The New Day beats The Lucha Dragons/Neville. They say Cena’s new catchphrase should be Hustle, Loyalty, and Booty.
From the start, Strowman imposed his will on the former tag champs. Major props with the offense he got in on Cena. He says there’s a time to entertain and a time to fight. The contest was a fun one, with Big E in particular at his best, spearing John Cena from the apron to the floor.
So, who would be the next opponent of John Cena? John Cena retrieved his United States title from Seth Rollins, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) heavyweight champion, at the WWE Night of Champions. Cena says the United States title is a symbol of excellence and opportunity.
What a surprise John Cena is doing the USA open challenges again. This week’s challenger was none other than Xavier Woods. I also like how Woods didn’t tap out.
This sets up a six-man tag team match, which The New Day win. Kofi Kingston pins Devon for the win. Still, I’d keep the belts on The New Day, honestly.
Kevin Owens and Rusev exchanged heavy blows in the middle of the ring during the start of the fight.
As the five women get ready to throw down, Paige comes out. With a virtual invisible appearance by Miz, Charlotte and Becky stole the limelight before Nikki tried taking some of it back by interrupting them.
The Bellas and Alicia Fox come out next. She says she feels bad for Charlotte, because by the time they have their rematch, she’ll be an emotional mess. Nikki tries to goad Charlotte into fighting Paige. Great digs by Paige about The Bella Twins’ boyfriends. Nikki goes to attack Paige and chaos breaks loose.
Reward Kane with the world title one last time. Charlotte also came off looking strong. If that was the case I would have gotten the title when I came back years ago and still had the title. More importantly, the match was a potential watershed for both participants, who each needed this kind of showing to re-cement their stature and command respect.
The Bella Twins beat Charlotte/Becky Lynch/Paige. I loved this. Harper near decapitated Titus O’Neil with the discus clothesline before Strowman choked the big man out.
Heyman did his part to sell the match by putting Show over as an actual threat to Lesnar. “I sure hope the demonic psycho beats up that narcissist at the big show!”
Paul Heyman is always great, but that’s becoming a given. Without a doubt in my mind, this is a way for WWE to get new subscribers for the WWE Network.
Backstage, Rollins was telling Ashley about Kane’s strange current condition, when the Director of Operations appeared with a gift for the champion.
Ashley then gave her assessment of Kane. Kane speaks. REACT: funny when he said WWE was “on fire”. Rollins unwrapped the parcel, revealing the severed head of his statue, which Kane claimed to have collected from landfill. Kane continues to act oblivious. “Kane on the brain” is a good slogan.
Someone made an anonymous complaint about Kane so “Ashley from HR” is brought in to evaluate the situation. Rollins arrived and said the whole thing was an outrage, before being threatened by Kane, who continued to exhibit a split personality. Sadly it was just a set-up for Ryback interference, for a feud that isn’t going to draw ratings.
Seth continues to mouth off as Kane is hauled off into an ambulance. He then turned his attention to Roman Reigns, declaring that they are “the alpha and the omega” and promising to destroy him alone. Smoke emerges from the vehicle, and The Demon Kane steps out. When he reaches the ring, he lays into Seth. He tries for a Tombstone Piledriver but Rollins wriggles free and escapes. Kane poses with the WWE Championship.
Like so much else about this show, I couldn’t decide if I enjoyed this segment.
Hell, it might be even better than the Raw we’re getting now. Both men get counted out. Or maybe it’s a precise representation of where we are in a post-#Occupy culture. I’m not sure they earned any eyes that weren’t already going to be on the match anyway, but they did what they could with it.
In the main event, Roman Reigns looked to end the feud – once and for all – by finishing off Bray Wyatt. The fans started the revolution by believing in the women of WWE. The only problem is that during the match they did not perform at a main event level. This was an excellent segment, with a solid match followed by a terrific brawl. Three hours is too damn long… As Wyatt gloated on the announce table, Reigns rose and drove him through the table with a spear.
This was a far more interesting use of the demon than last week’s escapades under the ring and certainly made Rollins seem like a despicable heel. Also the Roman and Bray Wyatt feud had another memorable moment.
Big Show vs. Mark Henry: I quite liked the honesty that came through in Show’s booking the past couple weeks. Orton shows up to kick the tension up a notch and we’re left wondering just what the hell will happen in the match later. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.