ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions Villain Enterprises def. Jay Lethal, ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb and Rush
Lethal, Cobb and Rush are a really random trio and I have no idea how they managed to earn themselves a shot at the six-man tag titles, but hey, I can't complain because this match was excellent. It had a frantic pace and was all action from start to finish. It's easy to forget that the six-man titles are a thing sometimes because of little they're featured, but Villain Enterprises pulled out another top-notch performance here. PCO pinning Lethal for the win was notable, even though his ROH World Championship with Matt Taven has come and gone. Afterward, Kenny King attacked Lethal and I'm totally fine with that as a feud.
ROH World Champion Matt Taven def. Flip Gordon
The video packages that played hyping up Gordon as well as Taven's title win were terrific. It gave this bout a big fight feel even if the finish felt slightly predictable. Gordon never ceases to deliver in high profile matches and this was no exception. Taven tends to be hit or miss, but this was going very well up until the lame finish. The Kingdom interfering and aiding Taven to victory was weak. If that's what the company has in store for his title reign, then I don't have high hopes.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston Confronted Brock Lesnar
There's a lot of fan frustration over Lesnar becoming Mr. Money in the Bank (and rightfully so), but WWE's decision to give him the contract is worth it alone for the visual of Lesnar listening to the briefcase like it's a damn stereo. In all seriousness, this was an excellent segment that, for once, gave viewers a reason to tune into the rest of the show to see if Lesnar would cash it in. Plus, Paul Heyman gloating over a Lesnar victory never seems to get old.
Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn
You had to know it was only a matter of time before Strowman got his hands on Zayn following Zayn's fluke victory over Strowman last week, but I didn't think it would be this quickly. I guess WWE wanted to get it out of the way so Strowman could focus on Bobby Lashley at Super Show-Down next month. Zayn did his best to avoid Strowman by running around the arena, which was entertaining, but he was squashed all the same.
The Usos def. SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan (Non-title; Kickoff Match)
To be completely honest with you, the people I was with and I were still getting food by the time this match started and ended (we waited almost an hour and a half...), so I didn't see any of it in person. In fact, we didn't get to our seats until minutes before the pay-per-view went live. However, I have since watched it on YouTube, and similar to their initial encounter two weeks ago, this was good and the final stretch in particular was fun. These two teams work well together, but I don't understand why a Raw tag team would beat the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. I know we have this dumb Wild Card Rule, but I really wish they would focus on their own feuds on their own shows.
Bayley def. Mandy Rose, Carmella, Ember Moon, Nikki Cross, Naomi, Natalya and Dana Brooke in a Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
For the third straight year, the women put forth a hell of an effort, and this was probably my favorite women's Money in the Bank Ladder match to date. It helped that a lot of these ladies could have realistically won and everyone got their time to shine. Nikki was a nice replacement for the injured Alexa Bliss, Moon hit her finisher off the top of a ladder at one point (which looked awesome), Carmella was "hurt" early on but returned toward the end, and Rose nearly won with help from Sonya Deville. Ultimately, Bayley was able to reign supreme and the crowd exploded. Of course, that wouldn't be the last time we'd see her on the show, but this was a great way to kick off the night.
I previously reviewed Seth Rollins' match against (Antonio) Cesaro, which I believe was supposed to be a dark match for an NXT/Florida Championship Wrestling taping. Well, it was only a few months later that Rollins mixed it up with Cesaro's old Kings of Wrestling tag team partner, Kassius Ohno. Although Cesaro was fast-tracked to WWE's main roster around the same time as this FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship match (April 29, 2012), Ohno stuck around in developmental for a littler longer, and in fact, FCW/NXT is where he remained until getting released in 2013. Hell, even now, he remains in NXT/NXT UK and will likely never be brought up to the grand stage.
That said, Ohno is a tremendous talent and can work with pretty much anyone. To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of his in-ring style when I started watching in NXT, but his early work has since grown on me. He and Rollins wrestle very differently, yet they meshed exceptionally well here, and I loved their dynamic with Rollins being the fighting babyface champion coming into this contest and Ohno being the aggressive heel challenger who was willing to do anything to take the title. Even without knowing much about the buildup to the bout, I was hooked as a fan the moment the bell rang.
Dean Ambrose's recent departure from WWE has led to a lot of fans recalling his best bouts and feuds while with the company, and I don't think there can be any debate that his greatest rival was Seth Rollins. They were closely linked throughout their respective main roster runs, having started out in The Shield together and later feuding over the WWE World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. Hell, they even teamed for a time and became Raw Tag Team Champions together.
What some may not know, however, is that their history dates all the way back to their days in Florida Championship Wrestling. There, they collided on many occasions, but perhaps their most memorable match against each other took place on September 18, 2011 where the FCW 15 Championship was on the line. For those unfamiliar, the title was contested in 15-minute Iron Man matches, which is actually a pretty cool concept, and Rollins was definitely the perfect person to be in possession of it at the time. Interestingly enough, instead of a traditional title belt, the championship was represented by a medal. Maybe they couldn't afford a title belt and had to settle for that?
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