Best Match of the night:
I could have gone easy with saying the main event, but while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t much of anything special, either. For me, my favorite match of the evening had to be Cesaro and Jericho. It garnered a “this is awesome” chant, so surely the crowd, or at least some of them, were in agreement.
Worst match of the night:
R-Truth against Tyler Breeze. The only redeeming quality? It was short. That’s not helping it much, considering the in ring stuff is bad, and we were subjected to Fandango having his back shaved by Tyler Breeze. Seriously?
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Si Si Si
John Cena sucks
Let’s go Cena/Cena sucks
Let’s go Cena/AJ Styles
How you doin’
We the people
This is awesome
New Day rocks
Star of the Night
I have too many options tonight. I will call out a few, because yes, tonight I am just indecisive. Sue me.
One group? The MITB particpants. I think the opening segment on the ladders was well executed, and most of the fun was before things got physical. It was strong. I still can’t help but think there needs to be a 7th, but this grouping has done well.
The other? New Day. I could have said The Club, but I was more impressed by the pink-clad trio. I think they’ve shown and done a lot over their current reign, I really think they deserve a shot at breaking the title. But, being put into a fatal fourway? Does not bode well.
Spot of the Night:
There were a few, but the first one I wanted to pick was Ambrose punching Jericho off the top of the ladder. Chris sold it well, too, of course.
But my favorite? Cesaro, as he was put into the Walls of Jericho, quickly reversed it and got Jericho into his Cesaro Swing. It was a nice exchange.
Jobber of the Night:
I kind of want to give this to Swagger, but really the show felt light on jobbers tonight otherwise.
Upset of the Night:
The Club, knocking off an outnumbered New Day. I have it here because I was sure that once Xavier Woods was knocked out pre-match, I expected Cena to become the third man in the match. Turns out they saved him for the post-match save attempt, though they did let the Club abuse him a bit before Kofi and Big E saved him, and the trio of faces hit their finishers to give a bit of a happy ending.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
I have to give this one to Teddy Long showing up. Several times. Surely, being done to plant seeds about who might take control of running the new, live SmackDown in a few weeks,
Botch of the night:
Has to go to Teddy Long, fumbling over his words quite a bit. Started doing the whole bit of wanting to be the GM for the longest running show, but was talking about SmackDown’s GM spot while essentially talking about RAW’s claim to fame. Ooops. Guess even GM’s can be rusty.
Commentary of the night:
Not so much commentary, but a line of the night, by Cesaro:¬† “hey Chris if it’s your match why did you never win one”
I think Teddy’s lost it a little bit.
This is a train Jericho doesn’t want to be on.
LOL Moment of the night:
There were a few. The MITB guys all teasing Jericho after he stated he actually won one.
Or, Teddy rambling about like, 8 different matches for 6 MITB participants, none of which made a whole lot of sense.
Credit to Cena, giving a shout out to never forget D-Day as he was running to the ring.
Cena, giving credit to Styles, putting him on the level with The Rock. Also mentioning Bullet Club by name. But then calling Styles desperate. Cena was pushing some major buttons.
Club came down to do a 3 on 1 attack, but New Day rolled down to make things more fair.
We have a new match for Money In The Bank. Teddy suggested it, but Stephanie took all the credit for the fatal fourway match to determine the tag team championships.
Cena, not being added to the tag match main event. Running in for a save at the end, but not totally burying anyone really. I mean, he stood tall at the end, but it could have been a lot worse.
Breeze shaving Fandango’s back, while discussing exotic manscaping surgeries. Please, WWE. Never do that again. Manscaping does not belong on WWE. Or in the Nutshell.
The Ali tribute, and the standing ovation it got. Nice.
The show-off Money in the Bank matches were all pretty good. That match is going to steal the show, I think.
After the final bell:
Not a terrible show. I honestly had my dates mixed up and before it started I thought this was the go-home show. For an almost-go-home show, it was solid. Next week needs to ramp it up a bit, but things so far have been really pretty good. I think my only complaint would be that it almost feels like Reigns/Rollins is an afterthought. A lot of focus has fallen onto The Club and Cena, which is fine. Here’s hoping that next week’s Ambrose Asylum gets the WWE title into the spotlight more solidly.