Universal Champion Bray Wyatt Interrupted The Miz on Miz TV
The big question coming into this show was what happened to Daniel Bryan at the end of last week's episode. Well, we never got an answer to that, and I assume we won't see him again until after TLC is over or possibly at the event itself. Either way, WWE has quickly transitioned into a Miz vs. Wyatt feud at the pay-per-view instead, which I can't complain about. That isn't to say their match will be a barn burner, but it's clearly filler before Bryan returns and at least it's something different. This was a solid segment and I liked how they immediately established bad blood between the two by having Wyatt tease targeting Miz's wife and kids.
Alexa Bliss def. Mandy Rose
As a match, this was basically what you would expect from these two. It was far from amazing, yet not completely terrible, either. It just sort of existed so Bliss could return to the ring successfully after two months away. I will say, however, that spot with Rose ripping out Bliss' eyelashes was insanely stupid, or at least the commentators' reaction was. They put over how painful that must have felt, and while I'm not a female, I don't think it hurts as much as they made it sound. Humiliating, maybe, but definitely not painful.
As the end of the year fast approaches, now is the time to look back on the year that was and reminisce on everything that made 2019 so great, including WWE's most talked-about talents!
Tumblr recently released a variety of lists reviewing the best of 2019. Among the categories was top actors and actresses, video games, and even memes. Pro wrestling has always had a strong presence on Tumblr and 2019 was no exception. The following list will look at Tumblr's top 10 pro wrestlers of the year and feature my analysis for each selection. Let's get to it!
Toni Storm def. Killer Kelly
This was Storm's first match back on NXT UK since she lost the NXT UK Women's Championship at TakeOver: Cardiff over three months ago. I was happy she looked dominant in her return and that she won in a matter of minutes, but I hated that it came at the expense of Killer Kelly. I've said this before, but she has been criminally wasted since the start of the NXT UK brand. If they don't have any plans for her, they might as well let her go. At any rate, Kay Lee Ray attacked Storm afterward before Piper Niven made the save, which Storm wanted no part of. The seeds are being planted for a Triple Threat title clash at TakeOver: Blackpool II.
The Hunt def. The Outliers
Personally, I'm a fan of The Hunt and their in-ring intensity, even if they come off as a bit generic at times. Their opponents were Riddick Moss (remember him?) and Dorian Mak (the former Dan Matha). I believe they're managed by Robert Stone (the former Robbie E from TNA), but he didn't accompany them to ringside here. We have yet to see The Outliers on NXT TV and I thought they did fine against The Hunt. There's a lot of room for improvement, but at least they got to show what they could do while The Hunt picked up a needed win.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger in a Triple Threat Ladder Match
Ziggler and Kingston had been feuding over the Intercontinental Championship since the summer, so it was already well established that they had great chemistry together. Plus, Swagger being thrown into the mix helped freshen things up a bit. This was a really fun match with some suspenseful "nearfalls" (a.k.a. someone nearly pulling down the title). I believe the finish was botched, as Ziggler was supposed to catch the belt before it hit the ground. Either way, I thought it was clever, though I could understand why others may have thought it was lame. This was the perfect matchup to open the event with.
Divas Champion Natalya and Beth Phoenix def. LayCool in a Tag Team Tables Match
I remember this being one of the best women's matches I had seen in WWE up to this point. Of course, the women are involved in all sort of gimmick matches these days, but I'm not sure if there had ever been a women's tag team Tables match prior to this pay-per-view. There was one really scary moment where Phoenix landed on the back of her neck at ringside, but she seemed to be fine and was back in the action a few minutes later. Other than that, this was a pretty good Tables match and I liked the ending with Natalya putting both members of LayCool through a table via a leap from the top rope. Unfortunately, Natalya went on to drop the Divas Championship to Eve Torres out of nowhere one month later on Raw.
The Young Bucks and Dustin Rhodes def. Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz
This was exactly what I expected it to be in that it was a total spotfest, and while there was a lack of selling and some of those spots didn't even make sense (what the hell was Guevara going for when the Bucks superkicked him in midair?), it was still an incredibly exciting opener with everyone playing their roles remarkably well. It was especially cool to see Dustin in there doing his thing and holding his own. The Bucks and Santana and Ortiz have tremendous chemistry together and that was on full display here. AEW was wise to kick the show off with this and give the Bucks a win ahead of their Street Fight with Santana and Ortiz on next week's show.
Rey Fenix def. Trent
Trent is fresh off a singles victory over Pentagon Jr. last week on AEW Dark as well as a tag team win over The Lucha Brothers on the next night's Dynamite. He looked to keep the ball rolling here but was ultimately unsuccessful. I haven't been a fan of The Lucha Brothers eating defeat so often, mind you, but at least Trent has been given chances to shine on his own and the matches themselves have been terrific. This was no exception with the two making the most of the time they had and Fenix avenging his brother's recent losses.
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