Charlotte, North Carolina
Commentators: The usual.
Kickoff Show: WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Lince Dorado
It’s always nice to hear a “This is awesome” chant on the kickoff show. This was a pretty solid match for most of it but started falling apart as they got near the finish. Carrillo’s Aztec Press is jst as effective as a Charlotte Moonsault. It didn’t look like he touched Lincee at all. Then they botched the ending so badly after that they edited it in the replays. Until then it was solid but wowsa.
Winner: Drew retained with a rollup.
Kickoff Show: United States Champion AJ Styles vs. Cedric Alexander
Wow. I thought when they put this on the kickoff it was so Ced could get a big hometown win and hype up the crowd before the main show. I could not have been more incorrect. After a brief flurry in the opening minute AJ squashed the living shit out of this kid. I mean as far as squashes go it was well executed but just a disappointing turn of events considering the talent involved.
Winner: AJ retains with the Styles Clash.
- After the match the rest of the OC attack Cedric. Eh.
Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
This was fine but nothing I would take home to meet the parents or anything. Roode and Dolph do absolutely nothing for me as a thrown together team but really neither did Rollins and Braun. This was just storyline development that did nothing for these belts.
Winner: Roode pinned Seth after some miscommunication and the Glorious DDT.
- Braun blamed Seth for the loss.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
The good news is that Charlotte didn’t win the belt here. The bad news is everything else. It was pretty much a squash for Charlotte, made Bayley look like a complete fluke as champ and once again made the title worse for even happening on the card. Plus giving them less than 5 minutes in this day and age is just tone def.
Winner: Bayley retained after ramming Charlotte in to and exposed buckle.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Big E & Xavier Woods vs. The Revival
Nothing to complain about in this one. The New Day each looked like they had the heart of a lion in their own way. Woods looked good for fighting as hard as he did with a crap knee. Big E looked like a beast fighting the Revival by himself at times. Meanwhile The Revival looked like heartless opportunistic bastards for not only winning the belts but doing it in a way where they tried to injure their opponent instead of taking the easy win. Good stuff.
Winner: The Revival win the belts by destroying Xavier’s knee and making him tap.
- Alexa and Nikki do a prematch interview before 24-7 shenanigans break out.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
This was fine. The champs were able to get a strong win and the challengers didn’t look too bad in defeat. Other than Alexa’s awesome hair choice though this was completely forgettable in every way. I miss the IIconics.
Winner: The champs retained after a neckbreaker from Nikki on Mandy.
Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura w/Sami Zayn vs. The Miz
The crowd was all about this so they did something right. I honestly didn’t believe they cared about this new Nakamura push and would just have Miz win again to knock Jericho out of the top of the IC Champions list. This was another match that was just there for me. Eh.
Winner: Nakamura retained after a Kinshasa.
Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
I really enjoyed this match and they had me…all the way until the last couple of minutes. I get that you have to stretch this out for various reasons but if the don’t get the Hell in a Cell main out of it I have no idea why we didn’t get a halfway decent finish from what up to that point a MOTN contender.
Winner: Sasha gets the DQ win after Becky nailed a ref with a chair. Then Becky celebrated like she won something. Great babyface work he says sarcastically, oh wait did I just type that? Screw it, we’re live pal.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
I’m bored just thinking about this match again. So Kofi gets another win over a future Hall of Fame guy. That should make it a lot cooler when Brock murders him live on FOX. I can honestly say that of all the WWE Championship matches, this was the most recent.
Winner: Kofi retains via the Trouble In Paradise.
- The Street Profits and King Bookah discuss the KOR finals. Much fun is had.
Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan (No Disqualification Match)
Outside of the awesome surprise ending this was mostly just a walk and brawl Attitude Era match. Roman can, and has, had some bangers but never against someone that was less talented than he is. Rowan just isn’t all that good. On a super positive note he is way better in a tag team with the always awesome newly returned Luke Harper. That guy showing up at least made the ending of this thing stand out.
Winner: Rowan got the win after Harper arrived with the Claw Slam.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman
This was solid but wow did they just finally kill off Braun? The guy has to be on some lex Luger choke level shit at this point. It’s great that they are making Seth out like a monster killer or whatever but what is the end game? This was serviceable main event but much like most of the show it won’t hold up to repeat viewings.
Winner: Seth retained after hitting with Braun with all kinds of finishing moves.
- As the show is going off the air the lights go out and The Fiend attacks the champion. It’ll be neat when they put Seth over him in a cell next month for no logical reason.
Overall Thoughts: This was about as forgettable a show as you are going to see on the Network. Other than a couple of cool moments everything on this show was just blah. I really enjoyed Summer Slam but this was a huge drop off in quality that I hope they can fix by Hell in a cell.
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