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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (1/25/24)

ROH is about to get spooky!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Something wicked this way comes!

With the ROH Women’s Television Championship still on the horizon, Abadon has come to strike fear into the hearts of ROH’s Women’s Division!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Righteous VS Camaro Jackson & Anaya; The Righteous win.
  • Nyla Rose VS Laynie Luck; Nyla wins.
  • Zak Knight VS Aaron Solo; Zak wins.
  • Spanish Announce Project VS Griff Garrison & Cole Karter w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett; Griff & Karter win.
  • Willie Mack & Blake Christian VS The Outrunners; Mack & Blake win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Kiera Hogan, Lady Frost & Trish Adora; Diamante, Leila & Taya win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Infantry & Lee Johnson VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson; The Infantry & Johnson win.
  • Red Velvet VS Heather Reckless; Velvet wins.
  • Billie Starkz VS Tootie Lynn; Billie wins.
  • Ethan Page VS Kody Lane; Ethan wins.
  • Abadon VS Robyn Renegade; Abadon wins.
  • Jack Cartwheel VS Jon Cruz; Cartwheel wins.
  • Anthony Henry VS Action Andretti; Andretti wins.
  • Four Corner Survival: Slim J VS JD Drake VS Josh Woods VS Rocky Romero; Rocky wins.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships Proving Ground Match: The Undisputed Kingdom VS Gravity & Gringo Loco; The Undisputed Kingdom wins and denies Gravity & Gringo a title opportunity.

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Spanish Announce Project VS Griff Garrison & Cole Karter w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett!

Angelico & Serpentico were just trying to be good amigos to Maria’s “baby boys,” but they were the ones blamed for the loss in that 8 Man Tag a month ago. They’ve gone back and forth in singles matches, but will SAP finish this off 2v2? Or will the Ivy League MVP & Diamond in the Rough make Maria proud?

The Code of Honor is skipped as the tension rises, and the teams sort out. Fans rally as Angelico and Griff start and circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Griff kicks to wrench and wristlock. Maria cheers but she’s the only one. Angelico powers the hold around, spins Griff and wristlocks back. Fans cheer now, but Griff rolls, wrenches and wristlocks. Maria cheers again but Angelico spins, cording holds then wristlocks again. Fans cheer but Griff ROCKS Angelico with a forearm. Griff wrenches to wristlock, but Angelico rolls, trips Griff with legs, and then has a modified STF! Griff scrambles, Karter makes the save, and fans boo.

Maria argues with the ref about the legality of that save but Karter coaches Griff up. Griff slides back in and resets with Angelico. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Angelico endures the grind. Angelico powers up and out but Griff runs him over. Griff keeps moving, he runs over Angelico again! Angelico gets up, side steps, but Griff counters hip toss to a hip toss! Griff flexes while fans boo but he drags Angelico up. Griff UPPERCUTS Angelico to the corner, tags Karter, and Karter stomps a mudhole. The ref counts, Karter lets off, then he stands Angelico up to ROCK with a right hand. Karter wrenches and ROCKS Angelico again.

Fans rally but Karter fires hands, then stomps another mudhole in! The ref counts, Karter backs off, and then he stands Angelico up. Karter whips but Angelico avoids the dropkick! Fans cheer, Maria is concerned, but Angelico wrenches Karter. Fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” Tag to Serpentico and he goes up, and he DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Serpentico CHOPS Karter in the corner, wrenches and whips, but Karter reverses. Karter runs in, Serpentico BOOTS him, then RANAS! Serpentico ELBOWS Karter down, then kips up! Griff runs in but Serpentico sends him out! Serpentico builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit on both Griff & Karter!

Serpentico puts Karter in but Maria runs up? Serpentico sees her and she stops to play innocent, only for Griff to RAM Serpentico into steel steps! Fans boo, Griff puts Serpentico in the ring, Karter covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Karter rains down fists! Karter lets off to glare at Angelico, then he drags Serpentico up. Karter puts Serpentico in a corner, CHOPS him, then brings him over to bump off buckles. Tag to Griff, Karter stands Serpentico up and they mug him. Maria applauds but again, she’s the only one. Griff scoops Serpentico to SLAM, and then KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Griff then clamps onto Serpentico with a chinlock.

Fans rally as Serpentico endures, and he fights up to throw body shots! Griff shoves and ELBOWS Serpentico down! Griff drags Serpentico up, tags in Karter and they mug Serpentico again. Karter brings Serpentico around, fans boo while he CLUBS Serpentico down. Serpentico throws body shots as he fights up, but Karter knees low. Karter suplexes, Serpentico slips free to JAWBREAKER! Hot tag to Angelico! Angelico rallies on Maria’s baby boys with big LARIATS! Griff spins Angelico, Karter runs in but Angelico BOOTS him! Angelico arm-drags free, then uses Griff as a step to LEAPING LARIAT Karter!

Fans fire up with the South African Stud, but Griff ROCKS him! Angelico ROCKS Griff back! Angelico then baits Griff in for a strike fest! Fans fire up with Angelico and he whips. Griff reverses but Angelico rolls off Griff’s back! Griff jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Angelico ties up the legs! DEATHLOCK! Griff endures while he keeps his shoulders up, and Karter pushes ropes closer! ROPEBREAK! Fans boo but Angelico has no choice but to let go. Griff distracts the ref, Karter SUCKER PUNCHES Angelico! Griff runs up to BOOT Angelico down!

Serpentico returns to mule kick, forearm and SUPERKICK! Serpentico runs, COMPLETE SHOT on Griff! Karter storms in to JUMP KNEE Serpentico, then SPINEBUSTER! Angelico sweeps, Karter jumps it, EDDY GORDO KICK hits again! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Maria coaches her boys, but Angelico crawls, hot tag to Serpentico! Fans fire up as #SNAKEMAN BOOTS Griff from the corner! Serpentico goes up while Griff is down, but Karter sends Angelico into barriers! Griff gets under Serpentico’s leap, but Serpentico ROLLING ELBOWS! Then he ducks Griff’s shot, dodges the splash, and rolls Griff, to then CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Griff survives because Serpentico isn’t a Viper. Maria is there to taunt him, too. Serpentico glares at Maria as she creeps up the apron. Serpentico dodges Griff! Griff almost runs into Maria, Serpentico rolls him up! TWO! SUPERKICK from Serpentico! But Maria anchors a foot! Serpentico gets free, Griff LARIATS!! Griff hauls Serpentico over, tags Karter and Karter climbs, scoop SLAM! Maria says no, don’t just beat SAP! HURT SAP! They say okay, and Griff stands Serpentico up. Karter runs in but Serpentico ducks and the forearm hits Griff!! Roll-up, TWO!!! Karter escapes and Maria is furious!

Serpentico drags Karter up, the ref reprimands Maria, but Karter SNATCHES Serpentico’s mask! BLINDSIDE ROLLING ELBOW from Griff!!! Cover, Maria’s boys win!!

Winners: Griff Garrison & Cole Karter, by pinfall

Then to add insult to injury, they mug Serpentico! Angelico runs in to shield his amigo, but they just stomp him out! Fans boo as Griff shows off the trophy that is Serpentico’s mask! Karter even puts it on to wear it out! Will nothing stop The Kingdom from ruling over both AEW and ROH?

 

Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Kiera Hogan, Lady Frost & Trish Adora!

The ROH Women’s Television Championship Tournament is still being put together, so there’s still time to make an impression. Will the Cuban Diamond, Last Baddie Standing & La Wera Loca or the Hottest Flame, Coolest Wrestler & AfroPunk be the ones that make that good impression?

The trios sort out, and Taya starts against Keira. The Code of Honor is upheld somewhat sarcastically by Taya, and the bell rings. They circle, tie up, and Taya SHOVES Kiera down. Fans rally up as Kiera gets up in a huff. Taya runs in, Kiera goes up and over then ducks ‘n’ dodges. Kiera bobs ‘n’ weaves, then SLAPS Taya! Taya storms up but into a drop toehold! Taya ends up on ropes, Kiera runs to HIP ATTACK! Kiera YANKS the ropes to snap Taya back. Taya ducks the buzzsaw but not the HEEL KICK! Kiera runs to step up, but Taya dodges the leg drop! Taya KNEES Kiera down, then drags her to her corner.

Tag to Leila and Taya bumps Kiera off buckles. Leila brings Kiera out but Keira ROCKS her! And ROCKS again! Keira whips Leila to the corner, runs up to UPPERCUT, then tag to Adora. Adora wrenches and wristlocks Leila, keeps her from ropes, but Leila rolls. Adora rolls with her! Leila fights up, fires forearms, but Adora facelocks. Tag to Frost and they double whip. Frost DISCUS LARIATS and fans fire up! Leila flounders, tag to Diamante and Diamante shoves Frost. Frost shoves bakc, so Diamante ROCKS her! Diamante whips, Frost ducks ‘n’ tilto-whirls to sunset flip, TWO! Frost then wrenches to arm-drag and toehold!

Diamante kicks Frost away, runs up, but Frost goes out and around. Diamante still ROCKS Frost first! Diamante has Frost in the ropes for the HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Diamante rains down fists but the fans rally for Frost. Diamante DECKS Adora for good measure before she bumps Frost off buckles. Tag to Leila and she fires forearms. Leila brings Frost around, whips her to ropes then SLINGBLADES! Fans rally, Leila tags Taya, and Leila snap suplexes so Taya can basement dropkick! Fans cheer, Taya clamps on a chinlock and taunts Frost’s team by holding out a hand. Frost crawls but Taya ties up the legs!

Taya has a modified STF but Frost still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Taya lets go, fans rally up, and Frost dodges Taya to then elbow, ROUNDHOUSE, and hurries for her corner! Hot tag to Adora, hot tag to Leila! Adora dodges Leila to fire off forearms! Adora DECKS Leila and fans fire up! Leila staggers up, into a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Adora then BOOTS Leila down! And SENTONS! Cover, Diamante breaks it! Diamante drags Leila to safety, then tags herself in. Diamante runs up to ROCK Adora! Adora ROCKS Diamante! Diamante and Adora go forearm for forearm and the fans fire up!

The forearms fly faster, Diamante gets the edge and ROUNDHOUSES! But then Adora ducks the buzzsaw to BASEMENT GERMAN! Bridging cover, Taya breaks it! Kiera ROCKS Taya with forearms now! Taya ROCKS and knees Kiera in return! Taya whips Kiera but Kiera holds ropes! Kiera dumps Taya out, then builds speed to DIVE! Down goes Taya at the ramp! The fans fire up for Kiera but Diamante runs up to ROCK Adora! Aodra ROCKS Diamante back and the forearms fly again! Diamante UPPERCUTS, then STANDING SHIRANUI! Cover, Frost breaks it! Leila runs in to kick and whip, but Frost tosses Leila out!

Frost runs up to DECK Leila! Kiera coordinates with Frost and Frost goes up, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT onto Taya and JOHNNY! Mr. & Mrs. TV take the shot, and Adora scoops Diamante! Diamante fights free, dragon sleepers, TWISTING DDT! Cover, Diamante’s team wins!

Winners: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie, by pinfall

Shots fired and it’s the Cuban Diamond who shines in the spotlight! Will she be the one to get that gold? Or will another break through in the ROH Women’s Television Championship Tournament?

 

Backstage interview with Leyla Hirsch & Rachael Ellering.

Lexi Nair is with the LEGIT Friends of Strong Smile and notes that they have gotten on the same page lately. How are they feeling as a team? Leyla is feeling great, and feels they’ve been killing it as a tag team. They’ve got their chemistry in the ring, but also outside the ring. Rachael agrees, they’ve been going out to eat together. Check that off the chemistry list. And movie night with the girls? Check it off the list. They even attempted to join a book club. It didn’t go well, but the effort counts, and they’re feeling real good. Lexi loves to hear it.

Now, to the ROH Women’s TV Championship tournament. How do they feel entering as individuals? Leyla feels great and confident, and knows Rachael will also do great. Have you seen that Boss Woman Slam? It is devastating! Rachael admits that yeah, it is good stuff. But best suplexes in the division? That’s all Leyla. The only chance anyone has at beating Leyla is if they’ve been keeping an extra close eye on her. There’s a tense stare down between the friends, and Leyla breaks the silence by saying both are going to do great, and Leyla’s getting hungry. She wants to get sushi, what about Rachael?

Rachael agrees, sushi sounds great. Extra wasabi for her. Too spicy for Leyla, but sure. They head out together, but when only one woman can be the inaugural Women’s TV Champion, will this friendship survive?

 

Six Man Tag: The Infantry & Lee Johnson VS The Iron Savages & Jacked Jameson!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo have some reinforcements in #BigShotty as they prepare to take on the jacked ‘n’ juicy Dirty Bulk Bronson, Beefcake Boulder, and their Savage leader. Will Johnson help Dean & Bravo send the Iron Savages to Boot Camp? Or will we all be sipping the Savage Sauce in St. Louis?

The trios sort out, Bronson and Johnson start and they keep the Code of Honor. The bell rings, the two circle, and Carlie gets St. Louis fired up. Bronson and Johnson finally tie up, Bronson headlocks, but Johnson powers up. Bronson holds on tight, grinds the hold, then he wrenches to YANK the arm. And again! And again! Bronson straight arm levers but Johnson slips free. Bronson blocks the arm-drag, though, then whips and runs Johnson over. Bronson drags Johnson up to bump off buckles and he tags in Jameson. Jameson brings Johnson around but Johnson DROPKICKS him! Johnson then wrenches and brings Jameson over, tag to Bravo.

Bravo goes up to AX HANDLE! Bravo wrenches the arm, ELBOW BREAKER, tag to Dean. Dean goes up to AX HANDLE! Fans rally and Dean wrenches to tag Bravo back in. Bravo goes up, Dean scoops, BACKBREAKER to FOREARM DROP! Cover, TWO! Bravo keeps on Jameson and tags Dean back in. The Infantry double whip, but Boulder sneaks a tag. Infantry DOUBLE HIP TOSS, but Boulder storms in! Infantry dodge but Boulder still clips Bravo! Dean fires forearms, but Boulder shoves him away! Dean comes back, but into a FLAPJACK! Boulder then storms around and fans fire up!

Boulder tags Bronson and Bronson gets Dean up. “It’s time for TIDDY CITY!” Bronson smothers Dean into Boulder’s boulders, then throws him down! Cover, TWO! Bronson drags Dean up, bumps him off buckles, then tags in Jameson. Jameson scoops Dean to RAM him into the corner! Jameson then runs to CLOBBER Dean out of the Tree of Woe! Then HIP DROP! Tag to Bronson, he goes up and he HIP DROPS! Bronson then BLASTS Johnson off the apron! Tag back to Jameson and he goes up, to HIP DROP into knees! Bronson tags in to stop Dean, then he runs in, into a BOOT! Dean ELBOWS Boulder then hurries forward.

Bronson keeps Dean back and throws him down, but Dean avoids the elbow drop! Dean then JUMP KNEES Boulder, RAMS into Bronson, and slingshots up and over! Dean hot tags Bravo! Fans fire up as Bad News & Tattoos JABS away on Bronson! Bravo whips, Bronson reverses but Bravo FLYING UPPERCUTS! Bravo bobs ‘n’ weaves as Boulder swings, then GUILLOTINE LEG DROPS! Bravo goes to a corner and shouts, “OO-RAH!” The fans echo “OO-RAH!” and Bravo runs corner to corner. Bravo hits the Carlie Crossover and ROCKS Bronson! Fans fire up and Bravo fireman’s carries, but Bronson’s so bulky!

Fans fire up as Bravo manages the T K O!! Cover, TWO!! Bronson survives but Bravo tags Johnson! Johnson stands Bronson up but Bronson ELBOWS! Tag to Jameson and he climbs, but Johnson avoids the ax handles! Johnson spins Jameson around, dragon sleeper, SAVING GRACE! Cover, Johnson & The Infantry win!

Winners: The Infantry & Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Big Shotty hits the shot that finishes this one! Will this trio be the one taking aim at the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships?

 

Nyla Rose looks through someone’s ring gear?

The Native Beast can’t make heads or tails of it. Are these shorts? Pants? Shants? Nah, they’re trash. She throws them in the trash! Lexi walks in and asks what’s going on. Nyla says she’s getting a jump on Spring Cleaning! But these are Athena’s gear! Oh, well Nyla would hope so, her name’s on the butt. Lexi says Nyla can’t throw these away! Watch her! But these were handmade! Oh, true, Nyla does like that red one, she’ll keep that for herself. Who does Nyla think she is!? Oh, who does Nyla think she is? Allow her to tell us exactly who she thinks she is.

Nyla brings Lexi in close as she says she “thinks” she’s the one who won a Casino Battle Royal and eliminated a lot of other women to earn her right to face Riho on the first-ever AEW Dynamite to crown the first-ever AEW Women’s World Champion. Nyla “thinks” she’s the one who became the second-ever AEW Women’s World Champion. And Nyla “thinks” she’s the one who got rid of Lexi’s former boss by putting her through a door. “PIPPIN!” Nyla throws the rest of the gear away. So that makes Nyla the new Minion Overlord, which makes Lexi one of Nyla’s Minions, which makes Billie Starkz one of Nyla’s Minions.

So they will do what Nyla says, when she says it. That is why she is here sending a message: Wrap it up, toss it out, and put it in the bin. Athena is not coming back. Is this really the best way to get Billie to cooperate? Oh, Lexi, you’re so funny. Billie is going to cooperate, as will Lexi, because Nyla is the NEW Minion Overlord. So grab the camera, Minion. What? Yeah, grab the camera. Grab the camera, Lexi Nair! GRAB! THE! CAMERA! Put it on your shoulder! And you, cameraman, c’mere! He tries to explain that the camera is expensive equipment, Lexi isn’t really qualified. Oh? Is the cameraman qualified to operate a phone?

Nyla shoves the phone into the guy’s hand and says they’re doing the Ceiling Fan Challenge! GET ON THE TABLE! HURRY UP! The cameraman stands up, he says it isn’t safe. Nyla says right, it isn’t. POWERBOMB through a table!! “Was that message loud and clear, Billie Starkz? FALL IN LINE, OR FALL DOWN! Like your oh so precious Fallen Goddess!” Nyla laughs as she storms off, what is to become of the ROH Women’s Division with the Native Beast doing whatever she wants?

 

Billie Starkz VS Tootie Lynn!

Judging from the smile on her face, Billie doesn’t realize what Nyla has been doing and saying tonight. Will that help Billie keep her focus on her match? Or will things just go from bad to worse tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. St. Louis rallies up for their won as Tootie and Billie tie up. Billie wrenches, wristlocks, but Tootie reaches out. Billie keeps Tootie from ropes, they clinch, and then end up on ropes. The ref counts, Billie lets off but then whips. Tootie holds ropes to stop herself, then BOOTS Billie away! Tootie runs up, but into a pop-up and LARIAT! Billie then bumps Tootie off buckles, fires forearms, and she snapmares to KICK Tootie! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Billie brings Tootie up. Billie whips but Tootie stops herself. Tootie then RANAS Billie away! Fans fire up and Tootie waistlocks.

Billie fights the lift to victory roll and AKNLE LOCK! Tootie endures so Billie SMASHES the leg! Billie stomps Tootie, talks trash on her, and fans boo. Billie huffs and puffs and she ROCKS Tootie! Tootie falls over, Billie stalks her, and Billie mocks the fans rallying for Tootie. Tootie throws body shots, but Billie sweeps the legs! Billie then AX HANDLES Tootie down! Cover, TWO! Billie argues with the ref and throws a fit, just like Athena. Billie storms back up to Tootie, whips her to a corner, but Tootie goes up and over! Tootie then KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Fans fire up for Tootie but Billie blocks to KNEE and HEEL KICK!

Tootie falls, Billie drags her to a drop zone, then Billie goes up. Billie is up top, to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Billie wins!

Winner: Billie Starkz, by pinfall

Billie smiles as she slays “The Little Blue Dragon.” But will that smile turn into a frown after learning what Nyla’s been up top?

 

Ethan Page VS Kody Lane!

All Ego wants after the ROH World Television Championship, so he’s fighting his way up to earn his shot. Will he keep going towards keeping that promise to his daughter? Or will Kody show he’s #AlwaysReady for an opportunity?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Ethan circles with Kody. They tie up, go around, and Ethan headlocks. Kody powers up and out, things speed up, and Kody hurdles. Kody runs now but Ethan back drops him! Fans fire up with Ethan and he runs corner to corner, but Kody RAMS into him! Kody then JUMP STOMPS! Ethan staggers, Kody runs up but Ethan ROCKS Kody first! Ethan runs, but into a DROPKICK! Ethan ends up in a corner, Kody runs up but Ethan puts him on the apron. Ethan POSTS Kody, swings on him, but Kody ducks to DECK Ethan! Kody slingshots, but onto Ethan’s KNEES! Ethan runs up to run Kody over!

Fans fire up again and Ethan drags Kody up. Canadian Rack but Kody slips free! Kody kicks, Ethan blocks but Kody BOOTS Ethan down! Kody kips up and fans fire up as he points to a corner. Kody runs, top rope springboards but Ethan dodges it! Canadian Rack, EGO’S EDGE! Cover, Ethan wins!

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall

Kody went big but it cost him against a veteran like Ethan! Ethan keeps the Code of Honor with Kody, will All Ego continue on towards the ROH World TV Championship?

 

Backstage interview with Jerry Lynn.

Lexi is with a member of the Board of Directors and is glad to have this moment to talk. But then wait! Dalton Castle rushes a door! Johnny TV laughs from behind it, this is continuing from where last week left off! Lexi and Jerry walk over to calm Castle down, and Castle says he’s gonna smash Johnny’s face! NO, Castle, you can’t do this! Do you wanna get suspended? NO, he wants to SMASH Johnny’s face! Castle keeps rushing the door but Jerry pulls him aside. Jerry tells Castle to pull himself together but Castle says YOU pull yourself together! Jerry tells Castle to snap out of it, and then SLAPS him!

Johnny walks out into the hall and says Castle can’t have a match with Johnny until he’s “TV ready.” Now, if you’ll excuse Johnny, he’s gotta split. And then he does the splits! And then someone tows Johnny away! Oh, it’s Taya. She laughs at “Loser” Castle, and then leaves. Castle is fuming and he storms off, will Jerry have to use his authority to settle this?

 

Abadon VS Robyn Renegade!

The Living Dead Girl may have missed out on the AEW Women’s World Championship, and the AEW TBS Championship, but perhaps third time is the charm! Will Abadon get in on the ROH Women’s Television Championship Tournament? Or will even she fail to bring down this Renegade?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Robyn talks trash. Abadon reels her in, so Robyn pushes her. Robyn says Abadon’s nothing, then she pie faces her! Abadon HEADBUTTS Robyn down! Abadon fires off fists, Robyn gets away, but Abadon storms up on her. Robyn throat chops, whips, but Abadon reverses. Abadon runs in to clothesline, and clothesline, and clothesline! Abadon sits Robyn down, goes corner to corner and METEORAS! Fans rally up, Abadon pushes Robyn out, to run and BASEMENT CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Robyn pushes Abadon away but Abadon whips. Robyn reverses, runs in, but is put on the apron.

Robyn counter punches Abadon, then RAMS into her! Robyn drags Abadon into the ropes to BOOT her down! Robyn pushes Abadon in, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Robyn rains down fists! Robyn drags Abadon up, whips her to a corner, but Abadon ELBOWS back! Abadon sends Robyn in, but Robyn slips out to the apron! Abadon hits buckles, Robyn slingshots in to atomic FACEBUSTER into buckles! Then BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Abadon survives and rises up! Robyn seethes, slaps Abadon around and talks more trash. Robyn keeps talking trash but Abadon says ROBYN is nothing! Then Abadon BITES Robyn’s arm!

Fans fire up, Abadon lets off to LARIAT! And LARIAT! Abadon runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Then CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Robyn survives but Abadon stands Robyn up. Abadon whips, pops Robyn up but Robyn slips away. Robyn manages a fireman’s carry, for a WIDOWMAKER! Cover, TWO!! Robyn is frustrated but she pushes Abadon around. Robyn drags Abadon up, clinches, but Abadon arm-drags free! Abadon then SUPERKICKS and Robyn falls to her knees! Abadon hooks Robyn up, for BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Spooky, scary and victorious, Abadon shrieks into the night! Will ROH soon become a Ring of Horrors with the Living Dead Girl haunting the division?

 

Four Corner Survival: Slim J VS JD Drake VS Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Rocky Romero!

There are many titles to chase in ROH, the world title chief among them. Will the Trustbuster’s OG, the Workhorseman’s Scrap Metal, Smart Mark’s Technical Beast or Best Friend’s Azucar make big strides in heading for The Mad King, Eddie Kingston?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and then Woods and Slim go after Rocky and JD! Woods ROCKS Rocky and sends him out, but JD doesn’t budge as Slim J fires off shots! JD then ROCKS Slim J in return! JD TOSSES Slim J, then he stares down Woods. Fans rally up with “Beat That Meat!” JD says okay, and he dares Woods to try. Woods fires a forearm, but JD fires it back! JD eggs Woods on so Woods fires again! Woods eggs JD on, JD ROCKS him! Woods ROCKS JD! JD ROCKS Woods again! The fans chant “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” with every shot! Woods CHOPS, but JD just stares him down!

JD winds up to CHOP back! Woods fires up and eggs JD on! JD swings, Woods gets under and he GERMAN SUPLEXES! Woods storms around but JD rises! JD clinches to EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Sterling coaches Woods. JD runs up but Woods sends him out! JD lands on his feet to drag Woods out, and they both ROCK the other! Rocky and Slim both DIVE to take the big men down! Fans fire up with Rocky, then he fires off hands with Slim J! Rocky CHOPS then whips, but Slim reverses to send Rocky in. Rocky keeps moving, he slides under, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then goes Spider-Man!

Slim runs in but Rocky sends him out! Fans rally up, Rocky builds speed, and he DIVES, but into Woods’ arms! Woods carries Rocky around to then EXPLODER to the floor! Sterling fires up, JD BOOTS Slim, but Woods CLUBS JD! Woods ROCKS JD in the back, he and Slim then double whip JD into steel steps! Woods then brings Rocky around, puts him in for Slim, and Slim CLUBS Rocky on the back! Slim snapmares Rocky, runs, and BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTERS! Woods storms in, he drags Rocky up to whip him to a corner. Woods then DECKS Rocky! Woods and Slim drag Rocky up and Woods fireman’s carries.

Rocky slips free, he sends Woods into Slim! Rocky UPPERCUTS Woods, rolls him up, but Slim breaks it up! Slim stomps away on Rocky, covers, but Rocky has the ropes! Slim lets off, then whips and LARIATS Rocky down! Slim WRECKS JD with a dropkick to keep him out! Woods hauls Rocky up, he and Slim double back suplex, but Rocky lands out! Rocky dodges Woods to RANA Slim! Then Rocky spins Woods around, uses Slim to kick off, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while all four men are down! JD slides back into the ring, and he CHOPS Slim in a corner! Clothesline on Woods in a corner!

Slim runs in but JD sends him into Woods! JD back drops Slim, then sends Woods into Slim! NECKBREAKER DDT COMBO! Fans fire up with JD but Rocky runs up to CHOP! JD doesn’t flinch and Rocky apologizes. JD CHOPS Rocky, whips him, but Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! JD bails out and Rocky goes up! Fans fire up as Rocky aims, SUPE CROSSBODY takes everybody down! The fans fire up from that “sugar high crash,” and Rocky puts Slim back in. Rocky aims, runs up, but Slim slips free of Sliced Bread! Slim blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri but not the HEEL KICK! Slim falls, Rocky covers, but Woods deadlifts Rocky away! GERMAN SUPLEX!

Woods runs up to KNEE Rocky down! Woods hauls Rocky back up, fireman’s carries, GRIT YOUR TEETH! Rocky falls out but JD returns, JD clinches to BELLY2BELLY Woods! JD runs corner to corner, CANNONBALL! JD drags Woods to a drop zone, goes up top, and fans fire up for the SCRAP METAL SAULT! Cover, but Slim SPLASHES it apart!! Fans fire up and Slim takes aim, ENZIGIRI! Slim goes up a corner, SKYWALKER PELE!! Rocky returns, to serve SLICED BREAD!! Cover, Rocky wins!!

Winner: Rocky Romero, by pinfall

Fans fire up with Azucar, he is ready to bring some heat to a title scene! Will Rocky be going after Eddie Kingston and that Continental Triple Crown?

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships Proving Ground Match: The Undisputed Kingdom VS Gravity & Gringo Loco!

Matt Taven & Mike Bennett got through their first defense with these titles, and are now looking for more competition. Will they get more than what they bargained for in the Astronaut of Lucha and the Crazy White Boy? Or will they be undisputed in ten minutes or less?

The teams sort out and Taven starts against Gringo. They keep the Code of Honor, the bell rings, and then Taven kicks low! Taven fires off haymakers, whips corner to corner, but Gringo reverses. Taven goes up and over, keeps moving, slides under the hurdle, then DROPKICKS Gringo! Because “IIIIII’M Matt Taven!” Taven CHOPS Gringo, whips, but Gringo reverses. Taven cartwheels over, keeps moving, sidesteps and springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up, but then Gringo DROPKICKS Taven! Gringo CHOPS, whips, but Taven reverses. Gringo stops himself to STANDING MOONSAULT!

Fans rally, Gringo drags Taven over to tag in Gravity. Gravity fires off forearms, then CHOPS! Fans rally behind Gravity as he whips, but Taven reverses. Gravity handsprings, Taven blocks the back elbow but Gravity uses that to arm-drag! Taven ends up in a corner, Gravity drop toeholds him, then steps over an arm to La Magistrol! TWO! Taven escapes but Gravity stays on him. Tag to Gringo, they bring Taven around and double whip him to an open corner. Gringo runs in to forearm! Gravity runs in to clothesline! Gringo gives Gravity a boost, FLYING RANA! Taven bails out and Bennett storms in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Fans fire up as The Kingdom regroups outside, but Gringo coordinates with Gravity! Gringo holds the ropes down so Gravity can FLY! Direct hit and down goes The Kingdom! Gringo builds speed now, and he FLIES out onto everyone! Fans fire up as Gringo & Gravity get up, and Gravity space walks. Gravity whips Taven but Taven goes up the steps to hit a KICK OF THE KING! Gringo whips Bennett but he stops himself from hitting railing! Bennett then fireman’s carries Gringo to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER on the ramp! Gringo writhes, sits up, into JUST THE TIP of the knee! Taven drags Gringo up and throws him into the ring.

Taven covers, feet on the ropes! The ref sees that because it was so obvious! Taven argues with the ref, then drags Gringo up. Gringo throws body shots, haymakers, but Taven shoves him. Taven storms up to knee low, then whips. Gringo reverses but Taven hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Hot tag to Bennett and he storms up on Gringo. Bennett drags Gringo up, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Gringo is hanging in there but Bennett DECKS Gravity! Fans boo but Bennett tells them to shut up. Bennett CHOPS Gringo, ROCKS him, and CHOPS again! Bennett stomps Gringo, tags Taven, and The Kingdom double whip.

Bennett hits a SPINEBUSTER, Taven hits a LIONSAULT but onto knees! Taven hurries to tag Bennett and Bennett grabs Gringo’s leg. Gringo ENZUGIRIS, hot tag to Gravity! He DOUBLE CROSSBODIES The Kingdom! But then The Kingdom kick low, double whip, but Gravity reverses to send Bennett away! Gravity ELBOWS Taven, runs up on Bennett, but Bennett hip tosses Gravity at ropes. Gravity uses that to rebound, he RANAS Taven away! Fans fire up and Gravity hurdles Bennett, to SNAP POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Bennett staggers up, runs in at Gravity, but Gravity rolls Bennett up, TWO!

Gravity deadlifts Bennett to POWERBOMB him! Gravity drags Bennett into a drop zone, tags in Gringo, and Gringo climbs! Gravity helps Gringo balance, for the SWITCHFOOT MOONSAULT! Cover, Taven breaks it! Gravity runs up to whip but Taven reverses, and he TOSSES Gravity out! Taven says Gravity’s a Melvin, and he AX HANDLES Gravity down, then sends him into steel steps! Bennett whips, Gringo goes up and up, but leaps into a SUPERKICK! Taven climbs, Bennett reels Gringo in! HAIL MARY PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winner: The Undisputed Kingdom, by pinfall (denies Gringo Loco & Gravity a title match)

With only a minute to spare, Taven & Bennett finish this one off! No gold for Gringo & Gravity, but will there be even more gold in the future for The Undisputed Kingdom?


My Thoughts:

ROH really needs to sort itself out. The streaming player says one runtime, but then the On Demand upload is a very different runtime, and much longer. I thought this was gonna be an hour and 45 minutes, but then another half hour magically appeared to make it two hours and 15 minutes. And guess what? That half hour was unadvertised filler. Even so, I will say Zak Knight VS Aaron Solo was a solid match that showed Zak could deal with an actual challenge. And really good promo from Nyla before Billie got a good win. Billie has to confront Nyla next week to get this story really going, and to give Athena her moment to return.

Honestly, even other matches meant to build story (or at least momentum) felt like filler. Ethan got a decent match out of Kody Lane but it went quick because duh, Ethan was gonna win. Abadon got a good match out of Robyn Renegade but it was also on the shorter side, because duh, Abadon was gonna win. What would’ve been good for Ethan is if Kyle Fletcher walked out to kinda look Ethan over and then maybe brush him off. And then not just with Abadon but with all of the ROH Women’s Division midcard, we need Tony Khan to officially announce the tournament bracket already and get us on the road to inaugural Women’s TV Champion already.

In relation to that, really good Six Woman Tag with the Heels winning, making Taya and Diamante strong choices for that tournament. Leila Grey only just got back into ROH action, she needs a minute to get going. And good promo from Rachael Ellering and Leyla Hirsch to play up how this title is definitely getting in the way of their friendship. As such, that match-up needs to be saved for semifinals at the earliest. Depending on who they want to be the inaugural ROH Women’s Television Champion, it’d make sense if both of them lose out and have to mend the friendship, but we’d get a great match from them if only one could make it to the finals.

Really good Fatal 4, but all this filler took time away from that match being great. Good win for Rocky, though, I wouldn’t mind seeing him get his own shot at the ROH World TV Championship or even the Continental Triple Crown. Heck, Revolution will probably get a Continental Triple Crown match on the card, Eddie VS Rocky would be some solid stuff. And really good Proving Ground tag match, but I should’ve figured The Kingdom weren’t losing or even owing a title shot. And that means these Proving Ground matches are getting old because Tony Khan isn’t even letting someone last the ten minutes. Let someone last the ten minutes, then have them lose the actual title match after like 15 to 20 minutes of the challenger(s) showing their full skills.

My Score: 8.4/10


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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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