The Authority and Seth Rollins had a proud family moment as they constantly tried to outdo each other in their compliments. Then Roman Reigns came out to kick-off his title rivalry with Seth before the #1 Contender’s battles had even begun.
There are two things that should be noted about the crowd’s response. When Seth Rollins asked them to cheer, they did and not because the Authority are trying to be face but because Seth is actually over with the fans. And then when Reigns came out, there was a lot of cheering. He seems to have finally regained the support of the fans. The WWE needs to book Reigns carefully if they don’t want him to fall out of favour again.
Roman Reigns def. Kofi Kingston
Kofi stood no chance story-wise but the match didn’t show it. The fight was very even. With the usual New Day interventions and distractions Kofi came off looking strong throughout the match. The crowd was also into it, which is always a good sign.
The New Day are missing Xavier Woods and it can be felt. He’s just so loud that without him the scene looks incomplete.
Kevin Owens def. Cesaro
Having seen once again how amazing the matches between those two are, I was reminded that the Owens/Cesaro feud was never done any justice. They have good chemistry as characters and in the ring. The WWE should seriously consider Cesaro as the #1Contender for Owens’title.
Stardust and the Ascension weren’t there. I wonder if this storyline is happening at all.
Team Bella def. PCB
After all the talk and the fake acting, PCB were back again, only for Paige to betray them in the end. I don’t understand why we had to go through this circus when Paige had already turned on Charlotte. The character building in this trio has been horrendous.
Becky Lynch is still a jobber. I was surprised when Charlotte tagged her in, instead of Paige, but I then realized that Becky was allowed to wrestle, just because someone needed to take the pin.
As for Team Bella, they are doing quite well. Nikki’s been increasingly impressive these days. I actually want to see her wrestle now.
Alberto Del Rio def. Neville
I hadn’t seen Neville wrestle a long, competitive, solo match in a while. It was refreshing. It’s easy to forget how rich his arsenal is when he’s allowed to perform 1-2 moves per match.
However, after that surprise return and a victory over Cena, Del Rio could not have lost. He’s on a road to proving himself again.
I have a serious issue with Del Rio’s gimmick though. It makes zero sense. “Let’s have MexiAmerica because borders suck but we’ll still hate on every European because they are immigrants and the borders apply to them“ – technically, this is what Zeb Colter says. Am I the only one who find this ridiculous? How is Del Rio supposed to have a meaningful run if his platform makes no sense?
Sheamus, Barrett & Rusev def. The Dudley Boyz & Ryback
I absolutely love this European stable! They came victorious once again and they deserved it. If the WWE can’t find anything better to do with each one of them individually, this is the best way to go.
Ryback was made to look too strong. He dominated everyone without breaking a sweat. He’s keeping momentum but towards what? Then again, the crowd is happy when The Big Guy wins, so I can understand why he’s been given so much.
The Dudley Boyz shouldn’t have been that upset that Barrett stole one. After all, they were no their way to get a table in the ring and get themselves disqualified anyways.
Yet another beautifully done promo by Bray Wyatt. Despite the occasional WHAT chants from the crowd, the Eater of World wasn’t derailed in his narration. He said he’s on his way to rebuild the momentum that he might have lost at HIAC. However, I think that just the ending of HIAC was enough to push Bray right back to the top.
Demon Kane faced the entire Wyatt Family and almost won. For a moment there, it looked as if he had a chance and that’s great because it means that despite all the talk about reality, supernatural still has power in the WWE Universe.
The crowd was hoping for the Undertaker and the Brothers of Destruction reunion but it won’t happen. If it did, the numbers wouldn’t mean anything and the Wyatts would be doomed to go down. Now’s not the time for that. Now’s the time for Taker to pay back his WM debt to Bray Wyatt and resurrect him instead.
Dolph Ziggler def. Big E
Good match by Dolph and Big E. There were so many close calls that the fans were on the edge of theirs seats throughout. The New Day got the crowd to stay active and chant, as well.
I didn’t expect Dolph to win. With Owens and Del Rio already in the Fatal 4 Way, I expected a third champion to join them. However, Ziggler’s so great at putting other people over that the choice wasn’t that shocking after all.
Tyler Breeze and Summer Raw were at ringside but they had zero importance to the outcome of the match. I expected Tyler Breeze to at least get involved somehow. He’ll be forgotten before the people have the chance to get to know him, if this keeps going like that.
This is the second backstage segment, showing Ambrose coach Reigns into winning the WWE World Heavyweight title. I wonder if this is not leading towards another betrayal.
Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio
The main event was exciting. Yes, we knew that Reigns was going to win and yet, the action was so good that the audience couldn’t complain. Quite the opposite actually, the fans were very vocal.
Reigns started off strong but got taken out of the game by a heel partnership, which ended with Owens outheeling Del Rio. Ziggelr added flavor to the mix with his sudden, fast offensive style.
Del Rio is acting very weirdly. He’s supposed to be a heel from what I understand but he still asks for cheers as if he’s face.
In the end of the day, Owens lost to Reigns but it happened in such a magnificent way that it didn’t hurt Owens’ momentum. Reigns just outdid him by one counter.
Reigns vs. Rollins was waiting to happen for more than a year. Hopefully, it will deliver.
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