Live from Worcester, MA. (Btw, WORCESTER? Of all the places, Worcester? Just go Boston instead!)
Your big segment for the week was the reveal of the stipulation for the Styles/Nakamura match, and I'm happy to say it went a lot better than any of the "hyped" segments on Raw. Styles predictably wanted to get right to the point, and Nakamura predictably did not. After some mind games ( PILLOW FIGHT (twitter.com)) and some fisticuffs, Nakamura destroyed AJ with a chair and counted him out. That was a good touch, because the stipulation was Last Man Standing. Pillow fight would have been equally fun, I'm betting.
Remember how there was a promo last week where Samoa Joe promised to erase Big Cass off the face of the earth? Well, Cass's injury (more on that later) caused some re-planning and instead we got the Daniel Bryan v Jeff Hardy main event. Jeff and D-Bry seemed to have nice chemistry in what was a fun little TV match. Bryan won with his heel hook after Hardy's Swanton landed on Bryan's knees. And that heel hook is significant, because that's what apparently caused the Cass injury in the first place. The rumors for what's happening have been all over the place, so this change in plans could be because there's a legit injury, there's heat on Cass backstage for taking the little person beatdown too far, or because someone realized that Joe v Bryan is a far more engaging match than anything Cass can provide. And so, Bryan's win set up a last chance qualifier (twitter.com) between the two for next week, and you can sign me up for that.
The Miz opened the show with an excellent Miz TV segment with the New Day, trying to get the scoop of which one of them would participate in the MitB match, and failing that, trying to drive a wedge between them. Unfortunately, your boys were ahead of him every step of the way, correctly pointing out that they had a tactical advantage and they would not give it away by revealing who was in MitB. (Btw, the Miz did a spectacular job laying out the case for each member of the New Day as a singles star). Also, SHAME (twitter.com) on Miz for getting Fortnite's name wrong! This led to a match between Miz and Big E, which Miz won after the Bar ran interference. That set up a Teddy Long special six-man tag for next week, and that should be a fun match.
Lana beat Billie Kay in a MitB qualifier - more of the segment was devoted to Aiden/Peyton/Billie shenanigans, and that was a good decision to highlight that over having Lana try to go for any extended period in the ring. Naomi won her qualifier as well, over Sonya Deville and her kickass entrance music. Zelina Vega and Andrade's concerns about the level of competition on SDL were likely not assuaged after Andrade was fed another jobber this week. El Idolo did throw a FILTHY back elbow (twitter.com), though. The Good Brothers picked up a win over the Usos in a short match that left me wanting so much more. The teams looked like they had instant chemistry and could easily put together a longer classic. Both teams cut short promos prior to the match, and the only complaint I have about that is the lack of more Coked-Up Usos. Coked-Up Usos are best Usos. With the win, the Good Brothers earned the right to take on get squished by the Bludgeons at the PPV.
The show ended up being pretty forgettable, but that's an upgrade over Raw. There wasn't anything to really write home about, but I was sportz entertained. Catch y'all next week. Until then, stay fresh. (twitter.com)
(edited by used2bcool on 24.5.18 0938) 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!