I’d like to start by acknowledging an error in judgement the other day in my match predictions article. I originally put my personal feelings into it, and it was wrong.
I’m still very much against WWE holding the event, but there’s a time and place for everything. I ask that you acknowledge I am human and make mistakes, and I’ll be better because of it. Hopefully I can still earn your support, and if not, I understand. Now let’s get to the review!
Rey Mysterio def. Randy Orton
I could already tell from the jump that this match was going to be more of a sprint than a regular match based on the moves these two were doing early in the match. They practically reached the finisher reversal sequences within 5 minutes.
The overall match was okay for the time given even if there was no story told, but it just ended up kind of flat to me. The finish was kind of abrupt as well. If we are building towards a Mysterio/Orton feud, I’d be cool with that even though I’m not sure what they’d do that’s different from 2006. But this was more Smackdown quality if anything. **
The Miz def. Jeff Hardy
Random side note, but why did the announcer tell us all the titles Miz won and say that he’s a Grand Slam Champion after? They’re the same thing.
WWE is so fortunate this PPV is being held in front of a crowd that chants “This Is Awesome” to this match. It wasn’t bad, and it had a much better pace than Mysterio/Orton, but once again, it was about as basic a formula you could ask for. They played it safe and did what both both men did best. Still a feeling of dullness though. **1/4
Seth Rollins def. Bobby Lashley
So are all these quarterfinal matches are just gonna he sprints, huh? Rollins can work great with just about anybody, but when you have a time restraint and you’re working with Bobby Lashley, the match can only be so good. Fortunately, I wasn’t expecting this match to be anything great. Nothing else to say about this, really. **1/4
Dolph Ziggler def. Kurt Angle
I’d say that this was the best quarterfinal match by a mile, but then that’s also acknowledging that the bar for the other matches wasn’t exactly high. We had a bit more back and forth interaction than the other matches, but it’s still relatively on the same level as the other matches.
I expected Kurt to lose here because I knew he wouldn’t have the stamina to fight Dolph and Seth back to back. Unfortunately, this isn’t 2005 anymore, and that same explosiveness he once had is all but gone. Decent match, but nothing eventful. Maybe if this was 2009. **1/2
Cesaro (C) and Sheamus (C) def. The New Day – Smackdown Tag Team Championship
This was a match with a predictable outcome, and the only reason for The Big Show to travel to this show was to interfere in the end. We might as well should have just skipped to that point.
Overall, I found this to be a fine match. These two teams have made it practically impossible to have a bad match with each other. The pace was a bit different than that of the previous matches and had a little urgency to it, which was a welcome change. But probably no different than their other matches, save for the winner. ***
The Miz def. Rey Mysterio
This match was certainly better than any of the quarterfinal matches, as the heightened intensity and stakes gave the match a different dynamic. There was also some good near falls that I bought towards the end.
However, I’d like for you to notice that none of these matches have been GREAT. They’ve been either dull or passable. This particular match featured a much more frantic pace, and aside from a sloppy finishing transition, this match was pretty good. ***
Dolph Ziggler def. Seth Rollins
First thing I couldn’t help but notice is Dolph’s lack of selling of the leg from his match with Kurt. There seems to be little continuity on this show now that I think about it. Trust me, I don’t mind whenever Seth/Dolph fight, but at least pretend to not be 100%. In addition, we’ve seen these two fight way too much in a compressed period. It just feels tedious seeing them again.
Seth and Dolph is always a good match, and this was an expedited version of that. They did all their typical moves and spots that we are used to seeing. I don’t have to go into serious detail because there’s nothing different here, right down to Drew interfering. I was expecting Dean to influence the outcome and was shocked that Dolph won. But whatever. Solid match. ***1/4
AJ Styles (C) def. Samoa Joe – WWE Championship
Joe mentions Styles’ family and makes threats he can’t deliver on. AJ vows to defend his family’s honor. AJ and Joe have solid match. AJ wins. Rinse. Repeat. I understand that this wasn’t the original plan, but this match has been squeezed out to its very last drop. We should all memorize their matches at this point.
Nothing in this match differentiates from anything else they had. It was a very good match. Of course it’s a very good match. It’s AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. But I also never want to see them again. At least until next year. Finish was kind of funny too. Chalk this up on the list of how many times Samoa has failed to deliver on a guarantee. Poor Joe. ***1/2
Okay, seriously. What the fuck? Excuse me, but this is just the height of laziness. They just basically copied and pasted Roman and Lesnar’s match at WrestleMania without all the blood. I also found it funny how all the announcers were amazed and pissing their pants over Strowman kicking out of 2 F’5’s when Roman has kicked out 5 before.
Sorry, but I’m absolutely incredulous. What possible reason is there to not put the title on Strowman? How did he go from one of the fast rising future mega stars in the industry into an inept big man that can’t get the job done. Shame on anyone involved in booking this debacle. DUD
Shane McMahon def. Dolph Ziggler – WWE World Cup Finals
Is this a freaking joke? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not exactly Ziggler’s biggest fan, but no for real, are you fucking kidding me here? Shane hasn’t won a singles match since he returned two years ago, and you make Dolph have to lie down for him? For what reason? All that hooplah of the World Cup for….Shane McMahon to end on top?