SD got some of its own Montreal magic, though nothing compared to the adoration that Seth Rollins got last night. AJ probably came the closest, and there was no D-Bry on the show, so the crowd didn't get to really sink their teeth into it. The official reason for his absence was the "fear of chest infections," which is okay, considering the damage Roddy Strong did to Bryan at the Greatest Most Excellent Royal Rumble of All Time Ever, and it gave Cass ammunition for his promo. Cass insisted he was better than everyone in the crowd, and there was some midget little person bashing for good measure. That's always a little cringeworthy, but I think it had the desired effect. The crowd booed Cass all the way to hell (it didn't feel like Roman heat), and my mother-in-law, who watches no wrestling, found it despicable, so mission accomplished I think.
Paige opened the show by announcing that the AJ/Nak match at Backlash will be no-DQ, which is basically a free pass for nutshots galore, but the part that went unexplored is that AJ has friends who would be free to interfere, while Shinsuke seems to have no backup. Suspiciously, the Good Brothers were nowhere to be seen this week, and I'm really hoping they don't do the turn at the PPV, since they haven't bothered to set it up at all. Nakamura, our resident expert at Greco-Roman Ballshots, did what he does best, and also laid out AJ with a Kinshasa. Shinsuke's gotten the best of AJ at every turn in this feud, so I'd put money on AJ retaining at Backlash.
Sheamus lost to Xavier Woods in a fun TV match. This all came about when the Bar tossed the pancakes New Day offered them for fear of them being laced with laxatives. I mean that would be totally up New Day's alley so I don't blame the Bar here. Big E spent the entire segment lubing his chest, and Woods promised to rip Sheamus's soul out of his body. I feel like the eventual rollup win wasn't exactly soul-affecting, but points for effort.
The show opened with Miz TV, in a segment where Miz desperately tried to get Orton and Jeff Hardy to attack each other, despite each of them being cool with the other's actions over the past few weeks. The highlight of all this, which went a little too long for my liking, was that Miz's first question to Jeff Hardy was actually about Miz's own match against Seth Rollins. Eventually, Shelton Benjamin inserted himself into the situation, and it led to a Teddy Long Special, which was a paint-by-numbers match that the faces won. After the match, Orton RKOd Jeff Hardy, in a SHOCKING TWIST that absolutely no one saw coming. The show closed with a six-woman tag, with the Iiconics teaming up with Carmella to take on Asuka, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch. This was a really fun match, and the crowd was way into it. Charlotte got to bust out one of her big dives, and Asuka went into beast mode to finish the heels off, and a good time was had by all. In case you've missed it, The Iiconics are very, very good, and if the rumors about Women's Tag Titles are real, those girls should get the first crack at it.
Let's do more shows in Montreal.
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!