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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 7/19/2020

We get another fairly stacked week of TV specials or actual PPVs! Impact, AEW and WWE tried their hand at some bigger shows, and of course I went digging for some gold in Japan! Did your choices for match of the week make the Top 5?

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We get another fairly stacked week of TV specials or actual PPVs! Impact, AEW and WWE tried their hand at some bigger shows, and of course I went digging for some gold in Japan. So let’s see what I was able to come up with!

As usual, first we need to address last week’s vote. I’m happy that this match didn’t get lost in the collective outbursts of the main event, but, NJPW Dominion: NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi (c) vs SHO, moves into the July pool for possible MOTY contenders! That puts two New Japan matches into the pool, so I guess you can say that people are happy that NJPW are running shows again.

Now let’s see where we stand this week!

Quick Top 5:

  1. Impact Slammiversary: Vacant Impact World Championship 5 Way: Eric Young vs Ace Austin vs Trey vs Rich Swann vs Eddie Edwards
    Rating: **** 1/2
  2. NXT: Double Championship Match: Keith Lee (c) vs Dominik Dijakovic
    Rating: ****
  3. Impact Slammiversary: Motor City Machine Guns vs The Rascalz (Dez & Wentz)
    Rating: ****
  4. NOAH Stay Together Forever!: Naomichi Marufuji & Keiji Mutoh vs Kaito Kiyomiya & Go Shiozaki
    Rating: *** 3/4
  5. AJPW Chiba Extra Dream 24: AJPW World Tag Team Championship: Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & SUWAMA) (c) vs Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuki Miyamoto)
    Rating: *** 3/4
  6. NXT: NXT Women’s Championship: Tegan Nox vs Io Shirai (c)
    Rating: *** 3/4

Honorable Mentions:

  • Impact Slammiversary: Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Deonna Purrazzo
    Rating: *** 1/2
  • WWE Horror Show Extreme Rules: WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre (c) vs Dolph Ziggler
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • AJPW Chiba Extra Dream 24: Akira Francesco & Kento Miyahara vs Hokuto Omori & Kuma Arashi
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • NOAH Stay Together Forever!: KONGO (Kenoh, Nio, Haoh, Masa Kitamiya & Manabu Soya) vs Sugiura-Gun (Takashi Sugiura, Kaz Hayashi, NOSAWA Rongai, Kendo Kashin & Kazushi Sakuraba)
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • AJPW Chiba Extra Dream 24: Hair vs Hair Match: Yusuke Okada vs Seigo Tachibana
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • Impact Slammiversary: Old School Rules TNA Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Tommy Dreamer
    Rating: *** 1/4
  • WWE Horror Show Extreme Rules: SmackDown Women’s Championship: Nikki Cross vs Bayley (c)
    Rating: ***
  • AEW Fight for the Fallen: AEW Heavyweight Championship: Brian Cage vs Jon Moxley (c)
    Rating: ***
  • WWE SmackDown: Intercontinental Championship: Matt Riddle vs AJ Styles (c)
    Rating: ***
  • NOAH Stay Together Forever!: 3v3 Elimination Match: Stinger (HAYATA, Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa) vs Daisuke Harada, Tadasuke & YO-HEY
    Rating: ***
  • Impact Slammiversary: Impact Tag Team Championship: The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) (c) vs Ken Shamrock & Sami Callihan
    Rating: ***
  • WWE Horror Show Extreme Rules: SmackDown Tag Team Championship Tables Match: New Day (c) vs Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura
    Rating: ***
  • IMPACT!: Rosemary, Taya Valkyrie, Kiera Hogan, Tasha Steelz & Kimber Lee vs Havok, Nevaeh, Susie, Kylie Rae & Alisha Edwards
    Rating: ***
  • NOAH Stay Together Forever!: Full Throttle (Atsushi Kotoge, Seiki Yoshioka & Hajime Ohara) vs Katsuhiko Nakajima, Mohammed Yone & Shuhei Taniguchi
    Rating: ***
  • Impact Slammiversary: Knockout’s Gauntlet: Tasha Steelz vs Kylie Rae vs Taya Valkyrie vs Havok vs Katie Forbes vs Madison Rayne vs Kiera Hogan vs Rosemary vs Susie vs Nevaeh vs Alisha Edwards vs Kimber Lee
    Rating: ***
  • WWE Horror Show Extreme Rules: Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs Sasha Banks
    Rating: ***

4t. NXT: NXT Women’s Championship: Tegan Nox vs Io Shirai (c)

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Tegan is beside herself but the crowd rallies up. Tegan CHOPS Shirai, and CHOPS and then rallies with clotheslines! She brings Shirai back up to whip, but Shirai reverses. Shirai runs in, Tegan goes up and over to uppercut back! Tegan sits Shirai down, runs and CANNON-BOARS! Shirai staggers while Tegan climbs, FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Tegan wants to try again to make Kane proud! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!?! Shirai survives and Tegan doesn’t know what to make of it! Shirai crawls away but Tegan glares at her. Tegan runs in, corner uppercut! Tegan goes corner to corner, for another! And then corner to corner again, but Shirai dodges! Shirai waistlocks to CORNER GERMAN SUPLEX!

The crowd is thunderous again as Shirai goes corner to corner, SHINKANSEN! Shirai puts Tegan on the ropes, for the TIGER FEINT KICK! Tegan flounders, Shirai climbs up and leaps, missile dropkick! Tegan is in a daze as Shirai covers, TWO!! Tegan will not die! The crowd will not stop rallying, either, and both women slowly rise. Shirai drags Tegan into the underhooks but Tegan fights out to mule kick the bad leg! GOURD BUSTER! Tegan hurries up top as Shirai rises, MOLLY-GO-ROUND!! Cover, TWO!?!? The best moves of Tegan’s role models haven’t been enough, but she still has something of her own! SHINIEST- SHOTEI!! Then DESCENT INTO DARKNESS!! The Asai Moonsault hits, Shirai covers, Shirai wins!

Winner: Io via Moonsault

 

4t. AJPW Chiba Extra Dream 24: AJPW World Tag Team Championship: Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & SUWAMA) (c) vs Yankee Two Kenju (Isami Kodaka & Yuki Miyamoto)

From My Results:

So initially the size difference is staggering to the point where you’d have to expect shenanigans or a surprise cradle/flash pin for Violence Giant to lose. Which funnily enough, Yankee Two Kenju focus heavily on Shuji’s left leg to bring the big man down to size. Miyamoto shows off a few interesting ways to set up submissions, including a back handspring, that instead of going into a back elbow, he extends for a drop toehold and manages to grapevine the worked over leg. Be it a save or a botch, it looked cool and was smart with the story of the match.

We saw Kodaka counter out of the Splash Mountain multiple times, once flipping through and hitting a Shining Wizard, and another time with a Sunset Flip pinfall attempt. After a tandem Meteora/Diving Knee, it looked like Yankee Two would pick up the upset, but SUWAMA broke it up. Shuji managed to hit the elusive Splash Mountain, but only for a near fall, having to bring out the big guns with the Giant Slam.

Winner: Ishikawa via Giant Slam

 

4t. NOAH Stay Together Forever!: Naomichi Marufuji & Keiji Mutoh vs Kaito Kiyomiya & Go Shiozaki

From My Results:

So it’s nice to see that Dad Jokes/Grandpa Humor is the same even in Japan. After starting against Kaito, Mutoh powders out to regain his bearings and sees the newer addition NOAH has made to commentary in the form of Jurina (some may remember when she did guest stuff for NJPW, Japanese Pop Idol who really likes wrestling). So Mutoh goes over to her to do the M Alliance finger symbol. This makes sense because a few weeks ago they claimed that if your name ends with, starts with or has an M in it, you’re part of the Alliance. Jurina’s last name is Matsui. So Mutoh gets cute and you see him motion to the ring and say “touch”, which in broken English wrestling direction is tag in, and nothing untoward. It was just an amusing interaction that really made me realize how similar dad humor is, the old “Get in there, you’re on my team” kind of vibe.

Aside from that, this was pretty awesome at setting things up. Mutoh and Kaito have a nice chemistry that will hopefully get better when Kaito remembers the leg Mutoh kicks is the one that goes back, not that you fall to. But Marufuji looked like one hell of a threat. Even with Shiozaki brushing off Marufuji’s chops and having his echo with every slap, Marufuji put together some great offense.

The corner combination into a flurry of Thrust Kicks + KO-OH attacks was nice. Plus Mutoh and Maurfuji showed decent tag chemistry doing a Shining Wizard/KO-OH combination on Go, followed by a KO-OH/Dragon Screw to Kaito’s right knee, before Mutoh locked him in the figure four.

Plus winning with the close range hammerlock variant of the KO-OH looked pretty damn effective.

Winner: Marufuji via True Tiger King

 

2t. Impact Slammiversary: Motor City Machine Guns vs The Rascalz (Dez & Wentz)

From My Results:

Rascalz issue the open challenge, and the Guns answer the challenge! This was a fun match, where it wasn’t classic MCMG, but it told the story of the current team dominating early and showing off a lot moves the Guns used to do. But as the match continued, you saw the Guns slowly start coming together.

A few tandem spots gave MCMG a way back into the match, but once Wentz tagged in Dez we saw a whole new level of athleticism. Shelley proved he learned from Kevin Nash during the Paparazzi Productions days since he was on a whole different level of arrogance. We saw some classic tandem moves from the Guns, including the Cravat/Sliding Dropkick combo. Guns finish things off with Dirt Bomb, and that seems promising. Promising from the angle of, I doubt the Guns would win if it was a one off.

Winner: MCMG via Dirt Bomb

 

2t. NXT: Double Championship Match: Keith Lee (c) vs Dominik Dijakovic

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Keith drags Dijakovic up, puts him in a corner and hoists him to the top rope. The crowd rallies as Keith CHOPS Dijakovic then climbs up to join him. Keith sits Dijakovic up with a choke grip, but Dijakovic throws body shots back. Dijakovic headbutts Keith again and again, and again and again, until Keith flops to the mat! Dijakovic steadies himself, adjusts his position, and Keith stands for Dijakovic’s FLYING BLOCKBUSTER!! TWO!! Dijakovic keeps going, with a BOOT and rolling elbow! Dijakovic runs to spin, CYCLONE BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic stays focused as he goes back up top. Dijakovic aims at “Keith Lee! Woop Woop!” and he leaps into GRIZZLY MAGNUM!

Lee pops Dijakovic up for the LIMITLESS SPINE BUSTER! Keith fires up, drags Dijakovic into a fireman’s carry, but Dijakovic elbows away. It’s not enough! BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith wins!!

Winner: Keith Lee via Big Bang Catastrophe

 

1. Impact Slammiversary: Vacant Impact World Championship 5 Way: Eric Young vs Ace Austin vs Trey vs Rich Swann vs Eddie Edwards

From My Results:

Anyway, so we get the originally scheduled five way, with an actual surprise. Then it turns into an old fashioned TNA X Division “oh my god moves and I’m covering my head”, kind of match. Trey tried to focus on Ace, but Fulton managed to make his presence known. So in a rare display of competence, we see a referee take control of the situation. He ejected Fulton and said if Fulton didn’t leave, he’d eliminate Ace. So Ace quickly made Fulton comply cause he can’t throw this chance away.

Again, this was an X Division style match, so there’s more moves than you can shake a stick at. EY hits the Piledriver on Trey to make sure his dumbass was eliminated first. Now hopefully he never sniffs the World title picture until he puts some bass in his voice and stops using potatoes and eggs in promos. Seriously, who signed off on that?

Eddie has Ace on the top turnbuckle, but EY rams Rich into them causing them to fly off into a nicely placed table. EY hits The Edge of Sanity, but this isn’t WWE, so that’s not a finish. Rich plays dead to counter two attempts at the Piledriver, and on the third attempt, he cradles EY for the flash win. This causes EY to get enraged and he snaps. Beating Rich with a chair, wrapping it around his ankle to re-injure the ankle he just returned from and just be an evil bastard heel.

Ace being an opportunistic heel takes advantage of the situation. Rich does a good job putting up a fight with one leg, but falls to The Fold. Which then leaves us with Eddie and Ace, the first really big feud that Ace had when he was trying to bang Alisha. Some great moments here, Ace kicks out of a Boston Knee Party, Eddie kicks out of a Fold; so both men need to go deeper into the playbook.

Eddie catches Ace with another Knee Party, and pulls out a move I haven’t seen him do since his run as GHC Heavyweight Champion, the Diehard Flowsion! Eddie Edwards is the new champion!

Winner: Eddie Edwards via Diehard Flowsion

 

Thoughts:

My main thoughts are really a lot of what has been echoed through Twitter, Impact Wrestling brought a hell of a show, and deserve praise and credit. They managed to secure some solid free agents, nice veterans from the infancy of TNA and put on a coherent show (a few technical hiccups aside). With all that said, the main event of Slammiversary was a great match, told a great story and gave everyone something to strive for.

If you’re pressed for time and need to catch up on shows, watch Slammiversary, it was the best show of the week; and in my opinion, the best PPV of the year so far.

 


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NXT Minus 6: Stand and Deliver…After

Brad breaks down the NXT Takeovers and his favorite matches! Do you agree?

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These are the six best matches from Takeover week, plus a new bonus feature! 

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6. Jordan Devin versus Santos Escobar, 4.3 stars Devlin turned in a star making performance. His moonsault off the ladder was absolutely perfect and batshit crazy. Escobar is technically so sound, everything he hits looks great, and he’s top notch on the mic. But he’s not a cruiserweight, and I will never forget that fact. Still, an exciting match that surpassed my expectations.  

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5. Tyler Bate versus Noam Dar, 4.3 stars This match was a blast. Both guys have such a wide array of moves, you’ll never see the same match twice from either of them. The only thing holding this back was the Heritage Cup format. I like it, but it’s hard to have the sustained exchanges necessary to elevate a match to greatness. The breaks slow things down right as they are speeding up. Give these two a straight 20 minutes for the NXT UK championship #1 contender, and you’re look at a MOTY.

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4. Gauntlet Match, 4.4 stars Another match that was just pure fun. Leon Ruff continues to prove he’s not a fluke champion. Cameron Grimes is 100% working the rich hillbilly gimmick. They made the right call by getting L.A. Knight and Dexter Lumis out quickly. And in another star making performance, Swerve Scott started the match against flyweight Ruff and ended it against Bronson Reed. That kind of versatility is enough to earn my #3 Star of the Night. 

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3. Io Shirai versus Raquel Gonzalez, 4.5 stars

This was the intense, inspired Shirai I don’t think I’ve seen since her match with Dakota Kai at Takeover 30. If this was her last match, as some are speculating, then she’s leaving on a high note worthy of her greatness. As good as Gonzalez was in ring, her performance after the match was even better. You could tell she kept flipping from “Holy crap, this is real and I couldn’t be happier” to “Yes, I’m a bad ass and I’ll power bomb every one of you chumps.” 

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2. MSK versus Legado Del Fantasma versus Grizzled Young Veterans, 4.5 stars

Some other federation might be on their level, but nobody does tag teams better than NXT. All three teams got considerable time to shine. In a match stuffed with terrific action & individual performances, Wes Lee shined the brightest. His hot tag was Cesaro-level awesome, and his athletic ability rivals Ricochet. He is a star in the making, and his performance earned him my #2 Star of the Night.

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1. WALTER versus Tommaso Ciampa 4.7 stars

I gave Ciampa about a 1% chance of winning. Despite the lack of necessary drama, these two told a masterful story with near flawless execution. Something about WALTER brings out the best in whoever he faces. He did it with Tyler Bate and Ilja Dragunov. He did it with Ciampa. This was easily his best performance since his return from neck surgery. People say he’s a brawler, while guys like Johnny Gargano and Roderick Strong are known for their gas tank. Ciampa showed that he can run with the best. His effort against WALTER earned him the respect of Imperium and my #1 Star of the Night.


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Greg DeMarco’s WWE WrestleMania Saturday Stream Of Consciousness

It’s WrestleMania Saturday, and Greg DeMarco is here to see what WWE can deliver to us all!

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It’s WrestleMania Saturday, and Greg DeMarco is here to see what WWE can deliver to us all!

WWE WrestleMania is the Showcase Of Immortals, and it’s also when the WWE gets to showcase itself. With no reliance on part-timers to be found, WrestleMania Saturday features a historic main event and a ton of potential. Will it meet that potential? Read on to see what Greg DeMarco thought in real time!

(Extended) Opening Moments

  • Fantastic job picking up where they left off last year, and updating it for now.
  • Loved seeing the talent on the stage, and you could see how emotional they were.
  • Now, we have the rain delay. And I have to say…this is amazing. Seeing them cut promos on the fly with no script, no bullet points, no preconceived/pre-produced
  • Shane McMahon killed time for Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre, who crushed it. The New Day was fantastic, Braun Strowman did his best, Kevin Owens cut what is basically a shoot promo. So well done.

Titus O’Neil and Hulk Freakin’ Hogan

  • Do we really need Hulk Hogan at this point?
  • I feel for Titus, but I give him all the credit in the world for not slapping the shit out of Hogan right there.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. The Almighty Bobby Lashley (champion) w/MVP

  • Drew McIntyre deserves this entrance more than anyone. And you can see the emotion on his face.
  • Lashley needs pyro to go off when he points.
  • That stage looks awesome, by the way.
  • How do you not focus on Bobby Lashley’s MMA experience when it finds it’s way into the match? That has to be off limits, otherwise you know Joe would bring it up.
  • I don’t know who does Drew’s beard work, but they did him no favors.
  • Amazing throws and even a Northern Lights Suplex–Drew pulling out the entire moveset tonight!
  • Commentary team standing in front of the table, monitors probably out. They’re doing a great job with this.
  • Crowd SOLIDLY behind The Hurt Lock.
  • BOB WINS!

Winner and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Bobby Lashley

  • Bob doesn’t kick out of the Claymore, but Drew also doesn’t escape the Hurt Lock. Well done all around.

Tag Team Turmoil: Lana & Naomi vs. Carmella & Billie Kay vs. The Riott Squat (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan) vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs. Natalya & Tamina

  • I bet this gets cut short for time. I am glad they’re getting introductions.
  • We start with Naomi & Lana vs. Carmella & Billie Kay.
  • Billie Kay & Carmella eliminate Lana & Naomi, which makes no sense.  I have a feeling The IIconics will be back together come WWE Draft season.
  • The Riott Squad should really win this thing.
  • MATCHING TIGHTS! MATCHING TIGHTS! MATCHING TIGHTS!
  • Little confusion there, eh? The Riott Squad survives!
  • Welp, that was going well until Natalya & Tamina won. But I have a feeling Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler are retaining.

Winners: Natalya & Tamina (advance to WrestleMania Sunday to challenge Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the WWE Women’s World Tag Team Championships)

Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

  • This truly is the biggest match in Cesaro’s career–but it’s also one that would further cement Rollins as a Hall Of Famer.
  • I’ve been picking Cesaro here as I can imagine Rollins wants to make him in this one match.
  • Also, surprised that we haven’t seen everyone wearing white tonight, as we typically see a lot of at WrestleMania. It’s a welcomed change, I did all the black gear.
  • Nice to see that the Big Swing is a part of the match’s storytelling.
  • Corkscrew Splash! Seemed less effective that way–but more impressive.
  • Fans REALLY want to see Cesaro get the win, and I am with them.
  • Stomp into European Uppercut + 23 Rotation Big Swing + Neutralizer = CESARO WINS

Winners: Cesaro

  • I can’t tell you how happy this makes me, seeing one of my all time favorites get the duke here.
  • I had a feeling Seth wanted to put him over, and he truly did.
  • Credit to Corey Graves for going off script in how he put Cesaro’s win–and career–over.

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  • Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode putting in hard work to put over a match when they aren’t on the card. That’s impressive.

Raw Tag Team Championships: Champions The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. AJ Styles & Omos

  • Remember when everyone thought they broke up The New Day? WrestleMania was the perfect time to have Big E doing that intro the way he did.
  • New Day is one of the acts who benefits most from having fans present.
  • Omos wrestling in street clothes actually makes perfect sense.
  • The gear in this match is 🔥🔥🔥
  • Especially love AJ’s silver gear
  • Great POP for Omos after AJ literally carried this thing.
  • Omos’ moveset is super simple–it’s actually what it should be.
  • Korfi Kingston???
  • And we have our new Andre The Giant.

Winners and NEW Raw Tag Team Champions: Omos & AJ Styles

  • Perfect debut for Omos, and AJ doing some amazing work here. Very well done.

Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon vs. Braun Strowman

  • It’s time for the match that came together because Shane called Braun stupid.
  • I know much of Wrestling Twitter doesn’t want to see this, but Braun is over with the kids and casuals, and Shane is over with the adult casuals. This match makes perfect sense.
  • Shane McMahon is a horrible professional wrestler.
  • Shane McMahon should be a horrible professional wrestler.
  • This one is for the kids and casual fans, see:

  • Jerry Lawler is terrible at this commentary thing.
  • See, Shane lost because he did something stupid. It’s storytelling.
  • Braun is insanely over, and this match was way better than anyone will want to give it credit for.

Winner: Braun Strowman

Hall Of Famers

  • Nice touch having X-Pac come out first for the NWO, since it’s his only induction.

The Miz & John Morrison vs. Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

  • The Miz should always have his standard WrestleMania entrance.
  • The crowd is already hyped for Damian Priest and Bad Bunny before they enter. This match could make Priest a huge star.
  • Hell of an entrance for Bad Bunny, and it showcased the jealousy part of the angle.
  • Franky Monet’s husband might steal this match.
  • Bab Bunny obviously trained, but he focused on his spots. Apparently running the ropes and getting tossed through them wasn’t part of the curriculum,
  • That said, this is more than worth the cost–exposure is insane. He’s perfect for WrestleMania.
  • Priest FINALLY Gets tagged in and kills the crowd with his stupid pose. The guy can be a big star, they just need to strip away a few things.
  • He may not be good at running the ropes, but he can sure hit  Falcon Arrow.
  • And now he hits a Canadian Destroyer???
  • The right guys won, that’s for sure.

Winners: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

  • Michael Cole has no one he can compare it to? He obviously didn’t watch Pat McAfee wrestle Adam Cole.
  • Bad Bunny was great. Pat McAfee was better, but Bad Bunny was fantastic and perfect for this spot.

Smackdown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair vs. Champion Sasha Banks

  • Love that WWE treated this like a true main event, with the entrances, pyro, and more.
  • And the crowd is doing their part as well, making both women get emotional.
  • Sasha Banks is elevating her game as a performer, despite already being one of the best. This is her biggest night.
  • That was the greatest Suicide Dive of Sasha Banks’ career, too.
  • Bianca Belair walking up those steps with Sasha in a Press Slam is one of the most impressive feats of strength I have ever seen.
  • Sasha Banks is the Shawn Michaels of the women’s division.
  • Double Jump Tornado DDT? I LIKE IT.
  • Jet Pack DDT?
  • This isn’t just a great match, it’s great storytelling.

  • And Bianca gets the win! Michael Cole thought Sasha kicked out, so maybe there was a screw up. At least that’s what Meltzer will tell us. Great match.

Winner and NEW Smackdown Women’s Champion: Bianca Belair

When you factor in the rain delay, this clocks in at just over 3 hours. Very well done by WWE. Very well done.

Overall Impressions

Plenty of memorable moments on a card that is all about memorable moments. From Bob Lashley retaining to Bianca Belair winning, plus Cesaro’s big moment and Bad Bunny delivering, this show had it all. Hopefully WrestleMania Sunday can live up to what Saturday delivered.


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