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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/30/24)

Vengeance Day awaits!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will Vengeance come early this year?

Vengeance Day is this Sunday, February 4th, but NXT Champion, Ilja Dragunov, and Iron Survivor, Trick Williams, need to put certain things to rest first!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Semifinals: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS The LWO; Melo & Trick win and advance to the finals.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Tatum Paxley; Roxie wins.
  • Lola Vice VS Elektra Lopez; Lola wins.
  • Ridge Holland VS Lexis King; King wins.
  • Fallon Henley w/ Wren Sinclair VS Arianna Grace; Grace wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship Match: Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Dar wins and retains the cup.

PLAY BY PLAY

2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Semifinals: Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams VS The LWO!

Trick Melo Gang has held it together this close to Vengeance Day, and there’s big stakes for them both here tonight. Will the best friends make it to the finals so Trick can have it all? Or will Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde refuse to stop their own roll towards gold?

The teams sort out and Wilde starts against Melo, but the fans chant “Whoop Dat Trick!” Melo headlocks Wilde but Wilde pries at the hold. Melo holds on, but Wilde powers up. Wilde waistlocks, Melo bucks the O’Conner, then things speed up. Wilde hits a headlock takeover on the run! Melo moves around, fights up, but Wilde wrenches. Melo goes to a waistlock but Wilde switches. Melo arm-drags free, then arm-drags again! Then he DROPKICKS Wilde down! Melo headlocks, Wilde powers up and out, but Melo avoids the dropkick to then roll Wilde and BULLDOG! Melo wrenches Wilde and tags in Trick.

Trick Melo Gang double whips and Trick DROPKICKS Wilde! Fans rally behind Trick again as he stands Wilde up. Wilde JAWBREAKERS free! Tag to Cruz, LWO double whips to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then they HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cruz adds a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Trick stays in this but Cruz stays on Trick with a facelock. Cruz puts Trick on ropes to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” while Cruz whips, but Trick blocks. Cruz kicks low, whips again but Trick reverses. Cruz ducks ‘n ‘dodges and leaps, but Trick catches him for a spinning SLAM! Then a scoop and SLAM! Then another scoop, but Cruz fights fere to dropkick the legs out!

Trick hobbles, Cruz brings him around with a facelock, and Cruz CLUBS away. Trick shoves Cruz, pops him up and UPEPRCUTS him down! Hot tag to Melo and he runs up to CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Melo MACHINE GUN CHOPS in a corner! The fans fire up, Melo stomps away then lets off as the ref counts. Melo whips, Cruz reverses and runs in, but Melo ELBOWS him away! Melo goes up but Cruz handsprings to GAMANGIRI! Melo falls, Wilde tags in! Wilde goes up and up and SUPER CANNONBALLS! The fans fire up, Trick runs in but Wilde dodges and Cruz FLIES! Cruz takes down Trick and the fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

The LWO gets Melo up and in, but then Melo ROCKS Wilde! Wilde BOOTS back, storms in and bumps Melo off buckles. Wilde brings Melo around but Melo blocks a bump to give a bump. Melo fires hands, backs Wilde down, then whisp him to the corner. Wilde BOOTS back, Melo staggers, and Wilde ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Wilde is annoyed but he drags Melo up. Wilde snapmares to KNEE Melo in the back, then he chinlocks and has the armlock. Melo endures, fans rally up, and Melo fights to his feet. Melo reaches out but Wilde wrangles him down! Melo fights back up, throws body shots, but Wilde CLUBS him down.

Wilde RAMS Melo into the corner, tags Cruz, and Cruz stomps away. The ref counts, Cruz lets off, and then he drags Melo up. Cruz puts Melo in a corner to CHOP! Melo pie faces Cruz, so Cruz BOOTS Melo, then CHOPS and JABS on repeat! The ref counts, Cruz lets off, and he stomps Melo down. Cruz taunts Trick by holding out Melo’s hand, then he drags Melo away. Melo ROCKS Cruz with forearm after forearm! Melo runs, but into a DROPKICK! Cruz pushes Melo to a cover, TWO! Cruz is annoyed but he clamps onto Melo with a cobra clutch. Melo endures while Cruz leans on him, but the fans rally up.

Melo kicks around, reaches out, fights up, but NXT returns to single picture as Cruz keeps him down. Melo fights up, fights around, and he throws hands! Cruz lets go but then gets the wrist! Melo throws more hands, reaches for Trick, repeat! But Cruz knees low! Cruz reels Melo in to back suplex but Melo lands on his feet! DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” as Melo and Cruz crawl. Hot tags to Wilde and Trick! The fans fire up as Trick LEG LARIATS! And LEG LARIATS! And then he spins Wilde to body shot and UPPERCUT! Trick runs, Wilde ducks but the LEPAING LARIAT hits Cruz!

Trick scoops Wilde to SLAM him! Fans fire up as Trick lets the hair down. Trick stomps Wilde, then cartwheels to deadlift. Cruz runs in, but into a clinch! DOUBLE BOOKEND! Cover, TWO!! Trick stays cool, shoves Wilde to the corner, then runs up, but Wilde dodges! Melo tags, Trick BOOTS Wilde down! Trick then gives Melo the boost for the FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Melo drags Wilde to a drop zone, goes up, but Wilde gets up to TRIP Melo! Melo is stuck in a Tree of Woe, Cruz tags in! Cruz runs to GAMANGIRI Trick down, then he SUPERKICKS Melo down! Cruz hurries to the corner, Wilde is up on the other! DOUBLE COAST2COAST!!!

The fans are thunderous and Cruz drags Melo to a cover, TRICK BREAKS IT!! The fans are thunderous again and cheer on “NXT! NXT!” for giving us this as the opener! The LWO gets Melo up but Melo turns things around! But Cruz hits Melo with a NECKBREAKER that CATAPULTS Wilde into Trick for a LARIAT! All four men are down again, Trick and Wilde fall out. Melo and Cruz rise, Melo throws a forearm! Cruz fires one back! The fans rally and duel as they go back and forth, and then just SLAP and SLAP! They fire haymakers, btu Cruz gets the edge with elbows! Melo ROUNDHOUSES!

Melo whips corner to corner, Cruz goes out and then ROCKS Melo! Cruz goes up, MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag to Wilde and Cruz goes up! Fans fire up for Cruz’s PHOENIX- NO, Melo moves! Cruz stumbles up, into the FIRST 48! But Wilde is up top! Melo goes after him first! They brawl up there, and Wilde GOURD BUSTERS Melo! Wilde adjusts, to springboard, into the FIRST 48!! Tag to Trick and Melo DIVES onto Cruz! TRICK KNEE!! Cover, Trick Melo Gang wins!!

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

Vengeance Day, thy name is Trick Willy! Trick is gonna go for history as he and Melo go after the Dusty Cup while Trick also goes for THE NXT Championship! But then OBA FEMI attacks the LWO!? And so here comes Dragon Lee! Dragon dodges Oba to ENZIGIRI! Dragon fires off hands, Cruz & Wilde help out, that’s 3v1! But Oba EXPLODES free! He BOOTS Cruz, then TOSSES Wilde into Cruz! But Dragon is up top, and he leaps, into a LARIAT!! Fans are thunderous as Oba imposes his will! Will the Boy Wonder fail to take back the North American Championship against such a mighty Ruler?

 

Ridge Holland meets with Ava Raine.

Northern Grit meets with the new NXT General Manager, and she understands how he wants all three members of Gallus, but she has to protect him from himself. Just trust her. But he can assure Ava that- Hold on, Lexis King walks in and he congratulates the new GM with a gift basket. It has all the essentials, including the newest, hottest T-shirt on WWE Shop: his shirt. Ridge still wants Gallus but King says he gets it. Ridge is big, bad and has beef, but now is not the time. But King has a big meeting with the GM to talk about all the plans for Lexis King in 2024. They are? Ava doesn’t know what King is talking about.

But she was thinking, she has the perfect start for him in 2024. King VS Ridge, tonight! Now, she has to get to a real meeting, so Merry Christmas, Ridge, here’s a gift basket. Ridge says “Regift,” and he gives King his basket back. See you out there. Now get out. Will Ridge redeem himself while warm up for Gallus by bringing down the Drama King?

 

Tatum Paxley sighs.

She admires Lyra Valkyria’s picture while saying that she will always be there for her. And she knows Lyra will be there for her, too. Tatum texts Lyra but then Lyra walks in. Tatum is so excited, but Lyra tells her to stop. She got all the texts already. But why did Tatum attack Roxanne last week? Because it’s what Lyra wanted. No, that’s not at all what she said! But Lyra said Roxie was taking up all her time and focus, remember? Yeah, but that did not mean “Put her through a table!” Lyra can fight her own battles, okay? She is literally a champion. Yeah but what if Tatum wants to fight them for her?

That’s impossible! And a really weird thing to say! Yeah but doing the impossible is fun! And when Tatum takes care of Roxie tonight, Lyra won’t even have an opponent for Sunday and she will remain NXT Women’s Champion! No, stop, Tatum! Lyra can’t believe what she’s gotten into. But will The Prodigy not be taken out of the picture so easily?

Roxanne Perez VS Tatum Paxley!

NXT goes picture in picture while Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and Roxie hits a THESZ PRESS! Roxie fires off, drags Tatum up and bumps her off buckles. Roxie drags Tatum around, bumps her off more buckles, then stomps a mudhole in. The ref counts, Roxie lets off, then she storms back up. But Tatum RAMS into her! Tatum bumps Roxie off buckles, then tries again, but Roxie blocks to DECK Tatum! Roxie drags Tatum up, wrenches and whips, then runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT! Roxie wrenches Tatum and reels her in, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Roxie drags Tatum up and SMACKS her off the mat!

Roxie drags Tatum up to CLUB her down, then drags her up again. Roxie cravats for a neck wrench but Tatum endures. Tatum fights around, throws body shots, but Tatum knees her down. Roxie cranks the neck wrench, grinds Tatum into the mat, and it’s a cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Roxie keeps on the neck wrench and NXT returns to single picture. Tatum fights up while fans rally, and Lyra is on commentary and notes she does not understand Tatum’s obsession with her. Tatum rolls free, but Roxie fires forearms! Tatum ROCKS Roxie in return! Roxie ROCKS Tatum again and again and again!

Fans fire up and Roxie whips. Tatum reverses then DECKS Roxie! Tatum DROPKICKS Roxie, then kicks low, high, and ENZIGIRIS! Roxie goes to a corner, Tatum runs in and she CROSSBODIES! Then she underhooks, puts Roxie on ropes, and hits a DRAPING BUTTERFLY PLEX! Cover, TWO! Roxie hurries out of the ring and Tatum shouts out Lyra. Tatum runs to hit the WRECKING BALL DROPKICK! Tatum says she did good, right? Lyra still doesn’t understand. Tatum puts Roxie in the ring, but Roxie DIVES out onto Tatum! Fans fire up and Roxie drags Tatum up and into the ring.

Roxie goes up a corner, but Tatum hits ropes to trip her up! Tatum then fireman’s carries and tells Lyra to watch. Tatum swings but Roxie arm-drags free! Roxie SOBATS, hops on, POP ROX! Cover, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Tatum tried to impress Lyra while fighting her battles for her, but it all backfired. Will Lyra take care of this herself this Sunday? Wait, Tatum runs up again! Roxie trips Tatum and fires off hands! Lyra gets in to make the save? Roxie goes to swing but the two stare down instead. Will Roxie take that title back while also ruining Tatum’s fantasy?

 

Arianna Grace talks with Wren Sinclair.

Arianna says names are everything. So Wren, is that British? Maybe. Well, Wren Sinclair, you surely want to fit in, right? More than you can imagine! Then she’s come to the right woman. Arianna is an inspirational leader around here. Oh, hey, there. “Oh hey there~!” You sound like a ranch girl. Have more confidence, sound elegant. “Well hello there.” And maybe get some fragrances, because you smell like a barn. Fallon Henley says the only thing that smells is that manure coming out of Arianna’s mouth. And stop filling Wren’s head with delusions of grandeur.

Arianna says Fallon is disrespectful and presumptuous. But Arianna will show self restraint. Save it. Show Wren how much of a leader you are by getting in the ring. Fallon will even go talk with Ava. The Cowgirl and the new girl head out, will the Pageant Queen learn a lesson in humility?

 

Lola Vice VS Elektra Lopez!

The Mayor of Vice City said La Madrina was just using her to be relevant again, but then Lopez fired back by calling out how fake Lola has been this entire time. Will Lola get real with Lopez by getting real violent? Or will Lopez take the Women’s Breakout Star down a notch?

The bell rings and the two run in, and Lopez TACKLES Lola! Lopez fires hands, but Lola turn sit around to fire back! They both get up, and Lola TACKLES Lopez out of the ring! Both women stagger up, Lola dodges a shot to ROUNDHOUSE! Lola headlocks but Lopez POSTS her! Lopez ROCKS Lola, puts her in the ring, and then runs up. Lola ROCKS Lopez, Lopez KNEES Lola! Lola goes to a corner, Lopez runs in but Lola dodges! Lola fires off those fast ‘n’ furious kicks! Lola says she’s the REAL Madrina, then runs in to HIP ATTACK! Lola drags Lopez to a cover, TWO! Lola is frustrated, and she AX KICKS Lopez down.

Lola clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Lopez around, but Lopez fights up. Lopez throws elbows but Lola kicks. Lopez ducks one to roll Lola up, TWO! Lola runs up but into a CHOP! Lopez runs in but into a KNEE! Lola then gets Lopez for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Lopez POWERBOMBS Lola down! The fans fire up while both women are down! Lopez and Lola both rise up, and Lopez ROCKS Lola! Lola ROCKS Lopez! Lopez ROCKS Lola again, so Lola ROCKS Lopez again! And SOBATS! And winds up, but Lopez dodges the boot to DOUBLE CHOP! And DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire upas Lopez throat chops!

Lopez roars, runs in, and ELBOWS! Then short arm LARIATS! Lopez drags Lola up again, short arm LARIAT! Then a scoop for a SWINGING SLAM! Cover, TWO! Lopez drags Lola around, talks trash on her, but then Lola hops on for a GUILLOTINE! Lopez rolls but Lola has the top mount for forearms! Lopez gets free, but Lola dodges to then HEEL KICK! Cover, Lola wins!

Winner: Lola Vice, by pinfall

Lola just said buenos noches to La Madrina, is she going to be the one and only Latina Heat of NXT?

 

Dijak sits in his room.

He watches back what happened between him and Joe Gacy, and then Gacy walks in. “So this is where you come to think.” Yeah, thinking about kicking Gacy’s ass again. Can Gacy sit? No, he may not. Okay, thanks. Gacy takes a seat, and Dijak brings out his nightstick. Ooh, that’s cool. Gacy knows Dijak is a man of justice. Dijak asks, “What do you want, you unhinged piece of trash?” Dijak thought Gacy would still be picking the splinters out of his ass. Gacy says he doesn’t want anything, really. And he did get all those splinters out, thanks for asking. He is just here to say that no matter what Dijak does, he can’t get rid of Gacy.

You can put him through a wall, or anything else you can think of, and he’ll just keep crawling back. And if Dijak didn’t get that the first time, Gacy already has a recording on Dijak’s tape! Nice office, by the way. Dijak is furious, and he punches Gacy! But then Gacy gets up and TACKLES him into the wall! They brawl into the shadows, what will it take for these two to settle the score?

 

Ridge Holland VS Lexis King!

Ava made Northern Grit and the Drama King for tonight, so it is time to see whose 2024 is going to get off on the right foot! Will Ridge be ready for his grudge match with Gallus? Or will King make this his year one way or another?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Ridge pushes King away. Fans rally up as King and Ridge reset. They feel things out, King gets around and he pushes Ridge back. The fans rally up, Ridge and King tie up again, and Ridge clamps onto King’s shoulder, then his head, to CLUB King in the nose! King comes back but Ridge wrangles him wright down! Cover, ONE, but Ridge wrenches to short arm LARIAT as NXT goes picture in picture.

King sputters, Ridge drags him up and wrenches again. Ridge has the wristlock but King fights up to roll, cartwheel, and break free. King SLAPS Ridge! King then baits Ridge to the outside, frolics around the outside then slides into the ring,. King hurdles Ridge, headlocks, but Ridge powers up and out to run King over! Then Ridge SLAPS King right down! King goes to the apron and steadies himself, but Ridge storms up. Ridge drags King by the hair and POSTS him! King flounders but Ridge goes out to drag King up. Ridge UPPERCUTS King, ROCKS him and DECKS him! Ridge puts King back in the ring then storms up.

Ridge whips King to ropes, then hits a BIG back drop! Ridge fires up and eggs King on. King staggers, into a FACELOCK SWING! Ridge then suplexes King, holds him up, and waits until TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! King is still in this but Ridge keeps his cool. Ridge storms over but King BOOTS from below! King RAMS Ridge into a corner, then runs in to clothesline! And CHOP! And CHOP! Ridge ROCKS and CHOPS in return, and on repeat! King KICKS a leg, whips Ridge to a corner, but Ridge reverses. King rebounds, into an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! King hangs tough but Ridge clamps on.

Ridge drags King up with an arm wrench then a CHOP! King throws a haymaker, Ridge CHOPS him again! Ridge and King throw hands, then Ridge wrenches to CHOP! King wobbles, Ridge eggs him on, and King claws at the eyes! The ref reprimands but King bumps Ridge off buckles and CHOPS! King whips but Ridge reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! NXT returns to single picture and Ridge hauls King up. Ridge wrenches, clamps onto the arm, and the fans rally. Ridge has King on ropes, King holds on, and the ref counts. Ridge lets off, then King HEADBUTTS! King runs up, into a fireman’s carry!

King fights free, then he CHOP BLOCKS! Fans boo but Ridge stays up. King runs up, ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! Fans fire up and Ridge bails out. Ridge pursues him but King LARIATS back! Fans boo but King snarls as he puts Ridge in the ring. King AX HANDLES Ridge down, then AX HANDLES again! King stomps Ridge around, brings him up, and he RAMS Ridge into buckles! King uses ropes to get leverage as he digs boots in! The ref counts, King lets off at 4, and he tells the ref not to talk to him like that. King runs up, but Ridge kicks low! Ridge ROCKS King, then UPPERCUTS! King kicks back!

King whips, runs in and SPLASHES in the corner! Then CHOPS! Then snapmares, and KICKS Ridge in the back! Cover, TWO! King clamps right on with a chinlock! The fans rally as Ridge endures and Ridge pries at the hold. King grinds and thrashes the hold but Ridge fights up. Ridge throws body shots, but King kicks a leg out! King turns Ridge for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ridge is tougher than that but King lines up a shot. King KNEES Ridge in the side, and then again! King sits Ridge up to talk some trash, then he runs, BLINDSIDER LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ridge is still in this and King grows frustrated.

Fans boo as King paces around. King sits Ridge up to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! He KICKS and KICKS Ridge more, but Ridge stands! Ridge takes more KICKS, then blocks one! Ridge gets under to T-BONE SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Ridge, he hits an EXPLODER! King staggers up, Ridge runs in and SPLASHES in the corner! Whip corner to corner, but King BOOTS back! King runs up, into a scoop! SWINGING SIDE SLAM! Ridge fires up, the fans are with him and Ridge gets King up. Ridge reels King in, but King slips under to mule kick the leg! King hurries to reel Ridge in, “LONG LIVE THE KING!”

But Ridge wrenches out to HEADBUTT! And then a fireman’s carry! SNAKE EYES into some KNEES! Ridge fires off again and again, then turns Ridge around, to BLINDSIDE LARIAT in return! But Joe Coffey is here! Ridge DECKS the Iron King then goes out, but Wolfgang & Mark Coffey are here! Ridge DECKS Wolfie, BLASTS Markus, then throws Joe in the ring! Ridge ROCKS Joe, TOSSES him out, but King SUPERKICKS Ridge in the ropes!! DRAPING CORONATION!! Cover, King wins!!

Winner: Lexis King, by pinfall

The Iron King and his team just helped The Drama King survive Northern Grit! And now Gallus beats down Ridge! Fans boo because now they get chairs! They set the chairs up to put Ridge’s foot in one! Joe aims, and he CON-CHAIR-TOS Ridge’s foot!!! The fans boo, but have Gallus just made sure Ridge will never have redemption?

 

Andre Chase sits in the back.

Dressed all in black, Professor Chase says, “I can’t believe this is it. Tonight, I say goodbye to Chase University forever. Forever…” Riley Osborne & Duke Hudson walk over, also wearing black, comfort him. Just one more time, okay? They head to gorilla, is this going to be the funeral of Chase U?

 

Trick Melo Gang regroups backstage.

They handled business, it’s what they do. Two down, one to go! Dusty Cup is right there. Trick then says he was surprised to see Melo in the Royal Rumble this weekend. Melo was surprised to see Trick on SmackDown. Fair. But Trick was looking out, he didn’t trust Theory & Waller to do the right thing. Melo says speaking of trust, Ilja Dragunov is still playing mind-games. C’mon, he can’t be the only one seeing it. He watched Dragunov hug Corbin, and after, Corbin was tweaking. Just saying. Trick appreciates Melo for looking out. But hey, Vengeance Day is about to be cinema! Yeah, Bron & Corbin are bad, but Trick Melo Gang are first and goal right now.

All they need is to hit the game winner, and that’s Trick beating Dragunov to be NXT Champion. But Trick can’t do that if he lets Dragunov get in his head. Trick says he knows who Dragunov is. And like Melo said last week, Trick and Dragunov have been dancing around each other since October. Tonight, they handle it, face to face. Melo tells Trick that at some point tonight, Trick will realize that everything Melo’s been saying is true, and the mind games are real. And that Melo has had Trick’s back this whole time. Trick says aight, bet. Time to go take care of more business. Trick heads out, will he come to see things Melo’s way?

 

Chase U is in the ring.

Or at least, the former Chase U. Chase, Duke and Riley stand together, and Chase has a mic. “It seems like only yesterday that I was introducing Andre Chase University to the world. And I know I can get a little emotional, a little hot headed. I’ve been known to throw a desk or two. But it’s just passion. Because I knew the impact that Chase U would make, and the imprint that it would leave on the NXT Universe.” Fans applaud that. Chase says it was an institution of higher learning that became a home. It became one of NXT’s biggest success stories! And Chase truly believes that the memories they made together will stand the test of time!

And while he has no one else to blame for the university closing other than himself, Chase wants us all to know how grateful he is that we helped him live his dream. And more importantly, that he got to share that with each and everyone one of us. The fans cheer that. Duke then says that Mr. Chase has been such a positive influence on his life and others. When Duke joined Chase U, he was a very different man, he will admit that. But he saw what Chase U could do for him, and to be honest, when Mr. Chase gave him the title of MVP, that was the greatest day of his life. The fans chant for “MVP! MVP!”

Duke wants us to understand that Chase U is so special, to Mr. Chase, to Duke, to everyone that has ever been part of it. Duke feels it is important that everyone around the world remembers Chase U the way they experienced it. That is why Duke threatened– er, got help from some students, and they made a tribute video for Chase U, so we could all remember what was. So sit back, relax, and enjoy. The video plays and it starts with the final moment last week, when Chase turned off the lights for the last time.

We then return to day one of Chase U, “a place of higher learning.” The students, the classes, and all the #TeachableMoments over the years. And yes, even the hardships. Oh, and Chase’s emotional outbursts. And don’t forget that one time Chase U visited the UK. “Gimme a C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell? CHASE U~!” Wow all that in just three years… But back to present, Chase is emotional. “This whole situation has been a teachable moment. Duke, Riley, I look forward to whatever live brings us next. But ladies and gentlemen, for now… this is goodbye.” But wait, Jacy Jayne makes her way out here?

Jacy, and Thea, are here and Jacy tells Professor Chase, “If you want something said, ask a man. But if you want something done, ask a woman.” Chase says this isn’t the time, they’re saying their goodbyes. Thea countesr with, “Are you?” Jacy admits, she didn’t think she’d fit in. And sure, maybe, just maybe, she came in a little bit toxic. But for the first time in her life, she found herself looking for friends. And then she saw the bonds Chase U had with each other, and Chase brought light back into Duke’s life. And the way he’s protective of Thea is truly inspiring. So then Jacy thought to herself, “Huh. Maybe even I, Jacy Jayne, can actually change.”

So then when Jacy saw the university was in trouble, she just knew she had to stand up and do something about it. Because say what you want about Jacy, but one thing is for sure, she is fiercely loyal to the things and people that matter the most to her. So she had to look not outside but inside to come up with a solution. And she thinks she did just that. Mr. Chase, they won’t be saying goodbye to Chase U tonight. The fans fire up as Jacy introduces the 2024 Ladies of Chase U CALENDAR! WHAT?! 12 very saucy pictures are on screen as the ladies strut their way out! Chase seems the be the only one unsure about this.

Jacy says the projected sales for this 2024 calendar will not only save Chase U from debt, but it will get Chase U to the Promised Land! Wait, what? They will make money because come Sunday, the calendar will officially go on sale! Wait, what does this mean? Jacy says this calendar will not only get them to the next level, but it will get Chase U into the next DECADE! Chase is all fired up now! Chase hugs Jacy, she is everyone’s hero! Jacy is now officially in Chase U! The student section rejoices, is this a new chapter for everyone?

 

The D’Angelo Family speaks.

The Don says there are two things they take seriously: Business and family. “Those who want respect take respect.” Stacks says it is time to truly take over. And Adriana Rizzo says all her life, she’s heard, “Adriana, that little girl with a big mouth.” And y’know what? They’re right! But ain’t nobody been able to shut her up yet! On the playground, Rizzo had a reputation: throw hands first, talk it out later. Rizzo didn’t just grow up around Tony & Stacks, she grew up with them. She’s ruthless, wise and battle tested.

When your 8th grade crush breaks your heart and you want some payback, who do you call? Rizzo. When you get in a situation where you gotta get your hands dirty, who do you call? Rizzo! Sometimes, all you need is a lady’s touch. Or sometimes, you just need a lady who’s gonna crack someone in the mouth. OTM is getting in way over their heads here. They may have muscles, athleticism, speed and a killer instinct, but so do the D’Angelos. At Vengeance Day, OTM finds out why the streets still belong to The Don! The family is ready, will they make sure Lucien Price, Bronco Nima & Jaida Parker never step up again?

 

Brooks Jensen finds Fallon Henley backstage.

He asks if she’s got a minute to talk, but she says she’s getting ready for a match. Things sure do move fast around here, huh? She’s crushing it, Briggs is, too. But hey, remember when they went to London and the boys won those NXT UK Tag Team Championships? Good times in the pub, laughed their asses off. It was a blast. Fallon agrees there. Jensen says they should get together- Oh, Wren walks in and Fallon has to get going. Chat later? Yeah, sure. Wren asks if she and Fallon are gonna hang out tonight. Fallon says yeah, and says she’ll see Jensen later. Jensen is feeling lonely and lost, what will it take for him to find his own way?

 

Chase U regroups backstage.

This is the greatest day of their lives! But then Jacy double checks with Jasmine: make sure Teddy has TEN CASES of the calendar headed to the F&M Bank Arena for Vengeance Day! VENGEANCE DAY~! Chase says Jacy might get sick of him saying this, but thank you thank you thank you! She not only saved the university, but Chase’s life. His LIFE! But then Lexis King walks over and has to rain on the parade. Now, how about a signed copy for the King? Ew, you’re gross, dude. Riley steps up and tells King to back off. Oh, Mr. Osborne, why must you always be in King’s way? Well, Riley feels he’s right where he needs to be: between Jacy & Thea.

King says that is why no one likes Riley. King heads out, and Thea says he is so wrong! Everyone likes Riley! Thea likes Riley! Oh, well, kinda. But then OH SNAP, Dijak and Gacy are still brawling! Chase U gets outta there while security and refs do their best to stop Dijak and Gacy, but the cameraman gets swallowed up by the chaos! Seriously, what is it gonna take to stop them!?

 

Fallon Henley w/ Wren Sinclair VS Arianna Grace!

The Cowgirl wants to prove she is #TopShelf, and she is going to keep on fighting to build her brand. Will she stampede all over the Pageant Queen to be next in line for the NXT Women’s Championship? Or will she learn to lose with Grace?

The bell rings and Fallon has the fans on her side. Grace says kiss the ring! Fallon says nope, she wrenches and wristlocks that hand instead! Fallon keeps Grace from ropes, but Grace rolls, rolls and rolls! Grace gets free and cheers herself on. Grace blows kisses to the fans, but Fallon grabs the arm to YANK it! And YANK it! And wrench it to grind Grace into the mat. Grace fights up, but Fallon cranks the arm. Grace fights up again, pulls hair, and the ref reprimands. Grace body shots then ROCKS Fallon! Grace whips, Fallon reverses and back elbows! Fallon snapmares but Grace wants her to wait!

Grace plays a “WHAT’S THAT!?” but Fallon still dodges her cheap shot! Fallon arm-drags Grace around, then wrenches. Grace ROCKS Fallon, scoops her, but Fallon slips free to shove and follow. Fallon runs Grace over, keeps moving, and Grace swings. Fallon ducks ‘n’ dodges then trips Grace. Fallon CALF KICKS Grace down! Grace goes to ropes, Fallon runs and slides, but Grace puts up her guard! Fallon waits, Grace drops her guard, then Fallon ROCKS her! Fans cheer and Wren gives thumbs up while NXT goes picture in picture.

Fallon storms back in while Grace cowers to a corner. Fallon runs up but Grace ELBOWS her away! Grace bumps Fallon off buckles, bumps her off more buckles, then bumps her off another buckle. Grace cheers herself on, then brings Fallon to the fourth corner. Fallon blocks the buckle bump to body shot, and then she bumps Grace off the buckle! Then the middle buckle! Then the bottom buckle! Grace staggers around, Fallon rolls her up, TWO! Fallon keeps cool, whips Grace but Grace reverses. Fallon goes up and over, rolls and body scissor cradles, TWO! Grace is up but Fallon wrenches her arm again.

Grace powers Fallon to ropes, arm-drags her, but Fallon holds on to drag Grace into a hammerlock. Grace fights up, she backs Fallon down to ropes, then steps through to wrap Fallon’s arm in the ropes! Grace RAMS Fallon into buckles, then throws her by her hair! Grace drags Fallon up to wrench and back suplex! Grace thanks the fans, then snarls as she storms back up on Fallon. Grace ROCKS Fallon, stalks her to ropes, then pushes her to CLUB her on the back! Fallon drops to her knees, but she throws body shots and forearms! Grace DECKS Fallon in return! Grace drags Fallon up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to ELBOW!

Grace reels Fallon in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Grace is annoyed but she looms over Fallon. Grace drags Fallon up, whips her to a corner, then storms up to stomp away. The ref counts, Grace lets off at 4 and “apologizes.” Grace then drags Fallon up, stomps her some more, then pushes her into the ropes. Grace digs her knee in but the ref counts. Grace snapmares Fallon down, digs her knee in and pulls on a chinlock. NXT returns to single picture while fans rally up. Fallon endures, fights up, and throws body shots! Fallon ROCKS Grace but Grace ROCKS Fallon! Fallon ROCKS Grace again, whips, but Grace holds ropes.

Fallon dodges the boot, rolls Grace up again, TWO! Grace stands, Fallon whips, but Grace reverses. Grace runs in but into an ELBOW! Fallon runs up, fireman’s carries, but Grace fishhooks Fallon! Grace CLUBS Fallon, then throws her down by her hair! Fans boo but Grace digs her knee into the chinlock again. The fans rally up, Fallon fights up, but Grace smacks her off the mat! Grace smothers Fallon into the mat, then lets off as the ref counts. Grace returns to the chinlock stretch but the fans rally up. Fallon endures, fights up, but Grace throws her down again! And again! Fans rally with “YEEHAW! YEEHAW!” and Fallon rises up!

Grace clinches, Fallon breaks fere! Fallon blocks a kick to SOBAT back! And HAYMAKER! Grace staggers, into a LARIAT! Fallon SHOULDER TACKLES, then she fires up! Fallon runs in to ELBOW at the corner! Fallon keeps moving, RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Grace bails out, hurries for the ramp, but Fallon slides out to DECK her! Fallon puts Grace in, but WAIT! Is that Jakara Jackson!? The ref stops her from getting in the ring, but Lash BOOTS Fallon down! Lash puts Fallon in for Grace to cover, Grace wins!!

Winner: Arianna Grace, by pinfall

Even Grace is surprised she won, but she has the Meta Four’s grudge against Fallon to thank for it! Is Grace’s ego only going to be even worse now? Are Lash & Jakara just asking for trouble?

 

OTM speaks.

Jaida says her whole life, people have been trying to put her in a box, knowing damn well she won’t fit in it. What is wrong with them? Lucien says that when you look different, walk different, hit different, people will realize they don’t like “different.” Nima says that’s what OTM is about, though. Best believe that they’re gonna run through the whole of NXT, causing nothing but straight disruption. And for those dummies, Tony, Stacks & Rizzo, they gonna find out real quick why Out The Mud is just more than a phrase, a nickname, an acronym. It’s a way of life! Scrypts says talk to ’em!

Jaida won’t stop because someone else is intimidated by her potential, that is not her problem. And she’ll wipe the floor with the Women’s Division! If they got a problem with it, then that’s on them. She ain’t changing for nobody else. She came from nothing, and so did they. Preach! Scrypts says NXT is gonna find out real quickly that you don’t play games with OTM. They played the game for awhile, but now they’re done. Time for everyone else to play by OTM’s rules. The streets ain’t for everybody, and at Vengeance Day, The D’Angelos learn they should’ve stayed on the sidewalk. OTM is ready, will they be the ones that run this?

 

Wait, Dijak and Gacy are still brawling?!

And not just that! They’re on top of a production truck! Dijak CLUBS away on Gacy while refs tell them to stop and get down! Dijak has Gacy look down at the dumpster below, and says that’s where trash belongs! Gacy says no, it’s too high! Gacy CLAWS Dijak’s face! Gacy throws hands as he gets back up, but Dijak kicks low! Dijak TOSSES Gacy into the dumpster!!! The refs freak out but Dijak laughs! Has Dijak just exterminated “the roach” once and for all?

 

Bron Breakker is on the phone.

He’s talking with someone about his wild Royal Rumble debut on Saturday. Yeah, it was nuts. Then Baron Corbin comes in and sarcastically says, “Yo~, Mr. Royal Rumble! What do I do? Do I bow down? Do I shake your hand? I dunno.” But Corbin does know that he was impressed by Bron. He was like SPEAR Finn, then see ya! SPEAR Jey Uso, then see ya! SPEAR Omos, buh-bye! But seriously, how about a phone call? That pop was crazy but Corbin had to watch it on Peacock? He thought the Wolf Dogs were better than this! That they were finally on the same page. Wait, whoa, what’d Corbin just say?

Spear, Finn, sese ya later? No, after that. Veins popping? No, what did he just call the team? Bron heard him say Wolf Dogs. Last week, Corbin hated that like it was the worst idea in the world. Well, it got stuck in his head like a bad song, okay? But stop worrying about the past, about the Wolf Dogs- That’s the second time. It’s a thing now. No it’s not. Just focus on the now! The Dusty Cup, Trick Melo Gang. They both owe Melo one, and Trick is riding high. Until Bron spears Trick’s ass like he did Jey Uso on Saturday, on their way to winning the Dusty Cup AND becoming NXT Tag Team Champions.

Corbin says it has been a long time since he’s had some gold, he is with Bron on that. Go Wolf Dogs. Corbin says Bron just ruined it. NOT! Fist bump! Bron knew he’d come around. But will these rabid animals tear into Trick Melo Gang and get their hands on the Dusty Cup?

 

NXT Heritage Cup Championship Match: Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone!

The Scottish Supernova is incredibly confident as ever, so he is merely humoring Vicious Von with this shot at his Cup. Will Dar still be feeling like Supernova 11 after tonight? Or will Von shock the world by tearing down the Dar Dynasty?

The introductions are made, the cup is raised, and we see if it takes two or four to beat Von!

The bell rings on round one and the two circle. Dar and Von feel things out, Dar gives some kicks but Von stays up. Von swings, Dar dodges and headlocks but Von powers out to run Dar over! Dar goes to a corner, Von runs up to keep him cornered, but then Dar slips under. Dar kicks and KICKS, but Von blocks! Von shoves Dar then runs him over! The fans fire up, and Stone’s sons are watching from the crowd to cheer Von on. Von storms up on Dar, facelocks but Dar wrenches out. Dar KICKS the arm, KICKS it again, then wrenches it. Von uses power but Dar kicks a leg again. They go around, Von rolls and rolls to kip up and arm-drag!

Fans fire up as big bad Von shows he can do technical wrestling, too! The fans rally for Von while Dar gets up. Dar storms up to SLAP Von! Von RAMS Dar into a corner! Von RAMS into Dar again, then hoists him up and SPINEBUSTERS! Von rains down fists, then he hauls Dar up in a gut wrench! Dar clamps onto a leg but Von powers through to TOSS Dar away! Dar is dizzy, Lash coaches him up, but Von storms back up. Von stalks Dar while we’re at the final minute of this round, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans rally up while Von stalks Dar again. Von hauls Dar up, fireman’s carries, and he spins to F5 Dar!

Dar groans in pain but Stone tells Von to stay on Dar. We’re under 30 seconds, did Von forget there’s a time limit on this stuff? Von unwraps his wrist tape, and he punches away on Dar! Last ten seconds, Dar guards while Von rains down fists! Time’s up, Von rains down more shots! The ref has Von back off, but Dar is still in some trouble.

Dar: 0; Von: 0

Stone coaches Von during the refresher, and Lash has to drag Dar! Von goes for Dar but Stone stops him! Von takes a swig of water, Dar manages to stand and Oro coaches him up. But the bell rings for round two, and Von runs in to CLOBBER Oro! Von DECKS Dar, LARIATS Oro up and out, and the fans are thunderous! But Dar is there to NOVA ROLLA! Cover, Dar scores!

Dar: 1; Von: 0

Fans boo but Von let the adrenaline distract him. Von makes his way back to his corner for the refresher while NXT goes picture in picture.

Dar is feeling a little better now but Stone makes sure Von’s steady. Both men hydrate, round three begins, Dar runs up, and he fires off in the corner! Von shoves Dar away but Dar comes back with KICK after KICK! Dar CHOP BLOCKS Von! Dar then runs, and he SLIDING KICKS Von! Von tumbles to the apron while Dar flexes. Dar soaks up the heat, taunts the Stone Family, then he SLAMS Von’s leg on the apron! Dar brings Von to the corner, the ref reprimands, but Dar STOMPS Von’s leg! Dar then throws down hands to keep Von down, but lets off as the ref counts. But then Dar comes back to DROPKICK Von’s leg!

Von flounders away and Dar slides in to BLINDSLIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Von toughs it out but Dar keeps his cool. Dar goes up a corner, then leaps, but Von catches him! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives and the Meta Four applauds, but Von drags Dar up again as NXT returns to single picture. Von reels Dar in, suplexes, and we’re at the one minute mark. The fans count along, and Von waits until THIRTEEN before the SLAM! Stone and his sones, Cash ‘n’ Carter, fire up while Von goes out after Dar. Lash & Jakara bark at Von, but then Oro distracts so the ladies can anchor Von!

Fans boo and we’re under 30 seconds, but Von can’t shake loos! So Fallon & Wren attack! They want payback for earlier anyhow, so here it is! Fans fire up as the ladies brawl, and then Von shoves Dar. Dar wants Von’s leg but Von stays up! We’re at 10 seconds, Dar kicks away at Von, CHAMPANGE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Von endures, and time’s up!!

Dar: 1; Von: 0

Dar won’t let go now! The ref reprimands, Dar lets off, and now it’s just Stone and Oro helping the guys to their corners. Dar hydrates, Stone fires Von up. Dar runs in to BOOT Von! Von still DECKS Dar! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives that haymaker but Von drags Dar up. Von choke grips, but Dar ELBOWS! And SUPER PUNCHES! And SUPER PUNCHES! Dar noogies Von, throws elbows, and mocks the surgical scars! Von blocks a shot, and he stands back up. Von scoops Dar to SLAM him down! Fans fire up but Von wobbles as bit. Dar stands, Von runs in, but Dar DUMPS Von out! Dar then goes out, to BOOT Von into steps!

Dar runs up again, and he DROPKICKS Von’s bad leg! Von hobbles while fans boo, but both men get in the ring. Dar aims, runs up, but Von BOOTS Dar!! Von hauls Dar up, fireman’s carries, but Dar fights free! Dar runs up, but into a JUMP KNEE!! Von shakes that bad leg out, Oro talks trash but Von still runs in. Dar dodges, Von POSTS himself! Dar rolls Von, jackknife bridge, and Dar WINS!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall (still NXT Heritage Cup Champion)

A 2-0 sweep in four rounds, but once again, his entire team had a part to play in it. Dar and Oro then go and taunt Cash ‘n’ Carter, and that pisses Von off! Von HEADBUTTS Dar, DECKS Oro, and then clears the desk! The fans fire up and Stone says do it! He even helps clear things out of the way! Von gets Dar up but Oro runs in! Von catches that kick, and he reels Oro in! Von BOOTS Dar, then POWERBOMBS Oro through the desk!! The fans are thunderous for Von, will he get another shot at knocking Dar out?

 

Ava reprimands Dijak.

She can’t believe he did that! What is wrong with him!? Does he WANT to be suspended?! Because she doesn’t really have any other choice! Dijak says she DOES have another option! Dijak, get your finger out of her face, she is the GM. Then give him Gacy at Vengeance Day for No Disqualifications. Seriously? After what he did tonight? How do you think Gacy is in any condition- Knock knock. What?! Gacy sits up and says hold on. No DQ sounds like fun to him. He’s in. Gacy is crazy, but he and Dijak have their match. Dijak almost looks unhappy to be getting what he wants, but will Gacy make sure Dijak gets what he deserves?

 

NXT returns and Trick Williams is in the ring.

The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” but Trick says, “Let’s get straight to business. Vengeance Day being five days away, I got a lot on my mind. Dragunov, come out here.” The NXT Champion obliges and the fans cheer as he joins Trick in the ring. Dragunov tells Trick, “I love this look on your face. I love it! You are ready to fight on Sunday, aren’t you? So trust me, so am I. I am ready to fight for my life against the hottest WWE superstar. We will whoop dat Trick.” Fans cheer and Dragunov offers a handshake. Trick says not so fast, and says not this time. Dragunov, you are even smarter than you look.

And it is fitting that Dragunov sees himself as The Czar. Because if there’s one thing Trick knows about czars, it is that they are willing to do anything, and he does mean anything, to stay on top. Dragunov asks what Trick is getting at, because he feels Trick has got this voice in his head that has given him really, really bad advice. Maybe Trick shouldn’t let Melo color your judgment with wrong information. And maybe, Trick, you should remind yourself that this rivalry is built on respect. Respect? Maybe Dragunov’s right, maybe he does respect Trick. Dragunov respects Trick enough to push their match back to Vengeance Day so Dragunov could have the advantage.

Trick thinks Dragunov has been playing him this whole time! Trick has a good mind to take off his lemon pepper steppers and fight him right now. Dragunov says he did not come out here so Trick could insult him. Do you understand how truly destroyed Dragunov’s body was to where the medical team did not clear him? Does Trick wanna know why? Because in 2023, Dragunov destroyed his whole body for this brand! He pushed this brand to the next level! Pushed his opponents to the next level! And most certainly, pushed Trick to the next level! Dragunov is willing to do it all over again, and yet this is the way Trick talks to him?

Dragunov knows Trick would never face Dragunov at less than 100%. True, Dragunov did push Trick to the next level. But Dragunov also pushed things back so that Trick would end up double-booked. Yes, Trick, of course, that was Dragunov’s “master plan!” Genius stuff, right? Dragunov didn’t force Trick to accept. Dragunov just wanted Trick to have the biggest match on the biggest stage, and Trick took it. Dragunov is so sorry about that. And yes, Draugnov plays mind games. But that was with Baron Corbin, who made this all very personal. But is it Dragunov’s mistake that Trick is the victim of his own success?

Did Trick & Melo not burn a path through the Dusty Rhodes Classic? Didn’t they rightfully earn a place in the finals? Is that somehow Dragunov’s fault? Maybe, just maybe, Trick should be more concerned about Melo. Because this past weekend, at the Royal Rumble, Melo had his moment in the sun, and now he needs Trick for further glory when Trick should really be focused on himself. Whoa, whoa, whoa, don’t worry about Trick’s focus. He is focused on Vengeance Day, don’t worry about that. People will be chanting, “Whoop Dat Trick!” from the moment the curtains open until the fat lady sings, believe dat.

And newsflash, Dragunov: Trick Melo Gang is gonna win the Dusty Classic, and then Trick will go toe to toe with Dragunov to win that NXT Championship. Fans cheer that, and Dragunov says that is a sweet little dream. Trick tells Dragunov that he is focused, and yet Dragunov can see Trick is not. Because Trick doesn’t even know who to trust right now. And, if you asked Dragunov’s honest opinion, their rivalry has made Trick more the man that he is today than Melo ever did. No, no, you leave Melo out of this. Dragunov gladly will! Because this isn’t about Melo! This is about Trick! And if Trick just shows the slightest sign of weakness on Sunday, Dragunov will break him piece by piece, and unfortunately destroy everything that Trick has built.

Trick tells Dragunov that there is no one, including the Mad Dragon, who can destroy what Trick’s built. The fans cheer and Trick says he ain’t the same Trick Willy that was in the ring with Dragunov last time. This Trick ain’t trying to prove himself, this Trick knows what’s his! Trick’s gonna fill the world in on his destiny. Dragunov says he talked about this look on Trick’s face, and he loves it. Because he knows that Trick, as always, will give his everything. So Trick, you will write history. Just not the history Trick wants. Then may the best man win, partner. They shake hands, the fans cheer, and Dragunov hugs Trick like he did Corbin!

Trick is shook, and Dragunov smiles. But then BRON & CORBIN ATTACK!! Fans boo and bark as the Wolf Dogs beat down Trick! But Melo rushes in to go after them! Fans fire up as the Dusty Cup finalists have it out! Bron hits Melo low, scoops him, but Trick makes the save to ROCK Bron! Melo SUPERKICKS Corbin! Then Trick Melo Gang BLAST The Wolf Dogs outta the ring! Refs rush out to stop this, but then Trick looks to Dragunov. Dragunov stands, he and Trick stare down. Melo realizes he might’ve divided Trick’s attention in the wrong direction. Will Trick choose his own aspirations over… HIM?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, and a very packed go-home. Wild stuff with Dijak and Gacy going from promo to brawl, and then from brawl to a “dumpster fall” spot. Gacy still getting up to accept the No Disqualification match was good stuff, too. Gacy has actually done a decent job shifting from The Schism’s leader to this almost like Deadpool of NXT, and that No Disqualification match is going to be some wild stuff. Really good stuff out of Tatum, Lyra and Roxie, great win for Roxie but I didn’t think Lyra would bother with saving Tatum. But at the same time, Lyra is the purer Face right now, she wouldn’t leave someone to get beat up, even though Tatum did bring it upon herself. Still pretty sure Lyra wins and that will be Roxie’s sendoff to SmackDown.

Speaking of sendoffs, Lopez of course lost to Lola Vice to put Lola over while Lopez moves on to SmackDown, given she has rejoined Santos Escobar in the new Legado Del Fantasma. Good promo from Ridge and King to set up a match, and good match that Gallus of course interferes with to make sure Ridge loses. Ridge taking that damage to his leg, maybe they wanna extend this towards Stand & Deliver, so this allows Ridge some time off so that he can make a big return closer to March, and he goes after Gallus to get some kind of big match for WrestleMania Saturday.

Good stuff with Grace, Fallon and Wren that also steered things towards Fallon & Wren VS Jakara & Lash, which also had a part to play during the Heritage Cup match. I did like how they had Von “forget” the rules at first, but I was so hoping he’d get a knockout win. A 2-0 sweep was kinda lame, but hey, Von got to put Dar through a table so that was fun. And with how Dar keeps cheating and surviving, he is just asking to get knocked out, so I would love for Von to get a rematch either closer to or part of Stand & Deliver, where Von wins by knockout. And you can still make it exciting, like Dar has a point and we’re getting near the end of the sixth round, then BAM! Knockout wins it for Von!

Really good stuff out of Chase U. The tribute video was a lot of fun, and I appreciate them revealing Jacy’s plan here. Now, a sexy calendar is not quite where I thought Jacy was going. I thought it was either way more innocent or way more lewd than that, but for all anyone knows, that calendar really will be “too much” for WWE to be selling officially. Wait… Is this NXT parodying Mandy Rose having her lewd photo account and letting her go because of it? I would hope not but I also wouldn’t put it past anyone to have that as a core reason for this angle. But anyway, I did also like that Riley is defending the ladies from King, and that Thea almost confessed her feelings for Riley.

Solid promos from The D’Angelos and OTM to hype up their Mixed Six, and it feels like that match can really go either way. With the Dusty Cup winners getting a tag title match, I feel like The D’Angelos will end up winning so they have momentum going into the next title feud. Speaking of, awesome match from Trick Melo Gang VS LWO, but of course Trick Melo Gang wins to add that drama. Trick is double booked, and I like that Dragunov pointed out it wasn’t his idea for Trick to go for multiple things. I could see Wolf Dogs, Bron & Corbin, win so they can challenge Tony & Stacks (classic Heels VS Faces), and then Melo screws Trick out of the title against Dragunov.

At the same time, Trick Melo Gang could win it all, from the Dusty Cup to the NXT Championship, and only when they go for the tag titles does Melo go after Trick in the open to set up Trick VS Melo for the title. Either way, I’m thinking we see Melo VS Trick at Stand & Deliver in what will be Melo’s sendoff since he’s been all over SmackDown lately.

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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