Kevin Owens saw his chance after New Day lost to injuries due to injuries. And now, a week away from another betrayal of friendship, he has also taken Xavier Woods out of the equation. Kofi Kingston has to sink alone or swim.
And so we started this show. Michael Cole, for some reason, interviewed Kingston in the ring and reviewed the whole thing. We had another round of "Hey Man Congratulations on achieving your dream!" What … I mean, it's 3 weeks after WrestleMania. Eventually, the stuff gets old and I've stopped it.
I loved Kofi's explanation for including KO in her group. He said they might be fools, but they were fools. New Day believes that people should be able to change for the better. And it is annoying that KO went this way, because he only had to ask for a title shot.
Owens at this point interrupted the statement that Kofi was above his head and would drown in that position. Xavier Woods, apparently still less than 1
We had two more sections of this feud throughout the night, and the backstage scene between Kofi and Xavier was possibly the most interesting. Xavier almost seemed to be afraid to let his friend go alone. However, Kofi is confident and does not want his friends risking their health, even for the championship title. This is a touching little moment and a cool thing for Kofi.
And he also supported it. While Owens talked about the garbage to finish the show, Kofi quietly entered the arena to stare at the challenger before accusing Owens and forcing him to flee. Owens may talk about drowning and trying to question Kofi himself, but it obviously does not work.
So … that's good! It's not revolutionary or a big moment, but it's solid. I'd like to know what tact Owens next tries to get Kofi in the head.
MITB Ladder Match Contestants by SmackDown
SDL received the same treatment as Raw for MITBs, but the match is much more impressive for this brand. Finn Balor and Ali vs. Randy Orton and Andrade? Please log in!
Most notably, Andrade played against Randy Orton before the game. Andrade said he did not respect any of the other two men, but his arrogance might be even greater than Orton. Andrade confirmed Orton's many World Championship titles before saying, "Mark me if you want to learn something."
Orton was not amused, of course.
The game was pretty short, but it was still entertaining. Balor and Ali, who dived from both sides of the ring, were having fun. The only thing that bothered me is that they did not pursue Andrade's claim at all. Zelina Vega was on the ring and helped him get a foot on Balor, but it did not really help El Idolo. He finally took 450 spills from Ali and suffers the needle. If he wants to say such things, at least they have to give us more if he wants to eat a pin.
Orton beat Balor with an RKO because he is Orton and that's what he does. Ali threw up his heels and stood up.
Becky Lynch def. Bayley – A very fun game, and the first game of the week I actively sat down and enjoyed it. I like the way Bayley told this little story – or at least one that was implied. She tries to go it alone without Sascha, and she has created a new advantage to reach the heights of people she was once like Lynch and Charlotte. If you do it well, then I could really start digging it.
Becky won as she threw Bayley's Top Elbow Drop against her elbow, but was subsequently attacked by Charlotte. The not so subtle message is: BUT CAN YOU TREAT TWO OPPONENTS IN ONE NIGHT ?!
Roman Reigns def. The B-Team – Someone gives Roman expression when Elias played his guitar. Please use it generously also in the comments.
I liked Roman's promo mostly. He beat Vince because he wanted to give the new brand a point and an impression and the truth is that he could have hit anyone. He just wanted to meet someone .
The quick return to "The Big Dog" and "This is my Yard". I'm not a fan. This is a man who poured us his heart over a real situation and to go back, just seems insincere. And that does not mean that EVERYTHING has to go … it just needs to be changed.
Anyway, that was a stupid fun. It was really funny, but Roman does not have any other plans yet.
A New Aleister Black Promo – We're only two weeks a week, but I still enjoy what Black does with these promos. He called fear a "tool", which is interesting because it means that it is something that he intentionally cultivates. He said that fear paralyzes opponents and implies that he uses it to defeat his opponents.
There were some cool pictures and I like the subtle things that Aleister does in these promos. It is completely silent, except for his voice, for example, with the black abyss behind him. His eyes, flickering in the room, are neat. My only problem is that the end result is not exactly visible. As long as you lead this to a feud that complements these promos, it should be fine.
Hardy Boyz renounces title, Lars Sullivan is still my jam – I seems almost inevitable for the Hardys at this stage careers and that really sucks very much. With this statement, I like how they used Jeff's injury to help build one of their healthy superstars in Lars Sullivan.
Lars destroyed Matt Hardy before turning to Jeff, who was trying his best to limp out of the ring. And there was a moment when I wondered if Jeff could actually strike at the moment and if they actually let him hit something. Instead, R-Truth tried to slow Lars down with a chair. Instead, Lars struck the damn chair and destroyed R-Truth again.
My problem is that although Lars is entertaining and certainly plays the role of the monster, there is no real intrigue about what he does. When will he, for example, look for a bigger name? When do we get motives or intentions? We certainly do not need it yet, but that's the next step for him to do right.
The SmackDown Women's MITB Candidates – Ember Moon, Camella, Bayley, Mandy Rose. This did not take much time, except for a little backstage promo before the main event that … eh.
Kairi Sane and Askua def. Local Talent – The music mashup is a bit weird and Corey's "Sue Mac" joke made me moan aloud. In addition, it was fine, I think.
Mandy Rose did not deserve Sonya Deville . – Deville saw through Roses stupid act and was still so kind to give Rose the ranking place. Rose did not even manage to earn Deville in her corner.
This show was definitely better than Raw, but I still have the feeling that it's just … okay? Nothing is really clicking and lets me invest. Looking back on my review, I can see several times where I demand more than what we get. From almost every story, frankly.
Grade: C +
Sound about right for you, Cageside?