Here we go!
LARS SULLIVAN vs. KASSIUS OHNO
Good Booking: Lars is dominant.
A lot of people were probably not happy with this match happening as they were sure that Ohno was going to put Sullivan over. Those same people are probably more upset with Ohno essentially getting squashed. But this is the right way to go. Ohno is such a spectacular ring general in that not only does he know how to maximize a match, but he is adept in working so many different styles, even squash matches. Going forward, Sullivan is the man WWE is rightfully trying to focus on. And a win over someone like Ohno is a good way to start his push.
ALEISTER BLACK vs. VELVETEEN DREAM
Good Booking: Everything.
I had about three or four different good bookings here. But I think it’s just easier to say that everything about this feud was good booking. There was no loss of momentum for either superstar here. Dream was never once shown to be someone out of his depth from the moment he initiated this feud. And most of all, Black added much needed depth to his character. The use of psychology was never overdone and the story-telling in the match was superb.
NXT WOMEN’S TITLE FATAL FOUR-WAY: KAIRI SANE vs. PEYTON ROYCE vs. NIKKI CROSS vs. EMBER MOON
Good Booking: Ember Moon becomes champion.
To be honest, this was actually going to come down to either Ember Moon or Peyton Royce. Royce not only had the numbers game, but surprisingly, the crowd support as well. And to be honest, between Royce and Billie Kay, Royce has the higher ceiling. But back to Moon and Royce, either one of them could have been good booking, but somehow, it feels like this is finally Moon’s time to shine (no pun intended).
Good Booking: Kairi Sane does not win the NXT title…yet.
Many were expecting Kairi Sane to win the title. There’s a saying “Too much, too soon.” And that’s what her win would be. Her being a non-factor in the finish does help her however as she did not eat the pinfall, keeping her momentum.
NXT TITLE: DREW MCINTYRE (c) vs. ANDRADE “CIEN” ALMAS w/ ZELINA VEGA
Questionable Booking: Almas wins the title.
The man who dethroned the glorious Bobby Roode faltered in his first televised title defense. During the course of this contest, it appeared that McIntyre had injured his bicep. Whether or not the plans were changed mid-match or not, this booking here is intriguing. Almas’ journey has been a strange one. But it’s clear that Vega is the x-factor that Almas needed to be relevant. But with his title win, where does he go from here? With Adam Cole and Roderick Strong currently embroiled in a feud, what does Almas do? Though I will say, a feud with Eric Young would be entertaining. Or perhaps even Aleister Black?
WARGAMES: THE UNDISPUTED ERA (ADAM COLE, KYLE O’REILLY, & BOBBY FISH) vs. SAnitY (ERIC YOUNG, ALEXANDER WOLFE, & KILLIAN DAIN) vs. THE AUTHORS OF PAIN (REZAR & AKAM) w/ PAUL ELLERING & RODERICK STRONG
Good Booking: Killian Dain
The way Killian Dain was booked was nothing short of phenomenal. After essentially stepping out of the spotlight to let Alexander Wolfe and Eric Young shine as the tag team, Dain was in need of some highlights. And when given this opportunity, he made the most of it and more. Dain was a man on a warpath. And he showed his surprising athleticism with the Coast-to-Coast to O’Reilly. What a way to bring him back into the spotlight.
Bad Booking: Eric Young eats the pinfall.
It was a given that The Undisputed Era was going to win this match. The Authors of Pain are most certainly headed to the main roster and SAnitY needs people to feud with. With the win, The Undisputed Era now has the momentum and the right to challenge for the titles. But that’s not the issue here. There were two people who needed to be protected here; Roderick Strong and Eric Young. Its clear Strong is continuing his feud with Cole. But what about Young? As the leader of his group, he shouldn’t have had to take the loss. Especially when there’s four other talents that could’ve taken the loss.
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