The Miz Hosted Miz TV with SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers
As expected, Miz carried this segment on his back by revisiting the tension teased between The Bludgeon Brothers and Daniel Bryan on last week's show. Bryan also played his role well here, setting up his match against Harper for later in the night nicely. One has to wonder whether Miz was merely a mouthpiece for the Bludgeons here or if it will eventually lead to him and Bryan engaging in a full-fledged feud.
Rusev def. Xavier Woods
Needless to say, Woods stood no chance of beating Rusev, but more than anything this was an opportunity for him to showcase his skills as a singles competitor and I'd argue he succeeded. It has been reported for a while that WWE plans on branching New Day off into one-on-one competition and this might have been the next step in seeing how Woods will fare on his own, and based off his performance here, I think he'll be just fine. This was an enjoyable outing designed to further Rusev's momentum ahead of his WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules.
Chad Gable def. Mike Kanellis
Kanellis matches are far and few between in WWE these days, even on Main Event, but he really should be commended for getting into excellent shape over the last year. He had a good showing here, but this was largely a showcase for Gable. The guy can go and I really wish he had more of a chance to shine on Raw instead of losing to Jinder Mahal every other week. He is so much better than the company gets him credit for.
Bobby Roode and Breezango def. Curt Hawkins and The Ascension
It goes without saying, but Roode working Main Event with the likes of Breezango, Ascension and Hawkins is not a great sign for his future whatsoever. Didn't he recently compete in the final match on the Money in the Bank card, and now this? Anyway, this was fun while it lasted and featured some entertaining antics. It felt like a glorified house show much, sure, but at least the audience enjoyed it.
The Revival def. Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley
The segment preceding this match was pretty good with Reigns and Lashley having their strongest showings on the mic in some time. Promos having a hint of realism to them are always ten times more enjoyable and that was the case here as well (even if Reigns was wrong about Lashley's MMA career being a failure). Kurt Angle also announced that the multi-man match at Extreme Rules is off until further notice because of a "contractual stag" with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, whatever the hell that's supposed to mean. The subsequent tag team match was better than the original encounter from last week, perhaps due to the hotter crowd and the tension teased between Reigns and Lashley. Revival winning was the icing on the cake, but it remains to be seen whether WWE will actually capitalize off this victory from them.
Curtis Axel def. Raw Tag Team Champion "Woken" Matt Hardy
Wow, what an absolute waste of a match. I can't believe WWE decided to have Hardy get beaten in the matter of a minute (in such weak fashion, mind you) coming off that breathtaking WWE 24 special on him and Jeff last week. I'm fine with The B-Team getting a momentum boost ahead of their opportunity at the Raw Tag Team Championship at Extreme Rules, but this was a strange way to do it. What a weird feud this has been so far.
Zack Gibson def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher in a Quarterfinal Match
This event needed the perfect opening match to set the tone for the remainder of the night and I thought this succeeded in doing just that. Sure, Gallagher has been a heel on 205 Live for the past eight months, but you had to know he was going to be beloved in England and thus it was wise to position Gibson as his foil here, giving him more heat for his win in the process. They produced an entertaining outing that had a hot crowd to boot.
Joe Coffey def. Dave Mastiff in a Quarterfinal Match
I have heard Coffey's name brought up a few times during discussions I've had about the former What Culture Pro Wrestling with fellow fans, but beyond that, I'm not too familiar with his work. The same can be said for Mastiff as well, but despite that, they had a damn good match. This was a total hoss battle with both men pulling off some moves you likely wouldn't expect out of them considering their size. Showing Joe's brother Mark in the crowd before the bout was a nice touch as well.