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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/9/24)

Things are still smoldering!



What is next for NXT?

NXT may be past the Heatwave, but things are still pretty hot. Wes Lee addresses his future now that he can no longer challenge for the North American title.


  • Karmen Petrovic VS Arianna Grace; Karmen wins.
  • NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Tony D’Angelo w/ The D’Angelo Family VS Lexis King; Tony wins and retains the Cup.
  • Gallus VS Tyriek Igwe & Tyson Dupont; Gallus win.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Izzi Dame; Thea wins.
  • The Good Brothers VS OTM; OTM wins.
  • Sol Ruca VS Fallon Henley; Sol wins, by disqualification.
  • Trick Williams & Je’Von Evans ??? VS Ethan Page & Shawn Spears; Trick & Joe Hendry win.


Welcome the NEW NXT Champion!

The fans are torn as All Ego Ethan Page makes his entrance, and is not only all smiles, but is also flanked by security. Ethan goes to the ring, gets himself a mic, and he says, “AAAAAAAAND NEEEW~…!” The fans boo but Ethan says, “Six weeks. That’s all it took Ethan Page to absolutely take over this entire brand.” Fans want Ethan to shut up but he says to pull of something so miraculous would take determination, adaptability, and being a world class athlete. But also, a giant freakin’ ego! And oh, c’mon now. You all should’ve seen your faces at the end of Heatwave! It was absolutely priceless!

Ethan wants everyone at home to know that everyone here in the crowd hates Ethan Page. This stupid cameraman probably hates Ethan Page. But for sure, the entire NXT locker room hates Ethan Page! And that is why Ethan has his security. This is so he can make sure any overzealous degenerates can’t get at him or his title. Ethan Page doesn’t have time for little ol’ delinquents to- WHOA! ORO MENSAH IS HERE! Ethan says get him out of here! Security drags Oro away and Ethan says the champ thanks them for getting rid of the trash. And also, a special thanks to NXT GM, Ava Raine.

Ethan thanks Ava for banning Oro from Heatwave so that he couldn’t ruin another opportunity for Ethan. And that is what it was! An incredible opportunity to go home to Canada and main event. And not just main event, but to be part of one of the greatest main events in NXT history, and walk away champion! And here is a promise to everyone watching. As your NXT Champion, Ethan promises that with every ounce of himself, he will make sure none of these outsiders come to NXT and ruin what we have here. What we have here in NXT is so very special. And honestly, if you don’t mind indulging him, he knows there’s a saying around here.

What’s that saying again? “WE! ARE! N X T!” Wrong. Ethan is NXT now. And the Whoop Dat Era is officially done. We are now in the Era of Ego! But wait! Here comes Trick Williams! He has the music cut and is not in the mood. Ethan did win at Heatwave, no excuses. But Trick is gonna get even. And that is by getting his rematch! And he wants that rematch… tonight! The fans love that idea! Ethan smirks, and tells Trick that he understands Trick is emotional. Hell, Ethan is happy Trick is here to “ruin” the celebration. Ethan wanted to thank Trick for that Trick Shot. Ethan fell into the title!

But Ethan know Trick would demand his rematch. But listen up, Trick, you’re not the guy around here anymore, Ethan is. And this title proves that. So as far as the title rematch request goes… DENIED! But wait, here comes Shawn Spears! The Chair Man tells Ethan that Ethan owes Spears the thanks. If Spears’ view wasn’t obstructed, Ethan would not be here NXT Champion. Oh, okay, Shawn. Thanks, but Ethan was gonna win anyway. Spears then tells Trick that he’s been running his mouth. Who’s the goof now? Trick lost the title without getting pinned. That sucks. Spears tried to offer his wisdom but Trick didn’t listen.

And now Trick’s crying for a rematch? Spears can’t let that happen. As Spears sees it, Trick’s at the back of the line. Wait! Here’s Je’Von Evans! He also has his music turn off. Young OG says Spears & Ethan need to shut up! They talking about doing this and doing that. But didn’t Je’Von knock them out and pin them to get this close to winning the title? That’s facts! So Je’Von shot his shot, and he’ll shoot again. He ain’t waiting for ugly Spears or goofy ass Page, and that’s on his mother’s life. Ethan & Spears take swings, but Je’Von & Trick are ready! They fire back haymakers and the fans fire up!

Trick DECKS Spears, Je’Von DECKS Ethan, and the Canadians go running! Refs rush out here now, Spears & Ethan stand down. Will things from Heatwave be rekindled to light up the summer?


Karmen Petrovic VS Arianna Grace!

Team Toronto won big on the Heatwave preshow, but it seems that was just a one time thing. Will the real-life Beatrix Kiddo finally humble the Pageant Queen? Or will Karmen have to learn to lose with Grace?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up on ropes, but then Arianna throws Karmen down. Arianna says SHE is the MVP of their team. Karmen runs up, Arianna shoves her then trips her. Arianna says she is better, and the fans duel, but Karmen blocks a slap! Karmen throws Arianna down, then LARIATS! Karmen SLAPS Arianna and Arianna cries. Karmen wrenches, kicks, and KICKS! Karmen steps over to mule kick! Cover, TWO! Wait, Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn make their way out here. Karmen facelocks Arianna to grind her down, then rolls into a LAST CHANCERY! Arianna endures, elbows free, and the two stand.

Karmen and Arianna tie up, but then Karmen shoves and CHOPS! Arianna goes to a corner, ELBOWS back, then goes up, for an AX HANDLE! Arianna keeps moving and she KNEE LIFTS Karmen down! Cover, TWO! Arianna clamps onto Karmen with a seated cobra twist, and the fans rally up. Karmen fights up, JAWBREAKERS free, and then fires hands! Arianna fires back! Karmen fires more forearms, then whips Arianna to a corner. Arianna reverses, but Karmen goes up to SOBAT! Karmen then storms back up to bring Arianna around. Arianna elbows free, goes up, and she BOOTS Karmen away.

Arianna snarls, storms up, but avoids the leg sweep! Only for Karmen to SWEEP on the return! LION’S BARRAGE! Cover, Karmen wins!

Winner: Karmen Petrovic, by pinfall

And now we know who really is the better half of the one-off team. Jacy & Jazmyn sarcastically clap in congratulations, but it’s all a distraction as FALLON HENLEY CLOBBERS KARMEN! The Toxic Cowgirl snap suplexes Karmen and rains down fists! The fans boo but Jacy & Jazmyn smile as the beating continues. Fallon soaks up the heat as she stands over Karmen, and she says she is sick of these rookies! Jacy & Jazmyn smile, but will these three toxic elements continue to tear down the NXT Women’s Division?



Given that confrontation of Trick & Je’Von with Ethan & Spears, we will not get Trick & Je’Von VS Ethan & Spears! Will the former champion and Young OG get bouncy on the Canadians? Or will All Ego & The Chair Man make them face the painful truth that they’re not getting a title match?


Brooks Jensen has his meeting with Ava Raine.

She thanks him for joining her for this. She hopes he knows his actions have been completely out of line. He does know, 1000%, and he wants to apologize for everything. he’s just been stuck in his own head, trying to figure out where he’s to go, and he got lost. Jensen isn’t here to make excuses, he owns his behavior. He wants to take back everything he did and said but he can’t because it’s out there. Ava tells him that this life, this job, it isn’t easy. It isn’t always titles and wins, there are ups and downs. You just gotta keep pushing through.

Jensen knows that and is still learning. And as a second generation superstar, this is all he’s ever wanted. The pressure he puts on himself to succeed, surely Ava understands. She does, completely. But to be honest, after everything that’s happened, she and HBK were ready to release him. But there were people here who vouched for him, so the decision has been made to give Jensen a second chance. Jensen thanks her and says she won’t regret this. He has a great support system now. That is good to hear, but she cannot stress this enough: He is a WWE superstar 24/7, so he has to carry himself like one.

Jensen says yes, ma’am. He will do better, and he will make an impact, he promises. Good. They shake hands, and Jensen is back! Will his second chance be just the thing he needs to finally reach the top?


NXT Heritage Cup Championship: Tony D’Angelo w/ The D’Angelo Family VS Lexis King!

The Don did not appreciate being called out on social media while he was just trying to enjoy his weekend. But since The Drama King wants to take the throne for his own, Tony will gladly shut him up. Will Tony make Lexis FOGEDABOUTIT? Or will The King rock Tony like a hurricane?

The introductions are made, the Cup is raised, and we see who really reigns over NXT!

Wait, Tony has Eddy Thorpe up in the perch with his DJ table? The bell rings, the two tie up, and Tony wrenches Lexis to a wristlock. Tony wrenches again and again, then YANKS the arm. Lexis rolls, cartwheels, rolls and then kicks Tony! Tony frowns while Lexis talks trash, and the two tie up. Tony headlocks, Lexis powers up and out, but Tony runs him over! Things speed up, Tony ducks ‘n’ dodges to whip, but then Lexis steps on the dropdown. The fans boo but Tony runs up to SPINEBUSTER! And fireman’s carry takeover! And arm-drag! Tony has the armlock but Lexis fights up. Lexis pulls hair to put Tony in the corner.

The ref counts, Lexis lets off, but he body shots! Lexis fires forearms, whips, but Tony reverses. Tony then back drops Lexis away! And arm-drags again, for another armlock! Lexis endures, reaches out, fights up, and he powers Tony to ropes. Lexis whips, hurdles, and DROPKICKS Tony down! We’re under a minute now as Lexis CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lexis swings again but Tony dodges to CHOP! Lexis sputters, Tony whips but Lexis reverses. Tony stops himself to avoid the dropkick, then he gets the legs! Lexis scrambles, reaches out, kicks at Tony, and we’re at 20 seconds. Lexis stands but Tony TACKLES him!

Tony has the legs, he turns Lexis but Lexis resists! Ten seconds, BOSTON CRAB! Lexis endures, flails, and the time’s up! Tony lets go, and Eddy plays some intermission music!

Tony: 0; Lexis: 0

Lexis hates the EDM concert going on but the fans like it. Eddy says sorry, but Tony hired him for this. The bell rings to start round two, and Lexis fires CHOPS on Tony! Lexis talks trash on Eddy, but turns around into FOGEDABOUTIT! Cover, Tony scores!

Tony: 1; Lexis: 0

The intermission music is back and Lexis is frustrated. Lexis says he’ll come up there and end Eddy, but NXT goes picture in picture.

Lexis has no cornerman so he has to refresh all on his own. Eddy trolls Lexis with more dubstep, and Lexis storms back into the ring. Round three begins, and Tony fires off haymakers! Lexis knees low, CLUBS Tony, and then whips, but Tony reverses to send Lexis out! Lexis drags Tony out to join him, but Tony fires haymakers! Lexis backs up, Tony runs in, but Lexis sends him into steel steps! Lexis poses by the Cup, then he RAMS Tony into the apron. Lexis CHOPS Tony and Tony gets in the ring. Lexis stomps Tony around, drags him up to whip, and he kitchen sink knees! Lexis talks trash before he covers, TWO!

Lexis is annoyed but he drags Tony up by an ear. Lexis talks more trash but Tony’s getting mad. Tony bends fingers, but Lexis kicks low! Lexis bumps Tony off buckles, RAMS into him again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Tony sputters but Lexis whips. Kitchen sink becomes roll up! TWO, and Lexis hurries to his feet. Lexis runs in, Tony puts him on the apron! Lexis RAMS into Tony and Tony falls down. Lexis slingshots to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Lexis sits Tony up to ELBOW away on Tony’s neck and shoulder. Then Lexis wraps Tony up in a seated cobra twist! Tony endures as we go under a minute!

Lexis grinds Tony, Tony fights up, and Tony powers up, only for Lexis to body shot! NXT returns to single picture as Lexis mocks The Don. But then Tony turns it around to fire hockey scrum punches! And HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Tony runs in, Lexis dodges the splash! CROWNING KNEE! Then the CORONATION!! Cover, Lexis scores!

Tony: 1; Lexis: 1

And with seven seconds to spare, we’re all tied up! Eddy still does the EDM, but Lexis tunes it out as he refreshes. Tony also gathers himself, and the bell rings on round four. Lexis DROPKICKS Tony right down! Lexis stomps away on Tony, the ref counts as they’re in the corner, so Lexis reels Tony in for a short arm LARIAT! Lexis soaks up the heat and waits on Tony. Tony rises, Lexis moves, but Tony LARIATS first! The fans fire up while both men are down! The D’Angelo Family coaches Tony and the fans rally behind him. Tony rises, Lexis flounders, and both men stand. Tony fires counter punches on Lexis!

Lexis runs up but into a haymaker! And another! And a BELLY2BELLY! And another one! The fans fire up, Tony whips, but Lexis slips free of the scoop! Lexis waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Tony escapes but Lexis goes to a corner. Tony runs in, but into an ELBOW! Lexis goes up and up, but Tony springs up to get him! Lexis fires hands to send Tony down! Tony staggers, Lexis hits DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! Tony survives and Lexis is losing his mind! The fans rally up but Lexis aims! Tony blocks a superkick, fisherman’s, but Lexis cradles! TWO! One minute and Lexis SUPERKICKS Tony down!

Lexis reels Tony in again, CORAO- NO! Tony slips free to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Tony wins!

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

With 40 seconds to spare in the fourth, The Don takes Lexis down! Eddy remixes The Don’s theme in celebration, and watching Lexis be humbled is surely icing on the cake for him. Will the Drama King choose his words more wisely next time?


Wait, something’s going down backstage!

Brooks Jensen is going after Je’Von Evans?! Referees, producers and even Josh Briggs shows up to get in Jensen’s face! What the hell is he doing!? Briggs stuck his neck out for Jensen and he pulls this crap!? But this is Jensen making an impact. By attacking Je’Von!? Briggs tells Jensen to get out of here, and refs ask for medical. Did Jensen just ruin tonight’s main event tag match?


Chase U talks backstage.

Thea Hail says Duke Hudson & Mr. Chase did such a good job at Heatwave, even though they lost. But now, Thea will get things back on track. She’ll beat Izzi, Chase U will get rolling again! Ridge Holland walks in and he’s fired up, too! What a performance at Heatwave! They stole the show! Even the whole weekend! And okay, while Ridge knows they’re probably not in the mood, he has been working on some stuff to make it up to them. Chase says Ridge doesn’t have to but he insists. Ridge says Thea is ready for another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship, so that’s why she has this match against Izzi tonight.

Because after talking with Ava, Ridge convinced her to see that Thea is ready for Roxanne Perez! Thea is even more fired up, but Chase wants them to take it easy. Ridge says no, it’s fine. Because see, Ridge got Duke a championship match, too! What? Is it against Ethan Page? No, sorry, not that good. But it’ll be Duke VS Oba Femi for the North American Championship, next week on NXT! Whoa… Thanks…? Riley Osborne says Oba’s gonna kill Duke! Ridge says have some faith in Duke! Duke Hudson is gonna knock The Ruler off the throne and bring singles gold home to Chase U! Thea excitedly says yes he is!

Thea is ready, Duke is concerned, but will Ridge’s favors get him back in favor with Chase U?


Gallus VS Tyriek Igwe & Tyson Dupont!

Joseph, Markus & Wolfie talked smack back on Ty & Ty after things got heated backstage and online. But now it is everyone’s chance to have it out in the ring! Will Gallus still be on top? Or will they regret riling up the #TYGAS?

In fact, Ty & Ty attack during Gallus’ entrance! The fans fire up as this is a brawl all around ringside! Igwe has Mark while Dupont has Wolfgang! Dupont sends Wolfgang into barriers! Mark ROCKS Igwe, but Dupont LEAPS! Joe takes the hit for his brother! Dupont chases Mark into the ring, the bell sounds, and it is on the record as these two fire hands! Mark kicks low, whips, but Dupont ducks ‘n’ dodges to UPPERCUT Mark down! Dupont TOSSES Mark to the corner, fires more hands, then he tags in Igwe. They double whip Mark to then DOUBEL SHOULDER TACKLE! Wolfgang gets in but Igwe LARIATS him out!

Igwe fires off on Mark in a corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but into an ELBOW! Mark swings, Igwe dodges and BOOTS! The fans rally as Igwe whips Mark. Mark reverses and DROPKICKS Igwe down! Tag to Wolfgang but Igwe fights them off! Mark backslides Igwe so Wolfgang can KNEE DROP right on Igwe’s face! Gallus mugs Igwe, the ref reprimands, and Wolfgang puts Igwe in a corner for haymakers. Igwe fires back, Wolfgang knees low then whips. Wolfgang runs in to SPLASH and go tot he apron! The ref has Dupont stay back, but that allows Mark to LARIAT Igwe behind their backs!

Wolfgang pushes Igwe to a cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Wolfgang drags Igwe up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang tags Mark, then they put Igwe in the corner. Igwe dodges Wolfgang’s splash, CLOBBERS Mark, then hot tags Dupont! The fans fire up as Dupont CLOBBERS Mark, rallies on him, DROPKICKS Wolfgang then DROPKICKS Mark! SPLASH for Wolfgang! Dupont swings but Mark catches him, only for Dupont to run that around into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Dupont runs to SPLASH DOWN! Cover, TWO! Tag to Igwe, they get Mark up, but Wolfgang is back! That distracts the ref so Joe can DUMP Dupont out!

The fans boo but Mark O’Conner Rolls. Igwe bucks that but Mark DECKS him! Tag to Wolfgang, he gets Igwe up. BOOT O’ DOOM!! Cover, Gallus wins!

Winners: Gallus, by pinfall

Ty & Ty made this fast ‘n’ furious from the start, but Gallus had the numbers to turn the tide! Will NXT finally be Gallus’ Kingdom once and for all?


Backstage interview with Trick Williams.

Kelly Kincaid is with Trick as he is still collecting himself from Heatwave. And now, his partner in tonight’s tag team main event has been taken out! Trick says Jensen did Je’Von dirty! The last 48 hours have been crazy! But, it is what it is. Nothing and no one is gonna stop Trick from getting that title back. Trick will even take one both Ethan & Spears alone tonight! But thinking about it, that isn’t the best idea, so he needs to find himself a tag team partner. Kelly wishes him the best of luck, and then on the screen behind them, JOE HENDRY~! Could all Trick need to do is say his name?


Wes Lee is here!

The fans cheer as the Cardiac Kid makes his way to the ring, but he isn’t in the same fired up mood. His shirt has the words, “Find Yourself,” and it seems that is what Wes must do again after Heatwave. Wes gets the mic, the fans cheer, and he says, “Hey, look, look. I’ve had a rough couple of days here, y’all. I truly went into Heatwave believing I could beat Oba Femi, and finally be reunited with my North American Championship. But y’all saw what happened. Look, Oba Femi was the better man, period, point-blank. But you see, like, the match wasn’t the only thing I put my everything into. Like, as soon as I woke up from surgery, I knew exactly what my goal was: To beat the unbeatable.

“That was truly the thing that pushed me through rehab. I visualized it. I imagined my arm being raised. I could feel the title in my hands again, and I was ready to proudly raise it above my head as the King of the Wes Side.” The fans cheer that, but Wes says unfortunately, that is not how it happened. Now, he’ll be straight with us: he doesn’t know where to go from here. He’s been beaten before, but this was different. And he has had one hell of a run here in NXT. But he has to be honest with them all, and himself. The fans chant “Please Don’t Go! Please Don’t Go!” Wes wants them to understand. He thinks it is just time for him…

The fans say “NO! NO! NO!” and that makes it harder for Wes. And just as Wes wants to speak, M S K plays?! Because surprise, surprise! The RASCALZ are here in NXT! Wes cannot believe it, but his old friends have shown up from TNA to be here! Wes asks Zack Wentz (aka Nash Carter) & Trey Miguel what they’re doing here, and Nash asks Wes what HE’s doing! It sounds like Wes is about to do something stupid! The fans don’t wanna see Wes leave! And the Rascalz don’t wanna see Wes leave! They have missed him so much! And they get it, he can’t believe they’re here. Neither can they!

The fans chant “WELCOME BACK!” and Wes has them hold on. Just like all the fans, he has missed them both so damn much. And he has been watching everything, so he is so proud of the men they’ve become. They know! But hey, look, this isn’t about them, this is about Wes. Wes is the GREATEST North American Champion EVER! And on top of that, MSK was one of the best tag teams to ever step in this building! So this is what they’re here to do: they are in NXT, because it is time to get MSK back together! And not just that, but time for the Rascalz to wreck shop around here! What’s Wes think?

The fans chant for the Rascalz, and all three hug it out! The fans cheer this reunion, and Wes has truly found his path forward! Will NXT & TNA soon belong to RSCL?


Backstage interview with Ethan Page & Shawn Spears.

Sarah Schreiber asks if All Ego & The Chair Man how they’re feeling about their tag team main event. Oh, doesn’t she mean their handicap match? Poor Trick doesn’t have friends. What a loser. Ethan says that you best believe he and Spears are on the same page tonight, because they want to beat up Trick again. Spears asks Ethan if he really thinks Trick can’t find a partner. Ethan says, “Hmm… I don’t believe he will!” Spears says he’ll see Ethan out there, but there’s a “lost young soul” in need of his guidance. Ethan nods and Spears heads out. Ethan tells Sarah to get the hecc outta here so the champ can warm up.

Sarah leaves, but just who is Spears going to go counsel? Though, do we even have to guess?


Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Izzi Dame!

Chase U has been on a roller coaster for a long time now but Thea wants to bring them back up. Ridge says Thea could be a contender, will she make it so? Or will the Volleyball Ace simply spike Thea’s dreams right into the mat?

NXT returns as Izzi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally up for Thea. Thea dodges Izzi to KCIK! And KICK! And KICK, but Izzi blocks! Izzi SLAPS Thea down, but then Thea avoids the elbow drop! Thea hurries up and ties up with Izzi. Izzi powers Thea to a corner, lets off as the ref counts, and then Izzi BOOTS Thea out of the ring! Iziz talks trash, Thea goes up to the apron, and Thea does the splits the avoid a haymaker! Thea RAMS into Izzi, slingshots to sunset flip, ONE! Izzi swings, Thea ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! The fans fire up as Thea wrenches and YANKS an arm!

Izzi fights but Thea thrashes the arm. Thea whips, Izzi reverses but Thea wheelbarrows, only for Izzi to SMACK her off buckles! Izzi BOOTS Thea down, the fans boo, but Izzi puts Thea in a corner. Izzi fires forearms, stomps a mudhole, then lets off as the ref counts. Izzi hauls Thea up, whips corner to corner, then scoops her for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Izzi turns Thea over for an STF! Izzi pulls Thea back but Thea endures! Chase U and the fans rally up, and Thea crawls forward. Izzi lets go to drag Thea back, and it’s back to the STF! Thea still endures as the fans still rally up!

But wait, Tatum Paxley appears at ringside. Izzi is pissed and goes out to ROCK Tatum! Izzi SMACKS Tatum off the apron, scoops her, but Tatum slips free! Tatum baits Izzi in to POST her! Izzi staggers around, and Thea DIVES! Down goes Izzi and the fans fire up! Thea gets Izzi up and into the ring, then goes up a corner! CROSSBODY! The fans fire up more and Thea CLOBBERS Izzi! And wrenches to a REVERSE DDT! Mule kick, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Thea and she shakes the ropes! Thea hits an ARM BREAKER, and then clamps on with a KIMURA!! Izzi flails, Izzi TAPS! Thea wins!

Winner: Thea Hail, by submission

Chase U celebrates with their top prospect! Thea is looking sharp, will she prove Roxanne Perez isn’t as good as she thinks she is? Meanwhile, Oba Femi calls out Duke from the perch! Oba says Ridge must really like Duke, given how he begged Ava to give Duke this title match. But Chase U will realize that was a big, BIG mistake. Because come next week, Oba will destroy him! Duke has a mic to respond, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, seek ‘n’ destroy, move on, we’ve heard it all before, Oba. It’s the same old crap. But here’s the thing, this is something you shouldn’t do. Don’t underestimate the man you’re in there with next week.

“The man they tell you not to worry about, yet the man who has the attention of one WWE Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus. The man who tore the roof off in Toronto! The man they call the MVP of Chase University! The one, the only, DUKE HUDSON!” The fans fire up for their guy, and Duke says that in seven days, it will be his pleasure to rip that championship away from Oba, when Duke gives Oba the BIGGEST Andre Chase University sized ass whooping! Oba holds up the belt, but will Duke make the most of this golden opportunity?


The Rascalz talk backstage.

They are all fired up to be here together! Anything can happen in NXT. And Wes was about to quit, of all things. But then Gallus walks over and they mock the reunion. The internet must be loving this. All the tweets and texts, a maddening frenzy of delight. But what are they even supposed to be called anyway? Oh, well, if it’s Wes & Zach, then they’re MSK. But if it’s all three of them, it’s The Rascalz. Well, Gallus doesn’t want them here. And tell the rest of TNA the same thing. Especially that phony Scot, J- NO! Don’t say his name. Gallus leaves, Zach asks what that is about. Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Will The Rascalz have each other’s backs whether it’s the Capitol Wrestling Center of the Impact Zone?


OTM speaks.

Bronco Nima, in his new face mask, tells Gallows & Anderson that they broke his nose, but he’ll break their teeth! Lucien Price says The OC is about to get this work! They messed with the wrong ones! Jaida Parker says pray for mercy, because they ain’t getting none from OTM! They head to gorilla, will this be anything but Too Sweet?


Ava & Briggs talk with Jensen.

She is trying to be sympathetic towards Jensen, but attacking Je’Von unprovoked and ruining the main event is out of line! Briggs says he’s already yelled at Jensen about that, but Ava says it doesn’t matter. Jensen still did what he did. Yes, but Briggs says Jensen will be his responsibility until he gets it together. Then that better be quick, because tonight, Je’Von is not cleared for tonight. If Je’Von is cleared next week, then he’ll get a match against Jensen. Briggs says he’ll be there for that, but Jensen says he can go it alone. Jensen leaves, Briggs promises to handle that, but then he wants Spears in return.

Spears attacked Briggs and took him out for a month. Ava says she can’t have Briggs interfering in tonight’s main event then. Briggs promises to stay out of it, then leaves. Stevie Turner says why didn’t Ava just make Briggs the new partner for Trick? Robert Stone laughs at that idea. Is there a problem? Oh, to think you’d say his name. Tensions are mounting all around NXT, is this place about to explode?


The Good Brothers VS OTM w/ Jaida Parker!

NXT returns as Gallows & Anderson make their entrance, surprisingly sans Michin. The teams sort out and Gallows starts against Nima. Gallows kicks low, UPPERCUTS again and again, then has Nima in a corner. Gallows whips corner to corner, runs in to ELBOW, and Nima staggers. Gallows reels him in, suplexes high and hard, then fires up. Nima goes to a corner, Gallows run sin but Nima dodges! Nima winds up, kicks and reels Gallows in. Nima fires himself up, suplexes, and he holds Gallows up for TEN before the SLAM! The fans fire up, Nima talks trash, and says this is what they get. Nima talks trash on Anderson, too.

But Gallows gets up to UPPERCUT! And ROUNDHOUSE! Gallows pushes Nima to the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags Anderson. They mug Nima, and Anderson CHOPS! Nima powers Anderson all the way to the OTM corner! Tag to Price and they whip Anderson for DOUBLE ELBOWS! ELBOW DROP, AX HANDLE, and Price covers, TWO! Jaida says keep it up and Price runs in at the corner. Anderson BOOTS Price, fires hands, then CHOPS! Anderson UPPERCUTS, runs, but Price roars before he URENAGES! Price snarls while Anderson goes to a corner. Price runs in to LARIAT! Nima drags Anderson out, grins, and pushes him down.

Price tags Nima, he STOMPS Anderson’s hand, then covers, TWO! Nima DECKS Anderson, tags Price, and OTM mugs Anderson. Price talks some trash, pie faces Anderson, and he brings Anderson up. Anderson JAWBREAKERS back! Price staggers, runs back in, but into an UPPERCUT! Anderson dodges Price, hot tag to Gallows! Gallows rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT! Gallows DECKS Nima, BOOTS Price, then whips Price to a corner. Gallows runs in to ELBOW Price, and he keeps moving to LEAPING UPPERCUT! The fans fire up with Big LG, and he runs in to SPLASH Price! Tag to Anderson and they BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER!

Anderson covers, but Nima breaks it! The fans are torn as Gallows fires hands on Nima! Gallows grabs at the mask! And NOW Michin shows up! She distracts Miss Parker from the crowd! Refs and security rush in, Gallows still wants Nima’s mask! Nima breaks free but Gallows UPPERCUTS! The ref reprimands but Anderson whips. Price reverses, Nima gets a cheap shot! Tag to Nima, Price DECKS Gallows! OTM gets Anderson up, SUPLEX SPINEBUSTER! Cover, OTM WINS!

Winners: OTM, by pinfall

Gallows was too ready to hurt Nima and that hurt the team! Will Nima & Price truly get Out The Mud and up the ranks in the tag division?


Fallon Henley speaks.

She’s sending this one out to Sol Ruca, the biggest waste of a title shot in NXT this year! We all know it should’ve been Fallon at Heatwave, and we’d all hear #AndNew! As for Kelani Jordan, she should enjoy her reign while it lasts, because it won’t last much longer.

Backstage interview with Sol Ruca.

The Sol Surfer finishes watching Fallon’s little message, and Kelly Kincaid says it was an incredible Heatwave for her. There are clearly detractors, though. Sol says Kelani proved why she’s the champion on Sunday, and when it comes time for a rematch, Sol is sure it’ll be a different result. As for Fallon tonight, Sol has no issue with Fallon, but clearly Fallon has issues with her. They were all in that Women’s North American Championship ladder match together, and while Sol might be newer, she’s learned in her time here that you either put in the work or turn into a b*tch. Sol wants to put in the work. As for Fallon… Well, we know what happened to her.

Sol heads out, ready to hang ten on the Toxic Cowgirl! Will the wave of momentum build back up until Sol’s going for gold again? Or will Henley make sure Fallon Comes First?


No Quarter Catch Crew meets in the parking lot.

Charlie Dempsey shouts that mistakes won’t be tolerated! And he slams a trunk closed! He says everyone makes mistakes, but mistakes are not tolerated in the NQCC. Right, Myles? Myles! Yeah, Charlie? Mistakes- Right, won’t be tolerated. Tavion says hey, do they do this often? Dempsey says let’s go. But then Wren Sinclair is a witness! She swears she didn’t see a thing. Wren hurries away, NQCC drives away. Are they really going to bury the Golden Gopher?


Sol Ruca VS Fallon Henley!

NXT returns as Fallon makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Fallon wrenches an arm to ELBOW BREAKER, then wristlocks. Sol rolls, facelocks, and the fans rally. Fallon spins to wrench and WRING, but Sol handsprings through! The fans cheer and Fallon is annoyed. She and Sol tie up,. Sol waistlocks then snapmares, but Fallon cartwheels! Fallon says it’s so~ amazing! But then Sol DROPKICKS Fallon! Fallon gets up to CHOP, then she whips. Sol handsprings through the hip toss to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sol scoops, Fallon slips free and shoves. Sol hurdles, comes back, but Fallon hurdles.

Sol handsprings and handstands over Fallon, but Fallon KICKS her down! And KICKS her again! Fallon taunts Sol, brings her around and RAMS her into the corner! Fallon brings Sol around to hammerlock and RAM into more buckles. The fans chant “You Still Suck!” Fallon hammerlocks Sol again, swings Sol around and around, but Sol gets loose! Fallon runs, and Fallon wrangles Sol down! Fallon drops a KNEE on the arm, covers, TWO! Fallon whips, Sol reverses and now Fallon hits buckles! Sol rolls Fallon, TWO! Fallon staggers up, Sol whips, but Fallon reverses to kick the leg! Fallon HIP DROPS the arm!

Fallon runs to CALF KICK Sol down! Cover, TWO! Fallon snarls as she clamps onto Sol. The fans rally as Sol endures the hammerlock and fights the chinbar. So Fallon shifts to a motorcycle stretch! Sol still endures, fights up to her feet, and then spins to flip and victory roll! TWO, and Fallon stands, into an ELBOW! Sol runs, springboards and CROSSBODIES! And then springboards to CROSSBODY again! Sol goes to the apron, Fallon runs up but into a ROUNDHOSUE! Sol springboards but Fallon trips her up! Sol stagger sup, Fallon runs in, FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Sol toughs it out and the fans rally up!

Fallon snarls, waistlocks, but Sol arm-drags free. Sol spins Fallon to then SPLIT-LEG STUNNER, and UP KICK! Kip up, DROPKICK! Fallon flounders, the fans fire up and Sol runs in, gets around, but Fallon fights the lift. Sol spins Fallon, Fallon SLAPS Sol! Sol fireman’s carries through, but Fallon fights free. Fallon runs in, swings, but Sol dodges, SOL SNATCHER!! But then Jacy & Jazmyn attack!

Winner: Sol Ruca, by disqualification

The fans boo as the toxic tandem mugs Sol! ROLLING ELBOW! And PELE! Jacy, Jazmyn & Fallon stand tall together, will they continue to poison the locker room until only they remain?


NXT Anonymous is watching.

Tatum says Izzi had her distracted from the title, but when Tatum sees girls like her, she just can’t help herself. All Tatum can think about is that cool girls don’t like girls like Tatum! Girls like Izzi take things away from girls like Tatum. Why is Izzi above her? The title will always be waiting, but taking care of girls like Izzi needs to be done now. And when Tatum is done playing with Izzi, Izzi will see that she is rotten. Tatum breaks her Barbie, will she do the same to Izzi? And… Wendy Choo picks the doll up. Has a playmate found Tatum when she wasn’t even looking?


Brooks Jensen is talking with someone.

But the window obscures who this person is. Is this person giving Jensen bad advice when he’s at his most vulnerable?


Ava & Stevie finish a meeting.

And they were meeting with Cedric Alexander! It was very productive, and they thank him for his time. No, he appreciates the opportunity. NXT is on fire, he is glad to be back. Then see him next week. Robert Stone finishes up a phone call and asks what is going on. Stevie got this meeting with Cedric, and now Cedric is back in NXT. High-five! Cedric heads out and Stone gets back to his call. Keep on coming, they’re right here waiting. Because turns out, Stone has arranged a meeting with Ashante THEE Adonis! He and Ava hug it out, and good to see him back in NXT. Ashante says everyone’s been sleeping on him, time to wake up.

Stone & Ava step into the office with Ashante, and then Stone tells Stevie that two can play at this game! But how interesting. Cedric & Ashante were considering being a tag team, yet each one has come back to NXT? Will they end up as competitive as Stevie and Stone?


Trick Williams & ??? VS Ethan Page & Shawn Spears!

Heatwave was wild but things are only getting hotter, because Trick still has to settle the score with All Ego & The Chair Man. But with Je’Von Evans sidelined for the night, will Trick have to go it alone? Or has he found someone who wants after Ethan Page & Shawn Spears as badly as him?

Spears makes his entrance, followed by Ethan’s, and then Trick makes his entrance. And then SAY HIS NAME AND HE APPEARS! “I believe in Joe Hendry~!” That tease at the end of Heatwave, that tease earlier tonight, Joe Hendry is back in NXT tonight! The teams sort out and Trick starts against Ethan. The bell rings, the hands start flying! Trick ROCKS Ethan, whips, but Ethan reverses, only for Trick to LEAPING LARIAT! Then Trick TOSSES Spears into the ring! Trick fires hands on Spears, but Ethan CLUBS Trick! Ethan ROCKS Trick, reels him in, but Trick fights the lift. Trick whips Ethan to the corner, SPLASHES, and then UPPERCUT!

And tag to Hendry! The fans go nuts as Trick & Hendry double whip, DOUBLE ELBOW, and “WE BELIEVE! WE BELIEVE!” Spears runs in, but Hendry fireman’s carries for a TOSS! Hendry smiles, suplexes Ethan, and holds Ethan up for a count of TEN before the SLAM! Ethan gets up, Hendry LARIATS Ethan out! Tag to Trick, he goes up, and he SUPER CROSSBODIES onto Spears & Ethan! The fans fire up with Trick, and even Hendry cheers that. Trick and Hendry shake hands, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Trick goes out to fetch Ethan into the ring, then bumps him off buckles. Trick whips Ethan back in, then whips corner to corner. Ethan hits buckles hard and falls to his knees. Trick stands Ethan up so he can CHOP! Trick whips, runs in, but Ethan dodges the splash! Hot tag to Spears and he shoves Trick back to CHOP! Trick ends up in the corner, Ethan holds him and Spears CHOPS again! Spears follows Trick to another corner, whips him corner to corner, then runs in, but Trick LARIATS Spears down! Trick drags Spears over, tags Hendry and they mug Spears. Hendry bumps Spears off buckles then UPPERCUTS! And CHOPS!

Hendry fires forearms, Spears sits down. Hendry stands Spears up to CHOP again! Hendry shakes out his hand but Spears kicks low! Spears HEADBUTTS Hendry, tags Ethan, and they mug Hendry. Ethan bumps Hendry off his boot, then fires hands! Ethan RAMS into Hendry again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Ethan scoops to SLAM Hendry, then ELBOW misses as Hendry moves! Hendry whips, and he ELBOWS Ethan down! Hendry drags Ethan up, UPPERCUTS, and NXT returns to single picture as Hendry UPPERCUTS again! Hendry UPPERCUTS Ethan down, the fans fire up, and Hendry brings Ethan around.

Ethan wrenches out to ROUNDHOUSE, then DDT! Tag to Spears and he gets between Hendry and Trick. Spears rains down fists, then stomps Hendry on the face! The fans boo but Spears taunts Trick. Spears drags Hendry up to CHOP him! Hendry goes to the corner, Spears tags Ethan, and the Canadians mug Hendry some more. The ref counts but Ethan CHOPS Hendry! Hendry CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! But Ethan kicks low, CLUBS Hendry down, then clamps on a facelock. The fans rally, Hendry fights up, and he powers Ethan back. Ethan hops on for a GUILLOTINE with body scissors!

The fans chant “WE BELIEVE! WE BELIEVE!” and Hendry powers out of the guillotine to suplex Ethan! The fans fire up, Hendry crawls, hot tag to Trick! Trick LEG LARIATS Ethan! And LEG LARIATS him again! Spears jumps in but gets a LEG LARIAT, too! Trick fires up, whips but Spears reverses. Spears ducks as Trick leaps, and Ethan catches Trick to URENAGE! Ethan kicks Trick out, tags Spears in, then goes to the apron, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Ethan puts Trick in for Spears, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Trick is still in this and the fans rally up. Spears drags Trick up, scrapes him with his laces, then talks trash on Hendry.

Spears CLUBS Trick, tags Ethan, and they get Trick up. They DOUBLE SUPLEX, then Ethan covers, TWO! Ethan keeps on Trick with a facelock. Trick endures, the fans rally up, and Trick fights up. Ethan powers Trick back, tags Spears, and they mug Trick. The fans boo but Spears brings Trick around to CHOP! Ethan gives a thumbs up and Spears CHOPS again. Spears puts Trick in the corner, but Trick fires back with elbows and CHOPS! Trick runs up but Spears fireman’s carries! Trick slips free to JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Trick and Spears crawl, but Ethan drags Spears over!

The fans boo, Hendry protests, but the ref keeps Hendry back. But then ORO RETURNS! Oro is after Ethan again and the fans fire up! Oro chases Ethan into the crowd, so now Spears is the one all alone! Hot tag to Hendry! Hendry LARIATS Spears again and again! Hendry whips Spears to the corner, runs in, but into a KNEE! Spears runs up, but into a wrench and DDT! Hendry fires up and the fans are with him! Hendry whips Spears, catches Spears’ crossbody, and he fires up as he FALL AWAY SLAMS! Hendry has the fans behind him as Spears rises. Hendry poses for the camera, then goes back to Spears.

Spears runs up but Hendry TOSSES him out! TRICK SHOT! Trick puts Spears in for Hendry, and the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, Hendry & Trick win!

Winners: Trick Williams & Joe Hendry, by pinfall

Hendry gets everyone to wave their hands with him, and now everyone in NXT believes! Trick still wants after Ethan and that NXT Championship, but will Main Man Mensah get his pound of flesh first?

My Thoughts:

A great NXT to follow up Heatwave but also to get us back to some TNA crossover. Now, I will say that Wes Lee wanting to give up all because he didn’t win the North American Championship seems like bad writing, mostly on the character of Wes Lee. Why not say, “Time to go for the top title!” This is when pro-wrestling kinda gets in its own way. Yes, the NXT Championship is spoken for because Trick wants after Ethan, but c’mon, where is Wes’s fighting spirit? But at the same time, still awesome to have a Rascalz reunion and now they can go for all sorts of things. And after that great Gallus VS Igwe & Dupont match, I like that we’re getting Gallus VS Rascalz, and also making this NXT VS TNA on some level. Seriously, Worlds Collide needs to return for such a reason.

And also, how great for Joe Hendry to come back. In retrospect, wouldn’t it have been an even bigger moment if this was Hendry’s NXT debut? Though, perhaps then the teases from Heatwave and tonight wouldn’t have made sense. But great use of intertwining stories, as Jensen returns only to break Ava’s trust with that attack on Je’Von. It is clear they’re building to Jensen becoming Spears’ sidekick, and after next week’s Jensen VS Je’Von and eventual Spears VS Briggs, pretty sure we’ll get Spears & Jensen VS Briggs & Je’Von. Hendry helping Trick fight Spears & Ethan, and Oro getting after Ethan, that was all good stuff, and I feel like Hendry might get himself in on an NXT Championship contender’s match. Great American Bash is only a month away, after all.

Great Heritage Cup match, and I almost predicted how Eddy was going to be involved. Instead of him waiting to blast EDM to mess with Lexis, he was just kinda doing it the whole time. Lexis can certainly claim that threw him off his game and that’s why he lost, and that leads us to Lexis VS Eddy. I still want to see Tony win a Heritage Cup match by knockout. Good promo from NQCC and hilarious little bit from Wren Sinclair, and it seems they really are writing Damon Kemp off, as his contract has expired. I thought he was doing a great job, but it seems the WWE just couldn’t figure things out for him, even in this NQCC story.

An equally surprising move is how Cedric Alexander AND Ashante THEE Adonis are returning to NXT, yet separately. They were supposed to be a team on main roster, but we got nothing past vignettes, so maybe in some weird roundabout way, their tag team comes here to NXT. Or perhaps, they become the proxies for Stevie and Stone in their fight to be the best assistant, as I was theorizing a few weeks ago. And great stuff from Good Brothers VS OTM. I had a feeling Mia was waiting to show up at the right moment to mess with Jaida, but it surprisingly didn’t cost OTM. I think they really need some kind of Mixed Six blowoff. Make it a tornado tag, too, so there’s just chaos the whole time.

Great stuff from Chase U tonight, with Ridge’s special gift to everyone being title matches. Thea VS Izzi was a really good match, and helped bring out more of this Tatum Paxley story. Tatum is obsessed with the “cool” Izzi, and then Wendy showing up, I’d love having Tatum and Wendy as a sort of “weird girl” tag team. Thea winning tonight, I’d love to see a build of her and Roxanne Perez, give us the “hard worker VS prodigy” trope there. I also appreciated Duke wasn’t that excited to be facing big bad Oba, even if it is for the title. Duke VS Oba is going to be some real fun with big meaty men slapping meat, but Oba is definitely winning out.

Karmen VS Arianna was a good match, but clearly the real focus is on Fallon, Jacy & Jazmyn becoming more and more of an official trio. Great match from Sol VS Fallon, even with it being “ruined” in the end, and I think we’re going to get a Six Woman Tag of this new toxic alliance VS Sol, Karmen & Arianna. Then perhaps someone from the winning side, presumably the Heels, gets their shot at Kelani and the Women’s North American title for Great American Bash.

My Score: 8.9/10

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AEW Coverage

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

The Conglomeration is on a Rampage!



The word of the day is “Rampage!”

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


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


Six Man Tag: The Conglomeration VS The Undisputed Kingdom!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Conglomeration, by pinfall

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

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


Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minoru Suzuki VS The Butcher!

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

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

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

Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall

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


The Conglomeration speaks.

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

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

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


Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Sydni Winnell!

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

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

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

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall

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


Holo.grm loads up.

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


BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

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


The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Private Party!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Lucha Brothers, by pinfall

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10

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

Cody Rhodes won’t back down!



The American Nightmare is seeing red!

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


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


Cody Rhodes is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Carmelo Hayes gets a quick trim.

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


Cody finds Nick Aldis backstage.

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


Andrade VS Carmelo Hayes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Andrade, by pinfall

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


Bayley and Nia Jax sit down for video chat interviews.

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

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

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


Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill head for Aldis’ office.

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

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

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


Nick Aldis is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LA Knight returns backstage.

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

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


Mia Yim VS Tiffany Stratton w/ Nia Jax!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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


The Bloodline speaks.

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

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


BREAKING NEWS for next week’s SmackDown!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Cody Rhodes & Kevin Theory, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10

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