We’ve got fantastic coverage from Steven Mitchell, but now we need main show ratings. WWE makes the world go ’round, right? No? Why is there an echo?
Well again, new year coming, so time to work out some new ideas. Let’s get some WWE main roster ratings on the board more consistently. Since I have the Raw Reaction podcast after Raw, I can’t post it on Monday Night (9-5 day jobs, what can you do?).
Now let’s start in logical order.
Results & Ratings:
- Baron Corbin vs Kurt Angle,Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable & Finn Balor – Angle via Olympic Slam after the McMahon’s adjusted the rules multiple times to officially destroy Corbin’s reign of stupidity @9:20 – * 1/2
- Finn Balor vs Dolph Ziggler – No Contest after Drew McIntyre interferes @9:40 – ** 1/4
- Intercontinental Championship Match: Dean Ambrose (c) vs Tyler Breeze – Ambrose via Dirty Deeds @7:30 – *** 1/4
- Number 1 Contender Match: Authors of Pain vs The Revival vs B-Team vs Lucha House Party – The Revival via Shatter Machine (on Bo Dallas) @10:15 – **
- Women’s Number 1 Contender Gauntlet Match:
- Alicia Fox vs Bayley – Bayley via Bayley to Belly
- Bayley vs Dana Brooke – Bayley via Bayley to Belly
- Bayley vs Mickie James – Mickie via Mick-DDT
- Mickie James vs Ember Moon – Ember via Eclipse
- Ember Moon vs Natalya – Natty via Cradle
- Natalya vs Ruby Riott – Natty via Cradle
- Natalya vs Sasha Banks – Natalya via Sharpshooter @53:00- ***
- McMahon’s try to break the 4th wall a little and put a bow on the Corbin catastrophe. Running back the beat down spot from TLC was a little lame.
- Well I guess Drew needs a place holder feud so a potential triple threat could be entertaining.
- Tyler Breeze really put on a solid effort. Ambrose’s new character seems to portray that half-assed aspect of his character, so Oedo Tai would be proud, but Ambrose won’t be lighting it on fire any time soon.
- THANK GOD THEY GOT RID OF THE STUPID HOUSE PARTY RULE!
- 50+ minutes of decent to good wrestling across the board and it allowed numerous women to get a little more exposure. Plus it main evented the show, so it made it feel a little bigger.
That is All
Match wise the show was alright. Story wise things moved forward a little but not enough to really leave a genuine feeling of anything beyond “meh”. If we take this for what the McMahon’s said, this is a reset point. So with that, what do we really expect from the reset episode? If sports teams are in a rebuilding year it’s either bad or very middle of the road…and this was more middle of the road.
Hell, it was still better than the terrible shows leading up to TLC…so that’s something.