Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin are here to, basically, talk shit about Brock Lesnar, wank off Ronda Rousey, and keep stoking the fire in the feud between Corbin and Finn Balor. Angle calls him out on his shit and books him in a match with Roman Reigns, which ended up being a plodding, disappointing affair. Unlike a lot of people, I actually like Corbin…or, at least, I did before he got saddled with this “Constable” gimmick and lost his ring attire and persona. However, him and Reigns never really clicked and, given that this ended with Reigns getting the win and Balor randomly jumping in to attack Corbin afterwards, kind of sends the message that Balor is too small and that he can only pick up the scraps after a bigger guy has done all the heavy lifting.
Mojo Rawley and Bobby Roode take their issues into the ring for yet another diabolical match; I don’t know what it is but Roode seems to instantly lose all momentum and interest as soon as his entrance is over. If this is the WWE’s way of painting Mojo as an up-and-coming star then they’re going about it all ass-backwards. Oh, and Rood won so…why should we care, exactly?
Elias and Bobby Lashley got into it again because Lashley was within a gnat’s testicle of being the number one contender and now he’s a nobody again; afterwards, Rezar got a career-defining win over Titus O’Neil to continue the Authors of Pain’s slow progress towards the tag titles.
Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal pop out to rile up Braun Strowman, which results in Strowman toppling over the Kevin Owens Show set. Great to see Strowman back to performing superhuman feats but this led to a match between Strowman and Mahal, which resulted in Mahal getting mauled and beaten with the Money in the Bank briefcase after Owens tried to steal it.
Despite his attempts to find a tag team partner, Seth Rollins ends up taking on Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler in a handicap match; again, didn’t McIntyre say he was splitting from Dolph a while back? Anyway, this was all about putting over Rollins’ heart and never-say-die attitude and he obviously looked amazing even as he fell to the numbers game.
The B-Team then took on the Revival, which got interrupted by Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt, resulting in a no contest and, apparently, beginning the build towards a three-way for the tag straps at SummerSlam. Bayley and Sasha Banks continued their renewed friendship and tag team shenanigans by….losing to Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan after Ruby Riott interfered.
Ronda Rousey finally graces us with her venerated in-ring presence for a match against Alicia Fox, which of course makes the main event because it’s RONDA ROUSEY, PEOPLE, AND SHE’S SO AMAZING AND HAS ACCLIMATISED TO WRESTLING SO WELL! ROUSEY!! Alexa Bliss and Natalya were at ringside to help protect Rousey’s greenness with plenty of smoke and mirrors; Rousey wins with the terrifying Arm Bar and the vows to dethrone Alexa at SummerSlam…which would be great if Alexa hadn’t already been dethroned by Nia Jax.
Randy Orton is here…again…to talk some more about how the people are all hypocrites and he’s taking his frustrations out on their “heroes”, starting with Jeff Hardy. Orton definitely seems more motivated and comfortable in this heel role; as long as he stays away from the WWE Championship, the main event, and any belts other than the SmackDown! Live Tag Team Championships, I’m happy.
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch are forced to co-operate in a tag team match against Peyton Royce and Billie Kay…which they do, with very little effort. Then AJ Styles pops out to counter Samoa Joe’s bad mouthing from last week, which basically amounted to him saying he’s fighting for his kids and he’ll beat Joe at SummerSlam.
Rusev, Lana, and Aiden English all get back on the same page after Aiden…somehow…screwed up last week, which leads to Lana losing to Zelina Vega after a bit of miscommunication from Aiden. As much as I don’t really dig Aiden English, I’d hate to see him separated from Rusev when they could be having a decent go in the tag division if the WWE weren’t so intent on messing Rusev around.
The Miz tears Daniel Bryan apart in an interview with Byron Saxton, which causes Bryan to attack him, though Miz got the upper hand by breaking a vase over his head. Next up, Shinsuke Nakamura grants R-Truth’s wish for a match and makes short work of him; nice to see R-Truth back on television and being used in the right way.
The Bludgeon Brothers actually had a match…!…against some jobbers, who they killed…and then the Bar got the main event against the New Day in the finals of the tag team tournament. Surprisingly, this got loads of time, going almost thirty minutes as each team threw everything they had at each other. Unfortunately, the New Day got the win and the title shot at SummerSlam but I’m hoping/guessing that allowing the Bludgeon Brothers to destroy the New Day will cement their so-far-lacklustre run and allow another team, like the Club, to unseat them later down the line.