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With the Royal Rumble 2018 a matter of days away, we are officially on The Road to WrestleMania. However, the seeds were being planted long before now in preparation for the Showcase of the Immortals. Survivor Series 2017 gave us a much clearer indication of what WWE were planning for The Show of Shows, although as we all know, WWE and Vince McMahon are prone to changing their minds at the very last moment, meaning The Greatest Spectacle in Sports Entertainment (Is that enough different ways to say WrestleMania now?) this time around could be the most unpredictable and astounding we have ever seen.

Here are my early predictions for the top matches on the card.

Smackdown Live Tag Team Championships
Rusev Day v Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn v Bludgeon Brothers v The Usos (c)

This is an interesting one. The Smackdown Live tag division has been on absolute fire recently and has been one of 2017’s highlights for most fans, but WWE find themselves in an all too familiar position of having too many superstars to fit into a program hence why I’m going for another multi team match. The Bludgeon Brothers have made quite the impact since debuting but there’s only so many teams left for them to squash, so they need to be entered the title picture as soon as possible to give them some relevance.

The Usos were hands down the team of the year for 2017, but it might be time for them to drop the belts and freshen the division up a little. Rusev Day are over in a way nobody expected at all, but I can’t see WWE sticking the belts on them, yet which is a shame really as they’re both tremendously talented and Rusev has been misused for the longest time.

The most interesting element here is that of KO & Sami Zayn, and it all really comes down to what happens at the Rumble when the two face AJ Styles in a handicap match for the WWE Championship. The going plan seems to be AJ retains the belt, which is the right decision, and would surely lead to a split between the best friends and lead to yet another fantastic feud between the pair. If this is the case I would have Gable & Benjamin replace them in this match, or maybe Breezango. I’m expecting this to open the show, and regardless of which teams compete it has the potential to steal the show as it has so many times over the last 6 months or so.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

When I say Uce, you say… no.

Shane McMahon v Daniel Bryan

If you’ve read anything I’ve written before you’ll know that this is my absolute nightmare, but it seems to be something WWE are determined to do. SD Live was meant to be the land of opportunity but the only opportunities we’re seeing are the ones for Shane to stroke his own ego. If Bryan does return it should under no circumstances be against Shane… he is NOT a wrestler and it’s scandalous that he keeps depriving talented superstars of main event spots.

For him to have faced AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, The Undertaker and competed in main events at numerous PPV’s honestly sickens me. Bryan could still have amazing matches with the likes of Owens, Styles or Zayn but he wont get the chance to. This is going to happen whether we like it or not. Toilet break match for me.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

Raw Tag Team Championships
The Bar v The Club v The Revival (c)

The Revival are the only team keeping me interested in the slightest bit about RAW’s tag division. The Bar are great and putting them together was absolute genius, but there’s only so many times I can watch the same match between the same guys no matter how good it might be. SD Live’s tag division has been on fire, while RAW’s has stagnated big time, so the return of The Revival will hopefully add fire into the mix.

The division still needs a few more legs though and I’m happy to see Gallows and Anderson return to a more prominent role recently. Seeing them capture the gold and Finn potentially doing the same would be a great way to build them up as the dominant faction in WWE, and its only a matter of time before we see the Authors of Pain or SAnitY called up… maybe on the RAW after Mania?

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

They’re not sports entertainers. They’re professional wrestlers. Top Guys!

Braun Strowman v Samoa Joe

Now I don’t overly want this to happen because Strowman at this point should be competing for a championship, but with the Universal Championship match all but decided we need something else for him to do in the meantime. Braun taking on Joe makes sense as it can be worked around what happened at Survivor Series when The Monster Among Men took out HHH not once, but twice. Joe was originally brought in as HHH’s hitman of sorts, so to have him once again do his dirty work makes sense. This is definitely a match up we all want to see, both men are insanely over despite one being a heel and seeing the two behemoths go one on one would be a sight to see.

Whatever does happen with these two, at least one of them needs to be competing for a championship again afterwards. I would absolutely move Joe over to Smackdown Live and have him go for the United States Championship at the very least.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

Literally the best thing in WWE right now. Who saw that coming/

Intercontinental Championship
Finn Balor v The Miz (c)

The fact that Roman Reigns is once again going to compete in the main event suggested he would drop the title soon, and it made sense for The Miz to win back the title he made so prestigious. Miz has now gone 3 straight PPV’s (SummerSlam, TLC, Survivor Series) without defending the belt, and no matter how good he has been on RAW this has hurt the relevancy of the title. What WWE need to do is give him a big-name opponent to bring the spotlight back onto the belt, and Finn Balor makes all the sense in the world.

Finn has been largely misused since returning from his most recent injury and his most recent rivalry with Bray Wyatt was embarrassingly bad to watch at times. Finn is another superstar who is over in a big way and he needs to hold a belt to raise his stock in the company again before eventually going on to try and reclaim to Universal Championship which we never lost.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

Literally the last man you should be shoving your wife in front of…

Seth Rollins v Dean Ambrose

Surely, I’m not the only one who saw this coming from a mile off? From the first second that they buried the hatchet and teamed up to gain the Tag Team Championships, you just knew somewhere not too far down the line one would betray the other to set up a feud (again). This time I’m expecting Ambrose to be the one who turns as there are a good few reasons why he was motivated to. There’s the fact he never truly tasted revenge for Rollins originally breaking up The Shield all those years ago, Seth taking the pin when they lost the titles to Sheamus & Cesaro, Ambrose suffering a long-term injury and being replaced by Jason Jordan… the possibilities are endless.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

No I will not fist you Seth, I’m a married man!

4 Horsewomen WWE v 4 Horsewomen MMA

This is a weird one for me. I don’t agree with Charlotte being wasted on a match like this when she could be defending her title instead, but at the same time the SDLive women’s division has been quite poor for a while now so I can’t imagine who she would even compete against. This match has been in the works for quite some time now and we know how doggedly stubborn WWE can be regardless of it being detrimental for the talent involved.

Ronda Rousey has been a long-time target for WWE since her UFC career started to go downhill and she would be a huge draw. Competing alongside Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir this will be the marquee matchup for the women and could well end up being quite entertaining if done right. As for the finish, I really hope WWE go with Rousey turning on her teammates and helping team WWE gain the win or else they run the risk of having non-WWE competitors making their 4 top women (Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Bayley) look weak and irrelevant.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

It’s funny who you can bump into waiting for the bus

United States Championship
Dolph Ziggler v Baron Corbin v Bobby Roode (c)

Another match with lots of potential competitors but not a huge amount of interest around the belt. It is still early days for Roode but so far, he has been unspectacular and is proving to be nothing more than a flashy entrance. Dolph will certainly return between now and April claiming he wants back the title which he never lost, and I would expect him to reclaim it here.

Corbin… ahh I just don’t know anymore. Whenever it seems like he has finally caught a break and started to improve, WWE go and ruin him again. I imagine he will do well in the Rumble and then do something similar to the returning Dolph. Corbin lost the title in the last match between these 3 but never received a rematch prior to Dolph vacating the belt, giving Corbin the perfect way back in claiming to be the rightful champ.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

GLORIOUS!

Raw Women’s Championship
Asuka v Alexa Bliss (c)

This one is looking almost as inevitable as the Universal Championship match at this point, with Asuka being the odds-on favourite to win the Women’s Royal Rumble after Paige’s supposed career ending injury. Over the next few months I’d expect Bliss to fend off a few other competitors, all the while having to look over her shoulder for Asuka and being stalked by her on RAW.

There’s also the prospect of Nia Jax being added into this match in some capacity. Her storyline as Bliss’ best friend is still ongoing but the tension is clear, and the cracks are starting to show in their relationship. Alexa facing off against two of the most dominant women on the roster would be a great way for her to play up to her heel characteristics, constantly ducking, dodging and evading any confrontation. The only outcome i can see is Asuka claiming her first main roster championship.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

WWE is so predictable. Imagine if Bliss won though?

Universal Championship
Roman Reigns v Brock Lesnar (c)

Yep.

That is all.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

….. FIIIIIIIIIE If you insist.

WWE Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura v AJ Styles (c)

Another one that’s virtually nailed on, WWE have dropped more than enough hints of this happening. The ‘dream match’, a phrase we seem to be hearing almost weekly these days, could well be the match of the night but only if Styles makes sure of it. It may be an unpopular opinion, but for me Nakamura has been absolute trash since stepping up from NXT thanks to a mix of horrible booking, WWE limiting his move set and killing his momentum by repeatedly having him lose to Jinder Mahal. Styles will also have to carry this feud on the promo side of things as  Nakamura has become no better in that department, so much so that he has been limited to a few words every time he has had a mic thrusted in his face recently.

Styles on the other hand has been nothing but phenomenal (sorry) in WWE. The company have shown on numerous occasions that he is every bit as important as Roman Reigns by having him compete on a RAW PPV against Finn Balor, appeared the following night on an episode of RAW, won the WWE Championship again to an incredible reaction from the crowd, and went on to have one of the best matches of 2017 at Survivor Series against Brock Lesnar.

Its only a matter of time before Nakamura tastes championship gold, but hopefully it won’t be on this night. They should be allowed to feud with eachother for a short while longer after Mania, Styles has put in too much fantastic work, arguable the best of his career, to drop the title on the biggest stage of them all.

WrestleMania 34 Predictions

The House That AJ Styles Built

HHH v Kurt Angle

The only thing with this one that I can’t decide on is how it will start up. On one hand HHH could start giving Angle hassle for not being a good enough GM, proven by him having to finish the job by pinning Shane at Survivor Series. At the same time, Angle could give HHH hassle for not believing in him and intervening when he already had the outcome of the match under control. There will more than likely be a stipulation here, maybe a no DQ affair, and im also expecting Angle’s job to be on the line.

Don’t expect this to be a very good match. 10 minutes maximum with Angle obviously winning.

V

You have the most beautiful eyes Hunter, I could get lost in them… I love you.

John Cena v …?

What do you do with a problem like John Cena? The 16-time champion doesn’t really have anything in the works after yet another period away from the company so it’s a hard one to predict. The safe money is still on him facing The Undertaker, but I pray to god this doesn’t happen, the legacy of Taker has already been tarnished and you just know Big Match John would come out victorious here. And after #Raw25 that seems a little less likely.

The other possibility is the horrible, excruciating, downright sickening thought of Jinder Mahal being a part of a major storyline heading into Mania. From a business point of view, it makes sense, WWE are still determined to dig into the Indian market by having Jinder as at least a strong mid card guy and Cena would be the perfect opponent. Their characters of Mr USA v Mr Anti America align perfectly and a Wrestlemania crowd is probably the only one you’ll find which will be sort of receptive to a match like this.

Personally, I wouldn’t have Cena compete at all, I would throw a curveball and have him as the host of the whole event. This way he can have a back and forth with various superstars and set up a match for after Mania, we know just how good he is on the mic and plus it didn’t do any harm to The New Day when they hosted last year did it?

WrestleMania 34 Predictions


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Good, Bad and Ugly Money In the Bank (2019)

Money In the Bank is here.  The main purpose of MITB is about steering the ship in important directions and starting some bigger and hopefully better things. 

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Money In the Bank is here.  The main purpose of MITB is about steering the ship in important directions and starting some bigger and hopefully better things. 

We expect a lot and are in the end disappointed, however we continue to ride along happily. 

It’s showtime, let’s get to the action. 

GOOD

Women’s MITB: Nikki Cross, Naomi, Natalya, Dana Brooke, Bayley, Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Carmella

Hell of an opening match!  This got my attention.  Nikki Cross was just fantastic, chaotically destroying everyone early on.  Ladders hurt, and these ladies are going to feel this for a few days.  Mella exited with a hurt knee from a ladder at the hands of Mandy Rose and seemed out of the match.  Bodies everywhere, crashing ladders and completely crazy, Mandy Rose emerged from the pack.  Carmella returned and got some licks in to Mandy Rose for the earlier assault.  Sonya Deville finally came into it and did everything but grab the briefcase and hand it to Mandy Rose.  A hero emerged as the mighty Bayley scrambled up the ladder, took down Rose and Deville and got the prestigious Money In the Bank Briefcase!  This hugger is happy!  Great ending!     

United States Championship- Samoa Joe (c) v Rey Mysterio

Samoa Joe is a vicious animal.  He just tried to dismantle the smaller foe.  Rey Mysterio always puts up a fight and this match was no different.  A bloody Samoa Joe turned up the heat but Mysterio hit a hurricanranna and got a very controversial 3 count for his first US Title Victory!  Obviously by the view and Joe’s shoulder up I expect a controversy storyline added to this from the result, but awesome to see Mysterio win US Title.  Great athlete and legend to represent that title.  Samoa Joe just destroyed Mysterio after the match in a fit of rage.  This hot feud is going nowhere anytime soon and just took an extremely violent turn. 

Cruiserweight Championship- Tony Nese (c) v Ariya Daivari

This match has a lot of potential, and with the placement of the match not on the preshow and after the Miz/Shane cage match, it may finally get some attention.  Tony Nese is criminally Good and it showed tonight.  He just knows what he is doing and seemingly can work anyone.  As expected Nese just shined in this match.  It was a very typical match you would see at any 205 Live show but doesn’t take away from the fact it was Good.  Nese Retains!

WWE Raw Women’s Championship- Becky Lynch(c) v Lacey Evans

They did everything right.  We have an interesting feud with Good heat and buildup with characters who can work.  Man vs Woman and a lot of feel this match had it all.  A little Lynch and a lot of Lacey we saw a ton of action in this one.  Lacey Evans scratched and clawed doing everything she could to take the strap from Lynch.  After it looked like Lacey had Becky Lynch in a deep roll up, the ref didn’t count and Becky Lynch reversed into a disarmer for the hard fought victory.  Even with the bizarre, rushed finish, good match.  Unexpectedly, out comes the Queen for Match Number 2. 

WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship Becky Lynch(c) v Charlotte Flair

Apparently no rest of the wicked.  Becky Lynch loves a Good challenge and went right back in to fight.  And fight they did, back and forth these two rivals beat the hell out of each other.  Becky Lynch looked to have the count out, but Lacey Evans decked her behind the Ref’s back, giving Charlotte just enough time to recover and become the SmackDown Women’s Champion.  Lynch beside herself attacked Evans for retribution but Charlotte aided Lacey overpowering Lynch.  Lynch was done, completely beaten down and had nothing left.  Bayley’s music hits briefcase in hand and cleans out the ring, but it was Charlotte again taking full control. 

Bayley sidestepped another attack and sent Charlotte into the turnbuckle.  Bayley did the best thing she could do here, she cashed in the briefcase.  Bayley off the top hit a huge Elbow drop Winning the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship!  This is a Great ending with a Great superstar getting the belt!  Congrats Bayley!  This run will be amazing! 

Roman Reigns v Elias

Right before the match Elias got in a guitar attack on his opponent backstage before heading to the ring.  Elias set up and performed on another guitar for the masses.  Roman recovered and made his way out with fury as Elias was leaving hitting a Superman punch.  Reigns made quick work of the stunned heel leaving Elias flat in the ring for a 3 count.  The Big Dog Wins decisively!     

WWE Universal Championship- Seth Rollins(c) v AJ Styles

Surprised a bit that this was before the MITB match as it is a Championship Match.  This had the makings of a classic with little chance to fail.  This was a great wrestling match with two high caliber talents feeding off each other.  This match had it all, it was stiff, physical and exciting.  It delivered on all levels.  We saw some outrageous reversals and combos.  Deft defying stunts and high risk. This was special and a true Championship Match.  Styles had it won multiple times, tasting Gold, however it was finally a well times stomp by Seth Rollins for the final 3 count.  Rollins Retains in a huge match!  Great showing from two of the best.  As it was both appropriate and needed, a handshake and mutual respect ended the standoff.

Lucha House Party vs.???

Lars Sullivan must hate LHP based on his public sentiments.  I won’t say I’m disappointed as I had a “what the hell is Lucha House Party doing out here” on my face.  Lars Sullivan crushed LHP and showed his dominance.  Lars literally busted his own head open and just mangled all three luchas.  This was weird but brutal.  I like it.    

WWE Championship- Kofi Kingston(c) v Kevin Owens

As expected this match had a great feel to it, and great momentum going in.  It has been entertaining so the match had a lot of potential.  This was very physical and personal.  These guys put it all out there.  Owens made sure that we all knew this wouldn’t be quick or easy for the Champ.  Just as Owens had it won, Kofi woke up and took it to the vicious Canadian.  K.O. again came out ahead.  K.O. again took Kofi to the limit nearly defeating him with a series of offense.  It was a well-placed trouble in paradise by Kingston, right on the money for the victory retaining the WWE Championship!  This was a solid fight, and a great title defense.    

Men’s MITB: Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Ali, Andrade, Sami Zane and Randy Orton

This match is chalked full of talent and pontential.  My pick was Drew McIntyre but Andrade was my second.  What a sick match we have.  Sami Zane is out due to getting destroyed and hung up backstage earlier in the night.  Randy Orton emerged early taking out all opponents and going for the quick win.  However the floodgates opened and craziness ensued.  As expected once again this was intense, physical and violent.  Everyone just put it all on the line.  The bar kept getting raised higher as the match went on, each man leaving a trail of bodies  It could have been won by anyone, which is the way it should be.  Ali atop the ladder about to end the match, out comes Brock Lesnar.  What in the hell is going on?  Lesnar sets up the ladder and grabs the Money In the Bank.  Who can do anything about it?  No one.  Brock Lesnar is your Money In the Bank Winner.  This is just out of control.  This was a phenomenal match and a shocking finish.   How is this going to play out?  I can’t wait to watch! 

BAD

Non-Title Match- Daniel Bryan & Rowan(c) v The Usos

Considering the light crowd before the main show, the volume was turned up and the crowd was hot.  Great placement of this match on the Kickoff Show.  The pace of the match was surprisingly slow and safe.  It had a “house show” feel and that is not a Good thing.  Nothing looked sloppy or Bad but just safe.  Daniel Bryan was the standout if any as always looking sharp in the ring.  Jimmy Uso also rallied coming in on the hot tag taking keeping Rowan at bay.  However Rowan hit a devastating double suplex.  Uso’s hit a double Uso splash on Daniel Bryan for the non-title victory.  Again the placement was Good, but it was very textbook, predictable and a little flat.  Non-title match on a PPV is crap too.  All of this puts this firmly in the Bad column.    

Shane McMahon v The Miz (Steel Cage Match)

Heel Shane is Money but if you read the pre-show GBU, I have Ugly hopes for this match.  For the most part it was not Good.  The strikes were weak, Shane just basically kept trying to get out.  Shane really worked hard out there and it showed, the result just wasn’t great.  Miz beat down McMahon with a chair, over and over beating him down.  Miz had Shane beat with a skull crushing finale but after Shane put his foot on the rope, the Ref broke up the count.  Shane persisted and after being thrown from the top of the cage and lifelessly falling to the canvas, Miz hit a splash.  McMahon would kick out and keep fighting.  In a classic move, Shane slipped out of his shirt while being stopped at the top of the cage and landed on the floor in victory.  It’s really crazy what Shane McMahon does out there considering who he is.  This match had some Good moments but the Bad outweighed the Good.  Hopefully this feud is over. 

UGLY- Sorry, your services weren’t needed.

FINAL

Good- 10
Bad- 2
Ugly- 0

OVERALL- Good show!  We had a lot of action, some great things to take on in the storylines, and of course Bayley got her Gold.  This was a successful Pay Per View and Money in the Bank with big players and events that will shape the story as we move forward.  Major success!

With a huge Super-Showdown coming up, and Money In the Bank in the books expect the story and weekly shows to be jam packed with special guest, huge surprises and a lot action.  Professional wrestling is ripe, and don’t forget the major events coming up with AEW!  What a time to be in this business.  Have a great night, hope you enjoyed the Money In the Bank!  Catch you on the next Good, Bad and Ugly featured on thechairshot.com.   


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Andrew’s WWE Money In The Bank 2019 Ratings & Analysis

We saw a mixed bag of main roster shows leading up to this. Money in the Bank is occasionally seen as the biggest of the non-Big 4. Will it live up to that idea? Will it fall on it’s face like many perceive WWE in general?

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We saw a mixed bag of main roster shows leading up to this. Money in the Bank is occasionally seen as the biggest of the non-Big 4. Will it live up to that idea? Will it fall on it’s face like many perceive WWE in general?

AJ Styles versus Seth Rollins should be the show stealing match. It’s the one match that most people can hang their hats on, but then everyone remembers the Shinsuke angle. So we all hold out hope it will be okay.

We’ve also got Miz and Shane, which people are just sick of Shane in matches. Samoa Joe could really use a solid a match against a legend to make his title reign. Plus the Becky Lynch double header is a major point of interest.

Let’s see how this all plays out.

Ratings:

  • Kickoff Show: The Usos vs Rowan & Daniel Bryan: The Usos win via Double Uce @11:05 – ***
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Bayley vs Mandy Rose vs Carmella vs Nikki Cross vs Naomi vs Ember Moon vs Dana Brooke vs Natalya: Bayley wins @13:50 – **
  • United States Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs Rey Mysterio: Mysterio wins via Hurcanrana @1:40 – N/A – TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Cage Match: Shane McMahon vs The Miz: Shane wins via Escaping the Cage @13:10 – ** 1/2
  • Cruiserweight Championship: Ariya Daivari vs Tony Nese (c): Nese retains via Running Kneese @9:20 – * 1/2
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Lacey Evans vs Becky Lynch (c): Lynch retains via Disarm-Her @8:35 – **
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs Charlotte Flair: Flair wins via Big Boot @6:10 – ** 1/4 – TITLE CHANGE!!
  • MitB Cash In: SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair (c) vs Bayley: Bayley wins via Elbow Drop @0:20 – N/ATITLE CHANGE!!
  • Roman Reigns vs Elias: Reigns wins via Spear @0:05 – N/A
  • Universal Championship: AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins (c): Rollins retains via Stomp @19:50 – **** 1/4 
  • WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Kevin Owens:Kofi retains via Trouble in Paradise @14L55 – *** 1/2
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre vs Baron Corbin vs Finn Balor vs Ricochet vs Andrade vs Randy Orton vs Ali vs Brock Lesnar: Lesner wins @19:40 – *** 3/4

 

Analysis:

Wait, The Usos and Daniel Bryan are on the kickoff show? Okay, well that aside, the match was fine. Definitely a few odd spots that didn’t look great, but with The Usos getting the win, it keeps the feud alive. Wild Card Rule will play a big part in this whole story. Should be interesting, and we know that these guys can put on great matches given time. So no real complaints.

Naomi comes out with an homage to Bumblebee from DC Comics and it started off with some interesting spots. Mandy running up a ladder to hit Dana with a knee strike, Mandy and Nattie sandwiching Bayley in the ladder and a push over the ladder with most of the people on it, were all cool. Granted, Carmella and the “injury” angle was stupid, Dana’s spots looked too slow and choreographed, Nattie is mediocre and the match generally got awkward. It wasn’t awful, but the match certainly wasn’t good. Congrats to Bayley though since maybe she can get her main roster career back on track.

So I guess Joe is gonna be the king of b.s. finishes. First the AJ Styles feud, and now this horrible call. Joe’s shoulder was up so far even Stevie Wonder could see it wasn’t three. Just looks bad when the shoulder is up before the 2 count and the referee still counts to 3. Dumb dumb dumb.

Well…this cage match was a mess. It started off fine since Shane kept trying to run away and Miz was basically playing goal keeper. They got a “This is Awesome” chant and then after what should’ve been the exclamation mark, of a Skull Crushing Finale on a chair, after multiple chairshots, Shane gets his foot on the rope, which cued the “Bullshit” chant. Even commentary buried the fact that foot on the ropes shouldn’t break pins in a cage, so that’s when it fell apart. We see the finish of Shane literally slipping out of his shirt, while Miz tries to Suplex him back into the ring, so Shane falls out of the cage. I guess stupid and flukey wins are the hallmark of this feud, but wow did you piss of a crowd that was into it, because you forget the rules to your own match. Not an awful match, but the logical missteps make it hard to even call good.

The Cruiserweights get a main card match? Really? And after a match you should’ve assumed annoyed the crowd? The crowd was so bored during this match, they couldn’t even chant “Boring” for very long. This also wasn’t even a good match. Daivari was sloppy, neither have a great charisma and as we know with Cruiserweights, they get no reaction on main roster shows or PPVs. If this was The Usos vs Daniel Bryan & Rowan, the crowd might have come out the coma. Hopefully this show picks up.

Lacy comes out with money guns, that kinda neat. As for the match, it wasn’t bad. Granted, we have very questionable referee work tonight when Lacey rolls up Becky for about a 4 count, and he never counts, but Becky reverses into the Disarm-Her and retains.

While we’re trying to figure out why the referees are garbage tonight, Charlotte’s music hits and she goads Becky into the second championship match right away. Becky takes the bait and she weathers the early storm. Charlotte looks like she screwed up when she goes for Natural Selection on the apron, but Becky holds on and Charlotte spills to the outside. Lacey however lands The Woman’s Right and Charlotte takes advantage of it. Fun point from this match is that Charlotte did a Ric Flair special when she went to the top rope and Becky pressed her down into the ring.

Bayley comes out to make the save while Lacey and Charlotte are beating down Becky. After Charlotte gets greedy and misses a Spear going face first into the turn buckle. The crowd is hot for Bayley, they chanted for her to make the save and they were electric wanting her to cash in. So Bayley does so, hits the Elbow Drop and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s champion. WWE took advantage of the crowd wanting Bayley and it all played out well. The matches may not have been fantastic, but the way the story played out and Bayley finally getting to feel what it’s like to be over on the main roster, is a nice moment.

So Elias attacked Roman in the back, came out and sang his anti-Hartford song all the way through. Tries to leave and Roman meets him with a Superman Punch. Match officially starts, Spear happens, match is over. This is a weird PPV so far, a lot of story moments, but feels more like an episode of Raw.

AJ and Seth was mostly the match we expected, a lot of normal beats that they both tend to hit in bigger matches. AJ Styles doing the Stomp counter into the Styles Clash was a fun moment, and Seth inverting his Suplex/Falcon Arrow combo wasn’t completely new since he used to use the Paroxysm, but still, nothing overly surprising. Best match of the show so far, and didn’t really disappoint.

Why is the Lucha House Party on this show? I don’t remember seeing a garbage 6 man match announced, oh and they’re talking, and they suck at it. The crowd doesn’t react at all to them, and Lars Sullivan comes out now. This really is like an episode of Raw. Why are there so many goofy gimmick aspects? I feel bad for people who paid to be there. At least Lars killed them, so that’s something, but the crowd doesn’t care about the House Party or Lars, so good snack break before the last two matches. YUP! That’s what I’m going with, WWE knew the fans would need time to go to the bathroom or get a snack after the Universal title match, so he just threw them out there for five minutes. Good looking out WWE!

The WWE Championship match was fine, just awkward. A few big and rough bumps helped to turn the physicality up, Owens avoiding losing to the first Trouble in Paradise by falling out of the ring was good. Kofi bumping close to the ropes after the Stunner made that spot obvious,and what was the point of no shoes and still losing to the Trouble in Paradise? I…I’m so glad this show is nearly over.

We had a hell of a fun train wreck with this match. The fact that we started with 7 and there was no official announcement of the 8th, I assumed it would be either Bray or Brock, since that would be a polarizing entrant. But the spots were crazy. Randy flinging the smaller wrestlers into the announce table was fun, Andrade’s big Sunset Bomb onto Finn through into a ladder was huge. Randy was murderer by a Claymore early and sold it for most of the match. Corbin tried to pick his spots, Ali had a big hope moment, until Brock revealed himself as number 8! The crowd was hot during the match, even doing a “Yowie Wowie” chant after the Sunset Bomb spot. Brock got the expected reaction and him standing there, laughing his ass off with the briefcase was solid wrestling.

Overall Score: 5.5/10

Holy crap this PPV was pretty awful up until the Styles/Rollins match. Bayley was a nice moment, but that was such a cluster to get to the point. Like I said earlier, this really felt like an episode of Raw just with slightly better/bigger feeling matches.

After all is said and done, the show was pretty average, but I don’t blame anyone thinking it was the worst thing in the world if they just got sick of it before the Universal title match. Since the weeks leading up to this were such a huge mixed bag, I was hoping the whole show would knock it out of the park. The last 3 matches saved the PPV and helped to offer us something to sink our teeth into moving forward.

Brock versus Seth at the Jam in Sand III could be a hell of a headliner for the fans over there.


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