I was indifferent to this card until the final 90 minutes or so. When you've had 2/3 of your second or third most important show pass and the biggest heat was a beachball getting ripped apart, it ain't good.
But the main event and the AJ v Owens match (until the finish) were stellar.
Strowman was a fucking beast. Throwing that announcers chair was an epic spot.
Oh, also, you could have tuned into the show around 8:00pm and been much happier, because almost nothing worth watching happened before that. Maybe New Day/Usos. But nothing else. Even after 8, the RAW title matches were really the best things about the card. I probably give match of the night to the RAW tag title match, because those four guys really busted ass to make it good, and after Cesaro destroyed the beach ball and got people to pay attention, they managed to get the crowd into it.
I guess I'm okay with Jinder retaining the World title, but I have no idea where they're going with this now, and I don't think they do, either. Brock retaining is some grade-A bullshit, the kind of swerve that they love so very much to do, but which doesn't help them, or us, in any way. A champ should be on the show, how hard is this to process? Brock was better than average in the match, and the other three killed themselves, but the one guy out of four who had no business winning went over because, I don't know, I guess Vince thinks it's funny?
Bright spots here and there, but thumbs down overall.
Brock went over because there is no plan B and there's not going to be one. There's only plan A, which is to wait until Roman is an over babyface, put Brock's heat on him, and make him into the next Cena. In other words, expect 4 title matches a year from a Brock & poor Cena doing Make-a-Wish duty well into the next decade.
I suppose there might be a plan C, which is to wait for someone else who Vince loves & can get over to show up, but I have no idea who that might end up being.
As for the match itself... 6 fist cocks & 4 howls to 2 German Suplexes is the wrong ratio.
Jinder made my daughter cry. Of course, she was up for almost 14 hours and ran around with her friends for 5 hours straight til 10:00pm. So fuck him. Also fuck the shitty booking for that. I have this feeling they looked up at the 9pm marked and realized all the titles had changed hands then do an about face with the last three titles where it was needed. I am fine with Sasha winning. Alexa/Sasha can go into the fall and we can maybe get Asuka or Ember challenging Nia. I have no clue what they are doing with Natayle other than here is the reward for wearing that outfit in the Southpaw skits which ok..I get it.
My friend was hoping for Taker to cost Brock his career which would make perfect sense instead we get Jesus Christ Superstar Suplex City. I am not a Braun guy, but man that was a breakout match for him. Joe got lost in that entire thing while Roman was once again good sport. I am not rooting for the guy, but its impossible not see he is eating a lot of pins to make the fans happy.
Cena and Orton just did not want to work. That is a frightening affair.
I thought most of the undercard was mediocre to bad TV matches, and the show was headed to oblivion until the beef arrived to (mostly but not really) save it.
I'm kind of surprised that three sharp wrestling minds in AJ, KO, and Shane couldn't come up with believable referee spots without putting Shane in awful positions throughout the match. The best part was Shane's reactions to their moves, especially KO's avalanche package driver. That was gorgeous. The worst part is a potential wrestling exhibition between SD's two best talents got sacrificed at the altar of storyline and Sportz Entertainment finishes.
That pre-show New Day/Usos match was hot.
This wasn't a good look for Naomi, Nakamura, or Corbin.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a lion still has claws
And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours!
The main event was great. Lesnar earned his check this time. Braun looked like a rock star yet again. Really, just strap a rocket to him and let him explode into stardom and put Roman on the backburner for a bit. There's something really big here.
The beach ball spot was fun and reminds me that Cesaro could also use that rocket, because the fans eat him up. Though he has made me like Sheamus, so there's that.
Glad Sasha won. Glad Nattie won. Glad we didn't get the Carmella cash in.
Enzo is the most useless person on the roster. Endlessly beat up. His entrance tron says "Certified G Protection." Who in the world would hire him to protect them?
Really the three kickoff matches belonged on the PPV, they could have been hotter with that crowd. Cena-Corbin obviously wouldn't go on the preshow, but it would have been easy to move Randy-Rusev, Show-Cass, and let's say Nattie-Naomi to the preshow. In no world does it makes sense to me to have the Hardys and New Day, easily two of your biggest draws, on the kickoff.
I was there and even though we entered when the doors opened at 5, we still couldn't get through security and to our seats fast enough to catch the Miztourage and Hardys match. It's weird to think the IC champion got to appear in front a basically empty arena.
The whole atmosphere in Brooklyn was just FUN. Every fan there really into it. Unlike a house show, there were no casual fans there. I think I saw every wrestler there represented on some fan's t-shirt. Also fans cosplaying as Flair, Piper, Warrior, Anderson and Gallows, and Jinder.
The beachball Cesaro spot was great. "Let's go beachball" "Beachball sucks"
Finn's whole demon entrance and the fog surrounding the ring gave me goosebumps.
Originally posted by andy1278Enzo is the most useless person on the roster. Endlessly beat up. His entrance tron says "Certified G Protection." Who in the world would hire him to protect them?
You know, considering what they've done with Titus, another bad wrestler who's at least VERY BIG, they've really got no excuse for not just having Enzo be a manager. Not every promo is on point (last night's was pretty inexcusable), but he's got the gift of gab, and the even rarer ability to transfer that heat to the people around him.
Back again. Who, me? Nah, Johnny Gargano's back! He returns to in-ring action tonight, versus Raul Mendoza, who you may remember as the plucky babyface from Brian Kendrick's first round match in last year's CWC.