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1, Kalisto def Apollo Crews
Russ: My Feed is really acting up tonight it keeps freezing on my. I picked this match up in the middle. Kalisto is dominating this match from what I have seen. Titus looks great in his suit. Why is Apollo arguing with Titus. Titus needs to cut ties with Apollo he isn’t good for the brand. Seriously, I thought coaches were supposed to get their guys faces and tell them what to do. Apollo had some of his best moves on display, but my guy Titus needs to show Apollo what it means to be a part of the Titus Brand!
Rating: 3, I missed 8/10th of the match, but I already know it isn’t worth going back to watch.
Kent: I like that although Otunga is back, Booker is still on commentary. I hate this thing where Apollo is arguing with Titus. It makes very little sense. This match was picking up momentum, and you would be shocked to find out that WWE felt the need to go to commercial break. Nice Samoan drop by Apollo that you don’t see often from him. Wow, this story is getting worse and worse. How does anything make any sense logically? Titus brought this one on himself.
Rating: 3.1 for what they gave us. Also, why is Renee dressed so casually? Just asking.
2. The Miz def Dean Ambrose to become the 7 time Intercontinental Champion
Russ: A little surprised they are starting out with this match, but I can understand it, gotta get that crowd started on the right foot. Maryse looks pretty hot in her outfit. Did I hear 92 PPV’s for The Miz? Good for him. Nice psychology so far The Miz is doing everything he can to piss off Dean. Decent chain wrestling going on. A little slow to start, this has been a very methodical match. I picked the wrong PPV to Live Blog! My feed is the worst is has been in forever! I missed whatever Dean did to almost get DQ’d! When did Maryse get kicked out! Fuck you WWE Network! Stop skipping. Glad that The Miz picked up the win. He is best when he has a belt around his waist.
Rating: 4.8, Parts of the match were good. Liked the psychology and the crowd was really into it.
Kent: I spent the entirety of this match fixing this week’s cursed 50th episode podcast because that fucking thing can just eat a fat dick. Sigh. This match seemed adequate, but I hate stupid shit with refs. As a matter of fact, if we never have a stupid ref moment again, I could be a slightly less miserable bastard. No Elias. I’m not watching tomorrow night. Fuck this.
Rating: I cannot rate this fairly, so I pass.
- Rich Swann & Sasha Banks def Noam Dar & Alicia Fox
Russ: I tried to get my internet and WWE Network back and functioning and during that time I missed the match. It was obviously short and meant to get the crowd excited. I’m not bothering to go back and watch this. I’m getting angry with the whole mess! On the night I decided to do this live I have the worst tech issues I’ve ever had! I can’t even keep connected to google docs to write this!
Rating: Anger Rising!
Kent: I didn’t pay much attention to this match. Russ is having all kinds of tech issues. Glad that we chose tonight as our first ever live wrestling blog. Rich looked great, but the women were the story of the match. I have no complaints here, and it was the best match that I saw tonight from a rating perspective.
Rating: 3.5 Also, NOW you give us Elias?!?!?!?! Fuck you WWE!
- Alexa Bliss def Bayley to retain the Women’s Championship
Russ: At least the network froze when Alexa was on my screen so I had something sexy to look at while I rage with anger over how shitty my internet is right now. I have never had this many issues before. It’s because I decided to live blog. If I decided that I would do a normal review this wouldn’t be happening. Ok, match hasn’t started and things seem ok right now. Let’s hope I’m not speaking too soon. Oh goody WWE Network has detected an error. I’ve seen the WWE Violence advisory more times tonight than I’ve actually seen matches! Wow, Kendo Stick came out pretty quickly, or at least down quickly. Why the hell does Bayley hesitate? It’s part of the match use the fucking thing! Good, Alexa will show you how it is done. Well, that was shorter than I thought it would be. Once Alexa got a hold of the Kendo stick this was all over. Decently brutal but Bayley is stupid.
Rating: 4, Alexa is still champion and my network seems to be calming the fuck down! Silver linings people!
Kent: That was a really bland and short match. Is Bayley healthy? Seriously, she never had the upper hand during this whole feud. I think Bayley is hurt. This really was underwhelming. No spanking either!!!
Rating: Underwhelming as F*^&$, 3.0
5. Sheasaro def The Hardy Boys to become the NEW tag team champions
Russ: I’m not sure why the Hardly Boys chose to go with a Steel Cage Match, but whatever! I’m expecting this to be a good match. Interesting the only way to win is to escape! So you kind of want to escape together or one member could be in deep shit. Ok, so Matt has both his opponents on the ground and Jeff is already out. Why would Matt try to climb the cage when he could have just walked out? Corey Graves mentioned “Double Edge Sword” I didn’t know he knew me that personally. This is a decent match, lots of big moves. Not sure how it was legal for Jeff to go back in, but that was a sweet whisper in the wind. The ending was a little cliched there with Sheasaro just beating the Hardly’s out of the ring, but ending aside I enjoyed the match. I didn’t enjoy having to start the match over 5 times, but at this point we all know my internet is sucking a double edged sword right now.
Rating: 5, I may go back and watch this when I can watch it in one smooth real time
Kent: When Sheasaro perform a double Razor’s Edge, maybe Michael shouldn’t say it was almost one. Maybe you acknowledge how awesome it was, like Booker did! Also, double edge sword. Russ’ dick got mentioned! The inherent flaw with this match is that you want your opponent to exit first so that you can double team the leftover. Jeff coming back in did please me. I hate to say it, but it was smart. What a total WWE ending. So dumb. Sheasaro should have just fucking dropped halfway down rather than keeping it close.
Rating: 5.5 as I would watch it again, but it didn’t give me a raging clue or anything.
6. Neville def Austin Aries in a bullshit rules submission match
Russ: So the Network keeps displaying that it can’t show video at this time! What the fuck else are you supposed to be displaying! Fuck this night has been nothing but horseshit! I’ve never had so many internet problems in one night! (Kent: This may be the angriest I have seen Russ over the past few years. Rest assured, I wish I had a hidden camera to see the rage.) So apparently, my internet problems were on the side of Spectrum. Since May 31st anything I’ve had to do with Kent has been a huge problem! Kent’s June Curse is real and it is starting to affect those around him! Finally, got to see the match and I agree with Kent, why are their rope count outs? Shouldn’t Submissions count anywhere? It’s a submission match! I loved how “A Double” showed the effects of all the attacks on his leg from prior in the week. Little things like that set him apart from many other wrestlers. Overall I really enjoyed this match once I could finally see it.
Rating: 5.3, I’m glad Neville won, but where does that leave Aries?
Kent: Wait wait wait, why is there a rope count? It’s a submission match. Isn’t the whole point of a submission that is that the only way to win, and therefore lose, is to submit. That is indicative that there is no DQ. Morons. I am so sick of the rules. Yeah, extreme rules eh? Extremely fucking retarded rules if you ask me. It is a submission match. The only thing that should matter is if someone taps out or passes out. I don’t even want to talk about how that match ended.
Rating: 4.3 mainly because the first part of the match was good. The rules killed this match for me.
7. Samoa Joe won the Fatal 5 Way match to become the new #1 contender to Brock Lesnar
Russ: This was a fun match! It was fun seeing the entrances and the crowd reactions. I liked how Joe and Bray teamed up together in a plausible way. The alliance lasted a little while, which you don’t see that often in these types of matches. Loved the spots and there were a few of them. I thought each guy got a chance to showcase their skills and a few big moves. Liked the ending sequence, but I was hoping for Joe to get a more dominant win. Interesting that no one ate a pin or actually submitted.
Rating: 6.4, I enjoyed this match quite a bit.
Kent: I have spent the past 15 minutes trying to help Russ with his internet. Finn didn’t come out as the demon, which I think is a big mistake. Roman got to come out last. Joe and Bray are double teaming fools. I just wish that Rusev was in this match as well. I actually want to see Rusev and KO vs Bray and Joe. Yup, I know that will NEVER happen, but I want it to. As for the match, I fell asleep at various points. I rewatched it and it didn’t keep my attention all the way through. Some good spots. I really liked everybody’s spots, but I felt that Seth, and to a lesser extent, Roman, were kinda left without many big spots to showcase their talent.
Rating: 5.7 and I wish it was higher but this was just a lackluster main event in all reality.
- Worst Match of the Night?
Russ: Well the whole night was awful for me! However, if I have to choose a match I’m going with with the Women’s. I Know I scored it higher than the kickoff match, but this match was too quick and Bayley, I don’t know since Mania, she has been a total beyotch and a real downer. I haven’t liked her since she lost the belt and in this match she did absolutely nothing. I have yet to watch the fatal 5 way, but I know it still has to better than this garbage.
Kent: The women’s match because I was really intrigued at how it would go. It started to build up and ended so abruptly. I wonder if Bayley is hurt.
- Best Match of the Night?
Russ: Fatal 5 way. Mainly because the rest of the card was watched in utter misery as I had to deal with my Internet Issues. Still it had a lot of great spots, and some good wrestling mixed in there.
Kent: What Russ said. All of the other matches had major issues for me. This felt like a good match. Still, I fell asleep during it initially. I had to rewatch it, and while good, at times, it didn’t hold my attention.
- Did WWE do good by Elias in giving him his own segment?
Russ: Sure, Any exposure to the public and they can boo him will help in the long run. I enjoyed the song, well the pieces I could watch without it repeating or skipping half a million times.
Kent: I felt that they botched it by not having him play a song towards the end of the Dean vs Miz match. Still, better than nothing, but I am a tad upset.
- Was Joe the right guy to be Brock’s first sacrificial lamb? How did you feel about that Great Balls of Fire advertisement?
Russ: I saw no such advertisement so I couldn’t tell you what I thought. Joe winning is a “Double Edged Sword” (Like a certain someone we know.” 1st: I’m glad he got a big win at a PPV he needed that. 2nd: We just know he is going to lose and he really can’t afford a loss like he will have with Brock. It will destroy his credibility.
Kent: Joe was not the right guy, and out of all of the matches that Joe could have afforded to lose, they give him this match to win. So dumb. Joe vs Brock at Survivor Series would be a great main event. Instead, they are just going to blow it off. That commercial was everything that a promo would be expected to be with such a name. Fucking hell.
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