Best Match of the night:
I have to say this is a toss up, between Rollins and Cena or Styles and Ambrose. I think each match was really good, and I was especially fond of Styles and Ambrose, if only because that’s one we really haven’t seen, where we did get Rollins and Cena quite a bit last year. So this one really becomes a pick ’em, as I don’t think you’d go wrong with either one in the top spot.
Worst match of the night:
There were, as always, a few candidates for this one. But for me, it was Miz and Kane. You have a guy who has been off TV for too long, considering he’s a champion, and another who hasn’t wrestled on RAW in forever. The setup I suppose I am fine with, since it was GM wannabe Kane who called out the issue of no title defense within 30 days. But beyond that? The match was bad, Maryse does nothing, and while the way it ended, a count out victory for Kane due to Maryse faking injury is totally fine for the heel, the only thing this match did was get a requisite title defense out of the way.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
New Day Rocks
Lets go Cena
Let’s go Rollins
How you doin’
Star of the Night
This one is really tough, because I think we had really good performances from Cena, Rollins, Ambrose and Styles in particular. And while it seems like the easy way out to split it four ways, that’s exactly what I think is the right think to do tonight. I give huge credit to Cena and Rollins because, quite honestly, you have to keep in mind that neither man should even actually be back to wrestling yet, but that’s exactly what they are doing. Normal human beings would still be rehabbing and recovering, but those guys are anything but.
Spot of the Night:
Two stood out, both courtesy of The Club.
First, AJ going from a torture rack into a powerbomb. Was an impressive transition.
And the Magic Killer on the stage looked pretty painful.
Jobber of the Night:
Enzo and Cass got to beat actual jobbers. I barely caught their names, I believe it was Carlos and Mitch? But, no matter, those two were the jobbers of the night. The Social Outcasts tried to challenge for that title, and while they came close, they couldn’t do it.
Upset of the Night:
If we are to go by how the announcers talked about it, this one has to go to Titus beating Rusev, don’t I? I mean, I think it was JBL hyping it as the biggest win of Titus’ career, and one he thought might propel him back into the title picture. Now, that may all be true, but usually I don’t like to say a count out win is an upset kind of win, but for tonight, it works.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
I thought there were a few tonight, though each was varying degrees of shocking.
The first two, of course, have to be the opportunities granted to Cena and Styles, where if either man had one their matches, they’d have become a part of the championship match at Battleground. Neither man did, of course, and the circumstances surrounding their losses will no doubt ensure a rematch at Battlground, which I think most people would be pretty fine with.
The other? Kane, with his GM suit on, pointing out to Stephanie that there is a rule stating that a champion needs to defend his title every 30 days or risk being stripped, and that Miz, fresh off his movie shoot, was going to be in violation of it. This rule could have never been trotted out early last year, of course…
I also have to give a nod to Becky and Natty. It’s nice to see that the women can snap and assail one another.
Botch of the night:
This one was a challenge for me. I didn’t catch a whole lot on the botch side of things, but there were some spots during the Titus/Rusev match that just looked…awkward. Were they botches? Not sure, but one that stuck out was Rusev whipping Titus into the corner, and Titus stopping and countering, but it looked almost like someone got confused as to just how it was supposed to look.
Commentary of the night:
Those guys are the Briscoe Brothers’ workers
Not commentary, per se, but the line of the night in my book. Miz, to Kane: you look like the devil’s favorite insurance salesman.
LOL Moment of the night:
Well, I’d be bad if I didn’t miss the New Day parody of the Wyatt Family entrance, wouldn’t I? Too funny, and if WWE handles the feud well, this could be a really great tag team feud, and elevate one or both teams to new heights.
That, or the Social Outcasts coming down to the ring pretending to be hard.
Really nice to see the WWE/Special Olympics partnership renewed. Anyone who has followed WWE over the years knows that this is something that’s been done a while. Tonight’s effort was around a new program pushing the Unified Sports program, which if you haven’t experienced it, I can say from personal experience, it’s a rewarding experience.
Nice to see Sasha back in action.
I am sure folks will have gripes over things here and there, but all in all I felt like this was a decent show.
Really liked how they booked the top stars tonight. Cena and Rollins works, as does Ambrose and Styles, and using the Club to basically spoil the match endings, thus preserving the triple threat match and continuing the Styles/Cena feud, I thought was smart booking. Sometimes tainted endings are no fun. Sometimes they work well. Tonight they worked well.
And I liked how Sami pointed out to KO that until they resolve their feud once and for all, the two are stuck. Mind you it’s a really good feud, but it would be nice to see them branch out a bit.
After the final bell:
Things are simmering as we both look toward Battleground, and the split/draft. I have to think it’s a bit challenging for the Creative team now, as each event, on it’s own, would need a lot of attention. Both at the same time makes things interesting, but it’s gone pretty well so far.