By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Sami Zayn def. Curtis Axel
Zayn has been criminally underutilized since coming to Raw. What else is new? I'm so disappointed his program with Chris Jericho has apparently been cut short after Clash of Champions because they could have had more great matches together, but oh well. The crowd was hot for him here. He and Axel have worked together plenty of times in the past, so they have good in-ring chemistry and produced a solid match. While Zayn deserves so much more, this was a nice little Superstars match for what it was.
Neville def. Jinder Mahal
Similar to Zayn, Neville is another guy who would benefit greatly from a move to SmackDown. If he isn't going to be a part of the Cruiserweight division, then what's the point? Sadly, he isn't as over as Zayn, so the audience largely sat on their hands for this match with Mahal. It doesn't help that Mahal is as boring as watching paint dry, and the match might have overstayed its welcome by a few minutes.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
ROH World Television Champion Bobby Fish def. Donovan Dijak
I continue to be confused as to what Fish is supposed to be. He has been acting like a tweener almost all year, and as heelish as he comes across in his various title defenses, he will still come to the aid of his tag team partner Kyle O'Reilly like he did later in this show. Well, I don't think there was any doubt that he was the heel here as Dijak was the obvious fan favorite being a Massachusetts native. Due to that, I really thought he had the title won, and I thought it was the wrong choice to have Fish retain. He just isn't doing it for me as TV Champion, but I will say this is the best match I've seen him have all year. They told a solid story with Fish continually working over the injured knee of Dijak, who cost himself the match when he flew off the top rope and came up empty and landed right on his knee. Although I was disappointed by the outcome, this was a very good match.
Dalton Castle and Colt Cabana def. All Night Express, War Marchine, and Shane Taylor & Keith Lee in a No. 1 Contender's Four Corner Survival Match For the ROH World Tag Team Championship
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Ring of Honor undoubtedly has the most well-rounded tag team division in wrestling today and I think that goes unnoticed more often than not. Although I was hoping for some sort of blow-off between War Machine and Taylor and Lee, which has really piqued my interest as of late, their involvement in this match was perfect because they were too focused on each other to win the match. Everyone shined at one point or another, but Taylor and Lee impressed the hell out of me with what they could do. Castle and Cabana are an entertaining combo and they were the right team to win. Both guys deserved a little push after not doing much in recent months.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley and Ethan Carter III Chose Their Lethal Lockdown Teams
The wrestlers EC3 and Lashley chose to be a part of their respective teams were extremely predictable given all of them will be involved in the main matches at Bound for Glory, but it was a good kind of predictable. Having random wrestlers take part in each team would have made zero sense. Beyond that, EC3 and Lashley delivered strong mic work that hyped up the night's Lethal Lockdown match as well as their upcoming championship clash.
X-Division Champion DJ Z def. Eddie Edwards
This was along the same lines as essentially every other X-Division match in recent years in that it was very well-wrestled but there was little incentive to cheer for one guy over the other. Edwards has had more of a character arc this year than DJ Z, but they had a one week build and that was it. Not to mention the match was mere minutes long, so it was hardly enough time for me to invest in the action. It looks like we'll be getting yet another multi-man match with Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett on Sunday. Didn't we already see something similar at Bound for Glory?
By RJ Marceau (Senior SmackDown Columnist)
Over the past year, I have documented my frustrations with The Usos. I like the team because they are very entertaining but they were the same team for over three years. They added face paint but besides that they still crowded the tag title scene and didn’t have any real changes. The team saw backlash when they teamed with their cousin, Roman Reigns but they still were booked as faces.
Once they were drafted to SmackDown Live, I was hoping the WWE would turn these two heel and they did it. It took a few weeks to change their ring gear and music but I love the transformation. They are thrusted back into the title picture but as heels, it’s fresh. I don’t see them beating Slater & Rhyno due to interference from American Alpha. This feud is already formed and can be a great feud without the titles being involved.