It’s go home week for Super Showdown, if anyone is actually excited for it. That meant it was all systems go on RAW and SmackDown as they tried one last time to build any sort of hype for their upcoming show and sow some seeds for the next big PPV, Stomping Ground. We saw attacks, “interviews” and promos galore as the build progressed. There were some good matches on all three shows despite NXT being mostly a recap episode. Let’s get into it.
– Yet again RAW opens up with a confrontation between Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon. What started as a fun feud with heel Shane has become monotonous and tedious to watch. They keep rehashing the same thing over and over again. This confrontation led to a six-man tag match between Roman Reigns & The Usos and Drew McIntyre and The Revival. The heels go over and Roman is picked apart by the bad guys. In a turn of karma, The Revival hit the Shatter Machine on Roman and Shane Spears him.
– Lacey Evans and Charlotte gate crash a Becky Lynch promo and start winding each other up. Once the war of words is over the two have a match. This is thrown out once Becky gets involved, throwing Charlotte out and hitting Evans with the Man Handle Slam.
– Miz TV features the special guest of Seth Rollins who is anxious for Brock to announce his cash in so the pair can fight. The pair finally make an appearance but Brock is armed with a chair and mangles it over Seth’s back. Heyman tries to encourage him to cash in but Brock screams Friday (Super Showdown day) and hits Seth with the briefcase a couple of times.
– Rey Mysterio relinquishes the US Title to Samoa Joe and is then attacked afterwards anyway.
– Braun Strowman defeats Bobby Lashley in an arm-wrestling match. The pair fight afterwards with Lashley hitting a Running Powerslam.
– Nikki Cross defeats Peyton Royce after a distraction from Alexa Bliss gives her the opportunity to hit the Neckbreaker. Alexa goes off the rails post-match and Nikki has to calm her down.
– Lars Sullivan tries to attack Lucha House Party.
– Firefly Fun House this week sees Bray Wyatt teach Huskus the Pig about how to be fit and healthy whilst Vince the devil watches on.
– Ricochet defeats Cesaro via roll up. Cesaro attacks after the match but wants to use a table and encounters a hiding R Truth.
– Undertaker makes an appearance to demand Goldberg take their match seriously and bring Goldberg the fighter not Goldberg the family man.
– Shane McMahon once again attacks Roman Reigns. (Anyone bored yet?)
– Kofi Kingston opens the show and talks about never giving up only to be cut off by Dolph Ziggler. He and Xavier Woods beat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn via Trouble in Paradise then once again Dolph attacks again.
– A moment of Bliss is interrupted by Carmella and Charlotte. A triple threat match between Carmella, Charlotte and Alexa is made to decide the number one contender for Bayley’s belt. Alexa wins after Mandy Rose and Sonya distract Carmella and she’s able to hit a DDT.
– Elias wins the 24/7 Title in a Lumberjack match then loses it about 30 seconds later to R Truth under the ring.
– Andrade destroys Apollo Crews then brawls with Finn until Zelina Vega distracts Finn and Andrade can flatten him with a Hammerlock DDT.
– Lars Sullivan cuts the creepiest interview known to man. Not clever creepy, just weirdly worded and talking about mouse bodily fluids.
– Goldberg returns fire at the Undertaker claiming he will bring the monster Goldberg to fight. He wants a face to face with Taker, who teleports to the ring then quickly leaves again. This was a surprisingly good promo from Goldberg. It’s easy to forger how strong a talker he actually is.
– Keith Lee defeats Kona Reeves via Jackhammer
– Mia Yim defeats Bianca Belair via Second Rope Protect Your Neck
It’s been a rough week for WWE. Both RAW and SmackDown were basically the same show, reiterating the same story points and try to generate interest in a PPV no one is motivated for. NXT was marred by the post TakeOver highlight show effect so there wasn’t a lot to sink our teeth into but we do get Kushida vs Gulak in a submission match. So there’s that to look forward to. I do hope that once Super Showdown is over we start getting some interesting storylines again and more entertaining builds than the same boring dreck we’ve been fed the past few weeks.
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