Money in the Bank 2017

After a dismal Raw Extreme Rules PPV we look to Smackdown to pick up the ball again and give fans a great show. Here’s hoping it happens. 

Women’s money in the back match:

To catch attention right off the top the show begins with the women’s MITB ladder match. A first ever which has high expectations from everyone watching. 

As the intros happen there is a nice vignette paying tribute to past women wrestlers. A little out of place as most entrances are shown and then Natalya gets cut out. Overall not too bad of an idea. 

The match started quick and with some good ladder play. While there was some hesitation (probably to protect everyone involved), it was decent to get going. The only thing missing was the continuation of the “Welcoming Committee” storyline as there were no alliances at all. 

The match had some big bumps and some of the traditional ladder match falls. However, the finish seemed rushed, the match short and the interference of James Ellsworth just made it lose the hype that it should have had. In the end Ellsworth climbed the ladder and handed Carmella the briefcase. He then announced Carmella as the winner while the referees were still arguing about the legality of it all. Very anticlimactic for what should have been a great first in wrestling. 

New Day vs The Usos : Tag Titles:

Two well established teams facing one another. It started well and continued for the bulk of the match. The two teams play well off one another and had a good back and forth match. Kudos to Kofi Kingston for the huge bump he took going over the top rope to the floor and then for the countless times after that he was tossed outside the ring. 

After some amazing moves and some great high flying action the Usos took their belts and ran away. New Day wins via count out but Usos keep the titles. 

Naomi vs Lana – women’s championship:

This was thought of as the sleeper match. Lana has next to no ring experience and isn’t taken seriously as a wrestler at all. Fans still like her look and she is certainly showing some strength as she goes. 

Lana actually dominated the early stages of the match showing she has learned some in ring maneuvers. She did show some inexperience with her hesitation to go from one move to the next. I don’t think chain wrestling will be in her near future. 

As Lana’s repertoire was nearing an end Carmella made a grand entrance to tease her MITB briefcase and provide a distraction. Naomi was able to reverse Lana’s next move and get a submission win over the Ravishing Russian. 

Overall this was a bit of a surprise to fans watching. Even if the crowd didn’t sound like they were into it. 

*Fashion Files filler to lead to a match later.

* Mike and Maria Kinellas have arrived in WWE to teach the world about love. I’m already not interested. To be honest, I’ve never gotten into Mike Bennett aka Kinellas. 

*introduction to AWA legends including Cowboy Bob Orton. 

Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton -heavyweight title: 

People are starting to accept Jinder Mahal as a true champion. He came out to full crowd reactions fitting for someone “established”. 

The match was slow but deliberate. There was no wasted motion and it seemed to be the style that suited both men. Jinder seemed to dominate the bulk of the match and in an odd homage to the legends at ringside he seemed to be doing moves to pay tribute to them. Some successful and some not. 

In the end the Singh brothers proved to be a distraction as they were destroyed ringside by Orton it gave Mahal time to recover and take advantage of the distraction to get the win. 

Breezango vs The Ascension:

So this was a dark match filler to give time between the championship match and the main event. 

It was nice to see the Ascension again as they have basically been forgotten it seems. However, in very short order Breezango snuck out a victory after being dominated by the dark lords. 

Money in the Bank:

Baron Corbin started MITB before the bell even began by taking out Nakamura during his entrance. He then demanded the match begin and showed strong for the first few minutes. 

The match did not disappoint. It was back and forth with everyone having a chance to grab the case. Kevin Owens took a couple big bumps leading to a rumour of him getting injured. With Corbin being the last man standing and about to climb the ladder Nakamura made a grand return to freshen the fight and bring the audience to a new level. 

Nakamura took everyone out of the match one by one with high energy and high impact moves. With ladder in place Nakamura and AJ Styles came face to face for a long time reunion from times in Japan. The two men traded blows going back and forth and even climbing the ladder as they did so. However, Baron Corbin, who made an impact at the very beginning dumped the two men and was able to climb the ladder himself and get the briefcase.  Mr. Money in the Bank is Baron Corbin. A title reign for him will be coming soon. 

Overall the fans were well invested and were entertained for their money.  It was a PPV that was fairly well done with little let down and some nice surprises.  Based on the number of advertisements for Raw’s next show Great Balls of Fire, I feel they are nervous of having another failure. Until then, we will see what develops.


Extreme Rules 2017

So Raw presents Extreme Rules. The kick-off show featured a regular match featuring Apollo Crews vs Kalisto. Aside from the great chain wrestling that first started the match it didn’t have much impact on anything. Kalisto wins using the distraction from Titus O’Neil. 

Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz. 

What a way to kick off an extreme rules PPV than with a match where the stipulation is that if Ambrose gets disqualified he loses the title. Wow!  So Extreme!!  NOT!!

I have to say that the Miz has certainly upped his game in 2017. He brings it every night and puts on a great performance no matter who he is fighting.

It was an ok match with Dean Ambrose looking flat while the Miz was putting on a clinic. We got to see all of the trademark moves we have grown accustomed to but not much else. There were a couple “disqualifiable” moments but in the end Miz wins clean. 

Don’t know what happened to Elias Sampson who teased his presence for the match last week. Guess he drifted too far and missed the show. 

Mixed Tag match: 

Noam Dar/Alicia Fox vs. Rich Swan/Sasha Banks

So Alicia Fox hasn’t wrestled hardly at all in the last several years but she’s been a decent mascot for different wrestlers. Sasha Banks was in a title position up until a few weeks ago. Rich Swan was cruiserweight champion until Neville returned from injury and now they are all in a match together with Noam Dar. 

This seemed like a slap in the face for fans, not to mention some of the participants. Nothing was extreme about the match, though Rich Swan does have some amazing high flying moves. 

Several parts seemed very unchoreographed or sloppy and it’s surprising someone didn’t get injured. Swan/Banks get the win and do a little dance afterwards. Nothing special. 

Oh – The Drifter Elias Sampson has arrived. I guess the drifter persona has been dropped since he now says “who wants to walk with Elias?”  Another pointless song to offend the hometown with no one coming out to interfere. Really this had no purpose other than to waste time. 

This PPV so far seems to be filled with extra long promos the explain matches and pointless things in between matches. Apparently they wanted it to be 3 hours but with 6 matches on the card the writers didn’t know how to fill things in. 

Women’s Championship – Kendo stick on a pole match. 

Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss

First off, this type of match is embarrassing in general. Ranks right up there with the coal miners glove, beer bottle, or anything else hanging on a pole. 

This was sad because it appeared the stick fell off the pole and was just forgotten in the ring for a few minutes while the women figured out what to do. Bayley got the stick but never used it. Bliss took over and used the cane without hesitation. Several blows were felt by Bayley and of course the blatantly obvious pause when there was a shot to her head – must be extreme but no one can get hurt. 

Overall this was a bit of a squash match. Bliss in essence dominated though in the grand sceme of things there was hardly anything happen except for a few shots of the stick. 

Tag team titles – steel cage 

Hardy Boys vs. Shaemus and Cesaro 

So they changed the rules a bit for this one where both members of the team had to excape the cage to win.  Not new, but at least not common. 

It was a decent back and forth contest with both teams being safe with one another. No major bumps for the bulk of the match. 

Jeff Hardy escaped first which left brother Matt on his own with both Shaemus and Cesaro. A double team ensued for quite some time with Jeff not being allowed back in. 

The culmination started with white noise off the top rope to Matt Hardy. Jeff Hardy climbed back up and re-entered the cage with a whisper in the wind from the top. Jeff was pretty much out of it after that which allowed Shaemus and Cesaro to climb together and escape while Matt tried dragging Jeff to the door. 

With the titles changing hands it will be interesting to see what happens with the Hardy Boys now.  My guess is an unsuccessful rematch and if rumour holds true a breakup of the team for them to go on singles runs. Jeff has always been the favourite in WWE’s eyes so if the “broken Matt” gimmick doesn’t get sorted soon I can see Matt Hardy becoming an after thought again. 

Cruiserweight championship – submission 

Austin Aries vs. Neville 

So let’s gets the fastest guys who are notorious for high flying action and put them in a submission match. Great booking right?  

The match seemed slow, uninspired and the crowd didn’t seem into it at all. 

The referee threatened disqualification a couple times and was putting the count when they were out of the ring. Does this mean it was more than submission?

Even though Aries got Neville to tap, it was outside the ring and didn’t count. Neville took advantage of a mistake and got the win. 

Fatal 5 Way:

Samoa Joe, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Finn Bálor 

The winner of this match will get a shot at Brock Lesnar in his first title match in 91 days!  So much for the champion having to defend every 30 days. The title has become a joke and my only hope is that it will change hands so the new champ can be a full time wrestler.  Oh, to make things better the next PPV where this will happen is a 50’s themed Great Balls of Fire?!?

Bálor had the crowd support with the intros but I was surprised at the support for Reigns. I figured he would still be boo’ed out of the building but he actually had a mixed reaction that kept things neutral. 

Overall it was a decent match. Everyone had a chance to shine and showcase their signature moves. Each man in the match took time fighting everyone else which gave some dream matchups that could be explored later. 

It was nice to see some chairs and other weapons used so that the extreme rules could be added to the match. It still seemed relatively careful though so that none of the big talent got injured. Roman Reigns did take a good shot to the face from Finn that split his lip. 

In the end, there were some big bumps, and some decent choreography and thankfully the WWE didn’t continue the Roman Reigns push for now. Samoa Joe wins by putting Bálor out. No one interfered and surprisingly Finn didn’t tap which means he stays strong. 

Overall another poor showing for Raw at a PPV event. Crowd was there but not invested for the bulk of the night. If something doesn’t happen soon I feel like things could spiral downhill and we could see wrestling hitting a low point unlike anything in a very long time. WWE tends to go in a roller coaster motion and when it’s up it’s up and when it goes down it happens quickly. They always come back though and I’m sure this is no different. I just hope it improves fast as there is some amazing talent that could be wasted. 

NXT: Takeover & Wrestlemania Predictions 

Ok so it’s Wrestlemania weekend and it all kicks off tomorrow with NXT: Takeover Orlando.  I’m writing my predictions together as I believe that some of the participants will be coming over from one to another. 

So without further delay here we go:

NXT: Takeover Orlando

8 person mixed tag. 

I give this to Sanity for the simple reason that I love Nikki Cross. She has truly come into her character and embraced the crazy. I believe she won’t just fight Ruby Riot but some of the men too!  

My initial idea for this was the have Dillinger join Sanity. With the new intro of Ruby Riot I don’t see him turning now which is too bad. I don’t know why he has such a following but Tye Dillinger is one guy I can’t enjoy. The only thing I’m waiting for is to see how big is collar is on his ring jacket for this PPV. 

Aleister Black vs Andrade Almas

To be honest I don’t even know who Black is. I’m going with Almas for the win unless this guy is about to get a push. The fact he was trained by Nigel McGuiness that could be the case. Either way this could be one of the matches to go for a drink refill. 

Aiden Reid vs DD Tristan. 

This was just announced and again, no idea who they are so I’m guessing a dark match or something for the pre-show. Either way I couldn’t care less, especially when there is so much more that could occur. 

Tag Team Titles – 3way

For this I’m sticking with Authors of Pain to keep the titles. They are huge men and still learning. It’s obvious they can’t carry a match on their own yet which is why it’s a 3 way. DIY will take the fall with Revival looking strong. 

I sincerely hope after this that The Revival will jump to the main roster to help Smackdown Lives dying tag team division. Maybe even a “face” turn to challenge the Usos for the titles. 

Asuka vs Ember Moon

This is where my predictions take a turn. I had a great story line filled out in my head and was awaiting to see if I was right. 

Originally I called Moon to win with Asuka showing up at Mania in the Smackdown women’s title match thinking it was going to be a gauntlet style. 

However, now that Naomi is back early and it’s a 6pack challenge my mind is changing slightly. However, if Moon does win, I predict Asuka to show up on one of the main shows next week. 

For now, I’m calling Asuka for the win, possibly from DQ as I can’t believe there aren’t more of the women’s division involved with this card.  It’ll give Moon a chance to look strong and learn more as she gains the experience she needs. 

Bobby Roode vs Nakamura. 

It’s hard to believe that Roode opened a Takeover show just a couple month ago and has been main eventing them since.  He’s a strong veteran with a great gimmick. I don’t see him losing in Orlando. 

As for Nakamura, he too has been a main event guy since showing up in NXT so maybe it’s time he moves to the main roster and maybe start a rivalry against another former bullet club member in AJ Styles. 

Overall I don’t see this NXT: Takeover as good as it could be. Here’s hoping those lucky enough to perform on this show will give a good show. 

: I’m looking forward to this Sunday’s Wrestlemania more than the NXT: Takeover show. With that being said, there are some matches that just shouldn’t happen and we will get to that as they come up. 

Andre the Giant Battle Royale:

I still don’t know who all is in this match. But I can see it being a squash for Braun Strowman if they do it properly. Otherwise some other predictions will be Sami Zayn overcoming everything or potentially a surprise entrant like Shaquille O’Neil surprising everyone and entering again only to eliminate Big Show for the win setting up a year long rivalry for next year. 

Cruiserweight title:

The WWE has invested a lot of time and energy keeping Austin Aries relevant throughout his recovery. I don’t see him losing to Neville. 

Bray Wyatt vs Randy Orton:

Randy Orton has come across as strong during the set up on this match. However, I don’t see Bray losing the title just yet. My possible prediction for this one is either a new member of the Wyatts shows up possibly even Sister Abigail herself!  

Seth Rollins vs Triple H

It’s a non-sanctioned match and one that shouldn’t even be a part of the card. Triple H isn’t ready to leave the Mania spotlight and Seth Rollins needs to be on the card. I see it being short with HHH coming out on top. 

Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

The battle of the dogs in their yard. With the fans not fully on Roman Reigns band wagon I see the Undertaker coming out on top in this one. It should be a decent fight overall. 

Shane McMahon vs AJ Styles

Again, someone who should be on the card (AJ) against someone who shouldn’t be (Shane). I really don’t care about this match and hope Styles puts an end to Shane O’ Mac and his decision to wrestle. There is potential for someone to interfere on Shane’s behalf to help with the win and set up a new feud for Styles. We shall see. 

Raw Women’s Title:

I believe this one will be a wash. Charlotte should win it back after Sasha Banks turns on Bayley. It seems fitting for Charlotte to win the title at the same venue that retired her father. Once again letting her ride the Flair coat tails.  Bayley hasn’t quite got her footing with Raw so dropping the belt won’t be huge. It’ll set up some nice rivalries if it’s handled properly. 

Christ Jericho vs Kevin Owens. 

Ok first off my beef. Naomi had to give up the women’s title because injury was going to stop her from defending it within 30 days. Since winning the belt Jericho hasn’t even defended it, let alone hardly wrestle. My belief is he is keeping it warm for Owens who will take the title from Jericho. Chris Jericho doesn’t need titles anymore. He’s so well established that this won’t hurt him at all. Maybe even some time off to tour is in order. The title win keeps Owens strong and moving forward to eventually getting back the Universal title. 

Cena/Nikki Bella vs The Miz and Maryse 

Ok this is a title yawn for me. The highlight leading into this match was watching the Miz make fun of Cena/Bella as a couple. I applaud John Cena for doing this and taking a lower roll on the card. I’m curious how much he was paid to do all this and what the end game will be. It he really going to pop the question now? Lol. I give the Miz and Maryse the win somehow followed by a John/Nikki moment before he disappears again for a while. 

Dean Ambrose vs Baron Corbin

Last year Corbin won the Andre Battle Royale and now he’s going for the IC title. This is progression the way it should be. Again how long has it been since Ambrose defended the title and yet Naomi has to give it up?  Anyhow, I give this to Corbin followed by a bit of time off for Ambrose to recover from all the insane bumps he’s taken over the last couple years. 

Raw Tag Team Titles. 

As I said about the tag team division being in a mess (and this is the good one). Smackdown Live can’t even put a tag match together anymore. It’s a ladders match. Having never seen Gallows climb a ladder it already puts his team at a disadvantage. Based on the push they are getting though I give this one to Big Cass and Enzo just because Enzo is going to do something stupid with a ladder. So long as he doesn’t knock himself out again I give them the titles. 

Smackdown Women’s Title

This 6-pack challenge has lost some of the lustre for me. Especially since it’s now part of the pre-show. Originally I expected Asuka to come in and be a surprise entrant but with Naomi making her grand return on Tuesday I don’t see that happening now. Naomi wins the title in her hometown and maybe Asuka will show up Tuesday to take it away. 

Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar

This one makes me sick. My biggest fear is that this will be the main event where it should be Orton/Wyatt. I’m sure Goldberg hasn’t improved any, and Brock can’t carry the match unless we see Goldberg taking suplex after suplex which I’m sure won’t happen.  I fear it’ll be another steamroller of a match where the intros take longer than the match itself and Goldberg walks out with the title still in hand. WWE could have done so much more with the title for Wrestlemania but this is where they went. I sincerely hope I’m wrong on this one and that it is mid-card and a better match than anticipated. Good luck believing that though. 

Monday Night Raw -3/6/17

Ok so the Raw after a horrible PPV. I wonder if it’ll be any better?

Nice to see Jericho kick off the show. Too bad the conversation went on so long. 16+ minutes without a match to start. 

Wrestlemania is starting to shape up already. Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho for the US Title. 

Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn

I don’t care what anyone says, win or lose, Sami Zayn can make anyone look great and put on an awesome match. Kevin Owens looked strong, tough, and more focussed than he has been in a long time. 

Neville vs Rich Swan

Once again the cruiser weight division puts on a stellar match. I’m not a huge fan of the cruiserweights, I don’t watch 205live, but I’m getting more invested with them as time passes because they put on great matches. 

At the end it was awesome to see Austin Aries come into the ring to interview only to reveal he is ready to fight again! I’ve always been a fan of Aries and look forward to their potential Wrestlemania match. 

Goldberg speech – I was actually about to fast forward until Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar came out. 

Heyman is always great on the mic. He made his points clear and concise. At the end with Brock delivering the F5 to Goldberg it showed even more why he shouldn’t have the belt. Goldberg forgot to let go of the belt until it was almost too late. It could have hurt himself or Lesnar. After the F5 all Goldberg did was crawl to the title. C’mon, it doesn’t mean that much to him to cuddle it right away!  I will be so glad when Goldberg is done again. 

Tag team titles – again

Pretty much a no contest match. Shaemus and Cesaro came out to watch after a mild altercation in the back earlier with Enzo and Big Cass. They ended up interfering in the match costing Enzo and Cass. Once again setting up a 3-way tag title match for Wrestlemania?

Ravishing Rick Rude to be entered into the WWE Hall of Fame. Bravo! It’s about time. In history of wrestling he is the only wrestler to appear on both Monday Night Raw and WCW Monday Nitro in the same week!  Let’s see if that fact ever gets mentioned. 
Tozawa vs Daivari – 

Here I make compliments to the cruiserweights and this happens. Who’s gonna win? The guy who yells like a wild man that the company is trying to push, or the older guy who is out to put people over?  Glad to see Tozawa can speak with a mouth guard in – thanks Brian Kendrick for being good on the mic too and making things end quick. 

New Day vs Shining Stars

Nice to see the epitome of slaps to the face to the Chicago crowd, and yes there were a few people commenting on it. Here is New Day coming out with their ice cream cart (sans ice cream) in the hometown of CM Punk who lobbied for his own ice cream bar many years ago but it never came to fruition. 

But I digress, in the time it took me to write that little rant the match ended with New Day squashing the Shining Stars. 

Ok I’m getting tired of hearing how much of a fan Bayley was before getting into wrestling. We know, you liked it a lot as a kid and now you’re living your dream. Yay!  

Bayley vs Sasha Banks

This match had great potential but was completely boring. The crowd was so out of it you could hear conversations clearly. It was embarrassing that two women who did such amazing things in NXT couldn’t deliver on Raw. 

Sasha wins her way to Wrestlemania to make it a triple threat for the women’s title with Bayley and Charlotte. 

Samoa Joe vs Chris Jericho 

Aggressive match. Joe looks more like a shoot fighter since coming to Raw than a wrestler. Joe still shows great athleticism and Jericho puts on a good match regardless. Count out victory for Joe was a little lame but gives a way for everyone to save face. 

Braun Strowman calls out Roman Reigns. Awesome line of “Chicago doesn’t like you”. 

As Reigns music starts it is stopped again by the gonging of the bell. Welcome Undertaker. Amazing stare down between Strowman and Taker before Braun backs out of ring with respect. As Taker goes to leave out comes Reigns.  Roman claims it’s his yard now as Undertaker stares at the Wrestlemania sign. Taker gives a choke slam and Roman is done. Yet another Mania match has been set. 

I know Undertaker likes giving some people a push. I truly hope Reigns isn’t one of them. Just like the crowd never got back on board with Batista after his time away, it seems very few have gone back to their love for Reigns since his suspension. 

Raw was better than Fastlane but not by much. All the Mania match creations were pretty much predictable outside of Austin Aries, and that isn’t official yet. 

I hope things improve before too long or this could be one of the worse lead ups to Wrestlemania week. 

Fastlane 2017

The final PPV before Wrestlemania – thank God!

I’m watching this one with mixed emotions. I can see some of the directions that WWE writers want to go, but as a fan I really hope they don’t. This show will dictate several of the matches for Wrestlemania.

So, here we go-

Samoa Joe vs Sami Zayn:

Great opening match. Sami looked good against the guy they are going to be finally pushing. Samoa Joe is a great performer. He knows wrestling and seemingly has the total package in size and agility. Joe got the win with his choke hold, putting Sami out. What made Joe look stronger still was his kicking out of one of Sami’s finishers. Bravo!

As a side note, the announcers continued to comment about how Joe doesn’t like to be referred to as Triple H’s muscle. My prediction right now is they are building towards a Triple H vs Samoa Joe at Wrestlemania should Seth Rollins not be available.

Tag Team Title match:

Enzo is great on the mic but drags it out a little too much. Big Cass needs a new catch phrase to add to his vocabulary. Cass is getting there but isn’t ready yet. Still they have more personality than Gallows and Anderson. The match was a sleeper, predictable controversial ending to set up something bigger at Wrestlemania.

Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks

Wasn’t this supposed to be on the kick-off show?  Decent match with Sasha finally getting a victory over Nia Jax.

Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal

Umm really? I don’t know what match has been bumped from this PPV but there seems to be a lot of filler.

Good showing by Jinder in general but nothing truly vested in the match so it didn’t really get anyone’s attention.

Big Show vs. Rusev

Was it just me, or was Big Show favouring his left leg?

Show himself has said he has hardly won a match in the last few years. It was surprising to see him get a strong victory over Rusev, especially with his new haircut. I’m happy for Show, he’s in amazing shape and seems to be enjoying himself.

Cruiserweight title:

The first match of the night to truly have the fans fully engaged. “This is awesome” chants were heard and well deserved. Neville and Gentleman Jack put on a great match that I thought might have ended after one hell of a bump by Jack. Those who watched know what I’m talking about, for those who haven’t watched yet, Neville did a snap German suplex on Gentleman Jack which looked very awkward on landing. I’m sure he’s going to have a sore shoulder and neck in the morning. Jack was able to shake it off and continue the match showing both his guts and determination for the match and show. In the end Neville prevailed with his amazing athletic leap from the top rope.


Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman

It’s nice to see the crowd still boos Reigns when he comes out. It was even more entertaining to hear a smattering of “Strowman’s gonna kill you” chants as things began.

Two big men in a match is exactly that. Two big men. There isn’t a lot they can do outside of their basic repertoire. Strowman’s inexperience showed through as the match continued past the 2 minute mark. Applying nerve holds and chin locks to give him a chance to talk through the next steps was blatantly obvious. Strowman had a match with Sami Zayn at Roadblock that was a 10 minute challenge. Sami made Strowman look good and dominant throughout the match. Reigns couldn’t do the same.  But I digress. Strowman did show some power and agility at the end when he climbed the top rope and leaped off. Sure he missed, but it was impressive none the less. Roman capitalized on the mistake and got the first pin fall win over Braun Strowman.

Women’s championship

Bayley and Charlotte came to fight. The match started with a surprising aggressive flurry from Bayley before Charlotte took over with her own aggression and athleticism. As much as I hate the fact that Charlotte  “no sells” when a body part should be hurt, she truly is a very gifted athlete. Bayley’s inexperience showed through a couple times. Especially when Charlotte was tied up in the corner. I still don’t know what she was planning.   It got very tiring hearing how many times she was 16 and 0 for PPV matches but with Charlotte losing to Bayley the announcing team had to make it seem like a monstrous feat. Of course it wasn’t a clean victory for Bayley as Sasha Banks once again got involved.

Universal championship.

Are you kidding me? Goldberg is the champion? Another minute match thus showing he still hasn’t developed any talent whatsoever. What kind of a contract did he sign?

I applaud Kevin Owens for doing the job and keeping the crowd in the match for close to 6 minutes before the bell even rang.

Sure this sets up Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens for Wrestlemania but I think it could have been equally as good a match with Owens as the champ.


Overall it was probably one of the worst cards I’ve seen in a long time. There seemed to be some filler to make up time for some reason.  At the time of writing this I can’t think of what match was missing so obviously it wasn’t important either.

My Win for the night: it’s a tie. Samoa Joe/Sami Zayn was great, as was the cruiserweight title match. Outside the ring I give a win to the guy with the sign early in the night saying Jack Tunney is my President. It made me smile as I’m sure many of the older Canadian fans did.

My Fail: Goldberg. C’mon, this guy doesn’t deserve to be champion after 15years away from the ring. Sure he’s training and in great shape but it’s obvious he can’t carry a match and now he’s the champ. Very disappointed WWE went in that direction when there were so many other options.

As a ranking: 1 bodyslam out of five, (only because of cruiser weights)