An Emphatic Thumbs Up !!!
I've enjoyed this show more than anything since atleast the Covid era.
Not just my opinion
This show is trending all over twitter in a positive manner
The pre-show started with Charly Caruso and the panel featuring Booker T, JBL, and Pete Rosenberg. Booker T briefly mentioned Retribution and T-Bar. He noted he has immunity tonight. Booker hopes that Retribution shows up.
Caruso announced that Nikki Cross, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler are not medically cleared.
Their matches are not taking place. They'll address the tag-team title situation tomorrow night on Raw.
SmackDown Woman's Champion Bayley is in the arena and will address her title match later. The panel ran down the line-up for tonight and noted the pre-show match is Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura against Lucha House Party.
I initially missed the pre-show and with two matches cancelled, this could have contributed to the enjoyability of the show.
.....Then again. There was good shit on the preshow.
Booker buried Cedric Alexander and mocked him for his size and being from the suburbs. MVP defended Alexander and sees something in him. JBL asked MVP where he sees The Hurt Business in six months to one year. That seems like an impossible question to answer. MVP said they want to win more gold.
Caruso angered MVP when she said Crews might win tonight. MVP said that was impossible. It's like sending Mark Henry out to fight a hurricane. Rosenberg brought up Retribution and asked if they're a distraction. MVP disagreed. Caruso's questions annoyed him, so he walked off.
24/7 Champion R-Truth showed up in disguise. They asked if he's concerned about someone coming after his title tonight. He noted they'd have to find him more first.
The pre show gets a thumbs up. This was buys and just an excellent promotional vehicle....all thing considered.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Lucha House Party (w/Gran Metalik) to retain the titles
**1/4 Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up
not a thumbs up because fuck the Lucha House Geeks.
Triple Threat Ladder Match: Sami Zayn defeated Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles to win the Intercontinental Championship
***3/4 Thumbs Up
This match ruled. There were some cool spots. Despite being done to death Sami utilized handcuffs in an innovative way and won.
Drew Gulak defeated R-Truth to win the 24/7 Championship
R-Truth wandered into the referee's lounge. He tried running away from the referees. In the background, Drew Gulak was doing some lunges. He rolled up Truth to win the title.
Tom Philips, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe are the Raw commentators tonight.
DUD Thumbs Up
Good for Gulak
Raw Woman's Champion Asuka defeated Zelina Vega to retain the title
This was a fine match. The worked a slow pace, but it picked up towards the end.
*1/2 Thumbs Up
After the match, Charly Caruso interviewed Asuka in the ring. She said Vega's like a firecracker. Vega teased shaking Asuka's hand but bowed instead. Asuka bowed back, but Vega attacked her. Asuka snapped and yelled at Vega.
United States Champion Bobby Lashley (w/MVP & Shelton Benjamin) defeated Apollo Crews (w/Ricochet) to retain the title
**1/2 Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up
IDGAF about any of these men right now but they worked real hard and it was a fine match.
Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits defeated Angel Garza & Andrade ....again
I feel asleep. I woke up and Bailey was cutting a heel promo before getting attacked by Sasha.
Apparently I wasn't out long. I woke up well rested. Just needed a power nap I guess.
*3/4 Thumbs Down
Garza might have gotten hurt
R Truth got his 24/7 belt back
Kayla Braxton interviewed Drewe Gualk in the back. He dedicated his win the Akira Tozawa, who was eaten by a shark last Monday. Suddenly, R-Truth showed up and pinned Gualk to win the title back.
SmackDown Woman's Champion Bayley made her way to the ring. She mocked Nikki Cross for not being able to compete tonight. Bayley offered to give anyone a title shot but quickly declared herself the winner when nobody came out.
The Raw Woman's Champion Asuka's music and she made her way to the ring to accept the challenge.
SmackDown Woman's Champion Bayley vs. Asuka
This was short and not much of a match with a lame finish.
Asuka hit the hip attack for a near fall. She attempted the Asuka Lock, but Bayley made it to the ropes. Bayley recovered and hit the back suplex for a near fall. Asuka fought back and hit the codebreaker on Bayley.
Bayley missed a sliding dropkick, and Asuka rocked her with a kick. She followed up with a German suplex on the floor. Bayley grabbed a chair and hit Asuka for the DQ.
After the match, Sasha Banks showed up and hit Bayley with a chair. Banks was still wearing the neck brace. Bayley and Banks brawled around ringside.
Bayley brought in a chair and a kendo stick. Banks fought back and beat Bayley down with the kendo stick.
Bayley escaped and ran off.
Thumbs Up Segment
Ambulance Match: WWE Champion Drew Mcintrye defeated Randy Orton to retain the title
This was a good ambulance match. Mcintyre and Orton worked had and told a good story. Plus, it featured a few cameos that tied in the last few weeks of the story.
Not even gonna nitpick. In a vacuum this match was
***1/2 Thumbs Up
Universal Champion Roman Reigns (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Jey Uso
Thumbs Up ***3/4
I know I gave AJ Vs Zayn Vs Hardy ***3/4 but this is also ***3/4 for mostly storytelling.
I'm not about to recap it. I'm tired, it's late, look it up or watch the replay.
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