I had a feeling this would be a good PPV, but I didn’t think it would be a great PPV. This easily the best PPV the WWE has put forth in a while. Why? Everything made sense.
The Usos vs The Club
Right off the bat, I was hooked. Having the Usos attack the Club during their entrance was a wise way of showcasing their hatred.
I absolutely loved the boot of doom from the apron, but I thought they could have waited before throwing Jey Uso into the ring for the pin. In a way, it didn’t make the move look as strong. That was actually my only complaint from this match. These two teams meshed very well, and set the bar quite high for the rest of the show. The action was exactly what it needed to be, chaotic. The commentary was done very well for Anderson & Gallows, in terms of explaining why they’re dangerous. Considering how the Club dominated most of the match, the commentary gave them an extra push. Overall, I couldn’t have been happier with the opening match.
Kalisto vs Rusev
Since the build for this feud was underwhelming, it was only appropriate that it would go on after an exciting match.
Honestly, it was great to hear that this crowd responded to Rusev. Whether the cheers were negative or positive, he was able to garner some type of reaction. Thankfully, this match told the David vs Goliath story, and I thought it was done better than any of Kalisto’s previous feuds. The finish to this match was perfect, I couldn’t have thought of anything better. Rusev is officially a monster again, and as a fan I couldn’t be happier. At the same time, Kalisto’s kayfabe injury was able to justify his loss.
For a match I didn’t care for, I thought both competitors were able to put forth a decent outing.
The Vaudevillians vs The New Day
Once again, the New Day cut a hilarious promo after their entrance.
I’m not sure if anybody noticed, but the New Day wasn’t wrestling on the side that they normally do. Along with that, I was surprised that Xavier was wrestling over Kofi. I felt the match didn’t truly pick up until Big E made his way in. That’s not a knock on Gotch or Woods, it just seems like there was more based around Big E. However, I jumped out of my seat when I saw Woods kick out of the whirling dervish. For those of you that don’t know, it’s been a very protected finisher, and I don’t ever remember anybody kicking out of it.
The New Day may be babyfaces, but there’s no reason for them to not use the extra member at ringside. Giving them the numbers advantage makes them unique.
IC Fatal Four Way
Based on how well the video package was done, this felt like the main event. It even got the theme for the PPV over it.
Well someone in the WWE has been reading Reddit, as the announce team brought KO’s PPV streak being compared to the Undertaker’s. I was even surprised that JBL was able to point out the flaw that was also brought up on Reddit.
I’m glad Cesaro and Zayn were able to kick off the match, because those two know how to set a good pace. The spot of the match was undoubtedly the German suplex/exploder suplex with Zayn, Cesaro, and Miz. Usually moves like that aren’t very smooth, but these men showed otherwise. One thing is for sure, there was never a dull moment in this contest. The very last part of this match had me pulling my hair. It was filled with excellent spots and perfect near falls. I legitimately lost it when Owens pulled Zayn out of the ring after he executed the Helluva Kick. Since I was pulling for Sami, I was hoping he’d pick up the big win. Cesaro was easily the performer of this match. Not only did he deliver all the big spots, he sold everybody’s finisher. I had no issue with the Miz wiining, as he proved he could hang with the indie darlings.
Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose
It was nice to Jericho in pants. I always that look suited him more than wrestling trunks. He didn’t stop impressing me, because I couldn’t stop laughing with his multiple escape attempts.
These two delivered exactly what I expected, which was solid wrestling with comedic weapon spots. While Dean was great, Jericho made my night. This man was on key with everything. from his selling to his trash talk. It’s fair to say, that he played his character perfectly during this match. Through and through, I thought the props were very well used, just how I predicted. Dean’s elbow from the top of the cage should have ended the match. High risk moves like that don’t occur often, so when they’re done they should end the match. I don’t know about anybody else, but I lost it when Ambrose poured out the tacks. I had my mark out moment of the show when Jericho was tossed into them Never in today’s WWE would I have expected that. Even after Ambrose won, I couldn’t believe what I witnessed. Props to Y2J for going through with that bump.
Charlotte vs Natalya
After watching that thumbtack spot, I knew these women had a tough task ahead of them. I’m not saying they needed to execute a similar spot, but they had to find a way to excite the audience.
While the action moved slow, I’m appreciated the fluidity of the action. The spot of the match was hands down Natty’s german suplex to Charlotte. It was quickly done, and it showed to have a lot of impact. I genuinely thought Flair should have won clean. At the same time, I don’t mind seeing Dana aligned with Charlotte. Brooke needs a mentor like figure, and while Emma is gone, I couldn’t think of anybody better than Charlotte. Also, Brooke is an excellent talker, so she may work well as Charlotte’s mouth piece.
AJ Styles vs Roman Reigns
Roman was welcomed with a ton of boos, yet he played it off well. From the very start, these two were able to tell their story. The hate felt real, and their story telling ability translated well on screen.
Throughout the weeks, both men have taken turns playing the heel, but in this match Roman felt like the definitive heel. Personally, I thought the brawl into the crowd was awesome. Normally when we see stuff like that, it doesn’t amount to much, but these two made the most of it. That part of the match was a solid way to set the pace.
I can’t say I was expecting it, and that’s why Roman throwing Styles in the announce table was the spot of the match. While the crowd wasn’t very pro Roman, I’m glad they eventually started to appreciate this match. What I loved most was that it was never one sided. The momentum was consistently switching, and that made this a lot more unpredictable. Did anybody notice how both men looked like heels once their respective teams came in? At one point both Roman and AJ were picked up and placed for the cover, which was quite creative. For a great match, they really blemished it at the end. Why did AJ have to use two finishers while Roman just needed one? Well, I got over that pretty quickly, as I found myself marking out for Seth Rollins attacking Reigns. Even though I was going to already watch Raw, this just had me wishing it would start sooner.
There was a lot of emotion during this match. While there was one moment I didn’t agree with, these two absolutely stole the show. At least it was done in a way where both looked strong, while giving us a true winner. After the fatal four way, I didn’t think we’d be given a match better, however these two thought otherwise.
I can’t recall the last time a WWE PPV delivered in every single match. Usually with most PPVs I find myself looking at the time, but not with this one. The excitement almost never died .Every finish was logical, and made sense for the stories. There was no low point to the show, while the high point was the main event. Overall, I give this show a 9/10.