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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (2/2/24)

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ACKNOWLEDGE the Road to WrestleMania!

Roman Reigns is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and Cody Rhodes is ONCE AGAIN the Royal Rumble Winner. Will SmackDown start to finish the story?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller; Kevin wins.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Pretty Deadly VS Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo VS Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate; Dunne & Bate win and advance to the #1 contender’s match.
  • Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS The Final Testament; No Contest.
  • Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim; Tiffany wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Bloodline arrives backstage.

The Tribal Chief leads the way to the private suite, and the Wise Man opens the door for him, Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa. Roman Reigns is still the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion, but a certain American Nightmare could be coming after him. Will Roman be ready to #FinishTheStory?

 

Cody Rhodes is also in the building.

The American Nightmare walks Pharaoh around backstage, will there be a new “top dog” in WWE soon enough?

 

Logan Paul is here!

Birmingham, Alabama is less than excited to see the Maverick, who is still WWE United States Champion by perhaps sheer luck. Logan goes to the ring, gets a mic, and smiles as the fans boo. Logan says, “Wow, I was gonna be nice.” But if they don’t want him here, he doesn’t wanna be here, either. This place sucks. But to be honest, Logan underestimated Kevin Owens. He did! Upon first glance, Kevin looks like a pissed off donut. But hey, in their match, Kevin made Logan fight. Get this: Kevin Owens did more damage to Logan Paul than Floyd Mayweather. Serious! Kevin made Logan bleed! Hell, Kevin even damn near knocked Logan out!

And yet… Kevin still lost. Hey, hey, Logan’s still the champ, so when is it gonna click for y’all? He is one of the toughest people on this brittle roster. “Oh~, I hurt my triceps~!” Logan of course mocking CM Punk. “My knee hurts! My WrestleMania dreams are crushed! Shut up! We all get hurt! Everyone except me. I’m unbreakable, un-replicable, one of one! The Beast from the East! The Best in the West! I AM your United States Champion, Logan Paul.” The fans boo more but he says if you think- Kevin Owens is here! The fans fire up as the Prizefighter makes his way out, mic in hand.

Logan sits up on a corner while the fans cheer Kevin on. Kevin says he doesn’t know, though. Birmingham seems like a great place to me. And hold on, he wasn’t done. We’ve heard enough of Logan. Logan going over his own descriptions, he forgot “unbearable idiot.” But Kevin has to say, he got the moral victory. As great as being US Champion might be, it feels even better to knock the hell out of Logan. But Kevin is absolutely ready to restore a certain level of prestige and honor to that title, and the first step is taking it off Logan and getting the belt sanitized.

Logan says good for Kevin, but too bad he didn’t take advantage of his one and only shot at the title. Cuz the brass knuckles was a set-up! Kevin took the bait! He showed his true colors! Logan was playing chess, Kevin was plying Go Fish. Logan outsmarted Kevin! Who does Logan think he’s talking to? This may be new to Logan but the fans have been watching Kevin for ten years now. They all know that Kevin will stop at nothing to win. Hit someone from behind? snatch the brass knucks? Absolutely! But the thing is, Kevin got caught. And he realizes that everyone was mad at the ref for that, but honestly, great job on that guy! Fantastic work!

Kevin got caught, that’s on him. But here’s the thing, Logan. The next time they get in the ring together, you’ll see Kevin doesn’t need brass knucks to beat Logan’s dumb ass. Logan says first off, Kevin’s way too close, he smells bad. Oh, Kevin bathed in Prime energy drink before he got here. Then not Cherry Freeze, that stuff is delicious. But no, Kevin isn’t getting a rematch, he blew it. Go focus on something else, and Logan will do what he does which is be amazing. Then he’ll find a real challenger, someone that is not Kevin. Focus on tonight against Austin Theory while Logan talks smack from commentary.

And here comes A-Town Down! Will Kevin prove he’s the only one worthy of humbling Logan Paul?

Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings. The two tie up, Kevin waistlocks but Theory switches. Kevin elbows free, fires hands, then headlocks. Kevin hits the takeover, makes it a cover, ONE! Theory fights up, powers up but can’t power out as Kevin grinds the headlock. Kevin says this is how you wrestle! The fans rally for Kevin, Theory powers up again and powers out. Kevin runs Theory over! Fans fire up as things speed up, and Theory hurdles, only to run into an arm-drag! Kevin clamps onto the arm with a cording hold, then taunts Logan. Logan says okay and gives a thumbs up. Theory fights up, puts Kevin on ropes, then swings, Kevin ducks to CHOP!

Kevin ROCKS Theory, but Theory kicks low. Theory throws hands, whips but Kevin reverses to ELBOW Theory down! Kevin SENTONS but onto knees! Theory rains down fists while fans boo. Waller and Logan applaud but they’re the only ones. Theory puts Kevin on ropes to CHOKE him, but the ref counts. Theory lets off at 4, then he soaks up the heat. Kevin goes to a corner but Theory throws down hands! Theory digs his knee in, the ref counts, and Theory lets off again. Theory paces around, drags Kevin up and whips him corner to corner. Kevin reverses, runs in, but Theory drop toeholds Kevin into buckles!

Theory goes out to somersault in but Kevin avoids the shotgun, to SENTON clean this time! The fans fire up as Kevin keeps moving, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL in the corner! Cover, TWO! Theory flounders but Kevin snarls and goes out to the apron. Kevin drags Theory up but Theory throws forearms! Theory reels Kevin in, says this is it, but Kevin fights the suplex! Kevin throws body shots, reels Theory in, but Theory back drops free! Kevin hits the apron hard then flops to the floor! Fans boo but Logan is loving it as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Kevin endures a chinlock. Theory leans on the hold and squeezes tight but the fans rally up. Kevin fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Kevin is free, then he HEADBUTTS Theory! Kevin whips, Theory reverses but Kevin KICKS him back! Kevin then dodges the lariat to LARIAT in return! Fans fire up while both men are down, and even Logan is wincing from that shot. Theory and Kevin rise, Kevin glares at Logan and fires up. Theory runs up but Kevin fires counter punches! And a CHOP! And another CHOP! And another, and another and another! Then HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT!

Kevin shouts at Logan, “This is MY show, b*tch!!” Kevin whips, Theory reverses but Kevin BOOTS back! Kevin goes up, TORNADO DDT! Kevin then goes outside to climb up, for a SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and sputters, which Logan applauds. Kevin is frustrated, but the fans are thunderously behind him! Kevin waits on Theory as he stands up, kick and STUN- NO, Theory RAMS Kevin into buckles! Then POSTS him! Theory somersaults, for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and even Waller and Logan are frustrated! Theory stalks Kevin to a corner, drags him up, and then puts him up top.

Theory climbs, brings Kevin up and Logan says yeah, do it! But Kevin proves Corey Graves right again by denying the superplex! However, Theory escapes the Fisherman Buster! Theory ROCKS Kevin, torture racks him, and then swings for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Logan is shocked! Theory is furious, Waller argues with the ref, and Logan gets Theory some brass knuckles! Kevin snatches those, SUPERKICKS Theory, and then Logan protests about knuckles! But this only distracts the ref from seeing Kevin DECK Waller with the knuckles!! Theory runs up, rolls Kevin up, BRASS KNUCKLE for Theory!!

Kevin hides the knuckles this time, then covers, and wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Logan is upset but he only has himself to blame on this one! Kevin gets even with Logan through Theory, but then Kevin chases after Logan! Logan runs away into the crowd, but Kevin pursues! Kevin can’t catch Logan, but he shouts again this is HIS show. Will he get himself another shot at the US Championship soon enough?

 

Rhea Ripley is in the building!

The Women’s World Champion knows Bayley is going to officially decide between her and the WWE Women’s Championship, who will the Role Model choose?

 

Naomi is officially back on SmackDown!

She shows off her newly signed contract, and Mia Yim, Shotzi Blackheart & Bianca Belair are all there to celebrate! SmackDown will once again #FeelTheGlow, but then ugh, Tiffany Stratton walks out. She is also officially SmackDown, too. Oh, good for her. Well, she isn’t afraid to step to the “big names” around here. And they will remember her. Then she SLAPS Mia! And runs away! Nick Aldis stops this from getting worse, but Michin says nah, stand on business tonight! She wants to fight Tiffany, TONIGHT! Aldis says done. Will the Center of the Universe wish she’d stayed on NXT after tonight?

 

Bianca Belair talks with Aldis.

The EST knows that it’s gonna be a great night, and there are big decisions happening, but she just wants to know. When Bayley chooses Rhea Ripley, what does Bianca have to do to get a match with Iyo? Aldis says he has been discussing things with Adam Pearce, they are working on that solution, and he’ll let her know when they have a decision. But then Logan walks in and he practically begs Aldis to give him a new challenger. They’re calling him a part-timer, he needs a new opponent, so long as it is NOT Kevin Owens.

Bianca says excuse you, but they were in a conversation. Yeah, him, too. You’re excused, by the way. But Logan’s mad, okay? Bianca says first off, rude. Second, she doesn’t know who he thinks he is. And third, go find someone else to play with, she is here. Logan doesn’t know what this is, but this is not professional. Please, Aldis, get your show under control and treat your top stars like top stars. Congrats on the reality show, by the way, Logan’s a big fan of Bianca & Ford. Logan heads out, Aldis hopes Logan realizes he was talking to a top star. Bianca agrees there. But what will come of the other championship Bayley doesn’t choose?

 

Legado Del Fantasma sits down together.

Santos Escobar says he looks around his table, and his heart is filled with joy. He has a true familia, an unbreakable bond. There is nothing more valuable than that. Angel, Humberto, and of course, La Madrina, Elektra Lopez. Welcome back. Oh, she never left. He knows. Santos says they ahve been entrusted to carry the leagcies of their fathers, their grandfathers, brothers, sisters, and the mantle of lucha libre itself! That is why they must eradicate Rey Mysterio’s LWO! A toast to honor, loyalty, and Legado Del Fantasma.

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship Contenders Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Pretty Deadly VS Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo VS Pete Dunne & Tyler Bate!

The SmackDown Tag Division is stacked, and now two of these eight men will be one step closer to facing Finn Balor & Damian Priest! Will Kit Wilson & Elton Prince survive against the LWO, Legado Del Fantasma AND British Strong Style? Or will another team be headed for Judgment Day?

SmackDown returns and Legado makes their entrance, Lopez with Angel & Humberto. All the others teams are present, but in this Fatal 4, only two are legal at one time. Therefore, Elton Prince starts against the Big Strong Boi in hopes of payback from last time. The bell rings, they tie up and Elton fires off! Elton CLUBS away on Bate, stomps him, throws down more hands, then UPPERCUTS! Elton whips Bate, Bate goes up and over then headlocks! Bate SMACKS Elton with his boot again and again and again! Bate wrenches, tags Dunne, and the fans fire up as the Bruiserweight wrenches to a wristlock.

Dunne twists Elton’s arm, isolates it and STOMPS it! Dunne wrenches, Elton ROCKS him, then tags out to Wilde. Wilde headlocks, Dunne powers out and Bate tags. Cruz tags, Wilde RANAS! but Bate RANAS Wilde! Cruz RANAS Bate, and then Dunne RANAS Cruz! All four men kip up, the fans fire up, but then the other four men BLINDSIDE them! The brawl is on and the fans fire up, but the ref does his best to sort things out. Pretty Deadly says #YESBOY and they celebrate with Legado. But then the brawl reignites! Dunne & Bate TOSS Pretty Deadly, LWO TOSS Angel then CHOP Humberto!

Cruz whips, Humberto reverses but Cruz slips out, Humberto hits buckles, and Cruz goes up, FLYING RANA! Tag to Wilde, he and Cruz coordinate, and they both WRECK Legado and Pretty Deadly! Then they coordinate with British Strong Style, and it’s “time to go viral!” BOOSTED SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Wilde flies up the ramp to wipe out Legado & Pretty Deadly! The fans are thunderous as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Elton has Wilde in a headlock. The fans rally, Wilde fights up and pries at the hold, but Elton wrangles him back down. Zelina coaches Wilde up again and he fights back up. Wilde reaches out for Dunne but Elton holds him back! Elton reels Wilde in to back suplex, but Wilde lands on his feet! Wilde jukes, hot tag to Dunne! ENZIGIRI for Elton! ENZIGIRI for Kit! ENZI for Angel! ENZI for Humberto! The fans fire up as Dunne STOMPS Elton’s fingers! Then STOMPS them again, then BUZZSAWS! Kit GERMAN SUPLEXES but Dunne lands out, to BUZZSAW! Cruz runs in but Dunne mule kicks.

Dunne reels Cruz in, X-PLEX! Wilde springboards in, into a FOREARM! Fans fire up, but Elton BOOTS Dunne! Kit gets in, ASSISTED GUTBUSTER! AKA Bad Apples! Cover, but Bate breaks it! Bop up, BANG for Elton! Fireman’s carry and the AIRPLANE SPIN! Fans fire up as Bate goes into turbo! Ten fast spins before the SLAM! Bate & Dunne coordinate, REBOUNDER LARIAT GERMAN COMBO! Cover, Legado breaks it! Bate whips, Angel reverses, then POP-UP ASSISTED BOMB! But then the LWO DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as LWO fires up, builds speed, but Lopez stands in the way!

Fans boo but Zelina YANKS Lopez down! Then she holds the ropes open, LWO DOUBLE TOPE! Then Zelina hits a METEORA and fast hands on Lopez!! The fans are thunderous, but Pretty Deadly try to pull the switcheroo! Dunne grabs Elton, Kit rolls Dunne up! TWO, Dunne DECKS Elton! Then he wrenches Kit, to SNAP the fingers! Tag to Bate, he and Dunne get Kit up, DOUBLE TYLER DRIVER!! Cover, British Strong Style wins!!

Winners: Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, by pinfall (advance to the #1 contenders match)

The fans fire up and Dunne just shrugs. We wait for Raw’s own Fatal 4, who will rise up to also go for the gold?

 

Damage Control talks backstage.

More specifically, Iyo Sky, Kairi Sane & Asuka talk in Japanese about how things are going. For the most part, they’re thinking Bayley better be choosing Rhea. But in English, Iyo tells the Kabuki Warriors, “Don’t worry about it. Bayley’s done, tonight.” They all laugh, pick up their belts, and head out. But uh, Bayley heard that! Will the Role Model be able to find her way out of this Catch 22?

 

Adam Pearce and Nick Aldis are in the ring!

With both the Raw and SmackDown General Managers present, Mike Rome introduces the winner of the 2024 Women’s Royal Rumble, Bayley! The Role Model makes her way out, DMG CTRL following behind. Bayley shakes hands with both GMs, then gets herself a mic. Bayley glances up at the WrestleMania sign as the fans cheer her on. Bayley says, “Now when I think about WrestleMania, I’ve really done it all. Almost. I’ve defended the Raw Women’s title, I’ve defended the SmackDown Women’s title, I’ve gone out there with the Women’s Tag titles. I’ve even hosted the dang thing!

“But this year… This year’s different, and this year’s special.” She looks to DMG CTRL before saying this year is different because she didn’t get here on her own, and she can admit that. She had lots of ups and downs, mostly downs, but she wasn’t alone. She had her girls! She had something she never had before. DMG CTRL was there for her, supported her. They rode with her, were there for her when she came back to the locker room crying because it wasn’t working out. But DMG CTRL was there for her because this is more than just the best women’s faction of all time. DMG CTRL is family!

The fans boo as DMG CTRL laughs behind Bayley’s back. Bayley looks over and they stop. Bayley continues to say that when she thinks about Mania, she thinks about moments and magic, and about being the best. So to be the best, she has to beat one of the best, and that brings her to Rhea Ripley! Speaking of, Rhea is watching this right now backstage. Fans cheer for “Mami! Mami!” but Bayley then glances back to DMG CTRL. Bayley says she could go a different route. She could fight a different fight. Because sometimes it isn’t about holding a championship or winning a title. Sometimes, it’s more personal.

Sometimes, it comes down to what is in your heart, and proving people wrong. About proving the doubters wrong, showing them you had what it took to go all the way. And sometimes, the people that you thought were your biggest supporters, that you thought were your friends… Sometimes, you have to prove them wrong. Bayley steps to Iyo and asks if they’re done laughing at her. She understands Japanese, too! She picked that up from all the time these three were talking behind her back! Uh oh… Bayley asks if they didn’t think she saw all around her. She’s been in the WWE long enough to have seen and done it all!

They talked about her constantly! Why!? All she wanted was for DMG CTRL to be the best! All she wanted was to take this all to the top, together! But they see nothing in her, do they? HUH!? What happened, Iyo!? When Iyo, Bayley & Dakota started DMG CTRL, they were tight! And ever since Asuka & Kairi came around, Iyo turned on her! What happened!? Asuka & Kairi pounce!! The fans boo but Iyo coordinates as Asuka & Kairi beat up on Bayley! The evil joshi celebrate as they stomp Bayley out of the ring! Pearce and Aldis both reprimand DMG CTRL but Pearce also looks disappointed in Aldis that he couldn’t keep things under control.

Wait, Bayley sneaks something from under the apron skirt. Asuka & Kairi drag Bayley back out of the corner, and she CRACKS them with a steel pipe!! Fans fire up as Bayley runs those two off, and then has a standoff with Iyo! The fans are thunderously behind Bayley, but she doesn’t swing on Iyo. Iyo gets away, to flee with her friends. Bayley grabs the mic to continue, “And about that announcement. Iyo, I’ll see you at WrestleMania!!” The fans fire up again! The Role Model may be without her team, but will she show the Evil Genius she’s not as smart as she thinks?

 

Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS The Final Testament!

What was meant to be a confrontation before the Rumble turned into a brawl, and then there was a brawl during the Rumble, too! Now, the All Mighty leads Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins in a match against Karrion Kross & The Authors of Pain, which side will write how this story goes?

The teams don’t sort out, they just brawl! The ref reprimands, this has to be a match! Kross and Lashley are in a corner, the Profits DUMP AOP out! The fans fire up but the AOP drag the Profits out to join them! Dawkins POUNCES Rezar! Kross ROCKS Lashley, runs, but into a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! The fans fire up as Lashley goes for the Hurt Lock! Scarlett jumps on to CLAW at Lashley! But B-FAB drags Scarlett down! For a BOOT! Lashley nods, then he dodges Kross to SPEAR! The fans fire up as the Final Testament regroup outside and Lashley’s team regroups inside! No match tonight, but will this only escalate from here?

 

Nick Aldis meets with Bron Breakker.

The SmackDown GM is showing the Big Bad Booty Nephew a contract, and says everything in there is just as they discussed. All Bron has to do is sign and- Pearce walks in. Pearce isn’t sure what Aldis is trying to sell Bron, but Bron doesn’t have to sign anything until he’s looked over Pearce’s contract on Raw. Aldis asks what Pearce is doing, and Pearce says business, that’s what. Bron tells Aldis that he will hang onto the contract. And he’ll see Pearce on Monday. Yes he will. Bron heads out, Aldis asks what Pearce is playing at. Again, business. What is Aldis playing at? But then in walks Jade Cargill!

Jade asks if now is a good time. Yes, a great time. Adam, if you don’t mind, please exit. Now. Well, okay then, Double Oh Salesman. Pearce tells Jade to watch Aldis, he has an attitude. Pearce leaves, and Aldis welcomes Jade to the show. Will a storm be coming to SmackDown?

 

Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

The Wrestling Barbie sure made an impression her first night as a SmackDown superstar, leaving it right on Michin’s face! Will Mia show Tiffany who’s the Head Baddie in Charge? Or will Tiffany do like she always does and make it all about her?

SmackDown returns and Mia makes her entrance, The Good Brothers by her side. They see her off and she joins Tiff in the ring. The bell rings and the two run up, Mia SHOTGUNS Tiff! Mia fires off in a corner, the ref backs her off, but then Mia storms up to bump Tiff off buckles. Mia dribbles Tiff off the buckle, then whips corner to corner hard! Tiff falls, Mia storms up and KICKS her! Mia drags Tiff to then rain down fists! Mia covers, TWO, but Mia drags Tiff around by a leg. Tiff kicks Mia away, Mia kicks Tiff in the back! Mia drags tiff up with a gut wrench, to SUPLEX!

Mia stalks Tiff as she flounders, then drags Tiff up. Mia reels Tiff in, suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Tiff crawls but Mia stays on her. Tiff kicks Mia away again, then bails out. Mia frowns, then runs to WRECK Tiff with a dropkick! Mia goes to the apron but Tiff blocks the kick to trip Mia up! Mia hits apron then falls, and Tiff asks, “What time is it? It’s Tiffy Time!” Fans boo Tiffy Time and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Mia throws forearms on Tiff! Tiff drop toeholds Mia into ropes, then runs to HIP ATTACK! Then Tiff runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Tiff says Mia is nothing, then stands her up to- NO, Mia stops the slap to SLAP back! Fans fire up as Mia ROCKS Tiff, CHOPS her, then ROCKS her again! Mia fires off hands, elbows, and then whips. Mia LARIATS Tiff down! YAKUZA KICK! Tiff gets up, into a DROPKICK! Mia runs up to NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Mia while Tiff goes to a corner. Mia runs up, blocks a boot and UPPERCUTS!

Mia gets Tiff’s legs open in the ropes, to DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Mia makes a rookie mistake and that lets the rookie survive! Mia drags Tiff up, reels her in and wrenches, but Tiff refuses to Eat Da Feet! Tiff throws Mia by her hair, then runs, cartwheel and Alabama Lift, to ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Mia survives the Alabama Slam in Alabama, and Tiff is furious! Tiff drags Mia up, fireman’s carries, but Mia slips free! Mia CLUBS Tiff, SOBATS, and PELES! Then Mia drags Tiff up to reel her in, only for Tiff to RAM her into a corner!

Tiff fireman’s carries, for the ROLLING SENTON! Then the PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, Tiff wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall

Tiff scores a big win for her debut, but is this only the start for the Spoiled Rich Girl?

 

Aldis and Pearce are in the ring, again.

The GMs are back, and this time, the Tribal Chief makes his way out to join them! Roman has Paul Heyman and his Bloodline following, Mike Rome makes the introduction, and Roman lifts the Universal Championship for the pyro. Then Roman and the Bloodline continue into the ring, then they get more pyro. Heyman hands Roman a mic but the fans chant for “CODY! CODY! CODY!” Roman says, “We’ll get to him. But first, Birmingham, Alabama…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans are torn, but Roman says the Wise Man will tell you, Roman doesn’t like to recap. He just wants to move forward.

But there were some things said on Monday that Roman can’t let slide. Roman’s “little brother,” Seth Rollins… See? No pop! Rollins says he’s got THE title? So Roman has to think, “Didn’t I beat everybody competing for that title? Doesn’t that make them all my number twos? Shouldn’t we call that the Loser Bracket title? And then he had the audacity to say that he was The Guy! You can’t be running around here for two years in your wives’ clothes and say you’re The Guy!” Fans boo but Jimmy & Heyman laugh. Roman brings up Rollins talking about being a workhorse, but three months in, he breaks his back trying to carry Raw!

Let Roman ask y’all this: “Do workhorses walk like this?” And then he hobbles and limps around. Fans boo, but Roman says NO! Then Rollins attacks the schedule? This is so simple. Roman works less than Rollins, yes. He works ten times less. And he still makes ten times more! So he’ll ask y’all: You want Rollins level money? Or Tribal Chief money? See, Cody, he’s an idiot. Cody has values and “all that crap.” Cody doesn’t care about the money, so Roman will break it down to simple math. “Cody, I’m not gonna beg you like the other guy. You can either be the very best number two in this industry… Or you can take a crack at number one again. It’s your choice.”

But here comes Cody! The fans fire up for the American Nightmare as he makes his way out here, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets his pyro, high-fives the fans, and we hear Cody’s decision, after the break.

SmackDown returns again and Cody gets his second round of pyro before stepping into the ring with Roman and the Bloodline. Heyman is allowed to hand Cody a mic, and the fans fire up. “So, Birmingham, Alabama…! Roman Reigns… What do we want to talk about?” Cody imagined this conversation a little bit more private. But if you’ll indulge him, perhaps they could have the ring to themselves? Roman looks to Heyman and Heyman ushers Jimmy & Solo out. Cody then tells Roman, “I took a great deal of counsel this week. I talked to friends, family, legends.

“Y’know, you cheated me. I had you. More than anybody you’ve been in the ring with, I had you, and I think you know it. Seth Rollins, he’s made a lot of amazing points this week, but one of them that I disagree with, he called that the Hollywood title. You can call it whatever you want, that’s still the title that Bruno Sammartino held. It’s still the title that was put into my father’s hands at Madison Square Garden, and then swiftly taken away. Again, call it whatever you want, I still want that title. Lemme ask you… What is finishing the story? Cuz I’ve heard you say that all of this, ALL of it, is yours.

“This ring, the canvas, the ropes, that camera, the announce desk, all these people. You all belong to Roman Reigns, apparently!” The fans boo that, and Cody continues, “So… Is ‘finishing the story’ taking that championship from you? Or is ‘finishing the story’ taking everything from you? Let me make it abundantly clear: I want that title. Matter of fact, I’m moving my own goal post. I want that title, I want everything, and I am coming for it. I am coming for you, Roman Reigns!” The fans cheer, and then Cody says, “But not at WrestleMania.” Cody mentioned taking counsel. Roman, one of the individuals Cody talked to, he knows Roman very well.

THE ROCK IS HERE!! The fans lose their minds as The People’s Champion steps out on stage, and then he shows the goosebumps on his arms from this electrifying reception. The Rock goes down to the ring, stands on the corner, and the fans cheer even more now. The Rock steps into the ring, stares Cody down, and then shakes his hand. They even hug it out, and it seems The Rock is telling Cody some more wise words. Cody then lets The Rock have the ring so that he can stand across from The Head of the Table. Does this confirm that Cody IS taking Rollins up on his offer to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship?

As for The Rock and Roman, the fans go wild seeing them stare down now! Roman puts the Universal Championship on his shoulder but the fans have Rock’s back. The Rock and Roman step closer, the fans start losing their mind, and they chant, “This is Awesome!” The Rock and Roman step closer again, and again, until they’re face to face. Is it official? Is THIS the main event for WrestleMania in Philadelphia? A press conference is coming in Las Vegas, tune in to find out!


My Thoughts:

What a wild SmackDown to build on the Royal Rumble and even Raw. For one, that ending just now definitely shifted things. They wanted us to think we were getting Roman VS Cody II so Cody could win the rematch, but then they swing a U-turn right back to Roman VS Rock, which they teased the last time Rock was on TV tearing into Jinder Mahal. I suppose as great as it would be for Cody to end up on SmackDown and win the Universal Championship, they couldn’t pass up on Roman VS Rock. At the same time, SmackDown couldn’t reasonably have both Rumble winners and then put it all on Raw to figure out what their champs are doing.

To which, Bayley and DMG CTRL had an awesome moment tonight. Great promo of Iyo, Kairi & Asuka talking and Bayley overhearing it all. Then she confronts them, we get a great brawl, and boom, Bayley VS Iyo is made. This is all as expected, with Becky Lynch wanting her way back to the title over on Raw. Bayley will surely be having matches against Asuka and Kairi on the road to WrestleMania, and as I remember writing before, she might find unlikely allies to help her fight the Kabuki Warriors off. There are any number of tag teams that might team with Bayley if it means a tag title shot for them.

Great opening promo with Logan and Kevin, and a great match of Kevin VS Theory. Logan of course wants to face someone else, anyone else, because Kevin is going to beat him in a rematch. I would think Kevin still gets his rematch for WrestleMania, he and Logan will have a great rematch, but who knows if Kevin wins. At the same time, it’d be pretty funny if the next challenger Aldis lined up for Logan was actually someone Logan wants to face less than Kevin and that leaves Logan with no choice. Imagine if Logan was confronted with like, Omos. Between Kevin and Omos, I feel like Logan would choose Kevin because at least Kevin’s a normal height.

Great Fatal 4 Way Tag, and I am very glad it is Bate & Dunne moving on to the #1 contender’s match. Who knows who comes out of Raw, but I would personally hope Bate & Dunne win again to go on to Elimination Chamber. Bate & Dunne VS Finn & Priest would be awesome stuff, and who knows, maybe HHH has British Strong Style win and bring those tag titles to SmackDown for the next stretch until WrestleMania. And good promos from all the new signees to SmackDown. I’m thinking SmackDown gets all the NXT call-ups, as we saw Bron and Tiffany tonight, and we’ve seen Carmelo Hayes and Dragon Lee on here a few times already. Tiffany VS Mia was really good stuff, and of course Tiffany wins her SmackDown debut.

Good brawl out of Final Testament and still-unnamed faction of Lashley, Profits and now B-Fab. B-Fab joining up was only a matter of time, and her countering Scarlett was a natural move tonight. This surely ends up a No Disqualification/Street Fight Six Man match between now and Elimination Chamber, maybe even something bigger for Mania. And honestly, with how Logan disrespected Bianca during that promo segment, I would love if Montez Ford got his own shot at Logan. Great way to tie in their relationship, their reality show, and maybe even give Ford a singles title win over a “celebrity.”

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.

I’m a bit torn on the promo from Learning Tree Jericho and crew. The positive is that it was really good. I said for Dynamite that I like how the payoff is Jericho’s gone from condescending to sinister, and even Big Bill is getting into this crazy persona. The negative for me is that they kinda shoved this in here. I know we DO need to hear Jericho’s explanation, but if it was “after Dynamite,” then find a way to make it part of Dynamite. Or just leave it for Saturday Night Collision so that you aren’t already stuffing a one hour program full to the brim.

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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