1. After an alternately boring and pretty good Money In The Bank, new champ Dean Ambrose arrives and almost leaves the belt in a cab. The crowd are pretty happy as he makes his way to the ring and talks about his historic victory. Ambrose is gold on the mic as ever, but is inevitably interrupted by Roman Reigns, then Seth Rollins, both demanding a rematch. Shane comes out and sets up a number one contendership match as tonight’s main event.
2. The first match of the night is Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens, and Zayn has to battle both the wily viciousness of KO and the anchor of a plucky underdog gimmick. Owens plays the heel to perfection while Sami works his ass off and picks up the surprise victory. After the match Owens jumps Zayn on the ramp, and the pair have to be separated by officials. I’m happy that the program between these two is continuing – they’re great in the ring together.
3. After some BS with Johnny Ace and Shane (which is justifiably fast forwarded), Enzo and Cass come out and do their thing. They’re facing the Vaudvillains in a grudge match, and both teams turn it on for a very entertaining bout. Enzo and Cass pick up the win with the rocket launcher, which is apparently now called the Bada Boom Shakalaka, which is about the worst name I have ever heard. Nice work, WWE writers.
4. AJ Styles is out next to talk about his victory over John Cena and his impending appearance on the Stone Cold podcast. While he still sounds like a bit of a hillbilly, Styles cut a decent promo until the Club came out to answer his whining. Cena joins the party and accuses AJ of breaking the contract, so Gallows and Anderson apologize to Cena in the most sarcastic of ways. As punishment for being awesome, Anderson has to take on Cena in a singles match.
5. Short but decent match with Anderson bumping like a pro and Cena looking dominant – after a few minutes the Club interfere for the DQ.
6. After a couple of interviews with Rollins and Becky Lynch, we get the pleasure of watching Baron Corbin take on Zack Ryder. Wait, did I say pleasure? I meant excruciating boredom. Corbin wins with the end of days after an entirely forgettable match.
7. Next up Paige is taking on Charlotte, accompanied by Dana Brooke, who hasn’t exactly been a good luck charm recently. Paige puts up a good fight before Charlotte picks up the win after the Dana distraction. After the match Sasha Banks comes out to save us from mediocrity.
8. After a bit setting up the Wyatt Family vs New Day, we get a rematch that almost nobody demanded, Rusev vs Titus O’Neill. Titus is fired up and Rusev bails through the crowd. Well that was something…
9. After a predictable amount of time wasting Ambrose makes his way to the commentary table as Roman Reigns takes on Seth Rollins. Reigns plays the power game but Rollins counters with actually being a good wrestler, and in the process carries Reigns to a pretty decent match. After a double count out finish Shane comes out and sets up a triple threat match at Battleground.
10. Ambrose finishes the night by hitting dirty deeds on both Reigns and Rollins, and WWE continue the trend of trying to carry a three hour show with a handful of good matches and a hell of a lot of filler. What will the brand split bring?
Tags: dean ambrose, Kevin Owens, RAW, seth rollins