Bobby Lashley and Mickie James def. Finn Balor and Bayley
As I noted in my Raw review from Monday night, Balor and Lashley have little chemistry together. That wasn't much different here. They competed against each other at a few points and it was fine, but I actually enjoyed the interaction between Bayley and James more. It was a well-wrestled match on the whole, yet hardly anything worth going out of your way to see.
Jimmy Uso and Naomi def. R-Truth and Carmella
Holy hell, this was atrocious. It was almost as if they didn't even try. This four-minute "match" basically consisted of the two teams going back and forth on the mic for half the time, doing dancing stuff, and attempting to wrestle. Truth be told, it wasn't very good. To top it all off, the finish came out of nowhere and the crowd was flat for it, which I don't blame them for whatsoever. This was easily the worst matchup I've seen in the Mixed Match Challenge yet.
Braun Strowman and Ember Moon def. Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox
This was a total mismatch on paper, since Strowman and Moon have been dominant throughout Season 2 while Mahal and Fox are a throwaway tandem. Despite that, this was a decent little match. Of course, I don't care for the Mahal and Fox pairing whatsoever, but Strowman and Moon are a blast together and made this bearable. I have no doubt they'll end up advancing to the finals to face whoever advances from the SmackDown Live side (probably The Miz and Asuka).
WWE Champion AJ Styles and Charlotte Flair def. Rusev and Lana
Damn, Rusev and Lana may be married, but they can't win a match to save their lives. Styles and Charlotte, on the other hand, continue to gel well as partners and are outlasting the competition. This was another entertaining outing on the whole with some fun antics here and there. I also liked how Styles sold the beatdown he received earlier in the evening on SmackDown, and how Charlotte remains distraught over her loss to Becky Lynch at Evolution. I'm excited for their eventual clash with Miz and Asuka, which I assume will be saved for one of the last weeks.
Finn Balor and Bayley def. Bobby Roode and Natalya
The bit at the beginning with Balor and Roode exchanging jackets/robes was pretty funny, but everything else about this match felt average to me. That surprised me, just because you have four really good workers involved and you'd think it would have been more memorable than it was. On the bright side, Balor and Bayley keep rolling as a team, whereas Roode and Natalya have next to no chemistry together.
The Miz and Asuka def. Jimmy Uso and Naomi
Although they've gone undefeated for this long (including in Season 1), it looks like Miz and Asuka are finally starting to tease tension and aren't getting along as well as they used to. I like the seeds of dissension being planted because I assume that will lead to their eventual downfall. As for this match, it was slightly more enjoyable than the previous outing, but not by much. They managed to make it entertaining, but it was hardly must-see.
Bobby Lashley and Mickie JAmes def. Bobby Roode and Natalya
For those unaware, Lashley and Roode actually feuded over the TNA World Heavyweight Championship years ago, and although they had chemistry back then and they worked well together here, their characters are pretty boring at the moment and thus this lacked any spark whatsoever. The stuff with Natalya and James was fine, too, but as an overall package, this was a weak outing and I don't blame the crowd for not getting into it.
The Miz and Asuka def. Rusev and Lana
Despite no longer teasing tension during their rivalry with Aiden English, Rusev and Lana continue to lose, but then again, there was no reason for them to win here considering Miz and Asuka went undefeated last season and won the whole thing, so they should win as many matches as they can this season as well. As a match, this was enjoyable at certain points and I liked the interaction between Miz and Lana, but it hardly made up for Miz vs. Rusev lasting all of 60 seconds on SmackDown Live earlier in the night.
Braun Strowman and Ember Moon def. Finn Balor and Bayley
Well, it certainly looks like Moon is permanently replacing Alexa Bliss as Strowman's tag team partner this season, which is a shame because Team Little Big was one of the only reasons I was looking forward to this show returning. On the bright side, Moon isn't a bad substitute and she has nice chemistry with Strowman. It's not as strong as the chemistry Balor and Bayley have together, though. This was a very fun match where all four competitors worked well against each other and the right team went over.
WWE Champion AJ Styles and Charlotte Flair def. R-Truth and Carmella
Truth and Carmella are a completely wacky duo and I'm digging it so far. If nothing else, it's better than whatever the hell either of them were doing before their paired up. At the end of the day, they're comedic relief and they shouldn't have beaten Styles and Flair here, even if Flair entered this thing "hurt" from earlier in the evening. It wasn't as entertaining as the previous bout, but it was solid for what it was and the dancing stuff didn't bother me too much.
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