Well, if you paid for the pay per view through your cable provider for the Brock Lesnar and Goldberg match, I can only assume that you are equal parts pissed and on the phone trying to get a refund. We’ll get to the match towards the end, but for right now I am still pretty strong thinking that this is the WWE’s way to show you how much of a deal$10/month is. With that negativity out of the way, there should be no argument that the match of the night, and possibly the year, took place before the Lesnar and Goldberg match. We made predictions on Friday for this pay per view, but when it came down to it the mens traditional 5 vs 5 match was amazing. I don’t want to get into it here, so let’s see how I did with the predictions.
Noam Dar, Rich Swann, and T.J. Perkins vs. Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese: I started watching the stream late, so I missed this match. In hindsight I probably would have picked whatever team T.J. Perkins was on and that would have been good, because he won.
Kane vs. Luke Harper: I caught this match, but I didn’t know it was going to happen so I didn’t make a prediction. If I had predicted that this would be a very slow performed not paced, match then I would have been spot on. I remember when Kane was something to be afraid of, now he’s wrestling pre-shows and I’m pretty sure he’s on his way out in the next year or two. He can still perform the moves, but when you see them happening it’s not the same old Kane. Kane won, but it wasn’t anything to get excited about
Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, and Sasha Banks) (with Dana Brooke) vs. Team SmackDown (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and Naomi) (with Natalya): I was wrong. I really thought that they would have put this match later on in the card, but kicking off the pay per view has credibility. Nikki Bella wasn’t in the match, because someone hit her and Natalya took her spot. Dana Brooke was out there, but didn’t really do anything. I feel like she was there just so didn’t get left out of the pay per view, so this was the bone they threw her. I was really wrong with my last people in the ring, but it tells what the next story line will be. Sasha Banks was eliminated half way through the match, and it was Charlotte and Bailey who were left at the end and declared winners. As I mentioned in my predictions, there will be backstabbing and even thought it was after the match Charlotte did start attacking Bailey. I’d say look for Bailey to challenge and the next pay per view.
The Miz vs. Sami Zayn: I was wrong. Here I thought that Sami Zayn wouldn’t let Maryse interfere, and even thought there was a part where he stuck his hand in her face and it looked like she wouldn’t interview she ended up interfering. It’s really sad that they keep giving all the power to Maryse and making The Miz look weak by showing him not able to defend and win his matches on his own. With the inclusion of Maryse in Total Divas, this could all be for the show. I just hope that they take away the belt permanently or put some rules in that she is not allowed at ringside. The Miz won this match, but I’m not sure who he’ll face in his next story line.
Team Raw (The New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, and The Shining Stars) vs. Team SmackDown (Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, The Usos, and Breezango): I was wrong. I really didn’t think that crowd favorites would be eliminated, but this pay per view was full of nothing but upsets. Who the hell knew that the Shining Stars would last as long as they did and The New Day would be the second ones to be eliminated. I really thought that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were next in line to get the belts, but because Cesaro and Sheamus won, they get a shot tomorrow on Monday Night Raw against The New Day.
The Brian Kendrick vs. Kalisto: I was wrong. I really thought that Smackdown Live had a chance of getting the Cruiserweight Division brought to their show, but it didn’t end up that way. Even though Kalisto looked to be in a good position to make something happen for Smackdown Live, it was Baron Corbin who came in and attacked Kalisto, which caused the ref to disqualify him and give the win to Brian Kendrick. Backstage Daniel Bryan tried to yell at Corbin, but he just looked intimidated and told him he would handle him on Tuesday. It looked like a parent trying to scold their child who is taller than them.
Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Seth Rollins) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Shane McMahon) (with James Ellsworth): I was wrong. I may have been wrong about this match, but I had the best time watching the match and being wrong. This has honestly got to be match of the year, and it was thanks to all the talent in the ring. Roman Reigns was met with boos when he was the active man, but nothing he did was unimpressive. The other matches had been flying by pretty fast, and this match took it’s time and that’s also what made this so enjoyable. You may have thought that Dean Ambrose being eliminated first was bad, but when he came back later to join Rollins and Reigns to powerbomb A.J. Styles, I had the biggest smile on my face. I am a huge fan of The Shield and I was over the moon that they had a mini reunion, and I can only hope that they trade Dean to Money Night Raw so there can be a proper reunion. Even Chris Jericho, who I didn’t like for a while but started warming up to, was funny and did a decent job. Shane did not get wasted at all during the match. He did some high flying top rope dives onto Braun Strowman and broke announce table, but the one thing he did was put Roman over. Reigns was in the corner and Shane got up on the opposite pole to do his coast to coast move, only to be met mid air by one the best spears I’ve seen Roman Reigns do. Even James Ellsworth got into the match by helping eliminate Braun, then he was thrown off the top of the ramp by Braun and is probably not feeling too good right now. Kevin Owens was used, but it was his jokes and comments that really made his performance. Luke Harper would show up later in the match to help Bray and Randy defeat Roman and Seth, after Randy got in the way of a spear from Roman. I really thought that they would lose and someone would have to face The Undertaker, but even though they won Dean Ambrose will have to pay for betraying the team.
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg: I was wrong. What a piece of crap this match was. If paid anything other than the $10 than I’m sorry. The match lasted under two minutes and was comprised of Lesnar picking up Goldberg and shoving him into the corner only to have Goldberg push him down, then perform two spears and a jackknife before pinning Lesnar for the win. At the end of this match Goldberg had the audacity to celebrate and bring his son in the ring like that performance was something to be proud of. What happened to all this hype being built up and them training to kill eachother? Maybe this is why Lesnar looked a little bigger than usual. If I knew all I would have to do is be strong enough jump on the ring, carry a man 7 steps and pick my legs straight up I wouldn’t have worked out either. Just like with The Miz, all this does is bring down the fact that Lesnar is beast and makes him look like a chump who’s big but can be demolished by being pushed down. No matter what’s said, they each got a paycheck bigger than a lot of wrestlers on the pay per view for a literal fraction of the time performing.