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Jeff Hardy, Seth Rollins & Finn Balor vs. Miz, Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas
WINNER: Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Jeff Hardy
After the match, all three winners hit their finishers on poor Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Then the babyfaces celebrated as the show went off the air.
The match was good, and the win for the babyfaces was a nice way to end the show, but this felt a little dull to end the show. They even cut to the announcers talking about next week’s Superstar Shakeup. Never did they plug SmackDown. Remember, last year on the SmackDown after WrestleMania, Shinsuke Nakamura debuted.
Just a dull ending to an otherwise really exciting show.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn — Winner Stays on Raw
The match ended in a double count-out. The stipulation here was that Zayn and Owens, who were fired from SmackDown Live, were wrestling for a spot on the Raw roster, but the match ended in a draw. This likely means they’ll show up on SmackDown this week in some sort of new gimmick. I could see Zayn bringing back his El Generico character from Ring of Honor. Only time will tell.
Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt beat Titus Worldwide — Eliminator Match
WINNER: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
So it will be the Revival vs. Hardy and Wyatt next week, and the winner will face The Bar at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Good match here, and Bray, in night two of his “condition” is very entertaining. We’ll see if this shines or flops, but it was absolutely worth a shot to make a change with Bray Wyatt at this point. His character was dead in the water, and getting quite lame.
Authors of Pain vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno
WINNER: Authors of Pain
Good debut for AOP, even though the crowd knew they were coming out, they still popped huge. There was an audible AOP chant after Slater and Rhyno called out any team in the back. After the match, AOP seemed to fire Paul Ellering. That also makes sense, considering Ellering probably has no plans to go on the road full time.
Mandy Rose vs. Sasha Banks
WINNER: Mandy Rose
Rose got the win after Bayley hit Sasha Banks by mistake. Sasha didn’t realize, or believe, that it was a mistake though. So that’s a storyline that will continue to play out.
The more newsworthy part of the segment came when Paige grabbed a microphone and cut a retirement promo. Paige, who has a legitimate neck injury, said she could no longer compete as a wrestler.
The Club vs. The Revival — Eliminator Match
WINNER: The Revival
They mentioned during the match that Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt have formed an alliance. It makes me wonder if they are going to work them into a tag team and involved them here, with Jeff Hardy maybe getting a singles run on SmackDown after the Superstar Shakeup next week.
Braun Strowman and Nicholas Relinquished the Tag Titles
Strowman said that they had to relinquish the titles because Nicholas had other commitments … being in the fourth grade.
Angle announced that an elimination match would take place, with new champions being crowned at The Greatest Royal Rumbleon April 27 in Saudi Arabia. The Bar will face the winner of the eliminator.
No Way Jose vs. John Skyler
WINNER: No Way Jose
No Way Jose was ready for a callup, but we shouldn’t be confused here. He’s not destined for the main-event scene like some other NXT callups. He’s essentially a newer version of Adam Rose. He’ll be a fine midcard wrestler, but this character doesn’t have anymore legs than that.
Ember Moon & Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James
WINNER: Ember Moon & Nia Jax
Really good match and Moon is a nice callup right now. She could provide a shot in the arm for the women’s division on Raw, especially if they can get her in a feud with Asuka at some point (down the road, mind you). That being said, WWE needs to do a good job establishing her character on Raw, because that’s a big thing they swung and missed on in NXT.
Ronda Rousey Broke Stephanie’s Arm … Again
The show started with Stephanie McMahon appearing in front of the live crowd and bringing out Ronda Rousey. Stephanie tried to play off a friendship with Rousey, but the segment ended with Rousey ripping off her arm brace and putting her — again — in an armbar. Rousey left and Stephanie screamed in pain as paramedics tended to her in the ring.
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