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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (7/5/24)

A fiery finale!

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We’re so close to the G1, we can almost taste it!

While El Desperado and Douki battle over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, the G1 Climax Qualifiers have reached the finals! Who moves on? And who will watch from the sidelines?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zack Sabre Jr. & Kosei Fujita VS KENTA & Gedo; ZSJ & Fujita win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Tiger Mask, Tomoaki Honma, Yuji Nagata & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier Final: Callum Newman VS YOSHI-HASHI; Callum wins and advances to the G1.
  • G1 Climax 34 B Block Qualifier Final: Boltin Oleg VS Taichi; Oleg wins and advances to the G1.
  • Six Man Tag: Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS Hiromu Takahashi, Titan & Yota Tsuji; Time Limit Draw.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS DOUKI; Douki wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier Final: Callum Newman VS YOSHI-HASHI!

The Prince of Pace has been pulling off upset after upset, taking down Yujiro Takahashi and Kenta. Meanwhile, The Head Hunter has been breaking through each round, beating the Crown Jewel and the Stone Pitbull. But who is the one that keeps it up and makes it to the Climax?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. Callum offers a handshake, and Hashi takes it. The fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two circle more. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. Callum wrenches and wrangles Hashi, then digs his knee into the arm. Callum then drags Hashi back up, wrenches, but Hashi spins and wrenches back. Hashi headlocks, but Callum powers up and out. Hashi runs Callum over! The fans fire up while Callum shakes out his arms. Hashi storms back over, brings Callum up, and CLUBS him on the neck. Callum goes to ropes but Hashi brings him around.

Hashi whips, Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and really speeds up, to BOOT Hashi down! The fans cheer while Hashi gets back up. Callum ROCKS Hashi, brings him around, and UPPERCUTS! Callum then wrenches Hashi, whips him, but Hashi holds ropes! Callum runs up but into a BOOT! Hashi runs up, but into a BOOT! Callum runs, Hashi follows and trips Callum up! Hashi brings Callum outside, whips, but Callum reverses. Hashi hits railing, but then he comes right back to CLOBBER Callum! The fans fire up again while Hashi leans against railing to rest. The ref checks Callum, he’s okay to continue, and Hashi makes his way over.

Hashi brings Callum up, puts him in, and fans applaud. Hashi stalks Callum, brings him up, and ROCKS him with a forearm. Callum goes to a corner, Hashi storms over to CHOP! Hashi grabs at Callum but Callum pushes him back. Callum eggs Hashi on and SPITS at him! Hashi wipes that off, and he CHOPS again! Callum falls to his knees but Hashi brings him right up. Hashi reels Callum in to hang him out to dry. The fans rally as Hashi runs, and Hashi DRPOKICKS Callum off the ropes! Hashi pushes Callum to a cover, TWO! The fans applaud while Callum clutches his back, but Hashi kicks him around.

Hashi brings Callum up but Callum pushes him. Callum eggs Hashi on again so Hashi CHOPS! Callum grits his teeth, rises up, and dusts himself off. Callum eggs Hashi on again, so Hashi CHOPS! The fans applaud and Callum grits his teeth. Hashi eggs Callum on, Callum talks trash, so Hashi CHOPS! Callum fires off a flurry of forearms! The fans fire up, and then Hashi spins to CHOP! Callum staggers back, Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS him against ropes on repeat! The fans fire up, the ref counts, but Hashi lets off. Hashi whips Callum to ropes, Callum trips Hashi up! And then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans cheer while both men are down!

Callum grits his teeth, his body already marked up. But he aims from a corner as Hashi goes to the other. Callum runs in to DROPKICK! Callum then runs to PENALTY KICK, and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Great-O-Khan is ringside to coach Callum. Callum rallies the fans and they clap along. Callum brings Hashi up, calls his shot and springboards, but Hashi gets under! Callum lands out, Hashi runs to duck ‘n’ dodge and HEADHUNTER! Callum writhes from that running blockbuster and the fans continue to rally. Hashi and Callum go to opposite corners, and Callum stands up.

Hashi runs in to LARIAT in the corner! Hashi pushes Callum away to then go up! FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Callum survives and the fans rally up but Hashi keeps cool. Hashi brings Callum up, reels him in, and suplexes, but Callum knees free! Callum blocks a kick, spins, but Hashi ROCKS him first! Hashi runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives as Callum brings out another Ospreay special! The fans fire up as Callum rises. Callum hobbles but he shakes out the cobwebs. Callum chicken wings Hashi but Hashi resists the lift. Hashi elbows free, then runs up, but into a BOOT!

Hashi fires up, Callum ducks and springboards, OSC- NO, Hashi catches Callum! Hashi then full nelsons for a DRAGON SUPLEX! Callum is right up!? Callum fires a forearm, Hashi fires back! Callum CHOPS, Hashi CHOPS Callum down! Callum kips up to ENZIGIRI! Callum runs, into a SUPERKICK! Callum stays up, but Hashi SUPERKICKS again! The fans are thunderous as Hashi reels Callum in! Fisherman and KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO?!? Callum survives and the fans are thunderous! Hashi drags Callum back up and back in, full nelson to pump handle, but Callum fights the lift!

Callum CLUBS at Hashi’s arm, rolls free but Hashi ducks the roundhouse! BODY SHOT, pump handle, BACKBREAKER! SUPERKICK! METEORA!! Cover, TWO!!! Callum survives again and the fans are thunderous! The fans rally as Hashi waits on Callum to rise. Callum flounders around, the fans duel, and Hashi runs. LARIAT!! Hashi drags Callum to a cover, TWO?!? Callum survives again and the fans are thunderous! Hashi drags Callum back up, full nelson and pump handle, KAR- STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE!! Inside cradle, CALLUM WINS?!?

Winner: Callum Newman, by pinfall (advances to the G1 Climax)

The United Empire is there to celebrate with their guy! Hashi himself is stunned, how did he get caught like that? But even Callum shows the proper respect to his senpai. Hashi cools off, and he shakes Callum’s hand. Will The Prince of Pace keep up the pace and conquer the Climax for the United Empire?

 

G1 Climax 34 B Block Qualifier Final: Boltin Oleg VS Taichi!

The Rook’s incredible strength helped him overcome his NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship partners, Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi. But now, he runs into the Holy Emperor! Taichi stopped TJP’s Cinderella Story, will he do it all again? Or is there no stopping this Kazakhstan Juggernaut now?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The chants sound about even between “TA-I-CHI!” and “BO-RU-TIN!” The two circle, then stare down before they tie up. Oleg powers Taichi back but Taichi digs in his heels. Oleg still puts Taichi on ropes, and he lets off slowly. But then Oleg pushes Taichi and eggs him on. The fans cheer Oleg’s guts and Taichi gets in Oleg’s face. Oleg fires a forearm, so Taichi KICKS a leg! Oleg fires a forearm, Taichi KICKS a leg, and repeat! They go back and forth, and the fans rally as they pick up speed! Oleg ROCKS Taichi, ROCKS him again, and again! The fans fire up for Oleg, but then Taichi KICKS the leg!

Taichi runs to BOOT Oleg but he rebounds to ROCK Taichi! Oleg runs again but into a BOOT! But Oleg’s right up! And he CLOBBERS Taichi! The fans fire up for Oleg again, and he gut wrenches Taichi! Taichi fights the shake, but Oleg CLUBS him, and CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again! Taichi just gets mad! Taichi pushes Oleg, Oleg CHOPS! Taichi doesn’t flinch, and GAMANGIRIS instead! The fans fire up while both men are down! Taichi snarls as he rises up and shakes out the leg. Taichi drags Oleg up, TOSSES him out, and Oleg flounders to railing. Taichi storms out after Oleg, and whips him hard into railing!

Oleg falls and writhes, but Taichi opens the gate to No Man’s Land. Then he kicks down railing so he can bring Oleg into the crowd! The fans hurry to move, and Taichi BOWLS Oleg into chairs! STRIKE! Taichi then grabs a chair and folds it up but the ref stops him. Taichi gives up the chair so he can drag Oleg up. Taichi KICKS Oleg down! The fans cheer while Taichi then drags Oleg back up. Taichi brings Oleg into the ring and the fans applaud. Oleg crawls, Taichi kicks him around. Taichi eggs Oleg on as he scuffs him again. Oleg rises, so Taichi KICKS him in the chest! Oleg writhes again and the fans rally up.

Oleg rises again, so Taichi KICKS him again! And again Oleg writhes around on the mat! Taichi looms over Oleg, then sits him back up. And he KICKS Oleg back down! The fans rally as Oleg writhes but doesn’t give in. Taichi stomps Oleg around, taunts him, then gives him toying kicks. Oleg rises up, Taichi slaps him around, but that only upsets Oleg. Oleg fires forearms on Taichi but Taichi just eggs him on! So Oleg ROCKS Taichi and clinches! Taichi fights back and wrenches free to HOOK KICK! Oleg falls, Taichi covers, TWO! Taichi is annoyed but he drags Oleg back up, for a KNEE! Taichi then brings Oleg up and whips.

Oleg reverses to lift and FLAPJACK! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Oleg rises and fans rally behind him as he heads for Taichi. Oleg fires forearms on Taichi, puts him in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Oleg runs in, and SPLASHES! Taichi staggers, Oleg runs, and he runs Taichi over! The fans fire up and Oleg keeps moving, to SPLASH DOWN! Cover, TWO! Taichi survives and the fans rally up. The fans rally up for Taichi now but Oleg gut wrenches! But again Taichi fights the shake! Oleg pries Taichi off his leg to Shake, Rattle and THROW! And then the kip up! The fans fire up as Oleg roars!

Oleg runs in at the corner but Taichi ROUNDHOUSES him down! The fans fire up more as Taichi seethes. “Let’s Go, Taichi!” echoes out as Taichi waits on Oleg. Oleg is dazed from that shot but Taichi tries to lift him. Oleg doesn’t budge so Taichi wants the ref to call this. The ref checks, Oleg is still awake, so Taichi clamps on with SEITEI JUJIHOU! Oleg endures being in the Holy Emperor’s Tomb, but Taichi really cranks the hold! Oleg is fading! The ref checks, the arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Taichi lets go before the ref can confirm one way or another! That mercy lets Oleg stay in this somehow!

Oleg blinks and catches his breath. But then Taichi BUZZSAWS him down! The fans fire up, because OFF COME THE PAINTS! Taichi tells Oleg to get up, and then he takes aim. Taichi gathers his power, but Oleg SHOTGUNS! Taichi rises, tries again, but Oleg blocks! Fireman’s carry, KAMIKAZE SENTON!! Cover, TWO?!? Taichi survives but Oleg has new life! Both men writhe on the mat, both men trying to catch their breath! Taichi grabs at the ref to tell him not to call this. Taichi and Oleg go to opposite corners, and then Oleg runs in! SPLASH! And then another fireman’s carry! KAMI- NO, Taichi slips free, and it’s back to SEITEI JUJIHOU!!

Oleg endures, reaches out, and he powers up! Oleg fireman’s carries free, for a SAMOAN DROP! Both men are down as Oleg goes the other direction! Oleg then hurries to haul Taichi up, and he fireman’s carries again! KAMI- NO, Taichi slips free, trips Oleg, into the GEDO CLUTCH!! TWO?!?! Oleg escapes by the skin of his teeth! Taichi BOOTS! Oleg stays up! But Taichi gets around to DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Oleg survives again and the fans are thunderous! Taichi sputters, his sides still bothering him, but he grits his teeth. The fans are dueling as hard as they can and Taichi rises first!

Taichi runs, AX BOMBER!! Taichi roars and the fans are thunderous again! Taichi drags Oleg up, Alabama Lifts, but Oleg flails, to gut wrench! And GUT BUSTER! Oleg again damages Taichi’s core, and now Oleg runs up, to KNEE! Cover, TWO?!?! Taichi survives that hardcore kitchen sink knee, but Oleg hauls him right up! Fireman’s carry, KAMI- NO, Taichi again fights the roll! Taichi RIDGE HANDS Oleg again and again, but Oleg stays up! TO F5!! Oleg roars like a Beast and the fans are thunderous! Oleg hauls Taichi up, fireman’s carries, and KAMIKAZE!! Cover, OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the G1 Climax)

Three matches, three upset victories! The Rook is now going on to his first G1! But he is also a humble winner, and shows respect to Taichi by helping him to his feet and raising his hand. Taichi returns the favor by raising Oleg’s arm, and the two hug it out. Then will Oleg do Taichi, Tanahashi and Yano all proud by being a massive standout in this year’s round robin?

 

Six Man Tag: Tetsuya Naito, BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS Hiromu Takahashi, Titan & Yota Tsuji!

It’s the homecoming for both the Uncontrollable Charisma & Black Mask of Los Ingobernables de Japon, so they’re doing something really special for this. LIA, Los Ingobernables de Adachi, are teaming with the Rampaging Dragon to take on the Ticking Timebomb, El Inmortal & Gene Blast! But will it be a tranquilo homecoming? Or will Hiromu be unable to help himself and make a mess of it?

Adachi is already fired up for their hometown heroes, but the trios still sort out, and Naito still takes his time with putting his elaborate entrance attire aside. Eventually, both halves of LIJ fist bump, and as the fans chant for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” we get the other hometown hero in Bushi. Titan steps up to face his sometimes tag partner, and the fans rally for “BUSHI! BUSHI!” The masked men circle, feel things out, and tie up. They go around, Bushi puts Titan on ropes but Titan turns that around. Bushi turns it around, Titan turns it back. Titan lets off with pats on the shoulder, and he rolls back to copy Bushi’s little taunt.

Bushi is annoyed, and he runs up, but Titan dodges! Titan mule kicks, wrenches and whips, but Bushi reverses. Titan goes up and over, handsprings away, and the fans fire up. Titan comes back, Bushi BOOTS him down, then Bushi goes up to FLYING RANA! Titan bails out but Bushi builds speed, only to fake Titan out and return the taunt! Titan rushes in but Bushi avoids his basement dropkick! Bushi comes back, Titan trips him to cover, ONE! Titan avoids Bushi’s sweep, but Bushi avoids the heel kick! The fans cheer as the two stand off. They nod respect, then back up to their corners. Titan tags Yota, and Bushi offers to Naito, but it’s Takagi instead!

The fans rally as the bigger men of the group now meet up. The fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” since he’s on Team Adachi right now. Takagi and Yota circle, feel things out, and then tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. They’re in a deadlock at center, but Takagi finds a point of leverage to put Yota on ropes. The ref counts, and Takagi keeps it clean. The fans applaud, Yota and Takagi reset to tie up again. It’s another deadlock, but now Yota finds the leverage to put Takagi on ropes. Yota lets off slowly, but then takes a swing! Takagi dodges and says hey, clean break! Yota grins and apologizes, then offers a handshake. Takagi thinks about it, and the fans rally up.

Takagi goes for the handshake but Yota leaves him hanging! Yota then kicks low and headlocks, but Takagi powers up and out. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Takagi runs, they RAM shoulders again, then the forearms start flying! The fans fire up as they go back and forth, then Yota gets the edge! Yota ROCKS Takagi, runs, and he RAMS Takagi! Takagi rebounds and RAMS Yota! Yota rebounds to run Takagi over! Takagi’s right up to run Yota over! The fans fire up as the two reset. They circle again, feel things out, but then Yota tags Hiromu. Hiromu dares Naito to join him, and the fans do cheer for “NA-I-TO!”

Naito reaches out, Takagi tags him in, and the fans fire up! “NA-I-TO!” and “HI-RO-MU!” circle as the fans rally up, and then Naito fakes Hiromu out. Naito plays his usual games, as he then dodges Hiromu! But Hiromu runs to SHOTGUN Naito! Naito bails out, Hiromu is after him! Hiromu whips Naito into railing, then whips again, only for Naito to reverse! Hiromu hits railing, Naito whips him again! Hiromu hits more railing, but Naito keeps after him! Hiromu gets in the ring but Naito follows. Naito smirks and whips Hiromu, but Hiromu avoids the arm-drag! Naito dodges a lariat, but Hiromu avoids an elbow!

Naito ducks a superkick, and then he tranquilo poses! The fans cheer but Hiromu is annoyed, and Hiromu basement dropkicks Naito! The fans are torn as Naito bails out, and Hiromu builds speed! Naito ducks, but Hiromu rolls back, then drops into sitting cross-legged! Hiromu then even tranquilos! He dares Naito to return, so Naito does. Naito storms up but Hiromu drop toeholds him onto ropes! Hiromu KICKS the ropes to jam Naito up, then he runs, only for Takagi to get a cheap shot in! The ref reprimands but Naito kicks Hiromu low. Naito then brings Hiromu around for Bushi to sunset flip and rewind into Naito’s basement dropkick!

The fans fire up and Takagi runs up to BLAST Yota & Titan! Naito hauls Hiromu up, reels him in, and he tags Takagi. They mug Hiromu, then Takagi brings Hiromu up. Takagi KNEES Hiromu low, and again, then whips. Takagi KNEES low, snapmares Hiromu, then runs to ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up as Takagi drags Hiromu back over, and he tags Bushi. They split the wishbone, and then Bushi stomps Hiromu around. Bushi bumps Hiromu off buckles, CHOPS and CHOPS, then snapmares. Bushi clamps onto Hiromu with a chinlock, but Hiromu endures. The fans rally as Hiromu reaches out, and he has the ROPEBREAK!

Bushi lets go, stomps Hiromu, then tags Naito. The fans rally as Naito & Bushi mug Hiromu, but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Naito CLAWS Hiromu’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito stops and apologizes. Hiromu falls to the apron then goes to the floor. Bushi pursues to kick Hiromu and put him back in the ring. Naito bumps Hiromu off buckles, then he and Bushi double whip. Hiromu reverses to send Naito away, then he dropkicks Bushi’s leg! Yota SPLASHES Naito! Snapmare, Titan joins in, TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Yota BLASTS Takagi and goes out after him!

Hiromu’s team sends Takagi and Bushi into railing, then Hiromu drags Naito up. Hiromu whips to ELBOW Naito, then he clamps on a headscissor squeeze! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito kicks around. Hiromu keeps on the pressure, even as Naito pries at the hold. Naito kicks and kicks and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, the ref counts, and Hiromu lets go. Hiromu drags Naito up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS Naito. Tag to Yota and Yota RAMS into Naito again and again! Yota cravats Naito, has the neck wrench, then snapmares so he can tie Naito up in a pretzel! Yota sits on Naito while taunting the team!

Naito endures, even as Yota makes it a STUMP PULLER CRADLE! TWO!! Naito manages to escape that knot, but Yota whips him back to the corner. Yota BLASTS Takagi for good measure, then he tags Titan. Titan climbs, Yota brings Naito around, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Naito stays in this and the fans rally up, but Titan stomps him around. Titan drops a leg on the leg, and then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! The fans rally but Titan stomps away on Naito more. Titan drags Naito over, tags Hiromu, and Hiromu stomps the leg! Hiromu stomps Naito’s leg again and again and again!

Hiromu drops an elbow on the leg and then pulls on the toehold! Naito pulls at Hiromu’s hair but the ref reprimands. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” harder and harder but he still suffers the toehold. Naito reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu lets go to stomp the leg one more time. Tag to Yota and he drags Naito around. Yota SMASHES the knee off the mat! Yota then drops an elbow on the leg! Naito writhes but Yota holds on to stomp away on the leg! Yota turns Naito over into a HALF CRAB! The fans rally, Naito endures, and Hiromu stares Takagi and Bushi down. Hiromu then runs over to BLAST them!

Hiromu and Titan keep Bushi and Takagi out while Yota sits deep on the Half Crab! Naito endures and the fans rally harder and harder! Naito crawls over, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go and he brings Naito back up. Hiromu & Titan join in so they can CHOP and CHOP, then double whip. Yota BOOTS Naito, Hiromu KICKS Naito and Titan SOBATS! Naito ends up in a corner, Yota & Hiromu double whip Titan in for the LOCO LARIAT! Hiromu scoops and SLAMS Naito so that Yota can SPLASH DOWN! Cover, Takagi breaks it! Takagi also bails out fast to avoid Hiromu. Yota grins as he scuffs Naito, kicks him around, and eggs him on.

The fans rally up as Naito rises to fire body shots! Naito then throws forearms on Yota, but Yota knees low! Yota runs, but Naito ELBOWS him! Yota rebounds, but into an atomic drop! Naito ENZIGIRIS Yota down! The fans fire up while both men crawl for corners! Hot tag to Takagi! The Rampaging Dragon runs Yota over, scoop SLAMS Hiromu, but Titan kicks! Titan whips, Takagi reverses, FLAPJACK! Takagi LARIATS Hiromu out of the ring! Takagi runs at Yota, blocks a boot and LARIATS through! The fans fire up with Takagi but Yota swings. Takagi catches him, spins him, and hits a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO!

Takagi looks around as the fans rally, and he says, “TOKI GA KITA! <THE TIME HAS COME!>” The fans join in for “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi sits Yota up. Yota ducks the sliding lariat, kicks and runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON- NO, Yota blocks and clinches! BACKBREAKER! COMPLETE SHOT! Takagi avoids the stomp! Takagi blocks a kick, but Yota slips free of the Dragon Screw to KNEE Takagi down! The fans fire up again while Yota catches his breath. Yota brings Takagi up to ROCK him with a forearm! And then another! Takagi snarls as Yota fires more and more forearms! Takagi then fires boxing elbows!

Yota ROCKS Takagi first! Yota runs, but Takagi follows to LARIAT! Takagi runs, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB, and a KNEE!! Both men fall and the fans are thunderous! Yota and Takagi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Titan! The fans fire up as Titan springboards and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up again as Titan gets Takagi up. Takagi swings, misses, and Titan fires off a strike fest! Titan runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON feint and DDT- NO! Titan handsprings through!! Titan kicks, Takagi blocks and whips but Titan reverses. Titan goes Matrix, but Takagi catches his sobat for a POWERSLAM!

The fans fire up as we pass 20 minutes! Takagi crawls his way over, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi stomps Titan, bumps him off buckles, then whips corner to corner. Bushi runs in to ELBOW! Bushi drags Titan up and in, FISHERMAN- NO, Titan slips free! Bushi kicks and runs but Titan DROPKICKS! Bushi bails out, Titan fires up and builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Bushi! The fans fire up again and Titan roars! Titan hurries to get Bushi up and in, and the fans rally again. Titan aims from the apron, springboards, but Bushi gets clear! Titan rolls through, but Bushi dropkicks the legs! Bushi grabs a leg, to SMASH the knee!

Bushi then ties Titan’s legs up, in FABLE! Bushi & Takagi intercept Hiromu and Yota for PLUMA BLANCA and DRAGON SLEEPER! The fans fire up as TRIPLE SUBMISSIONS are on! Titan crawls, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Bushi, Naito & Takagi let go, and all six men are down around ringside. The fans rally as Bushi brings Titan back around. Bushi reels Titan in, but Titan fights free. Bushi kicks low, whips, but Titan BOOTS and SOBATS, fires off more kicks, then WHEEL KICKS! Down goes Bushi and the fans fire up! Titan skins the cat to the top rope, and LA LANZA!! But Titan clutches his leg, he can’t make the cover!

Titan and Bushi stir, and Titan throws off his elbow pads. The fans fire up as Titan roars, and he storms up on Bushi. Titan drags Bushi up, reels him in, Canadian Rack, and he spins for the- NO, Bushi slips free to BACKSTABBER! Both men are down again and the fans are thunderous! Bushi and Titan crawl, hot tags to Hiromu and Naito! Hiromu ELBOWS Naito, takes a swing, but Naito gets around! Hiromu still spins Naito, but Naito fights the suplex! Naito wrenches, Hiromu ROCKS Naito, then throws him onto ropes to KICK ropes and jam Naito up! Hiromu runs, and SHOTGUNS Naito down!

The fans fire up as Hiromu brings Naito up to suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Hiromu drags Naito to his feet. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Naito slips free and shoves Hiromu. Naito blocks boots, puts Hiromu in ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Naito then puts Hiromu up top, bring shim out, SUPER DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Takagi BLASTS Titan & Yota, Naito goes up the corner and he drags Hiromu up with him. ESPERANZA! Hiromu flounders, the fans fire up, and Naito aims. Naito runs up, CORRIENDO- NO, Hiromu fights off Destino to VICTORY ROYALE! Cover, TWO!!

Naito survives and the fans fire up again, but Hiromu grits his teeth. Hiromu runs, but Naito blocks the lariat! Naito kicks and uses ropes, but Hiromu denies the tornado! Hiromu SUPERKICKS, then BLINDSIDE LARIATS! And now HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives but Hiromu keeps on him! Fireman’s carry as we hit 30 MINUTES! Naito slips free to throw those heavy elbows! Naito throws elbow after elbow, Hiromu roars and runs in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito gets Hiromu up, wrench- KNEE from Yota! PUMPING BOMBER from Takagi! MISSILE DROPKICK from Titan! CODE BREAKER from Bushi!

Hiromu SUPERKICKS Bushi, Naito runs in! CORRIENDO DESTINO!! All six men are down and the fans are electric! The fans rally as hard as they can for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” as we hit 35 minutes! Naito rises, drags Hiromu up, and wrenches. Hiromu fights Destino off, but Naito ELBOWS him again and again! Hiromu eggs Naito on! So Naito ELBOWS him more and more! They end up on ropes and Hiromu is up in Naito’s face! Naito ELBOWS again and again! We’re running out of time, but Naito hits VALENTIA!! And then wrench and tilt-o-whirl, DESTIN- NO!! TIMEBOMB!!! Both men are down as we’re at the THIRTY SECOND WARNING!

The fans are thunderous as Naito and Hiromu rise up! TEN SECONDS! Hiromu grabs at Naito but Naito flips him to a cradle! Cover, TIME’S UP!!!

Time Limit Draw

LIJ VS LIJ was so epic, that even after FORTY MINUTES, it could not have a conclusion! But perhaps that is proof that LIJ is also the strongest faction in NJPW today! And even after fighting so hard, all six men stand together, and they fist bump! Iron sharpens iron, so will LIJ only get stronger from here?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado VS DOUKI!

The Rogue Luchador finally won the Best of the Super Juniors, and then won this title off of Sho in Osaka-Jo Hall. Japones Del Mal was part of that journey back to the top, but even Desperado knows Douki is not just some stepping stone. And now, for everything the two have been through over the years, Desperado is giving Douki this golden opportunity. Will Desperado still be the Best of the Super Juniors? Or will Douki finally have his moment to shine?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see whose New Japan Soul burns brightest!

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “DOUKI! DOUKI!” Desperado smiles and nods, he doesn’t mind that Douki’s finally gotten a following. The two tie up, Desperado waistlocks but Douki switches. Despe spins to get a facelock but Douki wrenches free. Despe moves around, cording holds then headlocks for a takeover. Douki headscissors, Despe bridges back and rolls around to then tie up Douki’s legs. The fans cheer this exchange, and Despe traps the legs while he reclines on Douki. Despe then floats to facelock but Douki wrenches and hammerlocks. Despe throws elbows, switches the hammerlock onto Douki.

Douki reaches back and jumps up, to flying-mare! Despe bails out and the fans cheer. Douki waits and Despe makes his way back to the ring. Despe slides, in, circles with Douki and they knuckle lock. Douki wrenches to hammerlock then full nelson. Despe claws at the hold but Douki shifts to a cravat. Despe throws body shots, rolls, but Douki holds on tight! Despe fights up, throws more shots then rolls again, but still Douki holds on! They stand, Despe swim moves but Douki gets the cravat back. Despe swim moves again but Douki gets the cravat again. Despe throws body shots, then swim moves and wrenches. But Douki breaks free to cravat again!

The fans cheer the technical exchange but Despe throws harder body shots. Douki lets go, runs in, but Despe picks him up! Douki rolls through, sunset flips, then reels Despe in, but Despe fights the Italian Stretch! Despe shoves Douki, Douki comes back, but Despe dropkicks the legs out! The fans cheer while both men are down. Despe storms over to Douki, CLUBS him on the neck, then whips. Douki ducks ‘n’ dodges then RANAS! Despe gets up, Douki runs in and springboards to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Despe bails out, Douki builds speed, but Despe slips back in! Douki lands on the apron, ROCKS Despe, but then Despe KICKS the leg!

Douki falls to the apron then the floor. Red Shoes checks him but he’s okay to continue. Despe goes out, grabs the bad leg and YANKS it! Despe then brings Douki around and CHOPS him! Despe RAMS Douki into railing while the fans rally up. Douki sputters as he slumps down, but Despe drags him back up. Despe whips, Douki reverses and Despe hits apron! Douki runs up, Despe pops him up, but Douki uses that to TORNADO DDT to the floor! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Douki storms over, drags Despe up and in, and the fans applaud as Douki aims from the apron. Despe rises, Douki slingshots, but Despe catches Douki!

Despe ties up the legs, for a DOUBLE KNEE BUSTER! Douki writhes and the fans rally again. Despe puts Douki’s leg on ropes to HIP DROP it! Douki writhes more but Despe drags him back up. Despe whips but Douki can’t even make it to the other side! So Despe SMASHES the knee on the mat! Despe paces while Douki writhes, and then Despe grabs the bad leg, to DDT the foot! Again Despe paces while Douki writhes, then Despe grabs the leg for a STANDING KNEEBAR! Douki kicks with his free leg, but Despe SPLASHES down on the bad leg. Cover, TWO! Douki toughs it out and the fans rally up.

Despe drags Douki up, but Douki CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” but then Despe ROCKS Douki! Despe stands on Douki’s knee and eggs him on. Douki fires body shots but Despe just digs both feet into the knee! Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Despe steps off and he drags Douki to a corner. Despe SLAMS the bad leg into the post! Despe then ties the legs up and pulls! Douki endures, Red Shoes counts, and Despe lets go, to SLAM the leg on the apron! Despe then takes his time stepping back inside while Red Shoes checks Douki. Douki’s okay to continue so Despe grabs the bad leg. Despe drops an elbow on the knee!

Despe pulls on the leg for a toehold, then digs his knee in! Despe pushes on the bad leg, twists it, and sits down on the knee! The fans rally for Douki but Despe has the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Douki sits up to CHOP, and CHOP, but Despe DECKS Douki! Despe puts the pressure on, then he stands to use leverage. Despe drops back down to keep on the pressure, but Douki gets the ROPEBREAK! Despe lets go and the fans rally up again. Despe drags Douki up, grabs the leg, but Douki fights with elbows! Despe KICKS the bad leg and Douki drops to his knees. Despe brings Douki up but Douki KNEES Despe away!

Douki turns Despe, but Despe mule kicks the bad leg! Despe whips, Douki reverses and JUMPING FOREARMS! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Despe aims from a corner, runs in, but Douki spins around him to arm-drag! Douki runs up, ELBOWS Despe, and runs to springboard BACK ELBOW! Down goes Despe and Douki covers, TWO! The fans rally, Douki drags Despe up and scoops, but Despe slips free! SLEEPER! Douki RAMS Despe into corners, and then he bumps Despe off buckles. Douki goes up but Despe YANKS him right down! Despe drags Douki up for a BIG back suplex!

Despe hurries to bring Douki back up, suplex and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Douki stays in this and the fans rally up again. Despe is annoyed and he lets his hair down. Despe gut wrenches Douki but Douki slips fere! But the bad leg jams! Despe runs, and he fakes out the dropkick! Douki crashes down, and Despe SMASHES the knee! STRETCH MUFFLER!! Douki endures, reaches out, fights around, but Despe thrashes the leg! Douki scrambles forward to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Despe lets go. Despe stands on Douki’s bad leg, then drags Douki back up. Despe reels Douki in, underhooks, PINCHE-

NO, Douki fights that off and he RAMS Despe into buckles! Douki hobbles away, runs back in, but Despe dodges! Despe comes back, Douki BOOTS him and reels him in for a TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and Despe bails out. Douki shakes out the bad leg, builds speed, and he DIVES! To TORNADO DDT to the floor!! The fans fire up again and Douki hurries to bring Despe up and into the ring. The fans fire up more, Douki aims and DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO!! Into ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Despe endures, flails around, but Douki pulls on the hold! Despe fights his way over, but he’s fading!

Douki pulls on the arms but Despe moves around. Douki rolls him away from ropes and ITALIAN STRETCH! Despe still fights, still reaches out, and he drags Douki along, but then he starts to fade again! The fans rally as Douki continues to pull on the arms! Despe gets a second wind and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Douki lets go, and Douki fires himself back up. Douki storms over, drags Despe from the ropes, but Despe claws at the mat! Douki still wheelbarrows, but Despe fights the lift! Douki waistlocks Despe to keep him from ropes, and he wheelbarrows again! Desep victory rolls through!

Despe brings Douki up to back suplex, but Douki lands out! Douki rolls Despe, shifts and has the ITALIAN STRETCH! But Despe pops free of that to tie up Douki’s legs, into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! The fans fire up as now Douki endures! Douki claws at the mat, powers his way forward, and the fans rally as hard as they can! Despe drags Douki from ropes, flips him over, and has the STRETCH MUFFLER! And then NUMERO DOS! Douki fights with his one free arm, even as Despe thrashes him! Douki still reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Despe lets go and the fans fire up again. Despe snarls and storms back over to Douki.

Despe grabs at Douki but Douki BOOTS Despe away! Douki goes to a corner, Despe runs in, and Despe blocks the boot! Despe KICKS Douki’s leg, then grabs the leg, but Douki ENZIGIRIS free! Douki runs up, Despe ELBOWS him, but then Douki comes back to DECK Despe! The fans fire up again and Douki fires forearms! Douki ROCKS Despe, ROCKS him again, but Despe eggs him on! Douki DECKS Despe again and roars! The fans are with Douki but Despe CLUBS the leg, ROCKS Douki, and SNAP GERMANS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Douki is still in this but Despe just fires back up. Despe drags Douki up and in, underhooks, but Douki wrenches out to LARIAT!!

The fans fire up with Douki as he roars again! Douki brings Despe around to wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Despe HEADBUTTS free! Douki fires a forearm, but Despe ROCKS Douki back! And ROCKS him again! And swings, but Douki gets around! DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Despe escapes but Douki roars! Douki drags Despe around again, and wheelbarrows! Full nelson, SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!! Cover, DOUKI WINS!?!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

The entire stadium erupts! The impossible dream has been realized! Desperado may have won the BOSJ tournament, but maybe he isn’t really The Best of the Super Juniors! How much harder will Desperado have to fight to get back up from this?

And as for Douki, Red Shoes raises his hand in victory and the fans cheer! Douki is overcome with emotion as he can finally hold the title as his own! Even some of the fans here in Adachi share that wave of emotion, seeing Douki finally have his moment. Douki gets the mic, and he tells Desperado, “Can you hear me? I don’t know. But while I won today, I don’t think this is over between us, and I don’t think of myself as better than you. But… with this championship, the best belt in pro-wrestling, shows that just for today, I am.”

Douki tells Desperado, he wants to say thank you very much for everything, but he also wants to say… Come at me once again. The fans applaud, and Douki says that when the time is right, he wants to do this again against Desperado. The fans cheer Douki on as he finally gets to admire the belt for a moment. Douki stands and says that this is the first time he is getting to talk as a champion. And if anyone feels bad or upset or wants to complain, you know what to do. Try and take this from him! Douki is determined to protect it with his life! Douki drops the mic, holds up the belt, and the streamers fly!

Japones Del Mal is finally golden, is this going to be the start of a new era in the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division?


My Thoughts:

An awesome night for NJPW to finish their New Japan Soul series, especially with all the great choices in their results and finishes. For one, LIJ VS LIJ going to a time limit draw was the smart move, because even with Bushi and Titan being the pin-takers in most cases, they didn’t want there to be some sort of ranking system within the group. Hiromu being one of the best Junior Heavyweights they’ve had in NJPW, it was a great move for him and THE IWGP World Heavyweight Champion to be fairly equal, though Naito might’ve had him if not for the time limit. This also bodes well for LIJ’s showing in the G1, Naito, Takagi and Yota are surely all going to be top seeds in the blocks.

Speaking of the G1, the qualifiers were so good, and I’m surprised both younger guys were put over. Hashi felt like he might’ve had the hot hand coming in from just the other day, but Callum snatching that win away was wild. Oleg beating Taichi was less shocking, if only because Oleg is a truly big guy. He used that power game to beat Taichi, and Oleg will surely be a tough opponent throughout the G1. Not someone who takes the block, but definitely someone in the middle of the block that makes it hard even for the top guys.

And then awesome main event from Desperado VS Douki, and what a shock that Douki won this. But similarly to Hashi, Douki’s been solid, he’s suck it out year after year without complaining or leaving, and this is NJPW seeing that Douki does have what it takes. Douki won’t be defending this title during G1 season, he and Despe can rest up, and just about anybody in the Junior Heavyweight Division can come around to go after the champ. For me, TJP should try his hand. It’d be a great detail in TJP’s own story of struggling to feel confident as United Empire team captain after losing out in the BOSJ and this G1 qualifier, while giving Douki one heck of a first defense.

My Score: 9.1/10


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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!

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The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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

 

The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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

 

Holo.grm loads up.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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

 

The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!

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The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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

 

Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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

 

Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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

 

Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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

 

Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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

 

The Bloodline speaks.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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