Well that show was pretty great. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty close.
The show started with Charlotte and Dana Brooke taking on Sasha Banks and her partner Bayley. It finally happened – Bayley is on the main roster. It’s about damn time. Let’s just be clear though, no “Hey we want some Bayley” chants when Sasha Banks or Becky Lynch or Paige are in the ring. DO NOT MAKE THIS DIVISION ABOUT ONLY ONE WOMAN. WE WANT ALL OF THEM PUSHED EQUALLY. That being said, I desperately hope they put Bayley on Smackdown to help boost their women’s roster – it desperately needs it. Anyways, the match was good. A solid match that, while it will only really be super memorable for the debut of Bayley, did what it needed to do, got the crowd hyped, and got Sasha her title match at SummerSlam, essentially.
The Wyatts defeated the New Day in a very enjoyable match. Xavier Woods overcame his fear, although in the end he still took Sister Abigail for the loss. Also, let’s hope Big E is still alive because that Spear off the apron looked bad.
Rusev defeated Zack Ryder in a decent match to retain the U.S. Championship. Although I wasn’t super into this match going in, I was still entertained by it, at least from Rusev running into the barricade. I was about to call bullshit had Ryder been able to lift Rusev out of the accolade but thankfully it was just a hope spot. I’m going to pretend Mojo Rawley didn’t come out at the end.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens. HOLY SHIT this match was insane. The only thing stopping this from being a five star match is a few botches, one of which might have legit injured Sami. I hope he’s alright. And there were a few moments where I couldn’t suspend my disbelief to think it wasn’t over. After Owens hit the Frog Splash, that really should have ended it in my opinion, most specifically. But really, you need to go watch this immediately. Zayn won after two Helluva Kicks in a row.
In the disappointment of the night, entitled douche Natalya defeated Becky Lynch. It was a nice match, but Becky Lynch is the women’s division on Smackdown, and she shouldn’t be losing to scrubs.
In the what the fuck moment of the night, Miz retained the Intercontinental Championship in easily the worst match of the night after some Maryse/Bob Backlund bullshit lead to a DQ.
John Cena and SAWFT defeated AJ Styles and the Club in another enjoyable match after Enzo cut another ridiculous promo. The only thing bad about this was how long it took Cena to set up the Super AA. Other than that, very fun.
Randy Orton gave Chris Jericho an RKO on the highlight reel after throwing some shade at Lesnar’s drug test failure despite having been suspended for it twice.
And finally, Dean Ambrose retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in another pretty insane match. Not quite as good as Owens/Zayn but pretty close. It definitely lived up to the hype, and you should watch this match immediately as well. I don’t know how we, all this time later, got to the point where Dean Ambrose is the WWE Champion going into the Shield Triple Threat and he walked out still the champ, but here we are, and I couldn’t be happier. That’s exactly how I would’ve envisioned it back then, and although it never seemed like that’s the way it would happen when it did, and we got to this point in a strange way, but that’s what we got, and it’s pretty awesome. Dean is still the champion going into SummerSlam, and he doesn’t even have to face the other two again, and he pinned Roman. How awesome is that.
Overall the show was pretty great. Not perfect but pretty damn close.
Overall Grade: A-/B+
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