The last temptation of Toxie.
Commentary: Cole, Corey, Joe and the other two.
Women’s Tag team Championships: (C) Nia Jax/Shayna Baszler (w/Reginald) v Bianca Belair/Sasha Banks
As a match it wasn’t very good. As a storytelling device between Sasha and Bianca? It also wasn’t very good. It seems like they just pulled an already used script out of the box and changed the characters. Disappointing. 0-1
Winners: The champs retain via distraction roll-up.
- Shane McMahon hurt himself training so we will have to wait until Mania to hate his match with Braun.
- Elias talks to Shane on his crutches about another Mania concert. Shane has a plan that is fairly obvious.
Intercontinental Championship: (C) Big E v Apollo Crews
Had good intensity but didn’t go long enough to actually mean anything. I’m assuming this sets up another match but does anyone want to see it? I love both dudes but how many times can Apollo keep losing before no one cares? 0-2
Winner: Big E retains with an ending so bad I’m not sure they replayed it.
- They do and R-Truth Old Spice bit that is funny because he’s a comedy wizard.
- We start to get an Elias concert but Shane makes the match instead.
Braun Strowman v Elias (w/Ryker)
Big time squash that only serves to prove how far Elias has fallen. Not good. 0-3
Winner: Braun with the Powerslam.
- Matt Riddle bothers Nakamura backstage. I’m assuming it was supposed to be funny.
Seth Rollins v Shinsuke Nakamura
Finally a passable match. Not a world beater or anything but it at least wasn’t something that bored me to tears. I’m happy to give something a point because I was getting worried. 1-4
Winner: Seth via the stomp.
No Holds Barred: Sheamus v Drew McIntyre
Hell yeah. Now we are going somewhere. These two bulls went at it and gave each other hell. Sheamus is one of the most underrated talents in WWE history. Drew has finally become the guy that they wanted him to be all along. Plus you always hit your friends the hardest and that makes for solid entertainment every time. 2-5
Winner: Drew with the Claymore.
Randy Orton v Alexa Bliss
If you went in to this match wanting to put a star rating on it you may have missed the point. Now that being said, this may have been better served going the cinematic route. All of the effects seemed really corny and not well designed. The new Toxic Avenger looking fiend was kind of cool looking though. Alexa Bliss is supremely talented and Randy is a legend but they were in a bad spot. 2-6
Winner: Alexa after a Sister Abigail from Toxie.
Universal Championship/Edge Special Enforcer: (C) Roman Reigns (w/Paul Heyman) v Daniel Bryan
Ending aside this was a great match by any metric. It seems as if Bryan will get his Mania main event again after another show stealing performance. Between him and Roman being the best character in wrestling they told an amazing story that having Edge contribute to it only seemed like icing on the cake. 3-7
Winner: Roman after an Edge chairshot.
Final Tally? 3-7 Removing the Fiend deal the last half of the show was borderline great. Skipping the first half won’t kill you though.
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