Bobby Lashley vs. Chad Gable and Otis with Austin Theory as special guest enforcer
A decent match full of the expected chicanery as by the final segment, Bobby Lashley gets OTIS – yes, you’re reading that correctly, OTIS on his shoulders from the top rope and drops him before then gets his grasp on Chad Gable who taps out to Lashley’s Hurt Lock! After the match, of course, Theory attacks!
Bianca in the ring – she says she respects Carmella but Carmella doesn’t respect herself. Camella might have ‘it’ but she better bring ‘it’ on Saturday against the EST!
Carmella comes out to the ring, she says that if she isn’t going to get any respect around here, she’s going to take it! She pretends to be leaving but really seems to just take off her heels, she sneaks back in the ring and attempts to attack Bianca but she seems to easily boost her away.
A match that got plenty of time to develop (albeit spanning commercials) between two veterans who clearly know what they’re doing in the ring; while it is mildly compelling, it still feels relatively devoid of emotion or actual storytelling but they had a match. It was fun to watch until AJ Styles wins via count out when the Miz is perhaps also bored of this and gets himself counted out.
Also while there were gratefully less hamfisted stoner jokes this week with only the first match appearance of Riddle, don’t think the sophomoric humor got the night off as we yet again, for I believe the third week in a row now, discussed the size of the Miz’s balls.
Balls. Tiny balls, giant balls, balls. WWE Univese. balls.
Another fun match from some iteration of Street Profits vs. Usos as we’ve seen in past weeks, leading up to their showdown for all the tag team gold on Saturday at Money in the Bank live from Las Vegas!
Montez hit Jey with this monster frog splash (which I hope they come up with a delightful name for soon!) to get the pinfall victory and the win.
Street Profits are in a backstage segment with John Cena where they remain exceptional, amazing talkers both in front of the crowd and in these more heavily scripted backstage bits. Dawkins and Ford seek advice from John Cena about how they can finally best the Usos – John Cena says they can’t forget who they are and… Never Give Up and of course, they want the smoke!
Nice to see them get a little nod from Cena while he’s floating about – they deserve it!
Next up – a great match between Jey Uso and Montez Ford!
Major match to kick off the show as there is a massive battle royal for the last MITB spot for the Men’s ladder match –
Coming down to the final two, seemingly AJ Styles and Riddle as they start going after one another when suddenly the Miz grabs AJ and eliminates him, revealing that he was (yet again, this is like… definitely the Miz’s schtick! C’mon you guys!) feigning injury after selling a knee injury before. While Riddle is able to block the Skull Crushing Finale, he is able to hit the hanging DDT but is not able to nail an RKO as the Miz reverses and their exchange continues briefly until Riddle sets up for an RKO and nails it!
Riddle wins to join the Money in the Bank ladder match on Saturday!