Here we go!
APOLLO CREWS VS. “THE DRIFTER” ELIAS
Good Booking: Elias goes over.
This match had no prior build-up. And between Elias and Crews, Elias is the only one with any real momentum. Crews’ pairing with Titus O’Neill should have at least given him direction, but it seems he’s still dead in the water. What’s the endgame with their pairing? Will Titus turn on Crews? Who cares?
INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE: THE MIZ w/ THE MIZTOURAGE (BO DALLAS & CURTIS AXEL) (c) vs. JASON JORDAN
Good Booking: The Miz retains the title.
There’s no better person to hold the Intercontinental title than The Miz. But that’s not necessarily because his current run is amazing. Too much too soon wouldn’t put any heat on Jason Jordan. The slow burn approach to Jason Jordan’s endgame is the right way to go. It gives him a chance to show depth to his character, something he really needs to add. Meanwhile, The Miz continues his ascent to the longest cumulative reign. And rightfully so. The Miz is finally receiving the praise as a workhorse for the WWE that he long deserved.
FINN BALOR VS. BRAY WYATT
Bad Booking: This match.
On paper, this feud should have been gold. But WWE pulled the proverbial trigger way too soon and had Balor lose to Wyatt on an episode of RAW. For what reason? So The Demon could rise. But this time around Wyatt claimed Balor could not win without this façade. So essentially, we got a rematch of their first encounter in which Balor is victorious. Wyatt is on the losing end of another feud and Balor now gets to move on to another meaningless feud. Nobody wins here.
RAW TAG-TEAM TITLES: SETH ROLLINS & DEAN AMBROSE vs. THE BAR(SHEAMUS & CESARO)
Good Booking: Rollins and Ambrose retain.
Rollins and Ambrose needed to retain here. With Jeff Hardy possibly out for a lengthy time, the heel teams on the roster such as The Revival, Gallows and Anderson, and even possibly The Miztourage need a face team to target. With this win, Rollins and Ambrose have also shown they aren’t a one-hit wonder and are more than capable of teaming together.
Good Booking: Miscommunication within The Bar.
Sheamus and Cesaro have gelled together well. But with an errant Brogue Kick to Cesaro, this leaves the possibility of a split. If done correctly, WWE Creative can effectively drag out this story to benefit both Sheamus and Cesaro. But they must be careful. Splitting them up too soon, if that’s the plan, will leave them both with nothing to do and nowhere to go.
RAW WOMEN’S TITLE: ALEXA BLISS (c) vs. BAYLEY VS. EMMA VS. NIA JAX vs. SASHA BANKS
Good Booking: Bliss retains.
Alexa Bliss going over is the right move. Bayley may have had the momentum with her return, but like I had mentioned before, too much too soon will end up hurting her more in the long run. Bliss retaining her title due to her awareness and cunning is also the right way to go about it. Winning cleanly is something a heel champion always needs to validate their reign. And with this win, Bliss’ second reign atop the division is certainly becoming effective. It’s already a given that Asuka will face Bliss for the title. And with Bliss’ resume, the feud should be intriguing to say the least.
JOHN CENA vs. ROMAN REIGNS
Good Booking: Reigns goes over.
Reigns needed this win for many reasons. He hasn’t won a PPV match since Wrestlemania. In fact his last match, he took the pin cleanly. Like many have already stated and pointed out, Cena is already established. He’s already a shoo-in for Hall of Fame. He will also most likely break Ric Flair’s world title record. Reigns, however, is the future franchise player of this company whether the WWE Universe wants it or not. As long as Reigns is allowed to be his arrogant, ass-kicking self instead of having to stick to a script, he’ll find himself in good graces again.
Good Booking: Only one spear.
Cena has long since been known as “Super Cena” due to his habit of surviving the worst of the worst. The man has survived beatdowns, RKOs, Edge spears. Even countless chokeslams and powerbombs. But on this night, it only took one spear to keep him down. Cena dished out four Attitude Adjustments; one from the second rope and two consecutive ones. It was all for naught. One spear and three seconds later, “Super Cena”, like The Undertaker looked more like a normal human being. The match wasn’t a classic, but this piece of information serves as Cena passing his inhuman torch to Reigns.
CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE: NEVILLE (c) vs. ENZO AMORE
Bad Booking: Enzo Amore is the realest champion in 205 Live.
I really wanted to give this questionable booking. I really did. Because Enzo Amore is the personality that 205 Live needed. But I can’t do that. Amore as champion may bring in views to 205 Live, but to think of the talent that pours their heart and soul into the division known for their technicality and high-flying offense being shown up by a low blow. With Amore as champion, the quality of matches will go down. As an athlete, he may be solid, but as an in-ring performer, especially within 205 Live, he’s already been exposed. Vince might think that Amore is what’s “best for business”, but in reality, this division may be in more trouble now than it was before.
WWE UNIVERSAL TITLE: BROCK LESNAR (c) w/ PAUL HEYMAN vs. BRAUN STROWMAN
Bad Booking: Lesnar retains (cleanly no less).
Titans collided once again. This time, Strowman didn’t have to worry about three other men. He was able to dominate Lesnar. Lesnar, being the beast that he is, was able to level the playing field. However, not only did it seem that both big men was gassed, but Lesnar went over cleanly. With Lesnar bound to take a few months, RAW is now, again, without their flagship title. Lesnar retaining isn’t the problematic part, but simply the fact that it was clean. Strowman has now been beaten by Lesnar and Reigns. This is a sign of things to come. There could have been a double-countout or a disqualification finish to preserve the momentums. The clean victory hurts everybody but Lesnar.
Bad Booking: Only one F5.
Earlier in the night, one spear was used to put down a super-human. That was good booking because of the narrative. Only one F5 was used to put down a monster among men. This was not the right way to go. Strowman, in defeat, needed to not only look like world-beater, but also look like little to anything would keep him down. Several F5s should have been used in this clean victory. Lesnar needed to survive by the thinnest thread.