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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/28/24)

Acknowledge THIS Bloodline!



SmackDown returns to Madison Square Garden!

As Solo Sikoa makes HIS Bloodline more and more dangerous, he demands SmackDown and the WWE acknowledge him in the greatest sports arena in the world, Madison Square Garden!


  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Jade Cargill VS Tiffany Stratton VS Candice LeRae; Tiffany wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: LA Knight VS Logan Paul VS Santos Escobar; Knight wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Naomi VS Blair Davenport VS Indi Hartwell; Naomi wins and advances to MITB Toronto.


Paul Heyman greets The Bloodline backstage.

Solo Sikoa, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa exit the car, and walk up to The Wise Man. Heyman says, “Not that you answer to me, but may I respectfully ask… Where’s Jacob Fatu?” Solo pats Heyman on the shoulder and leads the group on. You can hear the fans chanting “WE WANT ROMAN!” as The Bloodline steps through gorilla and right on stage. The Samoan Werewolf is unaccounted for, but the NEW Head of the Table and his men- WAIT! Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton & Kevin Owens arrive backstage! And they’re storming their way out to the stage! They aren’t waiting for Money in the Bank and the Six Man Tag! The brawl is on NOW!

The fans are thunderous as Cody is after Solo, Orton fights with Tama and Kevin has Loa! This goes all around the stage, down the ramp, and then to ringside! The fans cheer Cody’s side on as he SMACKS Solo off steps! Kevin and Loa have actually ended up around the backside of the crowd, and are fighting near the tech area! Kevin SMACKS Loa with a briefcase, then into a road case! Orton throws hands and stomps Tama! Kevin puts Loa on a table! Orton SMACKS Tama off the apron! Kevin goes up into the crowd, Orton hits a BARRIER BACK SUPLEX on Tama! Kevin goes onto the ledge, to SUPER SWANTON BOMB through the table!!

Madison Square Garden is losing its mind as Cody TOSSES Solo! Cody and Orton stand tall in the ring, but here comes Nick Aldis and a troop of security guards! Cody’s side holds the ring, even as Kevin holds his side, but The Bloodline is in retreat! So much for their “acknowledgement ceremony!” What will Aldis have to say about all this chaos to open his show?


SmackDown returns and…

Cody, Randy & Kevin still have the ring but Aldis tries to reason with them. Randy says he can’t hear Aldis because of all these people! Aldis and Cody argue about preserving the MITB match but Cody says this has been the best part of the night already! Aldis tells security to escort these three, and the first guard to step in pleads with them. Orton says what’s that over there? RKO!! Then all hell breaks loose again! Cody, Kevin & Randy fight off over a dozen guards, despite Aldis’ protests! This may be a huge fine for all three men, but Kevin gets a STUNNER in, then Orton hits another RKO! Cody tops it off with a CROSS RHODES!

Aldis storms off, frustrated with his top stars, but Cody gets mics for the three of ’em. The fans are all fired up, and Kevin tells Bloodline, if they thought this group was waiting until MITB, then they’re dumber than they look! And Randy says, “Check it out, The Bloodline has been crawling up my ass for over two years. They put me on the shelf for 18 FREAKIN’ months! So at Money in the Bank, we put The Bloodline down, for good!” Cody adds that The Bloodline looks at this ring, and they see three victims. Cody doesn’t see three victims. He sees one of the baddest men on the planet, someone that has headlined WrestleMania, and a good friend in Kevin Owens!

Cody also sees a FOURTEEN TIME World Champion, an first ballot Hall of Famer, and someone responsible for Cody standing here today in Randy Orton! And here’s what else Cody sees. Cody sees a sold out, world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden! The fans cheer that! Cody says magic like this, he should be defending his WWE Championship here tonight against a worthy, credible opponent. But instead, he’s fighting a war with The Bloodline he thought he already finished at WrestleMania! But wait, here comes Aldis with POLICE! The fans boo but Cody tells Solo to look at him.

At MITB, we don’t know why they’re The Bloodline. Cody doesn’t see the Final Boss, the Tribal Chief, or the Head of the Table. He just sees a seat filler! The fans love that, but the NYPD ask Cody and team to stand down. The fans sing along with Cody’s song as he, Orton and Kevin exit peacefully. But will there be no stopping the American Nightmare, the Viper & The Prizefighter when they’re taking on Solo’s squad in Toronto?


Backstage interview with Nick Aldis.

Kayla Braxton walks over to the SmackDown General Manager as he and the police accompany Cody, Randy & Kevin out of the building. She knows it has already been a wild night, but she asks if he cares to comment. Aldis says sorry, there’s just too much going on. Cody, Randy & Kevin hop back into the car that brought them and it drives off. Will they just have to wait until next Saturday to get their hands on The Bloodline?


Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Jade Cargill VS Tiffany Stratton VS Candice LeRae!

While The EST could not get through her qualifier, her tag partner is looking to win this one for the both of them. Will a storm be heading for Toronto? Will it be #TiffyTime instead? Or will The Poison Pixie find a way through to her own golden opportunity?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Candice makes a truce with Tiff, they rush up but Jade ROCKS Tiff then ROCKS Candice, repeat! Tiff dropkicks a leg, SMACKS Jade off the mat, then Candice STEP-UP SENTONS! Tiff gets Jade up and Candice helps out, they DOUBLE SUPLEX! They mug Jade with forearms and stomps, then they rain down fists. Tiff stomps a bit more, then brings Jade back up. Tiff & Candice reel Jade back in, DOUBLE SUPLEX, but Jade lands out! Jade then DOUBLE LARIATS them down! The fans fire up and Jade scoops Candice to SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Tiff runs up, Jade wrenches and reels her in, to GOURD BUSTER!

Jade aims to SUPERKICK! Tiff falls out of the ring, Jade dusts her boots off, then storms up on Candice. Jade scoops Candice into a military press! Jade smiles, then TOSSES Candice out onto Tiff! The fans are thunderous behind the storm, but here comes Nia Jax! The Irresistible Queen of the Ring storms out here to back up “Princess Tiffy,” but here comes Bianca now! Bianca gets in Nia’s face and now Jade has back-up, too! Bianca and Nia argue while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Tiff CHOKES Jade on ropes! Candice runs in to DROPKICK Jade, then Tiff CHOKES her more! Tiff  and Candice switch places, Tiff runs, but Candice CLOBBERS Tiff! Candice says it’s her time, then drags Tiff up. Candice reels Tiff in, kicks off Jade and hits a TORNADO DDT! Cover on Tiff, but Jade breaks it up! Candice ENZIGIRIS Jade, Jade SUPERKICKS back! Tiff staggers up, Jade whips her to a corner, Jade runs in, Tiff goes up and over then cartwheels to Alabama Lift Candice! ALABAMA SLAM in the corner! Tiff then handsprings corenr to corner to BACK ELBOW! Tiff handsprings back the other way, but Candice dodges!

Tiff staggers, Candice pushes her into the corner, BULLDOG- SPINEBUSTER! Jade turns Candice’s combo against her, but Tiff SHOTGUNS Jade down! Cover, Candice breaks it! Nia is frustrated but Bianca coaches Jade. The fans rally, all three women stir, and Candice CLUBS away on Tiff! Candice then rains down fists on Jade! The fans boo but Jade rises up. Jade is mad, and she grabs Candice with both hands! Jade TOSSES Candice to a corner, then RAMS Tiff into the other! Jade RAMS into Tiff again and again, then runs corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Jade goes back for Tiff, but Tiff dodges! Jade tumbles up and out!

The fans rally up and Nia grins as Jade is prime for the picking. But Bianca storms over to turn Nia around! The ref gets between these two as they argue, but Jade sees Nia. But then Indi shows up to POST Jade! Bianca chases Indi off but Tiff has Candice! Only for Candice to cradle! TWO, Candice SUPERKICKS! Tiff is down, Candice LIONSAULTS, but onto knees! PRETTIEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, Tiff wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

The deciding factor wasn’t Bianca or Nia, it was #IndiWrestling! But while the Queen of the Ring is happy, will she have to be careful the Princess doesn’t try to usurp the throne with a cash-in?


Bayley talks with Naomi backstage.

The Role Model asks if The Glow just saw that. Tiff is so annoying, and she’ll only get worse if she wins the contract. But no worries so long as Naomi gets in! Naomi will take care of business. But if that happens, then she might have to cash in on Bayley at some point. Yeah, okay, but we’ll worry about that at some point later. And Blair Davenport walks over to say this is so cute, them talking about fictional scenarios. Because we all know Naomi is not winning tonight. And Bayley should really hold on tight to the title, because her days as champion are numbered. Naomi tells Bayley to stay cool, Naomi will handle that.

There’s one more Triple Threat to go for the ladies tonight, will Blair have to beware The Glow? Or are they both overlooking #IndiWrestling like everyone else just did?


Mia Yim talks with Aldis in his office.

Michin knows he saw what happened last week. Nia jumped her from behind, and now she needs to get that lick back. Please give her a match! Aldis says he’ll see what he can do. She appreciates that, then heads out. Now B-Fab & The Street Profits walk in. And B-Fab knows Aldis sent Cody, Kevin & Randy home for the night, but The Profits are here and they need to get hands on The Bloodline. No, not happening. What? Aldis says it has already been chaotic tonight, and he promised them time for their ceremony. Just save it for next week. But then in step Pretty Deadly, cheering their own return to SmackDown.

Kit Wilson & Elton Price are inspired by being here in New York. If Aldis is willing to receive, they are willing to give the perfect pitch. Think about this: Pretty Deadly, the Musical! Dawkins says hold up. Nobody cares about their musical! B-Fab knows the Backstreet Boys wannabes didn’t just come up and interrupt business. Ford says they’d need artificial crowd noises like this is the ThunderDome Era. Aldis, Ford has a new idea: The Profits VS Pretty Deadly, the beatdown! That sounds great to Aldis! Dawkins & Ford mock the wiggly fingers while Pretty Deadly is upset, but will The Profits be up in the Big Apple?


The Bloodline regroups backstage.

Solo checks his jaw while Heyman informs him that Cody, Randy and Kevin have all been removed from MSG by the NYPD. All this leaves now is one Solo. Heyman wishes to serve him as The Wise Man. He asks what they hell they’re doing tonight, and where the hell is Jacob Fatu. Solo says he hears Heyman. Heyman is his Wise Man. What’s the point of having a Wise Man if he doesn’t take the advice? Right! So Solo will listen to Heyman. Jacob is too dangerous, so he ain’t here. And he won’t be here. And that is why Heyman is Solo’s Wise Man. They make that official tonight. Solo again pats Heyman on the shoulder, but now Heyman is more confused than before!


Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: LA Knight VS Logan Paul VS Santos Escobar!

The Mega Star has been trying to get The Maverick to show up to work, and finally, here he is! But at the same time, The Emperor of Lucha Libre is part of the mix, and he could take advantage of some divided attention. Will Santos be heading to Toronto to become the NEW Senor Money in the Bank? Will Logan’s #OneLuckyRight be all he needs to punch his ticket? Or will LA Knight say YEAH to taking out two birdbrains with one stone?

SmackDown returns as the United States Champion makes his entrance. Sadly, he has a mic to say, “Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Sports and Entertainment. Where heroes are made and legends are born. And tonight, Logan Paul gets to perform in this historic arena.” The fans boo that but Logan says to truly understand what it takes, he got a mentor. That is why he has in his corner someone who knows what it means to actually win in MSG! So ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Indiana Pacers’ star, Tyrese Hailburton! As if the fans weren’t pissed seeing just Logan! One of their mortal enemies now accompanies Logan to the ring.

The bell rings and Knight fires off on Logan! The fans cheer, Santos storms up, but Knight ELBOWS him away, then DECKS him with a right! Logan storms up but Knight RAMS him back into the corner! Knight RAMS into Logan again and again, then he LARIATS Santos! Knight storms back up but Logan kicks low! Logan fires hands but Knight fights back! Santos TACKLES Knight! The fans boo but Santos and Logan stomp away on Knight! The fans boo more but then Santos and Logan stare down. Knight flounders away but Logan and Santos still stomp him! Santos ROCKS Knight, has him on ropes, but Logan steps in to UPPERCUT!

Santos steps in to ROCK Knight! Santos then runs to RANA Knight! Logan likes what he sees but the fans boo. Then Logan sucker punches Santos! Logan TOSSES Santos, goes back to Knight, and wrenches to gut wrench and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Knight’s tougher than that but Logan just smirks. Haliburton cheers but he’s the only one. Logan gets Knight up but Knight fires body shots! Logan knees low, whips Knight to ropes, but Knight ducks ‘n ‘dodges then WRECKS Santos with a dropkick! The fans fire up, but Logan runs up, only for Knight to RAM into him! Knight SLINGSHOT SHOULDER TACKLES, too!

The fans fire up more as Knight stomps Logan now! Knight rains down fists on Logan, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight says “YEAH~!” and the fans rally up again. Knight gets Logan up, whips him to ropes, but Logan KICKS back! Logan reels Knight in, taunts the fans, ALLEY-OOPS! Knight flounders out, Logan gets the “assist” from Haliburton before he shoots a three. Logan then aims to PLANCHA Knight down! Logan is all fire dup, but Santos DIVES onto Logan! The Arrow From Hell takes down the Maverick and the fans fire up while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Knight dribbles Logan off the desk! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” But then Santos LEAPS onto Knight from the apron! Logan gets away, Santos brings Knight around and puts him in the ring. Santos steps in, stalks Knight to a corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Knight fireman’s carries, goes up a corner, and the fans fire up. It gets a bit scary up there but Knight stands, only for Santos to throw elbows! Santos adjusts and SUPER STEINERS! Cover, Logan breaks it! The fans are torn but Logan gets Santos up. Logan reels Santos in, to ALLEY-OOP him onto Knight! But that’s a  cover! Logan breaks that, then covers Knight, TWO!

Logan covers Santos, TWO! Tyrese is just as frustrated as Logan, and Logan gets Knight up. Logan UPPERCUTS Knight, eggs the fans on, but Knight ROCKS Logan! Logan UPPERCUTS, but Knight gets around to kick, JAB! JAB! JAB! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight ROCKS Logan, whips him to ropes, but Logan reverse. Knight ducks under, gets around, and hits a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Santos runs up, but into a DDT! Knight covers Santos, but he moves as Logan leaps! SPLASH onto Santos, but that’s a cover! Knight drags Logan right up, to back suplex and SLAM! The fans fire up with Knight and he paces around.

Knight spells it out, but Santos KNEES him down! Santos brings Knight around, fireman’s carries, but Knight pops free! Knight shoves, pop-up POWERSLAM! Then the MEGA ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight sees Logan in a corner so he storms over to stomp away! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight then goes corner to corner to KNEE Logan! Santos DOUBLE KENES Knight! Fireman’s carry, PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Logan breaks it!! The fans boo but this one continues as Santos goes to a corner. Logan stands up, runs in, and he forearm smashes Santos! Then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again!

Santos turns things around to CHOP back! Santos CHOPS and LARIATS in one go! Santos puts Logan up top, but Logan ROCKS Santos! Logan adjusts, but Santos GAMANGIRIS! Santos goes up the corner, but Knight grabs Santos! Santos kicks Knight away, goes up, but Knight is right back! SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Both men are down, and Logan has targets acquired! SWANTON BOMB on Knight!! Cover, TWO!!! Knight survives and shocks everyone! MSG is thunderous as all three men are down! But Tyrese fetches Logan his brass knuckles! Not this again! But in steps Jalen Brunson! MSG goes nuts for the Knicks star as he stares down the Pacer!

The refs rush out to stop this from turning into a fight on the court! The fans chant “MVP! MVP!” for their guy, and Santos DOUBLE KNEES Logan! Santos then runs at Knight, but Knight dodges knees! B F T!!! But Logan rolls Knight up!! With tights! TWO!! Knight gets Logan!! KNIGHT WINS!!!!

Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Logan is beside himself, but that’s what he gets! Knight not only gets one over on the United States Champion, but he’s heading to Toronto! Will Knight turn this into the Mega Star in the Bank? Wait, Tyrese gets in the ring, and HE has the brass knuckles on! Knight is between Logan and Tyrese, but here comes Brunson, WITH A CHAIR! The fans fire up as Brunson stands with Knight! Logan has Tyrese stand down, they don’t need this heat. Will Logan just wait to settle things with Knight down the road?


Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews are watching backstage.

They both really enjoyed that. Props to Knight getting the win over two opponents, but Knight doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into. That MITB match is no joke. Crews says, didn’t Corbin win one? Oh, gotta bring that up, huh? But yeah, he did win. Crews puts his money on Main Event Jey Uso. But hey, the best part is that Santos has NO chance of becoming Mr. MITB now! He’ll be at home with karma. But is that enough? Crews got some payback of his own on Angel & Humberto in NXT, but- In steps Carmelo Hayes. Melo in the Garden! Oh, is Carmelo Anthony here? Maybe he’ll take a pick with Hayes.

Ha ha, no. Hayes meant the Melo that actually won a championship. But he wants to run something by them real quick. When Melo wins MITB, he wants to get a new T-shirt. He’s thinking “Melo in the Bank.” That’ll sell out first week, topping Cody, topping Jey- Whoa, bro, c’mon. It’s good to be confident, but Melo is naive, in way over his head. Oh, then they must be living under a rock because just last week, Melo pinned the FOURTEEN TIME WWE Champion, Randy Orton. Let’s talk about it. Lot of people have their money on YEET, a lot have their money on YEAH, but they should be betting on HIM. Take that to the bank.

Melo heads out, Corbin says he’s a betting man, and Melo has no shot. Crews agrees, but will they both be proven right? Or will Melo prove that when the stakes are at their highest, never bet against HIM?


WWE mourns the loss of Leati “Sika” Anoa’i.

“Prestigious. Ferocious. Influential. Iconic.” There are countless ways to describe the Anoa’i Family, it is clear they stand as one of the most powerful dynasties in pro-wrestling. WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of the great Sika, a patriarch of this legendary bloodline, “who established a legacy of dominance with one of the most imposing tag teams of all time,” The Wild Samoans. Sika was born and raised in Samoa then moved to San Francisco. Trained by his brother, Afa, the two would then become one of the most world renowned tag teams. Even legends like Hulk Hogan had to admit they had intimidating presences.

In their 30 YEAR career, The Wild Samoans would hold 21 total tag team championships, becoming one of the most acclaimed teams of all time, and were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2007. Mick Foley says those two were pillars of the Samoan Dynasty that leads to today. Sika instilled a relentless work ethic into the rest of the family, especially his own son, Joe Anoa’i, aka Roman Reigns. Roman is much like his father, a strong presence but a gentle soul, and has truly made his father proud.

The Anoa’i Family has created so many great Samoan superstars, and Sika will be remembered as a caring brother, loving father, and proud grandfather. Sika’s influence has ensured that the Anoa’i Family name will never be forgotten.


Andrade speaks.

“Money in the Bank. This is not just any match. It’s where careers are made, and dreams are destroyed. For most, it’s a chance for glory. For me, it’s a destiny. Because I don’t fight to win. I fight to destroy. Remember, Andrade is here to take over. And trust me, I am not just taking the briefcase. I am taking everything!” El Idolo has spoken, but will he make his destiny into a reality?


Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Naomi VS Blair Davenport VS Indi Hartwell!

Speaking of MITB, The Glow has been meaning to “welcome” Dangerous Davenport to SmackDown, and now they finally meet in the ring. But again, Indi is in the mix, will she make sure things down go well for either of them? Or will someone #FeelTheGlow in the Garden?

The bell rings and Blair tries to team up with Indi, only for Naomi to SHOTGUN them both down! Naomi fires off on Blair, CLUBS and kicks Indi, but Blair goes after Naomi. Indi and Blair mug Naomi, double whip, but then Naomi slides under the double lariat! Naomi double mule kicks, runs, and DOUBLE- NO, the crossbody is caught and the two SLAM Naomi down! Indi storms up to Naomi but Blair rolls her up! TWO, and Blair apologizes for trying something. Indi calms down, then she and Blair double whip Naomi to a corner. Blair runs up but Naoi BOOTS her away! Indi runs in but Naomi RANAS, only Indi to block!

Indi SWINGS Naomi into Blair, then BOMBS Naomi! High stack, TWO! Naomi is still in this but Indi drags her out. Indi wheelbarrows but Naomi grabs ropes. Blair DOUBLE STOMPS Naomi down! Indi then goes after Blair, but Blair whips her away, into steps! Blair then goes up and up to DOUBLE STOMP Indi down! Blair says SHE is gonna be Miss MITB, but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Indi has Blair in a chinlock but Blair has Naomi in a chinlock! Blair lets go of Naomi so she can JAWBREAKER free! Naomi mule kicks Blair, brings her around to then send into Indi, then NECKBREAKER DDT COMBO! The fans fire up while all three women are down! Indi and Naomi sit up first while the fans rally. Naomi stands, goes up a corner, and she aims to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Down go Indi and Blair! Naomi runs to LARIAT Blair! Then she dodges Indi to go up and up and FLYING CHUCK! Indi flounders against ropes, falls over, then Naomi runs to DOUBLE SPLIT LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!!

Blair and Indi survive but Naomi stays fired up. The fans rally with Naomi and she runs in to SMASH Blair! Naomi runs to SMASH Indi! Naomi SMASHES Blair, dodges Indi, then runs in again. Indi dodges so Naomi SPLASHES Blair! Indi clinches to SPINEBUSTER Naomi! And then Indi SPINEBUSTERS Blair onto Naomi! Double stack cover, TWO!! Indi is frustrated but she focuses on Naomi. Indi drags Naomi up to full nelson, but Naomi fights free. Naomi headlocks Indi, and runs to BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO in the corner! Naomi pushes Indi down, Blair falls down next to her. SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT but Blair moves!

Naomi still gets Indi with the moonsault, but Blair BUZZSAWS her off the cover! Blair drags Naomi up, suplexes, and hits a FALCON ARROW! Cover, Indi breaks it! The fans fire up as this continues! All three women rise up, and Naomi ROCKS Blair! Then she ROCKS Indi! Blair and Indi each hit Naomi, but then Blair hits Indi! The forearms keep going, Blair SUPERKICKS Naomi! Indi BOOTS Blair! Indi storms over to Naomi but Naomi DUMPS her out! Indi gets in but Naomi KICKS her in the ropes! HEATSEEKER! But Blair whips Naomi away to a corner! Blair runs up, blocks a boot, but not the ENZIGIRI!

Naomi resets up top, SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT FLOPS! Blair sits Naomi up, but Indi drags her out of the ring! Wheelbarrow and SWING into steel steps! Indi shows no mercy, and she dodges Naomi’s dropkick! Indi sends Naomi into barriers! Indi hauls Naomi up, pushes her into the ring, but here comes Jade! Jade wants payback for earlier tonight! Indi swings on Jade but Jade ROCKS Indi! And POSTS her! Jade feeds Indi to Naomi in the ring, and the fans fire up as Naomi ROUNDHOUSES, into the FULL NELSON BOMB! GEDO CLUTCH, Naomi wins!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Jade applauds, because at least one of the #Big3 gets to go on to Toronto! Will Naomi soon turn this into The Glow in the Bank? And what will that mean for her friendship with Bayley?


Backstage interview with #DIY.

Byron Saxton is with Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano, and notes that next week, they have their opportunity to become WWE Tag Team Champions. What is their strategy heading into SmackDown in Toronto? Ciampa says they have a lot of history in Toronto. That is where they became NXT Tag Tag Team Champions. And now, eight YEARS later, they return there, to the same exact building. And they know what- Wait, Austin Theory walks over. Theory tells them that he has had two weeks to think about what they said to him. And what they did to him.

Gargano explains, they weren’t aiming for Theory, they were aiming for Waller. The problem is that Waller pulled Theory into the way, just like always. Is that what they think? That’s what DIY knows. Theory says what’ll happen in Toronto is that A-Town Down Under, the greatest tag team today, will show up. Then, Theory and his best friend, Waller, will- Gargano tells Theory to stop it. Waller is not Theory’s friend! Everyone but Theory sees it! Gargano isn’t saying this to hurt Theory, but he has to say it. Waller is just using Theory to keep the titles. That’s all. But then Waller attacks Gargano! And he throws Ciampa away!

Waller rains down fists, Theory pulls Waller away and the tag champs get outta there. Waller again makes sure Gargano can’t finish his talk with Theory, but will they all just talk with their fists next Friday?


Solo Sikoa’s Bloodline heads to the ring.

As they intended to do to start the night, Solo, Tama, Loa and Heyman walk down the ramp and to the ring to have their “Acknowledgement Ceremony.” And since they don’t have to worry about Cody, Randy or Kevin, will the NEW Head of the Table, his Right Hand Man and the Infamous Loa be able to conduct their business? Heyman gets the mic first, even as fans are being censored by Fox. Heyman tells these “Ladies and gentlemen,” that tonight, here in the world’s most famous arena… Solo wants the mic already. The fans boo but Heyman must obey. The fans chant “WE WANT ROMAN!” but Heyman gives his mic to Solo.

Solo says, “Before we get to that, Paul… Let me introduce to you… the newest member of The Bloodline, the Samoan Werewolf, MY Enforcer, Jacob Fatu!” The fans boo and Heyman is disappointed that Solo lied to him, but here comes Jacob! Jacob joins Solo and the rest in the ring, and the ceremony continues, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Solo says, “Madison Square Garden… ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans boo and Heyman is stunned that Solo would dare use that phrase. The fans again have to be censored a bit but Solo’s Bloodline raises the ones. Solo tells the Right Hand Man to step up. Tama steps forward. “Acknowledge me.” Tama says, “Solo, my poka uah, oh Fatu, and I acknowledge you!” Solo tells Infamous Loa to step up and “acknowledge me.” Loa says, “Solo, I love always, I acknowledge you.” The fans boo more and more, and Heyman is beside himself. Solo tells Enforcer Jacob to step up and acknowledge him.

Jacob tells Solo, “I love you! My loa lava, Solo. I acknowledge you!” Solo smiles, and then turns to Heyman. Heyman, a tired look in his eyes, watches Solo step forward. Solo says this is the Wise Man’s one chance. “Paul, acknowledge me.” The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” and Heyman looks pale. But then Loa brings out a brand new red lei! Where’d he get one of those!? Heyman is in complete shot, but Solo tells him to look at him when he’s talking. Acknowledge Solo as Your Tribal Chief! Heyman takes the lei in hand, and is given the mic. Solo awaits his anointing, but Heyman is distraught. The fans continue to say don’t, and Heyman pleads with God to stop this.

Solo still waits, and Heyman says, “Solo… I love you. And I acknowledge… that you are NOT My Tribal Chief!!” The fans go wild as Heyman, tears in his eyes, throws down the lei and the mic. SAMOAN SPIKE!!! The fans boo as Solo loses his cool! Solo tells Heyman he has tried and tried and tried! Solo tells Jacob to go up top! Jacob does as told and he climbs while Solo has Loa position Heyman just right. Jacob is up top, and he DIVING HEADBUTTS Heyman!!! Solo says this didn’t have to happen, but now Heyman must pay! The Tongans drag Heyman out while Jacob clears the desk! The fans are losing their minds, as Heyman takes a TRIPLE BOMB through the desk!!!

The fans lose their minds, refs rush out and Solo shouts at Heyman that it didn’t need to be like this! But then Jacob takes the lei, and he anoints Solo with it. Solo and his soulless soldiers stand together, fingers raised to the sky. Nothing will ever be the same again, but how much worse will they get from here?

My Thoughts:

What an excellent episode for SmackDown! For one, some surprising results in those MITB qualifiers, but still with great story motivations behind them. Indi tried to help Candice but she mostly just screwed Jade out of things, and then Jade returned the favor, so we’ll surely be getting Jade & Bianca VS Indi & Candice as a way to build the StrongEST Duo back up to the women’s tag titles. Tiffany of course got in on her match, but Naomi being in over Blair is cool. Bayley and Naomi had a good promo together with Blair, and there’s some fun to be had in the story if the friends are made enemies because of MITB.

At the same time, that story could also work with Tiff and Nia. Nia will get her shot at SummerSlam, and Tiff could be waiting with the briefcase. If Nia beats Bayley, she probably scares Tiff into not cashing in. But if Bayley “somehow survives” Nia, then Tiff could easily jump in there and go after a tired Bayley to win. LA Knight winning his match was a great surprise, and they had fun bringing in NBA stars who clearly must be fans of WWE. They played up to being in New York, so Brunson was of course the Face with Tyrese as the Heel. Knight has his part in MITB, probably won’t win it, but hey, he also has his win on Logan in his back pocket, Logan VS Knight at SummerSlam in Cleveland, Logan’s hometown, that’ll be great stuff.

Good promo from Corbin, Crews and Melo, though I was hoping Angel and Humberto were going to confront Crews over NXT and how both Crews and Corbin were talking smack on Santos. Maybe that’ll still happen next week or something, but I still expect there to be some sort of Six Man of Legado VS Crews, Corbin & Andrade at some point. Also, good promo from Andrade, though it didn’t exactly add that much. However, if anyone on the SmackDown side is becoming Mr. MITB, it would be Andrade. Knight has his feud with Logan, and while Melo is good, it still feels too soon. Andrade needs something for his return to the WWE and being Mr. MITB could be just the thing.

Very good string of promos in Aldis’ office. Mia VS Nia the rematch will be good, but I almost expect Tiff to help Nia win again. Profits wanting after Bloodline is good stuff, and Pretty Deadly making their return is also good, and the tag match we not get of Profits VS Pretty Deadly will be some really good stuff. DIY had a good promo with Theory and Waller, Waller’s attack definitely added a bit of heat to the match. I don’t see a title change happening just yet, even with them in Toronto and having the go-home show, but I think there will be more cracks in the foundation of A-Town Down Under that leads to their split by SummerSlam.

And just when you think this Bloodline story can’t reach new levels, we get tonight. Great opening brawl to help hype up the coming Six Man Tag, and it was also a good way to remove Cody’s team from the equation. Solo lies to Heyman, offends Heyman with how his Bloodline is usurping all the elements of Roman’s Bloodline, and then they put Heyman through a table. If this doesn’t motivate Roman to return soon, I don’t know what will.

My Score: 9/10

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AEW Coverage

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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!



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?


  • 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.


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!



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!


  • 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.


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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