Welp. I doubt that any of you have achieved particularly good odds on this result, but you are welcome to redeem your tickets.
Kevin Owens has already registered on New Day.
And you know what? I am doing very well.
Champions were in contact with potential challengers throughout the show. Finn Balor had to stop Andrade. Becky Lynch was confronted by Charlotte and Bayley. Damn, even the IIconics are working on a feud … maybe.
But the WWE champion? Without the presence of Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston was suddenly without a challenger. He was still at the peak, finally reaching his dream.
Welcome to reality, champion.
Kofi had a one-on-one match against Shinsuke Nakamura for the main event of this show, and it was good! Nakamura's sliding German suplex thing is cool and both have risen to the occasion of the main event of a show. As Kofi Nakamura with a S.O.S. met, Rusev intervened to cancel the pin attempt. The match was thrown out and we had a crash that left Kofi and KO in the ring. And … well. Kevin Owens did Kevin Owen's things.
Well, I like that: they do not throw softballs on Kofi to strengthen his reign. Here in KO he faces a legitimate world-class challenger. Since Big E is injured and Xavier Woods may be subject to an offense, Kofi's security blanket was taken from him. He will have to sink to the top or swim.
That's fascinating. That is different. Usually we do not see people like Kofi up to the top and have to deal with this kind of challenge. It's a real puzzle how it works. In addition, Owens guessed this because he is always brilliant. When he returned, he mentioned ̵
I am looking forward to this feud. It could be really fun.
Charlotte Flair, behaving like a snotty, chubby brat? Bayley with backbone? I do not even need a blazer – I'm in it.
There is not much else to say, right? Charlotte cried that she had lost her title without being bogged down despite the "Winner Take All" agreement. That's exactly what we expected from the queen. Lynch did her best to explain how the winner would do all the work, but she renounced it and began to talk about what she wanted to do (19459025): to fight new foes and move on to new opponents.
We all want a degree, right? I was waiting for Ember Moon to personally shoot for a title. And what Lynch suggests sounds absolutely sensible.
… Well, here is the problem. Does this new opponent have you in mind? You must be able to defeat Charlotte. And despite her moaning and complaining, despite a serious advantage from Bayley and a very tough contest, Charlotte was still number one.
Now it starts. One last time maybe. Charlotte vs Lynch at the money in the bank. But here's the tale of SmackDown in the future: To face The Man, you must defeat the queen.
Roman Reigns Accepts Elias Challenge – The thought that WWE would ever punish Reigns would be stupid, okay? As a spectator I do not accept this idea, because in reality I know better. I thought that would have hurt all her interactions on this show.
Having said this, if they really plunge into the absurdity of McMahon's ego and let Shane and Elias play against each other, this could be really good in the coming weeks
Finn Balor bes. Andrade – I am not a fan of how this game was framed in the end, but these two can really tear the house down. You have not even done anything extraordinary, have you? And yet the audience was completely invested in the end and celebrated a dub for the good.
Back to this frame for a second; This was essentially the opposite of their match last week. Tom Phillips closed the segment with the words, "Well, both are at SmackDown!" It would still be nice to have a clear direction for the champions.
Kairi Sane def. Peyton Royce – To be honest, I have a big kick out of the IIconics cutting promos and losing fast. It's so funny. Likewise? Get someone who has your back, as Billie Kay Peytons has. Dehydration is a serious problem.
I am also rather sad about this feud between Paige and her former absolution teammates. That should soon lead to a funny match.
I'm intrigued, Aleister Black – Black got an interesting promo backstage background where he sat down and talked about perception. We all saw him fight at that point, but what do we know about him? According to Black, the appearance of who he will inevitably evoke a judgment reaction. If you look at the guy … yes. Makes sense.
Here was the interesting. Black claimed that if we take our time, we'll see that "the world [we] grew up sentencing him." Set up as an anti-hero? A heel? Who knows, but he brings some much needed intrigue to the show.
Lars Sullivan beats everyone – He beats Chad Gable, who found Balor's old baby oil supply, the Singh Brothers and R-Truth, who made him run for a fact. And then, if I read his lips properly, he said, "That was so inspiring." Good Lord, Lars!
Firefly Fun House Recurrence! – It's still great!
Solid show. I think they need to work to make the Elias / Reigns feud more attractive and give some champions clear directions, but this was another great excursion from SmackDown.
It's your turn!