If you planned on staying home on last night and watching this show, I’d say you probably had a good night. Was it the most eventful show? Probably not, but it was entertaining nonetheless. I can confidentially say that every competitors out did themselves in the ring.
The New Day vs Sheamus & Wade Barrett
The pre match promo was complete gold. I never thought much of the “Booty-O’s” joke, however they made it into something great last night. The best part of the promo was easily Big E’s use of Drake lyrics.
Based on the back and forth insults these teams have exchanged on social media, I’m surprised there wasn’t more build up for this match. Due to the lack of build, I wasn’t convinced that the title could switch hands. Regardless of the predictability, this was a pretty entertaining match. Every competitor played to their strengths. I became confused when this Toronto crowd starting chanting “You can’t wrestle!” while Kofi and Barrett were in the ring. Both of those men are excellent workers. I’d say maybe it’s just a Toronto thing, but I’m from Toronto and I still couldn’t understand the reasoning. Just about everything in the finish was perfectly done, especially the New Day picking up the clean pin. That win means quite a bit, because we haven’t seen the LON lose clean in quite some time.
Why was Cole on the side of Sheamus & Barrett? Were they supposed to be babyfaces?
Chris Jericho vs Jack Swagger
In his own home country, Jericho found a way to gain heat. That’s truly the sign of a seasoned veteran. Every time I’ve seen Y2J wrestle in Toronto as a babyface, the crowd loved cheering for him. However, only he could find a way to change that reaction.
Honestly, I can’t say I cared much for the match. We haven’t seen Swagger in so long, that his presence doesn’t really peak my interest. While the match wasn’t that long, it surely felt too long.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs The Revival
Enzo & Cass haven’t been the hottest tag team in NXT since August, but the crowd reaction made me think otherwise. Also, their pop may indicate how popular the NXT brand is.
Many of us already know the card for Takeover:Dallas, so it was tough to keep my hopes up. However, I let my inner mark take over (no pun intended), and I suspended my disbelief. The spot of the match was undoubtedly Cass throwing Enzo into Dash. I nearly expected them to botch that move. Believe it or not, I actually preferred the pace of this match to the one they had in London. It was much more structured, and the timing for every spot was better. Enzo & Cass did such an amazing job at keeping this crowd alive, that I was genuinely disappointed when they had to lose. Even though I knew the outcome, a part of me still believed. Despite the result, it was still a fun match to watch.
Natalya vs Charlotte
We’ve seen these two battle a few times within the past few months, yet it doesn’t feel stale. Maybe it’s because they always work well together, or due to the fact they haven’t feuded properly. Compared to the previous matches, the crowd didn’t seem as excited for the first half. A promo from Charlotte would have been a wise way to pull in some heat for the contest. Both Natalya and Charlotte deserve a lot of credit for bringing the crowd back to life. Cole said it the best, Toronto became unglued. The WWE needs to consider having a serious program between these two wrestlers, as they may have the best chemistry in the divas division.
Brock Lesnar vs Luke Harper & Bray Wyatt
All day I was asking myself, how can they possibly make Wyatt lose clean to Brock? Well, the WWE answered my question, as they made this a 2-on-1 handicap match. I really enjoyed the pre-show video package they made for this match. They did well by making Bray and Brock’s previous interactions relevant.
Even though this was a handicap match, it was essentially a singles match. This was a brilliant way to keep Wyatt from looking weak. It would have been nice to see Bray execute some sort of offence. Regardless of the length or stipulation, any Brock match is entertaining. There’s nothing better than him delivering multiple suplexes to his opponents.
Sami Zayn vs Stardust
I’d consider this match to the hidden gem of this show. Initially, I was planning on skipping this, but I’m glad I decided not to. It helped that the crowd was heavily behind Sami Zayn. There’s no doubting the “smarkiness” of this Toronto audience. The two must have also inspired Cole, as he called an arm drag in this match.
The chemistry these two showcased was amazing. If Stardust was any higher on the food chain, I might be wanting these two in a singles match at Mania. With Stardust being in so many nonsensical feuds/matches within the past year, it was great to see him just wrestle. He was still in character, yet it was more about his in ring abilities. The spot of the match was definitely the superplex, as it was unexpected. However, the way the match was going, it fit in well. Since Zayn worked hard for his win, it made it that much better. I’m glad to see the WWE getting behind him.
Dean Ambrose vs Triple H
This was the match everybody was waiting for. The video package showcasing the feud was amazing, and it had me wishing it was for Mania.
When I was growing up, I was a massive Triple H fan. So anytime he wrestles, I usually cheer for him. This match was different though, because it was so hard to not cheer for Ambrose. It’s not often that someone else can make me cheer against one of my all time favourites. Hunter looked like the clear cut villain. He can’t do that with Reigns, but it works perfectly when feuding with Ambrose.
While Ambrose and Triple H have been on opposing sides since 2014, this was their first singles match. Since they’ve been feuding close to two years, the hate between their characters was apparent. Every move executed here made this feel like a grudge match. Even during rest spots, both men ensured their hate for each other was visible.
I must note that Triple H’s in ring ability has not dropped in terms of quality. At no point did he show any ring rust. He was able to keep up with a much younger and more agile performer with ease. I’ll admit, the spot with Ambrose’s feet under the ropes had me. At that moment, I genuinely thought that the title had switched hands. I thought the finish was done well. Dean’s clean pin can be justified by him taking too much of a risk with the announce table. Also, Hunter barely left the match on his own two legs, which showed how tough of an opponent Ambrose is.
I had fun watching this show. It was something in between an episode of Raw and a PPV. My only gripe with the event was that nothing changed in the current road to Wrestlemania. I understand these are meant to be house shows that are televised, but why televise them if nothing of importance is going to happen? I don’t mean that the WWE World Heavyweight title had to change hands, although it wouldn’t hurt to give the fans something else. The low point of the show was Swagger vs Jericho, while the high point was the main event. Overall, I give this show a 6/10.