Seth Rollins/ Dean Ambrose
When Seth Rollins came out without J&J and Kane, chair in hand, I knew we were up to a good start. I’ve learnt from experience, once Rollins takes the microphone and lays down a serious, long exposition, this is important. He is a character who tells you the exact same story in slightly different ways and changes his entire persona by doing that.
There are two very important points to be taken from Seth’s promo. First, although he claims he needs no validation, he desperately needs to prove his worth and to do so he has to drop the Authority. The second one is Brock Lesnar. Rollins almost inconspicuously slid in the name of the Beast and put the idea of him in our heads but it’s not without purpose. Lesnar will wreck the place again very soon.
Ambrose, on the other hand, pointed out a few truths. Despite Rollins’ eloquence – Seth can’t erase the fact that the Authority gave him everything. Also, the Authority did make Rollins soft. He relies on others way too much.
In general, the Rollins/Ambrose feud delivers once again. These two will keep clashing until they retire. It’s a rare privilege to find your true nemesis.
Prime Time Players def. Ascension and Lucha Dragons
There were a couple of funny moments in the match. I found ridiculous the way Darren Young broke a pin and then casually turned his back to Konnor and started celebrating in the ring, almost in slow motion. Getting beat up for such stupidity is fun to watch. And Titus got rid of Konnor by tossing Kalisto at him and counting on Konnor’s fast catch reactions.
I would have been surprised if anyone else had won this. PTP are getting a solid push. They’ll soon have the titles too. I’m not sure how good that is for PTP, knowing that Harper and Rowan will sooner or later set their eyes on the titles too.
Ryback def. Stardust
This was a glorified squash. Stardust was allowed to have a few offensive moves before getting pinned.
I told you Ryback’s reign would be boring!
Paige cut a promo on the Bellas and their diva lifestyle. Although she kept the line of thought of her anti diva campaign, she once again sounded a lot like AJ. I don’t know why but recently Paige has adopted AJ’s style, mannerisms, facial expressions and intonation.
Luke Harper/Erick Rowan
We saw a backstage promo by Rowan and Harper. The one thing to take away from it is Rowan’s line “We are family”. I wonder if they’ll be called The Wyatt Family again when Bray’s not around.
This was Kevin Owens’ response to Cena’s speech on RAW. Owens’ answer is that Cena is passionate because he is delusional. Cena believes his own ideals but his ideals are lies because the good doesn’t always win in real life. Very well said.
Kevin Owens def. Zack Ryder
I was watching this with a friend and as a joke I guessed that Zack Ryder could come and face Owens. We both laughed until Zack’s music hit. Then again, it makes sense, Ryder IS delusional.
Kevin Owens didn’t waste too much time. He used his usual tactic of luring his opponent out of the ring for an attack. Ryder lost miserably, as expected.
Neville def. Kofi Kingston
Neville ran circles around the New Day. All three members were trying to change the outcome of the match but Neville was too fast for them and he won.
Neville is so good in the ring that seeing him do a standing shooting star press is just casual. That’s how rich his arsenal is. However, he lacks character and it will hold him back.
Miz got Lana and Rusev on his show. Rusev tried to be nice. He delivered a heart-felt speech in which he asked Lana to be the one and only crutch he leans on through all the troubles in his life. It was romantic but Lana cut him off and Rsuev snapped. It was funny because it seems like Rusev can’t swear/offend. His curses at Lana carried from “stupid woman cow” to “pathetic Lana”. It’s so endearing to hear Rusev struggle to be offensive towards Lana.
I have faith in Rusev. He’ll get back stronger than before. I also think that Lana has no business with Dolph. He’s not the correct character to match her. He doesn’t need her either.
Roman Reigns def. Sheamus (via DQ)
Another DQ finish, saving another match between two superstars that can’t afford to lose momentum. It was the same on Monday in Orton vs. Sheamus. Roman vs. Sheamus was physical in a very enjoyable way.
However, the twist came from Kane, who inserted himself in the MITB match once again. The surprise was before he publicly announced it since he choke slammed both men in the ring. Kane won’t win but there’s a high chance Kane will decide the outcome of the match for a second year in a row.
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