Well this was unexpected. The card was vanilla and predictable. I predicted every announced match correctly except for the New Day vs Nakamura and Rusev. But the unexpected part was all the craziness before the PPV started and during it. A lot of seeds were thrown around with Wrestlemania just 4 weeks away now. The card has become clearer now. Some of the matches were just ok tonight but you have to like what the WWE creative is doing now. They made a vanilla PPV exciting.
So we start on the kickoff show with Carmella and Zelina Vega arguing over who should get the next US title shot. These two are destined to have a good match maybe this week on Smackdown Live. As much as I love my wife Carmella I don’t think this leads to a one on one match at Wrestlemania. Maybe a mixed tag team match at Wrestlemania? Depending on how many matches are on the card. So anyway the match between Rey Mysterio and Andrade has now been moved to the actual PPV and has become a fatal 4 way for Samoa Joe’s US title with R Truth in the match. More camera time for my Carmella.
We then see the New Day and find out that the McMahons requested to see Kofi Kingston to talk about the WWE title. New Day beats Nakamura and Rusev. Ok match. Not expecting anything big. Please get Nakamura and Rusev involved in something big. Nakamura was super over before they turned him heel. If anyone saw Total Divas, they know the kind of personality Rusev has.
Now the main show starts. This show really flowed nicely. I wonder how it played out in the arena.
The first match was the Uso’s defending the tag team titles against Shane O’Mac and the Miz. The breakup of Shane and Miz has been inevitable as they are setting up their Wrestlemania match. So when Shane attacked Miz in front of his father after they lost to the Uso’s this was no surprise to me. I wish they made the Miz the heel because he is so good as a heel but still a good spot. The match was good too. A few big spots especially the mid-air collision between Shane and one of the Uso’s. Miz got a lot of pops from his home town crowd. Shane taunting Miz’s dad was a good touch.
Next we have a Wrestlemania Promo. Drew/Corbin/Lashley quick promo for their match.
Elias is in the house and he was not interrupted. This is a theme that played out through the night as Elias came out a few times to sing a song killing Cleveland. I love Elias. Hopefully he will walk the streets of Manhattan during the Wrestlemania week.
Another promo for HHH and Batista for Monday Night Raw.
Again rehashing the New Day from the kickoff show
Next up we have Asuka defending the title against God’s Greatest Creation Mandy Rose. Corey as usual acts like a 15-year old boy in heat whenever Mandy comes out. I never thought Mandy was going to win this match. The match was ok. Asuka is a really good wrestler and she deserves to be in a good program. Perhaps Asuka is not 100 percent after getting hurt at a house show on Monday night so the WWE did not want her to do too much. The ending really didn’t come off well as Mandy lost balance because of stepping on the ring apron as Sonya Deville went under the ring looking for a kendo stick. We get teased of a Mandy and Sonya spat so we will see where this one goes.
Next we see back stage where the New Day find Kofi standing out of the McMahon’s office. He never went in and said he has been waiting for someone to get him. New Day walk into the office and are like what’s up making their man Kofi wait. Vince says I was waiting for him. Vince says the WWE title match is now a triple threat match. The crowd pops as Vince says the match is happening right now. New Day is barred from ringside. I thought it was kind of odd to have this match so early in the card. Kofi comes out first. It is announced there is a change to this match and gets screwed as he is facing the Bar in a handicap match. The championship match is announced for later on in the night. Let’s further this Kofi getting screwed underdog role as the Bar squash him big time. But the crowd was popping for Kofi big time.
Back stage with the Boss Hug Connection. Blah still no buildup for this match.
Here comes Elias again to sign un interrupted. Now he is again attacking Cleveland and Kofi and the Miz again. Talks Steelers are better than the Browns. Loving this Elias angle.
We review the Shane and Miz breakup again. Kayla asks Shane for an explanation and gets blown off.
Next we have the triple threat tag team match for the belts. This was a better match than I expected. Ricochet is so incredible to watch and he has great chemistry with Aleister Black. The Revival are a good tag team they are just getting booked wrong. Gable and Roode also showed they are a good tag team. A lot of good spots in this match. The Revival retain by pinning Gable. Ricochet and Black clear the ring at the end. I am not sure what show they are going to eventually land on but these are three of the best tag teams in the WWE.
Let’s see Charlotte back stage getting her robe on and Becky limping out of the trainer’s room.
Next up is my favorite time of the card. The fatal 4-way match for the US title. R Truth and Carmella come out first to get the crowd running. Mella is rapping now and she is super over with the crowd. Mella is so beautiful and I am happy she is getting pushed. This was such a great match. Big spots all over the place. Andrade is a future star. R Truth was always under rated as a performer. Mysterio still got it and Samoa Joe deserves to be champ through Wrestlemania. They actually out performed their match from Smackdown Live this past week. For a big guy Joeis really athletic. Throw in Carmella lighting up Zelina Vega setting up something between them down the road and this match was well put together. Joe retains.
Boss Hug Connection vs Nia Jax and Tamina. Beth Phoenix is announced as the commentator for this match. I didn’t think much about it because she has been doing this the last couple of months. Nia and Tamina together are the biggest forces in the woman’s division. The match was ok. There is not much you can do when you are wrestling someone who is larger than you as Nia and Tamina are. Bayley dominated this match and they really made Nia and Tamina seem mortal here. Bayley rolls up Nia for the win. After the match Nia and Tamina lay waste to the Boss-Hug Connection. You almost knew that Beth Phoenix was going to say something. Beth hits Tamina. Nia lays out Beth. Here comes Nattie. She gets laid out. I am kind of liking what they are doing with Nia and Tamina. They eventually will be tag team champs. Now we will see what happens with Beth Phoenix. Maybe a Wrestlemania match? It’s really great to see a lot of women’s angles being created. Did someone say weekly female show?
It’s time for the Triple Threat match with Daniel Bryan vs Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston. We see the history of this before the match. WWE is really selling this 3-way match. KO comes out first. Then Daniel. As we are waiting for Kofi we get Mustafa Ali? No Kofi. The crowd is booing and chanting for Kofi. WWE rolled the dice that this match would deliver without Kofi and boy did it deliver. Kofi will get his match at Wrestlemania. Why waste it now. Mustafa really put himself on the map with this match. The boys are really trying to outdo each other. KO had several big spots as did Daniel. The match was great and the crowd eventually got behind it. Daniel pins Ali after Rowan saved him from a certain pin fall. I am anxious to see where they go from here with KO. Also no Sami Zayn, Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper who came back during the weekend at a house show.
Two matches left and they are very predictable.
We get a Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins promo.
We get a review of the Becky Lynch/Charlotte/Ronda story.
Now it’s time for Charlotte vs Becky Lynch. There isn’t anything else they can do with this angle right now except to do what we or most of us have known for a while now and that is to make it officially a triple threat match. The ending was really bogus though. I think we all expected to see Ronda interfere. But she comes in and hits Becky once causing a DQ and that’s it as Becky laughed. I would have rather seen Ronda destroy both Becky or Charlotte or have Charlotte attack Becky after Ronda hit her causing the DQ. Please do us a favor and not have any of these three in a match before Wrestlemania especially Ronda vs Becky.
Now we have yet another Elias concert. Brilliant. And what would a WWE TV event be without another cat walk by Lacey Evans. Please get in the ring already. Then out of nowhere we see Randy Orton RKO Elias. Then even more out of nowhere we see AJ Styles give Orton a Phenomenal forearm cementing their Wrestlemania match.
Now for the main event of the Shield vs Drew McIntyre, Lashley and Baron Corbin.
We get a video package of the last two weeks of the Shield. Now they keep talking about Dean Ambrose not re-signing his contract. As far as I can remember I have never seen the WWE ever do this. But they keep talking about it so it makes me think that Dean is not going anywhere. And maybe the significant changes made in creative is making a big difference.
This match was crazy. It was all over the place all over the arena. Some big spots by Dean and Seth. The ending was all too predictable. The Shield did all their spots. It did look like a sendoff. I just don’t think Dean is leaving.
So overall I will rank this PPV as an A Minus. Only because I didn’t like the ending of the Flair/Becky match and the Asuka/Mandy match. But I am glad the women who had three matches plus My Khaleesi Carmella and Zelina maybe building a storyline of their own. Not to mention Beth Phoenix who might have another match in her.