We also have a battle royal to determine who fights Miz for his IC title, and Mr. McMahon is in the house to tell us all who the GM for SmackDown Live will be. Among other fun.
Best Match of the night:
You could run Owens/Cesaro any night of the week and I think I’d be totally fine with that. Either man should be considered a top draft pick. I really like seeing these two work, whether it’s against each other or anyone else.
Worst match of the night:
For me? It had to be Titus versus Heath Slater. Slater does nothing for me, or for anyone not related to him for that matter. And Titus now appears to have completely lost any amount of push he was getting just a week or two back. Slater got in little offense, and Titus is himself very vanilla in terms of offense. It was a display of power, but of little else and it just bored me. Titus is athletic, I grant you that, but if someone doesn’t figure him out soon, I have a feeling he won’t be around after the next round of cuts.
And this getting worst of the night is saying something, since the battle royal for the #1 contender to Miz’s IC title? That was pretty nasty, too.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
How you doin’
AJ Styles (this one was getting answered, but I apologize as I was unable to catch it.
Let’s go Sasha
Star of the Night
This was just too close to call. Or, perhaps put a better way, no single person shined brighter than anyone else. I suppose I could give it to D-Young for his win, but considering how he actually won? Doesn’t warrant a reward.
Owens and Cesaro? Perhaps, but no.
I am inclined to say this goes to Ambrose and Rollins for their strong segment. These two have had to carry hyping a triple threat match, absent the third person. And I think they’ve done a better job without him that ever could have been done with him.
Spot of the Night:
It seems so basic, but it was pretty slick all the same. Sasha had Dana Brooke locked into the Bank Statement, and just when it looked as though Dana will get to the ropes, Sasha put her foot out, shoved off the bottom rope and then cinched in the hold until Dana finally tapped out. Very low key, but still liked seeing it.
Jobber of the Night:
Heath Slater. I just watched the match, and I am struggling to remember any demonstrable offense. The match ran longer than I thought it would have, and probably longer than it should have
Upset of the Night:
While it was not unreasonable to expect something substantial out of Darren Young’s return, I don’t think anyone expected his substance to be that of becoming #1 contender for the IC title. Though, if he is going to knock off Miz? That wouldn’t be so bad.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Based on the vignettes, you knew to expect something decent for Darren Young, but I had no idea that he’d be winning the #1 contender’s spot for the IC title so soon. So, the fact that he’s back on TV, with Backlund too, and just that quickly becomes #1 contender (without factoring into the final eliminations!)? This will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Cena appearing deserves mention too, since The Club spent their backstage time talking about how Cena was in LA practicing for his hosting gig on the ESPYs, but you knew as soon as they mentioned it, that he would probably appear, and he did, and the place had a pretty strong,largely pro-Cena reaction.
Botch of the night:
This one nearly went to Enzo, as during the post-match portion of their activities, Cena came down to even the odds and Cass was going to fling someone over the top rope-except that Enzo was right where Cass was going to be walking. Enzo worked his way out of the way, but it was nearly an ugly incident.
Commentary of the night:
Honestly, I keep this here for when the announcers say something that compels me to remember it. They didn’t tonight.
LOL Moment of the night:
I am sure I missed something, but as of now? I have nothing.
New Day visited the Wyatt Compound, and all I can say is that was one of the most bizarre segments I’ve seen on WWE programming in a long, long time. I mean, anyone who’s been paying attention should have long known that the Wyatts were a bizarre group, dark and twisted, and this segment did nothing to change that feeling.
Titus and Heath. Ugly.
The IC battle royal? Just horrible. I think they could have, and should have, done something better for such an opportunity. That belt used to be the stepping stone to the WWE title, and now it doesn’t feel like it as much.
The booking of Lucha Dragons and Breeze/Fandango. Never would have expected Dragons to lose, but lose they did.
Cena/Enzo/Cass and The Club
I have to give the Wyatts/New Day segment the nod in this section, because while it was out there and just so bizarre, it was creative.
Ambrose and Rollins, with a pretty good exchange as part of their effort to hype their Battleground main event. And, oh yeah, these two do battle next Monday, with the title on the line. Should make the last RAW before the draft memorable.
After the final bell:
So, we got a bit of a curveball, sort of. Vince announced that Stephanie was going to be commissioner of RAW, and Shane gets SmackDown. But, he also said that each of them would be naming general managers next week, so we get perhaps the best of both worlds? Vince threw down the gauntlet, and what had started as a friendly working relationship has once again broken down into a heated sibling rivalry. This should make things interesting.
All in all, not a bad show, but also not a consistent one either. We opened with an odd match (in terms of booking). We had a great segment with Ambrose and Rollins. We closed with a good one, but there were just a lot of inconsistent moments, too.