Enzo & Big Cass def. Corey Hollis & John Skyler
This match was focused on showing a tougher, more serious side of Enzo and Cass.
It was as if the opponents were chosen to emphasize the size difference between Big Cass and everyone else. Both Enzo and Cass delivered with a lot of aggression and determination.
This was a great build up for the TakeOver match. You could say that it’s just another squash over a team we don’t know. However, Enzo and Cass showed real change of character and that defines the development of the storyline.
Asuka def. Deonna Purazzo
Emma and Dana Brooke tried to distract Asuka but failed miserably. She asserted herself by getting a KO win with a single roundhouse kick. I admit, that looked intimidating. However, I have serious concerns that a build-up without a word said won’t work at all on the main roster and Asuka will be fated to a jobbing position.
As for Deonna Purazzo, that’s one terrible ring name. It’s hard to remember and the spelling is over complicated. The girl needs something catchier that the fans would actually remember.
Week after week Elias Samson delivers these amazing promos through eerie songs in black and white. I already have such high expectations of the guy that it will be hard to live up to them.
The Hype Bros def. Blake & Murphy
It’s slightly awkward when Zack Ryder is the normal, understated guy in the duo. Mojo is so over the top that it feels surreal. After watching Breaking Ground, I can’t yet decide whether Zack is jealous because he’s totally drained out and could never match up to Mojo’s energy, or if Mojo is simply terribly annoying with his inhuman energy.
Blake and Murphy lost again and it started with a miscommunication between the two of them. Before them match, Alexa blamed them for her failures. A break-up might be on the horizon. Although, I like Alxa’s heel persona, especially with the added touch of metal nails on her gloves, but Blake and Murphy have always been better off as funny faces.
Bayley def. Peyton Royce
Bayley was never going to lose this match. However, I’d like to give Peyton some credit. She has developed her persona. Her entrance has a character to it. She plays the mean, sexy girl with confidence. Granted, it’s not the most original gimmick but it’s better than nothing and it works for her.
Eva Marie and Nia Jax tried to intimidate Bayley after the match but the crowd wouldn’t let them do it. You’d think it’s a good idea to put Nia with Eva, so that she can absorb some of the heel heat. However, the fans hate Eva for being fed with a golden spoon when she’s absolutely talentless in the ring. I’m not sure Nia Jax wants that type of heat. Even she was struggling to outshout the boos from the crowd.
Samoa Joe & Baron Corbin def. Finn Balor & Apollo Crews
Interestingly, the WWE went with having both faces look weak. It’s the first time I’ve seen Apollo struggle so much in the ring, which helped build Baron’s monster gimmick.
Finn Balor vs. Samoa Joe was incredible for the short amount of time we got to see them square off. Balor is simply amazing. However, Joe dominated in the end.
First, it was strange to have Apollo chase off Corbin, instead of helping his partner. It was as if he couldn’t care less what happened to Finn and that’s not very face-like. Second, having the champ pass out again might be a bit over the top. I’m not an activist for the 50/50 booking, far from that, but Balor hasn’t been given any momentum in this feud. It almost seems hopeless. Then again, that makes him the perfect underdog.
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