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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/25/24)

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NXT is in Tag Team Turmoil!

While the NXT Tag Division fights for their shot at the titles, Nathan Frazer is going after Tony D’Angelo and the Heritage Cup! Will Frazer reign over two divisions at once? Or will he just FOGEDABOUTIT?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Turmoil: Chase U wins and will challenge for the NXT Tag Team Championships at NXT Heatwave.
  • Wes Lee VS Joe Coffey; Wes wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Tony D’Angelo w/ The D’Angelo Family VS Nathan Frazer w/ Axiom; Tony wins and retains the Cup.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Karmen Petrovic; Roxie wins.
  • Tavion Heights VS Damon Kemp w/ No Quarter Catch Crew; Tavion wins and joins the NQCC.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Sol Ruca VS Arianna Grace; Sol wins and will challenge Kelani Jordan for the title.
  • Trick Williams VS Shawn Spears; Spears wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE mourns the loss of Sika Anoa’i.

 

Ava Raine talks with referees and security.

She wants everyone to remember that we’ve seen a lot of new talent showing up, literally anyone could show up tonight. Raw, SmackDown, TNA, former superstars, all that. And that means new issues, from the parking lot to the stands to the locker room. Everyone needs to stay focused, they cannot have anything go wrong. The referees and security understand, but will someone still find a way to throw NXT for a loop?

 

NXT Tag Team Turmoil!

Nathan Frazer may have his eyes on another prize, but all the teams in this match want after those NXT Tag Team Championships! Five teams in all will compete, but who will be the ones heading for Heatwave?

First up, we have Malik Blade & Edris Enofe! And they have the New Catch Republic to start with! Will Malik & Edris finally prove they’re far from rookies? Or will Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne be bringing British Strong Style to Toronto?

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS New Catch Republic!

The teams sort out, Edris starts against Bate and they tie up. Bate headlocks for the takeover but Edris headscissors. Bate kips free, roles reverses, Bate headscissors but Edris kips free. The fans cheer, the two shake hands, then they knuckle lock> Bate rolls back to get Edris with a headscissor, but goes up the corner first! Bate waves, then RANAS Edris away! Edris gets up, Bate brings him over, tag to Dunne. Dunne goes up, he DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! The fans fire up while Dunne wrenches an arm and double wristlocks. Edris endures, powers out, then jukes Dunne! Malik tag sin, UPPERCUT leads to a BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO!

Bate gets in but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send him back out! Malik whips, Dunne reverses, and Bate is back. Malik dodges NCR to DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up and malik tags back to Edris. Malik goes up and Edris picks Dunne up, BLOCKBUSTER HART ATTACK COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives but Edris drags Dunne up. Dunne CHOPS and Edris goes to the corner. Dunne runs in but into a KNEE! Dunne comes back with an ENZIGIRI! Malik runs in, Dunne catches him and Bate runs up, REBOUNDER GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Malik bails out, Bate DIVES into him! Dunne gets Edris up, Edris slips free! SIDEWINDER!! Cover, TWO!!!

The fans fire up and Edris does not stop, he goes right up! MACHO ELBOW INTO A FOREARM! Bate tags in, And NCR hit a DOUBLE TYLER DRIVER!! Cover, NCR ELIMINATES Malik & Edris! But now it’s on to Legado Del Fantasma! Will Angel

New Catch Republic VS Legado Del Fantasma!

Angel & Humberto don’t wait, they brawl with Dunne & Bate! But that gets them caught into a KNEEBAR and an IRON OCTOPUS! The fans fire up as Legado endures, and Angel fights free of Dunne. Bate shifts to sunset flip on Humberto, TWO! Humberto gets up, Bate headlocks, but Humberto powers out, Angel tags in, Bate dodges but then Angel opens the ropes! Bate falls out hard, the fans are torn, but Angel stalks Bate. Angel KICKS Bate in the side, hauls him up, and SMACKS him off the apron. Angel puts Bate on the apron, CLUBS away on his chest, then shoves him inside. Angel BOOTS Bate in the back of the head!

The fans rally and duel but Angel talks some trash. Angel drags Bate up but Bate fires body shots. Bate kicks, Angel blocks and slips around, Gory Especial! Tag to Humberto, SLINGSHOT CUTTER GORY BOMB COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives but Humberto rains down forearms. Humberto drags Bate up, shoves him to the corner, then clotheslines! Angel tags in, he runs and gets a boost, but has to block a boot! Dunne avoids a cheap shot, Bate KNEES Angel, then LEAPS up to RANA Humberto! The fans fire up but Angel DROPKICKS Dunne! Angel dodges Bate to ROCK him, and underhooks him! TIGER BACKBRAEKER! Cover, Dunne STOMPS it apart!

The fans fire up as Humberto springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Dunne tumbles out, Angel hoists Bate up top. Angel CHOPS, the fans fire up, and Angel tags Humberto. The cousins go up to mug Bate, but Apollo Crews shows up! The fans fire up, the ref stops Apollo, and that lets Dunne DECK Garza! Bate says Bop, BANG for Humberto! Humberto wobbles, Bate FLYING LARIATS him down! Bate reels Humberto in, TYLER DRIVER SOLO! Cover, NCR ELIMINATES Legado! Apollo is happy he got even with Legado, but now Bate & Dunne must face The Good Brothers! And they’re not slowing down, either!

New Catch Republic VS The Good Brothers!

Karl Anderson UPPERCUTS Bate, Gallows fires off on Dunne! The fans boo but the Good Brothers hit a BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER on Dunne! Then the BOOT O’ DOOM for Bate! The Good Brothers throw up the Too Sweet, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Gallows & Anderson soak up the heat, but Dunne fires CHOPS and forearms on Big LG! Gallows just BOOTS Dunne back down! Gallows then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Dunne flounders, Gallows hauls him up, and scoops him for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Dunne writhes but Gallows soaks up the heat. Cover, TWO! Gallows drags Dunne up to put him in the corner, but Dunne fights back with boots and forearms! Dunne DECKS Anderson, but Gallows LARIATS Dunne! Cover, TWO! And Dunne is pulling on Gallows’ ear! The ref reprimands, but Gallows DECKS Dunne! Gallows rains down fists, then drags Dunne back up.

Tag to Anderson and the Good Brothers mug Dunne. Anderson stays between Dunne and Bate, CLAWS at his face, but Dunne fires hands! Dunne reaches out for Bate but Anderson keeps him back! Dunne fires hands, reaches for Bate, repeat, but Anderson still holds on! Anderson whips Dunne hard into the corner and Dunne falls to the mat! Anderson drags Dunne up, snapmares him, then clamps on with a chinlock. Dunne endures, the fans rally up, and Dunne fights to his feet. Anderson pulls Dunne’s hair! Anderson throws Dunne down, and the ref reprimands. Anderson aims at Dunne in the corner, runs up, but into a BOOT!

Dunne goes up, and he reels Anderson in, for a TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and Dunne rises! Hot tag to Bate! The Big Strong Boi rallies on the Machine Gun, then CLOBBERS Gallows! Bate whips, Anderson reverses but Bate ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! The fans fire up as NXT returns to single picture, and Bate fireman’s carries Anderson! AIRPLANE SPIN! The fans fire up and count along, Bate goes past TEN, past FIFTEEN, and then SLAMS Anderson down at TWENTY! Gallows storms up, Bop up! BANG! Tag to Dunne, but Gallows grabs them both! Double Bop, DOUBLE BANG!

NCR then double torture rack! Anderson makes the save, TOSSES Bate, and Gallows BOOTS Dunne! Anderson tags Gallows in and they get Dunne up! MAGIC- NO, Bate springboards in to UPPERCUT Anderson! Dunne cradles Gallows, NCR ELIMINATES The Good Brothers!! But now we have Chase U! And also, OTM? Well, Nima & Price are talking smack on Gallows & Anderson, we know there’s beef from how Jaida Parker and Michin have been going after each other. As for Mr. Chase & Duke Hudson, they have Thea Hail, Ridge Holland & Riley Osborne by their side, will they give NCR a #TeachableMoment?

New Catch Republic VS Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Chase U!

Chase & Duke are good sports so they let NCR catch their breath. The fans rally up as Chase starts against The Bruiserweight and the forearms start flying! Chase ROCKS Dunne, eggs him on, so Dunne hits back! Chase fires a flurry, whips, but Dunne reverses. Chase reverses to wrench and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! The fans fire up, Chase stomps it out! “C! H! A! S! E! U!” What’s that spell? CHASE U~! The fans fire up but Dunne gets those fingers! Dunne bends Chase’s fingers, Chase whips but Dunne reverses! Dunne puts Chase on ropes, but then Duke storms over. The ref has Duke stay back as Dunne gives Chase BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!

The fans count along to TEN, Dunne lets Chase slump down, and Dunne tells Ridge he remembers those Brawling Brute days. Tag to Bate. they STOMP the hands then DOUBLE BUZZSAW! Then the double torture rack, but Chase slips free! Hot tag to the MVP! Duke URENAGES Dunne, then URENAGES Bate onto Dunne! The fans fire up as Duke whips Bate to a corner. Duke runs up, blocks a boot, but not the KNEE! Bate goes up but Duke rolls?! STRATUSPHERE! The fans are thunderous as Duke JABS! JABS! JABS! Flip, Flop, Fly, “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! The fans stay hot as Duke gets Bate up! But Bate slips free to fireman’s carry!

Bate spins but Duke slips free to scoop! SWINGING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and the fans fire up! Duke is a little frustrated but he gets Bate back up. Duke suplexes, Bate knees free! Duke tries again, but Bate suplexes instead?! He really IS a Big Strong Boi! The fans are thunderous while both men are down, hot tags to Chase and Dunne! Dunne sidesteps to SNAP GERMAN! Dunne goes out, up, but Chase GAMANGIRIS! Chase climbs, brings Dunne up, but Dunne twists the arm! Tag to Bate, SUPER SUNET FLIP BOMB! Bate gets Chase up, for a SAIDO! Cover, Duke breaks it!

The fans fire up as Duke TOSSES Dunne out! Dunne gets Duke’s arm, though! And then the fingers! Dunne SNAPS Duke’s fingers! Bate underhooks, Chase back drops free! Bate lands out, then DUMPS Chase out! Dunne ASAI MOONSAULTS Duke! Bate PLANCHAS but Ridge takes the hit!! The fans fire up as Chase puts Bate in! Chase goes up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, CHASE U WINS!! !

Winners: Andre Chase & Duke Hudson, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships)

Yorkshire Grit comes in clutch for Chase U, and now they’re all going to Toronto! But will they return to the states holding onto those tag titles? Or will Axiom & Frazer be laser focused when the time comes?

 

The Women’s Division watches back footage from last week.

Specifically, Roxanne Perez getting Lola Vice with a backhand. Karmen Petrovic says Roxie’s rather two-faced. See that smile? But then Roxie storms in and asks what was that? She sees what they’re watching, and asks Karmen, didn’t she despise Lola? And what? Now she’s her best friend or something? Karmen says she doesn’t like Lola, but she gives credit where credit is due. Didn’t Roxie see what Lola did to Shayna in NXT Underground? Karmen says Lola is on top of her game. Roxie says so is she! Karmen and anyone in here, are just incapable of reaching it. Is Roxie trying to convince them of that? Or is she trying to convince herself?

Because to Karmen, Roxie has the same unsure look on her face as she did in the match. Roxie tells Karmen to go back to watching the stars of this division, and maybe some day, she’ll actually be one. Karmen says she’ll prove where she belongs. Karmen heads out and Roxie scowls, will the real-life Beatrix Kiddo make it her mission to take down The Prodigy?

 

Nathan Frazer talks with Dante Chen backstage.

The Singapore Warrior is surprised, Frazer already has the Heritage Cup match to worry about, so he doesn’t want to be a distraction. But if Frazer needs someone in his corner, Dante will be there for him. Frazer appreciates that. He would like to say he has his bases covered, but uh, he hasn’t really talked with Axiom in a few days, not sure where his head is at. Frazer can’t go alone, that’s 4v1. But then in steps Axiom! And Axiom says he’s been thinking. He is concerned about Frazer’s aspirations for more getting in the way of what they already have, Axiom is Frazer’s tag team partner, so he will be in Frazer’s corner.

Sweet! Dante says he was ready to step in, but hey, that’s Axiom’s spot. Good luck out there. Dante heads out, and Axiom says after tonight, Frazer will still be one-half of the NXT Tag Team Champions. But also a TWO-TIME Heritage Cup Champion! Frazer knew his amigo would come around! The two head out, but will the Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths be able to bring home another prize?

 

Ethan Page is here!

The fans boo as All Ego makes his way out to the ring, still all smiles as he gets a mic. “Ladies and gentlemen, Heatwave, oh, Heatwave, is a week from Sunday, and it is absolutely heating up. I mean, we just saw who’s gonna be challenging for the NXT Tag Team titles. And this company’s already announced the main event. They announced who will be facing Trick Williams for the NXT title, and it is gonna be the winner of the battle royal, Je’Von Evans.” The fans chant “We Want Trick! We Want Trick!” Ethan says yeah, yeah. But Je’Von, the winner of the battle royal. The only problem is, Je’Von won a battle royal that Ethan Page was NEVER eliminated from!

And what did Ethan do after that? Oh, that’s right. In the same night JE’Von become #1 contender, Ethan pinned his ass in this ring! So if you ask All Ego, he thinks that battle royal should be scrapped. Je’Von needs to be out, and All Ego needs to be in! So to keep it professional, Ethan wants to publicly and professional invite Ava Raine out here to change the Heatwave main event. Unless she’s busy hearing Trick beg for Ethan to never get another title shot. But here comes Ava! She says she figures All Ego isn’t just a catchphrase or something. He really lives it! Ethan thinks he deserves the world and can do no wrong. Yikes.

Ethan says when you’re someone like him, someone who always bets on hisemlf and always wins, then yes, “All Ego” is very warranted. But Ava is here, time to change the main event. The one thing about Ava is that she doesn’t like it when people try to back her itno a corner. But unfrotuatenly, in all fairness, Ethan has a point> Ethan pinned Je’Von and- Wait! Here comes Shawn Spears! The Chair Man apologizes for this, but he can’t be ahving Ava making any rash decisions. Spears has no problem with Ethan. They’ve traveled the same roads, they come from the same place, so it is rather refreshing to see someone following in Spears’ footsteps.

Ethan is taking Spears’ lead, boasting about beating Je’Von, but uh, Spears pinned Je’Von first. Ethan asks how Spears is getting this twisted. Yeah, Ethan was busy with Oro Mensah, but maybe he missed the ending. No, wait, Spears got his ass tossed out by Evans and was eliminated! Yes, but that’s something Ethan could never do, even on his best day. Speaking of things Ethan can’t do, tonight, Spears promises to pin Trick Williams. And after that, Spears makes Ava’s decision even easier because- WAIT! Here comes the champ himself! “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” echoes out, and Trick tells Spears to sit his goofy ass down.

Trick says he’ll beat Spears up later, so he’s not sure why Spears is doing all this talking. Trick then tells Ava that if we’re talking Heatwave, Trick says it don’t matter. It could be that bum, Ethan Page. It could be the Young OG, or even both of them! But here’s what Trick knows: Toronto will be chanting one thing! WHOOP DAT- Spears DECKS Trick! Spears and Ethan work together to stomp away, but here comes Je’Von! The Young OG CLOBBERS Spears, but then Ethan goes after him! Je’Von & Trick fight back against Spears & Chase! Ava stays clear as Trick & Je’Von send Ethan & Spears out of the ring!

Security rushes out, Ava helps Trick get the belt back, and things are getting combustible in here! Will Trick show The Chair Man that the truth really does hurt, and the truth is that Spears is not ready to Whoop Dat Trick?

 

Ridge Holland is fired up.

He’s happy for Chase U, but then New Catch Republic find him. They ask him what was that out there, and Dunne says they owe him a receipt. Ridge says hey, it’s luck of the draw, they just got a bad one. No hard feelings, yeah? Dunne says no, Ridge was supposed to strike out on his own, and yet here he is, standing with Chase U. Thea calls to Ridge, Ridge heads out, and then Bate says they were so close. Hank ‘n’ Tank then walk over and agree, NCR was crushing it out there. Well, thanks, guys. Tank knows they’re bummed, and he’s never been the best with timing, but uh, how about next week, they test that New Catch Republic energy against the Hank ‘n’ Tank vibe?

And again, not the best with timing, and Hank ‘n’ Tank missed out on Tag Team Turmoil, but they need that tag team experience to get going like NCR. Bate says challenge accepted. NCR heads out, Hank ‘n’ Tank are fired up, but will the Blue Collar Brawlers be able to hold their own against some serious tekkers?

 

Robert Stone and Stevie Tyler are backstage.

The 4D Superstar puts a hand on Suit Man Stone’s shoulder and asks him, what does he want? Ava has enough going on as GM. Stone takes her hand off his shoulder and asks her what she is up to. Stone has been helping Ava making these high level decisions. Dante Chen is a somebody, Sol Ruca and Arianna Grace are having a contender’s match. Let’s be real, it was only a matter of time until Ava saw him as an asset. Oh, he’s an ass alright. But Stevie says she’s also been helping with decision making, and has been doing a much better job of it. Stevie volunteered to challenge Jordynne Grace, spilled the tea on Roxie’s speech, and has the inside scoop on everything going on around here.

Oh, so she’s a NARC? A what? A snitch. But clearly, this isn’t going to work. Stevie couldn’t agree more. Well, Stone’s not going anywhere. Neither is Stevie. Stevie says she’s gonna win. Oh please. She couldn’t beat him on her best day. Try her. Things are heating up even in the office, who will be THE assistant to the General Manager when all is said and done?

 

Wes Lee VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

The Cardiac Kid knows he has one last shot for “his” North American Championship, but he also has to handle some business with Gallus. Will Wes make it through The Iron King to then head for The Ruler? Or will Coffey prove even the #WesSide is in Gallus’ Kingdom?

NXT returns and Gallus makes their entrance. The bell rings, Wes is distracted by Markus, but he still METEORAS Joe first! The fans fire up with Wes, he builds speed, but Wolfgang gets in the way! So Wes takes a swing! Joe CLOBBERS Wes from behind, then runs to GLASGOW SENDOFF! Wes gets flipped inside-out, but Joe whips him to a corner! And then whips him back in! Wes staggers, Joe scoops him, BACKBREAKER! Wes writhes, Joe runs to go up and up and VADER ELBOW! Coffey almost spilled but he still hit the target! Cover, TWO! Joe storms around but Wes UP KICKS! Then he runs up, but into a knee!

Joe fires hands, whips Wes to ropes, then ROCKS him! Joe whips again, but Wes tilt-o-whirls to DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up. The ref double checks both men, Coffey is somehow okay after being spiked. Wes ROCKS him, Joe throws him away! Wes SUPERKICKS, trips Joe, then rains down fists! Joe gets free, but Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves to then ROCK Joe, and DOUBLE STOMP him! The fans fire up with Wes, he dodges Joe to BOOT Mark off the apron! But then Joe POP-UP POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Wes survives but Joe aims again. Joe RAMS Wes, whips him, runs in, but only gets buckles! Wes rolls Joe up< TWO!

Joe hits a HEADBUTT, then another GLASGOW SENDOFF! Joe hauls Wes up top, climbs up after him, but Wes fights the superplex! The fans rally as Wes throws body shots. Wes UPPERCUTS Joe, then leaps. Joe gets under Wes, ALL THE BEST- NO, Wes ducks to handspring, CARDIAC KICK! Cover, Wes wins!

Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall

Wes doesn’t need Coffey to get him going, he has boundless energy all his own! But then Oba Femi calls from the perch! “Congratulations. I see you’ve cleared your final hurdle, and now you’ve managed to secure a match one-on-one, for the first and final time, Wes Lee VS Oba Femi for the North American Championship! So Wes… I’ll see you at Heatwave!” The Ruler is ready to reign on Wes’ parade, but will this last shot be all Wes needs to get back on top?

 

Backstage interview with The D’Angelo Family.

Sarah Schreiber brings up that The Don is going to defend the Heritage Cup up next against Nathan Frazer. Any last thoughts? Tony says his only concern is what they’ll be doing for the after party tonight. But in all seriousness, Frazer is dangerously fast, Tony will have to slow him down. Frazer is one of the NXT Tag Team Champions, he has more experience in the Heritage Cup than Tony, but Stacks & Luca have some tips that’ll give Tony the edge: Just punch Frazer in the mouth and see how he responds. But one thing Tony knows for sure is that The Cup stays in The Family. The D’Angelos head out, but will Frazer be ready for whatever is thrown at him?

 

Ridge Holland talks with Duke Hudson backstage.

They’re both pumped that Chase U are #1 contenders to the tag titles, but then a staff member brings over stills from last week’s match. Duke goes to open the envelope, but Ridge says they gotta get over this. A win is a win. Thea then runs in, the whole team celebrates, and Ridge hides the envelope. This is what happens when they are on the same page! And at NXT Heatwave, not only does Chase U go international, but they become TWO-TIME Tag Team Champions! Riley says he was just international, but he’ll go again! Thea says it’s a field trip! Get your passports! And then party time!

Ridge and Duke lock eyes, Ridge points to the shirt. Will Duke let the past be the past and focus on a bright future? Or will the Chase U MVP choose integrity over victory?

 

NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Tony D’Angelo w/ The D’Angelo Family VS Nathan Frazer w/ Axiom!

We just heard from The Don that his plan of attack is to attack, but he also acknowledged the incredible speed that Frazer has behind him. If Frazer’s style is to #NeverSlowDown, then will Tony have any hopes of keeping up? Or will there be quite the roadblock to make him slam on the brakes?

The introductions are made, the cup is raised, and we see who will have to FOGEDABOUTIT!

The bell rings on round one, and the two tie up. Frazer headlocks, Tony powers out, but Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges. Tony gets around to waistlock but Frazer headlocks for the takeover. Tony fights up, powers out, but Frazer goes up and over and handsprings. Frazer gets around to waistlock, Tony throws him off! Frazer headlocks again, but Tony denies the takeover to back suplex. Frazer lands out, shoves Tony, then headlocks again. Tony powers out, drops down, but things keep moving as Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges! Roll up and high stack, FRAZER SCORES!

Tony: 0; Frazer: 1

In just FORTY SECONDS, Frazer takes that critical first fall! Tony is frustrated but Frazer has a big grin. The two refresh in their corners, and now we start round two. The two tie up, Tony TACKLES Frazer and rolls to get him up, for a back drop! Tony then clinches to BELLY2BELLY! Tony reels Frazer in to fire body shots! Tony pushes Frazer down, eggs him on, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Frazer goes up, leaps, but into a BODY SHOT! Tony snarls, eggs Frazer on, then drags him up. Tony ROCKS Frazer, Frazer sits back, and Tony brings him back up. Tony whips, Frazer goes up and over then keeps moving!

Frazer redirects, redirects, but Tony still catches him for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Tony scores right back!

Tony: 1; Frazer: 1

Just over a minute and The Don has tied this up! This is one of the more fast ‘n’ furious Heritage Cup matches in a long time, could it end in record time, too?

Axiom helps Frazer refresh, and round three begins. Tony RAMS into Frazer, RAMS in again and again, then ROCKS Frazer! Tony stalks Frazer, the fans rally and duel. Tony ROCKS Frazer again, stalks him to ropes, then brings him up. Tony whips, Frazer sunset flips! Tony stays up but Frazer avoids the fist! Frazer fires hands in return, then whips. Tony reverses, Frazer slides to a stop then puts Tony on the outside! Frazer runs to SHOTGUN Tony down! Frazer builds speed to DIVE! But Tony catches him! “Are you stupid!?” Tony THRWOS Frazer into steel steps, and he shouts that he’s The Don for a reason, while NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and we’re not in round four! Frazer dodges Tony to LARIAT him out! Frazer tries again, and he DIVES! Direct hit this time but Frazer keeps going! Frazer DIVES and takes Tony down again! Frazer slides back in, but Tony follows! Frazer dodges to SLINGBLADE! The fans fire up and Frazer SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Tony stays in this and The Family is relieved. The fans duel as Frazer goes to the apron. Frazer aims, springboards, but fakes Tony out! Tony runs up, but into a GAMANGIRI! Now springboard CROSSBODY, but Tony catches Frazer! Frazer slips free to roll Tony up, TWO! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

We’re under 45 seconds and Tony is frastrated! Tony hauls Frazer up, talks smack, whips him, but Frazer QUEBRADAS! Tony catches Frazer again, to RAM him into a corner! Tony has Frazer in a Tree of Woe and says the Cup belongs to him! Tony run sin, Frazer sits up, Tony POSTS himself! We’re under 10 seconds! MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down and the round ends!

Tony: 1; Frazer: 1

This brings us to round five, and both men are feeling the wear and tear. They run back in, Tony blocks a superkick then ROCKS Frazer! Tony storms up, fires a clothesline, then brings Frazer around to whip him back in. Another clothesline, then Tony brings Frazer out. Tony whips Frazer in again, runs corner to corner, but Frazer SUPERKICKS him down! Cover, TWO!! Tony survives but Frazer hurries up! Frazer aims, CROSSBODY into a SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Tony has hit that three times but only got one to count! Tony tries a fisherman but Frazer cradles! TWO!! Tony escapes, gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Frazer lands out!

Frazer runs up to GAMANGIRI! Tony flops out of the ring! Frazer sees that, hurries out after him, and storms over. Tony pushes Frazer away, Frazer comes back, SHOTGUN into steel steps! Tony clutches his arm, the ring count climbs, and Frazer slides in. Frazer wants the count, because it’ll still count as a fall! We’re under a minute, but Tony stands at 9! Tony slides in, into the COAST2COAST!! Cover, TWO!!! Tony survives and the fans are thunderous! Frazer is frustrated but there’s no time to waste! “This is Awesome!” as Frazer CLUBS Tony around at 30 seconds. Frazer goes up but Tony has the ref check him.

Frazer reaches the top, but Tony goes after him first! Tony climbs up, Frazer throws elbows, and Tony falls! TEN seconds, Frazer catches his breath before the PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TIME’S UP! Tony is saved by the bell!!

Tony: 1; Frazer: 1

Frazer can’t believe it, but Tony has survived until round six! Axiom encourages Frazer that he’s so close! Frazer and Tony get up, run in, but Tony back drops! Frazer sunset flips it, TWO!! Tony runs up, into a cradle! TWO!! Tony escapes again, Frazer wrenches him to suplex, ANARCHY!! Frazer hurries to a corner while The Family panics! Frazer climbs, aims, PHOENIX- NO, Tony avoids the splash! Frazer BOOTS back, skins the cat to the top rope, but Tony jumps up after him! Frazer fires hands, but then brings Tony up, only for Tony to SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Frazer staggers, into the SPINEBUSTER!!! Cover, TONY WINS!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall (still NXT Heritage Cup Champion)

That was a slug fest! And yet, like the Florida Panthers with the Stanley Cup, Tony pulls it off 2-1 in the final round! Will no one be able to take this trophy away from Tony D?

 

Je’Von Evans talks with Trick Williams backstage.

Trick thanks The Young OG for having his back out there. Je’Von knows Trick can handle Spears, but Je’Von can’t let Trick go out there alone. They both know that Spears and Ethan are gunning for Trick, especially after earlier tonight, so Je’Von will have Trick’s back, be in his corner. So if Ethan & Spears wanna throw hands, Je’Von’ll be ready to throw hands. Trick appreciates that, but hey, Je’Von has his match with Trick to worry about. Je’Von earned that opportunity, he should focus on himself. Trick has seen people go crazy over this NXT Championship. Plus, Trick gets cautious about people claiming they’ve got his back, he’d rather just lock in on his own.

But Trick says hey, they’ll both be ready and meet up at Heatwave. Je’Von says he feels that. Trick will do his thing, and Whoop Dat Trick. They secret handshake and Trick heads out. But will Je’Von have a point about All Ego trying to get involved in the main event?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Karmen Petrovic!

The Prodigy put the roster on notice, but the Black Belt did the same. Will the NXT Women’s Champion make Karmen come to regret that? Or will she end up owing Karmen a golden ticket to Toronto?

NXT returns and Karmen makes her entrance. But then wait! Lola Vice is here! The fans cheer as she swaggers her way over to commentary, but Roxie is annoyed. The bell rings and the two in the ring tie up. Roxie wrenches to a wristlock, then hammerlocks. Karmen moves around but Roxie wrangles her to the mat. Roxie pulls hair, then bridges over on the hammerlock! Karmen endures, Roxie moves around, and Karmen stands. Karmen wrenches out, and Roxie ducks the roundhouse! Karmen storms up but Roxie YANKS her into ropes! Roxie ROCKS Karmen, then stomps away in the corner!

Roxie digs her boot in, lets off as the ref counts, and then Karmen STRAIGHT KICKS Roxie down! Karmen goes up, but Roxie grabs a leg! Roxie YANKS Karmen down off the corner, then CLUBS away on her! The fans fire up, Roxie drags Karmen up, and Roxie SMACKS Karmen off buckles. Roxie then snarls, runs in, and UPPERCUTS! Roxie wrenches, hooks Karmen up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Roxie scuffs Karmen, then CHOKES her! The ref counts, Roxie steps off, then STOMPS Karmen down! Cover, TWO! Roxie CLUBS Karmen down, steps on her, then pulls hair!

The ref reprimands again, but Roxie lets off at 4. Lola tells Roxie off in Spanish, but Roxie drags Karmen up. Roxie clamps on, BACKSTABBER into a stretch! Karmen endures, pries at the chinlock, and the fans rally up. Karmen rolls back, covers, TWO! Roxie stands, storms up on Karmen and shrieks that she’ll never be anyone! Roxie whips, Karmen goes up to SOBAT! Karmen then DISCUS LARIATS! Shoutout to Natty, and Karmen aims again! Karmen runs up to rally with big forearm after big forearm! LEG SWEEP, LION’S BARRAGE onto knees! Roxie counters the falling kick, then runs up to SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX! Cover, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall

Roxie smiles, then tells Karmen that’s what she gets! Roxie holds up the title, but Lola steps up into the ring. The fans are on Lola’s side, but Roxie swings on her! Lola blocks the backhand, to BACKHAND!! Lola connects with that 305, and she holds up the title belt! She is even taking it with her! Is the Mayor of Vice City going to do this for real when she and Roxie finally go 1v1?

 

Noam Dar Facetimes with The Meta Four.

The Scottish Supernova says he is so thankful for them sending him gifts in the hospital, and for Main Man Mensah always visiting. It means so much. But hey, Ethan Page did a number on his leg. Dar’s tendon was ripped right off the bone, he is gonna be out of action for a long time. Dar knows they can keep Meta Four strong. Jakara says damn right. Lash says Oro’s been trying to get back at Ethan, and Oro says it is more than just payback. He wants to avenge Noam. Dar says that is why he IS the main man. Oro says this group makes him smiles. He loves them all. When he was a kid in Nigeria, he never ever would’ve thought he’d be here.

And now… How to put this? When he was a kid, his dad almost died in a car accident. He had to run through a wall of fire just to survive, and that left 60% of his body permanently scarred. He had to move to Switzerland for therapy, and Oro and his brother moved there. Mom was back home in Nigeria taking care of everything else, so Oro was in foster care. It was hard, it was tough, y’know? Being so far away from home in a place where you look and sound different from all the other kids, Oro didn’t feel like he fit in. Honestly speaking, he’s never felt like he’s fit in anywhere. Until he met Meta Four.

Lash & Jakara have him hug it out and he says okay c’mon. But this is why Oro cannot and will not rest until he gets revenge on Ethan Page for what he did to Dar! Dar says that was beautiful, Oro. Thank you for sharing. Meta Four is beautiful, here is to our brother, Mensah! Click click click! A powerful moment for Meta Four, will they make All Ego pay for how he’s made them all feel?

 

Things are going down backstage!

OTM dared The OC to fight them, and so they get their fight! But Gallows & Anderson stand over them both, holding onto chairs! Miss Parker storms up but Michin intercepts! The security guards rush in to stop this brawl, but clearly there’s no stopping this feud! What will it take for these warring factions to settle the score?

 

A ref reports back to Ava.

He checked on OTM, they look pretty banged up. She says she’ll handle it. Just please go make sure they’re okay in medical. The ref says will do, then heads out. Now in step Carlee Bright & Kendal Grey. Ava thanks them for meeting with her. After last week, she gets how they feel. So next week, Carlee gets her match with Wendy Choo. They thank Ava and head out, but in storms Lola. She throws the belt down on Ava’s desk. “When your champion wakes up, you can get this back to her. And tell her that I want the title match, at Heatwave.” Lola heads back out after turning up the heat, but will Roxanne make sure to burn her up in Toronto?

 

Tavion Heights VS Damon Kemp w/ No Quarter Catch Crew!

The 2021 Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion impressed Charlie Dempsey, even in a losing effort against Eddy Thorpe. Dempsey then arranged this match to see if Tavion has what it takes to be NQCC. Will Tavion win and take this group to new heights? Or will the Golden Gopher drag him down to the ground and show no quarter?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Kemp waistlocks, Tavion trips him and runs, but then blocks hip toss to hit a hip toss! Kemp gets up, Tavion arm-drags him! Tavion runs, dodges, but Kemp catches him to a SLEEPER! Tavion drops to his knees already, but he fights up to scoop! The fans fire up for the SHOULDER BUSTER! Kemp writhes, goes to a corner then bails out. NQCC checks on his shoulder, Kemp says he needs it popped. Dempsey YANKS the arm to do just that! Kemp gets back in, but then bails back out. Tavion storms out after him, but Kemp CLOBBERS him! Kemp might’ve suckered Tavion in on th atone.

Kemp puts Tavion in, gets the legs and spins him for an ELBOW DROP! Then another! Kemp dribbles Tavion’s face off the mat! The ref counts, Kemp lets off, and fans boo. Tavion kicks at Kemp, Kemp stomps him back. Kemp whips Tavion to a corner hard, then gets him on the rebound! GERMAN SUPLEX! Tavion flounders, Kemp fires hands then whips corner to corner! And now OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kemp keeps on Tavion with another whip, but Tavion goes up and over! Tavion clinches, but Kemp fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Kemp is free, asks Dempsey if this is what he really wants.

Dempsey says keep going, so Kemp brings Tavion up. OLYMPIC- NO, Tavion slips out, shoves, and he OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES! Tavion kips up, fires up, and he BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES again! Cover, Tavion wins!

Winner: Tavion Heights, by pinfall (earns his spot on the NQCC)

The fans cheer for Tavion, and Dempsey gets in to raise Tavion’s hand in victory! The crew is now four strong, but Kemp is still unsure why it had to be like this. Will it all be alright when all four men are grabbing up gold?

 

Backstage interview with Kelani Jordan.

Kelly Kincaid is with the NXT Women’s North American Champion and says while it seemed Sol Ruca was a clear cut contender, it seems Arianna Grace talked her way into a match. Kelani says last week was a definite confident booster for her when she beat Michin. And yeah, she thought it was gonna be Sol up next, too. Kelani just wants to be a drama free champion who defends her title against those who are deserving, and then just move on. Sol is Kelani’s friend, is super chill, and has a great vibe. But Arianna is like the complete opposite. But props to her for getting this match. We’ll just wait and see who wins.

But then in storms Miss Parker. She won’t let this go down like that! Keep the camera on her! Jaida tells Michin she has the audacity to blindside her after Michin’s boys jump Nima & Price. How about this? Next week, they go face to face, in a STREET FIGHT! Jaida storms off as things have now escalated, will next week be just the thing to put this to rest?

 

Malik & Edris regroup with Brinley Reece.

She says they were so great out there in the Tag Turmoil! It’s alright, that was all fair game. She’s proud of them! Malik says yeah, just gotta stay positive. Edris says it’d be nice if this positivity would result in wins. Izzi Dame steps in and says he’s exactly right. Being happy go lucky does absolutely NOTHING. Brin, the boys might be too scared to say this, but Izzi isn’t. They don’t want her around! All she does is feed them delusional vibes when in reality, they will never amount to anything, and neither will she. Is Tatum Paxley peeking in through the glass door…? She disappears when everyone looks over.

Brin asks if Izzi has a problem with her. Izzi says she doesn’t, and then leaves. Brin asks the guys if Izzi’s right, and Malik says not at all! Edris is silent, though. Is there at least some truth to it?

 

Axiom & Frazer regroup backstage.

Axiom says Frazer was so close! He really had Tony on the ropes. Frazer appreciates that, he just thought he had it. Hey, head held up high. And now, they can focus on Chase U at Heatwave. Chase U looked great, they’ll be ready. Time to watch tape! Yeah, but about that… Frazer has this WWE Speed match tomorrow, so… What? Since when? Frazer promises, full focus after that! Now to go get his back checked out. Frazer leaves, Axiom accepts it, but is there a real focus problem after all?

 

NXT Women’s North American Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Sol Ruca VS Arianna Grace!

Speaking of the Sol Surfer and The Pageant Queen, they’re about to fight it just as Kelani said. Who wins that golden ticket to Toronto to challenge the Gym Princess for her crown?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Sol pushes Arianna, Arianna pushes back, and then Arianna headlocks for the takeover. Sol headscissors, Arianna kips but can’t get free. Sol puts on the squeeze, and pushes up to then flip Arianna over! Arianna flails and finds the ROPEBREAK! Sol lets go, Arianna runs up, but Sol headlocks. Sol grinds, hits a takeover, but Arianna goes for the headscissor. Sol shrugs it off once, twice, and three times. Arianna fights up to her feet, powers up and out but Sol runs her over! Sol waves, runs, hops up and over the dropdown, then ducks ‘n’ dodges. Sol flips through the hip toss to then FACEBUSTER!

Arianna staggers to a corner, Sol runs up, but Arianna puts her on the apron! Sol stumbles, but she slingshots back in to CODE BREAKER! Arianna staggers, Sol trips her up! Sol then stands on Arianna to hang ten! The fans fire up and Sol hops away. Arianna huffs ‘n’ puffs, but Sol mocks the pageant wave. Arianna runs up, Sol wrenches and wristlocks, then goes to a corner. Arianna whips Sol away, but Sol goes up and out. Sol RAMS into Arianna, slingshots up, but Arianna SHOVES her down! Sol hits the apron, Arianna goes out to put her back in. Arianna whips Sol into buckles, then stomps away!

The ref counts, Arianna whips corner to corner again, then runs up to ELBOW! Arianna reels Sol in to suplex! The fans rally for Sol but Arianna storms up on her. But then Sol gets her for a cradle! TWO, and Arianna kicks the legs out! Arianna brings Sol around, whips again, but Sol reverses! Sol runs in, Arianna BOOTS her away! Arianna goes up, waves, and AX HANDLES Sol down! Arianna runs to KNEE LIFT! Cover, TWO! Arianna clamps onto Sol with a seated cobra twist! The fans rally, Sol fights up, but Arianna throws her down! Arianna runs, but Sol dodges to then run Arianna over! Sol rallies with big shoulders, then a springboard CROSSBODY!

Sol keeps moving, wrenches and fireman’s carries, but Arianna slips free! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Arianna hits buckles, but she ELBOWS Sol back! Arianna goes up, but Sol dodges the ax handle! Sol goes up and up, has to steady herself, so she mule kicks instead. Sol then goes up to SOL SNATCHER!! Cover, Sol wins!

Winner: Sol Ruca, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s North American Championship)

The waters were a big choppy there, but Sol still snatches this one away! Kelani comes out to applaud her friend, then raises her hand in victory. But will The Standout show that not even Sol can do it like Lani? Or will her reign be washed away by Sol’s wave of momentum?

 

Roxie storms into Ava’s office.

She snatches back her title, and accuses Ava being behind what Lola did like some conspiracy! Lola can’t just take things! Why did Ava let it happen? Ava says Roxie tried to attack Lola, Lola laid her out and then brought the belt here. All her. Well, so nice to see you Ava. Yeah, actually, Roxie, you can get your revenge on Lola when you defend the title at Heatwave. Roxie says this must be so much fun for Ava. Ava says yeah, actually, it is. Roxie storms out, but will The Prodigy have a meltdown when facing Latina Heat?

 

Kelani and Sol talk backstage.

Kelani says she’s excited to be facing Sol for the title at Heatwave, and Sol says same. See you in Toronto, champ. They both head out, and lurking behind them are Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx. Jacy mocks their little friendly conversation. Isn’t that so sweet? Makes Jazmyn wanna throw up. And now Fallon Henley walks in, and she agrees with them! It’s even more sickening that these three are the ones overlooked. But not Kelani, not Sol, nope. Just the ones that’ve been here for years. Oh, case in point, there’s Karmen walking by. Hasn’t been here long enough to do anything yet is given her chance against the champ.

Maybe these three should do something about this. Yes, maybe they should. Is this new toxic alliance going to start doing what they want when they want to whoever they want?

 

Trick Williams VS Shawn Spears!

It’s an understatement that the NXT Champion always has a target on his back. Case in point: Trick may be facing Je’Von Evans at Heatwave, but The Chair Man wants his shot, as does All Ego. Ethan Page has appeared on commentary, will Trick end up seeing what The Young OG meant? Or can he whoop both these guys all on his own?

The bell rings and Trick fires hands already! Trick whips, Spears stops himself and bails out! The fans boo but Trick storms over. Spears trips Trick but Trick BOOTS Spears away. Trick goes out to CLUB Spears, then he stalks Spears around the way. Trick CHOPS Spears and the fans fire up! Trick puts Spears back in, runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Spears hits a THESZ PRESS! Spears rains down fists, stomps Trick, then stalks him to a corner. Spears CHOPS, Trick staggers away, and Spears CHOPS again! Trick turns things around to CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Trick whips corner to corner, Spears reverses but Trick comes back to LARIAT!

The fans chant “YOU GOT TRICK SLAPPED!” Trick gets Spears up with both hands, carries him around, then THROWS him to a corner! Trick whips, Spears reverses, but Trick goes up and over! Both men PUMP KICK and fall down, and even Ethan is fired up seeing that! But then ORO JUMPS ETHAN! All Ego should’ve known Main Man Mensah would be after him! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but security rushes in, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Ethan and Oro still get at each other, even as security gets them away from ringside. Spears stands up in a corner, and he avoids the splash from Trick! Spears stomps away on Trick, digs his knee, but the ref counts. Spears lets off, but then goes right back in for more! The ref has to back Spears off this time, and Trick sputters along the ropes. Spears storms up to bring Trick around, and CHOPS! Trick sputters again, and Spears brings him around again. Trick ducks the chop to ROCK Spears! And CHOP! And whip, only for Spears to reverses. Trick CROSSBODIES but Spears ducks under! Trick crashes ‘n’ burns then flops out of the ring.

Spears storms out after Trick, brings him up and around, to then RAM into steel steps! Spears lets the ring count climb this time while Trick writhes on the floor. The count passes 5 of 10, then 7. Trick stands at 8 and slides in at 9! Spears is right on Trick with a fireman’s carry! But Trick slips around to a sunset flip! Spears stays up, but Trick avoids the fist drop to finish the sunset! TWO, and Trick hurries to bring Spears up. Spears wrenches out and wrangles Trick to a CROSSFACE! Trick flails, NXT returns to single picture, and the fans rally up! Trick claws his way over, reaches out, fights forward, and has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Spears holds until 4, and Trick sputters as he rises up. Spears brings Trick around to ROCK him with a haymaker! Trick shakes his head! Spears throws another hand but Trick is powering up! The fans fire up, Spears CHOPS, but Trick lets the hair down! Spears bumps Trick off buckles, but Trick just points and shouts, “YOU~!” Spears throws hands but Trick counter punches! Trick fires hands again and again, then UPPERCUTS! Trick whips, LEG LARIATS, then LEG LARIATS again! Trick FLAPJACKS Spears, the fans fire up, and Trick cartwheels to deadlift! Spears fires elbows to get free!

Spears swings, but into Trick’s clinch! Spears arm-drags free then SUPERKICKS! Trick drops to his knees, Spears brings a kneepad down! CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Trick survives and Spears grows frustrated. Spears stalks Trick, drags him up, and ELBOWS him in the head! Spears ELBOWS Trick in the head again, then paces. Spears tells Trick it’s his time, but Trick POP-UP UPPERCUTS! Spears still JUMP KNEES! Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Trick turns Spears, but Spears turns around to BACKSTABBER! Spears swings, into a BOOKEND!! Trick kips up and the fans are thunderous for their champion!

But wait, Brooks Jensen jumps into the ring! The security guards hurry to stop him, but then Spears runs up! Trick TOSSES Spears, even the ref has to stop Jensen now! Jensen throws Vic’s candy! Trick PLANCHAS Spears!! Jensen SMACKS Trick with the desk hood!! Was that on purpose or an accident!? Doesn’t matter, Spears gets Trick with the CORNER DEATH VALLEY!! Cover, SPEARS WINS!!

Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall

OH NO! The Chair Man has just pinned the NXT Champion!! Whatever Jensen was up to, he ends up helping Spears get a big win over the top dog on the roster! Add Ethan’s argument of how he pinned the #1 contender, are things going to get much more complicated come Heatwave?

Stone, Stevie & Ava are all watching this.

Suit Man Stone asks Ava what the hell they’re gonna do about this! Stevie reiterates that Shawn Spears just pinned THE NXT Champion! Je’Von won the #1 contender battle royal, but then Ethan beat him. Ava knows all the details, so they both ask her what she’s gonna do. Ava says here’s what they’ll do. All men have compelling cases so… FATAL 4 WAY! Stone and Stevie both love that! But will Trick have something to say about his odds drastically dropping from 50 to 25%?


My Thoughts:

An awesome night for NXT, though still rather talkative as always. The Tag Team Turmoil was an awesome opener, every round felt great and fairly unpredictable, except for Malik & Edris losing to New Catch Republic. I did like the bit with Malik, Edris, Brin, Izzi and for whatever reason, Tatum. Perhaps Izzi takes advantage of the tension in the trio and we end up with a Mixed Tag match of Izzi & Edris VS Brin & Malik. New Catch Republic doing a lot of the work clearing out teams only to lose to Chase U was a bit of a surprise, but there was great continuity with how Ridge and Dunne were both former Brawling Brutes and Ridge helped Chase escape the Plancha. Chase U VS Frazer & Axiom will be some great stuff, especially with this dysfunction within both teams.

Apollo Crews being why Legado lost is good continuity, they can reference that on SmackDown this week, further building to a Six Man Tag of Santos, Angel & Humberto VS Apollo, Andrade & Corbin just to showcase all six guys in a great match. The Good Brothers had a good bit with OTM, too, although I’m a bit surprised OTM got taken out so easily. Jaida VS Michin in a Street Fight is going to be awesome, though. Wes VS Joe Coffey was really good but also really quick, almost like it was just put there to fill time and move things along. Wes VS Oba in Wes’s last chance was happening either way, but I suppose Wes needed momentum going into that, as it feels very likely he loses and is forced to move on.

Awesome Heritage Cup match tonight, though I liked the fast and furious start better than them pushing it to all six rounds. And also, taking a commercial break that wasn’t picture in picture? Feels wrong. But solid win for Tony D against Frazer, even though I still think a guy like Tony should win one of these by KO. And I like that Frazer is apparently finding all these other titles to go after since he’s being part of WWE Speed tomorrow on Twitter/X. Honestly I don’t know why Axiom isn’t more into the idea of a Two Man Power Trip. I suppose Axiom’s more modest and content while Frazer is ambitious per his “Never Slow Down” philosophy.

Good promo bit from Roxie and Karmen to set up a match for tonight, but of course Roxie wins. Lola getting the better of Roxie was pretty good, too, but it already feels like the go-home math is going to favor Roxie and she retains at Heatwave. Maybe. Lola is getting over with the recurring audience but I’m not sure she’s quite at top champion level just yet. Sol VS Arianna was a good match but the ropes must’ve been loose or slippery because Sol had a hard time with them. Sol still won, of course, and she’ll have a great match with Kelani. Fallon continuing to stick with Jacy and Jazmyn, not sure where that is going other than they might try to “ruin” the Women’s North American Championship match for their own selfish purposes.

And on par with Raw and SmackDown having throughline stories, NXT did a great job getting us to the Fatal 4 Way I knew they were giving us after seeing how last week closed. Good promo segment that turned into a brawl, and they also did a great job integrating a lot of other stories. For one, while it is a shame that Noam Dar seems out of action with another leg injury, the previous being back in NXT UK, Oro Mensah opening up like that was powerful stuff and a great way to help Meta Four turn Face. Plus, Oro going after Ethan was good stuff, too.

And then this ongoing story of Brooks Jensen breaking back into NXT Arena after he “quit” finally has a payoff as he accidentally(?) helps Spears beat Trick. This very well could be what Spears talked about when he wanted to help a “lost soul” find their way. I also like there’s this new story of Stevie and Stone competing to be THE Assistant General Manager, aka the new Sid Scala. Maybe they’ll end up picking proxies for a Survivor Series style showdown, Team Stevie VS Team Stone, the winner gets to be Ava’s assistant. Logically, it’d have to be Stone winning. So many Robert Stone Brand stories fell apart and it was never really his fault, he needs this.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/19/24)

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

Tomohiro Ishii joins The Conglomeration to take on The Undisputed Kingdom! Will this Freshly Squeezed formation tear down Strong, Taven & Bennett?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom; The Conglomeration wins.
  • Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners; Jericho & Bill win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher; Suzuki wins.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell; Kris wins.
  • The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party; The Lucha Brothers win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

While Mark Briscoe will be facing Roderick Strong next Friday for the ROH World Championship, his friends of Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Tomohiro Ishii will be taking on Roddy, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett right here tonight! Will Freshly Squeezed, The Violent Artist & the Stone Pitbull tear The Kingdom down? Or will Rampage in Little Rock be Undisputed?

The trios sort out, Roddy starts against Kyle, and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and go around. They fight for control in the clinch, end up on ropes, but then move around again. Roddy wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Kyle spins and drop toeholds. Kyle floats to a waistlock but Roddy fights up. Roddy wrenches out, headlocks for the takeover, but Kyle rolls to a cover! ONE, but Roddy does not let go of the headlock. Roddy shifts to a clinch, but Kyle trips him up and floats for a leg. Roddy kicks at Kyle but Kyle stays close. Roddy wants a leg but Kyle kneels on Roddy to block. They knuckle lock, and Roddy fights up.

Roddy waistlocks, Kyle arm-drags to throw Roddy down, but Roddy trips Kyle. Kyle uses his leg guard but Roddy cartwheels away, and the fans cheer the stand off! The two reset, but then Cassidy tags in. Taven also tags in, and Cassidy runs up to get around. Cassidy headlocks, Taven powers up and out, then drops down to hurdle over. Cassidy blocks hip toss to hip toss back! Cassidy arm-drags, then he fakes Taven out! Taven is mad but Cassidy DROPKICKS him! Cassidy kips up, is a little wobbly for it, but the fans cheer. Ishii grabs Taven’s hair to keep him cornered while Cassidy storms over.

Cassidy tags Ishii, they double whip and then Ishii runs Taven over! Taven scrambles away, tags Bennett, but Ishii just runs Bennett over! And runs him over again! Taven comes back but gets run over! Roddy runs in and RAMS Ishii, but Ishii rebounds to run Roddy over! The fans fire up but The Kingdom mugs Ishii! The fans boo while The Kingdom reels Ishii in. Ishii fights the double suplex! Ishii tries to double suplex The Kingdom! The Kingdom CLUBS away on Ishii, but Cassidy steps in, as does Kyle! They help Ishii DOUBLE SUPLEX The Kingdom! The fans fire up and Cassidy flexes while he and Kyle stand down.

Ishii dares Roddy to get in, then he goes to Bennett. Ishii bumps Bennett off buckles, tags Kyle, and Kyle tags Cassidy. The Conglomeration has Bennett against ropes so that Kyle can KICK, Ishii can CHOP, and Cassidy can “chop.” KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! Chop. KICK! CHOP! CHOP! Now Cassidy’s getting into it! KICK, CHOP, CHOP! Bennett sputters, Kyle & Ishii feed him to Cassidy’s SHOTGUN! Ishii covers, TWO! Bennett flounders around but Ishii stomps him, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Roddy shouts at Ishii but Ishii drags Bennett up and over to bump off buckles. Tag to Cassidy and he brings Bennett up to snapmare. Cassidy “runs” to LAZY ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Cassidy keeps Bennett from The Kingdom and tags in Kyle. They mug Bennett, then Kyle wrenches Bennett to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kyle hammerlocks, spins Bennett and snapmares him into a seated COBRA TWIST! Bennett endures, Cassidy gets in the shot so he can thumbs up, and then Kyle rolls Bennett into a cobra cradle! But Taven & Roddy distract the ref! Kyle lets Bennett go, and he stomps Bennett at the ropes.

Kyle bumps Bennett off Cassidy’s foot, then tags in Ishii. Ishii stalks Bennett, CHOPS him, but Bennett CHOPS back! Ishii doesn’t even flinch! Bennett CHOPS again, and that hurts his hand more than it does Ishii’s chest! Bennett CHOPS again, but Ishii CHOPS Bennett down! Rampage returns to single picture as Bennett sputters. Ishii CHOPS him again, and again, and again! Taven runs in, Ishii kicks him low, and fires a CHOP! Ishii CHOPS Taven, CHOPS Bennett, repeat! The CHOPS keep going, fans “WOO~!” and then Ishii runs. But Roddy trips Ishii up! The ref reprimands, Ishii BOOTS Roddy, and then Ishii breaks The Kingdom’s double clothesline!

Ishii comes back, he DOUBLE LARIATS The Kingdom, but Roddy DROPKICKS Ishii right after! The fans rally while Ishii and Bennett crawl again. Bennett hot tags Roddy and Roddy scoops Ishii for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy drags Ishii up to push him into the corner. Roddy CHOPS and Ishii sure felt that one! Roddy CHOPS again, then brings him around. Roddy fires forearms and haymakers, but the fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” Tag to Taven, he fires hands on Ishii. Taven snapmares Ishii to then CHOP him! Taven talks smack, then he sucker punches Cassidy! Taven tries to convince Kyle he’s on the wrong side, but Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Taven!

Taven flounders, the fans rally up, hot tag to Kyle! Bennett jumps in but gets a kitchen sink knee for it! Kyle BOOTS Taven, KICKS Bennett, then he KICKS Taven! Roddy steps in, but then steps out when Kyle spots him. So Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy! Kyle fires off strikes on Taven, but Taven avoids the leg sweep! Taven CLAWS Kyle’s eyes, says he doesn’t wanna do this, but then Ishii ROCKS Taven! Kyle reels Taven into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Bennett hurries in but Cassidy CROSSBODIES Bennett down! Taven powers up but Cassidy DIVES onto Roddy again! Taven fights but Ishii tags in.

Ishii takes Taven and suplexes while Kyle aims, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Ishii covers, Bennett breaks it! Bennett ROCKS Kyle, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Bennett stops the DDT! Bennett suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And then AX & SMASH from Kyle! Ishii LARIATS Bennett inside-out! The Conglomeration regroups while the fans fire up! Kyle runs to forearm SMASH Taven in the corner! Cassidy SMASHES, too! Then Ishii corner LARIATS! They hoist Taven up, Ishii climbs, but Roddy & Bennett wipe out Kyle & Cassidy! Roddy goes after Ishii, helps Bennett pick Ishii up as a backpack, and Taven adjusts up top.

The fans boo but Roddy helps Bennett hit the PROTON PACK! And Taven adds the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO?!? Ishii survives that onslaught and shocks The Kingdom! The fans fire up while Taven tags Ishii. Roddy drags Ishii up, knees him and CLUBS him, then ROCKS him! Roddy fires more shots but Ishii fires boxing elbows in return! Roddy spins but Ishii SWATS the Strong Knee! But then Roddy KNEES Ishii’s lariat! Roddy fires elbows of his own, but Ishii HEADBUTTS! Cassidy tags in and goes up! The Kingdom runs in but Cassidy leaps over them both! Cassidy then baits The Kingdom in and DUMPS The Kingdom out!

Cassidy builds speed to DIVE, but The Kingdom catch him! They RAM him into apron, RAM him into railing, then set him up for Roddy to WRECK him with a dropkick! The Kingdom soaks up the heat while Rampage goes picture in picture again.

Roddy hauls Cassidy up to RAILING BACKBREAKER! Cassidy staggers, Taven ROCKS him, and Roddy puts Cassidy in the ring. Roddy tags Taven in, they stomp Cassidy, and Taven drags Cassidy up. Taven puts Cassidy in the corner but Cassidy fights back with forearms and elbows for everyone! Cassidy slides under Taven, but Taven anchors his legs! Cassidy kicks Taven away, Bennett runs in and he drags Cassidy back. Cassidy BOOTS Bennett away so Roddy anchors him now! Cassidy reaches out, but Roddy drags him back and deadlifts him for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy digs a knee in, pulls Cassidy back with a chinlock, but Cassidy endures.

Roddy grabs an arm, he drags Cassidy back, and he hits a BACKSTABBER! Tag to Bennett and he covers, TWO! Bennett drags Cassidy up to CHOP him back down! Bennett drags Cassidy up again to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bennett keeps on Cassidy with a facelock, tags Taven in, and The Kingdom mugs Cassidy. Taven scoops Cassidy to BACKBREAKER, and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Taven stomps a mudhole into Cassidy. Tag to Bennett but Roddy also steps in. Bennett drags Cassidy up, bumps him off buckles, then tags Taven back in. The Kingdom set Cassidy up and run in! Bennett forearm SMASHES, but then Cassidy TOSSES Taven! Roddy runs up to KNEE Cassidy, Taven BOOTS Kyle! Roddy puts Cassidy up, and they try this again! PROTON- NO, Cassidy slips free to shove Bennett into Taven! Taven gets stuck up top, and Cassidy dodges Roddy! Hot tag to Ishii! Roddy kicks Ishii, but Ishii suplexes to BRAINBUSTER Roddy! Ishii catches Bennett, to BRAINBUSTER!

Taven finally sits up but Ishii is after him first! The fans fire up as Ishii gives Taven a SUPERPLEX! Cover, Roddy breaks it! Kyle steps in and he brawls with Roddy! The fans fire up as forearm after forearm fly back and forth! Roddy ROCKS Kyle, Kyle KNEES Roddy! Roddy avoids the ax kick to fire elbow after elbow! Only to run into a KNEE! Snapmare and Ishii SLIDING LARIATS! Taven SUPERKICKS Ishii, Bennett fireman’s carries Kyle! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP of the knee! Ishii ENZIGIRIS Bennett! Cassidy rises, Ishii gives him the tag! Cassidy goes up to leap and sunset flip Taven! Bennett breaks it!

Bennett whips, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cassidy fires up and the fans are with him! Kyle joins in, they stand Bennett up! FRESHLY SQUEEZED ANNIHILATION! Roddy runs up to BOOT Cassidy! Kyle turns Roddy around but gets a STRONG KNEE for it! Ishii spins Roddy around, Roddy dodges and returns, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Cassidy returns to ORANGE- NO, Taven dodges! But then Cassidy ducks the leg lariat to ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, The Conglomeration wins!

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

A powerful trios match opens Rampage, but wait, here comes Don Callis. Why’s this creep here? The fans boo him, but Callis smiles. Cassidy sees Callis and winds up the hand! But Kyle Fletcher attacks from behind! The Aussie Arrow stomps away on Cassidy at the ropes, then rains down fists! The fans boo but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe! The Sussex County Chicken won’t let The Protostar get away with this! He ROCKS and UPPERCUTS Kyle, then LARIATS Kyle up and out! Only for a STRONG KNEE to take Mark down! Roddy stomps Cassidy, then stomps Mark! Roddy holds up the belt and shouts, “This is mine!”

The fans boo but The Undisputed Kingdom stand tall, holding up all three belts. Will nothing stop them from conquering ROH at Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Arkady Aura is with Saraya & Harley Cameron, and says we haven’t seen Saraya wrestle since her first round loss in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Harley speaks up and asks how that’s supposed to be Saraya’s fault. Why point the finger of blame at her? Maybe it is this company’s fault! Because Saraya has been spending this whole time training, getting “Wembley Ready,” and being an unproblematic icon! Saraya says Harley is right, and do you know why? Because AEW is scared of Saraya. The AEW Women’s Division is scared of her! Because she is the living legend, she understands.

Last year at All In, Saraya had the world at her feet! Now, they’re just keeping her off the show. Harley says doing All In Wembley without Saraya is like doing Beverly Hills Cop without Eddie Murphy! Saraya says yeah, that’s why they’re keeping her away. But they can’t do the show without her because she IS the show. All roads lead to Wembley, baby, and it doesn’t matter who she has to step on to get there. Then just who will The Outcasts take out in order to have their moment?

 

Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith VS The Outrunners!

While The Learning Tree has to defend that “For The World” Championship this Wednesday on Dynamite, he and The Redwood are not shying away from competition. Will Jericho & Bill show the world they’re not afraid of big bad Minoru Suzuki? Or will Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum be the ones to teach The Learning Tree a thing or two?

The teams sort out and Bill starts against Truth. The fans rally, Truth gets around to headlock, but Bill powers up to TOSS Truth away! Truth flounders to his corner, Turbo tags in, and Turbo steps up to Bill. Jericho isn’t even taking this match seriously, he’s checking his phone! Bill knees Turbo low, CLUBS him down, but Truth tags back in. Truth runs and leaps, but Bill catches him! Bill grins, gives a thumbs up, then SLAMS Truth down! Bill says the fans know what’s up. But then Turbo tags in and The Outrunners DOUBLE CLUB Bill! Bill just frowns…! Bill turns around, he runs up, but The Outrunners dodge to DOUBLE DROPKICK!

Bill stays up but The Outrunners fire up. They spin and handshake, while flexing! Bill frowns, Truth sees and warns Turbo. Turbo looks and Bill DECKS him! Bill DECKS Truth, too! Bill then runs to BOOT Truth out of the ring! Turbo staggers up, Jericho keeps checking his phone, but Turbo CHOPS! Bill sighs and Turbo begs for mercy. Bill puts Turbo in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! And he fires off haymaker after haymaker! Bill laughs as he stomps a mudhole into Turbo! The ref counts but Bill keeps going! Bill lets off, laughs some more, and Jericho says look out. Truth CHOPS Bill, but then he begs for forgiveness.

Bill powers Truth to a corner with one hand! Then he runs to SPLASH Turbo! SPLASH for Truth, SPLASH for Turbo! BOOT for Truth, and then Bill choke grips Turbo. SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM!! And then he tags Jericho! Jericho smirks and waves to the fans. “Hi, guys~!” Cover, Jericho & Bill win!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Bad Apple Keith kicks Truth out of the ring, then he stands tall with his guys. Keith tells the Outrunners to respect Chris Jericho, but he and Bill won’t be around to help Jericho on Wednesday. Will Jericho be able to survive Minoru Suzuki in the shadow of Blood & Guts? Or will Suzuki tear down The Learning Tree #ForTheWorld?

Wait, speaking of Suzuki, here he comes! He has his own match tonight, but he wants to look Jericho in the eye one more time before Dynamite. Will the Meanest Man in the World make an example out of The Butcher?

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

Rampage returns and The Butcher is already in the ring. The bell rings and Butcher talks some smack on Suzuki. Butcher then fires a forearm, but Suzuki comes back with a forearm of his own. Butcher RAMS Suzuki into a corner, the ref counts, but Butcher lets off at 4. Suzuki eggs Butcher on but Butcher pie faces Suzuki. Butcher dares Suzuki to bring it, so Suzuki fires off fast hands and forearms! Suzuki ROCKS Butcher in the corner, then goes corner to corner, so he can BOOT! Butcher staggers, Suzuki snapmares him, then runs to PENALTY- NO! Butcher blocks the kick! Butcher CLUBS the leg, then trips Suzuki.

Butcher has a standing toehold as he traps one of Suzuki’s legs. Suzuki just eggs Butcher on! Butcher stomps the leg, drops an elbow on it, then he drags Suzuki up. Butcher CLUBS Suzuki, but Suzuki just snarls. Butcher CHOPS, but Suzuki isn’t impressed. Butcher CHOPS again, Suzuki eggs him on, so Butcher fires more CHOPS! Suzuki just laughs! Butcher ROCKS Suzuki, kicks low, then kicks again. Butcher reels Suzuki in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! The fans rally for Suzuki and he fires body shots on Butcher. Suzuki ROCKS Butcher, but Butcher HEADBUTTS! Butcher vows to break Suzuki’s back!

Butcher half nelsons, but Suzuki slips around to waistlock. Butcher elbows free, runs, but Suzuki follows, drop steps to get around, and has the SLEEPER! Suzuki wrangles Butcher, squeezes tight, but Butcher endures. Suzuki spins Butcher around and reels him in, and the fans fire up for the Gotch Lift! Butcher’s big, but Suzuki still lifts him, holds him up, and then PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, Suzuki wins!

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

A gritty fight for Suzuki and Butcher, and this was in a normal match! What won’t Suzuki do to Jericho when it is FTW Rules?

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

Mark Briscoe says, “For those of you who may or may not have been living under a rock for the past couple months, you are looking at the group that has come to be known as The Conglomeration. You know about my main man with the game plan, OC, and Kyle O’Reilly. Let me introduce to you Tomohiro Ishii, henceforth to be known as Big Time! That’s right! Here in The Conglomeration, there is only two rules. First and foremost, you gotta be down to conglomerate. And secondly, you cannot in any way, shape or form, be a s*it head!” Kyle shrugs and nods, because it’s true.

Mark then says that brings us to the word of the day! The word of the day is… Discombobulation! Kyle asks the country of origin. American! Can he use it in a sentence? In the midst of Mark’s discombobulation, Roderick Strong cracked him in the jaw with a knee, and stood over him, holding up Mark’s ROH World Championship high in the air! Now that done pissed Mark off, Roddy! He’s known Roddy a long time, and Roddy knows better than that! So next week, Death Before Dishonor, Mark has something for Roddy!

But before that, tomorrow night’s Collision, #BigTime Ishii is going to take Roddy on 1v1! No Kingdom, no Conglomeration, and damn sure no Don Callis Family at ringside! Roddy VS Ishii, and we’ll show y’all how we do in The Conglomeration! Because they’re ’bout to RARARARARA!! The Chicken is all fired up, but will the Stone Pitbull be able to take a big bite out of the Savior of the Backbreaker?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Traitor knows The Babe with the Power wants payback on her just as badly as she wants to run Willow’s life. But while Willow went and won the CMLL Women’s World Championship, Kris has just been grumbling and plotting with Big Stoke. Will Kris make an example out of Sydni tonight? Or will the Heart of Hutchinson, Kansas be unbreakable?

The bell rings and Kris DISCUS LARIATS right away! Stoke fires up but the fans are torn as Kris hauls Sydni back up. Kris ROCKS Sydni, CHOPS her, then fires off haymakers in the corner! The ref counts, Kris stomps a mudhole in, then she digs her boots in. The ref counts, Kris gets in his face about it, then goes back to Sydni. Kris drags Sydni up to snap suplex! Sydni flounders but Stokely smiles. Kris runs corner to corner, UPPERCUTS, then goes side to side, but Sydni ELBOWS her! Sydni fires forearm snow and has Kris in a corner! The fans fire up, Sydni fires up, and she whips. Kris reverses to then scoop and pop Sydni around!

Kris tucks Sydni in for STATURDAY NIGHT FEVER!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

As Stokely says, every night is #StaturdayNight, especially when Kris wins like that. She has Stoke stand on her while she does push-ups just to show off, but will Kris be ready when Willow returns with a vengeance?

 

Holo.grm loads up.

Whoever this mysterious masked man is, he is ready, and he promises that tomorrow night on Collision, we will see him debut! Will Holo.grm prove to be more than meets the eye?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Collision is already stacked with Strong VS Ishii, Holo.grm’s debut, and the Unified World Trios Championship match, The Patriarchy VS The Bang Bang Gang, but Skye Blue’s challenge to Hikaru Shida has been answered! Will the Shining Samurai cut through the Chicago Skye to find her way back to the top of the ranks? We’ll also see Darby Allin return to action against The Beast Mortis! Will The Relentless One sharpen his edge for Blood & Guts? Plus, the Lumberjack match has been made official! Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo, with other AEW stars all around ringside, will this be where La Mera Mera and The Virtuosa finally settle the score?

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

Penta El Zero Miedo & Rey Fenix are looking to get in on the tag title chase, but so are Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy. While The Acclaimed still have to shoot their shot at The Young Bucks, which team will be waiting for them on the other side?

The teams sort out and Fenix starts against Brother Zay. The fans rally, Zay offers a handshake, and Fenix takes it. But then Fenix ROCKS Zay! Zay ROCKS Fenix back, they fire forearms, and Zay fires forearms again and again. Zay whips, Fenix springboards to CROSSBODY! Fenix kicks, SOBATS, KICKS a leg, then kicks again, but Zay blocks! Zay steps over, GAMANGIRI! Zay runs, but Fenix pops him up, only for Zay to RANA! Zay whips, Fenix reverses but Zay reverses back. Fenix goes up and out to the apron, Zay runs in, Fenix dodges the triangle jump, and then Fenix slingshot SENTONS! Fenix stands Zay up, but Zay fights the underhooks!

Zay RAMS Fenix into the corner, tags Quen, and Quen rolls Fenix up, TWO! Fenix comes back, but gets a pop-up DROPKICK for it! Penta tags in and the fans fire up! Penta blocks, Quen blocks then Quen ROCKS Penta! Quen goes up, brings Penta to the top with him, but Penta CLUBS Quen! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen, then slingshots up to SUPER RANA Quen away! The fans fire up, Quen returns but Penta BOOTS him! Quen tries again, Penta pops him up and SUPERKICKS him while upside-down! Quen flops to the apron then the floor and the fans fire up. Penta builds speed, but Zay CROSSBODIES him!

Fenix MISSILE DROPKICKS Zay! Quen returns to PELE Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS Quen! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Zay and Fenix bail out, Penta and Quen slowly stand up. Penta eggs Quen on, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Quen steps up to Penta, and Penta says uno momento. Penta dramatically takes off his glove, but Quen says no, let him. “SHOTS! SHOTS!” Penta says okay, listen! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta pie faces Quen, so Quen comes back to say “SHOTS!” “CERO! MIEDO!” “SHOTS!” They go back and forth, taunt for taunt, then Penta CHOPS! Quen is stinging but he composes himself. Quen comes back, CHOPS, but that hurts his hand more than it does Penta’s body! Penta says okay, and he unbuttons Quen’s shirt, to CHOP him down! The fans fire up with Penta as he does a “SHOTS! SHOTS!” dance! So Quen returns to fire forearms!

Quen ROCKS Penta, runs, but Penta SUPERKICKS! “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but Quen BOOTS him down! Quen nods, runs up, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, Penta blocks a kick to HEEL KICK, only for Quen to ROUNDHOUSE back! Both men wobble, then they DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSE! Both men fall and the fans fire back up! Quen and Penta crawl, hot tags to Zay and Fenix! Fenix ROCKS Zay, Zay ROCKS Fenix, and Fenix fires off a strike fest! Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” But Zay wrenches out to facelock back! But Fenix fights the suplex, wrenches out, and KICKS Zay!

Fenix reels Zay in, but then Zay wrenches out. Zay reels Fenix back in, but Fenix wrenches out to mule kick. Fenix reels Zay in, “ANIMO!” but Zay wrenches out to ROCK Fenix! Zay eggs Fenix on, pie faces, and he fires a forearm! Fenix fires back, they go back and forth, and the fans rally up. Fenix and Zay huff ‘n’ puff, and they keep throwing shots! Zay gets the edge, but Fenix returns in kind! Rampage returns to single picture as they both throw forearms at the same time, again and again! It is fast and furious and the fans love it! Penta runs in just to BLAST Quen! The Lucha Bros mug Zay, double whip, but Quen is there for some SILLY STRONG!

Penta flounders out, Quen HOTSHOTS Fenix! Zay brings Fenix around, Quen goes up, AFTER PARTY STOMPS! Quen goes up and up to ESCALARA SENTON onto Penta! Zay SWANTON BOMBS Fenix! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and shocks Zay! The fans rally up and Zay brings Fenix up. Tag to Quen, and Private Party puts Fenix up top. Quen runs up, GIN- NO, Fenix holds onto the corner and Quen tumbles! Penta also waistlocks Zay but Zay fights free with elbows. Penta shoves Zay so that Fenix can tightrope walk PENALTY KICK! Then Penta SLINGBLADES Zay down! Quen gets in, he gets a SLINGBLADE, too!

The fans fire up for “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta brings Quen in but Quen slips free and shoves Penta into Fenix! Fenix lands on his firebird and Quen helps Zay up. GIN & JUICE!! Cover, but Penta returns to break it and hit a DESTROYER on Zay!! Quen is shocked while Little Rock is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as “A E DUB!” gives us this main event. Quen drags Fenix up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix eggs Quen on so Quen stomps away on him! Quen drags Fenix up, reels him in, but Fenix wrenches out to underhook and BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!! Fenix tags Penta and they aim at Zay. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!

Quen is alone, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Then Penta drags Quen up and Fenix goes up! Tuck and “CERO! MIEDO!” LB PILEDRIVER!! Then Fenix DIVES onto Zay for good measure! Penta covers, Lucha Brothers win!

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

Private Party put up a fight to be sure, but Penta y Fenix just wanted it that much more! Will the Lucha Brothers be watching Blood & Guts very, very closely?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Rampage here, and even the squash matches served some purpose. Kris crushing Sydni was mostly for momentum, but it felt like that was the first real showing of Kris’ Heel attitude with her trash talking the whole time. Jericho letting Bill do all the work against The Outrunners was naturally how that match was going, but it works perfectly in character and story for them. And Jericho crossing paths with Suzuki before Suzuki puts Butcher away rather quickly was good, too. The go home math is therefore even ahead of their FTW Championship match, but I wonder if Jericho was texting someone who could interfere for him since Keith & Bill can’t. But it can’t be Jeff Cobb, though, he’s locked in for NJPW’s G1 Climax.

Very good promo from The Outcasts, and while Toni Storm VS Mariah May is one title match and Mercedes Mone VS Britt Baker is another, Saraya could end up putting out an open challenge and it is answered by someone big from Stardom or CMLL for a first-time-ever kind of match to make All In even more historic. Great tag team main event from Lucha Brothers VS Private Party, with it mostly being for momentum. Private Party has finally been back on track now that both guys are healthy, but Lucha Bros winning out made sense. Penta & Fenix have been great as a team and as individuals, they’re both primed to take on just about any team or even singles champs if needed.

And great opener from The Conglomeration and The Undisputed Kingdom, even though I’m surprised they did such a Six Man Tag already. The Conglomeration winning could still feed into my idea that Cassidy & Kyle get an ROH Tag Team Championship match at Death Before Dishonor, but it also gives us a reason for Ishii VS Roddy tomorrow night. Great promo from Mark Briscoe in that, too, he continues to be one of the best underappreciated promo guys in all of wrestling today. I feel like Mark is going to retain the title against Roddy given how Shane Taylor is gunning for Mark, but that really depends on if Tony Khan is even paying attention to his own shows.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/19/24)

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

After last week’s brutal attack by The Bloodline, Cody Rhodes will open tonight’s SmackDown to show he is not intimidated by their actions!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes; Andrade wins.
  • Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven; Bianca wins.
  • Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax; Mia wins.
  • Cody Rhodes & Kevin Owens VS A-Town Down Under; Cody & Kevin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

Omaha, Nebraska fires up as The American Nightmare makes his way out. The fans sing along with the song, “WHOA~ OH~!” The pyro goes off, Cody high-fives fans and even gives some autographs as he continues down the ramp. Cody fist-bumps Omaha’s own Terence Crawford, who is preparing for his own boxing championship defense, and then Cody steps into the ring. The fans chant Cody’s name while he grabs a mic. “So, Omaha! What do we wanna talk about? Let’s talk about Randy Orton.” Cody has the distinction and honor of calling Randy Orton a friend. Before that, Randy was a mentor.

Randy chose Cody when he didn’t have to, when he was told to discard Cody. Cody would not be here as Undisputed WWE Champion without Randy Orton. The fans cheer that, and even chant for “Randy! Randy!” Cody says, “So imagine the guilt when a man who has a lovely wife, a beautiful family, five children, a man who came back from what could’ve been a career ending injury and had spinal fusion surgery, imagine my guilt watching this Bloodline put Randy Orton through a table.” The fans boo, and Cody says family is not always blood. How’s the song go? Wrestling has more than one royal family. Randy is Cody’s family. Randy is Cody’s brother!

And if Randy were here, he wouldn’t want Cody to wax poetic or talk about guilt and shame. The difference between the two is the difference of being bad and doing something bad. Cody will instead look directly into the camera, and he will talk right to the man responsible: Solo Sikoa. The fans boo that name. Cody looked Solo in the eyes before WrestleMania 39 even, and told him, “You are not ready.” Then Solo paid Cody back in kind by costing him the title he has now, the title they will fight for in the main event of SummerSlam.

“Solo, with everything you have done trying to erase your time as The Enforcer–that’s a cute nickname, by the way–and instead become the Tribal Chief, how does it feel knowing that I am still standing here in this ring, still champion, and that you are still not-” A-Town Down Under interrupts? The fans boo as Austin Theory & Grayson Waller strut out here, and Theory starts by saying, “Cody, Cody Rhodes. Cody, you’re spending a lot of time talking about The Bloodline, but because of you, Jacob Fatu from The Bloodline attacked me last week.” Look at his face! It’s swollen! Cody thought that was from his own partner hitting him in the face.

Waller says nice try, Cody, trying to deflect from how Cody can’t take responsibility for his own actions. Theory got attacked last week was because of Cody. And the reason Cody’s mentor, hero and friend, Randy Orton, the reason Cody won the title, the reason Randy got hurt is because of Cody. The fans boo but ATDU step into the ring. But Cody fires off on tehm first! The fans fire up but he still gets mugged 2v1! The fans boo again as Theory & Waller stomp Cody down. Waller TOSSES Cody out, but Terence says here, have his chair! Cody uses that chair to JAM Waller and SMACK him down!

Then Cody tosses the chair to Theory so he can DISASTER KICK it into Theory’s face! ATDU bails out and the fans fire up! Cody has chair and championship, will he need both of those to thwart The Bloodline?

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

He has his guy tidy up the edges, and then says there won’t be chants or gimmick BS. He tells Andrade that it’ll be them, “two hoopers,” one on one, going hard in the paint, and the world will be waiting to see who misses first. And it won’t be H1M. Melo heads out, but will he dunk on Andrade? Or will El Idolo show this isn’t Melo’s game, it’s his?

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

Cody says it is a 100% freebie, he wants a match with A-Town Down Under. Aldis says he can do that, but he’ll need a tag team partner. Cody says no, he needs to send a message to The Bloodline. Aldis gets that, but hey, if he sends the WWE Champion out into a Handicap Match, Aldis will have to answer to the Board of Directors. So respectfully, Cody has until the end of tonight to find a partner. The American Nightmare has his mission, will he find someone who wants to take the fight to the former tag team champions?

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

El Idolo has been NXT Champion, just like H1M, but he’s also been WWE United States Champion and is currently WWE Speed Champion. Will Andrade make Melo respect him? Or will no one humble Melo when he hits Nothing But Net?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally, the two tie up, and Andrade headlocks. Melo powers up and out but Andrade runs him over. Things keep moving, Melo hurdles then Andrade leaps over. Melo rolls off Andrade’s back, comes back, and tilt-o-whirl RANAS, only for Andrade to handspring through! Melo runs up again, sunset flips, ONE!! Melo grabs at legs but Andrade boots him away. Andrade then trips Melo, steps through, but Melo kicks him away. The fans cheer the standoff while Melo frowns. Andrade runs but he turns Melo’s dropdown into a rolling sunset, TWO! Melo jackknife bridges, TWO!

Both men stand, both men ROCK each other with forearms, then the forearms start flying! Andrade runs but Melo ROCKS him! Melo runs but Andrade BOOTS him! Andrade steadies himself before he runs, but then Melo DROPKICKS him! Melo runs, but Andrade follows! Andrade jumps up onto the ropes with Melo! Melo slips away to trip Andrade up! Andrade is stuck in ropes, Melo still hits a FADE AWAY JUMPER! The fans fire up for that leg drop, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Andrade endures an armlock. The fans rally, Andrade fights up, and he throws body shots. Melo holds onto the armlock, but Andrade fires more shots! Then he JAWBREAKERS free! Melo knees, whips, but Andrade reverses. Andrade then follows, but Melo dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW LARIAT to hit! The fans fire up while both men are down! Melo and Andrade slowly sit up, and fans rally. Melo throws a haymaker, but Andrade eggs him on! Melo fires another, but Andrade SLAPS and SLAPS with palm strikes! Andrade blocks a kick to DRAGON SCREW! Then another DRAGON SCREW!

Melo hobbles up, swings, but misses! Andrade FLYING FOREARMS and both men are down again! The fans rally, Andrade kips up! The fans cheer as Andrade snarls. Andrade calls his shot, the fans rally behind him with “SI! SI! SI!” Andrade gets moving, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives, showing why he was NXT and NXT North American Champion in his career. Andrade brings Melo up, reels him in, but Melo slips free of the suplex! Melo rebounds to LA MYSTICA! Cover, TWO! Andrade stays in this and Melo grows frustrated. Melo drags Andrade up, “This is Awesome!” as Melo puts Andrade in a corner.

Melo hoists Andrade up to the top rope backwards. Melo then climbs up behind Andrade, brings Andrade up, but Andrade fires elbows! Melo falls back and the fans fire up! Andrade adjusts, and he MOONSAULTS! Melo moves but Andrade MOONSAULTS again! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and shocks Andrade! Andrade huffs ‘n’ puffs and brings Melo up. Andrade reels Melo in, back suplexes, but Melo lands out! Melo dodges again, kicks a leg out, then runs up, into a CHOP! Melo returns to KNEE anyway! Melo keeps moving, boot feint and ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives again but Andrade puts him in the drop zone.

Andrade goes to a corner and climbs up. The fans cheer as he reaches the top. Andrade aims, leaps, but into the FIRST 48! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives that half court shot but Melo hurries back to the corner! Melo climbs, aims, and NOTHING BUT- NO! Airball, and Andrade scoops! Melo slips free, only to end up in underhooks! THE MESSAGE!! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

El Idolo called his shot last week, and he hits the mark! But now that Andrade is through with H1M, will he be moving on to bigger and better?

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

The Role Model WWE Women’s Champion and the Irresistible Queen of the Ring are in separate locations as Corey Graves interviews them. He wants to ask Nia about Cleveland but she says just stop. Look at her, and look at Bayley. Start feeling sorry for Bayley right now, because at SummerSlam, Nia beats Bayley, takes her title, and puts her down like an old, sick dog. Nia will put Bayley out of Nia’s misery. Bayley says wow, Nia hasn’t changed in the ten years they’ve known each other. Nia says oh no, she has changed. And before going on too long, Nia is Queen of the Ring, so address her as “Queen Nia.”

Bayley says she’ll address Nia how she wants. And Nia should know what Bayley meant by that. Nia is the same heartless woman she was since day one here. The same big mouth, and the attitude like she owns this place. The same Nia that in 2017, took Bayley out of her SummerSlam match. Oh, we’re going there now? Yes, they are, and let Bayley finish talking. Nia took Bayley out, that changed the trajectory of Bayley’s whole career. But Nia didn’t hurt Bayley because she’s so much bigger and stronger than Bayley or that she’s so vicious. Nia did it because she’s big, clumsy, and reckless. Nia gets pissed now!

Nia says honestly, Bayley, she is pretty content being Queen of the Ring, the Queen of WWE! Nia is on top! She’s coming for that title just because she can take it from Bayley! Well, then, bad news there. Don’t listen to what the fans are saying that Nia is bigger or that she’ll mop the floor with Bayley. No, Bayley wants Nia to look at her now, and if she’s changed so much since 2017, then so has Bayley. Bayley walks into SummerSlam with the championship, and she walks out with the championship! And there is nothing Nia can do to stop her. Bayley smiles but Nia asks if they’re done. Nia throws off her mic and storms off. Who will prove they’re THE top of the division when WWE arrives in The Land?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

But before they can reach the door, Piper Niven & Chelsea Green stand in their way. Sorry, are they lost? They’re here to talk to Mr. Aldis. Uh, girl, nuh-uh. Not before Bianca & Jade do. They need to get that tag title rematch. Aw, they’re gonna complain about losing because they’re big complaining losers? Uh, isn’t that what Chelsea’s about to do? Piper says you don’t talk about Chelsea like that. Yeah, that’s how they’re talking about Bianca & Jade. So scoot on over, because Piper & Chelsea are talking to Aldis first! Jade steps to the door but Bianca says no no, it’s fine. They can talk with Aldis later, because these two are on Bianca’s nerves.

If they can’t decide on who talks with Aldis first, they can decide this in the ring. Jade likes that idea, too. Piper also likes that idea, but Chelsea doesn’t. Bianca & Jade say bye~ and head for gorilla position. Will The EST give Chelsea something to complain to Aldis about? Or can the Hot Mess prove she can back up all that talk?

Bianca Belair w/ Jade Cargill VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven!

SmackDown returns as Chelsea makes her entrance, accompanied by “Lil’ Miss P.” The bell rings and Chelsea talks trash on Bianca. Then she SLAPS her! So Bianca SLAPS back! Bianca storms up, Chelsea dodges and Bianca runs into buckles! Chelsea then ENZIGIRIS Bianca, reels her in for chicken wings, but Bianca powers out. Bianca runs, gets around, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans fire up while Chelsea flounders. Bianca handsprings but Chelsea avoids the moonsault! Chelsea runs up but Bianca gets under the boot! Torture rack, but Chelsea flails free! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO!! Bianca has Chelsea’s legs, BIANCA WINS!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Chelsea is already complaining and protesting to the ref! But then Jade and Piper step in, only for Chelsea to say time to go. The StrongEST Duo stands tall, but then someone is laughing. Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn are on the tron! And Isla says they’ve heard Bianca & Jade are looking for them. And they just love how the two have been so passionate about their titles. Alba says they get it, when you’re champions, you’ve got all the power! And right now, the power belongs to Alba & Isla. But lucky for Bianca & Jade, they’ll get a tiny glimpse at these belts next week. But when it comes to a rematch…? Well, we’ll see.

Alba & Isla laugh into the night, but will even the wicked witches fall victim to the forces of nature coming for them?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

The SmackDown General Manager says as we all know, SummerSlam is right around the corner. And as GM, it is his responsibility to deliver the biggest and best matches he possibly can. With that in mind, he holds a contract signed by himself and by LA Knight. This match is for the United States Championship, so all that is left is the signature of THE United states Champion. Without further ado, please welcome first, the challenger, LA Knight! Omaha fires up for The Mega Star makes his way to the ring. Knight joins Aldis in the ring, and Aldis says now welcome the champion, Logan Paul!

Many fans boo as The Maverick makes his way out, but there are still some fans who want fist bumps. Logan tells the fans to get louder one way or another as he steps into the ring. Logan is given the mic while fans continue to boo, and others chant for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” Aldis shows Logan the contract, Logan asks Omaha a question. Why would he give “Hillbilly Aladdin,” this Sons of Anarchy extra, this Larry the Lobster guy a shot at the United States Championship? Knight tells the “edge lord” to look at him. Logan talks about no reason for facing Knight, and y’know, maybe he’s right. Maybe Logan can just take a walk and we’ll think about this later.

But the one thing Knight thinks about is, he just thinks the one reason Logan should reconsider is that every time they have been face to face, Knight has owned and cooked Logan. The fans cheer that! So let’s go back just a year ago. Knight walks down that aisle, “YEAH!” He gave Logan a map, “YEAH!” And he said that map gave exact directions. “YEAH!” Those directions were for where Logan could shove each and every bottle of Prime! “YEAH!” That was last year. But since then, Logan became US Champ, congrats to you. Logan thanks Knight for that. Knight admits, if Logan’s holding a title, that makes him the man around here.

But Knight figured to himself, maybe time for Knight’s shot. Knight asks, Logan says no. Knight shows up at Logan’s house, his idiot friends let Knight in and he hops into the pool to make it his toilet. And what does that do? Just got Knight an MITB qualifier, and a pin on Logan right here on this mat! Now that felt damn good, and Knight wants to do it again. But Logan isn’t giving Knight what he wants, and what he wants is a shot at the US title. Knight chases Logan all over the world just to get him to show up! Logan says just listen to yourself, “John,” you sound pathetic! You’re a grown man but look at yourself!

The fact is, Knight needs this match with Logan. Logan doesn’t! The fans boo and Logan says they are not the same. The difference here is Knight’s entire existence is defined by what he does in this ring. Not Logan. Logan can leave this ring to interview former presidents, building multi-billion dollar business, starting a family, and changing the landscape of sports media with his brother! The last name “Paul” echoes through the entire zeitgeist of culture! And that’s not to say that what Knight does isn’t important. It is important. Knight is very good. In fact, Logan likes the catchphrase bodybuilder shtick he’s got.

But the real problem is, Knight wants Logan’s accolades but is not Logan. Knight doesn’t think like him, doesn’t move like him. Knight wants to be champion but is not “him.” And for someone whose entire existence is defined by what they do in this ring, Knight has not had a single defining moment the past 20 years. Knight is a gym bro with a spray tan and catchphrase, pretending to be The Rock! Knight says oh~, cut him, he bleeds! Never heard that before. Leave it to Logan to recycle old material. Low rent, lowbrow, Low T! Low T Logan P! But talk about the US Championship, about frauds, let’s talk about that.

Here is a man parading around as a champion! Here’s a man playing fraud on this entire company, pretending to be US Champion! And meanwhile, Logan won’t sign a contract? Good thing Logan brought up his brother, because the brother is willing to jump into the ring with Mike Tyson. But Logan doesn’t seem to have balls just to step into the ring with Knight! Guess balls don’t run in the family. Logan says if Knight wants the match, fine! He’ll sign, and he’ll give Knight a shot at the title! And after he beats Knight, Knight will have nothing. Logan could say he’d take everything from Knight, but Knight has nothing of value to give!

In fact, how about this? Logan can give Knight something already. On the back of this contract, Logan’s gonna give Knight directions for where he can still his dreams of becoming a champion! YEAH~! The fans boo but then Logan shoves the contract at Knight. Aldis keeps these two from throwing down already, even though the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Logan stands down, the fans boo, but Knight still has the match he wants. But then Logan slides back in to attack! Logan RAMS Knight into a corner, but Knight turns things around to fire off haymakers! Logan knees low, fires body shots, then winds up, but Knight blocks!

Knight cravats but Logan slips away again! Both men say that’s how close the other came! But again, Knight has the shot he wanted, will he use it to shut Logan up once and for all?

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

And he’s confronted by Santos Escobar & Elektra Lopez, who say, “L! A! KNIGHT!” “EW!” Santos says congrats on finally getting that US Championship match. Must be a great feeling, right? Knight pinned Logan Paul in Madison Square Garden. That must feel like sitting on top of the world. What’s with the questions, where’s this going? Santos says relax. Just a friendly reminder that Santos was in the Triple Threat and didn’t get pinned. He knows, Knight knows, Lopez knows, everybody knows~, that if it was 1v1, it would’ve been a different story. Knight says Santos clearly isn’t a student of history, because Knight’s been part of that story and he knows how that went.

But hey, SummerSlam’s still a few weeks away, so Knight has some free time. If Santos wants to get in touch with Knight, his mom has Knight’s number. Santos says Knight sure feels untouchable, huh? Facing Santos so close to that title shot is not the brightest idea. Wouldn’t want him getting hurt. But if Knight wants to squander his opportunity, why stop him? Santos & Lopez head out, but will Knight humble him before going after Logan?

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

As if dealing with The Queen of the Ring wasn’t hard enough, Michin has the Princess all up in her business! Will Mia remind us why she’s The Head Baddie in Charge? Or will no one put an end to #TiffyTime?

SmackDown returns and Mia makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Tiff throws Mia down by her hair! The fans cheer but then Mia catches Tiff for a cradle, TWO! Mia SHOTGUNS Tiff to a corner, runs up to forearm SMASH, then she sits Tiff down. Mia mocks Tiff to then CANNONBALL! High stack cover, ONE!! Tiff toughs it out but Mia KICKS her! Tiff avoids a roundhouse and wants a Tiffy Timeout! Mia chases Tiff but Tiff hides behind Nia. Mia says Nia shouldn’t even be here, but Tiff sucker punches Mia! Then cartwheel and Alabama Lift, for an ALABAMA SLAM to the floor!

Nia pats Tiff on the shoulder and Tiff asks what time it is, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Tiff has a headlock. Fans rally as Mia fights out. Mia runs but Tiff knees her low! Tiff throws Mia down, then goes to the apron, SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Mia stays in this but Nia coaches Tiff. Mia goes to a corner, Tiff runs and handsprings in to back elbow! Tiff then reels Mia in, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tiff grows frustrated but Nia says she’s got this. Tiff waits on Mia to get up, then she runs to cartwheel and Alabama Lift again! But Mia fights to sunset flip it, TWO! Mia stands up, slips under Tiff’s lariat and backslides, TWO! Tiff stands up, but Mia ELBOWS her!

Mia runs up to LARIAT! And then YAKUZA KICK! And then DROPKICK! Tiff flounders back up, into a NECKBREAKER! Tiff staggers to a corner, Mia runs up to CHOP! Mia reels Tiff in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Tiff toughs it out and Mia grows frustrated. Mia drags Tiff up to wrench and EAT DA- NO, Tiff ROCKS Mia first! Mia ROCKS Tiff back! Mia runs up but Tiff YANKS her to ropes! Tiff runs to HIP ATTACK! Tiff keeps moving, TIFFY STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Mia survives and now Tiff is growing frustrated! Tiff drags Mia up, brings her over to a corner, and hauls her up top.

Tiff climbs but Mia fires hands! Tiff staggers back, Mia adjusts and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Tiff tumbles out of teh ring while fans fire up! Mia fires herself up and builds speed, but Nia trips her up! The fans boo while the ref misses that! Mia kicks at Nia, goes back for Tiff, but Tiff ROCKS her first! Tiff then reels Mia in for a ROLLING SENTON! Then PRETTIEST MOONSAULT- WAIT! Bayley is here!? Bayley distracts Tiff and pisses off Nia! Nia runs in but Bayley TOSSES her over barriers! Tiff freaks out as Bayley has the briefcase! She SMASHES Nia with it! Bayley then smacks the case against the desk!

The fans fire up as Bayley hits the case off steel steps! She opens it up, dumps the contract out, and STMOPS the briefcase into pieces!! Mia rolls Tiff, MIA WINS!!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

The Role Model helps the HBIC get some payback on Nia and Miss MITB! Then Bayley mockingly says, “Oops.” Bayley puts the contract in what’s left of the case and slide it to Tiff. Will Tiff have to give that briefcase a makeover before she can properly cash it in?

 

The Bloodline speaks.

Solo Sikoa says, “Life is so good when you’re The Tribal Chief on the Island of Relevancy. So good. And it’s also busy. I never have a moment to myself. But when I do, you know what I love the most? A good mystery. Yeah. I’m not talking about a mystery of who’s gonna be Cody Rhodes’ tag team partner. No, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about a mystery of who’s gonna step up and disrespect The Tribal Chief by teaming up with Cody Rhodes tonight. That’s who I’m talking about. Have you seen what we done to Randy Orton last week? Have you? So if you’re on Cody’s side, that means you’re against me.

“If you’re against my family, you’re against my Bloodline, and you’re against The Tribal Chief. So tonight, tonight… tonight better be a Handicap match, or someone will pay the price. Because I am The Tribal Chief, and you will… acknowledge me!” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up the ones. Will anyone be brave enough to defy The Bloodline to help The American Nightmare?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

With #DIY still WWE Tag Team Champions after last week, it is time to find NEW #1 Contenders! It will be a Tag Team Gauntlet match, with The Street Profits, Legado Del Fantasma, Pretty Deadly, The Good Brothers, the new duo of Apollo Crews & Baron Corbin, and even The Bloodline’s Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, all fighting for that shot! Who wins out to then head for Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano?

 

Cody Rhodes & ??? VS A-Town Down Under!

The American Nightmare wanted a response from The Bloodline but got a response from the former WWE Tag Team Champions. They admittedly were collateral damage last week, but this is mostly them taking out their frustrations over losing twice in as many weeks. Will Austin Theory & Grayson Waller tear down the Undisputed WWE Champion? Or will he have back-up after all?

Cody heads to gorilla, and Kevin Owens is there! The Prizefighter says see you out there. Seems Solo forgot there is still someone crazy enough to defy him, because KO’s been doing it all along! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until he can’t fight no more?

SmackDown returns and ATDU makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Cody starts against Theory. The fans rally for Cody as the two circle. They tie up, and Theory headlocks. Cody powers up and out, drops down then kitchen sink knees Theory down! Cody drags Theory up, wrenches an arm and tags Kevin. They double wrench to double body shot, then Cody clinches Theory and Kevin runs, they send Theory to BOOT CAMP! Theory sputters, Kevin covers, ONE!! Kevin keeps on Theory with a whip. Kevin ELBOWS Theory down but Theory bails out. Kevin goes out after him to shove him into the Prime bottles!

Kevin CHOPS Theory, SLAPS the big Prime bottle, then pushes Theory into the ring. Waller fixes the display for his bro, Logan, but Kevin RAMS Theory into the corner. Tag to Cody, he reels Theory in but Waller distracts. Cody DECKS Waller, Theory throat chops Cody! Theory LARIATS Cody against ropes, tags Waller, and Waller holds Cody’s arms in the ropes! The fans boo and the ref reprimands as Theory fires haymakers on Cody. Waller lets off at 4 to slide in and CLOBBER Cody! Waller taunts Kevin, KNEES Cody down, then drags Cody up for more knees. The fans chant “WALLER SUCKS!” but Waller knocks Cody down.

Waller brings Cody up to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody dodges Waller and Waller hits buckles! The fans fire up, Cody hurries, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin dodges Waller, DECKS Theory, then fires off hands on Waller! The fans fire up more as Kevin stomps Waller against ropes! The ref counts, Kevin lets off and Waller bails out. Kevin roars, goes out the side, and he runs to LARIAT Waller! Then Kevin LARIATS Theory! Omaha is thunderous as Kevin gets back in the ring. Waller runs up but into an atomic drop! ENZIGIRI! Theory gets up but Kevin DECKS him! Waller is in the corner, Kevin says ‘SUCK IT!” and CANNONBALLS!

Kevin goes up while Waller is down, but Theory anchors him! Kevin HEADBUTTS Theory then aims at Waller. SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Both men are down, Theory tags in to slingshot and SHOTGUN Kevin back down! Theory sucker punches Cody, too! Tag to Waller, Theory brings Kevin up, BACKBREAKER to BALLER ELBOW! Waller sucker punches Cody now! Cover, TWO! Waller taunts Cody while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again, Theory looms over Kevin and soaks up the heat. Tag to Waller, and Theory holds Kevin down so Waller can drop an elbow! Cover, ONE! Waller drops another elbow! Cover, ONE!! Waller clamps on with a cravat and he grinds Kevin down. The fans rally as Kevin endures and fights his way up. Kevin reaches out, but Waller keeps him from Cody. Kevin fires body shots, so Waller fires knee after knee! Kevin staggers to an open corner, Waller stomps him and digs his knee in. The ref counts, Waller lets off and Kevin sputters. Waller brings Kevin around on the apron to CLUB him.

Waller goes out after Kevin but Kevin kicks him! And SMACKS him off steel steps! And pushes the Prime bottle! Kevin hurries back into the ring but Waller trips him up! BIG elbow drop! Waller grinds his forearm in Kevin’s face, then pushes him to a corner. “WALLER SUCKS!” but he throws body shots on Kevin. Waller puts Kevin up top, fires hands, then climbs up. Waller brings Kevin up, but Kevin fires body shots! Kevin ROCKS Waller and Waller falls back, only to come back up! Waller fires forearms, tries again, and goes to the very top! But Kevin throws body shots in return! Kevin and Waller brawl up top!

The fans fire up as Kevin gets the advantage! Kevin HEADBUTTS Waller, Waller holds onto ropes, so Kevin HEADBUTTS again! Waller still holds on so Kevin ELBOWS him down! And then SWANTON BOMB! It hits this time and both men are down! The fans are thunderous as Kevin and Waller crawl! Hot tags to Theory and Cody! The fans fire up as Cody fires off hands on Theory! Cody whips, Theory reverses but Cody CLOBBERS Theory! Cody then goes up and over and hits the SNAP POWERSELAM! Theory stands, but Cody kicks and RHODES UPPERCUTS! Cody JABS, JABS, JABS, flip, flop and fly! BIONIC ELBOW!

The fans are thunderous again as Cody brings Theory around. Cody scoops but Waller makes the save! Tag to Waller, Cody dodges Theory to BLAST Waller! Cody blocks a kick to give a kick and DDT for Theory! Cody stalks Theory but Waller somersaults in to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Waller BOOTS Kevin, then he goes back for Cody. Tag to Theory and they call their shot. Theory fireman’s carries, but Cody slips free! Cody shoves Theory at Waller, but Theory stops short. Cody gets around to waistlock Theory, but Theory elbows free! Waller runs up but Cody moves, and Theory blocks the knee! Cody springboards to CODY CUTTER Theory!!

Waller got free cuz he used Theory again, and now he swings on Cody! Cody dodges, Kevin is there to kick and STUNNER! Waller flops out, Cody reels Theory in! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody & Kevin win!

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under failed to take out their frustrations, but Cody & Kevin sure got theirs out. But here comes The Bloodline! Solo Sikoa leads Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, but where’s Jacob Fatu…? Cody keeps looking around, but then he DIVES onto Solo & Tama first! Loa gets in to throw hands with Kevin! Loa fireman’s carries, but Kevin CLAWS Loa’s face! Kevin tries to rip Loa’s eyes out! Cody has Solo and SMACKS him off the desk! Kevin helps clear the desk while Cody sends Solo into steel steps! The fans are all fired up as Cody and Kevin look to get payback! But THERE is Fatu! He CLOBBERS Cody, SUPERKICKS Kevin, and then RAMS Cody into steel steps!

Kevin comes back to throw hands, but Fatu shoves him back to SUPERKICK! Kevin flops into the ring but the Samoan Werewolf stomps him into a corner. Fatu rains down headbutts, then he goes corner to corner! HIP ATTACK! Fatu shouts at Kevin, “You wanna disrespect my Tribal Chief!? The man that does everything for the family!!” Solo sits Cody up so he can watch as Fatu goes corner to corner again, for another HIP ATTACK! Fatu keeps moving, and he HIP ATTACKS again!! Fatu just keeps moving and he hits a FOURTH!! The fans boo but then Solo HEADBUTTS Cody down!

Fatu drags Kevin to the drop zone, then goes up a corner! Cody is helpless as Fatu hits a DIVING HEADBUTT right on Kevin! Fatu then storms out to join the rest of the Bloodline. They haul Cody up and over to the desk! TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!! The fans boo, but Kevin is still moving?! Solo looms over Kevin, and Tama grabs a chair! Tama puts the chair around Kevin’s head, and says this is what he gets! Tama POSTS Kevin head first!! Fatu presents the ula fala, and The Bloodline gathers around their Tribal Chief. Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and the Bloodline raises their ones to the sky.

Cody sputters but he can’t sit up. Can Cody recover and be ready for SummerSlam? Or is Solo just two weeks away from taking over the WWE?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here to not just build SummerSlam but to follow up last week. Great opening promo from Cody to call out The Bloodline, and I suppose A-Town Down Under calling him out in return was a logical move. Good promo from Solo, and it did foreshadow who would be Cody’s partner in a way. Kevin was of course coming back not just to help Cody but to avenge Randy, and we got a great tag main event for it. Great win for Cody & Kevin, but of course we got another brutal beating from The Bloodline. They’re doing their best to take away all of Cody’s allies, but I have a feeling this only motivates Kevin & Randy being there at SummerSlam to help. And they can even have a moment where, when it seems Cody is about to lose, Heyman returns with Roman to scare Solo.

Melo had a good promo tonight, and he had a great match with Andrade, but I figured Melo was losing. I don’t know how WWE Speed has been going but I don’t think Melo is going to be facing Andrade for the Speed title. I’m still wondering if Andrade circles back to Legado Del Fantasma. That tag team gauntlet is going to be a lot of fun but I would think Tama & Loa win so that The Bloodline gets back in that title story. Speaking of, we naturally got more interaction of Bianca & Jade with Chelsea & Piper. Bianca beating Chelsea so quickly practically makes a case for a Women’s Speed Championship. But at the same time, good promo from Alba & Isla to set up the continued story with Bianca & Jade, even while Raw is heating up with a lot of top level teams.

Very good promo segment from Bayley and Nia, though I did not think Bayley would work-shoot Nia’s early days of being green and “unsafe.” Each of them getting involved in Mia VS Tiff was good stuff, too, as was the destruction of Tiff’s briefcase. That’s also a very clever way to give Tiff a reason to customize the case into something that fits her vibe, aka it’ll be pink and sparkly cuz she’s the Wrestling Barbie. And while Naomi is busy with Blair Davenport in a feud on the side, Mia makes for a good teammate for Bayley to stand up to Nia & Tiff.

And we got a very good, non-traditional contract signing segment. Logan again played his part perfectly, being so arrogant that A) nothing, not even Knight pinning him, earns Knight a title shot and B) rubbing in that he doesn’t even need pro-wrestling, he just does this to show off. Knight took the long way to tell Logan that he should take the match to prove he’s not a coward, which is the same reason I was thinking the whole time. And like any quality arrogant Heel, Logan gets goaded into the match. Knight will definitely make an example of Santos next week, but I feel like the title match itself could go either way. If it were me, I’d have Knight win because he really has been waiting a long time for something, and this feels like the right time.

My Score: 8.8/10


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