Backstage promo with Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio all bickering about who is gonna win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match later on tonight.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin
Ziggler tries to take down Corbin early to no avail. Corbin avoids a superkick, but Ziggler with a dropkick. Corbin slips out of a neckbreaker, hits a big right hand and takes control. Ziggler sends Corbin outside, but he quickly gets back in and clotheslines Ziggler for 2. Ziggler fights out of a Cobra Clutch, but Corbin hot-shots him across the top rope. Corbin talks trash as the crowd chants “Boring.” Another big right hand as Corbin taunts the crowd. Ziggler fights back, series of clotheslines, corner avalanche and a neckbreaker. Big elbow drop by Ziggler gets 2. Corbin blocks the Fame-Asser and a superkick and hits a big clothesline for a close 2. Corbin blocks another Fame-Asser and Snake Eyes Ziggler on the turnbuckles. Ziggler finally hits the Fame-Asser for a close 2. Corbin avoids another superkick and heads outside. Ziggler runs out after him, but Corbin hits him with Deep Six outside! Both barely get back in before the count of 10. Corbin with more shots to Ziggler. Corbin blocks the leaping DDT, Ziggler gets out of End of Days, finally hits the Superkick, but Corbin kicks out! Corbin stops Ziggler on the turnbuckles. Ziggler blocks a superplex, but Corbin crotches him.
End of Days gets Corbin the win.
Winner: Baron Corbin by pinfall (End of Days)
Solid match, Corbin put on a very good performance, in spite of the Vegas crowd chanting “Boring” during it. Ziggler is another gatekeeper at this point in his WWE tenure, but he did a good job again at making Corbin look great. I liked this.
We see Seth Rollins preparing backstage.
WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Natalya and Becky Lynch
Natalya and Dana start. Quick roll-up by Natalya for 2. Dana draws Natalya’s ire and backs up into the ropes. Natalya sweeps out Dana’s leg, running basement dropkick. Hart Attack by Lynch and Natalya to Charlotte. Double hiptoss to Dana. Stereo baseball slides by Lynch and Natalya. Lynch gets 2 on Charlotte. Roll-up by Natalya for 2. Dana knocked off the apron, but grabs Natalya’s leg, allowing Charlotte to hit a big boot for 2. Charlotte and Dana take control on Natalya. Lynch knocked off the apron, then Charlotte draws Lynch in as Dana works over Natalya. Charlotte sent into the ringpost shoulder-first, but stops Natalya from making a tag. Lynch off the hot tag, clotheslines to Dana and Charlotte. Running corner forearm, springboard one-legged kick to Dana. Bex-Plex to Charlotte, Dana breaks up the pin. Double missile dropkick by Lynch to Charlotte and Dana for a close 2. Charlotte gets out of a double suplex, big boot to Lynch. Nattie by Nature by Natalya to Charlotte. Roll-up by Charlotte with her feet on the ropes for a close 2. Sharpshooter applied by Natalya, but Dana breaks it up. Dana sends Lynch into Natalya.
Natural Selection by Charlotte to Natalya for the win.
Winners: WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and Dana Brooke by pinfall (Natural Selection)
Charlotte and Dana celebrate their win after. Lynch helps Natalya up, but Natalya attacks Lynch and leaves her lying. Natalya leaves the ring very upset.
Run-of-the-mill tag match here. Ever since Extreme Rules, the Women’s Division has been put on ice for no real good reason. This did nothing, other than the post-match angle with Lynch and Natalya, to thaw it out. For a division that looked so promising after Wrestlemania, it unfortunately looks like we are right back where we started one year ago before the “Divas Revolution” started. Almost as if someone put the kaboosh on the division becoming too popular or something, can you say Knockouts Division 2009?
Backstage promo by Dean Ambrose about the Money in the Bank Ladder Match later tonight.
Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews
Sheamus attacks Crews before the bell. Crews clotheslines Sheamus outside. Sheamus brings Crews off the apron and hits the Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus takes control with a series of short-arm clotheslines. Sheamus yells out “Are you not entertained?” to the crowd. Crews fights back, but Sheamus knocks him back down. Finlay Roll by Sheamus gets 2. Crews with a roll-up for 2. Crews comes back with clotheslines, a corner avalanche and a crossbody. Enziguri by Crews gets 2. Crews with a Belly-to-Belly sending Sheamus outside. Apron Moonsault by Crews wipes out Sheamus! Olympic Slam by Crews gets 2. Sheamus comes back with a powerslam for 2. Crews blocks another Irish Curse, but Sheamus stops him on the turnbuckles. Super White Noise by Sheamus, but Crews kicks out! Sheamus can’t believe it!
Sheamus argues with the ref, allowing Crews to quickly roll up Sheamus in a crucifix for the win.
Winner: Apollo Crews by pinfall (Crucifix)
Crews celebrates after while Sheamus can’t believe he lost.
Decent match with a fun flash-pin ending with Sheamus being surprised by the upstart Crews. Nothing more to it that, it was fine.
We see Roman Reigns preparing backstage.
Video package on how we got to John Cena vs. AJ Styles, which is up next.
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
Long “Let’s Go Cena, AJ Styles” dueling chants by the Vegas crowd early. Styles rolls out of an Irish whip, then says he will wrestle circles around Cena. Chain wrestling between the two as Styles continues to gloat at Cena. Cena blocks Styles going down low and hits some armdrags and a Monkey Flip, sending Styles across the ring. Styles slips out of the AA, Cena with the “You Can’t See Me” and Styles hits a big right hand. More shots by Styles, then he Tiger flips over Cena and hits more shots. Cena with a Belly-to-Belly for a 1 count. They go outside as Styles leaps over the steps to avoid them and dares Cena back in. Styles with more shots to Cena. Leaping Scissored Knee Drop by Styles for 2. Vertical suplex by Styles as he says to himself, “Is this all he’s got?” Cena fights back, but Styles avoids a corner charge. Cena comes back with a back body drop. Running shoulder tackle by Cena, but Styles comes right back with a dropkick. Cena comes back with two running shoulder tackles, but Styles slips out of the Proto-Plex and hits an enziguri. Styles sent off the turnbuckles, Cena this time hits the Proto-Plex. Styles then stops the Five Knuckle Shuffle with the Kip-Up Rana. Slingshot Forearm by Styles wipes out Cena outside! Styles taunts the crowd. Styles goes for a Tope Con Hijo, but Cena sidesteps him and Styles goes splat on the outside! Styles blocks the AA and hits the KENTA Series. Leaping corner clothesline, but Cena avoids the basement forearm, STF locked in. Styles is able to reach the ropes to force a break. Styles hot-shots Cena across the top rope. Cena stops Styles on the turnbuckles. Styles blocks a superplex and sweeps out Cena’s leg. Cena backdrops Styles, who lands across the top rope. Styles blocks a Super AA, but Cena catches him off the springboard. Cena goes for the AA, but Styles counters it into the Calf Crusher! Cena is able to reach the ropes to force a break. Styles with shots to the leg of Cena. Cena then DRILLS Styles with a big clothesline, but can’t do the Five Knuckle Shuffle due to his leg. Styles blocks the AA again, but Cena powers through it and finally hits the AA, but Styles kicks out! Cena goes for the Top Rope Fame-Asser, but Styles counters it with a powerbomb for a close 2. Both men trade shots, then Styles hits Cena with the Pele. Styles Clash by Styles, but Cena kicks out! Styles goes for the Springboard 450, but Cena gets his knees up. Styles avoids another AA, Cena blocks the Styles Clash, Styles gets out of another AA, Cena avoids the Pele, Styles gets out of the STF, Cena avoids the Phenomenal Forearm, hits another AA, but the referee is knocked down in the process. The Club runs in and lays out Cena with the Magic Killer. Styles is placed on top of Cena.