SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey Signed the Contract for Their SmackDown Women's Championship Match at WrestleMania Backlash
A lot of what we've seen from this feud has been cold so far, but I thought this was one of their better segments together. Rousey was decent while delivering her promo and Flair's mic work was solid as always (even though she got pretty annoying with some of what she was saying by the end). This set the stage nicely for their "I Quit" match at WrestleMania Backlash. Additionally, Drew Gulak was back working as Adam Pearce's assistant. We'll see how long that lasts.
Xavier Woods def. Butch
This was a rematch from the post-WrestleMania SmackDown two weeks ago, which was also Butch's in-ring debut on the main roster. He lost that one almost immediately, and although this was much more competitive (and a quality contest at that), the end result was the same. As much as I'd like to see Woods challenge for the Intercontinental Championship at some point, I think this has more to do with Butch losing and the story being told there. I'm not sure what that story is, but I'd love for him to branch off on his own.
Gunther def. Teddy Goodz
Fun fact: Goodz actually appeared on AEW's Dark shows a few weeks ago. The only reason why I know that is because I remember writing his name in my reviews as it's such a unique name. Unfortunately for Goodz, he was completely squashed by Gunther here as he should have been. The crowd was quiet, but I think it's going to take time for the main roster audience to see Gunther as the dominant threat he was in NXT UK and NXT. I can certainly see Gunther winning the Intercontinental Championship from Ricochet at some point in the not-too-distant future.
Raw Tag Team Champion Riddle def. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Jey Uso
Riddle beat Jimmy Uso in last week's main event and scored a second straight win over the other Uso this week. This was another enjoyable outing that the crowd was into it. The build to the tag title unification match has been pretty by the book, but I'm excited for it. On a side note, I think WWE could definitely transition into a Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton once the RK-Bro vs. Usos stuff is over.
Natalya and Shayna Baszler Confronted WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Naomi
Banks and Naomi were interviewed in the ring about who was left to challenge them after Carmella and Queen Zelina as well as the duo of Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan went their separate ways. Did anyone honestly expect anyone other than Natalya and Baszler to come out? They're literally the only "team" left in the mix aside from the champs. This played out perfectly fine, but I can't bring myself to care about this feud whatsoever.
Madcap Moss def. Angel
Moss beat Humberto last week, so it was only logical to feed Angel to Moss this week. I hate that being the case, but Moss is obviously a priority for WWE right now and Los Lotharios are not. The match was totally forgettable and only existed so Happy Corbin could attack Moss afterward for turning down his offer to rejoin him. Moss may have potential as a face, but they need to have him ditch the dumb name and gimmick. It will hold him back in the long run.
Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn in a Lumberjack Match Ended in a No Contest
Zayn lost his last two matches to McIntyre by count-out, so the Lumberjack stipulation was supposed to ensure that Zayn couldn't leave the ring. Well, it was rendered irrelevant once chaos ensued and Zayn left through the crowd, anyway. What we got from these two was once again entertaining and I realize it was done to set up next week's Steel Cage match, but that was a lame way to end the episode.
Reigns was spotted in a backstage segment or two during this show and they're clearly planting the seeds for a future match with McIntyre, but why the hell have they not announced Reigns' opponent for WrestleMania Backlash yet? The pay-per-view is in two weeks. That's incredibly lazy if he's going to be on the card as has been reported. The rest of this show was far from great. I appreciate the influx of fresh faces since 'Mania, but a lot of the current storylines aren't very interesting and there's nothing overly exciting going on at the moment. I'm typically bored for two hours and this week's episode was no exception.