Sami Zayn Saved Shinsuke Nakamura From the United States Champion Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin on The Highlight Reel
I didn't think anything of it when he did it a few weeks ago, but Owens hosting The Highlight Reel yet again this week has to mean Chris Jericho will be back on WWE TV sooner rather than later, right? I know he's working WWE's tour of Japan in early July. At any rate, this was a solid segment that set up the tag team match that followed. It might have been better had we not seen the exact same thing on Monday's Raw, but the mic work from everyone involved was good, so I can't complain too much.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn def. United States Champion Kevin Owens and Baron Corbin
Nakamura and Zayn had a hell of a match at NXT TakeOver: Dallas last year, so hopefully we see a repeat at some point on the main roster. As for this matchup, it was fairly formulaic for the first half, but they picked up the pace coming out of the commercial break and delivered a fun final stretch. Owens and Corbin teasing tension of course plays into the narrative of it being every man for themselves at Money in the Bank. Meanwhile, Nakamura pinning Owens for the second straight week must lead to an eventual title shot for The King of Strong Style. Otherwise, Owens is being totally devalued as champion.
Drew Gulak def. Lince Dorado by Referee Stoppage
Gulak has actually been more entertaining to watch in the ring since he started this "No Fly Zone" gimmick, but this wasn't one of his better bouts in recent memory. However, I blame that more on Dorado, who appeared to be "off" throughout the contest, slipping up on simple spots. And then the match was called off because Dorado was unable to continue. I'm not exactly sure what he got hurt off of, but it might have either been the botched backbreaker or when he hit his head awkwardly on the mat immediately before that.
Heath Slater and Rhyno def. Curt Hawkins and Bo Dallas
Slater and Rhyno remain over with the audience despite not receiving nearly as much television time as they did in the fall, and Hawkins and Dallas were good foils for them here. Dallas looks more and more like his brother Bray Wyatt with each passing week and I wish WWE would hurry up and put them together as an on-screen unit already. This was a formulaic albeit fun tag team match where Rhyno once again used the spinebuster to win, so I guess he's slowly phasing out the Gore as his finisher.
The Miz Hosted Miz TV with Sheamus and Cesaro
Sheamus and Cesaro cut the same promo earlier this month about The Hardy Boyz being the WWE Universe's "new toy" and that's why they turned heel, but it was nice to hear from them at all heading into Extreme Rules. This segment was more entertaining for Miz's mic work and him hyping up his own Extreme Rules match with Dean Ambrose. Speaking of whom, Ambrose and The Hardy Boyz interrupting the heels was logical and it effectively set up the subsequent six-man tag team match.
Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose and Raw Tag Team Champions The Hardy Boyz def. The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro
There were a few sloppy spots and especially at the end where there appeared to be some miscommunication between Miz and Matt Hardy when it came to the Twist of Fate, but on the whole, this was a fun six-man tag team match where the crowd was invested in the action throughout. Sheamus and Cesaro haven't been able to win at all against The Hardy Boyz, but part of that actually makes me happy because it keeps The Hardy Boyz special and establishes them as an unstoppable unit.
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Ethan Carter III, Magnus and James Storm Confronted Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Lashley
It's been a while since Lashley last appeared in front of the crowd if my memory serves me correctly, and although I wish we would see more of him, he definitely comes across as one of Impact Wrestling's sole special attractions. He carries himself like a world champion, and his promo here was solid in addressing his upcoming challengers. EC3, Magnus and Storm cut good promos as well in hyping their No. 1 Contender's Triple Threat match for later in the night. By the way, doesn't Bruce Prichard know that Triple Threat matchups automatically feature no disqualifications?
KM and Kongo Kong def. Braxton Sutter and Mahabali Shera
As I've noted before, Shera does absolutely nothing for me, as it doesn't look like he has improved at all in his few years with Impact Wrestling. That said, I'm not surprised he's being pushed at the moment with the company beginning their tour of India in two weeks. The match itself was decent enough and everyone played their roles well for the most part (including the women at ringside) with the heels furthering their recent momentum by picking up the victory. Rosemary coming to Allie's aid afterward was interesting, though I'm sure it will lead to a title unification match between Rosemary and Sienna at Slammiversary.
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