Needs a longer title to be honest.
July 19, 2020
Commentators: The Usual gang of talking heads and Samoa Joe being awesome as per usual.
If I had fun watching it you get a point, if not you don’t. Simple enough.
Kevin Owens v Murphy
Really good stuff as can be expected but why aren’t these dudes higher on card? Murphy is amazing and Kevin Owens should be in the main event scene as long as he is physically able. 1-1
Winner: Owens via the stunner.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship/Tables match: (C) New Day v Cesaro/Shinsuke Nakamura
This was fine. At points they were going a million miles per hour and then had to slow way down to set up the damn tables where nothing happened. It gets a point but just barely. 2-2
Winner: Nak and Cesaro get the win and the belts after murdering Kofi through two tables.
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Nikki Cross (w/Alexa Bliss) v (C) Bayley (w/Sasha Banks)
I enjoyed this as the two Women’s matches were major highlights of the show. Not an all time great but definitely was fun to watch right up until the screwy ending that they were so fond of on this show. 3-3
Winner: Bayley retains via shenanigans and that knee deal.
- We get a Haunted Firefly Funhouse. The terrible karaoke showdown is mocked of course. Bray really had fun leaning in to the cheap horror show host role.
- The US title match not happening because Apollo is out with an injury.
- MVP and Lashley arrive. MVP claims the title due to forfeit in what can generously be called a complete waste of air time.
- SummerSlam commercial I guess that’ll be weird too.
- Recap of Rey and Seth deal.
Eye for Eye: Seth Rollins vs Rey Mysterio
The match was good but I spent the entire time dreading how bad the ending was going to be which just made it uncomfortable to watch. Then the ending happened and confirmed my suspicions by being super dumb. 3-4 just for the idea of the match.
Winner: Seth via eye removal. Then he puked. Same.
- Bayley looks concerned but then decided to be a jerk instead. She then hypes up Sasha for her fight. I like scumbag Bayley.
- Strowman and Wyatt recap.
Raw Women’s Championship: (C) Asuka (w/Kairi Sane) v Sasha Banks (w/Bayley)
I enjoyed the hell out of this thing before the ending (sounds familiar). Both of these athletes can flat out go and I won’t mind seeing the inevitable rematch when it happens. 4-5
Winner: Um…Sasha wins via copious bullshit. Maybe. I don’t know, they didn’t really have an answer for us.
- Charly is backstage on the Rey losing his eye deal.
- Dolph and Drew recap.
WWE Championship/Extreme Rules for Dolph Only: (C) Drew McIntyre v Dolph Ziggler
Perfectly fine match. I do hate that the heels always pick a stip that can be easily worked around though. 5-6
Winner: The Champ with the Claymore.
Wyatt Swamp Fight: Bray Wyatt v Braun Strowman
Non title for obvious reasons. Yeah, this was what it was. What it wasn’t was a match so no point. Alexa as Abigail or whatever was cool though.
Winner: The Fiend maybe? This was not well thought out.
Final Tally? 5-6 This is a show where you can’t really judge it by the numbers. 5-6 looks great but most of those points were just me enjoying the performers doing what they do and not the match setups (or finishes, my GOD those finishes) themselves. The ladies were far and away the best part of the night for me. It could have been worse. I get them trying new stuff but new doesn’t have to mean dumb.
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