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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/16/24)

Who heads for Vengeance Day?

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

From 20 to 4 to THE ONE!

In order to determine a new challenger to Lyra Valkyria’s NXT Women’s Championship, a 20 Woman Battle Royal will turn into a Fatal 4 Way! Who defies the odds to then take on The Morrigan?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Melo & Trick win and advance to the next round.
  • Elektra Lopez & Lola Vice VS Lyra Valkyria & Tatum Paxley; Lyra & Tatum win.
  • Ridge Holland VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus; Ridge wins.
  • 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Chase U VS The LWO; The LWO wins and advances to the next round.
  • Trey Bearhill VS DIJAK; Dijak wins.
  • NXT Women’s #1 Contender’s Special Battle Royal: Roxanne Perez wins and will challenge Lyra Valkyria for the title at NXT Vengeance Day.

PLAY BY PLAY

2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

Trick Melo Gang is looking to make history together by finally reigning together! But will it be that easy to become #TripleCrownMelo and #TwoTitleTrick? Or will Malik & Edris prove once and for all that they’re far from rookies?

The teams sort out and Malik starts against Melo. They tie up, Melo arm-drags, but then Malik arm-drags. Malik sweeps, covers, ONE! Melo sweeps, covers, ONE! Melo jumps the sweep to headlock but Malik powers out. The fans cheer for “All These Guys!” as things speed up. Malik hurdles, Melo hurdles, then Melo ducks, but dropkicks cancel out! The fans fire up the stalemate and the two go again. They tie up, Malik wrenches to a wristlock, tag to Edris. Malik & Edris double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW, then Edris takes off the shirt. Edris shots, but Melo CHOPS! Melo tags Trick, Trick Melo Gang double whips to DROPKICK!

Fans fire up and Trick scoops to SLAM! Trick scoops to SLAM Edris again, then he brings Edris around. Trick whips, Malik tags in, Trick body shots and UPPERCUTS Edris, and still LEAPING LARIATS Malik! Trick wrenches Edris to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Tag to Melo and he goes up, to leap but Malik dodges! Malik rallies with forearms, fans cheer on “Malik Da Freak!” But then he DROPKICKS Trick! Melo SUPERKICKS Malik! Edris tags in, he runs up, gets around, but Melo elbows fee. Edris hurdles, Melo rolls but Edris DROPKICKS! Melo gets away, Trick tags back in. Edris arm-drags, arm-drags, but Trick dodges the third!

Trick whips Edris to the corner, SPLASHES, and tags Melo. Trick sends Melo in to SPLASH, then Trick Melo Gang double whip. They DOUBLE SHOULDER Edris down, then work together, assisted SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Melo tags Trick and they mug Edris. They double whip, Edris holds ropes and BOOTS Melo! Edris ELBOWS Trick, tags Malik, and they RAM Trick into a corner! Basement 619 into a slingshot SENTON! Malik ROCKS Trick, whips him, but Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges, and hits a FLYING ARM TAKEDOWN! Trick holds onto Malik’s arm but Malik still tags Edris. Trick whips Malik but Malik BLASTS Melo!

Malik dodges Trick, Edris and Malik pinball Trick with haymakers, then Edris SLING-DOGS! Melo runs in, into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as Malik FLIES and just gets Trick on the back end! Edris FLIES and wipes Melo out in front of commentary! The fans are all fired up as Malik & Edris regroup by the Dusty Cup, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Trick Melo Gang sputters, but Malik & Edris go after HIM. Melo CHOPS Edris first! And CHOPS him again! Melo keeps Edris on this side of the barriers, but then Edris dodges to CHOP in return! They go into the ring, and Melo CLOBBERS Edris! Tag to Trick, Trick Melo Gang double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Edris stays in this but Trick stays on Edris. Edris throws body shots to get free, then DROPKICKS! Tag to Malik, Malik goes after Trick’s arm, and Malik kicks low to then snap suplex! Malik puts Trick in a corner, Trick bobs ‘n’ weaves and leans back, to then dodge and JAB, JAB, JAB, and UPPERCUT!

Trick brings Malik around to whip to ropes, but Malik avoids the dropkick to DROPKICK back! Cover, TWO! Malik tags Edris, they get Trick up, and they double whip. They DOUBLE ELBOW, Edris covers, TWO! Edris stays between Trick and Melo, facelocks to grind Trick down, but the fans rally up. Trick fights up, wrenches free, but Edris just shifts sides! Edris whips, Trick blocks and then reverses. Trick runs in, Edris dodges! Melo tags in, he hurries to roll Edris up, TWO! Melo headlocks for the takeover and he grinds Edris down. Edris fights around, rolls to a cover, TWO! Melo clamps back onto Edris for a BULLY CHOKE!

Edris endures, reaches out, but Melo pulls way back on the hold! NXT returns to single picture as Edris continues to fight around. Edris fights to his feet, lifts Melo, but Melo thrashes the hold. Edris RAMS Melo into the corner, Malik tags in and they mug Melo. Malik lifts Melo, for a rebound BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Malik tags Edris while he anchors Melo, and Edris stomps Melo around. Edris rains down fists on Melo, then lets off. The fans rally up, Edris stands Melo up and back suplexes, but Melo lands out! Hot tag to Trick! Trick rallies on Edris, BLASTS Malik, and then LEG LARIATS Edris! Another LEG LARIAT!

Trick whips, but Edris avoids the spin kick! Malik returns, but Trick dodges the double lariat to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! The fans fire up with Trick and he lets his hair down! Trick stomps Edris, drags him into position and yanks him right up, BOOKEND!! Cover, Malik breaks it! Melo runs up to kick Malik, then he whips, but Malik swings! Melo dodges, CHOPS, but then Malik dodges and ROLLING DDT!! But Trick SWINGING NECKBREAKERS! But Edris hits a BIG back suplex! Edris hurries up top, the fans fire up, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!?! Trick survives and the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”

Trick rises, Malik tags back in, and Edris fireman’s carries. But Trick slips free to shove Edris into Malik! Melo tags in, he breaks the line to springboard LARIAT on Edris! But Malik SPINEBUSTERS! Malik hurries right up, and he FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, TRICK BREAKS IT! The fans fire up but Edris throws Trick out! “This is Awesome!” as Edris PLANCHAS into an UPPERCUT! Melo gives Malik the FIRST 48! Then tag to Trick for the JUMP KNEE!! Cover, Trick Melo Gang wins!

Winners: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The Dusty Cup is always big, but the semifinals just got that much bigger! Will Trick Melo Gang soon be heading to Vengeance Day and putting their names on the trophy?

 

Backstage interview with Fallon Henley.

Kelly Kincaid is with the Cowgirl and notes she is one of the 20 women in tonight’s battle royal. How is she gonna get it done? Fallon says she had a lot of fun last week, but now it is down to brass tax. She’s never had an NXT Women’s Championship match before, and to get her shot, she has to make it through 19 other women, and it will be chaos! Utter chaos! But Fallon’s down for it all. This is WrestleMania season, Sand & Deliver season, and it is time for Fallon to show us why she is the top shelf of NXT. She is gonna make it to the final four of that match, and when it comes to a Fatal 4, she just has three words: #YeeHawB*tch!

 

Lola Vice & Elektra Lopez talk backstage.

The MMA Mamacita is excited to beat down Lyra and her creepy little friend, Tatum Paxley. Lopez says they’re gonna beat Lyra & Tatum in the tag match, walk out into the battle royal as an unstoppable force, and then Lopez will win. Then they can turn Vengeance Day into a Triple Threat so that the NXT Women’s Championship comes home with them one way or another. Lola likes that idea, too. But then Tatum spooks them! She says they won’t be winning the tag match, and Tatum will vanquish 19 other women so that Lyra won’t have to defend the title. No one gets near her champion! See you creeps later!

Lola & Lopez say Tatum’s the creep. But which side wins big tonight to go for gold at Vengeance Day?

 

Oba Femi is here!

Not only is The Ruler the NEW NXT North American Champion, but he made history by having the quickest turnaround from winning the Breakout Star contract to cashing it in! Oba steps into the ring and grabs the mic to say, “I know many of you are surprised to see me as the North American Champion. But the truth is, this prophecy has been long foretold, that I was going to be the juggernaut drenched in gold.” Fans cheer that! Oba says that as soon as he was born, it was already said that he was going to be important. He was going to be the biggest, the strongest, the fastest, and the one to stand tall above everyone else!

He was destined to be the embodiment of “War Leader.” He has been tested as a young Nigerian prince, and he destroyed his opposition. He was tested in the NCAA, which fans cheer, and as a D1 athlete, he made that world his own by winning title after title, championship after championship! And now that he is here in NXT, the goal is still the same. He already made his mark by dropping three men in the tournament! He dropped Dragon Lee last week! And now with this title, he has his divine right to rule over all of NXT! And he will CRUSH TO DUST every man that stands in his way, for he is backed by destiny!

But wait! Here comes Dragon Lee! The Boy Wonder has a mic to tell Oba, “Que pasa? I can’t be mad after waht happened last week. You were hungry, you took your moment, and you got it.” Dragon joins Oba in the ring to say that he doesn’t think anyone in NXT history has made an impact in so rapid a fashion. And holding that title is significant. That title represents opportunity. Now Oba is the man holding it, and Dragon hopes Oba gives to others what Dragon gave to him, and what Wes Lee gave to Dragon. If Oba continues the tradition of the Open Challenge, then allow Dragon to be the first opponent, here tonight.

Fans like the sound of that! Oba thinks it over, and he tells Dragon, “No.” Oba says the open challenge is now closed. Dragon says in that case, he wants his rematch that he deserves at Vengeance Day! Oba says Dragon doesn’t decide things anymore. Oba will consider it. The Ruler leaves, already slamming down his iron fist. But will Shawn Michaels be the one to say when and where this rematch happens?

 

Eddy Thorpe talks with others backstage.

Hank ‘n’ Tank are there to say that The Alpha Wolf’s NXT Underground match with Dijak was insane! Total badass. And Eddy didn’t just survive, he thrived! Eddy says when someone challenges your beliefs and your culture like Dijak did, you go out there with every piece of you. His energy was flowing, his moves were on point! Then in steps Trey Bearhill. The others depart, and Trey thanks Eddy for going out there and representing their culture. Eddy appreciates that. Trey gives a formal introduction, he’s of Muskogee Creek, Stacking Fox.

Eddy shakes Trey’s hand and says their culture does need proper representation. And there’s always gonna be someone who tries to cut them down. Dijak, Lexis King, screw those guys! But then Dijak walks in and says it’s nice to see Eddy’s finally made a friend! It’s so cute. Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to interrupt the little “pow wow.” What was that? Man, get outta here, Dijak! Oh, wow, did Eddy teach Trey that? Trey says he’s his own man. Oh, okay, okay. Trey must be real proud of his culture, too, huh? But it didn’t teach you when to quit, did it? Last time, Dijak put Eddy on the shelf. Tonight, he’ll make it Trey.

Dijak storms off, is Hard Justice never going to stop? Or is this the night he comes to terms with what he’s got wrong?

 

Trick Melo Gang celebrate backstage.

They’re fired up after that win, that’s one down and two to go. Melo says he has to say, he was in his bag tonight. Trick says whoa whoa, they were in their bag tonight. And now they’re in the semifinals, they’ll go to Vengeance Day and the finals, and then Tony & Stacks won’t know what hit ’em! Trick says talk about it. But then Ilja Dragunov walks in! He apologizes for interrupting, but he needs to apologize about delaying their title match. Medical just wouldn’t let him fight! But he’s cleared now! But hold on, let him finish. As NXT Champion, Dragunov let us down, and Trick deserves his title match on a BIG stage.

So Dragunov says their title match will be at Vengeance Day! Whoa, now Dragunov’s talking! Trick appreciates that! Trick’s fired up now, but Melo says Vengeance Day is where the Dusty Cup finals are! They got in the tournament, and now it’s all a mess! How can Trick Melo Gang win the trophy when Trick has to focus on The Mad Dragon?

 

Elektra Lopez & Lola Vice VS Lyra Valkyria & Tatum Paxley!

The lethal Latinas had their run-in with Tatum earlier, and… Wait, is Tatum cosplaying as Lyra? Imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery but Tatum just makes it weird. But will The Morrigan and her obsessive superfan have Lopez & Lola seeing double? Or will La Madrina & the Women’s Breakout Star double down on their victories?

NXT returns and Lopez & Lola make their entrance. The teams sort out and the real Lyra starts against Lopez. They circle, tie up, and Lopez full nelsons! Lopez thrashes Lyra around, then shifts to a cravat. Lyra still endures, she arm-drags free and headlocks back. Lopez endures, powers up and out, then runs in. Lyra goes up and over, cartwheels and then gets around to roll Lopez up. TWO, and Lyra headlocks. Lopez pulls hair, knees low, and then whips. Lyra reverses, Lopez avoids the heel kick and she bails out. The fans fire up while Lyra builds speed. Tatum tags in before Lyra WRECKS Lopez with a dropkick! Then Tatum WRECKS Lola in a mirror iamge!

Fans fire up while Lyra is still confused about all this. Tatum waits on Lopez to get in, facelocks her, but Lopez wrenches free, only for Tatum to cartwheel away! Lola says Tatum’s a weirdo! Tatum waistlocks Lopez but Lopez runs to ropes to HOTSHOT her! Lopez puts Tatum in the ropes to CHOKE her, then tags in Lola so she can AX KICK! Tatum falls, Lola covers, TWO! Fans nrally for Lola as she whips Tatum to KNEE low! Lola whips Tatum again for another KNEE! Tatum sputters but Lola shimmies and shakes. Tatum CHOPS! Lola ROCKS Tatum then tags Lopez. Lopez RAMS into Tatum again and again!

The ref counts, Lopez digs her shoulder in, then tags Lola. They double whip to DOUBLE LARIAT, then DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Lola stays between Lyra and Tatum, then she pie faces Tatum around. Lola KICKS Tatum, KICKS her again, then roundhouses, only for Tatum to get under! Pump handle and ROLLING SLAM! Fans fire up as Lola and Tatum crawl, hot tags to Lopez and Lyra! Lyra rallies on Lopez with big lariats! Then she whips, but Lopez reverses. Lyra slides under, and ENZIGURIS! Lopez flounders, Lyra reels her in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Lyra drags Lopez around but Lopez BOOTS her away!

Tatum tags in, she goes up but she’s not used to that. She still CROSSBODIES! Cover, Lola breaks it! Lyra runs up but Lola ROCKS her! SOBATS her! And then SPIN KICK hits Tatum! Lyra gets Lola out of the ring, Tatum falls on Lopez for a cover, TATUM & LYRA WIN!!

Winners: Lyra Valkyria & Tatum Paxley, by pinfall

What a strange stroke of luck! Lyra owes Tatum for not just taking the bullet but also getting the win! But will Tatum be able to wake up and win the battle royal/Fatal 4 Way later tonight?

 

The rest of the NXT Women’s Division prepares backstage.

Stevie Turner says, “Imagine being #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Champion. That could happen tonight!” Arianna Grace says that for most of them here, the imagination is as far as they’ll go. For Arianna Grace says to believe it is to achieve it. That is why SHE will emerge the winner! After she outlasts each and every one of them, of course. After all, she did defeat Roxanne Perez. Uh, what? She didn’t- Arianna laughs down the comments and says she can see it now. She walks down the aisle at Vengeance Day. Don’t ruin this for her. She’ll beat Lyra Valkyria, and will dedicate her win to all the little girls who dare to dream, and for all the delusional ones who fill this locker room.

Tonight, she takes one step closer to the ultimate crown: The NXT Women’s Championship! Thank you~, thank you~! Uh, they all let her behind… Will Arianna be the one to learn to lose with grace tonight?

 

Ridge Holland VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

Northern Grit is back in NXT because he wants to remind everyone, including himself, of just who the real Ridge Holland is. It didn’t start so well given that accident with Ilja Dragunov, but will Ridge’s redemption be about more than just one match? Or will the Iron King make Ridge wish he was still a Brawling Brute?

NXT returns and Gallus makes their entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and fans rally as the two break. They go again, are in another deadlock, then break. Joe throws a body shot, then headlocks. Ridge powers up and out then RAMS Joe! Joe fires a forearm but Ridge gives it back! They go back and forth, Joe kicks low then HEADBUTTS! Ridge goes to a corner, but he dodges the splash! Ridge OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Joe, then he SPLASHES in the corner! Ridge whips Joe into a corner, Joe rebounds, into a back drop! And then another OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Ridge RAMS Joe in a corner, RAMS him again and again, but Wolfgang storms up! Ridge DECKS Wolfgang but Joe SHOTGUNS Ridge! Joe whips Ridge into the corner, and then again! Then a scoop to a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Joe goes up and up and VADER ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Joe snarls as he storms back up on Ridge. Joe blocks Ridge’s haymaker to a cording hold, but Ridge endures. The fans rally as Ridge throws knees into Joe. Ridge hits a BIG hip toss, then he returns those cording holds! Ridge HEADBUTTS Joe, Joe staggers around, into a fireman’s carry! SNAKE EYES! Joe dodges one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Ridge then drags Joe up, NORTHERN GRIT DRIVER! Cover, Ridge wins!

Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall

Ridge has the return win he wanted, and now he’s getting back on track! But then Gallus attacks! Fans boo as Wolfgang & Markus beat Ridge down! And sadly, no one is coming to Ridge’s rescue because he left everyone else behind. Fans boo, Gallus stomps and chokes Ridge, then Joe shouts to get him up! Markus & Wolfie stand Ridge on his feet for ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Joe shouts at Ridge that he has NO FRIENDS LEFT! Will Ridge’s redemption end just because he is one man against many?

 

NXT Anonymous is watching.

And they’re spying on Jacy Jayne and the Chase U ladies. “These look fantastic.” And Jacy appreciates Karmen Petrovic helping out. Of course! Who doesn’t love Chase U? Thea Hail says, “Wait until Mr. Chase sees these!” Jacy says the work has only just begun. Good luck in the battle royal to Thea and Karmen, and the rest of them are dismissed. Jacy will be in touch. But Jacy does have Jasmine hang back. She did so good on these. Well, thanks to Jacy’s direction. Aw stop. Wanna hang out, get drinks and trade numbers? Sure! Jacy and Jasmine head out, but seriously, what is this secret plan Jacy’s put into play to help Chase U with its debt?

 

Kelani Jordan speaks.

“I’m going into that battle royal with a chip on my shoulder. In 2023, I broke out, but you better believe in 2024, I’m breaking through. And if I have to hear one more time, ‘Patience, patience, patience,’ I’m going to lose my mind. Because patience isn’t going to unlock the doors I am ready to walk through.” Brinley Reece is right there with her! Literally, too, as she does handstand squats nearby. “The difference between try and triumph is a little bit of oomph.” She loves Kelani’s spirit! Her energy is giving Brin energy! She can’t wait to get in that battle royal! Same, but remember: every woman for herself.

Brin knows that. If it’s not her, she hopes it’s Kelani. And remember: some people want it, some people hope to have it, and others make it happen. LFGO! Oh, uh, okay. Fist bump, and then Brin cartwheels away. Kelani admits, Brin’s got energy. But will Brin get the win? Or will the Gym Princess finally head for the throne?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

Kelly is with the former Lone Wolf and notes how he and Bron Breakker are in the Dusty Cup semifinals. Corbin says it is amazing, and as the team leader, he was- Bron walks in and asks what is going on here. Corbin told him their interview segment was 9:30. Bron uses the texts to prove it. Focus on the interview then. Going back to last week, the leadership skills Corbin has, he saw Bron was so nervous, Corbin took him to the locker room, talked him up, and we saw the results. Corbin picked up the slack and they won. Uh, what baldie means is that Bron led the team to victory. When he got in, bodies were flying everywhere, and Bron saved Corbin on their way to the win as a team, not for the glory.

But listen up now: “The Wolf Dogs are on the hunt,” and Bron knows they’ll beat Axiom & Frazer next week to then win the Dusty Rhodes- Wait, whoa, what? What did Bron just say? They’re gonna win the Dusty Rhodes Cup? No, before that! They’re gonna beat Axiom & Frazer? No, before that! What did he just call them? The Wolf Dogs! Good, right? NO! And how long did it take Bron to come up with that? Three weeks. What? They’ve been a team for two! Felt longer to Bron than that. But hey, he had shower thoughts, and he was like, “This would be a great idea!” Ew, you were thinking of Corbin in the shower? NO, of the team! Not much better!

Anyway, as the leader, Corbin vetoes the name “Wolf Dogs” and any future thoughts in the shower. Bron says Corbin’s an A-hole. Right, Kelly? Kelly, don’t answer that. Nah, c’mon, drop the journalist hat for a second and answer. Kelly says she’ll be unbiased, but uh… They’re both A-holes. Acceptable. But here’s what they’re not: WOLF DOGS. Fine! Come up with something yourself, smart guy! No, Bron is supposed to be the creative one, Corbin left it to him. Well he DID come up with something. Something better than Wolf Dogs! Okay, here, just now: Wild Boars. What? Bron should be ashamed of himself.

Corbin storms off, and team name or none, will he and Bron break the rest of the bracket to get that title shot?

 

2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Chase U VS The LWO w/ Zelina Vega!

Per Jacy Jayne’s executive decision even though she’s not really part of Chase U’s faculty, this isn’t Professor Chase with Duke Hudson, but Riley Osborne! The Breakout runner-up is ready for redemption, will he and the Chase U MVP make this whole tournament a #TeachableMoment? Or will Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde represent for the Latino World Order?

The teams sort out, Cruz starts against Riley and they circle. Riley gets a leg, trips, jackknife bridge, TWO as Cruz bridges up. Cruz backslides, ONE, but Cruz hooks the arms again. Riley uses the corner to go up and over, then he back drops. Cruz sunset flips, TWO! Riley headlocks for the takeover, Cruz headscissors but Riley kips free. Cruz headlocks for a takeover, Riley headscissors but Cruz kips free. Cruz arm-drags to an armlock and the fans fire up! Riley fights up, Wilde tags in, and LWO double whip. They DOUBLE ELBOW Riley down, then they HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Duke & Professor Chase coach Riley but Wilde puts him in a corner. Wilde whips corner to corner, Riley goes up and over and keeps moving, to then roll off Wilde’s back. Wilde DROPKICKS Riley and fans fire up! Wilde runs up but Riley dodges, hot tag to Duke! Duke scoops Wilde for the SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Duke drags Wilde up, but Wilde JAWBREAKERS free! Fans chant “Chase U’s Broke!” and Wilde tags Cruz. LWO mugs Duke, reel him in, but Duke is too big! He DOUBLE SUPLEXES LWO first! Fans fire up as Duke then DOUBLE LARIATS LWO up and out! Duke then tags Riley, and Riley builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP!

Fans fire up with Riley’s aerial attack and he high-tens Duke while NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Wilde has Riley’s arm. Riley reaches out for Duke but has to punch free. Wilde reels Riley in, back suplex FACEBUSTER! Wilde wags his finger at Riley, covers, TWO!! Riley survives but Wilde tags Cruz. Chase coaches Riley but the LWO CHOP and CHOP and CHOP Riley in a corner! They double whip corner to corner, but Riley goes up and hits a WHISPER IN THE WIND! Riley crawls for his corner, but Cruz anchors him! Riley kicks at Cruz and then hurries, hot tag to Duke! The MVP rallies on the LWO, BOOT for Wilde! Cruz kicks, Duke blocks to spin him and JAB! JAB! Flip, flop, “U~!” ELBOW!

Fans fire up as Wilde runs in, into a FLAPJACK! Duke storms up on Cruz, reels him in, and hauls him up. Cruz slips free to ROCK, SOBAT and PELE! Then he hops up, POISON RANA! Fans are thunderous as Duke staggers around! Cruz runs corner to corner but into the U-RENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Cruz survives and fans fire up! Zelina is relieved but Duke is shocked! Duke drags Cruz up, “This is Awesome!” as Duke lifts Cruz again. Cruz throws hands over and over to get free, then he dodges the lariat. Cruz BOOTS Duke, tags Wilde, and Wilde goes up! Duke BOSS MAN SLAMS Cruz, covers, but that won’t matter now!

Chase warns Duke about Wilde, but Wilde still MISSILE DROPKICKS Duke! Fans fire up and Duke bails out. Wilde takes aim, but he has to bail out of the plancha as Duke moves. Duke swings, misses, and Wilde SUPERKICKS! Wilde then runs to the corner to go up and over and CANNONBALL onto Riley! Wilde hurries back in and he DIVES to TORNADO DDT Duke to the floor!! The fans lose their minds as Wilde pushes Duke into the ring! Wilde slingshots in, tag to Cruz, MOONSAULT! Cruz goes up, and he PHOENIX SPLASHES!! Cover, LWO WINS!

Winner: Latino World Order, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The Chase U losses keep piling up! Their formation change didn’t change their fortunes, what are they to do now? As for Cruz & Wilde, will they keep on winning until their names are on the Cup?

 

Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo find Adriana Rizzo backstage.

The Don asks her what’s wrong, he’s never seen her so worked. She’s actually excited, but also really nervous. Her first match on NXT, and it’s a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal. Stacks tells her “The Rizz always takes care o’ biz.” Nothing she ain’t handed before, right? Remember back in the day, Suzy Q was giving her trouble, what’d she do? BOOM, knockout! A right hand like Tyson, Suzy was snoozy. But that’s cuz she deserved it. Well, what about that time the books came in a little light, and she had to show Spiadinni how the family does it? What’d she do? BOOM, knockout! Well, he deserved it!

Okay, even better. That time all three Carlucci sisters were in her face, she did it one at a time, bing, bang, boom! Out cold like the Dolphins in KC. Yeah, but, they deserved it! What’s the point, Tony? The point is, that all those women tonight deserve it, so give it to ’em! Yeah! And then the bodies will be flyin’! Like off the bridge! Whoa, whoa, ‘ey! Don’t mention that here, Rizz, c’mon. But back to the haymakers. BOOM! Will The Rizz handle biz and get herself a title shot?

 

Joe Gacy… joins commentary!?

He’s in a suit and everything as he says we have quite the main event tonight! Wait, where’d he find that old WWE suit jacket?

 

Robert Stone and Von Wagner talk backstage.

Suit Man Stone has been meaning to ask, what are Von’s New Year’s Resolutions? Von says he doesn’t do that kind of stuff. But then Meta Four storms in complaining about Josh Briggs. Von asks what’s going on with that trophy. Noam Dar says it isn’t just a trophy, this is HIS Heritage Cup! Oh, really? Here’s Von’s cup. Athletic cup! He puts it right in there! Oro fishes it out for Dar, and Von says how about he gets a shot at it. Dar says no, Von’s not getting a shot. It is kinda complicated, but there are rules, regulations, pinfalls, submissions- Von has Dar slow down. If Von can pin Dar in a regular match, he gets the Cup?

No, no, not in a regular match. Listen carefully: six, three minutes. Oh so if Von can do it in three minutes? No, no, no. SIX TIMES THREE. Oh, so 18 minutes! Math and wrestling is tough. But if Von pins Dar 1-2-3, he wins? No, it’s first to two falls, so Von would need to beat Dar not just once, but twice. Oh, two times three! So 1-2-3-4-5-6 all at once? That could be tough, but can Von bring a cup? Dar says he’s done, Von’s melted his brain. Dar leaves, and Stone likes Von trolling Dar. But Von figures how about this for a resolution: Von finally gets gold in 2024. Stone likes it, and they can get started on training. However you count it, will Von get the win on Dar?

 

Trey Bearhill VS DIJAK!

No one’s culture should ever be dismissed or disrespected, but it seems #HardJustice doesn’t get that. Will Trey make Dijak understand? Or will Dijak simply use Trey as a rebound after his devastating loss to the Alpha Wolf?

NXT returns and Trey makes his entrance. The bell rings, Trey and Dijak circle, and Dijak kicks, only for Trey to block! Trey glare at Dijak, spins him and clamps on for a headlock. Dijak endures the grind, pulls Trey’s hair and powers out. Trey ducks ‘n’ dodges, then sends Dijak to ropes. Trey drops, hurdles, and back drops! Fans fire up with Trey and he runs up to CLOBBER Dijak! Dijak goes to a corner, Trey storms up to climb up and he CLUBS away on Dijak! Fans count along, but Dijak trips Trey up at eight, right into the middle rope! Trey is stuck, and Dijak SUPERKICKS him down! Fans boo but Dijak covers, TWO!

Dijak snarls but so does Trey. Dijak stands Trey up to ROCK him with a forearm! Dijak runs up to ELBOW, ELBOW and CLUB Trey! Dijak then reels Trey in, “TIME TO FLY!” Suplex TOSS! Cover, TWO! Trey is tough but Dijak gets angrier. Fans rally, Dijak drags Trey up, but Trey throws body shots! Dijak knees low, CLUBS Trey, then stomps him down. Dijak drops a BIG elbow, then covers, TWO! Trey goes to a corner, Dijak storms up on him and ELBOWS, ELBOWS and CLUBS Trey again! Dijak says time for another flight, but Trey suplexes Dijak into the corner! Fans fire up while both men are down!

The fans rally as Trey rises, and Gacy says that had to hurt. Trey runs in to SPLASH, then he keeps moving, only for Dijak to ROCK him! And Dijak DISCUS LARIATS Trey up and out! Dijak goes out to SMACK Trey off the apron, and again, and then Dijak THROWS Trey into barriers! Dijak tells Vic to shut up, tells Booker to shut up, and tells Gacy to go to hell! Gacy HEADBUTTS Dijak!! Dijak is furious, but then Trey is up to fire off forearms! Trey dribbles Dijak off the apron, then pushes him into the ring! Trey right overhand chops! Left overhand chops! Then DOUBLE CHOP! Dijak flounders and the fans fire up!

Trey clamps onto Dijak to CLAW his back! Then Tery runs up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives but Trey just fires up more! Trey drags Dijak up, clamps onto the shoulders, but Dijak arm-drags free. CYCLONE BOOT!! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

Just as Trey was starting to roll, Dijak derails him! But Gacy CLOBBERS Dijak! Gacy fires off on Dijak, Dijak hits back, they brawl their way to the back! Eddy and Trey may have their own beef with Dijak, but will Gacy be the one to get his pound of flesh? WAIT! LEXIS KING ATTACKS TREY!! Straitjacket DDT!! Fans boo as King tells Trey that he cost King the biggest match of his career! Don’t ever get in his business again, because Lexis is King! Will the Self-Righteous King tear down anyone that gets in his way?

 

Josh Briggs watches footage back.

He’s still bummed about his loss, but JBL walks in! JBL says hey and shakes Briggs’ hand. What’s he up to? Briggs mentions watching his match back, wondering if there was something more he could’ve done. Is there any advice JBL has? No, JBL saw the match, but what Briggs is looking for isn’t there. Does Briggs know why JBL picked him for the Iron Survivor? Because he’s a good “big man” wrestler. Well, Briggs is that, but it’s that JBL wants Briggs to discover who Briggs is. Briggs has incredible talent, and has shown it since coming to NXT. But who is Josh Briggs? Throw away the beer and the playing cards, and “Bradshaw” showed the world that JBL is a wrestling god!

Now, that was JBL’s journey. Briggs’ journey is different. JBL wants Briggs to show the world who Briggs really is. Briggs thanks JBL for the advice. Who will Briggs become when he truly finds himself?

 

The No Quarter Catch Crew meets.

Drew Gulak says, “These last few weeks have been… unacceptable. So we go back to basics. That means conditioning and toughness. Begin!” The crew spars and grapples as Gulak narrates that they are a group of exceptional athletes united by a common bond: the definition of “no quarter.” No pity, no mercy, and it all starts with conditioning. Damon Kemp says that they must break the will of their opponent before they can break his body. “There are no limits except the limitations of the mind.” Myles Borne says “Pain is the feeling of weakness leaving your body.” Gulak says they embrace the grind.

Charlie Dempsey says, “Going forward, we have worked out a catch clause into every one of our contracts. We will decide who steps forward and competes, and I guarantee you, whoever steps forward…” They will show no pity! No mercy! NO QUARTER! The crew is ready, but when and where will they take over NXT?

 

Trick Melo Gang talks again.

Trick apologizes for earlier, he got excited when he heard Dragunov was cleared, but Melo knows how much Trick wants the title. Trick stepped on everything he and Melo planned on for the Dusty Cup, and he apologizes for that. Melo says it’s all good. Trick’s wanted his match with Dragunov a long time, so if anyone understands, it’s Melo. But check it! Trick has a solution. Come Vengeance Day, Trick Melo Gang finishes what they started. They win the Dusty Cup, and then in the main event, Trick VS Dragunov for the NXT Championship! C’mon, now!

Is Trick serious about that? Yeah, man. That’s how they get down. Melo’s got Trick’s back, Trick’s got Melo’s back. They’re gonna win the whole doggone thing, dawg! Melo does like the sound of that. But they can’t get ahead of themselves, they’ve got LWO and they can’t sleep on Cruz & Wilde. They didn’t come this far just to come this far, so Melo doesn’t wanna mess up. They’ll put the Dragunov thing behind them for now, and focus on what is in front of them. Trick says he’s locked in, eyes on the prize. Dusty Cup! Trick wants Melo to be Triple Crown Melo, and Trick wants to be Triple Crown Trick!

Trick sees it now: the first one to hold the NXT Championship AND Tag Team Championship at the same time! Locked in, dawg! Melo realizes Trick is right about that. How does that actually sit with… HIM?

 

NXT has an update on Cora Jade.

It was last Friday at an NXT house show in Dade City that the Punk Rock Mean Girl went down with injury. She suffered an ACL tear and will be out of action for almost a year

 

NXT Women’s #1 Contender’s Special Battle Royal!

We start with 20: Kiana James, Izzi Dame, Arianna Grace, Gigi Dolin, Stevie Turner, Roxanne Perez, Kelani Jordan, Brinley Reece, Thea Hail, Karmen Petrovic, Jakara Jackson, Lash Legend, Fallon Henley, Blair Davenport, Adriana Rizzo, Jaida Parker, Tatum Paxley, Elektra Lopez, and even Women’s Breakout Star, Lola Vice. When there are just four women left, things shift to a first-fall-to-a-finish Fatal 4 Way! Who survives the chaos to head for Vengeance Day?

NXT returns and the ring is mostly full. Subbing in for Cora is Wren Sinclair, her NXT TV debut also a big deal for her now. Thea Hail makes her entrance, followed by the dangerous Blair Davenport. With that, the field is set, and the bell rings! Chaos ensues as everyone fires off on someone! Izzi brawls with Kelani, Jaida and Rizzo scrap and end up going under the ropes! Jaida reps OTM as she throws Rizzo into steel steps! Consider that a message from Scrypts to The Don! Gigi puts Jakara up and out, SMACKS her hand off the buckle, then HEADBUTTS her down! Gigi ELIMINATES Jakara!

Fans fire up as things keep going, Kiana CLUBS Roxie, and the refs have Rizzo and Jaida stop scrapping outside to get back inside. They oblige, and then just scrap inside! But Lash storms up to grab them both and shove them both up and out! They both land safe on the apron, they both ROCK Lash, then argue with each other. Izzi SHOVES Lash and Lash collides with Rizzo, and she falls! Lash technically ELIMINATES Rizzo! Jaida talks smack on her, but then Lash dodges Izzi, and Izzi DECKS Jaida! Izzi ELIMINATES Jaida, and then Lash ROCKS Izzi! Fans fire up as Kelani CLUBS Blair, then climbs up to CROSSBODY, only for Izzi & Lash to catch her together!

Izzi & Lash work together to hoist Klani up, but Kelani fights free! Izzi & Lash mug Kelani, toss her out, but Kelani holds her feet off the ground! Fans cheer Kelani as she skins the cat, but Kiana helps Izzi fight back. Lash sees Kelani still on the apron, and BLASTS her off! Kelani flies onto Jaida, and they both fall onto the desk! Kelani is SAFE because she’s not on the floor! And then Rizzo fires off fists with Jaida! The brawl goes to the back, and Kelani thinks on how to get back in the ring while NXT goes to break!

NXT returns, and Kelani’s made it back into the ring! Replay shows us she went along the barriers to get to the steel steps, a very Kofi Kingston style move! Izzi & Kiana are after her but she fires hands in return! Meanwhile, Lola goes after Brin, Lopez and Blair go after Fallon, and Gigi fights off Fallon. Brin fireman’s carries Lola, does a squat, then goes for ropes, but Lopez makes the save! Lopez DUMPS and ELIMINATES Brin! Lopez & Lola hug it out, and Lopez says that’s what Brin gets! But then Lola TOSSES and ELIMINATES Lopez?! Lola says every woman for herself! But then Tatum DUMPS and ELIMINATES Lola!!

Fans fire up, and Lopez PUNCHES Lola!! The two brawl at ringside, so much for being amigas! Refs hurry to get these two out of here while the action continues< Karmen saves Thea from Blair, then ducks ‘n’ dodges Blair, only for Blair to kick low. But then Gigi STOs Blair down! Gigi TOSSES Blair up and out but Blair stays on the apron! Gigi ROCKS her, puts her in the ropes, and SHOTGUNS her! Blair clings to ropes, then DUMPS Gigi up and out to ELIMINATE her! Blair uses Gigi’s temper against her, but then Thea RAMS in! Blair drags Thea out to join her, BOOTS her down, but Thea holds onto ropes!

Blair drags Thea up but Karmen SCORPION KICKS Blair down and ELIMINATES her!! Blair is furious, she drags Karmen out from under, and gives her a KAMI-GOYE!! Fans boo as Blair puts Karmen in, an easy target for everyone else! Thea fights off Lash, and Tatum runs up, only for Lash to block the rana! Lash uses Tatum as a weapon to hit Roxie, to hit Kelani, then she goes for ropes! But Tatum HEEL KICKS free! Only for Lash to BOOT Tatum down and ELIMINATE her! Lash talks trash on Tatum, then goes back for Thea. Izzi has Kelani up, Kelani fights back, Kiana brawls with Fallon.

Arianna tries to lift Lash? Lash shoves her down, and that upset her. But then Arianna forces a smile, and she goes after Izzi. Izzi shakes her off and asks what she’s even doing. Arianna is frustrated, but she sees Karmen is still knocked out! Arianna drags Karmen up, fireman’s carries, and DUMPS her out to ELIMINATE her! Yeah, good for her… But then Thea TOSSES Arianna out and ELIMINATES her!! Arianna is almost in tears as Thea waves bye, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Theta mocks Arianna with a shimmy, but Kiana CLUS Thea, POSTS her, then SMACKS her off buckles! Thea is dazed and Kiana mocks her. Izzi and Kelani still fight it out, but Thea SMACKS Kiana off buckles now! The runs, but Lash scoops her! BACKBREAKER! Tatum hauls Fallon up but Fallon ROCKS her first! Wren tries to throw Roxie out but Roxie clings to ropes. Kelani SMACKS Fallon off buckles! Roxie ends up on the apron but she still holds on, even was Wren claws at fingers! Roxie kicks Wren away while Thea fights off Izzi AND Kiana! Thea is back inside, and everyone is tiring out. But at eight left, we just need four more eliminations!

Theta stomps a mudhole into Izzi, digs her boot in, but Izzi powers her back! So Thea ROCKS Izzi with a forearm! Thea whips, Izzi reverses and sends Thea back into the corner. Thea boots but Izzi blocks, so Thea KNEES her away! Thea dodges Izzi, runs up again, wheelbarrow and BULLDOG! Thea fires up, CLOBBERS Kiana, CLOBBERS Fallon, and CLOBBERS Kelani as we return to single picture! Fans fire up with Theta, she ELBOWS Kelani, then dodges Lash to come back, tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Lash flops out and Thea mule kicks Roxie, to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Wren runs up, into an EXPLODER!

Thea fires up, she SENTONS Wren then shakes the ropes! IMPLODER SENTON for Wren! Then ROLLING SENTON and IMPLODER SENTON for Roxie! Thea storms around, shakes the ropes, but Kiana runs up! Theta hits another EXPLODER! Thea runs, ROLLING SENTON and then the IMPLODER- NO, Izzi catches Thea, and TOSSES her! Izzi ELIMINATES Thea! Kiana says that’s right! But Fallon fireman’s carries Kiana! Kiana ends up on the apron, swings, but Fallon ROCKS her! Izzi makes another save, but Lash is back! Lash DECKS Kiana, Izzi ROCKS Lash! Lash ROCKS Izzi, they both run, dodge, and DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down!!

The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Fallon & Roxie DOUBLE LARIAT Izzi up and out to ELIMINATE her!! Izzi is furious, as is Kiana since she no longer has her insurance policy! But Lash DOUBLE LARIATS Fallon & Roxie! Lash hauls them back up, but they block the whips! So she sends them into each other! Lash DECKS Fallon, lifts Roxie, and ROCKS her! Roxie holds onto ropes, Lash goes after the hands, but Wren DUMPS Lash to ELIMINATE her!!! Fans are thunderous for Wren, but then Kiana whips Wren! Wren reverses, sends Kiana up and out, but Kiana is on the apron! Kiana ROCKS Wren in return!

Kiana SMACKS Wren off buckles! Kiana RAMS into Wren, handsprings, but Wren BOOTS her down! Wren goes up, but Kiana BLASTS her! Wren has a rough tumble but she hits the floor! Kiana ELIMINATES Wren and mocks the “rookie,” because now we have our final four!!

NXT #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Kiana James VS Roxanne Perez VS Fallon Henley VS Kelani Jordan!

Fans boo Kiana, but now it comes down to the first fall to a finish! Everyone has a corner, the fans are thunderous, and the brawl is on! Fallon and Kiana are after each other, Roxie and Kelani fire off! Roxie DECKS Kelani, Fallon ROCKS Kiana, Roxie SOBATS Fallon! Fallon CHOPS Roxie off her feet! Kiana runs up, Fallon blocks her kick and sends it at Kelani! Kelani catches it, but Kiana ENZIGURIS! Fallon grabs a leg but Kiana boots her away. Kiana runs up, she and Fallon DECK each other! Fallon and Kiana fall out of the ring, Izzi checking on her boss. Roxie sees an opening, she DIVES onto Fallon!

Fans fire up with Roxie, and Kelani ASAI MOONSAULTS Kiana & Izzi!! The fans are thunderous again as Roxie and Kelani meet. Kelani swings, misses, Roxie hooks her up but Kelani blocks the Russian Leg Sweep! Rolling takedown into a cover, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO! Roxie steps over, La Magistrol, but Kelani blocks! TWO!! Roxie runs up, wheelbarrows, VICTORY FACEBUSTER! Cover, Fallon BOOTS it apart! Fallon brings Roxie up and sends her into a corner! Fallon stomps Roxie down, then runs corner to corner to ROCK Fallon! Fallon returns to trip Roxie and CALF KICK! Fallon then runs up to triangle jump BLOCKBUSTER on Kelani! Cover, Kiana breaks it!

Kiana POSTS Fallon, then RAMS into Kelani! Kiana handsprings and runs to RAM Roxie! Kiana keeps moving, but Fallon ELBOWS her! Fallon runs up, Kiana dodges, then SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, ROXIE & KELANI BREAK IT! The fans are thunderous as Roxie then ROCKS Kelani! Roxie SOBATS Kiana, hops on, but Kiana pops her off and Kelani SHOTGUNS Roxie down! “This is Awesome!” as Kelani kicks Kiana, reels her in, OVER- NO! Kiana slips free, throat chops, runs and 401K!! But Kelani flops out, Roxie grabs Kiana! Roxie whips, Kiana reverses, but Roxie goes up and over to POP- NO, Kiana SLAMS Roxie into the corner!

Kiana drags Roxie up, hoists her to the top rope, and climbs up to join her. Roxie fights the superplex, throws body shots, and then slips under! Kiana holds ropes to fight the bomb! Kiana DECKS Roxie, but Fallon is back! Kiana BOOTS Fallon down, bujt Roxie GAMANGIRIS Kiana! Roxie climbs up now, glares at Kiana, and SUPER STEINERS!! But Kelani FROG SPLASHES Kiana!! Cover, Roxie breaks it!! Fallon SHINING WIZARDS Kiana! Roxie TOSSES Fallon out, SUPERKICKS her, but Kelani DROPKICKS Roxie out! Kelani hurries to go back up! ONE OF A KIND FLOPS because Izzi saves Kiana!!

But then Roxie SOBATS Kelani, hops on, POP ROX!!! Cover, Roxie wins!!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)

Roxie is heading to Tennessee! But wait, Lyra returns to congratulate her! Roxie never lost the title herself, will she make sure to take it back with her own two hands? Or will nothing stop this from being the Year of the Morrigan?


My Thoughts:

Awesome stuff tonight for NXT, even having to adjust for misfortunes. Cora Jade just got back and was getting on a roll, only to go down with injury with a one year estimate as best case scenario. Everyone was thinking that after getting rid of that apparent bad strength coach, things would be fine, but perhaps Cora’s physical strain went under the radar given she went away for a few months. On behalf of The Chairshot, I’m hoping Cora can keep her recovery to one year so she doesn’t get left behind.

Great stuff all over the NXT Women’s Division tonight. Lopez & Lola VS Lyra & Tatum was a really good tag match, and we got a really clever way for Lyra & Tatum to win without hurting Lola, but Tatum getting the win also keeps Lyra’s momentum mellow for right now. And to think, Lola and Lopez were breaking up tonight. But might as well, with Lopez talking like she was gonna win tonight and force Lola to turn her Breakout cash-in into Lopez’s insurance policy. Really good promo from Rizzo and the D’Angelos, very on brand for the D’Angelos, and logically, she got in a scrap with Jaida Parker given the growing feud of D’Angelos and OTM.

Izzi was of course the insurance policy for Kiana to a point, but she also did have a good showing against Lash as the two tallest women in the match, and also got to throw Thea out so there could be Kiana & Izzi VS Thea & Jacy as a part of the Chase U story. And as I said last week, “NXT Anonymous” is framing what Jacy’s doing in a certain light, we’re probably being led to think it’s inappropriate but it’s probably nowhere near what it sounds like. Speaking of Chase U, a shame they lost to LWO but fans really love LWO and Chase U’s story does get more complex if it’s all on what Jacy’s up to. Roxanne winning the whole thing is fine, she’s been working on her edgy side and could bring that out even more against Lyra in their match.

Really good promo from Oba Femi and Dragon Lee, and I’m pretty sure Dragon does get his rematch with Oba at Vengeance Day. Really good promo from Eddy Thorpe with Hank ‘n’ Tank and with Trey Bearhill. Dijak of course gets on Trey’s bad side, I’m still not sure what’s up with Dijak being such a jerk with borderline racist connotations. But good match from Dijak and Trey, Gacy on commentary being a wild thing. Gacy going after Dijak is an interesting detour, but Lexis King of course goes after Trey, so we’re definitely getting that match soon.

Good match from Ridge with Joe Coffey, but the crowd sure had a bland reaction to Ridge. Gallus beating Ridge up after to make a point that Ridge has no one is a good detail in this story. Really good promo from Von, Stone, Dar and Oro to set Von up as next Heritage Cup contender. Dar made it through big guy Briggs because he had Meta Four, I hope they don’t just copy and paste that. Stone should be able to pull strings to help Von keep things fair. And speaking of Briggs, really good promo with JBL to keep Briggs’ story going. I’m thinking we’re going to return to big mean Briggs like he was when he first showed up in NXT, teaming with Gacy.

In more Dusty Cup stuff, Trick Melo Gang of course makes it through the first round, and now we get a great new wrinkle in the story where Trick wants to pull double duty. Given that, you can bet the other side of the bracket wins the Dusty Cup finals, and that right now looks to be Corbin & Bron. And despite my best attempts, I couldn’t help but be entertained by those two in their promo. They are two guys fans have had fun booing, but now these two are turning the corner, they really could make this work. Bron & Corbin will surely beat Axiom & Frazer, then win against Trick Melo Gang because Melo might be sneaky about throwing things, and then Melo probably goes after Trick to pull the “It was ME, Austin!” to close out Vengeance Day.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/12/24)

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

After weeks of back and forth, Top Flight finally has it out with Shane Taylor Promotions in a Six Man Tag match! Who proves to be the baddest trio in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop; Roddy wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox; Fenix wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions; STP wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!

The Kings of the Black Throne claim they’re not enraged over Buddy Matthews being attacked, and yet they’re on a Rampage! Well, bad puns aside, will they unstoppable from now until they have avenged their Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari make everyone take them serious from now on?

The teams sort out and the fans hoot and bark. Malakai starts against Daivari and the two circle. The fans rally up, the two feel things out, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, grinds, but Daivari powers up and out. Daivari drops, hurdles, but Malakai waits. Daivari ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Malakai blocks the kick. Daivari narrowly avoids the roundhouse! Daivari backs up while Malakai sits down cross-legged. The fans fire up but Daivari tags Nese. Nese runs up, but Malakai ducks under the kick! Malakai kips up so Nese ROCKS him with a forearm! Malakai shoves Nese to ELBOW him down!

Malakai drags Nese over, tags Brody and the fans fire up. Nese scrambles away as the fans bark and hoot. Nese flexes, he isn’t intimidate. Nese CHOPS, but Brody doesn’t flinch! Nese grabs the beard and says Brody is his b*tch now! Brody CHOPS Nese off his feet! Brody barks, the fans join in, and then Brody CHOPS Nese! The fans “WOO~!” and Brody CHOPS Nese again! Brody fires forearms and CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Nese rebounds, into a BIG back drop! Nese staggers up, into a scoop and SLAM! Brody runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, so Brody drags him right up and tags in Malakai.

The House mugs Nese, double whips him corner to corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Nese dodges to then ROCK Malakai! Nese BOOTS Brody, whips Malakai at him, but Malakai rolls off Brody’s back. Nese dodges Brody’s lariat but Malakai BOOTS him into the LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Nese up, drags him back over, and tags Brody. They mug Nese some more, and the fans fire up as Brody pumps up that rm. Brody runs, but Woods DUMPS Brody out! Nese distracted the ref and Malakai protests, but the fans boo. Daivari hurries after Brody but Brody grabs Daivari by the neck! Nese FOSBURY FLOPS Brody down!

The fans boo as The Premier Athletes now mugs Brody! Malakai protests but the ref keeps him back, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

The Premier Athletes let off to high-five with Woods & Sterling, then the ref starts a ring count. Nese catches his breath before he drags big Brody up. Nese puts Brody in the ring, tags Daivari, and they mug Brody more, They both run, to DOUBLE SHOULDER Brody down! Cover, TWO! Daivari hurries to bring Brody around in a facelock, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Daivari CHOKES Brody on ropes, the ref counts, and Daivari lets off. Daivari argues with the ref, so that Sterling can CHOKE Brody! Sterling scurries away like the weasel he is, and then Daivari stands on Brody in the corner!

The ref counts, Daivari lets off and he drags Brody over. Tag to Nese, and Nese stomps Brody while Daivari anchors the legs. Rampage returns to single picture as Nese and Daivari let off. Nese soaks up heat, stalks Brody to the corner, and he grins as he says “All day, baby.” Nese CHOPS but Brody gets mad! Brody fires forearms and elbows, DECKS Nese, then storms up. Nese throat chops! Then Nese runs, but into an URENAGE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, reaches out, hot tags to Malakai and Daivari! Malakai rallies on Daivari with big elbows and then a strike fest! LEG SWEEP!

Nese gets in but Malakai ELBOWS him down! Daivari kicks and whips but Malakai RANAS! Nese is up but the JUMP KNEE knocks him down! Daivari stands and Malakai QUEBRADAS him down! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but the fans rally behind Malakai. Malakai storms around, stands Daivari up and suplexes. Daivari slips free, but Malakai fires a strike fest! Daivari SUPERKICKS first! Tag to Nese but then Malakai DECKS Daivari! Nese leaps in but Malakai dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Nese falls, Woods gets up! Woods ducks a shot, but then Brody SWEEPS the legs! Woods crashes off the apron and fans fire up!

Wait, Daivari sneaks in, armed with Sterling’s clipboard! Malakai turns around, CLIPBOARD SMASH!! The plastic explodes off of Malakai’s head!! Daivari gets outta there, the ref wonders what happened, and then Daivari BOOTS Brody! PLANCHA and down goes Brody! Nese hits a 450 SPLASH! A rough landing but Nese makes the cover, TWO?!? Malakai survives and Sterling is freaking out! Daivari reaches out, Nese crawls over, but Brody YANKS Daivari down! Brody RAMS Daivari into barriers! Brody makes Daivari take a seat so he can forearm and CHOP! Brody barks, Sterling panics, and Brody runs back in, but Sterling gets in the way!

Brody snarls, but then he just SPLASHES Sterling and Daivari! Nese is shocked by what he just saw! Malakai runs up, Nese bucks the O’Conner Roll! Nese runs up, into a KNEE! And then a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER! Malakai hurries up top, but Nese SHORYUKENS! And GAMANGIRIS! Nese drags Malakai down then climbs up. 450 SPLASH onto knees! That’s an even rougher landing than before! Daivari hurries back up but Brody catches him for a SLEEPER! And now, Malakai lifts Nese up, for THE END! Cover, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

Brody DROPS Daivari when the bell rings, The House having completely demolished The Premier Athletes. Will they not be stopped until they have what they want?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

The Savior of the Backbreaker is set for an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match tomorrow night on Collision against Dalton Castle. But in an occasion of turnabout is fair play, The Conglomeration is watching him from commentary! Will the presence of Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy & Mark Briscoe make Roddy better or worse than usual?

The bell rings and Kyle says that while he loves and appreciates Roddy, Taven & Bennett, they’re being more like the Undisputed Cling-dom! Meanwhile, big Ben Bishop stalks some smack on Roddy, and then pretends he can’t see him. Roddy says okay, be that way. They tie up, Cassidy points out just how tall Ben is, and big Ben shoves Roddy down! The fans fire up, Roddy comes right back, but Ben TOSSES him away! Roddy bails out, the fans fire up for Ben, and The Kingdom coaches Roddy up. Roddy runs in, dodges Ben, and kicks at the legs! Ben drops to size so Roddy and CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP!

Roddy kicks the legs, fires boxing elbows, then ELBOWS Ben before he runs and SICK KICKS! Then he hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up with Roddy and the Kingdom, then the STRONG KNEE knocks Ben down! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Conglomeration is in agreement, that was impressive work by Roddy, because Roddy is indeed that good. But Cassidy says it is time to go stare down with them. The Conglomeration stand on stage to stare down The Kingdom, but Roddy needs to focus on tomorrow night. Will Roddy punch his golden ticket to an ROH World Championship match? Or will it be The Peacock that means the Sussex County Chicken in Arlington, Texas?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

The Virtuosa is served a glass of wine, and says we’ve never been formally introduced. We’ve all seen what she can do in the ring, but does anyone know what it means to be THE Virtuosa. “Wrestling isn’t just a sport or an art form, it’s both. And more set to a quickening pace than a staccato beat of bodies slamming, bones cracking, tendons tearing! All building towards a beautiful and violent crescendo.” Deonna likes what AEW has forced her to become. “Because here, actions have consequences.” And Deonna vows to burn the empire to the ground, to remake it in her own image. This is the Age of the Virtuosa.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

On top of the opening match being Ospreay VS MJF for the International Championship, as well as Swerve VS Okada in a Champion VS Champion showdown, Mercedes Mone has issued an Open Challenge to the TBS Championship! Well, mostly open, as she is EXCLUDING Britt Baker! The DMD won’t be happy about this, but who will step up to The CEO?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox!

This is going to be a fast ‘n’ furious match starring men capable of fantastic feats both in the air and on the mat! And with there still being time before All In, who uses this night as a launching pad towards a title opportunity?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The four circle, and then Fenix and Komander stare down. They nod and shake hands, and they go after Fox and Angelico! Fox blocks a kick, Angelico wrenches an arm, and then Fox wrenches Fenix to a cording hold. Komander uses Fenix to wall run and flip out of the armlock! Fenix and Komander each reverse the wrenches, then kick and body shot. Fenix uses Angelico to flip up and over and wrench again, but Angelico headlocks. Komander sends Angelico into Fox, Fenix rolls Angelico up, but Komander rolls Fenix! Fox rolls Komander, TWO! Angelico sweeps Fox to cover, ONE!

All four men stand off and the fans fire up. Angelico does the Bernie Lean! But then he gets TRIPLE BOOTS for it! Fox runs up, Komander & Fenix kick and CHOP him. The luchadores double whip Fox but he reverses to TOSS Fenix out! Komander runs in but Fox mule kicks his leg out! Komander ends up on ropes, Fox runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO, sending Fenix into railing! Fox gest back up to trip Komander and he goes up the corner, to QUEBRADA Fenix! Fox somersaults in to then deadlift ANARCHY SUPLEX on Komander! Cover, Angelico breaks it! Angelico JABS Fox, JABS, then brings him around.

Angelico whips, Fox reverses but Angelico rolls off Fox’s back. Fox jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Fox falls back, Angelico coves, but Fenix slingshots in to SUPERKICK it apart! The fans rally as Fenix kicks Fox out of the ring. Angelico bails out, and now Fenix is alone with Komander. The amigos nod while the fans fire up, and the forearms start flying! Fenix CHOPS, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix staggers back, Komander runs up and FLIPPING RANAS! The fans fire up, Komander runs in at the corner, but Fenix puts him on the apron. Fenix ROCKS Komander, whips him into the POST!

Fenix goes up and tightrope walk PENALTY KICKS! The fans fire up with Fenix while Komander falls. Fenix goes out, and he CHOPS Fox, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Fenix KICKS Angelico, then runs around the way and goes up the railing to KICK Komander back down! The front row fires up with Fenix and he goes back to Fox. Fenix CHOPS Fox, whips him, but Fox reverses to POST Fenix! Fox high-fives fans, but Komander runs up to FLYING CHUCK! Angelico stomps Fenix, then he stomps Komander. Angelico even stomps Fox down! Angelico JABS Komander, ROCKS him, and Komander staggers away. Fox kicks Komander, then kicks Angelico. Fox CLUBS Angelico, then RAMS him into railing! But then Fenix BOOTS Fox down! Fenix puts Angelico in and puts him in a corner.

Fenix CHOPS, and Angelico sputters as he staggers away. Angelico goes to the apron, Fenix goes out to bring Komander around to CLUB him. Fox storms up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix CHOPS Komander, kicks at Fox but Fox blocks. Fox spins Fenix around to CHOP! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fenix ends up folded up and he flops to the floor. Komander KICKS Fox in the leg, puts him in, and kicks him more. Komander puts Fox in a corner to CHOP, and Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and while Fox brings Angelico up, Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Fox! Those three men are down and the fans rally up. Komander is somewhere on the outside, but Fenix brings Angelico up. Fenix KICKS Angelico, then shouts “ANIMO!” Somersault, into a takedown! Short arm scissor and a spin, HALF CRAB ARMLOCK FUSION! But Fox stomps Angelico! Angelico trips Fox, ties the legs up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Angelico has the TRAILER HITCH, but Komander is back! CIELITO LINDO onto Angelico!! Cover, TWO!! Angelico survives but Komander SOBATS Fox! And then TORNADO DDT!

The fans fire up as Komander crawls to the cover, but Fenix springboards in to DOUBLE STOMP it! Memphis is thunderous and Fenix wrenches Komander. Fenix reels Komander in, fireman’s carries, but Komander pops it into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and the fans fire up again! Komander waits on Fenix, Fenix SOBATS first! And KICKS again! Fenix pushes Komander to a corner, to then JUMP SOBAT! Fenix fires up, the fans are with him, and Fenix puts Komander up top. Fenix CHOPS, climbs, and brings Komander around. Komander fires body shots! Fox is back, and he joins in!

Fox CHOPS and CLUBS the luchadores, then climbs up. Fenix CLUBS Fox for it, and the luchadores work together again to SHOVE Fox down! Fox ends up folded, then Komander and Fenix brawl again. Angelico CLUBS Komander right as he CHOPS Fenix! Angelico takes aim, and he waistlocks Komander! Komander clings to ropes for dear life! Fenix BOOTS Angelico down, then he and Komander brawl some more! Komander stands, Fenix SHOVES him, and Komander MOONSAULTS right onto Angelico! Fenix then FROG SPLASHES onto Fox! Cover, TWO?!? Fox survives, so Fenix drags him into a CRUCIFIX COBRA CLUTCH!! Fenix TAPS, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

The Immortal Firebird brings out something new in his arsenal and takes the win! But will Fenix be flying towards golden opportunities as AEW prepares for All In?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Renee Paquette caught up with Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Bryan Keith, and asks what the hell. Yes, she’s seen The Learning Tree do “a ton of horrible other things” throughout his career, but tonight with Samoa Joe crossed a line. What was he thinking? Jericho smiles, the leather belt gifted to him by Martha Hart still wrapped around his hand. He waves to the camera and says, “Hi, guys. And Renee, I don’t know why you’re so surprised. This is exactly what I’ve been saying for a long, long time. If you’ve listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. Look at The Redwood and Bad Apple.

“But if you don’t listen to The Learning Tree, bad things happen. Shibata had a chance, now his arm is hurt. Hook had a chance, we had to burn his face off with a fireball. And Samoa Joke, for years, I’ve been telling you to listen to The Learning Tree, you didn’t, we ran you through a wall, and now you’re in the hospital.” Bill is stifling a laugh this entire time. Jericho says if Joe needs something to help with his inflamed muscles he might have, try ginger and black pepper. It’s really good for you. See, Renee? Lots of lessons to be learned. And even more will be learned on Dynamite 250, with a special edition of TV Time with Chris Jericho. Thanks, guys~…!

Jericho leaves, and Bill says one of the biggest lessons that Jericho has taught them is that the more TV Time, the better. And they want as much TV Time as possible! Because The Learning Tree, The Bad Apple and The Redwood are always maximizing their minutes. She should try it some time. Keith says if you don’t respect Chris Jericho, they will MAKE you respect Chris Jericho. Will everyone in AEW learn the hard way that Jericho isn’t kidding around?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

We heard the Virtuosa speak her mind, but La Mera Mera looks to show, not tell. Will Rosa be more than ready to go another round with Deonna? Or will the Queen of Strong Smile make some bold moves of her own?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Rachael shoves Rosa away, and the two reset. They tie up, Rosa headlocks, but Rachael lifts her! Rachael throws Rosa away but Rosa comes back to DROPKICK! Rachael goes to a corner, Rosa runs in to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Rosa goes corner to corner to ELBOW! Rachael staggers, Rosa KICKS a leg out! Rosa then runs to LARIAT Rachael down! Cover, TWO! Rosa clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts up to an armlock. Rosa CHOPS Rachael, ELBOWS her, then throws down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL elbows! Cover, TWO! Rachael goes to a corner, but Rosa CHOPS her again!

Rachael staggers away but Rosa puts Rachael in another corner, and CHOPS again! Rosa whips, Rachael reverses and Rosa ends up in a corner. Rachael runs in to LARIAT! Rachael keeps moving, and she UPPERCUTS Rosa down! The fans fire up and Rachael says “SWISH!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Rachael keeps on Rosa. Rachael CHOPS Rosa, storms up and CHOPS again. Rachael whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to LARIAT again! Rachael whips Rosa back in, runs in, but Rosa dodges! The fans rally up for Rosa as she LOCO LARIATS! Then she sits Rachael down to SWINGING METEORA!

The fans fire up and Rosa aims as Rachael goes to ropes. BANG and Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rachael sputters, Rosa reels her in, but Rachael bucks the driver! High stack, TWO! Rachael hurries to whip Rosa, but Rosa holds ropes. Rosa BOOTS back, runs up, and wheelbarrows, victory roll into a STOMP 182! Rosa then clamps on and has the COBRA CAMEL CLUTCH! Rachael taps, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

La Mera Mera shows respect to Rachael by helping her up and hugging it out. But then DEONNA runs out there! And she SHOVES Rachael into Rosa! Then she DECKS Rachael for the hell of it before going after Rosa! Rachael drags Deonna off of Rosa, so Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna BOOTS Rosa down! The Virtuosa shows her violent side, but will Rosa make her regret it?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of Strong VS Castle in an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match, and on top of Konosuke Takeshita VS Tommy Billington, The Bang Bang Gang is back in action. Will Juice Robinson & The Gunns keep the momentum going? Plus, Nyla Rose is back, we see Skye Blue VS Harley Cameron 1v1, and in the main event, it will be Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy representing The Conglomeration against THE Kingdom, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett. Could we see some Freshly Squeezed #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships, too? Or will Taven & Bennett secure that night off they’ve been wanting?

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

Willow Nightingale is going to be part of the big NJPW-CMLL crossover tradition, Fantastica Mania! She, Viva Van and Lluvia will compete for the now vacated CMLL Women’s World Championship! The Babe with the Power may not have gone back-to-back in the Owen Hart Cup, but will she return to AEW as a world champion all the same?

 

Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

There have been more words flying back and forth between these trios than anything, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Will The Martin Brothers & The Sight to See show everyone why they’re the Coldest Trio in the Game? Or will Lee Moriarty, Anthony Ogogo & the man himself, Big Bad Shaney T swat them all out of the sky?

The trios sort out and Darius starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Shane talks trash to the fans talking trash while Darius and Lee tie up. Lee waistlocks, full nelsons, but Darius uses his leg for leverage. Darius breaks free, standing switches, then half nelsons to slip around and headlock. Lee powers up and out, but Darius runs him over! Things keep moving, Lee hurdles and runs to then roll over the dropdown. Lee swaggers, kicks Darius, then whips him to a corner. Darius goes up and over Lee, runs back in, but Lee goes up and under! Lee runs in and blocks an elbow to then backslide Darius! ONE, and Lee goes for a leg!

Darius smothers the takedown, rolls Lee to a lateral press, TWO! Darius arm-drags, then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Darius dusts himself off. Lee gets away to tag Ogogo, so Darius tags Dante. Angel Dorado talks smack on the Olympic bronze medalist boxer. They tie up, Ogogo pushes Dante away and says that was easy. Easy! Dante says okay, and they tie up again. Ogogo powers Dante to a corner, but Dante pushes him back. They go again, Dante gets around to then headlock. Ogogo back suplexes, Dante lands out and rolls Ogogo up! TWO, Ogogo swings but Dante dodges! Ogogo blocks a kick but Dante victory rolls, TWO!

Ogogo feints high to kick low, but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to JUMP KNEE! Dante wrenches and YANKS the arm, then tags Action. Action climbs, Dante sets up, Ogogo gets a TABLE TOP BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Action drags Ogogo up. But Ogogo powers him into the STP corner! Tag to Shane and he talks smack on Action. Action dodges the haymaker to fire body shots! Shane takes those shots, KNEES low, then whips Action. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, and PELES! Shane staggers, Action gets moving, and Action rolls to RANA Shane up and out! Action then slingshots back in, but Lee steps in!

Action builds speed, the ref stops Lee, but the ref doesn’t see Ogogo CLOBBER Action! The fans boo and then the ref notices Ogogo, but Ogogo steps away. Shane storms into the ring to drag Action up and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Action over to the STP corner, and he CHOPS Action! Lee exaggerates his shock, and then Shane DECKS Action. Shane drags Action up, tags Lee, and they mug Action. Lee stomps Action, drags him up, bumps him off buckles, and Lee fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Lee stomps a mudhole, but the ref gets in there to stop him. Lee and the ref argue, but STP just applauds. Shane tags in, Action fires hands! Action backs Shane down, but Shane ROCKS Action in return! Action wobbles, drops to his knees, and Shane HEADBUTTS him down. Shane looms over Action, then drags him back up.

Shane back suplexes, Action lands out to tag Dante! Dante fires forearms over and over and over! Dante puts some stank on it, but Shane dodges! So Dante DECKS Lee! Dante kicks but Shane blocks, to KNEE back! Shane then uses both hands to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives, Shane gets mad and Shane brings him around to the corner. Tag to Ogogo and they mug Dante. Ogogo brings Dante out to scoop and SLAM! Ogogo runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ogogo argues with the ref, then he drags Action up. Ogogo RAMS Dante, then BOOTS him down! Ogogo scuffs Dante while staying between him and Top Flight.

Dante fires body shots in return, but Ogogo kicks low! Oogo snap suplexes, covers, TWO as Dante bridges! Lee runs in to BLAST Top Flight, then Ogogo drags Dante up. Ogogo whips Dante hard into the corner, then tags Shane. Rampage returns to single picture as Shane talks smack on Dante. Shane has Lee & Ogogo hold Dante up, but Dante BOOTS back! Dante fights free of the others, BOOTS again, and then goes up and up to FLYING BULLDOG! The fans fire up as Dante crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Darius! Air Wolf rallies on STP with big forearms! UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Lee, then Darius whips.

Lee reverses the whip but Darius catches him to an atomic drop! Darius keeps moving, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! GAMANGIRI! Darius fires up, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives the onslaught but the fans rally up. Darius drags Lee up and fireman’s carries, but Lee fights with elbows! Lee shoves Darius, Action tags in. Lee dodges Darius but Action BOOTS! Then SHOTGUN SNAP GERMAN COMBO! The fans fire up as Darius deadlifts for the BRAINBUSTER! Then Action STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, Ogogo breaks it! Darius runs up but Ogogo kicks him. Ogogo scoops Darius, Darius slips free!

Darius & Action kick Ogogo then double clinch. Ogogo powers out, fires HEABUTTS and elbows! Fireman’s carry for Action, F5 AND A HALF! Action flounders, but Darius BOOTS Ogogo! Darius WALL RUN PELES! Ogogo falls, Shane storms in! Darius dodges, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Shane talks smack, but Dante JUMP KNEES him! Dante runs in to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Lee runs up, Dante BOOTS him! Dante runs but into a FLAPJACK! Lee then hurries to spin Dante around to THE FANG! But Dante flounders out of the ring! All six men are down around ringside and the fans fire up! Lee crawls, hot tag to Shane!

Shane spots Action rising, he and Lee go after Action. They double whip, Action handsprings, but they catch him! DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Dante lands out! Action fires off forearms and elbows, and even CHOPS! Action kicks, Lee blocks, but then Lee ducks so the ENZIGIRI hits Shane! Lee CLUBS Action, Ogogo sends Darius into railing! Lee whips Action, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Ogogo! Action hurries back up, ROCKS Lee, and he springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Action kips up, the fans fire up, but Shane waistlocks. Action fires elbows until he’s free, then tries to fireman’s carry!? Shane is too big and bad!

Shane ELBOWS away on Action, gut wrenches, but Action slips free again! SUPERKICK! And another fireman’s carry!? But the back won’t hold the weight! Shane slips down to HEADBUTT! And then URENAGE! Shane flips Action back up to KNEE him in the face! Ogogo and Lee get in for defense, Shane DECKS Action!! Cover, STP wins!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

That could’ve been a win by knockout with that killer haymaker! But will Shane Taylor Promotions continue to rampage until they prove they prove they’re the elite of All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, and while they shoved five matches onto this card again, they at least did their best to put story behind most of these. Roderick Strong was of course beating Ben Bishop, but they gave us a storyline plug by having The Conglomeration on commentary. And while Thunder Rosa was of course beating Rachael Ellering, they gave us story build with Deonna attacking them both. I feel like this will give us Deonna VS Ellering next, to stretch things out so that the true blowoff of Deonna VS Rosa isn’t until All In, probably in the All In Zero Hour. For that matter, that’s probably where Conglomeration VS Undisputed Kingdom 3v3 happens, too.

Great opening tag from House of Black VS Premier Athletes with Sterling & Woods of course getting involved, but great win for Malakai & Brody in that 4v2 situation. Still banking on them screwing over The Patriarchy during a Unified World Trios Championship match. The Six Man Tag was really good but not sure it was main event material compared to the Fatal 4 Way. Good stuff for the Six Man Tag, everyone got their shine, but that Fatal 4 Way was just incredible. Great win for Fenix to stay hot while all the titles have stories going into All In, but he could get a shot at like, Okada’s Continental Championship to give us a dream match moment before the PPV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Time to settle some scores!

Mia Yim takes on Nia Jax, Legado Del Fantasma goes after Corbin & Crews, and A-Town Down Under get a tag title rematch, all tonight on SmackDown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax VS Mia Yim; Nia wins.
  • Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews; Angel & Berto win.
  • Blair Davenport VS Naomi; Naomi wins.
  • WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under; DIY wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

Worcester, Massachusetts cheers because it’s #TiffyTime! And not only that, the Center of the Universe is the NEW Miss Money in the Bank, so there is no denying she is just biding her time until she can cash-in and snatch up a championship. And Tiff gets a mic to say that this Saturday, it officially became Tiffy Time when she climbed to the Tiffy Top, took down the briefcase, and become the youngest Ms. MITB in HISTORY! The fans do cheer that! And uh, Trish Stratus may’ve been the hometown host, but Tiff was the real star of the show. Trish isn’t here to ruin Tiff’s moment, because it is Tiffy’s Time.

The fans cheer for “TIFFY TIME! TIFFY TIME!” Tiff warns Liv Morgan, Roxanne Perez and Bayley to all keep their heads on a swivel. Their reigns are on Tiffy Time. And very soon, we will all be saying “AND NEW~!” WAIT! The Role Model, the WWE Women’s Champion, Bayley herself, makes her way out to the ring. Bayley tells Tiffy that she will be the first to congratulate her on such a big victory. Bayley knows what it takes. And as someone who has such high praise lately, that must add some pressure, so Bayley is impressed Tiff proved herself right. Tiff asks Bayley why she’s even out here, and to get to the point. Out of everyone, Bayley should know it’s Tiffy Time.

Bayley smiles and says well, she doesn’t care what time it is, she just wanted to give some advice. Bayley did win her own MITB in 2019, but Tiff probably didn’t even know what WWE even was then, right? Tiff says yeah, 2019 was like a million years ago. It is 2024, and just three years into this, and Tiff is the youngest Ms. MITB ever! Meanwhile, Bayley was just home, on her couch, eating chips and all alone. Bayley will give Tiff that, so here’s one last piece of advice: If Tiff even plans to use the briefcase on Bayley, plan on making history again as the first woman to ever fail her cash-in. But wait! Here comes Nia Jax!

The Irresistible Force, the Queen of the Ring, Nia tells Bayley, “What’re you doing out here making empty threats?”  The fans boo and Nia says that’s rude to the Queen. But in case Bayley forgot, Bayley has her match against Nia at SummerSlam, where Nia will be taking that title off her. Oh, is that right? Nia steps into the ring and Bayley isn’t sure who Nia thinks she’s talking to. But this isn’t NXT Hugging Bayley, or even 2017 Bayley that Nia put on the shelf. Yeah, be proud of that, idiot! This Bayley is the GRAND SLAM CHAMPION Bayley! This is the Royal Rumble winning, WWE Women’s Champion Bayley! This is the same Bayley that will embarrass Nia at SummerSlam!

But hey, y’know what? Let’s play a little game here. Devil’s Advocate: Bayley slips on a banana peel and Nia somehow does beat Bayley. What’s Tiff to do then? Is she gonna cash in on her friend, Nia? We know there’s some PTSD from the last time- Tiff says hey, hold on! Nia tells Bayley that yeah, she’s not the hugger that Nia hurt before SummerSlam 2017. But what is she now? BBL Bayley? Nia looks at the tights and says she isn’t sure what Bayley is trying to prove playing Divide & Conquer. Nia has no problems with Tiff, Tiff is like her own personal little Barbie. Tiff smiles, and Nia says Bayley isn’t a toy. Bayley’s a victim.

And at SummerSlam, Nia will victimize her. Bayley winds up, Tiff stops her, so Bayley DECKS Tiff! Only for Nia to CLUB Bayley! Nia puts Bayley on ropes to CHOKE her, and Tiff talks trash. But here comes MIA YIM! Kendo stick SMACK for Nia! Tiff runs before she can get hit! Michin warns Nia AND Tiff, will the Queen & Princess of the Ring learn who’s The Head Baddie in Charge?

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

They’re waiting outside Nick Aldis’ office when Byron Saxton walks over. Chelsea has a fancy neck brace on as she tells “Bryan” she has no time for his stupid questions. Did they not see the BRUTAL MITB match she went through? The whole world is now calling her, “The Mother of Mayhem,” “The Princess of Pain.” So she has no time for this! She is waiting on Sir Nicholas the Prickless so just go away! Byron says Nick- Piper asks if he did not hear her. Just GO! Git! Shoo! As he leaves, we can see Isla Dawn talking with… Blair Davenport? Could their NXT UK connection make Blair an ally against the trios coming after the tag titles?

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings on this match. Nia runs up, Mia dodges to fire off hands! Mia dodges again to CHOP and KICK and KICK! Nia HEADBUTTS Mia down, Mia goes to a corner, and Nia runs in! Mia dodges then fires off forearms! The fans rally up for Mia, but Nia shoves her away. Mia runs in but Nia ELBOWS her! Nia scoops, but Mia slips into a SLEEPER! Nia RAMS Mia into buckles and is free! Bayley is ringside to coach Mia, and Mia leaps to GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Nia endures, powers up and out, but Mia comes back with a strike fest! SOABT and PELE! Mia runs up to TORNADO- NO! Nia tosses Mia away!

Nia runs to ELBOW DROP Mia! Tiff says too easy. Nia covers, ONE!! Mia upsets Nia but Nia puts her on ropes. Nia SITS on Mia to choke her! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Nia lets off. Mia goes to a corner but Nia stomps away! Nia goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! And she rubs it in Mia’s face, literally! The fans are torn, Bayley coaches Mia up, but Nia storms over. Mia runs up to fire off strikes! Mia runs but Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia soaks up the heat as she scuffs Mia around. Nia clamps on a cobra clutch and she leans on Mia. The fans rally, Mia fights up, and Mia fires body shots! Mia SOBATS, runs, redirects, but Nia isn’t so easily tripped!

Nia drags Mia up to TOSS her to a corner! Nia runs in to SPLASH! And then she TOSSES Mia the other way! Nia taunts Bayley, runs in and she SPLASHES Mia in the corner again! Nia says kiss this, runs in, but Mia DUMPS her out! Mia goes to the apron, but Nia blocks the Penalty Kick! Electric Chair and SLAM off the apron! Nia then CLOBBERS Mia, and soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Mia is on Nia with another GUILLOTINE! But Nia powers up to suplex Mia high and hard! The fans rally but Nia rises first. Nia runs but Mia dodges the elbow drop! Mia ELBOWS Nia from a corner, then LARIATS! Nia stays up so Mia DROPKICKS her! Nia staggers, Mia runs in again for more forearms! Mia whips, but Nia blocks! Nia reverses but Mia BOOTS back! Mia goes up to FLYING RANA! The fans fire up and Bayley does, too! Mia SHOTGUNS Nia down! Mia fires up and she runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL in the corner! Cover, TWO! Mia can’t believe it!

Bayley coaches Mia and Mia climbs the corner. But Nia springs up to ROCK Mia first! Mia wobbles, Nia ROCKET LAUNCHES her! Then SENTON FLOPS as Mia moves in time! Tiff gets on the apron, sneaking Mia’s own kendo stick in. The ref is distracted, but Bayley YANKS Tiff down! And she sends Tiff into barriers! Nia has the kendo stick but Mia SHOTGUNS Nia again! Mia reels Nia in, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Mia hurries to cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Mia is losing her mind! Bayley is equally frustrated but Mia KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Nia! Mia hauls Nia up, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP!

Nia drags Mia to a drop zone, and she goes up! A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The HBIC did what she could against the QOTR, but now Bayley goes after Nia! The fans fire up, but Tiff CLOBBERS Bayley with her briefcase! Fans chant “CASH IT IN!” as Nia HEADBUTTS Bayley! Bayley flounders to a corner, Nia runs in to SPLASH! Then feed to Tiff’s SPINEBUSTER! Nia runs to drop a leg, brother! The fans are torn between booing and wanting Tiff to cash in. Tiff pats Nia on the back for the good work, but then temptation creeps in. The fans are getting louder, too, and Tiff calls to the ref! Is she doing it?! Nia gets right in Tiff’s face, and Tiff denies she was ever gonna try it. Tiff high-fives Nia, and they head out.

It seems The Princess will just have to wait her turn, but will she have to wait long with SummerSlam around the corner?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“The Bloodline had all the titles. Both Heavyweight and both Tag Team Titles. It would all be the same if Roman Reigns never went soft. It takes a real Tribal Chief to stay on top of his game. And that’s why I’m here: to build a whole new family. A more powerful family. A hungrier family. A more aggressive family. And this family will rule for decades, as long as I’m the Tribal Chief. And by the end of tonight, everyone will acknowledge me.” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up their ones. What will this furious four look to do to the SmackDown roster next?

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

It was earlier today before the show that Byron Saxton sat down with El Idolo, and spoke on MITB. Many say that was a star making performance by Andrade. Yet here we are a week later, and now those same people are wondering what is next for him. Andrade wonders himself, “What is next?” He has said that his vision in WWE is the same. This is his destiny! That is why Andrade is- interrupted by Carmelo Hayes… And Melo asks Byron why he’s talking to Andrade when he could be talking to the real MVP of MITB, the show stealer, H1M! Andrade tells Melo to tranquilo. Andrade never said anything about being MVP. The people did.

Well, Melo says people are saying Andrade screwed Melo over. Melo should be treated better here. he is a first round draft pick, he pinned Randy Orton, he went toe to toe with Cody Rhodes on his very first night on SmackDown! Andrade tells Melo that if he wants an answer to what is next for Andrade, it’s him. Melo leaves without a word, and Andrade smirks. Will El Idolo look to humble H1M and move on to even bigger and better things?

 

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews!

When Andrade turned them down, Angel took his frustrations out on Apollo. Apollo went for payback, got beat down for it, and of all the unlikely allies, it is the former Lone Wolf that has joined Apollo’s crew. Will they show Legado what it is to be respected? Or will Angel & “Berto” show they don’t show respect nor do they show mercy to those in their way?

SmackDown returns as Crews makes his entrance. Legado then makes their entrance, talking a lot of smack. But then Corbin helps Crews FLY and take them all out! Crews throws Angel aside, throws Berto in for Corbin, and the bell rings! Corbin SPLASHES Berto in the corner! Then he short arm LARIATS! Corbin fires up and so do the fans. Corbin then FLYING LARIATS off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Corbin tags Crews, and Crews whips. Berto reverses and RAMS Crews to then kick, CLUB and GAMANGIRI! Berto stomps away on Crews, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans boo. Berto brings Crews around to whip, but Crew reverses

Crews ELBOWS Berto down, drags him over, and tags Corbin. Crews whips to back drop! Corbin hauls Berto up, suplex and CUTTER! Cover, but Angel storms in! Corbin dodges Angel, Crews fires hands! Berto and Corbin fire hands, Crews LARIATS Angel up and out! Corbin sends Berto to Crews and he TOSES Berto out! Wait, Corbin wants to build speed!? Crews THROWS Corbin out and he takes down Berto & Angel! The fans are all fired up and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Angel reels Corbin into a Gory Especial. Corbin endures being bent, but Berto tags in so he can slingshot and ROLLING CUTTER! Not the cleanest cut but Berto covers, TWO! Corbin stays in there but Berto KICKS him down! Berto rains down fists on Corbin, lets off to taunt Crews, and the fans boo more. Berto grins as he drags Corbin into a motorcycle stretch. Corbin endures and the fans rally up for him. Corbin fights his way around to fireman’s carry, but Berto slips free! Berto springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Corbin is still in this but Berto stays between him and Crews.

Santos says to finish this, and Berto mule kicks. Berto runs bu tinot a fireman’s carry, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The two crawl, reach out, hot tags to Angel and Crews! Crews dodges to mule kick, run and BOOT! Angel staggers, takes a swing, but Crews dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Crews, and he reels Angel in. GERMAN SUPLEX, and Crews holds on! GERMAN SUPLEX again! Crews wants another, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Hattrick complete, and Crews BLASTS Berto to be sure. Crews runs in at the corner, STINGER SPLASH!

Angel staggers away, Crews goes up top! Crews leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, Berto breaks it! Corbin runs up but Berto kicks and forearms first! Berto runs in at the corner but Corbin dodges! Berto goes up and out of the ring! Santos is there to help Berto up but here comes Corbin! The Emperor dares Corbin to hit him. So Corbin does! And then he LARIATS Berto and himself into the timekeeper’s area! Crews ENZIGIRIS Angel, reels him in, gorilla press and SLAM! But Elektra Lopez gets on the apron! She distracts the ref so that Santos can KNEE Crews down! Angel drags Crews up, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Santos says the numbers don’t lie! Crews & Corbin can’t compete when it’s 4v2, will anyone stop Legado from taking over?

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

Piper holds Chelsea’s cup for her so she can sip, and is also reading a book titles… “How to Start a Cult?” Pretty Deadly’s Kit Wilson walks up to Aldis’ door but Chelsea slaps his hand! Elton Prince says excuse them, ladies, but they need to talk with Aldis about approving the budget for Pretty Deadly: The Musical! What? Oh, that clicks. But listen up, sparkle sisters, get to the back of the line. They’ve been waiting. The boys do as told, and then LA Knight walks out of Aldis’ office! Chelsea asks “Mr. Knight” if Mr. Aldis is busy.

Uh, yeah, he is. He said he’ll call Chelsea after he’s through with a couple other things. Just wait a little longer. Chelsea gets all huffy and Knight heads to gorilla, a contract in hand. Could this be what it seems?

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

The Viper says he heard what Solo said. There’s a pretty good chance Cody will find himself in the middle of that ring with a bunch of Samoans. But Orton also knows that Cody doesn’t want him out there. But Orton needs Cody to know that like it or not, if things go sideways, Orton is going out there. Orton will always and forever have Cody’s back. Kevin Owens feels the same, but he isn’t here tonight. That’s on Orton. Kevin loves to fight, but Orton told Kevin to stay home. Kevin’s family needs him more than they do. So if Cody finds Solo in that ring tonight, he better give that big ugly Samoan a piece of his mind.

But in the end, everything eventually comes to an end. So when all this with The Bloodline is finally over, Cody will have a lot of men in this locker room coming after the title. And Orton will have his back then, too. Cody thanks Orton for that, and Orton heads out. Will the legacy of the Undisputed WWE Championship be secure, even after fighting it out with The Bloodline?

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

Worcester fires up for The Mega Star as he brings his contract folder with him. Knight steps in, gets a mic, and while the fans chant his name, he says, “LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight says MITB came and went, and let’s be honest, he won’t stand here and complain, cry or make excuses. It didn’t go his way, he got dumped out onto a ladder, and someone else grabbed that MITB contract. So then Knight thought to himself, “Money in the Bank contract or no,” it doesn’t make a difference! Knight is the walking embodiment of money in the bank! So what that got him doing, rewind a little bit.

Let’s look at the path to MITB for Knight. Here’s some footage to take a look at. Specifically, he means his qualifying match from two weeks ago, where he pinned Logan Paul to win out! Okay, cut back to Knight. You see that, you see what happened, everyone person here right now saw was Knight move on to MITB, right? “YEAH!” But let’s look a little deeper, what we really saw. Yes, Knight went to MITB. But mor importantly, he pinned the United States Champion! And with that in mind, Knight picks up his folder, he has something hot and fresh from Aldis’ office. And well, let’s just say what this has inside was just for Knight. “YEAH!”

What this has in here has Aldis’ signature already on it. “YEAH!” And what this is here, is a contract for a United States Championship match at SummerSLam! The fans fire up for that! Now the only thing missing, he looked, there’s a signature from Aldis. “YEAH!” There’s a signature from Knight himself, “YEAH!” The only thing missing is the signature of “that edgelord,” Logan Paul. So what Knight wants is Logan to come out here and sign his part right now. But don’t get too excited, because that won’t happen. Why? Surprise surprise, roll your eyes, guess who ain’t here? Logan Paul.

But Knight tells Logan Paul that he will get this contract signed. It will be Logan, it will be Knight, and at SummerSlam, Knight will own Logan, own that belt, and there’s nothing Logan can do to stop it. Not cuz Logan’s not good enough, but because Knight won’t let him! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a of life! With everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” The Mega Star is still aiming for the Maverick, when and where will Logan accept the challenge?

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

“Everybody wants to talk about ‘living your truth.’ Truth is, you’re weak. And the reason bad things keep happening to you is because you allow it. You’re not successful because you’re not good enough. So while you cry about not being good enough, Blair Davenport’s already taken your spot. Does that hurt your feelings? Well come and do something about it.” The Ichiban Gaijin is here, but will Naomi learn to beware Blair? Or will Blair just #FeelTheGlow?

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Naomi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Blair headlocks. Naomi powers up and out but Blair runs her over. Blair soaks up the heat, runs, but Naomi drops, then slides under the lariat! Naomi mule kicks, leg sweeps, and then leg drops! Cover, TWO! Naomi keeps moving, and she slides into a chinlock. Blair endures the squeeze, fights up and throws body shots. Blair breaks free, whips corner to corner, but Naomi goes up and catches Blair, for a TWERK ATTACK! Then she BOOTS Blair away! Blair goes to the far side and fans fire up.

Naomi runs in to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up, and fans fire up. SUPER SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi wrenches her to whip. Blair reverses to BOOT! Naomi staggers to ropes, Blair storms up and swings. Naomi blocks to fire forearms. Naomi KICKS and KICKS, then whips Blair to a corner. Naomi runs up but Blair ELBOWS her away! Blair then goes up and up to DOUBLE STOMP Naomi’s arm! Naomi flounders out of the ring but Blair goes out after her! Blair grabs that bad arm, hammerlocks it, and POSTS Naomi shoulder first! Naomi falls while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Blair and Naomi fight for suplex control. They go back and forth, but then Blair WRINGS the bad arm out! Blair SUPERKICKS Naomi down, covers, TWO! The fans rally for Naomi but Blair clamps onto the bad arm. Naomi endures, the fans rally up more, and Naomi fights up to ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi arm-drags Blair away, then goes to a corner. Blair storms over, blocks boots, but Naomi rebounds for the ENZIGIRI! And then the RUNNING JAWBREAKER! And SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi stays cool. Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up and up, but Blair CLUBS her first!

Blair has Naomi in a Tree of Woe, to then just BOOT her down! Cover, TWO! Naomi survives and Blair is losing her cool. Blair drags Naomi up as the fans rally, but Naomi turns suplex into cradle! TWO! Blair runs up to roll Naomi up, TWO! Naomi runs up to sunset flip, TWO and Blair has it! TWO and Naomi stands up. Blair waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Naomi powers her way to an O’Conner, TWO! Blair is getting frustrated, but Naomi KNEES her! BUBBA BOMB! GEDO CLUTCH! Naomi wins!!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

It was a hard fought battle with just one good arm, but Naomi pulls out the victory! Will Naomi find a way to shine in the SmackDown Women’s Division once again?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

The #Big3 cheer their reunion and also Naomi’s win tonight. That is how you stand on business! Naomi did her thing, she looked good out there. Naomi says hey, someone had to teach Blair a lesson. Naomi says she can’t wait for Bianca & Jade to get their tag titles back. Jade says you already know that’s top priority. In fact, they were going to talk with Aldis tonight, but he isn’t even here. Chelsea and the others hear this and are shocked. They all storm off, and Naomi tells Bianca & Jade she’s glad they’re going to teach Alba & Isla a lesson. But they also need to be ready. Jade says they stay ready so they don’t have to get ready.

Bianca says Naomi did her thing. They’re gonna head out, good to see her again. Bye~! Love you~! The StrongEST Duo heads out, will Aldis and/or Pearce be able to arrange such a title rematch? But now Blair walks in. She says she doesn’t want trouble. She just wants to say that the better person won. Blair offers a handshake, and Naomi is wary. Naomi takes it, and Blair heads out. But Chelsea storms back over to say Aldis is not here! Chelsea & Piper pout and head out, and Naomi says she must’ve really gotten hit hard on Saturday. But then BLAIR ATTACKS NAOMI!! So much for sportsmanship!

Blair laughs at Naomi for falling for the trap. Will Blair make everyone beware her wrath?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under!

Don’t worry, you aren’t seeing things. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano only just got these titles last Friday in Toronto. However, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller are “cashing in” their rematch clause, and are hoping to take those titles right back! Will we see a bit of hot potato with the gold? Or will DIY just do it all over again?

SmackDown returns and DIY makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if history repeats itself!

Ciampa and Waller start, and Waller takes a swing! Ciampa dodges to ROCK and CHOP Waller, then whip him. Waller slides out, leads Ciampa on a chase, and Theory is there. Ciampa dodges Theory, gets in the ring, and then Gargano jumps in. ATDU swings but DIY dodges to then DOUBLE DROPKICK! Theory falls out, DIY TOSSES Waller out, and then Ciampa KNEES Waller back down. Ciampa holds the ropes open so Gargano can DIVE into a haymaker! Theory takes out Johnny Wrestling, and Waller jams up Ciampa! Waller POSTS the Sicilian Psycho, Theory RAMS Gargano into barriers!

Waller TORNADO DDTS Ciampa on the apron! ATDU look at the belts, claiming those are coming back home, but the fans boo while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Waller CLOBBERS Ciampa! Th efans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Aaller fires off on Ciampa in a corner. Waller then gets space, runs in, but Ciampa avoids the splash! Waller staggers, Theory tags in, and Theory stomps Ciampa down! Theory mockingly asks where Johnny went, then he goes up. Theory leaps, into a  JUMP KNEE! Theory and Ciampa are down, and Gargano rises! The fans fire up as Ciampa crawls over, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano rallies on ATDU! ENZIGIRI for Theory! Gargano dodges Waller to tilt-o-whirl but Theory runs up! So Gargano COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBOS!

Gargano runs in at Theory but Theory puts him on the apron. Gargano GAMANGIRIS Theory, avoids Waller to MULE KICK, then he SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Gargano brings Theory up. Tag to Ciampa, they whip, but Waller stops Shatter Machine! Theory sunset flips Ciampa, TWO! Theory ROCKS Ciampa, Ciampa ROCKS Theory! They go back and forth with forearms, then Theory ELBOWS Ciampa! Ciampa BOOTS Theory! O’Conner Roll, Waller SOMERSAULT FLATINERS! Theory covers Ciampa, TWO! ATDU is frustrated but Waller helps Theory to the corner.

Theory tags Waller, and now ATDU mocks DIY! They’re at the corners, they aim, but Ciampa ducks! Only kicks meet at the middle, and Ciampa rolls Waller! TWO, and Waller runs up! Ciampa moves, JUMP KNEE hits Theory! Not again! And Waller turns around, into SHATTER MACHINE!! DIY sets up in the corners now and Worcester is thunderous! MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (still WWE Tag Team Champions)

History does repeat itself as DIY wins two weeks in a row! Waller and Theory try to reason out why this happened, but then THE BLOODLINE ATTACKS! Jacob Fatu CLOBBERS Theory, then goes into the ring to YANK Gargano down into a SAMOAN DROP! Ciampa fires off forearm sand BOOTS, then he DDTS Fatu down! But Fatu just rises up! And he SUPERKICKS Ciampa! The Samoan Werewolf runs in to HIP ATTACK Gargano! Then he drags Ciampa up to whip and POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! The fans boo but Solo Sikoa’s Enforcer just dominated the tag champs! And then he DOUBLE JUMP ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS Gargano!!

The fans lose their minds seeing that, but Fatu isn’t done! He hits the BEST MOONSAULT EVER on Ciampa!! Fatu is practically foaming at the mouth, and only now does Solo Sikoa make his way to the ring. Is this part of what Solo meant earlier tonight? What more does “The REAL Tribal Chief” have to say tonight? We’ll find out, after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

Fatu has finally calmed down, and Solo Sikoa has the mic. “Boston, Mass…” No, this is Worcester. But Solo still says, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans boo as The Bloodline lifts up the ones. Solo says, “Need I remind you what happened to those that didn’t acknowledge me?” The fans chant “WE WANT ROMAN!” But Solo says Jimmy Uso, his own brother, his own flesh and blood, did not acknowledge him. And what happened? He’s gone. The Wise Man, Paul Heyman, did not acknowledge Solo. Heyman’s gone, too. And Roman… Reigns… The fans chant for “ROMAN! ROMAN!” but Solo says don’t do that now! They don’t even deserve him! They have Solo now.

And if Roman Reigns decides to come back, he will acknowledge Solo as Tribal Chief. But tonight is about Cody Rhodes. It is Cody’s turn… to acknowledge him! So if Cody’s there- Oh he sure is! The Undisputed WWE Champion, the American Nightmare, makes his way out on stage! The fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and pyro, and Cody stares Solo down. Cody takes off his tie and looses his collar before he steps to the ring. Cody knows it’s 4v1, but he isn’t backing down. Solo has his men stand back, and Cody grabs himself a mic.

The fans cheer Cody on, and he says, “I’ve heard everything that you’re saying. I’m sure you can figure this out. We want the same thing. Now of course, gotta speak to Nick Aldis, but you might as well consider it official. SummerSlam, the Undisputed WWE Championship. BUT…! If it was really up to me, if I could make any decision, I wouldn’t be waiting ’til SummerSlam. I’d wanna do it here and now.” The fans cheer that! Cody drops his mic, but Solo has his men flank the champion. The fans chant for “RANDY! RANDY!” but Cody throws hands first! Cody ROCKS Solo, ROCKS Tama, ROCKS Loa, ROCKS Faut!

Cody catches Solo to a dragon sleeper, but Fatu SUPERKICKS! Tama & Loa mug Cody, then Fatu LARIATS him down! But here comes Randy! Tama goes out, Orton kicks him first! Same for Loa! Orton gets in, and he DUMPS Fatu out! Solo runs up but into a kick! Orton puts Solo in the ropes, drags him out, and hits the DRAPING DDT! Orton helps Cody up but Fatu is back! Fatu runs in, to CLOBBER Orton!! Tama & Loa return to mug Orton, and the fans boo as it is 3v1 on The Viper! Fatu kicks Cody out, Orton fights back against Tama & Loa! But Fatu DIVES onto Orton! Orton hits barriers and Fatu fires up!

Solo has Cody to himself but Cody fights back! Fatu is right on Cody and he fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Solo and Fatu trap Cody with the ropes! They mug Cody, and make him watch as Tama & Loa RAM Orton with steel steps! And RAM him again! Deja vu to when The Usos sidelined Orton for 18 months! Cody says no, take him! They want him, spare Orton! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton! Solo says this is what happens to those who stand against them! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton again! And another SUPERKICK! Tama & Loa clear the desk! Solo says this blood is on Cody’s hands! Fatu & The Guerrillas get Orton up, for the TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!!

Worcester is devastated! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Cody! The fans boo, the ula fala is put on Solo, and The Bloodline stands over their victims while raising the ones. Have they made the Apex Predator extinct? Are they going to end the legacy with their own hands?


My Thoughts:

An incredible SmackDown to bridge us from MITB to SummerSlam. Very good promo segment to start, and very clever of Bayley to point out that if Nia wins, Tiff definitely can’t cash in on her. And while Nia VS Mia was very good, Nia naturally wins to build her momentum. Tiff being tempted was also a good detail, and she might still be tempted along the way to SummerSlam, but I think my scenario of Tiff waiting until Bayley’s somehow survived Nia is the more likely choice. For that matter, there’s even a chance Nia screws Tiff out of her cash-in because Nia is just that selfish. That’d be some good Heel Heat on Nia since there are clearly big time Tiffy fans out there.

Great ongoing bit from Chelsea & Piper tonight, them waiting for Aldis. I wonder if that’s a nod to Chelsea having to wait forever on Vince to hear her out. Naomi VS Blair was a good match but it took a minute to get going. Naomi got a good win, and Blair pulls off a fairly good swerve, because yeah duh she’s a sore loser. I also liked that Easter egg bit of her and Isla Dawn talking. I really do think we’ll be getting Alba, Isla & Blair as a trio now that we’re seeing quite a few of those form up. DMG CTRL, the trio of Zoey, Shayna & Sonya, the #Big3 of Jade, Bianca & Naomi, WWE might be working on factions as a way to maximize the number of women getting screentime together.

Very good tag match of Garza & Carrillo VS Crews & Corbin, and I figured Santos & Lopez would be why Legado won. Now, Andrade is going to be feuding with Melo for a minute, and that’s going to be a great match, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrade circles back to Legado at some point. Naturally, LA Knight and Logan Paul are having their match at SummerSlam, good promo from Knight tonight and we’ll certainly be seeing Logan Paul next week to respond. I would think Logan would have no problem taking this match since he’ll want payback for the MITB qualifier, and is probably cocky enough to think this will be easy.

Great tag title rematch from DIY and A-Town Down Under, though I’m surprised it was so soon. And a little surprised that DIY won again. I almost thought they were gonna hot potato the belts and then the tiebreaker is at SummerSlam. I suppose they can still have DIY VS ATDU round 3 at SummerSlam, but at the same time, HHH loves cards with less matches for more quality. Maybe round 3 is for the SmackDown before SummerSlam like we just got to lead into MITB. And then Fatu wrecking those top teams was wild. As if this new Bloodline wasn’t already brutal, this right here could get Tama & Loa right into the tag title scene.

And of course we’re getting Cody VS Solo for the top title. Orton getting taken out like Heyman was rather wild, too, but maybe he makes a “miraculous” return where he and Kevin help Cody fight off Solo. And maybe, just maybe, Roman Reigns does return to make sure Solo does not win the title, and then getting us started on Solo’s Bloodline VS Roman’s Bloodline to go into the Fall stretch.

My Score: 8.8/10


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