Big Cass Attacked Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan
Joe is a national treasure whenever he has a microphone in his hand and his latest promo here was excellent in being short, sweet and to the point. Bryan cut one of his more fired-up promos in recent memory as well, but I'll admit that Cass announcing he was medically cleared and joining the main event between Bryan and Joe was slightly disappointing. I suppose that was the plan the whole time, but I was really looking forward to Bryan vs. Joe one-on-one. Hopefully someday.
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Tye Dillinger
Dillinger is definitely among the most underutilized athletes on the roster, but it was cool to see him have such a solid showing against Nakamura, even if the outcome of this contest was never in doubt. This was a fun little match where the crowd was behind Dillinger and, obviously, the 10 count/Last Man Standing tie-in with Dillinger was well done. We'll see if Nakamura and AJ Styles can make the most of the stipulation at Money in the Bank.
Tony Nese def. Akira Tozawa
It's a shame to see how far Tozawa has fallen from where he was a year ago, but at least he remains a treat to watch in the ring. As I've noted time and time again, Nese largely does nothing for me by this point, but he too can always be counted on for a quality contest, and thus this was a nice little match while it lasted. The crowd was into Tozawa's offense, but all it took was one moment for Nese to capitalize and score the victory.
Mojo Rawley def. No Way Jose
I loved the consistency with Rawley from last week when he attacked Apollo Crews following his loss and then here he laid out Jose before the bell. You rarely see that sort of attention to detail on Main Event these days, so I appreciated that. Wrestling isn't either one of these guys' strong suit, but they worked well enough together and produced a good match. Rawley just isn't a big time player in my eyes, but this new intense gimmick of his is better than whatever the hell he was doing before.
Finn Balor def. Braun Strowman by Disqualification
I'm typically not a fan of matches being repeated from the week prior (see: Bobby Roode vs. Elias), but this actually made sense after the opening segment that saw Stowman take a shot at Balor's height and Balor retaliate. For the second straight week, they contested a very entertaining outing with a predictable albeit logical non-finish. Neither of these men should be losing clean (especially Balor after losing last week), and it put heat on Kevin Owens for interfering, so I liked this a lot.
Jinder Mahal def. Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins by Disqualification
Elias did his usual shtick before the bout and was interrupted by Rollins, which played a factor in the finish to this match. Fun fact: Rollins and Mahal first fought back in 2012 where the winner would become the inaugural NXT Champion (spoiler: Rollins won). They proved they worked well together then and that was once again the case here. This was a damn good match with a solid story told and the crowd rallying behind Rollins throughout. Doing two disqualification finishes in a row was a little lame, but Elias hitting Rollins with his guitar afterward (causing Rollins to fly off the commentators' table in the process) made up for it. I expect them to clash for the Intercontinental Championship at Money in the Bank.
oVe def. Drago and Aerostar by Disqualification
I liked this match kicking off the show because it had energy and a fun pace. It didn't last long, mind you, but all four guys worked well together. No, I wasn't fond of the finish, but it was understandable because it allowed the both teams to be protected in addition to furthering the feud between Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan, which doesn't seem to end. However, I'm not complaining about that because it still feels like a hot program with Edwards slowly but surely slipping away into madness.
Cult of Lee def. LAX
Although it was odd for this to follow the tag team opener because they were so similar, I enjoyed this outing. These tandems have had good chemistry in the past and this was another entertaining encounter from them, even though the commercial break took up a majority of its time. LAX continue to lose without Konnan in their corner, while Cult of Lee desperately needed this victory.
TM61 def. Heavy Machinery
This was perfectly positioned as the opener to the episode with the crowd hot for the entertaining action and Heavy Machinery being super over as babyfaces. TM61 have also quickly settled into their role as slimy heels and I loved that they stole a second straight victory by resorting to underhanded tactics. I'd be up for more matches between these two teams because they work well together.
Lacey Evans def. Kairi Sane
It's clear Evans is still a work in progress, but I thought she had one of her best showings to date in this match, and of course the fact Sane was her opponent helped tremendously. Sane dominated a majority of the matchup before Evans hit her finisher (which isn't the best but whatever) literally out of nowhere and picked up the huge victory. Needless to say, this feud will continue and thus it was wise to have Evans go over here.
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