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The New Day vs. The Bar for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships
This was a great Tag Team match. New Day went with the “Speedforce” combination of Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston which was a great idea in the beginning. Kofi and Xavier with quick offense but eventually The Bar are able to neutralize Kofi and keep in the ring for a long time. Woods comes in off a great hot tag but is only able to get off little offense. There is action outside between Kofi and Sheamus ending with Sheamus getting hit with Kofi’s Trouble in Paradise. Kofi blind tags Xavier who hits Cesaro with a backstabber holding Cesaro so that Kofi can come off the top rope with a double stomp. Kofi gets the win and The New Day retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
This was a great match because both women were really aggressive. In the middle of the match there was a great back and forth strike battle that looked like something out of New Japan. Becky grabbed her title and looked to use it as a weapon. Charlotte hit Becky with a second Spear and look to end things with the Figure Eight when Becky grabbed the title that was laying inches away from her. The referee calls for the bell and Charlotte wins via DQ.
Becky tried to make a break for the locker room but Charlotte track her down and gets one last shot in on the devious Women’s Champion.
Elias and Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley and John Cena
Owens and Elias do an amazing job keeping Cena on the apron and out of this match. Lashley held his own in the beginning but eventually got tired out. Cena was begging to get in. Lashley getting worked over good. Cena finally gets the Tag in and does all the greatest hits. He caps off his two minute onslaught of offense with the Lightning Fist. Cena gets the three count and this one is over.
The IIconics vs. Asuka and Naomi
You can really tell the homecoming for the IIconics is a really emotional moment for them and rightfully so. The match was actually pretty decent, probably the most interested I’ve ever been for an IIconics match. Peyton and Billie do a great job of isolating Asuka from Naomi. This allows Billie to capture and hold Naomi up for a knee strike from Peyton. The IIconics get the win. What a cool moment for them.
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship
This was an absolute battle with animosity at a high. The match went from a brawl, to ground and pound, to strike battle…basically all across the board and it was wonderfully done. Honestly weapons weren’t even necessary, this match could have gotten by on its physicality. A chair was introduced, which Samoa Joe used to plant Styles with a Uranage. Joe also introduced a table which could have a attributes to Joe’s downfall. Joe attempted to Superplex Styles through the table but Styles counters it and drives Joe through the tables from his shoulders. Joe’s left knee took the impact and it was so bad you can hear joe tell the referee that his knee popped. Styles realizes the situation and targets Joe’s knee. Joe battles and is able to put the Coquina Clutch on Styles but he fights out. Joe attempts the Clutch two more times but Styles fights out each time. Styles hits a 450 splash directly on the knee for even more damage. Once AJ can really lock in the Calf Crusher Joe has no choice but to tap. Fun, physical match.
The Bellas and Ronda Rousey vs. the Riott Squad
I made note of the crowd reaction for Ronda. She really has transitioned into quite the WWE Superstar. Furthermore she continues to improve every time she is in the ring. She comes in off a great Tag and takes it to everyone in the Riott Squad. Also worthy of note, the Riott Squad looked phenomenal as a team. They knew keeping Ronda out of the match was the key to winning this match. Unfortunately they could not execute the plan very well. Ronda simultaneously locks arm-bars on Logan and Morgan who tap instantly.
Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy for the Cruiserweight Championship
This match absolutely stole the show. The craziest thing is this is the caliber of ring work is the standard for 205 Live on a weekly basis. Hopefully this leads to more eyes on the program and/or possible showings in a Raw or SmackDown capacity. As for the match it was a back and forth even battle of high flying offense and stiff, strong striking. Alexander almost had the match won after a Michinoku Driver off the top rope. Another time he hit the Lumbar Check but Murphy was not going to go down in his hometown. Murphy was equally as impressive, not only matching Alexander in high flying but rounding off impressive knee strikes. Eventually Murphy catches Alexander with the Pump-handle Driver and gets the win. Huge win for Buddy in his hometown.
Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre vs. The Shield
This was just about what you would expect. Strowman’s Team did an excellent job keeping Rollins away from his teammates and just working him over. A lot of battles and scuffles outside of the ring. Roman went for a Superman Punch but inadvertently hit Dean Ambrose. It looks like some real cracks are starting to form in the otherwise always synchronized offense of The Shield. Rollins and Reigns get surrounded by Strowman’s Pack on the apron. Ambrose finally comes to but it looks as though he’s on page with Strowman and Co. Suddenly Ambrose enters the ring and goes after Strowman on the other side. The Shield beat down McIntyre and are looking to put the match away with a triple powerbomb. Strowman breaks up the attempt colliding into the mass of bodies. Strowman later has Ambrose tossed to the outside so Braun can do his running shoulder tackle on the outside. Right before Braun can make impact Reigns intercepts him with a wicked Spear crashing through the barricade. Dolph and Drew reenter the ring but Drew is taken out by a superkick from Rollins. Dean hits Dirty Deeds on Dolph and this one is over.
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz to be the #1 Contender for the WWE Championship
I honestly don’t know what happened here. Honestly nothing happened. A little over five minutes into the match Bryan counters Miz’s Skull Crushing Finale with a small package and gets the win. No drama, no story, nothing. Just a win. Okay.
Triple H (w/ Shawn Michaels) vs. The Undertaker (w/ Kane)
This match was like a wild brawl out of 1999 Attitude Era WWF. Before the match began it was announced that it will now be a No Disqualification match. Both men threw their best shots at each other. Michaels went back and forth from being a factor in the match or stopped short by Kane or the Undertaker. There were chairs, sledgehammers, and Kane going through a table. I felt age did play sort of a factor as both Triple H and Undertaker looked visibly gassed three quarters into the match. Undertaker and Triple H do all the moves you’re accustomed to seeing. In the end Michaels and Triple H were able to make Kane a non-factor then both focused on Undertaker. Triple H hits the Pedigree and Triple H wins the last ever meeting between he and The Undertaker.
But is he a winner?
Eventually all four men celebrate in the ring as a sign of respect between peers. Triple H and Michaels’ hand are raised for a rather long time when Undertaker and Kane attack Triple H and Shawn Michaels. The Heartbreak Kid is sent through an announce table then Triple H gets a Tombstone. The show ends with the Brothers of Destruction standing tall. My guess is that this does in fact lead to Michaels getting back into the ring, at least in a one match capacity.
What did you think of the show?
#WWESSD ends with The Undertaker and Kane beating down Triple H and Shawn Michaels. I’m guessing this whole thing isn’t over between them. What did you think of the show overall? What was your favorite/least favorite match of the night? FINAL VOTE:
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