rollins stalks Finn to a the west ring. Finn begs for mercy but then kicks, only for Rollins to block! Rollins gets Finn up, but Finn slips free of the bomb to CLOBBER Rollins! Fans boo but Finn circles Rollins. Finn stands Rollins up to TOSS him into steel!

Finn then brings Rollins around to throw into MORE steel! Finn CHOPS, there’s still three minutes to kill and Finn sends Rollins into MORE steel! SLINGBLADE! Chicago gets the CM Punk chants going again but Finn aims at Rollins from a corner. Finn runs in, Rollins stands to SUPERKICK first! Rollins then has Finn at the bridge, and he underhooks the arms! Finn fights the Pedigree to back drop Rollins on the steel! Rollins writhes, his back still not 100%. Finn climbs up a corner, and he COUP- NO, Rollins avoids the stomps, and he SLINGBLADES in return! The fans fire up, sing along, and Rollins stalks Finn.

Rollins ROCKS Finn with haymakers, then puts Finn in a corner. Rollins fires off forearm after forearm, fans fire up more, and Rollins whips corner to corner. Rollins runs in, forearm smash and a clinch, for a BACKBREAKER! Rollins runs, to BOOT Finn down! Fans fire up again and the countdown is 15 seconds! Rollins hears the fans counting it down, and he knows Judgment Day is sending someone. Here comes McDonagh! The Irish Ace runs up but Rollins BOOTS him down! Finn RAMS into Rollins, whips him corner to corner, but Rollins reverses and Finn hits buckles hard! Rollins storms over, but McDonagh SMACKS him with a kendo stick!

McDonagh brings in extra sticks and he has one to Finn. They both grin as they circle around Rollins like sharks with blood in the water. They SMACK and SMACK and SMACK away! Rollins falls, clutching a leg, and the lethal Irishmen raise the sticks. Finn CHOKES Rollins with the stick, then lets off so McDonagh can have a turn. McDonagh aims to SMACK, but Rollins blocks! Rollins BOOTS Finn, and TOSSES McDonagh to the east ring! Rollins ROCKS Finn, aims at McDonagh but McDonagh RAMS into him! QUEBRADA! Down goes Rollins and McDonagh coordinates with Finn.

McDonagh & Finn mug Rollins, double whip, and then KENDO STICK CLOTHESLINE! Fans boo while Rollins sputters to the ropes. McDonagh drapes Rollins out for Finn to SMACK with the kendo stick! Finn CHOKES Rollins again and talks a lot of trash. Rollins can only endure the bamboo in his face. Then Finn & McDonagh wrench, crisscross and DOUBLE SUPLEX! The countdown is back, and Finn makes sure to have a kendo stick. First out is JEY! Fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as Jey storms down to the ring. He sees the kendo sticks and raises them a chair! Jey runs in to JAM JD! SMACK on the back!

JAM for Finn, SMACK on the back! McDonagh kicks and ROCLS Jey but Jey fires off hands! Jey puts some stank on the HAYAMKER! Then Jey does the same to Finn! “YEET! YEET!” Pop, lock and HAYMAKER! Fans fire up as Jey kicks at McDonagh. McDonagh blocks but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Jey also ENZIGURIS Finn to a corner! Fans fire up with “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs to HIP ATTACK Finn! And HIP- SPANISH FLY from McDonagh! All four men are down, and we see McIntyre just glaring as he wants his turn. There’s still a minute and forty, and Rollins saves Jey from a double suplex! They DOUBLE SUPERKICK!

Fans fire up as Rollins & Jey fire off on Finn & McDonagh, bump them off buckles, and rain down fists! The fans count along, Rollins goes all the way to TEN! Finn scurries away after that but Rollins just goes along the ropes to springboard and AX HANDLE! Fans fire up again, and Jey keeps on McDonagh. Fans sing again but we have 15 seconds left. Jey digs his boots into McDonagh, Rollins is after Finn, but here comes… Wait, Priest tells McIntyre to stick to the plan. The Punisher takes this turn and he storms down to the ring. Rollins & Jey dare him to bring it! Priest steps in slowly, and they go after him!

Fans fire up but Priest shoves Rollins away and fires off on Jey! Rollins JAMS Priest with a chair! McDonagh & Finn return to go after Rollins & Jey but they all brawl. “YEET!” But Priest has a nightstick?! He CRACKS Jey, CRACKS Rollins, and repeat! Fans boo but Priest smiles as he got the better of Team Yeet. ELBOW for Rollins, ELBOW for Jey! BROKEN ARROW for Jey! FLATLINER for Rollins! And there’s still 90 seconds to go! Finn & McDonagh drag Jey & Rollins up, and set them up for Priest’s CORKSCREW SENTON! Fans boo but Judgment Day soaks up the heat. Priest drags Rollins up while Finn & McDonagh mug Jey.

Priest ROCKS Rollins into the bridge, then to the east ring. Priest throws hands, then stomps away on Rollins. McDonagh sets Jey up for Finn to JAM and SMACK him with the chair! The countdown is back, and here comes Sami! Fans fire up and Sami storms down to the ring. Sami sees McDonagh & Finn watching him, and then he dodges McDonagh’s jab! Sami SMACKS McDonagh with the stick, ROCKS Finn and SLAMS the door on him! Then Sami considers his options. Fans fire up as Sami brings out a TABLE!! Jey helps Sami with it, then he and Rollins set it up. Sami keeps looking for more?!

Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” Priest ROCKS Jey, Sami CLOBBERS Priest! Fans chant “Thank You, Sami!” Sami stomps away on Priest and the fans are loving it! Sami hits Finn with BLUE THUNDER! Sami goes up a corner, and between “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” and “UCEY! UCEY!” Sami feeds off the energy. But McDonagh goes after Sami on the top rope! McDonagh smacks Sami off steel, but Sami smacks McDonagh back! McDonagh lands to crotch on the ropes! Sami RIPS a pipe from the corner, and he CLOBBERS McDonagh with it! And Finn! Priest kicks first, whips, but Sami goes up and over and CLOBBERS Priest with the pipe!!

Fans fire up and Sami fires hands on Finn in a corner! McDonagh runs up, Sami ROCKS him! Jey stomps Priest in the east ring, Rollins & Sami pinball McDonagh around! Then Rollins CHOPS Finn in a corner! Sami SMACKS Finn, then Rollins SMACKS Finn off a chair! The countdown is back, and Judgment Day sends McIntyre! The Scottish Warrior has been seething since coming out here, and he storms right into the ring. He catches Rollins to SPINEBUSTER! Then he RAMS Sam into a corner, to then OVERHEAD SUPLEX! McIntyre runs through Rollins’ boot to ELBOW him! And then INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM onto Sami!

McIntyre glares right at Jey, the one he wanted all along. Fans rally for Jey as he flounders, but Jey sees McIntyre stepping closer. Jey stands, and he throws hands with McIntyre! “YEET! BOO! YEET! BOO!” But McIntyre underhooks! Jey slips free, mule kicks, pops, locks and UPPERCUTS! But then McIntyre gets around to NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and there’s 90 seconds left on the countdown. McIntyre stands Jey up to TOSS him into steel! And then he tells Jey to acknowledge what he did! McIntyre TOSSES him into more steel! McIntyre scoops Jey, to LAWN DART him into the steel!

Finn puts Sami in a corner, throws hands, but Sami hits back! Sami gets mugged by Priest & McDonagh while McIntyre aims at Jey. But Jey SUPERKICKS first! Then with Sami, ONE D!! Fans fire up but Priest stomps Jey! We’re at 15 seconds, Finn & Priest mug Sami & Jey! Finn POSTS Sami, but here comes CODY! Cody finally gets in the match his father invented! Priest swings with his baton but Cody dodges, kicks and UPPERCUTS! Cody TOSSES Priest into steel, then TOSSES him into more steel! Cody ROCKS Finn, ROCKS McDonagh, and steps in to fire off hands! Cody whips, McDonagh reverses but Cody CLOBBERS him!

Fans fire up with Cody, he is going all out! Cody whips, McDonagh reverses but Cody dodges to then back drop! And then Cody has Finn, GOURD BUSTER onto McDonagh! Cody finds a BULL ROPE in the gap! Now this is a shoutout to Dusty! And Rollins has the other end?! Cody says remember, just for tonight, they gotta work together. Rollins nods, and they use the ropes to CLOTHESLINE McDonagh! Cowbell BONK on Finn, then rope YANK into the yam bags! Rollins and Cody argue about whether or not Randy’s coming. Cody says just trust him. Cody stomps Priest, Rollins throws hands on McIntyre, and fans already tell Dom he sucks even though he’s still in the shark cage.

Cody ROCKS Priest, the countdown is here! Fans boo because last out for Judgment Day, it’s Dirty Dom! Dom storms in, he fires off on Cody, then hurries to fire off on Rollins! Dom CLOBBERS Jey, then he CLOBBERS Sami! Fans boo as Dom goes back to Cody. Snap suplex for Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Dom hits Dos Amigos! And then Dom drags Cody up, Latino Heat, but he sees the others all surrounding him. Fans fire up as Dom wants them all to take it easy. They all mug Dom!! Fans love it! Cody keeps on Dom, Rollins hits McIntyre and Finn, Sami CLUBS McIntyre down. That table is finally set up here in the east ring!

Cody TOSSES Dom into steel, and the table is propped up in the corner. Fans fire up as they get Dom up and Rollins aims, but the others save Dom from the table! The brawl is back on, Cody is sent into steel, then Sami is sent into steel! McDonagh CHOKES Cody, Finn rains down fists on Rollins, and then Priest and McIntyre stare down. They both choke grip Rollins! But Sami runs in! He gets added to things, and then so does Cody! TRIPLE CHOKE SLAM!! Priest tells everyone else, go up a corner! Finn, McDonagh and Dom all climb, MOONSAULT on Sami! COUP DE GRACE on Rollins! FROG SPLASH on Cody!! Fans boo but Priest pats his guys on the back.

Judgment Day takes control of the table, standing it up on all its legs. Priest hauls Rollins up, Canadian Rack, RAZOR’S EDGE through the table!! The countdown is here, but is there going to be anyone to answer it? The Judgment Day grins as they wait, and… No one? Nothing? Wait, RHEA RIPLEY is bringing the MITB briefcase!! She wants this to be Priest’s moment!! Rhea is telling everyone on Priest’s behalf! BUT WAIT! HERE COMES RANDY!!! No one can believe it!! But The Viper steps right into the ring, slams the door shut, and “Let the WarGames begin!!” Dom runs up, but Randy rallies with lariats and a POWERSLAM!

McDonagh runs in, POWERSLAM! Orton TOSSES McDonagh into the steel, then he TOSSES Dom! Finn runs in but Orton puts him through ropes! DRAPING DDT!! Orton stares McIntyre down and fans are losing their minds. McIntyre storms up on Orton, then Priest follows behind. They start throwing hands 2v1! Fans boo but the Judgment Day stomps away! They all get a turn, but then Team Yeet rushes in to turn the tides! Fans fire up as Judgment Day gets put in the gap and mugged from all sides! Fans fire up as Orton leads the way, everyone has someone, for a QUINTUPLE DRAPING DDT!!!

Chicago is electric as Orton hears those voices!! But Orton sees Jey… Is The Viper going to strike back for what happened to RKBRO? Orton tells Jey he does remember, but then Jey SUPERKICKS Priest to save Orton! Orton is stunned, so he RKOS Dom!! Fans love that most up all! CURB STOMP for Priest onto the steel!! Cody Cutter for Finn! HELLUVA KICK for McIntyre! USO SPLASH adds on!! The fans are thunderous as McDonagh is all alone! He goes up the cage! But escape would be forfeit! Sami & Rollins don’t let him get away, they all brawl up top! They throw HEADBUTTS and haymakers!

Orton watches as McDonagh is in a bad spot. Orton shakes it out and says go ahead, serve it up! Rollins & Sami THROW McDonagh into a SUPER R K O!!!! The ref has to check if McDonagh is even able to continue! Orton feeds Priest to Cody, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody’s team wins!!

Winners: Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins & Randy Orton, by pinfall

Cody’s music plays but he raises Orton’s hand in victory and thanks. Orton came through for the team and they all hug it out! They all raise their hands in victory, the Judgment Day finally humbled! But will this only add to the anger within McIntyre? And-

WAIT! Cult of Personality plays?!? It can’t be! BUT IT IS!! C M PUNK returns to the WWE!!! Chicago wanted it, and he could not ignore their cries! Punk kneels, checks his watch, and says IT’S CLOBBERING TIME!! Then what does this mean for the landscape of World Wrestling Entertainment now that the Best in the World is back!?


My Thoughts:

What an amazing Survivor Series! Not only did they fit it in under three hours, they gave us the surprise I didn’t think we would ever actually get it. After all the things WWE did to reference CM Punk, all the weeks of fans wondering and pro-wrestling pundits out there thinking it was just to mess with us, it was all real! Somehow they worked out a deal, he’s back, holy crap. And it was a huge moment after an awesome main event with a great moment where they tease the MITB cash-in and then give us Orton showing up. Great win for the Faces in that way, and this definitely puts some intrigue into the top title stories as we’re on the road to the Royal Rumble.

Great Women’s World title match from Rhea VS Zoey, but maybe a little ambitious with Zoey not quite landing as clean as she wanted out of the top rope throw. But at the same time, of course Rhea wins, but Zoey looked strong otherwise. Rhea’s got any number of options going towards Royal Rumble, but given Nia won against Raquel last Monday, I’m thinking Rhea VS Nia is the next 1v1 rivalry. Gunther VS Miz was also a great title match, with Miz looking great busting out the Cheating Face tricks a la Ric Flair and Eddie Guerrero, but of course Gunther retains. Miz is still great but Gunther is going to keep building that reign for a long time.

Dragon Lee subbing in for Carlito definitely made the match for tonight better, he and Santos really brought it tonight. And a bit of a surprise in Santos winning, but I think that was the plan even when this was Santos VS Carlito. Santos will continue to use this to get heat and maybe we get more out of Santos VS Dragon, maybe even Santos VS Carlito after all. Depending on how this goes, I wouldn’t be surprised if they extend the story so that Santos VS Rey is on the road to WrestleMania. Just a shame the US Championship is on Logan Paul instead of part of this story.

Great sponsorship promos tonight, and glad to see R-Truth finally back on screen again. There’s someone who could have a lot of fun going to NXT for a minute, just like Alpha Academy has. And just an awesome Women’s WarGames to open the show, bookending the night. Honestly, it was perhaps the best match of the whole night with such great creativity. And the story played out just as I hoped, with Becky and Charlotte making amends and then the Faces winning out because of that. Now, we didn’t get Bayley kicked out of DMG CTRL tonight, but we can see that play out on SmackDown. If Bayley is to be kicked out and maybe even turn Face, she probably gets the blame heaped on her, and then the three Joshi all beat her down and kick her to the curb, creating a potential Bayley VS Iyo match for the title down the line.

My Score: 9.1/10


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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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