Another fun solid contest. Much of the match saw Neville work from underneath. Stardust became transfixed on Neville’s cape which would prove to be his downfall as Neville created an opening with a superkick and secured a victory with The Red Arrow. Grade: B+
Kevin Owens (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship
On commentary Byron Saxton described this contest as a chess match and I really can’t come up with a better way to describe it. A ton of back and forth action that was crisp. The pacing and spots made a ton of sense making this a highly enjoyable match. There’s always a ton of talk about heels in the wrestling business not knowing how to be a heel anymore and while that may be true in many aspects, you can’t get more heel than an eye poke and a small package for the win. I like that more weight was added to the match besides the title, that being Jericho’s 25th anniversary in the wrestling business. I would love to see a Y2J/Owens program, it would be money. Grade: A-
Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Kevin Owens
The New Day (c) vs. The Dudley Boyz for the Tag Team Championship
Fun match but much like the others nothing noteworthy in my eyes happened. The New Day is great, the Dudleys are great so this match was great. I will say I fell for the Dudleys almost winning before Xavier ran in causing a DQ. Seems like the payoff will be Dudleys winning the title in some form or fashion in the near future. The real test for the New Day will be if the can continue to “get over” as they say without championship gold. The 3-D through a table was a nice touch. Grade: B
Winners via Disqualification: The Dudley Boyz
Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show
This match was about 5-7 minutes of awesome. Brock tried to go for a double legged take down early and got tossed like it was nothing. Big Show hits Brock with three chokeslams back to back and after each one Brock pops right back up! There were four stops throughout Suplex City and the final pit stop was an F-5 for the win. Again this all happened within a span of 5-7 minutes which was absolutely incredible. Grade: A-
Winner: Brock Lesnar
After the match while Big Show was recuperating from the beat down he just got Lesnar returns to the ring. Show gives Lesnar the ‘ol FU salute as he enters the ring. Lesnar hits Big Show with a belly to belly THROW then an F-5. Incredible.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. John Cena in a Steel Cage for the United States Championship
This was a really good cage match. Best parts were when both men were trying to win the match by escaping the door. The back and forth was very climatic and added to the intensity. Small thing I wondered if many people noticed was Rollins using the bottom rope near the door to choke Cena while Cena still had the STF on Rollins. Brilliant. Kane coming out and forcing Rollins to jump into doom or beat Cena clean was excellent. Rollins went all or nothing with the Frog Splash from the top of the cage and got nothing but an AA and a loss. Great match. It’s a fun watch. Grade: A-
Kane enters the cage and Rollins looks as though he staring death right in the face. Kane chokeslams Rollins and drops him with a Tombstone Piledriver for good measure. Kane poses with the WWE Title before exiting the cage ending the show.
This was a very very enjoyable WWE Network exclusive. Every match was at least solid at best and the advertised matches to sell the show most definitely delivered. If you’ve been to many WWE house shows you saw many similarities on this show which was cool because in a way it sold why you should check out a WWE Live event. It’s fun. Plus this had the ambiance of the great WWE Madison Square Garden shows. Stuff like this makes me glad I am subscribed to the WWE Network. Overall Grade: A-
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