WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore Addressed the Cruiserweight Division
I'm still not in favor of Amore taking the title and basically becoming the new face of 205 Live (he sucks in the ring no matter what), but at least he's much more comfortable on the mic as a heel and this was a good promo from him. He rehashed what he said on Raw about being a bigger star than everyone else and that since the entire division attacked him after the show went off the air, none of them are allowed to contend for his championship. Surely, that should change somehow, but it will be interesting to see how WWE works around that.
Akira Tozawa def. Tony Nese
Nese may have an impressive physique, but unfortunately, he's just another body on the 205 Live roster by this point. I watched most of this match and instead listened to the commentary because I knew what was going on in the ring wasn't going to be anything of note. Of course, I was right and it was a decent albeit forgettable match. Drew Gulak, on the other hand, is an entertaining heel with his PowerPoint presentations and stole this segment with his post-match promo.
Sami Zayn Confronted Kevin Owens
Owens is awesome no matter what, but as I discussed in last week's SmackDown Live review, he is so much better when he's super straightforward and serious as he was here. It's well-documented that his dynamic with Zayn is incredible, so it wasn't surprising in the slightest that they had an enjoyable exchange on the mic here. It was probably Zayn's best promo since coming to SmackDown, and Owens played off him well. The build for their bout throughout the night was great with Zayn saying he wanted Owens for himself and that Shane McMahon can get his hands on him at Hell in a Cell.
Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger by count-out
It's cool that while he won't be involved in the United States Championship match at Hell in a Cell (at least not yet, anyway), Dillinger is still lingering around the Corbin and AJ Styles feud. He and Corbin had a pretty basic bout, but Dillinger wasn't squashed like I thought he would be, and he was even protected by the count-out finish. Styles vs. Corbin hasn't been lighting the world on fire so far, but perhaps a memorable match at the pay-per-view would change my mind.
Rhyno def. Dash Wilder
This is the third straight episode of Main Event that Wilder has been a part of, so it's good that WWE is utilizing him as much as they can while his partner Scott Dawson is out with an injury. He and Rhyno actually faced off two weeks ago and had a decent match, though this wasn't much different. The crowd was into it because they recognize both guys, but they didn't do anything that was too much out of the ordinary.
Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik def. Drew Gulak and Tony Nese
At this point, I honestly think Gulak is better off by himself than being paired with someone like Nese. Gulak actually has a character now with his PowerPoint presentation gimmick, while Nese is an impressive physique and nothing more. Nevertheless, this was a fun little match while it lasted and it was cool to see Dorado and Metalik showcase their skills more than usual. They'd be a great tag team if they weren't relegated to the Cruiserweight division.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz Hosted Miz TV with Roman Reigns
As always, Miz was super strong with his mic work and I will never not laugh whenever he takes shots at Jordan by bringing up his unborn child. I enjoyed the dynamic he had with Reigns here, and speaking of Reigns, this was one of his better promos in recent memory. I'm glad they got the Shield vs. Miztourage talk out of the way because that is definitely not the match I want The Shield to return for right now. Not only did this set up Reigns vs. Miz for later on in the night, it also tied nicely into the subsequent tag team match with Matt Hardy, Jason Jordan and The Miztourage.
Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan def. The Miztourage
Jeff Hardy is out injured for the foreseeable future and no timetable was given for his return, which was a bummer. Here's hoping Creative finds something meaningful for Matt to do in the meantime. As for this match, it was a pretty formulaic tag team outing. Matt and Jordan scored the win as they should have, but it didn't seem like Jordan gained any more supporters than he had before. Fans simply don't care about him at the moment, so a heel turn might need to happen sooner rather than later.
Elias def. Apollo Crews (Kickoff Match)
Elias has gradually been building momentum on Raw since debuting earlier this year, but he has yet to settle into a real feud. That said, I think he and Crews could benefit from working with each other since it would give them direction and we could get good matches out of it such as the one we saw here. It wasn't anything overly exciting and no different than any other Kickoff match you've probably seen, but it served its purpose in giving Elias a nice win.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz def. Jason Jordan
There is no doubt that Jordan can hang with the best of them in the ring, and there's also no doubt that he isn't over with the audience as a babyface. Crowds didn't care about him before, whereas now he's being booed. Then again, Miz calls Los Angeles his home away from home, so I can't say I was shocked, but he's basically the second coming of Rocky Maivia at this point. I realize The Miztourage cost him the championship here and the feud might not be over, but Jordan's awful post-match promo should be an indication that it's time to turn him heel.
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