American Alpha def. Blake & Murphy
Blake and Murphy are doing everything they can to stay relevant. They even tried cheating on the crowd’s darling – Gable, in order to draw some heat. However, they might have run their course as heels. Breaking from Alexa and turning goofy face doesn’t sound too bad but the face/heel ration in the division is good at the moment, so I think the WWE will keep them heel for now.
Gable is sensational. Charisma just streams out of him. I don’t know if people truly realize how amazing Gable is. It’s much easier to get over as a singles competitor. He pulled an entire team into popularity. I only hope that when he gets to the main roster, he and his team will get the appreciation they deserve.
Nia Jax def. Liv Morgan
Nia Jax is on a mission to regain some momentum after she lost to Bailey and was replaced by Carmella for the #1 Contender’s spot. Nia manhandled Liv Morgan unquestionably, so you might say she did the job.
However, her inexperience still shows. Jax is quite good and she’s definitely a change to the female division in the WWE, so she has a bright future ahead of her but that sidewalk slam was rather sloppy. She still needs time to learn.
What bothers me is Eva Marie’s constant presence at ringside. It might go one of two ways. Eva will either get destroyed in a feud with Nia Jax when Nia realizes that Eva’s using her (which we’ll love), or Eva will get carried into a title reign on Nia’s back (which needless to say would be disastrous).
Alex Riley def. Bull Dempsey
The match featured two guys, whose existence we had forgotten. ARy got a good pop and he deserved it. The Bull Fit chants didn’t catch on. This gimmick was stupid from the very beginning and it destroyed Bull Dempsey even on NXT.
ARy is back and almost didn’t recognize him. I’m eager to see more of him. His intensity is strong and his promo after the match uncovered a rather interesting character. The disgruntled hardworking man, who’s given everything, only to be buried and denied is a personage that I particularly like. I hope ARy gets to the top this time around.
Elias Samson def. John Skyler
The Drifter got almost zero reaction forn the crowd, again. I wonder why that is. My opinion is that the character is quite intriguing. A lot of thought has gone into creating the personage and it is quite original. The only logical explanation I have is that this gimmick is too intelligent for the crowd. The majority of the wrestling fans might not be so much into cryptic messages and overcomplicated metaphors.
Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin vs. Samoa Joe
Sami Zayn had his first big match after his return. He flew around as usual but something felt off. The execution was brilliant as always but he still feels as if he’s not at ease. I see uncertainty in his facial expressions. Sami will need some time to regain his confidence.
Joe was by far the better heel. His mannerisms tell a story. The focused brutality in every move of his projects a strong character. Poor Baron just got lost, compared to this and I feel bad about him. Corbin gets pushed close to the main event and gets jumped over by someone every single time. You can tell he tries hard, as well. It’s a bit unfair.
The questionable ending of the match has a clear purpose. Baron Corbin was taken out of the picture and Sami vs. Joe will decide the #1 contender in yet another match.
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