Hello again everyone! For another evening, the WWE main roster Superstars are overseas, hanging out in London at the O2 Arena. And what’s in a name? Honestly, thinking of the main event featuring Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles, I thought of the Styles Clash, which brought me to The Clash, and London Calling…..and there we are. OK, enough about that…tonight brings us, as I mentioned, yet another round in the Styles versus Nakamura program. It also can be expected to give us several more matches tying into the Money In The Bank event, which is just over a month away. It comes to us live from Chicago, but for now we are a little bit less than live from London…so let’s crack open this Nutshell!
Best Match of the night:
Styles and Nakamura. Did anyone think someone else would land here?
Worst match of the night:
I liked seeing Almas. I did not like seeing the squash though.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
This is awesome
Star of the Night
I will go with Nakamura in the winning effort here. Decent match. I know the crowd was very into it.
Spot of the Night:
Not really putting any one spot over the rest tonight.
Jobber of the Night:
Well, on the night we finally see Andrade Cien Almas in action, of course they feed him an actual jobber. A legit enhancement talent whose name I don’t recall, but this one is all for you, Master Enhancement Talent.
Upset of the Night:
I wouldn’t call Becky winning an upset, though I would have actually expected one of Mandy or Sonya to get a shot at the big showcase. Can’t really complain about Becky getting a new shot though. I think she could be a good entrant.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Honestly, not a ton to land here. It was mostly a paint-by-numbers evening, with no major shocking moves. The closest I came up with, I would probably say that Shinsuke Nakamura gets to select the stipulation for their now announced championship tilt in Chicago. It either means he’s going to finally go over. Or he’s going to lose. Or really, it means nothing other than we get a gimmick match, on a card with a couple of them. I am willing to wager he probably won’t pick ladder match, so as not to overshadow the two briefcase showcases.
Botch of the night:
Nothing much to complain about
Commentary of the night:
I have nothing for you tonight in this area.
LOL Moment of the night:
Nothing comes to mind.
One of the three members of New Day will be in the Money In The Bank ladder match. Signs have been pointing to a possible solo run for Big E, so it will be curious to see who represents and how well they do. All planning aside though, let’s be honest: Kofi in MITB could be able to give us some creative spots.
Nice to see Daniel Bryan get some revenge on Cass.
We finally get to see Andrade Cien Almas on blue brand television. I am sure there were reasons for the delay, and I wasn’t really complaining every week…more just observing that you have a guy who could be a big deal in time, and you make us wait.
Congrats to Becky for claiming a spot in the women’s ladder match. Could she win and cash in, interrupting the title match of Ronda Rousey?
Next week we get Samoa Joe and Big Cass battling to claim the final men’s ladder match slot.
In an interesting move, we are going to see Lana and Billie Kaye, also next week, clash to see who else joins the women’s ladder match.
I think for me, I expected at least the men’s Money In The Bank entrants to be set tonight, and they weren’t. Sure, we know who the final two fighting for spots will be (Joe and Cass) but we have to wait until next week for that one to be decided.
Also, maybe I missed it, but no Sanity. I am hoping they have a nice big angle for their arrival. Let them be dark and disruptive and really put folks on notice.
The British crowd. I goofed by not including them here last night, but I shall make it right tonight. Look, I admit that not every chant and sing-along was clear enough for me to hear, but the honest answer is they have passionate fans and they bring the energy. I have to think if I were a Superstar, they’d be a pretty cool crowd to make pop.
After the final bell:
I obviously have nothing to do with anything for WWE programming, but as enthusiastic as the British fans are typically, I think it’s now bordering on criminal that WWE has not given them another PPV since SummerSlam way back in old Wembley. Look, I totally get the logistics and concerns over time difference, spoilers and the like..but they need to figure something out. If they can do a Rumble in Jeddah, they can do a big card for the UK too. I’ve mentioned this elsewhere previously, but I honestly think as WWE continually expands their shows to like 6 or 8 hours for the big ones, why not start with the opening 3 in London, and then kick the rest of the show to an American (or, North American) city for the other half. It could work…