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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/19/24)

ACKNOWLEDGE the contract!

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Are the walls closing in on the Head of the Table?

One week before the Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, LA Knight and AJ Styles all sign the contract for their Universal Championship match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The LWO VS Santos Escobar, Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Santos, Angel & Humberto win.
  • Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne VS Pretty Deadly; Bate & Dunne win.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn; Kayden & Katana win and retain the titles.
  • AJ Styles VS LA Knight; Knight wins, by disqualification.
  • Randy Orton VS Solo Sikoa; Orton wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa wait.

Jimmy says it’s getting chilly, but then Roman Reigns walks in with Paul Heyman. Jimmy says what’s up! How was his flight? Roman tells The Wise Man to say what he said. Heyman says Roman said to “fix it.” Right. And is it fixed? No, it’s not. So now he has to be here to make everything right again. Roman leads the way, and Jimmy is frustrated. But Solo says he’ll fix it. He’ll fix everything. The Enforcer does have a match against Randy Orton tonight, will he turn the Fatal 4 Way into a Triple Threat with a Samoan Spike?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

And the SmackDown General Manager welcomes us to Atlanta, Georgia and the official contract signing for the Royal Rumble’s Universal Heavyweight Championship match. At this time, and without further ado, he introduces The Phenomenal AJ Styles! Fans fire up as Georgia’s own makes his way out, he high-fives a few fans, then heads into the ring. Styles wastes no time and he signs his part right away! Fans cheer that, and Aldis then brings out the Mega Star, LA Knight! “YEAH!” Styles is annoyed as the fans fire up just as much for Knight. Knight makes his way right into the ring, and he also signs right on the line.

Fans fire up again because they know up next is The Viper, Randy Orton! The Apex Predator is just as fired up to be back in Atlanta, and he also high-fives some fans on his way to the ring. Orton does just as the others have and signs the contract right away. And that of course leaves the Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion himself, Roman Reigns. The music hits, and fans boo as The Wise Man walks out instead. Paul Heyman gives his introduction as always, and he says in case Aldis isn’t watching his own show, YOUR Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, and Heyman have only just arrived. They haven’t had a chance to submit this contract to an attorney, or even for Heyman to see it himself.

“So therefore, unfortunately, Roman… Reigns… will not sign that contract this evening.” Fans boo but the contenders all figured this is how it’d go. Aldis picks up his mic again to say, “Just so we’re clear, Roman Reigns isn’t signing this contract? Paul, that’s absolutely fine.” Heyman says good and turns to leave, but Aldis says he has three signatures and can make this a Triple Threat for a vacant Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Championship. That gets Heyman to turn right back around and storm right up to the ring! Heyman tells Aldis, “I don’t know if you realize this, but Mr. Aldis, I care deeply about you sir.”

Fans boo, not falling for that. But Heyman says he does. He halfway respects and admires the mediocre job Aldis has done as the SmackDown GM. And the fact that Aldis does such a mediocre job like everyone else, he at least looks really good. Especially in these Heyman-wannabe suits he has. But no matter how good Aldis looks, there’s no way he can sell this to the Board of Directors or to the “fine, upstanding people” of Atlanta. And no way he can sell it to his Tribal Chief, who does call the shots, because Roman should be defending his title in a 1v1 match! Heyman doesn’t care-

LA Knight tells Heyman, “Will you shut the hell up?! You’re right about one thing, this should be a one-on-one match. I had Roman Reigns’ shoulders pinned at Crown Jewel, and his cross-eyed, halfwit cousins saved him.” Fans cheer that! But Knight says Heyman says one more thing, Knight will cut bacon off his back. Fans cheer that, too! Knight says this should be his rematch, but some Johnny Come Latelys show up in AJ Styles and Randy Orton. Suddenly, they jump to the front of the line to get in the match that should be Knight’s after having a few months off! Styles repeats, “A few months off?” Knight says, “YEAH!”

Styles says maybe Knight doesn’t get it, but The Bloodline tried to end Styles’ career, then Knight steps over his dead body to get that title match, “And you lost.” So Knight is lucky to even be in this match. Knight says Styles is talking about the wrong guy. If there’s anyone with a horseshoe planted firmly up their keister, it’s Styles! Knight puts it like this: Styles should really watch the bass in his voice when talking to Knight, and turn that attention to Roman. Oh, good, the genius understands this isn’t just them against Roman, it’s them against each other. Well, thanks for explaining it then, Styles!

Because here’s how it works: Knight walks in, he pins Roman, and he becomes WWE Champion. If he has to walk over Styles’ dead body again, he’ll do it! And the difference will be it won’t be the Bloodline that lays him out, it’ll be the man that has everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” Knight goes to leave but Styles DECKS him instead! Styles storms out after Knight, Knight hits back, and those two brawl up the ramp! Aldis tries to stop this but he’s not enough so refs and producers rush out! Fans fire up, the two are separated, but then Styles gets back in there! Heyman is amused as these two fight all the way to the back.

But then Orton pulls on Heyman’s tie to make him turn around! Orton sees what Heyman is trying to do and it isn’t gonna work on Orton, and here’s why. Because later tonight, Orton will drop Solo, beat him right in this ring 1-2-3, and then after that, he will reintroduce Roman Reigns to the three most dangerous letters in all of sports entertainment: R K O. Fans fire up for that one! Will The Legend Killer bring down the Phenomenal, The Mega Star and the Head of the Table in one match to prove he is the greatest?

 

Logan Paul arrives backstage.

The Maverick United States Champion is here, ready to be on The Kevin Owens Show. But how will he handle being on the other side of the interview tonight?

 

Aldis storms his way towards Roman’s suite.

But Styles cuts him off first, and demands a match with LA Knight, tonight! Aldis says fine, he’s got it. Styles heads out, and Aldis has the contract in hand. Aldis is going to deliver that personally to Roman, will Roman agree to the terms?

 

Six Man Tag: The LWO VS Santos Escobar, Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!

Carlito once again joins Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde in action after their surprise reunion on NXT last week. And they’re looking to not just surprise but upset the new Legado Del Fantasma! Which side of this blood feud will be tranquilo after tonight?

SmackDown returns as the new Legado makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Carlito starts, calling Santos out, but then all of Legado bails out. Santos taunts Carlito, and that distracts him from seeing Angel slide in and CHOP BLOCK! Fans boo but Angel taunts Carlito now. Angel whips, Carlito reverses and ELBOWS Angel down! Carlito drags Angel up, tags Cruz and they mug Angel. But Angel stomps a foot, fires hands, but Cruz hits back. Cruz ROCKS and whips, but Angel reverses, only for Cruz to KICK back! Angel CHOPS, whips, but Cruz goes up and out to then springboard in and FLYING RANA!

Fans fire up with Cruz and he brings Angel over. Tag to Wilde, they double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then the coordinate, HANDSPRING HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wilde throws hands, whips, but Angel reverses. Wilde CHOPS Angel, dodges Humberto, then knuckle locks Angel. Humberto runs in, Wilde dodges, then goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG MISSILE DRPOKICK COMBO! Santos runs in but Wilde dumps him out! Fans fire up as LWO coordinates, Cruz & Wilde build speed, Carlito holds the rope down so they can both FLY out! Direct hits on Angel & Humberto, and Santos is stunned as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Angel has Wilde. Fans rally up but Santos tags in, and then he tags Humberto. Angel brings Wilde up into a Gory Especial, Humberto aims, SLINGSHOT CUTTER GORY BOMB COMBO! Angel sets Wilde up for Santos to basement dropkick! Humberto covers, but Carlito breaks it! Fans cheer, Carlito goes back to the corner, but Humberto drags Wilde up. Humberto CHOPS Wilde down, tags Angel, and then Angel tags Santos. The cousins mug Wilde, then hoist him up, to ELEVATED ATOMIC DROP onto Santos’ knee! Cover, TWO! Santos grabs Wilde’s arm, steps over, and mule kicks him!

Santos taunts Carlito, then hits Wilde with a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Santos continues to taunt Carlito as he drags Wilde away, and he tags Humberto. Humberto tags Angel, and they both stomp away on Wilde. The fans rally but Santos tells them all to shut up. Angel runs to basement dropkick Wilde down! Angel smothers Wilde, throws crossface forearms, and talks trash all the while. Tag to Humberto and he PENALTY KICKS Wilde down! Humberto clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Wilde down. The fans rally, Wilde JAWBREAKERS free, then runs to tilt-o-whirl SATELLITE DDT!! Fans fire up but Angel hurries to YANK Carlito down!

Angel YANKS Cruz down, too, then taunts the fans! Humberto back suplexes, Wilde lands out, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to hot tag Carlito! Fans fire up as Caribbean Cool rallies on Legado! Kick and KNEE LIFT for Humberto, then a LARIAT! Santos runs away! Angel runs in but into a DROPKICK! Humberto is up, but he’s sent into Angel, then Carlito hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Santos breaks it! Carlito glares at Santos and Santos wants mercy, but Carlito still blocks the cheap shot kick! But then Humberto springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, Cruz DIVING HEADBUTTS in! Santos SUPERKICKS Cruz!

Santos storms up on Wilde but into a shoulder! Wilde slingshots up and over to SUPERKICK Santos! Angel SUPERKICKS Wilde! Carlito hits a SKYE HIGH on Angel! Fans fire up as Carlito has Humberto, but Santos sneaks a tag! BACKSTABBER for Humberto, but Santos rolls Carlito up! Legado wins!!

Winners: Legado Del Fantasma, by pinfall

Santos says that’s how it’s done! He laughs as he steals this win, Angel says this is real familia! Will the LWO continue to be denied retribution?

 

Backstage interview with Pretty Deadly.

Kayla Braxton is with the #YesBoys as they prepare for a rematch with Tyler Bate & “Butch.” Do they feel better prepared for British Strong Style than they were at New Year’s Revolution? Elton Prince says that is an astute question, because yes, they are! This time, there will be no surprises, no mystery partners not part of the roster, none of that! Kit Wilson says they’ve spent this past week studying Tyler & Butch! These two aren’t just pretty boys, they’re pretty SMART boys! So they are incredibly prepared for Bate & Butch! YES BOY~! These two head out, will they look to make this Friday Night SnackDown after all?

 

Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits speak.

The All Mighty says, “You thought your little intimidation tactics were gonna work? Well, congratulations, you have our attention.” Montez Ford says this isn’t the smoke they want. Because they aren’t the ones. Ford will remind them that he and Angelo Dawkins are the Tag Team Triple Crown that always puts it down, and they have Bobby the All Mighty himself. Dawkins says to not let the nice suits fool you. They are the real monsters here. Final Testament is a revelation, but they’re businessmen. If you wanted a fight, all you to do was ask. Lashley says to name the time and the place. They’ve been hunting Kross’ crew for weeks, so when they find ’em, they’ll show them what real intimidation looks like.

 

Tyler Bate & “Butch” Pete Dunne VS Pretty Deadly!

SmackDown returns and Pretty Deadly finish enjoying their disco ball and slow-motion. Then the Big Strong Boy makes his entrance, followed by The Bruiserweight, who has done away with “Butch!” Pretty Deadly is confused, they think this is someone else, but no! This is the REAL brawler that’s been inside Dunne all along! What Bate said got through to him, will Dunne show everyone just who the hell he is?

The teams sort out, Bate and Kit start, and they tie up. Kit wrenches, Bate rolls, rolls and hooks free to wrench and headlock. Bate smacks Kit with his foot, then brings Kit over. Dunne tags in as Atlanta rallies for “Bruiserweight! Bruiserweight!” Bate whips, ducks and hurdles, then Dunne runs in to CLOBBER Kit! Dunne grabs Kit’s hand, wrenches and isolates the arm, to STOMP it! Fans cheer as Dunne grabs the other arm, and bends the fingers! Kit endures as Dunne tortures his hand, then pulls way back!! Kit gets the ROPEBREAK, Dunne lets go to STOMP the leg! Kit writhes, Dunne tags Bate.

Bate goes up and he KNEE-BOARDS off Dunne to senton! Then the AIRPLANE SPIN! Elton runs in, can’t get close, though, then gets SMACKED by Kit’s boots! Bate SLAMS Kit down, wobbles around, but Kit flounders away. Pretty Deadly regroups but fans fire up for British Strong Style as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Elton has Bate in a top wristlock. Fans rally, Bate fights up, and Bate fires off hands. But Elton throws Bate down! Tag to Kit but Bate ROCKS him! Bate slides under Elton but Elton grabs a leg. Kit gets in as Elton whips Bate to the corner. Elton RAMS and Kit UPPERCUTS Bate! Elton then fireman’s carries, ASSISTED GUTBUSTER with Kit! Cover, TWO! Kit hurries to headlock and he grinds Bate down. Fans rally, Bate fights up, and Bate throws body shots.

Kit hits a back suplex but Bate lands out of it! ELBOW for Elton, BOOT for Kit, but then Kit runs back in! Bate catches him, for an EXPLODER! The fans fire up, Bate crawls, hot tags to Elton and Dunne! Dunne ENZIGURIS Elton, dodges and SNAP GERMANS Kit, then STOMPS Kit’s hands! And STOMPS them again! BUZZSAW! Elton waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW for Elton! Then Dunne has Kit, X PLEX onto Elton! Fans fire up and Dunne has Elton for stomps right to the face! The fans fire up, Dunne takes aim, and he runs up, only for Elton to BOOT him!

Bate tags in, he runs up to UPPERCUT Elton! Elton staggers, Bate blocks his boot, then Bop up! BANG! Kit runs in, Bate dodges to BANG! Kit yoyos, Bate dodges, tag to Dunne! REBOUNDER! Then for Elton, TOP BIN! Bate PLANCHAS onto Kit! Dunne SNAPS Elton’s fingers! Then the pump handle, BITTER END! Cover, British Strong Style wins!

Winners: Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, by pinfall

Dunne then just shrugs. The Bruiserweight is certainly feeling like himself again, will he and his best mate, Bate, head right for those Undisputed Tag Team Championships?

 

Pretty Deadly regroups backstage.

They’re of course complaining about what just happened, and then Kayla finds them. She brings up how they said they were prepared, so what happened out there? Kit says they were NOT ready, okay? Elton says they prepared for Butch, but then Bate brings in this brand new person they’ve never seen before! Who is Pete Dunne?! They rant away, but is anyone gonna break it to them that Dunne was Butch?

 

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

The fans cheer as the Prizefighter is here to host his talk show, reluctantly having Logan Paul as his guest. The #1 contender will get to confront- er, interview the champion, what happens this close to their US Championship match? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Kevin has his show set-up at the ready. He thanks Atlanta for the cheers, and especially appreciates it because he is about to say something he never thought he’d say. “Please welcome my guest on The Kevin Owens Show, Logan Paul!” Fans boo as The Maverick makes his entrance. Logan waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, gets himself a mic, and steps in to be face to face with Kevin. Kevin starts but Logan interrupts by “thanking” Kevin for the invite. Logan would say he’s honored, but he’s not. Why would he be honored “to come on this bottom of the barrel, janky excuse for a show?”

Fans boo but Logan says those are cool graphics, but it’s his show now. And Logan is actually glad Kevin invited him, because Logan owes a proper thanks. Kevin is the reason Logan is in the WWE. Kevin echoes the fans with, “What?” If Logan is blaming Kevin for this, explain. Right, okay, Logan has a clip. Roll it! 2021, WrestleMania 37 in Tampa Bay? After Kevin VS Sami, Logan offered a handshake, and Kevin gave him a STUNNER! Back to present, Logan says three years ago, he went to his first WrestleMania, and Kevin embarrassed him in front of 70 THOUSAND! The fans cheer and Logan says it was just like that! Kevin hit a Stunner and everyone cheered!

Logan is heated just like he was then. That was when Logan realized he had to prove to everyone that he belongs here. Fans chant “One More Time!” for the Stunner. Logan says no, direct it at Kevin! Kevin’s why Logan chose to become a WWE Superstar! Kevin sighs, and says he has to be honest. Obviously that happened, but Kevin barely remembers doing that. Because to Logan, it was traumatic. But yeah, his first Mania, he was a guest, WWE rolled out a red carpet. Kevin’s been doing this almost 25 years, Logan is just one of many that Kevin’s Stunned. And especially going into that Mania, Kevin figured it was just another celebrity the WWE was bringing in cuz that’s what WWE does.

But turns out, Logan wasn’t just another celebrity. He stuck around! Kevin gives credit where credit is due, and Logan put in the work. Logan became way better at this than anyone would’ve thought. Logan grins and says, “Yes, I did.” Kevin says yeah, but as good as Logan is, he is still NOT one of them! Not a Rey Mysterio, a Seth Rollins, a Sami Zayn, or Kevin Owens! Logan laughs and says “THANK GOD!” Logan is happy to not be “one of y’all,” he’s one of one. Logan is a purveyor of viral media, the greatest storyteller of a generation, your son’s favorite star, your girlfriend’s social media crush, the marketing genius, disruptor, innovator, wrestler, boxer, the list goes on and on!

Often imitated, never duplicated, billionaire with a B! The Maverick, Logan Paul! And Kevin… Well, he’s just Kevin Owens. Kevin says he doesn’t know what any of that stuff is supposed to mean. The fans chant “Logan Sucks!” Kevin has heard everything Logan’s had to say on commentary, the putdowns about his weight, his look, everything. But here’s the thing. Logan can say anything he wants about Kevin, fine. But Kevin can’t come out here and say everything he wants to say about Logan. In fact, there’s a lot he can’t talk about. And Logan knows why, too. It’s the same reason Logan is the US Champion: he is protected, sheltered.

The second he came here to the WWE, Logan was offered all the tools he could ever need to hopefully win a title. And Kevin gets it, it is the notoriety and attention Logan brings. And to his credit, he used those tools, did become champion, and can say for the rest of his life, “I’m a WWE United States Champion.” Great for you, Logan. But as far as Kevin and the fans are concerned, this is a JOKE! A joke that’s gone on for far too long, and Kevin is putting an end to the joke at The Royal Rumble! The fans fire up but Logan yawns, claiming he didn’t hear any of that. But he did hear the part about “protected.”

There is such hypocrisy here, because just look at Kevin’s arm. Kevin’s arm is protected, he has a weapon on his hand! The only reason Kevin knocked Logan down is because of the cast! But Logan knocks people out clean! All those guys Kevin mentioned? Logan’s knocked them out! One by one, dominos A, B, C, D! So like Logan said, it will only take him one second to KO KO, ok? Kevin says as unimpressive as Logan thinks Kevin is, Kevin says the people that have been watching the last 10 years all know that Kevin could take more punishment than anyone and get back up! He has been slammed harder, punched better, and fallen off higher stuff than anyone!

So there isn’t a punch Logan can throw that will keep Kevin down for three seconds, let alone knock him out. And as far as the cast, weapon, protection, fine. Logan bringing up a lawsuit about this thing on, fine. Kevin gives Logan his word that he won’t have this on at The Royal Rumble. In fact, he’ll take it off right now if it helps Logan feel better. Kevin takes the cast off, and Logan SUCKER PUNCHES him!! Fans boo as Logan gloats, but Kevin proves himself right by getting back up!! Logan turns around and has seen a ghost! Kevin asks if that was all! Logan runs in, Kevin TACKLES him! Kevin fires off fists, Logan gets away, but Kevin pursues!

Logan POSTS Kevin, then SMACKS Kevin’s bad hand off the post!! Logan taunts Kevin, grabs his belt, and holds it up as he stands over Kevin. Logan dares Kevin to try again at the Rumble, but will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he’s broken Logan Paul?

 

The Bloodline talks in their suite.

Roman keeps harping on the whole “fix it” order. He gets to his bus and what does he see on the TV? A Viper on Heyman’s neck! And this is what Roman was talking about. We’ve only got one Wise Man, but we’ve got two of these two! Roman tells Jimmy that he’s given opportunity after opportunity, Jimmy plays around, acts like he’s the back up QB, hot route, YEET and NO YEET! But then Solo steps forward? Solo says that was on him. He is the Tribal Heir for a reason, so tonight, Solo will show Roman that he will fix it. Solo heads out, Jimmy follows, and Roman seems at a loss for words. Is the Enforcer going to do what even The Tribal Chief can’t?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn!

The life of the party comes to SmackDown and they’re bringing the gold! But will they be leaving with the gold, too? Or will they regret taking on the “Unholy Union?”

SmackDown returns and not only has Bayley joined commentary, but all of Damage CTRL is ringside. Bayley says it’s so much fun being out here without Michael Cole. Fyre & Dawn then make their entrance, finally back in action after returning during the Holiday Havoc to go after DMG CTRL. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if something wicked this way wins!

The teams sort out, but Fyr e& Dawn attack! Katana is sent out, Fyre hits a GOURD BUSTER on Kayden! Dawn PENALTY KICKS, Fyre covers, TWO! Fyre whips Kayden hard into the corner, tags in Dawn, but Kayden fires shots! Dawn waistlocks, Fyre SUPERKICKS Kayden into the SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Bayley says do better than that, idiots! Dawn ROCKS Kayden, scoops her, but Kayden slips free. Kaydena voids Fyre & Dawn, hot tag to Katana! Katana trips Dawn, BLASTS Fyre, then FACEBUSTERS Dawn! Katana dodges again, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Dawn tumbles, fans fire up with Katana and she runs in to A-LIST LARIAT!

Kayden tags, she and Katana hoist Dawn up but Dawn fights back. Fyre runs in to throw Katana down but Kayden SUPERKICKS her! Kayden helps Katana get up, SUPER STEINER sends Dawn onto Fyre! Cover, Fyre breaks it! Katana storms up on Fyre but Fyre JAWBREAKERS! Kayden TOSSES Fyre but Dawn throws Kayden by her hair! Dawn drags Kayden over, tags in Fyre, and they hook Kayden up. But Kayden BOOTS Dawn away, flips up and over Fyre, then reels her in to waistlock. O’Conner, TWO, and Dawn UPPERCUTS! Fyre rolls Kayden up, TWO!! Kayden escapes and Fyre is furious!

Bayley says they’re taking notes on DMG CTRL. Katana CROSSBODIES Dawn! Kayden shoves Fyre away, runs up, and rebounds off ropes to DESTROYER! Hot tag to Katana and she goes up. Handstand, KEG STAND SPLASH!! Cover, Kayden & Katana win!

Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

KC Squared survives, but wait! The Kabuki Warriors have the belts! They dance around to taunt the champs, but Kayden asks fi they’re done. The ref has the Kabuki Warriors hand the belts over, and they oblige. The champs say anytime, anywhere, but will they not be ready for Kairi & Asuka?

 

The OC talks backstage.

Mia Yim & The Good Brothers are concerned about AJ Styles’ attitude change. Styles walks over, Gallows has him hold on, and he tells Styles that no matter what, they’ve still got Styles’ back. Styles doesn’t say a word as he walks away, does he not have theirs?

 

The Final Testament speaks.

Karrion Kross says, “We know exactly who Bobby & The Profits really are. You guys sit where you’re told to sit, stand where you’re told to stand. You are the yes men of this company. I mean, you guys are the new face of this place, at some point, right? Isn’t that the plan?” But Kross says the reason his group hasn’t gotten opportunities like Lashley & The Profits is because they are the disruptors. They are uncivilized and savage. It makes people nervous. So they aren’t here to play Lashley’s game. They’ve got a game of their own. Next week, they’ll see Lashley & The Profits in the ring. And then, the whole world will truly see who the real All Mighty is.

The final image on the screen is “Pride goes before destruction.” But for who will that quote hold true?

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

Cathy Kelley notes last week, there was the scary situation in his match with Austin Theory. Can Melo tell us what happened? Melo says in the heat of battle, things like this can happen. Melo and Theory have each been there before, and luckily, both men walked away from it. But what Melo wants to focus on is that even though he didn’t win, he didn’t lose. Cuz it doesn’t matter, Melo is gonna ball out, because that is who he is, and he is… HIM! Theory & Waller storm in and Theory says this is insane! Melo tried to end Theory’s career! And what, is he getting rewarded? Melo’s getting an interview on Theory’s show, in Theory’s town? Do you know who he is?!

Melo says okay, then what about they run it back next week, outside Theory’s city when they’re in Miami? Oh, next week, huh? As in next Friday? Sorry, Theory is busy. But Waller says no he doesn’t! Theory would love to have a rematch! Theory is upset but Melo says he’ll talk with Aldis to make that official. Waller says fine! See you in Miami, mate! Theory tells Waller to stop doing that and Waller doesn’t understand why he’s upset. But will Theory be able to get his redemption and revenge?

 

AJ Styles VS LA Knight!

The Phenomenal One doesn’t even embrace his pyro for his entrance, he just wants to get to business! Will he prove he should be the only one facing Roman Reigns? Or will the Mega Star make the same point when he shows Styles whose game this is?

SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The bell rings and Knight dodges Styles to fire off haymaker! Fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with every shot, but then Styles kicks low. Styles headlocks, punches away on Knight’s face, but Knight hits a BIG back suplex! Knight and Styles scrap, Styles headlocks again but Knight fights up. Knight powers out and Styles hits buckles hard! Knight snarls, drags up, and he CHOKES Styles on ropes! The ref counts, Knight lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! The fans fire up , duel, and Knight suplexes high and hard! Cover, ONE!! Knight is annoyed but the fans are thunderous as they duel!

Knight brings Styles up but Styles CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Knight CHOPS back, Styles eggs him on! The CHOPS go back and forth, then Knight gets the edge! Styles dodges to fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! Knight staggers and crawls, Styles KICKS him down! Styles bumps Knight off buckles, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Styles storms up on Knight, rains down fists, then brings Knight around. Styles puts Knight on ropes, CHOKES him in return, but lets off as the ref counts. Styles brings Knight up to CHOP again! Knight goes to a corner, but he kicks back! And JABS! And haymakers!

Fans chant “YEAH! YEAH!” but Styles kicks a leg out! Knight hobbles, Styles storms up to CHOP, then he whips. Knight reverses and scoops to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Styles grits his teeth as he stays in this, but Knight bumps Styles off buckles. Knight stops a mudhole, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight then lets off and he spells it out, “L! A! KNIGHT!” But Styles bails out before the boot! Knight storms out, but Styles goes up to SLIDING KNEE from the apron! Knight falls, the ring count climbs, but Styles whips Knight into the barriers! Styles slides into the ring just to refresh the count, then he goes back for Knight.

Knight FLAPJACKS Styles off the barriers! Knight brings Styles to the desk, and dribbles him off the lid! The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and the count climbs, but wait, here comes Jimmy Uso! Fans boo as Jimmy grins while doing Roman’s bidding, but Knight says okay, bring it! Jimmy then backs down, so Knight goes back for Styles. Styles ENZIGURIS Knight down! Fans fire up, Solo is there! SAMOAN SPIKE to Knight!!

Winner: LA Knight, by disqualification

Fans boo as Solo now CLOBBERS Styles! Jimmy applauds, having done his part as the decoy. Solo sends Styles into the steel steps! Styles tumbles up and over, then Solo puts Styles in the ring! Fans boo more as Solo brings Styles back up! SAMOAN SPIKE for Styles!! Solo demands a mic, and is given one so he can say, “Two down, one to go!” Solo demands Randy get out here NOW! Solo wants his main event fight, will he finish the trifecta for his Tribal Chief? Or will the Viper be the one to strike Solo down first?

 

Randy Orton VS Solo Sikoa!

SmackDown returns as now Aldis is ringside, the contract in hand. He is apparently still waiting for Roman to actually give him the time of day to sign it. But then here comes Randy Orton! The Viper takes his time walking to the ring, keeping an eye on Solo. The ref keeps Solo back while Orton steps into the ring and poses on his favorite corner. The bell rings, Orton and Solo stare down, then they fire off! Orton has the edge but Solo shoves him and UPPERCUTS him! Orton goes to a corner, Solo rains down fists! The ref counts, Solo lets off to run and HIP ATTACK! Orton flops out of the ring and fans boo as Solo goes out after him.

Solo drags Orton up, aims at the desk, but Orton blocks to SMACK Solo off the desk! Orton brings Solo around, but Solo fights the back suplex! Solo SMACKS Orton off the desk after all, then RAMS him into steel steps! Fans boo as Solo stands tall, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns once more, Orton blocks another desk smack, and he ROCKS Solo to then DESK BACK SUPLEX!! Solo writhes, the ring count is 5 of 10, and Orton drags Solo back over. Solo throws body shots, he SMACKS Orton off the apron, and then he pushes Orton in. Solo storms up, but Orton KICKS him in the ropes! The fans fire up as Orton drags Solo along the ropes, to DRAPING DDT! The fans are thunderous as Orton starts hearing those voices in his head! Orton pounds the mat, demands Solo rise up, but fans boo as Jimmy returns! But then Knight CLOBBERS Jimmy!

Fans fire up, but Jimmy ROCKS Knight in return and runs away again. But Styles is there to DECK Jimmy! And he RAMS Jimmy into the tron! Seems those Samoan Spikes didn’t do enough! Styles storms back down the ramp, Orton dares Styles and Knight to bring it, but Solo turns him around! RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

The Viper still struck first! But then Knight and Styles storm into the ring again and the three challengers stare down. Fans fire up, and Aldis says to hold on. But Knight DECKS Styles! Knight says do what you want out there, just not in Knight’s ring. But then Orton RKOs Knight! And he spells it out a la LA Knight! Then he RKOS STYLES!! SUPERMAN PUNCH from Roman outta nowhere!! The Tribal Chief waited until everyone else was distracted, and then he stares Aldis down. Aldis steps forward to hand him the contract. Roman looks at it, takes the pen, and he signs his part. And then he drops it in front of Aldis.

The match is now official for the Rumble, and Roman takes aim at Orton! Orton rises up, Roman lets out the battle cry, then runs in, into an RKO!! The fans are thunderous again as the Viper still had enough venom in the tank! But will Orton have to really dig down deep if he wants to bring down three of the best all at once?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here, and it felt a bit like a go-home with quite a bit set up for next week’s real go-home. A bit of a waste of Fyre & Dawn getting a title match, though. The match felt short, and part of the spotlight was taken away with DMG CTRL ringside and Bayley on commentary. Kayden & Katana winning was fine, now they and Kabuki Warriors are having their tag title match next week, and who knows what happens there. A part of me thinks Asuka & Kairi do win those belts to put the pressure on Bayley in the Women’s Rumble. It’ll work to give DMG CTRL reason to kick Bayley out for being the only one without a belt, and also give SmackDown some time with the women’s tag titles.

Really good Six Man Tag to open things tonight, and a good win for the now officially named Legado Del Fantasma. Really good promos from Lashley & The Profits, as well as The Final Testament, and we’re getting closer to their own Six Man Tag. Great stuff from Pretty Deadly tonight, especially as they helped set up the official repackage of Butch into Pete Dunne. I know I kinda did this whole moment a disservice by still referring to him as Pete Dunne this entire time, but this is still a great moment that has been long awaited. British Strong Style gets a great win, Pretty Deadly have a hilarious reaction promo after, and I really hope Bate & Dunne get a shot at the tag titles for Mania.

Really solid stuff from Kevin and Logan in their promo, and Kevin no-selling Logan’s list of accolades was more effective than Logan no-selling Kevin. Though, I myself would’ve just summed Logan’s list up with “So what?” Anyway, good brawl, and Logan standing tall is good for the go-home math, in that this is a good sign that Kevin does get this title off Logan at the Rumble. Good promo from Melo with Theory and Waller, and it seems Theory’s passed concussion protocol to be home in Atlanta and then go to Miami next week to have his rematch with Melo. Just skip the Arabian Press Fly thing he did and we should be good.

And of course, great stuff from The Bloodline/Universal Championship story. Roman dumping all over Jimmy, refusing to sign the contract to open the show, but Aldis threatening to dethrone Roman with his authority, all good stuff. I really like Aldis standing up to Roman & Heyman being he’s the GM and they’re the talent. Styles and Knight getting into a fight to have their match, only for that to be “ruined” by Solo was actually a good move for the story. Solo had a good bit in the suite promo, and the detail of even Roman being unsure how to respond is good stuff. Great stuff in Solo VS Orton, including Knight and Styles stopping Jimmy from helping.

Now Roman of course signs his part, after The Bloodline wipes out Knight and Styles. But then Orton standing tall here pretty much indicates Roman is winning at the Rumble, which we all pretty much knew anyway. The Fatal 4 Way will still be good, of course, and the Fatal 4 could see the three challengers dispatch of the Bloodline trying to interfere rather effectively for once.

My Score: 8.8/10


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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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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/12/24)

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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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