AJ Styles delivers a devastating kick to Kurt Angle.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Solid opening tag team match with Sting and Joseph Park defeating TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray and Television Champion Devon. The in-ring action wasn't really anything to write home about, but it served its purpose in promoting two matches for Sunday's Slammiversary card. It was obvious Abyss wasn't going to enter given the fact that Abyss is Park, but it gave the heels an out for losing here. Furthermore, this was a smart way to kick off the show at their new time slot.
Fine match between Samoa Joe and Garrett Bischoff. Bischoff's pre-match promo with Dixie Carter was surprisingly good. His match with Joe wasn't half bad, but you had to know the interference from Aces and Eights was only inevitable. Even still, their brawl with Joe and Magnus was well done and the announcement of Jeff Hardy returning at Slammiversary was nicely executed.
Nice eight-man tag team match with James Storm, Gunner, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeating Bad Influence, Austin Aries and Bobby Roode. It was given a decent amount of time and everyone was able to hit their signature spots. It didn't do much to get me excited about the World Tag Team Championship match on Sunday, but it was a simple and effective set-up for the bout.
By CJ Blaze
It was announced during the Raw after Extreme Rules that there would be a handful of beat-the-clock matches to determine who would face CM Punk at Over the Limit for the WWE title. Daniel Bryan defeated Jerry Lawler by submission in the final match of the night. He beat the clock, and now had a shot at the WWE title. They had an outstanding twenty-five minute match, but Punk prevailed in controversial fashion.
Kane started to go after Punk and his title after they had a few run-ins, and Daniel Bryan still wanted another shot. As all of this was going on, AJ began to show interest for all three men, which added some spice to the feud. A triple threat match for the title was won by Punk at No Way Out. On the June 25 edition of Raw, Bryan won a non-title triple threat elimination match between the three men to earn another shot.
By CJ Blaze
The show kicks off with.. (in Teddy Long’s voice).. a tag team match!
The Wyatt Family vs. Travis Tyler and Sawyer Fulton
The Wyatt Family squashed the new jobber team. Like a bug. The Wyatt’s domination on NXT has been impressive, and hopefully they don’t squash no-namers week after week.
Winners: The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) - by pinfall
-Stephanie McMahon makes a big announcement in a pre-taped video. She announces that next week will be the start of a tournament to crown the first ever NXT Women’s Champion.
Curtis Axel takes control of WWE Champion John Cena.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Effective promo to kick off the show featuring WWE Champion John Cena, Ryback, Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel. Cena kept the comedy to a minimum and remained serious throughout most of his promo, which is always good to see. His proposal of the Three Stages of Hell match at WWE Payback was nicely done, as was Ryback's subsequent rebuttal. We haven't seen a Three Stages of Hell match in nearly four years, so it feels fresh and I'm certainly excited for it. Heyman and Axel's interruption was oddly timed, but it effectively set up the main event between Axel and Cena for later in the show. Axel showed more promise on the mic in this segment, so it's nice to see he's already improving.
Nice match between Alberto Del Rio and Big E Langston. While I didn't mind the bout given the fact these two work well together, I didn't understand the point in having his match if Del Rio avenged his loss to Langston on last week's edition of WWE Main Event. Not only that, but this contest received much less time than their rematch from last Wednesday night, so I was a bit disappointed by the brevity of the bout. It seems that a Langston face turn might be in the works, but I still thoroughly believe that it's too soon for that to happen. As annoying as the WWE App has become, it was nice to see World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler make an appearance for the first time in weeks.
Fun match with Dean Ambrose successfully defending his United States Championship against Kofi Kingston. It didn't receive much more than their initial bout together at the Extreme Rules event, but it was still enjoyable while it lasted. Ambrose winning in clean fashion was a nice touch in making him look like a credible champion. On a side note, I'd like to thank Brandon Duke for holding up the "Save Us GSM" at ringside during the match, which was visible on television. Nothing cooler than seeing your name get on Raw!
Great match with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns successfully defending their WWE Tag Team Championships against Team Hell No. Having Daniel Bryan and Kane run down to the ring to fend off The Shield was a smart way of leading into the matchup. The contest received an awesome amount of time and managed to outlast their previous match together at Extreme Rules. Once again, Bryan was the MVP of the bout with his exciting, aggressive antics that the Canadian crowd was undoubtedly hot for. I expected this match to occur at next month's Payback pay-per-view, so I'm interested in what role Bryan and Kane will play at the event now that they've invoked their rematch clause.
Brief match between Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett and Fandango with The Miz as special guest referee. Since both Fandango and Barrett are heels, it was smart to position Miz as the referee in order to give the fans someone to cheer for. While I'm disappointed Barrett continues to lose meaningless matches, Fandango's win allows him to enter the Intercontinental title picture. A Triple Threat for the belt at Payback seems rather likely at this point.
By Carson Koschik
I hate these types of weeks. Not because it was a boring week for wrestling, but because there was so much great wrestling matches that it was kind of hard to make this list. But, after watching a solid 14 hours of wrestling, I bring you the top ten matches of the week.
#10. Randy Orton vs. Big Show (WWE Extreme Rules)
In a match that almost no one really cared about, Orton and Big Show put on one hell of a show and gave us a reason to watch them. With some great in-ring chemistry, some cool spots, and a rare punt kick, this match ended up being one of the highlights of the show. As much as we like to crap on both Big Show and Orton for being quite bland, they can put on some damn good matches when given the opportunity. Now if they can just give us some good build-up to accompany those good matches...
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