Good evening everyone! The blue brand is live from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as we rumble forward on the Road to WrestleMania. Tonight we will no doubt get more set up for Orlando, which is just mere weeks away. We have follow up from Ambrose and Corbin, Styles and McMahon, The Miz/Cena mixed tag match being set up, and so much more.
Best Match of the night:
Honestly, none stood out. Not unlike RAW last night, the best parts of the show were the segments. I’d give this one to the Miz TV segment, as it was hot, it was emotional, it covered a lot of bases. It got an emotional Daniel Bryan involved, and you could sense how bad he wants to get physical, but he made the match putting his sister in law and her squeeze against Miz and Mrs. Miz. Miz has raised his heel game, in my opinion, and regardless of how this mixed tag match goes, I think he may very well be establishing himself as one of the elite heels on the brand.
Worst match of the night:
Let me preface this one by saying it wasn’t really bad. More like, disappointing, or anticlimactic. Mickie James beat Alexa Bliss, but the crowd was flat for the entire thing. Here you have your women’s champion going against her now former partner in crime, and it was like, ho hum just another match. Either do more to hype it, or get Bliss in there with someone else. There was nothing to this match in terms of anyone caring. Disappointing.
And yes, I could have probably put Mojo and Dolph here too. So maybe we make it a female and a male winner, just to be nice.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
We want Gable (or was it We want Angle? I assume Gable, but we were in Pittsburgh…)
Star of the Night
Is it wrong for me to say AJ Styles, for both his opening promo, and his emotional assault of Shane McMahon? Maybe, but it was a strong showing by Styles, who is certainly doing everything he can to back up all the claims, by him and anyone else, who is saying he is the best of a generation.
Spot of the Night:
The most notable one, I think, was Styles putting Shane through the car window. Made even better with the scripted, inside-the-car camera.
Jobber of the Night:
Nothing really. I mean, I would normally pick on the rent-a-cops that walked Styles out, but none of them got their asses kicked. Was funny though, they all had to say some tough guy lines as they were following the script and walking him out.
Upset of the Night:
Could we call Mickie over Alexa an upset? Kinda, but not really. And that was as close as we got.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
The assault on Shane by AJ. Look, a month ago when rumors came up that said AJ/Shane was on the table for WrestleMania, I had no idea how they’d get to that point, or if it would work. But they got there, and it will work, I think. AJ Styles beat the hell out of Shane tonight, busting him open and of course, crossing the line. Daniel Bryan fired him, but Shane refused medical treatment and instead came out
Botch of the night:
If there was one, I honestly missed it.
Commentary of the night:
I’m JBL, I was born lucky. And if I need luck, I’ll buy luck. Just like I can buy friends.
I don’t have any friends
LOL Moment of the night:
Mojo with the nipple rubbing, which he then flung the sweat at Ziggler. It just looked hilarious.
And then there was this. Look, I think 99% of the viewers know wrestling is scripted (I’d say 100 percent ought to, but I’ll allow for some people to be gullible). Now, they do try to make us think it’s not. Or that it’s at least not THAT scripted, right? Well, when you have a planted camera INSIDE the car that Shane McMahon was thrown into? Yeah, that screams as to just how scripted it is. I am not complaining about the scripted nature. This just made me laugh. Like “hey, we aren’t that scripted, but we just figured we ought to put a camera inside THIS particular car”. They could have been a wee bit less obvious.
More official matches, as we now know what we’ve long suspected-Cena/Bella versus Miz and Maryse, along with Shane versus AJ.
I don’t know if it’s a lowlight, it’s just the reality of things as we rapidly approach WrestleMania. That being, we have less matches and more focus on the hype and the talk and the build up toward matches. Like, more talking from Styles, Miz, Cena et al, as opposed to two hours of matches. If the talking segments fall flat, this is when it sucks. Tonight, they did not suck.
All the talking segments. I don’t know who wrote them. I don’t really care. They all worked well.
That, I think, was a nice way to end the show. Granted, I wished that tonight we could have had a bit more of an over-run, because I imagine Shane was far from done speaking…but by having him limp onto the stage and simply say “AJ Styles said he doesn’t have an opponent for WrestleMania. Well he has one now”. Boom. Mic drop. Fade to black. It works
After the final bell:
Not an exceptional show, but a good one. I think they are building up well enough, leading to the final shows prior to the big one. So, I think they are pacing themselves well. I hope.
I will say this. Based on the build up, I am more excited or at least interested in the mixed tag match and the AJ/Shane match than I expected to be.
And, why do I think Mojo is going to win the Andre battle royal? Anyone else expecting it?