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Mitchell’s NXT Heatwave Results & Report! (7/7/24)

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It’s a fiery finale in Toronto!

Toronto is all fired up as Trick Williams, Je’Von Evans, Ethan Page & Shawn Spears are in a Fatal 4 Way for THE NXT Championship! Is someone gonna Whoop Dat Trick before Trick can whoop them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Karmen Petrovic & Arianna Grace VS Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx; Karmen & Arianna win.
  • NXT North American Championship, Wes Lee’s Last Chance: Oba Femi VS Wes Lee; Oba wins, retains the title, and Wes can never challenge him again.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship: Kelani Jordan VS Sol Ruca; Kelani wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Chase U; Axiom & Frazer win and retain the titles.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez VS Lola Vice; Roxie wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Championship Fatal 4 Way: Trick Williams VS Je’Von Evans VS Ethan Page VS Shawn Spears; Ethan wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Heatwave Kickoff Show!

Join Megan Morant & Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action for this fiery finale to Toronto’s big money weekend.

 

Backstage interview with Lola Vice.

Sarah Schreiber notes that we saw the fiery face to face with Roxanne Perez last week, and Lola says yeah, everyone saw it. See? She would want a 8×10 of herself, too. But tonight isn’t about emotion, but about her fight for the NXT Women’s Championship. it is the biggest fight of her life. This is for her family, but she left the tears in Florida. She will knockout Roxie and become THE first-ever Cuban American Women’s Champion. Lola thanks Sarah and heads out, but will the Latina Heat set fire to The Prodigy’s reign?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Nathan Frazer has yet to arrive at Scotiabank Arena! Axiom is a bit panicked in the background, because if Frazer doesn’t show up in time for the tag title match, it’ll end up a Handicap Match! Will the Jersey Island Rocket show up and prove his tag partner is wrong about his split focus?

 

Ridge Holland checks in with Chase U.

Yorkshire Grit had to stay back in Orlando given the controversy he stirred up, but he wants to wish them all luck. And he’s working on something for when they come back, but that’s for Tuesday. He’ll be watching with the wife and kids, they’re all excited to see Chase U win the titles and bring them back home. He is again sorry, but he wishes them luck. They all thank him back, and Thea says bye. Thea can’t help but like Ridgy! Now Duke feels bad for squealing. Chase says there’s no need for feeling bad. They only need to worry about becoming TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions! Chase U gets fired up, will this be a great moment in the university’s history?

 

Ava Raine joins the panel.

Megan & Sam appreciate the NXT GM taking the time tonight, given there are FIVE title matches on one card. Ava says this is a special night. WWE is coming off an amazing MITB show, and tonight on Heatwave, everyone is looking to impress. That is what they will do, and so who knows? The entire landscape could have completely changed. Sam says there is potential for that to be sure. Five uniquely paired title matches, and of course the main event, the Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Championship. it feels like there’s been a lot of chaos, this main event has evolved from that chaos. Are there any regrets on making this a Fatal 4?

No, Ava stands by that decision, and that is because every single superstar in the match deserves this opportunity. Making it a Fatal 4 gives everyone a showcase for their abilities. It will be an amazing match for the title. Megan thanks Ava for her time and wishes her luck on the big night. Ava thanks Megan & Sam, will this be the hottest night in NXT history?

 

Kickoff Show – Karmen Petrovic & Arianna Grace VS Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx!

This isn’t quite the “Canadian Connection” Karmen wanted, but it’s better than nothing. Will “Team Toronto” take down the toxic element that’s growing in NXT? Or will Jacy & Jazmyn ruin the homecoming in the worst way possible?

The teams sort out and Arianna starts against Jacy. The fans rally for Arianna, she ties up with Jacy, and they go around. Jacy powers Arianna to the ropes, but Arianna pushes back. Arianna storms up, they tie up again, go around and end up in a corner. Jacy goes up and then jumps to arm-drag! Arianna staggers up, Jacy CLOBBERS her! Jacy mocks the Pageant Queen, but Arianna says that’s her thing! Arianna runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges Jacy, then CLOBBERS her! Arianna scoops Jacy to SLAM! Tag to Karmen and the fans fire up. Karmen runs and Arianna feeds Jacy to the DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Karmen clamps onto Jacy but Jacy ROCKS Karmen! Tag to Jazmyn, but Karmen sweeps the legs! Karmen KICKS, KICKS and runs, to BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jazmyn stays in this but Karmen stays on her with a facelock. Karmen whips Jazmyn to the corner, BOOTS her, and Arianna tags in! Arianna runs in to RAM Jazmyn! Arianna snap suplexes, drops an elbow, and covers, TWO! Arianna drags Jazmyn up, facelocks, but Jazmyn fires body shots. Arianna CLUBS Jazmyn, bumps her off buckles, and tags Karmen. The fans rally as Team Toronto is working as a team, and Karmen CHOPS!

Karmen whips Jazmyn, Jazmyn reverses, but she gets a SOBAT! And a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Jacy jumps in and talks trash on Karmen, but then Jazmyn sucker punches Karmen! Karmen gets up, waistlocks, but Jacy tags in to NECKBREAKER! Jacy rains down fists on Karmen while fans boo, but Jacy soaks it up. Jacy brings Karmen around, whips, and ELBOWS her down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Karmen but Jacy drags her away. Jacy whips Karmen to the corner, elbows her, then tags in Jazmyn. Jazmyn digs her boot in, lets off, and she DROPKICKS! Tag to Jacy and she blows kisses to Arianna.

Jacy then CANNONBALLS Karmen! Jacy drags Karmen to a cover, TWO! Karmen stays in this but Jacy stays on her with a seated cobra twist! Karmen fights up, arm-drags, and then rolls Jacy up, TWO! Jacy hurries up to whip, but Karmen reverses. Jacy blocks hip toss to roll Karmen and SUPERKICK! Tag to Jazmyn and the toxic twosome DOUBLE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Karmen toughs it out but Jazmyn sits her up. Jazmyn KICKS Karmen in the back and clamps on a headscissor squeeze. The fans rally, Karmen rolls to tuck Jazmyn, TWO!! Jazmyn runs up to ELBOW Karmen down! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally but Jazmyn tags Jacy. Jacy & Jazmyn go again, DOUBLE- NO, Karmen slips free! Karmen BOOTS Jacy, DUMPS Jazmyn, and then slips under! Jacy grabs a leg to drag Karmen back! Karmen BOOTS Jacy away! Hot tag to Arianna! The fans fire up as Arianna rallies on Jacy, then CLOBBERS Jazmyn! UPPERCUT in a corner for Jacy! ELBOW for Jazmyn! KNEE LIFT for Jacy! BOOT for Jazmyn! Arianna goes up and up and AX HANDLES Jacy down! Cover, TWO! Jacy survives but Arianna brings her up. Jacy JAWBREAKERS but Karmen tags in! Arianna gets Jacy up but Jacy BOOTS! Arianna blocks, Karmen runs in!

DROPKICK HART ATTACK! Cover, JAZMYN BREAKS IT! Arianna grabs Jazmyn, Jazmyn TOSSES her! Jacy avoids Karmen’s boot to throw her down by hair! Tag to Jazmyn and she SWEEPS the legs! Jacy KNEES Karmen down, Jazmyn covers, ARIANNA BREAKS IT! The fans fire up as all four women rise. Arianna dodges Jacy to hit a CODE BREAKER! Jazmyn PENALTY KICKS Arianna! Karmen kicks, Jazmyn gets under and O’Conner Rolls, but Arianna tips it over! Karmen has the cover, TEAM TORONTO WINS!

Winners: Arianna Grace & Karmen Petrovic

Jacy is shocked! She and Jazmyn got got by the home team! Will Arianna & Karmen make this Canadian Connection work all the way to becoming tag team champions?

 

Axiom is backstage.

He is stressing out and Frazer slides in. Frazer asks how he’s doing. Axiom asks where he’s been! He thought he’d have to go it alone! Frazer says relax, the traffic was nuts, fans were swarming, he couldn’t help it. Axiom says if Frazer isn’t locked in, they are gonna cross the border without belts! Frazer says he IS locked in. Time to show everyone why they’re the best team on the planet. So what’s the game plan? Axiom says ay Dios mio… Do these Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths stand a snowball’s chance in the Sahara tonight?

 

Are you watching?

It isn’t hard to find this one, it’ll be the one that’s lit. The gold is going to shine even brighter with these fighting spirits burning bright! It will be a battle of first-evers, best-evers, the up-and-comers, and the ones that have been waiting for a long, long time. But in the end, only those who can stand the heat will rise to the top. There’s a Heatwave in Toronto!

 

NXT North American Championship, Wes Lee’s Last Chance: Oba Femi VS Wes Lee!

Speaking of “the best ever,” this battle right here will determine just who is THE best North American Champion ever! For Wes, this is it, all or nothing! Will the Cardiac Kid conquer Oba in Canada? Or will his body and his dreams end up crushed underneath The Ruler’s throne?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, as are the stakes, and we see if it’s now or never for one of the best ever!

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Oba and Wes stare down, slowly circle, then Wes KICKS! Oba shakes that off, Wes dodges him and KICKS again. Oba storms up, Wes BOOTS, and KICKS, but Oba catches Wes to DECK him! Wes scrambles up, but Oba corners him. Oba keeps Wes from slipping away and smothers him in the corner. The ref counts, Oba lets off, but Wes BOOTS Oba! Wes dodges Oba, fires fast hands, but Oba shoves him! Oba eggs Wes on so Wes SLAPS him! Wes fires haymakers and body shots! The fans fire up but the ref counts as they’re in a corner. Oba grabs Wes to TOSS him tot he corner!

Oba runs in but Wes dodges! Oba gets stuck in ropes and Wes KICKS away on the legs! Wes SUPERKICKS Oba, springboard, and ENZIGIRIS! Oba staggers toa  corner, Wes runs in but Oba puts him on the apron. Wes slingshots and RAN- NO! Oba stops the rana to put Wes up top! Oba then SLAPS Wes to the floor! The fans fire up as Oba stands tall. Wes grits his teeth, goes back tot he apron and springboards in to MISSILE DROPKICK! Oba stays on his feet, runs in, but Wes dodges. Oba BODY SHOTS Wes, then POPS him up to a fireman’s carry! F 5 THOUSAND!! The fans are thunderous for Oba as he stands tall.

Oba stalks Wes to ropes, drags him back, but Wes grabs the apron skirt. Wes kicks at Oba, Oba lets him go, and Wes hurries up. But Oba SHOVES Wes right out of the ring! Wes stumbles into the desk, and Oba storms out after him. Oba brings Wes around and says this is why HE is the greatest North American Champion now. Oba CLUBS Wes, then whips him hard into the apron edge! The ref checks Wes, he hit that steel pretty hard. Oba leaves Wes behind, letting the ring count handle this. Wes is dazed but moving at 4 of 10. Wes pushes himself up at 5, manages to stand at 7, and he rolls in at 8! The fans cheer and Oba grins.

Oba runs in to UPPERCUT Wes in the corner! Oba then scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Wes writhes, his back was the injury that took him out for months! Oba hauls Wes up to whip him hard into a corner, then RAMS into him! Wes flops down, the fans rally and duel, and Oba looms over Wes. Oba stomps Wes, digs his heel into that lower back, and then stands on Wes like a podium! But then Wes pushes up!? The fans fire up, but Oba STOMPS Wes back down. Oba hauls Wes up to UPPERCUT! Wes wobbles, so Oba DECKS him! Wes flounders around, the fans rally up, and Oba scoops Wes. Oba carries Wes for a BACKBREAKER!

Oba TOSSES Wes away, then paces around. The fans duel as Wes crawls to ropes, and Oba storms over. Oba drags Wes up but Wes fires body shots! Oba CLUBS Wes on the back! Oba whips Wes to a corner, then swaggers his way over. Oba KNEES Wes low, whips him corner to corner, but Wes falls before making it halfway! Oba is amused, and he taunts Wes. Oba hauls Wes up to TOSS Wes! Wes ends up in a Tree of Woe! Oba sets up, runs in, but Wes sits up! Oba POSTS himself! Wes slips to the apron, and he SUPERKICKS Oba into post! Wes then slingshots to sunset flip! Oba stays up, grabs Wes by the neck, and hauls him up.

But Wes handsprings through the shove, Oba sends himself up and out! Wes goes up, out, avoids the sweep, but not the CHOP! Oba swats Wes like a fly and the fans fire up again! Oba pushes Wes into the ring, “This is Awesome!” Oba stalks Wes, but Wes throws body shots! Wes swings, but into a clinch! BACKBREAKER! Oba bends Wes’s back against his knee! The fans rally up as Wes endures, and Wes grabs at Oba’s face. Oba CHOPS Wes down! Cover, TWO! Wes is still in this and now Oba is annoyed. Oba stalks Wes, taunts him, slaps him around, and he drags Wes up by his hair. The fans rally and duel as Wes grits his teeth!

Wes PELES Oba away! The fans fire up and Wes UP KICKS! Oba wobbles, Wes sweeps the legs, then fires hands! Wes runs to SUPER PUNCH! Oba goes to a corner and Wes runs in, to ENZIGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! Oba sits down, Wes SUPERKICKS him! Oba flounders, Wes goes up the corner, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Oba is still in this and Wes grows frustrated. The fans rally, Oba bails out, and Wes takes aim. Wes DIVES point-blank! Oba staggers, Wes slides back in. Wes DIVES again and Oba hits barriers! Oba staggers around the way so Wes goes back to the ring. Another DIVE and Oba hits the desk!

Oba goes into the ring, Wes follows him. Wes springboards, but the meteora is blocked! So Wes sunset flips it! Oba YANKS Wes right up, POPS him up, but Wes RANAS through! Cover, TWO!! Oba escapes and the fans are thunderous again! The fans cheer on “NXT! NXT!” for making this the opener, and then Wes BOOTS Oba! Wes ROUNDHOUSES, goes up the corner, and METEORAS! Down goes Oba! Wes then hurries to the other corner, Oba staggers to his feet, and Wes springboards, into an UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Wes survives being taken out of the air again and Oba is growing frustrated.

Oba drags Wes up, fireman’s carries, and then he goes up a corner! The fans are going nuts, but then Wes starts fighting with elbows! Wes stands on the top rope, and SUPER- NO! Oba stops the Steiner to then swing Wes up! But Wes makes it a SUPER FACEBUSTER! And CARDIAC KICK!! Cover, TWO?!? Oba survives and the fans are shocked! Wes is beside himself but Toronto comes alive! Wes goes to the corner again, and he climbs back up. Wes FROG SPLASHES! But Oba has him!? Wes slips free, Oba runs up but Wes DUMPS Oba! Wes BOOTS Oba, skins the cat, and then ASAI MOON- NO, Oba catches Wes again!

Oba hits a SHOULDER BUSTER! The fans fire up and Oba grits his teeth. Oba drags Wes back into the ring, but Wes KICKS him at the ropes! Wes DOUBLE STOMPS Oba down! The fans rally, Wes builds speed and handsprings, CARDIAC- NO, Oba catches him for a back suplex! Wes lands out and SUPERKICKS! Oba staggers, Wes fires hands! Wes runs, handsprings, CARDIAC- NO! Oba again has Wes, for the SHOTPUT BOMB!! Oba roars, the fans fire up, and Oba storms back up on Wes. POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Ruler remains on his throne, but that was much more than even he expected. However, this is still Wes’s most crushing defeat, because now he will never have another chance until someone else takes this title from Oba. But given how dominant Oba is, will that ever even happen?

 

NXT Women’s North American Championship: Kelani Jordan VS Sol Ruca!

The top two seeds in the Women’s Combine were definitely at home in the Ladder match back at Battleground. And though The Standout won out, she and the Sol Surfer are still friendly rivals. In fact, they even had a joint workout earlier today, live on Instagram! But will the Gym Princess prove that no one does it like Lani? Or will her reign be washed away by Sol’s wave of momentum?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the friendly rivals stay friendly after fighting it out!

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Kelani snapmares but Sol headscissors. Kelani kips free, the fans cheer as the two shake hands. They circle again, then tie up. Kelani waistlocks, Sol trips her but Kelani kicks her away. Kelani hurdles, Sol leaps over and handsprings back to RANA! Kelani gets up, gets moving, and tilt-o-whirls to RANA! But Solo handsprings through! The fans cheer and even Kelani nods respect. The two feel things out, knuckle lock, then Sol headlocks. Sol hits the takeover, Kelani slips out to headlock back. Solo shoves Kelani away, Kelani goes up and over but then Sol goes up and over!

Sol comes back, Kelani goes up to CROSSBODY! But Sol avoids the flip leg drop! Solo then avoids the leg sweep, and the two stand off. The fans cheer, the two reset again, and they feel things out. Solo drop toeholds, floats to a headlock, but Kelani fights up. Kelani powers up and out, drops down then hip tosses, but Sol handsprings! FACEBUSTER- NO, Kelani handstands then SPLASHES! ONE, and Kelani runs up! Solo stops the arm-drag, but Kelani slips through the hip toss to backslide! TWO! Solo kicks, Kelani ducks, Sol returns the favor! Sol FACEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as this action is getting faster! But Sol slows things down as she digs her knees into Kelani’s back. Sol has Kelani in a reverse Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Kelani endures, even as her foot touches the back of her head! Sol lets go to then hook up the legs, grabs the arms, and then yes, ROMERO SPECIAL SURFBOARD! Kelani endures as Sol makes her hang ten! Sol then FLINGS Kelani away, stalks Kelani to ropes, and whips her. Kelani stops herself, KICKS back, and fires forearms! Sol CHOPS back! Kelani ROCKS Sol, CHOPS her, and repeat! Kelani runs up to slingshot arm-drag! Sol staggers up, Kelani ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA!

The fans fire up as Sol bails out. Kelani hurries to TORNILLO PLANCHA! Down goes Sol and the fans fire up! Kelani drags Sol up, puts her in, then hurries in. Solo runs up, but Kelani spins her around to a FACEBUSTER of her own! Cover, TWO! Sol is tough but Kelani stays focused. Kelani drags Sol to a drop zone, goes up and up, but Sol gets under! Kelani rolls through the moonsault, comes back, but into a SUPERKICK! Sol springboards to CROSSBODY! And then another springboard CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Sol goes out. Kelani runs up, but into a GAMANGIRI! Sol springboards, 450 LARIAT?! Cover, TWO!!

Kelani shows her own toughness but Sol is really thinking outside the box. Kelani fires a forearm, Sol fires back! The fans rally and duel as the forearms go back and forth! Sol kicks low, KICKS again, but Kelani stops the superkick! Kelani shakes her head, steps over, WHEEL KICK! Sol wobbles, Kelani kips up and reels her in! POISON RANA!! The fans fire up as Sol flops out of the ring! Kelani rises, storms over and tries again, but Sol moves back. So instead of plancha, Kelani ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Kelani drags Sol up, but she did damage to her own body with those moves.

Kelani leaves Sol behind to let the count handle this. Sol rises at 7 of 10, so Kelani goes back out. Kelani wants to win this straight up, but Sol ELBOWS her away! Sol kicks, Kelani blocks, and pops Sol to the apron! Sol PENALTY KICKS in return! Sol then goes up a corner, to GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! The fans fire up as both women are down again! The count is climbing and is now 5 of 10! Kelani and Sol stir at 7, and drag themselves up at 8! They both jump in at 9.5!! The fans cheer as both women stand. Sol fireman’s carries but Kelani fights free. Sol kicks, scoops, but Kelani victory rolls, TWO!

Kelani rises, Sol rolls, but Kelani sits on the cover! TWO and Sol sunset flips, TWO! Kelani high stacks, Sol pops her into the sunset, TWO! Kelani has the prawn hold, TWO! Kelani runs up, Sol spins her and fireman’s carries! SWINGING POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Kelani survives that tubular attack, but Sol is frustrated. “This is Awesome!” as Sol puts Kelani up top. Sol climbs up behind Kelani, hooks the arms, but Kelani fights the lift! Kelani ELBOWS Sol down, and adjusts position! 450 SPLASH onto knees!! Both women are down and Kelani is writhing! Solo drags herself up with ropes, runs in at the corner, SOL-

NO! Kelani SPINEBUSTERS Sol! Kelani jackknife bridges, TWO!! Sol stuns Kelani and Kelani storms her way back to the corner. Fans duel, Kelani goes up but Sol stops the split leg! Electric Chair, but Kelani POISON- NO! Sol grabs ropes, and INVERTED ALABAMA SLAMS Kelani into buckles! Now Sol goes up with Kelani, but Kelani fights with fists! The fans fire up as they go higher and higher, for a SUPER POISON RANA!! The fans are losing their minds and Kelani is roaring! She goes up and up and ONE OF A KIND MOONSAULTS! Cover, KELANI WINS!

Winner: Kelani Jordan, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s North American Champion)

These two are friendly rivals, but that just made them both fight harder! And in the end, Kelani was the one who stood tall! Kelani helps her friend to her feet, and surely these two will go another round some day. But will no one do it like Lani?

 

Gallus speaks.

They warn Tyson & Tyriek that they saw the social media trash talk. The younger stars have no respect. It doesn’t matter how many views or followers you have. It doesn’t matter how high you jump or far you throw, but how hard you go in the ring. And Gallus is miles ahead of them. Did the internet clout do anything for them when they got jumped backstage? No, it didn’t. So see you boys Tuesday. Will Dupont & Igwe get deleted when The Gallus Boys are on top?

 

Ava Raine talks with Karmen & Arianna backstage.

She congratulates Team Toronto on the win, and they make a good tag team. Arianna says thanks, and is so glad it worked out. If It was Karmen all alone, it would’ve been catastrophic. But Arianna was there to give Toronto what they needed! Karmen says they’re a team, they won together. Oh, Karmen, use your eyes. Arianna was the real MVP out there. And they can’t be teaming anymore, Karmen will just bring Arianna down. Oh, so does Arianna think she’s better than Karmen? Arianna is sure they both know that answer. Ava says she wants to know that answer, and she makes it official: Karmen VS Arianna this Tuesday!

Karmen likes that and heads out. Arianna pouts and says it is so unfair that Ava would pit tag partners against each other. The Pageant Queen’s crazy aside, who will prove themselves the better woman when NXT returns home to Orlando?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Andre Chase & Duke Hudson w/ Chase U!

And speaking of great tag teams, The Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths have lived by the mantra #NeverSlowDown, but maybe, just maybe, Frazer is living that life a little too much. He’s burning the candle in multiple divisions, but will he burn himself and Axiom out? Or can they overcome the best Chase U has to offer?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see which team holds it together in Toronto!

The teams sort out and Mr. Chase starts against Axiom. They tie up, go around, and Axiom wrangles chase to an armlock. Chase fights up, slips through and waistlocks. Axiom cravats to snapmare, covers, and TWO as Chase bridges up! Chase rolls but Axiom holds onto the cravat! Chase rolls again, headscissors, but Axiom fights around. Axiom scuffs Chase, headstands, then turns Chase over to roll back. Axiom has the legs, then he hooks Chase for a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase pops free to cover, ONE! Axiom sweeps to cover, ONE! Chase sweeps to cover, ONE! Axiom kips up and the fans fire up!

Chase and Axiom circle, feel things out, and then Axiom waistlocks. Chase elbows free, but Axiom BOOTS back! Axiom goes up to flying arm-drag! And DROPKICK! Cover, ONE, but Axiom stays close to Chase. Axiom whips, Chase slips around but Axiom sits down! ONE, Chase sunset flips but Axiom rolls through to stack, only for Chase to roll back and sit on it! TWO!! Chase says that was a #TeachableMoment! Axiom runs up, but Chase dodges to DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Frazer tags in, but Chase arm-drags! Chase arm-drags again! Chase has the armlock now and he grinds Frazer down.

Frazer fights up, puts Chase in a corner and whips. Chase reverses, Frazer goes up and over and handsprings away! Frazer comes back, slips under, but Chase blocks a superkick! But the DRAGON WHIP hits! Duke tag sin, Frazer dodges, redirects, slips around, but Duke throws Frazer off. Frazer tires again but Duke throws him off. Things speed up, Frazer leap but into Duke’s arms! OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! The fans fire up for the U~! Duke storms up but Frazer CHOPS! So Duke CHOPS back! Duke hauls Frazer up to then CHOPS again! Frazer is stinging and the fans “WOO~!” Mr. Chase tags in, he and Duke whip, body shot and DOUBLE CLUB! Chase covers, TWO!

Chase DECKS Frazer, YANKS Frazer up but Frazer lands out to PELE! Tag to Axiom, the speed blitz begins! BASEMENT DDT! Axiom covers, TWO! Chase survives and Thea coaches him, but Axiom brings Chase up. Axiom whips, RAMS into Chase, then brings him around for forearms. Axiom whips Chase again, but Chase sunset flips! Axiom rolls through to roll Chase and CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Chase is still int his and even Thea is surprised. Axiom clamps onto Chase but Chase fights the chinlock. The fans rally and Chase fights up! Chase hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Axiom shoves to LARIAT!

Tag to Frazer, whip and GAMANGIRI! Then SNAP GERMAN! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives and Frazer is annoyed. Frazer CLUBS Chase, clamps on with a chinlock, but Chase again pries at the hold. Chase fights up as fans rally, and he elbows free. Chase runs but Frazer trips him up! Frazer then springboards in, but into a SIDE EFFECT! The fans fire up and Thea is going nuts! Frazer and Chase crawl, the fans rally up, and hot tag to Axiom! He anchors Chase, but Chase fights up. Axiom wrangles Chase again but Chase BOOTS him away! Axiom comes back, ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!

Chase moves around, stacks to a cover, TWO! Axiom picks a leg, has a toehold, and Chase endures again. The fans rally, Chase fights up, and Chase ENZIGIRIS into a KNEEBAR!! The fans duel as Axiom has the legs grape-vined! Chase fights around, the fans rally, and Chase gets a leg free. Chase rolls to send Axiom hard into buckles! Hot tags to Frazer and Duke! The Chase U MVP rallies on both Frazer & Axiom! He breaks a double lariat to DOUBLE LARIAT back! Duke fires JAB after JAB, then flip, flop- NO, Frazer stops that! So Duke JABS away on Frazer! Then flip, flop, “U~” and DOUBLE BIONIC ELBOWS!

The fans fire up with Duke as he kicks Axiom to a corner. Duke goes corner to corner, Axiom goes up and over! Axiom comes back, into an U-RENAGE! Frazer gets up, into a FLAPJACK! Duke then fireman’s carries Axiom to GUTBUSTER SENTON COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives for his team and the fans love “NXT! NXT!” for another tag team classic. Duke whips Frazer but Frazer KICKS back! Frazer ducks ‘n’ dodges and DROPKICKS Duke outta the ring! Frazer hurries to build speed again, and he DIVES into a forearm! Duke SLINGSHOT GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans are thunderous for Duke as he rises!

Duke drags Frazer up, reels him in, Canadian Rack, but Frazer slips free of The River to RANA! Duke hits buckles and Frazer hot tags Axiom! Axiom goes up to FLYING RANA! Duke flounders out of the ring, Axiom sends Frazer to DIVE! Down goes Chase! Axiom DIVES onto Duke! DIVE onto Chase! DIVE onto Duke! The champs have Toronto fired up and they get Duke in the ring. Axiom climbs, and he FROG SPLASHES Duke! Tag to Frazer so that he can springboard and 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Thea almost can’t breath, this is so wild! The fans rally as Axiom goes up, leaps, but into BOOTS! Frazer springboards, Duke gets clear!

Frazer turns around U- NO, Frazer arm-drags free! Then he BOOTS! Frazer skins the cat up top, but Duke ROLLS into the STRATUSFACTION! Duke scoops for a SWINGING SIDE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Frazer survives Duke raising the ante and “This is Awesome!” Duke tags Chase and puts Frazer up top. Frazer BOOTS Duke, Chase UPPERCUTS Frazer! Chase goes up, Duke tags back in. Frazer SHOVES Chase away, Duke ROCKS Frazer! Duke climbs up after Frazer, but Frazer throws body shots. Frazer HEADBUTTS Duke down! Frazer then springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag to Axiom and the champs hoist Duke up!

The fans fire up but Duke SHOVES Frazer! Axiom GAMANGIRIS Duke! Axiom climbs, Frazer tags. Axiom has Duke up for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Frazer is up top for the PHONENIX SPLASH!! Cover, CHASE breaks it, and hits a DESTROYER on Axiom!!! The fans are electric as all four men are down! The teams regroup, “This is Awesome!” as Axiom and Chase tag in. Chase fires a forearm, but Axiom hits back! Chase fires another forearm, so Axiom hits back! The fans rally as the shots keep going! Axiom KICKS and KICKS but Chase CHOPS! Chase runs, Axiom UPERCUTS! Axiom runs, into a BOOT!

Chase fires up, the fans are with him! Chase runs, but Frazer blocks the boot! Chase ENZIGIRIS, but Frazer ducks so Axiom takes the hit! Chase CHOPS Frazer, Axiom clamps on with a SLEEPER! Frazer takes aim, but Chase slips free so the SUPERKICK hits Axiom! Frazer freaks out, Duke DECKS him! Chase rolls Axiom up, TWO?!? Axiom survives and the fans can’t believe it! Thea and Riley can’t believe it, either! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Frazer SHOTGUNS Duke into steel steps! Chase has Axiom, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Chase spells it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell? CHASE U~!

Chase goes up a corner? And he CROSSBODIES! Cover, FRAZER BREAKS IT! Chase TOSSES Frazer out, hauls Axiom up, and he underhooks. But Axiom slips free and tags Frazer. Chase ELBOWS Axiom, but Frazer goes up! Chase dodges Frazer, BOOTS him, then goes up and up! But Frazer goes right up after him! Tag to Axiom, SUPERPLEX and roll through CHASE-ING THE DRAGON!! And then Frazer FLIES onto Duke!! The fans are electric as Axiom hits the GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom & Frazer win!!

Winners: Axiom & Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

It seems Frazer’s split focus wasn’t a detriment. Will Frazer & Axiom keep up this pace and soon take over more than just NXT? As for Chase U, will they have to go back to the drawing board if they want a winning strategy?

 

NXT Media catches up with Wes Lee.

The reporter asks for a moment of his time, but Wes asks for what. Wes loss! Plain and simple. Tonight was supposed to be him regaining the North American title, and he failed. Wes traveled the world, made best friends, had tag team gold and even had one of the best singles runs ever. This was to be the culmination of all that, him holding the North American Championship, and he failed. Oba Femi was the better man tonight, point blank. Wes isn’t sure what else to say. He just needs time to figure out what is next. What path will the Wes Side walk now that his plans fell apart?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez VS Lola Vice!

The Prodigy has proven herself over and over again, but she’s also puffed up her own ego over and over again. But will there be no stopping her now that she has achieved her ultimate form? Or will nothing stop the rise of the fiery Latina Heat as she fights not just for a dream, not just for history, but for her familia?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and these two are ready to go down in a blaze of glory!

The bell rings and the fans rally. The two tie up, go around, and end up on ropes. They go to a corner, Roxie climbs up on Lola but the ref counts. Roxie lets off, to SLAP Lola! Lola just grins, and Roxie gets worried. Lola shoves Roxie down, headlocks and hits a takeover. Roxie fights up, powers out, bot Lola runs her over! Lola shakes her hips, then gets moving. Lola jumps the dropdown, ducks ‘n’ dodges then hip tosses, only for Roxie to counter! But Lola counters back to an ARMBAR! Roxie hurries to stack it, ONE! Roxie wrenches an arm, YANKS it, then wrenches again to UPPERCUT! The fans rally and duel, Roxie wrenches the arm again.

Lola KICKS Roxie, SLAMS her down, then throws off her armbands. Lola fires knees then TOSSES Roxie aside! The fans fire up as Roxie staggers up. Lola waistlocks, but Roxie fires elbows! Roxie storms up, whips, but Lola reverses. Roxie ducks the uraken! Lola says it was that close! Roxie staggers around the outside, Lola goes out to CANNONBALL! Down goes Roxie and Lola shows off the swivel. The fans cheer, Lola pushes Roxie into the ring, and then Lola storms in, Roxie UP KICKS! Roxie RAMS Lola into buckles, then CLUBS away on her! Roxie CLUBS Lola down, then throws her into more buckle!

Roxie goes corner to corner to SMACK Lola off more buckles! The fans duel as Roxie CHOKES Lola on ropes! The ref counts, Roxie stomps Lola as she lets off. Cover, TWO! Roxie SLAPS Lola more, then goes for a corner. Lola stops that to dribble Roxie’s face off buckles! Lola SMACKS Roxie one more time, rolls her up, TWO! Roxie stands, blocks a kick, and she throws Lola by her hair! The ref reprimands but Roxie storms up on Lola. Roxie pulls Lola back against ropes and THRASHES her! The ref counts, Roxie lets off, then YANKS Lola down. The fans rally, Roxie puts Lola in another corner.

Roxie runs in, and she UPPERCUTS Lola! Then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, roll to a cover, TWO! Roxie is losing her cool but she clamps onto Lola with an armlock and chinbar. The fans rally and duel again, Lola endures and fights up. Lola scoops Roxie but Roxie fights that to CLUB Lola. Roxie wrenches, clinches, but no leg sweep this time! Lola KNEES Roxie low! Lola fires body shots and knees, but Roxie rolls her! TWO, and Roxie stands, into a KICK! And a KICK! Lola fires LIGHTNING KICKS! Roxie ends up in a corner and the fans cheer Lola. Lola says she’s a Latina~, and runs in to HIP ATTACK! Lola then drags Roxie out, to AX KICK! Cover, TWO!

Lola huffs ‘n’ puffs, scoops, but Roxie sunset flips! TWO, and Lola BODY SHOTS again! Roxie sputters and goes to a corner. Lola runs in, but the boot only gets buckles! Roxie BLINDSIDE UPPERCUTS! Roxie keeps moving, UPPERCUT into a SLEEPER!! Roxie hurries to kick off buckles and roll this back, TWO!! Lola lets Roxie go, Roxie wheelbarrows, but into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Roxie rolls to the ropes, then the floor, but Lola holds on! So Roxie RAMS Lola into the desk! Roxie is free, but Loa BOOTS her away. Lola runs up, URAKEN into POST!! Roxie avoids disaster, and then STOMPS the bad arm!

The fans are torn as Roxie brings Lola around, hammerlocks the bad arm, and NORTHERN LIGHTS to the floor! Lola writhes as she clutches that forearm, but Roxie pushes her into the ring. Cover, TWO!! Roxie shows no mercy as she DRAGON STOMPS that bad arm! Then she drags Lola around, isolates the arm, and YANKS it! Cover, TWO! Lola is still in this, despite having the one good arm, but Roxie taunts her. Roxie KNEE DROPS the arm! Roxie then drags Lola from ropes, stands on the arm, mocks Lola, but Lola kicks her! And kicks her! So Roxie KNEE DROPS but misses as Lola gets up!

Lola KICKS, whips, but Roxie reverses. Lola BOOTS back, swings, but Roxie grabs the arm! They go around and around but Lola rolls! Roxie gets the other arm, for a SAIDO! The fans fire up and Roxie steps on Lola to go to the corner. Roxie goes up and up and LIONSAULTS but FLOPS! Lola gets a TRIANGLE HOLD! Roxie stacks, TWO! Roxie steals the URAKEN, but is caught! Lola still URAKENS!! Roxie falls out of the ring, and Lola clutches the bad arm! Lola hurries to go after Roxie, drags her up and into the ring, and hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK! A miscalculation on Lola’s part and Roxie is still in this.

Lola fires down forearms with the left, but Roxie is still holding the rope so the ref counts. Lola lets off, Roxie goes to the apron. Lola grabs at Roxie but Roxie grabs the bad arm! UPPERCUT to the bad forearm! Roxie CLUBS the arm, and then she POSTS Lola! The fans duel as hard as they can while Lola flounders away. Roxie grits her teeth as she storms inside. Roxie KICKS Lola, hops on, but no Pop Rox! Lola KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Those legs still work! SPIN KICK!! Roxie sputters, Lola lifts her up. Roxie begs for mercy, but then she BLOCKS the uraken! POP ROX!! Cover, TWO?!? Lola survives and Roxie is shocked!

Roxie shrieks, drags Lola by her hair and TOSSES her out! Roxie snarls as she tells Vic & Booker to move! She’s clearing the desk! Vic & Book do as told, and Roxie drags Lola over. Roxie tells Lola she will NEVER be champion! They get on the desk, and Roxie hops on! POP ROX on the desk!! The desk does not budge and the fans lose their minds! Roxie puts Lola in, covers, TWO?!?! Lola is still in this and Roxie is losing her mind! Roxie CLUBS away on the bad arm again and again, then puts on a CROSSFACE!! Lola endures, reaches out, crawls over, but Roxie kicks off the rope! They roll, stand, POP ROX!!! But Lola is right up, so POP ROX AGAIN!!!

Roxie is showing no mercy! A FIFTH POP ROX!!! Cover, Roxie wins!!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Lola put up the fight of her life, but it was as Roxie said on Tuesday: Lola is just unlucky that she’s here at the same time as Roxie. The Prodigy is proving herself a woman of her word, will she never, ever lose this title?

 

Lexis King speaks.

Another Fourth of July to celebrate his heritage of American rock ‘n ‘roll! Creed, White Snake, Metallica! Real music! Not all that beep boop bop techno crap. And speaking of heritage, y’know who has a lot of it? Tony D and that Heritage Cup. Lexis will take that Cup and claim it for his own! The King VS The Don, this Tuesday on NXT!

Tony D’Angelo responds.

The Don says he was in his garden, watering the fruits and veggies, and herbs, and he gets a call from Luca Crusifino. He showed Tony the video of Lexis in a hot tub, talking about him and Eddy Thorpe. And then he brings up Tony, talking about taking away the Cup. Like it’s gonna be easy! Lexis, Tony doesn’t know who you think you are or what you’ve been watching, but Tony IS The Don of NXT. And if Lexis thinks this is a walk int he park, Tony is insulted. But sure, he’ll give Lexis the match. Because then Tony will smack that fake beard off Lexis’ face. Then Tony goes back to the garden to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

The match is made, the Heritage Cup will be on the line! But will The Don have to be careful not to underestimate The Drama King?

 

NXT Championship Fatal 4 Way: Trick Williams VS Je’Von Evans VS Ethan Page VS Shawn Spears!

Talk about turning up the heat! Cody Rhodes told Trick Willy that a Battle Royal would determine his challenger, and that challenger was The Young OG. But then All Ego had to bring up a technicality, then got himself a win over said #1 contender. Then, The Chair Man had to one-up his fellow Canadian by finding a way to pin Trick! Ava Raine went with the easiest solution of letting them fight it out all at once, making this one of the biggest NXT Championship matches in a long time. Will this still be the Whoop Dat Era? Are things about to get BOUNCY~? Or will a Canadian win the gold here in their homeland?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who overcomes those 25% odds!

The bell rings and fans already chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” Je’Von is also fired up, but he and Trick slowly circle with Spears and Ethan. Ethan bails out, he doesn’t want to- WAIT, Je’Von DIVES onto him! Then Trick fires off on Spears! Je’Von CHOPS Ethan, Spears whips but Trick ducks ‘n’ dodges. Trick catches Spears’ leap to SLAM him! Then Trick LARIATS Spears up and out! Ethan SMACKS Je’Von off the apron but Je’Von ROCKS Ethan back! Ethan DECKS Je’Von in return! Spears SMACKS Trick off the apron, Ethan does the same to Je’Von! The Canadians compete against each other, and they SMACK Trick and Je’Von off steel steps!

The fans duel as Spears the hometown boy and Ethan the boy from Hamilton get in the ring. The fans fire up for “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears grins. Ethan also grins, then shake hands. But then they both poke each other in the eye! Trick goes after Spears, Je’Von is after Ethan! They smack and CHOP the Canadians, but Spears trips Trick! Je’Von rebounds to GAMANGIRI! Spears falls to CATAPULT Trick at Ethan for a NECKBREAKER! And now, the match as was intended, Trick and Je’Von stare down. They secret handshake, then Trick ducks a kick! Trick clinches but Je’Von arm-drags free of the Bookend!

Je’Von runs up, gets around, rolls Trick, TWO! Je’Von keeps moving, and he springboards fo ra LFYING SCHOOLBOY! TWO, and Je’Von DROPKICKS! Je’Von bounces around on the ropes to RANA! Then he runs up to sunset flip! High stack, TWO! Trick gets free but Je’Von says it was that close. Trick is annoyed and runs up. Je’Von ducks, dodges, springboards, but Trick gets under to LEPAING LARIAT! Trick scoops Je’Von to SLAM him! Trick drags Je’Von up, whips him, but Je’Von reverses. Trick reverses again, Je’Von bounces but Trick shoves him away, to DROPKICK him down! But Spears returns, with a chair!

Trick dodges the chair, LEG LAIRATS Spears, then LEG LARIATS Ethan! LEG LARIAT for Spears, LEG LARIAT for Ethan! Trick whips Spears, Spears reverses and Trick CLOBBERS Ethan! Trick BOOTS Spears, dodges Ethan then DOUBLE FLAPJACKS the Canadians! Trick kips up but Je’Von springboard! Trick ducks, DOUBLE CROSSBODY on the Canadians! BOOKEND! Cover, TWO! Je’Von survives and Trick is annoyed. Trick shoves Je’Von to a corner, stomps him, call it some tough love to the Young OG. But then Spears DUMPS Trick out! Ethan DECKS Spears, ROCKS Je’Von, and Ethan suplexes Je’Von onto Spears!

Ethan brings Je’Von up to bump him off his boot! Ethan ROCKS Je’Von, puts him up top, and then crosses the arms. Trick runs up, Ethan BOOTS him! ICONOCLASM sends Je’Von into Trick and Spears! Then a DEADLIFT POWERSLAM for Je’Von! Cover, TWO! Ethan is annoyed with Je’Von but he goes to a corner. Ethan climbs as the fans boo, but Spears CHOPS first! Spears CHOPS Ethan again, climbs up, and then Je’Von joins in! Je’Von fights Spears off to go after Ethan, but Trick Electric Chair Lifts Je’Von! Trick kicks Spears, reels him in, but Ethan LEAPS! SHOUDLER TACKLE ELECTRIC CHAIR DDT SUPER COMBO!!! Double covers, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Trick and Ethan rise. Trick shoves Ethan, they fire hands! They go haymaker for haymaker, then Trick ROCKS Ethan! Spears CHAIR SHOTS Trick! And he JAMS Ethan! Je’Von dodges, springboards, into a CHAIR SHOT! Toronto is all fired up for the Chair Man as he wedges said chair into a corner. Spears then drags Je’Von up, fireman’s carries, but Trick makes the save! POP-UP UPPERCUT! Spears wobbles, but he still fireman’s carries! CORNER C4 into the chair!! Cover, TWO?!? Trick survives being the substitute for Je’Von in that situation, but the fans are thunderous. Spears drags Trick up and reels him in!

Spears fireman’s carries again, but Je’Von SUPERKICKS! Ethan is back, too, and he blocks a kick to throw it at Spears! Je’Von SUPERKICKS Ethan! Spears SUPERKICKS Ethan! Je’Von rebounds, Spears SUPERKICKS him! Ethan SUPERKICKS Je’Von! Trick BLOCKBUSTERS Ethan! All four men are down and the fans are loving it! “This is Awesome!” as all four men slowly stir. Trick follows Ethan outside and CHOPS him down! Trick clears off the desk, and the fans fire up again! Trick fireman’s carries Ethan but Ethan fights free! Ethan POSTS Trick, then he Canadian Racks Trick! But Trick slips free to POST Ethan!

Trick ROCKS Ethan again and again, but Je’Von FLIES OVER THE CORNER! Direct hit on Trick through the barriers!! Even Je’Von is dazed and Toronto is losing its mind all over again! Je’Von hobbles into the ring, Spears is up top! Je’Von gets up there to join him, but then Spears fireman’s carries! SUPER C 4!!! Cover, Ethan TOSSES Spears! Ethan covers Je’Von, TWO!!! All Ego is losing his mind! He HAMMERS away on Je’Von, even as Toronto boos. Ethan scuffs Je’Von, drags him to a drop zone, then climbs. But Spears ROCKS Ethan first! Spears CHOPS Ethan, climbs up, but Trick is back!?

Trick gets under Spears, brings him around, but Spears RANAS Trick outta the ring! Je’Von LEAPS up to Ethan, SUPER SPANISH FLY~! And then the O G CUTTER!!! Cover, TRICK BREAKS IT!! The Young OG was moments away from becoming the youngest champion ever, and Trick could not allow it! The fans are volcanic as Trick and Je’Von rise up. Trick and Je’Von throw hands, faster and faster, and the fans fire up! Je’Von SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Je’Von HEEL KICKS, then dodges the boot! Rebound, into the SPIN KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up again!

Trick and Je’Von stir, then roll to the apron. They’re on opposite sides of the same corner, and Je’Von has a wild look. Trick is by the desk, so Je’Von climbs, only for Spears to YANK him down! Spears sees the same target, and he goes up the corner! Spears drags Je’Von up, but Je’Von fights with body shots! Spears fires hands on Je’Von and Je’Von flops back. Spears wags his finger, but Je’Von springs right up! Spears is shocked, Je’Von flips him off! SUPER CUTTER!! And then the BOUNCY TWISTER!! Cover, TRICK BREAKS IT AGAIN! Trick hauls Je’Von up to TOSS him out, but J’eVon is on the apron.

Je’Von ROCKS Trick, slingshots, but Trick SHOVES him! Je’Von CRASHES DOWN THROUGH THE DESK!! Trick is conflicted, but it’s what he has to do to retain his title. The fans chant “REST IN PEACE! REST IN PIECE!” Trick lets the hair down to fire back up, and he aims at Spears. TRICK- NO, Spears avoids the shot to step through! SHARPSHOOTER!! Trick endures the iconic Canadian hold, but then Ethan BOOTS Spears down! And he hauls Trick up, Canadian Rack, EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Je’Von gives Trick the ROPEBREAK! Ethan is PISSED! Ethan drags Je’Von into the ring, and he hammers away on Je’Von’s face!

The fans boo but Ethan’s going from All Ego to All Rage! Ethan says Je’Von brought this on himself! Canadian Rack, but Spears ends up saving Je’Von! Trick runs up, TRICK SHOT on Je’Von! Je’Von bumps into Spears, Ethan storms up, TRICK SHOT for Ethan! But Ethan falls on Je’Von for a cover, right as Spears drags Trick out! ETHAN WINS?!?

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)

Trick is enraged, Spears is stunned, and no one in Toronto can believe it! It was 25% odds, but this happening feels like one in a million! And now Ethan feels like he won the lottery! Is this the beginning of the All Ego Era?


My Thoughts:

This was not only an AMAZING NXT Heatwave, but probably the best show NXT’s done all year, or even in years. It feels like the “White ‘n’ Gold Era” is giving us that same match quality as “Black ‘n’ Gold” while still giving us fresh characters and story. For one, I think it’s been since Stand & Deliver that we had a preshow match. Karmen & Arianna VS Jacy & Jazmyn was a lot of fun, and it was a great win for Team Toronto. But at the same time, I should’ve figured the team wouldn’t last long and we’re getting Karmen VS Arianna already. The winner of that can definitely consider themselves moving up towards a title shot, as both have been strong characters for some time.

There were also some good promos to set up more matches for Tuesday. Gallus of course want after Tyson & Tyriek, and I still think they should have a tornado tag match or something No Disqualification style so they can all brawl it out. And Lexis going right for Tony D before having a match with Eddy Thorpe, that’s a bit of a head scratcher. But I suppose Thorpe could distract Lexis by blasting some dubstep to annoy him. Honestly, I thought Lexis VS Thorpe was going to be more of a build to the North American Championship, but I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

And of course, epic title matches from top to bottom tonight. As I’ve said before, keeping status quo is just fine, so long as we get there in a fun way. Oba throwing Wes around may have been done before but it is still entertaining. And as I was saying on Tuesday, Wes losing here is so he can move on to the top title scene. Kelani VS Sol was one of the best matches this weekend, and that’s just on the creativity alone. They were both bringing out innovative move after innovative move, but I predicted right that Kelani would retain. Sol can now move on to the top title if she likes, and just about anyone can step up to Kelani for her title at this point.

The tag team championship match was amazing, again giving this era of NXT that Black ‘n’ Gold vibe. They did a good job of making the dysfunction in Axiom & Frazer more about their timing than their attitudes, and them winning despite all that also adds to the Chase U story. Ridge wished them luck but he wasn’t there to tip the scales, that is why they lost. Ridge’s surprise for their return was probably meant to be a party, but now it could turn into a swerve where Ridge turns on Chase U for not appreciating his help, something petty like that. As for Axiom & Frazer, I really want Frazer to talk with Axiom about how they can be a Two Man Power Trip, adding to their tension.

Tonight was certainly Lola’s best match so far, she and Roxie did such a great job in both action and storytelling. Great detail that Lola hurt her hand, but also that she still toughed it out. Roxie hitting a total of FIVE Pop Rox bombs adds to both Lola’s toughness and Roxie’s viciousness. And for those who wanted Giulia to show up tonight, she probably confronts Roxie on Tuesday while Roxie goes on and on about how she’s better than everyone. And then what an epic Fatal 4 Way. All four men got that shine, especially Je’Von for being the youngest and newest to this. And what a brilliantly executed finish where Ethan wins only because Trick miscalculated. “The Face in the Chase” is always a thing, and All Ego is going to make for one downright obnoxious Heel champion.

Also, I didn’t put it in the report because I wasn’t even sure why it happened, but that Joe Hendry tease right at the very end… That’s some sneaky stuff, NXT. I thought he was gonna come out in person, but no, it was just that blip. We’re of course getting more NXTNA crossovers, and I almost want them to bring back Worlds Collide just for that. Great American Bash is also coming back, maybe we get Hendry VS Ethan?

My Score: 9.2/10


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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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