Commentators: Cole & the Gang
- The Kickoff show was alright from what I saw. Drew retained as did the Women’s Tag champs. Murphy and Apollo were ruined by Rowan. The usual. Oh yeah and EDGE came out and killed Elias with a spear. Let’s pray his neck healed itself.
Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Natalya (Submission Match)
Decent opener. They brought a lot of intensity and the crowd was hype for it. Natty’s Sharpshooter didn’t even look that bad tonight, at least in comparison to Becky’s. I really didn’t get why Becky worked the arm and tried a Sharpshooter anyway though. Same with Natty trying the Disarmer. Nothing to sneeze about though with this.
Winner: Becky retained with the Disarmer.
- Trish is ready for Charlotte.
Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
Perfect use of Goldberg. Dolph isn’t REALLY someone we should care about at this point anyway so him getting butchered is fine. Goldberg was over like rover.
Winner: Goldberg via the usual.
- Dolph calls Goldberg out twice after the match to increasingly bad results for him. Funny bit.
- New Day tries to pump up Kofi with a Drake Maverick bit.
- R-Truth is the best. End of discussion.
United States Champion AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
These two can’t have a bad match but this wasn’t as good as last month’s encounter. The crowd was nowhere near as pumped about it as I figured they would be and taking Ric’s offense and slowing it way down with the knee work may have been part of the problem. Not bad but these guys can and have done better.
Winner: AJ retains with the Styles Clash.
- The OC beat Ricochet up with a Magic Killer after the match. Meanies.
- The Street Proffits and Ric Flair do a bit. Ric is looking rough.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Ember Moon
This was the worst of the three Women’s matches on the main card. They didn’t seem to click and were a little bit botchy with some of the offense. It be like that sometimes. Eh. They are both still good but this was a bad night.
Winner: Bayley retained with the Bayley to Belly off the top.
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon (If KO loses his career is over.)
You can’t give me a match where Shane gets kicked in the balls and takes a Stunner where I won’t like it. Not a technical masterpiece or anything (especially when Shane was on offense) but they played the crowd and me like a damn fiddle. This is what pro wrestling is all about man, having fun watching a match. This was fun.
Winner: KO via the Stunner.
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
Holy shit y’all. If you told me that Trish would have a match of the night in 2019 I would have laughed at you. This and the main are neck in neck with me for that honor. Charlotte proves once again that she can flat out go when she doesn’t have to carry the entire match and Trish is an immortal. The fact that this 40+ mother of two went out there and brought it like she did was amazing. Hell of a match.
Winner: Charlotte with the Figure Eight.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
This was fine and bordering on great until that trash ending. I guess they want to stretch this out a bit but you don’t have a show as big as Summer Slam until at least Survivor Series and I’m not sure you can stretch it out that far. This felt like a missed opportunity.
Winner: Double Count Out.
Finn Bálor vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
THIS is how you put over a new character. The new entrance (that lantern yo…) put the crowd in a frenzy and Bray wrestled with way more aggression that he did when we last saw him. Finn did a hell of a job making all his shit look devastating and with him taking time off was the perfect person to do this. The match wasn’t long enough to matter but I think they hit a home run with this deal.
Winner: Bray with the Mandible Claw.
Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
One of two matches that you could call match of the night and I wouldn’t complain about it. People forget that when Brock wants to go, Brock can go. Seth did an awesome job playing the underdog in this. I felt like this was the match that they should have done at Mania. This is what the passing of the torch should look like.
Winner: Seth wins the title with the Curb stomp.
Overall Thoughts: This was good stuff. Several of the matches exceeded expectations and the ones that didn’t weren’t outright stinkers or anything. If they give Seth a chance, with GOOD opponents this time, I think he can overachieve as champ. Goldberg and Trish earned their respective paychecks, The Fiend rules and Brock did the right thing. You can’t ask for more than that.
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