Best Match of the night:
For much of the night, I expected this to go to Zayn/Owens.
Then the main event happened. And the main event delivered. Rollins and Ambrose put on two great matches on RAW and SmackDown last week, but tonight they dialed it up a few more notches, and with the return of Reigns, things were just that much better. Strong match, great near finishes and high spots, and very entertaining. Interesting after the win to see none other than Roman’s cousins, The Usos, holding up Ambrose as the SmackDown roster celebrated Ambrose keeping the title on their show.
Worst match of the night:
Honestly, I was torn between a few options, but none were really horrible. At points I wasn’t loving Rusev/Ryder, but it was honestly better than I expected it to be.
Darren Young and The Miz wasn’t as bad as it could have been, though I felt it was marred by the ending.
So, for me, I have to go all the way back to the kickoff, and say that the Usos/Breezedango match was the worst of the evening. But again, I preface this by saying, none of these were abject stinkers like we are used to getting. So that’s a step in the right direction.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
New Day rocks
This is awesome
let’s go Owens
Lets go Becky
John Cena sucks
How you doin’
Let’s go Cena
Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks
This is awesome
Star of the Night
Dean Ambrose. Honestly could have taken this a few different directions, but once again Ambrose holds onto the gold, when he was the lone SmackDown grappler in the main event. He keeps the gold on the Tuesday show, and looked strong in the process. I don’t know who he will battle next, nor do I know how long he’s going to control the gold, but he’s taking care of business for the moment.
Spot of the Night:
Sami Zayn with a suplex/brain buster on the apron
And, maybe not the most spectacular, but I do like seeing the Chickenwing back. Especially that they now have Darren Young staring at his hands, just like Bob used to.
The double teams by Enzo and Cass, specifically with Enzo being launched by Cass.
Man how sweet it is to see the RKO once again, for the first time in 9 months. Jericho knew it was coming, thought he saw it coming, but couldn’t avoid it.
Ambrose and then Rollins, in succession, launching themselves through or over the ropes to take Reigns out. Followed by Ambrose and Rollins working together to put Reigns through the Spanish Announce table.
Jobber of the Night:
I give this one to Jericho, since he ate the comeback RKO. Wasn’t really any other jobber types tonight, so Chris gets himself an award.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing to speak of. No shocking results tonight.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Well, the shock and puzzlement of Bayley not being drafted on Tuesday makes a whole lot more sense tonight, as with the opening match we quickly found out who Sasha’s partner was-and it was none other than Bayley, who joined Banks and aided Sasha in defeating Charlotte and Dana Brooke.
Botch of the night:
Maybe it was just me, but right as Owens/Zayn was going home, my Network feed crapped out. Been a while since that happened.
As for wrestling? I don’t think AJ was supposed to be landing on his butt for that top rope AA. Looks like either he overdid it, or Cena overdid it.
Commentary of the night:
I wish my eyes were wide shut right now.
I’m not sure that Enzo should be making fun of anyone’s hair.
Enzo looks like he’s mad at his head with a haircut like that.
It only takes on RKO to get to Viperville…no enhancement needed.
LOL Moment of the night:
I don’t know if anyone else was laughing, but Miz and Maryse wearing those masks was hillarious. Like, just bad, but bad funny. Probably not what they were going for, but that’s what they achieved.
And then there is Enzo’s monologue. Which was as funny as always, this time giving advice to The Club (don’t wear Crocs, don’t make eye contact while eating a banana).
Wasn’t much, but looked like one of Becky’s punches to Natty’s face actually did draw blood.
Bayley’s main roster debut. Even if might be one night only for now, it was still electric.
Mojo, after his stunning draft pick, makes his big show debut running in to save Ryder, just by yelling at Rusev.
Randy Orton is back, if only in a non-wrestling capacity this evening.
Most of the guys seemed to be wearing blue or red accented ring gear, based on who drafted them. I hope this does not continue. Some guys it works, some guys not so much (and guys like KO and Sami, who have worn red in the past, it might not have been planned, but the announce team made it out to be planned).
No surprise, but upon Reigns’ music hitting, he was vociferously booed. Crowd wanted nothing to do with him.
I don’t really want to put this here, but I am going to. I wasn’t a fan of the non-finish between Darren Young and Miz. I mean, I liked Darren walking off, post-Chicken Wing, staring at his hands…but I felt before that, that the ending was overly complicated. Maryse slapping Backlund, Backlund then flipping out, Miz getting involved…it was all somewhat confusing, and I think someone wrote up a bit too much.
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. As the crowd chanted, fight forever. Wow can those two bring it.
The six man match was chaos, it was a trainwreck, the referee let a lot…I mean A LOT…go. But it was entertaining.
Randy had some zingers in the Highlight Reel. None better than his “no enhancement needed” line.
After the final bell:
Another show, another over-run. I will say this about that: I like that WWE has the ability, and will use that flexibility. But, I don’t think they should abuse it, and I think using the over-run for something outside of a Big Four PPV might be pushing it a bit.
That being said, I felt like this was a really strong show. It started off strong, it finished strong, and while it had some lower points in the middle, even those were decent and, with better booking, could have been stellar. It was a much stronger show than I was expecting.
What will be interesting now is to see how things look tomorrow on RAW, the first true show since the split happened, and also to see how both shows begin to prepare for SummerSlam. We know of one match so far, and more are sure to come.
Things are starting to heat up!