WWE’s first main show since WrestleMania featured two wonderful championship matches: Roman Reigns retained his Universal championship towards Cesaro, and Bobby Lashley held off Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre to maintain the WWE championship wrapped round his waist at WrestleMania Backlash.
The two principal occasions have been nicely executed and Bianca Belair had a robust exhibiting in her “SmackDown” ladies’s championship match towards Bayley.
But the show was removed from good and it took a wierd flip when zombies acquired concerned in Damien Priest’s lumberjack match towards The Miz. It was a shameless plug for the Netflix film “Army of the Dead,” one that everybody might have executed with out.
Here’s the way it all went down Sunday evening:
- Rhea Ripley def. Charlotte and Asuka to retain ‘WWE Raw’ ladies’s championship
- Rey and Dominik Mysterio def. Dirty Dawgs for ‘SmackDown’ tag staff championships
- Damien Priest def. The Miz in a zombie lumberjack match
- Bianca Belair def. Bayley to retain the ‘SmackDown’ ladies’s championship
- Bobby Lashley def. Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman to retain WWE championship
- Roman Reigns def. Cesaro to retain the Universal championship
Rhea Ripley def. Charlotte and Asuka to retain ‘WWE Raw’ ladies’s championship
Charlotte’s insertion into this feud made the end really feel inevitable. It was anticipated that Asuka would eat the pin whereas the feud between Ripley and Charlotte reignited.
For no matter motive, it feels as if Charlotte being slotted right into a feud takes it down a bit as a result of she’s not often the one to place somebody over. And that’s precisely what occurred right here.
The match felt disjointed early with each Charlotte and Rhea seemingly ready to hit their spots. The far smoother Asuka was the glue that held issues collectively.
The match smoothed itself out halfway by throughout a placing alternate between the trio. Ripley acquired the higher of it and hit the standard notes of a triple menace match. A frantic closing sequence crammed with reversals and transitions salvaged this stable, however unspectacular, affair. The finish got here when Asuka ran right into a boot from Charlotte, who was on the exterior, and Ripley hit the Riptide for the pinfall earlier than Charlotte might get again into the ring.
Was it a nasty match? No. It simply lacked the fireplace that the matches between Ripley and Asuka have had over the previous month.
Rey and Dominik Mysterio def. Dirty Dawgs for ‘SmackDown’ tag staff championships
You already knew how this was going to finish as a result of WWE completely wished to make historical past with the first father-and-son tag staff champions. And that will have been advantageous if it had felt plausible. Unfortunately, Dominik’s work between the ropes remains to be tough round the edges and the story of the match wasn’t very attention-grabbing.
It was revealed previous to the show that Ziggler and Roode attacked Dominik Mysterio and took him out of the match. Why? It did not make a lot sense contemplating he’s the least skilled particular person in the match. Wouldn’t it have been smarter to take out the dwelling legend? Nevertheless, Rey inexplicably determined to go it alone. Eventually, he damage his leg and the deck was actually stacked towards him.
For the most half, it was whole domination by Roode and Ziggler with Mysterio getting in a little bit offense.
There was an entertaining spot when Roode slid Mysterio to the exterior and right into a Ziggler superkick. Of course, Dominik made his manner again to the ring and finally acquired the scorching tag however was met by a Roode spinebuster. After what felt like an eternity of domination, Rey hit the 619 on Roode after which tagged in his son. Dominik then hit the frog splash for the victory.
It’ll be nice for the spotlight reels, however the match itself simply wasn’t excellent.
Damien Priest def. The Miz in a zombie lumberjack match
Oh, boy, this was unhealthy.
WWE has a tie-in with the Netflix film “Army of the Dead,” and it determined to make use of that tie-in throughout this match the place zombies have been the lumberjacks.
You must really feel for Priest as a result of that is the type of match that can kill any momentum he gained after tag-teaming with Bad Bunny at WrestleMania, which might have been a catastrophe. How do you are taking him significantly after this? It’s definitely not his fault as a result of he labored with what he had. As for The Miz, he can just about do something and be advantageous.
But the match itself was fairly terrible and solely a prop to advertise the movie.
This was a run-of-the-mill bout till the zombies dragged Miz and Priest to the exterior. Rather than struggle one another, they attacked the zombies. John Morrison got here in and tried to struggle off the zombies as nicely till he was overwhelmed by the strolling useless individuals.
Priest acquired some respiratory room to hit his finisher for the pin.
We actually might have executed with out this, however make your cash, WWE.
Bianca Belair def. Bayley to retain the ‘SmackDown’ ladies’s championship
Bayley’s unraveling over the previous few weeks has been a delicate, but attention-grabbing, wrinkle; every week, it seems her hair is getting increasingly unkempt. If we’re witnessing a descent into insanity, then it might find yourself being certainly one of the extra enjoyable storylines for Bayley over the subsequent few weeks.
Meanwhile, Belair continues to enhance in the ring along with her explosive energy strikes and noteworthy athleticism. But it was her crafty that helped her pull off the win towards one other opponent who tried to undermine the champion by calling her a rookie.
Belair and Bayley have stable chemistry and this was a advantageous match. Bayley tried to outsmart the champion however was minimize off at each flip by Belair’s pure potential.
Bayley grew to become determined as the match progressed and resorted to underhanded ways out of frustration. The former champion tried to make use of the ropes on a few pinfall makes an attempt; when that did not work, she raked Belair’s eyes.
Bayley then used Belair’s braid for a ripcord into the Bayley to Belly suplex for a close to fall. A flustered Bayley tried to make use of the braid once more on Belair for a reverse DDT, however the champion countered for a rollup utilizing the braid and acquired the three-count.
This was a completely advantageous first title protection for Belair, nevertheless it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how Bayley’s character is dealt with transferring ahead.
Bobby Lashley def. Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman to retain WWE championship
This match was anticipated to be three freight trains on one monitor repeatedly colliding into one another. It went was precisely as marketed.
And that’s a very good factor.
All three opponents wowed as they tossed one another round in ways in which others couldn’t. This wasn’t essentially a wrestling match a lot because it was a show of energy with issues that we’ve by no means seen earlier than from the musclebound athletes.
Business began to choose up when Strowman hit a 300-plus-pound suicide dive to the exterior. McIntyre clobbered Strowman with a Claymore Kick that despatched the monster over the barricade and out of the match. McIntyre and Lashley then brawled up the ramp till “The Scottish Psychopath” tossed Lashley by an entrance ramp wall.
With Lashley out of the match, Strowman reappeared and mowed down McIntyre with a shoulder deal with down the ramp. Once again inside, McIntyre impressed with an unbelievable Michinoku drive to Strowman. The two battled on the exterior and Strowman powerbombed Lashley by the announce desk.
The finish got here when McIntyre collected himself and nailed Strowman with a Claymore. But earlier than he might go for the pin, Lashley appeared, tossed McIntyre apart, hit Strowman with the spear and stole the victory to retain the title.
You couldn’t have requested for way more. It wasn’t a technical match, however who the heck would have wished that? It was a monster film come to life inside a wrestling ring.
Roman Reigns def. Cesaro to retain the Universal championship
This was a unbelievable match between certainly one of the most well-developed heels in the enterprise and arguably the most underrated expertise on the total roster, who lastly acquired his probability to main-event for the championship.
You in all probability can’t construct a greater pure wrestler than Cesaro, identical to you couldn’t create a greater sports activities entertainer immediately than Reigns. Their clash Sunday was a mesh of kinds and storylines that was an absolute pleasure to observe.
Cesaro’s distinctive mixture of outstanding power, technical wrestling and athleticism made him the good foil for the champion.
The principal story of the match was Cesaro injuring his shoulder early on when he was tossed exterior and Reigns repeatedly focusing on the arm to make sure that his challenger can be compromised. The secondary narrative was the inside battle between Jimmy and Jey Uso and Reigns. Jimmy hasn’t been keen on Reigns since returning a couple of weeks in the past and Jey has tried to persuade his brother that Reigns is deserving of being at the head of the desk.
Rather than intervene, the Usos stayed away and allowed Reigns to tackle Cesaro alone to see if he might defeat the “Swiss Superman.”
This was a brilliantly paced showdown. Cesaro repeatedly battled again whereas Reigns mocked his broken opponent all through. Reigns would seemingly get the higher hand however Cesaro repeatedly discovered methods to show the tide, whether or not that be with a corkscrew suicide dive, a lariat together with his unhurt arm or certainly one of his brutal European uppercuts. He at all times had a solution for Reigns.
So a lot needs to be mentioned about Roman Reigns’ character work. Not solely is his wrestling on level, but additionally the manner he carries himself. He has a novel aura that’s harking back to when Dwayne Johnson went from Rocky Maivia to The Rock with a definite persona change that finally made him a Hollywood megastar. Reigns might be on his manner there himself if he retains this up.
Cesaro is a expertise that you do not come throughout fairly often and it is virtually prison that it took this lengthy for him to get his shot at a serious WWE title. But he made the most of it and turned in a efficiency that can preserve him in the principal occasion image.
The finish got here with Cesaro aiming to beat his injured arm by placing Reigns right into a sharpshooter and transitioning right into a crossface. Reigns powered out and crushed Cesaro with a powerbomb for a close to fall. Reigns then used a entrance face lock to roll right into a guillotine choke. Cesaro initially powered out with a slam however that solely induced Reigns to cinch in the maintain even tighter till Cesaro handed out.
Jey Uso attacked Cesaro after the match, after which Seth Rollins emerged to affix in the beatdown and get revenge on Cesaro for beating him at WrestleMania. So it appears as if Cesaro will return to his feud with Rollins whereas Reigns awaits the subsequent problem for his title. Could it’s Jimmy Uso?