WWE Champion Big E def. Dolph Ziggler (Non-Title)
As Ziggler mentioned recently on Raw, there's a lot of history between these two dating back to when Ziggler brought Big E to the main roster nearly nine years ago. Ziggler was obviously no threat to the WWE Champion, but it was a quality contest for what it was. I'm glad the interference from Robert Roode was kept to a minimum as well. The crowd was into Big E and this served as a solid opener.
Bianca Belair def. Liv Morgan
I know this show doesn't matter much from a storyline standpoint, but it is odd they would put the two biggest female babyfaces on Raw against each other, especially after Morgan just became the number one contender to the Raw Women's Championship this past Monday (depending on when this was taped). This was a nice little match while it lasted, though it was way too short to be what it could have been.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns def. Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura (Non-Title)
I'm honestly surprised they'd give away on a Tribute To The Troops show with little to no hype. It was a great attraction with both guys being champions, of course, but I personally would have saved it for a future pay-per-view. Nonetheless, they had a pretty good main event. We haven't seen enough of them as opponents, so it felt fresh and they worked well together. With it being Tribute To The Troops, I expected some sort of a non-finish, but I guess WWE has no problem beating Nakamura like a drum right now.
Much like last year, this aired on a random Sunday and was pre-taped at a SmackDown taping not too long ago. I loved it when they filmed these events at actual bases or overseas, but I realize that isn't always possible. That said, this was the fun hour of wrestling we've come to expect from the Tribute To The Troops shows. It's for a great cause and the video packages that air in between the matches are well done. There's nothing you need to go out of your way to see, but it's certainly not a waste of time if you check it out. For those that tune in for the wrestling, the star power helped a lot.