The Miz Hosted Miz TV with Shane McMahon, Drew McIntyre and Elias; Miz def. Elias; McIntyre def. Miz; McMahon def. Miz
Yes, I realize I'm bunching four matches/segments into one paragraph here, but all of this happened within a half hour and bled together for me, so I said why the hell not. Miz TV starting the night off follows the same stagnant formula that has plagued Raw and SmackDown Live for years with the shows always opening with a talking segment. Shane told Miz that if he could beat Elias and McIntyre in back-to-back bouts, then they could face off. Miz vs. Elias was decent and Miz vs. McIntyre was a slight improvement, but Miz continues to come across like a loser, especially now that he's lost to Shane three times. Shenanigans or not, that's pretty bad. How can anyone in their right mind cheer for someone who can't beat a non-wrestler?
Heavy Machinery def. AJ Kirsch and Dave Dutra
For those who may not have recognized him (and I don't blame if you didn't because it's been years), Kirsch competed on the 2011 season of Tough Enough and did voice work for WWE 2K19. He and his partner were originally supposed to face Daniel Bryan and Rowan for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship but Bryan insisted that Heavy Machinery face the local athletes instead. It was a quick and painless squash that gave Heavy Machinery a necessary win.
The Viking Raiders def. Titus O'Neil and No Way Jose
It's worth nothing that for the first time in a long time, Jose didn't come out with this usual conga line. Did WWE finally eliminate it from the budget? In all seriousness, I thought that always held him back (especially since he never did it in NXT), so hopefully that's a permanent move. In other news, I completely forgot Viking Raiders were on the Raw roster until they resurfaced here. They have been gone from WWE TV for over a month now, which is sad considering how much momentum they had when they initially debuted. This was exactly what it needed to be with Viking Raiders going over in decisive fashion.
Natalya def. Sarah Logan
These two were actually on opposite teams in a tag match last week, so there technically was some buildup behind this bout. It's still baffling to me that WWE bothered to break up The Riott Squad if none of them have appeared on WWE TV since the split two months ago. It was cool to see Logan get as much offense over Natalya as she did and have a solid showing in defeat. This was very well-wrestled while it lasted.
Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Confronted Universal Champion Seth Rollins
Everyone played their roles just fine here, but I hate how every episode of Raw and SmackDown Live has to open with a drawn-out talking segment. It feels so formulaic and gets these shows off on the wrong foot. Nevertheless, Corbin made it clear that he'll have the ability to choose his own special guest referee for his Universal Championship match with Rollins at Stomping Grounds. I could've sworn he said it'd be Zayn, but I guess he was just teasing it and never actually announced him for the role. Teasing heel shenanigans in a pay-per-view main event seems like a poor hook to me.
Lars Sullivan def. The Lucha House Party in a 3-on-1 Handicap Elimination Match
What was the point of holding off on doing this match until Raw when it could have been booked this way at Super ShowDown? In fact, this feud has been going on for close to a month, so why didn't this match happen weeks ago? Sullivan making quick work of Lucha House Party and dominating them with such ease was exactly how this should have gone down. He came across like a complete monster in the process, but obviously this did nothing for the three Cruiserweights. Then again, they have spinning their wheels for so long that I doubt it matters that they've been beaten into oblivion.
The Usos def. The Revival (Kickoff Match)
It's sad that the sole tag team match at this event was relegated to the Kickoff show and it was even for a set of tag team titles. That's how highly WWE thinks of tag team wrestling, everybody. On the bright side, this was a very fun match while it lasted. Despite the bad creative in this feud, The Usos and The Revival have ripped it up in the ring whenever they've been given the chance to. The Usos avenging their loss to Revival from a few weeks ago was only inevitable.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins def. Baron Corbin
Corbin as a world title contender does nothing for me, personally. He was pretty boring on offense throughout this bout, but I figured that would be the story they'd tell considering Rollins was still selling the injuries he suffered at the hands of Brock Lensar on Monday's Raw. It was a solid match on the whole but nothing worth going out of your way to see. With Rollins rolling up Corbin for the victory and getting attacked by Corbin afterward, their feud will obviously continue going into Stomping Grounds later this month (unfortunately). Meanwhile, Lesnar attempting to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase but getting thwarted by Rollins via a low blow and some chair shots was well done. It would have been a mistake for WWE to book what was rumored online earlier in the day (Rollins retaining in the opener, Lesnar cashing in, and their matchup ending in a disqualification).
Austin Ace def. Cousin Jake
This might have been the first time we've seen Jake in singles action since he made his IMPACT debut, so it was tough to take him seriously as a threat to Ace, who has been on the rise lately. From an in-ring standpoint, this was a well-wrestled opener that was probably the best choice to kick off the show with. Plus, it succeeded in furthering Ace's momentum, so I had no problem with this whatsoever.
Rosemary def. Impact Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie by Disqualification (Non-title)
These two feuded early last year and had some strong matches together. I'd be nice to see them eventually rekindle their rivalry over the Impact Knockouts Championship, but it looks like their focus will be on Su Yung and the returning Havok for the foreseeable future. The match never really got it started before Havok interfered and attacked both ladies. I wasn't at all impressed with her last run in the company, so here's hoping she's more motivated this time around to be better.
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